Political Division – Milwaukee County First http://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 02:10:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-7-1.png Political Division – Milwaukee County First http://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/ 32 32 Potjaman, Paetongtarn and Thaksin: the power triangle behind Pheu Thai https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/potjaman-paetongtarn-and-thaksin-the-power-triangle-behind-pheu-thai/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 02:10:10 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/potjaman-paetongtarn-and-thaksin-the-power-triangle-behind-pheu-thai/ Khunying Potjaman Damapong’s rare appearance at a Pheu Thai party rally on September 10 was seen as symbolic for a woman seen as the party’s de facto leader. Her estranged husband, ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, denied her presence had any special significance, saying Potjaman was simply there to offer their youngest daughter Paetongtarn […]]]>

Khunying Potjaman Damapong’s rare appearance at a Pheu Thai party rally on September 10 was seen as symbolic for a woman seen as the party’s de facto leader.

Her estranged husband, ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, denied her presence had any special significance, saying Potjaman was simply there to offer their youngest daughter Paetongtarn moral support as she addressed the Chiang Mai crowd.

Potjaman is known to be one of the most powerful figures in Pheu Thai despite not holding any executive position in the main opposition party. But she has kept a low profile since Thaksin’s Thai Rak Thai party was disbanded by court order 15 years ago.

Occupying a behind-the-scenes role, she was occasionally spotted meeting with key party figures. Late last year, a senior Pheu Thai official even suggested to Thaksin that Potjaman should become party leader. But he dismissed the idea, saying his ex-wife had “no interest in politics”.

send a signal

For many observers, Potjaman’s rare political appearance in Chiang Mai – the political stronghold of the Shinawatra family – was meant to send a signal that Pheu Thai is launching its campaign for the upcoming general election.

The election is due to be called by March next year, when the four-year term of the House of Representatives expires.

“Potjaman is an influential figure that Pheu Thai politicians can rely on. His appearance is a guarantee that Pheu Thai is now ready both in terms of popularity and money. [to contest the next election]said Wanwichit Boonprong, a political science lecturer at Rangsit University.

“She wants to marshal all the resources and support of the party for her daughter,” the analyst added.

Additionally, the countdown to the election means incumbent MPs must now decide which political party they will run for. Several Pheu Thai deputies have already switched to other parties.

So Potjaman’s attendance at the party was also meant to stop any further defections, Wanwichit said.

“Potjaman is smart”

Veteran politician Nipit Intarasombat said Potjaman’s rare public appearance could fuel the already fiery confrontation in Thailand’s bitter political divide.

“Potjaman is smart. She can see that the [Shinawatra] the family is now legally safe. For now, the only choice is to get Thaksin back,” said Nipit, who is the deputy leader of Thailand’s new Sarng Anakot party.

Nipit noted that Potjaman has stayed away from public view since Thaksin fled the country to live abroad in 2008.

In October 2008, just months after he left the country, the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders sentenced Thaksin to two years in prison for abuse of power. Three other court cases have since added a total of 10 years to Thaksin’s sentence.

The girl

Paetongtarn made her political debut last October at a Pheu Thai rally in Khon Kaen, following her introduction as the party’s senior adviser on participation and innovation.

Since then, she has been regularly promoted as the figure who will lead the Pheu Thai election campaign, although the party’s official leader is opposition leader Cholnan Srikaew.

Pheu Thai appears to believe in Paetongtarn’s ability to attract young voters while appealing to supporters of his father, Thaksin.

In March, the 36-year-old was named “head of the Pheu Thai family”, a new party post apparently created especially for her. The party is aiming for a landslide victory in the elections, which are expected early next year.

New leader of ‘Pheu Thai Family’ wants more experience before becoming PM

The best choice available?

However, Pheu Thai has yet to officially announce Thaksin’s youngest daughter as a candidate for prime minister. Analysts said the party first wanted to test the waters and gauge public sentiment.

But for political pundits, Paetongtarn seems to be the best option available for Pheu Thai.

Recent polls confirm this perception: when asked who they preferred as the next prime minister, the largest group of respondents (25-34%) favored it over the suspended prime minister, General Prayut Chan-o. -cha, and prominent party leaders including Pita Limjaroenrat of Move Forward, Thailand. Sudarat Keyuraphan of Sang Thai and Jurin Laksanawisit of the Democrats.

However, analysts believe Pheu Thai will face a dilemma if they nominate Paetongtarn as their candidate for prime minister.

Wanwichit said that if nominated as a candidate for prime minister, Paetongtarn will certainly come under attack as the latest member of the Shinawatra dynasty.

“People will question someone from the Shinawatra family becoming Prime Minister again. After the father [Thaksin]step-uncle [Somchai Wongsawat]and aunt [Yingluck Shinawatra]now it’s the girl’s turn,” Wanwichit said.

