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Feb 21 11:19

South Africa to cut diplomatic ties with Israel

The South African government is intending to cut diplomatic ties with Israel in protest of its treatment of the Palestinian people, the country’s Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced yesterday.

Feb 19 10:51

DRONES IN THE SAHARA

LATE IN THE morning of October 4 last year, a convoy of Nigerien and American special forces soldiers in eight vehicles left the village of Tongo Tongo. As they made their way between mud-brick houses with thatched roofs, they were attacked from one side by dozens of militants, if not hundreds. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Nigeriens and Americans fled, some on foot, running for cover behind trees and clusters of millet, their boots caked in the light brown earth. By the time the fighting was over, five Nigeriens and four Americans were killed, their bodies left naked in the bush after the militants took their uniforms.

Feb 17 13:22

Ethiopia: Final days of the ruling regime

Graham Peebles welcomes the demise of the Ethiopian regime, arguing that the people have a common foe, a unified cause and a shared purpose and, no matter what the regime does, this time they will not be stopped.>>

Feb 11 06:28

America’s Drug Wars in Africa: Missing Money, and a Phantom $500 Million

2017 was a year of investigations for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). There was the investigation of the two-star commander of U.S. Army Africa who allegedly sent racy texts to an enlisted man’s wife. There was the investigation into the alleged killing of a Special Forces soldier by Navy SEALs in Mali. There was the inquiry into reports of torture and killings on a remote base in Cameroon that was also used by American forces. There was the investigation of an alleged massacre of civilians by American special operators in Somalia. And don’t forget the inquiry into the killing of four Special Forces soldiers by Islamic State militants in Niger.

And then there was the investigation that hardly anyone heard about, that didn’t spark a single headline. And still, the question remains: Whatever became of that $500 million?

To be fair, this particular scandal isn’t AFRICOM’s alone, nor did that sizeable sum belong only to that one command. And unlike the possibly tens of thousands of dollars in cash that reportedly went missing in connection with the strangulation of the Green Beret in Mali, that $500 million didn’t simply vanish. Still, a report by the Defense Department’s Inspector General (IG), released into the news wasteland of the day after Christmas 2017, does raise questions about a combatant command with a history of scandals, including significant failures in planning, executing, tracking, and documenting projects across the African continent, as well as the effectiveness of U.S. assistance efforts there.

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Feb 05 10:14

South Africans Live in a Dangerous Gated World

Feb 03 11:05

Nile dam dispute: Troops mass on Sudan-Eritrea border

A geopolitical crisis is building over who controls the River Nile.

On Monday, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia's presidents met in Addis Ababa to resolve a dispute over building a dam on the river in Ethiopia.

The show of unity has been contradicted as pictures emerge of Sudanese troops near Kassala, near the border with Eritrea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that cooler heads can prevail here, and that a war for water resouces does not happen.

Feb 02 08:46

Tens of Thousands Flee Fighting in Eastern Congo in a Single Week

The United Nations reported that thousands of people have fled from violence in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the last week. At least 8,200 people fled the country in the last week alone, most of them heading to neighboring Burundi.

"Thousands of children, women and men have abandoned their homes, in the midst of intensified military operations against Mai Mai armed groups in South Kivu province," Babar Baloch, spokesman for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday.

"Since last week almost 7,000 people have crossed to neighboring Burundi and an additional 1,200 to Tanzania," he added. Accurate figures did not exist for those also fleeing to Uganda, but the UN previously estimated that 330 Congolese per day have been fleeing Congo for Uganda for the last two months. An untold number are likely also internally displaced as a result of the fighting in South Kivu.

Jan 27 11:54

Israel will pay civilians $9,000 to capture African migrants

Israel is hiring civilian “immigration inspectors” to crack down on “illegal aliens and their employers,” marking a turning point in the Middle Eastern nation’s relationship with migrants and refugees.

In an advertisement this month, the Population and Immigration Authority said it would pay up to 30,000 Israeli shekels ($8,845) for civilians to carry out an “enterprise of national importance.” That included undertaking “enforcement tasks” against migrants that involved detecting, investigating, and arresting them. Candidates are expected to start in March 2018, a month before the country starts its designated “voluntary” process to return migrants to their country of origin or a third one.

