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Norway willing to talk with Osama bin Laden – Very interesting move

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

The tiny Scandinavian country Norway likes to be in the fore-front, to be noticed internationally. This time they have chosen to come up with the proposal to have talks with Osama Bin Laden. Not that this is wrong to do. The wrong thing is the fact that Norway likes to jump the line before other nations do. They like to be noted and credited for having had the idea. The country is even ready to use development aid – money from the oil in buying friends who will in turn listen to them, if not, they do not get the oil money that Norway loves to dish out for the sake of being noticed. Now they have come up with this idea because they believe that if Senator Obama becomes the US president, he may want to talk to Iran and Osama Bin Laden. So they want to mention it before OBAMA so that the international community may ask them – Norwegians to lead the talks. Norwegian leaders – some of them – are very strange in the way they think and do things. You have to live in Norway to understand their way of thinking and the way they calculatively do things. (API)

Norway has joined Switzerland in opening up for talks with terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. That doesn’t mean Norway is going soft on the fight against terrorism, though, said the country’s deputy foreign minister.

Raymond Johansen is willing to sit down with Osama bin Laden.

PHOTO: STIAN LYSBERG SOLUM / SCANPIX

“You dont make peace with your friends, but with your enemies,” said Raymond Johansen, state secretary in Norways Foreign Ministry and deputy foreign minister, on Wednesday.

Johansen told the website for newspaper Dagsavisen Wednesday afternoon that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has also called for reconciliation among the various groups in Afghanistan. That would include Osama bin Laden’s followers.

“We support that,” Johansen said. “Engagement and dialogue have a lot going for them.” He also stressed that “negotiations are not the same as weakness.”

Johansen’s remarks come in the wake of a visit by Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey to Iran, and her call for dialogue with Osama bin Laden. She’s the first foreign minister of a democratic country who has promoted dialogue with bin Laden, saying Switzerland has no other alternatives.

“We have no military forces, we dont have anything other than the power of the word to influence other states or to influence decisions in a multilateral setting,” she said Tuesday.

Johansen, who also was the first high-ranking Western official to meet with Hamas leaders last year, didnt reject her call. He noted, though, that he has no illusions that bin Laden would sit down for negotiations.

“I don’t think Osama bin Laden or the forces around al-Qaida want dialogue,” Johansen said. “They prefer rather to take the lives of infidels.”

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President Kibaki was very wise not to meet Githongo: Githongo could have secretly recorded the conversation for his masters in the West

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

In our earlier article, we warned that Githongo may want to meet the president and he would definately try to catch everything the president says in a tape so that he may use it abroad to make his case for further refugee benefits. (API)

Githongo jets out silently after Kibaki snub

By Standard Team

President Kibaki snubbed attempts by key Government functionaries and embassies to have an appointment with anti-corruption crusader John Githongo, The Standard can now reveal.

Githongo, who quietly left the country on Tuesday night, is said to have unsuccessfully sought the assistance of the US government through its local mission in Kenya, the Prime Minister Raila Odinga and even Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka to meet Kibaki.

But these efforts came to nought after it was established that the President was not keen to meet Githongo, who repeatedly put him in the picture of the Anglo Leasing scam.

Incidentally, Githongo left shortly after former Internal Security minister Chris Murungaru attempted to serve him court summons an ironic twist where the hunter had become the hunted.

The President was not keen on meeting Githongo. He had more serious national issues to handle, said a source close to the emissaries who had been sent to the President.

Kalonzo, one of the people Githongo claimed to have consulted before his return, would not be drawn to discuss the issue although the two had lunch at the Hilton Hotel on Tuesday.

Githongo is understood to have made similar overtures through Raila, whom he met soon after his arrival from London last week after a three-year self-exile in England.

A source at ODM confirmed that Githongo unsuccessfully attempted to secure an appointment with the President through the Prime Minister.

But Government spokesman Dr Alfred Mutua said they had not received any formal request from Githongo to meet the President.

He is a citizen like any other and we have not received any formal request for him to meet the President, said Mutua.

Mutua posed: Under what basis would he want to meet the President?

US Embassy Information Officer Ms Kim Dubois said: I am not aware of such arrangement. Why should we secure an appointment for Githongo to see the President? Githongo has his own contacts.

It also emerged that the two white men who were in Githongos entourage to Nairobi were linked to a company closely associated with MI6 the British intelligence agency.

Intelligence sources in Nairobi told The Standard that a day after his arrival, Githongo held a lengthy meeting with the MI6 agent in charge of East Africa.

Githongo has been employing sophisticated counter surveillance moves, said the intelligence source.

Process servers

The former Ethics and Governance PS left hours after court processors went to his mothers home in Karen to serve him with court summons over libel proceedings filed by Murungaru.

Murungaru had accused Githongo of avoiding being served by using his security detail to block the courts process server.

On Wednesday, Murungaru confirmed to the The Standard, that he has issued fresh instructions to his lawyer, Mr Kioko Kilukumi, to make applications in the High Court through advertising in approved media, Internet or Githongos blog.

Murungaru told The Standard on phone on Wednesday that he has been trying to serve Githongo since Thursday last week but every time his attempts had been thwarted.

The last attempt was on Tuesday when the process servers went to Githongos mothers home in Karen but were informed he had already left.

Murungaru posed: What is he running away from if he thinks the so called dossier can stand the courts scrutiny?

In the defamation suit, Murungaru claimed Githongos statements, which were published on November 22, 2005, could be understood to mean that he engaged in corrupt practices and also lacked integrity and honesty.

In a statement signed by Murungaru, and which was emailed to The Standard last evening, the former minister claimed Githongo was a fugitive of justice who could not stand scrutiny.

I challenged him we go to court, and that he brings along the evidence he has always had so that the courts, which have the power to serve justice and mete punishment where it is appropriate, make their determination.

