REVIVING THE JONGLEI CANAL PROJECT RENEWES ANTI-EGYPTIAN SENTIMENTS IN THE SUDAN

May
21
By John A. Akec, Vice-Chancellor of Juba University

Dr. John A. AkecThe recent pronouncements about a plan to conduct feasibility studies on the defunct Jonglei Canal Project by the South Sudanese Vice President for Infrastructure. H.E. Taban Deng Gai, with the backing of South Sudan’s Minister for Water Resources and Irrigation, Hon. Manawa Peter Gatkouth, has raised eyebrows and risked opening the old wounds between Sudan and Egypt that were thought to have long been healed and forgotten. 

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LESSONS FROM THE DEMISE OF THE LATE SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT OF UGANDA

May
21
By Okot Nyormoi, Editor, retired cancer biologist and author of the novel Burden of Failure 

Okot NyormoiA couple of months ago, there was much fury about the demise of the late Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah. It began when it was discovered that he was flown to Seattle, Washington, USA, for treatment. Some people demonstrated against him for wasting government money instead of spending it on improving the national health services. And when he died, some people celebrated his demise because they accused him of being one of the enablers of the autocratic rule. They attribute the regular violation of human rights: extrajudicial killings, disappearance of government critics, torture, etc. in Uganda when he presided over the amendment that removed the age limit which allows President Museveni to rule indefinitely. Some of the most vulgar poems were even written in celebration of the Speaker’s demise.

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EDITOR’S NOTE ON THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT SYNDROME

May
21
Editor

Monkeypox lesionsFor over two years now, the world has been captivated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like the unwelcome guest we would so badly wish to go away soon, the virus keeps rearing its ugly head in different forms. Believe it or not, we are now getting mutants of mutants, partly because some people are obstinate about being vaccinated or have no access to the vaccine, thus allowing the virus to multiply and mutate. As if that is not a big enough problem, we now have a new virus with an ugly syndrome, the monkeypox virus, making its round in several countries in Europe and America. The good thing is that the virus is not as dangerous as COVID-19 in terms of infectivity and pathology. 

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IS THE US FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT?

Apr
22
Jonathan Power, weekly columnist on foreign affairs

Jonathan PowerIn 2017 the office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) released a report which for the first time explicitly named US military forces in the field and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operatives in secret prisons as possible war crimes culprits for their alleged use of torture and rape. Because the American soldiers were based in Afghanistan, which is an ICC member, the ICC in theory has broad jurisdiction over crimes committed by combatants on Afghan soil. 

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AMERICAN NATIONAL INTEREST TRUMPS FAIR REPORTING ON THE HORN OF AFRICA 

Apr
22
By Dr. Aklog Birara, Horn of Africa, Ethiopia, Tigray, War, USA

Dr. Aklog BiraraI had argued that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s repeated reference and attribution to and use of the historically flawed geopolitical and regional boundary term “Western Tigray”. Such a narrative is a “de-facto” recognition of the contested claim of the right by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to incorporate forcibly annexed Amhara lands into Greater Tigray. Tragically for Ethiopia, this policy will reinforce violence and cause more bloodshed.

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND PROPAGANDA ARE DOUBLE-EDGED SWORDS

Apr
21
By Ocaya p’Ocure, social commentator, Uppsala Sweden

European PropagandaPropaganda is a double-edged sword. With propaganda, there is a risk that you go on believing your own message. Though wishful thinking about the New World Order is on both sides of the ongoing war in Ukraine, one wonders if the western world media can wish away the Russians from the face of the earth? Let's start with the roughest example of all time: Adolf Hitler. Before the war against the Soviet Union in 1941, he promised: “We just need to kick in the door and the whole rotten building will collapse”.

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ARBITRARY DETENTION AND TORTURE IN UGANDA: THE GOVERNMENT IGNORES THE LAW

Apr
21
By Jamil Mujuzi, Professor, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Dr. MujujiIn Uganda, there have been widespread allegations of arbitrary detention and torture of members of the opposition. As a human rights expert who has been monitoring  the situation, it is imperative that I share my insights into domestic laws and what they say in relation to detention of civilians by security forces in Uganda.

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HAR GOBIND KHORANA: THE CHEMIST WHO CRACKED DNA’S CODE AND MADE THE FIRST ARTIFICIAL GENE

Apr
21
By Sahotra Sarkar, Professor of Philosophy and Integrative Biology, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts

Prof. SarkarThe year 2022 marks the 100th birthday of Nobel Prize winning chemist Har Gobind Khorana–or so we think. The exact date of his birth is not known because Khorana was born in poverty in a British Indian class that rarely recorded such dates. As a child, he had to beg a neighbor for a glowing ember so his mother could light their daily cooking fire. He was 6 before he owned his first pencil. Khorana emerged from this background to receive a Nobel Prize in 1968 for deciphering the genetic code that translates DNA sequences into the protein molecules that carry out the functions of living cells.

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