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June 17 2013

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Feature News

Feature News

African Legend of Origin in Tom Omara’s Exodus

John Otim

The little known piece of epic is the work of a young writer published in 1972. In the light of what happened in Africa in the decades that followed, Tom Omara’s The Exodus  was remarkably prescient and it is full of reverberations for the politics of today.

 

 

Oil, sex, health, and politics in the Niger Delta

John Otim

If you took away the $101.7billion petro dollars that the Niger Delta brings yearly to the Nigerian economy the government would collapse. Nigeria in all probability would become a failed state. The oil revenue is a huge sum of money by any standards and makes up as much as 90% of the Country’s entire budget. The fierce completion for political power in Nigeria is about the control of oil money. The inevitable result is the corruption, bad governance and lack of freedom.

 

Developing World Rising as India and China Industrialize

Jonathan Power

Never in the history of mankind have the living conditions and prospects of so many people changed so dramatically and in so short a period. Great Britain the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, took 150 years to double its output. Following later the United States took 50 years. Both countries had a population of less than 10 million each at the point at which they industrialized.

Marginalization and the politics of intrigues in Amuru land grabs

Okot Nyormoi

Land grabbing in Amuru District in Acholiland, northern Uganda, has become a chronic problem. Today land grabbers frame their case in terms of investments and development for what they say is a free and empty piece of real estate. We will develop your land. We will bring you riches and employment for your sons and daughters.

 

Post conflict land grab adding salt to injury in war torn Northern Uganda

John Otim

All over the world land and the resources on it remains a hot issue especially in Africa where a new scramble for the riches of the continent has just began. What is not so clear to some observers is the fact of the scramble within individual African countries, where the rich and the powerful, aligned with corrupt regimes in power are defrauding common folks of their land on alarming scales.