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I will miss George Bush: they are going to miss him, George Bush. The people of America will. And you know what? This may come somewhat as a surprise to you, but I will miss him, too. Nov 1, 2008 1671
We live the revolution!; They say we are the "poorest" continent, and yet they will not leave us alone . They are all over us, trying to take, take, take! Who steals from the "poor"? Do rich people covet a poor man's goods? Do they sit and plot how to rob from those who do not have? Aug 1, 2008 1733
I'm Jamaican; you're 'African': why do some Jamaicans not consider themselves African? Why is it that, for them, "Africa" and "African" are pejorative terms, terms of abuse? Jun 1, 2008 1725
It is a pity! It is a pity that the people who voted against President Mugabe have no ability to remember the servitude they existed in prior to the last eight years. May 1, 2008 1713
Football without spectators? In another 10 years time, the African Nations Cup tournament will be unrecognisable! Europe watch out. Those of you who have not seen it developing--regret it now, because in 10 years time your support for African football will be like supporting Manchester United after their treble. Apr 1, 2008 1630
God save Jamaica, and "Iraq". Column Mar 1, 2008 1650
How do most people encounter change? Feb 1, 2008 1739
What rich black folks do, poor black folks copy: did you know that "fat" black people are paying between $20,000 and $30,000 to cut out parts of their bodies in order to stay "healthy"? That made my stomach churn and my blood boil. Jan 1, 2008 1511
The living dead. Dec 1, 2007 1809
They're hunting monks in Burma--so what? Nov 1, 2007 1626
What is inflation? Take Zimbabwe. If you have no market to buck, because you have been deprived of your markets and your credit lines by foul Western economic sanctions, then you can do what the hell you like. If you cannot operate orthodox economic theories, then you have to operate unorthodox economic theories. And while you are doing it, sue the IMF. Oct 1, 2007 1533
The chimera of equality; Inequality bestrides the West. Rich and poor: never the twain shall meet. If Western countries have not combated their huge disparities between rich and poor in income, housing, education, jobs--how on earth do they think they can "make poverty history", or remove other inequalities, in Africa? Aug 1, 2007 1535
Who are Africa's true friends? We all know what it is like to wait for a "cheque in the post". Let's imagine that you are the leader of an African independent nation who has just returned home from the G8 summit. What's it like waiting for the money to come in? Money that somebody else is "giving" you? ... Why do we have a shaky grasp of history? Jul 1, 2007 1580
Love and hate, which? What you think and what you do. What you say and what you do. What you feel and how you behave and react. It is my profound belief that Africans are simply unable to sustain anything other than short-term conflict between these mind-body actions. Viewpoint essay Jun 1, 2007 1488
Which is most powerful, the body or the brain? Young black men are 18 times more likely to be under psychiatric care in mental institutions than white people in the UK. How did this happen? May 1, 2007 1556
I think like an African: protecting the African brain is a task that we have to set our minds to from now on. It is a vital necessity. It has to be done irrespective of the hours, years, or pain expended. The African brain has to be defended at all costs. Column Apr 1, 2007 1568
And James Brown marched! Mar 1, 2007 1590
Let rich Africans enrich Africa; I was perplexed by a question I kept asking myself: what happens to an African's soul, be they rich African or poor African, after they come into contact with people from Europe? Nov 1, 2006 1555
What does my God look like? What does my God look like? Are you mad to ask me such a silly question? Did I say I see Him? No, I said we speak. I have never met my God but he has told me that I am made in his image. And that makes common sense to me. Aug 1, 2006 1481
Computers and the Algerians of London. May 1, 2006 1635
It is religious hatred. Editorial Mar 1, 2006 1639
February is Black History Month USA: "whites' accounts of the origins of sharecropping never mention the never-realised idea of giving the ex-slaves 40 acres and a mule for each family." Now it's the south of USA that is attracting young black professionals and college students. Feb 1, 2006 1547
I work, I make, you buy. Jan 1, 2006 1595
