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Subject: The shame of toting Kaka Bokit in poverty.
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 22:03:41 03/24/08 ()
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177 countries and we are dead bottom last in poverty. 177th out of 177! Even Goddamned Somalia, with no functional government and a much more devastating ongoing civil war is richer than us! WTF! You mean even the Comoros that only exports vanilla and spices is more developed? Where do we go from here? It's not just eleven years of SLPP thievery that has brought us to our knees. It is the whole kit and caboodle. 47 years of a determined downward spiral by corrupt and greedy governments of all shades and khakis and a pliant, lazy populace that sits on its butt and complains that the 'govment nor gee we res, flour, yabas en light'.
The greatest thing President Koroma can do for the country is to inform Sierra Leoneans that no single government can solve the country's problems and that he needs private enterprise to step in too. Liberalize the economy like nobody's business; make Freetown a free port and chase away the corrupt bureaucracy from Water Quay and Lungi. Take a bat to the business-allergic bureaucracy and invite nationals and foreigners to invest in a corruption-intolerant climate. Build a road from Kailahun to Kenema and throw in a toll. Bring in generators to Boajibu and charge for the electricity. Mechanize agriculture in Lokomasama and we, the government, will not get in the way; you can get some old train engines and tracks from India or Bangladesh? Come on down and run a train service between Freetown and Waterloo!
Infact the president has not yet made his most important appointments. He needs to appoint Investment Ambassadors from among the many worthy dual-citizenship diasporans who will have the gravitas to call up company presidents in Canada, USA, Sweden, Norway, UAE etc, and make a powerpoint presentation about why investing in Sierra Leone makes sense and not just a bumper sticker. These fellas are already on the ground abroad and wouldn't have to cost the country airline tickets and per diems. Infact most wouldn't even have to be paid since they already hold regular jobs and can thus do it for free.


Subject: Re: The shame of toting Kaka Bokit in poverty.
From: Sam
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Date Posted: 22:57:37 03/24/08 ()
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Don't mind them ya(forgive my french, but my post might not see the light of day if I don't follow the rule and write in the "official" language of english.

Instead of realizing that EBK inherited a serious challenge and has to strongly focus on that and apply DRASTIC solutions, there are those that would rather keep reminding us that things are now hard because of global macro economics. Like that matters to the average Salonean who can't afford bonga, let alone cow foot or chicken.

They bring up statistics that show even the US etc is suffering from what's going on in the world. What they leave out in their analysis is that when things go bad here, voters don't care what the cause is, they just vote out the govt and sometimes go as far as voting out the whole party of that govt.

I like the way your post flows. It reminds me this isn't business as usual and if say a regular govt runs at 60 miles an hour, EBK's needs to be moving at 200.

Govt alone can't do it though and instead of waiting for "invitations", those of us that are so inclined need to go do our part. There are too many opportunities that can be leveraged in the country that will provide jobs and build wealth.


Subject: Gaddafi Says Bible Was Forged
From: Pastor
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Date Posted: 19:56:50 03/24/08 ()
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Ugandans 'forgive' Gaddafi remark

Gaddafi was in Uganda to open a giant mosque
Ugandan Church leaders have asked Christians to forgive Libya's leader for suggesting the Bible was forged as it didn't mention the Prophet Muhammad.
Ugandan clerics pointed out the Bible was written before Muhammad was born.

Kampala Archbisop Cyprian Lwanga told an Easter mass congregation to forget Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi's remarks.

Colonel Gaddafi made his comments whilst in Uganda's capital, Kampala, last week to open a giant mosque. He

has since left the country.

"How can we be blamed for not including what was not in existence?" said Archbishop Lwanga in his sermon for Easter prayers at Rubaga Cathedral.

"I ask fellow Christians to forgive Gaddafi like Jesus forgave those people who crucified him on the cross."

At Kampala's Christ the King Church, Monsignor Paul Ssemwogerere said: "Since the Muslim community has already distanced itself from Colonel Gaddafi's sentiments, let's forgive him as Christians."

Incident

Namirembe Bishop Samuel Balagadde Ssekadde asked the government to guide foreign visitors who might make divisive remarks in future.

The Bishop of Namirembe, Balagadde Ssekadde, asked the government to restrain its visitors from making remarks that could hurt its relations with religions.

"We should pray for such people who don't know that in Uganda, we have an Inter-Religious Council that unites us regardless of our religious differences. Muslims and Christians live harmoniously without any problem," he said.

Seeking to defuse the row, President Yoweri Museveni said he had spoken to the Libyan leader about Christianity after the speech.

"I do not believe in competition between religions. After all, God has no religion. God is for us all," the president said during Easter prayers at Nshwere Church in Kiruhura, according to a statement.




Subject: Where are these guys? Kamara and Joe Lahai
From: Eddie Grant
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Date Posted: 14:08:31 03/24/08 ()
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My brothers, thought I should check on you guys as its being a while since I last read your posts. We may disagree a lot but its good to know that the brothers are fine and well.

I wish you all the best.


Subject: Re: Where are these guys? Kamara and Joe Lahai
From: Forum observer
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Date Posted: 18:59:46 03/24/08 ()
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They have most likely been banned. Joe Lahai was too pro SLPP.
Cocorioko forum is like animal farm, your survival depends on your
expressed opinion of the APC Napolean, if you have read the book


Subject: Re: Where are these guys? Kamara and Joe Lahai
From: Stop this rubbish
To: All
Date Posted: 19:13:33 03/24/08 ()
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Joe Lahai used to post abusive, incoherent, rambling idiocies against people who write anything positive about APC. He doesn't come close to the incisive postings of SLPPers like Sengbe or Bra Enviable. Besides he likes to display his graffiti in Capital letters despite the admonishments of the forum cops.
As for Kamara, he is probably enjoying a sabbatical from the forum as we all do every so often. So nor cam hambug nar ya.


Subject: Re: Where are these guys? Kamara and Joe Lahai
From: forum observer
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Date Posted: 19:39:29 03/24/08 ()
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I was right that he has been banned then. Thanks for confirming it. I
was just guessing.


Subject: Re: Where are these guys? Kamara and Joe Lahai
From: Stop this rubbish
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Date Posted: 21:11:39 03/24/08 ()
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You may also be wrong about his being banned. Give me NOT too much credit. I was just speculating about reasons why the irascible Joe Lahai could deservedly be banned. I have no knowledge of, input or influence whatsoever with the Forum Enforcers.


Subject: Israelis are some of the nicest people
From: Kabs Kanu
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Date Posted: 14:06:14 03/24/08 ()
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There is another mystery I have observed in this world. Newspapers are at times full of angry stories of Israeli attacks on Palestineans etc.and the general perception you are tempted to have when you read these articles is that they are bad people. But I want to say here today that Israelis are very nice folks. I have met many in diferent capacities and they have impressed me a lot in the way they treat people .

I worked with a Rabbi at a hospital. We were CPE Chaplains. I remember when we started and we had a meeting and I was called to provide the prayer. As a pentecostal preacher, my prayer was replete with "In Jesus' mighty name" .I said that over 10 times and while we were at the meeting ,an American chaplain started chastising me , saying my prayer was not inclusive and I had made the Rabbi feel very bad by my constant reference to Jesus Christ , because Israelis do not believe in Christ. I was stunned. I meant no harm. All I had done was pray as I was used to doing.

That minister made me feel so bad ,at the end of the session, I decided to talk to the Rabbi in the interest of peace and better working relationships. He received me well but was equally stunned when I told him that I meant no harm when I used the name JESUS CHRIST so many times in my prayer.He said he did not even notice that I did.All he knew was that I was praying. He hugged me and asked me to sit down with him and talk. We had a nice, long conversation and he told me he never feels bad when Christ is mentioned anywhere. He said that perception that people have about Israelis is wrong. They are the most tolerant people, he told me. They allow others to serve God the way they want. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE THAT I WAS TALKING WITH A RABBI.I HAD ONLY READ ABOUT THEM IN THE BIBLE.

The Rabbi surprised me by saying that he has met many Sierra Leoneans who work in nursing homes and hospitals where he has served as Chaplain. He started naming them and many were people I knew.Interestingly , he pronounced all the names right. Since then, the Rabbi HAD BEEN A GREAT FRIEND. Do people know that lots and lots of Israelis are bitterly opposed to their government's policies against the Arabs ? Lots of Israelis feel for the Arabs and wish that the Middle East crises would be resolved peacefully.

I have met Israelis in professional, secular settings too and I noticed that they treat people fairly. My wife, for instance, heads a health care facility owned by an Israeli. The man is remarkable. He decides and abitrates problems on the basis of who is right , not who is white or black. I have had Israeli lecturers and they have been fair to me .They never left me wondering whether they gave me the right grade.

I think the problem with bigotry is that people do not try to understand each other better.If we in this world had tried to understand each other well, may be, all the wars being waged in the world would not have happened.


Subject: Re: Israelis are some of the nicest people
From: Reality
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Date Posted: 19:34:34 03/24/08 ()
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Kabs people being nice or not depends on their personal disposition
and environmental experience. It has nothing to do with their being
Israeli, Palestinian or German. There are nice and bad people of all
ethnicities.

The Israel/Palestian issue is a complex one. It involves ethnic, religious
and geographical attributes that are difficult to address to any one
groups satisfaction and has nothing to do with one group being nicer
than another. There are very nice Israelis and very nice Palestians and
to even think otherwise is a gross manifestation of ignorance and an
appalling lack of understanding of the complexity of human nature.
Israeli and Palestinian antagonism is rooted in the complexity of the
regions history.

For anyone to express surprise at meeting a nice Israeli is to have
presupposes that Israelis were not nice in the first place. By common
logic if Israelis are not nice and Jesus was from Israel, then was Jesus
not nice?

Let us start approaching people from an individual perspective and
then we would stop committing these fallacies of sweeping
generalizations, such as southeasterners are tribalistic or northerners
are opportunistic and disloyal, etc.


Subject: Re: Israelis are some of the nicest people
From: BugsyB
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Date Posted: 16:39:58 03/24/08 ()
Email Address: aburneynic@yahoo.co.uk
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I cannot agree with your contention that "Israelis are very nice folks", some Israeli's are nice folk but a substantial minority are very wicked, look at the children dying in the refugee camps from bombings and starvation through blockade. The Arabs are no better themselves but two wrongs do not make a right. If there is a race on earth who should be totally against the persecution of another race it should be the Jews, after all some Germans are very nice folk!


Subject: Re: Israelis are some of the nicest people
From: Jorgor
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Date Posted: 15:37:35 03/24/08 ()
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KABS: I have a private request. Can you please provide a way for me to contact you? Thanks.


Subject: Re: Israelis are some of the nicest people
From: kabs Kanu
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Date Posted: 15:59:12 03/24/08 ()
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kabbskanu@aol.com


Subject: Re: Israelis are some of the nicest people
From: Jorgor
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Date Posted: 16:39:25 03/24/08 ()
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Thanks


Subject: Declaration of Assets
From: BugsyB
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Date Posted: 14:00:32 03/24/08 ()
Email Address: aburneynic@yahoo.co.uk
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Rather than declare their assets, the President, VP and each Cabinet Minister should declare the size of their waistline and after a year these should be re-measured and anyone who has a 10% or more increase should be fired!


Subject: Re: Declaration of Assets
From: Eddie Grant
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Date Posted: 14:25:33 03/24/08 ()
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You're very funny. By the way, what are doing here after you deserted this forum for long time? I guess the Awarenesstimes' has become boring.

I don't mean disrespect my friend, I'm just pulling your legs. By the way you're right about these ministers, they must be checked before they turn to Borbor bellehs.


Subject: Americans : The best for treating aliens well ?
From: Kabs Kanu
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Date Posted: 13:25:44 03/24/08 ()
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Posted by KABS KANU on March 24, 2008 at 13:18:04:

I have been to many countries but I am highly impressed at the way Americans treat people. At times I wonder : If there had been no America, would we have been guaranteed of a safe haven like the United States ?

Of course, I have lived in LIBERIA and visited GUINEA. Liberians are a very nice people . Most of them are nice.Sekou Toure's Guinea was another nice country. The Guineans treated me well.I am not talking about Africa. I am talking about the countries outside Africa.

Indeed, all countries are not perfect.America too has her own problems, racism in some circles not being the least . But even this concept of racism has many twists and turns. Do you know that I would rather be pulled over by a white cop than a black cop ? I have met many people who have said the same. Thus, there are two sides to a coin. Racism might exist in some circles in America but many, many times, the white man treats you better than your fellow black.

It is a question I have often asked, after seeing what African immigrants suffer in other countries abroad : Are Americans not the best for treating immigrants well ?


Subject: Re: Americans : The best for treating aliens well ?
From: Bra Enviable
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Date Posted: 16:12:04 03/24/08 ()
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At least for now, the United States is the best liberal democracy I know. Accepted, it never used to be like this some forty or so years ago, when African-Americans were still fighting Jim Crow in order to be treated as human beings. In comparison to other countries I know, the USA is, at least for now, the BEST melting pot. I left the shores of Sierra Leone not very long ago, and today, I am a United States citizen, enjoying all the rights of American citizenship. The United States has an ugly history, but the fast-changing American landscape makes it possible for every man to become part of the dream one way or the other. Stay crime-free, play like a "playa" {if you are a ladies's man} but work hard at whatever makes you excel, and you will be fine in the USA.


Subject: Re: Americans : The best for treating aliens well ?
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 14:02:17 03/24/08 ()
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I hear that the Nordic countries and Canada are also very good to foreigners. I agree with you that America is a very special place for us africans. Of course there are social problems that usually ensnare us but there is no slight in america that I have not also suffered in my own Sierra Leone. Think about all the 'advantage' and tribalism many of us have suffered at various times back home.
Besides, if some of us had not come here, things would have been ugly. Just imagine: Fen Plaba, Candido, Bra Enviable, Sengbe and many more would be apt to 'Nack German Was' behind lorries and Poda-podas!


Subject: Re: Americans : The best for treating aliens well ?
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq.
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Date Posted: 16:38:54 03/24/08 ()
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Think about all the 'advantage' and tribalism many of us have suffered at various times back home.


Thats strange for me because I Never suffered from tribalism in sierra leone. The only time in my life that I was ever called a tribal epithet by another sierra leonean was in Detroit Michigan.


Subject: Americans : Are they the best for treating people well ?
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 13:18:04 03/24/08 ()
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I have been to many countries but I am highly impressed at the way Americans treat people. At times I wonder : If there had been no America, would we have been guaranteed of a safe haven like the United States ?

Of course, I have lived in LIBERIA and visited GUINEA. Liberians are a very nice people . Most of them are nice.Sekou Toure's Guinea was another nice country. The Guineans treated me well.I am not talking about Africa. I am talking about the countries outside Africa.

Indeed, all countries are not perfect.America too has her own problems, racism in some circles not being the least . But even this concept of racism has many twists and turns. Do you know that I would rather be pulled over by a white cop than a black cop ? I have met many people who have said the same. Thus, there are two sides to a coin. Racism might exist in some circles in America but many, many times, the white man treats you better than your fellow black.

It is a question I have often asked, after seeing what African immigrants suffer in other countries abroad : Are Americans the best for treating immigrants well ?


Subject: Did Pa Javombo really state this?
From: Sengbe
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Date Posted: 13:06:04 03/24/08 ()
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"...More disturbing to me personally is the silence of my own party the PMDC which is supposed to be the power broker in the country. I am very disappointed in the leadership of my party.

Some might be reading my criticism of my party leadership to draw something else from it. The only thing I want you to draw from it is that I am still PMDC but I am Sierra Leonean first... CD quoted.

Pa J, please share your "frustrations" with this forum, before I type the "I told you so" phrase.


Subject: Who Was Melchizedeck? For Kabs-Kanu
From: Want to Know
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Date Posted: 08:00:37 03/24/08 ()
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Rev. Wilfred Leeroy Kabs-Kanu: I would like you to tell me who Melchizedeck was and what relevance does he have in the Holy Bible?

Thanks and happy easter.


Subject: Re: Who Was Melchizedeck? For Kabs-Kanu
From: Rev. Wilfred Leeroy Kabs-Kanu
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Date Posted: 11:50:43 03/24/08 ()
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According to scr1pture, he was priest of God Most High.We met him first in Genesis :

And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and

wine; he was priest of God Most High. He blessed him and said,
"Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
maker of heaven and earth;
and blessed be God Most High,
who has delivered your enemies into your hand!"
And Abram gave him one tenth of everything.
Gen 14:18-20

A Bible Commentator described him as one of the most mysterious figures in the Bible " His role is apocalyptic and intriguing. Little is known about him, and much is made of the little that is known. As, perhaps, in this article. He appears in person only once, and that briefly. He speaks only a few words, and they are words of blessing and, in one sense, words of greeting. Melchizedek comes unannounced, and meets Abram as he returns from battle after defeating his enemies. He entertains Abram with bread and wine, and invokes upon him the blessings of God Most High, and blesses God Most High who has granted him victory over his enemies. Abram responds, instinctively, and obeisantly, by giving his unexpected visitor one-tenth of everything he has. That is all. Their encounter is over in three cryptic verses"


The commentator continues : "As far as we know, this was their first and last meeting. Had Abram heard of Melchizedek, king of Salem, later identified as pre-Israelite Jerusalem? He might have guessed that Melchizedek was "priest of God Most High" from the way he blessed him and blessed God. Etymologically, Melchizedek's name means king of uprightness or righteousness, and Salem means peace. He was king and priest, in fact the first priest we meet in the Bible, the 'progenitor of all priesthood'"

HE COULD THEREFORE BE DESCRIBED AS THE PROGENITOR AND MODEL OF ALL PRIESTHOOD.

This is confirmed when we meet him again in Psalm 104 : 4 where the Bible says of him :

"The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, `You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.'"

The commentator says : "Melchizedek is presented again as king and priest. He is head, or founder, or prototype, of an order of priesthood that is obviously different from the Levitical or Aaronic order."

The Priests of the Levitical or Aaronic order were appointed according to the Law and performed their priestly duties according to the Law , but Melchizedek started his ministry before the Law was given and was therefore the PROGENITOR.

if you need more, send me a personal mail.I will suggest Christian literature for you to read.




Subject: Re: Who Was Melchizedeck? For Kabs-Kanu
From: Sengbe
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Date Posted: 13:01:37 03/24/08 ()
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Message:
Revo do you have a fax number? If so, please send it to me at home via my yahoo account. I'd like to send you some personal info. It may inspire someone out there.

Thanks in advance.


Subject: The Rev Jeremiah Wright's Sermon
From: John Kargbo
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Date Posted: 06:09:13 03/24/08 ()
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http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/03/21/the-full-story-behind-rev-jeremiah-wrights-911-sermon/
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The Rev Jeremiah Wright's so-called controversial sermon speaks to what he perceives to be the truth based primarily on the utterances of a former US ambassador, a white man.

What is all this fuss about? Who says reverend gentlemen (and ladies) like Wright,Kabs and others musn't take part in or talk politics?


Subject: Re: The Rev Jeremiah Wright's Sermon
From: Sam
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Date Posted: 17:56:37 03/24/08 ()
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Sometimes when he makes "racists" comments, the white folks who criticize need to ask what is the basis for it all instead of just looking for black people to condemn the guy.

That being said, he is pretty off the wall and he does sound anti America. Beyond that, he brings up my problem with a lot of these black preachers. There was one speech where it was bleeped out so I'm not 100%, but he was in church at the pulpit and said f*#& America. WHAT!@?!

I don't get why some black leaders instead of helping their followers be more integrated into society, teach them hate. Farakhan spent his career telling black people the jew is responsible for slavery. Even if that were true, what good does that do black people? Black Americans and white people too need to realize that a better America is an all inclusive America. So called leaders should not be teaching their followers to marginalize themselves.


Subject: Re: The Rev Jeremiah Wright's Sermon
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 13:15:34 03/24/08 ()
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All religion is Politics


Subject: Re: The Rev Jeremiah Wright's Sermon
From: Candid Opinion
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Date Posted: 08:53:02 03/24/08 ()
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Message:
If only he was Muslim..

By now he would be locked up in a guantanamo cell, or a secret locat1on in Egypt.. and called a wahabi crased islamic cleric..

But woyang.. he is Christian.. so they dont preach hate... and intolerance and death to the infidels..


Subject: The Arabs From Another Perspective
From: Mensa
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Date Posted: 03:25:43 03/24/08 ()
Email Address: unikad5@yahoo.com
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In as much as I do respect the immense outpour of emotions over the suspicious death of our fellow national in Saudi – a guy I knew quite well, and in as much as I also share in the ill-conception of Arabs in general, I still think that striking a satisfactory balance in our world opinion is a very difficult concept – in fact, it’s an unachievable endeavor. I hope and pray that further investigation will be given priority so that justice will prevail and the true circumstances surrounding the late Kanneh’s death will be disclosed. May the Almighty grant the late brother Paradise.

However, I find it morally wrong to just read through all the negative inputs from fellow forumites about the Arab World without chipping in with a bit of balancing make-up. Having schooled there to university level, I’ve come to understand that, Arabs in the Gulf have been made a lot more conservative by the strict Islamic code that governs the social life of the people. Thus, however close you might seem to be, an Arab considers the protection of their family as being more supreme to any other. Somehow, in their effort to protect their family, or in their struggle to establish one, there’s this overwhelmingly ‘fixated’ attitude they nurture towards women that showers the latter with an exceptional importance in society, so much so that, when the west cries about the failing rights of women in the Gulf Sates, you tend to think that they’re downright ignorant of the reality.

As far as I know, women are basically treated like angels in Saudi and the rest of the Gulf States. Men do almost everything for them. The freedom they purportedly desire is the one that reaches them through the ‘polluted’ satellite channels that are now pervading their society, and is being advocated by the ‘uncultured’ stereotype western media. Imagine this! In every major institution in the west, someone HAS TO BE responsible as the head (CEO), except of course, in the western home! George Bush is always proud to say “The buck stops here” when greedily proclaiming his warmonger executive power as president. But not a single American man has the right to so that in his home! It’s either 50-50 or 60-40 in favor of the women. The Quran made it clear: “A-Rejal Kawamoona Ala Nisa” Literally translated: “The Men Are Responsible/Leaders for the Women”! So, if the Arab behavior is perceived to be less attracted to friendship than it is to family, [let’s take the race thing out of it because the Arabs behave the same way to their fellow Arabs], then to me, they just happen to focus on the right values. And again, controversial as it may sound to a western, it’s the women that hold the crux of genuine family re-generation. If you let lose that aspect of life on the flimsy, unchecked pretext of the term ‘absolute freedom’, then the future is bleak. My days in Saudi were the best in terms of total supervision over my family. We used to enjoy abundantly what nature has to offer, under the flourishing elements of trust and rightful feeling of ownership and belonging. And even where mistakes do happen, my wife never embarked on a self-proclaimed sabbatical because the Islamic society doesn’t encourage that. But then, the stories of short-lived marriages, over-fuelled/over-empowered women going on the rampage over a simple argument with their husbands, revenge syndromes or ‘yours truly’ disappearances because the other partner was suspiciously late the other night, instant satanic ‘freak’ relationships [Imaginarily stripping him/her naked at first sight] …..I mean you can go on and on ….. indeed these ingredients of crumbling family values are more evident in western societies.

The issue of colour was intense at some point in history, but not so much in our world of today. Apart from women, the next subject that overwhelmingly grips the society, particularly the youth, is sports, football topping the list. If you check out the Saudi national team, about 75% of them are black. Remember the 1994 World Cup in the US. Saeed Owairan scored the best goal of the tournament when he dribbled past six Belgians and celebrated it with the Yassir Arafat two-thumbs-up for peace! I don’t need to mention the renowned veteran Majid Abdallah! It would be outrightly unrealistic to say that race issues are no more, but they are not so much as in societies like Russia, the Scandinavian countries, or even in the Persian Gulf, where blacks are publicly called “Sia-Poos!” [Black Skin]

Blacks have also contributed immensely in their own degradation. Saudi Arabia is the easiest country to visit because the government has done extremely well to grant that unquestionable right for muslims to visit the holy sights during the Umra period or during the Pilgrimage to Mecca. It is quite disappointing to note that, a large number of our brothers and sisters refuse to return home after the holy visits because of economic hardship in their respective countries. Since time immemorial, Africans from Nigeria, Niger, Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia etc. have over-stayed and appallingly lost contact with their contemporary historical bearings. They became prone to prostitution, vulnerable to servant-turned-concubine for the Arab masters. The women had children, then grand children and great grand children …… with no legal documents. Now, it is quite normal to see these black sisters in particular scrounging and scramble over the dustbins for scraps. Starkly humiliating sight to see! Yet, from my knowledge and understanding, the blacks that are educated enough to be Imams are never obstructed in their path to “Imamship”. One of the biggest mosques in Riyadh is being led by a black Imam by the name of Kalbani. He is famous throughout the country and his cassettes are on sale in every part of the Kingdom.

Things could be worse when one takes the economic overtures of the Gulf States into consideration. Religiously, many of our so called Islamic scholars disappointed the Islamic World with outrageous phony deals in the name of Islamic development projects. There was a time when some satanically inspired folks went all the way to take angled snap shots of Electricity House and unflinchingly presented it to an Islamic Foundation as an Islamic School that needs assistance. These were the times when even saying “Al-Hamdu Lilahi” after sneezing could fetch you a gift of US$400. But of course, these people later discovered the phony claims and developed utter disrespected for the brothers.

I may have to continue with this debate later, but there is a word of wisdom I just can’t wait to mention in this piece. There’s something about the world that only those with religion in their hearts could afford to reflect on. The western world has all it takes for a win-win situation in this world ….. I mean they’ve got it all ... brains, intelligence, technology, human development, machinery, industry, science, space adventure … you name it! But watch the way the Almighty trapped them …….. oil(petrol) …… right there ….. under the feet of the stupid Arabs! A small Arab boy could just find himself toying with one of these oil pipes ……. And before you know it, Wall Street will be struggling for a breath of fresh air, economically speaking. So I hope, whatever bad we come to know about Arabs, it won’t influence our faith in Islam! They just happen to be a race like any other and even the Quran blasted some of their earlier cultures that were socially, morally and economically despicable. Their GOOD culture is intertwined with the religion and the distinction needs to be made categorically.


Subject: Re: The Arabs From Another Perspective
From: THAVARISH
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Date Posted: 11:43:11 03/24/08 ()
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"It would be outrightly unrealistic to say that race issues are no more, but they are not so much as in societies like Russia, the Scandinavian countries, or even in the Persian Gulf, where blacks are publicly called “Sia-Poos!” [Black Skin]"

Big brother,the above statement says it all.As an 11/13yrs old boy who happened to be blessed in escorting my late Dad to both UMRAH and HAJJ,and also a former student in the former Soviet Union knows exactly the differences when it comes to the issue of race.
Granted I was a little boy when I visited Saudi,but my expirence was unforgettable with the GOOD ways the Saudis treated us and most students at that time.But in the case of the Former Soviet Union,blacks were refered to as ABIZIAN meaning MONKEY.Russian used to ask us (BLACKS) about to our TAILS that were attached to our lower backs,because they were told that AFRICAN BLACKS are monkeys.There were/are so many derogative words that were/are still be used to our black brothers and sisters in Russia.
Now the question is what can we(SIERRA LEONEANS) do to recieve justice for our late brother? Earlier on I read a piece where Mr Alieu Iscandri suggested a demonstration in front of the Saudi Embassy,my question to ALL is,are we up to the task of demanding justice for our brother as big brother Iscandri suggeted or are we going to sit in our various comfy homes and BLAME it on the NEW APC government for not demanding justice for brother Kanneh?
WHAT ARE WE? ARE WE MONDAY MORNING QUARTER BACKS WITH THE KNOW HOW,BUT DID NOT COME TO THE PLATE FULLY LOADED?
Please ALL help me out with these questions.


Subject: Re: The Arabs From Another Perspective
From: Lady J
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Date Posted: 09:47:39 03/24/08 ()
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Mensa,

Well said. We all see things differently, and should be able to tolerate each other's view point.

Hope you and your family are doing well.

Kiss your girls for me.

Blessings


Subject: Re: The Arabs From Another Perspective
From: Where Aer you Now Mensa
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Date Posted: 07:42:45 03/24/08 ()
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Mensa, you said you were schooled in Saudi Arabia. Where are you chilling now, bra?


Subject: Re: The Arabs From Another Perspective
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 04:23:40 03/24/08 ()
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Your way in looking at life is worthy of a commendation. Life should be looked at from different telescopes - you have done that! I salute you!!

I am not a friend of arabs but in dealing with people - I can deal with them without fear with my interest in mind. A man's interests should count first in this wounded world we live. If my interests is to protect others that cannot protect themselves - I will follow that path and nothing else.

Thanks for the enlightenment.


Subject: Frank Rich skewers Hillary Clinton and John McCain
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 21:19:55 03/23/08 ()
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Saw this in the New York Times today. An interesting read.


Subject: Re: Frank Rich skewers Hillary Clinton and John McCain
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq.
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Date Posted: 23:44:46 03/23/08 ()
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Thanks I learned a new word: To Bloviate is to speak boastfully. Boy education is a life long thing aye


Subject: Re: Frank Rich skewers Hillary Clinton and John McCain
From: Candid Opinion
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Date Posted: 08:16:35 03/24/08 ()
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In all this i can just say language is but a tool..
Unlike a hammer or a lever.. its a means to an end..

I use my langauge without abandonment, i butcher the sucker as i see fit to express my point, i especially can't write without a bit of humor, i guess by callous personality shows thru my fingers and my tongue...

It is a whole jollof and egusi soup all mixed together and sometimes its even hard for me to follow.. but it expresses me..

Dictionary, smiksomany.. who gives a rats rear end about if its correct..???


Subject: Re: Frank Rich skewers Hillary Clinton and John McCain
From: yankuba kai-samba
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Date Posted: 05:07:43 03/24/08 ()
Email Address: y020855@yahoo.co.uk
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And here is an old word: Tote. I have not heard any one use it in English communication. So we have to be careful when we correct others use of English.


Subject: Re: Frank Rich skewers Hillary Clinton and John McCain
From: Ben Johnson
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Date Posted: 07:13:28 03/24/08 ()
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"Tote," meaning to carry or bear is as current in everyday usage of the English Language as the words 'eat', 'drink' or 'sleep'. It's true that learning is a life-long process of accumulating experiences, words, data, etc. That's why a forum like this must be valued, no matter its preferences here and prejudices there. Over time it will be made better through continual change.

Of course, continual change can only be accommodated by an ability to generate knowledge as needed. This ability is what is meant by Organisational Learning, the ability to identify what knowledge is needed and the capacity to create that knowledge.

So learning becomes to knowledge what education is to training. Just as education equips people to be capable of self-training, learning equips people of knowledge creation. What is usually referred to as the 'Learning Organisation' is one which believes that learning is the critical variable in trying to cope with continuous change. Learning, in this sense, is thus a condition of permanently striving after certain attributes which some thinkers have reduced to five. These are said to be:
*Personal mastry
*Mental models ( of the world & how they shape actions & decisions)
*Shared vision
*Team learning
Systems thinking (understanding the forces and inter-relationships shaping the behaviour of systems so that systems change can be more effective and in tune with larger, more complex processes)

Happy Easter.


Subject: I have lived in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Bra Enviable have s
From: Arabs
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Date Posted: 16:25:19 03/23/08 ()
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I have lived in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Bra Enviable have said it all. No one is disputing that it is not possible to find inter-marriages amongst Arabs and Black Africans but very rear. I am not here to share my experiences with the Arabs but I must share this with you, I once walked with a girl along the street of Istanbul (Turkey, Turks are not Arabs but….) and this gentle man walk in and spoke to the girl in Turkish “Ne den bu gehurr’le geziyorsun ?” at that time I couldn’t speak Turkish. The girl started crying, when I ask the girl why she was crying, well, if I can give the literal meaning she told me that the above translation means “Why are you walking with some one that has been forbidden to see the prophet’s face” , the word “Gehurr” in Turkish means “infidel” or someone that cannot see the prophet face. The girl further said she is crying because she is worried the way our race is been perceived by people. She said her family thinks that, some how along the line, we are not clean people in the face to the prophet. Well I was not sure what she meant.

If you hurt an Arab person, their solution is to kill you. will never, never take a black person to the court of law.

An European or American friend can invite a black man into his home but Arabs will never, they prefer taking you to café or park. fear of their daughters’, wives’, etc to see you.

Arabs see black people as an interesting object but wont consider you for anything serious, well again it is into certain degree


Subject: Re: I have lived in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Bra Enviable have s
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 03:48:02 03/24/08 ()
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It is true we have these experiences about the 'others'! What about their experiences of us? Is an arab here to share such? I spent time in different arab cultures. I can share bitter and most enjoyable experiences. Life is like a box of chocolate - you never know whch one you gonna get. In every country, you find the conservative (holding traditional beliefs and customs to its purity), the more understanding moderates and the carefree liberals - they all belong to the society and they are all useful in their communities.

In Medine (Madina), through a malian muslim friend of mine, I met Mintez, an arab whose parents fled the Polisario troubles and was born in Saudia. She cannot have a saudi passport as, though arab she is still not one of them.

In Mauritania, i was able to se a mixture of black slaves and black generals. I was in a company of some retired mauritanian ambassadors and black generals - we'd all travel ensemble to rabat via mohammed V. At the Hotel Tour Hassan, I was fortunate to be alone with one of the black generals. I asked him how he got to be a black general in the midst of all the black slavery in mauritania. he said to me that they are not slaves - over generations they have all been part of the family and everyone plays a role. he even said to me that some of his contemporaries do not see themselves as black people - the skin may be dark but they are not black. i could not understand that. he said his education and travels has brought this conscious acceptance of his past and being black.

How liberal are we? I still recall as a child the treatment by some of our people onto the many persecuted fullahs who left Guinea under sekou toure. I recall as a child my twin brother and myself (at age 4/5) in Lunsar had to drag a bag of breads to sell for a fullah who was afraid to go out and do it himself for fear of being troubled. I recall as a child (aged 10/11)at Free Street, when I will see truck loads of Fullahs forcible removed from Sierra Leone! how tolerant are we? How altruistic are we?

A focus on the cause of death of our fellow country man will help objectively without the added problems to come upon our bilateral relations with saudia - who runs the game - we or the saudis?

The story I heard pertaining to the death of our deceased brother has to do with landlord and tenant dispute. let us not generalise the issue by bringing a whole heap of theories. Every nation has its staunch protectors. In Sierra leone we have others that are so descriminatory - I recall having to challenge a barnishment in Tonko limba by a paramout chief on my person - a rivalry between the crown prince and myself saw me being booted out of the area. i challenged that in an open speech that saw a rethink on what they were doing. Life can be fair, if we try to look at ourselves before looking at others differently.


Subject: Happy Easter to all my fambuls.
From: Candid Opinion
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Date Posted: 11:32:12 03/23/08 ()
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To all my fellow countrymen, my cocorioko brothers, our good and able REVO and his team..

BEST goes to my numerous CUSTAMENTS...

We hope we can continue providing you with great services more easters to come..and our country will grow from easter to easter to easter..

AMEN......SALAM ALEKUM.....ALLELUYAH and all the others..


Subject: Re: Happy Easter to all my fambuls.
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 05:12:31 03/24/08 ()
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Wishing you the same! Jupiter nor dae gimme plenty lek talk Home? waetin do?


Subject: Re: Happy Easter to all my fambuls.
From: Candid Opinion
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Date Posted: 07:46:07 03/24/08 ()
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Chez...

Hit me up on admin@callingcardsforafrica.com or 2footleppet@gmail.com

The Reverend has advise that i take my business elsewhere and not on his forum..


