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Patrick Gathara

The blackface election looms

Like blackface, the US election is a stupid inversion of the ‘usual’ trope of being the superpower that offers lessons on governance and rights to Africa

‘Insult’ arrest kicks off poll race in Kenya

MPs’ detention may signal the silencing of dissent and a bid to railroad changes to the Constitution

How to report on humanitarian crises: A guide for Western journalists

The world has become a more complicated place — that doesn’t mean your reporting has to be.

Images of black death satisfy disturbing desires and purposes

The protests sweeping the United States after the latest police killing of a black man again speak to the ability of images to evoke powerful emotional responses

Kenya’s government can’t tackle the pandemic alone. It needs civil society

Kenya’s government has excluded nongovernmental organisations and other groups such as churches from its emergency decision-making. This is a mistake

Kenya’s push for a national ID raises red flags

There is a lot of money to be made from exploiting Kenyans' personal data, and no shortage of unscrupulous politicians willing to do the exploiting

The racist reaction to the Ethiopian Airlines crash was all too predictable

Once again, Africans have been reminded that some deaths, and thus lives, are more important than others

Kenya suffers Somali blowback

Kenya said it invaded Somalia to protect its citizens, but the attack in Nairobi this week shows this has failed

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