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Oct 16 10:51

An Egyptian Intervention in Libya

Two Egyptian officials claimed the country’s warplanes had begun bombing positions in Benghazi, the second-largest city in neighboring Libya, on Wednesday, in an attempt to wrest control of the city from the Ansar-al-Sharia Islamist militia. The mission, which will be led by Libyan pilots, marks the highest-profile collaboration between the two North African countries, both of which are beset by instability, since they experienced simultaneous Arab Spring revolutions in 2011. The Egyptian government has officially denied the news.

According to the Associated Press, the mission is slated to last three to six months and will “eventually involve Libyan ground troops recently trained by Egyptian forces.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The instability in Libya is directly tied to the US/NATO-led overthrow of Gaddafi, and the return to a private central bank.

The Libyan people are tired of foreign interventionism to control who gets its oil, and in what denomination that oil is sold.

Oct 16 09:01

Obama May Send National Guard to Liberia to Fight Ebola: Sources

President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order Thursday paving the way for the deployment of National Guard forces to Liberia to help contain the Ebola outbreak there, sources told NBC News.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is not a rescue, that is an invasion!

And keep in mind that it was deploying US troops that carried the 1918 pandemic from Camp Funston to every corner of the globe!

Oct 16 06:18

US Embassies in Ebola-Stricken Countries Are Still Processing Visas for Non-US Citizens

Despite the outbreak of Ebola, it is still possible to get a visa from the three West African countries at the heart of the outbreak, and a key congressman is demanding to know why.

Oct 14 08:52

Some Ebola-Stricken African Families Pay Bribes for Fake Death Records

Some of the teams sent to retrieve bodies of suspected Ebola victims here are collecting cash instead, allegedly accepting bribes to issue death certificates to families saying their loved ones died of other causes and leaving the body, locals and health workers say.

It is a troubling development for an outbreak in which dead bodies are a major source of contagion and one that suggests local corruption could help undermine the international effort to contain the virus.

Oct 14 08:50

Soldier gets Ebola but is not among peacekeepers

A Sierra Leone soldier has tested positive for Ebola but he is not a member of a battalion set to deploy to Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping mission, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

The troops' mission will be to protect the Somali government and fight al-Shabab militants. Their deployment was put on hold this summer when an Ebola outbreak in West Africa spiraled out of control. The soldiers were isolated to allay concerns they might bring Ebola into Somalia. Their deployment suspension was lifted in recent days, an AU official in Somalia said.

Oct 11 07:57

Ottawa urging Canadians in three Ebola-ravaged West African countries to leave

Ottawa is urging any Canadians living in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to leave the Ebola-ravaged countries while they still can, warning that the government cannot guarantee it would be able to evacuate expatriates who fall ill in West Africa.

Oct 11 07:56

British doctors and soldiers will not be guaranteed return to UK if they contract Ebola

British doctors, nurses and soldiers sent to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will not automatically be brought back to the UK for treatment if they are infected with the virus.

A total of 750 British troops are being sent to Sierra Leone to tackle the Ebola outbreak, along with hundreds of NHS volunteers who responded to an appeal from the Chief Medical Officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies.

Oct 09 06:03

Pentagon: 100 US Marines heading to Liberia

The Pentagon says 100 U.S. Marines will go to Liberia on Thursday with helicopters and other transportation to help the military get to locations around the country and help with the Ebola fight.

The Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the Marines are part of a special air-ground task force out of Spain.

Oct 09 05:57

While we wait on Ebola

Travel bans and quarantines will never seal a country completely. Even if travel could be reduced by 80 per cent, public health models predict that new transmissions would be delayed only by a few weeks. Worse, it could drive an increase in the number of cases at the source. It would prevent help and assistance from reaching affected countries. The local economy and health systems would further collapse, causing a far wider spread of Ebola.

The international response, disappointingly, has been contemptible and laced with racist undertones. Yet our safety on a global level is best served by stopping the epidemic at its source. A belief that the virus is being spread by locals' ignorance of the disease is unwarranted. Rather, the virus inserts itself in a cruel way into people's lives and families.

Oct 09 05:55

Fear of Ebola could have “catastrophic” economic costs, World Bank predicts

A report issued Wednesday by the World Bank forecasts that the total economic impact of Ebola could exceed $32 billion by the end of 2015 if the virus spreads from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to neighboring countries.

That single dollar amount doesn't fully convey the extraordinary human toll of a virus that kills four in five of its victims and could infect as many 1.4 million people by January. Yet the World Bank's estimate is a reminder that sickness and death are only part of what could be a developing regional crisis.

Oct 09 05:52

Majority of Americans Want Flights Banned From Ebola Countries: Survey

A majority of Americans support banning all flights to the United States from countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak, an exclusive NBC News online survey reveals.

The survey, which was conducted by SurveyMonkey and then weighted for age, race, sex, education and region to match U.S. Census data, found that 58 percent of Americans want a ban on incoming flights from West African countries hardest hit by the virus, such as Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Twenty percent of respondents opposed a travel ban, and the rest said they didn’t know.

Oct 08 11:53

World Bank issues dire warning about Ebola's economic impact

The economic impact of the Ebola epidemic could reach $32.6 billion by the end of next year if the disease ravaging Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone spreads to neighboring countries in West Africa, the World Bank Group said Wednesday.

Oct 08 07:50

The West Is Partly Responsible for the Ebola Crisis In Africa

The U.S. Backed the Dictators Whose Warmongering Destroyed the Healthcare System

Oct 08 07:35

CNN: Inside Liberia's Ebola crisis

No audio because this was recorded at a Starbucks. Of particular interest is the scam nature of this video, which is most clearly shown at the end where a kid, supposedly dying of "Ebola" obviously falls down in the most incredibly fake acting job ever. Though there is no audio, the scam nature of this video is perfectly preserved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CNN has yanked the video from their website.

Oct 07 11:56

Defense Department Admits US Troops In Liberia Will "Come In Contact" With Ebola-Infected Individuals

With boots-on-the-ground heading to Liberia to help 'manage' the anarchic dystopia that a frightened nation has become, General David Rodriguez (Commander, US Africa Command) held a briefing today to explain US troops' role:

QUESTION: Will they be in contact with individuals or just specimens?
RODRIGUEZ: They come in contact with the individuals.

Of course this was followed by a stream of qualifiers that all protection possible will be taken (just like the nurses in Madrid?)

Oct 07 11:04

Countries warn of risk of war as new Nile treaty delays

Countries that share the Nile waters on Monday warned that the region could go to war unless a new treaty on the use of the Nile waters is drawn up.

Nile Basin countries have increased pressure on Egypt to get back to the negotiating table for discussions on how the waters of the world’s longest river can be used.

On Monday, participants gathered at Nairobi’s InterContinental Hotel for the Fourth Nile Basin Development Forum warned the region might face conflicts over water in future if a new agreement is not reached.

“We are hoping that cooperation around the Nile is going to increase security and stability. The key words are equitable and responsible use of the Nile resources.

“That is the only way we can do this peacefully. Otherwise if we don’t do it, we are going to be at war because of water,” Prof Judi Wakhungu, the Environment, Water and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that these negotiations go responsibly and smoothly.

IF not, the world may well have another war zone on its hands, and THAT...could get very messy indeed.

Oct 06 11:41

Obama Threatens More Sanctions Against Zimbabwe Over Russian-Platinum Deal

As Martin Armstrong exclaims, Obama is out of control. According to NewZimbabwe.com, Washington has said it will accelerate sanctions imposed against Harare in 2003, due to the Robert Mugabe-led government's closer ties with Russia over the US$3 billion Darwendale platinum project. Herald columnist Nathaniel Manheru (who is thought to be Mugabe's spokesman), reported, Washington explained its expectations on Zimbabwe, namely that Zimbabwe was expected (read required) to support those sanctions by avoiding any association with companies sanctioned by the Americans and their Western allies, or their subsidiaries or affiliates. Manheru said "it was ridiculous for the US to refuse to lift sanctions against Harare and then demand support for its measures against Moscow... This is where I am tempted to tell the American government to go and hang, hang on a banana tree, bums up."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Well, looks like we just found ISIS is Zimbabwe, if you understand what i mean!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 06 09:37

Generals blast Obama's order of troops to fight Ebola

Two retired U.S. Army generals have blasted President Barack Obama’s decision to send U.S. troops to West Africa to battle the Ebola virus epidemic, saying the military is to fight wars, not disease.

