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Subject: Foday Sankoh's Legacy
From: Durosimi
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Date Posted: 18:30:19 04/23/08 ()
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Lest you forget.


Subject: MY COMPUTER IS FREEZING: PLEASE HELP
From: Bonthe Pikin
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Date Posted: 18:03:22 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: bontilaynga@yahoo.com
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Dear Forumites:

I have a brand new LENOVO Laptop bought about seven weeks ago. It has a Norton Anti-virus but it is freezing and causing me to lose my job anytime I want to close any page. A message always pop up that there is an error and needs to be shut down. The situation has deteriorated and become increasingly annoying as it is now freezing constantly. Unfortunately the norton anti-virus does not delete harmful viruses, and I don't have money to pay a tecnician now. Please help with any free software you know or any ways of solving this crisis.

Thank you all, and God bless.


Subject: Re: MY COMPUTER IS FREEZING: PLEASE HELP
From: Amateur
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Date Posted: 18:44:29 04/23/08 ()
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Try doing a system restore. Click on start, go to control panel, go to system, click on system restore, (system restor can track and reverse harmful changes to your computer), and then click on OK.


Subject: Re: MY COMPUTER IS FREEZING: PLEASE HELP
From: Muckson
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Date Posted: 18:42:22 04/23/08 ()
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Message:
Which Operating System are you using?
Vista or XP?

When dose it freeze?
While surfing the internet OR when opening a program?

If (when opening a program), then
Which program? (all programs?, MS office suite?, etc.)

If(while surfing the internet OR at all times), then
Have you updated your anti-virus?
Have you run the scan?

If (yes to the above), then
Did you found or deleted any malicious ware?


Case (the above conditions are met)

1) Do you have warranty for the Laptop?
If (Yes), then
Call the dealer and have them run a system recovery

If(NO), then
Do you still have the CD’s when you bought the laptop?
You should have a recovery disk on the box and you can have someone on the phone and help you run a system recovery (Every Sierra Leonean friend can help you do that). Note: this should be your last Option

I hope this will help!


Subject: Asian Rice Crisis Puts 10 Million or More at Risk
From: Bonthe Pikin
To: All
Date Posted: 17:57:07 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: bontilaynga@yahoo.com
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Peter Timmer

04/21/2008

Soaring global food prices have led to a precarious situation in Asia, where government efforts to restrict rice exports are exacerbating shortages. CGD non-resident fellow Peter Timmer, a leading expert on agriculture and development who is advising Indonesia on its response to the crisis, warns in a Q&A that if currently high global prices are passed along to poor people in Asia, 10 million people or more could die prematurely.

Q: In the past famines have been about local or regional shortages. Experts have told us that the problem is not a global lack of food per se but rather problems in distribution. Is this still true?

A: It's not as true today as it was a decade or two ago because of the changing composition (and locat1on) of increases in demand for food. There is still plenty of food for everyone, but only if everyone eats a grain and legume-based diet. If the diet includes large (and increasing) amounts of animal protein (not to mention bio-fuels for our SUVs), food demand is running ahead of global production. We have been drawing down grain stocks for the past seven years, and that is not sustainable.

See Also: Trade Policy for a New Deal on Hunger by Nancy Birdsall and Arvind SubramanianQ: In your opinion, what's driving this crisis?

A: It's important to start with the basic balance between food demand and food supply. Although the Green Revolution has run out of steam, and the rapid increases in food supply seen in the 1970s and 1980s are no longer in prospect, we have still seen respectable increases in food supply over the past decade--significantly larger than population growth. So the problem must largely lie on the demand side.

Four basic drivers seem to be stimulating rapid growth in demand for food commodities: (1) rising living standards in China, India, and other rapidly growing developing countries, which lead to increased demand for livestock products and the feedstuffs to produce them; (2) stimulus from mandates for corn-based ethanol in the United States and the ripple effects beyond the corn economy; (3) the rapid depreciation of the U.S. dollar against the Euro and a number of other important currencies, which drives up the price of commodities priced in U.S. dollars; and (4) massive speculation from new financial players searching for better returns than in stocks or real estate, also stimulated by the declining dollar.

It's very hard to attribute weights to each of these causes to the run-up in food prices. The weights vary by commodity and by what time period is being considered. For example, rice prices started to explode just two months ago, well over a year after wheat prices sky-rocketed and eight months after the sharp run-up in corn prices. Individual commodities still have their own dynamics. But clearly there are also fundamental underlying connections across all of these commodity markets, even in the relatively short run, and only financial market linkages can explain those connections.

Q: How serious is the problem? Is there more hunger globally today than there was a few weeks ago when this broke as a major news story?

A: This is the most serious problem facing the world food economy since 1973-74, when a million people in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh alone died prematurely as a result of a rice crisis. World Bank president Zoellick suggested last week that high food prices risked pushing 100 million people back below the poverty line, wiping out seven years of progress. In my view, the situation is actually much worse than that. Unless some way can be found to stop the explosive rise in food prices generally, and rice prices in particular, we will see sharply higher mortality. Most of these deaths will be in Asia because of the huge numbers of poor, hungry people there who are dependent on rice for their daily subsistence.

This will not be mass starvation, with people dying in the streets, but it will be sharply higher infant and child mortality and weakened adults succumbing prematurely to infectious diseases. If current rice prices in world markets are actually transmitted into most Asian countries--and this is not yet a reality, but it becomes more likely every day the world price stays this high--then even conservative calculations suggest that upwards of 10 million people will die prematurely.

A month ago I thought we would be able to avoid this happening, but now the world price is so high, and countries are so spooked, that even the big countries might not be able to keep their domestic prices low enough for poor people to afford the food they need.

Q: Does domestic politics in Asia play into this?

A: Absolutely! The trigger for the explosion in rice prices was the decision of the Indian government to impose an export ban in November 2007, taking the world's second largest exporter out of the market. That set off fears in the newly elected, populist government in Thailand that rice prices would get out of control there, so export controls were openly discussed-- Thailand is the world's largest rice exporter. Vietnam followed with export restrictions in January 2008.

On the import side, the Philippines has been throwing fuel on the fire by insisting on huge tenders for rice from a world market that cannot provide it, thus driving up the price in this thin market. Last Thursday, the Philippines tendered for 500,000 metric tons of rice and received offers for only 316,000 metric tons at an average price of $1170, a price 30 percent higher than a week before. They have insisted they will do this again on May 5.

Q: Is more food aid the answer?

A: I understand the appeal of cranking up the food aid allocat1ons to help poor people in the short run, but this is no real answer. My own sense is that the most urgent intervention right now would be to get India, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines into one room and get them all to agree to open their markets to rice imports and exports, at least for the next six months. Once some sensible equilibrium is reached--perhaps around $500 per ton, where everyone can come out a winner--there would be time to sit down and discuss a sensible longer-term arrangement for rice trade. Continuing the current “beggar my neighbor” policies will be a catastrophe in both the short run and the long run.

Obviously, after we get through the worst of the crisis, huge new investments are needed to raise agricultural productivity around the world. These investments were forthcoming after the world food crisis in 1973-74, and they are needed this time as well. But they take a long time to produce results.

Q: You say that getting the major rice producers and consumers-- India, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines--to agree to open their markets would relieve the price pressure. How do you see this happening?

A: There are already several initiatives to get the Asian rice consumers and producers to talk about a cooperative solution. One from the Philippines is lead by their foreign minister and seems to involve greater trade cooperation, but it is undermined by their own refusal to lift their own high import duties on foreign rice. A second initiative comes from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and focuses on quick production responses and longer run research initiatives. There has been no visible movement on either proposal.

Q: What role do you see for the U.S., other rich countries, and the international institutions?

A: There are two obvious things the rich countries can do: first, boost supply by funding food aid channels, including the World Food Program and others, with cash and commodities. Rice is now quite scarce physically in a number of distressed countries--a reversal of situations caused mostly by local crop failures or disasters. Second, end bio-fuel subsidies and mandates immediately. There is substantial disagreement over the role corn-based ethanol (in the U.S.) and vegetable oil-based bio-diesel (in Europe and some parts of Asia) in the recent price spikes--the "respectable" range is from 10 to 60 percent. But there is no way the rich countries can play a leadership role in bringing this crisis under control as long as they insist there is plenty of food for people, livestock, AND automobiles. There just isn't--and we've known that from the start of the U.S. bio-fuels program.

Peter Timmer and other CGD experts on the global crisis are available for media interviews. Please contact Ben Edwards to set up an interview: (202) 416-0740; Bedwards@cgdev.org.


Subject: Meet world’s youngest college prof
From: From MSNBS news
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Date Posted: 17:41:52 04/23/08 ()
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World’s youngest professor can’t legally drink
Alia Sabur, a prodigy in many ways, says she wants to share her knowledge

Meet world’s youngest college prof
April 23: At the age of 18, Alia Sabur was recognized as the youngest college professor in history, breaking a 300-year-old record. Ann Curry speaks to her in a TODAY exclusive.


By Bob Considine
TODAYShow.com contributor
updated 10:42 a.m. ET April 23, 2008
Perhaps in Alia Sabur’s wildly advanced studies she came across a famous quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

“Knowing is not enough. We must apply,” the German writer once observed.

That could serve as explanation for what prompted the 19-year-old to become the youngest college professor in history.

Armed with prodigious wisdom, Sabur told TODAY’s Ann Curry on Wednesday that knowledge is power — especially when sharing it.

“I really enjoy teaching,” said Sabur. “It’s something where you can make a difference. It’s not just what you can do, but you can enable a lot of other people to make their changes.”

Sabur, from Northport, N.Y., has clearly been ahead of the learning curve since an early age.

She started talking and reading when she was just 8 months old. She had elementary school finished at age 5.

She made the jump to college at age 10. And by age 14, Sabur was earning a bachelor’s of science degree in applied mathematics summa cum laude from Stony Brook University — the youngest female in U.S. history to do so.

Her education continued at Drexel University, where she earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering.

With an unlimited future ahead of her, Sabur directed her first career choice to teaching. She was three days short of her 19th birthday in February when she was hired to become a professor at Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea.

This distinction made her the youngest college professor in history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, beating the previous record held by Colin Maclaurin in 1717.

Maclaurin was a student of physicist Isaac Newton. Sabur said she is merely gravitating toward putting what she has learned to good use.

“I really feel I can help a lot of people,” she said.

At Konkuk University, Sabur said she will take part in classroom instruction, but will also focus on research into developing nanotubes for use as cellular probes that could help aid in cures for diseases.

Although she doesn’t start until next month, Sabur has taken up teaching math and physics courses at Southern University in New Orleans, which is still struggling from the devastation left in Hurricane Katrina’s wake in 2005.

“Some people come and they do Habitat for Humanity and they build houses, but I don’t think I would be very good,” she said. “So I tried to do what I’m good at. I was particularly interested in this university because they are still in trailers after Hurricane Katrina. And I thought it could be something I do to help.”

In New Orleans, Sabur is old enough to teach, but not to join her fellow professors in a bar after work. In Korea, where the drinking age is 20, she might have more luck. Koreans count their age from the moment they are born, so in Korea Sabur is considered 20.

Varied interests
On top of her unprecedented academic achievements, Sabur has a black belt in the Korean martial art of tae kwon do and is also a music prodigy. She has been playing clarinet with orchestras since her solo debut at age 11, playing with recording artists Lang Lang and Smash Mouth.

“You can reach a lot of people with music,” Sabur told Curry. “It’s never been really a hobby to me. It’s always been on equal par with my academics.”

So is there anything Sabur can’t do?

Well, apparently she struggles with basketball and with long writing and admits to sometimes being absentminded.

In fact, sometimes she forgets just how special she really is.

“Well, I know that what I’ve done is special and I think about it,” she said. “But sometimes I forget, because I’m used to it and I don’t think about it all the time. Actually, sometimes it takes other people to remind me a little bit.”


Subject: Water quay Wahala
From: Mohamed Barrie
To: All
Date Posted: 17:12:50 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: ncsneak@aol.com
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I shipped a 20 ft container to Freetown. It is all personnal effects. I was asked to pay 1,395,000 leones
(one million,three hundred and ninety five thousand leones)for documentation and 957,000 leones for handling and storage. I have not gone to customs yet. Now I know why prices are high in sierra leone.The business community would just shift the cost to the ordinary people. I am also told that they would pocketmost this money and give you a receipt far lower than waht you paid.


Subject: This applies to us in Sierra leone ask me why
From: M. Alieu Iscandari esq.
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Date Posted: 16:56:38 04/23/08 ()
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Parable of the Sower
KJV Matthew 13:3-23
(3) And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
(4) And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
(5) Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
(6) And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
(7) And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
(8) But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
(9) Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
(10) And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
(11) He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
(12) For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
(13) Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
(14) And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
(15) For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I
(16) But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
(17) For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
(18) Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
(19) When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
(20) But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
(21) Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
(22) He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
(23) But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.


Subject: Vick Fornah website under construction
From: Muckson
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Date Posted: 16:46:03 04/23/08 ()
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will provide you with music and video clips
comming soon...


Subject: Congratulations , Solo and Dauda
From: Man Pikin
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Date Posted: 15:52:27 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: man_pikin@yahoo.com
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Congrats to Solo and Dauda. Hope you will work hard and give objective news coverage. Keep it up!


Subject: Re: Congratulations , Solo and Dauda
From: foresight
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Date Posted: 16:14:55 04/23/08 ()
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Solo and Dauda, we will like to see you picture on the front page of cocorioko.

congratulations


Subject: Allieu Iscandri - You must read this
From: Tejan Kabba
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Date Posted: 15:13:10 04/23/08 ()
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Yes daddy A I like your reasoned judgment and take it in good faith but will even appreciate more if this advice is given to all - particularly our irate APC youths both in the forum and in Salone.

Truth be told, you are just a decent fella and its a shame the vast majority of APC supporters are not like you. That said, I firmly believe the ostensible increase of violence & lawlessness in salone today is not unconnected to impolite APC youths – and believe me this is an understatement. Of course this is usually misinterpreted by many stalwarts as Anti-APC. I see it differently – ‘cos until we accept our shortcomings we really will never even know there is a problem.

Politics in mama Salone is riddled with mediocre performers and frankly has been for a long time. True patriots whether APC or SLPP are endangered species. The problem though is that supporters are even worse. Sometimes I ask myself … is it depravity or is just sheer ignorance – some chap… struggling to pay bills or even feeding himself gets worked up when folks posit that VP Sumana allegedly has bought a Million $ property in NJ. If this is true bro, would you be happy? Spinning the argument that …ooh SLPP guys did the same or worse is just dishonesty and a non starter for me, SLPP is not in power now and Mama Salone is still here and yearning to develop. It is the responsibility of our incumbent Govt to facilitate that … not allegedly buying houses in NJ or interfering with award of contracts for much needed Drugs. Ar tar yah sef

By the way your referral of the Sp Court article was very thoughtful. I particularly found it very useful and have always had a far more superlative but agreeable attitude to the article’s message… and this was at the very inception of the courts. In other words I really believe the Sp Ct is an insult to our collective intelligence as Africans, but most especially as Sierra Leoneans. I stand to be corrected.

On another theme, I wanted to respectfully disagree with Kabs position on AFRICOM - but fear this might be misunderstood. As if I really care … ha ha. What we need in Africa is infrastructural development – roads, energy and the works. Whilst the Chinese have helped develop energy (Dodo HEP), National Stadium etc, all Uncle Sam cares about is expanding its Military posts … and most likely using that to aid installation or sustenance of puppet regimes to serve their own selfish ends … as usual. Sadly poor African countries are being blackmailed again using lure of job opportunities and other cheap baits.

Frankly no self respecting (to borrow the Afro phrase) African country will want this military plant. Its just an extension of the Special Ct mentality – “slap whatever you can on those shortsighted impoverished Africans”. With due respect Mr Jerome or what ever his name is, Africa does not need more guns or another neocolonial posturing on the continent. What we need badly (not what the neocons think we need desperately) are good roads, energy development and other peaceful social infrastructure. I would have probably taken the AFRICOM bait if my history lessons were not robust. So kindly shove your weapons and Military Post … you know where, and let us look forward to some of the social benefits a soon to be superpower China will bring.
Anyway hope to get a feedback, hostile or friendly,,, but I’ll prefer the later.

Bwoy I hear you like rich Cuban cigars .. me too

Look forward to hearing from you


Subject: The Pledge
From: Diasporan Community
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Date Posted: 14:47:24 04/23/08 ()
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Money has begun streaming in to help fight against police and judicial corruption in the interest of all diasporans.

The need to start practicing solidarity againsts all forms of injustice should be a priority for every progressive Sierra Leonean. Please email your pledges for the Adams cause to thenewsletter@hotmail.com.

The moderator has been instructed to delete all unserious postings.


Subject: Wait bah, yu feel say way yu cam US or UK yu dae above d law
From: Jacob Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 15:13:41 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: jacob.kanu@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Whats you problem Mr marooned Diasporan. Do you intend to go back to salone and cause problems there? Why do you need a trust fund? ooh I get it ... you are so poor you are looking for Osusu backup to fund you potential lawless, good for nothing trip to mama Salone eeem ?

Get a life my friend... find a good job. or can you?

The Minister's brother


Subject: Allieu Iscandri - You must read this
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 15:05:42 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Yes daddy A I like your reasoned judgment and take it in good faith but will even appreciate more if this advice is given to all - particularly our irate APC youths both in the forum and in Salone.

Truth be told, you are just a decent fella and its a shame the vast majority of APC supporters are not like you. That said, I firmly believe the ostensible increase of violence & lawlessness in salone today is not unconnected to impolite APC youths – and believe me this is an understatement. Of course this is usually misinterpreted by many stalwarts as Anti-APC. I see it differently – ‘cos until we accept our shortcomings we really will never even know there is a problem.

Politics in mama Salone is riddled with mediocre performers and frankly has been for a long time. True patriots whether APC or SLPP are endangered species. The problem though is that supporters are even worse. Sometimes I ask myself … is it depravity or is just sheer ignorance – some chap… struggling to pay bills or even feeding himself gets worked up when folks posit that VP Sumana allegedly has bought a Million $ property in NJ. If this is true bro, would you be happy? Spinning the argument that …ooh SLPP guys did the same or worse is just dishonesty and a non starter for me, SLPP is not in power now and Mama Salone is still here and yearning to develop. It is the responsibility of our incumbent Govt to facilitate that … not allegedly buying houses in NJ or interfering with award of contracts for much needed Drugs. Ar tar yah sef

By the way your referral of the Sp Court article was very thoughtful. I particularly found it very useful and have always had a far more superlative but agreeable attitude to the article’s message… and this was at the very inception of the courts. In other words I really believe the Sp Ct is an insult to our collective intelligence as Africans, but most especially as Sierra Leoneans. I stand to be corrected.

On another theme, I wanted to respectfully disagree with Kabs position on AFRICOM - but fear this might be misunderstood. As if I really care … ha ha. What we need in Africa is infrastructural development – roads, energy and the works. Whilst the Chinese have helped develop energy (Dodo HEP), National Stadium etc, all Uncle Sam cares about is expanding its Military posts … and most likely using that to aid installation or sustenance of puppet regimes to serve their own selfish ends … as usual. Sadly poor African countries are being blackmailed again using lure of job opportunities and other cheap baits.

Frankly no self respecting (to borrow the Afro phrase) African country will want this military plant. Its just an extension of the Special Ct mentality – “slap whatever you can on those shortsighted impoverished Africans”. With due respect Mr Jerome or what ever his name is, Africa does not need more guns or another neocolonial posturing on the continent. What we need badly (not what the neocons think we need desperately) are good roads, energy development and other peaceful social infrastructure. I would have probably taken the AFRICOM bait if my history lessons were not robust. So kindly shove your weapons and Military Post … you know where, and let us look forward to some of the social benefits a soon to be superpower China will bring.
Anyway hope to get a feedback, hostile or friendly,,, but I’ll prefer the later.

Bwoy I hear you like rich Cuban cigars .. me too

Look forward to hearing from you


Subject: Oh God Save Us From This"APC Non-Sense".
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 12:36:37 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: c-69-140-129-75.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.129.75

Message:
It is my understanding that the parliament of Sierra Leone had recently rubber stamped the appointment of Alpha Kholifa Koroma( the nephew of agba satani S.I.Koroma) as the new chief immigration officer.
I wish to remind the people of our beloved country that Alpha Kholifa Koroma was fired from the police force during the days of ex-president J.S.Momoh because it was proved that he(Kholifa Koroma) was properly involved in an act of dishonesty.
It is funny to see pres.Ernest Koroma who claims to be willing to fight corruption, appointing a corrupt person to a statutory position.
I pray for the day Pres. Koroma will be able to translate his words into actions. We do not need a President who "Flips-Flops". Our country needs a President who is sincere and honest with the people.


Subject: Re: Oh God Save Us From This"APC Non-Sense".
From: foresight
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Date Posted: 13:06:59 04/23/08 ()
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In forty seven years ,this is the most sincere and agrressive government to come out of sierra leone headed by his excellency Dr Koroma.

Anyone who dispute that is not been truthful to his grave and the day of judgement


Subject: Which country are you refering to falsesight
From: Jacob Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 14:12:05 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: jacob.kanu@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Mater Hindsight or is it falsesight I have heard deranged, blind supporters before, but yours is at a level that even bona fide APC supporters will laugh at … or at least cringe at

Which government are you talking about - the one with the VP buying a one million $ house in NJ in only 6 months or the one presiding over a starving populace…. or maybe the one (according to Charkes Margai) that is the most tribalist of all times. Or perhaps it is the one where the presidents close adviser fraudulently influences contracts for essential medicine for the poor populace for a whooping $2 million leaving people to die needlessly from common ailments like malaria. Or may be it’s the one presiding over an increased spate of violence unheard of since the rebel war...or is it the one where VP Sumana is now installing his own chiefs,, or is it the one that has sought the services of AFRC champions like leatherboot and Eddy Kanneh to wreck more violence on our already traumatized populace ..or is it (my hands are hurting)

My friend I suggest you change your name to Koroma and immediately go back to Salone ... tell Sanpha Koroma Presidential secretary, or Alimamy pepeto Koroma Minister of whatever, or Edmund Koroma NASSIT, or Kholifa Koroma new Immigration Czar, or ,,, my hands again … tell them you come from the same village and you might just hut the Jackpot and be made Statistician General .. oops … that might be a tall order ,,, head of Lotto maybe.

Man, contrary to your assertion, this is the ‘Worstest’ govt of all times. Even Ekutay bin beteh paa. If I were you I should focus on helping my family in Sierra Leone, rather than singing praises of the above described government.


Saidu nor menam yah...


Subject: Re: Which country are you refering to falsesight
From: Alimamy Turay
To: All
Date Posted: 15:09:02 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: deltablast@yahoo.com
Entered From: e178080120.adsl.alicedsl.de at 85.178.80.120

Message:
Is Eddy Kanneh in Freetown? Someone tell me, please


Subject: Contact any APFRC official in Freetown
From: Jacob Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 15:41:11 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: jacob.kanu@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Eddy has been back since the presidential inauguration. The word is, it is actually Blaise Campori himself who brought him, courtesy APC-AFRC bond. Can you beilieve this - it is alleged that APC_AFRC union wanted to start another war, had Former Godly sister Thorpe not illegally given them power.


I really do feel sorry for our motherland. One can hardly distinguish between AFRC and APC. they seem to be the same entity these days. Some say its democrzy...

anyway brother call any strong APC agbagba .. the will trll you eddu's whereabout. Do you want to know where leatherboot is also?


Subject: Re: Which country are you refering to falsesight
From: Agba Satani
To: All
Date Posted: 14:38:01 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
you better leave my nephew alone, after all I instituted self help in Sierra Leone and gave you palm kernel which you are selling now for bio fuel instead of feeding the people.


Subject: Re: Oh God Save Us From This"APC Non-Sense".
From: Oh yeah
To: All
Date Posted: 13:34:17 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.168.33.190

Message:
Sincere and agressive. Rice was Le60,000.00 on election day, now
110,000.00 this is the greatest progress we have seen in Sierra Leone
for a long time.


Subject: INDEPENDENCE???
From: KLA
To: All
Date Posted: 11:03:29 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 164.82.84.3

Message:

Is Sierra Leone a truly independent Nation,given our current dependence on International charity for survival? A charity dependent, Independent Nation...?

Ah nor wan pwell anybody dem fun en celebration for April 27 oh! but betteh way day for spend di lilly en natin way we get. The proud and proper BRITS are smirking behind our backs...Independence celebrations with DFID funds.....as it were!!

We must also be reminded that the great Sierra lEONEAN PAN-Africanist..I.T.A Wallace-Johnson was jailed before the original Independence party began.

THINK THINK THINK.....

The wealth of the west was built on Africa's exploitation Britain has never faced up to the dark side of its imperial history
Richard Drayton The Guardian, Saturday August 20 2005 Article historyAbout this articleClose This article appeared in the Guardian on Saturday August 20 2005 . It was last updated at 01:31 on August 20 2005. Britain was the principal slaving nation of the modern world. In The Empire Pays Back, a documentary broadcast by Channel 4 on Monday, Robert Beckford called on the British to take stock of this past. Why, he asked, had Britain made no apology for African slavery, as it had done for the Irish potato famine? Why was there no substantial public monument of national contrition equivalent to Berlin's Holocaust Museum? Why, most crucially, was there no recognition of how wealth extracted from Africa and Africans made possible the vigour and prosperity of modern Britain? Was there not a case for Britain to pay reparations to the descendants of African slaves?
These are timely questions in a summer in which Blair and Bush, their hands still wet with Iraqi blood, sought to rebrand themselves as the saviours of Africa. The G8's debt-forgiveness initiative was spun successfully as an act of western altruism. The generous Massas never bothered to explain that, in order to benefit, governments must agree to "conditions", which included allowing profit-making companies to take over public services. This was no gift; it was what the merchant bankers would call a "debt-for-equity swap", the equity here being national sovereignty. The sweetest bit of the deal was that the money owed, already more than repaid in interest, had mostly gone to buy industrial imports from the west and Japan, and oil from nations who bank their profits in London and New York. Only in a bookkeeping sense had it ever left the rich world. No one considered that Africa's debt was trivial compared to what the west really owes Africa.

Beckford's experts estimated Britain's debt to Africans in the continent and diaspora to be in the trillions of pounds. While this was a useful benchmark, its basis was mistaken. Not because it was excessive, but because the real debt is incalculable. For without Africa and its Caribbean plantation extensions, the modern world as we know it would not exist.

Profits from slave trading and from sugar, coffee, cotton and tobacco are only a small part of the story. What mattered was how the pull and push from these industries transformed western Europe's economies. English banking, insurance, shipbuilding, wool and cotton manufacture, copper and iron smelting, and the cities of Bristol, Liverpool and Glasgow, multiplied in response to the direct and indirect stimulus of the slave plantations.

Joseph Inikori's masterful book, Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England, shows how African consumers, free and enslaved, nurtured Britain's infant manufacturing industry. As Malachy Postlethwayt, the political economist, candidly put it in 1745: "British trade is a magnificent superstructure of American commerce and naval power on an African foundation."

In The Great Divergence, Kenneth Pomeranz asked why Europe, rather than China, made the breakthrough first into a modern industrial economy. To his two answers - abundant coal and New World colonies - he should have added access to west Africa. For the colonial Americas were more Africa's creation than Europe's: before 1800, far more Africans than Europeans crossed the Atlantic. New World slaves were vital too, strangely enough, for European trade in the east. For merchants needed precious metals to buy Asian luxuries, returning home with profits in the form of textiles; only through exchanging these cloths in Africa for slaves to be sold in the New World could Europe obtain new gold and silver to keep the system moving. East Indian companies led ultimately to Europe's domination of Asia and its 19th-century humiliation of China.

Africa not only underpinned Europe's earlier development. Its palm oil, petroleum, copper, chromium, platinum and in particular gold were and are crucial to the later world economy. Only South America, at the zenith of its silver mines, outranks Africa's contribution to the growth of the global bullion supply.

The guinea coin paid homage in its name to the west African origins of one flood of gold. By this standard, the British pound since 1880 should have been rechristened the rand, for Britain's prosperity and its currency stability depended on South Africa's mines. I would wager that a large share of that gold in the IMF's vaults which was supposed to pay for Africa's debt relief had originally been stolen from that continent.

There are many who like to blame Africa's weak governments and economies, famines and disease on its post-1960 leadership. But the fragility of contemporary Africa is a direct consequence of two centuries of slaving, followed by another of colonial despotism. Nor was "decolonisation" all it seemed: both Britain and France attempted to corrupt the whole project of political sovereignty.

It is remarkable that none of those in Britain who talk about African dictatorship and kleptocracy seem aware that Idi Amin came to power in Uganda through British covert action, and that Nigeria's generals were supported and manipulated from 1960 onwards in support of Britain's oil interests. It is amusing, too, to find the Telegraph and the Daily Mail - which just a generation ago supported Ian Smith's Rhodesia and South African apartheid - now so concerned about human rights in Zimbabwe. The tragedy of Mugabe and others is that they learned too well from the British how to govern without real popular consent, and how to make the law serve ruthless private interest. The real appetite of the west for democracy in Africa is less than it seems. We talk about the Congo tragedy without mentioning that it was a British statesman, Alec Douglas-Home, who agreed with the US president in 1960 that Patrice Lumumba, its elected leader, needed to "fall into a river of crocodiles".

African slavery and colonialism are not ancient or foreign history; the world they made is around us in Britain. It is not merely in economic terms that Africa underpins a modern experience of (white) British privilege. Had Africa's signature not been visible on the body of the Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, would he have been gunned down on a tube at Stockwell? The slight kink of the hair, his pale beige skin, broadcast something misread by police as foreign danger. In that sense, his shooting was the twin of the axe murder of Anthony Walker in Liverpool, and of the more than 100 deaths of black people in mysterious circumstances while in police, prison or hospital custody since 1969.

This universe of risk, part of the black experience, is the afterlife of slavery. The reverse of the medal is what WEB DuBois called the "wage of whiteness", the world of safety, trustworthiness, welcome that those with pale skins take for granted. The psychology of racism operates even among those who believe in human equality, shaping unequal outcomes in education, employment, criminal justice. By its light, such all-white clubs as the G8 continue to meet in comfort.

Early this year, Gordon Brown told journalists in Mozambique that Britain should stop apologising for colonialism. The truth is, though, that Britain has never even faced up to the dark side of its imperial history, let alone begun to apologise.

Dr Richard Drayton is a senior lecturer in imperial and extra-European history since 1500 at Cambridge University. His book The Caribbean and the Making of the Modern World will be published in 2006.







Subject: SO MANY CAPS, NO COP
From: UPPER CASE
To: All
Date Posted: 10:00:38 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
WHERE IS FORUM POLICE WHEN WE NEED HIM?


Subject: Kabs Kanu and Foday Mansaray all over Sierra Leone today
From: News Bearer
To: All
Date Posted: 09:37:56 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
If his detractors thought they were destroying him, they only opened the window of fame for Rev.Kabs Kanu.Today,Kabs and Foday are all over Sierra Leone today . STANDARD TIMES , the most widely read newspaper in Sierra Leone, published that Kabs Kanu is a champion of democracy in Sierra Leone.


Subject: Re: Kabs Kanu and Foday Mansaray all over Sierra Leone toda
From: Really?
To: All
Date Posted: 13:37:55 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.168.66.227

Message:
Where did he champion democracy from. He spent 12 years in Liberia
and has now spent 18 years in America. You guys really love the smell
of your own fart.


Subject: Re: Kabs Kanu and Foday Mansaray all over Sierra Leone toda
From: Democracy
To: All
Date Posted: 14:06:57 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Through his writings,Kabs Kanu has done more for Sierra Leone than any of you will ever do. You were in Sierra Leone. What did you do ?


Subject: Re: Kabs Kanu and Foday Mansaray all over Sierra Leone toda
From: New Blood
To: All
Date Posted: 18:22:53 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cpe-74-68-159-154.nyc.res.rr.com at 74.68.159.154

Message:
Kabs himself will agree that Cocorioko did not become famous through his own "writings" but through the contributions of other forumites in cocorioko.......


Subject: Re: Kabs Kanu and Foday Mansaray all over Sierra Leone toda
From: foresight
To: All
Date Posted: 16:12:28 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-172-251-180.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net at 71.172.251.180

Message:
Kabs may have been gone but his personal affection and commitment could be felt 9000 miles away. Only a prophet have such ability. Once when you study the reasons why prophet come into being, then, you will understand Kabbs Kanu's role as a Religious man, propagating for justice for all sierra Leonean in one of the most contested elections in recent memories..

You have to appreciate a man who gave up the most precious things in life (time and money) especially in America in pursuit of free and fair elections. For you to even write freely on this forum is an achievement by itself for democracy in Sierra Leone. The new people or Awareness times will not tolerate this openness for you to critize maliciously like this all the time.

Send your love to the Rev and the almighty will reward you for your kindness


Subject: Re: Kabs Kanu and Foday Mansaray all over Sierra Leone toda
From: Moron
To: All
Date Posted: 14:57:25 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 166.132.212.122

Message:
Tell me what Kabs has done for Sierra Leone, cause some of us are
tired of hearing this bogus claim. I know a lot of his family members
some of whom were able to come to America, what did he do for them.


Subject: Re: Kabs Kanu and Foday Mansaray all over Sierra Leone toda
From: Truth
To: All
Date Posted: 15:10:41 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.169.186.99

Message:
You are not the only one who has been thinking about this. All these
claims about Kabs doing anything for Sierra Leone is just a lot of air. I
do not even know if he ever worked in Sierra Leone. If having a
website means you have done a lot for your country then Sylvia Blyden
is Jesus Christ.

If he was that patriotic why is he not in Sierra Leone. He gives this
fake excuse about ill health, the truth is that he will not make much
money in Sierra Leone. If he wants to feel well he just has to lose
weight. Being fat like that can make anybody sick.


Subject: Here is a way to catch the indepndence day fever!
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 09:16:31 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: 194-237-247-130.customer.telia.com at 194.237.247.130

Message:
Enjoy!


Subject: Where to find the cheapest gas prices
From: Useful Information
To: All
Date Posted: 08:51:59 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: socrates.la.psu.edu at 146.186.141.163

Message:
You can do this on mapquest.

http://gasprices.mapquest.com/


Subject: Mr. Kabs what is your opinion of AFRICOM?
From: Tyrone M. Jamison
To: All
Date Posted: 08:17:48 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: Tyrone.Jamison@dla.mil
Entered From: dscp205.dscp.dla.mil at 206.38.38.154

Message:
Mr. Kabs may I have your opinion on AFRICOM? As a employee of the Department of Defense, I think the AFRICOM command is a great opportunity for Africa. It can bring needed support, resources, and economic incentives for impoverished countries in the region. If you are not familiar with AFRICOM I have provided the link below.

http://www.africom.mil/


Subject: Re: Mr. Kabs what is your opinion of AFRICOM?
From: Esther Paul-Wright
To: All
Date Posted: 15:27:34 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: eeekay142@hotmail.com
Entered From: host86-145-225-95.range86-145.btcentralplus.com at 86.145.225.95

Message:
Africom..Colonialism in another form....all good in George Bush's World.....Just look at what Centcom has done in Afganistan and Irag...or should I say I raq......African People can look after there own affairs (if given the chance)....thanks..........I remain Faithful to my beliefs and remain inflexibly anti-colonialists..try this for a start...http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7026197.stm

|I am sick of colonialism.....I want to able to look after my people for once....


Africa will never be free until Africans are Free....


Subject: Re: Mr. Kabs what is your opinion of AFRICOM?
From: Kabs Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 09:14:39 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Mr. Jamison, I have been advised not to say much on this forum again and just let others participate. I however think that AFRICOM is a good idea. America must sit down with African leaders and work out the modalities. They must also thrash out fears that the army may be used to interfere in the internal affairs of other African countries.

AFRICOM will benefit both Africa and America and you know what ? It will be a very potent force to crush the rise of rebel leaders and warlords in Africa as well as stop terrorists from using Africa as a base.

I wholeheartedly support AFRICOM .


Subject: Re: Mr. Kabs what is your opinion of AFRICOM?
From: Tyrone M. Jamison
To: All
Date Posted: 09:37:11 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: Tyrone.Jamison@dla.mil
Entered From: dscp205.dscp.dla.mil at 206.38.38.154

Message:
Thank you sir, I needed to get a well respected highly educated leader within the African community to give me an objective opinion. Hopefully Africom lives up to the great expectations we all have. Take Care and As Always God Bless... Have you ever considered residing on one of the many boards in Franklin Townhship? The Township could use someone like you. Though I know you already have many obligations.... In any event I like the online paper, and I will review the topics from time to time and post on the forum about issues of interest....


Subject: Re: Mr. Kabs what is your opinion of AFRICOM?
From: Kabs Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 10:39:56 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Mr. Jamison, I have heard about you and the hard and good work you are putting in to help make our community a better place. Congratulations and please keep it up.

I am thinking of serving in one of the boards. I want to involve myself more positively in the community.I want to go above serving only with the work of God and journalism.I will work on that soon.

You are always welcome. Please come often to help inject more dynamism and intellect into this forum.


Subject: Re: Mr. Kabs what is your opinion of AFRICOM?
From: Tyrone M. Jamison
To: All
Date Posted: 11:50:31 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: Tyrone.Jamison@dla.mil
Entered From: dscp205.dscp.dla.mil at 206.38.38.154

Message:
Thank you sir, if I may, I suggest that you apply for the Planning Board of Franklin Township. It is the most affective, and influential board in the township, besides the township counsel. That particular board is second only to the township counsel in authority. A man who is intellectual versatile such as yourself could use your creative problem solving abilities in Somerset and help heal the divide that exist today. You have an outstanding reputation that precedes your person. I really don’t think you would have a problem being nominated. I wish you all the best and I hope to see you use your God given talents as a local government officer of the township.


Subject: Re: Mr. Kabs what is your opinion of AFRICOM?
From: Kabs Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 12:59:10 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Thank you, Mr. Jamison.With good people like you in the world, there is hope for us.


Subject: For a memorable independence celebration come to Gothenburg!
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 08:06:56 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: 194-237-247-130.customer.telia.com at 194.237.247.130

Message:
On Saturday 26th April Sierra Leoneans In Gothenburg organisation commonly known as SLIG and Bai Bureh will celebrate 47 years of Salone independence and will like to play host to outsiders too.Be it within Sweden or outside join us for a potentially memorable night.You are so welcome.Come one, come all!


Subject: Congrats Reverend Kabs Kanu
From: Saloneboy
To: All
Date Posted: 08:02:14 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 213-84-242-179.adsl.xs4all.nl at 213.84.242.179

Message:
Personally, I was sad to see the unnecessary attacks against the Reverend Kabs Kanu for being awarded a NOSLINA award. Previously, when I learned that NOSLINA has Sheku Kallon as its executive officer, I went ballistic. However, I have proved wrong that NOSLINA is comprised of decent and sober headed individuals that are differ from Kallon's uncouth behaviour.
It is hard to begrudge the inspired Kabs Kanu because he brings an original wit and charm in Sierra Leonean journalism. I believe NOSLINA highly respected his great professionalism.
I therefore, join others to congratulate the Editor of Cocorioko for being a proud receipient of the NOSLINA award.


Subject: Re: Congrats Reverend Kabs Kanu
From: Kabudu
To: All
Date Posted: 13:43:38 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.168.140.185

Message:
This is probably the Daphay guy with the bad English. Paddy man use
simple English to write. Leave the big terms to those that know how to
use them.


Subject: Sierra Leone Independence day soccer tournament
From: SASA
To: All
Date Posted: 07:12:43 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 63.95.218.254

Message:
April 26th and 27th, 2008

Come and have some fun this weekend in a picnic atmosphere at the Lake Arbor community center in Mitchellville, Maryland as we celebrate our independence day, at the Sierra American Soccer Association (SASA) Independence Day Gala Soccer tournament.

locat1on: Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville, MD 20721.
Directions: Take exit 17 off 495 (Route 202), Go Towards Upper Malboro, Make left on Lake Arbor way, Make first left into Lake Arbor community center
Please Note : No parking in the community center, all parking is either at the school across the street or at the back of community center

Saturday April 26th and Sunday April 27th, 2008

Venue Home Team Away Team Time

Group 1
Field 1 Cameroon - Sierra Leone 10:00 AM
Field 2 Ital FC (JA) - East End Lions 10:00 AM
Field 1 Sierra Delta - East End Lions 1:00 PM
Field 2 Cameroon - Ital FC 1:00 PM
Field 1 East End Lions - Cameroon 4:00 PM
Field 2 Sierra Delta - Ital FC 4:00 PM

Group 2
Field 1 Ghana - Nigeria 11:00 AM
Field 2 FC Tigers - Guinea 11:00 AM
Field 1 Nigeria - Guinea 2:00 PM
Field 2 Ghana - FC Tigers 2:00 PM
Field 1 Guinea - Ghana 5:00 PM
Field 2 Nigeria - FC Tigers 5:00 PM

Group 3
Field 1 Liberia - Team Senegal 12:00 PM
Field 2 Blackpool - Freetonians 12:00 PM
Field 1 Team Senegal- Freetonians 3:00 PM
Field 2 Liberia - Blackpool 3:00 PM
Field 1 Freetonians- Liberia 6:00 PM


SASA website


Subject: Please don't withdraw the award.
From: Please
To: All
Date Posted: 05:55:52 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.148.38.129

Message:
News around Washington DC is that most NOSLINA members are now
regretting the award of any sort of honor to Kabs Kanu. Though APC
loyalists view him as a hero, most neutral people see him as an
opportunist who spent all his youthful days in Liberia and America and
now want to go to Sierra Leone to retire on state resources.


Subject: Re: -Withdraw ? -Please don't withdraw the award.
From: NOSLINA MEMBER
To: All
Date Posted: 08:16:07 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-98-221-101-125.hsd1.nj.comcast.net at 98.221.101.125

Message:
Withdraw ? You must be joking. Our great organization is planning a rebuttal of Sheku Kallon . The organization understands why Sheku Kallon would love to defame it at this time. He has fallen out of favour with everybody because of his obsession with politics and his vicious lies on innocent non-SLPP members. Kallon has also been removed as Executive Director of NOSLINA for his political involvements. Our organization is non-political and non-partisan and cannot afford one person to destroy it.


Subject: Re: -Withdraw ? -Please don't withdraw the award.
From: pulease
To: All
Date Posted: 11:07:32 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
The real tribalists like Patrick Muana are not eing attacked. This world id unfair.


Subject: Doomsday Theories
From: Rokulan
To: All
Date Posted: 05:14:32 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 65.91.143.4

Message:
"If you can't go to court and settle civil matters in a civil manner, the country is really doomed".---------------------------By Erica Adams

Doomsday theories abound. Erica, the law is not a respecter of persons. The law is the law. Not even the president can intervene since there is separation of powers between the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary in a democracy. Sierra Leone is a democracy.

Let us say, for instance, that Kabs goes to Freetown and Sylvia decides to take him to court for infractions that she can support with good evidence, nobody can stop Sylvia from taking her desired action to a competent court of jurisdiction. Kabs may also be inclined to take Sylvia to court for reasons he can support by material evidence in a court either in America or Sierra Leone. Who will stop him if he decides to take that route?

Let's take the President out of this. He is not the law. He may use his prerogative of mercy but not until the courts have done their part. Due process cannot be curtailed, especially by a president who I think knows the law. Insurance education and practice, in addition to liberal arts education at FBC and general feel of things have groomed the president to be a respecter of the law.

You may recall that some time ago, during the tenure of the SLPP government an official of that regime had stated on this forum that 'if you can't respect your own president, you are doomed'. So it is with President Koroma. If Sierra Leoneans can't respect him, the country will be doomed. Even the Bible commands that " You must not call the Name of the Lord, thy God in vain".


Subject: Re: Doomsday Theories
From: HOWEVER
To: All
Date Posted: 08:40:40 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
HOWEVER, If one person( Sylvia ) is using her connections and blood diamonds money she got working for RUF Rebel leader Foday Sankoh to play with the system , i.e. having people arrested left and right, the President can do something. When Chief Justice Chea Cheapoo went wild in Liberia, arresting people as he wanted, President Doe went to the prisons and freed Judge Harper Bailey, whom Cheapoo had arrested for no good reason.


Subject: Breaking News
From: Zyboski
To: All
Date Posted: 05:09:31 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.148.222.137

Message:
Reliable sources within Zimbabwe have informed me that President
Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party will award The Hon. Rt. Rev Wilfred
Leroy Kabba Kanu with a lifetime journalism award. The party notes
Cocorioko's stance against white ownership of land in Zimbabwe and
his fight against the progress of ethnic southeasterners in his native
Sierra Leone.

During his many years in Liberia, Kabs was instrumental in the
promotion of tribal differences between the various ethnic groups and
he is bringing that particular talent to bear in his native Sierra Leone.

The reverend Kabs, a fervent admirer of Osama Bin Laden, is poised
to fly to Sierra Leone as communications director for the new
government, a post with dubious definition if his health allows.


Subject: S.L.I.G. celebrates 4.7 decades of Independence on Saturday
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 02:56:10 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: 194-237-247-130.customer.telia.com at 194.237.247.130

Message:
SLIG which stands for Sierra Leoneans In Gothenburg will be marking Salone's 47th independence anniversary on Saturday 26th April in Gothenburg, Sweden in a grand unprecedented style.As a new entity, this is the third time the SLIG organisation is celebrating Salone's independence day.All past celebrations have been supersuccessful and have attracted other Sierra Leoneans from other municipalities or Kommuns.

If you live in Sweden and will like to join SLIG on Saturday feel free to contact Bai Bureh at ishami@spray.se.


Subject: Sierra Leone Independence day soccer tournament
From: SASA
To: All
Date Posted: 21:29:30 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-68-33-82-13.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 68.33.82.13

Message:
April 26th and 27th, 2008

Come and have some fun this weekend in a picnic atmosphere at the Lake Arbor community center in Mitchellville, Maryland as we celebrate our independence day, at the Sierra American Soccer Association (SASA) Independence Day Gala Soccer tournament.

locat1on: Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville, MD 20721.
Directions: Take exit 17 off 495 (Route 202), Go Towards Upper Malboro, Make left on Lake Arbor way, Make first left into Lake Arbor community center
Please Note : No parking in the community center, all parking is either at the school across the street or at the back of community center

Saturday April 26th and Sunday April 27th, 2008

Venue Home Team Away Team Time

Group 1
Field 1 Cameroon - Sierra Leone 10:00 AM
Field 2 Ital FC (JA) - East End Lions 10:00 AM
Field 1 Sierra Delta - East End Lions 1:00 PM
Field 2 Cameroon - Ital FC 1:00 PM
Field 1 East End Lions - Cameroon 4:00 PM
Field 2 Sierra Delta - Ital FC 4:00 PM

Group 2
Field 1 Ghana - Nigeria 11:00 AM
Field 2 FC Tigers - Guinea 11:00 AM
Field 1 Nigeria - Guinea 2:00 PM
Field 2 Ghana - FC Tigers 2:00 PM
Field 1 Guinea - Ghana 5:00 PM
Field 2 Nigeria - FC Tigers 5:00 PM

Group 3
Field 1 Liberia - Team Senegal 12:00 PM
Field 2 Blackpool - Freetonians 12:00 PM
Field 1 Team Senegal- Freetonians 3:00 PM
Field 2 Liberia - Blackpool 3:00 PM
Field 1 Freetonians- Liberia 6:00 PM


Subject: REV. KANU, DID YOU READ STANDARD TIMES TODAY?
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 22:22:03 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb1302w-ad01-169-22.dynamic.mts.net at 207.161.169.22

Message:
I f only you can be honest to say the truth about your APC party,i guess you will be a true Rev.


Subject: Re: REV. KANU, DID YOU READ STANDARD TIMES TODAY?
From: Esther Paul-Wright
To: All
Date Posted: 05:19:54 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: eeekay142@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 193.113.57.165

Message:
I am quite shocked & disappointed to read all this spat tooing & frooing......In the Scheme of things going on in sierra Leone.....this should be the least of peoples worries......I used to look forward coming into work and logging onto these sites...as its the only way I could keep intouch with home.....But now its all getting personal on these Sierra Leone Websites....and it really its a shame......Same old attitudes....just different faces.....Please stop this type of spat......We need to work together and move our country forward, not set each other against the other....................and lets discuss the real issues facing our people of today...like the looting of our natural resources & de-humanisation of our people.......Sierra Leone is so rich in mineral resources, but most of our people are still living from one day to the next with filth and terrible diseases.........someone needs to start looking at why this is.....


Subject: Re: REV. KANU, DID YOU READ STANDARD TIMES TODAY?
From: Do you woke
To: All
Date Posted: 05:27:22 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.148.70.202

Message:
You are not paid to be logging onto these websites in the morning. To
hell with all you SLPP bigots.


Subject: Re: REV. KANU, DID YOU READ STANDARD TIMES TODAY?
From: Esther Paul-Wright
To: All
Date Posted: 05:49:38 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: eeekay142@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 193.113.57.165

Message:
Thats the problem with you.....Wake up from your slumber..........Its a free world....at least I can log on these sites.......I am not affiliated to any Sierra leone Parties.....Have not lived in S/L since I was 14 years......I care about the people.......Not your personal spat....whoever you are....or better still you can tell it to my face....I live in Lewisham....8pm tonight Lewisham station and I will show you what a bigot I am.....

Africans will never be free.....Until Africa is free.....


Subject: Re: REV. KANU, DID YOU READ STANDARD TIMES TODAY?
From: London
To: All
Date Posted: 09:19:54 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 82.198.250.6

Message:
My dear Esther,

I can see where you are coming from. I live in London too.
The sooner you say something sensible then the DOGS of the APC are let loose. They will never understand a discussion in a political democracy. They are all hell bent on talking about Sylvia Blyden as if she is an issue.
Sierra leone has problems that are been made worse by this APC government, and yet no one will even attempt to say anything....back to the old APC back to the real APC.


Subject: Re: REV. KANU, DID YOU READ STANDARD TIMES TODAY?
From: Esther Paul-Wright
To: All
Date Posted: 11:04:49 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: eeekay142@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 193.113.57.165

Message:
Thanks London.....Until Sierra Leone People stop attacking & destroying each other...There will always be issues like this....To be honest I dont know who this Sylvia Blyden or the Rev Kanu are, and I dont give a toucan either......I just know that I look forward each and every morning to read there fantastic news on there sites......to catch up on things back home.....Obviously, people who are posting nasty things on both forums have no interest or care for the people of Sierra Leone....As usual its just for there own interest........Guys I think we need to get back to basics, to see how we can move Our country forward,....not getting involved in personal insults.....I ask Both Editors, in the interest of Our Land...to embrace each other and work together for the good of our Mother Land........


‘Negro I Am, Negro I Will Remain’


Subject: Re: REV. KANU, DID YOU READ STANDARD TIMES TODAY?
From: Esther Paul-Wright
To: All
Date Posted: 05:48:46 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: eeekay142@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 193.113.57.165

Message:
Thats the problem with you.....Wake up from your slumber..........Its a free world....at least I can log on these sites.......I am not affiliated to any Sierra leone Parties.....Have not lived in S/L since I was 14 years......I care about the people.......Not your personal spat....whoever you are....or better still you can tell it to my face....I live in Lewisham....8pm tonight Lewisham station and I will show what a bigot I am.....

Africans will never be free.....Intil Africa is free.....


Subject: Re: REV. KANU, DID YOU READ STANDARD TIMES TODAY?
From: Do you woke
To: All
Date Posted: 05:59:55 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.148.188.140

Message:
Are you hiding from SLPP now?


Subject: Re: REV. KANU, DID YOU READ STANDARD TIMES TODAY?
From: Esther Paul-Wright
To: All
Date Posted: 09:41:08 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: eeekay142@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 193.113.57.165

Message:
Is that the best you can say.......for your People & your Country.....You know the old adage...Divide & Rule...


Africans will never be free..........Until Africa is free....."I remain faithful to my beliefs and remain inflexibly anti-colonialist"


Subject: Tangent
From: M. Alieu Iscandari
To: All
Date Posted: 00:44:51 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Boy you off on a tangent arent you? Whats your post gotta do with Foot ball celebrations for the independence?


Subject: Rising food prices
From: Reality
To: All
Date Posted: 16:12:20 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.148.30.171

Message:
The prices of foodstuff around the world are rising at remarkable rates
and even major food producing nations like China are starting to grow
uneasy.

Such price rises are more alarming for a small less developed country
like Sierra Leone which does not presently have the domestic food
production capacity to feed even half of its populace of 6 million, let
alone have food reserves. The income of the average working Sierra
Leone can barely provide a one meal a day sustenance for 25 days a
month, so imagine the tremendous impact a doubling of the price the
staple rice will have on stability in the country.

The only way Sierra leone is going to avoid potential future economic
and political catastrophe is to find short term and long term solutions to
the impending crisis. We have to look for ways to shield the average
Sierra Leonean from these rising world prices. I have a few
suggestions.

In the short term, the government should view the rising food prices as
a national emergency and respond as if it were reacting to one. It can
enlist the assistance of the UN's WFP and other NGOs to start helping
procure emergency food aid. This should not be difficult as we are
already at the bottom of the human development index, which
automatically puts us at the top of the human misery index.

