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In Just One Day, Politics In These African Countries Completely Changed. Here’s What Comes Next.

In Just One Day, Politics In These African Countries Completely Changed. Here’s What Comes Next.

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Morgan Tsvangirai Jekesai Njikizana / AFP / Getty Images NAIROBI — In the span of 24 hours, three African countries saw their political landscapes completely upended: Ethiopia was shocked by the resignation of its prime minister, Zimbabwe lost its most well-known opposition leader, and South African MPs selected a new president after his predecessor was forced out of office.BuzzFeed News spoke with human rights officials and political analysts about what these significant changes mean for each country moving forward. Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn Ashraf Shazly / AFP / Getty Images In a hugely surprising move, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced Thursday that he was resigning from the position that he has held for the past...
Open thread for night owls: Net neutrality politics is local, and locals are fighting for it

Open thread for night owls: Net neutrality politics is local, and locals are fighting for it

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Timothy Karr is the senior director of strategy for Free Press. At CommonDreams, he writes—Net Neutrality Politics Is Local: It’s easy for cloistered Washington politicos to assume that Net Neutrality is dead, undone in December by the Trump FCC and its Verizon-friendly chairman, Ajit Pai. But any elected official who follows O’Neill’s advice and walks beyond the Beltway is hearing a very different story. In the eight weeks since the FCC voted to take away Net Neutrality, a groundswell of activism by local advocates and politicians has revived prospects for lasting open-internet safeguards. Elected officials in more than 25 states (see below) have introduced measures to prevent large phone and cable companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from blocking, throttling or otherwise int
Hey America, Here’s What You Need To Know About The Scandal Dominating Aussie Politics Right Now

Hey America, Here’s What You Need To Know About The Scandal Dominating Aussie Politics Right Now

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OK, so remember the Aussie politician who threatened to kill Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo because the celebrity couple didn't declare the Yorkshire Terriers at customs? Amber Heard/Instagram / Via Instagram: @amberheard That was our deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce.In hindsight, the Pistol and Boo biosecurity snafu was just the beginning of his problems, and has been subsequently eclipsed by further drama in his professional and private life.Bear with me. Stefan Postles / Getty Images In August last year Joyce became the fifth Australian politician to be drawn into a citizenship omnishambles that dragged on for months.Joyce, 50, was confirmed as a New Zealand citizen, hours after an...
Disrespectability Politics Season 1, Ep. 10: The Blackest Mirror

Disrespectability Politics Season 1, Ep. 10: The Blackest Mirror

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x Embedded Content Or, click here to listen. Public reception to the past season of Black Mirror has been nothing but receptive. Hosts Wagatwe Wanjuki and Irna Landrum are sure there are a few details you've missed. We also discuss the Superbowl in Minnesota, how little Irna cares about football, and how little the police care about rioters as long as they are acting in the name of sports. Note: This episode was recorded on February 11, 2018. Things may have changed by the time you listen—but our core points still stand! Support the podcast: Subscribe on Itunes! Follow @disrespectcast on Twitter! Like our Facebook page!