Africa and the prisoner’s dilemma
Socio-economic analysts have for many decades talked about “the race to the bottom”.
This is the theory that less developed countries will outdo each other in opening up their economies and environments to exploitation as they compete to attract the attentions of developed countries ...
Cats among the pigeons
I am an admirer of Chinweizu, the Nigerian writer, critic and political philosopher-of-sorts.
That does not mean I agree with everything he says, but rather that his courage in articulating so well that which he believes in is certainly worth admiring. Take for instance how he got his PhD. Chinw...
In the throes of a fragmented identity
In one of our college classes we were introduced to a chap called Sigmund Freud.
It was in a Sociology lecture and the good doctor steering us through that course wanted us to learn to apply psychoanalysis to media theory.
On face value, it was difficult to see the connection: all that most of...
Children of a lesser god
Half of the United States of America is in mourning; the other half is beating the drums of war.
We have seen this before, most gruesomely after the September 11, 2001 deaths in America: while others cry, others get the nation ready for war against an unknown enemy.
Up to now, al-Qaeda has not...