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KENYAN PODCAST - THE THING ABOUT MEXICAN SOAP OPERAS AND KENYAN POLITICS IS...

Kenyan podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 27:02


We discuss about the volatility of Kenyan politics circled with drama enough to make a soap opera sequel to last decades and why Kenyans are hooked onto the madness. #KenyanPodcast

Kenyan podcast
THE KENYAN PODCAST - ATWOLI SUPPORTS THE CONTROVERSIAL PUSH BY KENYAN MPs FOR SALARY INCREASE

Kenyan podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 26:46


We discuss the row between the SRC and the MPS as always it might seem greed prevails to the de-service of Kenyans, do you agree with the salary increment push? #kenyanpodcast

Africa Today
22 Kenyans rescued from trafficking in Laos

Africa Today

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 28:21


Kenya is warning its citizens against applying for jobs advertised online for positions in South East Asian countries. It comes after they rescued a group of people in Laos, who say they were duped by human traffickers. Victims of a massacre that happened in Guinea 13 years ago will finally get their day in court as the trial is set to begin. We meet UK former bantam weight boxing champion, Francis Ampofo born in Ghana and now selling hens on his farm. Plus, why are crocodiles dying in South Africa's Loskop Nature Reserve, in Mpumalanga province? And on our Resident presidents- Olushambles is in a dancing mood.

Invité Afrique
Élections en RDC en décembre 2023: «J'y crois», affirme le président Félix Tshisekedi

Invité Afrique

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 19:11


« Attention aux manipulations de la part de certains opposants. Je n'ai pas de raison de douter que les élections auront lieu, comme prévu, en décembre 2023  », affirme le président congolais Félix Tshisekedi ce vendredi soir dans une interview exclusive accordée à New York à RFI et France 24. Le chef de l'État congolais s'exprime aussi sur sa rencontre surprise de jeudi à New York avec son homologue rwandais Paul Kagamé et sur le retrait à venir des rebelles du M23 de la ville de Bunagana. Quand l'état de siège sera-t-il levé dans l'Est ? Pourquoi le général Philémon Yav vient-il d'être arrêté ? À quand la libération du député Jean-Marc Kabund ? Félix Tshisekedi répond aux questions de Christophe Boisbouvier de RFI et de Marc Perelman de France 24. Marc Perelman : Monsieur le président, ici à New York devant l'Assemblée générale des Nations unies, vous avez prononcé un discours dans lequel vous avez dénoncé sans détours l'agression militaire directe du Rwanda contre votre pays. Vous avez aussi demandé à l'ONU d'être plus transparente sur ce qu'elle sait à ce propos. Pourquoi ce cri d'alarme. Est-ce que vous avez l'impression que vous n'êtes pas écouté ? Félix Tshisekedi :C'est plutôt un cri de vérité. Pas d'alarme, parce que les alarmes ont été données à plusieurs reprises dans la région à travers les ONG et autres organisations. Il fallait absolument ce cri de vérité pour que le monde entier sache ce qui se passe réellement et qu'on arrête avec cette hypocrisie, cette cécité et qu'on voit le problème dans son entièreté. Et c'est ce que j'ai fait. Christophe Boisbouvier : Ce mercredi, à New York, vous avez accepté de rencontrer votre homologue rwandais, Paul Kagame, en présence du président français, Emmanuel Macron. Vous étiez réticent apparemment, mais vous l'avez fait quand même. Le principe d'un retrait des rebelles de Bunagana [ville située dans le Nord-Kivu, près des frontières ougandaise et rwandaise] a été acté. Mais on se souvient que la rencontre précédente avec Paul Kagame - c'était à Luanda en Angola le 6 juillet -, n'avait donné aucun résultat. Est-ce que cette fois-ci, vous avez un calendrier pour ce retrait ? F.T. : D'abord, il faut que je précise par rapport à l'initiative française, vous savez que c'est la France qui préside le Conseil de sécurité en ce moment et le président Macron avait pris contact avec les deux chefs d'État, donc avant l'Assemblée générale, pour qu'on prenne rendez-vous ici à New York et qu'on parle de ce sujet. De ce côté-là, il n'y avait aucune objection de ma part. Et puisque je vous ai dit que mon but ici était de venir lancer un cri de vérité, j'ai continué sur cette même lancée dans cette réunion que nous avons eue autour du président Macron, le but étant d'obtenir dans un premier temps le cessez-le-feu et le retrait inconditionnel de Bunagana des M23, mais ensuite de rentrer dans le processus de paix tel que nous l'avons décidé à Nairobi, c'est-à-dire avec la fin, mais fin totale, des violences à l'est de mon pays. Et en termes de calendrier, il n'y a pas vraiment un calendrier précis, mais il dépendra du déploiement de la force régionale qui est en train d'arriver. Le Burundi est déjà là, le Kenya c'est pour bientôt. Et la situation se clarifiera à ce moment-là. M.P. : Alors évidemment, la question qui se pose aussi, qui a été abordée lors de cette réunion, ce sont les rebelles hutus rwandais des Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR). Le Rwanda dit depuis des années : attention, c'est un danger pour nous, c'est une menace pour nous, et l'armée congolaise laisse faire, voire plus. Est-ce que vous vous êtes engagé sur ce problème ou est-ce que vous pensez que c'est une fausse excuse du Rwanda ? F.T. : C'est une fausse excuse. Par rapport à ces accusations, je trouve que le Rwanda est de mauvaise foi et qu'il utilise souvent ce prétexte pour justifier ses incursions en République démocratique du Congo. Depuis que je suis à la tête de mon pays, vous avons rapatrié à deux reprises des centaines de combattants des FDLR. C'est quand même une preuve de bonne foi. Et aujourd'hui, les FDLR, c'est une force résiduelle qui ne menace plus la sécurité du Rwanda. M.P. : « Fantomatique », vous avez dit… F.T. : Elle ne menace plus la sécurité du Rwanda en tout cas. Les FDLR sont plus un problème pour nous, Congolais, que pour les Rwandais. J'en veux pour preuve l'assassinat de l'ambassadeur d'Italie en République démocratique du Congo au mois de février 2021, monsieur Luca Attanasio, qui avait été tué par des FDLR, qui sont devenus aujourd'hui des coupeurs de route, des bandits de grand chemin et qui n'ont plus d'idéologie politique visant à regagner le pouvoir à Kigali. Donc, c'est un faux prétexte. La vérité, elle est ailleurs et c'est cela que le Rwanda doit dire. M.P. : Pour contrer les groupes armés qui sévissent dans l'est de la RDC, vous l'avez abordé tout à l'heure, vous avez accepté avec l'accord de la Communauté des États de l'Afrique de l'Est le déploiement d'une force multinationale dans la région. Quand est-ce que cette force sera totalement déployée et combien d'hommes seront sur votre sol ? F.T. : Je vous ai dit que la force est en train d'être déployée. Les Burundais sont là déjà dans le Sud-Kivu. Pour les Kenyans, à mon avis, c'est une question de jours. Ils vont d'ailleurs, pour votre information, entrer par Bunagana. Donc, ça se déploie petit à petit, en fonction des moyens aussi. C'est pour cela que nous étions ici aussi et que nous avons pris des contacts, c'était pour sensibiliser les bailleurs de fonds afin d'accompagner cette force régionale. M.P. : Et donc, si les Kenyans tombent sur le M23 à Bunagana ? F.T. : Eh bien, voilà. Vous savez ce qui va arriver au M23. C.B. : Depuis plusieurs mois, dans l'est du Congo, les casques bleus de la Monusco sont violemment pris à partie par les populations qui les accusent de ne pas les protéger. Il y a eu des morts en juillet. Dimanche, le secrétaire général de l'ONU Antonio Guterres a reconnu sur nos antennes que la Monusco était moins armée que le M23. Est-ce que vous demandez un retrait accéléré de cette Monusco avant l'année 2024 ? F.T. : Nous devons regarder le rôle que la Monusco doit jouer, parce qu'il lui reste très peu de temps, et pour ainsi faire partir la Monusco sur une note beaucoup plus gaie, beaucoup plus honorable que celle à laquelle nous avons assisté en ce moment. C.B. : Donc, pas de départ accéléré… F.T. : Pas encore de calendrier de départ comme tel, mais je pense bien que la Monusco devra partir avant le délai prévu, c'est-à-dire 2024. À mon avis, au-delà des élections de décembre 2023, je crois qu'il n'y aura plus de raison que la Monusco reste. C.B. : Donc, la Monusco resterait jusqu'à la fin des élections et partirait après… F.T. : À mon avis. Mais ça, je mentirais si je vous disais que c'est quelque chose qui a été convenue. Il n'y a pas encore eu de discussion sur la question. Mais je crois que, de part et d'autre, on a compris qu'il faut réfléchir très sérieusement à la question. Et c'est dans ce sens qu'il faut aller. C.B. : En 6 mois, vous avez mis à l'écart deux hommes clé de votre dispositif : votre conseiller sécurité François Beya et tour récemment, le général Philémon Yav. Tous deux sont soupçonnés d'intelligence avec l'ennemi. S'agit-il d'intelligence avec le Rwanda ? F.T. : François Beya, c'est une autre histoire. D'ailleurs, son procès n'est pas terminé comme vous le savez, parce qu'il a eu des problèmes de santé et il fallait qu'il aille se faire soigner. Nous restons humains malgré le besoin de réprimer, de faire dire la justice. Tandis que le général Philémon Yav, c'est arrivé pendant mon séjour ici à l'étranger, j'ai cru comprendre qu'il était accusé par certains de ses collèges de les avoir contactés au nom du Rwanda pour qu'ils puissent lever le pied et permettre au M23 de passer aisément et de prendre la ville de Goma. C'est ce que j'ai cru comprendre, mais bon. Les enquêteurs sont à pied d'œuvre pour le moment. J'en saurai plus quand je serai rentré au pays. M.P. : On parle de trahison, là ? F.T. : Bien sûr. C.B. : Et François Beya, ce n'est pas le Rwanda… F.T. : À mon sens, non. Son procès n'est pas terminé, je vous ai dit, donc il faut attendre la fin. M.P. : L'état de siège… Il a été instauré en mai 2021. Si on regarde bien, les résultats ne semblent pas là. En tout cas, il se prolonge… F.T. : Pourquoi ? Qu'est-ce que vous attendiez comme résultats ? M.P. : Qu'il y ait moins de violence, que les groupes armés sévissent moins… F.T. : Cela fait une vingtaine d'années qu'il y a de la violence. Est-ce que vous avez, vous, un baromètre comme ça sur lequel vous savez mesurer quand est-ce qu'il y a eu plus ou moins de violence ? Non, je ne crois pas. M.P. : Est-ce que vous avez un premier bilan à nous donner ? F.T. : Oui. Mais je crois déjà que les groupes mafieux ont été pour la plupart neutralisés. Je crois que vous avez quand même appris que les recettes de ces provinces ont fait un bond en avant. Donc, cela veut dire que l'état de siège a eu du bon au moins de ce côté-là, celui de sensibiliser les ressources pour pouvoir maintenant les injecter dans des programmes de prise en charge de ces groupes armés afin de les désintéresser de cette question, parce qu'il y a aussi le côté pauvreté, chômage qui les avait amenés dans ces activités. Il y a en Ituri par exemple plusieurs groupes armés mono-ethniques qui se battaient justement pour des raisons ethniques, qui ont fait la paix et qui sont prêts à complétement sortir de ces activités. Donc, il y a une lueur d'espoir. Mais évidemment, je ne dis pas que tout est parfait. Ça ne pouvait pas non plus l'être. Moi, je ne me faisais pas d'illusion. On est dans une zone où il y a eu une vingtaine d'années de violence et de mafia, tout ce que vous voulez, ce n'est pas en un an qu'on allait mettre fin à tous ces fléaux. Et en plus, cela a été interrompu par le M23 qui est arrivé comme un cheveu dans la soupe pour encore compliquer les choses. M.P. : C'est peut-être lié, non ? F.T. : Oui, sûrement. Mais tout cela, il faut le démêler, il faut le comprendre. Mais la détermination est là… M.P. : Combien de temps, monsieur le président. Jusqu'à quand l'état de siège ? [cessera-t-il] Avant la présidentielle quand même ? F.T. : Oui, bien sûr. Il faut. M.P. : Il faut que les gens sachent. F.T. : Je vous ai parlé d'élections tout à l'heure quand j'évoquais le départ de la Monusco. Je crois que les élections seront... En tout cas, je n'ai aucune raison et je ne suis pas la Céni [Commission électorale nationale indépendante], mais je rencontre souvent, enfin quelquefois, le président de la Céni [Denis Kadima] parce que je veille à ce que l'accompagnement de l'État soit là, surtout au niveau des finances. Et à chaque rencontre que j'ai avec lui, je lui pose toujours la même question que j'appelle maintenant la question traditionnelle, c'est-à-dire est-ce que les élections seront organisées dans les délais ? Il m'a dit : « Il n'y aura aucun problème ». Donc, je n'ai pas de raison de douter de lui, c'est lui l'expert. S'il le dit jusqu'ici, moi mon travail, c'est juste de veiller à ce que le ministre des Finances fasse le sien aussi en donnant les ressources nécessaires pour faire avancer le processus. Je pense que ça devrait aller. C.B. : Oui. Mais tout de même, monsieur le président, il y a ce rapport du Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (Pnud), révélé par Africa Intelligence, qui dit que le scénario d'un report est désormais probable, il y a le fait qu'il n'y a pas de calendrier électoral encore pour l'instant… F.T. : Faites très attention à ce qui a été publié. Faites très attention parce qu'i y a eu beaucoup de manipulations. J'ai vérifié auprès des responsables du Pnud eux-mêmes, ils n'ont pas affirmé cela. Ils m'ont dit très clairement qu'ils n'ont jamais émis d'avis pessimiste, jamais. Donc, cela est une récupération qui est sûrement l'œuvre de nos opposants. Et aujourd'hui, on sait comment on peut manipuler les médias et tout cela. Donc, voilà, c'était ça le but. Parce qu'il y a des forces obscures en République démocratique du Congo qui ne veulent pas de ces élections. Si vous voyez ce qui se passe par exemple à l'Ouest aujourd'hui, qui ressemble presque comme deux gouttes d'eau aux violences qu'on voit à l'Est.. C.B. : Dans le Maï-Ndombe… F.T. : Oui. C'est clair. Il y a une main noire qui veut saboter…  C.B. : Mais il n'y a pas de calendrier... F.T. : Le calendrier viendra. On est à plus d'un an encore des élections. Ce n'est pas le calendrier qui va faire les élections. Ce sont les électeurs. Il faut les enrôler. C'est cela qui est le plus important pour moi. Le calendrier, on peut le faire en dernier lieu, à la dernière minute. M.P. : L'opposition vous accuse d'avoir placé à la tête de la Commission électorale, la Céni, et à la tête de la Cour constitutionnelle des hommes à votre main, et donc de vouloir verrouiller le scrutin et être sûr d'être réélu parce qu'on sait que vous allez vous représenter… F.T. : Je trouve que c'est une insulte à l'intelligence de ces deux grands hommes et je ne suis pas le seul à le dire. Le background de Denis Kadima par exemple en termes d'élections, c'était le meilleur d'ailleurs. Il avait le meilleur profil de tous les candidats présidents. Je ne suis pas seul à le dire. Et je crois qu'aujourd'hui, cette question est vidée parce que même cette fameuse opposition reconnait en lui sa valeur. Et tous nos partenaires ont aussi adoubé l'individu. Donc, il n'y a plus de raison de douter de cela. Quant au président de la Cour constitutionnelle [Dieudonné Kamuleta Badibanga], il a été choisi par ses pairs. Ce n'est pas moi. Donc, c'est un faux procès que l'on me fait en m'accusant d'avoir placé quelqu'un. D'abord, ce n'est pas mon homme de main, je ne le connaissais pas. Avant qu'il soit président, je ne le connaissais pas du tout. Je l'ai connu juste au moment où il a été nommé à la Cour constitutionnelle. Avant cela, je n'avais jamais eu de contact avec lui. On peut le vérifier. C.B. : Votre bilan depuis 3 ans et demi est fortement critiqué par l'opposition… F.T. : C'est ça la démocratie. C.B. : L'arrestation il y a quelques semaines de votre ancien compagnon de l'Union pour la démocratie et le progrès social (UDPS), le député Jean-Marc Kabund, suscite beaucoup d'interrogations. F.T. : Des interrogations sur ? C.B. : Il a été arrêté pour offense au chef de l'État, mais beaucoup s'interrogent sur le fait qu'il soit en prison pour ce délit. Et est-ce qu'il ne faudrait pas qu'il soit éventuellement placé en résidence surveillée ? F.T. : C'est à la justice de voir, je ne suis pas cette affaire. C.B. : Vous êtes donc candidat en 2023. Mais est-ce que des opposants, des personnalités, comme Martin Fayulu qui continue de revendiquer la victoire de 2018, comme Moïse Katumbi, comme qui sait un candidat pro Kabila, sans parler de Matata Ponyo... Est-ce que ces hommes-là ne risquent pas de vous mettre en difficulté sur le thème : il faut sortir le sortant, il faut un changement ? F.T. : C'est le peuple qui décidera. Pourquoi voulez-vous que je me mette à spéculer. Je ne suis pas dieu le père. Je ne connais pas l'avenir. Moi, je vis au quotidien et j'écoute mes compatriotes et essaye dans la mesure du possible de répondre à leurs besoins, à leurs revendications. Le reste appartient justement à ce peuple. C'est lui qui décidera le moment venu de qui peut présider… C.B. : Mais vous semblez confiant. Vous pensez que… F.T. : Moi, je suis très confiant. C.B. : Mais qu'est-ce qui vous rend confiant justement face à toutes ces critiques ? F.T. : Mais les réalisations, nous en avons fait énormément. Regardez notre budget. Regardez la gratuité de l'éducation. Aujourd'hui, nous sommes à la gratuité de la santé. Les infrastructures sont en train d'être construites. Et il y a ce fabuleux et ambitieux plan programme de développement à la base, c'est-à-dire du développement des 145 territoires,  qui fera date. Et nous sommes convaincus que les choses, le moment venu, vont être appréciées par nos compatriotes et ils nous renouvelleront leur confiance. Donc, il n'y a vraiment pas d'inquiétude de ce côté-là. C'est pour cela que l'opposition a peur d'aller aux élections d'ailleurs. M.P. : Juste une petite question sur quelque chose que vous avez dit et qui m'a intrigué. Vous avez parlé « d'une main noire »… F.T. : Oui, bien sûr. M.P. : Mais vous parlez de quoi, de possible coup d'État, de déstabilisation ? F.T. : Oui, bien sûr. Il y a ça. M.P. : Des puissances étrangères ? F.T. : Oui et non. On est en train d'élucider la question. Les arrestations que vous voyez, dont on a parlé dans l'armée, ne sont pas le fait du hasard. Il y a réellement une main noire. C.B. : Et d'où l'arrestation de François Beya… F.T. : Ah, non, non. François Beya, c'est arrivé avant. Cela n'a rien à voir avec. D'où l'arrestation peut-être du général Yav. On verra quels liens ça a avec ces évènements-là.

