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'..The friends we have lost do not repose under the ground...they are buried deep in our hearts. It has been thus ordained that they may always accompany us...'- Alexandre Dumas - Diaspora
An interesting question about the Cold War(s)
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There is an interesting question that is seldom asked. After the collapse fo the Cold War there should have been a peace dividend, winding up of NATO and a reduction in armed conflict in the world. In fact armed expenditure by US has increased and wars have expanded. Conflict with China has been described as a ‘new’ cold war. However the obvious question is: if the consequences of the collapse of Soviet Union and end of ‘cold war’ were…

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Western philosophy … MIA

Where were Western philosophers when the following questions were asked? Should we torture to save many lives? Which cricket/sports team should you support? One of the fundamental tasks of philosophy has been to identify the correct question. If the correct question is asked often the bias of the incorrect question is exposed. Norman Tebbit posed the ‘cricket test’ complaining that many immigrant communities still support their country of origin in sports against England. This is simply the wrong question….

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Dawkins and the dogs that did not bark

Richard Dawkins and the Western philosophy establishment Why is there such silence from the western philosophy establishment about Dawkins ridiculous arguments?  Philosophers know how trash Dawkins arguments in minutes but remain silent? Is this because they are  in the main followers of Kant who made just the same recommendations as Dawkins is espousing and they feel conflicted?  We have discussed this elsewhere. See: (https://african-century.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Charles-W-Mills-on-Kant%e2%80%99s-Untermenschen-b-revisited-Part-2_.pdf)

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Richard Dawkins and the Prince of Darkness

Every Prince deserves a courtier or schlepper to scrape and bow at their every whim. We can only endorse Richard Dawkins application for the role of courtier to the Prince of Darkness. Seldom has such a well qualified candidate presented themselves for such a post. Richard Dawkins tweeted on 16 Feb 2020: ‘It’s one thing to deplore eugenics on ideological, political, moral grounds. It’s quite another to conclude that it wouldn’t work in practice. Of course it would. It…

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Candace Owens & 50 dead bodies

We have written about Candace Owen before Brenton Tarrant has written a manifesto (note 1) which has been largely misdescribed by the US/UK media. In particular, most of the manifesto appears to be mainstream ‘Trump’. So it was well advised of Trump by his media team to get his disavowal out early. His statement that only a small number of people follow Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto sounded entirely hollow. Trump’s base fundamentally agree with Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto. These are indeed…

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Angus Deaton on US poverty – E pur si muove!

It is certainly welcome news to be able to write a positive follow up. Without mentioning either Adam Smith or neo-classical economics by name, Deaton  has put a huge dagger into their backs in an op-ed article in New York Times (Note 1).  He categorically states ‘…it is time to stop thinking that only non-Americans are truly poor.’ Trickle down and work incentives simply do not prevent extreme poverty and if they do not prevent it in US they…

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Prince Harry to marry a girl of African ancestry – so what?

  Prince Harry falls in love with a person of African ancestry – so what? Prince Harry is to marry Meghan Markle and many people think it marks some kind of breakthrough or major step for the British Royal Family.  There was even an article in This Day, Lagos, suggesting that Meghan would represent a major step for the British Royal Family. Actually the British Royal Family has plenty of African blood from many generations. However to focus on…

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Herbert Addo – vale

From my good Kiwi friend Haydn Keenan –  there is nothing I can add: ‘Sad news has just come to me regarding the sudden death of Herbert Addo.  Anyone at Holmewood in the early sixties will remember him.  He was a most naturally gifted sportsmen and generous spirit, who’s smile and personality attracted people to him.  Everyone wanted to be his friend.  In the late fifties Hilary Dennis had been the dominant sportsman at Holmewood.  In every sport he…

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Welcome to African Century Journal Blog

  This space is  for contemporary commentary by our editor, Dapo Ladimeji,  on  important but also sometimes the fleeting and ephemeral events of life. An opportunity to give an African gloss on these events which so often feel important at the time but quickly flow with tide towards  the beach of incidental memories and to note those events that are truly important but may be concealed by the mist and noise of the day’s trivia.        

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