The move comes a few weeks after Israel said it would help purchase tickets, obtain travel documents, and give $3,500 to African illegal migrants to leave—threatening them with arrest if they are caught after the end of March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perfectly predictable.

But then again, what CAN one expect... from a vilely apartheid, self-proclaimed "democracy", with nuclear weapons?!?

Jan 27 11:34

Israel will pay civilians $9,000 to capture African migrants

Israel is hiring civilian “immigration inspectors” to crack down on “illegal aliens and their employers,” marking a turning point in the Middle Eastern nation’s relationship with migrants and refugees.

Jan 26 10:56

Online Vendors Try to Make a Quick Buck as Cape Town Runs Out of Water

Day Zero—currently predicted to be April 12 by local officials—is the exact day when the city of Cape Town in South Africa will run out of water.

This may sound like a far-fetched, dystopian hellscape. But Cape Town has been dealing with ongoing drought for three years now because of a host of factors, including poor government planning, all aggravated by climate change. The dams and reservoirs that supply the city of an estimated 4 million people are running dangerously low. Already under water use restrictions, residents will soon have to collect rations of water piped into the city at centralized points, protected by armed guards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not mentioned in this article is a complete lack of care for existing water resources, resulting in crumbling infrastucture here, coupled with extensive government corruption.

Jan 24 11:07

Ugandan President: 'I Love Trump' For Speaking 'Frankly' With Africans

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Tuesday at the East African Legislative Assembly in Uganda that he "loves" President Donald Trump because "he talks to Africans frankly."

Jan 22 08:02

Ruthless new leader of Zimbabwe being welcomed by global elite in Davos - despite links to decades of repression and genocide alongside predecessor Robert Mugabe

The ruthless new leader of Zimbabwe is being welcomed by the global elite in Davos this week – despite his links to decades of repression and genocide alongside predecessor Robert Mugabe.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, nicknamed ‘the crocodile’, became president of the African nation last year when Mugabe was forced out after a 37-year rule.

Jan 20 09:26

Russia Might "Pivot To Africa" With "Mercenaries"

The upcoming draft proposal to legalize private military companies (PMCs, a.k.a. “mercenaries”) in Russia could give the country a competitive edge over its rivals by helping it carve out a valuable and much-demanded niche as a reliable security provider, thus enabling it to later leverage its strategic advantage to reap energy, mineral, economic, and other “rewards” in incentivizing the Kremlin to undertake a full-on “Pivot to Africa”.

Jan 20 08:20

'Blaxit': African Americans Moving to Africa to Escape Racism

Digital marketer Muhammida el-Muhajir moved from New York City to Ghana to escape America's "incessant racism and prejudice" and thousands of others are doing the same, Al Jazeera reports.

Jan 18 09:47

Uganda Doctor: Eye Bleeding Fever Is ‘An Epidemic Already’

The horrific outbreak of “eye bleeding fever” in East Africa has forced one doctor to admit the disturbing truth. The fatal outbreak of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is “an epidemic already.”

Amid news that this disease is the same on the wiped out much of the Aztec population, Dr. Mukuzi Muhereza, from the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) warns that immediate action should be taken to prevent the spread of this disease, which has a 40% fatality rate, and as a virus, has no cure.

Jan 16 14:08

A moment of significance and opportunity for Ethiopia

Graham Peebles says the Ethiopian government’s “half-baked move to release a few political leaders… should embolden many” and “reveals a crack in the democratic facade presented by the regime, which must be split open under the force of sustained political activism”.>>

Jan 16 11:46

America’s shadow war in Africa

A central focus of the mission is the vast desert nation of Niger, nearly twice the size of Texas, which has been a magnet for jihadists of many stripes, including those recruited locally and so-called foreign fighters drawn from North Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

In June, the official number of U.S. troops supporting Niger’s military as it fights the militant groups was 645, up from 575 in December 2016. But now it’s at least 800, according to the Pentagon.

Many of the troops are Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Marine Raiders, but officials said the reinforcements have mostly been Air Force personnel who are there to manage a surge in surveillance flights by unmanned drones and manned spy planes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So why 50 million bucks for an airfield in Niger, while our homeless Veterans sleep rough in our streets and alleys?!?