Headliners
Headliners

Headliners

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 49:16


The paper review show in which comedians discuss the top news stories of the day.Today's Headliners are Simon Evans, Leo Kearse & Ben Norris.The team discuss Liz Truss hinting she will scrap bankers' bonus cap, Nato accusing Russia of escalating the Ukraine war, and a Guardian story suggesting Kenyans are embracing genderless fashion.All that and much more on this episode of Headliners. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

AA Recovery Interviews
Tilda B. – Sober 28 Years

AA Recovery Interviews

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 63:45


Tilda B. is an AA member from the other side of the world in Nairobi, Kenya. She grew up in London, where she did most of her alcoholic drinking before getting sober over 28 years ago. Within her first several years of sobriety among London's vibrant AA community, Tilda was offered a dream job in Kenya and has lived there since. Amidst a different culture, with its own norms related to alcoholism, Tilda's relatively brief experience in Alcoholics Anonymous in England helped her quickly acclimate to Nairobi's AA community. When Zoom emerged in the past several years, she re-connected with people with whom she'd gotten sober, and it was on Zoom that I first met Tilda. Her backstory is as colorful, yet tragic, as many in this podcast series, replete with a dysfunctional family rattled by alcoholism. Finding booze and people who drank, Tilda created her own world that alternated between drunken comfort and turbulent chaos, but, like many, she was still functional enough to achieve a higher education and some important jobs. But, towards the end of her drinking, she lost what little control she'd had and her life devolved into abject misery and self-loathing. By the time Tilda crossed the threshold of Alcoholics Anonymous, she was thoroughly beaten by the disease. Sitting in the back of one of London's largest AA meetings, she finally surrendered to the people and the Program. She quickly got a sponsor, worked the steps, attended daily meetings, sponsored other women, and became ensconced in AA service work. Though moving to Kenya relatively early in her sobriety meant leaving the comfort and security of her AA fellowship in England, Tilda understood the absolute importance of establishing a strong Program in her new country. Throughout her long-term sobriety, she has become firmly rooted in Nairobi's AA community with fellow Brits, other ex-pats, and local Kenyans at the heart of her program. Tilda's story is both fascinating and inspiring, and should provide hope and assurance to any AA members facing relocation to another city, state, or country, that AA sobriety is attainable and sustainable anywhere in the world. So sit back, and please enjoy the next hour with my friend and AA sister, Tilda B. Check out Howard's Big Book Podcast, the complete unabridged audio version of the First and Second Editions of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Big Book Podcast is an engaging cover-to-cover, word-for-word reading of all 11 chapters and Personal Stories, many of which were left out of the Third and Fourth Editions. Follow us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Or listen on https://bigbookpodcast.com If you've enjoyed my AA Recovery Interviews series and my Big Book podcast, have a listen to Lost Stories of the Big Book, 30 Original Stories Missing from the 3rd and 4th Editions of Alcoholics Anonymous. It's an engaging audiobook I narrated to bring these stories to life for AA members who've never seen them. These timeless testamonials were originally cut to make room for newer stories in the 3rd and 4th Editions. But their vitally important messages of hope are as meaningful today as when they were first published. Many listeners will hear these stories for the first time. Lost Stories of the Big Book is available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. It's also available as a Kindle book if you'd like to read along with the audio. [Disclaimer: AA Recovery Interviews podcast strictly adheres to AA's 12 Traditions and all General Service Office guidelines for safe-guarding anonymity on-line. I pay all podcast production costs and no one receives financial gain from the show. AA Recovery Interviews and my guests do not speak for or represent AA at-large. This podcast is simply my way of giving back to AA that which has been so freely given to me. -Howard L.]

Africa Daily
What can Kenyans expect from President Ruto?

Africa Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 19:32


It's been a big week for Kenya's new president William Ruto. On Tuesday he was sworn in and immediately started reversing some of his predecessor's policies. Straight after the ceremony he appointed six new judges – who'd been rejected by the former president Uhuru Kenyatta. He also announced that operations would revert back to the port of Mombasa. So what will his presidency mean for Kenyans and the surrounding region? Alan Kasujja speaks with International Relations analyst, Dr. Adhere Cavince, and Sylvanus Wekesa, an expert on African leadership.

Ayana Explains It All
Ayana Explains The Killer Queen Reign of Elizabeth, II

Ayana Explains It All

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 67:10


Don't cry for her Argentina, the truth is, she never loved you...or the Indians, Kenyans, Irish, Indigenous People, Nigerians... Sources used in the making of this episode: Wikipedia entry on Queen Elizabeth, II; Bloody Sunday; Partition (India). "Uncovering the brutal truth about the British empire: The Harvard historian Caroline Elkins stirred controversy with her work on the crushing of the Mau Mau uprising. But it laid the ground for a legal case that has transformed our view of Britain's past." https://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/aug/18/uncovering-truth-british-empire-caroline-elkins-mau-mau. Marc Perry, The Guardian. 8/18/2016. "First Nations Leadership Council calls on King Charles to renounce Doctrine of Discovery as first act." CBC News. 9/10/2022. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/royal-visit-queen-reconciliation-apology-reparations-1.6454190 "Canada's unmarked graves: How residential schools carried out 'cultural genocide' against indigenous children." Anderson Cooper. CBS News. 2/6/2022. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/canada-residential-schools-unmarked-graves-indigenous-children-60-minutes-2022-02-06/ "Residential school survivors, Indigenous leaders say Queen should apologize next." Olivia Stefanovich. 5/16/2022. CBC News. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/indigenous-communities-bc-monarchy-reconciliation-queens-death-1.6578284 "The Queen leaves a complicated legacy for Indigenous Australians." Bridget Brennan, Dana Morse, Kirstie Wellauer, Jedda Costa. Australia Broadcast News. 9/10/2022. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-11/what-does-queens-death-mean-to-indigenous-australians/101422274.

Kenyan podcast
ARE KENYANS SAD OR BOTHERED ABOUT THE PASSING AWAY OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH?

Kenyan podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2022 31:56


The news of the passing of of her royal majesty have been received differently across the world, but are Kenyans sad or bothered about the death of Queen Elizabeth? We discuss that and much more today on the great Kenyan podcast episode.

Invité Afrique
Présidentielle au Kenya: «C'est une élection extrêmement serrée avec moins de 2% d'écart»

