Shedding off unproductive old habits in the New Year

It has been observed that ‘an optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.’ There are...

[Editorial] Toward a modern city: Homes should be homes

You don’t need to have studied the Kigali City Master Plan to figure out the City of Kigali and the government’s vision of what the capital and its outskirts are...

Democracy's broken promises

SANTIAGO – Liberal democracy is under siege. Populists of the right and left are not only lashing out at globalization or stagnating middle-class incomes; they are calling into question the...

A call for Made-in-Rwanda suppliers to understand what matters to buyers

If you are a keen follower of business affairs in Rwanda, then you know very well that the campaign to encourage Rwandans to buy Made-in-Rwanda products is at full throttle.

EDITORIAL: Vision 2020 is on course

It is inconceivable to imagine that just 13 years ago, Rwanda’s GDP per capita was $221. At the height of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, it was a paltry...

Can the EU survive populism?

BRUSSELS – Another year, another threat to the European Union’s survival. The good news is that the greatest disruption of 2016, Britain’s vote to exit the EU, appears manageable. The...

Comrade Trump and the Truth

OXFORD – When US President-elect Donald Trump takes office later this month, Americans will be more divided than they have been in years. Never before has an American presidential inauguration...

Why the obsession with deaths of celebrities than of the average Joe?

Magazine and newspaper headlines have been bemoaning celebrity deaths of 2016. Whether the rate of death for celebrities was actually higher than usual is still up for debate. Truth is,...

EDITORIAL: It would be in the country’s interests if RSB revisited its pre-shipment policy

The Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) recently suspended pre-shipment inspection for all goods destined for Rwanda. The standards watchdog launched the Imports Products Conformity Assessment to Standards (IPCA) scheme where imports...

The five lessons of populist rule

WARSAW – Jarosław Kaczynski, Poland’s de facto leader, has become, next to Donald Trump, an avatar of the populist threat to the Western democratic model. As we await Trump’s inauguration...

What will post-truth year look like for Rwanda?

The New Year is finally here. It was welcomed with joy and excitement, and messages of goodwill, at least here in Rwanda. But soon it will be just like all...

"America first" and global conflict next

NEW YORK – Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States does not just represent a mounting populist backlash against globalization. It may also portend the end of Pax...

The American public against trump

PRINCETON – The United States, supposedly the world’s beacon of democracy, is practicing a strange form of it nowadays. One presidential candidate won nearly three million more votes than her...

EDITORIAL: Varsities should take advantage of new law to boost quality

Public universities are set to enjoy more autonomy after a new law governing higher education was passed in December, last year, to ensure that institutions of higher learning depend less...

International media and human rights organisations stole the Gambian election

President Yahya Jammeh, in his New Year’s message to the Gambian people, persisted in his rejection of last month’s election outcome, which he says was tampered with. On this basis,...

The pillars of Made-in-Rwanda

Sometime back when I was in The Netherlands, I once searched high and low to get an English newspaper and asked some Dutch people why it’s difficult to chance upon...

EDITORIAL: Let’s dedicate 2017 to hard work and resilience

In his New Year’s message, President Paul Kagame called on Rwandans to actively continue contributing to the country’s transformation by insisting on high-quality services. The President emphasized hard work and...

So much to expect on the political scene in 2017

Always as we move from one year to another, there is a surge in stale jokes about the whole experience with people talking about either the previous or new year...

EDITORIAL: May 2017 come with more achievements

2016 will always be remembered as the year of “firsts” where many groundbreaking achievements were registered. Perhaps the crowning moment was successfully hosting two international summits; the World Economic Forum...

Will dollar strength trigger intervention in 2017?

Only a small group of central banks refrain from intervening in the foreign-exchange market to stabilize their currencies’ exchange rate or coax it in the desired direction. Even when they...

Learning to love a multipolar world

American foreign policy is at a crossroads. The United States has been an expanding power since its start in 1789. It battled its way across North America in the nineteenth...

The next migrant wave

Imagine that you are a farmer. Your crops are withering as weather patterns become more volatile, your well water is too salty to drink, and rice is too expensive to...

Terrorized Tunisia

The recent terror attack on Berlin's Christmas market which killed 12 and injured more than 50 -- cast a pall over this year's holiday celebrations across Europe. Viewed from Tunis,...

EDITORIAL: Countries have an obligation not to impede justice

Parliament will soon debate a bill that intends to pave way for an extradition treaty with Congo Brazzaville. While it will regard all sorts of criminals, it is mostly informed...