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Dec 07 06:47

Where Is Biden In The Global War On Omicron?

Hopes were high back in June, when the World Health Organization (WHO) helped establish an mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub in South Africa. The first of its kind in the region, the hub was meant to scale up production of the COVID-19 vaccine — specifically the Moderna vaccine — by sharing production information and technology with manufacturers in the region, which is the least vaccinated in the world.

Five months later, the transfer hub is still unable to access vaccine technology, since neither Pfizer-BioNtech nor Moderna have shared their intellectual property. Negotiations on the matterhave stalled. In the meantime, Omicron, a new strain of COVID-19, was first identified in the country, where just fifteen percent of people were vaccinated as of last month. Omicron is now spreading internationally and has been labeled a “variant of concern” by the WHO over its high transmissibility and potential virulence, prompting widespread travel bans and fears of renewed lockdowns.

Dec 06 06:54

Oromo Front advances towards Addis Ababa

The Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) announced on Saturday its advancing towards the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, while the Ethiopian authorities decided to close all secondary schools.

The Oromo Army had coordinated with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to overthrow Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and to form a transitional government.

The Commander of TPLF said that his forces are preparing for a “major attack that will end the battle with the government forces led by Abiy Ahmed.”

“We have not withdrawn, and our plan now is to shorten the time to prevent the suffering of the Ethiopians from worsening,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopian authorities decided to close all secondary schools, so that students could participate in harvesting crops, instead of being on the battlefront in the civil war, according to state media.

Dec 04 08:45

NSO spyware said used to hack phones of State Department officials working in Uganda

Israeli spyware firm NSO Group’s software was reportedly used by an unknown assailant to hack the cell phones of at least nine United States State Department employees, in what — if confirmed — would be the first time the embattled company’s technology was used to target American officials.

The hack targeted State Department workers in Uganda or those specializing in the East African country, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.

All of the American staff targeted were using iPhones. Last week, Apple announced that it was suing the NSO Group for targeting the users of its devices, saying the firm at the center of the Pegasus surveillance scandal needs to be held accountable.

Dec 03 06:46

South Africa plunged into darkness by rampant theft at power utility

Two black ESKOM employees and their accomplices contracted by the South African power utility, were arrested last week and charged with fraud, theft and corruption in connection with hundreds of millions worth of goods that were stolen. The goods and services paid for by the power utility were not delivered nor rendered at the country's Tutuka Power Station.

Dec 02 12:34

Greece plans to send troops to the Sahel

In a recent statement, the Greek government confirmed Athens’ interest in sending troops to cooperate with the French armed forces in the African Sahel. The project is still under consideration but tends to be approved due to the strong pressure that Greece receives from Paris to “compensate” French efforts to protect Greek territorial integrity in tensions with Turkey. The move sounds truly anti-strategic for Greece, considering that the country will have enemies it previously did not have and will enter conflicts that have nothing to do with Greek geopolitical interests.

Dec 02 07:21

Tucker Carlson Tonight 12/1/21 FULL | BREAKING FOX NEWS December 1, 2021

Dec 01 08:07

WHO GAINS FROM ETHIOPIA TIGRAY WAR?

If you want to know who is likely to be at war, just look at who is given the Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian (NATO) Parliament. Obama got it just days into office before he escalated the war in Afghanistan. Henry Kissinger got it in the 1970’S. And two years ago the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed got the prize for making “peace” with Eritrea. Within a year, the much-praised peace deal between Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s dictator, President Isaias Afwerki, the two had united to wage war against the Ethiopian Tigray people in the province bordering Eritrea. The alliance of the two was clearly about eliminating the powerful formerly-ruling Tigray minority. Who now stands to gain in the growing debacle ?

Dec 01 08:00

BACKED BY AFRICOM, CORPORATIONS PLUNDER DR CONGO FOR “CLIMATE-FRIENDLY” MATERIALS AND BLAME CHINA

Cobalt, a key metallic element used in lithium batteries and other “green” technology, is sourced from slave labor in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the West points the finger at China, the US Africa Command is indirectly policing mining operations that profit US corporations.

Ever since Belgium’s King Leopold II (1835-1909) established the Congo Free State in 1885, international powers have exploited the region’s vast resources. Leading a regime that went on to kill an estimated eight million people to plunder their gold, ivory, and rubber, Leopold reportedly described Congo as “a magnificent African cake.”

Dec 01 07:12

Moroccan forces violently disperse pro-Palestine protests

Moroccan forces dispersed thousands of pro-Palestine protesters in 36 cities across the kingdom for demonstrating against normalisation with Israel, following last week's visit to Rabat by Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz.

Security forces on Monday evening violently dispersed pro-Palestine solidarity marches in the capital city called by the Moroccan Front in Support of Palestine and Against Normalisation in front of the Parliament headquarters.

The protests also marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Protesters continued to protest and chant slogans in solidarity with Palestine despite the violence.

Nov 30 12:01

Biden sending 1,000 Nat’l Guard troops to Africa

President Joe Biden is sending 1,000 Virginia and Kentucky National Guard troops to the horn of Africa, the services announced on Saturday. The deployment marks the largest single-unit mobilization of Virginia’s National Guard since World War II.

According to the Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office, 800 Virginia and 200 Kentucky Guardsmen were transported to Fort Bliss, Texas, for roughly one month of pre-deployment training, marking the start of their federal active duty status. The troops will be deployed to “unspecified countries” in Africa early next year.

Nov 30 11:14

Washington calls for ‘urgent negotiations’ on Ethiopia conflict

The United States (US) has called on Ethiopia to hold “urgent negotiations”, expressing “grave concern” over the country’s military escalation.

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Secretary Anthony Blinken expressed grave concern about the indications of a worrying military escalation in Ethiopia and stressed the need for urgent action for negotiations.

Washington warned the government of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, that there was “no military solution” to the conflict in Ethiopia and that diplomacy was the “only option” to stop the country’s civil war.

This comes at a time when the diplomatic efforts of the international community for a ceasefire between government forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Ethiopia has accused the United States of spreading “misinformation” about the country’s security situation, warning it could hurt bilateral relations.

Nov 30 07:44

Backed by AFRICOM, corporations plunder DR Congo for “climate-friendly” materials and blame China

Cobalt, a key metallic element used in lithium batteries and other “green” technology, is sourced from slave labor in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the West points the finger at China, the US Africa Command is indirectly policing mining operations that profit US corporations.

Ever since Belgium’s King Leopold II (1835-1909) established the Congo Free State in 1885, international powers have exploited the region’s vast resources. Leading a regime that went on to kill an estimated eight million people to plunder their gold, ivory, and rubber, Leopold reportedly described Congo as “a magnificent African cake.”

Nov 29 07:53

South African doctor who discovered Omicron variant says there's nothing to worry about, only has very mild symptoms.

Nov 29 06:29

OMICRON VARIANT DETECTED IN FOUR FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE

Botswana government releases public statement on new mutant strain.

Nov 28 07:00

Sudanese Army Repels Attack by Ethiopian Troops With Casualties on Both Sides

The Sudanese Armed Forces say an attack by Ethiopian soldiers and armed groups was repelled on Saturday in the border area between the two countries.

