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  • Putin’s Russia is a poor, drunk soccer hooligan

    06/22/2016 9:54:15 AM PDT · by NRx · 123 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 06-22-2016 | Scott Gilmore
    Russia is not the country you think it is. Its economy is smaller than South Korea’s. Its people are poorer than Kazakhstan’s. It trails Finland in technology. And it has a smaller military budget than Saudi Arabia... ...Russia hosted the Olympics, punched Georgia in the nose, took back the Crimea, invaded Ukraine, flew bombers through NATO airspace, built military bases in the Arctic, and generally flexed and posed like an oiled, aged, but still buff, body builder. And we’ve been paying increasingly rapt attention, not noticing the geriatric walker hidden just off stage. A closer look is almost shocking. According...
  • Erdogan to Visit Equatorial Guinea out of 'Solidarity' over Ebola

    11/20/2014 7:43:21 AM PST · by piasa · 4 replies
    Hürriyet Daily News ^ | 19 November 2014 | Sevil Erkus
    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rejected advice to cancel the second Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus. Erdoğan has insisted on going ahead with the scheduled summit in order to display solidarity with the host country, Foreign Ministry officials told the Hürriyet Daily News. The Turkish president will attend the summit in Malabo on Nov. 20-21. Following the launch of Turkey’s “opening up to Africa" strategy, the country has transited to the phase of “partnership with Africa” since 2013, according to officials. Around 200 business leaders and...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 27 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Obama’s monsters ball: doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators

    08/06/2014 1:29:29 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 12 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 6 August 2014 | Corey Charlton and Ted Thornhill
    "President Barack Obama drew the diplomatic line somewhere at the first ever U.S-Africa summit at the White House this week by not inviting Zimbabwe’s brutal dictator Robert Mugabe. But the guest list still included several other African leaders with only slightly better human rights records. The White House promoted the summit as the largest-ever gathering of African leaders in the United States, with more than 50 countries represented. The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to ‘cut off the head’...
  • Spain grants right of dual nationality to Sephardi Jews

    02/10/2014 5:13:52 AM PST · by cll · 20 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 2/09/2014 | Eli Leon
    More than 500 years after the Spanish Inquisition, the Spanish government has voted to facilitate the naturalization of Jewish families of Spanish descent, without demanding they give up their other citizenship. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain must be rolling in their graves: The government in Madrid on Friday approved legislation that would allow descendents of Jews who were exiled from Spain to be naturalized in the country without having to give up their former citizenship, which had been the law until now. Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said that Spain "is indebted to Spanish Jews for spreading the...
  • 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...
  • Obama introduced resolution asserting Bush didn't have Congressional authorization to attack Iran

    03/25/2011 12:52:44 AM PDT · by Frankusa · 13 replies
    In November of 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama introduced a Senate resolution stating that President Bush did not have Congressional authorization to use military force against Iran. The resolution was drafted in response to an amendment passed in the senate in September of 2007 which designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. Obama argued that the amendment could be used by President Bush to justify war with Iran. Joe Biden's spokeswoman, Elizabeth Alexander, said at the time that Mr. Biden also believed the amendment could be used to justify military action against Iran. The spokeswoman added, "[Sen. Biden] has also...
  • African dictator's son orders luxury superyacht ($380 million yacht)

    02/28/2011 10:48:42 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 56 replies
    Yahoo | AP ^ | 2/27/11 | MICHELLE FAUL
    JOHANNESBURG – The son of Equatorial Guinea's dictator of 30 years commissioned plans to build a superyacht costing $380 million, nearly three times what the country spends on health and education each year, a corruption watchdog said Monday. The statement from Global Witness said that German company Kusch Yachts has been asked to build the yacht, housing a cinema, restaurant, bar and swimming pool, though construction has not yet started. Global Witness has been urging Washington to institute sanctions against Teodorin Obiang, whose extravagant lifestyle currently includes a $35 million-dollar mansion in Malibu, California, a $33 million jet and a...
  • Equato Guinea seeks South Korean corvettes: report

    11/21/2010 9:27:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    defence Web, South Africa ^ | 18 November 2010
    Equato Guinea seeks South Korean corvettes: report Written by defenceWeb Thursday, 18 November 2010 13:34 The government of oil rich but authoritarian Equatorial Guinea is reportedly negotiating the purchase of up to three corvettes worth an estimated price of $90 million from South Korea. The Defence Professionals website, quotes the Yonhap news agency as saying a South Korean official confirmed Equatorial Guinea’s interest in buying three corvettes. According to Yonhap, negotiations began after Equatorial Guinea's President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, met his counterpart, Lee Myung-bak, in mid-August during a visit to Seoul. Park Young-june, a vice minister in South...
  • 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...
  • Sean Hannity: 'Where's the birth certificate?'