Subject: Does The Black Race Know All Its Enemies?
From: Bra Enviable
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Date Posted: 11:18:30 03/23/08 ()
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Although the circumstances surrounding the death of Omaru Alie Kanneh are yet to be sorted out, we should never be shocked at the depths of racism in the Arab World. Africans and people of African descent usually see racism as a Caucasian monopoly. The fact of the matter is that the Arab is just as morbidly racist as the European. Whereas people of African descent used to be lynched in the United States for looking at white women, Arab culture STILL considers intermarriage an unpardonable crime. The "crime" gets more reprehensible when a black "infidel" is seen with an Arab female. Have black Muslims ever wondered why light-skinned Arabs will NEVER allow a black Imam to lead prayers in the Arab World? Do our African Muslim brothers know that the name every Arab has for a black man is "Haiwaan," the Arab word for animal?
Although Egypt is geographically located in Africa, Egyptians take offence at being called Africans. Almost all notable Egyptians--from the monarchical King Farouk in the 1950s to the sparkling Gamal Abdel Nasser who spewed revolutionary rhetoric like a hairspray, considered themselves Middle Easterners.

Calm in nature but no less racist, President Mubarak has been steadfastly Middle Eastern in his foreign policy initiatives. The plight of Palestinians bothers him more than the genocidal elimination of Africans in neighboring Sudan by Arabs. Arabs may not be our sworn enemies, but the innate racism in Arabism makes the Arab a quintessential bigot with an avowed disdain for full-blooded Africans. Whereas we are Niggers in racist Caucasian parlance, Arab lexical references know us as "Haiwaan". Once again, Haiwann in Arabic means animal. The black race is not expected to be permanently bitter, but the kind of ignorance that wraps us in a cocoon of fake brotherhood with historical enemies should be ripped asunder. From Lebanon to Egypt, Arabism means nothing more than racism in its pristine form. Africans need to know that!


Subject: Re: Does The Black Race Know All Its Enemies?
From: MUSA KAMARA
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Date Posted: 13:55:32 03/23/08 ()
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Bra Enviable,the answer is a BIG NO.The Black race is the most ignorant and naive race.Sorry to say that but it is a hard fact.We cant read in between the lines,we cant distinguish a foe from a friend.In the name of religion combined with naivity,the Arabs have manipulated most Africans.The arabs are worst than the white race when it comes to the violation of basic human rights,hatred and racism.With the white race,you have got a second chance to go through a legal system,but the Arabs has got a jungle law for dark skinned individuals.I know what I am saying,I spent some few days in Egypt on my way home from Europe.The experience at the airport and the ordeal of students from sub-saharan Africa is just outrageous.Nobody to blame but ourselves,we gave green light to the slave trade,gave a blind eye to the exploitation of both our human and natural resources and the continuing humiliation of our race.Unless we start to work collectively as a race,and not as individual entity,this trend regarding the Black race as a sub-human will continue to its worst climax.Bra Enviable,thank you for this brilliant comment.


Subject: Re: Does The Black Race Know All Its Enemies?
From: Candid Opinion
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Date Posted: 14:55:20 03/23/08 ()
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I think our pain and our possible redemtion has always been and will continue to be economics...

Its is a given fact that the average saudi would treat the American black 300% better than the average Nigerian or Malian seeking refuge because the weight of the gazillion trillion dollar American economy is behind that black American...

Africa, to uplift ourselves we would have to wake ourselves up from our economic slumber.. or our plight in this small corner of the milky way is dire..

When the average Egyptian and Kuwaiti sees 5 percent of the products he buys are made in Africa, and his neighbor a BLACK African has a Kuwuiti housemaid.. the chances of him looking crosseyed at another dark skin brother is slim..

Our malias lay in the fact that we seek refuge, political, and mostly economical from timbucktu to Reykjavik and the 4 corners of the globe.. and no one respects that beast you have to feed and cloth..
The reason for this refuge lays with the fact that our continent cannot take economic care of its own..

I have lived in the States a good number of years.. never ran into 1 single brazilian or Agentinian..
The few brits i see are here based on choice.. the few aussi's all on a sense of adventure..

Americans will respect a Canadian over a Mexican, not because of the colors of thier skins but the colour of the dinero in thier pockets...

Americans will respect Brazilians and Agentinians way more than the Guatamalan or the cuban
cause thier is not many of them heading north..

Respect these days has a price and we are hardly able to afford it..


Subject: Re: Does The Black Race Know All Its Enemies?
From: His Royal Highness
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Date Posted: 12:27:31 03/23/08 ()
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What are the diferences between Arabs hating Africans and SLPP hating APC?
It is a shame you have to group a whole race of people under the name of racism. If anything, there are racists among Africans too.


Subject: Re: Does The Black Race Know All Its Enemies?
From: Arabs are racist.
To: All
Date Posted: 12:13:23 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: nicoleconsult@hotmail.com
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Message:
Bra Enviable said Arabs are racist. I am in trouble because according to the Enviatheory, I am a Black man and a christian married to a traditional muslim Arab women.

Enviable started his piece by saying that the circumstances in which Kanneh met his death in Saudi Arabia was not clear, but implied that his death could be linked to Arab racism. Me man you are a prolific writer but your inferences are troubling.


Subject: Re: Does The Black Race Know All Its Enemies?
From: Jackal
To: All
Date Posted: 12:48:32 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: epa@gmail.com
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I think you are missing Bra Enviable's point. You are using your marriage to an Arab woman as a counter argument; where the statistical skew is so wide, it refuses to address an age old macro-cultural issue with strong social presence and undeniable manifestation.
To further reinforce Bra Enviable's points, the history of SLAVERY in sub sharan Africa has its roots, origin and relics in the Arab world.
A black African has far better chances of marrying a caucasian today than an Arab, a vivid testament to the BEDROCK of Bra Enviable's core argument.
Take the Lebanese in Sierra Leone as another example. They are a bunch of self made Eugenics who have or feel a sense of superiority over the average Sierra Leonean. You will not be in the good books or darken the walls of a Lebanese, if you do not have have access to or walk the corridors of power, except if you had a DIAMOND.
For the past 40 years, Sierra Leoneans have been serving them, but what has Lebanon done for Sierra Leone. Instead we hear stories of Sierra Leonean women raped, flogged, abused...an issue that government after government ignores.
It might be tough been black but I am proud to be.
.............I am OBAMITE THICK AND THIN........Good job Bra Enviable


Subject: Re: Does The Black Race Know All Its Enemies?
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 20:16:56 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
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It is interesting to me that normally when I see the Arab racist debate on this forum it's almost always in the context of intermarriage as if that is the defining standard for race relations. What really strikes me is that black men aren't bothered enough about what is done to their own women and angered by the fact that men of other races defend and protect their women. To a large degree, men of other races are only doing what they are being allowed to do to black women by our very own black men.

Another point that was not mentioned in this discussion is that honor killings are still alive and well in many parts of the Arab world so I would imagine Arab women are less prone to do things that are against their cultural norms, like marrying a man outside of their race or religion.


Subject: Re: Does The Black Race Know All Its Enemies?
From: Bra Enviable
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Date Posted: 12:32:32 03/23/08 ()
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Mr "Arabs Are Racist," Did you marry your "traditional Muslim Arab Woman" in, say, Saudi Arabia? Can a black man from any part of Africa or the Diaspora marry a Kuwaiti or Saudi woman in any those countries with the approval of the law? Bra, when I post on this forum, my intention, on every occasion, is to provoke debates. You cannot debate an issue without a thorough understanding of the intricacies involved. I am not sure you understand the Arab world.


Subject: Re: Does The Black Race Know All Its Enemies?
From: Candid Opinion
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Date Posted: 14:56:55 03/23/08 ()
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I think our pain and our possible redemtion has always been and will continue to be economics...

Its is a given fact that the average saudi would treat the American black 300% better than the average Nigerian or Malian seeking refuge because the weight of the gazillion trillion dollar American economy is behind that black American...

Africa, to uplift ourselves we would have to wake ourselves up from our economic slumber.. or our plight in this small corner of the milky way is dire..

When the average Egyptian and Kuwaiti sees 5 percent of the products he buys are made in Africa, and his neighbor a BLACK African has a Kuwuiti housemaid.. the chances of him looking crosseyed at another dark skin brother is slim..

Our malias lay in the fact that we seek refuge, political, and mostly economical from timbucktu to Reykjavik and the 4 corners of the globe.. and no one respects that beast you have to feed and cloth..
The reason for this refuge lays with the fact that our continent cannot take economic care of its own..

I have lived in the States a good number of years.. never ran into 1 single brazilian or Agentinian..
The few brits i see are here based on choice.. the few aussi's all on a sense of adventure..

Americans will respect a Canadian over a Mexican, not because of the colors of thier skins but the colour of the dinero in thier pockets...

Americans will respect Brazilians and Agentinians way more than the Guatamalan or the cuban
cause thier is not many of them heading north..

Respect these days has a price and we are hardly able to afford it..



Subject: Re: Does The Black Race Know All Its Enemies?
From: Eddie Grant
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Date Posted: 07:19:13 03/24/08 ()
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Candido, I agree with you a lot from what you outlined, there's a lot of truth in it. But also other arguments bears some hard truth too.

Westerners are easily seen to be racist because their economies attracts many people from all corners of the globe, so they attract more publicity for their racism. But racism is much more stronger and degrading in some parts of Asia and MiddleEast but all this is less pronounced in the world media so attract less attention.


Subject: Re: Does The Black Race Know All Its Enemies?
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 15:53:18 03/23/08 ()
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As long as African countries continue to elbow themselves for space at the bottom of the HD index, all garbage and racist crap will be rained down on us. Equality is a hollow word to us until we begin to take care of business, economics-wise.
Just to continue with your Argentinian example: Black Americans are treated with 1000% more respect in Arab countries than Black Africans. And oh yes, Sierra Leonean nurses with American passports are paid much more than African doctors in Saudi Arabia.


Subject: Re: Does The Black Race Know All Its Enemies?
From: Arabs are racist.
To: All
Date Posted: 14:41:45 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: nicoleconsult@hotmail.com
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The answer to your question is that my wife is from Algeria, I have visited their 6 times in 21 years of our marriage, have property their. As for my understanding of the Arab world and culture, I cannot be lectured on that my friend. I looked at the problem from a broader perspectives.

Muslims in general are more tolerant in marrying amoung themselves. It matters less if one is a blackman from other parts of Africa. So we might begin to think that race is not so much the issue because religion binds them.

By the way do you know of any law that prohibit black African muslim from marrying a native of the two countries you have mentioned?


Subject: Re: Does The Black Race Know All Its Enemies?
From: truth speaks
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Date Posted: 06:21:31 03/24/08 ()
Email Address: truthspeaks@msn.com
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I do not think we should get into the position of been stereo typical to a whole nation because some people there are anti Arab. As long as the whole nation does not carry a anti African policy then we should give them the benefit of the doubt. both cultures should encourage exchanges between students and its people to further understand each other. we need to stop name calling just because a small segment of any group indulges in racism. although at the same time our foreign dignitaries should make sure it is thoroughly investigated.


Subject: Dr. Benjamin King
From: man pikin
To: All
Date Posted: 06:30:06 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: man_pikin@yahoo.com
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I am calling on the Medical and dental association of Sierra Leone to revoke the license of Dr. Benjamin King. Many children have died at his clinic. The minister of health should do something about this. Very recently, the daughter of my brother passed away after a day's illness. He cannot even diagnose what was the illness. He is a killer.


Subject: EBK on Al-Jazeerah's Frost
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 05:37:17 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
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Now listen to this!


Subject: Re: EBK on Al-Jazeerah's Frost
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 06:07:21 03/23/08 ()
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A very good interview even the most fanatic SLPP Tongo Raraymen on the forum can pat on the head. I once heard the foremost SLPP intellectual hero, Sylvia Blyden, give an interview. She sounded like a chipmunk on vinyl! This is a substantive interview from the people's president Ernest Koroma. Way to go, EBK!


Subject: Re: EBK on Al-Jazeerah's Frost
From: yankuba kai-samba
To: All
Date Posted: 12:46:00 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: y020855@yahoo.co.uk
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I watched that interview. I think president Koroma was calm, articulate and logical. Certainly a better performer in this interview than former President Kabba who lost his cool under tough questioning from peter Sisson on BBC.

There was also an air of sincerity to move Sierra Leone ahead. As a patroit, I count on his words in cracking heavily on corruption and uniting our nation.

This president has greater expectation placed on him than any of his predecessors. His biggest challenges are holding corrupt people accountable, the rule of law, dealing with hooliganism and violence against opposition members and properties and convincing the south east that he is the president for all Sierra Leoneans. I wish him well in that.


Subject: Re: EBK on Al-Jazeerah's Frost
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 11:24:53 03/23/08 ()
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Definitely sincere...
I totally enjoyed an easter sunday treat from my preso..

Good Job EBK..


Subject: Mourn the death of Omaru Alie Kanneh!!!
From: Soriba Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 02:34:55 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: Soyanka@yahoo.com
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The Sierra Leone community in Saudi Arabia has just burried a dear and youthful brother in the name of Omaru Ali Kanneh.
The alarming thing is the mysterious fatal death of the brother in his flat in Jeddah on 5th August 2007. The late Mr. Kanneh was found with a smashed skull and broken arm at the back side of his building. He was rushed to a private hospital by the Red Crescent ambullance.
The sad news reached the Sierra Leone Embassy in Riyadh and subsequently reported the matter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia.
Since that report, the community kept waiting to know the cause of the brother's death until last week, 15th March 2008, when the Embassy informed us that the Saudi Foreugn Ministry has sent a report indicating that Mr. Kanneh fell off in his flat. That resulted to his death, period. And that we can burry him or fly his body back to his home country.

The mot disappointing part of it, the body was received without any medical report!! Another point to be noted here is that the death of our brother carries a lot of suspecion against the landlord and his sons.

Your candid opinion on how to establish justice on the death of our brother is highly solicited.
The late Mr.Omaru Alie Kanneh left behind him a wife, Mrs. Amie Kanneh, two sons and a daughter.
May his soul rest in perfect peace. Ameen.


Subject: Whither Alieu Iscandri?
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 04:53:25 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
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Orman this is where you come in.What legal forensic advice can you give?

May our brother's soul rest in perfect peace.INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILLAHI RAJIOUN.


Subject: Re: Whither Alieu Iscandri?
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 10:08:55 03/23/08 ()
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How about we organise a protest in front of the Saudi Embassy and consulate in DC? That will quickly bring the worlds attention to the plight of Africans in Saudi


Subject: Re: Whither Alieu Iscandri?
From: Jackal
To: All
Date Posted: 12:23:46 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: epa@gmail.com
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Message:
While we are on the subject, if this protest march comes to fruition, it is also a good opportunity to march on the Guinean, British and French Embassies to publicize YENGA.
We are slowly losing our land to foreign occupation.


Subject: Re: Whither Alieu Iscandri?
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 10:55:09 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
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Message:
Great idea.


Subject: Re: Mourn the death of Omaru Alie Kanneh!!!
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 03:23:36 03/23/08 ()
Email Address:
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Is it too late to request for a medical report? What is being done about this by the SL Embassy? I believe a campaign could bring answers to our concerns regarding the alleged suspicious circumtances on the death of our fellow countryman. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PERFECT PIECE!


Subject: Re: Mourn the death of Omaru Alie Kanneh!!!
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 05:44:06 03/23/08 ()
Email Address:
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May our brother's soul rest in peace. All the countrymen I have talked to from Arab countries express revulsion at the naked discrimination and terrible injustice in those feudal lands, especially against Africans. I hope justice is done in this case. If there is any effective campaign we can launch on the late Kanneh's behalf, please post on the forum.


Subject: To Kabs, please get us a recording
From: Ronaldino
To: All
Date Posted: 00:50:21 03/23/08 ()
Email Address:
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of President Koroma's interview on radio. I hear it was pretty good.


Subject: THE Death Mr.Samuel Boston --Griffiths
From: Holy Man
To: All
Date Posted: 00:29:54 03/23/08 ()
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I just learned of the death of my friend.MR.Samuel Boston-Griffiths.Please accept my sympatthy at this time of family sorrow.This is a time of very special loss for the family,and i just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts.This is a big loss to both SIERRA LEONE AND LIBERIA.I NEED UPDATE ABOUT FURNERAL.


Subject: Useful Journalistic Tips For Cocorioko
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 18:22:01 03/22/08 ()
Email Address:
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Cocorioko is currently the best Sierra Leonean forum online. Although it carries a fanatical tilt toward the current government in Sierra Leone, Cocorioko stands as a shinning example of Sierra Leonean creativity. Cocorioko can further enhance its image by proof-reading its front page articles before going to press. This week's article on Yenga, for example, was so shabbily written that Cocorioko's editorial board had every reason to consign that grammatical and journalistic drivel into a trash can. In journalism, an article that requires drastic rectifications cannot be published because innumerable corrections can produce a contextually different article from the writer's original piece of writing. While huge chunks of an article can be pruned off for reasons of space and clarity, no editor is required to publish an article that requires countless corrections. Reading Sierra Leonean newspapers online, one is often left to cringe because of the journalistic atrocities committed by some of our journalists in Freetown. Of course, that is a topic to be discussed another day.

This week's front page article on Yenga lacks both contextual and grammatical clarity. In the interest of Cocorioko's credibility and prestige, future articles meant for this medium's front page should be rinsed of grammatical impurities before the public sees them. No one expects the editor to check the correctness of written pieces on this forum because a chat room is a liberal marketplace for the expression of opinions in accordance with a writer's ability. On the other hand, front page articles are quite different from chat room palavers because in journalism, every published article is expected to get the editor's blessing before it can be published.


Subject: Re: Useful Journalistic Tips For Cocorioko
From: Alternative Thinking
To: All
Date Posted: 05:22:50 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: nicoleconsult@hotmail.com
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Message:
Mr Enviable as you name suggests

I am fed up with your sound bites with no breath of ideas. This guy has done a prety good job in presenting an alternative thinking on Yenga. I was quite impressed by his proposals, which only comes from someone with the knowledge and some foresight.

In todays equivocal use of the English language, no one can claim expert knowledge, even professors do not. I once had to correct an english professor in an exchange on a forum.

A British former Education cabinet minister -Steven Twig was tested in English spellings against the advise of his civil servants. He got 4 out of 10 wrong. Note- Steven Twig attended grammar school and oxford University in UK.

Please write your own stuff for publication and use your real name so that people can comment on your presentation, contextual ability and ideas.

I dot not know the author you referred to on Yenga but I read his article, he was not writting from a journalistic perpective or a trained journalist., but his message was well argued.


Subject: Re: Useful Journalistic Tips For Cocorioko
From: Reading and Comprehension
To: All
Date Posted: 08:01:40 03/23/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Bra E's point is that once an article is being published on a news paper's front page, the editor should make sure such an article is grammatically correct. What is wrong with that? That is how it is done my friend.


Subject: Re: Useful Journalistic Tips For Cocorioko
From: Altertive Thinking
To: All
Date Posted: 09:21:09 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: nicoleconsult@hotmail.com
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Message:
You are saying that cocorioko Editors do not know grammar or are failing in their duties. Thank you for your clarity.


Subject: Obama: 'A More Perfect Union'
From: Nalatun
To: All
Date Posted: 16:34:58 03/22/08 ()
Email Address:
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Senator Barack Obama: 'A More Perfect Union'
Philadelphia, PA | March 18, 2008

"We the people, in order to form a more perfect union."

Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained by this nation's original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least twenty more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations.

Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution - a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time.

And yet words on a parchment would not be enough to deliver slaves from bondage, or provide men and women of every color and creed their full rights and obligations as citizens of the United States. What would be needed were Americans in successive generations who were willing to do their part - through protests and struggle, on the streets and in the courts, through a civil war and civil disobedience and always at great risk - to narrow that gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time.

This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign - to continue the long march of those who came before us, a march for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous America. I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together - unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction - towards a better future for our children and our grandchildren.

This belief comes from my unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people. But it also comes from my own American story.

I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. I was raised with the help of a white grandfather who survived a Depression to serve in Patton's Army during World War II and a white grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line at Fort Leavenworth while he was overseas. I've gone to some of the best schools in America and lived in one of the world's poorest nations. I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slaveowners - an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters. I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.

It's a story that hasn't made me the most conventional candidate. But it is a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts - that out of many, we are truly one.

Throughout the first year of this campaign, against all predictions to the contrary, we saw how hungry the American people were for this message of unity. Despite the temptation to view my candidacy through a purely racial lens, we won commanding victories in states with some of the whitest populations in the country. In South Carolina, where the Confederate Flag still flies, we built a powerful coalition of African Americans and white Americans.

This is not to say that race has not been an issue in the campaign. At various stages in the campaign, some commentators have deemed me either "too black" or "not black enough." We saw racial tensions bubble to the surface during the week before the South Carolina primary. The press has scoured every exit poll for the latest evidence of racial polarization, not just in terms of white and black, but black and brown as well.

And yet, it has only been in the last couple of weeks that the discussion of race in this campaign has taken a particularly divisive turn.

On one end of the spectrum, we've heard the implication that my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action; that it's based solely on the desire of wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap. On the other end, we've heard my former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, use incendiary language to express views that have the potential not only to widen the racial divide, but views that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation; that rightly offend white and black alike.

I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely - just as I'm sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.

But the remarks that have caused this recent firestorm weren't simply controversial. They weren't simply a religious leader's effort to speak out against perceived injustice. Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country - a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America; a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.

As such, Reverend Wright's comments were not only wrong but divisive, divisive at a time when we need unity; racially charged at a time when we need to come together to solve a set of monumental problems - two wars, a terrorist threat, a falling economy, a chronic health care crisis and potentially devastating climate change; problems that are neither black or white or Latino or Asian, but rather problems that confront us all.

Given my background, my politics, and my professed values and ideals, there will no doubt be those for whom my statements of condemnation are not enough. Why associate myself with Reverend Wright in the first place, they may ask? Why not join another church? And I confess that if all that I knew of Reverend Wright were the snippets of those sermons that have run in an endless loop on the television and You Tube, or if Trinity United Church of Christ conformed to the caricatures being peddled by some commentators, there is no doubt that I would react in much the same way

But the truth is, that isn't all that I know of the man. The man I met more than twenty years ago is a man who helped introduce me to my Christian faith, a man who spoke to me about our obligations to love one another; to care for the sick and lift up the poor. He is a man who served his country as a U.S. Marine; who has studied and lectured at some of the finest universities and seminaries in the country, and who for over thirty years led a church that serves the community by doing God's work here on Earth - by housing the homeless, ministering to the needy, providing day care services and scholarships and prison ministries, and reaching out to those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

In my first book, Dreams From My Father, I described the experience of my first service at Trinity:

"People began to shout, to rise from their seats and clap and cry out, a forceful wind carrying the reverend's voice up into the rafters....And in that single note - hope! - I heard something else; at the foot of that cross, inside the thousands of churches across the city, I imagined the stories of ordinary black people merging with the stories of David and Goliath, Moses and Pharaoh, the Christians in the lion's den, Ezekiel's field of dry bones. Those stories - of survival, and freedom, and hope - became our story, my story; the blood that had spilled was our blood, the tears our tears; until this black church, on this bright day, seemed once more a vessel carrying the story of a people into future generations and into a larger world. Our trials and triumphs became at once unique and universal, black and more than black; in chronicling our journey, the stories and songs gave us a means to reclaim memories that we didn't need to feel shame about...memories that all people might study and cherish - and with which we could start to rebuild."

That has been my experience at Trinity. Like other predominantly black churches across the country, Trinity embodies the black community in its entirety - the doctor and the welfare mom, the model student and the former gang-banger. Like other black churches, Trinity's services are full of raucous laughter and sometimes bawdy humor. They are full of dancing, clapping, screaming and shouting that may seem jarring to the untrained ear. The church contains in full the kindness and cruelty, the fierce intelligence and the shocking ignorance, the struggles and successes, the love and yes, the bitterness and bias that make up the black experience in America.

And this helps explain, perhaps, my relationship with Reverend Wright. As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me. He strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children. Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms, or treat whites with whom he interacted with anything but courtesy and respect. He contains within him the contradictions - the good and the bad - of the community that he has served diligently for so many years.

I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother - a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.

These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.

Some will see this as an attempt to justify or excuse comments that are simply inexcusable. I can assure you it is not. I suppose the politically safe thing would be to move on from this episode and just hope that it fades into the woodwork. We can dismiss Reverend Wright as a crank or a demagogue, just as some have dismissed Geraldine Ferraro, in the aftermath of her recent statements, as harboring some deep-seated racial bias.

But race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America - to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality.

The fact is that the comments that have been made and the issues that have surfaced over the last few weeks reflect the complexities of race in this country that we've never really worked through - a part of our union that we have yet to perfect. And if we walk away now, if we simply retreat into our respective corners, we will never be able to come together and solve challenges like health care, or education, or the need to find good jobs for every American.

Understanding this reality requires a reminder of how we arrived at this point. As William Faulkner once wrote, "The past isn't dead and buried. In fact, it isn't even past." We do not need to recite here the history of racial injustice in this country. But we do need to remind ourselves that so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.

Segregated schools were, and are, inferior schools; we still haven't fixed them, fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, and the inferior education they provided, then and now, helps explain the pervasive achievement gap between today's black and white students.

Legalized discrimination - where blacks were prevented, often through violence, from owning property, or loans were not granted to African-American business owners, or black homeowners could not access FHA mortgages, or blacks were excluded from unions, or the police force, or fire departments - meant that black families could not amass any meaningful wealth to bequeath to future generations. That history helps explain the wealth and income gap between black and white, and the concentrated pockets of poverty that persists in so many of today's urban and rural communities.

A lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one's family, contributed to the erosion of black families - a problem that welfare policies for many years may have worsened. And the lack of basic services in so many urban black neighborhoods - parks for kids to play in, police walking the beat, regular garbage pick-up and building code enforcement - all helped create a cycle of violence, blight and neglect that continue to haunt us.

This is the reality in which Reverend Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up. They came of age in the late fifties and early sixties, a time when segregation was still the law of the land and opportunity was systematically constricted. What's remarkable is not how many failed in the face of discrimination, but rather how many men and women overcame the odds; how many were able to make a way out of no way for those like me who would come after them.

But for all those who scratched and clawed their way to get a piece of the American Dream, there were many who didn't make it - those who were ultimately defeated, in one way or another, by discrimination. That legacy of defeat was passed on to future generations - those young men and increasingly young women who we see standing on street corners or languishing in our prisons, without hope or prospects for the future. Even for those blacks who did make it, questions of race, and racism, continue to define their worldview in fundamental ways. For the men and women of Reverend Wright's generation, the memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away; nor has the anger and the bitterness of those years. That anger may not get expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table. At times, that anger is exploited by politicians, to gin up votes along racial lines, or to make up for a politician's own failings.

And occasionally it finds voice in the church on Sunday morning, in the pulpit and in the pews. The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright's sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour in American life occurs on Sunday morning. That anger is not always productive; indeed, all too often it distracts attention from solving real problems; it keeps us from squarely facing our own complicity in our condition, and prevents the African-American community from forging the alliances it needs to bring about real change. But the anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races.

In fact, a similar anger exists within segments of the white community. Most working- and middle-class white Americans don't feel that they have been particularly privileged by their race. Their experience is the immigrant experience - as far as they're concerned, no one's handed them anything, they've built it from scratch. They've worked hard all their lives, many times only to see their jobs shipped overseas or their pension dumped after a lifetime of labor. They are anxious about their futures, and feel their dreams slipping away; in an era of stagnant wages and global competition, opportunity comes to be seen as a zero sum game, in which your dreams come at my expense. So when they are told to bus their children to a school across town; when they hear that an African American is getting an advantage in landing a good job or a spot in a good college because of an injustice that they themselves never committed; when they're told that their fears about crime in urban neighborhoods are somehow prejudiced, resentment builds over time.

Like the anger within the black community, these resentments aren't always expressed in polite company. But they have helped shape the political landscape for at least a generation. Anger over welfare and affirmative action helped forge the Reagan Coalition. Politicians routinely exploited fears of crime for their own electoral ends. Talk show hosts and conservative commentators built entire careers unmasking bogus claims of racism while dismissing legitimate discussions of racial injustice and inequality as mere political correctness or reverse racism.

Just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze - a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many. And yet, to wish away the resentments of white Americans, to label them as misguided or even racist, without recognizing they are grounded in legitimate concerns - this too widens the racial divide, and blocks the path to understanding.

This is where we are right now. It's a racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years. Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, black and white, I have never been so naïve as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle, or with a single candidacy - particularly a candidacy as imperfect as my own.

But I have asserted a firm conviction - a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people - that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice if we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union.

For the African-American community, that path means embracing the burdens of our past without becoming victims of our past. It means continuing to insist on a full measure of justice in every aspect of American life. But it also means binding our particular grievances - for better health care, and better schools, and better jobs - to the larger aspirations of all Americans -- the white woman struggling to break the glass ceiling, the white man whose been laid off, the immigrant trying to feed his family. And it means taking full responsibility for own lives - by demanding more from our fathers, and spending more time with our children, and reading to them, and teaching them that while they may face challenges and discrimination in their own lives, they must never succumb to despair or cynicism; they must always believe that they can write their own destiny.

Ironically, this quintessentially American - and yes, conservative - notion of self-help found frequent expression in Reverend Wright's sermons. But what my former pastor too often failed to understand is that embarking on a program of self-help also requires a belief that society can change.

The profound mistake of Reverend Wright's sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. It's that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made; as if this country - a country that has made it possible for one of his own members to run for the highest office in the land and build a coalition of white and black; Latino and Asian, rich and poor, young and old -- is still irrevocably bound to a tragic past. But what we know -- what we have seen - is that America can change. That is true genius of this nation. What we have already achieved gives us hope - the audacity to hope - for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination - and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past - are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds - by investing in our schools and our communities; by enforcing our civil rights laws and ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system; by providing this generation with ladders of opportunity that were unavailable for previous generations. It requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams; that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of America prosper.

In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world's great religions demand - that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Let us be our brother's keeper, scr1pture tells us. Let us be our sister's keeper. Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well.

For we have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. We can tackle race only as spectacle - as we did in the OJ trial - or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina - or as fodder for the nightly news. We can play Reverend Wright's sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she's playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies.

We can do that.

But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we'll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change.

That is one option. Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, "Not this time." This time we want to talk about the crumbling schools that are stealing the future of black children and white children and Asian children and Hispanic children and Native American children. This time we want to reject the cynicism that tells us that these kids can't learn; that those kids who don't look like us are somebody else's problem. The children of America are not those kids, they are our kids, and we will not let them fall behind in a 21st century economy. Not this time.

This time we want to talk about how the lines in the Emergency Room are filled with whites and blacks and Hispanics who do not have health care; who don't have the power on their own to overcome the special interests in Washington, but who can take them on if we do it together.

This time we want to talk about the shuttered mills that once provided a decent life for men and women of every race, and the homes for sale that once belonged to Americans from every religion, every region, every walk of life. This time we want to talk about the fact that the real problem is not that someone who doesn't look like you might take your job; it's that the corporation you work for will ship it overseas for nothing more than a profit.

This time we want to talk about the men and women of every color and creed who serve together, and fight together, and bleed together under the same proud flag. We want to talk about how to bring them home from a war that never should've been authorized and never should've been waged, and we want to talk about how we'll show our patriotism by caring for them, and their families, and giving them the benefits they have earned.

I would not be running for President if I didn't believe with all my heart that this is what the vast majority of Americans want for this country. This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected. And today, whenever I find myself feeling doubtful or cynical about this possibility, what gives me the most hope is the next generation - the young people whose attitudes and beliefs and openness to change have already made history in this election.

There is one story in particularly that I'd like to leave you with today - a story I told when I had the great honor of speaking on Dr. King's birthday at his home church, Ebenezer Baptist, in Atlanta.

There is a young, twenty-three year old white woman named Ashley Baia who organized for our campaign in Florence, South Carolina. She had been working to organize a mostly African-American community since the beginning of this campaign, and one day she was at a roundtable discussion where everyone went around telling their story and why they were there.

And Ashley said that when she was nine years old, her mother got cancer. And because she had to miss days of work, she was let go and lost her health care. They had to file for bankruptcy, and that's when Ashley decided that she had to do something to help her mom.

She knew that food was one of their most expensive costs, and so Ashley convinced her mother that what she really liked and really wanted to eat more than anything else was mustard and relish sandwiches. Because that was the cheapest way to eat.

She did this for a year until her mom got better, and she told everyone at the roundtable that the reason she joined our campaign was so that she could help the millions of other children in the country who want and need to help their parents too.

Now Ashley might have made a different choice. Perhaps somebody told her along the way that the source of her mother's problems were blacks who were on welfare and too lazy to work, or Hispanics who were coming into the country illegally. But she didn't. She sought out allies in her fight against injustice.

Anyway, Ashley finishes her story and then goes around the room and asks everyone else why they're supporting the campaign. They all have different stories and reasons. Many bring up a specific issue. And finally they come to this elderly black man who's been sitting there quietly the entire time. And Ashley asks him why he's there. And he does not bring up a specific issue. He does not say health care or the economy. He does not say education or the war. He does not say that he was there because of Barack Obama. He simply says to everyone in the room, "I am here because of Ashley."

"I'm here because of Ashley." By itself, that single moment of recognition between that young white girl and that old black man is not enough. It is not enough to give health care to the sick, or jobs to the jobless, or education to our children.

But it is where we start. It is where our union grows stronger. And as so many generations have come to realize over the course of the two-hundred and twenty one years since a band of patriots signed that document in Philadelphia, that is where the perfection begins.



Subject: This story stands out good,
From: Front page Cocorioko
To: All
Date Posted: 15:56:12 03/22/08 ()
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This story below tells it all that conscious Sierra Leoneans know that the APC is a victim of circumstances.
Now newpeople and awarenestimes mediocre writers sub standard journalism have been exposed as they walk in a thin thread .

APC -- A victim of circumstances
Written by Joseph P. Mccarthy
Saturday, 22 March 2008
For a country that has permanently, occupied the last two positions in the UNDP human development index, the APC should bear in mind the Temne proverb that says “you carry a leaking bucket on your head”. The Government is now forced with the task of stopping the leakages, so that the process of carrying the bucket becomes much more convenient.

APC – A VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCES By Joseph P. MccarthyFreetown, Sierra Leone
A glance at this headline readily brings to mind, Oyono’s, “House Boy”, in the African Writers series. Upon reflection, I am inclined to believe that the new APC government upon taking the veins of leadership of this country on September 17th 2007, knowingly and willingly accepted to govern a country that was cascading down a sloppy road towards a yawning abyss, submerge and die forever.


For a country that has permanently, occupied the last two positions in the UNDP human development index, the APC should bear in mind the Temne proverb that says “you carry a leaking bucket on your head”. The Government is now forced with the task of stopping the leakages, so that the process of carrying the bucket becomes much more convenient.


The first wedge the new government found itself was an eminent increase in fuel price, in the local market. Well before the August elections, the fuel importers met with the then SLPP government to negotiate an increase in the pump price. For those of you that knew the details would agree that this matter was massaged .Since the importers could not sell their stocks at a price that would earn them profit, so they hell onto the Le1, 300 gallonage they were supposed to pay to the Sierra Leone Roads Authority. The latter was therefore financially crippled and had no alternative but to survive on overdraft from their bankers to run the agency.


