EU, USA, AND UN STANCE ON ETHIOPIA DEGRADES DEMOCRACY

Dec
21
By Dr. Aklog Birara 

The USA possesses national institutions that can mitigate risks and avert “destabilization of this great nation.” Who will defend weak nations targeted by the USA? Indeed, the USA Government’s nefarious activities are destabilizing Ethiopia. The Biden Administration’s pro-Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)’s position has tainted and undermined mutually beneficial relations between USA and Ethiopia.

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COUNTERING RADICALIZATION THROUGH INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

Dec
21
By Augustine Bahemuka, Commentator on issues of peace and society

Augustine BahemukaThe dark cloud that hovered over last month seems to have slowly faded into the passing of time. However, this cannot be true for individuals and families that were directly affected by the November 16, 2021, twin bomb blasts in Kampala. We send them condolences. Uganda held Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels based in Eastern DRC responsible for these heinous acts of violent extremism.

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COLD WAR WARRIORS ARE ON THE ASCENDANCY AGAIN

Dec
21
By Jonathan Power, weekly foreign affairs columnist

Cold War BombWhen the Cold War ended in 1989 with a slew of arms limiting agreements these people in the Blob were effectively unemployed. While they were down and out this should have been the time for both superpowers to get rid of all their nuclear weapons. What were they needed for? Lying around, albeit unused, they could be picked up and deployed again if relations turned for the worse–which they did. Simply put, this was a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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IS WAR THE ANSWER TO A TROUBLED WORLD?

Dec
21
Okot Nyormoi, editor

Destruction of War “Is war the answer to a troubled world” is a question which has been asked many times by many people. For most people who have ever been in wars, fought in wars, were victimized as innocent bystanders, or have simply read about the horrors of wars, the answer is a resounding NO. The no answer was best articulated by Edwin Starr, an African American musician in 1969 when he asked, “What is war good for?”.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Dec
21
By the Editor

Omicron VariantIt is now almost two years since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared. Hand sanitizer, face mask and social distancing were new, but eventually became a regular routine. Not much was known about coronavirus. No treatment drugs and no vaccines to prevent infection. However, we have now come a long way. We have not just one but many vaccines and promising treatment drugs. Unfortunately, we seem to be playing a game of hide and seek with the virus.

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THE MIGRANT CLASH ON THE BELARUS/POLISH BORDER

Nov
23
By Jonathan Power 

Migrant Crisis at Belarus.Poland BorderIt’s always sad to see migrants up against it–whether it is the deadly waves of the Mediterranean and the Aegean seas, the slow churning processes of the US/Mexican border and, in the case now in the news, of 4,000 or so mainly Kurdish migrants trapped on the Polish/Belarus border. The migrants are facing Polish soldiers on one side of the barbed wired fence on the Polish side. Behind them, guarding the route the migrants took from Minsk airport, Belarusian soldiers don’t want them to return home or even look for jobs in Minsk.

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WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE MEDIATION TO RESOLVE YOUR DISPUTE

Nov
23
By Kato Mpanga, U.K Academic Lawyer and Wyclef Kayonjo, Lead, Innovations and Client Strategy at Fine Media Uganda

Kato MpangaThough the issue of mediation is relevant to many other countries, the discussion here will focus on the situation in Uganda where on 1st February 2013, the Judicature Mediation Rules 2013 were passed into law. The rules made it mandatory for civil matters such as land, and family disputes, among others, to first attempt mediation before being taken to the High Court and its Subordinate Courts.

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AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES AND THE WAY FORWARD

Nov
22
By Mesfin Genanaw, a college professor in Texas, USA

Mother AfricaAfrica has been depicted as the "hopeless continent" by Western media and the public. But Africa is more diverse and bigger than most people think, with a land area exceeding Europe, the United States, and China combined and a three trillion-dollar economy. According to UNDP, Africa has 1.34 billion people (17% of the world pop), home to some 30 % of the world's mineral reserves, 40 % of the world's gold, 90 % of its chromium and platinum, 12 % of the oil reserves, largest reserves of uranium in the world and 65 % of the world's arable land. Despite such a long list of natural resources, Africa can't fully feed itself.

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