He refused to take the service from my lawyers and has not mentioned anything about those papers. He did not take up my challenge He is running away from me and I put it to him that he is a fugitive of justice.

Murungaru added: I will fight Githongo to the end. This morning, my lawyers attempted to serve him at his mothers residence but she confirmed that he had left for Europe. The papers were left there on good advice. My lawyers will now proceed to the High Court to apply for permission to make substituted service to Githongo.

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Kenyan lawyers petioning the president – They want the Chief Justice shown the door

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

Why lawyers want Chief Justice out

By Maureen Mudi

Details why lawyers will petition President Kibaki over the conduct and performance of Chief Justice Evan Gicheru have emerged.

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) council officials on Wednesday disclosed that the document would be presented to Justice Minister Martha Karua to give it to the President.

The lawyers allege that the CJ does not lead by example, as he rarely sits with other Court of Appeal judges to hear matters and ensure they are expedited.

An LSK council member and Coast representative, Mr Joseph Munyithya, said the CJ had surrounded himself with Government-friendly judges who have never been transferred for many years, despite a policy requiring that a judge be moved after every five years.

You may find most stations are headed by particular judges and such promotions and assignments are not normal, he said.

lateness

The lawyers also intends to complain that Justice Gicheru does not keep time. He reports to work at 11am and leaves at 3pm.

It is easier to see the President himself than book an appointment with Gicheru, Munyithya said.

In the list are claims that the CJ has never kept his promise, especially regarding the posting of more judges in stations such as Mombasa. The CJ is also accused of not being independent from political patronage.

They cite an incident two years ago when the CJ paraded judges at State House for a swearing in ceremony only for it to be cancelled without any explanation.

Justice Gicheru is accused of executing appointment of judges without consulting the candidates.

In what seems to be an elaborate petition, the lawyers, who gather in Mombasa today for their annual general meeting, are expected to approve the document that might have far-reaching implications.

On Wednesday, LSK chairman Okongo Omogeni said the petition would be discussed at an open forum when the lawyers meet.

Another issue is the CJs participation in the hurried swearing-in ceremony of President Kibaki after last years General Election.

The lawyers will also raise lack of confidence in the CJs performance as an administrator.

A recent case is the appointment of the Standard Chartered lead advocate, Ms S Ogide, who was sworn in, but never took up her appointment since she was not consulted, Munyithya said.

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Kenyan leaders: Disagree on who actually won the presidential elections despite working together cordially

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

‘We won election’ – PNU and ODMcontinued wrestling on who has the right to rule Kenya

By Lucianne Limo

The bitter acrimony between Party of National Unity and the Orange Democratic Movement erupted on Wednesday as both parties claimed victory in last years General Election.

This contradicts the cordial working relationship between party heads, President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who appeared to have buried the hatchet and moved on.

Appearing before the Waki Commission, ODM Secretary-General Anyang Nyongo maintained that Raila was elected the countrys third president.

PNU made an equally forceful argument through its secretary-general George Nyamweya, saying their party felt cheated sharing a government with ODM despite a clear win.

PNU feels cheated because it got five million votes. How can you share a government with a party that received about three million votes? Nyamweya posed.

Nyongo said the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) presided over the manipulation of the votes and announced the results that did not represent the will of the majority of Kenyans.

ECK proceeded to announce the manipulated results despite demands by ODM, amongst others, that Form 16A be audited to authenticate the true votes and that there be re-tallying.

On the violence that erupted shortly after Kibaki was declared winner, ODM exonerated youths charged with post-election chaos saying no evidence to that effect has been produced.

The youths who were arrested should be set free as they were exercising their democratic right to express themselves, Nyongo added.

President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right) and Tourism Minister Najib Balala are shown a view of the Indian Ocean from the Mombasa Continental Resort by Equatorial Hotels chairman Duncan Ndegwa (left) on Wednesday. Back in Nairobi, their party officials were renewing their bitter rivalry over last years disputed elections. Photo: PPS

He instead blamed PNU and ECK for planning to rig the elections. He anticipated violence as a result of their schemes.

There was massive transfer of police, Administration Police to ODM strongholds of select individuals to assist effect the vote manipulations, Nyongo added.

Nyongo told the Commission that ECK Chairman Samuel Kivuitu is on record saying presidential votes results were being delayed because the results were being cooked.

This week, ECK chairman apologised to Kenyans, saying he made the remarks in jest.

Nyamweya, on his part, accused ODM of instigating violence saying some of its top leaders had vowed that if Kibaki won the election they would make the country ungovernable.

He explained that there was under-representation of votes in ODM constituencies and that explains why Kibaki received over five million votes and PNU won 85 parliamentary seats.

ODM got three million votes and yet received 104 parliamentary seats. There is need to review constituencies to ensure equal number of voters, he said.

Nyamweya added: ODM is unwilling to accept defeat until you look at the actual votes. It has unfair results.

He also asked the Commission to recommend that there be a system that gives room for objection in case of presidential elections.

Prosecute ECK them

He also said ECK should be given authority to bar any politician or party from participating in elections if they are involved in violence.

PNU was not able to campaign in parts of the Rift Valley and Nyanza because of threats of violence from ODM, Nyamweya said.

The Orange party, however, absolved itself from blame of fanning violence, saying security agents triggered the violence.

The immediate trigger to violence was the manner in which the police and GSU responded violently to the peaceful objection by Kenyans to ECK announcements of the presidential results, he said.

He said violent response by security agents was calculated at stamping the Governments authority on ODM strongholds, hence the shoot-to-kill order and well-organised violence meted out on demonstrators.

He called for the establishment of an independent body to investigate and prosecute police excesses.

Nyongo also called for the prosecution of ECK commissioners for abuse of office.

He further rubbished a report by the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) listing more than 200 people who were alleged to have financed post-election chaos.

It is wholly based on hearsay material, condemning people without having offered them the opportunity to be heard, Nyongo said.