Invité Afrique

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 7:09


Pas de violences, le 5 septembre au Kenya, après la confirmation de la victoire de William Ruto à l'élection présidentielle du mois dernier. Il faut dire que le battu, Raila Odinga, a déclaré qu'il respectait le verdict de la Cour suprême. Est-ce le signe qu'au Kenya, la justice est désormais indépendante et que les hommes politiques n'essaient plus de faire pression sur elle ? Nicolas Delaunay, directeur d'International Crisis Group pour l'Afrique de l'Est et l'Afrique australe, répond aux questions de RFI. Dans son recours, le camp de Raila Odinga affirmait notamment que les serveurs informatiques de la Commission électorale avaient été piratés pour y introduire des formulaires de résultats falsifiés, et hier, la Cour suprême a répondu qu'elle n'avait aucune preuve crédible de tels actes de piratage… Nicolas Delaunay : En effet, non seulement elle a indiqué qu'elle n'avait aucune preuve crédible dans le piratage, mais en plus de cela, elle a souligné que la loi électorale kenyane est très claire : les résultats qui font foi lors du comptage des voix, ce sont les copies papier qui sont recueillies dans les différents bureaux de vote et dans les centres de comptage des voix à travers le pays. Lorsqu'elle a confronté les résultats papier avec les résultats qui avaient été transmis via les serveurs, elle n'a remarqué aucune différence entre les résultats. Donc, la Cour suprême a en effet estimé que les serveurs de la Commission électorale n'avaient pas été piratés. Autre fait marquant dans la décision de la Cour suprême d'hier, elle a été prise à l'unanimité des sept juges de la Cour. Qu'en pensez-vous ? Je pense que c'est une décision qui est extrêmement forte de la part de la Cour suprême, recevoir le soutien unanime d'une institution qui, elle, contrairement à la Commission électorale, est très respectée à travers le pays, je pense que cela donne beaucoup de crédibilité aux élections dont la transparence et la crédibilité ont d'ailleurs été soulignées par de nombreux observateurs électoraux. Et est-ce pour cela qu'hier, le battu, le vaincu, Raila Odinga, a affirmé : « Nous respectons l'opinion de la Cour suprême même si nous sommes farouchement en désaccord avec sa décision » ? C'est une vraie victoire finalement pour la démocratie kenyane, c'est qu'on peut avoir une élection qui est contestée, très contestée, mais qui reste pacifique. Il faut rappeler qu'en 2007, le Kenya a connu des élections qui ont été très disputées, qui ont été suivies par des violences qui ont fait plus de 1 000 morts. Cela prouve que le Kenya a énormément évolué depuis et que la réaction d'Odinga, qui était de respecter le verdict de la Cour, même s'il y est farouchement opposé, est un bel exemple de cette évolution. Et qu'en est-il de la présidente de cette Cour suprême, l'ancienne avocate Martha Koome, est-ce une personnalité respectée au Kenya ? Je pense que la présidente de la Cour suprême, comme toute la Cour suprême d'ailleurs, est très respectée au Kenya. Après les violences qui ont eu lieu en 2007, le Kenya s'est doté d'une nouvelle Constitution, une Constitution assez progressiste, et le renforcement des institutions judiciaires est une réelle avancée. Le processus de recrutement des juges a par exemple été rendu beaucoup plus transparent avec les audiences publiques avant leur nomination. Et donc, l'indépendance du système judiciaire kenyan est une réelle fierté du pays. Le plus bel exemple de cette indépendance, on le voit en 2017 quand [Uhuru] Kenyatta vient de se faire réélire pour un deuxième mandat ; son rival de l'époque qui est Raila Odinga dépose un recours devant la Cour suprême et la Cour suprême prend une décision qui va à l'encontre de l'exécutif, c'est-à-dire qu'elle décide d'annuler l'élection présidentielle et de demander qu'elle soit à nouveau organisée. Ce qui démontre une indépendance farouche de la part des institutions judiciaires kenyanes. C'est maintenant William Ruto qui va présider le Kenya pendant les 5 ans qui viennent. Quel est le premier défi pour le nouveau chef de l'État kenyan ? Le principal défi pour William Ruto va être de répondre aux attentes qu'il a suscitées. William Ruto a fait campagne comme l'homme du peuple, comme un homme aux origines modestes. Il comprend la situation de pauvreté dans laquelle se trouvent de nombreux Kenyans. Or, il hérite d'une situation économique qui était très compliquée. Le Kenya par exemple pratique une politique de subsides, notamment pour le carburant et pour certaines denrées alimentaires, qui n'est pas tenable sur le long terme. Donc, son grand défi finalement va être notamment de gérer les attentes d'une population à laquelle il a promis beaucoup de choses. Est-ce à dire que, dans le Kenya d'aujourd'hui, le poids des ethnies compte moins qu'il y a quelques années ? Je pense que le Kenya n'est pas totalement sorti de la dynamique qui consiste à mobiliser les différentes communautés et les groupes ethniques comme blocs électoraux. Mais si je retiens un élément très positif de ce processus électoral, c'est que la campagne a beaucoup moins porté sur la mobilisation justement de ces communautés l'une contre l'autre, et a beaucoup plus porté sur des questions comme le coût de la vie, comme le développement du pays. Et ça, c'est un développement qui est très positif, notamment au vu du passé du pays qui a connu des cycles électoraux violents.   ► À lire aussi : Kenya: la Cour suprême confirme l'élection de William Ruto à la présidence

The Mics Are Open
#174 - Kenyans Hate Everything!!

The Mics Are Open

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 67:17


Are you a hater? You probably are, you just don't realise it. The guys try to unpack why Kenyan music isn't global. The opinions may shock you! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conrad-gray4/support

Africa Today
Debt forgiveness from China for 17 African countries

Africa Today

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 24:01


China writes off 23 debts owed by 17 African countries - does that give a lie to the so-called China debt trap? Also, rural Kenyans take Britain to Europe's top human rights court over  historical forceful land evictions - what is their goal? Plus more stories in this podcast.

The Takeaway
Despite Transparency, Kenya Faced A Troubled Presidential Election

The Takeaway

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 8:58


On Tuesday, August 9th, Kenyans voted in their most peaceful election to date. The chair of the election commission, Wafula Chebukati, announced on Monday, August 15th that Deputy President William Ruto had defeated billionaire Raila Odinga with 50.49% of the vote. In spite of the many efforts to ensure a fair and transparent election, Odinga supporters did not accept the results and stormed the election stage, throwing furniture and even building burning tire blockades in certain parts of Nairobi. Declan Walsh, chief Africa correspondent at the New York Times joined us to discuss the election, the results, and what we can expect from the president-elect.

The Horn
Special Episode: What Next After Ruto is Declared Winner of Kenya's Nail-biter Election?

The Horn

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 42:38


Kenyans went to the polls last week in what turned out to be a closely fought but so far strikingly peaceful election. After six tense days of vote counting, Deputy Prime Minister William Ruto was declared Kenya's next president with a wafer-thin majority. While the election has been broadly regarded as free and fair, his challenger, Raila Odinga, a political heavyweight backed by outgoing president and former rival Uhuru Kenyatta, has launched a legal challenge to the results. This week in a special episode of The Horn, Alan speaks to Murithi Mutiga, Crisis Group's Program Director for Africa, to discuss how Kenya's nail-biting election has shaped up and the possible fallout of Odinga's challenge. They outline both candidates' backgrounds and assess their respective campaigns in the build-up to election day. They talk about the significance of Odinga's challenge to the vote, the role of Kenya's electoral commission and the resilience of the country's democratic institutions in the wake of the election. They also assess how far ethnic divisions have played a role in the outcome of the election and where Kenya's democracy might be headed if Ruto's presidency is confirmed by the Supreme Court.For more analysis, check out Crisis Group's Kenya country page.We want to hear from you as we start preparing Season Four of The Horn! If you have any feedback or suggestions for topics you'd like us to cover next season, you can write to podcasts@crisisgroup.org or get in touch with Alan directly on Twitter, @AlanBoswell. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

PBS NewsHour - Politics
Tensions simmer in Kenya as candidate who lost presidential election contests vote count

PBS NewsHour - Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 6:58


Kenyans went to the polls last week in an election widely hailed as one of the most transparent and peaceful in the nation's history, a major milestone for a country that has experienced significant post-election violence in past years. But the losing candidate, Raila Odinga, has refused to concede and he may challenge the results in court. Special correspondent Neha Wadekar reports from Nairobi. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

PBS NewsHour - World
Tensions simmer in Kenya as candidate who lost presidential election contests vote count

PBS NewsHour - World

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 6:58


Kenyans went to the polls last week in an election widely hailed as one of the most transparent and peaceful in the nation's history, a major milestone for a country that has experienced significant post-election violence in past years. But the losing candidate, Raila Odinga, has refused to concede and he may challenge the results in court. Special correspondent Neha Wadekar reports from Nairobi. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

PBS NewsHour - Segments
Tensions simmer in Kenya as candidate who lost presidential election contests vote count

PBS NewsHour - Segments

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 6:58


Kenyans went to the polls last week in an election widely hailed as one of the most transparent and peaceful in the nation's history, a major milestone for a country that has experienced significant post-election violence in past years. But the losing candidate, Raila Odinga, has refused to concede and he may challenge the results in court. Special correspondent Neha Wadekar reports from Nairobi. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

Africa Daily
What does the election result mean for Kenya?

Africa Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 14:37


Kenya's electoral commission has named William Ruto as the winner of last weeks presidential election. However, four of the seven commissioners have refused to back the result. And Raila Odinga, Mr Ruto's challenger for the top job, has rejected the result. He says he will challenge the election in the courts. So, what will happen next? And what does it mean for Kenyans? #AfricaDaily

Marketplace Morning Report
Why did so many Kenyans vote for the President elect?

Marketplace Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 8:06


From the BBC World Service: William Ruto wants to unite his country after a narrow election victory. More than half the election commission’s members have rejected the outcome and the result could be subject to a legal challenge. Plus, a year on from the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, we hear from the former central bank governor Ajmal Ahmady about the status of $7 billion in central bank assets, which are frozen in the U.S.

Marketplace All-in-One
Why did so many Kenyans vote for the President elect?

Marketplace All-in-One

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 8:06


From the BBC World Service: William Ruto wants to unite his country after a narrow election victory. More than half the election commission’s members have rejected the outcome and the result could be subject to a legal challenge. Plus, a year on from the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, we hear from the former central bank governor Ajmal Ahmady about the status of $7 billion in central bank assets, which are frozen in the U.S.

Africa and the Global Illicit Economy
Kenya Elections and Gangs

Africa and the Global Illicit Economy

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 16:26


Millions of Kenyans have cast their votes in the countries 12th General Election, labelled the most competitive election in the history of Kenya. But as Kenya's history has shown - the more fierce the political contest, the higher the risk of election-related violence, often carried out by gangs and militias at the behest of politicians, with the aim of influencing the outcome of an election. In this episode Lindy will explore the role organised criminal gangs play in determining political outcomes. Presenter: https://twitter.com/lindymtongana?lang=en (Lindy Mtongana) Guests: https://globalinitiative.net/profile/ken-opala/ (Ken Opala), Field Network Coordinator for East and Southern Africa, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime Gregory Ochieng Onyango - a Kenyan activist and an artist. https://www.linkedin.com/in/njeri-kimani-93547522b/?originalSubdomain=ke (Esther Njeri Kimani) is the CEO of Art4Rights Kenya - a community based organisation in Nakuru that uses art to advocate for human rights. Additional Links: https://resiliencefund.globalinitiative.net/safeguarding-kenyan-elections/ (Resilience Dialogue - Safeguarding Kenyan elections from criminal interference is urgent) https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/gangs/ ((Paper) The Politics of Crime: Kenya's gang phenomenon) https://resiliencefund.globalinitiative.net/ (GI-TOC Resilience Fund) The Global Organized Crime Index - https://ocindex.net/country/kenya (Kenya Profile) https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/monitor (Global Assassination Monitor) https://globalinitiative.net/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)

Africalink | Deutsche Welle
AfricaLink on Air - 12 August 2022

Africalink | Deutsche Welle

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 29:59


Kenyans wait for presidential election official results +++ Guinea's situation after the dissolution of the opposition +++Widow of the Nigerian man who was beaten to death in Italy +++ The stubborn xenophobia in S.African society +++ Starmakers Intv. Octopizzo, Kenyan hip-hop star

Africa Daily
How did Kenyans in the diaspora cast their vote?

Africa Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 20:00


Kenya's presidential election has been dominating the headlines this week. And while we still don't know there results, there's still plenty to talk about. The Kenyan constitution gives all citizens living overseas the right to vote in elections. This year their options have been expanded, with embassies in 12 countries opening their doors for people to cast ballots. But that has still meant long and expensive journeys for people wanting to cast a ballot. And although around four million Kenyans live overseas, only around then thousand were registered to vote. So, is Kenya leading the way on diaspora voting? Or does more need to be done? #AfricaDaily

Nigeria Daily
What Nigeria Should Learn From Kenya Elections

Nigeria Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 15:16


On August 9th, Kenyans marched to the polls to elect their fifth president, a new parliament and county officials.What stood out in Kenya's elections that should be emulated by INEC?In this episode of Nigeria Daily, we look at why Kenya's election stood out and what Nigeria can emulate come 2023.

Up First
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Up First

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 12:13 Very Popular


GOP Politicians are calling the FBI raid on former president Trump's estate a lawless partisan raid. Police have arrested and charged a suspect in the killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque. Kenyans go to the polls to elect a new president.

PBS NewsHour - World
News Wrap: Trump refuses to answer questions in civil investigation

PBS NewsHour - World

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 4:44


Wednesday on the NewsHour, former President Trump says he refused to answer questions in a civil investigation into his real estate dealings, inflation in the U.S. has eased with consumer prices up 8.5 percent in July from a year ago, China says it's winding down military drills around Taiwan, Kenyans await election results, and President Biden signed a bill to help veterans exposed to burn pits. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

PBS NewsHour - Politics
News Wrap: Trump refuses to answer questions in civil investigation

PBS NewsHour - Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 4:44


Wednesday on the NewsHour, former President Trump says he refused to answer questions in a civil investigation into his real estate dealings, inflation in the U.S. has eased with consumer prices up 8.5 percent in July from a year ago, China says it's winding down military drills around Taiwan, Kenyans await election results, and President Biden signed a bill to help veterans exposed to burn pits. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

PBS NewsHour - Segments
News Wrap: Trump refuses to answer questions in civil investigation

PBS NewsHour - Segments

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 4:44


Wednesday on the NewsHour, former President Trump says he refused to answer questions in a civil investigation into his real estate dealings, inflation in the U.S. has eased with consumer prices up 8.5 percent in July from a year ago, China says it's winding down military drills around Taiwan, Kenyans await election results, and President Biden signed a bill to help veterans exposed to burn pits. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

Headline News
Vote counting begins in Kenyan presidential election

Headline News

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 4:45


Kenyans have cast their ballots to elect the country's next president.