A massive education campaign should be launched to educate Sierra
Leoneans about the nutritional benefits of other foodstuff like maize,
cassava, yams, sweet potatos, etc. It is very common to go to a village
in Sierra Leone and meet people surrounded by fields of cassava and
potatoes complaining about hunger because they were low on rice.
Having a staple food is one of the disasters any poor nation can face,
especially when it cannot produce its staple.

When I came to America newly I did not know the African stores
around and was devastated because I did not have access to rice,
cassava leaves and potato leaves. After some months I learnt that
taste is acquired and today I can go for a month without rice. When I
was in Bo school, we used to be hungry all the time, even though we
were in the largest gari producing district in Sierra Leone. So an
educational campaign would be a good short term hunger alleviation
strategy

In the long term Sierra Leone should turn over its agricultural lands to
the production of foodstuff for the population rather than the production
of crops mostly for export. I am not against the production of crops like
coffee and cocoa, but only if they are helping the farmers more than
rice or cassava cultivation.

My father devotes almost all the acreage he has to the production of
cocoa and coffee, and as he gets so little money for all the bags of
coffee and cocoa he sellls, while produce agents live like kings, I
honestly wonder if his life would be better if he turned all his cocoa
plantations to rice cultivation and the coffee farms to cassava, beans
and potato farming. We should start advising our farmers to give up
the production of these crops if produce bosses and government
agents benefit while the real farmers live like paupers. I sometimes
almost cry when I go to a coffee shop and have to buy a cup of coffee
for $3.00 when my father gets around that for sellling a 1/5 bag of
coffee. This is a real travesty. We should end this agricultural
colonialism.


The only way Sierra Leone will go through this impending catastrophe


Subject: Re: Rising food prices
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 12:19:41 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Dear Reality:

Rising food prices, though causing a lot of grief these days for many of our people, present a very promising opportunity for raising farm and rural incomes in SLeone and other benefits.

What the New APC government should be working on presently, apart from efforts seeking emergency food price relief for the population, is meticulously organizing mechanical rice (other food commodities as well) cultivation and processing on a large scale in our country. We have the land and water.

Vast acreage of idle wetlands suitable for rice and food commodities cultivation abound all over SL. The people of Kailahun District have, in fact, used their limited wetlands quite sensibly but unfortunately for the rest of SL, the small surplus Kailahun crop is sold to Guniea and Liberia.

And let's face it, our back-breaking, Stone Age farming practices are unappetizing to most SL farm laborers and, even if tolerable, won't get the job of feeding the nation done - given today's population size and it high density concentration in a few urban areas.

The answer is the systematic mechanization and management of our vast empty wetlands some of which I saw firsthand during the last few years.

I must emphasize that modernizing agricultural development at home cannot be left solely to individuals because of the technology involved, the capital requirements; the research and international cooperation that are essential for its success. The effort must thus of necessity be government-led and, if done properly, it would lead to a well-fed population, higher levels of employment, substantial increases in provincial incomes as well as significant appreciation in foreign exchange earnings through exports that should enhance the value of the degraded Leone - to name some of the possible benefits.

Threfore, please let us think about high rice prices as an opportunity, and not just as an inconvenient burden. Thank you. - JL


Subject: Re: Rising food prices
From: Bock Jah
To: All
Date Posted: 11:06:56 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 195.172.14.94

Message:
I must commend you for touching on this all important issue affecting the world and in particular the situation in SL.I would have thought such a posting would generate a lot of interest given the effects it would have for a poor country like ours.But since it is not about gossip or the pulling down of others i can understand.

Parliament took a step in the right direction to summon the Ministers of Trade and Agriculture but i am dissapointed in the answers given as to what measures would be put in place to minimize the burden on the average Sierra Leonean at least for the short term.I was also expecting more from MPs in pressing them further for a more formidable strategy in handling this crisis given that most of their constituents cannot afford a square meal.Their feeble answers suggests that the government has not put in place measures to deal with the situation which is dissapointing.Further increases in the price of rice would push a good number of our people further below the poverty level.


Subject: “What Goes Around, Comes Around” Mister Information Minister
From: Minister
To: All
Date Posted: 15:09:25 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
“What Goes Around, Comes Around” Mister Information Minister
Posted by Joe Sawan on Apr 22, 2008, 10:50



The Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) was unexpectedly shown the state House exit door in September, 2007 or the doors of the Presidential Lodge with a note that reads something like, “NEVER RETURN UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO BE A UNIFIED POLITICAL PARTY”. Since the world famous Kailahun Court Barray reluctantly accepted that verdict and indictment, some interesting things have started happening as proclaimed by the government spokesman and Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji I.B. Kargbo who is usually calm and not prone to displaying his real emotions.

This writer’s late father used to work in the Kambia District Commissioner’s office and would, occasionally, take his son, to the Port Loko District Commissioner’s office. Interestingly, things are now happening as the Hon. Minister who was not known to have a melodious voice during his family’s stay in Port Loko is now the lead vocalist of the political musical group called, THE CPA STARS. The Hon. Minister has written several top hits and some of these are: “Media Mischief”, “Incitement ought to be a crime”, “IMC will be dissolved if….”, “Tribalism”, “Appropriate Places” and “Law breakers will face the full force of the law”. This is an impressive list of hit tunes especially for somebody who only started singing/performing about seven months ago. Like they say in the entertainment world, “a star is born”.

However, this writer who used to play with the Hon. Minister in Port Loko would like to remind the government spokesman about the following statements which he used to make when he was a full-time journalist. “Journalists are mere recorders and analyzers of events” and “don’t blame the journalists for your mistakes which they publish”.

Will media practitioners be fulfilling their ethical, moral and professional obligations if they fail to accurately record, analyze and report events as they see them taking place? Do media practitioners promote chaos, instability, insecurity and investment disinterest? Are media practitioners responsible for creating the environment that supports tribalism and regionalism? If the Minister is threatening the Independent Media Commission (IMC) with dissolution, will he still continue to lead the fight for the repeal of the draconian 1965 seditious libel law? Has the Minister ever written a column “The last word” under an assumed name?

Media practitioners are fiercely independent with idiosyncrasies that defy conformity and promote cynicism. In an anti-any-government philosophy and syndrome in Sierra Leone, the media is so suspicious of government that they view the best intentions of the national leadership with skepticism. Unlike the United States of America, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Norway, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands where children are taught patriotism and nationalism, Sierra Leoneans in general and media practitioners in particular have not been exposed to such training. Most governments do not have policies that make room for “embedded journalists”. This is a serious mistake, one that has ruffled the information Minister.

Richie Olu Gordon, Philip. Neville, Kelvin. Lewis, Paul. Kamara, David Tam Bayoh and this writer (Joe Sawan) constitute the group of fiercely independent media practitioners. What these media practitioners want is information, respect and recognition.

Former President Kabbah, former VP Berewa but more particularly, the former Information Minister tried to influence the media through various strategies for the journalists to help promote Sierra Leone externally and to foster national cohesion internally. It must be known by the Government spokesman that threatening media practitioners is absolutely the wrong road to travel. It is a dead end street with some dangerous “pot holes” that spell disaster for any future relationship with the media. Media practitioners are known all over the world to tempt the limits of the law. They will become more important whether you jail them or not. It is not a comfortable feeling to have when the proverbial “shoe is on the other foot applied to you”. Being on the outside gives people the opportunity to proffer what may appear to be profound normative solutions to critical issues and problem. Being on the inside is the real world of give and take. Welcome to the real world Mr. Government spokesman.

The statement, “what goes around comes around” is an excellent example of the dilemma that is confronting the Hon. Minister. This writer is convinced that the Hon. Minister will remember his unyielding and scatting written and verbal attacks on the former Minister of Agriculture and Food security regarding the distribution of tractors and questioned whether the goal of food security would be achieved. Mr. Minister, you did the same thing to the former Education Minister and the SABABU Project and yet, nobody in former President Kabbah’s government accused the former media practitioner now the current government spokesman of undermining government and inciting people. Democracy is sometimes, a two edged sword and the sharp end is now facing Mr. Government spokesman.

Mr. Minister, do you want media practitioners to believe that it is tribalistic for them to report that 80 percent of the present cabinet that hails from the Northern region? Mr. Government spokesman, do you want media practitioners to believe that it is biased and tribalistic for them to report that all the 30 new tractors, rice and ground nuts seedlings donated to Sierra Leone have all been allocated to “appropriate places” Is it morally and ethically right for politicians who design and implement policies to castigate and threaten media practitioners for merely reporting on the results of those policies?

What is the essence of a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY ON CORRUPTION if media practitioners who investigate, write and expose corrupt practices are blamed for presenting the news as it is? What is the purpose of an attitudinal change programme when those who are responsible for implementing the programme want to sweep everything under the carpet? Transparency and accountability are the cornerstones of good governance in a democratic dispensation.

Several weeks ago, this writer wrote and recommended that certain actions to be taken by government. Nothing seems to have happened and what is the Public Affairs Minister doing? Here is the list again.

Government should make available “post haste” to the public in general and media practitioners in particular the following.

- all presidential contracts signed with Ministers and other senior public servants

- attitudinal change programme, budget and list of all employees

- full list of all cabinet and deputy Ministers, Ambassadors, Public Servants with their chiefdoms, districts and regions

- all agricultural gifts recently received recently and regions they have been allocated to

Mr. Minister, Joe Sawan who has lived in this country for almost all his life, has been an analyst for decades. He maintains the view that the current government will not be able to “brow beat” media practitioners into submission. This government cannot blame the media for policy formulation mis-states and their implementation strategies. Government will not be able to scare them. Like you when you were much younger, the truth was the ideal. And say what you will, Mr. Minister, former President Kabbah was a great leader and a close friend of yours. With a few exceptions (Paul. Kamara, Philip. Neville, Richie Olu Gordon) he accommodated all media practitioners.

Finally, Mr. Minister, this writer is a little surprised that after only seven months in office, you have publicly allowed the “media heat” from their kitchen to suffocate you far away at the Youyi Building. In spite of the persistent volleys thrown by the media at the former Information Minister and the SLPP government, he stood his ground and sometimes took the fight to the media in their own meetings. Media people are your friends Mr. Minister and you too can promote the cause of transparency and accountability with them by agreeing to meet with representatives from each of the two viable political parties in a weekly live radio programme and some of the media gurus in the country. Your cover as a member of the powerful SLAJ has already been blown open for you are now a politician. Get all those you used to strategize with some months back prior to the general elections to map out the way forward. Such a programme will enable you to debunk allegations of tribalism, corruption, regionalism and inefficiency. C’es la vie.


Subject: Hasty Truce Is No Truce
From: TOWN CRYER
To: All
Date Posted: 13:45:44 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 170.141.68.2

Message:
The highly respected Rev. Kanu has the right to publish articles that meets his newspaper's standard without being personally attacked by Sylvia the silly-wag. Sylvia should have simply responded to Mrs. Adams' accusations without viciously smearing the personality of the Rev. Kanu. She misjudged this time thinking it is business as usual. Well it's not business as usual when an anointed man of God is attacked. The whole army of heaven will come down to defend God's prophet. She invited wrath and has not gotten the full dose of it yet.
Much as the idea of a truce sounds good, it is premature at this time. The Patriots of Cocorioko are ready for the ragtag troops of Awareness Times. Sylvia needs to learn how to pick her fights. She picked the wrong fight this time and must publicly apologize to Rev. Kanu. Until then, like Gideon and his few troops we are ready to bring down Sylvia and her pimps.
Did she deserve the Order of Rockel given to her by the previous government? Who is Sylvia to question the calling of others when she is in a vocation different from her training?
Sylvia, “God never calls the qualified, but will always qualify the called.” A word to the wise is sufficient.


Subject: Re: Hasty Truce Is No Truce
From: Ali Volkan
To: All
Date Posted: 05:26:04 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: deltablast@yahoo.com
Entered From: e178080016.adsl.alicedsl.de at 85.178.80.16

Message:
Reverend should be Holy and torchbearer. I wonder why people call Kabs Reverend! He is not living up to standards!!!


Subject: Re: Hasty Truce Is No Truce
From: Gbordor
To: All
Date Posted: 05:32:42 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.148.208.200

Message:
It is easier to be a Reverend in Liberia than to be a CNA in Maryland.
There are all kind of small bible colleges I heard. Kabs heart is too
dirty for him to be a true reverend.


Subject: SLYVIA HAS ALL THE RESPECT LIKE THE FIRST
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 18:23:41 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb1308w-ad04-186-131.dynamic.mts.net at 207.161.186.131

Message:
Guys she is the first S/L to be so strong.Kabs Kanu is wasting time .


Subject: Re: Hasty Truce Is No Truce
From: Wake up
To: All
Date Posted: 14:40:26 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.148.31.62

Message:
There is nothing honorable about African men picking fights with
women. Leave that to Erica to go after Sylvia. Wilfred fighting Sylvia
just does not sound right. But I do support APC so I don't know how
these guys think.


Subject: Re: Hasty Truce Is No Truce
From: You mean ?
To: All
Date Posted: 08:47:09 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
You mean Sylvia picking fights with Wilfred? She is the one picking fights with everybody.But Kabs is her digba. She knows it.She fears nobody like Kabs.


Subject: Infrasture Development Equals Economic Development
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 13:06:13 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
According to this newspaper, the Min of Energy & Power recently stated that montly revenue/collections at the National Power Authority is now up to 2.5 billion Le a month, from 1 billion a month. This is well over 830k USD a month. While this is nothing to write home about if we are talking electric companies, especially since it does not begin to cover costs, the increased revenue shows what having a developed infrastructure, in this case, electricity can do to forward a country's development agenda.

This one hundred and fifty percent spike in revenue growth has all happened in less that four months, as a direct result of the improved electricity availability in Freetown! The one good thing about the years of blackouts is that those who insist on having electricity, now know that NPA rates are way cheaper than fueling and maintaining a noisy generator so they will be all too happy to pay their bills.

I hope the NPA can continue to improve on their management practices, so that SLET (is that still the name?)is well run, zero corruptions and computerized systems to aid in revenue management and collection.

I don't have any numbers as to electrity rates, I have old data that I don't want to use and actual number of customers, the fact that NPA is at this point collecting almost well, almost a million a month, 12 million a year, tells me that their is no reason why SLET can't be a 50 million dollars a year enterprise within the next 12-18 months, with strict collection policies and without even talking about new factories, hotels and other commercial enterprises that would be large consumers of electricity.

Good work on the part of the govt in bring light to the people and I hope they too are encouraged by the fruits of their labor and stay motivated to continue doing what's right for our country.

P.S Govt offices and ministries were some of the largest deadbeats in the past, I hope this is rectified.


Subject: Re: Infrasture Development Equals Economic Development
From: junior kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 04:48:36 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 85.136.133.219.dyn.user.ono.com at 85.136.133.219

Message:
You are an idiot hypocrite by claiming to be a supporter and at the same time criticise without an iota of ideal.Try to be specific and one sided you silly fool tejan kabbah,try to go back to your original roots.


Subject: So my son Junior you dae cuss you daddy een?
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 08:55:32 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
What a sorry and 'Swebheh' son I have.I have kept this from you for a very long time - I was not in the country when your mum conceived you...

So you do not want me to say the truth about the electricity eenh? Even when I posted a web address to educate you - you refuse to remain blind. What would you want me to talk about? I am not a blind supporter like you my son. It is people like you who will destroy our party.

Are you saying if a Minister steals from Mama Salone's pocket we should look the other way? Jnr boh yu sef, I did not teach you that boh.

I am a supporter who wants our leaders and even supporters to behave ethically and progressively. I will therefore not rubber stamp corrupt practices OK. And you better join my example.



Subject: Do you really know what you are talking about?
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 18:30:49 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Master Sam, it is indeed good news that revenue collection has gone up significantly, and obviously electricity provision is absolutely good for Salone, most especially Freetown our capital. But at what cost?

Costs benefit analysis of the current temporal electricity project points to reckless spending on the part of the APC Government. The Government is actually spending a whopping US$ 5 Million a month on this quick fix venture - and guess what they are actually leasing (or den dae rent) the generators providing the electricity; meaning they so-called Independent Power Providers will take their generators back after a year. I know this sounds unbelievable - but check with any reliable source you have here in Freetown. It is this recklessness that World Bank has been questioning and suggesting it is unsustainable and reckless spending by our corrupt politicians.

see http://www.peepsierraleone.com/news/templates/article.asp?articleid=143&zoneid=10

Empirically, even a 400% increase in revenue collection will still be at a loss; dwarfing what ever revenue increase may have been realized.International energy experts advised that as little as 20% of these funds could have fast tracked and completed Bumbuna by now. or at least APC should have used the loan to buy our own generators. But no,no no, these money grabbing politicians could not pass the opportunity of making huge commissions from the ill-advised deal at the expense of starving grassroot folks. This is why ACC have been questioning the energy minister - Hon H Kabba (my aunty)

My point is that such irresponsible and rushed, quick fix solutions are signs of uninspired leadership and could cost salone far more in the not too distant future. Electricity is great but explore the most efficient production route. But do they really care i ask ?



Subject: Re: Do you really know what you are talking about?
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 14:08:42 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
There are questions about the generators procurement and I certainly disagree with the methods employed to get them, but Bumbuna it seems, should be done within 6 months and going forward, well until the whole country is electrified and demand is greater than Bumbuna output, the dam should provide just about all of the country's needs during the rain season.


Subject: Race and Class in America. Is it static or dynamic
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 12:21:40 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Georgian recalls rooming with Michelle Obama

By BRIAN FEAGANS
Published on: 04/13/08
Catherine Donnelly shopped at Kmart, settled into her dorm room and soaked up the Gothic stone buildings where, over the next four years, she would grow into her own woman.

But her first day at Princeton held a surprise, too. And Donnelly knew it would mean confronting the past.


Family photo
(ENLARGE)
This picture was taken in 1985 at Catherine Donnelly's graduation from Princeton. With her are her mother, Alice Brown (left) and grandmother, Martha Thompson.

Rich Addicks/Staff
(ENLARGE)
Catherine Donnelly(right), with her mother, Alice Brown, in Donnelly's home outside Palmetto.


She walked into the historic Nassau Inn that evening and delivered the news to her mother, Alice Brown. "I was horrified," recalled Brown, who had driven her daughter up from New Orleans. Brown stormed down to the campus housing office and demanded Donnelly be moved to another room.

The reason: One of her roommates was black.

"I told them we weren't used to living with black people — Catherine is from the South," Brown said. "They probably thought I was crazy."

Today both Donnelly, an Atlanta attorney, and Brown, a retired schoolteacher living in the North Carolina mountains, look back at that time with regret. Like many Americans, they've built new perceptions of race on top of a foundation cracked by prejudices past — and present. Yet they rarely speak of the subject.

Barack Obama's run for president changed that. When the Democratic senator from Illinois invited more dialogue on race last month, Donnelly and Brown, both lifetime Republicans, were ready.

But their willingness to talk isn't a response to the candidate born to a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya. It's more about Obama's wife, Michelle.

She's that roommate from a quarter century ago.

Shock to the stereotype

The acceptance letter from the Ivy Leagues was really the culmination of two peoples' hard work. "My mother was thrilled," Donnelly jokes, that she got into Princeton.

Divorced and living paycheck to paycheck, Brown found a way to get her only child into New Orleans' elite Isidore Newman School: She taught 8th-grade science there. They were a mother-and-daughter team, then with the surname Rodrigue.

Donnelly, now 44, captained the basketball and volleyball teams. She was the homecoming queen. And she racked up science and math awards, often with the help of her mother.

But the "Three R's" weren't the only thing Donnelly learned from an early age. There was a fourth one. Her mother and grandmother filled her head with racist stereotypes, portraying African-Americans as prone to crime, uneducated and, at times, people to be feared.

Brown, 71, explains that she was raised to think that way. She recalls hearing her grandfather, a sheriff in the North Carolina mountains, brag about running black visitors out of the county before nightfall. And Brown's parents held on to the n-word like a family heirloom.

In fact, upon learning that her daughter had a black roommate at Princeton, Brown's first call was to her own mother. Her suggestion: yank Donnelly out of school.

Girl was likable, but black

The fourth-floor room had three beds, three desks and space for little else. The ceiling sloped in concert with the roof, creating a cramped perch atop the upper crust of American education.

Quick-witted and nearly 6 feet tall, Michelle Robinson had no problem filling the room, Donnelly recalls. The future Michelle Obama, from Chicago's Southside, would playfully tease the third roommate, who was white. Obama's long fingers still narrate stories in Donnelly's mind. "From the minute we met," she says, "I liked her."

Donnelly doesn't think Obama ever picked up on her mother's behind-the-scenes maneuvering. She remembers nothing but friendly words. Only now, looking back, does she see the wall between them.

Donnelly was surprised to find something familiar – segregation – alive and well on a prestigious campus in the Northeast. The university's private eating clubs, host to frat-style parties, were largely white. The social scene for many minority students, including Obama, revolved around an activity building called the Third World Center.

When Obama began hanging out with other black students on campus, Donnelly never thought to join them. "Here was a really smart black woman who I found charming, interesting and funny," Donnelly says with disappointment. "Just by virtue of having different color skin, we weren't going to be friends."

Other than confirming that Donnelly was her freshman roommate, Michelle Obama declined, through a campaign spokeswoman, to comment for this story. Her senior thesis, however, delved into the experience of black alumni at Princeton and provides some insight into her mind-set at the time.

In the introduction, Obama wrote that Princeton made her more aware of her "Blackness" than ever before. "No matter how liberal and open-minded some of my White professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don't belong," she wrote. "Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with Whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be Black first and a student second."

Donnelly, meanwhile, was struggling with her own identity. She came out that first semester, chopped off her hair and partied with other lesbians on campus. Soon she, too, learned what it feels like to be part of the "other" group, to be seen as a student second.

Donnelly said she and Obama had established separate circles of friends by second semester. That's when another room – the one her mother had requested – opened up. By then, it just made sense to trade cramped quarters for roomier ones.

Donnelly doesn't remember having another meaningful exchange with Obama. She graduated with a psychology major in 1985 and forgot all about that tall roommate from Chicago.

'I was inspired .... I was envious'

More than two decades passed, and Donnelly, who normally doesn't care much for politics, found herself intrigued by one of the Democrats running for president. She was a little surprised to hear her mother liked Barack Obama, too. Brown had never voted for a Democrat. But she's a sucker for Harvard grads, especially eloquent ones.

"He thinks well," Brown said recently, though she and Donnelly are still undecided voters. "He seems to be a thoughtful person. He considers everything."

When Donnelly first saw Obama's wife on TV, she was struck by how tall and graceful she looked. Then she studied her more closely. Michelle Obama looked so familiar, down to those long fingers. Could that be Michelle Robinson?

A Google search gave Donnelly the answer. Obama was far more than a first-lady hopeful. She had gone to Harvard Law School, had been an associate dean at the University of Chicago and rose to vice president at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Like Donnelly, she was mother to two children.

"I was inspired," she says. "I was amazed. And I was envious of all she had accomplished."

Donnelly called her mother, who in turn phoned the friend who had traveled with her to Princeton all those years ago. The friends had stayed up that night calling everyone they knew with a connection to the university, hoping to get Catherine moved. "We thought this is so ironic," Brown says. "[Obama] could be the first lady, and here we wanted to get my child out of her influence."

Some empathy for lingering anger

As her 2- and 5-year-old boys play on the front porch, Donnelly flips through a photo album of her own childhood. Brown, in Atlanta for her monthly hair appointment, looks over her daughter's shoulder.

"There we are," Brown says, "at your graduation."

In the photo, Donnelly clutches a bouquet in front of her white dress, smiling next to her mother and her grandmother.

The story of race in America is one of generations: what's passed on, what isn't and the friction between the two.

When Brown heard about Barack Obama's former pastor — his angry rants against white America — she didn't like it. But she understood. "If I had been treated the same way blacks have been treated," she says, "I'd be resentful, too."

It was Donnelly, however, who understood Obama's response: "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."

Society changed, and Donnelly has seen her mother nudged along with it. Says Brown: "It's become politically incorrect to talk about black people in a negative way. It's like smoking."

Brown quit smoking in 1996. She's still working on the other.

Brown says she wouldn't mind if her child or grandchild roomed with a black person today. But she's far from colorblind. "Where I draw the line is interracial marriage," Brown says. "That I can't quite deal with."

She holds firm to the belief that African-Americans don't take enough responsibility. "Bill Cosby says the same thing," she says. "Get off your rear end and work hard and improve yourself."

Donnelly has more empathy. Her junior year psychology paper on affirmative action concluded that the effects of "covert, deep-rooted prejudice" are enduring. And she generally agrees with what Barack Obama said last month: "The disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to the inequities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of Jim Crow."

Living as a gay woman has made Donnelly far more aware of what it's like to be judged by a trait beyond your control. "Being gay is such a small part of who I am."

Now she wishes she had reached across racial lines at Princeton. "I don't think I ever set foot in the Third World Center," she says of the popular hangout for minority students. "It's like this mystical place."

Since then, Donnelly has worked and socialized with African-Americans. Yet she hasn't grown close to any of them. "I've just never had an opportunity," she says, "to have a good friend who was black."

"You did with Michelle," Brown snaps.

Donnelly rolls her eyes.

She believes the cycle of racism can be stopped.

Donnelly turns the pages in the photo album to a picture of an African-American boy standing next to her at school back in New Orleans. "He and a white guy and I would fashion ourselves after the Mod Squad," she says. "We liked to think of ourselves as a little club."

The friendship started in fifth or sixth grade. And Donnelly sees it as evidence that children have the right instincts.

Truth is, many paths to the future start with the past. Donnelly thought she'd left that Princeton dorm room for good. Then those long fingers from the campaign trail waved her back inside. At first, she saw only herself and two roommates.

Now she sees her children and Obama's children waking up in those beds, in a room with no barriers.


Subject: Solidarity Fund For Mr. Adams
From: Frued
To: All
Date Posted: 11:24:08 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ppp-70-244-76-207.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 70.244.76.207

Message:
I suggest we set up a solidarity fund to get a good attorney for co-diasporan Adams who is akin to becoming victim of Sierra Leone's corrupt police and legal system.
Charity begins from within and I pledge $50.00 to start the ball rolling. If ten or fifteen of us can do the same, then there's no doubt he cannot be provided with the best lawyer in the country. We did it for Paul Kamara, and we can again.


Subject: Re: Solidarity Fund For Mr. Adams
From: Jail Sylvia
To: All
Date Posted: 05:21:17 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.148.70.202

Message:
I am really sick of Sylvia Blyden and her vile and vicious tactics. I
pledge $50,000.00. I will make sure she ends in jail. I call on all APC
patriots to help raise a million dollars to make sure she never gets out
of jail.


Subject: Re: Solidarity Fund For Mr. Adams
From: Ali Volkan
To: All
Date Posted: 05:28:21 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: deltablast@yahoo.com
Entered From: e178080016.adsl.alicedsl.de at 85.178.80.16

Message:
I like Sylvia! She is great!!! I admire her but haven't met her in person!!!! Keep your peace!!!!


Subject: Re: Solidarity Fund For Mr. Adams
From: What!!!!!!!!
To: All
Date Posted: 05:36:42 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.148.237.32

Message:
Are you nuts? Sylvia is the devil. I pledge $100,00.00. How much have
we raised now?


Subject: My money will not be wasted on encouraging thug life in SL
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 18:44:58 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
I am a strong APC man but I strongly detest and oppose thug life in Mama Salone. Me nor dae put natin. I have better use for my money.

Can't people just learn to live a violent free life and stop this exhibitionist life style that will inevitably lead to our party's downfal? Bo leh we lef dis nonsense yah!


Subject: Re: My money will not be wasted on encouraging thug life in SL
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 09:53:36 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.146.184.100

Message:
You can be APC all you like that doesn't conceal that fact that you're a GLORY HUNTER and an ATTENTION SEEKER. You've taken sides already? judging another man simply because the enemy cooked a well written story about him. Where is the evidence, The Sylvia Blyden I know will be the first to paste pictures of her alleged vandalism in her ragsheet if thats true. But she refused to do that simply because its not true.

So my friend, is this how you make decision? you will be fooled all in your life.


Subject: WELL APC IS IN POWER DONT BE SURPRISED
From: krioboy
To: All
Date Posted: 04:54:24 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: krioboy@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb1308w-ad04-54-45.dynamic.mts.net at 142.161.54.45

Message:
Dont you know APC?


Subject: Re: WELL APC IS IN POWER DONT BE SURPRISED
From: Abu-Barkar Barrie
To: All
Date Posted: 08:05:29 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: wanglobe.hilton.com at 192.251.125.85

Message:
Fellow, I think you are going to quit APC, but they will never change. They dont understand any other language except violence. The party was built on that. Look at the vice president imposing fula tribal head on our people. Does this guy really know what he is doing? Or he is just power drunk. Government should not interfere with traditional rulers of any kind. They will find out sooner rather than later.


Subject: Re: WELL APC IS IN POWER DONT BE SURPRISED
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 08:48:20 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.146.184.100

Message:
...."Look at the vice president imposing fula tribal head on our people".....

Well, this is typical SLPP in jittery. Regardless what any other party does in that country, as long as the SLPP is out there'll always be unfounded, unfair, bias and dispicable condemnations by them.

Before and after the elections, they tried hard to play 'segregation card' between Temnes and Fulas purporting to be sideing the Fulas. They realised its a big mistake as their blatant lies were exposed by the new dispensation.

Now read the sentence in quote above.


Subject: Eddyboy check with our people in Salone - they 're not Happy
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 09:15:24 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Eddy lets stop this blind loyalty my friend. Don't you see that our current Govt is behaving violently. This is inspiring even marooned exhibitionists like Mr Adams to perpetuate violence on very hungry people.

True say talk me, pass 5 fulas have been killed since we took power, and the cases have just gone cold. The only suspect apprehended has escaped. If you doubt this call any of our top police officers and ask nationally howmay fula murders have taken place since we took power. I probably have grossly understated the numbers.

Boh leh we the talk true. Tell me brother - if these allegations are true, would you still continue to blindly encourage such unprovoked lethal attacks?

Remember God dae pooooh!


Subject: Re: Eddyboy check with our people in Salone - they 're not Happy
From: junior kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 11:42:29 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 85.136.101.168.dyn.user.ono.com at 85.136.101.168

Message:
The issue of imposing traditional chiefs as stated by abu barrie from the government is just to ignite tension,it will just stop there or cross over to guinea because if you try you will meet stiff and strong resistance from the rule of law.You tribalistic demon,you forget so soon when slpp imposed a madingo paramountchief to limbas,where were you.What is good for you in that part of the land is to cooperate or face full force of the land.


Subject: My 'swegbeh' son junior why do you like cussing so much
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 14:46:38 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
My swegbeh son, calm down a bit. Your tone is very characteristic of the violent APC youths of today. Its people like you that give a bad name to the party

I never raised a thug son, jnr, sometimes I wonder what would have happened to my wife had she not given birth to you.

Don't get too worked up. What former president TK did was absolutely wrong and I detested and opposed it. Replication by the truck driver VP Sumana is not only bad taste ... it is reckless and I think you should have the b***s (or have you?) to admit.

Decency is admitting one's own fault. What exactly are these guys (I mean the corrupt politicians in Freetown giving you that makes you so blind, dim-wit, unintelligent... to swallow every garbage wholesome. Corruption whether by SLPP or APC is nasty, period. To defend it makes you a mare scumbag that I hope and pray you are not. Haven said that who am I to stop you from being a scumbag anyway?

The question then is sir, do you really want to be a scumbag?




Subject: Re: Eddyboy check with our people in Salone - they 're not Happy
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 09:38:52 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.146.184.100

Message:
Hey Mr Kabba,

If you think you can engage me in some fruitless conversation this afternoon try harder.

I've never condoned any form of violence, but your 'botho batha' claims of VP imposed Fulas on our people doesen't make sense especially when you try to explain the unfortunate tragedy that befell one of our brothers that has completely derailed the topic I responded to.

The lawlessness in our country is a matter of concern, but you either accept it or not, its always being there. As long as the economic situation remains as it is you will never get rid of violence driven by pooverty. If you're a beleiver in God as you tried to persuade me to beleive, then you must start to dig out the truth for political parties can change their course but our country would always be there. So if you think exornoerating your party has a more priority in you than your country then continue for I shall not be fooled any longer.


Subject: Stay blessed Eddyboy
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 10:48:05 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
It is not about exonerating political parties – it is not even about politics. My points are basically about things happening in Salone today. You may be quite lucky to be staying abroad and may perhaps find it quite challenging to empathize and relate to the harsh realities on the ground.

How do you think Salone will ever progress if we turn a blind eye to corruption and bad governance. When former prexy kabba imposed a chief on people in Briwa Limba chiefdom, I strongly opposed and denounced it. To me it really does not matter which party is in – a bad practice is bad period. Honestly brother how many of these politicians ever do anything for us or even the nation?

The unfortunate thing though is that most of you young people like following blindly and also claiming to like mama Salone. No one can really support corrupt practices and claim to be loyal to our nation. If it is true for eg that the VP has just bought a million $ property in NJ – would you still turn a blind eye, just because he is ‘our man’? Boh leh we lef dis nonsense..

Your friend Borbor Adams (a presumed APC supporter) is directly related to former Minister squirrel Okere. In this backdrop, you still honestly believe, Sylvia (an alleged sympathizer of SLPP) has power to bribe and unlawfully detain an innocent man APC man? I am sure you may try and answer these questions honestly … or may be not. But if you believe a strong APC supporter can be detained unlawfully, then you're either completely unaware of happenings in Salone today or are inferring incompetence at the highest possible level … and I am sure you do not want to do that.

Now and again its just decent to self critique or else our country will be doomed forever and I am sure God will never allow that. Stay blessed brother
...............
After thought
By the way your tone is too civilized for an APC man. And I honestly don't mean that in a condescending way. I am just pleasantly surprised and impressed. If most of our supporters tried to keep the tone civil - the way forward wont for us won't be so bleak.


Subject: Re: Stay blessed Eddyboy
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 11:31:10 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 78.146.184.100

Message:
Mr TK,

Note these few points.

1 You maybe a new comer in this forum, I've always made my position clear that I'm only loyal to my country and not a party, I support a party when I see potential for good changes.

2 I'm not a blind follower by the way I'm a man who does things in his own accord, cannot be persuaded and always follow my own instinct, for any mistake I make would only have myself to blame and when I beleive things are not right I can withdraw without any obligation.

3 For your information, I may be based in England but have very close ties and investments in my country and often travel perhaps 2 to 3 times a year depending on the circumstances so I have very robust knowledge of the people in the ground. I have no reason to disguise my identity as you're doing. You may have good reasons for that but there's only one good reason I can think of and that is because the SLPP have failed our country so miserably that only those who stand to gain from being awarded government positions are bold enough to scoope the shame and show themselves.

4 "Your friend Borbor Adams (a presumed APC supporter)"

Point of correction from the above quote, Mr Adams is neither my friend nor do I personally know him, my reason for disputing claims by Sylvia is, there's no evidence to support her, and my brother if you ever come to contact with unscropulous people whose only means of justice is bribery and using personal connections to deny other people of justice you will think twice before jumping to the Sylvia's bandwagon.

Sylvia in her natural character is not an SLPP supporter, she came to support SLPP by chance.

Please keep these from me as you will refer to them as time goes by. The moment the APC opens its doors to Sylvia for herselfish gains, you'll see how vacious she can become towards the SLPP. The woman have already started befriending the APC lili boys, you know as saying if you want to get to the top, start from the bottom.

Finally, thanks for the complements, but for me saying the truth cheers me more than these words.

Stay blessed Eddie


Subject: Re: WELL APC IS IN POWER DONT BE SURPRISED
From: Saloneboy
To: All
Date Posted: 08:24:01 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 213-84-242-179.adsl.xs4all.nl at 213.84.242.179

Message:
The overall majority in Sierra Leone is confident of an APC that seeks prosperity for all Sierra Leoneans than the tribal SLPP that maginalised other Sierra Leoneans from taking up positions.
This tribal SLPP will use juju also to kill other Sierra Leoneans for posts.
Stupid and barbaric SLPP, you will not fool the masses of Sierra Leone any longer


Subject: Saloneboy check the composition of the cabinet before yu tok
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 09:32:24 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Do you know that even Charles Margai recently said he has got tired of APC tribalism? Or you don't care about the APC's profound and even boastful use of tribalism to divide our country even further.

SLPP is no longer in power - so we should scrutinize what our brothers are doing today. Do you know Mr Margai even added that this new wave of tribalism has never been matched before - he said not even Ekutay bin pass dis new tribalism. Do you know how many fulas have been needlessly attacked or killed since we took power?

Boh leh we stop dis nonesense


Subject: Re: Saloneboy check the composition of the cabinet before yu tok
From: junior kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 11:59:45 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 85.136.101.168.dyn.user.ono.com at 85.136.101.168

Message:
You tribalist only think of fullas,madingos,susu,mende have been sideline or rule out from the government,have you forgotten how slpp side line limbas,the third largest tribe in sierra leone.It takes over eleven years during the reign of slpp there was no cabinet position given to them,was there any mudsliding.Why alarming it now.


Subject: My friend, with wrting skills like yours, why d surprise
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 15:02:30 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Your language skills are terrible. I f someone appointed you today as anything, I will strongly suggest you decline - bcos you will end up embarassing you entire clan


Subject: Re: Saloneboy check the composition of the cabinet before yu tok
From: Saloneboy
To: All
Date Posted: 10:38:18 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 204-66-ftth.onsneteindhoven.nl at 88.159.66.204

Message:
You should be ashamed of yourself but because you supported a thievery SLPP, you will be spurius in making an analysis.
The worst form of government in Sierra Leone was when your progenitors decided to give a half blooded Sierra Leonean the seat of State house.
During Kabbah/Berewa/Demby governmnet, untold number of people were killed on the streets and many people were charged for treason.
The last SLPP governmnet was a harbinger of woes and misery for our people. It took millions of dollars from DFID and its cadres built mansions in and around the country.
Time will tell and history will be written to depict the last SLPP thievery and malevolent acts against the people of Sierra Leone. It was only one tribe that dominated every sector of government.


Subject: Re: Saloneboy check the composition of the cabinet before yu tok
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 10:31:11 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
"Do you know how many fulas have been needlessly attacked or killed since we took power?"

An atatck on one person is one attack too many. However to insinuate a claim that these attacks may have been sanctioned by the government of the APC without any proof is divisive, destructive of a national cohesion, and disingenuious.

Give it a break. Your acts are not in the NATIONAL INTEREST. (Pardon the CAPS)


Subject: A Must read for Alieu ... Have no fear
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 13:11:11 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Yes daddy A I like your reasoned judgment and take it in good faith but will even appreciate more if this advice is given to all - particularly our irate APC youths both in the forum and in Salone.

Truth be told, you are just a decent fella and its a shame the vast majority of APC supporters are not like you. That said, I firmly believe the ostensible increase of violence & lawlessness in salone today is not unconnected to impolite APC youths – and believe me this is an understatement. Of course this is usually misinterpreted by many stalwarts as Anti-APC. I see it differently – ‘cos until we accept our shortcomings we really will never even know there is a problem.

Politics in mama Salone is riddled with mediocre performers and frankly has been for a long time. True patriots whether APC or SLPP are endangered species. The problem though is that supporters are even worse. Sometimes I ask myself … is it depravity or is just sheer ignorance – some chap… struggling to pay bills or even feeding himself gets worked up when folks posit that VP Sumana allegedly has bought a Million $ property in NJ. If this is true bro, would you be happy? Spinning the argument that …ooh SLPP guys did the same or worse is just dishonesty and a non starter for me, SLPP is not in power now and Mama Salone is still here and yearning to develop. It is the responsibility of our incumbent Govt to facilitate that … not allegedly buying houses in NJ or interfering with award of contracts for much needed Drugs. Ar tar yah sef

By the way your referral of the Sp Court article was very thoughtful. I particularly found it very useful and have always had a far more superlative but agreeable attitude to the article’s message… and this was at the very inception of the courts. In other words I really believe the Sp Ct is an insult to our collective intelligence as Africans, but most especially as Sierra Leoneans. I stand to be corrected.

On another theme, I wanted to respectfully disagree with Kabs position on AFRICOM - but fear this might be misunderstood. As if I really care … ha ha. What we need in Africa is infrastructural development – roads, energy and the works. Whilst the Chinese have helped develop energy (Dodo HEP), National Stadium etc, all Uncle Sam cares about is expanding its Military posts … and most likely using that to aid installation or sustenance of puppet regimes to serve their own selfish ends … as usual. Sadly poor African countries are being blackmailed again using lure of job opportunities and other cheap baits.

Frankly no self respecting (to borrow the Afro phrase) African country will want this military plant. Its just an extension of the Special Ct mentality – “slap whatever you can on those shortsighted impoverished Africans”. With due respect Mr Jerome or what ever his name is, Africa does not need more guns or another neocolonial posturing on the continent. What we need badly (not what the neocons think we need desperately) are good roads, energy development and other peaceful social infrastructure. I would have probably taken the AFRICOM bait if my history lessons were not robust. So kindly shove your weapons and Military Post … you know where, and let us look forward to some of the social benefits a soon to be superpower China will bring.
Anyway hope to get a feedback, hostile or friendly,,, but I’ll prefer the later.

Bwoy I hear you like rich Cuban cigars .. me too

Look forward to hearing from you


Subject: Re: Solidarity Fund For Mr. Adams
From: The Nationalist
To: All
Date Posted: 11:42:04 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-98-221-101-125.hsd1.nj.comcast.net at 98.221.101.125

Message:
This is a shame to us all. Our country's Police is in the pockets of RUF rebels like Baboo Blyden. I think we are looking for more confusion in Sierra Leone.


Subject: Re: Solidarity Fund For Mr. Adams
From: Hypocrites
To: All
Date Posted: 11:43:37 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
RUF rebels. What about Leather Boot the killer and AfRC/RUF Scums like Kanneh and others that the president has recruited into the police force? Bloody hypocrites.


Subject: Re: Solidarity Fund For Mr. Adams
From: Frued
To: All
Date Posted: 12:11:59 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ppp-70-244-76-207.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 70.244.76.207

Message:
Please remember the topic is about pledge.


Subject: Re: Solidarity Fund For Mr. Adams
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 12:55:25 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Ah...

Welcome to the world of cocorioko and salone man borku talk for natin..

You go feel am na you hair if nah saloneman (general, not all, but quite a decent few in between) you want make pull sara..


Subject: Re: Solidarity Fund For Mr. Adams
From: Brother
To: All
Date Posted: 14:45:46 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.148.85.98

Message:
We should not let this outrage happen. I pledge $20,000.00. Publish
an account number where we should send pledges to.


Subject: Re: Solidarity Fund For Mr. Adams
From: account routing number
To: All
Date Posted: 20:10:04 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
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please send the $20.000.00 pledgedto the following account number and routing number.
email me for details: kcamara@hushmail.com


Subject: Re: Solidarity Fund For Mr. Adams
From: Watasai Stone
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Date Posted: 20:44:38 04/22/08 ()
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I pledge 5 pence


Subject: Wataisai stone - your sense of humour is simply brilliant
From: Tejan Kabba
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Date Posted: 09:40:07 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
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Meeeeen I can't stop laughing .. you really did crack me up with your very good sense of humour. You're brilliant


Subject: Liberians drop rice for spaghetti
From: Dirty Box
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Date Posted: 11:22:56 04/22/08 ()
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Liberians drop rice for spaghetti

By Kate Thomas
Monrovia



Tarr Sayeeh has now learnt how to eat spaghetti

Standing behind the wooden counter of his roadside restaurant, Emmanuel Biddle heaps piles of Liberian-style bolognese onto the plates of customers.

When the Liberian chef first added pasta to the menu of his traditional chop house, he didn't expect much success.

But as surging rice prices threaten to halt progress in fragile countries like Liberia, local people are changing life-long habits and switching to cheaper staple foods such as spaghetti.

Liberia imports 90% of its rice from Asia and the US.

In the last six months, the price has more than doubled, making it unaffordable for many ordinary Liberians.

Spicy spaghetti

Spaghetti shacks like Mr Biddle's are springing up in the Paynesville district of Monrovia, a working-class neighbourhood rarely visited by expatriates.

"To encourage customers, I prepare my spaghetti the Liberian way, with lots of African [chilli] pepper. I cut the spaghetti in two to make it easy for my customers to eat" he says.

I should be raising my prices but I don't want to lose any more customers

Viola Nelson
Rice seller

He serves more than 60 customers every day and prices start at less than one US dollar.

Customer Tarr Sayeeh is sitting at the counter, showing his girlfriend how to twirl strands of spaghetti onto a fork.

"Spaghetti is a cheaper option than rice. It's my fifth time at this restaurant and I like the flavour. I used to have problems eating it but now the fork helps me," he says.

A few metres away, Viola Nelson's traditional rice restaurant is shrouded in darkness; a casualty of the rice crisis.

She has been serving traditional Liberian dishes such as jollof rice for 14 years, but price hikes have halted trade.

Ms Nelson charges customers $2 for a plate of jollof rice, but she says she barely covers her own costs.

"I'm not making a profit these days. I should be raising my prices but I don't want to lose any more customers. If the food crisis gets worse I will be left with nothing," she says.

'Diversify'

At the buzzing Old Road Market on the outskirts of Monrovia, the price of a 50 kg bag of rice has shot up to $34.


Augustus Geepo's rice is too expensive for many people


A crate (40 packets, which provides a similar amount of food to 50kg of rice) of maize or millet-based spaghetti, imported from the US, is sold for $12.

Rice vendor Augustus Geepo, perched on a pile of unsold bags, says sales have dropped dramatically as a result of the food crisis.

A year ago, he could easily sell 40 bags of rice a day. Now he is lucky if he shifts 10.

But the trade in pasta is increasing.

Commercial radio stations broadcast advertisements for spaghetti and in the canteen of the United Nations base in Voinjama, northern Liberia, rice pudding has been replaced by spaghetti pudding.

Even Liberia's Minister for Agriculture Chris Toe has caught onto the new trend.

"Liberians traditionally only eat rice with sauce. This might be an opportunity for us to diversify our diets," he says.


Subject: This is what our priorities should be. Ourys Story
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 11:20:43 04/22/08 ()
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Rather than spend time fighting each other and finding ways to destroy each other, besmearing the well earned images of each other on public forums, killing the goose that lays the Golden eggs, we should be fighting RACISM and POLICE BRUTALITY and GOVERNMENTAL OPPRSSION, and INJUSTICE IN THE COURTS OF JUSTICE.

Please read the story of our very own sierra leonean brother who was brutally murdered by racist police in Germany.


Subject: Re: This is what our priorities should be. Ourys Story
From: Patriot
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Date Posted: 11:44:07 04/22/08 ()
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Allieu, don't you think the Erica Adams issue needs even your attention ?


Subject: Re: This is what our priorities should be. Ourys Story
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 12:20:28 04/22/08 ()
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Maybe you should ask Erica Adams that quation. Should I manifest my attention by making public statements. Is that the only way my attention could be manifested? Sometimes the best outcomes could be gained not necessarily by public manifestations but rather than by private negotiations. How bout that. Now back to Ours story.


Subject: Re: This is what our priorities should be. Ourys Story
From: Brabanxx
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Date Posted: 13:43:04 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: brabanxx@aol.com
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Alpha Oremi Iscandari, you go gee mi aid hart.


Subject: A sincere apology
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 10:09:53 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
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To anyone who has taken offense to what I have posted on this forum, I apologize if you believe you have any way been wronged. Often we read the rantings of the democratic process and freedom of speech, but not everyone is truly interested in all having the right of expression. I don't know of anything I have ever written on this forum that is untrue, but it is not my aim to create offense nor to divert energy from matters that others may consider more important issues for the nation of Sierra Leone.


Subject: YOU ARE JOKING WITH GREAT SYLVIA?
From: sylvia
To: All
Date Posted: 23:18:57 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: sylviathegreat@yahoo.com
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Even kaba kanu know who i am so becareful or else you perish


Subject: Re: YOU ARE JOKING WITH GREAT SYLVIA?
From: Durosimi
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Date Posted: 23:43:59 04/22/08 ()
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Go play with yourself Babu Blyden and Foday Sankoh's parlour wife.


Subject: Re: A sincere apology
From: Eddie Grant
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Date Posted: 12:18:20 04/22/08 ()
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Erica,

I don't think you have anything to apologise for, as far as I know you've being an outspoken, intelligent and a very important member of the Sierra Leonean soceity in the diaspora.

Please don't be discouraged by a few selfish people. In the on going case of injustice against your family, you will surely be triumph over evil.

To my own understanding, your work is not only limited to Sierra Leoneans but the rest of Africa and even beyound. The only payment for what you've done is great blessing from God Almighty to you and your family.

As far as I'm concern, you've not offended anyone here, so carry on with what you're doing. Your efforts will never go in vein. Ameen.


Subject: Re: A sincere apology
From: APC Task Force
To: All
Date Posted: 11:22:40 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: task@hotmail.com
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What in the hell are you apologising for? You have been an agent of fabricated lies! I hope God punishes you for all the lies you have been posting on this forum. After I read your first lie, my fingers have been on the "trigger" and my hands on the "nine." Meet me in Makeni!


Subject: Re: A sincere apology
From: Onliner
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Date Posted: 12:09:31 04/22/08 ()
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Erica, you're amongst the finest lady in our midst. Unlike most African American women whom we marry, you've always identified yourself with us in all our struggles and concerns.

Pay no heed to your detractors for you are a heroine of the hearts and minds of the majority of peace loving and progressive Sierra Leoneans.

There is an African proverb in the Burundian language of Kirundi that goes like this: Umwáansi aguciira icoobo, Imáana ikaguciira icaanzo.

When an enemy digs a grave for you, God gives you an emergency exit (English)

Quand l'ennemi creuse une tombe pour toi, Dieu te prépare une issue de secours(French).

Also, the wisdom of Bob Marley reminds that, "Who so ever diggeth a pit shall fall in it..."

Keep it positive sweet sister.



Subject: Re: A sincere apology
From: Sam
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Date Posted: 13:16:12 04/22/08 ()
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I recognize your post for what it is, so ar nor dey try for fen plaba na ya, but what in heaven's name does "Unlike most African American women whom we marry, you've always identified yourself with us in all our struggles and concerns."

Isn't that a rather broad swath and if this is the case and SL men who marry AA women actually recognize the problem as you acknowledge here, why are they still marrying them?


Subject: Re: A sincere apology
From: Onliner
To: All
Date Posted: 13:40:20 04/22/08 ()
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I certainly agree it is, borrowing your expression, a broad swath. It is a generalism which in many cases is the truth regretably.
In answering your question, people marry for different reasons, some for love, others for papers (since it's the only legal path the US government wants people to use to stay and work in this country), some for the pussy, the reasons may be endless.
However, I should admit that there's a fine collection of AA women who are not a problem at all when it comes to marrying. As for the most, you'd be better off with Sa Leoneans Babu Blyden. Need I say more?


Subject: Re: A sincere apology
From: Brabanxx
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Date Posted: 13:38:43 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: brabanxx@aol.com
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Sam blasts Onliner thus:...Isn't that a rather broad swath and if this is the case and SL men who marry AA women actually recognize the problem as you acknowledge here, why are they still marrying them?

Sam, you and I should know the answer for about 75% of the time. This is neither the place nor is it the time for us to say. If however you're are cognizant of the fact then I trust that only time and circumstances will restore the genuine. Just my two cents for now!


Subject: AWARENESS TIMES FORUM SINKING AND SINKING INTO THE CESSPOOL
From: Concerned
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Date Posted: 10:07:25 04/22/08 ()
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True say talk me, is Sylvia Blyden proud of the people posting om her forum ? Her own integrity and respect are being undermined by the posts that are appearing on her forum. The image of Sierra Leone is being destroyed by the psychobabble on the Awareness Times Forum. I fear for the image of our country. What impression will prospective tourists have of Sierra Leone after visiting the Awareness Times Forum ? How can people conspire to destroy their country's image so badly ? People are just dumping slime all over the forum or is this being done by Sylvia Blyden herself ? If so, her state of mental degeneration is reaching very alarming levels and she seriously needs a psychiatrist. This issue with Kabs Kanu is driving Sylvia closer to the Kissy Mental Home. My main concern is Sierra Leone. Something needs to be done to bring this madness to an end.


Subject: Kabs championed democracy : Foday provides powerful evidence
From: Citizen
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Date Posted: 08:33:06 04/22/08 ()
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Mr.Foday Mansaray has provided powerful evidence that Kabs Kanu championed democracy in Sierra Leone after the AFRC/RUF coup in Sierra Leone. This is a must-read. I think this evidence by Foday Mansaray should be forwarded to other newspapers for publication :


If I were a negative citizen llike some of our pseudo-journalists I would have called on the Editor of COCORIOKO , Rev.Wilfred Leeroy Kabs-Kanu, to take legal actions against certain individuals , who without conscience, perpetuated the greatest evil ever carried out against a man----Deliberately, wilfully and maliciously fabricating and spreading false stories against him in their envious backlash at him for being given an award for Community Leadership by NOSLINA.

