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  • 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...
  • As U.S. accepts more Syrian refugees, Baltimore Resettlement Center plans for influx

    09/10/2015 7:29:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 9/10/15 | Scott Dance, Colin Campbell and Paul Richter
    President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered his administration to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees for resettlement in the United States next year, amid international pressure to act as heartbreaking images emerge of sometimes-deadly attempts to escape to Europe. California is the top resettlement destination, but some likely will come to centers in the Baltimore area, where refugees will be provided with furnished apartments, classes in English and American culture and help finding work. The International Rescue Committee office in Highlandtown, which has helped to resettle 26 Syrian refugees this year, anticipates receiving many more. The agency helps to resettle...
  • New claims of peacekeeper sexual abuse in C. Africa ( United Nations )

    08/19/2015 10:15:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | 8-19-2015
    United Nations officials have received new disturbing allegations that peacekeepers in the Central African Republic sexually abused three young women -- the latest claims targeting the scandal-tainted UN mission. UN spokeswoman Vannina Maestracci told reporters on Wednesday that the events took place in recent weeks.. These new allegations concern a report that three young females were raped by three members of a MINUSCA military contingent.. One of the alleged victims is a minor. Maestracci declined to name the nationality of the troops, but sources said they were from the Democratic Republic of Congo. ... UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week...
  • Feds hammered for secrecy on Muslim refugees [Importing Jihad]

    06/04/2015 10:42:10 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 16 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/3/2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy’s efforts to shed light on the government’s secretive refugee resettlement program continues to play out in letters between himself and the federal agency responsible for resettling thousands of foreign refugees in U.S. cities and towns every year. Since his letters haven’t produced many answers, he’s now calling for a meeting with State Department officials. Gowdy, R-S.C., started asking questions in April about how refugees are distributed to various cities, the impact on local job markets and public services, and who makes the key decisions, among other points of interest. His questions came after it was revealed...
  • Chimps have mental skills to cook: study

    06/03/2015 12:54:06 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 86 replies
    Yahooooo!.......... ^ | 06-03-2015 | By Sharon Begley
    They're not likely to start barbecuing in the rainforest, but chimpanzees can understand the concept of cooking and are willing to postpone eating raw food, even carrying food some distance to cook it rather than eat immediately, scientists reported on Tuesday. The findings, based on nine experiments conducted at the Tchimpounga Sanctuary in Republic of Congo and published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggest that chimps have all the brainpower needed to cook, including planning, causal understanding, and ability to postpone gratification. They do lack the ability to produce fire. But if they were given a source of...
  • Abbas To Sign Accords With Putin in Moscow

    04/11/2015 10:14:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 4/11/2015, 10:55 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Monday where the issue of Middle East peace talks will be raised, Russian authorities announced Thursday. “The two leaders will hold talks concerning key aspects of Russian-Palestinian relations and their future, with particular attention on the trade, economy and humanitarian sectors,” the Kremlin said in a statement according to AFP. There will also be “an exchange of ideas on the process of Israeli-Palestinian talks and other problematic regional situations,” the statement continued, adding that North Africa would also be on the agenda. …
  • UN approves new probe of Dag Hammarskjöld plane crash

    12/29/2014 11:35:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2014 8:43 PM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    The U.N. General Assembly voted unanimously Monday to ask Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint an independent panel of experts to examine new information about the mysterious plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld on a peace mission to newly independent Congo in 1961. The 193-member world body approved a resolution by consensus encouraging member states to release any relevant records and information on his death in the plane crash over the African bush in Northern Rhodesia—today’s Zambia. The assembly’s action follows an independent investigation by a Commission of Jurists released in September 2013 which concluded that “significant new evidence”...
  • Beginning of an Italian Civil War against Immigration

