Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Why Santa Claus is White

"I have always thought of Christmas Time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys."
                                                                                                   Charles Dickens

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Top Ten Anti-Heroes of 2013

(By S Mavima, J Ricotta, and T Nemmer)

A week ago to the day, CNN continued its recent annual tradition of celebrating the Heroes of the Year; individuals who have distinguished themselves in their selfless dedication to mankind. 

The reason the heroes are worth celebrating is because of the overwhelming negativity and anti-heroism in the world against which their good deeds are justxtaposed. 2013 was no different. Here at RSS, we have taken the liberty of compiling our counter-list of this year's anti-heroes. While (some of) these individuals may not have done the worst things imaginable, they have definitely carried themselves in ways that have left us fully entranced in our detestation of them! The list is not necessarily ranked according to the gravity of misdeeds, but rather, their ability to command our attention. Without further ado, here it is: The Rogue Scholar Society's Top Ten Anti Heroes (2013)!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Nematambudziko. A legend moves on.

Nelson Mandela

It’s not an ordinary day today. We have been bidding farewell to a legend for a while now – but no matter how long we have been doing so – nothing can match the day we have to say the final good bye. Being in South Africa at this point in history – is more than an honour. Never have I felt like everyone is in solidarity, one, living Ubuntu – sharing a history. It’s one of those days people will never forget – “where were you when you heard Tata Madiba died?” Everyone will have an answer – and I am pretty sure most will remember the details, and if that fades – the feeling experienced in that moment never will. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Standing on Shaky Ground: The Government Shutdown and USA's waning Exceptionalism...

Is the U.S.A headed towards the ruin that befell past empires?
(pic from isawnyu on flickr)
The writing has been on the wall for a while now. From peaked anti-American sentiments to the downgrading of the country's credit rating for the first time 2 years ago, astonishing unemployment figures and educational output figures that increasingly trail those of fellow developed countries among many other things, it is clear that the US's global hegemonic status is under siege.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Give Syria to the Islamists

by Ryan Fleming

Photo courtesy of nypost.com

The events of August 21, 2013 in the suburbs of Damascus hardly need introduction. The ghastly images of dead men, women and children, faces ashen, laid out in rows, inspires not only sadness but rage. As the specifics of this grisly attack have come to light over the past ten or so days, what is increasingly unquestioned is that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed chemical weapons against his own people, killing hundreds (if not a thousand). It’s a disgusting new chapter in a conflict that has roiled the entire Middle East and sent 100,000 people to their graves.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Why the World Needs a Bully: Syria’s Lesson on Hegemonic Stability Theory

by Paul Mitchell, Guest Contributor

Like it or not, the United Nations and the “international community” which it purportedly represents, is allowing the death of a country and endangering the stability – if we can call it that – of the entire Middle East.  Whether you want to call the situation in Syria a mere crisis, a revolution, a revolt,

Sunday, July 14, 2013

On Repeat: Breaking the Cycle of Inaction After Trayvon


“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
― Frederick Douglass

Sunday, May 26, 2013

AU at 50: 5 Reasons Africa Is Celebrating this Africa Unity Day


A year ago, as the world celebrated the 49th Africa Unity Day, we published an ambiguously received piece titled "What is Africa Really Mad About?" : ambiguous in that it avoided both the high-horsed 'charity case' approach that many external entities adopt when they view the continent; and the hard-headed defiant blindness to reality that several African nationalists will take up in defense of the motherland. Rather, the article outlined both the external and internal factors that were ultimately burdening the continent.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Forever the 'Other': How Segments of Hip-Hop Misuse Equalizing Platforms

Picture a scenario:

There once was a family in a neighborhood. Let's call them the Wilsons. Although every bit as dignified and able as any family in  that community, they had been dealt a heavy card in that they ended up in this neighborhood due to no will of their own, and had, for the longest time, struggled to keep up with the other families. Because of these disadvantages and the resultant , the family was treated poorly by the rest of society: they were a disgrace to the community; they would never be able to fit in; why did they end up here anyway?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Rogue Farewell: Margaret Thatcher

