AFRICA

Jun 13 09:17

Witnesses: Ethiopian troops enter Somalia

Somali residents say heavily-armed Ethiopian soldiers have crossed into central Somalia by entering a border town controlled by a pro-government militia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ethiopian troop incursions into Somalia have previously been supported by the US government.

One might well assume that this situation is no different, and for precisely the same reason; who gets control of Somalia's natural resources, which include uranium, and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, and gypsum.

The Chinese have been making deals for natural resources in Africa; unfortunately, the US's response to needing other countries' resources is either to engineer a regime change, bomb, or having a proxy army doing our fighting for us.

It appears we are seeing that third option playing out here.

Jun 09 17:26

Mogadishu civilians endure near daily atrocities: U.N.

More than 117,000 people have fled the city since May 8 when the latest round of fighting between government forces and rival Islamist groups erupted, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said.

More than 200 people are believed to have been killed in the last month alone, mostly civilians, and hospital reports indicate some 700 were wounded in the clashes, it said.

"It is clearly a critical humanitarian situation with regular atrocities being committed -- with shelling of civilians, widespread rape and hostage-taking," UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told a news briefing.

Jun 08 18:25

Shell will pay $15.5m to settle Nigerian human rights lawsuit

A landmark human rights lawsuit accusing Royal Dutch Shell of complicity in the execution of author and human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa some 14 years ago, will be settled for $15.5 million just days before its trial was set to begin.

“In a statement, the company said the agreement ‘will provide funding for the trust and a compassionate payment to the plaintiffs and the estates they represent in recognition of the tragic turn of events in Ogoni land, even though Shell had no part in the violence that took place,’” noted the Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shell knew just how explosively damning the evidence against them would be, should this case actually go to trial.

Shelling out the money was absolutely the path of least resistance in terms of doing everything they could to just make this case go away.

Jun 04 08:59

Halliburton & Nigeria’s missing millions

US Vice-President Dick Cheney is embroiled in Africa’s biggest corruption scandal following an admission of guilty by his business associate Albert Jackson Stanley in September for coordinating over $180m of bribes on behalf of a consortium led by Halliburton, the US’s biggest and most profitable oil and gas services company.

May 24 10:08

Now at last it's time for Shell to atone for my father's death

Ken Saro-Wiwa's real "crime" was his audacity to sensitise local and global public opinion to the ecological and human rights abuses perpetrated by Shell and a ruthless military dictatorship against the Ogoni people. The success of his campaign had mobilised our community to say "No to Shell" and to demand compensation for years of oil spills that had polluted our farms, streams and water sources. My father called the world's attention to the gas flares that had been pumping toxic fumes into the Earth's atmosphere for up to 24 hours a day since oil was discovered on our lands in 1958. He accused Shell of double standards, of racism and asked why a company that was rightly proud of its efforts to preserve the environment in the west would deny the Ogoni the same.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever the outcome, the practices in which Royal Dutch Shell indulged in Nigeria - and I am sure, elsewhere - will be seen the light of day.

I think that this man's dad - had he lived - would have been very proud of his son.

May 23 10:24

Death toll rises as bloody fighting rocks Somali capital

FIERCE clashes have left at least 29 people dead and about 200 wounded as Somali Government forces try to drive Islamist insurgents from the capital, Mogadishu.

With President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed holed up in his compound with a handful of supporters, his embattled forces have attacked insurgents in three positions they had lost over two weeks of fighting that has killed about 150 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that the folks in Washington are not looking at any kind of US military intervention here: that would be the worst thing the US could do right now.

Of course, logic and US foreign policy have not always had a particularly meaningful on-going relationship in this country's history.

May 16 09:54

Scared Somalis running out of food as battles rage

Hundreds of foreigners fighting alongside Somali Islamic insurgents have driven this week's fierce battles against government forces, which have killed more than 100 people, the U.N. envoy to Somalia said Friday.

Concern that the government might fall is mounting. Observers fear that if the al-Qaida linked insurgents seize the capital, they will gain a safe haven on the Horn of Africa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what does the US do, invade Somalia "... to save it from itself"?!?!?

We can see just how swimmingly that strategy is working in Afghanistan and Iraq.

May 16 09:46

US Blames Eritrea for Somali Instability

It is hardly a unique story at this point, but once again the Somali government seems on the verge of collapse against a fierce offensive by the al-Shabaab movement. The US State Department is pointing its finger squarely at the nation of Eritrea, claiming it “has been instrumental in facilitating support of the extremists” that are imperiling the US-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Eritrea?!?!?!? Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?!?

How about blaming an idiotic, spastic, US foreign policy having nothing to do with the the well-being of the Somali people, and everything to do with exploiting its natural resources??

As reported in http://indexmundi.com/somalia/natural_resources.html

"Natural resources: uranium and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, likely oil reserves"

And don't kid yourself: Africa is the "next Middle East" in terms of appropriating and exploiting its natural resources.

May 02 06:34

Sociology 101 - When you grow up a starving kid in Somalia - the most likely survival-prey are ships off your coast

BBC - UK ship seized by Somali pirates - A UK-owned ship, carrying 35,000 tons of soya, has been hijacked by Somali pirates south-west of the Seychelles, the Maritime Security Centre says.

[I hope no one thought there ever were old pirates who climbed up and boarded ships. You have to learn to think for yourself, our you'll get shoved around.]

May 01 11:27

Kenyan Women Urge Sex Strike

The fight for political reform in Kenya has moved into an unlikely venue -- the nation's bedrooms.
Activists in the East African nation are urging women to withhold sex for a week to protest the growing divide in Kenya's coalition government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See "Lysistrata!"

May 01 05:17

Pirate Suspect to be Charged as Adult in New York

The New York Times - B Weiser -[In the case of ...] Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, a Somali who speaks no English...

[...] a New York police detective, Frederick Galloway, who went to Africa as part of an investigative team, told the judge that Mr. Muse [the father of the defendant], after giving different ages, said he had been untruthful, apologized and said he [his son] was “between 18 and 19.”

“He also said, ‘I’m sorry for lying to you,’ ” Detective Galloway testified. “He said, ‘When I pray again, I’ll ask Allah to forgive me for lying to you, and I won’t lie to you again.’ ”

Apr 21 19:12

PIRATE???? FREE THE CHILD Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse! This prosecution in NYC is heinous!

New York Daily NEWS - Thomas Zambito, Christina Boyle and Tracy Connor - Somali pirate's smile turns to tears; charged with crimes that could send him to jail for life

The courtroom was briefly closed for a hearing on his age after the defense disputed claims he was at least 18.

The judge called Muse's father, who said the suspect was his eldest son, born in November 1993, making him just 15.

[These criminals should be shot for treating a child like this! There are confidentiality laws concerning the prosecution of minor children! And this child is paraded before the world's press by proud American pirate hunters? Scoundrels.]

Apr 18 15:17

Israelis warn of Eritrea flashpoint

Security sources say Israel and Iran are conducting rival intelligence operations in Eritrea, the poor African state on the Red Sea.

The Israelis fear Eritrea could be a flashpoint if Iranian Revolutionary Guards continue to ship arms to militants in Gaza via the Eritrean port of Assab. Israel is said to have two Eritrean bases, one a “listening post” for signals intelligence, the other a supply base for its German-built submarines.

Apr 18 08:55

A Taste of AFRICOM: Somalia did find peace and tried to stop piracy until the US bombed the shit out of it in 2006

Even though "Africa is united in rejecting US requests for a military headquarters" inside Africa, there are reports that "from oil rich northern Angola up to Nigeria, from the Gulf of Guinea to Morocco and Algeria, from the Horn of Africa down to Kenya and Uganda, and over the pipeline routes from Chad to Cameroon in the west, and from Sudan to the Red Sea in the east, US admirals and generals have been landing and taking off, meeting with local officials. They've conducted feasibility studies, concluded secret agreements, and spent billions from their secret budgets." This is the future that awaits Africa with AFRICOM and the agenda to control the "oil, and the diamonds, and the uranium, and the coltan."

Apr 18 08:04

US Threatens to Invade Eritrea

The United States has reportedly threatened to invade Eritrea and subject it to “the same fate as Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 attacks” for providing support to the al-Shabaab resistance movement in Somalia, which the US has since attempted to link with al-Qaeda. The Daily Telegraph quotes one source as saying “There are consequences for working with al-Shabaab when President Obama cannot afford to look weak on terrorism.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?

Eritrea?!?!?!?

Is this the war the Pentagon and state department knuckleheads have decided is "winnable", without too many flag-draped caskets coming home?!?!

