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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expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials.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...