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What manner of democracy? (I)

What is happening in the Arab world today reminds me of a piece I did on this column, entitled, ‘This Stinking Democracy.’ I was wondering whether ‘democracy,’ like they say of ‘virtue’, is strictly ‘its own reward.’ Or whether a system of government must be truly provident for it to be worth the name ‘democracy.’

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Serah’s ‘vote’, women’s ‘lib’ and the ‘rib’ of men (2)

In fairness to man, he never begrudges the woman headship of the ‘house’. The power house that is; –kitchen! The ‘dining’? Don’t even think about it! Any time ‘man’ puts the ‘woman’ ahead of himself outside of the kitchen, beware there’s some chestnuts to be pulled out of the fire. Man is like the proverbial sex-hungry cockerel; covetously ready to bribe with the ‘grain’ and prepared to swallow ‘pebbles’; but who no sooner have his ‘mating fill’ than he grows crest-pride and dismissive.

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NASS: ‘Incentive’ or ‘systemic drag’? (2)

I closed last week observing a fundamental contradiction between democracy’s apparent non-achieving credentials and society’s legitimate dividend demands, a reality which tends to make the democratic process seems drudgy and agonising; so that often non- democratic –even if autocratic-systems elsewhere continue to appear appealing as long as they are reasonably provident.

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Farida’s anti-socratic!

In 2001 after the Presidential Adviser’s Office on NASS had nudged the Ghali Assembly to pass the controversial Anti-Corruption Bill, it’s House Committee wrote the Special Adviser, Aminu Wali requesting him to, in recognition of his S. A.’s ‘commendable’ liaison role, release me to join its members to attend that year’s 10th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Prague Czechs Republic.

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