14 February 2018

Gonzo Journalism: Currently working on The Biafra Faktor, sequel to The Masada Faktor

I'm currently working on The Biafra Faktor. It's a sequel to The Masada Faktor which is a fictional noir featuring Natasha Bernard as protagonist. Loosely based on my own life,  I thought of using Natasha Bernard as my nom de plume but instead, cast her in a Gonzo journalism approach.

Naomi Litvin, California, 2018
Natasha's adventures in Israel in 2014, after immigration to the Holy Land are adventurous, harrowing, and sexy as she attempts to solve the mystery of The Masada Faktor, imparted to her by her mother, at her deathbed. In Israel, with Operation Protective Edge, the Gaza War raging, Natasha realizes the significance of the mystery linked to current events.

Why The Biafra Faktor? My involvement and advocacy with the Indigenous People of Biafra has led me to an intense two year study of the situation in West African Biafra Land since the Civil War in the late Sixties. When their attempt to separate and actualize their own country from the British amalgamated country of Nigeria it ended in the genocidal starvation of 3.5 million men, women, and children (estimates of the dead vary and may be as high as six million.) Now, after their leader Nnamdi Kanu and his parents were taken by the Nigerian Army in September of 2017, and since being proscribed as a terrorist group by Nigeria, they are being hunted and butchered by the Islamic regime. Biafrans are committed to a non-violent struggle and, in my opinion, not exercising self-defense. It is only a matter of time before enough will be enough and they may be forced to fight back.

And so, in my new book, as Natasha Bernard struggles to return to Israel after a sojourn in the United States, she becomes involved with the Biafran people. Whether a manifestation of her childhood trauma as a Child of the Holocaust (Natasha's mother mirrors my mother, a Holocaust survivor from Hungary) or simply an empathic response to these highly intelligent and educated people, Natasha becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that spans the globe.

Stay tuned to the further adventures of Natasha Bernard, my alter ego. Is truth stranger than fiction? Or is fiction stranger than truth? When the time comes, I'll let you decide.





02 February 2018

The compelling subject of unconditional basic income

I entered a contest and didn't win. The subject of the contest, unconditional basic income, was compelling and I wanted to challenge myself to write something different on demand.  The Economic Security Project, who organized the contest, is exploring the debate and experiments of "Basic Income," as they describe below. 
"The Economic Security Project is a network committed to advancing the debate on unconditional cash and basic income in the United States. In a time of immense wealth, no one should live in poverty, nor should the middle class be consigned to a future of permanent stagnation or anxiety. Automation, globalization, and financialization are changing the nature of work, and these shifts require us to rethink how to create economic opportunity for all.
Now is the time to think seriously about how expanding unconditional cash could work, how to pay for it, and what the political path might be to make it a reality. Join us."
A lot has been written on the unconditional basic income that has been implemented in Finland recently. The idea has been tossed around for a long time and is especially pleasing to the Left.

In my short story I addressed both sides of the issue in a fictional story.

26 January 2018

Nigerian Government @AsoRock has invaded a synagogue in Aba, BiafraLand!


22 January 2018

Two people have claimed to me that Nnamdi Kanu is alive! #WhereIsNnamdiKanu

I've been sitting on this information for a while. Two people have claimed to me that Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu is alive. The first person that told me Nnamdi Kanu is alive said it to me on the telephone the day after the horrifying attack on the Kanu Palace in Umuahia on September 14, 2017. I did not disclose to anyone what she said, as at the time I wasn't sure of her veracity. Initially I believed she worked with IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra). Later it was revealed that she is part of a dangerous, violent vigilante group that's working contrary to the non-violent doctrine of IPOB. What Michele Fishman said to me was this: Nnamdi Kanu is alive: He escaped through Cameroon with the help of people from that country who are sympathetic to Biafra's cause. She may deny this and say I am a liar, she may say that I am an agent of Nigeria, but believe me, she is up to no good.
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Naomi Litvin

After some time and events (look at her Latest Updates here) I was prompted to report her to the FBI, and her claims on twitter of mass murder and arson as spokesperson of the group. Later, after a second person, who was new to me contacted me on Facebook, I have decided to divulge these two incredible statements.

I don't believe either of these people, yet I think their audacious statements are troubling and opportunistic. So please, take all of this under consideration and know that it is hearsay, anecdotal, or just plain lies.


