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Trump, the Islamic Alliance and Pakistan

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar Change is the only law of nature that is and will always be constant. Civilizations can never be made stagnant nor can they be imprisoned in a certain period or specific time. Ideologies and patterns of thinking in civilizations always change with the shift in balance of power.

Nigerian Senator’s Book Launch or an Orchestra of Corruption?

Olatunji Obasa   By Awesu Olaniyi Williams Barely 48 hours ago some of the holiest men in Nigerian politics gathered together to make a concoction to purge our beloved country of corruption.

Nigeria’s formal informal sector must change gear and reverse

By Prince Charles Dickson With the Joint Admission Matriculation Board examination season underway, I shook my head at the kind of future Nigeria has for her young ones, with an estimated 1.7 million high school students taking exams to get into college or university as we call it in these parts.

The untouchable Malik Riaz: a by-product of our system and attitudes

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar The Bahria Town rampage which claimed the lives of two people, wounded around 150 and left a dozen people paralyzed for life, finally came into the limelight after the Chief Justice of Pakistan took suo-moto notice of the incident.

A misconstrued status of health and the dicey affairs of political society

AP photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi ‘Skeptical’, ‘prune’ and ‘glossy’ are terms illustrating the theatrical displays among our political actor cum leaders whose misidentified responsibilities are altered at the expense of shady benefits and services while the enlightened masses are deceived.

Dawn Leaks Conclusion: Thanks But No Thanks

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar The Newsgate or Dawn Leaks scandal, after creating rifts between the civil and military establishment, in addition to spreading rumors, has at last reached its conclusion.

Iya Wusa Syndrome: Hippie Nigerian Generational Shift

Reuters photo   By Awesu Olaniyi Williams “I don’t know my father’s side of the family…I can’t recognize my cousins on the street.”

Hijacking Literature And Journalism: Pakistan’s Intellectual Dilemma

AFP photo   By Imad Zafar Literature is a form or branch of knowledge that helps in the development of the mind by creating awareness and ability to think freely, be it fictional literature in the form of novels or in the form of non fictional writing and journalism; it always plays a vital role […]

At Half Time; Its Monkey Business Ahead 2019

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   Laifi’n babba, rowa, laiii’n yaro, kiwuya. (The boy complains that his master is stingy, the master that his boy is lazy).

Electronic Media gets a taste of its own medicine

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar Media has always been an effective tool for manipulating minds. In the early 19th century newspapers were used to manufacture public opinion. With the rise of electronic media, both television, internet and social media, it became easier to propagate agendas and ideologies and to conquer minds. The one who […]

Dawn Leaks: A tweet that shows a “State within a State”

AFP photo   By Imad Zafar Who is at the helm of affairs in Pakistan? Every single sane person knows it. It is a fact that the civilian governments in Pakistan are always dependent on the defence establishment’s mandate rather than depending on the mandate of the masses.

There is still no Nigeria

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson The North-South Dichotomy is not a subject within the shores of this nation that one talks about without understanding, it evokes a lot of passion from the heated debates and arguments which it generates, everyone holding dear to their views, values, idiosyncrasies and what not. A lot has […]

Pakistan’s new season of ‘Game Of Thrones’

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar To understand the dynamics of Pakistani politics, one needs to watch the popular drama series ‘Game of Thrones’. Based on George R R Martin’s series of novels ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ this drama serial focuses on the moves and conspiracies to win power games. I am sure […]

The Alchemy of Modern Economics: The Fundless Society

By Vickie Zisman I must admit that the subject of this post has simmered a long time, the trigger being a recent discussion in one of the LinkedIn groups: a laid-off 55-year old professional struggling to get back into organised employment.

Poetry

Reuters photo   By Alejandro Escudé

What exactly is India’s GRIN initiative?

PTI photo   By Bikash Mohapatra   The Ministry of Human Resource Development’s Global Research Interactive Network (GRIN) attempts to address India’s “brain drain” issue, and convert it into “brain gain,” while simultaneously focusing on improving the quality of education in India and developing an innovation culture.

Being grateful – the monotonous refrain that needs to stop

Reuters photo   By Rupen Savoulian A few months back, I wrote of a constant refrain in my life – being told to go back to where I come from. I elaborated the reasons why this particular slogan keeps recurring, why it is totally unnecessary, counterproductive and irritating, and why it should stop. This phrase […]

Nigerian children, Nigeria’s future

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   “It is 9 o’clock, do you know where your children are?” – Frank Olize, popular retired NTA anchorman.  

Killing the future in the name of God

AP photo   By Imad Zafar Mishal Khan was a 23 year old student of Mass Communication at the Abul Wali Khan university, situated in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He was an intelligent, witty and peace loving young man, and a critic of hypocrital values, traditions and the political system.

Happiness is cheap

Yue Minjun   By Vickie Zisman I have noticed of late a flood of articles on happiness. In both media and social platforms, be it scientific psychological pieces or just rank-‘n-file musings on LinkedIn, FB and such, everybody seems to be frantic on decryption of the happiness formula, and various gurus – self-professed or adulated […]

Nigerian Democracy

Reuters photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi   A military infused organised democracy or liberal system of government?  

The Power of Propaganda

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar Someone once asked an ex French President why he did not marry. He answered, “I was looking for my ideal woman all my life.” The person asked “So you did not find your ideal?,” to which the President replied “No, I actually found my ideal woman but her ideal […]

Cheap Justice

Reuters photo   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan Once upon a time, a parrot and sparrow went to a forest. The forest had no sign of existing life. The parrot commented that only an imprudent will agree to live here because it is such a deserted place…

Give us justice, not lectures on morals and beliefs

AFP photo   By Imad Zafar Humans in the stone age traditionally had armed gangs to solve disputes. Whoever had a big gang and arms was ultimately the winner in the end.

World parliamentarians in drive to end extreme inequalities

IPU   By Sheuli Akter Expressing grave concern with the extreme political, social and economic inequalities prevalent in the world, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has called for immediate action to reverse this trend and leave no one behind.

We need a new name

Reuters photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi   “We are completely disenchanted with the old adult, established politicians, we want to see some new faces –more militant faces”                                                                                                 Malcolm X

Can, Will or Has Mr. Buhari Delivered?

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson A little over two years ago, Nigerians went to the polls…it was a tension filled and anxiety soaked moment for the nation. A year in which the “seers” had even seen the foreclosure of the state.

Kenyans dont eat tar or gobble megawatts

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi In the early seventies, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Njoroge Mungai, was asked by his Dagoretti South constituents what he had done for them to deserve re-election as their Member of Parliament.

The Origin of Religion

Reuters photo   By Siddhartha Rastogi

Nigerians do not want change…Ironically

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   “I am not upset, I am not upset!” Yet a grown man swears angrily six times because of last night’s pounded yam.” Local axiom.