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Jul 26 07:36

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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I am reposting Claire's video for three reasons. First, this is a message that needs to get out to the world about how everyone loses in war except the bankers.

Second, the new readers coming in from my return to GCN might wish to hear the whole song (which is heard briefly in the bump music) and see the video

Third, the latest revelations from Edward Snowden include confirmation that the NSA "tinkers" with view counts on YouTube videos to keep videos contrary to the war agenda from going viral.

Fuckers!

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Jul 25 10:21

Ebola Victim On The Run In West Africa Capital

Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease.

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That's okay, just bring her over to Mexico and send her across the border to give Nancy Pelosi a huge hug and a big, wet, sloppy kiss, and she'll call you a "refugee Baby Jesus" and give you all kinds of free goodies!

Jul 25 08:07

Liberian Man Tested For Ebola In World's Fourth Most Populous City

Yesterday, when reporting on the latest tragic development in the wost ever Ebola outbreak to sweep through west Africa, namely that the head doctor tasked with containing the virus had himself contracted it, we commented that the "only good news, if any, is that even as the epidemic which has raged for months, and now appears to be out of control, it has not spilled out of Africa into other continents yet." That may not be the case for much longer following an update earlier today by Reuters that a Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, a megacity of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Jul 24 12:22

Lagos: Ebola Is Here

The deadly Ebola Virus Disease which has killed over over 500 people in West Africa has hit Lagos, the Lagos state government says.

Jul 24 09:48

Map of Ebola in West Africa

Jul 24 08:16

Air Algerie Flight AH5017 crashes with 5 Canadians on board

Burkina Faso's transport minister says five Canadians were among those onboard an Air Algerie flight that officials said disappeared from radar over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported.

The plane was carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso. Nearly half of the passengers were French.

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Funny how when Malaysian Flight 17 went down the media immediately knew it was a missile (just like they immediately knew it was Osama Bin Laden when they were reporting that 9-11 happened, even before the buildings actually collapsed). But for this missing airliner and Malaysian Flight 370, nobody knows that really happened until they find the wreckage (if they do) and conduct an investigation.

So, what does it mean when the news already has cause and culprit as the event happens? Probably the same thing it means when BBC reports the collapse of World Trade Center Building Seven 26 minutes before it actually happens! :)

Jul 23 10:10

Sierra Leone's Chief Ebola Doctor Contracts Virus

The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said.

The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine.

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Lethality of this particular strain is running at 56%.

Jul 23 09:05

Israeli Policies Towards the Palestinians Mirror Regimes of Apartheid in South Africa and Jim Crow in the U.S.

Black people have seen in the condition and treatment of the Palestinians a reflection of their own and recent statements by Black writers, scholars, artists, and activists have affirmed the history of Black solidarity with Palestine. Alice Walker, Robin D.G. Kelley, Angela Davis, Ferrari Sheppard, Teju Cole,dream hampton, Margaret Kimberley, Glen Ford, Kevin Alexander Gray, and others have all spoken to the sheer brutality meted out against the Palestinian people by the State of Israel.

Jul 21 13:01

PLO’s Hanan Ashrawi: ‘Deliberate Massacre’ in Gaza

An emotionally wrought Hanan Ashrawi calls on the world to act immediately in defense of defenseless Palestinian civilians being deliberately massacred in Gaza by Israeli military.

“Look there, there is no human being who cannot be affected by this. Unless you lose the last vestiges of humanity, you cannot allow this to go on. It has to stop,” Ashrawi said of the latest violence in Gaza.

“This morning, it’s nothing short of a massacre, a deliberate massacre. War crimes committed daily. But now there is a deliberate shelling and bombing and destruction of whole areas, of residential areas,” Ashrawi said on “This Week.”

Jul 21 09:44

Naomi Klein: Enough. It’s Time for a Boycott of Israel

It’s time. Long past time. The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa

Every day that Israel pounds Gaza brings more converts to the BDS cause – even among Israeli Jews. In the midst of the assault roughly 500 Israelis, dozens of them well-known artists and scholars, sent a letter to foreign ambassadors in Israel. It calls for “the adoption of immediate restrictive measures and sanctions” and draws a clear parallel with the anti-apartheid struggle. “The boycott on South Africa was effective, but Israel is handled with kid gloves … This international backing must stop.”

