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  • Myanmar Policy’s Message to Muslims: Get Out

    11/08/2014 11:59:54 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/06/2014 | JANE PERLEZ
    SITTWE, Myanmar — The Myanmar government has given the estimated one million Rohingya people in this coastal region of the country a dispiriting choice: Prove your family has lived here for more than 60 years and qualify for second-class citizenship, or be placed in camps and face deportation. The policy, accompanied by a wave of decrees and legislation, has made life for the Rohingya, a long-persecuted Muslim minority, ever more desperate, spurring the biggest flow of Rohingya refugees since a major exodus two years ago. The crisis has become an embarrassment to the White House ahead of a scheduled visit...
  • Will the UN Security Council Impose a Palestinian State?

    11/03/2014 8:52:41 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 3, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    Will the UN Security Council Impose a Palestinian State?Posted By Joseph Puder On November 3, 2014 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments January, 2015 does not bode well for Israel at the United Nations (UN). The UN Security Council (UNSC) will officially induct five newly elected non-permanent member-states replacing outgoing Rwanda, S. Korea, Australia, Argentina and Luxembourg, representing all the global regions. Unfortunately for Israel, the incoming states, particularly Venezuela and Malaysia, are hostile to the Jewish state. The other three, Angola, New Zealand, and Spain are pondering their position on recognizing Palestine as a full member-state...
  • New Iraqi Defense Minister Warns Kurds

    10/19/2014 6:20:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    BasNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | unattributed
    New Iraqi defense minister Khaled al-Obeidi has delivered his first official speech, insisting that the Kurdistan Region must hand back terrorists that have been living in the KRI. Al-Obeidi is a Sunni, was approved as the new Iraqi defense minister along with Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, a Shia, who was appointed interior minister. “The Kurdistan Region should hand back criminals who have been charged with terrorist acts to the federal government, so they can face justice,” said Al-Obeidi. “The Kurdistan Region security forces and Iraqi police should arrest all those criminals, as they are threats to the security and stability of...
  • Tank Biathlon: World Championship fires off near Moscow

    08/04/2014 9:45:24 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Tank Biathlon World Championship kicks off outside Moscow. Teams from Angola, Armenia, Belarus, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia and Venezuela are participating in the competition.
  • Inmates compete in Angola prison rodeo that this year turns 50

    04/26/2014 10:58:01 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04-26-2014 | Associated Press
    ANGOLA, La. – They're often thrown like rag dolls or risk being gored by bucking bulls and broncos. But in those few seconds in the spotlight of the rodeo, they are part of the world again. Some of Louisiana's most violent criminals are the stars of the Angola Prison Rodeo, the nation's longest-running prison rodeo that this year celebrates 50 years. The event has grown from a small "fun" event for prisoners into big business, with proceeds going into the Louisiana State Penitentiary Inmate Welfare Fund for inmate education and recreational supplies.
  • Another plane like Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished with GPS tracking

    03/16/2014 7:18:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    News Australia ^ | March 17, 2014
    IN an age of constant information, the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been dubbed the biggest mystery in aviation history. A plane of its size has never dropped out of the sky. Or has it? In 2003, a Boeing 727 jet also disappeared. It was the largest aircraft to ever vanish without a trace. This plane, like MH370, had all the mod cons and was fitted with GPS. A crew member looks out the windows from a Malaysian air force CN235 aircraft during a search and rescue operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Source: AFP At...
  • Mariah Carey criticized for performing for Angolan leader ($1 million of dictator's loot)

    12/20/2013 9:19:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ABC 2 News ^ | 12/20/13
    Superstar MARIAH CAREY has come under fire from human rights campaigners after performing for Angola's president JOSE EDUARDO DOS SANTOS last weekend (14-15Dec13). The Hero hitmaker was reportedly paid over $1 million for a two-hour concert on Sunday (15Dec13) at a gala for the Angolan Red Cross, which was sponsored by bosses at mobile phone company Unitel and attended by the president. The politician's daughter, Isabel, owns Unitel and is the head of the Angolan Red Cross. Addressing the crowd at the event, Carey reportedly said, "I am happy to be here in this room and I am honored to...
  • Why Does One of the World’s Smallest Navies Want One of the World’s Biggest Warships?

