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We need an inter-generational dialogue on legacies and meanings of freedom

When Angela Davis delivered the annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture last week she engaged with important issues about how we relate to legacies, experiences, heritages, forms of struggles and ideas of freedom. Many of these tell us how various sections of society, especially the youth and older people who were involved in previous struggles, interact […]

Demise of the ANC: a tentative understanding

“The opposite of good is not evil, it is indifference.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel   There is a growing sense that the ANC may be in the process of disintegration. Some assessments are based on electoral considerations, relating to the recent ANC setbacks. These do not spell out the causes and the wider social, political […]

ICJ has no jurisdiction in Kenya-Somalia maritime border dispute, Kenya says

A long-running maritime border dispute between Kenya and Somalia is currently underway at the U.N International Court of Justice at The Hague.   Attorney General Githu Muigai is lea ding a high-powered delegation in a case in which Kenya accuses Somalia of defaulting on a 2009 agreement to resolve the dispute surrounding the more than […]

Five people taken into custody over New York explosions

Five people were taken into custody Sunday night in connection with Saturday’s explosion in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood. The arrests followed a traffic stop conducted by the FBI and NYPD on a bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island. The explosive device in New Jersey and the one that caused the blast in New York City were both […]

Kenya, UK to strengthen ties, focus on counter-terrorism, trade and investment

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and UK Prime Minister Theresa May have pledged to cement close ties between the two countries, with focus on counter-terrorism, defence, trade and investment.   In a telephone conversation with the UK premier, President Uhuru congratulated May on her appointment, reaffirming Kenya’s commitment to foster good relations with the government of […]

Campaigns kick off in Kenya as major political parties set for mega takeoffs

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto is expected to bring the Jubilee Party into being, after the political parties dissolved yesterday. Party delegates from at least thirteen political parties are set to have a joint meeting at the Kasarani Indoor Arena in the capital, Nairobi to ratify the formation of the Jubilee Party. President Uhuru Kenyatta […]

Building our political future in a time of ANC disarray

Building our political future in a time of ANC disarray

As is evident in discord voiced in the media, the ANC is still reeling after the setbacks it experienced in the local government elections of 3 August.   It may be that specialists in analysing election statistics argue that the ANC has been less weakened in the rural areas than in urban areas, and that […]

Campaign raises more than $40,000 for Ethiopia’s asylum-seeking athlete

  A funding campaign has raised more than $40,000 to help Ethiopia’s Olympic marathon silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa seek asylum.   He crossed his hands above his head as he finished the race – a gesture made by Ethiopia’s Oromo people who have suffered brutal police crackdowns.   He says he may be killed if […]

Does the ANC face defeat in 2019? What are the implications?

No-one should expect the ANC leadership to have anticipated precisely how the local government elections would turn out. Polls predicted some type of setback, but then many commentators and scholars cast doubt on the polls.   Leaders ought to be prepared for a worst-case scenario and have some idea of how to address that should […]

Will removing Zuma solve our problems?

A common narrative has emerged in the wake of the recent local government elections: that the electoral fortunes of the ANC constituted a referendum on President Jacob Zuma’s presidency and that the ANC paid a price in local government for his various scandals. Certainly in the way the campaign was conducted, there was less attention […]

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