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  • ‘My sons love hunting, I don’t’: Trump’s soft spot for elephants

    11/18/2017 3:55:30 PM PST · by EveningStar · 55 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2017 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
    Conservationists who have a visceral emotional reaction to words like “carbon emissions” and “TransCanada” and “Rick Perry” rarely find themselves closely allied with President Trump’s opinions on the proper stewardship of the planet. Trump has consistently dismantled Obama-era environmental protections, using the common refrain that his administration desires to “better balance conservation strategies and policies with the equally legitimate need of creating jobs for hard-working American families.” So, some who’ve criticized Trump might have done a double take when they read one of his tweets Friday morning. The message effectively put the brakes on a new administration policy that would...
  • ‘Statement from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces’

    11/14/2017 11:25:28 PM PST · by aquila48 · 61 replies
    GOOD MORNING/AFTERNOON Fellow Zimbabweans, following the address we made on 13 November 2017 which we believe our main broadcaster, ZBC and The Herald were directed not to publicise, the situation in our country has moved to another level. Firstly, we wish to assure the nation that His Excellency, The President, of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Head of State and Government and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde R.G Mugabe and his fa,ily are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed. We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and...
  • The Crocodile bites back: Deposed vice-president who has seized power from Mugabe is [tr]

    11/15/2017 5:57:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 15, 2017 | Iain Burns
    The man believed to be behind the coup in Zimbabwe is the country's recently sacked vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa - also known as 'The Crocodile'. Mnangagwa, 75, is a notorious and much-feared figure in Zimbabwe, having led a vicious crackdown on opponents in the 1980s with the help of the dreaded North Korean-trained Fifth Army brigade. Thousands of civilians were killed during the Gukurahundi campaign, but Mnangagwa has always denied involvement.
  • Checking In One Year Later With The Women Who Almost Got Hillary Clinton Elected (Schadenfreude)

    11/06/2017 7:23:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Bustle ^ | November 6, 2017 | Jill Filipovic
    On Nov. 8, 2016, I was on the hook to file several election-related pieces, and had made the process easier for myself by pre-writing four different versions of “What does the first female president mean for America?” It was 3 a.m. when I woke up in Nairobi, Kenya, where I was living that year, and as I opened the New York Times app and saw an electoral map that looked awfully red, I thought that I might still be dreaming. Not that it really mattered — states that are physically large often go Republican, so a red South and middle...
  • Mali’s Desert Elephants, on Edge of Annihilation, Get a Fighting Chance

    10/29/2017 9:33:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 10/29/2017 | MARK RIVETT-CARNAC
    Mali’s elephants, Africa’s northernmost herd and adapted to life in the country’s harsh desert, were in desperate need of protection. The animals live in an unforgiving landscape southeast of Timbuktu, enduring sandstorms and blistering temperatures. To survive, they trek in search of food and water across what is thought to be the biggest migratory range of their species, more than 12,400 square miles. But it wasn’t only climate change endangering the elephants. It was also poachers. They were being slaughtered in staggering numbers as ivory traffickers took advantage of a security vacuum in the region, with 163 killed since 2012,...
  • Nikki Haley's Africa Trip Is about Fixing Obama's Mistakes

    10/26/2017 5:41:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | October 26, 2017 | Robert Caskey
    This week Nikki Haley, our ambassador to the United Nations, visits two countries on the brink of becoming the world’s next failed states: South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her trip comes as optimism for South Sudan has faded as the six-year-old nation, famously “midwifed” into existence by the Obama administration, has sunk into a civil war between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir, a member of the Dinka ethnic group, and his former vice president, Riek Machar, a Nuer. The conflict has generated the biggest exodus of civilians in the continent since the Rwandan genocide of...
  • What the US is really doing in Niger

    10/24/2017 2:19:26 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 31 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 24, 2017 | Peter Grier - Staff Writer
    PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE   The deaths of the four US troops have awoken Americans to military deployments in Africa. With ISIS ousted from its capital in Syria, Pentagon officials say, US counterterrorism efforts are likely to focus even more on Africa. The tragic deaths of four US service members in an ambush in Niger have awoken Washington and US voters to the larger issue of American military deployments in Africa and the continued global nature of the nation’s struggle with Islamic extremist terrorism. Even senior lawmakers seemed surprised by the size of the US presence in the region as...
  • Child miners aged four living a hell on Earth so YOU can drive an electric car

    10/23/2017 8:42:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/23/2017 | By BARBARA JONES
    Child miners aged four living a hell on Earth so YOU can drive an electric car: Awful human cost in squalid Congo cobalt mine that Michael Gove didn’t consider in his ‘clean’ energy crusade Sky News investigated the Katanga mines and found Dorsen, 8, and Monica, 4The pair were working in the vast mines of the Democratic Republic of CongoThey are two of the 40,000 children working daily in the mines, checking rocks for cobalt Picking through a mountain of huge rocks with his tiny bare hands, the exhausted little boy makes a pitiful sight.His name is Dorsen and...
  • Mugabe named as goodwill ambassador by WHO

    10/20/2017 4:10:07 PM PDT · by Kriggerel · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | Oct 20 2017 | BBC
    Robert Mugabe has been named as a goodwill ambassador by the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • MSNBC Conspiracy Theory: Travel Ban Caused Deaths of U.S. Troops in Niger