Nyongo presented to the commission a document by the United States Assistant Secretary for Africa Affairs, Dr Jendayi Frazer, titled: The Immediate and Underlying Causes and Consequences of Flawed Democracy in Kenya.

In the document, Frazer listed causes of the violence as irregular tallying of votes, announcement of presidential results and longer-term social and economic inequalities.

Nyongo told the Commission that Kenya would continue to face challenges of peace and calm until those matters are addressed and dealt with.

He also said there was urgent need to amend the constitutional framework.

Further, Nyongo stressed the need to have an independent Judiciary.

Nyamweya presented a sworn affidavit claiming that Nyongo prior to last years General Election convened an ODM meeting where they discussed, among other things, anti-Kikuyu crusade, Majimbo and eviction of certain people from select constituencies.

Nyongo denied holding such a meeting and said he would sue Nyamweya.

Appellate Judge Philip Waki concluded the public hearing in Nairobi and said the Commission would hold a two-day seating in Mombasa next week before embarking on writing a report within 15 days.

Meanwhile, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka appeared before the commission late on Wednesday evening. It is understood that he underlined ODM-Kenyas role in the disputed polls.

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Kenya: Karua wants to take over the presidency after Kibaki – That would make her the second woman president in Africa

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

‘I’ll not be intimidated’, asserts Karua

Written By:Doreen Apollos,Posted: Wed, Aug 27, 2008

Caption: Karua is facing criticism from some of her colleagues from Central Province over her decision to run for presidency in 2012

I will not be intimidated into trashing my presidency ambitions insists Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Martha Karua.

In a sharp rejoinder to some of her fellow colleagues from Central Province who have come out to strongly oppose her interests in the presidential seat come 2012, Karua said no amount of pressure or intimidation will deter her from claiming the top notch position come the next general elections.

This comes at a time when her party, Narc- Kenya is facing sharp criticism for pulling out of a deal to unite PNU affiliate parties under one umbrella.

Karua was speaking during the opening of a women’s conference at Thika Technical Institute.

She further urged women to play their roles as instructors in the family to mould their children into responsible members of society.

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This method of psychological manipulation works by affecting the unconscious mind through deception