    12/08/2009 8:41:30 PM PST · by Irisshlass · 90 replies · 4,206+ views
    WorldNet aily ^ | December 8, 2009 | WND
    WASHINGTON – Sean Hannity today defended Sarah Palin's recent comments about Barack Obama's constitutional eligibility for the presidency and WND's pursuit of the story. He said the question about his original, long-form birth certificate has still not been answered. "What was so wrong in saying that, 'Can we see your birth certificate?' ... We were told early on that, in fact, somebody else had looked at it and confirmed that it was legitimate. So, I mean, what was wrong with people saying, 'Wait a minute. You know what? In light of the fact of where your, your father came from,...
  • Obama birthplace attorney files new allegations

    12/03/2009 7:42:53 PM PST · by USALiberty · 122 replies · 4,097+ views
    Laguna Niguel attorney Orly Taitz had her lawsuit challenging Barack Obama’s presidency thrown out on Oct. 29, but that hasn’t stopped her from filling a new document in the case with a broad array of allegations. “There was a concerted and a well orchestrated effort by a number of individuals to assassinate my character, endanger my law license and ultimately derail my case against Mr. Obama,” Taitz writes in the document filed with the federal court today. “A number of criminal activities were perpetrated upon this court.”
  • Updates in the BARNETT v OBAMA case in Judge Carter's court (new alias for Obama?)

    12/04/2009 4:05:37 PM PST · by rxsid · 72 replies · 3,954+ views
    FR ^ | 12/4/2009 | rxsid
    Updates in the BARNETT v OBAMA case in Judge Carter's court: Request for investigation of misconduct in legal proceedings, submission of perjured affidavits, submission of a letter to court by an attorney with improper purpose of covering up criminal activity and obstruction of justice, withholding evidence by attorneys, and US attorneys acting under conflict of interest From 11.11.09. to 11.22.09. I had the honor to be a delegate at the Continental Congress 2009. One of the guest speakers for the Continental Congress was a former Immigration officer and currently a private investigator in CO, Mr. John Samson. I have stated...
  • 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 ...
  • Warden Message: Equatorial Guinea Presidential Palace Attack

    02/17/2009 5:25:24 PM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 722+ views
    OSAC.GOV ^ | February 17, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Equatorial Guinea Presidential Palace Attack CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Sub-Saharan Africa - Equatorial Guinea 17 Feb 2009 Printer Friendly Email Article RELATED REPORTS 30 Jan 2009 PIRACY TRENDS IN THE GULF OF GUINEA U.S. Embassy Malabo issued the following Warden Message on February 17: In the early morning hours of February 17 there was an apparent attack in the vicinity of the presidential palace located in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. In response to the apparent attack there is heightened security...

    04/03/2008 12:35:26 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 161+ views
    The Gibraltar Chronicle ^ | April 2, 2008 | Brian Reyes
    Local law enforcement sources were sceptical, yet cautious yesterday about a report alleging a Russian mafia plot to kidnap Sir Mark Thatcher, the son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Sir Mark is currently on the Rock amid speculation that authorities in Equatorial Guinea will issue an international warrant for his arrest in connection with a failed coup in 2004. In a further twist to an already bizarre tale, a specialist US newsletter claimed the British secret intelligence agency MI6 had warned Sir Mark that a powerful Russian criminal organisation had offered to kidnap him and take him...
  • Zimbabwe deports 'coup mastermind' Simon Mann to Equatorial Guinea: lawyer

    02/01/2008 2:09:21 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 245+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | February 1, 2008
    Excerpt - Zimbabwe deports 'coup mastermind' to EGuinea: lawyer Simon Mann, the alleged British mastermind of a foiled coup in Equatorial Guinea, has been deported from Zimbabwe to face trial in Malabo, his lawyer said on Friday. Jonathan Samkange said Mann had been deported on Wednesday night, before an unsuccessful appeal against his extradition was heard by a court in Harare on Thursday. "They deported him at night, late Wednesday night. There are affidavits to that effect," the lawyer told AFP. ~ snip ~
  • When Governments Turn to Piracy

    02/12/2006 4:06:59 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 26 replies · 1,100+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | February 12, 2006
    Sometimes, governments carry out acts of piracy. A case occurred last month when a Ukrainian ship, carrying fifteen Belgian Pandur wheeled armored vehicles, on loan to UN peacekeeping troops from Benin, stopped at a port in Equatorial Guinea. There, on January 3rd, officers from the Equatorial Guinean navy boarded the ship, arrested the four Beninese soldiers guarding the vehicles (and other military equipment). Shortly there after, the stuff the Beninese soldiers were guarding was removed from the ship. The Ukrainian ship was actually carrying a hundred vehicles for the UN, all painted white, with UN markings. The UN is trying...
  • "Dude, Where's My Pandur?"

