Politics

How Poverty & Monetary Sytems, Modern & Ancient, play out in Uganda

Mar
19
Ekkehard Doehring, Sabine Becker, Edna Byabalemi & Moren Katwiesigye

From early 15th century or there about, pre coin monetary systems, in the form of cowry shells, precious metals and others, began circulating in the coastal areas of East Africa. These steadily spread inland to reach places as far removed from the coast as present day Uganda and much of eastern Congo. They slowly but not completely replaced the age old system of trade by barter.

 

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Pope Benedict’s Farewell to a World full of Sorrows!

Mar
19
Okello Oculi

Two hours to the end of his eight year pontificate, Pope Benedict the16th bade farewell and uttered his last blessings to the world as Pontiff from the balcony at Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Then to a friendly and cheering crowd of the faithful and the curious that came to see him in their multitudes the Pontiff turned his back. But Benedict seemed at that moment even more popular, probably because he had shown the way.

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Why Uhuru Kenyatta Won and Raila Odinga Lost in Kenya?

Mar
19
Mahmood Mamdani

The conventional wisdom in the Kenyan media is that the 2013 election has been an ethnic census, not issue-based. This half-truth fails to recognize the issues that drive the ethnicisation of politics.. It is true that the easiest way to predict how an individual voted would be to know his or her ethnicity. What is not so obvious is to perceive how ethnic blocs have voted and for whom. To graph this we actually need to look at the issues

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Kenyatta’s Election Victory and the Rotten Face in Steven Spielberg’s Movie

Mar
19
Patrick Gathara

At high school we watched the screening of Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist.  In the Movie a family lives in a house erected on a graveyard without knowing it. This did not go down well with the spirits of the dead, who made their displeasure known by slowly torturing the family to madness.

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Kenyan Election 2013! Was it a Triumph of Democracy? Or was Democracy on Trial?

Mar
19
Okot Nyormoi

The previous Kenyan election had been marred by ugly scenes of wide spread post electoral violence. This time around as Kenyans again went into election gear, the whole world held its breath. By the end of the day when without a sign of violence it was all over, you could almost hear the collective global sigh of relief. To that extent the 2013 election was a success.

 

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War Crimes Court Crawls Towards a Close in Phnom Penh

Mar
19
Jonathan Power

At the first war crimes tribunal at Nuremberg at the end of World War II a total of 23 accused stood at the dock. The trial lasted 13 months. By comparison there only 5 accused stood at the dock at the Pennon Pen trial. Yet the proceedings have now lasted 7 years and still running.

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Slowly Emerging Tanzanian Success Story

Feb
01
Jonathan Power

Something is happening in Africa; particularly in one corner, to the mid south east of the vast continent. It is noteworthy that the ongoing world economic crisis, particularly in Europe, has had little negative impact on most African economies. Instead African countries have been able to take advantage of the strong foundations they built in the years leading up to the present crisis

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What Africa can learn from the Last American Election

Feb
01
Okot Nyormoi

American elections are events of great drama. Each presidential election is a drawn out stage theater. With many acts, actors and scenes that come to a close in Washington, in a colorful ceremony and installation of the most powerful leader in the world. The last presidential election that pitted incumbent Democrat Barack Obama against Challenger Mitt Romney of the Republican Party was one such extravaganza.

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