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Time to Open Our Nomination System to All Voters?: 'BradCast' 4/21/2016 22.4.2016 BradBlog
On today's BradCast: Tragic breaking news, ridiculous wingnut 'outrage', good news for Maryland voters, and, perhaps, a better way to nominate public officials. [Audio link to the full show is posted below.] First up, coverage of the shocking loss of musical icon Prince, whose death today at age 57 at his ...
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U.S. agency freezes $473 mln aid to Tanzania over Zanzibar election 30.3.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
A U.S. aid agency has cancelled nearly $500 million of funding for Tanzania after disputed elections in the Zanzibar archipelago of the east African country. The U.S. government's Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) said the March 20 vote in semi-autonomous Zanzibar violated Tanzania's commitment to democracy and free and fair elections. The agency's board said Tanzania has "engaged in a pattern of actions inconsistent with MCC’s eligibility criteria", and it had voted to suspend its partnership with the government.
US suspends $472m Tanzania aid over Zanzibar vote 29.3.2016 Yahoo: Politics
The United States said Tuesday it was putting on hold a $472.8 million energy grant for Tanzania after the controversial re-run of elections in Zanzibar and the passing of a cybercrimes law. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a US government body that assists developing countries that commit to standards on democracy and basic rights, has "voted to suspend development" of the compact, US Ambassador to Tanzania Mark Childress said in a statement. The March 20 presidential and legislative elections on Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands were a re-run of October polls that were cancelled by the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) over fraud ...
U.S. agency freezes $473 million aid to Tanzania over Zanzibar election 29.3.2016 World
A U.S. aid agency has canceled nearly $500 million of funding for Tanzania after disputed elections in the Zanzibar archipelago of the east African country. The U.S. government's Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) said the March 20 vote in semi-autonomous Zanzibar violated Tanzania's commitment to democracy and free and fair elections. The agency's board said Tanzania has "engaged in a pattern of actions inconsistent with MCC’s eligibility criteria", and it had voted to suspend its partnership with the government.
Tanzanian ruling party wins Zanzibar presidential re-run vote - electoral body 21.3.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
The ruling party candidate in Tanzania's semi-autonomous Zanzibar was declared the winner in its presidential election, the electoral commission said on Monday. The incumbent Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein, of Tanzania's ruling CCM party, was declared the winner with 91.4 percent of the vote, the electoral commission ...
Tanzanian ruling party declared winner in Zanzibar re-run vote 21.3.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala STONE TOWN, Zanzibar (Reuters) - The ruling party candidate in Tanzania's semi-autonomous Zanzibar was declared the winner in a re-run of presidential elections boycotted by the opposition. The incumbent Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein, of the national ruling CCM party, won 91.4 percent of the votes in Sunday's ballot, the electoral body said after it annulled the initial poll in October that the opposition said it had won. In October, the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) called for a re-run citing fraud, a charge the opposition said was made ...
Tanzanian ministers face sack if fail to sign anti-graft pledge 27.2.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has threatened to sack cabinet ministers who do not declare their assets or fail to sign an integrity pledge on Saturday, part of his anti-corruption drive. Magufuli launched several initiatives to clamp down on corruption since winning an election in November. Tanzania is ranked 117th out of 168 countries in Transparency International's 2015 corruption perception index where No. 1 is least corrupt.     "The president's instructions that all ministers who were yet to declare their assets and liabilities should do so before 6pm (on Saturday) has been implemented," the prime minister's office said in a ...
Rubio Short-Circuits, Cruz Keeps Lying, Trump Keeps Winning - Saturday's GOP NH Debate: 'BradCast' 2/8/2016 9.2.2016 BradBlog
On today's BradCast, we try to make sense of the amazing GOP debate in New Hampshire on Saturday, the final one before tomorrow's First-in-the-Nation primary in the Granite State. First, I offer a very few quick reminders and action items for those interested in fighting for Election Integrity during tomorrow's primary ...
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Black Box Voting's Bev Harris on the IA Caucus Mess and NH Concerns: 'BradCast' 2/4/2016 5.2.2016 BradBlog
On today's BradCast, the Des Moines Register joins the fray to declare "something smells" in Iowa's Democratic caucus results and procedures. Bev Harris of Black Box Voting joins us to examine the concerns about "caucus integrity" on both the Democratic and Republican sides -- what we know, what we don't, ...
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Sanders Surges, the Dog Ate Trump's Homework: Iowa's Wild Night 2.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders watch election returns in a caucus night event for Sanders in Des Moines, Iowa, February 1, 2016. (Photo: Todd Heisler / The New York Times) The outcome of last night's Iowa caucus on the Republican side was merely wild. On the Democratic side, it was positively astonishing. The New Hampshire primary is a week from today. If Iowa was any indication, it's going to be a hot time in the old town on Tuesday. Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders watch election returns in a caucus night event for Sanders in Des Moines, Iowa, February 1, 2016. (Photo: Todd Heisler / The New York Times) Last night, Iowa delivered a strong argument for why it the hood ornament of election season, and did so in fine fashion. The people of Iowa ran through walls to cast their votes in record numbers, often on paper ballots and not on Diebold machines, and it was a hell of a thing to see. There are enough story lines from last night to fill a Robert Caro biography series, but you can bet an Iowa ...
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Diplomats condemn Zanzibar vote re-run, urging calm 29.1.2016 Yahoo: Politics
Diplomats in Tanzania criticised Friday a planned election re-run on Zanzibar, urging a "peaceful outcome" and warning of "intimidation and tensions" amid an opposition boycott. "We are deeply concerned that the unilateral declaration of a re-run may lead to an escalation of intimidation and tensions," said the statement signed by ambassadors in Tanzania including the European Union and the United States envoys. The October 25 elections, which were held across Tanzania, were scrapped on Zanzibar after the islands' election commission reported "violations of electoral law", claims dismissed by the ...
Tanzania opposition says to boycott Zanzibar vote re-run 29.1.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
The opposition Civic United Front (CUF) says it won those elections and has warned of violence on the islands if the rescheduled ballot goes ahead. Tanzania has been one of Africa's most politically stable nations but Zanzibar has been a hotbed of opposition to central government, with strong secessionist and Islamist voices. Polls on the islands are usually closely fought and often ...
Will the 2016 Primaries Be Electronically Rigged? 28.1.2016 Truthout.com
(Photo: Voting Machine via Shutterstock) Secret computerized voting systems are in the hands of partisans, and according to cyber-security experts, they've distorted election results in the past. Election rigging in the 2016 primaries is all but assured if voters, candidates and democracy advocates don't take action to prevent it. Truthout will never hide stories like this behind a paywall or subscription fee. Help us continue publishing free and uncensored news by making a donation today! "You've heard the old adage 'follow the money.' I follow the vote, and wherever the vote becomes an electron and touches a computer, that's an opportunity for a malicious actor potentially to ... make bad things happen." — Steve Stigall, CIA cyber-security expert, in remarks  to the US Election Assistance Commission Primary election rigging in the coming weeks and months is all but assured if American voters and candidates don't take steps to prevent it now. Evidence that US voting systems are wide open to fraud and ...
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Tanzania sets March 20 as date for Zanzibar vote re-run 23.1.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
Tanzania's semi-autonomous Zanzibar region will hold a re-run of its disputed general election on March 20, its electoral body announced on Friday, despite opposition calls for the poll to be scrapped on the grounds it might spark violence. Tanzania has been one of Africa's most politically stable nations but Zanzibar has been a hotbed of opposition to central government, with strong secessionist and Islamist voices. The Zanzibar Electoral Commission said it would hold presidential, legislative and local government elections on the same day.
Zanzibar president says regional vote re-run to go ahead 12.1.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - The president of Zanzibar said on Tuesday that a re-run of the vote for a new leader of the islands, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania, would go ahead despite calls by the opposition to scrap the plan. Zanzibar's leader Ali Mohammed Shein did not announce a date, which will be set by the election commission. Tanzania has been one of Africa's most politically stable nations but Zanzibar has been a hotbed of opposition to central government, with strong secessionist and Islamist ...
Zanzibar opposition warns of violence if disputed vote re-run 11.1.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - The main opposition leader in Tanzania's semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago warned that violence could erupt if the government holds a re-vote in an election that was annulled and called for dialogue to resolve the dispute. Tanzania has been one of Africa's most politically stable nations but Zanzibar has been a hotbed of opposition to central government, with strong secessionist and Islamist voices. Votes on the islands are usually closely fought and often disputed.
Africa in 2015, the optimist's take: bye bye Ebola, hello democracy 28.12.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Nigeria’s election passed peacefully and Burkina Faso’s people made their voices heard. This year has been a triumph, says Simon Allison

