The British Museum, looted artefacts, and the law byDavid Allen Green

This post is prompted by an outstanding and thought-provoking book about museums. The book is The Whole Picture: The colonial story of the art in our museums & why we need to talk about it by Alice Procter (Amazon page here – but do order from your local bookseller if you can). Two thoughts that the book provoked for …

The Two Rwandas Development and Dissent Under Kagame by FPU

Kagame in Brussels, April 2014Francois Lenoir / Reuters On New Year’s Day 2014, Patrick Karegeya, once a top Rwandan intelligence official, was found dead in Room 905 of the up-market Michelangelo Towers hotel, in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to the police report, Karegeya’s neck was swollen, and a rope and a bloody towel were found …

Promoting democracy at local level by Punch Editorial Board

CAPITALISING on the perfunctory interest of the electorate in local government administration, state governors in Nigeria are mercilessly manipulating the third tier of government to suit their inordinate political whims. Contrary to sound democratic norms, no fewer than 10 states are currently operating the LGs under an illegal system in which they have imposed “caretaker …

Buried for 50 years: Britain’s shameful role in the Biafran war byFrederick Forsyth

A million children starved to death. I’m haunted by the images I saw there – and by the complicity of the Wilson government It is a good thing to be proud of one’s country, and I am – most of the time. But it would be impossible to scan the centuries of Britain’s history without …

On return of Ibori’s looted funds by Punch Editorial Board

THE controversy surrounding the agreement between Nigeria and the United Kingdom that facilitated the return of the £4.2 million funds looted by a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, raises the need to institutionalise the anti-corruption mechanism at the subnational level. The Federal Government recovered the loot after a Memorandum of Understanding with the …