I would have advocated for the Cocorioko Editor to seek heavy damages against certain individuals and two internet newspapers for publishing an article , purportedly written by an individual , who calls himself THE CALIFORNIAN POET in the Awareness Times newspaper and KEEN OBSERVER in the New People newspaper . I think the Editor of that medium should have been cautious about allowing such a blatantly false article to have been posted on her sight .

The article, titled : "REWARDING TRIBAL BIGOTS AND CHALATANS" carried deliberately false and misleading accusations against the Editor , allegations specifically and purposedly designed to present the Editor in an unfavourable light to the world and at the same time ruin and sully his reputation and good name .

There are malicious lies contained in the following statements :

"Rev Kabs-Kanu like Yaya Fanusie is a social misfit who is the worst tribal bigot the Sierra Leone community of journalists has known in recent history. Added to that, Kabs-Kanu has admitted to supporting the notorious AFRC butchers during their disastrous overthrow of a democratically elected government in Sierra Leone. Kabs-Kanu was a member of a group of journalists who advocated against the reinstatement of the elected government. How can any organization in their right minds award such a damaged good as Kabs-Kanu an award? "

Every statement above is false . However, as a positive man who always looks at the brighter side of things, I am the one advising the Reverend not to be bothered about what his enemies are writing against him. As a successful businessman, I have been there before. I know what it means to succeed in the envious Sierra Leone community. I have gone through the same crucible when I started to be a successful business man, first as a mortgage Banker , then a restaurant owner and now a Vice-President of a bank. All kinds of lies were told against me by my jealous enemies but I purposed in my mind that they will never bring me down. The more they talked against me and fabricated stories against me, the more I worked very hard. Today, my detractors cannot look me in my face because I am a successful business man. The Rev.Kabs-Kanu will undergo the same troubles but he will come out of them with victory. Nobody is able to bring down a good man like him. Kabs has worked so hard that he will triumph over his enemies.

As the man closest to the Rev, I have however decided to straighten the false impressions that have been give about the Rev. by his enemies. I think justice will not be done to this great man if somebody does not straighten the lies that have been told about him. The statements above are full of lies.

First of all, the Editor of COCORIOKO, the Rev. Kabs-Kanu, is not a social misfit but is a responsible and respected member of this New Jersey community ,who apart from being Associate Pastor of the AMERICAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH of Lambertville, New Jersey, is also a respected school teacher and a journalist contributing so much to the socio-economic and political development of Sierra Leone. He has never been involved in a misdeed unbecoming of the roles he is playing in the community.Nobody has ever accused him of financial, sexual or any other form of unethical behaviour by the Editor.He is one of the few church leaders who have never been named in any financial or sexual indiscretion. He is a model husband in New Jersey , with a family whose members have never been named in any public misdeed. To therefore label the Editor as a social misfit is malicious, wrong and libelious and it was designed to undermine the high respect he enjoys in the society. We must not allow our political differences to drive us to the point where we fabricate stories against our enemies to make political gain.

Secondly, the Editor could not have admitted to supporting the "notorious AFRC butchers" . During the period under review, the Editor was not a member of a group of journalists who advocated against the reinstatement of the elected government of Sierra Leone as emphatically declared by the article .

On the contrary, when the said coup occured on Sunday May 25, 1997, Kabs-Kanu was a member of a group of patriotic Sierra Leoneans, of whom I was a part and parcel , who fought a gallant battle to have the military junta return power to the legitimate and constitutionally-elected government of the then President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. The Editor not only aligned himself with the CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR THE RESTORATION OF DEMOCRACY IN SIERRA LEONE but he wrote very strong articles condemning the coup and calling on the military to unconditionally return power to the government.

The CONCERNED CITIZENS used to meet at my office in my mortgage company in Somerset, New Jersey. In my next article, I will give you the full history of the CONCERNED CITIZENS.

After the coup occured, the Editor-In-Chief of COCORIOKO, Kabs-Kanu, wrote an article that was published in the September 1997 edition of the WEST AFRICAN JOURNAL , Volume 6, No.24 with the heading :" Fiendish military coup sets off Sierra Leone time bomb."

In the article in this magazine edited by Joe S. Kappia of San Jose, California, the editor described the coup : "Hot-headed soldiers and anarchists operating in the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown, delivered the mother-of-all-shocks at dawn on Sunday May 25, when they broke all bounds of constitutional propriety and overthrew the democratically-elected SLPP government of President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. "

"The military coup, which destroyed the future of multi-party democracy in Africa, was immediately condemned and challenged by a stunned world that has decided that enough was enough with military adventurism in Africa ...It was a sad day for Sierra Leone and Africa .Shakespeare writes that 'Infected minds will to their deaf pillows discharge their secrets'. If this coup culminates in a full-scale tragedy, the perpetuators will one day tell their deaf pillows why they took their fiendish course of action ".

"Besides the lawlessness of the Sierra Leone coup leaders , their inability to restore peace and order in the capital , right under their own noses, and the threat this coup will pose to multiparty democracy in Africa and the peace accord in Liberia outweigh any bad precedent by Nigeria (i.e. having ECOMOG intervene ). An opinion poll conducted showed that majority of Sierra Leoneans supported military action by Nigeria to bring back Kabbah to power .."

KABS KANU lamented : "It is the poor, innocent civilians who are about to enter another realm of suffering; whose throats will be slit ; whose wives and daughters will be raped and whose houses , towns and villages will be burnt down .."

This completely refutes the wicked lies of the 'California Poet' and 'Keen Observer' in saying that :

"Kabs-Kanu has admitted to supporting the notorious AFRC butchers during their disastrous overthrow of a democratically elected government in Sierra Leone. Kabs-Kanu was a member of a group of journalists who advocated against the reinstatement of the elected government". IS THIS THE VOICE OF SOMEBODY SUPPORTING THE JUNTA ? You can hate a man. You are not bound to love everybody, but it is wicked to bear false witness against your enemy.

But lets go to more evidence. The slanderous and libelious individual also wrote :

"Rev Kabs-Kanu like Yaya Fanusie is a social misfit who is the worst tribal bigot the Sierra Leone community of journalists has known in recent history."

This is another blatant and wicked lie .The COCORIOKO Editor has always advocated tribal unity and cohesion and during this dark moment in Sierra Leone's history, he took the opportunity to make the same appeal. We refer readers to the SIERRA LEONEAN NEWSLETTER of September 1997 , Issue No. 20 , edited by Mr. Dauda Sekou Bangura of Somerset, New Jersey.

In this article, Kabs-Kanu bluntly and unconditionally called on the military junta to hand over power to the Kabbah Government. The article was titled : "Save Sierra Leone from exploding into another Vietnam or Rwanda "

Here are exerpts from this article :

"Years and decades of shameless , conscienceless and diabolical corruption ,unpatriotic decisions and heartlessness by politicians, soldiers and rebels in Sierra Leone had continued unchallenged for so long that the nation-spoilers concluded that Sierra Leoneans were mere pushovers whom anybody can take for a ride at his whims and caprices.

"But the reaction of the nation this time to the ill-disposed military coup of May 25, 1997 has delivered a tough message to the enemies of Sierra Leone that the days of political and military adventurism and gangsterism in the country were over. Passive resistance and civil disobedience by the people have completely stymied the coup leaders and left them with no wind to their sails. Thanks be to God who is teaching Sierra Leoneans to wage war with their brains without the necessity of bloodshed."

"Joyfully, Sierra Leoneans are now trying to put behind them those tribal passions and the loyalties of the past, realizing that if the nation is destroyed beyond repairs, it is Sierra Leoneans at large who will be left holding the baby. This is not a Mende/Temne issue or a South/East Vs. North affair .It is the future of Sierra Leone that is at stake .Praise should be given to Sierra Leoneans who have driven the tribalists underground . The problem in Sierra Leone is ANARCHY, NOT TRIBALISM."

Are these the statements of a tribal bigot ? Can somebody be a tribal bigot and be making such public declarations of tribal unity in a newspaper read all over America and Sierra Leone ? I know Kabs Kanu's detractors are angry for him getting an award but the way to go about expressing it is not to bear false witness against him.

During this era under review, the Reverend even proved that he is a true man of God. In the same article, he said : As our nation festers at a standstill , with starvation and unimaginable suffering looming precipitiously in the horizon, Sierra Leoneans must take the battle to a spiritual level by beseeching the mercies of God to prevail on the hearts of the military leaders and rebels to make the supreme sacrifice in the interest of the nation to step down and restore the overthrown SLPP government..We must pray for a miraculous intervention by God, while trying to convince the soldiers to cede power in the national interest. ..The soldiers and the rebels need to come to terms with the stark reality that this is not their day. Their's is a military dictatorship built on the ashes of a much-prized multi-party democracy ..The voice of the people is the voice of God. The best they can do now is to abdicate power for President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah , who is the constitutionally-elected leader of Sierra Leone "

My dear readers, if you are a God-fearing person, after reading this, don't you see that Kabs Kanu is a champion of democracy in Sierra Leone and that the California Poet and the Keen Observer was only trying to destroy his name ?

I can go on and on but if you want to read more about how Kabs-Kanu fought for democracy in Sierra Leone, I refer you to the December 1997 edition of the WEST AFRICAN JOURNAL Volume 6 , No. 25 ; NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1996 edition of the same newspaper , Volume 5. no 22; and the Sixth Anniversary Issue NO.22 of THE SIERRA LEONEAN .

Kabs Kanu has never supported a military junta.He believes in democracy. I wish to also refer you to the PROGRESS edition of October 1995 .Read the article by Kabs Kanu , titled : " In haven for helions, world gets no better, as...REVOLUTION TAKES A DETOUR " . In this article , Rev .Kabs-Kanu critices the NPRC Junta then led by the young military leader, Captain Valentine Strasser.

As readers can see from Kabs Kanu's article during the most critical part of our country's history, the California Poet and Keen Observer misrepresented the Reverend to the world. Everything they wrote about him is completely false .Everything they wrote have no bearing to the truth. Everything is a direct opposite of what the Reverend stands for.

I think the only thing that can stop this kind of malicious journalism is legal action against the editors and writers . Journalists are taking too much advantage of their positions to besmear the names of innocent persons.They are contributing to the lawlessness that they themselves are complaining about . One of the newspapers that needs to be taught a lesson is the SLPP newspaper, The NEW PEOPLE. They will not stop the deliberate concoction of stories against innocent people unless somebody hits them in their wallets with a massive lawsuit.

Another misrepresentation about Kabs Kanu is being spread by the the very editor of the NEW PEOPLE, Sheku Kallon. He , as a NOSLINA member, we learn, has fallen out of favour with the organization for his political views , which , we understand, is a violation of NOSLINA rules as a non-political organization. Sheku Kallon, we are made to understand, is an embarassment to NOSLINA because of his unethical political activities.

Sheku Kallon, I was reliably told by a non-NOSLINA source , is going to be removed in the upcoming NOSLINA elections. The person who knows much about NOSLINA is of the opinion that Sheku Kallon made light of the Reverend's award probably in the knowledge that he has nothing more to lose since he is about to be removed . Probably to spoil the name of the organization, he has sought to spread the misinformation that Rev. Kabs-Kanu was only given the award because he publicized NOSLINA after being beaten thrice by a certain individual. . This again is not true . I spoke to a very responsible member of NOSLINA, who told me that they have decided not to comment on Sheku Kallon's misrepresentations because it is not necessary and two, they are just waiting for him to leave so they can restructure the organization. The man told me that they don't give awards to people because of the reasons Sheku Kallon has given to Awareness Times but to maintain the integrity of the organization he will decide not to comment further on the issue to avoid dragging the organization into the present fiasco and character-assassination going on in the Awareness Times . He asked me to tell the Rev. not to listen to Sheku Kallon as he was voted to receive the award.

Sheku Kallon is an SLPP fanatic. Why can't people read between the lines that Kallon will try to give Rev. Kanu's enemies all the wrong impressions about his award ? Kanu , like SLPP supporters, is very unhappy about the role played by Kabs Kanu in getting the SLPP defeated in last year's elections . He will not want to see Kabs Kanu triumph . Any intelligent person will know that Sheku Kallon will not seek to embarass NOSLINA for nothing.

Even the report that NOSLINA voted three times and a certain individual from New Jersey beat the Reverend three times is completely false. Who has more impeccable character and personality in New Jersey than the Reverend ? I am not seeking to comment on the character of anybody else , but very frankly, there is no basis to compare the Reverend to anyone else. I wish some of these people were present to hear the comments made by people in New Jersey what was written against the Reverend.

My conclusion is that Reverend Kabs-Kanu is being strengthened for better community service by his enemies. Hopefully, he will be the victor and the experience will teach him to develop thick crocodile skin against his enemies . If you are not a success in this world, nobody will spread stories about you.

As you can see from the examples you have been given about the Reverend's efforts to promote democracy in Sierra Leone and his clean, impeccable life, he deserves the NOSLINA Award in all its entirety.

PHOTO : Mr.Foday Mansaray , COCORIOKO BOARD CHAIRMAN AND APC NORTH AMERICA PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER


Subject: Re: Kabs championed democracy : Foday provides powerful evidence
From: Brabanxx
To: All
Date Posted: 09:20:42 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: brabanxx@aol.com
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Message:
Some of us who had the opportunity to have met, socialized, and worked with the Rev. knew better as not to attach any credence to the garbage Sylvia has been spewing. Our(The Rev.,Foday Mansaray, Alex Mansaray, Dauda Bangura, myself et el) causes have always been to promote peace, democracy,freedom, and liberty for our people both in the diaspora and in the motherland. It was against our wish that Mr. Mansaray published his article. He was however convinced that the truth should not be shoved under a hay stack. With present day technology, had the Rev. Kabs Kanu's character been otherwise, the whole wide world would have known long time ago.

Citizen, there is a cancer eating the fabric of our society. We tend to amplify our follies rather than laud the good that is in us. We suppress our abilities to transcend above certain issues. For example, once a teacher regardless of one's present circumstances and position, one will always be a teacher in the eyes of the average Sierra Leonean.

Again, let's view the issue from another angle, for argumentum, let's say the Rev. had done some not so nice things in the past. If after atonement should we continue to heave the past on his shoulders? Let alone that this fine gentleman has always been exemplary since I knew him. To you Rev. Kabs Kanu, keep up the good work! Continue to do what you do best. In the end you will not have laboured for naught for your recompence is with your God.


Subject: Re: Kabs championed democracy : Foday provides powerful evidence
From: Joe John
To: All
Date Posted: 08:23:26 04/23/08 ()
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Message:
You people can heap every praise on Kabs, but he has not been objective in his dealing with Sierra Leone politics. You know very well that he is one sided, that is, he only bato APC. Check out Sierra Herald's first page and see how the APC has changed the face of politics in our country, people holding machets, stick, and other dangerious weapons. That is just between APC and APC for common symbol, what if it was between APC, PMDC, and SLPP? APC guys, can't you pratrice a decent politic? You guys really need to be civilized.Kabs Kanu has never reported anything negative about the APC, is that what you call responsible journalism? By being one sided? Give me a break.


Subject: When Are We Going To Shove This Asidey?
From: Brabanxx
To: All
Date Posted: 08:30:45 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: brabanxx@aol.com
Entered From: static-216-83-121-130.sniparpa.net at 216.83.121.130

Message:
I was of the opinion that the NOSLINA award issue has undergone enough crucifixion so as to be laid to rest. Little did I realise that Sylvia Blyden will resurect it again as evident by her ghosty reference to Sheku Kallon's balderdash on the Awareness Times forum.
Sylvia Blden wrote: Read what Sheku Kallon wrote on Awareness Times Forum: "As the outgoing Executive Director for NOSLINA I just wanted to correct a few factual mistakes in the posting by California Poet... In the case of Kabs Kanu, it is indeed true that he was defeated when the vote was taken and some board members asked that NOSLINA reconsider and give the award anyway based on the work he's done promoting the organizations awards banquet on his site."
One tends to ponder on the motive behind such a statement by a leader of an acclaimed body like NOSLINA. Is it that old habbits die hard? Ladies and gentlemen of the forum jury, I want you to be espial to an earlier post by Mr. Sheku Kallon on the Cocorioko forum. Here again is Sheku's open espousal on this forum - "Despite our political differences, Kabs Kanu will receive a community service leadership award from NOSLINA next week Saturday April 26th 2008. I look forward to handing the award to you Mr. Kabs. Now if our politicians in Sierra Leone can set aside their political diferences and work in the interest of mother Sierra Leone that will be a great day for our country." I will presume that those words were not fed to Sheku Kallon. Is Mr. Kallon treating our intelligence with a two edged sword or is Sylvia Blyden moving fron the absurd to the sublime? When are we going to shove this aside?
It is no secret that this forum is endowed with a lot of positive energies that, if put together in the way forward in this new dispensation, will bring about the much needed change and development needed in that land that we love.


Subject: Re: When Are We Going To Shove This Asidey?
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 09:12:53 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4577f042.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.240.66

Message:
I was very distressed, but not really surprised, by the invectives hurled by Sylvia Blyden at Kabs when he was given the NOSLINA award. What really suffocated me with indignance was the 'underhand game' played by Mr Sheku Kallon. He presented the award as a gesture of non-partisan camaraderie and rapprochement. I really thought that Mr Kallon was displaying a brand of political maturity I had not credited him with (in light of his political fulminations on his online newspaper). Just when we all thought it was safe to go outside, Bra Sheku abhorently, dismissively, stated on Awareness Times (ingratiatingly? like Jallohlaw?) that the award was just a sop they threw at Kabs for promoting a little vapid dinner. This is indeed callous calumny on the part of Sheku Kallon. We really need to demonstrate integrity in our actions. You do not honor someone with one hand while twisting the stilletto with the other. We really need to rise above this immaturity. I would have been equally condemnatory if Sheku Kallon were subjected to this kind of treatment he subjected Kabs to.
I hope Kabs goes to the Awards ceremony and, like a gentleman, exhibit class and magnanimity to those who had shown none to him.


Subject: Re: When Are We Going To Shove This Asidey?
From: Barack Osama
To: All
Date Posted: 06:12:58 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.148.98.45

Message:
Welcome back from Sierra Leone sir.


Subject: Re: When Are We Going To Shove This Asidey?
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 09:22:24 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
My komaneh..

Welcome back boss..

I in particular missed you..

Hope you are at peace..


Subject: Who let the boys out.. who...who.......who...
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 09:08:36 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Brabanxx...

Boss seriously... you are one of the members here i respect..

I am as open minded as they come..
I lay my life for my countryman..anyday.. i give.. i give some more..

In the past few days.. on this forum and the salone electronic media community..

I am more than disgusted.. vomit seff nor smell so..
I am forever scared by the lack of compassion..and the blatant disregard of things whole and enriching..

Your statement above..
------It is no secret that this forum is endowed with a lot of positive energies that, if put together in the way forward in this new dispensation, will bring about the much needed change and development needed in that land that we love----

Is so FAR from the truth it hurts..

THIS FORUM is full of petty minds and lil boys.. all but a finger full..

Helping thier own.. and chanelling thier day to end with a "sigh and a before i lay my head down to sleep"... "AH GOD tenki for making this day wonderful". is moon and sun apart..

Its all about.. conniving.. and backbiting, and bait switching and worm eating and kolonkosm, and fingerpointing..
I was of the impression (6 months ago when i started posting) i was going to be in the company of great men..
Wilmot Blydens in thier formative years..
Jomo Kenyata's of the 21 century..
Madam Yoko of the 2000's ....
Our own Bill Gates and William Buffets

OUR OWN F*&*^INGG MANDELA…

But oh ya...

Man tire with nonsense.. YEAH NON SENSE..

FROM KABS KANU to SYLVIA to MODERATORS to NOSLINA..to petty lil.. childish pranks.. and belittlements.(man run out of adjectives)...

There is another generation.. of young Sierra Leoneans right behind us.. Our kids, our nephews, our lil neices..

At the end of the day.. they will say..
Papa you nor try.. Uncle una nor try pheawwwwe (madinga expression)..

If this is all we spend a WHOLE week on...
1 hours =3600 seconds
24 hours = 86,400 seconds
24hrs X 7days =604,800 seconds

All wasted.. pooof...pan rubbish..
Nah kaka..

KABS please delete all post about awarenesstimes, Sylvia, You, FET, mud.. anything that is not of godliness and whole –e – ness..
Let these big men go play with them pikin toys nah basement.. And give us space to discuss..

THE PENDING HUNGER disaster..
SALONE BEEN THE AFRICAN DUBAI..
HOW TO HELP A CHARITY a penny at a time

Donate to our collective IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO MAKE A VILLAGE drive..
http://www2.tbo.com/static/community/slide-show-sierra-leone-village/
www.slvp.org

For everyones information..
Ah nor wanday pass waterloo.. so ah nor even sabi the name of the village... but KIDS need a roof..

Now let me go brush my teeth.. writing this left a bad taste in my mouth..


Subject: Re: When Are We Going To Shove This Aside?
From: NOSLINA supporter
To: All
Date Posted: 08:48:32 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-98-221-101-125.hsd1.nj.comcast.net at 98.221.101.125

Message:
Brabanxx, Sheku Kallon may be lying to embarrass NOSLINA.Iheard too what Foday Mansaray wrote that Sheku Kallon will be removed from Noslina because he was too involved in politics for the comfort of Noslina. Sheku Kallon's defamations against innocent people in his rag has caused NOSLINA a lot of embarrassment and discomfort, because the organization is non-political . Doesn't this raise a red flag that Sheku Kallon is trying to get back at NOSLINA ? Don't you guys see here that Sheku Kallon set up Kabs Kanu and Sylvia Blyden ? That post he made here was designed to stir up Sylvia who may not want Kabs to get an award.He DID IT ON PURPOSE. Secondly, Sheku Kallon is a tribalist. He is not happy that Kabs Kanu contributed to the defeat of his SLPP.THIS WHOLE THING IS DIRTY POLITICS.


Subject: Should we allow poachers fromthe Gongoli forum here ?
From: Forum Lover
To: All
Date Posted: 08:17:22 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-98-221-101-125.hsd1.nj.comcast.net at 98.221.101.125

Message:
I have noticed that while we here who support Kabs have no way to enter the Gongoli forum to defend Kabs, the psychos at the Gongoli forum are able to come to our forum to spew their hate at us . If they cannot open their forum to us, why should we allow them here ?


Subject: Re: Should we allow poachers from the Gongoli forum here ?
From: Baboo Blyden
To: All
Date Posted: 09:03:18 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-98-221-101-125.hsd1.nj.comcast.net at 98.221.101.125

Message:
Baboo Blyden registered only people with mental problems like herself.Look at the sick and sorry cast : Dr. Curtis Thomas,the psycho , whose wife came to this forum to denounce him that he is a fake doctor who does not pay his bills and got kicked out by her . UMPIRE aka Jallohlaw,whom we drove from this forum for his tribal rantings against other tribes etc.I suspect that most of the other names like La Boss, 1N1P, Tejan Kabbah, Jacob Kanu are monikers of Sylvia Baboo Blyden. Those of us who were on the NUP Forum know what Gongoli is capable of doing. She can create real-looking human beings. I thought all along that ALFRED SAINT-JAMES was a real person ,but I suspected that though a strong debater, he is only online when Sylvia is online and when she disappears from a forum, Alfred Saint-James disappears too .De titty full of tricks. So it will be difficult to stop poaches from the Gongoli Forum. Sylvia will create other real-looking human beings to come here and talk for her.


Subject: Those who thought will happen
From: Paramountchief
To: All
Date Posted: 08:00:15 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 85.136.130.136.dyn.user.ono.com at 85.136.130.136

Message:
Where is the imposed paramount chief in biriwa chiefdom ,bombali district.We have not heard from him since the fall of the tokboi party.Can some one tell me how felt after the inflicting defeat of the socalled educated elits of the oldest party in sierra leone.


Subject: THE CREOLES ' PIVOTAL ROLE FOR SLAVERY REPARATION
From: Angthorf
To: All
Date Posted: 07:02:22 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: soribaibureh@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 212.71.37.83

Message:
The entire Sa/Lone nation is fully ready to stand by the "Creoles" in Sierra Leone to regain the usurped dignity of our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers who were forcefully taken to "The New World" Americas as slaves. We, the dignified Africans are ready to fight the course of our peoples' inhumane suffering.

By championing this just course, the Creoles in Sierra Leone will be seen as the most positive contributors in the fight against injustice in the world. But by failing to do so, we will have a lot of interpretations to make on this issue.

If the Jews are being compensated for the crimes committed against them by Hitler in the 2nd world War, what about us (Africans), who have been looted and devastated for not less than 300 years!! 300 years are never 300 months!!

So Krioman, stand up, get up! Don't give up your right.


Subject: Re: THE CREOLES ' PIVOTAL ROLE FOR SLAVERY REPARATION
From: KLA
To: All
Date Posted: 09:42:47 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 164.82.84.3

Message:

This generation of Afrikans must be bold enough to seek compensation and redress,for all documented acts of violence and exploitation,that have been heaped on
AFRIKANS.

Sierra Leoneans must move, in tandem, with a growing global movement for true justice for AFRIKANS, where ever they reside.

tstm


Subject: The Forgotten Sierra Leonean Children in Egypt
From: Tolongbo
To: All
Date Posted: 06:07:11 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: soyanka@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 212.71.37.74

Message:
Sierra Leoneans who went to study in different fields in the Arab Republic of Egypt for the past thirty or more years left behind them numerable children that are cut off from their national being.

How did it come about? Most of those who came to study in Egypt were somehow lucky to get married to beautiful Egyptian ladies on the aftermath of the Arab Israel war in the sixties and early seventies. Most of those marriages were blessed with children. But majority of their offspring were not lucky to be taken home by their dads, so they were left to fend for themselves with their helpless mothers.

The problems surrounding these born Sierra Leoneans in Egypt are countless especially in the absence of a home base Embassy. They have huge difficulties in renewing their passports, obtaining letters for educational transactions and security problems. All are vaguely longing for a rescue solution.

These forgotten Sierra Leone children in Egypt put their greatest hopes to the APC government to rescue them from the hell fire situation they are in, in the land of the Pharaohs. Some have lost their fathers but would like to trace their root in Sierra Leone. Others want their passports renewed to enable them continue with their studies.

It is the duty of the current APC government to protect the lives of those needy Sierra Leoneans.


Subject: Re: The Forgotten Sierra Leonean Children in Egypt
From: Brother Joe
To: All
Date Posted: 06:56:01 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
I was married tto an Egyptian lady brought her home to Freetown,set up my business aused parts shop at Pademba road, but for one reason or the other she left Sierra Leone before the war with the children and went back to Egypt. She has never come back and I have not seen the children but as a good muslim , I got married to Sierra Leonean woman Isatu and I am veru happy.


Subject: So what can we do about the arrest of Erica's husband ?
From: The Nationalist
To: All
Date Posted: 21:50:48 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-149-60.patmedia.net at 24.225.149.60

Message:
Are we going to sit down and say and do nothing ?


Subject: What's there to do? Do you want us to pervert due process?
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 04:01:54 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Frankly we cannot do anything in this matter except may be plead with the complainant as there are irrefutable facts (including a confession/statement from Mr M Adams himself).

As Erica mentioned in an earlier post, let us pray ... pray that God touches her heart to forgive. We must also accept that the rule of law as in most countries in this 21st century must prevail, most especially in Sierra Leone, where lawlessness seems to be on the increase. Let us not revert back to the 'old days' of "Yu sabi uhdah nar me?".

How would you honestly feel if your property or bread & butter business was vandalized? Lets be open minded and honest here...


Subject: Re: What's there to do? Do you want us to pervert due proces
From: The Patriot
To: All
Date Posted: 08:05:25 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-98-221-101-125.hsd1.nj.comcast.net at 98.221.101.125

Message:
From Gongoli's statements at her forum, she said she will show Adams that she has power in Sierra Leone.From Erica's statements, there was no vandalism. So who do we believe ? I hope this is not a problem of MAN PASS MAN.


Subject: Re: What's there to do? Do you want us to pervert due proces
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 13:33:46 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
We know gongoli (that's not nice) is an outspoken critic of the govt. If the legal system take her seriously in this case, then there must be merits to her accusations. And while I don't know the facts and Mr. Adams is entitled to a presumption of innocent until guilt is proven, we need to stop the raray boy mentality in SL.


Subject: How can we take the perverts Jalloh and Sylvia seriously ?
From: The Nationalist
To: All
Date Posted: 21:48:40 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-149-60.patmedia.net at 24.225.149.60

Message:
I have been absent from this forum for the past days because frankly, I cannot understand how we can conspire to take Jalloh and Sylvia Blyden so seriously. Sylvia is an accident going somewhere to happen.It will not be long before she reaches the end of her rope. I would not allow such a person to bother me because she is headed for a fall. The end to all Sylvia is doing is coming .


Subject: Mohamed Borbor Adams in a Police Cell in Sierra Leone
From: Justice
To: All
Date Posted: 19:26:08 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Mohamed Borbor Adams in a Police Cell in Sierra Leone
By Samba Deen
Apr 21, 2008, 23:39 Email this article


Mohamed Borbor Adams, the purported husband of Internet nuisance Erica Adams, is currently in a police cell in Sierra Leone. Adams was intercepted in a tinted grey vehicle by police officers today acting on a warrant issued for his arrest.

Adams had tried to flee to the airport this Monday earlier than his expected return date of Thursday this week. He tried to flee without even informing Reverend Wellington of Harvest Time Ministries who had stood as a surety for him.

Adams is facing several count charges for criminal acts ranging from malicious damage to riotous conduct with intent to commit a breach of the peace and threatening language.

Several lawyers he telephoned to come to his rescue and have him bailed from custody, have all refused to do so when they learnt of the behaviour of both himself and his supposed wife (on the Cocorioko Internet) towards Dr. Sylvia Blyden and how he had been preparing to flee the country leaving his surety in the lurch.

Meanwhile, Lawyers from the Law Firm of Eddie Turay & Associates (Sanda Chambers) are representing Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden in this criminal matter brought against Mohamed Adams.

In a related development, numerous members of the family of Mohamed Adams including his elder brother, former SLPP Minister Okere Adams, have all contacted Sylvia Blyden today to congratulate her heartily for having Mohamed Adams put behind bars whilst awaiting trial. They lament that his behaviour since his return has brought shame to the Adams family.

Okere Adams reports that his behaviour especially in Magburaka yesterday Sunday April 20th when he spent two full hours at their late father's grave damning the late man for not leaving him property, had brought shame to the Adams name.

According to Okere Adams, they are not aware of any woman named Erica whom Mohamed is supposed to be married to. Okere Adams says he only knows of one Miss Dyfan from Fourah Bay whom the family had "put kola" for. Okere Adams has meanwhile profusely apologised on behalf of the Adams Family to Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden for the rudeness she had to stomach in recent times from both this Erica person sporting the name 'Adams' as well as from Okere's own younger brother Mohamed Borbor Adams who is currently behind bars at a police station.

According to impeccable police sources, this Mohamed Adams was deported from Holland and somehow later found his way to the USA where his children have also been serially deported from that land for offences not unrelated to violence and drugs.

Meanwhile, one of Mohamed Adams' deported sons has today made threatening remarks that if his father was not released, he would commit "murder" in the land. He said he had attempted to kill whilst he was in America which is why, he proudly explained to all listeners at Lumley, he was apprehended by the FBI and shipped back to Sierra Leone as a deportee.

"Me nor dey frade for kill porsin. Ar done chuk mortalman na America sotay FBI arrest me. Ar nor go frade for chuk mortalman na Salone. Ar go commit murder na dis land if den nor lef me papa for go back America dis night!" the drugged up young man sporting filthy dreadlocks, screamed in the local Creole parlance


Subject: Re: Mohamed Borbor Adams in a Police Cell in Sierra Leone
From: The guy next door
To: All
Date Posted: 08:55:28 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: smtp.servicemaster.com at 199.191.74.20

Message:
Guys, stop the maddness, Mr. Adams must be on the wrong side of the law. Blyden is not a fan of the current administration, therefore, her influence is not effective in manupilation.

Mr. Adams must be on the wrong side of the law, Erica is a great wife. What she is doing is whats expected of any wife BRAVO!! Erica, for better or for worse support your hubby at all cost... but on the flip side things it shows what you telling us is not exactly the fact.

I like the toneality you have employed lately (Divine talk), stop the protest, rather take measures to reduce the problems and embarassament Mr. Adams can face.


Subject: Re: Mohamed Borbor Adams in a Police Cell in Sierra Leone
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 21:13:49 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
Entered From: adsl-074-185-005-235.sip.clt.bellsouth.net at 74.185.5.235

Message:
Sylvia,
This is not news. You let us know your next move last week in your post "ERICA ADAMS DOES NOT LOVE HER HUSBAND. SHE WANTS HIM TO GET INTO TROUBLE IN SIERRA LEONE SO HE CAN SPEND A LONG TIME HERE FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST HIM BY THE POLICE FOR MALICIOUS DAMAGE, THREATENING REMARKS AND INSULTING CONDUCT." By the way, you violated forum rules by posting in all caps. My husband and I were well aware before he left for Sierra Leone that he might be arrested for standing in the gap for Michael now that he is gone. As for your threat that my husband's body will be shipped to America, we don't doubt you on that front either. We know you are well acquainted with causing death for others. But just remember you don't have a heaven or a hell to put anyone in and the word of God tells us to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We have no fear so make your next move, but just remember on the day of judgement you will have to give an account of the things you have down on this earth. You will already have to give an account for Michael Kalokoh and if anything happens to my husand, you will have to give an account for that also.

I have no ill-will toward you, in fact I am praying for you. I have come to realize that anyone who can only feel tall by standing on the shoulders of others must be in a lot of pain. I am praying that God will remove the shackles from your mind that cause you to believe you are powerful when you abuse others. What you fail to realize is that we serve a God who is the ultimate authority and all you are doing is heaping blessings on to us with your lies and attempts to intimidate.

As for the words you claim came by way of Okere, I have to say you have stooped to a new low. You are actually trying to set fire between brothers, wow. That is low even for you. We don't have any Cains or Abels in this family so I won't even respond to that nonsense. There father was a well respected gentleman, please allow his soul to rest in peace.

Lastly, I just want to say to EBK and other elected officials in Sierra Leone that if you want your appeal to Diasporans or anyone else for that matter to be taken seriously, you can not allow your wayward citizens to terrorize people simply because they are insisting on basic human rights. If you can't go to court and settle civil matters in a civil manner, the country is really doomed.


Subject: Re: Mohamed Borbor Adams in a Police Cell in Sierra Leone
From: Concerned
To: All
Date Posted: 00:30:13 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
Is Erica Adams Sierra Leonean or American woman? I have been going with the impression that she is an American woman married to a Sierra Leonean.

Meanwhile, one cannot argue with the fact that there's enough corruption in Sierra Leone to get almost anyone locked up as in the case of Mr. Adams. At the same rate, it also appears that Mr. Adams belongs to a prominent family that might not allow one of their own to be arrested without cause. What then is going on here?


Subject: Re: Mohamed Borbor Adams in a Police Cell in Sierra Leone
From: Baboon Blyden
To: All
Date Posted: 21:28:37 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-149-60.patmedia.net at 24.225.149.60

Message:
What is going on is a shame to Sierra Leone. You want to tell me that there is no justice in that country ? You want to tell me that one person can manipulate the legal system with money and keep putting our citizens in jail like they are dogs that have no owner ? I am afraid for this lady.She is going too far. Is there nothing the authorities can do to stop her ?


Subject: Re: Mohamed Borbor Adams in a Police Cell in Sierra Leone
From: Joe-Kenei-Sakpa Rogers
To: All
Date Posted: 16:48:00 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: Jroger88@uncc.edu
Entered From: at 158.116.136.2

Message:
There are always two or more versions to conflicts.Considering causes and effects,one has to be careful being judgemental.Believers in retributive justice strike back with no remorse.It would do justice to readers if"PERSONAL ISSUES" are kept away from the forum.Legal issues are handled legally.All these pulling him/her down syndrome(Ph.D)adds mediocrity to the forum.Most of us look forward to reading good readings pertaining to structural,social, economic and accademic developments of the country(Sierra Leone) as a whole not personal vendettas.Thanks.


Subject: Kabs-Kanu
From: Gibril Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 15:06:52 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Hi Brother Kabs-Kanu,

I have just been informed that you are going to receive an award from NOSLINA for community leadership. On behalf of the Patriotic Vanguard team, please accept our heartfelt congratulations, my brother, and keep up the good work. There is always a reward for any beautiful work done on earth. Again, felicitations.

Gibril Koroma
Editor/Publisher
The Patriotic Vanguard


Subject: Re: Kabs-Kanu
From: Good Job
To: All
Date Posted: 20:01:51 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 71.163.189.98

Message:
Kabs, all the attacks coming from Awareness Time forum is a manifestation of how good,intelligent and sucessful you are in the world of journalism. Don't pay attention to umpire,he is a loser and have no respect for himself.Continue the good job.Congratulation.


Subject: Re: Kabs-Kanu
From: true-say-talk-me
To: All
Date Posted: 20:12:05 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 71.163.189.98

Message:
The award that will be given to Rev is long over due. I personally want to thank the Rev. for a job well done in helping to bring true demoncracy to Sierra Leone.


Subject: A MUST READ FOR TODAY
From: THIS JUST IN
To: All
Date Posted: 14:40:54 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
Was published in awareness times , who are guilty of plagiarism as they did not give credit to the author and the medium. if this does not work, google the headline and author and you will read the full story.


Subject: WHO CARES? NITPICKING AGAIN ...EEN?
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 16:49:54 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Frankly who really cares,AW is not taking credit for the story anyway. And I am sure the intension to just propagate a well written and poignant story without distortions. Boo leh we lef dis nitpicking obsession about


Subject: Re: WHO CARES? NITPICKING AGAIN ...EEN?
From: Not Really
To: All
Date Posted: 17:01:17 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
The story posted on AW gave credit to the author. the name of the author is David mathews. David Mathews wrote that article and AT said the article was written by him


Subject: Re: WHO CARES? NITPICKING AGAIN ...EEN?
From: Kabs Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 17:50:23 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-149-60.patmedia.net at 24.225.149.60

Message:
I will authorize the Moderator to start deleting your posts if you don't heed my appeal this afternoon.I have said let's move on to better things. You guys have to listen

As for you from other forums, I hope you will be honest to say this one thing--That is the most democratic forum. My people here have no access to your so-called forum and I can assure that even if they gain access, they will never be allowed to post anything contrary to the owner's opinions.

But anyway, we will continue to be democratic.


Subject: Re: WHO CARES? NITPICKING AGAIN ...EEN?
From: Truth
To: All
Date Posted: 18:56:54 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.149.54.166

Message:
I never agree with Kabs on any issue regarding Sierra Leone. He has
been away from the country so long that he essentially thinks like a
Liberian. I however wholeheartedly agree that this is the best Sierra
Leone forum on the Internet by far. It is only the paper that with the
exception of a few, has very poor writers.


Subject: Re: A MUST READ FOR TODAY
From: THIS JUST OUT
To: All
Date Posted: 14:45:27 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 70.237.0.17

Message:

Check your link, buddy. betteh nor day day. Please try again


Subject: Federal Judge: Enough With the Stupid Names
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 14:40:29 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Federal Judge: Enough With the Stupid Names

After Judge Cabrera's historic ruling, little Clitoria Jackson will likely undergo a name change.
(DETROIT) In a decision that's expected to send shockwaves through the African-American community—and yet, give much relief to teachers everywhere—a federal judge ruled today that black women no longer have independent naming rights for their children. Too many black children—and many adults—bear names that border on not even being words, he said.
"I am simply tired of these ridiculous names black women are giving their children," said U.S. Federal Judge Ryan Cabrera before rendering his decision. "Someone had to put a stop to it."
The rule applies to all black women, but Cabrera singled out impoverished mothers.
"They are the worst perpetrators," he said. "They put in apostrophes where none are needed. They think a 'Q' is a must. There was a time when Shaniqua and Tawanda were names you dreaded. Now, if you're a black girl, you hope you get a name as sensible as one of those."
Few stepped forward to defend black women—and black women themselves seemed relieved.
"It's so hard to keep coming up with something unique," said Uneeqqi Jenkins, 22, an African-American mother of seven who survives on public assistance. Her children are named Daryl, Q'Antity, Uhlleejsha, Cray-Ig, Fellisittee, Tay'Sh'awn and Day'Shawndra.
Beginning in one week, at least three white people must agree with the name before a black mother can name her child.
"Hopefully we can see a lot more black children with sensible names like Jake and Connor," Cabrera said.
His ruling stemmed from a lawsuit brought by a 13-year-old girl whose mother created her name using Incan hieroglyphics.
"She said it would make me stand out," said the girl, whose name can't be reproduced by The Peoples News' technology. "But it's really just stupid."
The National Association of Elementary School Teachers celebrated Cabrera's decision.
"Oh my God, the first day of school you'd be standing there sweating, looking at the list of names wondering 'How do I pronounce Q'J'Q'Sha.'?" said Joyce Harmon, NAEST spokeswoman. "Is this even English?"
The practice of giving black children outlandish names began in the 1960s, when blacks were getting in touch with their African roots, said historian Corlione Vest. But even he admits it got out of hand.
"I have a niece who's six. I'm embarrassed to say I can't even pronounce her name," said Vest, a professor at Princeton University. "Whenever I want to talk to her, I just wait until she looks at me and then I wave her over."
Cabrera's ruling exempted black men because so few of them are actually involved in their children's lives.


ONLY WHEN LIONS TELL THEIR STORIES, WILL HUNTERS CEASE TO BE HEROES.


Subject: Re: Federal Judge: Enough With the Stupid Names
From: Onliner
To: All
Date Posted: 16:16:16 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ppp-70-244-76-207.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 70.244.76.207

Message:
I happened to represent a client once whose name was Latrina. I mean I had to bite my teeth to supress the laughter.


Subject: Babies dying of malnutrtion in Freetown
From: kaput sense
To: All
Date Posted: 12:56:30 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
Please mr.President your attention is needed here


Subject: WHY ARE S-LEONEANS EXPECTING SOOO MUCH FROM OUR PRESIDENT
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 16:32:22 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:

Sierra Leoneans’ expectations of our incumbent president are unrealistic and unreasonable. This piece elucidates this position and proffers a way forward.

His Excellency the President’s sociability and extensive business acumen is well touted by party mouth pieces and even himself. The erroneous belief that this translate to ability to run a government is also well propagated by same sources.

The undisputable fact though is that our leader’s so called ‘extensive business’ experience is only in retail insurance in Sierra Leone, and any honest average Sierra Leonean understands that this is one of the easiest and most legal scam in the country. The scam is easy and straight forward – law abiding vehicle owners pay their mandatory insurance fees but never receive any compensation when their automobiles are involved in accidents or malicious break-ins. It’s a bit like contributing your share in an ‘Osusu’ but never end up collecting. Frankly even a 14 year old kid with a strong financial sponsor like Jamiil Sahid of old can successfully collect insurance cheques from clients. The begging question then is – where is this extensive business experience?

To compound matters, our ‘business savvy’ prezo has surrounded himself with known hustlers and professional drivers to boot. Who can forget Hon Alfa Kanu’s exploits with pilgrims, yes pilgrims to the Holy Land Mecca. He allegedly collected monies from would be Hajas and Alhadji’s and disappeared in thin air, leaving them in stranded in Abiuja Nigeria. Sadly one even died there (May her soul rest in peace). And given that “monkey nor ba lef een black hand”, as Philip Neville recently found out and published, our man Alfa Kan is at it AGAIN! This time it is only a small matter of illegally hustling for Drug contracts - for a reported whopping $2M spoils. Tell me honestly patriotic reader (or are you?), should our expectations of HE’s performance so far be anything to write home about? What obvious advice Mr Kanu will give our novice president is anyone’s guess.

As if this was not enough, the professional driver’s association running the VPs office will definitely not lend the helping hand the president so badly needs. VP Sumana was not even a first-rate long distance driver; he reportedly took so many wrong turns during his tenure that he had to be fired. Now after only 6 months in office, this second-rate trucker has bought a million dollar home in New Jersey. Daddy Kabs-Kanu swear to God if you nor know bot dis… Ar go tok ooh! We claim to be patriots but look the other way when our own men ‘misbehave’. This is definitely selective patriotism and disloyalty to mama Salone. Further contaminating the support role, the V. President’s assistant Logus who should show him the bureaucratic ropes is also… well we all know… his civil service days are well documented. To add insult to injury, he was also a middling Bus Driver in the USA for a while. That is his American experience our poor country will benefit from.

I am sure a few dishonest people are going to claim PHD! PHD! – the usual pull him down excuse for turning the blind eye to decadence. Frankly I am more than happy to pull anyone down who’s bent on derailing Salone’s progress. This is the only country we have – if it is destroyed, some of us do not have houses in NJ to run to.

WATCH OUT FOR PART 2 – THE SOLUTION AND WAY FORWARD


Subject: Re: WHY ARE S-LEONEANS EXPECTING SOOO MUCH FROM OUR PRESIDENT
From: Tuesday
To: All
Date Posted: 03:20:56 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 85.136.130.136.dyn.user.ono.com at 85.136.130.136

Message:
Mr.man just go and take a birth,you dirty stinking low thinker.Where were you when you left the country in foreign hands to rule us,fools


Subject: My firend do not insult me
From: Tejan Kabba
To: All
Date Posted: 04:10:19 04/22/08 ()
Email Address: tejan.kabba@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Why do react like this sir? Is that all you have ... insults. Please address the burning issues raised in the piece. Do not be afraid and let us keep it civil.

Kabs allows contrary views on this forum, particularly if they well reasoned and factual. As patriots thats what all forumites should do Mr Tuesday.


Subject: Re: Babies dying of malnutrtion in Freetown
From: Nor kaput word
To: All
Date Posted: 13:01:08 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
try dis bah, dis correct


Subject: PlayStation Makes for Good Business in Sierra Leone
From: Playstation But No Rice
To: All
Date Posted: 11:50:12 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
PlayStation Makes for Good Business in Sierra Leone
Olusegun Abolaji Ogundeji , IDG News Service

Monday, April 21, 2008 9:40 AM PDT

For Emmanuel Bangura, owner of a video game center on Kissy Road in the eastern part of Freetown, the PlayStation is a good business because it generates up to 120,000 leones (US$40) or more for him in a day.

"I have even bought a car out of this business," he said.

In Sierra Leone, where workers have an average annual income of about $240, making $40 in a day is lucrative. Bangura started the center last year.

Across Freetown, the nation's capital city of about a million people, it is estimated that there are over 800 PlayStation centers, usually filled with young people who want to play the latest virtual football game or adventure titles like "The Matrix."

Though more than half of Sierra Leone's population is under the age of 30, another owner of a video game center, Abdulai Bah, said the games are not only played by school children but office workers, who visit mostly during weekends.

He said some gamers play for three hours while others pay up to 20,000 ($6.70) to play for the whole day. It costs 1,000 leones ($0.33) to play a round of the game. A video game console can run on 10 liters of fuel in a generator for a day if there is a cut in power supply from the national grid. Bah added that some players even take bets on their gaming prowess.

Ibrahim Kargbo, a student from the Albert Academy School, said his love for the game is extreme and he cannot study well if he skips even a day.

Game players love the animation so much that they consider playing video games to be on par with watching their favorite English Premier League, Seria A and La Liga players.

The PlayStation console is the featured console in the centers. Other game consoles are available, but the PS2 is the most popular in the commercial gaming centers, which focus on easy-to-understand, two player games. Screens project the action for players, who range from eight to 30 years of age.

The handheld version of PlayStation, the PlayStation Portable (PSP), which operates with Universal Media Discs (UMDs), is also creeping into the market. Lamin Bangura, a young player, said the PSP is not as common as the console version and most people who own PSPs in Freetown have received them as gifts from loved ones abroad. A used UMD with a movie on it goes for 30,000 leones on the streets, and is yet to be stocked by games accessory dealers.


Subject: Re: PlayStation Makes for Good Business in Sierra Leone
From: Becewasce failures
To: All
Date Posted: 12:48:37 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
No wonder a lot of them failed their school exams stealing money from their parents and others.


Subject: When salone needs you.. who heeded the call?
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 11:20:44 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Click on LINK below to See thread i am using to track pleadges and purchases..

Our original donation 2 days ago..

$50


------------FRED----------
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Total...
$50 - www.callstoafrica.com (Donated)
$3.80 -(fred's - $20 first time purchase)
$3.80 - (Kamara's - $20 first time purchase)
£25 purchase pledged - (good as gold..or ah go harrass am teyyy)



Subject: PASSIONATE APPEAL : Let's return to normal
From: Rev. Wilfred Leeroy Kabs Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 10:43:33 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-149-60.patmedia.net at 24.225.149.60

Message:
Dear forumites,

As Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of COCORIOKO, I am making this passionate plea to all of you for us to return to normal. You have all said your piece. I wish to thank all of you who wrote to support me.I feel humbled that I have some people behind me who will support me in dire circumstances. There is no time to know your true friends than moments like these .I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

As you know , we have established an indelible and enviable reputation as one of the best news outlets in the place.If it were not so, we would not have been receiving these famous awards. Mind you, this is the second important award we have received. Remember we received the SLPP NEW YORK CHAPTER AWARD for outstanding journalism and community leadership in 2006 . This year, we have received the NOSLINA Community Leadership Award .The awards came from two different important organizations that are completely unrelated .

Since the world has started recognizing our importance, we have to maintain very high standards. In the past, I would have relished the opportunity to have another go at MY HATER AND DETRACTOR,Sylvia Blyden, who created the chaos of the past days, with her hundred and one monikers and that senseless babbler, Jallohlaw, who talks much but says nothing sensible.He is mad with me because the Moderator removed him from this forum for his meaningless babbling which turned all of off and you appealed for his removal. These are the two people who have been writing all the scum you have been responding to these past days. Sylvia registered so many monikers for moments like this and these are the monikers she is using now. You will think that there are many people condemning me. This is not so. It is one person with many monikers , assisted by the psychopath we chased out of this forum.

I did not respond and decided to be quiet all weekend because first of all, I was not well , as those close to me will confirm (My blood sugar went 'gaga' )and secondly, I have made up my mind not to involve myself in unnecessary cat fights anymore.I have reached that stage in my life when I have to set good examples for others to follow.I have also reached that point in my life when the Sylvia Blydens can no longer change the respect and admiration the public has for me. You reach that stage in your life when nothing can touch or affect you any more and when attacks on you just help to make you famous.The Moderator will publish the archives and you will see from the IP numbers that I did not participate in all the chaos last weekend. I also stayed away to prove to you that I have changed from the Kabs Kanu of the Leonenet and NUP days when I did not back down from any fight. My enemies have just made me more important and famous as many of you have been saying.I have been given the publicity and attention I probably did not deserve. You have had your say. Now is the time to return to normal.

I want to extend my thanks and appreciation once againto NOSLINA for honoring me with this award. They will never know what this award means to me and COCORIOKO. I know that an organization with all the remarkable and admirable PH.Ds and University positions cannot be wrong (As somebody else said ). You have done so much to upbuild worthy citizens of Sierra Leone .May God bless you for what you are doing for Sierra Leone.

I want to also warn you that WE ARE IN THE LAST DAYS OF TIME. Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ warned us that in the last days, perilous times shall come. READ 2 Timothy 3:1-5, Daniel 12:4, Matthew 24 :3-42 etc.

2 Timothy 3: 1-5 warns : "Know this, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of themselves , lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection,not open to any agreement, SLANDERERS, without self-control, fierce, haters of those who are good, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God ,having a form of godly devotion but proving false to its power ".I have not used the King James Version so you all can understand . I have used a simplified version. All these problems like envy, jealousy, hatred, slander ,bad mouthing of good people , pride, etc are symptoms of the age. They show that the coming of Jesus Christ is near. We should therefore not be surprised that they are happening. Christians and men of God will take the worst hits in these End-Times.If people don't attack us, it means we are doing nothing to help change the world for the better.

Please let's drop the matter and move on . History,credibility, victory and the momentum are on our side . Let us sustain them by returning to normal and proving to the people in the other forum that we are more mature and focussed . Please let's return to our interesting debates .

MAY GOD BLESS US ALL. THAT WHICH WILL NOT KILL US WILL MAKE US STRONGER.

IN THE CAUSE OF THE PEOPLE, THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES ! !

Rev. Wilfred Leeroy Kabs-Kanu
Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of COCORIOKO


Subject: Re: PASSIONATE APPEAL : Let's return to normal
From: Boys' School Magburaka
To: All
Date Posted: 07:05:56 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 65.91.143.4

Message:
Forward ever, Backward never. No returning, no surrender!

The advice by the reverend gentleman should be heeded. Mudslinging and use of abusive language against one another is now taboo and Kabs must enforce, no matter the direction it comes from. I mean whether it's SLPP, APC, PMDC, private or public. Bad mouthing others is not only sinful as preached by the only Rev gentleman on this platform but it depicts a degerate mental state of the perpetrators. So it must cease now!