Double edged sword

Paetongtarn will also be criticized for her wish to “bring her father home”.

Thaksin, who was overthrown in the 2006 military coup, has been convicted in absentia in several corruption cases stemming from his government‘s policies. He claims that the charges against him were politically motivated.

Thaksin also told supporters recently that he may return to Thailand soon – although, like Paetongtarn, he did not specify how. His remarks sparked speculation that he had reached a deal with the powers that be in Bangkok.

In 2013, a general political amnesty bill during Yingluck’s tenure was expected to pave the way for Thaksin’s return, but instead led to massive street protests and the May 2014 military coup.

Paetongtarn needs to clarify his stance on his father, Wanwichit said. “Just announcing that she will be bringing her father home could backfire. Conservatives could come together to oppose her,” he explained.

Risking a new crisis?

Any move by Pheu Thai to repatriate Thaksin would risk triggering a new political crisis, political analyst Sukhum Nuansakul warned.

Sukhum, a former rector of Ramkhamhaeng University, said that although Paetongtarn appears to be more popular than government leaders, his vague wish to “bring Thaksin home” could see Pheu Thai lose votes.

“The [election] outcome may go against the party because people don’t want to see another political crisis,” the analyst said.

“The Pheu Thai must clarify how Thaksin will return home [without having to serve his prison terms]. The last time they tried with the amnesty bill, there was a big societal problem,” he said.

“Thaksin’s Last Bet”

Meanwhile, Wanwichit said that at 36, Paetongtarn is considered too young to lead the country, especially as the current bureaucracy has been under the power of General Prayut and his cohorts for eight years since the coup. ‘State. She would certainly face resistance and scrutiny, he added.

“The next election will be Thaksin’s last big bet. He obviously wants his party to win overwhelmingly, but it will be too difficult to achieve,” predicted the analyst.

By Thai PBS World’s Political Desk

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Nur Jazlan says some Umno leaders are considering forming a “Trans-Borneo” political pact after GE15 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/nur-jazlan-says-some-umno-leaders-are-considering-forming-a-trans-borneo-political-pact-after-ge15/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 04:35:33 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/nur-jazlan-says-some-umno-leaders-are-considering-forming-a-trans-borneo-political-pact-after-ge15/ Umno’s Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pictured) claimed the proposed pact involved a breakaway faction of Umno that was considering a takeover with like-minded BN MPs and their PN and GPS counterparts being their main link to Borneo. — photo by Bernama By Ben Tan Friday September 16, 2022 12:23 MYT JOHOR BARU, September 16 – […]]]>

Umno’s Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pictured) claimed the proposed pact involved a breakaway faction of Umno that was considering a takeover with like-minded BN MPs and their PN and GPS counterparts being their main link to Borneo. — photo by Bernama

By Ben Tan

Friday September 16, 2022 12:23 MYT

JOHOR BARU, September 16 – Outspoken Johor Umno leader Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed today claimed that several dissident Umno leaders were involved in a covert effort to form a ‘Trans-Borneo’ political pact to take control of the country after the 15th general election (GE15).

The deputy leader of Johor Umno claimed that the proposed pact involved a breakaway faction of Umno which was considering a takeover with like-minded Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs and their counterparts from Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Gabungan Party Sarawak (GPS), being their main Borneo liaison.

“In conjunction with Malaysia Day, I want to share the latest news that there are a couple of cursed Umno leaders making a secret move with PAS to join PN, BN and GPS after GE15.

“They are turning their backs on the party where the planned joint venture move in Borneo (with GPS as a partner) was done in secret for the purpose of gaining power and personal interests,” Nur Jazlan said in his latest post on his Official facebook. page this morning.

His revelation today further fuels the possibility of GPS joining forces with a BN-PN political pact after the upcoming legislative elections in hopes of forming the next federal government.

Nur Jazlan did not name the Umno leaders involved in the plot, but they are believed to be against Datuk Seri party chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He explained that the particular Umno group is trying to weaken the Malay Nationalist Party from within in hopes that it can influence the party leadership, as well as that of the BN, to accept the PN as a political ally. .

“They are also ready to accept ex-Umno political frogs, who are now with the Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Party, in an attempt to orchestrate a reverse takeover of BN,” he said. declared.

He claimed that the same group was actively trying to woo GPS into agreeing to its so-called “Trans PN-BN-Borneo” project to establish a ruling coalition government after GE15.

However, Nur Jazlan said the GPS disagreed and rejected the plan proposed by dissident Umno leaders and their PN partners.

He said it was because the GPS, in hindsight, knows that such “backdoor” cooperation will not achieve a stable government.

“At the same time, GPS is also aware that if Umno divides internally, BN will cease to exist, with MCA and MIC in danger of collapsing,” the former parliamentarian and deputy minister said.

Nur Jazlan Sarawakians do not need the “Trans PN-BN-Borneo” political pact to improve their lives.

