Politics

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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Narendra Modi: will he be India’s Margaret Thatcher

May
23
Gurcharan Das

India has a new leader: Narendra Modi the stocky 63 year old chief minister of Gujarat and leader of the nationalist rightwing Bharatiya Janata party has won a historic landslide! The self-made son of a station tea vendor has decimated the left of centre secular Congress party led by Rahul Gandhi, a prince of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has ruled India for most of its 65 years of independence.

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Prospects good for oil rich Nigeria despite Boko Haram and a corrupt elite

May
23
Jonathan Power

Oil revenue provides 70 % of Nigeria's booming economy. Tax collection being notoriously poor, without oil Nigeria would be a country without much in the way of education, health services, infrastructures and urban renewal.

 

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Nigerians on the unity of their country and the state of their troubled Nation

Mar
23
John Otim

Before 1914 the south and the north of Nigeria were two distinct countries ruled however by the same colonial power, the British. Come 1914 Frederick Lugard the British official in charge engineered the union of the south with the north to form one Nigeria. The country we know and admire today and at times dread.  This year Nigeria clocked its first centenary as one country. To mark the historic occasion President Goodluck Jonathan laid out elaborate month long programs of celebrations.

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Is human rights evolving in China? Is democracy foreseeable?

Mar
23
Jonathan Power

Following the overthrow of the last emperor in 1913 throngs of Chinese headed for the polling booths. In the annals of the 2,500 years of Chinese civilization it is the only time the Chinese have voted in a national election.

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How to win the 2014 Indian general election

Feb
24
Jonathan Power

Drum beats are already sounding for the 2014 general election in the world's largest democracy, India, the country that shows China, how it is supposed to be done. There is a sense in the country that the ruling Congress Party and the influential Gandhi/Nehru core of it is on its way out after 10 years in a government that has hit the highs and the lows.

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