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Gunmen storm Nairobi hotel complex in Kenya

Gunmen storm Nairobi hotel complex in Kenya

Kenyan security forces are battling to retake control of an upscale hotel and office complex in Nairobi after gunmen stormed the compound, in what officials say is a "suspected terror attack." Heavy gunfire and an explosion sent people running for…

Legendary broadcaster has a big problem with LeBron’s politics

Legendary Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson took a shot at LeBron James on Sunday while he was calling a game. Harrelson apparently had a problem with James talking about politics and social injustice. “Well, I used to watch LeBron but no more,” Harrelson said during the NBC Sports Chicago broadcast. “I wish these guys would keep their nose out of politics and just play, because people didn’t come to hear their opinions on politicians.” Harrelson has a history of controversial comments, as noted by the Chicago Sun-Times. The 77-year-old television veteran — who plans to call his final game on Sept. 23 before retiring — drew scrutiny last year when he responded to his partner, Steve Stone, with a remark about Latin baseball players. Stone said a lot of information can be a burden for players, to which Harrelson replied, “especially Latin players.” Four years ago, Harrelson said Cleveland Indians pitcher Chen-Chang Lee uses “typical Asian motion, deception involved” while he was pitching. In the same year, Harrelson commented on a rule that was invoked to protect catchers. Harrelson said at the time, “Next thing you know we’ll have catchers wearing skirts out there.”

Barack Obama Urges Women to Get More Involved in Politics—’Because Men Have Been Getting...

The 44th President of the United States spoke at a Town Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, and explained why he thinks women should play a bigger role in creating public policies. I mean, every day I read the newspaper and I just think, ‘Brothers, what’s wrong with you guys? We’re bullying. You know, just not handling our business.” “Men have been getting on my nerves lately.” Former US President Barack Obama called for the empowerment of women across Africa, while hosting a town hall in Johannesburg, South Africa. Obama has not publicly endorsed these candidates. On Facebook, Obama shared that he was visiting South Africa with the Obama Foundation to deliver a speech in front of 200 young leaders to honor the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. "I was proud to visit sub-Saharan Africa more times than any other sitting President, and I’ll return this week to visit Kenya and South Africa," he wrote. I was proud to visit sub-Saharan Africa more times than any other sitting President, and I’ll return this week to visit Kenya and South Africa. A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world. Ben’s one of the few who’ve been with me since that first presidential campaign.
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Lessons from the early politicians who shaped Kenya

The death of second liberation hero Kenneth Matiba two weeks ago has further cut down the numbers of an exclusive group of independence leaders whose defining attributes were their dedication to public service, business successes and the huge impact they had on the country’s politics. He was also remembered for dedication to public service, where, aged 31, he served as the youngest Permanent Secretary (PS) in Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s administration from 1963 to 1968 before resigning to join the Kenya Breweries Ltd where he rose to be general manager. Like Matiba, who died at 85, most of the five leaders mentioned above, now in their 80s or 90s, today suffer bad health attributed to old age, but most of what was said about Matiba could easily be said of them too. "Only Matiba managed to distinguish his public service from his personal businesses to a certain degree, but he paid the price for it. Without political patronage, these people would not have become as wealthy as they did.” As President for 24 years, not once did he report to office later than 6.30am, recalled his long-time press officer Lee Njiru. Mr Kibaki, 86, served as Moi’s Vice President for one decade from 1978 through 1988. From 1963, when President Kenyatta appointed him the first black Attorney General, Mr Njonjo bestrode Kenya’s legal and political landscape, scheming for Kenyatta’s succession before his ignominious downfall in 1983. Mr Rubia, now 95, then served as the MP of Starehe constituency from 1966 to 1988 rising to be a Cabinet minister. While serving both Presidents Kenyatta and Moi as a minister, privately, his businesses, especially a tour company called Kenya Mystery Tours, boomed.

Politics in the digital age: Cambridge Analytica in Kenya

Last week, social media giant Facebook announced that it was suspending data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) from its platform. According to Facebook, CA had violated its policies on user data when a researcher accessed millions of user's data from the site and transferred it to CA. Vindication, because we had already seen the footprints of various data analytics firms like CA all over our contentious, yet-unresolved 2017 election; alarm because we still don't know what exactly CA did in Kenya beyond its PR operations. And that, in part, is why this issue has caused problems for Facebook and Cambridge Analytica in the UK and not in North America or Africa: UK privacy law prohibits such indirect data collection and has systems in place to punish it. Of course, illegality and immorality are two separate things. All of this is illegal in the UK, where the corporation is domiciled. Kenyan politicians still don't get it. For CA, the Kenyan election was a revenue stream. Cambridge Analytica was both a data analytics corporation and a political consultancy, and it is important not to conflate the responses to both. The political consulting problem is more complex because the solution lies in changing the political culture around the world.

Kenya’s Political Turmoil Is a Tale of Fathers and Sons

NAIROBI, Kenya — The two men were political allies. The court ordered a do-over of the polling, which Mr. Kenyatta won. But Mr. Odinga has not accepted the result, and even “inaugurated” himself as “the people’s president” at the end of January. The colonial rulers wanted Mr. Odinga to lead the new Kenya, but Mr. Odinga had other ideas: He demanded Mr. Kenyatta’s freedom — and his appointment as Kenya’s first head of state. “The two men always admired each other.” Willy Mutunga, who was chief justice of the Supreme Court from 2011 to 2016, believes Mr. Odinga was motivated by more than mere admiration. Mr. Kenyatta wanted to sell the British settler lands to Kenyans of means, and to concentrate political power in the presidency. It was banned three years later, and Mr. Odinga was jailed for more than a year. Mr. Moi, who had run the country for 24 years, had groomed Uhuru Kenyatta as his successor, and Raila Odinga picked up his father’s fight after he died in 1994. In that election, Mr. Odinga’s party won, and Mwai Kibaki became president. “He is also the son of the first president, the political protégé of the second president, and the godson of the third president.” Many here say Mr. Kenyatta’s interests look similar to his father’s.