While President Obama personifies the “Audacity of hope,” anti-immigrant Americans individuals personify the audacity of hate. I am proudly part of a generation that grew up with no Internet, Wi-Fi or any of these instruments that make people believe they are living in the “Information Age” The question therefore with regards to this “information” is; what kind of information? Central to the lessons we received around the fire during our dinners included never using the […]
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The first decade of the second millennium presented unprecedented levels of hope for the African continent. This is a period when “Africans” steered various instruments for the advancement of a peaceful and prosperous Africa. During this period we saw an Africa-wide leadership who committed itself to accountability and thus created the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a system that enhanced and prescribed accountability. During the first ten years of the second millennium, African leaders boldly […]
With the passing of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, what impact does this have on the global community? On Thursday, Nelson Mandela, who spent three decades in prison for protesting against South Africa’s apartheid regime, passed away at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 and helped steer the nation on the path towards democracy. Mandela’s doctrine of nonviolence and peaceful coexistence earned him praise from the international […]
South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994 are hailed by the entire world as the Rubicon moment for the country. The elections represented a moment where South Africans – black and white – chose to endorse the negotiated route to democracy when most African countries chose the war path. The Constitution that emerged as a result of the negotiations is proclaimed as the best human rights centered constitution in the world. The Constitution supports co-existence, […]
This article is in response to Mia Wang’s China: Global Hegemony is a Delusion in Sharnoff’s Global Views. Antonio Gramsci, (1930) defines hegemony as the domination of one specific class over others in a diverse society. In the current world this would mean the domination of English for instance in certain countries over native languages. In such cases, English as a language has hegemony over other languages. This example is but one and hegemony may […]