According to a statement from the Sudanese military, obtained by Sputnik, the attempted incursion by Ethiopian forces and allied militia led to casualties on both sides.

The Sudan Tribune reported on Saturday that the Sudanese army had repelled an attempt by the Ethiopian troops and the Amhara militia to push deep into Sudan, as part of an operation against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

Earlier this month, the Ethiopian parliament declared a six-month state of emergency throughout the country to protect the population from the TPLF rebels who are advancing toward the country's capital Addis Ababa despite a ceasefire agreement signed this spring.

Nov 27 09:46

Ethiopia Warns US: Stop "Spreading False Info" About War

On Thursday, Ethiopia warned the US against "spreading false information" after the US Embassy in Addis Ababa warned of a potential terrorist attack in the city and urged Americans to leave.

Ethiopian government spokesman Kebede Desisa said there was no terror threat to the capital and accused the US of supporting the forces from the northern Tigray region, known as the Tigray’s People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Nov 27 09:36

Ethiopia: The West’s Diplomats Meet in Secret to Decide How to Help the TPLF

The West’s Horn of Africa experts have been meeting with a TPLF leader and TPLF/OLF supporters in secret, even as its governments claim to be impartial — TPLF’s Berhane Gebre-Christos speaks as TPLF member, proposed head of “transitional government” (limo/Uber drivers) and Washington-based Ethio-American diaspora.

Donald Yamamoto, recently the U.S. Ambassador to Somalia who just retired this year, to TPLF official Berhane Gebre-Christos:

“Abiy is not listening… Obasanjo has not been extraordinary helpful or very active, and so are there any other opportunities that you see?”

Vicki Huddleston, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs and US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa to Berhane Gebre-Christos:

“I couldn’t agree more that you know, Abiy should step down, there should be an all-inclusive transition government.”

Nov 26 07:51

The US Is Dangerously Flirting with the Afghan Scenario in Ethiopia

Ethiopia might suspect that the US has ulterior motives in threatening an uninvited military intervention into the country on the pretext of evacuating its citizens who thus far don’t even want to leave because they still feel safe in the capital.

CNN reported on Tuesday that “The US military has positioned US special operations forces in Djibouti to be ready to provide assistance to the US Embassy in Ethiopia if the situation worsens, according to one military official and two sources familiar with the movements.” This comes after US State Department spokesman Ned Price denied last week that an Afghan-like evacuation was being considered despite not being prompted to compare the two. Associated Press reported Matt Lee then challenged Price as to why he’d even bring that up, which resulted in a tense exchange between them.

Nov 25 09:52

With Low Vaccination Rates, Africa's COVID Deaths Remain Far Below Europe & US

Since the very beginning of the covid panic, the narrative has been this: implement severe lockdowns or your population will experience a bloodbath.

Morgues will be overwhelmed, the death total toll will be astounding. On the other hand, we were assured those jurisdictions that do lock down would see only a fraction of the death toll.

Then, once vaccines became available, the narrative was modified to:

"Get shots in arms and then covid will stop spreading. Those countries without vaccines, on the other hand, will continue to face mass casualties."

The lockdown narrative, of course, has already been thoroughly overturned.

Jurisdictions that did not lock down or adopted only weak and short lockdowns ended up with covid death tolls that were either similar to—or even better than—death tolls in countries that adopted draconian lockdowns. Lockdown advocates said locked-down countries would be overwhelmingly better off. These people were clearly wrong.

Nov 24 08:54

Austria Freak Out: Lockdown EVERYTHING! Meanwhile 'Unvaccinated' Africa Still Not Impacted

Just a day after announcing that the unvaccinated would lose all basic human rights, the Austrian government took it a stage further and ruled that the entire country would lose its basic human rights.

Back to a nationwide lockdown to control a covid outbreak that was not controlled last time by a nationwide lockdown. Make sense? Also...as the AP reports, experts are "baffled" that in unvaccinated Africa, where there have been no lockdowns, there are very few covid cases and deaths are a tiny fraction of those in Europe and the US per capita. Watch the latest Ron Paul Liberty Report...

Nov 23 08:24

Shocking Conclusions from Africa Study Expose Why Big Pharma’s Puppets are Suppressing Ivermectin Data

Joe Rogan, Kirstie Alley, and a handful of other celebrities have brought out the anti-Ivermectin wolves in America. Mainstream media is in full attack-mode. Big Tech is censoring posts to the point that people are coming up with creative ways to indicate they’re even talking about Ivermectin so as not to trigger the filters. The CDC claimed the drug was for horses only, neglecting to remove their own recommendations for people to take Ivermectin for other issues.

If the CDC is recommending what they deemed to be a “horse dewormer” to people traveling from Africa, does that mean the CDC is racist?

Nov 22 07:44

The War Nerd: The Tigray-Ethiopia War

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Yves here. So many simmering and hot conflicts, and so little time to make sense of them. So thank the War Nerd, Gary Brecher, and Mark Ames for letting us have first dibs on an update of an September post, when the media started kinda-sorta paying attention to the Tigray-Ethiopia conflict.

Nov 22 07:29

AU, Burkinabe government remain mute as French soldiers shot and injured protesters in Kaya

French Troops reportedly shot into a human blockage in the city of Kaya – Burkina Faso in attempts to disperse the crowd and pass through to Niger. According to the locals, the warning shots ended up hitting several protestors who are currently receiving treatment.

Speaking to reporters, an indigene of Kaya identified as Mahamadi Sawadogo said, “today they shot at us with heavy weapons. They first shot in the air and after they shot and wounded people. Is that normal?” He added that, “you (the French Troops) are in our country, even though you colonized Africans there are things you must not do.”

For about three continuous days now, the youth of Kaya who hold the view that, French soldiers are providing support in terms of armory to the jihadist which they are supposed to help fight have stood firm to prevent a French military convoy from passing through the town to Niger.

Nov 19 06:51

US warns pilots of possible ‘surface-to-air fire’ in Ethiopia

The United States has warned pilots that planes operating out of Ethiopia’s main international airport – one of busiest in Africa – could be “directly or indirectly exposed to ground weapons fire and/or surface-to-air fire” if the country’s spiralling conflict nears the capital, Addis Ababa.

A Federal Aviation Administration advisory cited the “ongoing clashes” between Ethiopian forces and fighters from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), in the warning to pilots operating from the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

Nov 18 07:54

They were painted as rogue Green Berets. This is the truth the Pentagon doesn’t want you to hear

In the early afternoon of Oct. 4, 2017, a team of U.S. and Nigerien partner forces were pinned down by an overwhelming enemy force in Tongo Tongo, Niger — stuck without backup or the possibility of medical evacuation. Four Americans were killed. The cover-up began almost immediately.

That’s the finding of a new documentary from ABC News on Hulu, “3212: UN-REDACTED,” which closely chronicled attempts by senior military officials to cover up what really happened that day, and to protect higher-ranking officers who were at fault.

Nov 16 08:06

Djibouti will 'not allow US to attack Ethiopia' from bases on its soil

Djibouti will not allow the United States to attack Ethiopia from inside its territory, the East African country's foreign minister asserted on Sunday evening.

