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Published: 6 days ago

Do you know how to milk a cow?

In essence, the working assumption with decolonization is the idea of reviving and analyzing lost (or fallen from view) forms of knowledge. In bringing these ideas to the forefront we begin to imagine different worlds, and see different possibilities and ways of being. The …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Political Party Nominations

2017 is an election year, and right before the election, we have this spectacle called political party nominations. It usually looks (to outsiders like me) like a trainwreck – messy and destructive. I’ve seen pictures of all manner of campaign tactics – there’s an …

Published: 3 weeks ago

See Yourself

At the end of the day othering happens in many invisible ways. And its performance doesn’t necessarily translate to intent. Which is why the intended ‘clarification’ “I wasn’t being racist, I was just trying to say…”becomes a violence. It does not only deny that …

Published: 4 weeks ago

The Art of the Con

Like many other Kenyans, I find myself constantly wondering about the hold our political class has on us, and why they continue to hoodwink and oppress us with impunity and consistency. We have analyzed our systems, institutions and approach to governance for close to …

Published: 1 month ago

Hearing Questions

When is a question valid? Or, more directly, when are which questions valid? And how do we navigate (in)valid questions? This then turns into a question on community. And because different communities have different assumed forms of knowledge – then some questions become violent …

Published: 1 month ago

On Resistance

On March 7th, Uhuru Kenyatta pulled his worst bad faith move yet. After the government and the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) failed to reach an agreement on a return-to-work formula to end the seemingly never-ending doctors’ strike, he took his best …

Published: 2 months ago

Staying Soft

“In effect, this means that speaking one’s truth becomes an action of laying one bare. An action of putting the self on the line. Putting the self in the line of possible violence.” On truths Something about vulnerability and safe spaces keeps coming back …

Published: 2 months ago

First, Do No Harm

Though widely thought to be taken from the Hippocratic Oath, the phrase as we know it does not appear in the historic document. The Oath instead says “I will utterly reject harm and mischief.” However, this phrase remains a key guideline for medical professionals …

Published: 2 months ago

The #LipaKamaTender Movement

by Dr. Judy Karagania Kenyan doctors have been on strike since 5 December 2016. That is 79 days. This strike has historical parallels to what is considered the longest strike by medical practitioners in 1994 that lasted 105 days. Three thousand doctors were sacked …

Published: 2 months ago

What Exactly are you Voting For?

A fortnight ago we talked about apathy – and what it means to be asked to vote. Especially in Kenya now, as doctors are being jailed for asking for better health. And, as Gathara eloquently puts it, that is the least of our problems. …

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