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  • China's military makes move into Africa

    11/24/2015 4:08:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 24, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    China is establishing its first military base in Africa, according to a top U.S. general, providing yet another sign of its growing reach beyond the Asia Pacific. "They are going to build a base in Djibouti, so that will be their first military location in Africa," U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, the commander of U.S. Africa Command, recently told defense reporters. There has been speculation for years that China might establish a base in Djibouti, but Rodriguez said China has signed a 10-year contract with the African nation. The base, he said, would serve as a logistics hub for China...
  • Mali hotel attack: Gunmen barged in, shot at 'anything that moved'

    11/22/2015 7:34:27 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 11-22-15 | Faith Karimi and Erin Burnett
    Gunmen who raided a Malian hotel shouted "Allahu akbar" as they sprayed bullets on tables of people who were gathered for breakfast, a witness said. The attackers did not say a word to anyone as they opened fire Friday morning, employee Tamba Couye said. They shot at "anything that moved" as terrified patrons dashed for cover all over the hotel, he said. By the time Malian and U.N. security forces rushed in and ended the siege hours later, bodies were scattered across the floors of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako. At least 22 people were killed in the attack,...
  • Rent a car in Nairobi for 8 months or not?

    11/20/2015 9:14:00 PM PST · by msee · 56 replies
    I will be working in Nairobi, Kenya for 8 months starting March 2016. For the period I can rent a car for $1,200 per month, but am thinking I'd be better off buying a new car for about $8,000 and selling it when leaving. How practical is this? Thank you very much for your time and help!
  • China Quietly Expands Military Influence in Africa

    11/20/2015 9:34:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 10, 2015 5:00 am | Daniel Wiser
    A senior Chinese military official toured a Chinese warship docked in Djibouti during the weekend and met with the country's president, according to China's defense ministry, underscoring Beijing's efforts to expand its military operations in Africa. Djibouti, an East African country located near vital shipping lanes and terrorism hotspots in Yemen and Somalia, also hosts military bases for the United States and France. Some security analysts have raised concerns that China, which is reported to be in talks about constructing a base in Djibouti, could be seeking to exert more influence in the strategic country, a move that could disrupt...
  • Bodies lay piled up in pools of blood in gore-spattered corridors ..27 hostages were slaughtered

    11/20/2015 12:15:25 PM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies ^ | 11/20/2015 | By Flora Drury and Tom Wyke and Jay Akbar
    Radison Blu hotel under attack by jihadists armed with AK-47s and hand grenades in Malian capital of Bamako Up to 10 gunmen have taken dozens of hostages inside the Radisson hotel while 80 people have escaped unharmed Gunmen spoke in English and tested hostages' knowledge of the Koran before allowing Muslim hostages to leave Pentagon confirms that all 22 American nationals were rescued and unhurt following the hotel crisis US Special Forces led elite operation to clear the building one floor at a time amid deadly hostage crisis At least 27 people have been killed including a Belgian diplomat and...
  • 170 hostages in Mali luxury hotel

    11/20/2015 1:00:37 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 197 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/11/15 | Ari Yashar
    Muslim terrorists opened fire on an upscale hotel on Friday in the city of Bamako, the capital of the western African state of Mali. The jihadists used automatic weapons according to security sources, and apparently have taken people hostage in the Radisson Blu Hotel. Some reports indicate that at least three people have died in the attack. The luxury hotel, which has 190 rooms, is a popular site for Western officials according to French-language media. According to the French RFI radio, the attack was launched by three assailants who entered the hotel with diplomatic cars. Security forces have set up...
  • Hannover Bomb Plot 'Foiled' After French Spooks Tip Off German Authorities

    11/19/2015 9:42:34 AM PST · by Strategy · 15 replies
    Mirror ^ | November 18, 2015 | By Louise Sassoon
    Reports suggest a North African terror cell was planning to attack Hannover with assault rifles and suicide vests - chillingly similar to the methods used in Paris on Friday which killed 129. A suspected terrorist plot is thought to have been foiled in Germany tonight after a series of bomb scares rocked Hannover. French intelligence officials are reported to have warned their German counterparts about a potential attack, sparking a string of security alerts this evening. The spooks told German authorities that the terrorists might strike using an explosives-laden vehicle with official access to the football stadium, such as an...
  • Largest diamond in over century found in Botswana [1,111 Carats]

