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Jan 21 08:31

NIGERIA DESTROYS OVER 1 MILLION VACCINES

Jan 20 08:08

South African Scientists Confirm Boosters Offer Little Protection From Omicron

On Monday, a team of Israeli scientists publicized research showing that even a second booster dose of the Moderna or Pfizer mRNA vaccines doesn't bestow complete immunity from the omicron variant.

Now, just days later, their conclusion appears to have been corroborated by a team of South African researchers from the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University who observed seven individuals who had been infected with the omicron variant despite having been "boosted". The patients represented the first known cases of breakthrough infection by omicron, the researchers told the Lancet, the British medical journal where their findings were published.

Keep in mind, the South African team used a very different approach. First of all, the patients they examined had only received a single booster dose (unlike with the Israeli study, which focused on patients who had received two doses).

Jan 20 08:01

Billionaire Soon-Shiong opens new vaccine plant in South Africa

South African-American businessman Patrick Soon-Shiong opened a new vaccine plant in Cape Town on Wednesday, intended to help his local NantSA company make COVID-19 shots in future and redress the continent's lack of manufacturing capacity.

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed a global lack of access to life-saving vaccines, particularly in Africa, where roughly 10% of the population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 compared to over half the world's population.

"Africa should no longer be last in line to access vaccines against pandemics. Africa should no longer go cap in hand to the Western world, begging and begging for vaccines," said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who attended the opening.

Jan 18 07:29

One step backward: US to assist French in failing African counter-terror ops

On January 12, the Washington Post’s John Hudson published an article detailing the Biden administration’s decision to continue supporting French counterterrorism operations in the Sahel region of Africa — despite the unsuccessful nature of those operations over the last decade.

Jan 14 07:33

December Farm Attacks In South Africa: White Farmers Bound, Assaulted, Robbed And Murdered

These are reported farm attacks in December:

Johan Prinsloo, 73, was fatally shot on a farm near Koppies south of Sasolburg in the Free State province of South Africa.
At least four attackers opened fire on Prinsloo and one of his employees.

The attackers fled. Nothing was stolen.

The incident occurred Nov. 30, 2021.

Jan 10 11:56

China’s moves in this war-ravaged region are a tactical and strategic gambit

China kicked off 2022 with a diplomatic tour of Africa, with its Foreign Minister Wang Yi visiting Comoros, Eritrea and Kenya. While on the trip, Wang announced that China would be creating a “special envoy” for The Horn of Africa – the region of East Africa comprising Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti, which has frequently suffered from destabilizing conflicts, including the current Ethiopian civil war.

Beijing has for a while now been gearing up its diplomatic focus on the region, having in November invited Eritrea to join the Belt and Road initiative, while constructing its first foreign overseas military base in Djibouti. All these initiatives drew opposition from the United States, which has also been issuing sanctions against Ethiopia and Eritrea over the Tigray war, having recently booted the latter out of a preferential trade program over allegations of human rights abuses.

Jan 08 08:06

Russian troops deploy to Mali’s Timbuktu after French exit

Mali’s army spokesperson has said Russian soldiers have deployed to the northern city of Timbuktu to train Malian forces at a base vacated by French troops last month amid persistent insecurity in a country where large swaths of territory are out of the government’s control.

The Malian government said late last year that “Russian trainers” had arrived in the country, but Bamako and Moscow have so far provided few details on the deployment, including on how many soldiers are involved or the Russian troops’ precise mission.

On December 23, a group of Western countries led by former colonial power France, which in 2013 intervened militarily to help push back advancing armed groups that threatened to seize the whole of Mali, sharply criticised what they said was the deployment of Russian mercenaries working for the controversial Wagner Group.

Mali’s government has denied this, saying the Russian troops are in the country as part of a bilateral agreement.

Jan 07 08:29

America builds military bases around the world. China builds economic ones

Morocco is a strategically important North African country that sits at a crossroads between multiple regions of the world. To its immediate north is the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean Sea. To the south and east is the rest of the African continent, and to the west is the vast Atlantic Ocean and the Americas.

This advantageous position has been noted in Beijing, and so it’s no surprise that in one of China’s first diplomatic engagements of 2022, Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), signed a deepened Belt and Road Initiative cooperation plan with Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.