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

Posted to API by F. Jones
The present despairing state of Black America is neither a baffling phenomenon nor the result of some innatedeficient capacity among Blacks , but rather instead the result of the White elites innate proclivity for reinventing devious methods of suppressing its Black population – as a means of maintaining its white dominance and control.Dr. Edward Bernays is the architect of the method of suppression now used against Black America.
Dr. Edward Bernays was a nephew of Sigmund Freud and one of the most skillful experts in mass manipulation. He invented the modern day Madison Avenue advertising Agencies by using his Uncle Sigmund’s knowledge of the human psyche to make people feel they needed whatever product was being advertised. Edward Bernays also invented the public relations profession in the 1920s and was the first person to take Freud’s ideas to manipulate the masses. Bernays was one of the main architects of the modern techniques of mass-consumer persuasion. He showed American corporations how they could make people want things they didn’t need by systematically linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires.
His most notorious feat was breaking the taboo on women smoking by persuading them that cigarettes were a symbol of independence and freedom. Bernays was convinced that this mass method of manipulation was more than just a way of selling consumer goods. For him it was a new political idea of how to control the masses. By satisfying the inner irrational desires that his uncle, Sigmund Freud, had identified, people could be made happy, docile, angry, self hating or even confused.
During World War I, Bernays and journalist Walter Lippman were hired by then United States President, Woodrow Wilson, to participate in the Creel Commission, the mission of which was to sway popular opinion in favor of entering the war, on the side of Britain. The war propaganda campaign of Bernays and Lippman produced such an intense anti-German hysteria as to permanently impress Americas governmental elites with the potential of large-scale propaganda to control public opinion. Edward Bernays advised US presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Eisenhower and served numerous corporations and business associations. This was the start of the mass media and governmental psychological manipulation programs which has come to covertly dominate today’s world. One of Bernays biggest fans was Hitler’s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, a fact about which Bernays bragged proudly. A common pattern used repeatedly by Bernays was to turn a harmless entity into a fearsome enemy through lies and manufactured news items. Then use the “threat” to justify attacking the entity. Edward Bernays coined the terms “group mind” and “engineering consent”, important concepts in practical propaganda work. Bernays said in his 1928 book Propaganda, that; “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. He further states that; If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it The current public relations industry is a direct outgrowth of Bernays’ work and his method of mass psychological manipulation is also still currently used by the United States government.
The U.S. Government has an extensive history of conducting planned campaigns of extensive strategic psychological operations [based upon the works of Benays] through the national media to influence and direct the perception and climate of the nation towards its governmental objectives. Given that the nineteen sixties were a period of massive black rebellion and unrest that eroded the American global image and increasingly placed the nations peace and stability in dire jeopardy and perhaps most particularly because the nations top sociologist and psychologist knew that those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. This quite logically necessitated that the U.S. Government employ these same proven methods of mass psychological manipulation against its entire African American population.
The U.S. Government now secretly deliberately disseminates false deplorably racially devaluing statistics and propaganda about its Black population that are deliberately designed to adversely manipulate and shape the minds and collective consciousness of its African American population– corrupting African Americans sense of unity, cohesion, and reason– and fostering a consensual national environment of where in which its Black population is more easily divided, exploited and ultimately suppressed.
When most people hear the term of psychological manipulation they usually think in terms of the classic “conspiracy theory” that refers to overt mind control such as mind altering drugs with carefully hypnotic programming. However, the real and true dangers are Bernays well proven methods of affecting the unconscious mind by using deception, and psychological manipulation. It is neither magical nor mystical, but a process that involves a set of basic social psychological principles. The constant relentless bombardment with deplorably negative images of themselves that of which African Americans are so inundated with, through a white controlledmedia, is a very carefully and deliberately designed psychological conditioning program. Its unrelenting daily assault on the Black psycheis designed to corrupt African Americans sense of racialunity and cohesion, mold the character of self-hatred, engender self-doubt, self-loathing, and distrust among their group. And while insinuating that Blacks admire, respect, and trust only Whites.
This method of psychological manipulation works by affecting the unconscious mind through deception. It uses the psychology of deceit to adversely affect the recipient group in terms of their behavior. Here is a simplified example of how this is being implemented against African Americans. Let us, for example, imagine that a crew of people was aboard their own massive ship and that this ship was being shadowed by another neighboring ship that was constantly broadcasting derogatory messages to the first group. Such messages as that their ship was lesser, smaller, not seaworthy, perhaps slowly sinking or that their crew was incompetent and was planning a mutiny. With time, the group receiving the negative messages, being unable to refute or to confirm these derogatory messages and deficiencies will grow weary and paranoid of the negative messages and will eventually comes to accept these negative assessments of themselves. The perception created by the taunting now unconsciously influences how the taunted group perceives themselves, subsequently causing them to become distrustful of themselves, doubting themselves, hating themselves and, eventually, fighting among themselves. The taunted group may even become so besieged by deep feelings of inadequacy that they may even jump into the sea and attempt to swim towards the taunting ship now believing it to be superior to their own ship even if their own ship was in fact better. The basis of this concept of mind manipulation is that the human being’s most critical aspect is the mind and it works by affecting the mind through deception.
Within a real life setting this mortifying psychosocial treatment is precisely what is being deliberately done to African Americans through corporate owned and governmentally controlled media outlets that deliberately subjected them to seeing only the fraudulently worst in themselves. This is done through an immense campaign of false derogatory misinformation and false negative media reports and statistics that are created by U.S. governmental agencies and then leaked to its collaborators in the news media, which either knowingly or unknowingly carry the stories as their own. These false information about African Americans are then disseminated unrelentingly everywhere; it is deliberately perpetuated through news releases in magazine articles, radio, television, press releases, documentaries, and false census reports perpetuating and framing the myth of Whites racial, moral, and ethical superiority over its Black population. However, the weapon is not in how the message is carried, but is instead within the messages that it carries and how these messages detrimentally affects the Black population at large.
The overrepresentation of Black crimes and grossly exaggerated statistics of Black on Black violence within this psychosocial program are intentionally designed to create fear, hatred, and distrust thus molding the character of disunity and self-hatred among the Black community. [Blacks own personal negative experiences and interactions with their fellow Blacks then merely confirm the programs perpetuated message that it is they that are their own worst enemies]. The ultimately goal of this governmental psychosocial treatment of African Americans is to destroy the Black unity and cohesion that was historically the cornerstone of civil rights gains and that was a crucial factor of the survival of African Americans through more than four hundred years of racial oppression. [Logic dictates that given that unity and cohesion among African Americans was responsible for the demise of White Americas past system of blatant, institutionalized racism, then destroying this unity would be an essential objective of this psychological manipulation program.]
All African Americans have experienced the burden of this system of applied psychological conditioning, some more severely than others have. It is experienced every time we [Blacks] read a newspaper, watch the evening news, listen to a radio report, enter a classroom and read its racially biased textbooks. To the detriment of many African Americans, it has been an extremely effective. It has successfully conditioned many African Americans to accept the dominance of Whites and white institutions over their lives by misleading them to believe that they are, themselves, their own worst enemies, therefore engendering an aberration of internalized self contempt that pulverizes Black unity and halts Black upward mobility. It is at the root of both the profound division and self hatred now afflicting so many Black Americans and is at the heart of internalized feelings of superiority that many whites possess.
And while many African Americans have successfully navigated through this psychologically mortifying mine field and have gone on to lead successful, productive lives, for far too many this immense devaluation can seem inescapable and tragically, over time, many begin to accept subconsciously and painfully the negative portrayals of themselves. Many also become discouraged by the acceptance that their society is also preconditioned to see the worst in them and that, therefore, if they were ever to gain acceptance, if it is to be won at all, that success would be hard won. This in turn manifests negative internalized psychological pain and distress within many African Americans that can take many forms.
In fact, this governmental mortifying psychosocial treatment of African Americans may be the most aggravating, if not core, factor of the national phenomenon of self hatred; loss of educational aspirations; loss of unity, cohesion and racial pride; and fragile psyches of many African Americans today. It is in fact so fundamentally detrimental to the Black human condition and psyche that it may even affect the extent to which many African Americans realize their full human potential. This type of psychological manipulation program has also been proven very effective in rapidly destroying a groups ethical and moral values and engendering negative cultural norms with regard to violence, brutality, and even murder. All people, to some degree, are products of cultural conditions and their worldviews operate outside of their level of consciousness. Therefore, no group can be preconditioned to see only the worst in themselves and not exhibit some degree of negative psychological impact.
Not only does this massive governmental psychological manipulation campaign negatively impacts Blacks self perceptions, but it also provides a more socially acceptable way to assure that the masses of African Americans remains the most racially devalued and most economical exploited and suppressed group in America. The medias constant, fraudulently inaccurate, negative imagery of Black Americans is designed also to create a shift of victimization that changes the root problem of racism in America to be due to Blacks behavior rather than Whites proclivity for racism. Therefore insinuates that America would be a better society as a whole if African Americans were gone, thus engendering increasingly prejudiced distorted perceptions and acrimonious beliefs about African Americans that are designed to makes the nation and the entire world insensitive to their plight, tranquilizes efforts on their behalf, lessens pressure for social change on their behalf, and makes any serious criticism of White racism almost impossible today. Therefore fostering a national setting of where in which Blacks are more easily exploited and ultimately consensually suppressed. Moreover, some studies have shown that this shift of victimization now reflects increasingly acrimonious beliefs and prejudiced perceptions about and against African Americans that are arguably stronger today than they were after emancipation.
This campaign also attempts to discouragemiscegenation between Blacks and whites, and creates a false justification for the legal systems mistreatment of African Americans wherein they are disproportionately incarcerated, given stiffer sentences, and are more likely than other racial groups to be treated brutally, beaten, and fired upon by police officers while they are unarmed. These injustices now goes ignored because the perception has subconsciously become that its all now justified. When contempt of Blacks is made to appear to be justifiable, it is the fiercest and most effective type of racism because its witnesses, bystanders, and even world audiences will sit by idly allowing African Americans to be brutally mistreated under the belief that it is justified. This is what Dr. Edward Bernays referred to as engineering consent.
This governmental psychological conditioning program stripped African Americans of the national and international support that was acquired during the 1960’s civil rights struggles. It also today affects attitudes that when enacted through governmental policies, laws, and other legislation actions, serve to ensure that African Americans will not advance. Its effects are manifested in ideas, education, governmental policies, economic stratification, social segregation, housing markets, hiring and promotion practices, psychological issues, and minority access to a variety of social services and opportunity.
The objective of the United States government has always been to maintain its White dominance and control over its Black population, and clearly, psychological warfare meets this need. It was the logical choice because it covertly provided the U.S. Government with a far more sophisticated, proficient, and socially accepted means of covertly controlling and suppressing its Black population. Through this method the U.S. Governmentis able to both influence the national climate and engender personal psychological feelings among itsBlack population that meet its objectives of maintaining its white dominance. Furthermore, history overwhelmingly demonstrates that the White races innate proclivity for racism, control, and dominance is much too deeply ingrained for them to just merely give up their practices of implementing suppressive methods over its African American population.The records of history show that the reincarnation of suppressive methods into forms more acceptable to the changing times is a common practice of the United States government.