    11/19/2015 9:01:52 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | November 19, 2015 | Staff
    A picture from the Lucara Diamond Corporation of the 1,111 carat gem quality, Type IIa diamond ============================================================================================================================================ A 1,111 carat "high quality diamond" has been discovered at a mine in Botswana, said to be the biggest find in more than a century, according to the mine company. The gem, only second in size to the Cullinan diamond which was unearthered in South Africa in 1905, was mined by Lucara Diamond Corp. "The magnificent stone, which originated from the south lobe of Lucara's Karowe Mine, is the world second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered and largest ever to be recovered...
  • What Africa can teach Francis

    11/19/2015 2:59:37 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 1, 2015 | Father Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Very soon Pope Francis will be in Africa, visiting Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. This will be the first time Pope Francis has ever been to the continent, and it may well be a game-changer – not for Africa, but for him.
  • Exclusive: CIA’s Top Spy Steps Down

    01/23/2015 10:29:13 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Shane Harris
    The director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, the storied home of the agency’s most secretive intelligence operations, has announced that he plans to retire, The Daily Beast has learned. CIA spokesman Dean Boyd confirmed that the director announced his retirement “after a long and distinguished career at CIA. We thank him for this profound and lasting contributions to both CIA and to our nation’s security.” As a practice, the CIA doesn’t identify the head of the clandestine service by name. But Frank Archibald was outed in a Twitter post in 2013, and details of his biography were known to...

    12/20/2004 10:46:40 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 49 replies · 2,137+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 12/20/04
    So much for the myth of "America's first black president": A new movie reveals that racist Bill Clinton not only did nothing to stop genocide in Rwanda, he pressured other nations to do nothing. In a rare case of exposing one of Clinton's greatest scandals, the New York Times today discusses United Artists' "Hotel Rwanda," opening Wednesday, along with former Clinton national security adviser Anthony Lake. Among the appalling truths revealed: The Times: "In Rwanda, the United States did not simply not intervene. It also used its considerable power to discourage other Western powers from intervening." (Note that the Times...
  • Migrant summit in chaos as African countries REFUSE to take back Europe's failed asylum seekers

    11/12/2015 11:36:23 PM PST · by dennisw · 28 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 12 November 2015 | By John Stevens In Malta For The Daily Mail
    The European Union has been forced to drop controversial plans to deport failed asylum seekers who do not have passports after African countries blocked the move. European leaders offered more than £1billion aid in a bid to persuade their African counterparts to take back tens of thousands of illegal migrants. But a migration summit in Valletta, Malta, descended into farce after the Africans rejected the EU plan to expel those who do not qualify for asylum using special papers. The ‘laissez passer’ travel documents issued to Africans without identification are aimed at easing their return back to countries they left...
  • EU presses African nations to accept migrants back

    11/11/2015 4:18:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 11, 2015 4:31 PM EST | Lorne Cook and Eldar Emric
    The European Union pressed African leaders on Wednesday to take back thousands of people who do not qualify for asylum, as overwhelmed Slovenia began building a razor-wire border fence to keep migrants at bay, raising tensions with neighboring Croatia. Sweden, struggling to manage the influx too, became the latest EU nation to announce the introduction of temporary border controls, as of Thursday. According to the International Organization for Migration, almost 800,000 people have entered Europe by sea this year. The EU predicts that three million more could arrive by 2017. ...
  • The African Church Is the New Champion of Orthodoxy [Catholic Caucus]

    11/10/2015 5:19:43 PM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Crisis ^ | 11/10/15 | Stephen Beale
    Europe is the Faith–so Hilaire Belloc declared in 1920. Nearly a century later, the faith burns as bright as it did then, but it is Africa, not Europe, that is carrying the torch of orthodoxy.Such is the unavoidable take-away from last month’s synod on the family. With prominent Western traditionalists like Cardinal Raymond Burke sidelined, the prelates from sub-Saharan Africa became the outspoken voices of orthodoxy.Cardinal Robert Sarah, a Guinea native and the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made headlines in a floor speech (fittingly, in this context, they are called “interventions”) likening gender ideology and ISIS to...
  • Germany: Migration Crisis Becomes Public Health Crisis