Jul 21 09:19

Downed Airliner: Fake Audio Tape Shows US-Backed Hit to Frame Russia

Within hours of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashing into a wheat field in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine last Thursday, Western governments and media have gradually stoked a frenzy of accusations that Moscow had a hand in the disaster.

In a devastating twist to emerge over the weekend it now seems that the Malaysian civilian airliner downed over Ukraine was most probably brought down as a result of sabotage by the US-backed Kiev regime.

The purpose of this audacious act of mass murder – in which 298 lives were lost – was carried out with the intention of framing the Russian government. Washington, the chief sponsor of the Kiev regime, must have known about the plot, if not being fully complicit in it.

Jul 21 08:36

Kyrie Eleison - Anti-War Music Video - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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I am reposting Claire's video for two reasons. First, this is a message that needs to get out to the world about how war is cilling innocent children.

Second, the latest revelations from Edward Snowden include confirmation that the NSA "tinkers" with view counts on YouTube videos to keep videos contrary to the war agenda from going viral.

Fuckers!

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Jul 20 06:30

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Israel Invades Gaza Because it has America’s tacit consent

America must soon shift our role from giving tacit consent to an invasion to becoming an active partner in a new, honest search for peace in the Middle East.

What is the end game? To cast Gazans to the sea, where they will be met by the Israeli Navy? To push Gazans into Egypt? To eject all Palestinians to… where? This is a question relevant not only to Israelis and Palestinians, but to the entire world.

Jul 20 06:26

What Happened to the Malaysian Airliner? — Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s propaganda machine is in such high gear that we are in danger of losing the facts that we do have. One fact is that the separatists do not have the expensive Buk anti-aircraft missile system or the trained personnel to operate it. Another fact is that the separatists have no incentive to shoot down an airliner and neither does Russia. Anyone can tell the difference between low-flying attack aircraft and an airliner at 33,000 feet.

Jul 20 06:18

BRICS establish $100bn bank and currency reserves

Each BRICS member is expected to put an equal share into establishing the startup capital of $50 billion with a goal to reach $100 billion. The BRICS bank will be headquartered in Shanghai, India will preside as president the first year, and Russia will be the chairman of the representatives. Each country will send either their finance minister or Central Bank chair to the bank’s representative board.

The group of emerging economies signed the long-anticipated document to create the $100 bn BRICS Development Bank and a reserve currency pool worth over another $100 bn. Both will counter the influence of Western-based lending institutions and the dollar.

Jul 19 12:22

Ebola 2014: West Africa outbreak tops 1,000 cases, situation remains ‘serious’

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa has hit a new “milestone” as the World Health Organization reports in an update today than the number of cases have exceeded 1,000. The global health agency says the current epidemic trend of EVD outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia remains serious, with 67 new cases and 19 deaths reported from 15 – 17 July 2014.

Jul 18 17:08

WHO reports 18 new Ebola cases in West Africa

Cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa continue surfacing at a steady clip, as the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed 18 new illnesses and 11 new deaths over 2 days.

Jul 18 06:52

The Human Price of Neocon Havoc

Whether the tragedy is four boys getting blown apart while playing on a beach in Gaza or nearly 300 killed from a suspected missile strike on a Malaysian Airliner over Ukraine or the thousands upon thousands of other innocent victims slaughtered in Iraq, Syria, Libya and other recent war zones, the underlying lesson is that the havoc encouraged by America’s neocons results in horrendous loss of human life.

The overriding lesson from these tragedies should be that the real villains are people who opt for chaos and war over progress and peace. And, in the case of the Middle East and Ukraine, the greatest purveyors of this unnecessary warfare are America’s neocons.

Jul 18 01:51

Israel Commits War Crimes — Interview with Harry Fear

Abby Martin speaks with journalist and documentarian, Harry Fear, to discuss the latest developments in the ongoing Israeli siege on Gaza, including the bombing of 4 children on a Gaza beach and the failure of the most recent ceasefire.

Jul 16 03:13

‘Ceasefire’ to refuel Israel criminality

The reality is that the Israeli regime has just given itself carte blanche to step up its genocide against the Palestinians – just as it was threatening to do so. The so-called ceasefire was nothing but a cynical charade to deceive this flagrant reality. Let’s make no mistake. What is happening in Gaza is unmitigated crimes against humanity, an operation of state-sponsored terrorism against an illegally occupied people.

If ever the Israeli military intelligence motto “war by deception” needed exemplified, then it is the current resumption of state-sponsored slaughter in Gaza.

