I can totally relate to this story. I was recently refused to enter the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) building with my passport. The receptionist asked me whether my passport is Kenyan...... Jamila
‘It was these “leaders” of independent African countries that transformed the radical anti-colonial pan-Africanism of the 1950s and 1960s into an ideology that gave legitimacy to the existing colonial boundaries, opened their countries to continued…
Monday, 29 October 2012 07:52

Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today

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Author:Vijay Prashad Publ:The New PressReviewer:Junaid RaidMy first encounter with Vijay Prashad came in Austin, Texas. He was speaking at a symposium on some of the ideas that ended up in his book Karma of Brown…
Monday, 29 October 2012 07:47

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

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Author: Katherine BooPubl: Portobello Books, £14.99Reviewer: Clare Fermont This stunning book hurls you into Annawadi, a slum near Mumbai airport. It reads like a gripping novel, telling the intricate stories of a few residents. All…
Monday, 29 October 2012 07:41

Secular and Nationalist Jinnah

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Author: Dr Ajeet Jawed, PhD Publ: Oxford University Press, USA ISBN-10: 0195476743 Mohammad Ali Jinnah is the most misunderstood and misrepresented figure in the political history of the subcontinent. In Pakistan, he is considered the…
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Author: Pamela Constable Publ: Random House, 2011Reviewer: Beena Sarwar When it comes to Pakistan, veteran journalist Pamela Constable certainly ‘gets it’. Her latest book, ‘Playing with Fire: Pakistan at war with itself’ is readable, thoughtful…
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Author: Mary HarperPubl: Zed Books, £12.99Reviewer: Amin Osman Somalia is always portrayed as an African nightmare zone in the media. Stories about drought and famine, violent civil war, piracy and terrorism are all part and…
Saturday, 27 October 2012 10:02

One Day I Will Write About This Place

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Author: Binyavanga WainainaPubl: Kwani Trust, 2012 ISBN 978-9966-1598-1-6Reviewer: John Sibi-Okumu Binyavanga Wainaina’s One day I will write about this place should be required reading for any youngster who wants to go against the societal grain;…
Saturday, 27 October 2012 09:39

Dawn of a Rainbow

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Author: Shem OchuodoPubl: Adage Publishers & Information Services, Nairobi Reviewer: Tom Odhiambo WHY KENYAN POLITICAL INTRIGUES AREN’T REALLY INTRIGUING Political intrigues aren’t really intriguing. In many cases what writers call political intrigues are poor tales…
Saturday, 27 October 2012 09:29

African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions

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Eds: Firoze Manji and Sokari Ekine.Publ: Pambazuka Press, 2011 and E-bookReviewer: Stephen Derwent Partington Here in Kenya, we tend to think of Divide-and-Rule as a period-specific strategy employed by the Roman and, much later, the…
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