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  • It's Surprisingly Legal to Eat Lion Meat

    07/29/2015 6:06:15 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 24 replies
    VICE News ^ | 02/19/2015 | Mark Hay
    As part of the celebrations for his 91st birthday next Saturday, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will be served a feast featuring five impala, two buffalo, two elephants, two sables, and one lion. According to a report in Zimbabwe's The Chronicle, the menagerie was donated by Tendai Musasa, owner of the prominent Woodlands Farm near the Elephant Hills Resort at Victoria Falls, where the 20,000-person shindig will take place. While you'd think that eating elephants and lions, icons of wildlife conservation, would be illegal, it turns out it's not—neither under Zimbabwean nor international law. As of 1997, elephant populations in Botswana,...
  • Germany speaks of ‘genocide’ in Namibia (in 1905)

    07/08/2015 9:28:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies ^ | 08 Jul 2015 17:31 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    The speaker of the German parliament on Wednesday said the slaughter of indigenous Namibians a century ago constituted a “genocide” that stemmed from a “race war”. Norbert Lammert, writing in a guest column for news weekly Die Zeit, said the Herero and Nama peoples had been systematically targeted for massacre by German imperial troops. “Using today’s standards of international law, the crushing of the Herero revolt was genocide,” he wrote. …
  • White mercenaries have Boko Haram on run

    They’re Nigeria’s unlikely saviors – most being white, in their 50s and 60s and combat veterans of the former South African apartheid regime. But, tainted resumes notwithstanding, they’ve been getting the job done in northern Nigeria, hitting the Islamist terror group Boko Haram hard enough to send the jihadists into retreat, liberating dozens of villages and freeing hundreds of women and girls held as slaves and “bush wives” during a six-year-long reign of terror, reported London Telegraph. Boko Haram recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. In recent years, Boko Haram has slaughtered entire...
  • Abbas To Sign Accords With Putin in Moscow

    04/11/2015 10:14:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 4/11/2015, 10:55 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Monday where the issue of Middle East peace talks will be raised, Russian authorities announced Thursday. “The two leaders will hold talks concerning key aspects of Russian-Palestinian relations and their future, with particular attention on the trade, economy and humanitarian sectors,” the Kremlin said in a statement according to AFP. There will also be “an exchange of ideas on the process of Israeli-Palestinian talks and other problematic regional situations,” the statement continued, adding that North Africa would also be on the agenda. …
  • Zuma's Anti-Black Remarks Reflect Racist Mentality - EFF

    03/25/2015 10:33:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    news24 ^ | 2015-03-25
    The EFF on Wednesday condemned President Jacob Zuma's alleged "anti-black" remarks made in a speech to the SA Local Government Association. "The Economic Freedom Fighters condemns the racist anti-black and self-hating remarks of President Zuma that poor South Africans are lazy particularly because whites are not in control," spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said. Speaking in Midrand on Tuesday, Zuma related an anecdote of a visit to an unnamed African country during the liberation struggle. "I got there and people were working very slowly, they were not in a rush, and I asked the comrade who was taking me, 'What's happening?' "He...
  • The Largest Ancient Man Made Canal System on Earth

    01/03/2015 4:10:32 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 208 replies ^ | April 3, 2014 | johnmjensen jr
    From my Free Web Book '' The largest wide-array man made (or at least non natural) structure in the world is in fact an ancient terra formed systems of agricultural-aquaculture canals in Northwestern Botswana and Northeastern Namibia, north of the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa. Obviously quite ancient, the canal systems no longer provide free flowing water throughout its 105,000 mile array, but many sections show obvious intention to provide cross sectional irrigation. These canals are too evenly spaced over too large an area to be any kind of natural formation. Based on entry and exit points, it is readily...
  • 'Snowball Earth' theory melted

    01/11/2011 7:05:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, March 6, 2002
    Geoscientists in Scotland say they have evidence to disprove the controversial "Snowball Earth" theory - the idea that the planet was completely encased in ice just over 600 million years ago.We are claiming that in reality there was not a totally frozen snowball Earth and that even during the coldest conditions large regions remained ice-free -- Dr Dan CondonThe team, from the University of St Andrews, has published its findings in the scientific journal Geology, after studying rocks in the west of Scotland, Ireland, Namibia and California. Drs Dan Condon, Tony Prave and Doug Benn say they have found evidence...
  • Dwindling African tribe may have been most populous group on planet

