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The Insider(11)- Nigeria: A Sceptical Democracy!

By Salim I. Hassan (2011)
“….Note: Written in 2011 but still relevant; however with little improvement in Nigerian situation analysis especially via harnessing the power of the masses to impose their popular votes in last National Election. …….”
Nigeria is on the top list countries that are skeptically democratic – a pseudo-democracy nation. Generally, democracy, wherever one finds it is bad, but a little good in exceptional cases. The degree of its goodness or badness is based on the level of leaders’ justice, patriotism and humanitarianism. Basing our argument on this logic, and by looking at western developed countries, we can see that democracy is thriving and auguring well for the people. However, this does not mean that people’s rights, freedoms, and wills are not curtailed or violated by Western governments.

But, democracy in Nigeria has become a mean of peaceful clampdown upon the peoples’ right, will, and freedom. Although democracy claims itself as a government representing t…

The Insider(10): LUXURIOUS DAY - I’i Duka Mubarak

By SalimullahI. Hassan
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(Written in 2009)
The happiest day and the happiest night,
We remained idyllic and carefree,
We feel so wild and so good,
Just like one day we live this world,
Let us enjoy the goodness of this life. On the day of id we wear on our fancies,
White, green, blues and attend to the mosques,
We pray there to one God and our Lord,
Every face shines and no one is sad,
The climax of joy all we feel.

The good says “Good Day” is every where,
Cleaving the lips with smiling and laughs,
All feel so good, joyful and pleased,
Smiling is the message of the day,
Reaching the faces of the kins and friends.
The day before that day,
The night is so breezy,
Its quietness turns to noisy day,
No one could sleep for overjoy,
Chatting and chanting is the speak overnight.
The next day to Id we all clad in fancies,
Some go to play some go to visit,
Enjoying the day, no fracas no fight,

The Insider(9) - The enduring utility of labels

Written inJanuary 2010 by one intellectual, but still relevant......
Concepts are useful tools that aid our understanding. Children learn new concepts through association with things familiar; adults learn through experiment and experience. Just as children learn not to put their hand in the fire because it burns, adults learn what is beneficial and what is detrimental to their interests. These are routine experiences of life.

Political life is more complicated. Not only are certain concepts used to advance a preset agenda, many concepts and ideas are deliberately distorted to achieve specific policy objectives that would otherwise not be possible.

In the contemporary age, the war on terror has become a useful tool to justify the West’s aggression against other people. It is enough to brand an individual or group as terrorist and use that as a license for every conceivable crime against them. While there is no agreed upon definition of terrorism, its vagueness itself is useful because i…

The Insider (8) - HOW NIGERIA REMAINED UNDERDEVELOPED: ECONOMIC ANALYSIS IN COMPARISON WITH SOME AMERICAN CITY-STATES

California is the 6th largest economy in the world. It's economy is larger than that of France or Brazil. The little problem is that California is not a country. It is a State in the United States of America. It has little offshore oil, yet its economy is larger than States in the US that are famous for their oil reserves, like Texas. California generates much of its revenue from non-oil products. It found a way to absorb and domesticate much of the intellectual output from its premier university, Stanford University, into saleable products within its economy.
As a matter of fact, much of California's economy is built around Stanford University. So with this, Silicon valley developed. I'm sure you've heard of Silicon Valley at least once in your life. Now with Silicon Valley came companies like Apple, eBay, Cisco, Lockheed, Hewlett Packard (HP), Google, Netflix, Facebook, Oracle, Tesla...and the list goes on and on ad infinitum.These are multibillion-dollar companies. T…

The Insider (7): Reality of Self-knowledge (Know My Own Self)

By Salim I. Hassan @salimullah5050 (written since 2008) The main task for the man after the knowledge of his Lord (Allah) is to know, understand and recognize himself; he has to know his real nature and the purpose of his living in this world. The final attainment, aim, and achievement in this life is the knowledge of Allah and a wise man is he who can see his Lord and remains strictly obedient to him.
I know my Lord (Allah) as I know myself; Allah is my real and absolute creator whose commands must be strictly observed: and I am the servant of Allah. This world or earth is my examination hall: the sun and moon are my invigilators: Angels are my supervisors. Lastly, Allah, the most high, is my chief examiner. This is meant that, in this world I am taking an examination and my result will be presented in the Day of Judgment.
Whatever I do, doing, or did is for myself; if I am right, to praise or criticize me does not matter, because praise and criticism are always positive to me. And whenev…

The Insider (6): “Who Will Stand For The Kashmiris”

                                                                               By
Salim I. Hassan
August, 2016
In the name of Allah the Merciful, The Compassionate: Peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Noble Messenger (Muhammad S.A.W):
India is not as less brutal as Israel. Both India and Israel engaged in perpetual terrorism against a community of two nations. Kashmir has been in the same condition with Palestine. Israel are the occupying forces in the West bank of Palestine just as India are the occupying forces in Kashmir. Both of them employ the same pattern of terrorism against the people of these two communities, majority of whom pure Muslims.
Kashmir has been a disputed territory bordering both India and Pakistan, whom they always claim control of parallel part of it.It is an area which is very beautiful, rich in natural resources and hydro power.It can be a security wall for India. It can be feeder for whole Pakistan. And it can be a direct bridge for China to connect with mi…