    12/15/2014 3:32:26 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 25 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 15 December 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    For once we have riots that are not by anti-white black protesters — to whose violence Ferguson, among others, has accustomed us — but by indigenous Europeans defending their land against invaders. In Rome, on the night of 10–11 November, a group of residents of the Tor Sapienza suburb living in public housing attempted to assault the local centre for refugees and asylum seekers incongruously named “Il sorriso” (The Smile), throwing stones and bottles and setting dumpsters on fire, amidst broken glass and screams of “We want to burn you”. The reception centre houses over 40 youths — Gambians,...
  • A Russophobic Rant From Congress

    12/09/2014 8:25:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | December 9, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Hopefully, Russians realize that our House of Representatives often passes thunderous resolutions to pander to special interests, which have no bearing on the thinking or actions of the U.S. government. Last week, the House passed such a resolution 411-10. As ex-Rep. Ron Paul writes, House Resolution 758 is so "full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War." H. R. 758 is a Russophobic rant full of falsehoods and steeped in superpower hypocrisy. Among the 43 particulars in the House indictment is this gem: "The Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Georgia...
  • Congo Crowd Kills Man, Eats Him After Militant Massacres: Witnesses

    10/31/2014 9:06:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 84 replies
    Congo Crowd Kills Man, Eats Him After Militant Massacres: Witnesses A crowd stoned to death a young man in northeast Congo on Friday before burning and eating his corpse, witnesses said, in apparent revenge for a series of attacks by Ugandan rebels. The incident in the town of Beni followed a number of overnight raids in the area blamed on the Islamist group ADF-NAUL, who are thought to have massacred more than 100 people this month, using hatchets and machetes to kill their victims.
  • Congo crowd kills man, eats him after militant massacres: witnesses

    10/31/2014 3:34:23 PM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 73 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:05pm GMT
    BENI Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - A crowd stoned to death a young man in northeast Congo on Friday before burning and eating his corpse, witnesses said, in apparent revenge for a series of attacks by Ugandan rebels. The incident in the town of Beni followed a number of overnight raids in the area blamed on the Islamist group ADF-NAUL, who are thought to have massacred more than 100 people this month, using hatchets and machetes to kill their victims. Witnesses said the man, who has not been identified, aroused suspicion on a bus when passengers discovered he could...
  • New String Of Ebola In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo; DFAT Advises Against Travel

    10/29/2014 1:45:50 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 25 replies
    au.ibtimes ^ | 29 Oct 2014 | By Athena Yenko
    The Australian government recommends for Australians to reconsider their need for travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DRC, because of a new string of Ebola virus spreading in the region. The said string of Ebola is different from the deadly virus that is widely spread in West African countries. For those Australians already in DRC, they should be aware that many African countries had banned travelers coming from heavily infected areas. According to the World Health Organisation, or WHO, the virus in DRC was identified to have come from Zaire species, a string that could have evolved...
  • Could Congolese refugees bring Ebola to America?

    10/25/2014 5:51:22 AM PDT · by wtd · 15 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | 10/24/2014 | Ann Corcoran
    Could Congolese refugees bring Ebola to America?That is a possibility presented by Aaron Klein writing at World Net Daily this week, here. Map image We briefly noted the fact that Ebola, although supposedly a different strain than the one making the news, is present in DR Congo. And, we are bringing a huge number of Congolese refugees (DR Congo) to America at the UNHCR’s urging—50,000 by 2019, see our post yesterday. We admitted 4,540 Congolese refugees to the US in FY2014 which ended on Sept. 30th, 2014 (go here, map is incorrect, scroll down to table). However, I think a...
  • Obama brings in 1,900 people from another Ebola nation; Virus outbreak independent of crisis in

    10/22/2014 6:05:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    wnd ^ | 10/22/14 | Aaron Klein
    Since an outbreak of Ebola hit the Democratic Republic of the Congo in July, the Obama administration has brought into the U.S. at least 1,900 refugees from the disease-stricken nation, WND has learned. Required medical screening for refugees may not detect all diseases. The mandatory blood and urine tests for all refugees would not detect Ebola. The strain of Ebola found in the Congo is slightly different from the virus that has been ravaging West Africa. Researchers have conclude the Congolese outbreak is not connected to the epidemic in West Africa. The U.S. refugee program this year is on pace...
  • White House hosts Hollywood actors, experts for mental health conference

