Ioannis Gatsiounis

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Love and War – the video version

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm

April 19, 2012

Two short interview clips – one on love, one on fighting.

Baseball Manager Flailed for Cheering Castro (and a word on Günter Grass)

In Uncategorized on April 10, 2012 at 12:19 am

April 10, 2012

A manager for a Florida baseball team has come under fire for allegedly saying he loves Fidel Castro.

I empathize with the nearly one million Cuban exiles who have escaped Castro’s ruthless reign of deprivation for the pastel sunsets of south Florida. But I can’t support the witchhunt calling for Ozzie Guillen’s suspension and resignation. It’s one man, one opinion. In America. Get over it.

No one – no one in the free world – has the right not to be offended. One has the right to choose to get offended. And that’s where it should end. But don’t expect the law to punish others for your choice. Read the rest of this entry »

Blast from the Past: Interview with Uganda Mayoral Candidate

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2012 at 3:59 am

April 9, 2012

It’s been brought to my attention that a video clip I did nearly a year ago has been attracting a swarm of vitriolic comments online. That happens in the world of media (especially when you challenge deep-seated convictions) and so I have rarely if ever felt compelled to respond. This case is different.

Apparently in Uganda it’s improper for a foreigner to grill a local politician, even if the said politician is accused of vote-rigging, goes on to defend the practice, and for good measure chooses to attack the rights of sexual minorities. What’s more it’s okay for the aspiring mayor – being a Ugandan – to turn questions about the stunted state of Ugandan politics into a paranoid rant about the United States, because well, that’s where the interviewer was from. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview on American Foreign Policy

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

April 8, 2012

Happy Easter to All!

Here is a recent interview I did for Sanyu FM in Kampala.

Attracting US Investment in Africa*

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2012 at 6:19 am

April 4, 2012

KAMPALA – The US-China rivalry in Africa has basically boiled down to aid versus trade.

The US has won unmatched influence through its cash donations, on which African governments depend to fight everything from malaria to terrorism.

China has dramatically countered through trade, surpassing the US to become the continent’s largest trading partner two years ago.

But a string of moves capped by the introduction of a new trade bill in the House and Senate last week indicate that Washington is now playing to win the trade war too. Read the rest of this entry »