    12/07/2014 8:52:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Science ^ | 4 December 2014 | Ann Gibbons
    ...for tens of thousands of years, the Khoisan's ancestors were members of "the largest population" on the planet, according to a new study. The Khoisan have long stood apart from other groups within Africa. They look distinct, speak in "click" languages, and have also maintained the greatest genetic diversity known among human populations. Usually, big populations harbor the most diversity. But census counts show that the 100,000 Khoisan speakers in Africa today are far outnumbered by other groups, such as the 45 million Bantu speakers and their 180 million descendants who now speak Swahili and other languages. Researchers have thought...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • California scientists discover mouse-like mammal related to elephants

    06/27/2014 5:36:33 PM PDT · by blueplum · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 26, 2014 | Laura Zuckerman
    (Reuters) - A new mammal discovered in the remote desert of western Africa resembles a long-nosed mouse in appearance but is more closely related genetically to elephants, a California scientist who helped identify the tiny creature said on Thursday. The new species of elephant shrew, given the scientific name Macroscelides micus, inhabits an ancient volcanic formation in Namibia and sports red fur that helps it blend in with the color of its rocky surroundings, said John Dumbacher, one of a team of biologists behind the discovery. Genetic testing of the creature – which weighs up to an ounce (28 grams)...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Namibian Nights

    02/04/2013 6:16:25 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | February 04, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Namibia has some of the darkest nights visible from any continent. It is therefore home to some of the more spectacular skyscapes, a few of which have been captured in the above time-lapse video. Visible at the movie start are unusual quiver trees perched before a deep starfield highlighted by the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. This bright band of stars and gas appears to pivot around the celestial south pole as our Earth rotates. The remains of camel thorn trees are then seen against a sky that includes a fuzzy patch on the far right that...
  • World's most mysterious buildings

    10/11/2012 5:03:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Yahoo! Travel ^ | Thursday, October 4, 2012 | Adam H. Graham
    Mysteries come in many forms: ancient, modern, unsolved, and unexplained. But the world's most mysterious buildings are a physical force to be reckoned with. They've become popularized on websites full of user-generated and editor-curated like,, and, an exhaustive database of the unusual. "In an age where it sometimes seems like there's nothing left to discover, our site is for people who still believe in exploration," says cofounder Joshua Foer. Our definition of mysterious is broad and varied. Some buildings on our list are being eaten alive by the earth, such as a lava-buried church in the...
  • Lifting Zimbabwe sanctions might aid reform before elections [yeah, good one!]

    07/21/2012 6:30:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    The Zimbabwean ^ | Sunday 22nd July 2012 | The Guardian
    Almost four years since the signing of the global political agreement (GPA) that brought Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) into a lopsided power-sharing arrangement with Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF, the country is once again heading towards elections, now expected within a year. The GPA has achieved some stability, enabling modest progress on reform, but an array of problems remain. Spoiler behaviour, especially by Zanu-PF, has not been adequately dealt with, although the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), as co-guarantor with the African Union of the political agreement, has consistently rejected Zanu-PF efforts to fast-track elections without reforms. The EU will...
  • Massive Underground Water Supply Found In Desert African Country (Supply could last 400 years)

    07/21/2012 12:25:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/21/2012 | Michael Kelley
    A newly discovered water source could supply half of Africa's driest sub-Saharan country with 400 years of water, reports Matt McGrath of BBC. The new aquifer – called Ohangwena II – flows under the border between Angola and Namibia, covering an area of about 43 miles by 25 miles on Namibia's side. The water is up to 10,000 years old and cleaner to drink than many modern sources. Project manager Martin Quinger told BBC that the stored water could last 400 years based on current rates of consumption. Currently the 800,000 people living in the northern part of the country...
  • Killer virus red alert as more die April 11, 2005 (South Africa goes on high alert)

