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.

US Election 2020: Hey young world, do we need to know about Pennsylvania?

As the world are following with a kind eye the 2020 Elections in the United States of America. Nearly any citizens needs to know what happens in Hicksville, USA. Like it should matter to the villagers of rural communities in far away land. People who will never visit the United States or have any interests in what is happening there anyway.

It is just like they have been the Empire, but they are not anymore. The US have been losing ground in the world. That is their own making by ditching international agreements and not following protocol with international bodies, which the rest of the world does. The dropping out of the Paris Agreement and others have weaken the US standing in the world. It is just a matter of time before the Republic’s debt and debt-collectors keep calling. Then, the US government cannot spend like it does and have the current advantages it does have.

Alas, why should we care if Wisconsin does this or that? Utah? Pennsylvania? Do we care about William Penn and whatever he did? That Pittsburg is the capitol and Benjamin Franklin opened a Zoo. We as international citizens shouldn’t need to know this. Should we care what happens in Harrisburg?

That is what is weird about this. How the sudden fixation with minor voting districts and gerrymandering of the United States. In a nation of a duopoly with the Republicans and Democrats. They have both held the power and inter-changed. Mixing it up and flipping states.

These combined with the money in politics, the use of Super-PACs and other techniques. The US system where the Courts and the party can change the rules even after the first ballots are cast. Clearly, the US system is far from perfect … and has lots of misgivings. Still, this Republic has the audacity to lecture others. When they have far from a grand Democracy to begin with.

This is why as an outsider it feels weird to wonder how Pennsylvania is going. Why should I care about Pennsylvania or Utah? Arizona or Flordia? Care about Florida because George W. Bush had the Supreme Court to vouch for him and now possibly Trump got the same?

Now its a battle between Trump and Biden. Biden seems to win, but in this system. There will be litigation and possible twisting changes to alter it. Even the Electoral College can put the whole votes out of whack. So, in mind with that the popular vote is outbalanced by a second electoral body. If that doesn’t work… then you have the Courts and if that doesn’t work. You have the Supreme Court to end the polls.

The US Election is important even if the US is a failing giant. It is stumbling and walking in the shadow of former greatness. It has been a Republic going to war and using imperial means. That is why some are favourable of the Republic and others despise it. Some hope it falls into obscurity and become a big Banana Republic. Which have been the trajectory under Trump.

Now that might change with Biden. They might alter its racist and xenophobic ways. Also, become more friendly to asylum seekers and refugees. Going back to its ideals, but we cannot know. What we all should ask ourselves.

Should we care what happens in Pennsylvania? I don’t know, but it shouldn’t have priority for everyone. Yes, it is still a big deal who is the President of the US, but we shouldn’t need to know how they vote in Harrisburg or in Pittsburg. Peace.

Opinion: Trump proves that power is more important to him than the people…

President Donald J. Trump and his Republican allies is proving that they have inherited a system. Where they as long as they keeps a grip of it. They will use it and take the offices needed. To ensure for life appointments and create high ranking officials that will linger on for decades.

The latest is the Supreme Court seat who fell vacant just a mere month ago or so. Just a few weeks from the polls in early November in a election year. It seems like the Republican’s only cares for power and not for the general public.

They are more hurried to appoint a judge, than to find a new measures to secure the fragile public in the midst of a pandemic. They are more concerned with having most of the seat in a Supreme Court. Than, actually bailing out the citizens and securing funds for middle-America. That is long gone saga of stifled things in the Senate, which the Republican’s couldn’t care less about. They can let people drown and die, but as long as they have the titles.

The President and their party are not men who are noble, who cares or even consider the implications. It is the same party that blocked and stopped a nomination in an election for the same seat, which had more than 200 days before the election. They have no moral high ground. They are always talking about balancing the budget when they are in minority, but in power they can have huge deficits and break the bank.

