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  • A case of constitutional window dressing
    I went from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam earlier this year, on a three day work assignment. I made quite a few new acquaintances, as one does, of whom almost all have since been forgotten. However, a South Asian gentleman…
    Written on Friday, 30 January 2015 13:50 Be the first to comment!
  • Where are you from?
    Where are you from? In all the years I lived in Kenya this was not something that I recall being asked, certainly not directly in so many words. You were there and everyone around sort of took you for granted.…
    Written on Saturday, 31 January 2015 10:23 Be the first to comment!
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  • Tanzania - A country without heroes
    Seminar on The Fiftieth Anniversary of the African Independences Marginalized, Forgotten, and Revived Political Actors Organised by IFRA French Institute for Research in AfricaBIEA British Institute in East Africa23rd and 24th September at IFRA Nairobi Nyerere: A Lone Hero of…
    Written on Saturday, 31 January 2015 10:09 Be the first to comment!
  • Bibi Titi Mohamed and the historical context of the time in Tanzania
    Bibi Titi Mohamed and the historical context of the time in Tanzania In Africa, very little treatment has been accorded to women who gallantly fought for their nation's independence. The contribution of these women has largely been ignored by pre - independent Africa. In some instances, it is dealt with in a…
    Written on Friday, 30 January 2015 14:23 Be the first to comment!
  • Beating the Drum on One Side: Confusing the People on Both Sides
    The volume of historic detail in Mohamed Said’s paper, Tanzania: A Country without Heroes,is impressive. Little of this information is known. He makes a persuasive case that numerous individuals who made critical contributions in the anti-colonial struggle in Tanzania are…
    Written on Saturday, 31 January 2015 09:39 Be the first to comment!
  • Religion and Politics in History
    Annar Cassam and Karim Hirji conducted an exchange in early 2011 relating to the role of religion in society. It occurred in the context of examining Mwalimu Nyerere’s policy of Socialism and Self-Reliance. Because of its relevance to this issue…
    Written on Saturday, 31 January 2015 09:23 Be the first to comment!

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  • Who I Am, Who We Are
    In the last issue of Awaaz, we introduced the “Who I Am, Who We Are" project and our work on looking for a common Kenyan identity. The project run by Xavier Verhoest and Wambui Kamiru, both artists affiliated with the…
    Written on Friday, 30 January 2015 12:47 Be the first to comment!
  • Benefits and Costs of Homophobia
    The neo- liberal framework and Struggle of identities By Leila van Rinsum Leila van Rinsum studied Political Science at the University of Nairobi. She currently works as a freelance journalist and is copy editor at Pambazuka News. While a number…
    Written on Friday, 30 January 2015 13:54 Be the first to comment!
  • Creating the 'Cuba of Africa'
    The life and work of Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu by Benjamin Woods Benjamin Woods is a PhD candidate at Howard University and co-founder of Students Against Mass Incarceration. Babu’s ideas and organising skills were behind the Zanzibar revolution of 50 years…
    Written on Friday, 30 January 2015 14:14 Be the first to comment!
  • Contemporary Media and (In)Visible South Asians
    Two common pitfalls characterize the reading of Asian presence in Kenya and East Africa; one is the tendency to undertake such projects within the broad strokes of postcolonial, postmodern thought patterns with focus on ‘mainstream’ disciplinary outlets such as literature,…
    Written on Saturday, 31 January 2015 09:13 Be the first to comment!
  • The soldiers that Empire forgot
    The soldiers that Empire forgot Troops from Europe’s empires who fought in the First World War were quickly erased from official histories. They are remembered by John Siblon One Indian soldier in a cold trench in France replied bitterly to a letter that advised him…
    Written on Saturday, 31 January 2015 10:00 Be the first to comment!
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