    06/03/2013 7:40:57 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 Jun 2013 | y Rachel Rose Hartman
    President Barack Obama and members of his administration are holding a day-long mental health conference Monday at the White House--and they have asked Hollywood to help lend some star power. Actors Bradley Cooper and Glenn Close are among those invited to participate in the meeting, which features a panel on negative attitudes toward mental illness moderated by Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, a panel on mental health outreach moderated by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and opening remarks from the president and closing remarks from Vice President Joe Biden, Cooper and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Close in 2009 co-founded...
  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of Congo (Shocking Medical Personnel Death Rate)

    08/27/2014 12:24:17 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 32 replies
    World Health Organization ^ | August 27, 2014 |
    Epidemiology and surveillance On 26 August 2014, the Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Equateur Province. The index case was a pregnant woman from Ikanamongo Village who butchered a bush animal that had been killed and given to her by her husband. She became ill with symptoms of EVD and reported to a private clinic in Isaka Village. On 11 August 2014, she died of a then-unidentified haemorrhagic fever. Local customs and rituals associated with death meant that several health-care workers were exposed...
  • Democratic Republic of Congo confirms first Ebola outbreak this year; WHO doctor struck down with

    08/24/2014 7:04:23 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 12 replies
    News Corp Australia ^ | 08/25/2014 | AFP
    THE Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed its first two cases this year of Ebola but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic ravaging West Africa. “The results are positive. The Ebola virus is confirmed in DRC,” Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said, referring to tests undertaken on people after an unidentified fever killed 13 in the northwest Equateur province this month. He said the confirmation marked the seventh outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo, where the virus was first identified in 1976 near the Ebola River. The two new cases had “no link to (the epidemic) raging in West...
  • At least 70 dead from hemorrhagic illness in northern Congo- WHO

    08/21/2014 4:11:16 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-21-2014 | Reuters
    At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola. "This is not Ebola," a WHO spokesman said in an email to Reuters on Thursday. A WHO report dated Thursday and seen by Reuters said that 592 people had contracted the disease, of whom 70 died
  • Illness with Ebola-like symptoms kills several in Congo: locals

    08/20/2014 8:56:30 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/20/2014 | Unattributed
    Democratic Republic of Congo has sent its health minister and a team of experts to the remote northern Equateur province after several people died there from a disease with Ebola-like symptoms, a local official and a professor said on Wednesday. [....] "An illness is spreading in Boende but we don't know the origin," said Michel Wangi, a spokesman for the governor's office. [....] An Equateur resident who asked not to be named said that around ten people had died, including four health care workers, after suffering from fever, diarrhoea and bleeding from the ears and nostrils - all symptoms of...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • UK Investigators: Crocodile Responsible for Plane Crash in the Congo

    07/13/2014 1:10:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Saturday, July 12, 2014 | David Harding
    Crocodile might be responsible for plane crash in the Congo: UK investigators • Only one person survived the crash — as did the toothy reptile, though it was killed with machetes by rescuers sifting through the plane's wreckage. A plane crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo that left 18 people dead may have been caused by a crocodile. The animal is thought to have climbed out of a hold midflight and spooked the crew and passengers. They all panicked and ran towards the cockpit, and the forward shift in weight may have caused the plane to plummet to the...
  • Marijuana linked to death of Colorado exchange student

    04/02/2014 2:44:44 PM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 4-2-14
    An exchange student fell to his death after ingesting marijuana in Colorado - the first death linked to the drug since it was legalised in the US state. Levy Thamba, 19, plummeted from the balcony of a Denver hotel on 11 March after eating a cannabis-laced cookie. A post-mortem examination found marijuana intoxication was a factor in the Wyoming student's death. Colorado became the first US state to legalise recreational use of the drug in January. Mr Thamba, a native of the Republic of Congo, had reportedly begun taking classes at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, the same month.
  • Student fell to death after eating pot cookie (Denver CO)