Djibouti Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf tweeted that the US will not be allowed to strike Ethiopia from its military bases inside the country, following reports that Washington was considering using one of its bases there to strike targets in Ethiopia.

"Gen. William Zana the Com.of the camp Lemonier gave an interview to the BBC explaining how the American forces in Djibouti were carrying out a mission of fighting terrorism and the protection of their nationals in the unlikely event of evacuation", he tweeted.

Nov 10 12:02

Zimbabwe Govt Considers Adopting Bitcoin As Legal Tender

The government of Zimbabwe is reportedly considering adopting Bitcoin as legal a payment service, according to a local news outlet.

Nov 10 09:32

Ethiopia ‘descending into widening civil war’: UN

UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo has said the risk of Ethiopia “descending into widening civil war is only too real”, adding that the political repercussions of “intensifying violence in the wider region would be immense, compounding the many crises besetting the Horn of Africa”.

Addressing the Security Council on Monday, the UN under-secretary-general for political and peacebuilding affairs said, despite much speculation on how the Ethiopian crisis will unfold in the coming weeks, “in a country of over 110 million people, over 90 different ethnic groups and 80 languages, no one can predict what continued fighting and insecurity will bring”.

Nov 08 10:29

US embassy in Addis Ababa urges citizens to leave Ethiopia

The US embassy in Addis Ababa advised all US citizens who are in Ethiopia to leave the country as soon as possible.

The embassy said in a Friday Security Alert that “The security environment in Ethiopia is very fluid.”

This comes as a coalition of anti-government factions threatened to enter the Ethiopian capital.

“US citizens wishing to depart Ethiopia, currently have multiple options via commercial flights from Bole International Airport,” the embassy added.

“For there to be peace in Ethiopia, this [Abiy Ahmed] regime must be removed and an inclusive transitional government must be put in place,” an Oromo group allied with Tigrayan fighters told Daily News Egypt early Friday.

His statements came as US special envoy Jeffrey Feltman was in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa meeting with several senior lawmakers in a bid to reach an immediate ceasefire.

Nov 04 06:21

Washington is not telling the truth about US troops in Somalia

“There are other parts of the world — Somalia, Libya, Yemen — where we don’t have a presence on the ground,” said White House spokesperson Jen Psaki late this summer.

That was patently false. But it fits a pattern.

The U.S. first dispatched commandos to Somalia shortly after 9/11 and has been conducting air strikes in the country since 2007. Journalists and human rights organizations have documented scores of civilian victims of these attacks. In 254 declared U.S. actions in Somalia, the UK-based air strike monitoring group Airwars, for example, estimates that as many as 143 civilians have been killed. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) puts the number at five.

Nov 04 06:15

Deadly clashes in DRC’s Bukavu after gunmen launch overnight raid

Unidentified attackers have launched an overnight raid in Bukavu, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), sparking deadly clashes that continued until the morning.

South Kivu Governor Theo Ngwabidje Kasi told reporters on Wednesday that six attackers, two police officers and a soldier were killed in the gun battles.

Gunfire was heard in several areas of the city from about 1:45am (23:45 GMT on Tuesday), but the fighting appeared to have stopped by the afternoon, according to media reports.

“The situation is under control,” Kasi said, adding that an investigation was under way to identify the attackers, who had targeted several police stations.

Nov 03 06:34

Ethiopia declares nationwide state of emergency

Ethiopia’s cabinet has declared a nationwide state of emergency effective immediately and authorities in Addis Ababa told citizens to prepare to defend the capital, as fighters from the northern region of Tigray threatened to march towards the city.

“The state of emergency is aimed to protect civilians from atrocities being committed by the terrorist TPLF group in several parts of the country,” state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting reported on Tuesday, referring to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which has been fighting the federal government for a year.

The six-month state of emergency allows, among other things, for roadblocks to be established, transport services to be disrupted, curfews to be imposed and for the military to take over in certain areas. Anyone suspected of having links with “terrorist” groups could also be detained without a court warrant, while any citizen who has reached the age of military service could be called to fight.

Nov 01 06:14

Sudanese Leader Confirms Commitment to Deal on Russian Military Base Construction

Sudan is committed to its obligations regarding the construction of a Russian naval base in the country and will implement the agreement, armed forces commander-in-chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in an interview with Sputnik.

"The creation of this base is part of an existing agreement. We keep regularly discussing the matter, and there are some faults that have to be remedied. We are committed to international agreements and will continue to implement them to the end," al-Burhan said.
The Sudanese leader also praised the "long-standing and continuous" military cooperation with Russia.

"We will fully support this, as Russia is always honest in its relations with us and strives to boost cooperation and develop the Sudanese armed forces," al-Burhan concluded.

Oct 31 07:30

Ethiopia’s strategic town of Dessie ‘captured’ by rebel forces

Tigrayan forces said they captured the strategic town of Dessie in Amhara region that borders Tigray, according to a rebel spokesman and residents.

An Ethiopia government spokesperson, however, denied Tigrayan fighters seized Dessie, saying the town was still under government control.

Residents told AFP news agency that government troops retreated on Saturday following heavy fighting and power outages in parts of the town.

“At around 2am [23:00 GMT] Friday, Ethiopian soldiers began retreating from the area,” Amir, a Dessie resident who declined to give his second name, said.

Another resident said Tigrayan rebels “entered the city with ENDF [Ethiopian National Defense Force] soldiers not seen” anywhere in the city.

Oct 31 06:21

Protests in Sudan escalate amid reports of victims, videos claim to show military opening fire

At least two protesters have reportedly been killed as the Sudanese military opened fire to disperse massive crowds that flooded the streets of Khartoum and Sudan’s other major cities on Saturday to protest a military takeover.

The protesters filled the streets of Khartoum waving Sudan’s national flags as they demanded the restoration of a civilian-led government. Massive turnout was also seen on the streets of some other major Sudanese cities, including Omdurman.

“We will not be ruled by the military. That is the message we will convey,” activist Tahani Abbas told Al Jazeera ahead of the protest. A protester, identified only as Mohamed, said that the army should hand the leadership back to Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. “Our demand is a civilian country, a democratic country, nothing less than that,” he added.

Oct 30 05:50

Biden demands civilian-led government ‘must be restored’ in Sudan

US President Joe Biden on Thursday demanded that Sudan’s military immediately restore the nation to civilian rule, joining European and UN calls for an end to violence against peaceful demonstrators and the release of detainees.

“Our message to Sudan’s military authorities is overwhelming and clear: the Sudanese people must be allowed to protest peacefully and the civilian-led transitional government must be restored,” Biden said in a statement.

The American president described the events of recent days as “a grave setback” for Sudan, referring to the military coup which plunged the poverty-stricken African country into chaos.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PressTV reports that US meddling in Sudan led to the coup. So, after the disaster in Afghanistan, what is Biden actually thinking he can do in Sudan?

Oct 28 05:59

The Sudan crisis lays bare the stakes of US-China competition in Africa... and doesn’t augur well for Washington

The military takeover in Khartoum seems likely to be the death knell for America’s plan to bring the war-ravaged nation back into the West’s orbit. African nations know who their most reliable partner is, and it’s Beijing.

