Archive for the ‘Opinion Writers’ Category


By Madit Them Arop, Juba, South Sudan

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Monday, January 21, 2019 (PW) — The rentable lip with twisted edge that works to destroy buys fame nowadays. But ideas involved can take us high or drag us low while the interest attached adjusts the wheels toward the intended direction. Such leasable lips have owners: the agents of fame. These widespread agents are known to degrade or water down the opponents to achieve the hidden odds.

Such agents are armed with information circulated about others. They are labeled as “professional conspirators”whose source of strength is interwoven with information meant to obliterate. They are known smart and crafted with trait of professionalism.

Politicians, civilian, and society fear them because everything is believed to be at their fingertips. Avoiding them is not advisable; teaming up with them is not so healthy either, though it’s sometimes commendable during circumstantial needs. (more…)


By Sally Nyalony Gatwang Riak, Kampala, Uganda

 

Monday, January 21, 2019 (PW) — Do what you can do best in silence and surprise the world. Who would think that someone all the way from a different nation would out complete the nationalist.

 
All the way from South Sudan to shine light. Juma modi alpha, a student from mildcare parents school seeds to brighten and light the nation. He gets four aggregates from a very long struggle.
 
Juma Micheal Taker, is a young star aged 13 plays and basketball.He with ten aggregates. The list is endless.

Life of persistent fear and overwhelming anxiety as a refugee in Uganda during the times of terror in the hands of Joseph Kony and Ali Bamuze and UPDF’s failure to save the refugees

By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

Monday, January 21, 2019 (PW) — It was one fateful mornings of 1996; a year Yoweri Museveni had his second elections after the 1980’s which he lost to Obote – and it was the first elections under the constitutional provision of 1995 since he seized power in 1986. Museveni was facing serious challenge from Paul Ssemogerere and Kibirige Mayanja who later lost to him.

This time, Museveni was already 10 years in Power after five-years rebellion and subsequent coupe executed by Obote’s CDFs Gen. Tito Okello against his boss, Dr. Milton Obote. Museveni continued his rebellion and seized power from Okello a year later.

We woke up on Monday as normal to school from Block Six, we followed the usual small serpentine dusty route that meanders in the refugees’ back-yard gardens to the slopes of the small streams and woods towards Block Seven – a neighboring Block.

Mum had woken me that morning as I could hesitate to go to school, forced me and escorted me a little, stood with her hands on the waist,watched me grew shorter and shorter as I disappeared into the shrubs. (more…)


January 17, 2019

By Vania Gulston, New York City, USA

A Long Day of Protests in Sudan: Three Deaths, and the Exploration of Other Tactics by Activists

Sunday, January 20, 2019 (PW) — This day of protests in Sudan was a long one. A young 16-year-old boy named Mohamed Alebaid  was shot dead by security forces. Twenty-five year old medical doctor—Babiker Abdalhameed–died after being shot in his chest.

He stepped outside a house where he had been caring for an injured protester in order to tell the security forces to stop throwing tear gas inside of homes, and, according to a friend who asked to remain anonymous, the security forces responded by shooting him dead.

Hundreds of protesters began to gather outside of Royal Care Hospital in Khartoum. According to reports, they chanted, sang songs, and talked about the next stage of what has become one of the biggest and longest protests in Sudanese modern history.

A little after 2:30am in the morning, a member of a social media group chat, solicits tents.

“Tents, tents, tents That’s what we need for tomorrow. Please if you can bring some tents, just bring them up to Royal Care.” (more…)


Foreign nationals took advantage of South Sudan ethnics’ conflict in labour market

By Noble Leek Goi, Jonglei State, South Sudan

Saturday, January 19, 2019 (PW) —- UN agencies and International NGOs are indirectly looting South Sudan in term of employment opportunities. Foreigners from neighboring countries like Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Congo and other countries have flooded UN agencies and International NGOs operating in South Sudan.

