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Jul 30 12:57

Govt Of Tunisia Toppled After Violent COVID-19 Protests

Tunisia’s president has sacked the PM and suspended parliament becoming the first government in the world toppled in the wake of nationwide violent mass COVID-19 protests.

Tunisia’s president dismissed the government and froze parliament amid unrest over the “dysfunctional” political system and crumbling healthcare. His opponents decried the move as a “coup” and called for street protests.

Following an emergency meeting at his palace on Sunday night, President Kais Saied announced his decision to sack Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and suspend the parliament.

In a televised address, he promised to consolidate power and “save” the country with the help of a new prime minister.

Jul 30 12:43

121 Dead in South Africa, Gun-Owners and Organized Militias Save Local Communities from Complete Devastation

At least 121 people are dead in South Africa and 2556 have been arrested after a week of rioting and looting following the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma, who is accused of corruption (GP reported).

Massive lines formed before supermarkets, as the government struggled to restore order.

Jul 30 10:04

UN says food aid in Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region will run out Friday as 400,000 people face famine

The UN World Food Programme said it expected to run out of food in the war-torn Ethiopian region of Tigray on Friday, and that hundreds of thousands of people in the area were on the brink of famine.

The agency confirmed that no food trucks have been allowed into the region for two weeks.

They told CNN in a statement that 100 trucks need to arrive every day in order to address the "vast humanitarian needs in the region," and that the shortfall has left "400,000 people on the verge of famine."

The situation comes a week after forces from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region mounted attacks in the neighboring Afar region, a move which marked an expansion of an eight-month-old conflict into a previously untouched area.

Jul 30 07:17

Equatorial Guinea detains French military helicopter hours after France’s appeals court upholds guilty verdict for VP Mangue

Equatorial Guinea has detained a French military helicopter, with the vice president claiming it landed without authorization after violating the African state's airspace. France has denied any wrongdoing.

Vice President Teodoro Obiang Mangue said the aircraft was a “French military reconnaissance helicopter” which landed at Bata International Airport, despite having no authorization and allegedly breaching Equatorial Guinea’s airspace.

“This demonstrates once again the intention of France to destabilize the Republic of Equatorial Guinea,” Mangue tweeted on Thursday over the incident.

Jul 29 05:34

‘A very dangerous precedent’: Democrats take aim at Biden’s Somalia airstrikes

Top Democratic lawmakers took aim this week at the Biden administration’s recent airstrikes in Somalia, disputing the legal rationale for the operations and arguing that it undercuts the president’s stated desire to replace outdated war authorizations.

The Pentagon justified the strikes, which targeted al Qaeda affiliates in the war-torn country, by invoking the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the terrorist groups that attacked the U.S. on 9/11.

Jul 29 05:26

Ethiopia: Somali region says hundreds ‘massacred’ by Afar militia

The local government in Ethiopia’s Somali region says militia from the neighbouring region of Afar attacked and looted the town of Gedamaytu, also known as Gabraiisa, the latest flare-up in a local boundary dispute that adds to broader tensions in the country.

Ali Bedel, spokesperson for the government of the Somali region, which stretches north to south along Ethiopia’s eastern border, was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency on Tuesday that Afar militia “massacred hundreds of civilians” on Saturday in the town.

Jul 28 07:21

South Sudan’s Foreign Minister arrives in Cairo to discuss Ethiopian dam crisis

South Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Beatrice Wani arrived in Cairo, on Monday, as part of an official visit during which she will review the latest developments on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

During her visit to Cairo, Wani will also review strengthening the cooperation relations between her country and Egypt.

The minister will meet with a number of senior officials and dignitaries, as part of the joint higher committee meetings between the two countries. The two sides will discuss support for cooperation in all fields, and the latest developments in the regional and international arenas.

Wani had met with Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atty during his visit to Juba in late June. The two sides held consultations on strengthening bilateral cooperation, convening the joint higher committee expected to be held during July in Cairo, and discussing the Ethiopian dam crisis.

Jul 28 07:10

America Is Only One Step Away From A South African-Style Social Implosion

On the global news front I have been watching one event with special attention, mainly because it seems like almost no one else is – I am speaking of course about the social and economic collapse in South Africa that has been escalating over the past couple weeks. What is strange to me is that certain parallels between South Africa and the US are being summarily ignored.

Basically, the South African situation is a more exaggerated version of what is happening in America, and we need to consider if it is merely a preview of future events as the extra financial protections in the US begin to fall away.

Jul 28 06:21

U.S. leads multinational military exercise with East African, Indian Ocean nations

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, North America, and several international organizations began the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2021 (CE21) with an opening ceremony held at the Doraleh Coast Guard Training Center in Djibouti, Djibouti, July 25, 2021.

CE 21, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and led by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, U.S. Sixth Fleet…increases interoperability between the U.S., African nations and international partners.

Jul 28 05:40

Tunisia president bans protests, suspends government departments following ‘coup’

Tunisian President Kais Saied has issued decrees banning protests in public squares and suspending the work of government departments.

Tunisian President Kais Saied on Monday issued decrees banning protests in public squares and suspending the work of government departments following his sacking of Prime Minister Hicham Mechechi and dissolution of parliament - widely decried as a 'coup'.

The president also sacked Defence Minister Ibrahim Bartaji and acting Justice Minister Hasna Ben Slimane on Monday.

Jul 27 13:14

World Bank Funded Digital Identity Scheme in Nigeria Leads 60m to Link National ID to SIM Cards

(Biometric Update) – Nigeria’s federal government says well over 59 million people have now been biometrically enrolled for the National Identification Number (NIN) as deadline for the linkage of the IDs to SIM cards has been extended yet again. The new deadline is now October 31, 2021.

The decision for mobile phone users in Nigeria to link their digital ID numbers to their SIM cards went effective in December and there have been at least six deadline extensions since then...

Jul 27 09:55

Key South African ports declare ‘force majeure’ after cyberattack

South Africa’s state-owned ports and freight rail operator Transnet has declared “force majeure” at the country’s main container terminals because of “an act of cyberattack, security intrusion and sabotage” that struck last week.

The measure, which releases a company from fulfilling contractual obligations, affects key container terminals in Durban, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing a note dated Monday that Transnet sent to customers.

“Transnet, including Transnet Port Terminals, experienced an act of cyberattack, security intrusion and sabotage, which resulted in the disruption of TPT normal processes and functions or the destruction or damage of equipment or information,” the note reads, according to Bloomberg.

