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On the sweetness of a fake book

2014-12-11 07:55:18

Credit: Pambazuka News
By Karim F Hirji, Tanzania*
Retired Professor Hirji, a book addict, has bought copies with frayed, half-torn or missing pages. He has on occasion received via mail a book other than the one ordered. But buying a fake book? Only in Dar es Salaam!
You shop in Dar es Salaam at your own risk. Purchase a `quality’ light bulb at a stiff sum; three days later, it goes `poop.’ Get breakfast cereal in an attractive box; inside you find coarse, odd tasting stuff, (...)

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Who are the Real Pirates in Somalia?

7 November 2009

By Charles Quist-Adade, PhD
Sociologist Peter Berger has instructed that “The first wisdom of Sociology is that things are not what they seem.” So it is with the Western media rendition of their piracy stories from Somalia. An article in the London-based Independent newspaper has confirmed the suspicions of many that behind the Western media hysteria over on Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean and Western governments’ war on “modern day piracy” lurks a (...)

The Gambia: President Jammeh’s 64th United Nations General Assembly Speech - A Critical and Objective Analysis

5 November 2009

By Binneh S. Minteh, USA.
When one critically and objectively examines President Jammeh’s 64th United Nations General Assembly Speech from a contemporary modern global political perspective, it could be argued that the charismatic Gambian leader spurred compelling relevant arguments on Partnerships in Global governance, Peace and Security, Africa in the modern world and the relation of developing nations and global economic partners, and the contentious plight of the Palestinian (...)

Why Do Sierra Leonean Youths Think Too Much About investment?

31 October 2009

By Unisa Dizo-Conteh, London, UK.
On November 18, the Government of Sierra Leone together with Department For International Development (DFID), the World Bank and the United Nations (UN), will host, in London, an investment conference that will showcase the opportunities of doing business in Sierra Leone. The President of Sierra Leone will passionately tell potential international investors that Sierra Leone is ready for business and the country offers exciting investment opportunities (...)

In a Pan-African state of mind

26 October 2009

By Leonard Quarshie, Maryland, USA.
I have been feeling nostalgic lately. Nostalgic not in a sort of having-been-there-done-that- kind of way. But in a kind of what-would- Nkrumah-think-about-this kind of way. I guess it’s because I haven’t read anything nourishing in a long time. So much is happening in the world with such speed that there is hardly time for perspective, for context, for reflection. I would be lying if I said I hunger (...)

The Guinea Massacre: A lesson for African leaders

20 October 2009

By Ibrahim Mansaray, Stocton, USA.
An old friend of mine at Njala University College, Alphan Tajawie, once told me that there is a thin line separating military regimes and brutality.
Well, recent events spiraling out of Guinea are a clear manifestation of the junta’s barbarity against civilians and a testimony to my friend’s assertion. As a student of history, I am not flabbergasted by the butchery of civilians by idiotic and incompetent soldiers in Guinea.
In the blody (...)

Mad Selfishness

17 October 2009

By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown. It had been a good week for planet earth. In our global village today, we had been agape on our satellite TV at the high drama ongoing at the UN headquarters in New York, United States.
It has been an awesome Academy Award-type red carpet walk of the most powerful, and ‘the most dangerous’, men on earth - as they entered and congregated under the ‘greatest village palava hut in the world’. That all of them could meet under this same (...)

Real Estate: Tips on Housing Property Investment

12 October 2009

By: I. Tee Kamara GRI, - R.E. Consultant, MD, USA.
Location! Location and Location!
Just because the housing prices seem to have hit a temporary rock bottom in the United States and many countries around the world, that doesn’t mean that profits from property investment are hard to come by.
During a housing market slowdown, stagnation or depression profits can be made locally and overseas if any. In this article as a member of the Maryland Real Estate Consultant Group, I will (...)

Disaster and Catastrophe Risks Financing in Sierra Leone

4 October 2009

By Kortor Kamara, USA.
The latest natural disaster resulting in the drowning of over 150 people in Sierra Leone on September 8, 2009 has again highlighted and exposed on an international scale the issues of how our nation addresses and manages liability, not only for catastrophe risks, but risks in general especially in the commercial sector. In the wake of the boat disaster and several other catastrophe losses before, questions such as who will pay death benefits to survivors of the (...)

SLPP fails to get it right

29 September 2009

By Ibrahim Phodei Sheriff, Darby, Pennsylvania, USA.
From my personal assessment of Sierra Leone’s Grand Old Party (GOP), the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), it is still very evident that the party hasn’t been able to grasp the reasons that culminated in its failures in recent national politics of Sierra Leone.
Some will say that those who are in positions of authority and who are responsible for influencing the party’s policies or implementing them do (...)

Yenga is ours, a gift from God

25 September 2009

By Ibrahim Sourie Mansaray, California, USA. Ask the Palestinians about their lost lands and the feelings they bore against the Israelis and some will tell you that they will never forget and forgive the Israelis for "transgressing" on their land. It is an issue that will never fade away as long as the Palestinian-Israeli brouhaha exists.
Well, ask the people of Kailahun about the Yenga issue; instead of voicing their feelings loudly,some would sigh and seem to be resigned to their (...)

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Re-opening of schools in Sierra Leone: Another big challenge

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

I know a lot of people will be apprehensive about the re-opening of schools in our country just when we are beginning to witness the death throes of the dreaded ebola virus disease. I am one of (...)


The truth about reporting corruption

By Abdulai Saccoh, Anti-Corruption Commission, Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a specialized anti-graft agency, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been (...)