My family and I


The lights are on, the house is crowded, children are running everywhere, the table is plenty of several & different delicious food, all kinds of food, the family has gathered, laughing, eating, telling jokes, having fun, playing stupid but funny games..

This is the normal case of a holiday in a Moroccan family, that is how I passed all holidays of my childhood, but from 2009 and on, everything changed.

A case or lets say a piece of theatre happened and this made me write this short story or thoughts, a case that I’ve never imagine that I’ll be obliged to face, I met my own uncle and I couldn’t say a: Hi!! a simple Hi that I tell to foreign people, I couldnt hug him though I missed him cause I haven’t seen him for 3 or 4 years, the funny thing was we are in the same region and in the same country so close yet far away.

There’s an old Moroccan adage that goes: When old members of families pass away, everything changes.

That is exactly what happened in my life. In 2009 I lost my maternal grandpa.. I knew that I started loosing my maternal family so my paternal one had become so close and precious to me, its like as if I had doubled my dearness to them. A year later, what I hadnt expect happened, I lost my paternal grandpa, and so I lost my last family, my paternal one..

I admit that it was there, so many hypocrisy and lying in our relationships, yet we WERE family we feel sad when someone of us was hurt, and were happy during others happy occasions. And the most important thing is that we were together during holidays.

You might notice that I keep on repeating the sentence were gathered during holidays.. The most important thing is that were together during holidays maybe its because I was the kind of child who loves guests and the assembly of the family, things like that.. maybe its because I have no brother or sister, I dont know why but I REALLY loved my family not in a simple way but more.

It’s so complicated that even when I wanted to talk about it, I didnt know where to start!! Its so funny, so strange and even unimaginable what we can face in this life.. I am only 19 years of age and I’ve seen so much hatred and hypocrisy, I dont know what the future holds for me, but I think Im ready to face it!!

written by:
HANAE

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WRONG! Money do can buy you Happiness…


Dear Admin,

So most at times we did hear folks all around say this old adage to us day-in, day-out and although it really sounds like the very truthful things or phrases heard it undoubtedly is very wrong. For various reasons i attribute this phrase to an original quote that goes ” Beauty lies within”. Truthfully, as i stayed naive for a very long time, i came to believe in it but now i would be like “Are you kidding me?”

I would keep this one very simple. Read head

These adages are seen by various groups(mostly religious) as being intellectual truths. I jokingly said to myself. That guy on the street whom i just gave a quarter doesn’t look so happy than I. Or is he? Maybe he is because he solicits money freely from others without rendering service “en contre partie”. And I was right! Who wouldn’t want to do nothing for something?

The generalization of the word happiness is somewhat misused in the phrase. On the other hand, beauty itself in this context is a sin qua non for deceiving all who agrees unrealistically. I know some good folks who chose their mates in order to preserve the relationship. By simple definition “beauty” here means:

if my mate ain’t beautiful enough other persons wouldn’t even ask him/her out thus I losing him/her in the near future.

This trick works very well and many have kept longer relationships. You ask truthful guys/men who cheat on their girlfriends/wives they would tell: ” i cheat because that other girl is hot” literally meaning, “they cheat because the mate stopped being beautiful”. The same goes for women who cheat on their mates. It’s all about appearance.

But read carefully as i explain to you why money do can buy you happiness.

Some call it luxury others call it vanity but i call it “a pure simple life”. Imagine you woke up early in the morning(you stayed overnight at a social friend’s place) and you also happen to have 40 billionth $ in your bank account. So you wake up hungry for breakfast and decide since its only less than an hour flight from Paris(you live in Paris,France) to Monaco you take a flight

with your friend(and or call more friends to come along)there. You arrive in Monaco bay and you buy yourselves the best heartwarming breakfast one could ever get.

