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Aug 20 09:57

LAND SEIZURES BEGIN IN SOUTH AFRICA AFTER OWNERS REFUSE GOVT LOWBALL BUYOUT OFFER - REPORT

South African authorities have reportedly started seizing white-owned land after negotiations on buying out the properties stalled. The first seizures are targeting game farms in the Northern province of Limpopo.
The government had tried to buy the lands owned by Akkerland Boerdery Ventures for one-tenth of the land’s value, reports City Press, a Johannesburg-based news outlet. The company, which has been running a 3200 hectare (32 square kilometers) game farm, reportedly asked for 200 million rand ($18.7 million) for the land while the government was ready to offer them just 20 million rand.

“Notice is hereby given that a terrain inspection will be held on the farms on April 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. in order to conduct an audit of the assets and a handover of the farm’s keys to the state,” reads the letter received by Akkerland Boerdery earlier this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

South African farmers had to see this coming, and should have left 20 years ago; the Zimbabwification of South Africa has started in earnest now, and there is no escape, even for farmers whose families have been there for well over a century.

Investors will leave the country, immediately and outright, and food shortages are about to manifest here in earnest.

Aug 20 09:56

South Africa: First White Farms Ordered Seized this Week by ANC

Two farms in the Limpopo province in South Africa have become the first properties to be seized without any court process and in the past week, two more orders for final appropriation for other farms have been signed—the first wave of the promised land seizures in that country, the Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Rapport has revealed.

Aug 20 09:49

Is Britain Backing South Africa's Land Confiscations From White Farmers?

In a truly stunning report, Theresa May’s government appears to be backing the Soviet-style policy of “land expropriation without compensation” aimed at dispossessing South Africa’s white farmers.

Breitbart London has seen a letter written by Harriet Baldwin MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), to Sir Paul Beresford MP, who enquired what the government’s stance on the policy was on behalf of a concerned constituent.

“The British government understands the need for land reform in South Africa”, Baldwin asserted, adding that they “welcomed” promises from President Cyril Ramaphosa that “the process of land [re]distribution would be orderly within South African laws” and be carried out “without negatively affecting economic growth, agricultural production and food security”.

Aug 20 09:45

U.K., U.S. Remain Silent on South Africa's White Genocide

Aug 18 10:17

South Africa farm SEIZURE HORROR: List of white farmers facing expropriation 'exposed'

SOUTH Africa's government has been accused of drawing up a list of almost 200 farms it allegedly wants to seize from white farmers.

Aug 15 07:41

Ebola death toll in the Democratic Republic of Congo jumps to 41 amid fears the latest outbreak will be ‘hard to control’ because the cases are in a conflict zone

Official figures show the death toll has jumped by a fifth in the space of a week as aid workers work round-the-clock to control the situation.

Virologists have already warned the situation is ‘hard to control’ because the cases are in a conflict zone, roamed by armed militias. This means those infected could be displaced into refugee camps, where they could easily spread the virus.

In a desperate attempt to stem the outbreak, the World Health Organization's chief yesterday called for an end to the fighting in the DRC.

Aug 11 08:41

'They will f*ck up': Company involved in Flint water crisis bids to serve largest city in Africa

Activists are concerned that Veolia, the company linked with the Flint, Michigan water crisis, is on the shortlist to manage two-thirds of water system in Lagos, Nigeria, where many children die from water-borne diseases.
"I feel Veolia is a snake, and they slithered over to Lagos to try to increase their profit margins," Nayyirah Shariff, director at Flint Rising activist group, told BuzzFeed News. "They have a history of poisoning black communities in the US, and they should not be poisoning the largest African city on the continent."

The campaigner said she was "shocked and extremely angry" when she found out that the French-owned water management company is among the three bidders for the Adiyan II project in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, which is the seventh largest city in the world.

Aug 10 09:58

South Africa Under New Leadership Is a Liability for BRICS

It is no secret that South Africa’s current president is neither a fan of BRICS nor of Russia.

Ramaphosa’s predecessor Jacob Zuma had a warm relationship with Putin and in 2014 spent six days in Russia, to recover from an attempt to poison him in which Ramaphosa was implicated.

Putin only arrived in South Africa two hours before the BRICS leaders’ summit was due to start, at 09:00 on Thursday. He did not make a grand entrance at the Convention Centre in Sandton where the media was waiting either, but was scuttled through the backdoor, sources told FWM.

In May already, an unnamed official told the South African weekly, the Mail&Guardian, that the “issue” of South Africa’s relationship with Russia once Ramaphosa became president “was not managed properly”.

Aug 10 08:26

Dockworkers force Israel-linked ship away from Tunisia

Activists in Tunisia are celebrating victory after dockworkers forced a cargo ship chartered by the Israeli shipping company Zim to abandon efforts to land at the port of Radès.

The Cornelius A, which had disappeared from maritime tracking websites early Wednesday, reappeared on Thursday.

On Thursday morning the vessel was north of the Algerian coast and heading away from Tunisia and towards Spain.

Aug 09 09:03

Korybko: An EU-Africa Free Trade Agreement Is An Awful Idea

The German Development Minister’s proposal for what essentially amounts to a one-way EU-Africa free trade agreement is an awful idea that would trigger a massive outflow of transnational capital from the bloc, decimate its remaining middle class alongside its medium-sized economies, and accordingly provoke serious tensions between the newly impoverished European natives and the foreign migrants in their countries that they’ll have to more fiercely competing against for jobs.

Aug 09 09:03

France Wants The Future To Be Eurasia vs. Eurafrica

A former French Prime Minister unveiled a detailed and very ambitious plan to form a Eurafrican Axis in the New Cold War as a means of “balancing” between East and West, but what he’s really calling for is a policy of ‘controlled’ ‘replacement migration’ coupled with refined neo-imperial political and economic models for making France the ‘missing’ African hegemon.

Dominique de Villepin, a career diplomat and France’s former Prime Minister from 2005-2007, unveiled a detailed and very ambitious plan to form a Eurafrican Axis while speaking at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) at the beginning of the week. His strategic proposal deserves to be examined in depth because of the overall significance that it holds in the context of the New Cold War, especially in regards to what he says are his larger motivations in suggesting it.

Aug 08 08:46

Tunisia‘s new modus operandi

In recent months, Tunisia’s government and the powerful Tunisian worker union UGTT (Union générale tunisienne du travail) have negotiated an agreement that aims to improve the socio-economic situation of the country. On 13 July, they finally reached a deal, confirming the participation of this powerful organisation in the government, and launching negotiations for further policy goals. While this new modus operandi perpetuates the political influence of an unelected institution and slows down the reform process, it also offers realistic chances to allow inclusive growth.

Aug 06 14:59

Cry Havoc! Why the West Needs to Let Slip the Dogs of War in Africa

Could mercenaries help to unwind the growing nexus of terrorism and criminality in Africa?

