The New & Necessary Fundamentalisms: Rough Notes on political action and negotiation for the good life, globally, in the 21st Century

The New & Necessary Fundamentalisms: Rough Notes on political action and negotiation for the good life, globally, in the 21st Century This note means to be brief, the central purpose of it is to articulate this, globally speaking in our understanding of the basis for our political life beyond economics we are at an impasse …

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Why Tiffany Jenkins is wrong – and museum loot should be returned

There seems to be a slow movement towards restitution of artefacts to the societies in the world culturally ravaged by colonialism – but it is slow in the face of great resistance. Tiffany Jenkin’s writing in London’s Evening Standard, argues that the global ambitions of European museums means they are the best, and indeed only … Continue reading Why Tiffany Jenkins is wrong – and museum loot should be returned

How the Obamas expanded the language of American presidency – with dance

We’re all familiar with the language of American presidential campaigns, the symbolic rituals every candidate must make – kissing babies, high fives with joe average, and sympathetic listening to his wife. Even more familiar are we with the stump speech, and the 100 megawatt smile that communicate, pick me, I’m the best one to lead. … Continue reading How the Obamas expanded the language of American presidency – with dance

Why Can’t They Apologize?

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, with ambitions to be the most economically powerful country in it’s region, and Africa as a whole; Nigerians on the whole are quite proud of the putative power of Nigeria – and won’t hesitate to defend it’s potential to overtake South Africa, project its regional power or dominate the … Continue reading Why Can’t They Apologize?

The Nazification of Nigeria – Or reflections on the meaning of bad and repressive laws

 On 7th January, the president of Nigeria’s fourth republic signed into law, a bill banning marriages between two people of the same sex; a law, in effect, banning a practice that did not in any legal sense already exist. More chilling, the law also banned the existence of any association of people presumed, or in … Continue reading The Nazification of Nigeria – Or reflections on the meaning of bad and repressive laws

Performing Leadership: Jonathan needs a new royal language

So Goodluck Jonathan gave a presidential media chat on Sunday– judging from the response on twitter, his performance was largely judged unsatisfactory, though some commentators were ready to defend the president’s performance. Nigeria’s president is one of the most powerful of executive leaeder’s on the African continent, being head not only of civil, but also … Continue reading Performing Leadership: Jonathan needs a new royal language