The following information should set things straight:

The country, or countries controlling Niger, will control its uranium; its gold; its coal; and its oil

Jan 16 10:34

Black Death: Fears of PLAGUE break out in Africa as eye bleeding fever sweeps Uganda

BLACK DEATH killed hundreds of people in Madagascar in 2017 but now a deadly new form of the plague may have broken out in Africa following the death of a nine-year-old girl who was “bleeding from the eyes”.

Jan 15 07:50

S**t Hole Nations Update: ISIS Affiliate Claims Credit for Attack on US Troops in Niger

In early October of last year, four US troops were killed in Tongo Tongo, Niger, not far from the Malian border. This story was a huge revelation, as it forced the Pentagon to admit they had nearly 1,000 ground troops in Niger, something even the Senate Armed Services Committee members insist they weren’t told about.

Islamists, presumably ISIS, had been blamed for the attack, but on Saturday the local ISIS affiliate, which dubs itself the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, finally publicly admitted to the attack.

This affiliate almost never issues public statements>>>

(*ISIS Affiliate Claims Credit for Attack on US Troops in Niger
We all know What That Means
nudge-nudge/wink-wink )

Jan 13 08:27

Shadow Armies: The Unseen, But Real US War In Africa

(*As he strikes out on nixing Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal , and Korea Fire and Fury vocabulary disfunction , causing Kim Jong Un to appear the more International Statesman , Trump opens up a whole new vein of provecation on America's next war frontier , Africa , but most Americans think it's only another bout of understandable profanity on The Presidents part .)

Jan 07 10:32

Sudan deploys thousands of militiamen on border with Eritrea

Sudan has deployed thousands of government militia Rapid Support Forces (RSF) fighters to the eastern state of Kassala on the border with Eritrea.

Eyewitnesses in Kassala underscored the RSF militiamen on tanks and hundreds of vehicles with pintle-mounted weapons had arrived in the city on Thursday morning.

Sources told Sudan Tribune the RSF fighters were deployed in anticipation of internal Eritrean developments that could lead to a large wave of refugees hitting Sudan’s border.

While others claimed the purpose of the border closure is to prevent Darfur rebel elements and Ethiopia’s armed opposition fighters from infiltrating into Sudan’s territory due to these developments.

Jan 02 12:03

US Promises to Help Nigeria Exterminate Boko Haram

Nigeria’s fire power against insurgent Boko Haram was enhanced wednesday as the United States (US) government gave its final approval to purchase the A29 Super Tucano Aircraft, promising to assist in defeating the terrorists.

US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, while presenting the Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, explained that the approval underscored the new commitment and cooperation between the US and Nigeria.

Jan 02 10:30

Shadow armies: The unseen, but real US war in Africa

There is a real – but largely concealed – war which is taking place throughout the African continent. It involves the United States, an invigorated Russia and a rising China. The outcome of the war is likely to define the future of the continent and its global outlook.

It is easy to pin the blame on US President Donald Trump, his erratic agenda and impulsive statements. But the truth is, the current US military expansion in Africa is just another step in the wrong direction. It is part of a strategy that had been implemented a decade ago, during the administration of President George W. Bush, and actively pursued by President Barack Obama.

Jan 01 09:39

Shadow armies: The unseen, but real US war in Africa

There is a real – but largely concealed – war which is taking place throughout the African continent. It involves the United States, an invigorated Russia and a rising China. The outcome of the war is likely to define the future of the continent and its global outlook.

Jan 01 09:26

How Donald Trump Learned to Love War in 2017

The president promised to deliver peace. But in his first year, he expanded every war he inherited.

President Trump has maintained or expanded the wars that he inherited from his predecessor.

As Jennifer Wilson and I pointed out in an appropriately titled column in August, “Donald Trump Is Dropping Bombs at Unprecedented Levels.” Within eight months of assuming office, Trump — with the announcement of six “precision aistrikes” in Libya — had bombed every country that former President Barack Obama had in eight years. One month after that, the United States surpassed the 26,172 bombs that had been dropped in 2016. Through the end of December 2017, Trump had authorized more airstrikes in Somalia in one year (33), than George W. Bush and Obama had since the United States first began intervening there in early 2007 (30).

Dec 31 05:36

‘Nigerian prince’ finally arrested: 67yo American behind 100s of scam emails

The mastermind who claimed to be Nigerian royalty in order to conduct a well-known ‘phishing’ email scam has been arrested in Louisiana.

