Tag: kenya

Anatomy of the word ‘shellacking’

Anatomy of the word ‘shellacking’

| July 20, 2016

Gerald W. Deas, M.D.MPH At Downstate Medical Center, where I have taught for many years, one of the courses that first-year medical students have to take is an anatomy class. There they are shown how to vut open and dissect the remains of people who have donated their bodies to science so that students can […]

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Riot police using ‘excessive force’ to break up opposition protests

Riot police using ‘excessive force’ to break up opposition protests

(GIN)—Demonstrators in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kakamega and Kisumu in western Kenya seeking a new slate of election commissioners were met with an excessive use of violent force by uniformed officers that stunned many Kenyans over its brutality. Smaller groups of protesters were tear-gassed earlier on Monday, according to a report in the Voice of America. Authorities […]

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Press freedom still a distant right in Africa

Press freedom still a distant right in Africa

(GIN)—At a U.N. sponsored conference in Helsinki last week, Unesco’s director general, Irina Bokova, described World Press Freedom Day as “one of the most inspiring moments on the global calendar…  a moment to shine light on the right to access and share information, and a moment to stand with all journalists to defend their safety.” […]

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Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

| April 5, 2016

(GIN)—In what might be a first in Africa, Liberia will put its entire pre-primary and primary education system in the hands of a U.S. start-up that would bring a charter school model to struggling schools on the continent. Bridge International Academies already has a presence in Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. Despite a headquarters in Nairobi, […]

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Hotel in prized forest? Environmentalists say ‘no’

Hotel in prized forest? Environmentalists say ‘no’

| March 8, 2016

(GIN)—A unique urban forest, beloved by Nobel Laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement (GBM), Wangari Maathai, is reportedly in the sights of a hotel developer. “Wangari is dead but not resting in peace,” said Kenyan Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, adding: “The proposed hotel in Karura Forest must be disturbing her spirit.” According to […]

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Pineapples at core of land fight in Kenya

Pineapples at core of land fight in Kenya

| March 1, 2016

(GIN)—A foreign company—let’s call it Goliath—is battling two small counties in Kenya—we’ll call them David—over the rights to prime farmland from which the Kenyans are seeking a small slice for public use. The two counties—Murang’a and Kiambu—were looking for a better deal from the Del Monte juice company which was looking to renew its contracts […]

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Silent AIDS crisis in Kenya still taking lives

Silent AIDS crisis in Kenya still taking lives

| February 2, 2016

(GIN)—Africa appears to be registering lower AIDS infection rates around the continent but with some exceptions.  This week, a pediatric study found 19,000 children in Homa Bay county, Kenya, are infected with HIV. While HIV is rarely a page one story these days, the virus is particularly rampant in Kenya where one in every four […]

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In 2015, social media drove youth-led movements for change

In 2015, social media drove youth-led movements for change

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—Social media networks in 2015 reached new heights in organizing popular protest and calls for change. Some of the most effective campaigns used Twitter with such hashtags as: #BringBackOurGirls to demand action on the fate of 276 girls kidnapped in April 2014 by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Since then 57 have managed to escape but […]

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Africa trip provides opportunity to talk about crucial cultural issues

Africa trip provides opportunity to talk about crucial cultural issues

| December 21, 2015

By Ann McGaw Special to Frost illustrated In September, I again was privileged to spend time in a number of African countries learning about the peoples and their cultures. My 45-day trip consisted of two parts: eastern Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) and southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe). A very special event occurred […]

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In visit to Nairobi slums, pope decries greed of elites

In visit to Nairobi slums, pope decries greed of elites

| December 1, 2015

(GIN)–The head of the Catholic Church, making a historic trip to three countries in Africa, stopped in Nairobi’s Kangemi “informal settlement”, one of the city’s 12 enormous slums where approximately 60 percent of the population resides. With no sewage system and limited electricity, about 200,000 people live in Kangemi under tin roofs, on steep slopes […]

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