South Sudan: new Salva Kiir—Rannenberger Foreign Agent filing shows $1.2M non-refundable retainer “already paid” and $3.7M flat fee (contra Reuters)

COMPENSATION 6. The Consultant will charge the Client a flat fee of $3.7 million dollars for the services (the “Compensation”) for this two-year Contract. 7. The parties acknowledge that $1.2 million dollar’s ofthe Compensation has already been paid to the…

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East Africa is the pits for press freedom, but congratulations to Namibia, Ghana and South Africa for outranking France, the U.K. and the U.S. in the World Press Freedom index

Here is the new 2019 World Press Freedom index from RSF, with the United States down to No. 48 (!) and France and the U.K. at 32 and 33 respectively. Namibia at 23, Ghana at 27 and South Africa at…

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Should the United States support “political confederation” of the East African Community? Can we do so while also supporting democracy?

What are the basics of our current foreign policy in East Africa? According to the State Department's Bureau of African Affairs there are now "four pillars" to our policy towards Africa: 1) Strengthening Democratic Institutions; 2) Supporting African economic growth…

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Ramping up air strikes after 12 years, does the Trump Administration have a new strategy for the war in Somalia or is this escalation “mission creep”?

Ramping up air strikes after 12 years, does the Trump Administration have a new strategy for the war in Somalia or is this escalation “mission creep”?
Kenyans going for water

The Trump Administration's escalation of the air power part of the war in Somalia in recent months has caught the attention of American journalists. See recent reporting in The New York Times and Amanda Sperber's investigative reporting in The Nation.…

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“Another Fine Mess” in Uganda? Time to read Helen Epstein on “America, Uganda, and the War on Terror” if you haven’t yet

I first bought a copy of "Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda and the War on Terror", by Helen Epstein, then "hot off the press" as a “sizzling indictment" of our policy in Uganda while evacuated to the Florida Panhandle from…

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CIA reported that Kenyans expected a Ugandan air strike the week of July 27, 1976 on Nairobi or Nakuru “where President Kenyatta spends much of his time”

This item of Kenya - Uganda - United States history comes from a recently declassified Presidential Daily Brief from the CIA from the Ford Administration.  Unfortunately about half of the item relating to Kenya and Uganda has been redacted even…

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Museveni’s Election Commission has released voting station data–putting Kenya’s IEBC to shame

See "Ballot box stuffing in Uganda elections: early analysis of open election data surfaces suspicious stations"from Drew Bollinger at developmentSEED.org. Those who follow Kenya's elections will remember that in the 2007 election, the Electoral Commission of Kenya, despite its generous…

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