Kenya and the ICC: No Justice for Victims

The ICC in The Hague is suffering setbacks (c) Wikipedia
The ICC in The Hague is suffering setbacks (c) Wikipedia

A week ago, the International Criminal Court prosecutor called in a statement for a delay in the Kenyan president’s trial, saying there is no longer sufficient evidence to charge Uhuru Kenyatta with crimes against humanity. The trial against him was scheduled to start on 5 February 2014. The case has suffered major setbacks in recent months, and now a key witness is not willing to testify while another one confessed to giving false evidence on a critical event in the case, according to Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. The Kenyan case at The Hague remains a farce and justice for the victims of the 2007-2008 post-election violence seems to be so further away than ever. However, the fate of more than 1,000 Kenyans who had to die and 600,000 who were displaced should not be forgotten. Continue reading “Kenya and the ICC: No Justice for Victims”

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Who will head the EU in 2015?

There is light at the end of the tunnel: more democracy in the EU! (c) Flickr/Francois de Halleux
There is light at the end of the tunnel: more democracy in the EU! (c) Flickr/Francois de Halleux

In January 2015, José Manuel Barroso will be gone. Finally! Not many people will miss the current president of the EU Commission, the most important position in the EU. Pro-Europeans are hopeful that a more charismatic and visionary person is going to take over his job. The crucial question is: Who is going to follow Barroso? Thanks to the Lisbon Treaty, the European Parliament (EP) will have a much bigger say in this decision. Thus, it will be EU citizens who will influence who will take over this post because for the first time ever the people will know the frontrunners of the major political groups in the European Parliament. Consequently, a vote at the European Parliament elections in May 2014 will contribute to the decision where the EU will head to in the future. Continue reading “Who will head the EU in 2015?”

Serbia on the way from a pariah state to become part of the union

ImageIt can go quickly when all parties involved are cooperative and the political will is there. On Tuesday, the Council of the EU decided that accession talks with Serbia would start on 21 January 2014. This decision was based on a very positive report by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton. Back in March 2012, the EU granted Serbia candidate status. Since the historic agreement in April 2013 that allowed for a breakthrough between Belgrade and Pristina, most of the EU demands are fulfilled. Thus, Serbia has the green light to negotiate with the EU and become a full-fledged member of the union. Finally, Serbia will not be the pariah state of Europe but rather help to move Europe as a whole forward. A difficult and long process will start. Continue reading “Serbia on the way from a pariah state to become part of the union”

Kenya at 50: Unfulfilled promises, ethnic division but hope for a bright future

Kenya celebrated 50 years of independence of the UK in December 2013 © Elijah Mucha
Kenya celebrated 50 years of independence of the UK in December 2013 © Elijah Mucha

“We are yet to reach the promised land. We have missed opportunities in the last 50 years,” admitted Uhuru Kenyatta. The Kenyan President’s speech on 12 December 2013 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Kenya took place in front of 60,000 people in the national stadium, including 14 heads of states. You can see some amazing pictures from the ceremony on Thursday which reflects Kenya’s cultural diversity, may it be old or new, with more than 40 ethnic communities in this East African country. However, the promise of Uhuru’s father, Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta, has not been fulfilled yet, as he said 50 years ago that the new government would eliminate three great scourges – poverty, ignorance and disease. Ever since the population quadrupled to more than 43 millions but their voices and concerns still need to be heard. Continue reading “Kenya at 50: Unfulfilled promises, ethnic division but hope for a bright future”

Ashton: From Zero to Hero

Cathrine Ashton is suddenly praised ©Commons Wikipedia
Cathrine Ashton is suddenly praised ©Commons Wikipedia

The EU’s foreign minister, thanks to the British officially known as the “High Representative for Foreign Affairs,” is a job where people assumed that with the Lisbon Treaty a person with much of a glittery personality would be chosen. However, exactly because of the fear of some EU members, the opposite happened and a lady was chosen who was hardly known at all. When Baroness Catherine Ashton, 57, was given the job in 2009, the British national was criticized for everything, including her lack of experience, charisma and profile. However, four years later, thanks to successes to reach deals between Kosovo and Serbia and most recently her firm pursuit of a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program has won her a lot of good press and history’s verdict seems to change about her. Continue reading “Ashton: From Zero to Hero”