Kenya

Facebook's Meta logo sign is seen at the company headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on Oct. 28, 2021

‘I hold Facebook directly responsible for my father’s murder’: Lawsuit alleges platform fueled violence in Ethiopia

Abrham Meareg, an Ethiopian researcher, said his father was killed last year after being targeted on social media. The lawsuit comes amid growing criticism that Facebook and other social media giants are not doing enough to stop hate speech and inciting language from spreading online across Africa.

‘I hold Facebook directly responsible for my father’s murder’: Lawsuit alleges platform fueled violence in Ethiopia
Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala celebrates after winning gold in the men's 100m final during the athletics in the Alexander Stadium at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England

This Kenyan sprinter is inspiring more youth from his country to take up the sport

This Kenyan sprinter is inspiring more youth from his country to take up the sport
Angella Okutoyi, 18, seen wearing a red shirt and swinging a ball with her racket, is Kenya's fastest-rising tennis star.

Kenyan tennis star Angella Okutoyi inspires a new generation

Kenyan tennis star Angella Okutoyi inspires a new generation
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Countries congratulate Kenya’s president-elect William Ruto as competitor challenges election results

Countries congratulate Kenya’s president-elect William Ruto as competitor challenges election results
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Raila Odinga disputes Kenya’s presidential results in close election

Raila Odinga disputes Kenya’s presidential results in close election
People line up to cast their vote in Kenya's general election in Eldoret, Kenya, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2022. Kenyans are voting to choose between opposition leader Raila Odinga Deputy President William Ruto to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta after a decade in

Kenyan presidential election sparks debate on haves and have-nots in Kenya 

Voters say they hope for a peaceful transition of power after previous elections were marred by violence — often along ethnic lines. This time, voter turnout is low, but those casting ballots are focused more on issues than ethnic affiliation.

Kenyan presidential election sparks debate on haves and have-nots in Kenya 
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New US ambassador to Kenya arrives ahead of Tuesday's election

US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman has just arrived in the capital Nairobi ahead of the country's heated presidential elections. She gave her first press conference over the weekend. While Whitman is more known for leading Fortune 500 companies than diplomacy, she says she will leverage her experience in this new role. 

New US ambassador to Kenya arrives ahead of Tuesday's election
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Kenya’s popular band Sauti Sol calls on Kenyans to vote

Ahead of Kenya's presidential election on Tuesday, Afropop stars Sauti Sol are using their music to encourage young Kenyans to vote. “A lot of the youth in Kenya feel like their voice doesn't really count,” said band member Bien-Aimè Alusa. 

Kenya’s popular band Sauti Sol calls on Kenyans to vote
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TikTok can be a ‘dangerous tool for hatemongers,’ Kenyan govt warns ahead of elections

A new Mozilla Foundation report states that election disinformation and hate speech are being spread through TikTok in the run up to elections in Kenya next month. After violence erupted during 2007 elections, the government created an agency to quell ethnic strife, and it warns against a repeat of the unrest.

TikTok can be a ‘dangerous tool for hatemongers,’ Kenyan govt warns ahead of elections
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Kenya’s abortion debate

In Kenya, a recent court case there has revived the abortion debate. Conflicting legislation has stirred confusion about what is and is not illegal. The World’s Halima Gikandi brings us more from Nairobi.

Kenya’s abortion debate
In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, Syrian army soldiers fire their weapons during a battle with rebel fighters at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria. 

Civil warcraft: Part II

In this week's Critical State, a weekly foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, Kelsey D. Atherton takes a deep dive into insurgency and counterinsurgency in urban warfare.

Civil warcraft: Part II
US Army soldiers assigned to the 1-186th Infantry Battalion, Task Force Guardian, Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa, provide security for a 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) C-130J Super Hercules during loading and unloading operations at a

US redeployment of troops to Somalia raises questions about 'strategic endgame'

The decision effectively reverses former President Donald Trump's move in January 2021 to withdraw hundreds of US troops operating in Somalia. 

US redeployment of troops to Somalia raises questions about 'strategic endgame'
Ngugi Wa Thiong'o reads a play at the University of Hawaii. 

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s famously banned play returns to Kenya

“I Will Marry When I Want,” the once-banned play, is finally getting its national debut after more than 30 years.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s famously banned play returns to Kenya
A nurse prepares a Pfizer coronavirus vaccination at the Kiswa Health Center III in the Bugolobi neighborhood of Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. 

Why auto-disable syringes are key to vaccinating the world

In late 2021, UNICEF projected a shortfall of up to 2 billion auto-disable syringes needed for COVID-19 vaccines this year. Companies like Revital Health Care, in Kenya, are working around the clock to fill the gaps. 

Why auto-disable syringes are key to vaccinating the world
Ngong Hills, Ngong, Kenya

Kenyan environmentalists protest proposed forest bill amendments

The bill proposes amending a crucial part of Kenya’s Forest Act of 2005, which strengthened protections for Kenya’s forests and helped stop illegal acquisition of public forest lands.

Kenyan environmentalists protest proposed forest bill amendments