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Archive - 2015

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April 19th

Muhammad Buhari the President Elect of Nigeria

John Otim


One could say without fear of being contradicted that whenever and wherever in the world democracy works you have before you a government of the people. By that we mean that the people themselves have of their own free will, in a free and fair election, elected a government of their own choice. We must rule out of consideration ...

Ian Robinson and the alchemy that was King’s College Budo

John Otim


A large black Rolls Royce cruised slowly along the tree lined lane that lead up to the Big School. A lane usually closed to traffic. There it drew to a stop. Out came the Governor General of the newly independent State of Uganda, Sir Walter Coutts And there to receive him was Ian Robinson Headmaster of King’s College Budo

How the people of the city of Gum embraced their differences and became whole again

Okot Nyormoi

Gum was a small city state ruled by a wise and kindly king. The people loved their king. The king whose powers were immense did not abuse his authority. It was a delicate balance. For years the people lived in peace and harmony. No one could tell how long this could last

 

Iran could squash the nuclear bomb deal

Jonathan Power


Almost there, but the negotiations that have been going on between the Iran, America, the EU, China and Russia, over Iranian nuclear program is not yet a done deal. The Iranians or the Americans could still shoot it down. There are legislators in the American Congress who would love to do this if they could

April 18th

South Africa's growing attacks against immigrant Africans: a perspective from below

Abahlali Mjondol


Attacks on African migrants in South Africa are connected to oppression of poor black people of South Africa. To prevent the poor from organizing and standing up to their real enemies, the state tacitly encourages violence against foreigners.

March 24th

Nigeria: leadership and politics of the vice presidency

John Otim

In politics the second in command is far from a glamorous position, even though the man or woman that occupies the position may be only a heartbeat away from the top job. Should anything happen, the second in command is, by most constitutions next in line of succession

white & black in africa: postcolonial director of the national theater

John Otim

 


In the days of empire most Whites were believers in the myth of White superiority. In many African countries bitterly fought wars of liberation preceded independence. In the Congo while invited guests were still in the banquet hall celebrating the new Africa a bloody war broke out for control of the fat of the land

Islamic State: most potent threat to world peace in our time*

V S Naipaul

Picture queues of helpless men and women being marched by zealous executioners who nail them to wooden crosses and crucify them, howling and bleeding to death as crowds watch. Picture thousands of girls and women, their arms tied, being marched by hooded and armed captors into sexual slavery.

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