Michael Neu, 67, was arrested this week following an 18-month investigation by Slidell Police Department's Financial Crimes Division. He has been charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering and is believed to have set up hundreds of scam email accounts costing unassuming citizens thousands of dollars.

The scam emails involve a well-known trope that is almost as old as the internet: A person claiming to be a Nigerian prince, or their representative, emails you requesting personal financial information in order to expedite the transfer of a massive inheritance of which you were hitherto unaware.

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Dec 28 15:13

A short but important story

Italy will be sending 470 soldiers to Niger to help the West African nation stem the flow of Europe-bound refugees, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni says.

Agadez, the main city in central Niger, has become a revolving door for economic refugees seeking to reach Europe via Libya, winning notoriety as Africa’s people-smuggling capital.

“We are going to Niger following a request by the government at the start of December to … reinforce the security measures in the territory and at the borders and to support the police force,” he said.

He said Niger was “the main transit country” in Africa for Europe-bound refugees, adding that it was also “perhaps the most willing to cooperate in this matter as it is a transit country,” and does not receive remittances from refugees settled abroad.>>>

Dec 27 09:28

Long Live Ambazonia? English-Speaking Rebels Want to Create New Nation in Africa

Cameroon is a French-speaking nation ruled over by President Paul Biya, who has been in power since 1982.

But in the west, close to the border with Nigeria, most people are Anglophones and many want to create their own country, nominally called Ambazonia.

Dec 27 09:27

First White Farmer Returns to Previously Seized Land Under Zimbabwe's New Leader

A white Zimbabwean farmer and his family, evicted at gunpoint by the government of Robert Mugabe six months ago, has returned to his community to a joyous reception, becoming the first white farmer to get his land back under the new government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Dec 22 01:55

That UN Vote: “How are the mighty fallen”

“How are the mighty fallen!” is a statement that ranges far beyond Gath and Ashkelon. And it is repeated throughout the centuries as empires stumble and fall.

For those keeping score on the Trump Administration versus the United Nations, the final vote on the Status of Jerusalem resolution is recorded above.

The official count was 128 to 9 against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and his pledge to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Thirty-three members of the UN General Assembly abstained.

Dec 21 09:56

US drone strikes double in Somalia, triple in Yemen under Trump admin.: Report

There has been a sharp rise in the number of US drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia since US President Donald Trump took office, says a report.

In March, Trump gave the US military authority to carry out airstrikes without notifying the government in regions designated as areas with "active hostilities."

Dec 21 09:40

South Africa to downgrade diplomatic status in Israel

South Africa says it will downgrade its diplomatic status in Israel in response to the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the Israeli regime’s “capital.”

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) Party announced the decision at a conference in Johannesburg late on Wednesday.

“The ANC’s National Conference, the highest decision making body of our organization, has unanimously resolved to immediately and unconditionally downgrade the South African Embassy in Israel to a liaison office,” the ruling party said in a statement.

The ANC said the resolution aimed to “give practical expression to the oppressed people of Palestine,” and “will send a clear message to Israel that there is a price to pay for its human rights abuses and violations of international law.”

Dec 18 16:58

Erik Prince to Partner With Mozambique Hidden-Debt Companies

Blackwater Security founder Erik Prince will partner with at least one of the state-owned Mozambican companies at the center of a hidden-loan scandal that resulted in the country defaulting on its debt this year.

Dec 18 13:00

African Country Ends Relationship With Monsanto After Massive Crop Market Failure

In yet another instance of Western and corporate imperialism, on the continent of Africa, this country stands as yet one more example of the failure of corporate crops and the willingness of the U.S. government to act as Monsanto’s enforcement arm against weak, victim nations...

Dec 13 07:56

African Union official: US cannot give Jerusalem to Israel

Senior Human Rights Expert at the African Union’s Department of Political Affairs, Salah Hammad, said yesterday that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and the United States cannot give it to Israel or any other party.

“The African Union’s position on the US decision is clear,” Hammad said in remarks to the Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of a solidarity campaign organised with the Palestinian cause in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He pointed out that the US decision does not serve the Palestinian cause and does not lead to peace on the ground and stressed that the African Union’s position of solidarity with the Palestinian people is “clear and strong, and stems from the common African values ??that prevent a state from dominating another”.