    11/08/2015 5:18:08 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | November 8, 2015 | Soeren Kern
    German hospitals are increasing security to protect doctors and nurses from violent attacks by migrants who are unhappy with the medical treatment they are receiving. Critics are warning that German taxpayers will end up paying billions of euros to provide healthcare for a never-ending wave of asylum seekers. This is in addition to the billions of euros already being spent to provide newcomers with food, clothing and shelter. In addition to the massive economic and social costs, as well as the burden of increased crime, including a rape epidemic, Germans are now facing the risk of being exposed to exotic...
  • Across Africa, Obama Expands Secret Wars, Assassinations

    11/03/2015 11:47:14 AM PST · by detective · 4 replies
    The New American ^ | November 2, 2015 | Alex Newman
    While most of the press has focused on Obama's military machinations in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq, the administration has also been quietly expanding its secret wars and assassination programs across Africa. From training the militaries of various unsavory regimes and boosting the military capabilities of the so-called African Union, to establishing drone bases to facilitate espionage and extrajudicial killings, the White House is literally treating the continent as a vast battlefield in need of perpetual U.S. "intervention." And the consequences have been deadly.
  • From Eritrea to London: Refugee's 3,500 mile journey MAPPED but he expected 'MORE from UK'

    11/01/2015 4:10:55 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | November 1, 2015 | Jon Austin
    AN illegal immigrant given a taxpayer-funded home after sneaking into the UK in a deadly 3,500 mile journey said he expected Britain “to be better” than it is. The Eritrean fled persecution in his war-ravaged country, survived nearly drowning at sea, faced kidnap by ISIS, starvation and dehydration and made it to Britain by hanging on to the outside of a Eurostar train. But he has turned his nose up at the UK and its goodwill by telling he expected MORE from the country putting a roof over his head at the expense of the taxpayer. The asylum seeker...
  • The End of South Africa [Genesis 11]

    10/30/2015 9:54:24 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/17/2015 | Josh Gelernter
    White South Africans are in grave danger; there may be a solution. Things are very bad in South Africa. When the scourge of apartheid was finally smashed to pieces in 1994, the country seemed to have a bright future ahead of it. Eight years later, in 2002, 60 percent of South Africans said life had been better under apartheid. Hard to believe — but that's how bad things were in 2002. And now they're even worse. When apartheid ended, the life expectancy in South Africa was 64, the same as in Turkey and Russia. Now it's 56, the same as...
  • Muslim migrants moved into German churches – pews, alters, crosses removed

    10/29/2015 10:55:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | October 29, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    Nothing is sacred. They are moving Germans out of their homes to accommodate the invaders. They are housing the migrants at Buchenwald and Dachau. Now this. Despite the ongoing harassment of and violence against Middle Eastern Christians by Muslim migrants, these very same migrants are being moved into churches which necessitates the removal of the cross, the altar, the pulpit and the seats. Will the church vet the Muslims who took part in the genocide of Christians in the Middle East? Translation of this article in the
  • Africa’s most iconic predator — the lion — is declining almost everywhere

    10/27/2015 7:09:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 27, 2015 | Chelsea Harvey
    The lion is among Africa’s most iconic wildlife — right up there with elephants, rhinos and giraffes — and also one of the continent’s top predators. But despite its status as one of the world’s most recognizable animals, the lion has lately been losing its grip on its historic domain.
  • Rape victims forced to witness husbands’ water death

    10/20/2015 4:11:46 PM PDT · by massmike · 46 replies
    Two couples walking in Rhodes Park in Kensington, east of Johannesburg were accosted by a gang of 12 savages. The women were gang-raped, while their husbands, who were tied up, were forced to watch. After the ordeal, the savages hurled the two men, who were still bound, into the park’s lake. The women were forced to watch their spouses drown. The suspects are still at large.
  • Africa's poor grow by 100 million since 1990

    10/17/2015 1:28:16 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | 16 October 2015
    The number of Africans trapped in poverty has surged by around 100 million over the past quarter century, the World Bank said on Friday, despite years of economic growth and multi-million dollar aid programs. The report's figures, described as "staggering" by the bank's Africa head Makhtar Diop, showed widespread malnutrition, and rising violence against civilians, particularly in central regions and the Horn of Africa. "It is projected that the world's extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa," Diop added in a foreword. A surge in population meant the proportion of Africans in poverty had actually fallen since 1990, but...
  • One man's mission to become the first person to swim across the Atlantic Ocean

