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May 26 09:24

Russia reveals deal allowing it to use Sudan ports

Russia yesterday unveiled details of a military agreement it signed with the regime of former Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir which allow Moscow’s warships to use the country’s ports.

The purpose of the agreement, which came in to affect on 9 May, “is to develop military cooperation between the two countries in accordance with their laws, principles and rules of international law and international treaties to which Russia and the Republic of Sudan are parties,” the deal outlined.

Under the agreement, the two sides will exchange views and information on military and political issues, and matters of mutual importance and international security.

May 26 09:06

Three Killed in Burkina Faso Church Attack

Heavily armed individuals attacked the church as worshippers celebrated Sunday Mass, the source cited by AFP news agency noted.

Three worshipers were killed on Sunday as a result of a fresh attack on a Catholic church in Toulfe, northern Burkina Faso, where violence against Christians has been increasing, according to a security source cited by the AFP news agency.

"The attack, which took place around 09:00 (local and GMT), killed at least three and injured several people," the source added.

May 23 12:08

“Mass Sterilization”: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine

According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic publication, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

The Kenyan government denies there is anything wrong with the vaccine, and says it is perfectly safe.
UNICEF: A History of Taking Advantage of Disasters to Mass Vaccinate

It should be noted that UNICEF and WHO distribute these vaccines for free, and that there are financial incentives for the Kenyan government to participate in these programs. When funds from the UN are not enough to purchase yearly allotments of vaccines, an organization started and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI, provides extra funding for many of these vaccination programs in poor countries. (See: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Vaccine Empire on Trial in India.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The enforced sterilization of young women, who have not consented to this or fully understand the vaccine's real purpose, should be allowed, in a large class-action lawsuit, to sue the people who manufactured and distributed this vaccine, and receive compensation; but, of course, because these women are not monied, this will happen only when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

May 22 10:24

Why the Tunisian military ignored orders and sided with protesters

Tunisian protesters in Sidi Bouzid on April 29 after a car crash killed 12 people, including seven female day laborers. The deaths triggered an outcry on social media, with users accusing farm owners of treating their low-paid, mainly female workforce "like cattle." (Moktar Mahouli/AFP/Getty Images) (Moktar Mahouli/AFP/Getty Images)

The question of why some militaries repress protesters while others side with them has taken on renewed interest. In recent weeks, militaries in Algeria and Sudan abandoned their dictators in the face of protests, while the United States has failed to get Venezuela’s to do the same. These events have led scholars to reflect on the factors that influence military defection and loyalty, such as the officers’ material interests, offers of immunity for past abuses and expectations of how other officers will respond.

May 19 11:31

How Africa Is Becoming China's China

May 16 11:48

'Terrifying' Ebola epidemic in conflict-riven Democratic Republic of Congo is out of control, warn experts

The current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been labelled 'terrifying' by health experts, who warned that the virus is now out of control.

Dr Jeremy Farrar, the head of the Wellcome Trust, which has been active in aid operations in the country, said he believes the outbreak is the 'worst in history' and warned that it is getting worse.

Figures from the World Health Organisation show more than 1,600 people have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak began - resulting in over 1,000 deaths.

May 15 10:49

Sudan seizes Morocco plane filled with gold

Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces have seized 241 kilograms of gold from a Moroccan plane flying from the country’s River Nile state, which landed in the capital Khartoum.

Major General Othman Mohamed said that only 93 kilograms of the gold on board the plane has an export license, while the legal status of the remaining quantity has not been clarified. The Major General explained: “We must deliver this large amount [of gold] to the Bank of Sudan, and then we will go on with the necessary legal procedures.”

Mohamed did not name the private Moroccan company which had allowed the exportation of the gold, nor did he give further details. However, he pointed out that the status of the company in Sudan is legal and registered.

May 15 09:31

Police Officers Beat Sputnik Correspondent in Sudan, Break His Equipment

Clashes during a sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum have led to at least six deaths, after gunmen wearing Rapid Support Forces uniforms opened fire on protesters, who gathered to pressure the governing Transitional Military Council (TMC) into ceding power to a civilian government, the Sudan Tribune reported.

Sudanese military police on Wednesday beat up a Sputnik correspondent, Mohamad Al Fatih, when he was reporting from the streets of Sudan's capital of Khartoum.

May 13 09:30

WHO warns Ebola outbreak in Congo critical as armed militants target healthcare workers

Armed attacks by militants, distrust of western medicine and a growing funding gap has been crippling the response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which warned that the situation risks spiraling out of control.

As of May 7, there have been 1,600 confirmed and probable cases of EVD (Ebola Virus Disease), of which 1,069 have died – a mortality rate of 67%.

May 12 09:06

WHO warns Ebola could breach DRC's borders unless attacks stop

Frequent assaults on health workers, treatment centres threaten efforts to contain the deadly virus, WHO says.

May 09 12:02

Black Monday: South African Farmers Demonstrate Outside U.S. Embassy To Bring Awareness On Epidemic Of Farm Attacks And Murder

outh Africans demonstrated outside the U.S. embassy in Pretoria Monday, April 29th to raise awareness of the epidemic of farm attacks and murders. There were 13 farm attacks and 3 gruesome murders over the Easter weekend alone.

May 09 12:01

Sharp increase in Congo Ebola deaths as medical teams hit by attacks

Ebola cases and deaths in eastern Congo have risen sharply in the past week, authorities said Tuesday, placing the blame on recurrent attacks on treatment centers and health workers.