    04/10/2005 8:52:43 PM PDT · by Mother Abigail · 427 replies · 8,725+ views
    Cape Times ^ | 4-11-05
    Killer virus red alert as more die April 11, 2005 By Own Correspondents and Sapa-AFP Pretoria/Uige: South Africa has begun implementing precautions against the deadly Marburg haemorrhagic fever, which has claimed the lives of 193 of the 218 people infected in Angola in the worst outbreak of the disease yet. South Africa's precautions follow a World Health Organisation (WHO) warning to countries neighbouring Angola that they should go on the alert. The WHO said late last night that 360 people were being monitored in Angola, where the disease broke out in October. A severe haemorrhagic fever akin to Ebola, the...
  • Mysterious 'Dog-Headed Pig Monster' Terrorizes Africa

    02/28/2012 7:54:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Yahoo/ ^ | Feb. 27, 2012 | Benjamin Radford
    Residents in northern Namibia, on the southwest coast of Africa, have reported being terrorized by a bizarre dog-pig hybrid creature. The animal is said to be mostly white and unlike anything the villagers have ever seen, with a doglike head and the broad, round, nearly hairless back and shoulders of a giant pig. The beast was spotted chasing and attacking dogs, goats and other domestic animals in this arid region not far from the Kalahari desert. As often happens when rumors of monsters spread in rural areas around the world, some locals have taken extra safety precautions, such as traveling...
  • "Space ball" drops on Namibia

    12/23/2011 12:39:17 PM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    AFP ^ | Thu, Dec 22, 2011 | Staff
    A large metallic ball fell out of the sky on a remote grassland in Namibia, prompting baffled authorities to contact NASA and the European space agency. The hollow ball with a circumference of 1.1 metres (43 inches) was found near a village in the north of the country some 750 kilometres (480 miles) from the capital Windhoek, according to police forensics director Paul Ludik. Locals had heard several small explosions a few days beforehand, he said. With a diameter of 35 centimetres (14 inches), the ball has a rough surface and appears to consist of "two halves welded together". It...
  • Mysterious metal ball from space falls in Namibia

    12/22/2011 10:58:53 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 38 replies ^ | 12-23-11 | CleanTV
    A mysterious metal ball reportedly fell from space , landing in a grasslands area of the African nation of Namibia. So far experts claim the object is not of alien origin. It has two bumps on each end, appears to be hollow and weights about 13 pounds. Namibia's National Forensic Science Institute Director Paul Ludik said the sphere is 3.6 feet around and is made out of a "sophisticated" alloy that is not unknown to modern science, although it has no identifying markings to link it with a country or a company. So far that's about all we're told. But...
  • Terrorists operate in Namibia

    11/12/2011 9:01:29 PM PST · by Got_to_say_it · 18 replies
    Informante ^ | Nov-2-2011
    Terrorists operate in Namibia: NamRights‎ Informante - Nov 2, 2011 Written by Hilma Ndapandula Himotha The human rights organisation NamRights claims that some of the country’s highest political office holders tolerated and protected operations of at least two militant Islamic terrorist groups n Namibia. NamRights director Phil ya Nangoloh claims that his organisation is in possession of credible information that members of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah militias as well as Somali al-Shabab jihadists have been operating in Namibia for several years. In a press release that NamRights published yesterday, ya Nangoloh demands from President Pohamba to clearly deny or confirm such...
  • Namibia Sees 11 Billion Barrels In Offshore Oil Reserves

    07/07/2011 1:00:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | July 06, 2011
    An estimated 11 billion barrels in oil reserves have been found off Namibia's coast, with the first production planned within four years, mines and energy minister Isak Katali announced Wednesday. The finding could put Namibia on par with neighboring Angola, whose reserves are estimated at around 13 billion barrels and whose production rivals Africa's top producer, Nigeria. ... Namibia has long been seen as a potential new source of oil, hampered by a lack of exploration to determine the extent of its reserves. Its offshore geology is similar to Brazil, which is seeing a boom in oil.
  • Airport security head admits to bomb plot (Namibia, Air Berlin)

    11/20/2010 2:43:58 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 2 replies
    TVNZ ^ | 11/21/10 | Reuters
    Police have arrested the head of airport security at Namibia's main airport on charges he planted a dummy explosive device in luggage destined for a German flight earlier this week, Germany's interior ministry said yesterday. Citing Namibian authorities, an interior ministry spokesman said the man was arrested for having placed a bag containing a simulated detonator on a luggage conveyor belt, and that he had admitted to doing so. -snip- "The suspect was identified using CCTV footage. On the footage the suspect was seen handling the parcel," he said. "We do not know if the suspect was working alone or...
  • Officer Held In Bomb Case In Namibia [Aviation Security Officer]