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Is it a World War yet?

Aug 06 06:45

White people are murderers, S. African ruling party caucus tweets, disowns it after outcry

The official account of ANC’s parliamentary caucus was forced to delete a tweet that appeared to suggest that white people are murderers. The statement provoked an outcry and has since been disowned.

The controversial tweet published by @ANCParliament account last Thursday read: “The biggest mistake we are making is to consult murderers. White people are 9% of the population, they own 79% of land. They never came and consulted us for the land. If they want us to forgive them now, then let us share the land, the mineral resources.”

Aug 03 10:09

South Africa Is On The Road To Barbarism and So Is the Rest of the West

Notice that at a Human Rights Day rally in Mpumalanga, “human rights” is associated with “cutting the throat of whiteness.” This legitimizes the murder and dispossession of South African whites, who have been in the country longer than most blacks, as an exercise in human rights. The leader of the new black party that is challenging the one to which the former white government handed over power even has a song about shooting whites.

How many years before it happens in “diversity multi-cultural” Europe and America?

What is wrong with the Russians that they want to be associated with a West that is actively pursuing self-destruction? How long before it is not only white South Africans who are fleeing to Russia to save their lives?

Aug 03 09:56

South Africa facing ‘mass STARVATION and RIOTS’ after white people's land seized

Experts have said the country will face dire consequences if plans to alter the country’s constitution are pushed through.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced plans to allow white people’s land to be taken without compensation.

It will then be distributed to black people in a move Ramaphosa said will be good for the economy.

But critics worldwide have blasted the proposed change, saying it will spark riots as well as a deep economic recession.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was a disaster in Zimbabwe, and it will be a disaster in South Africa.

Aug 02 08:50

The U.S.-Backed Military Slaughters Women and Children in Cameroon

The four captives are walked off to the side of the road. The younger woman is blindfolded. The other woman, seated on the ground, bows her head. “Yes, come here, little girl,” one of the men says to the child, pulling her shirt up and wrapping it around her face so she cannot see. The baby on the woman’s back is still looking around. And then the soldiers open fire with their assault rifles.

It is all filmed with remarkable calm, even the repeated shots to the head of the woman with the infant, and the infant as well, and then what appears to be a coup de grace for the little girl.

Aug 01 18:11

South Africa to change constitution to legalize taking away white farmers' land

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the ruling African National Congress must initiate a parliamentary process to enshrine in the constitution a proposed amendment, paving the way for land grabs without compensation.
Ramaphosa, who vowed to return the lands owned by the white farmers since the 1600s to the country's black population after he assumed office in February this year, said on Tuesday that the ANC would introduce a constitutional amendment in parliament.

"The ANC will through the parliamentary process finalize the proposed amendment to the constitution that outlines more clearly the conditions under which expropriation of land without compensation can be effected," Ramaphosa, a prominent trade union leader and a close associate of Nelson Mandela, said in a televised address on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Zimbabwefication of South Africa has officially begun.

South African farmers, sell what you can, and get a second passport to keep you out the country permanently. What is about to happen is going to be ugly, and happen more quickly than you can imagine.

But with the dire corruption in the ANC, the situation is not going to get better for South Africans any time soon.

And we have a companion piece, also out of rt.com:

South African Farmers want Russian citizenship

Aug 01 09:51

Spain can't absorb 'millions of Africans,' new opposition leader tells government

Spain is the new center of Europe's migrant crisis – and the conservative Popular Party leader Pablo Casado has blamed the socialist government after they accepted migrant rescue boat 'Aquarius,' which Italy had turned away.
The rescue boat, which carried 630 migrants, has been operated since February 2016 by SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Italy and Malta rejected the rescue boat in June, sparking a bitter row within the European Union, with the two countries demanding another member of the bloc take in the migrants on board. The ship ended up docking in Valencia; a move that Casado warned may be seen as a welcome sign for more arrivals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, Europe itself is at a breaking point, in terms of having already accepted far more immigrants that it can handle, as has the USA.

These immigrants are generally people with no skills; no language capabilities; and no desire to blend into the dominant culture or assimilate whatsoever. They are an absolute dead weight to local economies, and want to enforce their way of life in their adopted countries.

But I will tell you one thing; the Spanish government, police, and military had better enforce their borders as intensely as humanly possible; otherwise, there will be more waves of immigrants with flame throwers running across the border again and again.

Aug 01 09:17

HOW BRICS-PLUS CLASHES WITH THE US ECONOMIC WAR ON IRAN

The key take away from the BRICS summit in Johannesburg is that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – important Global South players – strongly condemn unilateralism and protectionism.

The Johannesburg Declaration is unmistakable:

“We recognize that the multilateral trading system is facing unprecedented challenges. We underscore the importance of an open world economy.”

Closer examination of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech unlocks some poignant details.

Xi, crucially, emphasizes delving further into “our strategic partnership.” That implies increased BRICS and Beyond BRICS multilateral trade, investment and economic and financial connectivity.

And that also implies reaching to the next level;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reimposition of sanctions against Iran start next Monday; the drop-dead date by which no countries on earth will be allowed to purchase Iranian crude or face US sanctions is Sunday, 4 November, two days away from Midterm elections in the US.

Countries around the world are scrambling to see what they can barter for Iranian crude, to get around potential sanctions, and there are many ways in which this could happen.

IF President Trump is going to "do something" regarding Iran which is military in nature, I would suggest that it will be the 4th or 5th of November, primarily to insure that his faithful go to the polls, and keep a Republican majority in both the House and Senate.

A cynical use of international military power to insure domestic political victory?!?

It wouldn't be the first time that has happened in America's history.

Aug 01 09:06

SOUTH AFRICA TO CHANGE CONSTITUTION TO LEGALIZE TAKING AWAY WHITE FARMERS’ LAND

“The ANC will through the parliamentary process finalize the proposed amendment to the constitution that outlines more clearly the conditions under which expropriation of land without compensation can be effected.”

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Wasn't Nobel peace prize winner Obama there just last week? Why didn't he speak out against this? Or was he there to join in the chants of "Kill the Boer?"

Aug 01 09:03

LAWMAKERS URGE BILL ON JOURNALISTS’ PROTECTION AFTER RUSSIAN REPORTERS MURDERED IN AFRICA

Russian MPs have supported the idea of a bill offering social guarantees to reporters working in “hot spots” and on other dangerous missions after three Russian journalists were killed in the Central African Republic.
The head of the Lower House Committee for Information Policy and Communications, MP Leonid Levin (Fair Russia), said in comments with RIA Novosti that he personally expected the State Duma to pass the bill during the next parliamentary session.

“The sad incident is yet another reminder about the dangers and risks that are an inseparable part of mass media’s work. I expect that the bill on social guarantees to journalists who work in hot spots will be passed during the fall session,” RIA Novosti quoted the lawmaker as saying on Wednesday. He also expressed his condolences to friends and relatives of the killed journalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such a bill will NEVER be passed for the independent media in the US; the Powers that Be want us either physically dead, or banished, under Google's most burying algorithms possible.