Sudan is a country in turmoil, yet again. Following a coup by the country's military against the provisional government, which had pledged to establish a democracy in the African nation following the collapse of Omar al-Bashir's autocratic rule in 2019, violent protests have rocked Khartoum and seen at least seven people killed. The US, among others, has opposed the overthrow, demanding a restoration of the country's constitutional government.

The return of the military to power is, to say the least, a hammer blow to Washington, which under Trump courted the Sudanese transitional government and made a diplomatic breakthrough, removing the country from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list and normalizing its relationship with Israel.

Oct 27 06:33

‘Kill them all, don’t spare anyone’: A massacre in Burkina Faso

Lying concealed atop his bus while watching armed men murder people below, the only thought that brought Abdoulaye Diallo some comfort was the hope that if he died on a Friday, a holy day in Islam, he would go to heaven.

“I knew I’d be killed…[but] if I died on a Friday my paradise was guaranteed,” Diallo tells Al Jazeera, sitting in Dori, Burkina Faso, a town in the country’s Sahel region to which he fled. “So, I recited some Quranic verses while on top of the bus awaiting my death.”

The 28-year-old bus driver’s assistant was spending that June night in Solhan, a regular stop along his weekly transport route, when the attackers burst into the car park where he was sleeping and began executing people.

They then hijacked the bus he was on and drove it through the town while he lay hidden on top, before setting it alight. Diallo narrowly escaped, with the gunmen firing after him as he fled.

Oct 27 06:32

Sudan’s military says it seized power to prevent ‘civil war’

Sudan’s armed forces chief has defended the military’s seizure of power, saying he had dissolved the government to avoid civil war, while protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the takeover after a day of deadly clashes.

Speaking at his first news conference since announcing the takeover, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said on Tuesday that the army had no choice but to sideline politicians who were inciting against the armed forces.

Oct 27 05:50

How the US enabled Ethiopia’s bloodletting, training its military while playing innocent observer

The Biden administration has sanctioned Eritrea and Ethiopia for alleged crimes against the Tigray people. But over the last three decades, successive US governments trained and modernized Ethiopia’s military under the cover of “peacekeeping” operations.
The World Food Program recently reported that 7 million Ethiopians across three northern states—Afar, Amhara, and Tigray—risk starvation: more than 5 million of whom are in Tigray; a region that borders Eritrea and consists of seven million Ethiopians. The governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea are united against the potentially secessionist Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front. As usual in war, ordinary civilians pay the price.

Oct 27 05:33

Report: Sudan Coup Leader Informed US of Plan to Seize Power

According to a report from Axios, Sudan’s new leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who seized power Monday, told the US of the military’s plans to take control of the government a day before the coup.

Jeffrey Feltman, the US special envoy for the Horn of Africa, met with al-Burhan on Sunday, and the Sudanese general said the military might take control of the government from former Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok.

On Monday, Feltman met with both al-Burahn and Hamdock to discuss tensions between Sudan’s civilian leadership and the military. Just hours after the meeting, the military seized power.

In response to the coup, the US has condemned the move and suspended $700 million in financial aid for Sudan. Last year, the US agreed to provide assistance to Sudan after the Trump administration removed Sudan from the state sponsor of terrorism list.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the time, the US corporate media claimed the pharmaceutical factory was a biological weapons lab!

Oct 26 13:23

US created the atmosphere in Sudan for military coup: Journalist

The United States created the political atmosphere in the Republic of Sudan that to the military coup in the African country, according to African American journalist Abayomi Azikiwe.

Azikiwe, editor at the Pan-African News Wire, warned in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday that there is no solution to the African crisis as along as imperialist countries continue to interfere in the internal affairs of these countries.

The United States on Monday expressed “alarm” over the coup in Sudan that happened shortly after Washington’s special envoy for the Horn of Africa landed in the country.

The Biden administration claimed that US Special Envoy Jeffrey Feltman was in Sudan to encourage cooperation between civilian and military leaders of Khartoum’s transitional government.

Oct 26 10:26

Sudan coup: US condemns military takeover as protests rage into second day

The United States has “strongly” condemned the leaders of Sudan’s military coup as the United Nations planned an emergency meeting on the crisis and protests entered a second day.

After clashes between pro-democracy protesters and security forces left at least seven people dead on Monday, demonstrators took to the streets of the capital Khartoum again on Tuesday morning chanting “Returning to the past is not an option”.

The protesters found support from US secretary of state Antony Blinken, who called for the immediate return to civilian rule and the release of the detained prime minister.

“The United States strongly condemns the actions of the Sudanese military forces,” he said in a statement late on Monday, as he expressed grave concern about reports that security forces used live ammunition against protesters.

Oct 26 07:02

Somalia Death Toll in Fighting Between Army and Former Allied Group Rises to 120

Fighting in Somalia's Galmudug state between the Somali army and its former ally, the Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a militia, has killed 120 people over the past three days, a senior ASWJ official said on Monday.

Analysts and residents have expressed fears that the fighting is derailing the former allies from their common effort to defeat the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency.

"At least 120 people died and 600 were injured from both sides," Hassan Yare from ASWJ told Reuters on Monday, adding his group intended to fight until their "last man died."

Ahmed Shire Falagle, Galmudug state's information minister said 16 government soldiers were killed and 45 injured during the three days of fighting. He did not know how many casualties the other side had suffered, but said the armed group had been cornered and government forces hoped to "finish them in the coming hours."

Oct 25 06:09

Sudanese PM, Cabinet Arrested, Internet Curtailed In Apparent Military Coup

Following weeks of rising tensions between civilian and military members of a state council attempting to guide Sudan to Democracy two years after the fall of longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese military has decided to end Sudan's Democratic experiment - arresting the prime minister and a large number of senior cabinet members and pro-grovernment party leaders, and shutting off the Internet - with a coup, per reports from Reuters and the AP.

In response, thousands of Sudanese citizens have taken to the streets in Khartou and its twin city of Omdurman to protest the military's decision to seize power from a fragile government that had only just barely made the transition to civilian rule. The coup is hardly a surprise for the US and EU; a failed coup attempt last month infuriated progressive Sudanese who pushed for the overthrow of al-Bashir, while the country's more conservative Islamists support a military-led government.

Oct 19 07:00

Israel, Morocco seal agreement on hydrocarbon exploration in Dakhla

The Moroccan National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM) and the Israeli Company Ratio Petroleum have just signed an agreement on the exploration of the Atlantic block of the occupied city of Dakhla, in violation of international law.

Oct 15 05:26

Watch out, Africa! The clown who messed up Britain’s Covid response can now wreck an entire continent’s health

The parachuting of former UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock into a United Nations role to aid Africa’s post-Covid recovery defies belief. It’s a tone-deaf appointment that rewards incompetence and smacks of colonialism.

Hancock has been appointed by the UN as its “Special Representative on Financial Innovation and Climate Change for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.” It’s a bit of a mouthful, but one of the main aspects of his new role will be overseeing Africa’s economic recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic.

