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  • Treasury Announces New Sanctions Against Iran

    05/28/2013 5:16:02 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    SNIPPET - quote: Treasury Announces New Sanctions Against Iran Actions Target Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Proliferation Activities 5/23/2013     WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury is taking action today against 20 individuals and entities for their involvement in Iran’s nuclear and missile proliferation networks and Iran’s continued attempts to circumvent sanctions. These networks are responsible for moving supplies and providing essential services to Iran’s clandestine nuclear and weapons programs. These actions are designed to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by tightening sanctions against Iran’s energy sector and exposing key proliferation related networks that span the...
  • “Britain’s Obama” urges ties with West Africa

    05/19/2013 5:05:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2013 12:58 PM EDT | Robbie Corey-Boulet
    A rising star in Britain’s Labour Party, described by some as the “British Barack Obama,” Chuka Umunna urged the United Kingdom to more aggressively forge ties with West Africa's fast-growing economies. During a trade mission to West Africa last week that included a stop in his father’s home country Nigeria, Umunna, a member of the British Parliament, dismissed the comparison to the United States president. … Umunna, 34, grew up in Streatham and worked as a lawyer before being elected to parliament in 2010. The son of an Irish mother and Nigerian father, he said he made seven or eight...
  • Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. ...

    04/24/2013 11:05:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ^ | April 23, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. as Financial Institutions of “Primary Money Laundering Concern” 4/23/2013 In First Use of Section 311 Against a Non-Bank Financial Institution, Treasury Acts to Protect the U.S. Financial System from Foreign Exchange Houses Tied to Global Narcotics and Money Laundering Networks and Hizballah WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today named two Lebanese exchange houses, Kassem Rmeiti & Co. For Exchange (Rmeiti Exchange) and Halawi Exchange Co. (Halawi Exchange), as foreign financial institutions of primary money laundering concern under...
  • French tanker with 17 aboard likely hijacked by pirates off Ivory Coast

    02/04/2013 5:39:15 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 04, 2013 | AP
    A French-owned oil tanker missing off Ivory Coast with 17 sailors on board likely has been hijacked, an official with an international piracy watchdog said Monday, in what may be the latest attack by criminal gangs targeting the ships to steal their valuable cargo. Details remained scarce Monday about the fate of the ship, flagged in Luxembourg. The ship had been reported missing Sunday and officials believe it fell victim to the same pirates operating throughout the Gulf of Guinea, said Noel Choong, a spokesman for the International Maritime Bureau in Malaysia. ... Over the last year and a half,...
  • (Documenting today's Arab slavery) Film ‘Stolen’ exposes modern-day slavery in Polisario camps

    10/05/2012 2:33:19 PM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    Al-arabiya ^ | Friday, 05 October 2012
    Last Updated: Fri Oct 05, 2012 07:26 am (KSA) 04:26 am (GMT) Film ‘Stolen’ exposes modern-day slavery in Polisario camps Friday, 05 October 2012 The film, Stolen, the story of a Sahrawi girl called Fatim Sellami, herself a slave, who was reunited with her mother after 35 years of separation with the help of the United Nations. (Image grab from film Stolen By KHADIJA FATHI AGADIR / MOROCCO A controversial documentary film that exposes slavery in the Western Sahara camps controlled by the Polisario front has been screened in Morocco’s coastal resort city of Agadir. The film, directed by Violeta...
  • France begins ground offensive in Mali

    01/16/2013 7:28:53 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 39 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 16 January 2013 | Aman Sethi
    A week after French aircraft rushed to the aid of a defeated and demoralised Malian army, French ground forces have begun fighting alongside the Malian army in Diabaly, a town 350 km north of capital Bamako. Since last year, northern Mali has been overrun by Islamist rebels organised under the banners of the Ansar Dine, the Movement for Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Last Friday, France sent in jets, helicopter gunships, and special forces to Central Mali as Islamist rebels advanced till 50 km from a major military base in Sevare, and captured...
  • Mayhem in Mali: Implications of the Military Coup in Bamako

