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Feb 11 08:56

'Emaciated' survivors hint at worse in Ethiopia's Tigray

“Many, many severe cases of malnutrition” are being reported in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, Red Cross officials said Wednesday, as 80% of Tigray’s 6 million people are unreachable in the fourth month of fighting and "emaciated” women and children fill displacement camps.

Reports of people already starving to death might just be a handful, but “after a month it will be in the thousands,” warned Ethiopian Red Cross president Ato Abera Tola. After two months, he said, it will be tens of thousands.

Fighting continues between Ethiopian and allied forces and those of the now-fugitive Tigray government that had dominated the country’s leadership for nearly 30 years.

Feb 08 07:09

UN: Situation in Ethiopia's Tigray is now 'extremely alarming'

Life for civilians in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region has become "extremely alarming" as hunger grows and fighting remains an obstacle to reaching millions of people with aid, the United Nations says in a new report.

The conflict that has shaken one of Africa's most powerful and populous countries -- a key U.S. security ally in the Horn of Africa -- has killed thousands of people and is now in its fourth month. But little is known about the situation for most of Tigray's 6 million people, as journalists are blocked from entering, communications are patchy and many aid workers struggle to obtain permission to enter.

Feb 05 07:50

South Sudan worked with Israeli surveillance company to monitor citizens, Amnesty finds

The South Sudanese government obtained surveillance capabilities from an Israeli company between at least 2015 and 2017 in order to wiretap citizens’ phones, according to an Amnesty International investigation published Tuesday.

The company, Verint Systems Ltd., a subsidiary of U.S.-based Verint Systems Inc., worked with the government of South Sudan to provide “communications interception equipment and annual support services,” according to documents reviewed by Amnesty International.

As part of the arrangement, South Sudan required Vivacell, a telecommunications company, to pay Verint at least $762,236 in order to intercept citizens’ communications, according to Amnesty’s assessment.

Feb 03 11:00

750 killed at Ethiopian Orthodox church said to contain Ark of the Covenant: report

Around 750 people were killed in an attack on an Orthodox church, which is said to contain the Ark of the Covenant described in the Book of Exodus in the Bible, in northern Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region — home to thousands of churches and monasteries — according to reports.

Hundreds of people hiding in Maryam Tsiyon Church in Aksum amid an armed conflict were brought out and shot to death, and local residents believe the aim was to take the Ark of Covenant to Addis Ababa, the Belgium-based nonprofit European External Programme with Africa reported in this month’s situational report, released on Jan. 9.

“The number of people killed is reported as 750,” it said. The church, the most ancient and sacred of Ethiopian Christianity and also known as the Church of St. Mary of Zion, belongs to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

Feb 03 08:45

At Least 10 Dead, 30 Injured After Mogadishu Hotel Seige Ends

On February 1st, the siege at the Afrik Hotel in Mogadishu ended, with security forces taking the upper hand.

Islamist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the assault through their radio station.

The attack featured clashes with heavy gunfire, which followed a car bombing. The entire incident took longer than 7 hours.

Among those killed at the popular hotel was the well-known retired General Mohamed Nur Galal, said Somalia’s Information Ministry. Another general and more than 100 civilians were reportedly rescued during the siege.

According to various reports, anywhere between 9 and 17 people were killed, and at least 30 were injured.

Feb 02 09:18

Eritrean refugees caught in crossfire of Ethiopia's Tigray war

They have survived gun battles, attempted abductions, attacks by angry militiamen and days-long treks to safety with nothing to eat but moringa leaves.

Yet Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia fear their suffering may not be over, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed strains to end a brutal conflict in the northern region of Tigray that has rendered them uniquely vulnerable.

Nearly 100,000 refugees from Eritrea, an oppressive, authoritarian nation bordering Ethiopia to the north, were registered in four camps in Tigray when fighting erupted in November between Abiy's government and the regional ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

Two of those camps, Hitsats and Shimelba, were caught up in hostilities and remain inaccessible to the United Nations refugee agency and its Ethiopian counterpart, the Agency for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA).

Feb 01 08:15

Israel's rejection of Ugandan Jews highlights bigger problem of ethnic supremacy

The outrage of liberals at Israel's anti-Black racism, while failing to acknowledge Zionism's inherent racism, is a sad reminder of how much more work remains to be done

After Israel’s interior ministry recently announced that members of the Jewish community of Uganda are not allowed to immigrate to Israel, many progressive Israelis and diaspora Jews denounced the decision as racist.

Of course it is; racism is a defining characteristic of Zionism, which privileges one ethnic group over others. The decision is also in keeping with the virulent anti-Black racism plaguing Israel, equalled or surpassed only by the country’s anti-Palestinian racism.

More importantly, it confirms that not all Jews who wish to become Israeli are “returning” to their ancestral homeland.

Feb 01 07:56

Israel seeking to deport 5-year-old with life-threatening illnesses

Immigration Authority wants immediate expulsion for Israeli-born Miranta Dibabe, whose parents fled Ethiopia because they 'wanted a better life'; 'How can I take her to a country that has no medical solution for her?' says her mother

Miranta Dibabe, who only recently celebrated her fifth birthday, was born in Israel with very complex and severe chromosomal disorder that threatens her life.

Despite this, the Population and Immigration Authority is seeking to deport her and her family back to Ethiopia.

Jan 29 09:06

Amnesty: Nigeria trying to cover up Lagos massacre

Amnesty International says the Nigerian government is desperately attempting to cover up the killing of a dozen citizens during peaceful protests in Nigeria’s biggest city of Lagos last October.

In a statement on Thursday, the leading rights group held Nigeria's much-loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) accountable for the brutality that resulted in multiple deaths and injuries in Lagos on October 20 last year.

"Nigerian authorities have failed to bring to justice those suspected to be responsible for the brutal crackdown by security forces on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate and Alausa in Lagos in October 2020 and have brazenly attempted to cover up the violence," Amnesty said in the statement, released to mark 100 days since the shootings.

Amnesty's country director Osai Ojigho also accused the Nigerian authorities of persecuting and targeting members of the peaceful protest movement.

Jan 28 13:47

US says Eritrean forces should leave Tigray immediatelyBy CARA ANNAyesterday

The United States says all soldiers from Eritrea should leave Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region “immediately.”

A State Department spokesperson in an email to The Associated Press late Tuesday cited “credible reports of looting, sexual violence, assaults in refugee camps and other human rights abuses.”

“There is also evidence of Eritrean soldiers forcibly returning Eritrean refugees from Tigray to Eritrea,” the spokesperson said.

The statement reflects new pressure by the Biden administration on the government of Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country with 114 million people and the anchor of the Horn of Africa, and other combatants as the deadly fighting in Tigray nears the three-month mark.

Jan 28 08:29

Biden U.N. Ambassador Nominee ‘Praised’ China’s Success In Africa At CCP-Funded Institute, ‘Got Paid $1,500’: Reports

President Joe Biden’s nominee for ambassador to the U.N. is facing controversy after a recent news report revealed that she praised communist China’s success in Africa at an event that was hosted by a Chinese Communist Party-funded organization.

