Articles by Wycliffe Odhiambo

Libyan rebels aided by no-fly zone

Libyan rebels celebrating at a checkpoint in eastern Libya on March 27. (AP) Ever since coalition bombs starting falling on forces loyal to Muammar Gadhafi, the loyalists have been retreating. The U.S.-supported rebels, who had been pushed right up to their capital of Benghazi, seized the opportunity and swiftly advanced westward. Such was the initial…

U.S. vetoes UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in Palestine

While Democrats and Republicans are usually at loggerheads in most issues, they always seem to read from the same script when it comes to Israel. It is little wonder, therefore, that the Obama administration went the way of many others by vetoing a U.N. resolution declaring Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank territory illegal…

Booming Chinese economy passes Japan’s as world’s second largest

Five years can change a lot as the Japanese economy has recently found out. Just half a decade ago, China’s gross domestic product was around $2.3 trillion, about half  of Japan’s. This week China’s economy officially overtook Japan’s to be the second largest in the world behind the United States. This interchange is attributed to…

Southern Sudan chooses independence

Southern Sudanese celebrate the formal announcement of referendum results in the southern capital of Juba on Feb. 7. (AP) Ours is a lucky generation. One-hundred ninety-two countries have gained independence and are recognized as sovereign states. But for most of us, these countries’ births and their struggles during infancy is but a fascinating read about…

Egypt following in Tunisia’s footsteps

An anti-government protester wears face paint in the colors of the Egyptian flag during the continuing demonstration in Tahrir square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, on Feb. 1. (AP) Egypt President Hosni Mubarak is a man with an incredible knack for survival. In his 30-year rule of the country, Mubarak has faced five assassination attempts and…

Revolution in Tunisia ‘rocks the Casbah’

A protestor stands in front of the prime minister’s office in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, on Jan. 25 to demand the removal of members of the ousted president’s regime still in the government. (AP) Tunisians took to the streets in late December to protest against high food prices, limited political and social freedom, unemployment…

Sudan: It’s more than a game

Two-year-old Nyagod Kuel attempts to eat on her bed in a hospital ward in southeastern Sudan. (AP) Thousands of miles separate us from Sudan. In fact, I recently encountered an interesting flight schedule on Expedia. Fly from Cleveland to Toronto, Toronto to Montreal, Montreal to Brussels, Brussels to Entebbe, Entebbe to Nairobi and finally, Nairobi…