Jul 15 08:39

Washington’s War Crimes Spread From Africa and the Middle East to Ukraine

A person might think that revulsion in “the world community” against Washington’s wanton slaughter of civilians in eight countries would have led to War Crimes Tribunal warrants issued for the arrest of presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama and many officials in their regimes. But the vocal part of “the world community”–the West–has become inured to Washington’s crimes against humanity and doesn’t bother to protest. Indeed, many of these governments are complicit in Washington’s crimes, and there could just as well be arrest warrants for members of European governments.

Jul 15 07:19

Leadership, Genocide and War Crimes. An African Perspective

On June 30th the African Union summit meeting at Equatorial Guinea voted the “Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights.” It maintains that while in power, African leaders and “senior officials” are not subject to prosecution for genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity. In principle the Protocol mirrors the judicial realities of Canada and the U.S. which assure our heads of state immunity, but less overtly.

Jul 15 07:10

Vladimir Putin Interview with Russian news agency ITAR-TASS on the eve of BRICS summit in Brazil

The forthcoming summit’s theme is Inclusive Growth: Sustainable Solutions. Therefore, we will consider the most urgent issues in global politics and the economy, as well as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia,India,China,South Africa) development.

How can this be achieved in practice?

First of all, to develop cooperation in the UN in every possible way, persistently counteract individual states’ attempts to impose on the international community the policy of displacing unwanted regimes and promoting unilateral solutions to crisis situations. We propose to create a mechanism of regular high?level consultations between our foreign ministries on different regional conflicts to agree, where possible, on common positions and joint efforts to ensure their political and diplomatic settlement.

Jul 15 06:57

Check Mating Washington in its Own Backyard with BRICSIANSE

The United States and its closest allies have attempted to isolate Russia and President Vladimir Putin from the world stage. As a result of Western support for the Ukrainian regime that came to power through violence in Kiev, actions taken by Western powers against Russia have included expelling Russia from the G-8 of capitalist powers, the freezing of the assets of Russian government officials and Russian banks, and imposing travel bands on Russian citizens.

Russia and China appear determined that Ukraine and Georgia will be the «line in the sand» for any further encroachments by George Soros- and CIA-led «R2P» revolutions in the Eurasian space. It is also clear that Putin outsmarted Obama in his own backyard.

Jul 15 06:49

Ebola outbreak in West Africa now the largest on record

Deep in the forests of southern Guinea, the first victims fell ill with high fevers. People assumed it was the perennial killer malaria and had no reason to fear touching the bodies, as is the custom in traditional funerals.

Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever that can cause its victims to bleed from the ears and nose, had never before been seen in this part of West Africa where medical clinics are few and far between. The disease has turned up in at least two other countries - Liberia and Sierra Leone - and 539 deaths have been attributed to the outbreak that is now the largest on record.

Jul 14 00:10

An Open Letter to Wall Street Journal from a Palestinian Woman

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Media Relations Specialist Amani Al-Khatahtbeh responds to Bret Stephens’ racist column “Where are the Palestinian Women?” in the Wall Street Journal last week. Stephens makes the assertion that all Palestinian mothers want to raise their sons to be martyrs. In a condescending comparison to Israeli society, he goes on to say that he has “yet to meet the Israeli mother who wants to raise her boys to become kidnappers and murderers.”

Al-Khatahtbeh responds, “Actually, every Israeli mother is legally obligated by the Israeli government to enter her sons and daughters into an institution that systematically kidnaps and murders. It’s [called] the Israeli Defense Force.”
Read her full response to Stephens in her column, “An Open Letter to Wall Street Journal from a Palestinian Woman” here...

Jul 14 00:07

The Unfolding of Yinon’s “Zionist Plan for the Middle East”: The Crisis in Iraq and the Centrality of the National Interest of Israel

“The Unfolding of Yinon’s ‘Zionist Plan for the Middle East’: The Crisis in Iraq and the Centrality of the National Interest of Israel,” illustrates how the ethno-sectarian fragmentation and internecine warfare between Shiites and Sunnis is in line with the Yinon plan to enhance Israel’s security and was ignited by the neocon-inspired US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Netanyahu and the neocons currently view Iran as a greater threat in the Middle East than ISIS, and while they advocate US military intervention,they emphasize that such intervention should not empower Iran, notes Stephen Sniegoski.

Jul 13 23:51

Exclusive: Interview with Bashar al-Jaafari

Excerpts from the Exclusive PRESS TV interview with Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations:

There is an awakening in the west he said, but a very shy awakening and people are aware that there is something wrong in the calculations of the American Administration...

