Politics

Failed State,Terrorism and Transnational Dangers

Aug
14
Jonathan Power

President Barack Obama and the White House believe that there are in the world two major fault lines, one in the Middle East and the other in the so called Failed States. From Africa to Central Asia to the Pacific Rim nearly 60 countries stand on the brink of conflict or collapse, Obama has said. These failed states are the perfect incubators for extremism and terror, Obama says.

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Reflections on Algeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary

Aug
14
David Porter

Algeria marked its 50th anniversary of national independence from French colonial rule on July 5th 2012. Independence came at a heavy price, after a bitter eight-year long armed struggle, marked by nearly 1,000,000 Algerian deaths, terrible repression, military removal of millions from their homes and torture. This forceful rejection and overthrow of French colonial control was an immense and spectacular accomplishment.
 

 

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Invisible Children, Kony 2012 Video, and Museveni's Army

Jun
12
Okot Nyormoi

When the Kony 2012 video hit the internet in March, it triggered two significant responses.  One was the staggering number of people, 50-100 millions, who watched it within days.  To achieve this feat, the makers of the video employed a simple narrative told by children, one a victim who was pleading for help and the other was the son of the producer, who, in spite of his young age was shown identifying the bad man. The message was simple, “if this small boy can identify evil, why can’t the rest of the
 

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Downside of Kony 2012 Video, what Jason did not tell Gavin and his Army of Invisible Children

Jun
12
Mahmood Mamdani

A 30-minute documentary about Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony has been watched by tens of millions online. But will this mobilization of millions be subverted into yet another weapon in the hands of those who want to militarize the region further?

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The Last American Census and the Coming American Election

Jun
12
Angelo Faria

In any country a national population census is a major event. By convention it takes place once every 10 years in most countries. However it is not in every country that it is done correctly and objectively. In the past in some countries the release of population census results has been the occasion for heated controversies. Properly conducted, a national population census generates wide-ranging data which when taken together provides a unique mirror image of the nation and the changes taking place within its boarders; socio-political and economic.

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International Intrigues, Africa, and the Age of Impunity

Jun
12
John Otim

Following the armed seizure of power in the Mountain Capital (read Uganda) strange things occurred. The International Press and some Diplomats in the Capital appeared festive. The Press competed for headlines and fought for scoops. Whatever they got they hurled with the fury of Ogun, the ancient Yoruba god of iron. Death and destruction spread like wild fire

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Yesterdays Superlative Northern Uganda Schools

Mar
17
David Ongom

By the end of second decade of the twentieth century missionary education in Northern Uganda was well under way. This was especially so in the Acholi Sub Region. Two missionary bodies were engaged in opening up educational space throughout Northern Uganda, one Roman Catholic, and the other Anglican Protestantism. The education system they set in motion was within the circumstances and the limitations of the time, a model any country would have been proud of.

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Peace Moves and Strategies in War Ravaged Village

Mar
17
John Otim

For hours they trekked for kilometers in a situation that brought them close to danger.  Given what it was at the time in Northern Uganda, anyone could have shot them dead and that would be that.

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