When a father helps a son, both smile; but when a son must help his father, both cry. ~ Jewish Proverb
There are 7.8 billion people alive on earth today.
Since South Sudan became an independent state on 9 July 2011, there are now 195 independent sovereign nations in the world (not including the disputed but de facto independent Taiwan), plus some 60 dependent areas, and several disputed territories, like Kosovo.
The world is on road to a totalitarian tiptoe
Who is your friend or foe?
How can we really know?
Isn’t that so?
I mean, aren’t we already past the precise of the edge of the broken cup
Be a good boy or girl, shut up the fuck up
Censor your something
If you don’t do as we say, you’ll drown
When we show you the government’s flag, fake that smile from a frown
Leaders high on their delusional power
Turning the world’s beauty into sour
They confiscated my land and property
Under the guise of building a new world
When many of us found ourselves under the table curled
Snitching on him
Our neighbour tim
Masks on, drink your fluoride water, inject yourself, become a bot, repeat after us, breathe in the fumes, papers nice and steady
Now you are ready
They took all of what was left
Cameras watching, spying criminals behind cameras of theft
Isn’t that what we wanted?
Sitting by whilst our freedoms were haulted
Then they came for me
And there was no one left to speak out for thee.
No one tests the depth of the river with both feet. ~ Ghanaian Proverb
The one chased away with a club comes back… But the one chased away with reason does not. ~ Eritrean Proverb
A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click. ~ American Proverb (Silicon Valley)
~The Mali Empire, also historically referred to as the Manden Kurufaba, was an empire in West Africa that lasted from c. 1230 to 1600. It was the largest empire in West Africa and profoundly influenced the culture of the region through the spread of its language, laws, and customs along lands adjacent to the Niger River, as well as other areas consisting of numerous vassal kingdoms and provinces.
~Modern oral traditions recorded that the Mandinka kingdoms of Mali or Manden had already existed several centuries before unification. This area was composed of mountains, savanna, and forest providing ideal protection and resources for the population of hunters. Those not living in the mountains formed small city-states.
~The combined forces of northern and southern Manden defeated the Sosso army at the Battle of Kirina in approximately 1235. This victory resulted in the fall of the Kaniaga kingdom and the rise of the Mali Empire.
~The Mali Empire covered a larger area for a longer period of time than any other West African state before or since. What made this possible was the decentralized nature of administration throughout the state. Its power came, above all, from trade.
~The Mali Empire reached its largest size and flourished as a trade and intellectual center under the Laye Keita mansas (1312–1389). The empire’s total area included nearly all the land between the Sahara Desert and the coastal forests.
~The 1599 battle of Djenné marked the effective end of the great Mali Empire and set the stage for a plethora of smaller West African states to emerge.