Friday, May 31, 2013

EUROPEAN VAMPIRISM: The Pervasively Savage War On Blacks - The Destruction Of Black Wall Street, The Events That Destroyed A Thriving Black Oklahoma Community Called "Little Africa" 92 Years Ago Were MUCH MORE Than A "Race Riot"!

May 31, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Greenwood, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa, was the type of community that African Americans are still, today, attempting to reclaim and rebuild.  It was modern, majestic, sophisticated and unapologetically Black. Tragically, it was also the site of one of the bloodiest and most horrendous race riots (and acts of terrorism) that the United States has ever experienced.


The "Little Africa” section of Tulsa, OK in flames during the 1921 "race riot".

Today marks ninety-two years since as many as 300 African Americans lost their lives and more than 9,000 were left homeless when the small town was attacked, looted and literally burned to the ground beginning in 1921.  It’s impossible, however, to realize what was lost in Greenwood, which was affectionately known as "Black Wall Street."

The Greenwood community seems almost imagined when we examine it through a historical lens.  The oil booms of the early 1900’s had many moving to Tulsa for a shot at quick economic gains and high life, and African Americans hoped to prosper from the new industry as well.  Tulsa, like many cities and towns throughout the US, was hostilely segregated, with African Americans settling into the northern region of the city.  As we often saw before integration, Blacks in the area created entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves, which housed an impressive business center that included banks, hotels, cafes, clothiers, movie theaters, and contemporary homes.  Greenwood residents enjoyed many luxuries that their White neighbors did not, including indoor plumbing and a remarkable school system that superiorly educated Black children.

It was pure envy,
and a vow to put progressive, high achieving African Americans in their place that would cause the demise of the Black Mecca many called “Little Africa”, and its destruction began the way much terrorism, violence and dispossession against African Americans did during that era.  A young White woman accused a young Black man of attempted sexual assault, which gave local mobs and White men acting as police just cause to invade the unsuspecting community. On the malevolent and horrifying attack, Linda Christenson writes the following:


"The term “race riot” does not adequately describe the events of May 31—June 1, 1921 in Greenwood... In fact, the term itself implies that both blacks and whites might be equally to blame for the lawlessness and violence. The historical record documents a sustained and murderous assault on black lives and property. This assault was met by a brave but unsuccessful armed defense of their community by some black World War I veterans and others.

During the night and day of the riot, deputized whites killed more than 300 African Americans. They looted and burned to the ground 40 square blocks of 1,265 African American homes, including hospitals, schools, and churches, and destroyed 150 businesses. White deputies and members of the National Guard arrested and detained 6,000 black Tulsans who were released only upon being vouched for by a white employer or other white citizen. Nine thousand African Americans were left homeless and lived in tents well into the winter of 1921."

Recently, the mother of a Palestian activist friend of mine
asked me why African Americans don’t fight harder for reparations. It was a difficult question to answer, but my most immediate response centered on the historical erasure of communities like Greenwood and the state-sponsored violence against African Americans that created its expiry.  Even after slavery was abolished, any advancements towards the American dream, that Blacks paid most dearly to establish, was met with revulsion and terror, often from those whose legal obligation was to serve and protect.  For that a debt is surely owed.  Further, when we consider the deaths of those Black Tulsans and the inevitable property loss that followed, we again see one example of many that proves how wealth inequities and disparities became a part of the substance of this nation- inequities and disparities that must be considered before we go blaming Black youth for the catastrophes this nation has endorsed.

And as we consider what has become the new face of terror, we should never forget that Greenwood was bombed from the sky by White local and national law enforcement organizations.

To learn more about the attack on "Black Wall Street," check out Scott Ellsworth’s account here. NEVER FORGET.

- Ebony.



BLACK EVENTS: The National Small Business Week In St. Louis - Owner Of The Largest Privately Owned Black Company In The United States Shares His Secrets!

May 31, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Who knew when David Steward first walked into the U.S. Small Business Administration St. Louis office to ask for assistance that he would become the owner of the largest African-American privately-owned company in the world?


Some of the staff at the SBA who first helped him, remember his drive and determination are not surprised.

And Steward clearly remembers February 2, 1992, as the date he reached out to the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program: “You remember the dates that changed your life,” he says.

Now, anyone can be inspired by Steward’s story and learn his business building management skills firsthand at an upcoming event on June 19 in St. Louis.

Steward, founder and CEO of World Wide Technology, Inc., will share the stage with the U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator, Karen Mills, and discuss his journey to shepherd this small logistics/transportation audit company into a market-leading systems integrator providing technology products, services, and supply chain solutions, with $5 billion plus in revenue.

Their armchair discussion at Harris Stowe State University highlights one of four National Small Business Week events being held throughout the United States.




The all-day, free SBA event is open to the public and takes place at Harris Stowe State University. The day offers panel presentations by experts on building supply chains, finding capital, the Affordable Care Act, entrepreneurial resources, and entrepreneurship for new Americans.

Those wishing to attend events in St. Louis can register online at 2013nsbwstlouis.eventbrite.com/. - Black Enterprise.


ELECTRIC BODY: Electric Food For The People Of The Sun - Husband And Wife Uses Soursop Fruit To Kill Cancer!

May 31, 2013 - FOOD & HEALTH - Raymond Kirlew, Yvonne Kirlew of Discovery Bay, St Ann, and Florida radio host Dr Dennis Grant, hold leaves and a soursop from the soursop tree behind them.




ON THE verge of death Yvonne Kirlew was, nearly a decade ago. The chemotherapy to destroy her lymphatic cancer was apparently killing her too. But her husband, Raymond, was determined that she wasn’t going to leave him. He nursed her through a dreadful time of pain and near-death moments, and the cancer went into remission.

But, alas, it came back. And Raymond’s war on the cancer started all over again, and this time around he went to nature for help. He acted upon the information that the leaves, stem and bark of the soursop tree, found all over Jamaica, were more powerful and less debilitating than chemotherapy. Daily, he has been feeding Yvonne the drink extracted from the leaves and the bark of the soursop tree, and Yvonne has been cancer-free since January 2010.

Well documented

Yvonne and Raymond Kirlew’s story is well documented by this newspaper. The reaction to the articles was overwhelming. Readers from all over the world called or emailed seeking further information and to get in touch with the Kirlews. The last article was published in The Gleaner on Saturday, August 20, last year, but the fascination with their story cannot seem to die.

But the information on the healing properties of the soursop tree has long been in the public domain. It was sent to south Florida radio host, the Reverend Dr Dennis G. Grant, about five years ago, and he posted it on his home office wall. Dr Grant is the host of a very popular two-hour Saturday show called ‘The Love Hour’ on WAVS 1170.

In April, the native of St Mary, Jamaica, who has about 35 fruit trees in his yard in Florida, also began to boil the leaves from his own tree. “I started to take it (the drink) myself, figured it was working. My high blood pressure, my cholesterol are now normal without medication,” he told The Gleaner.

Then someone sent him the August 20 article. “And when I looked at the article I saw your name – and that’s when I picked up the phone and called you,” he told this writer, whom he had met earlier this year at an event called ‘Kingston Pon Di River’, “and I started to do my own research, my own investigation, and I told my radio listeners about it.”

