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Jun 16 09:53

Hundreds of Illegal Aliens From Ebola-Stricken Congo Who Arrived in San Antonio Last Week Quickly Fan Out Across Country

Hundreds of illegal aliens from ebola-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo were dumped in the streets of San Antonio, Texas last week.

The aliens didn’t speak English and according to a local reporter, San Antonio is in desperate need for French speaking volunteers.

“City confirms hundreds of migrants from the Congo have arrived in SA. The city is in desperate need for French speaking volunteers,” reported Jaleesa Irizarry of Kens 5 San Antonio.

Jun 16 05:42

WHO Expected To Declare Ebola Outbreak "International Emergency" As It Jumps Borders

In April, we pointed out that over the prior months, many public health experts had claimed the deadly Ebola virus outbreak that has been ravaging the Congo will not become a global health threat, despite recent events painting a much less optimistic picture. We also warned that despite people in the West often thinking of Ebola as a disease that only strikes "superstitious locals" in the deepest jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo, there are now pressing warning signs and it’s time to start paying attention.

According to Reuters, the World Health Organization (WHO) is now preparing to declare an "international emergency" over the latest Ebola epidemic fast spreading through central Africa.

Jun 14 04:37

SUDAN'S TOPPLED PRESIDENT OMAR AL-BASHIR CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
Sudan's public prosecutor has charged jailed former President Omar al-Bashir with corruption, according to state media.

Al-Bashir was overthrown and arrested in a coup by the military on April 11 after months of mass protests against his 30-year autocratic rule.

The SUNA news agency on Thursday quoted an official source as saying that al-Bashir "had been charged under foreign exchange possession materials, the heinous and suspicious wealth and emergency orders".

No other details were given.

Al-Bashir, who has not been seen in public since his arrest, had already been charged in May with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters.

Prosecutors had also ordered his interrogation on suspicion of money laundering and financing terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that this means, in general, a better deal for Sudanese civilians, now that Al-Bashir is gone.

Jun 12 21:57

New Ebola outbreak in DRC is 'truly frightening', says Wellcome Trust director

The head of a major medical research charity has called the latest outbreak of Ebola in central Africa "truly frightening".

Nearly 1,400 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, said the epidemic was the worst since that of 2013-16 and has showed "no sign of stopping".

A five-year-old boy has also died in neighbouring Uganda, the first case of Ebola reported in the country.

The Ugandan government is now reporting seven other suspected cases of the virus.

Jun 12 13:56

Kirk: Botswana Decriminalizing Homosexuality is 'Monumental Achievement' for Trump

Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk praised President Trump on Wednesday for the "monumental achievement" of potentially helping decriminalize homosexuality in Botswana, where the HIV rate is as least 25 percent.

Jun 12 10:27

‘Everyone who resisted was threatened with rape’ says Sudan activist

Women’s rights campaigner and activist Nahid Jabrallah has told the German publication Deutsche Welle that the Rapid Support Forces, part of Sudan’s security services, raped numerous Sudanese women and men as they violently dispersed a pro-democracy sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum last week.

Sudan has been rocked by unrest since 11 April when military generals forced then President Omar Al-Bashir out of office following popular protests against his three-decade rule. Since then protesters have continued to pressure the Transitional Military Council to hand over power to a civilian government.

Jun 11 10:55

Hundreds of Illegal Immigrants from Congo and Angola Dropped Off in San Antonio

For those of you following along on the Congolese migrant influx in San Antonio, this is what made air on Thursday. A lengthier write-up including the struggles Catholic Charities is facing can be found here: https://www.kens5.com/article/news/local/parle-francais-city-searches-... …@KENS5 #kens5eyewitness

Roughly 350 migrants from the Congo are expected to arrive in San Antonio in the coming days leaving the city scrambling for French-speaking volunteers.

“We didn’t get a heads up,” Interim Assistant City Manager Dr. Collen Bridger told KEN 5 on Thursday.

Bridger said the Congolese migrants began to arrive in town on Tuesday. They told Migrant Resource Center workers, they traveled with a group of about 350 migrants through Ecuador to the southern border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's see... what is going on in the Congo at the moment. According to the following report, by the World Health Organization, it is this:

Ebola has broken out in the Republic of Congo

So I have to wonder; did any of these refugees get tested for ebola before they crossed the US border into Austin?!?

