Thou shalt treat thy fellow Africans as thyself

At the current rate of globalisation, barely a day goes by without a headline-grabbing story blaming immigrants and would-be immigrants for the problems that nations are facing.

EDITORIAL: Mutuelle de Sante: Local leaders can do much better

In the last couple of months, many districts have been part of a series of musical chairs; leaders have come and gone at an alarming rate as local governments underwent...

Why 2015 should be the Earth Year

STOCKHOLM – On April 22, the world will mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, established in 1970 to draw attention to environmental challenges. Never have those challenges been greater...

Debating the confidence fairy

LONDON – In 2011, the Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman characterized conservative discourse on budget deficits in terms of “bond vigilantes” and the “confidence fairy.”

Instead of being bullish, the BBC should eat humble pie

Two weeks ago, the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU) rejected a complaint lodged by a group of scholars, researchers and journalists questioning the credibility of the infamous BBC documentary, ‘Rwanda,...

EDITORIAL: Stricter driving rules a step in the right direction

If you are planning to acquire a driver’s license, you will need to set aside time and take lessons at a recognised driving school following plans by Police’s Traffic and...

Understanding effective altruism

PRINCETON – Can humans really be motivated by altruism? My new book, The Most Good You Can Do, discusses the emerging new movement called Effective Altruism, and, in doing interviews...

The problem with secular stagnation

DELHI – In a recent exchange between former US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers on the plausibility of secular stagnation, one point of...

Dear South Africans, killing immigrants does not create jobs

In South Africa violence against immigrants from other African countries has become a disturbingly regular occurrence. Last week South Africans were at it again.

Strategic partnerships; the way forward for managing fires

I received with excitement the news of new investment in fire protection cover in Rwanda. I know the acquisition of four fire fighting trucks by the Rwanda National Police means...

EDITORIAL: New curriculum will take education sector to another level

The new schools curriculum is finally set to be launched on Thursday, marking a new era in Rwanda’s education system.

ExxonMobil’s dangerous business strategy

NEW YORK – ExxonMobil’s current business strategy is a danger to its shareholders and the world. We were reminded of this once again in a report of the National Petroleum...

'Postdicting' Burundi's election'

"Please pray for us," a friend pleaded in a WhatsApp message last week, before sending a picture reference with the captions: "It is getting out of control."

Winning the fight against malaria

The fight against malaria remains a tough battle on the global arena especially in Sub Saharan Africa. For Rwanda, the fight continues to get tough as the country maintains a...

EDITORIAL: Fighting corruption is everyone's responsibility

DURING their extra-ordinary meeting on Friday, members of the National Anti-corruption Advisory Council urged the media, the private sector, and the civil society to step up efforts in the fight...

The problem with secular stagnation

DELHI – In a recent exchange between former US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers on the plausibility of secular stagnation, one point of...

Is the life of an African of no value in this day and age?

A decade ago, The Economist described Africa as a hopeless continent. As expected we spent nearly a decade denouncing the description as unfair and inaccurate. Then a decade later the...

When Africans turn against each other

The spate of xenophobic violence by native South Africans against other African that’s currently sweeping across the country has left me convinced that we, Africans, are our own worst enemies...

Why genocide survivors need to document their experiences

Eric Irivuzumugabe was 16 years old and living in what is today Mukarange Sector in Kayonza District when the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi started.

EDITORIAL: Kigali sewage needs an urgent answer

The story goes that during colonial times, just before independence, the Belgians left a blue print of the future Kigali.

EAC should pay attention to Burundi as elections loom

Being East Africans, it will not be too much of a stretch to say that we are our "brother’s keeper"- that we must look out for each other. Even if...

EDITORIAL: Xenophobia could be the next big powder keg

It is tough times to be an African immigrant in South Africa at the moment. The gory images of charred bodies in the streets and machete welding gangs, conjures back...

Why we need 'Game of Thrones'

PARIS – Today’s popular television programmes have become the equivalent of the feuilletons that began appearing in newspapers in the nineteenth century. Series like “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey,”...

The mealy-mouthed West

MADRID – Among the numerous challenges the West faces, one is consistently overlooked: its addiction to meaningless rhetoric. From US President Barack Obama’s oxymoronic first-term mantra “leading from behind” to...