As seen after the abolishment of slavery wherein its methods of using racist, oppressive treatment of its Black population was reincarnated into Jim Crow inequalities that included many devious strategies and methods that prevented Blacks from becoming registered voters. And let us not forget the horrific Tuskegee experiments where of in which from1932 and 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) conducted dangerous syphilis experiments on four hundred Black men. These men were deliberately left to degenerate painfully under the ravishes of the disease with symptoms including blindness, tumors, paralysis, insanity and death to allow the U.S. Government to collect the needed data from their autopsies. And let us also not forgetof the CIAs involvement in flooding the Black communities of Los Angeles with drugs and high powered weaponry and then disseminated these drugs and weaponry to many African American communities throughout the United States destroying the lives of millions of African Americans while stimulating the economy through the prison industry. The historic and demonstrative evidence overwhelmingly reflects the reality that the U.S. government does manifest a proclivity for reinventing devious methods to suppress its Black population. This proclivity has led to the U.S. Government using its proven method of mass psychological manipulation to control the advancement and growth of its Black population. It was the next logical choice because the evils of racism thrives best when its victims no longer recognizes the evil.
When the truth comes along and you know in your bones that its the truth yet you still refuse to accept and defend it you then really begin to die.
THE BLACK MATRIX:
THE MODERN CONTINUED MENTAL AND SOCIAL SUPPRESSION OF AFRICAN AMERICANS UNDER NATIONAL INTEREST 2006, 2008
by Franklin G. Jones
Our lives began to end when we stopped speaking up for the things that matter— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Clinton: ‘No way, no how, no McCain’

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

Runner-up makes strong case for Obama; gets tough on Republican
Watch the video by Clinton on Obama: Click the link at the bottom of this page and listen t the whole speech

MSNBC and NBC News
updated 3:03 a.m. ET Aug. 27, 2008

DENVER – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton answered skeptics Tuesday night by issuing a ringing call for her supporters to rally behind Sen. Barack Obama, saying Democrats cannot afford to stay home in November and let another Republican administration ruin the economy.

Barack Obama is my candidate, Clinton said in the final speech of the second night of the convention that will nominate Obama for president.

No way, no how, no McCain, she declared in a speech that both blasted the presumed Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, and put forth Obama, her colleague from Illinois, as the man who must be our president.

Much of the speculation leading into the Democratic National Convention had centered on how firmly Clinton, the junior senator from New York, would go to bat for Obama, who narrowly edged her for the Democratic nomination in an extraordinarily contentious primary season.

Fire marshals closed the convention floor, which was packed to capacity with Clinton supporters who cheered long and loudly for their candidate. Clinton reserved special gratitude for them and the 18 million other voters who backed her in her primary campaign against Obama.

To my supporters, my champions my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits from the bottom of my heart: Thank you. Thank you, she said. You never gave in. You never gave up. And together we made history.

‘Time to take back the country we love’
But she told those supporters that it was time to take all of their energy and enthusiasm and channel it into electing Obama.

My friends, it is time to take back the country we love, she said. Whether you voted for me or voted for Barack, the time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose.

We are on the same team, and none of us can sit on the sidelines, she added. This is a fight for the future. And its a fight we must win.

The McCain campaign responded immediately, saying in a statement that nowhere tonight did [Clinton] say that Barack Obama is ready to lead. Millions of Hillary Clinton supporters and millions of Americans remain concerned about whether Barack Obama is ready to be president.

The role of Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, is considered a crucial factor to the success of a convention that remained divided between Obama and Clinton loyalists.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, one of Hillary Clintons closest advisers, and other Democrats signaled Tuesday that they were confident that the senator would fall in line, but they were less certain about her the former president, who is scheduled to address the convention Wednesday night. Obama angered the Clintons during the campaign season with dismissive comments that some Clinton backers said painted the former president as naively racist.

Aides to both candidates said that Bill Clinton had not finished writing his speech and that no one in the Obama camp knew what he was going to say.

I dont know about the president. I havent spoken to the president in a while, Rendell said. But Hillary is on board.

Deep strains remain. With McCain drawing closer to Obama even within the margin of error in some polls an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed that Obama was drawing the support of only half of Clinton voters.