Dec 12 07:50

Tunisians declare boycott of U.S. ships after Trump’s Jerusalem move

A Tunisian labor union on Sunday evening announced its decision to boycott U.S. ships docking at a seaport in the country’s southern region of Sfax following Trump’s recognition, on Wednesday, of Occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Spokesman of the Popular Conference for the Palestinians Abroad, Ziad al-Aloul, said on Facebook that the regional executive office of Tunisia’s Trade Unions decided to boycott all American ships docking at Sfax commercial harbor.

As part of the boycott move, workers at the seaport will not empty the shipments onboard boats tied up at Sfax seaport after they had set sail from the U.S.

Dec 10 09:48

'Worst Military Fiasco': US Media Reveals Details of Deadly Niger Operation

BuzzFeed News reported Friday, citing sources, that the deaths of eight soldiers, including four US servicemen, could have been avoided if the US military mission in October at the village of Tongo Tongo near the Malian border had been better planned.

BuzzFeed News described this deadly incident as the "the worst military fiasco under the Trump administration — in which four US soldiers were killed alongside four Nigerians by Islamist militants — was the result of reckless behavior by US Special Forces."

Senior US officials privy to the matter told the US media outlet that the "fiasco" came after US soldiers with alleged inadequate reconnaissance support and a lack of ammunition rushed into a tightly-secured hotbed of high-ranking Daesh militants. Buzzfeed News additionally revealed that a number of further "negligent" actions during the mission provided Daesh gunmen with a deadly dominance in accidental combat.

Dec 09 13:22

Jerusalem’s fate – Grant F Smith

Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem signals Washington now deems this to be Israel’s capital.

How this is in America’s interest is difficult to fathom.

The law of unintended consequences is surely in play.

Dec 08 07:59

Sudanese parliament calls to recognise State of Palestine with Jerusalem as capital

Sudanese parliament has called on the Arab and Islamic countries to recognise the State of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital amid calls by some lawmaker to expel the U.S. chargé d’affaires.

Dec 07 08:43

Statement of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the American Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, notes with deep concern the decision of the United States Government, announced today, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. He regrets this decision, which will only increase tensions in the region and beyond and further complicate the search for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Dec 07 07:52

Chief Mandela slams Trump's Jerusalem declaration

Chief Mandla Mandela of Mvezo has lambasted United States President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

In a statement opposing the controversial move, the Chief called the decision “an act of perverse incitement.”

“Jerusalem will always remain the capital of Palestine,” reads the statement.

“Trump's illegal act of declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel is an act of aggression against the Palestinians and all freedom loving people in the world.”

Eight countries have since called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the matter. Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Uruguay want a meeting by the end of the week.

Dec 06 17:11

Israeli firm Cyberbit illegally spied on behalf of Ethiopia's despots, then stored all their stolen data on an unencrypted, world-readable website

Researchers from the University of Toronto's amazing Citizen Lab (previously) have published a new report detailing the latest tactics from the autocratic government of Ethiopia, "the world's first turnkey surveillance state" whose human rights abuses have been entirely enabled with software and expertise purchased on the open market, largely from companies in western countries like Finfisher and Hacking Team. In Champing at the Cyberbit, Citizen Lab researchers Bill Marczak, Geoffrey Alexander, Sarah McKune, John Scott-Railton, and Ron Deibert disclose how malware developed and sold by the Israeli company Cyberbit (a subsidiary of Elbit) was used to attack members of the Ethiopian opposition, including political exiles in the USA and elsewhere who were forced to leave Ethiopia in fear of their lives.

Dec 05 09:15

New Rumblings in the Horn of Africa over Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam

Cairo recently reiterated its longstanding position that it’s against Addis Ababa’s construction of this megaproject on the Blue Nile river through which it receives most of its water, believing that the dam would allow Ethiopia to control downstream Egypt’s access to this resource and thus place it in a strategically vulnerable position. The Horn of African state hit back at the latest criticism by stating that it won’t be thwarted in carrying out this nationally important development project, and it also refuted the rumors which claimed that Qatar was partially funding the dam. Egypt’s latest infowar campaign against Ethiopia’s initiative is thought to be fueled in part by Sudan’s strategic realignment towards Addis Ababa in this dispute and more broadly in a larger Silk Road context, which has totally changed the dynamics and correspondingly placed Cairo on the defensive.

