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Empiricism: The first step towards imperialism

Hilary Whitehall PutnamOn March 13th this year, the world lost a renowned and influential philosopher called Hilary Whitehall Putnam.

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Nigeria's Lagos, towards a new Manhattan

The plan to create a “new city” (Eko Atlantic) at the edge of Lagos is probably one of the most audaciousLagos, Nigeria's populous megacity, is transforming from the chaos of traffic congestion, rickety buses and pickpockets. Massive infrastructural development and efficient social services are changing the city's image.

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Change in Lagos – mainly for the better

In 1965 cyclists shared the pavement with pedestrians and motorists stuck to their traffic lane. Photo©Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesTwo decades ago, Lagos was a byword for urban neglect – not only the longstanding, big-picture brand of neglect that starves a city of roads, bridges and housing in the face of an exploding population but also the everyday, granular form that overwhelms it with undisturbed garbage and human roadkill.

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Terrorism? But who's behind the weapons?

A vexing double standard about the source of violence in the world plagues our thinking about terrorism.

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Upside in a downturn

Patrick Smith

Talking cheerily about Africa's economic prospects in 2016 may seem akin to cracking a joke at a funeral.

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MDGs: A glass half-empty is half-full

Kingsley Ighobor

Measured against the Millennium Development Goal for 2015 of a two-thirds reduction in child mortality, which is the probability of death between birth and fifth birthday, Africa managed a reduction of 55%. Some people view Africa's achievement as a glass half-full, others consider it a glass half-empty. In a sense, both views are correct.

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