What could we have done in Africa for Africa? What are Africans doing in Europe? Can someone tell me, please? I was brought here as a four-year-old child. If you are reading this and you are an African in Europe, I ask you this: Why are you here? Why did you come? Why did you stay? What are you doing? Dec 1, 2005 1463
Think, think, think: how long does it take you to work something out? All day? One hour? 10 minutes? How long does it take something to sink in and make sense (or nonsense) in your mind? Half-an-hour from when you saw, heard, watched, it? 15 minutes? Here's an experiment for you. Nov 1, 2005 1476
We were neither fish nor fowl: "our pattern of education has been aligned hitherto to the demands of British examination councils. Above all, it was formulated and administered by an alien administration desirous of extending its dominant ideas and thought processes to us. We were denied the knowledge of our African past and informed that we had no present. What future could there be for us?" Discuss. Oct 1, 2005 1521
When the bombers came: we were as free as a downpour of rain. Now none of us is. How can you not change when you've been through the past? But what do I know--I'm a black Londoner. Maybe. Aug 1, 2005 1660
Culinary delights from the economic high tables: did you know that Equatorial Guinea's GDP was nearly 25% in 2002--so impressive that desperate measures are plotted? Africa must be the only continent where you are punished for being successful. Jul 1, 2005 1540
Wanted: spies for CIA; "Mr Director, when you joined the CIA in 1962, it recruited actively and effectively on college campuses ... If you're able to reconnect with the country's top universities and their students, the rewards will be great down the line.". Jun 1, 2005 1633
Spreading truths that are not in the gospels: were Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene an item? Read Dan Brown's book, The Da Vinci Code. It is, writes Brown, historical fact. On the record. Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute. May 1, 2005 1607
The lost barrister: who will judge Anthony? How did we get you? Was it our fault? What did we do? Who are you? You used to be a straight guy in the social justice, human compassion, soft left, wanting to build a good society days. But how straight is the gate through which you want to force us now? House arrest. Who would have thought it? Under you of all people? Apr 1, 2005 1648
Martin's story: having spent three years without trial in American detention at Guantanamo Bay, Martin Mubanga, who holds dual Zambian-British nationality, wants to sue Britain for abandoning him. Mar 1, 2005 1663
Black sheep of the family: February, black history month. "Write your own history," Theresa said out loud to herself. Black people should write more memoirs, she thought. Our memoirs. Even if we might be forced to fictionalise the truth to make it palatable to others. Feb 1, 2005 1776
I want my file: Britain's long-awaited Freedom of Information Act is finally coming into effect. On paper, it is supposed to affect over 100,000 public authorities and open the doors of government secrecy. But don't kid yourself that you will ever get access to your files held by the intelligence agencies. They are exempt. And you know why. Jan 1, 2005 1604
I thought they said we lived in a democracy! For my dissenting views and writing, I am being subjected to a planned campaign of deliberate intimidation and "psychological warfare" with the sole aim of attempting to silence and terrorise. It is still happening. And now I am angry and I have had enough of it. I, dear readers, am being spied on, hounded and harassed. Aug 1, 2004 1460
Oh the joys of work? Work? Why work? Why do we work? What and whom is work for? Why work if you've got to deal with people you'd rather not be with in the office? Here are some unhelpful insights. Jul 1, 2004 1545
Blair versus Mbeki? NEPAD, the African Union initiative, is President Thabo Mbeki's three-year-old baby, and the Blair Commission for Africa is nothing but a gauntlet thrown at its struggling, young feet. Discuss. Jun 1, 2004 1638
Happy anniversary, South Africa; What will the next 10 years bring for South Africa? Already I sense a creeping desire--not yet a process, but one can feel the urge--a need in some corners to separate South Africa from "the rest of Africa". But here is a reminder: South Africa is African. Apr 1, 2004 1534
Oh, the poor spies! "We got it wrong." Who did? British secret service officials start leaking to the press when politicians start insinuating. American ones say: "You looking at me? You looking at me?" Get out of here. Mar 1, 2004 1553
