Media expert confirms worst suspicions about GOP

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“Moscow” Mitch McConnell congratulated President-elect Joe Biden after Russian leader Vladimir Putin (Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia)

Last week, Senate leader Mitch McConnell finally admitted that Joe Biden won the election. It took him almost four weeks to do this. But “Moscow Mitch” only made that statement after Russian leader Vladimir Putin acknowledged Biden’s win. I said half-joking, after all, Putin is the de-facto head of the Republican Party. McConnell had to wait until the boss made the first move.

Putin’s GOP

According to a recent Daily Beast column by Julia Davis, that statement is shockingly close to the truth. Davis, who also speaks Russian and Ukrainian, makes some of the best observations about Russian media and propaganda. However…


Jim Jones Killed 900 People; Trump Has Killed 300K So Far

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Maskless Proud Boys, violent Trump supporters, rampaged through Washington, D.C. last weekend. The violence resulted in four stabbings. (Geoff Livingston/Flickr)

When former presidential candidate Herman Cain became infected with the coronavirus earlier this year, I began to see the similarities between the Trump cult and the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, which caused the death of about 900 people in 1978.

Kool Aid and Anti-Maskers

During that terrible event, members of the Jonestown temple so believed in cult leader Jim Jones that they drank poisoned Kool-Aid and followed him in death. Of course, that makes no sense. How could mothers offer their children a poisoned drink? You could also ask, how could people refuse to wear a mask and put their lives in jeopardy…


Trump gave Putin exactly what he wanted

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Vladimir Putin is warmly welcomed to Japan by President Donald Trump (Shealah Craighead/White House)

The disastrous Trump presidency is coming to an end as chaotic and dysfunctional as the rest of his term. Several government agencies were hit with a widespread cyberattack believed to have been generated from Russia. (The president has said nothing.) And CNN reported that Trump briefly floated the idea of refusing to leave the White House. His staff shot down that scheme. However, it would have been entertaining to watch the former reality TV star frog-marched out of the White House. But Trump will probably leave for Florida over the holiday break and never return to the president’s residence.

But…


‘Sane’ Republicans sound just as unhinged as Trump cultists

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Self-declared “alternate” electors are blocked from entering the Michigan Capitol and awarding electoral college votes to President Donald Trump. He lost Michigan. (Manny Otiko/YouTube screencap)

Do you ever read a piece of writing so awful it stops you in your tracks? I did this a few days ago. It was an article by syndicated columnist Mike Kelly. The column titled, “It’s time for Republicans to take back their party from the crazies,” was supposed to be a plea to Republicans to walk back from the edge and start listening to the sane voices in the party, not the Trump cultists.

I read it because I’ve been preaching a similar message. Unfortunately, as I got further into the column, I found some glaring errors. These are…


MAGA cultists’ violent protests will end badly

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A participant in the Million MAGA march protests the results of the November election. (Elvert Barnes/Wikipedia)

In his book, “The Threat,” former FBI Director Andrew McCabe says that people who work in counterintelligence are always on edge. They know they always have to be right, and if they slip up once, people die. All it takes is for one error, one oversight and you have a 9/11 on your hands. And that’s what I think about when I look at ex-President Donald Trump’s attempts to incite violence against his enemies.

An army of violent cultists

The MAGA cult has been activated to seek vengeance against anyone who has wronged their Messiah. This group has been brainwashed by right-wing media and the…


U.S., Brazil account for almost half of coronavirus deaths

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has only lost 26 people to Covid-19. (Ulysse Bellier/Flickr)

I often write updates about the coronavirus pandemic and it’s a depressing topic. Every week you’re amending the casualty list. And because of this, I’ve become intimately familiar with the United States’ coronavirus death toll which recently passed the 500,000-mark.

As I’ve written before, America officially has the worst coronavirus casualty list in the entire world. The American people decided to let a reality show star become president. Donald Trump used this opportunity to enrich himself and displayed his cluelessness on how to do the job. Hence, we have the worst casualties from COVID-19.

However, it’s interesting to note that…


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Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Rev. Jesse Jackson in Selma, Ala. (Photo by Thee Exhorter)

By Manny Otiko

Local activists are marking the 56th anniversary of the March on Selma with three days of activities. This will include a live, free concert, panel discussions and speeches from several civil rights leaders such as former Atlanta Mayor and UN Ambassador Andrew Young, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Rev. Wiliam Barber. The Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, which will run from March 5–7, will also be broadcast online.

Selma was the sight of the famous march during the Civil Rights period. It was also memorialized in the movie “Selma.” The march was supposed to be a protest about…


Conservative conference featured a Nazi symbol

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Photo by John Kittelsrud/Flickr

When I first saw stories flashing around Twitter that the recently completed Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) featured a Nazi logo embedded in the stage design, my naturally-skeptical mind said, this can’t be true. I loathe conspiracy theorists and their obsession with hidden symbolism.

But after further examination and seeing several Twitter posts, I learned the logo, an odal rune, had also been featured at some white nationalist rallies. That convinced me that it really was a Nazi logo.


Republican Party on verge of going full fascist

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Ex-President Donald Trump sexually assaults a flag at CPAC 2019. (White House/Flickr)

As a political junkie, I consume all forms of political news. So naturally, I’m watching the annual right-wing lovefest called CPAC. The acronym stands for Conservative Political Action Conference. But this year, there’s something ominous and even sad about it.

Even though the GOP lost both houses of Congress and the last presidential election, the party is still solidifying around ex-President Donald Trump, the person who led them to disaster. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said Trump would clinch the 2024 nomination — if he decides to run.

This year’s convention has already turned into a parade of PR disasters. CPAC…


GOP, Trump refuse to accept changing demographics

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Photo by Tyler Merbler/Wikipedia

Nigeria, the land of my birth, is a very complicated country. The most populous country (190 million people) in Africa is a former British colony divided by Christianity and Islam and featuring about 200 different ethnic groups all squeezed together and trying to form a nation.

Not surprisingly, the country has been ridden with ethnic conflicts in the past. There are three major ethnic groups which vie for power in Nigeria: the Yoruba, the Igbo and the Hausa-Fulani. During the early years of Nigeria, the Hausa-Fulani group managed to wrangle control through political maneuvering and military juntas. And it was…

Manny Otiko

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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