The Year As We Saw It
The Daily has been sent every day at 7:30am since February 2016, with a few planned exceptions for holidays and maintenance. Some of you just got here a week ago, some have been with us for 12 months. Thank you for reading and I hope our review does a good job of showing off what we've done, and keeping you up on anything you missed last year.
Where we started - February
In Hungary, a referendum was announced to determine whether the country should accept the European Union's mandate on refugee relocation. Their issue is that they must take a share of migrants showing up on the European doorstep, but the country has always been opposed to such action. Under the scheme it would have to host 1,000 refugees, which is amongst the lowest level any country has been mandated to take.
Uganda's presidential election was held on February 18th, and became international news as Kizza Besigye, the perennial opposition candidate, was arrested while hosting a rally for his campaign. While the appearance is of a free election, his arrest was due to holding the rally, and his campaign was blocked from holding another before the election. After days of delay in some regions, results were slowly reported, and according to official figures the incumbent (Museveni) won by 62% to 33% over Besigye. However, Besigye's FDC party tallied their own count, which showed a 57% to 40% lead for the opposition. Someone has the wrong numbers, and the suspicion has been placed at the feet of the government. There was clear unrest throughout the country over the results, and there were violent clashes between police and military forces.
Donald Trump took another step towards securing his place in the US presidential election. February saw him take the Nevada primary election for the Republican party, comfortably cruising to victory by over 20%. This put him even further ahead in real terms, where the race is decided by delegates (I'll let the video to the right explain the intricacies of the system), and that left him holding 65% of all allocated delegates by the end of the month.
Most Read Long Reads
- Eric Lafforgue's photo-story from North Korea, lifting the veil on everyday life in the DPRK.
- Manhattan was a long way past overflowing with dead bodies in the 1820s. Multiple graveyards were filled, more were designated, and also filled. From Atlas Obscura.
- Max Desfor was an Associated Press photographer for nearly half a century, and The Atlantic has collected some beautiful images from throughout his career, that are absolutely worth your time.
- What's next in computing? That's the question mulled over by Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz. The firm is invested in some very large tech companies (including Facebook and Skype), so you'd expect a well thought out answer to the question.