21st Jul 2019 12:40:00 GMT +0300 Former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama has challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga to declare their interest in the proposed changes to the constitution. Speaking at a funeral in Tala, Machakos County on Saturday, the outspoken politician claimed it was clear both President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga had vested interests in the proposed amendment to the law which creates the position of a powerful Prime Minister and a ceremonial President. Muthama warned that any effort to amend the Constitution aimed at creating positions for few individuals through a referendum will be an exercise in futility, saying such a move will not solve
Posted 12:01 a.m. todayUpdated 4:19 a.m. today CNN — Asen Genov is pretty furious. His personal data was made public this week after records of more than 5 million Bulgarians got stolen by hackers from the country's tax revenue office. In a country of just 7 million people, the scale of the hack means that just about every working adult has been affected. "We should all be angry. ... The information is now freely available to anyone. Many, many people in Bulgaria already have this file, and I believe that it's not only in Bulgaria," said Genov, a blogger and political analyst. He knows his data was compromised because, though he's not an IT expert, he managed to find the stolen files online.
Kolkata, July 21: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee kicked off her mega Martyrs' Day rally in Kolkata today where she is expected to launch the poll campaign for the state elections, which are likely to be held in 2021. She paid tributes to all the "martyrs" in 34 years of Left rule in the state, and urged people to fight for restoration of democracy in the country. Addressing the rally, the Trinamool chief said,''In Lok Sabha elections they won by cheating- by using EVMs, CRPF and Central Police & Election Commission They just got 18 seats, by getting few seats they are trying to capture our party offices and beating our people.'' ''I will request the Election Commission to conduct
The legislature and governor have it wrong. The classes every student needs are not STEM, but social studies. Not everyone is going to be a scientist, but everyone is a citizen. While making money in a high-paying science or technology field may be good, the society you live in is even more important. Every citizen, no matter whether scientists, doctors, lawyers, teachers, businessmen, artists, service professionals, or many other jobs needs social studies.
Eighth in a series giving a snapshot of the lives and thoughts of people you see on the streets daily. Sunday Observer reporter Sharlene Hendricks speaks with Alister McLean who was born blind and now serves as media monitoring officer in the Office of the Prime Minister. I attribute most of my success to my mother who is now deceased. I was diagnosed with glaucoma at birth and there were persons who would have encouraged my mother when I was very young to give me up for adoption. They were of the view that because of my disability, it would be difficult for me to thrive and I would not come to anything good to be able to make a contribution to my mother in her old age. But my mother stood by
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are hoping to learn more about problems at the Registry of Motor Vehicles exposed in the wake of a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire. The Legislature's transportation committee has scheduled an oversight hearing for Monday at the Statehouse. Connecticut officials twice alerted Massachusetts about a drunken driving arrest against Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, but the Registry failed to suspend the West Springfield man's license before the deadly June 21 crash in Randolph, New Hampshire. Massachusetts officials later revealed the Registry had been storing notifications of serious out-of-state driving violations since March 2018 instead of acting
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has told constituents that President Donald Trump enjoyed hearing a crowd at his rally earlier this week calling for a Somali-born congresswoman to go back home. The Democratic legislator spoke Saturday in New York for the first time since Trump again criticized her and three other minority congresswomen Friday for saying what he called “horrible things” about the U.S. He suggested they leave, though all are U.S. citizens. Ocasio-Cortez told constituents at a Queens school, “We're going to stay right here. … We're not going anywhere.” At Trump's North Carolina rally, the crowd chanted “Send her back!” about U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota.