    03/24/2012 1:20:28 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 5+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | 3/23/2012 | Andrew McGregor
    Executive Summary:On March 21, 2012, a group of Army mutineers appeared on Mali's national television station to declare that they had ended President Amadou Toumani Toure's regime and put in place the “National Committee for the Return of Democracy and the Restoration of State” (CNRDR). In the days following the coup, the leader of the CNRDR – Captain Amadou Sanago, a virtually unknown junior officer, has shown an inability to command discipline from his troops – who have looted the capital. The disappearance of President Toure and the factional infighting of the Army have made the country defenseless against AQIM’s...
  • Mali names new prime minister after 'quasi-coup'

    12/12/2012 12:58:52 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 12/12/2012 | Charlène Pelé
    Mali’s interim president has named longtime public servant Django Cissoko as the country’s new prime minister, hours after the former prime minister was arrested and forced to resign by the soldiers who staged the March coup. Mali’s interim president Diouncounda Traore has appointed Django Cissoko, a former Secretary General of the West African nation’s presidency, as prime minister, Mali state television said on Tuesday. Cissoko will replace Cheick Modibo Diarra, who was forced to resign earlier in the day after he was arrested by soldiers who staged a coup in the Sahel nation in March. The presidential decree read on...
  • U.S. Military Builds Up Its Presence In Africa

    12/29/2012 12:07:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Georgia Public Broadcasting ^ | December 26, 2012 | Tom Bowman
    Gen. Carter Ham is head of the U.S. African command. An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., will begin helping train African militaries beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida. An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., some 4,000, soldiers, will begin helping to train African militaries. The idea is to help African troops beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida. The American troops will head over in small teams over the course of the next year. The Dagger Brigade returned to Kansas last year from a deployment to Iraq, where it trained and advised that...
  • Austin-Based Hizballah-Linked Nightclub Owners Convicted

    10/24/2012 2:49:36 PM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies
    SNIPPET: "Actually, two have been convicted by a jury for using their nightclubs to launder the proceeds of drug and weapons deals, one was acquitted of money laundering but has pled guilty to a drug trafficking charge, and one of those convicted of money laundering has now been charged with tax evasion. And that's not to mention the failure to pay state liquor taxes and fees, the unsolved murder of a one-time business partner, and various immigration-related issues. Money was transferred in to a relative and known Hizballah operative in Lebanon, and there are strong ties to the Lebanese expat...
  • September 2001 - September 2012

    09/01/2012 1:56:13 AM PDT · by Cindy · 46 replies ^ | September 1, 2012 | n/a
    Brief thoughts/quotes from the last 11 years. "Looking away, not caring, or hoping for the best are not viable options in fighting terrorism (in general) and the global jihad (specifically). Terrorism must be fought head on 24/7 and preventing terrorism is far better than just reacting to one terror-related event after another." -Cindy (July 1, 2011) ~ "WHAT DID I LEARN from the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001? OPINION: I have learned that more Americans love America than the lame-stream media will ever let on. I have learned that America's military is the finest in the world. I have...
  • Islamic Socialism - bloody legacy (Qaddafi's 'Green Book,' WRC, etc.)

    04/26/2012 6:14:34 AM PDT · by Milagros · 1 replies
    Islamic SocialismFrom the CIA factbook: Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-QADHAFI began to espouse his own political system, the Third Universal Theory. The system was a combination of socialism and Islam derived in part from tribal practices and was supposed to be implemented by the Libyan people themselves in a unique form of "direct democracy.[1] The "Green Book" - Arabism, Islam & socialism, with Islam the main line Author John L. Esposito: Under Qaddafi three interrelated ideas were woven into Libya's ideological identity: Pan-Arabism, socialism, and Islam. Qaddafi's appeals to Islam were influenced by his...
  • Naomi Campbell Will Likely Be Subpoenaed in War Crimes Case Against Former Liberian President

