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



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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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

Settlers, Prisoners, Resistance: How Israeli Occupation Ties Gaza To The West Bank

The fate of the West Bank is inevitably linked to the conflict in Gaza; and indeed Israeli crackdowns and settler expansion and violence in the West Bank is a sign of an explicit strategy.

Settlers, Prisoners, Resistance: How Israeli Occupation Ties Gaza To The West Bank

Israeli soldiers take their positions during a military operation in the Balata refugee camp, West Bank.

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CAIRO — Since “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood” began on October 7, the question has been asked: What will happen in the West Bank?

A review of Israel’s positions and rhetoric since 1967 has always referred to the Gaza Strip as a “problem,” while the West Bank was the “opportunity,” so that former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s decision to withdraw Israeli settlements from Gaza in 2005 was even referred to as an attempt to invest state resources in Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank.

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This separation between Gaza and the West Bank in the military and political doctrine of the occupation creates major challenges, repercussions of which have intensified over the last three years.

Settlement expansion in the West Bank and the continued restrictions of the occupation there constitute the “land” and Gaza is the “siege” of the challenge Palestinians face. The opposition to the West Bank expansion is inseparable from the resistance in Gaza, including those who are in Israeli prisons, and some who have turned to take up arms through new resistance groups.

“What happened in Gaza is never separated from the West Bank, but is related to it in cause and effect,” said Ahmed Azem, professor of international relations at Qatar University. “The name of the October 7 operation is the Al-Aqsa Flood, referring to what is happening in Jerusalem, which is part of the West Bank.”

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