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Subject: cocorioko is here for you and me
From: FODAY MANSARAY
To: All
Date Posted: 16:05:15 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
For most of us who have been with the Rev, it was a simple test of Nationalism. The call to promote Freedom and Democracy as we know it today. The same opportunity was extended to SLPP fanatics, they refused the offer to come together and promote democracy.

Now, we are again extending Invitations to sierra Leonean and and like-minded people, who will like to be part of our Board. Anyone interested should call the Rev or me...

Cocorioko is beyond tribalism and petty politics. I am urging all God fearing human-being to stop the malicious attacks on the the Rev. He has done more for Sierra Leone’s presence in the internet than most people will do for themselves in there life time. His selfless approach to life is one that is envy by even his critics. Time and time again, he has shown grace and ease under extreme pressure from the right and left.(APC AND SLPP)

The Rev by nature is someone who does not hold grudges. He has always lived by what he advocates. This is the Rev and nothing will change him.

As staunch APC supporter, we at cocorioko will rise above petty politics for the common good of Sierra Leone and all those who seek freedom and justice.

May the almighty continue to give the Rev. Patience to keep his faithful teachings of Journalism to sycophants who cannot differentiate arrogance from ignorance yet they dare to maliciously condemns the Rev without any valid reasons.



Subject: For candid Opinion: World Bank Letter
From: True
To: All
Date Posted: 14:49:15 03/11/08 ()
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Message:
WORLD BANK DOUBTS: Can ‘Koroma Electricity’ Be Sustained?
PEEP MAGAZINE

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - The World Bank has warned that the agreement with an Independent Power Producer to provide 25 megawatts electricity for Freetown will cost Sierra Leone over $5million a month and has questioned whether the agreement is sustainable.

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Energy and Power of Sierra Leone
Electricity House - Floor 4

Dear Dr. Bockari,
I write with reference to your letter of January 14, 2008, in which you have explained your reasons for engaging in contracts with two Independent Power Producers (PPs) and shared the contracts with us. Let me start by re-emphasizing that the World Bank recognizes the importance to Sierra Leone of the development of the power sector, and we are also aware that this is a top priority for the current Government.

In response, we have restructured the World Bank’s existing Power and Water Project, resulting in the competitive procurement of 15MW of emergency IPP power supplied under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Global Trading Group (GTG).. This intervention is viewed as a bridging arrangement until the arrival of Bumbuna power to Freetown as low-cost hydropower is the only sustainable solution given the high cost of diesel-based solutions.


Unfortunately, since two new IPP arrangements -- the Electricity Generation Contract with Income electric Ltd. (IEL) and the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with the Delamore and Owl Group/Emieola Group (D&E) -- were entered into without prior consultations with the World Bank, we were not able to provide you with technical advice. We cannot, in the present circumstances, interfere with these existing contractual relations.

But now that these two agreements have been signed, our concerns and requests for further clarifications in regard to those agreements relate to the implications of these deals for overall the development of the power sector, their implication for the fiscal situation, and their potential impacts on good governance (especially procurement procedures).


The World Bank has warned that the agreement with an Independent Power Producer to provide 25 megawatts electricity for Freetown will cost Sierra Leone over $5million a month and has questioned whether the agreement is sustainable.

Unnecessarily expensive.
On February 4, 2008, World Bank representative Ishac Diwan wrote to the Ministry of Energy and Power noting that while the institution was committed to temporary ‘bridging’ arrangements until Bumbuna comes on line, he felt the agreements with IPP’s (Independent Power Producers) were un-necessarily expensive.millions in fuel

The two new IPP arrangements with Income Electrix Ltd and Delamore Owl/Emeiola Group had, he noted, been signed without ‘prior consultations’ with the World Bank.

He noted that the IFL contract would cost government $52 million a year of which $44 million alone would be required for fuel.
Mr. Diwan also claims that the idea of NPA buying all of the IPP’s power capacity would create extra costs.
An earlier agreement with the Global Trading Group, which the World Bank supervised, has no such contractual clause.


The World Bank says the costs to NPA were unsustainable - unless tariffs for NPA power were immediately doubled and up to 250 NPA workers laid off.

We were unable to contact Energy and Power Minister Haja Afsatu Kabba before we went to press (full analysis next issue). On this basis, we have started analysing the financial implications of the new IPPs. We have also compared, but only for illustrative purposes, some of the key provisions of these arrangements with the provisions in the GTG contract.


As already agreed with you and the Honourable Minister of Energy, during my recent visit, our upcoming missions will explore the various avenues of support discussed above, and will address the proposal sector investment plan as well. We are very mindful of the strategic importance of the development of the power sector and we look forward to deepening our partnership with the Government in the realization of that objective.


Subject: Kids in school think quick
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 14:38:10 03/11/08 ()
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Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
TEACHER : Why are you late, Frank?
FRANK : Because of the sign.< /SPAN>
T! EACHER : What sign?
FRANK : The one that says, "School Ahead, Go Slow."
___________________________________________________________
TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN : You told ! me to d o it without using tables!
___________________________________________________________

TEACHER : Glenn, how do you spell "crocodile?"
GLENN : K-R-O-K-O-D-A-I-L"
TEACHER : No, that's wrong
GLENN &n bsp; : Maybe it s wrong, but you asked me how I spell it!
___________________________________________________________
TEACHER : Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
DONALD : H I J K L M N O!!
TEACHER : What are you talking about?
DONALD : Yesterday you said it's H to O!
______________________________________________________
TEACHER : Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.
WINNIE : Me!
___________________________________________________________
TEACHER : Goss, why do you always get so dirty?
GOSS : Well, I'm a l ot closer to the ground than you are.

___________________________________________________________
TEACHER : Millie, give me a sentence starting with "I."
MILLIE : I is...
TEACHER : No, Millie..... Always say, "I am."
MILLIE : All right... "I am the ninth letter of the alphabet."
___________________________________________________________
TEACHER : Can an! ybody g ive an example of COINCIDENCE?
TINO: Sir, my Mother and Father got married on the same day, same time."
_____________________________ ____________


TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry
tree, but also admitted doing it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father
didn't punish him?"
LOUIS : Because George still had the ax in his hand.
___________________________________________________________
TEACHER : Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON : No sir, I don't have to,! my Mom is a good cook.
___________________________________________________________
TEACHER : Clyde , your composition on "My Dog" is exactly the same as
your brother's. Did you copy his?
CLYDE : &nbs! p; &nbs p;No, teacher, it's the same dog!;
________________________________ _______
TEACHER : Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD : A teacher _______­­­­­­­­­­_________________________________________________________ TEACHER : Maria, go to the map and find North America .
& nbsp; MARIA : Here it is!
TEACHER : Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?
CLASS : Maria!


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Subject: Article Again: Kabs and Sylvia Relationship
From: Investigator
To: All
Date Posted: 14:27:41 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
CULLED From Dog Eats Dog Journalism: How Low can we sink

Written By Kabs-Kanu

"But the question that any reasonable person will ask is "Do Slyvia Blyden, Abass Bundu and others really need an EXPO TIMES to mount a successful propaganda against the SLPP government? "We live in an age of abundant opportunities for setting up web sites and online newspapers. If these individuals want to launch any campaign against the government, all they need do is set up their own web sites and online papers. Paul Kamara infact abused the intellect of great academics like Dr.Abass Bundu, the holder of a reputable PH.D in Law and Sylvia Blyden, a trained medical doctor. With the tremendous academic prowess at the disposal of these individuals, do they really need us to propagate their views against the government? What do they have to learn from us? Why would they need us to act as conduits of their attacks on the government? Their own names and personalities are sufficient.

The FDP story about the EXPO TIMES is simply false and ill-motivated and it demonstrates how low we Sierra Leoneans are ready to sink to pander to the whims of our politicians and our own inadequacies.LET us take time off our vindictive attitudes to realise one thing---We, the Pressmen and women, have a gigantic task on our heads. As the focal point of our nation, we have no time to waste to inform and educate our people about the predicament we are faced with and also act as vanguards of national reconciliation, national healing and national reconstruction.

We cannot afford to waste unnecessary and valuable time on inessential matters. Rather, we must in one spirit and one mind get into the battle to save our nation from demise that looms in the horizon. This is what is expected of us by our nation. We must also realize that generations yet unborn will not forgive us if at this most critical epoch of our country's turbulent history, we abdicate our rightful roles and spend our time trying to tear each other apart. It is therefore sincerely hoped that our brother, Paul Kamara, will repent of his misguided course of action and return to the "



Subject: Re: Article Again: Kabs and Sylvia Relationship
From: Gongoli
To: All
Date Posted: 14:50:41 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: gonos@yahoo.com
Entered From: 79-65-78-183.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 79.65.78.183

Message:
Fine Boy Kabs, defend yourself. Two mot pen nef.


Subject: Re: Article Again: Kabs and Sylvia Relationship
From: Keen observer
To: All
Date Posted: 14:38:42 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.144.225.98

Message:
This is some major joke, or the reverend is the greatest hypocrite or
flip-flopper that I have ever laid my eyes on. These people undermined
Paul Kamara yet pretended to be sympathizers when he was jailed.
Shame for exposing them


Subject: "Omo Eko ni mi. Ni bo lo ti ja wa ?"
From: M. Alieu Iscandari esq
To: All
Date Posted: 14:26:44 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Subject: Naija the Nigerian from Uganda

Nigerian man living in Sweden decided to marry a Swedish lady in order to
be legally certified via resident status... but the lady was not aware of this. She felt he really loved her.

Anyway, seeing that Nigerian men had a bad rap in that particular part
of Sweden, our chap decided to lie to the lady. He told her he was from Uganda.
Upon marriage, the lady came home one day and informed our man that she
had just met another Swedish lady who had married a Ugandan and they
must all have dinner together.

The Naija man was somewhat perplexed, although not perceptibly, and
wondered how he'd get out of this spot. He postponed and postponed until
he could do so no more.

Finally, the day came when they were to have dinner. The other Swede
came in with her Ugandan husband and they all sat at the table. Our
Naija chappie was very quiet. "My own don spoil today" was all he could
think.

The two Swedish ladies, wanting their husbands to mingle, being from the
same homeland, asked them to speak to each other. "Hey! It's not
everyday you meet people from home!" they admonished.

Our Naija man, being a man of great savvy, decided that he would just
speak Yoruba, and the guy would probably assume he was from some part of
Uganda where they spoke a different language.

So looking across the table he said: "Omo Eko ni mi. Ni bo lo ti ja wa ?" (meaning I am a Lagosian where are you from?), The fellow looked up at our friend. His eyes lit up as he said: "Ah, bobo gan! Omo Eko le mi nan!" (meaning "pal! I am also from Lagos, So we are in the same boat)



Subject: Kabs has deleted my postings
From: Investigator
To: All
Date Posted: 14:20:27 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Moderator,

I followed all the rules and regulations, yet still my postings have been deleted. Is it because the articles I posted exposed Kabs? Is this the democracy you guys are preaching about? Why did you guys delete my posts?


Subject: Re: Kabs has deleted my postings
From: Gongoli
To: All
Date Posted: 14:47:38 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: gonos@yahoo.com
Entered From: 79-65-78-183.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 79.65.78.183

Message:
Whatever you do, he will delete your postings as long as you are not promoting his sycophantic APC views. The next thing they will do is try to ban you. This is the behaviour of a so-called man of God. They encourage people to call others worwor, baboon and Gorilla, yet the biggest gorilla of the lot is Kabs. look at his picture on the front page of Cocorioko. He is BITTER.


Subject: World Bank and Afsatu Kabbah
From: World Bank
To: All
Date Posted: 14:16:21 03/11/08 ()
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Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
The World Bank has warned that the salone Government will lose out on major loans and grants if the electricity contract is not terminated.Procurement rules were not followed, and the minister and other gov't functionaries benefited from the deal. Salone will lose 90 million dollars if the contract is terminated(Smart company).

The government is losing close to 20 million dollars for awarding a fictitious contract. The Ministry of Finance has now stated that the Energy Minister and her ministry did not involve them in the negotiations with the fictitious Nigerian company that got the contract.

What is more disgusting is that Dr. Lancelot Lake of the Energy Task force and EBK and others in the APC knew all along about this foolish deal and they kept their mouth shot. According to the BBC, the World Bank has warned that it will stop supporting our gov't if action is not taken very soon.


Subject: Re: World Bank and Afsatu Kabbah
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 14:37:38 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Is this really true or just another SLPP investigative join da lism??

If it is true can someone please post the link to the story originator.. BBC..??

We warned the APC... I pray this is not true.. if it is someone should answer for this crime against our people.

Haja half ya, half yanda Kabbah should face the ACC and the court of public opinion and i hoope she comes out clean..

This Haja en ALhaji tiff business dey monah me....


Subject: Re: World Bank and Afsatu Kabbah
From: Candid Opinion - Fen Plaba
To: All
Date Posted: 14:59:06 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
What says ye.. ??

Nah light we dey eat is about to come full circle..

Not only was it morally wrong to rush the energy aquisition which SLPP was taking its time with a structured approach to final resolution to our kilowatt problem but it seems World Bank smell fish and they are reporting the it was done outside laid rules and under yuki yuki business..

Thing that is more than strange and funny at the same time is..
I mentioned that APC has always been known to mortgage good sense for flashy cheap chinese trinkets.. this might be the case with the NEW APC ALSO..
Is all strategic big talk with little foundation.
The first aquisition is full of dombolo..
The VERY FREAKING 1st numero uno... Now how do we trust this government (they promised me change) with our treasury moving forward when the first tem we sen dem go markit.. them buy rotten mina wrap nah KUTA skin..for salmon price..??


Other day minister of transport talking about making Wata Quay a transhipment HUB.. What..????
What do we export..? What road to guinea?? Why waste that money on a ONE WAY port expansion if its only imports and empty container pickup ships will be doing..?

If we spend 32 Million dollar building a cocoa manufacturing plant or a casssava processor or a Ginger beer or rum factory i nfive years we can pay for 2 port expansions that goes hand in hand with the need for such..
As you can tell.. i hate pork barrel projects that politicians come up with just to find ways rape the treasury..

APC supporters.. which one of you will write the first letter demanding the resignation of Haja Half ya, Half offshore Kabbah???

Show us your red kroobombor.. and let us know that the reason you joined us and the whole country to throw them devilish and crooked SLPP out was because you wanted to stand tall and yell.. we are tired and we are not taking this anymore.. Anything else i will view as well "now nah we man dey inside"..

Tribe, party, brotherman, partisanship.. should be secondary and salone primary or betteh nor dey for we en we grand pikin dem..


Subject: Re: World Bank and Afsatu Kabbah
From: True
To: All
Date Posted: 14:44:44 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Candid,

Listen to Network Africa programme that was broadcast this morning. I will post the World Bank representative's letter soon.

Thanks


Subject: Re: World Bank and Afsatu Kabbah
From: Business man
To: All
Date Posted: 14:31:31 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
It is called running salone like a business.


Subject: Cocorioko's view on tribalism
From: Headlines
To: All
Date Posted: 13:27:48 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.144.225.98

Message:
Reading the cocorioko opinion piece on tribalism in Sierra Leone really
made me laugh. At the end I could only conclude that supporting
SLPP is being tribalistic and supporting APC is being patriotic.
Gentlemen we know your editor is trying to get well to be the director
of communications for APC, but get real. What other paper or forum
propagates tribalism in Sierra Leone more than Cocorioko?

How many southeasterners are part of the editorial team of cocorioko?
You guys should forget about promoting tribalism and concentrate on
reporting factual news. You are now advocating for even the mayorial
position of Freetown to be taken away from the Krios by promoting the
Kalokoh fellow who has been away from Sierra Leone for God knows
when. The problem with your editorial team is lack of diverse opinions.
Labs should try to work more with Sierra Leoneans with differents
points of view.


Subject: Re: Cocorioko's view on tribalism
From: Foday Mansaray
To: All
Date Posted: 16:17:22 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
For most of us who have been with the Rev, it was a simple test of Nationalism. The call to promote Freedom and Democracy as we know it today. The same opportunity was extended to SLPP fanatics, they refused the offer to come together and promote democracy.

Now, we are again extending Invitations to sierra Leonean and and like-minded people, who will like to be part of our Board. Anyone interested should call the Rev or me...

Cocorioko is beyond tribalism and petty politics. I am urging all God fearing human-being to stop the malicious attacks on the the Rev. He has done more for Sierra Leone’s presence in the internet than most people will do for themselves in there life time. His selfless approach to life is one that is envy by even his critics. Time and time again, he has shown grace and ease under extreme pressure from the right and left.(APC AND SLPP)

The Rev by nature is someone who does not hold grudges. He has always lived by what he advocates. This is the Rev and nothing will change him.

As staunch APC supporter, we at cocorioko will rise above petty politics for the common good of Sierra Leone and all those who seek freedom and justice.

May the almighty continue to give the Rev. Patience to keep his faithful teachings of Journalism to sycophants who cannot differentiate arrogance from ignorance yet they dare to maliciously condemns the Rev without any valid reasons.


Subject: Re: Cocorioko's view on tribalism
From: foday mansaray
To: All
Date Posted: 16:03:23 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-172-251-180.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net at 71.172.251.180

Message:
For most of us who have been with the Rev, it was a simple test of Nationalism. The call to promote Freedom and Democracy as we know it today. The same opportunity was extended to SLPP fanatics, they refused the offer to come together and promote democracy.

Now, we are again extending Invitations to sierra Leonean and and like-minded people, who will like to be part of our Board. Anyone interested should call the Rev or me...

Cocorioko is beyond tribalism and petty politics. I am urging all God fearing human-being to stop the malicious attacks on the the Rev. He has done more for Sierra Leone’s presence in the internet than most people will do for themselves in there life time. His selfless approach to life is one that is envy by even his critics. Time and time again, he has shown grace and ease under extreme pressure from the right and left.(APC AND SLPP)

The Rev by nature is someone who does not hold grudges. He has always lived by what he advocates. This is the Rev and nothing will change him.

As staunch APC supporter, we at cocorioko will rise above petty politics for the common good of Sierra Leone and all those who seek freedom and justice.

May the almighty continue to give the Rev. Patience to keep his faithful teachings of Journalism to sycophants who cannot differentiate arrogance from ignorance yet they dare to maliciously condemns the Rev without any valid reasons.



Subject: Re: Cocorioko's view on tribalism
From: Moderator
To: All
Date Posted: 16:11:53 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
Charity begins at home. We cannot expect other to obey the rules if we break them ourselves.


Subject: The Kabs-Sylvia Relationship
From: Investigator
To: All
Date Posted: 11:34:57 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:

Written By Kabs Kanu
Quote From Kab's Article DOg Eats Dog Journalism In Sierra-Leone

"But the question that any reasonable person will ask is "Do Slyvia Blyden, Abass Bundu and others really need an EXPO TIMES to mount a successful propaganda against the SLPP government? "We live in an age of abundant opportunities for setting up web sites and online newspapers. If these individuals want to launch any campaign against the government, all they need do is set up their own web sites and online papers.

Paul Kamara infact abused the intellect of great academics like Dr.Abass Bundu, the holder of a reputable PH.D in Law and Sylvia Blyden, a trained medical doctor. With the tremendous academic prowess at the disposal of these individuals, do they really need us to propagate their views against the government? What do they have to learn from us? Why would they need us to act as conduits of their attacks on the government? Their own names and personalities are sufficient.


The FDP story about the EXPO TIMES is simply false and ill-motivated and it demonstrates how low we Sierra Leoneans are ready to sink to pander to the whims of our politicians and our own inadequacies.LET us take time off our vindictive attitudes to realise one thing---We, the Pressmen and women, have a gigantic task on our heads. As the focal point of our nation, we have no time to waste to inform and educate our people about the predicament we are faced with and also act as vanguards of national reconciliation, national healing and national reconstruction.

We cannot afford to waste unnecessary and valuable time on inessential matters. Rather, we must in one spirit and one mind get into the battle to save our nation from demise that looms in the horizon. This is what is expected of us by our nation. We must also realize that generations yet unborn will not forgive us if at this most critical epoch of our country's turbulent history, we abdicate our rightful roles and spend our time trying to tear each other apart. It is therefore sincerely hoped that our brother, Paul Kamara, will repent of his misguided course of action and return to the"


Subject: Re: The Kabs-Sylvia Relationship
From: Observer
To: All
Date Posted: 12:59:15 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.144.225.98

Message:
Did Kabs really write this? Or is it some kind of monstrous joke. If
Kabs did, then I've never seen a bigger hypocrite or flip-flopper in all
my years. Is this what ordained ministers do or is he just another
candle in the wind?


Subject: Re: The Kabs-Sylvia Relationship
From: Fleet Street Pretenders
To: All
Date Posted: 12:39:44 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: rrcs-24-105-140-105.nyc.biz.rr.com at 24.105.140.105

Message:
Most of our local journalists are afflicted with a pathology that Greeks allude to Akrasia.

These pen pushers generally exhibit by an intemperance to act against their own better judgements, while feigning the pretentiousness as society's arbiters of conscience and morality.

Bob Marley was damn right! "If our journalists' night should turn to day a lot of them will surely run away"!


Subject: KABS KANU IS NUMBER ONE
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 14:04:54 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb1308w-ad04-87-107.dynamic.mts.net at 206.45.87.107

Message:
He is.


Subject: How Sweet it was. Kabs and Sylvia
From: Investigator
To: All
Date Posted: 11:21:50 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Written by KABBS KANU on November 07, 2004 at 11:44:21:

With the instrumentality and technical expertise of Sierra Leone's young Internet sensations at Lumley Beach Dot Com along Lumley Beach in Freetown, COCORIOKO today welcomes you to the paper's SLIS-styled and NUP-styled discussion forum , named SIERRANET.

We know that you have been thirsting for this kind of forum for long as you want to be able to express your views about burning issues affecting our beloved Sierra Leone. The unexpected closures of the SLIS, NUP and Africaonline forums adversely and deeply affected all of us who have a genuine desire to promote free discussions about our country. It was in recognition of this fact that we decided to open this forum to provide every Sierra Leonean the opportunity to express his/her opinions about what is going on in our country. Much credit go to the Lumley Beach Dot Com team of Ishmael Kargbo and Muctarr Lebbie for a wonderful technical job. We want extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to them.


We also want to admonish all subscribers and visitors to this forum to think seriously and patriotically about our beloved and famished nation and decide to make optimum use of this golden opportunity . This forum was not established for use by others to engage in character-assassination ,defamation of character, belittling of their antagonists , settling personal scores , invading the privacy of others and resorting to profanities. We set up this forum for discussion of important national and international issues.


Much as our goal is to promote Freedom of Speech and Democratic principles, we shall not allow anybody to use this forum to malign others or to engage in personal vendettas. We are not interested in the personal and family affairs of others. We shall therefore delete any message that we consider to be out of line with the principles and goals of SIERRANET. We have people in Sierra Leone and America monitoring this forum all day to delete inappropriate postings. This is a Christian newspaper and we will not allow obscenities, malicious vendettas and inappropriate and personal attacks on innocent people.


We want to make this an interesting and exciting forum where people would be able to express their views freely about all matters affecting Sierra Leone and the world without fear of ostracization or victimization. Please blow your minds about salient issues affecting our country. SILENCE IS NEVER GOLDEN. SILENCE NEVER BUILT A NATION. Only a cross-pollination of ideas and hard work will rebuild our battered nation


In the cause of the people and until every piece of land in Sierra Leone is liberated to the cause of freedom , transparency , democracy and the well-being of our people , the struggle continues ! ! ! ! ! !


Rev. Wilfred Leeroy Kabs-Kanu
Editor-In-Chief
COCORIOKO


Subject: Re: How Sweet it was. Kabs and Sylvia
From: Gongoli
To: All
Date Posted: 11:33:22 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: gonos@yahoo.com
Entered From: 79-65-9-86.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 79.65.9.86

Message:
'This is a Christian newspaper and we will not allow obscenities, malicious vendettas and inappropriate and personal attacks on innocent people'.


REALLY? Is this a Christian paper? After encouraging people to call Sylvia Baboon, worwor, gorilla etc. How many of these people did you ban? I was shocked to see how handsome you were. You nor worwor, you bitter. Mercy lord. You only make it worse when you ban people. You can ban me, but it will only last for a minute. Please dont hide behind Christianity, because you have not acted like a christian let alone a Rev. Where you were ordained is a mystery.

You can try to find me and honestly I dont care. I will be waiting for you. Mr REV CHRISTIAN..(MY AXX)


Subject: Worwor
From: Gongoli
To: All
Date Posted: 11:14:39 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: gonos@yahoo.com
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You might try your best to ban me but honestly you cant. You are a bunch of IT amateurs. If you call Sylvia worwor, expect a retort from her numerous fans. Ban this IP address i will come back in two minutes with another one. Kabs needs to look at his picture before calling someone 'worwor'. The doctor must have cried when he saw him for the first time.


Subject: Re: Worwor
From: Gongoli fululu
To: All
Date Posted: 11:51:43 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.83

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What a nasty, despicable, idiotic moronista you are. By showing your bad manners on the forum, you disgrace yourself and the people who begat you. Indeed, you are gongoli-ic in character. Stop kissing Sylvia's a**, you nankashee okuru vermin!


Subject: Re: Worwor
From: Gongoli
To: All
Date Posted: 11:58:25 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: gonos@yahoo.com
Entered From: 79-65-78-183.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 79.65.78.183

Message:
Tondokweh man, at least I am licking a woman's a**. You are kissing 'handsome man' KABS A**. What does that make you?

Well den nor tell you day okuru dog kill lepet? Don't try me, because I will fnish you. Now you are using a moniker to reply to me. It just shows how fickle and stupid you are. And before I go, I have your IP address too. I will not ban you but......


Subject: Sylvia Blyden defends Kabs, Mariama
From: Expo Times
To: All
Date Posted: 11:11:48 03/11/08 ()
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Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

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FROM EXPO TIMES ARCHIVES

Sylvia Blyden defends Kabs, Mariama


Hello Reverend,
Hello Mariama,

I have never corresponded with you before but a friend just forwarded to me a message called "Dick & Dickie" that was published on leonenet.

The message accuses you both of being NINJAS. I am
writing this email to express my solidarity with you both as
you now join the club of people whom have been falsely accused of being the NINJAS.

Dears, this is what happens when people dare to question the SLPP or its' policies. The SLPP cyberspace thugs mobilise to attack. You will wonder if these are the people saying they are fighting for democracy/freedom of speech/freedom of expression.

Please do not fool yourselves that the attacks are spontaneous. FAR FROM IT! These attacks are not spontaneous. They are well co-ordinated, manipulated strings being pulled from behind-the-scenes
so as to destroy other people's reputations.

But, in the long run, "the True na in dey last." It is not too
far off now. The end is nigh...

If you do wish to stay on leonenet, then just try to grin and
bear it. I pulled out a long time ago although ever so often
they accuse some poor soul of being me. Quite frankly, participating on leonenet is not worth it. There are better ways of using one's energies in the search for peace in our land.

Stay blessed both of you,

Dr Sylvia Blyden


Subject: KABS
From: Gongoli
To: All
Date Posted: 11:11:37 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: gonos@yahoo.com
Entered From: 79-65-9-86.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 79.65.9.86

Message:
Kabs worwor....CANT GET RID OF ME


Subject: Re: KABS
From: Post Your Damned Picture Fool!
To: All
Date Posted: 12:05:15 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.83

Message:
You seem to have the leperous mind of a psychotic scatter-brained idiot. Some of you won't rest a minute without 'fit-yieing' Kabs. You have been banned, deal with it and get a lowlife.


Subject: Worwor
From: Gongoli
To: All
Date Posted: 10:36:41 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: goonos@yahoo.com
Entered From: 79-65-4-75.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 79.65.4.75

Message:
Kabs is quite a handsome man...Ee fine pass Sylvia


Subject: Sierra Leone: International Women's Day Politicized
From: Politician
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Date Posted: 10:36:12 03/11/08 ()
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Sierra Leone: International Women's Day Politicized



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Concord Times (Freetown)

10 March 2008
Posted to the web 11 March 2008

Rachel Horner
Freetown

This year's celebration of the International Women's Day (IWD) held on Saturday had a political undertone.

The event was marred by many women displaying their support openly for the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) by donning the party's red colour, singing in support of APC and reciting the party's slogan.


Few women from other female organizations wore their group's T-shirts while others put on the T-shirts supplied by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs.

After her stage performance, President of the Sierra Leone Association of Female Musicians, popular gospel act, Vicky Fornah was confronted by some women dressed in red with APC badges stuck to their chests for wearing green lace to perform at the stadium.

Right in the presence of other female local artists who graced the occasion, one of the perceived APC supporters asked Fornah: "Why do you have to dress in green to perform? This is not an SLPP programme but APC. SLPP is no more in power, you people will not change," the woman said.

In her response, Fornah said: "I am not here for politics. This is International Women's Day and I have the right to dress in any moderate manner as a married woman and a Sierra Leonean. Colour should not be an issue for you to attack me and besides, this is not time for politics but development," she said.



However, as the argument intensified, some local female musicians and police personnel intervened to calm the situation. SLPP Women's Wing Public Relations Officer, Jeneba Amara said though her party was represented, they decided to wear the prepared T-shirt by the Ministry so as to celebrate the day as women and not as members of a political party.

Another woman attending the programme, Mariama Tucker said the day should not be politicized but "We must try to see that we are empowered. Let us forget about politics for a better nation," she said.

Normally, the IWD is commemorated in Sierra Leone with a march past by various women's organization from Victoria Park to the National Stadium and it usually ends with women making a call to the government to address the problems affecting women.


Subject: Worwor
From: Gongoli
To: All
Date Posted: 10:29:24 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: gonos@yahoo.com
Entered From: 79-65-4-75.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 79.65.4.75

Message:
Seeing Kabs birthday picture, I advice him or Cocorioko not to call Sylvia a Baboon or Gorilla. 'Kabs nor worwor ee bitter'.

Dont worry, by the time you delete this, it would be too late. At least two or three people would have read it.....You faint late


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From: landsdealer@yahoo.com
To: All
Date Posted: 09:25:59 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: landsdealer@yahoo.com
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Message:
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Subject: GOOGLE THE AFRICA CHANNEL
From: landsdealer@yahoo.com
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Date Posted: 09:24:22 03/11/08 ()
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Date Posted: 09:15:48 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: landsdealer@yahoo.com
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Subject: newpeople ready for 2012. We will nal SLPP with evidence
From: Nah me
To: All
Date Posted: 09:05:50 03/11/08 ()
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The newpeople newspaper keeps on digging its own grave by particpating in a futile mision to ring the APC down. Hever, they have missed the cue.
Their ropaganda machine is being driven by a lead infested oil.
Forumites, wae pekin wan werr ein Papa ein trusis, nah rope go don e waist!
we don keep som material wae go mek salone pipul fraid SLPP for ever.

The SLPP Supports Women's Empowerment

The SLPP-led government has demonstrated its commitment to the full and effective participation and representation of women in society not only through the enactment of enabling laws, but also by assuring the input of women in decision-making.

Alpha Saidu Bangura Ernest Koroma Cannot be a Suitable Replacement for the Visionary SLPP Leadership

At this crucial point in our country's history we do not need Ernest Koroma as president because of the following reasons:

Allieu B. Kamara Thomas Mann was apt when he said these words for the development of society: “Time has no division to make its passage. There is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new year/month. Even when a new century begins, it is only we mortals who ring bells.”


Murtada Tunis, MA Forgive But Don't Forget: A Case for Voting for the SLPP- So many of us are quick to dismiss the achievements of the Tejan Kabbah government and are quick to use his perceived failure as the basis for judging what Solo B can do for Sierra Leone. I have quite unbelievably heard some saying, “bo way-tin na peace”, or “tell me one achievement of the government” or “Berewa nor to handsome man for lead we.” Honestly, to some of these people, they need to grow up. Berewa is the only candidate who has what every potentially corrupt person fears in Sierra Leone; and that is after due process of the law the guy can punish you for wrongdoing without scratching his head. In other words, he is a courageous leader who would not hesitate to bringing anyone to book and who can make gut calls to deter potential thieves. This is exactly the kind of person Sierra Leone needs at this time: a hybrid of a Mr. Nice and Mr. Tough guy. Well, some might say, “why hasn't’t he done so as VP?” Yes, he can and he has tried, but wait until you see when he is fully in charge! READ MORE BY CLICKING ON THIS TEXT


JOSEPH MUSA We refuse to be intimidated: A Response to Karamoh Kabba's APC-PMDC Ethnic Baiting.


DR. KELFALA KALLON
The Consequences of Charles Margai’s Betrayal of the PMDC Rank and File

“The more things change, the more they stay the same” is a popular cliché that has recently occupied my attention since Charles Margai’s endorsement of the APC in the presidential run-off. As I have tried to make sense out of this seemingly bizarre occurrence, I have been reminded about what my late father’s constant entreaty to us as kids, which was to “never say something will never happen; but to always pray that God gives us long life to see what we thought was impossible happen”. A Margai supporting the APC was one thing I never thought I could see in my lifetime. Now that it is a reality, one would naturally wonder about the consequences of Margai’s behavior.

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Dr. John Mannah PMDC’s Charles Francis Margai is No Thaimu Bangura

Ever since the PMDC’s Charles Francis Margai announced that he is pitching tent with the All Peoples Congress Party (APC) in the forthcoming September 8 th 2007 run-off election for the presidency of our beloved country, I have heard political commentators, spin doctors and political operatives within both the PMDC and APC compare Charles Margai’s decision to that of the former political giant honorable Thaimu Bangura in the 1996 run-off elections. Such comparison or statements should sit as the definition to the word “wrong” in the dictionary. That is, if it is not already sitting next to the words “deception,” “fraud,” or “lie”

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David Farley Keili Elections 2007 by the Numbers: A Case for SLPP Optimism - David Keili Analyzes Voting Trends.

I've been quite amused by interpretations of the final elections results, most of which have little bearing on the actual vote count. To save our collective intelligence from further torture by these numerically-challenged interpretations, I am presenting below tables derived from NEC numbers and some reasonable inferences that can be drawn from those numbers.



Alhassan Sesay Elementary Lesson for the APC in Separation of Powers - Alhassan Sesay analyzes the recent illiterate pronouncements by the APC leadership that a parliamentary majority means that an executive president from any other party can't rule.

It saddens me when those who are responsible for governing in Sierra Leone exhibit a befuddling spectacle of ignorance when it comes to governance. Reports in For Di People Newspaper quoting an APC stalwart that should Berewa win they would make it “neigh impossible for him to pass laws”, are not only startling, they are disgraceful. Any party stalwart with the audacity to say such words exhibits abysmal ignorance. Such display is also very scary. If an APC party stalwart can bungle such simple issues in governance, it is imperative that I offer a free elementary lesson in separation of powers.



The Editorial Board of The New People is reliably informed that the following was deliberated on at length at an executive meeting held in New Jersey. One of the APC executive members voiced concerns that since the Mendes have started joining them (Charles Margai), they should be very careful about alienating them. This executive member however argued that the only way of keeping northerners together – especially after the SLPP made such inroads in the north – is to spread hate for the Mendes.

The following is unedited. Some parts are therefore offensive.

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Battiloi Waritay Tribalism in Perspective - Battiloi Waritay writes about the ugly phenomenon of tribalism and what Sierra Leoneans can do about it.

I really do not want to start another great debate but I think we cannot just wish our realities away. We need to see ourselves for what we are and where we are in the scheme of our national development and in the slow but necessary steps towards nation building.

I think the idea of being conscious of our ethnicity is in itself not wrong. This obviously allows us to understand where we have come from? It allows us to understand basic norms, values that address how we see ourselves in our varied groups. It allows us to see the beauty in our ethnic cultural, language, and political heritage.



Subject: Forumites read how the newpeople becomes a spent force
From: Memory lane
To: All
Date Posted: 08:50:30 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip56500dd1.direct-adsl.nl at 86.80.13.209

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PMDC’s Charles Francis Margai is No Thaimu Bangura

Ever since the PMDC’s Charles Francis Margai announced that he is pitching tent with the All Peoples Congress Party (APC) in the forthcoming September 8th 2007 run-off election for the presidency of our beloved country, I have heard political commentators, spin doctors and political operatives within both the PMDC and APC compare Charles Margai’s decision to that of the former political giant honorable Thaimu Bangura in the 1996 run-off elections. Such comparison or statements should sit as the definition to the word “wrong” in the dictionary. That is, if it is not already sitting next to the words “deception,” “fraud,” or “lie”.

Thus his decision to join forces with the SLPP in 1996 was an extension of his political philosophy of making democracy work in Sierra Leone in collaboration with a fellow democrat, Dr. Ahmed Tejan Kabbah of the SLPP.


Ernest Bai Koroma came into political prominence along the cocktails of political connections and corruption. He blatantly flouted the APC constitution by organizing a one-man convention, which he personally bankrolled, which won him the leadership position in the APC. He therefore cannot be even mentioned with a democrat like our doyen of democracy and forerunner of constitutional governance in Sierra Leone Dr. Ahmed Tejan Kabbah. The 2002 elections is justifies my point. The type of laziness, roguery and corruption that brought Ernest Koroma to power in the APC is unacceptable and should not be allowed in our country. The people who voted for Charles Margai, especially in the Southeastern part of our country did not vote for Charles Margai per say, but voted against the SLPP because of her centrist and inclusive politics in Sierra Leone. Our party is a national party and that has been reflected in the way cabinet as well as important parastatal positions have been distributed in the country. We are a merit based organization and thus have an open door policy for all Sierra Leoneans that is reflected in our motto, One Country, One People. Some of our brothers in the Southeast got angry because of this centrist policy and abandoned our party, and thus the likes of Charles Margai saw an opening by brainwashing our brothers and sisters with his illusion of positive change, and now the ordinary rhetoric of doing away the tribal question in Sierra Leonean politics.

Had Charles Margai won the elections at this time, or come in second place like we have, SLPP members will not even think twice to support him against the APC party, not because of tribal or ethnocentric reasons, but purely on principles. This is because the record of the APC in government was ugly. Its policies were enacted overtly and covertly against Southeasterners, and Sierra Leoneans in general was manipulative, draconian and wicked. Southeasterners will never stand for the corruption, incompetence, roguery and criminality of the APC and its cabal. We will not stand for the aphorism of “Monkey Woke, Baboon eat” master slave relationship where the master collects where he does not labor or sow philosophy of the APC. We will never entertain the behavior where Akutay (a rogue club of APC members) plant scouts in our institutions of learning, especially higher learning to recruit sons and daughters of the APC and award them the best jobs and lucrative scholarships in the country. Scholarships like Fulbright that is merit based were awarded to AKUTAY members with careless abandon. Most of the APC beneficiaries who came overseas under these scholarships did not succeed in the courses they were sent here for because they had no business being here in the first place. They are now waiting in the wings for the APC to come back to power and return home and get into jobs they have no qualifications for, and consequently reverse the gains that have been made through the reforms of the SLPP government. Southeasterners who voted for Charles Francis Marggai should therefore not waste their votes in this run-off election by voting for the APC, as a vote for the APC will be a vote for the destruction of our hard earned peace in Sierra Leone. A vote for the APC will make the late chief Hingha Norman cringe in his grave and is tantamount to betrayal of his philosophy in life, justice, fairness, liberation of our fatherland against rogues and will be marginalizers of our people. It is unacceptable and we will not stand for it.

I am not a moral relativist, but deception is deception, roguery is roguery, and dishonesty is dishonesty. There is no other way to call them, but call them as you see them. APC is not good for Sierra Leone; a vote therefore through the manipulation and sweet talk of Charles Francis Margai and his henchmen for the APC is a vote against democracy and all progressive loving people in Sierra Leone in the forth coming run-off elections of September 8th 2007.

John M. Mannah
Maryland, USA.


Subject: Is salvia the next marijuana?
From: Copied from AP
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Date Posted: 08:07:50 03/11/08 ()
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Is salvia the next marijuana? By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press Writer
2 hours, 20 minutes ago


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - On Web sites touting the mind-blowing powers of salvia divinorum, come-ons to buy the hallucinogenic herb are accompanied by warnings: "Time is running out! ... stock up while you still can."


That's because salvia is being targeted by lawmakers concerned that the inexpensive and easy-to-obtain plant could become the next marijuana. Eight states have already placed restrictions on salvia, and 16 others, including Florida, are considering a ban or have previously.

"As soon as we make one drug illegal, kids start looking around for other drugs they can buy legally. This is just the next one," said Florida state Rep. Mary Brandenburg, who has introduced a bill to make possession of salvia a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Some say legislators are overreacting to a minor problem, but no one disputes that the plant impairs judgment and the ability to drive.

Native to Mexico and still grown there, salvia divinorum is generally smoked but can also be chewed or made into a tea and drunk.

Called nicknames like Sally-D, Magic Mint and Diviner's Sage, salvia is a hallucinogen that gives users an out-of-body sense of traveling through time and space or merging with inanimate objects. Unlike hallucinogens like LSD or PCP, however, salvia's effects last for a shorter time, generally up to an hour.

No known deaths have been attributed to salvia's use, but it was listed as a factor in one Delaware teen's suicide two years ago.

"Parents, I would say, are pretty clueless," said Jonathan Appel, an assistant professor of psychology and criminal justice at Tiffin University in Ohio who has studied the emergence of the substance. "It's much more powerful than marijuana."

Salvia's short-lasting effects and fact that it is currently legal may make it seem more appealing to teens, lawmakers say. In the Delaware suicide, the boy's mother told reporters that salvia made his mood darker but he justified its use by citing its legality. According to reports, the autopsy found no traces of the drug in his system, but the medical examiner listed it as a contributing cause.

Mike Strain, Louisiana's Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner and former legislator, helped his state in 2005 become the first to make salvia illegal, along with a number of other plants. He said the response has been largely positive.

"I got some hostile e-mails from people who sold these products," Strain said. "You don't make everybody happy when you outlaw drugs. You save one child and it's worth it."

An ounce of salvia leaves sells for around $30 on the Internet. A liquid extract from the plant, salvinorin A, is also sold in various strengths labeled "5x" through "60x." A gram of the 5x strength, about the weight of a plastic pen cap, is about $12 while 60x strength is around $65. And in some cases the extract comes in flavors including apple, strawberry and spearmint.

Web sites such as Salviadragon.com tout the product with images like a waterfall and rainbow and include testimonials like "It might sound far fetched, but I experience immortality."

Among those who believe the commotion over the drug is overblown is Rick Doblin of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a nonprofit group that does research on psychedelic drugs and whose goal is to develop psychedelics and marijuana into prescr1ption medication.

"I think the move to criminalize is a misguided response to a very minimal problem," Doblin said.

Doblin said salvia isn't "a party drug," "tastes terrible" and is "not going to be extremely popular." He disputes the fact teens are its main users and says older users are more likely.

"It's a minor drug in the world of psychedelics," he said.

Moreover, it's hard to say how widespread the use of salvia is. National and state surveys on drug use don't include salvia, and because it is legal in most states, law enforcement officials don't compile statistics, either.

San Diego State University last year surveyed more than 1,500 students and found that 4 percent of participants reported using salvia in the past year.

Brandenburg's bill would make salvia and its extract controlled substances in the same class as marijuana and LSD.

Florida state Sen. Evelyn Lynn, whose committee plans to study the salvia bill Tuesday, said the drug should be criminalized.

"I'd rather be at the front edge of preventing the dangers of the drug than waiting until we are the 40th or more," she said.


Subject: Hafsatu Kabba probe
From: New People Vindicate
To: All
Date Posted: 05:52:35 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-69-204-133-167.nycap.res.rr.com at 69.204.133.167

Message:
I am begining to have tremendous respect for New People. They seem to have the knack of digging up credible information about APC yuki-yuki. They were the first to question the generator deal. They even, named the Nigerian company before the contract was granted. Kabs-Kanu in his usual sycophancy called the news paper tribalist and ungrateful. Kabs is just embarrassing himself everyday with his new found hobby of sycophancy. I am now a regular visitor to New People website although their news items are not clearly sourced, most of them have turned out to be true. True say tohk me New People den sabi dee wohk of exposing APC. Shame on you Kabs for selling your birth right for Koko ebbeh


Subject: Re: Hafsatu Kabba probe
From: Transparency International
To: All
Date Posted: 09:42:34 03/11/08 ()
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APC has still not released the full names of the membership of the Task Force as well as their credentials.

Rumour is rife that some task force members without proper accreditation have been mounting investigations and submitting reports on disciplines in which they had nor formal training.

These are the issues I think our Journalists should should occupy themselves with,instead of the civil rights activism the are presently engrossed with.


Subject: newpeople team is like a provrbial witch!
From: nar me
To: All
Date Posted: 07:12:58 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip56500dd1.direct-adsl.nl at 86.80.13.209

Message:
newpeople mission is to destroy everythink good. When Cocorioko helped to give Berewa a dirt beat in the pls, Sheku Kallon, Sylvester Swarray, Muana, Marda Mustpha and the other tribalists set up that tribal outfit newpeople to distort the truth.
newpeople is practising speculative journalism which is an abhorrent to the profession.
Kabs kanu is an experienced journalist who has journalstic skill and his style of journalism is outstandung. Even hisdetractors wll not deny the fact that Kabs is an excellent journalist.
the newpeople was established as a result of frustration and the absence of state fundsto its operators.
newpeople resonates the wicked habit of the proverbial wizard who suck the blood of his victim.
The guys behind the newpeople are spent force. They only reckon the South east as Sierra Leone. The newpeople team bent to bring down Sierra Leone to the guter.
They belong to the SLPP mafia who will never love others that do not take part of their blood ath.
Shame on these monsters.


Subject: For "nar me" -Re: newpeople team is like a provrbial witch!
From: Nar Me
To: All
Date Posted: 07:21:09 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: thenewsletter@hotmail.com
Entered From: amontsouris-152-1-104-180.w90-2.abo.wanadoo.fr at 90.2.222.180

Message:
Using the moniker "nar me" will create confusion as it is already being used by me. Let me know if you wish to continue using it and I will change mine. Thanks Nar Me.


Subject: Re: For "nar me" -Re: newpeople team is like a provrbial witch!
From: nah me
To: All
Date Posted: 07:39:03 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip56500dd1.direct-adsl.nl at 86.80.13.209

Message:
The reason why I did not protest when I first realised that you are using the moniker, nah me" it is because I believe in freedom.
Please, ask the moderator when "nah me? handle was first used here. It was during the heat of the last elections, Intuitively I am the first to create that moniker.
Please, try to check the fact and come back.
NB: I am the first person to use "nah me" Moniker. As I said, I refused to protest when you took upon yourself to use it.


Subject: Re: For "nar me" -Re: newpeople team is like a provrbial witch!
From: Forum Prefect
To: All
Date Posted: 07:55:59 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
Yes, you are one that stated using Nar Me.
(whisper) Would you please cap the first letter of your handle next time? We'll change it for you this time.


Subject: Re: For "nar me" -Re: newpeople team is like a provrbial witch!
From: Nar Me
To: All
Date Posted: 09:00:47 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: thenewsletter@hotmail.com
Entered From: amontsouris-152-1-104-180.w90-2.abo.wanadoo.fr at 90.2.222.180

Message:
Forum prefect, am I to understand that I can continue using Nar Me while the other Foumite uses Nah Me? I am quite willing to adopt another moniker if necessary. Thanks for clarifying.


Subject: Re: For "nar me" -Re: newpeople team is like a provrbial witch!
From: Nah me
To: All
Date Posted: 08:02:40 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip56500dd1.direct-adsl.nl at 86.80.13.209

Message:
Thanks forum Police. A real vigilant moderator. Keep the good work.
stay Bless


Subject: Re: For "nar me" -Re: newpeople team is like a provrbial witch!
From: nah me
To: All
Date Posted: 07:36:24 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip56500dd1.direct-adsl.nl at 86.80.13.209

Message:
The rason why I did not protest when I first realised that you are sing the moniker, nah e, it s becausei believe in freedom.
Please, askthe monitor when "nah me? hanle was sed. During the ea of the eltions, Inuiiely used tha moniker.
Please, try to check the fact and come back.
NB: I am the first tose "nah me" oiker. As I said, I refused to protest whwn you took upon yourself to use it.


