#History

A shrewd politician, a visionary, or both?

As with most larger-than-life figures Pres. Nelson Mandela was controversial. We know of his achievements and follies. But what is his legacy? What will he be best remembered for?

When a switch in perspective turns paradigmatic

From vases to faces, from people, to the world. The brain can switch from seeing the world from one way to a completely different way. It may not be recognisable at first but when the brain does connect the dots, it can never go back from seeing the world in just one way. We then have renewed our mind.

A chronology of slavery throughout modern history

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms. - UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR, 1948).

When they came, there was nobody to speak out for me...

Julian Assange: exiled, imprisoned, convicted? After many years they came for him. What makes you think they won't be coming for you. If not for your personal freedom, then at least for your civil liberties. There is historical precedent.

On book publishing and other affairs

Mr. Ali informs us on book publishing in Africa and his experiences in Europe in that field. When we shift themes, Mr. Ali unfolds his perspective on other matters like the digital revolution, secessionism, xenophobia, modern history, the role of governments, politicians, and intellectuals against an African-European backdrop.

Historical Truth

We, the people born between 1950-1980, we are the blessed ones. We are the awesome people. Our life is a living encyclopedia. We are also the last of a kind...