    10/17/2015 11:47:33 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 38 replies ^ | Harry Wallop
    Some time in December, Ben Hooper will step on to a beach in Dakar, Senegal, and plunge into the warm blue waters of the Atlantic. He will not stop swimming until he hits Natal in Brazil. The distance is 1,763 miles. But that’s only if he goes in a straight line. And swimming across the Atlantic in a straight line is a bad idea: “The currents in the centre are so strong, I’d never get there. It’s an absolute car wreck in the centre. Great for rowers, great for sailors, horrible for swimmers,” he says. Instead he will go in...
  • The U.S. Is Sending 300 Military Personnel to Cameroon to Help Fight Boko Haram

    10/16/2015 5:45:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 41 replies
    Time ^ | 15 October 2015 | Mark Rivett-Carnac
    The troops will conduct surveillance and reconnaissance operations U.S. President Barack Obama ordered 300 members of the armed forces to Cameroon on Wednesday to counter the militant Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram. The mission is “part of a broader regional effort to stop the spread of Boko Haram and other violent extremist organizations in West Africa,” the BBC reported White House spokesman Josh Earnest as saying. An advanced team of 90 troops began deploying on Monday, with additional troops joining to “conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations in the region,” Obama wrote in a letter addressed to Congress. “These...
  • Obama sends 300 U.S. troops to Cameroon in anti-Boko Haram fight

    10/14/2015 9:37:57 AM PDT · by Lera · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/14/15 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday informed Congress he is sending about 300 U.S. military personnel to Cameroon, the White House said, part of a stepped-up effort by Washington to counter the violent group Boko Haram. An advance force of U.S. military personnel has arrived in Cameroon, an administration official said on condition of anonymity.
  • Tyler Drumheller, CIA officer who exposed U.S. reliance on discredited Iraq source ‘Curveball,’

    08/08/2015 9:40:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8/6/15 | Greg Miller
    Tyler S. Drumheller, a high-level CIA officer who publicly battled agency leaders over one of the most outlandish claims in the U.S. case for war with Iraq, died Aug. 2 at a hospital in Fairfax County. He was 63. The cause was complications from pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Linda Drumheller. Mr. Drumheller held posts in Africa and Europe over a 26-year career during which the CIA’s focus shifted from the Cold War to terrorist threats. He rose to prominent positions at CIA headquarters, serving as chief of the European division at a time when the agency was abducting al-Qaeda...
  • Trump: German Chancellor Merkel is 'insane'

    10/12/2015 9:36:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 55 replies ^ | 10/12/2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Has German Chancellor Angela Merkel lost her mind?Based on her decision to accept upwards of 1 million refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and other jihadist hotbeds, Donald Trump says the German leader is definitely ‘insane.”Republican front-runner for Republican presidential nomination Donald Trump “They’re going to have riots in Germany,” the GOP presidential hopeful said in an interview Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation.  “I always thought Merkel was, like, this great leader. What she’s done in Germany is insane. It’s insane… letting in that many people.”“I’ve been watching this migration. And I see the people. I mean, they’re men, they’re mostly...
  • Kenya’s cardinal determined to be in the thick of the synod action

    10/11/2015 4:43:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Crux News ^ | October 10, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    As a young man, Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi, Kenya, became adept at both boxing and karate. He says those skills in the martial arts are “still very useful for me,” especially “when I am provoked.” Njue, 71, is taking part in the Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops on the family, and while he’s not throwing any literal punches, he’s brought the same fighting spirit to this gathering of 270 bishops from around the world. Here, for example, is Njue’s take on calls at the synod for a more compassionate approach to gays and lesbians. “It is there in the...
  • African Bishop: Be Careful With These New Teachings Coming into the Church

    10/11/2015 8:10:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/11/15 | Matthew Pearson
    In August, African cardinal Robert Sarah emphasized strongly his unwielding confidence in the African Church to save the family. I have absolute confidence in the faith of the African people, and I am sure Africa will save the family. Africa saved the Holy Family (during the Flight to Egypt) and in these modern times Africa will also save the human family. Two months later in Rome, during the first week of discussions at the Synod on the Family, Liberian bishop Anthony Borwah is echoing those same sentiments in response to rhetoric about homosexuality and same-sex "marriage" being accepted by the...
  • Million Man March Speaker Leads Chant of ‘Down, Down USA’

