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Philippines President says God is stupid

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has received backlash after he called God stupid in the Asia’s largest Catholic church.

The 73-year-old president who has also insulted the Pope, Barack Obama, the United Nations among others also faulted the concept of original sin referring to God in a rather crude language.

Duterte, in his usual blunt style stated he found it foolish for God to create something “perfect” and then allow the first humans, Adam and Eve, to ruin it by bringing sin into existence because of the forbidden fruit.

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte questioned why God created Adam and Eve only to allow them to cave in to temptation.Photo:

“Who is this stupid God? You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work,”

“Adam ate it (the fruit from the forbidden tree), then malice was born. Who is this stupid God? You are really a stupid son of a b***ch if that is the case,” he posed.

Referring to the Biblical story of the fall of humankind, the controversial president questioned God’s logic and termed him as stupid.

“Now all of us are born with an original sin. What is the original sin? Was it the first kiss? What was the sin? Why is it original. You’re still in your mother’s womb and yet to already have a sin,”

“…Now you’re stained with an original sins … What kind of a religion is that? That’s what I can’t accept, very stupid proposition,” he said.

He,however clarified that he believes there is a “universal mind.”

Dutertes questioned the concept of original sin saying he didn’t accept it. Photo: VOA News

Duterte’s remarks sparked outrage as his spokesperson, Harry Roque, rushed to his defense urging the public to accept that the president tends to use strong language when expressing his beliefs.

“That is the personal belief of the president. We are free to believe in religion and we are also free not to believe in religion. The president has his personal spiritual beliefs, “

“We cannot fault the president if he has no sense of hypocrisy and we should accept that because even when he was just a candidate, he never hid that from us,” he opined.

Rogue went on to reveal the president’s strong sentiments could have resulted from his childhood experience where he suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a priest.

“I think the declaration of the president stemmed from his bad experience when still young. He was allegedly abused by a priest,”

“This is an issue that the Church should face and perhaps it just happened that the president is one of the victims,” said Duterte’s aide.

He argued the Catholic church should not hide it’s head in the sand and pretend the abuse never happended maintaining that the church “should admit and ask forgiveness so that all the victims, including President Duterte, can also move on with their lives.”

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Source: Tuko News

By Mary Wangari

History tells us we’ve got GDP wrong. Here’s why

It’s been nearly 80 years since British economists James Meade and Richard Stone devised a method of national income accounting that would become the global standard . Today, we call it a country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Their method was intended to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of an entire national economy, by estimating the monetary value of all “economic” production that took place in a country in a given year. Like most economic statisticians of the day, Meade and Stone focused almost entirely on measuring the value of goods and services that were actually bought and sold.

But a problem quickly emerged, thanks to the experiences and observations of a 23-year-old woman named Phyllis Deane . She was hired by Meade and Stone in 1941 to apply their method in a few British colonies. In present-day Malawi and Zambia, Deane realised that it was an error to exclude unpaid household labour from GDP.

In a research paper I published recently on the history of the GDP , I write that Deane believed this convention excluded a great share of productive activity – especially in rural Africa. She argued that it was “illogical” to exclude the economic value of preparing and cooking food and collecting firewood. She contended that such kinds of labour had historically been excluded because they were commonly viewed as women’s work.

To decide which activities to include in her GDP calculations, Deane spent months conducting village surveys in order to measure, and include in GDP estimates, particularly burdensome activities like the collection of firewood.

She concluded that if governments wanted to formulate policies that increased aggregate national income and ensured an equitable distribution of that aggregate, the contributions of all producers – including rural women – had to be counted.

Over the next seven decades, GDP calculations would not generally include unpaid (and mostly female) labour. But Deane’s work shows us this was not the only way to measure economic production. As GDP calculations come under increasing criticism, we should look to her research for a way forward.

Invisibility of female labour

Richard Stone paid little attention to Deane’s recommendations. In 1953, he oversaw the publication of the United Nations’ first System of National Accounts . This report provided detailed standards for calculating GDP.

The system ignored Deane’s call to include unpaid household labour. And because UN technical assistance programmes sought to ensure that low and middle-income countries followed the system’s standards, Stone’s method had global consequences. Activities which were central to every day life in low-income African countries – like fetching water, grinding corn, and weaving mats – were not included in national accounts.

This invisibility of female labour in national income accounting eventually provoked a backlash. While pushing for female domestic labour to be economically quantified, scholar-activists like the Italian-born philosopher Silvia Federici, who taught for many years in Nigeria, argued that male “economic” production was impossible without women’s uncompensated “non-economic” labour.

