TERRORISM HELPS KENYA FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

I am a Brit who has lived and worked in Kenya for more than two decades, first arriving in 1998, a few months after the devastating bombing of the US embassy by Al-Qaeda. As luck would have it, Al-Shabaab - the Al-Qaeda spin-off, based in Somalia – had me at their mercy fifteen years later, when they carried out their 2013 assault on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall. I had a narrow escape which left me shocked, but otherwise unscathed. How does this connect to coronavirus? ... (read more)

COVID19: THERE'S A LOT OF PAIN! BUT IS THERE SOME GAIN?

Get past all the doom and gloom and brain-numbing stuff – ‘Worse than wartime!’ ‘Eclipsing the Financial Crisis!’ ‘More unemployed than The Great Depression!’ – then look more carefully at some of the positive impacts the pandemic is having on our lives. If we can run on that parallel track for just a little while, we begin to see a glimmer of hope, where the tragic pains of Covid-19 could actually lead to multifaceted gains for communities, and our world, in the future.

OUR 'SOVEREIGN RIGHT'

What does it mean, this thing, ‘Sovereign Right’? I heard someone spouting the term on a TV talk show, as an explanation of what Trump has been doing to Huawei - and by default, to many others, including Iran. According to the learned man on the screen, Sovereign Right means that if, and when, one is empowered by the chattels of democracy, one can do almost anything one likes to anyone, or anything – countries, companies, people and place - all are fair game!
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