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  • East Africa is next hot oil zone

    03/13/2010 1:47:55 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 618+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/10/2010 | UPI
    East Africa is emerging as the next oil boom following a big strike in Uganda's Lake Albert Basin. Other oil and natural gas reserves have been found in Tanzania and Mozambique and exploration is under way in Ethiopia and even war-torn Somalia. The region, until recently largely ignored by the energy industry, is "the last real high-potential area in the world that hasn't been fully explored," says Richard Schmitt, chief executive officer of Dubai's Black Marlin Energy, which is prospecting in East Africa. The discovery at Lake Albert, in the center of Africa between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of...
  • Sen. Durbin traveling in Africa this week (not enough on his plate here)

    02/14/2010 8:14:23 PM PST · by STARWISE · 31 replies · 412+ views
    SunTimes ^ | 2-14-10 | SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin will travel to Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Sudan this week to examine U.S. foreign assistant programs in the region, Durbin's office announced Saturday. The trip by Durbin and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will focus on global health, maternal/infant mortality, clean water, sanitation, refugee, and economic development activities, according to a release from Durbin's office. The senators will also discuss regional peacekeeping and diplomatic issues. Because of security concerns, the full itinerary will not be released in advance. Durbin and Brown departed Friday, traveling first to Tanzania where they plan meet with embassy...
  • A Boomer’s Perspective: From Cold War to War on Terror

    01/27/2010 2:53:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 309+ views
    LONDON, Jan. 27, 2010 – Born a 1950s baby boomer, I grew up during the Cold War with the threat of nuclear holocaust looming on the horizon. As a little girl, I had dreams in which Russian troops swarmed over the hill in our back yard. Maybe that’s what propelled me to serve in the Army for nine years and work as a Defense Department civilian for another 17 years. No complaints, though. I’ve had an incredibly fortunate career with the military. I’ve enjoyed the fun, travel and adventure those old recruiting ads always offered. I’ve also seen the world...
  • Somalis in U.S. draw FBI attention

    12/29/2008 3:43:22 AM PST · by Cindy · 141 replies · 4,105+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | nday, December 29, 2008 | Sara A. Carter
    Somalis in U.S. draw FBI attention War at home seen as lure The FBI is expanding contacts with Somali immigrant communities in the U.S., especially in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, fearing that terrorists are recruiting young men for suicide missions in their homeland. FBI Special Agent E.K. Wilson, spokesman for the Twin Cities FBI field office, described the effort as community outreach. Many members of the Somali community are concerned over disappearances, he said.
  • Somalis Leaving U.S. for Jihad

    12/12/2008 3:57:22 AM PST · by Cindy · 157 replies · 3,859+ views
    PAJAMAS MEDIA via FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com ^ | December 12, 2008 | Patrick Poole
    Pajamas Media | Friday, December 12, 2008 The funeral for Shirwa Ahmed last week in Burnsville, Minnesota, punctuated a growing national security threat metastasizing inside the U.S. — one Homeland Security and law enforcement authorities have quickly taken note of. Ahmed, who killed himself in a suicide bombing attack in Somalia in October, is just one of up to 40 men from the Twin Cities area who have disappeared and are feared to have returned to their homeland for training with the al-Shabaab terrorist group to wage jihad. The FBI is investigating similar disappearances in other major Somali communities in...
  • Al Qaeda names Fazul Mohammed East African commander

    11/11/2009 10:35:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 19 replies · 1,141+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | November 11, 2009 9:58 AM | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "An al Qaeda leader wanted by the US for a string of deadly attacks has been named the new leader of terror group's network in East Africa. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, one of several al Qaeda leaders charged with carrying out the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was appointed the leader of al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa. Fazul was "inaugurated" during an open ceremony in the southern city of Kismayo, according to a translation received by The Long War Journal of an article posted Waaga Cusub, a website operated by the Hawiye clan,...
  • Albino killers get death penalty