Totally healed

Subsequently, Dr Grant began bottling the drink extracted from his own leaves. “On a Saturday, after my radio program or during my radio program, we don’t have hands to get rid of it,” he said, “and now we are getting testimonies: My insurance agent, diagnosed with gall bladder problems and prostate cancer, he’s now totally, totally healed by drinking the soursop. So it has been working miracles. We have numerous, numerous testimonies.”

Yet, there are skeptics. “A lot of people have read your article. I have emailed it to thousands of people. A lot of them don’t believe that this is really factual. As a radio host, I wanted to come and meet the Kirlews myself,” Dr Grant said. So, to remove some of the doubts, Dr Grant flew in from Florida last weekend to visit the Kirlews at their home at Dairy, Discovery Bay, St Ann.

But unbeknown to Dr Grant, the big soursop tree that seems to be sustaining Yvonne and keeping the Kirlews happy was blown over by Hurricane Sandy. Some of the roots are still firmly embedded in the ground, and the leaves are still fresh and green. It will be propped up soon by Raymond. Just as it was with Yvonne, death is not an option.

After a warm reception by the Kirlews, they gave Dr Grant a synopsis of their story, and some of the soursop portion from the fridge, which they drank on the spot. Then, it was time for Raymond, always the enthusiastic storyteller, to give anecdotes of people whose cancer was cured by the soursop tree, and those who chose chemotherapy over the soursop, and had since made the transition.

At 10 o’ clock, via telephone, Raymond and Yvonne were interviewed live on Dr Grant’s radio show. With the fallen soursop tree as the backdrop, Yvonne, Raymond and Dr Grant spoke for about 10 minutes. At one stage, a smiling Yvonne Kirlew exclaimed, “I feel great!” to which Dr Grant replied, “And you’re looking wonderful! If they could just see how wonderful and healthy you look.”

After the live interview, Dr Grant told The Gleaner, “I can go back and now say, I have met them, I have seen them. They have told me how it’s done, what it has done. They have the medical records right there in the home. I am a believer. I now believe even more that this soursop cured Mrs Kirlew, and it is a miracle drug. If my visit saved one life – this visit from Florida to Discovery Bay, Jamaica – just one life, it would have been worth it.”. - Eritrea Chat.




EUROPEAN VAMPIRISM: The Pervasively Savage War On Blacks - African Leaders Accuse The International Criminal Court Of "Race Hunt"!

May 31, 2013 - AFRICA - The African Union has accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of targeting Africans on the basis of race as it called for an end to prosecution of Kenya's president and his deputy over crimes against humanity.

Hailemariam Desalegn, AU chairman and Prime Minister of Ethiopia, said at the close of a two-day summit of the 54-member bloc on Monday that African leaders had come to a consensus that the ICC process conducted in Africa was flawed.


Desalegn has said that African leaders have come to the consensus that the ICC process in Africa is flawed. [EPA]

"The intention was to avoid any kind of impunity... but now the process has degenerated to some kind of race hunting," he said, as the continental bloc ended its summit, held during its golden jubilee year.

A resolution urged the ICC to stop upcoming trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto, who have been charged with crimes against humanity for their alleged roles in orchestrating deadly violence after 2007 elections that left more than 1,000 people dead.

Many African leaders, as well as the AU, have said that the ICC unfairly targeted Africans, while ignoring war crimes suspects in other parts of the world.

ICC spokesman Fadi El Abdallah said that the Hague-based court would not react to the AU resolution.

No legal impact

The ICC said that it was not targeting Africa as a continent and that four out of eight situations under investigation in Africa were referred to the court by the countries themselves.

It said that 34 African nations had ratified the ICC's founding statute.

The resolution passed by the ICC has no legal impact on ICC proceedings but significantly boosts Kenyatta's standing on the continent.

The Kenyan cases moved to the ICC after a failure to make headway in a domestic court, but the AU argued that reforms in Kenya, including a new constitution and revamped judiciary, meant it should now return to a domestic process.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, AU Commission chief, called the ICC a court of last resort and said now that Kenya had reformed its court, the trials should be left to that court.

It is the first time the pan-African body has formally moved against the international court, even though Kenyatta is the second African leader to face trial after his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir.

'Worrying attempt'
 
Amnesty International, the UK-based human-rights campaigner, has criticised the move and called it a "worrying attempt by the Kenyan authorities to avoid justice".

Amnesty International called on the 34 AU members who have signed the ICC's founding Rome Statute, including Kenya, to protect the international justice mechanism they had committed to.

Kenyatta and Ruto deny the charges and have agreed to co-operate fully with the ICC.

Kenyatta's trial was due to open on July 9 and a date for Ruto's trial was expected to be set later this month.
Ramtane Lamamra, security commissioner of the AU,  said Africa remained committed to justice on the continent.

"Africa is committed to fighting impunity, but fighting impunity is not exclusive through the ICC," he said. - Aljazeera.




BLACK ACHIEVEMENTS: Valaida Fullwood, Author Of Landmark Book On Black Philanthropy Garners Honor From Lilly Family School Of Philanthropy - Named Lake Institute Distinguished Visitor For 2014, First African American Bestowed The Honor!

May 31, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great. Proverbs 18:16

Valaida Fullwood.
Upon naming the selection for 2014, Dr. William G. Enright, director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving stated, “Valaida Fullwood is a natural choice for the 2014 Lake Institute Distinguished Visitor Program.   After reading Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, I was particularly struck by the vivid images and the lost stories that she so eloquently shares with a wider audience.  Her understanding and message that love of humankind encompasses our entire nation will well serve Indianapolis.”

The Lake Distinguished Visitor Program is a speaker series of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.  Through public discourse, academic research and signature seminars, Lake Institute nurtures conversation and scholarly study around the ways in which faith inspires generosity.  The program allows Lake Institute to bring visionary philanthropic practitioners to share their stories, fostering the opportunity to awaken generosity, explore the joy of transformative giving, and create new philanthropic endeavors.

Leaders of faith-based organizations, scholars, humanitarians, development professionals, researchers and an interfaith partnership of stakeholders recommend forward-looking individuals who represent the best and brightest pacesetters from across the nation for consideration.  Distinguished Visitors are confirmed one year in advance, providing a platform to develop a tailored series of programs, seminars and events that introduce the greater Indianapolis community to innovative practitioners with a clear voice and calling in this field.

2014 Lake Institute Distinguished Visitor Valaida Fullwood is a Charlotte-based contributor for BlackGivesBack.com.  A writer and consultant in the field of philanthropy, she is author of Giving Back, a 400-page book of stories and photography chronicling traditions of giving among Americans of African descent.  A collaboration with photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr., Giving Back won the prestigious 2012 McAdam Award, as “best new book for the nonprofit sector.” Fullwood is a founding member of New Generation of African American Philanthropists, a giving circle affiliated with Community Investment Network.

“Selection as a Lake Distinguished Visitor is an honor of the highest order and I am thrilled,” stated Fullwood.  “Leaders and associates of the esteemed program recognized the work poured into the Giving Back Project, its value as a catalyst for constructive community conversations and the threads of faith that bind Giving Back.  This opportunity is an answer to a prayer yet prayed.”