    05/21/2010 12:04:22 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies · 586+ views
    FoxNews,com ^ | May 21, 2010
    Prosecutors trying former Liberian president Charles Taylor for war crimes are asking judges to subpoena supermodel Naomi Campbell as a witness in the U.N. case against the exiled leader. Prosecutors filed a motion asking for Campbell’s testimony about uncut “blood diamonds” given to Campbell by Taylor while the two attended a dinner at the home of South African president Nelson Mandela in 1997.
  • Firm that paid Obama adviser in business with warlord-tied official

    08/11/2012 9:59:33 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/11/2012 | By Richard Cohen
    A South African company in the spotlight for paying $100,000 in speaking fees to White House adviser David Plouffe is also in business with a Liberian official under U.N. sanctions for his ties to convicted war criminal and former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. That's among the latest details to emerge on the connections involving MTN Group, a subsidiary of which paid President Obama's former campaign manager for engagements in late 2010, shortly before he joined the White House. The ties to Liberia's bloody Taylor era center on Benoni Urey, who was commissioner of maritime affairs in Liberia during Taylor's reign....
  • DEA Raids Car Dealership with Alleged Ties to Terrorist Group Hezbollah

    12/18/2011 7:59:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/11 | Fox News
    Drug Enforcement Administration agents have raided an Oklahoma car dealership that the government suspects may be one of about 30 such businesses in the U.S. involved in funding the terrorist group Hezbollah. DEA agents say the car lot of Ace Auto Leasing in Tulsa is part of a huge network that is selling cars and drugs -- and then using the money to support terrorism against the U.S., reports. During Friday's raid, agents could be seen carryout out filing cabinets and other items. They also questioned employees and took inventory. "They're making big time money and it's going right...
  • Nigerian 'baby factory' raided, 32 teenage girls freed

    06/01/2011 2:14:56 PM PDT · by posterchild · 31 replies
    AFP via ^ | Wed June 1, 2011
    LAGOS (AFP) – Nigerian police have raided a home allegedly being used to force teenage girls to have babies that were then offered for sale for trafficking or other purposes, authorities said on Wednesday. "We stormed the premises of the Cross Foundation in Aba three days ago following a report that pregnant girls aged between 15 and 17 are being made to make babies for the proprietor," said Bala Hassan, police commissioner for Abia state in the country's southeast. "We rescued 32 pregnant girls and arrested the proprietor who is undergoing interrogation over allegations that he normally sells the babies...
  • Highland Park man charged with Taliban weapons deal

    02/19/2011 1:13:45 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 20, 2011 | Sue Ter Maat and Erika Slife
    A 52-year-old Highland Park father is one of two U.S. citizens charged with agreeing to sell missiles and other weapons to the Taliban for their use against American troops in Afghanistan, according to a complaint unsealed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan last week. Oded Orbach, born in Israel, was among seven men arrested in an international sting operation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Paid informants posing as Taliban representatives conspired with the men to ship narcotics through West Africa — with a portion intended for the United States — and to use the proceeds to buy weapons for protecting Taliban-owned...

    04/23/2010 12:14:42 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 278+ views ^ | April 22, 2010, 6:32 pm | by Mike Levine
    SNIPPET: "In fact, Mower said, the pilot described it as "a serious security risk." Mower was unable to see the man who was taken off the plane, she said. " SNIPPET: "Two sources confirmed to Fox News that the man in question, a citizen of Gambia, had been added to the no-fly list while Flight 215 was in the air. The man had already been on the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment list, which is comprised of more than 500,000 people with even limited ties to known terrorists, one source said."
  • Genetic study clarifies African and African-American ancestry

    12/21/2009 12:41:48 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 20 replies · 1,735+ views
    University of Pennsylvania ^ | 21-Dec-2009 | Jordan Reese
    The University of PennsylvaniaSarah Tishkoff, professor in the departments of genetics and biology at University of Pennsylvania, is collecting samples in Africa. Collaboration by University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University PHILADELPHIA –- People who identify as African-American may be as little as 1 percent West African or as much as 99 percent, just one finding of a large-scale, genome-wide study of African and African-American ancestry released today. An international research team led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University has collected and analyzed genotype data from 365 African-Americans, 203 people from 12 West African populations and...
  • U.S. Charges 3 (West Africans) in Drug Case With Helping Al Qaeda