    04/02/2014 10:25:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 129 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 2, 2014 12:21 PM EDT
    The Denver coroner says an exchange student from Wyoming fell to his death after eating a marijuana cookie, the first reported death linked to marijuana since the drug became legal for recreational use in Colorado in January. Nineteen-year-old Levy Thamba died after falling from the balcony of a Denver hotel on March 11. …
  • C.Africa peacekeepers declare war on 'anti-balaka' vigilantes [UN declares war to protect Muslims]

    03/26/2014 7:09:02 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 3/26/2014 | Christian Panika
    Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic declared war on the majority-Christian vigilante known as "anti-balaka" on Wednesday as the UN warned the militia had crossed a red line by attacking international troops. The head of the MISCA African force blamed the groups for a series of attacks on peacekeepers in the former French colony, and said they would be treated as "enemies". "From now on, we consider the anti-balaka as enemies of MISCA," Congolese General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko said in remarks carried by a private radio station. "And we will treat them as such."...
  • WH: Sending U.S. Troops, Military Aircraft to Uganda Doesn't Change U.S. Advisory Role

    03/24/2014 5:28:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/24/14 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending military aircraft and more special operations forces to Uganda to assist in the search for fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony. A senior U.S. military official confirmed Monday that the U.S. is sending at least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft about about 150 more Air Force special operations members and airmen to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA. The official confirmed the plans, first reported by The Washington Post, on condition of anonymity without authorization to discuss them on the record.
  • US sending more troops and aircraft to hunt Ugandan war lord Kony

    03/24/2014 6:11:25 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 49 replies ^ | 3/24/14 | unknown
    <p>President Obama is committing more military resources, including aircraft and special operations forces, to the hunt for notorious African warlord Joseph Kony.</p> <p>Early Monday, the White House confirmed a Washington Post report that the U.S. was sending "associated support personnel," and a "limited number" of CV-22 Osprey aircraft to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA. Obama sent about 100 U.S. troops to help the African forces in 2011.</p>
  • U.N. surveillance drone in Congo crashes - sources

    01/15/2014 5:11:16 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    Reuters (UK) ^ | Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:20am GMT | Bienvenu-Marie Bakumanya; David Lewis; Tom Heneghan
    (Reuters) - An unmanned aircraft used by U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo crashed on Wednesday near the eastern town of Goma, sources at the airport and interior ministry said. ... A source at Goma's airport confirmed the incident. A spokesman for the U.N. mission was not available for comment. The Falco drones used by the U.N. force are manufactured by Selex ES, a unit of Italian defence group Finmeccanica. The firm was not immediately available for comment.
  • South Sudan: Congo Nile Canal Will Save Egypt, Avert War, Make Juba Hub of Africa

    11/28/2013 7:41:31 AM PST · by IsraelBeach · 15 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | November 28, 2013 | Joe Odaby
    The leading South Sudanese think-tank, The Fashoda Institute of Strategic and Regional Studies has published a strategic analysis of why and how the Egyptian Government is reviving a three-decade-old old idea — one going back to the Anwar as-Sadat Administration — to resolve the country’s acute water crisis. Egypt is reconsidering the idea of a canal diverting waters from the Congo River into the White Nile near Juba, South Sudan, and thus markedly increasing the quantities of water which would eventually reach Lake Nasser behind the Aswan Dam. According to the Egyptian calculations, the quantities of water required to revolutionize...
  • A U.N. peacekeeping victory filled with promise

    11/23/2013 6:55:03 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 22, 2013 | Editorial Board
    FOR YEARS, a U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo was a glaring testament to the organization’s fecklessness. The largest such force in the world, with 19,000 troops, the “stabilization mission” cost $1.5 billion a year but utterly failed to pacify eastern Congo, which has been a battleground for warlords and the armies of neighboring powers for nearly two decades. At its low point a year ago, the U.N. blue helmets watched passively as a vicious force of defectors from the Congolese army occupied and ravaged the city of Goma. Now, at last, the U.N. Congo mission has a victory to savor...
  • Congo's M23 rebels surrender to Ugandan military

