Guest Columns

Boko Haram: A Manifestation of State Failure; Not the Nature of Islam, By Muhammad Sanusi II

Let me stress that I do not believe that every marginalised or poor Muslim is an extremist. However, I believe the point has been made that certain social and economic conditions are fertile ground for breeding violent movements — be they religious extremists or ethnic militia or just criminal gangs.…
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COVID-19: Ensuring the Safety and Protection of International Students, By Zhou Pingjian

We are trying our best to provide services for international students. The Chinese government cares about the life and health of foreign students, just as we care about those of our own children. Leading local officials have either visited foreign students in person or spoken to them through video links.…
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China’s Response To COVID-19 Responsible, Decisive, Effective, By Zhou Pingjian

Guided by the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind, China is fulfilling its responsibility for the life and health of its own people and for global public health. Containing the epidemic at the source is of essence. China’s effective response and sacrifice have averted the further…
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Who Shall Overcome?: Islamic Extremism in Northern Nigeria, By Kate Meagher

While appropriate military measures are required to end the insurgency, the importance of more inclusive statecraft and economic policy cannot be over-emphasised. It is not Islamic ideologies that have produced the tinderbox of extremism, but narrow market ideologies that have pushed the disaffected to desperation. The rise of violent Islamic…
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A New Case For A Commonwealth Based On Trade, By Muhammadu Buhari

Nor should we dismiss the potential for making the Commonwealth of Nations more than a voluntary organisation of equals based on a shared history that it is today. Instead it is in all our people’s interests to labour, dispassionately, to increase our focus on lowering barriers to achieving what truly…
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Freedom of Expression and the Lessons From Singapore’s POFMA, By Kirsten Han

The powers that a law like POFMA grants the authorities are extensive. In a context where people are already struggling for their civil and political rights, and where a powerful elite can assert dominance over other spaces of public thought and discourse, the impact on freedom of expression and a…
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Lessons From the African Wild Dog (Lycean Pictus), By Wole Soyinka

It has become imperative and urgent to send this message to President-General Buhari: Rein in your wild dogs of disobedience. And for a start, get a trainer to teach them some basic court manners! A few years ago, I watched the video of a pack of the famed African wild…
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Between Thuggery and State Disobedience, By Wole Soyinka

It is extremely difficult to imagine a further lowering of the bar of disdain for law than we have witnessed under the present regime. The degree of cynicism in the conduct of State Security agencies has attained a level of consistency that is surpassed by only one other previous government…
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