Aug 01 07:39

Ramaphosa's late-night shock - ANC will amend constitution on land

The ANC has decided to change the Constitution to expropriate land without compensation.

This was decided at a two-day lekgotla held in Irene, outside Pretoria, which concluded on Tuesday.

The move is seen as one which reflects the majority perspective expressed at the ongoing hearings on land taking place across the country headed by Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee.

Jul 31 13:11

Don’t mention Western aggression! The Economist blames polygamy for wars

According to The Economist, polygamy is a key factor in civil wars and conflict. How convenient to blame it all on ‘the natives’ and their ‘backward’ customs, obscuring the role of the US and its allies in destabilizing regions.
In the 1930 Marx Brothers comedy ‘Animal Crackers’ Groucho Marx proposes to two women at the same time. One protests: “But that's bigamy!” Groucho replies: “Yes and that's big-a-me, too. It's big of all of us. Let's be big for a change. I'm sick of these conventional marriages!”

We know the Economist isn’t a great fan of Karl Marx, and it’s doubtful it would approve of Groucho much either – or at least the idea of him taking two wives. You see, it would probably lead to armed conflict.

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ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?

Jul 31 10:56

'We are not wildlife': Kibera residents slam poverty tourism

Sylestine Awino rests on her faded brown couch, covering herself with a striped green shuka, a traditional Maasai fabric.

It's exactly past noon in a noisy neighbourhood at the heart of Kibera, Kenya's largest slum, and the 34-year-old has just finished her daily chores.

Directly opposite Awino, her two daughters are busy studying for an upcoming math exam.

The family will not have lunch today.

"We don't afford the luxury of having two consecutive meals," says Awino, a mother of three. "We took breakfast, meaning we will skip lunch and see if we can afford dinner".

Jul 31 10:43

US confirms deployment of armed drones in Niger

The United States military's Africa Command has confirmed that its forces began deploying armed drones in Niger earlier this year.

The West African country's government granted American forces permission in November 2017 to arm their drones - but neither side had previously confirmed their deployment.

"In coordination with the Government of Niger, US Africa Command has armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft already in Niger to improve our combined ability to respond to threats and other security issues in the region. Armed ISR aircraft began flying in early 2018," Samantha Reho, spokeswoman for US Africa Command told The Associated Press on Monday.

The armed drones are currently deployed to Niger's Air Base 101 in the capital, Niamey. Reho said the effort was supported by Niger's government, describing it as part of the long-term strategic partnership between the two countries to counter armed groups in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why the hell are US troops in Niger?!?

Well, let's start little refresher course on the natural resources of Niger.

A-Z Mining:
Niger

The article goes on to state: "The natural resources of Niger include uranium, coal, gold, iron ore, tin, phosphates, petroleum, molybdenum, salt, and gypsum. Niger has some of the largest uranium reserves in the world. It also has a good amount of oil reserves. Experts state that Niger’s exports are likely to expand significantly by year 2016."

The US presence in Niger is simply to insure that its government remains US/Western-Centric; that other dissenting groups cannot come to power; that those resources outlined above are only allowed to be developed by Western-centric global entities; and that they are sold only in US dollars.

Jul 31 10:28

Iran Sees Oil-for-Gold Trade as Viable Solution to US Banking Sanctions

With Sri Lanka already looking to make an “oil for tea” trade deal to keep buying oil from Iran without violating an US prohibitions, Iranian officials continue to explore other barter solutions around the world as an alternative to US-dominated banking.

Hassam Khosrowjerdi, the president of the Iran-Africa Council for Economic Cooperation, suggested that trading Iranian oil directly for gold would be a potential solution that would avoid US banks. Major African gold producing nations would be likely customers.

Ghana was specifically mentioned in Iranian state media reports, noting that Ghana imports oil and other oil products from Iran, and is also the second biggest exporter of gold in all of Africa.

This would not only allow Iran to avoid international banks, but potentially could be a boost for their struggling currency. Iran has been importing gold recently already, according to reports, and a big increase in state-owned gold reserves would doubtless be good for the rial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF other countries are not using banks as a medium of currency exchange, there are a myriad of creative ways to get around US sanctions against Iran; bartering, is surely one of those ways, and there is nothing the Trump Administration can do to stop it, except wage war on every country buying their oil from Iran in this manner.

Jul 31 09:24

US confirms deployment of armed drones in Niger

The United States military's Africa Command has confirmed that its forces began deploying armed drones in Niger earlier this year.

The West African country's government granted American forces permission in November 2017 to arm their drones - but neither side had previously confirmed their deployment.

"In coordination with the Government of Niger, US Africa Command has armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft already in Niger to improve our combined ability to respond to threats and other security issues in the region. Armed ISR aircraft began flying in early 2018," Samantha Reho, spokeswoman for US Africa Command told The Associated Press on Monday.

Jul 30 06:19

Nail Polish, Artificial Nails Not Allowed On Left Hand Little Finger On Voting Day

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has advised that on election day, no nail polish (cutex) or fake nails will be allowed on the little finger of the left hand. This is due to the fact that starting with this election, voters will not be dipping their fingers in inkwells to prevent them from voting more than once. Zec abandoned the process saying that it is messy and in line with international best standards will instead be using marker pens. The new process will involve Zec marking the nail of the little finger with indelible ink.

If any person has nail polish or fake nails or both, they will be required to remove them first before voting.

Jul 28 10:58

"We Fear For Our Lives": First 50 White South African Families Start Resettlement In Russia

Just weeks after we reported that white South African farmers, facing racial genocide, had begun seeking refuge - from the violent attacks and death threats of their own government's policies - in friendly foreign nations such as Australia, RT reports the first 50 families of Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa, could soon be moving to Russia to escape rising violence against farmers.

Jul 27 12:25

Support for Sovereign State of Good Hope growing daily

The Sovereign State of Good Hope (SSGH) supporters are gathering at parliament in Cape Town every day for seven days. This after the government was given five days notice of eviction and the Sovereign State of Good Hope took down the South African flag and hoisted their flag in Cape Town on 16 July 2018 at 11h00.

There is overwhelming and growing support across the Nation and it was also reported that Andre Benn, Johannes Afrika, Jannie Newat and Leonard Carelse are on a hunger strike outside Parliament in Cape Town in order to pressure the South African Government and President Cyril Ramaphosa to engage in talks with King Khoebaha Calvin Cornelius III.

Jul 27 08:38

Russia will light up Africa - Putin

The African continent is in huge need of energy investments, and Russia could become one of its key partners, according to President Vladimir Putin speaking at BRICS summit in Johannesburg.