Dec 05 08:15

Niger Approves Armed U.S. Drone Flights, Expanding Pentagon’s Role in Africa

The government of Niger has given the Defense Department permission to fly armed drones out of the Nigerien capital, Niamey, Pentagon officials said Thursday, in a major expansion of the American military’s footprint in Africa.

Pentagon officials want to start the flights within days.

Dec 03 10:53

Western Media Finally Wake Up to Libyan Slave Trade, but Completely Whitewash all Western Responsibility for its Emergence

Western Media Finally Wake Up to Libyan Slave Trade, but Completely Whitewash all Western Responsibility for its Emergence

Twenty-first century slave markets. Human beings sold for a few hundred dollars. Massive protests throughout the world. The American and British media have awakened to the grim reality in Libya, where African refugees are for sale in open-air slave markets. Yet a crucial detail in this scandal has been downplayed or even ignored in many corporate media reports: the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in bringing slavery to the North African nation.

Dec 03 08:24

Amnesty seeks criminal inquiry into Shell over alleged complicity in murder and torture in Nigeria

A review of thousands of internal company documents and witness statements published on Tuesday points to the Anglo-Dutch organisation’s alleged involvement in the brutal campaign to silence protesters in the oil-producing Ogoniland region in the 1990s.

Amnesty is urging the UK, Nigeria and the Netherlands to consider a criminal case against Shell in light of evidence it claims amounts to “complicity in murder, rape and torture” – allegations Shell strongly denies.

Shell stopped operations in Ogoniland in early 1993 citing security concerns but “subsequently sought ways to re-enter the region and end the protests by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, Mosop”, claims Amnesty.

On 30 April the same year troops guarding Shell’s contractors opened fire on protesters injuring 11 people, and a man was fatally shot at Nonwa village in a separate incident several days later.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, outsourced murder, rape, and torture are all in a day's work for any major corporation,in the process expropriating resources to which it has no moral right, and for which the local population gets no recompense whatsoever!" - Official Shell Souse.

Dec 02 07:43

Reapers in the Sahara: US Military to Deploy Armed UAVs to Niger

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) will be adding armed drones to their Nigerien arsenals to bolster their combat capabilities after the October ambush that left four US soldiers and five Nigerien soldiers dead.
Niger had already given the US permission to fly surveillance drone missions out of bases in their country, but now Niamey and the Pentagon have come to an agreement to allow AFRICOM to add MQ-9 Reaper drones equipped with a suite of missiles on bombs to their assets.

Nov 30 06:50

MEDIA ERASE NATO ROLE IN BRINGING SLAVE MARKETS TO LIBYA

he American and British media have awakened to the grim reality in Libya, where African refugees are for sale in open-air slave markets. Yet a crucial detail in this scandal has been downplayed or even ignored in many corporate media reports: the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in bringing slavery to the North African nation. In March 2011, NATO launched a war in Libya expressly aimed at toppling the government of longtime leader Muammar Qadhafi. The US and its allies flew some 26,000 sorties over Libya and launched hundreds of cruise missiles, destroying the government’s ability to resist rebel forces.

Nov 24 07:52

SAUDI ARABIA ARRESTS SECOND RICHEST MAN IN KINGDOM

Saudi authorities have arrested Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi a duel national with Saudi and Ethiopian citizen and is reportedly the second richest Saudi, after Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.

While bin Talal’s arrest has gained most media attention. Al-Amoudi’s arrest is especially important because it could potentially destabilize the economy of an entire country, according to Middle East Eye.

Al-Amoudi, who is also known as “the Sheikh”, has invested in almost every sector of Ethiopia’s economy, including hotels, agriculture and astrology.

According to a leaked diplomatic cable from 2008 “the Sheikh’s influence on the Ethiopian economy cannot be underestimated.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although, given his wealth and investments, this is probably a "Sheikh Shake-Down" for money, on the part of Prince Salman, it will have to be seen how this arrest,and the aftermath, plays out in both African and international markets first part of next week.

Nov 22 18:15

Flashback: Grace Mugabe Says: There Is Oil In Zimbabwe

Western mining experts hid exploration maps on Zimbabwe’s mineral resource base during the colonial era, but the country is slowly discovering its worth in terms of underground wealth, First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe has said.