Nur Jazlan, who is also the head of the Pulai Umno division, stressed that the breakaway faction is ready to betray its own party’s struggle to retain its position and privileges in Putrajaya.

He noted that the faction, along with its counterparts Bersatu and PAS, have come to realize that their positions are quite fragile.

“That is why these Umno leaders are doing their best to cooperate with the PN and BN in a political marriage to their advantage.

“They know that a majority of Umno and grassroots leaders are opposed to any political cooperation with Bersatu and PAS, which are the main parties of the PN,” Nur Jazlan said.

The GPS is an alliance of political parties based in Sarawak, mainly made up of former BN parties after the national elections in May 2018. It is currently the fourth largest bloc in Dewan Rakyat and forms the government of the state of Sarawak .

At present, 19 of Sarawak’s 31 parliamentary seats are monitored by GPS.

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Threats and intimidation against human rights defender and journalist Selvakumar Nilanthan https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/threats-and-intimidation-against-human-rights-defender-and-journalist-selvakumar-nilanthan/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 13:49:00 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/threats-and-intimidation-against-human-rights-defender-and-journalist-selvakumar-nilanthan/ On September 2, 2022, human rights defender and journalist Selvakumar Nilanthan was ordered to report to the Counter Terrorism Investigation Division (CTID) headquarters in Kirulapone, Colombo on September 14, 2022 to question him about his alleged support for the former Tamil armed group. separatist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Selvakumar Nilanthan is […]]]>

On September 2, 2022, human rights defender and journalist Selvakumar Nilanthan was ordered to report to the Counter Terrorism Investigation Division (CTID) headquarters in Kirulapone, Colombo on September 14, 2022 to question him about his alleged support for the former Tamil armed group. separatist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Selvakumar Nilanthan is a human rights defender and freelance regional journalist based in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. He is secretary of the Batti Press Club and was a member of the Batticaloa District Youth Club. He has actively spoken out against social, political and environmental injustices in the Eastern Province. He defended human rights and wrote several press articles for Tamil newspapers. Because of his legitimate human rights activism and journalism, he was targeted by Batticaloa police, summoned for questioning, and received several court orders restricting his right to protest.

In May 2022, Selvakumar Nilanthan was targeted online. Photos of his family members, including his children, were posted on Facebook in an effort to tarnish his image and credibility as a journalist. In response, he wrote to the Batticaloa Deputy Superintendent of Police asking him to take appropriate action against online violence and attacks.

On February 9, 2022, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers interrogated Selvakumar Nilanthan for two hours at a police station in Eravur, Batticaloa district. He was questioned about his personal and professional background and his ties to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, as well as to diaspora media outlets. He was also questioned about his work with the Batticaloa District Tamil Journalists Association. On July 12, 2021, Selvakumar Nilanthan was interrogated on the same issues by the Batticaloa Police Terrorism Investigation Division, which also demanded his Facebook, WhatsApp, email and bank account login details.

In January 2020, leaflets with death threats to seven Tamil journalists from Batticaloa district, including Selvakumar Nilanthan, were placed at the Batticaloa Press Club headquarters. Journalists suspect that these threatening leaflets were left under the door. The translation of the text printed on the leaflets reads: “Warning! To be aware!! It was the Reporters who received money from the Tigers abroad and who worked against the government. Give them the death penalty soon! “. The photo on the leaflets is from an event Batticaloa journalists organized on January 9, 2020 to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the murder of Colombo-based journalist and editor Lasantha Wickramathunga.

Sri Lanka has a history of targeting and attacking peaceful human rights defenders and journalists for their human rights work and advocacy. People working in war-affected areas in the northern and eastern provinces of the country and belonging to religious and/or ethnic minorities are particularly vulnerable to threats, intimidation and legal reprisals. Front Line Defenders has repeatedly called for an end to reprisals and for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists in Sri Lanka.

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Are the kids okay? Teenagers are optimistic about the future https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/are-the-kids-okay-teenagers-are-optimistic-about-the-future/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 22:08:36 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/are-the-kids-okay-teenagers-are-optimistic-about-the-future/ It seems that almost every poll, study, and anecdote shows that the overall mental health of teenagers is in poor shape. But here’s some good news: a new adolescent survey from ACT found that despite all the challenges thrown up by the pandemic over the past few years, teens are overwhelmingly optimistic about their future. […]]]>

It seems that almost every poll, study, and anecdote shows that the overall mental health of teenagers is in poor shape. But here’s some good news: a new adolescent survey from ACT found that despite all the challenges thrown up by the pandemic over the past few years, teens are overwhelmingly optimistic about their future.

More than 80% of students said they are very optimistic about their life going well, according to the results of a survey released by ACT, the non-profit organization that organizes the ACT university entrance exam. . High school students see well-paying jobs, home ownership, and good health in their future.

