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FROM BETHLEHEM: MISREADING OF JEWISH HISTORY

Jan
21
By Jonathan Power, weekly columnist on foreign affairs

From BathlelemPerhaps the biggest single misthink in Western history is best understood by standing in the town square of Bethlehem, allowing one’s gaze to pass over the roof top of the Church that covers the stable where Jesus was supposedly born, and let one’s eye drift into the blue sky beyond and thinking: how on earth could it be that the Christians, whose belief in the divine center around Jesus’ crucifixion carried out by Roman soldiers

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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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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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THE MIGRANT CLASH ON THE BELARUS/POLISH BORDER

Nov
23
By Jonathan Power 

Migrant Crisis at Belarus.Poland BorderIt’s always sad to see migrants up against it–whether it is the deadly waves of the Mediterranean and the Aegean seas, the slow churning processes of the US/Mexican border and, in the case now in the news, of 4,000 or so mainly Kurdish migrants trapped on the Polish/Belarus border. The migrants are facing Polish soldiers on one side of the barbed wired fence on the Polish side. Behind them, guarding the route the migrants took from Minsk airport, Belarusian soldiers don’t want them to return home or even look for jobs in Minsk.

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WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE MEDIATION TO RESOLVE YOUR DISPUTE

Nov
23
By Kato Mpanga, U.K Academic Lawyer and Wyclef Kayonjo, Lead, Innovations and Client Strategy at Fine Media Uganda

Kato MpangaThough the issue of mediation is relevant to many other countries, the discussion here will focus on the situation in Uganda where on 1st February 2013, the Judicature Mediation Rules 2013 were passed into law. The rules made it mandatory for civil matters such as land, and family disputes, among others, to first attempt mediation before being taken to the High Court and its Subordinate Courts.

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IS THERE AN AFRICAN SPECIFIC DEMOCRACY?

Oct
21
By Okot Nyormoi, Editor

Okot NyormoiDemocracy is one of the most important ideas in human history. Different people in various places, and at various times often hotly debate it, fight for, and even die for it. In Western cultures, it is believed that democracy was invented in Athens, Greece a long time ago (7th century BCE), though the idea and practice also existed in various cultures in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and America in one form or another without necessarily calling it democracy or having it written down. Africans and non-Africans have discussed democracy with respect to Africa in many forums.

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BLASPHEMY IS A RIGHT, NOT A CRIME

Oct
21
By Leo Igwe, Abuja-based correspondent

The arrest of Nigerian Humanist, Mubarak Bala, for blasphemy on April 28, 2020, has generated heated debates about blasphemy. Opinions are divided regarding the concept of the contempt of religion and how alleged blasphemers should be treated. In this piece, I draw attention to the often-overlooked perspective that blasphemy is part of everyday discourse. Contempt of religion is part of the universe of faith and belief. I suggest that it is utterly senseless for some religious believers, Muslims in this case, to accuse somebody of blasphemy. I submit that blasphemy is a right, not a crime, and should be respected and not penalized.

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ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS CAN JUSTIFY THEIR KILLING

Sep
22
By Jonathan Power, a weekly columnist on foreign affairs

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What do we in the West know about Islam? Perhaps more than we did before 9/11 but not much. Now the US and NATO have withdrawn from Afghanistan we are again reminded how little we understand about Islamic fundamentalism and how its adherents justify their beliefs, not least their use of violence.

 

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