Joe B. Jakes

jb_jakes@texas.usa.com

Failed states and security: any cause for concern?

It is rather difficult to find an accurate definition and indeed to give typical criteria for a country to qualify as a ‘failed state’ but what is public knowledge is that failed states are unable to provide basic public services—(jobs and food for their people), have lost some of...

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

Africa on the rise: A myth or reality?

There has been much talk about how the African continent is on the move. This narrative was surprisingly enough, popularized by the same commentators who have traditionally looked down on Africa—and normally called it the ‘hopeless continent’. Among those sceptical of Africa...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

20 years after the Genocide: A country with healing scars

A country with unbelievable physical beauty and yet, a country whose citizens proved during the Genocide that humans were capable of the most appalling cruelty. In the end, it remains very difficult to understand what drives men to commit crimes of such magnitude in the name of preserving one group...

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Africa’s New Year resolution: same old political violence?

At the end of every year, it is customary to most people to evaluate how well they have done in achieving their set objectives and also examine their shortfalls – all of which help to determine the path going forward into the new year.In trying to use the same method for Africa’s...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

Deaths at the Sea: the new middle passage for Africans?

Reading some of the African trending news stories over the last weeks, one is surprised by how little attention was given to the crisis at the Mediterranean Sea where over 100 African souls were lost while trying to reach Europe. More than 500 African migrants were on the boat when it caught fire...

Monday, October 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

AU posing a challenge to the contemporary global order?

In May this year, the continent celebrated 50 years of African Unity in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ceremony was graced by activists, intellectuals, political and business leaders whose speeches focused on the journey travelled, and also elaborated on the vision ahead for Africa to claim its...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rwanda ranking in Peace Index: No cause for alarm?

Only a few days ago, the 2013 Global Peace Index (GPI) report was released and painted a rather bleak picture of today’s global peace.Some of the worrying trends include increasing conflicts, continuing high degree of militarisation and the 5% drop at the levels of peace around the world...

Friday, June 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

Public diplomacy challenges in small states: the case for EAC

A surprising reality is that we are still living in an international environment which is primarily defined by a multitude of nation states, but a significant number of these states are small in absolute terms.  Others are considered as small in relative terms and yet all of these states,...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

The United Nations in the DR Congo: Promoting peace or provoking war?

Is the United Nations (UN) setting a new precedent by changing its role from peacekeeping into peace enforcement activities? This question, must be in many people’s minds, especially those who are seriously concerned by the recent development at the Security Council (SC) and by the decision...

Monday, April 29, 2013, 12:00 AM

Genocide commemoration: Memory, Learning, Striving

Rwanda, the small but beautiful land of my forefathers is commemorating the Genocide against the Tutsi for the 19th time — an opportunity for Rwandans to remember the past, reflect on the journey travelled, and also find the needed time to let go the feelings and emotions.The sole purpose of...

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 12:00 AM

Politics of human rights groups in the age of austerity: Information or mis-information?

Since late 1970s, there has been a surge in numbers of many organisations claiming to champion for different causes, rights and interests with the most renowned groups being the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI). The end of the Cold War had two primary effects on these groups...

Saturday, March 30, 2013, 12:00 AM

Post-Genocide Rwanda: Economic growth for social justice?

The ideal of social justice means that a ‘free’ society is comprised of few things such as (1) the equal worth of all citizens that is expressed in political and civil liberties and equal rights before law, (2) right of citizenship and ability to meet basic needs for income, shelter and...

Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

The quest for self-reliance: Rwanda’s vision vs. interests of aid donors

If foreign aid is not the solution for global poverty, what is? There are enough statistical and case-study research by academics and experts in development economics, which have long demonstrated conclusively that private foreign direct investment (FDI), conducted by multinational enterprises (...

Sunday, February 24, 2013, 12:00 AM

Great Lakes Region: Why peace agreements without peace?

There is almost a unanimous agreement that peace is a process as opposed to just an abrupt end to conflict and certainly the recent violent events in the Democratic Republic of Congo indicate that peace agreements mark only the start of the process. An examination of the various past peace...

Sunday, February 10, 2013, 12:00 AM

Indeed, a savings culture is the solution

Editor,Allow me to add my voice to an article by Diana Mpyisi, “Rwandan weddings and a savings culture”, published in The New Times on Tuesday. This was a very relevant article indeed. Diana, I debated with my ex-wife for months and then weeks before our wedding date on that issue of...

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12:00 AM