Thereafter, you guys head back to Paris and live your normal day as everyone else. Now at six p.m , Chelsea is playing the UEFA so you guys charter another flight to London, take up a VIP seat since the economy seat is somewhat crowded(trying to forget that guy who puked all his booze on you the last time). After the match, you take the same swift plane to Morocco and you get yourself a taste of exotic Moroccan cuisine for dinner. Since it would be too late to return to Paris, you pass the night in Sofitel Hotel near the golden beach of Agadir with an exquisite sunset singing lullaby to you as you calmly fall asleep forgoing the sound of running water flashed from your upstairs neighbor.

You wake up early, charter another flight back to Paris to begin another normal day be it work, schooling or running around with your hands in the air. Don’t even think of judging me as I’ve not yet informed you what you might do on weekends.

That’s not all, those guys who attacked me last week by the roadside robbing me of my phone, fake swatch watch and 20$ did not seem happy getting “rich” off me. I can recall they really looked pissed i only had 20$ on me and thank the Most High they didn’t realize my watch was a fake.

Money can’t buy Happiness? Are you kidding me? Am right now thinking of going to visit my long lost found cousin in the United Kingdom but guess why i cant go.

The only way it can’t(Money can’t buy Happiness) is if you spend it alone. Whether you are Poor, Average or Wealthy. Share it!

Here’s an equation i found on facebook. I don’t really agree how about you?

Women

No ass + Nice face = Bad shape

Nice boobs + Nice shape = No face

Nice face + Good clads = Bad boobs

Good boobs + Nice clad = Dunderhead

Bad boobs + Bad clad = Loving

Nice face + Nice shape = Slut

MEN
6 pac + Handsome = Player

Bad shape + Stingy = Intelligent

Wise man + Humble = Poor cladding

Romantic + Caring = Broke

Understanding + Caring = Less romantic

Loaded + Loving = S.T.Ds.

Thanks for reading

Documents Expose U.S. Role in Nkrumah Overthrow


Declassified National Security Council and Central Intelligence Agency documents provide compelling, new evidence of United States government involvement in the 1966 overthrow of Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah.

Kwame Nkrumah was the first President of the Republic of Ghana.

The coup d’etat, organized by dissident army officers, toppled the Nkrumah government on Feb. 24, 1966 and was promptly hailed by Western governments, including the U.S.

The documents appear in a collection of diplomatic and intelligence memos, telegrams, and reports on Africa in Foreign Relations of the United States, the government’s ongoing official history of American foreign policy.

Prepared by the State Department’s Office of the Historian, the latest volumes reflect the overt diplomacy and covert actions of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration from 1964-68. Though published in November 1999, what they reveal about U.S. complicity in the Ghana coup was only recently noted.

Allegations of American involvement in the putsche arose almost immediately because of the well-known hostility of the U.S. to Nkrumah’s socialist orientation and pan-African activism.

Nkrumah, himself, implicated the U.S. in his overthrow, and warned other African nations about what he saw as an emerging pattern.

“An all-out offensive is being waged against the progressive, independent states,” he wrote in Dark Days in Ghana, his 1969 account of the Ghana coup. “All that has been needed was a small force of disciplined men to seize the key points of the capital city and to arrest the existing political leadership.”

“It has been one of the tasks of the C.I.A. and other similar organisations,” he noted, “to discover these potential quislings and traitors in our midst, and to encourage them, by bribery and the promise of political power, to destroy the constitutional government of their countries.”

A Spook’s Story

While charges of U.S. involvement are not new, support for them was lacking until 1978, when anecdotal evidence was provided from an unlikely source—a former CIA case officer, John Stockwell, who reported first-hand testimony in his memoir, In Search of Enemies: A CIA Story.

“The inside story came to me,” Stockwell wrote, “from an egotistical friend, who had been chief of the [CIA] station in Accra [Ghana] at the time.” (Stockwell was stationed one country away in the Ivory Coast.)

Subsequent investigations by The New York Times and Covert Action Information Bulletin identified the station chief as Howard T. Banes, who operated undercover as a political officer in the U.S. Embassy.

This is how the ouster of Nkrumah was handled as Stockwell related. The Accra station was encouraged by headquarters to maintain contact with dissidents of the Ghanaian army for the purpose of gathering intelligence on their activities. It was given a generous budget, and maintained intimate contact with the plotters as a coup was hatched. So close was the station’s involvement that it was able to coordinate the recovery of some classified Soviet military equipment by the United States as the coup took place.

