October 15th, 2016

asskickings imminent

Nigeria's President Buhari: My wife belongs in kitchen

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to criticism from his wife by saying she belongs in his kitchen.


On a visit to Germany, he said: "I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room."

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A turning point for Nigeria? Analysis by Naziru Mikailu in Abuja

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Photo: September 2016

Aisha Buhari campaigned vigorously for her husband in last year's election in Nigeria, organising town hall meetings with women's groups and youth organisations.

However, she kept a low profile at the start of the administration. She was restricted to her work on the empowerment of women and helping victims of the Boko Haram conflict in the north-east of the country where she is from.

This is one reason why this damning interview has caught the attention of many Nigerians.

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Source (BBC News)


Trump fires up the alt-right

With 26 days left in an election campaign he now has a minuscule chance of winning, Donald Trump is in full black-helicopter mode.

The Republican nominee let loose a fusillade of anger and blame-shifting invective Thursday in his first speech since several women came forward to accuse him of touching them without their consent. His targets: Everybody.

He slammed a political establishment he described as clinging to power and a subservient “corporate media” — blaming both for the spate of stories detailing strikingly similar allegations of unwanted groping from a number of women over several decades.

“The Washington establishment, and the financial and media corporations that fund it, exists for only one reason: to protect and enrich itself,” Trump said. “The establishment has trillions of dollars at stake in this election.”

“The corporate media in this country is no longer involved in journalism. For them, it's a war,” Trump railed in West Palm Beach. “Anyone who challenges their control is deemed a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and morally deformed.”Collapse )

Source: Politico

Mods, could we please have a tag for "alt-right" and/or "white nationalism / white supremacy"? "Race / racism" certainly applies, but it's very broad. These movements are significant enough (in a bad enough way) to call for something more specific, imo.

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies after 70-year reign

Death of world’s longest reigning monarch throws politically turbulent Thailand into uncertainty

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died aged 88, ending seven decades on the throne during which he became a unifying father figure and rare source of stability in a country that has weathered more than a dozen coups since he came to power in 1946 aged just 18.

A statement from the royal household bureau said Bhumibol, who was the world’s longest-reigning monarch, “passed away peacefully” at 3.52pm (8.52am BST) on Thursday at Siriraj hospital in Bangkok.

Thailand’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, dressed in a black suit, appeared on domestic television channels minutes after the announcement to say that the nation would observe a year-long mourning period.

Prayuth confirmed that Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn would ascend the throne, though in a later statement he said there would be a delay in appointing Vajiralongkorn as he had asked for time to mourn with the country.

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