Subject: Appeal to all :Please , good People, let's return to normal
From: Rev. Wilfred Leeroy Kabs Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 10:25:39 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-149-60.patmedia.net at 24.225.149.60

Message:
Dear forumites,

As Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of COCORIOKO, I am making this passionate plea to all of you for us to return to normal. You have all said your piece. I wish to thank all of you who wrote to support me.I feel humbled that I have some people behind me who will support me in dire circumstances. There is no time to know your true friends than moments like these .I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

As you know , we have established an indelible and enviable reputation as one of the best news outlets in the place.If it were not so, we would not have been receiving these famous awards. Mind you, this is the second important award we have received. Remember we received the SLPP NEW YORK CHAPTER AWARD for outstanding journalism and community leadership in 2006 . This year, we have received the NOSLINA Community Leadership Award .The awards came from two different important organizations that are completely unrelated .

Since the world has started recognizing our importance, we have to maintain very high standards. In the past, I would have relished the opportunity to have another go at Sylvia Blyden, who created the chaos of the past days, with her hundred and one monikers and that senseless babbler, Jallohlaw, who talks much but says nothing sensible.He is mad with me because the Moderator removed him from this forum for his meaningless babbling which turned all of off and you appealed for his removal. These are the two people who have been writing all the scum you have been responding to these past days. Sylvia registered so many monikers for moments like this and these are the monikers she is using now. You will think that there are many people condemning me. This is not so. It is one person with many monikers , assisted by the psychopath we chased out of this forum.

I did not respond and decided to be quiet all weekend because first of all, I was not well (My blood sugar went 'gaga' )and secondly, I have made up my mind not to involve myself in unnecessary catfights anymore.I have reached that stage in my life when I have to set good examples for others to follow.I have also reached that point in my life when the Sylvia Blydens cannot no longer change the respect and admiration the public has for me. You reach that stage in your life when nothing can touch or affect you any more and when attacks on you just help to make you famous.The Moderator will publish the archives and you will see from the IP numbers that I did not participate in all the chaos last weekend. My enemies have just made me more important and famous as many of you have been saying. You have had your say. Now is the time to return to normal.

I want to also warn you that WE ARE IN THE LAST DAYS OF TIME. Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ warned us that in the last days, perilous times shall come. READ 2 Timothy 3:1, Daniel 12:4, Matthew 24 :3-42 etc.

2 Timothy 3: 1-5 warns : "Know this, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of themselves , lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection,not open to any agreement, SLANDERERS, without self-control, fierce, haters of those who are good, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God ,having a form of godly devotion but proving false to its power ".I have not used the King James Version so you all can understand . I have used a simplified version. All these problems like envy, jealousy, hatred, slander ,bad mouthing of good people , pride, etc are symptoms of the age. They show that the coming of Jesus Christ is near. We should therefore not be surprised that they are happening. Christians and men of God will take the worst hits in these End-Times.

Please let's drop the matter and move on . History,credibility, victory and the momentum are on our side .Let us sustain them by returning to normal and prove to the people in the other forum that we are more mature . Please let's return to our debates .

MAY GOD BLESS US ALL.THAT WHICH WILL NOT KILL US WILL MAKE US STRONGER.

IN THE AUSE OF THE PEOPLE, THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES ! !

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


Subject: Those Dunderheads: What Does Sierra Leone Mean To You?
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 10:02:03 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
The month of April should always be a time for Sierra Leoneans to reminisce about the state of the nation. Once the obsession with Sylvia Blyden subsides, normal Sierra Leoneans will come to realize that the challenges we face as a nation are bigger than the frolicsome thrills produced by Sylvia Blyden's name. Forty-seven years after the British put up the shutters and handed Sierra Leone over to its sons, the country's sunny moments can be counted on the fingers of one hand. For those of us born in the late 1960s, there are hardly any halcyon days to remember in our national history. From 1970 when I was a toddler to now, Sierra Leone has experimented with everything except sobriety. Like genes transmitted from parents to offspring, immaturity has become a Sierra Leonean trait, passable from one man to another. As Cocorioko soaks in a Sylvia Blyden hysteria, national shame continues to stare us in the face through a country that is dirty, poor, and backward as if peopled by subhuman species.

As April 27 dawns, Sierra Leoneans should be thinking about making democracy a reality instead of a mere metaphor. To all intents and purposes, the government in Freetown veers between change and continuity. While President Koroma may be well-intentioned, his failure to be a new man with new political tastes, has robbed him of success before he can even move into action. The "New" APC has simply chosen to do things like the OLD APC. As a consequence, all the good intentions in the world will be no match for the countervailing effects of tribal cronyism.

As April 27 comes along, we should be concerned, not playful, over the fact that the opposition, like the government itself, has no wind in its sails. My opinion is that those of us in the opposition need to gather our wits in order to engage the APC before Ernest Koroma loses control to chaos. APC patriots--if they exist outside my theoretical fantasies--can do their own bid by speaking against the tribal temptations that are sure to make Ernest Koroma a failure. When Sierra Leoneans spend a prodigious amount of time talking about Sylvia Blyden instead of doing something about the decrepit state of their country, my heart can only wish that nation a touch of common sense in all its useful forms. If Sierra Leone is the "land that we love," April 27 2008 should be a day for APC supporters to ruminate about telling truth to power. Our duty in the opposition is to rouse the SLPP from near-death into action. Sierra Leone needs a confrontational opposition before the resurgence of Ekutay kills democracy, yet again.


Subject: Re: Those Dunderheads: What Does Sierra Leone Mean To You?
From: Kargbo Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 12:05:12 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ems0202onestp14.gsu.edu at 131.96.74.69

Message:
Bra Enviable's posting should be taken in the APC as the guide towards sanity


Subject: Re: Those Dunderheads: What Does Sierra Leone Mean To You?
From: Bo You Sef
To: All
Date Posted: 17:10:59 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Kargbo, APc is made of fighters instead of thinkers. Call them to fight instead of thinking


Subject: If ex-President Kabbah's Call for Food Security Was Heeded..
From: John Kargbo
To: All
Date Posted: 09:47:35 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 65.91.143.4

Message:
During ex-President Kabbah's second-term swearing-in ceremony in 2002, following his resounding victory at the polls, he called on all Sierra Leoneans to work with his government to make the country food-secure. He pronounced that agriculture should be embraced by all so that salone's dependency on imported food, especially rice, could be minimised.

Apart from Brazil Salone was the only other country whose government had officially pronounced food security as a human right. The idea was applauded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as laudable and provided technical assistance. Kabbah travelled throughout the country encouraging Sierra Leoneans to turn to agriculture and grow more rice and other food items like cassava, potatoes, corn, etc as part of the diversification of what Sierra Leoneans ate.

Some heeded his call and developed acres and acres of rice farms. One such person was Sahid Koroma who had one of the largest rice farms at Malal-mara which Kabbah himself visited to give Sahid the necessary boost. Today, Sahid Koroma has not only established an ultra-modern rice milling plant in Makeni but has diversified into producing cooking oil, being the proprietor of the Palm Kernel oil mill at Wellington, formerly owned by SLPMB. Sahid is now a multi-millionnaire in dollars and is employing many Sierra Leoneans.

Members of the Kabbah cabinet and government were encouraged to invest in agriculture, fishing and other agri-businesses and so also were many ordinary citizens. Kabbah himseld developed a large rice farm at Koya.

That "No Sierra Leonean should go to bed hungry by 2007" was his vision. But no vision, no dream could become a reality unless it is supported by a critical mass and until it is backed by action and responsibility. If Kabbah's clarion call had received a total or near total response and collaboration, Sierra Leoneans would have been feasting on huge harvests by now. However, the response was not adequately heeded and even though the food crisis has not hit Salone as it has affected our heighbours and other countries, we must not forget that unless Salone learns to grow a reasonable proportion of the food requirements of its inhabitants, we will not escape the hardships visited on other countries where food shortages and related high prices have already begun to lead to disturbances.

My suggestion is that the incumbent government take a good look at Kabbah's food security policy and implement what it can of the idea and adapt the thinking where feasible.


Subject: Re: If ex-President Kabbah's Call for Food Security Was Heeded..
From: Food Security
To: All
Date Posted: 14:41:56 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: nat1-whar.wcjc.cc.tx.us at 207.80.112.1

Message:
I think President Ernest Bai Koroma's government should replicate these. This can only be good for Sierra Leoneans and Sierra Leone.

The SLPP did some very good things which our party should build upon. This perpetual negative criticism is not doing us any favours.


Subject: Tussle over party symbols ..APC offices close
From: Exclusive
To: All
Date Posted: 09:41:02 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Tussle Over Party Symbols…APC Offices Close
Written by The Exclusive News Paper
Friday, 18 April 2008


Reports from the Eastern Regional headquarter town of Kenema indicate that the offices of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party remained closed for the whole of Monday, 14, April 2008, as a result of a strike action mounted by supporters of the party.According to reports, party members protested against elders of the party against what they described as an "unsatisfactory" manner in which the Mayoral symbol was awarded in the Kenema City Council. The awarded candidate, supporters complained, "is not a popular candidate."

Speaking to The Exclusive one of the candidates for the Local Council election in Kenema, Mr. Alhaji Sheriff, emphasized that the APC office will remain closed until the party symbols are awarded to the candidate of their choice.Mr. Sheriff said they have decided to boycott the nomination of candidates for the Local Council election conducted by the National Electoral Commission until the issue is adequately addressed by the APC top guns. He reiterated that they are not ready to compromise the issue until their concerns are adequately met. He called on the leaders of the APC to intervene quickly to avert what he referred to as a looming disaster for the party in the upcoming Local Council elections.

The Eastern Regional Chairman of the APC, Mr. Prince Kamara, however assured this medium that they will be meeting today to resolve the matter. "We will not allow the situation to get out of hands," he told The Exclusive.

Investigations conducted in Kenema revealed that there is still lingering discontentment among party supporters over the way and manner the symbols were awarded to people they perceive as "strangers" of the party. They attributed it to corruption and lack of transparency and accountability now engulfing the awarding of party symbols to candidates. "Kenema is not the only district affected with the symbol award brouhaha," said a staunch APC supporter.


Subject: Guinea takes more land from Sierra Leone
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s Sierra Leone Fights to Reclaim Yenga…Guineans Claim More Villages


Written by Amadu Barrie in Kenema
Friday, 18 April 2008


Reports reaching The Exclusive reveal that the Guinean soldiers who are currently occupying the diamondiferous village of Yenga in the Kissy Teng Chiefdom, Kailahun District, Eastern Province have claimed three more villages, namely, Lelema, Sokoma, and Kpondu, in the same region.The reports further intimate that the Guineans have claimed swamp lands in these villages and have begun cultivating these lands, much to the consternation of the indigenes. In an interview with The Exclusive, the Regent Chief of Kissy Teng, Fallah Jusu who also doubles as Section Chief of Kpondu village said all those villages claimed by the Guineans belong to Sierra Leone. According to him, the presence of Guineans in these villages, if not curtailed would have far reaching consequences on the people of that region in particular and the country in general. "I was recently molested by the Guineans and, some of the inhabitants who feel apprehensive of the unprecedented presence of these foreigners have moved to other villages while others have proceeded to neighbouring Liberia to find solace", he told The Exclusive.

He, however, stated that indigenes of the three villages have planned to mount a protest against the occupation of Guineans in the villages, particularly when they vehemently claiming their farm lands.Meanwhile, the living condition of the people in that part of the country is reported to be very deplorable as some have to hide their food stuff while others smuggle theirs to neighbouring countries.

It could be recalled that the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma recently assured the people in the Eastern Province that the Yenga issue would be diplomatically solved as the matter, according to him, is current handled by the Manor River Union (MRU).Now that three more villages have been added to Yenga, the people call on the President to double his steps on the matter before things get out of hand.


Subject: Minister warns against marginalizing youth
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Minister warns against marginalizing youth

By Sahr Morris Jr.

Deputy minister of education youths and sports, Dr. Algasimu Jah has told journalists in Freetown that youths should no longer be marginalised by government and politicians as they also have a role to play in the development of the nation.

Dr. Algasimu Jah said they were encouraging youth groups to involve in national development programmes.

He revealed that the National Youth Commission (NYC) is apolitical and encouraged youths to supports the commission and help them find solutions to solve the problems of youths.

“We will also seriously take the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to move from negative peace to positive peace,” he said adding that 55% of youths in the country are unemployed and so should be involved in activities on the Commission.

Deputy Minister II of education youths and sports Lansana Nyallay said the Commission was set up to give youths the opportunity to participate in decision making process.

He said the past ministry did a lot of good activities for the youths but failed to solve the problems youths were facing.

A youth, Abu Bakar Conteh told Concord Times they were hopeful that the formation of the Commission will help solve the problems youths continue to face.



Subject: Political parties insensitive to the plight of women
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Coordinator of the women's empowerment organization 50/50 Group Sierra Leone has alleged that political parties were not doing enough to address the problems affecting women.

Speaking to journalists at their Congo Cross office in Freetown , Iyesha Kamara Josiah said there were many cases of intimidation of women in the process of awarding symbols. She claimed that political parties were aware of it but could not do anything to address the issue.

“We want a friendly environment for women's participation at all levels,” she stressed adding that 50/50 Group would see to it that more women stand as independent candidates because their parties have neglected them.

She noted that the parties were not doing enough to ensure women's empowerment in their political, economic and social endeavours.

Josiah observed that her organization needed a collaborative support by every Sierra Leonean woman to move forward and called on women, especially those that have been intimidated, to report to 50/50 Group officially because they do not take action without proofs.

President of the group Harriett Turay called on the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to create an enabling environment for more women to contest the forthcoming local council elections.

She said the present situation approaching the council elections has socially entrenched structures that marginalize and exclude women.


Subject: Paramount Chief supports Bondo Society
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aramount chief supports FGM

By Mohamed Massaquoi in Kenema

Paramount Chief of Nongowa chiefdom, Kenema district has declared his support for the controversial female genital mutilation (FGM) locally referred to as ‘Bondo' society practiced by women in Sierra Leone .

PC Amara Bonya Vagahun who was reacting to an April 17 publication of Premier News newspaper which quoted him as saying “Bondo is against the law', said he has never made such pronouncement and that the author of the article did not confirm his report before publishing the story.

According to the publication the chief was speaking on the problems of quack doctors in their communities during a stakeholders' meeting on blood transfusion and obstetric practices outside the hospital complex at his court's barry on April 1 this year.

According to the story, the chief had stated that the traditional ‘Bondo' practice among women was against the law and called on traditional elders in the communities to address the situation.

“I was not elected by the British but rather by traditional people whom I am answerable to. If anybody denounces ‘Bondo' that is his or her rights but it should not be a paramount chief because we are closely connected with the society,” he said.

He affirmed that his family has a ‘Bondo' house where all his daughters and female relatives are initiated.

“I cannot marry a woman who did not go through the process. It will be unfortunate if I failed to protect my people from detractors like Premier News,” he stated angrily.

Vagahun referred to the publication as malicious, baseless, inciting and has the potential of obstructing peace and stability in his chiefdom.

He said ‘Bondo' society is part of their cultural practices and as a traditional chief his responsibility was to uphold the culture and tradition of his subjects.

The chief said “such defamatory stories may not yield any good fruit for the people of Sierra Leone .

“We have elected ‘Bondo' leaders in this chiefdom. I am calling on them, including other PCs to take a very strong action against the reporter. Again I will ask the editor to give the identity of the reporter so that we would take chiefdom decision against him,” he concluded.

However, Editor of Premier News James Williams said that aspect of the story which quoted the paramount chief was merely adopted because it supposedly came from a traditional head.

“The story was sent in by our correspondent in Kenema and it was not an interview. The chief could have called to let me know that there was misunderstanding somewhere. We want to encourage him to call us and make his observations. He has the right to reply,” said Williams.


Subject: Ban FGM and Bondo Societies Now !!
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Date Posted: 10:49:25 04/21/08 ()
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According to cultural ethical relativism, ethical values vary between cultures and moral judgments within and about those societies must be based on these particular values.

The theory of cultural relativism is an important one. But does this mean the whole world must adopt cultural ethical relativism? A subject around which much debate has been centered is that of female genital mutilation, a practice imposed on women and and children in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and several Arab countries.

Oganizations such as the World Health Organization and Amnesty International have elected policies to try to stop this barbaric practice.

If as claimed by some, FGM is a cultural practice, and as such, cultural relativists should hold, is not morally wrong when performed within those particular cultures? Are the people working to stop FGM wrong? In my view, they are not.

Non-clitorized women as well as men experienced in the pleasures of having sexual rapport with non mutilated women have a moral obligation to work towards eliminating FGM.

This practice is a violation of human rights. It destroys a significant part of the woman's body, and because it is done to women and young girls who do not have a voice, it should be considered an act of cruelty.

FGM involves partial or total removal of the clitoris. Instruments used may range from a scalpel to a piece of broken glass, and even the lid from tin cans. Usually, the victims does not receive any anesthetic, and are often tied or held down while this barbarous exercise is performed. The victims call for help is usually drowned by loud drumbeats loud crazy shrieks of intoxicated women.

People must be out of their freaking minds to argue that removing part of the vagina with the lid of a tin can is not a cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. In the civilized world, the genitals are considered to be the most private part of our bodies. We teach our children never to let anyone touch their ‘privates’, and not to show them to others unless it is a consenting situation. Considering the function of the genitals, for excretion and sexual pleasure, there is justifiable reason for us to do so.

FGM is an extremely painful procedure the physical complications of which include infections, urinary tract obstruction, incontinence, death from infections, shock or hemorrhage, and other injuries that arise as victims struggle in the hands of their perpetrators, who like in the case of Sierra Leone are usually heavily intoxicated.

There is an obvious result from the removal of the clitoris – which is done in nearly all cases of FGM – and that is a failure to experience sexual pleasure.

Girls are taken from their homes and forced to have this most private part of their bodies removed in a most painful fashion. Sometimes they know what is about to happen to them, other times they don’t.

Reasons given for the practice of FGM vary from culture to culture. However, the common theme for a number of cultures practicing it appears to be the control of the woman’s sexuality by men. Due to the backward nature as well as the cultural taboos of such cultures, female sensual parts like the breast or clitoris has no sensual or sexual significance to 99% of these men. It’s like being blind and receiving a 100-inch flat screen HD TV set for Christmas. Use it as a radio may be?

Actually, highly sensual men who have had rapports with clitorised and unclitorised women (conked and unkonked) women would prefer the latter because response from the latter is twice revitalizing when compared to that of the former. With fully equipped women there’s more to sex than the mere act of penetration, which can be compared to inhaling without exhaling.

Men in these cultures believe that by removing the most vital organ of a woman’s sexual pleasure, her incentive to be unfaithful will be taken away.

In the most extensive form of FGM, infibulations, the vagina is actually sewn closed after cutting and must be reopened by the man to which the woman is married, or a member of his family, before intercourse can occur, thereby assuring that the woman is a virgin upon marriage.

It is not the woman, or girl, who freely decides to undergo FGM after being given the option not to, but rather the interests of her future husband – that of ensuring a virgin bride – which dictate that she must undergo this procedure.

As we’ve seen many time at this forum, lately in an article entitled "Hurray for Bondo Women in Kailahun" written by one Fuambai Ahmadu, societal sanctions against women who are not circumcised are strong in these societies. Due due the appalling ignorance plaguing such societies, they are even called names like "Gborka", which in these isolated societies is an insult.

Lacking both social and economic power, these women rely on marriage for their economic security. Consequently, as men will not marry an uncircumcised woman, they are trapped into undergoing FGM, thereby begging the question, what sort of empowerment the author in "Hurray for Bondo Women in Kailahun" was referring to?


Subject: Ban Bondo Societies Now !!!
From: Advocate
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Date Posted: 10:40:51 04/21/08 ()
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According to cultural ethical relativism, ethical values vary between cultures and moral judgments within and about those societies must be based on these particular values.

The theory of cultural relativism is an important one. But does this mean the whole world must adopt cultural ethical relativism? A subject around which much debate has been centered is that of female genital mutilation, a practice imposed on women and and children in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and several Arab countries.

Oganizations such as the World Health Organization and Amnesty International have elected policies to try to stop this barbaric practice.

If as claimed by some, FGM is a cultural practice, and as such, cultural relativists should hold, is not morally wrong when performed within those particular cultures? Are the people working to stop FGM wrong? In my view, they are not.

Non-clitorized women as well as men experienced in the pleasures of having sexual rapport with non mutilated women have a moral obligation to work towards eliminating FGM.

This practice is a violation of human rights. It destroys a significant part of the woman's body, and because it is done to women and young girls who do not have a voice, it should be considered an act of cruelty.

FGM involves partial or total removal of the clitoris. Instruments used may range from a scalpel to a piece of broken glass, and even the lid from tin cans. Usually, the victims does not receive any anesthetic, and are often tied or held down while this barbarous exercise is performed. The victims call for help is usually drowned by loud drumbeats loud crazy shrieks of intoxicated women.

People must be out of their freaking minds to argue that removing part of the vagina with the lid of a tin can is not a cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. In the civilized world, the genitals are considered to be the most private part of our bodies. We teach our children never to let anyone touch their ‘privates’, and not to show them to others unless it is a consenting situation. Considering the function of the genitals, for excretion and sexual pleasure, there is justifiable reason for us to do so.

FGM is an extremely painful procedure the physical complications of which include infections, urinary tract obstruction, incontinence, death from infections, shock or hemorrhage, and other injuries that arise as victims struggle in the hands of their perpetrators, who like in the case of Sierra Leone are usually heavily intoxicated.

There is an obvious result from the removal of the clitoris – which is done in nearly all cases of FGM – and that is a failure to experience sexual pleasure.

Girls are taken from their homes and forced to have this most private part of their bodies removed in a most painful fashion. Sometimes they know what is about to happen to them, other times they don’t.

Reasons given for the practice of FGM vary from culture to culture. However, the common theme for a number of cultures practicing it appears to be the control of the woman’s sexuality by men. Due to the backward nature as well as the cultural taboos of such cultures, female sensual parts like the breast or clitoris has no sensual or sexual significance to 99% of these men. It’s like being blind and receiving a 100-inch flat screen HD TV set for Christmas. Use it as a radio may be?

Actually, highly sensual men who have had rapports with clitorised and unclitorised women (conked and unkonked) women would prefer the latter because response from the latter is twice revitalizing when compared to that of the former. With fully equipped women there’s more to sex than the mere act of penetration, which can be compared to inhaling without exhaling.

Men in these cultures believe that by taking away a woman’s sexual pleasure, her incentive to be unfaithful will be taken away. In the most extensive form of FGM, infibulations, the vagina is actually sewn closed after cutting and must be reopened by the man to which the woman is married, or a member of his family, before intercourse can occur, thereby assuring that the woman is a virgin upon marriage.

It is not the woman, or girl, who freely decides to undergo FGM after being given the option not to, but rather the interests of her future husband – that of ensuring a virgin bride – which dictates that she must undergo this procedure.

As we’ve seen many time at this forum, lately in an article entitled "Hurray for Bondo Women in Kailahun" written by one Fuambai Ahmadu, societal sanctions against women who are not circumcised are strong in these societies. Due due the appalling ignorance plaguing such societies, they are even called names like "Gborka", which in these isolated societies is an insult.

Lacking both social and economic power, these women rely on marriage to offer economic security.
As men will not marry an uncircumcised woman, they are trapped into undergoing FGM, thereby begging the question what sort of empowerment the author in Hurray for Bondo Women in Kailahun was referring to?


Subject: How Taylor backed West Side Boys
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How Taylor backed West Side Boys

By Alphonsus Zeon and Adolphus Williams at The Hague

Prosecution witness Friday told UN backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague that Charles Taylor helped West Side Boys decapitate civilians and mount the heads as signposts at checkpoints on Okra Hill, outside Freetown .

Alimamy Sesay, whose chilling accounts linked the former Liberian President to atrocities committed in the country, said the former renegade soldiers also sealed off houses and set them on fire with civilians crying inside them until they died. He said anyone who attempted to come out of the house was shot dead.

Testifying further, Sesay said Taylor supplied the deposed Armed Forces Revolutionary Council, who temporarily seized power in 1997, with arms and ammunition.

Sitting upright in the courtroom and swinging his chair, while Taylor looked on quietly, Sesay said the former Liberian President remained their prime supporter, supplying them with arms to hold on to grounds while they reined terror on the people.

“Mr Taylor said Kono was the diamond rich town, so by capturing diamonds, we would be able to get diamonds and go to Liberia to purchase arms and ammunition which could support us to defend Kono,” Sesay said.

The prosecution accused Taylor of ordering the AFRC/RUF Junta in and around March 1998 to capture Kono, and provided them with much-needed arms and ammunition in exchange for diamonds, enhancing their ability to continue the war.

Sesay's testimony followed those of prosecution witness TF1-516 who left the stand Wednesday after Taylor 's lawyer, Morris Anyan accused him of contradicting an earlier testimony that he never saw diamonds with Sam Mosquito Bockarie nor heard Taylor on the RUF radio network.

He said he took part in a joint “mission” by AFRC/RUF fighters which rounded up civilians, forced them into houses and burned them alive. As the fire blazed, he went on the fighters positioned themselves to shoot anyone who attempted to jump out of the flame.

Sesay said they ordered 8 to 15-year-old boys they had forcibly conscr1pted to have sex with 8 to 10 year-old girls, with a view to create fear in the minds of civilians and enemy forces, as well as drive them out of the diamond-rich Kono district.

Under cross-examination by the prosecution lawyer, Shyamala Alegendra, Sesay said the rebel commanders were aware of the abuses saying, “…no body did anything about it”. Rather they told the boys, “enjoy yourselves”.


Subject: Parliament approves new immigration officer, 3 others
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Parliament approves new immigration officer, 3 others

Parliament yesterday approved the new Chief Immigration Officer Alpha Kholifa Koroma, Dr Alfred S Fawundu as chairman of the Anti Corruption advisory commission and P.C Haja Fatmata Binti Maeme Kajue as member and Frank E. Jarrett as commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission.
Presenting the nominees the deputy majority leader, Hon Sheku Badara Bashir Dumbuya, said the parliamentary Appointments and Public Service Committee interviewed the nominees on last Friday.
He said the new immigration boss spoke that he intended to look into the manner in which foreign nationals enter the country and to computerize their entry thereby establishing a data base on illegal immigrants.
Hon Bashir Dumbuya also said Mr Koroma further spoke of ensuring that the Immigration Department worked alongside other governmental agencies for a comprehensive plan in tracing illegal migrants in the country.
The Chief Immigration Officer, according to the deputy majority leader, said he was going to look at the Immigration Department not as an ordinary passport office, but to be viewed in terms of standards required for a modern immigration department.
Dr Alfred Fawundu, who recently retired as a senior UNDP Resident Representative, promised to work without fear or favour for the success of the Anti Corruption Commission.” I will give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. Caesar is the state and the work of the state has to be done”, he stated.
Mr Frank Jarrett, an electrical and electronic engineer, commented that the high telecom tariffs charged in the country were extremely high compared to other countries in West Africa.
Mr Jarrett said that was going to be some of the problems to tackle at the national telecommunications company right away.
He said unlike Ghana and Nigeria where cell phone companies were on a flat rate, it was not the case in Sierra Leone where high rates where charged for a call from one network to another.
The other nominee, P.C Haja Fatmata Binti-Koroma Meae Kajue said she would ensure that all cases were properly investigated before actions would be taken.
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Subject: Parliament takes 2 ministers to task
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Parliament takes two ministers to task
Alimamy P.Koroma

Members of parliament yesterday took to task the Minister of Trade and Industry Alimamy P.Koroma and the Minister of Agriculture food security and Forestry Dr Sam Sesay to answer to questions pertaining to the rising cost of food items and other commodities.
Hon Ibrahim Bundu of APC asked the Trade Minister to explain the dire increase in prices of essential goods, and to explain about the strategic fund, smuggling, the importers and the issue of customs tariffs and port charges.
The trade minister answered that a combination of factors have accounted for the hike in food prices which have seen reactions from various countries in Ethiopia, Senegal, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Abidjan, Cameroun, Mauritania and Togo.
Explaining the specifics the Minister said a barrel of petrol was twenty four dollars which has increased to one hundred and thirteen dollars per barrel. This he said if translated to the pump price will have an effect.
The Minister also explained that the importation of commodities like cement, flour, rice and sugar were in the hands of four Lebanese business men making way for no competition at all. “These are the ones who have formed the cartel and therefore there is no competition that is why we are at the mercy of these importers. I am sure we will have many more actors for the benefit of the masses” he said
M.Ps disagreed with the Minister when he tried to compare the various prices per bag of rice in the sub region to Sierra Leone when he said the rice sold in the country was between Le70,000-100,000.
On what should be government’s responsibility and why does government not reduce port charges to remove the country from the quagmire, he answered that “mind you most of our revenue comes from customs and if you are going to say no to customs it means somebody has to pay so we cannot as a government do so unilaterally”
The Agriculture food security and Forestry Minister Dr Sam Sesay was asked by Hon Tamba E.Kaingbanja to explain the causes of the hike in prices of basic food items and what plans his ministry has to control the situation.
The Agric. Minister answered that the hike in prices was a global concern which has shot up during the last nine months and has increased by 45%. He told the MPs that such a situation is expected to continue for some time for which a brace up was needed to tackle it.
In addressing the problems, he said “we have tried to put together two main strategies, the first being the use of mechanization by using tractors for which we presently have 141 tractors and most are in the field cultivating and tilling country wide”
He also said they have identified areas that will be placed under irrigation “we very well know that the effective method of cultivation is using tractors which has a lot of problems including environmental concerns and even the number of acres under cultivation will be so large for other agricultural activities to be under taken” he emphasized
Dr Sam Sesay further disclosed that a document has already been prepared for tackling it using the intensive method by using some part of the land under irrigation.
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Subject: Jalloh exposes himself at Awareness Form
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Date Posted: 08:56:54 04/21/08 ()
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Ladies and Gentlemen, the diamba-smoker Jalloh, has shown the reason why he is so mad. He is anti-APC. This is what he is saying :

"You are nuts if you think that drug addicts think straight: rather, they will kill you with senseless talk, talk about nothing, especially talk, nonstop gobbledegook about the "new", but unimproved Stevenism in Sierra Leone. "

Who said we have a new "Stevenism" in Sierra Leone ? The guy is crazy. The diamba is not making him think right. He hates APC real mad and that is why he is taking it out on Kabs Kanu , thinking that Kabs is APC.


Subject: Re: Better things to talk about
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Date Posted: 09:43:01 04/21/08 ()
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How long must we listen to this trading of insults? The lawyer ph.D in D.C. calling himself/herself Jallohlaw calls us that write here drug addicts. Ask yourself if that makes sense? No. no. no. Let the person rant at the AT forum. Why bring the name-calling here to call jallohlaw a diamba smoker? Tit for tat will only reduce this forum to the same low level. Can't you see that Jallowlaw is baiting us? Why fall for the bait?

The best treatment is to ignore the rants at the AT forum. Just ignore. Ever heard a wan-hand bangle shake? Let the fools speak and the wise give no anser.


Subject: NOSLINA HAS THE MOST EDUCATED AND CONTENT SIERRA LEONEANS
From: NOSLINA supporter
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Date Posted: 08:41:37 04/21/08 ()
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For those who know nothing about NOSLINA, let me tell you how important the organization is. NOSLINA has the highest number of PH.Ds and university professors in any organization ever in Sierra Leone. Most of the numbers of this organization are intellectuals. They are university professors and hold reputable university positions. Some are Chairmen of their departments .Read the interview NOSLINA Chair Dr. Don Taylor gave COCORIOKO .

Since they all have top posts in universities, they are well-paid and content. When they give awards, therefore, they don't give it because they want something from recepients. They give it because in their opinion, somebody deserves an award. NOSLINA is a non-political organization .It has given out more scholarships and financial aid than any Sierra Leone organization. NOSLINA is synonymous with progress.


Subject: Re: NOSLINA HAS THE MOST EDUCATED AND CONTENT SIERRA LEONEAN
From: Whatever
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Date Posted: 10:32:37 04/21/08 ()
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Most of these Phds are from University of Phoenix online, National
American University, De Vry Institute and other schools with dubious
accreditations. Real intellectuals would not award a ragsheet like this
with any award. This is just a way for Kabs to blow their horns to his
patron EBK


Subject: Re: NOSLINA HAS THE MOST EDUCATED AND CONTENT SIERRA LEONEAN
From: A T Bangura
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Date Posted: 07:24:39 04/22/08 ()
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Noslina supporter, I wonder what college you went to. You are sitting here condemning superb institutions over here which cannot be compared to any of your institutions back home. Noslina saw it coming. She should know better than that, as you are saying that she is the most educated woman in our society. She should learn to play party politics and not power politics. I understand she was SLPP supporter. She changed her allegiance because of power change. That's what she got.


Subject: Re: NOSLINA HAS THE MOST EDUCATED AND CONTENT SIERRA LEONEAN
From: Horsecrap
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Date Posted: 08:59:56 04/21/08 ()
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Most of these De Vry Institute PHDs are APC supporters. Any idiot can
get a Phd from Phoenix University online, De Vry, National American
University, etc. Tell that to people in Sierra Leone who don't know the
difference.


Subject: Noslina
From: Shior
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Date Posted: 08:23:14 04/21/08 ()
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NOSLINA is just a bunch of APC supporters in America who want to
be in the news. You guys are shouting as if Kabs just won the Pulitzer
prize. Just a lot of unnecessary noise


Subject: I AM SO PRUD OF MY BROTHER , KABBIE KANU
From: Brother
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Date Posted: 08:08:00 04/21/08 ()
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Kabs, I am so proud of you. Everywhere in Atlanta yesterday, you were the topic of discussion. I am glad you are listening to our advice to stay out of the fray and let your supporters talk for you. I am not going to use my name, either unless it becomes necessary. I don't want to get into it with anybody. We are however following up everything from here and you cannot imagine how proud we have become of you. I have called Professors Cecil Blake and Don Taylor and some other members of NOSLINA to thank them for giving our brother the award he deserves. We used to tell you that you will become the most famous journalist in Sierra Leone one day. Imagine you becoming the talk of the nation just for being giving an award. If that does not make you proud, my brother, I wonder what will. But remain your humble self.Keep to our advice.Don't say anything .Let those who love you and THE LORD you serve fight for you. We are so proud of you.


Subject: Re: I AM SO PRUD OF MY BROTHER , KABBIE KANU
From: What?
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Date Posted: 09:08:30 04/21/08 ()
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Everywhere in Atlanta? Are you a taxi driver? Did you go to
everywhere in Atlanta yesterday? You morons just love to generalize
don't you?


Subject: Re: I AM SO PRUD OF MY BROTHER , KABBIE KANU
From: Education
To: All
Date Posted: 09:14:23 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-149-60.patmedia.net at 24.225.149.60

Message:
The man is being hyperbolic . He must have received many calls from people from different parts of Atlanta.


Subject: Re: I AM SO PRUD OF MY BROTHER , KABBIE KANU
From: Whatever
To: All
Date Posted: 09:17:02 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.150.120.229

Message:
It is still dishonesty


Subject: Re: I AM SO PRUD OF MY BROTHER , KABBIE KANU
From: Education
To: All
Date Posted: 09:28:33 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-149-60.patmedia.net at 24.225.149.60

Message:
Then all the poets are dishonest. Then there is no reason for literary devices. Go get an education.


Subject: Re: I AM SO PRUD OF MY BROTHER , KABBIE KANU
From: Kabbiemania
To: All
Date Posted: 10:01:02 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 65.91.143.4

Message:
Are you guys now fighting over Kabs' popularity in America? You've not seen anything yet until you get to Freetown where youths now wear T-shirts bearing the protrait of Kabs. I understand at Kalangba (his hometown) and its environs, it's Kabbiemania all the way!!!!!!!!!


Subject: YOU HAVE MADE KABS KANU VERY FAMOUS , YOU IDIOTS
From: Santigie Sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 07:53:44 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-149-60.patmedia.net at 24.225.149.60

Message:
Yesterday and Saturday, in all the parties across Maryland and DC, Kabs Kanu was the main topic of discussion. Did he deserve the NOSLINA award or not ? That was the main topic. Everybody said YES. For helping to change government alone in Sierra Leone,Kabs Kanu deserves an even bigger award. Sylvia Blyden and her supporters have made Kabs Kanu the most famous Sierra Leonean in North America. How can people be so idiotic ?


Subject: Re: YOU HAVE MADE KABS KANU VERY FAMOUS , YOU IDIOTS
From: medkay
To: All
Date Posted: 09:54:12 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 85.136.131.94.dyn.user.ono.com at 85.136.131.94

Message:
Bravo mr.santigie sesay,for your insight.I salute rev.kabs kanu to dislodge one of the oldest party in africa.


Subject: New People is a nuisance
From: Monday
To: All
Date Posted: 02:49:35 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 85.136.131.94.dyn.user.ono.com at 85.136.131.94

Message:
Thoug in a democratic society citizens have right for freedom of speech the new people are a bunch of untrained and tribalistic bunch of doctors.A patriot talks how to fix the country problems not to pull down well meaning citizen who are working so hard to earn a living to make ends meet.Do try to change the way you pratice good journalism for the sake of our beloved country we called sierra leone.Wish you good week.


Subject: Re: New People is a nuisance
From: Monday
To: All
Date Posted: 08:23:22 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 85.136.131.94.dyn.user.ono.com at 85.136.131.94

Message:
You are the most unserious and uncevilised sierra leonean i have ever seen in this forum,moiwo and bangura,because you think only how to milk sierra leone resources in detriment of your socalled party or paper you support online.Those pictures you talk of,are those slpp pictures during the days of reinstatation of your died and good fornothing party slpp.You moroons tribalistic fools.


Subject: Re: New People is a nuisance
From: Oman
To: All
Date Posted: 09:14:59 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.150.231.241

Message:
Paddy go back to school. I wept for Sierra Leone reading the trashy
English you wrote


Subject: Re: New People is a nuisance
From: Monday
To: All
Date Posted: 09:23:25 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 85.136.131.94.dyn.user.ono.com at 85.136.131.94

Message:
Is the lagacy of past government,rule without vision,enemy of progress.


Subject: Re: New People is a nuisance
From: Jacob Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 14:43:58 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: jacob.kanu@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
At least attempt to brush it up a bit sir. 'Lagacy' is not the fault of any government


Subject: Re: New People is a nuisance
From: Tamba Moiwo
To: All
Date Posted: 06:24:06 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: moiwo@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: gateway-403.energis.gsi.gov.uk at 195.92.206.244

Message:
"A patriot talks how to fix the country problems not to pull down well meaning citizen who are working so hard"

Why not tell EBK the same? He is constantly banging on about how he has achieved his targets and condemns SLPP as not doing anything in the past 11 years.'Bird way dae eat nor dae make noise'.

New People will work very hard in the interest of the people of Sierra Leone and not allow a bunch of crooks to lead our Nation down the garden-path and wreck the system.


Subject: Re: New People is a nuisance
From: A T Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 06:16:12 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: wanglobe.hilton.com at 192.251.125.85

Message:
You must be a sycophant to say that new people is a bunch of untrained doctors. By the way, who are the hard working people? You people have just put together a bunch of crooks. When people criticise you guys, you take offence. If you cannot stand the smoke, get out of the kitchen.Look how APC has change the face of the country again, I saw the picture of the holigans holding machet, sticks etc, that just reminded me of the war period. You guys cannot be civilized? This is twenty first century.


Subject: AT LEASET COCORIOKO IS MAKING AYLVIA A GREAT WOMAN
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 05:15:00 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb1303w-ad03-78-30.dynamic.mts.net at 206.45.78.30

Message:
Because at cocorioko almost everyone hate her,shows that she is really great as an African woman.


Subject: Sylvia Blyden has a Dysfunctional Personality
From: TOWN CRYER
To: All
Date Posted: 21:59:00 04/20/08 ()
Email Address: sulaykay@yahoo.com
Entered From: c-75-64-73-106.hsd1.tn.comcast.net at 75.64.73.106

Message:
Mrs. Adams is right to tag Sylvia with double standards by exposing corruption while being involve in corrupt practices. Her response revealed more than she truly want the world to know about her personality. First she brags about being a celebrity. Only in Sierra Leone and even there she is more of a super-nuisance than a superstar. Second, she uses threats suggesting a big bully sister type character. Most communities generally frown at bullies and Sierra Leone is about to frown at Sylvia. Third, she looks down on others. Read her writings you will constantly see sentences degrading others. She is labeling others as unworthy of her attention, belittling them, and constantly boasting of being better than others. In short, Sylvia has Narcissistic Personality disorder.
According to a Mental Health website, “Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. They believe that they're superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism.” She has proven this several times. It is a behavioral pattern that is well established.
In continuation the website states, “In particular, narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by dramatic, emotional behavior, in the same category as histrionic, antisocial and borderline personality disorders. Narcissistic personality disorder treatment is centered on psychotherapy. “
SYLVIA NEEDS TREATMENT! Sylvia needs psychotherapy to overcome her abnormal mannerisms and behavior. She needs to get off that key board and seek mental help before going completely crazy.


Subject: COCORIOKO IS MAKING SYLVIA A GREAT WOMAN
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 05:20:45 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb1303w-ad03-78-30.dynamic.mts.net at 206.45.78.30

Message:
Sorry for the mistake


Subject: Woman of the Year
From: Researcher
To: All
Date Posted: 21:54:13 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ppp-70-244-76-207.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 70.244.76.207

Message:
Babu Journalist.


Subject: NOSLINA Award just the beginning of award sweep by Cocorioko
From: Tejan
To: All
Date Posted: 21:12:21 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Some of us cannot understand all this noise about Kabs Kanu getting a NOSLINA award. Are we going to hear this noise whenever the Reverend and his newspaper receive honour or an award ? If so, we are going to hear lot more noise, if you catch my drift. I am predicting that this NOSLINA Award is only the beginning for Cocorioko. More awards are coming. Somebody said to me today that you cannot mention the resurgence of journalism and democracy in Sierra Leone without mentioning Cocorioko and Kabs Kanu.


Subject: Salam----Salam----Salam---Peace.
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 21:09:29 04/20/08 ()
Email Address: saidubanso@aol.com
Entered From: at 130.85.190.227

Message:
The Almighty Allah says in his Quran:
" Oh you who believe, come closer to me
by your prayers and patience. I your God,
will always be with those who are patient".
At this point I call on my friends, Sylvia Blyden and Rev. Kabs Kanu to be patient with each other.I also call on all their friends to stop fanning the flames. When two people are fighting their friends must find a way to bring peace between them( that is what friends are for). Nobody will gain from this fight, therefore I call on everybody involved in it to stop now. Let us see what peace there may be in silence.
To Kabs and Sylvia, I want you guys to remember that there were times in which both of you were very good friends who relied on each other. Please, for the sake of God, I beg both of you to put what ever went wrong in your relationship, behind you and please,please turn to a New Page.
There is a popular saying that
"The teeth and tongue sometimes jam against each other, but they are still together".
I pray that God will once again cement the relationship between Sylvia and Kabs.
I also call on all my fellow country men and women to learn how to maintain good relationships with each other.
Let us dont forget that we have being fighting each other for a very long time and that did not pay us any dividend, therefore we must stop and stop now.
May the peace and blessings of the Almighty God be upon all of us.Amina.


Subject: Envy : Victor Sylver holds same views we have about Gongolie
From: Researcher
To: All
Date Posted: 21:00:10 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
CAUGHT OUT

- JOURNALISM BY STEALTH.

Sierra Leone Helicopter Crash: Sylvia Blyden's Photo Story from Aberdeen to Lungi
By Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Jun 4, 2007, 23:50

We suspected all along that she was behind some of those badly-written word-strings that were attributed to trained journalists and passed for journalistic output.

So now you know why she wanted that obnoxious Public Order Act of 1965 kept in the books.

She envied trained journalists and given her role in giving the AFRC/RUF coalition of evil - otherwise known as the beasts a gloss of the good as well as respectability, cannot put it past her that she could be posing as a trained journalist!!!!

And be assured that this is not the first.....we have watched as she blandly and in her usual deceitful and devious manner paste articles on the internet using a variety of...."handles" as during internet "debates" she manipulated to protect her masters in the AFRC/RUF coalition of evil otherwise known as the beasts.

........and how about this?

2 year old Awareness Times is now the highest selling newspaper in Sierra Leone
By SLNVA
Jul 13, 2007, 04:47

The Sierra Leone Newspaper Vendors Association has officially stated that the Awareness Times Newspaper is second only to the Exclusive Sports Newspaper in the number of daily sales for the capital city of Freetown. However, as far as nation-wide statistics go, the Awareness Times newspaper is now the HIGHEST SELLING NEWSPAPER in Sierra Leone. The announcement comes in at a time which co-incides with the paper's 2nd Anniversary celebrations on July 12th 2007. Awareness Times is currently the only newspaper that clocks daily readership all over Sierra Leone from as far up as Kabala and as far down as Kailahun and Pujehun.

"At the moment, we sell more copies of Awareness Times everyday than any other newspaper except Exclusive. Awareness Times sells more than Standard Times, it sells more than Awoko and it sells more than For Di People and Peep!" the Vendors' Chairman attested further.

The by-line suggests that the article was written SLNVA - no doubt the Sierra Leone News Vendors Association. Now take a good look at the report........enjoy.


Subject: Re: Envy : Victor Sylver holds same views we have about Gongolie
From: Friend of Victor Sylver
To: All
Date Posted: 21:18:49 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
True. Victor understands Sylvia like his right hand. Well said, Victor.


Subject: APC NORTH AMERICA CONGRATULATES KABS KANU FOR NOSLINA AWARD
From: Osman T. Conteh
To: All
Date Posted: 19:09:20 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
APC North American Chief congratulates Kabs Kanu for NOSLINA Award

Written by Osman T. Conteh

Monday, 21 April 2008

As President of the Washington DC Chapter of the All People's Congress and Chairman of the APC North America, I am writing to congratulate the Editor-In-Chief of Cocorioko, Rev.Wilfred Leeroy Kabs-Kanu , for winning an award for community service and leadership, from the National Organization For Sierra Leoneans in North America ( NOSLINA) .
The award is a recognition of the efforts Rev.Kabs-Kanu has made to help promote democracy, freedom of speech and good governance in Sierra Leone.

On behalf of all members of the APC of North America, I congratulate Rev.Kabs-Kanu and I wish him God's blessings and long life .Thank you for the sleepless nights to provide us a newspaper without which we would have been starving to receive news about our beloved country.

I also take the opportunity to thank NOSLINA for everything they are doing to identify worthy Sierra Leoneans and recognizing and honoriong them for the great roles they are playing in the socio-economic and political development of our country.

Long live Sierra Leone ! ! !

OSMAN T. CONTEH


Subject: Re: APC NORTH AMERICA CONGRATULATES KABS KANU FOR NOSLINA AWARD
From: Jealous People
To: All
Date Posted: 20:28:05 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-211-231-130.asm.bellsouth.net at 68.211.231.130

Message:
Congratulations Kabs Kanu! May God continue to bless you and no matter what people say, God is on your side.


Subject: Big words mean nothing
From: Mediocrity
To: All
Date Posted: 18:23:43 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.150.210.168

Message:
I attempted to read the article by Saidu D. Turay, it was pathetic. The
only meaning I could get from all the long winded words and
malapropism was that he was trying to defend Kabs Kanu. Cocorioko
should redouble its efforts to get better writers. Going through the
article shows why half education is considered dangerous. How would
you challenge Sylvia Blyden when you defy all the rules of English.
Kabs, try to get some writers around you.


Subject: Re: Big words mean nothing
From: Saidu Daphay Turay
To: All
Date Posted: 20:51:48 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-70-108-238-93.washdc.east.verizon.net at 70.108.238.93

Message:
Indeed, Mediocrity

Your name implies the level of understanding. It will be a waste of my precious time to reply to your trash. It is people like you that you needs to be weeded out of Sierra Leone if the country is to progress. Being an ally of a wicked and psychopath like Slyvia Blyden you can easily shy away from the truth even if you see the writing bodly on the wall. Sierra Leone still has long a way to go with half-baked and ignorant people like you. As you said, "Big words means nothing." This assertions depicts your level of comprehension and low educational grooming. May God bless progressive people like Rev Kabbs Kanu as he struggles to bring the truth amongst satanic forces like Sylvia Blyden whose days are numbered.


Subject: Did you spot the typos
From: Jacob Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 14:27:03 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: jacob.kanu@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Mr S D Turay your language is indeed quite bad. Admit and you may just be able to learn. These are not definitely not 'typos':

"It is people like you that you needs to be weeded out"
"This assertions depicts"

I suggest you also carefully read b4 pressing the "post message" button


Subject: Re: Big words mean nothing
From: Jacob Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 14:21:36 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: jacob.kanu@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 41.204.224.39

Message:
Mr S D Turay you language is deed quite bad. Admit and you may just be able to learn. These are not definitely not 'typos':

"It is people like you that you needs to be weeded out"
"This assertions depicts"

I suggest you also carefully read b4 pressing the "post message" button


Subject: Re: Big words mean nothing
From: Mediocrity
To: All
Date Posted: 21:38:46 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.150.164.110

Message:
You can write front page on Cocorioko, but have Kabs Kanu correct it.
I do not have a problem with you, I just believe Cocorioko is too well
known to have malaprops like you writing front page articles. Especially
when you guys write that Cocorioko was started at Fourah Bay
College, that is where I got my first degree and I don't want people
around the world to think that mediocrities are groomed there. We
weed them out before they reach final year.


Subject: Re: Big words mean nothing
From: Saidu Daphay Turay
To: All
Date Posted: 06:04:37 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-70-108-238-93.washdc.east.verizon.net at 70.108.238.93

Message:
Mediocrity,

This shows how shallow minded you are. I believe even great writers do make typographical mistakes. Why can't you contribute articles to Cocorioko so we can read the authenticity of your writing? Hiding behind a veil to critique one's writing exposes your intellectual limitedness. Does Fourah Bay College as you claim to graduate from makes you an intellectual? You are some of the misfits and braggarts Sierra Leone has produced that are destroying the country today.


Subject: Re: Big words mean nothing
From: Na lie
To: All
Date Posted: 19:03:44 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.149.244.68

Message:
These are certainly not typos man. You use big words whose meaning
and usage you have no idea about. Start taking some writing classes at
your local college. Factory jobs will still be there when you graduate.


Subject: Re: Big words mean nothing
From: Mediocrity
To: All
Date Posted: 21:31:08 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.150.91.110

Message:
"these assertions depict your" or " this assertion depicts your" not "this
assertions depicts your"


Subject: Re: Big words mean nothing
From: Mediocrity
To: All
Date Posted: 21:23:19 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.150.43.137

Message:
"It is people like you that need" not "people like you that needs"


Subject: Re: Big words mean nothing
From: Veteran forumite
To: All
Date Posted: 18:53:55 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
And do Sylvia Blyden herself and the people around her write good English ? Have you read the meaningless and superfluous diction and malapropisms of Blyden supporters like Jallowlaw ? Ofcourse,Sylvia writes terrible English. I know this is a free forum with contrary views, unlike the Awareness Times Forum where contributors are not free to differ from the owner, Miss Blyden.But let us be fair with our criticisms. I don't think there was anything wrong with Saidu Daphay Turay's article. Can you show us the meaningless words ?


Subject: NOSLINA IS AN ASSET TO SIERRA LEONE.
From: For the people
To: All
Date Posted: 17:58:14 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
I wish to thank the founders of NOSLINA. The organization has been giving awards to deserving Sierra Leoneans since I knew it. NOSLINA has also made worthy contributions to the society.They have awarded scholarships and other financial aid to students here and in Sierra Leone. NOSLINA is an asset to our country. May the organization grow from strength to strength.


Subject: KABS KANU IS A CHAMPION OF DEMOCRACY
From: For the people
To: All
Date Posted: 17:47:54 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Kabs Kanu is a champion of Democracy I used to read his articles in the SIERRA LEONE NEWSLETTER and THE WEST AFRICAN JOURNAL. I think I still have my old copies. Will publish extracts on this forum.


Subject: Re: KABS KANU IS A CHAMPION OF DEMOCRACY
From: Alimamy Turay
To: All
Date Posted: 05:42:30 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: deltablast@yahoo.com
Entered From: e178123061.adsl.alicedsl.de at 85.178.123.61

Message:
Kabs Kanu is really ugly! I didn't know this! Stop calling Sylvia Worwoliwoh!!!!!
Regards!!!!!!


Subject: Freud is far from being Kabs
From: Veteran
To: All
Date Posted: 17:39:24 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Jalloh was not with us when Freud took on Cornelius Hamelburg. He is far from being Kabs. By the way, why does Jalloh keep setting fires ?


Subject: Cedis - U.S. Dollar
From: man pikin
To: All
Date Posted: 15:35:32 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-24-225-181-212.patmedia.net at 24.225.181.212

Message:
Is it true that the Ghana cedi is better than the U.S. Dollar now? Can someone confirm this? Thanks


Subject: Re: Cedis - U.S. Dollar
From: Bugsyb
To: All
Date Posted: 07:51:26 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: aburneynic@yahoo.co.uk
Entered From: adsl3130.4u.com.gh at 41.210.31.30

Message:
We know the dollar has fallen in the last several months but not that much :-). Ghana's Central Bank have issued new currency the new Ghana Cedi which is worth 10,000 old Ghana Cedis or about $1.10.


