The 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union will convene this week at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The opening ceremony will be addressed, inter alia, by the UN Secretary General and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.
Church and politics, more accurately Church and politicians, have had an uneasy relationship for many years. They have, at best, enjoyed peaceful co-existence in Uganda since the 1950s. At barely 13 years old, I did not know what politics was, except for rumours we heard from grown-ups about two diametrically opposed political organisations called, “Congress” and “DP”. During the 1950s and early 1960s we were told that politics was “banned” in schools, whatever that meant.
During my quiet moments, I have reflected on matters which I wish had not happened in my life time, such as the despicable and unprecedented invasion and desecration of the Bunge or Parliament of Uganda on September 27, 2017 and the unwarranted amendment of Article 102(b) of the Constitution on December 20, 2017. The damage done by these callous actions to the body politic, national image and prestige of Uganda is so humongous that it will take decades to repair and undo.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".