The positions taken up by those foreigners from the mentioned countries can well be handled by South Sudanese. Majority of South Sudanese studied in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, America, British etc. That means they have acquired the same knowledge like the nationals from those countries. And one would really wonder what makes South Sudanese graduates to linger on the streets of South Sudan while the foreigners are enjoying the Air Conditioned (A/C) rooms in South Sudan!!

This make the statement of late president of Uganda Idi Amin Dada true when he expelled the Asians from Uganda that, “They are milking the cow they don’t feed.” Indeed he was right, because Uganda was flooded by foreigners (Asians) who took wealth from Uganda and used it to develop their own countries, leaving Uganda and her nationals poor. Hence they were milking the cow they didn’t feed. (more…)


I would like to draw your attention to the fact that we are lacking good English because your uncles looted our national resources to sponsor you abroad.  We are not good in speaking English as you claimed but practically applying our acquired knowledge into good use while our money looted by your uncles ended up in bars and in the hands of computer wizard giving you fake certification abroad

By Marial Mangar Akol, Juba, South Sudan

Corruption genesis

Thursday, 17 January 2019 (PW) — Dear readers, I am completely vexed here, because any education is better than none from my perspective. However I do believe that there is a certain standard for university that people should at least hold as a guideline and goal: Unique experience that provides comradery, gives opportunity to create long-lasting relationship with people, provides access to wealth of knowledge and opportunities to learn from.

Well, we can look at this from so many angles but that will still not suffice your preordained grudge notion. Nevertheless, to ask what the qualities of a good school are is also to say how do I know this particular school is a good one? Here’s the thing, don’t trust every broken English you have heard spoken by claimed people about the Juba University from your tea places or somewhere.

Rather here’s the perfect approach you can use to know:

  1. Get someone currently enrolled at the university to tell you how true the stories you have on your lobbying mind by asking what average percentage he/she got during high school. Of course, it’s a good university, one of its qualities is that it admit those who scored highly compare to another universities.
  2. For every system to be efficient, we look at the outcome, its products and what it can generate. Surely, one quality you can look at is the history of quality students they have been producing, what these alumni are doing currently and how they are impacting the country over the years. By making your own research, all advocates, clinics that being handled well are at the hands of university of Juba’s graduates.

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By Riak Marial Riak, Juba, South Sudan

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 (PW) —- In that touch of life something moves up to you with all possibilities. Entry for a common man is a task ahead. In that life you become eager to know who lifts you up from the dust, yes, life is a distant our bodies are not willing to walk in, yet there is a new obstacle that pushes us to live up to the goal, a new wave of dismissal sent yesterday’s signal that we may be better.

Survival too want us to take another route until we become multi– in a volatile–community chasing all sorts of life’s pedigree. The tendency here is to keep that same balance which depended on individual decisions, to be active or remain passive as you have desired. Life gives us a sense of belonging, it takes us far from our togetherness based on individual choosing.

We are not ready whatsoever this case must be, where we enter because we know at later stage the distant is brought to an end we can verily sit back watching our peace folded and masquerade readiness in all aspects of living, yes, we are not poor because our ancestors had it as a cycle of life, we are fighters seeking time and independent battle as a manner of struggle, as a matter of grabbing delicacy. (more…)


An open Letter to Elected MPs of former Tonj South County in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly – Juba

Dear Honorable MPs Representative,

By Morris Mabior Awikjokdit, Juba, South Sudan

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Thursday, January 17, 2019 (PW) —- I am very fortunate to have been able to have a secure roof over my head. Having that comfort is unfortunately a luxury that many in our community are not able to have due to these difficult economic circumstances. Recently, I have become very concerned about the increase in criminalization efforts against the most vulnerable in Thiet County of Tonj State, the homeless. As a proud member of our community yourself, I am sure that you share many of these concerns.

Research has shown that people experiencing such mistreatment have endured an increasingly hostile environment of imposed forceful recruitment which has resulted to looting of vulnerable citizens’ properties, torturing and human right abuses on daily basis. The data collected has shown that looting of Apuk Juwiir community has taken consecutive three years since from the era of former Governor Akec Tong up to the present time. What is particular about this community in Tonj?