You (President Obama) cannot on the one hand pledge Five hundred million dollars to help the so-called "moderate" Syrian opposition and on the other hand two days later state that the coalition is not a reliable political force. This contradiction speaks for itself he stressed.

There is no armed moderate opposition in Syria. Arming terrorists in Syria, is like arming terrorists in Libya, or arming terrorists in Iraq.

Jul 13 09:29

Ethiopia slides deeper into repression

Graham Peebles argues that the arrest of Ethiopian opposition leader Andargachew Tsige should be the catalyst to unite the people in collective, non-violent action to end repression and dictatorship in Ethiopia.

Jul 12 07:01

The Mindlessness of a Manifesto

“A liberal world order, like any world order, is something that is imposed, and as much as we in the West might wish it to be imposed by superior virtue, it is generally imposed by superior power” (“Superpowers Don’t Get to Retire: What Our Tired Country Still Owes the World,” Robert Kagan, Brookings Institute. May 26, 2014). This sentence from Kagan’s Neo-Conservative Manifesto reads like so much flotsam in a cesspool of scattered feces. It emanates from a mindless, bloated root chakra that has abandoned all except instinctive self-survival. It is deficient in understanding and wisdom, a mind surviving in an isolated tribe, a being guided only by fear of everlasting victimhood. How does one read this flotsam?

We don’t need to read it, we are witnessing its last throes today in Gaza as the consequences of neo-conservative “superior power” unfurls before the world once again and the desperation of neo-conservative idiocy splashes over the screen for the world to witness.

Jul 12 06:12

South African human rights organisations demand Israeli ambassador be expelled

Several South African human rights organisations demanded on Thursday for the South African government to expel the Israeli ambassador in Johannesburg in protest of the Israeli military aggression in the Gaza Strip, Anadolu news agency reported.

Jul 11 13:17

Financial Institutions Fear Global Revolution

The “bleak” reality is that these and other big banks and financial institutions have repeatedly collapsed the global economy and profited along the way, punishing entire societies and populations into poverty through a process of plundering and exploitation as governments feared the wrath of “financial markets.”

Jul 11 09:41

Nobel Laureates Slam HRW’s Ken Roth for Refusal to Close Revolving Door with US Gov.

This is powerful stuff exposing HRW’s conflict of interests, backed by reason as well as FACT and delivered with a powerful pitch by both Abby and Keane.

They just ain’t supporting and defending “Democracy, Freedom and Human Rights” anywhere for anyone, but… who is going to, or who can change it?

Abby Martin speaks with Keane Bhatt, activist and signatory on a second open letter to Human Rights Watch condemning the organization for its revolving door relationship with the US government.

Jul 10 20:52

Is the Arrest of Andargachew Tsige the Final Straw for the People of Ethiopia?

Faced with a brutal repressive regime, the people of Ethiopia inside the country and within the worldwide diaspora –frustrated, angry and desperate – are considering alloptions to elicit fundamental change in the country.

Jul 10 19:29

Get Israel out of the West Bank

So are the people advocating firing rockets in Gaza the same type of ditzy lefties and/or Israeli stooges as the ones in the US Congress ?

To the best of my knowledge, none of the many rockets fired into Israel from Gaza have ever hit a military or police target. Most of them fail, are intercepted, or hit open desert. The few that do hit something hit civilian homes and buildings, doing minimal damage. Casualties inflicted are also few.

What they DO accomplish is to give Israel a minimal pretext which the Israelis greatly exaggerate to “justify” their attacks on Gaza and to solicit funds from the United States.

Jul 10 07:38

Jewish Hate of Arabs Proves: Israel Must Undergo Cultural Revolution

Without a revolution based on humanist values, the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state.

There are no words to describe the horror allegedly done by six Jews to Mohammed Abu Khdeir of Shoafat. Although a gag order bars publication of details of the terrible murder and the identities of its alleged perpetrators, the account of Abu Khdeir’s family — according to which the boy was burned alive — would horrify any mortal. Anyone who is not satisfied with this description, can view the horror movie in which members of Israel’s Border Police are seen brutally beating Tariq Abu Khdeir, the murder victim’s 15-year-old cousin.

Jul 10 07:33

Chomsky, BDS And The Jewish Left Paradigm

The message to the Palestinian Western activists who worked for years to build a dialogue with the Jewish Left is simple and devastating – you went to bed with the wrong people. Trust in the Jewish left killed your resistance and seems to have killed whatever is left of your cause.