    11/07/2013 9:40:42 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 7, 2013, 7:32 AM | AP
    KAMPALA, Uganda At least 1,700 Congolese M23 rebels, including the top commander, have surrendered to Ugandan authorities following their defeat by Congolese troops, a Ugandan military official said Thursday. Gen. Sultani Makenga, M23's military commander, and his fighters were being held by the Ugandan military in Mgahinga, a forested area near the Congo border, the official said. The rebels had been disarmed and were being registered by Ugandan officials, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give this information. This week the rebels lost control of all the territory they once held...
  • Kony 2013: U.S. quietly intensifies effort to help African troops capture infamous warlord

    10/28/2013 10:35:03 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 28, 2013 | By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    NEAR GARAMBA NATIONAL PARK, Congo — For 15 hours, a team of U.S. Special Forces soldiers shepherded four dozen South Sudanese commandos through an unremitting nighttime rainstorm, plunging into elephant grass so tall and thick they could not gaze beyond the reach of their arms. They heard the telltale cry of a panther and the ripples of crocodiles lurking in the bogs. Quicksand sucked a few men down to their waists before their comrades could haul them out. Their destination was a crude encampment used by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a band of rebels led by the messianic warlord Joseph...
  • Congo rebels expect 'major breakthroughs' in peace talks

    10/19/2013 7:36:37 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said on Saturday they are heading toward "major breakthroughs" with the Kinshasa government in peace talks in Uganda, possibly within hours. Under Uganda's mediation, "major breakthroughs are about to be obtained in Kampala since the heavy involvement of the international community in the dialogue" between the two sides, the M23 movement said in a statement.
  • India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria on slavery's list of shame, says report

    10/17/2013 3:34:54 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-17-2013 | Tim Hume
    Hong Kong (CNN) -- A new report claiming to be the most comprehensive look at global slavery says 30 million people are living as slaves around the world. The Global Slavery Index, published by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation, lists India as the country with by far the most slaves, with an estimated nearly 14 million, followed by China (2.9 million) and Pakistan (2.1 million). The top 10 countries on its list of shame accounted for more than three quarters of the 29.8 million people living in slavery, with Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh...
  • Packers’ star QB tackles ‘conflict minerals,’ but is a solution right here at home?

    10/04/2013 9:07:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-4-13 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON – Aaron Rodgers has faced some of the most ferocious defensive linemen the National Football League has ever unleashed on professional football fields. The Green Bay Packers quarterback has passed his way to the top of his game, becoming among the most accurate, respected and highest paid players in NFL history. Now, Rodgers is taking on a much more brutal enemy: The murderous warlords of the Democratic Republic of Congo in command of a civil conflict that has claimed more than 3 million lives. Green Bay’s QB has signed up as a celebrity front man for Raise Hope for...
  • UN refugee agency awards Congolese nun with world’s top refugee honour

    09/17/2013 6:17:32 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    UN News Centre ^ | September 17, 2013
    Sister Angélique Namaika is a familiar sight on her bicycle, which she uses to visit the girls she helps in Dungu and nearby villages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: UNHCR/B. Sokol 17 September 2013 – A Congolese nun known as ‘mother’ by women and girls displaced and abused by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is being honoured with a top prize from the United Nations refugee agency, it was announced today. Sister Angélique Namaika will receive the Nansen Refugee Prize for extraordinary humanitarian work on behalf of refugees, internally displaced or stateless people, as well...
  • Rwandan invasion of DR Congo feared

    09/14/2013 3:08:41 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 21 replies
    AFP via Fox News ^ | September 14, 2013 | AFP
    WINDHOEK (AFP) – Southern African nations on Saturday expressed concern at the growing number of Rwandan troops on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and said it hoped an invasion was not imminent. A statement from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional body said it was concerned "at the deployment of Rwandan troops along the common border" and "expressed the hope that Rwanda is not contemplating to invade". ... The UN accuses Rwanda of backing the M23, a charge the country has adamantly denied. The rebels in turn have accused the Congolese army of joining forces against...
  • U.N. deployment of surveillance drone in Congo delayed to December

