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  • Africa: Continent Nears 10.5 Million Confirmed Cases of Covid-19

    01/20/2022 5:00:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    All Africa ^ | 20 JANUARY 2022
    As of January 20, 2022, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 10,454,076 while over 206,241,490 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa reached 234,891 and 9,306,083 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases 3,568,900 and 93,707 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco ( 1,068,941 ), Tunisia ( 817,051 ), Ethiopia ( 459,959 ), Egypt ( 403,990 ), Libya ( 400,113 ) and Kenya ( 319,011 ) For the latest totals, see the AllAfrica interactive map with per-country numbers. The numbers are compiled by the Center for Systems Science and...
  • Voodoo Worshippers Gather in Benin to Pay Their Respects

    01/18/2022 11:22:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    In Benin, worshippers of Voodoo, a religion that worships gods and natural spirits, have gathered to pay their respects to the deities. The meeting takes place on the beach in Ouidah, a former slave trading hub, by the Atlantic Ocean. Mami Wata is the most revered deity. Lydia Bourgade is a tourist and followed the ceremony from a distance. "It's interesting for me since it's the first time I've seen this, so it's my first festival. I hope I will learn a lot about what Voodoo is and the different branches it can have", sha said. Mami Wata represents the...
  • Russian troops deploy to Mali’s Timbuktu after French exit

    01/08/2022 9:45:29 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    aljazeera. ^ | 7 Jan 2022
    Mali’s army spokesperson has said Russian soldiers have deployed to the northern city of Timbuktu to train Malian forces at a base vacated by French troops last month amid persistent insecurity in a country where large swaths of territory are out of the government’s control. The Malian government said late last year that “Russian trainers” had arrived in the country, but Bamako and Moscow have so far provided few details on the deployment, including on how many soldiers are involved or the Russian troops’ precise mission. On December 23, a group of Western countries led by former colonial power France,...
  • How cats conquered the world (and a few Viking ships)

    09/21/2016 5:10:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 76 replies
    Nature,com ^ | 20 September 2016 | Ewen Callaway
    First large-scale study of ancient feline DNA charts domestication in Near East and Egypt and the global spread of house cats. Thousands of years before cats came to dominate Internet culture, they swept through ancient Eurasia and Africa carried by early farmers, ancient mariners and even Vikings, finds the first large-scale look at ancient-cat DNA. The study, presented at a conference on 15 September, sequenced DNA from more than 200 cats that lived between about 15,000 years ago and the eighteenth century ad. Researchers know little about cat domestication, and there is active debate over whether the house cat (Felis...
  • Africa: Over 230,000 Covid-19 Deaths Across Continent

    01/11/2022 3:58:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    As of January 11, 2022, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 10,123,764 while over 197,836,917 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa reached 231,696 and 8,956,721 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases 3,528,463 and 92,530 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco ( 1,004,706 ), Tunisia ( 744,967 ), Ethiopia ( 446,268 ), Libya ( 393,983 ) Egypt ( 393,808 ) and Kenya ( 312,572 ) For the latest totals, see the AllAfrica interactive map with per-country numbers. The numbers are compiled by the Center for Systems Science and...
  • US playing spoiler to China in Horn of Africa ---- If there is mayhem in Ethiopia, China’s Belt and Road in the Horn of Africa could be slowed or even derailed

    01/07/2022 7:06:32 PM PST · by elpadre · 14 replies ^ | January 7, 2022 | MK Bhadrakumar
    Chinese foreign ministers have traditionally marked the new year by visiting the African continent. Wang Yi’s 2022 African tour begins with Eritrea against the backdrop of the US strategy in the Horn of Africa to gain control of the strategically vital Red Sea that connects the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal. Eritrea and China are close friends. China was a supporter of the Eritrean liberation movement since the 1970s. Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, the veteran revolutionary who led the independence movement, received military training in China. More recently, Eritrea was one of the 54 countries backing Beijing’s Hong Kong...
  • Howard Stern slams Oprah Winfrey for hosting dinner parties amid COVID surge: 'I don’t want to get sick'

