Monthly Archives: November 2012

The law of unintended consequences

Whether you are a general, politician, statesman or a common man, think well before you act, for the consequence of your action may be very different from what you expect.

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Clash of civilizations or a case of occupation?

At its core – and Hamas’ ill-advised use of jihadist jargon notwithstanding – the Palestinian conflict is not about religions, civilizations and worldviews.  It is about land and human dignity. 

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Meeting Grandma Sarah Obama

 My driver in Kisumu told me that when he took some journalists to a nearby town to investigate, they were greeted by a sight so gruesome as to be unbelievable.

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Blood and tears in the Horn of Africa

While Ethiopia under Zenawi was characterised by impressive economic progress and high international prestige, although criticised for authoritarian rule and lack of freedom, Eritrea under Isaias Afewerki is an internationally isolated, economically depressed dictatorship.

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An African safari

Like the first European to write about them in the 1520’s, I have to say: “I weary of writing more about these buildings, because it seems to me that I shall not be believed if I write more.”

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