    12/18/2009 9:50:12 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies · 318+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 18, 2009 | William K. Rashbaum
    Federal prosecutors in Manhattan unsealed narcotics and terrorism charges on Friday against three West Africans they identified as associates of Al Qaeda and a related terrorist group. While the United States Drug Enforcement Administration has long maintained that Al Qaeda has been involved in drug trafficking, officials at the agency said the case represented the first time such charges had been brought against people linked with the group. The three men — identified as Oumar Issa, Harouna Touré and Idriss Abelrahman — were arrested on Wednesday in Ghana and flown to the United States on Thursday night, law enforcement officials...
  • U.S. Charges 3 in Drug Case With Helping Al Qaeda

    12/18/2009 11:07:32 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies · 490+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/17/09 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    Federal prosecutors in Manhattan unsealed narcotics and terrorism charges on Friday against three West Africans they identified as associates of Al Qaeda and a related terrorist group. While the United States Drug Enforcement Administration has long maintained that Al Qaeda has been involved in drug trafficking, officials at the agency said the case represented the first time such charges had been brought against people linked with the group. The three men — identified as Oumar Issa, Harouna Touré and Idriss Abelrahman — were arrested on Wednesday in Ghana and flown to the United States on Thursday night, law enforcement officials...
  • Venezuelan drugs Boeing crashed in Mali: UN

    11/18/2009 3:47:21 PM PST · by Flavius · 13 replies · 799+ views
    afp ^ | 11/16/09 | afp
    A Boeing plane that used to transport cocaine from Venezuela to West Africa crashed in northern Mali earlier this month after a failed take-off, the representative of the UN's regional office on drugs and crime said Monday.
  • PD: 4 Boys Lure Young Girl into Shed, Sexually Assault Her (Phoenix)

    07/22/2009 4:29:09 PM PDT · by HungarianGypsy · 95 replies · 2,879+ views
    ABC15 ^ | 22 July, 2009
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  • Coup in Guinea after president's death

    12/23/2008 4:16:40 AM PST · by blueplum · 12 replies · 457+ views
    AFP/Yahoo News UK ^ | Dec 23nd, '08 | Mouctar Bah
    Army officers seized power in Guinea on Tuesday hours after the death of president Lansana Conte, suspending the west African nation's constitution and summoning ministers to a military base. snip- "If the army coup is confirmed, it is a flagrant violation of the constitution and of African legality which absolutely forbids unconstitutional changes of government," said Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra.
  • Israelis in West Africa: We live in Hezbollah state

    08/06/2008 1:39:55 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 149+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 05/08/2008 | Ora Coren
    Israeli diamond merchants active in West Africa, responding to the report in Haaretz on Monday that defense officials are worried Hezbollah terrorists will target Israeli communities there, said the Lebanese movement enjoyed the strong support of locals. "The big problem for Israelis in West Africa is that there are countries whose diamond industry is controled by Lebanese locals, a majority of whom openly support Hezbollah," a source in the Israeli diamond business said Monday. "In effect, these are countries which are known as Hezbollah states," he added. Israeli companies that deal in diamonds, agriculture, communications and security operate mainly in...
  • Benin official offers apology for nation's role in slavery

    02/18/2004 7:08:44 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 410+ views
    Benin official offers apology for nation's role in slavery MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- An official of the Republic of Benin has offered an apology to students at a Mobile school for his country's participation in the slave trade. In 1859, Benin, on Africa's west coast, sold 116 slaves to a Mobile sailor aboard a ship called the Clotilde - the last slave ship to arrive in America. Slavery was still legal in the United States at that time, but importing slaves was not. Simon Pierre Adovelande apologized Tuesday to the students at the Mobile County Training School. Thirty of...
  • West African Archbishop responds to Maryland Bishop's Brush Off, Charges Racism