Jul 27 06:22

Tunisian President Orders Curfew, Ban on Mass Gatherings as Political Crisis Deepens

Tunisian President Kais Saied on Monday declared an 11-hour nationwide curfew, banning all movement between cities and gatherings of more than three people, in light of the unstable political situation in the country.

On Sunday, Saied dismissed Prime Minister Hicham Mechichi and suspended the parliament for 30 days after recent anti-government protests. The president temporarily fully-assumed executive power, saying that he would appoint a new prime minister soon.

"From July 26-August 27, the movement of citizens and means of transport is banned across the country from 7:00 p.m. local time [18:00 GMT] to 6:00 a.m. [5:00 GMT] except for emergency medical cases and employees working night shifts," the presidential office said in a statement obtained by Sputnik.

Jul 27 05:45

Siyabonga Africa: 35-year-old South African digital media strategist dead three days after first experimental Pfizer mRNA injection

An influential 35-year-old digital media expert is dead in one of the fastest post-injection deaths we’ve covered in months.

Mr. Siyabonga Africa received his first dose of experimental Pfizer mRNA on Friday, July 16, according to his Twitter account. The first two comments on the tweet were a woman telling him “well done,” and another woman with party emojis.

Jul 27 04:44

Tunisian president imposes nighttime CURFEW, tells opponents to ‘revise constitutional lessons’ amid ‘coup’ accusations

Tunisian President Kais Saied has declared a nationwide, month-long nighttime curfew after ousting the government and freezing parliament amid continued mass protests. He maintains his actions are legal.

The curfew imposed by Saied started on Monday and is scheduled to last until August 27. Under the new restrictions, all movement of people and vehicles is banned between 7pm and 6am local time, with exceptions made for urgent medical cases and night workers.

Jul 27 04:33

ANOTHER COUP? VIOLENT PROTESTS ERUPT IN TUNISIA AS PRESIDENT SUSPENDS PARLIAMENT

Roughly a decade has passed since Tunisians took to the streets to oust former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, igniting the social movement known to history as the 'Arab Spring'. Now, Tunisians are taking to the streets to push back against a coup instigated by President Kais Saied, who froze parliament and ousted the prime minister - his top political rival - with the support of the army.

President Saied made a declaration Sunday evening that froze parliament and suspended the PM for 30 days. The president and the parliament were both elected in separate popular votes in 2019, while PM Hichem Mechichi took office last summer, replacing another short-lived government. Once it's over, Saied said he will govern alongside a new premier.

Jul 26 10:27

South Africa — The First Country Built on “Critical Race Theory” — Officially Implodes

After the jailing of Jacob Zuma, supporters of the former president took to the streets, ostensibly to protest but actually to simply plunder at will. The official death toll already runs into the dozens, but in a country as violent as South Africa (57 murders a day) the real toll will likely never be known for certain.

Jul 26 09:25

US military carries out SECOND AIRSTRIKE in Somalia this week

Jul 26 07:49

South Africa Reverts To The Third World: Will America?

The recent violence in South Africa wasn’t just a battle between different factions of the governing African National Congress. Clearly, there were tensions between black supporters of former president Jacob Zuma and current president Cyril Ramaphosa. Some Zuma supporters may never stop demanding his release from prison. However, there were deeper tensions and problems that the riots, looting, and violence revealed. Last week was just another step in the process of a once First World country reverting to the African mean.

The looting was much worse than the brazen crime and theft we now take for granted in San Francisco. Queen Nandi Drive in Durban was pillaged mercilessly. The city was probably the hardest hit in the entire country, with 40,000 businesses and 5,000 “informal traders” reportedly damaged by rioting. Soweto and Johannesburg also looked devastated.

Jul 26 06:48

FLASHBACK - UN says new polio outbreak in Sudan caused by oral vaccine

The World Health Organization says a new polio outbreak in Sudan is linked to an ongoing vaccine-sparked epidemic in Chad — a week after the U.N. health agency declared the African continent free of the wild polio virus.

In a statement this week, WHO said two children in Sudan — one from South Darfur state and the other from Gedarif state, close to the border with Ethiopia and Eritrea — were paralyzed in March and April. Both had been recently vaccinated against polio. WHO said initial outbreak investigations show the cases are linked to an ongoing vaccine-derived outbreak in Chad that was first detected last year and is now spreading in Chad and Cameroon.

“There is local circulation in Sudan and continued sharing of transmission with Chad,” the U.N. agency said, adding that genetic sequencing confirmed numerous introductions of the virus into Sudan from Chad.

Jul 26 05:57

Tunisia police storm Al Jazeera office in Tunis

Tunisian police has stormed Al Jazeera’s bureau in the capital Tunis, expelling all the staff, after President Kais Saied late on Sunday ousted the government in a move his foes called a coup.

At least 20 heavily armed plainclothes police officers entered the office on Monday, Al Jazeera journalists in Tunis reported, saying the officers did not have warrants for the raid.

Jul 26 05:28

Tunisian president OUSTS government, warns opponents that ‘army will respond with bullets’ if they try to unleash street violence

Tunisia’s president dismissed the government and froze parliament amid unrest over the “dysfunctional” political system and crumbling healthcare. His opponents decried the move as a “coup” and called for street protests.

Following an emergency meeting at his palace on Sunday night, President Kais Saied announced his decision to sack Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and suspend the parliament. In a televised address, he promised to consolidate power and “save” the country with the help of a new prime minister.

We have taken these decisions... until social peace returns to Tunisia and until we save the state.

Jul 25 07:33

US Bombs Somalia for Second Time This Week

After a long pause, the US drone war in Somalia appears to be back on. For the second time this week, the US launched an airstrike on Friday in Somalia against al-Shabaab.

Pentagon spokesperson Cindi King said the strike targeted fighters near Qeycad, Galmudug, Somalia. She said US forces were “conducting a remote advise and assist mission in support of designated Somali partner forces” and added that no US troops were on the ground for the operation.

The Pentagon offered no further details, but the US-backed Somali government claimed the strike “destroyed al Shabaab fighters and weapons with zero civilian casualties.” The US almost always claims no civilians are harmed by its operations in Somalia, but whenever journalists make it to the scene, they usually find that civilians were killed.

Jul 25 07:14

Eritrean Refugees Under Attack in Ethiopia's Tigray War

Thousands of Eritrean refugees are increasingly caught in the middle of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where witnesses and U.N. officials say forces have attacked their camps, abducted or killed some of the residents, and stolen their food and possessions.

