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  • U.S. Troops Battling Ebola Get Off to Slow Start in Africa

    09/28/2014 5:41:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    online.wsj.com ^ | Sept. 28, 2014 8:06 p.m. ET | Drew Hinshaw in Robertsville, Liberia, and Betsy McKay in Atlanta
    On Saturday, a handful of troops from the Navy's 133rd Mobile Construction Battalion led a bulldozer through thigh-high grass outside Liberia's main airport, bottles of hand sanitizer dangling from their belt loops. They had been digging a parking lot in the East African nation of Djibouti this month when they received a call to build the first of a dozen or more tent hospitals the U.S intends to construct in this region. The soldiers started by giving the land a downward slope for water runoff—"to keep out any unwanted reptiles," said Petty Officer Second Class Justin Holsinger. While this team...
  • American doctor exposed to Ebola admitted to NIH for observation in isolation unit

    09/27/2014 7:44:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 September 2014 | Mia De Graaf
    Physician will be admitted to National Institutes of Health unit in Maryland. The patient, who has not been named, was volunteering in Sierra Leone . Expected to arrive at isolation center in Bethesda in the next few days. Agency says the action is being taken 'out of an abundance of caution'. Comes as third US victim of the disease celebrates a full recovery . An American doctor will be treated for Ebola after being exposed to the virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone. The physician, who has not been named, is expected be admitted for observation and clinical trials at...
  • West Africa Ebola death toll passes 3,000 - WHO

    09/27/2014 8:46:48 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 26, 2014
    (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of 6,574 probable, suspected and confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. Liberia has recorded 1,830 deaths, around three times as many as in either Guinea or Sierra Leone, the two other most affected countries, according to WHO data received up to Sept. 23.
  • Ebola Epidemic Worsening, Sierra Leone Expands Quarantine Restrictions

    09/26/2014 3:29:50 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9-25-14 | ADAM NOSSITER
    Acknowledging that the Ebola epidemic sweeping Sierra Leone was worsening, officials here put hundreds of thousands more citizens under quarantine on Thursday, sealing off more than a quarter of the country and warning travelers not to get out of their vehicles in the districts under isolation. Nearly all of the country’s 14 districts are now under either total or partial quarantine, with over one million people affected, as the disease advances into new areas. Infection rates have been rising in the capital, Freetown, a dangerous development because of the city’s density. Continue reading the main story RELATED COVERAGE Global Response...
  • Swiss Village Forced to Raise Taxes After Muslim Refugee Family Consumes 1/3 of Budget

    09/26/2014 11:22:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/26/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Is this really enriching anybody besides the Muslim settlers? A village of just 1,000 residents in Switzerland has been forced to raise taxes because an African refugee and her seven children cost the local authority $65,000 in benefits every month.Hagenbuch, in the Swiss canton of Zurich, is understood to be spending close to a third of its total annual budget on the family after they arrived from Eritrea in East Africa three years ago.The Eritrean woman and her family arrived in Hagenbuch three years ago in possession of a visa allowing her to stay in Switzerland for five years, with...
  • World Health Organization: Experimental Ebola Vaccine Doses Will Be Ready By 2015

    09/26/2014 5:20:52 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    BI ^ | 9-26-2014 | AFP
    September 26, 2014AFPGeneva (AFP) - Thousands of experimental Ebola vaccine doses from British GSK and US NewLink should be ready for use by early 2015 in countries affected by the epidemic, the World Health Organization said Friday. "If everything goes well, we may be able to begin using some of these vaccines in some of the affected countries at the very beginning of next year," said WHO assistant director general Marie-Paule Kieny. There is no licensed treatment or vaccine against the virus that has killed nearly 3,000 people in West Africa, and the UN health agency has endorsed rushing through...
  • Ghana captain denies ritual sacrifice murder

    09/25/2014 12:56:59 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    ninemsn.com ^ | Sep 24 2014 | WWOS staff
    Ghana’s national football captain and former English Premier League player Asamoah Gyan has been forced to deny he murdered a local rapper in a ritual sacrifice.
  • Liberia: Dead Ebola Patients Resurrect?

