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  • South African sisters address violence against migrant women (very interesting)

    10/21/2019 8:43:12 AM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Oct 21, 2019 | Doreen Ajiambo
    NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER South African sisters address violence against migrant women Oct 21, 2019 by Doreen Ajiambo JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Covering her face with her black jacket in her sitting room in Jeppestown, a suburb of Johannesburg, a Malawian woman tells how she was sexually and physically assaulted by her attackers on Sept. 2 during xenophobic violence that left at least 12 people dead. NEW: GSR in the Classroom is a supplementary curriculum that adapts GSR articles for use in Catholic middle and high schools and faith formation programs. Learn more. A machete-wielding gang, believed to have targeted foreign-owned...
  • Scientists find early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed

    10/20/2019 6:48:19 AM PDT · by Openurmind · 13 replies
    Science Daily/McMaster University ^ | Oct 16, 2019 | Michelle Donovan
    Scientists have unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier humans at least 200,000 years ago, tens of thousands of years earlier than previously believed. The findings, published today in the journal Science Advances, are based on years of excavations and challenge current thinking about human movement in the region -- long thought to have been inaccessible and uninhabitable to anyone but modern humans. The new evidence is leading researchers to reconsider the routes our early ancestors took as they moved out of Africa into Europe and demonstrates their ability to...
  • Three countries where Donald Trump is popular

    10/18/2019 2:50:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | October 1, 2019 | Monti Datta, Quartz
    President Donald Trump is one of the most controversial world leaders in modern times, igniting the ire of America’s staunchest allies. Whether it’s the proposed Muslim ban, the US border wall and immigration, or his praise of authoritarian leaders, Trump is deft at inciting deep divisions among the public. In 2018, political scientist Daniel Drezner summarized this consensus in The Washington Post: “The world hates President Trump.” Data from the Pew Research Center illustrates Drezner’s thinking. For the residents of US allies, their confidence in the US president dropped substantially from the last year of Obama’s presidency to the beginning...
  • There’s a pro-Trump rally planned this week – in Pretoria [South Africa]

    10/18/2019 2:22:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Africa Times ^ | October 8, 2019 | The Editor
    United States President Trump may be embattled at home, where he faces an impeachment inquiry and high-stakes diplomatic crises, but right-wing activists are planning a pro-Trump rally this week anyway – in Pretoria. Willie Jordaan, the attorney who leads the Patriots for Minorities movement in South Africa, announced his plans on Monday to host a Trump 2020 support rally at the U.S. Embassy building this Thursday morning. Jordaan condemned the “ridiculous and unfounded” impeachment process in the politically tense U.S. and praised Trump for “keeping an eye on South Africa.” “We would like to thank you for your continued support...
  • China bans African foreign students from worshiping in churches to prevent 'foreign infiltration'

    10/18/2019 8:12:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/18/2019 | By Leah MarieAnn Klett
    The Chinese government has banned African international students from worshiping in Christian churches under the pretext of “preventing foreign infiltration through religion,” a persecution watchdog group has revealed. A group of over 80 African students who are residing in a city in the northeastern province of Liaoning told Chinese persecution watchdog Bitter Winter that in September, the person in charge of the Three-Self church that they attended received a government order prohibiting foreigners from participating in gatherings at the church. “We just want to have a place to congregate,” one student told the outlet. A Chinese believer at the church...
  • Research shines camera on little-known, much abused pangolins

    10/16/2019 10:12:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    UPI ^ | October 16, 2019 / 3:00 AM | By Paul Brinkmann
    White-bellied tree pangolins are being hunted illegally in large numbers in West Africa. Photo courtesy of Justin Miller/Pangolin Conservation ========================================================== ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Researchers from Florida and Illinois are leading a global effort to understand and protect the world's most trafficked mammal -- the little-known pangolin. Also called a scaly anteater, the cat-size pangolin is hunted and killed for its scales and meat in Africa and Southeast Asia. New research includes the so-called "Pango-Cam" attached to their backs to provide crucial information about the pangolin diet and territory. Without quick efforts to understand how to breed the...
  • South Africa: Hate Crimes Expert and Psychologist Slaughtered in Her Home, Throat Slit and Stabbed