Daily News Brief by TRT World

*) FBI 'raids' former US president Trump's house Former US president Donald Trump says his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida has been "raided" by FBI agents in what he has called an act of "prosecutorial misconduct". The FBI did not comment on whether the search was happening or what it might be for. Trump did not give any indication of why federal agents were at his home. Multiple US media outlets cited sources as saying that agents were conducting a court-authorised search related to the potential mishandling of classified documents sent to Mar-a-Lago. *) Kenya begins voting in close presidential election Kenyans have lined up to vote in a high-stakes election as two political heavyweights battle it out in a fiercely contested race for the presidency. The East African powerhouse is praying for a peaceful transition of power after almost a decade under President Uhuru Kenyatta, but concerns about vote-rigging linger. Deputy president and erstwhile heir apparent William Ruto is pitted against Raila Odinga, a veteran opposition leader now backed by his longtime rival Kenyatta. *) Taiwanese minister: China using war games to prepare for invasion Taiwan's foreign minister has said China is using the military drills it launched in protest against US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit as a game-plan to prepare for an invasion. Joseph Wu, speaking at a press conference in Taipei, offered no time-table for a possible invasion of Taiwan, a self-ruled island which is claimed by China as its own. A Pentagon official had said on Monday that Washington was sticking to its assessment that China would not try to invade Taiwan for the next two years. *) Two more ships carrying over 70,000 tonnes of grain leave Ukraine Türkiye's National Defence Ministry has said two more ships carrying over 70,000 tonnes of grain have left Ukraine. A Liberian-flagged ship carrying 64,720 tonnes of corn to South Korea set sail on Tuesday under a historic Türkiye-brokered deal to unblock Ukrainian grain exports. A Turkish-flagged ship, carrying 5,300 tonnes of bulk sunflower meal to Istanbul, too left Ukraine, where shipments had been stuck for months due to Russia's military offensive. And finally… *) Grease star and Grammy-winning singer Olivia Newton-John dies at 73 After a 30-year battle with breast cancer, Grammy-winning superstar Olivia Newton-John has died at age 73. Newton-John won countless hearts when she starred as Sandy in the blockbuster film version of “Grease” alongside John Travolta. She reigned on pop, country, adult contemporary and dance charts with hits such as “Physical” and “You're the One That I Want”. Her sales topped 100 million records.

PRI's The World
Oil fire in Cuba jeopardizes frail electric system

PRI's The World

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 46:25


In Cuba, a fire at a key oil terminal on the coast in Matanzas is out of control, causing explosions, injuring hundreds and killing a firefighter. The implications for Cuba's electric grid are also dire. And, millions of Kenyans take to the polls to vote for the country's new leader on Tuesday. For the first time, the election has largely been framed as a discussion about Kenya's haves and have-nots. Also, dozens of police officers in Colombia have been killed while on duty this year. The attacks intensified after the leader of the drug cartel the Gulf Clan was extradited to the US in May. The group is also attempting to demonstrate its strength as President Gustavo Petro takes office. Plus, rents are soaring in Istanbul.

PBS NewsHour - Full Show
August 8, 2022 - PBS NewsHour full episode

PBS NewsHour - Full Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 53:12 Very Popular


Monday on the NewsHour, we examine the potential environmental, economic and political impact of the major climate and health care package passed by the Senate. Then, residents living near abandoned uranium mines fight to hold companies and the federal government accountable amid high rates of cancer. Plus, Kenyans prepare to head to the polls to select their next leader after a heated campaign. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

PBS NewsHour - World
Kenyans prepare to vote for a president after divisive race

PBS NewsHour - World

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 8:00


Kenyans will go to the polls on Tuesday to select a new president. In a nation with a history of contested and violent elections, this is the first time a member of the politically dominant Kikuyu tribe is not running. And many claim this is Kenya's first election in which class plays a greater role than ethnicity. Correspondent Neha Wadekar and filmmaker Jack Hewson report. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

PBS NewsHour - Segments
Kenyans prepare to vote for a president after divisive race

PBS NewsHour - Segments

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 8:00


Kenyans will go to the polls on Tuesday to select a new president. In a nation with a history of contested and violent elections, this is the first time a member of the politically dominant Kikuyu tribe is not running. And many claim this is Kenya's first election in which class plays a greater role than ethnicity. Correspondent Neha Wadekar and filmmaker Jack Hewson report. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

Africa Today
Chaos in Kenya ahead of polls

Africa Today

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 27:25


Hundreds of Kenyans rush to collect national identification cards necessary to cast their vote, while many others experience travel woes on the eve of the country's general elections.  Observers highlight a few issues ahead of the polls as the Electoral Commission suspends voting in four areas over ballot paper issues.  Plus  some Kenyans tell us about the panic-buying that's now started. Also, the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, is the latest international diplomat on  a charm offensive to woo the continent.. We hear from South Africa. And Ethiopia's Rophnan, DJ turned musician fuses electronic with traditional sounds.

PBS NewsHour - Politics
Kenyans prepare to vote for a president after divisive race

PBS NewsHour - Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 8:00


Kenyans will go to the polls on Tuesday to select a new president. In a nation with a history of contested and violent elections, this is the first time a member of the politically dominant Kikuyu tribe is not running. And many claim this is Kenya's first election in which class plays a greater role than ethnicity. Correspondent Neha Wadekar and filmmaker Jack Hewson report. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

PRI: Arts and Entertainment
Kenya's popular band Sauti Sol calls on Kenyans to vote

PRI: Arts and Entertainment

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022


Ahead of Kenya's presidential election on Tuesday, Afropop stars Sauti Sol are using their music to encourage young Kenyans to vote. “A lot of the youth in Kenya feel like their voice doesn't really count,” said band member Bien-Aimè Alusa. 

The History Hour
Fifty years since Asians were kicked out of Uganda

The History Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 52:07 Very Popular


Compilation of stories marking 50 years since Idi Amin expelled thousands of Asians from Uganda in 1972. We hear about why they migrated there, their expulsion, and what they did next. Jamie Govani's grandparents always dreamed about finding a better life away from India. After getting married in the Indian state of Gujarat in the 1920s, they decided to pack their bags and move to Uganda with their young family. It was a wonderful place to grow up for Jamie, but racial segregation lingered in the background, and things began to change after Ugandan independence in 1962. She's been speaking to Ben Henderson. As well as in Uganda, there was also an Asian population in Kenya, who experienced discrimination. This was initially from white settlers but, after independence, it came from black Kenyans too. Following the partition of India in 1947, Saleem Sheikh's parents fled to Kenya. His family joined a thriving Asian community there. But, they were forced to leave in the late 1960s after a rise in violence against the Asian population. Saleem tells Ben Henderson about his life. In August 1972, the dictator Idi Amin announced that all Asians had just 90 days to leave Uganda. Nurdin Dawood, who was a teacher with a young family, initially didn't believe that Amin was being serious. But soon he was desperately searching for a country to call home. He spoke to his daughter Farhana Dawood in 2011. Thousands of Asians who were expelled from Uganda in 1972 settled in the UK and many made the city of Leicester their home. They helped to shape the east Midlands city's identity with lots of new businesses. Now Leicester has the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India. Nisha Popat was nine-years-old when she arrived there with her family who later opened a restaurant in the area that became known as the Golden Mile. Nisha tells her story to Reena Stanton-Sharma. President Yoweri Museveni came to power in 1986. He encouraged exiled Asians to return to Uganda and reclaim their homes and businesses in order to rebuild the country. The economy had collapsed under the dictator Idi Amin. Dr. Mumtaz Kassam was one of the people who went back to Uganda years after arriving in the UK as a refugee. She talks to Reena Stanton-Sharma about returning to the country that had expelled her. (Picture of Jamie Govani's grandparents, aunts and uncles in Uganda in the 1950s)

From Our Own Correspondent Podcast
Kenya goes to the polls

From Our Own Correspondent Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 27:56


Kenyans go to the polls to elect a new president. Plus, our correspondent says farewell to the Philippines; the personal consequences of Poland's strict abortion laws; and how a women-only shopping mall is providing new opportunities in Yemen.

Africa Today
Has Senegal finally resolved the Casamance question?

Africa Today

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 23:20


The Senegalese government has signed a peace deal with rebels from the southern region of Casamance. Will it hold this time? Also, warnings of a hike in the price of rice. Can African countries step up to the plate production-wise? Plus, will Kenyans get leaders that tackle corruption this time around? And our resident presidents discuss Zimbabwe's new Chinese-built parliament, and they're not impressed!

PRI's The World
Brittney Griner gets 9-year sentence in Russia

PRI's The World

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 47:01


In Moscow on Thursday, WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison on drug charges. Griner was detained at the airport back in February, after security found vape cartridges with cannabis oil in her luggage. Last month, Griner pleaded guilty but said she packed the vape cartridges by mistake. And Kenya's presidential election is one week away, and polls show that the biggest issue for Kenyans is the high cost of living — especially when it comes to food. The prices of staple foods have risen more than 100% in some cases. Also, an empowered economy minister just took office in Argentina, with the mission to fix complex political and economic problems. Plus, the cheetah reappears in India after its local extinction 70 years ago. 

CORE Knowledge
ImPPPact Global Alliance | Jesse Nyokabi on CORE Knowledge Podcast

CORE Knowledge

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 41:28


Energy access is key to creating a sustainable future, eliminating poverty and improving health. Kenya is at 80% of Kenyans having access to energy, mostly due to their incredible renewable energy production. Geothermal is playing a major role in making Africa a hotspot for learnings, innovation, economic development, sustainable development, better quality of life and so much more. Can Geothermal help Africa become a major economic hub for energy, green hydrogen and beyond? Come listen in to my conversation with Jesse Nyokabi, a Green Energy Pacesetter and ImPPPact Global Alliance Ambassador for Kenya as we talk about the Sustainable Development Goals and how Kenya is leading the way for Africa with regards to Geothermal. ImPPPact Global Alliancehttp://www.impppact.org/Jesse Nyokabi https://www.linkedin.com/in/jesse-nyokabi-en297/Jesse's book recommendation Beyond Entrepreneurship by Jim CollinsJRG Energy www.jrgenergy.comGRChttps://grc2022.mygeoenergynow.org/CORE Knowledgehttps://www.linkedin.com/company/core-geothermal/Nick Cestari https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-cestari-48059268/ 

Africa Daily
Does Kenyan election matter to Africa?

Africa Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 14:37


Kenya, one of Africa's leading economies, will be electing a new president on 9 August. The main contenders seeking to replace President Uhuru Kenyatta are his deputy William Ruto and his long-time rival, now turned ally Raila Odinga. The election comes at a hard time for many Kenyans who are facing a surge in the cost of living, unemployment and severe climate change challenges, among others. But whoever takes over and becomes Kenya's fifth president will also work to make sure Kenya remains a key political and economic player in the region and in Africa. On today's Africa Daily Ferdinand Omondi sits down with BBC colleagues and fellow Kenyans; Beverly Ochieng and Dickens Olewe to discuss candidates vying to becoming Kenya's new president and look at whether Kenyan election should matter to the rest of the continent. Host: Ferdinand Omondi (@FerdyOmondi) Guests: Beverly Ochieng (@BeverlyOchieng), Dickens Olewe (@DickensOlewe)

Witness History
When Asians were forced to leave Kenya

Witness History

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 10:46


Many South Asians migrated to Kenya in the early 20th century. They lived in a society divided by race and experienced discrimination from the white rulers, and after Independence, from black Kenyans too. Saleem Sheikh's parents fled South Asia for Kenya to escape the violence of partition. His family joined a thriving Asian community there. But, they were forced to leave in 1967 after a rise in violence against the Asian population. This programme contains descriptions of racial discrimination. (Photograph of Saleem Sheikh (bottom right) with his brothers and sisters in Nairobi, Kenya in the 1960s)