Subject: Re: Hafsatu Kabba probe
From: Deemdeen
To: All
Date Posted: 06:10:21 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: Deemdeen@yahoo.com
Entered From: c-68-33-37-252.hsd1.va.comcast.net at 68.33.37.252

Message:
Although I do not agree with your shameless criticism of Kabs, this story made it to the BBC this morning and it is very serious!!! How can they sign such a contract, knowing that the world is looking for transparency. I do not care what your affiliation is, if the Energy Minister broke the law, she should go to jail. That will open the eyes of the thieves who have made our country backwars.


Subject: Re: Hafsatu Kabba probe
From: The Natinalist
To: All
Date Posted: 06:47:56 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 71.250.218.196

Message:
Your beef with Kabs-Kanu will not change the fact that we all know that Kabs is a master at excellent journalism and that Cocorioko is a pride to Sierra Leone. It is one of the few well-produced newspapers with real journalism style writing .The trouble with the NEW PEOPLE is that it is crudely produced, no balance on the page, full of gossips and stories without sources.How dare you compare such calamity to Cocorioko ? If the New People was not SLPP like you, would you have praised them ? Be honest.When Kabs-Kanu was producing accurate reports, projections and results during the last elections, did you praise him ? You did not because everything was working against SLPP.This is the reason some of will never endear ourselves to SLPP.Anything SLPP is the best.Anything non-SLPP, even if the best, is not good.


Subject: The Problem with tribalism in Sierra Leone
From: Harold Saffa
To: All
Date Posted: 04:39:09 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: hbsaffa1@hotmail.com
Entered From: host86-142-29-51.range86-142.btcentralplus.com at 86.142.29.51

Message:
When I saw this caption, I was very eager to share the thoughts of the writer, not least because I happen to believe that as a nation we are at the verge of abandoning our national responsibilities and seeking comfort in our respective tribal cave mentality. This, I believe will in the long run only turn us into a backward thinking people, rather than forging ahead and making our Country great as it should be.
I genuinely expected a balanced, and thought-provoking argument about the dangers of tribal/ethnic politics -especially for post-conflict societies such as ours, but alas, it was the usual anti-SLPP diatribe, and by implication with the Mendes being presented as the nazis. I will never accuse one ethnic group for practising or prepetrating discrimination in Sierra Leone. If we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that this is a crime for which all of us stand guilty of.
If we truely love our Country, then we must make an effort, in whichever ways we can to reach out to one another, with the inescapable realisation of the fact that we are not going to wish each other away.


Subject: TRIBALISM IS JUST A LANG. OF THE NORTH OF S/L
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 16:01:46 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb1308w-ad04-86-18.dynamic.mts.net at 206.45.86.18

Message:
I am sure you will delite it.
Thanks


Subject: Re: The Problem with tribalism in Sierra Leone
From: sarrkom
To: All
Date Posted: 06:25:17 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: sarrkom@yahoo.com
Entered From: c-68-33-37-252.hsd1.va.comcast.net at 68.33.37.252

Message:
There is nothing wrong for one to love his tribe and heritage. As a Thaymneh, I feel very comortable when I hear Theymneh music, eat Thaymneh food like Anifa, or date Thaymneh girls. That is who I am and nothing will change that. There is noting wrong for me to think that my ethnic group is the best and strongest in the country. The Mendes, Lokos, Limbas and all other ethnic groups have the right to feel the same way just like the Americans who feel they are the best in the world. There is nothing wrong for me to look out for my own people. The only wrong comes when I try to prevent other ethnic groups from fulfilling their dreams. And to tell you the truth, in Sa Lone, only politicians use the "tribe" card. I have dated Mende, Kono and Madingo girls, the the "tribe" thing never showed up. We are one people!!!


Subject: Re: The Problem with tribalism in Sierra Leone
From: The London Crew
To: All
Date Posted: 06:07:58 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 212.85.1.1

Message:
What a refreshingly good piece of work, Harold. This is what we should all be talking about at this particular moment in time, but I bet Idiots on this forum will either get you completely wrong, twist your piece to give it another meaning or simply ignore it and start mami cuss. That is the mentality on this fprum, and the good REV does nothing about it, as long as it abusing the Mende people, Th Rev Kabs is happy with that.This is a man that was brought up and educated in Mende Land and instead of being grateful he has turned JUDAS, what a JUDAS.

May the good Lord Help Him.

Now that you have said you are a Mende, be careful he does not ban your IP.


Subject: Re: The Problem with tribalism in Sierra Leone
From: nah me
To: All
Date Posted: 07:25:58 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip56500dd1.direct-adsl.nl at 86.80.13.209

Message:
London crew, some of you need to confess that you are dangerous elements as long as it has to do with the development of Sierra Leone.
You should be ashamed of yourself for your hypocrisy. You belong to a group that gratifies tribalism. So while are you hiding your own cloak to cast aspersion on others.
Shame on you wicked Man. When last you help someone that does not share the same cultural and tribal ties with you? We all know that Kabs Kanu is above reproach when it comes to objectivity and fair play.
It is the tribalists in the SLPP that is prevaricaing the truth about the good works of the APC. Sadly, tribalism is perpetuated by so-called scholars.
The last time I checked all the SLPP so-called educated tribalists are busy devising other lies on the notorius newpeople website.
We know all about your plan and we will act when you attempt to come into our backyard.
A word to the wise squie sufficent!!!


Subject: Re: The Problem with tribalism in Sierra Leone
From: Sorie Thoronka
To: All
Date Posted: 06:55:13 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 71.250.218.196

Message:
you say the Rev.Kabs-Kanu does nothing when people accuse the mendes.Are you concerned that he does nothing too when our tribes, our people and parties are abused ? When you abuse APC whole day and accuse our people of corruption that you have not proved, do you how we feel too ? But we do not accuse the poor Rev. of not taking action against you. Sierra Leone will become a better country the day you SLPP stop being crybabies and sissis.


Subject: Re: The Problem with tribalism in Sierra Leone
From: What did you expect
To: All
Date Posted: 05:43:21 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-69-204-133-167.nycap.res.rr.com at 69.204.133.167

Message:
That article was written by Kabs-Kanu and he was on leonenet just the other day denying he does not hate Mendes and/or Southeasterners. The rev needs prayers


Subject: Re: The Problem with tribalism in Sierra Leone
From: JOE LAHAI
To: All
Date Posted: 05:50:50 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: joelahai@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
No, ordinary prayers won't do; what he needs is "deliverance". If you search that Joshua Nkomo type stamach of his, all you will find in there are sacks upon sacks of APC lies and deception. He certainly needs deliverance.


Subject: The Problem with tribalism in Sierra Leone
From: Harold Saffa
To: All
Date Posted: 04:37:16 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: hbsaffa1@hotmail.com
Entered From: host86-142-29-51.range86-142.btcentralplus.com at 86.142.29.51

Message:
When I saw this caption, I was very eager to share the thoughts of the writer, not least because I happen to believe that as a nation we are at the verge of abandoning our national responsibilities and seeking comfort in our respective tribal cave mentality. This, I believe will in the long run only turn us into a backward thinking people, rather than forging ahead and making our Country grat as it should be.
I genuinely expected a balanced, and thought-provoking argument about the dangers of tribal/ethnic politics -especially for post-conflict societies such as ours, but alas, it was the usual anti-SLPP diatribe, and by implication with the Mendes being presented as the nazis. I will never accuse one ethnic group for practising or prepetrating discrimination in Sierra Leone. If we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that this is a crime for which all of us stand guilty of.
If we truely love our Country, then we must make an effort, in whichever ways we can to reach out to one another, with the inescapable realisation of the fact that we are not going to wish each other away.


Subject: From Knice( SLPPand Worworliwor batoliner)
From: I found this on the net
To: All
Date Posted: 03:27:59 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
CHRISTIANA THORPE AND OUR FUTIL SEARCH FOR MESSIAHS

Posted by Knice (24.44.30.239) on May 06, 2005 at 14:21:07:

Friends, Salone-men, Countrymen, lend me your eyes. I come to defend 1N1P’s right to have her say, and not to proclaim that she is right. I have considered the facts she has presented and even though one may disagree with her stand, the facts speak for themselves: parliament unanimously approved the appointment; parliament turned down a prior appointment to the same position, so they cannot be accused of being rubber stampers in this case; Lady Thorpe clearly has the intellectual asset, international recognition, and personal gusto for the job to make an excellent electoral commissioner prospect. I have also considered that 1N1P’s support for Christiana is in part because she is female and find no fault with that. Support on such grounds is in character for 1N1P. Those who have followed her know that she is somewhat of a feminist, and why not? 1N1P therefore does not deserve invective for taking a stand that may be unpopular among forumites but which may well be popular across Sierra Leone. Among various charges 1N1P has been accused of deleting postings with which she disagrees. Are we then to assume that she agrees with the many rather crude things that have been said about her in postings that still remain on the forum? Why has she not deleted these unflattering postings too?

Sierra Leone has a legacy of mostly wretched governments, but Sierra Leoneans naively persist in our futile search for untainted servant-leaders. Where shall we find them? There are hardly any souls in the country or Diaspora who have not been involved with one despised government or the other. Yet with each especially Kabbah appointment the cry of corruption and cronyism reaches to an ever higher feverish pitch.

I recall that James Jonah was vilified for accepting the ministry of finance after having served as electoral commissioner in 1996. Never did the possibility occur to his detractors that Sierra Leone would have been more poorly served were someone of Jonah’s caliber left out of the cabinet. Jonah of course went on to do enough cleansing of three decades of malfeasance in the ministry of finance to inspire donor countries to take us seriously again. There were cries against John Leigh too; that he was unfit to be Ambassador to Washington on account of intemperate remarks about the AFRC he made in the heat of justifiable anger over their anarchist ways. Leigh also proved to most objective observers and in our darkest hour too, to be the most effective Ambassador we have had in the USA since those far gone golden era when we could boast of men of the caliber of Gershon Collier, Sam Tucker, Victor Sumner, and Coleridge-Taylor, to name a few, as our men in America.

Let me hasten to add that Reverend Kabs Kanu too is entitled to have his say, which is against the Thorpe appointment on the grounds that she cannot be impartial because she has been decorated by Kabbah and has enjoyed some unspecified financial benefits from the president. To me however her decoration appears to be indication only of the high esteem in which the president holds her. Her appointment as Electoral Commissioner is confirmation of that esteem. Reverend Kanu is concerned that in her appointment “Kabbah has taken one step towards ensuring that his shadow still hovers over the nation after 2007”. But I live in the real world, and in the real world I don’t know of any president, CEO, or leader of a religious congregation for that matter, who will not attempt to arrange things so his or her legacy can be seen in a more favorable light.

Reverend Kanu also, at least to my eyes is prone to exaggeration. Such as: “And the 2007 Elections are going to be yet another significant event in the destiny of our nation when you consider that even within the ruling SLPP, there is a desperate desire to change the vanguard of the party from the disappointing 10 -year Kabbah stranglehold”. For one thing, some internal noise is historically part of SLPP deliberations: Albert Margai challenged Sir Milton in 1957; Kaisamba, Brewah, and Anthony stayed on the sidelines against Sir Albert thereby enabling the APC to sweep into power in 1967. A challenge to a lame-duck Kabbah may well be the same old, same old, SLPP and therefore nothing unusual. Secondly, I am not sure Kabbah’s rule has been across the board, disappointing. After all, Kabbah ended the war. Four Soldier-Heads of State tried and failed. Kabbah ended the war!! On other matters the jury is still out. The man is still in charge.

I am very curious to know the relevance of Christiana Thorpe's abandonment of her vows as a nun have to do with her qualifications for electoral commissioner. It is well known that very few of candidates who seek to be catholic nuns or priests succeed. Of those who do, a good many drop out within a few years of ordination. The celibate life is a hard and unatural life that only few can endure. Abandonement of celebate vows is in no way indicative of backsliding in a person's Christian faith. Many who have done so have become even better Christians and citizens.

And for goodness sake, we must make up our mind. We cannot in one instance claim: “This is a perfect example of the criminalization and personalization of politics and the state by our African leaders.” And in another advocate: “It is a shame to claims by government that it is democratic when a journalist can be made to rot in jail all because he was found guilty of contravening the outdated and archaic press laws bequeathed on our nation by the colonial power, Britain, who have themselves abolished these laws long ago”.

We cannot in one instance seem to be empowering presidents to choose which laws are “outdated and archaic”, and in another accuse a president of personalizing the body politic. We do these things I suspect because we get so mired in the problems and never get to possible solutions, which are obvious. The presidency is a political office. If we do not want politics intruding upon appointments to critical agencies, we must change the rules towards a less political administration of critical agencies. If we do not want application of “outdated and archaic” laws, we must work to repeal these laws by due process. We can be a nation of due process and of laws, no matter how outdated or archaic. Or we can be a one strong-man dictatorship. We cannot be both, and our best prospect lies in making a clear choice of how we wish to go.


Subject: Food price spiral is a global thing not APC doing
From: Madingo Man
To: All
Date Posted: 02:43:04 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.156.146

Message:
World warned on high food costs

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said he is deeply concerned about the sharp rise in global food prices.
Mr Ban said the trend would hinder progress towards the millennium development goals (MDGs), which aim to halve extreme poverty by 2015.

The UN World Food Program (WFP) and other agencies may be forced to ration food aid, he said in a BBC interview.

He said shortages might be eased by a "green revolution" to transform farming methods in Africa.

Global food prices have risen by 40% in nine months and food reserves are at their lowest for 30 years.

The WFP is facing a $500m (Ł248m) shortfall in its attempts to feed 73 million people this year.

'Political challenge'

Mr Ban said that "many countries in particular in Africa they now have to pay double or triple the price for their bread," and warned that this would lead to increased malnutrition.

"This will all affect our MDG programmes - I am very much seriously concerned about this," he said.

The change has been blamed on poor harvests, population growth, rising energy and grain prices, the effects of climate change, and a shift to biofuel crops.

Although one UN official has called the increasing use of crops for fuel rather than food a crime against humanity, Mr Ban said there was a need to balance the positive and negative aspects of biofuels.

Among possible solutions, he said that "there is broad consensus that more resources should be provided to help an African green revolution".

But he cautioned that transforming commitments into action would be a "huge political challenge".

"We need to rededicate and commit ourselves by galvanising political will, by mobilising necessary recourses."


Subject: Re: Food price spiral is a global thing not APC doing
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 09:20:49 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
True, the price inflation of Sierra Leone's staple food, rice, is not a problem created by the APC. In fact, it is a worldwide problem caused by increased demand - mostly in affluent Asia - and decreasing rice production in China and India. In fact, it is in India and China that the demand for more rice continues to intensify most sharply due to increasing worker affluence in those countries as their industries bloom.

Acreage committed to rice production in India and China have, concomitantly, declined because more land is needed for their accelerating industrialization.

Our people's problem with the rising prices of rice was created by APC's clever electioneering in 2006/07 which blamed the SLPP administration of Tejan Kabbah of causing the price inflation due to its allegedly governing ineptness and corruption. The Kabbah Administration was unable to overcome this false propaganda because it did not have a good reputation.

The APC then went on to create the false impression that it will definitely solve the high price problem of foodstuffs as soon as it won the elections.

So far the APC has not been able to satisfy people's expectations in this area but it definitely needs a lot more time to do so than its mere six months in power. - JL


Subject: Re: Food price spiral is a global thing not APC doing
From: Shut Up
To: All
Date Posted: 05:46:40 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-69-204-133-167.nycap.res.rr.com at 69.204.133.167

Message:
Hey man blame the Mendes. I thought Kabs-Kanu and his tribal haters said the Mendes are sabotaging the Limba man. You guys are doing this now because the people of Sierra Leone did not buy into your bigotry. This is why you should learn how to argue your points without being hateful of Mendes. APC do tiff all dee money na dat make tin tranga. SLPP operated in the global market but managed the economy well. That's what happens when you hand the country over to semi-illiterates like the APC


Subject: Re: Food price spiral is a global thing not APC doing
From: JOE LAHAI
To: All
Date Posted: 02:53:05 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: joelahai@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Did I hear you say "a sharp rise in global food prices?". Would you have made reference to this if Berewa had won or would you have been bad mouthing the President and inciting those idle drug crazed youths you call APC Task Force to riot?


Subject: Re: Food price spiral is a global thing not APC doing
From: MEDKAY
To: All
Date Posted: 05:02:51 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 147.red-83-42-46.dynamicip.rima-tde.net at 83.42.46.147

Message:
Mr,JOE LAHAI,you should have been a foresighted man neither tribal,nor partisan.Sierra leone have to move forward,may the lord help the land that we love.Jealous and bad hat nor mix,development is our answer.


Subject: Re: Food price spiral is a global thing not APC doing
From: JUNKS SELLER
To: All
Date Posted: 05:43:34 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: junksseller@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
How can we develop when all the APC does is beat up pastors, kill fullah business men, loot homes and offices and issue endless idiotic press statements? By the way, I've not seen anything about the ACC's investigation of the Energy and Power minister over the award of the Freetown re-electrification contract on this forum. Can some APC bloke please bring it up for discussion. I would have, but I fear that Edie Grant will tribalise my genuine initiative.


Subject: salone ambassador to Ethiopia or AU
From: kooldee
To: All
Date Posted: 22:51:31 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: keksembu@hotmail.com
Entered From: d118-75-94-52.col.wideopenwest.com at 75.118.52.94

Message:
Can anyone tell me who is the current Sierra Leone ambassodor to Ethiopia or AU?
Thanks.
KoolDee


Subject: LIBERIA: Maternal health worsened since war ended
From: War
To: All
Date Posted: 21:56:06 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
LIBERIA: Maternal health worsened since war ended

10 Mar 2008 13:30:22 GMT
Source: IRIN

MONROVIA, 10 March 2008 (IRIN) - New statistics showing an increase in maternal mortality since the end of Liberia's civil war in 2003 have created alarm among health workers who say the country's almost non-existent healthcare system is to blame.

"We need to have 1,400 midwives and we have about 300," said Liberian Health Minister Walter Gwenigale. "When you look at the statistics it tells you we need people to do this work. It is obvious that the women who are delivering are not delivering into safe hands."

The new results, which come from the Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS) for the years 2006 to 2007, show that deaths among infants and children under five years old have gone down since the last survey was conducted in 1999 to 2000.

However maternal mortality has gone up by about 71 percent with 994 women dying for every 100,000 who give birth, compared to 580 out of every 100,000 women in the previous survey. Doctors say the most common cause of death is vaginal hemorrhaging following childbirth.

Some health workers and officials say the spike is a result of improved data collecting. However others say fewer births are being attended by trained medical professionals, who diminished in numbers through the end of the 1990-2003 war.

Woman power

The government is trying to recruit new health workers and retrain those already working in health to widen the scope of their duties to include obstetrics, Gwenigale said. Of the four medical training facilities Liberia had before the war, only two are currently in operation.

One method that is being used to correct this situation is giving basic medical training to traditional midwives, particularly in rural communities where it is nearly impossible for pregnant women to reach a hospital or clinic for delivery.

"Liberia is going through difficulties in its public health system because of lack of manpower, lack of hospitals and clinics and lack of roads which creates delays in getting help. In obstetrics and maternal health, any delay is a big problem," said Claudette Bailey, the head of the non-governmental health organisation Africare in Liberia.

Bailey said taking healthcare to the communities is "one of the most effective ways" of reducing the mortality rate.

Africare's program is teaching health workers how to train traditional midwives in rural communities to identify pregnancy complications that could threaten a woman's life. Midwives are also being taught to sterilise materials used in delivery to prevent infections and learning how to talk to couples about family planning.

Similar midwife training programs have brought down maternal death rates in countries such as Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Local answers

Tinapu Toby, who has been delivering babies in her small village outside Bensonville for decades, said in some areas of the district pregnant women must walk more than three hours to get to the nearest clinic for prenatal care. Once they are in labor there is often not enough time or no vehicle available to transport them to a hospital, so most give birth at home, she said.

District health officer for Careysburg district Rex Moses said while training local midwives is a good start, the clinics in his district could save more lives if they were restored to their pre-war status, Currently what was the emergency room in his hospital is being used to store furniture as the hospital lacks trained doctors to work there.

Moses also said a four-wheel drive ambulance could allow rural clinics like his to reach remote areas that are sometimes cut-off when heavy rains make roads impassable.

Government officials and aid workers said while improvements like these and expanding training of midwives would likely help to lower the maternal mortality rate, they are not all realistic given the country's dire needs.

"The government wants these programmes to roll out across the countryside quickly, but rolling out at a speed that would be ideal is just not possible," Africare's Bailey said.

Because of the amount of work that needs to be done to rebuild Liberia's health sector and infrastructure, it may take up to ten years before Liberia begins to see significant improvement in maternal mortality, Bailey estimated.

kb/nr

© IRIN. All


Subject: Graffiti Jokes from Jokes.com
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 20:51:36 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:

Authentic Grafitti

Make love, not war. Hell, do both: get married!
* Women's Restroom; The Filling Station. Bozeman, Montana
I've decided that to raise my grades, I must lower my standards.
* Houghton Library, Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
* Written in the dust on the back of a bus. Wickenburg, Arizona.

If voting could really change things, it would be illegal.
* Revolution Books. New York, New York.

A Woman's Rule of Thumb: If it has tires or testicles, you're going to have trouble with it.
* Women's Restroom, Dick's Last Resort. Dallas, Texas.

No matter how good she looks, some other guy is sick and tired of putting up with her crap.
* Men's Restroom, Linda's Bar and Grill. Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

If pro is opposite of con, then what is the opposite of progress? Congress!
* Men's Restroom, House of Representatives. Washington, D.C.


Subject: Happy birthday , Reverend Kanu
From: Finda Kissi
To: All
Date Posted: 18:28:52 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-171-106.patmedia.net at 24.225.171.106

Message:
my hair was risen when i read that the reverend that publish cocorioko is the same person i grow up with at State House. my father, pa. fayiah Kissi,too worked at state House during time of governor Dorman and Boston.i remember the other kids like katie thomas (Pa. Thomas daughter),Sento,Kadiatu,fatu (who pa.Alimamys daughters ), fatu,pity,marie(the children of Pa.Kamara queen who drove for the Queen during the royal visit),abu,sahr,joseph and kumba(the other pa fayiah's daughter),pa.musa son kollie etc.etc how we all enjoy at State House. The christmas parties kabs spoke out we used to have so many toys we can't even open all for months.i wonder how many kids enjoy life like us. Happy birhday,kabs kanu.you were always the best and i am not surprised.i remember me, you, katie,sento used to study together.cocorioko is a good newspaper for all sierra leoneans.that's what we read here in London. keep it up.


Subject: Re: Happy birthday , Reverend Kanu
From: JOE LAHAI
To: All
Date Posted: 03:22:27 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: joelahai@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Madam Finda Kissi, are you hunting for APC favours or what? By the way, please remind the Reverend to report that corruption story involving APC minister, Haja Hafsatu Kabba. I've looked everywhere but can't find it in Cocorioko. Perharps my good old pal, Mr edie Grant, will help me find it.


Subject: Ombudsman
From: badgirl
To: All
Date Posted: 16:52:35 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: festina_spain@msn.com
Entered From: h-66-167-151-2.mclnva23.covad.net at 66.167.151.2

Message:
Can someone help me here? Do we really need an Ombudsman.Is that priority? I am wandering, what's going on with us.Or am i not getting it


Subject: Re: Ombudsman
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 20:06:11 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
What is an ombudsman? Is he some kind of senior prefect? Does he have an Ombuds in his pocket? Help mama!


Subject: Re: Ombudsman
From: Mama
To: All
Date Posted: 10:42:25 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 195.95.130.244

Message:
He is a man, who is Ombuds :-))))
If you dont understand that, let me put it this way, you have super-man,spider-man etc etc, and now you have ombuds-man


Subject: Sylvia's juju is working but for how long ?
From: Karamokoh Karafila
To: All
Date Posted: 15:56:32 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-171-106.patmedia.net at 24.225.171.106

Message:
Sylvia "worships" like there is no tomorrow. Everybody who knows her knows that . Even our own former ambassador John Leigh wrote about that.And the juju is working now. Everywhere Sylvia .But you wait? As a karamokoh myself, it will not be for long. Atehfor nor ba last. The juju men Sylvia visits in the Gambia, Senegal, Nigeria dont tell her this so let me be the first to tell her.Juju is not good. It only serves you for sometime then it turns against you and makes you disgrace. When all those juju ready to turn against Sylvia, it wont be easy. Therefore she must not relax.Keep burying goats, sheep, cows alive and renew your juju or else you are heading for trouble when their power expire.


Subject: Re: Sylvia's juju is working but for how long ?
From: gongoli
To: All
Date Posted: 10:38:40 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: gonos@yahoo.com
Entered From: 79-65-4-75.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 79.65.4.75

Message:
Sylvia worships God almighty. John Leigh is a disillusioned old man still waiting for his deposit


Subject: Re: Sylvia's juju is working but for how long ?
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 20:04:12 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Self-promoting 'journalists' like Sylvia are like toilets. They are either taken or full of crap.

P.S I have nothing against Sylvia and her cartoons. She can cartoon horns and serpent's tails on the President for all I care. I just find her entire history, from opposition to the repeal of the draconian and anachronistic press law to her shenanigans in Ninja Land revolting.


Subject: Re: Sylvia's juju is working but for how long ?
From: True
To: All
Date Posted: 10:55:29 03/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 212.85.1.1

Message:
She was at the Ninja with Kabs Kanu.. remember Him?


Subject: Re: Sylvia's juju is working but for how long ?
From: Badgirl
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Date Posted: 16:37:53 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: festina_spain@msn.com
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So who cares about her, juju or not and who has she helped anyway. She is too much. Feed-up wit am.


Subject: Re: Sylvia's juju is working but for how long ?
From: Blessing
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Date Posted: 16:03:54 03/10/08 ()
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No to Juju. Na blessing the girl get!

She has helped a tremendous amount of people at her tender age.


Subject: Re: Sylvia's juju is working but for how long ?
From: Pretty Face 1, Kanikay
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Date Posted: 03:27:10 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: prettyface1@yahoo.com
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Message:
Don't mind that idiot. He/she is jealous of her


Subject: Re: Sylvia's juju is working but for how long ?
From: Karamokoh Karafila
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Date Posted: 16:07:38 03/10/08 ()
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Message:
Sylvia is the most unhelpful and mean person I have known. Ask her for Karamokoh Karafila. If people were blessed for doing good, nobody will be poor.


Subject: Re: Sylvia's juju is working but for how long ?
From: Pretty Face 1, Kanikay
To: All
Date Posted: 03:29:54 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: prettyface1@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Shut your dirty trap before I shut it for you. Stupid AFRC monkey. Think I don't know you?


Subject: THE BITER IS BITTEN! MAN BITES DOG!!!
From: OLU RITCHIE GORDON GOES TO TOWN
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Date Posted: 14:14:16 03/10/08 ()
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THE BITER IS BITTEN! MAN BITES DOG!
Monday, March 10, 2008 - FRONT PAGE

MAN BITES DOG!
The imaginary diary of a journalist with a little bit of experience....

THE BITER IS BITTEN!
Imaginary diary of a seasoned journalist
If I did keep a Diary.. it would go
something like this...

February 29, 2008: I must confess that I laughed when I saw the two pictures of Ernest Koroma in today’s Awareness Times... But not because I found them funny...
If Sylvia Blyden has a sense of humour... I must have missed it... The picture of Ernest turned upside down and with horns on his head weren’t funny at all.
They had no bearing on the point she was trying to argue.. that the President should be held responsible for the actions of his APC followers...
What really amused me was that since her ill-fated campaign against the APC (and UNDP and Christiana Thorpe etc, etc), the wily opportunist has been strenuously trying to romance the First Lady, Sia Koroma, as a way of setting back into good graces of the Powers That Be.
Caricaturing Sia Koroma’s husband’s head with horns on it, certainly isn’t a clever way of achieving that... objective.

March 3, 2008: Ironically the SLPP papers and Blyden are ranting about ‘Freedom of the Press”.
Isn’t this the same Sylvia Blyden who opposed abolition of defamatory and seditious libel sections of the Public Order Act (1965)?
She has absolutely no sense of irony. But to have a sense of irony... one must first develop a perspective of self-criticism. That she lacks...
This time last year she was cursing SLAJ, its president, myself, Standard Times and even the inoffensive Awoko and Kelvin Lewis for even daring to suggest that the repressive criminal libel laws be abolished.
People often forget that it was in response to this vicious, unprovoked attack that Standard Times published the famous picture of Foday Sankoh’s Parlour Wife with a photo montage of Sylvia’s face on a half-naked woman with bouncing breasts seated with the rebel leader.

DIARY OF A JOURNALIST: MAN BITES DOG:

Now that’s an interesting news story: as the supporter of Public Order Act found

That picture, in my opinion, had more journalistic merit than the one of Ernest Koroma with Devil’s Horns. No-one has proved that the President was in any way connected with violence in Bo arising from the ‘Red-Green’ re-painting issue. Sylvia, at least, has to admit she knew Sankoh and was very close to him.

March 4, 2008: The issue is getting hotter. The Police went round to Awareness Times with an ‘invitation’ for the publisher. She couldn’t be found anywhere...
Most journalists know that such ‘invitations’ usually lead to you being detained. The last time I was ‘invited’ was in 2005 when I was ‘invited’ to see then Attorney General Fred Carew for an article asking why Okere Adams wasn’t sacked when indicted by the Anti-Corruption Commission - while former Ministers Harry Will and Momoh Pujeh were dismissed immediately that happened. I spent three days and nights at Central Police Station in March 2005. I was about to be charged when former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah intervened to quash the seditious libel case...
I got off easy... Philip Neville spent ten days in custody, half of that at Pademba Road.. just for putting Kabbah’s words in Ghadaffi’s mouth...
He was charged with seditious libel. Paul Kamara spent almost 14 months in prison - half in solitary confinement -for calling Kabbah ‘a convict’. This is precisely why most journalists support repeal of criminal libel laws - which Ms. Blyden is so vehemently against.

March 5, 2008: Apparently Sylvia Blyden’s now been arrested. A journalist calls me up to ask me ‘what are we going to do about Sylvia?’ We are going to do nothing. The woman has been bitten by the law she cursed us all to uphold. She’s not a member of SLAJ... she’s not a journalist. Pardon me while I yawn... Getting Sylvia Blyden’s release is not at the top of my ‘Things To Do Today’ list. In the evening, Ibrahim ‘Labor’ Fofana calls me to say she’s ‘escaped’ from CID! Hopefully she’s fled into exile where she’ll claim asylum as a victim of political persecution. I’ll be glad to see the back of her... Wonder who she paid to get released from CID? It must be a lot of money - because someone will obviously lose their job. The CID has a history of
suspects ‘escaping’. I remember Stephen Bio in late 1996... the head of CID, his deputy and others all seemed to know about his ‘escape’... Well, good riddance to bad rubbish!

March 6, 2008: Apparently she was released after investigation. Awareness Times (whoops! I almost slipped and called it by its other name), predictably has a picture of what they called a ‘confident Sylvia Blyden’ strolling into CID. How confident she would have been after a few nights in Central Police Station cells (CID has no holding facilities) would have been interesting to see... The parrots of the Two-And-A-Half ‘O’ Level Vision’ have, again predictably, been crying about ‘suppression of press freedom’ under the APC... funnily enough, they couldn’t even spell Sylvia’s (Slyvia) name right. What a joke...

March 7, 2008: I’ve noticed that Puawi - Dr. Sama Banya - has jumped into the fray. ‘Peep caricatured Solomon Berewa - comparing him to Bruno’

How silly this Old Man is!
Firstly we never editorialised on Solomon Berewa’s resemblance to that escaped chimp. It was on PROFESSOR PEEP’S satirical page. And Berewa was never President when we did it. Apparently, they’ve entirely forgotten about Paul Kamara and many others arrested and detained by the last Administration...
Anyway the sections on defamatory and seditious libel in the Public Order Act (1965) are BAD LAWS.. it’s a good thing they’ve been challenged in court. As I explained to a friend, it doesn’t matter who they affect or which lawyer volunteers to take up the case to strike them down.. They are BAD LAWS and should go...

PS: I noticed ‘Awareness Times said they’d logged over 1,000 calls in support of Blyden. She’s lying as usual..
Why did Ernest Koroma call her to assure her he had ‘nothing against her’.
Did Kabbah call Paul Kamara to apologize for taking 14 months of his life on an unsafe conviction after an unfair trial?
The SLPP has become so dishonest that it is comparing Tejan Kabbah’s record in Press Freedom with Ernest’s.


For more info visit www.peepsierraleone.com.....the truth...ah!ah!ah!


Subject: Re: The biter is bitten! Man bites dog!
From: Fufu en sawasawa
To: All
Date Posted: 14:25:51 03/10/08 ()
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The hypocrisy of Sylvia Blyden and her SLPP supporters is thoroughly revolting. This woman is a rebel, a propagandist and a relentless self-promoter. Is there such a dearth of heroes and role models in SLPP land that very educated SLPP forumites are embracubg this woman? She hates press freedom for Christ's sake!


Subject: Re: The biter is bitten! Man bites dog!
From: SALONE MAN, BRIGHT STREET, FREETOWN
To: All
Date Posted: 04:30:49 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: saloneman@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
So what does the APC Task Force plan to do to her; kill and eat her? You people had better stop this gbose-gbose habit.


Subject: Children say the darndies things
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 13:54:47 03/10/08 ()
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Message:
Oldie but goodie - still makes me smile........!!

Why We Love Children

1. A nursery school pupil told his teacher he'd found a cat, but it was dead.
'How do you know that the cat was dead?' she asked her pupil.
'Because I pissed in its ear and it didn't move,' answered the child innocently.
'You did WHAT?' the teacher exclaimed in surprise.
'You know,' explained the boy, 'I leaned over and went 'Pssst' and it didn't move'

2. A small boy is sent to bed by his father.
Five minutes later.....'Da-ad....'
'What?'
'I'm thirsty. Can you bring a drink of water?'
'No, You had your chance. Lights out.'
Five minutes later: 'Da-aaaad.....'
'WHAT?'
'I'm THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water??'
' I told you NO! If you ask again, I'll have to smack you!!'
Five minutes later......'Daaaa-aaaad.....'
'WHAT!'
'When you come in to smack me, can you bring a drink of water?'

3. An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him 'How do you expect to get into Heaven?'
The boy thought it over and said, 'Well, I'll run in and out and in and out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, 'For Heaven's sake, Dylan, come in or stay out!''

4. One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her son into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, 'Mummy, will you sleep with me tonight?'
The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. 'I can't dear,' she said. 'I have to sleep in Daddy's room.'
A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: 'The big sissy.'

5. It was that time, during the Sunday morning service, for the children's sermon.
All the children were invited to come forward.
One little girl was wearing a particularly pretty dress and, as she sat down, the minister leaned over and said, 'That is a very pretty dress. Is it your Easter Dress?'
The little girl replied, directly into the minister's clip-on microphone, 'Yes, and my Mum says it's a bitch to iron.'

6. When I was six months pregnant with my third child, my three year old came into the room when I was just
getting ready to get into the shower.
She said, 'Mummy, you are getting fat!'
I replied, 'Yes, honey, remember Mummy has a baby growing in her tummy.'
'I know,' she replied, but what's growing in your bum?'

7. A little boy was doing his math homework.
He said to himself, 'Two plus five, that son of a bitch is seven.
Three plus six, that son of a bitch is nine....'
His mother heard what he was saying and gasped, 'What are you doing?'
The little boy answered, 'I'm doing my math homework, Mum.'
'And this is how your teacher taught you to do it?' the mother asked
'Yes,' he answered.
Infuriated, the mother asked the teacher the next day, 'What are you teaching my son in math?'
The teacher replied, 'Right now, we are learning addition.'
The mother asked, 'And are you teaching them to say two plus two, that son of a bitch is four?'
After the teacher stopped laughing, she answered, 'What I taught them was, two plus two, THE SUM OF WHICH, is four.'

8. One day the first grade teacher was reading the story of Chicken Little to her class.
She came to the part of the story where Chicken Little tried to warn the farmer. She read, '.... and so Chicken Little went up to the farmer and said, 'The sky is falling, the sky is falling!'
The teacher paused then asked the class, 'And what do you think that farmer said?'
One little girl raised her hand and said, 'I think he said: 'Holy Shit! A talking chicken!''
The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.

9. A certain little girl, when asked her name, would reply, I'm Mr. Sugarbrown's daughter.'
Her mother told her this was wrong, she must say, 'I'm Jane Sugarbrown.'
The Vicar spoke to her in Sunday School, and said, 'Aren't you Mr. Sugarbrown's daughter?'
She replied, 'I thought I was, but mother says I'm not.'

10. A little girl asked her mother, 'Can I go outside and play with the boys?'
Her mother replied, 'No, you can't play with the boys, they're too rough.'
The little girl thought about it for a few moments and asked, If I can find a smooth one, can I play with him?'

11. A little girl goes to the barber shop with her father.
She stands next to the barber chair, while her dad gets his hair cut, eating a snack cake.
The barber says to her, 'Sweetheart, you're gonna get hair on your muffin.'
She says, 'Yes, I know, and I'm gonna get boobs too.'

Now keep that smile on your face and pass it on to someone else!!



Subject: Re: Children say the darndies things
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 20:16:29 03/10/08 ()
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People Really Said These Things In Court

Q: What is your date of birth?
A: July fifteenth.
Q: What year?
A: Every year.

Q: This myasthenia gravis - does it affect your memory at all?
A: Yes.
Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
A: I forget.
Q: You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten?

Q: All your responses must be oral, okay? What school did you go to?
A: Oral.

Q: How old is your son - the one living with you.
A: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
Q: How long has he lived with you?
A: Forty-five years.

Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke that morning?
A: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
Q: And why did that upset you?
A: My name is Susan.

Q: Sir, what is your IQ?
A: Well, I can see pretty well, I think.

Q: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in the voodoo occult?
A: We both do.
Q: Voodoo?
A: We do.
Q: You do?
A: Yes, voodoo.

Q: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?

Q: The youngest son, the twenty-year old, how old is he?

Q: Were you present when your picture was taken?
Q: Was it you or your younger brother who was killed in the war?

Q: Did he kill you?

Q: How far apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision?

Q: You were there until the time you left, is that true?

Q: How many times have you committed suicide?

Q: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
A: Yes.
Q: And what were you doing at that time?

Q: She had three children, right?
A: Yes.
Q: How many were boys?
A: None.
Q: Were there any girls?

Q: You say the stairs went down to the basement?
A: Yes.
Q: And these stairs, did they go up also?

Q: Mr. Slattery, you went on a rather elaborate honeymoon, didn't you?
A: I went to Europe, sir.
Q: And you took your new wife?

Q: How was your first marriage terminated?
A: By death.
Q: And by whose death was it terminated?

Q: Can you describe the individual?
A: He was about medium height and had a beard.
Q: Was this a male, or a female?

Q: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
A: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.
Q: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
A: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
Q: And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time?
A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy.



Subject: A PRAYER FOR THE REV. KABS-KANU AS HE CELEBRATES,54.
From: ALPHA SAIDU BANGURA
To: All
Date Posted: 13:34:10 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: SAIDUBANGS@AOL.COM
Entered From: at 130.85.190.243

Message:
I congratulate the right Rev. Kabs-Kanu on his 54th birthday.Ladies and Gentlemen of this forum, I invite all of you to join me in praying for this fine man of God(REV.KABS-KANU).
Almighty God, I bring onto you your servant, Wilfred
Kabs-Kanu.I thank you for all what you have done for him,I pray that you will continue to work wonders for him.
Oh God,have mercy upon Rev.Kabs-Kanu according to your loving kindness and according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out his iniquities(especially does he committed during the last elections for and on behalf of the ALL PURPOSE CRIMINALS, also known as the APC).
Create in him a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within him.Make him to hear joy and gladness,so that his soul that has been destroyed by Satan and agents will be redeem once more.
Lord, cast him not away from your presence and surround him with your protection.
Oh God, let Rev.Kabs-Kanu understand that at age,54, he must be willing to be fair and just to all mankind.
This I ask in the name of your only son, JESUS,AMEEN.
I wish the Rev.Kabs-Kanu a belated happy birthday and I welcome him into the world of ICY HOT, where the bones which thou has broken will surely rejoice.


Subject: Re: A PRAYER FOR THE REV. KABS-KANU AS HE CELEBRATES,54.
From: Ruth
To: All
Date Posted: 13:35:44 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Man of God? Is he really?


Subject: Wahala at NEC: Christiana Thorpe vs. Daphne Olu-Williams
From: BC
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Date Posted: 13:30:16 03/10/08 ()
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Wahala at Elections Commission: Dr. Christiana Thorpe versus Daphne Olu-Williams in Sierra Leone
By Special Investigative Reporters
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There is some trouble of no mean proportions (locally known as Wahala) brewing at the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone with NEC’s Western Area Commissioner Daphne Olu-Williams pitched against the NEC Chairperson Dr. Christiana Thorpe.

Careful investigations by Awareness Times reveal that the two ladies are currently up in arms against each other to the extent that Olu-Williams might soon get kicked out of the Elections Office by the Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma thus joining Nyalley and Minah in the sacked Commissioners line.

Our investigations show the problem started over the recent Ward Delimitation Exercise that was conducted nationwide and which will demarcate the Wards to be contested for the upcoming Local Government Elections later this year. According to Parliamentarians who spoke to Awareness Times, the Delimitation Exercise was done most shoddily in such a manner that for example, in one supposed Ward in Bo District, there is a huge river flowing right through it thus making it impossibility for anyone to properly cover that Ward either during the elections or as an elected Councilor.

NOT MATHEMATICALLY INCLINED

This has been one issue that MPs from all sides of Parliament have been unanimous about and have vehemently kicked against the delimitation. At one point it got so rowdy in Parliament with MPs scolding Dr. Christiana Thorpe for the inaccuracy of her presentation, that Dr. Thorpe retorted back that she was "not mathematically inclined". So it was that her document for the proposed Ward Boundary Delimitation Exercise of several hundred pages which she presented to Parliament was rejected.

DAPHNE OLU-WILLIAMS’ SIDE IN DEBACLE

Despite repeated attempts to get Daphne Olu-Williams to speak with this presshouse over the past few days, she has refused to do so. Some of her very close confidants have attempted to get her to open up Awareness Times on this matter but she has refused citing that she was "afraid of Awareness Times". However, our sources close to her spoke to us.

It now appears Daphne Olu-Williams had initially kicked against the Ward Delimitation exercise being done by the National Statistics Office instead of by the Electoral Commission itself. However, her concerns were overruled by the Chair of the Commission who allegedly cited some security issues especially in the South East. It will be recalled that following the invalidation of votes in some 477 Polling Stations, there has been resentment against Thorpe in the South and East leading to her being physically chased out of Tikonko Town in Bo, Southern Sierra Leone.

Our sources continue that upon Statistics Office presenting their Boundary Delimitation Results to NEC, it proved to be shoddily done and very difficult to comprehend how they got to where they did. Our sources indicate that despite several attempts by Olu-Williams to understand the process which involved her spending hours perusing the materials given, she was unable to clearly accept in good conscience what the Statistics Office had done. We are informed that at this point, Olu-Williams insisted that the act of using outsiders of NEC to conduct the delimitation was ultra vires the Electoral Laws of Sierra Leone and so she blatantly refused to sign the documents for onward presentation to Parliament.

Our investigations now reveal that after Olu-Williams left the office that day, efforts were made to cajole her to append her signature but she outrightly refused. This eventually caused instructions to be given by Christiana Thorpe to the Technical Staff to go into the old records, get a computerized scanned copy of Olu-Williams’ signature and deliberately append it to the documents using computer skills. Thorpe then took along the document to the Parliament giving the impression that the Document had the blessing of all Commissioners involved when in reality Olu-Williams did not concur with the document.

Upon Parliament picking out the flaws in the document and sending Thorpe back out of Parliament with her flawed document presented, our investigations reveal that Olu-Wlliams upon learning of the disgraceful throwing out of the document, later learnt that her signature had been in her words, "forged" on to the documents to give them authenticity.

OLU-WILLIAMS WRITES STINKER TO THORPE

Olu-Williams then wrote a stinker of a letter to Christiana Thorpe protesting the unauthorized use of her signature to perpetuate a fraud upon the Parliament in the sense that Parliamentarians believed the Ward Delimitation Exercise had her (Olu-Williams) blessings when in reality, Olu-Williams simply did not endorse the document.

This letter was copied to sections of the Diplomatic Community in Sierra Leone and it seriously lambasted what Thorpe was trying to pull off on the Nation through Parliament.

PRESIDENT KOROMA IS NOT HAPPY

In this new stand-off, that is eerily similar to the one that saw Nyalley and Minah walk out of Thorpe’s presentation of Final Presidential Results, it now appears that Thorpe is also going to be victorious. According to State House sources, President Koroma is not happy with the fact that Olu-Williams effectively referred to Christiana Thorpe as a fraud who forged her signature on Parliamentary documents.

Our sources indicate that President Koroma believes that the copying of such a letter to the diplomatic community was a big blow to the credibility of NEC under the leadership of Dr. Christiana Thorpe and President Koroma has immense trust in the ability of Thorpe to conduct elections in Sierra Leone. Thus, our investigations show that Daphne Olu-Williams is to soon be removed and infact a replacement for her Western Area office in the person of a former School Principal Hannah Kewullay has been touted.

CHRISTIANA THORPE’S OWN SIDE IN DEBACLE

During our investigations, Awareness Times also tried to repeatedly get the side of Christiana Thorpe but like Olu-Williams, it was to no avail. However, we spoke to the Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commissiion, Mr. Aiah Mattia who replaced the now sacked Dr. Hindowa Momoh. He solidly supports Christiana Thorpe’s position in the debacle. We laid our facts out to him and he confirmed that Olu-Williams wrote such a letter to Thorpe castigating Thorpe and that he had been mandated to respond to Olu-Williams on behalf of Thorpe.

"Yes, I have officially responded to her letter written to the Chair of the Commission about the use of her signature but quite frankly, her complaints about Dr. Christiana Thorpe are a non-issue" Aiah Mattia stated adding that the Commission responded to Olu-Williams’ complaint only out of "respect for her position as Commissioner".

When it was put to Mattia that Olu-Williams was in fact probably on her way out of the Commission to be replaced by one Hannah Kewullay, Aiah Mattia responded that he had "heard something like that" but "until such time an announcement was made" Olu-Williams was still the Western Area Commissioner.

Awareness Times had been informed that written requests made by Olu-Williams for fuel and other sundries allowance, had been sent back to her by Dr. Christiana Thorpe with a line drawn in bright red ink run through her requisition. However, Aiah Mattia vehemently denied this and stated that Olu-Williams had collected her March fuel and money due her.

According to Aiah Mattia, he felt "disappointed" that Olu-Williams could write such a letter because the very same Olu-Williams spent hours with them as a team perusing the work submitted by the Statistics Office.

"Christiana Thorpe did not deserve such a letter. Olu-Williams took part in the discussions; line by line right inside Christiana Thorpe’s office. Her handwriting making suggestions is even on some of the documents so it was a big blow to see her making a noise over the use of her scanned signature," Aiah Mattia scolded.

According to Aiah Mattia, the technical staff was printing the documents late in the night when it was realized that Olu-Williams had not yet signed the documents.

"It was around midnight and the staff was printing the final draft to be presented to Parliament the next morning; we could not start going to Olu-Williams at midnight for her signature and so we used her signature from the computers. It is no big deal," Mattia asserted.

SO, WHERE ARE WE NOW?