    12/04/2013 9:52:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 12/04/2013 | David Axe
    Angola’s bizarre, rumored aircraft carrier ambition David Axe in War is Boring Angola is in the process of acquiring the recently-decommissioned Spanish aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias, according to one news report. The entire Angolan navy has just 1,000 sailors. The 643-foot-long Principe de Asturias needs 830 sailors to fully function. No, this does not make a lot of sense. After all, Angola has no overseas military alliances and no major naval rivals. But if true, it is consistent with the country’s ongoing re-armament, which also includes a squadron of Russian-made heavy jet fighters formerly used by India. Necessary or...
  • Angola 'Bans Islam', Dismantles Mosques, According To News Reports

    11/25/2013 11:30:22 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 11/24/2013 | Connor Adams Sheets
    A number of news outlets have reported that Angola has "banned" Islam and started to dismantle mosques in a bold effort to stem the spread of Muslim extremism. Weekly French-language Moroccan newspaper La Nouvelle Tribune published an article on Friday sourcing "several" Angolan officials, including the Southwest African nation's minister of culture, Rosa Cruz, who reportedly offered the following remarks, which have been translated from French: "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." The media reports have not described why Islam...
  • Angola 'Bans Islam'

    11/25/2013 4:21:32 AM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 11/24/2013 | Pamela Geller
    Surrounded by countries under the bloody siege of jihad, this is not surprising. Angola is taking steps at self-preservation on a continent where countries are getting swallowed whole by jihadists enforcing the sharia. It's a defensive move.Angola 'Bans Islam', Dismantles Mosques, According To News Reports By Connor Adams Sheets, November 24 2013, IBTimes (thanks to Narain) A number of news outlets have reported that the Southwest African nation of Angola has "banned" Islam and started to dismantle mosques in a bold effort to stem the spread of Muslim extremism. Weekly French-language Moroccan newspaper La Nouvelle Tribune published an article...
  • Angola Bans Islam – Dismantles Mosques in Effort to Stem Spread of Extremism

    11/24/2013 8:21:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 24, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Last October, Muslims from the urban municipality of Viana, Luanda, attended the destruction of the minaret of their mosque Zengo. (On Islam) Angola became the first country in the world to ban Islam and dismantle mosques in an effort to stem the spread of extremism. IBTimes reported: A number of news outlets have reported that Angola has “banned” Islam and started to dismantle mosques in a bold effort to stem the spread of Muslim extremism. Weekly French-language Moroccan newspaper La Nouvelle Tribune published an article on Friday sourcing “several” Angolan officials, including the Southwest African nation’s minister of culture,...
  • Reports Say Angola Outlawed Islam

    11/24/2013 9:51:25 AM PST · by tje · 49 replies
    On Islam ^ | Sunday, 24 November 2013 00:00 | Unknown
    LUANDA – According to several Angolain newspapers, Angola has become the first country in the world to ban Islam and Muslims, taking first measures by destroying mosques in the country. “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,” Rosa Cruz e Silva, the Angolan Minister of Culture, was quoted by Agence Ecofin on Friday, November 22.
  • How the U.S. Shale Boom Is Splitting OPEC Apart

    For decades, OPEC nations have, for the most part, enjoyed a good living. As long as oil prices remain high, they can recover billions of barrels of oil at relatively low cost and sell it to the rest of the oil-thirsty world. But the North American shale oil boom is shaking things up for the cartel. In fact, the surge in U.S. and Canadian oil production resulting from the application of new drilling technologies threatens to reduce OPEC's share of the global oil market this year to its lowest level in more than a decade. Does that imply gloom and...
  • Angola Inks $1Bln Arms Deals With Russia – Paper

