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Feb 15 08:55

The spectre of Cambridge Analytica still haunts African elections

Elections are big business, and look no further than the ongoing frenzy over the upcoming Nigerian election for proof. It is hard to miss how much money is being made in both the main event and the ecosystem around it.

Politicians are no longer just candidates, but also brands, backed by elaborate merchandising and advertising apparatuses that are designed to catapult their public image to victory. Outside the core tug of war, media companies around the world wrestle for the attention of viewers, listeners and readers with elaborate, attention-grabbing infographics and chyrons.

The triumph of political style over substance in the capitalist election is almost complete, and with it the unparalleled influence of money over political decision-making. As Nigeria inches towards this critical vote, it does so in the shadow of profound questions about the changing nature of elections in Africa and beyond.

Feb 15 08:52

Facebook allowed fake news ads ahead of Nigeria vote

Facebook's automated ad approval system can be tricked fairly easily, making it possible to buy ads to spread misinformation and fake news in advance of the Nigeria elections, an Al Jazeera investigation has found.

Last month, Facebook said it would temporarily disallow political ads targeting Nigeria from being purchased outside the country in an attempt to prevent foreign influence in the February 16 elections.

The ads Al Jazeera was able to get Facebook to approve included a false claim that armed group Boko Haram would take part in the elections.

Other claims included US President Donald Trump voicing his support for opposition leader Atiku Abubakar, the deadline for collection of personal voter cards in Nigeria being extended by a week, and thousands of Nigerian refugees getting a voting extension after the February 16 election date.

Feb 12 13:01

Health Officials Warn: “It Isn’t Over Yet” As Ebola Outbreak Rages On And SPREADS

Nearly 100 children have died in during the most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Health officials are warning that it isn’t over yet as the disease continues to infect more people and spread further.

“We are at a crossroads,” Heather Kerr, Save the Children’s Country Director in DRC, said in a press release. “If we don’t take urgent steps to contain this, the outbreak might last another six months, if not the whole year.” According to the press release from Save the Children, 65 of the 97 children who have died since August were under the age of 5 years old. More than 180 other children have been orphaned by the disease’s most recent outbreak.

Feb 11 07:40

US Airstrikes Kill 15 in Somalia; General Warns Airstrikes ‘Not Enough’

US African Command (AFRICOM) has reported that airstrikes against targets in Somalia have killed at least 15 “fighters” from al-Shabaab. Both strikes were in the Lower Shabelle region, with 11 killed Wednesday and 4 killed Thursday.

These are the latest in an ever-growing number of strikes inside Somalia. The US strikes have increased substantially in the past few years, and this year’s bombings have been even more frequent than the last year.

Following the strikes, AFRICOM head Gen. Thomas Waldhauser warned the Senate that despite the escalations, airstrikes were “not enough” to defeat al-Shabaab, and that Somalia’s local forces need to get more deeply involved in the conflict.

Feb 11 07:27

Is the African Union fulfilling its mandate?

The African Union leaders are meeting in Addis Ababa for their annual summit.

The pan-African body, comprising 55 member states, was founded in 2001 and launched a year later to much funfair and lofty ambitions.

The continental body replaced the Organisation of African Unity, established in 1963 to end colonialism in Africa.

The AU leaders promised African solutions to African problems. But has the organisation been successful?

Feb 10 09:07

Iconic African Animals Covered in Snow After Freak Sub-Saharan Blizzard (PHOTOS)

South African animals accustomed to desert heat braved icy conditions after freak blizzards hit the country last week. Now, the rare sight of giraffes, antelopes, rhinoceroses, elephants and other animals covered in snow have been widely shared on social media.

Feb 09 11:21

US Airstrikes Kill 15 in Somalia; General Warns Airstrikes ‘Not Enough’

AFRICOM claims al-Shabaab was trying to 'illegally tax' civilians
Jason Ditz Posted on February 8, 2019Categories NewsTags AFRICOM, Somalia
US African Command (AFRICOM) has reported that airstrikes against targets in Somalia have killed at least 15 “fighters” from al-Shabaab. Both strikes were in the Lower Shabelle region, with 11 killed Wednesday and 4 killed Thursday.

These are the latest in an ever-growing number of strikes inside Somalia. The US strikes have increased substantially in the past few years, and this year’s bombings have been even more frequent than the last year.

Following the strikes, AFRICOM head Gen. Thomas Waldhauser warned the Senate that despite the escalations, airstrikes were “not enough” to defeat al-Shabaab, and that Somalia’s local forces need to get more deeply involved in the conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder, at what point General Waldhauser will call for "more American troops" in Somalia, if these air strikes continue to be "not enough."

Feb 08 09:16

Inside the Secretive US Air Campaign In Somalia

Halimo Mohamed Abdi said the blast broke both her hips, left shrapnel embedded in her thigh, and caused terrible burns that cost her both breasts. Before she lost consciousness, she told me, she saw three boys—ages 9, 10, and 16—die in the explosion, which occurred at night in a field outside Bariire, a village 30 miles west of the Somali capital of Mogadishu. She also said the strike came from the sky and that afterward she had to be hospitalized for three months.

When Abdi was finally able to leave the ward, she found her house in ruins and 25 of her goats dead. Now she lives in Salama camp, one of the 996 squalid settlements lining the 20-mile road that runs from Afgooye to Mogadishu. The camps are filled with tens of thousands of Somalis who have fled American air strikes and the fighting between government militias and Al Shabab, the extremist group linked to Al Qaeda.

Feb 05 10:23

French forces launch airstrikes at armed Libyan group in Chad

The French armed forces have intervened in northern Chad and launched airstrikes at an armed group coming in from Libya, according to France’s Defense Ministry. The operation took place on Sunday and was organized in cooperation with the Chadian Army. A patrol of Mirage 2000 airplanes hit a column of 40 pickups coming from Libya that penetrated “deep into Chadian territory,” AP reported. The “intervention, in response to a request from Chadian authorities, helped hinder this hostile progression and disperse the column,” the ministry said.

Feb 03 08:16

AMID CIVIL UNREST, INTERNET SHUTDOWNS ARE MAKING ZIMBABWE'S ECONOMIC CRISIS WORSE

Following the January 12 declaration of an official fuel price hike in Zimbabwe, civil unrest and political paranoia has rocked the nation.

President Emmerson Mnanagagwa announced that fuel prices at $1.30 USD per liter would go up by 150 percent, making Zimbabwe’s fuel among the most expensive in the world. The next day he left for a five-day tour of Russia and Eastern Europe, purportedly in search of investment deals. Chaos and anarchy broke out the following Monday.

The military was immediately deployed to quell protests after angry mobs looted and set ablaze several supermarkets and chain stores. Reports of state agents gunning down unarmed civilians circulated on social media before the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) completely shut down the Internet and all forms of social media from January 14-January 20, 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, in President Mnanagagwa's first-class jet-setting around the world in search of "investment deals" for his economically broken and impoverished country, is that he has forgotten that bit about those countries interested in making "loans" or "investment deals", will need to believe that there is a reasonable opportunity for those investments to actually be paid off.

