Emmerson Mnangagwa is a Methodist and the father of nine children, one of them a DJ in Harare (Martin Fletcher writes). None of that eased my apprehension as I prepared to interview him for the New Statesman last year, because he has also been Robert Mugabe’s most brutal henchman for the past 37 years. “They don’t call him the Crocodile for nothing,” I was warned by a businessman who knows him well. “He never says a word but suddenly he bites. He’s very dangerous.”I worried unnecessarily.
From the co-pilot’s seat of Emmanuel de Merode’s tiny Cessna, the Virunga National Park in eastern Congo looks ravishing: a vast expanse of lush green savannah dissected by mountain ridges and winding brown rivers. To the south, conical volcanoes soar skywards, their forested flanks the home of one third of the world’s 1,000-odd mountain gorillas. From one, Nyiragongo, clouds of white vapour rise from the great lava lake bubbling and spurting deep in its crater.
The children have seen more horrors in two years than most Westerners ever do Times photographer, Tom PilstonIn Atmeh refugee camp, northern Syria, about 4,000 children under 12 live in mud and squalor. Filthy and in rags, they swarm round visitors. They say little, laugh less. They just stare with sad black eyes. They seem lost and bewildered, and with reason.
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".