And believe me, this administration is hungry for a war - any war - to deflect public anger away from the the moral missteps it has made in not prosecuting the previous administration for lies and torture, and the economic missteps it has made with the bailouts of their cronies.

Apr 17 17:14

Navies to guard undersea cable from Somali pirates

Foreign navies have agreed to protect a vessel installing an undersea high-speed Internet cable from pirates off the coast of Somalia, a Kenyan minister said on Thursday.

"The process (of laying the cable) has begun and will probably take two months. It is likely that by the middle of June the ship should be anchoring in Mombasa, or rather delivering the cable to Mombasa," he added.

The $130 million cable will link Kenya's coastal town of Mombasa with Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

Apr 17 09:11

A Taste of AFRICOM: Somalia did find peace and tried to stop piracy until the US bombed the shit out of it in 2006

In 2006 “the CIA propagated that Al-Qaeda had made its base in Somalia where three senior leaders were residing. CIA then encouraged Ethiopia to invade Somalia in support of weak TFG forces (Transitional Federal Government) against UIC fighters (Union of Islamic Courts) and promised to provide intelligence and air cover. Ethiopian troops backed by USA invaded Somalia on 28 December 2006. The UIC was quickly defeated in a sweeping offensive and the six-month peace period was shattered. It was believed that the UIC leadership fled into Kenya or to Yemen and the hard-line fighters cached their arms and melded back into their clans leaving the mostly untrained, new recruits to face the Ethiopian troops.

Apr 14 16:01

The Rwanda Genocide Fabrications and Alison Des Forges

The Rwanda Genocide Fabrications

Human Right Watch, Alison Des Forges and Disinformation on Central Africa

by Keith Harmon Snow / April 13th, 2009

Apr 14 10:04

Heeeeeer's the wind up......and ................the pitch!!

Apr 13 09:13

Somali Pirates: Fighting Against Nuclear Waste and over-fishing?

Yo ho ho, mateys. Don't be so quick to make these Somali Pirates walk the plank. They might be havin' themselves a good reason to be arrestin and detainin them ships. (If you believe allegations of nuclear waste dumping and illegal fish-trawling, that is)

Apr 13 08:57

FLASHBACK - US accused of covert operations in Somalia

Dramatic evidence that America is involved in illegal mercenary operations in east Africa has emerged in a string of confidential emails seen by The Observer. The leaked communications between US private military companies suggest the CIA had knowledge of the plans to run covert military operations inside Somalia - against UN rulings - and they hint at involvement of British security firms.

Apr 13 08:38

Untold Stories about Somalia Pirates - European ships dump Nuclear Waste into Somalia Ocean

Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.

Apr 12 22:39

Elisa Burchett: Fifteenth Anniversary of Rwanda Genocide

Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President of the U.N. General Assembly said, "Yes, the world feels remorse for standing by while these crimes unfolded across this verdant land. But these crimes did not spring out of thin air. We acknowledge too that the seeds for this genocide were planted long before and nurtured with lethal results by colonial policies that institutionalized ethnic tensions and resentments."

Apr 12 16:18

Piracy in the Red Sea: Saudi points towards Israel

Not only do columnists and analysts openly accuse Israel of sponsoring acts of piracy that multiply off Somali waters, but they also do not hide their fears of an internationalization of security in the Red Sea, where Israel plays a decisive role.

“What is happening in the Horn of Africa is not a simple case of piracy. These acts of piracy raise various questions about the capabilities and equipment of simple outlaws who are seeking ransoms,” wrote Tuesday (November 25) Nawaf Al-Meshal Sabhan in the Saudi daily Al-Iqtissadia.

Apr 12 03:52

Why Arabs are Backing Sudan's Bashir

Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, despite being indicted on March 4, 2009 on seven counts of war crimes by the International Criminal Court, was given a “hero’s welcome” by the Arab League Summit hosted by Qatar last week. The 22 nations warmly supported Al Bashir with a resolution opposing the dubious ICC arrest warrant.

Bashir called the ICC an “undemocratic institution that ... applied double standards, targeted the weak and gave a blind eye to the criminals.”

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, also present at the summit, likewise objected to the ICC. “Why do they not order the capture of Bush? Why not order the arrest of the president of Israel?”

Apr 11 12:30

FLASHBACK - US accused of covert operations in Somalia

Dramatic evidence that America is involved in illegal mercenary operations in east Africa has emerged in a string of confidential emails seen by The Observer. The leaked communications between US private military companies suggest the CIA had knowledge of the plans to run covert military operations inside Somalia - against UN rulings - and they hint at involvement of British security firms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yo ho, Yo ho; a pirate's life for me!!!"

Apr 11 07:03

Oil Companies Dividing and Conquering Nigeria - Nigeria oil unrest 'kills 1,000'

The New York Times - Violence in Nigeria's oil region left 1,000 people dead and cost $24bn (£16bn) last year, a report says, according to an official and activist.

Ledum Mitee, chairman of the Niger Delta Presidential Technical Committee, says the figures only cover the first nine months of 2008.

Apr 08 09:10

U.S. crew may be in control of hijacked ship

Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship but Pentagon officials later said they believed the U.S. crew was back in control of the vessel.

Apr 05 10:07

Shell in court over alleged role in Nigeria executions

Lawyers in New York will allege that Shell actively subsidised a campaign of terror by security forces in the Niger Delta and attempted to influence the trial that led to Saro-Wiwa's execution. The lawsuit alleges that the company attempted to bribe two witnesses in his trial to testify against him. Members of Saro-Wiwa's family will take the stand for the first time to give their version of events, among them his brother Owens, who will allege that Brian Anderson, managing director of Shell's Nigerian subsidiary, told him: "It would not be impossible to get charges dropped if protests were called off." Anderson is fighting the action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the brutal truth of how the "great game" for oil and other resources is played.

And right now, Africa is being looked at as "the next Middle East" in terms of rich, hitherto unexploited (or only moderately exploited) resources.

Mar 23 12:03

Nobel outrage at South Africa’s decision to ban the Dalai Lama

South Africa was plunged into a diplomatic row yesterday after the Government barred the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, from entering the country to take part in a peace conference linked to the 2010 football World Cup.

The decision, confirmed to The Times by senior government officials, was met with outrage by his fellow Nobel peace laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the former President F. W. de Klerk, who are organising the conference on March 27 with the Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee.

Mar 13 07:57

FRIDAY’S TOONS ~~ DARFUR AND GAZA

Mar 08 20:33

Shoot-Out in Guinea-Bissau

One should not speak ill of the dead, but it's hard to resist the suspicion that the murder of the army chief of staff on March 1st and of the president on March 2nd in the small West African country of Guinea-Bissau were linked to the drug trade in Africa's first "narco-state."

On Sunday, a powerful bomb blew up the military headquarters in Bissau, the capital, killing Gen. Batista Tagme Na Waie, chief of Guinea-Bissau's military, and severely wounding five other senior officers. Less than twenty-four hours later, gunfire and rocket explosions were heard near the presidential palace, and shortly afterwards it was reported that President Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira had also been killed.

Mar 06 17:27

Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife killed in crash as lorry hits their car

Zimbabwe was rife with speculation last night after Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife was killed in a car crash in which he was injured.

There was suspicion that the accident could have been staged by Zanu (PF) hardliners opposed to the power-sharing deal that led to Mr Tsvangirai becoming Prime Minister. This was only fuelled by reports that police had confiscated videos of the accident scene taken by members of his Movement for Democratic Change party.

Mar 04 18:59

Sudan's Response to ICC Arrest Warrant

"For us the ICC doesn't exist. We are not bound by its decisions and we are in no way going to cooperate with it. Indeed, the verdict that was announced today in The Hague does not deserve the ink used to print it."

Mar 04 08:58

ICC issues a warrant of arrest for Omar Al Bashir, President of Sudan

Today, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for the arrest of Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, President of Sudan, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He is suspected of being criminally responsible, as an indirect (co-)perpetrator, for intentionally directing attacks against an important part of the civilian population of Darfur, Sudan, murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians, and pillaging their property. This is the first warrant of arrest ever issued for a sitting Head of State by the ICC.

Mar 02 06:04

Starvation and Strife Menace Torn Kenya

The New York Times JEFFREY GETTLEMAN Feb 28, 2009

NAIROBI, Kenya — One year after this country exploded in ethnic bloodshed, trouble is brewing here again.

Ten million people face starvation, partly because farmers in crucial food-producing areas who fled their homes last year have not returned, instead withdrawing deeper into their ethnic enclaves, deeper into fear.

President Obama, whose father was Kenyan, has become a savior to many people here, in part because Kenyans say their own leaders have been such a disappointment.