And if not, what the hell is the rationale for just dumping them in Austin?!?
This makes absolutely zero sense to me; does it to you?!?

Jun 09 07:15

SUDAN POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS AS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE CAMPAIGN STARTS

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
Protest campaign will continue until military transfers power to civilian government, organisers say.

Sudanese police have fired tear gas at protesters taking part in a "civil disobedience" campaign, called in the wake of a deadly crackdown on demonstrators, that began on Sunday.

Protesters gathered tyres, tree trunks and rocks to build new roadblocks in Khartoum's northern Bahari district, an unnamed witness told AFP news agency, but riot police swiftly moved in and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

"Almost all internal roads of Bahari have roadblocks. Protesters are even stopping residents from going to work," said the witness.

The latest bid by demonstrators to close off streets in the capital comes nearly a week after a deadly raid on a sit-in outside the army headquarters that killed dozens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do wish the peaceful protestors well: but I am not quite so certain that this will engender a division in the current government , in order to create the Transitional Government in the timeframe for which they are hoping.

I hope the organisers of these protests have told their supporters, that this may well be a long wait in such an event coming, and to not expect any real "victories" toward this goal, to come quickly.

Jun 07 08:07

Ebola Virus Disease Distribution Map: Cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Africa Since 1976

Ebola was discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then, the virus has emerged periodically from its natural reservoir (which remains unknown) and infected people in several African countries. This map shows the distribution of the Ebola virus in Africa from its discovery in 1976 through the latest outbreak that ended in 2016.

Jun 06 11:26

US Seeks to Ensure Rare Earth Supplies From Africa in Shift Away From China – Reports

The development comes amid reports that Chinese authorities may move to restrict rare earths sales to the United States in retaliation for Washington’s increased tariffs on Chinese goods.

The Pentagon has engaged in talks with several rare earth miners around the world, including Malawi’s Mkango Resources Ltd and Burundi’s Rainbow Rare Earth Ltd, as part of plans to reduce reliance on Chinese supplies of crucial minerals, a department official was cited as saying by Reuters.

“We are looking for any source of supply outside China. We want diversity. We don’t want a single-source producer”, said Jason Nie, a material engineer with the Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), on the margins of the Argus US Specialty Metals conference in Chicago.

Jun 06 10:59

Sudan crackdown: At least 100 dead after attacks on protesters

Opposition group says hundreds are being treated for critical injuries amid reports of bodies dumped in the Nile.

At least 100 people have been killed in a two-day crackdown on Sudanese protesters carried out by troops and paramilitaries, a doctors' committee close to the demonstrators said on Wednesday.

It said it had received eyewitness reports of bodies still to be recovered from the site of the sit-in as well as reports of bodies being dumped in the Nile by security forces.

Talks rejected
A Sudanese alliance of protesters and opposition groups on Wednesday rejected the ruling military council's invitation to talks.

Burhan had said on Wednesday that the council was still open to talks with opposition groups without any conditions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), a word, please; you may not have 9 months in which to hold an election; you need to bump up the date to a sooner point in time.

Jun 05 10:39

Tucker Carlson Speaks Out Against Targeted Murders Of White South African Farmers

Tucker Carlson spoke out against the surge in "racist violence" targeting white farmers in South Africa and blasted the media for covering it up.

Jun 05 10:11

Ebola outbreak in eastern DRC reaches 2,000 cases

The spread of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) appears to be accelerating with more than 2,000 cases recorded, two-thirds of them fatal, according to government figures, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The number of confirmed cases reached the milestone three times as quickly as it took to reach 1,000, experts said on Tuesday.

Eastern DRC is now in the midst of the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Attacks by rebel groups have complicated health workers' efforts to contain it.

Jun 05 09:05

Islamic State claims deadly attack in east Congo's Ebola zone

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a deadly overnight attack in an area of eastern Congo hit by an Ebola epidemic, although its account of the violence differed from local reports.

The deputy mayor of Beni in the eastern Democratic of Congo said 13 civilians were killed late on Monday in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) - a group thought to be linked to Islamic State.

“The victims were killed by bullets and others by bladed weapons,” Mayor Modeste Bakwanamaha told Reuters.

In a statement on the messaging website Telegram, Islamic State said it was behind the attack. It said it had targeted the Congolese army in Beni, killing or wounding 25 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; home grown jihadis, or the "American funded and trained" brand?!?