That is the Republican Party in a nut-shell. One rule for others and no rules for them. The greed of power. The narrow escape of virtue and resilience matters more, than some ethical conundrums and obligations to others. They can throw all sort of shade on the other party, but never take the blame of their own.

This is the party that is going after Hunter Biden and his enterprise in Ukraine. A place where the President worked hard for a “Quid Pro Quo” to get information on the son of the opposition. The President was impeached by that. However, the same party has no issues with Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Junior or Jared Kushner all using the state, earning millions on foreign deals and whatnot. While Trump is in Office. That is the moral jeopardy and the sort of out of whack rhetoric the Republican’s are having these days. Throwing tantrums about others, but not seeing the log in your eyes, but only the speck in your opposition.

That is the mere reality of it all. They could easily block Obama from getting a seat at the Supreme Court. Now in the middle of a mismanaged pandemic. The hurry to do this is clear. To have friendly faces in the Court. If the Electoral Petition comes in order like it did with George W. Bush. It is the same sort of game. We have been here before and it is so blatant.

The President doesn’t care about the people, their plights or devastation as long he got the reigns. They can all drown or die. As long as his crowned king. Trump is what matters and what he needs. If people are not able to live normal or should be shielded from the pandemic. Than, you can sort that out yourself. While the President has issued himself yet another possible systemic victory in the midst of campaigning.

He gets another seat at the Supreme Court. Showing a total mockery of the reasoning of his party ahead of his own elections. Just because he matters more than principal. The President matters more than the people. His needs comes first, the public second or if not third. Wall Street and the Swamp of Washington comes before the public. We cannot forget that. Peace.

Opinion: Trump will nominee someone to the final Supreme Court seat [even if he should wait]

Even in doubt, don’t expect the Republicans to care about past principals and acts put onto others. They blocked President Barrack Obama from getting his final appointment in the Supreme Court ahead of the elections. It was about 247 days and now under 50 days to the elections. There is a new seat, as Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.

The Republicans blocked Merrick Garland and when President Donald Trump got into office they got their own candidate Neil Gorsuch in his stead. Therefore, the Republicans better back-off this time. They should rest on this one and wait out. If they have any moral character left…

The Republican’s can use all tactics, they are allowed to use all means to extend powers. Make new by-laws and new moral codes. Alas, the same never fits to them. They can be against the Filibuster in the Senate. However, they loved to use it when they we’re in majority. That is just how things goes with these gentlemen.

Now, there is an open seat in the Supreme Court. That could swing-in favour of the Republican’s to appoint that one. Trump already have Gorsuch and Kavanaugh appointed to the Court. This would be his third appointment. However, if the game is fair. The man should wait and especially since they created this moral code themselves. It benefited Trump and his allies. So, now they should step aside.

If not, the House of Representatives should block it. They should stop the process and put breaks on. Just to prove in fairness. Since, it was all dandy to block Garland. So, they GOP could get their bloke Gorsuch in.

We know the Supreme Court can be the final stage of a contested election. It can be the final nail in the coffin. If you have enough friendly faces there, it can sway an election. Just like it did back in the day with George W. Bush. He got help from the appointments of his father. Therefore, Trump would reckon to have much allies on the bench as possible. That is why I believe that he doesn’t care if he breaks the code that was made for himself.

From a government who has no issues breaking laws, statutes and using all means to enriching itself while in office. Will not care if they are demeaning and mocking the other party. That is what they been doing all along. This is why the President is holding on to Executive Orders, instead of actually getting legislation passed. He cannot stomach to defend his cases and his stances at Congress.

That is why this man, this President will most likely breach this level of trust. Especially, when his party fought with tooth and nail not to elect Garland. They will now show, if they have a heart or if they have spine filled with greed. I wouldn’t be shocked, if the Republicans said it was his right to do so.

Even if it was Obama’s right to do so too. They still blocked and stopped it in the final year. Now it’s the final months… This should wait to the next one… that is only fair. However, the government system of United States isn’t fair. That is why a man like Trump is on the throne and gotten away with his crimes too. Peace.