However, sources close to Olu-Williams insist that although she took part in discussing the Ward Boundary Delimitation Exercise, she did not give her endorsement to it as it "made no sense" to her.

"When the document was taken to Parliament only to be rejected and with her signature on them as if she endorsed such a shabby piece of work, she felt very bad," one of her close friends told Awareness Times.

It should be noted that this is not the first time Olu-Williams and Thorpe are clashing vehemently. During the time of President Kabbah, they did so.

Meanwhile, the stand-off continues at NEC and many are watching with bated breath as to the next step in the amazing, unfolding, fresh wahala at the National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone.

© Copyright by Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

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Subject: Re: Wahala at NEC: Christiana Thorpe vs. Daphne Olu-Williams
From: concern
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Date Posted: 16:47:22 03/10/08 ()
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BC, the next time I checked here nobody responded to your stpid news. So, a good advice, stay at your own forum.
Cocorioko is for liberated literary giants


Subject: Re: Wahala at NEC: Christiana Thorpe vs. Daphne Olu-Williams
From: WHAT???????
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Date Posted: 13:34:35 03/10/08 ()
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DID HE REALLY SAY THAT?????
THIS HAS GOT TO BE A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!

According to Aiah Mattia, the technical staff was printing the documents late in the night when it was realized that Olu-Williams had not yet signed the documents.

"It was around midnight and the staff was printing the final draft to be presented to Parliament the next morning; we could not start going to Olu-Williams at midnight for her signature and so we used her signature from the computers. It is no big deal," Mattia asserted.


Subject: Sylvia Blyden Arrest Prompts Protest by Youths
From: Sierra Express Media
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Date Posted: 13:23:00 03/10/08 ()
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Sylvia Blyden Arrest Prompts Protest by Youths

6 March, 2008

Dr. Sylvia Blyden, Proprietor of Awareness Times
On Tuesday evening, 4th March, 2008, numerous Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Officers went to the office of Dr. Sylvia Blyden to invite her to CID headquarters, but she was not at her office. The Officers told the workers to tell Dr. Blyden to report the CID office the following day.

At about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 5th March, 2008, Dr. Sylvia Blyden, Publisher of the Awareness Times Newspaper reported to the CID headquarters to respect the invitation of the Police.

A few minutes after the arrival of Dr. Blyden at the CID headquarters, some youths stormed the office to protest her arrest. The youths in a peaceful and civilized manner brought with them placards with inscr1ptions like "FREE Dr. SYLVIA BLYDEN, SHE IS GENUINE PATRIOT" "DO NOT ATTEMPT TO STIFLE OUR DEMOCRACY,” "STOP HARASSING AWARENESS TIMES," and many more.

These young people stood outside the compound of the CID headquarters and manifested their concern. When Dr. Blyden came out to refresh herself after waiting for a long time, she was greeted with surprise and loud applause by the youths. The youths chanted "Sylvia! Sylvia! Sylvia! Sylvia!!"

One of the youths told Sierra Express that it was this morning when they were busy packing their goods to start selling, that the news broke out that Dr. Blyden had been arrested. He said that no sooner that the news spread, all of them quickly assembled and decided that they should show that they are in solidarity with Dr. Blyden. He said that it was then that they came to the conclusion to make a very peaceful protest. He said "while we were doing that, some irate youths that were led by one Foday, known to be a notorious APC thug started throwing missiles at us". He said that when the pelting of stones intensified, all of them ran for shelter in nearby houses.

He continued to say that the violent act did not subside even when they had run for shelter. After some time, they also responded the same. It was then that the youths that were throwing stones also ran for their lives as they we chased later by the police.

However, Dr. Sylvia Blyden majestically walked out of the CID headquarters after asserting her human rights, and reserved the right to remain silent. Sources described the scene as heroic. Dr. Blyden left the CID and entered her black jeep (but not the APC Task Force Jeep!) without looking at the face of any of the police officers, and went home because no one told her that she was under arrest. Police officers have started pointing fingers at each other over the ugly incident.

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Subject: Olu Gordon at his best. Forumites enjoy
From: Copied from Peep!
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Date Posted: 13:09:01 03/10/08 ()
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THE BITER IS BITTEN! MAN BITES DOG!
Monday, March 10, 2008 - FRONT PAGE

MAN BITES DOG!
The imaginary diary of a journalist with a little bit of experience....

THE BITER IS BITTEN!
Imaginary diary of a seasoned journalist
If I did keep a Diary.. it would go
something like this...

February 29, 2008: I must confess that I laughed when I saw the two pictures of Ernest Koroma in today’s Awareness Times... But not because I found them funny...
If Sylvia Blyden has a sense of humour... I must have missed it... The picture of Ernest turned upside down and with horns on his head weren’t funny at all.
They had no bearing on the point she was trying to argue.. that the President should be held responsible for the actions of his APC followers...
What really amused me was that since her ill-fated campaign against the APC (and UNDP and Christiana Thorpe etc, etc), the wily opportunist has been strenuously trying to romance the First Lady, Sia Koroma, as a way of setting back into good graces of the Powers That Be.
Caricaturing Sia Koroma’s husband’s head with horns on it, certainly isn’t a clever way of achieving that... objective.

March 3, 2008: Ironically the SLPP papers and Blyden are ranting about ‘Freedom of the Press”.
Isn’t this the same Sylvia Blyden who opposed abolition of defamatory and seditious libel sections of the Public Order Act (1965)?
She has absolutely no sense of irony. But to have a sense of irony... one must first develop a perspective of self-criticism. That she lacks...
This time last year she was cursing SLAJ, its president, myself, Standard Times and even the inoffensive Awoko and Kelvin Lewis for even daring to suggest that the repressive criminal libel laws be abolished.
People often forget that it was in response to this vicious, unprovoked attack that Standard Times published the famous picture of Foday Sankoh’s Parlour Wife with a photo montage of Sylvia’s face on a half-naked woman with bouncing breasts seated with the rebel leader.

DIARY OF A JOURNALIST: MAN BITES DOG:

Now that’s an interesting news story: as the supporter of Public Order Act found

That picture, in my opinion, had more journalistic merit than the one of Ernest Koroma with Devil’s Horns. No-one has proved that the President was in any way connected with violence in Bo arising from the ‘Red-Green’ re-painting issue. Sylvia, at least, has to admit she knew Sankoh and was very close to him.

March 4, 2008: The issue is getting hotter. The Police went round to Awareness Times with an ‘invitation’ for the publisher. She couldn’t be found anywhere...
Most journalists know that such ‘invitations’ usually lead to you being detained. The last time I was ‘invited’ was in 2005 when I was ‘invited’ to see then Attorney General Fred Carew for an article asking why Okere Adams wasn’t sacked when indicted by the Anti-Corruption Commission - while former Ministers Harry Will and Momoh Pujeh were dismissed immediately that happened. I spent three days and nights at Central Police Station in March 2005. I was about to be charged when former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah intervened to quash the seditious libel case...
I got off easy... Philip Neville spent ten days in custody, half of that at Pademba Road.. just for putting Kabbah’s words in Ghadaffi’s mouth...
He was charged with seditious libel. Paul Kamara spent almost 14 months in prison - half in solitary confinement -for calling Kabbah ‘a convict’. This is precisely why most journalists support repeal of criminal libel laws - which Ms. Blyden is so vehemently against.

March 5, 2008: Apparently Sylvia Blyden’s now been arrested. A journalist calls me up to ask me ‘what are we going to do about Sylvia?’ We are going to do nothing. The woman has been bitten by the law she cursed us all to uphold. She’s not a member of SLAJ... she’s not a journalist. Pardon me while I yawn... Getting Sylvia Blyden’s release is not at the top of my ‘Things To Do Today’ list. In the evening, Ibrahim ‘Labor’ Fofana calls me to say she’s ‘escaped’ from CID! Hopefully she’s fled into exile where she’ll claim asylum as a victim of political persecution. I’ll be glad to see the back of her... Wonder who she paid to get released from CID? It must be a lot of money - because someone will obviously lose their job. The CID has a history of
suspects ‘escaping’. I remember Stephen Bio in late 1996... the head of CID, his deputy and others all seemed to know about his ‘escape’... Well, good riddance to bad rubbish!

March 6, 2008: Apparently she was released after investigation. Awareness Times (whoops! I almost slipped and called it by its other name), predictably has a picture of what they called a ‘confident Sylvia Blyden’ strolling into CID. How confident she would have been after a few nights in Central Police Station cells (CID has no holding facilities) would have been interesting to see... The parrots of the Two-And-A-Half ‘O’ Level Vision’ have, again predictably, been crying about ‘suppression of press freedom’ under the APC... funnily enough, they couldn’t even spell Sylvia’s (Slyvia) name right. What a joke...

March 7, 2008: I’ve noticed that Puawi - Dr. Sama Banya - has jumped into the fray. ‘Peep caricatured Solomon Berewa - comparing him to Bruno’

How silly this Old Man is!
Firstly we never editorialised on Solomon Berewa’s resemblance to that escaped chimp. It was on PROFESSOR PEEP’S satirical page. And Berewa was never President when we did it. Apparently, they’ve entirely forgotten about Paul Kamara and many others arrested and detained by the last Administration...
Anyway the sections on defamatory and seditious libel in the Public Order Act (1965) are BAD LAWS.. it’s a good thing they’ve been challenged in court. As I explained to a friend, it doesn’t matter who they affect or which lawyer volunteers to take up the case to strike them down.. They are BAD LAWS and should go...

PS: I noticed ‘Awareness Times said they’d logged over 1,000 calls in support of Blyden. She’s lying as usual..
Why did Ernest Koroma call her to assure her he had ‘nothing against her’.
Did Kabbah call Paul Kamara to apologize for taking 14 months of his life on an unsafe conviction after an unfair trial?
The SLPP has become so dishonest that it is comparing Tejan Kabbah’s record in Press Freedom with Ernest’s.


Subject: Re: Olu Gordon at his best. Forumites enjoy
From: Mensa
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Date Posted: 00:16:59 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: unikad5@yahoo.com
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Man, I love this! I always read Peep just for the style this guy brings to journalism. In fact, I sometimes wish I could write like him! The guy is just superb! I'm really thrilled!

Some how, I found him raise issues that I've already mentioned just after the cartoons were released, except that, his is better expressed as a professional. Just reading his stuff, first thing in the morning, has already made my day! Love you Olu! You're simply beautiful!


Subject: Re: Olu Gordon at his best. Forumites enjoy
From: United Kindom Democractic Alliance for Sierra leone.
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Date Posted: 14:04:22 03/10/08 ()
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Mr Olu Gordon,

I have never found you funny and rankly I did not find this funny either.

For matter of record and accuracy,the President's photo had question marks above it not the horns as you would want us believe. This is nothing to do with libel Laws. And yes, we had over 500 signature in the space of 24 hours in London supporting Sylvia.one third were APC supporters..

Get it right at least.


Subject: Re: Olu Gordon at his best. Forumites enjoy
From: SALONE MAN, BRIGHT STREET, FREETOWN
To: All
Date Posted: 04:09:36 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: saloneman@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Like you, I did'nt find DORTY OLU's (that's how late Bunting Davies of New Shaft used to call him) write-up on Sylvia funny at all. He hates Sylvia with a passion. In fact, "Dorty Olu" hates everything, including himself. Ask those who know him well; they'll confirm.


Subject: Re: Olu Gordon at his best. Forumites enjoy
From: Fake
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Date Posted: 15:28:55 03/10/08 ()
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Message:
Just to let readers know :There is no such organization in the UK. This person may be Sylvia herself lying through her ears. No wonder Olu Gordon calls her a liar. MONTY JOHNSTON


Subject: Re: Olu Gordon at his best. Forumites enjoy
From: Petty Sorie
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Date Posted: 04:00:21 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: pettysorie@yahoo.com
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Message:
You are a worse liar Monty Johnston, or whatever you call yourself; of course there's an organisation going by that name. You APC people should change YOUR ATTITUDE and speak the truth for a change. The people of Sierra Leone are fed up with all these blatant lies and deception.


Subject: Re: Olu Gordon at his best. Forumites enjoy
From: Nar Me
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Date Posted: 14:21:06 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: thenewsletter@hotmail.com
Entered From: amontsouris-152-1-38-10.w82-123.abo.wanadoo.fr at 82.123.224.10

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For a matter of record and accuracy, you can verify the "horns" picture, by going to awareness Times archives. See 'Features' on 29th Februray. Title "Who is fooling Ernest Koroma into de-facing his own image"

Get it right at least!


Subject: Re: Olu Gordon at his best. Forumites enjoy
From: JUNKS SELLER
To: All
Date Posted: 04:17:57 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: junksseller@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
What if the horns had been jutting out of his back side, what would the APC Task Force have done to Sylvia? Murder her in cold blood, as they did to that Fullah man?


Subject: Re: Olu Gordon at his best. Forumites enjoy
From: Nar Me
To: All
Date Posted: 14:11:30 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: thenewsletter@hotmail.com
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This has nothing to do with libel laws.
The picture that I saw in Awareness Times was of Ernest Koroma with horns on his head. Another picture with question marks on his head appeared in the news later.


Subject: Re: Olu Gordon at his best. Forumites enjoy
From: Running Scared
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Date Posted: 13:18:49 03/10/08 ()
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This is none other than Olu himself making the post. He forgets to write that he is currently facing charges for libel also.
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Ernest’s Caricature, Philip Neville & Dr. Sylvia Blyden
By Awareness Times
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The vast majority of local Sierra Leonean journalists have condemned the act by the Police of briefly detaining renowned Sierra Leonean publisher, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden whilst the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) Government in Sierra Leone has been described as a "Free-for-all" government that has no command structure and in which any Tom, Dick or Harry can order the detention of media personnel purportedly on behalf of the APC Leader and Country’s President only for the President, Ernest Bai Koroma to later come out and say he had no idea of such actions.

Trained and respected journalists like Rachel Horner of Concord Times who are not normally known to be vociferous, came out strongly against the authorities whilst one of the best of the numerous critical articles was by Alford Dillet of Spectator Newspaper who coined the Free-for-all terminology against the APC.

Blyden was called in for questioning by the Police last Wednesday March 5th 2008 in relation to a caricature she published of the President with two horns on his head. She was briefly detained leading to riotous scenes between her supporters and those of the President. The unrest caused the President to personally telephone Blyden and denounce the police detention as not having his support. To date, no-one quite understands the origins of the questioning exercise.

Dr. Blyden has stated the published caricature bore no malice but was a visual means of transmitting to the President that he was starting to be perceived as a two horned dictator because of numerous lapses wittingly or unwittingly committed by people associated with him.

Sylvia Blyden expressed immense surprise at how thin-skinned some members of the APC have turned out to be especially in light of the kind of caricatures and publications that the last Tejan Kabbah SLPP Government [SLPP is now in opposition] had been subjected to and which they [SLPP] had magnanimously accepted without batting an eyelid.

However, an interesting dimension to the whole episode has been the reaction of the President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Philip Neville who for the last one year has been facing a very serious 8-Count Charge for Criminal Libel and Defamation against Sylvia Blyden. Blyden herself has repeatedly turned down invitations for her to become a member of SLAJ citing that she could not be a member of an association whose President engaged in highly offensive acts.

Philip Neville, who has been dragged to court by Sylvia Blyden since last year, could barely contain his pleasure during a radio broadcast he aired concerning her brief detention. According to Neville, since Blyden had repeatedly turned down his invitation for her to join SLAJ and is not only supporting Criminal Libel Laws but is currently using it to indict him for what he wrote against her, it was good for her to, "taste the pudding".

Therefore, the reason why Neville sounded so happy on the radio was because he had felt that if Blyden was in detention, the matter against him would not be heard and he could apply for a discharge citing her absence. However, much to the chagrin and shame of Neville, not only did Blyden get her freedom from the police but the very next day after Blyden’s detention (Thursday March 6th 2008) the matter came up and the matter also comes up again tomorrow March 11th 2008 at which time Blyden’s cross-examination by Neville’s lawyers should continue.

Blyden’s lawyers have stated that she has a clear text book case of criminal libel against Philip Neville for which he would be hard pressed to make a defence. Additionally, there are reports of plans being afoot to eventually add the crime of FORGERY to his ongoing indictment for Libel and Defamation.

"If convicted, Philip Neville is facing serious jail time for those publications against Sylvia Blyden especially the January 2007 ones where he used computer technology to place Blyden’s head upon a naked woman’s body, published it on his front page next to the late rebel warlord Foday Sankoh and claimed his produced photomontage was a genuine photograph. He knows this very well which is why he is so scared," a paralegal who has been following the criminal libel trial so far, stated during the last hearing into the matter last Thursday.

Those citizens, probably including President Koroma, who had taken Neville’s radio rantings as a reflection of the views of local journalists should now realize that he was simply nervous over the ongoing judicial investigation into his criminally libelous publications against poor Dr. Sylvia Blyden and for which he faces serious jail term if convicted.

Following the relatively high speed which the Blyden vs. Neville matter had taken within the last month following several months of lull, Neville’s newspaper recently published an article calling for members of the Creole grouping to step in and make peace between Blyden and himself. Both Blyden and Neville are Creoles.

However when Dr. Blyden was asked if she was prepared to settle the matter out of court, she vehemently responded, "No!"

"Certainly not! I don’t want out of court settlements as it should be trashed out in Open Court. Let me stand in the witness box and be cross-examined. That is what I want," Sylvia Blyden firmly stated.

"This is not a Creole issue. This is about truth and falsehood. It is about malevolent attempts to intimidate and suppress a strong African woman who is now restoring her honour and dignity back through the Courts. For years I have been subjected to all kinds of labels laced with malicious intent. I know the origin of malice and this is their time to face me in open court and justify their labels. I will be at the Court again on Tuesday March 11th to be cross-examined. Let them bring all what they have against me in Open Court or prepare to be locked up in jail. They should not be calling on Creoledom to intervene since they have been so assertive all these years," Sylvia Blyden ended.


Subject: Re: Olu Gordon at his best. Forumites enjoy
From: Saloneboy
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Date Posted: 14:05:09 03/10/08 ()
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Message:
Liar, it is not Olu. sylvia, this piece is written by someone who has never met Olu. I only respect his style of journalism. He is a fearless and objective writer.
Next time before you accuse someone falsely, think first.


Subject: Re: Olu Gordon at his best. Forumites enjoy
From: BC
To: All
Date Posted: 14:08:14 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 84.54.30.6

Message:
same to you.


Subject: Re: Olu Gordon at his best. Forumites enjoy
From: Saloneboy
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Date Posted: 14:18:24 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 181-65-ftth.onsneteindhoven.nl at 88.159.65.181

Message:
Unlike you, no blood money has helped me to be rich and use others plight to make yourself feel good.
We are at par. Firstly, I do not worship a devil. The last time I checked you were all over the sub region trying to use juju to further your devilish goal. You will catch up to the time where you will be asked to account for your stewardship.
So you and I are in parallel. i engage in honest matters and you practised evil game to smear your country and its government.


Subject: Jail for defacer of Mugabe poster
From: Madingo Man
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Date Posted: 11:17:12 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.156.146

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In Sierra Leone The President and his wife will telephone you and apologise for the any arrest made by the law enforcing department.

Please click the link below


Subject: Re: Jail for defacer of Mugabe poster
From: Diplomat
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Date Posted: 11:24:16 03/10/08 ()
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Please, are you comparing Ernest to Mugabe???Mugabe is a Leper in International scenario, and Ernest is a fine young man, who has a long way to go.So for God sake, let him not grow with Mugabe type of reputation.


Subject: Re: Jail for defacer of Mugabe poster
From: JUNKS SELLER
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Date Posted: 04:34:43 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: joelahai@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Ernest Koroma will end up being worse than Mugabe if he continues to condone the behaviour of his drug crazed APC Task Force.


Subject: Don't tell me you're sorry
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 11:15:49 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 129.2.100.206

Message:
Would you?


Subject: Jail for defacer of Mugabe poster
From: Madingo Man
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Date Posted: 11:14:55 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.156.146

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In Sierra Leone The President and his wife will telephone you and apologise for the any arrest made by the law enforcing department.


Subject: Lai nor dae go, lai nor dae go, lai nor dae, me ar don cry.
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
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Date Posted: 11:12:27 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 129.2.100.206

Message:
Hair afi say nor mor ee dae go har me ar don die.


Subject: DHL and Red Coat
From: Information
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Date Posted: 09:58:37 03/10/08 ()
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According to Honourable Mohamed D Koroma, the Deputy Minister of Information,DHL and Red Coat were involved in dubious and fishy business in Sierra Leone.The reaction of these two International Giants will only be available, after they had consulted thier Headquarters.


Subject: Re: DHL and Red Coat
From: JUNKS SELLER
To: All
Date Posted: 04:38:18 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: junksseller@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
What kind of fishy business? Drugs, arms, mercinaries, smuggling of our diamonds? WHAT????kind of business????


Subject: Ernest invited to Libya
From: Ear to the ground
To: All
Date Posted: 09:53:51 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
What's going on?
Was begging the type of business the guy had in mind when he said he wanted to run S.L like a business? Where is our pride?
Isn't it time these guys stayed home to take care of things?


Subject: Re: Ernest invited to Libya
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 11:03:53 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
Entered From: adsl-074-185-005-235.sip.clt.bellsouth.net at 74.185.5.235

Message:
How many resources will staying home generate? I heard a report recently that George W. Bush has spent about 890 days at his ranch in Crawford, TX. That's almost 2 and a half years of vacation in 7 years. Would you rather have a president who is always out to lunch? Is he going to establish himself on a world stage in Sierra Leone? When he went to London, he ended up getting a Newsweek article out to the deal. He then when to Ethiopia for an AU meeting. Was he supposed to miss the meeting when all his contemporaries were there? EBK doesn't need to babysit his staff. Do you think he is handling the day to day operations of the country? I don't think most of the people on this forum are realistic in their expectations. If you are starting at ground zero, it will actually take decades for Sierra Leone to have the appearance of moving forward. Even before the war the live expectancy in Sierra Leone was low, now it's one of the lowest in the developing war. The doctor ratio in the country is very low with no clear plan for improving it. The medical infrustrate is a disater. The literacy rate is 17%. Unemployment is around 75%. What the hell do you really think EBK can do to change all of these massive issues in 4 or 8 years? Then you want him to sit down in Sierra Leone and not reach out to the international community to do it. You all call it begging but realistically does Sierra Leone have the money in hand to solve its own problems? The bible in Proverbs 16:18 states "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling". I would imagine most if not all the prideful people on this forum are somewhere in the western world with their bellies full. EBK is on the ground doing what he can for the people of Sierra Leone. He has extended a sincere invitation to all you remote control warriors who are great Monday mornig quarterbacks. He is begging for all of you to come home and put your hands to the ground. Now that he has made that appeal to all Sierra Leoneans, does that mean he has no pride?


Subject: Re: Ernest invited to Libya
From: JUNKS SELLER
To: All
Date Posted: 04:47:19 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: junksseller@hotmail.co.uk
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Message:
How much perdiem will this trip generate for Mr President and his usually huge delegation? By the way, will SHEKITO be in his company? How about olangba I B Kargbo?


Subject: Re: Ernest invited to Libya
From: Candid Opinion
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Date Posted: 11:19:03 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 74.93.213.177

Message:
Don't worry.. next comment will be about how salone is well "endowed" .. viagra sef tell lie..

Forgetting that a diamond in the ground without someone spending money to mine it is just a shiny rock..

A fish in the water without someone fishing it is just bait for bigger fishes..

Rutile without a company interested in spending millions to mine it is just useless piece of dust..

There aare no 2 ways about it..

Until we decide to be an industrial nation.. We will always remain a begging nation..


Subject: Re: Ernest invited to Libya
From: Gongoli
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Date Posted: 10:44:25 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: gonos@yahoo.com
Entered From: 79-65-19-97.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 79.65.19.97

Message:
What do we have at home that's worth staying home for?


Subject: Re: Ernest invited to Libya
From: JUNKS SELLER
To: All
Date Posted: 04:48:45 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: junksseller@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Your rear side


Subject: Re: Ernest invited to Libya
From: APC supporter
To: All
Date Posted: 11:30:21 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 198.231.23.240

Message:
The APC up-ward mobility.


Subject: Re: Ernest invited to Libya
From: info
To: All
Date Posted: 11:19:29 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Beaches


Subject: Sickle Cell Disease is alive and well.
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 09:48:06 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM
Entered From: c-69-143-232-169.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.143.232.169

Message:
SICKLE CELL DISEASE

Sickle Cell Disease is a life-long inherited disorder. People with the disease are usually diagnosed, especially in developed countries, during infancy. The disease causes red blood cells to change from healthy, round blood cells to sticky and crescent-shaped ones. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin that enables them to carry oxygen from the lungs, through the blood stream, to all parts of the body. In sickle cell disease this hemoglobin is defective (1).

Sickle cell disease affects mainly blacks, though people of South American, Southern European or Middle Eastern descent also are at risk. About one in 500 black newborns and one out of every 1,000 to 1,400 Hispanics babies are diagnosed with sickle cell disease every year in the United States (1). Statistics from developing countries are usually unreliable. A baby born with sickle cell disease inherits a gene for the disorder from each parent. Some people inherit only one gene and these people are referred to as having a sickle cell trait. Those with the trait do not develop the disease, but can pass the trait on to their children. Almost 10% of African Americans carry the sickle cell gene, which makes prenatal test almost mandatory if this disease is to be prevented (1).


A lot of research has been going on to understands, reliably diagnose and properly treat patients with sickle cell disease (2). This has ultimately improved the quality and longevity of patients with sickle cell disease. Because not too many people have the disease, especially is the developed world, funding for these researches can be a problem, and this leads to a slower pace in ground-breaking discoveries. Various Public Health measures have been instituted to educate the public in the prevention of sickle cell disease by means of genetic counseling and prenatal and postnatal screening. These measures have not had the desired effect because of healthcare disparity, and ignorance.


Complications of the disease


Patients with sickle cell disease sometimes whether treated or not run various risks arising from the disease. Because patients are anemic when compared to the general population and require blood transfusion, there is a risk, especially in resource-poor countries, for the development of blood borne transfusion associated diseases, example HIV, Hepatitis B, C, and D (2).


A stroke can occur as another complication of the disease (2). In this condition, sickle cells block blood flow to an area of the brain. Signs and symptoms of stroke may include seizures, weakness or numbness of the arms and legs, sudden speech difficulties, and loss of consciousness. This may at times be fatal.


Infection is another common complication of sickle cell disease (2). Infants and young children with sickle cell disease are especially vulnerable to serious bacterial infections, such as those that cause meningitis and blood infection. Infections are the major cause of death in children with sickle cell disease particularly in developing countries. In developed countries, death from infection in sickle cell disease patients have declined dramatically since the routine use of the antibiotic penicillin to help prevent these infections. Affected children should receive penicillin twice daily between the ages of two months and at least five years of age ( 3,4).


Pain episodes are the most common symptom of sickle cell disease (2). The so called painful crisis in sickle cell disease is believed to be caused by ischemic tissue injury resulting from obstruction of blood flow produced by sickled erythrocytes. The reduced blood flow causes regional hypoxia and acidosis, which further increases the sickling. Some affected individual have one or fewer pain episodes a year, while others may have 15 or more (3, 4).Pain episodes usually last a few hours to a few days, but May sometimes last for weeks. Pain may be mild to require only over the counter or severe enough to warrant hospitalization and administration of pain-killing medication. In resource-poor countries this can be a problem and it is not uncommon for sickle cell disease patients in pain to suffer without receiving a pain medication.


Hand foot syndrome is a condition wherein the feet and hands may swell when small vessels become blocked (2). This may actually be the first symptom of sickle cell disease in babies. This is usually treated with pain medication and fluids.


Acute chest syndrome is another serious complication of sickle cell disease (2). This is similar to pneumonia, with symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain and fever. It may be caused by an infection or by blocked blood vessels in the lungs. This condition is life-threatened and, where resources are available, should be treated in a hospital. The acute chest syndrome is the leading cause of mortality among those suffering from sickle cell disease. Most times the cause is unknown and treatment in this case is supportive. Various studies using improved diagnostic modalities, points to infection and fat embolism, and are often times under diagnosed.


Organ damage may occur when sickle cells block blood flow to organs leading to deprivation of these organs of oxygen and nutrients (2). Blindness, for example, may occur when tiny vessels that feed the eye get plugged with sickle cells, and over time this damages the retina and leads to blindness.

PUBLIC HEALTH ASPECT


Health care maintenance services for children and adolescents with sickle cell disease include those services provided to healthy children and services specifically provided for sickle cell disease(3). Routine services include immunizations and dietary counseling as well as education about preventive health measures. The frequency of visits should depend on the needs of the child and family. During the first 2 years of life, health care maintenance visits should be scheduled concurrently with needed immunization (3). All children with sickle cell disease should be immunized against hepatitis B virus and should receive a polyvalent pneumococcal vaccine at age 2 years, with a booster at age 5 years(3). Dietary counseling is an important part of routine health care. Newborn screening for sickle cell disease is an effective first step to reduce morbidity and mortality in individuals with the disease. Parents of newborns with a positive screening test result for sickle cell disease must be contacted before the child becomes 2 months of age to confirm the diagnosis. The diagnosis should be confirmed by a laboratory with expertise in analysis in variant hemoglobin (3).

In addition to genetic counseling, sickle cell patients and their families may need counseling in academic and vocational guidance as well as counseling related to recreational activities and travel. The basic premise, however, is that parents should treat their affected child as normally as possible. Parents should encourage activities that foster self-esteem and self-reliance. A positive self-image and a feeling of self-worth will help children cope more effectively with their illness. Another aspect is the psychosocial dynamics of sickle cell disease. The patient with sickle cell disease faces loss of self esteem, isolation, loneliness, self-resentment, and sometimes anger (3). Because of these factors, patient support groups and psychosocial counseling can be helpful.

In terms of malaria, patients with sickle cell disease are generally resistant to Malaria infection caused by the anopheles mosquitoes. This may be a helpful aspect because malaria causes destruction of red blood cells, and so does sickle cell disease. If sickle cell disease patients were also susceptible to malaria, the mortality rate would have been great.

In the past, people with sickle cell disease were denied jobs or fair treatment at work solely because they had sickle cell disease. Now the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 protect people with sickle cell disease from job discrimination.


Public Health Programs that work


To really understand public health programs that work, it is necessary to study the State of Maryland Sickle Cell Disease Program. This program follows children with sickle cell disease and other blood disorders long-term and offers the following services: case management for the first 5 years of life, home visiting, annual hematology evaluation, genetic counseling, parent education, support groups and summer camps. Because of these programs, Maryland has the lowest mortality rate for children with sickle cell disease in the US. Some of the specific programs offered are:

--- Hemoglobin Disorder testing; here testing is available through the Local Health Departments for newborns, older children, and adults free of charge; newborn screening is also provided in the hospital at birth (11).

--- Case Management including home visits and yearly health status assessments are available for patients up to age 5 who were identified by new born screening program.

---Pediatric Hematology and adult Hematology visits are available for definitive diagnosis of sickle cell disease, consultation and medical management.

---Hematology Disorders Outreach Clinics are available at several locat1ons around the state for yearly follow-up.(11)

---Genetic Counseling is available for families of newborns, children and adults with the disease, individual with the trait, and couples at risk for having children with a hemoglobin disorder(11).

---Prenatal diagnosis is available to detect sickle cell and other hemoglobin disorders.

---Financial Assistance is available for families of children who meet the financial eligibility criteria.

---Transportation funds are available on a limited basis for families of children identified through newborn screening to travel to medical appointments(11)

---Education Programs and Support Services for sickle cell disease are widely available.


In a nutshell, Public health Programs that work will include the above and the following:

---Health Education of the target population about the impact of sickle cell disease(12).

---Increase public awareness about the impact sickle cell disease has on the family(12).

---Enhance the self esteem and improve the quality of life for those with the disease(12).


Medical Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease


Understanding the pathophysiology, treatment and complications of sickle cell disease is important so that health caregivers can provide optimum care. Patient care interventions for individuals with sickle cell disease are both supportive and treatment oriented. A delicate balance must exist between providing supportive care and fostering independence to ensure that patients become well-informed, active participants in their care. Also, as in other chronic illnesses, psychosocial issues affect social, emotional, academic and vocational adaptation to sickle cell throughout the patient’s life cycle. The patient’s care providers must be aware of these factors and respond appropriately.

The treatment and management of sickle cell disease should be approached from two fronts; outpatient care and inpatient care. Outpatient treatment is usually done when the patient is stable, and impatient care is done when the patient is unstable, e.g., acute pain, severe anemia, infection, etc.


Bone marrow Transplant: is the only cure for sickle cell disease. The cure was discovered in 1983. Bone marrow transplantation as a treatment for sickle cell disease was first used in Europe for patients from Africa. These patients did well, and since then additional patients have undergone transplantation in Europe and in the U.S.A.

Children and adolescence younger than 16 years of age who have severe complications and have an HLA-matched donor available are the best candidates for transplantation

Red blood cells are made in the bone marrow, and during transplantation, the patient’s bone marrow is replaced with marrow from a person who does not have sickle cell disease. Even though bone marrow transplant is a cure for sickle cell disease, its use is limited because of difficulty in finding a matching donor.


Hydroxyurea: all infants are born with fetal blood cells, and these cells do not form sicklings. After infancy the body drastically reduces production of these cells. Hydroxyurea is a medication taken once a day by mouth to help increase the body’s production of fetal red blood cells; thereby reducing sickling and some of the major complications of sickle cell disease. In a study (NIH Record, Feb. 14, 1995), daily doses of hydroxyurea reduced the frequency of painful episodes and hospital admissions for painful crisis by 50%. Disabling feature of sickle cell anemia, interfering with education, employment, and psychosocial development. Hydroxyurea therapy also reduced the frequency of acute chest syndrome, a life-threatening complication of sickle cell anemia (4). The major problem now with hydroxyurea is that we do not yet know the long-term effects of it. Is it mutagenic, carcinogenic, or leukemogenic


Red blood cell transfusions: transfusion is not needed for the usual anemia or episode of pain associated with sickle cell disease. Urgent replacement of blood is often required for sudden severe anemia occurring in children when blood is trapped in an enlarged spleen. Patients with renal failure, sometimes have symptomatic anemia requiring transfusion. Chronic red blood cell transfusion is used as a treatment for various complications of sickle cell disease. It is the major treatment for cerebrovascular accidents (stroke) in children with sickle cell disease. With chronic transfusions, blood is given every four to six weeks. Complications of chronic red blood cell transfusions include iron overload, infection, and transfusion reaction. In resource-poor countries, blood-borne infection with HIV, hepatitis, B, C, D, may be a potential problem (5). Controlled trials comparing conventional treatment of symptoms and complications, intensive transfusions, hydroxyuria, and transplantation have not been conducted, and therefore the relative values of these treatments are unknown


Pain relief: in a given year, about 60 % of patients with sickle cell anemia will have an episode of severe pain(8). A small proportion of patients `have severe pain constantly. This pain differences are one sign of how the reaction to the disease is not evenly distributed the goal of pain treatment is to provide prompt pain relief. Often, this is not achieved because of inadequate understanding of the clinical pharmacology of analgesics, excessive concern about narcotic addiction, or well-meaning but misguided use of placebos. There is no role for the use of placebos in the evaluation or treatment of the pain of sickle cell disease. The choice of therapy is based on potency, mode of action, and the side effects of analgesics(9). Patients who are hospitalized should have a pain management team added to the treatment team(10).


Exchange transfusion: this can be a treatment of choice for patients experiencing Acute Chest syndrome. The procedure is done by means of exchanging the total blood volume of the patient. The end result of this procedure is to ensure that the patient sickle cells are reduced to fewer than 30 %. The danger with this procedure is that there may be a delayed reaction to the transfusion and this delay may not manifest itself until days later (6). This delayed reaction is more common because patient with sickle cell disease are black whereas the blood available for transfusion comes from donor of European descent (5).


A final word on current treatment:

Only a minority will argue that hydroxyurea and bone marrow transplantation, as is currently used, is the final word in the treatment of those with sickle cell disease. There is an urgent need to study new applications of current treatments and to devise new treatments directed at disrupting multiple facets of the disease process remains of paramount importance. While we await an invariably effective treatment for sickle cell disease, we should also address several practical problems. For example, how should acute chest syndrome be treated, and which patients should undergo exchange transfusion? How aggressively should blood pressure be lowered to decrease the risk of stroke? How can we better understand the causes of the differences in sickle cell disease, so that toxic treatments can be directed to patients who are most likely to have the worst disease complications? A better and longer life span for individuals with sickle cell disease in developed countries has resulted from clinical and basic investigation, however, the main burden of sickle cell disease lies in Africa, where even the minimal standard of care is unavailable. In certain parts of Africa, up to a third of the people carry a gene for Hemoglobin S. Close to 120,000 babies with sickle cell disease are born yearly, as opposed to 1000 in the U.S., but less than 2 % survive to the age of five years(1). In Africa, treatment will benefit the few that are fortunate, but in order for treatment to have a positive effect, any treatment must be translated into a form that can be applied successfully in the less developed and poorer countries of the world(1).


Important websites that give information on sickle cell disease


Sickle cell Disease Association of America, Inc. :WWW:sicklecelldisease.org
This is a great website for the lay person and for the professional. It has a coordinated approach to addressing issues related to sickle cell disease. Its mission is to promote finding a universal cure for sickle cell disease while improving the quality of life for individuals and families where sickle cell related conditions exists.


National Marrow Donor Program: WWW. marrow.org/patient:
This site caters for patients who have been diagnosed with a disease that can be treated by a bone marrow. It also answers commonly asked questions posed by patients and their families.


Human Genome Project Information: WWW.ornl.gov/sci.
This website helps the patient to understand the genetic aspect of sickle cell disease. It explains the genetic component of sickle cell disease in layman’s terms.


The Sickle Cell Information Center : WWW.scinfo.org
This website is a question and answer center wherein frequently asked questions submitted to the website by patients, clinicians and others are answered


REFERENCES

Sears D A: The morbidity of sickle cell trait. A review of the literature. Am J Med. 1978 ; 64 : 1021-36
Bunn HF. Pathogenesis and treatment of sickle cell disease. N Engl J Med 1997 ;337: 762-9.
The Sickle cell information center. Atlanta : Emory University school of Medicine, 1998
Platt OS, et. Al. Hydroxyurea enhances fetal hemoglobin production in sickle cell anemia. J .Clin. Invest. 1984 : 74 :652-656
Thomas ED. The pros and cons of bone marrow transplantation for sickle cell anemia. Semin Hematology 1991 ; 28 : 240-243
Johnson CS, Verdegem TV. Pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease, Seminars in respiratory Medicine. 9: 287-93, 1988
Rosse WF, et.al. 1990. Transfusion and alloimmunization in sickle cell disease. The cooperative Study of Sickle Cell Disease. Blood 76:1431-1437
Ohaeri JU, et. al. 1995. The psychosocial problems of sickle cell disease sufferers and their methods of coping. Soc. Sci Med 40:955-960
Barbarin OA, et al. 1994 . Estimating rates of psychosocial problems in urban poor children with sickle cell anemia. Health Soc Work 19: 112-119
McCrae JD, et. al. 1998 Health status in sickle cell disease : examining the roles of pain coping strategies, somatic awareness, and negative affectivity. J Behav. Med 21 : 35-55
State of Maryland Sickle cell Disease program
North Carolina Center for Genomics and Public Health


Subject: Where is the Rice and Flour
From: New Citizen
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Date Posted: 09:43:32 03/10/08 ()
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THE NEW CITIZEN

RUMOURS AROUND LIBYAN GIFT
It can be recalled that it was President Koroma himself who had announced a month earlier that the people of Sierra Leone have benefited from benevolent and very vital Libyan gifts, including tractors, rice, flour and other necessary items to help tow Sierra Leone out of its predicament of shortages.

And in the ensuing press conference following the return of President Ernest Bai Koroma, the Minster of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Zainab Hawa Bangura, lavishly praised the Libyan government for helping Sierra Leone with important items that are needed urgently to help turn Sierra Leone around.

Moreover, Mrs. Zainab Bangura intimated the press at the time that the arrival of those items would never be a secret as the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma is not a secret society where important gifts to the people of Sierra Leone would be received unannounced.

It is however surprising that even as we wait for the arrival of the gifts from Libya, rumours abound that the gifts have started arriving even when no such disclosure has not been made by the Minister of Information and Communications or the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

We are optimistic that the gifts from the Libyan government to the Sierra Leone government announced by President Ernest Bai Koroma and his Foreign Minister are not a myth but a reality that Sierra Leoneans will soon contend with.

In the meantime, we ask the rumour machine to halt the circulation of false rumours about the arrival of the Libyan gifts that have not yet arrived even though we believe that they will eventually arrive.
We also hope that this would serve as a wake up call for the Foreign Minister to follow up on the promise of the Libyan government, regarding the gifts that are still to arrive to Sierra Leone.

At that important press briefing, Foreign Minister, Mrs. Zainab Bangura assured the press that she would never rest until those gifts arrive on the shores of Sierra Leone, but that if they failed to arrive, she would also inform the nation to discourage the rumour mills of Sierra Leone from smear campaigns.

We look forward to the arrival of these gifts to the people of Sierra Leone, as the President has said, to help turn the nation around within his first term of office.

Every attempt to contact the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the Libyan gift issue proved futile.


Subject: Re: Where is the Rice and Flour
From: Not you
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Date Posted: 11:34:30 03/10/08 ()
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New Citizen of all the tabloids,ought to have known better and I am very surprised to see such a publication in this Newspaper.


Subject: Re: Where is the Rice and Flour
From: JUNKS SELLER
To: All
Date Posted: 04:52:08 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: junksseller@hotmail.co.uk
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What were you expecting


Subject: Is Sylvia Blyden abusing our intelligence in Sierra Leone ?
From: The Nationalist
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Date Posted: 09:38:40 03/10/08 ()
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One of the most derogatory reasons other West Africans are giving about our problems in Sierra Leone is that we are very stupid. This is a view shared by Nigerians, Ghanaians, Liberians etc. The present case involving Sylvia Blyden and the President.When she published those distasteful pictures about President Koroma and the law arrested her, SLPP supporters were quick to stage a riot and President Koroma and his wife embarassed their many supporters by crawling on their knees to beg Sylvia and to say they did not support her arrest.We all agreed that her arrest was illegal .But now why is the same Sylvia bragging this morning that journalist Philip Neville will definintely go to jail for caricaturing her as Foday Sankoh's wife ? Is Philip Neville not a citizen of Sierra Leone ? Is he not entitled to protection from the law ? I leave these questions with you all to answer .


Subject: Re: Is Sylvia Blyden abusing our intelligence in Sierra Leone ?
From: JUNKS SELLER
To: All
Date Posted: 04:54:40 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: joelahai@yahoo.com
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Message:
Is she Foday Sankoh's wife? Stupin Nationalist.


Subject: Please be careful, teacher! Please put my "N" back!
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 09:36:52 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM
Entered From: c-69-143-232-169.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.143.232.169

Message:
Dear Moderator:
I wrote an article with the heading noted below; in a quest to enforce the "capitalization rule" you changed the word "CANNOT" to "canot". By doing this, you not only misspell the word "cannot", but you also removed the EMPHASIS that is placed on "CANNOT". Please be careful how you go about enforcing your "capitalization rule". By misspelling the word "cannot",TEACHER, you cast a bad light on me in terms of my spelling. Please replace the "N" that you took away.

Thanks for giving the forum a professional look, and also for your hard work.
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Re: A "Public figure" CANNOT rest in peace! - Dr.Who 17:57:39 03/09/08 (1)

Re: A "Public figure" CANNOT rest in peace! - Petty Sorie 05:15:24 03/10/08 (0)

A "Public figure" canot rest in peace!


Subject: Re: Please be careful, teacher! Please put my "N" back!
From: JUNKS SELLER
To: All
Date Posted: 04:57:09 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: junksseller@hotmail.co.uk
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Message:
The Moderator is guilty of broad daylight robery, APC style.


Subject: Re: Please be careful, teacher! Please put my "N" back!
From: Moderator
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Date Posted: 10:35:11 03/10/08 ()
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Like most of you, I have a stressful job to take care of while helping out with the forum. It'd have been an easier sacrifice to make hadn't some of us not been so allergic to rules. The emphasis looked good in the content though. Appreciations for bringing the typo to attention.


Subject: Re: Please be careful, teacher! Please put my "N" back!
From: JUNKS SELLER
To: All
Date Posted: 04:58:20 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: junksseller@hotmail.co.uk
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Message:
Good boy.


Subject: Re: Please be careful, teacher! Please put my "N" back!
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 11:08:15 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM
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Thank you, Moderator.
I like your comment;
"...It'd have been an easier sacrifice to make hadn't some of us not been SO ALLERGIC TO RULES..."


Subject: Freetown City Councillors Set To Award Themselves
From: Peep Magazine
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Date Posted: 09:19:40 03/10/08 ()
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FREETOWN CITY COUNCILLORS SET TO AWARD THEMSELVES LE300M ‘EXIT BONUS’!
Monday, March 10, 2008 - THE 33RD MEETING OF COUNCIL HELD ON TUESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2007 AT THE COUNCIL’S CONFERENCE ROOM, WALLACE-JOHNSON STREET, FREETOWN AT 10.30 A.M.

City Councillors eye big one time bonus

Freetown City Councillors may revive a plan to award themselves a ‘one off, lump sum exit benefit’ up to 10 million leones each before they leave office in July.
Acting Mayor Herbert George Williams is said to be ‘actively considering’ re-introducing a plan to give all 32 councillors a ‘one-off lump sum exit benefit’ of between 5 million and 10 million leones each.

Motion Quashed
The motion to do so was originally moved in the City Council meeting of September 29, 2007.
Mayor Winstanley Bankole-Johnson quashed the scheme (see extracts from minutes).
However the acting Mayor believes the windfall can now be secured now the substantive head is out of the way.

Fair Hearing
Meanwhile, in his first public reaction to the furore concerning his impeachment, Mr. Bankole Johnson has said Section 12 of the Local Government Act dictates that any motion of impeachment be heard before a Panel appointed by the Chief Justice. “At such a panel I will be represented by a lawyer. To date I have not received any official notification of impeachment proceedings”.

MINUTES OF THE 33RD MEETING OF COUNCIL HELD ON TUESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2007 AT THE COUNCIL’S CONFERENCE ROOM, WALLACE-JOHNSON STREET, FREETOWN AT 10.30 A.M.

PRESENT
Councillor Winstanley R. Bankole-Johnson Mayor
Mohamed Bobson-Kamara Member
Augustine Kamara
Momodu C.S. Kargbo
Murray Allie Conteh
Gibril I.B. Kanu
Hamid S. Kamara
Abdul Salaam Ade Lewally
Ahmed Kabba Turay
Sheka Koroma
Lambrana Mansaray
Mariama Seray Sesay
Abdul Salaam Kanu
Rev. Lawrence Lawson
Abu Bakarr Kamara
Rev. Eluzai T.O.Cole
Ibrahim Kamara
Rosalind Forde
Collins Thomas Pearce
Sam Franklyn Gibson
Foday Mamoud Sesay
John B.S. Tucker
Selwina D. Francis
Rashid Fumi Davies
Samuel Bonghor-Sesay

The Case Of The 'Missing' Gratuities

Workers at Freetown City Council this week demonstrated for ‘gratuity’ payments from FCC Pension funds held in Britain, although no current staff contributed to the UK Pension Scheme. In a demonstration widely seen as having been manipulated by acting Mayor, Herbert George-Williams, the workers placaded their Wallace Johnson Street compound and accused Mayor Bankole-Johnson of stealing their money from the UK Pension Fund. 1 million pounds had seen withdrawn by Bankole-Johnson’s administration and used to settle NASSIT contributions and pension entitlements owed former employees. Each received a lump sum payment. However current staff, covered by NASSIT’s retirement scheme, are not beneficiaries of the scheme and may be being used by the acting Mayor to pressure the Mayor, (still on sick leave), to change signatures to access roughly 2.4 million pounds held in UK Pension funds.