IWM/Getty ImagesIn his “Four Freedoms” State of the Union speech on January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt denounced “the new order of tyranny that seeks to spread over every continent today” and vowed to help any nation combatting it. “We shall send you, in ever increasing numbers, ships, planes, tanks and guns,” he declared. To do so, his administration urged Congress to pass the Lend-Lease bill, deliberately called H.R. 1776 to tie it to the ideals of the American Revolution. The bill was designed to bolster a beleaguered Britain’s chances of withstanding the onslaught of Luftwaffe bombers following Nazi Germany’s conquest of much of continental Europe. Roosevelt argued that to do any less would jeopardize American security, leaving the United States open to becoming the next victim of Hitler’s aggression—a sentiment fully endorsed by Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Although Charles Lindbergh and the isolationist America First Committee fiercely opposed the Lend-Lease Act, the House and Senate approved it by large majorities.One reason Roosevelt’s and Churchill’s reasoning prevailed was the support they received from several key American correspondents in Europe. As I write in my new book 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War, they proved to be the two leaders’ not-so-secret weapons in the battle for public opinion. In those extraordinary times, some journalists took extraordinary measures that went well beyond their normal briefs.D-Day Did Not Turn the Tide in WWII. That Happened in 1941.For much of 1941, most Americans still hoped that Roosevelt would make good on his promise not to send “our boys” overseas again, keeping them out of the new European conflict. But those American reporters who were already overseas had fewer illusions on that score—and were eager to enlighten their readers and listeners back home.In doing so, they bolstered the narrative that Churchill so eloquently wove, portraying his country as a lonely holdout against the Nazi tide that was willing to pay any price to defend its liberty. Edward R. Murrow’s “This is London” broadcasts riveted his CBS listeners with their descriptions of the toll that German bombs took on a daily basis. Most importantly, the broadcasts conveyed to them the quiet courage of London’s citizens and praised the inspiring leadership provided by their new prime minister who “spoke the language of Shakespeare with a direct urgency such as I have never before heard.”Eric Sevareid, who also worked in the CBS London bureau, insisted that Murrow was not trying to “sell” the British cause to his audience. Instead, “he was trying to explain the universal human cause of men who were showing a noble face to the world.” It was a fine distinction at best, and other American correspondents made little pretense of maintaining any sense of journalistic detachment. They loved the story of courageous Brits standing up to Hitler’s terror tactics that had worked devastatingly well elsewhere in Europe. Ernie Pyle, the Scripps-Howard correspondent whose folksy style and courage won him a Pulitzer and huge fame before he was killed by a Japanese sniper in 1945, arrived in Britain in December 1940 and stayed until March 1941. Ernie Pyle in England, his speedily published book, was an unabashed ode to the English spirit. “In three months, I have not met an Englishman to whom it has ever occurred that Britain might lose the war,” he wrote.The Americans who had lived longer in Britain knew the reality was not that simple: the English harbored the same doubts and fears that anyone would as the skies filled with German bombers. Even Churchill had his private moments of doubt, but in public he was always the defiant leader, proclaiming the inevitability of victory. As for the general public, Sevareid noted that the British considered it “bad form” to do anything less than display similar confidence: “One could panic in the heart, but two together could not show it, nor a hundred in a group.”Significantly, Sevareid’s ruminations on this subject appeared in his memoir that was published after the war. During Britain’s moment of greatest peril, he and his colleagues were not inclined to share such nuanced analysis. Instead, they sought to convince their audience back home that British courage was unwavering—and, therefore, fully worthy of American support.In late 1940, Quentin Reynolds, a roving correspondent for Collier’s Weekly, maintained that the Blitz was already a failure. Instead of quivering as the German bombs fell, he wrote, “London yawned. Terror as a weapon against the English is about as effective as a cream puff would be in a fight against Joe Louis.”The correspondents who had covered Hitler’s Germany were particularly intent on urging their countrymen to stand with Britain. On December 1, 1940 as he was wrapping up his tour in Berlin for CBS, William Shirer noted in his diary that if Hitler continued to score victories in Europe and Africa, he would then launch an attack on the United States “unless we are prepared to give up our way of life and adapt ourselves to a subservient place in the totalitarian scheme of things.”Upon returning from his Berlin assignment about the same time, Joseph Harsch of the Christian Science Monitor warned that Germany was engaged in a titanic struggle for global dominance. “America can either belong to that dominant force or submit to it,” he wrote. To prevent a German victory, the United States needed to “take its stand with Britain.” He added: “The two together can unquestionably defeat Germany.”A couple of the former Berlin correspondents went even further, crossing the line from editorial advocacy to outright cooperation with the Roosevelt administration.Chicago Daily News correspondent Edgar Ansel Mowrer, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his incisive reporting on Hitler’s rise to power, was forced to leave Germany in 1933 under pressure from the new Nazi regime. In the summer of 1940, his publisher Frank Knox, who by then was secretary of the navy, instructed him to accompany William “Wild Bill” Donovan on a mission to Britain. Roosevelt was sending Donovan, who would soon head the spy operation known as the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), to assess the British mood and chances for survival since he did not trust the judgment of Joseph Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador in London who was predicting Britain’s defeat.After their meetings with Churchill and other