Midnight Train Podcast
Crazy Sting Operations

Midnight Train Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 140:13


www.patreon.com/accidentaldads for bonus content and to support the show AND The Save The Music Foundation!   Top police stings   A sting operation is a deceitful operation used by law enforcement to apprehend criminals in the act of trying to commit a crime. In order to obtain proof of a suspect's misconduct, a typical sting involves an undercover law enforcement officer, investigator, or cooperative member of the public acting as a criminal partner or prospective victim and cooperating with a suspect's activities. Journalists for the mass media occasionally use sting operations to film and disseminate footage of illegal conduct.   Sting procedures are prevalent in many nations, including the United States, but are prohibited in others, like Sweden and France. Certain sting operations are prohibited, such as those carried out in the Philippines where it is against the law for police enforcement to act as drug traffickers in order to catch purchasers of illegal substances.   Examples   Offering free sports or airline tickets to lure fugitives out of hiding. Deploying a bait car (also called a honey trap) to catch a car thief Setting up a seemingly vulnerable honeypot computer to lure and gain information about hackers Arranging for someone under the legal drinking age to ask an adult to buy an alcoholic beverage or tobacco products for them Passing off weapons or explosives (whether fake or real), to a would-be terrorist Posing as: someone who is seeking illegal drugs, contraband, or child pornography, to catch a supplier (or as a supplier to catch a customer) a child in a chat room to identify a potential online child predator a potential customer of illegal prostitution, or as a prostitute to catch a would-be customer a hitman to catch customers and solicitors of murder-for-hire; or as a customer to catch a hitman a spectator of an illegal dogfighting ring a documentary film crew to lure a pirate to the country where a crime was committed.   Whether sting operations constitute entrapment raises ethical questions. Law enforcement might have to be careful not to incite someone who wouldn't have otherwise committed a crime to do so. Additionally, while conducting such operations, the police frequently commit the same crimes, like purchasing or selling narcotics, enticing prostitutes, etc. The defendant may raise the entrapment defense in common law jurisdictions.   Contrary to common belief, however, laws against entrapment do not forbid undercover police personnel from pretending to be criminals or deny that they are police officers. Entrapment is normally only a defense when suspects are coerced into confessing to a crime they probably would not have otherwise committed. However, the legal meaning of this coercion differs widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Entrapment might be used as a defense, for instance, if undercover agents forced a possible suspect to manufacture illicit narcotics in order to sell them. Entrapment has often not taken place if a suspect is already producing narcotics and authorities pretend as purchasers to apprehend them.   Operation Entebbe The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commandos successfully carried out Operation Entebbe or Operation Thunderbolt, a counterterrorism hostage-rescue mission, at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on July 4, 1976. A week earlier, on June 27, two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - External Operations (PFLP-EO) (who had previously split from the PFLP of George Habash) and two members of the German Revolutionary Cells hijacked an Air France Airbus A300 jet airliner carrying 248 passengers. The declared goal of the hijackers was to trade the hostages for the release of 13 detainees in four other countries and the release of 40 Palestinian terrorists and related prisoners who were detained in Israel. The flight, which had left Tel Aviv for Paris, was rerouted after a stopover in Athens through Benghazi to Entebbe, the country of Uganda's principal airport. The ruler Idi Amin, who had been made aware of the hijacking from the start[10], encouraged the hijackers and personally greeted them. The hijackers confined all Israelis and a few non-Israeli Jews into a separate room after transferring all captives from the plane to a deserted airport facility.  148 captives who were not Israelis were freed and taken to Paris over the course of the next two days. Ninety-four passengers—mostly Israelis—and the 12-person Air France crew were held captive and threatened with execution.  Based on information from the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, the IDF took action. If the demands for the release of the prisoners were not granted, the hijackers threatened to murder the hostages. The preparation of the rescue effort was prompted by this threat. These strategies included getting ready for armed opposition from the Uganda Army. It was a nighttime operation. For the rescue mission, Israeli transport planes flew 100 commandos to Uganda over a distance of 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles). The operation took 90 minutes to complete after a week of planning. Out of the 106 captives still held, 102 were freed, and three were murdered. In a hospital, the second captive was later slain. Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, the unit leader, was one of the five injured Israeli commandos. Netanyahu was Benjamin Netanyahu's elder sibling and the future Israeli prime minister. Eleven Soviet-built MiG-17s and MiG-21s of the Ugandan air force were destroyed, and all five hijackers and forty-five Ugandan troops were killed. Idi Amin gave the command to attack and kill Kenyans living in Uganda after the operation because Kenyan sources supported Israel. 245 Kenyans in Uganda were killed as a consequence, and 3,000 left the nation. In honor of Yonatan Netanyahu, the commander of the force, Operation Entebbe, which had the military codename Operation Thunderbolt, is occasionally referred to retroactively as Operation Jonathan.   Operation Valkyrie Senior Nazi military officers and Adolf Hitler convened in the Wolf's Lair in Rastenburg, Eastern Prussia, on July 20, 1944. Hitler's body was discovered scattered across the table as the Nazi military chiefs sat down to plan troop deployments on the Eastern Front when an explosion burst through the steamy meeting room. With the Führer's death, the Nazi threat to Europe could have been lifted. or so it seems at first.   Claus von Stauffenberg and his accomplices believed they had turned the course of World War II and maybe saved thousands of extra lives for a brief period of time in history. The July Plot, also known as Operation Valkyrie, was the most famous attempt to have Hitler killed, although it was ultimately unsuccessful for a variety of reasons, some of which are still unknown to this day. The July Plot Is Hatched Many Germans, including some of the country's top military figures, had begun to lose faith in Germany's ability to win the war by the summer of 1944. Hitler was widely held responsible for ruining Germany. The Wolfsschanze was one of Hitler's military headquarters. A number of prominent politicians and senior military figures devised a plan to murder the Führer by detonating a bomb at a conference there in order to spark political unification and a coup. Operation Valkyrie was the name of the strategy. The plan was that after Hitler's death, the military would assert that the murder was the result of a Nazi Party coup attempt, and the Reserve Army would take significant buildings in Berlin and detain senior Nazi figures. Carl Friedrich Goerdeler would become Germany's new chancellor, and Ludwig Beck would become its first president. The new administration wanted to negotiate a peaceful conclusion to the war, ideally with benefits for Germany. The main conspirators' motives varied, according to Philipp Freiherr Von Boeselager, one of the last remaining participants in the July Plot. Many of them only saw it as a means of avoiding military defeat, while others hoped to at least partially restore some of the nation's morals. They chose Claus von Stauffenberg, a young colonel in the German army, to carry out the assassination. Despite not being a member of the Nazi party in the traditional sense, Stauffenberg was a devoted German patriot. In the end, he came to think that if Germany was to be saved, it was his patriotic duty to expel Adolf Hitler. Hitler, though, had experienced assassination attempts before. Assassination attempts against Hitler had been more frequent since his spectacular ascent to the top of Germany's political scene in the late 1930s. Hitler, who was becoming more and more paranoid, frequently altered his plans without warning and at the last minute. What Went Wrong Stauffenberg entered the bunker at Wolfsschanze on July 20, 1944. The conference was planned to take place in a concrete, windowless subterranean bunker that was closed off by a large steel door. By making sure it happened within one of these facilities, the detonation would be confined and anyone nearby the explosive device would die quickly from the shrapnel. The conference was moved to an above-ground wooden bunker with better air circulation on July 20 due to the oppressively hot weather, according to Pierre Galante's Operation Valkyrie: The German Generals' Plot Against Hitler. Numerous windows, a wooden table, and other beautiful furniture were all present in the area, which meant that the potential explosion would be much diminished since the energy of the blast would be absorbed and diffused. Stauffenberg was aware that this was the case, but he nonetheless proceeded, assuming that two explosives would be sufficient to destroy the room and kill everyone within. Stauffenberg excused himself when he arrived, saying that he needed to change his clothing, and went to a private room. The two explosives needed to be armed and primed. However, he only had time to arm one of the two devices due to an unexpected phone call and a quick knock at his door. Thus, the possibility of a greater blast was cut in half. Stauffenberg realized that in order to cause any kind of harm, the explosive device needed to be placed as near to Hitler as possible. He was able to get a seat as near to Hitler as possible with only one other person between them by claiming that his hearing was impaired due to his wounds. Placing the bag as near to Hitler as possible, Stauffenberg then left the room pretending to take a personal call. The briefcase was accidentally shifted to the opposite side of a large wooden leg that was supporting the meeting room table as another official was taking a seat. The Aftermath Panic broke out after the device exploded at precisely 12:42 pm. Twenty individuals were hurt, including three cops who subsequently died from their injuries, and a stenographer was instantaneously murdered. Stauffenberg and his assistant Werner von Haeften leapt into a staff car and bluffed their way past three different military checkpoints to flee the mayhem at the Wolfsschanze complex because they believed that Hitler was indeed dead. Hitler, however, along with everyone else who was protected by the large wooden table leg, only suffered a few minor cuts and an eardrum perforation. He had fully torn-up pants, and the Nazi leadership would subsequently utilize pictures of them in a propaganda effort. Ian Kershaw, a historian, claims that during the explosion, contradictory news concerning Hitler's fate came. In spite of the disarray, the Reserve Army started detaining senior Nazi officials in Berlin. The entire scheme, however, was eventually thwarted by delays, unclear communication, and the announcement that Hitler was still alive. The conspirators were all given the death penalty in a hastily called court martial the same evening by General Friedrich Fromm. In the courtyard of the Bendlerblock, a makeshift firing squad murdered Stauffenberg, von Haeften, Olbricht, and another officer, Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim, while Ludwig Beck committed himself. At Berlin's Plötzensee jail, Berthold Stauffenberg was gently strangled while the incident was being recorded for Hitler to see. Hitler's life was ultimately saved that day by a number of interrelated reasons, but the conspirators were right that Germany was headed for disaster. Less than a year later, the Nazi leader and his closest advisers committed suicide. Operation Iceman Ever wonder what its like working undercover with an alleged murderer? Well, let's just say it's not hard to get a stuffy nose around this case… In fact, serial killer Richard Kuklinski's preferred method of murder involved using a nasal spray bottle to spritz cyanide into the faces of his victims. As a result, undercover agent Dominick Polifrone was never more on guard than during the 18 months he spent building a case against the so-called Iceman. “No matter where I went with him, I wore this leather jacket with a pocket sewn inside containing a small-caliber weapon,” recalls Polifrone, who gained his target's confidence and taped dozens of their conversations. “I knew that I was somewhere on his hit list. If he'd pulled out that nasal spray, I'd have to protect myself.” The streetwise New Jersey officer acquired enough proof before Kuklinski had suspicions, preventing that situation from occurring. Finally, the enormous 6-foot-4 gangland killer was apprehended thanks to his evidence. “I've met hundreds of bad guys, but Kuklinski was a totally different type of individual,” he tells The Post. “He was coldhearted — ice-cold like the devil. He had no remorse about anything.”  Kuklinski was captured by Polifrone in a combined operation between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the office of the New Jersey attorney general. The criminal, who was a leading suspect in the murder of a mobster whose body was found two years after his disappearance, was posing as a respectable businessman residing in suburban Dumont, New Jersey. The reason the medical examiners discovered ice in the muscle tissue was because Kuklinski, who earned his notoriety for frequently freezing the bodies of his victims and then defrosting them, erred that time. Police made an indirect connection between the deceased man and Kuklinski, who was charged with a number of previous homicides.  “We had to get something nobody knew,” recalls Polifrone. The sting only appears briefly on screen in the film. In order to gain Kuklinski's trust, Polifrone, a resident of Hackensack, New Jersey, pretended to be a "bad person" for a whole year and a half. They met in parks and rest areas along highways and discussed the horrific killings Kuklinski had carried out, including a Mafia hit in Detroit for which he was paid $65,000. Additionally, there were "statement killings." To put a dead canary in the mouth of a victim as a warning to other victims, one mafia leader paid him extra. Another occasion, Kuklinski made light of the fact that he saw a gang member consume an entire cheeseburger laced with cyanide before passing away while joking with Polifrone. Recalls the cop: “He told me that cyanide normally works real quick and easy, but that ‘this guy has the constitution of a God damn ox, and is just eating and eating.  “He said he almost ate the whole burger and then, bam, he's down!” Polifrone knew exactly how to play his role. “I laughed, of course,” he shrugs. “That's what bad guys do.”  Paradoxically, Kuklinski was a committed family man. He led a Jekyll-and-Hyde existence.  “He never socialized, gambled or messed around with other women,” adds Polifrone. “He lived for his wife and kids.” One minute he'd be repairing his daughters' toys, the next, dismembering a body with a chain saw and stuffing it into an oil drum. “He would come home and completely shut off this murderous component and seek security and love from his family,” says “Iceman” director Vromen. “He fulfilled the need to provide for them by killing.” Polifrone finally nailed Kuklinski after tricking him into buying what he thought was pure cyanide. A team of feds and ATF officers arrested him in December 1986. Twenty-eight years later, he reflects on the man who died, apparently of natural causes, in Trenton Prison in 2006 at age 70. Eyebrows were raised because he was due to appear as a witness at the trial of a Gambino family underboss. “I hope he died a slow death because of what he did to families and individuals,” concludes Polifrone. “He had no mercy. And if it was foul play, that's OK with me.” So let's talk about some controversial sting operations you may or may not have heard of.   ACORN Sting   Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is known as ACORN. ACORN was a group of neighborhood-based organizations in the US that supported low- and middle-income families. They also offered details on affordable housing and voter registration. James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, two young conservative activists, published recordings that had been edited with care in 2009. The two pretended to be a pimp and a prostitute before using a hidden camera to get unflattering answers from ACORN workers that seemed to give them advice on how to hide their prostitution business and avoid paying taxes.The plea for assistance in obtaining funding for a brothel didn't appear to deter the ACORN employees either. This sparked a national debate and led to a reduction in financing from public and private sources. ACORN declared on March 22, 2010, that it was disbanding and shutting all of its connected state chapters as a result of declining funding. Interesting fact: On January 25, 2010, James O'Keefe and three other people were detained on felony charges for allegedly tampering with the phones at Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu's office in New Orleans. O'Keefe stated that he was looking into claims that Landrieu's staff had dismissed constituent phone calls over the health care issue. O'Keefe recorded the action as they pretended to be telephone repairmen.In the end, they were accused with breaking into a government building under false pretenses, a misdemeanor. Following his admission of guilt, O'Keefe received a three-year probationary period, 100 hours of community service, and a $1,500 fine.   Operation West End The largest undercover news story in Indian journalism has been described like this. In order to expose the alleged culture of bribery inside the Indian Ministry of Defense, a well-known newspaper from India by the name of Tehelka—which translates as "sensation" in Hindi—started its first significant undercover operation, "Operation West End" in 2001. Two reporters from the publication pretended to be London-based armaments dealers from a fake firm. In the undercover film, numerous politicians and defense officials are shown discussing and accepting bribes in exchange for assisting them in obtaining government contracts, including Bangaru Laxman, secretary of the ruling BJP party. Laxman and Military Minister George Fernandes (shown above) resigned following the release of the tapes, and a number of other defense ministry employees were placed on administrative leave.   Interesting Fact: Instead of initially acting on the evidence from the sting operation, the Indian government accused the newspaper of fabricating the allegations. The main financial backers of Tehelka were made targets of investigations, and the newspaper company was almost ruined. In 2003, Tehelka was re-launched as a weekly newspaper, and was funded by faithful subscribers and other well-wishers. In 2007, Tehelka shifted to a regular magazine format.   Senator Larry Craig On June 11, 2007, an undercover police officer conducting a sting operation targeting males cruising for sex at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport detained Idaho Senator Larry Craig. Sgt. Dave Karsnia, the arresting officer, claimed that just after noon, the suspect entered a restroom and shut the door. Craig then moved into the stall next to him and propped his suitcase up against the stall door's front. By obscuring the front view, this is frequently done in an effort to hide sexual activity. Several minutes later, the officer claimed to have noticed Craig looking into his stall through a gap, tapping his right foot repeatedly, then moving it till it brushed Karsnia's. Craig then passed his hand under the stall divider into Karsnia's stall with his palm up and guided it along the divider toward the front of the stall three times. Karsnia then waved his badge back, to which the senator responded, “No!” The senator pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and paid a fine, but changed his mind after word of his arrest later became public. Craig claimed he just had a “wide stance”, and he only pleaded guilty to avoid a spectacle.An appeals court rejected his request to change his mind about entering a guilty plea. Craig completed his time in the Senate but was unable to have his case dismissed by the Senate Ethics Committee. Craig departed office on January 3, 2009, having not to run for reelection in 2008. Fascinating Fact: Soon after Craig was arrested, the men's room started to resemble a tourist destination, with people coming to seek directions and take photographs. Even restroom tissue may be purchased on eBay. Listen to the conversation between Senator Craig and Sgt. Karsnia immediately following the arrest here.   7 Sarah Ferguson was victimized by Mazher Mahmood, a reporter for the tabloid daily "News of the World," in May 2010. In order to set up a meeting with Ferguson, Mahmood pretended to be a wealthy international businessman. The Duchess, who was discreetly recorded throughout the encounter, offered to connect the "tycoon" with Prince Andrew's influential inner circle. "500,000 pounds when you can, to me, open doors," Sarah Ferguson is heard saying on the video. She may also be seen removing a briefcase that is holding $40,000 in cash. After the event was reported, Ferguson's spokesman claimed she was both "devastated" and "regretful." She said that she had been drinking before asking for the money and was "in the gutter at that point" in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Mazher Mahmood, the guy who pretended to be the tycoon, is referred to as the "Fake Sheikh" and has conned several famous people. No one is certain if that is his true name or what his real history is since he likes to make things as mysterious as possible. The journalist denies ever allowing his face to appear in any of his pieces and claims to have received several death threats. He also avoids public appearances.   