The real side of fake news

Today’s digital devices and social networks deliver so much information that even the savviest consumer cannot evaluate all of it. We seem to be living in a version of Aldous...

EDITORIAL: Phasing out second hand clothes is all in our interests

As member states of the East African Community (EAC) embark on a gradual phase out of second hand clothes by 2019, American exporters are sounding war drums. Grouped under the...

An IMF bridge to somewhere for Greece?

The International Monetary Fund has resurrected an old technique – commonly used in the 1980s during the Latin American debt crisis – that would allow Greece to avoid a payment...

The global economy in 2067

The world is experiencing a slow-motion economic crisis – one that, most experts agree, will continue for the foreseeable future. The global economy has grown in fits and starts since...

Problems of personality in international leadership

Qatar is finding itself still isolated from the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries more than two weeks after the crisis started. It is no coincidence that the recently empowered...

EDITORIAL: New plant a boon to the construction industry

A new plant that produces various types of construction materials has been commissioned in Rwamagana District, providing sector players huge relief as it will ease access to and help reduce...

What we owe refugee children

Last year, images of desperate refugees, many of them children, stirred our collective conscience and prompted world leaders to take action. But a year of political upheaval has diverted media...

North Korea’s real strategy

North Korea’s quest for nuclear weapons is often depicted as a “rational” response to its strategic imperatives of national security and regime survival. After all, the country is surrounded by...

RPF is what’s in our heads and hearts. That’s why it’s unbeatable

It is election time in Rwanda once again. In a little over one month, Rwandans will elect their president for the next seven years. Elections are now a regular occurrence...

[EDITORIAL] Trivialising Genocide: Textbook anomaly should be investigated

Rwanda Education Board (REB) has recalled a textbook, 'General Studies and Communication Skills', from schools for "having content that trivialise the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi". The textbook was recalled...

It’s okay to be ambitious

The much anticipated nomination of the flag bearer of the RPF for the presidential elections took place on Saturday. As expected, President Paul Kagame got his party’s nod to lead...

ISPs must be vigilant against extremist content

Recent terrorist attacks in France, Germany, Belgium and the UK show how terrorism and violent extremism are increasingly becoming uncontrollable. Internet terrorists are deliberately using social media to target tens...

EDITORIAL: Communities should own Early Childhood Development centres

Last week, 41 teachers graduated from Premier ECDE (Early Childhood Development and Education) Teachers College as the country increasingly embraces pre-primary education.

Packaging regional tourism around shared attractions

For a while now, regional tourism bodies have been trying to crack the formula of domestic tourism. They all agree that it is crucial for the industry to survive instead...

Elections and campaigns in the information age

It’s election season in the region, okay, not quite, but there is a ‘fierce’ presidential campaign ongoing in Kenya ahead of polls in August; here, at home, the stage is...

EDITORIAL: Time to prepare the youth, our future leaders

The Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi) has unveiled President Paul Kagame as its flag bearer in the forthcoming presidential elections. Well, it was a foregone conclusion since millions of people had...

2017 Elections: Sustaining a transformational leadership

Early this month, two of Rwanda’s major political parties, namely Social Democratic party (PSD) and Liberal Party (PL), endorsed President Paul Kagame as their presidential candidate even before he could...

[Editorial] Liability in war crimes goes further than the executors

An important event took place two months ago. The Netherlands Court of Appeal convicted and sentenced to 19 years a Dutch businessman, Guus Kouwenhoven, for complicity in war crimes that...

How populists win when they lose

VIENNA – Today, it appears that every single election in Europe can be reduced to one central question: “Is it a win or a loss for populism?” Until the Netherlands’...

The increasing pervasiveness of Internet of Things in Africa

Even before Kigali joined the global ‘pedestrianisation movement’ last year and dedicated a car-free day once every month, it was not unusual to see gadgets strapped on arms of joggers...

The rise of the food barons

BERLIN – The industrial-agriculture sector has long faced criticism for practices that contribute to climate change, environmental destruction, and rural poverty. And yet the sector has taken virtually no steps...

Britain's Norway Solution

LONDON – Shortly after UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call an unexpected “Brexit election,” I wrote that pro-Europeans in Britain might yet snatch victory from the jaws of...

A magic wand for France?

WASHINGTON, DC – Last month, Emmanuel Macron pulled the proverbial rabbit from the electoral hat. Against the odds, the independent centrist won the French presidency by a decisive margin, beating...

Editorial: Election must remain a serious business, not fanfare

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has told presidential hopefuls that the 19 days allocated for presidential candidates’ campaigns is ample enough, pouring cold water on complaints from some of the...