    10/10/2015 5:07:10 PM PDT · by McGruff · 28 replies
    THE BLAZE ^ | Oct. 10, 2015 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Crowds gathered at the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. were led in a “down, down USA” chant Saturday morning by a female speaker. The Native American woman proclaimed that Muammar “Gaddafi is still alive” and called for President Barack Obama to pardon Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist who was convicted of murdering two Federal Bureau of Investigation officers in 1975. The woman then led the crowd in a chant of “down, down USA.” “They have a whole race of indigenous people on reservations, concentration camps. They’re out there killing the indigenous people spiritually,” she said. The woman followed...
  • Clinton Aide Shared Classified Information With Foundation, Email Shows

    09/28/2015 5:20:51 AM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | September 38, 2015 | Alana Goodman
    A member of Hillary Clinton’s staff at the Department of State emailed classified information about the government in Congo to a staffer at the Clinton Foundation in 2012, according to a copy of the correspondence obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, sent the email to the Clinton Foundation’s foreign policy director, Amitabh Desai, on July 12, 2012. The message, which was originally obtained by the group Citizens United through a public records request, is partially redacted because it includes “foreign government information” that has been classified as “Confidential” by the...
  • The Intelligence Community Goes to War with the Obama Administration

    09/10/2015 7:07:22 PM PDT · by robowombat · 37 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.10.2015 - 12:30 PM | Noah Rothman
    The Intelligence Community Goes to War with the Obama Administration Noah Rothman | @noahcrothman 09.10.2015 - 12:30 PM By the middle of his second term in office, the intelligence community was said to be in full revolt against George W. Bush’s administration. “The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming, and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy,” said Tyler Drumheller, a former CIA officer in Europe, in a 2006 interview with “60 Minutes.” He alleged that the White House “chose to ignore” information related to Iraq’s WMD program in the run-up to war that...
  • Trey Gowdy's 13 page Letter to Elijah Cummings (Benghazi)

    10/08/2015 10:24:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 89 replies
    Benghazi ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 | Trey Gowdy
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  • African bishops throw swift punch at 'ideological colonization'

    10/08/2015 2:01:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | October 8, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Opening Mass for the synod of bishops on the family, Oct. 8, 2015. Credit: Mazue/ Vatican City, Oct 8, 2015 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Heavy criticism of the West imposing secular values on Africa in exchange for aid emerged as a theme from the continent's bishops, as the Vatican's synod on the family kicks off its first week. From press conferences to individual interviews, multiple prelates voiced concern over what Pope Francis has termed “ideological colonization,” in which Western nations have made the acceptance of legislature favoring gay rights and “marriage” contingent on receiving financial aid. “It's one thing...
  • First Ancient African DNA Sequenced

    10/08/2015 2:10:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | Thursday, October 08, 2015 | unattributed
    Science reports that the first prehistoric genome from Africa has been sequenced. The DNA was obtained from the inner ear bones of a 4,500-year-old skeleton discovered in Mota Cave by John and Kathryn Arthur of the University of South Florida. Located in the highlands of Ethiopia, Mota Cave’s cool temperatures helped to preserve the hunter-gatherer’s rare genetic material. Andrea Manica and Marcos Gallego Llorente of the University of Cambridge found that the man, who has been dubbed “Mota,” had brown eyes, dark skin, and three gene variants associated with living at high altitudes. Mota’s genome was compared with samples from...
  • Study: Eurasian Farmers Migrated to Africa 3,000 Years Ago

    10/08/2015 1:15:06 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 08 Oct 2015 | AP
    Scientists say they have extracted ancient DNA from the skull of a man buried in the highlands of Ethiopia 4,500 years ago that supports the theory that Eurasian farmers migrated into Africa some 3,000 years ago. This Stone Age resettlement had previously been theorized, but the rare find allowed scientists to see what DNA looked like well before the time the migration would have taken place. A comparison with modern populations around the world allowed them to see that the migrants left their genetic mark in the furthest corners of Africa. "This is the first ancient human genome found in...
  • Ex-Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s ‘Embarrassing’ Emails To Hillary

    10/03/2015 3:45:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson caused “embarrassment” to a company he consulted for by lobbying then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton in an email he sent through her longtime friend and ally, Sidney Blumenthal, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Caller. The company, Symbion Power, made the claim in response to a lawsuit filed in New Mexico last week by Wilson, who served as ambassador to Gabon and Săo Tomé and Príncipe during the Bill Clinton administration. Wilson claims that Symbion and its co-founders, Paul Hinks and Lord Richard Westbury, engaged in fraud, breach of contract and civil conspiracy...
  • Did Italy Just Assassinate Libya's Migrant Smuggling Kingpin?

