When a rogue president is in power, the very essence of being a Kenyan’s at stake

When a rogue president is in power, the very essence of being a Kenyan’s at stake

As a Kenyan human rights lawyer whose activism has been shaped very much by my Christian faith and inspired by the example of Christians elsewhere who have used their faith to push for social change, I like to share some of my personal experiences of speaking truth to power in...

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Tech transfer: Ensuring food security with Zimbabwe’s first private research institute

Tech transfer: Ensuring food security with Zimbabwe’s first private research institute

I study the interactions between cell proteins and DNA. I want to understand how the gene-editing tool CRISPR makes unintended changes to organisms’ DNA. I have a faculty appointment at Leipzig University in Germany. But in March 2021, I took parental leave, which will probably become permanent leave and came...

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Mr President, when a regime fails its citizens silence becomes betrayal and inaction treason

Mr President, when a regime fails its citizens silence becomes betrayal and inaction treason

I am a Kenyan citizen and resident taxpayer who, alongside 48 million of my fellow citizens, has watched with utter dismay and increasing frustration as your government has run the affairs of our land with criminal negligence, thereby placing in great jeopardy not just our present fortunes but our children’s...

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Risks of remote presence: Your online content can be screenshot, misused

Risks of remote presence: Your online content can be screenshot, misused

Remote attendance of events, including work, has its own challenges: you leave a lot in your trail that can work against you. Recording of such events has its own social and professional risks that you need to be aware of and give informed consent or decline where appropriate. This may...

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Remote sensing: Gear up for virtual weddings, dowry deals and memorials

Remote sensing: Gear up for virtual weddings, dowry deals and memorials

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we work and remote work will continue for the foreseeable future, according to media research. Forbes magazine predicts that by 2025, an estimated 70 per cent of the workforce will be toiling at home at least part-time. Also, here to stay – in...

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Next Covid wave: Deadlier pandemic attack will come from its effect on job market

Next Covid wave: Deadlier pandemic attack will come from its effect on job market

Being out of work isn’t just bad for your finances. It’s bad for your health. Most people are aware of the effect of losing a job on mental health: depression, anxiety, social isolation. But job loss can hurt a person’s physical health as well. Research consistently shows that losing a...

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Linguistic analyses show mainstream media bias delegitimises Black-rights protesters

Linguistic analyses show mainstream media bias delegitimises Black-rights protesters

The protests following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by police a year ago built on those that came before – in response to the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and far too many others. The global reckoning was a result of...

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Lawyer to Kenya president: Your government is a polished idea to steal, enjoy

Lawyer to Kenya president: Your government is a polished idea to steal, enjoy

I am a Kenyan citizen and resident taxpayer who, alongside forty-eight million of my fellow citizens, has watched with utter dismay and increasing frustration as your government has run the affairs of our land with criminal negligence thereby placing in great jeopardy not just our present fortunes but our children’s...

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Why has Kenya president obscured details of $3.8 billion railway contract with China?

Why has Kenya president obscured details of $3.8 billion railway contract with China?

As you are aware, in May 2014, the government of Kenya signed a $3.8 billion contract with China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC) for the construction of the standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi and on to Naivasha. According to news reports, 85 per cent of the construction cost...

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Race to militarise artificial intelligence is the biggest threat to world peace

Race to militarise artificial intelligence is the biggest threat to world peace

A race to militarise artificial intelligence is gearing up. Two years ago, the US Congress created the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI). This March, it recommended that the United States must accelerate artificial-intelligence (AI) technologies to preserve national security and remain competitive with China and Russia. This will...

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