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Oil and blood: Kenyan mall attack is Somali payback

The Al-Shabaab attack on a Kenyan shopping mall was retaliation for Kenya’s intervention in Somalia, writes United Nations adviser in Nairobi Robert Johnson. And there’s also the matter of oil …

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Judges have the last word in Kenya

Kenya’s Supreme Court has upheld the victory of Uhuru Kenyatta in this month’s presidential election. For now it looks like a triumph for Kenya’s democratic institutions, says Charles Richardson.

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In Kenya, the rights and wrongs of a complex election play out

Kenya’s president-elect is facing International Criminal Court charges of crimes against humanity. But he has a more immediate problem closer to home. United Nations consultant Robert Johnson reports from Nairobi.

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Wary of violence, Kenyans go to the polls

Overshadowing the elections is the current International Criminal Court (ICC) case concerning the more than 1000 deaths that followed the previous presidential elections in 2007, writes UN consultant Robert Johnson.

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Refugees rocking out in Kenya

Two filmmakers working for FilmAid created a music video clip in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp to celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20. Rather than the usual sob-story videos, this beautifully shot clip stars young Sudanese refugees singing A Heavy Abacus by Welsh band The Joy Formidable.

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Vulnerable Kenya on the brink of collapse

Kenya is facing very testing multifaceted challenges to national unity, writes Robert Johnson, a UN adviser/consultant in Nairobi.

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Why the world needs troublemakers such as Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai, the activist and environmentalist who passed away on Monday morning in Nairobi hospital, is mourned as a hero in her native Kenya, writes Rafiq Copeland from Dadaab.

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Surrounded by famine, Kenya gets a finger lickin’ option

The news from East Africa is focused on the dire famine, but a story at the other end of the food spectrum is quietly unfolding, with the opening of East Africa’s first KFC. Kirsten Drysdale went down for a burger.

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Economist | LINKS|

How the Horn of Africa famine will play out

Another two regions of Somalia are offcially in famine. This Economist graphic shows the areas projected to be affected in East Africa, and notes that less than half of the $650 million in aid needed for Ethiopia alone.

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LIFE | LINKS|

The hungry children of Somalia’s famine

Nearly 11 million people in the Horn of Africa are currently in desperate need of emergency food aid. This heartbreaking LIFE photo gallery takes a look at the lives of starving Somalian refugees.

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Telegraph (UK) | LINKS|

Horn of Africa to be declared official famine zone

The humanitarian situation in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia is so dire — with an estimated 11 million urgently in need of food — that one UN official says it’s 99% certain that a full-scale famine situation will be declared tomorrow.

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Telegraph (UK) | LINKS|

Horn of Africa hunger crisis affects 12 million

An extremely severe drought and rising global food prices means a famine is likely to be declared across Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. More than a quarter of children in parts of Kenya are malnourished, says aid agencies.

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Rundle’s Friday argument starters: Bob Ellis, Mau Mau and Churchill

From sex scandals to ADFA to Anzac Day and colony wars in Kenya, Guy Rundle raises the big issues of the week.

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Letter from: Nairobi, where crimes against humanity set the mood

It is understandable that the mood in Nairobi was tense. It is not every day that a country’s political elite is accused of crimes against humanity, writes Rafiq Copeland from Nairobi.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Scammed by a terrorist?

It may have been just a straight tourist scam. But when there is a violent sectarian militant group involved, it is hard to be sure. Rafiq Copeland explains an incident in Nairobi, Kenya involving a friendly Ugandan man who may or may not have had terrorist links.

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Life and death under WikiLeaks: what we learnt in Kenya

As ever with WikiLeaks, the moral implications in the Kenyan case remain ambiguous, writes Rafiq Copeland from Kenya.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Karaoke + $412 in bar tabs = missed flights

The fact that Rafiq Copeland was at a karaoke bar singing Africa by Toto will testify to his drunkness. Yet it came as a shock to wake up and realise he’d missed his flight to Johannesburg. God bless Ian from the Qantas customer call centre.

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Daily News | LINKS|

Kenya ready for referendum

Almost 70,000 police officers will be sent to voting centres throughout Kenya on Wednesday to attempt to ensure an orderly process when the country votes on a proposed constitution endorsed by President Mwai Kibaki.

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Global Post | SPORT|

Kenyans: really fast, really broke

Kenya produces some of the fastest runners on Earth — yet few are even making a fraction of what their slower Western counterparts earn.

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Meet Kenya’s Chuck Norris

Kenya has its first internet meme — a kung-fu fighting Blaxploitation spoof superhero and bad-ass named Makmende, created by funk band Just a Band.

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Meet Kenya’s Chuck Norris

Kenya has its first internet meme — a kung-fu fighting Blaxploitation spoof superhero and bad-ass named Makmende, created by funk band Just a Band.

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EcoWorldly | ENVIRONMENT|

The last lions in Kenya

Wild lions could be extinct in Kenya within 20 years, with 100 dying a year due to poisonings and habitat loss. Could the lion cubs of today be the country’s last?

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The Guardian | ENVIRONMENT|

Dead cattle put Kenya at the brink of national disaster

Years of drought sweeping across Kenya’s plains have placed the country at a critical stage. Four million Kenyans are on food aid, yet a blotched government plan has resulted in hundreds of dead cattle.

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CNN | THE REST|

40 goats and 20 cows for Clinton love?

It’s been a big week for the Clintons, with Hillary getting an offer of 40 goats and 20 cows as dowry for the hand in marriage of her daughter Chelsea to a Kenyan man.

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Is Obama sucking up to Muslim and Arab nations?

Barack Obama’s visit to Ghana, his first tour of sub-Saharan Africa, didn’t please everyone, writes Irfan Yusuf.

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