    09/27/2015 1:08:44 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 36 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09.26.15 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    ROME – For months, humanitarian aid workers and Europe’s leaders have been wringing their hands about how to stop the human traffickers who are responsible for the deluge of migrants and refugees making the dangerous crossing from Libyan ports to European shores. There has been talk of everything from destroying smugglers ships to infiltrating the traffickers’ networks, but apparently a more basic plan was also in the works. On Saturday morning Salah Al-Maskhout, a former henchman for Muammar Gaddafi thought to be the mastermind behind the main Mediterranean trafficking ring operating in the seas between North Africa and Europe, was...
  • Ted Cruz threatens to kill Ayatollah after Pope warns against violent fundamentalism

    09/25/2015 1:35:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Death and Taxes ^ | September 25, 2015 | Drew Salisbury
    On the day after Pope Francis spoke to Congress about the dangers of violent extremism in the name of religious fundamentalism, presidential candidate Ted Cruz, appearing at a Values Voter summit, threatened to murder Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Texas senator vowed that, if elected, he would “rip to shreds” the Iranian agreement deal recently passed through Congress, and kill the country’s leader if it didn’t give up its nuclear ambitions. “If the Ayatollah doesn’t understand that, we may have to help introduce him to the 72 virgins,” Cruz said to wild cheers from the audience of conservative Christians. The...
  • Bono: Solar Fields, Sexist Poverty and a Modern Marshall Plan

    09/22/2015 1:04:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Medium ^ | September 22, 2015 | Bono
    If you are allergic to fanfare you’d better bolt your doors and shutter your windows on September 25, because there is going to be a lot of it that day in the vicinity of the United Nations, when world leaders ratify the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This is a genuinely big deal, of large consequence — let’s hope — especially for the poorest people on the planet, but you will be forgiven if some of you are rolling your eyes, or yawning, or worse. At a time when Europe and the rest of the world are flailing in response to the massive refugee...
  • Nigeria: Larger Population Than All of Europe?

    09/20/2015 4:49:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Globalist ^ | 18 September 2015
    1. Nigeria’s current population of 182 million is only one-quarter the size of Europe’s 738 million people. 2. By 2100, Nigeria’s population of 752 million by itself will exceed that of Europe’s 48 countries by about 107 million. 3. The growth in Nigeria’s population over the rest of this century alone — at 570 million — exceeds the combined populations of Europe’s thirteen largest countries 4. They are Russia, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece and the Czech Republic.
  • Multimillion-dollar UN corruption case uncovered

    03/18/2010 2:49:55 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 9 replies · 517+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | Mar 18, 2010 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    UNITED NATIONS – The deal looked simple enough: U.S. military equipment suppliers bribed an African defense minister's salesmen to secure part of a $15 million gig to outfit a presidential guard. But the salesmen were actually FBI agents. And the operation resulted in what U.S. authorities in January called their biggest foreign bribery sting to date, netting 16 indictments and 22 arrests of small arms and military equipment makers. At the center of the U.S. case is Richard Bistrong, a former Florida executive who first surfaced in a series of cases of bribes and bid-rigging for multimillion-dollar U.N. peacekeeping contracts....
  • Obama Administration Slams Conservative School As Not A Real College

    09/18/2015 4:13:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 18, 2015 | Blake Neff, Reporter
    An Obama administration representative took a shot at a well-known conservative college Thursday, saying the school wasn’t included on its much-heralded new “College Scorecard” because it isn’t a real two-to-four year college. Hillsdale College, a 1,500-student liberal arts college in Michigan, is ranked by U.S. News and World Reports as the 67th-best national liberal arts college in the country. The college is well-known for the conservative identity of its student body and its focus on a core curriculum that emphasizes Judeo-Christian tradition and the U.S. Constitution. It’s also known for its refusal to accept any federal funding (including federal student...
  • Burkina Faso presidential guard detains cabinet - military sources (Coup)

