Barack Obama

2013 February

Children, half-children and absent fathers

2017-01-31T23:18:43-05:00February 21st, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

On the other side of this blog, there’s a new post about Obama, the Prez. of the United States -- It’s a piece about Obama's relationship, or lack of, with Africa. Which is interesting, I think, because he’s a half-child of this continent, as his father -- his absent father, that is -- was [...]

2013 February

Will Barack Obama come to Africa?

2014-02-19T09:15:31-05:00February 16th, 2013|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, February 16, 2013) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ It was YouTube and it was Barack Obama talking to the neighbours in Kenya. You may have heard that they’re about to vote. The last time the Kenyans did this, six years ago, 1,000 lay dead on the bloody streets. Another 600,000 were displaced, including here to Uganda where UN shelters near the airport are still up.

2008 November

Africans are caught up in Obama’s hope

2012-12-11T13:20:15-05:00November 10th, 2008|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

KAMPALA, Uganda✦ So you think you feel good about what unfolded south of Canada’s border on Nov. 4? You should see the party in Africa. There has been dancing in the streets, public holidays and general high-fives from nationals to diplomats to expatriates, all convinced that, as one Ugandan paper put it, “America is reborn.”

2008 September

Time for US Democrats to fight fire with fire

2012-09-20T04:18:26-04:00September 22nd, 2008|Categories: New Vision, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Recently travelling back from Canada to Uganda through London, England - capital of history's most influential empire - I got some renewed perspective on global leadership and change and how, in politics, there's nothing like old-fashioned fear to move things along.