History's most sordid cover-up. Feb 1, 2004 1600
Zimbabwe is out. Isn't it brilliant? Jan 1, 2004 1559
We have to take action: if the West is not going to allow us to "trade" fairly and equally, if they refuse to allow the competition that will enable us to develop our economies and our lives, then we need to stop buying Western goods. Dec 1, 2003 1580
Why Cancun has upset the West? Cancun put me in this mood. Look at those blacks! They can get by with nothing, on nothing. They always have done. Still do. The West even has the gall to think we are happy to be poor. They believe we are happy to go without. Nov 1, 2003 1440
What is Africa's economic role in the world? What are Africa's unique selling points? Agriculture? Minerals? A place where stuff comes out of the earth aplenty? What does the global economy think Africa exists for? The ministers who met in Cancun, Mexico, (10-14 September), were not supposed to mull over such things. Oct 1, 2003 1480
The problem of the 21st century ... One hundred years ago, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote: "The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the colour-line ..." There is no better tribute one can pay to the sheer brilliance of Du Bois' mind than read his beautifully written collection of essays in this their 100th anniversary year. Aug 1, 2003 1555
Too bright, too black, not wanted. (Not in Black or White). Jul 1, 2003 1571
The reality in South Africa. (Not in Black or White). Jun 1, 2003 1548
How to kill independence. (Not in Black or White). May 1, 2003 1545
An unreasonable veto? Pray, what is "an unreasonable veto" in the UN security council, Mr Blair? It is a veto that HE would ignore if it is not applied according to how HE would wish it to be. And he's supposed to be a lawyer! (Not in Black of White). Apr 1, 2003 1526
The great betrayal. (Not in Black or White). Mar 1, 2003 1559
What is an African body worth today? (Not in Black or White). Feb 1, 2003 1586
Angola: A country in deepest transition: "The problem is you make these questions as if we are a European country. As if we had a 'middle ages'. Our problems are African and they take time to recover... Please give us some time". (Not in Black or White). Jan 1, 2003 1499
The enemy within. (Not in Black or White). Dec 1, 2002 1490
So, we are living in the era of freedom's triumph? What does America's new national security strategy, this paean to "freedom's triumph", mean for Africans? What is the African continent's place in "the Bush Doctrine"? Nov 1, 2002 1525
Hypocrisy is too kind a word: if globalisation is such a great thing, why do so many people in developing countries not realise that they are happy and benefiting from it? (Not in Black or White). Oct 1, 2002 1535
So, Angola joins the list? (Not in Black or White). Sep 1, 2002 1786
Black skin, white masks. (Insight). Jul 1, 2002 1334
The end of the empire days. (Not in Black or White). Jun 1, 2002 1281
NEPAD or KNEE-PAD? (Not in Black or White). May 1, 2002 1357
Who is, or has, the problem? If you have to teach someone that their existence is a bad, terrible thing, then who is, or has, the problem? (Not in Black or White). Apr 1, 2002 1385
'What shall we do about Africa?' Real, lasting, positive and sustained development in Africa can only be created by Africans, of all classes, themselves. No one else has the motivation or the interest. (Viewpoint). Mar 1, 2002 1366
Those Africans, they won't mind. (Not in black or white). Feb 1, 2002 1343
Saving the burkha woman? (Not in black or white). Jan 1, 2002 1388
Forgive and forget? But we are Westerners! (Not in black or white). Brief Article Dec 1, 2001 946
A dis a war: Only Bob Marley comforts me... There are six billion of us. And all of us were created in his image... The question is, why did God give us Osama bin Laden? What is God's message to us?. (Viewpoint). Nov 1, 2001 1614
Why did you sell me?: My Jamaican friend no longer talks to his Ghanaian friend. He no longer talks to his Nigerian friend. And now, very likely, he'll no longer talk to me. We sold him. (Viewpoint). Oct 1, 2001 1482
What price the Caine Prize?: Is so much glitz and publicity for an individual short story akin to condescending acceptance that this is all that today's African is capable of? An unwitting condescension? (Arts). Brief Article Sep 1, 2001 1008
Africa -- the world's comfort zone. (Western Media/Africa). Jul 1, 2001 1392

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