Washington Post reporter Josh Rogin wrote this week that Linda Thomas-Greenfield “praised China’s success in Africa and got paid $1,500” during an October 2019 speech for “Georgia’s Savannah State University in honor of the fifth anniversary of its Confucius Institute,” Politico reported.

Jan 27 06:50

Ugandan Jews Not Eligible to Immigrate to Israel, State Informs High Court

Decision overrules Jewish Agency, which had formally recognized the 2,000-strong Abayudaya community several years ago. A ruling in favor of the state could have serious repercussions for 'emerging Jewish communities’ around the world

Jan 26 07:33

Western Sahara rebels launch attack and warn Morocco of escalation

Pro-independence rebels fighting Morocco over the disputed territory of Western Sahara on Sunday vowed a military escalation, hours after launching an overnight attack.

The Polisario Front said they had bombarded the Morocco-controlled area of Guerguerat, a crossing point between Western Sahara and Mauritania in a UN-patrolled buffer zone, according to AFP.

AFP said that it could not obtain independent confirmation of the reported rocket strikes, or of any possible casualties, from the remote desert region that is largely off-limits to journalists.

Jan 26 06:57

Witnesses: Eritrean soldiers loot, kill in Ethiopia’s Tigray

The Eritrean soldiers’ pockets clinked with stolen jewelry. Warily, Zenebu watched them try on dresses and other clothing looted from homes in a town in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region.

“They were focused on trying to take everything of value,” even diapers, said Zenebu, who arrived home in Colorado this month after weeks trapped in Tigray, where she had gone to visit her mother. On the road, she said, trucks were full of boxes addressed to places in Eritrea for the looted goods to be delivered.

Heartbreakingly worse, she said, Eritrean soldiers went house-to-house seeking out and killing Tigrayan men and boys, some as young as 7, then didn’t allow their burials. “They would kill you for trying, or even crying,” Zenebu told The Associated Press, using only her first name because relatives remain in Tigray.

Jan 25 08:52

Biden To Ban Travelers From South Africa After Fauci Flip-Flops On 'Deadliness' Of New Strains

Just two days after unleashing his latest immigration Executive Order, easing border restrictions and removing President Trump's travel ban from so-called "majority Muslim" countries, President Biden will impose a ban on most non-U.S. citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa starting Saturday in a bid to contain the spread of a new variant of COVID-19, U.S. public health officials told Reuters.

Given that 80% of South Africans are black, the natural question is - is this ban racist?

Jan 25 08:38

Uganda Says Troops Kill 189 al-Shabaab in Attack on South Somalia Base

The Ugandan Army has reported a 24-hour operation against an al-Shabaab base in southern Somalia, claiming they’d killed 189 militants and destroyed the base. They said no Ugandan troops sustained casualties and denied any civilian deaths.

That is one of the largest death tolls of the entire African Union (AU) campaign in Somalia. The figure can’t be confirmed, but it is a shockingly large amount with no civilian casualties. That they overran an entire base next to a village and killed no villagers seems almost impossible to believe.

Uganda has been an active part of the AU operation in Somalia, but rarely has taken the lead in big operations like this. Their close proximity to Somalia means that they have long feared spill-over violence from southern Somalia.

Uganda also claimed relative security in this part of Somalia, despite inflicting huge casualties there, saying it was peaceful enough for Somali farmers to carry out their harvests.

Jan 24 07:49

African leader: Trudeau treats us like ‘neo-colonial master’ with aid that’s destroying our people

The Canadian government under Justin Trudeau is no better than a “neo-colonial master” to the people of Africa when it uses its aid money to push ideologically-driven programs that are contrary to African values and culture, an African life-and-family leader said in a new documentary about Canada’s foreign affairs’ policy in Africa.

Author, filmmaker, and human rights activist Obianuju Ekeocha, who was born in Nigeria, told former Canadian Ambassador to China David Mulroney in the documentary that African people need aid, but not the kind of aid offered by Trudeau that goes against what it means to be an African.

Jan 22 08:17

Hundreds reportedly dead after massacre at Oriental Orthodox church in Ethiopia

At least 750 people are reported dead after an attack on an Oriental Orthodox church in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, according to a European watchgroup.

On Jan. 9, the Europe External Programme with Africa reported that the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum, about 80 miles west of Adigrat, had been attacked, and that hundreds of people who hid inside were brought out to the front square and shot to death.

According to Church Times UK, the attack was carried out by Ethiopian government troops and Amhara militia from central Ethiopia. At least 1,000 people were estimated to be hiding in the church at the time of the attack.

Jan 21 14:06

DRC: How the CIA Got Patrice Lumumba

On 17 January 1961, just sixty years ago, the first legally elected prime minister of the DRC was assassinated after being overthrown with help from Washington. A sinister episode that Larry Devlin, the ‘Mr. Congo’ of the CIA from 1960 to 1967, would reveal half a century later in his fascinating book, ‘Chief of Station, Congo: Fighting the Cold War in a Hot Zone.’

Leopoldville, on 30 June 1960. With the declaration of its independence, the DRC finally emerges from its long colonial history. A new bilateral system is established with a head of state as cunning as he is impenetrable, Joseph Kasavubu, and a Prime Minister as charismatic as he is unpredictable, Patrice Lumumba. In bars, people dance to the rhythm of the Independence Cha Cha, but the euphoria will be short-lived.

Jan 21 11:39

China-Funded Dam Project In Northeast Africa May Lead To Regional Instability

A potentially dangerous regional war may be developing in Northeast Africa thanks to the Chinese-funded Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). It seems that, wherever people grab onto Chinese money, despair follows.

The Nile is the longest river in Africa and may be the longest in the world. (The Amazon competes with it for that title.) While Egypt’s historic prominence means that most people instinctively associate the Nile with that country, the great river actually runs through eleven nations. The White Nile begins in Rwanda or Burundi, flowing north through Tanzania, Uganda, and South Sudan. The Blue Nile begins in Ethiopia, flowing north into Sudan, where it joins the White Nile at Khartoum. The main river itself then flows into Egypt, ending at the Mediterranean. (The other nations it touches are Congo, Kenya, and Tanzania.)

Jan 19 12:59

South Africa: Authorities Raid Hospital in Search of Ivermectin

Jan 19 08:54

US withdraws last troops from Somalia

The US has completely withdrawn its troops from Somalia, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced yesterday.

"The repositioning of the troops was completed ahead of the deadline in a presidential directive last December ordering the troop removal by mid-January," AFRICOM Spokesperson Christopher Karns told Russia Today (RT), noting that there was still a "very limited" US presence in Somalia.

He pointed out that his country would continue to engage with Somali forces and maintain pressure against Al-Shabaab militant group.

"Our focus very much remains fixed and focused on Al-Shabaab," Karns asserted, adding that it would "not be wise for them to test us."

