The day Gandhi died. Memories of a 10-year-old Indian boy

Mar
22
Kersi Rustomji

That fateful day January 30 1948 on which Gandi was shot and killed, a 10-year-old boy was wondering alone unaccompanied in the huge and dangerous city of Bombay. He was soon caught in the drama that was to grip all India. On these pages Kersi Rustomji, now in Sydney Australia, relives the events of that momentous day.

 

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Genetically modified organism - Food and the Environment - The Controversy!

Mar
22
Okot Nyormoi

The debate about whether to accept genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food or the environment has raged on since early nineteen eighties. Now in the age of the internet, the arguments have become louder and more persistent. It seems certain the GMO question will not be answered soon to everybody’s satisfaction. For now, it is important to understand what the various arguments are

 
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The collapse of intellectual space at Ahmadu Bello university - the poetry

Mar
22
John Otim

Professor Ronald Benge had a great reputation on campus. When his personal life seemed to be drifting and he had eloped with somebody's wife, his academic reputation just grew. Years later when he died, a London newspaper paid him glowing tributes. As a young academic and a new man on campus

 
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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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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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