“The study shows that members of Generation Z are, on average, optimistic about their own future, confident that they will have financial stability, happy families and positive social connections,” said Janet Godwin, CEO of ‘ACT, in a statement to the press. “Today’s high school students expect to achieve the kinds of results that define a successful life.”

Fifty-five percent of students said they were as optimistic about positive future outcomes in life and work now as they were before the pandemic, while 17 percent said they would have provided a more negative estimate of their future success before the pandemic than they do now.

Black students were arguably the most optimistic of all racial and ethnic groups. The survey asked students to estimate their likelihood of achieving 17 different positive outcomes in their lives. Out of nine of them – a well-paying career, a career you love, a stable job, living where you want, hobbies you enjoy, financial resources to retire comfortably, a better life than their parents, a better life for their own children than them, and a life that is going well overall – black students were more likely to feel they would achieve these outcomes than students of other races and ethnicities , and these differences were statistically significant.

White students were the least likely to believe that they would do better than their parents and that their own children would do better than them. The same was true for students from high-income families, a finding that is consistent with other research, according to the ACT report.

White and Asian students were much more likely to indicate that they were confident they had the financial means to complete college than were Black or Hispanic students.

Among students from low-income families, black students were more optimistic about their future than their peers from other racial and ethnic groups. Overall, the more money students’ families earned, the more likely they were to be optimistic about their future, and the less variation there was between racial and ethnic groups.

While teenage optimism is high, that doesn’t mean the pandemic and all the stressors it has brought haven’t diminished many students’ future prospects. About a third of teens said they thought they would have been even more optimistic about their future outcomes had the pandemic not happened. These students tended to be less optimistic when it came to ranking their chances of achieving positive future outcomes compared to their peers who said the pandemic had not affected their outlook.

Other polls show there are specific issues teens are less optimistic aboutsuch as political division, racial discrimination and climate change.

Moreover, even before the pandemic, mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression, were on the rise among children and adolescents and many schools were struggling to meet this demand. Suicide rates among children aged 10 and older had also increased dramatically since 2007, making suicide the second leading cause of death among adolescents before the pandemic. And the pandemic hasn’t helped curb growing concerns about young people’s mental health.

Yet despite these challenges, “we found that the pandemic had little effect on the optimism of most students. It did not affect most students’ outlook on important events, such as having a fulfilling career and being able to save, invest, and retire, and it was consistent across racial groups and ethnicities and family income class,” said Jeff Schiel, ACT Principal Investigator. , who conducted the study, in a statement.

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“Father lost to the politics of hate, I will not lose my country”: Rahul Gandhi https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/father-lost-to-the-politics-of-hate-i-will-not-lose-my-country-rahul-gandhi/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 04:37:32 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/father-lost-to-the-politics-of-hate-i-will-not-lose-my-country-rahul-gandhi/ Sriperumbudur is where Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bombing. New Delhi: Ahead of the launch of Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, party leader Rahul Gandhi today shared a moving note, saying he had lost his father to ‘hate politics’ and was not not ready to “lose his beloved country”. Mr Gandhi this morning visited […]]]>

Sriperumbudur is where Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bombing.

New Delhi:

Ahead of the launch of Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, party leader Rahul Gandhi today shared a moving note, saying he had lost his father to ‘hate politics’ and was not not ready to “lose his beloved country”.

Mr Gandhi this morning visited the memorial of his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu ahead of the launch of the Kanyakumari mega yatra.

Sriperumbudur is where Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bombing by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam terrorist on May 21, 1991.

“I lost my father to the politics of hate and division. Nor will I lose my beloved country. Love will overcome hate. Hope will overcome fear. Together we will overcome “, tweeted Mr. Gandhi with a photo of him. paying homage to his father.

After visiting his father’s memorial, Mr Gandhi left for Kanyakumari to attend an event at the Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam where Chief Minister MK Stalin will present him with the national flag for the launch of the yatra.

Congress declared it to be the “longest political march” ever held in the country. The yatra will be launched in a ceremony at 5pm today and the 3,500km walk from Kanyakumari to Kashmir will start tomorrow morning.

Rahul Gandhi will be accompanied by 118 “Bharat Yatris” on the march.

The Congress march is a desperate attempt to rally support ahead of the 2024 general election. The march comes at a time when the party is reeling from the exit of veteran leaders, the most recent and prominent being Ghulam Nabi Azad .

Congress said the purpose of this yatra was to unite the country and connect with the common man on various issues such as unemployment, rising prices and inflation.

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Americans are increasingly concerned about political violence – CBS News poll https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/americans-are-increasingly-concerned-about-political-violence-cbs-news-poll/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 11:00:15 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/americans-are-increasingly-concerned-about-political-violence-cbs-news-poll/ Amid so much concern that democracy is under threat, Americans also see a growing potential for political violence: nearly two-thirds believe the coming years will bring an increase. And the percentage of people who share this opinion has itself increased even more compared to 2021. The prospect of violence is linked in part to a […]]]>

Amid so much concern that democracy is under threat, Americans also see a growing potential for political violence: nearly two-thirds believe the coming years will bring an increase. And the percentage of people who share this opinion has itself increased even more compared to 2021.