    10/16/2013 8:26:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 16/10/2013
    MOSCOW, October 16 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s state arms export monopoly has signed a $1 billion deal package with Angola to deliver military equipment, build an ammunition plant and provide maintenance services, Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday. Rosoboronexport will supply 18 Su-30K fighter jets to the southern African nation, the daily said, citing sources at the arms exports company and the Russian military. The Su-30K fighters in question are a batch of aircraft that were initially supplied to India in the late 1990s, prior to Delhi receiving the more advanced multirole Su-30MKI variant. They were returned to Russia in 2007,...
  • It’s time for Democrats to ditch Andrew Jackson

    05/03/2013 10:38:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    Salon ^ | May 3, 2013 | STEVE YODER
    As Biden speaks at event named for Old Hickory tonight, more appalling stories show party should dump him as icon Spring means that appeals for money are bursting forth from both major political parties. It also means Democratic officials in states and counties around the country are busy getting people out to their major fundraiser, the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner. And theyÂ’re bringing in the big guns: Vice President Joe Biden will keynote the South Carolina DemocratsÂ’ dinner tonight.But after an election in which Democrats rode a wave of minority support to keep the White House and Senate, party activists should...
  • Oil exports soar for OPEC countries

    08/05/2012 2:20:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Albawaba ^ | August 5th, 2012 |
    The total revenue of the 11 members of the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) soared to $624.8 billion in 2011, according to the latest data. OAPEC data for the oil income generated in the year 2010 was announced as $450bn. In real terms, the combined Arab income stood at $479bn in 2011 taking into account the real dollar value and global inflation. While the nominal price of OPEC's basket of crudes stood at around $107 per barrel in 2011 its real value averaged about $88 in 1995 prices. The oil price in 2010 also averaged nearly $60 far...
  • Massive Underground Water Supply Found In Desert African Country (Supply could last 400 years)

    07/21/2012 12:25:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/21/2012 | Michael Kelley
    A newly discovered water source could supply half of Africa's driest sub-Saharan country with 400 years of water, reports Matt McGrath of BBC. The new aquifer – called Ohangwena II – flows under the border between Angola and Namibia, covering an area of about 43 miles by 25 miles on Namibia's side. The water is up to 10,000 years old and cleaner to drink than many modern sources. Project manager Martin Quinger told BBC that the stored water could last 400 years based on current rates of consumption. Currently the 800,000 people living in the northern part of the country...
  • Why has China built a ghost town in Africa?

    07/04/2012 7:09:32 AM PDT · by traumer · 29 replies
    Nova Cidade de Kilamba has 750 eight-storey blocks of apartments But it has no residents, and the £75,000 cost is too much for slum-dwellers Fears the £2.2billion project, built in three years, could lay empty for years Just a fraction of the billions China has poured into Africa in recent years It was supposed to be a state-of-the-art city for 500,000 - but eerie footage shows how a Chinese-built urbanisation is at risk of becoming Africa's first 'ghost town'. Constructed on the outskirts of Angola's capital city Luanda, Nova Cidade de Kilamba has 750 eight-storey blocks of flats, a dozen...
  • Israel, only 'free' country in the region, ranks 65th in the world for press freedoms

    05/02/2012 5:25:04 PM PDT · by Milagros · 12 replies
    TimesOfIsrael ^ | May 1, 2012 | Hillary Zaken and AP
    Israel, only 'free' country in the region, ranks 65th in the world for press freedoms Freedom House Report: Israel maintains 'free' status, though just barely By Hillary Zaken and AP May 1, 2012, 12:07Global media freedom showed no overall decline for the first time in eight years, according to Freedom House's annual survey of freedom of the press, released Tuesday. Israel was ranked the only Free country in the Middle East and North Africa, with a rating of 30.The rating ties it with Greece and makes it the 65th most free country in the world for press freedoms.As decades-old authoritarian...
  • Time Up For Sit-tight Leaders in Africa