But as this arrangement was unduly protracted, the bank cancelled the arrangement so the management was unable to pay staff salaries for two months. By the end of the elections in September 2007, the new government was not only faced with the backlog of salary arrears, it now had to face the importers to renegotiate a new deal. While negotiation were under way, the short spelt of fuel scarcity in the city was politicised by the SLPP, who in any case knew what had gone wrong, the gullible public saw this as a weakness on the part of the new government.


The rising prices of food items again started before the elections. The price for bag of the much talked about big joe brand increased from Le77, 000 to Le88, 000.This was what I paid for the last bag one consumed in my house. We therefore saw the increases especially in the price of rice coming and coming very fast. Even though the BBC World Service has constantly reported on the spiraling price increases in food prices in the world market and poor stocks in producing countries, the SLPP unfoutunately capitalises on this and make the situation seem as if it was they who kept things under control. What the SLPP had failed to realise is that they can not now scores political points on issues on which they have been so deceptive. By January, February of 2007 the Ministry of Agriculture reported a 69% nation wide production level on rice. To me I thought the country would need to import only 31% more for last year. My reasoning may be faulty. Cold the Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture tell this nation what his Ministry really had in mind as they read out their several achievements in the yearly production of food items. What is even more interesting is that the price for a cup of imported rice in the market with the exception of big joe and local rice has for the past two years not gone beyond Le500


The size of bread has shrunk in the last couple of weeks. It is however fair to observe that bakers in the east of the city are more liberal in the area of bread sizes why the differenced, if I may ask, palm oil is another item that has experienced a rise in price ,which is seasonal. And until farmers begin to process the new stock by March/April, the existing old stocks would continue to be sold at a higher price. Simple demand and supply forces at play: there are certain arrangements the government has no jurisdiction over. As in the case of palm oil, the farmer gives his palm kannels one year to mature in their farms and that is it.


The dependency syndrome is what has overwhelmed Sierra Leoneans is a course for concern. Little wonder the President has made the change of attitude by Sierra Leoneans relevant component of our development. It hurts when the so called educated elite blame government for the scarcity of such items as pepper, groundnuts and even palm oil, these are items we produce ourselves. But even the little we produce we try to smuggle out of the country. And we now expect the government to plant, harvest and supply those items to all markets in three months.

Some people have argued that a quick fix to this seeming cog mere affect salary increases for workers. I wonder if they have stopped a while and ask what the government would do for non workers .There are those who even suggest that a government that is effectively, four months old should provide subsidies for rice and fuel. They care less about where government would get the extra funding. There is yet another group who think, like the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone, that the best panacea is to stream line, the civil service so that those who survive the process would earn more and perform better. At best this is rational naivity.This is like the prescr1ption of sharia law to stop somebody from stealing, you amputate one arm. I don’t see how a government can reduce a work force when there are no alternative to absorb those dismissed.

I would want to suggest the following:-

a) Rejuvenate the Agricultural Sector

-Increase rice production through mechanised farming and provision of other inputs.

-Renew negotiations with the Italian government for the revitalisation of the rombe swamp at Loko Masama, and other places like Tamabum etc.

b) Encourage vegetable production

-The Kabala women’s activities be further enhanced

-Malal Marah Chiefdom for pepper production

-Lungi and Kabala for onion production.

When farmers are able to meet the market demand, importation of similar items should be put on hold.


In Senegal for example they consume locally produced onions. This encourages farmers to produce more.

c) The high cost of wheat.

-Bakers in Nigeria mix wheat flour and cassava flour to bake their bread. Why can’t the trade Ministry create the necessary contact so that bakers from Nigeria can come to Sierra Leone and conduct workshops for our bakers. A bye product of this initiative would also encourage farmers to produce more cassava, thus the quantity of wheat imported, gradually reduces.

d)Utilization of food produced.

-In addition to accessibility and availability of food, utilisation must be made an important component of any food security programme. So apart from processing and storing of food produced, how such food should be consumed is also important. This is where the Nutrition division of the Ministry of Health which has been seemingly excluded, be made useful. Attitude around our local diet muct be addressed. Our people need to know that cassava should not only be boiled and eaten with grained pepper. They need to know that like rice, cassava can provide what the body needs.


e) To break the monopoly

-As we put in place plans for improved food production, an immediate emergency response is to break the ring of importers. I believe making the market more competitive would settle the clouds and provide some respite. No one group must be allowed to hold this nation to ransom.


f) Information Shearing be improved

-The Ministry of Information is doing well in organising weekly press briefings where Ministers report on their operations. It is however not enough to depend on journalist to perform their functions devoid of tribal and party politics. Some journalists by virtue of their links in elimination would always obliterate anything good the government does. If this is what responsible journalism means, then I wonder.

I must therefore suggest that in addition to the press briefings and programme done in English on SLBS be equally reported in Creole and some local languages on either CTN or UN radio. We are indebted to the wider listening public who cannot read but are misinformed on a daily basis by the literate on the other side who after losing their roots in the last elections, remain bitter and frustrated. Negative reporting is for them the only path they can possibly follow through and through, but they are missing the point.


Finally I just state that for attitudes to change and programs to succeed, the rule of law much be enforced.


Subject: Re: This story stands out good,
From: Eddie Grant
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Date Posted: 16:22:41 03/22/08 ()
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Thi is a very good piece to read. Sometime ago, I initiated a very important topic in which I outline ways in which we can best counter these problems of food shortages.

But the piece only attracted one single person (John Leigh) he raised points which were also very educative.

I have an ambition to embark on this venture, not this production years as its past cultivation time, but surely by next year I will definitely be joining those already in the farming industry.

There're other potential ways of relieving our country but that I will for now untill I'v completed my exploration work on that field before bringing it to the public for fear of being ignored as usual.

But once again your is fantastic and I hope all Sierra Leoneans stop and think for what is relevant for our country.


Subject: Re: This story stands out good,
From: Eddie Grant
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Date Posted: 06:31:09 03/23/08 ()
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Thanks Bra, sometimes it takes patience to unfold the reality, what I'm trying to say is sometimes when you make a suggestion, you have to expect that not everyone will dance to that tune but if you're patient enough to follow your instinct and never relent on what you believe in, you will definitely see results.

Like I said earlier, I will follow my heart, I accept that not everyone would see the same way as I do. The only reason I brought these suggestions to this forum is because I believe matters of national importance can best be addressed by Sierra Leoneans, I can seek imputs from other nationalities, but the fact of the matter is only Sierra Leoneans that knows what's best for their country.

Anyway Bra, I will keep in touch with people like you in the future for all my ventures.


Subject: Re: This story stands out good,
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 06:11:36 03/23/08 ()
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Eddie, I simple was in awe of your article. It shows that fellow citizens are seriously contemplating solutions to the country's problems.


Subject: Re: This story stands out good,
From: Eddie Grant
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Date Posted: 07:37:12 03/23/08 ()
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Entered From: at 89.242.159.131

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Thanks Bra, sometimes it takes patience to unfold the reality, what I'm trying to say is sometimes when you make a suggestion, you have to expect that not everyone will dance to that tune but if you're patient enough to follow your instinct and never relent on what you believe in, you will definitely see results.

Like I said earlier, I will follow my heart, I accept that not everyone would see the same way as I do. The only reason I brought these suggestions to this forum is because I believe matters of national importance can best be addressed by Sierra Leoneans, I can seek imputs from other nationalities, but the fact of the matter is only Sierra Leoneans that knows what's best for their country.

Anyway Bra, I will keep in touch with people like you in the future for all my ventures.


Subject: Hilary's "Universal Healthcare Plans" - A con?
From: Nalatun
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Date Posted: 15:16:04 03/22/08 ()
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E_4CvRCz64&NR=1


Subject: The US and Nazi Germany?
From: Nalatun
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Date Posted: 13:59:59 03/22/08 ()
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Is Bin-Laden an instrument of US Fascism? Have your take!


Subject: Can you trust the Clintons? Part 2
From: Nalatun
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Date Posted: 13:51:29 03/22/08 ()
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I still cannot believe what she stands for? Obama is the gateway to a gut-crunch ridden world. Let us pray for his success!!


Subject: Can you trust the Clintons?
From: Nalatun
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Date Posted: 13:47:26 03/22/08 ()
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I can't! Can you?


Subject: Let it go For 2008
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 13:18:21 03/22/08 ()
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Let it go for 2008
By T. D. Jakes

There are people who can walk away from you.

And hear me when I tell you this! When people can walk away from you: let them walk.
I don't want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you.
I mean hang up the phone.

When people can walk away from you let them walk.
Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left.

The bible said that, they came out from us that it might be made manifest that they were not for us. For had they been of us, no doubt they would have continued with us. [1 John 2:19]

People leave you because they are not joined to you.

And if they are not joined to you, you can't make them stay.

Let them go.

And it doesn't mean that they are a bad person it just means that their part in the story is over. And you've got to know when people's part in your story is over so that you don't keep trying to raise the dead.
You've got to know when it's dead.

You've got to know when it's over. Let me tell you something. I've got the gift of good-bye. It's the tenth spiritual gift, I believe in good-bye. It's not that I'm hateful, it's that I'm faithful, and I know whatever God means for me to have He'll give it to me.
And if it takes too much sweat I don't need it.
Stop Begging people to stay! .

Let them go!!

If you are holding on to something that doesn't belong to you and was never intended for your life,

Then you need to......

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to past hurts and pains ......

LET IT GO!!!

If someone can't treat you right, love you back, and see your worth.....

LET IT GO!!!

If someone has angered you .

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge......

LET IT GO!!!

If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction......

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or talents

LET IT GO!!!

If you! U have a bad attitude.......

LET IT GO!!!

If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better......

LET IT GO!!!

If you're stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new level in Him......

LET IT GO!!!

If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship.......

LET IT GO!!!

If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try to help themselves......

LET IT GO!!!

If you're feeling depressed and stressed .........

LET IT GO!!!

If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling yourself and God is saying "take your hands off of it," then you need to......

LET IT GO!!!

Let the past be the past. Forget the former things.
GOD is doing a new thing for 2008!!!

LET IT GO!!!

Get Right or Get Left .. Think about it, and then .

LET IT GO!!!

"The Battle is the Lord's!"


Subject: Re: Let it go For 2008
From: Patricia Motayo
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Date Posted: 09:27:44 03/23/08 ()
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"If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better......"

LET IT GO

BRA E,Sengbe,Candido,Alieu Sesay,Sheku Dance Dance Kallon and all you Palm Tree batoliners,T.D.Jakes says LET IT GO.


Subject: Re: Let it go For 2008
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 14:17:25 03/22/08 ()
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Alpha - this truism by T. D. Jakes is just what I narrated to a troubled cousin of mine who got jilted by the girlfriend he wants to be with. A great truism - never beg anyone to come to you and do not believe them to be bad - exactly the same note I conveyed to my troubled cousin.

Most times, especially in relationships, the people who left craftily enters your domain again - except this time you covertly have the added advantage.

Thanks for the tuning - the mind needs a lot of conditioning to overcome this difficult task of letting go. Not an easy thing but so many people have achieved that! Thank you again.


Subject: Kabs----no sermon on your home page
From: Holy Man
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Date Posted: 10:48:39 03/22/08 ()
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KABS-----i am surprise as there is no sermon written on your home page of your news paper the cocorioko.Sometimes men of God forget their duty to serve the lord. Honestly i personally do not excuse you,because you have the time to write political projections and analysis---not a simple sermon.frankly,you are a very nice man,and you know what the lord has done for you.


Subject: Re: Kabs----no sermon on your home page
From: Another Holy Man
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Date Posted: 12:14:44 03/22/08 ()
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Kabs used to be a master at writing sermons. I used to get my spiritual upbuilding from his sermons. I hope he starts preaching again on cocorioko as he used to do here and on other forums . Give us another thing that you are good at, The Word.


Subject: HE HAS BEEN CONVIENCED BY SATAN APC POLITICS
From: okdok
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Date Posted: 16:12:31 03/22/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
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Message:
He needs to be careful


Subject: Re: HE HAS BEEN CONVIENCED BY SATAN APC POLITICS
From: Eddie Grant
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Date Posted: 16:25:39 03/22/08 ()
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Message:
okdok what do you mean by CONVIENCED? just curious.


Subject: Re: HE HAS BEEN CONVIENCED BY SATAN APC POLITICS
From: Bad Speller
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Date Posted: 21:43:21 03/22/08 ()
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Okdok nor sabi spell 'convinced'. Typical SLPP 'crawo' intellectual!


Subject: Viva Sierra Leone
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
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Date Posted: 10:36:01 03/22/08 ()
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Subject: Corruption leaves Sierra Leone's otherwise buoyant mining
From: Madingo Man
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Date Posted: 10:06:17 03/22/08 ()
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Corruption leaves Sierra Leone's otherwise buoyant mining industry stunted
Less than one year in office, Sierra Leone President is courting the services of the World Bank to rid the industry of rampant corruption.

Author: Frank Jomo
Posted: Tuesday , 18 Mar 2008

BLANTYRE - The Sierra Leone government is seeking the help of the international community, the World Bank in particular, to take a review of the country's mining industry in a bid to rid it of corruption which is endemic in the industry.


The country's President Ernest Bai Koroma says corruption within the country's mining industry is hampering government's efforts in attracting foreign investors to the mining sector. He said it was not unusual in Sierra Leone for different mining companies to claim ownership on one and the same mining portfolios.

"The sooner we get done with that the better for the mining industry," Concord Times quotes Koroma as saying. "It will settle issues that are putting the whole mining activity on hold."

While optimistic that the World Bank team will do a thorough job, Koroma hoped the Bank will remain neutral and credible. He said it was not the intention of his government to disrupt operations of legitimate investors, rather root out corrupt activities and firms which are operating illegally.

Sierra Leone has one of the world's largest deposits of rutile as well as of diamonds and precious metals but has very little if anything to show for it. The mining industry accounts for 90 percent of the country's exports but despite bullish mineral prices on the international market, the country remains one of the poorest in the world.

Annual production of minerals are estimated in the range of US$250 million - US$300 million but only less than US$180 million reaches government coffers, the rest is pocketed by smugglers.

Problems in the Sierra Leone mining industry were compounded by a decade long brutal civil war which killed over 50,000 people and led to the suspension of rutile and bauxite mining operations when rebels invaded mining sites in 1995. Exports only resumed in 2005.

The civil war was largely funded by the country's illegal trade in diamonds, which is said to have also fuelled conflicts in other African nations. Now Bai Koroma who was ushered into power last year is trying to do the right thing by cracking down on illegal trade in precious minerals and attracting foreign investment in the once buoyant mining industry.


Subject: Youth offenders restore 4x4 for Africa mission
From: Madingo Man
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Date Posted: 10:02:02 03/22/08 ()
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Youth offenders restore 4x4 for Africa mission
Mar 21 2008 By Tony Collins

YOUNG offenders in Birmingham are helping disadvantaged people in Africa after repairing a Land Rover. The budding mechanics who attend a vehicle repair project run by Birmingham City Council’s Youth Offending Team in Hockley, spent more than two years restoring the off-roader to its former glory.

It will now travel to Sierra Leone to help a project aiming to restore people’s sight and stop them from going blind.

Shipping costs to west Africa have been funded through a £3,500 donation from Land Rover at Solihull. The vehicle will be used by international charity Sightsavers to deliver medical supplies and treatment to remote communities.

The vehicle repair project, led by Jane Olner, gives young offenders aged ten to 17 the opportunity to completely strip and then rebuild and repair a vehicle to MoT standards.

Jane said: "The project has amazing effects both here in Birmingham and in Africa. "Young people here in Birmingham are gaining valuable practical skills and life skills such as communications and teamwork, as well as practical training towards future employment.

"In Sierra Leone, people are gaining vital access to medical care and rehabilitation that they may otherwise have been unable to access."

Land Rover manufacturing director Paul Cope said he was "proud" the firm was helping.

"Everyone benefits from this project; the young people who gain valuable skills, the medical professionals and casualties in need of sight treatment in remote parts of Africa."

Sightsavers' Phil Hoare said: "Sierra Leone is still emerging from a terrible time of conflict and needs all the help and support that we can muster.

"We’re thrilled that the support of Land Rover and Birmingham Vehicles for Vision is making a real difference."

* Sightsavers can be contacted on 01373 452272 and Vehicles for Vision on 0121 464 8484.


Subject: Scuffles over the water pipe in Sierra Leone slum
From: Madingo Man
To: All
Date Posted: 09:57:25 03/22/08 ()
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By Katrina Manson

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Marie Bangura's six children are too busy selling water to go to school.

Aged 10 to 19, they spend what should be their school days wandering the 12,000-strong Mabella slum in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, selling tiny plastic bags of water from bowls perched on their heads for 100 leones (4 U.S. cents) apiece.

"The people are not happy to pay, they abuse you and curse you," said Bangura, 42. "Sometimes they try to drive us away because they are so angered."

Dirty water kills about 4,000 children a day around the world, the U.N. World Health Organization says. More than 1 billion people a year have no access to clean water.

Here in Sierra Leone, which ranks bottom of the U.N. Human Development Index and where three out of four people live on the equivalent of less than $2 a day, more than a quarter of children die before their fifth birthday, often through avoidable water-related illnesses such as diarrhea.

Less than half the population has access to an improved water source, according to United Nations Human Development Reports from 2005 and 2006.

Mabella was once a busy natural harbor exporting charcoal to fuel French trains. Today, rusting corrugated iron and old emergency aid sheeting make do for roofs, held down with stones or tied with lengths of waste plastic.

Pigs wallow in filthy rivers, the stench of sewage hangs in the air and sandbags are at the ready in case of flooding.
Mabella has just one working drinking water pipe, which often does not work.

"We strain for water," said Isata Sesay, 20, holding her third bucket of water fetched that day. Her 7-month-old baby, whom she feeds on breast milk mixed with water, is sick. Her husband, like many people here, is unemployed.

"Some days it's midnight before we even get any water because the pump is not open. This place is so dirty, and we have no food. Getting water is not easy -- I don't want to buy it but what else can I do?" she said.

COMPETITION

Many people defecate in the open due to a lack of sanitation, and the land people live on has been reclaimed from the sea using rubbish from the city, so wells are impractical.

At a standpipe erected over a natural spring, residents compete to get water for washing: they must pay for it if they take it away, even though it is not suitable for drinking.

Men, women and children tussle for the precious liquid, washing themselves and their clothes, collecting buckets and deliberately spilling the loads of anyone accused of pushing in.

Throughout the mud-churned pathways, small children ferry water in whatever vessels they can carry -- tiny plastic kettles, small bowls slopping over their sides, tilting buckets filled to the brim and heaved onto heads by stronger friends.

Some families here spend as much as 6,000 Leones ($2.44) a day on water, and don't appreciate the likes of Bangura and her troupe of children making a profit.
"We are feeling bad about it, but we too suffer," said Bangura.

It is far from easy money. By night she traipses out of the slum to fill five-gallon yellow plastic jerry cans with water, hoists them onto her head to return home. Between midnight and 6 am she fills bags for her children to sell.

On a good day the whole family will make 3,000 Leones ($1.20) and still do without a midday meal.

EDUCATION

Freetown's only reservoir at Guma Valley struggles to supply the city's million-plus people.

The city's population exploded during the country's 1991-2002 civil war, when people rushed to the capital to seek refuge from rebels infamous for slicing off people's limbs with machetes.

"The network is in a poor state, with lots of leaks everywhere, so they try to conserve water by shutting off parts of it and rationing the water. Some areas only get water at night," said Alex Grumbley, engineering coordinator with Irish non-governmental organization GOAL, which runs pilot projects to promote hygiene.

The state water company does not make enough money to maintain its network, he said.

President Ernest Bai Koroma, elected last year on a promise to create jobs and improve standards of living, has also launched a health policy to promote child and maternal welfare.
A new 32 million pound ($64.96 million) five-year project funded by the British government aims to improve water and sanitation throughout Sierra Leone.

GOAL's pilot project in Freetown's poor east end encourages people to build latrines, wash their hands and chlorinate wells. Aid workers tell people that defecating in the open can pollute drinking supplies as feces are trodden near ground water.

Until all that takes effect, young children ply the squalid streets ferrying and selling water, while related illnesses such as cholera, malaria and diarrhea continue to take hold.

"I have to get 2,000 Leones a ($0.82) day to give to my mother," says 10-year-old water seller Sorie Sesay, one of 12 siblings, balancing a bowl filled with water sacks on his head. "I want food and at times I don't go to school."

Bangura is philosophical about the future.

"If we get water here we won't be able to sell it anymore," she said. "But I don't mind: we need better water -- and I can always go find another market."


Subject: Liberian police seize 30,000 rounds of Kalashnikov ammo
From: Madingo Man
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Date Posted: 09:51:14 03/22/08 ()
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Liberian police seize 30,000 rounds of Kalashnikov ammunition
1 day ago

MONROVIA (AFP) — Police have seized 30,000 rounds of ammunition for AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifles in western Liberia, close to the border with Sierra Leone, a senior police official said Friday.

Some of the ammunition was initially found on Wednesday by local people at Sinje, who intercepted arms traffickers, and Liberian and UN police went on to find other stashes on Thursday, the official told AFP, asking for anonymity.

On March 19," the population of Sinje intercepted three canoes crossing the Marfee river. One of the canoes was transporting a big bag and the others were escorting it," he said.

"The population tried to apprehend them to know what they were carrying and that resulted in a fight," he said, but the arms traffickers fled, leaving the bag of 2,061 machine-gun rounds.

People in the area then tipped off national police and they were assisted by security forces from the UN mission in the country, which is providing help for the elected post-war government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

"With the support of the UN police, we carried out a search in the areas. This is how we discovered 28,000 rounds of machine-gun (ammunition)" on Thursday, the official said.

At the end of 2007, the United Nations Security Council renewed an arms embargo on Liberia for one year on the grounds that the situation in the west African country -- where there are still 15,000 UN peacekeepers -- remained a threat to regional peace and security.

Liberia was devastated by consecutive civil wars between 1989 and 2003 and the country's timber and diamond resources, together with diamonds from Sierra Leone also then wracked by war, were taken by the belligerents to pay for weapons.


Subject: Re: Liberian police seize 30,000 rounds of Kalashnikov ammo
From: Eddie Grant
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Date Posted: 15:04:11 03/22/08 ()
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This story about ammunitions dicovered in Liberia was carried out by the Rogue New People who without hesitation or evidence 'cut and paste' picture of the ammunitions and put it to be the work of the APC government. I wonder where this so-called freedom of speech is leading our country to.

A few people, in the pretext of free speech are bent on destroying the country with lies which not only paint a bad picture for the but that of the country. I don't understand why these people called themselves Sierra Leoneans when in actual fact are enemies of that small country.


Subject: Re: Liberian police seize 30,000 rounds of Kalashnikov ammo
From: APC Govt. Response
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Date Posted: 10:44:47 03/23/08 ()
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Why has the APC government never refuted the assertions that they were training a group of former fighters for post election violence and that these folks (former AFRC fighters) are now being re-trained and put into the Presidential Guard Force Unit militia. Let us use our democratic freedoms too to question unconstitutional acts even by our president.


Subject: Re: Liberian police seize 30,000 rounds of Kalashnikov ammo
From: Eddie Grant
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Date Posted: 07:32:08 03/24/08 ()
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What you should bear in mind is, our country at this present moment don't need unecessary waste of public funds. If the government is to respond to every claims made by any dick and dike, it will cost the country heavily as refuting allegations by government involves money to collate and forward evidence that will prove otherwise.

It will be more helpfull if all those responsible for exposing wrongdoing do so patriotically and with full sense of responmsibility rather than partisanship.


Subject: Re: Liberian police seize 30,000 rounds of Kalashnikov ammo
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 19:38:39 03/23/08 ()
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Perhaps they have not responnded to that allegation because it appears so lame. Why should the APC have to train armed men to create violence during election when they can just as well stuff the ballot boxes like the SLPP did in Kailahun. The creation of violence to obtain power is an SLPP thingy


Subject: Re: Liberian police seize 30,000 rounds of Kalashnikov ammo
From: Nah me
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Date Posted: 06:30:55 03/23/08 ()
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Eddie, newpeople caboodle are not genuine Sierra Leoneans. The last time I checked the paternal parentrs of their editors came from neighbouring Guinea.
Some of these guys parents came to sierra leone to smuggle its diamonds or involve in marabout work.
Like many that support SLPP, they do not have any love for Sierra Leone. Think again, who allowed Yenga to be seized?


Subject: Re: Liberian police seize 30,000 rounds of Kalashnikov ammo
From: ok noww
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Date Posted: 09:03:39 03/23/08 ()
Email Address: oknowe@msn.com
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ok about yenga both parties have been negligent. what is apc doing now to solve it? what did apc do when they were in opposition? what is slpp doing now they are in opposition? our politicians tell us lies just to get in office. we need to hold both sides responsible instead of been part of their games of pointing fingers to keep them in office. there should be some issues as sierra leoneans that we could work together and ignore partisanship.


Subject: U.S Recession article by Jacob Sax Conteh
From: Friend of Moh'm Allie Jalloh
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Date Posted: 01:25:49 03/22/08 ()
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It is now clear that the US economy is in a recession. The housing market, which once provided a nest for average Americans, has fallen so badly that many people have lost their homes. Gasoline prices have doubled in the past few years while salaries have either stagnated or fallen back. With such a bleak picture we, Sierra Leoneans here in the US, like anyone else, have to adjust our ways.

The first adjustment we all have to make is to cut down on social expenses. Over the years, Sierra Leoneans are known for their lavish life styles when it comes to entertainment. It is not uncommon for a couple to spend two thousand dollars for a baby shower through rent for the hall, paying a disk jockey and buying expensive beer and wine. Marriage celebrations often run in thousands of dollars, leaving the couple with financial problems that usually break up the marriage. In this economy, that kind of lifestyle has to be contained.

A second area where we need to adjust to make it in the present economy is the way we get to work. Like many other Africans, Sierra Leoneans love to drive. Many have never ridden the bus or train. But that might be a viable option to save money during this time of hardship. For the past three years, I have saved thousands of dollars by taking free and public transportation to work. Another way we can save money is to carpool to parties. We do not need to drive our new SUVs to Sierra Leonean gathering to show off. While on transportation, many of us also need to downgrade our cars. My Nissan Pathfinder gauges almost twice more gas than my daughter’s Honda Civic. Driving a smaller car definitely saves money.

One habit that is costing us a lot of money is the exotic food from home. Many of us spend a lot of money buying smoked fish, goat, cow hide and stripe. While these items, bathed in sparkling red palm oil saddled with chicken certainly provides a tempting meal, some of us have to cut back on these items as they are hampering our health. Lately, I have noticed that a ride to the Washington Marina can net me fresh fish that can be bathed in olive oil and embedded in fresh spinach, lama beans and onions to compliment the home items.

The biggest adjustment we Sierra Leoneans living here in the United States have to make is the money we send back home. Some of us have to take a deep breath and evaluate the kinds of money we send home and see if those monies are worth the effort. Don’t get me wrong. Some of us have to send money to take care of our ailing parents and close relative, but many times we send money to fraudulent schemes. For starters, if your relative ever calls you to send money for some program that will bring them to the US, don’t send the money. The investment is not worth it. In most cases, either the program is false, or if they ever come to the US, they already have their plans.

These are indeed hard economic times in the US, but we can survive if we cut down on spending, and find ways to increase our income.


Subject: POW Teachers demand allowance ...but VP explains
From: Saidu Bah
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Date Posted: 19:39:51 03/21/08 ()
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Prince of Wales’


Teachers of the Prince of Wales Secondary School are demanding their allowances from the school for overtime services rendered to the institution since the Junior Secondary School was dissolved by the Education ministry.
Investigations conducted by this press indicate that some aggrieved teachers are demanding the immediate payment of the allowances promised them by the School Board and Administration for overtime.
The teachers complained that normal class started at 8:00 am and ended at 1:30pm but was extended to 3:30pm to improve the school learning process for excellence, with mutual understanding with the School Board, Management and the Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA) for monthly payment of teachers allowance of Le100, 000.00 each.
Since this gentleman’s agreement was signed by the School Board and Administration, they are yet to fulfill their own part of the bargain for its implementation as payment of the teachers’ salaries has not been forthcoming. Students are also complaining that teachers are not teaching them well as some enter the classroom just to kill time. “At the end of the period, they just walk out, leaving us with little knowledge despite the fact that we have paid our fees in full”, lamented one of the senior students.
When this press visited the school to get the other side of the story the acting Principal, Mrs Millicent Ogoo, declined to be interviewed or photographed but requested the acting Vice Principal Michael A Bundor to respond to the allegations.
Mr Bundor said, “it is true that the school administration in collaboration with the Board agreed to pay teachers overtime allowances but unfortunately the School Board has not been operational for some time and nobody has access to the bank account for withdrawal”.
He added that the principal and bursar had no access to the bank account and this had been the major setback towards the payments of teachers’ allowances. Mr Bundor revealed that “the School Board met last week and modalities have already been worked out for the prompt payment of their allowances to avoid such an embarrassment to the school.”
The chairman of the Parents Teachers’ Association, who also doubles as a member of the School Board, Gabriele A Savage told Awoko that the problem was with the School Board because since last year it was only now that they were meeting but that payment was expected soon. He added that some parents were making it very difficult for the school administration as they did not pay their boys’ fees on time.


Subject: US recession
From: Reality
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Date Posted: 18:27:21 03/21/08 ()
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The front page article by Sax Conteh on the US recession and how
Sierra Leoneans can avoid some of its negative impacts is a well
written and well reasoned piece.

All the advice in the article is relevant even in the absence of a
recession. Sometimes it amazes me the lengths that we go to to
celebrate occasions like baby showers, birthdays and so on, while
forgetting to spend on the things that would secure our future. I had
this friend who had a a 2007 limited edition SUV, flat screen HDTVs
and all the works who got sick last year and had no health insurance
even though he job offered one. He did not survive as the hospital was
not even too willing to give him optimum care.

I have this friend in Freetown who bothered me for a whole month to
send him money to settle some urgent business. He made it sound as
if I was the only hope apart from God that he gas in the world. I took
my last $200 and sent it to him. The next day when I called to ask him
whether he got the money, he was having a party at his house and
answered the phone as drunk as a skunk and asked me in Krio "die
dae? " "Die nor dae," I answered, angry as he'll. So we really have to
look after our financial health here cause if anything were to happen
and you go back home unintended, you will be a laughing stock.


Subject: Re: US recession
From: His Royal Highness
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Date Posted: 00:24:41 03/22/08 ()
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I haven't read the said article but something also that I find very, very disturbing about some Sierra Leoneans I know, pertains to their prerogatives in
investing in Salone.
I always wonder why would someone, at least from my neck of the woods and their family size, would want to simultaneously pay at least the minimum of $1,500 RENT while building a house on installments in Salone.
What really is the rationale here? One Sierra Leonean I once asked told me it is slavery by nature for him to pay mortgage in the U.S. But when I asked him about the $1500 he pays for rent and how that can pay his mortgage, he contered by adding up the utilities a home owner will have to pay while he do not have to worry about all those. Could he be right?


Subject: Re: US recession
From: Kabs Kanu
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Date Posted: 01:11:34 03/22/08 ()
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Yes, if he is living in a condo.


Subject: Re: US recession
From: His Royal Highness
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Date Posted: 01:37:59 03/22/08 ()
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I never asked if he lived in a condo or not Kabs; but as stated above, he pays $1500 RENT. If "rent" is money one pays to the landlord, then obviously there's no way to liquidating those funds in the future like a homeowner might right?


Subject: Re: US recession
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 21:08:13 03/21/08 ()
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True that my brother. When I was in college in Freetown, a certain gentleman was bundled unceremoniously from America and dumped in Salone. At first he 'fronted' that he was on vacation and was given the VIP treatment. But as the days dragged into months and as the soles of his shoes started to wear away at the sides, and as the snappy American clothes began to be replaced by threadbare Safari suits, the little kids became the first to notice. 'Uncle America', they would chortle mischievously from street corners whenever the American returnee showed up to buy his Cookery plate. Before long, the poor man became the butt of jokes by people who had not even been to Lungi.
We gotta take care of ourselves before attempting to solve the world's problems unless we want to be swallowed up by this ravenous recession, and the vicissitudes of life.


Subject: Re: US recession
From: Uncle Sam
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Date Posted: 01:16:38 03/22/08 ()
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And this recession is going to bite. It has started already, with the system making the poor pay the price with higher rent, higher taxes, aggressive and unreasonable tax collection practices and high costs of social services. I will not talk about the morgage crisis and the foreclosures.Very soon, some people will wish they were in Sierra Leone.


Subject: Re: US recession
From: Reality
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Date Posted: 03:45:43 03/22/08 ()
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Another option that Sierra leoneans in USA could turn to is relocat1on.
When I came here I lived on the east coast, namely Maryland for a
while. I had an opportunity to visit some friends in the midwest and
saw the standard of life and relocated the next year. I have never
regretted the move. Jobs here pay the same if not better and rent in
Maryland is mortgage here. Though we do not have the same number
of parties, that's ok. I know relocat1on from a place that one has gotten
used to is difficult, but these times no option should be taken off the
table. If you have not grown deep roots you can always move to
another state as long as it is not Utah.


Subject: Re: US recession
From: What's wrong with Utah?
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Date Posted: 06:21:19 03/22/08 ()
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What's wrong with Utah?


Subject: Re: US recession
From: U.S. Department of Labor
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Date Posted: 04:37:22 03/22/08 ()
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"Jobs here pay the same if not
better and rent in Maryland is
mortgage here."
----------------------------

Well that is not what the Labor statistics reads.
See for yourself:


Subject: KABBA MUST BE TRIED FOR THE SLAYING OF MUSA KABIA,SACCOMAH
From: Out for Justice
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Date Posted: 18:16:36 03/21/08 ()
Email Address: imtu71@hotmail.com
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FOLLOWING THE WAKE OF THE NIGERIAN MILITARY INTERVENTION IN SIERRA LEONE, KABBA ORCHESTRATED AN ACT THAT CATEGORICALLY CONTRAVENES THE LAWS OF GENEVA CONVENTION THAT LEAD TO THE GUESOME DEATHS OF INNOCENT CITIZENS SUCH AS MUSA KABIA, SACCOMAH, SHEIK MUSTABAR E.T.C. THESE INNOCENT VICTIMS OF MOB JUSTICE WERE PHYSICALLY WHISKED AND SET ABLAZE IN BROAD DAY LIGHT WITHOUT BEING GRANTED THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PROSECUTED BY A COURT OF LAW AND ALL IN THE NAME OF KABBA'S SO CALLED "DEMOCRACY" . IT IS HIGH TIME THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY INTERVENE AND INVESTIGATE KABBA'S MURDER PLOTS AGAINST THESE SOULS. THERE CAN BE NO PEACE WITHOUT JUSTICE.


Subject: A spoof of Hillary and Obama (Don't watch if you are prim )
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 16:20:00 03/21/08 ()
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This video is kinda racy. Please don't watch if you are prim and proper or are easily offended.. It's fun though.


Subject: Remember him?.
From: His Royal Highness
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Date Posted: 00:31:56 03/22/08 ()
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..I know one thing for sure, that video will not help Obama in the State of Tennessee.


Subject: Re: Remember him?.
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 06:21:47 03/23/08 ()
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Yes indeed...Henry Ford Jr. I thought he was on his way to winning the Senate seat from Tennessee until news surfaced that he enjoyed doing the 'Bedsheet Shuffle' with white women. Conjured all sorts of racist Madingo stereotypes that helped sink his candidacy. This irrational fear still exists.


Subject: Remember him?
From: His Royal Highness
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Date Posted: 00:30:21 03/22/08 ()
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I know one thing for sure, that video will not help Obama in the State of Tennessee.


