ClandesTime 169 – Margaret Thatcher and the Entertainment Industry

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The British government’s role in using the entertainment industry is smaller than in America, but nonetheless involves many of the same familiar activities. From helping provide ideas to the writers of Yes, Minister to exploiting the England football team’s success in the 1990 World Cup, the Thatcher government proved adept at enhancing their public image. In this episode I explore several examples of the Thatcher government using popular culture for political and PR purposes.

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Nigeria poll delay: opposition condemn decision

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Nigerian authorities postponed Saturday’s national election by a week, just hours before polls had been due to open, prompting the opposition candidate to accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of seeking to “disenfranchise” voters.

The electoral commission said the postponement was due solely to logistical factors and denied political pressure had played any part in the decision. Buhari and his rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, both urged voters to stay calm.

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, said the election would now be held on Feb. 23, adding that the date was “sacrosanct” and that campaigning would be suspended until then.

Buhari, in power since 2015, faces a tight election contest against Atiku of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and its top oil producer.

Nigerians expressed dismay and anger over the delay, in a country where 84 million people have registered to vote. Past elections have been marred by violence, intimidation and ballot-rigging, and the postponement raised the possibility of unrest.

“They (the government) are not following the rule of law… This is a total ploy, it is not true that they are not ready” said opposition supporter Oscar Humphrey, 37, in the northern city of Kano, a key battlefield in the presidential race.

In President Buhari’s hometown of Daura in northern Nigeria, student Dauru Balarabi also expressed dismay, saying he had gone there specially to vote. “I spent my morning, my time, my energy for the elections so actually I am not happy,” he said.

The electoral commission’s Yakubu attributed the decision to delays in transporting electoral materials.

“(The postponement) has nothing to do with security, nothing to do with political influence, nothing to do with availability of resources,” he told a gathering of foreign election observers and reporters.

He said some sensitive election materials had been distributed but all had been retrieved and returned to the central bank and an audit would now be conducted. In Nigeria the central bank stores election materials for safe keeping.


Zimbabwe: 22 bodies pulled from mine, 8 more alive

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Zimbabwean rescuers pulled the bodies of at least 22 illegal gold miners out of shafts west of Harare that were flooded earlier in the week, and rescued eight more alive, officials and witnesses said on Saturday.

The accident involving about 70 miners in Battlefields, 175 km (109 miles) west of the capital, happened on Tuesday night and has shone a light on the risks run by illegal gold miners, who last year contributed Zimbabwe’s record of 33 tonne bullion output.

The government has declared the incident a disaster.

Henrietta Rushwaya, the chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation, which represents small-scale miners, said at least 22 bodies had been identified in the shafts and tunnels.

“We hope we will be able to retrieve all of the people in time,” Rushwaya said.


Egypt: 15 troops killed, others injured in North Sinai

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Fifteen Egyptian military personnel were killed or wounded in a clash on Saturday in North Sinai in which seven militants were also killed, the Egyptian military said.

The breakdown of military casualties was not immediately clear. However, two security sources told Reuters that some of the injuries were serious.

The Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack on its news agency AMAQ, adding that at least 15 Egyptian troops were killed, revising an earlier figure of 20 killed south of the provincial capital of Arish after clashes with “various kinds of weapons.”

The group did not provide evidence for its claim.

Security forces launched a campaign a year ago against Islamist militants focused on Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, and say they have killed several hundred militants since then.

“Combing operations and elimination of the terrorist elements in the area where the incident took place is ongoing,” the military spokesman said in a statement.

The security sources said operations were taking place under aerial cover.

Since 2013, Islamist militants have repeatedly targeted security checkpoints and Egypt’s Christian minority.


Legislative campaigns in Guinea-Bissua commence

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The electoral campaigns for the March 10 legislative elections in Guinea-Bissau kicked off on Saturday.

The various candidates in the election have until March 8 to convince voters. There are already processions in the country’s main cities.

Samori Cabral, PAIGC support said he hopes that PAIGC will win and that Guinea Bissau will change.

“In fact, in Gabu, it’s not just the posters that represent the PAIGC. Some of the people we can see also represent the PAIGC. Long live the PAIGC! Long live the PAIGC!,” said Braima, another PAIGC support.

“We will choose the one that will be best for all, to govern us. The one that will make us feel good. We don’t want to relive what we’ve already experienced,” said Ma by Melo Soares Neto, female voter.

The evils facing Guinea-Bissau’s people is political and military instability. The stakes of this election are therefore high, allowing Guinea-Bissau to emerge from the political crisis in which it has been plunged since 2015.

Against the backdrop of a possible lifting of sanctions imposed on the country by the international community since the 2012 coup d‘état. this is First test before the election.

The March 10 elections are expected to renew the 102 seats in the opposition-dominated National Assembly, with 15 deputies for the movement for alternation and democracy (Madem) and 41 deputies for the Party for Social Renewal (PRS).

The PAIGC, after a dissent by Mademoiselle’s deputies, currently has 42 deputies. Other small parties control the rest of the seats.


Nigeria: Voters in Jos disappointed with elections postponement

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Nigerian voters have expressed disappointment at the postponement of the presidential election by the electoral body on Saturday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), early on Saturday shifted the elections until February 23 adding a scheduled proceeding of the vote was not “feasible.”

Across the country, many voters were unaware of the sudden postponement.

In Jos city , capital of Plateau state central Nigeria, people came out as early as 6 am to cast their ballots only to find out the election was not taking place as planned.

“I don’t know that they canceled the election. I came out of my house with my PVC to go and vote. All of a sudden, and I heard that they cancel election,” A Resident.

“People traveled from here to different places, different states to go on and cast the votes, and just of a sudden, they wake up to tell us that the election has been postponed. It sucked,” Another Resident.

“And it is a great setback to our economy, imagine the whole day has been canceled, no transaction, nothing,” Another Resident.

NIGERIA ELECTIONS – Voters react angrily to last-minute delay to general elections in Nigeria— Nicolay Abril (@NicolayAbril) February 16, 2019

INEC insisted the postponement is necessary to ensure a free and fair vote.

The west African country postponed presidential elections in 2011 and 2015 over logistics and security concerns.


US Sponsored Coup d’Etat: The Destabilization of Haiti

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Author’s Note

This article was written 15 years ago, in the last days of February 2004 in response to the barrage of disinformation in the mainstream media. It was completed on February 29th, the day of President Jean Bertrand Aristide’s

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CKUW FunDrive 2019. Fund-raiser for Global Research News Hour

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“In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” 

The sentence above, which typically cites George Orwell as the source, serves equally well as a motto for community radio journalism at its best.

Unfiltered by …

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