The refugees are among the most vulnerable groups in the Tigray conflict, which broke out in November between the region's forces and Ethiopian federal troops. It has left thousands of people dead.

The refugees say they have been targeted by both sides. Troops from their native Eritrea, which sent forces over the border to support Ethiopian soldiers, have been accused of destroying a refugee camp and abductions. And the refugees say they have also come under attack as scapegoats from Tigrayans, who allege widespread abuses by Eritrean soldiers.

Jul 25 06:17

‘Looting Death Toll’ from South Africa Riots Reaches 337

South Africa’s “looting death toll” from social unrest in the country’s eastern provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal reached 337 on Thursday, the Daily Maverick reported.

Public health officials confirmed 79 deaths in Gauteng province and 258 in KwaZulu-Natal on July 22, South Africa’s acting minister in the presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, told reporters. The deaths stemmed from rampant looting, rioting, arson, and violence that ravaged eastern South Africa for several days from about July 11 to July 17.

“[A]lmost no details are forthcoming about the nature of these deaths,” South Africa’s Daily Maverick online newspaper noted on July 22. “Ntshavheni said only that 42 cases of murder had been opened in Gauteng, and 171 cases of murder opened in KwaZulu-Natal.”

Jul 25 06:08

America Is Only One Step Away From A South African-Style Social Implosion

On the global news front I have been watching one event with special attention, mainly because it seems like almost no one else is – I am speaking of course about the social and economic collapse in South Africa that has been escalating over the past couple weeks. What is strange to me is that certain parallels between South Africa and the US are being summarily ignored.

Basically, the South African situation is a more exaggerated version of what is happening in America, and we need to consider if it is merely a preview of future events as the extra financial protections in the US begin to fall away.

South Africa’s government under the ANC (African National Congress) was already going full communist in 2018-2019 before the covid pandemic. Under proposed amendments to the constitution, they demanded that “reparations” be taken from white farmers in the form of land grabs, which would then be redistributed to black citizens.

Jul 23 10:10

Botswana Police use Israeli Cellebrite Tech to Search Another Journalist’s Phone

Tsaone Basimanebotlhe was not expecting security agents to appear at her home in a village outside Gaborone, Botswana’s capital, in July 2019, she told CPJ in a recent interview. But they didn’t come to arrest or charge her, she recalled – they came for her devices, hunting for the source for an article published by her employer, Mmegi newspaper.

Basimanebotlhe, a politics reporter, said she surrendered her phone and password to the agents after they presented a warrant and could not find her computer. A senior officer then used technology sold by the Israel-based company Cellebrite to extract and analyze thousands of her messages, call logs, and emails, and her web browsing history, according to an affidavit from the police forensics laboratory.

The affidavit, which CPJ reviewed, was submitted during a related court case.“They’re looking for people that are divulging information to the media,” Basimanebotlhe told CPJ.

Jul 23 06:30

The African Union is self-destructing by letting Israel have observer status

The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced yesterday that it has regained its observer status at the African Union. Until 2002, the colonial state was an observer member of the Organisation of African Unity, until the latter was dissolved and replaced by the African Union.

Who has decided to readmit Israel to the AU as an observer state? We know those responsible very well, because ever since they came to power in the continental body they have made some very unpopular decisions of no benefit to Africa and its people. Instead, they have sold us all to the highest bidder.

Jul 23 06:19

South Africa unrest death toll jumps to more than 300

Rioting in South Africa this month has claimed 337 lives, the government said on Thursday, marking a further jump in the death toll from the 276 announced the previous day.

“The South African police has revised the total number of deaths in Gauteng [province] to 79 and KwaZulu-Natal to 258 as related to the unrest,” said Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, a minister in the president’s office.

Jul 21 10:08

The Absolute State of South Africa

Jul 21 07:44

Sights and Sounds: South Africa

Police officers are positioned to deal with looting in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 12, 2021. Soldiers have been deployed in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces to deal with violent protests and looting. (Credit Image: © Yeshiel / Xinhua via ZUMA Press)

Though most media covered it sparingly, South Africa nearly collapsed. Revolver has an excellent article suggesting that South Africa has reached the endpoint of Critical Race Theory, or state-sponsored racism against whites. I’m not so optimistic.

I’m reminded of an old Ronald Reagan joke about Soviet citizens discussing Communism: “Is this it, have we achieved full Communism? Oh no, it’s going to get a hell of a lot worse.”

Jul 21 05:40

U.S. Regime Media Decides “Inequality” Causing South Africa’s Riots—And It Wants To Bring It Here

The U.S. Regime Media Narrative is consolidating on an explanation for South Africa’s riots: “inequality.” This conveniently avoids the point, brilliantly made recently on Revolver.news, that modern South Africa is explicitly founded on proto-Critical Race Theory i.e. whites are to blame for everything; and the result is a Trumpian sh*thole [South Africa–The First Country Built on “Critical Race Theory”–Officially Implodes, July 16, 2021]. Of course, blaming “inequality” for the violence also adds a useful implied threat to the current drive for "equity" a.k.a Racial Socialism in the U.S. But the fact is that global demographics suggest the U.S. and the West will be importing “inequality” on a massive scale—unless the Era of Immigration is decisively brought to a close.

As happens eerily often nowadays, the new Regime Media talking point emerged everywhere on cue, almost as if somebody circulated a memo:

Jul 19 07:36

Outbreak of new polio type 2 threatens Nigeria’s free status – Nigerian Government

The Federal Government has raised concerns over the recent outbreak of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in some parts of the country, just 11 months after being declared free of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) by the Africa Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication (ARCC).

The government said at least 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory have reported the outbreak, including, Abia, Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, FCT, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Lagos, Niger, Rivers, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA revealed this during a review meeting of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care.

The Executive Director of NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, has now warned that the continuous spread of this virus puts Nigeria’s status as a Wild Polio Virus-free nation under threat.

Jul 19 07:34

Government warns of Circulating Vaccine-derived Poliovirus Type 2 in 13 states, FCT

Barely one year after Nigeria was certified Wild Polio Virus (WPV) free, the government has alerted on the outbreak of Circulating Vaccine-derived Poliovirus Type 2 (cVDPV2) in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

It therefore stressed the need for the country to jealously guard its WPV-free status and stop the cVDPV2 transmission in communities. It also announced the formal closure of the Phase 1 COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

Jul 17 07:43

South Africa — The First Country Built on “Critical Race Theory” — Officially Implodes

South Africa is disintegrating.