Bait Cars The Minneapolis Police Department employed the first bait cars in the 1990s. The largest bait car fleet in North America is now situated in Surrey, British Columbia, which is widely regarded as the continent's "auto theft capital." The cars are carefully modified, equipped with GPS tracking equipment, audio/video surveillance, and an engine-disabling remote control. It has helped to lower car theft by 47% when it was introduced in Surrey, British Columbia, in 2004. In one of the more contentious bait vehicle stings, a lady was murdered nearly instantaneously after a robber driving a bait car drove into her in Dallas, Texas, in 2008. To resolve the litigation, $245,000 was given to the victim's family. Fact: The key to determining whether police are utilizing a bait car improperly and would result in entrapment is if they left it in a way that would tempt someone who would not ordinarily commit a crime. Here, you can view one of the more eye-catching (to put it mildly) bait vehicle stings. Many others will undoubtedly have the same thoughts as I had. “Where the heck was the kill switch?”   Marion Barry A well-known politician and former mayor of Washington, D.C., Marion Barry. Police were going to conduct an undercover narcotics transaction with former Virgin Islands official Charles Lewis on December 22, 1988, but they were turned back when they discovered Mayor Marion Barry was in Lewis's hotel room. This prompted a grand jury inquiry into potential mayor meddling in the narcotics probe. Barry testified for three hours in front of the grand jury before telling reporters he had done nothing wrong. Then, on January 18, 1990, Barry was arrested in a Washington, D.C. hotel after using crack cocaine in a room with his former girlfriend, who had turned informant for the FBI. This was the result of a sting operation put up by the FBI and D.C. Police. Barry said the now-famous phrase, "Bitch set me up," which has come to be linked with him. Following his arrest and subsequent trial, Barry made the decision not to run for mayor again. He was charged with 14 charges by a grand jury, including suspected grand jury perjury. The mayor could have spent 26 years in prison if found guilty on all 14 counts. Barry was only given a six-month prison term after the jury found him guilty of using cocaine. Barry campaigned for municipal council after being let out of prison. He garnered 70% of the vote due to his widespread popularity and the perception held by many that Marion Barry was the target of a political witch hunt by the government. Then, in 1995, Barry won a fourth term as mayor of Washington, D.C. Barry is currently back in his position on the D.C. city council. Regardless of your opinion on Marion Barry, you have to respect his perseverance and drive to help the people of Washington, D.C. The aforementioned occurrence is only a small portion of his remarkable life. A documentary titled "The Nine Lives of Marion Barry" was produced by HBO.    Joran Van der Sloot Dutch national Joran Van der Sloot is a key suspect in the case of Natalee Holloway, who vanished on May 30, 2005, while traveling to Aruba to celebrate her high school graduation. On March 29, 2010, Van der Sloot got in touch with Beth Twitty Holloway's mother's attorney John Q. Kelly, reviving the case. Van der Sloot promised to provide details about Holloway's demise and the whereabouts of her remains in exchange for a total of $250,000 with a $25,000 down payment. After Kelly and Twitty made contact with Alabama law enforcement, the FBI launched a sting operation. On May 10, Van der Sloot accepted a wire transfer of $15,000 to his Dutch bank account along with an additional cash payment of $10,000. He drove Kelly to the location of Holloway's remains in exchange for the cash. He indicated a home, saying that his father had assisted in burying the body in the foundation. The home had not yet been constructed when Holloway vanished, therefore this turned out to be untrue. Later, Van der Sloot informed Kelly through email that the entire incident was a fraud. At this point, police might have detained Van der Sloot for wire fraud and extortion, but they chose to wait while they worked to establish a case of murder against him. Van der Sloot was not only let free, he was also given permission to depart Aruba and travel to Bogotá, Colombia, and then Lima, Peru, with the money he had made from the operation. He met Stephany Flores Ramirez, a 21-year-old University of Lima business student, in a casino hotel in the city. Ramirez and Van der Sloot are seen entering a hotel room together on security footage, but only Van der Sloot is seen exiting. On June 2, Ramirez was discovered dead in the hotel room that Van der Sloot had booked, her neck broken and she had been battered to death. On May 30, 2010, precisely five years after Natalee Holloway vanished, Ramirez passed away. A person arrested Van der Sloot He admitted to the murder on June 3 and June 7. Fascinating fact: Van der Sloot is presently detained at Peru's Miguel Castro jail, where murder charges have been brought. He apparently now claims that if he is permitted to move to a jail in Aruba, he would tell the whereabouts of Natalee Holloway's remains.   Perverted Justice Stings Perverted-Justice is a group that uses volunteers to masquerade as juveniles online, often between the ages of 10-15, and wait for an adult to message or email the decoy back. If the topic becomes sexual, they won't actively reject it or support it. Then, in order to set up a meeting, they will attempt to identify the males by acquiring their phone numbers and other information. The group then provides law enforcement with the information. Additionally, Perverted-Justice has worked with the American reality show "To Catch a Predator." In Murphy, Texas, one of the more contentious instances took place in 2006. Louis Conradt (seen above), a district attorney in Texas, pretended to be a 19-year-old college student and had sexually explicit internet conversations with a person he thought was a 13-year-old kid. They hired an actress to portray the youngster on the phone when Conradt demanded images of the boy's genitalia. Conradt stopped returning phone calls and instant messages, so police and the reality program decided to conduct a search warrant operation at his residence. A gunshot was heard as the police entered the scene to make an arrest. Conradt was inside with a self-inflicted wound when they arrived, and he eventually passed away at a hospital. 23 people were taken into custody for online solicitation of minors as a consequence of the sting operation in Murphy, Texas. Due to inadequate evidence, none of the 23 instances were prosecuted as of June 2007. Conradt's family launched a $105 million lawsuit against Dateline's To Catch a Predator series. The dispute was ultimately resolved outside of court. All next episodes' development was halted by the network in 2008. Rachel Hoffman On February 22, 2007, a traffic stop in Tallahassee, Florida, resulted in Rachel Hoffman being found in possession of 25 grams of marijuana. Then, on April 17, 2008, police searched her flat and found 4 ecstasy tablets and 151.7 grams of marijuana. Police allegedly threatened to put her in jail unless she worked as an undercover informant for them, according to her account. She was then dispatched untrained to an undercover gathering to purchase a weapon and a significant quantity of narcotics from two alleged drug traffickers. The suspects relocated the drug purchase while she was there. When she departed the buy place in the car with the two suspects, the police officers who were keeping an eye on the sting lost sight of her. The identical gun she was intended to purchase was used to kill her by the two suspects while they were in motion. Two days later, her corpse was discovered close to Perry, Florida. One of the murder suspects was convicted of first-degree murder and given a life sentence without the possibility of parole on December 17, 2009, which would have been Rachel Hoffman's 25th birthday. Trial for the second murder suspect is set for October 2010. Interesting Fact: On May 7, 2009, a law called “Rachel's Law” was passed by the Florida State Senate. Rachel's Law requires law enforcement agencies to (a) provide special training for officers who recruit confidential informants, (b) instruct informants that reduced sentences may not be provided in exchange for their work, and (c) permit informants to request a lawyer if they want one.    Mr. Big The Royal Canadian Mounted Police created Mr. Big, sometimes known as "the Canadian method," in the early 1990s in response to unsolved killings. It is employed in Canada and Australia, but many other nations, like the United States and England, view it as entrapment. The technique works something like this: An undercover police unit poses as members of a fictitious gang, into which the suspect is inducted. The suspect is invited to participate in a series of criminal activities (all faked by the police). In addition, the “gang members” build a personal relationship with the suspect, by drinking together and other social activities. After some time, the gang boss, Mr. Big, is presented to him. The police have a fresh interest in the first crime, and the suspect is instructed to provide the gang with further information. They clarify that Mr. Big might be able to affect the course of the police investigation, but only if he confesses to the full extent of the crime. He is also warned that if he conceals any other previous offenses, the gang could decide against working with him in the future since he would be a burden. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are shown in the picture above carrying the hats of the four officers who were killed in Edmonton, Canada, in 2005 at a memorial service. Two of the men serving prison sentences for the murders made confessions to Mr. Big operatives.Interesting Fact: In British Columbia, the technique has been used over 180 times, and, in 80% of the cases, it resulted in either a confession or the elimination of the suspect from suspicion. However, cases of false confessions and wrongful convictions have recently come to the public's attention, and many are starting to question the controversial technique. In 2007, a documentary was made, called Mr. Big, that was very critical of the procedure.   You can't talk about undercover operations without talking about the mob. Here are five badasses who infiltrated the mob.   In law enforcement, working as an undercover officer carries the high risk of discovery by criminal suspects, leading to violence, torture and death. But the rewards can be huge, with wire recordings and eyewitness testimony that can result in arrests and convictions. A trained officer knows how to strategize, win the confidence of their targets and get them to reveal what's needed to build a case to take to trial. It requires an unusual kind of person, able to work under stress, stay focused, pull off the character he or she is playing and be prepared to tell many lies. What follows here is a list of five remarkable individuals whose undercover operations, despite real dangers, resulted in the convictions of leaders and associates of organized crime, over almost a century. This list leaves out many other famous undercover officers, whom we would like to recognize in the future. Perhaps because of the gravity of the investigations, and the financial resources required, all of these undercover officers worked for agencies of the U.S. government. MICHAEL MALONE Mike Malone worked undercover for the Treasury Department's Intelligence Unit. In the late 1920s, he infiltrated Al Capone's Chicago Outfit and helped convict the crime boss of tax evasion. Michael Malone had all the makings of an undercover agent who would successfully infiltrate Al Capone's Chicago gang for nearly two years. Malone, whose parents came over from Ireland, grew up in New Jersey and meshed well with its European immigrants, eventually learning to speak Gaelic, Italian, Yiddish and Greek. With his “black Irish” dark hair and skin, he resembled someone from southern Europe. After finessing his way into Capone's inner circle in 1929, Malone proved invaluable to his superiors in the Treasury Department pursuing a tax evasion case against the Chicago crime boss. Despite the danger, Malone kept an iron will. Blowing his cover would have proved fatal. But given his skills, it didn't happen. While Malone kept up the charade, he delivered information that proved incriminating not only for Capone, but for his top enforcer, Frank Nitti (aka Nitto). Malone remained disguised within Capone's bootlegging band even for a time after the feds filed tax charges against Capone, Nitti and Capone's brother, Ralph, in 1931. When Capone's jury trial commenced, and the Treasury Department removed Malone from his undercover job, the agent gained a bit of respect from the embarrassed gang chief himself. In the Chicago courthouse, Malone happened to enter an elevator where Capone stood with his defense lawyers. “The only thing that fooled me was your looks,” Capone is said as to have remarked to Malone. “You look like a Wop. You took your chances, and I took mine. I lost.” From 1929 to 1931, Malone fed intelligence about Capone that would culminate in the historic conviction of the nation's most notorious Mob boss. His fascinating story began after his service in World War I. With law enforcement his career goal, Malone joined the Treasury Department's Intelligence Unit later known as the “T-Men.” Early on, in the 1920s, Malone appreciated how donning disguises brought him closer to the suspects. He posed in everyman roles such as garbage man and shoe shiner. Elmer Irey, chief of the Intelligence Unit, had worked with undercover agent Malone on Prohibition cases. Once, Irey enlisted Malone to smash a West Coast version of “Rum Row,” rumrunners selling contraband Canadian liquor from ships off the coast of San Francisco. Malone posed as gangster from Chicago in hiding, with money to invest in illegal booze. He devised a nighttime sting operation. Agents posing as bootleggers drove speedboats out to the booze-laden mother ship and, after money changed hands, Malone fired off a flare, signaling the U.S. Coast Guard, which boarded the mother ship and arrested the astonished bootleggers. President Herbert Hoover entered office in March 1929, a few weeks following the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, where seven men associated with Capone's bitter rival in bootlegging, George “Bugs” Moran, died in gunfire. Hoover conferred with Irey and urged him to compile a team of special agents to “get Capone” on tax charges. Meanwhile, another team of Prohibition Unit agents in Chicago, headed by Eliot Ness, would attack Capone on violations of federal liquor laws under the Volstead Act. Irey appointed Special Agent Frank Wilson, Malone and several others to the get Capone team. Meanwhile, a group of wealthy business executives in Chicago, called the Secret Six, donated large sums of money for expenses to assist the feds in getting Capone. Malone used their largess to purchase some expensive clothing to look the part of a well-heeled hoodlum that Capone would envy. Malone set about infiltrating Capone's underworld at its core – the Lexington Hotel, where the boss and his men lived. Wearing a fancy suit, purple shirt and white hat, Malone sat in the lobby, reading newspapers for days on end. He spoke in an Italian accent, introduced himself as “Mike Lepito,” met Capone men playing craps and played the part of a mobster. He mailed letters to friends in Philadelphia, who wrote back. Capone's guys broke into his room, noted his pricey checkered suits and silk underwear. They opened his mail from Philadelphia, read the letters written, impressively, in underworld lingo they understood. They informed Capone. Finally, Capone sent a cohort down to the lobby to ask “Lepito” about his business in town. “Keeping quiet,” Malone replied in his Italian inflection. In the coming days, over drinks, Malone told the guy he was on the lam for burglary in Philadelphia. That got Malone invitations to play poker and trade gossip with the gang, then dinner at their hangout, the New Florence, and then to attend the birthday party Capone planned for Frank Nitti at the Lexington. Malone met Capone at Nitti's party. The secret agent's new acquaintances included big-shot hoods Nitti, “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn, Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik, Paul “The Waiter” Ricca, Murray “The Camel” Humphreys and Sam “Golf Bag” Hunt. Malone was in. He discreetly phoned Wilson about what he'd overheard within the gang. Wilson and his aides traced signatures on bank checks while pursuing tax evasion cases against Nitti and Guzik. A federal court in Chicago convicted Guzik, who got a five-year sentence. But Nitti skipped town. Malone, assigned to find him, followed Nitti's wife to an apartment building in Berwyn, Illinois. There, the cops nabbed Nitti, later sentenced to 18 months in prison for tax evasion. Then the police pinched Al himself following his 1931 indictment on tax charges. “Mike Lepito” was there at the Lexington when Al Capone arrived back, triumphant about his release on $50,000 bail. Malone listened and reported to Wilson about Capone's scheme to bribe and fix the jury in his favor. The feds moved quickly and a judge created a new list of jurors. Malone then reported Capone's plot to hire five gunman from New York to kill four federal officials in Chicago – including Wilson. With safety measures in place, Capone ordered the gunmen to leave town. Capone's trial, after a judge refused to plea bargain with the Mob boss, started in October 1931. Four days afterward, Malone finally gave up the act. The news spread fast to Capone and his men. Malone had heard that Phil D'Andrea, Capone's bodyguard, planned to bring a concealed gun into the courthouse. Malone and another agent frisked and disarmed D'Andrea, and had him arrested. A jury Capone could not fix found the boss guilty on 22 criminal counts. The judge gave him 11 years in the federal pen and a $50,000 fine, plus court costs. Months later, in early 1932, the Intelligence Unit had Malone, Irey, Wilson and Special Agent A. P. Madden probe the kidnapping of aviator Charles Lindbergh's son. The team's persistence paid off within two years, with the capture (and conviction) of suspect Bruno Hauptman, who still had some of the marked currency the agents convinced Lindbergh to use as ransom money. Malone had other notable cases. In 1933, Irey assigned him to find fugitive New York gangster Waxey Gordon, wanted for tax evasion. Malone located Gordon in a remote cottage in the Catskill Mountains. Special Prosecutor Thomas Dewey took the case, and the court put Waxey away for 10 years. A year later, Malone infiltrated Louisiana Governor Huey “Kingfish” Long's crooked crew. After Long's assassination, the IRS won a tax fraud conviction against Malone's target, Long's close aide, Seymour Weiss. In his last undercover operation before his death, the Intelligence Unit gave Malone a large amount of cash and a Cadillac to use in Miami Beach, disguised as a rich syndicate man. He found and reported what the agency wanted – details of a coast-to-coast illegal abortion ring. After Malone's death in 1960, Wilson described him to a news reporter as “the best undercover agent we ever had.” JOSEPH PISTONE Joe Pistone is one of the FBI's most celebrated undercover agents. Using the name Donnie Brasco, he infiltrated the New York Mafia and helped produce 200 indictments. Courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In New York City during the mid-1970s, the FBI investigated a rash of truck hijackings happening each day. The agency assigned agent Joseph “Joe” Pistone to go undercover for six months to find out where the Mob-connected thieves took the stolen cargo. His adopted name was “Donnie Brasco.” He was so effective as a wiseguy that the FBI let him keep it up. No one knew how far the investigation would lead, or what it would mean for Pistone, who started as an agent in 1969. His experience would eventually prompt the mobsters in New York to put out a $500,000 contract for his murder, but it never happened. In the end, the evidence and trial testimony he provided in the 1980s produced 200 indictments of Mob associates and more than 100 convictions. His work decimated the Bonannos, one of New York's five major crime families. Pistone's journey while undercover, impersonating a mobbed-up jewel thief, would last an incredible