Daily Dozen: 22/02

Using Facebook for activism is fraught with risks [BL]
Birth Control for Men? 3 Promising Advances [AlterNet]
All Hail Our Dictators and Tyrants [Your Blogger’s Favourite Blogger]
Libya, Libya, Libya! [Reuters]
Egypt and Tunisia How To’s Overthrowing your Government [NYT]
Omar al-Bashir not running for reelection. Wave of revolution scaring him off? [BBC]
Why is the Middle East and North Africa in turmoil? [Independent]
Yemen president vows not to quit and compares protests to influenza [CNN]
Walmart in South Africa: The beast in the bush [Economist]
Zimbabwean activists arrested over ‘Egyptian-style’ protests [M&G]
What Kenya’s self proclaimed lady of the night carries in her handbag [NairobiNights]
6 Things That Annoy You Every Day (Explained by Science) [Cracked]

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All Hail Our Dictators and Tyrants

Oracle: “What does any man with power want?”
Neo: “….”
Oracle: “More power.”

Sigh, another election in Africa has passed.

Once meant to be a democratic means by which the people chose their leader, elections are now merely a formality as the obvious victor gathers his band and prepares a celebratory fanfare. This usually drowns the resounding echo of the opposition’s chants of fraud, rigging and corruption long enough for a new scandal to distract the masses.

And so justly or unjustly, Hip-Hop legend and quarter-century incumbent, Yoweri Museveni a.k.a. Sevo is president of Uganda again. Continue reading

5 Other Parties That Omar Al-Bashir Should Crash

It seems the politicians have taken taken the “No Snitchin'” policy a tad too far on this Al-Bashir matter. “DENY TILL YOU DIE!” seems to be the order of the day. They didn’t see nothing, they don’t know nothing, they didn’t do nothing. Even though they know his phone number and hang out with him during the internationally televised Promulgation ceremonies. Their excuse? They didn’t even know he was there. Riiiiiiight.

So while they are pleading the fifth, we’ve come up with a list of 5 other parties Omar Al-Bashir should crash while he’s on his silent world tour. Continue reading

The Raila Odinga Show

As the local cameras canvased every face on the stage and the international lens stayed focused on Bashir, all Kenyans in attendance were watching one man.

It makes a statement when your entrance causes noticeably more cheer than that of the President of a nation. Say what you will about Raila Odinga, the people love him and swear by his every word. Continue reading