"I would especially like to note that Russia is planning to step up its assistance in development of national energy in African states," said the Russian president during the BRICS-Africa Outreach panel on Friday.

Jul 26 14:12

U.S. SECRET WARS IN AFRICA RAGE ON, DESPITE TALK OF DOWNSIZING

Last October, four U.S. soldiers – including two commandos – were killed in an ambush in Niger. Since then, talk of U.S. special operations in Africa has centered on missions being curtailed and troop levels cut.

Press accounts have suggested that the number of special operators on the front lines has been reduced, with the head of U.S. Special Operations forces in Africa directing his troops to take fewer risks. At the same time, a “sweeping Pentagon review” of special ops missions on the continent may result in drastic cuts in the number of commandos operating there. U.S. Africa Command has apparently been asked to consider the impact on counterterrorism operations of cutting the number of Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and other commandos by 25 percent over 18 months and 50 percent over three years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason the US military is in Africa, is very fundamental; it involves the expropriation of natural resources, to which the US government has absolutely no moral right; the "pacification" of these countries' governments and people, and insuring that those resources are only purchased in US dollars.

I frankly don't think that is going to go away any time soon.

Jul 26 08:21

600 Migrants Armed With "Flamethrowers And Feces" Break Through Spanish Border In Morocco

Some 800 sub-Saharan migrants attempted to cross the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta at 6:45am through a high fence. While 602 of them succeeded, 15 law enforcement officers were injured in the clashes and later taken to a hospital, the Spanish Civil Guard reported.

Jul 25 07:37

SABC News - DISCUSSION: Land expropriation with Dr Leonard Martin

A Khoisan group led by King Khoebaha Calvin Cornelius the 3rd has given Parliament and government until today to vacate the premises. An eviction notice was placed at the visitors centre of Parliament on Monday but was later removed by the police. Cornelius gave parliament official notice that the Khoisan people have seceded from South Africa to establish the Sovereign State of Good Hope.

Jul 23 09:17

Nelson Mandela’s legacy hijacked to help West sell liberal agenda

The theft and distortion of Nelson Mandela’s legacy by champions of Western liberalism has and continues to be both sickening and obscene to behold.

Just how obscene is reflected inthe sight of former US President Barack Obama delivering the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Johannesburg on July 17, the 100th anniversary of the giant of the anti-apartheid struggle’s birth.

This event has been held annually in South Africa since 2003, organized by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. According to the foundation’s website “global leaders have used the lecture to raise topical issues affecting South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.” Instantly arriving on the back of these words, however, given Obama’s participation as the event’s star act this year, comes anger and a crippling sense of irony – cruel irony – as ‘Libya’ hovers into sharp relief.

Jul 20 12:35

First 50 families of farmers from South Africa may soon resettle in Russia

The first families of Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa, could soon be moving to Russia to escape rising violence against farmers. Some 15,000 Boers want to leave South Africa and become farmers in Russia.
The Schlebusch family from South Africa’s Bloemfontein is going to be among first 50 Boer families to settle in Russia’s southwest. Like many other Boers, they are seeking political asylum in Russia. They say they are facing violent attacks and death threats at home stemming from government plans to expropriate their land.

Earlier this month, farmer Adi Schlebusch visited Russia’s farmbelt Stavropol Region. Schlebusch, whose grandfather was murdered at his farm, told RT that the land in South Africa “was never taken by whites from blacks with violence or in an unjust manner.” He explained that when Boers moved to South Africa in the 19th century, they tried to act in a way that was fair, to negotiate officially and to avoid conflict.

Jul 19 07:59

Barack Obama: ‘Men Have Been Getting on My Nerves Lately’

Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday told young African leaders in Johannesburg, South Africa, that he would like to see more women enter the political fray because he is growing increasingly frustrated with men.

In a speech before 200 students at the African Leadership Academy, former President Obama lamented the frequency of which he sees reports of men behaving in a “violent” and “bullying” manner.

“Women in particular, by the way, I want you to get more involved,” Obama told attendees. “Because men have been getting on my nerves lately. Every day I read the newspaper, and I just think, brothers, what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us? I mean, we’re violent, we’re bullying. You know, just not handling our business.”

“So I think empowering more women on the continent … that right away is going to lead to some better policies,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The guy is really anti-male!

Jul 17 09:03

The Cape is now The Sovereign State of Good Hope

The Sovereign State of Good Hope (SSGH) took down the South African flag and hoisted their flag in Cape Town on 16 July 2018 at 11h00.

Parliament in Cape Town has been served with an Eviction Notice to vacate the property by Friday, 20 July 2018.

The Sovereign State of Good Hope is the formation of a new sovereign nation state being the result of a legitimate and lawful process of secession by the traditional hereditary tribal leader of the Khoisan Nation, Gaob (which loosely translates to King in English) Khoebaha Calvin Cornelius III.

This territory includes most of what is currently known as the Cape province of South Africa, and extends to the northern border of the Cape and ends at the Fish River on the eastern frontier.

Jul 16 06:25

Tripoli – Capital of militias: Armed groups capture the Libyan state

Since the arrival of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli in March 2016, four large local militias have gradually divided up the capital between themselves. Though nominally loyal to the government, they now exert a degree of influence over state institutions and resources that is unprecedented in post-Qaddafi Libya. This Paper examines the rise of a militia cartel in Tripoli, and concludes that the situation is untenable, as it risks provoking a major new conflict over Tripoli fought by those who have been excluded from access to the state and impedes efforts to establish a meaningful unity government. >>

Jul 13 16:33

Zimbabwe 'Doomed Without Whites,' Says Outgoing MP

I wonder why CNN hasn't picked up this story?

An outgoing member of parliament for Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has reportedly claimed that the southern African country cannot prosper "without the involvement of whites" in its "affairs".

Jul 13 10:45

Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa , seated on his tasteless golden throne for his coronation, 1977

Jean-Bédel Bokassa was a military officer and the head of state of the Central African Republic from his coup d’état on 1 January 1966. But being President wasn’t enough so in 1976 he proclaimed himself emperor of the nation, which renamed the Central African Empire. Bokassa attempted to justify his actions by claiming that creating a monarchy would help Central Africa “stand out” from the rest of the continent, and earn the world’s respect.

The enthronement was scheduled on December 4, 1977, the 173rd anniversary of Napoleon’s coronation, which is why Bokassa chose this date. Meanwhile, the empire was mustering every resource to ensure the success of the coronation. Special committees were established to supervise various aspects of the work.

Jul 12 08:29

Algeria: Eleven Africans Convicted of Spying for Israel

One Liberian with Lebanese nationality and ten Africans have been convicted in an Algerian court on charges of spying for Israel, the Anadolu Agency news service has reported.

According to the report, the Algerian court sentenced a “Liberian national of Lebanese origin” to death and another seven African nationals from Guinea and Mali to 10 years in prison on charges of “espionage for Israel.”

