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Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Support Peaceful Elections in Kenya

While elections in the US are about to take place, on which an approximate $6 billion will have been spent, Kenya is also preparing for very important elections (and consider that the entire economy of Kenya could be run for two months on $6 billion). While I appreciate that people are willing to give to [...]

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Who’s paying attention?

One thing I enjoyed about being in Burundi is listening to French news sources such as RFI, which clearly have a different set of concerns than English-language news. US news has more coverage of Latin America, for example, while French-language sources have a lot more about places you don't hear about much in our news, [...]

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Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Next up: Legslative Elections

A quick update before the legislative elections tomorrow. The main opposition leader, Agathon Rwasa, is still in hiding. Grenade attacks have generally decreased over the past week, but there has been a high level of concern about attacks from al-Shabab, who promised to make Burundi suffer for contributing troops to the peacekeeping force in Somalia [...]

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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Burundi Presidential Elections: Where’s the Dialogue?

On Tuesday I came back to the capital from having observed the elections in Gitega, the second biggest city in the center of the country. We're busy writing up a report on our observations, which I will share later, so for the moment I will withhold comments about whether irregularities were observed, but I have [...]

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Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Ntivyoroshe: It’s not easygoing here

So a lot of news here lately, starting over the weekend with 11 grenade attacks centered around various parts of the capital, and a few more in the past few days. In general, these had no single clearly discernible political or ethnic target, and for example, two recent attacks in Gihosha were committed in one [...]

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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Was there an election?

Since my last post, there's been a fair amount of news surrounding the communal elections. When the preliminary results were announced, a group of eight, and then 13 opposition political parties dismissed the election as a fraud, called for new elections, and for a new independent electoral commission. The basis of their complaint was a [...]

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Burundian Elections Begin

I arrived in Burundi six days ago, just in time to be around for the communal or “district” elections which took place yesterday, the first in a series that will take place over the summer and into September. They were originally scheduled three days earlier, but delays in distributing the elector cards and problems [...]

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Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Winter Update – Good News

So as I trudge back and forth through the snow, it’s easy to feel a long way from the summery paradise of East Africa.  But it hasn’t escaped my mind, by any means.  I’m developing plans to return this summer to Burundi to continue to help out as I can with HROC projects and observe [...]

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Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Goats for Peace

Just a quick note, since things here are a bit overwhelming as I try to fit in everything before I head back to the US to start an M.A. in Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute at Notre Dame this fall. I plan to be back here in Burundi next summer though, and I’ll keep [...]

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Saturday, June 13th, 2009

DRC: Uvira and Abeka

As I mentioned before, I spent most of last week on the other side of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), specifically in the city of Uvira, and then briefly in a small town about 25 km south of there called Abeka.

The province of South Kivu had a difficult time during [...]

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