    10/20/2017 3:24:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | October 20, 2017 | Kyle Drennen
    On her primetime show Thursday night, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow peddled an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that somehow the Trump administration’s travel ban led to the deaths of four U.S. special forces soldiers in Niger. The accusation was then repeated on Friday by fellow MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell despite a complete lack of evidence. “September 24th of this year, which was three and a half weeks ago, the Trump administration announced it’s new Muslim ban....they added in North Korea, they added in Venezuela, and they added in Chad,” Maddow declared early in the 9 p.m. ET hour Thursday night. Connecting the...
  • The lives of the 4 US soldiers killed in Niger

    10/20/2017 3:45:24 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/18/17 | Holly Yan
    Sgt. La David Johnson married his childhood sweetheart and was expecting his third child. Staff Sgt. Bryan Black learned Hausa because he wanted to communicate directly with Nigeriens. Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson earned more than a dozen military commendations. And Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright came from a family deeply rooted in military service, dating back to 1812.
  • Tasteless CNN Debases Itself by Blasting Kelly for Emotional WH Remarks

    10/19/2017 3:43:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | October 19, 2017 | Curtis Houck
    Just when you thought CNN couldn’t cheapen itself any further, it did, folks. On Thursday, CNN Newsroom reacted to a powerful White House statement Chief of Staff and Gen. John Kelly (Ret.) amidst the Gold Star families controversy by noting Kelly’s personal sacrifices before lambasting him for calling out a Democratic member of Congress and attacking the media. Right off the bat, CNN political director David Chalian noted that “it's hard to listen to a father tell that story and not have sympathy” before declaring that Kelly’s emotions must be separated “from the White House chief of staff going into...
  • #BringBackOurGirls #JoinRepWilson

    10/19/2017 3:31:39 PM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 5 replies
    Congressman Frederica Wilson's website ^ | 1283 days ago | Congresswoman Frederica Wilson
    Since April 2014, I have been fighting to ensure the safe return of the hundreds of young Nigerian school girls kidnapped by the extremist group, Boko Haram. In June 2014, I visited Nigeria to meet with victims of Boko Haram’s terror. At the request of the #BringBackOurGirls organizers, I began a Twitter campaign to keep international attention on their abduction and demand their safe return. I routinely speak on the House floor, and under my leadership, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two resolutions that I authored, H. Res. 617 and H. Res. 573.
  • Swedish Diplomat Hammarskjold May Have Been Killed in Air Attack: Study

    10/17/2017 10:56:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | 18 October 2017
    A new UN report on the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold in central Africa has concluded it appears "plausible" the aircraft came under attack. Sweden has called "an open wound" the unsolved questions over Hammarskjold's death, which came during the Cold War between Western nations and the Soviet bloc. The latest findings take into account newly-released information from the archives of Belgium, Britain, Canada, Germany and the United States.
  • Plague outbreak leaves 57 dead, more than 680 infected in Madagascar

    10/17/2017 2:22:25 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-16-17 | Meera Senthilingam
    The plague outbreak in Madagascar is continuing to spread at unprecedented rates, with 57 deaths and more than 680 cases. The latest figures are from October 12. An estimated 329 of these cases, and 25 deaths, were in the capital, Antananarivo. The cases, reported by both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) in Madagascar, include probable and suspected cases as well those that have been confirmed by laboratory tests. While the country experiences regular outbreaks, with an estimated 400 cases of plague each year, this time things are very different, experts...
  • In Africa, LGBT rights activists worry about Trump impact (When did he become leader of Africa?)

    10/15/2017 10:41:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | October 15, 2017 | Carley Petesch, The Associated Press
    DAKAR, Senegal – Gay rights activist Joseph Achille Tiedjou is worried every day that he will be harassed or arrested in Cameroon. Defending LGBT rights can be dangerous in Africa, where many countries have laws against homosexuality. But in recent years activists have stepped out of the shadows, empowered by the support of the Obama administration and the international community. Now many fear the Trump administration will undermine those gains, and that their exposure could make them more vulnerable if support fades. “I have so many worries with the new administration,” the 32-year-old Tiedjou said, pointing out Trump’s ban on...
  • Mob cheers on rape, killing of woman who served ‘forbidden fish’

    10/14/2017 2:01:40 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 64 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10 Oct 17 | Yaron Steinbuch
    A woman was raped, whipped and beheaded before a cheering mob in the Democratic Republic of Congo — as punishment for dishing up “forbidden fish” to a group of rebels who then drank her blood. The atrocity in the main square of Luebo, in the province of Kasaď-Occidental, occurred on April 8 and was captured in stomach-churning video that only emerged this week, France 24 reported. The naked woman is seen being dragged in front of a crowd by members of an armed group claiming allegiance to the Kamuina Nsapu rebel movement. “They said she gave them beans that contained...
  • Somalia: At least 30 dead in Mogadishu blasts [Islam in Somalia]

    10/14/2017 11:41:36 AM PDT · by Enchante · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | October 14, 2017 | Staff
    A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu has killed at least 30 people, police say. Dozens more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. Police say two people were killed in a second bomb attack in the Madina district of the city.
  • Reparations for Africans and Their Descendants Explained

    10/09/2017 8:00:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    teleSUR ^ | October 3, 2017
    David Comissiong, chairman of the Caribbean Pan-African Network, has penned a 12-point explainer outlining the campaign for reparations for the legacy of crimes against humanity perpetrated against the sons and daughters of Africa by European nations, the United States and other North American governments. During the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent from 2015-2024, the 12 points read as follows: No impunity; validation of our humanity; knowledge of our history; completion of the emancipation process; compensation must be proportionate to the crime; reparations must produce the just society; we Africans must exercise autonomy throughout the process; we...
  • Terrence Williams "You go to Africa, I'll stay here with my white friends"

    10/04/2017 8:05:19 AM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 11, 2016 | Terrence Williams
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