AFRICA SHOULD BREED ITS OWN TYPE OF DEMOCRACY

Sep
21
By Crispin Kaheru, a socio-political commentator

Wednesday, September 15, was the International Day of Democracy. It was established through a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly in 2007, encouraging governments to strengthen and consolidate democracy.

 

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UGANDA: ASCENT AND DESCENT OF MUSEVENI

Sep
19
By Okot Nyormoi

Boniface Okello

To say that Ugandan politics is always colorful is an understatement. If you want to know how colorful it was and why and how one man, President Museveni has ruled Uganda for over 35 years, or if you are baffled by the current spate of machete wielding killings in Southwestern Uganda, you will not wonder or be baffled anymore  after you have read the book titled UGANDA, The Struggle for Freedom and Democracy, Ascent and Descent of “Museveni” by the late Boniface Okello.

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GUINEA COUP: ECOWAS MUST NOT DEFEND THE INDEFENSIBLE

Sep
19
Harold Acemah, a political scientist and a retired career diplomat

Guinea has been in the news lately because of a military coup which took place two weeks ago. When I saw the breaking news on Al Jazeera about that daring event, I remembered a popular 1960s Ghanaian highlife tune by ET Mensah whose lyrics extol Ghana, Guinea, and Mali as “the nucleus of the great union” namely, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) founded in 1963, and the African Union founded in 1999.

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COUP D’ÉTAT ON A NIGERIAN CAMPUS, (Excerpts from my novel Strongman)

Sep
19
By John Otim, journalist and writer

John OtimProfessor Ali Mani was a bigger than life personality. The campus was yet to fully recover from all the ramifications of his momentous visit and controversial lecture. When, bump, it went. It came so suddenly it left most people struggling for breath.

The deputy Vice Chancellor attempted a violent takeover of the university. This was beyond imagination. It was outrageous. The problem was most people had no idea what had hit them. 

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TRIBUTE TO A DEAR FRIEND, BILL MILLIGAN

Sep
19
By Okot Nyormoi

Bill MilliganThis has been a trying year.  We must contend not only with the many challenges of the coronavirus pandemic but also the loss of many people who have touched our lives. One of these was Mr. Bill Milligan who left us on June 29, 2021, to join his ancestors in Pagak, the proverbial land of no return.  His departure left us with mixed emotions. On the one hand, we are sad that he is no longer with us. On the other hand, we are glad that he is no longer facing life’s difficult challenges which naturally come with advancing age.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT GOOD OLD DAYS?

Sep
19
By The Editor

The Good Old Days

 

After eighteen months of the pandemic’s new normal, I often hear people complain about the restrictions of their freedom and violation of their human rights. Road rage shooting and increased murder rates are common in parts of the USA. Sexual assaults and teenage pregnancies in countries like Uganda are rising astronomically. Such complaints and talks  got me thinking about the good old days. Were the old days as good as people say they were? This note and the other articles will address this question.

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OUT OF AFGHANISTAN

Aug
22
By Jonathan Power, a weekly columnist on Foreign Affairs

The Soviet Army invaded Afghanistan in December 1979 and withdrew, exhausted and demoralized, 10 years later. In Moscow a joke had long circulated: “Why are we still in Afghanistan?” Answer: “We are still looking for the people who invited us”.

The same is true for the Americans and NATO who are now moving through the exit door. They came to obliterate Al-Qaeda after 9/11, 2001. 

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ETHIOPIAN DAM: SALVATION TO SUDANESE FLOODING

Aug
19
By Alem Gebriel, water resources Technical Director

Dr. Gabriel AlemThe Ethiopian Dam currently under construction on the Abbay river, otherwise known as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), has great benefits for Ethiopia as well as the two downstream countries: Sudan and Egypt. One major benefit is that it mitigates flooding in Sudan. Notwithstanding that, in recent weeks the Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi has been quoted to the effect as saying that the dam will endanger the livelihood of over 20 million Sudanese people.

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