Failed State,Terrorism and Transnational Dangers

Aug
14
Jonathan Power

President Barack Obama and the White House believe that there are in the world two major fault lines, one in the Middle East and the other in the so called Failed States. From Africa to Central Asia to the Pacific Rim nearly 60 countries stand on the brink of conflict or collapse, Obama has said. These failed states are the perfect incubators for extremism and terror, Obama says.

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Reflections on Algeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary

Aug
14
David Porter

Algeria marked its 50th anniversary of national independence from French colonial rule on July 5th 2012. Independence came at a heavy price, after a bitter eight-year long armed struggle, marked by nearly 1,000,000 Algerian deaths, terrible repression, military removal of millions from their homes and torture. This forceful rejection and overthrow of French colonial control was an immense and spectacular accomplishment.
 

 

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Encounter with African Beauty Queen

Aug
14
John Otim

Kenya’s World famous Writer Ngugi wa Thiongo has said of his Kenyan life that he had always assumed the presence of European influence. But he was, even as a writer, Ngugi said, totally unaware of the Indian presence in his life. Till one day in 2006, after he published his childhood memoirs. As he reread the work, the Indian presence in his life and throughout Kenya sprang at him from all over the pages. India he now realized had always been, even more than Europe, a part of his experience

 

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London Notes: The Tarzan Returns

Aug
14
Ramnik Shah

While teaching at Makerere in the mid-1960s, Paul Theroux wrote two memorable and highly controversial articles in Transition the leading intellectual and cultural organ of emergent African literati of the period (and possibly the putative model for this very journal) published out of Kampala. These were Tarzan is an Expatriate and Hating the Asians

 

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Wars, Concentration Camps and Strange Nodding Disease Striking Northern Uganda

Aug
14
Okot Nyormoi

Every now and then the world is struck with a mysterious new malady. In the 14th century Black Death (now known to have been caused byYersinia pestis bacterium) almost wiped out the entire population of Europe and Asia. At the height of European expansion in the middle of the 16th the indigenous populations of the Americas were decimated by new diseases introduced there by Europeans. At times as in the case with small pox, this was a deliberate act designed to wipe out the local Indian population.

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Indian Paradise on Earth

Jun
12
John Otim

Sunrise in ParadiseForget the Taj Mahal! Few people would dream of India as a place to go in search of paradise. Despite its great technological surge and its recent economic progress, the popular image of India remains that of the crowded slums of Mumbai, of Calcutta and other numerous like places in the vast and teaming subcontinent. 

 

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Invisible Children, Kony 2012 Video, and Museveni's Army

Jun
12
Okot Nyormoi

When the Kony 2012 video hit the internet in March, it triggered two significant responses.  One was the staggering number of people, 50-100 millions, who watched it within days.  To achieve this feat, the makers of the video employed a simple narrative told by children, one a victim who was pleading for help and the other was the son of the producer, who, in spite of his young age was shown identifying the bad man. The message was simple, “if this small boy can identify evil, why can’t the rest of the
 

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Downside of Kony 2012 Video, what Jason did not tell Gavin and his Army of Invisible Children

Jun
12
Mahmood Mamdani

A 30-minute documentary about Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony has been watched by tens of millions online. But will this mobilization of millions be subverted into yet another weapon in the hands of those who want to militarize the region further?

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