Bernard Onyango

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The Giant Challenge of Higher Education in Africa

Over the past two decades African higher education has undergone profound changes. In the 1960s and 1970s, universities on the continent were few in …

The Wire and the World

Considered by many to be the best television drama series ever, <i>The Wire</i> ran from June 2, 2002, to March 9, 2008. Made and set in Baltimore, it …

6 ways think tanks can overcome angst about impact

The best think tanks around the world provide timely, independent research that informs policy decisions and improves lives. Yet many of these …

Quincy Jones on the Secret Michael Jackson and the Problem With Modern Pop

In both music and manner, Quincy Jones has always registered — from afar, anyway — as smooth, sophisticated, and impeccably well-connected. (That’s …

Forty Billionaires and Forty Million Beggars

In recent months, presidential politics have dominated the international coverage of Kenya — and for good reason. Political scions Uhuru Kenyatta and …

Evo for ever? Bolivia scraps term limits as critics blast 'coup' to keep Morales in power

Country’s highest court has overruled the constitution, meaning Morales can now run for a fourth term in 2019 – and for every election thereafter<p>Orinoca, a tiny, poor village in south-west Bolivia, is an unlikely home for the monolithic Museum of the Democratic and Cultural Revolution. But this is …

One of the few places where a communist can still dream

On a recent morning in southern India, one of the world’s last true-believing communists rose to speak in a place where communists can still whip up the masses and win elections.<p>Thomas Isaac, the finance minister for the state of Kerala, gazed out at a crowd of hundreds gathered to honor the …

How colonial violence came home: the ugly truth of the first world war

The Great War is often depicted as an unexpected catastrophe. But for millions who had been living under imperialist rule, terror and degradation were nothing new. By Pankaj Mishra<p>‘Today on the Western Front,” the German sociologist Max Weber wrote in September 1917, there “stands a dross of …

Remembrance Day

The Two Voices of Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston’s speech was as confounding as her song. In the early nineteen-eighties, the teen-ager from East Orange, New Jersey, spoke like a shy ingénue—one who had apparently come from a raceless society. Televised interviews still mattered back then. Houston insisted on giving weight to her …

Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the world elite's hidden wealth

Files from offshore law firm show financial dealings of the Queen, big multinationals and members of Donald Trump’s cabinet<p>The world’s biggest businesses, heads of state and global figures in politics, entertainment and sport who have sheltered their wealth in secretive tax havens are being …

Corruption

How South Sudan’s elite looted its foreign reserves

<i>We all know, intuitively, that there is a powerful link between war and money. When the bullets fly, someone dies; meanwhile, someone else is getting</i> …

One family has ruled Togo for 50 years. Huge protests are shaking its grip on power.

Barely a soul in Togo has known life under the rule of anyone but Faure Gnassingbé and his father, Gnassingbé Eyadéma.<p>The elder took control of the small West African nation in a 1967 coup. Ninety percent of Togo's population wasn't even born then.<p>In Togo, life expectancy is still shockingly low. …

His Biggest Hit Sold More Copies Than Any of the Beatles’. So Why Haven’t You Heard of Him?

<i>[Photos by Sami Kent]</i>Twenty years ago the man who recorded one of the most successful songs of all time was thrown off a motorbike by a car in …

The Secret Suffering of the Middle Manager

All of the downsides of being a subordinate, combined with all of the downsides of having to tell people to do things they don't want to do.<p>When researchers try to determine the types of workers who are most prone to depression, the focus is usually on the misery of those at the bottom of a …

Psychology

How Pakistan Warped into a Geopolitical Monster

“Twenty U.S.-designated terrorist organizations operate in the Afghanistan-Pakistan subregion; seven of the twenty organizations are in Pakistan. So …

Afghanistan

Why men rape

It’s not a profound mystery, or explained by deep psychosocial complexity. For rapists, rape is easy. And that must stop<i>By Sandra Newman</i>Read at Aeon

Martin McGuiness' Legacy

The March 23 death of Martin McGuinness, the former deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, has led to much angst as various commentators have …

Critics reveal the film they want to win best picture

BBC Culture asked critics from around the world to make the case for each of the nine films in contention to win the best picture prize at the 2017 Academy Awards.<p><b>Arrival</b><p>Discounting the fake movie that provided Argo with its title, no science fiction film has ever won the Oscar for best picture. …

This is what you really mean when you say ‘I’m busy’

You claim to be busy and feel it’s a badge of honour. But your boss and colleagues hear something much different.<p>You might say you're slammed, swamped, up to my eyes or — if you’re Australian — flat out like a lizard drinking. But chances are, when people ask you how you’re doing, your response is …

The surprising truth about why we sleep and how much we need

Despite fears of technology eating into our nap, we may be slumbering for longer than ever before and we may have misunderstood what sleep is for.<p>They say that an elephant never forgets. It is also often stated that one of the functions of sleep is to consolidate memories. If both of those things …

Earth - Our ancestors were drinking alcohol before they were human

Between 2005 and 2007, the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, saw several avian casualties. The victims were 90-odd cedar waxwings and the cause of their death was drunk flying. The tipsy birds had accidentally rammed into windows, walls, and fencing – and died of trauma.<p>Before they met their …

The Angolan Presidency: the Epicentre of Corruption

How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next | William Davies

The ability of statistics to accurately represent the world is declining. In its wake, a new age of big data controlled by private companies is taking over – and putting democracy in peril<p>In theory, statistics should help settle arguments. They ought to provide stable reference points that everyone …

Economic Data

A Clarifying Moment in American History

There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week—but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.<p>I am not surprised by President Donald Trump’s antics this week. Not by the big splashy pronouncements such as announcing a wall that he …

25 Best Movie Performances of 2016

Casey Affleck, ‘Manchester by the Sea’<p>We leave the wounded, wound-down handyman of Kenneth Lonergan's American tragedy in the same place we first …

Robert Downey Jr.

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative?<p>Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for …

Green Party

Why vitamin pills don't work, and may be bad for you

We dose up on antioxidants as if they are the elixir of life. At best, they are probably ineffective. At worse, they may just send you to an early grave.<p>For Linus Pauling, it all started to go wrong when he changed his breakfast routine. In 1964, at the age of 65, he started adding vitamin C to his …

Breast Cancer