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20 April 2017 » Atoms of Reason

Part I on domestic outlook was posited on 27 March 2017 World Stage I believe that ethical and effective leadership is imperative for nations’ progress. Leadership may be implied or formal, whatever form it come in, we need leadership. It may be provided by US or United Nations but it has to be provided. Nobody demands that America leads the world, but since America is the current implied leader of the world it must lead or declare officially it has given up on its leadership role and also...

27 March 2017 » Atoms of Reason

Initially I wanted to reflect on both the achievements and the shortcomings of the Obama Presidency but president Obama used his final days in the office to enumerate his achievements. At every opportunity afforded to him he reminded us that he was the best gift to the world between 2009 and 2016. Two particular moments illustrate this better: his final UN speech and the farewell address in Chicago. First, I agree with some of his achievements with amendments. Secondly, I disagree that Obama...

12 January 2017 » Atoms of Reason

See Part I, Published on 31st December 2016 There were rumours of hope in some African states, when ruling parties started to lose elections and some octogenarian “misleaders” promised to relinquish power soon, of course, hope was moderated with many other octogenarians and near octogenarians who laundered themselves into power through stage managed elections. It was the year Fidel Castro bowed out, yet revolutionaries never die, they mutate. Across the globe the number of people named after...

31 December 2016 » Atoms of Reason

I do not know how my two years old son came to know about Brexit, he could be heard around the house saying, “mummy I want to eat my Brexit.” Surely just like the world did not see Brexit coming I have not figured out how my son or anybody for that matter can refer to biscuit as Brexit. As strange as this may be, biscuit turning into Brexit is no as shocking as the reality the UK exited the European Union. 2016 will go down as the year of strange happenings, indeed it is not too early to claim...

30 November 2016 » Atoms of Reason

Prior to 21st Century, there were plenty of talks and writings on “how to handle failure”, in the 21st century that message is still relevant given that humans constantly fail in one way or the other. In the present century, the other message that is increasingly important is “how to handle success”. To start with, let me get two things out of the way, first, in this article I will use “success” to mean financial success but the kind of success that  I pursue in life is based on Emerson’s...

31 October 2016 » Atoms of Reason

We have heard the following statements many times in Kenyan politics, “the leader is a good man but the people who surround him are the problem”; “our leader is not corrupt it is the people who surround her that are corrupt”; “our leader is humble but the people around her are arrogant”; our leader is not violent it is the people around him that are cruel.  As a result we have come to accept that our leaders are good people and their supporters are the one to blame for the violence and troubles...

30 September 2016 » Atoms of Reason

Rumsfeld made this truth common sense, yet not very common still. There are things we know but we do not know we know There are things we know we do not know. There are things we think we know yet we do not know There are things we do not know we do not know Always there are things we do not know; there are things we do not know because we cannot know them, there are things we do not know but we can know or understand them when presented to us or when we seek them. Still there are things we...

31 August 2016 » Atoms of Reason

Sean Neber Many days in 2008 I stayed up late or woke up in the wee hours of the night to listen to Senator Obama’s inspirational speeches. His words were a spring of fresh water in the land submerged in dirty political waters. American politics stinks and Senator Obama promised to purify it if he won the elections in 2008. His words were refreshing as the timeless Christian Hymns. I must say that I was amazed that such a candid politician existed in the world full pretenders hiding behind...

31 July 2016 » Atoms of Reason

Self-interest propels most of our pursuits, do we have any human interest left? The quest of self-interest is both international and local. More often than not if US proposes an agenda at the UN Security Council, China or Russia opposes it and vice versa. In Kenya during the constitution making period, most Kamba, Kikuyu and Mijikenda supported the adoption of the constitution and they referred to themselves as friends of change and advocates of democracy. Whereas most Kalejins opposed the...

30 June 2016 » Atoms of Reason

Brexit is not just an exercise in democracy; it is a challenge to democracy. One of the key pillars of democracy is free and fair elections. It has been common knowledge in an election that majority have their way while the minority are protected. The results of Brexit and other recent elections have led many people to discuss the available options when the majorities are wrong. Some Britons have petition the parliament that a second vote is held. It sound entirely a sensible and a democratic...

31 May 2016 » Atoms of Reason

Anonymous Billions of dollars are spent annually world over to develop leaders. Numerous universities have baptized most of their management courses: “leadership”. Nowadays businesses employ leaders and not managers. Given the attention leaders and leadership has enjoyed in the recent years one could think that the world is a better place than it was 20 years ago. Why is the leadership factory churning out defective products? Barbara Kellerman reminds us that leaders must be effective (they...