    09/24/2014 7:05:31 PM PDT · by blam · 45 replies
    All Africa ^ | 9-24-2014 | Franklin Doloquee
    September 24, 2014 By Franklin Doloquee Two Ebola patients, who died of the virus in separate communities in Nimba County have reportedly resurrected in the county. The victims, both females, believed to be in their 60s and 40s respectively, died of the Ebola virus recently in Hope Village Community and the Catholic Community in Ganta, Nimba. But to the amazement of residents and onlookers on Monday, the deceased reportedly regained life in total disbelief. The NewDawn Nimba County correspondent said the late Dorris Quoi of Hope Village Community and the second victim only identified as Ma Kebeh, said to be...
  • Here's What It's Like To Be A Cannibal In Uganda

    09/24/2014 3:41:54 PM PDT · by blam · 40 replies
    BI ^ | 9-24-2014 | Harrison Jacobs
    Harrison JacobsSeptember 24, 2014 Over the last year, there have been increasing reports of cannibalism in Uganda. Reports of cannibalism have been documented since at least 2011, when Dr. Heike Behrend, a professor at the University of Cologne, wrote a book on the practice, but the issue recieved a renewed focus after a particularly grisly incident in March. Vocativ recently sent Brooklyn-based filmmaker Matthew Goldman to Uganda to check out the situation. In Uganda, Goldman met Baboola, a self-professed cannibal, who told him about the situation in Uganda and why he eats human flesh. (snip)
  • Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections

    09/23/2014 7:42:16 AM PDT · by Raebie · 15 replies
    New England Journal of Medicine ^ | September 23, 2014 | WHO Ebola Response Team
    As of September 14, 2014, a total of 4507 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), as well as 2296 deaths from the virus, had been reported from five countries in West Africa — Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. In terms of reported morbidity and mortality, the current epidemic of EVD is far larger than all previous epidemics combined. The true numbers of cases and deaths are certainly higher. There are numerous reports of symptomatic persons evading diagnosis and treatment, of laboratory diagnoses that have not been included in national databases, and of persons with suspected...
  • Ebola warning: CDC tells airlines to 'treat all body fluids as infectious'

    09/22/2014 7:50:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 21, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increasing their warnings on Ebola, is advising airlines and jet staff to treat all body fluids as infectious, even on domestic flights.“Treat all body fluids as though they are infectious,” said the latest CDC update to airlines. The update notes that if Ebola is suspected, aircraft can be cleaned mid-flight. The update is apparently meant to stress the rights airlines have to block anyone who appears "ill" from boarding.The agency this week suggested that the Ebola crisis could strike 500,000 by the end of January. Others note that some 200,000 Africans from nations...
  • Man bitten by Ebola patient flown to Switzerland

    09/22/2014 3:29:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2014
    Swiss authorities say a male nurse who was bitten by an Ebola patient while working in West Africa has been flown to Switzerland as a precaution. ... It said the man, who was flown to Switzerland by a private transport company Monday, will be kept under observation at Geneva's University Hospital for the incubation period of three weeks.
  • Scouter's Ebola Projections by Country (Vanity)

    09/22/2014 2:25:40 PM PDT · by scouter · 18 replies
    Self | September 22, 2014 | Scouter
    READ THIS FIRST! I already know that these numbers do not predict the future. I know that there is no way Ebola will kill 2 billion people in Liberia alone. I know that at some point the pool of uninfected people will decrease enough to slow the spread of the disease. I know that the rate of transmission will change based on weather, location, effectiveness of treatment, etc., etc., etc. I know that epidemics "don't work this way". Nevertheless, it is helpful to know what the projected numbers say to get an idea of the severity of the epidemic, why...
  • Israel Sending Doctors To Africa To Save Lives Of Ebola Victims