When appointed to the role, Hancock was praised by the UN’s under-secretary general, Vera Songwe, for his “global leadership, advocacy reach and in-depth understanding of government processes through… various ministerial cabinet roles.” She also congratulated him on his “success” in tackling the virus.

Oct 13 08:06

US Considering ‘Full Range of Tools’ to Respond to Ethiopia Fighting

The US is considering a “full range of tools” to use in response to reports of Ethiopia’s government launching an offensive against forces from the northern Tigray region, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Tuesday.

“We are considering the full range of tools at our disposal to address the worsening crisis in northern Ethiopia, including potentially the use of targeted economic sanctions,” Price told reporters.

The Biden administration has already issued sanctions against Ethiopian and Eritrean officials over the fighting, sparking protests in Ethiopia against Western intervention. In September, President Biden signed an executive order authorizing potential sanctions against Ethiopia, Eritrea, and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the ruling party of Tigray.

Oct 09 10:59

Kenyan Government’s Use of Surveillance Technologies to Tackle COVID-19 Raises Human Rights oncerns

By Cecilia Maundu

In August this year, misconfigured power apps from Microsoft led more than a thousand web apps to mistakenly expose 38 million records on the open internet, including data from a number of COVID-19 contact tracing platforms, vaccination sign-ups, job application portals, and employee databases. Many people’s phone numbers and COVID-19 vaccination status were visible due to the leak.

This recent sensitive information exposure comes months after a joint report by Article 19, Kickanet and Pollicy revealed that in an effort to curb COVID-19, the Kenyan government used various contact tracing apps, digital surveillance technologies, and biometric technologies to track and trace citizens without regard for due process. The report further confirms that despite the heavy use of these technologies, there was limited impact or effectiveness in curbing the spread of the virus...

Oct 05 06:06

SOUTH AFRICA'S HIGHEST COURT SET TO FREE THE CONTINENT FROM THE NEW WORLD ORDER & THE CENTRAL BANK

Oct 04 07:53

Will South African Courts Lead The World Out of The Covid-Banking Plandemic?

The peoples of South Africa are well-versed in segregated societies and terrible injustices. Will the courts of South Africa lead us out of plandemic predicament?

Ricardo Maarman and 8,000 People of South Africa seek a ruling to hold their President and Parliament liable for the damages inflicted by the Globalist’s Covid-Crime Against Humanity, but they are also seeking a ruling that will liquidate their Central Bank in order to pay damages suffered by the People.

Ricardo Maarman is the principal applicant and holds a BA Degree in Politics/Philosophy and Economics and an MA International Politics obtained at the University of Leicester in the UK. He specialized in the Post-Cold War World Order, International Security, Intelligence and Security, and US Foreign Policy. As in the description on the video:

“Where South Africa goes, so does the entire Continent.

Oct 03 07:28

U.N. Security Council to discuss Ethiopia expulsion of U.N. staff

The United Nations Security Council will privately discuss on Friday a decision by Ethiopia to expel seven senior U.N. officials, diplomats said, as malnutrition rates rise and famine looms in the country’s war-torn northern region of Tigray.

The United States, Britain, Ireland, Estonia, France and Norway, plan to raise the issue during a closed-door meeting of the 15-member body, but diplomats say any strong action is unlikely as Russia and China have long made clear they believe the conflict is an internal affair for Ethiopia.

The expulsions of the U.N. staff were announced by Ethiopia on Thursday, two days after U.N. aid chief Martin Griffiths warned that a “de-facto” aid blockade had likely forced hundreds of thousands of people in Tigray into famine.

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to requests for comment on the expulsion of U.N. staff. Ethiopia has previously denied blocking food aid.

Oct 01 04:53

Ethiopia expels 7 UN representatives for ‘meddling’, gives them 72 hours to leave

The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry has given seven United Nations (UN) representatives in the country just 72 hours to leave, declaring them “persona non grata” and accusing them of “meddling” in Addis Ababa’s internal affairs.

In a statement posted on Twitter on Thursday, the ministry accused seven members of the UN’s representation in Ethiopia of “meddling in the internal affairs of the country.”

The Foreign Ministry also gave the names of the seven individuals concerned, which include a representative of UNICEF and a team leader for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Sep 28 11:36

THE ZULU NATION IN SOUTH AFRICA SAY NO TO MANDATORY VACCINES (SEPTEMBER 2021)

Sep 27 06:30

Tunisia: Thousands of protesters call on president to resign as opposition deepens

Several thousand people gathered in Tunis on Sunday under a heavy police presence to protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July and called on him to step down.

Saied this week brushed aside much of the 2014 constitution, giving himself power to rule by decree two months after he sacked the prime minister, suspended parliament and assumed executive authority.

"The people want the fall of the coup," they chanted in the centre of Tunis along Habib Bourguiba Avenue, a focal point of the demonstrations that ended the long rule of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on 14 January, 2011. "Step down."

Sep 26 06:29

Lavrov says EU foreign policy head told him to STAY OUT of ‘our’ Africa, as he denies Moscow’s role in mercenaries invited to Mali

With the terrorist-fighting government of Mali in talks with a private Russian military firm, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov to bluntly stay out of Africa, allegedly calling it “our place.”

The modern EU bureaucracy may seem light years away from the rapacious colonial powers of olden Europe, but geopolitics seemingly still reigns in Brussels, with the fight this time over influence in the troubled West African nation of Mali. With Mali’s military-ruled government struggling to quell a wave of jihadism, and France on the cusp of withdrawing its forces from the region, the country is now reportedly looking to hire as many as 1,000 private mercenaries from the controversial Russian Wagner Group to bolster its own forces.

Sep 21 07:46

Rebel attacks kill 15 soldiers, civilians in western Cameroon

Fifteen soldiers and several civilians have died in two attacks in English-speaking western areas of Cameroon in the grip of a breakaway campaign, the defence ministry said.

Heavily armed “terrorists” ambushed a convoy of elite rapid intervention forces at Bamessing in the Northwest Region on September 16, the ministry statement said on Monday.

Sep 21 07:45

'I Just Cry': Dying of Hunger in Ethiopia's Blockaded Tigray

In parts of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, people now eat only green leaves for days. At a health center last week, a mother and her newborn weighing just 1.7 pounds died from hunger. In every district of the more than 20 where one aid group works, residents have starved to death.

For months, the United Nations has warned of famine in this embattled corner of northern Ethiopia, calling it the world’s worst hunger crisis in a decade. Now internal documents and witness accounts reveal the first starvation deaths since Ethiopia’s government in June imposed what the U.N. calls “a de facto humanitarian aid blockade.”

Forced starvation is the latest chapter in a conflict where ethnic Tigrayans have been massacred, gang-raped and expelled. Months after crops were burned and communities stripped bare, a new kind of death has set in.

Sep 20 10:19

Opinion | Why is Egypt postponing the war against Ethiopia?

Marathon negotiations between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia that spanned over 10 years dashed all hopes that had been placed on them in the face of the Ethiopian insistence on refusing to sign any binding agreement on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

For many decades, Ethiopia has viewed Egypt and Sudan as seizing its right to the Nile waters, which has caused the poverty it has suffered from for a long time. It also believes that the time has come to act in what it believes of its ownership of the Blue Nile River.