    02/11/2006 2:17:01 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 25 replies · 960+ views
    On February 3, 2006, it was reported that 15 of Belgium's Pandur armored personnel carriers were stolen, together with radio equipment and field kitchens. The equipment was meant for a Beninese battalion that is part of the UN force in the Congo.Thanks to some help from DID's Benelux reader David Vandenberghe, DID can bring you the details. In December a ship under the flag of Saint Kitts & Nevis (VRT's report was incorrect) left the Belgian port of Zeebrugge for Congo, chartered by Geodis under the auspices of the UN. The cargo ship never made it to its destination. Four...
  • Annual List Of...The World's 10 Worst Dictators

    01/21/2006 7:10:22 AM PST · by vikingd00d · 66 replies · 15,263+ views ^ | 21 January 2006 | David Wallechinsky
    A "dictator" is a head of state who exercises arbitrary authority over the lives of his citizens and who cannot be removed from power through legal means. The worst commit terrible human-rights abuses. This present list draws in part on reports by global human-rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International. While the three worst from 2005 have retained their places, two on last year's list (Muammar al-Qaddafi of Libya and Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan) have slipped out of the Top 10-not because their conduct has improved but because other dictators have gotten worse....
  • Ebola suspected in Equatorial Guinea

    04/28/2005 11:10:52 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 8 replies · 504+ views
    United Press International ^ | April 27, 2005 | UPI
    BATA, Equatorial Guinea -- The Minister of Health in Equatorial Guinea has issued an alert about the deadly Ebola virus after a man with symptoms of the disease died last week. The Web site reported the alert was read on national radio. The minister advised any patient with symptoms of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, including a high fever and bleeding from the mouth, ears, nose or eyes, should be treated at a health facility. Ebola is one of the most deadly viral diseases known, killing 50 percent to 90 percent of those who become infected. It generally is spread by...
  • Exiled Equatorial Guinea leader Severo Moto vanishes - reports

    04/20/2005 3:48:31 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 217+ views
    Reuters | April 20, 2005
    MADRID, April 20 (Reuters) - Exiled Equatorial Guinean politician Severo Moto, who lives in Spain, has disappeared and Spanish authorities are concerned he may have been killed, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Wednesday. Moto is the leader of a self-styled government in exile and a sworn enemy of Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has accused Moto of being behind a coup attempt in the tiny central African country last year. El Pais and another newspaper, El Mundo, both reported Moto had travelled from Spain to Croatia twice in March, and that since his second trip...
  • Insight: Coup plotters wanted colony of their own (Mark Thatcher/Equatorial Guinea)

    01/23/2005 12:21:26 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 598+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | January 23, 2005
    THE FAILED coup attempt involving Sir Mark Thatcher was to have made Equatorial Guinea a private colony run for the benefit of the British plotters, leaked documents reveal. The papers, passed to The Sunday Times by South African intelligence sources, reveal that the plotters had created a trading company to control the oil-rich West African state. The Bight of Benin Company (BBC), named after the bay on the state’s coastline, was to have grabbed control of the country’s economy, its oil reserves, army and police. The company would have controlled the country as a private fiefdom, modelled on the...
  • Thatcher 'directly involved in coup'

    01/19/2005 9:01:50 PM PST · by indcons · 13 replies · 693+ views
    The Guardian ^ | January 20, 2005 | David Leigh
    Troubles deepened for Lady Thatcher's disgraced son last night when a self-confessed coup plotter surfaced to accuse him of direct involvement in the attempt to overthrow the regime in Equatorial Guinea. Crause Steyl, the mercenary pilot who was to have been the star witness against Mark Thatcher had his trial in South Africa gone ahead, told Channel 4 News that Sir Mark's role had been kept secret, because "his mother was the previous prime minister of England". Mr Steyl described meeting Sir Mark to select a helicopter on which a gun could be mounted. He also alleged that the Spanish...
  • (Mark) Thatcher fined over 'coup plot'

