African Interest

African Interest

  • Struggles for Citizenship in Africa by Bronwen Manby

    Struggles for Citizenship in Africa by Bronwen Manby

    Ksh 2499

    Brief Summary This book, by an acknowledged expert on human rights in Africa, discusses the hundreds of thousands living as non-persons in the only African state they have ever known.  Not recognized as citizens, they have no access to education, state health services, travel documents, or employment without a work permit. Most of all, they cannot vote, stand for office, or work for state institutions. Ultimately such policies can lead to disaster or war.  The conflicts in Côte d'Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo are at heart conflicts over the rights of divided populations to share fully the rights and duties of citizenship. Bringing together new research from across Africa, this book makes the case for urgent reform of the law.  

  • Africa Rising Multidisciplinary Discussions on Africana Studies and History

    Africa Rising Multidisciplinary Discussions on Africana Studies and History

    Ksh 2999

    Brief Summary Featuring essays from the world's leading scholars of Africana Studies, as well as independent researchers and journalists, this extraordinary collection examines the expansive and compelling history of Africa, its many peoples and their global experiences.  Written in an entertaining and accessible style, the essays will appeal to academics as well to the general public, thereby increasing available information on Africa and its diaspora.  

  • Multiparty politics in Kenya by David Throup and Charles Hornsby

    Multiparty politics in Kenya by David Throup and Charles Hornsby

    Ksh 3599

    Brief Summary Multi-party politics in Kenya: the Kenyatta and Moi states and the triumph of the system in the 1992 election. The two authors of this work analyse the case of post-colonial Kenya under Kenyatta and Moi and show how, in spite of a multi-party system, the ruling elite has kept power and wealth to itself.  

  • The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget by Andrew Rice

    The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget by Andrew Rice

    Ksh 1799

    Brief Summary The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda. From a new star of American journalism, a riveting murder mystery that reveals the forces roiling today’s Africa From Rwanda to Sierra Leone, African countries recovering from tyranny and war are facing an impossible dilemma: to overlook past atrocities for the sake of peace or to seek catharsis through tribunals and truth commissions. Uganda chose the path of forgetting: after Idi Amin’s reign was overthrown, the new government opted for amnesty for his henchmen rather than prolonged conflict. Ugandans tried to bury their history, but reminders of the truth were never far from view. A stray clue to the 1972 disappearance of Eliphaz Laki led his son to a shallow grave—and then to three executioners, among them Amin’s chief of staff. Laki’s discovery resulted in a trial that gave voice to a nation’s past: as lawyers argued, tribes clashed, and Laki pressed for justice, the trial offered Ugandans a promise of the reckoning they had been so long denied. For four years, Andrew Rice followed the trial, crossing Uganda to investigate Amin’s legacy and the limits of reconciliation. At once a mystery, a historical accounting, and a portrait of modern Africa, The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget is above all an exploration of how—and whether—the past can be laid to rest.  

  • Held Together by Pins Liberal Democracy under Siege in Africa by Tatah Mentan

    Held Together by Pins Liberal Democracy under Siege in Africa by Tatah Mentan

    Ksh 2899

    Brief Summary Once again, Africa is veering towards a precipice. The much-vaunted African renaissance, a three-way equation of a flowering of liberal democracy, culture, and economic growth appears to be in tatters. Instead, sagging economic performance, backsliding on liberal democracy and other human rights reforms, and increased national and regional tensions menace much of the continent. With globalization and the increased power of market forces to propel change, financial and commodity volatility have emerged as critical elements that African governments have had to factor into political calculations.  As political legitimacy began to be tied directly to economic success, the fallout from the continent s economic crisis appears to translate into political fragility. With sagging economic performance, political leaders are confronted by a force beyond their control, a power more radically unyielding than the domestic political opponents they had grown used to controlling by a combination of brute force, favoritism, or political manipulation rather than continue to pursue the uncertain path of liberal democracy.  Hence, liberal democracy is under siege in Africa. This book is a must read for scholars and students of democracy in underdeveloped societies rattled by political and economic earthquakes engendered by the rampaging forces of corporate capitalism. It would be particularly useful for its incisive deconstruction of government-sponsored alternative democratic frameworks and the political calculations at their heart.  

  • The African Stakes of the Congo War by John F Clark

    The African Stakes of the Congo War by John F Clark

    Ksh 4199

    Brief Summary This is the only available book on the Congo war, the most important current conflict in Africa. Two chapters situate the war in its historical and theoretical context, while others survey the interests of the Congolese government, of the rebel groups, and of intervening states in the war.  These chapters reveal the underlying sources of the war and explain the strategies of the various combatants.  Other chapters examine the impact of the war on neighboring countries, individual citizens, refugees, and other non-state actors in the zone of conflict and beyond.  