In the poll, which was released last week, 21 percent of Clinton supporters said they planned to vote for McCain and 27 percent said they were undecided or wanted to vote for someone else. That meant only 52 percent of Clintons backers said they would vote for Obama.

Clinton message welcomed
But New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Clinton administration official who surprised the Clintons by endorsing Obama, welcomed Clintons words as a strong signal that will unify the party.

She couldnt have been clearer: Shes firmly behind Senator Obama, Richardson said. She hit a 500-foot home run.

Besides sending a message to her supporters, Richardson said, the speech also may have been a signal to her husband that its time to get behind Senator Obama.

Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn., chairman of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, said Clinton gave a big, big speech tonight, laying out in compelling terms why her supporters should rally around Obama.

I dont believe theres a Clinton supporter … who was not proud of her and, more importantly, is not ready to go out and work for Barack Obama, Ford said.

Sen. Joe Biden, who Obama revealed as his running mate on Saturday, described Clinton’s speech as tremendous.

I spent 20 minutes with her afterwards, he said. She hit it out of the park.

Obama watched Clintons speech on television with a Democratic family in Billings, Mont. Afterward, he told Clinton by telephone that she had given a terrific speech, Obama aides said.

Aides said Obama also spoke with Bill Clinton for several minutes. He said he was grateful for the Clintons support and said he knew how proud the former president must have been watching his wife as he was Monday night watching his own wife, Michelle, speak.

Clinton also delivered her stinging attack on McCain, answering calls from some party activists for a more sustained attack on the Republicans.

We dont need four more years of the last eight years, Clinton said, hammering McCain on numerous issues, including health care, high fuel prices, job outsourcing, home foreclosures and the war in Iraq.

It makes perfect sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities, she said. Because these days theyre awfully hard to tell apart.

It was a very different speech from the keynote address delivered by former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, who urged voters to remember that the party will need to work with Republicans after the election.

We need Barack Obama as the next president of the United States, Warner said. And he criticized Republican policy proposals on defense, energy and the economy, saying, John McCain promises more of the same.

But that was one of only two times Warner mentioned the Republican candidate.

Warner, who is running for the Senate as a radical centrist by appealing to independent and Republican voters, turned away from the tone of Clinton and many of the speakers who preceded him Tuesday. He called on Democrats to bury their partisan bitterness, saying cooperation between the parties would be vital in the future.

I know were at the Democratic convention, but if an idea works, it really doesnt matter if it has an R or D next to it, he added. Because this election isnt about liberal versus conservative. Its not about left versus right. Its about the future versus the past.

Warner had acknowledged ahead of time that many Democrats might be unhappy with his remarks after Monday nights opening session, which featured a tribute to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and Michelle Obamas speech, which was more personal than political. Some party activists complained of a lack of red meat and called for a more sustained attack on McCain.

Democratic strategist Paul Begala said Tuesday that Warner had the wrong idea, adding, This isnt the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

VP candidates on the move
Meanwhile, McCain was preparing to name his running mate in the coming days, Republican officials said.

Two contenders were to be in Denver on his behalf to assail Democrats: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Tuesday and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday. It amounted to a final audition of sorts.

Biden, in his first public remarks since being named Obamas running mate, acknowledged that he had caused headaches for his party in the past, and he thanked home-state Delaware delegates for sticking with him when he didnt always comport myself in the way that I wanted to.

Biden, who ended his 1988 presidential run amid allegations of plagiarism, did not elaborate, but aides said the remarks were mostly a reference to his reputation for long-windedness and off-the-cuff remarks that sometimes backfired. As he began his brief campaign for the presidential nomination last year, he called Obama articulate and clean, and he drew criticism for saying you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.

Clinton meets Michelle Obama
After her warmly received appearance Monday night, Michelle Obama turned to politicking for her husband, dropping by a conference in Denver on economic security Tuesday morning.

Obama introduced a plan for working women that she said would address issues like the 22 million working women who do not get sick pay.

The Obama-Biden plan will expand the Family and Medical Leave Act so that millions of additional Americans will be able to take time off to care for a baby or an elderly parent, she said. And the Obama-Biden plan will require employers to provide all their workers with at least seven paid sick days a year.

Obama ran into to Clinton at an event for Emilys List, the womens political group. Clinton congratulated Obama on her convention speech, and Obama wished Clinton good luck on hers.

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Kenya’s corrupted results caused post-election violence: Not clear if Kibaki or Raila won the presidential vote

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

ECK officer: Raila, Kibaki votes wrong

By Beauttah Omanga

A Returning Officer in last years General Election admitted he made wrong presidential vote entries for presidential candidates Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga.

He, however, said Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) officials at the KICC national tallying centre too failed to detect the glaring mistakes and went ahead to announce the results with the anomalies.

His testimony and that of two others offered a glimpse into the magnitude of the anomalies in the tallying of votes for the presidential election.

Mr Abdurrahman Sheikh Aman, who was the returning office in Changamwe Constituency in Coast Province, said he erroneously gave Kibaki 9,366 votes but a re-tallying by the Independent Review Commission established that the President had actually garnered 15,151 votes.

Raila, who was President Kibakis main opponent, was indicated in the official record prepared by the officer as having garnered 17,706 votes while he actually scored 29,648 votes as per the IREC report.

“I made mistakes in all the entries. I take the blame. I used my head and a calculator but I have since discovered that I was wrong,” said Aman.

Aman also said he hurriedly travelled to Nairobi to hand in the reports before he could verify all the entries.

He admitted he failed to detect that a single presiding officer had signed results from two different polling centers.

It was also pointed to him that in some polling stations; he gave both President Kibaki and Raila equal votes, while he at the same time failed to indicate on Form 16A the number of invalid votes.

He stunned the commission when he admitted that even although the instructions were clear that all entries were to be made by him on some official forms, he allowed some ECK officials at the KICC to help him handle some calculations.

