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Posts Tagged ‘Election’

Kenyan Opposition in a quandary over top gun

By Joe Khamisi It is not difficult to understand the unrelenting conundrum that has befallen the four gentlemen at the head of the opposition NASA coalition in Kenya.

The Alleged Leaked Intelligence: A Classic Russian Playbook Move

AP/AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between […]

Observations of an Expat: Going Dutch

AFP photo   By Tom Arms Trump lost on Wednesday. I am not talking about the court ruling on version two of his travel ban. Neither am I talking about the mounting incredulity over his wiretapping claims and tax returns. I am talking about an event that took place 3,843 miles away from the White […]

Relax, President Uhuru Kenyatta, relax!

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi The Founding President Jomo Kenyatta did it, so did Mwai Kibaki. Now, Uhuru Kenyatta is doing it.

Dutch PM Rutte on course for big victory over far-right Wilders

Yves Herman/Reuters   By Thomas Escritt and Toby Sterling The Netherlands’ centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte was on course for a resounding victory over anti-Islam and anti-EU Geert Wilders in an election on Wednesday, offering huge relief to other EU governments facing a wave of nationalism.

Dutch poll test of anti-immigrant feeling, Turkish dispute

Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/Reuters   By Philip Blenkinsop The Dutch go to the polls on Wednesday in an election seen as a test of anti-immigrant and nationalist feeling magnified by a deepening dispute with Turkey.

Governor Joho’s Dreams Remain Just That: Dreams

KT photo   By Joe Khamisi A revitalized and bubbly Governor Ali Hassan Joho of Mombasa County jetted back from America some days ago after a two-week long meeting of the Strong Cities Network (SCN) that brought together mayors, municipal-level policy makers and practitioners.

One Nation Train

AAP photo   By Binoy Kampmark The global populist fever is catching. Put the nation first before all else, patria before sense. Make America Great Again. One Nation before any other. Australia has been a fairly non-responsive patient to that effect, keeping its symptoms to the rural fringes of the country, or the more bitter […]

Acrimonious election campaign deepens Northern Ireland deadlock

Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters   By Ian Graham Acrimonious campaigning ahead of Thursday snap elections in Northern Ireland has increased antagonism between pro-British unionists and Irish nationalists and exacerbated fears devolved power may revert to London for the first time in a decade.

France’s Macron raises curtain on election alliance to beat Le Pen

Charles Platiau/Reuters   By Brian Love and Michel Rose France’s presidential race took a new turn on Thursday as independent Emmanuel Macron raised the curtain on a partnership with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou to help him beat the far-right’s Marine Le Pen.

Germany’s ‘man of the streets’ Schulz plots path to defeat Merkel

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters   By Paul Carrel and Holger Hansen His only experience of governing in Germany is as a town mayor. She is Europe’s most powerful leader. Yet Martin Schulz wants to end Angela Merkel’s 11-year run as chancellor and fundamentally shift Germany’s role in Europe. He might just pull it off.

Uhuru Kenyatta uses old Moi tricks to win votes

EPA photo   By Joe Khamisi It is grindingly dizzying to see what Uhuru Kenyatta is doing months prior to the general elections.

Anti-Islam Wilders frontrunner as Dutch election campaign begins

Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters   By Toby Sterling Campaigning for the Dutch election began on Wednesday with anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders frontrunner in a vote that will test the anti-establishment sentiment that swept Britain out of the European Union and Donald Trump into the U.S. presidency.

Political Masks

Dieu Nalio Chery/AP   By Ricardo Swire During fourteen months of Presidential campaigning the “Banana Man” vowed to eliminate corruption and modify Haiti’s legal institutions. Public scepticism was reflected in a low 21% voter turnout for the national election on Sunday November 20th 2016.

French police search Fillon office as fraud affair rocks campaign

Pascal Rossignol/Reuters   By Emile Picy and Chine Labbé French police searched presidential candidate Francois Fillon‘s office in parliament on Tuesday as an inquiry into alleged fake work by his wife threatened his campaign and party leaders began to consider a ‘Plan B’ without him.

