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Let ambition not blind Xi to the dangers facing China

Gulf News 29 May 2017 Chinese President Xi Jinping’s tenure has been marked by high ambition. His vision — the “Chinese dream” — is to make China the world’s leading power by 2049, the centenary of Communist rule. But Xi may be biting off more than he can chew. A critical element of Xi’s strategy to realise the Chinese dream is the ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative, whereby...

China heads for imperial overreach

Bangkok Post 29 May 2017 Since taking power in 2012, Mr Xi has increasingly centralised power, while tightening censorship and using anti-corruption probes to take down political enemies. (File photo) Chinese President Xi Jinping’s tenure has been marked by high ambition. His vision — the “Chinese dream” — is to make China the world’s leading power by 2049,...

Kenya ordered to compensate Ogieks

The East African 27 May 2017 Elders of the Ogiek community in court in 2014. PHOTO | FILE | NMG By FRED OLUOCH   In Summary The African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights sitting in Arusha, found the Kenya government guilty of violating the cultural and economic rights of the community by persistently evicting them from their ancestral land. The judges argue that based on evidence provided...

Ramadan, food shortages challenge East African Muslims

The Gazette 26 May 2017 Activity around the Jamia Mosque in Nairobi, Kenya, on May 5, 2015. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons/Rusliko NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) The usual excitement that builds toward Ramadan has been tempered this year as food shortages and skyrocketing prices threaten to mar observance of the holy month for many East African Muslims. Religious leaders fear the sharp rise in the prices...

al-Bashir accuses Cairo and Juba of backing rebels

The East African 24 May 2017 Sudan President Omar al-Bashir. PHOTO | FILE   By MOHAMMED AMIN Posted  Wednesday, May 24   2017 at  11:40 In Summary President Omar al-Bashir Tuesday said Cairo and Juba were arming the rebel movements in the troubled western Sudan region. “They came with 64 military vehicles but we defeated them, destroying 59 of them and we captured Egyptian tanks...

Regional news

New Delhi’s answer to OBOR

Indian Express 22 May 2017 African Development Bank (AfDB) starts its 52nd annual general meeting in Gandhinagar today. It will be attended by over 3,000 delegates representing governments, banks, businesses, civil society and think- tanks from 81 countries. Participants will include top leaders of Benin, Comoros, Ivory Coast and Senegal besides the finance ministers and/or central bank governors...

Kenya’s SGR a tiny link in China’s foray into Africa

standardmedia.co.ke 15 May 2017 Section of the SGR As elections draw near politicians are outdoing one another bombarding us with propaganda and all manner of imaginary ‘goodies’ they have delivered to the electorate. One of the most pathetic claims is about who initiated the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). Each side of the political divide is doing its utmost to take the accolades. So whose...

China Tries To Encircle India

Forbes 4 May 2017 Panos Mourdoukoutas (Photo by Sean M. Castellano/U.S. Navy via Getty Images) China’s efforts to encircle India won’t work. That’s the message India and its allies, America and Japan are prepared to send to Beijing in a joint naval exercise. China has an official and an unofficial agenda for the Indian Ocean. The official agenda is to foster trade and economic growth...

East Africa’s trade deal with Europe buckles

Daily Maverick 1 May 2017   Uhuru Kenyatta delivers a speech after setting ablaze a pile of elephant tusks during an ivory burning event at the Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, 30 April 2016. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA Kenya fumes as it risks losing its lucrative, duty-free access to the giant EU market. By Peter Fabricius for ISS TODAY. Negotiations between the European Union (EU) and...

Raila Odinga to lead Kenya’s opposition in August election

The East African 27 April 2017 Mr Raila Odinga. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP By CHARLES OMONDI in Nairobi Raila Odinga will be the flag-bearer for Kenya’s oppositional coalition, the National Super Alliance (Nasa), in the August 8 election. Mr Odinga was unveiled at Uhuru Park in Nairobi Thursday afternoon at a ceremony attended by a multitude. He will be taking on the incumbent Uhuru...