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OPINION: Besigye’s Date With Prison

OPINION:  Besigye’s Date With Prison

One morning in late February 1981, Kizza Besigye was preparing to fly to Nairobi to buy stethoscopes for sale to the growing number of private health facilities in Kampala. According to the book, Kizza Besigye and Uganda’s Unfinished Revolution, authored by journalist Daniel Kalinaki, Dr Besigye collected his air ticket from the Uganda Airlines offices […]

South America’s Powerful Women Are Embattled. Is Gender a Factor?

South America’s Powerful Women Are Embattled. Is Gender a Factor?

In Argentina, former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been indicted, accused of endangering the nation’s finances. In Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff is facing an impeachment trial, and her interim successor has appointed only male ministers. In Chile, President Michelle Bachelet, once hugely popular, has seen her approval ratings plunge. What has happened to the […]

U.S. Officials Storm Out Of Uganda President’s Inauguration

U.S. Officials Storm Out Of Uganda President’s Inauguration

Uganda’s veteran president vowed to fight corruption and inefficient bureaucracy on Thursday as he was sworn in to a fifth term in office, but some Western officials walked out of the ceremony when he mocked the International Criminal Court. In his inaugural address, President Yoweri Museveni, 71, told heads of state, diplomats and other guests […]

Rousseff Impeachment Vote Annulled, Throwing Brazil Legislature Into Chaos

Rousseff Impeachment Vote Annulled, Throwing Brazil Legislature Into Chaos

Brazil’s political tumult has descended into farce after a little-known and newly appointed lower house speaker proclaimed the annulment of last month’s impeachment vote against Dilma Rousseff. The surprise move – which was immediately challenged by senior figures in the senate – provided an absurd twist in the country’s ongoing political drama that would stretch […]

Finish Line Far Out Of Sight In Nigeria’s Race To Beat Corruption

Finish Line Far Out Of Sight In Nigeria’s Race To Beat Corruption

President Muhammadu Buhari’s first foreign trip was a symbolic one. He crossed the border to Niger, where his counterpart, Mahamadou Issoufou, gave Buhari a horse. It seemed an appropriate present for a leader who, since taking the reins of government, has been riding roughshod over some entrenched self-interests in the Nigerian state. Since then, Buhari […]

Playing The Enemy: Understanding the ‘hit’ against Madonsela

Playing The Enemy: Understanding the ‘hit’ against Madonsela

If someone really did pay a contract killer to take out Thuli Madonsela, they must be quite annoyed that the plot has been exposed before the job was done and that the revelation led to even more hero-worshipping of the public protector. It seems Madonsela’s superhero status rockets every time her detractors try to diminish […]

Uganda: Court Petitioned to Stop Museveni Swearing-in

Uganda: Court Petitioned to Stop Museveni Swearing-in

Two citizens yesterday asked the High court to halt the May 12 inauguration of President Museveni. In their application, Moses Bigirwa and Hakim Kizza contend that Museveni is 79 years old, which according to the Constitution would make him ineligible to be president of Uganda. In his affidavit, Bigirwa wrote: “That I verily believe that […]

Here’s How The Economic Slowdown Could Foil A Clinton Presidency

Here’s How The Economic Slowdown Could Foil A Clinton Presidency

Much has been written about the economic consequences of the slowdown in economic growth in recent years, but what about the political implications? If the slowdown continues, and there is reason to believe that it will, how will it affect the ability of the next president to implement his, or more likely her, economic agenda? […]

7 Reasons To Want A Woman As Your President

7 Reasons To Want A Woman As Your President

We’ve heard a lot of people say things like, “You can’t vote for Hillary just because she’s a woman.” In the most abstract sense, that’s sort of true. It seems unlikely that anyone who considers themselves politically progressive would advise voting for, say, Sarah Palin over Barack Obama just because of the former’s gender—especially given […]

Equatorial Guinea polls to extend decades-long rule of Teodoro Obiang

Equatorial Guinea polls to extend decades-long rule of Teodoro Obiang

Citizens in the West African country have cast their votes in presidential elections. Teodoro Obiang, the West African country’s president for the past 36 years, is expected to win this time around too. “We have found many people queuing in front of polling stations and everything is going well,” Emilie Beatrice Epaye, an election observer […]