Subject: Youth Movement Begs Ernest
From: Peep Magazine
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Date Posted: 08:36:24 03/10/08 ()
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PEEP MAGAZINE

YOUTH MOVEMENT BEGS ERNEST KOROMA TO...GUIDE THE YOUTH!AND CALLS MASS UNEMPLOYMENT AND RESULTANT LAWLESSNESS ‘A THREAT TO PEACE AND STABILITY’
Monday, March 10, 2008 - The Centre for Co-ordination of Youth Activities

Youth Movement begs Ernest Koroma to...GUIDE THE YOUTH!and calls mass unemployment and resultant lawlessness ‘a threat to peace and stability’

The Centre for Co-ordination of Youth Activities has called on President Ernest Bai Koroma to provide ‘leadership’ on the youth dilemma in Sierra Leone and has condemned youth participation in lawlessness and political violence.

Money For Jobs
In a hard hitting press release issued on Wednesday, CCYA, a youth orientated ngo, said over 13 million dollars had been pledged under the PPRP scheme at the London donor conference ($9m) and by the UN Peace Building Commission ($4.08m). “All these funds are man aged by the UNDP... who (have) scrutinised projects for Youth Employment” CCYA notes. CCYA says while the SLPP did not do enough to create jobs for youths, the new APC government was faring even worse.

Budget Shrunk
Budget allocat1on on Youth Issues had shrunk from Le2.5 billion in the SLPP’s last budget to Le1.7 billion (2008).
Denouncing this ‘glaring lack of commitment to youth issues’ the Centre also denounces the APC for dissolving SLPP youth programmes, presumably a reference to the Youth Employment Scheme (Y.E.S).

Control Crisis
However the release says President Koroma can make a contribution to ‘controlling the crisis (of youths)’ by working with the UNDP to access funds earmarked for youth employment. CCYA says that failure to employ youth creates a ‘potential for youth to return to political violence” and says dealing with their plight should be seen as a ‘priority for peace building and development’.

Youth Violence
“We view with concern the emerging signs of youth attraction to token patronage and the tendency (of youth) to create political violence in order to ‘survive’ the release notes.

Bo Example
Although it does not specifically refer to the recent Bo fracas, the CCYA says this trend is evident in ‘certain parts of the country’.


Subject: The Rogue Trader Used A Boboon to Bury His Bad Eonomics News
From: Low Grade San San.
To: All
Date Posted: 08:56:11 03/10/08 ()
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Message:
When JJ Blood called both Ernest Koroma and his KHORKONOMIST Momoh Conteh Chunehs in economics. Ernest responded swiftly and calmly by going to Stop Press and using Pius's mobile phone to pull JJs leg. Asking him JJ over the phone for a lesson in economics. It went down well and even BABU BLYDON loved it. It shows a Leader who has a good sense of humour. But that was then, back in the days of the Koroma 24hrs electricity hype. So why ask the police to invite Sylvia to a police station for questioning over a silly picture? Why give her all that publicity? This is simply because on the economic front, there is nothing to write home about the so called Businessman turned President.

Nothing seems to be happening, there is no food for sale in the local markets. People are now bitterly complaining about the way he is running Sierra Leone like a Business with "back tork" like NOR TO LIGHT WE DAE EAT. Even those misguided youths who fell for his wicked insurance salesman looks are now telling him, KAKA WE NOR WAN YERRI, WE WANT WE PAY. So as a rogue trader, he tried to put babu Blydon beyond bars to bury bad economic news. Sorry Mr. President if i want to see one i will visit a zoo. There was really no need for that. All the apc should have done was to get a cartoonist, to do her up in a GREEN dress and rather than sitting her on a table this time, kneel her down underneath it with Foday Sankoh siting on a chair behind the same desk with a cigar in one hand and a phone on the other. With the head line "HELLO TAYLOR HOW ARE THE NINJAS DOING?" Print a million copies and pass them on to the Task Force for distribution to keep them busy.That would have been the lick.

Its still not late for the apc. WE YONE newspaper should do a caricature of her looking a bit pretty with her hair in braids Sorie Forna and the fourteen others style, in that Undertaker Coat she is wearing, turn the hand bag into a GREEN Coffin with Foday Sankohs head sticking out from it and half a dozen Ninjas as grave diggers standing by a big hole with RPGs as shovels. With the headline "WE PAPAY DESERVE A DECENT BURIAL" Sylvia will then get the publicity she is craving for. Then we'll see if she would go again to a police station and use her voodoo powers by ordering them to arrest our President like she did with Philip Neville. But all this invitation and mystical walk out of a police station by Babu Blydon. And the President phoning her later and telling her, me han nor dae insai dae like Pontius Pilate is nothing but one big joke which the President is using to bury his bad economic news. Mr President nor to babu we wan see behen bars, nar food we wan see nar makit.


Subject: Re: The Rogue Trader Used A Boboon to Bury His Bad Eonomics News
From: Gongoli
To: All
Date Posted: 10:42:46 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: Gonos@yahoo.com
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Message:
Why do you keep calling Sylvia a baboon or gorilla? Have you seen KABS lately? From his pictures, he looks more like an ugly gorilla. Special emphasis on the word UGLY. My friend has just corrected me - Kabs looks like a gorilla in child birth.

He either needs a diet or liposuction (from his face, belleh etc etc)


Subject: Re: The Rogue Trader Used A Boboon to Bury His Bad Eonomics News
From: Gongoli
To: All
Date Posted: 13:53:02 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: gonos@yahoo.com
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Message:
Why do you keep calling Sylvia a baboon or gorilla? She looks much better that Kabs (see front page cocorioko) If Sylvia is a baboon, KABS is a Gorilla.


Subject: Re: The Rogue Trader Used A Boboon to Bury His Bad Eonomics News
From: JUNKS SELLER
To: All
Date Posted: 06:03:01 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: junksseller@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Sheer rudeness!


Subject: Re: The Rogue Trader Used A Boboon to Bury His Bad Eonomics News
From: Question
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Date Posted: 10:16:21 03/10/08 ()
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Message:
Wicked.


Subject: Re: The Rogue Trader Used A Boboon to Bury His Bad Eonomics News
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 10:19:53 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Indeed...

But woyang...

APC is trying to find its feet..

Its been a while since they been incharge of anything.. so been in charge just feels strange.. and leaves one open to the BULL in a china shop symdrome..

They should find there way.. and soon.. salone is an impatient place..


Subject: Bishop Humper's 419 Delegation!
From: Peep Magazine
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Date Posted: 08:34:44 03/10/08 ()
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PEEP MAGAZINE

BISHOP HUMPER’S 419 DELEGATION!
Monday, March 10, 2008 - Fred Carew, Chris Jasabe and Humper’s daughter are smuggled onto list of delegates for Texas UMC conference

Bishop Humper’s 419 Delegation!

The UMC Mission has written to the U.S embasy to point out that 13 individuals planning to travel together with Bishop J.C. Humper to a UMC Church Conference in April are not genuine delegates and should be denied visas. The thirteen people, which include former Attorney General Fred Carew, former State House adviser Chris Jasabe, lawyer Eke Halloway and Bishop Humper’s daughter, Josephine, were not selected or nominated by the UMC Conference.

Supporters
“Some of the above... are girlfriends, supporters and family members of Bishop Humper” a March 8 letter from the UMC to the American Consular office, U.S. embassy notes.

Compensation
The letter says that Humper, whose hand picked candidates were defeated by Paul Yambasu in the recent UMC conference, “is compensating these people for their past support”.

Won’t Come Back
The letter points out that many on the list have no intention of returning to Sierra Leone after the UMC conference in Texas and calls on the U.S. authorities to deny them visas.

Official Delegates
The only person who were delegates and duely elected as delegates at the Annual Conference in 2007 to represent the UMC at the said coming General Conference in Fort Worth are:
1. Davies, Franklyn B
2. Abdulia, Michael, A
3. Jalloh, Rose Marie
4. Saffa, Samuel, U.B.

Purged
Meanwhile, in a related development, Humper has purged Reverend F.B. Davies from the Conference Board of the UMC.
Rev. Davies, widely seen as one of the supporters of Rev. Paul Yambasu, was sacked, Humper says because of his failure to ‘provide spiritual guidance’ to the UMC mission.

Court Case
A case involving Humper’s son, who allegedly produced a pistol to intimidate delegates to the February UMC Conference, came up in court before Magistrate Fisher on Friday but was adjourned.


Subject: FREETOWN CITY COUNCILLORS SET TO AWARD THEMSELVES LE300M ‘EX
From: PEEP MAGAZINE
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Date Posted: 08:30:45 03/10/08 ()
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PEEP MAGAZINE

FREETOWN CITY COUNCILLORS SET TO AWARD THEMSELVES LE300M ‘EXIT BONUS’!
Monday, March 10, 2008 - THE 33RD MEETING OF COUNCIL HELD ON TUESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2007 AT THE COUNCIL’S CONFERENCE ROOM, WALLACE-JOHNSON STREET, FREETOWN AT 10.30 A.M.

City Councillors eye big one time bonus

Freetown City Councillors may revive a plan to award themselves a ‘one off, lump sum exit benefit’ up to 10 million leones each before they leave office in July.
Acting Mayor Herbert George Williams is said to be ‘actively considering’ re-introducing a plan to give all 32 councillors a ‘one-off lump sum exit benefit’ of between 5 million and 10 million leones each.

Motion Quashed
The motion to do so was originally moved in the City Council meeting of September 29, 2007.
Mayor Winstanley Bankole-Johnson quashed the scheme (see extracts from minutes).
However the acting Mayor believes the windfall can now be secured now the substantive head is out of the way.

Fair Hearing
Meanwhile, in his first public reaction to the furore concerning his impeachment, Mr. Bankole Johnson has said Section 12 of the Local Government Act dictates that any motion of impeachment be heard before a Panel appointed by the Chief Justice. “At such a panel I will be represented by a lawyer. To date I have not received any official notification of impeachment proceedings”.

MINUTES OF THE 33RD MEETING OF COUNCIL HELD ON TUESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2007 AT THE COUNCIL’S CONFERENCE ROOM, WALLACE-JOHNSON STREET, FREETOWN AT 10.30 A.M.

PRESENT
Councillor Winstanley R. Bankole-Johnson Mayor
Mohamed Bobson-Kamara Member
Augustine Kamara
Momodu C.S. Kargbo
Murray Allie Conteh
Gibril I.B. Kanu
Hamid S. Kamara
Abdul Salaam Ade Lewally
Ahmed Kabba Turay
Sheka Koroma
Lambrana Mansaray
Mariama Seray Sesay
Abdul Salaam Kanu
Rev. Lawrence Lawson
Abu Bakarr Kamara
Rev. Eluzai T.O.Cole
Ibrahim Kamara
Rosalind Forde
Collins Thomas Pearce
Sam Franklyn Gibson
Foday Mamoud Sesay
John B.S. Tucker
Selwina D. Francis
Rashid Fumi Davies
Samuel Bonghor-Sesay

The Case Of The 'Missing' Gratuities

Workers at Freetown City Council this week demonstrated for ‘gratuity’ payments from FCC Pension funds held in Britain, although no current staff contributed to the UK Pension Scheme. In a demonstration widely seen as having been manipulated by acting Mayor, Herbert George-Williams, the workers placaded their Wallace Johnson Street compound and accused Mayor Bankole-Johnson of stealing their money from the UK Pension Fund.

1 million pounds had seen withdrawn by Bankole-Johnson’s administration and used to settle NASSIT contributions and pension entitlements owed former employees. Each received a lump sum payment. However current staff, covered by NASSIT’s retirement scheme, are not beneficiaries of the scheme and may be being used by the acting Mayor to pressure the Mayor, (still on sick leave), to change signatures to access roughly 2.4 million pounds held in UK Pension funds.


Subject: Re: FREETOWN CITY COUNCILLORS SET TO AWARD THEMSELVES LE300M ‘EX
From: Peep Magazine
To: All
Date Posted: 08:32:15 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Mod,

Can you please change the caps to small letters? I made a mistake by posting the headline and my handle as caps.

Thanks


Subject: Is Sylvia a member or sympathiser of the SLPP?
From: Madingo man
To: All
Date Posted: 08:06:40 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.156.146

Message:
SLPP PRESS RELEASE
ON THE DETENTION OF
DR SYLVIA BLYDEN,
PUBLISHER, AWARENESS TIMES
AND
ANOTHER ATTACK ON SLPP OFFICE


Unlawful Detention of Dr Sylvia Blyden

Freedom for all is one of the core principles of the SLPP. During the last SLPP administration, at least 40 newspapers and over 30 independent radio stations and private Television were registered and allowed to operate unhindered.


The Party was disturbed by the unlawful detention of Dr. Sylvia Blyden, Publisher of Awareness Times for a caricature of the President in the February 29, 2008 edition. The SLPP considers such action as reversal of gains in promoting press freedom and democracy as well as creating an open society.


The Party is further worried that this may be the beginning of a series of repressive actions against the press. It reminds Sierra Leoneans of the past APC era (1968-1991) when media houses and pressmen were targets foe state police brutality.


The Party therefore strongly condemns such action and would urge the government to restrain itself and build on gains made by the last administration in promoting press freedom and democracy.


We are also reliably informed that the President had no idea of this unlawful detention. This should mean that the unlawful detention was authorized by a public official who thought this would please the president. We are concerned that such action manifests weaknesses in the governance command structure and presents a picture that everyone is a boss and no one is in charge. As it was the case of the posting to the State House website, such actions are warning signals for worse things to come.


Subject: Re: Is Sylvia a member or sympathiser of the SLPP?
From: ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE
To: All
Date Posted: 08:16:38 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
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SLPP PRESS RELEASE
ON THE DETENTION OF
DR SYLVIA BLYDEN,
PUBLISHER, AWARENESS TIMES
AND
ANOTHER ATTACK ON SLPP OFFICE


Unlawful Detention of Dr Sylvia Blyden

Freedom for all is one of the core principles of the SLPP. During the last SLPP administration, at least 40 newspapers and over 30 independent radio stations and private Television were registered and allowed to operate unhindered.


The Party was disturbed by the unlawful detention of Dr. Sylvia Blyden, Publisher of Awareness Times for a caricature of the President in the February 29, 2008 edition. The SLPP considers such action as reversal of gains in promoting press freedom and democracy as well as creating an open society.


The Party is further worried that this may be the beginning of a series of repressive actions against the press. It reminds Sierra Leoneans of the past APC era (1968-1991) when media houses and pressmen were targets foe state police brutality.


The Party therefore strongly condemns such action and would urge the government to restrain itself and build on gains made by the last administration in promoting press freedom and democracy.


We are also reliably informed that the President had no idea of this unlawful detention. This should mean that the unlawful detention was authorized by a public official who thought this would please the president. We are concerned that such action manifests weaknesses in the governance command structure and presents a picture that everyone is a boss and no one is in charge. As it was the case of the posting to the State House website, such actions are warning signals for worse things to come.


Another Attack on SLPP Office

The SLPP offices have been targets of attacks by APC hooligans. Recently, the Bo Office was vandalized and comprehensively looted by gangs led by the Resident Minister, Musa Tarawallie.


On Wednesday 5th March 2008, when friends of Sylvia Blyden protested her detention by holding placards and chanting pro-democracy slogans at the CID headquarters, it was wrongly assumed that this was an orchestrated action of the SLPP.


APC hooligans pelted stones and bottles on the SLPP Office situated by the side of the CID. In the process, glasses of vehicles and part of the building were damaged and a few people including one Secretariat staff sustained severe injury.


Such continuous attack on our offices with impunity is provocative and considered as an attempt to suppress opposition activities. Such action is undemocratic and will undermine the peace and stability of the country. We again urge the APC to call on their members to change their attitudes and give peace a chance.


Long Live Press Freedom, Long Live Democracy, Long Live Sierra Leone

Signed by: Jacob Jusu Saffa

National Secretary-General



Subject: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: Brian Conton
To: All
Date Posted: 06:20:10 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: bconton@comcast.net
Entered From: c-24-98-69-54.hsd1.ga.comcast.net at 24.98.69.54

Message:
Mr Beckley,
You raise interesting questions on the effects of our land tenure laws.
Let me first of all address the misconception of creating a class of
landless and absentee land lords. This has long been the cloak used to
shroud these matters in secrecy and excessive caution. First of all in
the absence of equal protections for the Krios that have become the
“landless” of the Western area, it remains unfair to enshrine
protections in our laws for other Nationals. Unless of course you want
to claim they are not as entitled to protection as other Sierra Leoneans.
Secondly in the western area where land is available for sale, there is
no predominance of any one tribe of land owners (except possibly the
Fulas). Not even the Lebanease. The complex forces of capital level
playing fields in ways other than those our protectionist fears might
project.
Let us leave the sensitive area of the Krio and non-Krio or Non-Native
and Native as our laws still suggest. Let us deal with the effect of these
laws on the “Native”.
When you ask the question “ How do we avoid the creation of a new
land aristocracy and the increase in the landless peasantry?” That is
precisely the situation we currently have, perpetuated by the current
laws. All land outside the Western area is Communal property and thus
by definition, cannot be owned by any individual. So in effect the
people, even the chiefs (who can control-thus the land aristocrats in
your question) cannot own any land. They are all in effect landless.
The fallacy of trying to transform a lease into a fungible, quantifiable
value acceptable as collateral has to do with one of the points you
touched on: (In)security of Tenure. One becomes a tenant at will of the
chief who has to apportion the assets of the Chiefdom for its
generations yet unborn. The local laws vary from North to South but
leases are generally done with individuals. Being that inheritance rights
are not recognized, you cannot provide for the succession of the lease
in the event of death of leasee. Furthermore if the chief with whom the
lease was done dies the new chief is under no obligation to honor it.
Then, make the leases binding I hear you say. Not so easy. It is
customary law for the chief especially a new chief to distribute the land
as basically he sees fit. This right is guaranteed by section 72 of our
constitution, where the said Constitution subordinates itself to local
law and custom, thereby guaranteeing an inconsistency in the
dispensation of justice throughout the country. This is further
complicated by the fact that at this level there is no separation of
powers between the judiciary and the executive, it is all done by the
chief, so good luck with an appeal.
This goes way beyond revising our current land tenure laws, or even
the inadequate and intellectually insulting proposal of “Commercial USE
of land act”. CAP 122 which are the land tenure laws deal with the
rules of non-natives wanting to acquire an interest in provincial land.
In the matter of natives desiring the same, their tenure is governed by
local law and custom (as interpreted by the current chief) that does not
countenance the concept of individual ownership of property. It still
surfaces on this forum that the Temnes have a claim to Freetown. The
ramifications of the land being sold have still not been totally
understood even after so many generations.
So further to titling lands of which by the way 0% of the country is
titled, (Freetown does not use a title system but a conveyance system
and the total land mass that is under this system is estimated at
0.2%.We really cannot as a country hope to participate in a modern
market economy until at least 6% of the land mass, distributed evenly
over the country is titled) We would need to redefine the concept of
ownership, inheritance, property rights, and capitalization and imbed it
in the NATIONAL psyche. We would further need to have local laws and
customs written out for all chiefdoms and decide as a nation which
aspects of these laws need to be homogeneous across the country as
national rather than local prerogatives (land ownership, mineral rights,
inheritance, supremacy of the constitution being amongst them). There
are some interesting hybrid models out there. Botswana, a country very
similar to Sierra Leone, decided at independence to tackle this problem
by having free hold and communal lands distributed throughout the
country. Look at where it is now. We need not be afraid of these
“Strangers” coming in to steal our land. After all they cannot carry it
away on their backs. We can however provide those that want to own
with title and tax them for the privilege. This is the only way to provide
a revenue base for the local Governments to undertake development.
Our people are dying of starvation and our children are becoming
strangers because of these phobias. All because we cannot transform
the land we stand on (which is worth more than all the aid we keep
begging for) into capital. If we want to become one nation, if we want
to participate in the global village, if we want to survive let alone
prosper, we have no choice but to rescind our restrictive land laws. It is
a sense of urgency not caution that is appropriate.


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: KLA
To: All
Date Posted: 08:38:17 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 164.82.84.3

Message:

Land reform should be a huge task for parliament.The most basic task would be the preparation of a modern COMPUTERIZED database for the entire Nation.

There is International help in this modern land documentation scheme. The Parliament of Salone must decide to consider serious land reform as an integral part of economic progress.

One must not even discuss land reform if all parameters involved could be contested. OOSSIE di land begin en end?

tstm


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: Brabanxx
To: All
Date Posted: 07:41:19 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: brabanxx@aol.com
Entered From: static-216-83-121-130.sniparpa.net at 216.83.121.130

Message:
Mr. Conton:
This is a very informative and well written piece. The current Minister in charge of this billion dollar problem is from your ATL area. If you could, please e-mail him the concepts entailed therein. This will be a good platform for him to spring from when tackling this problem. That is, if he chooses to do so.

Thanks, Brabanxx


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: Brian Conton
To: All
Date Posted: 08:22:14 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: bconton@comcast.net
Entered From: c-76-17-58-243.hsd1.ga.comcast.net at 76.17.58.243

Message:
I presume you are referring to the current Minister of Lands, Captain
Benjamin Davis. He is not as much in charge of this conundrum as one
might think. As a member of the Executive his primary duty is
implementing the laws as they stand. He does have some input but it
would be limited not the least by his name (my expectation not
prompted by anything he might have said) The members of the
Executive whose duty it is to deal with this matter are really Ministers
of Local Government and Justice. However as much as the Executive
must show the political will to at least explore the effects on our
development and economy the general public must be educated on
how these laws affect investment, development and migration. The
Legislative branch must also take up its responsibility (that it may not
even realize it has) in debating and updating laws that are appropriate
for the advancement of the country.
The Minister of lands seems focused right now on restoring the land
ownership practices of the Western area as it is dictated by our current
laws rather than trying to change the Laws on the books for the
provinces. It would seem that under the previous Government the
policy of harmonizing the land practices of our country was viewed
through the prism of bringing the Western area to the rest of the
country. Chiefs were installed around the peninsula. Lands were seized
and declared communal or simply appropriated for self and cronies.
The concept/culture of ownership that existed was deliberately
bastardized. This was done without changing the laws in the name of
accommodating the influx of displaced people but has led to severe
over crowding and degradation of services. It has also led to a free for
all battle literally costing people their lives and virtually wiping out the
model of civic participation and responsibility that we desperately need
to move forward as a nation and economic entity.


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: TRIBAL HEADMAN
To: All
Date Posted: 08:28:48 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
The Peninsula area always have tribal headmen or village headmen/women. Brian, do you know your history? Stop writing boto bata here. Chiefs were installed around the peninsula my foot. Lie man.


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: Brian Conton
To: All
Date Posted: 08:46:22 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: bconton@comcast.net
Entered From: c-76-17-58-243.hsd1.ga.comcast.net at 76.17.58.243

Message:
You make the distinction in your own argument. village headmen and not
chiefs. The Government had to come back and get injunctions against
some of these when it wanted to to use lands. See Gov of Sierra Leone Vs
Chief Kelfala of the Shebro people when the Gov wanted to do use the
land for what was supposed to be NASSIT low cost housing in Goderich. If
you are really interested I can give you case numbers.


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: Correction
To: All
Date Posted: 06:26:59 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-75-53-202-20.dsl.hstntx.sbcglobal.net at 75.53.202.20

Message:
Botswana's agricultural output is not higher than Sierra Leone's. So your argument by analogy is not useful. Try something else to justify your rather incomprehensible argument.


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: Brian Conton
To: All
Date Posted: 07:38:54 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: bconton@comcast.net
Entered From: c-76-17-58-243.hsd1.ga.comcast.net at 76.17.58.243

Message:
How about its mining output? Particularly diamonds? Try that analogy. It
might make the argumaent a little simpler for you to understand.


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: Correction
To: All
Date Posted: 11:07:48 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: nat1-whar.wcjc.cc.tx.us at 207.80.112.1

Message:
Mr.Brian Conton:
This is what you wrote:
"Botswana, a country very similar to Sierra Leone, decided at independence to tackle this problem by having free hold and communal lands distributed throughout the country. Look at where it is now."

What you wrote is incorrect. I am saying this authoritatively because I am a Sierra Leonean based here in Botswana working on land reclamation and innovative agricultural practices. YOU ARE WRONG. PERIOD.

You were talking about land tenure and not diamonds. Save yourself the embarrassment.


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: Brian Conton
To: All
Date Posted: 12:19:24 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: bconton@comcast.net
Entered From: c-76-17-58-243.hsd1.ga.comcast.net at 76.17.58.243

Message:
Then give us your expert opinion on how in Botswana land tenure may or
may not have affected innovative agricultural practices. It would be a
constructive perspective.


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: Correction
To: All
Date Posted: 13:36:02 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: nat1-whar.wcjc.cc.tx.us at 207.80.112.1

Message:
I don't have the time for that. You can contact me directly via my email and I will refer you to books and scholarly papers on that issue. FYI, less than 1% of Botswana is arable - that is only about 0.9% is naturally suitable for farming - hence I am getting paid to work here - Sierra Leone is 100% arable. The difference is 99% - if you care to calculate.

I was simply correcting the information you had put out here in a public forum. I have no interest in your discussion. I don't know whether you are Creole like me - but i am, and I am a lot more circumspect about how to approach the land tenure laws and system in our country after seeing/and learning/ teaching best practices in most of the developing world.

Some of these half-baked/half-informed inflammatory views like yours should not be the basis of legislative change. Mere illiterate advocacy is not the way to go. I'm sorry - but land tenure is not an us vs them polemic.


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: Saloneboy
To: All
Date Posted: 14:10:40 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 181-65-ftth.onsneteindhoven.nl at 88.159.65.181

Message:
Why can't you debate in a civilised fashion. It is a shame that everytime Sierra Leomneans are engaged in trivial matters, abuse is the order of the day.
I am not sure Mr Conton's view is out of place. Take away your your so-called creole linkage and look at a broader picture of fair play and justice. Every Sierra Leonean must have an inalienable rights to build amy structures anywhere.
Why we should not discuss the disparity that exists in our land?


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: Correction
To: All
Date Posted: 15:21:06 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-75-53-202-20.dsl.hstntx.sbcglobal.net at 75.53.202.20

Message:
Felleh,
It is nearly my bed time now - it is just past midnight here in Gaberone, but let me answer this briefly.

1. I stress I am Creole because I am as affected as anyone can be in regard to the fact that my inalienable rights as a citizen of Sierra Leone are injured because of the land tenure law as it is currently constituted.

2. But I am not one of those unthinking Creoles who buy into simple and illogical arguments from folks who do not understand the issue fully.

3. Land tenure laws are not responsible for low agricultural production as Brian is implying; and Botswana (a country which produces less than 9% of the food it eats) is not/can never be a good example of what Sierra Leone wants to be. I simply wanted to point out that Brian's piece was simplistic when he asserted that Botswana has a tenure system that is productive and that Sierra Leone can replicate. I simply offered to give him the scholarly research so that he understands the situation a bit more before writing about it.

4. The Sierra Leone case is VERY UNIQUE the world over, and I just cautioned that we need to understand its complexities and be mindful of those complexities before we propose legislative changes.


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: Brian Conton
To: All
Date Posted: 15:34:36 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: bconton@comcast.net
Entered From: c-76-17-58-243.hsd1.ga.comcast.net at 76.17.58.243

Message:
And All I am saying is, lay out your scholarly research openly not just
privately to me as you have threatened. One of my sources is Sheik Tunis
who did his Masters in Urban Planning thesis on a comparitive study of
land tenure effects in Sierra Leone and Botswana. Now over to you for
correction.


Subject: Re: whose land is it? By Maurice Garber esq-The debate
From: Brian Conton
To: All
Date Posted: 13:44:10 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: bconton@comcast.net
Entered From: c-76-17-58-243.hsd1.ga.comcast.net at 76.17.58.243

Message:
I rest my case with the transparency and wisdom of your words.


Subject: An interesting Cabinet
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 18:17:32 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM
Entered From: c-69-143-232-169.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.143.232.169

Message:



CABINET

Ernest Bai Koroma
President

Sahr Sam-Sumana
Vice-President


Zainab Hawa Bangura
Minister of Foreign Affairs

David Carew
Minister of Finance and Development


Paolo Conteh
Minister of Defence

Abdul Serry-Kemal
Minister of Justice and Attorney-General


Alimamy Koroma
Minister of Trade and Industry

Haja Afsatu Kabbah
Minister of Energy and Power


Alhaji I.B. Kargbo
Minister of Information and Communications

Dr. Soccoh Kabia
Minister of Health

John Saab
Minister of Housing and Infrastructural Development

Dauda Sulaiman Kamara
Minister of Internal Affairs, Local Government and Rural Development

Alhaji Abubakarr Jalloh
Minister of Mineral Resources

Dr. Sam Sesay
Minister of Agriculture

Benjamin O.N. Davies
Minister of Lands, Country Planning & the Environment

Dr. Moses Moisa-Kapu
Minister of Marine Resources

Musu Kandeh
Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children's
Affairs

Hindolo Trye
Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs

Minkailu Mansaray
Minister of Employment and Social Security Dr.


Minkailu Bah
Minister of Education, Youths and Sports

Kemoh Sesay
Minister of Transport and Aviation

Alpha Kanu
Minister of Presidential and Public Affairs


[Cabinet Ministers were appointed in October 2007]




Subject: Re: An interesting Cabinet
From: Agreement
To: All
Date Posted: 06:02:05 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 41.205.26.250

Message:
Very amusing, indeed


Subject: Re: An interesting Cabinet
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 21:47:34 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
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So whats so interesting about it?


Subject: Re: An interesting Cabinet
From: Dr. charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 23:01:15 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM
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Message:
I reserve my comment.


Subject: Re: An interesting Cabinet
From: Petty Sorie
To: All
Date Posted: 05:12:34 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: pettysorie@yahoo.com
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Message:
If I may guess Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas' reserved comment, I'd say: EBK's cabinet is drawn from one very very small area in northern Sierra Leone.


Subject: Re: An interesting Cabinet
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 09:11:41 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM
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Message:
A very interesting comment. I did not notice that aspect...hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!


Subject: Re: An interesting Cabinet
From: umfaali
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Date Posted: 09:14:21 03/11/08 ()
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Message:
Mr DR, what so intresting about this cabinet?


Subject: A "Public figure" CANNOT rest in peace!
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
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Date Posted: 17:15:49 03/09/08 ()
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Dr. Florence Margai : Let Minah's soul rest in peace

Written by Cocorioko Newspaper Limited
Monday, 11 February 2008
Dr.Florence Margai, a Chairperson and Associate Professor at the Binghamton University-SUNY of Binghamton , New York , has written COCORIOKO to appeal to those involved in the Abdulai Conteh debate to allow the soul of former Vice-President Francis Minah to rest in peace. READ THE LETTER: Let Francis Minah’s Soul Rest in Peace

Dear Editor,


Very rarely do I respond to some of the half-baked truths and innuendos that take place on the internet. I have been forced to do so however in response to the ongoing discussion about Francis Minah’s role in Abdulai Conteh’s failure to secure the position at the AU. As a member of the family, who was raised in the Minah household, I am pleading to these folks to let his soul rest in peace. The Late Francis Misheck Minah (note the correct spelling of his name) was a decent and honorable man who served his country and fell victim to the heinous acts of politics in Sierra Leone.


As a Sierra Leonean, I am truly amazed at how the dual forces of tribalism and regionalism continue to roar their ugly heads despite the new president’s attempts to unify the country. I read with disgust and dismay some of the diatribe that goes on these websites and wonder why folks are wasting such precious time and valuable electronic space rehashing old wounds. Shouldn’t we be discussing contemporary issues that really matter to the people in Sierra Leone? Shouldn’t we be garnering our intellectual resources to assist with the problems that truly impact the country, like finding creative ways to boost the economy, tackling the increasing prevalence of diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDs, resettling refugees, managing the natural resources, and reducing environmental pollution?. What steps are we taking in the Diaspora to mitigate these problems? These issues are worthy of further discussion on this website. As an alumnus of Fourah Bay College which this website represents, I truly appeal to the editor that more space be devoted to the positive issues instead of the vindictive discourse that is parleyed by the usual “suspects”. I personally do not intend to respond to any of the comments that will follow this piece. I would rather spend my energy doing what it takes to help the poor in the region. However, once again, on behalf of the Minah family, I am appealing that you let his soul rest in peace. Thank You.

Dr. Florence M. Margai

Associate Professor and Chair,

Department of Geography

Binghamton University-SUNY

Binghamton, New York.





Subject: Re: A "Public figure" CANNOT rest in peace!
From: Dr.Who
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Date Posted: 17:57:39 03/09/08 ()
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As an academic Florence should understand that it is impossible to muzzle the truth let alone the press.

If Minah's vocation was public then his record and links ought to remain public!

We understand her sentiments and emotions,but she cannot speak for a dead man. If families of Geographers like Agatharchides had advocated to muzzle his record then she would certainly not have a profession today.

Minah's record is valuable to history and political science and less important than Dr.Margai's sentiments


Subject: Re: A "Public figure" CANNOT rest in peace!
From: Petty Sorie
To: All
Date Posted: 05:15:24 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: pettysorie@yahoo.com
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Message:
I agree with you entirely.


Subject: Generator Fuel Cost Unsustainable!
From: Anthony Sisay
To: All
Date Posted: 17:15:12 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: anthonysisay@yahoo.com
Entered From: n219077039060.netvigator.com at 219.77.39.60

Message:
I understand that the cost of fueling a generator tank in EBK's quest to provide constant electricity is costing Le100 million per week. Is this sustainable?

Others are saying that there have been some lay-offs. Now in a country where unemployment is up to 75%; are we heading in the right direction?

Please give your critical feedback. Thanks.


Subject: Re: Generator Fuel Cost Unsustainable!
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 19:08:24 03/09/08 ()
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Message:
Anthony, 100 million leones is about 34 thousand US dollars. $34 thousand a week is a small price to pay for electricity in Freetown. About $1.6 million a year. What says you Anthony?


Subject: Re: Generator Fuel Cost Unsustainable!
From: NPA MANAGER
To: All
Date Posted: 04:18:10 03/10/08 ()
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Message:
The real price for the Kingtom installation is $79,000 a week. The Blackhall Rd machines being installed will add $24,000 a week.

There are real trade offs. 1. Freetown will get more MW and so less scheduling. More stable electricity will mean more business and a more positive outlook by clients who will be willing to pay more and regularly too. Let us be positive.

2. The lay-offs are necessary because most of the workforce to be laid off is not operation-critical and therefore not needed.

3. The billing is not as it should be at the moment. It will be modernised when we get the new computers and software soon.

4. Japan will donate 2 machines later this year and so we can negotiate down some of the rental IPPs. This will reduce overall costs.


Subject: Re: Generator Fuel Cost Unsustainable!
From: ok now
To: All
Date Posted: 06:24:51 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: oknow@man.com
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Message:
I am happy that more progress is been made to bring light to all. but what about those that were laid off? whats next for them in a country with 85 percent or more employment. what is the government doing to make sure they get new jobs? and why do machines from japan take that long to come to sierra leone? isnt this08? or is that just propaganda? and as sierra leoneans we shouldcommend thepresident for efforts to bring stable electricity. at the sametime do not slack of. keep them on their toes.dont wait for election time to complain. and when you complain who ever is in opposition set a bipartisan commission to fix things. watch the comission so they do not take bribes.


Subject: Re: Generator Fuel Cost Unsustainable!
From: NPA MANAGER
To: All
Date Posted: 06:37:51 03/10/08 ()
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Message:
I won't respond to the other accusations because they are not correct.

1. The Japanese machines were negotiated only in January so the paperwork and shipment will take a while, probably before July 2008.

2. Those who will be laid off will be given their full benefits (gratuities and pensions) as well as have access to all funds ept on their behalf. I am afriad, keeping them in the job is more expensive than laying them off because they do not ad anything to the production of power in the country if we keep them on.

3.The president has a good energy plan in place once we get over this current hump. We have to keep this up for one year and then hopefully, we can relive some of the IPPs of their contracts and install our own machines.

4. The fact is that it costs us $100,000 for one week; people are still not paying their bills; people are still pilfering electrcty; people are still bribing metering officials; or billing is not being done in good time.

Fact is we need a change of attitude in this country to succeed as a country. Good leadership alone is not enough.


Subject: Re: Generator Fuel Cost Unsustainable!
From: Anthony Sisay
To: All
Date Posted: 01:58:06 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: anthonysisay@yahoo.com
Entered From: pcd446045.netvigator.com at 203.218.236.45

Message:
Well! I don't know about you but US$34,000 per week coming from the coffers of a poor country like ours to fuel just one tank of the generator is a lot of Money.

I don't know how many tanks the generator has, you could be talking of four to five tanks.

In a way also I agree with you provided the electricity bills are paid and well managed. It is like there will be enough fund through the monthly bill payment to fuel the cost of lighting the city.

I hope they are able to properly manage the monthly bill payments.

But what about the ongoing laying off of workers?


Subject: WHY NOT PAY MORE ATTENTION ON FOOD?
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 08:55:19 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
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Message:
I am sure that money will be better for food than light for Freetown alone


Subject: Re: Generator Fuel Cost Unsustainable!
From: Maths
To: All
Date Posted: 03:56:11 03/10/08 ()
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Message:
Ir is nearly USD60,000 per day


Subject: John McCain
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 15:19:54 03/09/08 ()
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Message:
Conservatives are cool on McCain.


Subject: Time to chill out !
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 13:06:16 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: c83-248-87-110.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.87.110

Message:
Here is a way to start the week.Enjoy!


Subject: Re: Time to chill out !
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 14:03:43 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Bai Bureh, this will make you rush out and catch the next flight to Mumbai.


Subject: Chief Justice
From: curious
To: All
Date Posted: 12:36:26 03/09/08 ()
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Message:
According to Cocorioko news today, Dr Ade Renner Thomas, has been referred to as Former Chief Justice.I am under the impression, that he still is
Chief Justice of the Republic.Does anyone know, what is the truth????


Subject: Kabs re: Imam in big theft probe in Sierra Leone !
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 09:49:06 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: c83-248-87-110.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.87.110

Message:
What kind of sensational headline is this? Could it have been the same in the case of a pastor? Please Kabs I am urging you to discourage such sensational headlines!What has a person's religious status got to do with a crime? The reporter headlined the item as if the so-called Imam has already been convicted of the offence when infact he is only helping the police with the investigation!


Subject: Re: Kabs re: Imam in big theft probe in Sierra Leone !
From: Petty Sorie
To: All
Date Posted: 05:24:08 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: pettysorie@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
The Imam in question is not APC, hence the use of his story as headline news. Pastor Conteh's case would never make a Cocorioko headline for obvious reasons.


Subject: WILL THE NEW APC SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS?
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 10:21:06 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
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Message:
Lets pray.


Subject: Re: WILL THE NEW APC SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS?
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 11:32:02 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: c83-248-87-110.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.87.110

Message:
Buddy just believe in the new APC and all your problems will be solved.No doubt about it!


Subject: Dr. Sylvia Blyden Speaks on UN Radio
From: Infor
To: All
Date Posted: 08:48:04 03/09/08 ()
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Message:
Dr. Sylvia Blyden Speaks on UN Radio. Stoutly Defends the Role of The Press in Commenting on the Perceived Misdirections of the APC Government



Subject: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Manding Man
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Date Posted: 07:32:34 03/09/08 ()
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I can't imagine Prime Minister Gordon Brown or President Goerge Bush calling an opposition party Sympathiser after their respective Ministers of Justice had orderd his or her arrest, and what has that got to do with the first lady calling the lady in question and apologising for the arrest?

This is the lady that is fighting the Public Libel ACT in Sierra Leone, Ex- president Kabbah used it against Paul Kamara and i did not see a single APC member running down to the CID or the law court to protest. Why should the SLPP MPs abandon thier duty in parliatment which the poor people of Sierra Leone are paying them for to go and protest Sylvia's arrest?

Sierra leone dose not beleog to a particular person or tribe, I would be very grateful if the President can call all other people who have been detained unlawful at the CID that day and apologise to them.


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: kapo di kapo
To: All
Date Posted: 23:57:41 03/10/08 ()
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Message:
That was high politics, very high politics. aya, slpp nor see natin yate. watch apc play di politics, salone stylee.


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Big favour
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Date Posted: 13:06:31 03/10/08 ()
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Message:
Sylvia Blyden did a BIG FAVOUR to Ernest Koroma by publicisng his phone call. She should have left him to stew in his own juice with the world making fun that he arrests a woman because she made fun of him. Silly APC


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Dehunge
To: All
Date Posted: 12:46:29 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Listen folks i do not buy this idea that the Prez was not aware of the "invitation" extended to Sylvia by the SLP. The Prez is simply trying to play the role of Bad cop, good cop. He wanted to intimidate her yet making sure his fingerprints are not found anywhere on the crime scene. Note the Press Release from his Press Sec. prior to the invitation. Don't tell me Shekito (Bad English) issued that release on his own. By the way Kabs as Director Of Communications, at this age of the internet could you make sure future press releases are vetted and edited before they go out.


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: JUNKS SELLER
To: All
Date Posted: 06:14:21 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: junksseller@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Everyone knows that the President knew about the attempted arrest. He belittled himself by denying any knowledge of the incident. He is therefore a certified liar and should be impeached. We don't want a liar occupying State House.


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Petty Sorie
To: All
Date Posted: 05:56:39 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: pettysorie@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Manding Man, you're such a fool not to have figured out that Ernest Koroma was armtwisted by a certain western diplomat to apologise to Dr Blyden. There would have been consequences if he'd not done it. You fool; can't you see?


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Madingo Man
To: All
Date Posted: 07:53:50 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Is Ernest Koroma another Tejan Kabbah dancing to tune of the western world? If so Sierra Leone will forever live on begging.


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Mohamed A. Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 12:23:58 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: Saghinosoccerworld@yahoo.com
Entered From: ool-457951c4.dyn.optonline.net at 69.121.81.196

Message:
I know the president's wife meant well by calling Sylvia to apoligise. However, she shouldn't have done that, for the obvious reason, that she is not employed as the president or administration's spokesperson/spin doctor. Dealing with matters of the state, or handling law enforcement protocol, i believe are not included in her matrimonial duties. Personally I think those SLPP MPs who are not aware of their actual responsibilies, should be served a memo with a very strong warning, that whenever they intend to loaf around in the guise of a protest; they must do so on their own time. Not within the hours they are paid to be productive. Should a foolish stunt like that, is pulled again by anyone of them, some money must be deducted from his/her salary, for the time wasted while on the clock. With the money hungry trait our politicians have, they will likely refrain from getting involved in such silliness again. As a democratic society, i believe we have a due process, which each and every individual living in our society is entitled to. Let the process take its course. Finally, the president shouldn't have offered an apology, without the justice minister's legal procedure being exercised in a civil court. I think that's undermining the minister's authority, in carrying out the duties of his position. I am sure if the matter would have ended up in court, Sylvia could have retained a lawyer or two, as the case is being presented to the presiding judge, and a jury of her peers. That is the venue where it should have been proven wether she violated any law or not, if she was charged as such; in the first place.


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: David Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 19:48:33 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Manding Man, you are the most stupid element I have ever seen. President Koroma is not trying to undermine anybody. He is only trying to do the right thing. It is some of his ministers that are trying to undermine him. Because some of them wanted the chair he is occupying and did not get it, they are now trying to undermine him. How can you Athoney General just order police to invite a journalist in the police because her paper cartoon the president? How many times did they not cartoon former president? Was any one arrested? If George Bush was going to arrest journalists for cartooning him, there would have been no place in the police preson, because they cartoon him almost everyday. President Koroma did the right thing./


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Madingo Man
To: All
Date Posted: 07:59:38 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
why was Paul Kamara and Philip Neville arrested and detained during the SLPP government?


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Pretty Face 1, Kanikay
To: All
Date Posted: 06:27:42 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: prettyface1@yahoo.com
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Message:
The two are libellous idiots with long association with the APC. One of the idiots, Paul Kamara served time twice, when he defamed the characters of one learned judge and one sitting President. He's had a bad time in politics, having being shot by soldiers on election day in 1996. Pa Kabba took him to a hospital in Germany to have his badly shattered bones fixed, but the fool later proved ungrateful to the Pa.

The other fool at Standard Times is no different from the likes of Shekito and Seaga Shaw. They're devious crooks; common criminals, if you like.


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Doreen Davies
To: All
Date Posted: 17:51:53 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: Ddavies@yahoo.com
Entered From: host81-157-163-17.range81-157.btcentralplus.com at 81.157.163.17

Message:
So true. No First Lady should interfere into the running of State Affairs. No President should make light such indiscipline from a socalled seasoned journalist. Its a grave mistake for the Presi to call Sylvia even if he thought it was not right for her to be interrogated. A simple instruction to someone close or directly to the Attorney General could have done the trick. It beggers belief that the President should accord this Sylvia Blyden such class. This was a tiny issue for our President and his Madam to be jittered over. A Flood gate has no doubt been opened for by the likes of Sylvia to further rubbish our country. Sylvia should be disciplined as some of her utterances; for instance in the interview on the UN Radio is tantamount to indiscipline and careless journalism. The lady is clearly out to floor the APC government. Even in the West, certain publications and utterances can warrant some serious explanations in the court of law. Sylvia wants to test waters and in deed she knows the waters around the APC are cool. Watch for her next fire. Eee nor go lehfe.


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: truth
To: All
Date Posted: 16:43:04 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Judges,hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Nar Me
To: All
Date Posted: 14:37:03 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: thenewsletter@hotmail.com
Entered From: amontsouris-152-1-47-214.w82-123.abo.wanadoo.fr at 82.123.101.214

Message:
Well said, Mr. Mohamed Kamara.


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Pa Foday Gbenteh
To: All
Date Posted: 08:45:41 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
What surprised me most was that the President's wife had called Blyden at the CID as soon as she was arrested.What was her business there ? Is she part of the APC government? Didn't her call undermine the authority of the Justice Minister? These people have to organize .


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Tears on my pillow
To: All
Date Posted: 07:57:56 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
I think that apology was a tactical blunder on the part of the president. I guess he was playing to the gallery in the mistaken belief that such action will burnish his 'Press Freedom' bona fides. Big mistake! The Gongoli rebel will view this as a license to really smear President Koroma and will give other opportunists posing as journalists to spread all sorts of libelous malice against him. It's gonna be open season on the presidency. Mark my words. The president should have allowed the matter to proceed in civil court without any interference, and given the Gongolista her day in court. Her acquittal would have had a more seminal impact on the sanctity of the freedom of the Press and the Rule of Law. I still support the president but I just have this queasy feeling that El Presidente pushed his AG under the bus. For Sylvia???


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Chris
To: All
Date Posted: 08:21:00 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h174.187.213.151.ip.alltel.net at 151.213.187.174

Message:
There shouldn’t have been a simulated arrest in the first. That was the blunder. The guy came into office with a squeaky clean image, you wouldn’t want that image to go down the tube internationally over a simple caricature would you?



Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Question
To: All
Date Posted: 12:03:51 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
There's no indication, other than Gongorlista sources that the president or his wife made phone calls to Babu Blyden, so there's no need debating hypothetical speculations.


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Petty Sorie
To: All
Date Posted: 06:35:35 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: pettysorie@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
You're damn wrong, mister. Dr Blyden gave a lenthy telephone interview on UN Radio where she confirmed the President's call and that of Victor Foh, the first lady and others. Open your two eyes and ears before expelling stupid things from that dirty mouth of yours Mr Queston, or I'll be forced to liken you to that idiotic press secretary Shekito


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Question
To: All
Date Posted: 23:27:35 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Wo, wo, wo, Petty Sorie. No need for gutter language when debating with intellectuals. In this arena, people pride themselves in the content of their thoughts and not the foulness of their tongues. Filthy language in not acquired on a bank loan. Wise people talk because they have something to say; fools do, because they have to say something. Way when your grey matter is prime enough to make it permissible for you to post the said radio interview then there can be a case in debate. The rest of your rantings you can shove up your rear exit.


