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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
Posted on 08 December 2010
The National Wildlife Agency in Uganda recently made an encouraging public statement. The number of endangered mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif is up by 23%. For those of you who are not familiar with the local geography in this part of Africa, the Virunga Massif (i.e. mountain range) is located at the border between [...]
Posted on 06 December 2010
For those who don’t know much about Ivory Coast, it used to be called the pearl of West Africa in early 1990s. Just like Zimbabwe in Southern Africa. If analyzed in the light of the recent events – when both the opposition leader and the incumbent presidents were independently sworn in after the much contested [...]
Posted on 13 October 2010
The Languages of Urban Africa is a remarkable book that addresses the phenomenon of urban languages historically, while exploring the complex interplay between language and identity in the light of the evolution of urban languages in Africa. Great book, you should at least skim through!
Posted on 05 October 2010
The Citizen (Tanzania) reports that one of the three Tanzanian suspects questioned over their involvement in the bombings that took place in Kampala back in July was arrested over allegations of direct involvement in the planning and execution of the terrorist attacks. The other two Tanzanians who were not tied to the incidents will be [...]
Posted on 26 September 2010
As a person who has been spending significant amounts of time in Tanzania for the last four years, there is one constant complaint I have to make about life in an urban setting: shortage of housing opportunities. Basically, any expat moving to Tanzania will be surprised with how high rent prices are in cities like [...]
Posted on 06 May 2010
Lucy King, a scientist and researcher into animal behavior has recently published a paper in which she presents her findings with respect to a series of experiments she conducted in Africa. Basically, she argues that elephants are really afraid of bees. Of course, one would immediately ask: how could this help Africa or be of [...]