30 April 2016 » Atoms of Reason

I am redeemed sinner with gangster proclivity, trust Cornel West to that. As I pondered on West’s statement I realised that he meant to say two things, him being a believer has nothing to do with his abilities and good deeds and secondly he is not a finished product yet, he is still imperfect and as such he needs to be forgiven (he needs God’s grace) daily. None of us is too good or too evil for God’s love and forgiveness. His love is available for all of us to claim irrespective of our current...

30 March 2016 » Atoms of Reason

Marc It is obvious to many people that America has two dominant political parties. I am sure you guessed Republican and Democratic, you are not alone many people are fixated in the America of the 80s and before, the America of Ronald Reagan and JF Kennedy. The only enduring thing about America is its pursuit of the American Dream, everything else changes. Again who said that the American Dream must be attained through the Republican or the Democratic party, no one. If you have watched the...

29 February 2016 » Atoms of Reason

Martin Luther the king moved the world into action in 1964 when he eloquently outlined his dream for a free and a United America. Who thought that America with all its advancement in human endeavours could segregate its people of colour! The Blacks were second class citizen for many generations. Some Whites with devilish black hearts were determined to stop the advancement of the Black race. Very few people anywhere in the world believed that tide could change in favour of Black minority, yet...

29 January 2016 » Atoms of Reason

Life is never a straight line; life is never lived by interpreting and following the direction of other travellers’ maps. It should be accepted that in a billion people only one person enjoys the Obama phenomena, where your ticket to the presidency is paid for on grounds of the experience that will be gained on the job. You are awarded the Nobel peace prize then you are required to prove your worth of the prize in your possession. Obama’s life is a unique experiment in trust, hope and faith,...

30 December 2015 » Atoms of Reason

Gemwebb Once in a while it is okay to slow down, to walk slowly, call it being aimless or call it lack of ambition or even loitering but slow down occasionally. If you are in traffic jam, whether the policewoman signals your side to move or not, do not be anxious. Switch off your engine and take it ease. When the red light goes off and it is time to move but the motorist in front of you is asleep, do not curse or hoot at him, it is okay for others too to take a rest, sometimes at your expense....

27 November 2015 » Atoms of Reason

Many years ago as a young man craving for knowledge I searched for libraries to quench my thirsty. Whenever I was I Eldoret town in the 90s I could visit the Kenya National Library Services. Even before I picked up a book from the shelves the feeling of being among so many books could open up my mind to generate new ideas. The same feeling engulfed me whenever I visited a small village library at Kabra in Bungoma County, Western Kenya. One of the books I read at Kabra was called Introduction to...

01 October 2015 » Atoms of Reason

Jam Leadership Test Part II 5. The Opposition – 20% There was a joke that went around during Kibaki’s time that Redykulass comedy could not sell with Kibaki as the President, reason being that Kibaki was too fun, one could just watch Kibaki instead of watching Redykulass. Given the opposition we have today, Redykulass could not sell but for very different reasons from Kibaki’s. Kenyan opposition has no vision and it does not pretend about it. Vision is the beginning of leadership, being...

01 October 2015 » Atoms of Reason

September 2015 was a sad month in the education sector; we watched students teaching fellow students in classrooms across the nation because teachers were on strike, we heard the cries of the parents who sacrificed all they had to pay fees for their children hoping that they will go to school and learn, God willing, have a bright future that their parents did not have. The little adorable acrobat and student, Wendy Waeni speaking on Jeff Koinage Live on Thursday 24th September 2015, lamented...

30 August 2015 » Atoms of Reason

Imagine the Almighty forming a commission of inquiry into Jonah’s outright disobedience of God. Imagine the best brains of Jonah’s days being the members of the commission. Assume that the commission was to give its recommendations while the ship was still in the rough water. I have asked myself what could have been the recommendation, here are some of the possible recommendations from the commissions:- The ship should come back off shore so that Jonah takes the right ship to Nineveh. The ship...

23 July 2015 » Atoms of Reason

Kenyan Flag Against my better judgement in mid July 2015, I silenced the urge to write a prescription for the International Media (in particular CNN) on what they should report about Kenya during President Obama’s visit. Given the previous juvenile sensational reporting by CNN on Kenyan elections in 2013, I felt that I should advise and to a great extend educate CNN and the likes that Kenya is home to decent people. After a long internal debate I come to a conclusion that two wrongs cannot make...

