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Kenya’s Keyboard Warriors

April 6, 2012


* Article originally appeared in the East African Business Times Kenyans are increasingly taking to social media to report bad service and behaviour by companies, publicising misdeeds and forcing organisations to account for failings or risk serious damage to their reputations. After claiming discrimination against him by a Diani hotel having been refused entry to […]

Konza: Step too far?

March 18, 2012


The groundbreaking ceremony at Konza Technology City is approaching, as the Kenyan government gets ready to get started on the flagship project of its Vision 2030 plan. There is no understating the boldness of the scheme. The 5000-acre city, dubbed Kenya’s “Silicon Savannah” is a $7 billion project that it is projected will contribute 2.8 […]

New rules see US campaign funding skyrocket

March 4, 2012


Campaign spending in this year’s US presidential election is set to be the highest ever thanks to a landmark decision by the Supreme Court in 2010, yet it looks likely to be matched by a corresponding rise in negative advertisements by candidates. The decision by the United States Supreme Court in 2010 to remove the […]

Obama’s latest shameful climbdown on Guantanamo

December 15, 2011


“As President, I will close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act and adhere to the Geneva Conventions. Our Constitution and our Uniform Code of Military Justice provide a framework for dealing with the terrorists.” The words of then-Senator Barack Obama in August 2007, making a promise he would repeat often during his successful presidential campaign, […]

Jeremy Clarkson’s a buffoon who thinks he’s funny. Get over it

December 2, 2011


The title of this blog says it all really. Yes, Jeremy Clarkson is an overpaid fool who thinks he is much more amusing than he actually is. Unfortunately, the BBC and millions of Top Gear viewers agree, and thus he is incessantly wheeled out in order to make some kind of outrageous remark that will […]

Scientific advances v. Economic realities: World AIDS Day

December 1, 2011


Living in Kenya means World Aids Day has a particular resonance to me this year. With 7.1 percent of adults between the ages of 15 and 49 infected with HIV, the country is at the forefront of the global battle against the disease. Indeed, the impact of HIV/AIDS has always been at its most devastating […]

The smokescreen of ‘Poppygate’

November 10, 2011


Hurrah! Silly season is over! The combined might of Prince William and David Cameron have defeated the evil forces of Sepp Blatter and FIFA. England is once again victorious! Land of Hope and Glory etc. No, we haven’t overturned the ridiculousness of the decision to award successive World Cups to Russia and Qatar. Frank Lampard’s […]