Feb 20 19:34

Biotech companies up GMO campaign in Africa

Saturday, May 31, 2008
Biotech companies up GMO campaign in Africa
by John Mbaira

Unwitting African countries are being coaxed and coerced to cultivate and consume genetically modified crops in a campaign bankrolled by giant biotech multinationals and executed by cash-rich “scientific” organisations who extol technology as the panacea for the continent’s hunger and low agricultural productivity.

Feb 20 19:28

Gates donate $48M for Bio-tech African cocoa/nuts

$90 Million to Boost Incomes of Small Farmers in Africa
Posted by: philcrosby on Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced two significant partnerships and $48 million in grants to help hundreds of thousands of small cocoa and cashew farmers in sub-Saharan Africa significantly increase their incomes so they can lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.
The two grants -- $23 million to the World Cocoa Foundation and $25 million to the German development organization Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH -- were awarded in conjunction with $42 million in cash and in-kind contributions from private industry.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
http://www.gtz.de/en/weltweit/afrika/8063.htm

Feb 18 22:26

Texas Armoring Corp.'s Nigerian market thriving

Violence, Theft, and Kidnappings Spur TAC Armored Vehicle Growth in Nigeria
* Wednesday February 18, 2009, 11:37 am EST

"Texas Armoring Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of light-weight armored passenger vehicles and bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom luxury limousines. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210.333.0211."

Feb 18 15:43

The Conflict in the Congo is a Resource War Waged by US and British Allies

Feb 17 12:10

Another U.S.-Sponsored Catastrophe The Nightmare in Somalia

THE END result of the U.S. intervention has been untold destruction. Human Rights Watch published a report in December 2008 detailing the impact:

"Two years of unconstrained warfare and violent rights abuses have helped to generate an ever-worsening humanitarian crisis, without adequate response. Since January 2007, at least 870,000 civilians have fled the chaos in Mogadishu alone--two-thirds of the city's population...Somalia's humanitarian needs are enormous."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks.

Angry yet?!?!?!?

Feb 16 17:55

U.S./U.K. Roles In Congo's resources warfare

The U.S./U.K. Roles In Congo's Blood Diamonds Industry
Black Star News, Commentary, Kambale Musavuli , Posted: Feb 16, 2009

Since Rwanda and Uganda invaded the Congo in 1996, these countries have pursued a plan to appropriate the wealth of Eastern Congo either directly or through proxy forces.

The December 2008 United Nations report is the latest in a series of U.N. reports dating from 2001 that clearly documents the systematic looting and appropriation of Congolese resources by Rwanda and Uganda, two of Washington and London’s staunchest allies in Africa.

Feb 14 14:24

US Sponsored Rwanda Genocide/African Destabilization

THE US SPONSORED RWANDA GENOCIDE AND ITS AFTERMATH
Psychological Operations, Embedded Reporters, and Refugee Hunting
11 April 2008
keith harmon snow
http://www.allthingspass.com/uploads/html-238The%20US%20Sponsored%20Rw...

Rwanda's Secret War
US-Backed Destabilization of Central Africa
By Keith Harmon Snow*
WW3Report
December 10, 2004
http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/congo/2004/1210secretwar.htm

Feb 14 14:18

Expert court witness on Africa, silenced in crash

Des Forges GRD '72, human rights expert, killed in plane crash
Gabriel Barcia
Staff Reporter
Published Friday, February 13, 2009

Alison Des Forges GRD '72, one of the world's leading experts on the human rights violations in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, was among the passengers killed in the commuter plane crash outside Buffalo, N.Y., late Thursday. She was 66 and lived in Buffalo.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090214/wl_africa_afp/usplanecrashrwanda_...
Rwanda genocide court stunned by air crash death of investigator
Sat Feb 14, 10:37 am ET

Feb 11 21:26

US Africom plans/funds killing, Congo chaos

UN official: Botched attacks on LRA rebels in Congo 'catastrophic' for civilians
The US helped plan the operation, which subsequently killed up to 900 people.
By Jonathan Adams
posted February 10, 2009 at 10:00 am EST

"The UN official's comments followed a New York Times report Friday breaking the news that the US had helped plan and fund the attack from its new Africa Command."

Feb 08 08:48

Massacres follow failed U.S.-aided Uganda mission: report

The U.S. military helped plan and finance a recent attack on a Ugandan rebel group which went awry, with fleeing fighters conducting a series of massacres that killed up to 900 civilians, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Sorry. My bad." -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 07 08:26

Arms ship set to leave for Kenya

A Ukrainian ship freed by Somali pirates for a reported ransom of $3.2m (£2.2m) on Thursday is preparing to leave Somali waters for Kenya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Left unsaid by the "impartial" BBC; MV Faina is owned by an Israeli, Vadim Alperin.

Feb 05 08:36

Pirates receive $3.2M for Israeli ship

The Israeli-owner of a Ukrainian-flagged arms-loaded ship held by Somali pirates pays 3.2 million dollars in return for the vessel's release.

The vessel was carrying a cargo of 33 Soviet-type battle tanks, rocket launchers and ammunition, allegedly expected to reach rebels in the Sudanese violent Darfur region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the Israelis, always begging the US for weapons, have enough left over to arm the Darfur Rebels?

Feb 01 14:16

Kenya petrol tanker explosion kills 100

The tanker explosion occurred near Molo, a small town in the Rift Valley Province -- about 130 kilometers (80 miles) from the capital, a spokesman for the Kenyan police said.

The tanker overturned along a highway spilling gallons of gas which hundreds of residents rushed to scoop up, said Titus Mung'ou of the Kenyan Red Cross.

"People were lining up trying to get the fuel," he said. "They were siphoning off petrol for over an hour. Some people had drilled holes in the tanker and were charging a fee for the assembled crowd."

The vehicle exploded about an hour later, apparently after one of the residents lit a cigarette or started a fire at the crash site, Mung'ou said.

Jan 29 15:49

Zimbabwe abandons its currency

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Elephant poop is the new $20.

Jan 27 13:16

Obama aims to topple Mugabe in Zimbabwe

From Times Online
January 27, 2009
President Obama leads US drive to topple Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe

China and Russia have blocked previous moves against Robert Mugabe in the UN
Tim Reid in Washington and Jonathan Clayton in Johannesburg

President Obama wants a fresh approach to toppling Robert Mugabe and is discussing with aides an unprecedented, US-led diplomatic push to get tough new UN sanctions imposed against the Zimbabwe regime, The Times has learned.

During talks Mr Obama has had with his top Africa advisers in recent weeks, the central idea they focused on was taking the issue of Zimbabwe before the UN Security Council, but for the first time to combine such a move with an intense diplomatic effort to persuade Russia and China not to block the initiative.

Jan 26 08:46

Police arrest goat accused of armed robbery

Vigilantes seized the black and white goat, saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into an animal to escape after trying to steal a Mazda 323.

Jan 23 11:17

KILLINGS AT DARFUR DISPLACED PERSONS CAMP WAS UNLAWFUL, CONCLUDES UN REPORT

Jan 20 23:05

Kenyans expect "their" Obama to save them

From The Times
January 21, 2009
Kenyans hail election of saviour Barack Obama
Rob Crilly in Nairobi

"“This man is Jesus,” shouted one man, spilling his Guinness as Barack Obama began his inaugural address. “When will he come to Kenya to save us?” If Barack Obama’s spin doctors have been trying to lower expectations since his election victory, the message clearly has not reached the land of his father.

Millions of people around the country thronged giant TV screens or crammed into bars to watch the inauguration of a man viewed as Kenya’s best hope of a prosperous and happy future. "

"Kenya is a country in need of a saviour. Last year 600,000 people were left homeless by the violence that followed disputed presidential elections.

Jan 19 13:04

Obama selected to aid in African holocaust?

Tuesday, 9 December 2008, 4:53 pm
Opinion: Keith Harmon Snow
Merchants of Death: Exposing Corporate Financed Holocaust in Africa
by Keith Harmon Snow
www.allthingspass.com

War in Congo has again been splashed across world headlines and the same old clichés about violence and suffering are repackaged and rebroadcast as "news". Meanwhile, early indications out of America are that President-elect Barack Obama will assemble a foreign policy-team primed for business as usual.

How will Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State compromise the Obama Administration’s capacity to honestly redress the untold suffering, massive theft of resources and millions of deaths in Africa?

Jan 17 17:25

South Africa have starts international campaign to have the Israeli government charged at the International court of Justice in The Hague for War crimes and Genocide.

Jan 17 13:04

Cosatu wants SA to cut ties with Israel

The Congress of South African Trade Unions wants the South African government to cease all relations with Israel and close down the Israeli embassy in Pretoria.

