Football fanaticism should be exploited for society’s good

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Like many other people, I have spent the entirety of my life watching football. To those who loath football, it’s nothing more than a round piece of leather being kicked...

Plugging the leaks in Africa's economies

DAKAR – Africa is usually perceived as a net beneficiary of the global financial system, with aid and investment flowing to the continent from richer parts of the world. This...

The limits of Chinese soft power

CAMBRIDGE – China has been making major efforts to increase its ability to influence other countries without force or coercion. In 2007, then-President Hu Jintao told the Communist Party that...

Why we should bridge the gap between research and policy

In the context of globalisation and the world’s complexities, the need for sharing knowledge between higher learning institutions and community has become increasingly evident in recent years.

2017: Putting into context the debate on Rwanda's future

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I got goose bumps during the delivery of the landmark speech by President Paul Kagame while swearing-in our leaders two weeks ago; my eyes welled with tears as President Kagame...

EDITORIAL: Newly proposed employment board will make a difference

For some time now an idea to create a national employment agency had been mooted with view to bridging the gap that exists between learning institutions and the labour market.

Rwanda at 21: Applause and encouragement in equal measure

To many Rwandans, the task to rebuild our nation began just over 21 years ago when our compatriots of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) bravely put an end to the...

Travesty and manipulation of the reality about Rwanda

After the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, some people continue to ignore the demographic reality, cultural, social and political life of pre-colonial Rwanda, wrongly looking at the country through the...

EDITORIAL: Police should maintain our peacekeeping pedigree

Another rotation exercise for police peacekeepers is underway in Haiti. A batch of 160 officers is going to continue the tradition of Rwandan peacekeepers wherever they are sent; selfless service...

Syriza party's German fixation?

ATHENS – The Greek people have spoken. In a historic referendum, they have decisively rejected the deal offered by their country’s creditors. Within the ruling Syriza party, however, things are...

A strong man building strong institutions in a weak society?

The debate about a possible third term for President Paul Kagame which may happen a generation after the end of the genocide raises the question of where we come from,...

Our fight for dignity is not a mere skirmish but a continuous war

The arrest and illegal detention of Gen. Karenzi Karake brought my blood to the boil. The arrogance and unfairness of it all felt like just another instance where those with...

To win without risk is to triumph without glory

A Frenchman once said “A vaincre sans périr on triomphe sans gloire!” which literally means that victory without risk is triumph without glory!

EDITORIAL: Develop logistics sector to expedite growth

Government and global logistics firm DHL Express, last week, signed an agreement under which the company will construct a state-of-the-art facility at the Kigali International Airport (KIA). The project, worth...

Greece's "No" is no victory for democracy

PARIS – Despite what many are saying – especially those who do not have to bear the consequences of their words – Greek voters’ rejection on Sunday of the latest...

What the return of lions says about the current state of Rwanda

A recent liberation-related event came and went almost unnoticed. It was reported in the media but not many paid attention. Even if someone had pointed it out to most Rwandans,...

EDITORIAL: Emulate Imbuto Foundation to empower more girls

The world over ensuring that girls join and stay in school is one of the biggest hurdles in pursuit of education for all under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Syria's final countdown

TEL AVIV – A series of crucial defeats of the Syrian army has laid to rest any illusions that the government in Damascus is in control of its country. By...

Food in the age of biofuels

ROME – Over the past several years, biofuels have become a bone of contention. For some, a renewable energy source produced from organic matter amounts to a magic wand in...

21 years later, the legacy of the Liberation struggle lives on

As Rwanda commemorates the 21st Liberation Day, achievements gained thus far can, to a significant extent, be attributed to the struggle that prepared the ground.

Change with Stability: Term limits don’t impact on country’s devt, leaders do (Part III)

The change-with-stability debate has drawn some reactions and, of course, not surprisingly, from the wrong quarters; most if not all based outside the country. The characters question the authenticity and...

EDITORIAL: The youth should follow the example of Liberation heroes

Twenty-five years ago, a few hundreds of young men and women courageously took up arms to liberate Rwanda from the tyranny of a murderous and greedy clique that condemned hundreds...

Africa's low-carbon revolution

LONDON – Imagine you woke up tomorrow without access to modern energy. You have no refrigerator, cooking stove, or air conditioning. Your kids cannot do homework after sundown. You cannot...

How Rwanda and Uganda gave me a reason to smile

In my kind of work, sickness is only a by the way. Somehow you have to get up and work the key board before the editor calls you demanding what...