Jan 19 08:24

Landlocked Lesotho faces food crisis amid Covid border closures

Almost a quarter of Lesotho’s population will require food aid between January and March as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

More than 580,000 people out of a population of 2.2 million are estimated to be food insecure, despite predictions of normal to above average rains this year and the potential for above average cereal production.

The FAO said Covid-19 had reduced household incomes, harming people’s ability to buy fertiliser or to hire workers, which was “likely to limit the potential increases in yields”.

The situation in Lesotho has been exacerbated by extended lockdowns in neighbouring South Africa to curb the spread of the virus, which the agency said would prolong high levels of unemployment and loss of income.

The number of people requiring food assistance this year is about 35% higher than the number between October 2019 and March 2020, said the FAO.

Jan 19 07:57

As the West Enjoy Millions of our Stolen African Art Worth $Billions Africa Cries

Jan 18 10:50

Survivors of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region face threat of starvation

Starvation is threatening the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Authorities say more than 4.5 million people there need emergency food.

“The population is dying”

The first humanitarian workers to arrive, after pleading with the Ethiopian government for access, describe weakened children dying from diarrhea, empty shops and refugees begging for something to eat. One new report says parts of Tigray are likely a step below famine.

Mari Carmen Vinoles is the head of the emergency unit for Doctors Without Borders. She said “There is an extreme urgent need” to scale up the humanitarian response.

“The population is dying every day as we speak,” she added.

Jan 18 10:49

UN warns that millions are at risk of displacement as Ethiopia approaches possible civil war

The United Nations (UN) has said escalating fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region could displace 9 million people.

The conflict has closed roads and communications with the region. A report by the UN Office for Humanitarian Response (OCHA) warned that the violence may disrupt food and safety net assistance. This is needed by over a million people in Tigray

Meanwhile, analysts have urged an end to the fighting, fearing it could escalate to civil war.

International Crisis Group, an NGO that works to prevent wars, said:

Jan 18 09:52

Our Presidential Election Wasn’t Too Different from Third World Uganda’s

The MSM breathlessly reported that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni shut down social media prior to the January 14th presidential election, comparing the move to President Trump’s criticisms of social media here. But the reality is Museveni’s actions are more comparable to what the left is doing to conservatives and Trump. Museveni is just more bold about it. The left here finds ways to undermine our republic and elections that appear to be legal and constitutional, as long as you believe their claims. If you don’t believe them, you are labeled a conspiracy theorist and risk being doxed.

Jan 13 08:15

Ethiopia to establish new dam in Amhara region

Ethiopia has announced that it will establish a new dam, with a capacity to store 55 million cubic meters of water, amid an escalating dispute with Egypt and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The country’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Seleshi Bekele, and the Head of the Amhara Regional State, Agegnehu Teshager, lay the foundation stone for the new Agma dam, on Saturday.

The dam, which is located in the country’s northern Amhara region and is set to cost about $125m, will be 45 metres high and 371 metres long, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation reported. It added that a total of 7,000 hectares of land will be reclaimed as part of the project.

The dam’s construction will be implemented by the China Civil Engineering Corporation (CCEC), in cooperation with a number of local companies. Located on the Agma River in the Blue Nile Basin, the project is scheduled to be completed within three years.

Jan 13 08:00

Fresh from censoring select voices before and after US election, Twitter howls ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’ as Uganda shuts down social media

After banning the US president and other voices challenging Joe Biden’s election victory, Twitter is aghast that Uganda has shut down the social media conversation two days before voters there go to the polls.

“We’re hearing reports that internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps,” Twitter said on Tuesday. “We strongly condemn internet shutdowns. They are hugely harmful [and] violate basic human rights and the principles of the open internet.”

Jan 13 07:48

Government of Uganda Bans Twitter From Country After Censorship, Election Interference

The government of Uganda has disabled Twitter within its borders for election interference, days after oligarch Jack Dorsey took initiative to suspend accounts supportive of President Yoweri Museveni.

President Museveni is known as a devout Christian, and has been the target of animosity from western governments and global corporations his his staunch opposition to homosexualism. Uganda’s election is scheduled for Thursday, and the state has suspended Facebook and Twitter’s services for systemic bias against his National Resistance Movement.

Jan 07 07:14

Sudan signs ‘Abraham Accords’ with US, paving way for Israel normalization

Sudan on Wednesday signed the “Abraham Accords” with the United States, paving the way for the African country to normalize ties with Israel.

A statement from the office of Sudan’s prime minister said Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari signed the accord Wednesday with visiting US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Jan 04 10:40

White Politics and Secession in South Africa

It seemed like an act of desperation. Twenty-five years after the fall of apartheid, South Africa’s Whites were counting on a Black man to save them from the corruption and malignancy of Black-majority rule. Its failure should have surprised no one.

By all appearances, Mmusi Maimane was a South African Barrack Obama. Smooth and polished, he seemed like the ideal candidate to win just enough Black votes from the tottering ANC to fulfill the promise of a multi-racial democracy.

Dec 31 07:24

Top 10 Lies About Africa

Dec 29 09:18

COVID-19 VACCINES KILLS 7 INFANTS IN SENEGAL

Dec 29 07:33

Central African Republic: Armed rebels destroy ballot boxes after poll

Armed rebels attacked polling stations and destroyed ballot boxes in the Central African Republic following presidential elections on Sunday, a local official said.

The attacks took place in Carnot, Nola and Bambari in the country's west, said local administration member Evariste Mongo. No injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, more than 14% of polling stations had failed to operate during the elections after the rebels attacked voters and barred electoral staff, the electoral commission said. Many of the armed groups are hostile to President Faustin-Archange Touadera, who is seeking a second term.

Dec 29 07:25

‘I would never go back’: Horrors grow in Ethiopia’s conflict

One survivor arrived on broken legs, others on the run.

In this fragile refugee community on the edge of Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict, those who have fled nearly two months of deadly fighting continue to bring new accounts of horror.

At a simple clinic in Sudan, one doctor-turned-refugee, Tewodros Tefera, examines the wounds of war: Children injured in explosions. Gashes from axes and knives. Broken ribs from beatings. Feet scraped raw from days of hiking to safety.

On a recent day, he treated the shattered legs of fellow refugee Guesh Tesla, a recent arrival.

Dec 28 06:48

Donald Trump Has Just Traded Western Sahara Like a Victorian Colonialist

In what may be his last major foreign policy initiative as president, on December 10 Donald Trump announced a US-brokered agreement that will see Morocco become the third Arab country since August to normalize ties with Israel.

Following deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, the White House hailed this agreement as “advancing regional stability.” But, as Saharawi journalist Ahmed Ettanji tells Jacobin, its real effect is to “legitimize two occupations — that of the Israeli occupation of pre-1967 Palestinian territory and that of the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara.”

Under the agreement, the United States becomes the first major power in the world to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over the illegally annexed Western Sahara — a move which flies in the face of numerous UN resolutions and a ruling from the International Court of Justice.

Dec 24 07:17

Russia Sends More Troops to Central Africa Republic Amid Rebel Offensive

Rwanda and Russia have sent troops and supplies to the Central African Republic to help counter a surge in violence by rebel groups ahead of Sunday’s election, officials and a security source in Bangui said.