The prospect of violence is linked in part to a perception of growing divisions: as many as 80% of Americans believe the United States is more divided today than it was during their parents’ generation. (And here, older Americans are even more likely to say that, and their parents’ generation would have lived through the upheaval of the ’60s.) Just as many say the tone and civility have deteriorated.

Then, when looking to the future, a majority believe that in a generation the United States will be less democratic than it is today.

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The examination of so-called division and polarization can be done in many ways, of course. The first is to postulate that democracy is partly a question of rights: who has them and to what extent. And in asking questions about the status of rights in America today, we reveal a stark illustration of the fundamental differences between supporters.

For a large majority of Democrats right now, not enough people in America are getting the rights they deserve. Most Republicans disagree. For a majority of Republicans, right now too many people are asking for rights they don’t deserve.

Either way, neither group of supporters thinks the balance is right today.

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Another way to measure is to look at how supporters see themselves today, whether as political opponents – and therefore as people who could conceivably resolve differences through a system – or as than enemies, posing an existential threat that cannot.

About half of supporters see the other side as enemies: 47% of Democrats see Republicans that way, 49% of Republicans see Democrats as such. Of course, not all of them are supporters. Within each self-identified group, ideology and activism play a role. Liberal Democrats are more likely to label Republicans this way than moderate Democrats. Conservative Republicans are more likely than moderates to call Democrats enemies, as are Republicans who say they see themselves as specifically part of the “MAGA movement.”

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So what’s the next step? There isn’t much optimism right now, with only a third saying they are optimistic Americans can come together and work out their differences – however, young people here are far more optimistic than their elders.

Would a greater diversity of groups represented in elected offices improve politics? Although no group or response achieved a majority overall, the most important response was to have more young people elected, followed closely by more women in power; women, in particular, thought it would help.

And we see that Americans largely denounce the idea of ​​violence: 86% say that violence is always unacceptable, and there is no difference between parties or ideologies on this point.

Most people still want unity, in this sense: there is not much support for the (perhaps unrealistic) idea of ​​dividing the country into two nations of “red” states and “blues”.

Opposition comes from a majority of Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, although relatively more Democrats are strongly opposed to the idea of ​​splitting.

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This CBS News/YouGov survey was conducted among a nationally representative sample of 2,085 U.S. adult residents interviewed between August 29 and August 31, 2022. The sample was weighted by gender, age, race, and education based on the US Census American Community Survey and Current Population Survey, as well as the 2020 presidential election. The margin of error is ±2.6 points.

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where does the responsibility end? – Welcome to Sierra Leone Telegraph https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/where-does-the-responsibility-end-welcome-to-sierra-leone-telegraph/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 11:55:24 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/where-does-the-responsibility-end-welcome-to-sierra-leone-telegraph/ Andrew Keili: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 03 September 2022: Sierra Leone’s politicians were divided even at independence. Independence festivities were overshadowed by a state of emergency declared ten days earlier following a campaign of sabotage by the opposition All People’s Congress Party (APC). The APC had insisted that independence be postponed until free elections were held. […]]]>

Andrew Keili: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 03 September 2022:

Sierra Leone’s politicians were divided even at independence. Independence festivities were overshadowed by a state of emergency declared ten days earlier following a campaign of sabotage by the opposition All People’s Congress Party (APC).

The APC had insisted that independence be postponed until free elections were held. Its leader, Siaka Stevens, was arrested about a week before independence along with his right-hand man, Wallace Johnston, and 16 other party members. They had planned a general strike to coincide with independence celebrations, and it was feared that riots would break out if the strike continued. It would appear that we entered independence with many issues simmering beneath the surface, some of which are with us to this day.

If there is one thing almost everyone agrees on, it is that Sierra Leone is a divided country and the division is even more acute now. I do not intend to analyze the reasons for the division; I’ll just state the facts. Let’s take a look at some of the things that divide us. We are:

Divided by political colors

Red and green, the colors of the APC and the SLPP divide us respectively. The ardent loyalists of these political parties could not be seen dead under the color of “the enemy”. This has been extended to other areas of our national life as there have been fights for these colors in school sporting functions, ensuring that the color division is etched in the minds of our young people.

Divided over how we are counted – the census division

There is no doubt that the SLPP prefers the use of the 2021 mid-term census results to delineate boundaries and constituencies. The APC prefers the results of the 2015 census. The census taken during each party’s governing tenure tends to give it an advantage in numbers of people in party strongholds and accusations of “census rigging” have now become Standard. We don’t seem to agree on how we should be counted and what our numbers are.