On the other hand, Egypt sees “absolute Ethiopian control without agreements or restrictions as an existential threat to the Egyptian people.” Fears are rising about the destruction of the already meagre Egyptian agricultural area and the decrease in the quotas of water allocated for drinking, as Egypt relies almost entirely on the Nile River, which provides more than 90% of the country’s water needs.

Sep 16 05:51

The US is turning oil-rich Nigeria into a proxy for its Africa wars

Under the cover of counterterrorism, AFRICOM is beefing up Nigeria’s military to ensure the free flow of oil to the West, and using the country as a proxy against China’s influence on the continent.

Last month, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari wrote an op-ed in the Financial Times. It might as well have been written by the Pentagon. Buhari promoted Brand Nigeria, auctioning the country’s military services to Western powers, telling readers that Nigeria would lead Africa’s “war on terror” in exchange for foreign infrastructure investment. “Though some believe the war on terror [WOT] winds down with the US departure from Afghanistan,” he says, “the threat it was supposed to address burns fiercely on my continent.”

Sep 14 07:17

'You Can't Print Electricity' - Zimbabwe Begins Daily 12-Hour Power Cuts Amid Shortage

Zimbabwe finds itself in dire economic straits. Again.

The South African nation, which has a knack for money printing, began rationing power Sunday. With all the money printing, one would expect the country could afford additional power generation plants or at least import energy while conducting maintenance work at its largest power stations.

But that's not the case whatsoever. Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Co. (ZETDC) has cut power to customers for 12 hours per day during upgrades at Zimbabwe Power Company Hwange Power Station and Kariba Hydro Power Station.

Sep 13 15:52

200 Organizations Ask Gates Foundation to Stop Funding “Failed” Green Revolution which “does not speak for Africans”

By B.N. Frank

According to 200 organizations, the billion-dollar Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA) program has been hurting Africans instead of helping them. What happens next seems to be up to high-profile donors and supporters...

Sep 13 07:32

Tunisia coup: Saied 'plans to change political system, suspend constitution'

Tunisian President Kais Saied is planning to suspend the constitution and call a referendum to amend the political system, according to one of his senior advisors.

Saied's move more than six weeks ago to suspend parliament and dismiss the prime minister has triggered political turmoil and been branded a "constitutional coup" by many political forces in the country.

In May, Middle East Eye revealed a secret document was being circulated recommending Saied invoke Article 80 of the constitution and seize control of the country, citing emergency powers.

Sep 13 07:05

Green Berets in Guinea Escorted by Security Team After President’s Overthrow

A team of U.S. Green Berets on a recent training mission in the West African nation of Guinea needed local security forces’ help to make it through a chaotic street scene after the country’s president was ousted, U.S. Africa Command confirmed Friday.

A video circulating on social media this week shows three U.S. soldiers in a car that is surrounded by people jumping up and down as it’s making its way to the U.S. Embassy in the Guinean capital of Conakry. Armed Guinean troops are seen providing security.

“Guinean security forces provided an escort to Conakry to ensure the safe passage of the team,” U.S. Africa Command said in a statement.

The soldiers were part of an Army special operations team that was forced to cancel planned training activities after a military seizure of power Sunday, AFRICOM said. It added that they had been moved to the U.S. Embassy.

Sep 09 09:02

Guinea: US Special Forces Filmed Aiding Military Overthrow Of Democratically Elected President Alpha Conde

The first democratically elected president in the history of the West African nation of Guinea, 83-year-old Alpha Conde, was overthrown and abducted last Sunday in a military coup.

The attack on Conde's elected government has Washington's fingerprints all over it. The White House is publicly disavowing the violence, but the coup's leader, Col. Mamadi Doumbouya (pictured above), was trained by the United States in Burkina Faso.

More evidence of US involvement can be seen in video obtained by National Justice,showing members of US Special Forces accompanying Col. Doumbouya's forces in the capital city of Conakry.

Sep 09 08:36

U.S. Escalates Threats to Ethiopian and Eritrean Sovereignty

U.S. Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman recently returned from a tour of Ethiopia, Djibouti, and the United Arab Emirates. On the following Monday, the U.S. State Department issued a statement that it had imposed sanctions on Eritrean Defense Forces Chief of Staff General Filipos Woldeyohannes. Several days later, the UN Security Council (UNSC) met yet again about the Ethiopian civil war. I spoke with Eritrean American peace and justice activist Elias Amare about these developments.

Ann Garrison: Elias, what was your takeaway from the August 26th UN Security Council meeting ? Did you hear anything we haven’t heard there since the TPLF launched the war last November?

Sep 09 08:16

Coup in Guinea, led by Israeli trained Colonel, hurts Russian interests 

A recent coup in Guinea has left the world surprised and unanswered about what is really happening in the region. The military overthrew the president and seized power after some controversies involving alleged attempts by the former leader to perpetuate himself in power. Regardless of political factors on the domestic scene, the coup appears to have great international relevance, as it strongly harms Russian interests in Guinea.

Sep 07 10:15

Madagascar Is Suffering Through Catastrophic Famine

Many of the climate disasters that have been front-and-center this summer are fast-moving and devastating: fires and floods that hit quickly and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. But a slow-moving, drought-induced famine in Madagascar could be a preview of other crises in-store in our rapidly changing climate.

Parts of Madagascar are currently suffering through the worst drought the country has experienced in 40 years. More than 1 million people are currently facing famine conditions and hundreds of thousands are facing potential starvation in what experts have called a climate change-induced drought that those affected had little hand in creating.

Sep 06 06:32

Soldiers Detain Guinea’s President, Dissolve Government

Mutinous soldiers in the West African nation of Guinea detained President Alpha Conde on Sunday after hours of heavy gunfire rang out near the presidential palace in the capital, then announced on state television that the government had been dissolved in an apparent coup d’etat.

Sep 03 07:55

Ivermectin in Africa Blocks Covid

I suppose Fauci will say Ivermectin only works for blacks.

Sep 01 06:14

Barely Out of Afghanistan, Now America Is Supposed To Save Tigray From Ethiopia and Eritrea?

To most Americans the collapse of Afghanistan called into question Washington’s ability to manage the world. After devoting 20 years, thousands of lives, and trillions of dollars to creating a stable, democratic, and liberal Afghanistan, the entire Potemkin structure collapsed in 11 days.

Hundreds of thousands fled as the Taliban successively captured provincial capitals. Tens of thousands thronged the Kabul airport in a desperate effort to escape the newly proclaimed Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. If only a few of them had joined the security forces that were supposed to sustain their country, instead of leaving the fight to those who decided the regime was not worth defending, perhaps the outcome would have been different.

Aug 31 04:49

South African Researchers Find Rapidly Mutating, Possibly Vaccine-Defying Strain of Covid

Nations around the world have raced to vaccinate their populations against the novel coronavirus, only to discover that some mutations of the virus are able to effectively bypass or severely limit the antibody protection provided against its early strains.

