November 14, 2017
As the cornerstone of East African democracy, Kenya is an important economic and political force in the region and a critical U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism. But worrying signs, including a crackdown on press and civil society, police killings committed seemingly with impunity, and threats and attacks on election officials and judges, suggest that Kenya may be veering off its democratic path.
November 9, 2017
Kenya is experiencing an economic boycott against government-affiliated corporations, just one of many efforts spreading throughout the country and spearheaded by Kenyatta’s primary opposition, the NASA coalition. But resistance is not reserved to NASA supporters: a movement is rising against what many see as a slide away from Democracy in Kenya.
October 26, 2017
Kenya’s historic Supreme Court decision to void President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August 8 reelection victory based on voting irregularities was widely hailed as a testament to the strength and independence of the country’s judiciary. But a deteriorating political situation and uncertainty surrounding recently enacted election reforms is raising concerns about the country’s ability to hold a fair rerun of the vote on Thursday.
August 16, 2017
“I think this is Kenya’s wasted opportunity. Because, in contrast to all those other elections, less seems to have gone wrong this time. The question here is why? Why, even when the process is right, can Kenya not seize the opportunity to build public confidence in the state? And that’s the Kenyan conundrum.”
August 10, 2017
About 80% of Kenya’s population is younger than 35. Observers believe youth voters will move Kenyan politics away from tribal affiliation and towards issue-based voting. But some experts say tribal affiliation runs very deep.
August 9, 2017
Preliminary results show incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta winning easily. But the opposition has rejected the results, raising the specter of post-election violence in Kenya’s 2017 election.
May 23, 2017
President Donald Trump’s dramatic expansion of a policy blocking U.S. aid to organizations offering abortion services will have one sure result, say medical workers in this city: more abortions.
May 8, 2017
“I don’t need a man to climb a mountain,” says Khumalo, who hopes to become the first black African woman to summit the world’s highest peak.
April 9, 2017
Somalia is being devastated by severe drought. Humanitarian organizations are racing to prevent a repeat of the 2011 famine that killed over 260,000 people in the Horn of Africa nation.
January 25, 2017
Uganda welcomed more refugees each day in 2016 than many wealthy European countries received the entire year, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said on Wednesday, seeking to debunk the myth that Mediterranean countries are being unfairly burdened.