Wednesday, January 16

Kenya articles

Some pieces that have particularly caught my eye when I've had a chance to catch up on the coverage of Kenya's political crisis: In the Financial Times William Wallis uses Kenya as a jumping-off point for a discussion of the state of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa more broadly. Also in the FT, Michela Wrong looks at the various economic repercussions of the political crisis. And at Kenya Imagine, Nanjala Nyabola reminds us that according to most estimates available, significantly more people died in violence around elections in 1992, a consideration that gets at most a passing mention in most coverage. This time around, more of the violence has been in urban centers. And this, combined with a much more vibrant Kenyan media and technological improvements, have made covering and disseminating unrest via radio, tv, and Internet much easier.

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