Unfortunately, with the chaos, anger and confusion reigning right now in Zimbabwe, seeing how this will happen has to be difficult, if not impossible to prove.

One wonders if perhaps this little trip is part of President Mnanagagwa's plan to visit his "money" in more stable surroundings, leading up to a "safe abdication", and letting Zimbabwe rot from the curses of its own corruption. After all, he is reputed to be Zimbabwe's richest citizen.

Zimbabwe's Richest Man

Were I betting woman, I would not bet against this possibility.

Feb 01 09:22

US ARMY SAYS AT LEAST 24 AL-SHABAB MEMBERS KILLED IN AIR STRIKE

The United States armed forces said it has killed 24 members of the al-Shabab armed group in an air strike carried out on Wednesday.

In a statement released on Thursday, the United States Africa Command said the strike took place on a camp near Shebeeley, Hiran region in central Somalia.

"Precision strikes are part of our strategy. Strikes continue to help our partners make progress in their fight against the transnational terrorists who oppose peace in Somalia and the region," Director of US Africa Command Major General Gregg Olson said in the statement.

According to the press release, "no civilians were injured or killed in this airstrike".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somalia is blessed with an embarrassment of riches, in terms of natural resources, yet to be exploited; this is why we see the violence continuing to occur, because this is a struggle for the future of this county, and who will have the power to bring Somalia fully into the 21st century.

One expects such a statement, about no civilian casualties, at the end of a US military press briefing.

I do not believe that last piece of tripe, for one second.

This follows the usual script of attempted pacification of the citizens of this country; the expropriation of various resources to which the US government has utterly no moral right; US-friendly countries only being allowed to develop a marketplace here, the regime being changed,as to be as US centric as possible; and whatever resources a country has, being only sold in US dollars.

Jan 31 11:55

Ebola Outbreak In DRC Continues To Worsen: “It Is Absolutely Vital That We Are Prepared”

The recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the second worst in recorded history. So far, 743 people have been infected with the virus and 461 of those have died.

In just one day, the DRC recorded 7 new cases of Ebola. There are now 174 cases remain under investigation, which is up from 161 yesterday. Four of the new cases were reported in Katwa, the latest hot spot in the outbreak that has swept across North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the DRC during the past 6 months. According to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, one of the two deaths confirmed today was a community death in Katwa. Community deaths, which take place outside of a hospital or Ebola treatment center, raise the risk of Ebola transmission.

Jan 31 10:27

Now Chad, then Mali: Why African countries are normalizing with Israel

Forget the hype. Israel’s ‘security technology’ has nothing to do with why some African countries are eager to normalize relations with Israel.

What is it that Israel is able to offer in the technology sector to Chad, Mali and others that the United States, the European Union, China, Russia, India, Brazil, South Africa and others cannot?

The answer is ‘nil’, and the moment we accept such a truth is the moment we start to truly understand why Chad, a Muslim-majority country, has just renewed its diplomatic ties with Israel. And, by extension, the same logic applies to Mali, another Muslim-majority country that is ready to normalize with Israel.

Chadian President, Idriss Deby, was in Israel last November, a trip that was touted as another Benjamin Netanyahu-engineered breakthrough by the Israeli government and its allied media.

Jan 28 11:25

Africa Shifts to Putin, Not The Other Way Around

This afternoon I sat in dazed disbelief at a “news” story from Financial Timesproclaiming Vladimir Putin’s “shift” to Africa. With a couple of centuries of imperialist mayhem behind the Anglo-European cohort, any photo op with Vladimir Putin and a desperate leader ends up a headline. Here’s the truth of the matter of Africa. With nowhere else to turn except to face ravaging tigers, Africa’s leaders look to the best alternatives.

Jan 28 11:19

Zimbabwe’s violent crackdown continues with reports of rapes

A violent crackdown continued Friday in Zimbabwe as rights groups alleged that women had been raped during house-to-house searches, while the government criticized a report by its own rights commission that said security forces had used “systematic torture.”

Zimbabweans say abuses have not calmed since President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday denounced the violence as “unacceptable.” The unrest began last week as people protested a steep increase in fuel prices that made gasoline the world’s most expensive. The government accuses the opposition of stirring up trouble.

The army asserts that uniformed perpetrators of abuses are “bogus elements” out to tarnish its image.

Jan 22 06:19

Reports: 600-Plus Ebola Cases in D.R. Congo ‘Expected to Double’

The more than 600 people confirmed to have contracted Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could “double,” in what is already the largest outbreak in that country’s history and the second deadliest ever recorded, the director of a non-governmental organization (NGO) reportedly predicted over the weekend.

Health officials in the DRC recorded six cases daily from October to December across all affected areas and the number is increasing, Jean-Philippe Marcoux, the director of the NGO Mercy Corps in the DRC, reportedly revealed.

“Now it’s doubling – it’s very possible that it can double again,” he explained, the Guardian reported Friday. “If we don’t significantly increase the resources, it will keep increasing. It will spread progressively to other health areas, and it will be there for a long time.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is really bad news, not just for the people in the DRC, but people living in the whole of Africa, and beyond.

This is a nasty one to get one's hands around, in terms of arresting the spread of the disease.

Jan 22 05:25

Zimbabwe court says internet shutdown illegal as more civilians detained

Zimbabwe’s government exceeded its mandate in ordering an internet blackout during civilian protests last week, a court ruled on Monday, as authorities pressed on with rounding up opposition figures blamed for the unrest.

In his interim ruling, High Court Judge Owen Tagu told mobile operators to immediately and unconditionally resume full services. The biggest, Econet Wireless, compiled with the order late on Monday, it said in a message to subscribers.

The sporadic blackout began on Tuesday following the start of protests against a rise in fuel prices that turned violent.

With evidence growing that the country is slipping back into authoritarian rule, critics of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government had accused it of shutting off the internet to prevent a security clampdown being broadcast to the world.

Mnangagwa was due back in Zimbabwe late on Monday after cutting short a foreign trip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like it is only a matter of time before the current government of Zimbabwe cannot hold this country together.

Jan 21 10:32

Italian deputy PM calls on EU to sanction France for its 'continued colonization' of Africa

The Italian deputy prime minister has blamed France for the European migrant crisis, accusing it of impoverishing African nations with "colonialist" policies. He promised to take the issue to the EU and other international bodies.

Luigi Di Maio, leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and Italy's Deputy PM, launched a scathing attack on France, which he argued is to blame for the inherent causes of the ongoing migrant crisis at EU borders.

Jan 21 09:03

Ebola heads for major city: Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which has killed 419 people is moving towards a trading hub home to one million inhabitants

If Ebola does make it to the major city of Goma then 'all bets are off' for the bid to control the outbreak, one health official said.

Jan 20 10:17

US airstrikes kill 52 Islamic militants in Somalia

U.S. forces killed an estimated 52 members of the militant Islamic terrorist group al Shabab in airstrikes in Jilib, Somalia, on Saturday, U.S. Africa Command reported.