After the jailing of Jacob Zuma, supporters of the former president took to the streets, ostensibly to protest but actually to simply plunder at will. The official death toll already runs into the dozens, but in a country as violent as South Africa (57 murders a day) the real toll will likely never be known for certain.

Jul 16 06:25

Vigilante Groups Form in South Africa in Defiance of Govt to Defend Against Looters And Rioters

Community self-defense groups have organized in South Africa to fend off the giant mobs of rioters and looters who have been wrecking havoc for days and destroying everything in sight.

Jul 16 06:24

Amid Widespread Looting in South Africa, One Type Of Store Was Left Untouched

There has been one type of store untouched in #SouthAfrica by the looting. Guess which one. #SouthAfricaIsBurning

Jul 16 05:41

"This Is Deliberate Sabotage" - South African Insider Warns This "Terrorism Has Been Coming For A Long Time"

In KwaZulu-Natal province, where Zuma is from, supporters of the former president launched a massive, coordinated protest campaign against his incarceration. Freeways were blocked with burning tires. Vehicles were stoned. Trucks set alight across the province.

And then the looting and arson started in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, two of the province’s largest cities.

South Africa, once again, is making global headlines for all the wrong reasons.

In case you missed the news, last week former President Jacob Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison for failing to appear at a corruption inquiry.

It was probably a calculated risk on his part; had Zuma actually appeared at the tribunal, he may very well have been convicted and sentenced to a much harsher punishment.

And when his sentence was announced, many South Africans gave a collective sigh of relief; it had been a long-overdue victory for the rule of law.

Jul 16 05:16

Thousands Go Looting As South African Law And Order Breaks Down

Jul 16 05:02

President Cyril Ramaphosa 'Will Not Allow Anarchy, Mayhem' as South Africa Gripped by Arson, Looting

The nation has faced mass unrest escalating into violent riots with looting and arson since the authorities jailed former President Zuma. As the situation deteriorated, the government has had to dispatch the military to quell the turmoil.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to roll out 25,000 servicemen to curb the riots, stressing that the authorities won't allow anarchy to take over the country.

"It is quite clear that all these incidents of unrest and looting were instigated, there were people who planned it and coordinated it", he added, noting that the authorities had already identified 12 suspects.

Jul 16 04:39

Shocking aftermath from riots in South Africa...

Jul 16 04:02

Vigilante Groups Form in South Africa in Defiance of Govt to Defend Against Looters And Rioters

Community self-defense groups have organized in South Africa to fend off the giant mobs of rioters and looters who have been wrecking havoc for days and destroying everything in sight.

Jul 15 09:28

South Africa Zuma riots: Queues form in Durban due to shortages

Long queues have formed outside shops and petrol stations in South Africa's port city of Durban following days of unrest sparked by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma.

Firefighters are cleaning up the mess, helped by local residents wielding brooms.

Rioters looted and destroyed shops, leading to severe shortages of basics.

Some petrol stations have limited the amount motorists can buy, as fuel transportation has been disrupted.

Local media are also reporting queues in Johannesburg.

Meanwhile, Northern Cape and Mpumalanga have become the latest provinces to be hit by violence.

Jul 15 09:03

South African Army 'Activates' All Reserve Members Amid Worsening Social Unrest 

Update (1810ET): As social unrest nears the 7th day in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, the South African Army Reserve has ordered "all Reserve Members" for duty on Thursday morning.

"As directed by Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General Lawrence Khulekani Mbatha all Reserve Members are to report for duty at First Light tomorrow morning 15 July 2021 at their respective units," the statement read.

Jul 15 07:36

South Africa Riots Mega Thread: Incredible Footage Foreshadows What’s Coming To America

Following the jailing of South Africa’s ex-president Jacob Zuma last week, looting and rioting broke out at the former president’s home in KwaZulu-Natal province.

COVID-19 has also played a role in angering the people with unemployment hitting a record high at the beginning of the year.

More destruction took place in the cities of Durban and Johannesburg as well as the surrounding Gauteng province.

Google Maps has provided an interactive map showing locations of riots and looting.

Jul 15 07:14

As chaos continues in South Africa food is running low for citizens

Jul 15 06:51

Israeli documentary filmmakers arrested in Nigeria: report

A trio of Israeli filmmakers, including a Columbia University graduate, shooting a documentary in Nigeria about obscure Jewish communities were arrested after they allegedly came into contact with anti-government separatists, reports said Wednesday.

The arrests of Rudy Rochman, who founded the university’s Students Supporting Israel activist group, Andrew (Noam) Leibman and Edouard David Benaym were confirmed by Israel’s Foreign Ministry but the reason for the detainment and their charges were not released, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“We are not yet sure what they are accused of, but we are in touch with them and with their families and we are following up with the Nigerian authorities regarding this issue,” the agency told the outlet.

Jul 15 06:51

South Africa: White and South Asian Militias Fight Back As Nation Speeds Towards Civil War and Famine

South Africa’s regressive slide into a post-European failed state appears to be complete.

The nation has been taken over by black rioters in the past few days. The catalyst was the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma, who was arrested earlier this month and sentenced to prison for charges related to his tenure’s wave of corruption and public looting from 2009 to 2018.

Zuma, an anti-white agitator and descendant of Zulus, remains popular in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal, where the violence began. Zuma’s African National Congress (ANC) replacement, Cyril Ramaphosa, investigated the former leader for costing the South African government approximately $83 billion dollars in cronyism and self-dealing.

Jul 15 06:50

Violent attacks on Indians, their homes and businesses in South Africa

Violent attacks on Indians, their homes and businesses in South Africa

I thought I’d just give you a quick update for you, Dr Kumar (transcribed by an audio message).

This is the current state of affairs in South Africa TRENDNG NOW:

The mood amongst the community is one of fear, disbelief and deep shock. I can confirm from all my sources that despite the Government claiming to have the situation under control that not one individual I have spoken to, has seen army personnel on the street.

Jul 15 06:33

‘We don’t know where to run’: South Africans brace for new wave of ‘devastating’ riots after ex-president Zuma jailed (VIDEO)

Locals are preparing for the worst, after a wave of mass rioting and looting swept across South Africa, following the arrest of its former president. The military has been deployed to help police maintain order.

Rioters ran wild, ransacking large shopping malls and smaller businesses, emptying out ATMs, and setting buildings on fire.

