Is Kenya’s harsh response to “terrorism” by Al Shabab and Muslim groups backfiring?

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Is Kenya’s response to terrorism making it worse?
15 October 2014

Nairobi, Kenya – The Kenyan government’s response to terrorism may have made the problem worse, new research shows. Many Muslim youths joined extremist groups as a reaction to the Kenyan government’s collective punishment or assassination of religious leaders, says senior researcher Dr Anneli Botha from the authoritative Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

‘It is clear from the research that strategies based on mass arrests and racial profiling are counterproductive and may drive individuals to extremism,’ Botha says. ‘Unless government changes its approach, there is a real risk it will inspire a new cycle of radicalisation and violence.’

Very little research has been done into why young men join al-Shabaab and the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC). The independent academic research led by Botha – with the assistance of organisations such as the Kenyan Muslim Youth Alliance – included interviews…

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South Africa – Winnie to contest her divorce as fraudulent

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Is there no end to the vileness of this woman?  She didn’t dare do it while Mandela was alive and now is doing it to try to get her hands on his money. The sad decline of a brutalized but now brutal woman. KS

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The ex-wife of former president Nelson Mandela alleges that her divorce was fraudulently obtained, and is also seeking rights to the estate in Qunu.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is seeking rights to the Mandela estate in Qunu, and is contesting her divorce from former president Nelson Mandela. (AP)

ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has claimed in papers filed in the high court in Mthatha that her divorce from former president Nelson Mandela was fraudulently obtained, the Daily Dispatch reported on Wednesday.

She claimed her marriage certificate was also a fraud and sought to have the divorce order rescinded. “The certificate is clearly a fraudulent document and is…

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Man Jailed 36 Months For ‘Fingering’ Minor

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Court GavelA Circuit Court in Accra on Friday sentenced Akwasi Berkoh a “bookman” to 36 months imprisonment for inserting his penis into the genitals of a four- year old at Teshie and fingering the victim.

Berkoh 25, charged with indecent assault pleaded not guilty.

The court presided over by Ms Sedina Agbemava however found him guilty and convicted him accordingly.

Berkoh who was taken aback by the judgement wept saying “I know nothing about the matter”. His mother who could not stand the shock got out of the court amidst talking to herself.

According to the court prosecution after calling five witnesses a case against Berkoh was established.

The court noted that medical report also confirmed that the victim after going through the ordeal appeared traumatised.

According to the court although Berkoh denied the offence and also knowing the victim in the neighbourhood, it was found that he was lying.

It…

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Swaziland’s King Offers Virgins $18 a Month to Save Themselves For Him

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King Mswati IIISwaziland plans to pay girls about $18 a month for abstaining from sex, according to local reports.

The programme, reportedly approved by King Mswati III, is intended to reduce HIV transmission in a country with one of the highest HIV transmission rates in the world.

But critics claim the flamboyant ruler – who already has 15 wives – is simply trying to ensure any future brides are disease-free.

Details have to be established about how the girls will be monitored to ensure they are not having sex.

Swazi virgins usually only hit the headlines when tens of thousands of them dance topless before the king at the annual Reed Dance.

Each year the 46-year old, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch chooses a virgin as his new wife from the ceremony.

Last month, he selected a 19-year-old to be his 15th wife.

The programme, reportedly financed by the World Bank, will offer…

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Ozil Heading to Bayern Munich

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mesut ozilMesut Ozil wants to quit Arsenal as soon as January and the Gunners are ready to do business.

Bayern Munich are lining up a bid of around £30million for Ozil, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid last summer for a club record £42.5m.

The football grapevine understands the Germany star has grown increasingly unhappy at Arsenal, not least because he is not being played in his preferred forward floating role by Arsene Wenger.

Ozil returned to Germany last week only to discover what was thought a minor knee injury could in fact rule him out for up the three months.

It might even mean he has played his last game for the Gunners.

Wenger doesn’t usually like to do business in January but could see the opportunity of offloading Ozil and bringing in his compatriot Sami Khedira from Real Madrid.

Arsenal may also move for two other Germany stars in…

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