There were 126 new cases and 83 deaths between April 22 and April 28, according to the Ministry of Health in Kinshasa.

The number of fatalities has risen rapidly, from around 600 at the end of March to over 900 a month later.

“As soon as there is a security incident, such as the destruction of the Ebola treatment centers or the murder of our colleague (from the World Health Organization), the main response activities are suspended for an indefinite period,” ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga told dpa.

May 07 09:54

Ugandan Regulators Order 13 Media Outlets to Suspend Staff Over Coverage of Opposition Figure

By James Propa

The Ugandan Communications Commission (UCC) has directed 13 media houses to suspend 39 employees including producers, heads of news and heads of programming. The media outlets affected by the directive include six TV stations and seven radio stations...

May 04 10:06

Ebola outbreak deaths top 1,000 amid worsening security situation

More than 1,000 people have died in two provinces of Congo in the second-worst outbreak of the Ebola virus recorded in modern times.

The Congolese health ministry said Friday that 1,529 people had been infected in the outbreak, which is concentrated in two trading cities in North Kivu Province. Of those, 1,008 people have died, a mortality rate of nearly 66 percent.

In just the last week, 132 new Ebola cases have been confirmed, the health ministry said.

The latest outbreak — the 10th recorded in Congo in modern history — began last summer in the town of Beni, which has a population of about 250,000. It has since migrated south, to the cities of Butembo and Katwa, where hundreds of new cases have been reported in recent months.

May 01 11:34

“Mass sterilization”: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine

According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic publication, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

The Kenyan government denies there is anything wrong with the vaccine, and says it is perfectly safe.

The Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, however, saw evidence to the contrary, and had six different samples of the tetanus vaccine from various locations around Kenya sent to an independent laboratory in South Africa for testing.

The results confirmed their worst fears: all six samples tested positive for the HCG antigen. The HCG antigen is used in anti-fertility vaccines, but was found present in tetanus vaccines targeted to young girls and women of childbearing age. Dr. Ngare, spokesman for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, stated in a bulletin released November 4:

Apr 30 10:13

Genetically Mutated Mosquito Experiments Target Africa Despite Failures

By Dr Helen Wallace

A decade ago, genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes were first released globally, in the Cayman Islands, by UK-based company Oxitec. Further releases followed in Malaysia, Panama, and Brazil.

In a public relations whitewash, Oxitec has repeatedly claimed that the experiments successfully wiped out nearly 90% of the Aedes aegypti mosquito population, which is one of the vectors to transmit tropical diseases such as dengue fever, zika and chikungunya. Their approach was to release GM mosquitoes carrying a trait designed to kill both the male and female offspring before reaching adulthood...

Apr 30 09:56

Worst day of Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo as 27 new cases of killer virus are confirmed in just 24 hours

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced its worst day so far in the ongoing Ebola outbreak, figures reveal.

A record-breaking 27 new confirmed cases were registered on Sunday, raising last week’s total to 126, the DRC's health ministry has said.

This is the highest daily toll since 18 cases of the killer virus were recorded on April 10. The epidemic began nine months ago.

The ongoing Ebola outbreak is the second worst in the DRC’s history, with 957 feared dead to date.

Apr 28 07:03

America’s Way of War: Killing Civilians

From Afghanistan to Iraq, Syria and Yemen, the United States and its allies have been really good at one thing only: Killing civilians in wars without end.

This has been going on since 2001, starting from Afghanistan, stretching to Yemen and then all the way back to Afghanistan, where the United Nations has once again warned that the United States and its allied forces are killing more Afghan civilians than the Taliban and other armed groups do.

This has been largely the case in the first three months of this year. A new quarterly report from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan shows that from January to the end of March.

It’s interesting to note that in response to the report, US forces spokesman in Afghanistan Colonel Dave Butler has said: "We reserve the right of self-defense of our forces. The best way to end the suffering of non-combatants is to end the fighting through an agreed-upon reduction in violence on all sides."

The thing is, the ongoing violence could be reduced to a great extent if all US and NATO forces actually leave the war-torn country.>>>

Apr 25 11:08

Billions In African Gold Being Smuggled Through UAE By Crime Syndicates: Report

A bombshell investigative report by Reuters has blown open a hitherto under-reported massive black market trade which has seen billions of dollars worth of gold smuggled out of Africa and sold to Europe via "middle man" countries like the United Arab Emirates and others in the Middle East.

The investigation found the Middle East to be the illicit gold "gateway to markets in Europe, the United States and beyond" based on new analysis of customs data, showing tons of off-the-books non-taxed gold pouring out of countries like Ghana, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Nigeria, and war-torn Libya and Sudan, with no official oversight by the states in which the gold is mined.

The numbers are staggering in terms of the newly revealed whopping unaccounted for increase in Middle East imports for the past decade and more:

Apr 24 12:05

Gold worth billions smuggled out of Africa

Apr 23 10:04

Hezbollah: US Iran Sanctions Amount to Aggression Against Entire World

The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement denounced US economic sanctions against Iran, describing the punitive measures as “an act of aggression” against all world nations.

“US efforts to increase economic pressure on Iran, especially its pledge to drive the country’s oil exports to zero, will have negative repercussions and will affect the entire world, including the US itself,” Seyed Hassan Nasrallah said as he addressed his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital Beirut on Monday evening, presstv reported.

