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Understanding the political game - A poem

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  Politics by JBF I didn’t do anything remotely wrong Politicians before me did the same. We help some people and we help ourselves. That is the name of the game that you blame. If you want to play, you play by the rules These special rules you will not learn in school They come from initiative and cunning. To ignore these rules you play the fool. Life in this place is a roller coaster A hard grind, just to eat a decent food Chances to thrive are few and far between Grabbing the ones that come improves our mood. So do not begrudge us our good fortune! We choose to put our lives out on the line. We’re courageous leaders on a mission To support those who toe the party line. I didn’t do anything remotely wrong. I’m just here carrying on the tradition. I give with one hand, I take with the other Win-win, a necessary condition. Before you go, spend a few minutes to browse the blog, subscribe to get the latest posts as soon as they are published and do read ot

Write when words speak to you

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When? W atch you sidling from the glare of the headlights! Hewn down by worries Engrossed by foul fears Newly imprisoned. Wasting Hoping Enduring Numb. Wishing on yesterday Holding on to today Eyeing tomorrow Neutering the now. Wrench free! Hasten away! Embrace the light! Nab the wind! Now! Before you go, spend a few minutes to browse the blog, subscribe to get the latest posts as soon as they are published and do read other poems . A bout the Author J anette B. Fuller  is a teacher and author of  three  books. Her business is to write stories set in the place she knows best – Jamaica – while also helping writers to write their own stories.  When you are ready to write your story and/or after you have written your story, make contact with her at writingwisdomtree@gmail.com for coaching and editing services, respectively.  Check out her books  here . 

Nigeria SARS protests - Struggle for meaningful change

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The Nigeria SARS protests have dominated the news headlines during the last two weeks and have placed that country under the glare of the international spotlight.  When I first saw the headline on  The Daily Show :  Nigeria[n]   End SARS Protests,  my mind immediately went to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ( SARS ), the deadly disease caused by one of the corona viruses that emerged in China in 2003. SARS? Wasn’t the SARS outbreak controlled? Is there a SARS outbreak in Nigeria during the COVID-19 pandemic? These questions raced through my mind.   However, as the story unfolded I realised my mistake. The SARS in the world's spotlight at this time is the  Special Anti-Robbery Squad  (SARS) in the Nigerian police force and is the source of the protests named Nigeria SARS protests. Apparently, over the years, SARS has expanded its role from foiling robberies to committing atrocities against targeted citizens of Nigeria. These actions of SARS have triggered, initially, peaceful

How to write a nonfiction book – Writing Tutorial 5

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You want to know how to write a nonfiction book. This is the challenge that we will overcome by the end of this tutorial. Writing a non-fiction book is like having that pesky wisdom tooth out. You endure a period of pain before finally deciding to get it out. Once it is out, a feeling of well-being washes over you. So it is with writing a book. You go through a long painful period telling yourself and maybe anybody who will listen that you will write a book, but you keep procrastinating. Finally, you sit and write what you think you want to write, then second guessing yourself over and over. But once you’ve got that book out of you and you've shared it with the world, a feeling of well-being washes over you. I know because I have gone through this process  twice  before. Alas, only a tiny fraction of people who resolve to write a book actually do so but that tiny fraction of people produce many books each year for avid readers.  Way back in 2013,  William Dietrich  writing in an

The USA and COVID-19

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The United States of America (USA), a country founded on the principles of liberty and justice for all, has branded itself as the richest, most powerful and greatest country in the world and a bastion of democracy. This branding has captured the imagination of people across the world who see the USA as a land of opportunity. But, what is the place of the USA in the world and is the external perception of the USA the reality? Let’s find out. The USA—the richest, most powerful and greatest country in the world For now, the USA has the  largest economy  in the world and is, indeed, the  richest countr y in the world. It is also ranked the  most powerful country  in the world. American culture, as it is experienced through its food, globalised media and entertainment industry, has been held up as the ideal and this view has permeated almost every society. The USA is the country to visit, the country in which to live, the country to experience—the land of opportunity. The USA—a land of opp