    11/20/2010 1:51:15 PM PST · by Velveeta · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/20/2010 | John Grobler
    WINDHOEK, Namibia — A senior Namibian aviation security officer has been arrested in connection with a mock bomb found Wednesday in a laptop case at the airport here, the nation’s police commander said on Saturday. But the investigation into how the device, which was made by a California company to test airport security, ended up at an airport halfway around the world was just beginning, said the commander, Lt. Gen. Sebastian Ndeitunga. He gave no indication that any evidence pointed to a terrorism plot.
  • Airport stops Germany-bound suspected bomb

    11/18/2010 7:05:39 AM PST · by LSUfan · 15 replies
    NBC ^ | 18 Nov 10 | Unknown
    Police have found a suspected bomb in a parcel bound for Germany at an airport in Namibia, officials said on Thursday.
  • Suspicious object found on Air Berlin jet (in Namibia)

    11/18/2010 3:24:17 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies · 1+ views
    RTE ^ | 11/18/2010
    Police in Namibia have intercepted a suspicious object with a detonator and a running clock in luggage on an Air Berlin plane en route from the country's capital, Windhoek to Munich. Germany's Federal Crime Office (BKA) said it was not clear if the object found during loading of the Airbus jet yesterday was an ignitable explosive. Germany stepped up security measures after saying it had received intelligence pointing to a planned attack in the country towards the end of this month. Security was stepped up at potential targets such as train stations and airports.
  • Red China: Hu Jintao's son linked to African corruption probe

    07/17/2009 8:28:09 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 861+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/17/2009 | Sebastien Berger Southern Africa Correspondent And Malcolm Moore In Shanghai
    Eldest son of the Chinese president Hu Jintao faces questioning in connection with a multi-million pound corruption investigation in Namibia. Three people have been arrested in the country on charges of fraud, corruption and bribery involving a government contract with the state-owned Chinese company Nuctech, a world leader in scanning technology. Hu Haifeng, 38, was the president of the firm until last year, when he was promoted to being the party secretary of Tsinghua Holdings, the group which controls Nuctech and 30 other companies. The investigation centres on a £34 million deal Namibia signed with Nuctech to provide it with...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, October 5-11, 2008: Namibia Sands

    10/09/2008 6:06:07 AM PDT · by cogitator · 16 replies · 696+ views
    Absolute Namibia ^ | Frantisek Staud
    One more week for the "art" theme, this time the desert and coastal landscape of Namibia, again from Frantisek Staud.
  • Namibia to issue permits to shoot endangered bull elephants

    08/23/2008 7:54:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 17 replies · 742+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/22/2008 | Paul Eccleston
    A decision to allow the trophy-hunting of endangered elephants in Namibia has angered conservation groups. Trophy permits have been issued for the killing of six bull elephants by the government's Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET). Conservationists estimate there are about 400 elephants in the Kunene region It will allow any big game hunter willing to pay about $40,000 the right to hunt and shoot a bull elephant in Namibia's north-west desert region. But opponents say killing bull elephants in an already endangered population is unsustainable and risks pushing the desert elephant towards extinction. The elephants, who spend their lives...
  • Israelis in West Africa: We live in Hezbollah state

    08/06/2008 1:39:55 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 149+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 05/08/2008 | Ora Coren
    Israeli diamond merchants active in West Africa, responding to the report in Haaretz on Monday that defense officials are worried Hezbollah terrorists will target Israeli communities there, said the Lebanese movement enjoyed the strong support of locals. "The big problem for Israelis in West Africa is that there are countries whose diamond industry is controled by Lebanese locals, a majority of whom openly support Hezbollah," a source in the Israeli diamond business said Monday. "In effect, these are countries which are known as Hezbollah states," he added. Israeli companies that deal in diamonds, agriculture, communications and security operate mainly in...
  • Yellowcake journalism

