Category Archives: Africa
Kony 2012 a psy-op designed to garner support for AFRICOM and US agenda against China in africa.
- Kony 2012: don’t be fooled – New Statesman (newstatesman.com)
- Kony 2012: Get your priorities and facts straight “Do Gooders” (marinalovemovement.wordpress.com)
Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa feel impact of tropical storm that has killed at least 77 people.
At least 77 people in southeastern Africa have been killed and more are still missing as Tropical Cyclone Irina sweeps through the region.
The storm struck northern Madagascar more than two weeks ago and has slowly tracked down the west of the country.
Torrential rain from the system hit the whole of the island, leading to the deaths of 65 people, weather officials said on Monday. The majority of the deaths occurred in the southeastern district of Ifanadiana.
The storm has also affected southern areas of Mozambique and eastern South Africa.
Five fishermen were killed in the seas off Mozambique’s port city of Beira on Saturday. Authorities on Monday were still cautioning fishermen not to venture out.
Three other people in the southern province of Gaza were killed when a tree fell on their house and the roof collapsed.
A further four people are reported to have died in South Africa. The city of Durban was lashed by waves up to three metres high as the storm approached, and ships were ordered to remain in the port.
Tropical storms in the southwest Indian Ocean are responsible for approximately 80 deaths every season
On average three tropical cyclones hit Madagascar every year, and this season has now equalled that average.
Less than two weeks before Irina, Tropical Cyclone Giovanna caused flooding and led to the deaths of 35 people.
read more at www.aljazeera.com
LUANDA — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked Angola on Feb. 27 to provide helicopters for peacekeeping missions in countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
“As you know, several of our peacekeeping missions, including [the U.N. Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo] in DRC and [the U.N. Mission in the Republic of South Sudan] in South Sudan, they suffer from a lack of military helicopters. I would appreciate it if your government” could assist, Ban said during a meeting with Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti in Luanda.
“The secretary general asked the Angolan government to consider providing military assets, including helicopters, to U.N. peacekeeping,” Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told journalists.
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Ship blunders allegedly to blame
Underwater data cables linking East Africa to the Middle East and Europe have been severed, bringing transfer rates to their knees in nine countries.
In a bizarre coincidence, a ship allegedly dropped anchor off the coast of Kenya on Saturday in a restricted area, cutting The East African Marine Systems (TEAMS) cable – shortly after three other cables were chopped in the Red Sea between Djibouti and the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported.
TEAMS was already stuffed with the traffic from the other three cables, the Europe India Gateway (EIG), the South East Asia Middle East Western Europe-3 (SMW-3) and the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSY), which were severed ten days before.
“It’s a very unusual situation,” Chris Wood, chief executive of West Indian Ocean Cable, the largest shareholder of the EASSY, and a major owner of data-capacity rights on the two other Red Sea cables. “I believe these were accidental incidents, although more will be known when we bring the cables up from the sea bed.”
Naturally, the number of cables ruined in a short timeframe has sparked suspicions of sabotage. A source from African carrier Airtel told Ugandan independent newspaper theDaily Monitor that the cables had been sliced on purpose.
“The EASSY and TEAMS cables were cut by malicious people at the weekend and this is causing connection problems. All internet providers, particularly Orange and Airtel have been affected because they all depend on these cables for service provision,” he said.
Wood told the WSJ that the cables in the Red Sea had all been severed at the same time, around 650 feet below the Red Sea, but he said that a passing ship could have done the damage because the sea is so shallow.
In breaking news today, reports are rolling in that Jeff Rice – a producer of “The Amazing Race” and an avid adventurer – was found dead in a Uganda hotel room in the capital city of Kampala. First accounts of the incident reveal that Jeff Rice, 39, and his female production assistant, Ms Catherine Fuller, were poisoned by local gang members after refusing to submit to a “shakedown” for valuables.
Rice was usually the front man for setting up The Amazing Race activities throughout Africa, and at the time of the incident, he and his assistant were working on some of the African destinations for this year’s Amazing Race, season #20.
Rice and Fuller were initially believed to have died from choking, however further investigation revealed that a massive amount of illicit drug was present. Authorities had also discovered some of the drug in the hotel room.
read more at www.topsecretwriters.com
By BNO News
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON (BNO NEWS) — Poachers in northern Cameroon have slaughtered as many as 300 elephants for their tusks in the last month alone, a dramatic increase from previous years, officials said on Tuesday.
The killings, originally reported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), were confirmed by Cameroon’s minister of forestry and wildlife. Minister Ngole Philip Ngwese said that an armed gang of Sudanese poachers had killed the free-roaming elephants in the Bouba Ndjida National Park, on Cameroon’s border with Chad.
One park official, Bouba Jadi, told CNN that the large number of deaths are worsening the situation for Cameroon’s already threatened elephant populations. According to official estimates, there are between 1,000 and 5,000 elephants in Cameroon.
read more at wireupdate.com
- Nearly 300 elephants slain in Cameroon for ivory, government minister confirms (cnn.com)
- UPDATE: almost 300 elephants killed in Cameroon (haleybehre.wordpress.com)
- Poachers Kill 200-300 Elephants in Cameroon in Five Weeks (ecology.com)