As the wave of mayhem died down, residents formed cleaning crews and security watch teams to deal with the aftermath of what South African President Cyril Ramaphosa described as one of the worst instances of violence since the apartheid regime ended in the early 1990s.

“How dare we allow this mall to be looted? That’s why we're here,” Nhla Nhlaous, local community leader, told RT in Johannesburg, describing the need for volunteers to patrol the streets. “We’d rather have our lives ended. We can’t live on our knees.”

Others rushed to stock up with groceries and fuel, fearing that the looters might return.

Jul 15 06:15

South Africans 'Struggling to Find Food' After Looting Everything, Army Activates 'All Reserve Members'

South Africa is going the way of Zimbabwe.

Jul 15 06:08

I am Become Death, Destroyer of South Africa

The bumptious leader of the Zulu faction within the ruling African National Congress party, Jacob Zuma, got himself kicked out of the presidency for corruption in 2018 and replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa, who, curiously, is much richer than Zuma.

Now the government is putting Zuma in jail and the Zulus are up in arms.

Jul 14 09:58

South Africa collapsing from within!

Jul 14 08:59

Over 70 Killed As South Africa "Crumbles" Despite Military Intervention

South Africa could be on the verge of collapse, and all the warning signs are there. The looters have targeted foreign shops, shopping centers, distribution centers/warehouses, and raided gun shops. Shortages are emerging in food, fuel, and ammo.

Over 70 have reportedly been killed since social unrest began last week after ex-president Jacob Zuma was jailed for failing to appear at a corruption inquiry. Supporters of Zuma, the nation's first Zulu president, have been on a looting spree that has crippled KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Johannesburg and disrupted national supply routes, resulting in food and fuel shortages in the affected area.

Jul 14 07:58

'Police' Caught Looting Goods as Deadly Riots in South Africa Enter Day 6 - Videos

South Africa descended into chaos on Friday after protests ignited by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma over skipping a corruption probe transformed into what has become the worst turmoil in the country in years.

A man in a police jacket has been caught red-handed by an angry mob in South Africa beside his car, packed with what appears to be looted goods, as the nation is hit by major unrest due to former President Jacob Zuma's imprisonment, in addition to massive unemployment and a weak economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video of the incident, uploaded on Twitter, a variety of household supplies can be seen in the boot and interior of the vehicle, ranging from bread and cooking oil to rolls of toilet paper.

Jul 14 07:52

Sending US troops back into Somalia would be folly

At the beginning of this year, President Trump ordered roughly 800 U.S. soldiers to withdraw from Somalia as part of a larger effort by his administration to prune back the unchecked growth of U.S. military involvement in unwinnable wars.

While the Biden administration embraced Trump’s plans for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the president has said little either way about whether he will reverse his predecessor’s course on Somalia. Reports that the Pentagon is already drawing up plans to send troops back to Somalia indicate that he might do just that.

Jul 14 07:38

Rebel Forces in Ethiopia’s Tigray Launch New Offensive

Tigrayan forces claimed Tuesday to have launched a new offensive in the conflict-torn northern region of Ethiopia, two weeks after the federal government declared a unilateral ceasefire in the face of rebel advances.

A spokesman for the Tigrayan forces told AFP they had seized Alamata, the main town in southern Tigray, after launching the offensive on Monday.

Getachew Reda said fighting was also taking place in western Tigray.

The claims could not be independently confirmed because communications were largely down in the area, while an Ethiopian military spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Tigray Defense Forces last month swept across large parts of Tigray and seized the regional capital Mekele after eight months of brutal conflict with federal troops.

Jul 14 06:58

CHAOS AND MAYHEM IN SOUTH AFRICA: Indian Militias Fight Back Against Looters and Rioters in Durban

Rioting and looting continued for the fourth day in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Province of South Africa as Blacks, Afrikaners and Indians in Durban banded together to defend their communities against looters.

Police and Army have proved ineffective at keeping local communities safe in the rioting which broke out Friday night in KwaZulu-Natal over the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma (GP reported). In the port city of Durban on the Indian Ocean, heavily armed Indian militias were patrolling the streets and assisting the police in arresting looters.

Jul 14 00:46

Food, Fuel And Water Supplies in Jeopardy As Looting And Rioting Spreads in South Africa

Widespread rioting and looting is threatening to bring the "Rainbow Nation" to the brink of oblivion.

Jul 13 09:01

WATCH: Vigilantes Open Fire on Rioters as Mob Violence Rocks South Africa

Violence is sweeping parts of South Africa, with the government deploying the military to support police in some provinces amid looting and several deaths, according to developing reports.

Mass looting is taking place in KwaZulu-Natal province, in particular, home of former South African president Jacob Zuma, 79, who is facing corruption charges and has been sent to prison for contempt of court after refusing to attend an inquiry into “state capture” when he held office.

Riots and looting, reportedly initiated by supporters of Zuma, who is appealing his sentence, are particularly pronounced in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, North Coast, South Coast, and Inland areas of KwaZulu-Natal, according to local reports, with the police also requiring military support in Gauteng province.

A prison break was also attempted in KwaZulu-Nata, with fires being lit at the Umzinto Correctional Centre and one inmate reported dead in the resulting fracas:

Jul 13 07:31

European Union Launches Military Mission in Mozambique

The European Union on Monday formally established a military mission for Mozambique to help train its armed forces battling jihadists in the north of the country.

A deadly insurgency by militants linked to the Islamic State group has ravaged the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province since late 2017, claiming some 3,000 lives and displacing 800,000 people.

Former colonial master Portugal is already providing training for Mozambican troops.

Lisbon’s military instructors on the ground are expected to make up some half of the new EU mission, which will be headed by a Portuguese commander.

“The aim of the mission is to train and support the Mozambican armed forces in protecting the civilian population and restoring safety and security in the Cabo Delgado province,” an EU statement said, without giving details on the overall size of the deployment.

Jul 12 20:48

Mass Rioting And Looting Breaks Out In South Africa

The Rainbow Nation is falling apart along racial lines.

Jul 12 09:45

How Local Guerrilla Fighters Routed Ethiopia’s Powerful Army

The Tigrayan fighters whooped, whistled and pointed excitedly to a puff of smoke in the sky, where an Ethiopian military cargo plane trundling over the village minutes earlier had been struck by a missile.