Distinguished Visitors are selected by the External Affairs Committee, a subset of the Lake Institute Advisory Board.  Each year the program brings to Indianapolis inspiring practitioners at the intersection of faith and philanthropy.  Among others, Lake Distinguished Visitors have been: Kerry Robinson (2013), specialist in Catholic Church best practices; Janet Prindle (2009), pioneer of the socially responsible investing movement; Eboo Patel (2008), president of the Interfaith Youth Core; and Tom Cousins (2007), community-based philanthropist and developer from Atlanta.  Fullwood is the first African American bestowed the honor.


Friendship church balcony view, photography from Giving Back.

Depending on his or her area of expertise and innovation, the Lake Distinguished Visitor may spend time on campus leading seminars, giving lectures, and engaging faculty and students from various disciplines in conversation on the role of faith and values in philanthropy.

“I’m a believer that everything happens for a reason,” said Aimée Laramore, associate director of Lake Institute.  “As a society we are at the crossroads of economic struggle and economic empowerment, and the time for owning our legacy of generosity in the African American community is NOW.  Valaida’s command of language about philanthropy and the accessible imagery of Charles Thomas speak to my heart after two decades of service to the non-profit world.   The ability to match talent and passion with the opportunities we offer at Lake Institute, affirms my faith that my career has a bigger purpose for providing a platform for greatness to be heard.”

Lyord Watson Jr., a clergy member from Birmingham and member of Community Investment Network along with Fullwood, cited a biblical passage while extending congratulations.  “Proverbs says that a man’s gift will make room for him.  Valaida’s talents in writing and prose coupled with her passion for philanthropy has resulted in Giving Back, a modern-day scroll that documents stories of African American giving.   It is fitting for Valaida to be selected as the 2014 Lake Distinguished Visitor because one cannot tell stories of African American giving and not include faith.”

“After two decades of service to the field of nonprofit capacity building, I am often searching for personal inspiration,” Laramore shared.  “Every day of my career has been spent marrying the concept of systemic excellence with mission and faith-based passion.   Valaida’s work, as an author, speaker and ‘idea whisperer’ reminds me of why I made the decision to do this work. My name is Aimee Laramore and I am a philanthropist.”


Giving Back book cover.

About Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
Led by William G. Enright, Ph.D. and Karen Lake Buttrey Director, Lake Institute fosters a greater understanding of the ways in which faith both inspires and informs giving.  As a research-based teaching, training and practical education arm of the School of Philanthropy, Lake offers a public forum for exploring the connections between individual philanthropy and faith.  Through continuing education programs and an interactive teaching model, Lake provides seminars whereby leaders, congregations, religious development officers, diverse students and clergy may explore the many faces of philanthropy and advance needed skill sets, in such a way as to inspire transformative and generous giving.

Lake Institute was created from the legacy gift of Tom and Marjorie Lake, their daughter Karen Lake Buttrey and the Lilly Endowment.  Lake Institute exists to honor the philanthropic values of the Lake family and blesses the community with a space for public inquiry and hands on training in the service and study of faith and generosity.  philanthropy.iupui.edu/the-lake-institute

About Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is dedicated to improving philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change.  The School offers a comprehensive approach to philanthropy through its academic, research and international programs and through The Fund Raising School, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. Learn more at philanthropy.iupui.edu.  - Black Gives Back.




ANCIENT ADVANCED BLACK CIVILIZATIONS: "The Gift From The Gods" - Iron Bead In Ancient Egyptian Space Jewelry Came From Meteorite?!

May 31, 2013 - EGYPT - The ancient Egyptians wore jewelry made from space rock, and meteors raining from the sky may have shaped their ideas of the gods, according to new analysis of a 5,000-year-old iron bead.


The 2-cm-long Gerzeh bead is held by The Manchester Museum.
A. Tindle / Open University

The iron in the 2-centimeter-long tube-like bauble — found at a burial site near Cairo — couldn't have come from accidental smelting. The iron has a distinct crystallization pattern, typical of the metal that cooled slowly inside asteroids, as the space rocks curdled and hardened when our solar system was young. Also, there's a tell-tale trace of nickel mixed into the metal, which was not part of any ancient Egyptian process.

Diane Johnson from the UK's Open University and and Joyce Tyldesley from the University of Manchester studied the bead, and report that the metal was hammered into sheets and then bent into a tube. The source of the metal mattered to the ancient culture, say the experts.

"The sky was very important to the ancient Egyptians," Tyldesley, an Egyptologist, told Nature News. "Something that falls from the sky is going to be considered as a gift from the gods."

The pair reported their findings in the May 20 edition of Meteoritics and Planetary Science. - NBC News.




BLACK TELEVISION: Racial Stereotypes - Oprah Winfrey's OWN Introduces Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots"!

May 31, 2013 - HOLLYWOOD - Maybe it's time to throw in the towel, tap out and call it quits. Could it be that this entire time I've been lying to myself? That I am, in fact, one of Tyler Perry's biggest fans and just didn't know it? Nah. I still think the writer-director-producer makes a mockery of storytelling, masquerading it as morality -- but at this point does it even matter?

On Tuesday night Perry's new show, The Haves and the Have Nots, debuted to record numbers on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, pulling in 1.77 million viewers. It was the highest rated series premiere for OWN to date, a title previously held by the reality show Life With LaToya, which drew in 1.18 million viewers.




The talk show titan and the king of the kitsch inked an exclusive multiyear deal back in October 2012, making Winfrey's network the "singular destination" for all TV-related Perry content. Perry's critics collectively groaned at the time. The deal seemed mismatched at best, desperate on the part of the flailing network at worst. But if this week's numbers prove anything, it's that Perry's formulaic and Frankensteinian approach to entertainment is just what Dr. Oz ordered -- at least for now.

OWN has struggled in the ratings since its debut in 2011. Winfrey took over as CEO only after her long-running talk show ended and admits that she wasn't committed to the cable launch. In the documentary Oprah Builds a Network, Winfrey also said that the high expectations for the fledgling were "beyond anything I was capable of doing on my own." Enter Tyler Perry.

The Haves and the Have Nots was a colossally terrible train wreck of a TV show. Critics have almost unanimously panned it. Variety called the show "claustrophobically cheap." The Los Angeles Times wondered in print whether or not Oprah had "lost her mind." There's even a petition to "stop supporting racist stereotypes" calling for Perry's ouster at OWN on Change.org. But none of this seems to affect the director's clout, or confidence.

Perry seemed to give a wink and a nod to his detractors just before Wednesday night's premiere of Love thy Neighbor, his second scripted series for OWN.


Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
"All right," Perry said appearing in a promo just before the show aired. "I want to know what you think, so tweet -- except you. Only people who laugh lay it on me." The theory here, then, is that those who don't tweet praise on Perry's particular brand of humor are simply people who don't laugh, not people who just don't find him funny.

Either way Perry's bravado is bringing viewers to the wobbling OWN, perhaps building a stronger foundation than Oprah can do with her own celebrity-driven shows Master Class and Next Chapter. African-American audiences have shored up other beleaguered broadcast networks in the past.