Did we commit a sin that cannot be forgiven? Many of the day to day activities, that many of us take for granted, are restricted to people without shelter such as local ordinances that deem sitting on sidewalks or loitering to be infractions. Citizens of this community should be able to work toward getting out of their demeaning situation without the fear of being harassed and cited for being impoverished.

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By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 (PW) — This topic is especially relevant to our modern climate not only the South Sudan nation but the overall world. We have become intoxicated by toxic tribalism and the group mob mentality. We have unconsciously been seduced or persuaded by the idea that one group is “wrong” and “evil” while our own group is “correct” and “good’’. This mentality leads to a whole list of disastrous consequences which I will explain it later on in this publication.

But, the first things we must understand is what exactly is toxic tribalism and where does it come from. What is toxic tribalism and where does it stem from? First, let me provide a definition of what toxic tribalism is. Toxic tribalism: A loyalty to one’s own tribe or social group to the point that dogma and dysfunction become the standard. Afterward, let me provide 2 key characteristics in which an individual has become drunk with toxic tribalism.

Demonization, this is the first and the foremost quality of someone who is toxically tribal. If there is any labeling of the other group as being stupid, evil, racist, demons, scum, and then you can almost be sure that they are in the mindset of toxic tribalism. Unconscious Behavior and attitudes, one of the hallmarks of someone who is engrossed in toxic tribalism is a lack of conscious behavior. Unconscious behavior comes in many forms such as screaming, not entertaining contradictory idea, being closed minded, violence and the list goes on. (more…)


By Atem Yaak Atem, Sydney, Australia

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Sunday, January 13, 2019 (PW) — Smoking shisha, * the pastime that is common in some middle Eastern and African countries, is known by several names. In its weekend edition the Australian daily newspaper, Sydney Morning Herald reported two bodies working for local communities, the Australian Lebanese Muslim Association and South East Sydney Local Health District, had come together in their concern over the effect of shisha on the users within the community. In their campaign to enlighten the public on the dangers smoking shisha posed to people, the state government of New South Wales (NSW) has contributed Australian $ 386, 000 (US $274, 368.80 at the time the article was being written) to support the campaign that aims at advising smokers to quit the habit.

Well-founded fear

The concern expressed over harm inherent in smoking shisha may appear to be the work of fear mongers. It is not alarmist; the campaigners have reputable source of information on which they base concerns. Claims that smoking shisha could be harmful to people’s health the way smoking tobacco has been identified as a culprit, is slowly but surely gaining grounds among scientists and health workers in the developed world. Australia is one of these countries. The Herald’s report has quoted NSW health minister, Brad Hazzard: “Smoking shisha for an hour is equivalent to inhaling the volume of smoke from 100 to 200 cigarettes”. Such frightening statements, similar to this one, do not come from a politician’s guesswork or imagination. The minister has a credible authority to back his claim. World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations’ body responsible for global governance of health and disease is the source. According to the 2005 advisory note from WHO’s research arm, TobReg or tobacco study group, the smoke that comes from water in the shisha “contains toxicants known to cause lung cancer, heart disease and other disease”.

The report adds that the campaigners aim at educating members of their community as well as the general public to rethink about the perception of shisha smoking as a pastime. In their drive to educate the public, the organisers are not alone. The head of NSW Cancer Institute, Professor David Currow, backs the campaign against smoking, when he told the paper that “shisha smokers were unknowingly putting themselves at risk of the same deadly diseases that kill cigarette and second-hand smokers”. (more…)


By Mabil Manyok Nhial, Gweru, Zimbabwe

 

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Deng Deng Hoc, South Sudan minister for Education

Sunday, January 13, 2019 (PW) — Doing many things at ago is doing nothing! Is it not true and correct that South Sudan is sadly addicted to perennial confusions?! Logic has it that it is wise to do one thing at a time in order that it bears fruits.