Al Shabab, an organization linked to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for an attack on a Nairobi hotel in Kenya Wednesday that left 14 dead, as well as seven attackers.

"U.S. Africa Command conducted the airstrike in response to an attack by a large group of al-Shabaab militants against Somali National Army Forces," U.S. Africa Command, the branch of the military that coordinates with allies on the continent, said in a statement. The strike was part of a broader effort to prevent the terrorist group from "taking advantage of safe havens from which they can build capacity and attack the people of Somalia."

Jan 18 09:20

A LEADER MURDERED BY THE CIA

Why are there so few great African leaders?

It could be because so many of them have been assassinated.

The story of Patrice Lumumba, murdered by the connivance of US and Belgian intelligence agencies which then turned the Congo over to a savage dictator…to make it easier to loot the country.

Patrice Émery Lumumba was a Congolese politician and independence leader who served as the first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Republic of the Congo) from June until September 1960. He played a significant role in the transformation of the Congo from a colony of Belgium into an independent republic. Ideologically an African nationalist and Pan-Africanist, he led the Mouvement National Congolais (MNC) party from 1958 until his assassination.

Jan 17 18:21

Zimbabwe: President Claims Protests ‘Fizzling Out’ as Death Toll Climbs

Reports suggest that at least eight people have died in protests against skyrocketing gasoline prices in Zimbabwe as of this Wednesday, which continued into the day despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly claiming the demonstrations were “fizzling out.”

Riots throughout Harare triggered violent disputes and threatened businesses as opposition leaders called for only peaceful demonstrations against the ruling Zanu-PF party, which Mnangagwa has run since the forced removal of dictator Robert Mugabe in 2017. The government responded, according to opposition leaders, by beating and arresting opposition leaders and protesters. Some witnesses claim that police went door-to-door in opposition-held neighborhoods looking to beat and threaten men believed to be sympathetic to the protests. The government also temporarily shut down access to the internet in the country, arguing that opposition groups were succeeding too much at using social media to galvanize protesters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think, ultimately, this will come down to who in his military will be loyal, and prevent, or contain, these demonstrations.

But the second that trust and support fizzle, and the military sides itself with the people of Zimbabwe... It will be all over.

Jan 16 12:42

Islamic State insurgents overrun northeast Nigerian town - security sources

Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) insurgents overran the town of Rann in northeastern Nigeria on Monday evening, security sources said, a blow to President Buhari’s efforts to defeat the militants just weeks before national elections.

Buhari came to power in 2015 on promises to defeat the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency, from which ISWA split in 2016. ISWA has since become the dominant group in Nigeria’s northeast, with a surge in attacks renewing debates around security in the run-up to elections on Feb. 16.

Nigerian government forces fled during ISWA’s attack, along with residents of the town, the sources said, adding that the militants were setting buildings ablaze.

Jan 16 09:39

Israeli leaders still ache to deport African refugees

The year 2018 was one of the most critical for African refugees in Israel. Under threat of imminent deportation, the community and their local supporters took to the streets, pleading for their rights to be recognized.

The mass deportations did not materialize.

First, it became clear that African governments were unwilling to accept refugees who had been forced out of Israel. That prompted Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, to reach a deal with the United Nations aimed at resettling African refugees in the West.

Netanyahu scrapped that deal after being criticized by lawmakers in Israel’s ruling coalition who viewed the arrangement as insufficiently tough on refugees. The lawmakers objected to how the deal was contingent on allowing approximately half of African refugees to remain in Israel for five years.

Jan 15 09:45

PROTESTS ERUPT AS ZIMBABWE NOW HAS THE MOST EXPENSIVE GASOLINE IN THE WORLD

Zimbabwe is once again at the brink of economic collapse, making a mockery of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s claim that the country is open for business.

As Bloomberg reports, many shops and factories have shut their doors because of a lack of customers and those that continue to trade are open to haggling over prices to secure hard currency. At an appliance shop in the capital, Harare, a salesman whispers that a Whirlpool Corp. washing machine priced at about $5,000 if paid for electronically will sell for $1,500 in cash, while at a nearby electrical warehouse, a $600 invoice is whittled down to $145 for payment in dollar bills.

But, as OilPrice.com's Tsvetana Paraskova reports, Zimbabwe is on a three-day nationwide strike and protests are erupting in the streets after the government of the southern African country doubled fuel prices, making gasoline sold in Zimbabwe the most expensive gasoline in the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It seems as though corruption has so firmly taken root in this country, that it will take a long, long time to see it free and clear, of that influence, before the people of Zimbabwe are able to get their country back.

Jan 11 09:42

Kenya will start teaching Chinese to elementary school students from 2020

Kenya will teach Mandarin in classrooms in a bid to improve job competitiveness and facilitate better trade and connection with China.

The country’s curriculum development institute (KICD) has said the design and scope of the mandarin syllabus have been completed and will be rolled in out in 2020. Primary school pupils from grade four (aged 10) and onwards will be able to take the course, the head of the agency Julius Jwan told Xinhua news agency. Jwan said the language is being introduced given Mandarin’s growing global rise, and the deepening political and economic connections between Kenya and China.

Jan 10 15:22

How Cartographers for the U.S. Military Inadvertently Created a House of Horrors in South Africa

The visitors started coming in 2013. The first one who came and refused to leave until he was let inside was a private investigator named Roderick. He was looking for an abducted girl, and he was convinced she was in the house.

John S. and his mother Ann live in the house, which is in Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa and next to Johannesburg. They had not abducted anyone, so they called the police and asked for an officer to come over. Roderick and the officer went through the home room by room, looking into cupboards and under beds for the missing girl. Roderick claimed to have used a “professional” tracking device “that could not be wrong,” but the girl wasn’t there.

This was not an unusual occurrence. John, 39, and Ann, 73, were accustomed to strangers turning up at their door accusing them of crimes; the visitors would usually pull up maps on their smartphones that pointed at John and Ann’s backyard as a hotbed of criminal activity.

Jan 10 09:40

If Trump Isn’t Planning to Draw Down U.S. Intervention in Somalia, He Should Be

The United States has maintained some degree of military presence inside Somalia for much of the last three decades, but a pattern of escalation that began late in former President Barack Obama's second term has markedly accelerated in the two years since President Donald Trump took office.

Airstrikes are on the rise; hundreds of U.S. boots are on the ground; and Trump's March 2017 decision to designate portions of Somalia as "areas of active hostility" means military operations can proceed with less oversight and greater tolerance for civilian casualties.

Jan 09 11:37

US attacks on Somalia's al-Shabab increase under Trump

Donald Trump's presidency has coincided with a sharp rise in US-led airstrikes in Somalia and the trend is set to continue in 2019.

In a speech in December outlining the US' Africa policy, President Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton said "terrorists operating in Africa have... repeatedly targeted US citizens and interests".

He gave the impression that there would be no let up in the struggle against militant Islamist groups, such as the Somalia-based al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

In March 2017, the Pentagon received White House approval to expand its fight against the militants in the Horn of Africa nation.

