It took the gut wrenching images of little Aylan Kurdi lying face down at the edge of the water on a Turkish beach to draw the attention of the world to the plight of the refugee in Europe’s biggest migrant crises since the Second World War. This photo truly captures the state of humanity at this time. I weep and hang my head in shame.
Yesterday 14th of July (Le Quatorze juillet) marked the 226th anniversary of the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille. Each year on 14th July l marvel at the hypocrisy of France’s1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man in relation to it sins against Haiti. Which proclaimed: “All Men are born free and remain free and equal in rights.”
The Federal Government has concluded arrangements to conduct fresh recruitment for new personnel into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), almost a year after the previously botched exercise led to the loss of lives of 21 job seekers including a pregnant woman, with many others injured.
On a cluster of Islands deep in the Bay of Bengal there is a group of people who have hidden away from the modern world, for centuries they fought off anyone who tried to intrude. The Jarawa are a small society of hunter-gatherers who live on the isolated Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal. Their present population is estimated at between 250-350 people.
“I came I saw and I conquered” is often the motto of any conqueror. Conquest is not an easy undertaking, even if the history books make it unctuously look so. We are sold on the myth that Africa was colonised without firing a bullet. In reality, Africa was colonised through the usual approaches to conquest complete with bloody wars (e.g. against the Zulus), Massacres (e.g. the Bini Massacre), the exile of kings (Nana of Istekiri and Jaja of Opobo), the exile, deportation and imprisonment of kings thought to be divine decimating the confidence of their people and causing them to dread the conqueror (e.g. Oba Ovoranmwen), concentration camps and ethnic cleansing (e.g. in Namibia) and a lot more. Africans everywhere resisted colonisation and conquest in often gallant and admirable ways but guns and cannon versus spears and clubs provided no contests of strength but typical slow heinous slaughters for resisting…
The Second Monday of every October is Columbus Day in the United States. People are revisiting the meaning of Columbus Day, saying Christopher Columbus couldn’t have discovered America since it was already inhabited when he arrived. They want to either add or replace the holiday with Native Americans Day or Indigenous Peoples Day. Three US states, Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon, already have policies of non-observance. In 1990, South Dakota re-branded the holiday as “Native American Day”. (more…)
Father Trevor Huddleston was an author, one of the first recipients of the Isitwalandwe/Seaparankoe Award, Chair of the Trustees of the International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa, President of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and founding Patron of Action for Southern Africa. Father Trevor Huddleston was born on 15 June 1913 in Chaucer Road, Bedford, England to Ernest Huddleston and his wife. Soon after, the family moved to Golders Green, a suburb in North London. (more…)
In January 1961,former two term US President and commander of the supreme allied forces in WW2 David Dwight Eisenhower used his farewell address to warn the united States of what he viewed as one of its greatest threats: the military-industrial complex composed of military contractors and lobbyists perpetuating war. (more…)
Its supporters describe nuclear energy as a safe, clean and green form of energy. However, generating nuclear energy requires fuel that is acquired through the destructive and deadly activity of uranium mining. Uranium mining can have catastrophic effects on nearby communities and the environment for thousands of years to come. There are few places where these harmful effects are felt more distinctly than Niger Republic. (more…)