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US intervention? No thanks - 11 months ago, 8 Mar 00:38

By: Macharia Kamau

That ambassadors Mark Bellamy and Johnnie Carson are accomplished US diplomats is not in doubt. It may also be assumed that their relationship with Kenya as former ambassadors in Nairobi gives them a more than average understanding of Kenya’s politics, economy and even social aspects. But the article by the two gentlemen published online on February 22, in which they call for US intervention in Kenya, is a clear demonstration of how preconceived notions and stereotypes about Africa by Western technocrats override any practical experience and knowledge acquired on the continent. Their knack for getting it wrong on African and Kenyan issues is dumbfounding. It is also a demonstration of why desk research on Africa, with the only source of information being a biased Western media, should be treated with disdain. The authors seem to revel in misinforming their readers not only on the existing situation but also on the ...
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