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Caliphate

String your rifles and turn them to guitars, O seething lords of the caliphate, And with the darling doves let your missiles fly in echelon, leaving dark owls behind. The lord's children yearn more for music And pretty sights in the sky! But look what you serve them:...

Nelson Mandela: Many stumbles, no mumbles

Each time I raise my gaze to the night sky, A million stars stare back, shedding happy tears of light. And I cannot but stare back in delight, Wondering which one of them holds your great soul. Tell me, Old Nelson, do they--these stars--still shine upon you? Heaven...

GAZA: The coming victory

Israel, hear me Israel! The bitter wails of Gaza’s mums have reached grieving Heaven, And the stormy winds bear her rulings to you, Rulings that you act like you know not. You may pick where your cruel bombs fall, But little is the power you have over where their...

The India vs China Development Conundrum

Many overweight volumes have been written to explain and sometimes lament the theoretically implausible ascendency of China in her rivalry with neighbour India for the accolade of pre-eminent economic power of Asia. According to favoured theory, given the near-parity...

Poverty debate: Bill Gates vs Christ

American philanthropist Bill Gates recently made a bold prediction that there will be no poor countries worldwide by 2035. And he gave good reasons for that. But Christ, speaking long before him, had with equal boldness warned his disciples: “The poor you will always...

Gay debate: A time for scientific correctness

The anti-homosexuality Christmas message promised by the Speaker of Uganda’s parliament to an expectant public in 2012 was one year late in coming but finally came in December 2013. In short it said: This is Uganda, not U-gay-nda. In its detailed construction, the...

South Sudan: A looming cot death?

The turmoil simmering in South Sudan that has the country teetering on the brink of civil war barely two years after independence comes on the heels of the death of Nelson Mandela, fourteen years after the death of Julius Nyerere, and two hundred fourteen years after...

Nelson Mandela: A triumph over thorn and scorn

I stared deep into the night sky yesterday. A million stars stared back quietly, shedding tears of light. Which of them holds your great soul, Old Nelson? In Christian lore, the lone deity of the universe created the world in six days. On the seventh day, his labours...

How to lose friends while winning admirers

A walk among men and a walk among rocks teach us the same thing: that a lack of motion is a powerful magnet for litter. Moss, insect remains, animal droppings, and foul spittle all accrue to the piece of rock that day after day will not move. But the moment it is set...

Kenyatta and the ICC: Which way out?

It has been a difficult two months for Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and his colleague Vice President William Ruto. In October 2013, a motion in a summit of the African Union (AU) calling for the withdrawal of African countries en masse from the International...