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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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EDITOR’S NOTE ON BIASES

Apr
21
By the Editor

A long time ago, it took days, months or even years for information to reach its destination. Today, it is almost like lightening. While we enjoy the speed at which we can send and receive information, we are also inundated with the sheer volume of the information we share, especially what we get. In the April Edition, different articles will discuss information as to what it is, who uses it, when it is used, for what purpose and how it is used. Is it factual, neutral, apolitical, and objective as we are often led to believe?

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GIVE EDUCATORS SOME CREDIT

Mar
22
By Okot Nyormoi, Editor, author of Burden of Failure, retired cell biologist

Okot NyormoiEducation is generally regarded as the key to success in society. If so, why is it that there are so many unemployed educated youths in Uganda? What is the use of education if the educated cannot get jobs? What is wrong with the educational system? These are some of the questions which many parents and children ask.

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WHY  UGANDA NEEDS TO RE-CALIBRATE ITS POVERTY ERADICATION PROGRAMS

Mar
22
By Lutaaya Brian Wamala, Business Entrepreneurship and Public Policy academic, brianer1@outlook

Low and Low-middle Income HousesSince the NRM’s ascension to power in 1986, numerous efforts have been made to eradicate poverty across Uganda. In 1997, the government took a more direct approach to poverty eradication through its Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP).  Two and a half decades later, it has since conceptualized and implemented up to a dozen multi-sectoral poverty eradication programs targeting various special interest groups from women to youth.

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SHAPING A GODLESS UNIVERSE

Mar
22
By Alan Tacca, novelist, socio-political commentator, altaccaone@gmail.com

Alan TaccaIn the wake of the American debacle in Afghanistan, questions are asked about the limits of American power. The same might soon be asked of Russia and NATO.

Other questions relate to the persistence and resilience of the Taliban, and to the future of governance, women, religious minorities, and so on, in Afghanistan.

A concerned world also speculates on the influence of the emboldened Taliban on the future of terrorism.

But let me reflect on the heart of the problem, the problem of God.

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WHERE IS GOD DURING WAR AND CONFLICT?

Mar
22
By Augustine Bahemuka, Commentator on issues of peace and society, abahemuka@outlook.com

Augustine BahemukaIt is Lenten period for Christians around the world. This is a special preparatory period during which believers are invited to grow and deepen their relationship with God. Among the recommended spiritual practices designed for spiritual growth are prayer, fasting, reflection and meditation. In one of the recent editions of Sunday Monitor, Musaazi Namiti raised contentious knife-edge questions about God’s relevance in human affairs, especially during war and conflict in his article “Wars illustrate how God is irrelevant in human affairs”.

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WHAT THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR REVEALS

Mar
22
By Dr. Aklog Birara, retired senior IMF adviser

Dr. Aklog BiraraOn March 4, 2022, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board was briefed on “the economic impact of the war in Ukraine, and on possible fast-tracked financial assistance for affected countries.” There is no doubt that costs to human life and the damage to the economy in Ukraine are massive. More than two million Ukrainians have fled their homeland. Equally important is the effect of the underappreciated, and unprecedented coordinated sanctions on Russia by the West.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: TRYING TIMES

Mar
22
The Editor

War in UkraineThe world has had its share of global tragedy in the past two years. First, was the unexpected appearance of COVID-19 which has now killed more than six million people and left many more with chronic health challenges. Despite the incredible job of creating multiple effective vaccines and treatment drugs by the biomedical experts, the virus seems to have gone into a hide and seek mode by mutating into new variants every time we think we have gotten it under control.

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