    05/28/2011 3:01:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Codewit World News - Sharing Nigerian and African News ^ | Saturday, May 28, 2011 | Obi Ebuka Onochie
    "Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike" Plato (BC 427 - 374BC). Open rigging and clinging brazenly to power have become common features of emerging democracies in the world today especially in Africa. Many Countries in Africa have become accustomed to "sit-tight dictators" or military style of leadership, with democracy being propelled by the West for their replacement. This is at the centre of the on-going conflict in many emerging democratic nations. Democratization of the world today as being championed by United States of...
  • Bank of China to fund Africa-America submarine cable system

    04/15/2011 10:22:28 AM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 14 replies ^ |
    Bank of China is set to fund the construction of an undersea cable system linking South Africa and Angola to Brazil, with onward connectivity to North America. The South Atlantic Express Cable (SAex) is intended to reduce latency and bandwidth costs by connecting Africa to the Americas via its shortest route to date; most of South Africa’s Americas-bound traffic currently routes via Europe. Once complete, the SAex cable will connect to the existing, 22,000km GlobeNet system linking South and North America. At the African end of the system, SAex will connect with Seacom, a cable that connects Africa’s east coast...
  • China will increase investment in Africa, says Standard Bank

    04/03/2011 8:22:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Finance Asia ^ | Tuesday, March 29, 2011 | Jonathan Barlow
    According to South Africa-based Standard Bank, mainland China maintained its position as Africa's largest trading partner in 2010. Standard Bank, in which Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has a 20% stake, estimates the value of mainland investment into Africa will increase to $50 billion by 2015. It also anticipates China-Africa bilateral trade will reach $300 billion in 2015, more than double that of 2010. "As the production capacity of Africa's traditional trading partners of the US and European economies starts declining and they buy more and more Chinese goods, raw material trade from Africa to China will be...
  • New Dinosaur from Angola

    03/18/2011 6:51:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Projecto PaleoAngola ^ | March 2011 | unattributed
    Angolatitan adamastor, a new sauropod dinosaur, is the first dinosaur discovered in Angola. It is the only occurrence of these long-necked dinosaurs in sub-Saharan Africa of its geological age. An international team of paleontologists unveiled the newly discovered dinosaur fossil today. The large plant-eating dinosaur was 13 meters long and lived 90 million years ago (Late Cretaceous Period). "To us, finding such a dinosaur in rocks of this age in Africa is extremely surprising" says paleontologist Octávio Mateus, who discovered the skeleton... The new dinosaur is known only from a forelimb, discovered in 2005 about 70 km north of Luanda...
  • Angolan Christian Rebel Leader Assassinated (Chevron's outrageous "we love Angola" commercials)

    01/23/2011 7:04:42 PM PST · by FreeKeys · 5 replies
    NewsMax Archives ^ | Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002 | Brad Phillips and Howard Phillips
    Dr. Jonas Mahleiro Savimbi, Angolan patriot, African nationalist, Christian leader and founder and president of UNITA was murdered by government forces in Moxico, Angola, [in 2002]. Despite the fact that Angolan oil output is the largest in all of sub-Saharan Africa, with the exception of Nigeria, its people are among the poorest in the world. Savimbi was the leader of the only organized opposition to the totalitarian rule in Luanda. He sacrificed his life for more than 40 years in pursuit of liberty and self-determination for his people. He had a following in Angola up until his death because he...
  • Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo(NK twist)

    08/26/2009 10:35:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 1,019+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 08/26/09 | Tony Halpin
    Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo Tony Halpin in Moscow Russia’s top general hinted today that the ship allegedly hijacked by pirates earlier this month may have been carrying a secret cargo, as it emerged that the country’s Navy tracked the vessel throughout its journey. President Medvedev sent the Russian Navy to find the Arctic Sea after it apparently disappeared while passing through the English Channel en route to Algeria from Finland. However, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow now says that Russian and international agencies had monitored the ship throughout its strange...
  • 11 people jump from Paris window-(.. one of the women ..started shouting she'd seen the devil)