    09/22/2014 9:52:59 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 12 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | September 22, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Israel Sending Doctors, Nurses To Africa To Save Lives Of Ebola VictimsBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem — September 22, 2014 … Doctors and nurses from Israel will be risking their lives as they join an international effort to combat the Ebola epidemic sweeping across Africa. Doctors and other health care professionals from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Beer Sheva who specialize in infectious disease are being sent to Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Liberia to treat infected patients and help prevent spread of the deadly virus. Two physicians are already in Cameroon on behalf of the Israel Foreign Ministry in...
  • ( Montana ) Missoula doctor, nurse return from treating Ebola patients in Africa

    09/21/2014 6:07:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Missoulian ^ | September 19, 2014 | Rob Chaney
    Dr. George Risi had to pass a dozen armed checkpoints to leave Sierra Leone – four of which ordered him out of the car so a guard could take his temperature. The Missoula infectious disease specialist is still checking his thermometer twice daily since his return from 20 days of volunteer work in an Ebola virus ward. He and fellow Missoulian intensive care nursing director Kate Hurley cared for up to 95 patients, from babies to grandparents, suffering from the often-fatal disease. ... While untreated Ebola tends to be 70 percent fatal, Risi said about half of the patients in...
  • Doctors: 'Irresponsible' to send troops to 'combat' Ebola

    09/20/2014 8:35:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 187 replies
    WND.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Chelsea Schilling
    A real-life horror story is playing out in Africa as Ebola spreads, and President Obama’s decision to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to combat the virus could very well put Americans at risk of contracting the deadly illness at home, some health experts say. According to the World Health Organization, at least 4,985 people have contracted Ebola and at least 2,461 have died. Several doctors have fallen ill with Ebola, and two of them have died. New reports indicate a Doctors Without Borders staff member has contracted the virus in Liberia and will be evacuated to France for treatment. “You...
  • Here's The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola

    09/20/2014 1:42:23 PM PDT · by blam · 85 replies
    BI - Slate ^ | 9-20-2014 | Benjamin Hale, Slate
    Benjamin Hale, Slate September 20, 2014 As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has spiraled out of control, affecting thousands of Liberians, Sierra Leonians, and Guineans, and threatening thousands more, the world’s reaction has been glacially, lethally slow. Only in the past few weeks have heads of state begun to take serious notice. To date, the virus has killed more than 2,600 people. This is a comparatively small number when measured against much more established diseases such as malaria,HIV/AIDS, influenza, and so on, but several factors about this outbreak have some of the world’s top health professionals gravely concerned: Its...
  • At least 8 Ebola aid workers reportedly killed 'in cold blood' by villagers in Guinea

    09/19/2014 9:54:07 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/19/2014 | Fox News
    At least eight Ebola aid workers and journalists were reportedly murdered and dumped in a latrine in a remote village in Guinea in a frightening example of the growing distrust locals have of foreigners coming to help stem the mushrooming health crisis. These deaths are believed to be the first resulting from resistance to international efforts to curb the Ebola outbreak in the region, Reuters reported. Other aid teams have been forced to turn back by crowds in several locations, and a treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia was attacked and looted.
  • Scouter's Updated Ebola Model (Vanity)

    09/19/2014 8:46:26 AM PDT · by scouter · 86 replies
    Self | September 19, 2014 | Scouter
    NOTES Before starting, let me say that I do NOT believe the Ebola epidemic will get as bad as these projections indicate. I believe it will get pretty bad, especially for those in Africa, but not as bad as the current numbers say. I think there will be a number of factors that will significantly mitigate these numbers. How much? I don't know. But no one else does, either. I am not predicting the end of humanity. I'm simply showing where the current numbers lead, should nothing change. But of course, things will change. In any case, I do believe...
  • World population may hit 11 billion by 2100

