Fidel Castro, Liberation, And An Old Affair: How Even African Anti-Communists Came To Love The Cuban Leader (Part 1)

Sections of the African political elite were suspicious and even hostile to Cuba (and the Soviet Union) for years – a series of surprised events in the 1980s conspired to change that

Like Others Before Him, Meles Failed To See That There’s A Smarter Way To Be A Dictator In Africa: The Limits Of The ‘Authoritarian Bargain’ (Part II)

On September 2, 2012, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was buried in the capital Addis Ababa. It was an emotional event, and the high and mighty of Africa all assembled, and messages poured in from all over the world. However, many Ethiopians who hated Zenawi, a man they viewed as an autocrat and dangerous tribalist, were instead celebrating his demise. …

The Moi Hand In Museveni’s Kenya Game; And The Political Tremors Shaking Up The Greater Horn Of Africa (Opening Shots)

Recently The Star newspaper in Nairobi reported that Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister and Local Government minister Musalia Mudavadi held “secret” talks with Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in Kampala in early April. The meeting, the paper reported, was also attended by former Kenya president Daniel arap Moi’s roving envoy Mark Too. That was a richly significant detail because to understand …

Kony 2012 Video, The Brouhaha, The Long Hunt For A War Criminal, And How We Got Here (Part 1)

 “The LRA had punctured a hole in her upper and lower lips, then run a padlock through it—and walked away with the key. When they found the woman, she was emaciated, and had a rotting wound stuck around the padlock” THIS IS THE STORY OF KONY, OR RATHER KONY 2012, that sensational and controversial video by the …

The ‘Pussy Whipped’ And Battered Men Of Central Kenya: What Capitalism, Mau Mau War, And The Free Market Have To Do With It

Where men are threatened in Kenya, you can expect Maendeleo ya Wanaume (Movement for Men’s’ Rights), a conservative lobby group led by the colourful Mr Nderitu Njoka, to show up. So it was that recently, Maendeleo ya Wanaume warned that it was going to mobilise Kenya’s suffering men to boycott food in their houses starting Monday to protest the recent …