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Thursday, 03 February 2011

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Anchor

Let us remember that the trigger for the Great Arab Revolution of 2010 (You see I am trying to take credit for what this will be called in a few years) was not some great politicians or activists but a poor street vendor who took extreme measures. We cannot know the thing that will overthrow the Cameroon system. A lot of the generals you are talking about have children in France, UK, USA, Italy and other countries so they do not want to be painted with crimes that would turn them into pariahs and get their visas cancelled. One thing that activists should do is to get as much data about these people as possible. It will come in useful down the road.

J. S. Dinga

Presumptions! Who says that our Generals are part of the Internet or give a damn what takes place in cyberspace? Who says that just because it happened in Egypt it can also happen in the cursed triangle?

Mr Joseph Ndifor, you have made some nice analysis, said some nice things but forgotten to say one important thing -Le Cameroun c'est le Cameroun. You also forgot to mention that we stopped giving credit to each other long, long ago and have since embarked on the road of vile criticisms, no matter what our congeners put forth. It would be joyful if President Biya absconded tonight but where do we get patriotic Cameroonians to stand up and be counted? Where? From among our learned professoral corps, noted for motions of support? From our upstart politicians good only at pointing fingers at Fru Ndi and the SDF? I wish I were wrong in my lamentation.

ErdiSamuels

Wishful thinking!!! There is not so-called Face book generation in Cameroon. How many internet able households are there in Cameroon, how many internet Cafés, how many internet or cameras able mobile phones? How many Cameroons at all are connected?
Just the least demos, MTN and orange will get orders to shut down the internet or mobile lines. Do you think they will resist such others? The so called internet generation will immediately be cut off from the world and Biya’s Generals will do their evil job.
If you think there are Cameroonians on-line; I am regular visitor to this bloc and I ask myself how many Cameroonians resident in Cameroon read it everyday?
Ivory Coast had its own turmoil even before Tunisia, and their problem still runs, they should equally have an internet generation but I can’t figure it out.
Technically, I don’t see a possibility for success of an “Internet organised movement” in Cameroon.


Atih Ngo

To say that Cameroonians back home are not internet-savvy only leaves one with the impression of how shallow some of us who live in the West know about our own native country. Are you all aware that even dialing now from the U.S. is far more expensive than someone dialing in from Cameroon? Talk about some of the best and most expensive gadgets during this cyper age? Call home and ask your uncle, let alone the generals the type of phones and labtops they own, and you will be amazed. They are on faceboook all the time. Everyone at least has a neighbor who watches CNN. It never used to be so when I left Cameroon in 1981.
Times have changed considerably. It is very likely that in the event of a protest, put down mercilessly by a general, the name and face of would go viral on the internet. Once that happens, note that the regime would crumble like a pack of cards.
The same analysis goes to what is happening with those generals protecting Gbagbo in Ivory Coast. In the event of any blood spilled, on their orders, the chances of them surviving in this internet age would be zero.
Mubarak is a clever individual. He knows the world is, through all these gadgets of the internet, is watching his generals, and that is why they've not acted because they know the impact would be a disaster once the military begins killing.
Of course, Cameroonians are not as clever as as Egyptians if faced with a similar situation. But the consequences of their actions would be far-reaching. This is not 1984 or the days of marquisards, when the regime hunted and killed without cell phone cameras. It's new age.

a

And they are learning, and keep learning. The lessons of Egypt are not lost on them. The generals of Cameroun are fat and overpaid and love to travel abroad to shop and to educate their children. That is what makes them vulnerable. They are not in the army because they want to be tough guys, but because it gives them an incomparable lifestyle, beyond what a US general enjoys, at least while in active service. They only commit crimes because they figure they can do it in the background.