Subject: Response to Californian Poet , AKA Sylvia Blyden
From: L. Tommy ( New Jerseyan )
To: All
Date Posted: 14:59:14 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
I have read the comments by Sylvia Blyden in her forum, under the name, California Poet and I find her assertions not only foolish but an insult to our intelligence. The so-called poet wrote :

"Rev Kabs-Kanu like Yaya Fanusi is a social misfit who is the worst tribal bigot the Sierra Leone community of journalists has known in recent history. Added to that, Kabs-Kanu has admitted to supporting the notorious AFRC butchers during their disastrous overthrow of a democratically elected government in Sierra Leone. Kabs-Kanu was a member of a group of journalists who advocated against the reinstatement of the elected government. How can any organization in their right minds award such a damaged good as Kabs-Kanu an award? In addition, Kabs-Kanu stokes tribal anger just for fun. There is hardly any editorial on his website that does not instigate violence against other tribes he disagrees with in Sierra Leone. For him everything that goes wrong in Sierra Leone is the fault of other tribes. He has on numerous occasions made unfounded accusations against other tribes of training rebel groups in Sierra Leone. It is hard to decipher what his motives are in his bigoted editorials other than a one man crusade at possible genocide against other groups. NOSLINA should be condemning people like Kabs-Kanu and not condoning them by giving them awards."

This is simply not true and panders to our tendency to pull down a good man because we do not like his views. First of all, there is ample evidence that all New Jerseyans can attest to that The REV. WILFRED KABS-KANU WAS ONE OF THOSE WHO VIGOROUSLY ADVOCATED FOR THE AFRC JUNTA to hand over power back to President Tejan Kabbah. Not only was Kabs-Kanu a member of the CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR THE RESTORATION OF DEMOCRACY IN SIERRA LEONE, HE WROTE STINGING ARTICLES AGAINST THE JUNTA AND CALLED ON THEM TO HAND OVER TO THE KABBAH GOVERNMENT.

I refer readers to issues of the SIERRA LEONEAN NEWSLETTER, edited and published by Mr. Sekou Dauda Bangura ( JUNE- DECEMBER 1997 ), the SIERRA LEONEAN NEWSLETTER, edited by Joe Kappia in California ( July 1997 and January 1998 editions ) and the PROGRESS newspaper, edited by the late Foday Kande of New York. In all these news organs, Kabs wrote lengthy articles in which he condemned the coup and called on the soldiers to return power to Kabbah. I think if the NOSLINA Award was given on the basis of who has championed DEMOCRACY, I think Kabs Kanu more than deserves the award.

With reference to his public persona in New Jersey and his community service and leadership, nobody in New Jersey deserves the award better than Kabs Kanu. Kabs has served the community without pay for very long.As ministers of the gospel, he and his wife pray for families in distress and the sick and they help to upbuild Christians. Both of them served the Sierra Leone church where they gave exemplary service, before joining the mostly-white church.

Kabs Kanu is one of the few ministers with a good record for never, never involving himself in financial or sexual scandals.You can travel the length and breadth of New Jersey and you will find nobody who can say anything negative about the Reverend's christian life. He is a faithful and committed husband and his rules his family well.His wife and daughter are serving the community also as nurses while his older son is a college student. His eldest son is doing fine in Canada and just got married to a distinguished family .

I am a Mende and I don't see where the Poet, AKA SYLVIA BLYDEN ,can say that Kabs Kanu is tribalistic. He has championed the causes of Mendes in this community. To support the APC does not necessarily make him a tribalist. I would like Sylvia Blyden to provide any article or editorial where Kabs Kanu has preached tribalism.

I am one of those who think that the REVEREND KABS-KANU deserves the NOSLINA AWARD because he is a champion of Democracy and a committed man of God who has provided unblemished service to this community.


Subject: Re: Response to Californian Poet , AKA Sylvia Blyden
From: Ninja
To: All
Date Posted: 18:40:49 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-75-53-196-225.dsl.hstntx.sbcglobal.net at 75.53.196.225

Message:
Kabs wrote for the NINJAS web site which was pro-AFRC/RUF and he supported the coup that had overthrown the democratically elected SLPP government. The facts are well-known.


Subject: Re: Response to Californian Poet , AKA Sylvia Blyden
From: Lyndon Tommy
To: All
Date Posted: 19:01:05 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
We are trying to get old copies together to publish on this forum. As I said,the propensity in us to bring false charges against innocent people to bring them down has reached epidemic proportions. If what we say is true, that could have been alright, but when we lie or pad the truth to destroy people's character, it is not funny.You know that what you are saying is not true but you just can't help it.We Sierra Leoneans have to pull down somebody. It is very bad for our country.


Subject: Re: Response to Californian Poet , AKA Sylvia Blyden
From: Amputee
To: All
Date Posted: 19:11:31 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Written By Kabs Kanu

Quote From Kab's Article DOg Eats Dog Journalism In Sierra-Leone

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

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


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

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


Subject: Re: Response to Californian Poet , AKA Sylvia Blyden
From: Yalai
To: All
Date Posted: 05:40:02 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-150-120-46.range86-150.btcentralplus.com at 86.150.120.46

Message:
the fact remains that Kabs was member of NINJA just like sylvia, seaga shaw and gbanamonkey. all of them have blood on their hands and none is better than the others. they will surely account for their deeds before the Almighty Allah on 'youmalkiyamat'.


Subject: Re: Response to Californian Poet , AKA Sylvia Blyden
From: New Jerseyan
To: All
Date Posted: 15:51:06 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Sylvia Blyden does not live in New Jersey like some of us, otherwise she would not make the comparisons I read her making in that nonsense article. The Fakondoh she mentioned was a member of the congregation of the Sierra Leone church Kabs Kanu co-pastored and if he fears the God he serves he will be the last man to subscribe to Blyden's views. Both Kabs and Fakondoh are fine gentlemen who have served this New Jersey community well.While Kabs is a pastor, Fakondoh is a church administrator . Both have done well in their respective areas. I don't understand whether that is the way NOSLINA votes because Sylvia is very economical with the truth, but it does not make sense to compare two people who are doing well in their respective areas.We await NOSLINA's views on that, but I believe that Kabs Kanu is incomparable in New Jersey.


Subject: Re: Response to Californian Poet , AKA Sylvia Blyden
From: New Jerseyean Too
To: All
Date Posted: 18:43:46 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-75-53-196-225.dsl.hstntx.sbcglobal.net at 75.53.196.225

Message:
Kabs-Kanu hs a lot of skeletons in his closet. It is not for me to discuss his personal life and his politics here because no matter what, I respect him as a person.


Subject: Birds of a feather
From: Frued
To: All
Date Posted: 14:42:18 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ppp-70-244-76-207.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 70.244.76.207

Message:
We are blessed that Umpire aka jallohlaw@yahoo.com
found a dumping site for his ludicrous ranting. Our forum doesn’t have to smell of shit. I implore the reverend to leave him, as my grandma used to say, to his own state and condition. He naïveté may deter him from knowing that he is holding a serpent by the tail, and it would be long before he gets a bite of his own venom.

Birds of a feather flock together, they say, and we out here should exhale a sigh of relief if a handful of dysfunctional Sierra Leoneans finally found a common bond that holds them together. Fine feathers don’t make fine birds; an ass does not become a horse by merely putting a saddle on it.

I would rather they be held at bay than have them contaminate our sobriety. I believe the reverend is a decent man who should just ignore the latest provovation brought about by the envy of the mediocre frame of mind. Experience has taught me the following about Sa Lone people: If you are well off, they envy you, if you are reduced in circumstances, they shun you.

You can dodge the stone of an envious man but not the glance of an envious eye. Talking about horns, "An envious man’s horns hangs from his eyes": Indian proverb. Envy shoots at others and wounds itself. Keep up the good work, Revo.

I call on Mensa, Question, FBC Dumbeh, Iscandari, Umfaali, Fen Plaba, Settler, BRA ENVIABLE, Veteran to sharpen their pens as mischief lingers above.



Subject: Blyden Obsession
From: Obsession
To: All
Date Posted: 12:45:05 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.150.63.238

Message:
Cocorioko's top two stories today are all about Sylvia Blyden. Does
that make this a newspaper or a tabloid. You guys are letting this
woman debase your journalistic standards. Sylvia relishes these fights
as she has grown accustomed to them it seems. Stop wasting your
time on her or she is going to end up making you guys look funny.
Kabs, what is between you and Sylvia anyway? Hope you guys were
not old items in the past, with all the Liberia/Ninja connection


Subject: Re: Blyden Obsession
From: TK
To: All
Date Posted: 15:21:24 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
The second article in Awareness Times is about Kabs.Just watch tomorrow for more. I think Sylvia should not have been envious of Kabs' award. When she got that award from Kabbah two years ago, nobody harassed her.


Subject: Re: Blyden Obsession
From: Saidu Daphay Turay
To: All
Date Posted: 13:16:56 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-70-108-238-93.washdc.east.verizon.net at 70.108.238.93

Message:
Obsession,

Lets don't allow the culture of silence when unscrupulous characters like Sylvia Blyden is bent on destroying our people and nation with impunity. If she is using the media to cast aspersions on good people, then why allow her without injecting sanity in her psychotic mind. You see, the culture of silence is what miscreants use to sell their evil agenda. If we are to develop as nation it is high time we question anything that has the propensity to destroy the credibility and reputation of well meaningful Sierra Leoneans. At least posterity will not judge as been inept and mute to realities.


Subject: Re: Blyden Obsession
From: Obsession
To: All
Date Posted: 17:57:48 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.150.137.227

Message:
You can make multiple postings pretending to be several people in
support of your opinion. You are still just letting Sylvia Blyden define
you guys. They say when a man is chasing a lunatic around town
people will point and ask who the lunatic is.


Subject: Re: Blyden Obsession
From: Tejan Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 13:44:32 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
I agree with you here, Saidu. I think we have all let Sylvia Blyden get away with a lot of things through this culture of silence and hypocrisy. If we all have been taking the same actions against not only her but all those wrecking our nation, she will have vanished from the limelight long ago. I agree with you and we must all make the world know that this Sylvia Blyden putting up all these airs is one of those responsible for the present state of our country. We have to be honest with ourselves that Sylvia Blyden is a menace to peace and prosperity in Sierra Leone.


Subject: Jalloh is a criminal
From: Justice
To: All
Date Posted: 11:47:47 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
This Jalloh is a criminal who escaped through the cracks due to Sierra Leone's leaky justice system. We are on it.


Subject: Re: Are You sure.?
From: Be Careful
To: All
Date Posted: 12:19:12 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-255-248-26.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.255.248.26

Message:
I think you are mistaking the Jallohlaw character that said he is a Ph.D and and studied law at Georgetown university and attended POW for somebody else. It don't look like he worked in sierra leone. Be careful.


Subject: Re: Are You sure.?
From: For-----Be Careful
To: All
Date Posted: 16:11:59 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-158-186-195.mia.bellsouth.net at 68.158.186.195

Message:
You're a smart guy! Sometimes we find ourselves talking about people we don't even know or have a clue about....all because of gossips or having the so-called PHD syndrome. That was a good warning to a blind justice, for he knows not.


Subject: IS MY GRAND-DAUGHTER COCORIOKO'S NEMESIS ?
From: SAJ PRATT
To: All
Date Posted: 11:35:23 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
After we Creoles helped yu illiterate idiots get an education, helped you get independece from the white man , now you are here attacking my grand-daughter Sylvia Blyden. Evil K.BAZZ!


Subject: Re: IS MY GRAND-DAUGHTER COCORIOKO'S NEMESIS ?
From: Concerned
To: All
Date Posted: 11:56:41 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Why all this tribalism ? Should we not be content with tearing ourselves apart but we should try to tear the nation apart too ?


Subject: Re: IS MY GRAND-DAUGHTER COCORIOKO'S NEMESIS ?
From: Tamba Moiwo
To: All
Date Posted: 09:17:15 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: moiwo@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: gateway-303.energis.gsi.gov.uk at 62.25.109.196

Message:
"Why all this tribalism ?"

When the HEAD is rotten, the whole body rots with it.EBK the nominal head is busy tearing the Nation apart-what do you expect ? Tell him to change his ARCHITUDE or get a new CHICHA.


Subject: Re: IS MY GRAND-DAUGHTER COCORIOKO'S NEMESIS ?
From: Question
To: All
Date Posted: 15:28:27 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
The grand -child whose mother you had with a sweetheart?


Subject: So where are those who were praising the Awareness forum ?
From: Forum Veteran
To: All
Date Posted: 10:47:12 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Sometime ago, the Awareness Times Publisher, Sylvia Blyden, was canvassing many of us to join her forum. She said she had set up a forum that is going to be different from others, hence the rule that only registered members can participate. This way, she said, only decent people will debate important issues.I was still waiting to join the forum , But frankly, I will change my mind now because the forum is worse than this one.Where you have mentally sick people like Jallohlaw, Curtis Thomas etc, all of them dropouts from this forum and the crude Publisher herself dishing such dirt on ONE person,Kabs Kanu, what good can ever come from the forum ? All the losers who were booted out of Leonenet and this forum have all ganged up against one man.There was no serious debate going on there and now it is worse.The whole place is a chaos.You have Curtis Thomas cussing Jalloh left and right, jalloh writing nonsense upon nonsense without meaning and Sylvia herself attacking with multiplicity of monikers. I knew it was just a matter of time before that forum descended into Kroo Bay-like putridness.


Subject: Sylvia Blyden helped Foday Sankoh amputate and kill
From: War Victim
To: All
Date Posted: 09:13:07 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
When I read what Sylvia Blyden is writing against Kabs Kanu, I get mad. Here is a woman who was the RUF Rebel leader's press officer and helped him amputate limbs and kill 500,000 people. She was never brought to trial as a war criminal. She used to point out innocent people to the rebels to kill. I want the world to know that one day justice will be done on behalf of the thousands of us whose limbs were chopped off and now have no means of sustenance.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden helped Foday Sankoh amputate and kill
From: HANDS CLEAN
To: All
Date Posted: 07:55:02 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: DUTTYHANNDS@MSN.COM
Entered From: gate4-norfolk.nmci.navy.mil at 138.162.0.44

Message:
I think we should eb worried about leather boots and others that apc has included in its government since they carried out these attrocities on the ground. whats up with that?


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden helped Foday Sankoh amputate and kill
From: SPECIAL COURT
To: All
Date Posted: 11:32:33 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
Bring her to me let me charge her and you all shut up, foolish k.Bazz.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden helped Foday Sankoh amputate and kill
From: Another war victim
To: All
Date Posted: 10:23:51 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
What is annoying me most is not the way we have been left to bear our own burden but the failure to deal with those who caused our pain and suffering. I too get mad whenever I see the way this Sylvia woman is behaving.To say that she was one of those responsible for our pain and suffering and she is free while we are suffering is painful. When will people like this woman be brought to justice ?


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden helped Foday Sankoh amputate and kill
From: Amputee
To: All
Date Posted: 10:38:26 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Written By Kabs Kanu

Quote From Kab's Article DOg Eats Dog Journalism In Sierra-Leone

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

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


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

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



Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden helped Foday Sankoh amputate and kill
From: ADEJOBI KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 10:12:45 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ecoreproxy.jnj.com at 148.177.1.210

Message:
We seem to have a problem here.
While APC is robbing our country blind with deals like this, we have their ADEJOBI reverend vehemently defending their actions by all means. This tactics is as old as APC it self.
APC 101. Attack all decent people in the society, force them into hiding and move on with business as usual http://www.thenewpeople.com/071122globaltradingnv.htm

Dr Blyden, (SEE THE DIFFERENCE, IF THE ADEJOBI CHURCH NOR BIN DAE FEN PEOPLE FOR CALL PASTOR KABS KANU NOR GET TITLE) we had forgotten about this horrible site and its ADEJOBI bell-ringing pastor. Please ignore him.
They are buying Million Dollar homes already, looting unabated and you fall for their tricks.

KABS KANU NAR DE NEW ANGLE WAE APC WAN TAKE. THEY HAD THE HAJAS BEFORE, THEY HAVE GRADUATED TO FAKE PASTORS.


Subject: Sylvia Blyden showcases 10 monikers already
From: Enjopyment Man
To: All
Date Posted: 08:57:14 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Wow, guys, I am really enjoying the resumption of the Sylvia Blyden/Kabs Kanu conflict . Sylvia Blyden is living up to her name already as the Mistress of many monikers. In just this short time that the conflict resumed yesterday evening, Sylvia has already showcased 10 different monikers. The woman has gone crazy and is attacking Kabs under different names. These are the 10 fake names she has used already :

1. UMPIRE was KABS KANU
2.Kadi
3.NOSLINA AWARDS OBSERVER
4.La Boss
5.INIP
6.Very Puzzled also
7.Blue Angel
8.Alimamy
9.La Boss Lady
10. Brima MK

She has also shown that she was not online for long.
1.We all know Kabs Kanu was not UMPIRE
2.We all know FEN PLABA is real.

Let the show go on.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden showcases 10 monikers already
From: SLPP
To: All
Date Posted: 11:41:56 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Now, when we were being attacked on the NUP Forum by this same Sylvia with all these minikers, you guys used to deny that she was the owner of these names.Now you are beginning to see what we saw in those days.Nobody can beat Sylvia for minikers. The show has just started.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden showcases 10 monikers already
From: Mr. Cullinan
To: All
Date Posted: 15:49:51 04/20/08 ()
Email Address: sorrelsteak@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 63.164.47.194

Message:
To: SLPP, Please tell me what the NUP Forum is, and how it can be accessed. Also, you are so right; the show has just begun. Dr. B. can easily fabricate many more monikers for use on this and other forums. Her petty personal attacks are her favorite passtime, maybe she should concentrate on self-improvement. Regards, Mr. C


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden showcases 10 monikers already
From: NUP Forum
To: All
Date Posted: 17:44:04 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
The NUP Forum appears to have been deleted.It can no longer be accessed. It was set up by the Chair of the National Unity Party (NUP). Quite a wild forum it was. We used to have big fights every weekend.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden showcases 10 monikers already
From: Veteran
To: All
Date Posted: 09:05:29 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
You have not seen all of them yet. Alfred Saint-John has not appeared yet. Ishmael Kargbo will soon appear. The woman is sick and needs to be in an asylum.


Subject: Sylvia Blyden should be charged with treason
From: TOWN CRYER
To: All
Date Posted: 06:56:24 04/20/08 ()
Email Address: sulaykay@yahoo.com
Entered From: c-75-64-73-106.hsd1.tn.comcast.net at 75.64.73.106

Message:
Sylvia Blyden should be charged with treason! She has helped create a steamy situation in Sierra Leone regarding Halimatu’s death. Given her double role as a medical professional, her prime responsibility is to heal and save lives not create a riotous state of affairs through misinformation. Medically, she knows that Halimatu’s death was rightly attributed by the coroner’s report. Journalistically, painting Amuday as the prime suspect is more sensational and seditious. This is very disturbing; especially in a young democratic nation. She has carried the story more than the other newspapers. Her reporting has always been one sided.
She has not established Amuday’s possible motive. Also, she has kept extremely quiet on the medical evidences pointing to diabetic attack. Because of her insidious, subtle and subversive reporting, the remains of Halimatu have been denied appropriate burial for over five months now. What is Sierra Leone doing with a dead child in a mortuary for over five months?
Sylvia Blyden would want to blame Charles Margai for defending the innocent, medical professionals and other officials for upholding the truth. She orchestrated the movement that led to the sanctioned inquest. By promoting a possible strike during Koroma’s official inauguration as boycott against injustice, she manipulated the young government into consenting. All of her reporting indicates that the only outcome she would consider appropriate is a false charge against Amuday. Until she can tell the truth, her so-called medical license should be suspended in Sierra Leone for professional misconduct. Until she can validate the accusations of a massive cover up, she should be charged with treason. Her style of reporting when it comes to ethical, moral and political issues is inciting, divisive and dangerous. And that’s a treasonable offense.


Subject: Cokorioko, apc Church, hymme no. 419
From: Low Grade San San
To: All
Date Posted: 08:26:13 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-87-74-46-126.dslgb.com at 87.74.46.126

Message:
na waetin go make we betteh, nar waetin go make we reach
nar waetin go make we overcome CORRUPTION
nar for sidom pan we han, insai state house
lek we yone rogue trader, wae nor dae pull cont
so ar lek sef you charp, ee go always gee you new CONTRACT.

nar for clean Freetong lek, chief sumana
wae dae blow 80million , pan just wan day cleaning
so ar lek the youth dem vex, with them KA KA TORK
ee nor go wan yerri natin.

nar for timap tranga wan, insai journalism
lek we wan good rev kabs, wae nar man of the lord
so wae der babu NINJA cam, wit im slpp lie
ee go always met we rev wit im bible

nar timap tranga wan, insai this forum
lek lawyer iscandari, wea smeare nor dae shake
so wae bra sengbe cam, with im big big axe
ee nor go able am

nar for timap traga wan, insai this forum
lek we one bra Envy, wae dae take tem for write
so wae der flen plaba cam, with im halahala
ee nor go able we.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden should be charged with treason
From: Justice Denied
To: All
Date Posted: 08:10:23 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Sylvia Blyden will fall by her own weight. Her book will get full. It will take time , but it will happen one day.She helped Foday Sankoh to amputate and kill.She will not go free. It will take time.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden should be charged with treason
From: Gongoli
To: All
Date Posted: 08:13:14 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Shame on Sylvia. Trying to cheat a woman, Erica Adams , off her property. She is a real criminal.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden should be charged with treason
From: stop
To: All
Date Posted: 07:58:39 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-138-236-19.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.138.236.19

Message:
i do not like slyvia, but when it comes to injustice i believe we have to stand up for it, which she is doing in alima's case. with the history of these lebanese guys i definately suspects foul play and he should be brought to judgement.i am in the medical profession and the first sign of diabetes is not dropping dead.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden should be charged with treason
From: War Victim
To: All
Date Posted: 10:27:18 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
How can she advocate for Alima while she is responsible for the pain and suffering some of us are undergoing ? To me, this is hypocrisy. She does not believe in justice. If she had, she would not have joined Foday Sankoh to hurt us this much.


Subject: Re: Sylvia Blyden should be charged with treason
From: Lawyer
To: All
Date Posted: 07:40:31 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 83.229.112.2

Message:
This certainly is not a treasonable offence.Need schooling?


Subject: Why can't Sa/Lone have more than Mohamed Kallon
From: Tolongbo
To: All
Date Posted: 03:42:55 04/20/08 ()
Email Address: soribabureh@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 212.71.37.94

Message:
I sometimes feel terrible when I scramble frantically on satelite tvs, especially sports channels, the only thing that sometimes pleased me is when I see our only born professional player Mohamed Kallon, playing either in European or the Gulf countries. The serious question I would like to ask, why don't we have more than Mohamed Kallon?

Although we have a lot of talented and physically fit young men in the country, it is true that some proved their capabilties on local and international levels. The noticeable hindrance for most of those guys is their uncontrolable amorousity. Can you believe that a guy we were at school together has more than 18 children from 10 unmarried mothers!!

Our youths should learn a lot from our super star Mohamed Kallon, on the secret behind his success.


Subject: Can some one tell me
From: Footballer
To: All
Date Posted: 03:34:40 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 85.136.128.189.dyn.user.ono.com at 85.136.128.189

Message:
The score between shooting stars from sierra leone against senegal terangas,thanks bros


Subject: Cocorioko Forum is more democratic than the other forum
From: Democracy Man
To: All
Date Posted: 00:25:38 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Here, you have posts disagreeing with Forum Police or Kabs Kanu's supporters.You have posts favourable to jallow and Blyden On the other forum,you have no posts defending Kabs' position. This is why I will never leave this forum.It is more democratic.


Subject: Kabs Kanu, Forget Baboo, This One's 4 U
From: His Royal Highness
To: All
Date Posted: 23:24:34 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
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Subject: Re: Kabs Kanu, Forget Baboo, This One's 4 U
From: KabsKanutheBaboo
To: All
Date Posted: 13:44:45 04/20/08 ()
Email Address: youtube@yahoo.com
Entered From: c-24-5-0-4.hsd1.ca.comcast.net at 24.5.0.4

Message:
Kabs Kanu is the ugliest creator on Earth! I get a nightmare every time I see his picture! He should be ex-communicated. Kabs, go ahead and delete this post because it is not in support of you.


Subject: Re: Kabs Kanu, Forget Baboo, This One's 4 U
From: KabsKanutheBaboo
To: All
Date Posted: 13:44:17 04/20/08 ()
Email Address: youtube@yahoo.com
Entered From: c-24-5-0-4.hsd1.ca.comcast.net at 24.5.0.4

Message:
Kabs Kanu is the ugliest creator on Earth! I get a nightmare every time I see his picture! He should be ex-communicated. Kabs, go ahead and delete this post because it is not in support of you.


Subject: Re: Kabs Kanu, Forget Baboo, This One's 4 U
From: Tejan
To: All
Date Posted: 13:49:35 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Kabs Kanu is a very handsome gentleman, Sylvia. Probably, you have not met him yet in person that's why. I live in New Jersey and I know him well. You never met a finer gentleman. All this is unfortunate for our country that good people like Kabs Kanu get bashed by you and evil people get praised by you. You have not met a more handsome man than Kabs, Sylvia.


Subject: Re: Kabs Kanu, Forget Baboo, This One's 4 U
From: kabskanuthebaboo
To: All
Date Posted: 14:09:14 04/20/08 ()
Email Address: youtube@yahoo.com
Entered From: c-24-5-0-4.hsd1.ca.comcast.net at 24.5.0.4

Message:
I don't want to meet Kabs in person,period. I say Kabs is ugly and Sylvia is very beautiful, if you believe otherwise, it's fine!


Subject: Re: Kabs Kanu, Forget Baboo, This One's 4 U
From: Seconded
To: All
Date Posted: 00:17:47 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Kabs should revel in his achievement and forget about Baboo.


Subject: THERE IS NO UGLY WOMAN
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 00:43:46 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb1302w-ad01-69-80.dynamic.mts.net at 206.45.69.80

Message:
One is only ugly for you and not another


Subject: An invitation to Jalloh to come and defend himself here
From: Enjoyment Man
To: All
Date Posted: 21:03:08 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
I am beginning to enjoy this. We are beginning to see all the deception and lies .If a man can lie over a simple matter like participating in a forum ,if he is given a position of trust will he not lie there too ? President Clinton was nearly impeached for lying that he had nothing with Monica Lewinsky. If we Sierra Leoneans don't see the part all these lies played in our present condition in Sierra Leone, then we are a sad country. I am inviting Jalloh to this forum to come and defend himself. Another lie on that forum comes from La Boss ( Whoever that is ).She said Africa Action sent her the same generic letter it sent Erica Adams. This is a blatant lie because that letter was sent only to people residing in the U.S.who helped to lobby Congress to have the Jubilee act passed. It is obvious and true that La Boss forged the letter by superimposing her e-mail address inside the address column . If we Sierra Leoneans cannot be honest, how can we pretend to be journalists and transformers of society. All these petty lies and dishonesties speak a lot about our national character. LA BOSS, stop lying and don't be envious of Erica Adams for receiving the letter. She deserved it.


Subject: Re: An invitation to Jalloh to come and defend himself here
From: Fools Die
To: All
Date Posted: 22:30:15 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Your award or letter is on AfricaAction's webpage, so what is the big deal? Check out the link below and see the award that people are now winning. Where is Peter Tosh when we need him? RIP Tosh.


Fools Die by Peter Tosh

The lips of the righteous teaches many
But fools die for want of wisdom
The rich man's wealth is in the city

Vexation of the soul is vanity
Destruction of the poor is their poverty
The poor man's wealth is in a holy, holy place

Why do you fight eachother
Why do you kill your brother
Then your reward will be the cemetery

We got to build a better nation
Clean up, clean up Jah creation
Or there will be no future for you, you and me


Subject: Re: An invitation to Jalloh to come and defend himself here
From: J.....
To: All
Date Posted: 22:37:57 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-170-232-36.dllstx.fios.verizon.net at 71.170.232.36

Message:
I like Bob Marley's version better.


Subject: But truly, this NOSLINA Award has made Sylvia Blyden mad
From: The Green Monster
To: All
Date Posted: 20:47:39 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
I made the post that Miss Blyden has become envious of Kabs Kanu for his NOSLINA Award. Is there any reason why she is attacking Kabs Kanu ? Read this from her forum written by her own hand :

"One would have thought having gotten an award for wrongly presenting himself to what I support to be GULLIBLE voters, this psycho named KABS KANU of COCORIOKO NEWSPAPER would have grown up. But what does he do? Instead of basking in his ill gotten glory, he tried to pick a fight with the greatest thing Sierra Leone has on the Internet Journalism scene right now. I don't know why he says this newspaper is jealous of him as this newspaper does not even fall into the category of those who should get NOSLINA Awards. NOSLINA Awards are only for people living in America. So where does the jealousy come in? A Paper that got a NATIONAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENT JOURNALISM WITHIN JUST TWO YEARS will be jealous of Cocorioko???? Awarding Kabs Mariama Massaquoi Kanu has slurred the NOSLINA awards. Who will pick up the award? The half-man half-woman Mariama Massaquoi? Community Leader my foot!"

Why should we be envious of each other's achievements ? Since Sheku Kallon announced that NOSLINA will be giving Kabs Kanu an award on Saturday, the attacks and counter-attacks have sudenly restarted. What is wrong if an organization decides to award a fellow Sierra Leonean who has done so much to promote democracy and good journalism in our country ?
We Sierra Leoneans have to stop this envy and jealousy. I made the post.Mrs.Blyden should attack ME,not Kabs Kanu.



Subject: Moderator unmasks Jalloh of Gongoli forum as a big liar
From: Forum Police
To: All
Date Posted: 18:37:15 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Ladies and gentlemen :

We are here unmasking jallowlaw@yahoo.com of the Gongoli Forum .Today, he took his meaningless and incoherent and psychotic postings to a new level when he suddenly started attacking you participants of the forum , reigning all manners of epithets at you.

Somebody brought his posts here from the Gongoli Forum and when many of you started responding , guess what ?

JALLOHLAW, the psychotic liar, who must have nipped across the Atlantic to borrow from his mistress Gongoli's Bag of lies and deception (Oh, how that woman lies : Did you see her post where she inserted her address and lied that AFRICAACTION sent her the same letter they sent Erica Adams ? Africa Action never sent her a letter.It is forgery, we have been advised ) , responded and beat his miserable chest that he has never posted on this forum .This was what Jallowlaw posted , my good people :

"A maroon lifted my posting "Forum C Flat's Obsession with Freetown's Iron Lady Explained," and put it in Forum C Flat."

"The mentioned maroon, true to the suffocating ethos of maroondom made the following assertion: "Guys, here is what Jalloh, who was kicked out of this forum for his nonsense postings,is saying about you. Have fun."

"Now, here is a fibbing maroon: "Jalloh" has never posted at Forum C Flat. I would rather spend the evening at Kroobay than post at Forum C Flat, if you get my drift. That settles the issue, period. " END OF JALLOWLAW'S POSTING .

FORUM POLICE'S RESPONSE :

BRA JALLOH, YOU DEY LIE O ! ! ! !

WHEN WE AT COCORIOKO label certain individuals, please do not be quick to blame us for doing so.Some of these guys are a danger and menace to society .Their lies and deception are dangerous to our struggling country.

Jallohlaw was the individual posting at Cocorioko as UMPIRE whom all of you protested against that he was defiling this good forum with crazy, meaningless posts and we could not help but boot him out because we did not have room for his psychotic rantings and tribal baitings, which you can see he has continued at the GONGOLI FORUM (Labeling people MAROONS ,an obvious reference to Foulah Town and Fourah Bay people, as you will also learn when we unmask him and repost the gibberish he was posting on this forum ) .

Jacob Kanu, Dr.Curtis Thomas and other good people of the Gongoli Forum, please note that you are debating with a calculated liar,who has no integrity whatsoever . Jallohlaw indeed used to post on the COCORIOKO FORUM .


HERE IS OUR EVIDENCE :

When he was first warned by us to desist from his rubbish postings , here is a letter he wrote to the Moderator of this forum, with his e-mail address and explanation.

Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 19:55:05 -0600
To: thenewsletter@hotmail.com
From: jallohlaw@yahoo.com
Subject: FORUM OF PATRIOTS Message 61380


Umpire posted Message 61380 in the FORUM OF PATRIOTS

Dated : February 13, 2008 at 19:55:05
Subject: BED TIME STORY: A DECONSTRUCTIVE READING

Behold a deconstrucive reading of anti-Umpire postings! Lacking in all of them is the essential tool of reasoned discourse: arguments. They are infinitely absent, 'hidden' in the margins of the texts constitutive of the postings, framing and stabilizing the texts of the postings. Absence makes presence visible. What is made present in the anti-Umpire postings? What is evidently given in the flesh therein? Irrelevant childish babble, given as invectives: "kontriman," "stupid," "bushman," "'tribalist'" and other expressions of irrational affect, rather than the shinning expression of reason. The presence is an empty presence; the absent, the essence of rationality---arguments---is marginalized.

Exhibit No. 1: "Umpire is Moh'm Jalloh." Argument: none.

Exhibit No. 2: "Umpire invites Iscandri to justify the moral fecundity of Dr. Conteh." Argument: none.

Exhibit No. 3: "Umpire does not care about FBC." Argument: none.

Exhibit No. 4: "Umpire theorizes that FBC, not the University of Sierra Leone, was a bastion of Krio hegemony. Argument: none.

Exhibit No. 5: Umpire distractors: "Ban Umpire!" Argument: None.

Exhibit No.6: Umpire distractors: "Umpire urges genocide." Argument: none.

Thus wobbles the ocean of irrationalism. An ancient trick, indeed. Posit a strawman in your text; push the real man into the crevices of the margins of your text.

Since the margin is a part of the text, Umpire stands tall with rocking arguments.

Of course, when the distractors resort to invectives, even reason urges: "return the fire!" END OF JALLOWLAW'S LETTER

Forum Police's comment :


SO THESE ARE THE PEOPLE DEBATING YOUR COUNTRY'S DESTINY. MEN WHO LIE WITHOUT BATTING AN EYELID AND HAVE NO INTEGRITY WHATSOEVER .

The guys at the Gongoli forum better beware .That is not the kind of forum we would have wished for good people like you to participate, because madam is a liar and a forger and to add to your discomfiture, you are debating with a man who is a deceiver and a liar, like his mistress . BEWARE, GUYS. WE LOVE YOU .

More coming.



Subject: Re: Moderator unmasks Jalloh of Gongoli forum as a big liar
From: Jorgor
To: All
Date Posted: 22:34:43 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-170-232-36.dllstx.fios.verizon.net at 71.170.232.36

Message:
When Umpire unfair attacked Creoles, we stood up, gallantly, against prejudice. Umpire is gone; the issue is over, and case closed. JallohLaw may or may not be Umpire, it does not matter anymore.

I agree with chez Winakabs on this one: let’s move on! As KABS once said:"Let sleeping dogs lie" Lonta


Subject: Re: Moderator unmasks Jalloh of Gongoli forum as a big liar
From: Criminality
To: All
Date Posted: 00:15:57 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
Jallohlaw is a criminal.The posts exposed show his e-mail address jallohlaw@yahoo.com . He shouldn't have lied that he never participated on the forum. This is very disgraceful. Public personalities have to be truthful. I will not be surprised if he is a thief.I agree with Forum Police that he should come to the forum and defend himself.He has been caught in a lie.


Subject: Re: Really, Who Cares?
From: Advice
To: All
Date Posted: 19:24:38 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-255-248-26.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.255.248.26

Message:
Forum Poloce, to me Chez said it best. Remember when he said who cares about this individual? Fact of the matter, his name or her name may not even be Jalloh, just like it sure isn't umpire.

FP, I hope you go lisen to Chez. Salone get too many problems for discuss. Let's discuss them for our peopel's benefit. Don;t waste time talking about "names" like Gongoli, umpire, etc.


Subject: Re: Really, Who Cares?
From: Forum Police
To: All
Date Posted: 19:47:34 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
You don't care that Jallohlaw, one of the most vocal contributor to online forums, is a liar ? Have we no integrity in our country anymore ? You don't see anything bad in a lawyer lying as jallowlaw did ? Our country is in trouble.


Subject: Re: Really, Who Cares?
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 09:01:00 04/23/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: general-kt-195.t-mobile.co.uk at 149.254.192.195

Message:
Forum Police, I trust that our people do care but issue of this nature tend to be blown to extreme proportion when we try to dwell on the issue. You give a liar a voice of self-importance we you take seriously his lies. I believe a mere rebuttal of the initial lie is more important than carrying on with the issue. When Umpire first started posting his sick notes, I engaged him as Mahatma and he finally toned down but later resorted to other form of postings which i believed, inflamed many and led to him been kicked from the forum. In all respects forum police, we should try to engage people with sick notes in a manner that does not trumpet them. Jallowlaw should not be given the opportunity to a feeling of self-importance.

You cannot change a man that allegedly went through a vocation - law school - the court room or his law school will one day disown him for debassing his apprenticeship. Worse still, he may well be convicted of perjury some day. I will leave him to destroy himself - we have tried to let him reason but alas! He is not a listener.


Subject: Re: Really, Who Cares?
From: Advice
To: All
Date Posted: 20:14:17 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-255-248-26.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.255.248.26

Message:
If he or she is president, minister, civil servant, businesman, journalist, etc. lying about something that make salone people suffer, yes I would care. But if not, I don't care otherwise. Rememebr what our grandmothers used to tell us, if u listen to the noise of the market, .....

As a lawyer, if he or she lies in court, the judge will be there to deal with that. Outside the court, if a lawyer lies, me say, really, who cares? Let's ignore the things that don't matter. Before that, let us talk about the price of rice.

In January, rice was less than $300 a ton. Today, it is more than $900. Let's talk about the opportunbity for salone youth to grow rice rather than waste time dig diamonds. That is better than we waste time talking about the lies of a lawyer that don't grow a single seed of rice, don't you agree?


Subject: Re: JALLOHLAW'S POSTS---Moderator unmasks Jalloh
From: Forum Police
To: All
Date Posted: 19:15:41 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Subject: REVISITING FODAY SANKOH AND COMPANY
From: Umpire
To: All
Date Posted: 13:34:17 02/08/08 ()
Email Address: jallohlaw@yahoo.com


Message:
Fellas, are you scarred of being long or short sleeved by Foday Sankoh and Company? Or, did you believe the report of his re-dockerection at Kissy Dock Yard? Or, is it that you fear the fierce Oxfordian rhetoric of the good Docta? Accordingly, I renew the thematic.


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Subject: Moderator unmasks Jalloh of Gongoli forum as a big liar
From: Forum Police
To: All
Date Posted: 18:21:30 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Ladies and gentlemen :

We are here unmasking jallowlaw@yahoo.com of the Gongoli Forum .Today, he took his meaningless and incoherent and psychotic postings to a new level when he suddenly started attacking you participants of the forum , reigning all manners of epithets at you.

Somebody brought his posts here from the Gongoli Forum and when many of you started responding , guess what ?

JALLOHLAW, the psychotic liar, who must have nipped across the Atlantic to Garrison Street , Freetown to borrow from his mistress Gongoli's Bag of lies and deception (Oh, how that woman lies), responded and beat his miserable chest that he has never posted on this forum .This was what Jallowlaw posted , my good people :

"A maroon lifted my posting "Forum C Flat's Obsession with Freetown's Iron Lady Explained," and put it in Forum C Flat."

"The mentioned maroon, true to the suffocating ethos of maroondom made the following assertion: "Guys, here is what Jalloh, who was kicked out of this forum for his nonsense postings,is saying about you. Have fun."

"Now, here is a fibbing maroon: "Jalloh" has never posted at Forum C Flat. I would rather spend the evening at Kroobay than post at Forum C Flat, if you get my drift. That settles the issue, period. "

What a pathological liar ! ! ! ! !

WHEN WE AT COCORIOKO label certain individuals, please do not be quick to blame us for doing so.Some of these guys are a danger and menace to society .Their lies and deception are dangerous to our struggling country.

Jallohlaw was the individual posting at Cocorioko as UMPIRE whom all of you protested against that he was defiling this good forum with crazy, meaningless posts and we could not help but boot him out because we did not have room for his psychotic rantings and tribal baitings, which you can see he has continued at the GONGOLI FORUM (Labeling people MAROONS ,an obvious reference to Foulah Town and Fourah Bay people, as you will also learn when we unmask him and repost the gibberish he was posting on this forum ) .

Jacob Kanu, Dr.Curtis Thomas and other good people of the Gongoli Forum, please note that you are debating with a calculated liar,who has no integrity whatsoever . Jallohlaw indeed used to post on the COCORIOKO FORUM . HERE IS OUR EVIDENCE :

When he was first warned by us, here is a letter he wrote to the Moderator of this forum, with his e-mail address and explanation.

Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 19:55:05 -0600
To: thenewsletter@hotmail.com
From: jallohlaw@yahoo.com
Subject: FORUM OF PATRIOTS Message 61380


Umpire posted Message 61380 in the FORUM OF PATRIOTS

Dated : February 13, 2008 at 19:55:05
Subject: BED TIME STORY: A DECONSTRUCTIVE READING

Behold a deconstrucive reading of anti-Umpire postings! Lacking in all of them is the essential tool of reasoned discourse: arguments. They are infinitely absent, 'hidden' in the margins of the texts constitutive of the postings, framing and stabilizing the texts of the postings. Absence makes presence visible. What is made present in the anti-Umpire postings? What is evidently given in the flesh therein? Irrelevant childish babble, given as invectives: "kontriman," "stupid," "bushman," "'tribalist'" and other expressions of irrational affect, rather than the shinning expression of reason. The presence is an empty presence; the absent, the essence of rationality---arguments---is marginalized.

Exhibit No. 1: "Umpire is Moh'm Jalloh." Argument: none.

Exhibit No. 2: "Umpire invites Iscandri to justify the moral fecundity of Dr. Conteh." Argument: none.

Exhibit No. 3: "Umpire does not care about FBC." Argument: none.

Exhibit No. 4: "Umpire theorizes that FBC, not the University of Sierra Leone, was a bastion of Krio hegemony. Argument: none.

Exhibit No. 5: Umpire distractors: "Ban Umpire!" Argument: None.

Exhibit No.6: Umpire distractors: "Umpire urges genocide." Argument: none.

Thus wobbles the ocean of irrationalism. An ancient trick, indeed. Posit a strawman in your text; push the real man into the crevices of the margins of your text.

Since the margin is a part of the text, Umpire stands tall with rocking arguments.

Of course, when the distractors resort to invectives, even reason urges: "return the fire!"

SO THESE ARE THE PEOPLE DEBATING YOUR COUNTRY'S DESTINY. MEN WHO LIE WITHOUT BATTING AN EYELID AND HAVE NO INTEGRITY WHATSOEVER .

The guys at the Gongoli forum better beware .That is not the kind of forum we would have wished for good people like you to participate and to add to your discomfiture, you are debating with a man who is a deceiver and a liar.

More coming.




Subject: Congratulations, Kabs Kanu ,for prestigious NOSLINA award
From: Concerned Sierra Leonean
To: All
Date Posted: 16:27:34 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
I am writing to congratulate our Reverend and Editor-In-Chief ,Rev.Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu, for the prestigious NOSLINA Award. You have made those of us who belong to this forum to be very proud of you and Cocorioko. I think the esteemed members of NOSLINA who also voted to give you this award should also be congratulated for their just decision to honour a hard-working and brilliant Sierra Leonean who has performed his duties very well for his country.


Subject: Government seriousness on food security
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 14:18:36 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.240.41.187

Message:
To be honest, I was a bit sceptical when the Minister of Agriculture announced that the government was ready to set a cut off date for rice importation.

I'm now begining to have faith on this proclaimation as the arrival of some Vietnamese and chinese agric experts. They've already started on the cultivation of "the three months rice variety" this means, by the time the rice is sown it takes only three months to come to harvest.

Many other local farmers have begun receiving subsidies from government to facilitate farming. This will ensure that plenty of food will be available by the end of 2008. The reason for our current predicarment of food shortage was due to lack of motivation by the last government for providing subsidies and also lack of funds for some people, during the last 18 months, the farmers were unable to obtain the seed variety to continue farming in the following production year so many of them resorted to laziness while the land was left to fallow for long thus paving the way for the current situation.

If this move by the government comes to completion, there's guarrantee for the next year to have abondance of food.


Subject: Re: Government seriousness on food security
From: Soriba
To: All
Date Posted: 07:00:43 04/20/08 ()
Email Address: soribabureh@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 212.71.37.96

Message:
The fertile swamps at WALLA and SAMU areas are places to attract the immediate attention of the minister of agriculture. Those areas if cultivated can help to ease the cronic shortage of rice in the country.
Our peoples' cries at the moment is where and how to obtain the "Seedling Rice" for the current planting season. Simple, let the government oder the "Seedlings" from the rice growing countries in Asia for quick action.
Save the country from Hunger!.


Subject: Re: Government seriousness on food security
From: Seriousman
To: All
Date Posted: 05:54:13 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 83.229.112.2

Message:
I share this view, and Government ought to take this matter more seriously.They may not have such an experience, becasue it has not happened in the world for decades, but we, particulaly, the poor countries are heading towards Starvation.Thy should set up a think-tank now, using serious and nonpartisan people, who will work in the Nation's interest.Self sufficiency in next few months, is not just a joke, but a bad joke.


Subject: Re: Government seriousness on food security
From: Vietnamese Agric Experts
To: All
Date Posted: 01:52:20 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-75-53-196-225.dsl.hstntx.sbcglobal.net at 75.53.196.225

Message:
These experts have been working with the agric ministry ever since the period of dr Sama Mondeh (OF THE SLPP) who started this 5 years ago and Prof. Vo has been coming here every year. So this is not an APC thing. Sorry to ut sansan in your gari.


Subject: Re: Government seriousness on food security
From: Concerned
To: All
Date Posted: 06:01:41 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 83.229.112.2

Message:
This is not the time to take credits or discredit someone or any Party.We are heading towards a catastrophic situation, and this is the time to unite and try to avert the disaster to the best of our collective ability.


Subject: Hi guys, this is what Jalloh of AT Forum thinks of you all
From: Alimamy
To: All
Date Posted: 13:42:44 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Jalloh, who was kicked out of this forum ,I guess, after you all complained about his multiplicity of nonsensical posts , says this at the Awareness Forum about you guys here. That forum is becoming a haven for dropouts from this forum. Please read and have fun.


Posted by jallohlaw@yahoo.com on April 19, 2008 at 07:14:32:

May I plead for indulgence on the part of the gatekeepers of this august forum to permit this posting, for it raises critical issues that are thematicaly connected to my hidden theoretical agenda, revealed, but only partly, in my April 18, 2008 postings. Moreover, it deals with issues of "national concern."

Go to Forum C Flat! Go there now, and you will not fail to regard a deadening obsession with one Sierra Leonean female journalist and entrepreneur who, to "preserve and protect" her privacy, I shall name "Freetown's Iron Lady." (Mr. Jawara, knowing you, I am reasonably certain that you have misconstured, in your usual manner, my locution "preserve and protect" her privacy. Go ahead!).

Anyway, let's take a tour of Forum C Flat: next to the daunting and numbing spinning in favor of one of the gaming 'political' parties, something surprising pops up: the vilification of Freetown's Iron Lady by the so-called editor of C Flat, a broke California lawyer and a train of ROGUE maroon taxicab drivers in New Jersey, New York, DC, and, perhaps Atlanta.

I hear from credible sources that the iron lady also holds a medical degree. And significantly, the iron lady is a lady: a woman.

What explains, using the a rhetorical topos of the Qur'an, Forum C Flat's obsession with the iron lady?

Full disclosure: I have represented some marooned relatives of the iron lady in my legal husstle, and I continue to represent the legal interests of one of them. Of course, my representation has no bearing on the content that follows.

So, what explains the obsession?

First, Sierra Leonean Maroon men are quite uncomfortable with articulate women, especially if they are financially independent. As far as I know, the iron lady is articulate and financially independent, and unlike most maroons, me inclusive, she is homegrown, which means she grew up and studied in Sierra Leone. Accordingly, is not a maroon or, perhaps only a half, "malata" maroon.

According to the philosophy of Sierra Leonean men, women belong in the kitchen, the bedroom, and the sweatshops of the US and the UK, the proceeds therefrom to be tendered to Man maroon "every two weeks." UMAN NAR SLAVE.

It needs to be noted that these maroon men have mothers, sisters, and daughters. More need not be said.

FIRST EXPLANATION: SEXISM.

Moving on, unprintable invectives are generously thrown on the iron lady in Forum C Flat,under the 'supervision' of its slumbering "gatekeepers." Some of these invectives attach to "beauty." On my demolition of this silly concept, please see my posting, "Idol Busting:...Beauty...." in this Forum.

Wonders of wonders: I happen to be a Fula, and I know that most, if not all Fulas, entertain the silly notion that only Fulas, especially their girls, gewos, are "beatiful." I shall trash this rubbish: marry I will a twenty year old Mombasa Arab cum Swahili girl. Night, night Fula prejudice. Thus, I rebel against ignorance, against aesthetic buffonery. Sometimes tradition is an ass.

In my opinion, under a synthesis of the marks of what may be called a "generalized African beauty aesthetic" the iron lady holds her own. But, to each his own. And, that is precisely the point: Such "to each his own" have no place in a forum of reasoned, considered, reflective, and ethical thinking.

I find that Forum C Flat lacks all these desiderata. Worse, it is nothing but a mouthpiece for one of the gaming 'political' parties in Sierra Leone, the party of Stevenism. Since I deem Sierra Leone politics as thievery, that does not cost me a wink as I lay my body to bed.

SECOND EXPLANATION: ILL-BREEDING

On to the issue of 'politics.' If you attribute formal democracy to Sierra Leone, as I do, then the currency of party affiliation shoud be policy differences between parties. But, following the logic of the RUF's riposte, "APC, SLPP, wan soup," why should the iron lady's alleged affiliation with one or the other of these gaming parties be of any moment, as a matter of logic, not to mention common sense? Who should be bothered by the issue of party affiliation, given the historical facts attaching to the politics of Sierra Leone? The answer leads to the fourth reason for Forum C Flat's obsession with the iron lady.

FOURTH EXPLANATION: STEVENISM AND STEVENISTS

I have more explanations, but frankly I find Forum C Flat such an odious and repulsive site of discourse that I must take a shower to wash off my "interactive manure" from that crappy rag, where profanity reigns, where "exhitionism" is the Bible, where unreasoned discourse is despised, where women are disrespected, where nonsense passes as sense, where maroondom climaxes, where JEALOUSY IS ALWAYS THE ORDER OF THE DAY.

I eagerly await a "defamation action" from that lawyer in California, an obscurantist to the core, a maroon to the core, nay: Bushed: the worst person in Maroondom. I shall call on the help of our friend Dr. Curtis to resurrect J. Cochran to put him in his place: MAROONDOM TO NTH POWER. Silly lawyer. Need I say that I find most lawyers to silly, greedy, obnoxious, boastful, and skirt chasers: the younger, the merrier


Subject: Re: Hi guys, this is what Jalloh of AT Forum thinks of you a
From: chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 13:56:05 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-139-183-237.range86-139.btcentralplus.com at 86.139.183.237

Message:
Who cares? He's vented - let him vent! What do you expect from an
inconsiderate aggrieved person? This sort of stuff! Let him be! I count
myself out as I engage not in talking about individual miscreants but that
which directly pertains to the well-being of my country and people.


Subject: Re: Hi guys, this is what Jalloh of AT Forum thinks of you a
From: Veteran Forumite
To: All
Date Posted: 14:09:08 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
You are very right, my brother. I don't advice anybody responding to Jalloh and giving him credibility. Treat him like Kabs treated their missus this week when she attacked him in her rag --SNOB. We have better things to discuss on this forum. When the fox cannot get the grapes, what do you expect him to say --That it's sweet ? Never, my man. So just act like you did not read it. And Brother Alimamy, why not leave the people's junk where it belongs ? Kindly don't post them here. I don't think anyone here has the time to labor through Jalloh's incoherent balderdash ! ! ! ! I only feel sorry for Dr.Curtis Thomas who has gone to that forum to waste his knowledge .


Subject: Sierra Leonean Brother faces deportation from Australia.
From: canadianimmigrationconsultant@hushmail.com
To: All
Date Posted: 12:42:09 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
Our brother is now on a suicide watch in Australia because his refugee applications is in trouble. I can help you legally migrate to Canada as a refugee or temporary foreign worker even student. Email:
canadianimmigrationconsultant@hushmail.com
TEL: 780-669-3451


Subject: Re: Sierra Leonean Brother faces deportation from Australia.
From: last try
To: All
Date Posted: 12:57:14 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
try this one it should definitely work or just go to the newspaper and ggogle it yourself. or call me 780-669-3451


Subject: Re: Sierra Leonean Brother faces deportation from Australia.
From: correctlink
To: All
Date Posted: 12:54:14 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
try this one.but for your canada immigration issues call me 780-669-3451


Subject: Oh ye fishers of men..
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 10:50:10 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip98-169-8-64.dc.dc.cox.net at 98.169.8.64

Message:
Aye bo.. Satiday sef.. Jewish Sabbath..?

