9 Books About East and Horn of Africa You Need to Read Before End of 2013

Writer and poet Taban Lo Liyong, a well known literary figure in the region, described East Africa as “a literary desert.” He made these remarks in 1969, his view being that the region didn’t produce distinguished writers, or if it did, there was no body of work worthy of artistic merit. More than 40 years… Continue reading…

In ‘Draconian’ Bill, a Room to Improve Kenyan Media

On Thursday evening, 28 lawmakers at Kenya’s parliament sat at the chambers of the National Assembly to vote for a bill that would change how journalism is practiced in the country. But those 28 lawmakers needed the votes of at least 22 of their colleagues to pass amendments to the Kenya Information and Communications Bill…. Continue reading…

By Committing Journalism Sin, Kenyan Media Threatens to Lose Public Trust

The influential American publisher, Henry Luce, once said: “I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.” That statement captures the essence of journalism. The relationship the media creates by connecting masses of people, minute by minute, to the issues that matter in their daily lives, is invaluable… Continue reading…

A Conversation With Nate Mook, 2013 TEDx Mogadishu Co-organizer

They say the power of the X is back. On Saturday, August 31, the TEDx, an offshoot of the global conference on ideas popularly known as TED Talks, will for the second time come to Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. The theme for the 2013 TEDx Mogadishu is “Rediscover Somalia.”

Rabaa al-Adawiyah: Images From the Square Before the Bloody Crackdown in Egypt

It was a hot afternoon in Cairo, and the protesters camped at Rabaa al-Adawiyah mosque knew better than to strain under the scorching July sun. So they sat under makeshift tents, some reading the Qur’an, others chatting, while silver-bearded men said prayers with their beads. It was the first time I visited Rabaa Square, located… Continue reading…

A Ramadan to Remember

It was a race against time, but I was determined to make it. By the time I was done with the immigration processing at the Cairo International Airport, I had less than half an hour before I could eat suhuur, the pre-dawn meal eaten by Muslims before fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. It… Continue reading…

Images Of Changing Mogadishu

I had come to visit a friend in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. His second-floor apartment was in a building by the Indian Ocean. It was an idyllic setting: a kaleidoscope of colors. The apartment’s balcony was recently painted pink; the roving eye also took in the earth-brown of the former lighthouse. Further on the horizon was… Continue reading…

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