Politics

Zuma's South Africa and the Perils of Narrow Nationalism

Jan
11
William Gumede

For a good part of its 100 year old history, two distinct strands of Zulu nationalism competed for dominance within the ANC, especially in its KwaZulu Natal wing; the one conservative and closed, the other progressive and more inclusive of other communities in South Africa.

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Can Africa Learn From Nigeria?

Dec
25
John Otim

Nigeria may yet turn out the one country in Africa to which other Africans can turn to, for answers to the many problems that beset Africa and for much more. We remember only too vividly the violence that followed the last presidential election held in Nigeria in which hundreds lost their lives. We recall the horrible flare of bloodletting that took place in the country in December of 2002 as the sparkling new Capital City of Abuja prepared to host the Miss World contest.

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Culture in Economic Development under Condition of Marginalization, Unraveling the Lango Predicament

Dec
25
John Otim

 

 

They took one long and collective look in the huge mirror held before them and were horrified at what they saw. A once proud community decimated and wasted and become self hating. What happened? A Ugandan academic and playwright familiar with the history and culture of tribe and himself one of them held the mirror and did not pull punches. 

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Perhaps the Last opportunity for peace in Afghanistan

Dec
25
Jonathan Power

The coalition of Western forces has lost 3,000 soldiers during its 10 years of war in Afhganistan. By comparison the Soviet Union lost 15,000 over 9 year long war in Afghanistan between 1979 and 89. Politically the Soviet Union had little to show for its troubles. It is a safe bet to say that likewise the US and their NATO allies will have little to show for their troubles come 2014, the date they mean to complete their Afghan withdrawal. Unless ...

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Ghosts of 2007 and the Coming Kenyan Election

Nov
09
Nathan Wangusi

Two of the four prominent Kenyans now charged with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague are set to become President and Vice President of Kenya respectively. That is if they win the March 4th, 2013 Kenyan Election! The two are the current Kenya Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and the current Eldoret North Member of Parliament, William Ruto.

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Uganda under British Rule Better Country than Uganda Today

Nov
09
Sam Akaki

Ambassador Joan Rwabyomere, Uganda High Commissioner to Britain, recently hailed the massive population increase in Uganda, from 9 to 34 million, as one of the country's main achievements since Independence! She spoke on 6 October 2012 at Uganda Golden Jubilee luncheon organized by British men and women, who served in Uganda before or shortly after Independence,

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Why Obama Was Struck Dumb in that First Debate

Nov
09
John Otim

In just a few days it will all be over, and we will know the winner. But following the first of the Presidential debates it was clear that Mitt Romney, who had been almost laughed off the Presidential race by pollsters and ordinary Americans alike, had pulled off a remarkable comeback. Today many agree that this election is going to be one of the tightest in American history. How did this happen? How did Obama loose his considerable early lead?

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Others Laugh as Uganda Celebrates 50 Years of Independence

Sep
25
Okello Oculi

Uganda sits on the upper lips of a vast pool of water around which prowl two immense pythons. The first is the River Nile which drinks water from the vast pool and runs with it to pour into another vast pool they call the Mediterranean at the far northern tips of the continent. The second python is a rail line that drinks deep from the land itself and runs to empty its gorge by the Indian Ocean for onward transmission overseas. The first python was followed by adventurers who arrived at the big pool in the north and settled down to build Ancient Egypt

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