Nah salone.. nah unu kine we dey call Jew man...

If i cannot get any of you here.. (le creme de la creme of the salone online, offline community) to give alms.. Zakat.. even on a Friday..
Make a charitable donation, help your own country.. be proactive in solving our own problems..

Salone Doommmmmmmmmmm.....
Why are we such an "Uncharitable" people...??
We hate participating.. we hate paying taxes.. we hate getting involved in our community, we hate helping, we hate giving..

There is a school upline, burned down.. that needs $5 dollars, 10, 20... out of the 70K, 120K, 30K you made this year..
YOU CANT TELL ME YOU CANT GIVE...??

I have never crossed waterloo... dont even know how to pronouce the village name..
But, its 1 less packet of cigarettes.. one less round of McDonalds for the kids..
At least next raining season.. 12 pikin go get roof when going to school.

Ah.. a beer at paddys.. $2, you will down 12 in 1 sitting..
Pull nah doe..?? 500, $1000 small for you to show that youself kin do am lek the joneses..

Here is the thank you i recieved from Mr Kamara in appreciation of my $50 donation...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sir,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, members of Sierra Leone Village
Partnerships,and our people in Sierra Leone, I would like to thank you for
supporting our cause. Your kind and immediate response strengthens our
courage and hope that will eventually lead us to the success of our
venture.
Your gift will help our people of Sierra Leone rebuild our country and
their lives after eleven years of brutal war. In a couple weeks I will be
heading out once again to our home land to continue what we've started a
year ago, the second phase of the school construction, and to assess other
potential projects in other villages in Sierra Leone.
Visit our web site at www.slvp.org, as it will be updated periodically to
keep our donors abreast with our progress. If you would like to know more
about SLVP, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you so very much.
--
J. Albert Kamara
President, SLVP Board of Directors

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

All the ALAGBAH's if nah Sam samuna been dey cam.. you go wehr big tie en red cap.. en burn 5 dollar gas for jes go sidom en heng face..

DONATE...OR BUY A CARD.. and i donate on your behalf..
10%. Buy $20, they get $2 dollars.. thats a window..
$50 gives them $5......3-4 of you done get a door..Or chalk for 1 year..


Subject: We are up to $50 from me..£20 from one fred, and £25 from An
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 11:09:04 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip98-169-8-64.dc.dc.cox.net at 98.169.8.64

Message:
Click on LINK below to See thread i am using to track pleadges and purchases..

Our original donation 2 days ago..

$50


------------FRED----------
Bra enti you no say the mont jus pass mid way, some tem nar im make people them nor wan make commitment....
Any way, am pledging 20 quid, but will deliver end of the month. Enti you sef know.

Re: Phone card, will PM you for more info. Man tire with dem phone card way say 200 min but jus gee you 20 min.
--------------------------

--------------ANN---------
pledging 25 quid...lets get this ball rolling people.....

--------------------------

-----------First card purchase--------
Apr 19 11:14AM $3.80 - Charity drive purchase.

Total...
$50 - Donated
£20 - Pledged (good as gold..i dont make friends with people who's words are not thier bonds.
£25 - Pledged (good as gold..or ah go harrass am teyyy)$3.80 - 1 reward for FIRST card purchase from www.callstoafrica.com


Total so far
---------
$53.8
£45.0
---------

Come one.. come all..
We take leones..
We take pong..
we take cement.. en iron rod..(okay.. this nah bait)

1 less McDonalds for them plump kids..
1 less cigarette..
1 less beer..

Most of you here went to school upline.. member oh....member
You know the struggle..
A new generation faces that same fight..

Give and they will recieve...


Subject: Baggage handlers at Lungi airport
From: M. L. Sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 10:37:33 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-68-50-224-71.hsd1.dc.comcast.net at 68.50.224.71

Message:
I want to bring to the notice of all forumites about an ugly situation that is going on in our airport. Nearly every traveller that goes through that airport from abroad complain of their baggage being tampered with. It is becoming a general phenomena in that airport. Baggage handlers and so called immigration officers take it upon themselves to pilfer peoples belonging with impunity. It is frustrating after all the hard work here you bought stuffs for yourselves and relatives just to discover that these thieves have stolen them from your baggage. People go through alot here even cleaning shits just to make ends meet. These kleptomaniacs sit down there in Freetown waiting for the unsuspected traveller to ambush.
The authorities in that airport need to take this act seriuosly as it is becoming so rampant. It doesnt paint a good image of the country. That is an international airport, its not only Sierra Leoneans that go through that airport. I think both the minister of transportation and tourism need to address this issue as it is a matter of urgent concern. After eleven years of negatite publicity (war), we shouldnt encourage another one.

I do hope that people in this forum who have connections with these authorities will bring this issue to their notice so that urgent action is taken.


Subject: Re: Baggage handlers at Lungi airport
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 12:09:19 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.240.41.187

Message:
I thank you for beating me to this important topic. I've long being thinking about bringing this to the open.

It is quiet sickening and deplorable on what is happening in our country. We have a very serious problem in our airport, a minister had fallen victim of this cruel act not long ago and had blown the wistle on them. But these people seems to be immuned to any legal action against them, and that has left me thinking that the only reasonable explanation to that is because top brass have very strong links with this unethical behaviour.

The act cannot be tackled when those who were suppose to prevent it are strongly involved, its no joke and certainly not a secret. The top brass gives instructions to those doing the pilfering that, if you're caught, you cannot mention our names but when it comes to defending you leave it to us.

Its about time the government institute strong and real warnings against this dispicable behaviour.


Subject: Re: Baggage handlers at Lungi airport
From: The man himself
To: All
Date Posted: 11:09:09 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 85.136.101.64.dyn.user.ono.com at 85.136.101.64

Message:
Mr.m.l.sesay as you may call yourself this is a sierra leonean issue not some one with connection in the government.You have the right as a sierra leonean to ask for the minister of transport and aviation who is honourable kemoh sesay for his contact address or cell phone and put your case to him before start blaming supporters or connected people,many of those who supported our government in power are also people from diaspora.There is no need to bash on innocent connected people to the government,other wise previous government do have connected people too.


Subject: Re: Baggage handlers at Lungi airport
From: Candid Opinion - U mummy say..Me pikin, E tay wey you call!
To: All
Date Posted: 11:45:56 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip98-169-8-64.dc.dc.cox.net at 98.169.8.64

Message:
Man himself..

I think your missed Mr Sesays drive..
He only mentioned that people who have the hear of the APC, please pass the word...

If anyone can put Kemohs Sesays (transport minister) phone number here.. it will help...

That shit ole called lungi airport needs to be cleaned up.. and the sooner the better..


Subject: Re: Baggage handlers at Lungi airport
From: M. L. Sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 12:00:27 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-68-50-224-71.hsd1.dc.comcast.net at 68.50.224.71

Message:
Thank you man for passing the word. All what I am interested in is to get the word out. I dont care about the politics. Its not even about Kemoh Sesay's number. If we could get alot of people reacting it will be like writing a formal protest letter with signatories. That is all what I am asking. This problem does not affect me alone I think.


Subject: Re: Baggage handlers at Lungi airport
From: M. L. Sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 11:16:54 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-68-50-224-71.hsd1.dc.comcast.net at 68.50.224.71

Message:
You are missing the point. Dont politicize this issue. I am not attacking any one, I am trying to raise an issue. By you saying something about it in this forum is even enough. People who know me knows my affiliation but that is not the point. You yourself or relative or friend may have suffered from this problem. Lets say something loud so that it can be heared. If one million react to this issue, I think it will ring a bell.


Subject: Re: Baggage handlers at Lungi airport
From: gross generalization
To: All
Date Posted: 12:35:58 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
so if your bag is missing or pilfered, you did not prove yourpoint enough case dismissed.


Subject: Re: Baggage handlers at Lungi airport
From: Trust me
To: All
Date Posted: 15:11:10 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-139-183-237.range86-139.btcentralplus.com at 86.139.183.237

Message:
Trust me you are one of those thieves at Lungi - you will be caught
someday - 99 days for tiffman and one day for master ose!!


Subject: Rice hits N10,200 per bag in Nigeria
From: Ernesto Koromson
To: All
Date Posted: 09:35:30 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Rice Hits N10,200 Per Bag in Nigeria
By Sebastine Ebhuomhan, Correspondent, Lagos

Rice, a popular staple and favourite food of most Nigerians, has hit the rooftop with a 50-kilogramme bag now selling above N10, 000 in Lagos.

A survey conducted during the week by Saturday Independent showed that the spiraling movement of the prices of rice is not abating as highly anticipated by worried consumers. Instead, the prices of rice have jumped by a whooping 43 percent in the last 72 hours to peg above N10, 000 in markets and shops of wholesalers and retailers in Lagos.

By the end of last week, the price of a 50-kilogramme bag of the imported white parboiled Thailand brand, popularly called aroso had increased from N6, 000 to N9, 100. At the latest price of N10,000 which is higher with as much as N200 in some of the retail shops, more citizens are exposed to hunger especially as the national minimum wage of most workers is just about N7,500. However, the prices of locally produced rice sell far less than the imported brands.

Investigation showed that some food sellers have stopped cooking rice, concentrating instead, on beans with yam or bread. On the other hand, many others have jerked up the price of a spoonful of cooked rice to N30.00 and above.

A seller at Iju, Ishaga in Lagos, Mama Agoin, who spoke to our reporter said, "a bag of rice now cost N10, 200. I stopped cooking rice since Monday when I discovered I was selling at a big loss. How can I spend so much money cooking food for consumers only to find out at the end of the day that all I have to show for my effort is a loss? Customers would not stop complaining that their rice is too small even when I am merely selling at the rate I bought the rice. So, for now, I am selling only cooked yam, beans and bread."

The remote implications of the rising cost of rice are lack of food choice for consumers and widespread hunger, especially for people who have for long become accustomed to the easy, racy and delicious taste of rice in various forms.

Rice is the staple food for about three billion people worldwide. Nigeria is the second largest importer of rice in the world after Philippines. In 2006, Nigeria spent $267m on rice importation and this year, it is projected that the import bill may hit $1.7bn. Furthermore, the Nigerian Customs Service's clampdown on rice smuggling since 2005 is almost wiping out the nation's illegal supply chain. The situation is compounded by the fact that local rice production is insufficient, costly and poor.

On March 12, 2008, Nigeria opened her National Grain Reserve to cushion the rising prices. But experts have warned that such short-term approach that is not aimed at boosting local production will only exacerbate the situation on the long-term.


Subject: Re: Rice hits N10,200 per bag in Nigeria
From: Kofi Mensah
To: All
Date Posted: 10:18:33 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
FOOD!
Ghana is OK
Says MOFA as food security scare hits the world

Isaac Essel | Posted: Friday, April 18, 2008



The Minister of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Mr. Ernest Debrah, has reassured Ghanaians that the country has enough food in stock and would not be affected by the recent food shortages across parts of the world.
There have been severe food security threats in many countries around the world including Ghana’s close neighbours but Mr. Debrah said, despite the food shortage in the northern sector, the favourable weather conditions in southern Ghana in 2007, Ghanaian staples, except rice, sorghum and millet showed appreciable increase in production countrywide.

Rising food prices have led to food riots in a number of countries and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently had to issue a global warning.

But Ghana’s Agric Minister said, “There is enough food in Ghana until the next harvest and the observed increase in the price of some food commodities, especially maize is as a result of speculations of shortages by farmers and traders.” He was speaking at the Meet-the-Press series in Accra yesterday.

He mentioned a number of activities and programmes MOFA had embarked upon to ensure secure food supply.

Mr. Debrah said the objective for 2008 is to address food security issues through contingency planning, emergency preparedness including establishment of strategic stocks to address the negative effects of climatic change and natural disasters.

He said, “In order to respond adequately to the food needs of victims of natural hazards and other calamities, the ministry will use the pro-cocoon technology to store about 53,000 mt of maize as national strategic stock.”

He explained that with the pro-cocoon technology, grains can be stored without adding any chemicals for about 10 to 15 years. He said this strategic storage “is the beginning of establishing a national security stock for Ghana”.

The Agric Minister said some facilities of the former Ghana Food Distribution Corporation will be rehabilitated for use in the national buffer stock programme.

He said under the agricultural mechanization programme, eleven locat1ons have been selected to establish mechanisation centres with private companies to manage the centres selected and a number of agricultural machinery equipment including 55 tractors and accessories have been set aside for the programme.

To enhance farmers’ access to mechanized services, he said 900 tractors, 21 power tillers and 39 water pumps were assembled and distributed, and a total of 120 farmers (including 50 women) were trained in animal traction as trainer of trainers.

Touching on the bird flu, Mr. Debrah said “Ghana is indeed on record for being the only African country that has so effectively and efficiently controlled the avian influenza outbreak”.

He said as a control measure, 56,790 birds on 9 farms not affected by Avian Influenza were also destroyed. In addition, a total of 193,903 eggs were destroyed. GH ¢160,000 was paid as compensation to the affected farmers.

Assessing the damage caused by the flood in the three northern regions last year, he said estimated total metric tons of 13,880.55, 238,682.0, 4,513.0 of crop production were lost in Upper East, Northern and Upper West regions respectively.

In agricultural financing, the Minister said a total of GH¢544,238.92 was disbursed as credit to farmer groups in production, storage, processing and marketing activities in project districts of the Livestock Development Project and Cashew Development Project.

Giving the outlook for 2008, Mr Debrah said the MOFA will pursue its goal through the Second Food and Agriculture Sector Development Programme (FASDEP II). The programme includes food security and emergency preparedness, improved growth in incomes and stability, sustainable management of land and environment and application of science and technology in food and agriculture development.

The MOFA in 2008 and beyond plans to maintain self sufficiency in staple food production (maize, yam and cassava), increase production of rice and cowpea by 50 per cent respectively by 2010, conserve animal feed and seed as national strategic stocks, increase population of small ruminants (sheep and goats) and rural poultry (including guinea fowls) by 50 per cent by 2010 and increase production of tree crops (oil palm, citrus, mangoes and cashew) by 5,000 hectares each by 2010.

It also intends to provide 66,400 youth farmers with entrepreneurial skills and farm plots by 2010, develop and implement a national agricultural youth programme by December 2008, train farmers, processors and exporters in the export sector in export production, processing and marketing by 2010 and empower 30 per cent of Ghanaian farmers to receive extension information through extension demonstrations and the use of audio-visual aids by 2010.

Please see below our editorial of 14th April 2008 .on the international food crisis…

The world food crisis:

What are we eating or should we be eating?

Credible reports from credible sources like the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the UN speak of rising food prices which could go up by as much as 50% in the current fiscal year.

Henri Josserand, of the Global Information and Early Warning System of FAO last week said, “Food price inflation hits the poorest hardest, as the share of food in their total expenditures is much higher than that of the wealthier nations.”

(See ADM of yesterday). What this means is that we must brace up for tough times ahead. However, our Minister of Food and Agriculture also assured us last week that adequate preparations have been made by our government to face any food challenges ahead. That indeed, is very reassuring, but all the same, we must take the FAO warning very seriously. It is conceivable that 90% or more of the rice we consume is not produced by us. As for wheat and wheat-based products a good 100% comes from abroad. Though we produce maize, we still rely on some imports to make up for the shortfalls.

These three cereals have now colonised the world and that's where we believe the problem lies. Many indigenous foods, nutritious and abundant, which local communities depended on, have been marginalised by the overdependence on these three cereals.

As their prices soar, because the world has discovered other uses for them, the solution would lie in going back to the basics. Governments, especially of the poorer countries of the world, must evolve new strategies to encourage their people to consume more of their indigenous foods.

There are varieties of cassava for example, which are just as palatable as yam and certainly more palatable than potatoes, but they have gone out of fashion and the starch producing variety is rather being encouraged for industrial uses. Eating cassava as a staple has now out completely in many homes. Sweet potatoes are considered among the most nutritious of tubers, so are cocoyams etc but hardly do they feature as staples in many homes.

Millet and guinea corn used to be the main cereal staples in the northern regions, now they have been swamped by rice and maize and wheat-based products. We can reverse the rising cost of food if we want to! Those who determine the prices and uses of rice, maize and wheat and may have never heard of nkontomire or bankyi are not indigenous people. They are to be found in the food and mercantile exchanges of the richer nations....Let's eat local and we will escape the clutches of their greed!


Subject: NOSLINA National Awards Banquet Kabs Kanu Receives an Award
From: Sheku Kallon
To: All
Date Posted: 07:08:15 04/19/08 ()
Email Address: shekukal@yahoo.com
Entered From: c-76-105-124-181.hsd1.ga.comcast.net at 76.105.124.181

Message:
Despite our political differences, Kabs Kanu will receive a community service leadership award from NOSLINA next week Saturday April 26th 2008. I look forward to handing the award to you Mr. Kabs. Now if our politicians in Sierra Leone can set aside their political diferences and work in the interest of mother Sierra Leone that will be a great day for our country. Tell the APC goons to stop firing people just because they support the SLPP. Click on the link for the flyer about the NOSLINA event. please be on time Diner is served between 9:00 PM and 10:30 pm only.


Subject: Re: NOSLINA National Awards Banquet Kabs Kanu Receives an Award
From: news
To: All
Date Posted: 15:17:58 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Hey Sheku,

Can we have a list of all the awardees? It's amazing there is no press release to the effect.


Subject: Re: NOSLINA National Awards Banquet Kabs Kanu Receives an Aw
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 14:01:05 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-139-183-237.range86-139.btcentralplus.com at 86.139.183.237

Message:
That is the Sheku I know! Congratulations to Rev. Kabs in advance. I pray
he gets the honour on the ground (at the ward ceremony).


Subject: Re: NOSLINA National Awards Banquet Kabs Kanu Receives an Award
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 12:22:16 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.240.41.187

Message:
While your gesture is highly received and respected, I just want to ask you to comment on the claims made by Sylvia Blyden about Kabs-kanu in which you were quoted.

....."I had to giggle when I saw the list of awardees for this year's so-called NOSLINA "Awards". I spoke to Sheku Kallon of New People Newspaper who doubles as NOSLINA Director and I asked him what in heaven's name was their organisation giving an award to Kabs Kanu of Cocorioko Ragsheet for? For MISCREANCY under the guise of journalism?

Poor Sheku could only mumble something about the voters.

Well, those "NOSLINA voters" must be the most gullible bunch I have come across in a long time if they think Kabs Kanu deserves an award"....


Subject: Re: NOSLINA National Awards Banquet Kabs Kanu Receives an Award
From: The Green Monster
To: All
Date Posted: 13:30:57 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Sylvia is envious of Kabs Kanu. She is a very envious person.It is the same bad heart she has for other jornalists like Philip Neville and Paul Kamara. That is a fact. Kabs Kanu does not live in Freetown but we have waited in vain for Awareness Times to knock out Cocorioko as the leading newspaper. To me, Cocorioko has more class than Awareness Times .I think Sylvia is wrong. We may disagree with Kabs' opinions but to me, he remains one of our best journalists. This is a bitter pill to swallow for Sylvia, but its the fact.


Subject: Re: NOSLINA National Awards Banquet Kabs Kanu Receives an Award
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 09:07:15 04/19/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: c-69-140-129-75.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.129.75

Message:
I congratulate Kabs in advance and I wish him well.


Subject: Re: NOSLINA National Awards Banquet Kabs Kanu Receives an Award
From: Fan of Kabs
To: All
Date Posted: 08:46:39 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Thanks Noslina for giving this man the honour due to him.This has been overdue. May God bless Noslina.


Subject: Re: NOSLINA National Awards Banquet Kabs Kanu Receives an Award
From: Another fan of Kabs Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 09:38:41 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
I congratulate you, bossman . You deserve it .


Subject: Re-enstate "The Athens of West Africa"
From: Tolongbo
To: All
Date Posted: 03:47:13 04/19/08 ()
Email Address: soribaibureh@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 212.71.37.79

Message:
I have a huge concern about the deteriorating state in our educational system in Sierra Leone, despite frantic effort for improvement. However, I would like to present this suggestion hoping that it will not fall on deaf ears.
Let president Dr. EBK be given a regular timetable to lecture at FBC as it is the case with the Irania president, the Malasian and even Turkish president do.

Next in order, former president Alhaj Ahmed Tejan Kabba, Dr. James Jonna, Dr. Abass Bundu, Dr. Alfred Bobson Sesay, Dr. Sama Banya, Dr. Demby, Dr. Abdulai Conteh, Dr. Alpha Wurie, Alhaji AKK, and many others. If these people take up the lecturing fields in our universities, surely the past image "Athens of West Africa" will be restored once and for all. And then all our children in the diasphora will be sent home for better education.


Subject: Re: Re-enstate "The Athens of West Africa"
From: Durusimi
To: All
Date Posted: 07:27:11 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ppp-70-244-76-207.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 70.244.76.207

Message:
If you think everyone called or calling themselves Dr is intellectual property then think again. Charity begins at home, and building Athens begins from teaching the young kids of today our yester poda-poda values of hard work, honesty, discipline, etc etc.
Some of the names above are notorious crooks who would rather run fake NGO organisations than prepare lectures for a living.


Subject: Re: Re-enstate "The Athens of West Africa"
From: Sheku Kallon
To: All
Date Posted: 07:20:52 04/19/08 ()
Email Address: shekukal@yahoo.com
Entered From: c-76-105-124-181.hsd1.ga.comcast.net at 76.105.124.181

Message:
Let's aim higher than "Athens of West Africa". Sierra Leoneans should aspire to become "A Paradise on Earth".
That is the bar we should set for ourselves.


Subject: Where is Edward Sisay?
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 02:41:03 04/19/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: c83-248-232-92.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.232.92

Message:
Buddy I need your help on some design software. Please get back to me as soon as you can.


Subject: A special Saturday treat for Mensa!
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 02:14:23 04/19/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: c83-248-232-92.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.232.92

Message:
Boy remember those days when we use to have our 'coatless' at ninty degress while heading for Community centre or Kays or Galaxy or Storm or Disco Chandis?
Have a nice weekend.


Subject: The Special Court
From: M. Al ieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 01:58:30 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
I found this article interesting


Subject: Kareem Who?
From: JBK
To: All
Date Posted: 00:00:43 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
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Subject: Need Contacts at Fourah Bay College
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 22:16:26 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
Would appreciate a post if anyone knows people that are currently professors or even current students at FBC. Would prefer someone with access to email. If you know someone, kindly post and we'll find a way to exchange emails.

Thanks,

Sam


Subject: Re: Need Contacts at Fourah Bay College
From: political
To: All
Date Posted: 23:07:02 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip70-162-167-106.ph.ph.cox.net at 70.162.167.106

Message:
I have a brother that is a professor at FBC


Subject: Re: Need Contacts at Fourah Bay College
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 12:47:28 04/22/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
Please email me. ssam12 at hotmail.com. I'll give you more details.

Thank you,
Sam


Subject: Why does this forum spend so much time on Sylvia Blyden?
From: Truth
To: All
Date Posted: 21:43:07 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.147.101.21

Message:
I believe that Sylvia Blyden has all the right to feel important because
this forum, which so far as I know is the most popular Sierra Leone
forum on the web, spends an inordinate amount of time discussing her.

Whether it is people calling her Babu Blyden, Worworli, gongorli, or so
on, a lot of time and web space is devoted to her. If you google her
name, you get more hits than the president of Sierra Leone himself.
There is a saying that If you are not important, people will not talk
about you. If this saying is true then you guys are making this lady you
so love to hate, a household name in Sierra Leone and around the
world.

The other day I saw a picture of her with the State House press
secretary and wife. They were so cozy that I thought to my self what
all the anti-Sylvia New Jersey bunch would feel when they saw such
coziness between people they have spent so much time pitting against
each other

My advice to you guys is to just ignore Sylvia, cause everyday you
write about her, even if you are being negative, is just adding to her
aura.


Subject: Re: Why does this forum spend so much time on Sylvia Blyden?
From: Which google are you using?
To: All
Date Posted: 07:12:26 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: socrates.la.psu.edu at 146.186.141.163

Message:
Your information is not correct. I googled "Sylvia Blyden" and got less than half the number of hits compared to when I googled "Ernest Koroma". Are you tring to deceive us?


Subject: Re: Why does this forum spend so much time on Sylvia Blyden?
From: Alimamy
To: All
Date Posted: 16:18:29 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Gongoli Blyden is being lashed in Freetown by other newspapers.It is not only on this forum that she is getting the short end of the stick.De titty in trick dorty.That is why she is attacked everywhere. I guess you guys should ignore her , though. If you fallah baboo for in wowor wan, you go beat am tay you kill am.


Subject: Re: Why does this forum spend so much time on Sylvia Blyden?
From: Alimamy Turay
To: All
Date Posted: 13:35:25 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: deltablast@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.52.64.212

Message:
Our Kabs is the devil incarnate!!


Subject: Famous or Imfamous
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 22:27:53 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: emonique@bellsouth.net
Entered From: adsl-074-185-005-235.sip.clt.bellsouth.net at 74.185.5.235

Message:
If you google Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, or Charles Manson you will get lots of hits but the general opinion is that they were all men who committed unthinkable acts. I can only speak for myself but I choose to spend time commenting about her on this forum because I believe that anyone reporting about the misdeeds of others the way she does should have at least some personal integrity. I don't believe you are a source of reliable information to others when you refuse to operate in a manner which is befitting for the position you want to hold. As for the photo you referenced, you should know by now that there are no friends in politics.


Subject: Re: Famous or Imfamous
From: Tamba Moiwo
To: All
Date Posted: 05:48:26 04/19/08 ()
Email Address: moiwo@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: gateway-303.energis.gsi.gov.uk at 62.25.109.196

Message:
"now that there are no friends in politics."

I hear you Sis !


Subject: Re: Famous or Imfamous
From: Infamous
To: All
Date Posted: 00:26:37 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: aca2b38b.ipt.aol.com at 172.162.179.139

Message:
Erica, do not listen to some of these nonsensical statements. You gave this person the right answer. If you Google even the Devil, doesn't his name come up a lot?Does this mean the Devil is being made important. This is Information Age. If people feel that wicked people in our midst will be allowed to continue hurting other people without it being written for the records, they are not serious. If this person read all you have written , he or she will see that you are not writing about that dog child for fun but because she is trying to hurt your family. This is the stinking hypocrisy about Sierra Leoneans that disturbs me. They always support wicked people over good people. That is why our people are being robbed blind and used like jackasses by politicians and this is why our country is the poorest in the world. We are responsible. Our hypocrisy is responsible. If everyone of us had integrity and we all cried down bad people, there will be no Sylvia Blydens in Sierra Leone.

You want to know it is not only this forum where this dog child was abused daily ? Ask for the archives of Leonenet from 1996-2003 and see the havoc she created on that forum and how she was disgraced there .She was the first person ever banned from Leonenet. I will not speak about Africa online or the NUP Forum.

The person mentioned that ugly picture she and Shekito took. What does that picture tell you ? If you had studied psychology, you would have seen a lonely woman literally begging the world to see her and accept her. That is what you call cozy ? You must be crazy.


Subject: THE ALL PEOPLES CONGRESS. INDID
From: IBRAHIM SASPO BANGURA
To: All
Date Posted: 18:54:37 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: IBBANGURA@COMCAST.NET
Entered From: c-68-48-56-184.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 68.48.56.184

Message:
JUST A REMINDER.

The A.P.C under Siaka Stevens through to Joseph Momoh was a ruling party under a one party state, all of the S.L.P.P today used to be a part of that A.P.C and they wore that red proudly, and it looked good on them.
When you compare the present A.P.C to that of the one party state, and accuse them of being corrupt as in the past. Please look at the mirror, go outside and look at your surroundings, all that luxury you got when you used to be in that A.P.C that you today call corrupt.
Today we have been blessed with democracy, and everyone has proudly taken their sides. The A.P.C has been elected ruling party for the republic by the people, we should all accept this and be sierra leonean about it and help in the positive and vigorous developments being addressed by this government.
The future is now. President Koroma, Vice president Sumana and their government know this, they are and will take us there, you can see it in there present progress and manner of running things.
As a people we have the most powerful weapon in every government. The right to vote.
The people choose the A.P.C to govern Sierra leone, so please lets let them govern this country and stop accusing them of things that were done by everyone else.
A positive attitude towards any government in sierra leone will lead to a healthier and better "Sa lone".
These distinguished gentlemen have a vision for sierra leone, it will go alot smoother and better if we all just positively help bring it to light.
I say these things not because i am A.P.C, but because i am Sierra leonean.
Belive it or not. The A.P.C is indid the {ALL PEOPLES CONGRESS}.

GOD BLESS


Subject: Re: THE ALL PEOPLES CONGRESS. INDID
From: Ibrahim
To: All
Date Posted: 07:24:18 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-157-185-252.range86-157.btcentralplus.com at 86.157.185.252

Message:
You say.....As a people we have the most powerful weapon in every government. The right to vote....

yeeh, right....What is the point of having the right to vote ifat the end og the day the result is rigged by a fake Doctor in any event....I think you should go and take you tablets if you think that is good democracy.


Subject: Re: THE ALL PEOPLES CONGRESS. INDID
From: Tamba Moiwo
To: All
Date Posted: 05:54:36 04/19/08 ()
Email Address: moiwo@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: gateway-303.energis.gsi.gov.uk at 62.25.109.196

Message:
"I say these things not because i am A.P.C, but because i am Sierra leonean.
Belive it or not. The A.P.C is indid the {ALL PEOPLES CONGRESS}."

The perfect slogan is ' ONE CONTRY,ONE PEOPLE'. I say this not because one belongs to SLPP,but because it caputures the very picture of Sierra Leone as one and indivisible along TRIBAL lines.But EBK prefers DIVISION.


Subject: Re: THE ALL PEOPLES CONGRESS. INDID
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 12:26:55 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.240.41.187

Message:
Baboo yai oh Tamba, u go die wit frustration oh if u nor try for accept the changes.


Subject: Re: THE ALL PEOPLES CONGRESS. INDID
From: Chi cha Archichude
To: All
Date Posted: 19:53:39 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.151.131.129

Message:
A good lesson for class 3 pupils of Tower Hill Municipal school.


Subject: Re: THE ALL PEOPLES CONGRESS. INDID
From: Pedrodacintra
To: All
Date Posted: 02:05:31 04/19/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: c83-248-232-92.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.232.92

Message:
Like you!


Subject: Re: THE ALL PEOPLES CONGRESS. INDID
From: Nar u sabi
To: All
Date Posted: 07:18:18 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-146-96-164.range86-146.btcentralplus.com at 86.146.96.164

Message:
Nar U Sabi


Subject: Do they still have Night Clubs in S.L?
From: Rambler
To: All
Date Posted: 17:25:15 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ppp-70-244-76-207.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 70.244.76.207

Message:
What you say?


Subject: Re: Do they still have Night Clubs in S.L?
From: Bai Bureh
To: All
Date Posted: 02:20:28 04/19/08 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: c83-248-232-92.bredband.comhem.se at 83.248.232.92

Message:
Even if you are still living in the past, Salone is not that bad as to lacking in night clubs.They are very much there and functioning like mad. The war took its toll but people are still 'boiling' out there.

Buddy your old school got me started.It brought back my boyhood memories in Freetown and makes me wanna go right now instead instead of December. Anyway keep those oldies coming.


Subject: SLPP friend in the net
From: Interesting read
To: All
Date Posted: 15:17:09 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 36-66-ftth.onsneteindhoven.nl at 88.159.66.36

Message:
Nigeria's Senate Committee Probes Former President Obasanjo
By James Butty
Washington, D.C.
18 April 2008

In Nigeria, a senate committee investigating how land was appropriated during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo said it might call the former president to testify to vindicate himself about allegations of impropriety. A house committee is already investigating how the Obasanjo government allegedly wasted billions of dollars on ghost improvements to the country’s power sector.

The land investigation focuses on how the former president and one of his right-hand men allegedly got their hands on several pieces of land in the federal capital of Abuja.

Kabiru Mato heads the political science department at the University of Abuja. He told VOA the investigations should serve notice to current Nigerian politicians and those aspiring to be that a day of reckoning is coming.

“The probe that is going on currently in the senate is not particularly about a plot of land that was allocated to the former president by the former minister of Federal Capital Territory Nasir el-Rufai. The probe is a holistic probe that is examining a lot of things that people have accused the last administration of doing as far as the administration of Federal Capital Territory is concerned. So it had to do with land allocat1on not only to the former president but also to the minister and his relatives as well as the illegal evictions and ejections of tenants in their residences,” he said.

Mato said the former president’s name has come up because his minister of Federal Capital Territory, Nasir el-Rufai, allocated land to his political associates.

“The disturbing aspect of it is that quite a lot of land that was undeveloped in the capital territory were revoked by the former minister. And after revocation of these plots of land, they were mainly allocated to his relatives, to his friends, and perhaps political associates. And that’s why the name of former president came it,” Mato said.

He said many believe former President Obasanjo should be invited to testify before the senate committee investigating the land deal.

“Believing in President (Umaru) Yar’Adua’s agitation for the rule of law, due process, equality before the law, we believe that there is a need for the former president and all those who are central actors in that government, especially as it relates to the specific case to answer questions on how this thing went so bad in the country,” he said.

Mato rejected the suggestion by some that bringing former President Obasanjo to testify would give more ammunition to those African leaders who are clinging on to power for fear they might one day be treated like Obasanjo if they relinquished power.

“It’s a good omen for Nigerian politics. It is also a good omen for Nigerian people and leaders themselves because all those in position of authority and those that are aspiring to be would bear in their minds that the day of reckoning certainly will come no matter how long it takes when they are in office. So they will learn the act of supervising over the affairs of the people,” especially their resources in most prudent, and satisfactory manner,” he said.

Mato said the central thesis of governance should be service to the people and not to amass wealth.


Subject: Ten other things the SLPP left 95% completed
From: What Ya say? From Peep!
To: All
Date Posted: 15:05:01 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 36-66-ftth.onsneteindhoven.nl at 88.159.66.36

Message:
Ten other things the SLPP left 95% completed

Ten other things the SLPP completed 95%
1. We were ‘belleful’ 95% when Kabbah left.
2. The Freetown-Lungi Bridge was 95% complete (in their dreams! ha! ha!).
3. 95% of the NATIONAL RAILWAY had been completed.
4. As was the Hillside Road Project and the Super Fly-over.
5. 95% of SABABU was complete (at least 95% of the funds had gone! ha! ha!).
6. NaCSA had completely used 95% of its funds and built 95% of signboards announcing its projects.
7. 95% of funds for rehabilitation of NATIONAL STADIUM had been set aside in various bank accounts (where are they?).
8. Freetown streets lights had been 95% finished. (1% of house lights? ha! ha!).
9. 95% of all kids of school going age were going to school (only 5% had chairs and teachers though! ha! ha!).
10. 95% of all voters had chopped SOLO B’s cash (even if two people vote for me. I will win MASSIVELY’).


Subject: Re: Ten other things the SLPP left 95% completed
From: Tamba Moiwo
To: All
Date Posted: 09:10:44 04/23/08 ()
Email Address: moiwo@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: host86-147-235-239.range86-147.btcentralplus.com at 86.147.235.239

Message:
Dorty Olu again? Bo now that the man don bag Anti-Corruption job,he is re-paying his political masters.Who says Gordon nor get price?


Subject: SYMBOL HULABALOO
From: GASSIM CONTEH
To: All
Date Posted: 15:02:55 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: gassimc@yahoo.com
Entered From: 5accb214.bb.sky.com at 90.204.178.20

Message:
The symbol wahala within the APC is a very serious matter and needs to be addressed with tact and political maturity. The topic is so imposing that web readers cannot ignore it as it permeates all the local newspapers across party line with the unfortunate deafening silence from Cocorioko, excuse me if I miss your contribution to it.

It is a welcome news that the government is seen to be serious about clamping down on hooliganism. It is a particularly welcome news that the party supporters are being rounded up to face the music. It cannot be over-emphasized that peace and security are indispensable elements of progress and development.

But it has to be said that to any effect there is a cause, vice versa. The most effective method of dealing with violence and disorder is by not acting in a way that provokes violence. This view gives credence to the old adage "prevention is better than cure".

I must confess my ignorance about the eligibility criteria for the award of symbols for local council elections within the APC. But I assume that the APC will use the same yardstick it used for the selection of candidates for the parliamentary elections viz party loyalty and proven record of tangible contribution to the development of the appropriate constituency, among others. These criteria reinfornced by democratic principles, has the potential to avert ugly incidents as seen on the streets of Freetown and some other districts.

From experience, it is more likely for people to resort to violence and protests when rules and procedures are circumvented or compromised as opposed to when they are not there at all. It has been alleged by some press houses that certain "sacred cows" in the party have been single-handedly imposing candidates on the people.

I am advising the APC not to take the people for granted on the premise that they have a soaring popularity. This is one of the mistakes the SLPP made that caused them the elections. Also, the APC will be commiting grave error by over-estimating their popularity. The APC should not forget that they needed the support of other parties especially the PMDC to defeat the SLPP. Also, assuming that there was no fowl play or hanky-panky in the award of symbols it is the responsibility of the party to educate and inform the electorate especially a largely illiterate electorate, especially in the hotly contested areas. Whatever yardstick is used must be clearly explained to the electorate. An easy way to do this is to make the system as democratic as possible (transparency and fairness being key).

The APC may be busy celebrating the acquisition of some big "fishes" from other parties without stopping to assess the impact of alienating grassroot supporters. The APC should note that they cannot afford self-imposed problems on top of what they have inherited from their predecessors and the blobal impact on the price of essential commodities which is making the electorate become increasingly disillusioned.


Subject: Re: SYMBOL HULABALOO
From: Alpha Saidu Bangura
To: All
Date Posted: 23:26:09 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: saidubangso@aol.com
Entered From: c-69-140-129-75.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.129.75

Message:
Gassim, the only way the APC can stop future symbol"Wahala" is by doing what the SLPP did during the last general elections( which is allowing the people in the constituency or ward to elect the most popular aspirant for the party's symbol). That is the most democratic way to do it. APC executives must stay away from the business of issuing the party' symbol, they should leave with the people.
Members of the APC'S national executive must not take the issuing of the party's symbol as a source of income for themselves. Bribery is the highest form of corruption and if the leadership of the APC is really serious about fighting corruption , the party will never have such a big problem.


Subject: Re: SYMBOL HULABALOO
From: marlin
To: All
Date Posted: 22:21:27 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 61.50.142.110

Message:
Very salient points. I duff my hat to you bro because I could not have said it better.


Subject: Been our brothers keeper..
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 14:55:11 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
I read this and was sooooooo impressed..
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Saloneconnection.com an internet site based in the United States of America which connects Sierra Leoneans everywhere in the World, on Thursday 9th of April 2008 paid a condolence visit to the family of late Miss Adeline Bickersteth who until her death was a staff of Guarantee Trust Bank of Sierra Leone and a member of Saloneconnection with the screen name of AdelB. Ms Adeline Bickersteth lost her life in a minor car accident on Easter Monday.


Members of Saloneconnection in Sierra Leone with family of the late AdelB


The Condolence visit which was lead by Miss Manjama Fasuluku on behalf of Saloneconnection was received by the family of the deceased at their Edward Street residence in Freetown. The sum of $380 (three hundred and eighty dollars) which was contributed by Saloneconnection members was presented to the family at the occasion.

Giving a brief explanation on the visit Mr. Akim Toure, also a member, stated that the late AdelB was an active member until the cold hands of death took her away and that the membership were deeply shocked to learn of the family’s bereavement and following the tradition of being our brothers’ keeper, they quickly raised the contribution as a way of reducing the burden of the sudden burial expenses.

After buttressing Mr. Toure’s point, Ms. Manjama Fasuluku opined that it is a well known fact that the family loved AdelB who was an upcoming promising lady and she also stated that Saloneconnection family missed her so much, but since God loves her best and called her so early, everybody must give thanks to our maker and pray that she remains in the safety hands of the Lord Almighty.

Mis Kuku Gee, also a member of Saloneconnection who handed over the contributed money to the parents of AdelB also prayed for the soul of the departed Adeline to perpetually rest in peace.

In thanking Saloneconnection, the sister of AdelB who spoke on behalf of the family, Sylvia Bickersteth, who fought tears throughout said they never expected that the late Adeline was that friendly taking into consideration her quiet nature. She thanked Saloneconnection for their thoughtfulness and expressed the family’s deep appreciation for the kind gesture adding that though the late Adeline was the youngest, she was like the brain and errand lady of the family. Sylvia continued saying that AdelB lost her father some eight months ago and its with deepest regret that they have lost the ‘rising star’ of their family.

Saloneconnection.com, few months ago contributed the sum of $550 towards the seeking of justice on behalf of late Ms. Alima Kamara , an 18 year old girl who died in Kenema under mysterious circumstances.

Mr. Perry Mason (Administrator), Mr. Hamid Conteh, Ms. Sarran Jabbie (Moderators) and the entire Saloneconnection family wish the family of Adeline the fortitude to bear this great loss.


Subject: Questions and Observations
From: Question
To: All
Date Posted: 14:19:28 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
I have been following the news and it seems as if the the people that were convicted by Val Collier's ACC, are now having their convictions sqashed by the high court. Soloku Bockarie, Harry Will, and another High Court Judge have all won their appeals.

We are hearing that the ACC is now questioning Gabbidon. What is the point of spending millions of pounds on the ACC just to have some of these same people return to society. Do we have any "thieves" in Sierra-Leone?

May be our government needs to strenghten the Auditor General's office and grant them more powers to fight corruption. Increase their salaries, train more auditors, and conduct regular audits to detect fraud. The ACC consumes so much money(millions of pounds), but they are definitely not producing any results.


Subject: IS THIS LOVE?
From: FOREIGN BORN
To: All
Date Posted: 13:24:46 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: FOREIGNBORN@MSN.COM
Entered From: gate4-norfolk.nmci.navy.mil at 138.162.0.44

Message:
I met a Sierra leonean brother. I was happy to meet someone from a land where my late dad was from. We both seemed happy at first. But then I told him my last name and he walked away gave me the cold shoulder. Now I wander whether all Sierra leoneans whom I never had a chance to learn more about since my dad died before I ever had a chance to go visit. My mother a black American told me that its probably because of my last name. I did not know that black on black hate existed in the mother land because of names. Someone tell me its not true because I still want to go visit this summer. I am planning on bringing all my black american and white friends.


Subject: Re: IS THIS LOVE?
From: Umaru Conteh
To: All
Date Posted: 13:03:51 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
If you are interested in visiting the mother land , we will provide you and your American friends free shelter and transportation whilst in either Sierra Leone Guinea or Liberia.
contact me: umaruconteh@hushmail.com


Subject: Re: IS THIS LOVE?
From: Eddie Grant
To: All
Date Posted: 12:33:49 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.240.41.187

Message:
It will take me a lot of convincing to beleive such thing can be done by a Sierra Leonean.


Subject: Re: IS THIS LOVE?
From: Yes It's Love
To: All
Date Posted: 14:19:46 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
I will give the cold shoulder to anyone with the last name "BORN".


Subject: Re: IS THIS LOVE?
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 13:42:14 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Try posting this topic over at VSL..

http://forum.visitsierraleone.org/

There is a lot more travel related.. returnee, JC, foreing born.. prodigal pikins over there..


Subject: Re: IS THIS LOVE?
From: Dr. Love
To: All
Date Posted: 13:37:59 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4575eca0.dyn.optonline.net at 69.117.236.160

Message:
You need to tell us more. Generally speaking, Sierra Leoneans do not give a damn about ethnicity or last names when it comes to dating. What is your last name that you presume turned your friend off? And what is his?


Subject: Imfamous Rock thrower, hand hider no shows for court again
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 12:46:26 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
Entered From: adsl-074-185-005-235.sip.clt.bellsouth.net at 74.185.5.235

Message:
Those of you who are regulars on this forum are well aware of the ongoing property dispute between my family and one Sylvia Blyden. Well today Miss Blyden and her lawyer were both no shows in a court of law in Freetown in a matter Miss Blyden initiated with the courts. Many you have read her rants about how she is waiting to be cross examined by the lawyer Leon Jenkins Johnston and all the while she is neglectful of the case which she started with my family. Miss Blyden has tried every trick in the book including now implying that the newly appointed Attorney General Serry Kamal was so hopelessly useless that he spent the last 6 years prior to his appointment trying to help us legally resolve this matter even though we didn't have any legal rights to this property. Now does that sound logical. I believe the good attorney would have told us to give up the fight long ago if we didn't have a legal leg to stand on.

Some of you on this forum feel this has gone too far, but you have to understand how you must handle people who are pathelogical. You are looking at this as a normal person, but Miss Blyden is not normal. She will do and say anything to achieve her own ends. She has in fact informed my husband that his body will be shipped back to America as she has sent to her people in Gambia to make sure of this. One of the main reasons I like to make a public record of the things that have gone on between my family and this woman is because she is presenting herself as a victim to the outside world, but what many do not know is that she is victimizing others in her quest to exploit people.


Subject: Re: Imfamous Rock thrower, hand hider no shows for court again
From: Ariogbo
To: All
Date Posted: 14:17:11 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: brabanxx@aol.com
Entered From: static-216-83-121-130.sniparpa.net at 216.83.121.130

Message:
Mrs Adams, I am curious. Just want to know if your husband is related to my buddy here in Philly; Johnny Kaloko and my school mate Mohamed Adams?


Subject: Re: Imfamous Rock thrower, hand hider no shows for court again
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 16:29:43 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
Entered From: adsl-074-185-005-235.sip.clt.bellsouth.net at 74.185.5.235

Message:
Johnny is my bro-in-law and Mohamed is my husband.


Subject: Re: Imfamous Rock thrower, hand hider no shows for court aga
From: Oh yeah
To: All
Date Posted: 21:19:30 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.147.18.92

Message:
Strasser is my uncle and EBK is my president. Man nor dae read but
dis palaba anymore


Subject: Re: Imfamous Rock thrower, hand hider no shows for court again
From: Want The Truth
To: All
Date Posted: 13:01:31 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
So if this person who initiated the case, is not showing up, why are they not throwing out the case out of court?

Something is definitely not right. We all know that our judiciary is useless, but if Mrs. X initiated an action and has not shown up anytime the case is called, then there is no reason to keep calling the case


Subject: Re: Imfamous Rock thrower, hand hider no shows for court again
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 16:34:22 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
Entered From: adsl-074-185-005-235.sip.clt.bellsouth.net at 74.185.5.235

Message:
You have raised the same questions we have been asking. Here in the US, they would issue a judgement in your absence but my husband went to court twice this week and the complaint did not show either day. Today neither she or her lawyer showed up and the case was rescheduled for next week!


Subject: Re: Imfamous Rock thrower, hand hider no shows for court again
From: neutral one
To: All
Date Posted: 13:27:24 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: neutralone@msn.com
Entered From: gate2-norfolk.nmci.navy.mil at 138.162.0.42

Message:
Family matters should be mixed with politics. Not a fan of Sylvia but using the emotions of this forum to achive personal goals is despicable


Subject: Re: Imfamous Rock thrower, hand hider no shows for court again
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 16:55:14 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: ericamonique82@hotmail.com
Entered From: adsl-074-185-005-235.sip.clt.bellsouth.net at 74.185.5.235

Message:
I am not mixing politics into this issue, this is a civil matter. One of the reasons I brought this to the forum is because of my concern for my husband during this time he is in Sierra Leone. I have never been told this forum is strictly for political issues so I therefore believe I am perfectly within my right to express my dismay over the abuse of the Sierra Leonean legal system by one so-called Dr/journalist/cafe owner/self-proclaimed celebrity. There is nothing your emotions can do to help in this situation. As I mentioned previously, this forum has helped me to establish a public record of my concerns regarding my husband's safety while he is in Sierra Leone and for that I am very grateful. I have received emails as well and posts on this forum in support of my family's efforts to resolve this property issue. I don't know how you believe I am using this forum for personal gain when I haven't asked for anything from anyone on this forum, but you are certainly entitled to your own opinion.


Subject: Overheard in jail
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 18:39:21 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Went to visit a client in jail and he said the following which I think is prolific.

"The emotions are not always subject to reason, but they are subject to action. So when your thoughts do not neutralize an undesirable emotion, sometimes your actions will".


Subject: Re: Overheard in jail
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 22:50:16 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Picture this. Client in jail for Murder. Client tries to explain the rationale behind her actions. Stabbed baby daddy to death. Now re read the words again and see where I am coming from and you would find it prolific. If you dont then its okay too. I found it so


Subject: Re: Overheard in jail
From: Bravo
To: All
Date Posted: 21:45:38 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.147.101.21

Message:
Brer Lawyer what do you mean by prolific in this context.


Subject: Re: Imfamous Rock thrower, hand hider no shows for court again
From: The Nationalist
To: All
Date Posted: 14:16:20 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ah10.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.202

Message:
Sister Adams, we the serious citizens of Sierra Leone are behind you. Sylvia has been doing it but she has met her match. Keep up the struggle.We are behind you.


Subject: GUINEAN: We Miss AFRICAN Patriot Sekou Toure
From: Almamy Seray-Wurie Si
To: All
Date Posted: 12:39:18 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: static-71-249-186-75.nycmny.east.verizon.net at 71.249.186.75

Message:
Mi Sikah Kor Ar Pulor/Guineen Tigi Tigi
The word Machidor is a corrupt form of Maju Dor which means one lost. Muslim Fulbeh labelled/termed tribes or fellow Hal-Pulaar speakers that were non-muslim with this term...


Subject: Re: GUINEAN: We Miss AFRICAN Patriot Sekou Toure
From: SEKOU TOURE
To: All
Date Posted: 14:14:37 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 85.136.128.189.dyn.user.ono.com at 85.136.128.189

Message:
Mister why dont you mentioned tribes or region in guinea rather saying something else about fulas,diallo telli,or samory toure rather mentioning patriot sierra leonean on this,by stating that the writer seem to be sesay,or from northern part of port loko,tonkolili,Do you want to demonstrate on this forum how hatred fulas are between madingo susu,susu madingo,fulas susu,fulas madingo.By carrying out your tribalist sentiment your forefather came with from time and leave sierra leonean as we are.Thanks and have a nice stay in sierra leone.


Subject: Re: GUINEAN: We Miss AFRICAN Patriot Sekou Toure
From: Pa Sorie
To: All
Date Posted: 22:43:23 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-170-232-36.dllstx.fios.verizon.net at 71.170.232.36

Message:
Garbage!!!! Nar ur dat na you pa.. yar


Subject: Re: GUINEAN: We Miss AFRICAN Patriot Sekou Toure
From: J.....
To: All
Date Posted: 12:39:37 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-170-232-36.dllstx.fios.verizon.net at 71.170.232.36

Message:
It’s disheartening that you are engaging this tribalistic lowlife whose sworn agenda is to pursue the historic hatred his forebears had for the Fula peoples. He pups up every now and then to spew his repugnant and twisted tribal schema. It is like a Temne, pretending to be a Mende, attacking his fellow Temnes to instigate his tribesmen’s into a “false” retaliatory war against Mendes. If the moderators go back and look at the postings of Guinean, they will see the truth as represented in my statement.
Guinean’s postings on this forum and else where, has led me to suspect that he hails from Port Loko or Tonkolili and had lived in Guinea, where he picked some local jargons.I believe that his last name is Sesay or Sisay.

This nonentity is spending his time in some internet café in Africa laughing his heart out, with the belief that he is sowing discord among “intelligent” Sierra Leoneans in the Diasporas, in pursuant of his twisted agenda. I would not call for his expulsion from the forum, but he manifest a pattern that ferments hatred and advocates tribalism and war. Isn’t the Internet wonderful? Yes, the lowlife can display his idiosyncrasy and we have to endure.

However, it bothers me when intelligent forumites fall for the despicable tribal provocateur of this dunce. Rational forumites like Delaw, Pedro Da Cintra and others had, at one time or another, spurred by nationalistic fervor reacted to this crap by unwittingly attacking Guineans or Fulas. The tribalistic skunk is claiming to be a Guinean Fula to magnetize odium on Sierra Leonean Fulas,Fulas in general,Guineans,or Guinean fulas.

Additionally, intellectual Sierra Leonean Fulas like Bra envious, Seray-Wurie, Mr. Charm, Professor Jalloh and others, goaded by patriotism, are infuriated by this misfit’s posits on this forum — especially when he presents himself as a Fula, albeit Guinean. Well, this guy is neither a Fula nor a Guinean. Even if he was, he should be booted from any civilize community; he is stock in the past and filled with tribal abhorrence.
Please disregard him!


Seray-Wurie, Dr. Jalloh, Mr. Charm, and Bra Envious: Or wor nar Pulor, Si are yee nor or worni eh windir dee pular, Ar an die wornar or pulor. Don’t be deceived, he needs to get his a.. kicked, if he continues.


Subject: Re: GUINEAN: We Miss AFRICAN Patriot Sekou Toure
From: Guinean
To: All
Date Posted: 14:40:48 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-139-183-237.range86-139.btcentralplus.com at 86.139.183.237

Message:
You are a real buffoon - you've misplaced your sense understanding that
which you cannot comprehend. Do you want to be an expert in
deciphering that which another thinks in his writings? Good luck. I am
not a sesay - I AM THAT THAT I SAID I AM. Go on with your insults. Only
little brains can resort to insults when they are faced with the
incomprehensible! I respect the likes of bra Enviable, Pedro da Cintra
and other that responded to my satire. Your foolish self could not
understand - read my replies to their responses - they may help you!


