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African Philosophy

African philosophy is a critical topic for discussion, especially since indigenous knowledge and intellectual thought in Africa remain undervalued. Pascah Mungwini claims that the theory of Africa’s colonial history comprises nomenclature that has contributed towards the misrepresentation or degrading of indigenous knowledge within institutions to retain colonial authority and control (Mungwini 1). Unsurprisingly, mistrust of indigenous …

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Small dick energy

At a recent “Black Lives Matter”  protest in Bratislava, I saw some young women holding signs that read: “racism is small dick energy”. This isn’t a uniquely Slovak phenomenon, just a slogan that has been used at similar protests around the globe. How is it possible that a group of people seeking justice, equality, sensitivity …

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Choose your Dystopia (from these approved options)

Mark Zuckerberg’s media empire is dangerous. Under a new and innocuous name – Meta – the company will pursue its ambitions to create and control a new series of lucrative digital interfaces. The Metaverse, as it shall be known, is a step towards a digital dystopia, the kind science fiction writers have conjured up for …

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Masculinity tropes: The Unaddressed Battle between African Men and their Mental Health

Certain masculinity tropes are implanted and imprinted into the minds of African males from a very young age in many African cultures. These masculine stereotypes about what it means to be a man are rapidly internalized by the male gender, reflecting the influence of society. As mental health becomes more freely discussed in many areas of …

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Australian Submarines Face China

In a move firmly in the category of better (ten years) late than never, Australia’s government has cancelled its French-led diesel submarine program in favour of a British-American nuclear design. Given the program’s high risks and rising costs, the Australian government did the right thing, although the French are determined to disagree. Rather than admitting …

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The Influence of the Moroccan Monarchy, the PJD and the RNI: Islamists defeated by liberal parties in Morocco’s 2021 elections

Morocco’s preliminary 2021 election results show that the Islamist PJD party have lost popularity while the liberal National Rally of Independents (RNI) party gained momentum. Morocco is a constitutional monarchy, with the king wielding enormous power. The country’s monarchy has a long history of co-opting and confining opposition groups, granting them considerable authority while the …

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Climate — a gamechanger in Norwegian elections

The Center Party (Senterpartiet) was the big winner in the recent Norwegian elections. Although the Labour Party won fewer seats than previously, they are seen as winners too, as they now by far are Norway’s biggest party.  The Conservative Party (Høyre) lost many seats. The left will now form a government, under the leadership of …

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Do Elites Learn?  The Evidence is Worrying

“They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing!” was Talleyrand’s alleged description of French elites as they returned home in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars and the Revolution. Unable to conceive that their own actions might have cast France into chaos, these elites oscillated between pretending the Revolution never happened and taking revenge on participants. …

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Will the West’s newfound solidarity with the Afghan refugees last?

While a humanitarian crisis was unfolding on the tarmac of Kabul International Airport, through a televised address by the French president Emmanuel Macron, Afghan refugees caught a glimpse of what to expect in life on the run. Now accused of pandering to the far-right, Macron argued that his country must “anticipate and protect itself from …

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Elections — Norwegian style

Norway is the world’s most democratic country according to ‘The Economist’ magazine’s ‘democracy index’ of 2019.  With 9.87 points out of a possible 10, Norway tops the 167 countries included in the index. Iceland is just behind, Sweden follows in third place as the most democratic EU country, followed by New Zealand. Denmark, Canada, Ireland, …

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