The President’s Man: Justice Mike J. Chibita

I had never met the president. I was picked by my supervisor; so, I went, picked my tour there and I finished [and] came back. So, it is not that the president has groomed me because I met him when I was somewhere in my career. It is true that I picked a leaf from his work ethic – he is a hardworking man and if Ugandans picked his work ethic, we would be far. But to say that I am a cadre or puppet, that is not true. You just need to ask people who have associated with me: I am a professional lawyer and I have been a professional judge”Mike Chibita interview with the Observer in October 2013 (Sulaiman Kakaire – ‘Chibita: I am a professional’ 30.10.2013, The Observer).

That lawyer Mike Chibita now gets appointed to the seat of the Supreme Court is just a justification to fix the friendly judges for the General Election of 2021. Chibita has been the Director of Public Prosecution since 2013. The DPP has followed orders from “high above” and been a loyal man from the side of prosecution, if it meant putting Besigye behind bars or pinning charges on opposition leaders. Chibita has done that as the noble and “good lawyer” he is.

Between 2008 to 2013, he worked as judge on the High Court before appointed the DPP. Like he had already worked as Private Secretary for Legal Affairs, in the Office of the President for seven years at the State House between 1996 to 2003. So, his been in close association with the President and the upper echelon

So, the now appointed judge to Supreme Court just happens in advance of the General Election. This seems planned and seems to give an edge, to have someone the President can trust and knows is eligible as well. It is not like Chibita isn’t a career lawyer and doesn’t have the credentials, but his not picked because of his rebellious acts or independence. His been a man of the code and following the orders from high. Like for instance in late 2016, the President directed Chibita to drop charges against Taxi Operators in Kampala, which he did. Therefore, the President knows what he gets from this man.

Like the man should in 2018 have answered for this: “ The Director of Public Prosecutions has ordered the Police to compile and submit all files related to torture of victims in custody for them to be able to institute a case. Lawyers Erias Lukwago and Asuman Basalirwa who are representing suspects who have suffered at the hands of violators of human rights believe that the DPP’s directive is a mere statement” (NTV Uganda, 24.08.2018). This is currently the state of the rule of law, which the lawyer and high ranking official has supported over the years. Because, it is lack of will to prosecute the ones who are violating the law from the state side. The DPP says his dropped 10 cases a day, most likely the ones who are in-connection with other high ranking officials within the government and the State House. Since, only the small fish or opposition gets handled. Not like the DPP or the state has dropped cases against Besigye or Bobi Wine of late. Neither Dr. Stella Nyanzi or anyone else in his term. Mike is a loyal dude and that shows of what his done of late. Even sent Besigye directly to Luzira. Because, he wanted to show loyalty as well.

We knows how he thinks he can sway opinion, when he wrote this: “Many Ugandans, for whatever reason, are quick to believe in conspiracy theories. Many citizens think that judicial officers receive

phones calls from State House telling them how cases should be handled. I suppose such occurrences are possible, but I never experienced anything like this during my time as a judge.

Political pressure on judicial officers is more likely to be applied through other means. One particularly effective way of applying political pressure concerns the power of the purse. In Uganda the funding of the judiciary is determined and conducted by the other two arms of government” (Mike Chibita – ‘JUDICIAL ETHICS: THEORY AND PRACTICE’ article from “Legal Ethics and Professionalism – A Handbook for Uganda” D. Brian Dennison / Pamela Tibihikirra-Kalyegira (Editors) 2014).

So with the knowledge of this and his many roles within the administration over time. From his time in the Uganda Revenue Authority to the State House, at the Office of the Auditor General and the Director of Public Prosecution, not to mention the High Court and now the Supreme Court.