In the early '90s, Fox, then the new kid on the block, had as many as six television shows geared toward African-American audiences. Remember South Central, Roc, In Living Color, Living Single, The Sinbad Show and Martin? All those early classics eventually gave way to American Idol and Glee.

WATCH: Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots - 60 Seconds Promo.





African-American audiences then migrated to newcomer UPN, which was built on "urban" shows such as Moesha, Girlfriends and Everybody Hates Chris. When UPN and The WB merged to become The CW, those black shows disappeared altogether, giving way to Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries.

So perhaps Oprah doesn't need an intervention. She hasn't lost her mind at all. If anything, she's crazy like a Fox executive, building up capital among a loyal demographic who's been starved for shows of their own. Only time will tell whether or not that bodes well for Perry's permanent parking space at OWN headquarters -- but one can hope it doesn't. - The Root.






THE AFRICAN UNION: Letter From Africa - United We Stand?

May 31, 2013 - AFRICA - In our series of letters from African journalists, film-maker and columnist Farai Sevenzo looks at the 50-year long quest for African unity and prosperity.

A friend of mine we call "The General" was born on 25 May, sometime in the 1960s.

For any African, this is an auspicious day on which to enter the world.

Africa Day falls on 25 May because it was the day on which the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) came into being.



It was the birth of an idea to unite Africa's emerging nations so that they could find a common stand with which to fight poverty and insecurity, to harness their collective resources and rid the continent of the remains of colonialism and apartheid still clinging to Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and in many other peoples' heads.

My friend, The General, is of that generation who have grown up twinned to an idea Bob Marley sang about in Africa Unite.

An idea that is only half a century old, but one which has always been discussed with a whiff of condescension by the powerful and, truth be told, an idea that has ridden these five decades on the backs of visionaries and madmen.

Even after Ghana's independence hero Kwame Nkrumah urged his fellow leaders to "forge a political union based on defence, foreign affairs and diplomacy, and a common citizenship, an African currency…", the OAU was to have Ugandan dictator Idi Amin chairing it, was to turn a blind eye to our many coups, was to take ex-Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi's money and do nothing about his bloody end in October 2011.

Yet in the intervening years, it was to the OAU that a young Nelson Mandela went to for arms and money to fight white minority rule in South Africa and where every liberation movement found moral courage. 'More affluent'

The madmen did not make the notion of an African Union unsound.

At that founding conference in 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie was bemoaning that "road communications between neighbouring states are often difficult or even impossible. It is little wonder that trade among us has remained at a discouragingly low level".


African Union troops have been trying to end instability in Somalia.

Fifty years on, the summit of African leaders is being attended by the Brazilians pledging to restructure or write off $900m (£600m) of debt, and the Chinese, Americans and French are in Addis Ababa, while a clutch of regional bodies, from the South African Development Community (Sadc) to the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), are making the right noises about trade and taking advantage of Africa's healthy economic forecasts.

Then there is security.

While Mali and Ivory Coast have always called on Paris, these are 50 years in which Nigerian soldiers have died in the liberation of Liberia and Sierra Leone from intractable rebellion, in which Kenyans have given lives for the security of Somalia, Zimbabweans have died in Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africans in Burundi and the Central African Republic in the pursuit of African peace.


However, as my friend ages with the idea of the African Union, which the OAU became in 2002, he cannot help but see the men and women who struggle to make the founding dream a reality grow old in their jobs, and how little the leadership has changed in his lifetime as Africa's population grows younger, more educated and in many cases more affluent.

Perhaps the idea of an African union will forever be just that - an idea.

Enough for the generation born at the time of the founding conference to meander through an African life hoping that being a citizen of the African Union will not bring persecution in Cairo and alienation in Tripoli, that pitching up at Nairobi immigration with a valid Nigerian passport will not arouse suspicion, that wanting to open a restaurant in Accra would be as easy as opening one in Atlanta, in the US, or even that Ethiopians, who host the headquarters of the AU, feel as African as their leaders say they do.

For the Africa of the OAU generation has changed beyond the recognition of the men who still chair its meetings.

Traces of Africa are in an American president, in those suspected of last week's killing of a soldier on a London street, in a thousand and one faces from the Ukraine to Utah, in over-crowded jails and inner city blocks from Paris to Stockholm.

While money transfer companies will tell you that business to Africa is booming, the African Union needs to show that there is space for all Africans, including Nkrumah's grandchildren, in Africa's politics and future.

For as my dear friend, The General, is fond of saying: "Lost is not a TV series, it's a state of mind." And there speaks an African who has found a place to belong. - BBC.



THE MOTHERLAND: The Latest News Out Of Africa - May 31, 2013!

May 31, 2013 - AFRICA - Zimbabwe's highest court has ruled that presidential and parliamentary elections must be held by 31 July.  The Constitutional Court said President Robert Mugabe should set a date "as soon as possible".

Zimbabwe Elections "Must Be Held By July 31"
Robert Mugabe (L) and Morgan Tsvangirai (R) both
backed the new constitution
Mr Mugabe, of the Zanu-PF party, is likely to face MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the presidential poll.  Mr Tsvangirai has been serving as Mr Mugabe's prime minister in a fractious coalition government since disputed elections in 2008.  Last week, a new constitution, backed by the main parties and approved in a referendum in March, was signed into law. 

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had called for the elections to be held later this year, so that changes in the new constitution could be implemented.  Mr Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, had argued for an early vote.  The coalition government has helped end the hyperinflation that saw Zimbabwe's economy collapse.  But the administration has been fraught with squabbles over introducing reforms.  Five years ago, Mr Tsvangirai won the most votes in the first round of the presidential election but, according to official results, not enough to win outright.  He pulled out of the second round, saying his supporters were being targeted in a campaign of violence.  After Mr Mugabe went ahead with the election, winning with 85% of votes cast, regional mediators intervened to organise a power-sharing agreement. - BBC.



Bensouda To Engage Kenya Over Hague Cases.
International Criminal Court chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has said she is ready to engage the government in their request to move its cases to local courts if it proves it can handle the cases.

WATCH: ICC Ready to Engage Kenya.






UK Arrests Five Rwandans Over 1994 Genocide.
(File) Combo photo released 07 November 2006 by Kigali's prosecutor office shows pictures of three of the men arrested.

Five Rwandans accused of involvement in genocide in their native country were arrested in Britain on Thursday, London's Metropolitan Police Service said.  The men appeared in a London court under an extradition warrant alleging offenses that include genocide and murder between 1993-1994.  They were identified by police as Vincent Bajinya, Charles Munyaneza, Emmanuel Nteziryayo, Celestin Ugirashebuja and Celestin Mutabaruka.  At least 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda's 1994 genocide. The victims were mostly from the Tutsi ethnic minority, who were targeted by Hutus over a rivalry that dates to colonial days. Some moderates from the Hutu majority who supported Tutsis also were killed.  The five men are expected to appear again in the same court on Wednesday. - CNN.


