Donald Trump’s Dilemma of the Ghost of Obama.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington November 10, 2016. When the three Wise men visited baby Jesus at this time of the year, they brought with them gold, frankincense and myrrh.  The three gifts had a spiritual meaning: gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense (incense) as a symbol of deity, and myrrh embalming...

Peace is Costly, But is it Worth the Expense?

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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh meets  with the West Africa heads of delegation during the election crisis mediation at the presidential palace in Banjul Gambians all over the world are spending Christmas like every other person. But unlike others, the champagnes are on ice. The festivities are on hold and even the Christmas turkeys are marinated with ingredients of uncertainty and trepidation. This...

Charity Begins at Home: Does that include politics?

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Abdulai Mansaray, Author When President Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh conceded defeat in the recently concluded democratic elections in The Gambia, the world breathed a collective sigh of relief. But it was not the “jovial” and satirical manner in which he declared his acceptance of the result, in a widely publicised telephone conversation with President elect Adama Barrow that shocked...

Is it time for a Third Political Party in Sierra Leone?

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Abdulai Mansaray, author The growing sense of disillusionment across the social and political landscape is fast becoming palpable. From official to unofficial, private to public, and all along the diversified strata of our society, there are pockets of dissatisfaction that is slowly simmering under a political façade that “ALL IS WELL”. No it is not, and has not been for a long time. When President...

Is Term Time for Presidents, The Mother of All Corruption?

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Abdulai Mansaray, author Any society which neglects its culture is bound to fail. African societies were founded on the principles of society cohesion, where the left hand knew what the right was doing. With kingdoms, Chieftains, fiefdoms and clans, historians would have you believe that African societies had well established forms of governments well before the term “democracy” was invented by...

The American Presidential Elections: An Autopsy.

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It took a while to recover from the political coma that was induced by the surprising outcome of the American Presidential elections. But now that Donald trump has been elected by the American Electoral system, it may be time for all to come together and move on. Unfortunately, the need for the country to move on as The United States of America is now weighed down by the albatross -like sense of The...

Freedom of Speech is not a License to Abuse. It is a Responsibility.

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It has always been a widely held belief that the main purpose of journalism is to inform, educate and entertain. But the art of journalism can only flourish in a society that recognizes and promotes free speech and freedom of thought. In a democratic society, the freedom of speech should not be seen or used as a privilege, but as an organic necessity in a great society. The concept of free speech has...

AUSTERITY, AUSTERITY, AUSTERITY!!!!!!!Mr. President, beware of your legacy.

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Abdulai Mansaray, author This was one word I always prayed, will be banished from the political vocabulary of our country; because I saw, felt, and tasted what AUSTERITY was. This is no attempt to digest the inner bowels of the economic gymnastics that is staring at us from the barrels of extreme poverty. It is no secret that Sierra Leone has monopoly over the unenviable tag; “as one of the poorest...

You Can’t Preach Integration and Practice Segregation

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The recent ban on what many will see as the aptly named BURKINI swimwear has become a tilting point in the history of France. There is no doubt that France has unfortunately bore the brunt of extremist barbarity in recent times. Dozens of people were killed, including children, when a lorry driven by a 31-year-old Tunisian man, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhle  ploughed into a large crowd watching a fireworks...

When the Music Changes, So does the dance.

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Donald Trump wants American voters to believe that he is a changed man, but the only thing that has changed is his campaign team. Since he declared his candidacy, his campaign team has undergone several by-pass surgeries. It is logical and an open secret that things are not working as planned. If they were on the winning side, why would he change a winning team? There is no denying the fact that Trump...

Death of the Olympic Games: A Celebration of Discipline.

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The first written records of the ancient Olympic Games date to 776 B.C., when a cook named Coroebus won the only event–a 192-meter footrace called the stade (the origin of the modern “stadium”)–to become the first Olympic champion. However, it is generally believed that the Games had been going on for many years by that time. Legend has it that Heracles (the Roman Hercules), son of Zeus and...

When Violence Becomes the Last Refuge of the Incompetent.

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President Koroma, Commander in Chief No law abiding person should condone the use of violence in any shape or form. There can be no justification of violence or riots in our community. This brings to mind the senseless loss of lives during the recent riots in the Kabala Townships. Reports have it that a proposed Youth village for Kabala was diverted to some other area in Sierra Leone. The veracity...

Things Fall Apart: The Republican Party is No Longer at Ease.

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The Republican Party in the US is at a major crossroad in this year’s Presidential elections. This election has presented a mirror on the world of the American Democratic system; the world’s litmus test for Democracy as we know it. This year’s election has put the American public between the devil and the deep blue see; choose the one you hate less. While others seem to choose between the devil...

A Leader is One Who Knows the Way, Goes the Way and Shows the Way.

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Abdulai Mansaray, author Sierra Leone had just started its recovery, if we can call it that, from the ravages of the Ebola crisis. As if on cue, we were launched into another inconvenient situation that bothered on constitutional psychosis. Instead of looking to recover and care for the survivors of the Ebola rampage, some politicians and their wordsmiths did not waste any time to pepper spray us with...

In America, Anyone can become President. That’s The Problem.

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When I said that Donald Trump is a man that needs to be examined from the neck upwards, no one listened. While some have described him as “unhinged”, others have simply seen him as a demagogue and “unfit” to be President of the US. In one of my latest articles, I stated that the only way Donald Trump has talked his way into the psyche of the average American and stay in the news was by raining...