Jan 15 19:43

FLASHBACK - UN Probes Alleged Israeli Arms Sales to Ivory Coast

Israeli officials have confirmed that the United Nations is investigating the alleged sale of Israeli arms to Ivory Coast - a possible violation of a U.N. arms embargo against the West African country.

Jan 11 07:21

Five Somali pirates drown as they squabble over their $3million ransom

Five Somali pirates drowned when a wave washed off their getaway boat as they squabbled over over how to split their $3 million ransom.

The ransom had been paid to the pirates to end the world's biggest ship hijacking.

The canister full of cash was parachuted onto the Sirius Star - observed by the U.S. Navy who provided these images - and the two-month ordeal of the 25 crew, including two Britons, was finally over.

Jan 08 09:57

Thousands march in anti-Israel protest

Thousands of demonstrators marched to Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday to call for an end to Israel's offensive in Palestine's Gaza Strip.

"South Africa, the bullets and bombs that you are selling to Israel are killing innocent babies in Palestine!" proclaimed one poster, held aloft by a marcher.

Dec 24 08:40

Somali Islamists must be part of peace deal-report

Somalia's government and the international community must deal with Islamists to avoid a security crisis when Ethiopian troops withdraw later this month, a think-tank said on Tuesday.

"Despite the reluctance of the international community to engage with the Islamist opposition, there is no other practical course than to reach out to its leaders in an effort to stabilise the security situation with a ceasefire and then move on with a process that addresses the root causes," ICG said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a logical, credible approach, which means that the US is likely to ignore it completely.

What this is all about, at the end of the day from the US perspective, is having a Western-leaning government in place in terms of developing Somalia's vast untapped natural resources.

Dec 23 21:07

Obama, Gen. Ward : Black puppets for Africa

Kip’s Folly: A Black Commander for U.S. Forces in Africa
Africa - US Imperialism in Africa
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
by Mark P. Fancher

"From Clarence Thomas to Colin Powell to Condoleezza Rice - and many more African American mercenaries in between - U.S. rulers have had little problem finding Black front men and women for their intrigues and adventures."

Dec 21 17:52

Mugabe unleashes wave of terror with mass abductions

Fears are mounting in Zimbabwe for the lives of more than 40 opposition officials and human rights activists who have been abducted as part of a renewed crackdown by the regime in Harare. At least two more members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change have disappeared in the past week, along with a freelance investigative reporter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One wonders just how much more the Zimbabwean people will be willing to take until this regime just crumbles from its own weight of neglect and corruption.

Dec 20 07:32

Forget Depp: Somali pirates risk all for riches, women

NAIROBI, Kenya - There's at least one job these days that's recession-proof, if you can handle shark-infested seas, outrun some of the world's most powerful navies, and keep your cool when your hostages get antsy.

A pirate's life in Somalia isn't for everyone. However, nothing comes easily in one of the poorest and most unstable countries on Earth, and when you consider the dearth of career options for Somalis on land, a pirate's life starts to look more than cushy by comparison.

Dec 18 18:09

Zimbabwe cholera toll hits 1,111: UN

This figure, as horrific as it is, may well not be telling the full story.

As reported in

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/cholera-kills-3000-in-zimbabwe-14080561.html

Dec 18 11:10

Abandoned by the World: UN Declares Open Season on Somalia

And now the Bush Regime -- going out in a Götterdämmerung of blood and fury aimed at the world (and at the American people) -- wants to intensify the chaos in Somalia, laying it bare to more invasions, "precision strikes," death squad operations, renditions and other atrocities, this time coming from not just from Washington and its Terror War proxies but from all directions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But this act is "blood and fury" with a very specific purpose: to ultimately install a pliant government in Mogadishu which will look favorably on the development of Somalia's natural resources, once this is all over.

Dec 18 10:09

US says piracy resolution allows for air strikes in Somalia

The US government said Wednesday that it believes a new UN Security Council resolution on Somalia authorizes air strikes against pirates in Somali territory.

The resolution "authorizes states cooperating with the Somali Transitional Federal Government to extend counter-piracy efforts to include potential operations in Somali territorial land and air space, to suppress acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea," the State Department said in a statement.

The final version of resolution 1851 does not explicitly say Somali air space can be used.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the UN Security Council: are you collectively deaf, dumb, and blind to what you have done by not explicitly stating in this resolution that Somali air space cannot be used?!?

The US government's position has been characterized as believing that this resolution "....authorizes air strikes against pirates in Somali territory."

And just what kind of action may the US think it has license to do, courtesy of this resolution??

Very possibly bombing the crap out of innocent men, women, and kids in order to prop up a completely dysfunctional government, now that the US-backed Ethiopian troops are (theoretically) going to be leaving Somalia shortly.

And why? Because the Muslim insurgency is becoming stronger, or that Somalia "may become a hotbed for terrorists" if they take over the government?

Think again: ever wonder why the term "war on terror" only seems to apply to countries sitting over enormous natural resources?

What the US wants is a pliant government in Mogadishu which will be favorable to Western countries in terms of developing Somalia's vast natural resources.

If the US thinks it has "carte blanche" to do this at least for the year this resolution runs, look to the US to initate a massive bombing campaign over sovereign Somali territory to decimate the insurgents.

Dec 18 09:01

U.S. Proposes International Gang Rape of Somalia

"The Bush regime now seeks to turn Somalia into a ‘free fire zone' in which any country in the world can shoot and bomb and kill at will."

Dec 17 22:36

US Commandos to attack in Somali

From The Times
December 18, 2008
American commandos get UN go-ahead to hunt down Somali pirates
Michael Evans, Defence Editor

Pirates operating from safe havens along the Somali coast could become the target of hot-pursuit missions by American commandos for the first time, after approval was given by the United Nations Security Council to launch land and air attacks on pirate bases.

Dec 17 09:50

Somalia's fractured government slides into chaos

Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf named a new prime minister on Tuesday, snubbing a vote by parliament to reinstate sacked premier Nur Hassan Hussein and further deepening rifts in the fractured government.

The split at the top of the Western-backed government is blamed for stalling a U.N.-hosted peace process and threatens to tear the weak administration apart at a time Islamist insurgents are camped on the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somalia's current government is about to fall apart at the seams, and US intervention (through backing an Ethiopian occupation of Somalia) is very deeply at the heart of its current chaos.

This was never about "protecting" the Somali people; it was, and continues to be, about installing a government favorable to Western countries developing the vast, yet untapped, wealth of this country.

Dec 17 08:20

UN gives OK to land, air attacks on Somali pirates

The resolution sets up the possibility of increased American military action in Somalia, a chaotic country where a U.S. peacekeeping mission in 1992-93 ended with a humiliating withdrawal of troops after a deadly clash in Mogadishu, as portrayed in the movie "Black Hawk Down."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This actually has nothing, really, to do with piracy, or "protecting" the Somalian people.

And if what the US-backed Ethiopian troops have been doing for the last two years can be characterized as "protection", I'll eat my hat.

It's about the US having the justification to go into Somalia to insure that its government is inclined to have western companies exploit its vast natural resources.

I have to shake my head in disbelief, because passing of this resolution gives yet another UN mandate to the US to act rashly and foolishly.

One would think that the UN would have learned by now, after what the US did in its interpretation of the Resolution on Iraq.

Apparently, that was not the case.

Dec 16 09:52

US to Propose UN Authorize Ground Raids into Somalia

A Bush administration proposal to allow foreign forces to go ashore into Somalia to hunt the country's notorious pirates is getting a cool reception from U.S. military leaders, regional analysts and some Somali officials.

The proposal — which Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to put forward Tuesday at the United Nations Security Council — is the boldest yet aimed at stopping the pirates, who've hijacked 55 ships this year, secured tens of millions of dollars in ransoms and kneecapped maritime trade between Europe and Asia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering just how brilliantly the UN mandate in Iraq went, the UN would be collectively mad to approve of such a proposal.

Let us hope the "cool reception" extends to a permanent deep-freeze on this kind of cowboy, knee-jerk proposal on the part of the US government.

This is not about the piracy, or "protecting" the Somalis from an impending Islamic government (which hasn't gone very well for the US-backed Ethiopian occupation, or the Somali people, thank you very much).

This is about getting a Somali government in place which is sympathetic to western development of the country's vast untapped resources.

Dec 14 09:19

U.S. Will Push U.N. for Somalia Mission

Meanwhile, the commander of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, cast doubt on the wisdom of a separate U.S. plan to seek U.N. approval for commando raids against pirates on Somali soil, saying the possibility of inflicting civilian casualties "cannot be overestimated," according to the Associated Press.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the next flipping administration, can we PLEASE HAVE SOME ADULTS IN THE ROOM REGARDING US FOREIGN POLICY?!?!?!?

