End of Empire for Western Universities?

Nov
09
Sean Coughlan

By the end of this decade, four out of every 10 young graduates are going to come from just two countries: China and India. Projections from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show far reaching shifts in the balance of graduate numbers, with the rising economies of Asia accelerating ahead of the United States and Western Europe.

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Assessing Africa, Perspectives on Soyinka’s new Volume of Reflections

Nov
09
Adam Hochschild

Soyinka’s commitment to freedom has been absolute. He staunchly opposed Soviet repression in Eastern Europe. His 1986 Nobel Prize lecture, chided President Reagan for sending troops to Nicaragua. He has nothing but scorn for the claim that African and Asian countries should be judged differently on human rights issues because their cultures are different.

 

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Maya Angelou’s Moving Eve of Election Message

Nov
09
Maya Angelou

Pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich I am not writing to you as a black voter, or a woman voter, or as a voter who is over 70 years old and six feet tall. I am writing to you as a representative of this great country -- as an American.

 

 

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Why Obama Was Struck Dumb in that First Debate

Nov
09
John Otim

In just a few days it will all be over, and we will know the winner. But following the first of the Presidential debates it was clear that Mitt Romney, who had been almost laughed off the Presidential race by pollsters and ordinary Americans alike, had pulled off a remarkable comeback. Today many agree that this election is going to be one of the tightest in American history. How did this happen? How did Obama loose his considerable early lead?

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African Paradise Deferred

Sep
25
John Otim

This lovely country which is your home was once aptly described as a fairy tale by one of the greatest men of the twentieth century. "In Uganda  there is discipline, there is industry, there is peace.  From end to end, it is one beautiful garden." Words of Winston Churchill written more than 100 years ago. But it was the young Duke of Kent, reminding Ugandans fifty years ago,  just how lucky they are. Today as they face present realities Ugandans might be forgiven if their thoughts run back to bygone days.

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Others Laugh as Uganda Celebrates 50 Years of Independence

Sep
25
Okello Oculi

Uganda sits on the upper lips of a vast pool of water around which prowl two immense pythons. The first is the River Nile which drinks water from the vast pool and runs with it to pour into another vast pool they call the Mediterranean at the far northern tips of the continent. The second python is a rail line that drinks deep from the land itself and runs to empty its gorge by the Indian Ocean for onward transmission overseas. The first python was followed by adventurers who arrived at the big pool in the north and settled down to build Ancient Egypt

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Prince Edward the Duke of Kent Speaks at Uganda Independence 1962

Sep
25
Prince Edward

It was with the greatest pleasure and pride that I received the command of The Queen to be Her Majesty’s special representative at the Independence Celebrations of Uganda and my wife and I deeply appreciate the welcome which Uganda has given us since our arrival here on Sunday.

 

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King Mutesa of Buganda in the Drama of Decolonization in Uganda

Sep
25
John Otim

The First World War did away with some of the most powerful and colorful monarchies and empires the World had known. The Ottoman Empire, the Austro Hungarian Empire, the Russian Empire,  the German Monarchy all were overnight swept away by the tide of history. In Africa despite the tide and despite European colonial aggression or maybe because of it, kings and monarchies remained in vogue and even flourished.

 

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