Oct 05 07:14

U.S. Patient Aided Pregnant Liberian, Then Took Ill

In a sign of how furiously the disease can spread, an ambulance had come to their house on Wednesday to pick up Sonny Boy. Another ambulance picked up a woman and her daughter from the same area, and a team of body collectors came to retrieve the body of yet another woman — all four appeared to have been infected in a chain reaction started by Marthalene Williams.

A few minutes after the ambulance left, the parents got a call telling them that Sonny Boy had died on the way to the hospital.

Oct 04 11:09

CDC chief on Ebola: We can’t shut the border

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Friday said restricting travel between the U.S. and West Africa would likely “backfire” and put Americans more at risk of contracting Ebola.

Appearing on MSNBC, Frieden was asked about potentially prohibiting air travel between the U.S. and West Africa, where the Ebola outbreak is most widespread. He said that such a restriction would likely be ineffective and would make it harder for health officials to root out the virus.

“The only way we’re going to get to zero risk is by stopping the outbreak at the source” in West Africa, Frieden said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stopping the outbreak at the source sounds great; but do we leave US citizens hostage to more ebola infections in the meanwhile?!?

Because by not stopping flights out of some of the most hard hit countries in Africa, that is precisely what this government is doing.

I do not know if this is standard US governmental incompetence, or something else.

But I do know one thing: if there is one more ebola infection confirmed in the US, this man needs to be sacked and immediately.

Oct 04 07:35

LDS missionaries evacuated due to Ebola outbreak safely underway to new assignments

All LDS missionaries serving in the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa have safely left Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to an update released Wednesday by the church.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Friday that it was evacuating 274 missionaries serving in those two nations. The missionaries are being transferred to new assignments in other countries.

The update said many of the missionaries will be traveling over the next few days and will call their families when they arrive in their new locations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WITHOUT A 21 DAY QUARANTINE FIRST?!?

Are they out of their minds?!? With 274 Missionaries, there is a good chance one or more might be infected, and remember that the standard Ebola test won't show an infection until the patients have actually been symptomatic for three days or more!

According to this article, two of the missionaries died from the disease!

Now in this case they lucked out because it has been more than 21 days, but someone was taking a heck of a reckless chance!

The list of current LDS Missions includes Canada and the US!

Oct 03 12:58

US sending 1,000 more troops to fight Ebola

The Pentagon is sending as many as 1,000 more troops to Africa to help fight the Ebola virus.

The troops are being sent on top of the 3,000 President Obama has already ordered to help efforts in West Africa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somehow I don;t think those troops are there to deal with a virus, or they would be operating HERE in Dallas, DC, Utah, etc.

Sep 30 15:45

Local Media: Sierra Leone Government Cannot Account for More than 1,000 Ebola Patients

Sierra Leone's largest newspaper, the Awareness Times, is reporting with alarm that at least 1,028 Ebola patients appear to be missing in the country, as official Ministry of Health statistics account for a smaller number of combined victims and survivors of the disease than the total number of registered cases.

Sep 30 09:31

US AFRICOM to establish its own Air Command

Come the start of October US Air Forces Africa will be activated and given the designation of the 17th Air Force.

This announcement was made at Ramstein Air Base in Germany by General William Ward, Commander of US Africa Command (Africom).

Welcoming the US Air Forces Africa to Africom he said it was a major undertaking involving hard work to establish a new air force service component command from the ground up.

The airborne component of Africom, Ward said, will have the same mission. That is to In concert with other US Government agencies and international partners, conduct sustained security engagement through military to military programmes, military sponsored activities and other military operations as directed to promote a stable and more secure African environment in support of US foreign policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is simply about determining who gets Africa's vast natural resources, and assuring that those resources will only be sold in US dollars.

Sep 30 08:29

Ebola-stricken Liberia is descending into economic hell

Liberia, the West African nation hardest it by Ebola, has begun a frightening descent into economic hell.

That’s the import of three recent reports from international organizations that seem to bear out the worst-case scenarios of months ago: that people would abandon the fields and factories, that food and fuel would become scarce and unaffordable, and that the government’s already meager capacity to help, along with the nation’s prospects for a better future, would be severely compromised.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Agenda 21? NSS memorandum 200? Just bad luck?

Aug 09 10:03

National Security Study 200

SUBJECT: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests

The President has directed a study of the impact of world population growth on U.S. security and overseas interests. The study should look forward at least until the year 2000, and use several alternative reasonable projections of population growth.

In terms of each projection, the study should assess:

- the corresponding pace of development, especially in poorer-countries;
- the demand for US exports, especially of food, and the trade-problems the US may face arising from competition for resources; and
- the likelihood that population growth or imbalances will produce disruptive foreign policies and international instability.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As Ebola races across Africa, it appears that the United States Government's attitude towards the crisis is rather lackadaisical at this point. Certainly it is being treated as a lower priority than sheltering the illegal immigrants flooding across the Mexican border (who given enough time, will bring Ebola with them), providing weapons and money to Israel, and trying to provoke a potentially nuclear war with Russia.

The US Government's inaction could be attributed to the fact that the politicians can;t really do anything about it, cannot get votes out of it, and so, like with Fukushima and the Gulf Oil Disaster, their plan is to ignore Ebola and pretend it just is not important.

But there may be another agenda at work; one that dates back to the Nixon Administration. In 1974, Henry Kissenger prepared a study for the President which suggested US Government policy should work for depopulation of the third world, in particular the resource-rich regions, to make those resources available to the US and to prevent the rise of a sufficiently large population able to resist US incursions.

Nixon adopted this policy, but his successor, Gerald Ford, alarmed by scandals involving covert sterilization under the guise of global vaccination programs, ended the policy. Whether it has been revived in secret is not known.

But there is no question that an Ebola epidemic, raging through the very nations the US AFRICOM is seeking ton control, plays right into that agenda of depopulation to reduce nations' ability to resist US control, and that may be the reason the US Government has done little more about the emerging Ebola crisis than flap their gums for the corporate media cameras!

Apr 04 12:25

School Children Forced To Participate In Kony 2012 Activism

A Colorado father reveals an effort to indoctrinate children by forcing them to watch Kony 2012 and write the US Senate in support of the campaign.

Mar 14 05:30

KONY 2012 Psy-Op Collapsing

Invisible Children disables comments on viral propaganda video + meet the real Joseph Kony.

Tony Cartalucci, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

As the US State Department, USAID-centric Invisible Children psy-op KONY 2012 collapses, Invisible Children has disabled comments on their viral YouTube video.

When last checked, negative comments were voted to the top and a cascading effect of skepticism as well as damning facts began drowning out the initial confusion, sympathy, and emotional knee-jerk support the propaganda video purposefully created and preyed upon...

Dec 10 07:09

Halliburton may pay $500 million to keep Cheney out of prison: report

Oilfield services company Halliburton is in negotiations with the Nigerian government to keep its former CEO, Dick Cheney, out of prison, according to a news report.

Sources inside Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told GlobalPost this week that a settlement keeping the charges against Cheney out of court could cost as much as $500 million.

Dec 01 23:16

THE UNITED STATES HAS LONG SUPPORTED BRUTAL REGIMES AROUND THE WORLD: PROF. ROBERT JENSEN

There is nothing unusual about the U.S. government backing nations that engage in crimes and abuses of power; the United States has long supported corrupt and brutal regimes around the world. U.S. policymakers don’t make decisions based on humanitarian grounds. They want to extend and deepen, or at least maintain U.S. power, and those policymakers believe Israel is useful in that regard......Prof. Robert Jensen

Nov 29 06:37

FEDS PLANT INERT BOMB IN PORTLAND BEFORE ARRESTING MUSLIM MAN

Tim King Salem-News.com

The feds sound like they took this guy by the hand and somehow became the "terrorists" he was working with. In fact from the various media accounts, there doesn't seem to be proof that this man ever talked to any actual "terrorists" except the FBI.

Nov 28 21:38

HOW 250,000 US EMBASSY CABLES WERE LEAKED

An innocuous-looking memory stick, no longer than a couple of fingernails, came into the hands of a Guardian reporter earlier this year. The device is so small it will hang easily on a keyring. But its contents will send shockwaves through the world’s chancelleries and deliver what one official described as “an epic blow” to US diplomacy. The 1.6 gigabytes of text files on the memory stick ran to millions of words: the contents of more than 250,000 leaked state department cables, sent from, or to, US embassies around the world.

Nov 15 07:57

ROAD TO HOPE (R2H) CONVOY MEMBERS KIDNAPPED FROM LIBYA TO GREECE

Road to Hope (R2H) convoy members kidnapped from Libya to Greece Greek Commandos board Strofades IV in Greek Waters The Road to Hope humanitarian aid convoy left London on the 10th of October with £500,000 of medical aid for the besieged people of the Gaza Strip. After travelling 4,500 miles through the UK, France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.