Smoke turned to flames as the stricken aircraft broke in two and hurtled toward the ground. Later, in a stony field strewn with smoking wreckage, villagers picked through twisted metal and body parts. For the Tigrayan fighters, it was a sign.
“Soon we’re going to win,” said Azeb Desalgne, a 20-year-old with an AK-47 over her shoulder.

The downing of the plane on June 22 offered bracing evidence that the conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia was about to take a seismic turn. A Tigrayan guerrilla army had been fighting to drive out the Ethiopian military for eight months in a civil war marked by atrocities and starvation. Now the fight seemed to be turning in their favor.

Jul 12 09:44

After battlefield reversals, what next for Ethiopia’s Tigray war?

The capture of Tigray’s capital, Mekelle, by Ethiopian forces in late November was depicted by the government in Addis Ababa as the finishing blow to forces loyal to the northern region’s former government.

But on June 29, seven months after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory, his troops vacated Mekelle amid battleground defeats following the launch of a major counteroffensive by the Tigrayan forces.

Jul 12 08:26

Soldiers from Senegal and North Macedonia to train in Vermont

Vermont Business Magazine North Macedonian and Senegalese Soldiers will join Vermont National Guard members for training starting next week.

North Macedonia and Senegal are both partnered with Vermont through the National Guard State Partnership Program.

Soldiers from the Senegalese Fire Brigade will spend a week with various Vermont National Guard, State and local disaster response organizations participating in multiple demonstrations and training events. The Fire Brigade is a unique asset for Senegal that focuses on various aspects of disaster response.

Meanwhile, a team of soldiers from North Macedonia will be participating from Camp Johnson in Cyber Shield 2021, a 14-day resident course designed to provide students hands-on Defense Cyberspace Operations Element training.

Jul 09 08:08

Another Failed 20-Year War: America vs. Somalia

The name "Somalia" has somehow become a slur against Americans who prioritize political liberty. "Oh, you think freedom works, huh? Well, why don’t you just move to Somalia?" This nonsense may have originated from the fact that some libertarian economists, such as Michael van Notten and Peter T. Leeson, noticed that when Somalia’s government ceased to exist after various warlords had exhausted themselves fighting over control of the country in the late 1990s, freedom was working. No power in the country had a monopoly on force, so traditional tribal methods of dispute resolution were being used instead. There was no authority to collect tariffs at the ports of Kismayo or Mogadishu, so the economy was booming. The cell phone industry, which was a huge marker of progress, was also growing rapidly in Somalia, greater than anywhere else in that part of Africa.

Jul 08 09:20

Former South African president Zuma surrenders to police & heads to jail after tense standoff over 15-month prison term

South African police have confirmed that former president Jacob Zuma has turned himself in. Sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court, his initial refusal sparked a standoff his son said could’ve led to civil war.

Zuma was in police custody late on Wednesday evening, police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba told reporters. The JG Zuma Foundation confirmed this in a tweet shortly before midnight local time, saying Zuma “has decided to comply with the incarceration order” and was on his way to a prison in KwaZulu-Natal.

Jul 06 07:28

Is Foreign Meddling in Ethiopia Actually a Proxy War Against China?

Africa’s second most populous country of Ethiopia has recently experienced a surge in foreign meddling over the past year. This former kingdom, which was among the world’s oldest prior to its 1974 revolution, has always proudly defended its independence. Emperor Menelik II defeated the Italians in 1896 and secured his compatriots’ independence during the height of European colonialism. One of his successors, Emperor Haile Selassie, promoted the Ethiopian cause at the League of Nations after Italy’s fascist invasion in the run-up to World War II. His efforts generated global sympathy for Ethiopia and etched its struggle in the minds of many.

Jul 01 09:16

Myanmar's Army Rulers Threaten Those Who Call Them Junta

Myanmar's military authorities threatened on Wednesday to take legal action against foreign news organisations that describe them as a junta and their seizure of power in February as a coup d'etat.

Many foreign publications, including Reuters, have used the terms to describe the army-led State Administration Council and the overthrow of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Jul 01 09:15

Ethiopia Downplays Loss of Tigray Capital to Rebel Forces

Ethiopia’s leaders sought Wednesday to downplay the significance of the army’s pullback from the regional capital of war-hit Tigray, insisting they could retake the city from rebels whenever they wanted.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the city of Mekele, captured by Ethiopian forces in November but seized by rebels in a stunning turnaround this week, had “lost its center of gravity” during eight months of war in Tigray.

“When we see Mekele militarily, it does not have the same appeal as when we went there,” the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner said in remarks distributed by his office on Wednesday.

Jul 01 06:04

Angola’s debts to Western oil companies reach $1B: Report

Angola has accumulated around $1bn in debt to Western oil companies operating its oilfields, with the bill prompting the African country’s recently launched sale of stakes in its flagship offshore blocs, three industry sources told Reuters news agency.

The magnitude of the debt, built up over several years, is a sign of deepening financial woes at state oil giant Sonangol, one of Africa’s largest companies, due to underinvestment in declining offshore fields that worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jun 29 07:05

Interim government of Tigray flees as rebels seize capital

The interim government of Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region has fled as rebel fighters advanced into the region’s capital and the national government announced a “unilateral ceasefire”.

Witnesses said federal soldiers and police were also abandoning Mekelle late on Monday, and fireworks and celebratory gunfire could be heard as Tigrayan fighters took the city’s airport and other key positions.

“The capital of Tigray, Mekelle, is under our control,” Getachew Reda, the spokesperson for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters by satellite phone late on Monday.

Jun 23 05:51

Zimbabwe: Socialist Officials Accused of Stealing Mugabe Genocide Memorial Plaques

A non-profit organization supporting victims of Zimbabwe’s 1983-1987 genocide accused unnamed members of Zimbabwe’s socialist government of “stealing Gukurahundi [genocide] memorial plaques in [Zimbabwe’s] Matabeleland South and Midlands provinces” last week, the online newspaper New Zimbabwe reported Monday.

“Gukurahundi plaques erected by the Bulawayo-based pressure group, Ibhetshu Likhazulu, in memory of villagers killed during the massacres by a government-back army in the early 1980s, have been stolen by unidentified people ahead of memorial services of the victims in the two provinces [sic],” New Zimbabwe reported June 21.

“The Silobela plague [plaque] was stolen last week after it was erected ahead of a memorial service for 12 villagers killed in 1985 in Silobela,” according to the newspaper.

Jun 20 07:57

World's Third Largest Diamond Unearthed In Botswana 

An enormous diamond has been unearthed in Botswana, according to a series of tweets by the Botswana government.