Photo Credit: NBC News

"If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time and you would achieve nothing." - Margaret Thatcher (1989)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Rogue Farewell: Chinua Achebe

"If you don't like someone's story, you write your own."
                                                                                                             – Chinua Achebe

 Every generation is granted its fair share of exceptionally influential individuals. They come in all forms and at varying levels of influence and fame, and the world is a better place for having them.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The End of God as We Know Him pt 2

    The inevitably shifting dynamics of international religion

A few months ago, we published “The End of God as We Know Him”, a rather controversial piece that discussed the waning lure of traditional organized religion and the rise of a more attractive secular-spiritual global culture. We hereby continue our analysis of this shift in paradigm, with the papal selection looming over our heads.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

How to Deal: The Necessity of Post-Tragedy Humor

O for Sweet Irony! Nike's Pistorius campaign has been the butt of many jokes recently.

"Roses are red, Violets are glorious,
Never sneak up on Oscar Pistorius"- @JohnnyHouse (Twitter)

"The tragedy is that, if Oscar Pistorius had no arms, this would have never happened" - @frankieboyle (Twitter)

Wittty? Sure. 

Funny? Well, if you're into that sort of thing.
Distasteful? Absolutely.

Yet no sooner had the Valentine's Day tragedy involving South African Olympic track star, Oscar Pistorius, and his girlfriend came out to the public, it has been one joke (well crafted or otherwise) after another

Friday, February 1, 2013

A Thank You To Our Readers From The Rogue Scholars

For a year now, the Rogue Scholar Society has worked week in, week out to bring you the best of cultural and socio-political commentary and discussion. From #StopKony to abominable rape comments by revered politicians, Lance Armstrong to the god Particle, Syria to the Olympics; if it happened in 2012, we had something to share with you, and were excited to have your audience and responses.

Not for nothing else, on behalf of the Rogue Scholars Society, we would like to thank you for your support through the whole process, and we hope 2013 and beyond will only see our forum go from strength to strength. To do that, we need your input!
Please take a quick minute of your time and fill out our survey here, that will help us better tailor the blog to your needs and expectations! Responses will be anonymous so, as the kids would say, 'go in!'

Thank you again, and we appreciate your input!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Why the Inauguration of Barack Obama Besmirches Dr. King's Legacy

                                                                                 -by Leroy Jenkins (Guest Writer)

Today. Monday January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama will be inaugurated into his second term as the Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces and leader of this great nation. To many, it would only seem fitting that, on this momentous occasion, the president should take his oath of office on the Bible that once belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Discontented Democratic Soul

by Paul Mitchell, Guest Contributor

Photo courtesy of log24.com

What is it about this country that causes people to flip so terribly?  Regardless of political stance, it is impossible to ignore the fact that atrocities like those in Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado seem to be happening more and more frequently these days.  In response to national tragedies, the people of this country instinctively do two things in quick sequence: they embrace and mourn with their neighbors for a few days, then look to the Federal Government to respond. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Concept of Home and Unofficial Dual Citizenship

Picture courtesy of: http://history-africa.com/Zimbabwe/

I’ll admit, I had gone rogue (pun intended) for a good few months, but since this is the month of resolutions, what better way to start the year than to write an article for one of my favourite platforms. I recently visited my homeland Zimbabwe for the first time in two years and one conversation struck a chord in me. A young girl who has become a friend and who I refer to as Soul (because she gets me so well) spoke about her unofficial dual citizenship. See, she moved to Canada to study,

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

[Interview] Breaking the Silence in the Congo with Satori Ananda

(Originally posted on Red Sociology)
Part of our (Red Sociology) blog’s purpose is to highlight struggles for liberation and freedom going on around the world and do what we can to let everyone know about them. On that note I had the pleasure some time ago to talk with Satori Ananda, an activist and organizer working with an organization called Friends of the Congo. Their organization’s goal is to highlight the abuses, outside influences, and internal conflicts that is tearing the Congolese people apart. Their main organizing effort in this capacity is an event called Congo Week which was October 14-20th last year. They also have a speaker tour which also spreads their message across different communities. Below is an email interview done with Satori about conditions in the Congo, her organization’s involvement, and what you can do to support their efforts.