Subject: HOLIDAYS
From: Bandele
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Date Posted: 12:49:16 03/21/08 ()
Email Address: dele25@yahoo.com
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Message:
I dont know if I am mistaken or not but dont Forumites
think that a 5 Day Break is too much for a civilised society?


Subject: The Next SLPP Government
From: Bra Enviable
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Date Posted: 09:07:38 03/21/08 ()
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Since the momentum on Cocorioko seems dull, let me enliven the forum by throwing a political bait inside the opponents' camp. The next SLPP government, which shall come to power in 2012, WILL turn Sierra Leone into The Singapore of West Africa. As the fountain of nationalism in Sierra Leone, the SLPP can turn Sierra Leone into the Singapore of West Africa. Once the APC-thinking elements within our party have been ferreted out, the NATIONALIST SLPP has the will and political trim to develop the country it originally wrested from colonial rule. Long Live the SLPP! Long the SLPP's will to turn Sierra Leone into the Singapore of West Africa.


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 15:18:25 03/21/08 ()
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Bra Enviable duya nor make me belleh hart wit laff!
SLPP will turn Sierra Leone into the Singapore of Africa? Hehehehehe! Going by the atrocity perpetrated by the last SLPP government, any future Green government will definitely transmogrify Salone into Zimbabwe part2. Ar sot Cod! Even Candido will agree with me on this.
By the way, by 2012, Ernest Koroma would have brought about such concrete and measurable achievements that the people will be screaming '5 more years!' for him from Kailahun to Masiaka, and dancing beauties all deodorized with Rainbow and Bint El Sudan powders will be jabbing their thick, succulent mammaries into the air and gyrating their ample Tumbas to that clarion call.
APC! Live forever!


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: Bra Enviable
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Date Posted: 17:50:27 03/21/08 ()
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Fen Plaba, Nar dat make ar lek you. Yu sabi tork lek Yellibaah.
The only thing I have seen Koroma do so far is decorate himself with political and academic titles. The heavily-decorated president now goes by the name "His Excellency the President, Dr Ernest Koroma." So much for a president that came to power to supposedly make a departure from the wasted years of presidential mystification. Once cleaned of its APC-tainted members, the SLPP will put Sierra Leone back on its feet. The greatest fear we have is that the APC may return to its fascist past by casting a damper on democratic politics through a systematic emasculation of the opposition. A government that threatens journalists with fire and brimstone over a mere newspaper cartoon will surely put the opposition out of commission when threatened with political extinction at the polls. Akata politics, APC-style.


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: tamba moiwo
To: All
Date Posted: 05:59:51 03/22/08 ()
Email Address: moiwo@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: gateway-303.energis.gsi.gov.uk at 62.25.109.196

Message:
Bra Enviable,you don put dat 'rat' na in proper place.Dae man tok but SLPP atrocity----maybe ee nor no watin dat mean. SLPP and atrocity used in same sentence?
Na tru Bra,only ting Koroma don do na for decorate insef--boyah pas dae puke bokit.....APC na retrogressive party-kan see way den dae undo all SLPP good wok---detain journalists,curtail freedom of press and MURDER Democracy.....shhhhhhhhh Tanta Quru !!!!


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 09:53:01 03/22/08 ()
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Message:
Tamba Moiwo, long time no hear. I missed you on the boards. Although you just called me a rat, I am more thrilled to see you posting again. And of course Bra Enviable is my Kommaneh. For calling me a Jeliba, he will have to pay a double dowry.
Welcome back my friend.


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 10:33:23 03/21/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
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This is good in theory but will it work in practice. I have asked the question before but have never been offered a response. Has Sierra Leone ever been developed by Sierra Leoneans? What I mean by this is have Sierra Leoneans ever developed infrastructure and systems that are on par with modern standards. Aside from the colonial rule inheritance that was not even properly maintained, how will Sierra Leone move from dead last on the human development index to the mecca of West Africa? This is a process that will take generations to actually produce. There has to be a paradigm shift in thought, attitude, actions, and expectations in order for this to occur. EBK should use the town hall style that Obama has used so successfully to help develop this shift. Of course he is only one person but he has ministers and they have staff so there are many people who can help with taking the message of change to the masses. The theme of change has been very effective for Obama and people have gravitated to it. Of course EBK can't just preach about change, he has to bring about change in order for this to be effective. I don't think that most people's expectations at this point are realistic. In a country with a 17% literacy rate, 75% unemployment, poor health care, corruption, disenfranchment, and a host of other issues; the time needed to make real and lasting changes is really unknown at this time. At best this administration can only put a bandaid on the wounds to help stop the hemorraging, but one or two terms is almost insignificant in terms of all the work that needs to be done. I personally believe EBK's greatest legacy would be to develop the framework for change in terms of the intangibles like helping to shape a new mindset on issues like corruption, quality healthcare and education, and inclusion of diasporians in change for Sierra Leone. He should focus on small obtainable victories which will help to generate and maintain momentum for his message of change. I know most folks don't want to look at or talk about the realities but these are longterm problems that will take decades to repair. Everyone talks about the changes that need to occur but no one wants to looks at the decades of work it will take to make these changes. Take healthcare for example, how long do you think it would take realistically to get adequate healthcare facilites throughout the country that are properly staffed with medical equipment and medication? That's just one problem without a real timeline for solving so just imagine them all combined and then determine how long you believe it would take to adequately address them all with long term, sustainable solutions.


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 16:06:23 03/21/08 ()
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Aside from the colonial rule inheritance that was not even properly maintained, how will Sierra Leone move from dead last on the human development index to the mecca of West Africa?.......Erica Adams.

This is the challenge for our politicians. Successfully answering that will transform them into true statesmen.

Since independence, I cannot point to any sustained infrastructural or manufacturing development. We have been in a state of arrested development for 40 years. The fault lies with all governments: SLPP, APC, NRC, AFRC, PMS etc, etc. LEH WE CONT!

1) Salone Railways: Mortgaged for Cocoa Yebeh, Capsule en Jamba.
2) Roads: Joint Venture and Wahmann Abu roads that were constructed with such fanfare were allowed to rot away as maintenance money was spent on Fine Titys wit Cut Neks and beaded Tumbas.
3) Delco and SLST (Diminco): Excellent foreign exchange earners were destroyed by political Karrba-Karrba and nepotism as thieving incompetents were foisted into sensitive senior staff positions.
4) Oil Refinery: Gifted to Abacha for providing the brawn for Kabba's return to power, went through many crooked deals and now claimed by a certain Thorlu fella as the 'owner'. As my uncle used to say: 'Wonder upon Wonderment'!
5)The old stadium was rebuilt as the National/Siaka Stevens Stadium. Went through some rough patches but is still standing. Okay..a feather in our cap.
6)Parliament Building: Not one new toilet or bench has been added since the Israelis built it and left.
7) Ferries, Buses, Pampas, Sierra Leone Airways, Helicopters: A national disgrace!
Guma Valley: Pull a sack over your face. The disgrace! Ughh!
8)Electricity: For 40 years, Freetown had less than 10MW and 1,000,000 MB (Mega Blackout). Hate him or love him, EBK deserves credit for trying to illuminate and by increasing our MW. Red and Green hats should be taken off to him for showing us that extraordinary things can be done by ordinary people (Thanks Obama). Not yet 24/7 but way better than before.


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: David Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 09:44:20 03/21/08 ()
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Bra Enviable, do you know that the APC is planning to hold on to power by all means possible? That is the grand plan right now. Wait for another two to three months or so, the are going to start arresting some people in that country believed to be top SLPP men. They are currently working on the modality, either the arrest you for alleged embezzlement or incitement or find some crime to associate you with. Well, that is where the combolo will start, because people are not going to sit down this time and allowed that to happen.


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: news
To: All
Date Posted: 11:06:07 03/21/08 ()
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So-called David Bangura do not jug the race before the whistle. Sierra Leone was given almost a billion of dollars to develop its war devastated land. When Joaquim Chissano signed peace with the rebels in Mozambique, it took him five years to build Mozambique after the Int. community gave lots of support. Today, Chissano becomes the first leader to win Mo Ibrahim prize.
Generations yet unborn will not forgive anyone who failed to prosecute those who have stolen money meant to stop the high mortality rate, poverty, and unsafe water. The SLPP of yesterday, sat in a big pool of wealth. Its cabal gathered their own and left other Sierra Leoneans to wallow in vain. It was only those who aare from SLPP strongholds that took everything. If you do not have certain names and character, the SLPP of 1996-2007 rejected geuine Sierra Leoneans. The days had gone when the SLPP made it possible for non indigenes to reap and hold positions of trust. The SLPP as it is, does not believe in other Sierra Leoneans save that from its stronghiolds.
It will take generations of SLPP kith and kins to know that in this world, everyone has its own day.
APC is a party for every Sierra Leonean. it achievments have no bounds. Children of the South East benifited from its scholarship as children from other parts did see developments the APC manifested during its rule.
Who will deny the fact that the SLPP helped to destroy the legacy of the APC. Was it not a time when the Jamirus, JB Dauda, SS Banya, SB Marah, Joe Jackson, Joe Amara Bnagali many, many others influenced policies that made Sierra leone to be the lowest of the low.
SLPP cadres were given the responsibility to salvage our country's mess. When you stole a country's wealth, you must account for it. If the ACC must institute any investigation, emphasis must be taken to see how a billion of dollars cannot help Sierra Leone to come out from its Post - war scenario. If Mozambique, Angola and others can generate Int. attention through their drive to boost economic growth, then why Sierra Leone has not been able to achieve that feat?
Can SLPP suporters answer to this question.


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: David Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 12:53:05 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: wanglobe.hilton.com at 192.251.125.85

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Mr News, you are not man enough to write your actual name. You are probably one of those sycophants who do not know what is happening in Sierra Leone. Do you know the composition of the last SLPP cabinent? Just incase you dont know, Tonkolili alone, had 4 senior cabinent ministers, not to talk about other northern regions. The north had more cabinent ministers than south/east combined. I am a Northerner, but I am very objective. I called things by there proper names. I am not going to jump into that stupid ban wagon because I belong to the north.


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: Bo lef for lie
To: All
Date Posted: 14:54:34 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
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You are not a Northerner.


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: Maryland police
To: All
Date Posted: 20:50:26 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Alpha Saidu Bangura is David Bangura in arriyogbo agbada.


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: Friend of Moh'm Allie
To: All
Date Posted: 01:20:35 03/22/08 ()
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And what moniker is the satanic boar constrictor in the green grass Ahmed Stokes Koroma using now ? He is responsible for the posts against Kabs Kanu on this forum.


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: tamba moiwo
To: All
Date Posted: 05:47:12 03/22/08 ()
Email Address: moiwo@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: gateway-303.energis.gsi.gov.uk at 62.25.109.196

Message:
And who is this Stokes? Must be a slime-ball.Encountered him on THAT forum and he comes across as a very engaging sort of dude.Maybe he is too friendly for his own good.So why do you think he is a Green Snake in a Green Grass?


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: news
To: All
Date Posted: 11:00:49 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: dc5147926e.adsl.wanadoo.nl at 81.71.146.110

Message:
So-called David Bangura do not jug the race before the whistle. Sierra Leone was given almost a billion of dollars to develop its war devastated land. When the Joaquim Chissano signed peace with the rebels in Mozambique, it took him five years to build Mozambique after the Int. community gave lots of support. Today, Chissano becomes the first leader to win Mo Ibrahim prize.
Generations yet unborn will not forgive anyone who failed to prosecute those who have stolen money meant to stop the high mortaklity rate, poverty, and unsafe water. The SLPP of yesterday, sat in a big pool of wealth. Its cabal gathered their own and left other Sierra Leoneans to wallow in vain. It was only those who aare from SLPP strongholds that took everything. If you do not have certain naems and character, the SLPP of 1996-2007 did reject geuine Sierra Leoneans. The days had gone when the SLPP made it possible for non indigenes to reap and hold positions of trust. the SLPP as it is, does not believe in lother Sierra Leoneans scve that from its stronghiolds.
It will take generations for SLPP kith and kins to know that in this world, everyone has its own day.
APC is aprty for every Sierra Leoneans. its achievments have no bounds. Children of the South East benifited from its scholarship as children from other parts did see developments the APC manifested its rule.
Who will deny the fact that the SLPP helped to destroy the legacy of the APC. Was it not a time when the Jamirus, JB Dauda, SS Banya, SB Marah, Joe Jackson, Joe Amara Bnagali many, many others influenced policies that made Sierra leone to be the lowest of the low.
SLPP cadres were given the responsibility to dalvage our country's mess. When you stole a conyry's wealth, you must account for it. If the ACC must institute any invrestigation, emphasis must be taken to see how a billion of dollars cannot help Sierra Leone to come out from its Post war scenario. If Mozambique, Angola and others can generate Int. attention through their drive to boost economic growth, then why Sierra Leone has not been able to achieve that feat?
Can SLPP suporters answer to this question.


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: MEDKAY
To: All
Date Posted: 10:24:13 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
MR.SO CALLED BANGURA U DAE SICK IF YOU THINK THAT ANY SLPP FORMER OFFICIALS FOUND GUILTY OF ANY OFFENCE DURING THEIR TENURE OF OFFICE WILL BRING DOMBOLO AS YOU SAID IS BLANTANT LIE AND FOOLISH WHEN YOU START IT YOU WILL MEET MEN NOT STONES.WE ARE WAITING FOR THE D DAY TO COME


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 09:57:22 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Well if you have been sitting down for the past 6 months under virtual house/ country arrest on orders from Sammyboy Dull eyes Sumana just cause he felt like breaching your constitutonal right to freedom of movement without a court order..

What will you do when they have an allegation and the burden then rests on you to prove otherwise..???

SLPP with allmost all your leaders been top notch lawyers.. including your presidential candidates been one of the best lawyers in the country.. you still sit hand and foot and allow yourselfs to be bullied by ex cab drivers and semi diamond miners and you plan to take the fight WHERE????? WHEN??????

It might be too late..

That order to stay put or be arrested issued to al SLPP ministers should have been challenged....
By no other person by Alhaji Kabbah And Berewa himself... just to prove to the party that those who served under them will ot be left out to fallow.. and for RED yubas to circle over like its a SLPP 40 days Waking..

That order to bring into the executive those who where MP's should have been fodder for a constitutional battle..

Stand up you green boys and stop letting us that wanted to see our country mature to a sober constitutional democracy with 3 good election circles under our belt down..

We will not forgive you folks.. if you let our country decent a 1 party state again with your ineptitude..


Subject: Re: The Next SLPP Government
From: dengrindem
To: All
Date Posted: 18:04:57 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
"Stand up you green boys".

Green boys? so den na green? oosai yu see green shake tail? bo nor kill man wit laf.


Subject: The Refinery
From: Dave
To: All
Date Posted: 07:18:33 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
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Has there been any progress in the refinery issue yet as no news has been published since the fire?


Subject: PMDC FEMI HEBRON AND CHARLES
From: THE PLAIN TALK
To: All
Date Posted: 01:44:08 03/21/08 ()
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The two,one is a crook by trade,the other a crook by profession.The falling out of both crooks is not a big surprise to the people of Sierra Leone.Both Femi and Charles,always consolidate to embezzle from their family,friends and the people of Sierra Leone.There are test questions to ask both of the crooks.what happen to all the money collected from the U. S.?What happen to all the fake contracts awarded to Mr.Hebron by charles,when Charles was a minister.


Subject: David Beckham surprises local footballers in Sierra Leone
From: Football
To: All
Date Posted: 23:51:01 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
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Subject: I Go Chop Your Dollar
From: His Royal Highness
To: All
Date Posted: 22:25:09 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
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Subject: Re: I Go Chop Your Dollar
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 07:59:17 03/21/08 ()
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Message:
Nkem Owoh....Ukwa! I didn't know my boy could sing. He is such a talent. By far my favorite Nollywood actor. Thanks for posting the song your Royal Highness.


Subject: Re: I Go Chop Your Dollar
From: Mohamed A. Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 14:52:33 03/22/08 ()
Email Address: Saghinosoccerworld@yahoo.com
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Message:
He got me laughing my sides out. Interesting how he can tell it like it is, with satire. After lagbaja, he is my second favourite naija musician.


Subject: Postcards from the heart
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 22:14:10 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
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With the haunting sweetness of Rogie.


Subject: Re-- reporter Moses Kargbo
From: Mr. john Manning
To: All
Date Posted: 22:06:49 03/20/08 ()
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Message:
Kabs, i want to know if your reporter moses kargbo is the same person,that went to W.A M. COLLEGIATE SCHOOL WILKINSON ROAD


Subject: Re: Re-- reporter Moses Kargbo
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 23:18:05 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac826bed.ipt.aol.com at 172.130.107.237

Message:
I don't know but he attended FBC. Graduated First class from the Mass Communications Department.


Subject: A worthy Sierra Leonean, others to emulate
From: copied news
To: All
Date Posted: 16:33:56 03/20/08 ()
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Message:
Frederica Williams's life has always been about helping others. The native of Sierra Leone immigrated to London in 1978 and moved to the United States in 1984, embarking on a career in healthcare administration. For the past six years, the Randolph resident has been president and chief executive of the nonprofit Whittier Street Health Center in Boston.

more stories like thisUnder her leadership, the center has taken healthcare to the people instead of waiting for the people to come to it, said University of Massachusetts at Boston chancellor Keith Motley.

Along the way, Williams has "transformed a basic community health center into a neighborhood centerpiece, celebrating diverse populations and increasing their access to life-saving healthcare," he said. "Her keen vision has positioned Whittier as a leader in urban healthcare with a crucial focus on the importance of culturally competent primary care and social services."

For her efforts, Williams is being awarded UMass-Boston's Robert H. Quinn Award for Community Leadership in recognition of her long-running commitment to reversing racial disparities in healthcare and being an advocate for community health in urban and multicultural communities.

Williams joined Whittier in February 2002. Since then the center has doubled the number of people served, increased revenues by almost 60 percent, and expanded the number of services provided to the community regardless of ability to pay.

"It has been a blessing and privilege to be able to provide more than 30 health and social service programs to address primary care, behavioral health, dental care, vision care, and social service needs of our patients," she said. "We serve people from 20 countries and have 17 languages spoken by Whittier staff. This rich diversity of patients and staff and our mission to promote wellness and eliminate health and social disparities inspires me to do more for a community that has been significantly underserved."

Williams is also a trustee for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, a board member of the Boston Health Net, and serves on advisory boards of the Community Oriented Correctional Health Services, Global Health/International Women's Health Initiative, the African Health Foundation, and the African Community Health Initiative.

The Quinn Award was established in honor of the former UMass-Boston trustee and former Massachusetts attorney general.


Subject: Obama won't be the next president!
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 10:39:30 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
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I'm kinda blue today as I watch the right-wing media cheerily flush Barrack Obana's presidential dreams down the toilet. He is a good man, and the country has reached a political maturity that will one day make a black man elected president. Just not this year. Obama's pastor Jeremiah Wright has provided an excuse for many white folks to vote against the brother without too much a bother of conscience. Although the right-wing 'rantists' at Fox and the white supremacists on Talk Radio have gleefully delivered a thousand cuts to Obama's presidential aspirations, the country needs to be thankful that millions of whites embraced the black man and greenlighted the end of racial politics, if not this election cycle, but in the near future.
It's gonna be Hillary and McCain for the BIG SHOW in November. However there are dark clouds in the horizon for Clinton's candidacy. The role of her opposition research into Obama's past will be thoroughly researched. The role of the media in driving stakes into Obama's candidacy will also be examined.
It will be a fractured and polarised Democratic party that will face the Republican juggernaut in October and there will be a lot of sore blacks on deck who may just sit out this election.
It looks like a President McCain for the next 4 years folks. Bombs ahoy!


Subject: Gov. Richardson endorsing Obama
From: His Royal Highness
To: All
Date Posted: 03:26:10 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
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Subject: Re: Gov. Richardson endorsing Obama
From: Augustine Kpakama
To: All
Date Posted: 09:29:35 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Fen Plaba, is it a wishful thinking that Obama won't be the next president? Will it not add a feather to your cap if Obama become a president? Think about it.


Subject: Re: Gov. Richardson endorsing Obama
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 15:29:13 03/21/08 ()
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Augustine, nothing will make me happier than an Obama victory. I actually support him. It is just that politics is ususlly so heartless and craven. I am worried that the perpetrators of nastiness will so distort Obama that he would not recognize himself by the time they are through with him. I am pessimistic about his chances. I hope I am wrong though.


Subject: Re: Obama won't be the next president!
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 22:22:56 03/20/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
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Message:
It's much to soon for the gloom and doom you are projecting. There is so much more that can happen between now and the convention. I believe there are more people who detest the Clintons than those who are bothered by what Obama's former pastor said. His response to the attacks on his pastor helped him to lock up the black vote and the dems can not win without it. Clinton can not do enough damage control between now and the elections to get us back so minus Obama many of us still will not vote for her. This election is much bigger than Obama. There are so many who have done so much to see this time in our history. The comparisons between Obama and MLK after his speak the other day will continue in the coming weeks because of the 40th anniversary of MLK's death. CNN and others will run specials, people will begin to feel all warm and fuzzy again, and this story will blow over. Unfortunately Obama needs a natural disaster or death of someone very prominent so that this story can die and he can re-position himself and put attention back on real issues. This is what he called the silly season in one of his debates with Hillary Clinton.


Subject: Re: Obama won't be the next president!
From: Black Republicans for Obama
To: All
Date Posted: 16:20:55 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
I am sure that you will agree with me that the Hillary machine's spin on Rev Wright's alleged unpatriotism is disingenuous and guileful......

It is also faux-naif that they are not highlighting the fact that the individual accused of racism against white people hails from a similar bi-racial progeny like Obama.....

Additionally, they continue not to acknowledge the fact that Rev Wright served his country with honor both as a Marine and a Naval officer defending the very freedoms he was expressing at the pulpit ....

Clearly the ongoing deportments fully exposes the ignoble character of your beloved democrats for the whole world to see..

My invitation is still open to you Me Bra...

You are welcome to the GOP!


Subject: Re: Obama won't be the next president!
From: Kawusu
To: All
Date Posted: 14:05:44 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Korthor Fen Plaba,
I definitely disagree with you on this one. There is no way Hillary is going to get the democratic nod. Obama won that when he gave that masterful speech on Tuesday. Obama will win the democratic primary. A lot will happen between August and November. Lets keep our fingers crossed. Never say never, my brother.


Subject: Re: Obama won't be the next president!
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 14:09:52 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
I believe Obama will clinch the nod from the dems..
He is too far gone for a democratic backout.. and i think the mains supporters he has - the IPOD generation dont give a rats ass about his smelly pastor..

My main worry for now is with the way the Bush white house will leave the state of the union..
A black man following in the steps of that evil gang will surely have his work cut out for him..

I am afraid if he stumbles.. thier goes our chance for the next 50 years..

And stumble, he will..
Bush mad sure he fu*$ it up good enough..


Subject: Re: Obama won't be the next president!
From: Sengbe
To: All
Date Posted: 13:30:58 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Bo Fen Plaba nor gee the man bad luck.

These political shenanigans by the Clinton folks fall in the category of what may be termed "atrocious brutality."

Pa McClain himself will not condone it in his campaign, even though his right wing colleagues in the RP will definitely try to. But it will all be for nought. It is a new day in Amerikkka, Smallboy Greener.

For Barack to be in the lead up to this point means that Jeremiahgate will be muzzled before the end of May. The elections are in November, 2008. Anything can happen between now and then.

Suppose Pa McCain on viagra actually had sex with that lobbyist on a quid pro quo basis? Will it be blown out of proportion?

And do you know why the short Greek boy on ABC was fired from the Clinton White House in the nineties? Yuki-yuki bizness with H?

Wait, hear, and see. Then cross your fingers.

Barack will upset Pa McClain in the final round.

I bet two bottles of mampama, one bottle of omole, and a six-pack of unmarked cigarettes from a dealer in NYC, if you are game. You live out in the Big Apple? Yeah!


Subject: Re: Obama won't be the next president!
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 15:57:54 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
"And do you know why the short Greek boy on ABC was fired from the Clinton White House in the nineties? Yuki-yuki bizness with H?"
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Little George did the hay roll with madam? Nah! He looks so cute and innocent... like a Grammar School Borbor.

I don't know Sengbe...I think the Clinton and GOP attack machines are in full battle mode. Now that they have smelled blood, the sharks are circling in the water. I think Obama, despite his lead in the delegate count, will be out of the race by the Denver convention. I just saw the latest Gallup numbers and Hillary is already leading Barack 48% to 40% among Democrats, a 14 point swing since Super Tuesday. Barrack's white coalitioners are bailing out fast as the attackers gleefully cherrypick Jeremiah Wright's most incendiary speeches and scare the crap out of white folks.

Right now the polls show that McCain is beating both Obama and Clinton in the general elections by significant single digits. And GOP hardliners like Congressman Peter King of New York have declared that the GOP is going to 'Willie Horton' Obama if he were the candidate, by effectively making Jeremiah Wright his running mate. Can you imagine the fright of Middle America when they are saturated with You Tubes of a snarling, ranting Jeremiah?

I have a feeling that the Democratic party elders are going to throw Obama under the bus, to improve their chances in the elections. The problem with this strategy however is that the most loyal voting bloc of the Democratic party, African Americans, will be so incensed that they just might sit on their hands in the elections.

I hate to wager against my Bo School Korthor but I'm going to take you up on this. Let's up the ante, shall we? In addition, the loser will have to sing all the stanzas of the Bo School song. Cool with that Bra?


Subject: Re: Obama won't be the next president!
From: Sengbe
To: All
Date Posted: 16:51:03 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: nc-67-232-9-206.dhcp.embarqhsd.net at 67.232.9.206

Message:
You are on.

Remember that Obama was the dark horse (no pun intended) in this race. He was not even supposed to have gone this far.

I sense a wind of change blowing over America in this race, and with our votes for this man, change is inevitable.


Subject: How we nor go pooooooh?????????
From: KLA
To: All
Date Posted: 09:53:00 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
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"The Commission’s chairman, Lawyer Jenkins Johnston when presenting the report yesterday to President Koroma at State House, said they realized that during their findings the issues they were dealing with were beyond Koidu Holdings Mining Company.
He explained to President Koroma that during their examination of the mining policy, they found out that even though mining had been going on in the country for the past 75 years “no document reflects the fact that minerals in general belong to the people of Sierra Leone”.......AWOKO

These are truly amazing revelations! Our interpretation of these findings.....simply without the legal jargon. SIERRA LEONE HAS NEVER HELD TITLE TO HER MINERAL RESERVES!! WE NOR EVER OWN CLAIM TO ALL
DI GOLD EN DIAMOND NAH DI KONTRY.

How we nor go poooOOOOOHHHH!!! Ober to the lawyer en Juris Doctor dem. Who were the signatories to such SHAM contracts that have aided in the pauperization of the Salone folks?

tstm


Subject: Re: How we nor go pooooooh?????????
From: Sengbe
To: All
Date Posted: 07:35:11 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: nc-67-232-9-206.dhcp.embarqhsd.net at 67.232.9.206

Message:
Bra KLA, we need a mining review commission to be set up asap.

Are you willing to serve?


Subject: Re: How we nor go pooooooh?????????
From: BOSE ERO
To: All
Date Posted: 11:16:22 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
Bra check this out.


Subject: For Kabs Kanu: Sheikh Umarr Kamara
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 06:38:05 03/20/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: 194-237-247-130.customer.telia.com at 194.237.247.130

Message:
I have been seeking an english teacher of mine at secondary school.The teacher happens to have the same Sheikh Umarr Kamara name.Whether this is a coincidence or not I have to see.
Now Kabs where you come into this is to help me with the email address of this writer of the Conteh-Morgan tribute on your webpage if there is any possibility. I want to know if he is really the one I am seeking and I have a way of doing that. Thanks.


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Sheikh Umarr Kamara
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 07:07:38 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.86

Message:
If it is the Sheikh Umarr who is an English Prof in Virginia, went to MMTC, FBC, then contact me at mammysweh@gmail.com for his telephone number.


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Sheikh Umarr Kamara
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 10:28:51 03/20/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: c83-248-86-104.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.86.104

Message:
Kool I will do so as soon AS POSSIBLE.


Subject: Types of Journalism
From: Reality
To: All
Date Posted: 03:58:52 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 166.195.158.74

Message:
Thanks Kabs for your educative piece on watchdog and nation-building
journalism. To your credit you provided a real forum for Sierra
Leoneans to express their views on some of the bad practices of the
outgone SLPP administration. There was an element of objectivity you
exercised then that was quite admirable.

Some of us would have preferred you to stick to that brand of
journalism, but do however sympathize with the fact that you no longer
can, and though you promise to engage in both nation-building and
watchdog journalism, it is apparent that circumstances can only allow
you to do the former.

You do not have to endeavor to explain to anybody. You have been
appointed as communications director of the APC, a post that only ill
health prevents you from taking up, and it would be unwise of you to
say anything against the current administration as this position involves
painting the government in the best possible light. You no longer have
the credibility of a neutral observer. You should however respect the
fact that there those who will always continue to be critical, regardless
of the government in power as some of us care more for results than
rhetoric. We will continue to use the Internet and other media to
encourage president Koroma to do the best he can for the country, and
and would not hesitate to herald his good deeds, but would also be
prompt to point out any action that would have negative consequences
for our country, as our own true loyalties do not lie with any particular
party, region or person, but with the country that we love Sierra Leone.


Subject: Re: Types of Journalism
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 09:24:02 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Well said Sir.. We said..


Subject: Your Party Against The Republican Campaign Machine
From: His Royal Highness
To: All
Date Posted: 23:58:40 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
Forumites:
It is not uncommon for Sierra Leonean pundits to reference the United States' political philosophy and practices as the benchmark to reckon with.
If this opinion holds water and you are affiliated with the SLPP, would you prefer your party to run against the Republican party (in the U.S.) with its known campaign practices or remain the opponent of the APC (in Salone? The same question to APC supporters:
will you prefer the Republican party as described above or will prefer the SLPP in in Salone?
What is the rationale behind your choice?



Subject: Re: Your Party Against The Republican Campaign Machine
From: We all the same
To: All
Date Posted: 15:57:50 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 164.106.71.240

Message:
I can see where you are trying to go with this my brother. But to make a long story short, the republicans in the US has the potential to behave worse than the SLPP or the APC if they run their campaigns in Sierra Leone. I think the key word here is the ENVIRONMENT.

Indeed I will prefer my SLPP party to run against the repuiblicans in the US becaaause the chances of any physical harm to me is way less than the APC in Sierra Leone. But also bear in mind that the same Republican party in a different environment, like in Sierra Leone, can behav


Subject: Our History, Our Heritage.
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 22:58:24 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
This forum has so many knowledgeable Sierra Leoneans that one can actually rely on Cocorioko for a whole host of academic reasons. I am therefore seeking informative responses to the following questions.

{1} Why is Ethelred Jones popularly known in Sierra Leonean history as "Lamina Sankoh?"

Our national history tells us that this brainy nationalist and scholar was so impressively liberal that he was able to rise above the Krio-Native divide without the slightest hesitation. {2} Did he adopt the name "Lamina Sankoh" out of an Afrocentric desire to Africanize the way he was called, Kweisi Nfume style? Those with the versatility of Magbaily Fyle and "Doc Pee" of the Mount Aureol fame will surely help me out.
Equally true, Mr. Lahai Vandi can also add to the responses with facts from his vast reservoir of Oral history.


Subject: Re: Our History, Our Heritage.
From: KLA
To: All
Date Posted: 09:55:32 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 164.82.84.3

Message:

was one of the SLPP originals.


tstm


Subject: Re: Our History, Our Heritage.
From: Ask Him
To: All
Date Posted: 08:43:51 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Ask Sengbe


Subject: Re: Our History, Our Heritage.
From: John Elkanah Smith-Vamboi
To: All
Date Posted: 12:51:49 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Sengbe will Never admit that a krio man formed the nucleus of teh SLPP party. Are you crazy? Do you want him to commit suicide?


Subject: Re: Our History, Our Heritage.
From: Sengbe
To: All
Date Posted: 13:09:43 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 198.85.60.159

Message:
Ha! Ha!! Ha!!!

Very funny.

You could earn a very decent living being the comedian you are.

Remember, S.L.P.P. stands for; SIERRA LEONE PEOPLES' PARTY. This means that, our party is a national party, and not a regional one, like the others. This is one of the reasons I love her so much.

In fact when I was growing up in Sa Lon, there was equal representation from both the Northwest and the Southeast until the APC came along in 1966. The rest as they say, constitutes our present history.

The democratic ideals of the party is the source of my admiration and love.


Subject: Re: Our History, Our Heritage.
From: John Elkanah Smith -Vamboi
To: All
Date Posted: 23:57:40 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
So what do you think about the fact that Etheldred Jones aka Lamina Sankoh was the founder of what is now known as the SLPP? Does it change your attitude towards krios?


Subject: Re: Our History, Our Heritage.
From: Sengbe
To: All
Date Posted: 07:52:25 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: nc-67-232-9-206.dhcp.embarqhsd.net at 67.232.9.206

Message:
I've always known that fact.

I've NEVER had a bad attitude toward krios. What gives you that impression?

Part of my primary school education was at Regent Square Municipal, across from Connaught Hospital, so I went to school with Krios - ask Femi Hebron, Boytee, and KLA, some of my school mates - and I get along very well with them. Furthermore, as a Bo School man, we are taught to be tolerant of other ethnicities at a very early age. So you see, Vamboi, I have interacted with ALL the ethnicities in Sa Lon. Thus, I cannot help but be tolerant of others in the SaLone community.

What is your background? And why are you asking?

Bra me norto 'tribalist' lekkeh u, perhaps, ehn others.

Me nar Saloneman true ehn true.


Subject: Re: Our History, Our Heritage.
From: Original Krio Boy
To: All
Date Posted: 03:34:28 03/21/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: c83-248-86-104.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.86.104

Message:
Boy how can a John Vamboi be a krio? Please don't give krios a bad name! You are a mende, stop this krio fascination!


Subject: Re: Our History, Our Heritage.
From: John Elkanah Smith -Vamboi
To: All
Date Posted: 16:15:35 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
You missed out on the John Elkanah Smith -Vamboi. Cant you read BOY. John Elkanah Smith -Vamboi is a krio mende boy and a proud sierra leonean. so what makes you more Original than me? De bobby wae ar suck drink Orogu wata. Guess which one of my parents is krio? thas right, mia madre. Spent 9 months being nurtured in her womb. When she gave birth to me she nurtured me thorugh child hood into adult hood. Did you say you were more original than me?


Subject: Re: Our History, Our Heritage.
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 00:53:12 03/22/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: c83-248-86-104.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.86.104

Message:
Now I have got the chance to clip your beak and wings! If you are indeed a descendant of Orogu aka upper Allen Town, it is clear as Tutik from Grafton that you are either lokko or mende.The mende-krio you are claiming is infact lokko-mende.If you think your mother is a krio check her background you will be disappointed to learn that she is 100% lokko! Infact all so-called krios who are inhabitants or descendants of the moutnain villages are orginally lokkos. Original krio descendants are found only along the seaside villages and some railway villages like Waterloo, Newton and Songo where 70% had been absorbed by the temnes.

By the way do you know the Scotts (Leslie etc.),the Coles.

Lol.Nar wuna bin dae tiff we mango dem nar Kola tree en Calabatown.


Subject: Re: Our History, Our Heritage.
From: Who Cares
To: All
Date Posted: 04:40:40 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Original Krio Boy, Since you are concerned about names, how did Jones end up being a Lamina Sankoh?