    10/13/2019 7:34:13 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 67 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | 10/12/19 | Jim Hoft
    Dr. Mirah Wilks was known for her research into hate crimes against the LGBTQ community. Her latest project was researching resilience as a means of adaption and survival, The Times of Israel reported. Wilks, 69, was killed inside her home on Sunday shortly after her husband left to go to their local synagogue, The Daily Mail reported. The armed black robbers waited on the roof of the house for Wilks’ husband to leave before they smashed through the ceiling to gain entry into the home. On his return, her husband found the blood soaked body of his wife of 45...
  • Tunisia: Kais Saied wins presidential election -- exit polls

    10/13/2019 4:44:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | Sunday, October 13, 2019 | law,mvb/cmb (AP, AFP, dpa)
    Exit polls show that independent law professor Kais Saied has won Tunisia's runoff presidential election against Nabil Karoui, a media tycoon recently freed from jail... Saied secured 72.53% of the vote while media mogul Nabil Karoui got 27.47%, the polling firm Emrhod Consulting says, citing exit polls... Karoui is a 56-year-old media tycoon, who up until Wednesday had been jailed on charges of tax evasion and money laundering, and Saied is a 61-year-old jurist and law professor with no political party but backed by the moderate Islamist party Ennahda. In the first round, Saied took 18.4% and Karoui 15.6% among...
  • Why Africans Are Protesting and Fighting Mexican Troops: A More Fulsome Explanation

    10/10/2019 8:03:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 10/10/2019 | Todd Bensman
    In July, I was perhaps among the first to report that an unusually large influx of up to 35,000 African, Middle Eastern and South Asian “intercontinental” migrants, was coursing from South America through Panama’s Darien Gap toward the broken-open U.S. border to likewise get asylum claims going and gain quick permanent entry into the interior, sky high numbers that had not been seen in many years.
  • As measles deaths in the Democratic Republic of the Congo top 4,000

    10/09/2019 10:43:39 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    Unicef ^ | 10/09/19 | Unicef
    UNICEF is vaccinating thousands more children against measles and rushing life-saving medicines to health centers across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as deaths from the world’s largest measles outbreak top 4,000. Since January, 203,179 cases of measles have been reported in all 26 provinces of the country, and 4,096 have died. Children under the age of five represent 74 per cent of infections and nearly 90 per cent of deaths. The number of measles cases in DRC this year is more than triple the number recorded for all of 2018. The measles outbreak in DRC has become far...

    10/07/2019 4:09:12 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Powewrline ^ | OCTOBER 7, 2019 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    The Star Tribune is nevertheless tired of being played for a chump. Coolican notes: “This again raised questions about her marriage to Elmi and whether it was sincere or some effort to help Elmi’s immigration status, or even whether Elmi is her brother. She has denied Elmi is her brother but declined to answer any questions about the circumstances of her marriage to him.” • Her 2016 statement to the contrary notwithstanding, the evidence strongly suggests that Omar never split from Hirsi before her election to Congress last year. Their alleged 2011 divorce “in their faith tradition” appears to be...
  • space Here's More Evidence That Earth Got Hit by Something Huge 12,800 Years Ago

    10/07/2019 9:42:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 113 replies
    gizmodo uk ^ | 06 Oct 2019 at 6:00AM | George Dvorsky on
    Along with locations in North and South America, Greenland, Western Europe, and the Middle East, we can now add southern Africa to the list of places where scientists have uncovered evidence of a calamitous event that happened 12,800 years ago. This evidence of a 12,800-year-old platinum spike in Africa is the first to be found on the continent, and it’s yet further evidence in support of the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis. According to this theory, either a comet or asteroid struck Earth during the Pleistocene, triggering an impact winter that saw temperatures plummet around the globe. The associated loss of...
  • Suspected Fulani Militants Kill Pastor’s Wife, but Still Take Ransom

    10/03/2019 5:57:05 AM PDT · by robowombat · 12 replies
    Suspected Fulani Militants Kill Pastor’s Wife, but Still Take Ransom 09/28/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – On September 14, suspected Fulani militants attacked the village of Bagoma in Kaduna State, Nigeria. During the attack, the militants tried to kill Rev. Ishaku Katung of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA). On that night, they broke into the church premises and attacked the sleeping husband and wife. Rev. Katung was able to escape, but was shot. His wife, Esther Ishaku Katung, did not make it away, and was taken by the attackers. Over the next two weeks, the militants told the family...
  • 60 Missing, 25 Dead in Attack on Malian Base on Burkina Faso Border

