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Author Archives: Jacob Graham
Political Violence, Intimidation Reduced in Chalinze By-Election The Legal and Human Rights Centre has recently reported that the local by-elections in Chalinze have experience decreasing instances of violence and intimidation as compared to similar polls in Kalenga. Chalinze has historically been a hotbed for beatings, defamation, and foul language used by candidates against rivals and… Continue reading
Debates on 2nd Katiba Draft ‘Go On Smoothly’ The process of debate over the second draft of the new constitution has been going smoothly, according to various committee chairpersons. They are expected to spend two days on each chapter, and with only eleven chapters to go estimates are that the second draft will be finished… Continue reading
Tanzania lays claim to the Katanga because it feels that the DRC has let the region be ravaged by armed militant groups, has kept valuable development funds out the hands of the regional government, and failed to provide the necessary infrastructure to access the region’s mineral wealth. Additionally, as the region is a primarily Swahili-speaking… Continue reading
At a crossroads It has been a tough week for the Constitutional Assembly in Tanzania, from the vice president of Zanzibar and his delegation walking out after President Kikwete’s speech to the national parliament struggling to hold budget negotiations because the MPs are too busy arguing at the CA. The CA was originally supposed to… Continue reading
Local Activists Fault Supporters of GMOs Many anti-GMO activists have increased their protests recently due to an uptick in advertising from European agro-chemical and GMO firms. These farmers-turned-protestors see the new technology as unnecessary, unproven, and impractical due to the lack of necessary agro-industrial infrastructure in Tanzania. This sort of anti-genetic engineering activism has been… Continue reading
1. We see the government crackdown on dissent after anti-apartheid protests. Does this seem to be an effective strategy? Do past examples of government repression in other parts of the world support or discredit its effectiveness? 2. What do you think Mandela means when he says “I have fought against white domination, and I have… Continue reading
Tanzania, Burundi Sign Sh1 Trillion Railway Deal Tanzania and Burundi have just inked a new deal to build a 195 kilometer railway line between the two East African nations. It is designed primarily for cargo transportation and will primarily divert road traffic. This is significant for the region because of aspirations for closer East African… Continue reading
1. Mandela suffers many setbacks when it comes to education. Who are some other famous examples from history that suffered similarly and why do you think this is so? 2. We see several examples of struggle between British and African culture, such as Mandela’s taking of both an English and traditional name. What are some… Continue reading
Pinda’s Constitution Petition Judgement Set for April The high court has picked April 17th as the date that they will decide the outcome of the Pinda constitutional violation case. The case is based around accusations that the current Prime Minister, MIzengo Pinda, encouraged police to beat civilian protesters and that this action was unconstitutional. This… Continue reading
1. Do you think that Obi overreacted when the President mentioned that he was seeing an osa, or do you think his actions were justified? 2. Do you think that the final tipping point for Clara was Obi’s financial struggles? 3. What do you think motivates Mr. Green? He pays for his servants’ children’s education,… Continue reading