Security forces and U.N. peacekeepers have been battling rebels who have occupied towns and roads outside the capital.

Dec 23 08:13

A US Naval Armada and 2,500 Marines Are Off Somalia to Cover Troop Withdrawal

The U.S. has amassed naval forces with about 2,500 Marines aboard off the coast of Somalia to cover the withdrawal of the estimated 800 U.S. troops from the Horn of Africa country, which has been hit by terror attacks from the al-Shabaab insurgent group, U.S. Africa Command said Tuesday.

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), carrying members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived Monday off Somalia to back up Operation Octave Quartz in assuring the safe exit of the "majority" of U.S. troops from the East Africa country, AFRICOM said in a news release. A small number of troops is expected to stay behind to protect the U.S. diplomatic presence in the country.

Dec 22 08:19

Israeli normalisation prompts Sudan to revoke citizenship of Palestinians

In a surprise move, the ruling military regime in Sudan announced its intention ten days ago to revoke the Sudanese citizenship of more than 3,500 people, of whom the majority are Palestinians. The former head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Meshaal, and the speaker of the Tunisian parliament, Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of the Islamic Ennahda Movement, are among those losing their Sudanese citizenship.

Dec 22 08:08

AFRICOM Sends Warning to Al-Shabab as US Troops Begin Withdrawing from Somalia

The U.S. announced a plan over the weekend to begin withdrawing the estimated 800 American troops from Somalia by early January, but it came with a warning to the al-Shabab insurgent group: "They should not test us."

"We remain committed to helping our African partners build a more secure future," Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, head of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), said in a statement Saturday. "We also remain capable of striking al-Shabab at the time and place of our choosing -- they should not test us."

Townsend did not call the exit of U.S. troops from Somalia a withdrawal, but rather the "directed re-positioning" of forces to other bases in East Africa, most likely to neighboring Kenya.

Dec 22 07:59

Fracking The Okavango: Big Oil Comes For Africa’s Greatest Park

Canadian oil and gas company Recon Africa said in an August 2020 press release that they are planning to drill oil and gas wells into an environmentally sensitive, protected area in Africa that supplies the Okavango Delta with water.

The drilling location sits along the banks of the Kavango River, straddling the border between Namibia and Botswana, inside of the newly proclaimed Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, called the KAZA Park.

Dec 19 08:11

Paris: 71 Per cent of African Migrants’ Children Want to Move to Parents’ Homeland

A large majority of the children of African migrants born in France in the Paris region say that, within the next ten years, they want to migrate to their parents’ homelands.

Many of the French citizens in the Ile-de-France region born to African migrants say they want to leave France and resettle in their parent’s countries of origin, a phenomenon becoming known as repatriation or return migration.

Newspaper Le Parisien cited a 2019 Intelcia study of 800 children of African migrants, which revealed 71 per cent could move to their parents’ country of origin within the next ten years. Nearly 40 per cent said they would do so immediately.

Dec 18 08:37

The Strategic Role of Western Sahara. Trump’s Unilateral Recognition of Morocco’s Claims

Most folks never heard about Western Sahara until Trump unilaterally recognized Morocco’s claims to this disputed region of the Maghreb last week in exchange for it agreeing to a peace deal with “Israel”, but it’s actually extremely important for the anti-imperialist cause since its standing is similar to Palestine and Kashmir’s in the eyes of international law.

Dec 18 07:52

Polisario hopes Biden will cancel Trump's Western Sahara deal. If not, there's always war

US President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the United States was recognising Morocco’s claim over Western Sahara came as a gut punch to the Sahrawi independence movement.

But the Polisario Front, the organisation that has fought physically and diplomatically for Western Sahara’s independence for decades, is pinning its hopes on the incoming Biden administration, which it anticipates will reverse the designation.

If not, its officials warn, there is always the prospect of armed struggle.

Dec 17 13:12

Nigerian gangs kidnapped children on behalf of Boko Haram: sources

Boko Haram recruited three local gangs in northwest Nigeria to kidnap hundreds of schoolboys on its behalf, security and local sources said Wednesday.

The jihadist group has claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, which targeted a secondary school in the town of Kankara, in Katsina state.

But sources told AFP the operation was carried out on Boko Haram's orders by a notorious local gangster called Awwalun Daudawa.

The 43-year-old worked in collaboration with Idi Minorti and Dankarami, two other crime chiefs with strong local followings, they said.

Dec 16 07:20

Western Sahara Is the “Reward” to Morocco for Recognizing Israel

President Donald Trump announced on December 10 that Morocco had joined UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan in recognizing Israel, with plans to reopen its liaison office in Tel Aviv, and joint overflight rights for airlines. The US, Israel, and Morocco triangle included a quid pro quo: a US agreement to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, a disputed territory since 1975, where there has been a decades-old conflict with Morocco pitted against the Polisario Front.

Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser, and son-in-law, and his chief international negotiator, Avi Berkowitz negotiated the deal.

“This is a significant step forward for the people of Israel and Morocco. It further enhances Israel’s security, while creating opportunities for Morocco and Israel to deepen their economic ties and improve the lives of their people,” Kushner said.

Dec 16 06:36

Eastern [African] Exposure: Ethiopia, Ethnicity, and other Kindling for Tigray’s Backstory

There’s a whole mess of bloody messes around the world that few Americans care about. In fact, they could form a whole category of conflict labeled: "Top Ten Violent Hot Spots You’ve Never Heard Of (But Should Have)." The list might include, for starters, Nigeria’s resource war between herders and farmers (six times deadlier than the country’s well-publicized Boko Haram conflict in 2018); South Sudan’s dormant – for now – civil war (400,000 killed from 2013-18); and the Indo-Pakistani contest for Kashmir (70,000 dead in just the internal conflict over 30 years). Recently, I wrote four columns about another prime candidate – the Armenian-Azerbaijani war for Nagorno-Karabakh that isn’t so likely to be thrown back in the ice box with the other “frozen conflicts” this time around.

Dec 15 08:37

US Removes Sudan From State Sponsor of Terror List

On Monday, the US formally removed Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terror after 27 years. The move came after Sudan agreed to normalize relations with Israel.

“Today, Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism is officially rescinded,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. The US embassy in Khartoum also announced the news in a Facebook post.

Getting off the terror list has been a priority of Sudan’s government since former President Omar al-Bashir was removed from power by the military in 2019. Over the past year, Khartoum has been in close negotiations with the US over the list.

Dec 14 08:34

Shadowy Ethiopian massacre could be 'tip of the iceberg'

The only thing the survivors can agree on is that hundreds of people were slaughtered in a single Ethiopian town.

Witnesses say security forces and their allies attacked civilians in Mai-Kadra with machetes and knives or strangled them with ropes. The stench of bodies lingered for days during the early chaos of the Ethiopian government’s offensive in the defiant Tigray region last month. Several mass graves have been reported.