Nigeria Arrests Trio Over "Hezbollah Cell".
Nigerian authorities say a raid revealed a weapons stash
including landmines [Photo: Nigerian Joint Task Force]
Nigerian authorities have arrested three Lebanese men in northern Nigeria on suspicion of being members of the Lebanese movement Hezbollah. Soldiers uncovered a hidden arms cache that authorities believe belonged to members of the Shia political party and armed group, the military and secret police said on Thursday.  The three suspects were arrested between May 16 and May 28 in the north' biggest city Kano, said Captain Ikedichi Iweha, the city's military spokesman in a written statement.  All suspects reportedly admitted to being members of Hezbollah under questioning.  A raid on the home of one of the Lebanese had uncovered 60mm anti-tank weapons, four anti-tank landmines, two rounds of ammunition for a 122mm artillery gun, 21 rocket-propelled grenades, seventeen AK-47s with more than 11,000 bullets and some dynamite, Iweha said.  "The arms and ammunition were targeted at facilities of Israel and Western interest in Nigeria," Iweha said, but did not elaborate.  Separately, five fighters from Chad and two from Niger were arrested among fighters fleeing a two-week-old offensive against the Boko Haram armed group in the north-east, as they tried to cross the border into Chad, Nigeria's defence spokesman Brigadier General Chris Olukolade said in a written statement.

'Underground bunker' 
Authorities believe there has been a growing involvement of  foreign fighters linked to al-Qaeda in Nigeria.  The secret service detained the first suspect, Mustapha Fawaz, on May 16 at his supermarket in Kano. His interrogation led to other suspects, including Abdullah Tahini, who was later arrested at Kano airport with $60,000 in undeclared cash.  The third, Talal Roda, a Nigerian and Lebanese citizen, was arrested on Sunday at the house where the weapons were found two days later.  "The search team uncovered an underground bunker in the master bedroom where a large quantity of assorted weapons of different types and calibre were recovered," Iweha said.  "All those arrested have confessed to have undergone Hezbollah terrorist training."  Bassey Etang, the Kano State director of State Security Service, said the discovery of a Hezbollah cell in Nigeria was a very serious matter for the West African nation.  "Even if it is targeted at Israeli and Western interests, we are also aware that where all those people are, Nigerians are also there," Etang said.

WATCH: Civilians among dead in Nigeria offensive.




Boko Haram probe 
The possibility of a link with Nigerian group Boko Haram was being investigated, Iweha said at a news conference.  There has never previously been evidence of an alliance between Salafist Sunni Muslim Boko Haram and Shia Hezbollah.  Most Nigerian Muslims are Sunni, but there are several thousand Shia Nigerians, a legacy of Muslim Ibrahim Zakzaky's preachings since the 1980s.  Zakzaky still leads Nigeria's main Shia movement, seen as largely peaceful, and has campaigned for a government with stricter adherence to sharia law.  Iweha declined to say if any link to Zakzaky was being investigated.   Nigeria has a large Lebanese community, but this was the first time Nigerian authorities had said that Hezbollah had an operational interest in the country.  Iran, which backs Hezbollah, has recently been implicated in two incidents in Nigeria. An Iranian and his Nigerian accomplice were sentenced to five years in prison this month for trying to smuggle a weapons shipment heading to Gambia.  In February, Nigerian authorities broke up what they described as an Iranian-backed group gathering intelligence about locations. - Aljazeera.


Libya Becomes "The New Mali" As Islamists Shift In Sahara.
A member of the Libyan Army's ''Thunderbolt'' special forces is deployed in
the streets of Benghazi to secure the city after a series of explosions by
unknown assailants in recent weeks, May 19, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori
Suicide attacks on a French-run mine and a military base in northern Niger have shown how an Islamist threat is spreading across the weak nations of the Sahara, meaning France may be tied down there for years to come.  Regional rivalries are aggravating the problem for Paris and its Western allies, with a lack of cooperation between Saharan countries helping militants to melt away when they come under pressure and regroup in quieter parts of the vast desert.  Security officials say lawless southern Libya has become the latest haven for al Qaeda-linked fighters after French-led forces drove them from strongholds in northern Mali this year, killing hundreds.  "The south of Libya is what the north of Mali was like before," said a senior adviser to Mali's interim President Diouncounda Traore, asking not to be named.  Niger has said last week's suicide raids, which killed 25 people at the army base and desert uranium mine run by France's Areva, were launched from Libya. Amid growing tensions between the two countries, Libya has denied this.  Chad, which played a leading role in the Mali campaign, said a man was shot dead in an attack on its consulate in the Libyan desert town of Sabha at the weekend.  Smugglers have long used Libya's poorly patrolled south - a crossroads of routes to Chad, Niger and Algeria - for trafficking drugs, contraband cigarettes and people to Europe.  But the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 flooded the Sahara with pillaged weapons and ammunition. Tuareg separatists used them to seize power in northern Mali, only to be ousted by even better-armed Islamists who set up training camps and imposed harsh Islamic law until the French forces arrived.  The Islamists have also exploited Libya's weakness. Veteran al Qaeda commander Moktar Belmokhtar bought weapons there after Gaddafi's fall and his fighters passed through southern Libya to carry out a mass hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant in January, in which 37 foreigners died.  A spokesman for the MUJWA, an al Qaeda-linked group which controlled parts of Mali last year, told Mauritania's al Akhbar news site that the Niger attack was not prepared in southern Libya. But Belmokhtar's group said it also took part.  With no effective national army, Libya relies on local brigades to police its southern border region where at least 100 people died in ethnic violence last year. Tripoli's failure to restore security there may be encouraging permanent Islamist camps and weapons stores, security officials say.  France, which relies on neighbouring Niger for one fifth of the uranium powering its nuclear reactors, has urged regional powers to cooperate to tackle the threat from Libya.  "We're extremely concerned that what's happening in southern Libya could replicate what happened in Mali," a French diplomatic source said, adding that the defence minister had raised the issue on a recent visit to Washington and London. "Dealing with that problem needs to be fast-tracked."  Paris is keen to cut its troop numbers in the region. But, amid persistent bickering and mistrust among regional powers, President Francois Hollande admitted last week that French forces may have be used elsewhere in the Sahel.  Alarmed European governments also approved a 110-man mission this week to improve border security by training Libyan police and security forces. [ID:nL6N0E34Q0] But Paris feels this is being deployed too slowly, given the urgency of the situation.  "As much as the West may wish to leave the problem to Africans, it cannot," said Vicki Huddleston, a former U.S. ambassador to Mali. "Islamists will continue to fight until defeated by the region working together and supported by Western governments." - Reuters.


Sudan Clashes Over Gum Arabic In Darfur.
There have been many violent clashes over land in Darfur this year.
More than 60 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in Sudan's arid Darfur region, over land producing gum arabic, the police have said.  The gum is a food additive, used in soft drinks, and an adhesive.  The deaths are the result of an ongoing dispute between two ethnic groups in South Darfur, over pasture and acacia trees, from which the gum is cut.  The Gemir group accuses the Beni-Halba community of trying to take away land it has owned for more than 300 years.  State police said there were 64 deaths and scores of wounded in fighting in Katila, on Tuesday, involving four-wheel drives, horses and guns.  Gum arabic is one of Sudan's most important export products. For years, Sudan has had a virtual monopoly on it.  But part of the output is now being smuggled over the border into Chad to be sold for cash.  Some Arab groups were armed by Khartoum from 2003, in a bid to end an insurgency by mainly non-Arab rebels.  But they have since turned their weapons on each other to try to seize resources such as gold and the gum arabic, which is bought by international companies, including Coca Cola.  The UN said there were similar clashes in the area last week, Reuters news agency reports.  "An estimated 6,500 people fled Katila and sought refuge in Tulus [in South Darfur]," it quotes the UN statement as saying.  Around 300,000 people have been displaced since the start of this year across Darfur.  More than 500 were killed in clashes between two tribes fighting for control of a gold mine in North Darfur in January and February.  Events in Darfur are difficult to verify because Sudan restricts travel by journalists, aid workers and diplomats. - BBC.


