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Opinion: The U.S. Supreme Court will not help the cocoa-farmers of West Africa

The recent judgement at the Supreme Court on the 17th June 2021, which was a case against Nestle and Cargill in concern with the child labour, slave labour and other horrific workload of the cocoa producing farmers in West Africa who supplies the needed cocoa for the production of these multi-national corporation and big-businesses world wide.

Both Nestle and Cargill is huge corporation who has massive profits. They earn money every seconds and is so big that their reach is substantial everywhere. That is why this case was significant. Not that it was a shocking result. Because, it is only showing the true values of the United States and that the Corporations are mattering more than people. The U.S. was built on slave trade and on slavery. Therefore, having court validating it in 2021 isn’t that absurd.

The U.S. Supreme Court shows that it doesn’t value lives or human rights.. They are justifying child labour and child slavery on the plantations, the farms in West Africa. The U.S. Courts rather defend the big corporations, than finding remedies or means to shield the weak. The ones who suffer so they the judges can drink their hot chocolate and eat their Lion bars after finishing the trial.

Well, we are in 2021 and the farmers of Ivory Coast, Ghana and elsewhere are far from saved. The Western African nations better start legislation, programs and use their means to stop this. The U.S. Courts will not save them. The U.S. will only come with stern recommendations and plea to the United Nations to ratify international laws. However, the U.S. will not impose international laws on U.S. based corporations or on company directives taken by U.S. nationals. No, they will only dwell on that if it appears to hurt a farmer in Alabama.

This sort of judgement only shows that the U.S. will not come to save the world. They are only coming with their corporations to earn profits and indulge on the natural resources of others. The capacity of Ivory Coast and Ghana is how they can counter this. Nigeria and Cameroon should decide this. If these nations was wise. They would form an alliance, a collective effort and ensure they trade on their demands and needs. Not only having to comply every single corporation or their entities. As they will only try to get it for the least price and sell it to the customer by as much as they can.

They need to consider to do something. As the U.S. is no caring. They don’t value the farmers, their plight or the work environment. They only care about the corporations and their responsibilities. Which is clearly not stop child labour or child slavery. The U.S. Supreme Court couldn’t care less.

That is why the West African nations, the Cocoa Producing Republics needs to take the matters into their own hands. Make legislation forcing the ones buying cocoa to comply with just means. Pay the farmers a decent price, ensure their ability run their farms after certain standards and not allow child labour/slavery. That should be easy to and the elites of the Republic’s would help to benefit thousands of farmers across the region. They would get better paid, safer workplaces and their children get educated, instead of toiling around working for a unforgiving international corporation who doesn’t see them or doesn’t value their work.

That is the gist of this. These rich international corporations have all the money of the world. They have the possibility to make a difference. They might even get some of their products registered as “fair trade” and other certifications. However, they are still not stopping the ancient practices of having kids working on the fields. They are not using their profits or their wealth to make a difference.

No, they rather live in mansions and enjoy the perks of the world without any concern of how they made this money. That’s what they do and the sweet taste of chocolate is feeding their pockets, but they cannot even give the poor, the ones in need or secure the future for the kids of the farmers. Because, the only thing these greedy guts see, is the bottom-line and their ends. Peace.

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Opinion: Boris you don’t own Scotland… [and a referendum is up to them]

I hate to break it to you Boris Johnson, but you don’t have any ownership of Scotland. Neither do you have the right to tell when things are right or wrong to do. The Scots can decide for themselves and make decisions for their own nation. Just like the United Kingdom could leave the European Union. The Scotland can leave the United Kingdom. There is no difference there.

The only difference is that your the head of United Kingdom and you want to reign supreme there. He wants the Downing Street, White Hall and all of London to rule over the Scots. That’s the reality of it here.

The Prime Minister coming out saying it’s not the right time. It is just putting salt in wounds. Boris just wants to control the Scots and still have power there. He don’t want to cease the long relations and retain authority there. While he and his party had no issue ceasing with EU and Brussels. They we’re promising a easy transition and no costs of leaving that. While the truth has been more dire than that and the effects of it is coming to the market.

We know that Boris got into power and office because of the Brexit. He rose up in the ranks and campaigned for a positive ending of the membership or being a member state in the European Union. That’s why its hypocritical and real hypocrisy of him saying: “It’s not the time”.