    11/02/2009 5:40:12 PM PST · by csvset · 10 replies · 649+ views
    BBC ^ | 2 November 2009 | BBC
    Four Tanzanians have been sentenced to death by hanging for killing an albino man last year - one of a spate of such murders in the country. The court, in the northern town of Shinyanga, convicted them of murdering the man and removing his head and legs. In September three men were sentenced to death for murdering an albino boy - the first such ruling in Tanzania. Witchdoctors sell good-luck potions made from the body parts of albino people for thousands of dollars. More than 50 albino people are thought to have been murdered in the past two years in...
  • U.S. Won't Seek Death Penalty for Suspect in Embassy Blasts

    10/06/2009 2:43:48 PM PDT · by topfile · 47 replies · 2,793+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Oct. 5, 2009 | Benjamin Weiser
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has decided not to seek the death penalty against a former Guantánamo detainee who was ordered by President Obama to face trial in a civilian court in New York. Mr. Holder communicated the decision to federal prosecutors in Manhattan on Friday, and they in turn informed the federal judge who is presiding in the case. “You are authorized and directed not to seek the death penalty against Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani,” Mr. Holder wrote to Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Ghailani faces federal charges of conspiring...
  • Journey to Tanzania: Reporter Exposes Epidemic of Albino Killings

    10/03/2009 2:09:54 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 9 replies · 1,224+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10-2-2009 | Juju Chang
    I had just 24 hours to prepare for my trip to Africa. We had been reporting on the killing of Tanzanians with albinism, a genetic condition characterized by a lack of pigment in people's eyes, skin and hair, as part of an ABC News hour special. In Tanzania, there has been a grotesque rash of albino killings: 54 people have been murdered since 2007, though observers say more incidences go unreported. Renegade witch doctors have convinced locals that there are magical properties in the blood, bones and skin of people with albinism, which has created a sickening black market where...
  • Terror suspects lose extradition case in Britain

    08/13/2009 2:05:17 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 832+ views
    AFP via GOOGLE.com ^ | August 8, 2009 | n/a
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gkIBVaTTnTDT_lg8TWBbbawpW0cQ “Terror suspects lose extradition case in Britain” (AFP) – 5 days ago SNIPPET: “LONDON — Two alleged leading conspirators of Osama bin Laden on Friday lost their latest battle to escape extradition from Britain over the 1998 US embassy bombings in east Africa. Khalid al Fawwaz, a 46-year-old Saudi businessman, and Adel Abdel Bary, an Egyptian, are wanted by the United States over their alleged role in the attacks in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.” SNIPPET: “Al Fawwaz was living with his wife and three children in London before his arrest on a New York court indictment...
  • 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...
  • Russian Arms Dealer Accused of Breaking U.N. Embargoes Arrested in Thailand

    03/06/2008 6:28:37 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 10 replies · 281+ views
    Fox News/AP ^ | 3/6/08
    BANGKOK, Thailand — A Russian arms dealer accused of breaking U.N. arms embargoes by supplying weapons to African war zones was arrested Thursday in Bangkok, Thai police said. Viktor Bout was arrested in the heart of the capital city on a warrant issued by a Thai court, said Police Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan, head of the Crime Suppression Bureau. The warrant stemmed from an earlier one issued by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, he said. A U.S. Embassy spokesman "congratulated" Thai police for the arrest but could not provide details about the role U.S. officials played in it. Details of...
  • Accused East Africa Embassy Bomber Held at Guantanamo Bay to Be Prosecuted in U.S. Federal Court

    05/21/2009 2:53:55 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 400+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Accused East Africa Embassy Bomber Held at Guantanamo Bay to Be Prosecuted in U.S. Federal Court Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian national who has been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility since September 2006, will be prosecuted in federal court in the United States pursuant to the March 12, 2001 superseding indictment currently pending against him in the Southern District of New York. In accordance with the President’s Jan. 22, 2009 Executive Order, which called for a review of all Guantanamo detainees and the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within...
  • Anjouan: AU troops in the capital, Mutsamudu (Comoros)

    03/24/2008 11:11:30 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 421+ views
    AFP via translation | March 25, 2008
    MUTSAMUDU (Comoros) - Tanzanian troops mandated by the African Union (AU) entered Tuesday morning in the capital of Comorian island of Anjouan Mutsamudu, as part of the operation to overthrow the president of the island Mohamed Bacar , witnesses reported to the AFP. Tanzanian soldiers were visible in the city centre where they have not encountered any resistance from forces loyal to the authorities of Anjouan deemed illegal by the federal government and the AU. The arrival of soldiers from the AU has been greeted with cries of joy inhabitants of Mutsamudu, the witnesses said. The "Democracy in the...
  • Latest Ship Seizures Broaden Counter-Piracy Challenge

