Author Archives: Yash

Ode to dear Samir

Rhyming along to the sound of guitar Cascades my Ode to Comrade Samir   You have left us, Dear Samir, but your spirit remains Whilst I do my yogic meditation to ancient gods Next to me I see you musing … Continue reading →

The Ultra-Left’s confusion about BRICS

Uganda’s experience since independence Uganda became “independent” in October 1962. In October 1969 President Obote’s announced the “Common Man’s Charter” as a set of “First Steps for Uganda to Move to the Left” – not, if I may add, “ultra-left” … Continue reading →

Lessons Africa can learn from North Korea

Introduction Imagine President Trump of the United States of America meeting with Uganda’s President Museveni on terms laid out by Museveni! On 19 Sep 2017, President Trump had threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. He called Kim “Rocket Man” who … Continue reading →

We are the lions, Mr. Manager!

In March 2018, Awaaz carried an article by Ramnik Shah titled “Jayaben Desai: A Legend”. I don’t know how many people in East Africa and beyond read this excellent homage to Jayaben.  I take the occasion of the celebration of … Continue reading →

Morgan Tsvangirai – an honest man on the cross

Fidel Castro’s aphorism: “A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past” fits the late Morgan Tsvangirai like a glove.  Morgan lived very much in the present, every moment of his life, and forever trying … Continue reading →

REFLECTIONS ON NGUGI’S WIZARD OF THE CROW

In this essay I reflect on Ngugi’s “Wizard of the Crow” in the context of larger issues that bridge literature and politics.  I argue that like all social studies, there is no neutral literature. Observers and writers on society – … Continue reading →

FROM STREET POWER TO STATE POWER – PART THREE: VENEZUELA

Introduction In Part one we looked at Kenya.  We traced the history of peoples’ resistance against the Empire from the time of the Mau Mau uprising (1952-60) to the renewed poll on 26 October, 2017 (after the Supreme Court had … Continue reading →

The WTO 11th Ministerial’s Unresolvable Paradox

Introduction I will start with a paradoxical syllogism. One: The World Trade Organisation (WTO) – a multilateral trade negotiations body – is a veritable war machine controlled by the West. Two: The bilateral trade treaties with the imperial countries – … Continue reading →

Catalonia: from street power to state power

Introduction This is the second part of a series of three on the theme of “from street to state power”. The first was on Kenya, the third will be on Venezuela. This last segment will also draw overall lessons for … Continue reading →

KENYA: FROM STREET POWER TO STATE POWER

Introduction: laboratories of street resistance This is the first of a series of three cases as laboratories of peoples’ resistance against the power wielded by the Central authorities. The two other case studies are Catalonia (Spain) and Venezuela. In the … Continue reading →