Like who are you to say that? The Scots should decide what they see fit? Holyrod and everyone representing the Scots should make their decision. This shouldn’t be decided by the leaders of London and especially not Boris Johnson. He should remain silent and not cause this rift. As the Scottish National Party (SNP) is possibly getting a majority in the devolved parliament.

That London still wants a grip on the Union isn’t surprising. They want the perks of the Union and they don’t want it to break up. Still, that is really weird coming from the party who worked for so long and has partake in Brexit. They used the full-force and all energy to pull that off. Everyone in Union was supposed to eat it and not question it.

It is just like Prime Minister is fine to have it all and have it his way. However, he cannot see other people reacting to the actions he has made. The Scots would have been more positive to stay in the Union, if they were still members of the European Union. Nevertheless, Boris prefers Bristol over Brussels.

The SNP and Holyrod should decide their way forward. Especially, if they have the mechanisms and the opportunities to go forward. The Edinburgh can co-exist without a union with London. That has been done before, but has been years since that was happening. This will hit the pride of the Unionists. Which is very ironic, since these are the same folks that wanted the United Kingdom to depart from another Union. So, these people should take a lager and chill.

This is up to the Scots. It is up to them and what they see fit. This is not something for London to decide or have a say. Yes, they can state their wishes and will, but they shouldn’t force the Scottish here. The ones fighting for Brexit should wait this one out. They are the ones responsible for the reaction here.

The Scottish didn’t want to leave the EU, but they are forced to leave the UK to hopefully re-enter into the EU. That says a lot. They are willing to leave one Union for not only independence, but to be a direct part of the rest of Europe. That is a huge loss of pride and glory for the Union Jack and the whole government apparatus in London. They are seen as the useless technocrats from the South, bickering about how to operate the North. Therefore, Boris and his “Yes-Men” should take a token and buzz off.

Time to drink Irn-Bru and pound about the future. A future that is up to Edinburg and not London. A future that is up to the Scots and what they are wanting. Not what the officials of Whitehall or Downing Street thinks. That has to be hammered into their skulls.

They had their chance and empty promises after the recent referendum. Fish is rotting in the ports and the economy is tanking. Not only because of COVID-19 but because of Brexit. That’s the cause of this all… and a possible referendum on independence is coming as an natural reaction.

We cannot see how this will play out. However, it is only fair that the Scots decides and do what they feel. Neither, if this means a new referendum or not. The SNP is the driver here and their manifesto is clear. Therefore, the ones in power should be held to account and whatever that comes out of it. Should happen and the leaders in London shouldn’t stop the ones leading in Edinburg. If that happens, then the world know how neo-colonial the ones in-charge are.

They have one rule for themselves, but another for the rest. So… let’s see what happens. Peace.

Ugandan National Airlines: A bird not made for flying

The Ugandan National Airline Company is the sort of State Owned Enterprise (SOE) which is the epitome of everything done wrongly. The company was launched with grandeur. As socialites and others was on the maiden journey. The airline was aiming for the skies and for the moons.

However, the way it was launched. The stakeholders, the shareholders-structure and everything else was put into the question. Just the questionable way of ownership and secretive deals was a detriment from the get-go.

This company was launched in 2019, but now by 2021. The Board of the Company is either on-leave or suspended. What we do know is that its a mess. Where the company had the opportunity to pay civil servants to get favourable reports of the standing of it (stated in the Confidential Report of 27th January 2021). Though the Auditor General gave it a bad report. Where the company already was only earning 10% of projected revenue. Meaning the company had a 90% shortfall of revenue. That was the OAG Report February 2021 saying about the company.

Now, there is leaked a Confidential Report of 27th January 2021, which is showing more dire needs too. The report for instance states that members of board is promoting self-interests, instead of safeguarding the interest of Ugandan Airlines. There members of the management team who tries to find way of invoice loading or other money-making schemes from the Airlines. Procurement managers worked directly with people in the government ministry to find ways of making money out of the airline. That means the company culture is wicked already.

What is also striking is that officials from the ministries in the contracting processes, but these officials didn’t understand aviation or the supply chain of an airline. That’s why the airline didn’t have proper boarding passes in the beginning. This also resulted in procurement of high prices, lack of supplies and ensuring the services needed. The lack of expertise and people with knowledge of the aviation industry was also a burden on the company.