As one of the participants in the National Curriculum Review conference that was held in Juba a few days before the December 15 incident erupted, I personally heard the then Undersecretary of Higher Education Science and Technology, Hon. Deng Deng Hoc Yai, now in charge of the Ministry of General Education, enthusiastically emphasising on the adoption of French and Kiswahili as well as native languages apart from ITC at both primary and secondary levels in the curriculum of South Sudan. The hall broke into a thunderous round of applaud since his words were interlaced with those of the majority in the Hall.

Recently, the same Ministry publicly made it known to the citizenry that the government is planning to hire some teachers of Kiswahili from Tanzania. This appeared in the news on 7th July, 2018. Firstly, no one had and still has a gut to question it because it is what is already in the curriculum. Secondly, Kiswahili has been adopted as the official language for the East African Community (EAC), of which South Sudan is a member. (more…)


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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Saturday, January 12, 2019 (PW) – It is a sad news that the supposedly Al Watan Newspaper published in Juba is a victim of the brutal regime that came to power 30 years ago in a military coupe de’tat.

Its only crime is to publishing what is basically happening on the streets of Khartoum. The roots of National Congress party or shortened NCP extend beyond the country we left 8 years ago because of its Islamism, classicism, slavery, dictatorship and human right abuses.

Sudan has not change an inch. It still fights Africans to the South, East and West. Corruption has multiplied under Bashir tenfold. (more…)


H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit,

President of the Republic of South Sudan,

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By Wol Deng Atak, Nairobi, Kenya

Subject: Open Letter to President Salva Kiir – Let Senior Government Officials Account for the Disappearance of USD 50 Million

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a jovial President Salva Kiir and SPLM-Io Chief Negotiator Taban Deng

Friday, January 11, 2019 (PW) —- Your Excellency, I hope this letter finds you well. While submitting this appeal to you, Mr. President, I am not in any way claiming superior abilities and wisdom than you might have acquired. But want to state that the entire country depends on you for a right decision against promoters of the graft. Continual inaction is worsening already awful situation your fellow citizens face and may only end in more pains, regrets, and wishes, which cannot help remedy consequential evil that marring our history or losses likely to result.

Mr. President, the Government of South Sudan secured over USD 130 million loan from a company (name withheld).  According to a report on your Desk,  USD 50 million has been stolen and shared by senior government officials.  Up to now, you are yet to act on the report and this is worrying. I am alarmed, I guess you are, to learn of the disappearance of USD 50 million in the hands of officials in your administration – whom I least expected to help themselves with public funds without any lawful authorisations.

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By Kurthii Manyuat, Beijing, China

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Red carpet, Bashir and Kiir in Khartoum, November 1, 2017

Friday, January 11, 2019 (PW) —- Although South Sudan attained it independent in 2011, it was in large part of a political independent, the economic had arguably failed to make it out during the process due to the absolute necessity of using Sudanese pipeline facility to transit south Sudan’s only export commodity–the oil.

Great Nile pipeline, despite being used as a weapon for extracting fund by Sudan, it is extremely significant for the government of South Sudan to transport its oil to the international market and keep the economy alive as long as nothing is done to reduce 98% oil dependency. It had been a precious opportunity for Sudan to discover the vulnerability of the south.

Our partners in the oil pipeline deal have enjoyed huge leverage for a very long time and we have endured all the costs to the extent of earning $5dollar per barrel of oil in 2014, 2015. the worse could be coming since the smoldering bread protest which others called it a  ‘revolution’ in our northern neighborhood may in one way or another increase appetite for that regime to seek fund voraciously.

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By Peter Wek Mabiordit, Juba, South Sudan

Peter Wek Mabioordit, the author, is a South Sudanese poet and researcher. His areas of interest include business administration, women empowerment, poverty alleviation, cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence in the society.

Peter Wek Mabioordit, the author, is a South Sudanese poet and researcher. His areas of interest include business administration, women empowerment, poverty alleviation, cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence in the society

Friday, January 11, 2019 (PW) — Peace is a precious gift from God. It bears positivity and hope in the hearts of the poor and comforts the marginalized. Peace does not promote tribalism or hatred. It is an advocate of unity and progress. Peace does not seek vengeance for the wrongs done.

