Tahrir Square democracy

Egypt was home to an ancient civilizations that flourished along the banks of river Nile with the remains of the great Pyramids offering a glimpse into its magnitude and highlighting how Pharaohs were larger than life figures in that society. It is indeed fascinating to rationalize the massive resources and man power spent constructing burial sites for a few godlike figures at the expense of the masses. Days of worshipping pharaohs are long gone and Egyptians are instead challenging the fabric of what we have come to know as western democracy. The distinction between the conduct of the government and the expectation of an empowered populace has been as stark as the sands of the Sahara desert meeting the fertile soils of the Nile river valley. Continue Reading

The war on women in Africa

Societies and cultures across the globe are highly variable, always dynamic and constantly changing. This evolutionary process is not only limited to the biological makeup of things but also ideas and way of life.  One of the most fascinating areas to explore are the two key demographics that have been the basis of civil rights battles—gender and race. Continue Reading

Why mob-justice is on a rise in Africa

The pinnacle of the values of a society is reflected in its justice system. A platform from which a society defines morality, revenge, punishment and forgiveness. Every society has guidelines in place to deal with perpetrators and these guidelines evolve with time. Historically, crime in many African societies was viewed as a private matter between the affected kinships. Continue Reading

The myth of political independence in Africa

The independence of Southern Sudan symbolizes the best of times as millions are freed from tyranny and the worst of times as we continue to drink from the cup of intolerance. The people of Southern Sudan were joyful, beating their drums, humming local tunes of patriotism and dancing in celebration of their independence. It was a historic moment as Africa’s largest country was split into two. Continue Reading

Political Realism trumped by the voices of the people in the Egyptian revolution

International relations have always been dominated by the theory of ‘political realism’. Those who believe otherwise are often disappointed because frankly it is everyone for themselves in a world that seems to grow apples on orange trees. If you try to wear a different lens from realism, you would either practically be a lost or confused soul in this world. Continue Reading