Jan 07 12:19

Congo's Ebola outbreak exceeds 600 cases, WHO says

There are now more than 600 confirmed or probable cases of Ebola in Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

The majority of new cases occurred in cities and urban areas in eastern North Kivu province, where an Ebola outbreak was declared in August.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note cities and urban areas. That is something very new. All previous Ebola outbreaks had been in remote, isolated jungles.

Jan 07 10:31

US DEPLOYED TROOPS TO GABON JUST A FEW DAYS AHEAD OF MILITARY COUP ATTEMPT

On January 5th, the US deployed 80 heavily armed troops to Libreville, Gabon to be in position to assist US citizens, personnel and diplomatic facilities just a few days ahead of the military coup in the country, which took place on the morning of January 7th.

The reason given for the deployment was the fear of violent protests in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Elections in the country took place on December 30th, two years after they were supposed to take place, to elect a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has assumed the seat for 18 years.

Jan 07 10:09

New in 2019: Two new US air bases in Africa nearing completion

U.S. Africa Command is hoping to finish two new air bases in 2019, one in Niger and one in Somalia, to stage operations against militants in the region.

Niger Air Base 201, a future hub for armed drones and other aircraft, was supposed to be completed this year. The region’s difficult weather and harsh conditions are pushing completion back to the middle of 2019, officials told Air Force Times.

Air Base 201 will eventually house the U.S. armed drone mission in Niger that currently operates out of Niger’s capital, Niamey.

Jan 07 09:24

The “democracy of bread” is threatening to unravel Sudan’s three-decade dictatorship

The price of bread is, yet again, at the heart of protests in Sudan.

On Dec. 19, demonstrations began in the eastern city of Atbara after the government phased out wheat and fuel subsidies at the suggestion of international lenders. Before long, protests had turned deadly and spread to several towns and major cities including Omdurman and the capital Khartoum.

To quell the uprising, authorities disrupted internet connectivity, arrested opposition figures and critical journalists, and used tear gas to disperse growing crowds chanting, “The people want the fall of the regime.”

Jan 07 08:22

US Sends Troops to Gabon, Warns Congo Against Post-Vote Protests

While the election in Congo was relatively quiet, the US is expecting that there will be protests when the results are announced. The anticipation is enough that President Trump has ordered to send troops to neighboring Gabon, and is warning the Congolese not to protest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting that the US seems to know, before the results are announced, that the people of the Congo won't like them!

Jan 05 10:47

80 US Troops Deployed to Central Africa Over Concerns of Violence in Congo

US President Donald Trump announced Friday that 80 US military personnel had been deployed to the central African country of Gabon in response to violence in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo centering on its disputed presidential elections.

Trump sent a letter to congressional leaders noting that the first troops of the deployment had arrived in Gabon's capital of Libreville on Wednesday. The letter notes that further troops may be deployed "if necessary" until the "security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes such that their presence is no longer needed."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right into the middle of an Ebola epidemic!

Jan 03 11:50

Thousands vs 1 killed: Why did MSM notice Yemen bloodbath only after Khashoggi’s murder? -RT Video

Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters - deemed terrorists by Riyadh - has been ongoing for more than three years now.

Yet -

Jan 03 08:53

Ebola outbreak in Congo surpasses 600 cases amid more violence

The Democratic Republic of Congo has reached a grim new milestone in the Ebola outbreak that began August 1: The total number of probable patients is 608 as of Wednesday, with 368 deaths, the Ministry of Health said. An additional 29 people who doctors suspect may be sick with Ebola are under investigation. The ministry also reported that 207 people have recovered from the life-threatening illness.

On average, Ebola -- which causes fever, severe headache and in some cases hemorrhaging -- kills about half of those infected, but fatality rates in individual outbreaks have varied. The latest outbreak has a case fatality rate of about 60%.

The outbreak is the second-deadliest and second-largest in history, topped only by one in West Africa in 2014, when the disease killed more than 11,000 people, according to the World Health Organization.

Dec 31 09:48

There will be riots, demonstrations in Congo: Political commentator

Political commentator Lawrence Freeman predicts a volatile situation for the Congo, with demonstrations and counter-demonstrations going on for days.

Dec 30 08:04

CHILD SOLDIERS FROM DARFUR FIGHTING AS MERCENARIES FOR SAUDI ARABIA IN YEMEN

At any time for nearly four years as many as 14,000 Sudanese militiamen have been fighting in Yemen in tandem with the local militia aligned with the Saudis, according to several Sudanese fighters who have returned and Sudanese lawmakers who are attempting to track it. Hundreds, at least, have died there.

Almost all the Sudanese fighters appear to come from the battle-scarred and impoverished region of Darfur, where some 300,000 people were killed and 1.2 million displaced during a dozen years of conflict over diminishing arable land and other scarce resources.

Some families are so eager for the money that they bribe militia officers to let their sons go fight. Many are ages 14 to 17. In interviews, five fighters who have returned from Yemen and another about to depart said that children made up at least 20 percent of their units. Two said children were more than 40 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the Saudi government and military, are completely happy with this arrangement?!?

And the US military chain of command is perfectly morally comfortable, knowing that kids are fighting in this genocide the Saudi Saudi Arabian are creating in Yemen?!?

Of course, perhaps, to both the Saudis and the US forces assisting them, because they are from another country, they are simply considered "collateral damage", and the decision has been made that it is better that Houthis kill these kids, rather than Saudi or US nationals.

This only adds to my disgust, at the reality that the US military is enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Dec 28 09:36

Journalists Go On Strike In Sudan As 37 Are Killed In Anti-Bashir Protest

By Joziah Thayer

Reporters in Sudan have faced threats, arrest, and torture from President Omar al-Bashir’s security forces as they try to cover the anti-Bashir protest happening in major cities throughout Sudan. Violence against demonstrators is growing as 37 protesters have been shot dead and over 200 wounded in protest recently. “The number is higher than 37 as new protesters have been killed,” the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors told Bloomberg. Journos in Sudan plan to protest for 3 days and join Sudanese doctors who went on strike soon after the uprising started last week...

Dec 28 09:09

Ebola BREAKOUT: 24 patients flee treatment centre sparking emergency search

The patients, some of whom had not yet been tested, broke out of the treatment centre in the Congolese city of Beni.

Officials have tracked three of them, but the rest remain at large, sparking a fear of the deadly disease spreading.

The attack was orchestrated by demonstrators angry at being excluded from voting in the weekend's election.

Beni and its surrounding area has had voting cancelled by the government due to the ebola outbreak and militia violence.

Dec 27 08:21

China to take over Mombasa port over unpaid huge Chinese loan

China is likely to take over Kenya’s Mombasa port if Kenya Railways Corporation defaults in the payment of a loan from Exim Bank of China. Kenya used Mombasa port to secure the loan which was taken from the Chinese bank to finance construction of the standard gauge railway (SGR).

A leaked audit report shows that the government waived sovereign immunity on the Kenya Ports Assets on signing the agreement with China thus exposing Kenya Ports Authority to foreclosure by China Exim Bank.

