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“I learned implicitly that a woman’s word is not enough that we, the women harmed by rape, serve merely as witnesses. The rendering of our specific brutalities as in any other case in court, becomes “The Commonwealth vs. the Defendant.” Our names do not appear.” Charlotte Pierce-Baker (Surviving The Silence: Black Women’s Stories of Rape.) […]


It is not everyday you get a writer whose heritage spans three continents but that is what you have with Shailja Patel, a Kenyan-Indian-American. Her words are dark, deep and hypnotic on all levels of human sensibility and reasoning. Patel’s words are so potent, they transpose you intellectually, mentally and emotionally to a different place […]


It is my understanding the speech below, was given by Attahiru M. Jega, as he announced the postponement of the Nigerian elections, which should have started today to 4 April.  While I empathise with him and my fellow Nigerians, this is a cock-up of the highest order and could have been avoided. Nigeria, by all […]


We cannot deny Cornel West divides opinion across the board. Some love him, some loathe him and others just don’t want to know. In this edition of Riz Khan, West discusses issues to do with race, injustice, inequality and the current crisis in Libya.  What do you think about his stance on the Obama administration? […]


We have seen the likes of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, criticise The UN Resolution 1973 as regards to Libya and the implementation of the no-fly zone. Let’s call a spade a spade, these two arse-holes have no right to speak considering their record in office. Like Gaddafi, they […]


The world is spinning in a cyclone of uncertainty. From revolutions to natural disasters to continuous political upheaval. Let me start in Ivory Coast, where the political deadlock continues and there is no solution in sight! It is hard to take sides the more I learn about Laurent Gbagbo. I am not saying Alassane Ouattara, […]


Libya is on fire and the national state television was showing an opera of Muammar Gaddafi’s life. As unbelievable as that may sound, it is the reality on the ground.  If that was not bad enough, how about his son, who proved to be just like his father. It has been very interesting to watch […]


Muammar Gaddafi has resulted to drastic actions against his own people. Surely, this makes you question his leadership, which over the years, no one has dared to take on for fear of the consequences. But when a people get to the point where they are ready and willing to die for their freedom, you best […]


Muammar Gaddafi, has been in power longer than I have bee alive. I am often baffled by our ability as human beings to tolerate people like him among other African autocrats who have fallen like flies in recent weeks. Is it fear that keeps us bound and enslaved to them or is that we just […]


I have a lot of respect for Nawal el-Saadawi, though I don’t agree with everything she says. I once listened to her on the Strand, BBC World Service arts programme and I could not stop laughing. Her sense of humour is out of this world and her books have such great action on the pages […]


I have always found Helen Zille to be an interesting person not for the mere fact that she is a woman but because of all that she stands for and her history. It is so easy to look at South Africa’s racial history and assume she is just another white woman, what has she got […]


We have all been glued to our screens as we watch the protest in Egypt unravel. From the violence on wednesday, which cost some protesters their lives to the scramble to dish out blame on all sides and of course, President Mubarak gave an interview to ABC News, yesterday, saying he is sick of power […]


In my opinion, Al Jazeera has had a fantastic coverage of the turmoil in Egypt  but their objectivity is questionable and sometimes, the views of commentators and questions asked by the news presenters has been acidic. Their bias in stating America’s hypocrisy has been blatant and sometimes, I wondered if this historic event was about […]


Across the Arab world, from Tunisia to Egypt, the Y generation is speaking out and the world is watching in awe. At their disposal is the World;d Wide Web (WWW,) which their parents didn’t have and they are using it to its fullest advantage. I say more grace to their efforts! The decision to take […]


In my lifetime, I witnessed a president fleeing his own nation. The events in Tunisia goes to show how countries need to develop an inter-dependent relationship not a co-dependent one. If relationships are inter-dependent, we would not worry about what the west would do or the east at that? In addition, we have to practice […]


We all knew it was coming…


We have been glued to our screen as Tunisians say no more. What I have found very intriguing is the fact that the Y generation stood up for themselves and said no more and together, they made the unthinkable happen.  This goes to show that, all you ever need do is change your mind about […]


I have been engrossed and fascinated by events in South Sudan over the last two weeks. I am not sure if I am ready to pour my heart into a full lengthy worded post but I have enjoyed watching various documentaries and news programmes about the region and thought to share with you all. i […]