The eight were arrested in an operation carried out by the Algerian police in 2015 in the city of Ghardaia, 600 kilometers south of Algiers, and found with documents and communications equipment related to espionage for Israel.

Jul 12 07:54

Ebola Outbreak: Aid Workers Stumped as Congo Africans Believe it is “Evil Spirits”

International aid workers in the central African Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have encountered “an invisible but powerful hurdle” to their work—the belief among Africans that the disease is actually a witchdoctor’s curse of the work of evil spirits.

According to an AFP report, many Africans are as a result refusing medical care and turn instead to preachers and prayers to chase away the threat.

Last Wednesday, the report continued, a pastor of a local evangelical church died several days after he prayed for an Ebola victim who went to him for help, a doctor said.

Jul 10 14:12

Boer delegation: Russia considering opening up borders for white SA farmers

Stavropol is a vast area on the south of Russia that has perfect climate conditions for farming. This is where many white South African farmers are looking to move to in the near future.

According to a news report compiled and broadcasted by Rossiya 1 TV, a group of about 15,000 white South African farmers have contacted migration officials in Russia and offered their services to the country.

A delegation of Boers have been reportedly meeting with the Russian government in an attempt to devise a way to extract their fellow white farmers from a hostile environment

Jul 10 09:52

Ethiopia & Eritrea declare end to 20-year war

Jul 09 18:32

Ethiopia And Eritrea Have Been In Conflict For 20 Years. Today, Their Leaders Hugged

As the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed walked off the plane in Eritrea on Sunday, he smiled and gave a big hug to Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki.

The simple, warm gesture shocked many observers, because it happened between the leaders of two Horn of Africa countries that have been locked in a conflict for nearly two decades that has killed tens of thousands of people.

It's a sign of a dramatic, rapid thaw in tensions.

"It was the first time in some twenty years that leaders from the two countries met. Since he took office in April, Ethiopia's Abiy has made sweeping changes, including accepting the terms of a peace deal signed in the year 2000," NPR's Eyder Peralta reports.

Jul 06 11:02

US Troops in Niger Should Not Be Fighting, Says President

In an interview with the Guardian, Nigerien President Mahamidou Issoufou said that he does not want US or other foreign troops fighting on the ground in Niger, and that such troops should limit their actions to training and intelligence-gathering.

Issoufou discussed the ongoing war on terror in western Africa’s Sahel, saying it will take years to finish, comparing it to the Syria and Iraq fight. He said foreign allies should do more to help the local militaries in the region fight for themselves.

The US has a substantial number of troops in Niger, a fact revealed after troops were ambushed last year and four were killed. The US also built a large drone base in Niger, despite substantial opposition within Niger to the US presence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully apparent, that Nigerian President Issoufou is not quite getting from the Americans what he was actually hoping to get.

But this is absolutely the usual routine of the American government when it has its troops in foreign countries, and this is done to expropriate natural resources in those countries, and insure that said resources are only sold in US dollars.

Jul 05 07:51

Liberia’s central bank chief resigns

The governor of the Central Bank of Liberia has resigned two years into his five-year term, shortly after local media sources reported that he had major disagreements with the country’s president over the financing of a loan.

Milton Weeks met with staff on July 3 to announce his resignation had been accepted by president George Weah. Deputy governor for operations Charles Sirleaf has been appointed as the interim leader of the central bank until a permanent replacement can be found.

Jul 04 12:31

Boys are forced to rape their MOTHERS and little girls are told witchcraft will allow them to catch bullets: UN report reveals mass rape and cannibalism in Congo war

Horrific atrocities including mass rape and cannibalism are taking place in a war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a UN report.

Testimony from the country's Kasai region included boys being forced to rape their mothers, little girls being told witchcraft would allow them to catch bullets, and women forced to choose gang-rape or death.

Both rebels and government troops have committed atrocities during the conflict including dismemberment of civilians, according to accounts published by a team of U.N. human rights experts who said the world must pay heed.

The team investigating a conflict in the region told the U.N. Human Rights Council last week that they suspected all sides were guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Jul 04 09:13

U.S. MILITARY SURVEYS FOUND LOCAL DISTRUST IN NIGER. THEN THE AIR FORCE BUILT A $100 MILLION DRONE BASE.

BEFORE THE U.S. military began building its $100 million drone base in Agadez, Niger, U.S. Africa Command and the State Department took the temperature of locals through public-opinion surveys. The results indicated mixed feelings about the United States and its motives in the region — and take on added resonance in the wake of an ambush last October in Niger that killed four American soldiers.

“The devout of Agadez are divided on variables associated with violent religious extremism,” reads a military report that contains data from surveys conducted in 2012 by the polling firm ORB International. The 2013 report by U.S. Army Africa, which is the Army component of AFRICOM, is titled “Special Assessment: Agadez, Niger – Strategic Crossroads in the Sahara,” and was obtained by The Intercept via the Freedom of Information Act.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military has established this drone facility in Niger, to head off any other rebellion by other African countries, and is following the very predictable path of wanting to arrange for Niger's natural resources to be expropriated; insure that a Western-centric government rules the country; and that those resources are only sold for the US dollar.

And although its GNP is primarily supported by its agriculture, its other natural, and as of yet, unexploited wealth, includes the following:

A to Z Mining

The article goes on to state:

"The natural resources of Niger include uranium, coal, gold, iron ore, tin, phosphates, petroleum, molybdenum, salt, and gypsum. Niger has some of the largest uranium reserves in the world. It also has a good amount of oil reserves. Experts state that Niger’s exports are likely to expand significantly by year 2016."

This was obviously written some time ago, but that resource list is still current.

There is a companion piece, written by moonoveralabama.com, and its headline reads: Secret US Wars Endanger Africa

Jul 03 08:14

Behind the secret U.S. war in Africa

American special operations teams are playing a more direct role in military actions against suspected terrorists in Africa than the Pentagon has publicly acknowledged, planning and participating in combat raids by African troops in multiple countries including Somalia, Kenya, Tunisia and Niger, under a set of classified programs.

In repeated public statements, military spokespeople have said the American role in Africa is limited to “advising and assisting” other militaries. But for at least five years, Green Berets, Navy SEALs and other commandos operating under a little-understood authority have planned and controlled certain missions, putting them in charge of their African partner forces.

Jul 02 11:45

Outside the law: Nigerians turn to radio show for justice

“Hembe-lembeh!” yells Ahmad Isah, the host of Nigeria’s Brekete Family radio program. “Olo-lolo!” shouts his audience - more than 100 people who have crammed into his studio, looking for justice.

Brekete Family is a show which promises to help Nigeria’s downtrodden redress wrongs - a format, says Isah, born out of frustration in an official legal system beset by bureaucracy and mismanagement.

One of the first members of the public to speak is a man who says he was unfairly sacked. Instead of going to a tribunal, he has decided his best chance of getting his rights is to appear on the talk show, broadcast out of the capital Abuja six mornings out of seven.