The report said “The payment arrangement agreement substantively means that the Authority’s revenue would be used to pay the Government of Kenya’s debt to China Exim bank if the minimum volumes required for [rail] consignment are not met,” auditor F.T. Kimani wrote. “The China Exim bank would become a principle over KPA if KRC defaults in its obligations, reports African Stand and All Africa news.

Dec 27 07:41

Africa is about to become the world’s largest free trade zone

South Africa’s and Togo’s parliaments this month ratified the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The total number of countries committing to the deal has thus grown to 49.

Once the agreement comes into effect, it will create a tariff-free continent, covering a single market of 1.2 billion people in 55 nations with a combined gross domestic product of about $3 trillion.

It will constitute the largest free trade area globally, according to South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

Dec 26 15:54

WARNING GRAPHIC: Shocking TORTURE of WHITE African Farmers

Since Nelson Mandela and the communist African National Congress (ANC) took over South Africa, more than 70,000 whites have been murdered and untold numbers have been robbed, raped and tortured.

Official statistics on farm attacks are non-existent, due to what human rights groups have described as a “cover-up” by the notoriously corrupt — and potentially complicit — South African government.

Victims are often restrained, harmed with weapons such as machetes and pitchforks, burned with boiling water or hot irons, dragged behind vehicles and shot. Female victims are often raped during attacks.

Dec 26 12:43

Bolton Threatens to Force Africa to Choose Between the US and China

The Americans wager that they can exercise veto power over African political alignments by force of arms, through AFRICOM’s massive military infiltration of the region.

“The ‘West’s’ political economies are spent forces, incapable of either keeping up with China’s phenomenal domestic growth or of competing with China in what used to be called the Third World.”

Donald Trump last week trotted out his war dog, National Security Advisor John Bolton, to growl and snarl over China’s attempts to “gain a competitive advantage” in Africa through “predatory” practices that supposed include “bribes, opaque agreements, and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive” to Beijing’s global schemes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If EVER an administration needed a "Department of Peace", it is right the heck now!!

In looking at the combination of demonization plus sanctions against Russia; China; and Iran, it is very clear to me that the US government is about to sleep-walk this country into wars our military may not be able to win.

And I say this not because I don't care about the future of this country; I say this because I do care about the future of this country, because at this time in US history, our military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against China and/or Russia.

Speaking of which, here's a companion story, again out of globalresearch.ca:

The US is planning for a major war with Russia and China

Bolton Threatens to Force Africa to Choose Between the US and China

Dec 25 10:21

Illegal Land Grab and Human Rights Abuses in the Congo

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s biggest conservation organizations, is breaking the law in its backing of a conservation zone in the Congo Basin, according to letters released today.

The letters demonstrate that the new protected area, known as Messok Dja, is being created without the free, prior and informed consent of the people who rely on that land for survival, members of the Baka and Bakwele tribes.

The letters also document human rights abuses committed by ecoguards funded and supported by WWF.

According to national and international law, indigenous people must give consent for any project affecting their lands, territories, and resources. Without the consent of the people who rely on the land for survival, the establishment of Messok Dja park is illegal.

Over a hundred people from six villages in Republic of Congo have signed the letters, which also describe horrific violence and abuse by ecoguards funded and supported by WWF.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me wrap my head around this; WWF has surrounded these tribes with local thuggery, to keep them away from the forests upon which they have relied for food and sustenance for generations?

The short question has to be, "Why"?!?!?

The answer is simple; the land underneath the park means nothing, until people decide that they want to develop what lies beneath; and therein lies the rub!!

Mining in the Congo Basin

This article goes on to state: "Mining is an important land use activity in the forested region of the Congo basin, employing millions of people in the informal sector, and in the past few decades surpassing timber as the largest economic activity. Gold, diamonds, cobalt, copper and oil are major resources that are mined from the region; most mining is small scale, artisanal, and unregulated. Recently, mining groups have targeted coltan and cassiterite, rare minerals used in electronics such as mobile phones.

Oil and mineral exploitation often occurs in the forested areas of the Congo basin, clearing roads and encouraging settlement and deforestation. However, oil and mineral activity also may discourage deforestation by making agricultural export less profitable and by pulling rural populations into cities and away from forested areas, as witnessed in Gabon and Republic of Congo. In an oil "concession in Gabon, forests are well protected and hunting is not permitted."

And the following article makes the following statement: How Nations are Chipping Away at their Protected lands

This article goes on to state: "Officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo likewise opened up their best known World Heritage Site, Virunga National Park, to oil exploration. Soco, a British company, faced global protest and returned its permit to the government last year — but only after completing seismic testing and filing a report, secret so far, on whether exploratory drilling would be practical in the park. The project heightened tensions with park officials in a region already ravaged by private armies, according to a conservation scientist working in the region, who added, “The eastern DRC is a powder keg, with so many factions, and this was literally throwing oil on the fire.”

It appears that WWF is functioning like a "holding company" for these opportunities; holding on to the land, until someone deems it "profitable enough" to drill or dig.

Dec 22 09:41

‘S African Gov’t Creating a Scenario of Conflict & Racial Hatred’ – Cape Party

British MP Andrew Bridger has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to condemn South African authorities, who have approved land expropriation from white farmers. Addressing Theresa May Wednesday, Bridger slammed the decision, saying: “This is not only wrong, it is also risking putting another African country from a bread basket into a basket case”.

Several weeks ago, South Africa's National Assembly endorsed a proposed amendment to the Constitution that will allow for mainly white-owned farmland to be taken without compensation. Sputnik has discussed this with Jack Miller — Cape party leader, a political party in the Republic of South Africa.

Sputnik: What is your take on the British MP's statement?

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Dec 21 12:13

Dozens wounded as Sudan protests reach Khartoum

Dozens of protesters have been wounded in demonstrations across Sudan, including the capital Khartoum, over rising food prices and economic mismanagement.

Thousands of people across the country took to the streets after Friday prayers to demonstrate against the government’s economic policies and called for President Omar Al-Bashir to step down. Today’s protests, organised under the hashtag “The cities of Sudan rise”, are the culmination of numerous rallies that have taken place throughout the week, resulting in a state of emergency being declared in several cities and schools closing until further notice.

Dec 21 09:38

FLASHBACK: (* to the day before Trump tweeted his withdrawal of troops from Syria)

The U.S. has more military operations in Africa than the Middle East

The deadly ambush in Niger last October that left four U.S. serviceman dead prompted months of hand-wringing inside the Pentagon. But that botched operation, which drew national attention to U.S. counterterror operations throughout Africa should not have shocked military leadership, the former commander of U.S. Special Operations forces in Africa told VICE News.

“These weren’t the first casualties, either. We had them in Somalia and Kenya,” said retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, who served as commander of Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) from April 2015 to June 2017>>>

Dec 19 12:06

Syria Militants Create Hotbeds of Terror in Africa - Russian Security Council

Some militant groups, after their defeat in Syria and Iraq, have been relocating to Africa, where they create large enclaves of the Daesh terrorist group, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, Alexander Venediktov, the Russian Security Council secretary's assistant, told Sputnik.

