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March 2, 2009 by adnauseam
Many African countries, 40 or 50 years after independance are still unstable and not worth the effort of visiting. It is a sad reflection on how these countries are ruled, and, although many blame the colonial masters of the past , mismanagement and corruption do not reflect this.

Here are some countries you should avoid traveling to--with great caution or at your peril.

Guinea-Bissau-President Viera has been assassinated. Country in turmoil. Avoid.

Zimbabwe-Victoria Falls may be attrac...
November 7, 2008 by adnauseam
Rich Limbaugh is a God in his own little heaven. How Americans can place a thug like this on such a high pedestal beats me. Obama hasn't taken three steps yet and is now a Chicago thug. Who's next : The Pope---a Vatican pimp?


Makes me sick. Enough said.
July 14, 2008 by adnauseam
What did you throw out last week? Did you re-cycle some waste? Did you save any energy? Some of us do better than others. Joeusers, did you actually waste any food or did you give to the poor? Did you waste any food without thinking of the poor? Were you wasteful in any of your chores, and did you think about it? How did you save energy? Let's have your stories.

I am personally guilty and it shocks me. I live in a third World Country and should know better! Before I lived here most ...
April 18, 2008 by adnauseam
If George Bush, Condoleeza Rice and Tony Blair--and many others before them--cannot solve the Palestinian problem, why criticize Jimmy Carter for trying to do something about it by meeting Hamas.

I doubt Carter will make significant headway but the US government feels he should not be talking to the "bad boys". How do you make any progress if you don't talk to the enemy? How do you justify criticism when your own policy on Palestine is ineffective and goes no further than "peace-speak'" ...
April 13, 2008 by adnauseam
Of course if Thabo Mbeki says there is no crisis in Zimbabwe then there cannot be a crisis. And if the neighbouring leaders gathering in Zambia say there is no crisis there cannot be one.

These gracious fools have only one agenda: Support Mugabe in his time of need. After all he is a comrade--a fool yes, but still a comrade. Comrade commander (Iron Cross of the Third Reich), Mugabe is right and the violence perpetrated by his brutal police and military is pie in the sky!

February 11, 2008 by adnauseam

At long last some of the suspects behind the most vicious attack on American soil will stand trial. Personally, as I believe in the death penalty. I hope they will be executed. However, and I often seek advice from my American friends---so please enlighten me- I wonder why they are being tried at Guantanamo. Here are the things that worry me:

January 16, 2008 by adnauseam
I live in Egypt and GW visited here today (not in Cairo---he's not terribly welcome here and the chaos that would have ensued had he come here, may even have led to me closing my school. (I'm not just talking traffic deadlock or a city ringed by troops--I'm talking massive anti-Bush protest). GW is supposed to be an ally of Egypt but unfortunately due to the Iraq war and Condi cutting aid because of poor border control into Gaza, there is a slight falling out.

Anyway, he flew into Sharm El Sh...
January 13, 2008 by adnauseam
Perhaps some of you know that there are moves afoot in the UK to transplant organs from the deceased to those needing them without the consent of the family.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has decided that this may be a way of saving more lives. He is right but the decision is not his to make (echoes of Edinburgh body snatching come to mind when a Scotsman is involved!). When a government that is mired in enough problems as it is, seeks to pounce on the cadaver then I think they are trying to di...
December 27, 2007 by adnauseam
Benazir Bhutto was assassinated earlier today and the aftermath is likely to unsettle an already volatile Pakistan. This courageous woman, called the Angel Of The East and Champion Of The Poor, was a natural leader who rallied millions of Pakistanis behind her. I have always admired her courage and her determination to unite Pakistan.

I leave any speculation about the perpetrators of her death to Political commentators who are more savvy about the politics in the country than I am, but it is ...
December 19, 2007 by adnauseam
Today is the special feast of Eid Al Adha on the Muslim calendar. It is the day when those who can afford it slaughter a sheep as a sacrifice soon after sunrise and enjoy the meat with family. Most importantly many portions of the sheep are given to the poor as this is one of the intentions of the feast--to succour the poor according to the wishes of the Koran. Some Muslims, who are wealthier, may sacrifice a cow or even a camel. The intention is to share.

As a person who married a farm girl ...
December 4, 2007 by adnauseam
I read the Daily Mail because it is accessible in Egypt. It is a Tory paper but it also has the most vile gossip and the writers have no thought of any decent comment. The vitriol rolls out from their writers like sludge from an aged sewage plant. Here are some recent headlines (which I've tweaked in the name of humour):

" Kill her, Kill her", reaction of Sudanese to the British teacher who mis-named Teddy Bear. Don't they know they've killed thousands in Darfur?
" President pardons British ...
September 24, 2007 by adnauseam
Forgive me but I'm a South African and therefore not really entitled to question choices made by the US Government. I can't figure out why Ahmedinajad is allowed to speak to Columbia University but not pay homage at Ground Zero. Before you hurl missiles I believe the little Iranian has no right, as Rice said, to pay any sort of homage at Ground Zero. So why does he have the right to speak at a prestigious university? Are there double standards here? He has a right to speak for his country at the...
September 8, 2007 by adnauseam
Where in the American judicial system or that in Britain, would you find two people listed as suspects in a crime, then offered a deal for a confession (two years jail only if you confess to homicide), and then NO CHARGES ARE BROUGHT! Add to this a silent bunch of bumbling Clouseaus who give the public no information but the Portuguese press does!

This morning the papers in Portugal said that "police sources" had told them that Kate McCann was unsound of mind;that Kate and Gerry had hidden th...
July 6, 2007 by adnauseam
I know all about smoking. It is bad for you and it is bad for others who have to put up with second-hand foul air. It is a habit that became very popular after the first World War and was deemed socially acceptable right up to the seventies. The figures that show cancer and emphysema fatalities from smoking are not disputed. They are fact and the healthy eighties and nineties saw a downward trend in smoking to levels where only 25% of Brits , 25% of South Africans,18% of Americans and 16% of Aus...
May 10, 2007 by adnauseam
Mother Africa is a beautiful continent. Unfortunately it is let down--disgraced actually--by leaders who treat their flock like animals. There are a handful of countries here who rule ruthlessly and stupidly and have learnt no lessons from the past or their neighbours. Many African countries have taken a lead in democratic processes and I am pleased to say that Ghana, Botswana, South Africa, Mocambique and various others have used progress and democracy to enhance the image and economy of their ...