What happened beginning Nov. 9 in the agricultural town near the Sudanese border has become the most visible atrocity in a war largely conducted in the shadows. But even here, much remains unclear, including who killed whom.

Dec 14 06:25

FLASHBACK - UN Forced to Admit Gates-funded Vaccine is Causing Polio Outbreak in Africa

This really should be one of the biggest public health scandals of the decade, but instead it’s given little attention – mainly because of the high-profile nature of the people and organisations involved.

The United Nations has been forced to admit that a major international vaccine initiative is actually causing a deadly outbreak of the very disease it was supposed to wipe-out.

While international organisations like the World Health Organization (WHO) will regularly boast about ‘eradicating polio’ with vaccines—the opposite seems to be the case, with vaccines causing the deaths of scores of young people living in Africa.

Health officials have now admitted that their plan to stop ‘wild’ polio is backfiring, as scores children are being paralyzed by a deadly strain of the pathogen derived from a live vaccine – causing a virulent wave of polio to spread.

Dec 08 06:37

DR Congo Police Reportedly Enter Parliament Building After Fresh Violence

Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi dissolved the ruling coalition on Monday after announcing that he would be forming a new coalition that might require the dissolving of parliament and the holding of fresh elections.

Police have entered the parliament building in the DR Congo capital of Kinshasa on Tuesday amid reports of unrest and violence inside the legislative chamber, AFP has reported, citing one of its journalists.

At least one person was said to have been injured in clashes involving the throwing of projectiles inside the chamber between supporters of President Tshisekedi and lawmakers from the parliamentary majority loyal to his predecessor, Joseph Kabila.

Dec 07 07:45

'We Will Not Defend Those Who Disrespect Us': Trump Orders Troops Out Of This Country

The Pentagon announced Friday it is withdrawing most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump's orders, maintaining a post-election push by Trump to shrink U.S. involvement in counterterrorism missions abroad.

Without giving details, the Pentagon stated that 'a majority' of U.S. troops and assets in Somalia will be withdrawn in early 2021. There are for now roughly 700 troops in that Horn of Africa nation, training and advising local forces in an extensive fight against the extremist group al-Shabab, an affiliate of al-Qaeda.

Dec 06 08:40

President Trump Orders to Withdraw the ‘Majority’ of Troops From Somalia

The Pentagon announced on Friday that President Trump ordered the withdrawal of the “majority” of US troops from Somalia.

“The President of the United States has ordered the Department of Defense and the United States Africa Command to reposition the majority of personnel and assets out of Somalia by early 2021,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

The statement said “some forces may be reassigned outside of East Africa,” but the remaining troops will be reassigned to neighboring countries to “allow cross-border operations.”

Dec 06 07:31

Thousands killed in Ethiopia’s conflict, Tigray side asserts

Several thousand combatants have been killed in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, an official with the fugitive regional government is asserting, although claims remain difficult to verify after a month of fighting between Ethiopian and regional forces.

Getachew Reda, a senior adviser to the Tigray leader, in an interview with Tigray TV aired Thursday urged young people and others in the region to “rise and deploy to battle in tens of thousands.” His call came days after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed over the weekend declared victory in a power struggle that exploded between his government and the heavily armed regional one that once dominated Ethiopia’s ruling coalition.

Dec 05 08:12

War in Ethiopia's Tigray wrenches families apart

Ethiopian farmer Gebrahid Welderfael said he last saw his wife and 18-year-old daughter in the sewer in his village in the Tigray region where the family had taken shelter from explosions and gunfire.

When he returned with his younger children from a quick trip to their house to collect supplies, they were gone, lost in the chaos of a conflict in the northern region where government and rebellious Tigray forces have been fighting since Nov 4.

Unable to find them, the 45-year-old walked with his younger daughter and two young sons to the Um Rakuba camp across the border to Sudan, where more than 45,000 have fled the conflict.

Dec 04 00:14

Politician Named After Adolf Hitler Wins Local Election In African Country Of Namibia

A man named after Nazi dictator and mass murderer Adolf Hitler has won a local election in the African country of Namibia.

Adolf Hitler Uunona won an election last week to become councilor of Ompundja in the south African country, according to the BBC. He admits that his father did name him after the Nazi leader. He told a German newspaper that his father “probably didn’t understand what Adolf Hitler stood for.”

Dec 03 08:16

Islamist violence escalates in Burkina Faso, making widespread hunger worse

Habibou Sore had to pause for breath as she ran barefoot from the approaching gunmen. She was pregnant with twins, due any day.

Soon after arriving at a nearby town in northern Burkina Faso, her feet cut and swollen, Sore gave birth. Then her battle with hunger began.

Attacks by Islamist groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State have killed thousands of people this year in Africa’s Sahel region, an arid belt to the south of the Sahara Desert.

The escalating bloodshed has worsened food shortages that threaten millions in a region already hit by climate change, poverty and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dec 02 09:57

350 elephants drop dead in Botswana, some walking in circles before doing face-plants

More than 350 elephants in Botswana have mysteriously died since May, in a phenomenon that some scientists have dubbed a "conservation disaster," and one that has evaded explanation.

The elephants — which died in the swampy Okavango Delta — still had their tusks intact, suggesting that ivory poaching hadn't driven the deaths, The Guardian reported. A flight over the delta in May by researchers with Elephants Without Borders, a wildlife conservation organization, first spotted 169 carcasses; that number jumped to 356 in June, when the conservationists took another flight over the area.

Botswana's Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation, and Tourism has verified 275 of those elephant carcasses, according to a statement from the African Wildlife Foundation.

Dec 02 08:30

Ethiopia war may turn into guerrilla insurgency, experts say

Ethiopia’s nearly month-long war against rebellious northern forces may be transforming into a guerrilla conflict, experts said on Tuesday, even though federal troops declared victory after capturing the Tigrayan regional capital at the weekend.

Dec 01 08:43

Islamists On Motorcycles Mount 'Most Violent Attack On Civilians This Year' In Nigeria

The United Nations has called the horrific terrorist attack in Nigeria over the weekend the "most violent direct" assault on civilians this year.

Farmers that were working their fields in remote villages near Maiduguri, which is the capital of Nigeria's Borno state - where Islamist militant faction Boko Haram has long been at war with the Nigerian government - when a large group of armed men on motorcycles swept through the area and killed everyone in sight.

A moto-taxi used by a Nigerian regular soldier on the lookout for Boko Haram insurgents. Image source: The Vintagent
It happened Saturday afternoon and began hitting international press on Sunday, when the death toll steadily climbed throughout the day as investigators went through the appalling crime scene. The death toll now stands at over 110 civilians killed.

Nov 30 07:58

Ethiopia PM says Tigray operation over after army seizes Mekelle

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced the end of military operations in the northern Tigray region after the army said it was in “full control” of the regional capital, Mekelle.

Since November 4, the Ethiopian government has been trying to quell a rebellion by a powerful ethnic faction, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), in a war that has shaken the Horn of Africa. Thousands of people are believed to have died and nearly one million forced from their homes, including some 43,000 refugees who fled to neighbouring Sudan.

