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History and Culture Musings Politics

“The Peaceful Nation” – Zambia’s Most Common Story About Itself (a reflection)

Every nation on earth has a set of stories about itself that it tells itself. These tales are passed down from generation to generation through food, music, and art, as well as through government-led social, economic, and foreign policies. From America’s “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” to South Africa’s “Rainbow Nation”, these […]

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Musings Politics

Kaunda on human nature and my own thoughts on ‘Shalom’…

Kenneth Kaunda (affectionately known as ‘KK’) was Zambia’s first President. I’m currently reading a book he wrote in 1980 called Kaunda on Violence. In it, he wrestles deeply with the idea of peaceful protest in the face of violent oppression. As one of the key leaders of Zambia’s independence movement against minority British rule, the consequences of […]

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Politics

For the month of May, I’ve become a Daily Mail reader #FightTheEchoChamber

Since the start of May, I’ve been doing something I’ve never done before: I’ve been buying and reading the Daily Mail newspaper once a week. I plan to continue doing this for the rest of the month. “Why?” you’re probably asking. Well, the idea popped into my head a few weeks ago as I was […]

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Musings Politics

An Echo Chambermaid

Openness is a virtue. This is our belief. For progress to take place, for fresh ideas to flourish, for peace to reign, minds must be open. This is our creed. The ability to look at the world from the point of view of Another is one of life’s greatest goods, so the liberal liturgical texts […]

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History and Culture Politics

Book Recommendation: The Good Immigrant

The Good Immigrant is a rich and powerful collection of 21 readable and personal essays by 21 non-white British writers exploring what it means to be Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic in Britain today. These writers tell stories about trying to find their place in a world (read: country) where “the default is always white”. […]

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Business and Economics

LUNGU-NOMICS: Zambia’s Post-Election Economy (by Hjoe Moono)

History has been made once again in Zambia. Since Frederick Chiluba, President Elect H.E. Edgar Chagwa Lungu is the only president to be elected by a vote of over 50%. Marginal as 50.3% might seem, it speaks volumes, and indeed, congratulations are in order to the Head of State and his party, the ruling Patriotic […]