A group of nearly three dozen researchers in South Africa have discovered a new Covid-19 ‘variant of interest’ which they fear may be more contagious and resistant to coronavirus-fighting antibodies than its predecessors.

The new strain, which actually consists of multiple mutations of the virus and collectively known as C.1.2, was identified by researchers at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform. It was first detected in South Africa in May 2021, and to have since popped up in countries across the globe, including China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, New Zealand, the UK, Portugal and Switzerland.

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Aug 27 07:51

Sudan’s Bashir is yet another African leader up for war crimes but the real story is, as always, US geopolitical aims

With yet another African leader heading to the International Criminal Court, it’s time to recognize it for what it is – a political tool used by the US to further its agenda. In reality, the ICC has little to do with justice.

Sudan’s unelected government announced it is ready to hand over former strongman leader Omar al-Bashir to the ICC in The Hague to face charges of genocide and war crimes.

This is not just some random event, but rather seems to be part of a sequence of trade-offs between Sudan and the United States to deliver on Washington’s geopolitical aims. Those aims include furthering US interests in handling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, equally important, the American desire to disrupt China’s ascent as a strategic economic partner for Africa.

Aug 27 07:28

Algeria and Morocco Cut Diplomatic Ties and Heighten Tensions in North Africa

Algeria and Morocco broke diplomatic ties this Tuesday due to new disagreements over the Western Sahara issue and accusations of espionage. The decision came from Algeria, which historically supports the Polisario Front, a paramilitary organization that fights the Moroccan government and seeks the independence of Western Sahara. Now it remains to be seen which country will mediate the bilateral dialogue in order to ease frictions.

Aug 24 06:06

The Forever War Goes to Congo

The forever war has now apparently expanded to the Congo:

US special operations forces have arrived in the east of the DR Congo to help in the fight against a feared jihadist militia enjoying “sanctuary” in the region’s nature parks, US and Congolese sources said Wednesday.

Aug 21 06:56

Over 200 prominent figures condemn Israel's observer status at African Union

More than 200 distinguished African figures have objected to the African Union (AU) Commission’s decision to grant Israel observer status, asking the continental body to reverse the measure.

The personalities, who include people from diverse political and cultural movements and represent different nationalities, backgrounds, political parties, and religious associations, signed a protest petition which the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine had called for.

Global Campaign to Return to Palestine members had called on Africans to support the petition and take concrete measures “to bring down the illegitimate decision that goes against African interests and humanitarian values.”

Aug 21 05:58

US says food aid runs out this week in Ethiopia’s Tigray

The United States is warning that food aid will run out this week for millions of hungry people under a blockade imposed by Ethiopia’s government on the embattled Tigray region.

Samantha Power, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said in a statement late Thursday that less than 7% of the needed food aid has been reaching the Tigray region of some 6 million people, and USAID and other aid groups “have depleted their stores of food items warehoused in Tigray” after nine months of war.

“This shortage is not because food is unavailable, but because the Ethiopian government is obstructing humanitarian aid and personnel, including land convoys and air access,” she said. USAID has warned that up to 900,000 people in Tigray face famine conditions in what has been called the world’s worst hunger crisis in a decade. The Associated Press has reported that scores of people have starved to death.

Aug 18 05:33

Morocco accused of dragging Israel into 'hazardous adventure' against Algeria

Algeria has accused Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita of wanting to drag his "new Middle Eastern ally into a hazardous adventure" against Algiers.

In an apparent reference to Israel, the Algerian foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday that there had been "fallacious and malicious statements made in Morocco regarding Algeria and its regional role as well as its relations with a third country".

The statement came days after Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid visited Morocco, where he inaugurated a diplomatic office in Rabat.

Aug 17 10:26

North Africa: Rape, assault cases prompt calls to resume death penalty

A series of rapes, abductions and murder cases of children and women have recently dominated news in the three Maghreb countries, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. Now, outcry among groups demanding a return to the death penalty — overturning a decadeslong moratorium — is gaining traction after Tunisian President Kais Saied announced his support for the policy.

Courts in all three countries still hand down death sentences but have abstained from carrying them out since the early 1990s and were considered to be moving slowly toward abolition of the practice.

But experts say that, as signatories to international conventions that enshrine the right to life as fundamental, governments may find the move inconsistent with their obligations.

Aug 17 07:52

US Special Forces Deploying to the Congo

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has authorized the deployment of US special forces to his country to help fight the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

DRC President Felix Tshisekedi said in a statement Sunday that the US troops would “provide support to the [army] in the fight against terrorism and to the guardians of the Virunga and Garamba national parks, which have become a sanctuary for terrorist forces.”

US Ambassador to the DRC Mike Hammer said that the troops would arrive in the country’s capital Kinshasa on Friday to “conduct an assessment of a future Congolese counter-terrorism team.” It’s not clear at this point how many special operations soldiers are being deployed. Tshisekedi said the US troops will be in the country for several weeks.

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Aug 16 10:17

Biden’s America is back – to Somalia

On July 20, the US carried out an airstrike in Somalia against al Shabaab militants – the first one in Somalia under President Joe Biden. It struck again on July 23 and August 1. Last week, it was reported Biden seeks to host a “Summit for Democracy”. According to a White House statement, this will include civil society figures and political leaders to galvanize initiatives “against authoritarianism”, “corruption”, and also “promoting respect for human rights”.

Aug 16 06:30

Why Do We Fight? Don't Ask

Derek Davison commented on the three U.S. strikes in Somalia that have taken place in the last few weeks, and noted that there is hardly anyone asking why the U.S. is engaged in hostilities in Somalia in 2021:

There’s no questioning why al-Shabab, whose current ambitions don’t extend beyond Somalia and whose reach extends no further afield than neighboring Kenya, should be regarded as a threat to the United States. There’s no questioning why the 2001 AUMF is still on the books at all some 20 years later, when everyone involved in planning and carrying out the September 11 attacks is either dead or in hiding. There’s no questioning the absurdity of claiming the right “self-defense” in reference to another country’s military in a battle in which no American personnel were at risk. All of that is just How It Is, apparently, and there’s no sense wasting our beautiful minds on the subject.

Aug 16 05:09

Guarded welcome for Kenyan troops in DR Congo flashpoint town

Local resident Adriel Tsongo, 30, said the troops from the East African country, making their first mission to strife-torn North Kivu province, "inspire a little confidence".

But, he said, "We do not trust the UN, and we wonder if these Kenyans will make a difference."

He took a swipe at the "very passive" UN force's FIB brigade, which was authorised in 2013 to take on a more offensive posture but is accused by locals of doing little to protect them from armed groups.

"Why, after 20 years of... failures, are they adding more troops, saying that they will fight harder than the others?" asked student Benjamin Sivanzire.

Aug 14 06:41

Grief grips South African town after gruesome vigilante killings

For Philisiwe Ngcobo, 45, a crippling wave of anxiety began to set in when the sun went down and her 34-year-old brother, Bhekinkosi Ngcobo, had not returned home.

“My brother left our house around 6pm to find fuel in Phoenix; when he didn’t return we started to look for him everywhere,” said Ngcobo. “The next time I saw my brother was at a mortuary.”