    07/19/2008 10:55:05 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 49 replies · 864+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 19, 2008 | Editorial
    Remember Joe Wilson? He's the diplomat who went to Niger to investigate Bush administration claims that Saddam Hussein had tried to buy yellowcake uranium, a raw material used in building nuclear bombs, from Africa. He wrote in a July 6, 2003, New York Times op-ed that he had spent the previous February in Niger, "drinking sweet mint tea and meeting with dozens of people ... associated with the country's uranium business. It did not take long to conclude that it was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place." A story that has to be the most underplayed...
  • North Korea says will deepen ties with Namibia

    03/24/2008 4:52:53 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies · 372+ views
    Reuters Africa ^ | 24 Mar 2008 | Reuters
    WINDHOEK (Reuters) - North Korea's number two leader ended a trip to Namibia, a leading uranium producer, on Sunday saying he would strengthen ties with the country. North Korea, under pressure to declare its nuclear programmes, and Namibia said they signed a memorandum of understanding on diplomatic consultations. Kim Yong-nam, president of the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, started an African tour on Thursday in Namibia, the world's fifth-largest uranium miner. In a joint statement issued by Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba's office, the countries "expressed satisfaction" that their ties have grown. North Korea watchers said the search for business...
  • Farmers fight land expropriation in Namibia

    07/25/2007 2:51:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 261+ views
    AP ^ | 07/25/2007 | RODRICK MUKUMBIRA
    WINDHOEK –The Namibian High Court reserved judgment Wednesday in the first test to the southern African country’s land reform process brought by three German nationals who are opposing an order that their farms be expropriated to resettle landless black peasants. Adolf Herburger, Gunter Kessl and Martin Josef Riedmaier were three of 26 farmers served with notices in May 2004 to either sell their farms to the government or face expropriation. The case opened before a panel of two judges in the capital Windhoek on Tuesday with a lawyer for the three farmers, Adrian de Bourbon, arguing that the expropriation process...
  • Africa: How we killed our dreams of freedom

    04/02/2007 8:54:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 680+ views
    The Statesman ^ | April 3, 2007 | William Gumede
    Across the continent, liberation movements that fought against colonial rule proved unable to sustain democratic governance. We cannot keep blaming the past... In the inner sanctum of South Africa's ruling African National Congress they have coined a word for it: Z"anufication"... A senior national executive member of the ANC, Blade Nzim ande, warned recently: "We must study closely what is happening in Zimbabwe, because if we don't, we may find features in our situation pointing to a similar development." ...The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has complained to the South African Broadcasting Corporation, the public broadcaster, over its...
  • Zimbabwe: Zim People Living in Comfort Because of Land Grab - Mugabe

    03/03/2007 6:42:12 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies · 673+ views
    The Namibian ^ | March 1, 2007 | Christof Maletsky
    ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe says he has no regrets about his controversial land reform programme, describing it as a success which made him more enemies than friends. Speaking at a State banquet in his honour in Windhoek on Tuesday night, Mugabe charged the United States and former colonial power Britain had wanted to punish Zimbabwe for daring to take "our destiny into our own hands". He claimed that both Britain and the US had promised to help his country with its land reform project but reneged on their undertaking. "They dislike us because we have taken back our land. It...
  • Snipes Found in Brangelina Country

    10/20/2006 12:15:07 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 41 replies · 2,047+ views ^ | 10 20 06 | associated press
    Call off the manhunt, we have a Wesley Snipes spotting. A Namibian film official has announced that the actor, currently wanted on charges of tax fraud in the U.S., has been in the African country for the past two months shooting a movie. "It is confirmed," Edwin Kanguatjivi, chief executive officer of the Namibia Film Commission, told Reuters. "He has been in Namibia since the end of August." According to the wire service, Snipes has been filming Gallowwalker in the desert near Swakopmund, the same coastal town that was home to a prenatal Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in the...
  • Brangelina may not enter Namibia? [They're 'colonial overlords']

    06/22/2006 7:08:25 AM PDT · by loreldan · 20 replies · 816+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 06/22/06 | Staff
    BEIJING, June 22 -- Namibia's National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) branded the couple "colonial overlords" and accused them of taking over the African country when Shiloh Nouvel was born this month. An NSHR spokesman said: "To shut down a national border so she can give birth in peace is a massive abuse of power." The human rights campaigners claim Angelina and Brad "used heavy-handed and brutal tactics" to persuade the Namibian government to agree to their demands. Meanwhile, Angelina has confessed she was "terrified" while giving birth to her daughter. The "Tomb Raider" star has spoken out about the...
  • Did AP Get Duped on Angelina Jolie & Britney Spears Namibia Story?