Remember 3 weeks week ago when Somali pirates attacked that tanker, and US warships refused to intervene?!? Was that because the US needed the pirates to justify an invasion of Somalia??

I cannot begin to tell you what a refreshing change that would be from the last 8 years, although the jury is still very much out as to whether this will be the case.

But for the US government, at this late date, with a lame duck administration, to have the gall, the hubris, of trying to get a UN mandate about the US conducting "....commando raids against pirates on Somali soil....", it is very clear what is going on here.

The US backed Ethiopian forces have absolutely made a complete, abysmal mess of their attempt to occupy Somalia.

As reported in the Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/ethiopi...

""The testimony we received strongly suggests that war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity have been committed by all parties and no one is being held accountable," said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty's deputy director for Africa."

These same troops are supposed to be exiting the country, and the Islamists are resurgent.

But this US request has nothing to do with the fact that Somalia is close to becoming an Islamist state, and that the US is concerned that it will be an "incubator for terror"; it has everything to do with having a governmental structure in place which will favor the West when it comes to divvying up the largely unexploited resources of this country.

I would far rather see this country invest in the vision, technical savvy, and drive of American entrepreneurs to come up with workable, affordable energy alternatives than invest in wars of conquest.

We are the first country which, with will, determination and imagination, put men on the moon. One would think that in the 21st century, we'd have better answers to getting resources than wars of conquest.

Dec 13 10:05

Parties earn vast sums from illegal trade in minerals

Proceeds from the control of lucrative natural resources, from gold and coltan to charcoal and cows, remain a key driver of the insecurity in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The report by the UN Group of Experts on Congo states that the main parties to the recent fighting - Hutu and Tutsi-aligned rebel groups as well as government forces - continue to earn vast sums from artisanal mines and captured farmland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Africa, with its vast and untapped resources, is rapidly becoming the next "Middle East" in terms of foreign countries' battles for its resources at the cost of its people.

Dec 13 09:14

Floundering Somali Govt Nears Collapse

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi declared “mission accomplished” in their two-year military effort to prop up the self-appointed transitional national government of Somalia, and told parliament that Ethiopian forces would withdraw from the nation within weeks. Zenawi claimed the mission was meant to “defuse the plan orchestrated by Eritrea,” but conceded that it was not possible to bring lasting peace to Somalia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How "Bushian" of Ethiopian Prime Minister to declare "mission accomplished", with about just the same kind of catastrophes waiting for Somalia those which were about to come to Iraq after Bush uttered those words so many years ago.

Dec 12 10:15

Zimbabwe neighbors should seal borders-US official

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe could be forced to step down if South Africa and other neighbors take the bold step of sealing their borders with the landlocked country, a senior U.S. official said Thursday.

"It takes something as simple as closing the borders. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country. The closure of the border, literally in a week would bring this country to its knees," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the unsourced moron who made this comment.

Shutting the borders would mean that desperate Zimbabweans suffering from malnutrition and cholera would have no way of getting out, and getting at least some help, which South Africa and Mozambique have been generously providing in terns of re -hydration drips, even though their own health resources are very stretched.

Mugabe will not be brought to his knees by a border lockdown: he's seen to it that he has provisions, troops, and money in place to keep that from happening.

It's the people dying of cholera who will drop to their knees - and die.

Dec 11 19:31

Allies seek power to pursue Somali pirates on land and sea

The United States is seeking international authorisation allowing foreign navies to pursue Somali pirates on land as well as at sea in an effort to curb the growing threat to international shipping lines.

A draft proposal granting nations that are combating piracy permission to “take all necessary measures ashore in Somalia” is being circulated among UN Security Council members before a key meeting on the crisis next week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you kidding me?!?!

This is not about pirates.

from:

indexmundi.com/somalia/natural_resources.html

"Natural resources: uranium and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, likely oil reserves"

This is, ultimately, about who controls the disposition of the vast resource wealth of Somalia, and which foreign powers will get first dibs on carving that wealth up.

Dec 11 10:10

Cholera victims turned away

Under normal circumstances the water-borne disease is relatively easy to treat. In Zimbabwe it is spreading uncontrolled amid the country's economic collapse and political turmoil as the 28-year-old regime of the President, Robert Mugabe, clings to power after disputed elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And as this continues, and the world watches, Mugabe states, with an absolutely straight face, that there is no cholera in Zimbabwe?!?!?

Dec 11 09:03

Sharif back in Mogadishu as death toll hits 16,210

Somalia's moderate Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed returned to Mogadishu for the first time in two years on Wednesday and a local rights group said fighting had killed 16,210 civilians since then.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is yet another of the Bush administration's covert military misadventures, gone awry.

But of course, it was Bush's foreign policy which supported the Ethiopian troops in their takeover of the country, through an interim government.

The outcome was as predictable as the other "successes" of this administration's foreign policy.

The real question is, who gets dibs on the vast wealth of natural resources this country possesses, if Sharif Ahmed does come back to govern?

Dec 11 07:48

Mugabe: 'There is no cholera in Zimbabwe

“I am happy to say our doctors have been assisted by others and WHO (the World Health Organization)... so now that there is no cholera,” said Mr Mugabe, in a speech screened on national television.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be a point in Zimbabwe where, no matter how many henchmen Mugabe has surrounding him, the people will be unable to take any more of what he has done to them, and this country.

Were I a betting person, I would almost be willing to be that this point is not too terribly far away for the Zimbabwean people.

Dec 10 07:19

Witnesses: Ethiopians troops pouring into Somalia

Ethiopian troops are pouring into neighboring Somalia to fight radical Islamists who have taken over much of the country, raising fears of more violence in a country fighting a deadly insurgency and piracy, witnesses and the Somali government said Tuesday.

The Ethiopians' advance comes just weeks before they are scheduled to withdraw after an unpopular, two-year presence here. The Ethiopians are integral to protecting the Western-backed government, and their planned withdrawal at the end of the month will likely herald the administration's collapse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An Ethiopian troop "surge" and a "scheduled withdrawal" are mutually exclusive.

Right now, with new Ethiopian forces pouring over the Somalian border, I wouldn't place any bets at all on this "scheduled withdrawal" happening anytime soon.

Dec 07 14:21

Hyperinflation forces Zimbabwe to print $200 million notes

Dec 07 09:37

Situation in Somalia Seems About to Get Worse

The United States failed disastrously in its peacekeeping mission in the early 1990s. (Remember “Black Hawk Down”?) In 2005 and 2006, the C.I.A. paid some of Somalia’s most reviled warlords to fight the Islamists. That backfired. In the winter of 2006, the United States took a third approach, encouraging Ethiopia to invade and backing them with American airstrikes and intelligence.

“The Bush administration made a major miscalculation,” said Dan Connell, who teaches African politics at Simmons College in Boston.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, it wouldn't be Bush foreign policy without a "major miscalculation".

Every foreign policy decision made by this administration has featured one - or more - "major miscalculation", ultimately exploding in its face like a really bad trick cigar.

Dec 07 09:25

Intervention call as cholera spreads

WESTERN calls for radical intervention in Zimbabwe rose dramatically over the weekend as the United Nations warned that the number of cholera cases in the region could reach 60,000 and the death toll rise to 3000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, the West is calling for "...radical intervention".

Uh, just which countries' armies are going to be dispatched by their governments to provide that "intervention"?

Any takers?

Thought not.

Dec 07 08:57

Invisible Children

In the spring of 2003, three young Americans traveled to Africa in search of such as story. What they found was a tragedy that disgusted and...all » In the spring of 2003, three young Americans traveled to Africa in search of such as story. What they found was a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them. A story where children are weapons and children are the victims. The "Invisible Children: rough cut" film exposes the effects of a 20 year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda.

Dec 07 08:49

Open letter to Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

Condoleezza Rice and Gordon Brown are among the main responsible for the slaughter of more than a million innocent children of God in Iraq and dozens of thousands in Afghanistan but in your view that very same God would be acting through their blood-stained hands. What a grotesque (and sexist) idea of God you must have to invoke Her name in this unholy farce. Or do you think those innocent human beings are children of a lesser god?

Dec 04 08:13

MAP OF THE PNAC PLAN (Large graphic; heavy download)

Dec 03 06:32

Zimbabwe on edge of the abyss: Riot police charge protesting doctors as cholera epidemic infects up to 12,500 people

Zimbabwe riot police charged protesting doctors, nurses and union members with batons early today.

At least one hundred doctors and nurses protested outside the health ministry in the capital of Harare as the country faced the worst cholera crisis in its history.

