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  • US President Obama signs Africa electricity plan into law

    02/10/2016 6:18:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Today Ng ^ | February 9, 2016
    US President Barack Obama has signed into law an initiative aimed at bringing electricity to 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020. The Electrify Africa Act of 2015 will give legal backing to Mr Obama's flagship Power Africa scheme, which is trying to improve access to electricity through public-private partnerships. It took nearly two years to be passed in both houses of the US Congress. About two-thirds of people in Africa do not have access to reliable power....
  • Africa's Third Term Power Grabs: Prelude to War

    02/10/2016 2:46:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2016 | Austin Bay
    In late December 2015, Rwandan President Paul Kagame confirmed that he will seek a third presidential term. In doing so, Kagame became the latest member of sub-Saharan Africa's "Third Term President Club." If this notional "club" sounds like a joke, it is not. The "Club" represents the near-permanent retention of personal and near-authoritarian political power. In sub-Saharan Africa, where tribal rivalries can quickly escalate into savage civil wars, the club is a threat to peace. The Great Congo War (1998-2003) killed somewhere between three and five million people. If Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila seeks a third term,...
  • St. of the Day - Giuseppina Margherita Fortunata - Saint Josephine Bakhita - St. Lucky

    02/07/2016 11:11:46 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies
    Catholics for Life, Sacramento ^ | 2/8/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    Saint Josephine Bakhita Giuseppina Margherita Fortunata Josephine was a twin, child of an African family of property. When she was kidnapped into slavery, Sudan wasn't a country. She saw one of her group of fellow slaves severely beaten and abandoned to die. She suffered great cruelty from Turkish owners and was viciously, ritually scarred all over her back. She became the nanny of the daughter of Italian owners. While her mistress returned to Africa, she was left with the baby girl at a convent in Italy where she became Catholic. When her mistress returned to take her and the...
  • China Builds Schools in Tanzania as Sino-Africa Ties Deepen

    02/06/2016 9:16:36 PM PST · by piasa · 24 replies
    Xinhua ^ | February 4, 2016
    ARUSHA, Tanzania, Feb.3 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese influence in Tanzanian soil is increasingly becoming big and bold. This can be seen after the Asian nation built two ultra-modern primary schools in Tanzania. The schools have been built in Tanzania's University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and University of Dodoma (UDOM) campuses. China built the two schools under the Sino-Africa Friendship Primary Schools Project worth 3.23 million U.S. dollars. The schools are fully furnished with all modern teaching and learning facilities, and students enrolled in those schools will have chance of learning Chinese language and culture from Standard One to Standard...
  • Hidden Population of Up to 200 Lions Found in Remote Ethiopia

    02/02/2016 1:52:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 1 February 2016
    in the savannah of Alatash National Park, the lion sleeps tonight. This remote part of north-west Ethiopia was considered a possible habitat for lions, but it is seldom visited by people. Now an expedition by the University of Oxford’s Conservation Research Unit has discovered that lions are indeed alive and well in the park – a rare extension of their known range. “During my professional career I have had to revise the lion distribution map many times,” says Hans Bauer, who led the expedition. “I have deleted one population after the other. This is the first and probably the last...
  • Officials: Boko Haram burns kids alive in Nigeria, 86 dead

    02/01/2016 8:52:56 PM PST · by detective · 33 replies
    MSN News ^ | Feb 1 2016 | ISMAIL ALFA and HARUNA UMAR,
    A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremists. Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday night's attack on Dalori village and two nearby camps housing 25,000 refugees, according to survivors and soldiers at the scene just 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in Nigeria's northeast.
  • DNA Testing Could Help Make a Case for Reparations as More Blacks Trace Their Roots to Africa

    02/01/2016 4:23:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | January 25, 2016 | Manny Otiko
    A new book by Columbia sociology professor Alondra Nelson says that using DNA technology to find their African roots is becoming increasingly popular among Black people. In an interview with NPR, Nelson estimates that about 1 million have taken the test so far. The tests have also been popularized through Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates' show Finding Your Roots, which traces the family history of famous Americans such as Oprah and Chris Rock. Nelson told NPR that discovering their genetic roots was a way for Black people to fill in a missing part of their history. "Part of what I...
  • 10 things my White friends BETTER NOT ruin during Black History Month

    02/01/2016 8:24:02 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 162 replies
    Chicago Now ^ | 2-1-2016 | Nikki Lynette
    <p>1. The 2016 Presidential Election. So... we're just gonna act like that thing on his head is hair? Aside from the fact that he's shown himself to be a sexist bigot, if Donald Trump isn't even perceptive enough to notice a seagull nesting on his head then how the hell can he run a country? Only the most racist and player-hatery of my White homies could possibly be pro-Trump. And if that's what you're about, then that's your business. But don't ruin the Presidential Elections for the rest of us this month. Keep it to yourself until March. Let us enjoy our last Black History Month with a Black president in peace.</p>
  • Jimmy Carter to Address British Parliament.

