Monthly Archives: October 2010

Bishop takes pawn, king exposed

As Tanzanians head to the polls today to choose a President and Parliament and maybe oust the longtime ruling CCM from power—although most polls favor the CCM and incumbent President Jakaya Kikwete—Karimu’s less momentous work inches forward. In my October … Continue reading

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The Tanzanian election

Laura Seay, assistant professor of political science at Morehouse College in Atlanta, writes an informative blog called “Texas in Africa”—apparently because she admits to missing her Texas home whenever she visits Africa. In a recent post explaining how social scientists … Continue reading

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No country for old men

Karimu’s total reliance on Joas Kahembe as mover and shaker inside Tanzania often worries me. Our four other Board members live here in California, in the Santa Cruz area. Lorraine Flores, Dr. Susan Hughmanick, Marianne, and I all care deeply … Continue reading

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Updating my update

In my October 1 post I reported a snag in my idea of a women’s healthcare initiative to revive the Integrated Agricultural Training Center, where our volunteers stay when they visit Tanzania. Different members of the Tanzanian Lutheran community had … Continue reading

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Tanzania Diary: August 18 (afternoon)

Heathrow Airport in London seemed like a blur because the delayed departure of our flight from Nairobi had reduced our layover time. But Dr. Susan Hughmanick’s encounter with a United Airlines flight attendant only minutes into our final, London-to-San Francisco … Continue reading

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Tanzania Diary: August 18 (morning)

We felt a little less sorry for ourselves in the closeness of the Nairobi airport after talking to some of the shopkeepers there. Just before midnight we had received notice of a two-hour delay of our flight to London. One … Continue reading

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Tanzania Diary: August 17 (night)

We began our journey home in distinctively African style, with our two-time volunteer Danielle Hayes parked between the pilot and copilot for the short flight from Tanzania to Kenya. Precision Airways had overbooked our flight by one passenger, so instead … Continue reading

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