  • Endgame in the Western Sahara What Future for Africas Last Colony by Toby Shelley

    Endgame in the Western Sahara What Future for Africas Last Colony by Toby Shelley

    Ksh 1899

    Brief Summary Why does this remote swathe of Sahara along the Atlantic seaboard concern the US and Europe? Why does Morocco maintain its occupation? Why has the UN Security Council prevaricated for three decades while the Sahrawis live under Moroccan rule or as refugees? In this revealing book, Financial Times journalist Toby Shelley examines the geopolitics involved. He brings out: • The little-known struggle of Sahrawis living under Moroccan rule to defend their identity. • US/European competition for influence in the Maghreb. • The natural resources at stake -- rich fishing grounds, phosphates, and the prospect of oil. • The reasons behind the UN failure to resolve what is now Africa's last decolonisation issue. • The evolution of the US-backed Baker Plan to settle the dispute. • How the Western Sahara's history and future is tangled up with Moroccan--Algerian rivalry. • The political development of Polisario, independence movement and state-in-waiting. Toby Shelley has talked to Polisario, Moroccan, Algerian and other diplomats. He has visited the territory and had access to opposition activists and Moroccan officials. In the refugee camps he interviewed the leadership of Polisario. What emerges is that the fate of the Western Sahara is being moulded by global and regional forces and that it is the Sahrawis under Moroccan rule who are best placed to influence that fate.     

  • Machete Season The Killers in Rwanda Speak by Jean Hatzfeld

    Machete Season The Killers in Rwanda Speak by Jean Hatzfeld

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary During the spring of 1994, in a tiny country called Rwanda, some 800,000 people were hacked to death, one by one, by their neighbors in a gruesome civil war. Several years later, journalist Jean Hatzfeld traveled to Rwanda to interview ten participants in the killings, eliciting extraordinary testimony from these men about the genocide they perpetrated.  As Susan Sontag wrote in the preface, Machete Season is a document that "everyone should read . . . [because making] the effort to understand what happened in Rwanda . . . is part of being a moral adult."  

  • Somalia State Collapse and the Threat of Terrorism by Ken Menkhaus

    Somalia State Collapse and the Threat of Terrorism by Ken Menkhaus

    Ksh 2599

    Brief Summary This work explores Somalia's state collapse and the security threats posed by Somalia's prolonged crisis.  Communities are reduced to lawlessness, and the interests of commercial elites have shifted towards rule of law, but not a revived central state.  Terrorists have found Somalia inhospitable, using it mainly for short-term transshipment.   

  • Putin and the Rise of Russia by Michael Sturmer

    Putin and the Rise of Russia by Michael Sturmer

    Ksh 1699

    Brief Summary Not for the first time in the last two centuries, Russia leaves the world wondering about its destinies. Russia is, notwithstanding the losses incurred when the Soviet Empire imploded, still an enormous country of ten time-zones from Kaliningrad Oblast to Sakhalin, a land of vast empty spaces full of promise, with more than 140 million population - 15 million of them Muslim - looking at the crescent rising rather than the cross and the stars, suspecting that St George might not be their friend and protector.  The question remains about what today constitutes Russia's national interest, and who is the man, or the power elite, to define and implement it. With Vladimir Putin's second term as President about to end, many Russians fear, after eight years of rising oil and gas revenues, instability and insecurity. But the outside world, too, keeps wondering who and what will follow Putin.  

  • Defeating Dictators Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World

    Defeating Dictators Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World

    Ksh 2399

    Brief Summary Despite billions of dollars of aid and the best efforts of the international community to improve economies and bolster democracy across Africa, violent dictatorships persist. As a result, millions have died, economies are in shambles, and whole states are on the brink of collapse.  Political observers and policymakers are starting to believe that economic aid is not the key to saving Africa. So what does the continent need to do to throw off the shackles of militant rule? African policy expert George Ayittey argues that before Africa can prosper, she must be free.  Taking a hard look at the fight against dictatorships around the world, from Ukraine's orange revolution in 2004 to Iran's Green Revolution last year, he examines what strategies worked in the struggle to establish democracy through revolution. Ayittey also offers strategies for the West to help Africa in her quest for freedom, including smarter sanctions and establishing fellowships for African students.  

  • Complex Emergencies by David J Keen

    Complex Emergencies by David J Keen

    Ksh 2899

    Brief Summary If you thought the point of war was to win, this book will make you think again.  David Keen questions the model of war as a contest between two sides aiming at political and military victory, and he also rejects the contrasting view that war represents a collapse into anarchy, mindless violence and ethnic hatred. Rather than a contest or a collapse, war is analysed as a system that has significant functions and that yields complex economic, political and psychological benefits.  Some may be more interested in prolonging a war than in ending it. War may help elites to derail democracy and suppress dissent; it may be profitable for government and rebel actors; and it may allow armed groups to enjoy a sense of power over unarmed civilians.  This book argues that understanding the complex functions of wars alongside other forms of human disaster, such as famine and ethnic strife, is essential if we are to reduce suffering and move towards lasting peace agreements.  Complex Emergencies will be essential reading for students of development, political economy, political science and international relations.  

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