    01/03/2022 1:10:34 PM PST · by conservative98 · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/3/22 | Brian Flood
    Talk radio legend Howard Stern slammed Oprah Winfrey for having people at her "palatial estate" for dinner parties amid a record surge in COVID-19 cases and the spread of the omicron variant. "I’m really amazed by Oprah, I really am. On her Instagram she likes to take you into her house where every night of Christmas is a big party like a celebration and she flies in a different chef," Stern said on his SiriusXM show. "It’s getting very confusing to me. I see what’s going on with COVID. Everyone’s got it. Everyone’s sick. People have a 104 fever. I...
  • ‘Greater Eurasia’: Belt & Road expands in Africa ------ Professor David Arase ponders military-civil fusion and the future of China’s signature project post-Covid

    01/01/2022 7:11:49 PM PST · by elpadre · 15 replies ^ | December 28, 2021 | Scott Foster
    This is the second part of an interview with David Arase, honorary professor at the Asia Global Institute at the University of Hong Kong and resident professor of international politics at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. The first part of the interview appeared under the title “Belt & Road Phase 2 moves beyond infrastructure.” Here we continue with the professor’s assessment of the military aspects of the Belt & Road Initiative. Q. Africa seems to be the best example of the “military-civil fusion” that (in the words of the US State Department)...
  • Pardon me for not joining in the mourning for Desmond Tutu

    12/27/2021 2:27:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies ^ | December 27, 2021 | Andrea Widburg
    Bishop Desmond Tutu, the South African bishop known for his fight to end apartheid is being universally lauded. I do not share that sentiment. While I will certainly acknowledge that he was a warrior against one of the great evils of his time, I believe that, on the scales of goodness, he squandered that moral virtue by being an ardent advocate of anti-Semitism and an enemy to Israel. Over the years, I’ve found philo-Semitism and anti-Semitism to be very good yardsticks of both nations and people. Regarding the former, it’s no coincidence that, throughout history, those nations that thrive are,...

    10/29/2021 7:57:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    USAID ^ | 10/5/2021
    For Immediate ReleaseTuesday, October 5, 2021Office of Press Relationspress@usaid.govToday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching an ambitious new project that will work with partner countries and the global community to build better preparedness for future global health threats. Discovery & Exploration of Emerging Pathogens - Viral Zoonoses (DEEP VZN), a five-year, approximately $125 million project (pending availability of funds), will strengthen global capacity to detect and understand the risks of viral spillover from wildlife to humans that could cause another pandemic.The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how infectious diseases threaten all of society, up-ending people’s lives and...
  • Arab World Shocked by Israel-Morocco Defense Pact - EDY Cohen

    12/20/2021 11:37:09 PM PST · by JerusalemOne · 16 replies
    NEWSRAEL ^ | Dec 20, 2021 | NEWSRAEL
    Arab World Shocked by Israel-Morocco Defense Pact - EDY Cohen Dr. Edy Cohen 02:00 8 hours ago “This is beyond normalization! Even Egypt didn’t go this far at Camp David!!” Defense Minister Benny Gantz recently returned from Morocco where he met with his counterparts and signed an agreement for strengthening security ties between Israel and the North African country. The agreement allows Morocco to purchase Israeli air defense systems, military drones and other hi-tech equipment. Morocco also purchased machine guns, reconnaissance vehicles and observation systems from Israel. The backdrop to these purchases is the increasing tension between Algeria and Morocco...
  • ISIS-Linked Extremists Decapitate Christian Pastor Before Handing His Severed Head to His Wife to Show Authorities in Mozambique

    12/18/2021 6:38:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/17/21 | Chris Jewers
    * Killing reportedly took place in the country's gas-rich province Cabo Delgado * Suspected ISIS-linked extremists ordered the pastor's wife to deliver his head * Police said the widow arrived to the local police headquarters last Wednesday * Cabo Delgado province has been rocked by attacks by ISIS-linked militants since 2017, killing at least 3,340 people and displacing more than 800,000Suspected ISIS-linked extremists have decapitated a Christian pastor before handing his severed head to his wife to show authorities in Mozambique. The killing, reported by local news, took place in the country's gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado. Last Wednesday,...
  • Pfizer's History of Fraud, Corruption, and Using Nigerian Children as 'Human Guinea Pigs'

    12/15/2021 8:58:40 PM PST · by bitt · 14 replies ^ | 12/15/2021 | KanekoaTheGreat
    How did Pfizer manage to rebrand itself as the savior of humanity? One of the most significant cultural transformations of the last two years has been the newfound glorification of the pharmaceutical industry. An industry plagued by decades of fraud, corruption, and criminality managed to quickly rebrand itself as the savior of humanity during the covid-19 crisis. But nothing inherently changed. Big Pharma still values shareholders’ profits more than people’s lives. The regulatory agencies still operate as revolving doors to the pharmaceutical giants they are said to regulate. Big Pharma still dominates lobbying efforts in Washington DC and spends billions...
  • Omicron wave driven by 'young, healthy, vaccinated' population

