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And another thing. What’s this crap about how Trump has “continually set the standards of business and entrepreneurial excellence, especially with his interests in real estate, sports, and entertainment”? Nonsense.

We don’t think of “entrepreneurial excellence” that way (assuming we think of it at all, but that’s another subject). We think of it in connection with some kind of innovation or improvement, of a kind that benefits a lot of people (or the planet or the environment and the like). Fast food, for instance – however crappy the food is, it’s still been a benefit in convenience and cheapness for a lot of people.

We don’t think of building luxury apartment buildings as “entrepreneurial excellence,” nor do we think of … Read the rest

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Gender Equality and Misogynistic Islam in Nigeria
By Leo Igwe, January 15, 2017 The Sultan of Sokoto should stop using the name of Allah to sanction gender inequity and injustice. He should desist from employing the idiom of Allah to legitimize his misogynistic viewpoints and then use such oppressive Islamic formation to undermine a bill that would empower women, and guarantee liberty and justice for all.
Tomb Raiders Ride Again: National Geographic’s Breaking News
By R. Joseph Hoffmann, November 21, 2016 In a time when critical thinking was never more talked about and less practiced, sensations like this make the careful separation of fact and fiction that much more difficult for those of us who prefer fact.
Donald Trump faces the Chinese Century
By R. Joseph Hoffmann, November 14, 2016 From blues to the electric lightbulb, from passenger jets to the moon, this is where America used to be great. None of this greatness had anything to do with a national social agenda, religiously driven righteousness, or its private culture wars.
African Woman but Not Religious
By Leo Igwe, October 31, 2016 After watching a BBC report on witchcraft-related abuse of children by Christian churches in Africa, the scales of transcendental illusion fell from her eyes.
Stopping Olukoya and Witch hunting in UK Black Communities Stopping Olukoya and Witch hunting in UK Black Communities
By Leo Igwe, September 6, 2016 Vulnerable members of the African migrant communities in the UK, particularly children, are at risk of being tortured and murdered by relatives who accuse them of witchcraft.
Hajj Controversy and the Imperative of a Secular Nigeria
By Leo Igwe, August 11, 2016 By subsidizing the pilgrimages of Christians and Muslims, the state has invariably adopted Islam and Christianity as state religions.
For Our Tomorrow and For Their Tomorrow
By Leo Igwe, July 23, 2016 Accusations of witchcraft are wreaking havoc in the lives of people across the region, among the educated and the non-educated, in families and communities, in rural and urban areas even as we are meeting here today.

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