WHY  UGANDA NEEDS TO RE-CALIBRATE ITS POVERTY ERADICATION PROGRAMS

Mar
22
By Lutaaya Brian Wamala, Business Entrepreneurship and Public Policy academic, brianer1@outlook

Low and Low-middle Income HousesSince the NRM’s ascension to power in 1986, numerous efforts have been made to eradicate poverty across Uganda. In 1997, the government took a more direct approach to poverty eradication through its Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP).  Two and a half decades later, it has since conceptualized and implemented up to a dozen multi-sectoral poverty eradication programs targeting various special interest groups from women to youth.

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SHAPING A GODLESS UNIVERSE

Mar
22
By Alan Tacca, novelist, socio-political commentator, altaccaone@gmail.com

Alan TaccaIn the wake of the American debacle in Afghanistan, questions are asked about the limits of American power. The same might soon be asked of Russia and NATO.

Other questions relate to the persistence and resilience of the Taliban, and to the future of governance, women, religious minorities, and so on, in Afghanistan.

A concerned world also speculates on the influence of the emboldened Taliban on the future of terrorism.

But let me reflect on the heart of the problem, the problem of God.

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WHERE IS GOD DURING WAR AND CONFLICT?

Mar
22
By Augustine Bahemuka, Commentator on issues of peace and society, abahemuka@outlook.com

Augustine BahemukaIt is Lenten period for Christians around the world. This is a special preparatory period during which believers are invited to grow and deepen their relationship with God. Among the recommended spiritual practices designed for spiritual growth are prayer, fasting, reflection and meditation. In one of the recent editions of Sunday Monitor, Musaazi Namiti raised contentious knife-edge questions about God’s relevance in human affairs, especially during war and conflict in his article “Wars illustrate how God is irrelevant in human affairs”.

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WHAT THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR REVEALS

Mar
22
By Dr. Aklog Birara, retired senior IMF adviser

Dr. Aklog BiraraOn March 4, 2022, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board was briefed on “the economic impact of the war in Ukraine, and on possible fast-tracked financial assistance for affected countries.” There is no doubt that costs to human life and the damage to the economy in Ukraine are massive. More than two million Ukrainians have fled their homeland. Equally important is the effect of the underappreciated, and unprecedented coordinated sanctions on Russia by the West.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: TRYING TIMES

Mar
22
The Editor

War in UkraineThe world has had its share of global tragedy in the past two years. First, was the unexpected appearance of COVID-19 which has now killed more than six million people and left many more with chronic health challenges. Despite the incredible job of creating multiple effective vaccines and treatment drugs by the biomedical experts, the virus seems to have gone into a hide and seek mode by mutating into new variants every time we think we have gotten it under control.

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WHITE MALICE: HOW THE CIA STRANGLED AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE AT BIRTH

Feb
19
By Henning Melba, Professor, Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

White MaliceHistorian Susan Williams grew up in Zambia. Like other scholars of her generation raised in former settler societies of southern Africa, she empathizes with the continent’s people.

Williams’ widely acknowledged new book, White Malice–The CIA and Neocolonialization of Africa, adds to her track record, testifying to this engagement. Almost a forensic account, its more than 500 pages (supported by close to 150 pages of sources, references, and index) are as readable as a John le Carré novel.

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WHY UGANDA SHOULD RATIFY THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL MEDIATION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS NOW

Feb
19
By Kato Mpanga, U.K Academic Lawyer and Counsel Frances N. K. Ddungu (Smith), CEO of Arbitration, and Mediation Society of Uganda.

Kato MpangaThe United Nations Convention on International Mediation Settlement Agreements, also known as “The Singapore Convention on Mediation” is a convention that applies to international settlement agreements resulting from mediation. It sets out a legal framework for the right to invoke the mediation settlement agreements as well as for their enforcement among the member states. The Convention facilitates international trade by using mediation as an alternative and effective method of resolving commercial disputes. The Singapore Convention on Mediation (the Convention) was adopted in December 2018 in Singapore and Uganda was among the first countries to became signatories to the convention on 7th August 2019. 

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YES, IT WAS ETHNIC SLAUGHTER IN YUGOSLAVIA AND RWANDA

Feb
19
By Okot Nyormoi, Editor, novelist, retired cell biologist

Tutsi Victims of GenocideAs always, I appreciate Jonathan Power for sharing his weekly columns on foreign affairs. While I acknowledge that he has the right to have an opinion as he once told me, I, too, have the right to have one. This time, I found his column titled, “IT IS NOT ETHNIC SLAUGHTER IN YUGOSLAVIA AND RWUANDA” jarring to say the least.

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