top British officials, the two emissaries agreed on what they would report back to the president. As Mowrer put it [his italics], “Britain under Churchill would not surrender either to ruthless air raids or to an invasion.”Dorothy Thompson, Mowrer’s former colleague in Berlin and one of the first women foreign correspondents to achieve celebrity status, had been warning about the dangers of Nazi Germany for years—although she had famously underestimated Hitler before he took power. As if to make up for that early misjudgment, she not only became a passionate crusader for aid to Britain in her widely syndicated columns but also penned the introduction to the pamphlet The Battle of 1776, which laid out the government case for the Lend-Lease legislation.The pamphlet contained the text of the proposed bill along with statements by Roosevelt and key members of his cabinet. In her introduction, Thompson described Germany as no longer a state but “a tribe held together by a secular church, a pagan religious order, the Nazi Party.” Then, in a passage that sounds eerily contemporary but would be denounced as politically incorrect if it were written today, she wrote: “It is this order, this secular religion, which, like Mohammed’s movement to which it bears more resemblance than anything else, is subjecting the civilized world. And wherever it arises, nations end.” If Britain fell, she concluded, the United States would inevitably be Hitler’s next target.Thompson traveled to Britain the following summer to continue spreading that message. She praised the British for refusing to succumb to German might after the fall of France and the frantic evacuation of its troops from Dunkirk. “If you had given up at that awful moment, we would have given up, too,” she declared. “Everyone would have given up…You people in Britain have released more minds from fear that you can possibly imagine.”She also directly addressed the German people on the BBC. Speaking in German, the language she had mastered when she lived in Berlin in the ’20s, Thompson said, “I know Germany, and I love Germany, and I believe in Germany. I hate and loathe this insane war. But I am not neutral in this war, I want Britain to win it… I hated and fought the Nazi regime because I believed that it would destroy Europe and destroy Germany and destroy the whole of Western civilization if it were allowed to run its course unchecked.”Roosevelt’s speechwriter Robert Sherwood called Thompson an “indefatigable fighter for freedom.” Duff Cooper, Britain’s Minister of Information, praised the whole “exceptionally fine team” of American correspondents who reported from London during this critical period. “They were, almost without an exception, anti-German, and they rendered great service to the common cause,” he wrote later.As a former foreign correspondent and editor, I fully share the misgivings of many Americans about the open partisanship and tendentious reporting that is so often on display in the media today. As a historian of Nazi Germany and World War II, I find particularly repellent the incessant invocations of that era as justification for abandoning any pretense of balanced reporting.Whatever one thinks of President Donald Trump and populist trends in the United States and elsewhere, journalists need to resist the impulse to draw patently false parallels to the Nazi era. At a minimum, such parallels trivialize the long litany of horrors of Nazi rule, starting with the Holocaust. They also betray a woeful ignorance of the huge contrasts between our democracy, however flawed, and a totalitarian system.Finally, if we paint almost any contemporary political battle as a contest between good and evil, some journalists will view themselves as crusaders who are no longer obligated to maintain basic standards of fairness. Their job is to hold the leaders of any government to account, not to caricature them.The foreign correspondents of the ’40s, by contrast, were fully justified in enlisting in what Cooper called the common cause. They were both bearing witness and sounding the alarm when it was needed most, even if that meant departing from some of the normal practices of journalism on occasion.But most of them would have been the first to point out that they were operating in exceptional conditions—making them the exceptions that proved the rule.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Ken Cuccinelli must be grateful for his social safety net. No, not the social safety net for poor Americans that Cuccinelli's fellow Republicans have been trying to slash for years. Cuccinelli is benefiting from the Trump GOP's safety net: Thanks to a loophole and a few feisty cable news hits, a failed gubernatorial candidate and failed foe of same-sex rights is now the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. What a country! Not surprisingly, the White House deployed Cuccinelli on two Sunday talk shows to defend conditions in migrant detention centers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement's preannounced deportation raids in cities across the country. Like other administration
It was no surprise that the campaign for 10 Downing Street was teeming with talk of Brexit, but no one anticipated the rows to come of both international and domestic nature. The race peaked at 10 contenders but they were whittled down by a series of secret ballots between Conservative MPs. Environment Secretary Michael Gove was the last to be ejected after a scandal over his past use of cocaine.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Midwestern farmer laughed during an NPR interview this past week when asked for his thoughts about President Donald Trump directing four minority congresswomen – known as The Squad – to return to the countries “from which they came.” The man, who identified himself as Trump supporter, said he believed Trump's tweet was “funny” and wasn't meant to be taken literally. He suggested that many Americans are taking themselves too seriously and are too quick to scream racism. Most Americans aren't laughing along with the farmer. They believe the president's rhetoric has crossed the line. A USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll taken last week found that a majority of Americans found Trump's comments
Military personnel carry the remains of Army Sgt. 1st Class Elliott Robbins into St. James Catholic Church in Ogden, Utah on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Robbins died in a non-combat incident on June 30 while serving in Afghanistan.