Divided by ethnicity and region

The country’s ethno-regional divide is evident in the election results. The APC is primarily a northwestern party and the SLPP a southeastern party, with each region made up of large dominant tribes. There are accusations that the “majorization” of our system of governance means it translates into quality jobs and greater resources for areas with predominant support for the ruling party.

Divided on the type of electoral system to adopt

Proponents of the current constituency electoral system and the proportional representation system have been very vocal in defending their preferred electoral system. To date, we are not sure of the electoral system that we will adopt in the next general elections.

Divided over reasons for recent riots

The government and its supporters claim that underlying the recent deadly protests was an insurgency intended to destabilize the state and result in a forcible seizure of power and that this was instigated by the opposition APC. The opposition APC says it has nothing to do with it and that several issues related to the general discontent of the population have led to this situation.

Divided over suitability of inquiry committee members for recent riots

The government claims that the commission of inquiry set up is an impartial commission, representing the main groups of stakeholders. The opposition thinks not and say that many members have already expressed their views on those responsible for the riots, who should not have been on the committee.

Divided over government achievements

Each of the APC and SLPP parties claims to have done better than the other, particularly in the area of ​​infrastructure. Each claims that he finished what his predecessor messed up. Meanwhile, no one mentions the role played by donors.

Divided over which party is the most corrupt

Each of the two main parties claims the other is more corrupt and they just clean up the egregious mess caused by its predecessor, usually setting up a commission of inquiry to prove it.

Divided over who has a better human rights record

Each side undermines the other’s human rights record. The independent ratings aren’t flattering though, and it’s more like six of one and half a dozen of the other.

Divided over the cause of the difficulties

The SLPP says the current difficulties are a global phenomenon. APC says yes to some extent, but it’s also significantly self-inflicted due to outrageous government spending.

Divided on the perception of the international community on the issues

Each of the two main parties says the international community supports their position on various issues. The SLPP claims in particular that this support is due to its commendable performance in governance. The APC says this is happening despite the government’s poor performance only because they want to prevent Sierra Leone from being a failed state.

Divided on our perception of the independence of justice

Each of the main parties, when in opposition, claims that the judiciary is not independent, pronounces fallacious judgments and meddles in its affairs. Each party when in governance disagrees.

Divided between central government and local government

Every major party claims when in opposition that key councils of local governments in opposition strongholds are hobbled, but when in governance they claim these councils have a propensity to sabotage government in place.

Divided into various factions within parties

The division within the parties is accentuated when a party is in opposition, the question of the standard bearer often dominating the fight. The division often results in lawsuits, with accusations of interference by the ruling party in opposition affairs.

It’s a handful and perhaps wanting a uniformity of views may be utopian. Above all, we must bear in mind the divisions that lead to indignation and sparks of violence, threatening peace and security in the country.

There are certainly some areas in which we find unity. The areas of religion and sports of our national team, especially football, come to mind.

But who should fix this mess? Chapter 11 of the 1991 Constitution on the “Fundamental Principles of State Policy” sheds some light on this subject. While sovereignty belongs to the people of Sierra Leone from whom the government, through the Constitution, derives all its powers, authority and legitimacy, the security, peace and welfare of the people of Sierra Leone is the main objective and the responsibility of the government. A policy objective is for the state to “promote national integration and unity and discourage discrimination based on place of origin, circumstances of birth, sex, religion, status, association or ties ethnic or linguistic. In addition, there are social, educational and other objectives.

The principles contained therein are fundamental in the governance of the State, and it is the duty of Parliament to apply these principles in the making of laws. The President who is the head of state acts as a symbol of national identity and helps promote unity and pride and also acts as the symbol of the nation to the international community. He is also the head of government, overseeing the functioning of the civil service and government agencies, and appoints members of government.

Thus, Parliament and the President have a human role to play. In our current situation, the responsibility rests with the president who should use all the levers at his disposal to stem the huge divide, whoever the culprit. He has all the levers at his disposal – both the ‘carrot levers’ and the ‘stick levers’ and they are expected to use them with circumspection. “The head that wears a crown is uneasy” is an apt description of his predicament as he grapples with advice from all walks of life – some genuine and cautious and some not, on the levers at use to remedy the acute fracture in the country.

The sign “The Buck Stops Here” was on President Truman’s desk in his White House office. On more than one occasion, he referred to the lectern sign in public statements. In his farewell address to the American people in January 1953, President Truman referred very specifically to this concept when he stated that “whoever the president is must decide. He can’t return the ball to anyone. No one else can decide for them. It’s his job.

History will not be kind to a president under whose watch the nation disintegrates, no matter who the culprit. The buck stops with the president!

Consider my thoughts.

