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OP-ED: Tourism Is Oversensitive To Political Instability And Pandemics

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By Oweyegha-Afunaduula

It is true. Tourism is extremely sensitive to social political instabilities, because finally tourism is people – what they perceive and what they expect.

If a country is suffering human rights violations, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, silencing of the absolute majority of people, rising robberies, bad governance, oppression , suppression, depression, terrible pandemics such as Ebola, political instability and uncertainty, this will be reflected in the poor performance of tourism.

I hope some serious academics can study the complex interrelations of issues without oversimplification. Unfortunately the usual academic practice is to simplify and then hope to use the simplifications and their proposed simple solutions to understand complexity.

This is an institutionalized falsehood. That is why we have to rethink the way we have been doing things towards integration and reintegration of knowledge, sub served by critical thought and critical analysis.

Systems approach must be the only thing of the 21st Century. It engenders broader understanding of issues, problems, challenges and phenomena. Without such understanding we lack the wisdom to solve any problem. Our solutions continually become our new problems.

For God and My Country.
The Writer Is a Ugandan Scientist And Environmentalist

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