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A Remixed Book Review: Lessons learnt from: Hochschild A., King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa (New York: Mariner Books, 1999), pp. 376

Title: King Leopold's Ghost Author: Adam Hochschild Genre: History Publisher: Mariner Books Release Date: 1999 Pages: 366 Documents the plundering of Africa In mid January, on the 52nd anniversary of Lumumba’s assassination,  I was inspired  to learn more about one of the greatest African heroes- Patrice Lumumba hence my interest to learn more about DRC was rejuvenated.  I knew that to grasp the… Read more →

Book Review: Acemoglu D., & Robinson J., Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (NY: Crown Business, 2012), pp. 529

The ongoing riots and chaos in Cairo against President Morsi’s unwise move to grab more presidential powers underscores the explanatory power of Acemoglu and Robinson’s argument in their well researched and compelling book. In general, the book main argument is that nations fail or succeed due to economic and political institutions that they have in place. They categorize these institutions… Read more →

On Education

It’s late at night and I cannot sleep. It is not insomia but a jetlag. Never before have I suffered a jetlag like this time round despite my enormous travels to countries in all continents but one.

Book Review : Sanger D. E., Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (NY: Crown Publishers, 2012) pp. 476

As Americans are voting today, one of the things that is worthy asking is if the US as a global hegemony (if still is) is able to maintain the status quo and for how long.  What is intriguing, for me, is the reasoning behind this debate- whether the hegemony is on the decline or not. David Sanger, in his detailed… Read more →