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Dustin Baker’s 2022 NFL Ranking Predictions https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/dustin-bakers-2022-nfl-ranking-predictions/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 13:31:26 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/dustin-bakers-2022-nfl-ranking-predictions/ December 9, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports. Dustin Baker’s 2022 NFL Ranking Predictions According to Vegas Sportsbook, the likeliest game for Super Bowl LVII is the Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – which almost guarantees that this particular combination will be not occur. […]]]>

December 9, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

Dustin Baker’s 2022 NFL Ranking Predictions

According to Vegas Sportsbook, the likeliest game for Super Bowl LVII is the Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – which almost guarantees that this particular combination will be not occur.

Thinking outside the box, taking into account dark horses, roster strength, team age and parity in the NFL, these are the NFL predictions for 2022.

** = Participant in the Wildcard qualifiers


AFC East

September 23, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

Buffalo Tickets: 13-4
Miami Dolphins: 9-8
New England Patriots: 8-9
New York Jets: 6-11

A team reaches the AFC East January tournament. Unsurprisingly, it’s everyone’s favorite pick for the Super Bowl.

AFC North

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July 29, 2022; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports.

Baltimore Ravens: 11-6
** Cincinnati Bengals: 10-7
Pittsburgh Steelers: 9-8
Cleveland Browns: 7-10

After a “bad” season downplayed by the world for Lamar Jackson, the Ravens bounce back to win the division, while the Bengals do enough to clinch a playoff berth.

AFC South

August 20, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports.

Indianapolis Colts: 11-6
Tennessee Titans: 8-9
Jacksonville Jaguars: 6-11
Houston Texans: 3-14

The world learns that Matt Ryan is still a productive and reliable passer – unlike his predecessor, Carson Wentz – and the Colts win the division. The rest of the teams are borderline comical.

AFC West

October 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports.

Kansas City Chiefs: 12-5
** Denver Broncos: 11-6
**Los Angeles Chargers: 10-7
Las Vegas Raiders: 8-9

Murderer’s Row – this is AFC West in 2022 and into the foreseeable future. The Chiefs’ strategy of acknowledging defensive shortcomings is paying off when it comes to Tyreek Hill’s trade. Yet this division is deadly.

NFC East

August 26, 2022; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports.

Dallas Cowboys: 10-7
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*Philadelphia Eagles: 10-7
Washington Commanders: 7-10
New York Giants: 6-11

Because the Cowboys have brought in defensive playmakers Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs, they’re balanced. This will keep them at the top of the NFC East. The Eagles have been nibbling at Dallas’ heels all season.

NFC North

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November 1, 2020; Green Bay, Wis., USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers/Appleton Post-Crescent via USA TODAY NETWORK.

Green Bay Packers: 11-6
**Minnesota Vikings: 11-6
Detroit Lions: 6-11
Chicago Bears: 4-13

The Packers are coming down to earth after 13 winning seasons, and the Vikings’ experience with first-year head coach Kevin O’Connell is relatively successful. The Lions and Bears pose no serious threat to either team.

NFC South

January 16, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) is congratulated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 12-5
New Orleans Saints: 8-9
Carolina Panthers: 7-10
Atlanta Falcons: 2-15

The Buccaneers should blow off steam in this division, win it easily and head to the playoffs. The Saints might be sneaky, but they no longer have Sean Payton to lean on for consistency.

NFC West

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September 19, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports.

Arizona Cardinals: 11-6
**Los Angeles Rams: 10-7
** San Francisco 49ers: 10-7
Seattle Seahawks: 5-12

AFC playoff seeds

  1. Invoices
  2. Chiefs
  3. Foals
  4. crows
  5. Broncos
  6. Chargers
  7. bengals

NFC Playoff Seeds

  1. Buccaneers
  2. Cardinals
  3. Packers
  4. Cowboys
  5. vikings
  6. 49ers
  7. Eagles

AFC playoffs

Chiefs on the Bengals
Chargers on Colts
Broncos on Ravens

Bill Chargers
Heads on Broncos

Heads on chargers

NFC Playoffs

Cardinals on Eagles
49ers on Packers
Vikings versus Cowboys

Buccaneers over 49
Cardinals vs. Vikings

Cardinals versus Buccaneers

Super Bowl LVII

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Arizona Cardinals

Super Bowl Champion

Kansas City Chiefs


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).


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]]> Sacked Members Did Not Defect Properly – Omole, Assembly Spokesperson https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/sacked-members-did-not-defect-properly-omole-assembly-spokesperson/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 00:36:47 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/sacked-members-did-not-defect-properly-omole-assembly-spokesperson/ A Member of All Progressives Congress in the Ondo State Assembly and Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Guidance, Mr. Gbenga Omole, recounts PIERRE DADA on recent developments in the Assembly where the seats of two lawmakers were declared vacant following alleged anti-party activity Why have the seats of two lawmakers been declared […]]]>

A Member of All Progressives Congress in the Ondo State Assembly and Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Guidance, Mr. Gbenga Omole, recounts PIERRE DADA on recent developments in the Assembly where the seats of two lawmakers were declared vacant following alleged anti-party activity

Why have the seats of two lawmakers been declared vacant by the House leadership?

