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Author Archives: Kelsey Palmer
Kenya Deports Somali Nationals On Wednesday afternoon, Kenyan authorities deported 82 Somali nationals, following a recent crackdown on illegal immigrants. Authorities cited security as the reason for the increased efforts against the Somali nationals, including charges brought against 69 others earlier in the week. These increased security measures, while important, may cause strains with neighboring… Continue reading
Judge Temporarily Suspends Bus Regulations A new law to increase inspection and regulation of buses and matatus, a major form of transportation in Kenya, has been temporarily halted. A High Court Judge, in response to the controversy surrounding the new enforcement measure, says he wants to wait a few weeks to implement the law in… Continue reading
After much deliberation and consideration, Kenya has decided to support the secession of Katanga from the DRC to Tanzania. While we respect and value the principle of national sovereignty, we also recognize the unfortunate, yet at times necessary, need for a region or faction of people to seek escape from a failed state and civil… Continue reading
Kenyatta’s Lofty Promises In his State of the Nation address on Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta made many promises about his administration’s plan to improve the quality of life for Kenyans. Included among these, were commitments to increased availability of electricity, support of devolution and the county system, increased security, and efforts to tackle famine. If… Continue reading
Al Shabaab Suspects Jailed Two Al Shabaab militants have been arrested in Kenya and sentenced to one year in jail. The men were arrested in a sting operation in Nairobi, suspected of conducting mass recruitment efforts after illegally sneaking into the country from Somalia. This is both a sign on increased and effective security measures… Continue reading
1. In Chapter 2, Birahima says “Child-soldiers are the most famous celebrities of the late twentieth century.” What do you make of this statement? Is the author using this to comment on the international perception of child-soldiers in developing countries? 2. Birahima spends a lot of time talking about the political history and current politics… Continue reading
1. What does Birahima’s opening monologue and story of his life tell you about the conditions in Ivory Coast at the time? What is the political state surrounding this time? 2. Given our recent discussions of nationalism and the tension between colonial culture and nationalist pride, what does the use of two different dialects tell… Continue reading
Secondary Ed Candidates Denied for Cheating Candidates for the KCSE, awarded to students who complete secondary education and an exit exam, were denied due to allegations of cheating. The scandal affects candidates from 36 different secondary schools around Kenya. This is a blow to the growth of secondary education in Kenya and other African countries…. Continue reading
Soil Lacking Nutrients A recent study, which tested the soil in over 100 sub-counties of Kenya, showed that the soil may be too acidic and lacking nutrients necessary for good crop development. Due to these findings, scientists have recommended that farmers should use new fertilizers, and more specifically, non-acidifying fertilizers. The primary crop that could… Continue reading
1. Both our book and the movie, Xala, presented in class showcase the role of polygamy in the lives of African women? What does this say about the role of women in colonial and post-colonial African society? 2. In Chapter 13, she writes, “Everything unites men. Why, then, do they kill each other in ignoble… Continue reading