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  • So much seems familiar about the Kenya these records describe; the dislocation of northern parts of the country, the accusations of foreign subversion made against hidden enemies, and the casual way in which reasonable criticisms of government were misrepresented by the State as the work of political agitators.
  • The freedom of speech blossomed into a remarkable creative space, in which ideas about every aspect of life, from literature to the economy, have flourished. As a result Kenya is an inestimably better place in which to live now than it was 20 or 30 years ago.
  • As the President noted in his rebuke to American criticism, the Kenyan Government is hardly the first to hastily introduce vaguely worded, draconian legislation in response to a heightened terror threat.

The George Padmore Institute is an unlikely setting for one of Kenya’s most important historical archives.

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