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Behind the #USA Arms Sale to #Nigeria


The inside story on the recent American sale of military aircraft to Nigeria for Nigeria’s ongoing war against Boko Haram. It seems that the sale is a gesture of goodwill (approved by the Obama administration, but being implemented by his successor Donald Trump). It seems to be “expensive toys” that probably should not be prioritised at this stage of the Boko Haram conflict.




What Fuels America’s Love of Guns?


Why does the topic of guns arouse so much animosity and controversy in America?




President Obama’s Victory Speech and U.S. Election Results













Netanyahu: World Should Draw “Red Line” on Iran Nuclear Weapons




The master orator, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Iran and Islam. Bibi was his usual dramatic self, speaking while holding up an image of a bomb with a fuse, and drawing a red line under the bomb’s fuse to indicate the red line – representing the last chance to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon  (the middle of 2013).







US State Department Report on Murtala Muhammed


A very unflattering report on Nigeria’s former leader General Murtala Muhammed written by the the American State Department shortly after Murtala came to power in 1975.

This is a memorandum sent to the US Secretary of State. The memo described Murtala Muhammed as “an erratic, vainglorious, impetuous, corrupt, vindictive, intelligent, articulate, daring Hausa”. Ouch. Not very flattering.

America Welcomes Prime Minister Abubakar Balewa of Nigeria, July 1961: 25-28



Motion picture covering the official state visit of Prime Minister Abubakar Balewa of Nigeria to the United States, including welcoming remarks by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Prime Minister’s response, events with President John F. Kennedy, an address by the Prime Minister at the Capitol, stops at other sites in Washington, D.C., and stops in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Illinois, Knoxville, Tennessee, and New York City.


Former Liberian Leader Samuel Doe – America’s “Step Child”


Great documentary series on how America supported former Liberian President Samuel Doe.  It chronicles the 1980 coup in which soldiers overthrew, killed and disembowelled the former President William Tolbert.  Master Sergeant Samuel Doe (as he then was) succeeded Tolbert as Liberia’s Head of State.

The barely literate Doe was clearly not fit to lead a country.  Yet he was propped up with American aid, led a tyranny in which he favoured his Krahn ethnic group and Liberia eventually descended into civil war.
One of the most astonishing quotes from this series is an American diplomat who said of Doe:
“He should have lost but he rigged the election. But at that time all west African elections were rigged. It was a very normal thing to do… for the government to ‘win’ the election even though they may have had less than a majority of the vote.  It did not trouble us at all.”


American Soldier Shoots Dead 16 Civilians in Afghanistan

An American soldier in Afghanistan went on a killing spree, going from house to house and killing 16 Afghan civilians who were sleeping in their beds.  He apparently then calmly returned to his base and turned himself in.



US Army to Train Nigerian Army



The U.S. army is to provide counter-insurgency training to the Nigerian army. This is probably linked to the increasingly deadly attacks by Boko Haram.







Osama Bin Laden Killed by American Forces in Pakistan