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A supporter of the opposition leader Raila Odinga faces off against riot police officers during a protest in Nairobi. (Photo/Dai Kurokawa/EPA).

With Kenya’s History Of Political Violence, Will It Be Different This Time?: Colonialism, Vigilantes And Militias


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THE Supreme Court decision on September 1 to nullify Kenya’s presidential August election and hold a new poll has reignited fears that the country could descend into violence. Kenya certainly has an extensive track record of political violence. This has generally been ethnically mobilised, stemming from grievances over land and exacerbated by vigilantes and militias deployed by politicians to garner …

Understanding that evil forces are governing the actions of those committing violence seems to explain the unexplainable. (Photo/Katie G. Nelson)

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Nelson Mandela Statue, in front of South African Embassy under construction, Washington, DC. (Photo/ Flickr/ Ted Eytan)

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At a wedding in Tunisia. (Photo/ Flickr/ Ridha Dhib)

Divorce Data From Kenya Hints At The Politics Of Reproduction In Africa, And A Changing Society

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