    10/24/2010 7:20:08 PM PDT · by Flavius · 20 replies
    belfast telegraph ^ | 10/23/10 | BELFAST Telegraph
    Eleven people, including several children, were injured when they jumped from the third-story window of a suburban Paris apartment building, an official said. It wasn't known if they jumped on purpose or were forced, the judicial official said. There was no emergency in the building at the time, such as a fire. The victims are of African origin, possibly from Angola, and an initial investigation suggested they jumped after one of the women involved became hysterical and started shouting she'd seen the devil, the official said.
  • China Building Africa's Economic Infrastructure: SEZs and Railroads

    07/23/2010 10:43:03 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Jamestown Foundation China Brief ^ | 7/22/2010 | Loro Horta
    Starting in the late 1990s, China's presence on the African continent experienced a phenomenal expansion. Far more profound changes, however, have been underway and may only become apparent in the next decade. These changes are likely to transform the regional economic landscape of the African continent in ways never seen before. Chinese experts apparently believe that Africa is entering an era of relative stability and that the time to explore its untapped resources has arrived [1]. Chinese policymakers see in Africa possible solutions to some of China's most pressing problems, for instance, Beijing's need to secure access to energy resources...
  • Russian Fighter Jets Up For Grabs

    In March, Russia's defense export giant Rosoboronexport signed a supply contract for 16 Su-30MKI (A) with Algeria. The estimated value of this deal may reach approximately $1 billion. Additionally, a contract for the delivery of six Su-30MK2 to Uganda was signed in March. The amount of the transaction may not be very high - up to $200 million, but it is the first time when new heavy fighters are purchased in sub-Saharan Africa. Earlier, there were negotiations with Uganda regarding sale of six lighter MiG-29, Vedomosti reports referring to sources close to the heads of the department. This deal with...
  • 'Merchant of death' Victor Bout indicted for trying to buy US planes to ferry arms around world

    02/17/2010 6:34:15 PM PST · by Cindy · 26 replies · 679+ views
    NY DAILY ^ | February 17, 2010, 7:38 pm | Alison Gendar
    Note: Photo included. SNIPPET: "Bout and American-born pal Richard Chichakli were accused of creating a new business, Samar Airlines, which they thought was clean of any connection to their own bloody dealings. Starting in the summer of 2007, Samar Airlines started making deals for airplanes and crews to ferry contraband between the United States and Tajikistan, the indictment said." SNIPPET: "The Russian-born Bout is accused of wiring $1.7 million from bank accounts in Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Russia through banks in New York City and Salt Lake City to finance the scheme." SNIPPET: "Bout, who is accused of supplying weapons to real...
  • Amazing photos of the Angola Prison Rodeo, where vicious prisoners risk their lives

    08/11/2009 5:45:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 710+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/7/3009 | Damian Thompson
    There’s a boom in rodeos in America, but I doubt that many riders would want to find themselves in this ring. These photographs by Mark Saltz (click to expand them) are of the Angola Prison Rodeo, staged by the fearsome Louisiana State Penitentiary, which sells tickets to it on its website. Why do the prisoners take such insane risks? Because it’s the nearest many of them will get to a taste of freedom. Also, the last man left in the poker game (see below) wins $150, which makes you a rich man in jail. Hat tip: Richard O’Connor.
  • Thais detain alleged `Merchant of Death' (dealings include global illicit arms trafficking)

    03/06/2008 6:46:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,153+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/6/08 | Michael Casey - ap
    BANGKOK, Thailand - A Russian dubbed the "Merchant of Death" for allegedly supplying weapons to Africa's bloody conflicts over power and diamonds was arrested Thursday in Thailand on suspicion of conspiring to smuggle guns to Colombia's leftist rebels. Viktor Bout, 41, whose dealings reportedly inspired a 2005 movie about the illicit arms trade, was arrested at U.S. request in his hotel room in Bangkok, said police Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan. Bout had eluded arrest for years and was finally seized after a four-month sting organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In New York, federal authorities unsealed a criminal complaint...
  • Arrest of Kenyan Exposes Massive Global Arms Trade