Subject: What a hypocrite!
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 22:38:41 03/19/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
Entered From: adsl-074-185-005-235.sip.clt.bellsouth.net at 74.185.5.235

Message:
I typically don't play into the Sylvia Blyden game, but I could not resist responding to this article she had in her paper today. I'm so glad she's hanging herself. She has refused to show up to court for a case she initiated against my family regarding our property. She is even in violation of an ordinance because of the way she built on the property and now she is crying foul because someone is not showing up for court. I pray the judge who is hearing the case we have in court will read her article and make a ruling in her absense the next time the case is called and she fails to appear. Great work Sylvia, I told you before--you ain't that smart!


Subject: Re: What a hypocrite!
From: You go, sista!
To: All
Date Posted: 16:08:00 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Sister Erica,
I hope you will finally get justice. Sylvia thought she could take advantage forever because of the political dispensation at the time. However, now that she has lost her political patrons who backed her in her destructive behaviour, she will realize that the truth will reign supreme in the end. I wish you the very best as your family tries to regain that which is rightfully yours. Stay strong my dear.


Subject: Re: What a hypocrite!
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 22:59:21 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Erica, how dae bodi?


Subject: Re: What a hypocrite!
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 23:39:09 03/19/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
Entered From: adsl-074-185-005-235.sip.clt.bellsouth.net at 74.185.5.235

Message:
Well. A fellow night owl. How are you?


Subject: Re: What a hypocrite!
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 03:22:11 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
I am fine, Erica.
I expected you to
respond in Krio.


Subject: Re: What a hypocrite!
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 16:08:29 03/20/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
Entered From: adsl-074-185-005-235.sip.clt.bellsouth.net at 74.185.5.235

Message:
Sorry. Dae bodi fine. U sef.


Subject: Re: What a hypocrite!
From: Frank Hughes
To: All
Date Posted: 06:44:37 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 65.91.143.4

Message:
The real Erica Adams lives at Brookfields in Freetown. Duya, nar me yone. Stop using her name on this forum. I get nervy each time her romantic name is used on this forum.


Subject: Re: What a hypocrite!
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 07:33:20 03/21/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
Entered From: adsl-074-185-005-235.sip.clt.bellsouth.net at 74.185.5.235

Message:
How can you decide who the "real" Erica Adams is? I'm Erica Adams because my name happens to be Erica and I married into the Adams family. If your nerves are bad because I'm using my legal name, you may need to go take something for that. Duya nar mix me pan dis romance bizness.


Subject: Re: What a hypocrite!
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 08:47:05 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Erica, I salute you.
It gladdens my heart when
a Diasporan sister speaks
an African language.


Subject: Re: What a hypocrite!
From: Question
To: All
Date Posted: 08:55:26 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
Is Krio an African language?


Subject: Re: What a hypocrite!
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 10:31:43 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
As spoken in Sierra Leone by Africans, Krio is an African language. Different versions of Creole can be heard from Guniea Bissau to Brazil and Haiti in the Caribbean. The theme that runs through all of those versions of Creole is the African past colliding with the history of slavery and colonial rule. Still, Krio, as spoken in my country by Africans, is an African langauge.


Subject: Idi Amin's dream mosque opens
From: BBC
To: All
Date Posted: 19:32:42 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 71.30.187.190

Message:
A huge mosque begun more than 30 years ago by the late Ugandan dictator Idi Amin has opened in the Ugandan capital.
The mosque is named after Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi who helped finance its construction when funds ran low.

As Libya's leader opened the mosque, which holds some 15,000 worshippers and dominates Kampala's skyline, a large crowd chanted "long live Gaddafi".

Amin, who lived in Saudi Arabia after he fled Uganda in 1979, dreamed of building Africa's largest mosque.

A number of other African heads of state attended the ceremony, including the presidents of Somalia, Zanzibar and Djibouti.


Subject: Today's Traffic
From: Forum Statistics Bureau
To: All
Date Posted: 16:18:04 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-140-34-87.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.140.34.87

Message:
323 Unique Visitors

Hits % Date Analysis
5599 100% 19/Mar

Hits % Country Analysis
1933 34.5% Unresolved Hosts
1724 30.7% Network (Mainly USA)
1327 23.7% Commercial (Mainly USA)
210 3.75% United Kingdom
160 2.85% USA Educational
103 1.83% Netherlands
49 0.87% Non-Profit Making Organizations
35 0.62% USA Government
26 0.46% Sweden
6 0.10% Australia
5 0.08% Norway
5 0.08% Canada
4 0.07% Finland
2 0.03% Israel
2 0.03% Colombia
2 0.03% Japan
1 0.01% Nicaragua
1 0.01% Italy
1 0.01% Singapore
1 0.01% Denmark
1 0.01% Sierra Leone
1 0.01% Morocco
22 Total Countries


Subject: Re: Today's Traffic
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 09:20:12 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
See for some of us who knows what this data means..
This is Gold..

If you can find a way to display this without posting so its realtime data..

That would help your revenue greatly..
A lot of advertizers look for this information without contacting you.. and if they dont find a way to find it on the site.. or an explanation of traffic.. they just take thier advertizing dollar defoe..


Good Job bra..
We dey behen you..


Subject: Re: Today's Traffic
From: gbenko
To: All
Date Posted: 10:38:04 03/20/08 ()
Email Address: subscribe@learnbook.net
Entered From: at 90.211.143.208

Message:
I still think that to really exploit this info, they should change the forum software to a more robust one.

My 200 leones.


Subject: Gongoli character still around : Now calls self Wachivee
From: Kabs Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 14:58:48 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-183-255.patmedia.net at 24.225.183.255

Message:
79.66.33.173

Ladies and Gentlemen, just want to let you know that the pest posting under Gongoli HAS REAPPEARED under a different name WARCHIVEE. He/She posted under different names and all his/her posts were directed at me.

This person continues to post from the internet cafe with starting numbers 79. His/her full IP is indicated above.

This is just to let you know about my harasser --That he/she is still around and posting from that internet cafe.

His/her aim is to create the wrong impressions about me to you readers. We all know that this is a debating forum and at times the debates get really robust in the name of democracy.

I just had one with Sengbe , but that does not make the learned Professor my enemy and the Professor will not be banned or his posts against me deleted. Infact, as Sengbe himself can testify, I have been more favourable towards him during his fights with Moh'm and Allieu than anybody else. When he was not participating once, I wrote him a personal letter to find out why. You have also seen how I protect the interests of John Mannah, another of my bitter critics. If we target people who criticize us, people like Candid Opinion, Bra Enviable ,John Mannah, Sengbe etc would not have been participating here. But we believe in democracy and we give everybody the opportunity to participate.

The only people we block are those who blatantly violate our rules and regulations and those who come here with no serious intentions but to harass others, like the character under review.

Yesterday, a veteran of this forum was pleading with me to copy the style of the Awareness Forum and make people register with real names and e-mail addresses. The person explained lengthily what the AT Publisher told him about the reasons for not making it a free forum like Cocorioko's . And the reasons look impressive to me.According to the person, if you try to post any tirade on that forum, you won't succeed. We might try that method. Other people have written to suggest the same. Infact, lots of you condemned my initiative to grant amnesty and unblock troublemakers.

I just want you to know that we are reviewing all these suggestions and might implement them if we are forced to do so. The person who spoke to me yesterday said that some of the things being posted here are damaging my own interests and creating a bad picture of Cocorioko. And you know that we will be real fools to allow our enemies to destroy the good work we are doing.

We will keep you posted on our plans.The character Wachivee will never enjoy posting here because whatever rubbish he/she posts will be deleted. If it costs me to get another person to help us monitor this forum and be spotting out and deleting posts that contribute nothing to our debates, it will be done.

Meanwhile, we want to appeal to the serious forumites to continue the thrilling debates. The forum is the best and the most exciting on the Sierra Leone web.Some people have told me that without this forum their lives will never be complete. It is their cup of coffee in the morning and some say they are camped here and virtually live here. This shows that the forum has lots of good things about it.


Subject: Re: Gongoli character still around : Now calls self Wachivee
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 21:14:14 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Continue doing the fine job you already are Kabs. As you delete Gongoli, please allow one or two of his posts to slip through because some of us will like to get our hands on that nincompoop.

The Forum of Patriots is vibrant and great as a uniquely anonymous forum. AT's forum is staid and boring where refugees and rejects from the Cocorioko forum hold sway in bland chit-chat. Everybody knows where Sylvia's forum is but who wants to go there?

Strengthen and enforce the rules that protect the integrity of the forum but please, PLEASE maintain the unique anonymity of this wonderful forum. This is where friend and foe converge. This is our great boobab tree where we settle or incite palavas! It is this anonymity that makes our Cocorioko forum so seductive, addictive and mysterious all at once.


Subject: Re: Gongoli character still around : Now calls self Wachivee
From: Kabs Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 22:29:28 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-183-255.patmedia.net at 24.225.183.255

Message:
We will not copy that forum, whatever the provocations from that internet cafe. People have called and written me to say that the forum should remain the way it is, but we must block mere troublemakers.

I agree with you that this forum is everything to a lot of people. I have had people call me persistently even when I am in the classroom because they were unable to get into the forum. It is addictive and I also think it has that cohesive atmosphere where people want to come and listen to what their peers are saying. It gives them cohesive identity.

Some people have told me that they are getting a lot of comic relief also from the forum.One man said at times when he thinks about the things he reads here , even when in his office, he would just be laughing to himself and his co-workers would keep asking him to divulge to them the joke he seems to be enjoying to himself. One lady said her husband accused her of having an online lover because she was always lauging to herself when online >The man had noticed this many times, so one day, he exploded at her : "Who are you always chatting with online that you are always lauging to yourself ? ".She explained to him that it was the forum and he had since become an addict too.

On a serious note, an official of the government told me yesterday that the President and many of his ministers frequent this forum. Infact, somebody else who is a forumite, and who was in Freetown in December when the President made that party for the diasporans, said that the President, in his address to diasporans, thanked them for providing COCORIOKO. He said he reads everything we write and he wants to assure all that the government will implement some of our suggestions.

International stakeholders read this forum feverishly too and this is why we must stop the personal attacks and concentrate on the issues. We can still make our points without needlessly antagonizing the Publisher and his staff. You can't be in a ship at midsea and be antagonizing the captain and his hardworking crew needlessly, unnecessarily and harassingly . It will come to a time when you will be dropped from the ship when it docks in another port. You can criticize us but be civil.You don't have to disgrace us for us to listen to you.

Please let us enjoy our God-given right to express our views but let us do it decently and responsibly.


Subject: Re: Gongoli is Ahmed Stokes Koroma
From: Fan of Moh'm Allie Jalloh
To: All
Date Posted: 22:56:58 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-183-255.patmedia.net at 24.225.183.255

Message:
Kabs, I wonder why you can't see that Gongoli is none other than Ahmed Koroma "Stokes". This was the tip that Moh'm Allie Jalloh was trying to pass on to you. I have the opportunity to read Gongoli's posts before they are deleted. His style is no different from Stokes'. Stokes is a lowdown, dirty, crawling green snake in the green grass. That is why Moh'm and some of us hate him. When he is finished posing as Gongoli, he will come back with a different moniker. You just watch that gutter rat.


Subject: Re: Gongoli is Ahmed Stokes Koroma
From: Sewer Rat
To: All
Date Posted: 20:53:48 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac826bed.ipt.aol.com at 172.130.107.237

Message:
Kabs always likes to defend and protect sewer rats against good people. I was disappointed to see Kabs antagonising Moh'm for a sewer rat like Ahmed Stokes Koroma. Half of the bad posts written on this forum are done by Stokes as Mohamed Allie told us. Kabs should have investigated before contradicting Mohamed Allie.


Subject: Re: Gongoli is Ahmed Stokes Koroma
From: The Nationalist
To: All
Date Posted: 20:55:33 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac826bed.ipt.aol.com at 172.130.107.237

Message:
Who is this Ahmed Stokes Koroma ?


Subject: Re: Gongoli is Ahmed Stokes Koroma
From: Fan of Moh'm Allie
To: All
Date Posted: 21:21:11 03/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac826bed.ipt.aol.com at 172.130.107.237

Message:
Nationalist, Ahmed Koroma is one of the guys who is very envious of the achievements of Mohamed Allie. He is envious of Moh'm's academic achievements and material success.He was one of those who tried to damage Mr.Allie's reputation at Leonenet.Moh'm tried to unmask him on this forum, but Kabs did not allow him.


Subject: Re: Gongoli is Ahmed Stokes Koroma
From: Kabs Kanu
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Date Posted: 12:07:34 03/22/08 ()
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Please use another moniker. It is not permissible on this forum to use somebody's name without their permission. . Failure to adhere will lead to your posts being deleted.


Subject: ONS Responds to We Yone
From: We Yone
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ONS Responds to We Yone
18 March, 2008

Sierra Express, Freetown

ONS Responds to We Yone Newspaper

Very recently, We Yone Newspaper of the ruling APC published a story about the overhaul of the Office of National Security; it has not been received with levity by the ONS and ONS has responded. Here what the ONS wrote back:

RE: BEWARE APC... OVERHAUL ONS NOW

It is with utmost dismay that I refer to the publication in your Wednesday 12th March edition of We Yone captioned 'BEWARE APC.OVERHAUL O.N.S NOW' and to request that you kindly publish with similar prominence this response in a situation that is obviously a very important national security matter. While I will not bother to interpret the message behind such a backward thinking on how to run a state security apparatus, I will certainly wish to use this opportunity to educate your readership and many more of our compatriots who may genuinely wish to be clear about a few facts regarding what the publication raised.

Firstly, the outgone Government under the leadership of the erstwhile President Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah never interfered with the recruitment of officers into the Office of National Security. He was particularly protective against the institution being politicized and hence his constant insistencies that we put in place the best procedures for recruitment. With his expressed permission, the ONS was at liberty to recruit its officers based on standard procedures and processes developed in collaboration with government and our donor and development partners. We intend to keep these standard recruitment procedures intact and discourage political inference as much as we humanly can.

You are informed that every personnel within the ONS was recruited through this tested and rigorous procedure, and that at no point in time have we as an institution alluded or subscribed to partisan politics during recruitment. All unauthorized persons were cautioned not to interfere into our entire recruitment process. Gladly, we are proud to report that His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma who has succeeded President Kabbah fortunately and rightly share similar goals and aspirations for the security sector institutions never to be politicized again as they were during the old APC and SLPP of long gone years.

We must all be proud as Sierra Leoneans to be having these kinds of leaders today, who strive to take politics out of such professional outfits like the security sector institutions.

Secondly, while the ONS has relationships with the intelligence community, it is not an intelligence collection agency. Having said that, I wonder why you are misleading your audience into believing that the sad chapter in Bo was as a result of a failure of the intelligence community. That is an insult to the intelligence community to say the least. What happened in Bo was the subject of lawlessness, indiscipline and disrespect for authority by all sides to the fracas. If you must find some institution to lay blame on for such failures in our forward match to development, please learn to muster sufficient guts to lay it squarely where it belongs and not venturing into areas in which you are evidently ignorant.

The said publication may be an anathema to many Sierra Leoneans on account of the fact that it is published by no less a newspaper than that of the ruling party. The rancor in this publication portends a deliberate effort by some individuals or group of individuals, to smear the positive image of the Office of National Security which Government and its international partners have built over the years and continues to build to become one of the finest of its kind in the region. To say the least, the writer has said much more about himself and his likes than he has said about anything else and his call for the current staff to be replaced by APC stalwarts is a sad and disgraceful line of thinking.

The publication tells us that while President Koroma is constantly appealing for the entire citizenry to focus on bringing the nation together and strengthen our collective resolve to develop the nation there are those who still spend their time targeting institutions that they must toe the party line and must wear party colours. I wonder what would happen whenever another Government comes into power or what would have happened if the last administration had heard and listened to this kind of madness!

If you are trying to help some of your kind to gain employment and particularly so into the ONS, please find a better way to do it, for you can be assured that we cannot be intimidated into buying into/condoning or supporting such a strategy. If this is the idea, I am afraid it is ludicrous as such an institution like ours can only contend with qualified individuals with integrity, forthrightness and absolute commitment to serve the legitimate Government of the day and people of Sierra Leone. We are certainly not perfect (like all other human institutions) but we aspire to develop, cultivate and nurture the finest qualities in all our officers to the level befitting the expectations of such an important outfit. Whenever authorized and funded to recruit, please be assured that we will recruit officers based on our standard recruitment procedures and will continue to develop the ONS into a truly apolitical security coordination office to provide the best secretarial services to the National Security Council and to foster collaboration and cooperation within the sector. Please help His Excellency the President and his Government, and indeed all of us the public, to keep politics out of our security institutions so that they may perform their duty sincerely, objectively, professionally and in the most neutral manner in the interest of the state and the well being of the people.

In this regard I implore you to desist from this act of calumny, public misinformation and incitement in our collective effort to ensure peace, stability and the socio-economic development of our beloved Sierra Leone.

I have taken the liberty to copy other press houses to increase the chances of helping to educate the public on the issues raised in the publication.

Yours faithfully,

Brig-Gen (Rtd) Kellie H. Conteh

National Security Coordinator

Copy to:

The Secretary to the President

The President of SLAJ

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Subject: Police invite Editor to Headquarters
From: Sierra Express
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Date Posted: 14:39:40 03/19/08 ()
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Police invite Editor to Headquarters
18 March, 2008

Sierra Express, Freetown

Police Invite Editor to Report to Police Headquarters


On Tuesday, 11th March 2008, police officers from the Major Incidence Support Team (MIST) invited the Editor of Sierra Express newspaper to report to Police Headquarters on the orders of the Presidential Affairs Minister - South, Mr. Musa Tarasid Tarawally.

Our editor, Umaru Sitta Turay, a long time intimate friend of Mr. Musa Tarawally, explained that, in the morning hours of that fateful day; while he was getting himself ready to go to work, a telephone call came in and ordered that he report to the Police headquarters. "I thought it was some friends that were trying to make jokes and I responded in same manner. Later, the voice on the phone became serious and told me that, I am wanted for subversion" Mr. Turay explained.

Sitta; as he is commonly known, told this press that he then added speed to what he was doing and quickly dashed to the police headquarters.

On my arrival, he said I met my friend Abdul Samu aka Spar in the station being invited for the same allegation. Mr. Turay said that when in the police, the OC MIST, Mr. Sheku Kamara told him that the Presidential Minister-South complained that he (Mr. Turay) and Abdul Samu are suspected of causing problems in Bo recently.

"I was astonished and dumbfounded when I heard the OC speak with all seriousness," Mr. Turay explained. He said that, the police then asked both of them to either remain silent or make a statement to the police but anything being said and done at that moment will be used against them as evidence in court. This meant they were under arrest.

Later Mr. Turay and Spar agreed to make a statement to the police. In the statement, Mr. Turay said that he denied the allegation but went further to tell the police that the said Minister has been a long time friend that seek advice from him in every aspect of his (the Minister) life. "If Musa is a Minister today; I am the brain behind it. When things were politically tough and when almost everybody isolated Musa, it was only me that taught him the strategies he can use to succeed, Sitta explained.

Sitta continued by saying that after making the statement, Musa Tarawally arrived in the scene and brought a recorder with him and presented it as evidence to the police. After several people had listened to the recording, everybody understood that it was Musa Tarawally that called Sitta to advise him on the issues in Bo. It became clear that Sitta advised Musa to start initiating developmental issues and not the painting of streets "RED AND WHITE.” In the tape alleged to have been recorded during the conversation between Sitta and Musa Tarawally, an unidentified voice told Musa that the action of painting the streets should not be a priority now.

The thing that became funny is that, Musa Tarawally after all told the police and other friends that Mr. Sitta Turay, Editor of Sierra Express, has been supportive to him in almost everything he does but has not supported him since he became resident Minister. Musa Tarawally also openly said that, it is only Sitta Turay that he explained what happened between him and former Vice President, Hon. Solomon Ekuma Berewa. According to Sitta Turay, that worries Musa Tarawally a lot and he will want to intimidate him not to reveal those secrets.

Mr. Turay, in the presence of police officers told Musa Tarawally that no amount of intimidation shall make him afraid to tell the truth. He said that, Musa Tarawally knows very well that his success is the practical work of him, Sitta Turay. However, after making his statement to the police, Mr. Sitta Turay was released.

Sources close to Musa Tarawally reveal that he has greatly regretted his action and is seeking ways to reconcile with his friends. When this Press asked Sitta Turay about the possibility of reconciliation, he said "I am not foreseeing that in the near feature because I am not sure if Musa is a real friend"

Mr. Turay said that he suspects that Musa Tarawally has fixed people on him to survey his actions and is suspecting that his telephone conversations are tapped.

Mr. Sitta Turay ended by saying that "Musa Tarawally promised to do something for me if he succeeded, that is what he is dodging now that he has become Minister.”

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Subject: Re: Police invite Editor to Headquarters
From: Eddie Grant
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Date Posted: 15:27:40 03/19/08 ()
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Do you mean Resident minister or President minister?
Just curious.


Subject: Running a country like a business
From: Realist
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Date Posted: 13:07:48 03/19/08 ()
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The slogan running Sierra Leone like a business was I thought just a
campaign rhetoric, but since the President has reapeated it several
times and I don't know apart from his insurance background what his
economics background is, I a little worried that his is taking this
statement a little literally.

Every economist knows that the objective of business is to maximize
profits. Most times, this objective is diametrically opposed to the
objective of government, which is the maximization of social welfare.
Businesses budget to minimize cost and maximize revenue, but
government can hardly afford to do this in a third world country like
Sierra Leone, where most of the time public expenditure is the main
vehicle of growth. Except I see the macroeconomic policies EBK wants
to employ in his bid to run our country like a business, I hope he
knows what he is talking about.


Subject: Are Humans Meant to be Monogamous?
From: M. Alieu Iscandari esq
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Date Posted: 12:15:42 03/19/08 ()
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March 19, 2008
News of politicians' extramarital affairs seems to be in no short supply lately, but if humans were cut from exactly the same cloth as other mammals, a faithful spouse would be an unusual phenomenon.

Only 3 percent to 5 percent of the roughly 5,000 species of mammals (including humans) are known to form lifelong, monogamous bonds, with the loyal superstars including beavers, wolves and some bats.

Social monogamy is a term referring to creatures that pair up to mate and raise offspring but still have flings. Sexually monogamous pairs mate with only with one partner. So a cheating husband who detours for a romantic romp yet returns home in time to tuck in the kids at night would be considered socially monogamous.

Beyond that, scientists' definitions for monogamy vary.

Evolutionary psychologists have suggested that men are more likely to have extramarital sex, partially due to the male urge to "spread genes" by broadcasting sperm. Both males and females, these scientists say, try to up their evolutionary progress by seeking out high-quality mates, albeit in different ways.

The committed partnership between a man and a woman evolved, some say, for the well-being of children.

"The human species has evolved to make commitments between males and females in regards to raising their offspring, so this is a bond," said Jane Lancaster, an evolutionary anthropologist at the University of New Mexico. "However that bond can fit into all kinds of marriage patterns – polygyny, single parenthood, monogamy."

The human species is somewhat unique amongst mammals in that fathers do invest in raising children.

"We do know that in humans we do have this pretty strong pair bond, and there's more paternal investment than in most other primates," said Daniel Kruger, a social and evolutionary psychologist at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. "We're special in this regard, but at the same time like most mammals, we are a polygynous species." Kruger said humans are considered "mildly polygynous," in which a male mates with more than one female.

Whether or not the married or otherwise committed individuals stray for sex depends on the costs and benefits.

"There is plenty of evidence that males have less to lose than females by having extramarital sex," Lancaster said. "Having less to lose, it's easier for them to do it."

Women, however, could lose "dad's" resources when it comes to raising their kids. "For women, the well-being of their children is not improved by promiscuity," Lancaster told LiveScience.

Some scientists view both social and sexual monogamy in humans as a societal structure rather than a natural state.

"I don't think we are a monogamous animal," said Pepper Schwartz, a professor of sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle. "A really monogamous animal is a goose – which never mates again even if its mate is killed."

She added, "Monogamy is invented for order and investment – but not necessarily because it's 'natural.'"

Top 10 Monogamous Animals
The Sex Quiz: Myths, Taboos and Bizarre Facts
Animal Sex: No Stinking Rules


Subject: Re: Are Humans Meant to be Monogamous?
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 20:49:34 03/19/08 ()
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Human nature and monogamy are a paradox. It's like oil and water. Whenever humans are submerged in warm waters, monogamy floats atop, indifferent. We necessarily declare monogamy to control the booty and piss away all competitors but how many of us look lustily at that young hottie in the office or imagine doing the nasty with women who are not our wives?
The other day my woman caught me watching some porno on the internet. She was royally pissed! I genuinely tried to be gallant about it.
"Honey", I muttered. "It's either this or Governor's Spitzer's escort gal!"
I have been buying flowers for three days. She still refuses to talk to me.


Subject: One Minister Remains to sign contract with President
From: Patriot
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Date Posted: 12:02:21 03/19/08 ()
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One Minister Remains to sign contract with President

For more info check www.ernestkoroma.org/19.html


Subject: Can the APC applies this act? - SLPP will sabotage?
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Date Posted: 04:27:43 03/19/08 ()
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Botswana gems to sparkle at home
Peter Biles
BBC News, Gaborone



Diamonds account for 80% of Botswana's foreign earnings
A new diamond-processing plant, The Diamond Trading Company, has opened in Botswana, creating about 3,000 jobs.
Until now, diamonds from Botswana have been sent abroad to be polished, marketed and sold.

The $83m plant, jointly owned by the government and diamond giant De Beers, will become a processing centre for diamonds from De Beers mines worldwide.

Botswana is the world's largest producer of diamonds and one of Africa's most stable countries.

The presence of the new advanced diamond sorting facility in the capital, Gaborone, is expected to create further jobs in the finance, security and telecommunications sectors.

Vast pit

Diamonds are a finite resource, but they still make up 80% of Botswana's foreign earnings.


We have seen a lot of opportunities being created... on the back of the discovery of this great operation

Balisi Bonyongo
General manager, Jwaneng mine

For quarter of a century, diamonds have been dug from Jwaneng Mine - the richest diamond mine in the world.

Jwaneng means "the place of small stones".

Its vast open pit yields the bedrock of Botswana's economy, and looks to do so for decades to come, guaranteeing continued growth.

The mine's general manager, Balisi Bonyongo, argues that development in Botswana "really took off" when Jwaneng Mine was discovered, and when it started operating in 1982.

"We have seen wealth creation in this country," he said.

"We have seen a lot of opportunities being created, for employment, for infrastructure, hospitals, health services - on the back of the discovery of this great operation - Jwaneng Mine."

Previously, mined diamonds were exported straight to London to be processed.

But with the rough gems now being sorted at the Diamond Trading Company, the production process will be centred in Botswana.

That will eventually benefit thousands of local workers.

Long-term investment

De Beers, which has been operating in Botswana for more half a century, says it makes economic sense to move the technology and skills to the country.


The Diamond Trading Company will create 3,000 jobs

Botswana's reputation as a stable country is attractive to investors, argue the firm's management.

"Mining is a long term investment," said Sheila Khama, Chief Executive Officer of De Beers Botswana.

"And one of the pre-requisites to investing in mining, is political and economic stability... of the country in which the investor puts their money.

"Botswana's successful beneficiation ensures Botswana's economic stability."

Ms Khama accepts that concerns remain about the finite nature of the diamond industry.

"We know diamonds are a finite resource and over 50 years, we spent $93m in Botswana searching for diamonds," she said.

"We need to find other deposits."

Stiff competition

Delphinah Kehathilwe, a local diamond sorter, knew nothing about diamonds before she underwent six months of training.


Jwaneng's vast open pit has yielded diamonds for 25 years

"They say diamonds are a lady's friend, but before I didn't see much in a diamond. But touching them on a daily basis, I began to like them," she said.

Cutting and polishing facilities are also being moved to Africa, with 16 different manufacturers agreeing to start operations in the country.

While this diversification will face stiff competition from the traditional centres in China and India, the developments are important ones for Botswana.

The transfer of skills from abroad should put the country on the map as never before, and change the face of its diamond industry.




Subject: Beware of an Easter Egg Gift from the Rogue Trader.
From: Low Grade San San.
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Date Posted: 10:26:22 03/19/08 ()
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Now that we know the deceit and lies behind the Christmas gift, "the 24/7 Koroma electricity" given to us by the President, I am warning every Sierra Leonean to be wary of any Easter egg that may come from the rogue trader. Because judging by the Koroma electricity bills that we are now footing, we may have to go halves to be able to buy an egg due to price increase caused by the global farming.Or they may even have salmonella in them.

Fen Plaba, who is one of my favourite forumites. Whom on numerous occasion on this forum has labelled ex slpp ministers as thieves and useless.The man who promised to percel and send Sengbe some of that Koroma electricity. Nearly break my neck the other day for calling these do nothing paralytic apc ministers incompetent.

FB my brother, this nor to Plaba. But please tell me with all honesty, if Ernest was trading with your money, after six months, will you be giving him a new contract to continue playing with your money without auditing? Or you will be asking him "for cam pull count fos" before giving him any new contract? Is that not what the Besinessman told us he will do after three month?

Mind you this is the Businessman who even brought in the millionaire ENTREPRENEUR Businessman Soros to show off with. Although i am yet to see a single job being created or a loaf of Bread or pint of palm oil on the local market shelves through his businessman skills and contacts.

And if your apc baby's benchmark for ACHIEVEMENT is the Kaba-Berewa slpp. Then you have to continue "Fenning slpp Plaba" for a very very long time. [Laugh] Because there is nothing good i can think of in that department that was done by the slpp.

Fen Plaba do yer not to Plaba, but leh the mehnie mehnie trader came pull count fos.

Happy Easter to you all and please double check the price of an egg first, before you buy it from the rogue trader. It may just be toooo dear.


Subject: Re: Beware of an Easter Egg Gift from the Rogue Trader.
From: Fen Plaba
To: All
Date Posted: 11:11:42 03/19/08 ()
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LGSS,
On my red word of honor, I promise you that by the time the earth revolves around the sun five times, Ernest Koroma will be converting the skeptics by the bucket. Just a little patience my friend....the Bra is gonna do right by Salone. Six months in power, this government is practically a baby. They are just learning to walk, stumbling a bit, all wobbly, running into a wall here and there. But they are serious of purpose and the screeching criticisms from the Sylvias and the Sheku Kallons is more a nuisance distraction than an expression of free speech (Their right, I daresay!).
Anyway my friend, I see an opportunity for us to compromise here. By the end of EBK's first year, you can ask 'for cont de money' under the bright stabilized 24/7 electricity. And oh yes! Sengbe can have his parcelled with love to him. Cheers!


Subject: Re: Beware of an Easter Egg Gift from the Rogue Trader.
From: Kawusu
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Date Posted: 12:10:49 03/19/08 ()
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Fen Plaba:Six months in power, this government is practically a baby.


Kawusu: Six months is a pretty long time. We still have no clue as to where the APC government is leading us. Why the acute shortage of food in a very short time?? Don't you already miss the SLPP?


Fen Plaba:They are just learning to walk, stumbling a bit, all wobbly, running into a wall here and there.

Kawusu: You have just given the reason why this government should never have been given the chance to govern by the people. How long is going to take the APC to learn "to walk."? It took Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia no time to walk.


Fen Plaba: ... and the screeching criticisms from the Sylvias and the Sheku Kallons is more a nuisance distraction than an expression of free speech (Their right, I daresay!).


Kawusu: The Syvias and the Sheku Kallons are not "a nuisance distraction." These guys are probably the best in their chosen profession. Many Sierra Leoneans have come to rely on them for objective news and recent events have not only confirmed this position but have gone to demonstrate that Sylvia especially has become a thorn in the flesh of the APC. Come 2012 your party will be in serious trouble.


On a different note, how do you assess the Obama speech yesterday?


Subject: Re: Beware of an Easter Egg Gift from the Rogue Trader.
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 20:34:03 03/19/08 ()
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Korthor Kawusu,
The six months of boldness demonstrated by EBK's government, even as they learn the gears and clutches of statecraft, just make me all tingly and APClicious! Just try to comprehend the audacity of action of this government in tackling seemingly intractable problems like electricity, Bumbuna, for exaxmple. The declared 24/7 electricity where SLPP governments have been shrinking violets. Now we may not achieve 24/7 all the time....but that big psychological barrier has been battered by an audacious EBK.
We have a few goodies in the bag which we will give to Salone by Christmas.


As for Obama, I think he hit one out of the park. Brilliant speech but the whites who were never gonna vote for a Black man anyway now have a Jeremiah White of an excuse not to vote for him. And they gonna ride it all the way to the booth as they pull the lever for John McCain and his promise of endless war in Iraq.
A black man or woman will be president someday after we came so heart-breakingly close this time.
The racist drive-by radio hosts and the crazy right-wing weirdos whose own evangelicals preach far more hateful garbage than the cherrypicked passages of Rev Wright, need not pat themslves on the backs just yet. They may have pulled a Willie Horton on Obama but the glass ceiling has been shattered by Barrack. Soon another child of America who happens to be black shall rise and he/she will make it to the White House.

Meanwhile it is...President McCain for another five Republican years.


Subject: Re: Beware of an Easter Egg Gift from the Rogue Trader.
From: Eddie Grant
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Date Posted: 15:51:36 03/19/08 ()
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"Kawusu: Six months is a pretty long time. We still have no clue as to where the APC government is leading us. Why the acute shortage of food in a very short time?? Don't you already miss the SLPP?"

Kawusu, you lack any shame in your life. You're practically comparing 11 years of misrule and 6 months of atleast light at the end of the tunnel.

Kawusu, you lack shame and remorse in every capillary in your skin. Your wicked SLPP government destroyed and neglected Sierra Leone for 11 good years when every nation on earth showed genuine sympathy for our country. Today, Sierra Leone is the subject of ridicule amongst the western countries that once sympathized with us.

Doya bra if dis nar joke, lef. Because this kind of claims causes people's nerves to arise.


Subject: Re: Can the APC applies this act? - SLPP will sabotage?
From: Salone Police
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Date Posted: 07:52:15 03/19/08 ()
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I thought President Koroma said that he was going to put a diamond polishing center in Sierra Leone and create jobs? How can SLPP sabotage such a diamond cutting center? Let us go beyond political paranoia and get on with the job of ruling Sierra Leone.


Subject: Re: Can the APC applies this act? - SLPP will sabotage?
From: David Bangura
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Date Posted: 12:17:37 03/19/08 ()
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I absolutely agree with you Salone police. SLPP is no longer in power, it is APC. Do the job and forget about SLPP. SLPP did a remarkable job for that country, let us see what the APC can do. Already the president has violiated a lot of laws, and he continue to so with impunity.His supporters continue to harras people in the country. If Ernest is a true leader, he will steep in and stop all the harrasment of the people. Whenever something happen, he said he has no idea. It is the same Siaks Stevens tatics. We all know what that tatics took us to at the end of the day. We really dont want to witness that bitter experience again, but we are on the path.


Subject: Dog bites Police
From: Enquiry
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Date Posted: 04:18:00 03/19/08 ()
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What happened to the Policemen bitten by Ex Ombudsman's dogs???