He then called on world nations to stand up against “US arrogance”>>>

(*take it easy on him fellas , he came down from The Exoneration Euphoria . be grateful you don't live in A US Blue State , is all I can tell you !)

Apr 17 11:05

The Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Close to Becoming a Global Emergency

In recent months, public health experts have claimed the deadly Ebola virus outbreak that has been ravaging the Congo will not become a global health threat.

However, recent events and updates paint a less optimistic picture.

Apr 14 09:47

Arab Spring Arrives Late in Algeria: New Elections Called

Baba Aye discusses the protests in Algeria, the colonial legacy that still shapes the country’s politics today, and the decision of independence hero Bouteflika to step down

Apr 13 08:54

Sudan Spirals Into a Total Coup

Apr 12 15:10

Pope Francis Stuns Vatican Visitors…

And here's the raw footage...

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Apr 12 12:09

Sudan protests continue, demand civilian government

Thousands of Sudanese demonstrators camped outside the defence ministry in Khartoum to push for a civilian government, defying a curfew and calling for mass prayers after the military overthrew Omar Al-Bashir after 30 years of autocratic rule.

Demonstrators who have been holding almost daily anti-Bashir protests rejected the decision to set up a transitional military council to run the country for two years and vowed to continue protests until a civilian government is established.

Apr 11 12:49

South Africa’s Energy Crisis

Apr 11 08:44

Sudan's Omar al-Bashir forced out in coup

Military coup includes "same faces" that uprising revolted against, opposition groups say

The Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change, a group of organizations that have been coordinating anti-government demonstrations in recent months, have rejected the military coup that overthrew President Omar al-Bashir, saying that the proposed transitional council was just more of the same.

The group said in a statement that the military coup had simply "reproduced the same faces and institutions that our courageous people have revolted against."

"Those who have ravaged our country and massacred its citizens intend to steal every drop of blood and sweat that the Sudanese people have shed in their glorious popular revolution," it added.

Apr 09 14:44

'Out with system': Algeria protesters reject interim president

Thousands rally in Algiers to denounce appointment of establishment insider Abdelkader Bensalah as acting head of state.

Police in Algeria's capital have fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands of students protesting against the appointment of a new interim president who is a part of the ruling order they have been seeking to remove.

The demonstration in central Algiers on Tuesday took place as parliament officially confirmed upper house Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah as acting head of state for the next 90 days to replace Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned last week under pressure from the weeks-long, youth-led protests.

Footage showed security forces moving in on the demonstrators shouting "out with the system", dousing them with pepper spray, shooting from a water cannon and using batons to break up the crowd.

Bensalah's appointment is in accordance with Algeria's constitution but the protesters who drove Bouteflika out after 20 years in office are unsatisfied with the move because he is a key ally of the former president and a seasoned establishment insider.

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(*another election day gift from our boss to his , I MEAN THEIRS!!! ?)

Apr 09 09:40

Sudan protests: Will the army side with the people against the regime?

For over two days now, thousands of protestors have been staging a sit-in within the headquarters of Sudan’s armed forces in central Khartoum, demanding that the military intervene in support of the four-month-long popular uprising.

The occupation of the army headquarters coincided with the largest anti-regime rally to date on 6 April, as thousands took to the streets to chant the uprising’s main slogan, "just go" (tasgut bas).

Apr 08 08:53

Morocco’s Hirak Movement Has Gone Quiet, But The Crackdown On Independent Media Continues

By Afef Abrougui and Emna Sayadi

(Activist Post Editor’s Note: Please don’t ignore this article because it is happening “over there.” This article is a must-read, as every signpost for the restriction of free speech and protest in the U.S. and other “democracies” appears right now in Morocco.) This is what happens if we fail to see the parallels and allow current trends to continue. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – MLK)

Apr 07 05:06

Trump administration nearly doubles H-2B guest visa program, which brings many Mexican workers

As President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border in recent days, his Department of Homeland Security nearly doubled the number of temporary guest worker visas available this summer.

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DHS and the Labor Department plan to grant an additional 30,000 H-2B visas this summer on top of the 33,000 H-2B visas they had planned to give out, the agencies confirmed.

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The H-2B visa is for foreign workers to come to the United States and work for several months at a company such as a landscaper, amusement park or hotel. About 80 percent of these visas went to people from Mexico and Central America last year, government data show.

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This makes sense, when you consider that most of these people would make a lot less money than would their American counterparts, so, in Trump's eyes, this is "good for business."

Apr 06 11:05

Visualizing Africa’s Free Trade Ambitions

Apr 04 09:49

Ethiopian Investigators Demand Review Of Boeing 737 Max Flight Control System: Full Report Released

Update (1205ET): Boeing issued the following statement regarding the release today of the preliminary investigation report of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 by the Ethiopian Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

"I'd like to reiterate our deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the accident," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister.

"We thank Ethiopia's Accident Investigation Bureau for its hard work and continuing efforts. Understanding the circumstances that contributed to this accident is critical to ensuring safe flight. We will carefully review the AIB's preliminary report, and will take any and all additional steps necessary to enhance the safety of our aircraft."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm sorry, but all the apologies and excuses claptrap Boeing is trying to sell here, will be of very cold comfort to those who have lost friends and family because of a known flaw in the plane's system.

All the Boeing executives who knew this flaw existed, but hurried its development out the door while crossing their collective fingers, should be tried by jury, and if found guilty, should be doing hard time at a NON "Club Fed."

This should never happen again, period, end of discussion.