    09/19/2014 5:52:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    AFP ^ | September 18, 2014 | Staff
    The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century's end, according to a UN-led analysis published Thursday. That would mean two billion more people on Earth than expected by 2100, largely due to high birth rates in Africa, said the report in the US journal Science. "The consensus over the past 20 years or so was that world population, which is currently around seven billion, would go up to nine billion and level off or probably decline," said co-author Adrian Raftery, professor of statistics and of sociology at the University of Washington.
  • Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team

    09/18/2014 3:27:26 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 18 2014 | By Reuters
    Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday.
  • Ebola just become ‘Obola’ with boots on the ground in West Africa

    09/17/2014 8:14:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/17/14 | Judi McLeod
    Meanwhile, Ebola is far more frightening and deadly than ISIS decapitation. Just ask Barack Obama. While he patently ignores dread diseases being brought into America over an unprotected southern border, waiting it out until midterm elections are over before delivery of government-stamped amnesty, who can really believe that President Barack Obama will deliver the world from Ebola? So immersed is Obama in reinventing himself as ‘World Savior from Ebola’, he came up with first-time-in-six-years kudos for America yesterday: In thanking “everybody here at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for welcoming him, Obama said:
  • Ebola Cases & Deaths UPDATED - 5006 CASES - 2469 DEATHS

    09/17/2014 3:52:35 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 88 replies
    That is based on "official" data as of Sept 13 for all countries except Liberia which is for Sept 9.
  • 200,000 from Ebola countries have visas to enter US (Obama visa rubber-stamper)

    09/16/2014 5:42:30 AM PDT · by Liz · 23 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 9/15/14 | Paul Bedard, "Washington Secrets" columnist
    There are about 200,000 Africans from countries hosting the deadly Ebola virus who hold temporary visas to visit the United States, greatly raising the stakes it could spread to America, according to a group following the immigration issue. “Based on State Department nonimmigrant visa issuance statistics, I estimate that there are about 5,000 people in Guinea, 5,000 people in Sierra Leone, and 3,500 people in Liberia who possess visas to come to the United States today,” said Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. Add to that “more than 195,000 Nigerians” with visas to...
  • US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola danger zone as Obama admin shuffles military's mission in Africa

    09/15/2014 10:23:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 15, 2014 | David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor
    The United States government is sending thousands of military troops to the west African nation of Liberia as part of the Obama administration's Ebola virus-response strategy, the White House said late Monday night. 'U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts,' a statement from the White House press office said. 'A general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated...
  • While World Watches ISIS, Boko Haram Declares Its Own Caliphate In Nigeria

    09/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 57 replies
    NBC News ^ | 9/15/2014 | Robert Windrem
    the leader of the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has established the world's second Islamic "caliphate" this summer and is seeking to cement his bloody rule on a territory that is now roughly the size of west Virginia. While much of the world has been focused on the brutal reign of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the forces of Boko haram have been racking up victories in northern Nigeria and have been violently imposing an equally harsh version of Islamic law on approximately 3 million civilians - including beheadings, forced marriages and the forced induction of children into its military...
  • Liberian President Appeals to Obama for US Help to Beat Ebola

    09/14/2014 8:17:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appealed to U.S. President Barack Obama for urgent aid in tackling the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, saying that without it her country would lose the fight against the disease. The outbreak, which was first discovered in March, has now killed more than 2,400 people mostly in Liberia, neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, as understaffed and poorly resourced West African healthcare systems have been overrun. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the epidemic is spreading exponentially in Liberia, where more than half of the deaths have been recorded. It...
  • Boko Haram Militants Have Surrounded a Major Nigerian City

    09/13/2014 12:34:12 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies
    VICE News ^ | 9/13/2014 (10:40 AM) | Samuel Oakford
    A month after declaring an Islamic state-like caliphate in Northeastern Nigeria, Boko Haram militants have reportedly surrounded the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where residents expect an attack on what could be the group's largest and most symbolic seizure yet. ...
  • ‘It doesn’t make sense’: Concerns over enlisting DOD in Ebola response

