Author Archives: Dr. Michael Bokor

Those who don’t work must not be paid

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Folks, Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah is in the news again for almost the very reasons that some might claim cost him his job as the National Security Adviser. He is now the Head of the Human Security Department of the National Security Council Secretariat, whatever that may mean. He is reported to ...

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Does Ebola discriminate on the basis of race?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Folks, I will ask a simple question: Why are the United States victims of Ebola still alive but not the African victims? I have a few concerns about this Ebola epidemic that has put West Africa under the spotlight for the wrong reason. The first case in this barrage of Ebola ...

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As Ghana re-enters the belly of the vampire (The IMF)…

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Saturday, August 2, 2014 Folks, the latest development in the government’s search for solutions to the country’s ailing economy is to enter the corridors of the International Monetary Fund for “reprieve”. And this “reprieve” will definitely be bound to conditionalities. It is a reprieve designed to come at a huge cost for people already languishing ...

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Ghana to offer arable lands to PUNJABI farmers?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 Folks, how many of you know what Punjab is or where it is located in the world? What will come to your mind when “Punjab” or “Punjabi” is mentioned? I don’t know, but I am more than angry at news reports about what the Ghanaian government wants to do to bring ...

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No democracy can survive in an atmosphere of lawlessness

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Thursday, July 31, 2014 Folks, sometime ago, I posted an opinion piece to complain about the “whom-you-know” or “who-knows-you” syndrome in Ghana, which is nothing but a negative attitude to national reconstruction. I complained that our Establishment has too many loopholes that let unscrupulous public office holders off the hook and portray them as “angels” ...

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Woyome here, Woyome there, judgement debt palaver over?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Folks, the long-drawn-out case involving the judgement debt paid to Alfred Agbesi Woyome is over; and Woyome is the loser. He should have known all along that what he received was fraudulently given him because of the loopholes in our system that unscrupulous public officials teamed up with him to exploit. ...

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No democracy can survive in an atmosphere of lawlessness

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Monday, July 28, 2014 Folks, sometime ago, I posted an opinion piece to complain about the “whom-you-know” or “who-knows-you” syndrome in Ghana, which is nothing but a negative attitude to national reconstruction. I complained that our Establishment had too many loopholes that let unscrupulous public office holders off the hook and portrayed them as “angels” ...

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African politics and the role of First Ladies (Part II)

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Monday, July 28, 2014 I have a good reason to segue to what happened after Nana Konadu had left the scene for Mrs. Kufuor and Naadu Mills. Let’s first deal with Mrs. Kufuor, who sought to carve a niche for herself by also exploiting her status as the First Lady. She established a Foundation for ...

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African politics and the role of First Ladies (Part I)

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Monday, July 28, 2014 Folks, the wives of male Presidents in Africa are parading themselves about as First Ladies and profiting from it. Of all, Mrs. Graca Machel is the only one to have emerged as the First Lady for two different countries at different times, beginning as the wife of Samora Machel of Mozambique ...

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Where did Vice President Amissah-Arthur sleep last night?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Saturday, July 26, 2014 Folks, I find it difficult to understand why some government officials cannot come to terms with the reality in front of them to do decent politics and win the goodwill of the people. Just last Thursday, we all saw and heard how Ghanaian workers (organized labour) took to the streets, joined ...

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Dr. Amoako Baah makes a lot of sense

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Friday, July 25, 2014 In commenting on pertinent national affairs, Dr. Richard Amoako Baah (a political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) has of late said a lot but hasn’t turned my crank, apparently because I don’t agree with his viewpoints, especially those undermining the Mahama-led administration. I have quickly dismissed ...

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The workers’ demonstration and its aftermath

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Thursday, July 24, 2014 So, the nationwide demonstrations by organized labour and other interest/pressure groups are either over in some regional capital towns or ongoing in others. Nothing violent has occurred, at least, from reports. While the demonstrations were going on, President Mahama and his Vice (Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur) joined Ministers of state, hundreds of ...

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So, what happens after tomorrow’s demonstration?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Folks, I am waiting patiently to see how tomorrow dawns for the organizers of the demonstration to move on with their one-day nationwide demonstration in protest at the situation at their workplaces and the country, generally, as the economic problems persist. A preview should create a good context for us to ...

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Why isn’t our democracy solving problems?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Folks, let’s be bold to place the current political and economic challenges facing our country in their proper perspective and to discuss them to know why those in power cannot solve problems to move our country forward. It is no exaggeration to say that the current turbulence in the country is ...

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A revolution to erupt in Ghana?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Tuesday, July 22, 2014 The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) is warning of a revolution in Ghana if government fails to address the growing workers agitations and protests across the country. Isaac Bayor (Coordinator of the Network) told Joy News that while the revolution may not take the form of the Arab Spring, the ...

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Is President Mahama still a communications expert?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Tuesday, July 22, 2014 One major lapse in the handling of affairs by this Mahama-led government is the failure to use COMMUNICATION effectively; the failure to tap into available resources to boost the government’s public image through productive COMMUNICATION. The impact is clear: that the government isn’t reaching out successfully to the citizens; hence, its ...

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