Subject: Sylvia Blyden should be arrested
From: Muscular Democracy
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Date Posted: 19:24:13 03/18/08 ()
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Who is scared of Sylvia Blyden? Not I! Not the patriots!
For constantly stoking the flames of tribe-based politics that keep the country permanently undeveloped, for exhorting SLPP parliamentarians to oppose blindly just for the heck of it, for backlash-baiting provocations that may actually subvert democracy, for pretending to be a journalist while wielding a venomous, divisive, partisan pen, for her Ninja RUF past, Miss Sylvia needs to go to jail!
And it will not be the end of democracy nor the freedom of the press. Even America occasionally jails journalists. Remember Judith Miller of the New York Times going to jail?


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden should be arrested
From: Alimamy Koroma
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Date Posted: 10:28:34 03/20/08 ()
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Muscular, you are one of the sycophants who have no idea what you are talking about. What did Sylvia Blyden do to be arrested? Because her paper cartoon the president? Dont you think that is part of free speech? If George Bush was going to lock up journalists in America for cartoon, he would have locked up every journalist. We need to grow above that by now.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden should be arrested
From: Low Grade San San.
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Date Posted: 10:38:11 03/19/08 ()
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Message:
for her Ninja RUF past,

AND FOR BEING THE UGLIEST BABOON IN OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

Miss Sylvia needs to go to jail!


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden should be arrested
From: look
To: All
Date Posted: 02:41:43 03/19/08 ()
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duh


Subject: Ay Bo!!!!!!
From: Sam
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Date Posted: 18:38:53 03/18/08 ()
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I just saw the scroller along the top of the forum page that says we should stick to the official language of english???!! WTF?


Subject: Re: Ay Bo!!!!!!
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Date Posted: 18:58:14 03/18/08 ()
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Watch your damned language, Sam-am-I!


Subject: Helicopters
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All helicopters have been grounded, and the only way to Lungi is one Ferry, which crosses twice a day.It is learnt that another helicopter company will commence its operations next week.


Subject: Intellectual Giftedness versus intellectual Superiority...
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
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Date Posted: 14:48:58 03/18/08 ()
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Basic needs do not vary from one individual to another; the ways to meet those needs, however, varies from one person to another. All of us need love and acceptance, and a sense of purpose and fulfillment. It is my goal to help people understand how high intellectual functioning affects children and their development.


I believe that once parents, teachers, and others who have influences over children’s lives know what these bright children need in order to flourish and become emotionally healthy, fulfilled, productive adults, they will gladly give it.

Any differences we have from those around us affect their perception of us. In our times of political-correctness we are loath to imply that intellectual giftedness is the same as intellectually superiority.


We use terms including “able learners,” “academically advanced,” “bright,” and so on. The term “gifted” implies that the person thus “blessed” was given special intellectual tools.


One must earn the gift through hard work, accomplishment, and good attitude. Many people view high intelligence with a mixture of fear, interest, admiration, resentment, contempt, suspicion, and appreciation.


Most of us are familiar with the sometimes rather delighted observation, “Even though he was really smart as a kid, he hasn’t amounted to anything.”

An intellectually gifted child begins life receiving feedback that she is a surprising delight to her family. She receives positive feedback for her speech and vocabulary and for how quickly she figures things out and learns to do things.


I believe many gifted people spend much of their remaining life trying to recreate this positive feedback and wondering what they are doing wrong.

This is one of the reasons I believe people should be given clear feedback on their giftedness. In most any other aspect of life we are willing to discuss openly with people their assorted handicaps and strengths.


It is unhealthy to pretend there is nothing wrong or different, that we don’t notice these differences. It is certainly preferable to try to address and talk about the impact it can and does have on the individual’s life.


Then, the adult can guide the child to problem-solve ways to cope and adjust, work on how to play up strengths and positives, and move on from there.

Sylvia Rimm (1986) and Susan Winebrenner (1994) make the connection between good self-esteem and the opportunity to engage in challenging learning. “The surest path to high self-esteem is to be successful at something the learner has perceived to be difficult. Each time we steal a student’s struggle, we steal the opportunity for him or her to feel capable by stretching to reach worthwhile goals.”


Ms. Winebrenner specializes in meeting the needs of gifted learners in the inclusion classroom through a combination of curriculum compacting,, differentiating, pre-testing and individual lessons and projects.


She gives many examples and samples and tries to make it sound like do-able fun. I used to teach this way, and it was challenging, fun, and rewarding. It takes lots of organization, follow-through, time, and effort.


We must convince teachers that some children really do need special attention before they will go to that much effort.

I favor ability grouping and clustering for the average gifted child, not a universally popular notion, but one supported by the research literature. Kulik and Kulik (1984, 1990) and Rogers (1991) have conducted meta-analyses on grouping research results.


The bottom line statistic when all the research is pooled indicates that there is no harm to anyone in either self-esteem or achievement. When schools go from heterogeneous to ability-grouped instruction, the kids in the slower two-thirds show slight achievement gains, and they show slight to no increase in academic attitude and self-esteem.


How the grouped highest third reacts depends on what they receive by way of instruction. If the curriculum content and delivery are not modified to meet the ability levels of the students, the achievement gain is slight.


When appropriately paced and challenging material is presented, high ability grouped students make significant gains over their comparably gifted, non-grouped peers. Their self-esteem scores take a slight initial dip, but recover as the students adjust to the challenge.

Grouping and clustering can be done informally or formally. The principal can assign children to classrooms based on demonstrated academic ability and performance.


Teachers can cluster or group among themselves at grade level. Kids can be sent to higher or lower grades for instruction with other children who are working at a similar instructional level.


The primary advantage of grouping over compacting and differentiating is that it is less work for the teacher. It takes less time and preparation.


When a grade level team divides the children into ability groups for a particular subject, each teacher plans for just one level. Differentiation and individualizing can still take place within that group if the teacher feels the need and chooses to do so.

There are obvious advantages to an ability-grouped approach. The teacher can assign more complex material, work at a faster pace, and work on such skills as time-management and organizational skills for the rapid learners.


The children have less reason to exhibit their impatience and lack of tact with the poor readers and slower learners. A big problem with non-ability grouped classes is the lack of tolerance the brightest kids seem to show for the least able learners.


In young gifted children who have not had the time to learn about and understand these differences, it is natural that their responses and observations would appear insensitive and rude.


“Why,” they wonder, “am I not supposed to notice when so-and-so reads worse than I did when I was in preschool, and the teacher tells him, ‘very, good, Johnny,’ and tells me to be quiet?”


Young gifted children do not yet see the big picture, and sometimes we make it very hard for them indeed. In an ability grouped classroom we can more easily give the gifted child that positive feedback all human beings crave, without worrying about hurting someone else’s feelings or treating the gifted child as a pet student.

Clusters are small groups within a classroom. Clusters are intended to be for the two or three children who have demonstrated such superior learning abilities that it is clear most of the regular classroom material and pace is inappropriate.


Typically, these two or three children are spread out across the grade level and need to be either assigned to the same teacher or brought together periodically during the day for instruction together.


These are the children who are more than moderately gifted. I must add here that there really are some rare individuals who won’t even fit in a grade level cluster, especially in elementary school.


Their reading and comprehension skills, and sometimes mathematics reasoning abilities, so far outpace other children that the early school years can be quite painful for the child, the parents, and the teachers.

Home is an important place for all of us. Gifted children need the same basic parenting as any other child. Because it is harder to find age-mates who can be soul-mates, gifted kids often prefer the company of their parents to that of other children.


Many parents, themselves survivors of a difficult gifted childhood, are thrilled to be developing such a close, wonderful relationship with their child. Danger.


Enmeshment is more damaging for the child than the adult. When you talk to your child the way you would a friend, you violate adult-child boundaries.


The child can take on a peer or even spousal position. This robs the child of his childhood. Gifted children are often so eager to please and to accept responsibility that it is difficult for the parent to see this problem coming.


The long-range damage includes eventual adult relationship problems for the grown child as well as an inability to separate from parents in a healthy emotional sense. What do you do instead?

Maintain your own healthy adult relationships. Don’t become over-invested in your child. Parents should be raising their children together, not taking sides with the child against each other. (That’s whether you’re together or not.)


Have an outside social life. Family activities are good, activities with just the parent and the child are good, but encourage and facilitate friendships and activities for your children. Guide your children toward involvement in sports, lessons, music, classes at the zoo or museum, scouts, church or synagogue activities.


Make it clear to your children that although they are an important part of your life, you have important parts of your life that do not include them. Encourage them to do the same. Then, most important, believe it yourself and act on it.

Gifted children, like all children, need responsibilities. Give your bright child household chores and expectations. Increase your expectations as the child matures. It is important for the child to see himself as a whole, competent, independent person.


Let him budget his time for activities, chores, homework, play. When he budgets that time poorly, follow up as quickly as possible. “You didn’t leave time before school to make your bed. You’ll have to come straight home from school to do it before you go out to play” (...or have your snack, or play computer, etc.).


Even the most brilliant person needs love, companionship, and relationships. Be sure to teach your child how to function accordingly. Paying other people to do things for us is not fulfilling and does not create intimacy.


No matter how successful your child may eventually be, he will be well-prepared if he knows how to get down to basics and take care of himself and others personally.

Prepare your child to find happiness in the real world. Being polite, sensitive and patient are all valuable character traits, even for doctors, business executives, movie moguls, scientists, neighbors, parents, and spouses.

Help your child find balance. It is a mistake to think a gifted child should be good at everything. Just like anyone else, it is pleasurable and gratifying to develop our best areas.


It is not necessary or advisable to make the gifted child bring deficient areas up to her best talent areas, unless the deficient area is below an age-appropriate level. Legible handwriting is important.


Following directions is necessary in life. If your child resists certain activities, ask yourself why you care. Is the activity something your child really needs, or simply something you want for some reason?


I believe it’s reasonable to tell a non-athletic child that physical fitness is important. You may reasonably insist that your child brainstorm physical activities with you and select from the list.


Brainstorm a frequency schedule and have the child help decide her schedule. Gifted children respond well to research results, facts, and statistics. Use them to guide the child into activities you know are important, i.e., fresh air, sunshine, exercise, or challenging reading to develop denser dendritic connections.

Finally, give your child space. Over-scheduled children do not have time to process what they are seeing, reading, feeling, thinking, and learning. Sometimes educators suggest getting your child in challenging activities outside of school time.


Be careful not to overdo it or let your child overdo it. We grow and gain maturity during our alone time, our down times. It is when we get to know ourselves.


Model that behavior yourself. If you are over-busy, you are sacrificing your own growth. Psychologists say that chronically tired, over-busy people are running away from self-examination.


Take the time to integrate all that you are learning into the person you are constantly becoming. That may be the greatest gift you can give your gifted child. Have a good time.

References

Kulik, C-L. C., & Kulik, J. (1984). Effects of ability grouping on elementary school pupils: A meta-analysis. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Ontario, Canada.

Kulik, J.A., & Kulik, C-L. C. (1990). Ability grouping and gifted students. In N. Colangelo & G. A. Davis (Eds.) Handbook of gifted education (pp. 178-196). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Rimm, S. (1986). Underachievement syndrome: Causes and cures. Watertown, WI: Apple Publishing.

Rogers, K. B. (1991). The relationship of grouping practices to the education of the gifted and talented learner. The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, 9101, 11-18.

Winebrenner, S. (1994). How gifted kids can survive in “inclusion” classrooms. Understanding Our Gifted 6(6),1, 8-11.

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Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D. founded Educational Options to “help the families of gifted children, particularly highly and profoundly gifted children, to know where to begin their search for answers related to gifted issues.”

She is author of book Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind


Article published here with kind permission of the author.



Subject: This reminds me of Bishop Abel Muzorewa & Rev. Sithole!
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
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Date Posted: 14:25:11 03/18/08 ()
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I applaud Rev. Kabs-Kanu's stand reflected in his comment below. This really reminds me of Bishop Abel Muzorewa and the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole of Zimbabwe (Rhodesia). The Rev. Kabs-Kanu's remark also brings to mind a story about Four people named EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY, and NOBODY. There was an important job to be done in Sierra Leone and EVERYBODY was sure SOMEBODY would do it. ANYBODY could have done it, but NOBODY did it. SOMEBODY got angry about that, because it was EVERYBODY'S job. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY could do it, but NOBODY realized that EVERYBODY would not do it. It ended up that EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done. "NUFF" RESPECT to Rev. Kabs-Kanu.
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We shall defend Sierra Leone with all the blood in our veins

Posted by KABS KANU on March 15, 2008 at 15:45:44:

One thing I can say here is that this time if anybody sparks trouble in Sierra Leone, we shall defend our country with every blood in our veins. We will not allow Sierra Leone to slip into anarchy again or for our innocent , poor people to suffer any more.

Those threatening violence in Sierra Leone because it is APC that is in power better stop it, because this time they will meet a determined people resolved to fight to the last drop of blood to make sure that constitutional democracy , the rule of law and peace prevail in the country.


Subject: Re: This reminds me of Bishop Abel Muzorewa & Rev. Sithole!
From: Kabs Kanu
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Date Posted: 18:24:36 03/18/08 ()
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Curtis,

Thank you for your comment.

These SLPP are just full of hypocrisy.

A Man Of God, Rev. Paul Dunbar , was responsible for bringing back the SLPP IN 1996.Most of the members had opted to form a new political party , but Rev. Dunbar who had sworn to remain faithful to the SLPP forever and had even refused to accept positions from the late President Siaka Stevens,stood his ground that the SLPP must be revived.He was backed by Teacher Lagawo and Mana Kpaka.

Why did'nt Sengbe withdraw his support because a man of God had done so ?

These people are just hypocrites. Only things that suit the SLPP is supported by them.Now they want to crucify a Rev. because he is supporting Ernest Koroma, when the Rev.Dunbar was their hero for bringing back the SLPP.


Subject: Attention Bai Bureh
From: Onliner
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Date Posted: 13:51:07 03/18/08 ()
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Sorry for the long break. Please wait for the song to upload which takes a couple of minutes. Varsågod, enjoy!


Subject: Re: Attention Bai Bureh
From: Bai Bureh
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Date Posted: 01:54:20 03/19/08 ()
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Subject: Re: Attention Bai Bureh
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Date Posted: 15:30:49 03/19/08 ()
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what in the hell does this mean?


Subject: Re: Attention Bai Bureh
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It means, "Thank you very much! Very good my fiend!"


Subject: Re: Attention Bai Bureh
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Nar u sabi


Subject: Re: Attention Bai Bureh
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Nar you bizness? Biza bodi kongosa tiff en lie lek Sunday............. (leh i tap day).

Ee morna you cam nar Sweden for cam larn swedish.


Subject: Attention Bai Bureh
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Sorry for the long break. Varsågod, enjoy!


Subject: Enquiry set up on koidu disturbances present report
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Date Posted: 10:38:05 03/18/08 ()
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Enquiry set up on koidu disturbances present report to His Excellency, check www.ernestkoroma.org/18.html for more


Subject: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Bra Enviable
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Date Posted: 10:19:57 03/18/08 ()
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Cocorioko's editor in chief, Mr Kabs Kanu, stirred some sniggers in me the other day when he stated--somewhat thoughtlessly--that "I will support Ernest Koroma until I die." Although there is nothing wrong with a declaration of loyalty to one's political patron, kittens are certain to be felt in many stomachs when professed patriots validate political leaders with unconditional loyalty. In the specific case of Kabs Kanu, a man who sermonizes in the house of the Lord should be able to promote rectitude by being loyal to TRUTH instead of MAN. By pledging his unconditional loyalty to a politician in a country that has experienced more setbacks than normalcy, Kabs Kanu has put his own reputation at risk without any form of insurance. The blurted declaration of loyalty was effectively saying that irrespective of what Ernest Koroma does as President of Sierra Leone, the head of state can always count on Reverend Kanu for support. Loyalty and politics should work hand in glove. However, the depths of loyalty enjoyed by elected leaders should be determined by the work done to fulfil national aspirations.

Ernest Koroma is a human being. He is susceptible to the same fallibility that stunted the effectiveness of previous Sierra Leonean leaders. Sierra Leoneans need to support the president without necessarily forgetting the fact that the nation has been cheated so many times that every post-war president needs to earn our respect before we can gratify him with loyalty. Kabs Kanu's "Till Death Do Us Part" message to the president sounded too ingratiating in a corrupt-riven country. As head of a political party that has not even repented of its past misdeeds, Ernest Koroma should be kept on political probation until he shows the ability to free the APC from roguery. In other words, Ernest Koroma is the man who needs to show loyalty to the nation in return for popularity with the masses. Those itching to coo melodious songs of loyalty in the president's ears should hold on to such tunes until the man abides by his promise to work in the interest of Sierra Leone. Kabs Kanu has risked his own personal integrity by simply vouching for the uprightness of a politician working within a corrupt machinery that has never recognized, let alone atone, for the wrongs of the past. The entire purpose behind this piece of writing is to remind Kabs Kanu that democratic politics is contractual in nature because the popular endorsement or dismissal of elected leaders is based on the effectiveness of such leaders. Koroma is not a life-president. The tidal flow of loyalties should therefore be determined by the president's ability to effectuate the contract he signed with Sierra Leone.


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Sing-boy-sing
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Date Posted: 11:03:14 03/18/08 ()
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Kabs Kanu's declaration of 'loyalty' that you so snidely derided is not a sycophantic vow to support the president through crme and corruption. Instead it is an in-your-face statement of defiance at the onslaught by you, SLPP partisans, to marginalize and stigmatize the president.

The concerted effort by the SLPP party-poopers to sabotage the president's agenda, since its birth, 6 months ago is really scandalous. The threat to democracy is not APCers calling you the saboteurs you trips really are; it is in the constant SLPP battering with unfair, inflammatory, salacious, patently false accusations and plots your party is slamming the President with everyday. Ernest has earned the right to get the support of all patriots of all tribal persuasions. We ish the critics good luck as they continue screaming false alarms until 2012. Meanwhile EBK will continue to the right thing for the country. Good luck with your blind loyalty to SLPP, my friend.


Subject: And here lies the folly in your logic.
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 10:49:54 03/18/08 ()
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The blurted declaration of loyalty was effectively saying that irrespective of what Ernest Koroma does as President of Sierra Leone, the head of state can always count on Reverend Kanu for support.
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I think that you have added too much into the Statement. You have craftilly and brilliantly placed words into the reverends mouth that he did not utter, or probabily never intended to be a possible misconstruction of what he was saying. This is a logical falacy if one could be called that. Clearly Kabbs did not say that his support until death was under any circumstances as you so brilliantly imply.

Having said that, I support fully the ideas that you have spoken of below.
"Loyalty and politics should work hand in glove. However, the depths of loyalty enjoyed by elected leaders should be determined by the work done to fulfil national aspirations.

Ernest Koroma is a human being. He is susceptible to the same fallibility that stunted the effectiveness of previous Sierra Leonean leaders. Sierra Leoneans need to support the president without necessarily
forgetting the fact that the nation has been cheated so many times that every post-war president needs to earn our respect before we can gratify him with loyalty.
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"As head of a political party that has not even repented of its past misdeeds"

here I disagree with you in toto and heres why. Ernest Koroma has personally apologised for the "perceived" misdeeds of the APC past. The party itself has apologised for these perceived misdeeds. I dont know what you want bra E. A personal Apology to you from Ernest Koroma? The APC party? Nah brother enough of this Guilt trip that has been placed on the APC. When the SLPP headquarters was burned down in Kenema, and SLPP candidates were being harassed in Kailahun these acts were perpetrated by people like Sama Banya and JB Dauda and many others with names from these areas. Many of these people moved over to the SLPP post 1992. The stigma of their actions and the negative baggage appurtenant thereto, has been carried and handled by the APC. Our party has been pilloried in the public and private debates about these acts and with grace we have been able to overcome it and gain the confidence of the public enough to soundly trounce the purveyors of this

I have yet to see yoi ask "Puwawi" and J B Dauda to apologise and "atone for their acts in the south east when they were APC.


Subject: Re: And here lies the folly in your logic.
From: Bra Enviable
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Date Posted: 12:31:41 03/18/08 ()
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Alphaa Alieu, the APC's misdeeds are real, not "perceived."
By the way, you owe me a telephone call.


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Sengbe
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Date Posted: 10:41:26 03/18/08 ()
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Only God, the Almighty, is infallible, omnicient, and omnipotent. Man can NEVER succumb to these descr1ptive adjectives, so when a man of God professes his unconditional (political?) loyalties to a MAN [as opposed to GOD?], I hesitate to listen to his sermons on Sunday, and his politics/politricks during the week. He may be speaking from both sides of his mouth in attempting to elevate my spirituality.

You have made a very good point Bra E, and thank you for that.

Bra E, how far is the Moa barracks in Daru from the village of Yenga, near Koindu? both being in the Kailahun district.


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Kabs Kanu
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Date Posted: 17:46:36 03/18/08 ()
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Sengbe, you have always been hypocritical and that is why you are not taken seriously on any forum.I don't know any forum where people have ever taken you seriously. Even your late cousin Nassiru detested you for this hypocrisy.

Who registered the SLPP to contest the 1996 elections ? Was it not a Reverend ? Was it not the Rev. Paul Dumbar who registered the SLPP ? Was Rev. Paul Dunbar not one of the SLPP fanatics --others being Mana Kpaka and Teacher Lagawo --who swore that they will remain loyal to the SLPP forever and shunned all peace overtures from the late President Siaka Stevens and even refused to take appointments in the APC government ?

Did you stop listening to the Reverend Paul Dunbar because he had sworn allegiance to a party like SLPP SOME of whose members allegedly eat human beings as a ritual?

Did you ask the SLPP to reject the registration certificate because the party was registered by a Man of God WHO HAD SWORN EVERLASTING ALLEGIANCE TO A HUMAN INSTITUTION THAT HARBOURS ALLEGED CANNIBALS ?

You are too hypocritical and simple-minded for a man laying claims to education and when Allieu was roasting you on this forum for your deliberate shortsightedness, I was one of those defending you. How I wish that I had left YOU TO STEW IN YOUR OWN JUICE.

I am proud to pledge allegiance to a man who has never been found committing any crime or human rights abuses like eating a human being. Ernest Koroma, unlike your SLPP, is an honest and sincere man who has serious intentions to bring positive change to Sierra Leone .The man is doing well, but you unsporting, unappreciative and power-conscious SLPP just do not want to give him a chance.

Do you think I am unpatriotic like you ? With all your so-called learning, the only thing that matters to you is the SLPP and the South/East. You do not care the least about the interest of the nation.

Well, God has made his decision. He has elected Ernest Koroma President of Sierra Leone. There is no leadership except from God. I know some of you do not sleep at night or eat well since the APC delivered you that mother-of-all defeats. When I think of the effect the APC victory had on people like you, it makes me so glad. God has proved to you that it is not the tribaland regional hegemony you want, but what the people of Sierra Leone want.

THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE IS THE VOICE OF GOD. God has decided that Ernest Koroma will be our President for the next 5 years and the 5 years after that, by His Grace. It is a long time to pine, Mr."Professor". You have to accept God's decision now or perish internally for 10 years .

I will support Ernest Koroma as much as I want. It is none of your business. When you and your hypocritical blabbermouth of a friend, Bra Enviable , were licking Kabbah's boots, nobody bothered you. You only turned against Kabbah when he did not stop the Special Court from indicting a Mende man for war crimes. SUCH PATRIOTS ! ! !

You guys have a perverted political philosophy that anything is good for you and the SLPP but it is bad for others and the APC. And you call yourselves educated .Bo una lef man dem ba. Even Joe Blow in his village is educated. He just doesn't have Western Education.

hypocrites ! ! ! blind proselytes ! ! ! ! REMOVE THE LOG IN YOUR SORRY EYES BEFORE YOU TRY TO REMOVE THE MOTE IN OTHER PEOPLE'S EYES.



Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Sengbe
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Date Posted: 20:30:08 03/18/08 ()
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.My, my, why is the Reverend so testy?

I merely supported Bra E's observation about you, is that such a "crime", based on the facts?

"...Sengbe, you have always been hypocritical and that is why you are not taken seriously on any forum.I don't know any forum where people have ever taken you seriously..."

I wouldn't want to call a man of the cloth a LIAR, but you are NOT telling the truth here, Revo. Please define the word "hypocrisy" in the context that you have used that word in defaming me.

When did you conduct a poll in order to determine that I am "not taken seriously on any forum"?

To give you but one simple example; there was a time when I generated about 120 responses to a thread that I started, when I wrote an article entitled: "Lungi Bridge or Railway line" on your own.Remember? Has anyone ever done that on any Saro fora?

"...Even your late cousin Nassiru detested you for this hypocrisy..."

News to me.

Did he tell you that he "detested" me to your face? Thou shalt not tell a lie on a deceased person. He is no longer with us to hear him defend himself, so please let him rest in peace.

And how close do you think we were? Just asking. Are you close to everyone with the last name of Kanu for them to really know you? Let sleeping dogs lie, Rev.

"...Who registered the SLPP to contest the 1996 elections ?..."

The members of the SLPP leadership at that time, I suppose. The Rev. Paul Dunbar was the chair of that leadership committee. Are you equating yourself to that great man? What leadership role do you have within the ranks of the APC for you to want to compare yourself to Rev. Paul Dunbar?

"...Did you ask the SLPP to reject the registration certificate because the party was registered by a Man of God..."

No! What is your point in this regard? That "Man of God" was a very respectable man. He did NOT mix religion with politics.

"...WHO HAD SWORN EVERLASTING ALLEGIANCE TO A HUMAN INSTITUTION THAT HARBOURS ALLEGED CANNIBALS?..."

Lord, please forgive the Revo, for he has sinned before your very own eyes, and the eyes of the rest of the world. Please go easy on him for the nebulous transgressions in that statement of his.

"...You are too hypocritical and simple-minded for a man laying claims to education..."

I am NOT laying any claims to education. My record speaks for itself. Do you have any record to tell us about in this regard? And why did you even bring this aspect up? I hope jealousy is not behind it.

"... and when Allieu was roasting you on this forum for your deliberate shortsightedness, I was one of those defending you. How I wish that I had left YOU TO STEW IN YOUR OWN JUICE..."

And when he called your Father a "kaka bailer", in addition to other nasty statements about your pedigree during your cyber wars with him, I was on your side too. I would never let you "stew in your own juice" under those circumstances. That is how "short-sighted" I am, eh?

In fact, as I remember it, you merely corroborated the fact that you were residing near the SLPMB quarters in Bo when news about the tragedy that befell us in 1970 reached our folks in Bo. Nothing more, that I know about.

He has apologized in public for those shortcomings. I have moved on, but it seems that you have not. Let go, please.

"...I am proud to pledge allegiance to a man who has never been found committing any crime..."

Good for you.

"...or human rights abuses like eating a human being..."

Are you very sure about that statement?

Forgive him Papa God, for he does NOT know what he is stating.

Revo, apart from the spring mutton (monkey meat) that you so loved to eat in Monroe City, did you ever eat some human meat like Charles Taylor? If so, what part? The heart. My fear is that you may have a guilty conscience regarding this "cannibalism" issue due to the preponderance of this aspect in your article. You know the adage: folks who partake of rotten meat, smoke the same pipe.

"...Ernest Koroma, unlike your SLPP, is an honest and sincere man who has serious intentions to bring positive change to Sierra Leone..."

This is very good news for all of us. But why are you comparing a man / a single individual to a political party? There is no balance here. Ernest cannot do it all by himself.

"...The man is doing well, but you unsporting, unappreciative and power-conscious SLPP just do not want to give him a chance..."

This is where the problem lies with some of us.

What yardstick are you using here? If he is doing so well in just six months, as you have indicated, in absentia, then the problems we read about in the country will be eliminated in no time at all.

We ALL want him to do well. We wish him the best in leading our motherland. The problem arises when the drummer in the background dances more than the "masked-debul", the star of the show. We do not want you to "over-exaggerate" his accomplishments in just six months. It might just induce a lethargic response in his performance in the future. Allow the man to do the job he was elected to do without the excessive "bato-ism". Afterall, he has four and a half more years to serve. He will be rewarded with another term in office if the electorate is satisfied with his stewardship of the nation.

Indeed, Ernest is the new president of SaLon. There is no doubt about that, for the next four and a half years. So please continue your prostration. We shall not be moved.

"...It is a long time to pine, Mr."Professor"..."

You are so right, Mr. "Special-Ed Teacher". Five years in prostration is quite a long time. I hope it does not further affect your health adversely.

"...When you and your hypocritical blabbermouth of a friend, Bra Enviable,were licking Kabbah's boots, nobody bothered you..."

Not true! In fact, Bra E was antagonistic toward the SLPP when Kabba was in power. But I will let the Bra speak for himslf.

"... You only turned against Kabbah when he did not stop the Special Court from indicting a Mende man for war crimes..."

Don't you mean, Bra Hinga Norman, Bra Allieu Kondewa, and Bra Moinina Fofana? They have names, you know. Why would you describe them using their tribal affiliation, and not personally?

"...SUCH PATRIOTS ! ! !..."

Indeed, we are such patriots. That is why our national loyalty is just two-fold, as opposed to it being three-fold. I know that the concept of dual citizenship was ratified by Parliament, but NOT TRIPLE-citizenship. So we have reason to be more patriotic in this sense.

"...You guys have a perverted political philosophy that anything is good for you and the SLPP but it is bad for others and the APC..."

That is so false. I think that the descr1ption is more attributable to you and your board than to us.

"... And you call yourselves educated..."

There you go again, about education. I hope that an inferiority complex is not rearing its ugly fat head now.

"...Bo una lef man dem ba..."

Me don lef u.

"...Even Joe Blow in his village is educated. He just doesn't have Western Education..."

Such childishness!!

"...hypocrites ! ! ! blind proselytes ! ! ! !..."

That is you, Reverend. You really know how to describe yourself.

We never said we were apolitical, but you did. Proselytism at its best.

Goodnight, Revo.



Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Kabs Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 00:09:02 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-149-161-186.patmedia.net at 24.149.161.186

Message:
"No! What is your point in this regard? That 'Man of God' was a very respectable man. He did NOT mix religion with politics. "

If anybody on this forum ever wanted to know if Edmond Koker is honest , here is evidence that he is not.

The Rev. Paul Dunbar practised politics to the last digit.Sengbe knows too well that the Rev. Paul Dunbar contested the 1967 General Elections. How did the Rev. campaign ? By talking religion to the people ? Sengbe, stop your dishonesty, lying and hypocrisy. HOW CAN A MAN OF GOD CONTEST AN ELECTION WITHOUT BEING POLITICAL ? HOW CAN A MAN OF GOD CONTEST AN ELECTION AND NOT MIX POLITICS AND RELIGION ?

In Sengbe's eyes, the Rev. did not mix politics and religion. Do you guys know why? IT IS BECAUSE THE REV. PAUL DUNBAR WAS AN SLPP man. In Sengbe's whacky head , the SLPP does nothing wrong. Anything done by the SLPP and SLPP members is right. If another REVEREND had contested the elections under the APC ticket, what he did could have been most terrible and a mixture of politics with religion. If it had done by an APC man, it could have been ungodly, but because it was done by an SLPP Rev. , he did not mix politics with religion.

And with this dishonesty I have caught you in, you want me to continue arguing with you ?

NO,Mr.Professor .I will not argue with you again. This one act of dishonesty has turned me off .I don't argue with dishonest people .Nobody is perfect.I am also not perfect. We all depend on the grace of God, but when you find a man arguing so dishonesty , like you, with a straight face, it shows you are nobody to be taken seriously.

SENGBE, I have no reason to be jealous of you because you are not more educated than me. You can tell that to those who are below you academically. I am fully qualified in all my fields of endeavour and I am very, very proud of myself. You have your field. I have mine. I am well-educated in mine .You are well-educated in your's so where is the deal ? That is why I speak with such confidence .I only mentioned the related issue because you have this habit of making heavy weather of trying to push your accomplishments down people's throats on this forum. There is nothing wrong about that . A man is supposed to be proud of his achievements. However, where there is a dichotomy between what men profess to be and their level of thinking , questions must be raised about what they profess.

Rev Paul Dunbar did not mix politics with religion ;yet, he contested in one of the most violent and controversial elections ever in Sierra Leone's history. He did not mix religion with politics yet he told a President searching for peace, reconciliation and national integration that he will remain faithful to his SLPP forever--And even when he was offered a job, he refused it because he wanted to remain uncontaminated SLPP.hE WAS MORE LOYAL TO HIS PARTY THAN THE NATION.YET TO YOU, HE DID NOT MIX POLITICS WITH RELIGION. HE DID NOT BECAUSE HE IS SLPP. SLPP does no wrong . MAY GOD SAVE OUR NATION FROM YOU PEOPLE.


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Sengbe
To: All
Date Posted: 08:24:26 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 198.85.59.158

Message:
I "love" you too, Rev. Wilfred LeeRoy Kanu.

Amen!!!


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Sailor
To: All
Date Posted: 08:37:09 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-255-238-70.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.255.238.70

Message:
Watin u dae tork bout? Di man finish u den now u wan turn am to joke.


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Laffy Taffy
To: All
Date Posted: 22:12:32 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
For you Pa Sengbe: Please invite me for your sixty eighth birthday party. Seriously!


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Stop lying Sengbe
To: All
Date Posted: 21:59:34 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Sengbe here is a little ditty for you, you lying weasel: Liar, liar, pants on fire.


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Kabs Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 21:14:07 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
"No! What is your point in this regard? That "Man of God" was a very respectable man. He did NOT mix religion with politics. "

If anybody on this forum ever wanted to know if Edmond Koker is a liar, here is proof for you. He has not only lied before God and Man .He has shown that he is very dishonest and his words are not to be trusted.

The Rev. Paul Dunbar practised politics to the last digit.Sengbe knows too well that the Rev. Paul Dunbar contested the 1967 General Elections. How did the Rev. campaign ? By talking religion to the people ? Sengbe, stop your dishonesty, lying and hypocrisy. Again, readers, you now see why this hypocritical proselyte should not be trusted ? HE IS A LIAR TO THE CORE. HOW CAN A MAN OF GOD CONTEST AN ELECTION WITHOUT BEING POLITICAL ?

Do you guys know the answer ? IT IS BECAUSE THE REV. PAUL DUNBAR WAS AN SLPP man. In Sengbe's whacky head , the SLPP does nothing wrong. Anything done by the SLPP and SLPP members is right. You listen to the moron : "That 'Man of God' was a very respectable man. He did NOT mix religion with politics." Is he talking to fools ? These guys think that they are always talking to fools. If another REVEREND had contested the elections under the APC ticket, what he did could have been terrible and a mixture of politics with religion. If it had done by an APC man, it could have been ungodly, but because it was done by an SLPP Rev. , he did not mix politics with religion.

And with this dishonesty I have caught you in, you want me to continue arguing with you ?

NO,Mr. Fat Head.I will not argue with you again. This one act of dishonesty has turned me off and condemned you to the garbage heap of the rejected . I don't argue with patent liars, hypocrites and dishonest people. Nobody is perfect.I am also not perfect. We all depend on the grace of God, but when you find a man arguing so dishonesty , like you, with a straight face, it shows you are nobody to be taken seriously.

SENGBE, I have no reason to be jealous of you because you are not more educated than me. You can tell that to those whom you are more educated than, in truth. I am fully qualified in all my fields of endeavour and I am very, very proud of myself. You have your field. I have mine. I am well-educated in mine . That is why I speak with such confidence .I only mentioned the related issue because you have this habit of making heavyweather of trying to push down your accomplishments down people's throats on this forum. There is nothing wrong about that .However, where there is a dichotomy between what men profess to be and their level of thinking , questions must be raised about what they profess.

Rev Paul Dunbar did not mix politics with religion ;yet, he contested in one of the most violent and controversial elections ever in Sierra Leone's history. He did not mix religion with politics yet he told a President searching for peace, reconciliation and national integration that he will remain faithful to his SLPP forever--And even when he was offered a job, he refused it because he wanted to remain uncontaminated SLPP(NOT FROM A RELIGIOUS STANDPOINT ).