The verdict is clear. The occupation is not the problem; it is just a symptom of the problem. The Jewish state is a problem and it is a serious problem. The Jewish Lobby is an even greater problem and it is a global one. And as it seems, even the Jewish Left a la Chomsky is also a grave problem. At the very least it has been an obstacle that prevented the Palestinians from grasping the real context of their struggle.

Jul 09 18:38

Jewish Hate of Arabs Proves: Israel Must Undergo Cultural Revolution

Without a revolution based on humanist values, the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state.

There are no words to describe the horror allegedly done by six Jews to Mohammed Abu Khdeir of Shoafat. Although a gag order bars publication of details of the terrible murder and the identities of its alleged perpetrators, the account of Abu Khdeir’s family — according to which the boy was burned alive — would horrify any mortal. Anyone who is not satisfied with this description, can view the horror movie in which members of Israel’s Border Police are seen brutally beating Tariq Abu Khdeir, the murder victim’s 15-year-old cousin.

Jul 09 16:36

Ending the “Passionate Attachment” Allies in the Medieval-Modern Struggle

A fairly accurate summary by Harry Clark.

US diplomats, military and intelligence officers, politicians, academics and journalists critical of the US-Israel relationship,in Washington and elsewhere gathered On March 7, 2014 with other critics in Washington, at the Washington DC National Press Club for a “National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel ‘Special Relationship.” The event was organized by the Council for the National Interest, If Americans Knew, Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, and Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. It was a full day of six panels with a total of 25 speakers. Despite the full program moderators kept the event on schedule. The ballroom of the National Press Club was filled, and the event was broadcast live on C-Span. Video of each panel and separate audio for each speaker, and near-complete transcripts, are at the IRMEP program page and the natsummit.org page. The proceedings survey Israel’s influence and its damage to the US.

Jul 08 08:23

Fifty new Ebola cases and 25 deaths in West Africa - WHO

Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since July 3, as the deadly virus continues to spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

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There is at least one confirmed death from Ebola in Ghana. The WHO list is incomplete.

Jul 08 07:44

Nyaho Clinic suspected Ebola virus patient dies

The American who was suspected to be carrying the Ebola virus at the Nyaho Clinic in Accra is reported dead after blood testing on him revealed signs of the disease were glaring.

The said American, name withheld, died yesterday afternoon while under surveillance at the infirmary.

He arrived from Guinea on Sunday and reported at the clinic for medical attention.

As a result, Ghana’s Health Ministry is currently having a crunch meeting with stakeholders on the matter.

Jul 07 08:21

More than 60 women, girls escape Islamist abductors in Nigeria: security source

More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources said Sunday.

Jul 06 09:58

Biological Hazard in Sierra Leone on Monday, 26 May, 2014 at 17:36 (05:36 PM) UTC.

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone said there have been 73 deaths as a result of 254 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus. There are 92 patients currently in treatment centers, the ministry said today in an e-mailed statement. Cases of the hemorrhagic fever have killed 467 people, including at least 32 health workers, in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the World Health Organization said yesterday.

Jun 25 08:43

Washington Post - Boko Haram suspected of kidnapping 60 more women. Does anyone care?

Nearly three months have passed since Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from a dormitory. Boko Haram is suspected of kidnapping approximately 60 more women and girls. And #Bringbackourgirls has, by nearly every measure, failed.

It’s not surprising. Internet activism has a finite life span. In a matter of days, it blinks into existence, then blinks into oblivion.

Still, the disinterest now — even following additional Boko Haram kidnappings — has left some observers with a bad taste in their mouths.

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The lack of interest comes from two sources. First off, we here in the United States have severe problems that have to take priority over what is happening on the other side of the world. It is their nation, let them solve their problems. We The People have to solve ours, which includes a government that is lying to us about the economy, immigration, Obamacare, global warming, etc.

Which brings me to the second source for a lack of concern over Boko Haram. Given the tsunami of official USDA Choice government bovine excrement we have had to endure over the decades, most Americans recognize the Boko Haram kidnappings as another variation on the theme of torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, Spanish mines in Havana harbor, stolen Kuwaiti incubators, Saddam's nuclear weapons, Assad gassing his own supporters, etc. as just another in a long line of fictions to trick Americans into supporting yet another US invasion of yet another resource-rich area of the globe.

