Africa

SCORECARD

April 18 2013
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MONDAY’S GAMES AND FROLICS Boston Massacre 3 dead. Kabul, Afghanistan – 24 dead. Mogadishu, Somalia – 38 dead. Combined all-star team in Iraq – 61 dead, 271 wounded. The major leagues are tough and the Boston Marathon just doesn’t have what it takes to make the Big Time. However, our prayers and well-wishing thoughts go…

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Poaching Madness

March 4 2013
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Rhino horn fetches nearly $30,000 a pound, more than crack cocaine, and conservationists worry that this “ridiculous price,” as one wildlife manager put it, could drive rhinos into extinction. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/world/africa/ruthless-smuggling-rings-put-rhinos-in-the-cross-hairs.html?ref=ivory In an instant, an entire Chadian squad of rangers was cut down with alarming precision by elephant poachers who were skilled at killing more than…

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When The Left Hand Does Not Know What The Right Hand Is Doing

February 26 2013
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The Oscar Pistorius story has taken either a macabre or hilarious twist. You tell me. Hilton Botha, the chief investigator in the alleged murder of Reeva Steenkamp, the glamorous girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, is himself facing an attempted murder charge stemming from an incident in 2011. Apparently nobody informed the prosecutor in the Oscar case.…

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DESERT DRAMA – ISLAMISTS TAKE HOSTAGES IN ALGERIA

January 17 2013
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This article really puts all the nonsense about deficits, trade ceilings and other such garbage that dominate the TV news into perspective. ********************************** ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — In a desert standoff deep in the Sahara, the Algerian army ringed a natural gas complex where Islamist militants hunkered down with dozens of hostages Wednesday night after…

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Today’s Doings in Mali

January 14 2013
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“Little” Mali is probably a little less than the size of Alaska and Texas put together so it is no wonder that few Americans know where it is or care to know. But in Africa they do know, and they care. This report is an excerpt from today’s Al Jazeera. *********************** Rebels have grabbed more…

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MASSACRE AS A WAY OF LIFE

December 20 2012
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While people living in Goma and sheltering in nearby camps continue to live in fear of new clashes between an armed group called the M23 and loyalist forces, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is witnessing increased violence in Masisi, some 80 kilometers (48 miles) to the northwest. In this isolated area of North Kivu,…

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Downtown Gaza

November 20 2012
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also referred to as Congo-Kinshasa, is the eleventh largest country in the world by area (over 900,000 square miles) and the 19th largest by population with 71 million people. In 1998, 5.4 million people died in the deadliest conflict since WW II. It was once famously known as the…

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WORLD CORRUPTION AND DEMOCRACY

August 29 2012
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This is our most important post of 2012. A must read. Here is the link to a complete discussion. http://gendinsjournal.com/?p=6309

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 20 MINUTES

April 20 2012
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1. A WAVE of headline-grabbing assaults across Afghanistan has drawn attention back to the Haqqani network. The group, part crime family, part militant force, is the chief suspect in the assaults on April 15th in Kabul, Nangarhar, Logar and Paktia (see map). The network is led from the border region of North Waziristan in neighbouring…

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DETENTION IN SOUTH AFRICA

January 27 2012
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117 Days: An Account of Confinement and Interrogation Under the South African 90-Day Detention Law by Ruth First In prison you see only the moves of the enemy. Prison is the hardest place to fight a battle.’ 117 Days is Ruth First’s personal account of her detention under the iniquitous ’90-day’ law of 1963. There…

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TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI

August 18 2011
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As the Libyan civil war enters its seventh month, a tipping point leading to the eventual collapse of Muammar Qaddafi’s embattled regime looks near. On August 16th a NATO spokesman declared that the colonel no longer had “an effective operational capability”. [The rebels] took control of most of Zawiya, a strategically vital port that is…

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IT CAN’T GET MUCH WORSE, CAN IT?