    09/12/2014 4:54:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Lucas Tomlinson
    ·“We don’t need to be taking planners away from the CT [counterterrorism] mission, and that is what is going on,” a Defense Department source told Fox News. USAID and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are already involved, but President Obama said in an interview last weekend that the U.S. military is being brought in to help stanch the deadly epidemic. Obama said the military could help set up isolation units and provide security for health workers, among other tasks. But the decision comes as the military is already engaged in counterterrorism operations in Africa, and as the president...
  • Liberia: Somebody Had to Do It: Turning People Away [Ebola]

    09/12/2014 9:59:31 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 8 replies
    MSF.ORG ^ | 9/12/14 | msf
    Liberia: 'Somebody had to do it' - Turning people away from an overwhelmed Ebola treatment centre 12 September 2014 Pierre Trbovic, an anthropologist from Belgium, arrived in the Liberian capital, Monrovia in late August to help with MSF’s response to the Ebola epidemic. Finding the treatment centre full, health staff overwhelmed, and sick people queuing in the street, Pierre volunteered for the heartwrenching job of turning people away. Soon after arriving in Monrovia, I realised that my colleagues were overwhelmed by the scale of the Ebola outbreak. Our treatment centre – the biggest MSF has ever run – was full,...
  • The Ebola Outbreak Has Reached A New Level Of Severity

    09/12/2014 4:44:21 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 9-12-2014 | Tom Miles and Kate Kelland, Reuters
    Tom Miles and Kate Kelland, ReutersSeptember 12,2014 West Africa's Ebola outbreak is running ahead of health authorities' ability to contain it, particularly in the three hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. "The Ebola outbreak that is ravaging parts of West Africa is the largest and most complex and most severe in the almost four-decade history of this disease," the WHO's director general Margaret Chan told a news conference in Geneva. "The number of new patients is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them." (snip)
  • 'His Father Had Lied to Us': German Doctor Shares Harrowing Ebola Encounter

    09/10/2014 2:13:43 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    Spiegal ^ | 9-9-14 | Katrin Elger
    On the Monday morning in question in mid-August, we were sitting together when one of the doctors told us that the child's stepmother had come during the night to take over for the father of the sick boy. A Father's Lies The doctor started growing nervous because what the woman shared with him didn't sound good. Melvin-Vincent's grandmother had just died of Ebola. The boy had been living with the elderly lady and his fever broke out after her burial. His father had lied to us. At that moment, it became clear to all of us that it wasn't just...
  • ISIS Giving Nigeria's Boko Haram Advice on Establishing African Caliphate

    09/10/2014 8:14:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/10/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Terror group ISIS, which is active in Iraq and Syria, is reportedly strengthening its ties with Boko Haram in Nigeria, offering the militants advice on how to build an African caliphate. "Unless swift action is taken, Nigeria could be facing a rapid takeover of a large area of its territory reminiscent of ISIS's lightning advances in Iraq," The Nigeria Security Network warned. The Independent noted that intelligence agencies have been raising concern that what initially looked like symbolic links between ISIS and Boko Haram have now developed "into a practical relationship" with the former offering advice on strategy and tactics....
  • Another problem for Hillary [A Benghazi-like incident in Nigeria...Boko Haram]

    09/06/2014 6:27:43 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    World Magazine ^ | September 5, 2014 | J.C. DERRICK
    Who is Vernice Guthrie, and where was she at 11 a.m. West Africa Time on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011? On that day, terrorist group Boko Haram carried out a suicide bombing at the main UN building in Abuja, Nigeria, killing 24 persons and injuring more than 100. Since then Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and other lawmakers have three times during hearings asked State Department officials whether Americans were in that building. Three times those officials have hedged. Now, Boko Haram’s rise has led to the deaths of thousands of Nigerians, the destruction of hundreds of churches, and the kidnapping this...
  • IHS pays $2bn to buy MTN telecoms towers