    02/25/2002 8:08:26 PM PST · by Wallaby · 8 replies · 1,121+ views
    Africa News | February 25, 2002 | The East African
    Not for commercial use. Solely to be used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. Arrest of Kenyan Exposes Massive Global Arms Trade The East African Africa News February 25, 2002 Monday Kenya L AST WEEKEND'S arrest of Kenyan-born Sanjivan Ruprah, who is alleged to be a part of a major arms smuggling operation to Africa, has brought into the open the extent of the multi-million dollar illegal business. The whereabouts of Bout remain unknown. Some media reports say he is in Moscow, while others say he is in the Congo or the United Arab Emirates. An international ...
  • Make Your Own Condom Analogy

    03/24/2009 9:36:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 883+ views
    NCR ^ | March 24, 2009
    The story arc of every papal trip is the same. First, journalists try to invent a controversy that they find more interesting than the true purpose of the trip. Then, the Pope wins people over in ways no one expected. Finally, surprised journalists file stories about how the Pope isn’t such a bad guy after all.In the story of Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Africa — a trip that is ongoing as we go to press — that story is playing itself out. This time, the controversy is over the Holy Father’s remarks about condoms and AIDS.Pope Benedict addressed the...
  • 'Deadly' Stampede At Pope Speech

    03/21/2009 7:23:54 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 611+ views
    BBC News ^ | March 21, 2009
    'Deadly' stampede at Pope speech By Louise Redvers BBC News, Luanda More than 50,000 people came to hear the Pope in Luanda Two people have been reportedly killed in a stampede in a crowd that gathered at a football stadium in Angola for an address by Pope Benedict XVI. Reports say eight other people were injured and 10 more people required medical assistance at Luanda's Coqueiros Stadium. More than 50,000 people turned out to hear the Pope in the Angolan capital. If confirmed, the deaths will no doubt sour what has been a hugely colourful papal visit to the African...
  • African turtle hitches ride on pope's plane

    03/20/2009 12:55:54 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 4 replies · 526+ views
    reuters ^ | Fri Mar 20, 2009
    Pope Benedict flew from Cameroon to Angola on Friday with an unusual traveling companion -- a turtle. Just before he left Cameroon, the pope met a group of Baka Pygmies, hunter-gatherers from the country's rain forests. They came to the grounds of the Vatican embassy in the capital Yaounde and gave him the turtle of about 30 cm (one foot) long. The Vatican said it was not yet clear if the turtle -- which has not yet been named -- would be left in Angola or find a new home in the Vatican gardens.
  • Cameroonian Pygmies give pope send-off, gift of a turtle

    03/20/2009 7:57:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 706+ views
    CNS ^ | March 20, 2009 | John Thavis
    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (CNS) -- A group of Pygmies showed up to give Pope Benedict XVI an unscheduled send-off from Cameroon, and presented him with a live turtle to take back with him to the Vatican. The 15 Pygmies from the Baka ethnic group came to the pope's residence at the apostolic nunciature in Yaounde March 20 as the pontiff was preparing to leave for Angola. They built a ceremonial hut out of leaves in the garden of the residence, and the pope came out to greet them. The Pygmies, including grandparents, parents and children, sang songs and danced to the...
  • OPEC's October Oil Output Drops to 32.26MM Barrels Per Day

    11/10/2008 1:40:01 PM PST · by thackney · 4 replies · 309+ views
    Rig Zone ^ | November 10, 2008 | Platts
    The 13 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) pumped an average 32.26 million barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil in October, according to a Platts survey of OPEC and oil industry officials just released. This is a 210,000 b/d decline from the September level of 32.47 million b/d. Excluding Iraq, production from the 12 members hitherto bound by output agreements fell by 220,000 b/d, to 29.96 million b/d from 30.18 million b/d, the survey showed. When Indonesia, which will leave OPEC at year end is also excluded, the survey shows a 210,000 b/d drop in...
  • Governor, Who's the Leader of Angola? (Biden Attack style)