    01/30/2016 7:24:24 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/30/16
    Former president Jimmy Carter on Wednesday will make a rare address to the upper chamber of the British Parliament to draw attention to the eradication of the Guinea worm disease, according to the Associated Press.
  • Kenya Torching $270M Worth Of Ivory: Elton John, George Soros To Attend Anti-Poaching Fire

    01/30/2016 6:35:44 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 32 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | 01/29/2016 | Michael Kaplan
    Hollywood celebrities, global activists and heads of state are set to gather for an anti-poaching summit in Kenya later this year, Kenyan officials announced this week. More than 120 tons of ivory are to be torched during the April event in a display intended to express the East African country’s opposition to the illegal ivory trade, a spokesman for the president told local reporters. Among those expected to attend are actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman, musician Elton John, financier George Soros, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Chinese former basketball player Yao Ming, Agence France-Presse reported. Several...
  • Danny DeVito On Oscars Diversity Controversy: "We Are A Bunch Of Racists"

    01/24/2016 9:20:12 AM PST · by EveningStar · 96 replies
    Deadline ^ | January 23, 2016 | Ross A. Lincoln
    While on the scene at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, Danny DeVito took a moment to comment on the tinderbox subject diversity in the entertainment industry, and the actor-producer didn't mince words at all. Bluntly attributing the lack of diversity in Hollywood and subsequently in awards-recognized films to systemic racism, he said that "it's unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country."
  • "SLAVE LABOR": Hillary Confidante Pushes Manufacturing in Ghana with its 23¢ Minimum Wage

    01/18/2016 5:40:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | January 18, 2016 | Richard Pollock
    Cheryl D. Mills, long-time friend and confidant of Bill and Hillary Clinton, is promoting a 23 cents-an-hour wage in the West African nation of Ghana to lure textile and apparel industry companies to invest there even as the former secretary of state advocates a $15-an-hour "livable wage" here. Mills' newly formed firm, the BlackIvy Group, LLC., makes the pitch with a powerpoint presentation that was obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Critics interviewed by TheDCNF charged that the presentation promotes "slave labor" and "slave wages." The campaign by Mills' firm to attract investors to Ghana on the basis of...
  • 'They would check if the white people were moving then shoot them again'

    01/17/2016 5:15:47 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 62 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 17 January 2016 | COREY CHARLTON
    Survivors of the harrowing attack in Burkina Faso have described how jihadis targeted Westerners by executing those who looked to be European as they lay injured after being gunned down. At least one American and six Canadians, as well as French, Dutch and Swiss nationals are among the 29 people from 18 different countries killed during the 15-hour terror attack by Al-Qaeda militants. Burkinabe special forces, assisted by 30 French special forces, broke the lengthy siege last night by storming the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou. Three of the gunmen were killed after a firefight before the hotel was re-captured by...
  • Senegalese man 'confesses to killing American woman' in Florence ( Italy )

    01/18/2016 7:01:18 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    ANSA ^ | 14 January 2016
    Police have detained a man suspected of murdering Ashley Olsen, a 35-year-old American woman, in Florence last week. The detained man is Cheik Diaw, a 27-year-old undocumented Senegalese migrant known to the police for drugs-related issues. He has admitted being responsible for her death, but said he did not intend to kill her, sources said. Prosecutors said the man was held on the basis of DNA evidence taken at the crime scene. ... Diaw said he had sexual relations with Olsen after meeting her in a club and going to her home, according to the sources. He said they subsequently...
  • Chief Imam welcomes former Guantanamo Bay detainees (Ghana)

    01/17/2016 10:28:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Graphic Online ^ | January 14, 2016 | Yakubu Abdul-Jalil
    The National Chief Iman (NCI), Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, has welcomed the two Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been accepted to live in the country. "Any 'criminal' who has reformed and wants to reintegrate with any society must be accepted on humanitarian grounds, according to Islam, and that we consider as a duty," Sheikh Sharubutu said through his spokesman, Sheik Aremiyaw Shuaib. Sheikh Sharubutu was reacting to concerns expressed by some individuals and groups over the government's acceptance of the two detainees who were linked to terrorist activities....
  • Germany: 40 Detained in Raids Linked to Migrant Crime