According to Stockwell, Banes’ sense of initiative knew no bounds. The station even proposed to headquarters through back channels that a squad be on hand at the moment of the coup to storm the [Communist] Chinese embassy, kill everyone inside, steal their secret records, and blow up the building to cover the facts.

Though the proposal was quashed, inside the CIA headquarters the Accra station was given full, if unofficial credit for the eventual coup, in which eight Soviet advisors were killed. None of this was adequately reflected in the agency’s records, Stockwell wrote.

Confirmation and Revelation

While the newly-released documents, written by a National Security Council staffer and unnamed CIA officers, confirm the essential outlines set forth by Nkrumah and Stockwell, they also provide additional, and chilling, details about what the U.S. government knew about the plot, when, and what it was prepared to do and did do to assist it.

On March 11, 1965, almost a year before the coup, William P. Mahoney, the U.S. ambassador to Ghana, participated in a candid discussion in Washington, D.C., with CIA Director John A. McCone and the deputy chief of the CIA’s Africa division, whose name has been withheld.

Significantly, the Africa division was part of the CIA’s directorate of plans, or dirty tricks component, through which the government pursued its covert policies.

According to the record of their meeting (Document 251), topic one was the “Coup d’etat Plot, Ghana.” While Mahoney was satisfied that popular opinion was running strongly against Nkrumah and the economy of the country was in a precarious state, he was not convinced that the coup d’etat, now being planned by Acting Police Commissioner Harlley and Generals Otu and Ankrah, would necessarily take place.

Nevertheless, he confidently—and accurately, as it turned out—predicted that one way or another Nkrumah would be out within a year. Revealing the depth of embassy knowledge of the plot, Mahoney referred to a recent report which mentioned that the top coup conspirators were scheduled to meet on 10 March at which time they would determine the timing of the coup.

However, he warned, because of a tendency to procrastinate, any specific date they set should be accepted with reservations. In a reversal of what some would assume were the traditional roles of an ambassador and the CIA director, McCone asked Mahoney who would most likely succeed Nkrumah in the event of a coup.

Mahoney again correctly forecast the future: Ambassador Mahoney stated that initially, at least, a military junta would take over.

Making it Happen

But Mahoney was not a prophet. Rather, he represented the commitment of the U.S. government, in coordination with other Western governments, to bring about Nkrumah’s downfall.

Firstly, Mahoney recommended denying Ghana’s forthcoming aid request in the interests of further weakening Nkrumah. He felt that there was little chance that either the Chinese Communists or the Soviets would in adequate measure come to Nkrumah’s financial rescue and the British would continue to adopt a hard nose attitude toward providing further assistance to Ghana.

At the same time, it appears that Mahoney encouraged Nkrumah in the mistaken belief that both the U.S. and the U.K. would come to his financial rescue and proposed maintaining current U.S. aid levels and programs because they will endure and be remembered long after Nkrumah goes.

Secondly, Mahoney seems to have assumed the responsibility of increasing the pressure on Nkrumah and exploiting the probable results. This can be seen in his 50-minute meeting with Nkrumah three weeks later.

According to Mahoney’s account of their April 2 discussion (Document 252), “at one point Nkrumah, who had been holding face in hands, looked up and I saw he was crying. With difficulty he said I could not understand the ordeal he had been through during last month. Recalling that there had been seven attempts on his life.”

Mahoney did not attempt to discourage Nkrumah’s fears, nor did he characterize them as unfounded in his report to his superiors.

“While Nkrumah apparently continues to have personal affection for me,” he noted, “he seems as convinced as ever that the US is out to get him. From what he said about assassination attempts in March, it appears he still suspects US involvement.”

Of course, the U.S. was out to get him. Moreover, Nkrumah was keenly aware of a recent African precedent that made the notion of a U.S.-organized or sanctioned assassination plot plausible—namely, the fate of the Congo and its first prime minister, his friend Patrice Lumumba.