The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria clearly states how a legislator can leave his party for another party. Article 109, paragraph (g) of the constitution is clear on this and both legislators (Mr. Success Torhukerhijo and Ms. Favor Tomomewo) clearly violated it.

Could you explain how they violated it?

Currently, one of them is a candidate of a party (for the next general elections in 2023) and you cannot be a member of two political parties at the same time, it is not possible. Section 109, subsection (g) of the Nigerian Constitution, to which I have referred, provides that a member of a House of Assembly shall vacate his seat in the House if, being a person whose election to the House of Assembly has been sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that Assembly was elected”. The Supreme Court also spoke on this when it said that for you to be unscathed there must be a division in your party, and currently there is no division within the APC in Ondo State. Favor was a member of three political parties because she was in the APC at the time. She contested the House of Assembly primary under PDP (People’s Democratic Party) but she lost. Today, she is the ADC (African Democratic Congress) candidate in the same constituency.

Could you share with us the process that led to their dismissal?

Their dismissal was not an initiative of the House. A letter was written by their neighborhoods and local governments. Clearly, they violated the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and based on the power vested in the Speaker, the House declared their seats vacant. You cannot blow hot and cold at the same time. You cannot be a member of two political parties at the same time and you cannot have your cake and eat it. The other member (Success Torhukerhijo) contested the primary in the federal constituency of Ilaje Ese-Odo under the PDP. The same applied to him. A letter has been written from his district to the House of Assembly and we must do what is necessary because it is clear what should happen when a legislator leaves his political party when there was no division. Today, we don’t have two presidents in the party and there is no crisis that could justify a legislator who took advantage of the party and won elections under the party now leaving the party. It is unconstitutional. If you want to leave the APC for another political party, you can but you cannot hide under the APC and be a candidate for another party in the same election year and you want to remain a member of the party in the Chamber. It’s not done. The constitution is clear on this and there is a Supreme Court ruling on this as well.

But one of them claimed that his name was still on the list of APC members in the Assembly and his salary was still deducted?

The deduction for which month? They try to be smart. We are in August and their seat was declared vacant in August, so they would receive a salary until July. You and I know that August’s salary hasn’t been paid, so how do they justify having their salary deducted? It is obviously a fabric of lies.

Some time ago there were reports that the two members were expelled by the party, why did the House not act then?

This thing is a process. If you are expelled by a party at the local level and the state level does not know about it, we will not act on it. No one wrote us a letter before the one we received and acted upon. They may have been kicked out at the unit or neighborhood level, but we weren’t aware of that. This time, a letter came from their neighborhood, local government and state level.

What is the House’s reaction to the allegation that the Assembly’s actions were a witch hunt due to their support for a former Deputy Governor of the State?

Someone who is in PDP talking about what happened last year, does it add up? You were in APC and went to the contest under PDP and now you say it’s a witch hunt, does that add up?

Is there a way to move forward on this issue?

They are adults and they have already made their decisions. They are legislators and therefore, in the first place, they are supposed to be honorable. What is the procedure when you are already a member of another party? Can one be a member of two political parties at the same time? Did they deny participating in another political party? In fact, the parties they went to had first alluded to our party (APC). So we have already made the decision.

What is the relationship between the other members of the Assembly?

Ondo State House of Assembly consists of members from different political parties and we get along very well. We are doing our job and there is no problem at the moment, but when you do anything unconstitutional you should expect the consequences.

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Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Jared Moskowitz appear to win Dem primaries https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/sheila-cherfilus-mccormick-and-jared-moskowitz-appear-to-win-dem-primaries/ Wed, 24 Aug 2022 00:56:15 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/sheila-cherfilus-mccormick-and-jared-moskowitz-appear-to-win-dem-primaries/ An incumbent and rising newcomer, both Democrats, unofficially won the chance to keep two Palm Beach County congressional seats blue. And a Republican who aspires to return a longtime Democratic GOP seat in hopes of joining a potential majority in the U.S. House has been declared the winner of his race. Last year, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick […]]]>

An incumbent and rising newcomer, both Democrats, unofficially won the chance to keep two Palm Beach County congressional seats blue. And a Republican who aspires to return a longtime Democratic GOP seat in hopes of joining a potential majority in the U.S. House has been declared the winner of his race.

Last year, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick beat a crowded Democratic field by five wafer-thin votes en route to completing Alcee Hastings’ term in the 20th House District. On Tuesday night, Cherfilus-McCormick was declared the Democratic winner over opponents Dale Holness and Anika Omphroy in his bid for a full term in office.

In House District 23, Jared Moskowitz was declared the winner of the Democratic contest to replace incumbent Congressman Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Boca Raton. He will likely face Republican Joe Budd in the general election in November.

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