Politics

Gathering of the tribe: a year on at Lango Conference 2012

Jan
17
John Otim

Just days before Christmas 2012 there took place in the northern city of Lira (Uganda) a gathering of the tribe. The Langi, a major nationality group in Uganda numbering some 3 million converged on the war ravaged city from all corners of the land and from around the world. Decades of conflicts in Uganda had produced a disproportionately large Lango Diaspora.

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Mo Ibrahim of the Sudan and his grand Prize for Good Governance in Africa

Jan
17
Okello Oculi

The Sudan that Mo Ibrahim knew came into independence on January 1, 1956 waving the visionary horizon of being the bridge between Black Africa and Arab Africa. From its northern border with Egypt to its southern border with Uganda it hosted the River Nile and its mission of robbing rich soils from the highlands of Ethiopia and East Africa and hauling it to fertilise and support crop-growing agriculture in Egypt.

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The credibility of the ICC and the folly of the African Union

Nov
15
Okot Nyormoi

When the International Criminal Court (ICC) was created in the year 2002 the expectation was that the court would do some good for a troubled world. More than ten years on, it is not unfair to ask of the ICC, if it has done the world some good.

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Will the Saudis acquire a nuclear bomb of their own?

Nov
15
Jonathan Power

 

BBC’s defense correspondent Mark Urban has uncovered some troubling links between Iran moving towards a nuclear bomb and a Saudi Arabian decision to produce its own nuclear bomb with Pakistani help. Urban notes that Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons project and now the Saudis believe they could obtain a nuclear bomb at will.

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Saudi Arabia in a diplomatic showdown at the UN

Oct
18
Jonathan Power

Last week diplomats at the UN were amazed when Saudi Arabia did what no country had done before; turned down the seat it had just won on the Security Council.

 

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Why the United States pulled back from the threat of war in Syria

Oct
18
Okot Nyormoi

About a month ago, the United States was poised to go to war in the Middle East. This threat of war was triggered by the allegation that President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria crossed the red line President Obama argued was set, not by him, but by the international community against the use of chemical weapons

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King Mutebi II and the future of the Kingdom of Buganda in Uganda

Sep
15
John Otim

Had the twentieth century been an African century, the kingdom of Buganda and its centuries-old monarchy located in present day Uganda might have loomed large on the world stage. Africa had seen some powerful kingdoms and empires. Who can or what can rival Mensa Musa and his Malian Empire of 14th century?

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Kofi Annan on Justice for Kenya

Sep
15
Kofi Annan

ON Tuesday, the eyes of Kenya will be firmly fixed on The Hague, where the trial of the country’s deputy president, William Ruto, and his co-defendant, Joshua arap Sang, an influential radio executive, is set to begin before the International Criminal Court.

 

 

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