A Kenyan Journey Through Slums to Posh Places

December 23, 2019

My Kenyan friends have long asked me to write on their country. After much hesitation, I am penning my impressions. At the outset, readers must know that I am no expert on Kenya. So, they must take everything I write with a fistful if not a pinch of salt. The most striking impression I have of...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

September 30, 2013

Pledge $1 to keep us going. Back in 1939, September was the month when World War II broke out. So in 2013, it is reassuring to see that the US and Iran might be beginning their first tentative steps to rest the ghosts of 1953 and 1979. The former scarred Iran because the CIA was influenced by...

Al-Shabab and the Kenya Attack: Influencing Politics?

September 27, 2013

What are the origins of Somalia's al-Shabab? Radical Islamists killed at least 67 people in Kenya, while dozens are still missing. Annette Weber talks about the history, structure and ideology of the al-Shabab militia, which is responsible for the terrorist attack in a shopping mall in...