It builds a common boundary of love, trust and understanding. For peace to exist in our country South Sudan, we must initiate the spirit of love and forgiveness right from within our families. A family that is guided by the principles of peace values the contributions made by all its members.

It sows the seeds of contention and resolves differences amicably. In a God-fearing family, violence and rivalry are not practiced. Similarly, a strong nation is the one in which love, unity, freedom of expression and association are observed. (more…)


Meet Ms. Aluel Manyok Barach: A proud feminist and social activist whose work is shaping lives of women and youth in South Sudan

 By Ms. Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

Meet Ms. Aluel Manyok Barach: A Proud South Sudanese Feminist and Social Activist

Meet Ms. Aluel Manyok Barach: A Proud South Sudanese Feminist and Social Activist

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 (PW) — Meet Ms. Aluel Manyok Barach, a fierce feminist whose work for gender equality, women empowerment and peaceful coexistence between men and women, tribes and political parties shine bright like snow. I first came across Ms. Aluel Manyok, popularly known as Aluel Naomi, via her social media updates in regards to gender equality and peace process in the newest nation of South Sudan.

Clicking on her profile page one afternoon, I stumbled upon some of her personal information that was intriguing enough to share. Ms. Aluel Manyok describes herself as fierce South Sudanese social activist and feminist who is strongly passionate about gender equality and peaceful co-existence. As a true champion of her own persona and an agent of change to many, Ms. Aluel Manyok graduated from Makerere University with Bachelor of Economic Development (Hons) and have participated in number of international programs of which she is current generation Change Fellow as well as YALI program Alumni.

Feminism is one of the major disciplines in academia that advocates for the rights and freedom of women in education, employment, equal opportunities, political representation and involvement of women in decision-making as well as social related actions that aim at bettering women’s lives to the standard similar to that of men. Having received much opposition from the male-dominated society due to misconceptions and changes brought upon by globalization and ancient culture transition, feminism has multiplied into different factions striving to tackle different types of social, political and economic inequalities and social injustice facing women across the globe.

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By Oliver J. Lomeri, Minnesota, USA

Tuesday, January 08, 2018 (PW) — The celebration of the revitalised peace agreement between the government of South Sudan and the Opposition parties in Juba was a dubious event with its complexity for the people of Central Equatoria State and South Sudan. The onus of the success of this revitalised peace agreement mostly lies on the implementation phase of the peace process in Central Equatoria State or Yei River State. There are already different indicators in the political scene in the country which show doubts about the prospect of the peace implementation benchmarks. Nevertheless, the people of the country are ready to embrace peace at all costs.

Unfortunately, the potential of crisis emerging with the security Arrangements’ implementation in Central Equatoria or Yei River state is inevitable. Interestingly, with the celebratory peace between the warring parties to the conflict in Juba, it is worthy to point out the continuous military operations carried out by the government in Yei River State against the signatory forces to the peace agreement. Undoubtedly, some of the underlying issues of implementing this agreement in the country would be attributed to the question of funding, the creation of military cantonment and governance.

Acquisition of funding from the international community to implement the peace agreement is an uphill battle for the government of South Sudan. All of the donors and South Sudanese friends are sceptical about the commitment of the South Sudanese leadership to maintain and implement the security arrangements. Furthermore, the level of expenses already incurred by the government’s preparations for the peace celebration in Juba was a turn-off point for the donors.

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The positive implications of embracing Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies in South Sudan: The Case of the Academic staff of Higher Education in South Sudan.