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Question
To: All
Date Posted: 07:27:18 03/11/08 ()
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Message:
You can shove that up the same rear orifice you call mouth. "Cave canem" - Beware of the dog


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Petty Sorie
To: All
Date Posted: 06:31:39 03/11/08 ()
Email Address: pettysorie@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Are you talking from your anus or your mouth? Bloody fool!


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Madingo man
To: All
Date Posted: 15:40:38 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Where is the PRESS RELEASE from the office of The President denying the said call?


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Observer
To: All
Date Posted: 23:32:13 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Being another round peg in a square hole, the dumb ass press secretary has not thought of one. He was timely in coming out with a politically immature and a grammatically mutilated one though.
Or was that the hand of the information minister? He-he.
Oh Sa Lone!


Subject: Re: Is President Koroma undermining his Ministers?
From: Petty Sorie
To: All
Date Posted: 06:40:47 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: pettysorie@yahoo.com
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Message:
It could not have been the hand of the Information Minister. The Minister was snoring noisily in his executive chair after downing a whole bottle of omole. He was drunk as usual.


Subject: WHAT RAILA ODINGA SHOULD HAVE DONE
From: GASSIM CONTEH
To: All
Date Posted: 07:11:20 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: wanjikulucy07@yahoo.co.uk
Entered From: at 90.208.9.19

Message:
Dr Dumbuya you have provided a thorough academic analysis of the unfortunate situation in Kenya. You are obviously well informed about the political history of African countries. This puts you in good stead to comment on critical issues that may potentially make or break a country.

I would like to make the following comments on your view that Raila Odinga should have sought redress through the courts as it happened in Nigeria. You drew attention to the carnage and pandemonium that followed Raila's decision to rally his troops to protest against the results. Surely, what happened was despicable by any standard. But it should be noted that most judiciaries in Africa are at the beck and call of the executive and miscarriages of justice are not uncommon especially where the government is a party. In Nigeria, it is true that the judiciary acquitted themselves to some extent, but it has to be noted also that the Courts in Nigeria were unable to overturn the results of the presidential elections for want of substantial evidence. That election was monitored by international observers not least Commonwealth and EU. The results were roundly condemned by these bodies as being nowhere near being credible. This view was supported by local observers too. What was the verdict?..........

Regarding the Kenyan elections, the issue was exclusively with the presidential election which was, as in Nigeria, was blatantly rigged/stolen. Obviously the preffered medium to contest the results is through the courts. But With the benefit of hindsight it is possible for results of other elections to be overturned but not the biggest stake; the presidency. There is no history of the courts overturning the results of a presidential election. Therefore, seeking redress through the courts is akin to beating a dead horse; Raila knows this. In fact, it has to be said that this is the reason why incumbents rig elections at will because they know that any attempt to challenge the results is doomed to fail. Also, the Kenyan judiciary has a lot to prove to the Kenyan people.


Subject: Commercial Banks to increase Acess to Bank Loans
From: Salone Observer
To: All
Date Posted: 05:09:41 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 204.14.42.190

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Commercial Banks to increase access to bank loans. For more information please check www.ernestkoroma.org


Subject: what is Ernest Koroma's True assets before the presidency
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 00:48:31 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM
Entered From: c-69-143-232-169.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.143.232.169

Message:

Sierra Leone President's Assets Declared for him
By Awareness Times

Dec 28, 2007,

We have tried to help our dear President by investigating his assets and this information below is what we found out.

If we are wrong, we call on His Excellency the President Reverend-Emeritus Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to kindly correct us by publicly declaring the correct list of assets he owned before he became President.

Here goes:


1. One Bungalow in Goderich

2. Some shares in RITCORP Insurance

3. A Bank Account with some small cash.

4. Two second-hand Black 4-Wheel Drives

5. Lots of clothes & household items

6. A Possible Share in his Late Dad’s House in Makeni



Subject: If only President Bush had listen to his father.
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 00:08:55 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: rnmdtwo@yahoo.com
Entered From: c-69-143-232-169.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.143.232.169

Message:

In his booK, PLAN OF ATTACK, Bob Woodward relates what happened when he asked President Bush if he asked his own father for advice about going to war against Iraq. According to Woodward, Bush replied that he had not asked his father for advice because, "He is the wrong father to appeal to for advice, the wrong father to go to, to appeal to, in terms of strength. There is a higher father that I appeal to."

It is common for a president of the USA to appeal to God for advice and strength. However, under normal circumstances, if a president of the USA was considering invading Iraq, and a living ex-president had once done that, he would ask that ex-president FOR ADVICE! NOT SPIRITUAL ADVICE, BUT PRACTICAL ADVICE, like how to interact with your generals and your middle East experts,how to deal with the different ethnic and religious factions in Iraq, how to work with traditional allies, and how to win over "fence sitters".

Pushing our thoughts a few notches higher, it is not hard to guess what George Bush the father would have advised his son had he been asked. In 1998, the first President George Bush coauthored a book with his National Security Advisor, Brent Scowcroft, entitled " A WORLD TRANSFORMED. In chapter nineteen they wrote about the first Gulf War,"... trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq...would have incurred incalculable human and political cost. Apprehending him was probably impossible...we would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under the circumstances, there was no VIABLE EXIT STRATEGY we could see, violating another of our principles...had we gone the invasion route, the USA could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land...."

The father had it right, while the son had it wrong. George W. Bush's ill-advised attempt to outdo his father led to the deaths of thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis, the loss of U.S credibility around the world, and the creation in Iraq of a terrorist training ground where none existed before.

IF ONLY PRESIDENT BUSH HAD CONSULTED HIS FATHER!


Subject: Crowbar Politics (Reposted)
From: Kawusu
To: All
Date Posted: 22:21:13 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
According to Awareness times (March 6, 2008), “President Ernest Bai Koroma …telephoned Dr. Sylvia Blyden …to personally assure her that he had nothing against her and that he did not even know of her invitation to the Police until after his weekly Cabinet Meeting ending last evening.”

If the above is accurate, it leaves one to wonder how President Koroma can be in Freetown without being aware of an event that quickly assumed a violent dimension leading to the destruction of SLPP property by APC thugs. Did the Police carry out the arrest of the newspaper publisher without receiving instructions from the APC establishment? What was the role of midget-man Abdul Serry-Kamal in this unfortunate imbroglio that has now received extensive international coverage thereby branding Mr. Koroma Africa’s newest dictator? Why has there been so much violence in the country ever since the APC came to power last year?

Recently, there was the near lynching of pastor David Conteh in Brookfields by APC thugs. And even more recently, there was the destruction of SLPP property in Bo. Reports from reliable sources intimated that APC thugs from Magburaka and Freetown had joined their local counterparts in Bo on the eve of the president’s arrival in this city to award degrees to Njala University graduates. Their task according to these sources was to impose their will on supporters of the opposition party and “set gbose gbose”. Thus the defacing of the portrait of the president was a deliberate APC act meant to serve as a justification for “gbose gbose” These acts of wanton violence perpetuated by APC thugs are just a few of the many that are gradually becoming a way of life in Sierra Leone. Interestingly, not even the Police have been immune to this nasty trend. In situations where police officers have been assaulted by APC hoodlums, arrests have not been made for fear of retributions from the APC high command. The question then is, who can protect the starving masses of Sierra Leone from marauding APC youths who are quick to boast that “nar we government dis.”

The euphoria that greeted the APC’s ascension to power has quickly dissipated in the face of extreme hardship. The quality of life has plummeted as economic conditions for the starving masses have worsened. Like the rest of the citizenry, the APC thugs who during elections time had perpetuated voting fraud and acts of intimidation and brutality against opposition party members have also experienced declining fortunes as the party can no longer sustain their economic well being. Under these circumstances, since the thugs have to eke out a living in order to ensure survival, they prey on innocent Sierra Leoneans with impunity. Since the motive here is purely economic, the political party affiliation of the would-be victim is unimportant. This partly explains the escalating rate of armed robbery and pick-pocketing especially in big commercial areas.


The gargantuan task confronting the president is rescuing the nation from total economic collapse. The 7% growth rate inherited from the SLPP has speedily disappeared in the face of rising macroeconomic instability, microeconomic rigidities, weak institutions run by incompetent bureaucrats and a cascading international image underscored by the recent snub received from George Bush in his tour of Africa. While it is important for the president to focus attention on these important issues with the objective of finding a speedy solution, turning a blind eye to ruthless party operatives inflicting mayhem on the opposition and other vulnerable citizens is criminal. Sierra Leoneans may be poor but the deserve to live in peace.


Subject: Re: Crowbar Politics (Reposted)
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 15:38:05 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
What's up Korthor Kawusu? Long time my friend.


Subject: Re: Crowbar Politics (Reposted)
From: Mensa
To: All
Date Posted: 08:10:02 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: unikad5@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 82.99.234.29

Message:
Thank you very much Brother Kawusu for the concerns that you effusively expressed. I am quite certain that the issues raised will be adequately addressed by the respective offices in EBK's Government. However, since this is a forum of patriots, I find it very much in place to highlight areas in your input that I consider debatable.

From Paragraph (1). O'man, it is very possible for the President to be in his room when his children are having a brawl in the backyard, and yet fails to know about it. Uncle Sam to the family will try to settle the issue, with the implicit understanding that, if he fails, then the Pa will be made to know about it. Similarly, the Attorney General might have considered the cartoon incident a petty issue to be brought to the attention of the President, thus decided to handle it himself until ........ he finds it necessary to inform Prezo. Administrative speak, there's division of labour and I see nothing wrong with the President not knowing earlier. In good faith, and with a positive mind, I will even generously commend the President for the bold overture of trying to calm the nerve of the provocative editor! The second paragraph, in it's entirety, could only capture an objective mind up to the point where you wrote "midget-man Abdul Serry-Kamal"! At that point, you automatically declared your clouded depiction of the whole report and inadvertently displayed your biasness!

I hope the government would take a stern action to deal with the rising trend of disorderly behaviour from both the APC and the SLPP. You see, brother, a perception of failure creates a reality of failure. The ousted SLPP leaders must have reflected on the chances they failed to capitalize on during their tenure in order to improve on the lives of ordinary people. Knowing fully well that the New Government has embarked on the provision of basic amenities, and subsequently knowing fully well that, if successful, the path the New Government is embarking on would promisingly fetch them a second term, the SLPP stalwarts appear to be losing patience. [Question is: If, at such an early stage in the New APC rule, there is so much premature, volcanic distraught in the opposition camp, what will happen when the new government begin to register 'smash hit' achievements!]

Actually, I would have accredited you with a substantial degree of objective reporting if and only if you would have balanced paragraph (3) with a little bit of SLPP reaction to the purported disturbances. So, O'man, with all the "lynching attempt", "destruction of SLPP property", "defacing of the portrait" disturbances in Bo, and "police officers have been assaulted by APC hoodlums" .... I mean in all these incidents, the SLPP supporters were just "giving the other cheek?" ....... Kothor, Spare me! It can't be so one one-sided as you're trying to portray the show! And to crown it all, you wrote: "These acts of wanton violence perpetuated by APC thugs are just a few of the many that are gradually becoming a way of life in Sierra Leone" Comment: Really? If this is the case, then we shall await an independent commission to investigate, and I believe there’s always one lurking in the shadows.

In paragraph (4), you wrote: "Like the rest of the citizenry, the APC thugs who during elections time had perpetuated voting fraud and acts of intimidation and brutality against opposition party members have also experienced declining fortunes as the party can no longer sustain their economic well being. "Comment: I think you would have to substantiate/back up your claims with water-tight evidence, particularly on the election allegation. Oh, perhaps, you were not fully informed of the number of SLPP results that were cancelled as a result of over-voting! Well, intimidation may be partly true, so to speak. After all, one could even feel intimidated by his own perceptive reading of situations. Again, you wrote: "Under these circumstances, since the thugs have to eke out a living in order to ensure survival, they prey on innocent Sierra Leoneans with impunity. Since the motive here is purely economic, the political party affiliation of the would-be victim is unimportant. This partly explains the escalating rate of armed robbery and pick-pocketing especially in big commercial areas." Comment: Just as stated earlier, you would have to provide us with some solid statistical evidence that would compare criminal activities during the SLPP era to enable compare and contrast, then subsequently draw a reliable conclusion. FUNNY: You wrote in Paragraph (3) that: " Thus the defacing of the portrait of the president was a deliberate APC act meant to serve as a justification for “gbose gbose”ť " Comment: Any smart APC guy could also say retort to " the escalating rate of armed robbery and pick-pocketing especially in big commercial areas" to be a deliberate SLPP act meant to serve as a justification for "Wahala" [I wish I know the Mende word for 'Gbose Gbose' to strike a semantic balance]

The last paragraph has a very serious message to the President and his economic team but only up to the word "rigidities", after that, there's an exhibition of gullibility. It was made worse by the statement: "a cascading international image underscored by the recent snub received from George Bush in his tour of Africa." Is this a direct implication that all the countries that President Bush failed to visit in his last visit should consider themselves "snubbed"? Would a visit by President Bush automatically solve the economic problems of SL? Isn't President Bush himself struggling with the daunting prospects of a recession in America? Hasn't the value of the US Dollar continued to sink compared to other major international currencies?

Finally, from your input, I guess we could all make good reformers if only we could remain genuine to the cause of country and throw unfounded emotions to the recycle bin.


Subject: Whose land Is it? By Maurice Garber esq- the debate!
From: Olu Beckley
To: All
Date Posted: 22:06:59 03/08/08 ()
Email Address: Mariamab@aol.com
Entered From: at 206.216.34.171

Message:
The quote “ I conceive that land belongs to a vast family of which many are dead, few are living and countless Numbers are unborn” is the basic foundation on which all customary lands in Sierra Leone are held by the Paramount Chiefs as the custodian of the tenurial rights of the dead, those alive and those yet unborn. It should not be inferred to apply to the statutory fee simple arrangements in Freetown, where tenurial rights are individual or corporate based.

Commercial institutions in Sierra Leone continue to deny access to credit to investments in the provinces on the basis that provincial lands are governed by customary law and therefore do not provide adequate colaterall. The resultant effect is that 95% of the country’s realty which should form the basis for a viable real estate market; provide a stable backbone for investment in all productive sectors of the economy is completely excluded from formal market transactions, even where verifiable legal interests are created. In the Nigerian situation, I believe that the courts had upheld the legality of the proprietary interests created under customary law provided there is consent of the Paramount Chief and the majority of the principal members of the family or clan. A properly executed conveyance creating leasehold interest of 30-40 years or any portion thereof, in the provinces in Sierra Leone, has a quantifiable monetary value and should in my view be acceptable as collateral depending on the state of the market and the deal in question. Most investments if they are viable in the first instance, should be able to amortize themselves in 30-40 years, a time frame that is covered by the leasehold interests conveyed under customary law anylaw.

To me the questions that need to be answered are “How do we ensure equitable and secured propriety interest for all Sierra Leoneans without compromising the interest of the majority? How do we bring the 95% of the landed property in the provinces into the formal market sector? What kind of proprietary interests can be legally created and recognized that will provide adequate collateral for the commercial institutions and private sector investors? How do we avoid the creation of a new land aristocracy and the increase in the landless peasantry?

I applaud the Minister of Lands for initiating discussions on the development of a land management system and the steps already taken to usher in a land mapping and titling process that would enable us identify and ascertain who owns what and where. I believe it is the legitimate role of government to define what those landed interests are and how they can be protected and secured. I am an ardent supporter for land titling, and believe it provides our nation’s investors with the security and assurances they deserve. While land titling may assure the interests and secure the investment of the investor, it may increase the risks and insecurity faced by the communities they are meant to protect. It is therefore not a surprise that most of our traditional rulers are very skeptical about the benefits to be derived from the titling of land in the provinces. A community based land titling system could be investigated and introduced on a pilot basis, if only to ally their fears. We need to be careful in adopting examples from other countries. The main intent of the infamous 1978 (One Man One Plot) Nigerian Land Use Decree of 1978 was to open land to development by individuals, corporations, institutions, and governments. As a real estate student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka at the time, we witnessed concrete wall demarcations constructed overnight to circumvent the law, as it related to unoccupied lands. The Sierra Leonean situation is different and I don’t believe Sierra Leoneans want to be ever reminded of military dictatorship.

The current land tenure bill should be comprehensively reviewed. There is a need for a lot of sensitization and education to be done about the benefits of guaranteed ownership, reduced risks of expropriation and potential increase in value that land titling brings to the owner. Land titling provides legitimacy and security to the buyer in a transaction and avoids the duplicity of the sale of one piece of land to 5 or more people as is the case now. The system may be much easier to introduce in Freetown, and a lot more challenging to introduce in the provinces. Land titling could be an expensive exercise depending on what format is adopted and the social and economic implications need to be carefully studied. The benefits to the single plot holder should outweigh the survey fees, attorney fees, registration fees and the unhidden costs in time and money associated with such an exercise. “To register a property in Nigeria costs 27.1% of the value of the property; in Sierra Leone it costs 15.1%; in Ghana it costs 3.7 %.”. Mohamed Gibril Sesay Lecturer, Fourah Bay College.

While land titling has its merit, it is not the panacea to the land issue in Sierra Leone. “Many people think that the way to solve the problems of insecurity of tenure, homelessness and the development of slums is through large scale land titling. While this approach is of course important and necessary, it is not enough on its own to deliver security of tenure to the majority of citizens in most developing countries, especially in Africa. The best figures available indicate that less than 30 percent of the land in developing countries is titled. In many countries of Sub Saharan Africa, this drops to below one percent.” ANNA KAJUMULO TIBAIJUKA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UN-HABITAT

We need to be innovative as we go about introducing the concept of land titling, and in addition explore other forms of proprietary evidence that assure security of tenure. Customary tenure is the tenure of choice for the majority and we need to protect the proprietary interests of our peasant farmers including my uncles in Mayombo from the shylock absentee landlords who now see the jewel in the vast land acreages up country and would do anything and everything by hook or crook to lay their hands on them, and use land titling as a vehicle to achieve their nefarious intentions.

While the development of land policies and the administration of state lands (if there are any left) should continue to be under the Ministry of Lands, land titling if it has to be undertaken should be done under the guidance of an independent institution that has responsibility for managing the country’s land titling and survey system. Such a body should be created under an act of Parliament with the following specific functions: providing assured land titles and land surveys that are essential for tenure and necessary for the proper functioning of the Sierra Leone property market; serve as a repository for land titles and surveys and uphold the integrity of the Sierra Leone land titling and survey system. We need more than 20 surveyors in the Ministry of Lands to handle this major land reform subject. The Survey Institute at New England Ville that produced so many surveyors in the days of Mr. Redwood Sawyer needs to be reactivated. Support needs to be provided for the efficient certification and licensure of trained and qualified surveyors by the professional surveying body.


Subject: Re: Whose land Is it? By Maurice Garber esq- the debate!
From: O'toole
To: All
Date Posted: 22:22:07 03/08/08 ()
Email Address: otoolekargbo@yahoo.com
Entered From: cpe-65-186-220-54.insight.res.rr.com at 65.186.220.54

Message:
You nor da check you messages, you nor de returned calls, how now.


Subject: MODERATOR
From: Kawusu
To: All
Date Posted: 22:00:35 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4575eca0.dyn.optonline.net at 69.117.236.160

Message:
What happened to my posting entitled "Crowbar Politics?" Deleted?


Subject: Re: Kawusu
From: Moderator
To: All
Date Posted: 22:31:34 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Dear Sir,
You may not have known this. In a bid to maintain an orderly, more organised and neat forum, we are advised to desist from using all caps on headlines, handles, and content under the new rules. Violators will have their postings deleted.
You contribution has been reposted this time for fear you may have been unaware of the new standards.


Subject: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 20:41:50 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KABS! From a fan and thankful Sierra Leonean, although you did drop a notch when my favorite paper became a mouthpiece for the govt and not the independent media outlet I thought it was. May God continue to bless you so you can continue to serve your people and nation as you've been doing.

You described symtoms of diabetes there which can be directly linked to weight problems, so please drop some pounds so we can have you around for a long time. Also please, next time when someone suggests a picture in front of the Mercedes, take a humble stance. You shocked me with that one. I don't see a first world editor pulling a move like that.

Happy Birthday, thank you and God Bless you.
Sam


Subject: The Great Sir Milton Margai
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 19:21:17 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Where are the great leaders of yore who loved country above everything else that were churned by the SLPP like butter? I guess God doesn't make them anymore!
We miss you Sir Milton!


Subject: Re: The Great Sir Milton Margai
From: Sierra Leone Historian
To: All
Date Posted: 21:17:31 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-66-108-68-252.nyc.res.rr.com at 66.108.68.252

Message:
Nice Caption indeed! But this picture speaks volumes about the contradictions in Sa Lone history .....

the picture depicts High Commissioner Fitzjohn and Sir Milton Margai arriving at Lancaster House for independence on terms dictated by the colonial master....while opponents of those terms Siaka Stevens,ITA Wallace Johnson and others languished in jail......?

I believe that other Historians and Political Scholars will outrightly challenge your assertion and prove otherwise that these proclaimed heroes did not "love country above everything else" as you posit!


Subject: Re: The Great Sir Milton Margai
From: Not True
To: All
Date Posted: 09:17:14 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-457836a6.dyn.optonline.net at 69.120.54.166

Message:
In fact Siaka Stevens was part of the independence delegation, and there were no political prisoners at that time. Sir Milton very much wanted a united front to ask for independence. Interesting also is the fact that Siaka Stevens was the only delegate to vote against the indepemndence agreement - because it contained a mutual difense agreement between Britain and Sierra Leone. That clause was deleted because Sir Milton wanted unanimous support for the independence agreement. It was his greatest blunder as leader of Sierra Leone. Siaka Stevens remained the solo holdout and he later benefited because Britain lacked authority to intervene when Siaka Stevens as president became a terrible dictator.


Subject: Re: The Great Sir Milton Margai
From: Man of Peace
To: All
Date Posted: 19:43:58 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Bra, can you post the same biographies you recently posted of Salone leaders?


Subject: Re: The Great Sir Milton Margai
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 19:56:20 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Gladly my friend. This link contains not only the Salone leaders of renown but also some of the colorful characters like Haidara Konthofili and Pa Demba...and many more.
Cheers (as the Mod likes to say).


Subject: SLPP Infrastructure
From: Abigail Stewart-Macauley
To: All
Date Posted: 18:33:19 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Vote for SLPP, the party of development and progress. We can't wait for 2012 to come around.


Subject: Re: ...And APC Infrastructure
From: Painkiller
To: All
Date Posted: 18:45:24 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
This is Aberdeen Bridge. Guess who built it.
SLPP? Hell no!
APC? Yep!
Only APC has ever built a lick of infrastructure in Sierra Leone.
SLPP and infrastructure? Hahahahahahahaha! Ar go die wit laff O! Hehehehehehehe!
Stop joking my friend. The only reason SLPP wanna get into power is to slip their fingers into the nation's back pocket again. Tiffu!


Subject: Congrats Muckson Sesay
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 17:56:16 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Just saw a picture of Muckson Sesay, Cocorioko's IT specialist. Apparently this young man is also spearheading an effort to get computers into Salone schools. I doff my hat to Mr. Sesay. I hope that other young people in the diaspora will continue to do their best for the country. And I hope that mature folks like us will learn from the young people toiling and sweating out in the arena. Thanks Cocorioko for featuring the admirable Muckson Sesay.


Subject: CROWBAR POLITICS?
From: Kawusu
To: All
Date Posted: 15:26:36 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4575eca0.dyn.optonline.net at 69.117.236.160

Message:
According to Awareness times (March 6, 2008), “President Ernest Bai Koroma …telephoned Dr. Sylvia Blyden …to personally assure her that he had nothing against her and that he did not even know of her invitation to the Police until after his weekly Cabinet Meeting ending last evening.”

If the above is accurate, it leaves one to wonder how President Koroma can be in Freetown without being aware of an event that quickly assumed a violent dimension leading to the destruction of SLPP property by APC thugs. Did the Police carry out the arrest of the newspaper publisher without receiving instructions from the APC establishment? What was the role of midget-man Abdul Serry-Kamal in this unfortunate imbroglio that has now received extensive international coverage thereby branding Mr. Koroma Africa’s newest dictator? Why has there been so much violence in the country ever since the APC came to power last year?

Recently, there was the near lynching of pastor David Conteh in Brookfields by APC thugs. And even more recently, there was the destruction of SLPP property in Bo. Reports from reliable sources intimated that APC thugs from Magburaka and Freetown had joined their local counterparts in Bo on the eve of the president’s arrival in this city to award degrees to Njala University graduates. Their task according to these sources was to impose their will on supporters of the opposition party and “set gbose gbose”. Thus the defacing of the portrait of the president was a deliberate APC act meant to serve as a justification for “gbose gbose” These acts of wanton violence perpetuated by APC thugs are just a few of the many that are gradually becoming a way of life in Sierra Leone. Interestingly, not even the Police have been immune to this nasty trend. In situations where police officers have been assaulted by APC hoodlums, arrests have not been made for fear of retributions from the APC high command. The question then is, who can protect the starving masses of Sierra Leone from marauding APC youths who are quick to boast that “nar we government dis.”

The euphoria that greeted the APC’s ascension to power has quickly dissipated in the face of extreme hardship. The quality of life has plummeted as economic conditions for the starving masses have worsened. Like the rest of the citizenry, the APC thugs who during elections time had perpetuated voting fraud and acts of intimidation and brutality against opposition party members have also experienced declining fortunes as the party can no longer sustain their economic well being. Under these circumstances, since the thugs have to eke out a living in order to ensure survival, they prey on innocent Sierra Leoneans with impunity. Since the motive here is purely economic, the political party affiliation of the would-be victim is unimportant. This partly explains the escalating rate of armed robbery and pick-pocketing especially in big commercial areas.


The gargantuan task confronting the president is rescuing the nation from total economic collapse. The 7% growth rate inherited from the SLPP has speedily disappeared in the face of rising macroeconomic instability, microeconomic rigidities, weak institutions run by incompetent bureaucrats and a cascading international image underscored by the recent snub received from George Bush in his tour of Africa. While it is important for the president to focus attention on these important issues with the objective of finding a speedy solution, turning a blind eye to ruthless party operatives inflicting mayhem on the opposition and other vulnerable citizens is criminal. Sierra Leoneans may be poor but the deserve to live in peace.



Subject: Whose land Is it? By Maurice Garber esq
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 13:50:44 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Sierra Leone....Whose Land Is It?
Posted by Maurice R. Garber on Mar 6, 2008, 00:29

The world renowned African Jurist Dr. T. O. Elias quoting the comments from a Nigerian Chief in 1912 on the issue of land ownership states “ I conceive that land belongs to a vast family of which many are dead, few are living and countless Numbers are unborn” . This statement made almost a century ago unfortunately in my opinion reflects the state of land ownership in current day Sierra Leone, Retrogressive, discriminatory, archaic and in need of urgent reform.

Last year, a financial institution sent a conveyance to my office for an opinion on the legality of the document and whether a loan should be provided based on the document. A cursory look at the deed of conveyance highlighted the anomaly. The acreage was sufficient to cover the loan but the property was situated in Lungi, Port Loko District. It meant that due to our dual system of land tenure, the property was situated on the wrong side of the fence. The conveyance although had the required citation, chain of title acknowledgments and signature was worthless! Land in Lungi was governed by customary law and the fee simple conveyance was not registrable.
Consequently, the loan could not be procured and the hotel could not be built.

Although we are one country, we operate maintain and in some quarters jealously protect this out dated system of dual land ownership. The western area including the peninsula is governed by an English system of land ownership which includes fee simple conveyances, mortgages and leases while the rest of the country is governed by customary land law. The problem with customary land law is -:

1. Identifying what the custom is
2. Ascertaining who to talk to; paramount Chief, council of chiefs or family members.
3. Securing all the consents,
4. Assessing what actually has been given to you.
5. The absence of enforceable legal documents to back up your purchase or grant.

Hernando de Soto, a Peruvian economist estimated that the value of rural land ploughed or grazed by African farmers, which they did not formally own; or owned but had no formal title was worth over $30 billion dollars. Sierra Leone has a land mass of which 850,000 hectares is arable with land in the provinces excluding the western area makes up over 90% of that land mass. Customary or informal land ownership hurts the rural community. Robert Guest in his book

“The Shackled Continent “quoted a farmer in Malawi called Zimba who explained “I’ve got enough land but I can’t afford enough seeds or fertilizer to make good use of it” Guest explains “secure title makes assets fungible. In a country with good property laws, almost anyone can use a house as a piece of land as collateral to raise a loan”.

A son of the soil, Babashola Chinsman in his book “Uncommon Thinking” (pg 17) explains “The most crippling effect of poverty stems not from the inadequacy of incomes, but from a lack of assets “He goes on to explain in page 23 “Even the land on which most of them live or depend for their livelihood is often not secured by proper title, leaving them without any assets”.

Consequently, Sierra Leone remains a shackled country because we are afraid to explore, open up and develop our primary asset, namely Land. This is why there is a mad rush to acquire land in the western area which has a formal system of land ownership! Let us consider the problem more closely.

WESTERN AREA
Freetown and its environs was a Crown Colony. History shows that this area was bought by the British from King Namibian in 1788 for the benefit of the free community of settlers, heirs and successors. The Krios as they are now known today settled in these area and acquired ownership and possession of the area occupied. This was a large area and it follows that the areas unoccupied and uncultivated became or remained as crown land. The Krios were not permitted to own land in the provinces, and this is why today, much of the land in the Western area remains vested in krio families.

The problem today is that not withstanding a formal system of land ownership in this area, many families inherited property without properly documenting their lineal transfer of ownership. The problem was compounded by a failure of successive governments to introduce and implement a system of land registration of title. In the case of Seymour Wilson v Musa Abess, (1979) the late Chief Justice, Livesey Luke commented about this problem which was causing a plethora of land lawsuits. He stated “In my opinion, registration of an instrument under the Act confers priority over other instruments affecting the same land which are registered later. Registration of an instrument under the Act does not confer on the purchaser, mortgagee etc, title nor does it render the title of the purchaser indefeasible.” Everybody has their own conveyance and the fact that it was registered did not mean you had good title. The situation today is grave with houses and pan bodies being built all over the pla
ce without recourse to the true title owners and private and public officials being killed over property disputes (e.g. the late Kenneth Moore, Ministry of Lands Housing killed in 2006). To compound the problem, land surveys are usually plotted using beacons which are unfortunately removable. In the absence of a digitally drawn G.P.S. mapping, many owners are unable to track the exact coordinates of their land once the beacons have been removed. In some cases, neither the government nor the public are truly aware of who owns what land and neither side has the requisite title instrument to back up their claim of ownership. Presumably, the government relies on its assertion that the land is crown land and shifts the onus to the private individual to show that the land in question is not state land but private land. The law however states that he who claims ownership must prove it. Unfortunately, Sierra Leoneans do not have a culture of taking the government to court and so many of th
ese claims of state land ownership are not challenged. Those that have proof of title spend years in court, time and money trying to reclaim what is rightfully theirs.

This is why a digital G.P.S mapping, not only in Freetown but the peninsula area must be done immediately. Properties are being bought without access roads and there is no centralized planning that will ensure the smooth introduction of utility lines, access roads, pipes, drainage etc. Along the Peninsula, there is a growing tendency for villagers to claim undeveloped land as community land. The village headmen along the peninsula have no authority to allocate land to anyone unless of course the land is theirs personally. This practice of leasing and sale of “community land” will soon be challenged in court when the true owners of the land in some of these communities realize that a village headman has abrogated to himself the right to dispose of the owner’s land to a 3rd party. Quite recently, we have seen the introduction of conveyances and leases purportedly made by village headman and village chiefs in the peninsula area to unsuspecting buyers. This is like trying to mix oil an
d water. Land in these areas is either owned by individual families or is crown land. Communally owned land does not exist in the Western Area and ignorance of the law is no defense.

Until there is a proper devolution of authority to the Local Council from Central Government to distribute crown land on behalf of the state, these grants and conveyances of vacant land are of no legal effect. Admittedly with a prolonged period of occupation, (12 years) land can be acquired by prescr1ption. How ever, it is doubtful if prescr1ption right can be acquired over crown land and against the government, and rights of prescr1ption normally inure to the benefit of the individual and not an unincorporated entity. While Sierra Leoneans can acquire fee simple title in the Western Area, non Sierra Leoneans and foreign investors can only acquire leaseholds. And we claim to be serious about attracting foreign investment! In my opinion, this restriction is retrogressive and we ought to open our lands to all investors, Sierra Leonean or otherwise subject to a residual oversight by government where large tracts of land are being bought by non-Sierra Leoneans. We must implement immedi
ately a system of ‘Title Registration’ and put in place a mechanism, such as a Lands Tribunal (LT) or Lands Arbitration Board (LAB) that will adjudicate initially the claim of competing land owners subject to a right of appeal to the courts. This title registration can be phased out over a period of time, voluntary initially and then mandatory once the practice has become established. Once a landowner is duly registered, he is conclusively regarded as the true owner of the property.

THE PROVINCES

Title to land in the provinces under customary law is vested in the paramount chief as trustee for the community. In reality, there are several layers of ownership or vested interests shared between the paramount chief (s), the family and the individual. Customary land tenure is quite different from what operates in the western area. It differs from community to community and it is easier to have use of land in a particular area if you are from that area. The Mendes for example place a lot of importance on family ownership and the family headman can allocate land to members of his family. Land ownership among the Temnes is similar to that of the Mendes with the caveat that there is more fragmentation of land allotments since succession among wives is per stirpes and not per capita; (i.e. shared between the wives and not shared equally between the children) The problems with customary land already been explained before so I need not elaborate further.

What is not evident however is the debilitating impact this system of land tenure has on investors. Section 3(1) of Cap. 122 stated “No land in the provinces shall be occupied by a non-native unless he has first obtained the consent of the tribal authority to his occupation of such land”. Section 4 states ‘No Non-native shall acquire a greater interest in land in the provinces than a tenancy for a term of fifty years . . . for a second or further term not exceeding twenty-one years.”
The impact of there two sections is to discourage any serious investor from investing in the provinces. Leases are inherently terminable, and an investor who has invested time, effort and money is potentially vulnerable where his investment is tied to a short term lease. Issues of litigation and enforcement of contractual provisions against Tribal Authorities are problematic as is the forum for such actions. The absence of formal documents of title also precludes loans and financing from banks. Some Sierra Leoneans, such as the Krios, Akus and Kroos are categorized as non-natives by the above statute and are thus deprived of customary land rights even in the provinces. This is a particularly discriminatory statute arising from a colonial policy of divide and rule which the Sierra Leonean government has not seen fit to abolish. The multiplicity of interested parties when dealing with large tracts of land in the provinces is a particularly thorny issue frequently encountered by minin
g companies. Even the government is sometimes frustrated in its attempt to acquire large tracts of land for development purposes. This is compounded with the lack of proper documentation confirming ownership and possession when dealing with family owned property. Some jurists such as Dr. Marcus Jones in his book “Legal Development and Constitutional Changes in Sierra Leone” is of the opinion that you can acquire the equivalent of a fee simple from land owners in the provinces while others such as Dr. T. O. Elias are of the view that customary land is inherently inalienable. He states “there is perhaps no other principle fundamental to the indigenous land tenure system throughout Nigeria than the theory of inalienability of land” Consequently, the investor has to choose between a lease for a fixed term of years or a questionable fee simple transfer. At a time where the world is a global village and investments can be made in other jurisdictions, many investors will say ’why bother”
and simply take their money elsewhere. In Nigeria, the Land use Decree was passed which vested all land in the Nigerian government subject to certificate of occupancies being granted to purchasers and grantees. This Act resolved to a large extent the problem of inalienable customary land and opened up all land to title ownership and development throughout Nigeria.
There is a proposed bill in Sierra Leone dealing with the commercial use of land in the provinces but it does not go far enough and frankly does not resolve the core issue of an investor’s reluctance to acquire leasehold rather than freehold and the free alienability attached to freeholds. In my opinion, with large scale unemployment faced by our youths, and the need to achieve our millennium development goals and food security objectives, we have no option but to radically transform ownership of land in the provinces to a regime akin to what occurs in the Western Area subject again to residual government oversight. We hope the next government will seriously address these issues and act swiftly on these recommendations.

The question that was asked at the beginning of this article was “whose land is it anyway? The answer is “It is ours.’” so let us use it for the betterment of all our people and the entire country. All land in the Western Area or the Provinces should be available to all citizens for development coupled with a commercially acceptable medium to reflect ownership and transfers. That way land owners can raise loans on the value of their land and enjoy the benefit and pride of ownership of land without fear that it may be reclaimed by some paramount chiefs or village / family headman. Investors should be free to acquire freehold interests throughout the country where substantial financial investment is contemplated.


Subject: Re: Whose land Is it? By Maurice Garber esq
From: KLA
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Date Posted: 16:10:49 03/08/08 ()
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Krio man cant buy land upline,but all man kin buy land nah di Western area.

Ah wan go buy land nah jimmi GBAGBOR,leh we see how dis go go. It is time to test the land laws of Salone.

Ah go lek for turn Port Loko to a serious modern area,especially di waterfront nah ole PORT LOKO..

Well , well leh we see watin di chief en hademan/ooman
dem go say.

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Subject: How to make Cocorioko independent
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Subject: Re: How to make Cocorioko independent
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Subject: Re: How to make Cocorioko independent
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Subject: Happy Birthday , Kabs
From: Citizen
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Rev. Kabs, happy birthday. Thanks for providing us Cocorioko online newspaper and the forum. You are a good citizen of Sierra Leone. Your hard work will not go in vain.


Subject: Re: Happy Birthday , Kabs
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Belated happy birthday Kabs.


Subject: Re: Happy Birthday , Kabs
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Bra Kabs:
I join you in thanking God for keeping you to this age. May you continue in spending most of your lifetime on promoting fairplay....


Subject: Grattis pĺ din foddelsdagen Kabs Kanu!
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Subject: Re: Grattis pĺ din foddelsdagen Kabs Kanu!
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Subject: Re: Grattis pĺ din foddelsdagen Kabs Kanu!
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Subject: Re: For Fen Plaba
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Subject: Re: For Fen Plaba
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Subject: Re: For Fen Plaba
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Subject: Re: For Fen Plaba
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Subject: Re: Happy Birthday , Kabs
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Subject: Re: Happy Birthday , Kabs
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Rev..

Happy, happy birthday...
Hope your days are blessed..
May you see many, many more..

God bless.


Subject: Re: Happy Birthday , Kabs
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Happy Birthday Rev. Kanu


Subject: Re: Happy Birthday , Kabs
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Happy Birthday Rev Kanu

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Subject: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Bra Enviable
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Date Posted: 08:12:27 03/08/08 ()
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I have invested a lot of emotional capital into Barack Obama's campaign only to realize that the brother is NOT a fighter. Obama has the ability to appeal to people of various racial backgrounds, and that adds more sheen to his personality. However, Obama, like any politician, has his own weakness. Speaking from brother to brother, I will say that Nigger can't fight! After watching him chafe under Hillary's attacks without the slightest show of meanness, I am left with the conclusion that Obama does not have the doggedness to checkmate the Republican machine, which is more battle-hardened than Hillary's. In comparison to what the Republicans can do, Hillary's deviousness is mere child's play. From Bill Clinton's near-racist remarks in South Carolina, the plagiarist allegations intended to erode Obama's integrity, to Hillary's repeated posturing as the better commander-in-chief, Obama has simply absorbed blow after blow without hitting the other side where it hurts.
Negative political advertisements work, and politicians who stop short of attacking their opponents cannot expect to make headway in the court of public opinion. Experts holding the pacifist view that negative attacks are a turn-off to Americans, are analytically wrong. Skin-piercing assaults on political opponents is a frequently-used tactic in the Republican armory.

The "Swift Boat" attacks in 2004, for example, turned John Kerry the Vietnam veteran into an anti-military candidate while Bush the draft-dodger came out as a modern-day Napoleon.
Bill and Hillary have far too much dirt in their closets. Obama has so far failed to use that dirt to bleed the noses of his two attackers. By being a "cute campaigner" rather than a nose-cutting attacker, Obama seems to be reinforcing Hillary's view that "Mr. Fine Boy is not ready to be the Commander in chief." If Obama loses the primary contest, I will end up with the unappealing specter of voting for Hillary. Despite Hillary's victories in Texas and Ohio, Obama still stands as the front-runner. What he lacks is the nastiness to inflict incurable campaign wounds on Hillary. The right wing is so nasty that it can cut Obama like a knife slipping through butter. If he is to inspire confidence in some constituencies, Obama must toughen up in ways that will position him as a bold commander in chief. The same "audacity of hope" which makes Obama appealing, must be used to present him as the commander in chief with enough resolve to deliver mortal blows when America needs to be belligerent.


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Erica Adams
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Date Posted: 22:36:11 03/08/08 ()
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Bra E,
Your desire to see Barack show brawn over brains is quite shocking. I don't think your position is well thought out considering what the brother is up against. Obama is a man who has lived bi-racially and bi-culturally all of his life. He is well versed in how to navigate both worlds and that is why he has been more successful than any other black presidential candidate in the history of this country. He is intelligent enough to know that we have overcome but we are not all the way there. Obama will never appear to be anything other than a gentleman when it comes to Hilary Clinton. He knows that he will be villianized as an African, Muslim, terrorist if he ever treats Senator Clinton as anything other than a genteel white woman. Her southern husband Bill Clinton knows that more than anyone. Now that the gloves are off, you can expect the legions of Barack commandos to go on the attack on his behalf. It will be much like the recent EBK incident with Sylvia Blyden where EBK protested he knew nothing about what was going on. When the attacks begin on Obama's behalf, you can expect the Senator to be shocked and appalled by the behavior of some in his camp. You may even see more resignations as a result of his "aides" behavior, but the Senator is not going to allow Clinton to take him out of his game. I feel like your assessment of Obama is short-sighted. Whenever you are playing any sport, you don't allow your opponent to take you out of your game. If you do, you normally end up playing a bit off your game. If Obama starts playing to the tune of the Clintons, he will be off his game and open himself up for defeat. Right now Obama is walking a tight rope, but once he is the nominee, you will see him deal with McCain man to man. A McCain-Clinton battle would be a disater for the Democratic party because McCain does not have the same restrains in dealing with Hilary Clinton. Personally I believe Obama will be the nominee. I don't believe the DNC wants to take a chance on Clinton because there are too people who will be alienated for her to win and her base can't bring a victory in November. If Clinton is by some strange chance the nominee in November, I will vote Republican for the first time in my life because I trust them more than I trust the Clintons.


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Black Republicans for Obama
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Date Posted: 13:59:21 03/08/08 ()
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We like Obama but the character of your democratic party stinks and you ought to come to terms with that first and foremost....

.Also,you would expect the muslimization of Obama or characterizing his candidacy as just a "black thing" to originate from elsewhere instead of Camp Clinton (the base of your so called first black president)........

I am sure that the problem with democrats trumps the problems you are alluding to Obama....

To alleviate your shock and trauma,....I encourage you to Join the GOP party which emancipated your great grandfathers from slavery and empowered other African Americans like Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice to the third highest office in American polity without demonizing or swiftboating them!

wake Up and smell the coffee Bra E! For those of you who have been deceived into believing that democracts can protect or preserve your/our interests,....Tell Me just When did the democratic party become the official party of Blackman,Africanman or Sa Loneman !.......

Mi Know say politics nar about interest oosie ar day betteh nar day ar day support!


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Bra Enviable
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Date Posted: 18:50:30 03/08/08 ()
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Message:
"Black Republicans For Obama," The United States has changed since the North fought against the slave-holding South. The reverse has actually occurred in today's America. The Republicans have become the confederates, and some of their foot soldiers like Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh have always let us know their racist intent through the consistent hate-mongering they thrive on. Feeling unrestricted by the fact that they do not hold political offices, these merchants of hate propagate the Republican racist agenda with reckless disregard. Rush Limbaugh, a Republican hatchet man who enjoys a lot admiration from the White House to Republican circles in Congress, sounds like a racist in Ante-Bellum times.
Colin Powell may have held a very prominent position in a Republican administration, but the Klansmen in that party made it quite known that he was not liked.

Neither Donald Rumsfeld, nor Dick Cheney, liked Powell. They treated him with contempt, and every professional military advice he had for the war was dismissed with pure contempt. The Klansmen in the Republican party still think blacks should not move beyond the status of shoe-shine boys. I am waiting to experience the day when a black man will hold sway in the Klans Republican party the way Obama is now doing within the Democratic party. Democrats may not be perfect, but they are reasonable enough to at least tolerate people of color. Dick Cheney fought with all the hate in him as a Klans man to stop the federal government from having MLK day as a federal holiday. Bra, I am a liberal that is deeply immersed in contemporary American politics. Do not get this liberal started. According to the Klansmen in the Republican party, John McCain is not conservative enough. That is a coded way of saying he is NOT racist enough to lead the party of disguised Klansmen. Bra, let sleeping dogs lie.


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Black Republicans for Obama
To: All
Date Posted: 20:36:16 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-66-108-68-252.nyc.res.rr.com at 66.108.68.252

Message:
Bra my knowledge of history is at variance with yours ...maybe reading Wayne Perryman's "Unvielling the Truth" may help to calibrate some inanity about democratic abuse in American History!

Regarding Civil rights I know that it was the democrats who defeated the first civil rights bill introduced by republicans in 1875....i know that some people will argue that it is old story..

But as recent as in 1964 it was Senator Al Gore senior a Democrat who filibustered the bill on the basis that it amounted to the same bill the Republicans introduced in 1875.....

we can go on and on Bra E ...I also can recount that it was Republicans who supported the freedom of Dred Scott and other freed Slaves in 1856 when the democratic supreme court ruled "seven to two against Scott, finding that neither he, nor any person of African ancestry, could claim citizenship in the United States".....In addition to that Bra E it was the Republicans who enacted the thirteenth and fourteenth amandment in the US constitution..

So I do not believe that contemporary democratic pandering to African American interest does not make them the party of our people!...They are odd bedfellows..dem nar snake paddy dem ya!

Remember Bra E, an abusive husband cannot be considered a good man just because he brought home some flowers today!

You are welcome to the GOP!


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 19:46:41 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
And please include the reprobate Sean Hannity among the loony foot soldiers of the Republican hard right.


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Black Republicans for Obama
To: All
Date Posted: 23:01:57 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-66-108-68-252.nyc.res.rr.com at 66.108.68.252

Message:
Do you know that Al sharpton democratic political hitman gets most of his funding from Republican sources.......

...and Jesse Jackson your former democratic alter boy, raised millions of dollars from wall street companies to assist programs of black interest...but ended up giving most of the money to his mistress instead of the orphans,addicts and homeless the money was meant for......so who is the real reprobate?


For me it is better the devil you know than the angels you don't know ya!.....because the angels you worship can be devils in disguise!


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 07:41:17 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
For me it is better the devil you know than the angels you don't know ya!.....because the angels you worship can be devils in disguise!
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We know the Democratic angels and we know the Republican devils and for now, I will take my chances with the party of FDR and keep at bay the party of Teddy Roosevelt. True, we have our own skunks in the party. I am acutely aware of the unhelpful things Sharpton and Jesse have played recently but let's remember that these two civil rights icons have been stalwart in the defense of African immigrants in the States. Sharpton, who Republicans love badmouthing as a radical as a black, anti-semitic agitator, championed the causes of two African immigrants (fron Guinea and Burkina Faso) who were shot to death in New York City by rogue cops.

