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The unexpected virtues of flirting with dictatorship: Why Kenya’s ruling coalition is getting cosy with the Communist Party of China
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Politics and Society The unexpected virtues of flirting with dictatorship: Why Kenya’s ruling coalition is getting cosy with the Communist Party of China

Turns out Kenya’s ruling coalition is not completely sold on democracy. The Jubilee coalition, which is aiming to turn itself into a political party in September, has started a tawdry romance with the Communist Party of China (CPC). Many Kenyans are worried that Jubilee sees an “ideological ally” in China’s all-powerful, unelected, inscrutable party machine that is basically living every dictator’s wet dream. But there’s perhaps a simpler explanation for the new courtship. Jubilee just wants “Uncle Sugar” to pump in more cash. New roads and railways don’t just build themselves you know

“Stop killing us!”Kenyans protest against extrajudicial executions
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Politics and Society “Stop killing us!”Kenyans protest against extrajudicial executions

What happens when the people who are supposed to protect you turn into your killers? That’s the question many Kenyans are grappling with after a well-regarded lawyer and two other individuals were killed last week. All the evidence points to a corrupt clique of police officers. On Monday there were protests across Kenya against extrajudicial Killings by the police. But many Kenyans say the issue is bigger and point to a culture in which executions have become the new normal

Letters reveal Obama’s Kenyan father refused to acknowledge son
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Politics and Society Letters reveal Obama’s Kenyan father refused to acknowledge son

The Kenyan father of the most powerful man in the world forgot to mention he had a son and a wife while applying for scholarships and grants to study at Harvard in the 1960s. Newly released letters written by President Barack Obama’s father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr, paint the portrait of man a ready to cast his young family aside in pursuit of his ambitions. Perhaps that is the reason the president hasn’t read the letters yet.