Blaise Campaore, 63, the disposed dictator of Burkina Faso now in exile in Ivory Coast, must be laughing at the people whose power forced him out of office. After 27 years of imposing his autocratic excesses on the impoverished Burkinabe, he tried to use a tired trick out of the dictator’s handbook - to extend his stay in power.
Last week, Uganda’s Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Kagezi, was gunned down by an unknown assailant on her way home in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb. The suspected killer melted away on a motorcycle. Allied Democratic Forces, a rebel organisation operating in the Mount Rwenzori region in western Uganda, was blamed by the police for this attack. Before the incident sunk in, there was a gruesome attack on Garissa University Collage in northeastern Kenya.
High up on the agenda of Uganda’s opposition parties, is a commendable attempt at initiating electoral reforms well ahead of 2016. Many of the proposals make sense. For instance, changing the composition of the Electoral Commission (EC) and the way it is appointed, to supposedly make it more transparent and accountable to all interested parties. At the moment because it is appointed by President Museveni it is seemingly slanted towards the ruling NRM party. But we must have some caution here.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".