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The death toll continues to rise after the most controversial election in recent Kenyan history has re-elected Mwai Kibaki. Raila Odinga the losing candidate has contested the results citing election fraud and is calling for a rally. Violence has erupted on these results with many people afraid to leave their homes. News and analysis on the flip. (more…)

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Violence seems to have peaked over the weekend in Pakistan. Investigations are moving forward into who assassinated Bhutto, new video not surprisingly contradicts the Pakistani government’s account by showing what appears to be gunshots. Bhutto’s husband and son have taken over the PPP, her husband will handle day to day operations until her son will be able to take over. News and analysis on the flip. (more…)

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It seems the editors at Stars and Strips have recently had a paradigm shift. The New York Times is reporting that senior editors at the paper have sent letters to the Department of Defense asking for full disclosure on the paper’s financing vis-à-vis a program called America Supports You. Stars and Stripes is funded via traditional advertising and government appropriations, but the issue at hand is that the newspaper has been used as a contracting agent for America Supports You. Apparently, the editors feel this financing situation could compromise the “independence” of the armed services newspaper. (more…)

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Press accounts are reporting wide spread violence and riots following the death, and funeral of assassinated former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. As outrage spread across the nation, there was finger pointing from all sides. Now, it seems Al-Qaeda has come forward claiming responsibility for the attack. While plausible, we’re still finding it hard to believe that Musharraf wasn’t ok with this outcome or that he didn’t know it was coming either directly or indirectly. News and analysis on the flipside. (more…)

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Sharif has announced he will boycott the January 8 elections in Pakistan. This comes as no surprise, as it’s clear in light of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto that elections will likely not go forward for quite some time. The United Nations has slammed the Bhutto assassination. Pakistani TV is reporting that Bhutto’s body will be sent to Karachi for the funeral. TV reports are also showing fires and violence beginning to break out throughout Pakistan, causing the Pakistani military to go on red alert. News on the flipside (more…)

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Al-Jazeera has this must read on Bhutto, extremists, and how westerners find the misguided notion of tribalism a comfortable way of explaining other countries. And, apparently an anonymous US official has confirmed that Bhutto was assassinated. There is still no official suspect. More on the flipside. (more…)

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Nawaz Sharif has vowed to take up Bhutto’s pro-democracy mantle after her death. Russia has also condemned the attack. News and video on the flipside. (more…)

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