Politics

Who is this man Xi Jinping who rules China?

Jun
28
Jonathan Power

Despite the enormous power he wields, Xi Jinping, president of China, remains an enigma. We watched him on television last weekend as he watched the dancing in Pyongyang in the company of Kim Jong-un. His face was near to expressionless. Xi doesn’t pose or stand like an arrogant man. His face doesn’t look hard, as did Hitler’s or Stalin’s

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US/Iran Flare up in the Persian Gulf

Jun
27
Jonathan Power

“Any attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary including military force.” President Jimmy Carter 1980

 

 

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Protecting Land Rights in Apaa, Amuru District, Northern Uganda

Jun
27
Okot Nyormoi

Apaa land has been the center of local as well as international attention for decades. It has seen wars, changes in land utility, eviction and re-occupation and many other activities. The land is about 827 Sq. Km, (82,700 hectares) lying between Amuru and Adjumani Districts. Recently, the President of Uganda appointed a new committee chaired by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament ...

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SECURITY COUNCIL MUST STOP THE US MAKING WAR ON IRAN

May
24
Jonathan Power

Iranian lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, was this week sentenced to 38 years in jail and 148 lashes. Amnesty International reported. Nasrin is a dedicated human rights campaigner. The persecution of human rights activists in Iran is getting worseIIt makes it hard to feel sorry for Iran. Even when President Trump is wielding his bully stick against it. Even when Trump has sabotaged the International agreement on Iran ...

 

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America’s bags of tricks and strategies

Apr
23
Okello Oculi

Today President Donald Trump can go on twitter and make nasty comments about immigrants and what the president loves to call shithole countries. However, in the past and for centuries Europeans including Trump’s own people boarded ships and fled their European homes for America to escape problems that made their European lives wretched and miserable.

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After al-Bashir will another Strongman soon fall in Africa?

Apr
22
Okot Nyormoi

Brazenly taking advantage of a sustained mass uprising against the government, the Sudanese Army struck and removed the long tserving General al-Bashir from power. Al-Bashir was placed first under house arrest and then moved to prison. The coup followed four incredible months of relentless mass demonstration all over Sudan. Nothing quite like this had been seen in Africa before. 

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Drinking heavy metal contaminated alcohol in Uganda

Mar
19
Okot Nyormoi

In a corner of northern Uganda, where live the musical Acholi, not only is there an alarming rate of alcohol consumption among the general populace, the alcohol consumed there and available here, has been shown to have a heavy dose of heavy metal ... continued political marginalization plus the activities of unscrupulous alcohol manufacturers and suppliers, appear to promote the massive public consumption of alcohol

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Authoritarian rule & the paradox of the decline of the African coup

Mar
16
Okot Nyormoi

 

On 7 January 2019, an attempted coup to topple the ailing Ali Bongo as president of Gabon, failed. That the coup attempt occurred was not a surprise, given the conditions in Gabon. Here is a sickly and absentee president, ruling over the undeclared 50-year old monarchy. While throughout the country, appalling poverty make life a misery for the majority, as a tiny corrupt elite wallows in opulence

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