Isah puts the man’s case to a government official sitting in the crowd, who promises to look into it - and the show moves on to two groups of relatives arguing over a bequest, the next in a long line of plaintiffs waiting in the wings for a hearing.

Jul 01 11:21

End the Wars To Halt the Refugee Crisis

Italy’s new government, a coalition of the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement and the far-right League party, seems intent on stopping the flow of refugees into the country, as promised on the campaign trail.

However, if politicians continue to ignore the root causes of the problem, the refugee crisis will not go away on its own.

The disturbing truth is this: Europe is accountable for much of the mayhem under way in the Middle East. Right-wing pundits may wish to omit that part of the debate altogether, but facts will not simply disappear when ignored.

European politicians should honestly confront the question: what are the reasons that lead millions of people to leave their homes? And fashion equally honest and humane solutions.

In 2017, an uprising-turned-civil-war in Syria led to the exodus of millions of Syrian refugees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stop the wars; stop the mass migrations!

You're welcome, President Trump!! :-)

Jul 01 09:25

Zimbabwe 2.0? Land confiscation will damage South Africa's food production, says rights group

The South African economy and the nation's food production could collapse if the government seizes land from white farmers and redistributes it to black citizens, a local race relations organization has told RT.

Jun 29 13:35

Interview with Sarah Sanders - C-Span VIDEO

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders talked about her experiences in the Trump administration. The interview took place almost a year after she took over the role following Sean Spicer

Jun 29 07:23

South Africa: Another Shopping Mall Burned by Black Mob as Infrastructure Continues to Collapse

Yet another South African shopping mall—this time in the Limpopo Province—has been pointlessly burned to the ground by a rampaging black mob “protesting” against unemployment and the collapsing infrastructure in that country.

Jun 28 09:50

Interesting facts Honey badger – Floyd Mayweather of wildlife can attack lion’s “ball” literally

Native to Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian subcontinent, the Floyd Mayweather of wildlife on humour note, Honeybadger, the infamous wild animal, unfriendly to big cats are known for some other interesting stories. This article revolves around the life of honey badger not so sweet animal.

Jun 26 07:07

EU and Western Sahara: The Hassle and the Controversy!

On Monday, June 11th of 2018, the European Commission adopted an agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between Morocco and the European Union (EU) in order to grant preferential tariffs to products originating from occupied Western Sahara, particularly agricultural and fisheries products. This agreement will serve as an amendment to the Association Agreement between Morocco and the EU if later adopted by the European Parliament. The Moroccan authorities have been plundering the natural resources of Western Sahara for many decades with the complicity of several foreign firms and the support of Western powers, such as France and Spain who only run after their own benefits and personal interests.

Jun 25 08:03

THE GRUESOME REALITY OF RACIST SOUTH AFRICA

For decades, the country of South Africa was the focus of an international rallying cry against the injustices of apartheid. On June 17, 1991, South Africa's Parliament abolished the legal framework for the practice of racial persecution. In 1994, Nelson Mandela and his Marxist African National Congress (ANC) assumed the reins of power. The international community looked away, satisfied that justice had prevailed. They continue to look away, even as South Africa has degenerated into another racist pit, best described by an Afrikaner farm owner: "It's politically correct to kill whites these days."

Jun 25 08:02

70,000 Whites Murdered in ‘Modern’ South Africa; Obama’s African Legacy

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

But you will not hear about this in the Western media, which fawns over the black terrorists who now run the once-prosperous country.

Jun 25 08:01

MURDER RATE FOR THESE WHITE FARMERS 20 TIMES INTERNATIONAL AVERAGE

Over a two-year time span, South African Claudine Van Wyk lost three beloved family members in a series of gruesome farm attacks in the troubled African nation.

Her story is hardly unique.

The horrendous violence that has become so common in South Africa is a terror that even cross-border violence or irrational violence against a religious minority doesn’t approach.

And the attacks are viewed by many experts as the signs of genocide, warning top government officials are inciting, if not participating directly in it.

The trigger for the latest murder and mayhem against whites is the land owned by descendants of Europeans who arrived generations ago and built up what is now becoming known as “Rainbow Nation.”

Among those ramping up the hatred is South African President Jacob Zuma, who sings a song about genocide and is now seeking to expropriate white-owned farms without even providing compensation.

Jun 23 11:08

Militarization of the African Continent: The U.S. Is Building a Massive $110 Million Drone Base in the Sahara

The Drone Base Will Provide a Stronger US Presence in a Region

[Combating Extremism is the stated objective. Terrorism is the Justification for the Militarization of Africa, GR Editor]

Back in 2013, President Obama had ordered a drone base to be built in the capital of Niger, Niamey, but even than military officials already indicated that ideally, they wanted the drone operation to be based outside of Agadez. The NY Times reported moving the drone base to Agadez had two main advantages. First, it is better positioned to launch drone operation throughout the southern regions of the Sahara that are turning into an alleged “terrorist hotbed”. Second, the drone operations are better shielded from prying eyes in isolated Agadez than in Niamey. A third reason, not mentioned by the NYT might well be that with the fall of Libyan leader Gaddafi, Agadez has turned into the smuggling capital of Africa, according to Politico Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is about expropriating more of Africa's resources, to which the US government has absolutely zero moral right, while insuring that those living over said resources get scarce, or zero, compensation for those resources, and they will only be sold in American dollars.

It is just that simple.

Does the US government really want to stop terrorism in its tracks?!? All it has to do, is stop mucking about in other people's countries.

You're welcome! :-)

Jun 23 10:58

'CHINESE MARITIME MILITIA' LAUNCHES LASER ATTACKS AGAINST US MILITARY PILOTS IN PACIFIC OCEAN

Pilots of American military aircraft operating over the western Pacific Ocean have been targeted by lasers more than 20 times in recent months, US officials told The Wall Street Journal, following similar incidents in which Chinese nationals used lasersagainst American fighter pilots operating over Djibouti.

In April, the Pentagon issued a NOTAM, or “Notice to Airmen” warning of “unauthorized laser activity” resulting in minor injuries to an unspecified number of pilots over Djibouti. The lasers originated from a Chinese military base in the African country, just 8.3 miles from the American base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What were these injuries, and to whom did they occur, if in fact, they existed?!?

Is this real... or more demonisation of the Chinese ahead of a war against it?!?

I noticed a companion piece in zerohedge.com this morning:

China Steps up Cyber attacks as trede tensions worsen.

And I am reminded of a Paul Craig Roberts story, presented last year:

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

Just because such an action on the part of the US government would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is utterly no guarantee that this government will not do it.

IF the US government understands what CIA Director Haspel is doing in Yemen, courtesy of her UAE minions (torture, actually, and BTW, they do), any horrifically idiotic decisions the US government could possibly make, may well happen, and soon.