By Ustaz Abraham Mabior Rioc, Hong Kong, China

Dr. John Gai Yoh on his strategic views of South Sudan Education System

Dr. John Gai Yoh on his strategic views of South Sudan Education System

Friday, January 04, 2019 (PW) —- At the global level, institutions of higher learning are gearing towards innovative teaching and learning strategies that are aimed at producing worthwhile graduates who are job creators rather job seekers. As a result of producing quality outputs with looked-for tertiary education qualifications, most of the world best universities and colleges thrive to gauge their curricula, teaching force and the educational resources at their disposal. In doing so, they measure the best means of the delivery of the subject matter to the learners by employing innovative-based teaching methods. This is done so because of the demands of the labor markets as they change their focus in recruiting graduates who retain a variety of innovative mindsets and skills that can make them stand out as effective workforce in their workstations

By contrast, the tertiary education in South Sudan has a lot of expectations to be desired by its citizens on one hand and accomplished by the government on the other hand. In academic reality, the institutions of higher learning in South Sudan, both private and public, are suffering from lack of innovative teaching and learning skills. As such, this is not because the academic staff are not qualified to deliver the right content in an innovative manner. However, the fact remains that are they are the least motivated workforce across the country in terms of salaries and other benefits that account for professional development. Despite the fact that they possess desired qualifications, experiences, and capabilities, there is a tendency of low morale towards their teaching profession. (more…)


Dinka culture does not practice and encourage auction of Dinka Girls as claimed by some feminists, media outlets and activists: A Case of Nyalong Ngong Deng from Awerial County of Eastern Lakes State

By Ustaz Abraham Mabior Rioc, Hong Kong, China

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Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang, Awerial County, Lakes State

Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang, Awerial County, Lakes State, whose bride price consist of 500 cows, 3 V8s, and over $10,000

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 (PW) — In the past few months of October, November, and December 2018, the alleged auction of Nyalong Ngong Deng went viral on the social and international media outlets preached and entertained by some feminist campaigners and civil society-based activists. The misconception of the marriage that was labeled as auction as well as the girl being considered underage was furiously condemned at local, national, and international levels and the government was urged to investigate the matter.

As far as freedom of speech and expression is concerned in South Sudan, it is not bad for one to express his or her viewpoints on the prevailing social, political and economic issues besetting the nation. However, what is required is a professional code of conduct that guides the freedom of speech locally and internationally. With no doubt, I have been a feminist by practice and advocacy, nevertheless, I am so cognizant about my professional conduct that does not allow me to invade the privacy of any community member or organization.

With regards to expressing one’s views, it should be noted that keeping your argument in check with one’s privacy is a prerequisite of freedom of speech. This means that a writer, an activist, or any other concerned person in the community or outside should not interfere or invade one’s privacy just like the case of Nyalong Ngong Deng and her families. I would like to acknowledge that freedom of expression is fundamentally important, but it requires every profession to consult the concerned elders or community before making any information public. (more…)


By Mabil Manyok Nhial, Gweru, Zimbabwe

Corruption genesis

Sunday, December 30, 2018 (PW) — I have, with an iota of audacity and unflinching certitude, been telling a plethora of my cronies that this world is sadly standing in between a black devil and a deep blue sea of aversion. It has always been my strong conviction that there is no shortcut to modernity as our young people hurriedly take a dim lit path to what they wantonly call ‘civilisation.’ I am not always ashamed of vetoing anything that touches morality, which is supposedly a fulcrum of secular values. Being a strict defender of morality has given me a laudatory epithet ‘RIGID MORALIST’ as my colleagues oftentimes dub me.

Human life militates against three pillars namely culture, religion and most importantly, the law. These three pilasters on which every society leans, must, as a matter of  living truth, be jealously observed with a hefty amount of reverence. A society, which doesn’t live up to these three stanchions has indubitably triturated itself with a kamikaze effrontery. It is trite that our own world is getting mad every day in every way as a society so chooses to bend or even jettison one or all its standing stones; the societal values. Hasn’t it opted to be in a devilmaycare state?

The definition of marriage has traditionally been silhouetted. Marriage has since time immemorial been defined as a legally or socially recognised union between a man and a woman, which establishes rights and obligations between those spouses. This means that any definition that falls outside the ambit of this classical definition is as good as anything placed on nothing! (more…)