Foreign ‘economic aid’ are velvet shackles around the necks of today’s Africans – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Foreign ‘economic aid’ to Africa – By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Africa covers 11.73 million square miles or 20 percent of the Earth’s land mass and has 1.2 billion people or 16 percent of all human beings — second only to Asia in both categories — and a GDP of $6.4 trillion, the seventh largest.

The continent also has 30 percent of the planet’s mineral resources, including oil and gas, uranium, cobalt, copper, diamonds, gold and bauxite. Yet, 30 of its 54 countries are among the poorest in the world, due to a history of famine and wars and centuries of occupation by countries including Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain.    Continue reading

Sexual violence is the savage manifestation of female domination – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Sexual violence is the savage manifestation of female domination


A healer to the sexually brutalized and a survivor of such brutality — the Norwegian Nobel Committee selects them for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

The year is 1999 and Denis Mukwege, a French-trained gynecologist, opens the Panzi Hospital to treat women brutalized by war in his native Congo, dubbed the rape capital of the world.

Performing around 10 surgical operations in 18-hour days, Mukwege treats more than 85,000 women, 50,000 of them survivors of wartime rape. In a United Nations speech in September 2012, he denounces  “violence against women and rape as a strategy of war.” A month later, he escapes an assassination attempt because he is not at home at the time and goes into exile in Europe for three months. He returns after women in the area served by his hospital sell their crops to pay for his plane ticket.    Continue reading

Republicans are willing to do anything to seat a 5th conservative on the U.S. Supreme Court – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Republicans are willing to do anything to seat a 5th conservative on the U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Brett Kavanaugh


These days, even a United States Senator can feel unconstrained to act on his conscience only when he is not seeking re-election and does not have to face the wrath of Donald Trump. That is the case of Arizona’s Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who has emerged as the hero in the high drama of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Flake is credited with delaying the final vote by the full Senate by demanding  a week’s delay to allow the FBI to update its background check on Kavanaugh following university professor Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation.      Continue reading

Kavanaugh saga is tale of hypocrisy:… sanity and decency in short supply  – By Mohamed Hamuludin

Kavanaugh saga is tale of hypocrisy and sanity and decency in short supply  


Reactions to the allegation that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted at least one woman have ranged from the absurd to the ridiculous among his supporters.

Gina Sosa, a former Florida congressional candidate, offered this defense: “Tell me, what boy hasn’t done this in high school? We’re talking about a 17-year-old boy in high school, with testosterone running high.”

 Irina Villarino took it a step further: “In the grand scheme of things, my goodness, there was no intercourse. There was maybe a touch. Really? Thirty-six years later she’s still stuck on that?”     Continue reading

US Politics: Florida may be poised to get first black governor – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Florida may be poised to get 1st black governor

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum

Florida, America’s southernmost state whose history is full of oppression of Native Americans and enslaved Africans, could get its first black governor. Andrew Gillum, from the surging left wing of the Democratic Party, who is endorsed by self-styled Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders, is competing for the job against Ron DeSantis of the Republican Party, whom President Donald Trump has endorsed and whose campaign is dogged by allegations of racism.


The day after the Aug. 28 primary elections in which Andrew Gillum became the first African American nominee for Florida governor, his Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis, stated, “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.”        Continue reading

US Politics: Ruling Republicans know exactly what they have in Trump as president – BY Mohamed Hamuludin

In the U.S., ruling Republicans know exactly what they have in Trump as president


President Donald Trump

The unnamed Trump Administration senior official whom The New York Times allowed to write a commentary without giving his or her name did no favors for the American people, as the writer claims. Neither did the newspaper.

To be sure, the New York Times knows the identity of the writer and it is pretty clear did not have an ulterior motive other than to add to the debate on the Donald Trump presidency. But that contribution would have been more effective with a name on the column. It is quite possible that The Times was also playing catch-up with The Washington Post which, just a day earlier, published excerpts from Bob Woodward’s latest book, Fear-Trump in the White House, which was still to be released.       Continue reading