Nov 10 10:00

Somalia's al-Shabaab 'youth movement' becoming 'strongest Al Qaeda force we have on the planet

The Obama administration put Somali shipments on the no-fly list Monday, declaring the war-torn country's militants a direct threat to the U.S. homeland.

"The ban on air cargo from Yemen will continue and has been extended to all air cargo from Somalia as well," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano: the fastest way to deflate any possibility of any threat or attack against the US or its assets abroad is to stop mucking about with other peoples' countries1

Nov 06 05:36

WH announces $10 billion in trade deals with India

MUMBAI, India — President Barack Obama is announcing $10 billion in trade deals with India that are expected to help pay for 54,000 U.S. jobs.

He's also unveiling new export rules to make it easier for U.S. companies to do business with the nation of 1.2 billion people.

Nov 03 16:42

YOU GET THE TRUTH ONLY FROM ‘FORMER’ OFFICIALS’ – DR. BOUTHAINA SHABAAN

Part of the tragedies of the peoples of Palestine, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia, and the dangers threatening Iran, Sudan and Yemen, is caused by the cowardice of leaders and their succumbing to the dictates and temptation of Zionist money and the blackmail of Israeli media and not responding to their human conscience and the interests of their nations which they are supposed to represent.

Oct 28 10:54

US ramps up civilian task force in Sudan in preparation for referendum

Southern Sudan produces 480,000 barrels-a-day of oil and if an agreement on sharing the wealth is not amicably resolved with the north the country could return to the civil war that ended in 2005 after 21 years and the loss of almost two million lives.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, warned earlier this month that the world risked "sleepwalking" into a humanitarian disaster as the referendum could lead four million southerners living in the north being forced out.

The Civilian Response Corps has a budget of $100 million and employs a core of 300 people with another 1,000 on standby for operations. It was set up in 2008 with the aim to work alongside the military to stabilise war-torn countries and rebuild nations

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at on 1 October 2010 at:

http://www.homelandsecurity.org/bulletin/101001.htm

"Energy Dept. Joins Civilian Response Corps The Department of Energy has joined the Civilian Response Corps, the U.S. Government’s expeditionary, interagency civilian force dedicated to conflict prevention, response, and peacebuilding. (See the July 18, 2008, newsletter.) The Energy Department joins the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, and State in the corps to respond to complex crises in countries and regions critical to our national security. "

Make no mistake here: US involvement is all about the oil, and how to extract the maximum amount of it, no matter how this referendum comes down.

Oct 22 12:11

Why We're Losing the War of Terror, er, I mean "on Terror"

Everyone knows that only Muslim-lovers and left-wing peaceniks want to stop the wars in Afghanistan and other Muslim countries, that terrorism is caused by Muslim ideology, and that we're fighting them "over there" so we don't have to fight them here.

Right?

In fact, as University of Chicago professor Robert A. Pape - who specializes in international security affairs - points out:
Extensive research into the causes of suicide terrorism proves Islam isn't to blame -- the root of the problem is foreign military occupations.

Wait, what? That can't be right!

But as Pape explains:

Oct 20 14:13

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Oct 14 22:28

Somalia’s New American Prime Minister

From Mogadishu to Buffalo is quite a long trip, but Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, the new Prime Minister of Somalia went from Mogadishu to Buffalo and back again, having held positions in the local government of Buffalo, New York before his latest appointment.

Oct 13 10:25

Uganda, America’s Pit Bull, Wants to Lead a Larger War in Somalia

Museveni is already scheduled to get thousands of reinforcements and money for his troops in Somalia, paid for by the Americans and Europeans. There is plenty of military business for Uganda, which acts as a hit man and enforcer for neocolonialism in Africa.

So what is Uganda's Museveni up to, with his saber-rattling?

Museveni is making big war talk in Somalia to call attention to his ongoing service to U.S. policy in Africa. He is telling the top gangsters in Washington that the hit man still has value; that the hired killer deserves his proper respect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look at a map:

http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/africa/so.htm

Proxy control of Somalia by Ugandan forces would mean control of the Gulf of Aden, and some areas off the Indian Ocean.

Oct 07 08:54

UN Eyes Proposal to Fund Massive Somalia Escalation

According to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the UN Security Council is studying his government’s proposal to provide some 20,000 additional troops for the Somalia occupation. The escalation of the African Union-backed war would be conditional on finding funding from abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Control of Somalia puts certain Western interests (read: the US) in control of sections of the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

This war has absolutely nothing to do with the welfare of the Somalian people and everything to do with control over logistics and resources.

Oct 04 08:01

Obama’s Congo Moment: Genocide, the U.N. Report and Senate Bill 2125

Few Americans realize that the Rwandan and Ugandan armies are armed and trained by the U.S. or that the U.S. military uses both countries as staging grounds, but they may learn about it now.

Few realize either that the sole piece of legislation that President Obama shepherded into law on his own, as a Senator, was S.B. 2125, the Obama Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act of 2006, in which, in Section 101(3), he quoted USAID:

Given its size, population, and resources, the Congo is an important player in Africa and of long-term interest to the United States.”

Oct 02 21:13

False Flag flies over Nigeria

Nigeria would be a success story, if it was not for the CIA and other trouble makers.

Oct 02 08:19

UK VIPs pulled out ahead of deadly Nigeria parade

UK dignitaries pulled out of Friday's parade marking Nigeria's 50th anniversary, which was targeted by explosions that killed 12 people.

The Queen's representative, the Duke of Gloucester, was scheduled to attend but did not. Ex-PM Gordon Brown cancelled his visit to the country altogether.

The pullouts have raised questions about how much the Nigerian authorities knew of impending attacks.

Sep 28 19:59

Peace might upend wealth of Israelis - Jonathan Cook

Hundreds of businesses serving the settlers are booming in the 60 per cent of the West Bank, the so-called Area C, which falls under Israel’s full control. The real estate and construction industries, in particular, benefit from cut-price land – and increased profits – made available by theft from Palestinian owners.

Sep 25 20:21

International Law Expert: Ahmadinejad is Right about 9/11!

An international lawyer says many now question the truth behind the 9/11 attacks, and that American citizens are demanding an international probe into the incident. Source: Press TV “Ahmadinejad is absolutely rational and correct on this, that the American people are now coming to the point of demanding an international inquiry (into the 9/11

Sep 25 19:25

The Terrorism Fraud - Philip Giraldi

The reader must decide if the terrorism “threat” justifies spending a trillion dollars a year while waging an unending war on multiple foreign battlefronts. And then there are all the American soldiers and local inhabitants who have to die in the process of making the homeland “safe” while the homeland itself becomes increasingly a draconian national security state

Sep 24 11:24

Make Bono history

There was a humdinger of a story about Bono in the New York Post earlier this week that the Mail has picked up on this morning. According to the Post, Bono’s anti-poverty ONE foundation received $14,993,873 in donations from philanthropists in 2008, of which just $184,732 was distributed to three charities. (ONE is an “advocacy organisation” whose main purpose is to change policies, not support charities, it says.) So what happened to the rest? More than $8 million was spent on executive and employee salaries.

Sep 21 23:56

Promising Northwest Africa al-Qaeda Franchise Claims French Kidnappings

These guys are opening up shop as quickly and with reckless abandon as if they were the new Starbucks! Remember, this bogeyman of the mid-east, so hated and feared by all, is named after going to the toilet in Arabic - "Ana raicha al Qaeda" is colloquial slang for "I'm going to the toilet".

Sep 21 09:57

Israeli-linked organ dealers busted in South Africa's largest healthcare firm

The police said that wealthy Israelis paid organ dealers between 2001 and 2003, the year when the ring was exposed, the German Press Agency (DPA) reported.

"Israeli citizens in need of kidney transplants would be brought to South Africa for transplants at St. Augustine's Hospital," read the charge sheet.

"They paid kidney suppliers for these operations. [The kidneys] were initially sourced from Israeli citizens, but later Romanian and Brazilian citizens were recruited as their kidneys were obtainable at a much lower cost than those of the Israeli suppliers," it added.

Sep 19 09:30

Israeli-linked organ dealers busted

The South African government said that the head of the Netcare company and a director of the St. Augustine's Hospital in Durban, Richard Friedland, had been aware of illegal kidney trade at the hospital, but "nevertheless permitted these operations" to take place, South African daily The Times reported on Wednesday.

The police said that wealthy Israelis paid organ dealers between 2001 and 2003, the year when the ring was exposed, the German Press Agency (DPA) reported.

