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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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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 […]


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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Mali’s Long-Term Solution: Credible Political Process

Posted on 26 September 2013

—-Article first published on The Epoch Times. Reprinted here since the author is quoting me. You can access the article at its original source here or as a pdf here.   By Kremena Krumova Epoch Times StaffCreated: January 30, 2013Last Updated: February 1, 2013 Related articles: World » Africa         A man waves a placard that reads, “For a united […]

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 […]


Recovery and Reconciliation in Ivory Coast (Epoch Times full story)

Posted on 13 December 2012

By Kremena Krumova & Tara MacIsaac On December 12, 2012 @ 1:49 am In Africa | No Comments An Ivorian man displays a message on a piece of fabric reading in French “Peace is possible,” as 5,000 Ivorians gather on March 27, 2011, at the Culture Palace of Abidjan to pray for peace. The national […]

Gaddafi to be charged with committing crimes against humanity

Posted on 16 May 2011

In a predictable move, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor is seeking the arrest of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi. The prosecutor claimed that after reviewing 1,200 documents, and interviewing 50 witnesses, he has fathered solid evidence that Colonel Gaddafi “personally ordered attacks on unarmed Libyan civilians.” One of the sons of the […]


Tanzania: When the economy matters more than the environment

Posted on 25 April 2011

The challenge for a country like Tanzania boils down to a simple decision that involves assessing the opportunities versus the costs that might come back to haunt the administration in the long term. When poverty is as rampant and devastating as it is in Tanzania, when there is constant and urgent need for new jobs, and when the government is under pressure to encourage the economic activities of the private sector, there seems no other way but to accept that the environment will take the hit.

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Ivory Coast: All for the better?

Posted on 12 April 2011

Whereas it is true that only time will tell if this change in power was for the better, one might look at history and hope that President Ouattara will choose to defy it, that he will be the politician to do the right things. For everyone’s sake.

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Zimbabwe’s Land Reform Myths & Realities (Book Review)

Posted on 15 February 2011

The authors of this inspiring and much needed revisionist academic work on the actual consequences of the land reform have delivered a highly intriguing book which explores the most common myths about the subject at hand.

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