Fool me once...

Jun 24 07:45

Ebola epidemic in West Africa 'out of control'

The deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit "unprecedented" proportions, according to relief workers on the ground.

"The epidemic is out of control," Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement.

There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since the epidemic began in March, according to the latest World Health Organization figures.

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But all the resources continue to pour into wars of conquest against imaginary enemies while a real enemy gains a foothold on the planet.

BTW, what happens when those infectious illegal immigrants flooding into the nation then being dispersed across the country by DHS start bringing in Ebola along with their tuberculosis? Isn't the possibility of Ebola coming into the US a good reason to enforce the borders?

Jun 21 08:08

Ebola In West Africa Is 'Totally Out Of Control,' Medical Group Says

The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is "totally out of control," according to a senior official for Doctors Without Borders, who says the medical group is stretched to the limit in responding.

The outbreak has caused more deaths than any other of the disease, said another official with the medical charity. Ebola has been linked to more than 330 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the World Health Organization.

International organizations and the governments involved need to send in more health experts and increase public education messages about how to stop the spread of the disease, Bart Janssens, the director of operations for the medical group in Brussels, told The Associated Press on Friday.

"The reality is clear that the epidemic is now in a second wave," Janssens said. "And, for me, it is totally out of control."

Jun 21 08:06

Nigeria Fishermen Reject Shell's $50 Million

Thousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for "some of the largest oil spills in history," their British lawyers said Friday after winning a landmark court ruling.

Shell already accepts responsibility for paying compensation and cleaning up spills caused by its own failures. But the London High Court decided that Shell can be held legally liable for spills caused by oil thefts, if it fails to provide reasonable protection for its pipeline infrastructure.

The court case involves one of Nigeria's worst environmental disasters. Amnesty International called it "a shot across the bows for Shell" and said the ruling "paves the way for Shell to finally be held accountable for devastating oil pollution in the Niger Delta."

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And yet no one goes to jail?!?

Executives directly responsible for such things happening should go to jail, and not a "Club Fed".

Jun 19 09:07

Doctors Helpless Against Worst-Ever Ebola Outbreak

The Ebola outbreak that was called "unprecedented" when it had killed 80 people in March has now infected at least 500 people in three countries and health authorities say they're not sure how to stop it. The outbreak has now killed at least 337 people, making it the worst since the incurable virus surfaced in 1976, and reported cases have surged 60% over the last two weeks. "There are many villages in the eastern part of Sierra Leone that are basically devastated," a virologist tells NPR. "We walked into one village ... and we found 25 corpses. One house with seven people, all in one family, were dead."

Jun 18 08:05

White man speaking 'fluent English' was in charge of Kenya al-Shabaab attacks which left more than 60 dead

A white man speaking 'fluent English' was in charge of an Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab which gunned down at least 60 people in a Kenyan coastal town on Sunday evening, according to witnesses.

Several residents in Mpeketoni reported that they saw a pale-skinned man who spoke English and Arabic giving orders to the gunmen.

The eyewitness accounts support the theory that the men were sent by al-Shabaab by a seasoned foreign jihadi unit now working with the Somali Islamists.

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Or a US false-flag top justify another military incursion into a resource-rich African nation.

Jun 14 07:24

Iran reaches out to orphans in Ethiopia

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Another brilliant move by Iran, sending clothing to these orphans. Quite a contrast with the way Israelis are seen treating the Ethiopian Jews that migrated to Israel!

Jun 11 09:58

Uganda says new "Western-funded" rebel group is set up

Uganda said Wednesday that a new cult-like rebel army has been formed with financial support from Western "individuals," according to dpa reports. The funding for the newly organized rebel group comes from the US, UK, Canada and Australia, the Uganda police spokesman claims.

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"Because when we send in money and guns to overthrow an elected government, that represents the best aspect of American Democracy at work!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 11 08:32

Ailing South African President Jacob Zuma hands more duties to deputy

South African President Jacob Zuma, who is suffering from exhaustion, has handed more duties to his deputy as he prepares a state of the nation address, the presidency said Wednesday.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will stand in for Zuma at the funeral on Saturday of Epainette Mbeki, mother of former president Thabo Mbeki, and at Youth Day celebrations on Monday.

Ramaphosa is already presiding over the first meeting of Zuma's new cabinet this week while the president is resting at home ahead of his scheduled address to parliament.

Zuma spent the weekend in hospital for tests after officials from his African National Congress asked him to take a break because "the punishing election programme was taking its toll".

