Politics

Seven steps to riches: How Kenya could avoid the oil curse

Aug
09
James Shikwati

New discoveries of oil and gas in Kenya provide a great opportunity for Kenya to reposition itself as a business and commercial hub in Africa. The country could invest in refineries, in road and rail networks, in education, health and other infrastructures and ultimately come to realize its long awaited future as the African tiger or dare we say the African lion.

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Between the Brotherhood and the Military: a revolution deferred

Aug
09
Mark de Lark

Events unfolding in Cairo, Alexandria, the Sinai and other parts of Egypt are sad to watch but not unexpected. Raw, bloody and full blown crisis is back in the unfortunate country, in many ways because of the failure of the Muslim Brotherhood to build bridges with secularists and minorities such as the Coptic Christians once they achieved power. Yet such a prospect was entirely feasible and completely desirable.

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Obama’s crocodile tears over Trayvon Martin

Aug
09
Glen Ford

It was a performance worthy of a stage act; the President pretended to cross over to the Black side for a few minutes, in response to the massive Black rage at Zimmerman’s acquittal in the stalking and murder of Trayvon Martin. Fully 87 percent of African Americans believe the shooting was unjustified, compared to just one out of three whites (Washington Post-ABC News polls)

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The Portrait of Nelson Mandela as a Nigerian Statesman

Jul
01
John Otim

Were Nelson Mandela born a Nigerian he would not have been examined let alone admitted and treated in a hospital within the borders of this great land. At the slightest sign of trouble a special plane will fly him to the best hospital in Germany, in Britain, in America or France. This is the Nigerian way. Any Nigerian doctor, who dares approach him much less touch him would be subject to arrest.

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Obama’s Africa Visit and its fallout

Jul
01
Okot Nyormoi

Any visit to Africa by an American President who also happens to have an African father is bound to generate heat. Obama’s recent visit to Africa that took him through Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania did just that. He tellingly excluded Kenya, the birth place of his father; and neighboring Uganda, a country fighting a proxy war in Somalia for America.

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Real power in Russia will not grow out of the barrel of a gun!

Jul
01
Jonathan Power

What drives President Vladimir Putin is to make Russia once again a respected and admired brand as it was in the days of the Soviet Union. In his arrogance Putin underestimates what real power Russia already has. He does not realize what card to play. It is not his hang tough policies in the international arena, especially where America is concerned. It is Russia's culture.

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

Jun
13
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.

 
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Developing World Rising as India and China Industrialize

Jun
13
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.

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