links for 2011-09-02

  • She first rose to prominence in 1986 following the death of her husband and prominent criminal lawyer SM Otieno when she waged a court battle against the Umira Kager clan over Mr Otieno's final resting place.
    She claimed that he had wanted to be buried at his farm at Ngong on the outskirts of Nairobi but the Umira Kager clan, represented by retired Appeal Court judge Justice Richard Kwach citing longstanding tribal traditions claimed the body.
  • The South African Equality Court judgement against Jon Qwelane for hate speech against the LGBTI community has been thrown out. According to the ruling, Qwelane gave a reasonable explanation for his absence from the original court proceedings. 
  • The US government’s counterterrorism activities and ‘humanitarian’ assistance in Somalia and the Horn of Africa go a long way towards explaining the region’s entrenched problems, writes Horace Campbell.
  • Naturally it is the role of the enlightened West to steer Libya towards democracy. Editors working for the media conglomerate at the heart of the phone hacking police/political corruption scandal — a major attack on democracy and civil rights — presumably perceived no irony in their preaching of 'democracy, and legal freedoms'. Words that should send a shudder down the spines of any Libyan readers.
    (tags: Libya Media)
  • The implications of Vance's decision are staggering. Are we to understand that even in the face of corroborating DNA evidence, a woman who has lied about being raped in another country can never be the victim of a rape in this country? Is this limited to rape? If Diallo had lied about being robbed in another country, would this make it impossible for a jury to believe that she'd been mugged on a street in New York?
    (tags: DSK Rape USA)
  • Over the last few months, I’ve read countless critiques of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, a creative work that falls short of providing an authentic black female voice. But unlike many of my peers, I never got upset. Stockett is a white woman, she can only write fantasies of black women’s truth. She owes us nothing. She’s a writer, and she can write as she sees fit.