Thought for the day

"All vets are mentally ill in some way and government should prevent them from owning firearms." -- Diane Feinstein 

Uganda declares outbreak of rare Ebola strain MikeRivero Tue, 09/20/2022 - 10:03

Uganda has declared an Ebola outbreak after a young man tested positive for a rare strain of the deadly virus, officials say. Eight suspected cases, as well as six suspicious deaths, are still being investigated.

The outbreak was first noticed last week when several people fell ill in Mubende, a district in central Uganda. One of them, a 24-year-old man from Ngabano village, died on Monday and tested positive for Ebola a few hours later.

With his country beset by a growing energy crisis, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has elected to return home instead of staying in the United States for the United Nations General Assembly meetings later this week.

Russian producer of mineral and potash fertilizers, Uralchem, has decided to supply its products to Africa free of charge, the company’s chief executive Dmitry Konyaev announced on Monday.

“The situation in the world today is really bad. Africa has been starving and will continue to starve, unfortunately. We, as a company, even decided to supply fertilizers to Africa for free, just because we are part of this global chain when you need to produce food,” Konyaev said during his speech at the Innofood forum in Sochi.

Eritrea is mobilising armed forces due to the re-eruption of the conflict in northern Ethiopia, the Canadian government said on Saturday, raising fears that the fighting may intensify in a war that has already displaced millions and triggered a humanitarian disaster across northern Ethiopia.

"Local authorities have issued a general call for mobilization of armed forces in response to the conflict in northern #Ethiopia," said a Canadian travel advice tweet.

While many countries in Africa are experiencing energy poverty, suffering from electricity cuts, and are working on regional energy projects, the West appears to be skeptical of African nations’ strive for self-sufficiency in this area.

The Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) project, an initiative of Nigeria and Morocco that was initially proposed in December 2016, officially kicked off with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Nigeria, Morocco, and the Economic Community of West African States on Thursday in Rabat.

South African president insists it’s not up to Washington to determine his country’s diplomatic relations

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the United States not to “to punish” African nations pressuring them to cut ties with Moscow, pointing to legislation passed by Congress that calls for greater US intervention in the continent.

Farm attacks continued in South Africa in August. There were three murders, people assaulted and bound, reports of farmers fighting back in self-defense, and this report of four Lesoth nationals beng charged in a 2019 murder.

  • Tool Wessels, 55, was murdered during a farm home invasion near Bonnievale, Western Cape province of South Africa.

His wife, Liezel, was seriously injured when the assailants poured boiling water on her. Her husband was also tortured before being shot in the head, reports say.

When i first arrived in South Africa, in 2009, it still felt as if a storm had just swept through. For most of the 20th century, the country was the world’s most fastidiously organized white-supremacist state. And then, in one election, in 1994, it became the first modern nation where people of color who’d been dispossessed for centuries would make the laws, run the economy, write the news, decide what history to teach—and wield political dominance over a substantial white minority.

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, warned Monday that Somalia stands on the “brink of famine” due to the worst drought in four decades.

“One and a half million children across Somalia will face acute malnutrition” by next month, Griffiths asserted, if the situation continues unchecked.

WHO chief, TPLF leader Tedros silent about his partys theft of World Food Program fuel MikeRivero Tue, 09/06/2022 - 10:00

UN World Health Organization chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom is also the world’s most prominent advocate of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front. He has said nothing about the TPLF’s recent theft of fuel intended for UN relief efforts in Ethiopia.

On the morning of August 24th, fighting in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region shattered a ceasefire in a nearly two-year war between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).