Jan 07 07:23

UN: Some Ethiopian aid will stop without cash, fuel and food

The United Nations warned Thursday that some U.N. agencies and aid groups will be forced to halt operations in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region if humanitarian supplies, fuel and cash are not delivered very soon.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said no trucks with food and other aid have been able to enter Tigray since Dec. 15 and the humanitarian situation “continues to deteriorate.”

The U.N. needs about 100 truck-loads to enter Tigray every day to meet the needs of at least 5.2 million of the 6 million people in Tigray, but Dujarric said that since July 12 only 1,338 trucks have entered the region, which is less than 12% of the number needed.

As of Jan. 3, he said, the U.N.’s partners who have been distributing food and other aid in Tigray have only around 10.000 liters of fuel left. “At least 60,000 liters of fuel are needed to dispatch the limited food supplies that are available in Mekele,” Tigray’s capital, he said.

Jan 07 07:20

Thousands rally in Sudan against military rule: witnesses

Thousands of Sudanese took to the street of the capital Khartoum on Thursday to protest against the military, which led a coup more than two months ago, witnesses said.

Sudan's armed forces led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan staged the power grab on October 25, sparking international condemnation and setting off a wave of demonstrations.

The coup, which saw the civilian leadership ousted and detained, derailed a rocky transition toward civilian rule that had started after the April 2019 ouster of veteran autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

Jan 03 09:29

Using and abusing Djibouti: How the US transformed a tiny African state into a hub of imperial aggression

From Djibouti, the US trains proxies and bombs strategically-important countries in the name of democracy and counterterrorism. To justify the country’s militarization, Washington hypes fears over China’s regional ambitions.

In a blatant threat to China’s presence, Djibouti recently hosted the US-led “Allied Appreciation Day,” in which Britain, France, and Japan showcased “a variety of equipment that is part of their military operations in the Horn of Africa” (HOA). The Pentagon’s Combined Joint Task Force-HOA reported that the events fused Armistice, Remembrance, and Veterans’ Days. Attendees participated in “demonstrations featuring a variety of allied military capabilities to include a military flyover.”

Dec 29 12:25

US State Dept. Threatens Intervention in Somalia After Farmaajo Fires PM Roble Ahead of Elections

The US has issued a startling threat to Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, better known as Farmaajo, after he attempted to remove from office Prime Minister Mohamed Roble, who is overseeing the country’s lengthy elections process.

“The US is prepared to act against those who obstruct Somalia’s path to peace,” the US State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs said on its Twitter account on Tuesday.

The statement called Roble’s attempted suspension “alarming” and added that “we support his efforts for rapid & credible elections. All parties must desist from escalatory actions & statements.”

Dec 28 09:48

Anti-apartheid Icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu Dies. Here Is What He Said About Israel-Palestine

South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace prize laureate, died on Sunday aged 90.

A contemporary of Nelson Mandela, Tutu was known not just for his role in ending a dark chapter of racial discrimination in his country but also for speaking out against injustices around the world, including in the Middle East.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa honoured this fight in a tribute to Tutu announcing the archbishop’s death.

“The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa,” he said in a statement.

“A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world.”

Dec 26 09:35

South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu Passes Away at The Age of 90

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was the last surviving South African laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has released a statement that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu has died at the age of 90.

"The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation's farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa," Cyril Ramaphosa said.

Dec 24 08:10

Algeria prosecutes 14-year-old girl over connection to Hirak protests

Algerian prosecutors have referred a 14-year-old girl to trial due to her alleged connection with the anti-government Hirak protest movement, her lawyer and a human rights group said on Thursday.

Abdelhalim Khereddine, the child’s lawyer, told AFP that she was charged with attending an “unarmed gathering” and ordered to appear in court alongside 20 other suspects.

However, Khereddine said that he would ask for the trial to be postponed, as criminal responsibility is applied to those who are 18 or older, according to Algerian law, and that the minor should be tried in a juvenile court.

Dec 22 07:05

Sudan's PM Hamdok 'to resign within hours'

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok told a group of political figures that he intends to resign from his post within the next several hours, two sources close to the premier told Reuters on Tuesday evening.

The group called on him to stay in his position but he insisted he would leave, the sources added.

Middle East Eye could not independently verify the Reuters report by the time of writing.

After the 25 October military coup led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, which upended the country's democratic transition process, Hamdok had seen a surge in popularity when he was placed under house arrest.

