Politics

Korean peninsula and the frozen conflict

Feb
19
Jonathan Power


If there were a frozen conflict anywhere in the world today the place to look is not Eastern Europe but Korea. Following years of a pitiless war that ended in 1953, there was an armistice. A line was drawn across the Korean peninsula and its two halves went their separate ways

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Go Nigeria Go

Feb
19
John Otim

Africa's most populous nation is experiencing, many believe, its most dangerous moments since the end of its bitter civil war 45 years ago. Corruption is ripe in the giant of Africa. Social services and infrastructures are down. A crippling insurgency is tearing the land apart

 

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Memories from the lost Garden of Africa

Jan
15
John Otim

Like a rose garden full of bees the city of learning buzzed with the joyful sounds of celebrant youths. Everything about the place commanded the sense of the wonderful. I did not believe such a day would come. Nor that if it came, it would end!

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How Britain made India poor

Jan
15
Shashi Tharoor

 

At the beginning of the 18th century India's share of the world economy was 23%, as large as that of all of Europe put together. By the time we won independence, it had dropped to less than 4%. The reason was simple: India was governed for the benefit of Britain

 

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Africa & the Diaspora (Fragments)

Jan
15
Nile Journal

How would you like to be ruled by unscrupulous people who incite violence and abuse people because they stand in their way to power and corruption? - Nigeria Woman on the prospects of her country’s impending election

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Why Russia is on the warpath

Nov
13
Jonathan Power

Will the West listen to Gorbachev now? Will it listen to his warning that the expansion of Nato makes Russia feel threatened? Will it understand that there is a good reason why he and a majority of Russians support Putin’s foreign policy? Will it share his fear that the world is on the brink of a new Cold War?

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Ali Mazrui, the controversial titan of academia

Oct
18
John Otim

Kenyan born Ali Mazrui of the University of Binghamton in the United States of America who has died at the age of 81 was one of those academics every campus could do with. At every campus in which he taught Mazrui was the glue that held together at the level of intellect and intellectual life the diverse and divergent community typical of academia.

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Nigeria: complexity of identity and the national problem

Oct
17
John Otim

In the wake of Boko Harum and its campaign of violence it‘s common to hear many Nigerians speak of their country as going to the dogs. It is true that Boko Harum has inflicted an enormous damage on the national psychic, perhaps equal in scale to those inflicted by the civil war more than forty years ago.

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