    09/13/2013 4:53:59 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:20pm EDT | Michelle Nichols
    (Reuters) - The unprecedented deployment of an unarmed surveillance drone by U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been delayed several months due to procurement procedures, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said on Thursday. The United Nations has procured an unarmed surveillance drone from Italian defense electronics firm Selex ES, a unit of Finmeccanica, that was due to be deployed in the volatile eastern Congo during August. "There has been some delay much to my chagrin but these have to do with the rules that member states have made upon us as far as procurement is concerned," peacekeeping chief...
  • NSA evidence may be key to Hammarskjöld mystery

    09/09/2013 9:14:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 9, 2013 11:36 AM EDT | Raphael Satter
    America’s National Security Agency may hold crucial evidence about one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the Cold War—the cause of the 1961 plane crash which killed United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, a commission which reviewed the case said Monday. Widely considered the U.N.’s most effective chief, Hammarskjöld died as he was attempting to bring peace to the newly independent Congo. The crash of his DC-6 aircraft in the forest near Ndola Airport in modern-day Zambia has bred a rash of conspiracy theories, many centering on some startling inconsistencies. …
  • Congo Rebel Group M23 Threatens To Retake Goma As UN Peacekeepers Ramp Up Patrols

    08/05/2013 6:17:59 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 05 2013 7:37 AM | IBTimes Staff Reporter
    Rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are threatening to retake the eastern city of Goma if their demands aren't met, less than one week after the United Nations called for them to turn in their weapons or risk forceful intervention from UN peacekeeping forces. The rebel group M23 is a reincarnation of older insurgent movements, and just one of dozens of militias in the region. It takes its name from a March 23 peace agreement that saw the rebels' absorption into the chronically weak Congolese army in 2009. The group consists mainly of Congolese nationals from the Tutsi...
  • Outrage in Italy over banana attack on black minister

    07/27/2013 9:10:05 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 41 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | July 27, 2013
    ROME: The latest racist attack against Italy's first black minister, in which a banana was hurled at her during a rally, sparked outrage across the political spectrum Saturday. Immigration Minister Cecile Kyenge was speaking a Democratic Party (PD) rally on Friday when an unidentified spectator threw a banana at her, missing the stage but sparking reactions of disgust from across the country. Shocking cases of abuse have multiplied against Kyenge, an Italian citizen born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, climaxing earlier this month with a member of the anti-immigration Northern League party who likened her to an orangutan. Kyenge,...
  • ‘Beelzebub inhabits hearts in this country’ (no, it's not talking about the US)

    07/23/2013 2:38:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 7/23/2013 | JONATHAN LUXMOORE
    When rebel forces, led by Arab-speaking Muslims, seized control of the Central African Republic this March, it deepened fears that a co-ordinated Islamist insurgency could now be spreading through swathes of the continent. Four months on, the landlocked country is living through a reign of terror, largely directed against its Christian minority.“Churches have been routinely robbed and pillaged here, while Muslim mosques have been left untouched,” Mgr Cyriaque Gbate Doumalo, secretary-general of the Central African Republic’s Catholic bishops’ conference, told me in an interview. “Our public institutions aren’t functioning and our hospitals have been ransacked, leaving the sick and destitute...
  • Obama hiring contractor for African bomb

    07/14/2013 6:42:58 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    WND ^ | July 14, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    The Obama administration continues to ramp up its military-response capabilities in Africa, where it is now looking for contractor support to transport U.S. Africa Command troops, weaponry and explosives. The U.S. Transportation Command on behalf of AFRICOM is soliciting help from private aircraft providers who can move U.S. troops and supplies in the Central African nations of Uganda, Central Africa Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. The development comes at a time when the Department of Defense simultaneously is strengthening its ability – also with contractor assistance – to retrieve soldiers trapped and injured in hot spots...
  • UN: Peacekeepers shoot 4 in Congo firefight