    01/17/2016 9:04:12 AM PST · by bgill · 5 replies
    abc ^ | Jan. 17, 2016 | AP
    Police said Saturday evening's raids on 18 cafes, gambling houses and bars near the main railway station were planned last year and not triggered by the New Year's Eve assaults and thefts in nearby Cologne. However, those events, blamed on people in a crowd described as primarily of "Arab or North African origin," have drawn attention to crimes committed by North Africans in Germany. A police statement Sunday said officers checked 294 people, largely men of North African origin, and arrested 40 — 38 of them on suspicion of illegal residency.
  • KFC's secret recipe for Africa

    01/15/2016 7:03:34 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/15/2016 | Earl Nurse
    With over 1,000 restaurants in the continent, KFC is the leading fast food chain in Africa. But its dominance is limited to South Africa, home to about 80 percent of them. Despite its success, the company faces many challenges as they try to establish the brand in other regions, for example by making sure its food is relevant and recognizable to Africans. Serving jollof rice, a spicy dish native to West Africa, is one way in which KFC is improvising to win over palates in Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria.
  • Gunfire, explosions in 'terror attack' at Burkina Faso hotel

    01/15/2016 4:18:43 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 87 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 15, 2016 | AFP
    Ouagadougou (AFP) - Gunshots and explosions were heard coming from one of Ouagadougou's main hotels and a nearby restaurant on Friday night, with a witness saying several people had been killed in what the French embassy called a terrorist attack. Around 10 vehicles were on fire in the street where the four-star Splendid hotel and the Cappuccino restaurant opposite -- both popular with United Nations staff and westerners -- are located in a busy, central area of Burkina Faso's capital not far from the international airport. The attack comes less than two months after a jihadist hostage siege at the...
  • Key military commander to testify on Benghazi the day before his retirement

    07/29/2013 10:41:41 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7-29-2013 | Jeremy Herb
    Key military commander to testify on Benghazi the day before his retirement By Jeremy Herb - 07/29/13 12:13 PM ET Congress will hear eagerly awaited testimony Wednesday on the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack from a special operations task force commander who is set to retire the next day. Col. George Bristol, the former commander of a task force that operated in Northern and Western Africa, will appear at a classified, members-only briefing with a House Armed Services subcommittee, congressional and Defense sources told The Hill. Republicans have been pressing the military to allow Bristol to testify. They argue he...
  • Washington To Help Kenya Raise $18 Billion For Oil Pipeline

    01/11/2016 11:22:39 AM PST · by kbobdelux · 27 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | January, 7 2016 | Andy Tully
    The U.S. government says it will help Kenya get the financing it needs to build an $18 billion pipeline from the oil fields in the country's northwest to its southeastern Indian Ocean coast to help it become a net exporter of oil. The pipeline would stretch nearly 500 miles from Lokichar in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley to the coastal town of Lamu, and would be an almost impossibly expensive project for the East African nation. Yet there is enough oil there to make the plan worthwhile. The pan-African financial institution Ecobank Transnational Inc. says it has proven reserves of about...
  • Latest study suggests early human dispersal into Spain through Strait of Gibraltar

    01/02/2016 11:49:06 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Popular Archaeology, Journal of Human Evolution ^ | Saturday, January 2, 2016 | editors
    Most recent dating places one wave of human dispersal out of Africa into southeastern Spain at almost one million years ago. Using state-of-the-art dating methodologies, a team of scientists have obtained or confirmed a date range between .9 and .85 Mya (million years ago) as a time when a species of Old World monkey (Theropithecus) and an early species of human occupied the cave site of Cueva Victoria in southeastern Spain. It is a location not far from where many scientists have hypothesized that humans may have crossed over into Europe from North Africa through the Strait of Gibraltar at...
  • Jihadists Deepen Collaboration in North Africa

    01/02/2016 7:07:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer
    The New York Times ^ | January 1, 2016 | By CARLOTTA GALL
    SAHARA DESERT, Niger — A group of light armored vehicles skated over the moonscape of the Sahara, part of one of the largest detachments the French military has deployed here since colonial times. Its mission is growing ever more urgent: to cut smuggling routes used by jihadists who have turned this inhospitable terrain into a sprawling security challenge for African and international forces alike. Many of the extremist groups are affiliates of Al Qaeda, which has had roots in North Africa since the 1990s. With the recent introduction of Islamic State franchises, the jihadist push has been marked by increasing,...
  • Christianity Implodes in Europe; Explodes in Africa

