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Police arrests Catholic priest of Nigerian-descent in the U.S. for alleged sex-related offenses

USAfricaonline.com and Houston-based USAfrica The Newspaper can report that Ike Cyriacus Udegbulem, 39-years old Catholic priest of Nigerian-descent in Laredo, Texas, has been arrested very early this morning of Friday June 21, 2002, for alleged sex-related offenses, including rape and sodomy. The offenses are alleged to have been committed in the year 2000 while he was serving as a priest in the Brooklyn Diocese.

He originated his pastoral duties from the Nigerian Diocese of Orlu. He hails from the town of Ihioma.

Uchegbulem has been on the list of about 35 priests offered prosecutors this year by the Brooklyn Diocese following accusations of sexual misconduct.

The alleged offenses are reported to have happened against the will of an adult woman of mixed parentage from the Virgin Islands. The Nigerian priest who is also studying for a doctoral program had returned to the U.S. a few months ago.

Meanwhile, the retired 71-years old Rev. Paul R. Shanley was indicted on Thursday June 20, 2002, for 10 counts of child rape and indecent assault, which reportedly occured from1979 to 1989, when he was at St. Jean's parish in Newton, a suburb of Boston. Prosecuting District Attorney Martha Coakley and her colleagues said that Shanley would take one of the boys, who is now 24, out of religious classes and abuse him in the St. Jean's church bathroom , its rectory, or a confessional. "In an ideal world we would not have sexual abuse of children. In a better world, adults would protect children," Coakley stated.



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CNN International debate on Nigeria's democracy livecast. It involved Nigeria's Information Minister Prof. Jerry Gana, Prof. Salih Booker and USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu. Transcripts are available on the CNN International site.


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September 11 terror and the ghost of things to come....
Shred of all polite, fine talk, the terroristic events of September 11, 2001, in New York, Washington DC., and Boston raise many questions. Among them: Are those wanton terror and wholesale visitation of murder and mayhem the ghost of things to come into the U.S as we glide into the so-called new world order? Whose order, really, is it?... Are those the signatures of a world gone awry, the continuing cannibalization of our world, our so-called civilization?
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Walter Carrington: African-American diplomat who put principles above self for Nigeria
(USAfrica's founder Chido Nwangwu, left, with then U.S. Ambassador Carrington at the U.S. embassy, Nigeria)



Africa suffers the scourge of the virus. This life and pain of Kgomotso Mahlangu, a five-month-old AIDS patient (above) in a hospital in the Kalafong township near Pretoria, South Africa, on October 26, 1999, brings a certain, frightening reality to the sweeping and devastating destruction of human beings who form the core of any definition of a country's future, its national security, actual and potential economic development and internal markets.
CONTINENTAL AGENDA
Bush's position on Africa is "ill-advised." The position stated by Republican presidential aspirant and Governor of Texas, George Bush where he said that "Africa will not be an area of priority" in his presidency has been questioned by USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu. He added that Bush's "pre-election position was neither validated by the economic exchanges nor geo-strategic interests of our two continents."

These views were stated during an interview CNN's anchor Bernard Shaw and senior analyst Jeff Greenfield had with Mr. Nwangwu on Saturday November 18, 2000 during a special edition of 'Inside Politics 2000.'
Nwangwu, adviser to the Mayor of Houston (the 4th largest city in the U.S., and immigrant home to thousands of Africans) argued further that "the issues of the heritage interests of 35 million African-Americans in Africa, the volume and value of oil business between between the U.S and Nigeria and the horrendous AIDS crisis in Africa do not lend any basis for Governor Bush's ill-advised position which removes Africa from fair consideration" were he to be elected president. By Al Johnson


Apple announces Titanium, "killer apps" and other ground-breaking products for 2001. iTunes makes a record 500,000 downloads.

AFRICA AND THE U.S. ELECTIONS
Beyond U.S. electoral shenanigans, rewards and dynamics of a democratic republic hold lessons for African politics.

USAfrica The Newspaper voted the "Best Community Newspaper" in the 4th largest city in the U.S., Houston. It is in the Best of Houston 2001 special as chosen by the editors and readers of the Houston Press, reflecting their poll and annual rankings.

Senegal made Africa proud as it qualified for quarterfinals of the World Soccer 2002.



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Sports as a metaphor for Nigeria. By Jonathan Elendu

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NEWS INSIGHT
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HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY
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DEMOCRACY'S WARRIOR
Out of Africa. The cock that crows in the morning belongs to one household but his voice is the property of the neighborhood. -- Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah. An editor carries on his crusade against public corruption and press censorship in his native Nigeria and other African countries. By John Suval.



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