    07/11/2013 6:19:06 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan
    Business Standard ^ | July 11, 2013 Last Updated at 00:45 IST | AP
    UN peacekeepers in the Congo were drawn into a gun battle between unidentified gunmen and the M23 rebel group today and shot four of the attackers, a UN spokesman said. About 30 unidentified people assaulted an M23 rebel position early today five miles (eight kilometres) from Goma in Congo's North Kivu province, spokesman Martin Nesirky said. The M23 rebels counter-attacked, and as the assailants retreated they fired shots at the UN peacekeepers' post, Nesirky said.
  • Perro Negro 6 Sinks Offshore Angola

    07/03/2013 9:43:44 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Rigzone ^ | Tuesday, July 02, 2013 | Karen Boman
    Saipem S.p.A. reported Tuesday that the Perro Negro 6 (350' ILC) sank offshore Angola after the seabed collapsed under one of the rig's three legs.
  • Prison break in eastern Congo frees 250 inmates

    07/02/2013 6:09:23 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | July 2, 2013 | AP
    GOMA, Congo (AP) — A justice official says more than 250 inmates, including many ex-combatants, were freed when gunmen attacked a prison in eastern Congo. ... Eastern Congo is routinely destabilized by various armed groups. Last month, Beni was attacked by members of one of the local militia groups known as Mai Mai. The army repulsed that attack, killing 24 militiamen while losing four soldiers.
  • The UN prepares to go to war for the first time (Congo)

    06/14/2013 5:52:43 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 83 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 08:22 EST, 14 June 2013 | Daniel Miller
    The UN is about to go to war for the first time in its history after the Security Council voted unanimously to intervene to fight rebels in the Congo. Around 3,000 UN troops wearing the blue insignia, are being deployed to the central African nation which has been wracked by years of civil war and lawlessness. The UN has led a 14-year-long peacekeeping in a bid to end the ethic conflict which was sparked by the genocide in neighbouring Rwanda when thousands of Hutus fled into the Congo to evade justice. ... It will be the first time that the...
  • SA soldiers serving in Congo face 93 charges

    06/13/2013 4:31:54 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    Business Daily Live (South Africa) ^ | 13 June 2013, 06:10 | Wyndham Hartley
    THE United Nations (UN) had brought 93 cases against South African soldiers serving in the peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday. The charges ranged from murder to drunkenness, but most were related to sexual misconduct. Many others had to do with the use of prostitutes and stealing from them. But in many of the cases no evidence was brought forward to support the allegations. The alleged incidents occurred between 2003 and 2011. One soldier was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 24 years in prison. Ms Mapisa-Nqakula,...
  • Congo warlord says will not back down from U.N. brigade

    05/27/2013 4:21:10 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 27, 2013 2:23pm EDT | Jonny Hogg
    (Reuters) - Eastern Congo's most powerful warlord stands on a hillside, surrounded by heavily armed fighters, and gazes down on the sprawling lakeside city of Goma spread invitingly below him in the distance. ... "The government can't beat us. They have no choice but to negotiate," says the lean, 39-year-old veteran of several revolts in mineral-rich eastern Congo. "We're waiting for the negotiations in Kampala." M23 launched its rebellion in Congo's beautiful but war-torn eastern borderlands more than a year ago. Hundreds of former rebels who had been integrated into the army - veterans, like Makenga, of a previous Tutsi...
  • [Rwanda Pres] Paul Kagame: I asked America to kill Congo rebel leader with drone

    05/19/2013 5:53:18 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 18 May 2013 | Chris McGreal in Kigali
    Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame, has rejected accusations from Washington that he was supporting a rebel leader and accused war criminal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by challenging a senior US official to send a drone to kill the wanted man. ... "I told him: 'Assistant secretary of state, you support [the UN peacekeeping force] in the Congo. Such a big force, so much money. Have you failed to use that force to arrest whoever you want to arrest in Congo? Now you are turning to me, you are turning to Rwanda?'" he said. "I said that, since you...