Zimbabwean trade unions have also called a day of protest over a deepening banking and cash shortage crisis.

Dec 03 05:14

Somalia: Another CIA-Backed Coup Blows Up

Up until a month ago, no one in the Bush administration showed the least bit of interest in the incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia. Now that's all changed and there's talk of sending in the Navy to patrol the waters off the Horn of Africa and clean up the pirates hideouts. Why the sudden about-face? Could it have something to do with the fact that the Ethiopian army is planning to withdrawal all of its troops from Mogadishu by the end of the year, thus, ending the failed two year US-backed occupation of Somalia?

Dec 02 23:47

Police open fire as soldiers turn on Mugabe

POLICE shot at rioting soldiers in Harare on Monday as unpaid troops sided with the country's impoverished people for the first time in protest against Zimbabwe's collapsing economy.

Tensions erupted when about 50 soldiers were denied money from banks after queueing all day.

The soldiers, who were wearing camouflage dress, staged an impromptu protest. They were joined by hundreds of civilians at the corner of Robert Mugabe and Fourth streets, in the heart of the capital. When armed riot police arrived to break up the demonstration, the soldiers from Cranborne Barracks fought back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thailand, Iceland, now Zimbabwe...

Dec 02 16:02

Mob runs riot as Zimbabwe runs out of water

The seething anger felt by ordinary Zimbabweans exploded yesterday as hundreds of off-duty soldiers went on the rampage in the centre of Harare. Witnesses said that the violence erupted at a bus depot on the edge of the city centre where soldiers, frustrated at not being able to draw cash from banks, confronted illegal moneychang-ers. The dealers scattered and the soldiers turned on the city, followed by civilians spurring them on.

Nov 30 08:55

Zimbabwe Cholera Toll Rises As Rainy Season Comes

Zimbabwe health authorities say 425 people have died in a cholera outbreak and they are concerned it will worsen with the onset of the rainy season.

More than 11,000 people have been sickened since August, the official Sunday Mail newspaper reported. The number of cases has shot up in the past two weeks.

City authorities in Harare on Friday offered free graves to impoverished families of cholera victims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to wonder just how long the Zimbabwean people will be willing to put up with a government which has robbed them blind, and robbed them of any hope for the future.

Nov 30 08:43

Hundreds die in fighting after Nigeria election

Hundreds of people were killed in the central Nigerian city of Jos when Christians and Muslims clashed over the result of a local election, witnesses said Saturday.

Local residents said several churches and mosques were razed in the violence, which started with a rumour that the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) had lost the election to the federal ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).

The ANPP is perceived locally to be a predominantly Muslim party, and the PDP to be mainly Christian.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, in the waning days of 2008, we are no further along as a species than killing in the name of God.....on a rumor.

That's pretty damned depressing.

Nov 28 18:11

Hatred in the Time of Cholera

A cholera epidemic is sweeping across Zimbabwe, with over 9,000 cases and 360 deaths, according to the United Nations. Local sources tell me these figures underplay the seriousness of the problem.

Today cholera can easily be controlled by maintaining simple sanitary standards — but there is no running water in much of Zimbabwe today, and sanitation systems have collapsed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder how much more the Zimbabwean people are willing to take of Mugabe.

Nov 26 09:10

NOBODY IS WATCHING'; America's hidden war in Somalia

It is a policy time bomb that will be inherited by the incoming Obama administration: a little-known front in the global war on terrorism that Washington appears to be losing, if it hasn't already been lost.

"Somalia is one of the great unrecognized U.S. policy failures since 9/11," said Ken Menkhaus, a leading Somalia scholar at Davidson College in North Carolina. "By any rational metric, what we've ended up with there today is the opposite of what we wanted."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is yet another one of Bush's foreign policy "victories" which is about to explode in our faces like the proverbial bad trick cigar.

Nov 25 19:44

3,000 dead from cholera in Zimbabwe

A senior official in the health ministry told The Independent yesterday that more than 3,000 people have died from the water-borne disease in the past two weeks, 10 times the widely-reported death toll of just over 300. "But even this higher figure is still an understatement because very few bother to register the deaths of their relatives these days," said the official, who requested anonymity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how much more of this insanity the people of Zimbabwe are going to take before there is real blow-back to what Mugabe has done to this country

Nov 24 18:22

Zimbabwe on brink of collapse as outbreak of cholera spreads

The situation in Zimbabwe may soon "implode" as a cholera outbreak spreads and basic services collapse, South African leaders and a group of international statesmen warned yesterday.

About 6,000 people have contracted cholera in recent weeks, according to the UN, and almost 300 have died. A chronic shortage of medicine has sent hundreds of people south to seek treatment in South Africa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is going to be a tipping point in this country, and all of Mugabe's militias will not be able to hold back the tidal wave of anger over what Mugabe's government has done to the people of this country.

The question is, when??

Nov 23 09:32

Mugabe tries to hide cholera death toll

The response of President Robert Mugabe’s failing government has been to cover up the scale of the problem and to send in riot police.

Last Friday the World Health Organisation confirmed that 294 had died so far. Deteriorating sewerage systems and declining supplies of clean water have been blamed. The aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières said 1.4m were at risk. Thousands may die.

Nov 22 08:23

Zimbabwe Refuses Entry To Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan

Zimbabwe has refused to let Kofi Annan and two eminent colleagues visit the impoverished African country for a humanitarian mission, the three said Saturday.

Zimbabweans are suffering from disease and hunger while political crisis over a power-sharing government occupies its politicians. A current cholera outbreak has killed nearly 300 people in Zimbabwe, the United Nations said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Mugabe and his minions have done here is to simply underscore the deterioration of Zimbabwe on their watch.

Zimbabwe was previously known as "the breadbasket of Africa". Now, millions are desperately trying to go anywhere else they may be accepted as refugees, which is putting a strain on neighboring countries.

Nov 21 21:49

US/Rwanda still united in crime

The US Sponsored "Rwanda Genocide" and its Aftermath
Psychological Warfare, Embedded Reporters and the Hunting of Refugees
by Keith Harmon Snow
Global Research, April 12, 2008
Author's website www.allthingspass.com

Nov 21 21:40

Bush Sends US-Rwanda Treaty To Senate

Bush Sends US-Rwanda Treaty To Senate

(RTTNews) - President George Bush sent a treaty signed between the US and the Republic of Rwanda to the Senate Thursday.
[ http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/11/20081120-1.html ]

According to the president, the treaty was the first bilateral investment treaty signed between the US and a sub-Saharan African country since 1998. It would help to promote cross-border investment by providing legal protections for investors of each country for their investments in the other country.

Nov 20 22:33

MOU: Angola, U.S. Navy, offshore OIL

Angola, U.S. to sign MOU in military sector
+ -
20:19, November 18, 2008

Angola and the United States are analyzing the possibility of signing a memorandum of understanding in the military sector, Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Tuesday.

Visiting Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces for Europe and Africa Adm. Mark Fitzgerald was quoted as saying that a military accord will be reached some time in 2009.

After meeting with Angolan Foreign Minister Assuncao dos Anjos on Monday, the U.S. naval officer said both sides are discussing the date for signing the accord.

Nov 19 18:43

Hungry in Zimbabwe: 'If you rest, you starve'

Officials from Mugabe's party toured the Doma district recently and told the new farm owners that the government could not supply their needs. They were advised to make do with what seed they had left, and with animal manure for fertilizer.

Ordinarily, after harvest the cotton fields are burned to protect the next year's crop from disease. Not this year. People couldn't afford to buy new seeds, and were hoping to get another season out of last year's crop. Instead, the crops came up diseased.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Zimbabwe's natural resources include:

* coal
* chromium ore
* asbestos
* gold
* nickel
* copper
* iron ore
* vanadium
* lithium
* tin
* platinum group metals

And which country has been in the forefront of wanting to develop these resources?

China.

As reported in

http://www.voanews.com/english/archive/2008-09/Look-East-Policy-of-Zim...

on 30 Sept 2008 by Darren Taylor:

"An international human rights organization based in the United States is warning that relations between Zimbabwe and China are in the future likely to be increasingly strained. The Enough Project – an alliance of scores of advocacy organizations from all over the world – says Zimbabwe’s recent power-sharing agreement could result in a realignment of Beijing’s relationship with Harare. China has in recent years given President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF government significant political and economic support. Humanitarian groups say this has exacerbated Zimbabweans’ suffering."

“The fact that China throughout this (political and economic chaos in Zimbabwe) simply stood by and said, ‘this is an internal matter,’ I think sends a pretty clear message to Zimbabweans that the Chinese really don’t care about Zimbabwean’s human rights concerns, about their desire for democracy and about the overwhelming expression that it’s time for Robert Mugabe and ZANU-PF to go.”