Sep 18 21:12

JAMES PETRAS: IMPERIALISM AND IMPERIAL BARBARISM

Excerpts from Petras thesis:

Imperialism, its character, means and ends has changed over time and place.

Under pressure from nationalist and socialist anti-imperialist movements and regimes, colonial structured empires gave way to new nationalist regimes. Some of which restructured their economies, diversifying their productive systems and trading partners.

Sep 13 09:17

India joins 'neocolonial' rush for Africa's land and labour

India, once the colonial jewel of Britain's empire, has been accused of 'neo-colonialism' in Africa where its business people have joined a race with China, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere to buy up agricultural estates and take advantage of cheap labour.

Indian farming companies have bought hundreds of thousands of hectares in Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal and Mozambique, where they are growing rice, sugar cane, maize and lentils for their own domestic market back in India.

Aug 28 16:38

Kulula : An Airline With A Sense Of Humor

An Airline With A Sense Of Humor
Posted on August 28, 2010 by Steve
You have seen these pictures, but be sure to read the announcements.
Must see the Pics!
Kulula is a low-cost South-African airline that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Its head office is situated in Johannesburg. Kulula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight “safety lecture” and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:

Aug 28 10:36

At Least 115 Killed in Several Days of Mogadishu Fighting

Local media outlets are reporting that the Ethiopian military has returned to Somalia and fought alongside troops loyal to the self-proclaimed Somali “government” against al-Shabaab militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at:

http://www.indexmundi.com/somalia/natural_resources.html

Somalia Natural resources:

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

It is because of this that the US is fighting a proxy war for control of these resources, combined with Somalia's geographical significance, bordering both the Gulf of Aden and the Indian ocean

Aug 21 10:24

U.S. Military Intervention in Africa: The New Blueprint for Global Domination

The U.S. has a long history of foreign intervention and long ago perfected the art of gaining access to other countries’ natural, human, and capital resource markets through the use of foreign trade policy initiatives, international law, diplomacy, and, when all else fails, military intervention. Typically and historically, diplomatic efforts have largely been sufficient for the U.S. to establish itself as a player in other nations’ politics and economies. While U.S. intervention in Africa is nothing new, the way the U.S. is going about the intervention features a new method that is being implemented across the globe.

Aug 21 09:44

Violence erupts as Zuma orders police to crush national strike

South Africa's schools and hospitals were transformed into battlegrounds yesterday as a nationwide strike escalated into a sometimes violent test of strength between the government and unions.

Public-sector unions have launched an indefinite strike demanding an 8.6 per cent pay rise, which the government has insisted the debt-stricken country cannot afford. The struggle could be critical to the future of President Jacob Zuma as well as damaging for sub-Saharan Africa's largest economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the ending of the apartheid era here, the promises the ANC has made to the people of South Africa have never, ever come close to reality for people here, and they are understandably angry.

The corruption, and the yawning gap between the haves and have nots here is getting worse by the day, and may very well end in a complete revolt against the government.

If Zuma feels that the only thing left for him to do now is stamp down on his people with further oppression, and is successful in this effort, we may well see the situation here devolve to the kind of governmental disfunction you see with Zimbabwe.

Aug 13 22:39

Dr. Bouthaina Shabaan: Supporting the Wrong Side

The American people does not deserve that their government supports the wrong side, once more, while they pay the price with their blood, credibility and reputation. It should support those fighting for freedom and peace not those who promote racism, occupation and terrorism.

Aug 11 16:34

Children are just Israel’s latest victims

Mya Guarnieri
Israel’s plan to deport the children of foreign workers is yet another reminder of the state’s ongoing inhumanity

Aug 11 16:31

Gaza, Soweto and African American Thought: A Message of Enlightenment

Bishop Donald R. Corder
Camel jockeys, sand niggers and rag heads is employed in the dehumanization of an honorable Arab people not unlike newsreels propagating the barbarous depiction of the Japanese and their subsequent internment in US concentration camps during WW II prior to America’s dropping the bomb.

Aug 11 04:14

Intifada Palestine Wish you a Blessed Ramadan

Both God’s blessing and his generosity are best exemplified this month, as giving alms to the poor, suppressing greed and lust, along with feeling for suffering of the other all dominate interaction between people, bringing out the finest in both men and women.
The Intifada Palestine Team

Aug 10 08:13

The 'Blood Diamond' Hoax, Liberia as a Parlor Game and You

In this faux-morality play, everyone has an assigned role:

•Cover-seeking panjandrums of the diamond industry—egged on by the canny PR spinners at DeBeers. The latter's main interest is in eliminating independent diamond production.

Aug 09 13:00

Intentional land management, Mapping Africa’s Bush Fires

Mapping Africa’s Bush Fires
Posted on Sep 12 2009 by Bill Zimmerman
From NASA’s Earth Observatory website:
Season after season, year after year, people set fire to African landscapes to create and maintain farmland and grazing areas. People use fire to keep less desirable plants from invading crop or rangeland, to drive grazing animals away from areas more desirable for farming, to remove crop stubble and return nutrients to the soil, and to convert natural ecosystems to agricultural land. The burning area shifts from north to south over the course of the year, in step with the coming and going of Africa’s rainy and dry seasons.

Aug 09 08:13

South Africa Shocking Mega strike: Nearly 1 million government workers set to take action

The waste of tax money in this country knows no bounds. The entire tax base of this country of perhaps 50+ million people is probably no more than about 4.5 million workers. The parasites and money-wasters want more money from those of us who have to carve it out of business opportunities which are becoming ever harder to come by. Jan]

More than 900,000 South African government workers will go on strike starting on Aug. 10 to demand an 8.6 percent wage increase.

Aug 08 13:16

Obama Pushed/Bankrolled/Implements Sharia Law in Kenya

Saturday, August 07, 2010
Obama Pushed/Bankrolled/Implements Sharia Law in New Constitution in Kenya, Non-Muslim Country
In the book I have a chapter on Obama and Odinga. In an August 2006 campaign stop, Illinois Senator Barack Obama thundered against corruption: “My own city of Chicago, Ill., has been the home of some of the most corrupt local politics in American history over the years, from patronage machines to questionable elections.”
But he wasn’t speaking in Chicago. Barack Obama was in Kenya. “Here in Kenya, there is a crisis,” Obama said, “a crisis that’s robbing an honest people of the opportunities they fought for.” .... Alfred Mutua, a spokesman for the Kibaki government, accused Odinga of “using Senator Obama as his stooge, as his puppet.”

Jul 31 09:56

US, NATO Allies Prepare New Invasion Of Somalia

One of the main missions of AFRICOM is create, train and deploy regional military forces to further U.S. and general Western objectives in Africa, the world's second most populous continent. Somalia is the first test case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How many countries does the US (either directly or by proxy) have to invade before it is a world war?!?

Jul 25 09:20

Retired US colonel charged with smuggling weapons to Somalia

A retired US Air Force colonel, who was charged with weapons smuggling during the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980s, has been indicted again, this time for trying to smuggle automatic weapons into Somalia. US federal authorities accuse Joseph O’Toole, now 79, of conspiring with Israeli citizen Chanoch Miller, formerly an aeronautics engineer with Israeli defense firm Radom Aviation, to transport nearly 2,000 AK-47s from Bosnia to Banderal, Somalia.

Jul 25 09:08

Israeli, American indicted for gun running to Somalia

Chanoch Miller, an Israeli aeronautical engineer who previously served as an executive with Israel’s Radom Aviation, was indicted on June 17, 2010 on seven counts of conspiring to export defense equipment to an embargoed nation, Somalia, money laundering, providing false end user certificates, and related charges.

Jul 24 14:18

How to create your very own terrorist state

Tim Coles takes us through 11 steps necessary to create a “terrorist state”. Using Yemen as a case study, he argues that these steps precisely match US and British policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran as well as Yemen to grow “very poisonous seeds”, some which have ripened while others are ripening.

Jul 22 10:22

Internal AU Reports Acknowledge Indiscriminate Targeting of Somali Civilians

The large numbers of civilians being killed by African Union troops in their attempted occupation of Somalia are damaging their image, internal African Union reports are cautioning.

Jul 22 07:05

King Tut’s DNA is Western European

Despite the refusal of the Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, to release any DNA results which might indicate the racial ancestry of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, the leaked results reveal that King Tut’s DNA is a 99.6 percent match with Western European Y chromosomes.

Jul 21 14:26

Cartoon of the Week: Obama and Helen Thomas (MUST SEE)

This is a must see humoreous Cartoon of President Obama and Helen Thomas

Jul 16 07:16

CAN A RABBI LIE ABOUT APARTHEID?