    06/16/2006 3:32:55 PM PDT · by Coastal · 27 replies · 941+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | 6-16-06 | Jill Atkins
    The Associated Press is now running a story that claims that Britney Spears may follow the path of world traveler Angelina Jolie over to the African nation of Namibia to give birth to her second child. However - a bit of sleuthing may shows that the AP may have been duped. The first "report" that Britney Spears was considering such a move came from the fine satire site "postcards from the pug bus."
  • Polio Takes Unexpected Toll in Namibia

    06/10/2006 2:40:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 373+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 10, 2006 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    A fast-moving and deadly outbreak of polio has erupted in Namibia, in southern Africa. The country had been free of polio for a decade. The outbreak is unrelated to the one that began spreading from Nigeria in 2004 through several countries in central Africa and the Arabian peninsula, and is unusual in that it is striking mostly adults, according to the World Health Organization. Most children in Namibia have been vaccinated, but most adults have not. The disease has killed 7 Namibians and paralyzed 33 more, driving panicked citizens to swarm hospitals seeking immunization. But because there was very little...
  • Namibia: Mystery Disease Kills Three

    06/03/2006 8:57:50 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 25 replies · 798+ views ^ | June 2, 2006 | Christof Maletsky
    PANIC is sweeping through suburbs north of Katutura after three people died and 19 others were hospitalised with a disease that still has to be identified. A press release from the Ministry of Health and Social Services last night indicated that the disease was not confined to the Khomas Region, and that cases of "undiagnosed paralysis" among adults had been reported in the Otjozondjupa and Hardap regions. A media briefing is scheduled for this morning to reveal information related to the outbreak. Well-placed hospital sources confirmed yesterday that two other people were fighting for their lives in the Intensive Care...
  • Namibia bets on "Brangelina" tourism boom [Banking on Angelina Jolie]

    04/30/2006 9:07:18 AM PDT · by sully777 · 4 replies · 341+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:58am ET | By Desiewaar Heita
    WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Congratulations Namibia ... it's a Brangelina baby boom. Namibian officials hope the world media furor over a visit by pregnant Hollywood star Angelina Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt will translate into a tourist rush to the African country, famous chiefly for its huge sand dunes and vast empty spaces. "If Angelina Jolie gives birth in Namibia, she would have done for our tourism sector what our tourism board budget cannot do in a year," Namibian Ambassador to the United States Hopelong Iipinge said in a letter released to the media late Thursday. He said the Namibian...
  • Should Angelina Jolie Be Keeping Her Family In Namibia? (Baby Zahara sick)

    04/29/2006 1:04:35 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 14 replies · 3,252+ views
    Entertainment Wise ^ | April 28, 2006 | Lowri Williams
    According to reports Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may be forced to return home for the birth of their baby due to the health of their little girl Zahara. The couple and their two adopted children Maddox and Zahara are currently in Namibia where Jolie is promoting a new campaign, the Global Campaign for Education that aims to meet the Millennium Development Goal of getting every child into school by 2015. However, the couple are concerned that Zahara may suffer from a recurrence of rickets that was caused by malnutrition in an Ethiopian orphanage. Pitt has flown back to LA...
  • Namibia warns white farmers as land reform stalls

    04/29/2006 11:38:09 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 46 replies · 857+ views
    Reuters ^ | Apr 27, 2006
    WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia's land minister has warned the country's white farmers that laws may be amended to speed up land reform, saying the current voluntary sales approach was failing to put land in black hands. Minister Jerry Ekandjo, in comments carried by local newspapers on Thursday, said "land hunger" in the southwest African country was building and new steps would be considered to speed up the reform process. Land remains an emotive issue across southern Africa, where despite the end of colonialism and apartheid huge ownership imbalances remain with much land still in white hands. Ekandjo did not elaborate...
  • Namibia Expropriates First Farm