That plus the lacking funds needed to keep the company is showing how this has been a cash-cow for the officials, the board members and everyone running the company. Everyone have been able to pull the tenders, the procurements and the services to get a quick buck. The state owned company has become a fountain of coins.

The Uganda National Airlines Company Limited is clearly run like a bird with no wings. It is a reason why its an expensive flashy bird, but not really ready to fly. The wings are clipped off and it’s just a spending spree with no end.

The reports of the reckless spending, the operational costs and the arrears from previous years are just growing. Only by the time of 2019 the company lacked UGX 133 billion shillings. Funds required in the budget year of 2020/21 is close to UGX 219 billion shillings. The state budget is already creating a shortfall of UGX 101 billions shillings. The budget was UGX 117 billion shillings. The arrears of the airlines is already as high as UGX 219 billion shillings, which will cover the last two years arrears. This shows how bad things are…

The state run company is clearly not only mismanaged, but been a corrupt fantasy-land.

This bird shouldn’t fly. It isn’t a dream, but a corporate nightmare. Peace.

Opinion: Boris is acting like his untouchable

The Tories Prime Minister Boris Johnson has acted the way he does, because he has the feeling of being untouchable. The Tories have been rocked with several of scandals, but every time he has gotten away with it. In the past, lesser “crimes” or questionable actions have led to resignations or sackings in cabinet or within Parliament.

However, this time around the “untouchable” can be connected to whoever. Do whatever and get away it. If he is using government funds to pay-off a mistress. If he is spending questionable funds to go on a vacation in the Caribbean or refurbishing his flat in Downing Street. It just don’t matter..

Boris is used to get away with it and it seems like the politician thinks he can get a “jail free-card” in monopoly this time too. Johnson have been Teflon, but that seems more on luck and timing than anything else.

Boris has been able to skate by and jump ahead. The crises and scandals has eloped in the middle of a global pandemic and Brexit has hit the fan too. It is a twist of stagnation and lack of growth. While his personal life, turmoil and spending habits are creating issues. Surely, the Eton boys cannot be salvaged forever.

Like for instance he can create a modern blue room for press conferences, spend a fortune refurbishing that, but not intend to use it. That is the sort of epitome of the inept government his running. When he can do that on the public dime, what is he capable of doing with his own money?

The Prime Minister has enough challenges and questionable things in the past. Not only his shady and reckless articles, his attitude towards woman and foreigners. No, this man is a liar and con-man. Who has been able to get to the top. A place where he wants to remain.

Still, his associates and allies are clearly not helping him out. As his trailing with scandals and a mockery attempt of running the kingdom. The PM is misusing his time in office, living on money, which he haven’t earned and with that is compromised by these “donors”. That is the mere reality of this.

When his living his life on a lie and thinking he can twist this too. Hoping he can ride another storm and get away with it. A man calling himself broke, but living on the public’s dime. Having no costs for phone, housing or other natural expenditure plus a salary and a net work over 2 million pounds. This man clearly has it if he wants too, but is to erratic to keep basic control of his spending habits.

He has donors paying for everything. While still getting a salary and everything else. That say a lot about how he operates. This man because of his office thinks other people can cover his expenses. While they surely wants something in return. That means his in their pocket and will do their bidding because they pay for his nanny, wallpaper and former girlfriends to be silenced (or whatnot).

That is the sort of fella Boris is and his proud of it too. To squander his time in office and living lavish on other people’s monies. That is seemingly fine and he continues to find new schemes to get out of paying his bills.

He says his broke, but plenty in the general public would be grateful for his salary and perks. It just shows how distasteful and disgraceful he is. When he wants it bumped to the double to cover his “expenses”. How can he be capable as civilian, when he has pay all the additional costs of living, which he doesn’t have now? Also when he doesn’t have benefactors and donors to cover his ass?

That just shows how corrupted he is and how lucky his been until now. That none of his mischief have cost him anything and nobody has challenged him on it. He has just been able to brush it all off and continue like normal. There is a time of inquiry to look into his personal expenses and sources of money. As not only a public civil servant and a member of parliament, but as the head of state. As his supposed to be clean and following ministerial codes, which he most likely has breached.

There should be retributions for this and not just a “I’m sorry for breaking with your trust” . End scene and move on to the next episode. Peace.