It is believed that the whites undertook massive exploration works in Zimbabwe before independence, but never made public their findings. The move was deliberate to ensure that after independence, the new State would not know its value in terms of minerals. Addressing investors of African origin based in the United Kingdom at her Mazowe Children’s Home on Tuesday, Dr Mugabe said Zimbabwe was endowed with vast resources and God was already revealing some of the hidden wealth.

Nov 22 07:33

‘We’re ready to help’ Boris Johnson extends UK’s hand to Zimbabwe as Robert Mugabe resigns

BORIS Johnson has said the nation stands “ready to assist” Zimbabwe to stabilise the country following the resignation of “despot” Robert Mugabe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep; this was a regime change by the west to get their hands on Zimbabwe's mineral wealth!

Nov 21 10:58

US Airstrike In Somalia Kills More Than 100 al-Shabab Militants

More than 100 al-Shabaab militants were killed Tuesday in the latest US airstrike in Somalia the Pentagon announced, the latest in a series of strikes against the al Qaeda affiliated group and ISIS fighters in the war-torn country meant to support the local government. The strike occurred 125 miles northwest of the capital of Mogadishu, and was the 29th such strike since the start of 2017, and 7th since November 9.

The Pentagon released the following statement commemorating the latest airstrike:

U.S. Conducts Airstrike in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia against an al-Shabaab camp on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at approximately 10:30 a.m. local Somalia time, killing more than 100 militants. The operation occurred 125 miles northwest of the capital, Mogadishu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is in Somalia for the same reason it has garrisoned so much of the rest of the planet; to regime-change its government to a more Western/US centric government; expropriate its resources, to which the US govenment and those corporations which own it have utterly no moral right; and to insure that these goods are only sold to countries of which we approve, and only for US dollars.

Nov 21 08:17

Wild Footage Of Mugabe's Son Drenched In Diamonds, Right Before Zimbabwe Coup

Days before the military coup d’état in Zimbabwe, one of Mugabe’s sons uploaded a snapchat displaying his £45,000 diamond watch with £200 champagne, according to Daily Mail. The story went viral fueling anger of Zimbabweans as the country suffers from an economic collapse with a 95% unemployment rate.

Nov 20 08:17

Delingpole: Trump Right to Let Big-Game Hunters Bring Back Elephant Head Trophies from Africa

Lane runs the Bhejane Trust, a charity dedicated to preserving the black rhino in parks including Hwange. “I’m a great fan of Prince William, but he’s got it completely wrong on trophy hunting,” he tells me. “Not only does it provide a large chunk of our national park budget, but it gives local people a vested interest in preserving wildlife.”

Take elephants — one of the big five species most favoured by trophy hunters (the others being lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhino). To a squeamish urban Westerner, it might seem a monumental tragedy when — as happened in Zimbabwe in October — a massive bull elephant gets shot by some fat German trophy hunter. To a starving African villager, though, it’s a lifeline.

Nov 20 08:02

VIDEO | Robert Mugabe Speaks On Zimbabwe

Mugabe speaking to Parliament yesterday. He was supposed to resign but didn't.

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Nov 20 08:01

STARVED, ‘MUTILATED’ AND BLACKMAILED, MIGRANTS AUCTIONED OFF AS SLAVES, BY SMUGGLERS IN LIBYA

From becoming one of the major points in Africa from which migrants can attempt to cross over into Europe, Libya is now turning into a slave trade city thanks to the heavy flow of desperate people from other parts of the continent. A new investigation has revealed people are being sold as modern-day slaves for as little as £300 ($400).
According to CNN which exposed the racket, slave sales are conducted on the outskirts of the nation’s capital, Tripoli, where auctions take place for various types of manual labourers. In one case, a video was made available, which shows the sale of “big strong boys for farm work”.
An undercover operation revealed similar auctions where around a dozen people were sold in a matter of five to six minutes. “Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big, strong man, he’ll dig,” an auctioneer calls out in one clip. “What am I bid, what am I bid?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In her cheerleading for the forcible removal of Ghadaffi as the governmental head of Libya via assassination, did Hillary Clinton ever see this possibility coming?!?

That a new slave trade would result from the wake of his assassination?!?

The short answer has to be, "Hell, no!!"