Today, the “democratic” Israeli Knesset passes inherently racist laws allowing the deportation of non-Jewish citizens, the confiscation of non-Jewish property, and the systematic persecution of non-Jews. In other words, the outer form is democracy but the substance is fascism in its ugliest form.

Jul 15 07:18

Obama Says U.S. Will ‘Redouble’ Efforts Against Somali Islamist Group

U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington will "redouble" its efforts against the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab (The Youth), whose deadly bombings in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday are likely to result in stepped-up U.S. military and other assistance to the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Mogadishu.

In an interview with the South African Broadcasting Corporation Tuesday, Obama suggested that the group represents a growing threat to the region.

"[W]hat we know is that if al-Shabaab takes more and more control within Somalia, that it is going to be exporting violence the way it just did in Uganda," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please tell me that the US isn't invading Somalia!

The US can't even handle the wars it's fighting now.

And why Somalia?!?

as reported at:

http://www.indexmundi.com/somalia/natural_resources.html

Somalia Natural resources

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

It is not the betterment of the lives of the Somali people in which the US is interested; it is about control and exploitation of its natural resources.

Jul 15 06:59

Sudan oil row threatens peace ahead of referendum

International coalition warns two-decade civil war could restart as referendum on south's independence nears

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This sudden surge in violence in Sudan (like the World Cup bombing in Uganda) appears to be preparing the way for the US' AFRICOM to justify invasion and occupation of the vast mineral wealth of Africa.

Jul 15 06:55

Mugabe threatens to flood the world with diamonds in unauthorised bid to bring Zimbabwe back from the brink

Robert Mugabe has threatened to flood the world's diamond markets - despite being slapped down by the world's diamond control body.

The Zimbabwean president said his nation's massive reserves of diamonds have 'huge potential' to revive the shattered economy.

He said Zimbabwe can account for one-fourth of the world's diamond supply.

The Kimberley Process diamond certification scheme has not authorised international sales amid allegations of killings, human rights violations and corruption in the massive diamond fields discovered in eastern Zimbabwe in 2006.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have two concerns with this story.

First, how does a private industry group gain the authority to tell sovereign nations what they can sell or not sell?

Second, it appears to me that this idea of shouting "blood diamond" is merely a device to preserve the Kimberly monopoly on diamond sales around the world by tainting other sources of diamonds. Were the Kimberley Process really concerned with human rights, then Israel's Operation CAST LEAD should have resulted in a ban on Israeli diamond sales.

Jul 14 06:21

Obama warns Africans about Al-Qaeda

US President Barack Obama warned Africans that groups like Al-Qaeda saw their "innocent" lives as cheap, in a personal challenge to extremists on the continent after the Uganda bombings.

"What you've seen in some of the statements that have been made by these terrorist organizations is that they do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself," Obama told the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President Obama: the people in the Gulf of Mexico, whose lives have been completely destroyed by the BP Gulf oil catastrophe, are waiting for you to to act in such a way that their lives, and the horror they are living through, are not treated as either "innocent" or "cheap", but almost 90 days on, that hasn't happened.

Jul 13 10:11

CNN Host Calls Deadly Terror Bombings “Helpful” To NWO Agenda

CNN host Rick Sanchez let slip a telling admission in response to the deadly bombings in Uganda during his show yesterday, the fact that such attacks are “helpful” for the military-industrial complex agenda to take over and occupy third world countries under AFRICOM, the United States African Command.

Jul 11 20:03

At least 9 killed in two Uganda bombings

At least six Americans are among those injured in Sunday's bombings in Kampala, Uganda, CNN has confirmed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

False Flag?

Uganda has been a hotbed of Mossad activity in Africa going back to when Idi Amin allowed Israeli intelligence to stage a fake hijacking at the Entebbe airport to blame on the Palestinians.

Jul 07 09:10

Welcome to smart bombs

Cluster bombs are in the news again, thanks to a recent report from Amnesty International. The human rights agency has confirmed that 35 women and children were killed following the latest US attacks on an alleged al-Qaeda hideout in Yemen.

Jul 01 09:43

The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa

Jul 01 08:50

The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa (Book Review)

The Unspoken Alliance is an important work that uses declassified government documents to confirm what many had always suspected. There is little in this book which comes as a shock to those who had long presumed deep ties between Israel and South Africa, but the level of detail, precision and documentation is first-class and unique.

Jun 30 23:55

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban: The rule of the Zionist McCarthyism Dominating the Corridors of Power in Washington

The Zionist McCarthyism dominating the corridors of power in Washington, with the inquisitions held by the Zionist lobby with its legendary financial capacities capable of buying consciences and blackmailing politicians and journalists

Jun 30 09:34

Israeli indicted in U.S. for smuggling arms to Somalia

Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry sources adamantly denied yesterday that they were in any way involved in arms shipments to Somalia.

Spokesmen for both ministries were responding to news of the arrest in the U.S. of Hanoch Miller, an Israeli arms merchant, for allegedly illegal arms sales to Somalia, forging documents, money laundering and violating the UN arms embargo on Somalia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So, what's the big deal? You let us sell nuclear weapons to South Africa!"

Jun 29 20:45

Israeli Nuclear Espionage: The Art of Keeping America at Risk for Fun and Profit

Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons.

More than that, it makes any aid America gives Israel illegal. If Israel is nuclear, which is now official, and in violation of international treaties, just as with Iraq and Iran, then America has to demand inspections and disarmament. There is no choice. This is the law. Law for Iran, law for Iraq is also law for Israel. Israel has expected this day for years.

Jun 28 21:35

Bishop Donald Corder: The Sun Tzu of a Turkish Samurai

Such as is eminently personified in 1980 when General Sharon signed an oath with his blood along with very many senior IDF officers who aligned themselves with the same blood oath throughout the years since, “In the event of a government of Israel seeking to withdraw from Judea and Samaria for peace with the Palestinians, the oath commits those who signed it to make common cause with the settlers and fight that government to the death.

Jun 27 08:18

The World At War: AFRICOM vs. Ghana in the Round of 16

I want ordinary, "decent", "intelligent" Americans to see the unprovoked murder of even one innocent person as an intolerable outrage; then I want them to understand that their country has murdered millions upon millions of innocent people, not just at one time and in one place but repeatedly, all over the world, for decades. And I want them to realize that their chant of "USA!! USA!!" is -- for the rest of the world -- the most obscene of non-violent gestures.

Jun 26 06:39

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order

The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom, Part 1
by Andrew Gavin Marshall at Globalresearch.ca.

There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world; it is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening.’ The term was coined by Zbigniew Brzezinski, and refers to the fact that, as Brzezinski wrote:

For the first time in history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. Global activism is generating a surge in the quest for cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world scarred by memories of colonial or imperial domination.[1]

Jun 25 19:18

Condoms With Teeth Fight Rape In South Africa

Over 30,000 Rape-Axe condoms are being handed out free at South Africa's World Cup. While they won't stop rape, the condoms (worn by women) have jagged-teeth inside to tear penises up, and can only be removed by doctors.

Jun 22 08:29

Millions face starvation in west Africa, warn aid agencies

Starving people in drought-stricken west Africa are being forced to eat leaves and collect grain from ant hills, say aid agencies, warning that 10 million people face starvation across the region.

With food prices soaring and malnourished livestock dying, villagers were turning to any sources of food to stay alive, said Charles Bambara, Oxfam officer for the west African region.

"People are eating wild fruit and leaves, and building ant hills just to capture the tiny amount of grain that the ants collect inside.

"The situation here in Chad is desperate. There is not enough food in the country, over 2 million people here are not getting enough," said Bambara.

Jun 14 06:29

US taxpayers may be paying for child soldiers as young as nine

According to a report Monday, American taxpayers may be paying for child soldiers in Somalia, with some children as young as nine. Somalia, which the US AID agency considers a "failed state," employs juvenile soldiers in its Transitional Federal Government, according to the United Nations and human rights groups.

The US government is the largest donor to the Somali government.

Jun 12 06:26

FLASHBACK - South Africa cannot protect its nuclear stockpile

There are growing fears among the nuclear powers that South Africa would not be able to safeguard its stored nuclear material. On November 7 2007, Africa's only enriched-uranium storage facility, Pelindaba in Pretoria, was invaded by two armed gangs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, this is a serious matter when a nation cannot guard its nuclear materials against theft. In defense of Africa, it should be remembered that Israel was stealing fissionables from the United States to build their first generation weapons. However I note that while this failed theft of nuclear materials in South Africa got a lot of press coverage here in the United States. I wonder if the US media will give the same coverage to the recent story where Israel not only has nuclear weapons but was trying to sell them, and we still do not know everyone Israel sold weapons to!