I wouldn’t believe this appointment would happen, unless the President was assured. That when he calls, when he directs Mike, he will and listen. Not to forget be compensated for doing so. Especially, in concern of possible Election Petitions in 2021. Because, if there are anything happening. The Supreme Court is filled with friendly, loyal faces like Chibita. Who will not throw the President under the bus, but follow the code and the directions made. That is who this man is.

That is why he has complied and followed, that is why his been directed and have been elevated. Because, his follows and does what needs to be done. Not because his the greatest person on planet earth. Neither, because of his faith or his work ethic. It is because he knows his place and knows how to play it. From making gestures to everyone at the State House, to be dropping charges as the DPP on the orders of the President. He knows when to act and when to react. Peace.

Opinion: Apparently, the Devil’s Triangle is already operating [GOP] at the Capitol Hill!

WHITEHOUSE: Devil’s triangle?

KAVANAUGH: Drinking game.

WHITEHOUSE: How’s it played?

KAVANAUGH: Three glasses in a triangle.

WHITEHOUSE: And?

KAVANAUGH: You ever played quarters?

WHITEHOUSE: No (ph).

KAVANAUGH: OK. It’s a quarters game” (Washington Post – ‘Kavanaugh hearing: Transcript’ 27.09.2018).

I have been bugging out by this, not because Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother in the third season, episode 17 named the ‘The Goat’ explained what the Devil’s Triangle is or the “Devil’s Three way”. Which is two men and woman doing the nasty. However, what is bugging me is how one party has taken total control of the Capitol Hill and they doesn’t care of the checks and balances of the government. The only thing they value is to control and have power. Not for the message the party is sending.

That the day that Brett M. Kavanaugh was confirmed and voted in the Senate as the Associate Judge in the Supreme Court. The American Government is proven, that the values of the checks and balances of power is dying. The three branches isn’t checking each other, but just procedural manifested to fix it for the one party. Which happens to have the Executive Branch (President), the Legislative (Congress) and Judicial (Supreme Court). That is proven with what happen on the 5th October 2018. As the Senate just got barely enough votes for having yet another judge at the Court. They did this without investigating the alleged crimes and cleaning the name of the judge. But this is in the same country, that you get shot in your car if your reaching for the dash in the wrong neighborhood.

The Capitol Hill is really become the devils triangle, where the moral backbone and proof that the Good Ol’ Party or the Republicans for that matter, does only live by one rule; theirs the rest can be screwed. If that is destroying families, deporting long-living now citizens and closing their borders. If it is hazardous trade policies, destruction of taxes and tax-relief for the riches, while the poorest are losing their benefits. The whole time has been a pillage to serve the donors and the multi-national corporations and not serving the public. The Republicans are really showing their imbalance and their greed.

The same greed is now showing with power. That the President is careless and reckless, that has been shown in business and now in politics. His ignorance and his blatant disregard for people have been shown since day one. That is why his petty politics also establish the precedence of controlling power, not ensuring the people are cared for or if the procedures are followed. As long as his use of the Executive Power is used for his personal agenda and not for the betterment of the Republic. That is why he has appointed a man like Kavanaugh. Even pushed it through, limited the scope of “investigation” and not even cared for the possible victims of the sexual assaults done by the judge. Because, as long as the Supreme Court has enough his side, he can take power again, when needed.

All three arms of the government is all under control for now by the Republicans. They have talked about caring about fiscal spending (scrapped it when they got in power), caring about procedure for appointments (not cared for that when they are power) and they are continuing this behavior. The last strike was with the Supreme Court this week.

They are serving the devils triangle, being two men screwing one woman. They are clearing screwing the lady justice and taking her from all angles. They are not leaving anything up to chance to secure yet another seat there. So, when in need like after the re-count of Florida for George W. Bush, they will have the upper-hand and enough votes to secure their causes. Just like whatever the Republicans are up to now.

What we do know now, is that no initial part of their play is about justice, rule of law or fair process. The whole government is about control, ensuring their men are in charge and at whatever cost. They will play victims, they will play petty and outrages, but only as a facade for their purpose. Just like they have done. They will do it again and again.

