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Moving site to

Posted by African Press International on November 30, 2008

API has now found a new permanent home. ALL API activities are expected to be carried out on the new site by the begining of the new year. API will operate the two sites for now and until the end of the year so as to avoid any activity disruption.

API is very thankful to WordPress who advised us today onelaborate ways to move our https://africanpress.wordpress.comto without loosing any of our articles and all the comments that posters have on the site. It means we will simply change the address but remain using some of WordPress’ templates.’

We will be independent and can do things our own way without having enemies report us to anyone.

WordPress has been good to us as they are good to other WordPress users and we appreciate their guidance.

Before we accomplish our plans to move the site, we will continue on this site as usual, but our readers will be allowwed limited hours daily to post their comments.

The question of the time to release the tape must be left to the MBOs to decide and we know, according to the contract that they will not let the American people down. They know when the impact will be great because one of the MBOs is American and knows the American audience well.

We realise through the advice given by many readers yesterday that the large number of people who send in emails are against the release of the tape. They make us believe that we will be opening wounds that has started to heal.

API has spoken to the MBOs today and came to an agreement to proceed despite the fact that there are more against the release than those for its release.

The MBOs have agreed to reschedule the airing date and will get back to us as soon as possible. Immediately we receive ffeedback from them, we will publish the schedules on the site here and the new site.

API will now stop discussing the tape and Imam document until we get feedback from the MBOs.

API is also scheduling interviews with interested TV and Radio stations that have already taken contact with the MBOs. For the safety of API all interviews will be done through a telephone conference calls.

Any requests therefore by readers to have API comment on the tape and the Imam document will be met with silence.

API Editorial

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Advising on what to do with Michelle Obama tape

Posted by African Press International on November 30, 2008

Hi Chief,
I am just one opinion in a very large world……………….but here are my thoughts on the subject of the tapes and the Iman:
(1) Personal Safety for you, staff and all families of staff is #1 in my book. This comes before all else. Is the danger worth the risk to the families of API and the Iman. Only you, your staff and families can decide that. If the only way to keep everyone safe is to not release the tape at this time, then I would say don’t release the tape. Again, not my choice or anyone else’s choice except for of of you who are involved. My first posts were about the dangers involved in this whole thing. Other posters couldn’t understand what I was talking about. Many people do not understand the risks that have to be I say do what you need to do for you and your families.
(2) Michelle Obama came to you. She picked up the phone and called you. I think that really needs to be emphasized over and over. You were not out looking for a story. She tracked you down and found you. She initiated this whole situation.
(3) Any violence “resulting” from API tape release is not API’s fault. People have been threatening riots every step along the way. When I was working on the Hillary Clinton campaign way back in April, people were threatening violence………….threatening to burn down Colorado if Clinton got the nomination. The violent threats have been in the air a great deal longer than the API story.
I think people are really busy pointing fingers at who to blame, because they don’t want to look in the mirror. There is certainly plenty of blame to go around. I don’t think you should accept any blame thrown at you. You haven’t done anything wrong. You, if tapes released, are reporting a story…………….one that started because Michelle Obama called you…..not the other way around.
(4)Regarding timing of tape release–
Honestly Chief, I don’t think there is a perfect time or place. I think it is as it is. People have instilled this huge burden upon your shoulders. To me, that is just wrong. If you release the tapes, I would say do it on your own timeline, who care the day of the week or time. Do what best works for you.
(5) Finally Chief, in closing I would say one again that the vilolence threats have been going on long before the tapes even were made. We dealt with people who were hostile, scary and violent a long time before the tapes.I was called racist, a communist, etc….had pictures of dead Iraqi children smack in my face…………………etc……………just because I was working for and voting for Clinton. My computer has been attackedmany times.I sent you that article about the 14 year old girl who did an experiment to test tolerance in Chicago. What did she get? Death threats……If there were to be violence in the streets after the tape release then it would not be the fault of API. I think some people are just looking to get violent. They don’t need a tape or a document. They just want violence.
So Chief, as I have said before…………I encourage you to listen to your gut and soul and do what you need to do, regardless of anything people from the outside are throwing at you.Again I am just one person…………………….but I will fully support your decision, whatever it may be.
Resending you the Tolerance Test article.
Take care Chief and Peace to you.
From a good American reader


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Posted by African Press International on November 30, 2008

We all know that many would like to get the truth about Mr Obama’s roots and especially if he was born to another citizenship and therefore only naturalized US citizen who is about to take over the presidency creating room for a constitutional crisis – that will most definitely cause unhealthy political situation that may plunge the country into chaos.

Obama has decided not to be straightforward on this and that leaves interested parties to do their own research and the results will soon be made public, not later than his probable inauguration.

Chief Editor Korir

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