#TurkanaOil: “Is Finding Oil Ever A Good Thing?”

UPDATE: “We found oil in a hopeless place” by dilliemusic

So apparently they’ve struck oil in Turkana. The findings are in many ways preliminary, seeing as it will take years to properly assess the quantities and a bit longer to really start drilling; but our government seems to be optimistic that our reserves are bigger than Uganda’s.

Which puzzles me.

Out of sheer curiosity, when has finding oil in an African country EVER been a good thing? Continue reading

Foreign Policy Embarrassment: Kenya Negotiates With Terrorists, Sometimes

It’s no secret that Kenya has become the laughing stock of the East and Central African region. We are that country that has no clue on how to build, maintain and restore its national image abroad in addition to being ambivalent where issues of national sovereignty are concerned.

The latest case is the government taking sides with a war criminal against both international and national laws.

But let’s rewind back a bit:

A few months back, during a spell of severe drought which resulted in the #feedKE campaign, there still were Cabinet Ministers openly blaming relief agencies and media organisations for blowing things out of proportion while pictures of emaciated women and children were beamed to the entire world. Prior to and during the confirmation hearings of the Ocampo Six, our government tacitly encouraged its senior officials to continue displaying their ignorance by accusing the ICC of having a political agenda and attempting to subvert an international instrument that we have signed and ratified. In that connection, let’s not forget how a certain Vice President went on two rounds of “Shuttle Diplomacy” to try and stop the ICC cases from proceeding at the Hague only to end up embarassing our country in the eyes of the world.

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Daily Dozen: 12/01


Contenders for Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court [KenyanJurist]
Proof that Moi ruled Kenya for 24 years while semi-literate [DN]
On the rise of Women [TEDtalks]
“Southern Sudan and Convenient Patriotism” [Very Interesting]
Gabrielle Giffords’ Shooting: The Impact on Obama’s Presidency [TIME]
Has the Church Failed Us? [AfricaUnchained]
The Five Things About A Wedding Men Care About [UIGM]
The 41 Places to Go in 2011 [NYT]
What FIFA mean by awarding Messi is that winning the World Cup is worth nothing. [Guardian]
CSI Tamasha [Milonare]
The Misconception & The Truth About Procrastination [Some Blogger]
Google Reveals Its 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra, Vuvuzela’s Included [FC]

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The SoapBox: “Southern Sudan and Convenient Patriotism”


It’s annoyingly hard to not know what’s going on in Southern Sudan right now; every national media outlet has dedicated so much airtime to it that it’s apparently become a national priority. But as they vie for their independence from the rest of Sudan and bleed rivers for their struggles, at one point or another, we must all have wondered what our responsibility – or rather our interest – is really based on.

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