Democracy would lose its defining egalitarianism if it foreclosed the free expression of viewpoints by adherents and diverse stakeholders. This is a cosmopolitan truth. But the essential paradox of this truth is that the crucial element of free expression of opinions can be unjustifiably weaponised in the amoral contestations for ungodly validity of ill-gotten mandates as have been witnessed in the quest for nomination tickets of some political parties. This scenario lucidly exemplifies the reality in some political parties, especially in the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, where the element of free expression of viewpoints has become weaponised in the hands of bad losers in the governorship primary elections in Ogun, Imo and Zamfara states. The bad losers, as they have been described by the party leadership, have desperately and sadly resorted to self-help by unleashing a free-for-all in the party. Indeed, in a season of partisan frenzy, there is a tendency for discipline, … [Read more...] about OPINION: OSHIOMHOLE, APC AND THE TANTRUMS OF BAD LOSERS
Elections are around the corner again. Politicians and political parties are scheming on how to take over power or how to retain power in places where they are in charge, and therefore political shenanigans, propaganda, lies, outright falsehoods and even hate speeches are all on the increase at this time. These are not the best times for those who value character and decency. I read somewhere some people are calling on INEC to disqualify President Buhari from contesting the 2019 general elections because he doesn’t have his school certificate. Very laughable, how many times will they try the same old trick? President Buhari has been contesting elections since 2003. Between 2003 and now there have been four election circles Buhari has contested in all these elections. At no point was the issue of his WAEC certificate questioned until suddenly in 2015 as soon as he won his party’s primaries . Those who knew he was unstoppable from there on, began to unleash different … [Read more...] about OPINION: MUCH ADO ABOUT PMB’S CERTIFICATE
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The second round in the presidential election will occur this Sunday, October 28th. Notwithstanding recent trends in polls, it is almost a foregone conclusion that Jair Bolsonaro will be elected President of Brazil. Bolsonaro’s fan base often refer to him as “Mito”, which most English publications properly render as “legend” rather than “myth”; compare “a legend in his own time” with “the myth of Prometheus”. The Curmudgeon respectively dissents from the moniker. Heroes become legends, failed heroes become myths. The Curmudgeon submits that Bolsonaro is a myth. Consider first his military background. He twice encouraged strikes in favor of higher pay for the lower ranks, and was almost cashiered as a result. His final rank was only captain; without the insubordination he would surely have been at least a colonel. Consider next his political career. He was elected … [Read more...] about Opinion: Brazil’s Bolsonaro: Legend or Myth?
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The march towards the implementation of Universal Health Insurance in St. Kitts and Nevis has picked up pace with the announcement of Cabinet’s approval of the Green Paper, which gives the green light for public consultations to begin. The Green Paper outlines a variety of ideas and policy proposals on how the Universal Health Insurance Coverage Plan, commonly referred to as National Health Insurance (NHI), can function. The preliminary document also invites feedback from interested organizations, groups and individuals. Chair of the National Health Insurance Commission, Azilla Clarke, noted that public consultations are expected to begin in early November. The consultations will take the form of town hall meetings, private meetings, and other interactive forums. The committee will also utilize social media and other online platforms to garner as many opinions as possible. Minister of Health, the Honourable Eugene Hamilton, said that the government … [Read more...] about Opinions encouraged: Health Insurance consultations begin in December
Jeff BriggsJefferson CityReading some of these letters to the editor, it’s apparent that the Crazy Train has gone off the rails. Diverse views should be welcome, but accuracy should count for something. For example, one recent letter cited Breitbart News, home to thoughtful articles such as “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy” and “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism Or Cancer?” That same letter quoted stats from the Center for Immigration Studies, a white nationalist organization identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.This is important because a lot of people read that letter, and a few of them may have actually believed it. This letter, and others like it that use name-calling and anger rather than ideas and suggestions, make us all a little more divided.Even the world’s two biggest purveyors of hatred and misinformation, Facebook and Twitter, have begun trying to filter out their worst offenders. Anyone … [Read more...] about Your Opinion: Insist on facts