“While I admit I made several mistakes which are to human, some officers who assisted me at KICC when I arrived are also to blame too,” Aman told the commission.

He said even though he was computer literate and that he had been given a laptop which the ECK expected him to use, the device was not used.

The RO said he was too tired to countercheck all the entries. “We were fatigued by the time we arrived at the KICC. It was not possible to get all figures and calculations right. I am sorry I made mistakes,” he told the commission.

Kriegler: You are the most honest witness we have ever had. Can you tell us how you got the job? Were you called before any panel for an interview?

Aman: I learnt of the vacancies and I applied through the Mombasa ECK office. I was never asked to go for an interview and I got a letter confirming me as a returning officer.

Aman, however, denied a suggestion by lead counsel Yohana Masara that from the multiple errors, he might have cooked the results, as his entries did not reflect the verdict of the Changamwe electorate.

“I never cooked the results. I only made mistakes,” he said.

Another Returning officer, Mr Nicholas Ombasa, who was in charge of Mbita said he saw nothing unusual with some stations recording a 100 percent turnout.

He said some polling centre in Mbita saw all registered turn out while in some, one failed and in two others only four did not cast their votes.

He said he was surprised when he arrived at the KICC only to find wrong computer printouts of results he had read to his team leader.

He said he also did not find it usual that Raila got more votes than the partys parliamentary candidate Mr Otieno Kajwang.

Earlier, the Information Technology (IT) team hired by the ECK to help compute results detected glaring anomalies in tallying of the presidential votes.

Mr Ayub Imbira, an IT expert, told the commission that by the time the Presidential results were released by ECK chairman Samuel Kivuitu, results from 31 constituencies had not been verified.

Imbira said Kivuitu announced results before the respective returning officers would make it to the tallying centre to confirm the results as recorded by the IT team.

He said in some cases the IT team detected arithmetic errors and alerted the relevant authorities but was not able to confirm if corrections were made.

“In some cases we would discover wrong totals arrived at but we had no powers to do much. In some situations we would ask the ROs and other officers to make the corrections,” he told the commission yesterday.

Imbira was taken to task over his decision to accept results from unauthorised personnel at the KICC.

Aboud: Can you explain to this commission why you accepted results from one Catherine Mburu who was not a team leader at the tallying centre.

Imbira: I am not sure if I accepted that kind of results and it also depends on what time the results were brought to me

Aboud: Time is not the issue here; it was clear from whom you were to get results from. But you went ahead and accepted results from Kirinyaga Central from an unauthorised person even if the officer who was mandated to give you the results was present. The erroneous results were printed by your team and presented as the correct ones.

Imbira: I have no comment on that.

The Commission chairman led other commissioners in demanding for answers on why an elaborate plan to use laptops in relaying results from constituencies was abandoned at the last minute.

Imbira was accused by the Commissioners of deliberately misleading the ECK to abandon the plan to use computers.

“You came up with the idea of having computers used in last years elections. Computers arrive in June, six month to the election month. You hold three trainings for the ROs but still end up suggesting that the use of computers would not be the best option and instead recommend manual systems. How indecisive were you and the ECK as a whole? posed Kriegler.

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Stop depending on help from the Whites, Africans are urged by their own. Whites will respect blacks if they stop begging from them

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

Minister urges Africa to stop aid dependency

Written By:Rosalia Opondo,Posted: Tue, Aug 26, 2008

African governments have been urged to stop being too dependent on aid.

Foreign affairs Minister Moses Wetangula says instead, the Western counterparts should promote trade through fair practices, as well as technology transfer, to help alleviate the burden of poverty, food insecurity and climate change issues affecting Kenya.

Wetangula spoke during the opening of a parliamentary forum on sustainable development and aid ffectiveness organized by theAssociation of European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA) on Tuesday.

Wetangular noted that focus should be on trade, and not aid, to enable fair playing ground.

Wetangula singled out the fact that African farmers for instance who do not enjoy the subsidies given to their western counterparts.

Wetangula is urging developed countries to influence policy change, and embark on knowledge transfer to improve value addition for African products, which will inturn fetch high prices in the global markets.

Speaker of Kenya National Assembly Kenneth Marende challenged parliamentary committees to go an extra mile in engaging with publicofficials, in order to ensure trade balance and combat climatechange.

He said parliamentary committees will be strengthened in expertiseand capacity to boost performance.

Dr. Nico Scholten, President of Awepa underscored the importance of parliament uging developing countries to pay attention to goodleadership to enable better strategies for development.

As a panacea to food security, Kenyans have been urged to diversifyon food crops, and avoid over reliance on rain fed agriculture.

The three day forum is organized by (AWEPA), in co-operation with the Pan-African Parliament, the East Africa Legislative Assembly (eala) and the Kenya Parliament.

The forum is held in preparation for the UN Climate conference to be held in Copenhagen next year.

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Former Apartheid era South African policemen apply for presidential pardon

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

The former South African Law and Order minister Adriaan Vlok and four others have applied for a presidential pardon for the attempted murder of Reverend Frank Chikane (currently the Director General in the presidency).

Vlok; former apartheid police chief, General Johann van der Merwe; Major General Chris Smit and Colonels Gert Otto and Manie van Staden have applied for the pardon, their lawyer Jan Wagenaar said in a statement to the media on Tuesday.

Last year, the men struck a plea bargain with the National Prosecuting Authority for the attempted murder of Chikane, then one of the leaders of the United Democratic Front (UDF), that fought against apartheid.

Wagenaar said the suspended sentences they were given for putting poison in Chikanes clothes in 1989 now made travelling to certain countries difficult for them. Wagenaar said a pardon would be nice as it would allow the men to travel freely.

A multi-party reference group of members of Parliament has been tasked with evaluating 2, 300 applications for presidential pardons from political prisoners who did not participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and who committed offences before June 16, 1999.