One has to wonder just how much more of this the Zimbabwean people will suffer through before they take matters into their own hands, with a blowback that Mugabe and all his henchmen cannot begin to comprehend.

Nov 19 15:34

Indian warship destroys pirate ship

An Indian warship destroyed a pirate "mother vessel" in the Gulf of Aden, the navy said Wednesday, as bandits demanded a ransom for a Saudi super-tanker seized in the most daring sea raid yet.

The Indian frigate INS Tabar, one of dozens of warships from several countries protecting shipping lanes in the area, attacked the Somali pirate ship late Tuesday after coming under fire, navy spokesman Nirad Sinha said.

Nov 19 13:51

Pirates anchor hijacked supertanker off Somalia coast

The Saudi Arabia-owned supertanker hijacked by Somali pirates in a raid several hundred miles out to sea is understood to have anchored off the coast of Somalia.

The Sirius Star, which is fully loaded with crude oil, is understood to be at anchor close to a headland called Raas Cusbad, near Hobyo.

The owner of the ship, Vela International Marine, said the 25 crew members on board were safe.

The company said response teams had been established and were working to ensure the release of the crew and the vessel, which was seized by pirates on Saturday.

Nov 18 18:33

Islamists poised to seize Somalia again in setback to U.S.

The rise of al Shabaab — from the Arabic word for "youth" — in many ways represents the very scenario that the Bush administration sought to avoid two years ago, when it quietly backed an invasion by Somalia's neighbor, Ethiopia, to drive a federation of hard-line Islamic courts out of Mogadishu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This must be true Bush foreign policy: the US's intervention had the absolutely opposite outcome from what it was supposed to have achieved!

Nov 16 10:09

U.N. envoy says Congo crisis talks going well

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Saturday his efforts to end fighting in Congo were going fairly well and that President Joseph Kabila had not given conditions for talks with the rebels.

The United Nations says weeks of fighting have caused a humanitarian catastrophe. On Friday, aid workers began feeding tens of thousands of refugees in rebel-held areas.

After seizing swathes of territory in battles last month, Nkunda threatened to take his rebellion all the way to the distant capital Kinshasa unless Kabila negotiated with him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For former Nigerian President Obasanjo to characterise these talks as "...going fairly well", given the realities on the ground here, you have to wonder how he would describe these talks as "going rather poorly"!

Nov 16 10:06

Congo's Poor Lose Last Possessions

As panicked thousands have abandoned villages across eastern Congo in recent months, the scale of looting that has followed has been massive, a crime reflecting the predatory culture pervading Congo since the Belgian colonizers perfected it decades ago.

Nov 13 08:06

Officials flee as rebels seize port

"They are regrouping," Richard Barno, an analyst at the Institute for Security Studies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said of the militants. "Is this part of a bigger plan to take over Mogadishu? I think so. They are preparing themselves."

The Bush Administration has backed the presence of Ethiopian troops to shore up the Somali Government, fearing that the rebels could seize control of the Horn of Africa nation and provide a refuge for Islamic militants from other nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks as though yet another of this administration's covert military misadventures is about to backfire yet again.

One has to wonder if the criteria for joining Bush's administration included an absolute absence of any understanding of history or culture, coupled with a strong penchant for magical thinking.

Nothing else can quite seem to explain the never-ending string of international and domestic disasters which have marked these last eight years.

Nov 09 11:36

My Photos of empty shops In Johannesburg's shopping malls...

My Photos of empty shops In Johannesburg's shopping malls...

Nov 03 07:56

Russia, Libya sign civil nuclear deal as Kadhafi visits: Tripoli

Libya and Russia signed a civil nuclear cooperation deal Saturday, Tripoli's foreign minister said, as Moamer Kadhafi visited Moscow for talks he said could help restore "geopolitical equilibrium".

Nov 01 09:36

Congolese rebels torch refugee camps

More than 150,000 people could be hiding in the Congolese jungle without food, water or shelter after rebels destroyed camps for refugees near the town of Rutshuru. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said camps holding more than 50,000 people had been forcibly emptied, before being torn down and burnt. Sources in Rutshuru said more than 150,000 people from the town and the camps had fled north into the jungle.

Oct 31 09:32

Diplomatic scramble to avert Congo disaster

Oct 29 10:35

Regional war fear as 50,000 homeless in Congo in two days

Congolese government forces are fleeing the eastern capital of Goma as Rwandan-backed rebels press towards the town, threatening a lethal confrontation with United Nations peacekeepers and the prospect of all out regional war.

Western aid workers in Goma, with a population of 600,000, described scenes of mayhem in the streets as columns of government tanks and military vehicles streamed out of the city and panicking civilians fled for cover, fearing an imminent rebel onslaught.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is about to get very ugly very quickly.

Oct 29 08:35

Deaths reported after explosion hits UN compound in northern Somalia

The United Nations has confirmed that the UN Development Programme (UNDP) compound in northern Somalia was attacked this morning, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries.

“At approximately at 10 o’clock this morning the UNDP compound in Hargeysa, Somaliland, was hit by an explosion, caused by a vehicle which forced entry into the compound,” according to a statement issued by the Office of the UN Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, which is based in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Oct 18 07:53

Bleak scenes as Ethiopia puts war before famine

The restrictive Ethiopian security regime hiding the worsening crisis in the country's southern Somali region has infuriated important donors. Western officials privately warn that a damaging stand-off with the country is unfolding.

Addis Ababa this week conceded that 6.4 million people were on the brink of death and agreed to open up the worst hit parts of the country to shipments of outside assistance.

Oct 16 08:58

Ethiopian Troops Leave Somalia

Why is a Scot newspaper the only one to report this from Somalia?

"Troop pull-out leaves government on brink - Ethiopian withdrawal marks end of disastrous intervention that sparked new violence and suffering."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "why" there has been almost no mention in the US press about this is it is simply that this campaign has been yet another US-backed and supported military misadventure, horrendously ill-conceived, which is blowing up in the faces of its creators like a very bad trick cigar.

Oct 15 08:00

Millions face starvation in Zimbabwe

Aid agencies say that half the population, about five million people, face starvation, two-thirds of children are out of school and water shortages have led to deadly cholera outbreaks.

Emaciated children are dying in hospitals, many more are being turned away to die at home. At one Manicaland hospital a doctor said that they were getting more cases of hunger-related diseases than ever before. “Half of the admissions end up in the mortuary,” the doctor said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This country used to be known as "the breadbasket of Africa".

The governmental management of agriculture and economy can only be described a complete, unmitigated disaster.

Oct 12 08:30

Troop pull-out leaves government on brink

SOMALIA'S FRAGILE government appears to be on the brink of collapse. Islamist insurgents now controls large parts of southern and central Somalia - and are continuing to launch attacks inside the capital, Mogadishu.

Ethiopia, which launched a US-backed military intervention in Somalia in December 2006 in an effort to drive out an Islamist authority in Mogadishu, is now pulling out its troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet another proxy war and attempted occupation for resources bites the dust.

And the outcome? Death, starvation, civil war. But hey, for this administration, that's all in a day's work; particularly when it's other people's kids doing the fighting, getting maimed, starving, and dying.

Oct 11 08:53

With Spotlight on Pirates, Somalis on Land Waste Away in the Shadows

The causes are unemployment, drought, inflation, a squeeze on global food supplies and a war that will not end. Fighting between Somalia’s weak transitional government and a determined Islamist insurgency has been heating up in the past few weeks, driving thousands from their homes and cutting people off from food. The hospital wards here are one indicator of the conflict’s intensity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the article labels "Somalia’s weak transitional government" is a US-supported proxy government The US appears to be absolutely willing to keep this war going, with all the more starvation and death that will cause, in order to secure Somalia's natural assets for the West.

On Oct 1 2008, as reported here:
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/10/01/africa_renditions/

"In late 2006, the Bush administration backed a full-scale Ethiopian military offensive that ousted the Islamist authorities from Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. The fighting caused thousands of Somalis, including some who were suspected of terrorist links, to flee across the Kenya border."

"The U.S. is funding the Ethiopian military, supporting its activities in Somalia and training Kenyan security forces in counterterrorism — so as U.S.-backed military and police forces in the region brutalize their domestic opponents in the name of fighting terrorism, the United States is often blamed."

Take a good look at the picture of the kid at the top of the article, and imagine - just for one second - that this was your kid, starving, dying, and there isn't one thing you can do about it, except hope that some tiny morsel of formula will revive them - if they can just get fed quickly enough.

This situation is the ultimate outcome of what is being done with your tax dollars and in your name in Somalia.

