Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Somalia: A Profitable War

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Kenya, Somalia by ruben eberlein on February 1, 2016

The Somali terror group al-Shabaab strikes soft targets in Mogadishu and attacks troops of the African Union. Meanwhile, severe allegations are raised against the Kenyan contingent of the African Union Mission to Somalia (Amisom). (more…)

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The Islamist Push: Gin & Jihad

Posted in African Politics, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia by ruben eberlein on October 20, 2013

Read my article on the islamist push in East and West Africa in the latest issue of Jungle World or download the pdf of the print issue.

Book Review: Contested Identities

Posted in African Politics, Cote d'Ivoire, DR Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Reviews by ruben eberlein on June 21, 2013

Read here an English version of my review of Politics of Origin in Africa. Autochthony, Citizenship and Conflict by Morten Bøås and Kevin Dunn which is published by the journal Welt-Sichten in its June edition. (more…)

Book Review: Politics of Origin in Africa by Bøås and Dunn

Posted in African Politics, Cote d'Ivoire, Culture, DR Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Reviews by ruben eberlein on April 19, 2013

The journal Welt-Sichten, edited in Frankfurt/Main, will publish my review of “Politics of Origin in Africa. Autochthony, Citizenship and Conflict”, written by Morten Bøås and Kevin Dunn, in one of its next issues. An English version of the German text will appear on this blog, so keep connected if you are interested.

Kenya: Meeting Muslim Leaders Halfway on HIV Education

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Kenya by ruben eberlein on December 10, 2009

GARISSA, 8 December, 8 <IRIN> – “Desist from engaging in adultery, go for HIV tests, do not allow your sons and daughters to marry before they are tested… if you are positive go to the hospital and get free drugs.” Read it here.

Kenya: Impunity for Murder and Theft Continues

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Kenya by ruben eberlein on December 4, 2009

Read an article about the massive abuse of power in Kenya by Jan Bachmann, a political scientist based in Oxford, and myself in the current issue of Konkret. You can download the original article as pdf here.

Kenya: Eating Until it Cracks in a ‘Government of National Impunity’

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Kenya by ruben eberlein on October 14, 2009

Next month’s issue of Konkret will have an article about state violence, impunity and the theft of public resources in Kenya, written by Jan Bachmann and me. The ‘government of national impunity’ comes under increasing international pressure to go against those responsible for the deadly fights after the elections 2007. ‘Given that some of Kenya’s most ambitious and thrusting young politicians have blood on their hands, it’s very hard to see those really responsible for the 2008 violence being held to account’, we hear from Michela Wrong, author of It’s Our Turn to Eat.

18 Months After Election Violence – Kenya Set for Contentious Census

Posted in African Politics, Kenya by ruben eberlein on August 24, 2009

<BBC Online> Kenya is preparing to hold its first national census for 10 years, amid controversy over a question which asks which ethnic group people belong to. Many Kenyans believe the question is insensitive, coming 18 months after more than 1,000 people were killed in ethnic violence after an election. Ministers say the question is needed to help the authorities plan better. Critics say the census will be misused by politicians and could damage efforts to heal rifts between communities. More …

Improve Image and Profit from AGOA, Kenya’s Leaders Told by US

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Kenya by ruben eberlein on July 23, 2009

It would be a boon if Kenya’s top officials use the visit by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and other ministers early in August to improve the battered image of the country, advises the US embassy in Kenya and suggests that this would certainly yield fruit. Is that an incentive big enough for the ruling elite to actually act on the Waki Report and on the list of alleged perpetrators of post-election violence in 2007/08, compiled by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), which implicates some of them? A tricky choice indeed.

Perpetrators of Violence in Kenya at Waki’s List: Guess Who’s on it

Posted in African Politics, Kenya by ruben eberlein on July 15, 2009

Last week, Kofi Annan – in his position as the UN’s chief mediator in the aftermath of the violence that has shaken Kenya following the elections of December 2007 – handed a list of alleged perpetrators over to the International Criminal Court. Speculation is rife about who is on that list: Financial Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Minister for Agriculture William Ruto and Najib Balala are said to be some of the 200 people mentioned. Read the executive summary of the report by Philip Waki’s commission, partly published on the web. And find a link to the list of the KNCHR in the comment section. (more…)