    12/14/2021 4:37:50 PM PST · by MNDude · 25 replies
    Data from Denmark shows that just over 70 per cent of omicron cases have been among those younger than 40 The omicron epidemic is being driven by young, vaccinated people, according to mounting data from countries as diverse as the UK, Denmark and South Africa....
  • 83 percent surge in COVID-19 cases reported in Africa

    12/14/2021 10:03:11 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/14/2021 | MYCHAEL SCHNELL
    The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Africa last week increased by 83 percent over the previous week, marking the fastest surge the continent has seen this year, though deaths remained relatively low. Africa reported more than 196,000 new coronavirus cases during the week that ended on Dec. 12, compared to roughly 107,000 cases recorded the previous week, according to a statement from the World Health Organization (WHO) released Tuesday. The number of new infections in Africa is doubling every five days, according to the WHO, which is the shortest time span observed this year.
  • Pfizer Jab Is Only 23% Effective Against Omicron, South African Study Finds

    12/11/2021 9:32:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Nation and State ^ | 12/11/2021 | Tyler Durden
    A few days ago, researchers in South Africa shared data from a preliminary study showing that the Pfizer vaccine is less effective at blocking the omicron variant than earlier variants like beta and delta. Now, the team is telling us exactly how much less effective the vaccine is.According to the same data gleaned from the blood plasma taken from 12 patients who tested positive for omicron, the team found that a two-shot course of Pfizer's vaccine has just 22.5% efficacy against symptomatic infection with the omicron variant, though it can thwart severe disease, according to laboratory experiments in South Africa,...
  • South Africa Sees Downward Trend in COVID-19 Cases Despite Conducting Increased Testing

    12/12/2021 9:41:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 12/12/2021 | Tammy Hung
    The number of new positive cases of COVID-19 reported in South Africa has continued its downward trend despite increased testing, according to South African National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) data.The NICD reported 17,154 new cases on Dec. 11, nearly 2,000 down from the 19,018 new cases reported on Dec. 10. At the same time the NICD recorded 104,831 new tests conducted on Dec. 11, which was over 20,000 more carried out than on Dec. 10.Professor Francois Balloux, director of the University College London Genetics Institute, noted a “dramatic decrease in test positivity,” which fell from 45 percent on Dec....
  • Ethiopian monuments 1,000 years older than previously thought [Sakaro Sodo]

    12/12/2021 11:15:22 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | December 9, 2021 | Washington State University
    Rising as high as 20 feet, ancient stone monoliths in southern Ethiopia are 1,000 years older than scientists previously thought, according to a new study in the Journal of African Archaeology. A Washington State University research team used advanced radiocarbon dating to determine the often phallic-shaped monoliths, or stelae, at the Sakaro Sodo archeological site in Ethiopia’s Gedeo zone were likely created sometime during the first century A.D. The only other attempt to determine the age of the more than 10,000 stele monoliths located at various sites in the Gedeo zone was conducted by French scientists in the 1990s. It...
  • Biden nominates Meg Whitman as ambassador to Kenya

    12/08/2021 5:11:14 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 20 replies
    Thehill ^ | 12/08/2021 | Alex Gangitano
    President Biden will nominate Meg Whitman to serve as ambassador to Kenya, he announced on Wednesday. Whitman, the former CEO of Quibi and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, was the Republican nominee for governor of California in 2010, losing to former Gov. Jerry Brown (D).
  • US hands China a victory in Ethiopia ---- China provides winning weaponry to Ethiopian national forces while US de facto sides with the fading Tigray rebels

    12/07/2021 10:16:11 AM PST · by elpadre · 10 replies ^ | December 6, 2021 | Stephen Bryen
    Just as Ethiopian government forces appear to have turned the tide in the country’s so-called civil war, the Biden administration is pushing for US citizens in Ethiopia to leave and is providing relocation assistance to those who can’t afford to buy a plane ticket. Meanwhile, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has visited Addis Ababa and has made it clear that China backs Ethiopia’s government fully. This, in contrast to the United States which has imposed sanctions on Ethiopia, but not on the rebellious Tigray. As Bloomberg reports: The US last month suspended duty-free access to its exports “because of gross...