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EDITOR’S NOTE

Dec
21
By the Editor

Omicron VariantIt is now almost two years since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared. Hand sanitizer, face mask and social distancing were new, but eventually became a regular routine. Not much was known about coronavirus. No treatment drugs and no vaccines to prevent infection. However, we have now come a long way. We have not just one but many vaccines and promising treatment drugs. Unfortunately, we seem to be playing a game of hide and seek with the virus.

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IS WAR THE ANSWER TO A TROUBLED WORLD?

Dec
21
Okot Nyormoi, editor

Destruction of War “Is war the answer to a troubled world” is a question which has been asked many times by many people. For most people who have ever been in wars, fought in wars, were victimized as innocent bystanders, or have simply read about the horrors of wars, the answer is a resounding NO. The no answer was best articulated by Edwin Starr, an African American musician in 1969 when he asked, “What is war good for?”.

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COLD WAR WARRIORS ARE ON THE ASCENDANCY AGAIN

Dec
21
By Jonathan Power, weekly foreign affairs columnist

Cold War BombWhen the Cold War ended in 1989 with a slew of arms limiting agreements these people in the Blob were effectively unemployed. While they were down and out this should have been the time for both superpowers to get rid of all their nuclear weapons. What were they needed for? Lying around, albeit unused, they could be picked up and deployed again if relations turned for the worse–which they did. Simply put, this was a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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COUNTERING RADICALIZATION THROUGH INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

Dec
21
By Augustine Bahemuka, Commentator on issues of peace and society

Augustine BahemukaThe dark cloud that hovered over last month seems to have slowly faded into the passing of time. However, this cannot be true for individuals and families that were directly affected by the November 16, 2021, twin bomb blasts in Kampala. We send them condolences. Uganda held Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels based in Eastern DRC responsible for these heinous acts of violent extremism.

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EU, USA, AND UN STANCE ON ETHIOPIA DEGRADES DEMOCRACY

Dec
21
By Dr. Aklog Birara 

The USA possesses national institutions that can mitigate risks and avert “destabilization of this great nation.” Who will defend weak nations targeted by the USA? Indeed, the USA Government’s nefarious activities are destabilizing Ethiopia. The Biden Administration’s pro-Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)’s position has tainted and undermined mutually beneficial relations between USA and Ethiopia.

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FEMALE GAINS POWER IN SWEDEN

Dec
23
By Ocaya p’Ocure, a social media commentator, Uppsala, Sweden

PM AnderssonThe democratic society we see today in Sweden and the several rights we have, has been the result of people's struggle. Individuals have been important in these struggles. People who, through their actions or their struggles, have pushed the boundaries of what is possible and who have won even rights for themselves and others. Truly, being a woman and fighting in a male world was a challenge. Many women pioneers faced opposition both for their views and for being women.

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