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Malawi journalists drilled on water issues

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

Malawi National Commission for UNESCOs Executive Secretary, Francis Mkandawire, said on Wednesday that there was need to strengthen the capacity of the media to support water education for sustainable development through effective, efficient and knowledgeable reporting on water issues.

Speaking during a day-long meeting for mass media professionals on water issues in Lilongwe, he said citizens needed to be sensitised on what is going on in water issues so that they are able to participate in various initiatives undertaken by government.

\”We would like the media to help people keep pace with various efforts meant to improve access to and utilisation of water by keeping them adequately and correctly informed,\” he said.

On her part, Secretary for Water and Irrigation Andrina Mchiela said the government\s long term goal under the water sector is to ensure that water resources are well protected, utilised and managed to meet agricultural, domestic and industrial demands.

The water sector has direct links to the sectors of agriculture and energy, therefore serious problems would arise in these sectors if water is poorly utilised and managed in using it.

\”Therefore the media have a crucial role to play in disseminating information to the public on the need to conserve, utilise and manage water in our country,\” she said.

Malawi placed water as the second key priority area after agriculture and food security under its Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS).

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Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

The United Nations Human Rights Committee on Tuesday expressed deep concern at the new death penalty legislation authorized by the Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, contravening an international treaty on civil and political rights.

The Committee, in charge of monitoring compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), observed that Liberia is party to the Second Optional Protocol to that pact aimed at the abolition of the death penalty.

The Act signed by the President of Liberia on 22 July 2008 therefore constitutes a clear breach by Liberia of its international legal obligations under the Second Optional Protocol, the Committee stated in a press release.

The new law in Liberia provides that in the event death occurs during the commission of a crime of armed robbery, terrorism or hijacking, the accused shall be sentenced to death by hanging or imprisonment for life without possible parole.

The Committee pointed out that as a signatory to the ICCPRs Second Optional Protocol since 2005, Liberia has been committed to ensuring that, as the pact states, no one within its jurisdiction shall be executed.

Further, the Protocol notes that states party to it should also take all necessary measures to abolish the death penalty within (their) jurisdiction.

The rights body urges Liberia to revisit the Act for possible amendment as soon as possible and encourages it, in the meantime, to maintain the moratorium in place since 1979.

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Mubarak holds talks with Israeli defense minister on Palestine

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday held a meeting in Alexandria with the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

According to the Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the meeting between Mubarak and Barak focused on Egypts efforts for a deal to exchange Palestinian prisoners in return for the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who has been held in Gaza for more than two years, as well as to enhance negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Aboul Gheit added that Mubarak stressed to Barak the need for Israel to show greater attention to improving the humanitarian situation of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, especially with the approaching holy month of Ramadan.

Aboul Gheit also pointed out the importance of the efforts being made by the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, coordinator of the international quartet committee, which is aimed at rehabilitating the Palestinian areas.

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Former Ivorian leader rejects single opposition presidential candidate

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

The leader of the former ruling Democratic Party of Cote dIvoire (PDCI), Aime Henri Konan Bedie, categorically rejected the idea of a single candidate put forward by the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) for the first round of the 30 November presidential elections.

In addition to the PDCI, the RHDP comprises the Rally of Republicans (RDR), the Union for Democracy and Peace in Cote dIvoire (UDPCI) and the Movement of Future Forces (MFA).

“The issue of a single candidate does not come up, because it should not be asked,” Bedie told APA on Monday in Sakassou (about 420km, north of Abidjan).

“We are responsible political parties and, we say that each party should present its candidate in the first round as it is done in any democracy,” the PDCI leader added.

“Thus, I am a candidate for 30 November. I hope this will be the good one, and that the date will not change,” Bedie concluded.

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Ethiopian police arrest newspaper editor

Posted by African Press International on August 28, 2008

The Ethiopian police have arrested the editor in chief of The Reporter, a bi-weekly Amharic and English language newspaper, which is one of the biggest newspapers in the country.

Staff of the newspaper told APA on Tuesday that the editor-in-chief, Amare Aregawi was arrested last Friday from his office in connection with a story the paper published in one of its recent editions.

Sources at the newspaper said that Aregawi was arrested for an article questioning labour practices at a big brewery; the Dashen Brewery, located in Gondor town, some 750 kilometres north of Addis Ababa.

The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders on Tuesday issued a statement demanding for the release of Aregawi, who is also the owner of the newspaper, established about ten years ago.

The Ethiopian government reminds the press about the law so often that it is hard to understand how it allows prosecutors to violate it so openly, Reporters Without Borders said.

Amares unjustified arrest exposes the unfairness of legislation that allows journalists to be imprisoned for defamation. His newspaper dared to question a big companys practices. Now he, like the reporter who wrote the offending article before him, are paying the price for having the courage to do their job properly and serve the public interest. He should be released at once,” Reporters Without Borders said.

Amare, who ran Ethiopias public television after the fall of the Derg dictatorship in 1991, was initially taken to the headquarters of the Addis Ababa police.

He was later transferred to Gondar where he appeared in court on Monday. A member of the newspapers staff told Reporters Without Borders that the prosecutor and judge offered to release Amare on bail in Gondar, but he refused on the grounds that it was illegal for him to have been taken there.

Under a new press law that was adopted last month, defamation cases are supposed to be tried in the place where the alleged offence took place. As The Reporters registered headquarters is in Addis Ababa, the case should be heard in the capital and there were no grounds for taking Amare to such a remote location, Reporters Without Borders said.

A few days after the article appeared, Teshome Neku, the young reporter who wrote the article last month quoting two former Dashen brewery employees as saying they were wrongfully dismissed, was arrested and taken to Gondar, where he was freed on bail after three days.

The judge who ordered his release told the prosecutor that Teshome should be tried before a court in Addis Ababa because the newspaper was duly registered there.

As of Tuesday, there was no news about the release of Aregawi.

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