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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…