For instance, without a wife to tend to the children and the home, how would a male factory labourer have the time or the energy to fulfil his stereotypical role as the breadwinner?

Time rather than money

Some feminist economists held a different view. In 1999 the New Zealand-born economist Marilyn Waring articulated concerns about including unpaid labour in national accounts. Rather than using economic activity to measure the value of labour, Waring called for a different indicator: time.

Time, she explained, was “the one investment we all have to make”. Drawing on research she conducted in rural Kenya, she argued that time-use surveys would demonstrate “which sex gets the menial, boring, low-status, and unpaid invisible work”.

Such surveys would show how targeted interventions, like access to clean water and efficient cooking stoves, could alleviate the drudgery of domestic labour and allow billions of women to gain greater freedom in how they spend their days.

In 2008, the authors of the newly updated System of National Accounts responded to their feminist critics by way of a compromise. They agreed to include the production of all goods – whether these were sold or not – in GDP calculations, so activities like weaving mats or brewing beer would be included.

However, they continued to exclude most unpaid household services, like cooking and cleaning. And the revised system ignored both Deane’s and Waring’s calls for more data on the distribution of time-use by gender. This has caused ever more criticism to be levelled at the system.

In recent decades, the work of feminist economics has shown how the methods of calculating GDP render much of women’s labour invisible. Meanwhile, surveys and time-use studies show the toll this has taken on women’s lives, particularly in the Global South. One recent report found that hundreds of millions of women worldwide have to walk more than a 30-minute round-trip to reach clean water for their families.

Future of the GDP

A 2009 report commissioned by then French President Nicolas Sarkozy stated that because GDP is “treated as a measure of economic well-being” it “can lead to misleading indicators about how well-off people are and entail the wrong policy decisions”.

More recently, the World Bank pointed out that GDP only measures flows of income but doesn’t tell us whether health care, education, and the wealth of the natural world are being built up or plundered. The Economist called for a “new metric” of economic progress that included “unpaid work in the home, such as caring for relatives”.

None of these insights are new. But they do mark a renewed appreciation for the economic indices and policies that feminist scholars have long favoured. For instance, Silvia Federici’s insistence that household labour should be paid has been at least partially realised in the spread of cash transfer programmes across Africa.

If we want to really bring women’s work out of the shadows and overturn the stereotypical gender roles that relegate women to more than their fair share of household labour, we must first take the blinders of the GDP.

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

By Luke Messac · The Conversation

United Nations recognises Aba Women’s Riot of 1929

The leaders of the riot against colonial

The event saw Aba women standing up against perceived social and economic injustice by the colonial masters.

The United Nations Women agency has recognised the Aba women’s riot of 1929 as a remarkable women-led movement in the world.

This recognition is given to this struggle as part of 2018 celebration of the

International Women Day (IWD) whose theme is : “ Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives » ”.

Aba Women riot is a revolt by women in the eastern Nigeria city of Aba against exploitative tax regime of the colonial masters. This struggle forms an important part of the nationalist movement in Nigeria.

The body said about the event: “Incensed by their social standing under colonial rule, the Igbo women send palm leaves, similar to today’s Facebook invite, to their fellow sisters across Southeastern Nigeria.”

“Together they descend in the thousands to ‘sit on’ or make ‘war on’ undemocratically appointed chiefs by publicly shaming them through singing, dancing, banging on their walls and even tearing down roofs.

“Although the backlash against protests turns deadly, it eventually forces the chiefs to resign and market tax impositions on women to be dropped,” the UN Women said.

International Women Day is an annual event which holds on March 8. It is used to celebrate women across the globe, especially those that played role in the society.

This event has taken the form of global marches and campaigns. And now served as an avenue to discuss issues ranging from women rights and participation in governance.

The first International Women’s Day in 1911.

​Only Black Panther can stop Boko Haram

Boko Haram has brandished its fangs in the most daring way this week. Attack after attack, but with a new onslaught trouncing the old one in audacity, gruesomeness and fatality.
Between Thursday and Friday, Boko Haram launched coordinated attacks, like Hitler’s blitzkrieg, on Adamawa, Yobe and Borno. The insurgents hit two villages in Madagali local government area of Adamawa state reportedly abducting some locals and killing innocents.

In Borno, the insurgents attacked a military base in Rann, killing four soldiers. They went further to hit a camp of internally-displaced persons in the area, killing four UN workers.

In Yobe, a female suicide bomber strolled into a mosque; detonated her death merchandise, killing a worshipper. It is has been a week of bloodshed and horror.