And why would the US government want a military presence in the Congo?!?

One brief look at the following, and then you will understand:

Google tells us that: "The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a country with huge natural wealth. Almost every valuable natural resource can be found there, from a multitude of minerals – including diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt, cassiterite (tin ore) and coltan – to timber and oil.Dec 17, 2009"

Now tell me: how could the US government ever let the people of Congo control their own destiny, and their vast natural wealth?!?

The short answer is, it wouldn't.

The following article is very enlightening in this area: How Washington got on board with Congo's rigged election.

Jun 05 08:29

Death Toll in Sudanese Protests Hits 60 - Reports

The death toll during the dispersal of the sit-in protest near Khartoum's army headquarters has risen to 60 people, Reuters reported, citing the opposition Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD).

Protesters have been rallying outside army headquarters in Khartoum since 6 April to force the Transitional Military Council (TMC), which has been ruling Sudan since its long-time leader Omar Bashir was deposed in April, to hand over power to a civilian body. The military moved in to break up the sit-in on Monday. The previous CCSD reports indicated that the number of those killed in the military crackdown exceeded 35.

Jun 04 09:15

'Bloody massacre': Sudan forces kill at least 35, protesters say

Sudanese protesters say at least 35 have been killed after security forces stormed the main protest camp in the capital, Khartoum, in the worst violence since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir, drawing global condemnation.

The Sudanese Professionals' Association (SPA), which spearheaded nationwide protests that started in December, said Monday's crackdown amounted to a "bloody massacre".

"We are holding the Transitional Military Council (TMC) responsible for what happened this morning," the SPA said, referring to the military council which currently runs the country.

Pro-democracy leaders have called on people to take part in night marches and block the main roads as part of "total civil disobedience" to "paralyse public life" across the country.

Jun 04 08:37

Border Patrol Catches 116 West Africans Invading U.S. Southern Border

US Border Patrol caught a large group of 116 illegal aliens "consisting entirely of African nationals" invading America through the Del Rio Sector of Texas.

Jun 03 10:59

Break The Matrix

The First Large Group Of 116 Migrants From AFRICA Are Caught On Video Wading Across The Rio Grande To Illegally Enter The U.S.

Shocking video has emerged showing the first large group of migrants from Africa wading across the Rio Grande River to illegally enter the United States.

The video shared by the Customs and Border Protection shows a group of 116 people from Angola, Cameroon and the Congo walking through the waist-deep water into Texas.

Jun 03 09:12

SUDANESE SECURITY FORCES LAUNCH DEADLY RAID ON CAMPING PROTESTERS, AT LEAST 13 KILLED – REPORTS

SOURCE: RT

Sudan’s military has used live ammunition to disperse protesters in the capital, Khartoum, according to reports. A medical association close to the protesters said that at least 13 people have been killed and dozens injured.
Sudan has been ruled by the Transitional Military Council since the ousting of authoritarian president Omar al-Bashir in April. The crackdown comes as participants in a long-running sit-in outside the army’s HQ have been demanding democratic reforms and for generals to hand over power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, how does the current Sudanese government know that the people they have assassinated, are truly criminals, without a basic Trial By Jury, one of the foundations of any real democracy?!?

the short answer is, they cannot prove this; it is just a feint, to make the existing Transitional Military Council appear to some any shred of credibility left for the Sudanese people, which they have not done.

May 28 10:17

Villagers kill Ebola health worker in eastern DR Congo

Villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed a health worker engaged in the fight against a major Ebola outbreak and looted a treatment centre, according to an official report seen Monday by AFP.

"Part of the population of Vusahiro village, in the health sector of Mabalako (North Kivu province), rose up and attacked the local team fighting back against Ebola," said the daily health ministry bulletin dated Sunday. It said the incident happened on Saturday.

"A hygiene agent in the team for the prevention and control of infections died of his injuries during his transfer to the hospital," health authorities said in the bulletin.

"The health centre in Vusahiro was trashed and looted and three village houses were burned down," the bulletin added.

In a separate incident, the triage centre at Valumba in the Butembo health sector, was vandalised overnight Saturday to Sunday, the report said.

May 27 12:55

Her Name Is Annette Kennealy: Advocate for White South African Farmers Found Brutally Murdered on Her Farm

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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.

>>>

(*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.

>>>

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.

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