Archive - 2019

December 19th

The collapse of intellectual space at Ahmadu Bello university 1989-2010

Dec
19
John Otim

There was on campus some undercurrent of competition between the British and the Americans. With the British trying to hold the fort and the Americans trying to storm it. Just as the Africans were at long last moving in to take possession of the fort. It was a moment to savor. Intellectually it was a robust period ...

 
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How Africa invented mobile money and created the digital society

Dec
19
Niki Bhan

What can we learn about the digital society emerging in Africa without the advantage of conventional infrastructure and institutions? Three seemingly unrelated events in different parts of the world from the early to mid-1990 converged, to culminate in the perfect storm: what we now call Africa’s Rising digital economy.

 
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Trump pushing the limits of power

Dec
19
Okot Nyormoi

 

In his book The Great Idea, Mortimer Adler (American), wrote that the American political system hinges on three key ideas: equality, liberty and justice. He argued that justice mediates between the sometimes-conflicting goals of liberty and equality. This tripartite configuration of the system is reflected in three independent and equal branches of government:

 
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The growing mess in Israeli politics

Dec
19
Jonathan Power

Many Israelis have talked about the end of Israeli democracy. Avraham Berg, the former speaker of the Knesset (Israeli parliament), has written that “democracy in the Jewish state is doomed”. President Richard Nixon predicted that Israel would not last.

 

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November 26th

Wizardry and Witchcraft in Nigeria Real or Not

Nov
26
John Otim

 

Having lived and worked in Nigeria for a long time. And now living and working in Uganda. I get asked this question a lot. Is juju for real in Nigeria? I usually brush it off and disdainfully too! Of all the questions you could ask about Nigeria, this is the one you must ask me? Get off!

 

 

 

 

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To be or not to be vaccinated

Nov
26
Okot Nyormoi

Vaccination has become a question of to be or not to be. Parents worry about it, not just because of the prick their babies must endure but because without vaccination certificates, their children may not attend school. Adults are also not free of vaccination requirements because vaccines such as yellow fever and cholera may be required for international travel.

 
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Vaccines are a two-edged sword

Nov
26
Nirupama Shankar

Sometime ago, I accompanied my sister to a pediatrician’s office, for the first of many vaccination appointments for her twin 8-week old girls. Fortunately for my sister, the nightmare ended after a few pokes of the needle and a few throaty bawls of protest. Sadly, not every parent’s ordeal ends the same way. Each day, parents around the world take their children on this routine with faith that this will protect their children against deadly and potentially life-threatening infections. But what if this very tool that is intended to protect becomes a lethal source of disability?

 
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Measuring humanity's undoubted progress

Nov
26
Jonathan Power

Despite popular belief, the world has become a more equal place since the global financial crisis that began eleven years ago. The growth of Brazil, India and China has led to the biggest decrease in inequality since the Industrial Revolution began in Britain

 
 
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