Jun 11 10:58

THE WORLD CUP AND APARTHEID

As the Anti-Privatization Forum of South Africa has written, “Our government has managed, in a fairly short period of time, to deliver ‘world class’ facilities and infrastructure that the majority of South Africans will never benefit from or be able to enjoy. The APF feels that those who have been so denied, need to show all South Africans as well as the rest of the world who will be tuning into the World Cup, that all is not well in this country, that a month long sporting event cannot and will not be the panacea for our problems. This World Cup is not for the poor – it is the soccer elites of FIFA, the elites of domestic and international corporate capital and the political elites who are making billions and who will be benefiting at the expense of the poor.”

Jun 07 12:06

NIGERIA: Oil Spills Rival Gulf - And The Media Is Silent

repost.

Jun 06 06:42

Tens of Thousands Moroccans Protest Israel’s Deadly Raid

Tens of thousands of Moroccans, including ministers, demonstrated in the capital Rabat Sunday in support of Palestinians and against Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last week. Demonstrators trampled on an Israeli flag and brandished banners condemning last Monday's raid in which nine Turkish activists were killed, and also accused Arab nations of "complicity and silence".

Jun 05 04:52

GORDON DUFF: WHAT ISRAEL’S EXECUTION OF AN AMERICAN TEEN MEANS

WE CAN KILL ANYONE, ANYWHERE

NO REASON NEEDED, WE ARE TERRORISTS

LINK TO USS LIBERTY RADIO WITH GUESTS JEFF GATES AND GORDON DUFF
Report: Autopsy shows Gaza activists were shot 30 times
Nine Turkish activists killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship, including one with U.S. citizenship, were shot a total of 30 times and five died of gunshot wounds to the head, Britain’s Guardian newspaper says.

ISRAELI “COMMANDOS” EXECUTED PEACE ACTIVISTS, MOSTLY WITH SHOTS TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD AT POINT BLANK RANGE, WHILE PRISONERS WERE KNEELING, ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM AN ISRAELI PAPER, BASED ON AUTOPOSY RESULTS

Jun 04 18:44

US Navy destroyer USS San Jacinto stops pirate attack on Maltese flagged ship

Thursday, 3rd June 2010 - 10:26CET
US warship disrupts pirate attack on Maltese flagged ship
The American Navy destroyer USS San Jacinto (CG 56) on Monday disrupted an attack by nine Somali pirates on a Maltese-flagged vessel, the Navy said.
"The American Navy vessel arrived quickly and followed the pirate skiff in a helicopter. Navy sailors boarded the skiff and arrested the pirates, who threw their weapons into the sea.
The USS San Jacinto has detained 22 pirates so far in the last seven days. The pirates were turned over to Yemeni Naval Forces."

Jun 04 03:21

Review of Zionism, Militarism And The Decline Of US Power by James Petras

December 2009 issue of Culture Wars magazine – Ken Freeland

The hegemonic influence of Zionist-Israeli forces over America’s foreign policy, particularly Middle East policy, is a phenomenon without historical precedent. While right-wing radicals, with their focus on patriotism and constitutional values, set off early alarms about this perceived foreign domination,the Left pretty much slept through its insidious ascent to power. [...]
Continue Reading

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/review-of-zionism-militarism-and-the-...

Jun 01 11:44

US oil spill a disaster — but more oil is spilt in Nigeria every year

One small positive that may come out of the Deepwater Horizon spill is the slender beam of reflected light cast on the fascinating, tragic story of oil drilling in the Niger Delta.

On Sunday The Observer rather stunningly announced that "more oil is spilled from the Delta's network of terminals, pipes, pumping stations and oil platforms every year than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico". Given the scale and longevity of the disaster in Nigeria the disparity in publicity is troubling.

May 31 22:04

JAMES PETRAS : Israeli’s Nuclear Policy: From South Africa to Iran

On May 24, 2010, the Guardian (U.K.) published a highly confidential document released by the South African government. The 1975 document reveals a secret military agreement signed by Shimon Peres, Israel’s Foreign Minister at the time (and today Israel’s President) and South Africa’s Defense Minister P. W. Botha. Israel offered to sell the apartheid regime, weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical and conventional weaponry to destroy and defeat the million person African resistance movement.

May 31 21:25

NATO's counter-piracy operational fleet, Horn of Africa

May 28, 2010
Somalia:NATO Commanders Meet Puntland Officials Off Bossaso
Officials from Somalia's Puntland state got opportunity to interact and discuss with the Commander of the NATO Task Force, Commodore Steve Chick and his team who are patrolling the waters off Somalia as part of NATO's counter-piracy operation, code-named Ocean Shield.
"NATO, which has fleets in Somalia's coastlines has established a working relationship with Puntland in an attempt to uproot piracy off the Horn of Africa.
Somali pirates have carried out more than 300 attempted attacks on foreign vessel since the beginning of 2009, a record high compared to 2008."

May 29 17:42

Israel’s Most Illicit Affair

BY GLENN FRANKEL
New book reveals that Israel’s secret relationship with apartheid South Africa went far deeper than previously understood.

History is a great teacher, but sometimes it packs a nasty sense of irony. A case in point: South African Prime Minister John Vorster’s visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem in April 1976, where he laid a wreath to the victims of the German Reich he once extolled.

May 28 12:18

al-CIAda in the Islamic Maghreb: US WarWhores train Mali army to fight Al Qaeda

KATI, Mali — Meet Cmdr. Alou Ongoiba’s special forces company of 40 men in mismatched uniforms and doo-rags sheared from actual rags — soldiers charged with scattering terrorists from the bleak Malian badlands that begin about 600 miles northeast of this practice battlefield.

On a Monday, in 105 degrees Fahrenheit, Ongoiba’s troops and their American trainers were supposed to be shinnying down from helicopters and ambushing a make-believe Al Qaeda bivouac.

May 26 13:03

Government by dicts: my comprehensive resources to prove US fascism, rigged-casino economics

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Fellow Americans: literally for the love of God, it’s time.

It’s time to recognize the overwhelming evidence of unlawful and lie-based US Wars of Aggression, rigged-casino economics, and a complicit corporate media that echoes propaganda for our lying sacks of spin “leaders” who operate above and in contempt of US law.

It’s time to recognize “leadership” of both parties are the Left and Right arms of one oligarchic political body. The proper academic label for this government, not even close to a constitutional repubulic, is fascism.

The US government is run by dicts, as in dictatorship; doing whatever they dictate and unlimited by rule of law.

May 25 20:09

GORDON DUFF: THE ARMS CIRCUS, ISRAEL KEEPING THE WORLD IN TURMOIL

THE ART OF KEEPING AMERICA AT RISK FOR FUN AND PROFIT

This week, newspapers around the world received reports and signed documents from South Africa. The reports said that, in 1975, Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons. South Africa then released an arms agreement signed by current Israeli President Shimon Peres. This is the document “heard round the world.”

May 16 09:40

Military to Deploy Social Scientists to Africa, Searching for Signs of War

In Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. military has embraced social science as a tool of counterinsurgency, embedding anthropologists and sociologists within brigades as part of an effort to understand local cultural and tribal dynamics. It’s a controversial approach, but in theory, it’s supposed to make military operations less lethal by helping commanders identify who their friends are.

In Africa, the military wants to try the same experiment, with a twist: The idea is to help top military planners better understand Africa and its peoples, and perhaps provide some “early warning” to prevent conflicts before they start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is about finding ways to exploit Africa's untapped wealth by creating the minimum amount of antagonism from the people of this continent who rarely see their fare share of that wealth come back to them in goods and services.

And remember: the US's "AFRICOM" is so widely despised in Africa that they couldn't even bribe an African country's leadership to host their headquarters in Africa, so they are operating out of Stuttgart, Germany!

May 02 10:27

Media Coverup on the Corporate Pillage and Destruction of sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda is not unique-- despite the attempts to wrap it in its very own "war crimes tribunal" (ICTR). In fact the proper comparison for Rwanda is Indonesia (1965) where a million odd were murdered at the insistence of US and UK corporate interests represented by their governments overtly and covertly. The US and its international harem of corporate-driven states used the same tactics in Rwanda that they did when they gave Suharto the green light to annihilate anyone who might be capable of continuing support for the post-colonial nationalism of Sukarno.

May 01 10:09

Thirty dead in Somalia mosque bombings

At least 30 people have been killed after two bombs exploded at a mosque in the Somalian capital Mogadishu on Saturday.