In a statement on Twitter on Saturday, Abiy said he was “pleased” to share that the military operations in the Tigray region had been “completed and ceased”.

Nov 30 07:58

Once enemies, Ethiopia and Eritrea ally against Tigray

Eritrea has been involved in the Tigray crisis in Ethiopia from day one, experts have said. But even though the two countries are fighting together against a common enemy, that does not make them friends.

After more than three weeks of war, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has claimed victory in his military campaign against Tigray's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). The fierce fighting there has left thousands of civilians and security forces dead, according to the International Crisis Group. More than 40,000 people have reportedly fled the conflict area, mostly to Sudan. With Abiy resisting calls for dialogue, fears are growing that Ethiopia's internal conflict could spread beyond its borders.

Nov 30 07:06

UN says at least 110 killed in suspected Boko Haram attack in Nigeria where many victims were beheaded

The death toll in a suspected Boko Haram attack on farmers in northeastern Nigeria on Saturday has reached at least 110, a UN humanitarian coordinator in the country said, urging the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

“At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others wounded in this attack,” Edward Kallon, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said in a statement.

The incident was the “most violent direct attack against innocent civilians” in the country in 2020, Kallon pointed out. The perpetrators of this “heinous and senseless” act must be brought to justice, he added.

A group of armed men on motorcycles ambushed the farmers as they went into the rice fields to gather the harvest on Saturday. The bodies of 43 farmers have been recovered after the massacre, with around 30 of them being beheaded. The security forces have been searching the area for those missing.

Nov 29 08:24

Multiple Explosions Reported in Eritrean Capital Amid Brewing Tensions in Neighbouring Ethiopia

Earlier this month, at least two missiles were fired from the northern Ethiopian state of Tigray at neighbouring Eritrea as the breakaway region remains engulfed in a conflict with Addis Abba.

Six explosions were reported in the Eritrean capital of Asmara late on Saturday, according to the US State Department, amid tensions in neighbouring Ethiopia, where government forces are fighting the Tigray People's Liberation Front.

The US State Department is urging US citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Eritrea.

Nov 29 07:44

CIA CONTRACTOR DIES IN SECRET U.S. WAR IN SOMALIA

An American working for the CIA died this week of injuries from a terrorist attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, according to two people with knowledge of the attack. He is the first American known to be killed as a result of violence in the capital since the disastrous 1993 Black Hawk Down battle.

Michael Goodboe, a 54-year-old former Navy SEAL who worked for the CIA’s paramilitary unit, died after succumbing to injuries from an improvised explosive device, according to the two sources. The two sources requested anonymity because of the sensitivity around the attack and because they were not authorized to disclose Goodboe’s death.

The attack that killed Goodboe was presumed to have been conducted by al-Shabab, an Al Qaeda affiliated group engaged in a decadelong insurgency, though the details remain unclear. One of the people familiar with the attack said Goodboe was flown to Germany, where the U.S. has a military hospital, and later died of his injuries.

Nov 25 11:41

Watchdog: At Least 600 Dead in Nov. 9 Tigray Massacre

One day into the 72-hour ultimatum on Ethiopia’s Tigray city, Ethiopia claims many have surrendered, though there is growing pessimism the attack on the city can be avoided.

The Ethiopia Human Rights Commission found that some 600 people were killed in a Nov 9. massacre in Tigray, stabbed or hacked to death. That, and failure to care for the displaced, is raising concern.

PM Abiy Ahmed’s harsh statements against the Tigrayans only add to those concerns, and even if the fighting ends, the government may keep cracking down on the Tigrayans.

Nov 25 07:12

Deadly Conflict in Ethiopia Escalates as Tigray Rejects PM Ahmed's Ultimatum

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gave the anti-government Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) 72 hours to surrender on Sunday. The head of the region Debretsion Gebremichael rejected the demands, saying that his people are "ready to die" for their homeland.

The UN and international organisations have urged the sides in the Ethiopian conflict to cease hostilities in a bid to prevent civilian casualties, as the deadline for the ultimatum approaches.

"The highly aggressive rhetoric on both sides regarding the fight for Mekele is dangerously provocative and risks placing already vulnerable and frightened civilians in grave danger", said UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.

Nov 25 06:07

Watchdog: At Least 600 Dead in Nov. 9 Tigray Massacre

One day into the 72-hour ultimatum on Ethiopia’s Tigray city, Ethiopia claims many have surrendered, though there is growing pessimism the attack on the city can be avoided.

The Ethiopia Human Rights Commission found that some 600 people were killed in a Nov 9. massacre in Tigray, stabbed or hacked to death. That, and failure to care for the displaced, is raising concern.

PM Abiy Ahmed’s harsh statements against the Tigrayans only add to those concerns, and even if the fighting ends, the government may keep cracking down on the Tigrayans.

Reflecting that problem, Ethiopia has loudly rejected mediation over the ongoing problem, meaning their endgame is not resolving the dispute but just crushing it.

Nov 24 06:48

Army merges Europe, Africa commands under a single 4-star headquarters

The Army has merged its component commands responsible for operations in Europe and Africa under one four-star general in a new organization that will be headquartered in Germany, the service announced Friday.

The Army’s new U.S. Army Europe and Africa, or USAREUR-AF, will combine the former U.S. Army Europe and former U.S. Army Africa into one organization, the service said. But soldiers will not move from their current locations under the reorganization, an Army spokeswoman said Friday.

USAREUR-AF will be headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, where U.S. Army Europe had been posted. Meanwhile, soldiers assigned to the former U.S. Army Africa will remain at Vicenza, Italy, where that command had been posted. The former U.S. Africa has been redesignated the Southern European Task Force-Africa, or SETAF-AF, under the command of USAREUR-AF.

Nov 20 11:04

Anxiety and foreboding as Ethiopia conflict entangles Tigrayans

Gebremariam Hagos*, a civil servant in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, says he has not worked for two weeks.

That is when months of steadily increasing tensions between the federal government and the rulers of the northern Tigray region exploded into open warfare. In the early hours of November 4, the government announced a military operation against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), accusing it of committing treason by attacking a federal army base and commandeering weapons.

Nov 20 07:38

Port Of Baltimore Officers Intercept 157 Stolen Cars In 2020 Bound For Africa

Many of the container ships departing from the Port of Baltimore sail to West African countries. Organized crime gangs have found this out long ago, using the port as a convenient place to load their stolen vehicles, bound for places like Liberia and Nigeria.

In recent years, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Baltimore Field Office have cracked down on the stolen vehicle trade. For this past fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020), the Baltimore Field Office, covering the Port of Baltimore and the Port of Wilmington in Delaware, intercepted 157 stolen cars before they were shipped overseas.

Fox45 News says the Baltimore Field Office "ranks second in the number of vehicles intercepted during that time ... Only the New York field office recovered more."

The 157 vehicles represent a total value of $4.8 million. Fox45 News provides more details about where the stolen cars came from and where they were headed.

