By Husam Dughman

A woman partially uncovers her hair. Members of a vice squad (called Guidance Patrol) arrest her. They insult her. She fires back, refusing to be disrespected. They beat her badly. She falls unconscious. She later dies. What was her crime? Uncovering some of her hair. Really? Whose human rights does that violate? Insofar as the actions of Iran’s Islamic Republic are concerned, political persecution is not a crime. The perversion of the rule of law is not a crime. Widespread corruption is not a crime. Favouritism, cronyism, and nepotism are not a crime. The violation of human rights is not a crime. The partial exposure of a woman’s hair…… Now, that is what the Ayatollahs call a crime.

By Husam Dughman

The civilized world, most especially the literary world, has lately been shocked and devastated by the news of the horrific attack on Indian British author Salman Rushdie in New York. Rushdie had for a long time been the target of a fatwa (religious edict) issued by the late Ayatollah Khomeini in the wake of the publication of Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses in September 1988. The fatwa had called for Rushdie’s death, and the Iranian government offered over three million dollars to anyone who could carry out that (mis)deed. That was 33 years ago. With the passing of time, along with the Iranian government’s distancing of itself from the fatwa in subsequent years (although it was never revoked), it seems that Rushdie had felt gradually less and less fearful, prompting his subsequent emergence from his long years of hiding. Not only that, but Rushdie had begun to feel so secure and unthreatened that he started to go to various interviews and meetings without any special security to protect him. The German magazine Stern, which had interviewed Rushdie not long before he was attacked, has stated that he had gone to the interview unaccompanied by any personal guards, and that he later stated in his interview with that magazine that his life had become “relatively normal.” It appears that Rushdie followed the same pattern of behaviour when he went to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in New York on the 12th of August 2022.  According to eyewitnesses, the hall where Rushdie was to deliver the lecture did not have much in the way of security preparation: No bags were searched, and no metal-detection equipment was in place. All people could see was a couple of men- a state trooper and a county sheriff’s deputy- who were apparently providing general crowd-control security, but not much beyond that. Rushdie’s attacker took full advantage of what seemed to be a seriously compromised state of vigilance which resulted in a considerable lapse in the implementation of strict security measures at the said venue. He rushed onto the stage and lunged at the author, stabbing him multiple times, including stabs in the neck and abdomen, before staff and members of the audience finally managed to overpower him.

Monday, 26 July 2021 13:06

The History Of Plastic And Injection Molding

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When Alexander Parkes invented the first thermoplastic in 1856, he probably had no idea how pervasive his invention would become in the centuries that followed. Today, thanks to the invention of injection molding, plastic is used in almost any industry you can imagine, including manufacturing, packaging, construction, education, transportation, and healthcare.

The use of plastic in manufacturing has been expanding exponentially since it was introduced over one and a half centuries ago. For example, by 2018, the production of plastics on a global scale reached almost 360 metric tons. It is expected that over a billion metric tons of plastics will be produced by 2050.

From the numbers above, it’s clear that plastic will continue to be an important part of the manufacturing process. Consequently, processes like injection molding will continue to play a significant role for those who want to manufacture thousands, if not millions, of products with plastic components.

In this article, we follow the history of plastic and injection molding. We start by focusing on the events that led to the invention of plastic as we know it today. The article will then focus on the invention of the first plastic molding machine and how the technology has progressed since then.

Wednesday, 07 July 2021 23:11

John Wayne: The Forgotten History of “The Duke”

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John Wayne is an American Hollywood icon every bit the equal of James Dean or Marilyn Monroe. He is also a man from another era, a man whose conservatism came as naturally as walking down the street. Affectionately known as “The Duke,” he spent three decades as a top box office draw with 179 film and television credits to his name.

My Dear Britannia,


I have just watched a policeman in GREAT Britain on Sky News kneeling on a man’s (suspect’s?) neck and I started screaming: UNBRITISH! UNBRITISH! UNBRITISH!



…between a nation’s two most objectionable alternatives – Judas of Daura and Barabbas of Adamawa


“Russia has landed on the moon, the U.S.A. too has landed on the moon and China has just landed, but Nigerians can’t even feed themselves and govern themselves yet at a time when the re-colonization debate is ongoing in the West.

What occupies the minds of the babies called Nigerians are what they can eat, wear, the latest exotic cars and technologies, marrying many wives, partaking in the National Cake Extravaganza, endless partying (Owambe), Obitos, wealth without working – money, money, money, appearances, dumping one girl and going for another, moon sighting as directed by the Sultan of Sokoto and other emirs, the niqab/hija wahala, hunting for miracles, where they can live, accolades and approval of society.”


Chad has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1995, more popularly known as the Women's Convention is the international women's rights treaty that spells out women's rights and obliges governments to ensure respect for these rights. However, it's still not sure whether there are some Chadian women know that if Chad ratified the optional protocol to CEDAW or the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, better known as the Maputo Protocol.


Never in the history of all polities and democracies had a party so enjoyed a 100% goodwill as the APC did, whilst campaigning  and on actually capturing power, but gone ahead to squander it on the altars of complacency, incurable crass insensitivity, divisiveness, authoritarianism, politcal aggrandizement, vendetta, grandiose greed/avarice, nepotism, regionalism, stupendous corruption, favouritism, hereditary privilege, religious bigotry, violence to national psyche and actual blood-lettings, cultural ethnocentrism and imperialism.

As the potentate of the ancient city of Kano, SLS points his accusing finger at the Yorubas for being the troublers of the Nigerian Federation, he must not forget that four fingers are pointing back at himself and his ilk - the caliphate delusionists, and by extension, his own Fulani ethnic nationality that have continued to hold the nation by the jugular since independence. And what is more, under the current Hausa-Fulani Government as led by Muhammadu Buhari, a supra Fulani irredentist like Sanusi himself, the whole of the nation's five fingers are pointing at his nomadic cousins for their bestial tendencies, brutishness and monstrosity!

Thursday, 06 August 2015 12:04

2015: Between Liberation and Slavery , Part 1

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Non-caliphate Nigerians seem to have no clue what time it is in their history. They are unaware that they have arrived at the fateful junction where, depending on how they vote on Feb 14, they will either go into slavery for untold generations to come, or set out on a path to liberation. They have sleepwalked into their moment of fateful decision. If they don’t wake up now, they could vote themselves into slavery. But if, by some miracle, they are startled or shaken awake, they have a chance to vote their way out of the slavery path on which they have been for 70 years.

My task today is to help them see that such is the case. In the first section “Discourse on our mumu”, I shall explore why most Nigerians have been oblivious of what the basic struggle in Nigeria has been about since 1945. I shall then, in the section “2015 Election issues”, examine the issues that are dominating this election. And show why the peoples of the New South should not allow themselves to be conned into voting for Buhari, the Caliphate candidate.

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