    04/25/2007 6:41:11 AM PDT · by Huber · 6 replies · 348+ views ^ | 4/24/07 | David W Virtue
    "Homosexuality in my context would constitute a scandal and undermine the mission of the Church in Africa," says Primate By David W. Virtue 4/24/2007 The Archbishop of West Africa, The Most Rev. Dr. Justice O. Akrofi, says that for him to have taken Holy Communion with Mrs. Katharine Jefferts Schori when the Primates met in Tanzania, would have constituted a scandal and undermined the mission of the Church in Africa. The African Primate was responding to the Rt. Rev. Robert Ihloff, Bishop of Maryland's rescinding of an invitation to preach during Holy Week in his diocese. Ihloff said that...
  • Dog's dinners prove popular in Nigeria

    03/06/2007 1:24:26 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 68 replies · 2,172+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, March 6, 2007 | Senan Murray
    Dogs are scarce in Abuja because many now eat dog meat openly The famous reverse news headline "Man bites dog!" is old news to some restaurants in Nigeria's capital, Abuja."Welcome to animal kingdom where man pikin dey show dog pepper," says Chibuzo Eze in Pidgin English, meaning: Welcome to place where the son of man is giving dogs a hard time. Mr Eze then hungrily gets back to tugging his chunk of dog meat. He is standing under a mango tree in "South Africa", the name of an open-air restaurant hidden behind the living quarters of a Western construction...
  • Mali relics recovered in France

    01/30/2007 1:55:42 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 30 replies · 759+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, January 20, 2007
    Some of the artefacts confiscated may be up to one million years old French customs officials say they have seized more than 650 ancient artefacts smuggled from Mali in one of the largest such finds at a Paris airport. Described as an "archaeological treasure", the objects were thought to be on their way to private US buyers. Experts say most of the items are from the Neolithic period, but some may be up to one million years old. The artefacts are thought to have been taken from archaeological sites on the edge of the Sahara desert. The 669 items...
  • Bird Flu Could Reach Americas in 6 Months

    03/09/2006 4:57:11 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 488+ views
    AP ^ | 03/09/06 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    Bird Flu Could Reach Americas in 6 Months By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 27 minutes ago The virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu could reach the Americas in six to 12 months or even sooner as infected wild birds migrate toward the Arctic and Alaska, the U.N. bird flu chief said. Migratory patterns will probably take birds carrying the virus from West Africa to the Arctic and Alaska this spring, Dr. David Nabarro said Wednesday. Some infected birds will then likely move south in the fall on a migratory route to the Americas. "I think it's...
  • Stalin's mutant ape army (Yes, it's what you think)

    12/19/2005 11:03:41 PM PST · by Stoat · 77 replies · 7,368+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | December 20, 2005 | JEROME STARKEY
    Stalin's mutant ape army Evil science ... Josef Stalin       By JEROME STARKEY SOVIET dictator Josef Stalin ordered his scientists to cross humans with APES to create an invincible breed of Red Army soldiers, secret documents show.  Archive papers say the Kremlin chief demanded his Planet of the Apes warriors be “resilient and resistant to hunger”.He said they should be of “immense strength but with an underdeveloped brain”. He also wanted them to work on railway construction.Labs and ape skeletons have been found in the Black Sea town of Suchumi in Georgia by workmen building a kids’ playground.It...
  • Firestone Lease an Issue in Liberian Election Campaign

    09/15/2005 7:29:19 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 1 replies · 227+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 14 Sept 2005 | Joe Bavier
    As new elections approach in Liberia, signaling the end of a two-year transition period, many in the war-crippled country have begun questioning the legitimacy of the interim government's business dealings. Among them is a new land lease with the United States-based Firestone rubber company, one of Liberia's most important foreign investors. A tanker truck barrels down a hill on its way to the main factory on Firestone's rubber plantation in Harbel, Liberia. Nearby, a work crew uses steaming asphalt to patch potholes in the road. The Harbel plantation has some of the only paved roads left in the country. Earlier...
  • Cholera Warning for West Africa