Michele Fishman, left; Peter S. Maduka, right
screenshot from tweet: 

19 January 2018

The Masada Faktor: Award Winning for Fiction




29 December 2017

"Dear President Donald J. Trump from a Biafran on behalf of my people" by Ij Onuigbo

 
Donald Trump Biafra t shirt
Biafra separatists arrested after holding Donald Trump rally
 (Newsweek)
Ij Onuigbo, an ex-US army captain and an Igbo, writes an open letter to President Trump. 

Dear President Donald J. Trump,
Greetings to you Sir. My name is Ij Onuigbo. I am using this opportunity and platform to write to you on behalf of my people, the indigenous people of Biafra who were amalgamated with Nigeria by the British. We need your attention. The situation is that the British made arrangements that made the Biafran people subservient to the Hausa Fulani tribe and the Hausa Fulani people have since then held the Biafrans at ransom and gravely marginalized starting from the killing of over two million Biafrans in the 1967 civil war in their quest to deny Biafrans freedom from Nigeria. And they have succeeded in enslaving Biafrans ever since. They massacre, maim and butcher Biafrans at will on a regular bases. As a matter of fact President Trump, the Hausa Fulani Army controlled by Muhammadu Buhari killed many Biafrans in cold blood when they came out in celebration of the election of President Trump. The reason they have killed, oppressed and continued to kill and oppress Biafrans even till today is the fact that most natural resources deposit in Nigeria if not all are within the Biafran region. The worst part of this injustice is the conspiracy with the British colonial masters to also ensure that in spite of Biafra land wealth deposit of natural resources, Biafrans are left out in federal government economic development plans. The very land and civilization where the oil that feed Nigeria comes from is massively depleted, degraded, the waters poisoned by chemical waste produced by British and other western countries oil companies.
The Ogoni people of Biafra who live on the land are gravely impoverished. These foreign oil companies along with their partners in crime, Muhammadu Buhari and the rest of the Hausa Fulani cabal, milk the land dry, leave the people and the environment dried up, hungry, sick and depleted, and on top of it all, kill any group or person that challenges what's happening. Our sea ports and airports in Biafra region has been closed out and inoperable for decades forcing Biafrans to make use of the infrastructures in the Northern and Western regions of Nigeria and thereby spending their hard earned resources from personal sweat building up the North and Western regions with real estate and financial markets leaving our own Biafra region desolate and economically underdeveloped. President Trump, Sir, Biafrans are probably the most industrious people in black Africa. The freedom of Biafra from corruption ridden Nigeria will be a turning point for Africa to becoming a first world continent and the beginning of the end to world aide for Africa. Biafra is the hope for Africa. Nigeria experiment by the British has long failed and the only viable way forward is to salvage what can build upon by dividing Nigeria so the regions can regain their original autonomy. Help us gain our freedom from Nigeria. We as a new nation will be the partner that United States can count on. We do not need aide, we need freedom to be all that we can be. We have advocates that will give you more information. Your help will not be for free. We have all manner of resources that the United States will benefit from as we form new government and management for our new nation. We want to negotiate. Thank you Sir for your attention to our cause. Yours Truly, Ij Onuigbo Cc: The White House, Biafra Live
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Biafra was a country that existed on the Ancient Map of Africa for about 400 years before Nigeria was created in 1914.

25 December 2017

WAR DRUMS: Syrian Regime Takes Manbij, Encircles Rebels in Beit Jinn, Approaching Golan via Israel Rising

While the Netanyahu government continues to revel in Trump’s Jerusalem declaration the euphoria should be kept in check. With each day that passes, the Syrian Regime draws closer to its goal in breaking the buffer zone that lies between its forces and the Israeli Golan.  Arab news is reporting that the Syrian regime aided by Iran and Hezbollah has captured Manbij Farms.
The fall of Manbij Farms essentially cuts off the strategic Beit Jinn enclave from supporting rebel forces.  This makes the 4km distance between the regime and Israel a far easier move as rebel forces continue to disintegrate.
Danger to Israel, Blow to Netanyahu
While it is often assumed to observers that the Assad regime would take its time before moving against Israel, the Iranians have been the real drivers in Assad’s decisions.  Given that the Shiite alliance, backed by Russia is continuing to win, there is no reason to assume they will stop at the Golan border.  Afterall Prime Minister Netanyahu promised that he would prevent Iran from establishing a direct land corridor between Tehran and Israel.  The 4km stretch between Beit Jinn and the Golan makes the land bridge the Iranians have been pining for a done deal.
Israel has little maneuverability when facing the coming onslaught, which by all estimates is fast approaching.