    10/03/2019 6:01:46 AM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    60 Missing, 25 Dead in Attack on Malian Base on Burkina Faso Border 10/02/2019 Mali (International Christian Concern) – Heavily armed extremists attacked two bases in Mali along the border with Burkina Faso. During these attacks which took place on Monday, Sept 30, 25 Malian soldiers were killed. Another 60 soldiers are still missing due to the attacks, which overran the bases. The battle continued into Tuesday, when the Malian forces alongside Burkinabe forces were able to retake the town of Boulikessi. The government of Mali has stated that they believe these assailants to be part of Ansarul al-Islam, a...
  • ‘We’ve been taken hostage’: African migrants stranded in Mexico after Trump's crackdown

    10/02/2019 1:02:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 30, 2019 | Jo Tuckman in Tapachula, Mexico
    Neh knew she was taking a risk when she got involved with English-language activists in mostly-Francophone Cameroon. She had no way of know that her decision would eventually force her to flee her country, fly halfway across the world and then set out on a 4,000-mile trek through dense jungle and across seven borders – only to leave her stranded in southern Mexico, where her hopes of finding safety in the US were blocked by the Mexican government’s efforts to placate Donald Trump’s anti-migrant rage. “It is just too much,” sobbed Neh,at a protest camp set up by migrants from...
  • UK's Prince Harry demands end to 'greed and selfishness', for nature's sake

    09/30/2019 11:08:58 AM PDT · by bgill · 79 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 30, 2019 | Frank Phiri
    Britain’s Prince Harry appealed on Monday in a national park in Malawi for increased global efforts to protect the environment against “greed, apathy and selfishness”. “This may well sound hippy to some, but we cannot afford to have a ‘them or us’ mentality. Humans and animals and their habitats fundamentally need to co-exist or within the next 10 years our problems across the globe will become even more unmanageable.” Harry, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth, also guest-edited National Geographic magazine’s Instagram account on Monday to encourage people worldwide to appreciate the value of trees, Buckingham Palace said. In a campaign...
  • UN Agency: Tanzania Not Sharing Details on Ebola-Like Cases

    09/22/2019 8:40:54 AM PDT · by bgill · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | Sept. 22, 2019 | Cara Anna
    The World Health Organization has issued an unusual statement raising questions about whether Tanzania is covering up possible cases of the deadly Ebola virus, a significant cause for concern during a regional outbreak that has been declared a rare global health emergency. The statement Saturday says Tanzania's government "despite several requests" has not shared its clinical data, the results of its investigations or the possible contacts of a number of patients with Ebola-like symptoms. Tanzania's government, which has said it has no Ebola cases, could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday. The cases would be the first-ever Ebola infections...
  • Greece's immigration situation accelerates as the rest of Europe watches

    09/08/2019 7:15:20 PM PDT · by LucyT · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 8th 2019 | Sharyl Attkisson
    The following is a first-person report of refugees trying to flee to Greece. It’s 10 p.m. at night and we’re boarding a Greek Coast Guard vessel on the island of Lesvos. The captain assures us we will pick up 150 Muslim refugees in the Aegean Sea tonight. It’s an every night occurrence and part of an underreported illegal immigration and refugee crisis in Europe. They come from places like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa. Many Americans heard about Europe’s huge influx of refugees in 2015 and 2016. But they may not have heard the rest of the story, which Full...
  • The United States extends its condolences

    09/06/2019 10:01:44 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 63 replies
    U.S. Embassy Zimbabwe ^ | Sept. 5 , 2019 | usembassyharare
    The United States extends its condolences to the Mugabe family and the people of Zimbabwe as they mourn the passing of former President Robert Mugabe. We join the world in reflecting on his legacy in securing Zimbabwe’s independence.
  • South Africa closes embassy in Nigeria after xenophobic violence

    09/06/2019 4:01:33 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 15 replies
    bbc ^ | 5 September 2019 | bbc
    South Africa has temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in Nigeria following reprisal attacks by Nigerians triggered by xenophobic violence in South Africa.