‘Things Will Be Bad In Kenya If Votes Are Stolen,” Raila Tells Uhuru

Siegfried Modola/Reuters   By Joe Khamisi Are foreigners being registered to vote in this year’s elections in Kenya contrary to the Constitution?

Why I Marched

AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner On Saturday I participated in the Amsterdam Women’s March. It was far from a ‘Women’s March’, it was a people’s march – young and old, male and female, of every race and religion. The 3,000 protesters here generated an electrifying and contagious energy that is not going to be […]

Russian Hacking – No Big Deal

Stevo Vasiljevic/Reuters   By Sami Jamil Jadallah What the hell, we have not only been hacking but buying, influencing, even killing in elections around the world for the last century. Stop crying Liberal America.

Trump’s legality – Now it is others whom he would consider protesteth too much

Richard Drew/AP   By Hazel Speed Voices are now officially challenging the legality of President elect Trump’s triumph by refusing to acknowledge his forthcoming inauguration due to the obvious relevancy of so-called/determined hacking, fabrication, and/or true material duly leaked by the Russians or perhaps domestic sources in an effort to secure a win in the […]

Observations of an Expat: Tough for Trump

Mike Pont/Sasha Mordovets/AFP   By Tom Arms Donald Trump is in a no-win situation as regards Russian hacking vs. American intelligence agencies vs. Donald Trump.

Trump’s demand to ban Muslim immigration was extreme, but not outside the mainstream

AP photo   By Rupen Savoulian There are many analyses of the incoming Trump administration, examining the reasons for his electoral victory, the racism and Islamophobia that he deployed to win votes, his populist appeals to the American working class, the emboldened position of the alternative right, and the ultra-rightist nature of his incoming cabinet. […]

Big Brother is always watching: ID now required for UK election voters

Ingur   By Hazel Speed One should always be cautious, in my experience, when something ‘reasonable’ emerges.

Observations of an Expat: A Good Year for Me

Negar Mortazavi   By Tom Arms It has been a good year for journalists. I have never known better. There has been an endless march of upsets, twists, turns, worries, cheers, jeers, doom, gloom and unadulterated surprised joy.

Totalitarian dominance within African Democracy

By Ogunniyi Abayomi The recent Ghanaian election was observed as the exemplary illustration of a democratic state within its sphere of power. The display of maturity during the election between President Mahama over the loss of the presidential seat to Nana Akufo-Addo exhibited the total value demonstrated for the satisfaction of the masses, rather than […]

Still unbeatable? Truck attack shows Merkel’s vulnerability

Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters   By Noah Barkin For months, Germany’s Angela Merkel has looked like the one safe bet in European politics. As Britain’s David Cameron, Italy’s Matteo Renzi and France’s Francois Hollande all succumbed to the scorn of angry voters, the German chancellor promised to fight for a fourth term and seemed destined to win […]

Dear Electoral College

AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner Dear Electoral College: Each of you is imbued with the moral and legal obligation to uphold the United States Constitution. You are not legally bound by the 2016 presumptive presidential election results in favor of Donald Trump over popular vote winner Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. There exists a […]

Another one bites the dust…

AP photo   By Siddhartha Rastogi   This time the SECOND most powerful Woman on Earth   Over 220 years ago several revolutionaries fought for a cause and laid the foundation of a Nation founded by Immigrants on three basic principles; Equality, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Campaigns continue for the presidential election in Gambia

Joe Penney/Reuters   By Alpha Jallow Campaigning in the run up to the Presidential race in Gambia started on Wednesday. Two political parties, one a coalition of seven political parties are challenging incumbent President Yahya Jammeh who is running for his fifth term.

Conservatives bristle as Trump backs off Clinton prosecution

Lucas Jackson/Reuters   By Curtis Skinner Some of Donald Trump’s strongest conservative supporters are voicing anger and disappointment at the president-elect’s comments on Tuesday that he might back off his campaign pledge of pursuing a prosecution of former rival Hillary Clinton.

Poetry

AFP photo   By Ron Larson