Geopolitics

No He Can't! Obama's Brother Loses Kenya Election Bid

ALL AFRICA, THE EAST AFRICAN, (Kenya), AFP

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NAIROBI – Malik Obama, the 54-year-old half-brother of U.S President Barack Obama, failed miserably in his effort to get elected as county governor in Kenya reports All Africa.

Malik Obama shares a father with the most powerful man in the world but it didn’t seem to help him.

According to the AFP, Obama won just 2792 votes putting him at around 140,000 votes behind the final winner.

Obama describes himself as an economist and a financial analyst and said he would use his contacts in Washington in order to bring development to his rural region. He has also said he dreamed of bringing chains like McDonald’s to the area and launching a bid for the presidency.

Obama ran on a campaign of “change,” echoing his younger brother’s slogans in the 2008 U.S presidential election. One of his slogans was “Obama here, Obama there.”

He told the AFP “Why would my people settle for a local connection when they have a direct line to the White House?”

However, according to All Africa, the last time the two brothers spoke was after the U.S. elections, when the U.S. President promised to visit Kenya if the elections were fair and transparent.

Many Kenyans were disappointed that Barack Obama did not visit during his first term, reports All Africa. He last visited Kenya in 2006, when he was a senator.

On Saturday, Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the Kenyan presidential elections, but defeated challenger Prime Minister Raila Odinga announced he would challenge the result in Kenya’s Supreme Court, citing irregularities in the electoral process, reports the East African.

Kenyatta won 50.07% of the vote, while Odinga won 43.31% of the vote, according to the East African.

Later this year Kenyatta is expected to stand trial before the International Criminal Court in The Hague for “crimes against humanity.” He is accused of stoking tribal violence and running death squads that killed more than 1,2000 people in the wake of Kenya’s 2007 elections.

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Migrant Lives

The Other Scandal At The Poland-Belarus Border: Where's The UN?

The United Nations, UNICEF, Red Cross and other international humanitarian organizations seems to be trying to reach the Polish-Belarusian border, where Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko is creating a refugee crisis on purpose.

Migrants in Michalowo, Belarus, next to the border with Poland.

Wojciech Czuchnowski

WARSAW — There is no doubt that the refugees crossing the Belarusian border with Poland — and by extension reaching the European Union — were shepherded through by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. There is more than enough evidence that this is an organized action of the dictator using a network of intermediaries stretching from Africa and the Middle East. But that is not all.

The Belarusian regime has made no secret that its services are guiding refugees to the Polish border, literally pushing them onto (and often, through) the wires.


It can be seen in films made available to the media by... Belarusian border guards and Lukashenko's official information agencies.

Tactics of a strongman

Refugees are not led to the border by "pretend soldiers" in uniforms from a military collectibles store. These are regular formations commanded by state authorities. Their actions violate all rules of peaceful coexistence and humanitarianism to which Belarus has committed itself as a state.

Belarus is dismissed by the "rest of the world" as a hopeless case of a bizarre (although, in the last year, increasingly brutal) dictatorship. But it still formally belongs to a whole range of organizations whose principles it violates every day on the border with Poland.

Indeed, Belarus is a part of the United Nations (it is even listed as a founding state in its declaration), it belongs to the UNICEF, to the International Committee of the Red Cross, and even to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Photo of Polish soldiers setting up a barbed wire fence in the Border Zone near Krynki, Belarus

Polish soldiers set up a barbed wire fence in the Border Zone near Krynki, Belarus

Maciej Luczniewski/ZUMA

Lukashenko would never challenge the Red Cross

Each of these entities has specialized bureaus whose task is to intervene wherever conventions and human rights are violated. Each of these organizations should have sent their observers and representatives to the conflict area long ago — and without asking Belarus for permission. They should be operating on both sides of the border, as their presence would certainly make it more difficult to break the law.

An incomprehensible absence

Neither the leader of Poland's ruling party Jaroslaw Kaczyński nor even Lukashenko would dare to keep the UN, UNICEF, OSCE or the Red Cross out of their countries.

In recent weeks, the services of one UN state (Belarus) have been regularly violating the border of another UN state (Poland). In the nearby forests, children are being pushed around and people are dying. Despite all of this, none of the international organizations seems to be trying to reach the border nor taking any kind of action required by their responsibilities.

Their absence in such a critical time and place is completely incomprehensible, and their lack of action raises questions about the use of international treaties and organizations created to protect them.

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