Apr 01 11:25

Dozens of Countries Have Been Working to Plant ‘Great Green Wall’ – and It’s Holding Back Poverty

More than 20 African countries have joined together in an international mission to plant a massive wall of trees running across the continent – and after a little over a decade of work, it has reaped great success.

The tree-planting project, which has been dubbed The Great Green Wall of Africa, stretches across roughly 6,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) of terrain at the southern edge of the Sahara desert, a region known as the Sahel.

Mar 30 08:21

About 1mn protesters join Algiers rally against president

About one million people took to the streets of Algiers on Friday to demand the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Reuters reported, citing police officers at the scene. This has been the biggest demonstration since unrest erupted six weeks ago. Earlier reports said that Algerian police used tear gas and water cannon to try to disperse demonstrators, days after the army called for Bouteflika’s removal to end weeks of political crisis.

Mar 29 09:21

Islamic Terrorists Ramp Up Attacks On Nigerian Christians

Islamic terrorists killed over 120 Christians and burned dozens of homes in northern Nigeria in a series of attacks they have waged since February.

ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram militants and Muslim Fulani tribesmen have hammered Christian villages in the Kaduna, Benue, and Borno state, spurred on partly by Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s dubious claims that 133 people, mostly Fulani, were murdered on the eve of Nigeria’s presidential elections. The Nigerian Emergency Management Agency refuted his claim, calling it “a rumor to instigate violence.”

Mar 29 09:04

European parliament passes watershed resolution calling for reparations for crimes against Africa during European colonialism

The European parliament has overwhelmingly backed a watershed resolution calling for reparations for crimes committed in Africa during European colonialism.

The bill urges European member states to introduce a series of sweeping reforms aimed at tackling 'structural racism' facing millions of Afro-Europeans.

It calls on the countries to implement nation-wide strategies to deal with discrimination in education, health, housing, policing, the justice system and politics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There has been evil throughout history. But why force people who were not even alive back then to make amends to other people who were not alive back then?

Our various governments have stopped looking forward and are looking back.

Mar 28 07:48

“The Africa Spring”: The US Is Stoking Congo’s “Deep State” Civil War in Order to “Contain” China

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, henceforth known as the Congo) just underwent its first-ever “democratic” transfer of power in its nearly 60 year history after a controversial election that many observers believe was rigged so that outgoing President Joseph Kabila could retain power as the mineral-rich country’s “grey cardinal” through a newly installed proxy. As the narrative goes, popular anti-systemic opposition candidate Martin Fayulu was denied the presidency in order for supposedly distant second-place contender and scion of a famous opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi to take power instead as part of a speculated behind-the-scenes deal with the “Establishment”, though this arrangement might be on the verge of unraveling as a result of American interference.

Mar 26 10:57

'Scores killed' after attack in central Mali village

Armed men have killed more than 100 people in central Mali, according to local officials, in what is one of the deadliest attacks in a country plagued by worsening ethnic violence and the rise of armed groups.

Moulaye Guindo, the mayor of the town of Bankass, said men dressed as traditional Donzo hunters encircled and attacked the nearby Fulani village of Ogossagou-Peul at around 4am (04:00 GMT) on Saturday.

"It's a very heavy death toll," he told Reuters news agency. "The village of Ogossagou is completely devastated," the mayor said, adding that bodies were still being discovered.

Mar 26 08:57

South Africans Threatening to Camp Until Cell Tower Was Removed Led to Its Removal from School Property

By B.N. Frank

There seems to be no shortage of people in the U.S. and around the world protesting cell towers on school property. It’s hard to blame them considering there is still no “safe” level of wireless radiation exposure that has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women.

Hats off to these South Africans who were willing to take off work and camp out overnight in bad weather to protect their children...

Mar 26 08:33

Algerian army calls on Bouteflika to be declared 'unfit to rule'

The head of Algeria's army, Ahmed Gaid Salah, on Tuesday called on Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be declared "unfit to rule" during a televised address on state media outlets.

"We must find a way out of this crisis immediately, within the constitutional framework," Salah said.

Salah made his comments as thousands of Algerians gathered in Algiers and continued protests against Bouteflika on Tuesday, calling on the ageing president - who has rarely been seen in public since he suffered a stroke in 2013 that many believe have left him incapable of performing his duties - to resign from his position.

Bouteflika, who is a veteran of Algeria's war of independence, initially submitted his candidacy to run for a fifth term in presidential elections scheduled for April. However, he later announced he would no longer run, but that elections were postponed.

Mar 25 11:41

Russia, China hope for immediate success of US talks with Taliban — diplomat

Russia and China support US talks with the Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia) and show interest in immediate success of this dialogue, Russia’s Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said after trilateral consultations on Afghanistan in Washington with the US and Chinese envoys.

"Both we and the Chinese are certainly interested in immediate success of the US talks with the Taliban movement, five rounds of which were held in Doha. That’s why this is a key moment for further progress towards a stable peace in Afghanistan," the Russian diplomat said.

Mar 25 11:33

China-Africa Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Africa Sees the Way Forward

Since the initiative was proposed, China-Africa cooperation has seen all-round progress and presented new features. In March 2013, when visiting three African countries, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed to build a China-Africa community with a shared future and summarized new concepts of future cooperation between the two sides as “sincerity, real results, amity and good faith”.

At the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, Xi stressed again that China and Africa need to develop a community of shared future by sharing responsibilities and gains, achieving win-win cooperation and common cultural prosperity as well as improving security and harmonious coexistence. The proposal has gained wide wide support from African leaders.