    09/03/2008 1:26:54 PM PDT · by wildbill · 57 replies · 172+ views ^ | O3/09/2008 | Dr. Paul Kengor
    I would like to share a story on Senator Joe Biden that happened 27 years ago. It involved his international humiliation of a good man, and it became a habit for Biden. I’m confident Biden will repeat the performance with Sarah Palin, perhaps during their first vice-presidential debate on October 2 at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Threat Matrix: August 2008

    08/01/2008 12:17:04 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,066 replies · 8,561+ views
    Pentagon Makes Fighting Extremism Top Priority Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Pentagon on Thursday officially named "the long war" against global extremism as its top priority and pledged to avert any conventional military threat from China or Russia through dialogue. The Defense Department, in a new national defense strategy, also emphasized the need to subordinate military operations to "soft power" initiatives to undermine Islamist militancy by promoting economic, political and social development in vulnerable corners of the world. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he hoped the change would help establish permanent institutional support for counterinsurgency skills...
  • As Angola reaps oil wealth, many remain poor

    08/28/2008 3:30:50 AM PDT · by decimon · 69+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 27, 2008 | Henrique Almeida
    LOBITO, Angola (Reuters) - On a recent Friday night, men in SUVs and others on mopeds line up outside one of the few gas stations in Angola's port city of Lobito to fill up for the weekend. < > "We provide millions of barrels of oil each month to China and the United States but don't have enough to fill up our own tanks," said David Boio, a local businessmen, as he stepped down from his truck. < > The ruling MPLA party, a mix of former Marxists and Western-leaning technocrats, has been in power since it declared independence from...
  • Chinese arms ship allowed to dock in Angola: report

    04/26/2008 4:58:29 AM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies · 131+ views
    AFP via ZWNews ^ | 2008-04-25
    Chinese arms ship allowed to dock in Angola: report "Can only unload merchandise destined for Angola"Angola has given authorisation for a Chinese ship loaded with arms destined for Zimbabwe to dock but it will not be allowed to unload the weapons, the state news agency Angop reported on Friday. The ship, the An Yue Jiang, has been authorised to dock in the capital Luanda but can only unload "merchandise destined for Angola," Angop said, citing a government statement. "The weaponry that the ship brings destined for Zimbabwe is not authorised to be unloaded on national territory," the statement was quoted...
  • China defends Zimbabwe arms shipment headed for Angola

    04/22/2008 6:31:20 AM PDT · by Eye On The Left · 4 replies · 113+ views
    Associated Foreign Press (AFP) ^ | April 22, 2008 | Dario Thuburn
    The ship was forced to abandon plans to offload the arms in the South African port of Durban last week after activists won a court case which prevented it from transporting the load overland to the Zimbabwe border. There were fears that the arms could be used to crack down on protests following parliamentary and presidential elections in Zimbabwe last month, both of which the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says it won. The shipment was also likely to inflame a debate about China's growing diplomatic and economic role in Africa, which has focussed on the country's links with...
  • Angola to host landmine pageant (miss landmine survivor)

    03/26/2008 8:13:12 PM PDT · by kingattax · 3 replies · 382+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3-26-08 | Mary Harper
    Landmine victims are to take part in a beauty contest in Angola, where tens of thousands have been injured by mines. The pageant has been organised by Angola's de-mining commission, and aims to restore the confidence of victims and raise awareness of their plight. Millions of mines were planted in Angola during a 27-year civil war that ended in 2002. The "Miss Landmine Survivor" contest will be held on 2 April in a luxury hotel in the Angolan capital, Luanda. Eighteen women will take part, one from every province in the country. All of the contestants have been maimed by...
  • North Korea says will deepen ties with Namibia

    03/24/2008 4:52:53 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies · 372+ views
    Reuters Africa ^ | 24 Mar 2008 | Reuters
    WINDHOEK (Reuters) - North Korea's number two leader ended a trip to Namibia, a leading uranium producer, on Sunday saying he would strengthen ties with the country. North Korea, under pressure to declare its nuclear programmes, and Namibia said they signed a memorandum of understanding on diplomatic consultations. Kim Yong-nam, president of the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, started an African tour on Thursday in Namibia, the world's fifth-largest uranium miner. In a joint statement issued by Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba's office, the countries "expressed satisfaction" that their ties have grown. North Korea watchers said the search for business...

