Politics

Marginalization and the politics of intrigues in Amuru land grabs

Jun
13
Okot Nyormoi

Land grabbing in Amuru District in Acholiland, northern Uganda, has become a chronic problem. Today land grabbers frame their case in terms of investments and development for what they say is a free and empty piece of real estate. We will develop your land. We will bring you riches and employment for your sons and daughters.

 

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Black Experience Between Global War and Universal Peace

May
07
Ali A Mazrui

In the African experience, as in the Irish experience, the past is part and parcel of the present. The day-before-yesterday is part of today. Samuel Huntington is wrong that the clash of civilizations is something to be confronted after the end of the Cold War. The Western world made sure there have been clashes of civilizations for the last four hundred years

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Africa’s Impressive Growth not Shared by Millions of its People

May
07
Winnie Byanyima

Extreme poverty on the continent is in decline, and progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals has accelerated. A number of very poor African countries, including Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia have made recent and substantial improvements in their levels of income equality.

 

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The Good the Bad and the Ugly in Modern China!

May
07
Jonathan Power

China today is a sitting duck. But not so long ago China was a closed door and for most of the world; mysterious, unknown and unknowable. Now the massive and most populous country on the planet and the world’s second largest economy is wide open.

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Why Economies in Muslim Middle East would not shift into top gear

Apr
13
Jonathan Power

In one of history’s great ironies the Muslim world of the Middle East, once so far ahead of Europe and the rest of the world, in science, medicine, astronomy and mathematics has today fallen so far behind. Most of it has never industrialized. Had it not been for the oil the region has in abundance, most of these countries would still be living in the poverty they lived in the early years of the twentieth century.

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How Poverty & Monetary Sytems, Modern & Ancient, play out in Uganda

Mar
19
Ekkehard Doehring, Sabine Becker, Edna Byabalemi & Moren Katwiesigye

From early 15th century or there about, pre coin monetary systems, in the form of cowry shells, precious metals and others, began circulating in the coastal areas of East Africa. These steadily spread inland to reach places as far removed from the coast as present day Uganda and much of eastern Congo. They slowly but not completely replaced the age old system of trade by barter.

 

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Pope Benedict’s Farewell to a World full of Sorrows!

Mar
19
Okello Oculi

Two hours to the end of his eight year pontificate, Pope Benedict the16th bade farewell and uttered his last blessings to the world as Pontiff from the balcony at Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Then to a friendly and cheering crowd of the faithful and the curious that came to see him in their multitudes the Pontiff turned his back. But Benedict seemed at that moment even more popular, probably because he had shown the way.

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Why Uhuru Kenyatta Won and Raila Odinga Lost in Kenya?

Mar
19
Mahmood Mamdani

The conventional wisdom in the Kenyan media is that the 2013 election has been an ethnic census, not issue-based. This half-truth fails to recognize the issues that drive the ethnicisation of politics.. It is true that the easiest way to predict how an individual voted would be to know his or her ethnicity. What is not so obvious is to perceive how ethnic blocs have voted and for whom. To graph this we actually need to look at the issues

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