Mar 25 10:06

The Deadly Truth about South Africa

The corruption in South Africa is so bad, it’s like a noxious fog that has settled on a once peaceful, prosperous, and prejudiced nation. South African’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is being pilloried, pulled, and pushed from many sides, and many of the political players are more radical than he. He is busy trying to stay in power and get reelected later this year, but he has to deal with many warring factions inside and outside the African National Congress (ANC), plus the murder for hire of wayward members and multiple acts of sabotage in many major cities. Everyone seems to carry guns or has bodyguards even low-level provincial (state) leaders.

The ANC no longer stands for African National Congress but for Accumulation, Nepotism, and Cronyism. Corruption is one of the most used words by South Africans. Of course, this does not surprise anyone since one-party rule always results in cronyism, chaos, and corruption.

Mar 21 12:20

Ebola outbreak spreads to new city in conflict-hit Congo

Home to nearly one million people, Bunia is the latest Congolese city to report an Ebola infection. The patient is a six-month-old baby, but authorities are baffled that its parents "appear to be in good health."

Mar 21 08:55

Thousands Still Trapped After Cyclone Idai, 900 Rescued in Mozambique as Floodwaters Begin to Recede

More than 900 people were rescued Wednesday in Mozambique and at least 15,000 more await rescue on rooftops and trees a week after Tropical Cyclone Idai devastated three African nations.

"Yesterday, 910 people were rescued by the humanitarian community," said Caroline Haga of the International Federation of the Red Cross in Beira, The Associated Press reported. That included 210 who were rescued by five helicopters and 700 others saved by boats, she added.

"We're hoping to rescue as many as we can today as it is not raining," she said. "Rescue activities will continue until everyone is brought to safety."

Mar 20 11:28

US airstrikes are killing ‘large numbers’ of civilians in Somalia, Amnesty says

The US military may be guilty of war crimes for killing large numbers of civilians in a sharply stepped-up campaign of air strikes in Somalia over the past two years, Amnesty International has said.

The organisation says it had been able to document 14 civilians killed in investigations of just five air strikes, a tiny fraction of at least 110 such strikes that the US military says it has launched since June 2017.

The US military rejected Amnesty's report. It says it has killed 800 militants in air strikes in Somalia over that period, but has not wounded or killed a single civilian.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suuuuuure...

Mar 20 09:51

10 MORE CHRISTIANS KILLED LAST WEEKEND IN NIGERIA BRINGING TOTAL TO 140, MEDIA STILL SILENT

Another 10 Christians were killed by jihadists in Nigeria last weekend, bringing the total number of Christians killed in the country to 140 since February 10.

Reports indicate that another 10 Christians were murdered in Nigeria on Saturday, March 16, as religious violence in the country continues to reach fever pitch. This brings the total number of Christians murdered to 140, with an additional 160 homes destroyed in the violence.

Morning Star News reported:

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed 10 Christians in southern Kaduna state, Nigeria on Saturday (March 16), bringing the lives lost in the past five weeks to 140 with 160 houses destroyed, sources said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People in countries where they can practice their religion without getting hurt or killed, need to take into account how lucky they are.

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 18 13:44

"A Massive War On Autopilot" - US Airstrikes Surge In Secret War In Somalia

With so many little wars to keep track of, you probably haven’t noticed that the US has quietly been increasing its airstrikes against targets in Somalia.

Mar 18 08:12

Macron’s concern over China’s presence in Africa is about keeping riches in the West

When I see Western leaders smiling, shaking hands and offering sage and heartfelt advice on tours of Africa, I just can’t help settling in for the show because you know some top level hypocrisy is just around the corner.

By far, my favorite part of politics is watching its highest level practitioners ignore whatever inconvenient facts from the past are getting in the way of the blatant self-interest of the present. The French leader visiting Africa? Well you know this is going to be a good one.

Africa is full of elephants, and many of them are political, sitting in the corners of rooms and trumpeting away merrily at the likes of Emmanuel Macron. His ability to ignore the weight of history has proved commendable.

Mar 17 09:52

Nigerian Muslim Militants Kill 120 Christians in Three Weeks

The recent death toll of Christians in Nigeria has reached 120 with this week’s slaughter of more than 50 by Fulani Muslim militants in the Kaduna state of Nigeria, the Christian Post reported.

The Fulani jihadists, who have become a greater threat to Nigerian Christians than the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, stormed the villages of Inkirimi, Dogonnoma, and Ungwan Gora in the Kajuru Local Government Area last Monday, destroying 143 homes, killing 52 people, and wounding dozens more.

The assailants reportedly split into three groups, the first of which fired upon the people, the second set fire to buildings, and the third chased down people fleeing from the scene. Victims of the assault included women and children.

Mar 17 09:36

US airstrikes increase in a secret, secret war in Somalia, and no one’s paying attention

With so many little wars to keep track of, you probably haven’t noticed that the US has quietly been increasing its airstrikes against targets in Somalia. It seems few people in Washington have either.

In recent months, dozens of Al-Shabaab terrorist suspects have been killed by American drones and planes in Somalia, reportedly thanks to a surplus becoming available from Syria. However, in a familiar pattern, the US military has denied any civilians were harmed, while locals and aid agencies deny that denial.

A former US ambassador to Somalia told the New York Times: “It could be there is some well-thought-out strategy behind all of this, but I really doubt it.”

