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  • Violence still threatens after Kenyan peace deal

    , by TALBOT Ann

    President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya and opposition leader Raila Odinga signed a power-sharing agreement brokered by former United Nations General Secretary Kofi Annan on February 28. Both parties to the agreement expressed the hope that it would bring an end to two months of intertribal violence and (...)

  • Kenya: How Much More of Troubled Times?

    , by VASUDEVAN Parvathi

    Kenya is in turmoil following the contested results of the recently held general elections. International mediation between the parties in conflict will help but serious political and economic reform is a must to end disparities and inequality, which are the root causes of the problem.
    Long (...)

  • Behind the turmoil in Kenya

    , by OLENDE Ken

    The protests and riots that followed the “stolen election” have shown the depth of discontent in a “stable” African country, writes Ken Olende.
    Rioting began in Kenya after sitting president Mwai Kibaki was declared winner in presidential elections on 27 December. Opposition leader Raila Odinga (...)

  • Kenya: No justice, no peace!

    , by OLOO Onyango

    Onyango Oloo Dissects The Wrong-Headed “SAVE OUR COUNTRY” Media Blitz.
    During my 18 year sojourn in Ontario and Quebec, I became quite immersed in a wide array of social justice struggles-from Indigenous People’s rights, anti-globalization, working class struggles, anti-apartheid to anti-racist (...)

  • It is the Kenyan people who have lost the election

    , by MANJI Firoze

    Kenya is entering a protracted crisis. No one really knows who actually won the presidential elections. Given the overwhelming number of parliamentary seats won by the ODM and the dismissal of some 20 former ministers who lost their seats, it seems likely that the presidential results probably (...)

  • Drama of the popular struggle for democracy in Kenya

    , by CAMPBELL Horace

    National elections were held in Kenya on December 27, 2007; the results of the Presidential election were announced three days later. Within minutes of the announcement that Mwai Kibaki had emerged as the winner, there were spontaneous acts of opposition to the government in all parts of the (...)

  • Kenya: Kibaki must back down

    , by BRITTAIN Victoria

    Desmond Tutu was absolutely right to fly into Kenya and throw his moral authority behind efforts to resolve the dramatic crisis that other outsiders are misjudging so badly. British foreign secretary David Miliband, US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, secretary general of the Commonwealth (...)

  • Nairobi: Hassan Indusa Released Unconditionally

    , by People’s Parliament

    Hassan Indusa was cleared of all charges and released unconditionally on Saturday evening, after spending almost 24 hours in police custody.
    On Friday evening Hassan was arrested and booked in custody on a charge of “stealing from a person”. The charges were latter amended to “Robbery (...)

  • Kenya’s voices of discontent

    , by KIMANI Peter

    The young Kenyans who debate topical issues in Nairobi’s informal “people’s parliament” are being arrested and beaten, reports Peter Kimani.
    Under a thick hibiscus shrubbery in downtown Nairobi’s Jeevanjee Park, voices rise and fall above the monotonous drone of vehicles cruising down Moi Avenue. (...)

  • Critical Reflections on WSF Nairobi 2007

    , by OLOO Onyango

    This report reflects on the debacle that was WSF Nairobi 2007 while also attesting to some of its highlights. It describes, from an insider’s perspective, the genesis of some of the problems and issues that reared their ugly heads at the forum itself and ends by charting a way forward.
    I: (...)

  • The Nairobi World Social Forum – An Initial Summing up

    , by BONFOND Olivier, CADTM

    The seventh World Social Forum (WSF) took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 20 to 25 January 2007. There were numerous important issues at stake with Nairobi providing the space for working out alternatives to neo-liberal globalisation. Held in Africa for the first time, its purpose was above all to (...)

  • Kenya: The People’s Parliament

    , by MBATIA Wangui

    Nairobi, Kenya,
    Could you present yourself and your organisation: what is it doing, how did it start and what are its practices and objectives?
    My name is Wangui Mbatia, I am a member of Bunge la Mwanachi, which is translated as People’s Parliament in English. Our organisation is a people’s (...)

  • The World Social Forum 2007: A Kenyan Perspective

    , by People’s Parliament

    In its Charter of Principles of the World Social Forum is described as” an open meeting place for reflective thinking.... by groups and movements that are opposed to neoliberalism and to domination of the world by capital and any form of imperialism..” Such was the description that (...)

  • Can the Davos elites sleep easy?

    , by WAINWRIGHT Hilary

    As they sipped ’Climate Change Night Caps’ in a plastic igloo, networked over a `classic claret dinner’ and, behind the showpiece discussions, got down to the real business of trying to restart failing world trade negotiations, did the corporate and political elites gathered at the World Economic (...)