    02/11/2008 6:59:40 AM PST · by ANELTA · 181+ views
    Angolan Press | 7 February 2008 | MELTA
    "Anelta" On Strengthened English Language Teaching Quality
  • Beauty Pageant Highlights Plight of Landmine Survivors

    11/21/2007 8:22:13 AM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies · 136+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 21, 2007 | Sara Bonisteel
    Out of the ashes of war will rise a beauty queen. Ten women will show off their beauty and brains — and their landmine injuries — in Angola next April in a competition to win a golden prosthetic limb and the title of Miss Landmine 2008. The project, created by Norwegian theater director Morten Traavik, is designed to raise awareness of the plight of landmine survivors. Contestants will have to demonstrate their skills and take part in an interview, though the details have yet to be finalized. "There is no sensationalistic intentions within Miss Landmine," Traavik said. "Of course the...
  • Africa: How we killed our dreams of freedom

    04/02/2007 8:54:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 680+ views
    The Statesman ^ | April 3, 2007 | William Gumede
    Across the continent, liberation movements that fought against colonial rule proved unable to sustain democratic governance. We cannot keep blaming the past... In the inner sanctum of South Africa's ruling African National Congress they have coined a word for it: Z"anufication"... A senior national executive member of the ANC, Blade Nzim ande, warned recently: "We must study closely what is happening in Zimbabwe, because if we don't, we may find features in our situation pointing to a similar development." ...The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has complained to the South African Broadcasting Corporation, the public broadcaster, over its...
  • Your Excellency President José Eduardo dos Santos and the Government of Angola.

    03/31/2007 4:29:30 PM PDT · by zimbabweanjournalist · 1 replies · 253+ views
    andnetwork ^ | 29-03-07 | free zim Youth
    Thursday, 29 March 2007 Your Excellency President José Eduardo dos Santos and the Government of Angola. Angola don’t send Mercenaries to Zimbabwe Dear Mr President Regional co-operation and solidarity in Africa reflects the spirit of Pan- Africanism and the need for regional integration as the means towards African continental unity and the recovery of African dignity and status in global affairs. These principles are enshrined in historical, economic, political, social and cultural factors that have created strong bonds of solidarity and unity among the peoples of Africa and are directed initially towards the political liberation of the continent. Thus, African...
  • French seek to try 42 for trafficking (illegal arms sales to Angola, including Mitterrand's son )

    03/28/2007 9:02:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 96+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/28/07 | Pierre-Antoine Souchard - ap
    PARIS - French prosecutors have requested that 42 people, including the son of late French President Francois Mitterrand, stand trial for suspected roles in illegal arms sales to Angola during the African nation's civil war, judicial officials said Wednesday. A magistrate will decide whether to proceed with a trial. The group targeted by prosecutors includes Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, who served as counselor on African affairs from 1986-92 under his father, and former Interior Minister Charles Pasqua, the officials said on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing. Preliminary charges of influence trafficking and misappropriating company assets have been filed against...
  • An axis to grind

    08/30/2006 4:13:14 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 8 replies · 565+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 29 August 2006 | Staff
    Geopolitics: Jetting around the world to drum up support, Iran ally Hugo Chavez says he's winning a bid to join the U.N. Security Council. As a showdown with Iran looms, is the world crazy enough to vote him in? If this is Wednesday, it must be Angola on the Chavez world tour. Already the Venezuelan president has visited China, Malaysia and Syria, and last month he blew through seven other countries. As he goes, he splashes out cash and preferential trade deals. He has now spent more than 365 days in his seven-year presidency overseas, but nothing like this. It...