Politics

Why the United States pulled back from the threat of war in Syria

Oct
18
Okot Nyormoi

About a month ago, the United States was poised to go to war in the Middle East. This threat of war was triggered by the allegation that President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria crossed the red line President Obama argued was set, not by him, but by the international community against the use of chemical weapons

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King Mutebi II and the future of the Kingdom of Buganda in Uganda

Sep
15
John Otim

Had the twentieth century been an African century, the kingdom of Buganda and its centuries-old monarchy located in present day Uganda might have loomed large on the world stage. Africa had seen some powerful kingdoms and empires. Who can or what can rival Mensa Musa and his Malian Empire of 14th century?

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Kofi Annan on Justice for Kenya

Sep
15
Kofi Annan

ON Tuesday, the eyes of Kenya will be firmly fixed on The Hague, where the trial of the country’s deputy president, William Ruto, and his co-defendant, Joshua arap Sang, an influential radio executive, is set to begin before the International Criminal Court.

 

 

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Seven steps to riches: How Kenya could avoid the oil curse

Aug
09
James Shikwati

New discoveries of oil and gas in Kenya provide a great opportunity for Kenya to reposition itself as a business and commercial hub in Africa. The country could invest in refineries, in road and rail networks, in education, health and other infrastructures and ultimately come to realize its long awaited future as the African tiger or dare we say the African lion.

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Between the Brotherhood and the Military: a revolution deferred

Aug
09
Mark de Lark

Events unfolding in Cairo, Alexandria, the Sinai and other parts of Egypt are sad to watch but not unexpected. Raw, bloody and full blown crisis is back in the unfortunate country, in many ways because of the failure of the Muslim Brotherhood to build bridges with secularists and minorities such as the Coptic Christians once they achieved power. Yet such a prospect was entirely feasible and completely desirable.

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Obama’s crocodile tears over Trayvon Martin

Aug
09
Glen Ford

It was a performance worthy of a stage act; the President pretended to cross over to the Black side for a few minutes, in response to the massive Black rage at Zimmerman’s acquittal in the stalking and murder of Trayvon Martin. Fully 87 percent of African Americans believe the shooting was unjustified, compared to just one out of three whites (Washington Post-ABC News polls)

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The Portrait of Nelson Mandela as a Nigerian Statesman

Jul
01
John Otim

Were Nelson Mandela born a Nigerian he would not have been examined let alone admitted and treated in a hospital within the borders of this great land. At the slightest sign of trouble a special plane will fly him to the best hospital in Germany, in Britain, in America or France. This is the Nigerian way. Any Nigerian doctor, who dares approach him much less touch him would be subject to arrest.

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Obama’s Africa Visit and its fallout

Jul
01
Okot Nyormoi

Any visit to Africa by an American President who also happens to have an African father is bound to generate heat. Obama’s recent visit to Africa that took him through Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania did just that. He tellingly excluded Kenya, the birth place of his father; and neighboring Uganda, a country fighting a proxy war in Somalia for America.

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