    09/16/2015 11:49:26 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters Africa ^ | 9-16-2015 | Reuters Africa
    Soldiers from Burkina Faso's powerful presidential guard interrupted a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and detained the ministers, the prime minister and interim President Michel Kafando, military sources said. The move came two days after a commission charged with drafting reforms for Burkina Faso's transitional government proposed dismantling the elite unit. The presidential guard, known as the RSP, was a key pillar of President Blaise Compaore's regime before he was toppled by demonstrations in October after 27 years in power. "It is the whole of the government, including the prime minister and the president, taken by a group of soldiers from...
  • Exclusive: Small Town America Transformed By Somali Migrants

    09/14/2015 12:39:39 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 55 replies
    Family security Matters ^ | July 16,2010 | by PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PHD
    This problem is crystallized by the present situation is Lewiston, Maine, where African Muslims, many from the Bantu tribe, began arriving in 2001 at the rate of 100 a month. Mohammed Maye, the president of the African Community and Refugee Center in Clarkston, Georgia posted a map of Lewiston on the wall of his office. “Go to Maine,” he advised the Somali immigrants. Abdullahi Abdullahi, the president of the Somali Community Development Organization in Clarkston, upheld this advice by telling his fellow countrymen that, unlike Georgia, Maine has terribly cold winters, but “the welfare system is better.” Lewiston, indeed, was...
  • Homo naledi: New species of human ancestor discovered in South Africa

    09/10/2015 5:12:13 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 43 replies ^ | September 10, 2015 | David McKenzie and Hamilton Wende
    Rising Star Cave, South Africa (CNN)When an amateur caver and university geologist arrived at Lee Berger's house one night in late 2013 with a fragment of a fossil jawbone in hand, they broke out the beers and called National Geographic. Berger, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, had unearthed some major finds before. But he knew he had something big on his hands. What he didn't know at the time is that it would shake up our understanding of the progress of human evolution and even pose new questions about our identity. Two years...
  • New Species of Human Relative Discovered in South African Cave (Homo Naledi)

    09/10/2015 6:00:52 AM PDT · by blam · 34 replies
    September 10, 2015 JOHANNESBURG—The discovery of a new species of human relative was announced today (Sept. 10) by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University), the National Geographic Society and the South African Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation (DST/NRF). Besides shedding light on the origins and diversity of our genus, the new species, Homo naledi, appears to have intentionally deposited bodies of its dead in a remote cave chamber, a behaviour previously thought limited to humans. The finds are described in two papers published in the scientific journal eLife and reported in the cover story of the October...
  • Has Obama Widened the Racial Divide? (47% think Obama driven the races further apart)

    09/08/2015 10:25:23 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    Americans hoped the election of the first black president in 2008 would help heal the racial division that has plagued this country for much of its history, but nearly half of voters think just the opposite has occurred. Only 20% of Likely U.S. Voters believe President Obama has brought Americans of different races closer together, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-seven percent (47%) think Obama has driven those of different races further apart instead. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say his words and actions have had no major impact either way. (To see survey question wording, click here.)...
  • Inside the abandoned City of Libraries

    09/02/2015 4:02:19 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1st September 2015 | Michael Huniewicz
    'The desert city of Chinguetti, sinking ever-deeper under the sands of the Sahara, is the last place in the world you would expect to find a library. Yet this crumbling outpost in the west-African country of Mauritania is home to around 6,000 rare books and manuscripts, including some of the oldest Koranic texts in existence which date back to the 9th Century. It was once the prosperous and bustling trade centre of several 'trans-Sahara' trade routes. Traders from all over Europe, north-Africa and the Levant would stop in Chinguetti before moving on to sub-Saharan Africa. There, they would rub shoulders...
  • LAW & ORDER WATCH: This is the first country to BAN Islam, Mosques Demolished…Check What Happened

    08/30/2015 8:55:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 47 replies
    Conservative Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | AM
    The African nation of Angola has reportedly become the first country to ban Islam and Muslims, reports On Islam. Concerning the ban, Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos said Sunday: “this is the final end of Islamic influence in our country.” Angola’s ban was first announced when Angolan Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva said: “the process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice.” Silva reportedly said the ban was necessary since Islam is “contradictory to the customs of Angola culture and...