Lillian Bogonko

Nairobi, Kenya

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Lillian Bogonko
Posted almost 3 years ago
Why is the international community reluctant to declare the situation in Syria a civil war?
I agree that no government should be forced out of office, but where do we draw the line? Until half the population is gone? Why are some situations ok to intervene or label civil wars and not others. From what i have read, labeling a situation a civil wars has implications. It means that the perpetrators can be charged for war crimes and crimes against humanity. That the combatants on both ends are recognizable. But this is not always the case. Yes interests and all come into play, but am more concerned about international law at this particular point. The laws are so grey that its tough to apply them uniformly. So who do we blame for the situation in Syria having understood all the dimensions?
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Lillian Bogonko
Posted almost 3 years ago
Can China really become a super power, or will it remain a great power among other great powers?
David, Kenyans should invest in Kenya...but no one country is an island. You need to look at the data showing who has bought the luxury houses in America. They are Saudi`s and Chinese .....not many Americans. The financial meltdown allowed for foreigners who had money to come and invest in the US. Even in this big companies who has really invested in them...look and find out . All am saying , the days of protectionism are over. Even China knows that. Countries have no choice but to open up their markets. Who has bought America`s bonds? You think Americans own their economy....talk to the Chinese they`ll tell you a different story. That is why trade with China is so precious to America even though they sell cheap goods.
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Lillian Bogonko
Posted almost 3 years ago
Can China really become a super power, or will it remain a great power among other great powers?
The US will remain a player because of how it`s principles have penetrated many institutions and countries. The liberal ideology that is synonymous with the West (America) will be hard to change. China will have to find it`s way within the system as it will be impossible to change it and China knows this. They have shown they can adapt to it by joining WTO and other institutions but above all by embracing capitalism ...to some degree. I think what we`re witnessing is a new type of governance structure in the international system that is multi-polar, where many powerful states are balancing each other out.
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Lillian Bogonko
Posted almost 3 years ago
Can China really become a super power, or will it remain a great power among other great powers?
Thank you for your response Alex. I agree with you. China rise (at least how its portrayed) rides on the waves of its big cities. Little attention is given to the hinterlands as you put it more so because of the controls the government has placed on its people and various outlets including the media. But social media, as we have witnessed is changing all that. The question then becomes can a state become a super power with a majority poor. China offers great challenges. The population is so big that the poor can form a continent by themselves. This makes the GDP per capita less than the developed nations. But am sure if we were to remove the poor, China will surpass many of the richest country, but this is only a wish mentality because in rel life you can`t do that.