I leave people to judge whether by your lies, dishonesty, double standards and hypocrisy ( Contained in those statements) , you are somebody worth being taken seriously.



Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Teacher
To: All
Date Posted: 12:41:46 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.86

Message:
Bo Sengbe lef dis hyperbole. Who has cheapened their loyalties more than SLPPers? I honestly believe that your party, being the most damned, God-awful rotten party in West Africa, has more reason to apologise than APC.

APC! We will be in power until 2047. Why? Because we are a progressive, patriotic, overachieving party.


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 12:50:17 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Now now.. now.. that many adjectives might give APC the collick..

Progrssive?
Over what???

Bo lef nor.. 27 years of overachieving definitely made us the envy of the west..

Momoh, that bonkohlenkeh ehfu leffu.. who did not reach the office till 11:45AM every and only on tuedays and wednesday was an overarchiver?

Sieromco, sierra rutile, SLDC, Railway, SLPMB, Oil Refinery, but to name a few of the parastatals that APC thru cronism ran to the ground..

Green Revolution and Economic Emergency where sure sure progressive government policies..

SLPP met our country in bad shape boys...They tried and and only fault i give them.. is they should have tried more.. they had the country behind them to take us to new heights..

DEM form Badddddddddddd...


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Sengbe
To: All
Date Posted: 12:46:04 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 198.85.57.174

Message:
Whatever!!!

Rev. aren't you supposed to be addressing Bra E regarding this topic? I merely supported his contention. I did not start this thread, he did.


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 12:28:04 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ems0202onestp14.gsu.edu at 131.96.74.69

Message:
Kaamor Sengbe, Yenga is about 65 or so miles from The historic Moa Barracks.


Subject: Re: For Kabs Kanu: Thou Shall Not Cheapen Your Loyalty
From: Sengbe
To: All
Date Posted: 12:42:10 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 198.85.57.174

Message:
Thanks for the info, Bra E.


Subject: For Sengbe and JEL:SLPP is falling apart!!
From: SLPP man
To: All
Date Posted: 09:42:51 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-21-180-12.hsd1.va.comcast.net at 76.21.180.12

Message:
Aside a handful of Parliamentarians from the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) like Hon. Elizabeth Lavalie (Bo), Hon. Bernadette Lahai (Kenema) and Hon. Moinina Conteh (Kailahun), most of the elected SLPP MPs have been dismally performing their duties of serving as the legitimate voice of the democratic opposition which provides all checks and balances that impedes a ruling party from converting into a dictatorship.

This much needed ingredient of the voice of the opposition that is needed to ensure the sustenance of any democratic state has been virtually absent in the last six months so much so that their constituencies have been left badly demoralized and at the mercy of partisans of the ruling All People’s Congress.

The situation has become so disillusioning of late that instead of the elected parliamentarians being the ones to vocalize the legitimate concerns of those in opposition, that task has been now taken over by mere supporters and ordinary members of the SLPP like the prolific writer, Dr. Sama Banya (PUAWUI) and Professor Kelfala Kallon in the United States of America. Two of such commentaries by these gentlemen are today published in this edition.

Investigations by Awareness Times so far indicate that the fault of such a lacklustre performance by the SLPP Parliamentarians can be laid squarely at the doorsteps of the Parliamentary Minority Leader, Hon. Momoh Pujeh who has, by his actions, seemingly mortgaged his colleagues’ concerted efforts to be a formidable opposition. Numerous examples have been given of Pujeh not acting in the interest of the SLPP as a party and the electorates who voted him and others into power.

Additionally, the complete weakness of the SLPP Secretariat which is managed by a loyal but poorly funded J.J. Saffa and an even poorer U.N.S. Jah, has contributed to the lamentable state of affairs in the SLPP as far as serving this nation as a credible party in opposition.

Cases abound of the current Parliament rubber-stamping without questions, moves by the executive arm of Government. The most recent is the approval of a new Western Area Commissioner for National Electoral Commission, Hannah Kewullay when the substantive, Daphne Olu-Williams was not only still in active service, but was yet to receive a dismissal letter outlining why her uncompleted five (5) years contract was abruptly terminated.

"How can any serious Parliament act like this? I will not blame the MPs from the ruling All People’s Congress as much as I blame our opposition SLPP MPs. Many SLPP MPs have been a disgrace to democracy so far and it is high time they woke up and started to do their jobs," Aruna Lahai, a staunch supporter of the SLPP opined.

Other schools of thoughts have stated that if only the SLPP MPs had elected a credible parliamentarian with integrity like Hon. Elizabeth Lavalie to be the Parliamentary Minority Leader, as against a ‘used-to-be’ criminal convict like Momoh Pujeh, things would have been different in our democracy today.

The cries therefore for an overhauling of the current SLPP Parliamentary Leadership structure has been reaching a crescendo from the previous state of quiet murmuring and grumbling about the need to replace Momoh Pujeh.

The Secretariat is also in need of funds. PMDC & APC have money to run regular newspapers but not the SLPP.

"If the SLPP does not quickly become a credible and formidable opposition force, Sierra Leone will become a dictatorship and all our freedom left us by Tejan Kabbah will get to be doomed! doomed!! and doomed!!!" a political commentator, Lamina Vandy angrily shouted last weekend at a symposium in Bo Town.



Subject: Re: For Sengbe and JEL:SLPP is falling apart!!
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 14:49:36 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.187.254

Message:
I warned them long a ago for this dilapidation, but they won't listen. The SLPP are busy trying to persuade the people that the APC is leading them to one party system forgetting their mandate.

I warned them that by not giving effective, patriotic opposition, they're digging their own grave. Now we're seeing the result, their demise is imminent. I just hope that patriotic Sierra Leoneans who cares about the country instead of self interests take up the job of opposition in the SLPP and mount formidable opposition to force the ruling government do more than expected.

As long as there are still remnants of recycled politicians in SLPP, we're all doomed as they can easily connive with rogue MPs whose interest is mainly personal.


Subject: Re: For Sengbe and JEL:SLPP is falling apart!!
From: Sengbe
To: All
Date Posted: 10:27:01 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 198.85.57.174

Message:
The warning is dire, but true so far.

We have to stand up, and be counted my people; i.e. step up to the plate for the SLPP.

Way u fordom nar for grapp oh!!

SLPP may be down now, but NOT out. NEVER!

Let us hang heads in our respective communities and constituencies in support of the GoP of SaLon, the SLPP.

Thank you very much


Subject: Re: For Sengbe and JEL:SLPP is falling apart!!?
From: Sing-boy-sing
To: All
Date Posted: 12:46:23 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 165.155.200.86

Message:
Put a fork in it Sengbe. The SLPP is dead. It is all over but the screaming. A party whose only intellectual muscle comes from Sylvia Blyden? Phooey!


Subject: Re: For Sengbe and JEL:SLPP is falling apart!!?
From: Sengbe
To: All
Date Posted: 12:50:08 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 198.85.57.174

Message:
At least we have "imtellectual muscle from Sylvia Blyden" in our party. Please tell us where the "intellectual muscle" is coming from within the APC, if any.


Subject: Re: For Sengbe and JEL:SLPP is falling apart!!?
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 14:53:06 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.187.254

Message:
Well, Shekito is an intellectual muscle, he gave SLPP "backhand puch" that left may supporters screeming foul language.

And that's what I called intellectual muscle.


Subject: Re: For Sengbe and JEL:SLPP is falling apart!!?
From: APC
To: All
Date Posted: 00:15:20 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-149-161-186.patmedia.net at 24.149.161.186

Message:
Kabs kanu.He is best at what he does.


Subject: Re: For Sengbe and JEL:SLPP is falling apart!!?
From: Wachiwee
To: All
Date Posted: 11:51:26 03/19/08 ()
Email Address: kabd@yahoo.com
Entered From: 79-66-33-173.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 79.66.33.173

Message:
What does he do best? Fan the flames of tribalism by insinuating cannibalism? Calling people names when he should be looking at a mirror himself? Marginalising people because they disagree with him?

I was one of those people who was crying for a change in the political arena in Sierra Leone, but the actions of people like Kabs have disappointed me. I know that sometimes its better to face your detractors, but i have been disappointed with his lack of objectivity. I have no beef with EBK as he has at least fulfilled one of his promises by bringing electricity to the capital (I am not sure about the provinces). I also think he should be given time as the situation he inherited was really dire.

I was reading with interest his rantings about someone called gongoli (not sure if I got the name right). I was shown some of their correspondence by my daughter who thought it was quite ammusing. I did not agree with gongoli's personal attacks, but I sympathised with his/her reasonings. The point was that when you point a finger, you've got three pointing at you.

I am happy that I or any of my family will never be baptised by Kabs as it is a sure way to hell. I am a big advocate for this forum, as there are many intelligent postings, but I find it hard to say my piece for fear of it being removed or construed as anti APC. I am sure that if given the power, Kabs will order the execution of all who dont agree with the mighty APC.

My worry is how can I get back down on my knees to pray for change? I am sure that if I do, God will tell me to go wait for another 5 Years.

Dont get me wrong, i want the APC to succeed, because if it does I am successful as well.


Subject: Re: For Sengbe and JEL:SLPP is falling apart!!?
From: Low Grade San San
To: All
Date Posted: 14:06:55 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-154-251-40.range86-154.btcentralplus.com at 86.154.251.40

Message:
Please tell us where the "intellectual muscle" is coming from within the APC, if any.

From the provisional wing of the party,the apc "TASK FORCE". Nar den geh muscle for beat Pastor en stone slpp party office.


Subject: Re: For Sengbe and JEL:SLPP is falling apart!!?
From: Who the red cap fit..
To: All
Date Posted: 12:52:19 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
heheheheheheh..

Uncle fofi.. your name is called.


Subject: Good News for Africa
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 09:02:09 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
The African Union after voting on the issue and led by Tanzania, is launching a military exercise today to depose President Mohamed Bacar of the Comoros island of Anjouan. In June of last year, Bacar in a coupo declared himself the president of the Island, in effect trying to create a break away state. I am happy to see that Africa is coming together to end these backward behaviours.

Kudos to the accomplishment in Kenya and I hope this is very successful with little to no loss on the parts of residents of the island and the AU force. I hope they realize the guy can't be left to his own devices after this. He needs to be taken out.


Subject: Re: Good News for Africa
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 09:17:19 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Well if only after the comoros.. they can head to Cameroon and get rid of that buffoon.. then Zimbabwe and dispose of that neandethal Mugabe.. And Onar Bongo.. and Sudan..

Then at least we see some sincereity and consistency..
As it is in the comoros.. this nah natin pass advantage.. it should have been police action.. and not a full scale AU military intervention.. and occupation..

When are they goign to get o somalia..?


Subject: Re: Good News for Africa
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 15:55:07 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
Candid Opinion you are right, but like the poster said, lets start gradually. They are finally doing something which they haven't, which is the point I am getting. They are trying for the first time and small time success breeds larger ones.

Sam


Subject: Re: Good News for Africa
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 07:35:51 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
...."Well if only after the comoros"......

After been the key word.


Subject: Re: Good News for Africa
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 14:58:12 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.149.187.254

Message:
Candido, you seem to like high expectations, things get done properly when they're done gradually. Lets give them chance and support.


Subject: Re: Good News for Africa
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 15:03:44 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Those where the days of steam ships and telegrams..
Those where the days of bow en arrow..

Now its precision guided missiles and google..
Now its Email and Windows mobile and microwave dinners.

Our world is as instant as starbuck latte from the mountain forests of Rwanda..
It used to take the pickers 3 months, then the packers 2 weeks then loaded on goats to the port and the steam ship took 2 months to get it to the shores of New York..

Now.. pick it in Kabala today.. eat it in Geneva tmr..

Gradual you say..?
Hmmmmmmmmmmm...


Subject: Re: Good News for Africa
From: Diplo Masks
To: All
Date Posted: 09:44:44 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: rrcs-24-105-140-105.nyc.biz.rr.com at 24.105.140.105

Message:
Candido!The preceedent started with Sierra Leone.....

I Remember UN and Commonwealth bigs bragging that never again will the toppling of a legitimate government be allowed to sustain in the free world.....

but legitimate governments were overthrown in Pakistan and Congo just months later and uptil now the world is still waiting for the promised action to be initiated by these so called stakeholders...

The fact is that they can only handle lightweight thugs..like Johnny Paul and the guy in Commoros..

Who is fooling Who?


Subject: Salone riches!!
From: KLA
To: All
Date Posted: 08:38:36 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 164.82.84.3

Message:
Things are looking up..

Over a billion dollars worth of gold in the ground......"sitting on a gold mine" Nah so gold plenty nah Salone?

Platinum deposits on the peninsular....York to be exact!! Bauxite,rutile, Iron,Coltan...KIMBERLITE DIAMONDS...

Crude oil...It may be a thirty million bet, from drilling the first modern well in the area. It could be a Gusher!!

Get the soja folks to guard it all. O yah the smuggling money too sweet. OH Salone....

tstm


Subject: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: Madingo Man
To: All
Date Posted: 08:03:42 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.243.55.41

Message:

High Commissioner
H.E. Mr. Melvin H. Chalobah (mende)

Deputy High Commissioner Mr. James B. Allie (mende)

Minister-Counsellor /Head of Chancery
Mrs. Hawa J. Sumner (madingo)

Counsellor
Mr. Sahr P. Demba (kono)

Counsellor
Mrs. Florence Bangali (mende)

1st Secretary/Consular Officer
Mrs. Josephine Marah (mende)

1st Secretary
Mr. Jonathan Las-Lamin (mende)

Financial Attaché
Mr. Yomba D. Fasuluku (kono)
Information Attaché
Mr. Sorie Fofana (madingo)

Administrative Attaché
Mrs Elizabeth Sesay (mende)

Administrative Assistant - Mrs Isatu Conteh (mende)


Subject: Re: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: Mende City
To: All
Date Posted: 20:32:09 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: nc-67-232-9-206.dhcp.embarqhsd.net at 67.232.9.206

Message:
Beacuse London is a Mende City.

DUH!!!!


Subject: Re: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: Fact
To: All
Date Posted: 08:59:43 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-75-53-202-50.dsl.hstntx.sbcglobal.net at 75.53.202.50

Message:
Mandingo man, please check your facts.

Melvin Chalobah is not Mende; Hawa Sumner is not Mende; Sahr Demba is not Mende; Florence Bangalie is not Mende; Josephine Marah is not Mende; Yomba Fasuluku is not Mende; Elizabeth Sesay is not Mende; Isatu Conteh is half Mende.

Please count again and you'll realise that there are less than 3 mendes at the embassy - James Alie & Jonathan Las-Lamin & probably Isatu Conteh who is half Themne, half Mende.


Subject: Re: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: Madingo Man
To: All
Date Posted: 10:04:39 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.243.55.41

Message:
Fact you are talking rubbish go back to the original posting and read properly then you can say something.

did i say hawa sumner and mr demba are a mende?

chalobah, florence bangalie and isatu conteh are blood related and they are from bonthe.

josephine marry a northerner thats why she is mrs marah


Subject: Re: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: Northern Names
To: All
Date Posted: 08:58:27 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-252-103.hsd1.va.comcast.net at 69.140.252.103

Message:
Wow,

How do you know that

Elizabeth Sesay, Isatu Conteh and Florence Marah are mendes? These sound like northern names to me.


Subject: Re: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: Madingo Man
To: All
Date Posted: 09:57:14 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.243.55.41

Message:
Just call this number 0044 2074040140 or email info@slhc-uk.org.uk then you will find out.


Subject: Re: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: fact
To: All
Date Posted: 18:49:56 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-75-53-202-50.dsl.hstntx.sbcglobal.net at 75.53.202.50

Message:
I won't debate this further. I am Kono and I work here in the high commision and i am telling you facts because you sound like a narrow-minded bigot. Come to the high commision tomorrow and i will personally lead you around the office and ask everybody.


Subject: Re: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: madingo man
To: All
Date Posted: 03:30:59 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.243.55.41

Message:
Fact there are only 2 Kono men working at the high commission in london and you are not one of them pls stop that. Mr dominic fasuluku and prince demba period.


Subject: Re: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: Fact
To: All
Date Posted: 07:56:55 03/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-75-53-202-50.dsl.hstntx.sbcglobal.net at 75.53.202.50

Message:
So why don't you come to the High Commission. I don't know why tribal hate blinds fellow Sierra Leoneans like you. In your visceral hate for Mendes, you could not even stop yourself to check the ethnic affiliations (as if they matter) of people at the high commission.

Why don't you speak Mende to Bra Melvin and see if he is Mende or all the other 7 you claim are Mende. But come to the high commission and meet me face to face so I can get the whole staff to give you a good dressing down. I have already told 5 of them about the person writing nonsense on the internet


Subject: Re: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: Tom Sawer
To: All
Date Posted: 13:03:11 03/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: wanglobe.hilton.com at 192.251.125.85

Message:
This stupid guy who is asking the question about London high commission, can he also ask why the APC cabinent is full of northerners?


Subject: Re: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: Madingo Man Is Alieu Iscandari
To: All
Date Posted: 08:56:14 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Go slow on this Mende business Mr. Iscandari


Subject: Re: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: M. Alieu I scandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 10:28:52 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
You give me more credit than I deserve. Did you read my response to Mandingo man? It should tell you that I am not he, nor he, I.

In fact I am on the side of the Oneness of All Sierra Leoneans. So while people like you go around creating labels for others, people like me are trying to bring the whole together and creating a oneness of spirit for progress. For you the tribal issue is what would get you points. Stay away from it it is retrogressive. BTW did you watch Barrack Obama's speech today on the race issue? Watch it and get edcated on what we all should be focusing on now rather than injecting the distracting element of Tribe into the national debate.

Wishing you all of Todays blessings

Alieu


Subject: Re: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 08:50:32 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
Don't know if the govt has a hidden agenda, but we are all Sierra Leoneans, can we get past this point???!!


Subject: Re: Why should we have 7 mende diplomats in london?
From: M. Alieu Iscandari
To: All
Date Posted: 08:41:31 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Its all a part of the Northernization Plan some folks have been raising a B fit about. However in the APC its callled sierra leoneanization


Subject: Desiderata: A chill pill for all!
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 07:49:08 03/18/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: 194-237-247-130.customer.telia.com at 194.237.247.130

Message:
Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.


Subject: On a serious note - could someone disect the new offices?
From: Mahatma
To: All
Date Posted: 04:58:21 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
I have observed a lot of new offices being created. Could someone help us by giving us detailed descr1ption of the roles and importance of the new offices created under our abled president's rule?


Subject: Re: On a serious note - could someone disect the new offices?
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 08:54:31 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
I asked this question a few months ago. The govt is cutting back the military, but creating all kinds of seemingly unneeded (is that a word?) positions.

Since a lot of these positions are going to people already working in the west, I assume to lure them, you have to give them a decent salary, housing, a car etc. If the average soldier is getting a hundred a month and when you factor in a bunch of other costs, we say two hundred a month, one of these new positions can pay for quite a few soldiers and police.


Subject: Nigeria ranks 80th not 20th in global hunger index
From: Madingo Man
To: All
Date Posted: 02:16:42 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.243.55.41

Message:
click the link below for the full list


Subject: Sierra Leone ranks 115 out of 118 in global hunger index
From: Madingo Man
To: All
Date Posted: 02:13:27 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.243.55.41

Message:
click the link for the full index (Pdf file)


Subject: No advertisement on this forum
From: Kabs Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 01:04:34 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: aca4b834.ipt.aol.com at 172.164.184.52

Message:
We have told you before that we will not allow people to use our forum to advertise their businesses . This is not a free forum. We pay for it every month.We also pay heavily to continue providing you regualr, latest and credible news from Sierra Leone and elsewhere.We cannot allow people to come here and advertise their wares free of charge.

We laid down that rule months ago, but it appears as if Sierra Leoneans do not like to obey rules. We too do not advertise in other forums.

If you want to advertise, send us a letter and we will do it for you in a more respectable way.

Anybody who insists to disobey our rules on this forum will not be allowed to continue prticipating.

LET'S OBEY THE RULES , GUYS.


Subject: Re: No advertisement on this forum
From: Gbanaboy
To: All
Date Posted: 12:04:40 03/19/08 ()
Email Address: Koroma345@yahoo.com
Entered From: 79-66-33-173.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 79.66.33.173

Message:
'but it appears as if Sierra Leoneans do not like to obey rules'

As a 'man of God' and a 'teacher', you should know that such language is stereotypical and could be construed as racist. Even though you are Sierra Leonean yourself, you should not be stereotyping people. Have all Sierra Leoneans advertised in your forum? You are supposed to be a wise man. so a word to the wise........


Subject: Re: No advertisement on this forum
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 07:39:56 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Bra, if that was me sorry..

Lapse in memory.. the American Dream e monah..

So how do i give public notice..?

Like.. i changed store...

I offer new services..Pinless Dialing and Call back services from Sierra Leone..???

Should i write you a letter...?

What do you do with that letter..??

Paste it for me on the forum..??

Why dont you just have a decent section called notice board or classifieds and we will paste our Obituries and marie get plasas en pamoil notices there..

If you do insist on charging then you could lock the notice board/classifieds section down and allow only those that pay to post.

Let me know how i can help..

Cheers and have a fruitful tuesday..


Subject: Re: No advertisement on this forum
From: Kabs Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 08:22:23 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: aca368ce.ipt.aol.com at 172.163.104.206

Message:
Candid,
It was not really aimed at you but he guy who posted the advert about the new store and even went to the extent of posting telephone numbers for buyers to contact the proprietor. Man, some things are common sense. We have to understand limits. If this forum and paper have to remain free , we have to find ways of funding them so that we do not do what the Liberian DAILY OBSERVER did--To make their paper available only to paid subscribers.

However, knowing the argumentative nature of people on this forum, once we deleted those adverts, we had to delete your's too to avoid accusations of favouritism. Sorry for that.


Subject: Re: No advertisement on this forum
From: Gbenko
To: All
Date Posted: 13:27:32 03/18/08 ()
Email Address: subscribe@learnbook.net
Entered From: at 90.211.143.208

Message:
Kabs,

I think you might want to consider changing the forum software. If you want free, you could consider Simple machines Forum (SMF). nairaland.com hosts over 150,000 members on SMF. If you prefer to pay, you could consider Vbulletin (www.vbulletin.com). From what I have been reading so far, half of your problems with abuse could be controlled if you change from hwforums. Also, people will be forced to login before posting.

BTW: The captcha does not appear to change.

My two cents


Subject: Re: No advertisement on this forum
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 13:42:22 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Visit Sierra Leone . com has a decent and scalable forum.. been there years.. so does leoneclub.com


http://forum.visitsierraleone.org/active_topics.asp

http://www.leoneclub.org/forums/index.php?&Itemid=29


Subject: Yes The American Dream
From: His Royal Highness
To: All
Date Posted: 00:09:13 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
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Subject: Marie Fadika opens "Big Market" in Maryland.
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 23:38:59 03/17/08 ()
Email Address: SaiduBangso@aol.com
Entered From: at 12.198.120.130

Message:
A very dynamic and popular Sierra Leonean, Mrs. Marie Taylor-Kamara commonly known as Marie Fadika, has opened an african foods store called "Big Market" at 5459 Annapolis Rd, in Maryland( the Washington,DC area). Marie is very kind and she is always willing to patronize all her country men and women, therefore I call on all true Sierra Leoneans in the USA, to patronize her store. Let us copy the good examples of the Asians( they are always supporting each other).
Those who live outside Maryland can call 301-336-4498 or 240-401-0617 for your african foods to be mailed to where you want them to go( the store provides a nationwide service) at a very affordable price.
All the african foods are fresh and very good, you will always get your money's worth.
Come One---Come All.


Subject: Re: Marie Fadika opens "Big Market" in Maryland.
From: Map Quest
To: All
Date Posted: 00:22:27 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
5459 Annapolis Rd,
(*****)
in Maryland
( the Washington,DC area)


Subject: Nigeria ranks 20th in global hunger index
From: Ernest Koroma did it
To: All
Date Posted: 22:59:46 03/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Nigeria ranks 20th on global hunger index
By Oscarline Onwuemenyi, Abuja
Published: Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008
Despite averaging over 0.49 per cent growth since 2000, Nigeria has achieved less than half of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal targets in hunger and is 20th on the Global Hunger Index of 118 countries, a report released by the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute said.

The report showed that most countries, including Nigeria, were making slow progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goal targets on reducing by half the incidence of hunger and child mortality by the year 2015.

According to Dr. Doris Wiesmann, a nutritionist with the IFPRI, “Hunger has many faces, so the index uses a multidimensional approach that gives a very comprehensive picture of hunger in developing and transitional countries.”

IFPRI calculates the Global Hunger Index to capture progress by countries on three indicators for two UN millennium goal targets for 2015. The indicators are: the proportion of people who are calorie-deficient, child malnutrition, and child mortality.

The two millennium development goals for all countries relevant to the Global Hunger Index are: halve the proportion of people suffering from hunger between 1990 and 2015, and reduce the mortality rate among children less than five years of age by two-thirds by 2015.

Presenting the status of food security in Nigeria to the Federal Executive Council last week, the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Dr. Sayyadi Abba Ruma, explained that, this was a consequence of a very long neglect of agriculture.

He said, “Thousands of poor farmers’ families get into the poverty and hunger trap because they have been left behind by our glittering growth which has bypassed them.”

Ruma noted that about 65 per cent of Nigerians are food insecure, with insufficient access to the amount and variety of food for a healthy and productive life.

“Malnutrition is widespread; about 40 per cent of children under five are stunted, nine per cent are wasted and 25 per cent are underweight. Micronutrient deficiencies in vitamin A, iron and iodine are also widespread,” Ruma said.

Ruma who disclosed that the previous government spent over $2.8bn to import rice, sugar, wheat and fish, said the money could have been better utilised for the production of the food products locally rather than importing.

He explained that the food insecurity and malnutrition were as a result of the poor performance of the agricultural sector, adding that Nigerian agriculture was dominated (about 90 per cent) by over 14million smallholder farmers.

He said, however, that the sector’s contribution to economic growth and sustained rural development remained to be fully exploited, adding that the country still remained highly vulnerable to hunger and poverty


Subject: Re: Nigeria ranks 20th in global hunger index
From: Madingo Man
To: All
Date Posted: 02:09:59 03/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.243.55.41

Message:
Nigeria ranks 80th not 20th in global hunger index

click the link below for the full index


Subject: Gynecology advice
From: Mr.ken
To: All
Date Posted: 19:56:34 03/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 85.136.102.251.dyn.user.ono.com at 85.136.102.251

Message:
HOW CAN A MAN WHOSE SPARMATOSE CANNOT FERTERLISE AN EGG THAT CAN BE PRODUCTIIVE TO HAVE BABY.HOPE TO HAVE SOME CLUE BROS,THANKS.


Subject: Re: Gynecology advice
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 20:24:38 03/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Pee on some loose sand on the beach. If your stream doesn't tunnel a hole in the sand...you probably don't have 'fire nar U trosis'.

OR

You can just go to your urologist. They can usually tell if anything is amiss.

Personally, I like the beach-peeing my uncle taught me. Less expensive and it works too. Just avoid the cops. They just love giving tickets.


Subject: Making a Baby
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 19:30:54 03/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip68-100-48-137.dc.dc.cox.net at 68.100.48.137

Message:
Making a baby. This is hilarious & CLEAN
There is not one dirty word in it, and it is funny.

The Smiths were unable to conceive children and decided to use a
surrogate father to start their family. On the day the proxy father
was to arrive, Mr. Smith kissed his wife goodbye and said, 'Well, I'm
off now. The man should be here soon.'

Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer
happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a sale. 'Good morning,
Ma'am', he said, 'I've come to...'

'Oh, no need to explain,' Mrs. Smith cut in, embarrassed, 'I've been
expecting you.'

'Have you
really?' said the photographer. 'Well, that's good. Did you
know babies are my specialty?'

'Well that's what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have
a seat'.

After a moment she asked, blushing, 'Well, where do we start?'

'Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the
couch, and perhaps a couple on the bed. And sometimes the living room
floor is fun. You can really spread out there.'

'Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn't work out for Harry
and me!'

'Well, Ma'am, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if
we try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven
angles, I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results..'

'My, that's a lot!', gasped Mrs. Smith.

'Ma'am, in my line of work a man has to take his time. I'd love to be
In and out in five minutes, but I'm sure you'd be disappointed with
that.'

'Don't I
know it,' said Mrs. Smith quietly.
The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of
his baby pictures. 'This was done on the top of a bus,' he said.

'Oh, my God!' Mrs. Smith exclaimed, grasping at her throat.

'And these twins turned out exceptionally well - when you consider
their mother was so difficult to work with.'

'She was difficult?' asked M rs. Smith.

'Yes, I'm afraid so. I finally had to take her to the park to get the
job done right. People were crowding around four and five deep to get
a good look'

'Four and five deep?' said Mrs. Smith, her eyes wide with amazement.

'Yes', the photographer replied. 'And for more than three hours, too.
The mother was constantly squealing and yelling - I could hardly
concentrate, and when darkness approached I had to rush my shots.
Finally, when the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just had
to pack it all
in.'

Mrs. Smith leaned forward. 'Do you mean they actually chewed on your,
uh...equipment?'

'It's true, Ma'am, yes.. Well, if you're ready, I'll set-up my
tripod and we can get to work right away.'

'Tripod?'

'Oh yes, Ma'am. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It's much
too big to be held in the hand very long.'

Mrs. Smith fainted !


Subject: Re: Making a Baby
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 20:05:28 03/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-137-190-94.range86-137.btcentralplus.com at 86.137.190.94

Message:
Will go to bed laughing to death!!

'Oh yes, Ma'am. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It's much
too big to be held in the hand very long.'

Mrs. Smith fainted !

awesomely funny! Thanks!!


Subject: Re: Making a Baby
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 20:16:18 03/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Candido, U nar bad man! Nibbling squirrels? Damn!!


Subject: VIVA Sierra Leone
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 19:12:20 03/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-178-55-130.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.178.55.130

Message:
http://www.leoneclub.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=16418


Subject: Moderator, Kabs-Kanu and Forum Police
From: Kawusu
To: All
Date Posted: 12:30:34 03/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4575eca0.dyn.optonline.net at 69.117.236.160

Message:
Gentlemen,

The Forum Police just said that my IP is associated with someone harassing forumites. That cannot be true. I respect this forum and I will never descend to that level. Please double-check that information. I am very innocent. Thanks


Subject: Re: Moderator, Kabs-Kanu and Forum Police
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 17:30:45 03/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
Kawusu is one of the most respected forumites on the boards and I can vouch for his integrity. He and I swim on different sides of the political stream (He is as green as I am red) but I have never seen him act pusillanimously. The Kawusu I know will never descend to the filthy level of that nincompoop who aptly goes by the moniker Gongoli. That serial abuser was deservedly wallopped by some of us for his gratuitous 'fityie'-ing of Kabs before the forum police kicked his tail from the boards.

If Kawusu says he didn't do it, his word is as good as gold. The man is an honorable SLPPer. (Yikes! Did I just commit an oxymoron? SLPP and honorable?). Well in the case of Kawusu, I will make an exemption.


Subject: Re: Moderator, Kabs-Kanu and Forum Police
From: Kawusu
To: All
Date Posted: 18:54:40 03/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4575eca0.dyn.optonline.net at 69.117.236.160

Message:
Thanks, my brother FenPlaba. As the great Candido would say, may your road to heaven be carpeted with red.


Subject: The Rogue Trader Pulls Another Fast One.
From: Low Grade San San.
To: All
Date Posted: 13:41:37 03/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-154-251-40.range86-154.btcentralplus.com at 86.154.251.40

Message:
Indeed, the rogue trader is trying to pull another fast one. After using a baboon to bury bad economics news, the "mehnie mehnie" businessman turned President is at it again. This time, our rogue trader President is using the signing of a contract by his minister to cover up their lacklustre performances. Was it not this President who told us that he was only going to give his ministers THREE MONTHS to deliver or else he will show them the exit door? Shouldn't he be giving us a feedback or appraisals on their performances so far? So why is he giving them new contract to sign when they have nothing to show for the past six months? This is just another fast one the rogue trader is trying to pull on us his "custerments" to cover up their incompetence.

Take VP Sumana, what has he done in terms of service delivery? Apart from giving orders to strip naked a distinguished female ex minister from a plane or "HOLD UP 80" mill from the one day cleaning budget. What else has he got to show for his six months in office?

Even the 24/7 Koroma electricity, the apc flagship, is not good enough. And I challenge the President's surrogate Rev. Kabs who is a honest and God fearing man to tell us if our State House, the official residence of the President has 24/7 of that Koroma electricity. Then i will give the energy minister a pass.

Trade Minister. If this guy stays in this ministry for another six months we will have to walk to guinea to get a loaf of bread. Just look at the EMPTY local market shelves and tell me if Sa. Lone has any minister of trade. Kabs will again blame it on the great depression, but please Kabs i am not talking about the soaring prices. You keep going on about this global price increase as if the whole world is experiencing farming. Well, I live in London and though, there has been a 10p increase for a portion of chips in my local chippie, there is always enough to go round. There is nothing like scarcity here. Sierra Loenean at home are not that bothered with your price increases warning. Because we are quite used to seeing two Paramount chiefs go halves just to buy a bag of rice during the apc days. Maybe you were in Liberia when your apc leader Momoh told PCs to go halves inorder to be able to buy a bag of "toline rice. Kabs, our problem is the scarcity of local food stuff. Palm oil nor dea, casava nor dae, gari nor dae. Sugar nor dae, bonga tail sef nor dae nar makit for sell.

Internal Affairs, well well well ! apart from turning our first lady into a desperate house wife. What else has he got to show for six monthes, been inchargwe of the Police? Because nowadays, if our first lady is not on her knees begging a clergyman for forgiveness, because of the reckless behaviour of the apcs task force. She is on the phone counseling Babu Blydon for being invited to a police station for questioning over a silly picture. All because the minister and his Police force for good personnel are fast asleep. You will only have to see the spate of lawlessness in our country to give the internal affairs minister a NEW CONTRACT.

Finance: This is the man who was asked by the President to think the unthinkable in order to kick start the economy. Turning it from a nothing to write home about economy to the envy of the Sub Rigion. But has he really done that? I will let those workers who have not receive there wages for the past two months decide on his performance so far.

Foreign Affairs: Whliest our foreign minister is busy globe trotting over a fruitless nomination, the people of Yenga have held a referendum on diciding wether to secede like Kosovo. Because on the diplomatic front, nothing seems to be happening on their behalf.

Health: That's another interesting area. Apart from the burning of fake drugs, what has he done to improve the health service in order to make it accessible and free at the point of delivery for the poor? All i have heard from the minister was an advise to quack doctors like Babu Blyden to stop calling themselves medical doctors.

Education, Minister Bah has only made one progress. Which is telling us that FEMALE students sleep with lectures to pass exams.

And take that absolute joke of a RESIDENT MINISTER south. He has been an embarrassment since the President Koroman made him a minister. If he is not pelting opposition building with stones, he will be exercising his new powers vested in him by the President. By asking the police to arrest and detain someone at a station till he gets there. Only to instruct the Police again to release him upon his arrival. This JOKER is truely a very powerful man like he said. Even the late apc Gobio Lamin aka GUAMENTY former resident minister south who used to make people "pump" and use their shirts to clean his car for simply touching it. Wasn't as powerful as this little idiot.

