Author Archives: Yash

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 →

Mugabe: A Political Epitaph

An Epitaph If the following reads like an epitaph, this indeed is what it is.  The end of Mugabe’s political life at the age of 93 is like an end of his life. Mugabe has been the lead story almost … Continue reading →

Book Review: Playing with Fire: Deepened Financial Integration and Changing Vulnerabilities of the Global South

Yilmaz Akyuz, Playing with Fire: Deepened Financial Integration and Changing Vulnerabilities of the Global South, Oxford University Press, 2017. Book Review Yilmaz Akyuz is one of very few people with years of experience analysing the global financial system both at … Continue reading →

The Rise and Rise of China

The Rise and Rise of China The beginning of a third revolutionary epoch? As I write this blog, the Western media is awash with the news of the week-long 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party that started on 18 … Continue reading →

Reflections on Kenya: Whose capital, Whose State?

In The Trial of Dedan Kimathi, Ngugi wa Thiong’o challenges the colonial presentation of Kimathi as a depraved, mad, terrorist. Ngugi presents an alternative nationalist narrative of Kimathi as a revolutionary, admired by peasants and workers of Kenya. In the … Continue reading →

Reflections on South Africa: whose capital, whose state?

Main argument summarised President Jacob Zuma narrowly survived the recent (9 August, 2017) parliamentary secret ballot on no confidence in him.  177 MPs voted for the motion, 198 against and 9 abstained. Clearly, many African National Congress (ANC) MPs had … Continue reading →