Senegal Looking More Vulnerable To Extremism, Instability.
Dakar, Senegal.  Photo: UN-HABITAT
As violence rages in northern Nigeria, and international peacekeepers gear up to keep the peace in northern Mali, fears abound that Islamist movements will spread across borders, stoking instability elsewhere in the region, including Senegal which is not immune to the spread of extremist rhetoric, argues a just-published report by the Institute of Security Studies (ISS).  Four Islamic brotherhoods dominate religious and political life in Senegal: the Qadiri, the Tijani, the Mouride, and the Layenne, each of them made up of leaders (or shaykhs) and followers (murids).  In general, they are perceived as providing a barrier against the spread of fundamentalist dogma in the country, but the report says growing radical rhetoric is creeping in.  In the past, fundamentalists seeking to wield power in Senegal's mosques pitted themselves against the brotherhoods, saying they needed to reform their form of Islam, said report author Bakary Sambe of the Centre of Religious Studies at the Université Gaston Berger de Saint Louis. 

But they soon realized this strategy would not work, and instead went for a strategic truce, he said, focusing on common causes such as a call to stamp out what they call "bad values" such as homosexulaity and the secular state.  Brotherhood imams are increasingly asserting how "clean" and pure the form of Islam that they preach is, and thus they have taken on this reformist discourse, said Sambe.  According to the report/study, which involved researchers interviewing 400 Senegalese in the capital Dakar, its suburbs, and the towns and surrounding areas of Thiès, Mbour and Saint Louis, some 30 percent of interviewees said they had encountered the argument that they were not practising a true form of Islam.  Wahhabists (a conservative form of Sunni Islam) have allegedly criticized the brotherhoods for promoting the worship of individual imams - known in Senegal as marabouts - over worship of the Prophet Mohammed, said Sambe.  In Thiès, for instance, many interviewees spoke of a mosque that did not support the right kind of Islam, and that worshipped men, over the faith.  "More and more, fundamentalist groups, such as Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb [AQIM], are tapping into national causes and giving them a religious spin, to create national ideologies - that is part of their new strategy," said an imam in the Dakar neighbourhood of SICAP Baobab, who preferred anonymity.  While the majority of mosques shy away from fundamentalist preaching, the rhetoric has become more extreme in a significant minority, he said. - All Africa.


Malians In Gao Protest Against French "Bias".
Thousands of people in Mali's northern city of Gao have staged a protest, accusing France of favouring their rivals from the ethnic Tuareg group.  The protesters said Paris was colluding in the continuing occupation by the Tuareg of the regional capital Kidal.  The separatist rebels say they will not allow the Malian authorities into Kidal ahead of elections planned for July.  France led a military operation that ousted Islamist insurgents from northern Mali earlier this year.  Paris began withdrawing some of its 4,000 troops from the country in April and plans to gradually hand over to the Malian army and a UN peacekeeping force before the elections. Organisers of Thursday's protest said that up to 3,000 took part in the rally - although officials said the number was significantly less.  The protest was staged by a coalition of the region's powerful civilian militia groups, who voiced their anger of being excluded from talks to bring peace to the north.  The coalition pointed out that the Tuareg, on the other hand, had been invited to the talks in Burkina Faso.  "We want France to tell us what they are up to," protester Moussa Boureima Yoro was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.  "We are confused when they say, on the one hand that Kidal is part of Mali, and - at the same time - they act as if it doesn't belong to Mali," he added.  Hamil Toure, one of the demonstrators, told the BBC that the local militias remained armed and would block the elections if their demands were not met.  Many Gao residents - alongside with most southern Malians - accuse the Tuareg, including the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (MNLA), of being responsible for the war in Mali.  Last year, the MNLA swept across the north, seizing town and proclaiming the birth of a new Tuareg nation.  But they were soon pushed out by their former Islamist militant allies before France intervened.  The MNLA later supported France in its offensive against the Islamists. - BBC.



Ten Found Dead After Boat Sinks At Chevron Nigeria Facility.
Ten bodies have been found during a rescue operation off the coast of Nigeria after a tugboat contracted by Chevron sank on Sunday in rough seas, the vessel's owner said on Friday.  The Jascon-4 capsized early on Sunday at a mooring point around 30 km (20 miles) off oil-producing Delta state. Of 12 people who had been on board, one was rescued alive and another is still missing.  "The search and rescue operation that has been under way since 26 May has had to be stopped for safety reasons," the ship's owner West African Ventures said in a statement.  "The vessel, which is located some 30 metres under water in an upside-down position, has become so unstable that the risk of injury to our rescue divers has become unacceptably high," said West African Ventures, which is owned by Sea Trucks Group.    Chevron operates offshore and onshore joint ventures with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp and says it spends around $3 billion a year on its Nigerian operations.  The U.S. energy firm's 2012 net daily production from Nigeria was 238,000 barrels of crude oil, 165 million cubic feet of natural gas and 4,000 barrels of liquefied petroleum gas. - Reuters.