    03/27/2009 6:00:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 423+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 27, 2009 – Two ship seizures in the Indian Ocean in recent days appear to indicate that pirates have broadened their focus beyond the heavily patrolled Gulf of Aden. Pirates hijacked two chemical tankers: the Bahamian-flagged, Norwegian-owned vessel Bowasir on March 25 and the Panamanian-flagged, Greek-owned Nipayia yesterday, a Navy spokesman confirmed. Bowasir and its 23-member crew were operating more than 380 nautical miles southeast of Kismayo, Somalia. Nipayia and its 19 merchant mariners were pirated 490 nautical miles east of Mogadishu, the official said. The seizures were the farthest yet from the Gulf of Aden, where the...
  • Zombe Murder Case Adjourned

    02/23/2009 12:19:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 209+ views
    The Citizen ^ | 2009-02-20 | Bernard James
    The High Court yesterday adjourned the murder case facing 10 police officers as one of them was said to be too ill to testify. In the case, the ten officers, who include a former Dar es Salaam Regional Crime Officer, Abdallah Zombe, are charged with killing four innocent civilians at a forest in Dar es Salaam in 2006. Seven suspects have so far taken to the dock to defend themselves and yesterday was Rashid Lema's turn. Constable Lema was however unable to appear before the court due to ill health and his counsel Mr Dennis Msafiri successfully asked the court...
  • Christians “Detained, Beaten” In Indian Ocean Nations

    12/09/2008 6:13:59 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 576+ views
    BosNewsLife Africa Service ^ | December 8, 2008
    Christians on the predominantly Muslim islands of Pemba and the Comoros archipelago faced another tense day Monday, December 8, amid fresh reports that believers have been beaten, detained and banished for their faith. off the east coast of Africa...they fear for the "the survival of Christianity on Pemba and the Comoros", with fewer than 300 Christians in a combined population of 1.1 million people. Leaving Islam for Christianity is reportedly one of the main reasons why Christians are increasingly persecuted, following the conversion in August of Sheikh Hijah Mohammed, who was leader of a key mosque in Chake-Chake, capital of...
  • Giant bat makes comeback in Tanzania (Pemba flying fox fruit bat, 5-foot plus wingspan)

    10/30/2008 6:42:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 3,690+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/30/08 | Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) – A giant bat with a wingspan up to 5.5 feet has made a comeback from the brink of extinction in Tanzania in a rare conservation success, an environmental group said on Friday. Numbers of the Pemba flying fox, a type of fruit bat, have risen to 22,000 since it was rated critically endangered two decades ago when "only a scant few individual fruit bats could be observed," British-based Fauna and Flora International said. In a release coinciding with Halloween, it said that the bat's maximum wingspan was "greater than the height of the average British woman."
  • U.S. Tanzania AIDS Deal

    09/11/2008 11:04:28 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 127+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 11, 2008 | Jesse Masai
    U.S. Tanzania AIDS Deal by: Jesse Masai, September 11, 2008 A public-private partnership will enable the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) to significantly expand its network of centers of excellence in Sub-Saharan Africa by building two clinics in Tanzania, a country hit hard by HIV/AIDS. On September 2, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced a grant award to BIPAI of $22.5 million over five years to support the operations of the two centers of excellence and associated satellite clinic facilities. Mr. Jakaya Kikwete, president of the United Republic of Tanzania, participated in the announcement...
  • Terror anniversary: eyes off the prize [GWB did NOT react properly to the 1998 attacks]

    08/07/2008 5:53:32 PM PDT · by SJackson · 36 replies · 842+ views
    Ten years ago today, U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed, causing a devastating loss of life and signaling that the United States faced new and more serious terrorist threats abroad and potentially at home. That potential became a reality on Sept. 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked, causing an even more devastating loss of life and sending an even clearer signal regarding the necessity of a smart and focused response to a challenge that could no longer be ignored. Unfortunately, President Bush did not get the message. He and his neoconservative advisers...