A high-ranking member of Somalia's most powerful militia, who was inside the mosque during the blast, is believed to be the target of the attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This proxy war, where the "transitional government" is supported by the US and the UN, is all about who will ultimately get access to Somalia's oil.

Apr 30 00:11

U.S.-Trained Somali Troops Defect to Insurgency

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Hundreds of Somali troops trained with millions of U.S. tax dollars have deserted because they are not being paid their $100 monthly wage, and some have even joined the al-Qaida-linked militants they are supposed to be fighting, The Associated Press has learned.

The desertions raise fears that a new U.S.-backed effort beginning next month to build up Somalia’s army may only increase the ranks of the insurgency.

Apr 27 01:52

Japanese Military Joins U.S. And NATO In Horn Of Africa

Japanese navy commander Keizo Kitagawa recently spoke with Agence France-Presse and disclosed that his nation was opening its first overseas military base – at any rate since the Second World War – in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

Apr 23 14:47

They're laughing at Obama overseas

Until he reached the White House, Barack Obama repeatedly insisted that the United States apply more pressure on Sudan so as to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur and elsewhere.

Yet, as president, Mr. Obama and his aides have caved, leaving Sudan gloating at American weakness. Western monitors, Sudanese journalists and local civil society groups have all found this month's Sudanese elections to be deeply flawed - yet Mr. Obama's special envoy for Sudan, Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, pre-emptively defended the elections, saying they would be "as free and as fair as possible." The White House showed only a hint more backbone with a hurried reference this week to "an essential step" with "serious irregularities."

Apr 13 07:43

At Least 21 Civilians Killed in Mogadishu Violence

Violence in the Somali capital of Mogadishu today killed at least 21 civilians and two government soldiers, and left scores injured. The bulk of the civilian toll came, as it so often does in Mogadishu, with AU shelling against a densely populated residential area.

Apr 11 11:00

AFRICOM Backs Bloodshed in Central Africa

The eastern Congo remains awash in bloodshed due to western mining companies and their proxy armies, the military regimes of Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), and Joseph Kabila (DRC), all hidden behind reams of western newsprint blaming Congolese victims for their own suffering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When it comes to potential resources to be exploited by the West, Africa has absolutely become the new Middle East, with various foreign governments scrambling for position in terms of taking the spoils

Apr 11 09:44

Abuse charge against Catholic priest roils Kenya

After three young men and a boy told police last June an Italian priest had been sexually molesting them for years at a shelter for poor children, the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in Kenya announced the church would investigate thoroughly.

Ten months later, nothing has been investigated by the church, its lawyer says, and the Vatican has not been notified.

Apr 10 09:27

U.S. Pushes for Somalia Offensive, But Settles for Starving Somali Civilians

Unable to make headway against the Shabab Islamic militants that control 95 percent of south and central Somalia, the Americans step up their war against the civilian population, withholding food from the millions that depend on foreign aid to keep from starving.

Apr 09 08:03

The US was behind the Rwandan Genocide: Installing a US Protectorate in Central Africa

From the outset of the Rwandan civil war in 1990, Washington's hidden agenda consisted in establishing an American sphere of influence in a region historically dominated by France and Belgium. America's design was to displace France by supporting the Rwandan Patriotic Front and by arming and equipping its military arm, the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA)

Apr 05 08:54

Monsanto GM-corn harvest fails massively in South Africa

South African farmers suffered millions of dollars in lost income when 82,000 hectares of genetically-manipulated corn (maize) failed to produce hardly any seeds.The plants look lush and healthy from the outside. Monsanto has offered compensation.

However environmental activitist Marian Mayet, director of the Africa-centre for biosecurity in Johannesburg, demands an urgent government investigation and an immediate ban on all GM-foods, blaming the crop failure on Monsanto's genetically-manipulated technology.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These crop failures are the last thing this beleaguered country needs right now.

Apr 05 07:33

Fighting in Mogadishu Kills 20, Injures Over 30

Apr 03 09:09

Obama Expands Military Involvement in Africa

This growing U.S. military involvement in Africa reflects the fact that counterinsurgency has once again become one of the main elements of U.S. security strategy.

Or, as a senior U.S. military officer assigned to Africom was quoted as saying in a recent article in the U.S. Air University’s Strategic Studies Quarterly, "We don’t want to see our guys going in and getting wacked. … We want Africans to go in."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Africa needs to confront insurgency is the reduction of poverty and corruption in those countries to whose leadership we are now supplying guns and training.

Progress in infrastructure, the introduction of microcredit, education and healthcare, can all contribute to improving the lives of the people in these countries.

Of course, that would be a logical, long-term solution for stability.

Apr 02 19:42

S.Af. Christians show Easter solidarity with Palestinians as Gaza is attacked

South African Christians show Easter solidarity with Palestinians as Gaza is attacked
2 Apr 2010
In an Easter message, more than 60 South African church leaders and Christian, Jewish and Muslim lay theologians have conveyed their solidarity with Palestinian Christians in their Kairos call to action for a just peace.
The message comes as Israeli forces are launching a further massive assault on Gaza, further to a series of recent low-key military exchanges, including rocket attacks from Hamas.

Mar 31 07:36

Somalia: Al-Shabaab Prepares Fighters for War in Central Region

Somali militant factions are preparing for heavy confrontation over control of towns in central Somalia where the groups have strong presence.

The two, Islamist militant group of Al-Shabaab and local clan based Ahlul-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa for the last few weeks have been building up armies in central Somali region of Galgadud, causing panic among residents in the region.

Mar 26 01:50

Have a Nice World War, Folks

This is Americanism, the only predatory ideology to deny that it is an ideology. The rise of tentacular corporations that are dictatorships in their own right and of a military that is now a state with the state, set behind the façade of the best democracy 35,000 Washington lobbyists can buy, and a popular culture programmed to divert and stultify, is without precedent. More nuanced perhaps, but the results are both unambiguous and familiar. Denis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck, the senior United Nations officials in Iraq during the American and British-led blockade, are in no doubt they witnessed genocide. They saw no gas chambers. Insidious, undeclared, even presented wittily as enlightenment on the march, the Third World War and its genocide proceeded, human being by human being.

Mar 24 10:20

More 1,000 to Be Deployed in Somalia

At least 1,000 UPDF soldiers will leave next month for Somalia to replace one battalion which is coming home after one year of keeping peace in the war-torn Somali.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How in the name of all that's reasonable can any one characterize what these soldiers are doing as "keeping the peace in Somalia"?!?

These forces are simply propping up a US-sponsored government which is too weak to really take care of its people in any meaningful way.

As with most of the rest of Africa, it's all about the resources here, and who gets access to them.

Mar 21 10:12

The US-NATO Conquest of Africa

NATO has now joined AFRICOM’s first war, in Somalia.

The bloc’s Allied Command Operations website announced on March 18 that from March 5-16 the North Atlantic military alliance had airlifted 1,700 Ugandan troops from their homeland to the Somali capital of Mogadishu for the intensified fighting that began there earlier this month.

The Pentagon supplied the transport planes “under the NATO banner” and the operation was “undertaken by USA contracted DynCorp International.

As with the government of Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan, the Western-backed Transitional Federal Government doesn’t even control its own capital. Since last week fighting there has led to hundreds of people being killed and wounded and thousands displaced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has nothing to do with freedom, democracy, human rights, or desperately needed aid for the Somalian people; this has everything to do with Somalia's as-of-yet unexploited resources, and which countries have access to those resources.

Mar 19 07:49

Billionaires and Mega-Corporations Behind Immense Land Grab in Africa

The experience of Nyikaw Ochalla, an indigenous Anuak from the Gambella region of Ethiopia now living in Britain but who is in regular contact with farmers in his region, is typical. He said: "All of the land in the Gambella region is utilised. Each community has and looks after its own territory and the rivers and farmlands within it. It is a myth propagated by the government and investors to say that there is waste land or land that is not utilised in Gambella.

"The foreign companies are arriving in large numbers, depriving people of land they have used for centuries. There is no consultation with the indigenous population. The deals are done secretly. The only thing the local people see is people coming with lots of tractors to invade their lands."

Mar 17 16:16

U.S. Directs Large-Scale Offensive In Somalia

In addition to using such a multinational regional force in Somalia, the U.S. can also deploy it against Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in Uganda, Congo and Sudan, and could even employ it against Eritrea, Zimbabwe and Sudan, the only nations on the African continent not to some degree enmeshed in military partnerships with Washington and NATO. (Libya has participated in NATO naval exercises and South Africa has hosted the bloc’s warships.) [11]

Mar 09 10:23

1985 Live-Aid concert for famine relief may have been a scam

Now, 25 years later, the BBC says that after a year of investigation, it turns out that most of the money went for weapons, not for food.