Mar 15 08:06

'IDF will shoot African infiltrators,' Israeli official tells shocked activists

A United Nations plan to resolve the issue of African migrants in Israel has been secretly revived by the government, Ynet has learned. The renewal of the plan was leaked by activists from South Tel Aviv who are furious at the prospect of around half of the almost 40,000 migrants being allowed to remain in the country. Even more shocking, the activists say, is a call by the head of Israel's Immigration Authority for the IDF to open fire on any Africans who subsequently sail to Israel seeking asylum.

Mar 14 09:54

USA Continues Economic Sabotage of Eritrea

On February 28, 2019 the last financial wire transactions between the small socialist country of Eritrea and all the western countries were stopped with no further wire transfers in USD$ or Euros to or from Eritrea being allowed .

Unjust and illegal UN sanctions against Eritrea were lifted recently but the damage being done continues. During the 9 year-long UN sanctions period the US shut down all Eritrean government bank accounts and cut off all access to USD$ international transfers. The USA and its European lackeys even tried to prevent Eritreans in the diaspora from paying their national 2% income tax (something all US citizens outside the country must do), critical to the creation and survival of the country.

Mar 13 07:58

THE ESTABLISHMENT EYES CENTRAL AFRICA FOR MORE MISSION CREEP

As if the United States wasn’t already pursuing enough murky and dubious military missions in such places as Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen, a push appears to be underway to expand Washington’s involvement in Sub-Saharan Africa.

U.S. troops are more deeply engaged in “anti-terror” in Niger, Somalia, and other countries than most Americans realize. When four American Special Forces personnel died in Niger in 2017, even members of Congress were surprised.

A lobbying effort now seems to be taking place for U.S. intervention to alleviate suffering in the Central African Republic (CAR), because of that country’s ongoing civil war. NBC News took the lead with a story on the March 6 Today show and followed it up with a more detailed segment on the Nightly News that same evening. Cynthia McFadden was the lead journalist for the report that included searing footage of suffering in one UN-run refugee camp.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Africa is where the last of the most greedily sought-after resources still remain, to a large degree, untapped. Here's Google's observation on the "low hanging fruit", available for the pickings, in this place:

"The Central African Republic is rich in high- value natural resources, including diamonds, timber, gold, uranium, possible oil deposits and endangered wildlife. Timber and diamonds are particularly essential to CAR's economy.Nov 15, 2014"

"Post-pacification", the US government simply wants to make sure that it is completely in control of these resources, and therefore will be calling on US centric companies to exploit and expropriate them; and that they are all sold only for the American dollar.

The pattern is completely obvious, if one has been paying attention to US "interventions" elsewhere.

Mar 10 02:18

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 flight to Nairobi crashes, deaths reported

An Ethiopian Airlines flight between Addis Ababa and Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has crashed, the Ethiopian prime minister's office said on Sunday.

"The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning," the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Twitter.

A statement by the airline said 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board the plane when it crashed.

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Mar 09 11:08

'Alarming' Burkina Faso unrest threatens west African stability

A rapid and alarming deterioration of the security situation in Burkina Faso is threatening to spread to its three southern neighbours, a senior US military figure has warned, heralding the potential destabilisation of a vast area of west Africa.

The three coastal nations of Ghana, Togo and Benin were racing to “insulate or inoculate at-risk populations” to try to stop unrest, violence and criminality leaking through their northern borders, the head of Special Operations Command Africa said.

Speaking during Flintlock, the US military’s biggest annual exercise on the continent, Maj Gen Marcus Hicks said an “alarming deterioration” had taken place in Burkina Faso over the past five months.

Mar 09 10:03

South Africa to downgrade Israel diplomatic mission

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that his government is planning to downgrade its diplomatic mission to Israel.

This, he said, comes in response to recommendations from the National Conference of the National African Party which was held more than a year ago, Safa news agency reported yesterday.

Speaking before the parliament, Ramaphosa said that his government stands with the Palestinian people in their fight to achieve self-determination, but also recognises Israel’s “sovereign right”. He also noted that the ministry of international cooperation and foreign affairs is working to implement the decision.

“This [decision is being taken] due to the violation of the rights of the Palestinian people,” Ramaphosa said, adding: “We are putting pressure on Israel [but,] at the same time, we are ready to broker the process to achieve peace in the Middle East.”

Mar 06 07:58

Israel exports violence and human rights rhetoric to Africa

As part of Tel Aviv’s diplomatic strategy in Africa, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) are providing military training to local troops in several countries. The Times of Israel has described this venture as “a dramatic upsurge of military cooperation.”

Israel’s military attaché to Africa, Colonel Aviezer Segal, has said that the Israelis treat African leaders “with respect and appreciation and deal with them as equals, in a language of true camaraderie, personal friendship and professionalism.”

Last year, the Jerusalem Post ran an article in which it attempted to put Israel on a par with African countries involved in anti-colonial struggle. According to the article, the settler-colonial state “was itself part of the great counter-colonial movement that freed millions from Europeans’ yoke.” When the Chadian Prime Minister Idris Deby visited Israel in November last year, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin declared, “For us, Africa is the future.”

Mar 05 11:38

Letter from Africa: How 'cheating husbands' are linked to Sudan's protests

Unprecedented numbers of women are taking to the streets to join daily nationwide protests that erupted in mid-December.

Despite a violent crackdown by the security forces and reports of sexual harassment, they remain undeterred.

More than 50 people are thought to have died at the hands of security agents and many have been tortured, rights groups say.

