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Kenya's ugly tale of colonialism

14 July 2009
The British arrived in East Africa in the 1890s and took what is now Kenya by savage military conquest. The invaders took the best farming land for themselves. This became known as the White Highlands where no African could own land. Much of the area had previously been home to the Kikuyu people.

Kenya's Mau Mau war: veterans demand justice from Britain

14 July 2009
Veterans of Kenya’s Mau Mau independence struggle came to Britain in June demanding compensation for atrocities committed by the British. Ken Olende tells their story

Kenyan asylum seeker: ‘I fear for my life if I am deported’

15 December 2008
Steve, an asylum seeker living in Manchester, fears for his life if he is sent back to Kenya.

What’s behind the Kenyan conflict?

05 February 2008
SINCE THE crisis in Kenya erupted six weeks ago there has been a lot of handwringing about the threatened collapse of a haven of "stability" in Africa. This is largely hypocritical nonsense.

Western responsibility for Kenya's ethnic violence

29 January 2008
There has been an upsurge in violence across Kenya in east Africa.

Opposition grows in Kenya election crisis

22 January 2008
Three days of renewed protests in Kenya, east Africa, have seen more than 30 people killed by the police.

Kenya's rulers are allies of the West

08 January 2008
The US sees Kenya as a strategic ally in the "war on terror" particularly as it borders countries including Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan. The government has allowed military bases for both the US and Britain, as well as anchorage in Mombasa for naval vessels.

The brutal legacy of Britain’s colonial rule in Kenya

08 January 2008
Ken Olende looks how British intervention has shaped Kenya's problems

Behind the turmoil in Kenya

08 January 2008
Rioting began in Kenya after sitting president Mwai Kibaki was declared winner in presidential elections on 27 December. Opposition leader Raila Odinga challenged the result, accusing the ruling party of ballot rigging.

Kenyan strike shows trouble brewing for tea giants

18 September 2007
A strike by more than 10,000 tea pickers in Kenya in East Africa has won an 8 percent pay increase.

The legacy of Frantz Fanon

22 May 2007
The World Social Forum in Kenya earlier this year was marked by a resurgence of interest in the ideas of Frantz Fanon, a thinker whose works have for many years been neglected.

Africa's anger: WSF 2007 report

03 February 2007
The people of Kariobangi are dignified, decent and desperate for peace and stability. But they live in some of the worst conditions on Earth.

World Social Forum: a rolling carnival of resistance in Kenya

27 January 2007
World Social Forum: a rolling carnival of resistance in Kenya

Bush could end poverty - but instead spends $320 million a day on war

27 January 2007
From the slums of Kenya to the streets of Washington there is disgust at George Bush and Tony Blair's "war on terror".

Audio reports from the World Social Forum in Nairobi

27 January 2007
The World Social Forum 2007 is currently underway in Nairobi, Kenya. Here are three audio reports from the event recorded by Socialist Worker's reporting team.

Climate change: African poor will suffer

11 November 2006
The 6,000 delegates to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, this week have a heavy responsibility.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o interviewed on his new novel, Wizard of the Crow

04 November 2006
One of Africa’s greatest novelists, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, spoke to Ken Olende about his latest work, Wizard Of The Crow, and the state of the continent today

Mombasa 1505 — how Europe began the great plunder of Africa

16 April 2005
Kenyan socialist Mary Oredi and Charlie Kimber look back at a crucial moment in African history, when Portuguese forces attacked the African city of Mombasa

Britain’s brutal rule in Kenya

29 January 2005
ON 3 March 1959, 85 internees at the Hola Detention Camp in Kenya refused to take part in forced labour and sat down in protest. Internees in the camp had been refusing to work for nine days and now these men were to be made an example. When the camp commander, G M Sullivan, blew his whistle over 100 guards attacked the prisoners with clubs and rifle butts, killing one of them.

‘A detainee killed himself because he could no longer live in this hell’

29 January 2005
A NEW book by Caroline Elkins underlines just how vicious British rule in Kenya was.

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