five years, from 1976 to 1981, during which he penetrated the upper levels of the Bonnano organization. No FBI agent had made it inside the Mob like that. The agency beforehand had to rely on informants. Pistone took a class to learn about jewelry to make his affectation believable. In Brooklyn and Manhattan, he roamed bars and restaurants frequented by Mob types. He communicated using the street smarts he absorbed growing up as a working-class Italian-American kid in Paterson, New Jersey, where he went to Italian social clubs and encountered local hoods. Years in, he had the Bonanno circle so convinced that it moved to have him a “made” man shortly before the FBI ended his assignment. At first he befriended low-level mobsters. He wore a wire to record conversations, and committed to memory names and license plates since taking notes would obviously raise red flags. By 1976, he'd won the trust of important Bonnano members, notably family soldier Benjamin “Lefty Guns” Ruggiero, said to have killed 26 people, and capo Dominick “Sonny Black” Napolitano. Ruggerio recommended him so that he could join the clan. Pistone's Mob activities centered in New York and Florida, taking him away from his wife and young daughters for extended times. Pistone even had to vacation with his demanding cohorts. He moved his family members out of state for their protection. As “Donnie Brasco,” Pistone helped Ruggerio transfer stolen goods and sell guns. He engaged in loansharking, extortion and illegal gambling. Once, while pretending to be an expert in burglar alarms, angry Mob associates intent on committing burglaries demanded he reveal the name of a mobster who would vouch for him. The FBI used an informant to quell their suspicions. In the 1997 film Donnie Brasco, undercover agent Joe Pistone is played by Johnny Depp, left. Al Pacino, right, plays Benjamin “Lefty” Ruggiero. In 1981, the situation intensified again when the crime family commanded him to kill an adversary. The FBI pulled him out of the sting. It was time to start making cases, and for him to testify in open court as himself. Starting in 1982, Pistone's testimony over the next several years in racketeering cases sent more than 100 mobsters to long prison terms. Prosecutors considered him crucial to convicting 21 defendants in the “Pizza Connection” case of pizzerias used to traffic in heroin and launder money for the Sicilian Mafia. Pistone went into hiding and later retired from the FBI, unscathed, in 1986. In the 1990s, Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, former underboss for the Gambino family who turned FBI informant, said the embarrassment from the “Brasco” case drove bosses in New York's crime families to suspend the Bonanno group from its board of directors. But Pistone couldn't stay retired. In 1992, at age 53, he requested reinstatement with the FBI, which agreed only if he would enter the agency's strict training class, lasting 16 weeks at its base in Quantico, Virginia. Pistone endured the rigorous course alongside recruits in their 20s. He passed and the FBI rehired him, at least until the mandatory retirement age of 57. Pistone's 1988 book on his undercover experiences, Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia, was a bestseller. Based on the book, actor Johnny Depp portrayed Pistone in the 1997 feature film Donnie Brasco, with Al Pacino as Ruggerio. JACK GARCIA Jack Garcia was an FBI undercover agent of Cuban descent who convinced members of the Italian-American Mafia that he was Italian. He took part in more than 100 undercover investigations over a 26-year career. Before he succeeded in infiltrating New York's Gambino crime family, FBI agent Joaquin “Jack” Garcia had to go school. That is, the FBI's “mob school,” where he received an education in how to hit the ground running with veteran mobsters. His teacher was special agent Nat Parisi. First off, Parisi said, do not carry a wallet – wiseguys carry wads of currency, often bound by the kind of rubber band grocery stores use to keep broccoli together. Also, correctly pronouncing Italian food matters – as Tony Soprano might say, those long pasta shells are not “manicotti,” but “manicote.” Another valuable lesson he learned is that his Mob brethren loved compliments – his favorite one: “Where did you get those nice threads? You look like a million dollars.” In his 26-year career as an FBI agent, Garcia took part in more than 100 undercover investigations, from Miami to New York, Atlantic City and Los Angeles, targeting mobsters, drug traffickers and corrupt politicians and cops. He participated in the highest number of undercover cases in FBI history. In many of his capers, he impersonated a mobster, using the name “Jack Falcone” (in honor of the Italian judge Giovanni Falcone, killed by the Sicilian Mafia in the 1990s). As a backstory, he told his Mob marks about having a Sicilian pedigree (actually he's a native of Havana and grew up in the Bronx) with an expertise in stealing and fencing stolen goods, with jewelry as his specialty. Sometimes, he had to run several undercover roles at once. He took advantage of his fluency in Spanish and Italian, being careful not to mix things up when the phone rang. In the early 2000s, the FBI chose Garcia for what would be the most fruitful infiltration of an organized crime family since Joe Pistone's in the 1970s. While undercover as “Jack Falcone” with the Gambino's family's chapter in Westchester County, New York, for two years, he flashed cash, Rolex watches, diamond rings, flat-screen TVs and other supposed stolen property (items seized in other FBI cases). Much of the cash he held went to pay for expensive dinners – mobsters, he said, are notoriously cheap when the check comes. He gained 80 pounds over the two years. One mobster in particular who liked his money and goods, and would become his almost daily companion, was Gambino capo Gregory DePalma. An “old school” hood who in 2003 finished serving 70 months for racketeering, DePalma right away threatened violence and extorted owners of Westchester-area construction firms, strip joints, restaurants and other businesses. Garcia said he witnessed DePalma commit a crime almost every day. The FBI had Garcia pose as a wiseguy seeking to invest in a topless bar in the Bronx. Garcia's inquiries led him to meet DePalma in 2003. By providing stolen property for DePalma to sell for cash, Garcia convinced him that “Jack Falcone” was an experienced jewelry thief and fencer from Miami. When Garcia hung out with DePalma over the two-year period, he wore a body wire, and the FBI planted bugging devices at DePalma's hangouts. Garcia gave DePalma a cell phone that the talkative mob capo used prodigiously, not knowing the FBI had bugged it. The operation yielded 5,000 hours of recorded conversations used to implicate DePalma and other Gambino men in racketeering. In 2005, DePalma planned to honor “Falcone” by rendering him “made” within the Gambino family. In a recorded conversation, Garcia as “Falcone” replied to DePalma, “I'm honored for that,” he said, in the tape later used in court. “I will never let you down either.” But it wasn't to be. After Garcia witnessed a Gambino soldier beat another member with a crystal candlestick, the FBI shut down the undercover operation. (Garcia and Pistone are the only law enforcement officers ever nominated to be “made.”) Garcia's efforts inside the Gambino crew paid off big time. The evidence he delivered for the FBI resulted in the arrest of 32 Gambino members and associates, including DePalma, Gambino boss Arnold “Zeke” Squitieri and underboss Anthony “The Genius” Megale. DePalma went to trial in 2006. Garcia, who retired from the FBI two months before the trial started, agreed to testify in federal court in Manhattan. The jury found DePalma guilty on 27 counts, and the judge gave the 74-year-old a 12-year prison term. Like Pistone, Garcia's undercover career is chronicled in a memoir, Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family. KIKI CAMARENA Kiki Camarena was an undercover agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Mexico. After contributing information that led to major drug busts, he was tortured and murdered by drug cartel bosses in 1985. Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, the late Drug Enforcement Administration agent assigned to investigate drug trafficking in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the 1980s, is famous as one of the most heroic DEA agents ever. But he is more well-known in death than in life. His torture-murder in Mexico in 1985 took place at the hands of drug cartel bosses with the complicity of high-level Mexican government officials, law enforcement and, allegedly, the CIA. At the time, the Reagan administration was secretly training and supplying Central American guerilla fighters, known as the “Contras,” against the leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua. The U.S. government allegedly granted the cartel bosses free rein to traffic drugs – to the point of using CIA-recruited American pilots to fly cocaine into the United States to sell for cash so the cartel could make donations to buy more weaponry for the Contras. Camarena, born in Mexicali, Mexico, in 1947, moved with his impoverished family to Calexico, California. He served as a firefighter in Calexico, and with a strong desire for police work, joined the Imperial County Sheriff's Department, moving up to its narcotics task force. The experience led to his career in the DEA starting in 1975. Assigned to the DEA office in the “narco paradise” of Guadalajara in 1980, Camarena was a convincing undercover officer with his appearance and ability to speak Spanish and barrio “street” language to fit in with the drug underworld. His target was the powerful Guadalajara drug cartel (which later evolved into the Sinaloa cartel). In the early 1980s, in what he called “Operation Padrino,” Camarena arranged for U.S. agents to seize international bank accounts held by wealthy cartel drug lords. He developed evidence of major marijuana plantations in the Mexican state of Zacatecas, based on informants and overflights in a plane flown by his DEA pilot, Alfredo Zavala Avelar. In November 1984, from his background work, Mexican federal police and the DEA raided enormous pot-growing operations on a ranch in Zacatecas that employed thousands of field hands. The task force confiscated 20 tons of marijuana, burned the crop and made 177 arrests. The bust cost cartel figure Rafael Caro Quintero about $50 million. Caro Quintero believed his operation had the protection of the Mexican army, and the CIA, since he owned a farm used to train the U.S.-backed Contras. He vowed revenge against Camarena. Meanwhile, a DEA force organized by Camarena seized a large cache of cocaine shipped by cartel boss Miguel Felix Gallardo's operation to New Mexico and Texas. Gallardo also believed he had CIA and Mexican official protection. During the fall of 1984, Quintero held meetings with top cartel traffickers Gallardo, Ernesto “Don Neto” Fonseco Carrillo and Ruben Zuno Arce. Also present, thanks to rampant corruption bought by the Guadalajara cartel, were Mexico's minister of domestic affairs and DFA chief Manuel Bartlett Diaz, plus Mexico's defense minister, the head of Mexico's Interpol office and the governor of the state of Jalisco. The agenda was to kidnap Camarena and get him to reveal his informants and other information. Zuno Arce gave the order. Fonseca only intended to scare and release him, but Quintero wanted to kill the DEA man. On February 7, 1985, Quintero and Gallardo directed their henchmen to kidnap Camarena off a street in Guadalajara. As the agent walked from the U.S. consulate to meet his wife for lunch, they forced him at gunpoint into a car and drove him to a residence used for cartel rendezvous. They bound and blindfolded him, turned on a tape recorder and questioned him, during which he was severely beaten and tortured. The lead interrogator was the crooked head of the secret police in Guadalajara, Sergio Espino Verdin. The cartel men wanted to know what Camarena knew about them, their dealings with Mexican officials and the CIA's involvement in drug trafficking. The gangsters also brought in and beat up Zavala, Camarena's pilot. Both men died about two days later, angering Fonseco, who told Quintero not to kill Camarena. Camarena's wife reported him missing and Washington launched what would be the largest manhunt in the history of the DEA. The cartel had the two men's bodies buried, then dug up and relocated to a farm in another state, where Mexican police found them in early March. During his funeral a week later, Camarena's family interred his ashes in Calexico. His slaying triggered an international incident. U.S. officials ordered all cars from Mexico at the border searched, effectively closing it. The investigation revealed the CIA connection, leading to bitter clashes between CIA and DEA agents. A federal court in Los Angeles charged 22 defendants in the murders of Camarena and Zavala. Under pressure, Mexican authorities acted, arresting 13 men. Mexican courts convicted Fonseco, Quintero and Espino, and sentenced each to 40 years, although Quintero won early release on a technicality in 2013. U.S. officials are still seeking Quintero to face federal charges. Mexican police arrested Gallardo in 1989, and he received 40 years. A court in Los Angeles found Zuno Arce guilty in the murders in 1990, sentenced him to two life terms in prison, where he died in 2012. In Camarena's honor, in 1985 the National Family Partnership started the National Red Ribbon Campaign, a volunteer anti-drug use and education effort that urges youths to recite a pledge to refrain from drugs, and celebrates “Red Ribbon Week” on drug awareness each October. Camarena's is featured as a character, played by actor Michael Pena, in a chapter of the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico, about on his actions with the DEA. JAY DOBYNS Jay Dobyns went undercover with the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang for 20 months in Arizona on behalf of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. His work led to 16 arrests. For Jay Dobyns, fitting in with the infamous biker gang the Hells Angels for almost two years meant adhering to his undercover alter ego, Jay “Bird” Davis, to the point of obsession. To maintain his cover, he had to divert his mind away from his wife and kids. And it all would be worth it – at least that's what he thought at the time. Dobyns had hit on his best clandestine ruse yet while in Arizona in 2001, after 15 years of service as an undercover special agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. While working undercover cases in the late 1980s for the ATF, he'd been injured twice – from a gunshot wound to the back from a suspect in Tucson and when gunrunners hit him with a car during an attempted getaway in Chicago. He took part in investigations of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Other undercover roles of his ended in the arrests of a Mexican drug boss and members of the Aryan Brotherhood gang. Altogether, he served in more than 500 undercover operations disguised as a hitman and Mob debt collector. He infiltrated organized crime groups and gangs engaged in drug and arms smuggling. In 2001, to gather intelligence as “Davis” for the ATF in northern Arizona, Dobyns worked in the Bullhead City area, posing as a gun seller and an enforcer for a nonexistent collections agency. But his operation was interrupted in 2002 with the now-famous riot and shootout among members of the Angels and a competing biker gang, the Mongols, at the Harrah's casino in nearby Laughlin, Nevada, during the annual River Run motorcycle rally. Two Angels and one Mongol died and dozens of people were injured. The ATF brass soon redirected him to penetrate the dangerous Hells Angels club. Dobyns certainly had the physical part down with his beard and six-foot, one-inch frame he used as an all-conference football player for the University of Arizona. Later, an Angels member would apply tattoos covering his upper arms. Dobyns teamed with another ATF agent, two other undercover officers and a pair of paid informants. The idea was to create a fake biker gang with the aid of one of the informants who once served in a motorcycle gang based in Tijuana, Mexico. The gangster informant and Dobyns would run the gang, called the Solo Angeles, promote it as a pro-Hells Angels crew and request to join the Angels as a “nomad” chapter. The ATF named the setup “Operation Black Biscuit.” As a convincer, Dobyns and his fellow agent feigned an execution of a Mongol member, tying up an agent, placing cow's brains and bloody Mongol clothing on him and taking a photo. Based on the picture, the Angels took the bait and let them hang out and ride with them. They trusted him so much they offered to make him a member of the Angels' Skull Valley Chapter. He was the first law enforcement officer to infiltrate the Angels. His undercover penetration of the Angels lasted more than 20 months, one of the longest ever for the ATF. His work ended with 16 arrests from the Angels gang. But the criminal case, amid problems between the ATF and Justice Department lawyers, fell through in federal court. Federal prosecutors blamed the ATF, saying the agency did not reveal evidence from informants. In 2006, the feds dropped racketeering enterprise charges – the most serious — against all but four of 42 Angels charged in the Laughlin riot. Dobyns' battle with his own employer, the ATF, soon began. He filed suit in federal court against the agency alleging it did not protect him while he was on duty. He won a $373,000 settlement in 2007. The next year, Dobyns's wife and two kids barely escaped after someone firebombed the family home in Tucson. The ATF investigated Dobyns himself as a suspect in the arson. Investigators cleared him. In 2014, the year he retired after 27 years with the ATF, he filed another suit, for $17.2 million, saying the ATF failed to safeguard his family amid death threats. A judge awarded him $173,000. During an appeal, the judge voided the monetary judgment, but recommended discipline for ATF personnel and barred seven Justice Department attorneys from the case. He ordered a special master to investigate government actions in the case, and possible misconduct by the feds in the arson investigation. But the judge died of cancer. The special master in a report said that the first case was fair enough and required no further probe into the federal government. A new judge accepted the recommendation. Dobyns has authored two books, one on his undercover experiences, another on his travails with the ATF. These days, he delivers lectures on his life to audiences at universities and law enforcement associations nationwide. And now some of our infamous quick hitters:   Donald Duck decoy   Police in Fort Lee, New Jersey used a Donald Duck costume as a decoy to catch drivers who failed to yield to pedestrians. Drivers who didn't stop for the cartoon duck were ticketed. One woman, Karen Haigh, fought her $230 ticket.   "They told me that I was getting a ticket for not stopping for a duck," she told Eyewitness News. "But it scared me. I'm a woman. This huge duck scared me."  Coco the Clown   These old clips from the show COPS show a strange undercover police sting, and proves the adage that clowns are usually scary or just creepy. One cop dressed up as Coco the Clown, an outfit that kind of resembles John Wayne Gacy, to catch women working as sex workers. Spoiler: he pretty much sprays all of them with silly string and the whole thing is sad to watch. Amish woman   At least one cop from the Pulaski Township Police Department in Pennsylvania dressed up as an Amish woman in an attempt to catch a sexual predator. Sgt. Chad Adams of the Pulaski Township Police Department wandered the streets for two months in 2014 after police were tipped off that a predator was masturbating in front of children, according to the Associated Press. He posted on the department's Facebook page, “Hey friends, sometimes being a police officer means going undercover and doing what you have to do to catch the bad guy. Now that our investigation is complete I'll share with you this photo! Back in January we had an individual preying on Amish children walking home from school. The male individual was pulling up to the children and getting out of his car and masturbating in front of them. Although we did not apprehend the individual we believe he was caught in another county. I wanted to share with you that we will use all means available to try and protect our children. That includes dressing up as an Amish woman to attempt to apprehend a pervert! Thanks goes out to the Neshannock police and New Wilmington police in assistance with the investigation! Sincerely, Sergeant Chad Adams.”   Sadly, the sting didn't work, but police believe it is because the culprit moved into another county.   DVD Prize sting   Police in Phoenix, Arizona set up a sting to catch people with outstanding warrants, mostly DUIs, in 2002. The people were told they won a DVD player. People thought they were showing up to pick up their prize. Instead, they walked right into their own arrest. Watch as these suspects went from excited to shocked to sad. Panhandling trick   In 2015, undercover cops in California posed as panhandlers to ticket distracted drivers. They stood on the side of the road, posed as panhandlers and holding signs that identified them as police officers. The pieces of cardboard they were holding also stated that they were looking for seatbelt and cellphone violations. For those drivers who weren't paying attention