Nov 18 07:51

Made in Africa: eight African cars

African motoring is stepping up its game in the competitive but profitable automotive industry, giving the Germans, Indians and Chinese leaders in vehicle design and manufacturing some competition in local markets.

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Posted in response to yesterday's caller claiming Africa does not make cars.

Nov 16 07:07

Susan Rice has blood on her hands: Journalist

Susan Rice is another one of the recycled Clinton people, and in fact the Democratic Party had her going back even before that.

Her mother has been around. She helped design Pell Grants. She had been with Brookings since ‘92 which is about when Susan graduated into the Clinton administration (in 1993) and went directly to the National Security Council.

She was with Bill Clinton for his administration. Obama had her - first at the UN, and then as his National Security Adviser (I think). She's about as inside as it gets. She has blood on her hands in Africa, Rwanda.

Nov 16 07:02

Violence Against Civilians Reported in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

Reports of violence against civilians continue to come out of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, where the country’s prime minister ordered a military operation last week. With internet and phone services shut down in Tigray, most accounts are unconfirmed.

Nov 16 06:57

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: How the conflict could destabilise its neighbours

The fighting in Ethiopia's northern Tigray state may not only have drastic implications for the future of the country but could also seriously affect its neighbours.

Seeking to calm tensions a day after fighting started, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that "the stability of Ethiopia is important for the entire Horn of Africa region".

With a population of more than 110 million and one of the fastest growing economies on the continent, what happens in Ethiopia inevitably has a wider impact.

Nov 16 05:57

As America Distracted By Counting Votes, Fighting Fraud, Africa, Mideast On Brink Of War

Two airports in Ethiopia’s Amhara state were targeted in the strikes late Friday. One, the Gondar airport, was hit and took damage. The second missile missed its target, the Bahir Dar airport, though there was still some damage.

Hundreds of people have been killed and well over 17,000 foreigners have escaped into neighboring Sudan since Ethiopian troops started fighting local forces in the northern Tigray area 11 days ago.
The battle is the outcome of a months-long falling out amid dramatic shifts in power following Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister

Abiy Ahmed took office two years ago.

Nov 16 05:41

Ethiopia: Tigray leader confirms bombing Eritrean capital

The leader of Ethiopia’s Tigray region has said his forces bombed the airport in neighbouring Eritrea’s capital, a major escalation as the heavy fighting in northern Ethiopia between federal government troops and Tigray forces spreads across an international border.

Tigray’s President Debretsion Gebremichael did not say how many missiles were fired at Asmara on Saturday but said it was the only city in Eritrea that was targeted.

Nov 16 05:40

War crimes feared in Ethiopia’s Tigray, Amnesty reports massacre

Fighting between Ethiopian government forces and rebellious northern leaders could spiral out of control and war crimes may have been committed, the United Nations said on Friday, as repercussions spread around the volatile Horn of Africa.

The 10-day conflict in Tigray region has killed hundreds, sent refugees flooding into Sudan, and raised fears it may draw in Eritrea or force Ethiopia to divert troops from an African force opposing al-Qaeda-linked fighters in Somalia.

Nov 15 07:58

Nobel Prize License to Kill

Civil war and a humanitarian crisis is raging in Ethiopia, but “luckily” for the country’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year. That prize gives him a license to get away with murder.

Western media reports on the conflict which has flared up over the past week routinely refer to Abiy as a Nobel laureate. That gives his claims credibility even when he is telling lies. It gives his actions legitimacy even they are crimes against humanity.

According to Abiy and his cabinet, the central government in Addis Ababa has launched a “law and order” operation in the northern region of Tigray to bring treasonous opposition leaders to justice. Abiy accuses the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of “gangsterism” and “corruption”. He ordered federal military forces to attack the region on November 4 in order to “liberate” the Tigrayan people from the “TPLF junta” which is the regional government.

Nov 14 07:18

Russia inks draft deal to open naval base for nuclear-powered ships in Sudan, in exchange for military cooperation with Khartoum

Russia is to build a naval logistics base in northeastern African Sudan, allowing Moscow to keep its nuclear warships on the Red Sea coast. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin approved the draft agreement.

The deal stipulates a maximum of four warships and 300 servicemen can stay in the base at one time, including “naval ships with nuclear propulsion systems.” Once endorsed, the bilateral agreement will enable Russia to use the Sudanese port for repairs and resupply, and in return Khartoum will receive weapons and military equipment free of charge to protect the base.

The Russian ships will be exempt from being inspected.

Nov 10 08:58

ISIS-linked Islamists behead more than 50 people on football pitch in Mozambique

Suspected Islamist militants beheaded scores of people before dismembering the bodies in a barbaric assault in Mozambique. The perpetrators are also believed to have kidnapped several women.

The remains of least 15 boys, who were participating in a male initiation ceremony when the militants struck Muatide village this past weekend, were found among the dead.

“Police learned of the massacre committed by the insurgents through reports of people who found corpses in the woods,” said a police spokesperson in the Mueda district.

“It was possible to count 20 bodies spread over an area of about 500 meters.”

The militants, who are linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), reportedly raided a slew of villages in the gas-rich northeastern Cabo Delgado province over the weekend, pillaging them for supplies before burning down homes and disappearing into the bush, kidnapping women and killing anyone who resisted.

Burials for the dead are to be held on Tuesday.

Nov 04 09:08

South Sudan confirms new outbreak of vaccine-related polio

Health officials in the African nation of South Sudan confirmed a new outbreak of the poliovirus – ironically caused by vaccinations against it. The South Sudan Ministry of Health (MOH) said 15 vaccine-derived polio cases were identified in the northwestern portion of the country.

Nov 04 06:52

Pentagon Draws Down Officers From Middle East and African Embassies

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon has begun withdrawing high-ranking military officials from US embassies in Africa, the Middle East, and other posts around the world, a move necessary to shift the military’s focus more on China and Russia.

The Journal reviewed a memo from August 24th signed by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper that ordered the position of defense attaché to be downgraded in rank in eight allied countries, including the UK and Saudi Arabia. The Journal said attachés have been withdrawn altogether from several embassies in West Africa.

The defense attaché is the senior military officer representing the US at diplomatic posts. Duties of the attachés include overseeing the training of foreign militaries, arranging weapons sales, and coordinating US military forces in the country.

Nov 04 06:32

Civil War Fears as Ethiopia Starts Military Operation in Opposition-Controlled Region

Ethiopia was thrust into a political crisis earlier this year, with national elections set to be held in August postponed on the pretext of the medical emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Authorities in the northern region of Tigray organised regional elections in September, with the government in Addis Ababa dismissing the results.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has order the military to start an operation in the restive, opposition-controlled region of Tigray to “save the country” in the wake of an alleged attack on government troops early Wednesday morning.

“Our defence forces…have been ordered to carry out their mission to save the country. The final red line has been crossed. Force is being used as the last measure to save the people and the country,” Ahmed indicated, his remarks posted on his official Twitter and Facebook pages.