Nkrumah believed that the destabilization of the Congolese government in 1960 and Lumumba’s assassination in 1961 were the work of the “Invisible Government of the U.S.,” as he wrote in Neocolonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism, later in 1965.

When Lumumba’s murder was announced, Nkrumah told students at the inauguration of an ideological institute that bore his name that this brutal murder should teach them the diabolical depths of degradation to which these twin-monsters of imperialism and colonialism can descend.

In his conclusion, Mahoney observed: “Nkrumah gave me the impression of being a badly frightened man. His emotional resources seem be running out. As pressures increase, we may expect more hysterical outbursts, many directed against US.”

It was not necessary to add that he was helping to apply the pressure, nor that any hysterical outbursts by Nkrumah played into the West’s projection of him as an unstable dictator, thus justifying his removal.

Smoking Gun

On May 27, 1965, Robert W. Komer, a National Security Council staffer, briefed his boss, McGeorge Bundy, President Johnson’s special assistant for national security affairs, on the anti-Nkrumah campaign (Document 253).

Komer, who first joined the White House as a member of President Kennedy’s NSC staff, had worked as a CIA analyst for 15 years. In 1967, Johnson tapped him to head his hearts-and-minds pacification program in Vietnam.

Komer’s report establishes that the effort was not only interagency, sanctioned by the White House and supervised by the State Department and CIA, but also intergovernmental, being supported by America’s Western allies.

“FYI,” he advised, “we may have a pro-Western coup in Ghana soon. Certain key military and police figures have been planning one for some time, and Ghana’s deteriorating economic condition may provide the spark.”

“The plotters are keeping us briefed,” he noted, “and the State Department thinks we’re more on the inside than the British. While we’re not directly involved (I’m told), we and other Western countries (including France) have been helping to set up the situation by ignoring Nkrumah’s pleas for economic aid. All in all, it looks good.”

Komer’s reference to not being told if the U.S. was directly involved in the coup plot is revealing and quite likely a wry nod to his CIA past.

Among the most deeply ingrained aspects of intelligence tradecraft and culture is plausible deniability, the habit of mind and practice designed to insulate the U.S., and particularly the president, from responsibility for particularly sensitive covert operations.

Komer would have known that orders such as the overthrow of Nkrumah would have been communicated in a deliberately vague, opaque, allusive, and indirect fashion, as Thomas Powers noted in The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA.

It would be unreasonable to argue that the U.S. was not directly involved when it created or exacerbated the conditions that favored a coup, and did so for the express purpose of bringing one about.

Truth and Consequences

As it turned out, the coup did not occur for another nine months. After it did, Komer, now acting special assistant for national security affairs, wrote a congratulatory assessment to the President on March 12, 1966 (Document 260). His assessment of Nkrumah and his successors was telling.

“The coup in Ghana,” he crowed, “is another example of a fortuitous windfall. Nkrumah was doing more to undermine our interests than any other black African. In reaction to his strongly pro-Communist leanings, the new military regime is almost pathetically pro-Western.”

In this, Komer and Nkrumah were in agreement. “Where the more subtle methods of economic pressure and political subversion have failed to achieve the desired result,” Nkrumah wrote from exile in Guinea three years later, “there has been resort to violence in order to promote a change of regime and prepare the way for the establishment of a puppet government.”

Copyright ©2001, Paul Lee.

Paul Lee is a historian, filmmaker, and freelance writer. He is Director of Best Efforts, Inc. (BEI), a professional research and consulting service that specializes in the recovery, preservation, and dissemination of global black history and culture. BEI offers “OurStory,” a black history lecture series. You can reach him at besteffortsinc@yahoo.com.

By Paul Lee
Special to SeeingBlack.com

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Thanks for reading. Long Live the memories of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Try Ignorance


Honourable Sir/Madam,

I occasionally resort to the criticism of the Ghanaian way of life, comparing her peoples lack of simple understanding and inability to back up great ideas with the very commonest of reasons. Verily i can’t begin to think that a people trying to create a life for themselves is unable to come to the conclusion that free education is primordial and understanding its essence is absolutely infinite.