    01/13/2005 5:27:39 AM PST · by kipita · 33 replies · 652+ views
    BBC ^ | 13 January 2005
    Sir Mark Thatcher has pleaded guilty in South Africa over his part in an alleged coup plot in Equatorial Guinea. The son of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was fined three million rand (£265,000) and received a four-year suspended jail sentence. Sir Mark, who denies any knowledge of the plot, agreed a plea bargain with prosecutors. He admitted breaking anti-mercenary legislation in South Africa by agreeing to finance a helicopter. It has been reported the businessman said he did not know the helicopter's alleged purpose - that it was to be used in the coup attempt, instead believing it...
  • Thatcher on new 'coup plot' list

    11/27/2004 5:31:34 AM PST · by gobucks · 417+ views
    BBC ^ | 17 Nov 2004 | BBC
    Sir Mark Thatcher has been included on a new list of nine suspects being linked to an alleged plot to overthrow the president of Equatorial Guinea. The nation's attorney general, Jose Olo Obono, denied earlier reports that they would be tried in their absence. Last month, Sir Mark appeared in court in Cape Town as his lawyers argued against an order forcing him to answer questions about a suspected coup plot. Lady Thatcher's son denies knowledge of, or involvement in, any plot. Mr Obono said Equatorial Guinea may try at a later stage to extradite all the people it is...
  •  'Equatorial Guinea won't seek death for Thatcher'

    09/04/2004 8:21:06 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 271+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 4, 2004
    Luanda - Equatorial Guinea will guarantee not to seek the death penalty if it decides to request the extradition of Margaret Thatcher's son in connection with a suspected coup plot, its state prosecutor said on Saturday. South Africa will not extradite to countries that could apply the death penalty, but Jose Olo Obono told Reuters by telephone from the capital Malabo that this would not be an obstacle. Mark Thatcher, 51-year-old son of the former British prime minister, was arrested in South Africa on August 25 on suspicion of helping to finance an alleged plot for which foreigners have...
  • 'Coup plotters' face their alleged torturers as Thatcher family quits -

    08/30/2004 7:42:03 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 372+ views
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | Katherine Houreld - Christopher Munnion
    'Coup plotters' face their alleged torturers as Thatcher family quits - By Katharine Houreld in Malabo and Christopher Munnion in Johannesburg (Filed: 31/08/2004) Eight men accused of plotting to overthrow Equatorial Guinea's government confronted their alleged torturers yesterday in a court in the capital, Malabo. Angered by the judge's decision to read statements the men say were made under duress, one South African defendant, Sergio Cordoso, said: "This is the first time I have seen a person questioned and taken to the torture room at the same time." Mark Thatcher: accused He added: "I want to emphasise the person who...
  • If you think this one's bad you should have seen his uncle -

    08/29/2004 11:54:06 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 26 replies · 1,113+ views
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | August 29, 2004 | Anthony Daniels
    If you think this one's bad you should have seen his uncle - By Anthony Daniels (Filed: 29/08/2004) There is no leader in the world who more deserves to be overthrown than Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the President of Equatorial Guinea for the last quarter of a century. By rights, his brutality, corruption and venality should not go unpunished; yet I doubt that the mercenaries who planned to overthrow him, and whom Sir Mark Thatcher is accused of having backed financially, were motivated by a burning ambition to bring democracy and clean government to the volcanoes of Fernando Poo and...
  • 'Coup leader:' I met Mark Thatcher

    08/25/2004 11:09:25 AM PDT · by yonif · 3 replies · 338+ views
    CNN ^ | August 25, 2004 | Reuters
    MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) -- A South African on trial for plotting a coup in Equatorial Guinea said on Wednesday he had discussed a business deal last year with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's son, who has been arrested in South Africa. Mark Thatcher was arrested on Wednesday at his home in a Cape Town suburb and later charged with involvement in the plot to oust the president of tiny Equatorial Guinea, sub-Saharan Africa's third biggest oil producer, and install an exiled opposition leader. Defendant Nick du Toit said he was introduced to Thatcher in South Africa last year...
  • Mark Thatcher (son of Margaret) held in coup probe

    Mark Thatcher held in coup probe Aug 25 2004 Mark Thatcher has been arrested by South African police over allegations he was involved in a planned coup in Equatorial Guinea, according to media reports in South Africa. The son of former prime minister Baroness Thatcher was arrested at his Cape Town home by detectives according to the South African Press Association. He was expected to appear in court. Police spokesman Makahosini Nkosi said: "We are investigating charges of contravening the Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act. This is in relation to the possible funding and logistical assistance in relation to...
  • Margaret Thatcher's son arrested over coup plot