    09/02/2005 4:18:22 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 3 replies · 236+ views
    BBC ^ | 2 Sept 2005 | Staff
    A cholera epidemic is spreading rapidly across West Africa, killing nearly 500 people and infecting thousands of others, United Nations officials warn. The head of the UN humanitarian co-ordination office in the region said the outbreak needed a rapid response. "It's not business as usual. We have a crisis that needs immediate attention," said Herve Ludovic de Lys. With heavy rains across the region, cholera is likely to spread to Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, the UN warns. Guinea-Bissau is the worst hit country, with 9,047 infections and 172 deaths reported between June and August by the health authorities. The country...
  • Angry Sierra Leoneans jeer Sankoh's body; "Take his body to hell or give it to us, the crowd..."

    08/03/2003 5:53:44 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 9 replies · 300+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/03/03 | Reuters
    Angry Sierra Leoneans jeer Sankoh's body August 02, 2003, 09:27 PM Hundreds of angry Sierra Leoneans turned out in the capital Freetown today to jeer the body of former rebel leader Foday Sankoh, a man reviled for launching one of Africa's most horrific wars. "Take his body to hell or give it to us, the crowd, to burn his body to ashes," shouted Dowu Johnson, a woman in the crowd. The former warlord, who had been indicted for war crimes by a UN-backed court investigating atrocities during the West African nation's decade-long civil war, died in hospital on Tuesday. His...
  • Cholera Cases Increase in Guinea-Bissau

    08/13/2005 5:43:55 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 1 replies · 141+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 11 August 2005 | Gabi Menezes
    The World Health Organization (WHO) says a cholera outbreak in Guinea-Bissau has claimed more than 90 lives over the past month. More than 5,600 cases of cholera have been recorded in seven of Guinea-Bissau's nine provinces, and new cases are reported each day. A journalist in the capital, Bissau, Alain Mballow, says, the cholera outbreak was announced in July, but authorities took little notice of it because the country was caught up in elections. Cholera causes severe diarrhea, and if not treated, death from acute dehydration. Although the disease can be easily treated, Mr. Mballow says the stocks of cholera...
  • West Africa Is New Latin American Drug Hub

    07/28/2005 2:54:12 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 6 replies · 296+ views
    BBC ^ | 28 July 2005 | Staff
    Most of the drugs coming via West Africa are destined for Europe South American drug cartels have started to use West Africa as a hub for smuggling operations, UN experts say. The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in West and Central Africa told the BBC that some 40 tonnes of cocaine had recently been seized in the region. Antonio Mazzitelli said lax policing in some West African nations was the main attraction for traffickers. He said cartels mostly targeted Europe, but some drugs were being turned into crack for local consumption. "It is a trend that...
  • Is Senegal's "model democracy" tarnished? (Politics by Police)

    07/26/2005 4:46:40 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 1 replies · 168+ views
    BBC ^ | 25 July 2005 | Tidiane Sy
    <p>Idrissa Seck was seen as favourite to succeed President Wade Senegal's former Prime Minister Idrissa Seck has been charged with undermining state security in a case which raises many questions about the independence of the judiciary in what is seen as one of Africa's model democracies.</p>
  • A Whiff of Repression in Senegal

    07/19/2005 6:25:22 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 202+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 18 July 2005 | Joe Bavier
    Civil society groups in Senegal are denouncing the arrest of a former prime minister, accused of threatening the security of the state. The West African nation has long been seen as a model of democracy in a region of instability, but some now fear democratic values are being undermined by political infighting. Senegal's former prime minister, Idrissa Seck, was arrested Friday on suspicion of embezzling more than $45 million from a building project in the city of Thies, where he is the mayor. Mr. Seck has denied the charge. But the state prosecutor, Saturday, released a statement saying information had...
  • Little Has Changed For West Africa's Cocoa Slaves

