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  • Why South Africa is Still the Most Unequal Country on the Planet

    04/29/2017 8:18:04 AM PDT · by davikkm · 56 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    After the ending of Apartheid, South Africa looked set to become the driving force of the African continent. It had the developed world’s support behind it, popular support from almost everyone, and yet it has sunk to the very bottom of the world’s equality rankings (in terms of economic disparity). And it’s not only economically that South Africa is struggling. Political corruption is rife, violence is high, and the threat of insurrection is never far away. When the charismatic Mandela came to power as the head of the African National Congress (ANC, the present ruling party), many in the Western...
  • Is South Africa heading for civil war? The country is lurching ever closer to conflict [tr]

    04/29/2017 6:27:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 28, 2017 | Andrew Malone
    On stage in a stadium in Soweto, the township at the heart of the uprising against apartheid, South Africa’s president, in a green and gold leather jacket, was dancing a Zulu war jig. A court order against ‘hate speech’ meant Jacob Zuma, a former cattle herder, was banned from singing his favourite ‘liberation’ songs, including Bring Me My Machine Gun and Shoot The Boer. But, after listening to speeches in which a succession of obsequious cronies described him as a ‘giant’ alongside African leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Zuma delighted supporters at his 75th birthday celebrations a few days ago...
  • Rich South Africans invest in green cards (Hiring Americans)

    04/25/2017 9:09:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    iAfrica ^ | April 25, 2017 | LCR Capital
    According to information released by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), South African demand for US EB-5 visas has more than doubled since 2014. The EB-5 investor visa allows visa holders to obtain a green card for themselves and their immediate family members by investing $500,000 into U.S. businesses provided they create a required number of jobs. “For the first time, our industry now has access to the actual number of investors who applied, as apposed to just the number of EB-5 visas approved,” said Rogelio Caceres, co-founder of LCR Capital, a private equity investment firm that assists...
  • South African hunter WAS killed by a crocodile, DNA tests on human remains found inside a beast ...

    04/23/2017 5:56:10 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 20, 2017 | Ekin Karasin and Kelly Mclaughlin
    Full title: South African hunter WAS killed by a crocodile, DNA tests on human remains found inside a beast prove DNA tests of the carcass of a crocodile shot in Zimbabwe confirm that the reptile had eaten a missing South African hunter. Scott Van Zyl, 44, vanished last week after going on a hunting safari on the banks of the Limpopo river with a Zimbabwean tracker and a pack of dogs. The married father-of-two, whose company runs hunting trips for foreign clients, was believed he had been eaten by crocodiles and recent tests confirm it.
  • Too Many Elephants at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park

    04/23/2017 12:07:28 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/23/17 | Jack Dini
    According to an aerial count in 2014 there are around 44,000 elephants at Hwange Elephant numbers across Africa have been declining rapidly under the onslaught of ivory poachers. However, one national park faces an entirely different problem. Hwange’s elephant population just keeps growing. But what, on the face of it, might appear to be good news has become an equally serious problem, one that is more a threat to the elephants long-term survival than ivory poaching. Quite simply, Hwange has too many elephants reports Martin Dunn. Zimbabwe’s Hwange National park is a six thousand square mile area founded in the...
  • Kuki Gallmann, 'I Dreamed of Africa' author, shot at Kenyan ranch

    04/23/2017 10:45:28 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 20 replies
    Gallmann, 73, known for her bestselling book "I Dreamed of Africa," which became a movie by the same name starring Kim Basinger, was patrolling the property when she was shot in the stomach by herders who invaded her ranch in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, local police chief Ezekiel Chepkowny told the Associated Press.
  • Museveni: I love that man Trump (President of Uganda)

    04/23/2017 10:35:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Media Max Network ^ | April 23, 2017 | People Daily
    Ethiopia, Sunday -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has urged African leaders to stop “ideological meandering”. Leaders, he said, should thoroughly discuss and distill positions which can help their people transform and develop using their natural resources. Museveni added that focus should be on home-based solutions and self-reliance. He said new US President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies will jolt Africans into the reality of their situation. “I love Trump. I love that man Trump because that man has told you that he is not your uncle. And I think it is good. For those Africans who feel orphaned, am sorry...
  • Rachel Dolezal’s trans-racial shtick didn’t play very well in South Africa