Jun 20 12:14

Saudi-Moroccan spat: Competing for the mantle of “moderate Islam”

James Dorsey says Morocco’s attempt to portray itself as a promoter of so-called “moderate Islam” so far appears more convincing than the efforts of Saudi Arabia to that end, especially in light of recent Saudi concessions to ultra-conservatives. >>

Jun 20 08:33

In South Sudan's war, thousands suffer rape and sex attacks

Although thousands of women have reported rape and other sexual atrocities in South Sudan's war, human rights groups say the figure is likely to be much higher.

Jun 16 12:16

The "Hitler Of South Africa" Tells White People, He Won't Kill Them...Yet!

Earlier this week while most of the world was transfixed on the World Cup, the Trump/Kim handshake, or a multitude of other sundry events, Julius Malema, aka the Hitler of South Africa, was busy telling white people in his country that he’s not going wage genocide against them. Yet.

In an interview with TRT World News published this week, Malema said, “We have not called for the killing of white people. At least for now. I can’t guarantee the future.”

When the reporter mentioned that some people might view these remarks as a call to genocide, Malema responded, “Crybabies. Crybabies,” but later warned white South Africans that “the masses are on board” for “an un-led revolution and anarchy”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If I were a Caucasian person living in South Africa right now, I would be selling everything I could, and getting on a plane to somewhere else; the Zimbabwification of South Africa is coming, and it is coming quickly.

Jun 15 08:13

Maasai herders driven off land to make way for luxury safaris, report says

The Tanzanian government is putting foreign safari companies ahead of Maasai herding communities as environmental tensions grow on the fringes of the Serengeti national park, according to a new investigation.

Hundreds of homes have been burned and tens of thousands of people driven from ancestral land in Loliondo in the Ngorongoro district in recent years to benefit high-end tourists and a Middle Eastern royal family, says the report by the California-based thinktank the Oakland Institute.

Although carried out in the name of conservation, these measures enable wealthy foreigners to watch or hunt lions, zebra, wildebeest, giraffes and other wildlife, while the authorities exclude local people and their cattle from watering holes and arable land, the institute says.

Jun 13 08:30

South Africa minister suspended over ‘friend of Israel’ comment

Health Minister Mpho Phalatse was suspended yesterday after declaring South Africa’s economic hub Johannesburg a “friend of Israel”.

Phalatse made the comments while speaking at the South African Friends of Israel Conference, an event sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy.

According to a video of her speech, Phalatse said: “I would like to declare that I am a friend of Israel and the city of Johannesburg is a friend of Israel,” according to the New Arab. The Minister also told pro-Israel conference attendees: “we value you, we celebrate you, we appreciate you, feel at home.”

The city’s Mayor, Herman Mashaba, said he was “disappointed” by Phalatse’s comments, explaining “I was disappointed by the remarks, not as they relate to her personal beliefs [but rather] my disappointment stemmed from the attribution of those sentiments to the City of Johannesburg on a matter of such an emotional and sensitive nature.”

Jun 11 12:01

Israeli Special Forces Train White South African Farmers To Ward Off Violent Attacks

White South African farmers are now being trained by Israeli Special Forces. The farmers are preparing to use force to defend themselves and their property from the violent attacks generated toward them because of their race.

There were 74 farm murders and 638 attacks primarily on white farmers between 2016 and 2017, according to minority rights group AfriForum. “Current murder tendencies indicate that we will lose more people on farms than in the past three years,” AfriForum’s Ian Cameron recently wrote, according to RT.

The situation has been wildly underreported in the mainstream media, and white farmers have felt the need to begin preparing themselves to survive a possible assault. Some of the white farmers will fight back and have turned to Idan Abolnik, a former member of the Israeli special forces, who trains them in hand-to-hand combat and weapons handling, Sky News reported.

Jun 08 14:12

US special ops forces soldier killed in Somalia firefight: reports

An American Special Operations forces soldier was killed and four others wounded in a firefight with Somalia militants on Friday, the New York Times first reported.

Three U.S. Department of Defense officials spoke to the Times about a gun fight in southwestern Somalia, where al-Shabaab militants engaged in a fight for the Shabab, an Islamist extremist group.

Jun 05 12:45

Spinning Rwanda in the Grand Cult of US Empire

Recall that as the horrors of the genocide came to light, it became plain that someone, somewhere, messed up big time; it was inevitable, too, that all scrutinizing eyes would soon enough land on Washington, that bloated imperial octopus with an arm everywhere. Seeing the writing on the wall, the Clintonistas may have decided that the only way to dominate the conversation was to plead guilty, at the top of their lungs, to the relatively minor offense of "failing to stop" Rwanda’s genocide. Perhaps to make this a credible admission of guilt, they also contrived a dubious story about how their strategic uses of violence really could have saved Rwanda, if only they had mustered the will to follow through. Likely by design, this phony mea culpa has for decades served to deflect attention from Washington’s actual and more heinous offense: backing the Tutsi marauders who sparked a genocidal backlash.

Jun 05 11:53

US to cut special forces in Africa to counter China, Russia: Report

The United States plans to sharply reduce the number of American Special Operations forces in Africa as part of a new Pentagon strategy that focuses on countering “rising threats” from Russia and China, according to a report.

Defense Secretary James Mattis has ordered a review of America’s elite commando missions in recent weeks which could see counterterrorism forces in Africa slashed by as much as half over the next three years, The New York Times reported on Monday.

The review was issued amid an ongoing assessment of Special Operations forces worldwide after four American service members were killed during an ambush in Niger last year.

May 30 10:27

Tunisia’s largest union joins BDS

The Tunisian General Labour Union announced last week hat it has joined the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

In a statement released on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the union said the move highlights is support for Palestinian refugees, their right of return and is in condemnation of the US’ decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.

Arab countries are complicit in the oppression and suffering of Palestinians, the statement which was signed by the TGLU’s General Secretary Noureddinne Taboubi said.

May 26 09:08

Tunisian opposition ‘committed’ to law criminalising normalisation with Israel

A leading opposition MP in Tunisia has said that democratic forces in the country remain committed to passing a law which criminalises “normalisation” with Israel, Quds Press has reported. “The Palestinian cause,” added Al-Irada Party leader Imed Al-Daimi, “remains a priority for the political elites and leaders in Tunisia.”

Al-Daimi expressed his regret at the way the Tunisian public and officials reacted to Israel’s violations against the Palestinians, calling the response “weak and substandard”. He attributed this to Tunisians’ preoccupation with post-revolution local entitlements, in addition to the Tunisian communities’ reduced confidence in political participation and its replacement by social media.

“We are witnessing a serious social phenomenon here in Tunisia, which is the reluctance to participate in political and public affairs. This was evident in the weak turnout for the recent municipal elections.”

