Kenya’s Electoral Re-Run

Kenya’s opposition has refused to accept the results of the recent presidential elections, and shockingly, the Supreme Court has now ruled the results illegitimate. There will be a new election in 60 days, which is a very short timetable. What does this mean for Kenya’s democratic institutions? How will the new election go? Advertisements

Angola’s Future

Angola just had its first significant presidential election in its entire independent history. For the first time since 1979, President dos Santos was not on the ballot. As the second-longest serving president on the entire continent, his retirement marks a notable change for this oil-rich country. Who is the new leader? What does he promise to do? What are his chances of succeeding?

Facebook in China?

Facebook, long banned in China, may have found a way around the rules with a new photo app. Not sure whether or not it’s legal and not sure whether or not it’ll become popular. But interesting development in the long-running attempts of US companies to make it big in China.

Age of Conflict

The headlines certainly don’t seem to have good news, with famines, wars, protests, and unexpected politics seeming to be the norm. Now, one of the leading academics in the field of civil war studies is backing this feeling up, explaining why civil wars in fact have gotten more numerous and more violent in the last few years, … More Age of Conflict

China and Skiing

My apologies with the inconsistent posts, I’ve been hospitalised for three weeks after getting my second knee (acl) surgery. Speaking of knee surgeries, I’ve noticed how a majority of patients at the hospital tore their hospitals from skiing. Did skiing originate in China? Some cave paintings suggest something along those lines at least, as well … More China and Skiing

Famine in War

Four countries in the world – Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen – are undergoing devastating famines, mostly caused by conflict rather than natural disasters. Still, there are wider economic forces at play that will make these famines especially difficult to deal with in both the short and long term

Purging Gay Men in Chechnya?

Being gay in any part of Russia has never been easy and has been getting more difficult over the last few years. But suddenly in the last few weeks it has become deadly for gay men in Chechnya. Multiple reports of imprisonment and torture at the hands of government actors have emerged, targeted towards specifically gay men.