George Bush needs to be given credit for making it possible for African-Americans to attain powerful positions in government. No matter how some of us disagree with some aspects of Bush's foreign policy, the fact is that he is a good and honorable man who has done a lot to elevate blacks above the indignities of tokenism. I doubt if Barrack Obama would be a serious contender in the Democratic primaries today had it not been for Bush's appointment of Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell.
The historical role of the Republican party in ending slavery is one that needs to be retold, aloud for educative reasons.
But please let us also remember the leading role of the GOP in the hostility to Civil Rights legislation, and in the implementation of the so-called Southern Strategy, with its dark racist undertones, in order to keep the South Republican ad infinitum. Also remember Jesse Helms, Trent Lott, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Klansman David Duke etc, etc.....Gee, they are all Republicans!


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Black Republicans for Obama
To: All
Date Posted: 08:54:37 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-66-108-68-252.nyc.res.rr.com at 66.108.68.252

Message:
Fen Plaba wrote

"But please let us also remember the leading role of the GOP in the hostility to Civil Rights legislation"......
_____________________________________________________________________________


Fen Plaba,Remembering the history and experiences of the civil rights bodes more ill sentiments for the democrats today because the repulsive distinguishing traits of Jesse Helms,and Southern Klansmen involved in physical and psychological lynching began with the thinking and deliberate consciousness of Democrats....

They are the renowned KKK members and Lynchers of people of African descent...including the Gullahs who originated from Sierra Leone!

I know that it was the democrats who defeated the first civil rights bill introduced by republicans in 1875......

Senator Al Gore senior who filibustered the civil rights bill introduced in 1964 was a democrat.........

It was Democrats who proscribed for persons of African ancestry, to claim citizenship in the United States".....

In addition to that it was the Republicans who enacted the thirteenth and fourteenth amendment in the US constitution..

Your first black president had the opportunity to seat a black person in the supreme court during his tenure but decided to appoint Ginsburg and Breyer instead...and leaving you with Al Sharpton to defend your rights out of the courts...

I say that the democratic Party is not the official party of black people as most of you portend!

You are welcome to the GOP!


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 12:21:09 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
When Obama finally wins the presidency (I'm crossing my fingers till it hurts), I am gonna have a big BBQ for all Salone Republicans to join the party of enlightenment. If there is some shady business with regards to the Superdelegate count, I just might ask you to leave the GOP back door open so that I can sneak in surreptitiously at night! Watermellon politics in America indeed!

Seriously though, I am happy that there is a plurality of political opinion among Saloneans inThe States. I think it is a wonderful thing. My cousin is a hard core conservative Republican. At first our political convos always descended into angry exchanges. Nowadays we have learned to appreciate the blessings of different politics for different folks and we are cool.

P.S Despite Al Gore Sr's fillibuster in 1964, I can't wait to vote for Jr when he runs again for president. Global Warming is going to be cool again!


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Black Republicans for Obama
To: All
Date Posted: 14:56:41 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-66-108-68-252.nyc.res.rr.com at 66.108.68.252

Message:
I was a Reagan Democrats who later became Republican an outrightly supports Obama today......This eloquent man inspires so much passion just like Good Ole communicator Ronnie!....during the "don't worry be happy years..?

I salute you and Bra Enviable for such exceptional merit of accomodating opposing views in politics without rancour!

..It's indeed great to employ the use of words as a choice of arms whilst acquiring skills or proficiency in the democratic practices that we strive so much to emulate.....and that is what I think our "cuss mamay... looting....burning...shooting....killing...and cut hand compatriots must struggle vigorously to adopt and achieve....

Long Live systematic exercises of choices and free speech in a Democracy that you guys have exhibited
fully developed in mind and rhetoric as progressives..

...but you are still welcome to the GOP.....

I know other Sierra leoneans,like Gumavalley Boy,Allie Rainbow,New Blood and Gorree streeters who are avid GOP members( maybe one of them is your cousin ...I don't know..)...We have been wooing others like the Chief in Exile since 2006 .....So I encourage you all to come on board,join the GOP and vote for Change!


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 15:53:35 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Thanks for the warm words my friend. Obama is really an inspirational fella. I only hope that the cultute of tolerance we practise here will indeed become the norm in our motherland. All the best.


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Kay-Man
To: All
Date Posted: 19:57:41 03/08/08 ()
Email Address: akamachie@yahoo.com
Entered From: c-24-218-148-55.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 24.218.148.55

Message:
Don't forget Bill Oriely, another Republican Hitman


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: CHRIS
To: All
Date Posted: 09:00:21 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h174.187.213.151.ip.alltel.net at 151.213.187.174

Message:
Barack Obama's adviser Samantha Power resigned Friday after calling rival Hillary Rodham Clinton "a monster." And it was off the record.

The unpaid foreign policy adviser and Harvard professor, announced her resignation in a statement provided by the Obama campaign in which she expressed "deep regret." If Barack wants to run a clean campaign let it be. The American people are not stupid, they know what is going on, he can still win the nomination.

In Harris County TX were I leave, a good percentage of Republicans went out of their way to vote for Hillary in the intent to divide the Democratic party if there is no clear nominee before the Convention. This is how Hillary got the popular vote in Texas, it was not the ADS. But Obama got the caucus votes.


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: KKW
To: All
Date Posted: 12:33:03 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe000795d08033-cm001bd7cb9d00.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com at 99.240.53.173

Message:
Bra E - you hit the nail right on the head. The brother is coming across as a wimp. He needs to strke some blows back. And "tax returns" is not enough. The Clinton's have a mountain of murky and diststateful baggage that should be relatively easy to mine. The people want to see that their president will not roll over and turn the other cheek in the face of the Hugo Chavez's of this world.

I read somewhere that Obama is a keen basketball player and frequently plays a couple of games with his secret-service detail in the morning. Obama calls this his private time and has banned the media from covering the game. Think about the IMPACT such footage would have on the American public. A presidential candidate engaged in a vigorous game of basketball! That would put both Hillary and McCain (yikes) to bed in an instant. No narrative required. Just Obama on a basketball or court or jogging with his security detail. Case closed.


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 11:14:10 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Chris, how about the perception being created by Hillary's attacks that Obama is inexperienced in comparison to Hillary? Is Hillary really more experienced than Obama? Being the former First Lady does not make her any more better for leadership than Obama. However, PERCEPTION means a lot in American democracy, and no well-meaning candidate should be outdone in winning the war of PERCEPTION.


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 11:56:27 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577f042.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.240.66

Message:
I am concerned about the Swiftboatism that Hillary is trying to inflict on Obama. Yep you are right: She has managed to paint Obama as an inexperienced klutz who will damage National Security if elected. There are also undertones of racism as in: Are you really gonna trust the country with this jive-talking, turbaned AFRICAN?

The press is setting Obama up with talk of him being cultured and civilized and running a campaign of Ideas. Balderdash! They are telling Obama to keep taking it on the chin, thereby giving him a wimpy persona. Remember what they did to John Edwards during the last elections? The press hyped his 'optimistic' message even as Howard Dean and John Kerry lacerated him. End result? Edward lost in the primaries,only to be resuscitated as Kerry's running mate. The point is Obama should smile sweetly, talk inspirationally but fight like an alley cat.
Worst case scenario: Obama will be the running mate since Clinton will want to reassure the most loyal demographics in the democratic party...The African-Americans.


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Erica
To: All
Date Posted: 11:55:59 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pr-out-f136.google.com at 209.85.138.136

Message:
Is obamo's really wrong? He has openly commited to running a different kind of campaign and he needs to stay true to that. On the contrary to your assertion that he appears inexperienced, i would say he is showing he is not a typical politican. I really don't think the dnc wants a clinton as their best chance to return to the white house in november. The dnc knows the republicans would love to expose even more of the clintons misdeeds. If clinton continues going negative it will backfire because people will grow tired. Sorry for no caps but i'm posting from my phone.


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: Chris
To: All
Date Posted: 11:49:26 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h174.187.213.151.ip.alltel.net at 151.213.187.174

Message:
You are right, sometimes PERCEPTION is every thing, especially to the swing Voters. And the Clinton Attack Machine is hard at work. He might to out-smart them in other ways. I'm sure he has a game plan.


Subject: Re: The Problem With Barack Obama
From: ra
To: All
Date Posted: 11:21:28 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h174.187.213.151.ip.alltel.net at 151.213.187.174

Message:
uh


Subject: Moderator: Kabs E-mail.
From: Mensa
To: All
Date Posted: 06:04:15 03/08/08 ()
Email Address: unikad5@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 82.99.234.232

Message:
I would appreciate if you could help me with Kabs e-mail. Need to consult with him on something important. Thanks.


Subject: Re: Moderator: Kabs E-mail.
From: Daniel
To: All
Date Posted: 09:09:39 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
Mensa, check the last line of the attached link.


Subject: Re: Moderator: Kabs E-mail.
From: Foday Mansaray
To: All
Date Posted: 08:56:55 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
Can Mr Muckson and the Moderator please give me a call?


Subject: Re: Moderator: Kabs E-mail.
From: Mariama Nelson
To: All
Date Posted: 09:03:54 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
Doesn't it make it more professional for you to call or send them an email?


Subject: Re: Moderator: Kabs E-mail.
From: foday mansaray
To: All
Date Posted: 07:55:20 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-160-74.patmedia.net at 24.225.160.74

Message:
Can Mr Muckson and the Moderator please give me a call?


Subject: Happy Birthday Rev. Wilfred Kanu
From: From a friend
To: All
Date Posted: 03:48:21 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 181-65-ftth.onsneteindhoven.nl at 88.159.65.181

Message:
Happy birthday to a special friend!
Although I haven't known you many years,
Perhaps because you've dried so many tears,
Pleasure reigns as I these greetings send.
Your happiness should last till all things end!
Because you've been so sweet and understanding--
In toughest times you've made me laugh and smile--
Rejoice in your own specialness awhile:
This I'm not requesting but demanding!
How else to make yourself the celebration,
Doing what does not come naturally?
Always your concern has been for others,
Yet now you must endure my adoration!

Nicolas Gordon


Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Rev. Wilfred Kanu
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 06:09:41 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Reverend,
For all that you have done for the community and for the many more years of patriotic, dedicated service to God and Country, may you have a very happy birthday.
May you continue to bask in God's favor and blessings. I wish you good health and a long and happy life. Enjoy your day my brother.


Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Rev. Wilfred Kanu
From: CKC Man
To: All
Date Posted: 08:50:17 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Happy Birthday, Rev. Many thanks for setting up Cocorioko .Through this newspaper, you have enlightened us about news back home. Hope we can all consider contributing money for the paper's upkeep so that it remains independent.


Subject: Lord guide the reverend
From: Selassie I
To: All
Date Posted: 02:59:41 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.145.221.126

Message:
May Kabs Kanu regain his health oh lord so that he may go home and
serve his long time friend Ernest Koroma. May you also help him to
realize that in a democratic system people who belong to other parties
other than the ruling party, as he once was, are not enemies or
detractors, but are pursuing their own political beliefs. Help his paper to
realize that the daily articles rantings against southeasterners does not
augur well for the national unity we are trying so hard to achieve.

Lord, keep the post of director of communications, whatever it entails,
for Kabs until he goes back home. Strike dead anyone who tries to
lobby for that post on his absence.


After all these years in Liberia and America, help him to integrate into
the country he once left and is now eager to go back to. Let him go
back peacefully and enjoy the room where he used to play on
Governor Macarthy's lap before Sir Milton Margai spoiled everything by
advocating for independence.

Help him to get a good price for his house when he sells it before he
leaves and grant him the wisdom to save some money as you can
never tell what will happen tomorrow in African politics.

AMEN


Subject: Re: Lord guide the reverend
From: Selassie Stupid.
To: All
Date Posted: 06:01:46 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
You are a bloody idiot!!!
On the man's birthday, you cannot even contain your nastiness. You are not fit to live among humans. Go suck your bile, moron!!!


Subject: Re: Lord guide the reverend
From: Jack
To: All
Date Posted: 08:58:47 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 65-78-54-91.c3-0.upd-ubr7.trpr-upd.pa.cable.rcn.com at 65.78.54.91

Message:
Happy birthday Kabs. Anyway I Hope you dont mind Selassie. Its your birthday, let everybody have fun. Selassie you nar good man. I duff my hat to you.


Subject: Kabs Kanu: For All You Do, This One's 4 U
From: His Royal Highness
To: All
Date Posted: 02:14:39 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:


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Subject: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Albert Moinina
To: All
Date Posted: 23:05:59 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 213.42.21.59

Message:
People,

It is a disgrace as a nation when our people involve in calling others they dislike or disagree with funny or procative names. Ms. Blyden is being called all sorts of provocative and uncivilized names. I am not a fan of Ms. Blyden, but I respect her as a human being and a woman. However, if we called ourselves CIVILIZED such name callings should never exist or prevalent in our communities.

Guys, let us have respect for our women. There are many SL women that may be 'worse' in terms of beauty than Ms. Blyden. By such acts you are indirectly affecting the confidence and standing of the other thousands of other SL women, probably including some of our mothers, sisters, cousins, aunties, friends, etc.

Please challenge Ms. Blyden and anybody else on the issues. Focusing on her looks may be potrayed as lack of substance on the one doing the name calling.


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: some truth
To: All
Date Posted: 10:33:12 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: sometruth@msn.com
Entered From: c-71-224-131-184.hsd1.nj.comcast.net at 71.224.131.184

Message:
I belive as individuals it is immoral to call people names whether it is names people calll sylvia or names people call the new president. but in this age of freedom of speech i feel they should have a right to say what they want to say. freedom of speech should apply to all sides.


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Free speech
To: All
Date Posted: 02:16:56 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Thats democracy Albert Moinina. If Sylvia can be free to portary the preseident with horns, and his picture turned upside down wghich is okay then its just as okay to comment on her good looks or lack thereof. Is she supposed to be respected "Just because" she is a woman? Ever heard of 50/50?

Come you cannot set a dual standard of justice wherein Sylvia is entitled to one way of treatment while her opponents are entitled to the opposite way of treatment thats what we call inequitable.


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Waraba
To: All
Date Posted: 22:01:40 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: saigobe@lanset.com
Entered From: pool-71-245-169-215.bltmmd.fios.verizon.net at 71.245.169.215

Message:
Hey! I have a polite name now for her "Veteran Political Bargain Hunter".
I think that is nicer than my previous name for her " A Political Whore".
Look at her political affilliations over the years: Sankoh-RUF, John Paul AFRC, Kabbah SLPP.
She can not get into PMDC because Kathos is blocking the way.
Waraba


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 10:27:26 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-187-207-114.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net at 71.187.207.114

Message:
chck


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Not So Fast
To: All
Date Posted: 23:10:16 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
Respect is something you earn my brother.
Sylvia must start to respect others in order to be respected.


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Albert Moinina
To: All
Date Posted: 00:22:16 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 213.42.21.59

Message:
"Respect is something you earn my brother."

Brother Not So Fast,

Women in general have in time immemorial earned our respect.

My question is what has the looks of Ms. Blyden got to do with her character? In my opinion there is nothing that warrants people to call her ugly. It is the cheapest and most crude way to get at your 'enemy' - Pull Her Down Syndrome.

The reason I am against such cheap way of critising others is that NONE OF US DECIDED THE WAY WE WILL LOOK. To therefore mock the creation of God is downright ungodly.

In civilized countries, people would make fun on politicians style of fashion and not whether the ugliness of the person even if that may be the case.


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 08:36:36 03/08/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Dear Mr. Moinina:

I oppose the harsh government treatment of our journalists including Mrs. Foday Sankoh RUF Ninjas Lie-lie and I would not mind contributing ideas to help in my humble way correct the situation. But I must admit that looks have a lot to do with character in certain relevant circumstances.

Take the case of Sierra Leone-based gongorlee journalism as practised by gongorlee worwor. This notorious gongerlee journalism is based on deliberate ugly lies, inventions, fiction, concoctions and doctored photos casually presented as facts - day in, day out - shamelessly.

All I need to understand from such persistent conduct is merely getting a look at the face of the gongorlee doing such evils. What one would see then is a bulbous, widespread Delta-style gongorlee nose, perched crookedly in the middle of a sourpuss face, with a pair of deeply set, unsteady, darting eyes embellishing an already sinister presence.

From such a powerful presence, one can easily understand the reasons for all this unending wickedness via press abuse. Thank you. - JL


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Petty Sorie
To: All
Date Posted: 08:05:11 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: pettysorie@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
J L, because she took several swipes at you does not mean you should go this low. You dissappoint me.


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 08:54:49 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Dear Mr. Petty Sorie:

She made more than mere several swipes at me.

She made numerous, repeated, highly offensive personal, gongorlee attacks on me over several years replying solely on malice, lies, fiction, concoctions, doctored photos, fabrications, inventions, fake quotes putting her words in my mouth, etc.

Further, I am convinced that she does not understand the rules of civil debate. She is a rouge! Accordingly, using methods paiful to her is the only practical recourse.

Anyway, I understand where you are coming from; you mean well. Thank you. - JL


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Garbage
To: All
Date Posted: 10:07:39 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 41.205.26.250

Message:
This posting is fukll of filth, and I am sure someone else, using JL's Handle posted it.I will not expect such a trash from someone of JL's calibre


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Petty Sorie
To: All
Date Posted: 08:08:45 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: pettysorie@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
I thought so too.


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 11:30:10 03/08/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
I John E. Leigh posted it and I hereby authorize cocorioko to confirm this my claim. If necessary, I am willing to sink to her level to counter-attack.

My point is simple: gongorlee ugliness may be a true reflection of ugliness of character.

I have been on the receiving end repeatedly since 1998 of that wanton woman's ugliness for no just cause. Even so, I wish her no ill will. All I wish for her is a civil way to tame her excesses. - JL


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Thanks John Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 12:42:05 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Grateful to you Bra for slamming the rebel Gongolista for all the journalistic IEDs she had exploded on poor innocents in Sierra Leone. She is a rebel through and through. We absolutely uphold the freedom of the press. Let her say her piss. We however retain the right to say our piece too and hit her where the sun don't shine.
I just feel sorry that the current Kabudu at SLPP HQ has mortgaged the party's futue on this rebel gum-for-hire. We hope to soon change that.


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 13:53:46 03/08/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Dear Sir:

I very much appreciate your kind words as well as your true views about that rubbish, gongorlee journalist.

SLPP HQ, however, is doing its best under hardship conditions. They are under great difficulties and are using whatever help they can get.

After the receipt of Le9,000,000 from the ousted SLPP insider group in 2005, Mrs. Sylbyana RUF went all out for the SLPP. To be truthful, she did try very hard for Berewa and the SLPP. Kabbah even honored her with a national award in 2006! But because Freetown people know of her terrible character and record, she was unable to influence them at all.

Deep down, smart SLPPers also know of her true, rebel role and her extreme opportunism. She is one of those of our people who can turn against their 'best friend' in a flash without ever blinking an eye and then crossover to the other side while coldly heaping insults at former friends. Frankly, I won't be surprised if she used incidents such as her present circumstances to switch her loyalty away from SLPP.

I truely believe that to some people, loyalty is a commodity to sell at a profit rather than a moral principle to leave by.

I will deal with such people only at arms length and with a great deal of extreme suspicion. Thanks again. - JL


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Petty Sorie
To: All
Date Posted: 08:44:40 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: pettysorie@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Uncle J L, Getting back at her this way is counter-productive. That LE 9,000,000 story is lies. I Don't believe a word of it. I'm not labelling you a lier though; all I'm saying is that her detractors fed you that information to discredit her. The rumour could even have been the handiwork of the APC. You know how good they are at mischief making.

Your attempt to make us believe that there is a close relationship between ones physical features (facial features in this case - beautiful/ugly)and his/her behaviour failed woefully. How, for example, would you explain the violent and satanic activities of a man like S I Koroma, the originator of political violence in Sierra Leone? S I Koroma, you will agree with me, was a fairly handsome fellow. I am expecting your response please.


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 09:21:21 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Dear Mr. Petty Sorie:

The Le9,000,000 bounty to six local newspapers to tear my reputation apart regardless of the facts was common knowledge during the Summer of '05. My sources were journalists I did not even knew existed. One actually claimed to be a recipient himself.

For your information, the Le9,000,000 was just one of several attacks on me in 2005. There was the case of the anti-John Leigh oath-taking in Makeni-Magburaka on the eve of voting that was washed down with raw goat blood - according to a reported confession by one delegate from Tikonkoh, Bo District and confirmed by someone at the UK High Commission!

As for gongorlee ugliness reflecting a particular gongorlee's true ugly character, such is not always the case as you correctly pointed out. I am merely saying that 'may be' such correllation may be, in fact, the case.

In the gongorlee journalism case, the correlation is unmistakeable. We are talking here about a gongorlee journalist who is reputed to have flooded Cocorioko website with a saturation of pornograhic photos in a failed attempt to damage it - among many other evils she deliberately committed out of malice.

Finally, we must not forget that beauty or ugliness is in the eyes of the beholder. I am thus not surprised if some people honestly view gongorlee ninjas as pretty creatures of good character. I do not and will not! Thanks. - JL


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Not So Fast
To: All
Date Posted: 00:47:53 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
My brother, if none of us decide the way we look, then Sylvia has no business portraying President Koroma with horns on his head. He may be the president and she may not like him or his policies, but Mr. Koroma, like Sylvia, is a living being with much sensitivities.

What has the looks of Ms. Blyden got to do with her character?
The answer is, people will defend themselves, or their interests which ever way possible. Some will kill if they have to and Sylvia, from the path she travels in life, may one day encounter more than someone calling her ugly. So this is the case my brother.


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Handsome Banger!!
To: All
Date Posted: 08:52:35 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: handsomebanger@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
I'll rather have Sylvia as a bed mate than have Andrina Coker, retired Director, Bank of Sierra Leone. The latter is not only uglier than ugly, she is thoroughly..............


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Fine Girl
To: All
Date Posted: 05:44:24 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
What Moinina is failing to understand is that The ugly term that is being flung at Sylvia Blyden has everything to do with her UGLINESS OF CHARACTER. Look at this woman's history through the horrors of war and turmoil in Sierra Leone, You will notice that she has always wielded an ugly pain dripping with blood and pain for our people. She deserves whatever is coming her way. I really am ashamed of SLPP.


Subject: Re: The Sa Lone Mentality of Name Calling
From: Handsome Banger!!
To: All
Date Posted: 09:02:35 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: handsomebanger@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Point of correction Fine Girl; you're bashing her because she's opposed to, and reports the violent activities of your APC. I love her for her strong character. I'm sure she does'nt give a damn about people like you and the John Leighs of this world. Go, Sylvia go!!!.


Subject: SLPP supporters named Sylvia Blyden Ninja Worwor
From: Leonenet Veteran
To: All
Date Posted: 19:22:44 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
How things can change.
In 1997 , SLPP fanatics at Leonenet gave Sylvia Blyden the name Ninja Worwor. They were mad with her for being Foday Sankoh's parlour wife and Press Secretary.She was also editor of Foday Sankoh's website, NINJAS. Not only that she abused SLPP day and night on Leonenet. Because of that, they named her Ninja Worwor. Today, because Kabbah and Berewa opened her eyes about how to chop government money and she changed to SLPP, they have changed. Unu tell me, SLPP nar serious political party ?


Subject: Re: SLPP supporters named Sylvia Blyden Ninja Worwor
From: Handsome Banger!!
To: All
Date Posted: 09:08:08 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: handsomebanger@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Leonenet Veteran, go ask yu daddy en mammy. Let me know when they give you an answer.


Subject: Re: SLPP supporters named Sylvia Blyden Ninja Worwor
From: Gongoli
To: All
Date Posted: 16:38:35 03/09/08 ()
Email Address: gonos@yahoo.com
Entered From: 79-65-22-113.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 79.65.22.113

Message:
Sylvia worwor? I have just seen Kabs picture.....Ee feber babu


Subject: Re: SLPP supporters named Sylvia Blyden Ninja Worwor
From: Alaki Party
To: All
Date Posted: 20:40:50 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
SLPP is the most disgraceful party that ever crawled across the african Sahara. It is sad that this mafiosi party that has squandered a big chunk of the country's treasury is today screaming like robots for this shady character, Sylvia Worwor, who was the propaganda aem for the one organization that has killed so many of our people. SLPP has become the party of War Crimes. Shame, shame, shame.


Subject: Re: SLPP supporters named Sylvia Blyden Ninja Worwor
From: Albert Moinina
To: All
Date Posted: 00:25:17 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 213.42.21.59

Message:
Are you a supporter of the "New APC". Becareful with such statements. Ask the "Old APC". Some of us are praying fervently hard that it stays as the "OLD APC".


Subject: Re: SLPP supporters named Sylvia Blyden Ninja Worwor
From: Alaki Party
To: All
Date Posted: 05:36:19 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
You make no sense mister man. Some of you are terrified of the uncomfortable truth. all we are doing here is try and understand how your party can buy Sylvia's nonsense hook, line and sinker. You are acting as if Miss Blyden is a saint, I am just reminding you of some of the wonderful thing she did in the past, It has nothing to do with APC or new APC or demonic SLPP.


Subject: Re: SLPP supporters named Sylvia Blyden Ninja Worwor
From: Albert Moinina
To: All
Date Posted: 00:27:10 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 213.42.21.59

Message:
CORRECTION

Some of us are praying fervently hard that it stays as the "NEW APC"


Subject: Sylvia Blyden and SLPP : Two of a kind.
From: The Nationalist
To: All
Date Posted: 17:26:09 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Ladies and gentlemen, the saying that BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER is true. Sylvia Blyden and SLPP have the same feathers .They are both not genuine. SLPP loves power for power's sake , not to develop Sierra Leone .Sylvia loves SLPP for the sake of money and contracts. SLPP does not have genuine love for Sierra Leone. Sylvia does not love Sierra Leone. Her motives are centred around money and gaining attention.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden and SLPP : Two of a kind.
From: Pretty Face 1, Kanikay
To: All
Date Posted: 09:31:04 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: prettyface1@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Hear this idiot. Mr Nationalist, you're a worse fool than Shekito.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden and SLPP : Two of a kind.
From: Pretty Face 1, Kanikay
To: All
Date Posted: 09:29:19 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: prettyface1@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Hear this idiot. Mr Nationalist, you're worse fool than Shekito.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden and SLPP : Two of a kind.
From: What is good for the goose
To: All
Date Posted: 09:23:00 03/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-457836a6.dyn.optonline.net at 69.120.54.166

Message:
So are the APC and the RUF - two of a kind?


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden and SLPP : Two of a kind.
From: Pretty Face 1, Kanikay
To: All
Date Posted: 09:38:16 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: prettyface1@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Ask the fool my brother.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden and SLPP : Two of a kind.
From: Yuba Fedah
To: All
Date Posted: 20:53:07 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-66-108-68-252.nyc.res.rr.com at 66.108.68.252

Message:
There you go! Maybe DFID was a silent collaborator in the rebel war and we can't prove it...but just because Sylvia blyden was Omerie Golley's confidante.....and Omerie Golley was defended by the British before and after he was arrested by Kabbah Government?.....Is really food for thought.....those cryptic links really seem to add up n'est pas?

Regarding her links with SLPP,she is obligated to Bato them only because they spared her the indignities meted out to Sankoh Golley and others !

Otherwise she is a born and Bred APC Pekin....Nar APC gee am scholarship becaus of im Grampa(SAJ Pratt en im Papa babatunde Blyden dem connections wit Momoh Government)

"Di Fact dat Sa Lone taxpayer money go buff pan di education of pepeh dockta lek Sylvia" clearly exposes the inadequacies of our educational system that needs to be revisited!


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden and SLPP : Two of a kind.
From: DFID
To: All
Date Posted: 17:30:15 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
I wonder if the SLPP is still in power. DFID has just given Sylvia a contract for constructing the ACC website, Justice website and other related websites. DFID signed a five year contract with her company.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden and SLPP : Two of a kind.
From: Knowledge
To: All
Date Posted: 05:28:31 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 41.205.26.250

Message:
DFID is a branch of British Government, and does not care whether the contractor is APC or SLPP.They do not chop the commission either.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden and SLPP : Two of a kind.
From: The Nationalist
To: All
Date Posted: 18:00:45 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
You liar, the contract was given during the SLPP era. Go to the ACC website.She has been running it since Kabba's time. You think Sylvia does not know what she is doing ? She knows Kabbah is still influential .Former Presidents retain their influence. It was Sir Albert Margai who helped Kabbah get into the United Nations long after he lost power. Sylvia knows she can still lick her hands in Sierra Leone with Kabbah's influence.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden and SLPP : Two of a kind.
From: DFID
To: All
Date Posted: 18:06:45 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Unforunately, your mind is made up. You have assumed that I am an SLPP supporter just because I have stated the truth. Salone sorry with your likes. The ACC website under Kabbah was not construced by Slyvia's company. The new contract and website is now currently under the watch of Sylvia's company.DFID signed the contract with WADN(Sylvia's company) less than two months.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden and SLPP : Two of a kind.
From: By their Footsteps We Shall Know Them
To: All
Date Posted: 19:15:07 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-66-108-68-252.nyc.res.rr.com at 66.108.68.252

Message:
There you go! Maybe DFID was a silent collaborator in the rebel war and we can't prove it...but just because Sylvia blyden was Omerie Golley's confidante.....and Omerie Golley was defended by the British before and after he was arrested by Kabbah Government?.....Is really food for thought.....those cryptic links really seem to add up n'est pas?

Regarding her links with SLPP,she is obligated to Bato them only because they spared her the indignities meted out to Sankoh Golley and others !

Otherwise she is a born and Bred APC Pekin....Nar APC gee am scholarship becaus of im Grampa(SAJ Pratt en im Papa babatunde Blyden dem connections wit Momoh Government)

"Di Fact dat Sa Lone taxpayer money go buff pan di education of pepeh dockta lek Sylvia" clearly exposes the inadequacies of our educational system that needs to be revisited!


Subject: Re: Estella Goba: Can We Roll Out Of The APC/SLPP Wahala?
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 17:19:29 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Estella, You are a heck of a sister! Your long-suppressed crush on me has come gushing out, albeit in a lifeless form. Although my political stance has killed the mushy sentiments you had for me, your revelation left me swollen-headed. Typical dog, right? Can I ask you to reconstitute the crush you once had for me? My previous Diasporan woman is uniquely conservative, while I remain a dyed-in-the-wool liberal with an affinity for left-leaning political agendas. However, this doctrinal divide almost always excited the relationship because after every clash of political ideals, the relationship was lubricated with nerve-cooling activities she loved without compare. We can roll in other areas of life without necessarily belonging to the same political party.

When the SLPP was in power, the party's chosen path to self-destruction filled me with so much unease that every sarcasm in me was thrown at those in power. Growing up in rural Kailahun district, every bit of oral history passed on to me by my father painted the SLPP as the party of nationalism and Sierra Leonean statehood. The FIRST TIME I saw the SLPP in power was during the Tejan Kabbah administration. My father's glowing accounts about the SLPP became so remote from the realities under Tejan Kabbah that a turn-around became inescapable on my part. I became sincerely disappointed at the only party I was conditioned to admire. Kabbah is gone, but the SLPP's appeal as the shell that once incubated Sierra Leonean statehood has not gone. The party can be rejuvenated, even reborn!

Nationalism--the SLPP's previous political fuel--can be reloaded into the party's tank, and with the old guard wilting away with the passage of time, the SLPP's political engine is sure to perform with the horse-power that emboldened it to replace the Union Jack with the Green, White and Blue colors we now know. So far, the APC has not done anything to appeal to my sensibilities. When it does, I will recognize the party's relevance with genuine admiration. After all, Sierra Leone is bigger than the SLPP and its rival, the APC. Estella, please rebuild your crush, and remember that Lovey Dovey is multi-talented enough to roll with sisters of various dispositions, tastes and romantic flavor.


Subject: Re: Estella Goba: Can We Roll Out Of The APC/SLPP Wahala?
From: Estella Goba
To: All
Date Posted: 18:33:09 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Thank you Lovey Dovey for reminding you of what made me develop a crush on you through the years: Your refreshing gallantry and chivalry and your sweet temerity of calling a spade a spade. I am going to have sweet dreams tonight baby.

I would never expect you to change your political stripes just because of expediency. After all we all remember your principled opposition to bad governance on the part of Tejan Kabba, even though you are SLPP. Besides there is nothing more uncool than a man who folds like a cheap cameras. And you Sweet Enviable, have the Kahunas of a giant---literally and figuratively.

So please continue to support the SLPP, but be a bit more balanced in your polemics. We want to see you view the nation's politics not with a jaundiced eye of a partisan but with the sweeping gaze of a patriotic eagle. You see, my sweet Hastener of Estrogenic Pulses, you are much more than a political operative of the SLPP. You are truly a Sierra Leonean patriot. Thanks for making me feel sweet tonight. My crush is rekindled.


Subject: Re: Estella Goba: Can We Roll Out Of The APC/SLPP Wahala?
From: Sugar Ray
To: All
Date Posted: 11:38:55 03/08/08 ()
Email Address: unikad5@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 213.217.51.83

Message:
Never say never to the love that may last forever. Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. Go on! Take a chance!


Subject: Did Sylvia witness any 'Cut Hand-ing' as an RUF adviser?
From: Freedom Of Speech
To: All
Date Posted: 16:07:45 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
When Sylvia Blyden was a top Ninja journalist for the RUF, did she visit the warfront with Foday Sankoh?
Did she see any limb-chopping of innocents by RUF rebels? Was there any long sleeving or short sleeving? What was the personal relationship between Ms Blyden and Foday Sankoh?
These are very pertinent questions that a politician-journalist like Sylvia Blyden needs to answer to allay the fears of the many victims of RUF atrocities.

And for my naive SLPP supporters: do you REALLY know this woman who you are heralding as the next coming of Moses? Careful now, my friends.


Subject: Chicken Pox out break in KrooBay...
From: Koto Star
To: All
Date Posted: 14:15:20 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-21-180-12.hsd1.va.comcast.net at 76.21.180.12

Message:




We have a chicken pox outbreak in the community at the moment - you can see a lot of children and adults going around covered in white.


This traditional face rub helps against chicken pox

The people in Kroo Bay mostly come from the countryside and they are big believers in traditional herbal medicine.


For chicken pox they ground the leaf of a bean plant, then mix it with local alcohol and chalk and rub it on the skin. It actually works.

Unfortunately they don't allow people in the treatment to wash, which worries us in the clinic.

Of course if they came to the clinic, the treatment they would get from us would work much faster.

Chicken pox is a viral infection so we treat the symptoms, we give them calamine lotion and depending on the symptoms drugs for infections, fever or anaemia.


Market delivery

This week has been quiet in the clinic, but yesterday we had a happy and unusual story - a woman gave birth in the middle of the market.

The woman, Marianne, told us she went to the market to buy food to go home and cook and on the way she started feeling some pains in her belly.
Marianne walked to the clinic shortly after giving birth

But she ignored them until she felt something heavy and she called the woman around her to help, and just then she gave birth to the baby.

Immediately they rushed the woman and the baby to the clinic - they were both fine and very healthy.

Marianne, 45, walked to the clinic herself, just after giving birth!

The baby weighed a healthy 4. 5kg.

For a baby in Kroo Bay that is a very good weight. The average weight for a baby here is around 3.2kg.

It was so nice, we were all so happy.

The baby, who has not yet been named, was Marianne's 9th but two died shortly after birth.


Subject: EVEN KABS KANU KNOWS SYLVIA IS TOUGH FOR THERE APC
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 14:29:10 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: fw.portagelibrary.com at 24.79.32.253

Message:
Kabs i guess your you need to protect journalists if you are really one.


Subject: Re: EVEN KABS KANU KNOWS SYLVIA IS TOUGH FOR THERE APC
From: Not OK
To: All
Date Posted: 14:35:15 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Okdok, you got a problem with Kabs?
And stop using capitals. That's very crude and rude. You are in violation of forum rules not to capitalize postings, headings or Monikers. U nu tranga ase lek hard up Koro.


Subject: Brima catchya kamara, muskito trawally & uncle Serry
From: Contorfilly detector
To: All
Date Posted: 13:45:42 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:

You point out which one be which one..


Subject: Re: Brima catchya kamara, muskito trawally & uncle Serry
From: Rubber Duck
To: All
Date Posted: 15:27:02 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-142-208-202.range86-142.btcentralplus.com at 86.142.208.202

Message:
The tall one is the Squirrel, the short one is the arata and the bomp one is the ground pig they are all heading towards the groundnut farm. The kunumunu tontos


Subject: Cocorioko has become more fantastic day by day
From: Tejan
To: All
Date Posted: 13:39:25 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
I can't wait for morning to dawn to rush to my favourite newspaper cocorioko to read the latest objective news from our motherland. There are positive things going on now in our country , but how can we know this when all the newspapers have become politicized since APC came to power ?They don't tell us the god things going on in our nation .They are following the Western pattern to see only negative things in Africa.Well, that is where cocorioko comes in.Only through cocorioko do we read the latest good things going on in our country. We are tired of negatives .We want to hear things that are pleasing and cocorioko has risen to the challenge.No wonder the paper is the best.


Subject: Re: Cocorioko has become more fantastic day by day
From: Petty Sorie
To: All
Date Posted: 10:32:00 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: pettysorie@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
You're APC/RUF/AFRC all put together, just like Kabs Kanu and that idiot at State House, calling himself Shekito


Subject: Re: Cocorioko has become more fantastic day by day
From: Fan
To: All
Date Posted: 14:14:45 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
True. Cocorioko is the only newspapaper now that presents variety--Government news, national news, news from international organizations etc. Even if they are praising President Ernest Koroma, they are still delivering different kinds of news. For any newspaper to beat cocorioko is not easy.


Subject: Re: Cocorioko has become more fantastic day by day
From: Mensa
To: All
Date Posted: 14:40:28 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 213.217.51.120

Message:
Very true. Kabs is a true patroit! His selfless endeavor towards our national awareness shall not go unrewarded. The blessings will streamline, through his bloodline, and to the generations yet unborn. People who believe in sacrifices get their payback in ways that even they themselves cannot understand. I am one guy that feels proud of this forum. May Kabs continue to stay the cause in the name of national solidarity.


Subject: Re: Cocorioko has become more fantastic day by day
From: Foday Mansaray
To: All
Date Posted: 14:46:45 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-172-251-180.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net at 71.172.251.180

Message:
Thanks for the compliment


Subject: Re: Cocorioko has become more fantastic day by day
From: Be real
To: All
Date Posted: 15:32:40 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.145.167.195

Message:
whatever makes you guys at cocorioko feel happy


Subject: Re: Cocorioko has become more fantastic day by day
From: Another fan
To: All
Date Posted: 17:08:11 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
What makes us happy at cocorioko ? Good question.Because Kabs is sincere and genuine in setting up the newspaper and this forum . You may accuse him of supporting Ernest Koroma, but he is doing it from a genuine and sincere heart . His motives are genuine. Compare him to Gongoli Sylvia Blyden who is supporting SLPP .She does not have a genuine motive . She is doing it to gratiate her corrupt patrons who gave her lucrative contracts and who are paying her to embarass APC for them. I would rather be with somebody with honest motives than somebody without. That is my reason for being happy at cocorioko.


Subject: Re: Cocorioko has become more fantastic day by day
From: Go Sidon
To: All
Date Posted: 16:09:48 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Oh ye enemies of progress, when are you going to be charitable towards Cocorioko? Bad hart nor good O!


Subject: Re: Cocorioko has become more fantastic day by day
From: The Nationalist
To: All
Date Posted: 17:16:48 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Only those who are not nationalistic will hate a newspaper like Cocorioko.Whoever loves the country will support a newspaper like Cocorioko. Ernest Koroma came to bring change to our country and cocorioko is being nationalistic by giving him its support.


Subject: Sylvia Blyden deserves to be the next SLPP leader!
From: Hot for Lady Sylvia Blyden.
To: All
Date Posted: 13:01:24 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.86

Message:
Please vote for the most powerful charismatic SLPP leader, bar none: The one and only Sylvia Blyden!

She is so cute and furry - like a little teddy chimp. I know the SLPP cartoonists will have a hard time caricaturing her. My girl is already...well, facially challenged. Please go all out and get Miss Blyden in power. J.B Dauda, John Leigh, eat your hearts out. The Gongolista for president!


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden deserves to be the next SLPP leader!
From: Rubber Duck
To: All
Date Posted: 13:13:46 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host81-154-56-45.range81-154.btcentralplus.com at 81.154.56.45

Message:
Sylvia Blyden has really put the freight on you people,most of you know that she has the power to destroy the APC,now you are all running scared
Ducky


Subject: Re: Sylvpia Blyden deserves to be the next SLPP leader!
From: Pretty Face 1, Kanikay
To: All
Date Posted: 10:23:10 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: prettyface1@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Ducky, they're scared of her as hell


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden deserves to be the next SLPP leader!
From: Wata Ducks
To: All
Date Posted: 14:28:12 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
The only person Sylvia frightens is the SLPP Bellas who have annointed her Pope of the SLPP. I have never seen so much fawning over a bloody rebel sympathizer as the SLPP over Blyden. Oh well, what do you expect from a criminal organization trying to pass itself as a legitimate political party?


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden deserves to be the next SLPP leader!
From: Rubber Duck
To: All
Date Posted: 15:06:08 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-142-208-202.range86-142.btcentralplus.com at 86.142.208.202

Message:
Bloody Rebel sympathizer you are saying of Sylvia, Please let`s not go there, people in this forum might not like what will be exposed, as they say let`s sleeping dogs lie. we have moved forward, for all I know she is Pretty and Powerful and that`s a great combination you can only find in a successful woman
Ducky


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden deserves to be the next SLPP leader!
From: Sylvia pretty ?
To: All
Date Posted: 19:14:20 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Some idiots do not really know a beautiful woman.Worwor worwor Sylvia lek dat ? The picture was enhanced.Nobody who has seen that wench will call her pretty.Sa.Leone has big problems. Many years back, you were calling her Ninja Worwor. Now, because SLPP is using her she has become pretty.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden deserves to be the next SLPP leader!
From: Wata Ducks
To: All
Date Posted: 16:13:55 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
No let's go there. You fellows really don't want us to expose the noxious history of the SLPP in Sierra Leone. We have your file ready. Sylvia is pretty and powerful? Puleeze!


Subject: Sam
From: Jacob Sax Stop it
To: All
Date Posted: 12:39:04 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
Just read your article entitled "End the abuse of Freedom of Expression " Please stop. I am very much anti Sylvia Blyden and she debased her newspaper (if its status can be lowered any further) by unecessarily printing a picture of EBK with horns on his head.

Now while I am completely against that sort of behaviour, the fact is she got called to CID headquaters - If that's not the govt muzzling the press, I don't know what is. Okay, maybe personal attacks, lies and malicious rumors should be punished, but that should be in a civil court, not criminal. So yes, freedom of the press was recently violated by the govt and while I now know that my favorite SL paper is nothing but a mouthpiece for the govt, please let's not make it complete useless.

I still want to know I can count on it for truth and (in some cases) unbiased reporting. So before you pick up pen or strike keyboard keys to blindly defend the govt, remember their actions speak louder than your words.


Subject: Re: Sam
From: Patricia Motayo
To: All
Date Posted: 12:55:27 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
"Okay, maybe personal attacks, lies and malicious rumors should be punished, but that should be in a civil court, not criminal."

Do you know what's in the 1965 PUBLIC ORDER ACT? If not,then I will suggest you make it a priority to read and understand this act.

Last year when my new found love Lawyer Alieu spoke on the repeal of the act,people like CADMUS and the SLPP mouthpieces were all for it,because it suited their situation,but now that the tide has turn in the other direction,they are crying ME HADE HART OH!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Subject: John Mannah For SLPP Leader
From: John Mannah Nominator
To: All
Date Posted: 12:33:00 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.85

Message:
I rise to nominate Dr John Mannah for leader of the SLPP. He has the education, the good looks but most importantly he is 100% loyal to the Southeast. With Dr Mannah as leader and president of Sierra Leone, SLPP and its real patriots will rise again. Please vote for him.
I know that Dr Mannah, despite his education, sometimes sounds like an illiterate bumpkin. However, he is a really nice guy. I am begging my fellow SLPP rebels to please vote for the great John Mannah!


Subject: slpp plans foiled
From: ariyogbo
To: All
Date Posted: 11:42:02 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
SLPP to continue attacking the government of President Koroma at all front. They have deployed their supporters and allies at all level to lunch multiple attacks at all fronts worldwide.

SLPP International Front to attack-Battle Group Commander is Sylvia Blyden

Second in Command: Editor New People Newspaper:Sheku Kallon

Mission Code Name:OPERATION CUT ALL INTERNATIONAL DONOR FUNDS.

PHASE 1. Crying down of all achievements made by the APC GOVT.Example: never to acknowledge that Freetown is cleaner and that Electricity is far better today in Sierra Leone than the SLPP years.

Phase 2a - To undermine and dis-credit the President credibility and to provoke situation that will warrants reactions like arresting/ beating her-up similar to the strategy employ with Tom Newman in BO. In such , they will be able to discredit this government on human right abuses and freedom of the press.

Phase 2b - Write stories about the Army that will make APC looks very bad to our military and personnel in uniform. Example .the story of 2500 soldiers to be summarily dismissed. .

Phase 2c - Undermine the National Security by continuously accusing APC of Northernization of the country. That includes using some key members to accept positions and then step down. The others will accept position that will ALLOW then opportunity to promote there Agenda. Such Positions like Deputy Education Ministry. Etc.The pushing of the issue of northernazation ,Will continue further to sink in the mine of the people in the South and East ,not to ever feel comfortable with the President's agenda. This action is evidence in destroying of the president statue and the upraising in BO. Keeping the South and East volatile is the main starategy.After all, they believed Sierra Leone will not function without the South and East economy.

More update has time permits


Subject: Re: slpp plans foiled
From: Forum Prefect
To: All
Date Posted: 11:52:25 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
Ariyogbo,
Please help us maintain order by begining your Subject and handle with capital letters. Thanks for your kind cooperation.


Subject: Re: slpp plans foiled
From: Funny Man
To: All
Date Posted: 11:44:20 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
"They have deployed their supporters and allies at all level to lunch multiple attacks at all fronts worldwide"

At least, they will be having "lunch" after all. Hahahahaha, Mumbo Tombo Dumbo Munku.


Subject: Re: slpp plans foiled
From: ariyogbo
To: All
Date Posted: 12:15:06 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
"At least, they will be having "lunch" after all. Hahahahaha, Mumbo Tombo Dumbo Munku."

What would be in the MENU? Limbs of our brothers and sisters?



Subject: Re: slpp plans foiled
From: Dumkeysalli..
To: All
Date Posted: 11:50:44 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Nah yeabeh lunch.
APC cham fat foot.

Hehehehehehe..

Someone tickle me oh... multiple lunch... heheheheheheh

Its a buffet..


Subject: Re: slpp plans foiled
From: Ariyogbo
To: All
Date Posted: 12:43:48 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
"APC cham fat foot."

Candido and SLPP eat..........
check the link


Subject: Re: slpp plans foiled
From: It is true!
To: All
Date Posted: 14:48:13 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
The scariest video I have seen in years!


Subject: Re: slpp plans foiled
From: It is true.
To: All
Date Posted: 11:59:49 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.85

Message:
We all know what the good-for-nothing SLPP is up to. You guys will not succeed. Now that your leader gongoli has been exposed for the alaki rebel she is, we will make sure that your crude party never tastes power again.


Subject: Re: slpp plans foiled
From: Pray day pap
To: All
Date Posted: 12:05:53 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Well i dont know if you speak for all 6 million of salone..

From your statement above, i would imagine you where at the secret APC meeting where it was discussed how to take salone back to the days of 1 partyism...

With SLPP not EVER coming back to power.. salone will in fact be a de-facto shaki and momoh 1 party state..

So next time you go to the mosque.. pray leh SLPP cam back nah power..