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Global Dispatches -- World News That Matters
Kenya is Holding a High-Stakes Election

Global Dispatches -- World News That Matters

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 31:18


Kenyans will go to the polls on August 9th to elect a new president. The current president, Uhuru Kenyatta, is term limited from seeking re-election and the two main candidates are both very familiar figures in Kenyan politics.  William Ruto is currently the Deputy to President Kenyatta. But the two men had a falling out and now President Kenyatta is backing Ruto's main rival, Raila Odinga. For his part, this is Odinga's fifth time running for president.  Kenya has a recent history of highly competitive elections that are sometimes accompanied by violence. Disputed elections in 2007 lead to over 1,000 people killed and hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes. On the line with me to help make sense of all this political intrigue and explain the significance of these elections is Caroline Kimeu. East Africa Correspondent for The Guardian.   

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Ep. 149: A conversation with fellows Soinato Leboo and Gretchen Walch and Kenyans going abroad

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Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2022 41:33


Fellows Soinato Leboo and Gretchen Walch speak to some of their Kenyan friends about the phenomenon of Kenyans moving out of the country to live abroad.  Does going abroad automatically make you successful? And what are the other myths that Kenyan people may believe about what it means to move to another country? Don't forget that applications are now open for our non-resident fellows program! Learn more about how to become a fellow in our show notes below.  Books, Links, & ArticlesNon-resident fellows Soinato Leboo and Gretchen WalchApply to become a 2022-23 non-resident fellow

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The Climate Report #337 Regenerative Farming in Kenya and the USA

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Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 28:54


I had a chance to speak with a group of Kenyans about farming. Here's what I had to say. It applies to the US, just as well. If we farm regeneratively, and/or get our food from farmers who do so, then we will experience a range of benefits, in terms of nutrition, water quality, climate and community wealth building. I recommend rotational grazing of livestock and practicing the principles of soil health in our crop fields and vegetable gardens.

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Top 10 Worlds Storylines, Tygart Speaks on Shelby, London Marathon Women's Field Announced

LetsRun.com's Track Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 103:33 Very Popular


The World Champs are 10 days away in Eugene and at 50:32 we start breaking them down with the 10 storylines we're most excited about. Before that we have a little drug talk, discuss the July 4th weekend action, and the release of the London Marathon women's field. Get the inside scoop from Eugene- Join the LetsRun.com Supporters Club and take your running fandom to the highest level. Get all the LetsRun.com content, a second podcast every week, savings on running shoes, and a lot more. Annual members get one of the softest running shirts in the business and a free training plan. https://www.letsrun.com/subscribe?from=public Order of show (Supporters Club members get full time stamps): Wejo leaves a voicemail on Elijah Manangoi USADA head Travis Tygart speaks on Shelby Houlihan Wayde Van Niekerk 44:58, Emmanuel Korir FTW, Cuba's Reynier Mena 19.63 Peachtree Road Race -Senbere Teferi and Rhonex Kipruto win, Sisson struggles, Mantz impresses Keira D'Amato replacing Molly Seidel on marathon worlds team 45:42 London women's field out 50:32 Countdown to Worlds - Top 10 Stories we're looking forward to Men's 200m- Lyles vs Knighton 2. Men's 100m - who is the fastest person on the planet? Can Grant Fisher medal? Men's 400m - Can Warholm do it again? 5 Women's 100m - SAFP vs Elaine Thompson vs Shericka Jackson vs everyone else World record watch- Ryan Crouser, Sydney McLaughlin, Mondo Duplantis Women's 800- Can the Americans sweep? What about Athing Mu vs Ajee' Wilson? Men's Steeple - El Bakkali? What about Kipruto and Jager? Women's Steeple - Do the Americans have a shot vs the ex-Kenyans? Can Jakob Ingebrigtsen pull of the 1500/5k double? 94:47 Ethiopians going to be allowed to double? Update on rags to riches story - Dominic Lobalu Contact us: Email podcast@letsrun.com or call 1-844-LETSRUN and hit option 7 for the secret podcast voicemail. Join our Supporters Club and take your running fandom to the highest level. Get all the LetsRun.com content, a second podcast every week, savings on running shoes, and a lot more. https://www.letsrun.com/subscribe Check out the LetsRun.com store. https://shop.letsrun.com/ We've got the softest running shirts in the business. Thanks for listening. Please rate us on itunes and spread the word with a friend. There is a reason we're the #1 podcast dedicated to Olympic level running. Support LetsRun.com's Track Talk by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/letsrun Find out more at http://podcast.letsrun.com Send us your feedback online: https://pinecast.com/feedback/letsrun/41e09bb1-8a54-41ae-9fa1-6e09350ec50a