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My first peer reviewed academic article on Chinese-African encounters is out

Posted on 12 April 2014

This paper analyses the context in which a group of African workers interact with their Chinese employers within a specific ethno- graphic space: Chinese-owned shops in Kampala, Uganda. By exploring enjawulo, the locally embedded cultural, social and economic notion of work and labour, I reveal how relations between Chinese employers and Ugandan employees are shaped […]

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Tanzanian ‘Operation Cyclone’ Ejects Immigrants, Stirs Xenophobia

Posted on 06 November 2013

In September the Tanzanian government conducted a mostly secret campaign of apprehending illegal immigrants and deporting them to Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda. No questions asked. No legal recourse. Simply “grab and go.”

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Zuma Insults Malawi, Sheds Light on South Africa

Posted on 04 November 2013

  While defending a new plan introducing tolls between Johannesburg and Pretoria on Oct. 21, South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, said, “We can’t think like Africans in Africa, generally. This is Johannesburg. It’s not some national road in Malawi.” The comment led to a media frenzy—with the usual opponents (media, political analysts, NGOs) and defenders […]

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Handouts Won’t Stop Protests From Increasing in Sudan

Posted on 22 October 2013

Since his rise to power in 1989, Omar al-Bashir has been fairly successful at keeping a strong hold on Sudanese politics with limited mass protests against his regime.The recipe for success is now well known and certainly not original. In neighboring Libya, Moammar Gadhafi employed and perfected this strategy over his 40-yearlong tenure. It goes […]

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Kenya: Justice is Dead. Long live Peace

Posted on 17 October 2013

  Recently, African leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss pressing issues affecting the continent. Two decisions were widely reported by mainstream media. First, the African Union (AU) will request the International Criminal Court (ICC) to defer the trial, due to begin next month, against Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta. The request is based on […]

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Terrorist Attacks in Kenya: Facts, Myths, and Reshuffled Stories

Posted on 08 October 2013

I’m growing increasingly frustrated with Western media coverage of the recent terrorist attacks at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. Pick your poison from any major media outlet. I’ve read over 50 accounts of the tragic events. The same themes keep circling around: how the mall was the symbolic reaffirmation of a rising Kenyan middle class, […]

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The Terrorist Attacks in Nairobi and the Normalization of Violence in Kenya

Posted on 26 September 2013

I recently published an article in The Epoch Times. Here’s the synopsis and the link to the whole story: We think of senseless violence and the war on terror. We ask ourselves: how is it possible that this is happening? Why would people do such horrible things to other people? As we ask these questions […]

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Kenyan Elections: Fraud Allegations Could Upset Fragile Peace

Posted on 07 March 2013

—-This is an article from the Epoch Times. I am only adding it here since the author is quoting me. The article can be accessed at its original source here.—-   Kenyan elections could turn violent as in 2007 when disputed results caused a violent clash.Prime minister and presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s camp is calling foul on vote […]

Tanzania: US hedge fund company to finance Serengeti airport

Posted on 13 August 2012

For all its criticisms, when a tourist site springs up, it requires a solid infrastructure, a wide-variety of services being rendered and a certain number of experiences made available to tourists. Inadvertently, local jobs are created, new opportunities for both and formal and informal labor engagements promoted. The development of the Arusha region, and the Serengeti National Park in particular has been rising exponentially, though at a lower rate than the tourist market demands. The recently announced investment made by the Tudor Investment Corporation in building a new airport has the potential to bring revenue, business and development to a region that is in dire need of it. Should the Tanzanian government take a direct interest in mediating local demands/resources with the desires and business goals of the investor, then this endevor might finally be the financial and social catalyst required for northern Tanzania to develop.

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Chinese manager killed by Zambian workers – an accident or a foretold story?

Posted on 09 August 2012

Last week a Chinese manager was killed by an angry group of Zambian protesters. The protesters gathered peacefully (at least initially!) in an attempt to fight back against the meager paychecks received from their Chinese employers. This is one of the few (but not as isolated as one might think) dramatic events in Sino-African relations.

So why did this happen and in what context?

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