Decent and level headed apc supporter like lawyer Iscandari must be shaking their heads in disbelief. And the slpp should not rejoice at this slpp joker now turned apc EMBARRASSMENT either. Because he is one of their prodigal sons, a man who only became an SLPP MP as replacement for his late uncle Alhaji Tarasid Tarawally. Because he was the son in Law of the late Hinga Norma and an errand boy for Solo B. He may even be another slpp destroyer in disguise. The apc should be aware of such characters in their mist.

This fool only started creeping into prominence when he became the "looking gron murray man" for the likes of NPRC Maeda Bio. By shamelessly bragging that he knows all the "Alfa men" in Africa. That was how he won a place on the late Steve Bio's delegation to Russia to buy arms. No wonder the NPRC was not able to beat the RUF because with idiot like this negotiating an arms deal what do you expect?

Like Mr. Aziz Nabe rightly said, in the days when men were men in politics in our country, a CREEPS like this will not even be nominated to go and fetch fire wood for any of these two great parties. But with a "menie menie" rogue trader as President, even a thief can be recycled into become a cashier with A NEW CONTRACT.

Mr. President, we do not want to see incompetent ministers signing new contracts at state house. What we want to see is you giving them their marching orders for their lackluster performances.


Subject: Re: The Rogue Trader Pulls Another Fast One.
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 18:00:20 03/17/08 ()
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Low Grade,
Jeeze!
Which side of the bed did you hop off this morning?
You call the president's ministers incompetent? You call the president a rogue trader? Go ahead with your bad self, Prof!. I have some very sweet epithets, myself, for the SLPP 'malcompetents' who sashayed on the stage for eleven good years.
I tell you what...let's have an honest discussion. Please identify any SLPP minister that ACHIEVED ANYTHING in eleven years of Tejan Kabba's Disaster before excoriating the six month old APC baby ministers. And please don't forget to list the glowing, towering achievements of the Kabo-Berewa Enlightenment!


Subject: What is this so called "American Dream" ?
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 12:22:27 03/17/08 ()
Email Address: RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM
Entered From: 35b-171.umd.edu at 129.2.18.171

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You often hear the Expression "THE AMERICAN DREAM ".
We have grown perhaps a little accostomed to thinking of that dream AS having only a financial or materialistic dimension. FROM MY POINT OF VIEW, AND I AM ON A LIMB HERE,the actual American Dream has to do with having the right to decide what your proper sphere is... without permitting ANYONE ELSE to decide that all-important matter for you.

By my way of thinking, the American Dream has nothing to do with upward mobility or household appliances, or social status. I think this dream involves autonomy, political awareness and participation, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness


Subject: Re: What is this so called "American Dream" ?
From: American
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Date Posted: 17:21:17 03/17/08 ()
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I thought that the American dream was to own your own home! Is that right?


Subject: Re: What is this so called "American Dream" ?
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 18:07:33 03/17/08 ()
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Owning your own home is a dream until the payments balloon into a monster and set your savings on fire and destroy your credit all over again. What a nightmare. They shouldn't call it your house. You are a guest lodger for the next thirty years before you ACTUALLY become the owner. Anyway it still doesn't hurt to follow Candid Opinion's admonishment to 'keep dreaming when you are awake'.


Subject: Re: What is this so called "American Dream" ?
From: Candid Opinion
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Date Posted: 19:42:10 03/17/08 ()
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35. Do the right thing!

36. Call your family often. Hey I'm thinking of ya!


If we all just followed the 35th & 36th commandment..
Man deh muof go back home soon......



Subject: Being a vegetarian is nothing new.
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
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Date Posted: 12:10:26 03/17/08 ()
Email Address: RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM
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Posted by DR C. CURTIS-THOMAS (129.22.211.103) on March 14, 2005 at 21:21:31:

"THE SQUARE OF THE HYPOTENUSE OF A RIGHT TRIANGLE IS EQUAL TO THE SUM OF THE..." If you can finish that sentence, you, unlike me, must have stayed awake in geometry class. You also probably remember the name ( you guessed it right) PYTHAGORAS. His theorem is studied each year by thousands of high school students.

But Pythagoras was more than a Greek philosopher. He is also called "THE FATHER OF VEGETARIANISM" because he argued in favor of a fleshless diet, insisting that there were religious , physical, and ecological reasons for leaving animal products off the dinner table. For nearly 2,500 years Europeans and Americans labeled thoes who followed such dietary practices PYTHAGOREANS.

The term VEGETARIAN sprang from the British Vegetarian Society formed in 1847. There have always been vegetarians among earth's population, many choosing to maintain a plant-based diet out of neceessity rather than preference. During medieval times, grains and vegetables were regarded as animal food. Only poverty would compel a human being to include such fare.

Over time, however, meat became a status symbol. The more frequently you ate flesh (corpses, as George Bernard Shaw called it), the more elevated your position in society. One version of the English dictionary displayed this bias in its definition of oats: "OATS: a grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland appears to support the people".

Vegetarianism is often linked to religion, and the strength of the tie seems to relate directly to the age of the belief system. Islam, at 1,300 years old, has no strong vegetarian heritage. Buddhists herald nonviolence and noninjury to living creatures and have done so for nearly 2,500 years. Hinduism can trace its vegetarian principles back some 5,000 years to the VEDIC scr1ptURES that eulogized the abstinence from meat and pleaded with the faithful to eschew flesh (corpses). Let's take a laughing break. A colleague of mine defined vegetarian as : " hindu for a failed hunter" (ha, ha, ha, ).

Jews cite the first chapter of Genesis as prescribing man's original diet : then God said ," I GIVE YOU EVERY SEED-BEARING PLANT ON THE FACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH AND EVERY TREE THAT HAS FRUIT AND SEED IN IT. THEY WILL BE YOURS FOR FOOD" (Genesis 1:29). Despite this decree, Jews eventually came to view the absence of meat as a deprivation ( and I am guilty of this too, " o yah me salt pork wit me rough rice") , often abstaining as a symbol of grief and mourning( as ON GOOD FRIDAY). Early Christian, and to a large extent, present day christians, with its roots firmly planted in the Jewish tradition saw vegetarianism as a modified fast to purify the body.

Looking at vegetarianism on the health front,a study conducted recently revealed that vegetarians outlived the general population by 8.9 years. A growing number of people ( me included ) believe that a vegetarian diet is more healthful than meat eating, and millions (me included) have markedly reduced or eliminated RED MEAT from their shopping lists. The reasons for adopting the meat-free life-style range from the elimination of suffering caused to animals ), health worries, and concern for the environment.

Today, a bronze likeness of PYTHAGORAS overlooks the ancient harbor of his namesake village, PYTHAGOREAN, on the Greek island of Samos. MORE THAN 2,500 YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE HE SAT ON THOES SHORES AND CONTEMPLATED MATHEMATICS AND THE MEANING OF LIFE. THE PHILOSOPHER WOULD BE GRATIFIED TO KNOW HOW WIDELY HIS VEGETARIAN DOCTRINE HAS SPREAD, BUT PERHAPS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED THAT IT IS ONLY FOR HIS MATHEMATICAL THEOREM THAT HE IS BEST REMEMBERED.

Charles Curtis-Thomas, SCEHN, Dip. Druggistry, BSN, RN, MD(Hons.), MPH, is a Sierra Leone-born Physician living in the USA. He is also Founder and director of Center for Medical education and advancement, College Park, Maryland, USA. Feel free to contact him at anytime. RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM OR 240-603-7651


Subject: My thoughts for the week.
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 12:10:01 03/17/08 ()
Email Address: RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM
Entered From: 35b-171.umd.edu at 129.2.18.171

Message:
OUR GOD OF THE BIBLE SAYS HE communicates to His prophets through VISIONS AND DREAMS. He does not reveal messages through Astrologers, Palm Readers, or through cards, or by crystal ball visions. THIS IS PROPHECY BY DIVINATION.

HE does not reveal messages through a magician, Sorcerer, or Psychic. The Lord does not relay messages through a hypnotist,(called a charmer in scr1pture). The Lord does not relay messages through Spirit guides which the psychics, mediums and witches claim to be ancient sages or wise men. "The dead know not anything" (Ecclesiastes 9:5). The Lord does not communicate through wizards (male witches), "Alphaman or lookgronman.

"FOR ALL THESE THINGS ARE AN ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD" (Deuteronomy 18:12)

Did I hear you say "LOOK, DOC, from the time of Adam and Eve,man has ever strived to progress foward into the knowledge of the secret things of the universe, but the heart of man is evil and the Lord cannot trust man with these secret things"?


Subject: Re: My thoughts for the week.
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 18:37:23 03/17/08 ()
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Message:
The purpose of religion is not to follow the Bible, Quran or Torah to the letter
It is not to wage crusade or jihad.
It is not to speak in unintelligible tongues.
It is not to act as a medium or Totogbeh.
The purpose of religion is to help you attain the enlightenment, the perspicuous understanding that all you need to get to Heaven is help God beautify his creation, his world, in that little neck of the woods you may find yourself.
You may attain this consciousness as a Christian, a Moslem, a Hindi, a Budhist, a Baha'ai, a Gbangbani, a Wonday Bomba, a Soko Bana or just simply as someone who believes in God without the necessity of religion.
And trust me, God is The Great Environmentalist.
Don't for once think that you are going to Heaven because you have lived a life of self-abnegation. God is gonna recycle you through various conditions (Poor, rich, man, woman, African, O'Poto, Spanish, Asian)...before you actually enter the Inner Sanctum of Heaven. Before then, you're gonna earn many a hell or heaven on earth before your cummulatives spring you to the everlasting Hell or Heaven.


Subject: Sierra Leone: WFP Warning On Food Price Increases
From: Food
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Date Posted: 11:35:54 03/17/08 ()
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Sierra Leone: WFP Warning On Food Price Increases





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UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

17 March 2008
Posted to the web 17 March 2008

Dakar

The World Food Programme (WFP) says that food prices have increased sharply in Sierra Leone and warns that any further rise could "badly impact [on] the majority of the population" in what the UN has judged to be the world's least developed country.

In December 2007, the cost of rice increased by 40 percent compared to December 2006, WFP said in a statement on 14 March.


In the same period, the price of palm oil increased by about 50 percent, and bread by 25 percent.

"Domestic cereal harvests meet about 67 percent of consumption needs," the WFP statement said.

"The annual consumption gap, to be filled through commercial imports and food aid, is estimated at 175,000 tonnes."

Sierra Leone was ranked last in the 2007 UN Development Programme human development index. Fifty-two percent of people there live on less than US$1 per day.

If price rises continue one of the hardest hit groups would be some 120,000 smallholder farming households who produced less than 50 percent of their rice consumption requirement for the year in 2007, WFP said.

Another highly vulnerable group is 20,000 low-income urban households.

WFP says high commodity prices are caused by rising demand for food from economic growth in countries such as China and India, competition between bio-fuels and food, higher energy prices and increased climatic shocks like droughts and floods.

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Higher food prices have already caused social unrest in a number of countries in West Africa, especially Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Senegal.

Meanwhile, food reserves are at their lowest in 30 years and commodity markets are "extremely volatile", WFP says. It is also struggling to feed existing beneficiaries as it too has to pay higher prices for food.


Subject: Fanous people say the darnedest things
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 11:04:02 03/17/08 ()
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Message:
Famous People Say the Darndest Things

"There are only two reasons to sit in the back row of an airplane: Either you have diarrhea, or you're anxious to meet people who do."
Henry Kissinger (former US Secretary of State)
"Things you'll never hear a woman say: 'My, what an attractive scrotum!'
Patricia Arquette

"And God said: "Let there be Satan, so people don't blame everything on me. And let there be lawyers, so people don't blame everything on Satan."
George Burns



Subject: Our Evolving democracy? (Another take)
From: Brian Conton
To: All
Date Posted: 10:59:00 03/17/08 ()
Email Address: bconton@comcast.net
Entered From: c-76-17-58-243.hsd1.ga.comcast.net at 76.17.58.243

Message:
Our evolving democracy? (Another take)

I have allowed a bit of time since the writing of Mr. Alieu Iscandari’s
almost prophetic cautionary note to the APC entitled “Our evolving
democracy” before crafting a response. Since then, someone ordered
the arrest of the object of his article, on obviously trumped up charges
of “caricaturing the president” despite the non existence of this
particular crime in our law books. Further, adding to the confusion and
distastefulness of the situation, the President has called the victim (I
hesitate to add the adjective innocent, as it would carry literary as well
as more specific legal implications) to distance himself from the
actions.
I have been astounded at the loud silence from APC quarters since.
Supporters have not even called for someone’s head over the issue.
This is not only a scathing embarrassment for the government, but it
can be seen as part of a very worrisome pattern of disregard for law
and order. From the point of view of an impartial observer, this
Governments’ adroitness or rather lack thereof, is becoming a serious
impediment to good governance. Above and beyond the tenants of free
speech and political expression being enshrined in the constitution,
more important, is the culture of knowing and abiding by the said
sacred document and the laws of Sierra Leone.
In “Our evolving democracy”, the author pointed out that he shuddered
to think what would have happened if his Father had been home that
day in 1973 when the APC thugs came for him. I wonder what might
have happened if the Editor in question had been in her office when
the police went for her? Or, if some junior officer at the Police Station
decided to forcibly stop her “escape” when she walked out? It may just
have triggered a series of events that would have justified Mr.
Iscandari’s stated reservations for blind support of the APC.
Yet, where is the outrage that this could have happened (not to Ms.
Blyden in particular) but any Sierra Leonean, especially in the APC’s
particular historical blind spot? Where is the sense of concern for due
process and that we came to the lip of a precipice where no patriotic
Sierra Leonean should ever want us to return? Where is the realization
from the opposition that somehow a Prosecutorial directive was issued
for political gain, and the Constitutional dictate of Attorney
General/Minister of Justice position must get split up soonest. In this
manner of acquiescence, could the APC, spurred on by its supporters’
silence, and a clueless opposition, be taking the first steps down the
slippery slope of tyranny?
As an attorney and political scholar with means of living detached from
the party’s wellbeing, Mr. Iscandari spoke eloquently on the protection
of free speech but said little on adherence to the Country’s laws.
Section 56 of the Constitution states: “Provided that no member of
Parliament shall be appointed Minister or Deputy Minister”. Yet, one of
this Governments’ first acts was to lift several persons from the
Legislature into the Executive. It becomes even more disturbing that
one of these accepted the position of Attorney General and Minister of
Justice. No one, not the Bar association, nor even the opposition raised
an eye brow. Then, there was the awarding of that Electricity contract
that seemingly contravened the rules. There have been numerous extra
judicial firings and hirings not the least of which was the Chief Justice.
There were a few peripheral rumblings, but no one really challenged
the legitimacy of the moves. At some point these errors can no longer
be seen as innocent indiscretions. Is not the best support of this
President to let him know the dangerous path down which he is
slipping and demand some accountability? Why this reluctance to
speak truth to power even when not doing so could cause every one’s
eventual demise.
It is those that have the ear of the President and the pockets of the
Party that bear the responsibility of breaking this deafening silence. I
agree that “the legacy of this President is too important to the history
of Sierra Leone to allow his vision to be trivialized by wanton violence”.
I just wonder how the Party and its supporters can expect the President
to get there without adherence to the rule of law.

Brian Conton


Subject: Re: Our Evolving democracy? (Another take)
From: KKW
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Date Posted: 14:36:26 03/17/08 ()
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Na de word dat, bra. My head was served up on a platter when I asked that we continue to hold this government to the highest standards. The president calling and apologizing is not enough. If the president did not order the arrest, then who did? That person needs to be held fully accountable.


Subject: Re: Our Evolving democracy? (Another take)
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 11:47:15 03/17/08 ()
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Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Bra...

If only i could write like you..
This all i have been saying past 2 weeks..

We should be really concerned at the blatant disregard of the rules and protocol of governance that is daily been kicked to the curb..

No one should be more affraid than those who suported and attached their names to the APC..

This is your time to shine, if you all allow the shine and hope and aspiration for change to be 3 footed by shady politics and greedy politicos it is only you all's fault and that.. we will hold againsts you.

You asked the for a chance to uplift Salone..
It has been granted.. by US THE PEOPLE.. (regardless, if some are shaded green, they are still US THE PEOPLE).

For them to accept Ernest's mandate.. such mandate must be seen administered fairly and by the law.
If the President & his administration is seen taking the laws unto himself, it is only time and a sip at a time before we all drink from the same poisoned well..

APC, SLPP, PMDC and us that dont blant..


Subject: The Salone Army should be put to work.
From: Candid Opinion
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Date Posted: 10:34:12 03/17/08 ()
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Message:
I read in the BBC this am about the Egyptian Army been the bread winners of the country..

They bake bread. Yes Bread...
For the nation..
We should emulates such private - public ventures to give steam to our ailing food production drive or our quest for industrialization.

This can even be a double edged sword..
Our military now lacks the basics in training on what a soldier does after active service..
Like the US ARMY if employable skills are acquired while in service and paid for by the military.. it will end up creating a talented and diverse workforce after active service.. I think New defence minister should actively look into how to put our pay collecting soldiers to work.

WHILE IN THE MILITARY AND AFTER.
Not all veterans should end up been watchman..
Most if properly trained, can end up been plumbers, computer technicians, helicopter repiarmen, mechanics, Surveyors.. etc..

Paolo.. get them sleeves up bra, and get your crew in shap national shape..

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7300899.stm


Subject: Re: The Salone Army should be put to work.
From: Just Like Sengbe said
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Date Posted: 11:03:23 03/17/08 ()
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Message:
Isn't this what Sengbe was alluding to the other day?


Subject: Re: The Salone Army should be put to work.
From: Candid Opinion
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Date Posted: 11:35:43 03/17/08 ()
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Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Indeed..

Just want to keep the idea alive..

Your contribution would be appreciated.


Subject: Re: The Salone Army should be put to work.
From: Soriba Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 01:25:23 03/18/08 ()
Email Address: soribaibureh@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 212.71.37.62

Message:
Your opinion has just triggered my instant positive response.
I lived and studied in Egypt. I am a practical testimony on the role of the Egyptian army towards the development of the country.

Believe it, the soldiers construct bridges, schools roads to name but few, with stipulated wages apart from their official monthly salaries. These hard working soldiers with 'the penny earned penny saved'enable them to purchase decent flats to accomodate their immediate family members after active service.

If our men and women in uniform can embark on such honourable endeavour, it will be a step foward to nation building.


Subject: Africans getting married in finland
From: Joke
To: All
Date Posted: 10:02:06 03/17/08 ()
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Entered From: socrates.la.psu.edu at 146.186.141.163

Message:
I got this from a friend

--
A Sierra Leonean went to Finland and met a beautiful Finnish lady and decided
to marry her for him to get a permanent stay. He thought that if he says he is a
Sierra Leonean, the lady will think that because we are poor in Sierra Leone
he is only marrying her for the money.

He told her that he is from Uganda . They got married and lived happily.

One beautiful summer day, the wife got home from work and told him
that she has got a new friend who is married to a Ugandan too and has invited them
for dinner the next sunday. The Sierra Leonean nearly got a heart attack.

On that fateful day, the invitees came, they had dinner and it was time for
the after dinner conversation.

The Sierra Leonean looks at this Ugandan and decides that he is going to say
something in Krio thinking that the Ugandan will believe that he is from
a Ugandan tribe different from his.

He then said, 'Me nar dreg are cam dreg nar yar oh. Are nor know for you.'

The Ugandan replied, 'Bra meself nar Sa Lone are comot oh.
So we go day nack the Krio steady.'


Subject: Re: Africans getting married in finland
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 10:08:04 03/17/08 ()
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Message:
From one dreg man to another, that joke is a laff grenade. Very funny indeed. Thank you.


Subject: Re: Africans getting married in finland
From: political
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Date Posted: 23:18:58 03/18/08 ()
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Message:
Dude, that is a good one. So what the ladies said after that?


Subject: POLITICIANS - This is what we want to see.
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 10:01:57 03/17/08 ()
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Message:
Maada Bio showing magnanimity..
My hats off to the Ex leader..

It seems he is one of the examples our current crop of politicians should emulate..


Picture and story from Patriotic Vanguard.
http://www.thepatrioticvanguard.com/article.php3?id_article=2442


Subject: Re:we shall defend our country with every blood in our veins
From: Patroit
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Date Posted: 09:39:40 03/17/08 ()
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Message:
Kabs Kanu Wrote

"One thing I can say here is that this time if anybody sparks trouble in Sierra Leone, we shall defend our country with every blood in our veins. We will not allow Sierra Leone to slip into anarchy again or for our innocent , poor people to suffer any more.

Those threatening violence in Sierra Leone because it is APC that is in power better stop it, because this time they will meet a determined people resolved to fight to the last drop of blood to make sure that constitutional democracy , the rule of law and peace prevail in the country"
______________________________________________________________________________________________

Kabbs Will your verbal expression of fixed purpose to defend the motherland "to the last drop"be supported by real conviction or action if push really comes to shove? ..Are you going to take arms and fight in defence of the motherland ..If you plan to.I will certainly join up with you on the ground.....Wanted to make sure that your scheme is not to mentain a very high intensity of support for troops and volunteers as an armchair General while goading others into action?........

My inquiry into such doubtful stances is certainly not to disparage anyone's level of patroitism..

However,bringing back the sad memories of Foday Sankoh's war,public records indicate that there was only one known person from the diaspora who went back to directly participate in combat with our troops and volunteers to defend of our motherland...

At the same time most of our celebrated activists, patroits and zealots remained in the diaspora signing petitions,writing articles or demonstrating....while other questionable proponents deserving of rebuke (like patrick foyah) were busy collecting used clothing and goodies meant for refugees in order to sell and enrich themselves......instead of "leading by example"

Maybe if more diasporans were involved in combat, the abuses perpetuated by soldiers and CDF on civillians would have been severely limited...and there would have been no need for institutions like the Special Court ..who knows?


Subject: Awareness Times proving different - Churning guts, I'll say!
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 08:30:18 03/17/08 ()
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Beign absent from the forum for sometime does not mean ain't following the happenings in my beloved land - Sierra Leone. Just back from a very worthy contribution in the Caribbean, amongst the Maroons, Trelawney. My heart goes to Sylvia for this piece below - I am not a griot for Sylvia but this piece makes me send my hat up the sky for her to catch - BRAVO SYLVIA - NO NONSENSE MEANS KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS. I pray my president understands the liberties his citizens should enjoy.

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Judicial and Legal Service Commission Press Release
By Culled from No. 3A of the Newsletter of the Sierra Leone Bar Association (February 2006)
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PRESS RELEASE (23rd January 2006)

FINDINGS OF DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE SET UP FOR MAGISTRATE ADRIAN FISHER

Pursuant to Regulation 18 of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission Regulations 1979 Public Notice No.15 of 1979 the Judicial and Legal Service Commission set up a Disciplinary Committee to examine three complaints against Magistrate Adrian Fisher. The Committee consisted of Honorable Mr. Justice Samuel A. Ademosu, High Court Judge, as Chairman, Mrs. Fatmata B. Bangura and Mr. O.B. Walker, both retired Civil Servants formerly of the Establishment Secretary’s Office and members of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission.

The Committee considered the complaints against Magistrate Adrian Fisher, to wit, conduct bringing the judiciary and the office of the Chief Justice into disrepute, gross dereliction of duty and abuse of office and insubordination and disrespect for lawful authority.

The Committee received both oral and documentary evidence from Magistrate Adrian Fisher.

The Committee found as follows:-

a) That Magistrate Adrian Fisher demonstrated lack of respect for the office of the Chief Justice in particular and lawful authority in general;

b) That based on the actions of Magistrate Adrian Fisher, the reputation of impartiality of the Judiciary was substantially damaged;

c) That Magistrate Fisher was over-zealous in the performance of his duties as a Magistrate and abused his office by personally enforcing the conditions of bail;

d) That the tone and content of Magistrate Fisher’s letters to the Chief Justice clearly showed that he was insubordinate and disrespectful of lawful authority;

e) That Magistrate Adrian Fisher misunderstood the provisions of Regulation 21 by concluding that there is no rule of law that requires him to obtain the permission of the Chief Justice before leaving the jurisdiction;

Based on the findings and recommendations of the Committee, the Judicial and Legal Service Commission pursuant to Regulation 20 has imposed the following punishment on Magistrate Adrian Fisher:

1. That justice be tempered with mercy and, subject as is hereinafter stated, a letter of reprimand be issued to Mr. Fisher;

2. That the letter of reprimand be issued by the Establishment Secretary with immediate effect so as to enable Magistrate Fisher fulfill the obligations imposed on him by the Commission in the said letter within the stipulated time-frame;

3. That the letter of reprimand should remind Magistrate Fisher that, as stated in his letter of appointment dated 16th June 2004, his appointment is in all respects "subject to the General Orders and the Judicial & Legal Service Commission Regulations for the time being in force" and in particular he should be reminded that:

(a) Current regulations state that leave for which an employee is eligible may be granted upon application of the employee at such times and in such installments depending on the exigencies of the service; provided that no employee shall be allowed to proceed on annual leave until after the completion of a year’s service. An employee who intends to travel outside the Republic on vacation leave shall inform his head of department accordingly;

(b) An employee shall not communicate, either directly or indirectly, to the press or to any person who does not belong to his own Ministry/ Department, any information which he may have gained in the Course of his official duty; . (c) An employee shall not send any official correspondence for publication in the press without the previous permission in writing of the Permanent Secretary/ Head of Department of his Ministry/ Department;

(d) All official correspondence should be couched in a tone of courtesy with avoidance of any expression of personal feelings and should be as concise and simple as possible; and

(e) Employees will inform their Ministry/ Department of their postal address and any subsequent change before going on leave.

4. That Magistrate Fisher drafts, for the approval of the Judicial & Legal Service Commission, a letter addressed to the Hon. Chief Justice apologising for bringing the Judiciary and the office of the Chief Justice into disrepute and for insubordination and disrespect for lawful authority as found by the Committee.

5. That the letter of apology, as approved by the Judicial & Legal Service Commission and signed by Magistrate Fisher, should reach the Secretary, Judicial & Legal Service Commission, not later than noon on Monday 6th February 2006.

6. That in the event that Magistrate Fisher fails to comply as ordered the Commission reserves the right to order the termination of his service.

Further information on this matter may be obtained from the Secretary of the Commission at the Law Courts Building, Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown .

Dated 23rd day of January 2006.

GEORGIANA TUCKER (Mrs)

SECRETARY,

JUDICAL & LEGAL SERVICE COMMISSION



Subject: Re: Awareness Times proving different - Churning guts, I'll say!
From: John Brown
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Date Posted: 14:00:58 03/17/08 ()
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Investigative Journalism Well done Awareness Times keep it up.


Subject: Re: Awareness Times proving different - Churning guts, I'll say!
From: Forum Police
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Date Posted: 10:12:36 03/17/08 ()
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CHEZ,your friend Kawusu ,has an IP number that has been identified with harassment of innocent forumites and is forbidden from participating here. If you want evidence, send kabs or moderator a private mail.We know who is using all these monikers from that internet cafe.Eventually, that person will be silenced.We have blocked 11 IPs from the cafe so far.


Subject: Re: Awareness Times proving different - Churning guts, I'll say!
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 10:56:09 03/17/08 ()
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In earnest, I know not Kawusu! The piece caught my freeway and I just wanted to share that which I believe all should pray our country head towards - unconditional expressway for that which troubles you and I.

I do not associate myself with others that harass others - i call them cowards. Freely, I do and say that which is for the benefit of all. Thank Forum Police.


Subject: Re: Awareness Times proving different - Churning guts, I'll say!
From: Kawusu
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Date Posted: 09:35:35 03/17/08 ()
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Chez,
I agree with you. Awareness Times is doing a great job providing us with objective news about Sierra Leone. Sylvia is not an angel but I believe that she is currently Sierra Leone's best journalist. Isn't that interesting, a medical doctor being the best journalist. But I believe there is a precedent for that in Sierra Leone. Wasn't Ibrahim Taqi a medical doctor?


Subject: Well salone don betteh - Oil is in our future guys..
From: Candid Opinion
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Date Posted: 08:21:49 03/17/08 ()
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If Elixir is this interested on the Siemic study..
It must mean there is potential..

Read on..Brought to you by VSL..

http://forum.visitsierraleone.org/forum_posts.asp?TID=2593

http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/1206579/


Subject: Re: Well salone don betteh - Oil is in our future guys..
From: Soriba Kanu
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Date Posted: 00:50:36 03/18/08 ()
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Oil, oil, oil?????!
As a an ordinary Sierra Leonean, it is no longer surprising when oil exploration is brought on the media. Most people believe that 'oil talk' is serious politics in Sierra Leone because all former presidents- His Excellency Dr. Siaka Steven....Dr. Alhaj Tejan Kabbah enticed the people with oil. Nothing ever been extracted for the benefit of our the country.

The focal point on the issue, we don't want Dr. Earnest Koroma to go on the same insinuating tactics to lure the people for more terms in office without practical solutions to our people's cronic problems. I am sure Sierra Leoneans are wise enough to rate a leader who has come to redeme them from the ebb of perpetual poverty and frustration.

Our people are terribly hugry and sick. Let the president's primary target be on how to immediately provide food and medicine for this desperate nation.
If there is oil in Sierra Leone, as I am sure it is, let Pa Koroma set it aside as yet. It will one day contribute to the prosperity of this tiny nation especially when it has already been predicted by scientists that oil wells will dry up after fifty years or so.


Subject: Re: Well salone don betteh - Oil is in our future guys..
From: Lanre
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Date Posted: 10:30:44 03/17/08 ()
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Oil Exploration??
Judging by the conduct of our past administratiors, it would have been best for the country if this oil exploration and drilling is put off anouther 50 years when Siera Leone would be more politically matured to handle oil cash and all the accompanying corruption. Look at what oil has done to Nigeria, Angola, etc. - benefitting only the oil companies and politicians - with very little or negative benefit to the poor suffering masses. What have the masses benefitted from diamonds - except war. Was the population informed about all of the oil exploration contracts that are being signed? Who signed these contracts?
It will be best for the country if we can focus on africulture and food production - because oil money can easily cause an economy to become 99% overdependent on it - neglecting all other sectors of the economy to go into ruins.

Thank you.


Subject: LESLIE ALLEN
From: PLAIN TALK
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Date Posted: 06:28:57 03/17/08 ()
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It is very disturbing , not only surprising that LESLIE ALLEN was not offer a position when he was in FREETOWN.I can not get into the crux of the matter, because i do not have facts to support my argument.But i can attest MR LESLIE ALLEN WORK diligently during the election.


Subject: LESLIE ALLEN
From: PLAIN TALK
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Date Posted: 04:42:54 03/17/08 ()
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It is very disturbing,not only surprising that Leslie Allen was not offer a position when he was in freetown.I can not get into the crux of the matter,because i do not have facts to support my argument.But i can attest MR LESLIE ALLEN work diligently during the election.


Subject: Can a Machine read your Mind
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 01:18:03 03/17/08 ()
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I found this article very interesting. Would appreciate comments on the issue it poses. Interesting read.


Subject: Re: Can a Machine read your Mind
From: foday mansaray
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Date Posted: 12:58:41 03/17/08 ()
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Your Honor,this is very impressed. I will pas this on to candid opinion


Subject: Bumbuna Light Nearer Than Expected
From: Good News
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Date Posted: 15:31:05 03/16/08 ()
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Many people hold the view that the Bumbuna light will be switched on towards the end of this year and those who reside or frequently visit Bumbuna and are witnesses to the speed with which the work is being tackled, know fully well that the Bumbuna electric project will be switched on earlier than anybody expected.
Amadu informed the New Citizen that if the Bumbuna light doesn’t come on soon, it is not because the hydro-electric dam is not complete; it could be because of the constant theft of the transmission cables that should convey light from the project site to some parts of Sierra Leone He revealed, “if only government can concentrate its energy on the prevention of the frequent thefts of the transmission cables, there is no need for the Bumbuna light not to be switched on somewhere around the middle of this year.”

Asked how he suspected that the project was nearing completion, Amadu responded, “I did not suspect, I know because I am always at the site, observing every progress being made. That is why I firmly believe the project is nearing completion.”
Amadu also opined that more work has been done on the dam in the past six months than what was done in the past six years when nobody seemed to care about the progress of the project.
He maintained, “casual workers have been moved to other areas, an indication that only the technical components now remains for which I am convinced that the project is nearing completion.”
It could be recalled that President Ernest Bai Koroma, upon taking over the reins of government, made the generation of electricity one of his main priorities that resulted to the commissioning of two generating machines on December 20, 2007 to serve the Western Area.
Recently, stakeholders and other donor partners provided the sum of US$30 million for the completion of the Bumbuna hydro electric project.
Though we have our doubts about Amadu Samura’s prediction of a mid-year turn on of the lights of the Bumbuna hydro electric dam, we are nevertheless hopeful because a closer look at the project seems to suggest that the end is not too far away.
With the Bumbuna hydro electric dam in full operation, there is no doubt that Sierra Leone will make a turn around rapidly with the development of cottage industries that will provide employment opportunities for youths.
We look forward to the day when as predicted by Amadu Samura, the Bumbuna lights will come on much earlier than expected.


Subject: Re: Bumbuna Light Nearer Than Expected
From: Candid Opinion
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Date Posted: 10:14:45 03/17/08 ()
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Will take 2 rainy seasons to get enough water behind the dam to make it worth engaging the tubines..

So though we pray.. bumbuna if done TODAY, still has to wait a few months for the hand of God.


Subject: Re: Bumbuna Light Nearer Than Expected
From: Tonybel
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Date Posted: 14:31:22 03/20/08 ()
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Good news for the people of Sierra Leone. Electricity is needed for a sustainable development and an improve quality of life. This is way overdue.


Subject: BUMBUNA LIGHT NEARER THAN EXPECTED
From: Good News...
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Date Posted: 15:08:21 03/16/08 ()
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Many people hold the view that the Bumbuna light will be switched on towards the end of this year and those who reside or frequently visit Bumbuna and are witnesses to the speed with which the work is being tackled, know fully well that the Bumbuna electric project will be switched on earlier than anybody expected.
Amadu informed the New Citizen that if the Bumbuna light doesn’t come on soon, it is not because the hydro-electric dam is not complete; it could be because of the constant theft of the transmission cables that should convey light from the project site to some parts of Sierra Leone He revealed, “if only government can concentrate its energy on the prevention of the frequent thefts of the transmission cables, there is no need for the Bumbuna light not to be switched on somewhere around the middle of this year.”

Asked how he suspected that the project was nearing completion, Amadu responded, “I did not suspect, I know because I am always at the site, observing every progress being made. That is why I firmly believe the project is nearing completion.”
Amadu also opined that more work has been done on the dam in the past six months than what was done in the past six years when nobody seemed to care about the progress of the project.
He maintained, “casual workers have been moved to other areas, an indication that only the technical components now remains for which I am convinced that the project is nearing completion.”
It could be recalled that President Ernest Bai Koroma, upon taking over the reins of government, made the generation of electricity one of his main priorities that resulted to the commissioning of two generating machines on December 20, 2007 to serve the Western Area.
Recently, stakeholders and other donor partners provided the sum of US$30 million for the completion of the Bumbuna hydro electric project.
Though we have our doubts about Amadu Samura’s prediction of a mid-year turn on of the lights of the Bumbuna hydro electric dam, we are nevertheless hopeful because a closer look at the project seems to suggest that the end is not too far away.
With the Bumbuna hydro electric dam in full operation, there is no doubt that Sierra Leone will make a turn around rapidly with the development of cottage industries that will provide employment opportunities for youths.
We look forward to the day when as predicted by Amadu Samura, the Bumbuna lights will come on much earlier than expected.


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