Martins Nnoko

The issue with Cameroonians is that we are not united. In additon, if we are to take to the street, who will support the masses. Egypt is getting all the attention because of its alliance with United States and Isreal regarding the middle east crisis. The media coverage is extensive because the West have a stake in Egypt. United States contributes more than one billion dollars to the Egypt economy. They will publicize what's going on in Egypt. Do you think the world will care about Cameroon? What do they have to gain. Look at the impasses in Ivory Coast. What did they do? How many people died over there? Because they have nothing to gain, it is not their business. I agree that it is time for we Cameroonians to chase the dictator out of the town. However, thinking the super powers will help us, I do not agree. Long live Cameroon.

Paul Jojo

It has long been acclaimed that abundant food pacifies Cameroonians. This is not he case today. Famine is in the horizons. How can corn flour be more expensive than imported wheat flour? Check out the price of garri now! Hunger and disgruntlement can’t be separated. Bottom line the welfare index is low. I don’t know why help out.
Quoting Fela Ransom kuti, Democracy in our context otherwise call advance democracy in Cameroon is "Demonstration of Craziness" Changing from countless 5 years presidential term to 7 years then to 5 aptly fits Fela’s description. Doing some statistical analysis with the numerator as years of occupancy and denominator as welfare index the probability is very high that the road of redemption that is winding through Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, is destined for Etoudi.
.Pessimist cannot influence progressives. Refer to this "The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it" Hurray the long awaited change is eminent. We are electronically sound to provide real time information to the rest of the world.

limbekid

In other words, if we synthesize the hurdles of a successful popular uprising in Cameroon, they could be summarised thus:

- Lack of goal congruence: most of our actions are engineered by (ethnic) cognitive bias, with little impact on the national scene
- Cameroon military groomed to cater for its own corporate interests
- Lack of local media (internet) penetration
- The relative insignificance of Cameroon on the global scene

Now that we know what to do, get organised.

`Dango tumma

if biya goes, then what happened?

OUR PREOCCUPATIONS MUST BE TO BE ABLE TO RULE AND DEVELOP OUR OUR SOUTHERN CAMEROONS, NOT TOO MUCH CONCERN ABOUT CAMEROPUN. THEY THEMSELVES WHO BROUGHT ALL THESE SUFFERING SHOULD DEAL WITH IT

BIYAMUSTGO

Alerte… Cameroun: Paul Biya doit dégager

Ils se croyaient invincibles et se prenaient pour Dieu. Ils ont été défaits par leurs Peuples. Aucun dictateur n'a jamais vaincu le Peuple. Après Samuel Doé du Liberia, Mobutu au Zaïre, Moussa Traoré du Mali, Mamadou Tandja au Niger, Ben Ali en Tunisie, et actuellement Mubarak en Egypte.... Paul Biya du Cameroun, c'est ton tour de dégager.

Message important du CODE

Aux "Ben Skineurs" ou conducteurs de motos taxi, Taximen, Bayam Sellam, élèves et étudiants, syndicats, commerçants, sauveteurs, artistes, hommes d'affaires et opérateurs économiques, c'est à vous que le CODE (Collectif des Organisations Démocratiques et Patriotiques des Camerounais de la Diaspora) s'adresse:

Le Code vous appelle à vous mettre debout comme un seul Homme, pour soutenir tous les appels à l'insurrection populaire qui va se mettre en marche dans les prochains jours, et ceci jusqu'à ce que PAUL BIYA DEGAGE.

Nous sommes à vos côtés sur place au Cameroun pour l'assaut final. Préparez vous psychologiquement car, la lutte pourrait être longue et difficile.

Paul Biya a le choix de quitter le pouvoir tout de suite, ou de faire face au sort reservé à tous les dictateurs.

Nous appelons l'armée de s'abstenir de tirer sur le peuple et de désobéir si Paul Biya leur faisait la demande.



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anonymous

Paul Biya is a crazy dictator and must leave now. Im sure he's aware of what is coming his way. more greese to the elbows of all Cameroonians who are for change.Long live Cameroon

tours in egypt

I just hope that Cameroon will not have bloody conflicts in order for a transitional government to be set in.

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