Yet women make up 70% of marchers at some protests, observers say, defiant in the face of the repressive laws of the conservative, Islamic state.

Mar 04 12:07

US special forces train troops in African nation facing twin terror threat

In a nation that has been plagued by terror attacks in recent years, a major soccer game represents a prime target. US troops were on hand this week to help oversee a large-scale training exercise in Burkina Faso, where local forces were drilled on how to cope with an attack that could potentially target thousands of fans.

CNN was on the ground when the scenario played out on Wednesday with a simulation of an attack at a major downtown stadium complex in the country's capital, Ouagadougou, where the game turned deadly after terrorists stormed the facility, firing their AK-47s into the crowd and shouting as players and spectators fled in panic.

Within minutes an elite team of police commandos backed by soldiers arrived on the scene in an armored vehicle, driving through the entrance, taking cover and engaging the terrorists in a lengthy firefight until the attackers were eliminated or captured.

Mar 04 12:03

U.S. and Tunisia Are Fighting Militants Together. Just Don’t Ask Them About It.

Two years ago, American Marines battled Al Qaeda militants in western Tunisia along the border with Algeria. A Marine and a Tunisian soldier were wounded and two other Marines were later commended for their valor in the gunfight.

Yet many details of the February 2017 clash remain murky, largely because of the Tunisian government’s political sensitivities over the presence of American forces on their territory.

Publicly, American officials will say only that the battle happened in a North African “host” country. The Tunisian authorities have refused to confirm that anything happened at all.

Mar 04 11:31

Rwanda deploys army along border with Uganda amid standoff

Rwanda has deployed the army along its common border with Uganda as a diplomatic rift continues to rage between the two East African neighbours.

Uganda’s privately-owned Observer news portal reported on Monday that Rwandan soldiers could be seen along the hills at Mukaniga, Byumba and Buganza.

The report added that: “… at Chanika in Kisoro district, the Rwandan army can be seen patrolling the Rwandan side of the border.”

It added that Uganda’s Internal Security Organization, ISO, officials and locals had also confirmed the development. On their side Ugandan authorities say they have not seen the need for such a deployment.

The two countries in 2000 fought a deadly war in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kisangani. It is reported that the duel led to over 1,000 casualties.

Mar 03 09:27

It Can’t Happen Here: Exxon-Connected Pipeline Explosion Kills 50 in Nigeria

Over 50 people are missing after an oil pipeline connecting a local source and an Exxon refinery exploded in Nembe, Nigeria, according to reports.

The explosion of the petroleum trunk line — operated by the Port Harcourt-based Aiteo Group — occurred early Friday morning local time, according to Reuters.
In the panic following the early morning explosion, at least 50 were confirmed dead even as injury counts remained unreported and the uncontained rupture continued to spout enormous amounts of flame and smoke.

The blast was reportedly followed by a large oil spill in the Nembe kingdom in Bayelsa state, according to Nembe chief council spokesman Chief Nengi James-Eriworio, cited by the Associated Press.

Mar 03 09:10

Mossad chief, Sudanese spy chief met in Munich to discuss Bashir's ouster: Report

The head of Mossad met his Sudanese counterpart in Germany last month as part of a secret plan by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE to oust President Omar al-Bashir, the London-based Middle East Eye has reported.

Salah Gosh, the head of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), met with Mossad chief Yossi Cohen on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on February 15-17, it cited a senior Sudanese military source as saying.

The meeting was arranged by Egyptian intermediaries with the backing of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the leading online news outlet added.

According to the source, the three Arab countries consider Salah as “their man” to replace Bashir and put an end to his three-decade rule in Sudan.

“There is a consensus that Bashir will go within the ruling party and the army,” said the source, “The battle is about who is coming after.”

Mar 02 09:24

Nigeria: Muslims murder over 30 Christians, set fire to homes and churches, shoot those trying to flee

Over 30 Nigerian Christians were killed in a brutal early morning attack by radical Islamic Fulani herdsmen, who have been systematically targeting believers living on lands the extremists claim to be their territory.

The Guardian reports that the deadly assault occurred at around 4 a.m. near the town of Maro, in Kajuru County of Kaduna state, where the attackers set fire to several buildings, including homes and churches. The extremists shot civilians with rifles as they fled the burning establishments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The article is making it look like evil Muslims against good Christians, but as the above quote makes clear, it appears the good Christians may have stolen lands.

Mar 01 12:12

Arsonists attack Ebola clinics in DRC as climate of distrust grows

A second clinic serving patients affected by the escalating Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been set alight, as concerns mount over widespread distrust of health agencies.

Seven months since the start of the outbreak, which has claimed 548 lives, experts warned that the virus is still not under control and said suspicion of agencies is severely undermining Ebola services.

Médecins Sans Frontières, which runs treatment centres in Katwa and Butembo that were attacked, and is one of the agencies leading the wider Ebola response, said key partners needed to reconsider their approach.

“Within the response, and ourselves, MSF, we need to think what more we could have done, because right now it’s clear that we do not have enough trust within the community,” said Pierre Van Heddegem, project coordinator of the Ebola response in Katwa, adding that all agencies needed to engage in greater consultation with communities.

Mar 01 10:51

African refugees in Israel treated like infiltrators

Thousands of asylum seekers from Darfur – most of whom have been in Israel for years – still hold visas that treat them like “infiltrators, with insulting sanctions, instead of recognizing them as refugees.” Interior Minister Arye Dery has decided to keep them that way, at least until after the Israeli elections in April.

