The Rise of Milton Obote in Uganda Politics

Sep
25
Ekimeeza

One of the little-known stories, especially to young Ugandans born in the last three decades, is the stunning manner in which Apollo Milton Obote, Uganda’s first post-independence Prime Minister, emerged out of nowhere to upstage better-placed political rivals.

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Speak softly don't argue and slow down

Sep
25
Phillip Sherwell

Loud and brash, in gaudy garb and baseball caps, more than three million of them flock to our shores every year. Shuffling between tourist sites or preparing to negotiate a business deal, they bemoan the failings of the world outside the United States.

 

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Has American Soft Power Overwhelmed the World?

Sep
25
Jonathan Power

The debate about American influence on the world is not new. The popular twentieth century notion of the ugly American was part of this. Charles Dickens, the great seventeenth century novelist, believed American culture had little to offer the world. In his opinion America’s culture icons were no more than a gang of fakes, fools and tricksters

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Memories of Apollo11 at a Kenyan Village School

Sep
25
Nile Journal

When in 1969 Apollo 11 blasted into space, it created a rare moment of pure magic at an African school and its entire neighborhood in the little coastal town of Likoni opposite the famed Island resort of Mombasa in Kenya ...In class Seven we talked endlessly about the forthcoming voyage to the Moon; the greatest voyage mankind had ever made.

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Chris Ware’s Building Stories, a Graphic Novel Elevated to New Heights

Sep
25
Jake Wallis Simons

Just occasionally, a writer or artist, or both in one, emerges who is so astoundingly original that everything else suddenly seems like a facsimile of what has come before. Chris Ware, the 45-year-old American comic artist, is one of these. Widely hailed as one of the foremost practitioners working in the medium today, his new book, if one can call it that without being reductionist, is a work of such startling genius that it is difficult to know where to begin.

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Barack Obama Struck Dumb by his own Success

Sep
25
Jonathan Power

Bar Martin Luther King, Barack Obama is the finest political orator in American living memory. His supporters are dumbstruck that in the debate with his challenger for the November vote his performance was so weak. He didn’t even mention Mitt Romney’s absurd statement that he has written off 47% of Americans because they depend on government handouts.

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Saga of a Nearly Dead Town

Aug
15
John Otim and James Nyankori

For years Northern Uganda towns and villages were little more than dead places. A way of life forged over centuries was slowly grinding to a halt. The railway line and lifeline that linked the vast and fertile mineral rich region to the capital city of Kampala to the south where life was normal and business booming was dead. Road links within and to the outside world were impassible

 

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Postcolonial Response to Othello and Apartheid

Aug
14
John Otim

Makerere University Main Hall was packed with postcolonial students in their colorful trademark red gowns. Present were many of the Faculty and a good sprinkling of the country’s political and administrative elite. The occasion was the debut of the play Not now sweet Desdemona, written, directed and produced by Murray Carlin. Murray Carlin was a White South African teaching literature at Makerere University and lived in exile away from the land of his birth.

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