July 23 2011
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No doubt that the attack in Oslo killing at least 91 persons is the shock story of the story but the news out of Somalia is, in some ways, even worse. The famine Somalia, and the Horn of Africa generally, is experiencing is growing and the statistics are so overwhelming that they are numbing. 11.5…

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LET GOD AND BARACK OBAMA SORT THEM OUT

June 18 2011
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The alleged purpose of UN Security Council resolution 1973, passed on 17 March, was to seek to protect Libyan civilians from violent attacks by both sides. It doesn’t work that way. It has rapidly mutated into an overt bid to destroy Gaddafi’s regime, specifically to murder Gaddafi, by missile or bombardment with land-based teams of…

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RWANDA VERSUS LIBYA/TWO TAKES

March 31 2011
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Here is Atlantic magazine’s take on the so-called genocide in Libya that is so driving Barack Obama to fury. Rwanda was genocide. Libya is a civil war. The Rwandan genocide was a premeditated, orchestrated campaign. The Libyan civil war is a sudden, unplanned outburst of fighting. The Rwandan genocide was targeted against an entire, clearly…

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…TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI

March 21 2011
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Why is Obama so intent upon killing Libyans? Enough of TV pap. Gendin will give you the LONG ANSWER. Why bother with pictures or a few words when an essay is always better? We [a euphemism for the U.S. government under the pretext that it is for, by, and of the people] began our campaign…

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A WESTERN PLOT?

January 16 2011
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You’d think that since 2 million people have died in the last 1/4 century in battle-torn Sudan and many more than that have been maimed and dislocated, that any plan to end the madness would be welcome. But not if you are a member of the Muslim Brotherhood which views the forthcoming referendum of Sudanese…

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

January 3 2011
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As the tired old chestnut goes, this is the first year of the rest of your life. And, if you can enjoy it, you are a certifiable lunatic, utterly concentrated on your own good fortune and completely indifferent to the rest of the world. If you wish, I will send you a certificate suitable for…

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PRESIDENT OR GANGSTER?

September 1 2010
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A court in Madagascar’s capital, Antanarivo, has sentenced former president Marc Ravalomanana and two officers to life imprisonment with hard labour for the part they played in the deaths of about 30 protesters before he was forced from office in 2009. Ravalomanana, who has lived in exile in South Africa since being deposed by the…

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ALGERIA: ISLAMIC MILITANTS EXECUTE HOSTAGE IN SAHARA

August 31 2010
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AllAfrica.com………….. Always the sweethearts, al Qaeda has done it again. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) militants have executed an Algerian customs officer held hostage since June in the Sahara, following an attack that claimed the lives of 11 Algerian police officers at the border between Mali and Algeria. Algiers refuses to negotiate with groups…

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WHO’S RICH, WHO’S NOT

July 21 2010
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Only about 12% of all African trade is with other African nations. No surprise there. Most of these countries have nothing to trade. South Africa and Nigeria. between them have more GDP than all the other sub-Saharan nations combined. Here are the dismal stats. Read ‘em and weep. GDP in billions. Just the top 3…

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ANGRY IN ZIMBABWE

July 5 2010
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allafrica.com Nqobile Bhebhe – 1 July 2010 A PLANNED US$100 million coal mining project in Gwayi is threatening surrounding wildlife conservancies as well as raising fears it will pollute the Gwayi-Shangani dam, which is viewed as Bulawayo’s solution to water problems. Liberation Mine, a joint venture firm between Zimbabwean and South African investors, was granted…

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DON’T MESS WITH THE RUSSIANS IF YOU ARE A PIRATE

May 25 2010
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This report just in from a U.S. Army colonel. Subject: Russian Navy captures Somalian pirates. http://true-turtle.livejournal.com/85315.html This is part of the videotape showing the Russian Navy commandos on the Somalian pirate ship. You may remember that the pirates captured a Russian oil tanker. The EuroUnion navy that patrols these waters could not interfere because there…

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SOME UGANDANS ARE FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT

May 25 2010
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This just in a few minutes ago from my favorite African correspondent – OMAR KALINGE. THIS IS THE AGENDA FOR POLITICAL CHANGE IN UGANDA Issued by the IPC Volunteer Corps, Uganda Forward (email) this message to as many Ugandans and friends of Uganda as possible. Print out, photocopy and distribute widely. Make enlarged copies and…

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GREAT NEWS FOR AFRICA, SOUTH AMERICA AND SOUTH EAST ASIA

April 25 2010
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On Friday, I got my usual weekly bulletin from the Vanguard group of mutual funds. “The week’s economic news suggests increasingly blue skies ahead for the U.S. economy. Skies also turned friendlier in Europe.” For the week ended April 23, the S&P 500 Index rose 2.1% to 1,217 (for a year-to-date total return of about…

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