Issue 4

Issue 4 / 2009

Featuring:  John Mulaa, Ph.D., Mahmood Mamdani, Philip Emeagwali, Adjoa Acquaah-Harrison; and a full-length interview with Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith.

What is Poverty?

What is Poverty?

Rahel Kassahun, Ph.D.

Why are some countries rich while others are poor? What are the critical factors that determine how well we live our lives? For those of us who are interested in development issues and ways to alleviate poverty, it is important that we continually explore and work to develop a deeper understanding of these issues.

Would Stricter Conditionalities Help Reduce Poverty in Africa?

Would Stricter Conditionalities Help Reduce Poverty in Africa?

John Mulaa, Ph.D.

Hate or love Paul Collier, the Oxford University gadfly with provocative ideas about development in the poorest countries of the world, but you can count on him to come up with astonishing analysis every time he gets to it. That is precisely what he has done in his latest book War, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places.

Responsibility to Protect or Right to Punish? Humanitarian Intervention and Its Critics

Responsibility to Protect or Right to Punish? Humanitarian Intervention and Its Critics

Mahmood Mamdani

The following article is drawn from Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror, by Mahmood Mamdani, Pantheon Books, New York, 2009.

When World War II broke out, the international order could be divided into two unequal parts, one privileged, the other subjugated: on the one hand, a system of sovereign states in the Western Hemisphere and, on the other, a colonial system in most of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Postwar decolonization recognized former colonies as states, thereby embracing state sovereignty as a global principle of relations among states. The end of the Cold War has led to another basic shift, heralding an international humanitarian order that promises to hold state sovereignty accountable to an international human rights standard.

Africa Must Produce or Perish

Africa Must Produce or Perish

Philip Emeagwali

Imagine that it is May 25, 2063, the 100th anniversary of Africa Day, a day for reflecting on Africa’s successes and failures. The newspaper headline announces, “Last Remaining Oilfield in West Africa’s American Territory Dries Up.”

The article continues: “The last patch of rainforest will soon be empty land scarred by oil pipelines, pumping stations, and natural gas refineries. Wholesale pollution will be the environmental legacy for future generations.

Ideas, Not Money, Alleviate Poverty

Ideas, Not Money, Alleviate Poverty

Philip Emeagwali

I once believed that capital was another word for money, the accumulated wealth of a country or its people. Surely, I thought, wealth is determined by the money or property in one’s possession. Then I saw a Deutsche Bank advertisement in the Wall Street Journal that proclaimed: “Ideas are capital. The rest is just money.”

Sweet Milk of Human Kindness

Sweet Milk of Human Kindness

"Perhaps we're too embarrassed to change or too frightened of the consequences of showing that we actually care. But why not risk it anyway? BEGIN TODAY! Carry out an act of kindness, with no expectation of reward or punishment; safe in the knowledge that one day, someone, somewhere, might do the same for you." 

- Princess Diana

Physical Poverty vs. Spiritual Poverty: Lifting the Veil of Ignorance

Physical Poverty vs. Spiritual Poverty: Lifting the Veil of Ignorance

Rahel Kassahun

Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith has a great vision: a world joined together by humankind’s highest development spiritually, educationally, scientifically, governmentally, economically and socially. As the founder of Agape International Spiritual Center and University of Transformational Studies and Leadership, and co-founder of Association for Global New Thought and Season for Nonviolence, he has established powerful communities that are working to make his vision a reality and bring about the ‘Beloved Community’ about which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us.

Latest Comments

Ajayi Olutayo

Ajayi Olutayo

11. October, 2012 |

People like you are needed on this continent to take us to where we should be. Keep it up man!

Marcus Edibogi Akor

Marcus Edibogi Akor

11. October, 2012 |

Thanks for this powerful article. I am very glad I read it. Keep up your great work and remain Blessed Law!

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