That's because there was a war going on between Ethiopia's Russian-backed government and an American-backed rebel group, the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF). And the famine was taking place in an area controlled by the TPLF.

And so, Geldof and all those nice folks collected millions of dollars, and turned it over to the TPLF, after getting them to promise that they'll spend it on food for the starving masses. Instead, they spent 5% of the money on food, and 95% of the money on support for military and political campaigns, according to the BBC report.

Mar 07 09:13

How food and water are driving a 21st-century African land grab

An Observer investigation reveals how rich countries faced by a global food shortage now farm an area double the size of the UK to guarantee supplies for their citizens

Mar 05 19:35

Can rats help clear Africa's landmines?

Squeak, squeak, BOOM!

Mine cleared.

Mar 05 10:00

Ethiopia famine aid spent on weapons

Millions of dollars in Western aid meant for victims of the Ethiopian famine of the mid-1980s instead went toward purchasing weapons, a report says.

The BBC, citing interviews with former rebels and CIA documents, said militant leaders had posed as merchants in meetings with aid groups and diverted the money to weapons purchases as they attempted to overthrow the government.

Mar 01 08:01

Al-Qaida growing in strength and numbers in Africa

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "Das Afrikacorp is ready to invade and we're gonna use the 'Al Qaeda' excuse because it's always worked before on the stupid American people and we can't think of any other reasons." -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 27 03:46

Bill Gates' $10 Billon Vaccine Scam

Malaria is a parasite-based disease noted for its variety and quick development of resistance to medication. Any "vaccine," if even a billion dollars is able to produce such, would have a limited lifetime and new, patented medications would have to be bought by Africa's poor every few years.

So "donating" a billion dollars to develop a malaria "vaccine" could turn into tens of billions of dollars in drug sales in Africa alone, and Bill Gates, through his drug company investments, will quietly pocket more African blood money.

Feb 24 08:19

The Uranium Coup

The official story is that the members of Congress were focused on science, technology and humanitarian relief - at the very same time that the military coup was unfolding on the streets of the capital, Niamey.

This intriguing "coincidence" raises the question: Was this Congressional presence during a military coup another instance of a massive intelligence failure or something entirely different?

Feb 21 08:56

Darfur rebels sign truce deal with Sudan

Darfur's most powerful rebel group has initialed a truce with the Sudanese government, officials said Saturday, marking the rebel group's return to peace talks aimed at ending the Darfur conflict.

The truce between the rebel Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudanese government takes effect immediately, said Idriss Deby, Chad's president, in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's hope the truce holds.

Feb 18 09:55

US Ships Arms, Blocks Humanitarian Aid to Somalia

UN officials today issued their most public condemnation yet of US policy on Somalia, noting that the US government is preventing millions of dollars worth of humanitarian aid, including food aid, from reaching the Somali people.

The US defended the policy, saying that they had “evidence” that some of the contractors shipping the aid in were forced to pay protection tolls to militant groups. They have demanded the UN enact policies that officials say will restrict aid delivery even further in the nation, where the US-backed government controls only a few city blocks around the presidential palace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of Somalia are totally irrelevant and expendable to the US government: the only thing which matters is who, ultimately, controls the oil and mineral resources.

Feb 18 09:39

Coup Attempt Under Way in Niger, Official Says

Smoke was seen rising from the presidential palace amid heavy gunfire in Niger's capital, Niamey, on Thursday in what one intelligence official said was a coup attempt.

Political tensions have been high in the central African uranium exporting country in recent months over President Mamadou Tandja's extension of his rule, which drew widespread criticism and international sanctions.

Feb 18 09:15

Massing Forces For the Battle Of Mogadishu

Both the Transitional Government and Islamic radicals are bringing more gunmen to Mogadishu, as both sides insist they will launch operations that will give them control. The Islamic radicals have been getting the worst of it lately, but neither side appears strong enough to chase the other out of the this city of over a million people. Meanwhile, the increasing number of police in Mogadishu are setting up more checkpoints, in an attempt to disrupt the growing number of car bombs being used by Islamic terrorists (particularly al Shabaab).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is all about who controls the largely unexploited oil and mineral rights here.

Feb 18 08:44

Soldiers launch coup against Niger president: sources

Soldiers opened fire Thursday in the Niger capital -- where explosions and long bursts of gunfire resounded across the city -- in what a top French official said was an coup attempt against President Mamadou Tandja.

Witnesses said the firing appeared to be centred on the presidency. State radio stayed silent on events, concentrating on playing traditional music as tensions erupted in the uranium-rich West African nation.

Feb 13 08:57

Al-Shabab declares all-out war in Somalia

Al-Shabab fighters have declared an all-out war against the fragile transition Somali government and African Union peacekeeping forces in Mogadishu.

Al-Shabab's declaration of war on Friday comes amid heightened tensions over a possible government campaign against the militia's fighters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and UN wouldn't even be in Somalia, were it not for the potential oil reserves, waiting to be exploited.

Of course, the political situation has to be "stable" and the population "pacified" in order for that to happen.

And generally, those two words in conjunction, "stable" and "pacified", taken together, mean that the Somali people will get little to none of the money generated by the harvesting of these resources once the large corporations come in to develop the oil.

Feb 07 09:51

Nigerian militants attack Shell oil pipeline

Nigerian militants calling themselves the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) said Sunday they had attacked a major Shell oil pipeline in the volatile Niger Delta, in a statement obtained by AFP.

The group said the overnight attack "successfully disabled the trunk line belonging to Shell in the swamp of Obunoma" in the oil-rich Rivers State.

A key demand of the militants is that local communities benefit from the region's oil wealth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable.

One has to wonder just how soon the US is going to rush "military advisors" to the region.

Feb 01 09:43

Orphaned, Raped and Ignored

A peer-reviewed study found that 5.4 million people had already died in this war as of April 2007, and hundreds of thousands more have died as the situation has deteriorated since then. A catastrophically planned military offensive last year, backed by the governments of Congo and Rwanda as well as the United Nations force here, made some headway against Hutu militias but also led to increased predation on civilians from all sides.

Jan 30 10:24

Nigerian oil rebels threaten 'all-out' attacks

Nigeria's main rebel group Saturday called off a truce in the oil-rich Niger Delta, threatening an "all-out onslaught" and adding to the political and economic woes of Africa's oil and gas giant.

The announcement is a fresh blow for authorities amid uncertainty over the health of the country's president, in hospital in Saudi Arabia for more than two months, which has sparked an unprecendented political crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The adults in the room in the halls of power in Nigeria need to negotiate with MEND leadership, which is simply asking that there be a more equitable distribution of oil revenues, which is a reasonable request.

The only other possibility here will be a massive civil war, which will be an horrendous outcome for all of Nigeria's citizens.

Jan 25 15:31

Another president gets "the shoe"

A Sudanese man hurled his shoe at President Omar al-Beshir on Monday but missed him, witnesses said, adding the assailant was promptly arrested.

Jan 14 06:33

Stupid USA Headed To Africa

The DC dimwit ghouls were after a pipeline right-of-way from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to the Pakistan port of Gwadar, Baluchistan Province, Pakistan.

Problem is China now controls that port and has announced a pipeline across Pakistan to China and their willingness to enter into the IPI (Iran, Pakistan, India) pipeline.

These nitwit planners in the US and UK evidently did not see that 'checkmate' coming. Even while the Ivory Tower zionists in DC and London were salivating over all of the natural gas in the Caspian Basin, both Russia and China sucked most of it up with shrewd and savvy contracts, and that is now where it's headed.

Jan 12 08:19

Blackwater/Xe mercs arrive in Somalia, Al-Shabab says

There are also allegations of US-sponsored bomb plots in the capital.

The bombings will be carried out in order to create a pretext to launch a campaign against Al-Shabab, a spokesman of the group, Sheikh Ali Mohammed Rage, told Reuters.

“We have discovered that US agencies are going to launch suicide bombings in public places in Mogadishu,” he told reporters. “They have tried it in Algeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan… We warn of these disasters. They want to target Bakara Market and mosques, then use that to malign us.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the US invades both Yemen and Somalia, they will control all access into the Red Sea from the Gulf of Aden. By threatening to cut off the flow of oil to the rest of the world, the US will then blackmail other countries into writing off US debt, and staying uninvolved while the US picks off one middle eastern nation after the next after the next for their Israeli masters.

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