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Dying in the Mediterranean

The recent tragedy of the migrant boat in the Mediterranean Sea is a grim reminder of the prevailing hopelessness in the countries of origin of these settlers. Reportedly, there were…

The only way is down: subterranean survival warning

Solutions to the biggest threats facing our planet lie underground, according to experts who insist climate change, overpopulation and food shortages can all be tackled by going subterranean. "We are…

Buying academic Ferraris

We have a planning problem. We are always in a (fool’s) rush to raise the next project, build the next megaproject, but once it is completed, the ribbon is cut,…

Time to fix errant democracies

THEY can chop journalists into pieces in Saudi Arabia and pour acid on the remains to wipe out all traces of the crime. Should that prompt our struggling democracies to…

The terrain of transformation

As a key concept of social theory, the civil society has remained a Western construct for the most part of our contemporary history of politics and development. My previous article…

Is errant leadership alone to blame?

Theories abound why the government is directionless. Little gets done, notwithstanding government’s stirring renewals of resolve. Gap between promise and performance is growing. A Government’s real currency is its credibility.…