"Let's take the problem of terrorism, which today is acute for African countries. After the defeat in Syria and Iraq, some militants have been on their way to the Sahel and further southward. As a result, bandit enclaves under the banners of ISIS [Daesh], al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, which has pledged allegiance to IS [Daesh] militants, are emerging on the vast territories," Venediktov said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is interesting to me what Venediktov didn't mention in his speech, and that is the following:

The US Created Al Qaeda, and the Isis Terror group


Islamic State
Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

Trump Ends Covert Aid to Syrian Rebels Trying to Topple Assad

Behind the Sudden Death of a $1 Billion Secret C.I.A. War in Syria

OK, let's see how this plays out in Africa. And I have done these analyses for far too long, to believe in the "long arm of coincidence" here.

Russia, Iran, and Syria have been pretty much successful in getting rid of the Jihadis, so what do we hear today from the Trump administration ?!?

Trump administration plans to pull U.S. troops out of Syria immediately, officials say

Now, what other countries would the US government like to regime change? The answer is, many African countries, with resources the US government wants to control, and only have sold in US dollars.

And right on time, BOOM!! Here come those same US trained/funded/armed jihadis who got kicked out of Syria, working to undermine and destabilize many African countries, just as they had attempted to undermine and destabilize Syria.

Folks, the arrival of these jihadis in Africa is utterly no accident or coincidence.

They have arrived precisely on time, to do what they attempted in Syria, but got driven out successfully by the Syrian, Russian, and Iranian military.

Perhaps the group-think in DC, is that the African nations they wish to destabilize won't be anywhere near as lucky in calling in outside resources, such as those of Russia, or Iran.

But in light of the fact that China is doing a lot of deals in Africa China in Africa; Win/Win or a new colonialism? , one has to wonder if we will be seeing the Chinese military assisting governments getting rid of the jihadis to protect their investments.

Dec 19 09:39

US AIRSTRIKES KILL 62 PEOPLE IN COASTAL SOMALI TOWN

Over the weekend, US warplanes carried out at least six airstrikes against the coastal town of Gandarsh, Somalia. US African Command (Africom) says 62 people were killed in the strikes, and all were “terrorists” from al-Shabaab.

34 people were killed on Saturday, and 28 more on Sunday. The identities of the slain are not clear, and there is no way to verify Africom’s claims. This is, however, standard operating procedure for them, to both label all slain as militants, and to say they don’t think any civilians were killed or wounded.

This often doesn’t remain the case, however. When the US is striking a large number of people inside a populated area, it’s very unusual not to have some civilians killed along the way. Yet in remote places like Somalia, it often takes days to find that out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The degree to which the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika kills civilians, in its quest to "pacify" those citizen who DARE to live over, and around, resources the US government wants to expropriate, has become depressing in the extreme.

And according to Wikipedia, Somalia has a lot of those resources. The Economy of Somalia

The pattern is painfully familiar, if you know how to look at how this gets done; to get a stranglehold on an existing government, or regime change it; "pacify" those natives who do not want to be governed by an outside government (usually by assassinating people outright);expropriating those resources it wants, and insuring that only certain countries have access to those resources, and that they are only sold in US dollars.

Mike and I would love to move to a country which doesn't sponsor war crimes, to feed its economic appetite; unfortunately, we are both too broke, and too old for that to happen.

Dec 19 08:57

US Airstrikes Kill 62 in Coastal Somali Town

Over the weekend, US warplanes have carried out at least six airstrikes against the coastal town of Gandarsh, Somalia. US African Command (Africom) says 62 people were killed in the strikes, and all were “terrorists” from al-Shabaab.

34 people were killed on Saturday, and 28 more on Sunday. The identities of the slain are not clear, and there is no way to verify Africom’s claims. This is, however, standard operating procedure for them, to both label all slain as militants, and to say they don’t think any civilians were killed or wounded.

This often doesn’t remain the case, however. When the US is striking a large number of people inside a populated area, it’s very unusual not to have some civilians killed along the way. Yet in remote places like Somalia, it often takes days to find that out.

Dec 18 12:11

US airstrikes kill 62 Somali 'terrorists'

The US military says it has killed 62 militants in six airstrikes in the vicinity of Gandarsh in Somalia's south-central Banaadir province.

The military's Africa Command (Africom) said four strikes were carried out on Saturday, killing 34 militants, and two more on Sunday, which killed 28.

"Africa Command and our Somali partners conducted these air strikes to prevent terrorists from using remote areas as a safe haven to plot, direct, inspire and recruit for future attacks," Africom said in a statement.

The air strikes, among the deadliest this year, did not kill any civilians, the statement said.

Dec 17 11:57

Why Is China Investing Billions in Africa?

Dec 17 09:25

How the United States Kept Arms Flowing into South Sudan

During the South Sudanese Civil War, which has claimed nearly 400,000 lives, the United States helped the main belligerent in the war continually acquire arms through Uganda, a close U.S. ally in the region. For years, the Ugandan government channeled arms, ammunition, and military aircraft to the regime of President Salva Kiir, according to multiple reports by Conflict Armament Research and the U.N. Panel of Experts on South Sudan.

“Uganda remains the main transit point and facilitator for arms and ammunition to the regime,” former U.S. diplomat Payton Knopf reported in September.

Dec 17 09:25

EXCLUSIVE: THE U.S. HAS MORE MILITARY OPERATIONS IN AFRICA THAN THE MIDDLE EAST

The deadly ambush in Niger last October that left four U.S. serviceman dead prompted months of hand-wringing inside the Pentagon. But that botched operation, which drew national attention to U.S. counterterror operations throughout Africa should not have shocked military leadership, the former commander of U.S. Special Operations forces in Africa told VICE News.

“These weren’t the first casualties, either. We had them in Somalia and Kenya,” said retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, who served as commander of Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) from April 2015 to June 2017, in an interview with VICE News. “We had them in Tunisia. We had them in Mali. We had them in Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad. But those were kept as quiet as possible. Nobody talked about it.”

Dec 17 08:30

Ahead of Israel’s planned deportation of Congo nationals, escapee asks: ‘Why do they want to send us back now?’ 

Like the 403 other Congo nationals in Israel, Elijah (not his real name) faces deportation any time after January 5. He says he won’t go. “I’m not safe back in Congo. The same people who forced me to run away from there are still in power.”

Sitting in a park in a poor neighborhood of Tel Aviv where he rents a room in an apartment with other African asylum seekers, Elijah, in his 30s, tells how his decision as a young man to oppose Congo’s murderous, dictatorial government led to his imprisonment, attempts on his life, the murders of 10 of his political co-workers, the arrest and death in prison of his father, and his own tumultuous escape across Africa before getting to Israel in the middle of last year.

Dec 14 11:38

Black South African politician urges followers to 'kill whites', saying: 'We will kill their children and their women'

The leader of a South African political party has called for the killing of white women and children in a row over the taxi industry.

Andile Mngxitama, president of Black First Land First (BLF), was speaking at a rally on the weekend in Potchefstroom near Johannesburg when he made the violent comments.