    04/22/2017 6:01:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 22, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    The book tour Rachel Dolezal set out on recently has wound up taking her further than I might have imagined. In fact, she made it all the way to South Africa at the invitation of one Clyde Ramalaine, a former priest who now refers to himself as a “bishop” but actually runs a communications company. Her appearance didn’t go off without a hitch, however, Many of the black, South African students in attendance were, shall we say, a bit less than receptive. (Daily Mail) Deriding Ms Dolezal’s claim to ‘racial fludity’, she was told by a member of the mostly-black...
  • South Sudan drops poisonous gas on rebel-held territories

    04/15/2017 8:49:12 PM PDT · by rod5591 · 29 replies
    Africa News Online ^ | April 15, 2017 | not attributed
    “After failing to defeat the SPLA-IO forces with regular weapons, the Juba government Militias under the command Governor John Gony Biliew of Akobo State and Majiok Gatluak Thoa of Bieh State used poisonous gas that blindfolds, weakens, makes someone loses focus and causes sneezing while attacking SPLA-IO positions and civilians in the IDP Camps,” Gabriel said the gas use has been systematic, saying, “This criminal acts of cowardice by the Juba Government started on 11th April 2017 in Yuai, proceeded to Waat on 14/04/2017 and still going on with an aim of reaching Akobo.”
  • Migrants traded in 'slave markets' in Libya, U.N. agency says

    04/11/2017 12:48:49 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2017 | Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Writing by Aidan Lewis
    GENEVA-Growing numbers of African migrants passing through Libya are traded in what they call slave markets before being held for ransom, forced labor or sexual exploitation, the U.N. migration agency said on Tuesday. West African migrants interviewed by the International Organization for Migration have recounted being bought and sold in garages and car parks in the southern city of Sabha, one of Libya's main migrant smuggling hubs. Migrants are traded for between $200 and $500 and are held on average for two or three months, Othman Belbeisi, head of the IOM's Libya mission, told journalists in Geneva...
  • Risk of mass starvation rising rapidly in Africa, Yemen - U.N.

    04/11/2017 7:25:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2017 | By Stephanie Nebehay
    The risk of mass starvation in four countries - northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen - is rising rapidly due to drought and conflict, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday. About 20 million people live in hard-hit areas where harvests have failed and acute malnutrition rates are increasing, particularly among children, it said. In South Sudan, where the United Nations declared famine in some areas in February, "a further 1 million people are now on the brink of famine", UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said. "We are raising our alarm level further by today warning that the risk of...
  • Three Years Ago This Week: A Symbol of a Failed Presidency

    04/09/2017 11:28:08 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 11 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | Christopher W. Holton
    Can there be anything more symbolic of the Obama administration’s failure to combat the global Jihad than Boko Haram’s kidnapping of hundreds of Christian school girls in Nigeria three years ago? Especially given the fact that Boko Haram subsequently became an Islamic State affiliate. That’s right, one side-effect of the Obama administration allowing the Islamic State to form and metastasize was the joining of forces with the organization that then-first lady Michelle Obama so infamously “attacked” with her hashtag counterterrorism program. This week marks the third anniversary of the mass abduction
  • Ruined Zimbabwe needs Donald Trump

    04/01/2017 6:56:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    New Zimbabwe ^ | April 1, 2017 | Masimba Mhondiwa
    I KNOW exactly what you think and no, it’s not what I mean. Let me clarify, Zimbabwe needs a Trump, meaning its own version of the billionaire real estate mogul. The man claims three times his actual worth due to overvaluing of his brand name, and brand is always tough to price, but nonetheless he is still a very wealthy man. In the following new few paragraphs I will try to not only convince but hope to win you over. So why do I say this. First it is important to understand that despite having run under a Republican ticket,...
  • Kony 2017: The Facebook World Didn't Catch Him

