Society

African ‘smart cities:’ A high-tech solution to overpopulated megacities?

African ‘smart cities:’ A high-tech solution to overpopulated megacities?

By 2020, Africa is likely to be the fastest urbanizing continent in the world. It is currently the most rural — only 40% of sub-Saharan Africa’s population live in cities. Even the sprawling heartlands of Lagos, Kinshasa and Cairo, teeming with traffic, pollution, inadequate housing and public spaces, are in their relative infancy and destined for a […]

You are being programmed, former Facebook executive warns

You are being programmed, former Facebook executive warns

A former Facebook executive has criticised the social network for ripping society apart during a question and answer session. Chamath Palihapitiya, who worked as Facebook’s vice president for user growth, was speaking at an event run by the Stanford Graduate School of Businesson 10 November in which he described feeling “tremendous guilt’ in helping the company […]

800 Muslim Families Return Dowry

800 Muslim Families Return Dowry

Patna: More than 800 Muslim families from the East Indian state of Jharkhand have returned dowry to brides’ families following a massive campaign against the practice, which was launched by social activist Haji Mumtaz Ali. This is perhaps for the first time in India that families of grooms have returned dowry years after they received […]

The foul stench of fascism in the US

The foul stench of fascism in the US

Throughout this summer and autumn, I have interviewed fellow minorities, asking them about their feelings and experiences regarding this presidential election. In all of these interviews, one thing was clear: We knew this was coming. To some of us, it hung like a foul smell in the air. The acrid stench that generations before somehow […]