May 24 10:59

Angola diplomats fired for attending Jerusalem US embassy event

The Angolan government has fired two of its senior diplomats for attending a gala dinner celebrating the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, according to the Afro-Palestine Newswire Service.

The event, hosted in Tel Aviv by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week, was attended by Manuel Augusto Jao Diogo Fortunato, a senior adviser in the Angolan Embassy, with the approval of Angola’s Director for African, Middle East and Regional Organisations, Joaquim do Espirito Santo.

On Monday, Angolan media reported that Fortunato and Santo had both been fired by Angola’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Manuel Augusto, for “failing to comply with procedures and harming Angola’s good reputation.”

May 23 12:40

WHO: DRC Ebola outbreak on a 'knife's edge' as urban cases rise

"The next few weeks will really tell if this outbreak is going to expand to urban areas or if we're going to be able to keep it under control," Salama said.

Following the meeting, Salama told AFP news agency the outbreak "could go either way" in coming weeks.

May 23 12:39

Two infected Ebola patients flee treatment center in Congo

Two infected patients who fled from an Ebola treatment center in a Congo city of 1.2 million people later died, an aid group said Wednesday while asserting that "forced hospitalization is not the solution to this epidemic." As the number of suspected Ebola cases continued to rise, experts emphasized that more community engagement is needed to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Three patients left of their own accord from the isolation zone of the Wangata hospital in Mbandaka city between Sunday and Tuesday, said Henry Gray, emergency coordinator for Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders.

May 22 10:33

‘Bury them alive!’: White South Africans fear for their future as horrific farm attacks escalate

LAST month, British woman Sue Howarth and her husband Robert Lynn were woken at 2am by three men breaking into a window of their remote farm in Dullstroom, a small town in the northeast of South Africa, about 240km from the nearest capital city.

The couple, who had lived in the area for 20 years, were tied up, stabbed, and tortured with a blowtorch for several hours. The masked men stuffed a plastic bag down Mrs Howarth’s throat, and attempted to strangle her husband with a bag around his neck.

The couple were bundled into their own truck, still in their pyjamas, and driven to a roadside where they were shot. Mrs Howarth, 64, a former pharmaceutical company executive, was shot twice in the head. Mr Lynn, 66, was shot in the neck.

Miraculously he survived, and managed to flag down a passer-by early on Sunday morning. Mrs Howarth, who police said was “unrecognisable” from her injuries, had multiple skull fractures, gunshot wounds and “horrific” burns to her breasts.

May 22 10:11

White South African farmers claiming persecution at home seek refuge in Australia

More than 200 farmers from South Africa have applied for humanitarian visas in Australia after allegedly suffering attacks for being white, according to the Australian Home Affairs Ministry.

“The type of criteria they of course have to meet – or the key one – is evidence of persecution, so that's exactly what we will be looking at,” Home Affairs Deputy Secretary Malisa Golightly said. Home Affairs said 89 refugee visa applications relating to 213 people had been received, although they did not specify their ethnicity or any other details.

May 22 10:09

S Africa Facing Crisis Regarding Violence in Attacks on White Farmers – Activist

A recent murder of an elderly white couple in South Africa has triggered a new round of debates about violence against white landowners and the government’s failure to handle crime. The tide of violence has triggered uproar on social media, with some users blaming the authorities for turning a blind eye to racial murders. At the same time the South African government is looking into constitutional reform that would let land to be expropriated from white farmers without compensation. Radio Sputnik discussed the recent spiral of violence with Ian Cameron, Head of Community Safety at the AfriForum civil rights group.

May 21 11:26

The Ebola superhighway: Why the new outbreak terrifies public health authorities

Ministry of Health officials first identified cases of viral hemorrhagic fever when it reached the town of Bikoro earlier this month. On Thursday, officials said a new case had been identified in Mbandaka, a city of 1.2 million.

The new case in Mbandaka has raised the alarm among public health officials because it is the first time the virus has ever landed in a city that sits directly on the Congo River.

In all eight of the previous known Ebola outbreaks in Congo, the virus has been contained within remote jungle villages or relatively small towns, where isolated populations are less likely to spread the disease.

But the Congo River is effectively the region’s highway system. Barges and boats travel from Kisangani in the east through major cities including Bumba, Mbandaka — and eventually Kinshasa, the capital of Congo and home to more than 11 million people, as well as Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo.

May 21 10:28

THOUSANDS OF MOROCCANS PROTEST AGAINST U.S. JERUSALEM EMBASSY MOVE

More than 10,000 Moroccans chanting "Death to Israel" took to the streets of Casablanca on Sunday to protest against the US decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

The marchers carried Palestinian flags and placards that read "Al Quds (Jerusalem) Palestine's eternal capital." Most appeared to be Islamists, with women wearing headscarves and marching separately from men.

May 19 09:56

Israel's new African friends will pay a price for this betrayal

The split-screen juxtaposition had most of us trembling with anger. On the left, here was Ivanka Trump, the US president's daughter, beaming at the inauguration plaque outside the new US embassy in Jerusalem. On the right, Palestinians in Gaza were being pulled from the carnage of a bloodbath. At last count, at least 60 Palestinians were massacred. Another 2,700 injured by bullets and tear gas fumes. Gaza remains in trauma.

And while the usual tropes of Hamas involvement in inciting the protest movement have been spilling from American and Israeli mouthpieces - be they politicians, commentators or columnists - this week's devastating events left even the most neutral of observers stunned. How was it possible, in the 21st century, that such an atrocity could play out without consequence?

May 19 08:56

FDA just approved Latest Highly Effective Drug to get rid of Migraines.

FDA just approved the first drug to prevent migraines. About 1 in 5 girls and one in 16 men get migraines, in step with the yank sick headache Foundation.
"It may not get rid of all of them, but it really dramatically improves following things...

May 18 09:50

Congo warns of 'new phase' in Ebola outbreak after case detected in city with 1m residents

In April, we filed a lawsuit on behalf of Shoaib Ahmed and others against CoreCivic, alleging that the prison corporation violates human trafficking laws and employs a deprivation scheme to force immigrants detained at Stewart to work for sub-minimum wages, and then threatens to punish them for refusing to work through solitary confinement or loss of access to necessities. A lawsuit against Geo Group, another prison corporation, is moving forward for using similar practices at the Aurora Detention Center in Colorado, violating the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

May 17 09:12

'Explosive increase' in Ebola cases is feared as outbreak in Congo spreads to a CITY and UN considers whether to declare a 'health emergency of international concern'

Experts fear an 'explosive increase' in Ebola cases after an outbreak in Congo entered a 'new phase' and spread to a city.

The deadly virus was detected in the northwest city of Mbandaka, with a population of about 1 million people, the country's health minister revealed last night.

So far, the 23 deaths believed to have been caused by Democratic Republic of Congo's latest Ebola outbreak were in more isolated areas, giving authorities a better chance of ring-fencing the virus.

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