What I’m Reading This Week

This week I’m reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. It is a book I started many years ago but never finished but to which I’m returning because I made a resolution to declutter my reading lists this week.

The fiction book I’m reading this week is Blood and Bone by Ian Esselmont. Again this is a book I’ve been reading for the past three months and I’m like 80% through. Hope to finish it up this week.

Next week I’ll be finishing up Trevor Noah’s memoirs Born A Crime, which I picked up last year but never finished.

The review for Blink will be up on the weekend, perhaps so too the Born a Crime one. Both are enjoyable reads .

I’ve also been peeking on  Meditations by the emperor Marcus Aurelius, but I’ve already read that and it’s just for enjoyment’s sake.

What are you reading?

The Absurdity of Tanzania’s Cyber Laws

In another ridiculous African decision, the government of Tanzania recently signed into law regulations that , among other things, require bloggers to pay a fee for the right to own, maintain and publish a blog.

Reports the CNN:

It’s not just bloggers affected by the provisions, but online radio stations, online streaming platforms, online forums, social media users and internet cafes.

The “Electronic and Postal Regulations” also requires Internet Cafes to have surveillance cameras, presumably to catch people who make posts on social media that are deemed unsuitable by the government.

The much lauded President Magufuli, at least at the beginning of his term, has revealed his true colors: He’s just another wannabe strongman who cannot take criticism and whose only tool is authoritarianism.

It makes me sad that the people of Tanzania are subjected to such unreasonable and draconian laws at a time when the world is making progress with regards to freedom of expression.

Punishment will also be meted out on those who publish “content that causes annoyance… or leads to public disorder.” All this in an effort to curb “moral decadence”

Honestly you can’t make this up.