Dear Readers and Friends December edition out , Dec 17 2018

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Sketches from Colonial Kenya

Sam Kahiga

We had grown up under the awful Emergency of the 1950s, reading colonial pamphlets printed in red ink, showing rows of Mau Mau fighters being publicly hanged on high posts. The Lari massacre and the subsequent government reprisals took place within walking distance from our village

Doing battle with Saudi Arabia

Jonathan Power

How can Saudi Arabia be brought low? If the King won’t remove from power his 33 old son, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, there may be no alternative but to do battle with its regime. In a nonviolent manner for sure..



Burden of Failure in A Failed State

John Otim

Reading Burden of Failure, the new novel by Okot Nyormoi, I found myself remembering old friends and old arguments we use to indulge in. We were a group of young lecturers on a northern Nigerian campus. We were bothered by the lack of progress in Africa since independence.  We were searching for a way out of the morass...

Walking back to Africa: Story of Slave Rebellion

Special Report

To most people, the best-known slave rebellion is that which occurred under the leadership of the ex-slave Toussaint L'Ouverture on the island of St Domingo between 1791 and 1804. That revolt became a revolution and secured the island’s independence from France...


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 ...

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

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.

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

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.

Nigeria: the big questions in this election

Jonathan Power


It has been said that “Brazil has a future and always will”. The quip cannot be made about Nigeria. It has a future and it is working towards it without the mind-boggling mistakes that have been made in recent years in Brazil.



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