    03/29/2017 2:38:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2017 | Austin Bay
    In October 2011, the Obama Administration ordered 100 U.S. special operations troops to deploy to central Africa to help African and U.N. forces capture Joseph Kony, the psychopathic commander of the Ugandan rebel Lord's Resistance Army. Kony is an evil man. Note the present tense: is, not was. In the late 1980s, Kony took control of a movement whose goals linked the Acholi tribe's demands for autonomy in northern Uganda with a promise to govern Uganda according to the Ten Commandments. But Joseph Kony lived by a different testament. In 2005, the International Criminal Court indicted him on charges of...
  • Bodies of 2 UN Experts Found in Democratic Republic of Congo

    03/29/2017 9:21:34 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 48 replies
    WISC TV Channel 3000 ^ | March 29, 2017 | Euan McKirdy
    The bodies of two UN experts who went missing in the Democratic Republic of Congo this month have been found, the United Nations said in a statement Tuesday. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said UN peacekeepers discovered the bodies of US citizen Michael Sharp and Swedish national Zaida Catalan on Monday outside the city of Kananga. The body of their Congolese interpreter, Betu Tshintela, was also discovered with them. A Congo government official told CNN that Catalan's body was found decapitated, but Sharp and Tshintela were not beheaded. Their cause of death is not determined, according to government spokesman Lambert Mende....
  • South Sudan Is Dying: Millions displaced, hundreds of thousands starving

    03/29/2017 8:46:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 29, 2017 | Norma Costello
    Marshes and dirt. Marshes and dirt. The war in South Sudan could be explained by its harsh and bewildering terrain. The only way to travel in one of the world’s poorest and most violent countries is in small, U.N.-charted planes, whose crisply-dressed pilots crouch down to explain safety features while gun-armed Toyotas speed down the runway. “There are several safety exits in this aircraft, but hopefully we won’t need them,” our captain jokes as we wait for a passenger who’s been holding up the flight.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Why an ‘African moment’ is unfolding in Catholicism

    03/21/2017 5:51:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | March 21, 2017 | John Allen, Jr.
    I covered the second Synod of Bishops for Africa at the Vatican in 2009, which built on the work of the first such synod in 1994. I recall many observers saying they detected a shift in the attitudes of the African bishops at that second gathering, away from thinking of themselves as junior partners coming to the home office and towards a more confident sense that they’re leaders of the most dynamic Catholic community on earth. I drew on that experience in my 2009 book The Future Church, which opens with an imagined scene of a newly elected African pope,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Theologian says ‘Amoris’ Communion debate is settled in Africa

    03/21/2017 9:07:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | March 21, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr., Ines San Martin
    As a major conference on Africa gets set to open in Rome, the principal organizer, Nigerian Father Paulinus Odozor, says the debate over Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics unleashed by 'Amoris Laetitia' is already settled in Africa -- and that the answer is 'no.'
  • Khama Charms Trump (President of Botswana)

    03/20/2017 11:28:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Monitor ^ | March 20, 2017 | Monkagedi Gaothobogwe
    President Ian Khama’s letter to newly-elected United States of America (USA) President, Donald J Trump can be described simply as charming with its selection of words as Khama seeks to continue the good Botswana America-relations with the new President. And he got the desired results when President Trump reciprocated and promised him a world of opportunities for prosperity, peace and trade. Thoughtful Khama had been as humble as a lamb in his salutations to President Trump, putting aside the various light jokes he used to throw about Trump at the height of USA elections campaigns. It would seem as soon...
  • Sierra Leone pastor unearths one of the largest diamonds ever found [709 kt]

    03/16/2017 10:15:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 16 March 2017 • 4:06pm | Adrian Blomfield, Nairobi
    An African church minister who supplements his meagre stipend by scrabbling for minerals in the artisanal mines of eastern Sierra Leone has discovered one of the largest diamonds ever found. The 709-carat stone was extracted this week by Emmanuel Momoh, a pastor in one of the myriad churches that ministers to the mining communities of Kono district, the diamond centre that became the crucible of Sierra Leone’s blood-soaked civil war. It is believed to be the 13th largest uncut diamond ever to be pulled from the ground, industry analysts said. The stone is to be auctioned, the Sierra Leonean government...