Nov 20 07:53

US Quietly Builds Up Troops in Somalia

One of the many quiet escalations in countries where US military operations on the ground hadn’t really been well publicized in the first place, officials say that the US has more than doubled the number of ground troops in Somalia this year, and now have over 500 troops there.

This is the most troops the US have had in the country since 1993, when the Black Hawk Down incident killed 18 US soldiers and led to a quick withdrawal from the nation. This year was also the first year since 1993 that any US troops died in Somalia.

This escalation has involved a soaring number of US airstrikes in Somalia, not to mention a number of joint ground operations with Somali forces, mostly against al-Shabaab fighters, but many of them with very unclear goals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "goals" of this escalation are entirely clear, if one knows where to look for them:

Natural resources: uranium and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, likely oil reserves
Definition: This entry lists a country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.

You can see the words "largely unexploited"; that is the whole point;
the US government wants to get to those resources before Russia/China can lay claim to them; it is just that simple.

Nov 19 08:31

'Zimbabwean Spring' Looms As 1000s Celebrate Mugabe's Imminent Exit

Tens of thousands of jubilant Zimbabweans joined rallies on Saturday to celebrate the imminent departure of President Robert Mugabe, the only leader they’ve known since independence in 1980.

Nov 17 09:22

US lifts ban on import of 'elephant trophies' from Zimbabwe

The US Fish and Wildlife Service under US President Donald Trump has decided to allow the remains of elephants hunted for sport in Zimbabwe to be imported into the United States, reversing a ban on such imports introduced in 2014.

Zimbabwe's elephants are listed as "threatened" under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The service justified the change by saying the ban, imposed under former president Barack Obama, was based on limited information available at the time.

Nov 17 09:22

Zimbabwe Coup Leader Traveled to China One Week Before Arresting Mugabe

The key architect of the soft coup in Zimbabwe this week traveled to China and met with top military officials just days before the confusing and still-unfolding government shakeup, sparking speculation that Beijing may have played a role in the coup that has seen Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe placed under house arrest.

Nov 17 05:22

Let’s Stop Glorifying War

When’s the last time our media covered war honestly? When’s the last time you saw combat footage of American troops under fire, or of American troops killing others in the name of keeping us safe from enemies? When was the last time you saw an American soldier panicking, firing wildly, perhaps killing members of his own unit (fratricide) or innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of war? Maybe in the 1960s during coverage of the Vietnam War?

War is not glorious. It may feature noble deeds and remarkable sacrifices, but it also features brutality and many other bloody realities. War breaks men (and women) down. It does so because war is unnatural. Yes, war is many things, but it most certainly is about killing. Occasionally, the killing is even necessary. (Just ask those enslaved by the Nazis or the Japanese whether they greeted Allied troops as liberators.)

Nov 16 11:39

Man visiting the Bronx with $190,000 for his family is mugged

He was visiting the Bronx from Africa, carrying around a backpack with $190,000 in cash intended for his family — and he lost it all in a mugging.

Nov 16 07:07

US Senator Inhofe 'Encouraged' by Zimbabwe Military’s Rejection of Mugabe

US Senator Jim Inhofe said on Wednesday he was encouraged by the reports of a "peaceful action by the Zimbabwean military to reject the brutal and restrictive dictatorship of President Mugabe".

"I am cautiously optimistic that the military’s apparent efforts to restore differing viewpoints to the government will be an important step in that journey," Inhofe said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is feeling like another US-backed regime change.

Nov 16 06:34

Inhofe Hopeful for Democratic Zimbabwe

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe is hopeful the military takeover of Zimbabwe from President Robert Mugabe leads to a true democratic state for the beleaguered African country. Mugabe has been president since 1987. He is now under house arrest by the military, which is claiming its takeover of the government is not a coup. The move is likely to be challenged by the Southern Africa Development Community.

Nov 15 13:02

Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa Named Interim Leader as Mugabe Deposed

Zimbabwe’s military says it has deposed President Robert Mugabe and first lady Grace Mugabe and has appointed recently ousted Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as interim president. This comes just one week after President Mugabe ousted the vice president—who’s a close ally of Zimbabwe’s army chief. Witnesses reported seeing armored personnel carriers in the streets, with heavy gun and artillery fire in parts of the capital Harare. Zimbabwe’s military denied it had carried out a coup.

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