Nov 03 07:18

French Airstrikes Kill Over 50 Islamic Fighters in Mali

On Monday, the French government said it launched airstrikes that killed over 50 Islamic militants in Mali. The operation took place on Friday in an area near the borders of Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

“On October 30 in Mali, the Barkhane force conducted an operation that neutralized more than 50 jihadists and confiscated arms and material,” French Defense Minister Florence Parly.

Operation Barkhane is a French-led counter-insurgency operation in Africa’s Sahel region that has been ongoing since 2014. France, a former colonial power in the region, first intervened in Mali in 2013.

Nov 03 07:03

Survivors Count 54 Dead After Ethiopia Massacre, Group Says

Survivors of a massacre by rebels in western Ethiopia on Sunday counted 54 bodies in a schoolyard, the latest attack in which members of ethnic minorities have been deliberately targeted, Amnesty International said Monday.

Human rights groups are asking why federal soldiers left the area just hours before attackers moved in and targeted ethnic Amharas.

Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, denounced the killing of people based on identity, adding that security forces had been deployed to the area and “started taking measures.”

Ethnic violence in Ethiopia is posing the greatest challenge yet to the prime minister, who was last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner for his sweeping political reforms.

Nov 02 06:07

UK govt admits it trained Nigeria’s infamous SARS police unit accused of EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS

The United Kingdom has acknowledged it provided training and equipment to a now-disbanded Nigerian law enforcement unit whose alleged abuses have sparked large protests in the African nation.
The minister for Africa, James Duddridge, admitted that officers in Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) received instruction from UK officials between 2016-2020.

An “End SARS” protest movement began in Nigeria in early October amid accusations of widespread police brutality. The unit has been accused of torture and extrajudicial killings by human rights groups. SARS was disbanded in mid-October but protesters continue to demand law enforcement reforms.

SARS officers had enrolled in a UK program “designed to improve human rights, training on public finance, and community policing workshops,” Duddridge explained in a letter to Labour MP Kate Osamor. He also disclosed the UK had gifted radio equipment to Nigeria police which was then used by SARS forces.

Nov 01 22:51

Pentagon Begins Draw Down Of Generals From Africa Posts & Other Hot Spots

"...The Pentagon is said to have "quietly begun withdrawing" high ranking military officers from posts in Africa and the Middle East as part of a broader strategy of shifting resources to prioritize countering China and Russia, also as congressional caps which designate max numbers of generals and admirals in any given year must be met. However some say it will do the opposite - that is, the move will actually embolden US rivals in developing and politically restive parts of the globe..."

Oct 29 07:40

FLASHBACK - Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons

Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state's possession of nuclear weapons.

The "top secret" minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa's defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel's defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them "in three sizes". The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that "the very existence of this agreement" was to remain secret.

The documents, uncovered by an American academic, Sasha Polakow-Suransky, in research for a book on the close relationship between the two countries, provide evidence that Israel has nuclear weapons despite its policy of "ambiguity" in neither confirming nor denying their existence.

Oct 27 06:08

The massive protests in Nigeria, explained

On Oct. 20, Nigerian soldiers shot at protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, killing at least 10. Protesters were blocking a highway in Lagos, the country’s largest city and commercial capital, to draw attention to their struggle against police brutality. That night, soldiers and police attacked protesters across several parts of Lagos and elsewhere. Amnesty International reports at least 38 Nigerians died in the clashes, with dozens more injured.

The sequence of events leading to what Nigerians call the #LekkiMassacre suggests this appears to be a carefully planned attack. While protesters were on the road, dancing to songs from a live DJ, the Lagos state governor imposed a curfew, to start at 4 p.m. The protesters refused to leave. Next, operators of the toll removed all CCTV cameras from the toll booths and the lights cut out. Soldiers arrived and opened fire between 6:45 and 9 p.m.

Oct 27 06:07

In Tel Aviv, Sudanese migrants say Israel making peace with a rotten regime

On October 23, US President Donald Trump called the White House press corps into the Oval Office to announce a “historic” and “very special” peace deal between Israel and Sudan.

“This is an incredible deal for Israel and Sudan,” Trump said. “For decades, Sudan has been at a state of war with Israel… and boycotted Israeli goods. There was no relationship whatsoever.”

The next day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who had been on the call, together with Sudan’s Sovereign Council president General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, when Trump made the announcement — appeared on Israeli television and declared enthusiastically: “This is a new era, an era of true peace.”

Oct 26 06:29

Sudanese protesters burn Israeli flag, reject normalization with Israel

Sudanese protesters marching in Khartoum set the Israeli flag on fire on Wednesday, expressing their rejection of normalizing relations with Israel.
According to the local newspaper Al-Intibaha, the demonstrators chanted slogans against establishing relations with Israel and demanded that political parties who have supported the step revise their position.

Oct 26 06:26

Entire Nigerian police force mobilized after days of violent protests that have killed at least 69

Nigeria’s inspector general of police on Saturday ordered the mobilization of all officers to “reclaim the public space from criminal elements masquerading as protesters” after days of peaceful demonstrations against police brutality erupted into violence.

According to The Associated Press, M.A. Adamu in a statement ordered colleagues to “dominate the public space” and also called for an end to the unrest that has left at least 69 people dead.

The police inspector general also encouraged “law-abiding citizens not to panic but rather join forces with police ... to protect their communities from the criminal elements.”

Oct 26 06:26

Ethiopia summons U.S. ambassador over Trump comments in dam dispute

Ethiopia on Saturday summoned the U.S. ambassador over what it called an “incitement of war” between Ethiopia and Egypt from President Donald Trump over their dispute about the filling and operation of a massive hydropower dam.

Oct 26 06:25

Attackers storm Cameroon school, kill several children

At least eight children were killed and a dozen wounded after attackers stormed a school in southwestern Cameroon with guns and machetes, the United Nations said.

Arriving on motorbikes and in civilian clothes, the men attacked the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy in the city of Kumba, in the country’s Southwest Region, at around midday on Saturday.

Oct 26 06:04

Sudanese Parties Reject Transitional Govt’s Normalization With Israel

Friday’s joint statement normalizing Sudanese ties with Israel is not sitting well with many people and political blocs within Sudan, who see this transitional government as having gone behind their backs to make an unpopular deal.

Dozens of Sundanese protested against the move in the capital. The Popular Congress Party, an influential bloc member, said the public is being isolated and marginalized by the “secret deals” and that they are not bound by that.

Former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi condemned the deal, saying it contradicts national laws and is hurting the peace process. Concern about where this puts Sudan with the Palestinians seems to be a significant issue.

Oct 26 05:59

Joint List condemns normalization with Sudan

Former MK and chairman of the Balad party Jamal Zahalka calls for the Sudanese people to overthrow the government because of the normalization agreement.

The Joint List of Arab parties roundly condemned the normalization deal between Israel and Sudan, while a former chairman of the Balad Party, one of the constituents of the Joint List, called for the Sudanese people to overthrow the government because of the agreement.

Several Joint List MKs denounced the deal for ignoring the conflict with the Palestinians and said that only the establishment of a Palestinian state would lead to real peace in the region.

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