    09/04/2014 3:19:00 PM PDT · by mgist · 7 replies
    FT ^ | 9/41/14 | Thompson
    IHS, the African mobile infrastructure group, will double the size of its business following a $2bn deal to acquire more than 9,000 telecoms towers from MTN, the South African-based telecoms group. The deal with IHS, which is raising equity from investors to help fund the transaction, will be the largest transaction for towers in Africa. Issam Darwish, IHS chief executive, declined to comment on the value of the deal but added that it would double the size of the group’s asset value. He said Nigeria was of particular importance in the regional telecoms industry. “Nigeria is at the heart of...
  • MSF call for military medical help shows Ebola outbreak’s severity (medicin sans frontiers)

    09/04/2014 2:10:35 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 34 replies
    o.canada.com ^ | 9-3-14 | Helen Branswell
    Liu called on governments to deploy this type of expertise Tuesday when she addressed a special Ebola briefing for the United Nations. Without this help, Liu said, this outbreak will not stop. “To curb the epidemic, it is imperative that states immediately deploy civilian and military assets with expertise in biohazard containment,” she told the UN. “I call upon you to dispatch your disaster response teams, backed by the full weight of your logistical capabilities…. Without this deployment, we will never get the epidemic under control.” Desperate times call for desperate measures. “This just tells you the extraordinary scale of...
  • U.S. Military Conducts Operation In Somalia

    09/01/2014 5:18:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | Barbara Starr
    Breaking News U.S. Military Conducts Operation In Somalia By Barbara Starr September 1, 2014 (CNN) -- U.S. military forces conducted an operation Monday against the Al-Shabaab network in Somalia, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," he said.
  • Worldwide Rhino Horn Trade Continues Unabated

    09/03/2014 6:00:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    More rhinos were killed by poachers last year in Africa than ever before. In 2014 the dubious record looks set to be broken again. The black market price for rhino horn is now considerably higher than cocaine. Poachers from Mozambique's poorest villages sneak into South Africa, heavily armed under the cover of darkness. They are here to hunt rhinos. The money they make from just one rhino horn is enough to feed their families for months. It’s a payoff worth risking their lives for. Between 1990 and 2007 poachers killed on average 14 rhinos a year in South Africa. Last...
  • Modern Day Slavery Still Rampant in Niger

    09/03/2014 12:54:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    For 20 years, Tamazrat Ousame had to clean, cook and even bear children for her masters. One day she managed to escape, but hundreds of others are still enslaved in Niger.Maradi, southern Niger. Soldiers supposed to protect foreign journalists are dozing on plastic chairs in the shade in front of the hotel. Besides the hotel entrance, an old man on a woobly wooden table is arranging his souvenirs for sale: Colorful pearl necklaces, bronze giraffes and knitted handbags. An old rusty metal necklace is lying nearby. It was used as a necklace to hold slaves, the old man says with...
  • Swaziland: King, 46, Takes Virgin, 19, As 14th Wife

    09/03/2014 12:49:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Swaziland's King Mswati III has finally married the 19-year-old former beauty pageant contestant dubbed by foreign media as 'Naughty Sindi'The King, aged 46, chose the teenager as his wife from among thousands of young virgin girls who danced semi-naked in front of him at the kingdom's annual Umhlanga or Reed Dance in 2013. The Observer on Sunday (31 August 2014), a newspaper in effect owned by the King, reported that Sindiswa Dlamini had been seen in public at the opening of a trade fair and this indicated that she was now officially the King's wife. It had been announced in...
  • Bama Under Boko Haram Control, Borno Senator Insists, Challenges Military

    09/03/2014 12:41:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    AllAfrica ^ | Michael Olugbode
    Accuses Borno govt, military of lying to the public The Senator representing Borno Central at the National Assembly, Ahmed Zannah, has challenged both the Borno state government and military authority to take the media to Bama to cross check their claims that the town has not be captured by the Boko Haram insurgents. The senator in a telephone chat on Wednesday afternoon with our correspondent said: "As I am speaking to you Bama has been captured and the insurgents on the prowling for any male, killing at will." He added , "Everyone is a target as long as you are...
  • Obama to Africans: Don’t touch Ebola corpses