On Wednesday, the government of Botswana tweeted that 1,098-carat stone, believed to be the third-largest diamond ever found, was presented to President Mokgweetsi Masisi by Debswana Diamond Company's acting managing director Lynette Armstrong.

Jun 20 04:14

The Gates Foundation … Driving the Food System, In the Wrong Direction

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent nearly $6 billion over the past 17 years trying to improve agriculture, mainly in Africa. This is a lot of money for an underfunded sector, and, as such, carries great weight. To better understand how the Gates Foundation is shaping the global agriculture agenda, GRAIN analyzed all the food and agriculture grants the foundation has made up until 2020.

We found that, while the Foundation’s grants focus on African farmers, the vast majority of its funding goes to groups in North America and Europe. The grants are also heavily skewed to technologies developed by research centers and corporations in the North for poor farmers in the South, completely ignoring the knowledge, technologies and biodiversity that these farmers already possess.

Jun 17 18:48

“Dangerous Precedent”: US High Court Sides With Corporate Giants Nestlé and Cargill in Child Slavery Case

By Julia Conley

Human rights advocates Thursday denounced a Supreme Court decision in favor of the U.S. corporate giants Nestlé USA and Cargill, which were sued more than a decade ago by six men who say the two companies were complicit in child trafficking and profited when the men were enslaved on cocoa farms as children.

The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 against the plaintiffs, saying they had not proven the companies’ activities in the U.S. were sufficiently tied to the alleged child trafficking. The companies had argued that they could not be sued in the U.S. for activities that took place in West Africa.

Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general under the Obama administration, represented the two companies and also argued that they could not be sued for complicity in child trafficking because they are corporations, not individuals...

Jun 17 15:05

Iranian ships once believed to be headed toward Venezuela change course, U.S. officials say

The Iranian navy ships believed to be originally headed toward Venezuela changed course early this week and are now steaming north up the west coast of Africa, U.S. officials said.

The ships, which U.S. officials believe may have been preparing to conduct an arms transfer, have appeared to change course several times during their journey from Iran — and could do so again. But after the course change early this week, they are likely now headed either into the Mediterranean — potentially planning to sail off of Syria — or north toward Russia, according to a defense official briefed on the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive subject.

Jun 16 13:29

Nigeria's cratering economy may become Africa's biggest threat

If there was ever a time Nigeria could have taken off, it was in 1999. Democracy had been restored, with its economy reopening after decades of mismanagement and plunder under military dictatorships.

Tomi Davies, a systems analyst, was one of thousands of Nigerians who came home to help rebuild the country. After a few years working on public-sector projects, he was offered a bag full of dollars to add ghost employees to the payroll system he was installing. When he refused, a group of men attacked him at his home in the capital, Abuja.

"I arrived like many others full of hope, but had to escape in disgust," said Davies, 65, who returned to the U.K., where he is now chief investment officer of Frankfurt-based venture capital firm GreenTec Capital Partners.

Jun 09 10:34

Cameroon's first shopping mall had to close down because theft was so bad. What a surprise

Jun 09 08:59

Finally Let in From the Cold, Sudan Reconsiders Russian Naval Base

Sudan’s interim government is having second thoughts about a deal that would allow Russia to establish a naval base on the Red Sea.

The deal is now under review to ensure it “serve[s] Sudan’s interests,” Sudanese officials informed a Russian delegation to Khartoum last week, said armed forces Chief of Staff Gen. Mohamed Othman al-Hussein in an interview with Sudan’s Blue Nile TV last night.

The deal, released by Moscow late last year, would allow Russia’s navy to maintain a 25-year lease at Port Sudan, housing up to four ships and 300 soldiers, in exchange for weapons and military equipment for Khartoum.

Russia claims the planned base would be for basic resupply and repairs, but the agreement also allows Russia to move “any weapons, ammunition and equipment” necessary through the port.

Sudan’s ousted dictator Omar al-Bashir initially discussed the agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017.

Jun 09 08:58

France Freezes Aid to Central African Republic Over Russia Ties

France has suspended military cooperation with and economic aid to the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). France accuses C.A.R.’s government of being “complicit” in a Russian disinformation campaign targeting France, a French defense ministry official said to the media on Monday. [Which is codeword for France being less popular than Russia in CAR.]

The French foreign ministry said that $12.2 million in economic aid to the C.A.R. government would be “suspended until further notice.” [Oh noes, not a full $12.2 million.] However, French humanitarian aid and other projects worth more than $7.3 million, which directly target the needy Central African population will continue, the ministry added.

The French military will also continue to provide about 100 soldiers in a European Union-led military training operation in the C.A.R.

Jun 08 10:13

AFRICOM Military’s Exercise: The Art of Creating New Pretexts for Propagating US Interests

Phoenix Express 2021, the AFRICOM-sponsored military exercise involving 13 countries in the Mediterranean Sea region, concluded last week. While its stated aim was to combat “irregular migration” and trafficking, the US record in the region indicates more nefarious interests

Phoenix Express 2021 (PE21), a 12-day US-Africa Command (AFRICOM)-sponsored military exercise involving 13 states in the Mediterranean Sea, concluded on Friday, May 28. It had kicked off from the naval base in Tunis, Tunisia, on May 16. The drills in this exercise covered naval maneuvers across the stretch of the Mediterranean Sea, including on the territorial waters of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania.

Jun 07 06:35

Children suffer as fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray drags on

The battle for Hawzen is part of a larger war in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region between the government’s forces and Tigrayan fighters that has led to massacres, gang rapes and the flight of more than 2 million of the region’s 6 million people. While the government now holds many urban centres, fierce fighting continues in remote rural towns like Hawzen.

As the two sides fight, civilians, and especially children, are suffering. More and more children are caught up in shelling in Hawzen and other nearby areas, with at least 32 admitted to the Ayder Hospital in the regional capital Mekele for blast injuries from December to April.

Thirteen had limbs amputated, according to official records.

Jun 07 03:51

ELECTRIC CAR BATTERIES ARE TURNING THIS COUNTRY INTO AN ACTUAL HELLSCAPE

BURIED TREASURE
As the demand for gadgets and electric cars grows, so too are the mining operations that dig up cobalt to use in lithium-ion batteries.