    07/06/2005 8:56:37 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 2 replies · 3,118+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 4 July 2005 | Joe Bavier
    In 2001, two American congressmen set up legislation pushing for a cocoa certification program designed to protect the thousands of children working in the sector. Four-years later, little has changed for the working children of Ivory Coast. Joe Bavier visited a plantation near Agboville in southeast Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa exporter and has this report for VOA. At the end of a trail head leading through dense forest to a 30-hectare cocoa plantation, a half-dozen shirtless young men and adolescents take a break from work. During the July lull in the cocoa-growing season, they had been 'cleaning', hacking...
  • Food Riots Shake Guinea

    07/03/2005 12:09:34 PM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 9 replies · 326+ views
    News24 (South Africa) ^ | 3 July 2005 | Staff
    Conakry - Inhabitants of the Guinean capital Conakry were in shock on Sunday after two attacks on rice stocks, one of which involved overnight break-ins at the central food market. On Saturday, two trucks carrying a total of some 60 tons of rice were stopped by groups of young men in a southern suburb of Conakry and emptied of their contents, with the looters making off before police arrived. Several stores owned by traders in the central Madina market were then broken into and robbed in the early hours of Sunday, with the attackers taking away several tons of rice...
  • Bitterness, broken dreams for Benin's child slaves

    06/24/2005 7:05:01 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies · 514+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/24/05 | Paawana Abalo
    COTONOU, Benin (Reuters) - When she was 8, Rachelle Akawe's aunt sent her from Benin to work as a domestic servant in Niger. After 10 years, Akawe finally returned home, her childhood gone and her dreams in tatters. "I wanted to be a lawyer. Now at 26, I am learning to read and write," she said. "When you are a child slave, you do not have a choice ... you always feel abandoned ... you have no future. It stays with you for the rest of your life." Akawe's tale is unfortunately common in Benin, a tiny West African nation...
  • West Africa: Analysis: Quiet on terror's 'new front'

    05/14/2005 1:05:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 205+ views
    Washington, DC, May. 13 (UPI) -- Seven men alleged to be members of a militant Islamist group were charged earlier this week by a court in Mauritania for plotting acts of terror in a region that U.S. military officials have called the new front in the global war on terror. But as Washington decides whether it will beef up its counter-terrorism efforts in West Africa, some experts contend a heavy-handed strategy that that empowers authoritarian regimes could backfire.
  • Naval Insecurity

    04/14/2005 7:16:37 PM PDT · by zappermom · 25 replies · 1,234+ views
    Wed 13 Apr 2005 9:47am (UK) Naval Security Reviewed over Ship Intruder By Ben Mitchell, PA A review of security at a major UK naval base has been carried out after an alleged intruder was found on board a visiting US aircraft carrier, the Royal Navy said today. The alleged trespasser was discovered on board the USS Harry S Truman, anchored off Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hants, on Saturday night during a week-long visit to Portsmouth Naval Base. A navy spokesman said the man had allegedly passed through both Royal Navy security and US Navy security to get on board passenger...
  • Mauritianian ministers get 600% raise to fight corruption

    03/26/2005 9:37:24 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies · 187+ views
    AP ^ | March 25, 2005
    NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) -- Mauritania's Cabinet ministers have given themselves a 600 percent salary increase, a Finance Ministry official said Thursday. The reported reason: to tackle corruption in the impoverished West African country. Since March 1, the 26 ministers have been taking home the equivalent of US$3,333 instead of US$526 per month, a senior official said on condition of anonymity.
  • While Kofi Annan was ignoring Zimbabwe crisis, his son was building Harare's airport

    02/08/2005 11:08:20 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 16 replies · 699+ views
    CFP ^ | January 8, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    While United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan was patently ignoring a President Robert Mugabe oppressed Zimbabwe, his son, Kojo was making money building the Zimbabwean capitol’s airport. Mugabe runs the ZANU-PF, a regime that Condoleeza Rice labels an outpost of tyranny. Why Kojo Annan’s business activities in Zimbabwe have not surfaced in the ongoing probe of the Oil-For-Food Program should surely raise concern about both the integrity and sincerity of the investigation. It’s a global village as far as Kojo’s business agenda is concerned. First came West Africa where Annan’s youngest son was working for the Swiss-based Cotecna with ties...
  • Chirac's Mbeki Barb Baffles Foreign Affairs