    09/03/2014 6:13:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 3, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama urged West Africans in areas affected by the Ebola virus not to touch the corpses of loved ones who had succumbed to the deadly disease in a public service announcement released by the State Department on Tuesday. "When burying someone who has died from this terrible disease, it's important to not directly touch their body," Obama says. "You can respect your traditions and honor your loved ones without risking the lives of the living." [Snip] "If you feel sick with a high fever, you should get help right away," Obama said.
  • Calais mayor warns UK, 'help with migrants or I shut port'

    09/03/2014 4:15:36 AM PDT · by csvset · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 2014-09-03 | News wire
    Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart on Tuesday threatened to shut down the port unless Britain helps solve the problem of the hundreds of immigrants turning up there in a bid to sneak across the Channel. "I could take the decision to block the port... I could bring pressure to bear," Bouchart told reporters in Paris after meeting Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. "It would be illegal," she recognised, "but today I want to make a strong gesture towards the British." The mayor took issue with British immigration policy which, she complained, "is "considered as an Eldorado" by immigrants. She also reproached London...
  • Ebola patient escapes medical centre in Liberia, spreads panic in Monrovia

    09/02/2014 7:16:32 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 15 replies
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  • Scores killed as Boko Haram insurgents overrun Nigerian town: sources

    09/02/2014 4:34:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/2/14 | Lanre Ola
    Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, several security sources said on Tuesday.
  • Boko Haram beheaded six-year-old Christian boy, group reports

    08/31/2014 5:11:36 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    Christiantoday.com ^ | 8/28/2014 | Christiantoday.com
    It was revealed this week that Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram beheaded a six-year-old boy on June 1 because he was a Christian. The attack occurred in Attagara, Gwoza district, Borno State – a predominately Christian community, according to Voice of the Martyrs. Over 100 militants descended upon the village, slaughtering men, women, and children. Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed Christians and Shiite Muslims across Borno and Yobe States in an increasingly deadly campaign to establish an extremist, Sunni Muslim reign.
  • It was already the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Now it’s moving into Africa’s cities

    08/30/2014 9:41:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | August 30 at 7:57 PM | Todd C. Frankel
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The dreaded Ebola virus came to the children’s hospital in the form of a 4-year-old boy. ... The boy died. The 30 doctors and nurses who had contact with him were placed in quarantine, forced to nervously wait out the 21 days it can take for the virus to emerge. And remaining staff so far have refused to return to work. ... Ebola is now spreading from the remote provinces and into the teeming cities such as Freetown, where 1.2 million people jostle for space. Previous outbreaks had been limited to remote vil­lages, where containment was...
  • African demand for ZMapp Ebola drug grows as it completely heals monkeys in lab test

    08/30/2014 6:42:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Monkeys infected with the Ebola virus survived after being treated with an experimental drug in a study that suggests the drug may be effective even after severe symptoms are present. Monkeys were given three doses of the antibody-based treatment ZMapp starting three to five days after being infected with a lethal dose of Ebola. All 18 monkeys treated with ZMapp survived, while three that were not given the medicine died, according to the results published in the journal Nature. "It is a really, really important study" as it is the longest researchers have waited after infecting monkeys with Ebola to...
  • Latest Big Lie: We Have No Strategy

    08/29/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • Constitutional Court hears 'down syndrome' case (Failure to have abortion)

    08/28/2014 2:15:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    SABC ^ | SABC
    A disabled boy wants to be able to sue the Cape Town based Foetal Assessment Centre over its failure to inform his mother that he had down syndrome before he was born. The child's mother said that had the Foetal Assessment Centre properly informed her of the risks of down syndrome, she would have terminated the pregnancy. The mother missed the window period to file a claim on her own behalf.