And that’s become a serious problem for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, The New Yorker reports, which sits atop about 3.4 million metric tons of the stuff — half of the entire planet’s supply. A massive, gold rush-like mining industry was born after residents in poverty-stricken areas discovered ore deposits under their homes. But now, many are finding that digging up the valuable mineral has failed to lift them out of poverty. And meanwhile, dangerous conditions are killing miners as exposure to the metal is poisoning both people and the environment.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

This.... is the "dark, dystopian side" of the "Green Dream" and for simplistic people like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, they cannot possibly conjur these horrific realities in their wildest of fantasies.

Jun 06 20:01

Twitter Censors Nigerian President, Nigerian President Censors Twitter, Twitter Cries 'Censorship'

Twitter is working together with the State Department to overthrow the democratically elected President of Nigeria the same way they worked to overthrow the President of the United State of America.

The big difference is the President of Nigeria is actually fighting back rather than choosing to "monitor the situation."

Jun 04 09:04

A woman with HIV had the coronavirus for 216 days. The virus mutated at least 30 times inside her.

A 36-year-old woman with advanced HIV carried the novel coronavirus for 216 days, during which the virus accumulated more than 30 mutations, a new study has found.

The case report, which has not been peer-reviewed, was published as a preprint on medRxiv on Thursday.

The woman, who has not been named, was identified as a 36-year-old living in South Africa

Jun 04 05:47

‘Slap in the face’: Namibian descendants of German genocide victims condemn aid deal 

Namibian descendants of victims of the genocide committed by Germany during its colonial rule have rejected a deal made by the governments of the two countries as a “slap in the face” that has “no regard for the human lives lost.”

On Friday, the German and Namibian governments announced a $1.3 billion financial aid package that will be disseminated over a 30-year period as part of a deal that saw Berlin formally recognize the genocide crimes it committed during colonial rule.

The funds, which were intentionally not called ‘reparations’ by the German government, will fund development projects, rural infrastructure and energy and water supplies.

The request from German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas for “forgiveness” from the descendants of the victims has been rejected, with people related to those who lost their lives in the massacres calling it a “slap in the face” that was negotiated without speaking to them.

Jun 02 09:40

Fishermen find $1.5M fortune in the belly of a whale

A group of Yemeni fishermen's lives were changed when they discovered $1.5 million worth of a rare substance in the carcass of a sperm whale in the Gulf of Aden.

The 35-member team found the carcass floating in the gulf and, upon dragging it to the shore, discovered an expensive lump of ambergris, or whale "vomit," used to preserve the odor of perfume.
"As soon as we got close to it there was this strong smell and we had the feeling that this whale had something," one of the men told the BBC.

"We decided to hook the whale in, take it to shore and cut into it to see what was inside its belly, and yes, it was ambergris. The smell wasn't very nice - but lots of money," the unnamed man added.

May 30 09:04

61 earthquakes hit Congo after volcanic eruption: report

The Democratic Republic of Congo was hit with 61 earthquakes within a 24-hour period on Saturday, a week after the Mount Nyiragongo volcano erupted for the first time in nearly 20 years.

In a report from the Goma Volcano Observatory (GVO) that was obtained by CNN, officials informed the central African country's government that the volcano's crater "continues to collapse, which contributed to the earthquake and caused ash emissions visible from" the city of Goma.

The eruption last week from the volcano, which is located about nine miles north of Goma, has led to a series of earthquakes and tremors felt throughout the region, including as far at the Rwandan capital of Kigali, CNN reported.

May 28 04:15

Thousands Flee Eastern Congo Amid Further Risk Of Volcanic Eruptions

In the city of Goma in eastern Congo, residents were advised by authorities to pack up their bags and head to the next town as another volcanic eruption by Mount Nyiragongo could be imminent, according to The Guardian.

"Current data on seismicity and the deformation of the ground indicate the presence of magma under the urban area of Goma, with an extension under Lake Kivu," the local military governor, Gen Constant Ndima, said in a public address.

"We can't rule out an eruption on land or under the lake, which could happen very soon and without warning. The situation can change rapidly, and is being constantly monitored."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You've got to feel for these people; to the best of my understanding, this area of Africa has no "earthquake code", in terms of how buildings are created in seismically active areas, like California or Japan, to attempt to prevent them from falling apart, and minimize damage when a quake hits.

Mike and I lived through the Northridge Quake, and although there was seismic damage to the apartment in North Hollywood where we lived, we were relatively lucky; an apartment building very close to us just pancaked into its own foundation.

May 26 12:11

This Navy Cruiser Seized a Whole Floating Arsenal of Weapons

  • The USS Monterey discovered thousands of weapons after stopping a dhow in the North Arabian Sea.
  • The dhow was carrying at least 2,000 assault rifles, machine guns, anti-tank rocket launchers, and anti-tank missiles.
  • The Monterey was enforcing a United Nations-led arms embargo on Yemen when it discovered the weapons.

A routine patrol by U.S. naval and Coast Guard forces uncovered a major haul of what the U.S. Navy described as “illicit” weapons last week.

On May 6, Coast Guard personnel operating from the guided missile cruiser USS Monterey stopped a “stateless” dhow, or local commercial ship that isn’t registered under the flag of any particular country, during an inspection in the North Arabian sea. The dhow was carrying hundreds of assault rifles, sniper rifles, machine guns, anti-tank weapons, and even anti-tank missiles, which were likely bound for Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

May 24 08:44

Congo's Mount Nyiragongo Volcano Erupts, Sending Lava For Miles But Sparing A City

Mount Nyiragongo in Congo erupted suddenly Saturday night, turning the sky a fiery red, sending lava spilling down its sides and threatening the major city of Goma.

Overnight, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the region reported during a reconnaissance flight that the lava didn't appear to be flowing toward Goma, a city of nearly 2 million on the edge of Lake Kivu. But still, thousands evacuated — many across the border into Rwanda — remembering the widespread devastation that the last eruption in 2002 caused, when reports of the death toll ranged into the hundreds and tens of thousands of homes were lost.

May 24 06:01

Top secret Tunisian presidential document outlines plan for 'constitutional dictatorship'

Kais Saied’s top advisors have urged the Tunisian president to seize control of the country from the elected government as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and mounting levels of debt.

The plan would be to lure Saied’s political rivals to the presidential palace and announce the coup in their presence while not allowing them to leave. Other top politicians and businessmen would be simultaneously arrested.

The plan is contained in a document passed to Middle East Eye, labelled “absolutely top secret” and dated 13 May.

It is addressed to Saied’s chief of staff Nadia Akacha and outlines how the president would enact a chapter of the constitution which - under a national emergency - would give him complete control of the state.

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