THE GENERAL AND THE DOCTOR

Sep
26
John Otim, a novelist

Al Harun(Excerpts from a just published novel Strongman)

The military man that he was, his targets were carefully chosen. With him everything had a purpose. Once in what seemed like a random and stupid act, he had his men along with a bunch of journalists, proclaim and crown him King of Scotland. A carefully chosen tune played in the background, softly, very softly, but it was audible. As they placed the gold and crimson crown upon his head the police brass band struck up and played the tune out loud.

 

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BINARY APPLICATION OF SOCIETAL VALUES

Sep
26
Okot Nyormoi, Editor

If you were to ask people if they have values, the answer will without hesitation be in the affirmative. They have national, cultural, traditional, religious, moral values, on and on ad nauseum. The September issue of Nile Journal is devoted to discussions of different aspects of social values. People are always forced to choose between which values to respect and which ones to violate, when, why and how.

 

 

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A call to action for positive change

Aug
07
Liza Sekaggya, an international human rights lawyer

Sekaggya imageAs a black African woman living in Europe and like many other women, I have often been subjected to multiple forms of discrimination including gender and race. Consequently, we are often left behind in career advancement in management and leadership positions. Such inequality led me and a group of women of African descent from around the world to establish a platform, Phenomenal Women Global (PWG), aimed at sharing our challenges and experiences regarding career advancement and our professional lives.

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Death of a Warrior for Nuclear Peace

Aug
07
Jonathan Power is a foreign policy columnist


Bruce Blair died a few days ago at the age of 72- one of the great unsung heroes of the nuclear bomb age. In his twenties he had been an intercontinental nuclear rocket launch officer, spending his days or nights deep down in a below ground bunker waiting for the signal to fire and obliterate the cities and their people, the workers of all classes, pensioners and the totally innocent children of western Russia. The New York Times said in its obituary that “he sounded alarms about how easy it is to start a nuclear attack and about the lack of safeguards. A leading voice for nuclear arms control, he pushed for countries to adopt a no-first-use policy”

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How the US Removed Mobutu from Power

Aug
07
Yoga Adhola, the former editor of The People newspaper.

When asked, Museveni misled many people by explaining that he went into the Congo to overthrow a corrupt regime. While that might have ended up being one of the byproducts of the overthrow of Mobutu, the real reasons were different. To appreciate the real reasons why Museveni and Kagame were involved in overthrowing Mobutu, we need to understand the US involvement in the Congo since the country became independent in 1961.

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Remembering Wamba dia Wamba

Aug
07
Okot Nyormoi, Editor

Picture of WambaIt was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Professor Ernest Wamba dia Wamba in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on June 15, 2020. Though we know that everyone will pass on at some point, it is still hard to accept it when death occurs.

 

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The vote on Russia’s new constitution and Russian freedom

Jul
13
By Jonathan Power, an international correspondent

One of the founders of Russia’s Pussy Riot rock band, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, was interviewed on the BBC last weekend. When the group played inside the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour she was jailed for two years for “religious hatred”. She doesn’t seem bitter, but she seems damning. She thinks that last week’s referendum on a new constitution was only held to cement Putin in power for two more decades

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Can Police Brutality be Fixed?

Jul
13
By Okot Nyormoi

I Can’t breathe”. That was the cry of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, as he was being suffocated by a white policeman who had his knee on his neck. It took eight minutes and 46 seconds for the police officer, Derek Chauvin, to commit murder so foul.

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