He tells the cheering crowd: 'For each one person that is being killed by the taxi industry, we will kill five white people.

'For every one black person we will kill five white people.

Dec 14 11:36

Bolton: China and Russia ‘Interfere with U.S. Military’ in Africa

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, unveiling President Donald Trump’s Africa strategy on Thursday, accused Russia and China of “predatory practices” that interfere with American military operations on the continent and pose a significant threat to America’s homeland security interests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And by golly, if there is anyone who is going to interfere in Africa it will be the USA!!!!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 14 11:35

Experts: China Pushing ‘New International Order’ Through Communism in Africa

China is using its economic clout in Africa to promote a “new international order” and encourage countries to adopt its communist ideology, experts told lawmakers on Wednesday.

While testifying before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Judd Devermont, the director of the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think-tank, acknowledged that not all Chinese activities in Africa are anti-ethical to U.S. goals, noting that “some are neutral or complementary to U.S. objectives and may actually benefit American interests.”

Nevertheless, some of the witnesses noted that communist China is actively pursuing a new Beijing-led order on the continent.

Dec 14 10:58

Congo fire destroys 7,000 voting machines

An early-morning fire in Congo’s capital destroyed thousands of voting machines just 10 days before the presidential election, officials said Thursday, saying the blaze appeared to be criminal in nature but vowing it would not disrupt the vote.

Congo’s first use of voting machines on Dec. 23, a rarity in Africa, has caused concerns among the opposition, diplomats and experts about possible manipulation in favor of President Joseph Kabila’s preferred successor. Kabila is stepping aside after taking power in 2001.

The electoral commission said the fire broke out at a warehouse in Kinshasa, adding that it was too early to declare the cause or the extent of the damage.

Kabila’s chief adviser said the fire was a criminal one and that some 7,000 voting machines and polling booths were burned. “The enemies of democracy have stepped it up a gear,” Barnabe Kikaya said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or maybe someone found out those 7000 machines were rigged!

Dec 14 10:25

RESOURCE WARS: TRUMP’S NEW AFRICA STRATEGY TAKES SHARP AIM AT CHINA, RUSSIA

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON THURSDAY ANNOUNCED A SHARP REFOCUS OF ITS AFRICA STRATEGY TO COUNTER WHAT IT CALLED THE “PREDATORY” PRACTICES OF CHINA AND RUSSIA, WHICH ARE “DELIBERATELY AND AGGRESSIVELY TARGETING THEIR INVESTMENTS IN THE REGION TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.”

National security adviser John Bolton laid out the new strategy in remarks at the Heritage Foundation, saying the U.S. will now choose its African partners more carefully. He took special aim at China, accusing it of wielding “bribes, opaque agreements, and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive to Beijing’s wishes and demands.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx made the observation that "all wars are economic in their nature", the guy was absolutely correct.

The US government is just mad that it appears like China and Russia are trying to take an economic "bite" out of Africa before it can.

Pot...kettle.... black.

Dec 13 06:33

Fire destroys thousands of voting machines in DR Congo

(*If it happened in Biblical Times God would be blamed , or credited , today !)

Dec 11 12:24

The World Is Now Facing The Second Deadliest Ebola Outbreak In Human History

The second deadliest Ebola virus outbreak has now spread to a major city. This spread is complicating already strained attempts at containment in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC.)

There has been a “significant increase” in Ebola infections there over the past three weeks, with a total of 25 confirmed cases thus far, according to Thursday’s bulletin from the country’s health ministry. ABC News reported that the virus has now spread to a major city, Butembo, which is home to almost 1 million people. Butembo is also a key trading and transport hub with links to other major cities in the country as well as to the neighboring country, Uganda. It’s about two times the size of the city of Beni, the outbreak’s epicenter, and is located just 35 miles away. The health ministry said the “high density and mobility” of Butembo’s population presents new challenges to containment efforts, already complicated by sporadic rebel attacks on remote villages in and around Beni.

Dec 10 11:01

Togo protests turn deadly after government crackdown

Deaths were reported in Togo after security forces moved against protesters across the West African state. Opposition leaders accused "regime soldiers" of opening fire and urged their supporters to continue street demos.

Dec 10 09:34

South Africa 2019: Beginning of the END - video

"worth your time"

Dec 04 13:57

Sen. Rand Paul: Stop selling weapons to #SaudiArabia -CNN video

Sen. Rand Paul: "I think you would see a change in their behavior and a change in their leadership."

Nov 30 08:08

1.5mn children need emergency aid in C. African Republic as ‘neglected’ crisis worsens – UNICEF

Two-thirds of all children in Central African Republic need emergency aid, the UN said Friday, citing a worsening “neglected” crisis in the impoverished country. Some 1.5 million children nationwide are in need of humanitarian assistance, an increase of 300,000 compared with 2016, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said in a report. The agency’s top representative in the country, Christine Muhigana, said in Geneva that the situation in CAR is “probably even worse” than during the country’s sectarian conflict of 2013. That year, longtime leader Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown by a predominantly Muslim rebel alliance called the Seleka. Much of the country, roughly the size of France, is now controlled by rival militia groups.

Nov 29 11:08

Israelis to US: Take On China Around Djibouti

The United States should boost its military presence in Djibouti and the region surrounding the Bab al-Mandab Strait to counter an increasingly assertive — and belligerent — China, say Israeli intelligence officials and independent experts.

China’s use last May of lasers to interfere with U.S pilots will be the least of problems the U.S faces in the region, they argue. (According to the Pentagon, two US military pilots suffered minor eye damage from lasers hitting the cockpit of their C-130 transport aircraft.) In fact, the US is already being forced to play catch up in the region, says Uzi Rabi, director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and a senior researcher at the Center for Iranian Studies, both at Tel Aviv University.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US to Israel: Take on China yourself!

Nov 29 10:41

Djibouti: the Casablanca of a new Cold War

Small countries with limited resources have been known to turn themselves into financial centers where dodgy banks and companies find a haven from international regulators as a means to reverse their national fortunes.

Djibouti, the third smallest country on the African mainland, has found another way to thrive: hosting military bases.

Nov 27 05:37

Who Says Economic Sanctions Work?

One need only to look at North Korea and Iraq to see that the new oil embargo on Iran will fail too.
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Not surprising, sanctions have rarely—if ever—succeeded in obtaining their desired results. The poster child for successful sanctions as a vehicle for change—divestment in South Africa during the 1980s in opposition to the Apartheid regime—is in reality a red herring. The South Africa sanctions were in fact counterproductive, in so far as they prompted even harsher policies from the South African government. The demise of Apartheid came about largely because the Soviet Union collapsed, meaning the South African government was no longer needed in the fight against communism.

Another myth that has arisen around sanctions is their utility in addressing nonproliferation issues. Since 1994, the U.S. has promulgated non-proliferation sanctions under the guise of executive orders signed by the president or statutes passed by Congress. But there is no evidence that sanctions implemented under these authorities have meaningfully altered the behaviors that they target.>>>

Nov 22 10:20

South African FM Vows Land Redistribution in Country to Be 'Legitimate, Fair

The South African government will make sure that the land redistribution policy is "legitimate and constitutional," the South African foreign minister said on Thursday.

