WHERE is my country and which direction is it taking? This is the question that should occupy us as we enter the New Year - at least for all those concerned with the destiny of Namibia.
THE politics of gender continue to remain at the centre of our national debate.
"THE Ethiopians now are advancing, but that is not the end," Omar Idris, a senior official of Somalia's Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), told the BBC Wednesday last week.
MANY may find my statement unforgivable, but I'm increasingly of the opinion that Namibians in general are lazy.
DEATH took a high toll on Namibian roads this holiday season, with scores more people killed than in the same period last year.
SPORT in Namibia during the year under review produced a bag of mixed results, meaning that it was exceptional for some sportsmen and women, while some have failed to capitalise on their chances in their respective codes.
LAST weekend, the United Nations celebrated the end of its 'International Year of Desertification' with a pop concert in the desert featuring Jean-Michel Jarre.
IT'S been one of the slower years, in hard news terms: no great events, few surprises, and no real shocks.
WHILE many of our 'wishes' for Namibia for the New Year, which would include things like economic prosperity, a reduction of the crime rate and less unemployment, may seem unattainable, at least in an immediate sense, there are...
DISUNITY and infighting within the ruling party, Swapo, compounded by the politics of patronage, have undoubtedly been inhibiting factors as far as good governance is concerned this year.
THE early exit of Namibia's so-called under-20 side from the Cosafa tournament in South Africa this week was the result of poor planning and a lack of patriotism.
WHEN an official American report talks about collapse in Iraq and catastrophe sweeping through the region, its sheer novelty after years of denial gives it a certain credibility.
IN preparing for this column on excellence in institutions, I had two interesting discussions.
AS The Namibian has reported on more than one occasion, former NBC Director General Gerry Munyama persists in asking the NBC to drop charges against him for stealing public funds.
WHAT connects Iran's nuclear ambitions and Holocaust denial? With equal fervour, Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, defends his country's right to develop its nuclear capacity (though denying that his country seeks nuclear...
IT will take a combined effort for us to stop the carnage on Namibian roads.
THE decision to stage the FNB Cup semi-final matches at the Independence Stadium this weekend is understandable because of the apparent poor condition in which the Sam Nujoma Stadium finds itself, but not quite.
WE all know about the problem of China's missing girls: the tens of millions of female babies who were selectively aborted after their sex was determined by ultrasound, or were born and then just allowed to die, as families...
IN July 2005, millions of people filled stadiums for the Live 8 concerts in support of Africa's people.
Now, I don't mean that our fiery Minister of Lands is about to chase all the San people from Bagani into the mighty Okavango River and let them drown there.