Soleimani in SOTU… and The US Legacy in Iran Polity

Philip Olayoku Blog Post

In recent months, we have seen proud Iranians raise their voices against their oppressive rulers. The Iranian regime must abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons, stop spreading terror, death, and destruction, and start working for the good of its own people. Because of our powerful sanctions, the Iranian economy is doing very poorly. We can help them make it very good in a short period of time, but perhaps they are too proud or too foolish to ask for that help. We are here. Let’s see which road they choose. It is totally up to them.


West-Pavlov, in his 2013 work Temporalities, described time as defying a concise description as it is often confined to ‘lived texture’, yet defines every aspect of human existence. This complexity had hitherto been  capturedin the unraveling of Hegel’s Absolute in a dialectical ambience of continuity that is sustained through the interchange of ‘change’ – a continuous interactive process between the thesis and antithesis- and ‘permanence’ – a resulting synthesis which de facto discovers its abnegation in life’s unending circle of birth and rebirth. This cycle remains an age-old puzzle in

'We are all Zakyzaky': Shiism and the Nigerian State

Philip Olayoku Blog Post

The deployment of soldiers for internal security in Nigeria since the emergence of Boko Haram and the spread of incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the country has continued to create the paradox of growing insecurity in the different areas of their intervention. While the Tiv communities in Benue State have been arguably the worst hit by the crises between farmers and the herdsmen, the news that the Nigerian army compounded the agitations in the state by burning down buildings in Naka, Gwer West LGA on Wednesday 18 April, 2018, can only serve to validate the claim that