"The matter of land redistribution is before a parliamentary committee … We can assure everybody that it is a fair process… We will take every precaution to make sure that it is legitimate and constitutional," South African Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said during a lecture at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully apparent that Foreign Minister Sisulu does not understand the difference between "constitutional" and "morally wrong."

And what we are seeing here, is the Zimbabwification of South Africa.

And you can take land from farmers, and give it to other people, but it is more than "ownership" which gets a farm producing; it is knowing the science of crop cycles; how not to exhaust the land by planting too frequently, and understanding what natural pesticides can do to protect crops, and how they are most appropriately used.

In this "Land Confiscation", it appears that none of the issues have even come up for discussion by the South African government.

This is going to be a real shame, when the country realizes it now must import larger and larger amounts of food with which to feed its people.

The economy may very well decline sharply, and take the value of the Rand down with it.

Nov 19 10:35

Ebola response suffers another setback, as WHO evacuates some staff after attack

The World Health Organization has evacuated 16 people working to contain the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo following a rebel attack near the area where they were staying, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Saturday.

The decision marks another violence-related setback for the response to the outbreak, but Tedros said in an interview with STAT that he hoped containment operations could resume as normal soon.

Overall, the response team in the area comprises more than 200 health workers and others, he said.

The attack appears to have targeted a camp used by United Nations peacekeeping forces in Beni, a city in northeastern Congo that is currently a hot spot for Ebola transmission. The camp is located near a hotel where some Ebola responders are staying.

Nov 19 09:52

White rhino from Kruger sold to hunters, it is feared

Hundreds of white rhino from one of the world's most famous game reserves are to be herded up and sold, many of them to private hunters.

Nov 16 11:08

Swedish Politician Who Fought for Equality and Open Borders Is Beheaded in Congo

Zaida Catalan was a Swedish Green Party politician who believed in open borders.

Zaida was pro-immigration and supported migrant rights.
She was the former leader of the Young Greens of Sweden.

In March of 2017 Zaida Catalan was beheaded in Congo.

Nov 15 09:46

FLASHBACK - Gates and Obama Share a Dark Secret

In 2014 there was the western Africa Ebola hoax where US President Barack Obama, the first black man to be President, announced his “War on Ebola” in September last year, ordering 3,000 US military troops to the region, though reportedly none had experience in public health and no one had produced rigorous laboratory proof of a single person dying from something called Ebola virus. Liberia was among the poorest and most war-torn regions in the world.

Wars over blood diamonds and colonial genocidal tribal wars have left a devastated, mal-nourished population in its wake. Was Ebola simply a panic-maker? Further investigation uncovered the Pentagon was developing an Ebola vaccine with Monsanto and suspicion was that the 3,000 US troops were sent to force the population to become human guinea pigs for the untested substances.

Nov 14 10:25

LAND SEIZURES IN SOUTH AFRICA WON’T VIOLATE CONSTITUTION... ONCE IT’S CHANGED – RAMAPHOSA

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told the European Parliament on Wednesday that his country’s land reform will faithfully adhere to the country’s constitution with respect to the rights of all its citizens.
The Ramaphosa-led African National Congress (ANC) aims to change the constitution to allow the government to expropriate land from white landowners without compensation. The land is to be distributed to the country’s landless black majority. Ramaphosa says the change in law is necessary in order to address racial disparities in ownership persisting more than two decades after the end of apartheid.

“This problem of land will be resolved through adherence to the rule of law and adherence to the constitution,” Ramaphosa told the European Parliament.

The widely debated land reform was proposed by the ANC last December. The draft was aimed at changing Section 25 of the South African Constitution that regards property rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Appropriation of land without compensation is a form of theft, period, end of discussion. And since Ramaphosa supports theft, he supports land grabs.

And President Ramaphosa, I can promise you that the first resistant seller's families, filmed on an iphone, to document their getting killed defending their land, will make top news for blogs around the world.

And I must ask you; is this the image of South Africa you really want the world to see?!? Because sir, I can assure you that somewhere down the road, such an event is going to happen, in the annexing of private property without compensation.

It will cause a real chill in foreign investment in your country.

This will NOT support "nation building"; it will support the following; a flight for their lives from the current land owners; people now owning the land, but not having not a clue as to how to make their crops successful, leading to massive crop failures, meaning more and more food will have to be imported; and a ton of bank loans to get equipment for those farms left delinquent, hitting South Africa's banks for millions of dollars of losses.

One has to wonder just how soon all this may cause a major devaluation of the South African Rand; this convergence of these events may trigger "the perfect economic tsunami" for the country.

Nov 12 13:51

Outbreak: VERY HIGH Risk Ebola Will Spread To Uganda

The Ebola outbreak currently ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo is seeing no end in sight. Not only has containment been made all but impossible by the violence in the area of the outbreak, but there is now very high chance that the infection will make its way across the border into Uganda.

The Ebola virus is particularly known for its containment difficulties. Because the virus, which kills about half of those it infects and gets passed on through body fluids, has a long incubation period, healthy-looking people can spread the deadly disease for weeks before any symptoms actually appear.

Last week, Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggested an alarming possibility: The current Ebola epidemic could be beyond control, he said. Redfield added that the outbreak may also and for the first time since the deadly virus was first identified in 1976, become persistently entrenched in the population.

Nov 06 14:51

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:49

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:24

White South Africans barred from registering on government jobs website

A registration process on a government partnered youth employment initiative has appeared to exclude white South Africans, sparking criticism from the country’s trade union.
The YES (Youth Employment Service) government jobs website aims at helping unemployed young South Africans who have been jobless for longer than six months. The program is endorsed by the National Development Plan 2030, which intends to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality within the next 12 years.

The registration criteria on the site require the applicants to be black, in accordance with the BEE definition (Black Economic Empowerment), between the ages of 18 – 34, and South African citizens.

Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) is a racially selective program launched by the South African government to redress the inequalities of Apartheid by giving black South African citizens, whom they define to include black, coloured and Indian people, economic privileges not available to whites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

South African citizens of European descent, should get out of the country while they still can. What is coming here, is the full Zimbabwification of South Africa, and all that this implies.

Nov 06 10:50

Six US Army Officials Reprimanded Over Deadly Niger Ambush

The US Army has reportedly reprimanded four officers and two enlisted soldiers involved in the ambush in Niger on October 4 last year that resulted in the deaths of four American and four Nigerien soldiers.

US Special Operations Command Africa Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks received a general officer memorandum reprimand for insufficient oversight of his subordinate officers. Hicks is the highest-ranking official to be punished for the ambush, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing anonymous military sources.

Nov 03 02:22

Words Of Inspiration Justify Killing Muslims

Nigerian Army Uses US President Remarks to Justify Killing Muslims

In response to criticism of the killing of nearly 50 protesters near the capital city of Abuja, the Nigerian army has posted a video of US President Donald Trump authorizing troops to shoot migrants who throw stones over the US border.

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