    08/25/2004 3:04:55 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 23 replies · 1,707+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | August 25, 2004 | Staff
    South African police arrested Mark Thatcher, the son of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, early Wednesday on allegations he was involved in a plot to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea, police said.Police spokesman Sipho Ngwema said Thatcher was arrested at his Cape Town home and is expected to be charged with violation of the foreign military assistance act. "We have evidence, credible evidence, and information that he was involved in the attempted coup," said Ngwema. "We refuse that South Africa be a springboard for coups in Africa and elsewhere." Eight South Africans, six Armenians and four Equato-Guineans are...
  • Oil firms' Africa dealings probed

    05/23/2004 4:47:39 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 4 replies · 272+ views
    UPI via The Washington Times ^ | May 23, 2K4 | UPI
    <p>Los Angeles, , May. 22 (UPI) -- A grand jury and congressional investigators are probing real estate purchases by U.S. oil companies that may have constituted bribes to an African dictator.</p> <p>The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday the two separate investigations involve high-priced land purchases made by the oil companies through a holding company beleived controlled by the president of Equatorial Guinea.</p>
  • Suspected Terrorists in Court (Mercenaries in Africa)

    03/24/2004 2:45:29 AM PST · by witnesstothefall · 14 replies · 539+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | March 23, 2004
    THE 70 suspected mercenaries who were arrested in Harare early this month in connection with the foiled coup in the Equatorial Guinea yesterday appeared briefly before a court convened at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison. The suspects, who are facing five charges under the Public Order and Security, Firearms, and Immigration Acts, were not asked to plead when they appeared before magistrate Mr Mishrod Guvamombe. They were remanded to April 13, when their lawyers are expected to make an application for refusal of remand. The suspects, made up of 10 whites, two coloureds and 58 blacks all clad in new prison...
  • Zimbabwe -- Cathy Buckle -- Of bolt cutters and an orange boat

    03/13/2004 6:01:30 AM PST · by Clive · 3 replies · 245+ views
    Letters from Cathy Buckle ^ | 13th March 2004 | Cathy Buckle
    Dear Family and Friends, Events in Zimbabwe this week have left us all open mouthed and shaking our heads in disbelief, surprise and shock. Every day and every hour the talk has been of mercenaries, conspiracies, terrorists and coup plots. No one seems to be able to explain why an aeroplane landed in Harare with people, described by local television as "burly, heavily built men" of assorted nationalities. At first the talk was of 64 mercenaries, later in the week it became 67. Reports as to what these men were doing here varied from collecting mining equipment to guard mines...
  • Zimbabwe says seizes U.S. plane, "mercenaries"

    03/08/2004 6:34:55 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 34 replies · 466+ views
    Reuters | March 8, 2004
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has seized a U.S.-registered cargo plane with 64 suspected mercenaries of various nationalities and a cargo of "military material", Home Affairs (Interior) Minister Kembo Mohadi said on Monday. "A United States of America-registered Boeing 727-100 cargo plane was detained last night at about 19:30 hours at Harare International Airport after its owners had made a false declaration of its cargo and crew," Mohadi said in a statement.
  • How SA stopped a coup (re: "mercenaries" arrested in Zimbabwe en route to Equatorial Guinea)

    03/10/2004 11:51:50 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 307+ views
    The Star (Johannesburg) ^ | March 11, 2004 | Graeme Hosken, Jonathan Ancer
    The alleged mercenaries arrested in Zimbabwe are believed to have been on their way to a covert military training camp in Cameroon. The men were remnants of South Africa's defunct mercenary company Executive Outcomes. They were planning to join another former Executives Outcomes operative in Equatorial Guinea in an elaborate plot to overthrow President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, which was supposed to have taken place next week. The coup plot has been denied by the British-based company Logo Logistics, which employs the suspected mercenaries. The company claims they were going to provide security for mining operations in the Democratic...
  • How the French Plunder Africa

    02/06/2004 9:59:54 PM PST · by mark_interrupted · 10 replies · 449+ views
    Project Syndicate ^ | January 2004 | Sanou Mbaye
    How the French Plunder Africa France's unchallenged political, economic, and military domination of its former sub-Saharan African colonies is rooted in a currency, the CFA franc. Created in 1948 to help France control the destiny of its colonies, fourteen countries--Benin, Burkina-Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Bissau Guinea, and Chad--maintained the franc zone even after they gained independence decades ago. In exchange for France guaranteeing the CFA franc's convertibility, these countries agreed to deposit 65% of their foreign exchange reserves in a special account within the French Treasury and granted to...