Angolan Independents Make One Million.
Angola's private indigenous companies (homegrown independents) produced slightly over a million barrels of oil from mainly shallow water fields, in the first quarter of 2013. The companies hold equity in 13 acreages in Angola, of which six are producing, even though marginal. These six tracts produced a total of 5,861,516 Barrels of Oil in the first three months of 2013. The equity percentages of the Angolan companies in the producing blocks range from 9% to 30%. The companies netted equity production of 1,024,464 Barrels of oil (1.024MMBO), or 17.4% of the total production of these blocks, during the quarter. That figure comes to 0.065% of Angola’s overall production of 155, 889, 347Barrels for the period. Angola’s daily production itself was 1.732Million Barrels Of Oil Per Day (1.732MMBOPD). Sociedade Petrolífera Angolana (Somoil) is the most proficient of Angola’s independents. It’s the only one which operates a block. It is also the only private Angolan oil company with an acreage abroad. It is currently acquiring 3D seismic data on Blocks FS and FST, which it operates. Duncan Clarke’s Book, Crude Continent: : The Struggle for Africa’s Oil Prize, reports that Falcon Oil(owned by the Volkswagen dealer, Antonio Moquito Mbakassi), won 10% of Block 6 and 5% of Block 15, for which it paid large signature bonus as were levied. Banco Africano de investmentos lent Falcon Oil funds to meet the costs, using the blocks as collaterals. What’s misleading is not the source of funds, but the subject acreages. The book confuses Block 6 for Block 6/06 and Block 15 for Block 15/06. The company doesn’t have equity in either of Blocks 15 and 17, which are Angola’s largest producers. Instead, Falcon Oil has 5% equity each in Blocks 15/06, operated by ENI Block 17/06, which is operated by TOTAL and Block 18/06, operated by Petrobras. ENI, TOTAL and Petrobras have made quite a few significant discoveries in Blocks 15/6, 17/06 and 18/06, which will eventually translate to equity production for Falcon, but for now Falcon has no production. Seen from the potentials of these exploratory blocks, which were excised from the producing Blocks 15, 17 and 18 respectively, Falcon is looking to become a sizeable net equity holder of crude. The much vilified Nazaki Oil, reportedly owned by ranking principals of the Angolan government, holds equity in two deepwater blocks, which are still very much in the exploratory stages. Nazaki holds 30% each in Cobalt operated shallow water block 9/09 and Cobalt operated deepwater block 21/09. Cobalt is an American independent. ACREP has 20% in 17% in Cabinda North Block, in the onshore Cabinda enclave, in the north of the country. Force Petroleum holds 20% equity in Cabinda South Block in the same area. Neither of these blocks, operated by Sonangol P&P and Pluspetrol respectively, is a producer. But ACREP also has 15% in Block 4/05, which is a marginal producer. Block 4/05 produced 935,875Barrels of oil in the first quarter of 2013. Somoil is 15% operator of FS and FST, two small producing blocks located onshore Soyo, with partners including Sonangol EP (80%) and Sonangol P&P(5%) in FS and partners Sonangol EP(63.67%), Chevron(16.33%) and Sonangol P&P(5%) in FST. Both FS and FST delivered 172,801 Barrels throughout the first three months of 2013, according to Angola’s Ministry of Finance. Poliedro and Kotoil each holds 9.1% in producing Block 2/85, with Somoil holding 9.3% on the same lease. The entire production for this block in the first quarter of the year was 366,162 Barrels. - Africa News.



Rebel Amnesty Reinstated In Uganda.
Civil society in northern Uganda has welcomed the reinstatement of legislation granting blanket amnesty to members of armed groups who surrender.  Key sections of Uganda's Amnesty Act were allowed to lapse in May 2012, meaning that members of armed groups, notably the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), no longer automatically escaped prosecution if they willingly abandoned their armed struggle.  Earlier this month, these sections of the act were reinstated and will remain in force for two years. Only top LRA commanders are ineligible for amnesty.  "We will endeavour to make known widely the decision of the government to restore the amnesty and will play our part to encourage any person still involved in armed rebellion to take advantage of the amnesty, which is a gesture of reconciliation and goodwill on the part of the people of Uganda," said of a press statement by a coalition of civil society organizations in northern Uganda.  The region has yet to recover from decades of conflict.  "Restoring the amnesty law in its totality is a big opportunity for the country to answer prayers for people, particularly in northern Uganda, crying for their person still held in captivity by the Lord's Resistance [Army] rebels," noted Stephen Oola, a transitional justice and governance advocate with Makerere University's Refugee Law Project.  "We hope that it [the amnesty law] will stay to achieve its main objectives of facilitating a peaceful end of conflict and reintegration of rebels back to their communities. This therefore demands for all actors to engage in credible solutions to peacefully end the LRA conflict," he said.  Janet Awor, who abandoned the LRA in 2012 and returned to her village of Awor, in northern Uganda, said: "I have been living in fear knowing that somebody from this village would take me to court because you know when you are in the LRA doing bad things is hard to avoid."  She continued, "Now I need to go and check if my certificate is ready at the amnesty office in Gulu, because I had applied for it at the office of the Amnesty Commission upon my arrival in Kampala." - All Africa.


President Jacob Zuma Takes A Drubbing For Run On South African Rand.
The next time South African President Jacob Zuma wants to talk up the economy, he might do better to hold his tongue.  On Friday, a day after convening a "special" news conference to try to stem this month's dramatic slide in the rand and in investor confidence in Africa's biggest economy, Zuma found himself being pilloried for doing the exact opposite.  Within minutes of him concluding his speech with a folksy exhortation to reporters to "just report nicely about South Africa", the rand fell 1.5 percent against the dollar.  The reason most cited by traders was the absence of any sort of coherent proposal to lift flagging growth or tackle the unrest in the mines that has been raging since last August when police shot dead 34 strikers at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine.  Two hours after Zuma's speech, South Africa's currency extended its earlier losses to nearly 3 percent when another mine reported a wildcat strike, compounding fears of a resurgence of labour militancy in a sector that accounts for half of the country's foreign exchange earnings.  "Zuma Sinks Rand", Johannesburg's Star newspaper screamed in a front page headline on Friday, while the Business Day broadsheet ran a cartoon of Zuma sprawled headlong as he grasps at the tail of a 'rand' springbok disappearing over a cliff.  The currency has lost 13 percent of its value against the dollar this month, and more than 20 percent this year. Of all the world's currencies, only Venezuela's Bolivar and Syria's pound are in worse shape.  The rand was volatile on Friday, with wider-than-expected trade deficit for April spurring some knee-jerk selling.  Editorials on Friday were no less scathing in their criticism of a president whose shaky grasp of economics - his formal schooling ended at primary level - has long been seen as inadequate for the leader of a sophisticated emerging market.  "What became apparent is that, at best, the president seemed rather uncomfortable. At worst, he seemed like he just wanted to get the briefing over and done with," the Business Report said in a front page editorial.  Zuma was on an official visit to Japan on Friday, leaving Gwede Mantashe, Secretary General of the ruling African National Congress, to leap to his defence by blaming a "sulking" private sector for not doing enough to boost growth and create jobs.  "The private sector is sulking. If the private sector is sulking, what can you do?" he told Talk Radio 702. - Reuters.


Malawi Defends South Korea Labour Deal.
Job opportunities are few and far between in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi.
The government of Malawi has defended a controversial deal it struck with South Korea to export up to 100,000 of its young people as migrant workers.  Opposition MPs in Malawi have called the deal "slave labour".  But the labour minister, struggling to create new job employment opportunities in her own country, has denied that.  Eunice Makangala told the BBC she "just" wanted "to help the young people in Malawi" who are due to leave for Seoul to work. The BBC's Raphael Tenthani in Blantyre says Malawian President Joyce Banda made an agreement with the government of South Korea on a visit there in February this year.  It involves sending young Malawian men and women aged between 18 and 25 to jobs in factories and on farms on the Korean peninsula, he says.  Accurate unemployment figures in Malawi are hard to compute because of the lack of a national identification system to track those out of a job.  But recent research suggests that 80% of secondary school graduates in Malawi return to their villages every year because they can neither find jobs nor employ themselves.  Nevertheless, opposition MPs in the capital, Lilongwe, are furious about the plan to export labour.  "We always cry about brain-drain and encourage Malawians in the diaspora to come back home and yet here we are exporting the cream of our labour force abroad. It doesn't make sense at all," Stevyn Kamwendo, for the DPP, told parliament on Tuesday.  Ms Makangala told the BBC she and her government were acting "in good faith".  "It is not modern-day slavery", she said.  "There are people who are working here who are from Egypt, from Nigeria, India and England.  "Do you want to tell me that those people are slaves? And the unemployment rate for the youth here is very high."  But Henry Kachaje, who is an entrepreneurial consultant in Malawi, said the labour export deal could have been better negotiated.  "It would have been more attractive", he said.  "If the government had actually attracted more foreign direct investors here... so that the young people were able to contribute to the social development of this country".  - BBC.


