IT WAS NOT ETHNIC SLAUGHTER IN YUGOSLAVIA AND RWANDA

Feb
19
By Jonathan Power, weekly columnist on foreign affairs

Serbian Genocide VictimsThe divisions and tensions in some parts of ex-Yugoslavia appear to be boiling up again. The leadership of the Serbian mini-state, Srpska, which comprises 49% of Bosnia’s territory, appears to be challenging the governing entity of Bosnia, founded at the end of the civil wars that raged in ex-Yugoslavia, 1991-2001. In a peculiar compromise, this sliver of Serbian territory was confirmed as part of Bosnia, but with its own self-government at the local level. Twenty-seven years later its hardline leaders are set on joining up with Serbia proper. 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NOBODY BUT YOU CAN BEST NARRATE YOUR EXPERIENCE

Feb
19
By Okot Nyormoi, Editor

Opposite Views

Our February Edition features two polar views on whether ethnic slaughter occurred in both former Yugoslavia and Rwanda in the 1990s. We welcome readers who might have been in similar situations to share their views on the two horrific events. They are the ones who can best narrate their experiences.

 

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­­STANDING HER GROUND

Jan
21
By Okot Nyormoi, editor

The woman was strikingly pretty and in a tight-fitting denim skirt. Some of the passengers gawked at her when she was boarding the bus at the Bus Park. She was thirty something, about five and a half feet tall, and about fifty-five kilograms or one hundred twenty pounds. She was in an aisle seat, on the left-hand side of the bus, four rows in front of me on the opposite side from where I was sitting.

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FROM BETHLEHEM: MISREADING OF JEWISH HISTORY

Jan
21
By Jonathan Power, weekly columnist on foreign affairs

From BathlelemPerhaps the biggest single misthink in Western history is best understood by standing in the town square of Bethlehem, allowing one’s gaze to pass over the roof top of the Church that covers the stable where Jesus was supposedly born, and let one’s eye drift into the blue sky beyond and thinking: how on earth could it be that the Christians, whose belief in the divine center around Jesus’ crucifixion carried out by Roman soldiers

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HOW GLOBALIZATION UNDERMINES THE POOR

Jan
21
By Aklog Birara, PhD, retired Senior Advisor to the World Bank

Dr. Aklog BiraraAfrica is full of promises. It has immense untapped natural resources and a growing human capital base estimated at one billion three hundred million Africans, mostly young. Its potential is constrained by poor governance, corruption, and massive illicit outflow of capital, tribal conflicts, and terrorism. Conflict ridden and war-torn Ethiopia represents Africa’s promises and pitfalls.

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INDEPENDENT KENYA’S FIRST ATTORNEY GENERAL DIES AT 102

Jan
20
By Ramnik Shah, retired English solicitor, legal expert on immigration and author of Empire's Child: My Writings 1967-2017

Njonjo and FamilyIn his trademark three-piece suit, a rose on his lapel, a watch strapped to his waistcoat, Sir Charles Njonjo, a man of the ruling Kikuyu ethnicity, cut the image of a colonial Englishman. It was an image he loved and assiduously cultivated. Sir Charles Njonjo wasn’t really Sir Charles. He wasn’t knighted by the Queen of England though he could have been. But what else to call this man who was so English and so pro-European and had little respect for his fellow Kenyans. Although he was Attorney General, he cared little for constitutional niceties.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: FROM 2021 T0 2022

Jan
20
By the Editor

Archbishop TutuThe year 2021 ended with the loss of some prominent people, one of whom  was Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a significant figure in the struggle against apartheid, who passed on December 26. A note like this will not do justice to his remarkable life. Suffice it to say that he will remain an excellent role model  of humility and moral courage.

 

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FEMALE GAINS POWER IN SWEDEN

Dec
23
By Ocaya p’Ocure, a social media commentator, Uppsala, Sweden

PM AnderssonThe democratic society we see today in Sweden and the several rights we have, has been the result of people's struggle. Individuals have been important in these struggles. People who, through their actions or their struggles, have pushed the boundaries of what is possible and who have won even rights for themselves and others. Truly, being a woman and fighting in a male world was a challenge. Many women pioneers faced opposition both for their views and for being women.

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