On February 4, Rogers Nicholas, theatre commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, said Boko Haram had been…


​BREAKING!!! it’s time to free Biafrans world leaders decides

Innocent civilians have died and more have been injured or terrorized by Nigeria’s military acting under Buhari’s regime. A courageous and influential Biafran leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was attacked and quarantined by Nigeria’s armed forces and his followers killed. Grisly videos and photos taken at scenes of the harrowing crimes are conclusive. What they prove amounts to state terrorism—the systematic employment of violence to intimidate or coerce a civilian population.

US President Donald Trump meets Russian leader Vladimir Putin face-to-face along with other world leaders to decide biafrans fate.

Vladimir Putin denied any interference with Biafra agitation and Trump says his administration will surely conclude on Biafra agitation. Indications also showed that the both leaders are in full support of the peaceful agitation by the affected part of the country. They also state 5 reasons which they will present to UN during the next summit.

Putin also said to Donald Trump, that Russia is always open for good business with USA and he is sure that his government is transparent.

Meanwhile, our source revealed that issue concerning the Biafra agitation in Nigeria were discussed, and they fixed a date for world powers summit to conclude biafran agitation.

Source: solidmanofafrica

What’s the difference?

I couldn’t get my damn eyes off this picture because of the beauty of #Africa, anytime I scroll down 👇 my photos I must wait a little bit looking at this picture trying to figure many things out in between #Black and #White, black have been in #slavery for many years till date they’re still in slavery, blacks took #Passion in everything they do in life, #White will wait till blacks kill many before coming for rescuing, watch a movie called 

  • #Hotel_Rwanda,
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 which is the #BiafransExit, in the whole world whites are the world power but believe me one day world power will come to Africa just one day believe me, so black is not just a colour is an #Altitude and also an #Altimate for me, I still reason why people want to make sentence or a speech about this two colours the do start it this way “Black and White” why can’t they always use “White and Black” normally? 

for you to understand that that real race between black and white but for me I so much love but two colours because they all #Humans not animals, in all whites are so #Beautiful but blacks are #Pulchritude, white should please come and look into Africa mostly #Nigeria and #BiafraExit because many people are dying like seriously am telling you.. White don’t over look Africa in any way, I can remember one white lady called me a slave I was very angry that day but at the middle and the end of everything she apologized to me because the approach I gave her that day was amazingly great, so let see our self as one please because colour is what we bear on our skin but what we will be looking at is what we both have in mind so that we can help each other. Thanks Chosenone/Signalblog bring it to you… Love you all folks……. 

​UNESCO Organisation to partner with NUC

The National Universities Commission » (NUC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation » (UNESCO), and other stakeholders are in the final stages of the introduction of a new course, Gender and Transformative Leadership, into the university curriculum.

The new course is designed to bridge the gap created by gender inequality as well as provide solutions to some gender-based problems in the society such as sexual harassment among others.

Expected to be a general study course, it is being worked on by 40 experts according to the Regional Director of UNESCO, Dr. Benoir Sossou .

Stakeholders who are working on the final document were on Monday, hosted to a workshop by the NUC, UNESCO and the Afe Babalola University. The workshop was titled, “ Development of Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for Gender and Transformative Leadership (GTL) as General Studies (GST) Course for Nigerian Universities. ”

At the end of the five-day workshop, which ends tomorrow, stakeholders are expected to present the content of the new course, which will promote men and women’s rights.

The academic programme is also expected to prepare youths, men and women, for a society that is gender sensitive, as well as one that addresses gender related problems.

Deputy Executive Secretary of the NUC,

Professor Chiedu Mafiana, who spoke at the occasion, cautioned that the document formulation exercise should not be viewed as an NUC thing, but as a result of input from various stakeholders, which have been constituted to develop it.

According to him, the course will underscore the role of youths in decision-making in governance and politics and also eliminate gender barriers in the society.

Sossou, who informed the workshop that the exercise began in 2014 with 40 experts working on the document, noted that the course was aimed at supporting African universities for transformative leadership.

According to him, other universities that are partnering with UNESCO on the project include New York University; University of Gambia; University of Ghana and Obafemi Awolowo University » (OAU).

“ We are taking this giant step in this nation, which is the giant of Africa and has 142 universities. This partnership is yielding enormous cooperation in Nigeria. Forty experts are working on the model. UNESCO, which is committed to quality education worldwide is responding to gender issues through education. ” he said.

A principal officer from UN Women, Nigeria, Kemi Ndieli, who also spoke at the event, noted that it was important for men and women to have equal opportunities to develop the country. This opportunity, according to her, will be provided by the course.

Ndieli explained that the “UN is happy that this is happening. We see leaders that will address the gaps that have existed over the years. We look forward to a document that will promote men and women’s rights.”