Rumor has it that there's a disturbance in the earth in Springfield, Illinois; a shaking and a rumbling in Oak Ridge Cemetery, where President Abraham Lincoln is turning over and over in his grave because of what Donald Trump has done to what once was called the Party of Lincoln. Not since George Wallace shouted “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” in his 1963 Alabama gubernatorial inaugural speech has an American politician blathered as raw a racial blather as the Chief Tweeter put forth on Twitter last Sunday. Just 10 days after he desecrated the steps of the Great Emancipator's Memorial with a political Fourth of July speech that included praise for the Revolutionary Army's capture of British airports, the Chief Tweeter lambasted four Democratic members of Congress — all four of them women of color — and told them to “go back” to the countries “from which they came” if they were going to keep on criticizing him.
(Bloomberg) -- Follow @Brexit on Twitter, join our Facebook group and sign up to our Brexit Bulletin.Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will face an international crisis when they take office on Wednesday -- and it’s not Brexit. Iran’s seizure of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz will present the new leader with a thorny strategic and diplomatic situation.Key Developments:Defense Minister Tobias Ellwood says U.K. looking at options on IranMichael Gove set for more responsibility in Johnson-led governmentU.K. Looking at ‘Options’ on Iran: Defense Minister (9:15 a.m.)The U.K. is looking at “a series of options” on how to deal with the situation in Iran, Defense Minister Tobias Ellwood said on Sunday, adding that Britain wants a “professional relationship” with the Middle East nation.“We’ve seen a ratcheting up of tensions in the Middle East,” Ellwood said in a Sky News interview. “We need to try and de-escalate this.”Ellwood also said the U.K. is “absolutely committed” to maintaining a military presence in the Persian Gulf and keeping the Strait of Hormuz open. He warned the U.K. needs to invest more in defense, including the Royal Navy. “That’s something the next prime minister will need to recognize,” he said.Brexit Mustn’t Detract from Iran: Former Navy Chief (Earlier)Alan West, a member of the House of Lords and former chief of naval staff, warned the next prime minister that there’s a “very real risk” of war in the Middle East and that they cannot ignore the situation in the Persian Gulf.“Whoever the next prime minister is, he is going to face a major international crisis as soon as he is in post,” West wrote in The Observer. “It cannot be ignored because of Brexit.”West said the U.K. should make clear to Iran that while up until now Britain has tried to persuade the U.S. to ease sanctions on the middle eastern nation, it will now back stronger sanctions unless Iran releases the British tanker.Coveney: Ireland Will Engage with Next U.K. Premier (Earlier)Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said his country will “work closely” with the next prime minister to safeguard common interests. Writing in the Sunday Times, he said Ireland’s one red line is to ensure the peace process in Northern Ireland isn’t put at risk. He warned of the dangers of a no-deal Brexit, which he said would “cause huge damage to us all.”While Coveney said the withdrawal agreement negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May isn’t up for negotiation, he extended an olive branch to the new leader by stressing that Ireland’s goal remains a future relationship with the U.K. that renders “unnecessary” the so-called backstop -- the part of the deal that both candidates say needs to be dropped.Gove Set for Cabinet Promotion under Johnson (Earlier)Both the Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph report that Boris Johnson’s one-time nemesis Michael Gove, who scuppered his bid in 2016 for the party leadership, is set for a promotion if Johnson wins the leadership contest. The Sunday Times says the environment secretary may be put in charge of the communities department, with responsibility for increasing housebuilding. The Telegraph suggests he may be given added responsibilities for climate change while staying in his current role.To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Morales in London at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at email@example.com, Sam Unsted, Lars PaulssonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Russian and Chinese millionaires, a member of Gadaffi's family, and corrupt foreign politicians have secured entry into the UK by exploiting the Home Office's flawed scheme fast-tracking the super rich, it was revealed today. Secret recording showed legal and financial advisers boasting about being able to secure scores of 'golden visas' for their clients, and offering to leave out sensitive details including links to Putin's cronies and the Chinese military. One crowed at being able to evade Home Office checks 'easy-peasy', which he alleged were carried out by untrained school leavers who used Google searches. The advisers told an undercover Sunday Times reporter of securing visas for figures