Subject: Re: GUINEAN: We Miss AFRICAN Patriot Sekou Toure
From: J.....
To: All
Date Posted: 22:47:15 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-170-232-36.dllstx.fios.verizon.net at 71.170.232.36

Message:
Satire? My understanding of satire is “that which is used to ridicule, discredit, scorn, and shame vice or folly; ideally, the goal of satire is to bring improvement”. Contrarily, you are promoting vices, advocating war, propagating hate, and wasting time in fruitless and foolish endeavors. If your intention is to be satirical, then you lack the understanding and sensitivity needed in dealing with ethnicity and nationalism in context. Moreover, this has become a pattern of yours – the moderators can attest to that. I have been down this road with you a couple of times. Unfortunately, your mind is set in this unproductive and spiteful enigma. No one can emancipate your mind from your torturous and satanic construct. You just have to deal with, or grow out of it.

I did not insult you and your writing is not encapsulated in sophisticated phraseology, nor encoded for me to decipher. I didn’t try to Psychoanalyze you –what you think is in your head, but posits are out there for all to see, read, and analyze. You may not be Sesay or Sisay (there are others like you out there who share this anomaly), but it does not matter because a name is just a label by which you are identified. However, your thoughts and actions are what made you the wretch you are. You are right, Bra Enviable and Pedro Da Cintra are respectable forumites who will never subscribe to your “Satire” – no decent person will.

A hectic schedule will not prevent me from hammering the devil (tribalism, bigotry, etc) when and wherever it rears it medusa head. My brother, I have nothing against you, but if the devil manifests itself in your person, then I have no choice …… If you shake, ar go wap! Nar in dat.


Subject: Re: GUINEAN: We Miss AFRICAN Patriot Sekou Toure
From: Guinean
To: All
Date Posted: 01:12:56 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-139-183-237.range86-139.btcentralplus.com at 86.139.183.237

Message:
I only started using Guinean in the last ten days. i have no recollection
of ever encountering you - be cautious of what comes out of your
mouth - stop lying!!

You have answered your questions about my intentions as to why i was
writing in such a manner: -

You wrote: " So you believe my
Satire? My understanding of satire is “that which is used to ridicule,
discredit, scorn, and shame vice or folly; ideally, the goal of satire is to
bring improvement”. And I believe my writings on the issue revealed
all that you described as 'SATIRE' -

a) It ridiculed the inability of the Sierra Leonean authorities to act
within the confines of International law and reason;

b) It covertly discredited that which looked like something is been done
by the Foreign office when nothing of such is even anticipated;

c) It scorns the likes of you who only read and interpret your
understanding;

d) It sent an improved conscience to my mind that there are those who
will not give up on the issue - those that what to see the matter
resolved.

Your lack of humour has put me under al3rt and I'll await your mis-
firing - as I will teach you cyber warfare. I pray not to cause physical
harm but to instill in your saff skull mannerisms. You ask me and I
will answer but do not put words into my mouth and interpret them as
mine. Missiles to give you a proper sense of direction are now
directed at you.


Subject: Re: GUINEAN: We Miss AFRICAN Patriot Sekou Toure
From: J.....
To: All
Date Posted: 19:24:27 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: utdpat242007.utdallas.edu at 129.110.242.7

Message:
Bring it on!!!


Subject: Re: GUINEAN: We Miss AFRICAN Patriot Sekou Toure
From: Guinean
To: All
Date Posted: 20:09:01 04/21/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-139-183-237.range86-139.btcentralplus.com at 86.139.183.237

Message:
I will not - you are a brother - we do not have to fight to prove a point
that we all agree on. My postings were very provocative - meant to
stimulate the hard core amongst us to project and vent that which affects
us all. Tired now will conclude this tomorrow and you will understand my
starting point. Stay happy and blessed.


Subject: Re: GUINEAN: We Miss AFRICAN Patriot Sekou Toure
From: Guinean
To: All
Date Posted: 02:59:16 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 149.254.192.192

Message:
That's correct.Thank you.


Subject: Lebanse- Importers of Rice, Flour and Sugar
From: Man pikin
To: All
Date Posted: 12:06:01 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: man_pikin@yahoo.com
Entered From: host-24-225-181-212.patmedia.net at 24.225.181.212

Message:
The minister of Trade and Industry should be ashame to tell parliamentarians that only four lebanese are importers of rice, sugar and Flour. This is disgraceful. We need competition in the business industry in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leoneans should be giving the opportunity to import these basic commodities. Let us take a look at Guinea. Go to Madina market and see if you will find a lebanese store owner. May God save Mama Sa. Leone. Over to you Prezo EBK


Subject: Re: Lebanse- Importers of Rice, Flour and Sugar
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 22:13:19 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
I may be wrong here, but I think we have a free system where anyone can import rice. We can't knock the Lebanese for being the ones that are willing to invest and risk their capital. We looked at importing rice, but the numbers did not make sense. I wonder how current importers do it, or whether they are selling the people reject rice. Using today's rice prices on the intl market for instance, rice is about $300 per ton. 20 bags in a ton, that's $15/bag. You haven't shipped it yet, you haven't paid custom. Spoke to every freight forwarder in SL and a couple in Senegal and none of them could provide me with a company that would ship in bulk as opposed to in containers which are more expensive.

Assume with current retail prices of $30/bag in SL, you have to wholesale for about $25. The numbers don't make sense unless current importers are willing to make about a dollar a bag, or buying garbage rice at lower prices. Now that intl prices are rising faster than you could raise prices in SL, I predict shortages very soon.


Subject: Re: Lebanse- Importers of Rice, Flour and Sugar
From: Free market
To: All
Date Posted: 07:31:31 04/19/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 83.229.112.2

Message:
Lebanese do not have any monopoly for importation of Rice, flour and sugar, and anyone can import them into
Sierra Leone.In the past top business tycoons like Sanusi S Deen and Mr Alieu Thorlu Bangura has imported Rice.I think Government should ask them to help the Country again.


Subject: Re: Lebanse- Importers of Rice, Flour and Sugar
From: Diabetes
To: All
Date Posted: 11:40:09 04/20/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-13-181.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.13.181

Message:
rice , flour and sugar diabetes causing agents, instead of we talking about sugar cane , yams, and potato flower. we need to change our eating habits and help save lives.


Subject: Forum Of patriots.. ???? Shiorrrrrrrr...
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 10:30:24 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Aye bo.. Friday sef.. Zakat..?
If i cannot get any of you here.. (le creme de la creme of the salone online, offline community) to give alms.. Zakat.. even on a Friday..
Make a charitable donation, help your own country.. be proactive in solving our own problems..

Salone Doommmmmmmmmmm.....
Why are we such an "Uncharitable" people...??
We hate participating.. we hate paying taxes.. we hate getting involved in our community, we hate helping, we hate giving..

There is a school upline, burned down.. that needs $5 dollars, 10, 20... out of the 70K, 120K, 30K you made this year..
YOU CANT TELL ME YOU CANT GIVE...??

I have never crossed waterloo... dont even know how to pronouce the village name..
But, its 1 less packet of cigarettes.. one less round of McDonalds for the kids..
At least next raining season.. 12 pikin go get roof when going to school.

Ah.. a beer at paddys.. $2, you will down 12 in 1 sitting..
Pull nah doe..?? 500, $1000 small for you to show that youself kin do am lek the joneses..

Here is the thank you i recieved from Mr Kamara in appreciation of my $50 donation...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sir,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, members of Sierra Leone Village
Partnerships,and our people in Sierra Leone, I would like to thank you for
supporting our cause. Your kind and immediate response strengthens our
courage and hope that will eventually lead us to the success of our
venture.
Your gift will help our people of Sierra Leone rebuild our country and
their lives after eleven years of brutal war. In a couple weeks I will be
heading out once again to our home land to continue what we've started a
year ago, the second phase of the school construction, and to assess other
potential projects in other villages in Sierra Leone.
Visit our web site at www.slvp.org, as it will be updated periodically to
keep our donors abreast with our progress. If you would like to know more
about SLVP, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you so very much.
--
J. Albert Kamara
President, SLVP Board of Directors

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

All the ALAGBAH's if nah Sam samuna been dey cam.. you go wehr big tie en red cap.. en burn 5 dollar gas for jes go sidom en heng face..

DONATE...OR BUY A CARD.. and i donate on your behalf..
10%. Buy $20, they get $2 dollars.. thats a window..
$50 gives them $5......3-4 of you done get a door..Or chalk for 1 year..


Subject: How Times Change!
From: Tamba Moiwo
To: All
Date Posted: 09:51:28 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: moiwo@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: gateway-303.energis.gsi.gov.uk at 62.25.109.196

Message:

EBK and APC are serial violators of the concept of integrity.Does this President's words match his actions? YOU be the judge
======================================================

The Statement by All People’s Congress (APC) to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, delivered by H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma five years ago when he was then in the Opposition, has many lessons for today’s Ruling All People’s Congress, their Leader who is the President and his Government.

APC PRESENTATION
TUESDAY 5TH AUGUST 2003

By Hon. Ernest Bai Koroma
(Leader of the All Peoples Congress and Minority Party Leader of the Sierra Leone House of Parliament)

His Excellency the President,
Chairman and Members of the TRC,
Ladies and Gentlemen:

Our Party, the All Peoples Congress (APC) has been with you at your thematic and institutional hearings since you started Public Sessions on Monday, 5th May 2003. The APC attaches great importance to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It is with this in mind that my party has been very cooperative in making submissions and public appearances. This Commission is playing a cardinal role in our efforts to reconcile and unite our war torn nation and every Sierra Leonean must be thankful to you.

To pursue national unity and reconciliation for the well being of all Sierra Leoneans and sustain our hard earned peace indeed requires reconciliation between all sections of Sierra Leonean society. The People of Sierra Leone have achieved victory in war. Now they want prosperity in peace. We have learnt an instructive lesson as a nation that peace is not an abstract concept. To be real, it must be won and worked for.

The burden of responsibility for the reconstruction of our country and the reconciliation of our people now largely rests with the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) government. It is important for them to stay focused on this by running the country in a transparent manner and showing genuine commitment to building a democratic society where basic human rights, justice and equal opportunities are strictly observed. The APC hopes that the SLPP will live up to these expectations. We assure this Commission, the nation and the international community that the APC will never obstruct any genuine efforts of the SLPP directed at achieving these cherished aims. We shall however, vigorously oppose any actions that in any way attempt to interfere with the democratic rights and freedom of the citizens of this country. For it is precisely the systematic erosion of individual rights and freedom, the inability to administer justice fairly and biased approach to and opportunity that led to the tragic events of the past decade.

Among others, the causes of the RUF war included bad governance, political exclusion, and poor conduct of elections. These are the evils that are to be avoided especially during this crucial period of healing the social and economic wounds that have been inflicted upon us.

What is alarming at this time is that we are now witnessing the same vices of bad governance being practiced by the SLPP in a manner approaching callousness. We do not see the efforts at fence mending and removing, the seeds of division that initially laid the basis for the war. Instead of progressing towards unity the SLPP is deliberately widening the divide between the people. In fact it has gone so bad that many civil servants and public employees are afraid to talk to people known to be members, supporters or even sympathizers of the APC. There is a feeling of siege, a culture of fear among those holding positions in community - a fear that they may lose their jobs if they are seen associating with anyone who is remotely associated with the APC. People are locked out of offices, friends avoid socializing with assumed APC friends, employers hesitate to employ anyone with a taint of APC on him or her. Contracts of Government, NaCSA and Parastatal are only awarded to known SLPP supporters. Even temporary holiday jobs for students are given only to those whose names appear on an SLPP supporters’ list furnished by SLPP executive from the relevant college. This is depriving individuals of their basic rights and throwing the policy of equal opportunity into the political dustbin. A growing number of Sierra Leoneans now complain of this highly divisive policy. Such a policy of deprivation can only lead to frustration, alienation and ultimate bitterness. It cannot sustain lasting peace.

We appeal to the SLPP especially H.E. the president, to take positive action in deeds and words, to educate their members that in our young and fragile democracy, the concept of the winner takes all is unacceptable. In whatever party one finds oneself, they must be accorded the same rights and privileges and share the same duties and obligations.

Corruption continues to plague our country; much is desired with regard to arrest this malaise. Efforts made so far to fight against corruption have failed. The fight against corruption now needs a new and robust approach. It must be prominent in our agenda to move forward. Democracy, sustainable peace, national development and reconciliation cannot be achieved if corruption is not properly and seriously addressed.

Another precept that must be accepted by all if peace and reconciliation are to be sustained is that sovereignty belongs to the people. This is a cardinal principle of democracy that must be ingrained in the minds of Sierra Leoneans - especially those I authority. Failure to accept this basic tenet of good governance has been one of the major causes of instability in our country, matched only by unbridled corruption. The rigging of elections has become an art in Sierra Leonean politics. We ought to stand by the name of this Commission and speak the truth - all elections from 1967 to 2002 have left much to be desired. Various strange election theories and phrases aimed at rigging have been coined by the fertile imagination of politicians who wished to interfere unfairly with election results and tip the balance in their favor. All of this was carried out with corrupt had picked political servants of the ruling party that go under the name of a National Electoral Commission. Thus the peoples’ will has been thwarted over and over again with the resulting bitterness, anger and frustration. National reconciliation cannot be achieved with an SLPP puppet National Electoral Commission. The APC accepted this commission’s conduct of the May 14, 2002 Parliamentary and Presidential elections in the interest of national peace and reconciliation. We recommend a re-constitution of the National Electoral Commission.

Bad governance has also given the military and rebels a welcome excuse to tread into areas where they have no business. We in the APC recognize that a ballot box is the legitimate medium for change of government and condemn in the strongest terms the intrusion of the military in the governance of the country - whether it was by Hinga Norman in 1967, Valentine Strasser in 1992 or Johnny Paul Koroma in1997. But to ensure that these tragic events do not recur, we have to commit ourselves - all of us, of whatever political shade - to the ideal of the sovereignty of the people by holding free, fair and transparent elections at all times. When the people have spoken through the ballot box, we must accept it.

At this point I must caution the government on the pending local government elections, which rumor has it that they may be held on a non-party basis. We believe that local government is an excellent forum for developing our young democracy and empowering the people. The word non-partisan smacks of the one-party politics that the APC thankfully dumped into the political dustbin over a decade ago. To avoid dissatisfaction and anger, we suggest that the Local Government Elections are held on a democratic ticket with parties fielding their candidates. If we lose, we will accept it with dignity; if we win, we shall be gracious in victory. But we do not fear to accept the verdict of the people. What we must fear is their anger when they perceive that they are being consistently deprived of their rights.

Further on the question of reconciliation, it would be pertinent to learn some lessons - very pertinent lessons - from former President J. S. Momoh. On attaining power, Momoh demonstrated a good spirit of national unity and reconciliation by inviting a number of SLPP stalwarts who had been in self-exile for along time. The late Sir Banja Tejan-Sie and Maigore Kallon (former Chairman of the SLPP and Foreign Minister in both the Albert Margai and Kabbah regimes), were personally invited by President Momoh to come home; they were both given red carpet welcome by the President a Substantial assistance to enable them restarts their lives after a long absence from home. Accompanied by the then Second Vice-President Salia Jusu-Sheriff, they were flown in the Presidential helicopter to Bo and Kenema so the people would know that it was time to heal the wounds of the past. Dr John Karefa-Smart was likewise accorded the same courtesies. A beneficiary of this symbolic reconciliatory gesture by President Momoh is our present Head of State, President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. Houses and properties confiscated by the military junta that seized power in 1967 were returned to their respective owners. Paramount Chiefs Komkanda, Alikali Modu and Koblo Pathbana were reinstated and their staffs of office returned to them.

Most importantly, President Momoh reversed an earlier decision by his predecessor and reverted to the original date of April 27th as the National Day instead of April 19th (the day Sierra Leone attained Republican State). On April 27th 1987, President Momoh held a State Memorial Service at Sir Milton Margai’s grave because he wanted to use that as another symbol of national unity. After all, Sir Milton is the founding father of independent Sierra Leone and it is only fit that he be the symbol of a united Sierra Leone. All surviving Ministers who served under Sir Milton and Sir Albert and members of the Margai family were invited and they all laid wreaths on the grave. It was a touching moment to see Sierra Leoneans from different parties standing side by side, paying homage to this icon of our nationhood - President Momoh, late G.S. Panda, D.L. Sumner, John Nelson Williams, Chief Sam Margai and former President Siaka Stevens. But sadly, when President Kabbah held a service on April 27 this year at the same spot in memory of Sir Milton, Momoh’s laudable example was not followed. Instead of making it a national service, President Kabbah chose to make it only an SLPP affair thus detracting from the unifying symbol of our national hero. We suggest that in furtherance of national reconciliation, future services of this nature could be used to further national unity, not pamper narrow partisan politics.

The saddest thing though is that President Kabbah and the SLPP have now meted the most uncompassionate treatment to former President Momoh who strove so hard to reconcile this nation. The irony is that it was President Momoh who worked selflessly to bring the multi party constitution we now enjoy into being. Lest we forget or anyone detracts from Momoh’s efforts at ushering in multi-party politics (as many SLPP diehards constantly but unsuccessfully try to do) I quote from one of his speeches on his efforts to introduce a multi-party system of government.

In early 1990 while addressing the people of Kono and Kailahun, I initiated the debate on returning the country to a multi party democracy as long as that was the wish of the majority of the people. Without any form of pressure, I drew the nation’s attention to the debate that was raging in other parts of the world and to end the collapse of Eastern Europe’s one party dictatorships. After that statement, the debate become wide open and everyone has had the opportunity of freely participating in it.

Working for, and introducing multi party democracy was Momoh’s ultimate effort in trying to bring peace and stability to our nations. This man died frustrated in Guinea, denied of all his benefits from the state. President Kabbah and the SLPP government would have made a big leap towards reconciliation if they had rehabilitated President Momoh. For sustained stability, other former Presidents, now and in future, should be treated with the dignity and compassion they deserve. This should have been done not as a favour to Momoh, but because it is the right thing to do.

It is pertinent at this stage to note that the SLPP continues to illegally occupy APC properties including the Party’s National Headquarters at 39 Siaka Stevens Street and its Multi purpose (We Yone) Building at Old Railway Line, Brookfields. These properties were never the subject of any Judicial Commission of Inquiry but were forcefully seized by the illegal military NPRC Junta. Yet the SLPP continues to endorse a military illegality by unfairly appropriating these properties to their use. This is surely not the golden path to reconciliation that we all want to see. We believe that in the interest of national unity and reconciliation, all properties seized by Commissions of Inquiry since 1967 to January be returned to their owners.

Our party’s submission to the TRC stated that the RUF rebel war is the worst tragedy that has befallen this country. We laid bare roles played by international conspirators in fueling this national tragedy using our diamonds. We believe that the TRC has uncovered the role played by blood diamonds in the conflict and we recommend that various agreements recently entered into for the exploitation of our mineral resources - Diamonds, Gold, Rutile, Bauxite, Iron Ore - be renegotiated in the better interest of the nation and people in mining areas.

The APC notes with satisfaction that evidence before the TRC underscores the Maladministration of the notorious NPRC junta that carried out many extra-judicial killings and brought mayhem to this nation. We believe it was a mistake on part of the SLPP to grant a safe haven to members of the NPRC without holding them to account for the horrible crimes they committed. In some ways, it could be argued that the license the members of the NPRC enjoyed served as a model of aspiration for the subsequent senseless actions of the AFRC junta. The APC recommends that the extra-judicial killings by the NPRC in December 1992 of former inspector General of Police James Bambay Kamara, Col Yayah Kanu and Kawuta Dumbuya and others be thoroughly investigated.

The unfortunate popularization of the term ‘collaborator’ by the SLPP resulted in the dismissals of many Sierra Leoneans from their jobs both in the private and public sectors and death by lynching of several of our supporters including Alhaji Musa Kabia, Sheik Mostaba, Sakoma following the restoration of the SLPP government in February 1998. These dismissals and killings represent premeditated vengeance and a sad chapter in our country’s history. They remain the biggest blot in President Kabbah’s democratic governance and must be investigated & appropriate reparations paid to members of their families.

When President Kabbah, the SLPP and the 1991 constitution were re-instated in February 1998, the Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic misjudged the situation and undertook some unfortunate actions that were detrimental to State Security, Peace and Reconciliation.

. He pitched the mono-ethnic SLPP Kamajor Militia against the Sierra Leone Armed Forces thereby escalating the civil war.

. He announced the disbanding of the regular army thus pushing he soldiers to join forces with the rebels.

. He appointed Chief Hinga Norman as Deputy Minister of Defense being fully aware that Norman was Commander of the Kamajor Militia that was fighting the Army.

. President Kabbah made a statement in Makeni that the North should apologize to the rest of the country because Foday Sankoh, the RUF Leader has a northern name and is said to have hailed from the North. This unfortunate statement cause great resentment among northerners who saw it not only as a poor effort to disguise the real origin of the RUF but also as a deliberate attempt to create a regional divide and fan ethnic animosity. We hope that now that President Kabbah and the whole country know the truth about who really are the RUF, he wills graciously apologies for this unfortunate and annoying statement.

. When President Kabbah was in Guinea in 1997, he informed the world that all those Sierra Leonean who stayed behind when he was toppled in a coup were rebels and ‘collaborators’. Let me ask in all seriousness, did President Kabbah honestly believe that all the Sierra Leoneans including Doctors, Teachers, Nurses, Policemen, Soldiers, Electricity Workers and Central Bank officials, Should all have abandoned the country and troop after him into Guinea? Worse still, he created further misery for Sierra Leoneans he left in Guinea when he returned to Sierra Leone by also labeling them as rebels. This statement prompted the Guinean authorities to unleash unprecedented violence against these unfortunate Sierra Leoneans.

. The President’s inability to halt rampant corruption in SLPP governance makes the government an accomplice to massive destruction of our national economy. Instead of minimizing corruption, it is now a sad reality that corruption is growing in size and sophistication on a daily basis.

The Sierra Leone Armed Forces, the Police including the State Security Division should always be made to enjoy their constitutional rights and perform their duties. Marginalizing them, depriving them of their privileges, housing the Kamajors at Brookfield’s Hotel while the army was in dilapidated barracks all amounted to bad judgment, which fueled the crisis.

Even though they were dressed up in fake legality, Sierra Leoneans saw that the 1998 treason trials were unfair, irregular and had no legality. In a desperate effort to exterminate perceived political opponents, an obnoxious Public Notice No. 4 of 9th April 1998 was hurriedly issued thus amending the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965 and effectively denying accused persons of fair hearing. With indecent haste and reckless indifference, the Kabbah SLPP administration killed 24 (twenty four) soldiers - most of them senior officers - after a very poorly conducted court martial of dubious credibility.

The APC appeals to the TRC to address that miscarriage of justice against political opponents in the interest of reconciliation. We would like to see the TRC investigate those court martial trials. The APC believes that these revenge arrests, trials and execution cannot promote national reconciliation. They are a bad precedent for our fledgling democracy.

As a party, we are saddened that the SLPP has not rendered remorse and apology for these executions. The APC appeals to the TRC to recommend that the laws of Treason and Court Martial be scrupulously guarded to avoid abuse and misuse.

My party further appeals for a review of the death penalty, in accordance with current international human rights standards of justice.

The Strength of the APC lies in the many infrastructures developments the party undertook all over the country. Our greatest pride and strength are found within the pages of the 1991 Multi- Party Democratic Constitution (Act No.6 of 1991). This is our gift to Sierra Leone and we appeal to the SLPP to hold sacred this Constitution in the interest of democracy. Bad governance and undemocratic tendencies breed violence and revolt. We urge the SLPP to give Sierra Leoneans democratic governance. The Peace we are currently enjoying is a result of the resolve of all Sierra Leoneans to have peace. The APC congratulates all Sierra Leoneans for accomplishing this feat.

The brutal and inhumane amputation and other atrocities carried out by the RUF and Kamajors have left indelible scars in our society. These amputees are sad reminders that we must always strive to avoid actions in governance that may cause friction and tragedy. In the quest for reconciliation, the APC submits that amputees should be appropriately cared for and adequately compensated.

My party is proud of her record in office and these records are visible all over Sierra Leone. But despite all of our achievements, one has to remember that politics is not saintly and it becomes dirty with greed, impropriety and undemocratic overtures on the part of the players. As we urge our brothers and sisters in the SLPP to play the game according to the rule, we assure them that we shall also be doing the same; for we all owe it to our country, to those who suffered all forms of deprivation and those who lost their lives or limbs during this sad conflict. At the same time, we extend to all Sierra Leoneans of whatever political party a hand of friendship, with our hearts emptied of bitterness and hold everyone in a warm embrace of reconciliation. We have of course made mistakes over the years and to all those who we may have hurt in any way, we say - SORRY. The APC asks for your forgiveness.

Let us all henceforth commit ourselves to the democratic principles enshrined in our Constitution, let us all work together as brothers and sisters trying to achieve the same goal - the progress of our country and the furtherance of the well being of our people. We may express our different views about how to get there but as long as we respect our differences, listen to one another, hold human rights, justice and individual freedom sacred, fight against corruption, show compassion when in authority, I believe we shall find that harmony to work together and live in peace. In this way, the country will have cooperation, unity & peace; not suspicion, division and instability. I thank you.

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


Subject: Re: How Times Change!
From: Tamba Moiwo
To: All
Date Posted: 09:59:36 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: moiwo@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: gateway-303.energis.gsi.gov.uk at 62.25.109.196

Message:
Kabs,please draw the attention of the Press Secretary to this glaring double-speak by EBK.He is very economical with the truth.

Bad governance and political exclusion are some of the reasons advanced for the rebel war-has EBK learnt anything? Absolutely not!

"the concept of the winner takes all is unacceptable"

Does he think we are all fools.

Among others, the causes of the RUF war included bad governance, political exclusion, and poor conduct of elections. These are the evils that are to be avoided especially during this crucial period of healing the social and economic wounds that have been inflicted upon us.

What is alarming at this time is that we are now witnessing the same vices of bad governance being practiced by the SLPP in a manner approaching callousness. We do not see the efforts at fence mending and removing, the seeds of division that initially laid the basis for the war. Instead of progressing towards unity the SLPP is deliberately widening the divide between the people. In fact it has gone so bad that many civil servants and public employees are afraid to talk to people known to be members, supporters or even sympathizers of the APC. There is a feeling of siege, a culture of fear among those holding positions in community - a fear that they may lose their jobs if they are seen associating with anyone who is remotely associated with the APC. People are locked out of offices, friends avoid socializing with assumed APC friends, employers hesitate to employ anyone with a taint of APC on him or her. Contracts of Government, NaCSA and Parastatal are only awarded to known SLPP supporters. Even temporary holiday jobs for students are given only to those whose names appear on an SLPP supporters’ list furnished by SLPP executive from the relevant college. This is depriving individuals of their basic rights and throwing the policy of equal opportunity into the political dustbin. A growing number of Sierra Leoneans now complain of this highly divisive policy. Such a policy of deprivation can only lead to frustration, alienation and ultimate bitterness. It cannot sustain lasting peace.

We appeal to the SLPP especially H.E. the president, to take positive action in deeds and words, to educate their members that in our young and fragile democracy, the concept of the winner takes all is unacceptable. In whatever party one finds oneself, they must be accorded the same rights and privileges and share the same duties and obligations.


Subject: KABS KANU,WHATS YOUR OWN STATEMENT ON TRC PLEASE
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 09:58:09 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb1303w-ad03-83-114.dynamic.mts.net at 206.45.83.114

Message:
Are you inline with PR. EARNEST KOROMA?


Subject: So Me Man Lek Football
From: Mensa
To: All
Date Posted: 05:55:12 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: unikad5@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 77.237.75.205

Message:
Hey! I thought Brother Kabs is just a man modelled for the Pulpit. I was really thrilled to see him write about Chealsea and Manchester United! Well, the longer one stays with the Cocorioko family, the better you come to know the wonderful attributes of the people that call the shot! The pastor identifying with sports! Pretty cool!

Kabs, which teams do you support in SL, Britain, Italy, Spain? The question is not meant to bother you, it's just that you and I have got something naturally common [secret], so I'd like to find out more about other areas.


Subject: Re: So Me Man Lek Football
From: Kawusu
To: All
Date Posted: 09:20:13 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4575eca0.dyn.optonline.net at 69.117.236.160

Message:
Kabs and I may be on opposite sides of the political spectrum but that will not stop me from proclaiming him one of the best sports (football/soccer) writers of his generation. I wonder why he never pursued this activity as a career. Kabs understands the game of football/soccer thoroughly and I can even argue based on his less than frequent forays in this area of human activity that there is no club in any decent league in the world that Kabs would not give a succinct analysis of its football/soccer pedigree.


Apart from the European game, talk about African football/soccer and Kabs comes second to none in the knowledge of the game. I am saying this because I have followed the man's writings over the years and believe that he is just a great sports writer.


Subject: Paramount Chief Exposes APC MPs
From: Dirty Box
To: All
Date Posted: 05:52:25 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Paramount Chief Exposes APC MPs
Written by The Exclusive News Paper
Friday, 18 April 2008

Paramount Chief Alimamy Bockarie Yillah Koroma II of Kala Soagoia Chiefdom, Tonkolili District, Northern Province has disclosed that his people stopped paying local taxes since the All Peoples Congress Party (APC) government came to power in September 17 last year.

According to Chief Bockarie, his Chiefdom and administration collected over three million leones last year."Since the APC took power my people, for what ever reason, refused to pay their taxes as the issue of paying taxes has been politicized," Chief Bockarie stated. The Chief disclosed that during the electioneering campaign last year, some politicians were emphasizing that women should not be allowed to pay taxes and that if they are elected, they would ensure that that law is enforced.

The politicians, he said gave several reasons to support their argument. Among the reasons, he said, included the lack of proper accountability in the utilization of revenues collected in the chiefdom. This, he said, has resulted to none payment of local taxes by his people since the year started and according to him has adversely affected the administration of the Chiefdom.

Chief Koroma said he has informed relevant authorities in the government about such a development and that the government has promised to do something to address the issue.The refusal of the people to pay taxes, he said, also hinders certain development projects they intend to undertake. Several other Chiefs in the North have made similar complaints about the interference of politicians in the collection of tax and dues in their Chiefdoms.Meanwhile, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Local Government and Community Development, Mr. Dauda S.K Kamara has told all politicians that they have no business in the collection of taxes.


Subject: Tussle Over Party Symbols…APC Offices Close
From: Dirty Box
To: All
Date Posted: 05:50:49 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Tussle Over Party Symbols…APC Offices Close
Written by The Exclusive News Paper

Friday, 18 April 2008


Reports from the Eastern Regional headquarter town of Kenema indicate that the offices of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party remained closed for the whole of Monday, 14, April 2008, as a result of a strike action mounted by supporters of the party.According to reports, party members protested against elders of the party against what they described as an "unsatisfactory" manner in which the Mayoral symbol was awarded in the Kenema City Council. The awarded candidate, supporters complained, "is not a popular candidate."

Speaking to The Exclusive one of the candidates for the Local Council election in Kenema, Mr. Alhaji Sheriff, emphasized that the APC office will remain closed until the party symbols are awarded to the candidate of their choice.Mr. Sheriff said they have decided to boycott the nomination of candidates for the Local Council election conducted by the National Electoral Commission until the issue is adequately addressed by the APC top guns. He reiterated that they are not ready to compromise the issue until their concerns are adequately met. He called on the leaders of the APC to intervene quickly to avert what he referred to as a looming disaster for the party in the upcoming Local Council elections.


The Eastern Regional Chairman of the APC, Mr. Prince Kamara, however assured this medium that they will be meeting today to resolve the matter. "We will not allow the situation to get out of hands," he told The Exclusive.


Investigations conducted in Kenema revealed that there is still lingering discontentment among party supporters over the way and manner the symbols were awarded to people they perceive as "strangers" of the party. They attributed it to corruption and lack of transparency and accountability now engulfing the awarding of party symbols to candidates. "Kenema is not the only district affected with the symbol award brouhaha," said a staunch APC supporter.


Subject: As Sierra Leone Fights to Reclaim Yenga…Guineans Claim More
From: Dirty Box
To: All
Date Posted: 05:49:35 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
As Sierra Leone Fights to Reclaim Yenga…Guineans Claim More Villages
Written by Amadu Barrie in Kenema

Friday, 18 April 2008

Reports reaching The Exclusive reveal that the Guinean soldiers who are currently occupying the diamondiferous village of Yenga in the Kissy Teng Chiefdom, Kailahun District, Eastern Province have claimed three more villages, namely, Lelema, Sokoma, and Kpondu, in the same region.The reports further intimate that the Guineans have claimed swamp lands in these villages and have begun cultivating these lands, much to the consternation of the indigenes. In an interview with The Exclusive, the Regent Chief of Kissy Teng, Fallah Jusu who also doubles as Section Chief of Kpondu village said all those villages claimed by the Guineans belong to Sierra Leone. According to him, the presence of Guineans in these villages, if not curtailed would have far reaching consequences on the people of that region in particular and the country in general. "I was recently molested by the Guineans and, some of the inhabitants who feel apprehensive of the unprecedented presence of these foreigners have moved to other villages while others have proceeded to neighbouring Liberia to find solace", he told The Exclusive.

He, however, stated that indigenes of the three villages have planned to mount a protest against the occupation of Guineans in the villages, particularly when they vehemently claiming their farm lands.Meanwhile, the living condition of the people in that part of the country is reported to be very deplorable as some have to hide their food stuff while others smuggle theirs to neighbouring countries.

It could be recalled that the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma recently assured the people in the Eastern Province that the Yenga issue would be diplomatically solved as the matter, according to him, is current handled by the Manor River Union (MRU).Now that three more villages have been added to Yenga, the people call on the President to double his steps on the matter before things get out of hand.


Subject: President Koroma Doles Le1.5 Billion To Kamajors
From: Dirty Box
To: All
Date Posted: 05:47:57 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
President Koroma Doles Le1.5 Billion To Kamajors
Written by The Exclusive News Paper
Friday, 18 April 2008


His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has approved projects running into one billion five hundred million leones (Le 1.5b) for the former Civil Defence Forces (CDF) otherwise known as 'Kamajors' in the Southern Province.This news was disclosed by the Resident Minister, South, Musa Tarawallie at the commemoration of the first year anniversary of the death of the former CDF boss, Chief Sam Hinga Norman.The money, according to Mr. Tarawallie, is for agricultural purposes. He, however, said the money doled out was a goodwill gesture by the APC government in appreciation of the active role the 'Kamajors' played during the decade long civil war.

He assured them that the APC government of Ernest Koroma will put certain measures in place to ensure that the legacies of late Norman are preserved.

The first year anniversary was attended by senior officials from the APC including the Party's Secretary General, Victor Bockarie Foh, former senior Kamajor officials, family members, friends and sympathizers of the late man.

It could be recalled that Hinga Norman was the Deputy Defence Minister and went on to swap his position, becoming Minister of Internal Affairs under the former Tejan Kabbah government of the Sierra Leone People's Party. He was before his death, the National Coordinator of the CDF during the civil war.

He was later arrested by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in March 2003 on a 17 count charge of war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated during the country's war.He later died at a Senegalese hospital in March last year.Shortly after President Koroma assumed office, and during one of his visits, extended reconciliatory message to the CDF in the South.

That move by the President paved the way for a good relationship between the Kamajors and the APC government as demonstrated by the Kamajors who were recently reported to have requested for thirty thousand APC membership cards and which the President reportedly issued to them during his recent visit to the Southern headquarter town of Bo.


Subject: HIGH CRAZY POLITICS{IS APC REALLY HONEST}?
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 09:48:52 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb1303w-ad03-83-114.dynamic.mts.net at 206.45.83.114

Message:
Is APC really serious?


Subject: Re: HIGH CRAZY POLITICS{IS APC REALLY HONEST}?
From: Jambory
To: All
Date Posted: 12:37:16 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: wanglobe.hilton.com at 192.251.125.85

Message:
APC can never be honest. they are just playing politic with our people who are not educated. They will find out sooner or later if kamajor is for APC for real. What did the northerners not tell Belewa when he was given them money? What did they do for him during the elections? It is just the same mistake Ernest Koroma is doing. The kamajors will tell all of them what they want to hear. The money dole out to them is state money. Let them do whatever they want to do with the money.


Subject: Acquiring land in Sierra Leone
From: Reality
To: All
Date Posted: 00:49:09 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 32.146.246.171

Message:
During the civil war in Sierra Leone, the physical infrastructure of the
country took a heavy beating as marauding youths set fire to thousand
of public and private buildings all over the country. Now that the war is
over, some of us who had the chance to escape to safer and greener
pastures want to help rebuild the country in our own little way, but are
faced with nightmarish obstacles that have thwarted our efforts at every
turn.

Two years ago me and a cousin decided that one way to assist in
national development while at the same time helping ourselves was to
acquire land in Sierra Leone to build on. My cousin wanted a piece of
land in the provinces and I wanted land around the capital. We
contacted some relatives who told us that it would be easy and gave us
estimates. This is where the nightmares began for the two of us. We
sent several thousands of dollars before realizing that we were being
taken for suckers by our own very relatives. We have written these
losses off as the only thing we would have done would have been to
take legal action, which we could not do due to the complex nature of
family relationships in our own culture.

I am still intent in looking for a place and would like to know if there are
private reliable estate agencies or lawyers through whom such an
acquisition can be made, as I would no longer go through a private
person or persons.


Subject: Re: Acquiring land in Sierra Leone
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 09:01:52 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ns.nucleusns2.com at 12.44.12.126

Message:
Ever heard of.........

YOU better darn well go do it yourself..

Sorry.. i meant.. a mans best servant is himself..

If it takes you 20 years, but when you get there..make sure you sort out the land yourself..
Building is another issue.. that you can do semi-remotely..


Subject: Re: Acquiring land in Sierra Leone
From: Angthorf
To: All
Date Posted: 05:40:34 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: soribabureh@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 212.71.37.116

Message:
The most distasteful thing about the whole issue of getting a land to build a dwelling in our country is the lack of sincerity from the so called land brokers. They have gulpped millions of dollars from the laboureous dirty and sweaty jobs we are doing in other peoples' countries.

If really there is anything to be done to curb this terrible practice, let the concerned body take stringent action against these known devils of the nation.

We want patroitic organizations to tkae up a mortgage scheme to build low-cost houses for the suffering Sierra Leoneans abroad. Most of these people want at least to have their own private dwellings before they can venture to return home.


Subject: Thank you.
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 22:15:01 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-178-68-58.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.178.68.58

Message:
Muckson please permit me to repost this link as it is very important that readers view it so that those who can make a difference know about such efforts and needs.


Subject: You are welcome Bambay Lans
From: Muckson
To: All
Date Posted: 01:25:31 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: px3nr.wp.shawcable.net at 24.66.94.142

Message:
You are welcome Bambay Lans, we are looking forward to seeing Sierra Leonean on Board, Just like what Candid Opinion did. He has already donated $50 and has pledged $1 for every $10 card purchased in one of the links he provided. Our financial Sec. is (if not already) sending a thank you letter to Candid Opinion.
The project will be nation wide ... We believe that, everyone has a unique way of contributing in nation development and you don’t have to be a politician to do that….
Muckson


Subject: Re: You are welcome Bambay Lans
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 09:13:05 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
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Muckson thank you for your response. I would hope that you adopt leadership qualities worthy for success. One of which is to avoid every form of pettiness especially when trust is enthroned on you by the morally endowed people of this world. To change a world is not an easy task. It comes with every form of efforts for a setback by ridiculously ill-fated peoples of this world, which might include but not limited to marginalization. But any good leader, I don’t mean this in a political sense alone, stays true to themselves and their God. If they are trusted by the best and the brightest, they stay resolutely in simplicity, the truth and honesty to embrace and stay grounded in this truth, this honesty, this responsibility and this determination. They do not go looking for rumors or making efforts to spread rumors to gain respect. They pay attention to the best and the brightest and always look for positivity instead of spreading negativity. With this powerful fence, any side talks and efforts are foolish in their eyes.
My admonition to you is to be honest and put your goal to help the people, especially the children, ahead of personal aggrandizement and do not pay attention to the devilish attempt people make to strangled your blessings and efforts. Otherwise, your efforts will be futile in that you will be playing in their game. But you must be a leader and see such efforts as pettiness that is not fit for you as a leader. There are those who love to maintain the status quo but a leader endeavors to forge ahead positively.
Note that with this qualities you will definitely succeed by focusing on important pursuits and avoiding pettiness.
I wish you the best.
The writing is on the wall. Look, read and conceptualize.
We live in a civilized world and it is best to join the civilized people who are changing the lives of the unfortunate because we have the responsibility to change the savagery of inflicting extreme poverty on people for sadistic reasons. This is why I specifically admired a spokesman in a meeting I read on the Cocorioko Newspaper, where the spokesman admonished Sierra Leoneans to deviate from the cynicism that has engulfed our communities to joining hands in changing our country and the world for the best. The pathological lying is a shame. The much sarcasm is what we must avoid and engage in serious thinking. This clarion call is what you and others are making and I thank you.
I’m better than that as a thinker. This must be a leader's guide.


Subject: Re: You are welcome Bambay Lans
From: Candid Opinion
To: All
Date Posted: 08:59:07 04/18/08 ()
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Message:
Muckson..

I got the Thanks you from Mr Kamara..
Thanks to you for bringing it to my notice in the first place.. and the kind words you expressed here..

My own Zakat for the week is complete.. amhamdulilai...
(you can tell i am not muslim)..

We dont take material posessions with us..
Weh we die.. e done..

I lok forward to my salone brothers here having a charitable heart.. and participating in community..
To build a country, its 1 community at a time..


Subject: For Mr. Guinean: Guinea Is Dying of Lawlessness
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 16:09:30 04/17/08 ()
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Entered From: ln1-64-d60r981.gsu.edu at 131.96.89.171

Message:
Comparisons can be odious. Each time you admire "law and order" in Guinea at Sierra Leone's expense, the falsehood in your comments make you sound like an ignorant talker. Any African who has lived in Guinea will tell you that the land of Samore Toure is now a West African jungle, simmering with inter-tribal animosity and a national mentality that knows nothing about law and order. Like a state run by mercenaries, Guinea-Conakry is the place where the police, Gendarmerie, Military and Anti--Gangs, compete as drug traffickers and extortionists, bilking civilians out their meager possessions. Mob justice and the execution without trial of suspected criminals, have become social norms in Guinea. I simply do not have the lengthy time needed to fully describe the breakdown of law and order in Guinea.
Your apparent taste for war and the conquest of Sierra Leone will not be in Guinea's favor. The Guinean army is an army only to the extent that it has access to the tools of war in that country. The army's command structure is led by older men who see themselves more as business men than protectors of national security. Feeling cheated out of the free spoils of lawlessness, the younger section of the army's officer corps is mostly made up of men who compete with the national police for law enforcement. In today's Guinea, law enforcement means drug-trafficking and the protection of unemployed youths who prey on civilians. Once night falls in the streets of Conakry, Mamou, Dalaba, and elswhere in Guinea, the differences between bandits and officers is indistinct at best.

When Guinea was attacked in 2002, the enemy executed the raids without necessarily relying on the element of surprise. Army posts in Gueckedou, Kissidougou, Nzerekore and Macenta, were actually informed of the imminent attack by the attackers themselves. When the attacks came, the Guinean army simply abandoned its positions, sustained heavy casualties in the stampede that ensued, and only returned to flatten its own towns with artillery fire after the enemy had left. The road from Gueckedou to Kissidougou looked like a clogged artery, as charred remains of Guinean Armored Personnel Carriers {APCs} burned after being touched by the attackers. War leads to misery, and neither Guinea, nor Sierra Leone, can afford another round of military duels. However, Guinea must stop fooling itself with the chimera that it can defend itself against the battle-tested brigands roaming inside Sierra Leone. If ancient African history is what explains Guinea's seizure of Sierra Leonean lands, then Mali can similarly lay claim to what is today Siguiri, Kankan, Kroussa and beyond. Senegal will similarly claim Futa Jolloh in a bid to append the towns of Labe, Mamou and other Fullah metropolises to their original lineages in Senegal's Fouta Torro region. Lest I forget, you need to brush your rustic Fullah vocabulary. The word for slave in Fullah is "Machudor," not Machidor. "Kiaampu" is a corrupted Susu word for Freetown. That word does not have a Fullah origin as your faulty Fullah seems to suggest. Pure Fullah refers to Freetown as "Saareh," or "ka-saareh", a Fullah word that literally means "town." "Ka-saareh" in Fullah means "to town." I wonder why Guinea is courting its own military destruction by tinkering with Sierra Leone, a country that unfortunately acquired the menacing skills of death and destruction during a decade of agony. Guinea needs to pull out of Sierra Leone while reason prevails in Freetown.



Subject: Re: For Mr. Guinean: Guinea Is Dying of Lawlessness
From: Bra Enviable
To: All
Date Posted: 17:58:38 04/17/08 ()
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Message:
Modibor Guinean, Haala nan Ngorga. Koh ar pulor?
Fulbeh yidaa gerreh. Koh gerreh falla daa? Sarr Lone lanchai Guinee. Me andaar si doon nor hay-nan maah.


Subject: Re: For Mr. Guinean: Guinea Is Dying of Lawlessness
From: Guinean
To: All
Date Posted: 18:21:27 04/17/08 ()
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Message:
Koh Gonga! koh mi pollo! Me falla ka gerreh! koh nhen simbeh. An ka
pataron.



Subject: Re: For Mr. Guinean: Guinea Is Dying of Lawlessness
From: Guinean
To: All
Date Posted: 17:29:44 04/17/08 ()
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Entered From: host86-129-200-109.range86-129.btcentralplus.com at 86.129.200.109

Message:
Remarkable narrative lacking a force of truism. Are you a fula? Do
not believe you are!! My fula is not rustic - you see we all schooled
from different areas in the hands of different masters. take a word you
wrote - "favor" - I will never spell it that way. I will spell it - [favour].
you see Mr. Bra enviable - we cannot all have the same masters.
'Machidor' is a toucoulor (the harrthani). Your spelling is different as
we are not of the same classroom. I understood what you meant and
know that that is how you spell the word.

I must say I admire your patriotic force in defense of a land we
arranged for you to occupy in an agreement with your colonial masters.
I do not advocate war but explain the importance of having law and
order in a society we have so much interest.

The lawlessness you talked about in Guinea came as a consequence of
your sojourn. I do not want to bring back memories that may hurt a
lot of people. I want to talk about now. Guinea is not lawless - yes
there is corruption amongst a few selfish characters in offices
nationwide but that is now been tackled to be characterised as 'under
control'.

OUR ARMY

Mr. Bra Enviable, I do not want to come here proclaiming our might.
The tiger does not go about proclaiming his tigritude! Our army is now
just over 2.5 million manpower fit for military operations. Military
branches consists of fully equipped Navy ( Marine Guineene and
Marines), Equipped Fighting Army, Equipped Air Force with modern jet
fighters and the Coogers (Presidential Guard). Mr Bra Enviable, with
such a might what can our lost brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone do?
I felt a prickling sensation running down my spine after reading your
narrative - a patriot so much in love with his alleged land. I have taken
such force into consideration and may submit the empathy to my
superiors. You are a fine man!

THE HISTORY

Senegal can never make claims to Labé, Nzérékoré, Boké, and Siguiri,
and small mali. Mali was Guinea and Guinea was mali. senegal came
into being in 1857. Before that it was under us - The Kingdom of
Fouta Djallon (1725-1896) - ask Alfa Ibrahim, he will tell you about
this history. Modern dakar came into being around the same time as
the country. In 1902, it was made the capital city. So neighbour
senegal has never threatened us. We gave them all that land.

As you have shown love for your new country, I will make it my pride to
emphasised the strong sentiments you exerted. Nothing will happen
the world knows about it and the matter is been dealt with. The issue
you will have to contend with is that the flood plain limits that define
the left bank boundary of the Makona and Moa rivers are excessive
making our boarders move into your territory and that includes the
hamlet of Yenga, that we have occupied since 1998.

Trust me something will be done about this!!



Subject: How can I get an Air Ticket from Freetown to Dakar?
From: TEDDY COOKY
To: All
Date Posted: 16:03:26 04/17/08 ()
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Entered From: caintdef.sbc.com at 144.160.130.16

Message:
Can I have contact to purchase ticket from Freetown To Dakar Please?


Subject: CONTACT AIR MOROCCO[AT JFK}
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 10:22:18 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb1303w-ad03-83-114.dynamic.mts.net at 206.45.83.114

Message:
They fly from new york-morocco,f/t-daker


Subject: Re: How can I get an Air Ticket from Freetown to Dakar?
From: Korto Yorro
To: All
Date Posted: 05:26:12 04/18/08 ()
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Entered From: at 32.146.79.109

Message:
By buying it


Subject: Re: How can I get an Air Ticket from Freetown to Dakar?
From: Ibrahim
To: All
Date Posted: 20:01:28 04/17/08 ()
Email Address: imtu71@hotmail.com
Entered From: c-75-69-246-122.hsd1.nh.comcast.net at 75.69.246.122

Message:
Call 603-232-1093 lets talk.


Subject: Erica Adams, Syvia blyden and Kabs Kanu
From: Enjoyment man
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Date Posted: 15:53:43 04/17/08 ()
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Message:
Awarding A Sierra Leone Miscreant named Kabs Kanu of Cocorioko
By Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
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I had to giggle when I saw the list of awardees for this year's so-called NOSLINA "Awards". I spoke to Sheku Kallon of New People Newspaper who doubles as NOSLINA Director and I asked him what in heaven's name was their organisation giving an award to Kabs Kanu of Cocorioko Ragsheet for? For MISCREANCY under the guise of journalism?

Poor Sheku could only mumble something about the voters.

Well, those "NOSLINA voters" must be the most gullible bunch I have come across in a long time if they think Kabs Kanu deserves an award.

This Kabs-Kanu man is a miscreant; a so-called Reverend who thrives on mischievously making up stories against other people he dislikes and labels it as journalism. The level of dirty tricks and low down games he has played against me personally and against other innocent citizens over the last few years via his paper and forum is stomach churning. If this miscreant is an example of a Christian Community Leader, then Christianity would have gone to the dogs... TO THE DOGS. Thank God, I know otherwise. This man does not remotely fit the descr1ption of a Community Leader let alone a Christian Man of God! Kabs Kanu is a satanic bundle of hatred.

My attention has today been drawn to another of his malicious miscreancy. This time, he is publishing an article by an obviously deranged woman called Erica Adams. I don't know this Erica woman but she has been trying to get my attention for months now by posting all sorts of articles about me all over the Internet. Articles I have always ignored.

In this latest one, which has been lifted by Kabs Kanu, I cannot believe what this woman wrote as against what really happened at Lumley last Saturday! I would have ignored her just as I normally ignore her type who believe they can attain some undeserved attention by saying they know something about the celebrity Sylvia Blyden. I have learnt to ignore her kind but I am forced to address her nonsense this time because by its appearance at this time, it attempts to trivialise a serious issue of police behaviour towards a female returnee by juxtaposing her husband's own lawlessness into the equation.

If Erica Adams thinks her husband was arrested by Lumley Police Station and bailed out to one Reverend Wellington simply because he came to Freetown to testify in a Court Case, then she is badly misinformed and probably even more deranged than I had assumed.

The facts are that her husband last Saturday April 12th 2008 hired a group of well known thugs wearing bright red T-Shirts to attack my Internet Cafe at Lumley maliciously damaging my property and assaulting my staff saying this was their "own time". I was not even present. My poor Supervisor on duty, [Mr. Sulaiman Bah] had to rush to the Lumley Police Station to file a report causing the Police to send a team over who saw the chaos and invited one Mohamed Borbor Adams (purportedly this deranged Erica woman's husband) to the station for questioning, subsequently arrested him and then bailed him out to one Reverend Wellington who stood as surety for him. During this time, this Adams fellow was trying to drop names of APC Big Men he alleged to be backing him. Adams also called me up using a USA roaming telephone number starting with 980 to threaten me that SLPP was now gone and he (Adams) was "very powerful" in APC having been one of their elections sponsors.

When I finally got to the station, this Adams fellow, whose unfortunate physical appearance I will prefer not to describe, told the police in my presence that he attacked my cafe because he had just come from the United States and was told that my fumes from my Generators had been responsible for the death of his brother named Michael Kalokoh. His statements are all on record at the Lumley Police. Seeing how misinformed he was, I could only shake my head. Everyone at Lumley knows the illness that killed his brother. It had nothing to do with generators and a lot to do with the kind of female acquaintances he frequented himself with…

Later that evening, a group of people came to my residence to appeal on this Mohamed Adams’ behalf that he had been misinformed and wanted me to forgive him. I explained that he could take care of the financial damage to my Cafe and 6.5KVa Generator and also explained that I was really too busy to even start prosecuting a Sierra Leonean brother who showed remorse for his violent actions.