Aug 11 12:13

ETHIOPIA CALLS FOR FULL MOBILIZATION IN ATTEMPT TO STOKE CIVIL WAR

A sense of desperation is setting in among the Ethiopian government.

On August 10th, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed issued a statement calling on all Ethiopians capable of wielding a weapon to enlist in the military and crush the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

He said that “now” was the right time for all capable Ethiopians “who are of age” to join the Defense Forces, Special Forces and militias.

The purpose for this is for citizens to show their patriotism, and fight against other citizens of their own country.

The statement also takes aim at some in the international community, blaming them for the “machinations of foreign hands” in the nine-month war that has spilled from Tigray into the neighboring Amhara and Afar regions.

The call by Ahmed furthermore reinforces the idea that the unilateral government-imposed ceasefire has entirely failed, after being openly mocked by the TPLF.

Aug 11 09:15

Sudan to hand ex-President Omar al-Bashir to ICC

The Sudanese government will hand Omar al-Bashir over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) along with other officials wanted over the Darfur conflict, according to a Cabinet of Ministers in a statement to CNN.

Bashir, who ruled Sudan for three decades before being deposed in 2019, faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.
The conflict in Darfur began around 2003 when several rebel groups took up arms against the government in Khartoum. They had grievances over land and historical marginalization.

In response, the government's counterinsurgency strategy targeted the opposition groups, but reportedly expanded to target tribes associated with the insurgents. The government-backed Janjaweed militia was also accused of raping women in Darfur, and the government was accused of using chemical weapons against the community.

Aug 11 09:02

Dozens of bodies found in river between Ethiopia’s Tigray, Sudan

At least 30 corpses have washed up on the Sudanese banks of a river that abuts Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, according to two Ethiopian refugees and four Sudanese witnesses who told Reuters news agency on Monday they had retrieved the bodies.

The bodies were found in the Setit River, known in Ethiopia as the Tekeze, which runs along Ethiopia’s border with Eritrea before crossing into Sudan at the point where the three countries meet.

Aug 10 06:22

Guinea reports 1st case of ‘Ebola cousin’ the Marburg virus in West Africa, as 1 person dies of the highly infectious disease

The West African nation of Guinea has confirmed the first case of the Marburg disease, a highly infectious hemorrhagic fever caused by a virus similar to Ebola. This is the first such case in the region.

Health authorities in Guinea confirmed the case on Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement. The disease was found in Guinea’s southern Gueckedou prefecture.

A patient who was later diagnosed with the Marburg disease sought treatment at a local clinic in the Koundou area of Gueckedou last week. The patient has since succumbed to his illness after his condition rapidly deteriorated. Scientists at Guinea's national hemorrhagic fever laboratory and the Institute Pasteur in Senegal later confirmed the diagnosis.

Aug 10 05:56

African youth’s China perception improves amid blossoming ties

Elias Gebreselassie grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and he, like his peers, has long thought that skyscrapers, shopping malls and highways could only be scenes in Hollywood movies.

The 34-year-old praised China’s investment in modern infrastructure such as roads and social facilities, which made the capital a charming international metropolis and the headquarters of the African Union.

Gebreselassie said his understanding of China has been greatly improved after witnessing its contribution to Africa’s socio-economic development through the construction of industrial parks, skyscrapers and electrified railway lines.

Aug 09 05:51

Family of Five, 8-Year-Old Girl Brutally Stabbed to Death on South African Farm

A family of five was brutally stabbed to death on their farm outside Harrismith in the Free State, South Africa. Their bodies were found by a traditional healer Saturday morning. The youngest victim was an eight-year-old girl. In a sad twist, the family’s farm was named “Toekoms” (Future).

“The bodies of a 47-year-old man with multiple wounds and that of a woman in her early 40s, who was also stabbed multiple times, were found next to each other,” News 24 reports. “The bodies of a boy aged 16 and a girl estimated to be eight years old were found in the same room. The fifth deceased – a 23-year-old man – was found on the floor in another room. He had stab wounds all over his body.”

Aug 07 05:50

Pegasus: Tunisia's Ghannouchi targeted by Saudi Arabia

Rached Ghannouchi, the speaker of Tunisia's parliament and head of the Ennahda party, was targeted by Saudi Arabia for surveillance using the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, Middle East Eye can reveal.

Ghannouchi is one of 50,000 numbers found on a list acquired by investigative NGO Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International that is believed to be made up of phones that the Israeli tech company’s clients have targeted since 2016.

Forbidden Stories told Ghannouchi his phone was on the list two weeks ago. It is his primary number, one of two he uses, and one he has used for 10 years. The number is not in the public domain.

Aug 06 05:17

South Africa reshuffles government in response to riots: Health & finance ministers out, security placed under presidency

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced major changes to the government of South Africa in response to last month’s unrest, abolishing the Ministry of State Security and accepting the resignation of health and finance ministers.

Ramaphosa announced changes to the National Executive on Thursday evening, citing the need to effectively administer Covid-19 vaccination, rebuild the economy, and “ensure peace and stability in the wake of the recent outbreak of violence and destruction in parts of the country.”

Aug 05 06:43

USAID Chief Concerned by 'Dehumanising Rhetoric' in Ethiopia Amid War in Tigray Region

The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said on Wednesday during a visit to Ethiopia that she had raised her concerns about "dehumanising rhetoric" with authorities, amid war in the country's northern Tigray region.

Samantha Power's visit to the country, and to neighbouring Sudan, this week follows warnings from U.S. President Joe Biden's administration of punitive measures against the Ethiopian government if aid is unable to reach the Tigray region.

Aug 03 10:15

Biden Administration Escalates Airstrikes in Somalia

The Biden administration is escalating airstrikes in Somalia after a long pause in the US drone war against al-Shabaab. The US bombed Somalia on Sunday, the third time in less than two weeks and the third official airstrike in the country of Biden’s presidency.

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a press release that the airstrike was conducted near Qeycad, Somalia, on August 1st. The US-backed Somali government said the airstrike “destroyed a large al-Shabaab firing position” that was engaged with members of Danab, a Somali commando force trained by the US.

Aug 03 09:11

At Least 30 Bodies Float Down River Between Ethiopia’s Tigray and Sudan

At least 30 corpses have washed up on the Sudanese banks of a river that abuts Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray, according to two Ethiopian refugees and four Sudanese witnesses who told Reuters on Monday they had retrieved the bodies.

Aug 03 07:40

Biden Accelerates Bombing in Somalia as End of Afghanistan War Nears

The U.S. military on Sunday confirmed its third airstrike against al-Shabaab militants in Somalia in less than two weeks, stepping up the tempo of strikes against the al-Qaeda-linked extremists even as American involvement in Afghanistan comes to a close.

U.S. officials said Sunday’s strike was conducted in support of Somali government forces fighting al-Shabaab in the country’s central Galmudug state. The U.S. launched airstrikes in the same region on July 20 and 23, marking the first strikes in Somalia during the Biden administration.

“This is another major blow to al-Shabaab’s means to wage war against the Somali people. The airstrikes destroyed a large al-Shabaab firing position engaging Danab and SNA forces as they approached,” the Somali Ministry of Information stated.

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