Subject: Re: slpp plans foiled
From: Insider
To: All
Date Posted: 04:09:26 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 181-65-ftth.onsneteindhoven.nl at 88.159.65.181

Message:
The reason why SLPP will not come to power again is their obssesion with power, greed and tribalism. The South and East of Sierra Leone are not for a particular party. The day, SLPP so-called educated elites who are deeply tribalistic try to convince all Sierra Leoneans that they are part of the equation, then maybe, the SLPP will manage to win a democratic elections.
Sylvia Blyden is a bad egg to rallying support for the SLPP in the Western area yet the North. It is not enough for the SLPP to employ despicable individuals from other tribes to lead its propaganda machinery or leadership position.
The SLPP will know that by 2012, it has dug its own grave. The sentiments of John Mannah, the Kallons, Sylvester Johnny, Marda Mustapha, Muana, Sylvia Blyden and a host of others have been archived and guess what, we will use it at every hamlet, village, town in both the western area and the north to raise awareness to the other Sierra Leoneans the bad things they say about other Sierra Leoneans.
If, the SLPP thinks that we are fools, they need to rethink. It was on this forum we told them how the people will kick them out from governance. But, as usual they are visionless and in 2012, we will teach them another drastic lesson.
Viva APC. Viva Ernest Koroma.


Subject: Bra Enviable's Struggle: Patriot or Kailahun Korna Rarayman?
From: Estella Goba
To: All
Date Posted: 11:16:45 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.85

Message:
I have been watching with a sinking feeling the downward spiral of one of the most formidable protagonists on the forum, Bra Enviable. This beautiful man from Kailahun who used to stop traffic with his powerful patriotic arguments has of late descended into the role of a gunslinger for SLPP. No matter what good the president does, no matter what Sierra Leone aspires to, Mr Enviable has taken the unenviable position of slamming the APC and screaming the praises of the SLPP. In his eyes, SLPP can do no evil. APC can do no good. Norternization is bad (if it is, it must be condemned). Not a pip from the beautiful Bra Enviable during our SLPP's crazy-rampant Southernization for 11 years.
What is going on Lovey-Dovey? Please join the cadres of patriots again. We miss you. You are still dear in my breast!


Subject: Re: Bra Enviable's Struggle: Patriot or Kailahun Korna Rarayman?
From: Patricia Motayo
To: All
Date Posted: 12:02:16 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
I had a crush on him for his patriotic stances,and I was even jealous of him going after FEN PLABA's nice ISHA SESAY,but now I am so totally happy that I did not make my intentions known to him,because I would have giving my innocency to the wrong patriot.His true color has final shown; monkey nor go lef ee black hand.So as a result of his UNPATRIOTIC and TRIBALISTIC views,my new found love his for the erudite lawyer in Cali.


Subject: Re: Bra Enviable's Struggle: Patriot or Kailahun Korna Rarayman?
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 12:37:15 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
my new found love his for the erudite lawyer in Cali.

Is this what they call "Kondo fat" what ever it is nor mix me oh pan dis ratata biz ya. since i saw this post


Subject: Re: Bra Enviable's Struggle: Patriot or Kailahun Korna Rarayman?
From: Patricia Motayo
To: All
Date Posted: 12:58:14 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
Do not worry,I did not give it up to that Kailahun rarayman.


Subject: Re: Bra Enviable's Struggle: Patriot or Kailahun Korna Rarayman?
From: Durosimi
To: All
Date Posted: 13:33:02 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
Mr. Iscandri are you the kind of man that does house work?


Subject: Re: Bra Enviable's Struggle: Patriot or Kailahun Korna Rarayman?
From: Me bra..
To: All
Date Posted: 13:48:03 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
heheheheh....

It depends on what kind of house work..
If its cutting the grass.. ??


Subject: Re: Bra Enviable's Struggle: Patriot or Kailahun Korna Rarayman?
From: Durosimi
To: All
Date Posted: 14:44:36 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
Depending on what kind of grass. He-he..
See ref.


Subject: men who do housework may get more sex
From: Patricia Motayo
To: All
Date Posted: 11:12:46 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
Men Who Do Housework May Get More Sex
March 06, 2008 1:51 PM EST
NEW YORK - American men still don't pull their weight when it comes to housework and child care, but collectively they're not the slackers they used to be. The average dad has gradually been getting better about picking himself up off the sofa and pitching in, according to a new report in which a psychologist suggests the payoff for doing more chores could be more sex.

The report, released Thursday by the Council on Contemporary Families, summarizes several recent studies on family dynamics. One found that men's contribution to housework had doubled over the past four decades; another found they tripled the time spent on child care over that span.

"More couples are sharing family tasks than ever before, and the movement toward sharing has been especially significant for full-time dual-earner couples," the report says. "Men and women may not be fully equal yet, but the rules of the game have been profoundly and irreversibly changed."

Some couples have forged partnerships they consider fully equitable.

"We'll both talk about how we're so lucky to have someone who does more than their share," said Mary Melchoir, a Washington-based fundraiser for the National Organization for Women, who - like her lawyer husband - works full-time while raising 6-year-old triplets.

"He's the one who makes breakfast and folds the laundry," said Melchoir, 47. "I'm the one who fixes things around the house."

Joshua Coleman, a San Francisco-area psychologist and author of "The Lazy Husband: How to Get Men to Do More Parenting and Housework," said equitable sharing of housework can lead to a happier marriage and more frequent sex.

"If a guy does housework, it looks to the woman like he really cares about her - he's not treating her like a servant," said Coleman, who is affiliated with the Council on Contemporary Families. "And if a woman feels stressed out because the house is a mess and the guy's sitting on the couch while she's vacuuming, that's not going to put her in the mood."

The report's co-authors, sociologists Scott Coltrane of the University of California, Riverside and Oriel Sullivan of Ben Gurion University, said they were addressing a perception that women's gains in the workplace were not being matched by gains at home.

"The typical punch line of many news stories has been that even though women are working longer hours on the job and cutting back their own housework, men are not picking up the slack," Coltrane and Sullivan wrote.

They said this perception was based on unrealistic expectations and underestimated the degree of change "going on behind the scenes" since the 1960s. The change, they said, "is too great a break from the past to be dismissed as a slow and grudging evolution."

Among the findings they cited:

-In the U.S., time-use diary studies show that since the '60s, men's contribution to housework doubled from about 15 percent to more than 30 percent of the total. Over the same period, the average working mother reduced her weekly housework load by two hours.

-Between 1965 and 2003, men tripled the amount of time they spent on child care. During the same period, women also increased the time spent with their children, suggesting mutual interest in a more hands-on approach to child-raising.

Sullivan and Coltrane predict men's contributions will increase further as more women take jobs.

"Men share more family work if their female partners are employed more hours, earn more money and have spent more years in education," they said.

Pamela Smock, a University of Michigan sociologist who also works with the council, said a persistent gender gap remains for what she called "invisible" household work - scheduling children's medical appointments, buying the gifts they take to birthday parties, arranging holiday gatherings, for example.

Marriage equality is more elusive among blacks than whites, with black women shouldering a relatively higher burden in terms of child care and housework, said council collaborator Shirley Hill, a sociology professor at the University of Kansas.

The report's overall findings meshed with what Carol Evans, founder and CEO of Working Mother magazine, has been observing as she tracks America's two-income couples.

"There's a generational shift that's quite strong," she said. "The younger set of dads have their own expectations about themselves as to being helpful and participatory. They haven't quite gotten to equality in any sense that a women would say, 'Wow, that's equal,' but they've gotten so much farther down the road."



Subject: Cocorioko is becoming useless day by day
From: Kennie L Zoker
To: All
Date Posted: 10:45:03 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: lzoker@yahoo.com
Entered From: ksu-250-71.kennesaw.edu at 130.218.71.250

Message:

Cocorioko used to be the favourite news outlet for many Sierra Leoneans living abroad including me. But since APC came to power Cocorioko has gradually moved from being an objective online news paper to a praise singer for the APC government.The manner and acuracy of their report in past years was highly commended by many. The very things that Cocoioko has accused Dr.Sylvia Blyden of Awarenesstimes in past (singing praises for SLPP) is what exactly they are doing today for APC.
Many people who are familier with know the deep animosity between Cocorioko and Sylvia Blyden. So the negative reporting on her these past few days by Cocorioko is not suprise at all.
If Cocorioko continue with the path of praise singing in the name of news reporting,their objectivity will be gravely in question by many of us who have in the past depended on them for accurate news from or baout our beloved Sierra Leone.
One thing that Cocorioko and its APC masters should now is that APC is nolonger in oppsition,and acting like they are and blaming SLPP and arresting Dr. Slyvia Blyden for reporting news that Cocorioko delibrately refused to report is tantamount to dictatorship.Sierra Leoneans know that APC is very good at suppressing the oppostion and the press, but one thing i can assure Cocorioko and its APC master is that Sierra Leone will NEVER,NEVER again go back to 1978.
The best thing they (APC and Cocorioko) can do is to adapt to the new thing called DEMOCRACY.


Subject: Re: Cocorioko is becoming useless day by day
From: Nar way U cham bonga ade
To: All
Date Posted: 10:54:07 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.85

Message:
Nar way U cham bonga ade!


Subject: Re: Cocorioko is becoming useless day by day
From: Nar u sabi
To: All
Date Posted: 12:40:48 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host81-154-56-45.range81-154.btcentralplus.com at 81.154.56.45

Message:
Nar u sabi


Subject: Daddy how was I born? (Repost)
From: Alieu Oil
To: All
Date Posted: 10:25:30 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
Subject:
From:
To: All
A little boy goes to his father and asks 'Daddy, how was I born?'

The father answers, 'Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway! Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo. Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked into a secluded room, where your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive. As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said:You Got Mail!!


Subject: Re: Daddy how was I born? (Repost)
From: Lil Pop-Up!
To: All
Date Posted: 11:52:46 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.85

Message:
That was ill man. Can't wait to use it. Merci.


Subject: DADDY HOW WAS I BORN?
From: Alieu Oil
To: All
Date Posted: 10:13:27 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-21-180-12.hsd1.va.comcast.net at 76.21.180.12

Message:
DADDY HOW WAS I BORN?


A little boy goes to his father and asks 'Daddy, how was I born?'

The father answers, 'Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway! Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo. Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked into a secluded room, where your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive. As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said:You Got Mail!!




Subject: Boimekei(Salonegirl)
From: Rubber Duck
To: All
Date Posted: 08:32:56 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-140-84-189.range86-140.btcentralplus.com at 86.140.84.189

Message:
Boimekei are you still with us in thugs land or have you been gagged,if you are still with us take it easy girl. The APC will soon fall flat on it`sface the kunumunu Tontos


Subject: Re: Boimekei(Salonegirl)
From: You Wish
To: All
Date Posted: 08:46:13 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.85

Message:
APC will fall on its face? Keep dreaming my regional bomba. APC will be in office for 40 years. The Southeast will rise no more; only through Sierra Leone will your corner ambitions be realized.
A!P!C!....APC!


Subject: Where is solutions at
From: kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 06:38:20 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-187-207-114.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net at 71.187.207.114

Message:
Solution,My man where you be at. You aint dicussin the serious issues no more. You be dissin us or what. Your apc boys be thugging everyday. The peoples aint down with that.

We are asking to talk to yours in brookfields as they are wak.

piece ,
Brother


Subject: is this the new siaka stevens era?
From: words matter
To: All
Date Posted: 06:33:47 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: wordsmatter@gmail.com
Entered From: gate3-norfolk.nmci.navy.mil at 138.162.0.43

Message:
is this the new siaka era. In siaka's days he had his leutenants do the dirty work and he said he did not know anything about it. Hmm now ebk does not knwo anything about silvia's arrest? i guess a new agba satani in town. if he really did not know that reporters got arrested that shows incompetence on his part. and if not incompetence if your police chief tries to surpress freedom of the press and you really against that you should set him as an example. to show that sierra leone would never tolerate opression fo the press no more. in regards to our police, i think they need to be educated about the laws which they seek to uphold. shame on them. you shoudl be worried about cracking down on armed robbery. but i guess they not man enough to face the armed robbers but to face a woman they wanna show their masculinity and their macho.. now this task force reminds me of the old apc days. the ssd. i guess ebk is really goign to take us back to them days. but trust me this is 2008 our people all over the country are smarter they would not stand for this.


Subject: Out of ninty nine tactics the APC has only utilised two!
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 05:47:54 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: dator5678.161.gbgsd.se at 62.88.180.78

Message:
If we can remember well before dying both Pa Shaki and SI Koroma left the most valuable legacy ever for a political party! The late powerful duo left the APC with ninty nine tactical political moves for outsmarting opponents.

During the elections the APC selected one and split it into two two halves.One of the halves was applied during the first round and the other was used during the run-off. The result was there for all to see!

Due to the post-election scenario where the dust-biters who refused to accept the most humiliating drabbing in political history contrived on instability,the APC selected a second tactic.
Part of it was used by the APC to bring the most fearsome Kamajors, who could have been instrumental in fomenting instability, to their fold and it took only one visit,one hug with an SLPP die-hard and a few million leones as a contribution to the development of the forlorn group.

And now the other part.......... when Sylvia Blyden tried to be a heroin by publishing those offensive images of our beloved prezo an arrest hoax was served to the miserable and trouble-mongering SLPP on a wooden platter collected from a garbage can of maggots in Kroo Bay which they devoured like the worst saprophytes.They came out in their hundreds to make it no secret that they are indeed behind every anti-APC propaganda published by the Awarenesstimes newspaper.They demonstrated that they are looking for the least excuse to stir trouble and once again the people have showed that they will never support this champion of corruption in Salone.
When news came out that Sylvia had left the CID of her own accord and that had not been arrested as had been circulated,the SLPP got the biggest shock of their lives! And to add to their woes,news came out again that the prezo rang Sylvia to express his innocence about her and his committment to freedom of expression in Salone.
The SLPP have been badly bruised,outclassed,
outmaneuvred and outsmarted again by their boss the APC! No violence,no wailing, no screaming, just intelligence!

The SLPP has to concentrate on the draughts game to be able to match the strategic moves of their boss or else they will always be humiliated!


Subject: Re: Out of ninty nine tactics the APC has only utilised two!
From: kapo di kapo
To: All
Date Posted: 00:43:10 03/09/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Yes, the apc is boss for the slpp when it comes to politics. The slpp made a grave tactical error when they came out in full support for sylvia. now the world knows they are pushing the poor girl. now the apc hawks are watching her every move.


Subject: Re: Out of ninty nine tactics the APC has only utilised two!
From: kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 11:39:23 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 205.148.53.200

Message:
your undemocratic APC fanatics at cocorioko have decided to delete all my posts for the past days. I wish you luck in your future presidential run.I had earlier responded to your post.

Take care, regardless of party affiliation , We are all Sierra Leoneans. The supposedly educated Sierra leoneans are least democratic.


Subject: Re: Out of ninty nine tactics the APC has only utilised two!
From: Capital letter
To: All
Date Posted: 12:09:43 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.85

Message:
The forum prefects warned everybody to start monikers and subject headings with a capital letter for aesthetic reasons. The content of your politics had nothing to do with the deletions. i really believe that. Besides, you are one of the more reasonable SLPP batoliners, if there is any such creature.


Subject: Re: Out of ninty nine tactics the APC has only utilised two!
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 08:55:20 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
You must have your tin foil hat on, the matians are not visiting..
This is the worst political manuevering i have seen in the whole history of salone..

Full of lies.. and hard truths, your comments above is Mr Bureh..

I would say..

This is satire.. It must be satire....
APC trying to be funny..?
Someone tickle me please.. cause APC should keep its day job..

---------------------
Let me give you the Play by play..

Act 1: scene 12.

---Scene goal---
"Sylvia, tested the waters.. went for the jagular.. Ernests bite.."


----------------------OPEN SCENE---------------------

----------ANNNNNNND ACTION----------

Ernest-- arrest her.. burn her..Serry, You nor dey warn dem eh...warn dem oh..

Serry--Bra ah dey sen leh den invite am.. le h he sweat..

CID boss--You are inbited to the tation for some qextioning.

Sylvia--Sure.. as soon as i get my lawyer, i will show up in my jeep and my bag..

"""Sylvia thinking to herself now after the police leftt"'''''

I will need my makeup.. my tooth brush.. oh.. leh ah call aunty Sia and tell her her man wan take advantage.. Uncle Arnold Gooding, Uncle babatunde, uncle balongun.. uncle the whole who is who.. is who..

-----SYLVIA STROLLS INTO CID------

----------------Producers comments-----------------
When someone knows thier rights as a citizen its a wonderful thing.
APC should push for all our citizens to know thier civil rights.
--------------End Producers comments-----------------


Sylvia--Yes, i heard that CID invited me to give a statement..?
CID Bossmeh--Yes ma.. We saw the picture of you putting horns on our president..

Sylvia--No comments..
CID Bossmeh--Oh yeah..?? Ok one minute..

-----CID CALLS STATEHOUSE------

Pa..she said no comment.. and she is here with her lawyer.. and makeup.. and she is looking.. cool as a wanza fridge...

Bra at statehouse---Oh yeah..?? Is she sweating..?
CID Bossmeh-- NO..

Bra--You sure?

CID Bossmeh--Yeh

Bra--Go check?

CID Bossmeh--Ah sure bra... but ah get one more tactics..the APC contofilleh tactics 101 bra.. Keep her overnight without charging her like we do innocent people all the time.. ---CID BOSSMEH licks lips.. and thump fingers..

Bra--hehehehehe.. yes.. yes.. that one should make her sweat..

-----CID Bossmeh goes back into the waiting room----

SYLVIA GONE....

-----CID bossmeh.. calls bra-----

CID bossmeh--Bra.. she gwan like the wind.. shwe floated on a grannat kander and outahere..

Bra--if anyone ask.. Ah been dey cabinet meeting. Serry.. you form bad..you underestimated the power of an aware citizen..
She knows we dont have a thing against her...
We better start doing our homework so when we ready for luck emerson up.. at least we get small matta for tinap on..


--CLOSE SCENE--And thats a WRAP.


Subject: Re: Out of ninty nine tactics the APC has only utilised two!
From: Rubber Duck
To: All
Date Posted: 12:57:03 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host81-154-56-45.range81-154.btcentralplus.com at 81.154.56.45

Message:
Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Encore, Encore,Encore,More More (whistle)Phew
Ducky


Subject: Re: Out of ninty nine tactics the APC has only utilised two!
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 07:09:26 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: lpsdsl1.claranet.co.uk at 79.123.36.145

Message:
Thats what I called being politically smart.


Subject: Re: Out of ninty nine tactics the APC has only utilised two!
From: SLPP pikin
To: All
Date Posted: 08:33:51 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.85

Message:
The SLPP are like kids looking for direction. What a bunch of losers. They need to come to the University of Hard Knocks taught by APC professors. SLPP are chicken hawks, scared of Opinkol.


Subject: Re: Out of ninty nine tactics the APC has only utilised two!
From: kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 06:32:41 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-187-207-114.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net at 71.187.207.114

Message:
If APC outsmarted anyone, the whole sylvia episode would not have happened. All they had to do was to ignore sylvia. But the gbose gbose thuggish element of APC does not understand democracy. They will turn the people against APC. bureh, you need to educate your brethren.

Remember the tactic of distracting the people from the APC's failures and incompetence is not going to work. The other tactic of violence and gbose gbose against the people is not going to work. the people of Sierra Leone will fight oppression from any new dictator.
Tell , your APC cohorts to look at the other criminal tactics.

A


Subject: Freedom Of Speech My Foot!!
From: His Royal Highness
To: All
Date Posted: 03:13:59 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
To say the least, I get frustrated with people like Bra E who spend more time preaching western democracy, a system of government coined by the very imperialists that they previously condemn.
These people, it seems, failed to appreciate the severe limitations of the western world's so-called liberal democracy as it relates to our cultures and traditions. In other words, they failed to grasp the fact that a wholesale transplantation of an alien political ideology that is not compatible to the African cultural environment is doom to fail.

Now, this brings me to the freedom of speech as it relates to the recent Sylvia Blyden gaffe. This is what Bra E had to say:

"The Attorney-General and the President
are disgracing themselves in the eyes
of the diplomatic community, and it wont
be long before Koroma peels off every
democratic appearance conferred on him
by the free and fair elections he won."

DISGRACING THEMSELVES TO THE DIPLOMATIC COMMUNITY?
(Forgive me forum prefect but I have to scream)

Bra E really sound like a sell out.
It is against the moral fabric of the African diplomatic community in the U.S. and the U.N to be lied to by manipulating CIA reports to make a case for a war that now cost hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars. How do you compare that to using an archaic and rotten law to get an opportunist like Sylvia Blyden is beyond my imagination.

Well to you Bra Enviable, I say to you that in the African tradition, R-E-S-P-E-C-T for our leaders is as essential as freedom of speech is to western democracy.
We value respect regardless of what western democracy preach.

You Wrote:
"The basic components of libel are defamatory
words intended to besmirch some one's reputation, malice-inspired words aimed at dragging the complainant's name into disrepute, and the
infliction of injurious words published to
shred some one's reputation."

Bra E, I made a living as a grapic designer for over a decade and I can attest to you that in Sierra Leone, probably not not in your view of the western world, president Koroma's depiction with horns is malicious, defamatory; heck it fits all components that warrants a libel.

Finally, please be very careful when you use western cultures, traditions and laws to justify events in Africa. You seem to represent the learned African with zero africanism left in you.


Subject: Re: Freedom Of Speech My Foot!!
From: Mensa
To: All
Date Posted: 13:31:48 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: unikad5@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 82.99.234.155

Message:
Well now my pretty, The space shuttle carrying His Royal Highness has landed.

Behooooold, Thy days shall be happy ...... the saying goes ...... wise men think alike. May your days be long .... Your Highness.

Again, may the Candid Ones be directed, for thy sons appear to be playing loose with the facts. Business attitude or not, thy sons are in the bad habit of harbouring grudge in a cyber forum ..... chasing thy postings with venom .... maturity absent ...... one minute objectivity apparent (as long as it favours the opposition), but the next, objectivity absent when it favours the ruling party, ...... pretty easy to relate to the spirit of nationalism in writing, but pretty difficult to stay the cause when you're a downright hypocrite. Clear distinction.

Welcome again your Royal Highness!


Subject: Re: Freedom Of Speech My Foot!!
From: His Royal Highness
To: All
Date Posted: 02:49:03 03/08/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
Thank you!


Subject: Re: Freedom Of Speech My Foot!!
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 13:43:29 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
See.. the 15th commandment.. goeth thus..

Thou shalt not have any hard feelings..
Mine was only satire..
What ye men shalt be if it was not for laughter..

Be giddy and go forth.. for your days shalt be merry and your harem full..

Bra.. Mine is not but a way of passing time...
I know i hit the APC more.. But SLPP aint doing squart for me to direct my cosmic ray on.. nada..
Since they lost the election. its has only been 2-3 disgruntled speeches by JJBlood..
Those where not good enough for provoking...

While EBK and his see no evil, hear no evil, talk no evil bunch..
Brima catchya kamara, Shekito and Uncle "Pademba Road Full" Serry Kamal just make my day.. every single day..

Watin man go do..
Until SLPP start giving me some material to work with..
Ah dey with APC fus..


Subject: Re: Freedom Of Speech My Foot!!
From: respect sucks
To: All
Date Posted: 06:35:53 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: respectnow@gmail.com
Entered From: gate2-norfolk.nmci.navy.mil at 138.162.0.42

Message:
we only value respect when its our man in office. respect should be showed to all sides. but our leaders are chosen to be servants of the people. this is not no King ebk or king kabba. and i say freedom of the press.


Subject: Re: Freedom Of Speech My Foot!!
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 07:16:54 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: lpsdsl1.claranet.co.uk at 79.123.36.145

Message:
You sounded so stupid. The leaders are chosen to be servants of the people. Are you now saying that they deserve no respect? No wonder some of you cannot offer respect for others because it wasn't in your upbringing.


Subject: Re: Freedom Of Speech My Foot!!
From: Poor Eddie!
To: All
Date Posted: 22:30:41 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
Eddie boy, what have you been smoking?
Do you really understand what you read?


Subject: test
From: Rubber Duck
To: All
Date Posted: 01:54:20 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-140-84-189.range86-140.btcentralplus.com at 86.140.84.189

Message:
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Subject: Attention: General Abu ... Straight From SLPP Caucus
From: Mensa
To: All
Date Posted: 01:51:29 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: unikad5@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 91.98.70.199

Message:
For The Attention of General Abubakar Patbana Conteh
______________________________________________________
(Clandestine) Subversive Activities being planned by opposition. (Uncoded) Newspaper Editor(s) Agreed to play a significant role. (Promised) Reward with important positions in party. (Leadership) position a possibility.
______________________________________________________
Strategy .... Strategy ....(Repeat) Stragety Important
(Declassified) New Government not to be allowed to settle down. Daunting Fear that New Government has all the right strategies to prolong rule to next 15-20 years.
(Combat Action One) Systematically Smear Image of President. Use of legal Vs moral campaign. Play down New Goverment Achievement/Link it with Previous Government Where possible. Magnify Any Failings/Shorcoming of New Government.
(Combat Action Two) "Booby Trap" Ministers and Goverment Officials to Fake Deals/Surreptitious Missions to secure "Smooking Gun"/"Red-Handed" Trappings. Then use Newspaper to spread vigorously unsettling Campaign
(Combat Action Three) Use of Female Gender to arouse Emotions and International Community. [Sic: Georoge Bush Visited Liberia Johnson Sirleaf] World more sensitive on Female issues. Create the right atmosphere of provocation. Alart International Media on EVERY SINGLE move that can play to our advantage. Market Image of a female for possible leadership of party. Pick out a veteran, thick-skinned, combat tried, fearless, with political/parental history, established, formidable ... and other advantage qualities.
(Combat Action Four) Engage in suspicious activities that will gain light sentences in Prison. Create a "Female-Mandela". Subsequent follow-up programme for demonstrations. Economic Hardship [Sic: Though worldwide] a real oppotunity to take advantage of for possible demonstrations.
(Combat Action Five) al3rt party loyals in The Diaspora for Immediate Action in Spreading of Info/Leaflets that will stifle New Government Foreign Economic Engagements. Negative Propanganda Machinations of Country to be fully operational. Work towards backfiring of Donor Promises. A crumble Economy ......... Country Will Implode. Next election an SLPP must win!

To be Continued .......


Subject: Re: Attention: General Abu ... Straight From SLPP Caucus
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 08:12:23 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
This reads like a wise thing for the SLPP to do..
Every single line in there.. as long oas its not breaking the law should the the aim of every single opposition party in the world..


Mr MENSA..

What would be the alternative..?

------(Combat Action One) Systematically Smear Image of President. Use of legal Vs moral campaign. Play down New Goverment Achievement/Link it with Previous Government Where possible. Magnify Any Failings/Shorcoming of New Government. --------

--------SLPP-----
(Combat Action One) Paste Ernest picture above your bed.. so you see it going to bed and waking up.
Hail the NEW APC king.. the most benevolent, the mesiah.. the savior of our nation..
Do not talk about the fact that you left money in the treasury.. you signed loans and contracts for roads that will only come into play while the apc is in power.
Do not talk about the hard won dept forgiveness.. thats haram..

I would love to see what is expected of the SLPP..
Just like it been in opposition.. just relax.. chill opposition sweet..???


Subject: Re: Attention: General Abu ... Straight From SLPP Caucus
From: Mensa
To: All
Date Posted: 14:02:59 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: unikad5@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 82.99.234.89

Message:
The theme of my postings is mainly to alart the New Goverment on how to handle a real troubling situation, and where possible, to adopt a realistic countering strategy.

I feel sorry for you sweating over belated achievements of a party that has been dastardly shown the exit by the people that matter ... the electorate! If brains were not cheese, they function smartly within an effectual time frame. I thought you would have played a pivotal role in convincing the electorate WHEN IT MATTERS and that was DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

The harder you try to be a "neither-nor" the harder it is for you to make sense. Just come clean man and go after your interest, just like the businessman you've always been.

In a cyber forum, there should be no IP trace, so feel free and be your true self. You can only defend something with a solid conviction if you believe in it. In strict confidence, Me Man, your friend, Bra Ego, has been spending tons of energy trying to track me down. But then, I did some soul-searching assessment of my postings and concluded that .... To hell with the guy! As long as I believe in what I write, I should be prepared to face the consequences!


Subject: Re: Attention: General Abu ... Straight From SLPP Caucus
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 12:26:24 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.146.238.150

Message:
.....as long oas its not breaking the law should the the aim of every single opposition party in the world.....

Candido, don't forget, for now you're jubilating for a mere opinkol to your babe that the day will come when you will be eager to give suport and praises for EBK's success, but hey, I will not give you chance to do that because I will fire you from all angle of the forum hunting your posts even if you try to use a different moniker, I know your style of writing (scr1ptic).


Subject: Re: Attention: General Abu ... Straight From SLPP Caucus
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 12:32:00 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
I aint got no babes..
I want EBk to succedd....serious.. No joke..
I will reach retirement in the next 10 years and want something to go back to..

Only worry i have and my comments and castigation of the APC is the lef handle on lawlessness.. and advantage on our young democracy..

Nothing else..
Salone is my country...and anything good for salone is my dream. but i will not lay my keyboard down when i notice misteps and misfiring by the NEW APC..
You know why....????
For the simple reason that i grew up under the OLD APC...

That was painful.. and me granny been say..
Wey snake bet you.. if you see rorum nah for fraid..
I hope that clears my stance on national issues..


Subject: Re: Attention: General Abu ... Straight From SLPP Caucus
From: SLPP rebel
To: All
Date Posted: 08:38:42 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.85

Message:
Our party the SLPP is determined to cause civil strife unless we get back power. Sierra leone will not get peace until they give us back the power which is rightfully ours. Democracy means permanent power by our party. if you don't like it, go and cham akara.


Subject: Re: Attention: General Abu ... Straight From SLPP Caucus
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 07:22:46 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: lpsdsl1.claranet.co.uk at 79.123.36.145

Message:
I can't waite to read the next episode. You're just brilliant my friend.

You've said it all this is the mission of the SLPP, but it will fail miserably as the EBK government stands to succeed immensely.


Subject: Dear APC man, Yele - (Repost)
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 20:58:39 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
Message:
Dear APC MAN, YELE:

Disappointed? Yes; Discouraged? No. Bitter? No. Happy? No.

Of course, I did not get what I set out to achieve in Makeni. Why? Because I headed for a Convention there only to be confronted with a gangster-like ConBention under the direction and control of insatiable insider-hijackers.

Those fellows shamelessly staged a gansterlike conBention and crudely kapu-kapued the contest only to be turned out by the voters - to their utter shock, pain and confusion. Even so, I am not happy. In fact, I am disappointed for my Party.

Are the ousted insider-hijackers bitter about their failure at the polls? You bet they are!

Are they concerned about the bitter times (sackings, lootings, destruction, rampagings, unemployment, expensive food, Police opposition, and uncertainty, etc.) confronting many loyal SLPPers today and in the days, weeks and years ahead?

Makeni, therefore, was the failure of most of the SLPP ousted leadership and the suffers are us Sierra Leoneans who want only the best for our Party and Country. Thank you much. - JL



Subject: Re: Dear APC man, Yele - (Repost)
From: el presidente
To: All
Date Posted: 23:39:31 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-66-108-68-252.nyc.res.rr.com at 66.108.68.252

Message:
Bra John all due respect sir,even without SLPP "threefooting" you at the conbention you are not presidential material.....to quote one SLPP bigwig in spite of all the links you claim to have with our people on the ground,what experiences do you share with them...war?....suck air?....society?...What?


Subject: Re: Dear APC man, Yele - (Repost)
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 12:42:03 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Dear el president:

SLPP is a democratic organization and each one of us party members frequently air out our views - preferrably inside party councils. But in situations where powerful insiders frawn on free speech and crookish types order a member to 'shut up, sit down and go back to America', we make our views known via the media as the last resort.

And what you might view as an "SLPP bigwig", may be just a mere opportunistic individual, flip-flopping in and out of SLPP for personal benefits, and with only mere notional power of bigness - and not really a genuine bigwig. In addition, he could also be a person with a pea-size brain talking tribal trash and who may never be able to help in any effective way in solving SL's key problems that are impacting the lives of the very people he purports to be their bigwig.

The examples you have given of what your supposed a certain SLPP 'bigwig' views as the necessay experiences for SLPP leadership show that such bigwigs won't be able to make our Party and country modern, successful and prosperous.

'War, suck air, society, etc.' are not necessary qualifications for effective leadership to today's Sierra Leone. The real leadership issues facing our country today are: who best has the ability to solve national problems of poverty, unfulfilled want, illiteracy/poor education, backwardness, sickness/diseases, premature deaths, etc.? Who among us knows best how the world powers can work for us and who has what it takes to better meet the aspirations of our people regardless of tribe, religion, gender, age, region, etc.?

The problem facing SLPP today are: which genuinely loyal member can give the Party a true national, modern, non-tribal image and who truly can establish SLPP as an effective alternate to APC? Which member can raise adequate funds for the party, put such funds to proper use and account truthfully and completely for them to the stakeholders at regular intervals without any prompting whatsoever?

'Society' membership is indeed important and relevent to many people but let's face it: 'society' membership cannot pay salaries, put food on the table, build roads, prolong healthy productive lives, educate people in maths, science, economics, etc., etc., etc.

'Society' membership as it is today will never be able to liberate villagers out of their lack of proper enligthenment, small huts, poverty, short lives of sorrow, deprivation and unending hardship.

Lets face it, your 'society' membership never protected today's bigwigs members from avoiding sucking breeze for years and years. So, how can 'society' membership help others when the next sucking breeze era arrives?

As for more on the 'suck air' experience, your so-called bigwigs must understand that an individual who cannot provide for himself cannot lead others successfully. A 'suck air' graduate leading other suck air graduate followers is the equivalent of the blind leading the blind into a ditch unsuspectingly.

What SLPP needs is a leader who has demonstrated an ability to not only avoid sucking air for diner, but who has actually created economic independence for his family and, from out of his surplus, he has put resources into good use to help his party, his country and unafilliated others.

As for 'war' experience, I played my own diplomatic part - above and beyond the call of duty - in not only ending a terrible war, but also in bringing the culprits to justice and in bringing vast aid to our country. Further, our war soldiers were in no position to win that war and they could not have gone as far as they succeeded without ECOMOG support - support provided by diplomatic means.

Many SLeoneans and non-SLeoneans believe that is was my diplomacy that contributed in not only discrediting (and thus defeating) Sankoh, the RUF, Ninjas, the AFRC, Charles Taylor and exposing Ghadafi's role, it also brought massive sympathy and support for our country - only to be squandered by suck air graduates, 'society' and war types who still may not understand the principles of self-determination or how the world world truly works.

SLPP needs a leader who deeply understands how the world works, who has demonstrated his party and national loyalty again and again and who has demonstrated the smarts to solve practical problems that benefited the common citizen.

SLPPers must decide what they want: a traditional, tribal type or a real genuine party member who is modern and can work selflessly for the good of the generality of the public. Thank you for asking. - JL



Subject: Re: Dear APC man, Yele - (Repost)
From: APC MAN, YELE
To: All
Date Posted: 03:26:01 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: kponiegbou@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Mr el presidente, please do not be disrespectful to Mr John Leigh. He is one of the few honest and fortright Sierra Leoneans we have around. He did a lot for our country during the war by publicising our plight to the international community. He did the same during the AFRC junta, when he teamed up with the likes of Dr James Jonah(another very patriotic Sierra Leonean), and sought assistance from the international community to oust the so-called Peoples Army from power. Frankly, I do not think he deserves your abuse. Though I am APC, I would have voted for him if he had been allowed to run for President.He has what it takes to be a good leader. I am sorry to say this; but I am not impressed with Ernest Koroma's leadership. He has surrounded himself with several incompetent people (carefully selected from his tribe), who are doing nothing but praise singing. It is these same people who have re-introduced violence into our national politics, and the President seems to be condoning it by doing nothing to stop it. Why, for example, have an APC Task Force who go about beating up people and looting property? Let us remember that in an atmosphere of gbose-gbose, we cannot even enjoy the electricity that the President keeps boasting that he has restored to parts of Freetown. Don't you think this is a bad omen for what awaits our country come 2012? Let us be careful my brother, and acknowledge (rather than ridicule) our compatriots who mean well for our country. LONG LIVE SIERRA LEONE!!!!!!!!!!Mahatma, Rubber Duck, Fen Plaba , Edie Grant et al, how una see am?


Subject: The FGM Debate Contd.
From: Researcher
To: All
Date Posted: 20:45:45 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
According to cultural ethical relativism, ethical values vary between cultures and moral judgments within and about those societies must be based on these particular values.

The theory of cultural relativism is an important one. But does this mean the whole world must adopt cultural ethical relativism? A subject around which much debate has been centered is that of female genital mutilation, a practice imposed on women and and children in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and several Arab countries.

Oganizations such as the World Health Organization and Amnesty International have elected policies to try to stop this barbaric practice.

As FGM is a cultural practice, and as such – cultural relativists would hold – is not morally wrong when performed within those particular cultures. Are the people working to stop FGM wrong? In my view, they are not.

Non mutilated, (unconked, as someone put it), fully equipped women, as well as men who have had the of experiencing of having a sexual rapport with non-mutilated African women have a moral obligation to work towards eliminating FGM.

It is a violation of human rights, that it destroys part of the human nature of the woman who suffers it, and that because it is done to women and young girls who do not have a voice. FGM involves partial or total removal of the clitoris. Instruments used may range from a scalpel to a piece of broken glass, and even the lid from tin cans.

Usually, the victim does not receive any anesthetic, and is often held down by other women while the operation usually drowned by "bondo drums" and "loud crazy shrieks" is performed.

People must be out of their freaking minds to argue that removing part of the vagina with the lid of a tin can is not cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. In the civilized world, the genitals are considered to be the most private part of our bodies.

We teach our children never to let anyone touch their ‘privates’, and not to show them to others unless it is a consenting situation. Considering the function of the genitals, for excretion and sexual pleasure, there is justifiable reason for us to do so.

FGM is an extremely painful procedure the physical complications of which include infections, urinary tract obstruction, incontinence, death from infections, shock or hemorrhage, and other injuries that arise as victims struggle in the hands of their perpetrators, who like in the case of Sierra Leone are usually heavily intoxicated.

There is an obvious result from the removal of the clitoris – which is done in nearly all cases of FGM – and that is a failure to experience sexual pleasure.

Girls are taken from their homes and forced to have this most private part of their bodies removed in a most painful fashion. Sometimes they know what is about to happen to them, other times they don’t.

Reasons given for the practice of FGM vary from culture to culture. However, the common theme for a number of cultures practicing it appears to be the control of the woman’s sexuality by men.

Due to the backward nature as well as the cultural taboos of such cultures, female sensual parts like the breast or clitoris has no sensual or sexual significance to 99% of these men. It’s like being blind and receiving a 100-inch flat screen HD TV set for Christmas. Use it as a radio may be?

Actually, highly sensual men who have had rapports with clitorised and unclitorised women (or konked and unkonked) women would prefer the latter because response from the latter is twice revitalizing when compared to that of the former. With fully equipped women there’s more to just penetrating, which can be compared to inhaling without exhaling.

However, back to the topic, in such cultures, men believe that by taking away a woman’s sexual pleasure, her incentive to be unfaithful will be taken away. In the most extensive form of FGM, infibulations, the vagina is actually sewn closed after cutting and must be reopened by the man to which the woman is married, or a member of his family, before intercourse can occur, thereby assuring that the woman is a virgin upon marriage.

It is not the woman, or girl, who freely decides to undergo FGM after being given the option not to, but rather the interests of her future husband – that of ensuring a virgin bride – which dictates that she must undergo this procedure.

As we’ve seen many time at the forum, most recently in an article entitled ”Hurray for Bondo Women in Kailahun” by one Fuambai Ahmadu, societal sanctions against women who are not circumcised are strong in these societies. Lacking both social and economic power, these women rely on marriage to offer economic security.

As men will not marry an uncircumcised woman, they are trapped into undergoing FGM, thereby begging the question what sort of empowerment the author in Hurray for Bondo Women in Kasilahun was referring to.

In the same, ”Hurray for Bondo Women in Kailahun” article, the author went on to dismiss this barbaric act as part of their culture. So does this mean that if it is part of their culture, it is not wrong to them, and the rest of the world must accept it?

According to Aristotle, every part of the body; the foot, the eye, etc.has a definite function separate from the human as a whole, and that the goodness of anything, be it flute player, a foot, or whatever has a definite function that lies in that function .

The function of the vagina, for a woman, is excretion of urine, sexual pleasure and delivering babies, all of which three functions can be impaired by FGM.
Therefore, according to Aristotle, FGM takes away the goodness inherent in a vagina when it is functioning properly and for this reason mutilating it is wrong.

If as adults, women decide to get rid of the most sensual part of their sexuality, then it’s their choice. Until then, I think young girls should be left to decide their fate, which I think they can do after the age of 21.
(To be contd.)


Subject: Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has a dream
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 20:05:07 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-071271d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.113.18.7

Message:
An interview


Subject: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: Truth and Reconciliation
To: All
Date Posted: 19:57:37 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
I am an avid reader of Lady Sylvia Blyden. Apart from her murderous attacks on John Leigh during the SLPP's gangsta 'conbention' in Makeni, I think she has otherwise been a fine journalist.

However I am very concerned about persistent rumors that the money Miss Blyden used to establish The Awareness Times was blood money she received from Foday Sankoh for her invaluable service as a Ninja journalist for RUF.

I pray to God that this is not true. So many Sierra Leoneans perished in the rebel war inflicted by Sylvia's patron Foday Sankoh. Say it ain't so Sylvia. I am so devastated.


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: JOE LAHAI
To: All
Date Posted: 03:30:35 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: joelahai@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
It ain't so, eventhough Edie Grant won't agree. Just pulling your legs, Edie.


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 07:29:36 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: lpsdsl1.claranet.co.uk at 79.123.36.145

Message:
Where have you being my dear SLPP friend? I thought you decided to avoid my conversation because we couldn't agree on anything. Hey, come back I'm ready for you (not in a bad way) but please we need to discuss the most important issues affecting us.

I initiated a thread about farming, and expected you to contribute but totally ignored it.

So how are you doing? hope everything is fine with you.

Stay blessed.


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 22:14:31 03/06/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
I was informed by an insider friend that SLPP hijackers paid Awareness Times and five other newspapers, on or about July 2005, the sum of Le9,000,000 each, plus promises of future government advertisements and contracts to demolish John Leigh in the most savage light pre- and post-Makeni.

In the case of Awareness Times, because of the DC embassy's contributions to the defeat of the RUF, the AFRC junta, Blyden Ninjas and Charles Taylor, the Le9 million plus pledge became a simple case of "buad want fly you go shake tick". AW was most eager to bust up JL.

Even so, in the interest of national advancement regardless of politics, Madam Foday Sankoh Ninjas should not face criminal charges. Further, our country's primitive press laws must be repealed and reformed. Measured civil sanctions for the guilty are the answer. Thanks. - JL


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 07:34:40 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: lpsdsl1.claranet.co.uk at 79.123.36.145

Message:
I have highly reserved respect for you my brother, being the who underwent all this crazy malice, you still stayed focus on your love for your party and country others would have long long gone to the underworld. God bless you.


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: Enablers
To: All
Date Posted: 23:24:36 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-66-108-68-252.nyc.res.rr.com at 66.108.68.252

Message:
I was also informed that the SLPP aided and abetted the RUF in order to oust the APC!


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 10:42:17 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Dear Enablers:

Such were mere rumors. I have never come across any proof. But the OLD APC did not conduct free and fair elections for much of their time in power and they had been in power for nearly a quarter century - despite the utter degradation of our society - by the time RUF invaded.

My own experience and history in general have shown that peaceful negotiations are ipso facto futile when dealing with certain evil types: Momoh, Mobutu, Amin, Bokarie, Bokassa, Sankoh, Taylor, etc. Thank you. JL


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: NINJAS
To: All
Date Posted: 22:31:43 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
It will interest you to know that the State House press secretary Sheka Tarawallie was also a Ninja. Even the big boy Rev. Kanu was part of the Ninjas. He was the number one supporter of Sylvia as long as she was anti-SLPP.


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 23:10:01 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
God will be the judge between us.I sent articles to the site because I was fooled , like everyone else, that they were independent journalists who had been persecuted and did not have a medium of expression. When I later learnt that it was Foday Sankoh who was sponsoring the site ,I stopped sending articles there.

What if it had been possible for you to discover later that COCORIOKO is not independent after all and it is run by, say, Charles Taylor, would you blame those who had been innocently sending us articles ?

You too contributed lots of articles on Cocorioko elections time under a moniker. Would you take blame then, if it had been possible ?

I know who you are but what to do ? This is the citadel of freedom of speech.


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: JOE LAHAI
To: All
Date Posted: 03:35:45 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: joelahai@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Then you are a "Big man big fool" Rev. Sorry for cuss you this early morning


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: MED KAY
To: All
Date Posted: 06:55:26 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 80.31.211.172

Message:
The maggot JOE LAHAI you are back,next time caught with unecessary fracass in your so called south and east side of sierra leone will be your last damn day.You nanny sitter,sorry big man big fool.


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: JOE LAHAI
To: All
Date Posted: 10:55:15 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: joelahai@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Shut up, you idiot. You'll be buried alive in one of those diamond pits in Sumbuya. Stupid fool.


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: where now
To: All
Date Posted: 06:17:02 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: wherenow@yahoo.com
Entered From: gate2-norfolk.nmci.navy.mil at 138.162.0.42

Message:
if silvia was ruf as you all say then she should be in the apc camp. all the former afrc fighters that embraced ruf are in the apc camp.


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: Nah me
To: All
Date Posted: 08:45:59 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 213-84-242-179.adsl.xs4all.nl at 213.84.242.179

Message:
No sylvia joined the RUF axis from the south east. They had the original RUF memebrs and as Maada Bio was spreading bedsheet for the miscreant and tribalist SLPP cadres, they betrayed Foday Sankoh in Nigeria and used Deen Jalloh, an in-law of Maada Bio to say that peace has returned and Sankoh is a non starter. Guess what?
RUF was shocked to see its entire membership raising palm fronds to celebrate SLPP designed poll victory in 1996. So slyvia like her supporters belong to that RUF with tribal contact.
SLPP and the brutal RUF are one family not the AFRC bonafide soldiers who fought to keep the institution of the army intact./ What is wrong in protecting the army?
Even sane South Easterners joined the AFRC to defend the Institution of the army. Eddie Kanneh , SAJ Musa and others did not compromise their tribal ties to destroy our army.


Subject: Re: Did Foday Sankoh's Money help found Sylvia's newspaper?
From: Petty Sorie
To: All
Date Posted: 11:00:18 03/10/08 ()
Email Address: pettysorie@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Did I hear you say SAJ Musa?


Subject: A Sierra Leonean in Distress: Please Help Me!
From: Painkiller
To: All
Date Posted: 19:43:45 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Ladies and gentlemen, I am in great pain! It all started yesterday after I looked at the terrifying Gorgonic face of the Miss Worwor Blyden herself in one of the postings. I had nightmares and hallucinations after seeing that smiling (scheming) face. Please help me by recommending any therapy for pain amelioration. Tylenol, Advil, Oxycotin: None works for me!
Help please before I succumb to the stare of the Gorgon!


Subject: Re: A Sierra Leonean in Distress: Please Help Me!
From: Tablets
To: All
Date Posted: 10:44:54 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 82.198.250.9

Message:
Since you seem to be already on the tablets please keep taking them.One day you might be considered normal.


Subject: Re: A Sierra Leonean in Distress: Please Help Me!
From: Observer
To: All
Date Posted: 05:42:39 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.151.83.76

Message:
I won't give any advice until I compare her picture to that of your wife.
Please also post your wife's academic achievements.


