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ISSUE 41

“UNYIELDING CRUSADER FOR THE RULE OF LAW: THE STORY OF GIBSON KAMAU KURIA”

When the story of human rights defenders in Kenya will be penned down someday, you can be guaranteed that the name Gibson Kamau Kuria will be featured prominently. Kuria’s name dominated the media and...

JUDICIAL HUMILITY AND THE EMBARRASSING MISTAKE IN THE WAJIR GOVERNOR ELECTION PETITION SAGA

By Walter Khobe Courts are not infallible, and mistakes do occur when judges write judgements. It is how judges react to those mistakes that differentiate judges. Some judges seem to respond to mistakes by...

Why China’s removal of term limits is a gift to African despots

By David E. Kiwuwa The recent sitting of the central committee of the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) rolled out a big surprise development: a proposed removal of presidential term limits. This came among a raft of...

What a constitutional clause reveals about Liberians’ ideas of citizenship

By Robtel Neajai Pailey In 1973 Liberia introduced its Aliens and Nationality Law. This, and the country’s 1986 Constitution, allow only people of “Negro descent” – those who are black – to obtain Liberian citizenship...

The Syrian war is not over, it’s just on a new trajectory: here’s what...

By Mehmed Ozalp December 2018 marked a significant shift in the Syrian conflict. The end-of-year events put the country on a new trajectory, one in which President Bashar al-Assad looks towards consolidating his power and...

Rwanda university sets out to teach doctors medicine and management

By Agnes Binagwaho A new university of health sciences is being launched in Rwanda. The University of Global Health Equity is being touted as a centre that will “contribute to addressing the critical shortage of...

Nigeria is punching below its weight despite massive soft power capacity

By Oluwaseun Tella The increasing use of soft power in foreign policy by great powers such as the US (prior to Donald Trump’s administration) and China has sparked interest among African policymakers and academics. Soft...

Is authoritarianism bad for the economy? Ask Venezuela – or Hungary or Turkey

By Nisha Bellinger and Byunghwan Son Democracy is at risk worldwide. And the economy may be, too. Seventy-one out of the world’s 195 countries saw their democratic institutions erode in recent years, according to the 2018...

Fake qualifications are on the rise. How universities can manage the risk

By Linda Ronnie and Suki Goodman Fake credentials have become a global problem. The National Student Clearinghouse, a US NGO that offers a degree verification service, reports that falsified academic credentials are a serious, prevalent...

A nuclear treaty between Russia and the US is falling apart – can it...

By Jeffrey Fields Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Feb. 1 that the United States would withdraw from its nuclear weapons treaty with Russia. Since the Obama administration, the U.S. has accused Russia of being in...
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