I just wonder, how long the US citizens accept to be screwed like this, in this devils triangle by the all the branches of government. Because, that is what is happening and the world is seeing it. Peace.

Opinion: Sexual assaults victims doesn’t have value – that is the message of Kavanaugh confirmation!

With yesterdays news that there is a majority within the Senate to vote Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Associate Judge on the Supreme Court. The value of the sexual assault victims and the ones who file cases against Kavanaugh really doesn’t have any value. They are discarded as old food and just minor obstacle. The Republican Party might work against abortion, but living human beings and their welfare isn’t their concern. That is what their actions are saying.

If your a female or woman in the United States, the GOP and Republican Party, the highest power of the Republic doesn’t give a fig about you or your rights. Everything is allowed, especially if the person are entitled to power and has powerful friends. As Kavanaugh appointment happens as most of the documents are kept secret, the lack of due diligence and the lack of openness with the investigations into the Sexual Assaults. Tells, the world that the Republican Party and their Senators doesn’t care for other than power.

They have traded away the rights to call themselves the party for law and order, as they are more for the power and control of people. Not showing investigations independently or even giving them proper time to ask all witnesses or even look into the alleged crimes. While the Federal Bureau of Investigations was not even following and interviewing the victims and the witnesses before the confirmation. As they just wanted to get it over with to give him his entitled space in the Supreme Court.

They are really showing a disregard to the other gender with this. They are doing this to possibly have the majority vote to make it harder for abortion, while they are putting a man whose already allegedly has sexually assaulted several woman, while being drunk. This shows the lack of care for life and also for their rights, as it is just the white mans entitlement, as his inherited position, as his relatives are even having a grave at a Ivy League University. That shows how the GOP cares about those with wealth, but the rest can just sail on their own high seas.

Kavanaugh, is the proof that the MeToo Movement is still needed. That the need for equal rights and justice for the ones assaulted, as they are tarnished in public and their testimony is played around with. Just like the President mocked Dr. Ford at rally the other day. There are nothing that cannot be used for political gain, especially other people’s weakness. But not that President is wisest of them all, as he needs to mock others to look wise. He doesn’t have the tact to show concern for other things than his own ego.

I really hope this has ramifications for the November elections and the possible Blue Wave, as this proves the lack of tolerance or care for woman. As the GOP are really reckless and willing to trade all ethics and all sort of investigation into a man whose been known for this activity, while he has also shield most of his documents, as the process of his candidacy haven’t even been proper. That is why the GOP, the Paul Ryan and the Mitch McConnell doesn’t care for due diligence or even due process, as they give a rats ass. As long as they get the seat. Their legacy is showing the could block Merrick Garland for over 1 year, but couldn’t await for proper FBI investigation into massive loads of victims and witnesses, that are saying Kavanaugh lied under oath. A judge lied under oath and acted like a mad man.

So when the Republican Party claims the Democrats was doing a hack-job, they should ask themselves what they did to Garland? Which had none of these issues and this back-story? A person where they didn’t need to defend his acts in the past or even had trouble with being transparent with his documents. That is why I have trouble with this pick. If they was serious about law and order. They would have a clean candidate and someone of a sound mind. He seems like a power-hungry and entitled white man, in the fashion of Trump himself. Not a man who is trustworthy. Therefore, the GOP is trading favors and who can wonder where, if it is the Koch or Mercer’s. But someone has been traded-off, since ethical values and rule of law doesn’t matter to the legislators. Which is really amazing and tragic at the same time. Peace.

American Bar Association: “Re: Nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of United States” (05.10.2018)

Attorney for Deborah Ramirez, William Pittard’s letter to FBI Director Wray on their disappointment in the Supplemental Background Investigation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh (04.10.2018)

Letter from Dr. Fords Attorneys to FBI Director Wray on “Re: Supplemental Background Investigation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh – UPDATED” (04.10.2018)