Politics

Mandela: the unfulfilled promise of the rainbow nation

Feb
24
Daniel Adawa

Leadership failure in Africa continues to define Africa as the preeminent disaster region of the world, still at this late hour dependent on donor aid despite its enormous resources. Recent events in South Sudan and the Central African Republic are only the more dramatic face of Africa in crisis

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Nelson Mandela: man of steel, master of symbols, disciple of big ideas

Jan
17
Okello Oculi & John Otim

Mandela was a man of steel who went for the substantive but a man who understood that when it comes to the pursuit of the big thing there were times when symbols were just as important. And he always played the game in such a manner that it was easy for opponents to dimiss or underrate him.

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Minefields of intrusive trauma: Aboke abduction: haunting memories of paradise lost

Jan
17
John Otim, Ekkehard Doehring, Sabine Becker

One night as they slept a group of girls, aged between 12 and 16, were abducted from the campus of their elite school in a village 25 kilometers outside the northern city of Lira in Uganda.  For 4 brutal days they were frog marched through the bush into virtual slavery by the LRA, the rebel army that was marauding in the region.

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Gathering of the tribe: a year on at Lango Conference 2012

Jan
17
John Otim

Just days before Christmas 2012 there took place in the northern city of Lira (Uganda) a gathering of the tribe. The Langi, a major nationality group in Uganda numbering some 3 million converged on the war ravaged city from all corners of the land and from around the world. Decades of conflicts in Uganda had produced a disproportionately large Lango Diaspora.

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Mo Ibrahim of the Sudan and his grand Prize for Good Governance in Africa

Jan
17
Okello Oculi

The Sudan that Mo Ibrahim knew came into independence on January 1, 1956 waving the visionary horizon of being the bridge between Black Africa and Arab Africa. From its northern border with Egypt to its southern border with Uganda it hosted the River Nile and its mission of robbing rich soils from the highlands of Ethiopia and East Africa and hauling it to fertilise and support crop-growing agriculture in Egypt.

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The credibility of the ICC and the folly of the African Union

Nov
15
Okot Nyormoi

When the International Criminal Court (ICC) was created in the year 2002 the expectation was that the court would do some good for a troubled world. More than ten years on, it is not unfair to ask of the ICC, if it has done the world some good.

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Will the Saudis acquire a nuclear bomb of their own?

Nov
15
Jonathan Power

 

BBC’s defense correspondent Mark Urban has uncovered some troubling links between Iran moving towards a nuclear bomb and a Saudi Arabian decision to produce its own nuclear bomb with Pakistani help. Urban notes that Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons project and now the Saudis believe they could obtain a nuclear bomb at will.

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Saudi Arabia in a diplomatic showdown at the UN

Oct
18
Jonathan Power

Last week diplomats at the UN were amazed when Saudi Arabia did what no country had done before; turned down the seat it had just won on the Security Council.

 

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