    02/04/2005 5:58:37 PM PST · by Pikamax · 12 replies · 486+ views
    All Africa ^ | 02/04/05 | Hopewell Radebe
    Chirac's Mbeki Barb Baffles Foreign Affairs Business Day (Johannesburg) NEWS February 4, 2005 Posted to the web February 4, 2005 By Hopewell Radebe Johannesburg French President Jacques Chirac's criticism of President Thabo Mbeki's peace efforts in west Africa has unleashed a storm, as the foreign affairs department urgently sought clarity on his comments. Chirac's statement in Dakar, Senegal, in which he said Mbeki failed to understand the "psychology and soul" of west Africa, has also set off a diplomatic row. Chirac also claimed Mbeki had not achieved much in the region. Mbeki is the African Union-appointed mediator in the conflict...
  • Chinese quest for crude increases focus on Africa

    12/13/2004 5:39:34 PM PST · by ddtorque · 235+ views
    The scramble for Africa's oil and gas reserves continues. US, European and Asian companies have been flocking to the capitals of Algeria, Libya, Nigeria, Angola, Egypt and even Sudan in recent months. Yet the battle for energy resources on the African continent still appears to be in its early stages. Leading oil sector analysts have warned of growing conflict between Western and Asian countries as they seek to outbid each other for key hydrocarbon assets in Africa. These forecasts have been largely based on the expectation that China will become the major player in nontraditional oil and gas producing regions...
  • WSJ: The Bloody Coast -- The French have aa Iraq epiphany in West Africa (Ivory Coast).

    11/09/2004 5:47:21 AM PST · by OESY · 41 replies · 1,512+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 9, 2004 | Editorial
    ...Simmering tensions broke into the open Saturday when nine French peacekeeping soldiers were killed in an Ivorian government air raid. The French were enforcing a nearly two-year-old ceasefire between northern Muslim rebels and the Christian-dominated government in Abidjan, on the southern coast. President Laurent Gbagbo's spokesman called the bombing a "mistake," but it looked, and worked, like a tailor-made provocation. Paris had no choice but to retaliate so it attacked and destroyed the state's tiny air force. French troops "occupied," if we may use that word, the two biggest airports. As if on cue, Mr. Gbagbo's lieutenants incited anti-French sentiment...
  • China's New African Oil Ties Create Concerns

    09/29/2004 1:29:50 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 11 replies · 413+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 29 Sep 2004 | Nico Colombant
    China's need for oil has led it to West Africa's oil fields in the Gulf of Guinea, and to Central Africa, where oil production in several countries is also coming on line. Growing Chinese interest in the region has created a surge of oil-related investments, and has been welcomed by governments and some analysts. But it worries others. In China this month, Gabon's President Omar Bongo received military honors as he arrived for a state visit. Chinese President Hu Jintao said he hoped Mr. Bongo's ninth visit would be a success. Even though Mr. Bongo has been visiting China for...
  • The al-Qaeda/West African Diamond Connexion (with commentary)

    08/08/2004 11:19:01 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 8 replies · 326+ views
    The Baby Seal Club ^ | August 7, 2004 | Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
    "So even though everybody knew about this, the 9-11 Commission, in a single sentence, dismisses the al-Qaeda/West African diamonds link out of hand. The CIA went to some lengths to try and discredit this story, while at the same time the FBI was sending investigative teams to West Africa. The 9-11 Commission was relying on "intelligence documents" (which would, obviously, come largely from the CIA) which attempted to discredit the diamond link. Yet, available evidence existed and was well-documented which pointed to the diamond link and to the transfer of funds by known al-Qaeda operatives. All this smells of cover-up,...