Feb 28 12:18

Trade War "Chess" Leaves U.S. And Global Economy With "Catastrophic" Uncertainty

The U.S.-China trade war started reaching the boiling point last year, with “tit for tat” exchanges between the two countries adding tension to an already uncertain economic outlook in both countries.

But now it appears the trade war is reaching a fever pitch, and it’s expanding to include areas with much smaller economies like Venezuela and Africa. According to Forbes (emphasis ours):

The next US-China trade war won’t be fought in Washington or Beijing over trade frictions. It will be fought in Venezuela and Africa, where China has been an active investor, antagonizing the US.

The short version: A “contagion” could be created as a result of new trade sanctions placed on Venezuela, a country already teetering on collapse.

Feb 26 08:10

Fury as Botswana's plan to cull elephants and sell them as PET FOOD wins ministerial approval

Botswana is moving towards culling elephants by lifting its wildlife hunting ban after a group of the country's ministers endorsed the idea, but the proposal has drawn heavy criticism.

The southern African country's President Mokgweetsi Masisi had previously tasked a government subcommittee with reviewing the hunting ban - which had been put in place by his predecessor Ian Khama in 2014.

The committee decided to recommend lifting the ban last Thursday, and the country's minister of local government and rural development Frans Solomon van der Westhuizen advocated 'regular but limited elephant culling', NPR reports.

Elephant meat canning - including for pet food production purposes - was also recommended by some.

Feb 23 09:22

Sudan's Bashir declares state of emergency, dissolves government as protests mount

President Omar al-Bashir has declared a one-year state of emergency and dissolved government in Sudan. He is facing the most sustained challenge to his 30-year rule with repeated protests in recent weeks.

Feb 23 08:21

Israel opens embassy in Rwanda

Israel opened an embassy in the Rwandan capital of Kigali in central Africa. The new ambassador, Ronny Adam presented his credentials to the Rwandan FM on Friday while extolling the cooperation between the two nations.

Feb 23 08:12

Lies About Rwanda Mean More Wars If Not Corrected

Get past Hitler, and shouts of “We must prevent another Rwanda!” will stop you in your tracks, unless your education has overcome a nearly universal myth that runs as follows. In 1994, a bunch of irrational Africans in Rwanda developed a plan to eliminate a tribal minority and carried out their plan to the extent of slaughtering over a million people from that tribe — for purely irrational motivations of tribal hatred. The U.S. government had been busy doing good deeds elsewhere and not paying enough attention until it was too late. The United Nations knew what was happening but refused to act, due to its being a large bureaucracy inhabited by weak-willed non-Americans. But, thanks to U.S. efforts, the criminals were prosecuted, refugees were allowed to return, and democracy and European enlightenment were brought belatedly to the dark valleys of Rwanda.

Feb 22 09:33

Five heavily armed U.S. ‘mercenaries’ were arrested in Haiti. Why were they allowed to fly straight home?

A group of heavily armed men — including five American citizens — who were arrested in Haiti at the weekend have been inexplicably allowed to leave the country.

Now back in the U.S., they will face no charges, the Miami Herald reports.

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(*KA-CHING!)

Feb 20 12:23

ANC Youth League Affirms Support For BDS

The African National Congress Youth League has affirmed its support for the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Speaking to Middle East Monitor on Monday, the Secretary General of South Africa’s ruling party, Njabulo Nzuza, stressed that its National Executive Committee (NEC) even took a decision to work together with BDS South Africa (BDS SA).

Over the weekend, a Youth League member, Thembi Siweya, sparked controversy when she published an article titled “BDS SA, undermining South Africa” wherein she criticised the BDS movement. In particular, Siweya made clear that she is against any opposition to an Israeli company’s intended takeover of South Africa’s largest dairy producer, Clover.

“BDS SA ought to listen to what ordinary Palestinians yearn for,” claimed Siweya. “Its messaging on Palestine is not coherent and fails to benefit the Palestinians living in Palestine.” Nzuza was emphatic that Siweya’s views are “not the position of the Youth League.”

Feb 20 12:18

Netanyahu shows American-Jewish leaders map of Israel’s diplomatic offensive in Africa

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told American-Jewish leaders that Israel has “potential” diplomatic relations with Mali and Niger, reported The Times of Israel.

“Israeli officials have long acknowledged their goal to restore formal ties with Mali, though never publicly referred to the status quo of relations in this way,” the report added.

On Monday evening, “Netanyahu addressed the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations’ annual Israel mission in a Jerusalem hotel.”

During his speech, the premier “talked participants through a slide show about Israeli achievements in various fields, including diplomacy.”

Feb 19 09:24

IHRC: US involved in smuggling terrorists from Syria to Africa

Commissioner of the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in the Middle East Haitham Abu Said affirmed the US’s involvement in smuggling and transporting terrorists from Raqqa countryside and others areas in northern Syria to countries in Africa , in collaboration with the Turkish regime’s army.

Feb 17 09:54

Video: South Africa’s Electricity Collapse Continues as “New” Power Stations Crumble

Chronic incompetence, affirmative action, poor maintenance and Third World chaos have plunged South Africa into yet another power supply nightmare with nationwide blackouts—euphemistically called “load-shedding”—while new video from a recently built power station show that it is on the verge of a dangerous collapse.

Feb 17 08:43

How Kleptocracy Impoverishes Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, and South Africa

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.

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