    12/29/2015 3:52:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/29/2015 | by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
    Christianity is experiencing an unprecedented boom on the African continent and now accounts for more than half of Africa’s total population, while Christian affiliation and practice continue to ebb in Europe, signaling a major demographic shift in global Christianity. An article in the Christmas issue of the Economist lays out the sobering statistics of European Christianity, while holding up the remarkable growth of the Christian faith among Africans.Christianity is experiencing more rapid growth in Africa than anywhere else on the planet, including Asia and Latin America. In 1910 less than 10% of Africans identified as Christians, whereas today 55%...
  • Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria leave 52 dead

    12/28/2015 8:23:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    cnn ^ | 12/28/2015 | Aminu Abubakar and Briana Duggan
    Three young female suicide bombers detonated explosives - two of them together at a market in Madagali Monday morning, killing 30 people, a local official said, and one at a checkpoint in Maiduguri, where one person died. Sunday evening in Maiduguri, Nigerian troops battled armed Boko Haram fighters trying to enter the city, fighting that left at least 21 people dead and 91 wounded, according to Mohammed Kanar, head of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The Nigerian troops had spotted a group of armed Boko Haram fighters trying to cross a trench to get into the Jiddari Polo area of...
  • Gunmaker to craft pistols from chunk of prehistoric meteorite found in Africa nearly 200 years ago

    12/28/2015 2:55:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/27/15 | Ollie Gillman
    Gunmaker to craft pistols from chunk of prehistoric meteorite found in Africa nearly 200 years ago and sell them for $1million A high-end gunmaker is crafting a pair of pistols from a chunk of prehistoric meteorite and plans to sell them for $1million. Cabot Guns, based in Pittsburgh, has already made gun grips from a 77-pound meteorite and says the 'extra-terrestrial pistols' will go to auction in 2016. The semi-automatic .45 caliber pistols will be made from the meteorite, which is believed to have crashed to Earth 4.5billion years ago.
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Poetic Justice for bleeding heart liberals who welcomed Muslim migrants

    12/27/2015 3:17:59 PM PST · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    bare naked islam ^ | december 26, 2015
    Two South African white liberals who opened their hearts and their farm to hundreds of Central African Republic Muslim invaders, who were forced to flee their country because of its anti-Muslim policies, have seized the couple's farm and physically driven them out of their own farm. According to a report in local media News24, the two leftists, Andrew and Rae Wartnaby, have been threatened with murder by the same people they had set out to help. The drama began in July 2015 when the Wartnabys "opened their 20-hectare farm to 143 foreign nationals, including children," who were displaced during "xenophobic...
  • Kwanzaa: As fictional as Festivus -- so why does Obama call it...

    12/25/2015 3:53:02 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 126 replies
    therebel.media ^ | December 25, 2015 | DAVID MENZIES
    complete title...Kwanzaa: As fictional as Festivus -- so why does Obama call it a “vibrant celebration of African culture”? ".... Kwanzaa is a complete fabrication. A make-believe holiday invented by an ex-convict, Ron N. Everett, who is known today as Dr. Maulana Karenga. In addition to having a nasty penchant for torture, Karenga was described by a prison psychiatrist as “both paranoid and schizophrenic with hallucinations.” Not exactly Santa Claus, eh? Listen in while I tell the tale of how Karenga’s “truthiness” got validation in our politically correct times leaving us with a totally make-believe holiday. As we continue the...
  • Today's Islamist-Puritans Brunei, Somalia and Tajikistan ban Christmas

    12/24/2015 4:34:20 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 21 replies
    News from idealmedia.com via The Daily Pioneer ^ | December 24, 2015 | News from idealmedia.com
    Brunei, Somalia and Tajikistan ban Christmas In yet another sign of increasing Islamist intolerance around the world, the celebration of Christmas has come under attack in at least three countries this year: Following in the footsteps of the English Puritans who banned Christmas in the Middle Ages, Brunei, Somalia and Tajikistan are now clamping down on the Christian festival. Now, the announcement from Somalia, which is struggling to get back on its feet after decades of civil war, is possibly the least surprising. The country is officially under sharia'h law; it has almost no native Christians; and Islamist militants still...
  • Obama administration enacts protections for lions

