Excuse me, but Who are you calling a Third World Country?

Narissa Allibhai Politics & Society, Whimsical Whirlings 3 Comments

Dear First-World, American and western European countries are typical examples of what are commonly known as First World countries. Most African, Latin American and South Asian countries are commonly known as Third World countries. By what definition? By neoliberalist capitalist standards, perhaps. By whose definition? By the wealthy countries AKA the victors of past and ongoing conquests AKA the past …

Turkey: Land of Contradictions

Narissa Allibhai Backpacker Diaries 5 Comments

Istanbul. Where impossible contradictions make up an intricate carpet woven by a potpourri of tailors, over centuries of historical events central to the world as we know it. Istanbul. Where Islam and Christianity inextricably intertwine through the past and the present. Where modernity and culture and not mutually exclusive, but a spicy mix creating a vibrant and thriving society. Where it …

On Corruption (3rd Place winner of My Corruption-Free Africa competition)

Narissa Allibhai Politics & Society 12 Comments

Look beyond corruption. What do you see? Why does corruption exist? Are all people who partake in corruption really evil? Let’s take a look at the stereotypical small-scale corruption scenario. Say I am a policeman and I take a bribe – why? I am not paid enough, and, well, everyone does it. Say I am a driver and I pay …

Does Democracy Require a Patriotic Education?

Narissa Allibhai Politics & Society 1 Comment

Democracy. What most states these days strive for. It is supposed to mean political equality of citizens and majority rule. How can this work in an individualistic culture where each is concerned with self-advancement, with a lack of regard for the greater good? And how can one even participate in an informed manner if basic education does not include understanding …