12 July 2015 » Atoms of Reason

I desire to live in a country that enacts and implements just laws. I desire to live in a country the supports family as the basic form of government. I desire to live in a country where the citizens know their rights; they demand their rights and they also meet their obligations to the nation state. I desire to live in a country where students with guns or any other gunman do not shot students and other people on school. I desire to live in a country where obligations come before rights. I...

01 June 2015 » Atoms of Reason

IssacMao Read “More Women in Parliament At No Extra Cost: Part I” for background information. The two scenarios that could provide fair representation of both genders in the Parliament without extra burden to the tax payers are as follows: - Scenario One: No Change to The Constitution Based on the current figures in the Parliament, the state should ensure that the Senate has at least 23 women and the National Assembly has at least 117 women. The Constitution guarantees 47 Women MPs; hence...

16 May 2015 » Atoms of Reason

One day when our mouths connect to our hearts and communicate the content of the same heart, we will have fewer problems with gender representation. One day our nation will say: men and women are equal and mean it. One day Kenyans will go to the ballot to elect leaders with vision, passion, integrity and the resolve to fulfil their promises. That will be the day when we will not be electing men or women, youth or old, Christians or Moslems, Luhyas or Kikuyus, disabled or otherwise; we will be...

06 April 2015 » Atoms of Reason

Futureatlas Kenya only suffers from two evils: corruption and tribalism, the rest of the challenges that bedevils the nation are offsprings of the above two. If we liberate ourselves from corruption and tribalism we will then take our place among the community of respectable and progressive nations. Given the location of our nation, the acreage of arable land, the breath taking scenery, the natural resources within our boarders and most importantly the industrious and innovative people we have...

28 March 2015 » Atoms of Reason

There are friends whose presence propels me into unexplanable eloquence, whose company makes a philosopher out of a mere village boy. I am at my best in subjects that I have very little training in. Gifts in me that I know nothing about are awakened in their presence. I cruise across the political arena with such ease that can only be expected from skilful master of yesteryears such as Churchill and JF Kennedy. I delve in religion like the heroes of faith. My intellect is always at its best in...

16 February 2015 » Atoms of Reason

SiGatlAS One day Kenyan universities will treat all its students as their clients. One day Kenyan universities will lead by example, the universities will not only teach their students to be good managers but the universities will practise good management. One day Kenyan universities will not send faculty members to the media and conferences to lecture the nation on leadership and governance before the universities espouse those same principles. One day Kenyan universities will appreciate...

31 January 2015 » Atoms of Reason

A second part of the peek at the president Kenyatta’s Facebook Account and Twitter hashtag “uhurureturns”. Two posts on Facebook were considered: the responses to president’s massages to the 2014 examination candidates (at the time there were approximately 1,600 comments) and the 53rd birthday wishes on the president’s wall (at the time it had 18,000 comments but only 2,000 were targeted for the review) and finally the “uhurureturns” hashtag on Twitter (people’s view on the president’s return...

29 December 2014 » Atoms of Reason

A peek at the president’s Facebook Account and Twitter hashtag “uhurureturns”. Two posts on Facebook were considered: the responses to president’s massages to the 2014 examination candidates (at the time there were approximately 1,600 comments) and the 53rd birthday wishes on the president’s wall (at the time it had 18,000 comments but only 2,000 were targeted for the review) and finally the “uhurureturns” hashtag on Twitter (people’s view on the president’s return from ICC’s status conference...

17 December 2014 » Atoms of Reason

My prayers are with the men and women whom have to make the difficult decisions to ensure that the nation’s security and freedom is upheld. I believe that they are away of the privileged position they have in history. Not all man/women are blessed with the ability to understand the times they live in. Neither does history record every mundane act of all men and women that live under the sun. Those who are fortunate to be part of the history of their generation are judged on either they were on...

10 November 2014 » Atoms of Reason

theweek There is nothing in the world that a junior secondary student needs more than a sense of direction, identity and hope of a bright tomorrow. The entrance of Myles Munroe (MM) in my world came with those basic needs for a teenager.  As a student I was privileged and blessed to have teachers who understood that schooling goes beyond classroom teaching. Mr. Mburu in particular understood how to influence the next generation. Through the YouTube of his generation: Videotapes he introduced to...

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