    12/21/2015 9:37:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 21, 2015 12:13 PM EST | Kevin Freking
    The Obama administration's decision to extend Endangered Species Act protections for two breeds of lions is a turning point for the lions now roaming Africa, advocacy groups say. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signaled in a document obtained by the Associated Press that it would classify the lion as threatened or endangered across its entire range in Africa. The agency has scheduled a noon conference call to discuss its findings. The Humane Society of the United States projects that American trophy hunters imported 5,647 lions in the past decade. The group's president and CEO, Wayne Pacelle, said he expects...
  • U.S. Support of Gay Rights in Africa May Have Done More Harm Than Good

    12/21/2015 5:15:45 AM PST · by detective · 22 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 21, 2015 | NORIMITSU ONISHI
    Suspicious neighbors and landlords pry into their private lives. Blackmailers hunt for victims on the social media sites they use to meet other men. Police officers routinely stop them to search for incriminating images and chats on their cellphones. After an anti-gay law went into effect last year, many gay Nigerians say they have been subjected to new levels of harassment, even violence. They blame the law, the authorities and broad social intolerance for their troubles. But they also blame an unwavering supporter whose commitment to their cause has been unquestioned and overt across Africa: the United States government
  • Divas Sing for Despots, Round 15

    12/20/2015 5:26:09 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | December 20, 2015 | JOHN FUND
    Divas Sing for Despots, Round 15 Minaj by JOHN FUND December 20, 2015 Give rap superstar Nicki Minaj credit for having not a sliver of shame. After human-rights activists begged her not to sing at a Christmas show in the brutal African dictatorship of Angola for a reported $2 million, she flaunted her dealings with its regime. She posted photos of herself boarding a Gulfstream jet for Angola, another of her arriving, one of her in a sheer bodysuit prepping for the show, and one of her in concert with the caption Angola has my heart. And, obviously, the fat...
  • Cholera outbreak threatens world's largest refugee camp (Kenya, near Somalia)

    12/19/2015 8:09:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | December 19, 2015 | Radina Gigova
    Kenya's cholera epidemic has reached the world's largest refugee camp and doctors worry the outbreak could continue to spread....
  • NATO Weapons Helped Make Boko Haram World’s Deadliest Terror Group

    12/18/2015 8:44:46 AM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | December 14, 2015 | Warren Mass
    The Nigerian Boko Haram terrorist group was responsible for 6,644 deaths in 2014, compared to 6,073 attributed to ISIS, making it the deadliest terrorist group in the world last year. And, in what has become a disturbingly familiar pattern in the rise of terrorist organizations, Boko Haram's growing strength is a direct consequence of NATO's war on Libya.
  • Boko Haram's suicide bomber girls often unaware they're carrying bombs: UN expert

    12/15/2015 7:23:33 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 15, 2015
    Geneva (AFP) - Many of the young girls Boko Haram sends out as suicide bombers in Nigeria and neighbouring countries are probably unaware that they will be blown up, a UN expert said Tuesday. Boko Haram jihadists have in recent months increasingly used young women and girls as suicide bombers in northeast Nigeria, northern Cameroon, Chad and Niger, leaving death and destruction in their wake. Leila Zerrougui, the UN secretary-general's special representative on children and armed conflict, suggested Tuesday that especially the children used in this way were in many cases not aware of what they were about to do....
  • UN accused of 'shocking' lack of action over murder and rape in South Sudan

    12/15/2015 7:13:57 AM PST · by Cronos · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 15 December 2015 | Sam Jones
    The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has been accused of a “complete and utter failure” to protect civilians in one of the most dangerous and volatile parts of the war-ravaged country. ..“There has not been any protection to speak of until now while the violence has been ongoing and there have been thousands of people coming into the [Protection of Civilians] sites in Bentiu from southern Unity – those who manage to flee – and they have been telling their stories.” He added: “It’s not like this is a secret. They talk about the most horrendous incidents of sexual...
  • The world's biggest meteor crater [ Vredefort Dome, South Africa ]

    12/06/2006 10:50:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 1,108+ views
    South Africa Info ^ | Tue, 5 Dec 2006 | Mary Alexander
    Two billion years ago a meteorite 10km in diameter hit the earth about 100km southwest of Johannesburg, creating an enormous impact crater. This area, near Vredefort in the Free State, is now known as the Vredefort Dome... The meteorite, larger than Table Mountain, caused a thousand-megaton blast of energy. The impact would have vaporised about 70 cubic kilometres of rock - and may have increased the earth's oxygen levels to a degree that made the development of multicellular life possible... The original crater, now eroded away, was probably 250 to 300 kilometres in diameter. It was larger than the Sudbury...
  • Near unanimous UN support for Israel 'an important achievement'