  • Pessimist? Read our alternative review tomorrow

There was a moment in September when it looked like Burkina Faso’s popular revolution was in tatters. General Gilbert Diendéré, head of the presidential guard and right-hand-man to exiled president Blaise Compaoré, had thrown the interim government into jail and seized power for himself.

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Tanzanian president sweeps streets on independence day 9.12.2015 World
Tanzanian President John Magufuli surprised onlookers Wednesday when he walked out of State House to collect rubbish off the streets, after cancelling independence day celebrations for a national cleanup. Magufuli, who took power last month after winning October 25 elections, has introduced a swathe of austerity cuts and crackdowns on public corruption. Dozens of fishermen joined in the clean up with their president, who shovelled leaves and plastic rubbish close to a fish market near the presidential palace as a crowd of hundreds looked on, an AFP reporter at the scene ...
An insider's cultural guide to Dar Es Salaam: laid-back bustle and bongo flava 7.12.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

From cassava on Coco Beach to political cartoons and traffic jams, Gloria Kahamba guides us around Tanzania’s largest city

Congested, music, community, hot, peace

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Measuring up: how open data could spur drive to meet the global goals – podcast transcript 11.11.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Reporting from the Africa open data conference in Dar es Salaam, Mark Anderson looks at bold new methods of collecting data

Reports and presenter:

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