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Editor’s Note

Jun
25
By The Editor

Man of La Mancha

It is now clear that Russia has failed to achieve the quick victory President Putin had hoped for when it brazenly invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022.  Despite the impressive visual display of Russia’s military power, the invasion turned out to be nothing more than a terrible killing field for both soldiers and civilians on both sides. 

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EDITOR’S NOTE

May
24
By the Editor

Let Us Stop This Tree Carnage

Dear esteem readers, we regret that the March and April editions of the Nile Journal were not published due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to resume our regular monthly publication schedule from here on.

 

 

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WESTERN ALLIES’ SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE IS WANING

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

USA vs Russia War in Ukraine

It was evident that international politics of the cold war era died a natural death with the fall of the Berlin wall on November 9, 1089, leaving the world with only the Chinese wall. Thus, the world expected the new US President, Joe Biden, to pursue new foreign and national policies with the post-cold war era but not the populist “Make America Great Again” policies of former President Donald Trump.

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Editor's Note: A Special Edition on Development in Africa

Nov
23
The Editor

Ethiopian-TPLF AgreementIn the last two years, COVID-19 pandemic, left the world in utter misery. However, not all was lost because there were some bright spots. For example, Kenya conducted its election peacefully and had a smooth transition of power, a rare feat in Africa. Brazil’s by-elections, won by ex-President Lula, occurred without the anticipated violence by former President Bolsonaro’s supporters. Similarly, the USA has just concluded its mid-term election without the anticipated overwhelming victory or violence by ex-President Trump’s far-right election denialists. 

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Oct
21
By The Editor

The FlyoverThat every country has the right to celebrate its independent day is incontestable. But what is contestable is what the government does during the celebration relative to its responsibilities for serving all citizens equitably. On October 9th, this year, Uganda celebrated its  60th year of independence with pomp and circumstance. One thing struck me among all that happened at the Kololo Hill celebration in Kampala. It was the national Air Force flyover.

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UGANDA’S OWEN FALLS DAM: A COLONIAL LEGACY THAT STILL STINGS, 67 YEARS LATER

Oct
21
By Professor John Mukum Mbaku, Weber State University

Professor John MbakuUganda’s Owen Falls hydropower plant has a rich history that predates the country’s independence in 1962. The plant is located across the White Nile and sits between the towns of Jinja and Njeru on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is about 85 kilometers east of Kampala.

Uganda was a protectorate of the British empire from 1894 to 1962. In 1947, English engineer Charles Redvers Westlake recommended the construction of a hydroelectric dam at Owen Falls that was supposed to be East Africa’s largest power project.

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UKRAINE AND THE NUCLEAR BOMB

Oct
20
By Jonathan Power

Shadow of a Man in Hiroshima before the Bomb BlastWe were standing in Hiroshima looking at a stonewall. All there was to see was a shadow of a man which had been etched into the wall at the moment of his obliteration by the blinding light of the first atomic bomb. Olof Palme, prime minister of Sweden, stared hard at it. An hour later he had to give a speech as head of the Independent Commission on Disarmament of which I was a member. "My fear", he remarked, "is that mankind itself will end up as nothing more than a shadow on a wall."

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Sep
16
By the Editor

Kenyan Peaceful transfer of Power First, I want to apologize to our esteemed readers for not bringing forth the July and August editions of our journal. The mind was willing to produce the editions as usual, but the body was unwilling to do so. I was faced with some health challenges which did not allow me to produce the journal. I appreciate your patience and I am happy to be back online this month.

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