    12/10/2015 4:06:12 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/15 | Raphael Poch
    In a rare turn of events, Israel received almost unanimous support at the United Nations last week for its proposal to further the dissemination of agricultural and farming technology to developing African nations. Despite of the humanitarian nature of the proposal, it was met with vehement opposition from representatives of Arab nations, including some that will be helped by the proposal. Regardless of the aid the proposal would provide to African countries who are suffering from drought and malnutrition, Arab nations, some of whom sit on the United Nations human rights council, did not vote in favor of the proposal...
  • Oscar Pistorius and South Africa's gun obsession

    12/05/2015 11:30:52 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 5, 2015 | Milton Nkosi
    The judgement by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein that convicted Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius of murder sends a message that South Africa does not tolerate the reckless use of guns. As Judge Eric Leach said when he read the judgment, "not only did he not know who was behind the door, he did not know whether that person in fact constituted any threat to him. "In these circumstances, although he may have been anxious, it is inconceivable that a rational person could have believed he was entitled to fire at this person with a heavy-calibre firearm." One of...
  • Triple suicide blast kills dozens on Lake Chad island

    12/05/2015 10:10:28 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    aljazeera.com ^ | 12/5/2015 | unknown
    At least 30 people, including three attackers, were killed and at least 80 were injured in a triple suicide bombing blast on an island in Lake Chad, according to reports. Security officials said the attacks on Saturday were carried out on the island of Koulfoua on the Chadian side of Lake Chad on a busy market day. Police in Chad said the bombers were all women. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the blasts but officials suspect the attacks were carried out by members of the Boko Haram armed group from neighoubouring Nigeria. General Banyaman Cossingar, Chad gendarmerie director...
  • Muslims Convert Africans: ‘I Bear Witness That Jesus Is The Slave of Allah And His Messenger’…

    12/02/2015 7:14:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 2, 2015 | 3:49 PM EST | Michael W. Chapman
    Video footage of Muslim missionaries preaching and converting Africans in the Christian-majority states of Malawi and Uganda, show the Islamic leaders teaching the people to "bear witness" that Allah is god, his messenger is Muhammed, and "Jesus is the slave of Allah and his Messenger." Many of the people repeating the Islamic instructions are young but there are also many middle-aged and older people and, in one case, an apparently former Christian teen who is ordered to tear a crucifix from around his neck and "bear witness" to Allah. ...
  • Cameroon Army kills 100 from Boko Haram, frees 900 hostages

    12/02/2015 2:12:13 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | December 02, 2015 | Reinnier Kaze
    The Cameroon army claimed Wednesday to have dealt a major blow to Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists, killing around 100 fighters and freeing 900 hostages in a three-day operation last week. ... The sweep enabled troops "to release almost 900 hostages, seize large supplies of arms and munitions as well as black-and-white Islamic State flags", the statement added, without providing details on the identities of those freed. Boko Haram swore allegiance to IS in March 2015. The minister attributed the success of the raid to cooperation between Cameroon security forces, a new multinational force being set up to fight Boko Haram...
  • [In Africa] Pope Francis Condemns Abortion: “Resist Practices That Threaten the Innocent Unborn”

    11/28/2015 3:52:57 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 39 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | Nov 27, 2015 | Micaiah Bilger
    Pope Francis encouraged Catholics in Africa to reject abortion and treat children as a blessing on Thursday in Kenya. "We are also called to resist practices which foster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women, and threaten the life of the innocent unborn," the pontiff said during a Mass at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, according to the BBC. He encouraged young people to stand up for the sanctity of every human life by shaping "a society which is ever more just, inclusive and respectful of human dignity." He added that they "should reject everything that leads to prejudice...
  • Red Francis: World Is “Near Suicide” on Climate Change – West Is to Blame for African Poverty

    12/01/2015 10:06:55 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 78 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 30, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Socialist Pope Francis announced today that the world is “near suicide” if no climate change deal is reached this week in Paris. The freewheeling Argentinian also blamed the West for African poverty. 75 million Africans were paid bribes in the last year. – which had nothing to do with the West.
  • 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 · 60 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
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 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...