Subject: Re: A Sierra Leonean in Distress: Please Help Me!
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 08:02:17 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
That is Cruel.........

Its a simple request.. and one that painkiller can meet in a heart beat if he was sincere about his distaste for the looks of Dr Blyden..

Whats say ye.. pains..???
Show us your tani...and let su be the judge..


Subject: Re: A Sierra Leonean in Distress: Please Help Me!
From: Painkiller
To: All
Date Posted: 08:24:12 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.85

Message:
If I show you my tanni, you guys will die of jealousy.


Subject: Re: A Sierra Leonean in Distress: Please Help Me!
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 08:57:13 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Ok, ah nor mind for die with jealousy..
Show me..


Subject: Re: A Sierra Leonean in Distress: Please Help Me!
From: Rubber Duck
To: All
Date Posted: 13:31:15 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host81-154-56-45.range81-154.btcentralplus.com at 81.154.56.45

Message:
Jealous? you must be joking when you see his Tannie you will fall down laughing


Subject: Re: A Sierra Leonean in Distress: Please Help Me!
From: Doctor
To: All
Date Posted: 05:20:52 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 41.205.26.250

Message:
No point running around the doctors.You have a terminal disease, so go to Rev Kabs Kanu, and he will pray for Lord to have mercy upon your souls.Amen and Bon Voyage


Subject: Re: A Sierra Leonean in Distress: Please Help Me!
From: JOE LAHAI
To: All
Date Posted: 03:44:36 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: joelahai@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Go to the studios of the "Voice of the Rising Sun", the APC mouthpiece and ask for the Station Manager. His name is Mr Denis Smith. Look at his face for just one tenth of a second, and you'll be in intensive care before you know it. That's my therapy Papa Painkiller.


Subject: Re: A Sierra Leonean in Distress: Please Help Me!
From: MED KAY
To: All
Date Posted: 07:01:00 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 80.31.211.172

Message:
You are so ugly that you cant compare with our dare MR.DENNIS SMITH you frustated hijo de puta JOE LAHAI come for facial cleansing before becomes rough loosers.


Subject: Re: A Sierra Leonean in Distress: Please Help Me!
From: Albert Moinina
To: All
Date Posted: 02:52:21 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 213.42.21.59

Message:
Mr. Painkiller,

I hope you are doing fine. As much as some and possibly many do not agree with her politics, we should learn to face our "enemies" or people we bitterly disagree with or dislike.

Please you don't need medication by merely seeing Ms. Blyden. She is a Sierra Leonean and we should learn to love or at least live peacefully with one another.

Take care and I hope the above helps.


Subject: Re: A Sierra Leonean in Distress: Please Help Me!
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 07:41:11 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: lpsdsl1.claranet.co.uk at 79.123.36.145

Message:
The best and most civilized response of them all. Take care bro


Subject: Is the Gongolista still in jail?
From: Baboon Lover
To: All
Date Posted: 19:34:10 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
I know that Madam Blyden walked into CID yesterday with the entire executive committee of the SLPP (For shame SLPP, you Ninja Rebel lovers). I understand that she walked out by waving a wand. Is she really free? Is she still in jail?

Enquiring minds want to know!


Subject: Comparison: APC or SLPP, who has murdered more innocents?
From: Estella Goba
To: All
Date Posted: 19:29:19 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
I am a historian; SLPP by DNA but Sierra Leonean through and through by patriotism. So I am interested in this question: When you consider the violent deaths of citizens, which government is the bloodiest in Sierra Leone?


Subject: Re: Comparison: APC or SLPP, who has murdered more innocents?
From: neutral one
To: All
Date Posted: 06:25:05 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: neutralone@msn.com
Entered From: gate3-norfolk.nmci.navy.mil at 138.162.0.43

Message:
this is a valid discussions. but now we should be concerned about enhancing freedom of speech, freedom of the people and press. and also makign sure that our people whether it be the police, slpp thugs, apc thugs and our politicians on both sides follow the rule of law. if we keep cherry picking when evil is justified we would only be takign our nation down the path of destruction.


Subject: Re: Comparison: APC or SLPP, who has murdered more innocents?
From: kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 03:09:10 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-187-207-114.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net at 71.187.207.114

Message:
If you are a true Sierra Leonean, you do not have to ask the question. The answer is obvious. can you spell agbasatani or thaimu bangura. do you remember , forna , Bash taqi, John bangura to name a few.


Subject: Re: Comparison: APC or SLPP, who has murdered more innocents?
From: JOE LAHAI
To: All
Date Posted: 03:52:07 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: joelahai@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Add to that list F M Minah, gmt Kaikai, Prince Ben Hirsch, who was killed not by the ruf, but by momoh sojas because he refused to allow them loot civilians in that Daru area. The list is too long to recall.


Subject: Re: Comparison: APC or SLPP, who has murdered more innocents?
From: Rubber Duck
To: All
Date Posted: 05:01:56 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-140-84-189.range86-140.btcentralplus.com at 86.140.84.189

Message:
The APC will soon fall flat on it`s face This Gov`t is Incompetent the Munumunu Tonto's.
Duck


Subject: Re: Comparison: APC or SLPP, who has murdered more innocents?
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 21:42:13 03/06/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Dear Ms. Goba:

Determining the government of which political party committed the the most killings - judicial and/or otherwise - is not the relevant issue today. And I say so with all due respect.

What is relevant today, in my humble view, is that our authorities kill too many people for political gain - some without just cause. Accordingly, we must take away the government's power to kill Sierra Leoneans or arrest and imprison them at will. - JL


Subject: Re: Comparison: APC or SLPP, who has murdered more innocents
From: Nicodemus
To: All
Date Posted: 23:20:32 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-66-108-68-252.nyc.res.rr.com at 66.108.68.252

Message:
Sir, Did you protest or oppose the execution of Kula Samba and others....For the records once and for all,what was your official stance on the executions Mr. Ambassador?


Subject: Re: Comparison: APC or SLPP, who has murdered more innocents
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 11:11:19 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
My official stance was to explain the government's position on the matter. That was not difficult given the huge killings, the raping of college student protesters and others, etc. under the illegal, brutal, de facto, rubbish, coupligan AFRC regime of which Samba was a prominent member.

We should avoid illegal, dirty and disreputable shortcuts to political power and its retention. Instead, let's take the long, high road to public office and if we see the perpetration of wrongdoing, we should complain and not try to profit from it. - JL


Subject: Re: Comparison: APC or SLPP, who has murdered more innocents
From: Who is Who
To: All
Date Posted: 21:13:56 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-66-108-68-252.nyc.res.rr.com at 66.108.68.252

Message:
Methinks that the Government which aided and abetted Foday Sankoh's rebellion is indeed the bloodiest!


Subject: The True Enemies of the Press: SLPP or APC?
From: Estella Goba
To: All
Date Posted: 19:21:32 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Tejan Kabba's SLPP arrested abd detained journalists and even looked away whrn an SLPP MP caused the death of a journalist.

Ernest Koroma's APC called and encouraged the monstrous Sylvia Blyden after she walkrd in amd walked out of CID interrogation. Told his underlings not to bother the Gongolista.

Now tell me, my good people, who the real enemy of press freedom is.

Don't slink away my fellow SLPP bato crew....Tru say tok me!


Subject: Re: The True Enemies of the Press: SLPP or APC?
From: kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 03:22:53 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-187-207-114.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net at 71.187.207.114

Message:
Ms Goba:
Ernest will look like an incompetent fool to the international community , if he does not handle the situation properly. He was democraticaly elected in an election where the incumbent govt willingly stepped down and he cannot protect journalists from the bloodthirsty APC thugs. Shame on him.

He can make a telephone call to CID and straighten out the issue.

APC cannot hide their failures an incompetence from the electorate. no to lite we dae eat.

Ms Goba go tell your gbose gbose APC crowd that sierra leone has transformed into a Democratic State. I do not know about the republic of BombaliTonkoliliPortloko but gbosegbose will not be tolorated in the rest of Sierra Leone.


Subject: Defeatism
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 18:27:41 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-071271d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.113.18.7

Message:
Commentary by Robert Tracinski:

1. Defeatism

"The essence of defeatism," I have written, "is not the recognition that a particular venture is in trouble, that it faces massive problems, or even that those problems are the results of serious mistakes. The essence of defeatism is the belief that those problems are inherently insurmountable, that they cannot be solved, that the only option is to work, not for a speedier success, but for a speedier defeat."


Subject: This is cool
From: O'toole
To: All
Date Posted: 18:12:04 03/06/08 ()
Email Address: otoolekargbo@yahoo.com
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Message:

This is so cool!!!

Several years ago this woman found a sick, malnourished lion cub in the jungle. She took the cub home and fed him and brought him up until he was too big to keep anymore. Then she made arrangements with a zoo in Colombia to take the lion. Here's a video of what happened when she went to visit him in the zoo for the first time:


http://www.telestereo.com/Archivos/video.html



Subject: FOR MODERATOR/POLICE: WHERE IS MY POSTING
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 16:58:38 03/06/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
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Message:
Dear Forum Moderator and Police:

Where is the APC MAN YELE posting about 2005 Makeni and my response to that posting?

Why were they removed without notification, prior or otherwise? Please note that I can only function under reasonable conditions and circumstances.

Thanks for your attention. - JL


Subject: Re: For Moderator/Police : Where is my posting?
From: Moderator
To: All
Date Posted: 18:51:15 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
It's been archived. We have had to cut the forum twice everyday lately. The postings were archived today at 03/06/08 12:58:03 PM EST. Sorry! I can email it to you if you want.

Cheers!

/Moderator


Subject: Re: For Moderator/Police : Where is my posting?
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 22:20:38 03/06/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Mr. Moderator:

I appreciate your kind cooperation and my apologies for the inconvenience. Thank you very much. - JL


Subject: Re: For Moderator/Police : Where is my posting?
From: Moderator
To: All
Date Posted: 10:21:54 03/07/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Any time. Cheers!

/Moderator


Subject: APC gives Baby Blyden the stage
From: Bahran
To: All
Date Posted: 16:15:03 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
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(Culled from Awareness Times)

President Ernest Bai Koroma has yesterday evening telephoned Dr. Sylvia Blyden, the Publisher of the Awareness Times Newspaper to personally assure her that he had nothing against her and that he did not even know of her invitation to the Police until after his weekly Cabinet Meeting ended last evening.

Blyden had been invited to the CID to make a statement on allegations of defamatory libel against President Ernest Bai Koroma. The Police accused that the publication of a two-horned caricature of the President fell under defamatory and seditious libel alongside one hitherto unknown crime of "ridiculing the President".

The detention of Sylvia Blyden by the Police had led to widespread condemnation of the new Government of Ernest Bai Koroma, both locally and later around the world when the news was broadcasted via the BBC and over the Internet.

As news had spread of her arrest, angry Sierra Leonean women and youth had converged at the C.I.D. to denounce what was perceived as a threat to the Nation’s culture of freedom by the new APC Government of Ernest Bai Koroma.

During his phone call, His Excellency specifically assured Blyden that as far as the published two-horned caricature of him was concerned, he had not complained about it to anyone let alone go to the extent of ordering her arrest over the publication, as had been widely speculated yesterday leading to riotous scenes in the capital.

President Koroma spoke with the Publisher immediately following his weekly Cabinet meeting. The telephone call to Dr. Sylvia Blyden was reported by his close aides to be his very first action taken immediately he finished the Cabinet Meeting.

After His Excellency’s conversation with the Publisher, President Koroma handed over the telephone to the Secretary General of the ruling All People’s Congress, Victor B. Foh who was also with him at his office at State House. Victor Foh strenuously assured Sylvia Blyden that the APC would never seek to clamp down on press freedom.

"You are our daughter and sister. The APC will never seek to suppress your freedom as we respect you and your right to freedom of expression just as we respect all Sierra Leoneans," Victor Foh assured Sylvia Blyden.

Also speaking with Sylvia Blyden last evening from State House was the acting Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed D. Koroma who further re-iterated his boss’ assurances.

"The President is your big brother. Why will he order your arrest? You have been misled if you believe he sanctioned what happened to you today. We are only now coming out of our Cabinet Meeting," Minister Koroma assured.

Meanwhile Presidential Aides who also spoke to the Awareness Times’ publisher have further assured that the mere fact that the President took time off his extremely busy schedule to telephone and render the personal assurance to Dr. Sylvia Blyden was a sign of his sincerity towards her well being.

Several other prominent figures in the APC including Hon. Ibrahim Bundu, the Chief Whip in the Sierra Leone Parliament, also made contact with Sylvia Blyden at the C.I.D during which Bundu assured her that as soon as the weekly Cabinet Meeting ends, he would discuss the issue with both the President and Attorney General.

Another person who expressed concern yesterday for the welfare of Dr. Sylvia Blyden was the First Lady, Sia Nyama Koroma who telephoned Blyden during the time she was at the C.I.D. Sia Koroma only learnt of the detention through a BBC broadcast.

Similarly, many APC Ministers and functionaries also telephoned the newspaper Publisher yesterday to express their sympathy.

Although a handful of the APC’s Task Force thugs attacked the C.I.D. and neighbouring opposition SLPP Party Headquarters during the time Sylvia Blyden was at the C.I.D., it was clear by the end of the day that the top APC hierarchy was totally against the detention treatment meted out to the newspaper publisher by the Sierra Leone Police.

Also of very interesting note is the fact that as compiled by staff at her offices and according to her phone records, Dr. Sylvia Blyden received a record number of 1,673 (One Thousand, Six Hundred and Seventy Three) phone calls yesterday on her Celtel, TiGO, Africell and Comium numbers. All of them (including dozens from outside Sierra Leone) were in solidarity with her plight.

Although there was quite a lot of condemnation of Koroma around the world yesterday, it has now turned out that the President neither sanctioned nor knew of the detention.

This now raises the question as to why Serry-Kamal ordered the detention.


Subject: Re: APC gives Baby Blyden the stage
From: Amazon
To: All
Date Posted: 18:15:32 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
She is very tall. Is she an Amazon kind of woman?


Subject: Re: APC gives Baby Blyden the stage
From: SALONE MAN, BRIGHT STREET, FREETOWN
To: All
Date Posted: 05:16:00 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: saloneman@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Shame on Ernest Koroma, Serry Kamal, my drunkard former teacher at UCC, I B Kargbo, the APC Task Force, the Police, and those useless and shameless junta collaborators/Ninjas - Shekito, Pastor Kabs Kanu and Ibrahim Seaga Shaw for their role in the harassment of Awareness Times - the true champion of free expression in Sierra Leone. You will all die before 2012, by the grace of God


Subject: Re: APC gives Baby Blyden the stage
From: SALONE MAN, BRIGHT STREET, FREETOWN
To: All
Date Posted: 05:14:21 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: saloneman@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Shame on Ernest Koroma, Serry Kamal, my drunkard former teacher at UCC, I B Kargbo, the APC Task Force, the Police, and those useless and shameless junta collaborators/Ninjas - Shekito, Pastor Kabs Kanu and Ibrahim Seaga Shaw for their role in the harassment of Awareness Times - the true champion of free expression in Sierra Leone.


Subject: Re: APC gives Baby Blyden the stage
From: Amazon
To: All
Date Posted: 18:20:25 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 84.54.30.6

Message:
She is PRESIDENTIAL. Watch that babe my people!


Subject: SLPP hired thugs to protest for the Gongolista?
From: Estella Goba
To: All
Date Posted: 15:00:36 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
I hear from reliable sources that the protests in front of CID for Sylvia's release were not as spontaneous as once thought. It is now clear that the 'protesters' were actually street boys and thugs hired and shipped in from the provinces by the SLPP secretariat to make an impression a la Bo.

So, are the SLPP engaging in street politics once again? Is it a return to mob rule and the undermining of legitimate channels of grievance redress?

Shame on SLPP for this kind of dishonest manipulation!


Subject: Re: SLPP hired thugs to protest for the Gongolista?
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 15:34:44 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Here...

I found some work for uncle serry..

So he wont say he drives to the office everyday for natin..

---------------
Over half the prisoners in Sierra Leone's jails have not been sentenced, according to recently released survey data from the Sierra Leonean human rights watchdog Prison Watch.

"There are prisoners who have been on remand for more than three or four years all over the country," Prison Watch official Namsana Coker told IRIN in the capital, Freetown. "There is a major problem of access to justice in prison."


According to the Prison Watch report, released in February and covering September 2006 till September 2007, of the 1,899 prisoners in the system at the end of September 2007, 698 were on remand and a further 321 had trials pending.

http://allafrica.com/stories/200803040657.html


Subject: Re: SLPP hired thugs to protest for the Gongolista?
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 15:34:36 03/06/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Ms. Goba:

Your information is incorrect. SLPP officials will never hire thugs to press their case. And no matter how much I may disagree with some party insiders, I know for certain that they won't descend to the low depths of violent irresponsibility you are claiming.

The people who demonstrated on behalf of the accused journalist are genuine SLPP supporters who departed from Party headquarters in Freetown to the place of interrogation to show support for her. THey are decent citizens.

They are the very people who accompanied her and later protested her detention. They were properly behaved at all times but ultimately had to defend themselves against rock-and-bottle throwing thugs before the police intervened.

Happily, the police has now quieted matters.

Blyden's journalism is not for me. Even so, I believe she is must be treated civilly by the authorities at all times and that jailing her is not a sensible solution. Her picture publication is only mildly annoying even to people in developing societies. In the West it would be considered normal journalism and few people would take it seriously.

So why the big fuss for overkill? - JL



Please let us try and help the situation rather than feed fuel to fire. Appreciated. - JL


Subject: Re: SLPP hired thugs to protest for the Gongolista?
From: O'toole
To: All
Date Posted: 16:55:45 03/06/08 ()
Email Address: otoolekargbo@yahoo.com
Entered From: cpe-65-186-220-54.insight.res.rr.com at 65.186.220.54

Message:
Mr. Leigh, nothing was done to miss. Blyden she came to the CID on her own accord, her own time and left when nobody said anything to her. Looking back even slpps time or beyond to apc then, if they come for you, you will go and EBK call her, come on why do we want to wast time on this, beats the hell out of me.


Subject: Re: SLPP hired thugs to protest for the Gongolista?
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 17:02:31 03/06/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Dear Mr. O'toole:

I have spoke to friends in F'town an hour or so ago. Ms. Blyden was still at the CID interrogation center then. Thanks. - JL


Subject: Re: SLPP hired thugs to protest for the Gongolista?
From: awoko
To: All
Date Posted: 17:53:51 03/06/08 ()
Email Address: abu@AOL.COM
Entered From: pool-72-83-233-126.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 72.83.233.126

Message:
jl,sometimes you come out as peace maker with honest intentions but sometimes i doubts that. i am an apc die hard,i may vote for you down the road but remember under slpp a journalist was murdered by a slpp mp and her kids one was jailed for a long time. atleast gongoli had the freedom to report when she wants to and leave when she wants, the other when carew send for you you are in jail. let leave this mess to die.


Subject: Re: SLPP hired thugs to protest for the Gongolista?
From: kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 20:11:24 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Awoko:
If the APC thugs have their way, They are ready to burn her alive.


Subject: Re: SLPP hired thugs to protest for the Gongolista?
From: O'toole
To: All
Date Posted: 17:17:00 03/06/08 ()
Email Address: otoolekargbo@yahoo.com
Entered From: cpe-65-186-220-54.insight.res.rr.com at 65.186.220.54

Message:
Well that was not the case earlier on, but if she is in the interrogation center then the law is working they will come out with an explinatiom of why they have her there. I know in my little understanding that thier is no crime done yet. So lets waite and see, last time i check AW times said she left with all that story about her having all thoes powers.


Subject: Re: SLPP hired thugs to protest for the Gongolista?
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 15:10:20 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
So far the facts on he ground say otherwise..
Waht you have is rumor..and sore grapes.. and korkor politics...

AWOKO
STANDARD TIMES are all reporting a different story..
APC youths--or as Victor 4 calls them.. Rude bwoys... where the mob and unsing illegitimate avenues for greivience.

And anyways.. lets move on...

Preso Koroma has apologies.. that he did not know that the gongolista was at CID until he came out of a cabinet meeting....wink wink wink..

And next time, he said he has instructed his antorney general to leave the kids be so they can play on their computers and internet all they want..

AG get plenty woke..
Lek reviewing the cases of people who have been in remand for 3 years without trial..
Pregnant and sucking women and thier new born kids..

AG.. what say you.. roll them sleeves up bra..
Ernest can defend himself.. he does not need the americo limba from rotifunk to lock kids up on his behalf..

We dey behend you komaneh..


Subject: Re: SLPP hired thugs to protest for the Gongolista?
From: kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 15:04:51 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 205.148.53.200

Message:
stop dreaming estella. APC can not distract the people from their failures and incompetence. SLPP does not have to ochestrate anything. APC will implode from its lack of silled leadership


Subject: Patriotism Vs. Tribalism ( Culled from Leonenet)
From: NewsBearer
To: All
Date Posted: 14:56:03 03/06/08 ()
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Message:
And look at one of the responses :

Arby Zahn to LEONENET
show details 1:28 am (14 hours ago)

Kabs, without supporting your arduous and sometimes emotional defence you display for Ernest Koroma and his proteges in the APC, yet I am troubly bemused with so-called intellectuals like the Marda Mustaphas and Patrick Muanas who, in spite of their so-called intellectual disposition could not transcend beyond discussing politics along tribal lines. While Marda still has a long way to be educated even though he went through writing a PHD dissertation on HIV and AIDS, the philosophy of being a scholar is still a far-fetched dream. I guess the same could be said of Muana who would rant on this forum but could hide behind the mask of being a SLPP fanatic in propagating hate and desperation to the extent of calling for the extermination of other tribes rather than the Mendes. It is so nauseating that Sierra Leone could p4oduces such nuances! If only intellectuals like us could promote tribal and regional tolerance in Africa's fledgling democracies, the better befor we could even talk about internally adduced sustainable development that could release us from the so-called Bretton Woods hypocritical prescr1ptions of economically salvaging our "poor" countries from the abyss of poverty. Thank God I am privileged to be privy to exclusive intelligence that indeed the US government is closely following postings of Marda Mustapha, Patrick Muana and their die-hard SLPP cohorts in their selfish motives to fan tribal conflict in Sierra Leone just because their party lost the will and confidence of Sierra Leoneans who booted them out of power.


Subject: SLPP's leader: The Ninja Gongolista
From: Estella Goba
To: All
Date Posted: 14:47:59 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
I am asking for all patriotic Sierra Leoneans to uphold the freedom of the press by voting for our leader, Miss Sylvia Blyden. Currently our party has no serious leader since the men in our party are either effete, corrupt or politically uncircumcised.

I think having a strong leader like Sylvia with her rebel background and animalistic ability to survive will make the dream of our party to wage war against advocates of progress.

Sylvia is a complete woman and she has not yet been 'unconked'! She will make a swell president who will accelerate the dissolution of Sierra Leone as we know it....Something she has been fighting for since her days as a right hand woman of Foday Sankoh. Sylvia for president indeed.


Subject: Re: SLPP's leader: The Ninja Gongolista
From: SALONE MAN (LAGOS, NIGERIA)
To: All
Date Posted: 05:27:51 03/07/08 ()
Email Address: saloneman@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.138.1.18

Message:
Your post is rude and lacks any shred of seriousness. If you can't contribute meaningfully, team up with the likes of Edie Grant and go stay in Rogbaneh. After all, it's the new place to be; with all those cabinet ministers coming from there. Idiot!!


Subject: Re: SLPP's leader: The Ninja Gongolista
From: pass mark
To: All
Date Posted: 14:59:54 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-170-113-84.dllstx.fios.verizon.net at 71.170.113.84

Message:
If this is not trash, then I don't know what is.


Subject: Sierra Leone: Irate APC Youths Attack SLPP Office
From: Concord Times
To: All
Date Posted: 14:40:02 03/06/08 ()
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Message:
Sierra Leone: Irate APC Youths Attack SLPP Office



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Concord Times (Freetown)

6 March 2008
Posted to the web 6 March 2008

Rachel Horner
Freetown

The arrest of Awareness Times newspaper publisher by the police yesterday for caricaturing President Ernest Koroma resulted in stone throwing at the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) office by alleged supporters of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC).

Sylvia Blyden's arrest attracted a large number of protesters who demonstrated in front and inside CID building on Wallace Johnson Street with placards agitating for press freedom and tolerance as it was enjoyed in the SLPP days.


The protest took a new dimension when the demonstrators were regarded by APC supporters as members of the outgone SLPP which is currently in the opposition.

According to one of the demonstrators, Martha Cole, they were attacked by youths claiming to be members of APC. "The people took my placard from me and tore it.

I was hit in the head while my colleague was kicked in the belly for demonstrating in favour of Sylvia Blyden," Cole said.

Afterwards, the irate youths armed with stones, sticks and bottles, decided to turn their venom against SLPP office. They attacked the national headquarters of the opposition party, which is just a few meters away from the criminal investigation department where Blyden is being held, on the pretext that the arrested publisher is a member of the SLPP party and that she is working on the instructions of the opposition.

One of the irate youths Mohamed Kargbo thinks for Blyden's newspaper to have printed Koroma's caricature is a disrespectful act. "I will die for Ernest. These Mende people want to try our president. They are lucky here is not Abacha Street, we would have treated all these SLPP protesters by stripping them naked. They do not want to respect Ernest," Kargbo said.

Mariatu Conteh regards the demonstrators as useless.

"Why should the lady put horns on the head of the president? We will not accept it. We will send her to jail," she said.

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As the police tried to disperse the crowd from the CID building, the irate youths moved towards SLPP office and started pelting the building with stones and bottles. The situation became uncontrollable until the police intervened.

A European Union (EU) jeep with registration number AAZ 737 which was parked by the SLPP office was damaged by the stone throwing boys. A restaurant close to the party office also felt the brunt of the uncontrollable youths.

Commenting on the attack, Secretary-General of the SLPP, Jacob Jusu Saffa said: "We are worried because APC has resorted to violence, thuggery and lawlessness. APC has no respect for human rights. The party strongly abhors such behavior. It is like APC wants to reverse the hard-won democracy we have enjoyed in the last ten years. Such violations laid the ground for the ten-year gruesome war we experienced. I am afraid the country will not reverse to chaos." But the Secretary-General of the APC has a different view to the saga. When contacted, Victor Foh said APC youths will not attack SLPP office. "We only regard people with APC membership cards as APC members. These are lawless youths. They need to change their attitudes," Foh said adding that "We are partners in governance and we love the SLPP."


Subject: Monocrats,strongmen,dictators etc.
From: KLA
To: All
Date Posted: 14:35:05 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 164.82.84.3

Message:
Whilst Sierra Leoneans fret over the rules of Law,free
expression,etc.....

Ctizens of other Nations have it much tougher.


5)" Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan. Age 67. In power since 1990. Last year’s rank: 15

Until 2005, the worst excesses of Karimov’s regime had taken place in the torture rooms of his prisons. But on May 13, he ordered a mass killing that could not be concealed. In the city of Andijan, 23 businessmen, held in prison and awaiting a verdict, were freed by their supporters, who then held an open meeting in the town square. An estimated 10,000 people gathered, expecting government officials to come and listen to their grievances. Instead, Karimov sent the army, which massacred hundreds of men, women and children. A 2003 law made Karimov and all members of his family immune from prosecution forever."..Time

Wow..

TSTM



Subject: Re: Monocrats,strongmen,dictators etc.
From: SLPP dictatorship
To: All
Date Posted: 14:52:06 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
The real dictator is zombie supporters of crude SLPP politics like you KLA. You think you are upholding democracy by undermining a democratically elected president? Wait nor mor...unu go smell am.


Subject: Sierra Leone: Leave Awareness Times Alone!
From: Concord Times
To: All
Date Posted: 14:29:35 03/06/08 ()
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Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Sierra Leone: Leave Awareness Times Alone!



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Concord Times (Freetown)

OPINION
5 March 2008
Posted to the web 6 March 2008

Rachel Horner
Freetown

Leave Awareness Times alone! After all the current trend of 'partisan journalism' being practiced in Sierra Leone is not good for the country's future. My short but fruitful experience in journalism has thought me the rubrics of professional journalism. It is against that backdrop that I have decided to hurriedly put together a piece commenting on the sort of journalism that almost saw the police arrest Dr Sylvia Blyden, publisher of the Awareness Times newspaper. The government has not helped the situation either.

However, what I have seen in the field of journalism of late in Sierra Leone is far from professional practice. The issue of newspaper being partisan or perceived to be partisan could be a common practice all over the world. But in this country people practice it with vengeance and extreme bitterness against colleagues often for no valid reasons.


Why not The Pool newspaper?

Quite recently The Pool newspaper published a whole page of what one would describe as 'motherly invectives' against the editor of the Independent Observer newspaper. His crime was that he has published an article against Kemoh Sesay, the Minister of Tourism and Aviation; an article which has landed him into court. Apparently, The Pool newspaper and the author have been left to go scot-free by both the Independent Media Commission and the legal system. For goodness sake, must all journalists, believed to be supporting opposition parties, suffer for supporting the Sierra Leone Peoples Party? No!

Meanwhile, like many liberal minded people out there, I don't think journalists should be coerced into playing the sycophancy. Politics is not about war. If our dear politicians could eat, dine and wine together after the elections I see no reason why partisan journalism should throw a spanner into that supposed harmony. Again journalists in a fragile media environment like ours being partisan would raise the question of whether there is any professionalism or ethical standards. How could journalists be objective when they would have already given their 'blessings' to a political party?

What about the article on Koroma?

I don't think the article titled: 'Who is fooling Ernest Koroma into de-facing his own image' published by the Awareness Times on Friday February 29 this year should be an issue. The picture was a mere caricature.

I am not trying to defend the paper but I want us to be writing on issues pertaining development, health, environment but not on trivial issues blown out of proportion for political reason. It is wrong and I think it goes to show the ability of journalists writing on the said issue.

What goes around comes around The All Peoples Congress and its supporters were celebrating in the event that led to the 2007 elections little did they know that one day it will be their turn to dance to the tune of "unethical journalism." The whole issue again went haywire when The Pool newspaper on Monday published a banner headline story tagging "Sylvia Blyden is a reckless bitch". Where was the Minister of information when papers were publishing nude pictures of the woman considering the amount of respect women has in this part of the world? Where was the Minister again when The Pool newspaper published nasty languages against the editor of the Independent Observer newspaper?

Where was Minister Ibrahim Ben Kargbo when newspapers were saying the lost Chimpanzee Bruno is more handsome than former Vice President Solomon Berewa?

Please Mr. Minister answer these few questions before taking any action against the Awareness Times newspaper. My media law and ethics knowledge has taught me that it is wrong for journalists to use nasty gutter languages in their publications. The chairperson of IMC is also head of the department breeding young energetic journalists. What pace have you set Madam Bernadette Cole? You keep sealed lips on issues that are of utmost importance to the country.

Remember posterity will hold some of you responsible for the indiscipline of journalists.

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The SLPP tolerance If I may ask, why didn't journalists and the then SLPP government react when newspapers were cartooning Solomon Berewa, Tejan Kabba and others? Why now? If journalists were attacking a newspaper let it be on issues that we know are ethically wrong not because one assumes that certain newspaper is on the other side of political struggle.

For the development of Sierra Leone and the new government let us work as a united force and in the interest of the people instead of wasting our precious time on press war. Using insulting words on each other will send a bad signal to the people. The pages and air time we waste on our newspapers and radio stations engaging in baseless affronts and attacks could have been utilized to sensitize, entertain and inform the public about developmental issues.

Areas of interest Yes I know sometimes it hurts to see colleague journalists attack others' areas of interest. But one would have to handle it with care and in a very mature manner. Let us be mindful that lots of negative articles were published against the Sierra Leone Peoples Party when they were in power. But they never overreacted to the extent of threatening arrests or deliberately intimidating the press.


Subject: New State House Press Release on expulsion order
From: Press Release
To: All
Date Posted: 14:08:21 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 204.14.42.190

Message:
New state house press release on expulsion order.

visit www.ernestkoroma.org for more


Subject: More Inofrmation is Needed
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 14:46:45 03/06/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
can you provide more information on the background of why these two people lost their citizenship and were expelled from the country? Were they citizens by birth? Is so then wasnt their expulsion in violation of the constitution? If they were naturalized citizens what did they do to lose their citizenship? Ws the violation if any one that was treasonous in nature? Please give us more information on this. Its sounding to be interesting.


Subject: Re: New State House Press Release on expulsion order
From: SuckUp
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Date Posted: 14:27:21 03/06/08 ()
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Sucking up to the hands that feed his apc.

APC has NO PRIDE.


Subject: Re: New State House Press Release on expulsion order
From: State house
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Date Posted: 14:22:19 03/06/08 ()
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Which one is the official sie. State House or eBK's site? Someone is not doing his/her job properly.


Subject: Re: New State House Press Release on expulsion order
From: New People Credibility
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Date Posted: 14:12:12 03/06/08 ()
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Entered From: cpe-69-204-133-167.nycap.res.rr.com at 69.204.133.167

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Again, New People seems to be way ahead of Cocorioko when it comes to news scoop. About 3 or 4 weeks ago, NEw People revealed that the President is about to revoke the deportation of Wanza the crook. Now it has happened. The same New People revealed in Dec that the army was about to be cut...it has happened. Like it or not the guys know how to infilterate APC. Is that why Kabs is so angry at them?


Subject: Re: New State House Press Release on expulsion order
From: Wrong Choir
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Date Posted: 19:59:46 03/06/08 ()
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Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

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Eat my shorts!


Subject: Will EBK fall into Sylvia's Trap
From: Sam
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Date Posted: 13:41:53 03/06/08 ()
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State House is seeking redress in court because witch ooman Sylvia Blyden published an image of the president with horns on his head. Silly me, I thought getting the country back on track would be keeping the govt too busy for nonsense. My bad.

This is crazy and will probably never see the light of day in court, but I would like to see it get there just to see how much rear kissers our justices are. On a legal basis, there is no case plus Sylvia will be looking to push buttons whenever she can, is the govt going to be filing lawsuits every month?

And can we change the law ASAP. If someone does in fact defame another person in the press, this is a civil matter and they should never be called into the CID. EBK, you fell into the witches trap. Now change the laws please.


Subject: WHAT TRAP?
From: ROBERT PAINE
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Date Posted: 17:08:31 03/06/08 ()
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Iam a Sierra Leonean abroad ,but following events closely at home.I feel very much nonsensical to see the person of an editor condesending to petty postings that have nothing much to do,but to fan flames of a chaos.

Her person as an editor Must have known all the ethics of what this enviable profession is.This is more the reason why the heated debate about the public order Act is a problem.

Before I left that country I could remember vividly well she had a case in court with now president of SLAJ for trying to reduce her person.

The media has a very vital role to play in a democracy and in a new democracy like we have,journalists have the sole responsibility to imform the people and in a manner befitting.

Her publication to reduce the first gentleman of the Republic of Sierra Leone is an offence to all Sierra Leoneans His Excellency represents.

This is otragious.Unacceptable!Free speech is not to be misused.The day when the old A.P.C was so famous for what are called ''tactics'' are now no more.One must not bring back to memory those ugly days to assert false claims that the A.P.C under the leadership of the fine gentleman His Excellency Bai Koroma is so brutal.

Blyden needed to be tought a good lesson on the ethics of journalism.There is no trap and her person has no match with the hard earned reputation built by the president of the Republic.


Subject: Re: WHAT TRAP?
From: Bad Hart Detector
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Date Posted: 18:17:22 03/06/08 ()
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You win the prize for the most neither here nor there bad heart posting.


Subject: Is There a Family Feud in “Creoledom?
From: Plein Tok
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Date Posted: 13:39:39 03/06/08 ()
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Entered From: c-76-21-180-12.hsd1.va.comcast.net at 76.21.180.12

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Peep, Awoko, Standard and Awareness Times Editors....Is There a Family Feud in “Creoledom?

For sometime now, this writer, who has been peripherally associated with the protagonists in this feud, has observed through articles published in their various papers some signs of tension, uneasiness and dislike of one member of “Creoledom”. The purpose of this article is an attempt to identify the possible/probable causes of the perceived feud. The perceived family feud in “creoledom” involves the Editors of Awoko, Peep Magazine, Standard Times and the Publisher of Awareness Times. All four of them are creoles


Subject: Elysian Airline belonging to the Sierra Leoneans
From: Ablie
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Date Posted: 13:11:08 03/06/08 ()
Email Address: acole57699@aol.com
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Elysian Airline Hits The Gambia
Thursday 6th March 2008

By Augustine Kanjia

Elysian Airline belonging to the Sierra Leoneans and two other partners have added The Gambia to their list of destinations. They launched this new route at the Banjul International Airport recently.

In his speech, Dr. Abayomi Ojetunde, the Operations Director of the Elysian Airline and the representative of their British partners thanked the Gambian Government and all who made it possible for their planes to fly in and out of The Gambia. Dr. Abayomi Ojetunde says, “It is very rare for an African country’s Civil Aviation Authority to have a business dealing through the internet and telephone. I commend The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for their professionalism in doing exactly that”.

Dr. Ojetunde further said that there were Sierra Leoneans, Britons and South Africans who partnered to have the Elysian Airline. “We are starting with 30 seat passenger flights and as business develops there will be change” he stated.

He was grateful to the delegation from President Koromo, who he thanked for encouraging private sector investment and initiative to improve communication between states, saying that it will encourage trade and commerce between West Africans. It will also encourage tourism, in which The Gambia is presently ahead of Sierra Leone but the present government of Sierra Leone is trying to improve that.

Dr. Abayomi Ojetunde presented the aircraft to “my brothers”. He said the aircraft was theirs and would resume services in two day’s time. He said they were already going to Guinea Conakry, would soon go to Liberia and would eventually join Elysian Airlines of Cameroon.

H.E. Yum Kella, Sierra Leonean High Commissioner to The Gambia welcomed the aircraft. Mrs. Kargbo Koko with many dignitaries including Fansu Bojang, Director General of the GCAA and Abu Bangura, their partner from Freetown were present. Mr. Fansu Bojang welcomed the Elysian Airline and wished them well.


Subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTJGWYk4Kyo
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
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Date Posted: 13:04:29 03/06/08 ()
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTJGWYk4Kyo


Subject: What is the Rule of Law? Many are called, few are chosen.
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
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Date Posted: 12:55:51 03/06/08 ()
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It is in our best interest to read what is the Rule of Law because it is an involving concept.
I am particularly fascinated by: "The difference between "rule by law" and "rule of law" is important. Under the rule "by" law, law is an instrument of the government, and the government is above the law. In contrast, under the rule "of" law, no one is above the law, not even the government. The core of "rule of law" is an autonomous legal order."
See you when I see you!
See and please read link bellow:


Subject: Netherlands News Report
From: HOLLAND
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Date Posted: 12:53:46 03/06/08 ()
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S-L: Publisher jailed for caricaturing president
Posted on Thursday 6 March 2008 - 10:20
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AfricaNews editorProfile2201 messages
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Sierra Leone’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has considered the publishing of two cartoons portraying the newly elected president Ernst Koroma as offending and decided on Wednesday to jail their publisher.
The latest reports reaching AfricaNews indicate that Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, publisher of the leading newspapers “Awareness Times”, was invited to the CID following a picture published in last Friday’s 29th of February depicting the President with two horns. Another picture was turn upside down.

The accompanying article spoke extensively about the hardship in the country and questioned why the President is deliberately turning a blind eye to the suffering of his people. In addition Dr. Blyden cast the blame on those close to the President for not giving him good advice in some of his decision. She was brought to the Police for questioning and was later released. Details of her released are still sketchy.

Following the Dr. Blyden’s arrest, supporters of the opposition Sierra Leone’s Peoples Party (SLPP) went to the CID requesting for her release. Clashes were later reported between supporters of the opposition SLPP and the ruling All Peoples Congress which was later calmed by the timely intervention of the Police. James Sannoh, a supporter of the SLPP who sustained some serious injuries in his head told AfricaNews that he was mercilessly beaten by APC supporters on their way back from the CID. Sannoh said he was rescued and later taken to a nearby hospital were he was given first aid treatment.

Dr. Blyden is the second Journalist that has suffered the rancour of the antiquated 1965 public order Act in Sierra Leone in less than two months.

The first was Managing editor of Independent Observer (local tabloid) Mr. Jonathan Leigh who is currently standing trail in court for an article he wrote against the Minister of Transport and Aviation Hon. Kemoh Sesay. Mr. Leigh alleged the Minister is currently constructing two houses shortly after elected in office. The Sierra Leone Association of Journalist in this regard is presently embattling with the Government for the repeal of section 5 in the 1965 public order Act in the constitution.

The public order act of the Sierra Leone constitution criminalises libel.

Dr. Blyden is regarded as a strong Political activist of the Opposition SLPP which lost the recent Presidential and Parliamentary elections in a very tight race.

A Political commentator described Dr. Blyden as a fearless writer who wants to see that things are done in the right way and manner ‘’Sylvia is not a supporter of the SLPP party neither the APC…”I can recall how she used to lambaste the former President Kabba for his failures before they finally became friends, ‘he said.


Subject: The American Ideal
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
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Date Posted: 12:37:49 03/06/08 ()
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I would like to discuss the American Ideal but before I do let me remind all that time there was the African was considered savage therefore, it is best to start defining such a word to help us begin understanding certain stereotypes to help awaken our understanding of certain concepts surrounding these stereoptypes.
Savage:
1. fierce, ferocious, or cruel; untamed: savage beasts.
2. uncivilized; barbarous: savage tribes.
3. enraged or furiously angry, as a person.
4. unpolished; rude: savage manners.
5. wild or rugged, as country or scenery: savage wilderness.
6. Archaic. uncultivated; growing wild.
–noun 7. an uncivilized human being.
8. a fierce, brutal, or cruel person.
9. a rude, boorish person.
10. a member of a preliterate society.
–verb (used with object) 11. to assault and maul by biting, rending, goring, etc.; tear at or mutilate: numerous sheep savaged by dogs.
12. to attack or criticize thoroughly or remorselessly; excoriate: a play savaged by the critics.
You can find such a definition in the link following:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/savage

But there has to be differences between such a concept and what is viewed as the American Ideal.
My purpose of putting the two together is this post is to bring awareness to the confussion about civilization period.
The American ideal!


Doug Hagin Doug Hagin
July 8, 2004


So how was your July 4th? Let me guess you ate some BBQ, drink some beer, had a picnic, maybe had a party. Perhaps you enjoyed or took part in a parade? Perhaps you proudly flew an American flag at your home? But how much time did you take to really deeply consider just how important a holiday this was?

Frankly this is the most important American holiday there is. Independence Day is about so much more than America's birthday. It is a day which recognizes that great ideals which make this nation, the United States of America, different from every other nation which came before it.

This day recognizes the men who founded this greatest of nations. These founders risked everything they had, and some were men of tremendous wealth. They risked all of their possessions, their status, their very lives and for what? For an ideal my friends, for the ideal which gave birth to this nation we now dwell in.

And just exactly what is this ideal? Very simply put it is that we, as people, are the recipients of rights which no man, nor any governmental body may ever strip away from us. Further the American ideal gives credence to not only those inalienable rights but to the source from which these rights and liberties come. Yes the Creator is clearly given the credit by our Founding Fathers for giving mankind their liberties. The Founding Fathers also recognized that just as God grants us our freedoms, that government has no right to limit these God-given rights. No, in the ideal of the Founders government had only the duty of honoring and defending these rights.

Government was, in the American ideal set forth by the Founders, only a servant of the people. It was there to serve the will and consent of the governed, where all power was to be placed. The role of government was strictly limited by our Founders lest it grow into a new form of tyranny.

Our Founders very clearly perceived the nature of any government is to control and gain more power from those it governs. Our Constitution offers numerous protections against those governmental intrusions which they knew would come eventually.

They gave us protections not only for the consent of the governed to be protected from intrusive government, but for the rights and sovereignty of the individual States as well. The divisions of powers between the States and the national government is very clear in the Constitution. The States are recognized as sovereign entities with limited power being granted to the federal government. The Constitution is a masterful document which recognizes our liberties and which offers limits on government centralization and powers.

Yes July 4th is the greatest of American holidays for sure. But really how far has this nation moved away from the American ideal the Founders gave us? For instance did the Founders ever envision a tax code which penalizes success? Did they ever imagine a tax system which loots each of our paychecks for the "common good"? Furthermore would Madison or Jefferson ever support a tax system which taxes different Americans at different rates?

How about property taxes? Would the Founders ever support a system where your land is only your land as long as you can fork over what the government tells you to each year? Inheritance taxes-how would they be seen by Washington or Monroe? Would they approve of taxing money and property at some ridiculously high rate simply because your family has willed it to you after their death? How many times should the money we make be taxed?

Not very likely Hamilton or Franklin would ever cheer such tax codes. They saw the wages Americans earned as those people's money, not the national piggy bank. The Founders would be quite distressed at the ideal of individual liberty and self-governance has been largely sacrificed on the altar of a tax code based much more on the teachings of Karl Marx than the American ideals our Founders recognized.

Likewise the Founders would shudder at the notion that free men should ever be denied their right to keep and bear arms. Yet, today many of our political leaders are campaigning for further limits on the rights of the law-abiding to defend themselves by owning guns. Even we Conservatives who cheer those States which honor the right to carry concealed weapons miss the fact that the right to keep and bear arms is already clearly defined in the Constitution. Constitutionally speaking every American already has the right to carry guns if they choose.

The much celebrated Declaration of Independence, which is, in effect, a mission statement for the American ideal, is very clear that life is an inalienable right given by the Creator. Yet in America today it is legal for innocent human lives to be destroyed in the name of choice. Certainly Thomas Jefferson nor any of the other signers of that document would be pleased that their work and sacrifice has been so perverted by activist judges who are intent on not ruling by constitutional values but on imparting their decidedly left of center views on America.

So yes we have an obligation to celebrate and honor our Founders and our great nation they brought forth. However, we can honor those great men so much more by seeking a return to the American ideal they created and gave us so long ago.


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Doug Hagin was born in Tampa, Florida, and now resides in Dallas, Texas. Doug has been writing political columns for nearly a decade, and now his column runs regularly in American Daily, Republican News Daily, the Starr Journal, the Intellectual Conservative, Hour Eleven, the Reality Check, Opinion Editorials, the Ellis County Press, and the Daley News Post, along with others. Visit Doug's website at http://doughagin.tripod.com/

© Copyright 2004 by Doug Hagin
http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/hagin/040708


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Subject: To All Blind and Uselss APC supporters
From: Sylvia CO
To: All
Date Posted: 12:23:22 03/06/08 ()
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Entered From: at 198.231.23.240

Message:
E say una nor Mix am pan una Fulumunku and foolish politics ya!


Subject: Re: To All Blind and Uselss APC supporters
From: Forum Prefect
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Date Posted: 12:56:27 03/06/08 ()
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Entered From: ppp-70-249-19-73.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 70.249.19.73

Message:
Please keep to the official language next time to make postings digestible to nonliterates of our vernaculars.


Subject: 45 yrs old rapes 7yr old girl
From: Patricia Motayo
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Date Posted: 12:10:06 03/06/08 ()
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Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
culled from new citizen


Tankoro Police Division Family Support Unit sources disclosed that the 45-year old rapist, Sahr Mohamed Gborndah, after returning from his farm in the evening was relaxing in his veranda when he saw the girl and invited her to sit by him, an invitation she honoured but that to her greatest surprise, Sahr Mohamed Gborndah suddenly started sexually abusing her and in the process sealed her mouth to prevent her from raising alarm.
Fortunately for the victim, her elder sister suddenly materialized searching for her after having made series of calls and saw her coming from the direction of Sahr Mohamed Gborndah’s apartment unable to walk properly.
When she was questioned by her elder sister, the victim revealed that Sahr Mohamed Gborndah sexually fidgeted her for which a report was made to the police that led to his arrest and that the victim was issued with a police medical form for examination.

Posted on 06 Mar 2008


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