It should be noted that in 2002, rather than the other way around as this crazy Erica woman writes, it was I who took this late Mike Kalokoh and seven others to court for establishment of the title deeds to my father's bonafide property at Lumley which they had (unwittingly?) "bought" in 1998 during my family's absence from Sierra Leone. This Mohamed Borbor Adams is not even a player in the picture and so it is a lie to say he came here to testify in the matter. On the contrary when he sent people to beg me at my house, they told me he came here to make a “Five Year” Cook for his late mother at Magburaka and I was asked to have mercy that he was sorry.

The current Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Lawyer Serry Kamal was their lawyer in 2002 and the matter, quite simply has dragged on for too long simply because the other side has no case and have been making all sorts of delaying tactics. The Court records are all there! The current man handling their case is no less a person that the Public Relations Officer of the Sierra Leone Bar Association, Lawyer Sahid Sesay and he is fully aware of the extent of VIOLENCE and misbehaviour that was put up by this Mohamed Borbor Adams at my Internet Cafe last Saturday as I ensured I telephoned both Serry Kamal and Sahid Sesay to let them be aware of this man's actions. It has been NOTHING BUT APOLOGIES all this time from all concerned!!

I am therefore AMAZED, to say the least, to read what Kabs Kanu has placed on his website written by this deranged woman. I am amazed not at Kabs Kanu whom I expect nothing else from. Kabs Kanu is a disgrace and a miscreant of no small measure but I have tremendous faith that he will one day be fully exposed for what he is. He knows and I know that he is nothing but a slimeball. He also knows he does not deserve any award from NOSLINA given the kind of journalism he practises. He spends half his time attacking this newspaper on his forum and on his pages. We decided a long time ago to not even countenance his stupid attacks on us as we are far above his brand of "journalism". As I said, I expected NOTHING BETTER from Kabs Kanu but for this deranged Erica woman to know fully well that her husband is in serious trouble with the LAW brought about by his ill-thought out criminal actions at Lumley and yet make such inciting comments against the LAW in Sierra Leone brings me to only one conclusion. That is the following:

ERICA ADAMS DOES NOT LOVE HER HUSBAND. SHE WANTS HIM TO GET INTO TROUBLE IN SIERRA LEONE SO HE CAN SPEND A LONG TIME HERE FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST HIM BY THE POLICE FOR MALICIOUS DAMAGE, THREATENING REMARKS AND INSULTING CONDUCT.

I can come to no other conclusion but the above. This woman wants me to press criminal charges against her husband and thus deny him the chance to return to America to meet her as early as he would like. I am further buttressed in this belief by the information I receive that she even posted on Kabs Kanu's Open Discussion Forum that she wanted her husband to spend longer than two weeks here but he did not agree. What a shame for a Sierra Leone woman to callously expose her husband like this.

I really do not want to waste reader’s time on this issue. As much as such lawless behaviour by a holiday maker is top news, I had used my discretion not to have this Mohamed Borbor Adams behaviour publicized and so it is so unfortunate that his wife has now forced me to reveal to the world how her husband was nothing other than a lawless thug who hired “rarray boys” dressed them up in bright red APC colours to attempt to destroy a law abiding business institution whilst making comments that this was “their own time”.


Subject: Re: Erica Adams, Syvia blyden and Kabs Kanu
From: Sugar Ray
To: All
Date Posted: 06:38:42 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: unikad5@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 77.237.75.205

Message:
After reading through the allegations and counter allegations, I think a very cute, handsome, responsible guy like me should step in and try to handle this case with the seriousness it deserves. I'm not at all happy with the follow-up inputs '[In fact, I suspect 'Monicas' from the same people in the brawl]. I know Sylvia Blydent quite well, and I think she will listen to me if I come up with any reasonable proposal. So, it's up to Erica now to allow me to mediate between her and Sylvia. It's definitely not a "quick fix" situation, but we've got to start somewhere at least.

I am heading to Freetown in a couple of weeks time and I hope to meet with Sylvia Blyden for the first time. There is an old mail of hers that is still in my mailbox and once I re-post it to her, I believe she will respond positively.

Hey! We all know the explosive nature of land disputes in Freetown nowadays, but not withstanding, the recent physical "draw-draw" aspect of the case is what we intend to tackle first. The other part regarding the ownership of the land is already in the courts. That can drag on for as long as it takes .... it's already in hands of the Law. But these attacks over cyber would have to stop.

Now to Sylvia! You remember me? (We used to fight a lot at the Africa-on-line forum but you asked me to pray for you and I did. We became friends since, because you gave me the opportunity to discover that other part of you as a God-Fearing person. Please, let's see how we can handle this whole issue as a family matter.

Erica, please go easy. I'm certain I can handle this. Just give me a chance. I know tempers are hot right now, but we can all reach an amicable solution with a little patience.

Regards to my two wonderful sisters!!!


Subject: Re: Erica Adams, Syvia blyden and Kabs Kanu
From: Ali Volkan
To: All
Date Posted: 13:31:16 04/21/08 ()
Email Address: deltablast@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 78.52.64.212

Message:
KAbs resembles the devil!!!! SATAN! Sylvia is beautiful


Subject: Re: Erica Adams, Syvia blyden and Kabs Kanu
From: Ahpoleh
To: All
Date Posted: 14:19:46 04/18/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Sylvia a God-fearing person ?
My friend, go drink your bully of palm wine and sleep.You are not serious.


Subject: Re: Erica Adams, Syvia blyden and Kabs Kanu
From: Erica Adams
To: All
Date Posted: 17:05:24 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-185-005-235.sip.clt.bellsouth.net at 74.185.5.235

Message:
If any of you care to check the archives of Cocorioko, you will learn who is a liar. Some months ago when Sylvia wrote a letter to herself and used this forum to publize it, she alleged she did not know my brother-in-law Michael Kalokoh but is now admitting that she did in fact take him in court. If anyone has paid thugs to abuse someone it is Sylvia, and I can post the pictures of my late brother-in-law on this very forum to show you all the busted lip and large knot on his head when he attended my mother-in-laws funeral. Miss Blyden you are very incorrect when you say that my husband has no business in this matter since he and Michael were brothers. When Michael's father died, my mother-in-law married Sanpha Adams of hotel Adams fame which blows a hole in your theory about my husband boasting that he is a big APC supports. His family has been pro-SLPP all of his life so I doubt seriously if he would make such a public declaration when his brother Okere Adams was a minister in the outgoing SLPP government. Miss Blyden, you are such a liar that you actually believe yourself which is scary within itself and you need to stop accusing the APC of unrelated matters. You have failed to appear in court so many times we have lost count and then with your ignorant self you use a public format to attack the lawyer for Phillip Neville when you are guilty of the same. You are the one who initiated this action so if you are as smart as you allege, be a woman about it and fight it out in the court of law. You are trying to use intimidation with false police action. You know very well my husband was not arrested and there was no evidence of destruction at your so-called cafe. So you mean to tell me that my husband who has not stepped foot on Sierra Leonean soil in five years is capable of taking down the great Miss Bylden within just days of returning home. According to your own report, you were able to waltz in and out of the police station past men with weapons without detainment or even a scratch on your body. Now my husband has come and terrorized you and your so-called cafe. Considering the fact you are renting your house from one of my husband's very good friends in Atlanta, he could have created all kinds of problems for your life a long time ago if that was the kind of man he is. Please have someone who is sane read what you have written and explain why it is not logical.

Please do not use this opportunity to attack Kabs, I'm sure he has heard enough stories about you and your behavior that he was concerned and wanted to al3rt people about the lawlessness of some Sierra Leoneans. My story was not an attack on the law enforcement of the country. As a matter of fact, I applaud them for seeing you for the liar you are. Once they realized you had filed a false report, they did not arrest my husband. You are the one who has pulled the police into your twisted lies by alleging they assisted you in caring out your lawless plans. Your assertion that my husband will somehow pay for my comments once again point to your view that the police somehow act outside of the law. I don't think the police will randomly pick on someone just because he travels to Sierra Leone and wants to address property issues. I do believe that one could have problems if one nacissistic "celebrity" is filing false reports with them. My husband will be returning home without any problems because there are too many people praying for him and even the property issue that is at the root of this matter.

Lastly, Miss Blyden, you obviously don't have a mirror. From the photos I have seen of you and the fact that you refuse to comb your hair, it is apparent you either don't have a mirror or you're blind as a bat. How can you ever have the mind to make reference to anyone's appearance? Don't you know there are farm animals that are more attractive than you? Miss Bylden, what do you know about the love between a husband and wife? Ustem dae put kola nut for u?


Subject: Re: Erica Adams, Syvia blyden and Kabs Kanu
From: Gongoli-Are there no combs and mirrors in Sierra Leone?
To: All
Date Posted: 17:13:42 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-70-108-238-93.washdc.east.verizon.net at 70.108.238.93

Message:
Whoa Erica, This is a good one

"Lastly, Miss Blyden, you obviously don't have a mirror. From the photos I have seen of you and the fact that you refuse to comb your hair, it is apparent you either don't have a mirror or you're blind as a bat. How can you ever have the mind to make reference to anyone's appearance? Don't you know there are farm animals that are more attractive than you? Miss Bylden, what do you know about the love between a husband and wife? Ustem dae put kola nut for u?"


Subject: Re: Erica Adams, Syvia blyden and Kabs Kanu
From: Sylvia Oreh Cole
To: All
Date Posted: 17:23:12 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
"Miss Bylden, what do you know about the love between a husband and wife? Ustem dae put kola nut for u?"
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Erica,

Don't blame Sylvia Gongoli Blindful. No man in his sound mind will put kola for this monster. For nature's sake, Salone man say "dorty wata dae hot fire" if ever there is a sane or druken person that will want to satisfy nature then Gongoli Blindful will be the happiest.


Subject: Re: Erica Adams, Syvia blyden and Kabs Kanu
From: Dorty Wata
To: All
Date Posted: 17:43:15 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Sylvia Oreh,

Who told you that Sylvia Blyden is not loved? You know ugly women are the best to keep as lovers because been afraid of their shadows and appearance they can spend the last penny for a man to love them and furthermore they are not a threat to women hunters. The only problem is I will not take out in day time before people steering at me, instead they are the best at night time parties when the brain doesn't function normally. Sylvia, nor worry, I dae marry you, I know you I will have no competition.


Subject: Re: Erica Adams, Syvia blyden and Kabs Kanu
From: Sylvia Oreh Cole
To: All
Date Posted: 17:46:11 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Sylvia Oreh,

Who told you that Sylvia Blyden is not loved? You know ugly women are the best to keep as lovers because been afraid of their shadows and appearance they can spend the last penny for a man to love them and furthermore they are not a threat to women hunters. The only problem is I will not take you out in day time before people start steering at me, however, they are the best at night time parties when the brain doesn't function normally. Sylvia, nor worry, I dae marry you, I know I will have no competition.


Subject: Sylvia Blyden
From: Alimamy Turay
To: All
Date Posted: 11:34:29 04/18/08 ()
Email Address: deltablast@yahoo.com
Entered From: e178092025.adsl.alicedsl.de at 85.178.92.25

Message:
I wanted to bring up the issue on Sylvia Blyden's beauty and have been motivated by recent writings about her. Really and truly, she is pretty. I was shocked when I saw her photo with Sheka Tarawallie and Junior Koroma in Makeni; I wonder why people say she is ugly. For me, her face is really nice, pretty and presentable. She has a nice stature. Please stop this issue of blackmailing! I have seen for myself and no one needs to tell me how she is. This is my opinion!!! You can say whatever. Thanks!


Subject: Think Tank Liberia lies in a labyrinth
From: Think Tank
To: All
Date Posted: 15:44:55 04/17/08 ()
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Message:
Think Tank Liberia lies in a labyrinth

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By Umaru Fofana

There is an ever-increasing moaning and mourning in Monrovia. Young men and women are palpably unhappy. And they are pulling no punches about it. Liberia's capital is in a pitiful state. Its citizens are praying against a heady date. That date when hate will spill over. The slightest prick may lead to a serious trick. When the scars and scabs of the war, still seen even by the blind and felt by the deadened, may be peeled off leading to fresh haemorrhaging.
The city's narrow streets and alleys are further narrowed by the teeming population with idling youthful men standing post and acting as useful hosts. Broad Street, the hub of the city, looks even broader. Not because it has been expanded by civil engineering.

Rather, like Gulliver in Lilliput, many of the other streets seem to be shrinking as drivers navigate potholes, while street traders do their all-too-familiar thing.


The yellow-painted taxis are rickety at best, as carbon monoxide mixes with the scorching heat in a city with the highest humidity in sub-Saharan Africa. The sight of rain is a plight that forces you to deign. Otherwise, wet is all you get. And the taxi drivers, who look like divers, are mostly dishevelled as they struggling to keep the water at bay.


This is a far cry from the Liberia created in my mind's eye. Growing up in Kono district, today's shoulder-high show-offers from the US or Europe came from Liberia looking strict. A return from a trip to L.I.B, as it was called then, meant a stream of neighbours coming to visit even in a pen, with a pan in hand. With bated anticipation of some dollars, you were the darling of the community. All that has changed! All that impression has waned! Electricity is almost nonexistent even though there stand some poles with bulbs on them trying to provide street lights.


Here, the US dollar is legal tender. You use it to pay even a taxi driver, and he gives you change in Liberty dollar. But a credit card is as good here as meaningless.
To some, what Liberia brings today is hysteria. Save for those Sierra Leoneans I saw there who have chosen to make it a home. But in a world of contradictions, hundreds if not thousands of Liberians here, prefer it to a return home.


Some Liberians who have been to Freetown recently, love it here. One told me of how much he missed “beautiful” Freetown, calling it “Paris” and sometimes “New York”. “Very nice streets like Siaka Stevens Street, Pademba Road,” he counts, and ends at Congo Cross and Aberdeen. The Lumley beach still brings sand to his sole and palm. Paddys and Old Skul remain his paddies (friends), and he still sees them as among the best fun places he has been to.


A friend of mine took me round the town and then to Paynesville. An outskirt of the city that looks like a pretty lady without a miniskirt. Beauty unappreciated! Substandard houses built on a beautiful plane. The large Salone population wanted to take me out and they settled for Musu's. Where, just a couple of hours before, another compatriot had taken me to. “It is one of Monrovia's best” one of them told me. Not like Old Skul but somehow good enough and surely not taking away Liberians' flair for fun and frolic. Their gumption to glean in glitz and glamour is still glowing. The UN's ubiquitous effervescence is ever of the essence, or may be not.


Liberians I spoke to, except perhaps those diehards of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, cannot care less about the world body. They heap a deluge of praise on Nigeria which was “brave and altruistic” to send its troops when the farm barn was on fire. They see the civilian component of United Nations mission in the country as proof of what one called the world's bane attempt “to profit over our situation”. Whatever that means! But they want them to leave or give Liberians more jobs.


Joblessness and the departure of the UN, even the thought of it, is a heart-throb. “These young men you see are without a job and almost all of them are former gun-wielders” one Liberian journalist I met in a restaurant said to me. And this brings jitters, he went on. And this is exactly the reason some support the continued stay of the peacekeepers. Former combatants are roaming the streets in Monrovia without a job to do. A UN official told me it is far worse upcountry. There are concerns that if things are not done for them it could spark off.


Following the end of the war in Sierra Leone in January 2002, it did not take this long for the dust to settle in Freetown. Five years since President Charles Taylor stepped down to bring back normalcy to Liberia, Monrovia still looks ominous and scarily scarred almost five years on. This could probably be because the city saw far many more battles than Freetown did. But critics, including an opposition Senator I met, attribute it to “damn right incompetence” on the part of the current government. He does not agree President Johnson-Sirleaf has done any good by attracting the world's most powerful man, President George Bush to the country, or even the fact that the 40-mile road to the RI airport, which by Sierra Leonean standards is excellent, is being rehabilitated.


These were cited by a staunch supporter of the president as some of her achievements. When I asked her whether this “success” will translate into a Unity Party victory in the next elections which are several years away anyway, she sank into quietness. I challenged her on the president's refusal to testify before the country's Truth and reconciliation Commission, calling it a bad example, her defence was thus: She is keeping that for her autobiography. Johnson-Sirleaf has said she is a one-term president. And the general feeling is that when her term expires, hers will be a shoe too big for anyone in the party to fit into.


The man she defeated at the polls, football legend George Opong Weah, is making progress in school in the States, his aides told me. They say he will be ready and ripe and educated for the next elections. His English language proficiency is catching up with his political ambitions. When I put it to a journalist, another of his supporters that a President Weah can never match up a President Johnson-Sirleaf, he could not disagree more. He accused me and many other non-Liberians of regarding President Johnson-Sirleaf as a celebrity Africa's first elected female head of state is mesmerising you.


But perhaps the most interesting impression on my mind is the apparent groundswell of popularity former president Taylor enjoys. It is hair-raising. The overall impression I was left with is that if Mr Taylor was acquitted and discharged, he would win a presidential race hands down. This, despite accusations by his critics of being the warlord who brought the country to its knees. But the resilience shown by some Liberians, even if crying hard times, is such that if the peace process is goaded, especially by looking after the welfare of the thousands of ex-combatants and other unemployed youth, a knee pad can heal that knee.
I believe unless corruption is fought more seriously in Sierra Leone, the grass in Liberia will be greener for many of our compatriots. And Liberia will once again become L.I.B.


By Umaru Fofana


Subject: Freetown City Council takes over cleaning again
From: Dirty Box
To: All
Date Posted: 15:36:10 04/17/08 ()
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Message:
AWOKO

Freetown City Council takes over cleaning again

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With mountains of garbage all over the city and controversies as to who should be in charge of the cleaning, it has been disclosed that the Freetown City Council has been finally accorded that responsibility.
This was disclosed yesterday by Foday Mahmoud Sesay, the administrative officer of Klin Salone, an organization that was in charge of cleaning the city before it was temporarily handed over to a company named the Freetown Waste Management Company.


Mr Mahmoud Sesay said after the cleaning slipped away from their hands, they made recommendations to President Koroma that the cleaning of the municipality should be the responsibility of the Freetown City Council.


“We believe it is a statutory declaration and the function should go back to them because it was snatched from them and also because of the unsatisfactory situation at hand they should be given that mandate,” he stated.

The administrative officer disclosed that on Tuesday, President Koroma met with stakeholders where the responsibility of cleaning the city was transferred to the council.

He said with that, they went at the works yard yesterday morning where the equipment for the cleaning are to be transferred to the Freetown City Council.

“This is big news for us because we will be more comfortable as an implementing agent to work in line with the appropriate authorities”, he stressed.
Klin Salone is an indigenous youth association that provides employment for youths through waste management, self income generating and social activities. They came in contact with the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) for technical assistance and capacity building for which it was done for the past 16 months.

The public relations officer of the Freetown City Council, Cyril Matia, confirmed that the transfer had been handed over to them in principle as they were only informed about that on Tuesday.


Subject: The very reason why EBK should be careful - God loved him!!
From: Reflection
To: All
Date Posted: 15:19:28 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
The text below was posted on the 'cocorioko forum' and I thought it is
interesting and of historical facts. Is this the miracle i have been
talking about. Sierra Leone needs a Miracle and this is definite. may I
also implore you to remember Sierra leone during your devotion/quiet
time. 2007 has to bring change in every Sierra leonean and friends of
Sierra leone.

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Dear All,

The first part of this email has been going around without a solution. A
solution has been added for hope sake. Now read both parts and make
up you mind what you will do. What Happens affects all Sierra
Leoneans Whether we live abroad or not.

Here Goes.........


In 1937, an outbreak of Small Pox led to the catastrophic death of
thousands of Sierra Leoneans.

In 1947, an earthquake took place in Sierra Leone

In 1957, the first political upheaval between Milton and Albert Margai
set the pace for bad governance when the APC party formed three
years
later came in to steal the show

In 1967, for the first time in Africa, a ruling regime was
narrowly voted out of office by an opposition party which sowed the
seed of everything that represented bad governance in Sierra Leone

In 1977, a wide spread student demonstration across Sierra Leone
adversely affected the political base, physical infrastructure and the
economy of Sierra Leone, which almost brought down the APC regime

In 1987, the pace was set for Sierra Leone's First Vice
President, Attorney General and Minister of Justice - late Francis
Minah - to be executed after a controversial treason trial.

In 1997, the notorious AFRC junta seized state power and held Sierra
Leone to ransom for nine months amidst national and international
outcry.

In 2007, guess what will happen???

Power will change Hands!!!!

The word of God says "if my people who are called by my name shall
humble themselves and pray, turn from their wicked ways and seek my
face then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their
land"

This is not the time to send emails that cause fear in our hearts but
this is the time to spread the good news that a new beginning is
coming for Sierra Leone.

God is about to turn our mourning into dancing,

Our sorrows into Joy.

The 7th year of every decade will no longer be a year of sorrow and
devastation for Sierra Leoneans but from now on it will be a YEAR OF
Jubilee.

We will have course to praise our God and DELIVERER , RESTORER,
REBUILDER, HOPE, HEALER,PROVIDER, AND PROTECTOR.

We Turn back every negative word that has been spoken against Sierra
Leone concerning the 7TH year.

God Says,
Behold I am doing a new thing,

Old things have past away,

Behold all things have become new...........

I call upon everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus to rise up in
prayer and make a difference.

Talk is cheap but only prayer changes things.

This is not the time to play church but the time to be the church.

It is written in Isaiah 45:
'I will give you the authority to take power away from kings.

It is time the Principality over Sierra Leone responsible for the 7th year
devastation be striped and disarmed. Who is going to do it.

You can make a difference.

Take a short time to pray for Sierra Leone today.

If you love Sierra Leone and believe that Prayer changes things,
Then send this to others who can pray.

2007 Will rewrite the history books in Jesus' Name
AMEN.

God Bless you all


Subject: Francis Gabbidon Arrested For Corruption Charges
From: Salone Padi
To: All
Date Posted: 14:23:24 04/17/08 ()
Email Address: salonep@msn.com
Entered From: s01060016d3562ee4.wp.shawcable.net at 24.77.247.65

Message:
Francis Gabbidon, Former Ombudsman of the Republic of Sierra Leone Arrested For Fraud by Anti Corruption Commission
Posted by standard Times press on Apr 17, 2008, 13:14



Mr. Francis Gabbidon, former Ombudsman of the Republic of Sierra Leone was arrested on Thursday, April 17, 2008 by the Anti-Corruption Commission which is investigating allegations of offences contrary the Anti-Corruption Act 2000 as amended. The investigation concerns Mr. Gabbidon’s tenure as Ombudsman between 2000 and 2007 and he is currently helping the Commission with its enquiries.


http://standardtimespress.net/cgi-bin/artman/publish/article_2828.shtml



Subject: How a cleaner got $1m mortgage in the US - US banks broke
From: USA
To: All
Date Posted: 14:17:39 04/17/08 ()
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Message:
The Whole Lending Chain Must Be Fixed

America's Banks are Broken

By PETER MORICI

America's banks are broken, and the U.S. economy cannot be pulled
out of recession until they are fixed.

Thirty years ago, mortgages were straightforward. Homebuyers went
to banks, which checked incomes, purchased independent appraisals
and loaned buyers the money. The bank held notes or sold them to
Fannie Mae or perhaps insurance companies.

Loan officers had strong incentives to be certain loan applications were
accurate. Bad loans came back to them.

Today, loans go through complicated chains. Loan agents hang around
real estate offices, take applications and forward those to mortgage
companies or regional banks. Those sell the notes to large Wall Street
banks or securities firms that increasingly do most of the things banks
do.

Until recently, Wall Street banks bundled mortgages into bonds, and
sold bonds to insurance companies, hedge funds and other investors.
As mortgages vary significantly in quality, mortgage-backed bonds
were rated by Standard & Poor's and other rating agencies.

At each step, information could be lost and temptations built up to
understate risks of default. Agents got fees only for loans that were
approved, and appraisers whose assessments came in too low didn't
get business from agents.

Mortgage companies got their cut from origination fees and were able
to push off the risk of default onto the ultimate purchasers of the
bonds. Hence, they were inclined to be lenient with agents.

Wall Street bankers were rewarded for writing very complicated
securities intended to do the impossible: make inherently more risky
bonds less likely to impose losses on investors when mortgages
defaulted.

Wall Street banks paid the rating agencies for evaluations of mortgage-
backed securities. In turn, those agencies assigned high ratings to
inherently risky bonds.

Last year, we learned the banks were writing adjustable-rate loans and
other esoteric mortgage products that many homeowners could never
repay. They were slicing, dicing and reassembling loans into
incomprehensibly arcane bonds, and then they sold, bought, resold
and insured those contraptions to generate big fees and profits.

Many loans failed, and mortgage-backed bonds plummeted in value.
Wall Street banks got stuck with unsold bonds, and are being forced to
write down billions of dollars in losses.

Now investors ranging from American insurance companies to the
Saudi royals are not much interested in buying bonds created by U.S.
banks, and banks cannot make enough loans to credit-worthy
consumers. Without enough credit, housing prices plummet and the
economy sinks into recession.

The Federal Reserve has cut interest rates and loaned banks $600
billion against bonds on their books, but those steps help little
because the bond market is closed to banks.

The whole lending chain must be fixed. Treasury Secretary Henry M.
Paulson Jr. and Federal Reserve Chairman S. Bernanke propose tighter
regulations of mortgage brokers and steps to ensure independent real
estate appraisals. Accurate statements of borrowers' income and credit
histories, and honest appraisals, are essential for creating loans that
may be bundled into bonds that investors will buy.

That said, the big Wall Street banks must be willing to create simple
bonds from mortgages that are easy for investors to understand and
whose risks can be accurately accessed.

This is less profitable than the complex bonds and derivatives that
were being sold prior to the credit market meltdown.

It is up to Mr. Paulson and Mr. Bernanke to bring together the largest
banks and fixed-income investors, among insurance companies and
the like, to lay out the requirements for such bonds, and to require the
banks to stick to them. Bond raters should be paid by investors, not the
banks that create the bonds.

Today, banks are often part of large financial empires, and plain vanilla
mortgage underwriting doesn't pay outsized fees, profits and bonuses.
Bankers look to other markets for opportunities to sell derivatives.

However, Americans need the banks to make mortgages and other
loans to get the economy back on track. Mr. Bernanke and Mr. Paulson
have the leverage to bring them to the table - the $600 billion the
Federal Reserve is lending banks to keep them afloat.

Individual banks that won't cooperate don't have to get their loans.

If Mr. Paulson and Mr. Bernanke lead, the banks will follow.

Peter Morici is a professor at the University of Maryland School of
Business and former chief economist at the U.S. International Trade
Commission.

This column originally ran in the Baltimore Sun.


Subject: The Folly of attacking iraq
From: Foreign press
To: All
Date Posted: 14:14:16 04/17/08 ()
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Message:
An Interview with Steven Kinzer

The Folly of Attacking Iran

By WAJAHAT ALI

According to the White House, Iran and its controversial and
opinionated President Ahmadenijad lead the next wave of "The Axis of
Evil" in spearheading the nuclear annihilation of The United States.
Despite a recent intelligence report released in December 2007
concluding Iran stopped its nuclear weapons program in 2003, a
paranoid fear still lingers that Iran might acquire such WMD's and use
them first and foremost against America. Iran's global image,
undoubtedly and unfortunately personified by "shoot from the hip"
Ahmadinejad, emerges as a reactionary, Anti-semitic, militant
theocracy strategically organizing a Shia majority power bloc in the
post 9-11 Middle East.

The origin of this constant barrage of back and forth slanderous
accusations and deep rooted mistrusts that exist between both
countries is examined by journalist Steve Kinzer in his popular and
best-selling book All the Shah's Men. The fast paced and well written,
non fiction history book takes the readers back to the "roots" of Iranian
anger towards U.S. foreign policy: the 1953 CIA led coup of Iran's
democratically elected Prime Minster Muhammad Mossadegh in favor
of a cruel, puppet dictator Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. Here's an
exclusive interview with Mr. Kinzer describing how the sins from the
past inevitably color the quagmire of the present.

ALI: You have a revised edition of your best-selling book "All the
Shah's Men" with a new forward essay entitled "The Folly of Attacking
Iran." Many say, "Steve, you're jumping the gun. No one is talking about
attacking Iran this is just a knee jerk hysteria." What's your reply to
that?

KINZER: I fear that the impulse to push this issue back on to the back
burner the feeling that there isn't going to be an attack and this is not
something to be worried about - is actually something that will make
an attack more likely. If there is a sense in Washington that people
don't really care about it and really aren't worried about it, I think there
are people in the White House who might want to go ahead and do it.
We have heard President Bush say that he doesn't think the National
Intelligence Estimate [The report concludes with "high confidence" that
"in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program" and
currently does not possess a nuclear weapon], which was issued in
December, should have any impact on people's opinion about Iran.

More recently, we have seen that Admiral William Fallon, who was the
military commander most outspokenly critical about the idea of
attacking Iran, resigned in a surprise move after just one year as
Commander of the U.S. forces in the Middle East. There are a number
of alarming signs suggesting that sometime between now and next
January 20th the United States might actually carry out this attack. To
protest after it has happened is too late.

ALI: Let's lay a foundation, which is rarely laid down by American
media, and take it to back nearly 50 years to Mohammad Mossadegh.
He was the democratically elected leader of Iran. Why was his decision
to nationalize Iranian oil such a threat to global superpowers?

KINZER: You have to go back to that time period in the early 1950's.
There had not been any leader of a poor country who had stood up to
challenge the masters of the world in such a direct and important way.
Mossadegh was essentially saying that the company [Anglo-Iranian Oil
company now known as British Petroleum], that was richest, most
lucrative property owned by Britain anywhere in the world, was actually
not Britain's property at all. He was saying that the oil under Iran's soil
belongs strictly to Iran.

The British responded to this by complaining that Iranian oil was the
private property of a British company and for Iran to nationalize it
would essentially be theft of that private property. There has never
been the leader of a country who decided to try to nationalize such an
important resource in a way that so outraged not just Americans but
even big countries around the world. What effect that had in Britain, of
course, was obvious.

Oil from Iran had been the basis for the standard of living the people
in Britain enjoyed all during the 1920's and 1930's and 1940's. Every
factory in Britain was being powered by oil from Iran. Every truck and
bus and car in Britain was running on Iranian oil. The Royal Navy, which
projected British power around the world was fueled 100% by oil from
Iran. But, there were other reasons that alarmed other countries,
particularly the United States. At that time the Secretary of State was
John Foster Dulles who had spent his career as a lawyer for large
multinational corporations. The idea that foreign and American
companies should be allowed to operate as they wished and use the
resources of other countries as they sought fit was a sacred principle to
him. He believed if Mossadegh and the Iranians could get away with
nationalizing their oil industry this would set a terrible precedent that
would undermine the power and authority of multinational companies
everywhere. This was a huge challenge to the way the world was run.

ALI: So, Mossadegh, the democratically elected leader, was later
deposed and replaced by the Shah of Iran. Why did the U.S. decide on a
petty, tyrannical leader like the Shah when a well intentioned, but
ineffectual one like, say Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, could have done?

KINZER: I've had the chance to study not just the U.S. intervention in
Iran in 1953 but a number of other cases in which the United States
had overthrown foreign governments. My most recent book Overthrow
is a history of all the times that the U.S has done this. When you study
these overthrows together, certain patterns emerge and this certainly
applies in Iran. After we overthrow the person we don't like, then we
have to decide: "Who do we want as a replacement?"

Usually, we want a person who fills two qualifications: 1) It should be
someone who is popular. Someone who could rule with popular
support and maintain a stable government. 2) We also want someone
who will do what we say. We didn't overthrow someone we didn't like
just to put someone in who won't do our bidding. Soon after the
overthrow we realized that you couldn't have both. You can't have a
leader who is going to place the interests of the United States first
above the interests of his own country, who will also be popular. That
means you have to choose. Either you're going to choose someone who
is going to be popular, but won't do what the United States wants, or
someone who will do what the United States wants but won't
necessarily be popular. We always choose someone who will do our
bidding. This is what happens in Iran. We knew if we placed the Shah
in power, he would do what we want. Why, we asked ourselves, would
we go from a coup and not place someone like that in power?

ALI: Now we're up to 1979. We're witnessing one of the largest, most
popular revolutions of the 20th century [Iranian Revolution led by
Khomeini in '79.] Was this a reflection of an entire society's hatred and
dislike of "Westernism" and modernism? How could so many diverse
elements in Iran come together and be unified in their dislike of the
Shah and, one could argue, even the U.S.?

KINZER: When the United States overthrew the government of
Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953, the Americans thought they had won
a great victory. After all, we had gotten rid of someone we didn't like
and replaced them with someone who would do whatever we wanted.
Later on, however, as we look back from the perspective of history, we
can see that the operation doesn't seem so successful at all. It was the
Shah's repression that produced the explosion of the late 1970's: the
Islamic Revolution. That revolution brought to power a clique of
fanatically, anti-American clerics who spent decades there after acting
intensely and sometimes very violently to undermine American
interests all over the world. That revolution inspired radical
fundamentalists in many other countries including next-door
Afghanistan. That revolution also weakened Iran enough so that Iran's
biggest enemy, Saddam Hussein next door in Iraq, decided to invade
Iran. That invasion not only produced the horrific 8 year long Iran-Iraq
war, it brought the United States into a military alliance with Saddam
Hussein. We supported Saddam with helicopters that he used to drop
poison gas inside Iran and intelligence that allowed him to target and
attack inside Iran. It was our death embrace with Saddam beginning at
that moment that brought us into this downward spiral that led to the
current quagmire in Iraq.

The Islamic Revolution of the late 1970's terrified the Soviets. They
were afraid there would be a whole series of copycat fundamentalist
revolutions around their Southern flank. That fear led the Soviets to
invade Afghanistan. That invasion in turn brought the United States
over to Pakistan and Afghanistan to sponsor a huge scaled, covert
operation where we trained tens of thousands of jihadis in terror
tactics and encouraged them to go out and kill the infidel. Those
jihadis later became the Taliban, and we Americans became the
infidels they wanted to kill. So, that operation in 1953 set off terrible
consequences that are still shaping the world today and are greatly
undermining the security of the United States

ALI: Let's take it up to modern times. You mention in the preface of the
book that the new Iraq War is seen as one of the worst strategic
disasters in the history of U.S. Foreign Policy, however you follow that
by saying that attacking Iran would even be more disastrous. That's a
bold claim. How can it be more disastrous than what we are seeing in
this Three Trillion Dollar War?

KINZER: We can easily foresee some of the terrible consequences of an
American attack on Iran. First of all, Iran is the only country in the
Muslim Middle East where most people are pro-American. That pro-
American sentiment in Iran is a huge strategic asset to the United
States. We can build on that for generations to come. We will liquidate
that asset in 1 hour if we start to attack. We profess to be great
enemies and harsh critics of President Ahmadinejad. He is very
unpopular in Iran. He's likely to lose next year's presidential elections.
He knows this. There is only one way he can become a hero in Iran and
to Muslims all over the world. That is to be attacked by the United
States.

His provocative rhetoric is kind of calculated to try to bring on this kind
of an attack. If we do bomb Iran, we will be strengthening the very
regime that we claim to be opposed to. An American attack on Iran
would certainly lead Iran to revenge attacks on Israel and on U.S.
targets in the Persian Gulf. That will bring Israel into the conflict
probably with terrible results, such as bombing attacks on Iran. It
would also set off a huge explosion of anti-American violence in Iraq,
probably also in Afghanistan. It would greatly destabilize Pakistan,
which is probably the last country the U.S. needs to destabilize at this
moment. And, if you are afraid today that nuclear scientists in Iran
might share their knowledge with terrorists or the Anti-American
groups, then just bomb their houses and kill their children and then see
how eager they are to participate in anti-American activities.

However, let me add one other point. These are just the consequences
we can foresee. To me the greatest lesson of the 1953 intervention is
that the worst consequences of these interventions are ones that no
one could predict. There was nobody alive in 1953 even the most far
sighted analyst who could have possibly predicted the long term
results of that intervention. Nobody could at that time have said, "If we
overthrow Mossadegh, ultimately the radical clerics are going to take
over in Iran and that is going to produce the Soviet invasion of
Afghanistan, and that's going to lead the U.S. having an operation that
will bring a terrorist group to Afghanistan that will then later attack
American soil." These were totally unpredictable. So, I think that will
happen. The worst consequences, ones far worse than the one's I've
just listed, would be ones that nobody could even imagine today.

ALI: You make an interesting point that will surely shock most people
in saying that the Iranian people are pro America. What's the pulse of
the Iranian people and compare it to Ahmadinejad. The latter's
rhetoric, as you know, is all but passive. He talks vehemently against
Israel, Jews, and against America. Lot of times people say he is merely
a foil or front for the velayit-e-faqih, or the guardianship of the
jurists in power. These three characters: the Iranian people, the jurists,
and Ahmadinejad. Who should we fear? And even if the people are pro
American, how come we don't hear about it? Shouldn't we at least fear
Ahmadinejad?

KINZER: Part of the reason I think for our misconception about Iran is
that President Ahmadinejad has a title that misleads us. As far as we
understand, the President of the country is the most important person,
who has been freely elected and has the power to decide what the
government is going to do. That's not true in Iran. In Iran, there are
several circles of power above the President. This President was elected
as an upset winner, something that could never happen in countries
that are U.S. allies like Egypt or Saudi Arabia. Now, a lot of people are
very unhappy with him because of his mismanagement of the
economy, and also because many Iranians feel very embarrassed to
have such a figure representing them.

Now, why don't we hear about the pro American sentiment inside Iran?
Part of the reason is that it is so difficult for Iranians and Americans to
get to meet each other. The United States makes it impossible for most
Iranians to come and visit the U.S. This is a very important policy for
Washington to follow because keeping these two people separated
makes it easier to demonize the Iranians. Once it were to become clear
to Americans that there is a huge pro American sentiment in Iran, then
the idea of an American attack would find far less support here. That's
why I'd like to see the United States reverse this policy and instead of
trying to prevent the Iranians from coming here, we should invite
them. We should have the farmers from Iran having exchange
programs with the farmers from the United States. And the
schoolteachers, and the women's groups and the members of
Parliament, there should be a constant flow of people back and forth
so we start to understand each other. But, if you are promoting the
idea of war then you want to prevent that, because preventing it makes
it easy to see the other side as kind of a caricature and use someone
like Ahmadinejad to give the false impression that everybody in Iran is
militantly anti-Israel, militantly anti-American, and militantly in favor
of theocratic rule.

ALI: Sy Hersh, whom I interviewed recently, said Ahmadinejad and Iran
are doing what they've always done in helping Shias in the Middle East.
He says he doesn't see anything different about their behavior now
then he did in the past. Perhaps he could be referring to Iran
supporting Hezbollah in Lebanon and even the Shia insurgents in Iraq.
Critics say this help in turn directly affects the United States because
these forces attack U.S. soldiers, posts and allies. So does this tangible
relationship give enough credible evidence to attack Iran?

KINZER: I'm actually very troubled by Iranian support for groups like
Hamas and Hezbollah. The support is also very unpopular inside Iran. It
is repeatedly cited by people who complain about the economic
shortages inside Iran. People in Iran don't want to see hundreds of
millions of their dollars going to support these militant groups. I would
simply argue that the more worried you are about Iran's support for
these groups, then the more troubled you are by Iranian nuclear
ambitions. The more outraged you are at the way the Iranian
government represses democratic forces inside Iran, the more urgent
the negotiation option becomes. We are not going to be able to reduce
Iranian support for militant groups in the Middle East, or to make Iran
curb its nuclear ambitions or to change its behavior in any other way
by bombing them! The way to make Iran calm down and feel like it
doesn't need to pursue policies that are highly destabilizing in the
Middle East is to make Iran feel safe. Israel also needs to be made to
feel safe. It's through a negotiating process in which every country is
led to see that it has a fair place under the Middle Eastern sun, then we
can produce the kind of stability that will make it less necessary, less
urgent, less tempting for Iran to pursue policies that are highly
destabilizing.

ALI: We know on record that U.S. helped depose Mossadegh in 1953
with the CIA intervention called Operation Ajax by infiltrating Iranian
society in order to overthrow him. Is there something like that
happening now? Is there going to be an Operation Ajax in the 21st
century?

KINZER: The United States has appropriated $75 million to go to what
we call democratic forces inside Iran. This has been a terribly negative
appropriation from the point of view of those democratic forces in Iran.
All the people in Iran that support what we might call basic American
principles want the United States to stop offering this money. What it
does is it makes every person in Iran working for democracy look like a
traitor. Essentially, the United States is trying to send money to
activists in Iran, and at the same time the United States is calling for
the overthrow of the Iranian government. That has lead to a hugely
brutal and repressive crack down on people in Iran that are working for
democracy and for a more open society. There is a unanimous
agreement in Iran that U.S. should try to pursue a calmer and more
sophisticated approach to Iran. If you talk to people like the recently
released political person Akbar Gangi or the Nobel prize winner Shirin
Ebadi, they will tell you what all Iranian democrats say, "Let the United
States stop threatening Iran. Let the United States deal with Iran and
see if we can't produce some kind of a new paradigm."

Now, we don't know whether some unconditional, comprehensive
negotiating process would produce the results that we hope for.
Nonetheless, this is such a low cost option. It is completely immoral to
go to war with a country before you have truly exhausted all the
peaceful options. All we need to do is make this effort in a serious,
good faith way. If that doesn't work, then we are in a new situation. But
it's not possible or legal or moral or good for the national security
interests of the United States to be thinking about an attack on Iran
without first thinking about other alternatives.

Wajahat Ali is Pakistani Muslim American who is neither a terrorist nor
a saint. He is a playwright, essayist, humorist, and Attorney at Law,
whose work, "The Domestic Crusaders," (www.domesticcrusaders.com)
is the first major play about Muslim Americans living in a post 9-11
America. His blog is at http://goatmilk.wordpress.com/. He can be
reached at wajahatmali@gmail.com


Subject: Breaking News
From: Man way nor get worry
To: All
Date Posted: 14:07:49 04/17/08 ()
Email Address: codfodnus@aol.com
Entered From: at 205.222.248.64

Message:
From Standard Times Press News Paper

Breaking News
Francis Gabbidon, Former Ombudsman of the Republic of Sierra Leone Arrested For Fraud by Anti Corruption Commission
By
Apr 17, 2008, 13:14


Subject: Re: Breaking News
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 14:18:28 04/17/08 ()
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Message:
Assuming he is guilty, will something come of it? We hear of arrests but not of successful prosecutions. Not that every one arrested is automatically guilty. But where are the big fish. Second, hope this is not politically motivated. I just read, I think on this site, that a new ombudsman was just appointed this week.


Subject: Catholic Abuse in Sierra Leone Institutions
From: Catholic Victims
To: All
Date Posted: 13:38:49 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: kent200cnet04.atg.columbia.edu at 128.59.78.105

Message:
Don't readers think that African victims of the abuse must speak up now...So that people can get organized in order for the Pope and the Catholic Church to address the issue as it pertains to the undue abuse of African children in catholic institutions?......CKC.St. Edwards.St.Francis old boys dont be ashamed speak up,people will understand that it was not your fault..!


Subject: Re: Catholic Abuse in Sierra Leone Institutions
From: Stop
To: All
Date Posted: 13:57:48 04/17/08 ()
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Entered From: host86-129-200-109.range86-129.btcentralplus.com at 86.129.200.109

Message:
We are now bib men with adult children - a mere mention of what
happened then is equivalent to suicide. save us our dignity - our children
will not want to hear tha.


Subject: Re: Catholic Abuse in Sierra Leone Institutions
From: Alter Boy
To: All
Date Posted: 15:44:51 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ppp-70-244-76-207.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 70.244.76.207

Message:
There's certainly a good number of Sierra Leonean men and boys that were sexually used/abused by pedofiles in priest clothings.
Myself, I missed getting my ass diced by one of those priests back then. Here's the sory: My dad who was chief warden and secretary of the wardens association had sent me to take the minutes of their most recent meeting to the home of one of the priest.
When I got there, he served me a can of sprite and started asking me about school stuff. During the conversation he told me he wanted to see my butt. Afraid that he was going to spank me, since we had been talking about school, and probably he had received complaints about me, I told him no. However, now that I know things I didn't know then, I'm positive that was an attempt to lock his balls into my behind.
The embarrassment for the sad victims is that there is no way anyone could have believed their stories because
of the naiveté plaguing our people. And with all the brainwashing, no one dares ask questions.
This vogue has been going on for centuries. Half of the Indians populatrion of South America was raped by the white who invaded the continent from Spanish. Ours is the only generation that has been bold enough to come forward with the issue.


Subject: Re: Catholic Abuse in Sierra Leone Institutions
From: Stop
To: All
Date Posted: 17:43:46 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-129-200-109.range86-129.btcentralplus.com at 86.129.200.109

Message:
"...lock his balls into my behind." That was funny but serious. Guy from
CKC, did you know that Monsieur Vache of Alliance Francais was also
involved in locking his balls into many's behinds? It was more rampant in
the Boarding Homes. They call it 'butter waisse'. You were lucky man!!


Subject: Think Tank Follow me to Liberia
From: Think Tank
To: All
Date Posted: 12:28:06 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-058.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.58

Message:
Think Tank Follow me to Liberia

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Umaru Fofana

Before I give you a dose of the harrowing experience that awaits you should you intend travelling to Liberia by road, just a quick comment about a statement attributed to an official at the National Electoral Commission. At a press conference yesterday, the executive director of the commission, in apparent reference to my piece on Monday, said I was among a group of journalists “consulted” on the ward boundary delimitation. He is the second ever person to teach me French and I respect him profoundly. But I have to disagree with him.
At a press conference early this year or so, I must admit that the commission gave a much detailed and thorough explanation about the how they went about drawing up the boundaries.


But I am sorry we were not “consulted” which is the word he is said to have used yesterday. Rather we were “informed”. I am not necessarily saying that the media should have been consulted. It is just a point of clarification. That being that, let us come to today, or may be exactly two weeks ago when I ventured on the second ever travel by road across international borders. The first being from Dakar to Banjul.


From red tropical dust to bumps that are craters or cauldron holes. From police checkpoints that look like rebel roadblocks, to customs officials who behave like Robin Hood, save that the latter robbed the rich to feed the poor. Here, hmm you know it.
From unemployed youth roaming the streets and harassing vehicle owners to pay them for simply watching them park their cars, to robbers who can pluck out even your eyes if you don’t employ your fist.


These are bi-words for life in and on the way from Freetown to Monrovia. But some things are worse in one or the other. The former US president James Monroe after whom Monrovia gets its name must be groaning in his grave at the state of affairs in a country many see as a former colony of the world’s most powerful nation. The freedom from which Freetown derives its name is derided by the apparent servitude that goes on. All thanks to successive governments who have not learned from their predecessors’ blunder.


I braved it exactly two weeks ago today, to travel to Monrovia by road. I realised that while the ECOWAS Protocol is for protocol only, governance in especially Sierra Leone has over the years been anything but governance. I was shamed by the sham that shame was to our shameless leaders of the past. Even in the dry season, the road network on our side is in shambles, to say the least. The rains can only reign in on the rage the road represents.
Freetown – 06:30: The Abess bus departs, after I have been at the Rawdon Street park since 04:00.


Here the apprentices think they are doing you a favour. They talk to you anyhow and charge you to pay even for your pocketbook as long as you can’t keep it in your pocket or on your lap. You dare argue with them, people you can feed will tell you they can feed your family. Worse, if you do not keep eyes on your luggage like Christiano Ronaldo does the goalpost when taking a free kick, you may lose it. Street boys are all over the place pretending to be an apprentice.
The journey begins after Masiaka. I am a bit naïve probably because I have not travelled on public transport upcountry for a long time. I am wedded by dust from head to toe. Apparently because I am in the back seat, the dust stops here. My blue jeans and t-shirt are colonised by the colour brown.
Once we get to Moyamba Junction, we have to get down for some leg-stretch and food. I manage to get a towel to dust myself of the brown. But it will not. But we arrive in Bo in good time.

Bo Lorry Park – 11: 30: The lorry park here is interesting. The union leaders look discipline. But they are grossly otherwise! Ten of us heading to Monrovia on the Abess bus, so we decide to hire a three-sitter Peugeot car just outside the park. Unsuspectingly, the driver has broken the rule by agreeing. Word reaches the union leaders about it and they come to the car, looking and sounding furious. They say we must all board the vehicle that is in the queue. Then a deal is struck. And the union leaders giggle and leave. They have been given the space of one passenger – Le 40,000 – by the rule-breaking driver.


Bad Road redefined: Did I say the journey started after Masiaka? How wrong! It starts now, as we leave Bo. I keep asking myself what happens to our road user charge which, according to a source in the Ministry of Trade, runs into billions of Leones a month and has been so for many years. The roads you see being built are donor money. Do we pay through our nose for the undeserved betterment of a few at the Sierra Leone Roads Authority?


As I whinged about the poor condition of the road, and it is really awful, the Peugeot driver tells me that what I see is the tip of the iceberg. “Come here in the rainy season and see something”. He says some parts of the road become impassable stressing it has been like this for as long as he can remember.
Police checkpoints: I start counting police checkpoints and at count five, I lose it. Too many to keep track of. At none of the points do the police officers check the boot of the car or ask us any questions. All they do is, receive the driver who alights at every stop. He returns after giving them Le 5,000. What are they doing? Expecting to see contraband or so without looking for it?


After four hours, we arrive at Zimmi on the border. We queue up to “see” the police one after the other. It turns out that one of them, I don’t know how, knows me. He starts nibbling around the edges of the police station, apparently al3rting them that I am a journalist. They ask me to jump the queue, which I refuse to do. Eventually I get through and I am asked to proceed. My fellow passengers say they extorted money from them. Anything will do, from Liberty dollar to Leone.

Mano River Bridge: Then I get to the Mano River Bridge. A make-believe post with neatly-clad customs officials. I do not see a single traveller’s bag being checked. All I can see is passengers placing their fists into the palms of officers. One of them tells me, very forthrightly and in a matter-of-must way, to give him something to eat.


Honestly before my travel, I thought the extortion I heard so much about when the Bridge was not officially reopened, was over. How wrong! And it does not stop on the Sierra Leone side. Once I cross the bridge divided in three (representing Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia), I am greeted by peaceful-looking but idling UN peacekeepers who rest in their posts keeping watch over what I don’t know.
Liberia:

On Liberian territory, the harassment is alive. Beautiful customs office buildings with officials seemingly well organised both in their official work and in extorting people. In no roundabout manner, the customs and police personnel ask me to give them money. They probably share notes with their Sierra Leonean counterparts or may be the other way round. I have to oblige before the border closes before me.


I proceed to a few metres and a well-organised drivers’ union office with nationwide routes displayed on the wall. Like everybody else, I buy my ticket and like on the Abess bus, I also pay for my suitcase which passed for a hand luggage at the JFK airport in New York last year.
Here, the road is well paved. Compared to the road on the other side of the Bridge, in Sierra Leone, this is a boulevard. Not a bump on the over 80-mile-long distance.


I can’t help but ask myself how come.
But whereas in Sierra Leone nobody will ask me for a passport once I cross the border, in Liberia, they keep asking me everywhere we stop. Bizarrely, they are more concerned about other countries’ visas in my passport, than their authorisation stamp. They will take it from me, study it and delay the process until a Liberian friend I have been travelling with from Freetown loses his cool and tells them off at some point.


Tomorrow, read how, compared to Monrovia, Freetown is as lush and beautiful as Paris. Monrovia still lies in ruins and a Liberian journalist is probably right when he tells me that non Liberians look at President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf more as a celebrity, than as a head of state who “has disappointed her people”. See you then.


Subject: Iscandari Take Note- Another Bad Picture Issue
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 12:01:48 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
I posted a comment on Sumanah's Aide de Camp's bad salute and offended some people. Here is another one that might raise ire. There is currently a picture of a police officer sitting on a Land Rover. He is wearing shades and holding a rifle. In my opinion, he completely looks like a thug and very very unprofessional.


Subject: Re: Iscandari Take Note- Another Bad Picture Issue
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 13:27:30 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Okay, so whats your point? Do you know when that picture was taken? Do you know whether it was taken under the present government or the last? are you ascribing blame for the officers look on the present government? If so what is the basis for that blame? So what he is wearing shades? Does that make him a "Thug". Do you know that most police officers in the US wear shades? Are they thugs? Do you consider him a thug because he is holding a rifle? Would you have a better opinion of him if he were holding a baton and a rattan shield?

You are entitled to your opinion, I do not subscribe to your opinion. In fact I do not thaink that your opinion has any basis. If it did I would have given it some credence.

Are you biased?


Subject: Re: Iscandari Take Note- Another Bad Picture Issue
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 14:21:28 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-19-137-141.hsd1.ma.comcast.net at 76.19.137.141

Message:
See where you go wrong my brother?!? I did not mention the govt. I did not say he is a thug officer because that's the best APC gov can do. What I'm saying is he looks like a thug/raray boy. The shades don't make him a thug, but he looks like one.


Subject: Re: Iscandari Take Note- Another Bad Picture Issue
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 17:03:10 04/17/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Looks can be deceiving my friend. Would you be surprised to find out that he just may be a family man with just as much responsibilities as you do?


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