Oct 05 13:35

Command for Africa Is Established by Pentagon

Last week, in a small Pentagon conference hall, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, inaugurated the newest regional headquarters, Africa Command, which is responsible for coordinating American military affairs on the continent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why?

We have two disastrous wars we are losing, and they are dragging our economically-crippled nation closer to bankruptcy with each passing day. What lunatic is planning yet another war in Africa on a scale requiring its own command structure? How do they plan to pay for it, and more to the point, who do they intend to fight it?

Oct 05 09:49

Zimbabwe on the brink of new crisis as food runs out

Six months after the elections, Zimbabwe still lacks a functioning government and is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Following the worst wheat harvest since the independence war, bread has run out and sugar supplies are set to follow. USAid, the American government humanitarian agency, is warning that the country could run out of the maize, the staple food, by next month. Farming officials say the government's stated aim of producing maize on 500,000 hectares this season is unattainable.

Oct 04 10:38

What Nobody Wants To Know About Somalia And Why; And What That Means

A huge war crime -- a massive crime against humanity -- is going on right now in Somalia, courtesy of (but only indirectly traceable to) the Bush administration and Washington's bipartisan power elite.

What's happening? And why doesn't anybody want to know? These are troubling questions for anyone who cares about the soul of America, and even more troubling for anyone who's beginning to suspect that America has no soul at all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need to care greatly about what is being done in our names and with our tax dollars overseas. This is part of a global resource war, and the US government has morphed into a "by any means necessary" machine to obtain those resources.

Wars of occupation, torture, murder; these have become the legacies of the American government.

Oct 03 10:43

Update On Renditions in U.S. Terror War in Somalia

Here is a follow-up to yesterday's post about Somalia. The BBC has a report from inside "Africa's Guantanamo," the Ethiopian prison where refugees fleeing the American-backed invasion of Somalia were "renditioned," often with help of U.S. agents.

Oct 03 09:12

Somalian Violence Rages, UN Says 80 Civilians Have Died In Past Two Weeks

Byrs says thousands have been driven from their homes in the last two weeks. She told reporters Friday that nearly half of Somalia's 8.3 million people need food and other assistance.

Recent droughts and high food prices have added to the country's problems. Somalia has been without a stable government for more than 17 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Somalia's largely unexploited natural resources include iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt,natural gas, and likely oil reserves" (http://indexmundi.com/somalia/natural_resources.html)

As reported by Steve Bloomfield in Nairobi on 7 May, 2008:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/call-for-inquiry-into...

"Amnesty International has called for the role of the United States in Somalia to be investigated, following publication of a report accusing its allies of committing war crimes."

"According to the report, based on the testimonies of refugees who have fled Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, in recent weeks, Ethiopian troops have killed civilians by slitting their throats. Ethiopian and Somali forces were also accused of gang-raping women and attacking children."

"US troops trained Ethiopian forces involved in military operations in Somalia, and the US government supplied military equipment to the Ethiopian military"

The resource war in Africa, propped up with your tax dollars , continues unabated, even though the corporate media rarely covers it.

One has to wonder if the "training" of Ethiopian soldiers for these operations resulting in these atrocities is ultimately not all that different from some of the "training" received by those US troops deployed here in the US, beginning this last Wednesday, October first.

Sep 30 09:46

The Pentagon's new Africa command raises suspicions about U.S. motives

U.S. officials have billed the new command, known as Africom, as a sign of Africa's strategic importance, but many in Africa see it as an unwelcome expansion of the U.S.-led war on terrorism and a bid to secure greater access to the continent's vast oil resources. Several countries have refused to host the command, and officials say Africom will be based in Stuttgart, Germany, for the foreseeable future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not surprising that the estimation of the nature of this mission by African leadership is so suspicious that not one African country will allow US to build its headquarters there!

Sep 22 17:19

Uganda may pass miniskirt ban

Uganda's ethics and integrity minister Nsaba Buturo is seeking a ban of miniskirts because of the distraction it causes, equating it with nudity:

"What's wrong with a miniskirt? You can cause an accident because some of our people are weak mentally. . . If you find a naked person you begin to concentrate on the make-up of that person and yet you are driving . . . These days you hardly know who is a mother from a daughter, they are all naked."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Uganda is off the "places to visit" list!

Sep 20 09:30

Battles rock Mogadishu, Islamists show strength

Somalia's warring parties pounded each other with artillery in Mogadishu on Friday after an African Union military aircraft defied a rebel ban on planes using the capital's international airport.

The bombed-out city's airport had been abandoned since Tuesday after Islamist insurgents from the hardline al Shabaab group vowed to shoot down any aircraft trying to land there.

In another demonstration of their increasing strength, the Islamists also chased away pro-government militia manning roadblocks in the south of the lawless Horn of Africa nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Washington is losing yet another military misadventure over natural resources, this time in Africa.

And note how quickly local militants who want their country back, and out of the control of foreign nations, are simply lumped in with "Al Qaeda".

Sep 18 09:20

In Nigeria 'oil war,' militants step up attacks

A rare military raid on a militant camp in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta last week points to a new, tough approach by the Nigerian military that could force the region into a deeper state of anarchy.

Militants have responded to the pre-dawn raid with a series of deadly counter attacks on oil facilities and military positions. The delta's most prominent rebel group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) issued a statement Sunday via e-mail declaring an "oil war."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could be the beginning of a civil war in Nigeria, and the Nigerian government's attacks appear to be unifying the militants in a way not really seen before.

Sep 14 17:30

Nigeria militants warn of oil war

Militants in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region say they have "declared war" on the government after battling security forces guarding facilities.

In an email released by Mend, the group said it had launched an "oil war" on the government in response to what it described as unprovoked aerial attacks on its bases in the Niger Delta.

"The operation will continue until the government of Nigeria appreciates that the solution to peace in the Niger Delta is justice, respect and dialogue," the group said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We may well be seeing the beginnings of a real civil war in Nigeria.

One has to wonder what foreign nation will "race to the rescue" (neutralizing the opponents) of the current government, given Nigeria's oil riches.

Sep 08 08:42

Threat of all-out war in Congo

Clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last week between government forces and a rebel militia threatened to plunge the region back into all-out war. The violence also threatened vulnerable wildlife including the rare mountain gorilla.

The attacks displaced more of the war-fatigued Congolese people, who have endured a decade of armed conflict. More than 100,000 have fled their homes already this year and are living in huts in squalid camps. At least 5.4 million people have died in the 10-year war making it the deadliest conflict since the Second World War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is about who will control the country's vast natural resources, and who will actually reap the reward from that control.

Sep 05 10:36

Work of Evil: Beyond the Worst-Case Scenario in Somalia

American forces have bombed fleeing refugees, slaughtered innocent herdsmen and destroyed villages in attempts to assassinate a handful of individual alleged, on shaky and specious evidence, to be "part of" or "associated with" or "linked to" al Qaeda. American agents have seized refugees from the Somali war, including U.S. citizens, and had them "renditioned" to the notorious prisons of the Ethiopian dictatorship. And as we have noted here many times, the Bush Administration has sent in death squads to "kill anyone left alive" after American strikes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks. Doesn't it make you feel proud to be an American?!?

Aug 24 10:47

Thousands flee as Islamists seize city

MOGADISHU: Islamic militants said they have seized control of Kismayo, Somalia's third largest city, after three days of fighting that left about 70 people dead and led thousands to flee.

Ethiopian troops have helped Somalia's shaky transitional government push the Islamists from power in Mogadishu and the south, but failed to establish security or improve living standards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the second paragraph should have stated, clearly:

"The US-backed Ethiopian troops have helped Somalia's shaky transitional government push the Islamists from power in Mogadishu and the south, but failed to establish security or improve living standards."

This proxy war has nothing to do with the welfare of the lives of the Somalian people, and everything to do with its vast resources, which the West is hoping to exploit by controlling its government.

Aug 19 09:38

Fire breaks out in Egypt's parliament

Fire has erupted in Egypt's parliament but there is no word on casualties or the cause.

Aug 06 09:13

Beijing sends Mugabe packing

ZIMBABWE'S President, Robert Mugabe, has been forced to return home following intense political pressure from the Chinese Communist Party not to attend Friday night's opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Jul 25 08:58

Playstation 2 component incites African war

At the center of the conflict is the unrefined metallic ore, coltan. After processing, coltan turns into a powder called tantalum, which is used extensively in a wealth of western electronic devices including cell phones, computers and, of course, game consoles.

Allegedly, the demand for coltan prompted Rwandan military groups and western mining companies to plunder hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the rare metal, often by forcing prisoners-of-war and even children to work in the country's coltan mines.

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