Dec 22 07:03

Morocco Opens First Military Base with Chinese Air Defense

Morocco has formally inaugurated its first military base with a Chinese long-range air defense system near the town of Sidi Yahia el Gharb, according to a report by military news site Defensa.

Extending over an area of 420,000 square meters, the military base includes administrative headquarters, repair hangars, and barracks.

The facility features a Chinese FD-2000B air defense system the Moroccan government acquired in mid-2021.

The base also has a Sky Dragon 50 medium-range anti-aircraft system acquired from China in 2017.

Dec 22 06:58

Pfizer Settled For $75 Million For Using 'Nigerian Children As Human Guinea Pigs'

Dec 15 08:26

South Africa November Farm Attacks: Farmer And His Dog Shot To Death, Another Shot In Chest, 84-Year-Old Woman Tortured With Blow Torch, And MANY Home Invasions

These are reported farm attacks in November:

Robert Stander was fatally shot in Muldersdrift, Gauteng province, South Africa.
After entering his home, the attackers shot the farmer's pit bull before shooting Stander in the chest and stomach. The attackers made off with a TV, laptop, and two cellphones.

Stander was a member of the Muldersdrift Community Police Forum. His murder is assumed to be an assassination.

An 84-year-old woman was attacked at her home in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng province.
Reports say a blow torch was used to burn the woman's hands and feet before she was bound and locked in a bathroom.

Dec 15 08:19

How armed drones may have helped turn the tide in Ethiopia’s war

Ethiopia’s 13-month war has seen yet another dramatic turn as the federal government’s counteroffensive against fighters from the northern Tigray region has made substantial advances, reversing the spectacular gains made recently by the Tigrayan forces in their push southwards.

State media said this week the country’s “joint gallant security forces” had retaken the strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha, the latest in a series of battleground victories since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said last month he would head to the front line and urged Ethiopians to join the fight.

Dec 14 08:54

South Africa’s looming vaccine revolt

South Africans will find out this week whether President Cyril Ramaphosa will consign 60% of them to proxy house arrest by restricting public spaces to the Covid-19 “vaccinated”. It is a fraught decision; one that sets the terrifying powers of Big Pharma and the new class of warrior-scientists against African reality. It also risks the possibility of sparking one of the bitterest of vaccine wars.

Only 40% of the South African population has been jabbed against Covid — a slow take-up which is euphemistically described as “vaccine hesitancy”. It is anything but: it is enraged rejection.

Dec 13 10:26

“Every Option Is on the Table”: US Prepping for Libya-Style Intervention in Ethiopia

Amid a bloody civil conflict and increasing great-power competition between the United States and China, there are a number of alarming signs that Ethiopia will become the next Libya – an African nation where the U.S. intervenes militarily under the pretext of stopping an impending genocide.

A considerable military buildup is now underway. Last week, the U.S. military announced it was sending over 1,000 National Guard members to nearby Djibouti. This is on top of the special operations forces already sent in November. Perhaps most notably, a government official told CNN that the aircraft carrier USS Essex – along with two other large amphibious vehicles – was steaming towards the Horn of Africa and standing by for further orders.

Dec 12 07:19

US-Led Anti-ISIS Coalition Shifts Focus to Africa

As the US is changing the nature of its military presence in Iraq, the US-led global anti-ISIS coalition is shifting its focus to the African continent.

Last week, the State Department announced that the anti-ISIS coalition is forming the Africa Focus Group, which will be co-chaired by the US, Morocco, Italy, and Niger. The US also welcomed Burkina Faso as the 84th member of the coalition.

The State Department said the Africa Focus Group will “enable the Coalition to undertake civilian capacity-building programs to help address the ISIS threat across Africa, and to synchronize those efforts with existing initiatives on the ground.”

The US has been quietly expanding special operations missions across Africa to fight against Islamist militants. The US is quick to label any Islamist group as an ISIS affiliate, but some experts have disagreed with the US designations.

Dec 10 09:41

The Horn Of Africa Heads Toward Apocalypse

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed went to the front to take control of the military. The dramatic maneuver won applause at home. In one video he is seen in khakis, promising viewers that “We won’t flinch till we bury the enemy and ensure Ethiopia’s freedom.”

It was a grand gesture that has both solidified Abiy’s support and encouraged enlistment in Ethiopia’s beleaguered military. However, Abiy was never known as a warrior. Indeed, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for ending a conflict with neighboring Eritrea.

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.

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