    09/02/2005 3:42:20 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 41 replies · 877+ views
    BBC ^ | 2 Sept 2005 | Staff
    The Namibian government has begun the expropriation of white-owned farms. The former owner of the first farm to be forcibly purchased, Hilde Wiese, said she was paid about a third of the sum she had asked for - about $500,000. Mrs Wiese and the 60 black workers and their families living on the farm will have to leave by the end of the year. The Namibian government says it aims to settle close to 250,000 landless people on the farms it expropriates. Expropriation orders have been served on 18 commercial farmers, but the president of the agricultural union says there...
  • Nambia President Asks Voluntary Land Reform at Dutch Reformed Congregation

    07/18/2005 12:10:36 PM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 8 replies · 398+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 18 July 2005 | William Eagle
    On Sunday, Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba asked white farmers - who own multiple farms - to give one to landless blacks. He said when it comes to the issue of land reform, he prefers "evolution" to "revolution". Four thousand white farmers - out of a population of nearly two million people - own most of the country’s arable land. The Nambian leader made his remarks before a congregation of the Dutch Reformed Church, which had participated in apartheid, or racial segregation. Mr. Pohamba is the first president since independence 15 years ago to address the church -- whose membership is...
  • Bush: Free Trade Promotes Democracy In Africa

    06/13/2005 1:45:55 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 691+ views
    VOICE OF AMERICA ^ | 13 June 2005 | VOA News
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. President Bush says increased U.S.-African trade is helping to promote democracy and opportunity across the African continent. Mr. Bush spoke in Washington Monday after meeting with the presidents of Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia and Niger. He praised the five men as democrats who have taken advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The 2000 law gives African nations greater access to the U.S. market if they show respect for rule of law and human rights. Mr. Bush said the five presidents are doing just that - and noted that African...
  • Bush to Meet With Five African Presidents (influx of cash - influx of democracy)

    06/13/2005 6:42:45 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 17 replies · 457+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/13/05 | Nedra Pickler
    Now that Africa is getting an influx of cash to pay off debts, President Bush is pushing for an influx of democracy on the troubled continent. The United States and others of the Group of Eight major industrialized nations agreed Saturday to eliminate more than $40 billion of debt owed by 18 of the world's poorest nations as part of a British-led effort to lift Africa out of poverty. Bush was to follow up on the agreement by playing host Monday to leaders of five countries that held democratic elections last year. "At a time when freedom is on the...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, June 12-18, 2005: Finger Klippe

    06/13/2005 1:33:45 PM PDT · by cogitator · 2 replies · 1,261+ views
    Link post, for the purpose of alerting interested FR denizens to the post in the General/Chat section, where discussion and comments should be posted: Geology Picture of the Week, June 12-18, 2005: Finger Klippe
  • Geology Picture of the Week, June 12-18, 2005: Finger Klippe

    06/13/2005 1:26:56 PM PDT · by cogitator · 6 replies · 1,193+ views
  • Marburg virus in Angola not under control: WHO

    04/08/2005 11:27:43 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 34 replies · 1,785+ views
    People's Daily (China) ^ | April 9, 2005 | Xinhua
    The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Friday that the outbreak of the deadly virus Marburg which has killed 174 people in Angola is not yet under control. "The situation right now in Angola is not under control yet," Mike Ryan, head of the WHO's emergency response unit, told reporters here. He asked international agencies and local health authorities to remain firmly engaged in Angola for the next four to six weeks to control the epidemic. "This is still a crisis, and a health crisis at the national level, and requires a profound commitment from national authorities and the international community,"...
  • Pohamba Warns of 'Revolution' Over Namibia Land Reform

    03/24/2005 5:44:43 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 318+ views
    The Namibian (Windhoek) ^ | March 22, 2005
    PRESIDENT Hifikepunye Pohamba on Friday warned that Namibia could face a "revolution" unless white farmers agreed to give up their land. Speaking at a farewell function at the Lands Ministry, Pohamba urged commercial farmers to take up Government's offer to buy their land. "Land expropriation does not mean confiscation, but means selling land to the government at fair prices as provided in the constitution and the relevant laws," Pohamba said, adding that to date "not a single farm has been expropriated". But he warned that the patience of the black population was running out. "We have a fear in the...