The 72-year-old was sworn in for a second term two weeks ago after the ANC won the May 7 elections with an overwhelming 62 percent of the vote.

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Unfortunately, South Africa is on the brink of imploding, both economically and socially.

The ANC, since its inception and victory in the polls, has not been able to fulfill its promises to the poorest of South Africa's poor, and many of these people are not much better off than they were during the dreadful and immoral days of apartheid.

Add to that the reality that the South African government has been very much in bed with the mining institutions here, which still are not paying reasonable wages for work done, and will not institute standard safety protocols, and you have the potential for a revolution.

Jun 05 10:29

Wag the Boko Haram

Scores of residents in four villages in the northeastern Borno state of Nigeria, near the border with Cameroon, were killed Tuesday in Boko Haram raids, a lawmaker and residents said.

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"Can we invade now? Can we? Huh? Huh? Can we?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Remember, this is the ghroup than then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton worked to keep OFF the US terror groups list!


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. [...]
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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.

Jan 10 11:25

Africom - Latest U.S. Bid to Recolonise Continent

African leaders must not forget that under the Barack Obama administration, US policy towards Africa and the rest of the developing world has not changed an inch. It remains militaristic and materialistic.

African leaders do not need prophets from Mars to know that US's fascination with oil, the war on terrorism and the military will now be centred on Africa, after that escapade in Iraq.

Jan 06 16:31

What does the US really face in Yemen?

Currently, the mass media are scaremongering using the label “Al Qaeda” to persuade the population of the western world to join a US war in Yemen. But the US is not at war in Yemen against Al Qaeda. It is against the Shia Houthis whose strict anti-Americanism has already been a thorn in the US’s and its lackeys in the Arabian peninsula’s flesh.

Since August 11th 2009 the Shia Houthis have resisted being “eradicated” by the presidents “Operation Scorched Earth” and are defending the area around Sadah against Yemeni government troops, Saudi artillery and aircraft, Moroccan and Jordanian special forces and the US It has been admitted in the Western press that the US has used “Special Operations Forces“ and “specialists from the CIA” for over a year, and more recently, cruise missiles.

Jan 04 07:59

Brown ‘crackdown’ on Yemen terror is exposed as just spin

Gordon Brown was accused of 'playing politics with terrorism' yesterday as the British Embassy in Yemen was evacuated after 'credible' threats of an attack by the Al Qaeda cell behind the syringe bomb plot.

The Prime Minister was forced into an embarrassing climbdown after Downing Street claimed that he was spearheading a Yemen terror crackdown with Barack Obama.

Mr Brown had to admit today that he had not even discussed the issue with the American President since the attack that nearly brought down a transatlantic airliner on Christmas Day.

Jan 03 11:23

The US and China: One Side is Losing, the Other is Winning

Asian capitalism, notably China and South Korea are competing with the US for global power. Asian global power is driven by dynamic economic growth, while the US pursues a strategy of military-driven empire building.

James Petras | January 3, 2010

One Day’s Read of the Financial Times

Dec 31 10:05

Buy an African baby; bomb some African villages

Did anyone ask movie star Angelina Jolie how much she paid for the Ethiopian baby she adopted? Or should I say how much she “donated,” most of which ended up in the hands of the national crime syndicate known as the Government of Ethiopia.

Just about anyone can buy a baby in Ethiopia these days, you know what I mean, “adopt”? It costs about $30,000. Cash. Some reports say over 3,000 were sold . . . adopted, last year alone.

It has turned into a major cash flow for the Godfathers of the Ethiopian “government.” Do the math, 3,000 times $30,000, in one year, and another London bank account or three is going to have to be set up to be stuffed chock full of some very sick money.

Dec 31 06:42

Detroit terror attack: United States 'plans retaliatory attacks on Yemeni soil'

The United States is planning to attack al Qaeda militants in Yemen in retaliation for the attempt to bring down an aeroplane over Detroit on Christmas Day, it has been reported.

Dec 28 22:34

Nigeria resumes massacres

LAGOS — Nigerian police have been accused of indiscriminate arrest and harassment against Muslims across the country since clashes with the militant Boko Haram group killed at least 600 people…

In July, Boko Haram, a militant group opposed to anything modeled after the West, went on rampage in three north-western states attacking police stations and other facilities.

A massive security operation resulted in the killing of hundreds of militants including their leader Mohammed Yusuf and alleged financiers.

