Bombings in Kampala

Bombings in Kampala

More than 60 people were killed yesterday in two separate bomb attacks in Kampala, a signature Al-Qaeda attack. Curiously, the terrorist organization has not claimed responsibility. I’ve increasingly written about Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda in Somalia, and their increasing power and influence in East Africa. With last week’s peaceful elections in the southern third of Somali known…Continue reading »

Uber vs Uber

Uber vs Uber

The best taxi service is still Uber… in Nairobi, Joburg, Cape Town, Lagos, Kampala, Cairo, Dar… but … not in London or Amsterdam. Uber lost its license in London and its customers in Amsterdam. The Uber controversy is fascinating, and a perfect example of what’s to come in a better world. (You’ll be surprised what…Continue reading »

And Crackerjack

And Crackerjack

Ugandan little leaguers are representing Africa better than expected in the Little League World Series. Francis Alemo is the star pitcher, pitching faster and harder than virtually any other pitcher on the playoff roster. “Francis Alemo [is] virtually unhittable,” a sports broadcaster was quoted today on NPR. The African little leaguers are here thanks mostly…Continue reading »

Karibu Kidepo

Karibu Kidepo

It is dangerous, now, to visit Uganda. Dangerous for the tourist, and dangerous for those Ugandans who would have to serve the tourist. A groundswell of travel professionals, media publications and not-for-profits is moving in the direction of an all-out boycott of Uganda tourism. It’s happening so fast that even nimble dictator Yoweri Museveni has…Continue reading »

LGBTP?

LGBTP?

Anti-gay and women-suppression is sweeping through much of the non-Muslim world of Africa with a poignant argument against America. Today Uganda’s dictator signed a long anticipated anti-gay law in an unusual public ceremony with much fanfare. Immediately after signing he delivered a very provocative speech saying his actions were a response to “western arrogance” and…Continue reading »