President Obama’s Brother Loses Election in Kenya

A screenshot of the IEBC's partial results in the Siaya gubernatorial election. (Photo: Vote.IEBC.or.ke)
A screenshot of the IEBC’s partial results in the Siaya gubernatorial election. (Photo: Vote.IEBC.or.ke)

President Barack Obama’s half-brother, Abong’o Malik Obama, won’t be the second member of his family to launch a political career. Mr. Obama was defeated in his bid to be governor of Kenya’s Siaya County this week by what seems to have been a very large margin. Continue reading “President Obama’s Brother Loses Election in Kenya”

President Obama’s Kenyan Brother Believes He’s Been a Victim of Possible Voter Fraud and ‘Racist’ Press Coverage

Abong'o Malik Obama (Photo: Facebook)
Abong’o Malik Obama (Photo: Facebook)

Abong’o Malik Obama wants to have a career in politics like his half-brother, President Barack Obama. However, hours after the polls closed in Kenya’s elections last night, Mr. Obama said he wasn’t sure whether his bid to be governor of Siaya County was a success and he is concerned the election results may have been tampered with. He’s also extremely angry about tabloid coverage of his campaign.

“It’s impossible to tell at this time, the whole system crashed,” Mr. Obama told Politicker when we called him Tuesday morning to inquire about the election. “We have no idea, it’s still hanging out there, and I myself am extremely disappointed and there is a high risk that the results may be manipulated.”  Continue reading “President Obama’s Kenyan Brother Believes He’s Been a Victim of Possible Voter Fraud and ‘Racist’ Press Coverage”

Nelson Mandela Is Quite Picky About His Wine Preferences

Nelson Mandela enjoying an adult beverage after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. (Photo: Getty)
Nelson Mandela enjoying an adult beverage after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. (Photo: Getty)

In his old age, South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela is apparently doing battle with wine writers rather than oppressive regimes. The Wall Street Journal was forced to run a correction to an article that ran last week about South African wines, which included a mistake about Mr. Mandela’s drink choices. Continue reading “Nelson Mandela Is Quite Picky About His Wine Preferences”

Charles Barron vs. Hakeem Jeffries on Foreign Policy [Video]

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Hakeem Jeffries addressing the crowd.

At a town hall last night in Bed-Stuy, congressional candidates Hakeem Jeffries and Charles Barron gave their pitches and took questions, striking familiar themes: Mr. Jeffries portrayed himself as a serious legislator while Mr. Barron proclaimed his ability to help lead a national movement to change the country.

As the two competitors spoke at different times in different rooms, they never interacted or had the opportunity to have a fiery back-and-forth, as already happened on Inside City Hall. However, both candidates did take identical questions on foreign policy, “especially related around Africa and the Caribbean,” and their responses showed an interesting yet unsurprising divergence.

“This is a very diverse district and so there are going to be different parts of the district that have significant foreign policy interests,” Mr. Jeffries noted, adding that Africa was dear to the heart of many residents in places like Bed-Stuy, the Caribbean was important to Canarsie and Flatlands, and, unprompted, stressed the importance of Israel as well.

Continue reading “Charles Barron vs. Hakeem Jeffries on Foreign Policy [Video]”

Brooklyn Mourns Muammar Qaddafi

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Muammar Qaddafi speaking in Tripoli last March. (Getty)

A group of activists including City Councilman Charles Barron gathered in Bed Stuy Monday night to mourn the loss of the late Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, who was killed by rebels October 20. Qaddafi’s death came after a NATO-backed revolution that ended his 42 year regime. Though Qaddafi was widely vilified for killing and torturing enemies during his reign, the group of mourners who eulogized him in Brooklyn last night hailed him as an African hero. Continue reading “Brooklyn Mourns Muammar Qaddafi”