As said by Sydney J. Harris “the whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” To teach a people to create a life for themselves and the comprehension survival in this modern life during best times or when harsh realities makes a call.

If a people are educated, they wouldn’t need one describing to them how their lives would be destroyed but through their own proper eyes would they perceive the deceit in every evil that comes their way. If it wasn’t for education, i solemnly regret to inform you probably could perceive me from far away undoubtedly listening to nature’s call on the streets of the capital city of Mother Ghana. Yea, it happens only in Africa and thats the good news.

One argument still stands, “The occurrence of the well educated to pry on the weak minded”. This is an inevitable situation i substantially believe couldn’t be eradicated unless at least seventy percent of any given population stands educated. By “educated” here i mean can read and write, basic(literacy).

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.  ~Bill Beattie.

In any case kind Sir/Madam, our constitution itself encourages the “progressive introduction of education”. education here meaning, all forms i.e basic, secondary and even beyond.

The Ghana Constitution states in Chapter Five: THE FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM

All persons shall have the right to equal educational opportunities and facilities and with a view to
achieving the full realization of that right- (a) basic education shall be free, compulsory and available to all;
(b) secondary education in its different forms, including technical and vocational education, shall be made generally available and accessible to all by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education;
(c) high education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education;
(d) functional literacy shall be encouraged or intensified as far as possible.

I’ve seen a people stuck with bread and oil for breakfast provide free education to their citizens(not only basic).

I ask kind Sir/Madam that you make available the richness of our free nation to all in all forms as described by the constitution.

As the constitution stands one for all, so do i wish we all stand for it for without it into nothingness shall we go.

Thank you.

MWKS

Robots Call (A Ghanaian Letter) Part I


Dear Sir / Madame

A few days ago I came into contact with an incident that did not only change my perception on ideas and or opinions but reaffirmed my position on the latter. I discuss with people about certain subjects mostly on the need for social reforms, the dignity of the Ghanaian citizenship, security, the importance of the rule of law and the need to aspire for a better future for all Ghanaian born and unborn but never have I dared to publish them online as a blog or an article.

If you are obtuse by this post already then, ” I am talking about politics”.

Ghana is a country very much admired by all who has heard of it morocco on the other hand leads Ghana on the popular vote campaign. But i take more pride in the fact that, Ghana although is smaller in comparison, is the United People of Africa. I call her so because she has approximately 200 different languages with about a 100 different tribes coming together to establish her successes & failures. Small in size she is very grand in composition.

I could go continuously for hours boring you with all the good sides of Mother Ghana without telling you every so called good life is pure fallacy. I took the liberty to read the Ghanaian Constitution it struck me more think, “what in the hell have we been doing all this time”.

Certainly, i was swift to put the blame on the old leaders whose constant failures has led a country that was said to be more than 10 times richer than China come to her knees and beg from China. Trust me, it ain’t getting better.

In Ghana today, you would find that in general the adults are teaching the youth their failed way of life. I barely meet an honest person poised to uphold the good name of of the country. In fact, I see the intellect waste their breath on the aspirations of a bogos society that teaches her future children to lie continuously, backbite daily san cease as well as practice to become perfect in corruption. One would be shocked at the lack of understanding on simple matters that calls for nothing but mere common sense.

You would be more amazed at the youth’s interest in pursuing a promiscuous life than great aspirations, great endeavours, genuine interest the economy as well as politics. What you would find is everyone is compromised. The youth who are the future of the country are raped mentally as the aging crooked politicians bribe and excite them to play DIRTY POLITICS.

The truthful pain is these mentally molested shortsighted individual will grow up and continue the convenance that was thought to them in their youthful days.

Borrowing, spending, corruption, kickbacks, backbiting, lying, deceiving, rebuff constitution, increase in poverty rate, theft…an infinite list. The hopelessness of the watchers are not seen and that of the mother selling smoked fish to put her children through university is ignored although smoked fish is a favorite part of our gastronomy.

Its not all……

Come back later for the Robots Call( A Ghanaian Letter) PART II