There have since been reports of constant police harassment of Muslims on the streets across the country.

“What qualified me for this wicked charge is my beard and attire,” fumed Saleh, 29, who met a number of other Muslims at the police station, arrested on the same charge.

Dec 28 11:11

The UN in Somalia: Peacekeepers or peacekillers?

The United Nations via its proxies in the African Union supplied Ugandan and Burundi military have been randomly shelling civilian neighborhoods in Mogadishu in retaliation for guerilla attacks carried out by the Somali resistance.

The UN/AU has occupied a small “green zone” in Mogadishu after the expulsion of the Ethiopian military by the Somali armed resistance and claims to represent a “democratically elected” Somali government. In reality, this UN/AU band of “peacekeepers” is there to prop up the Western imposed puppet regime of allegedly Al -Queda linked “terrorist” Sheik Sharif.

Dec 26 14:24

US Aids S. Sudan Secession

“The United States government, one of their goals now, is to make sure southern Sudan in 2011 is a viable state,” Gatkuoth said. (Washington Times)

12/25/09 — CAIRO — The United States is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the pocket of South Sudan government to help it prepare for secession from the North.”The United States government, one of their goals now, is to make sure southern Sudan in 2011 is a viable state,” Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, representative of South Sudan in Washington, told The Washington Times Friday, December 25.

Dec 22 10:06

West warns that Somalia is becoming a haven for international terrorists

Pass beyond what is described as government territory in the Somali capital — a few blocks between the airport, the harbour and the presidential palace — and you are at the mercy of al-Shabaab, the extremist Islamic group that holds sway across southern and central Somalia. Where it rules, it has implemented laws and punishments reminiscent of Afghanistan under Taleban rule.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ever notice that "terrorists" rarely sit over areas of the planet which aren't chock-filled with various natural resources the West is slobbering all over itself to obtain, usually by invoking some state of war, or proxy war, as is happening in Somalia?!?

Somehow, in the mindsets of those who work in the US Pentagon, State Department, and White House, war is always the cheaper, better solution than sitting down and negotiating a fair deal with those sitting on those resources.

Of course, it's never their kids serving in the military who get killed or maimed for life in the process of pursuing a military objective for corporate profit.

Please remember; as late as August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban in Afghanistan about the price necessary for installing the pipelines to control Eurasian oil.

However, that price was considered too high, so very shortly after that came the US/NATO invasion of Afghanistan, allegedly justified by 9/11.

Here, the invasion and occupation had an additional "benefit"; the resurrection of - and control over - the opium poppy production, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Dec 22 08:36

Egyptian Officials Say They Will Not Allow Gaza Freedom March To Cross Border

The 1,360 peace activists from around the world currently on their way to Egypt will find the border to the Gaza Strip closed to them, say Egyptian officials.

The Gaza Freedom March Steering Committee said Monday that the Egyptian Foreign Ministry informed them that the Rafah border will be closed over the coming weeks, into January, citing escalating tensions on the Gaza-Egypt border. The Ministry did not give details, but the 'escalating tension' is likely a reference to a Palestinian attack on an Egyptian border guard several days ago.

Dec 22 08:20

Yemen al-Qaeda: War is against US

Men claiming to be leaders of al-Qaeda have made a rare public appearance in Yemen, telling an anti-government rally the fight is against the US, not the country's army.

Dec 21 10:49

HEADLEY, THE CIA, NARIMAN HOUSE, FALSE FLAG OPS

It could be argued that the Mumbai attacks of 2008 were carried out by the CIA and its friends. Attacks of this kind are normally the work of the security services. (False flag operations from Amman to Zambia)

1. On 20 December 2009, in the Hindustan Times, Vir Sanghvi wrote the following about the American called David Headley, who is suspected of planning the Mumbai attacks of 2008 (Did America keep mum on 26/11?):

“The only explanation that fits is this: he was an American agent all along.

“The US arrested him only when it seemed that Indian investigators were on his trail.

“He will be sentenced to jail, will vanish into the US jail system for a while and will then be sprung again — as he was the last time.”

Dec 21 07:05

US Says Uganda Anti-Gay Law Bad

Based on a U.S. Federal report earlier this decade, Uganda was a shining example of how to overcome the skyrocketing HIV rates in Africa. According to a 2002 U.S. Agency for International Development report on HIV, it said that Uganda was “now considered to be one of the world’s earliest and best success stories in overcoming HIV”. And why is that?...

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