Uganda's Daily Monitor Reopens After Police Closure.
Uganda's Daily Monitor newspaper has reopened after being shut down by the authorities for more than a week. The privately owned paper was closed after publishing a letter alleging that President Yoweri Museveni was grooming his son to succeed him.  The letter, purporting to be from an army general, said those who opposed this risked assassination.  A government statement said the newspaper's owners "highly regretted the story".  Two radio stations linked to the Daily Monitor, KFM and Dembe Radio were also taken off air.  Staff at the newspaper have said the police, who had been occupying the premises in the capital, Kampala, for the last 11 days, have begun to open up the offices.  "Latest information indicates that some Monitor staff members have accessed the reception of the premises as police prepare to open other sections of the building," the newspaper published on its website.  The BBC's Ignatius Bahizi in Kampala says The Red Pepper newspaper, which was also shut down for reporting the allegations, remains closed.  Mr Museveni has been in power since 1986, and elections are due in 2016.  There has been long-standing speculation that his son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, a brigadier in the army, is being groomed as his successor. The government has denied having any such plans. Search to continue  Earlier this week, police tear-gassed and beat journalists with batons as they protested outside the offices of the Daily Monitor.  The authorities said they wanted evidence of how the Daily Monitor got hold of the confidential letter, purportedly written by Gen David Sejusa, who is out of the country.  In the government statement, it said the raid on 20 May 2013 was ordered because "it was established that the director general, Internal Security Organisation, to whom the letter was addressed, as well as the officers to whom the letter was copied never received it. Evidently, it was only the Daily Monitor in possession of the letter."  President Museveni and the management of Nation Media Group, which owns the Monitor, met on Sunday 26 May, it said.  They had agreed to "only publish or air stories which are properly sourced, verified and factual", amongst other undertakings, the statement from the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hilary Onek, said.  They also "undertook to be sensitive to and not publish or air stories that can generate tensions, ethnic hatred, cause insecurity or disturb law and order", it said.  Thanks to these agreements, the minister had ordered that the police remove the cordon at the Daily Monitor's office to allow "normal business as police continue with the search". - Africa News.



AFROCENTRICITY vs. HOMOSEXUALITY: The White Supremacy Paradigm Of Using Effeminization As Black Oppression - The Government Of Nigeria Bans Gay Marriages!

"Homosexual patterns of behavior are simply expressions of male self-submission to other males in the area of "sex," as well as in other areas - economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, and war. Oppression is defined as forced submission, homosexuality as a sign of weakness. 'Primary effeminacy' and 'secondary effeminacy' are definitions used to distinguish white causes of homosexuality from black ones. 'Primary effeminacy' is a self-derived response by whites to their genetic insufficiency, causing a negation of self-reproduction due to disgust with their own genetic weaknesses. 'Secondary effeminacy' (black male homosexuality) is consciously imposed on the black man by the white man for the purpose of destroying the black family." - Dr. Frances Cress Welsing.

May 31, 2013 - NIGERIA - With the whole world still excited and having mixed feelings soon after witnessing Africa`s two gay marriages in April, Nigeria bans gay marriages in a bill passed on Thursday.

Those who go against this ruling can face up to 14 years imprisonment.


File Photo: A gay couple.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to provide his seal of approval to this bill following the approval by Nigeria`s House of Representatives after they took part in a voice vote.

Gay and lesbian marriages have caused a stir worldwide with people carrying different opinions. The banning of gay marriages in Nigeria was passed in 2011 by the senate but according the Nigerian media this has been swept under the carpet till today.

Nigeria waits patiently to see whether President Jonathan will pass the bill or not.

Registering to gay clubs or putting on a “public show of same-sex amorous relationships directly or indirectly,” could also lead to 10 years behind bars.

Gays in Nigeria are openly criticised and sometimes attacked. Nigeria is a Muslim and Christian country and both religions are against homosexuality.

Meanwhile France witnessed their first gay marriage on Thursday, the ceremony took place between Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau.

Africa witnessed its first gay marriage in April in South Africa between Tshepo Modisane and Thoba calvin Sithol. This was followed by the continents second gay marriage also in April in Namibia between Ricardo Raymond Amunjera and Marc Omphemetse Themba. - ZimEye.




Thursday, May 30, 2013

THE RISE OF THE MOORS: The Precursors To The Complete And Total Detachment From European Vampirism And Dominionism - Expert Predicts That Islam Is Taking Over And Europe Will Soon Become Unrecognizable!

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: I do not condone violence or the usage of violence against anyone. Nor, do I embrace the religion of Islam or the beliefs of extremists and fundamentalists. All established religions were created by Priest Class of the Magi (The Vatican Church State) to further the White Supremacy Paradigm; to externalize the metaphysical allegory of our ancestors from I, Self, Lord And Master to the worship of falsely concocted alien gods; and importantly to obfuscate the real history of the planet and the indelible contributions of the First Peoples - the indigenous, original Moors.

However, as a symbolist, the escalation in these patterns of demonstration against European and Christian dominionism, MUST be observed and documented.






May 30, 2013 - EUROPE - According to Dr. Mordechai Kedar, European softening, together with demographics, is leading to 'abysmal' change.

The murder of a soldier in London, the stabbing of a soldier in Paris and the violent outbreak in Sweden – Europe's alarm clock has been ringing once again over the past week. The negative birthrate compared to the increase in Muslims, the heavy unemployment and the social-religious isolation of European immigrants are all back on the agenda.


Top Left: Stabbing scene in Paris. Top Right and Bottom Left: Riots in Sweden. Bottom Right: Suspected killer in London.
Images by AFP, AP and Reuters.

"Europe has lost its will to live as Europe," said Mideast expert Dr. Mordechai Kedar to Ynet. "It is gathered into museums, into history. If the leaders will not put an end to immigration, we will soon be hearing the death throes of the continent as we know it."


Even if it is somewhat demagogic to attempt to bind the three events from the past few days in different European sites under "Islamic extremism," and even if the rage sparks in the weaker classes of immigrants, it is hard to ignore the basic facts. Behind these events are African immigrants from Islamic countries.

Dr. Zvika Libman studies the effects of the Muslim minority in Europe in light of the radical Islam on European countries. When he sees the reality, he said, there is no alternative interpretation for the events. "There is no doubt that the unemployment and the economic hardships lead to rioting, as happened in France. And yes, there is a disadvantage compared to the European bourgeois, but this is not solely bitterness due to the economic situation – because there is unemployment among youngsters who are not Muslim, like in Spain for example.


The Muslims have a fertile ground of mosques that awaken them, preach to them that they are deprived, that they don't belong, that they're not wanted and that the only solution is a country with an Arab majority. This is the starting point for these riots."

According to Dr. Libman, Sweden is an example of the situation in Europe. Penniless immigrants coming from weakened and colonized countries, get housing, education and solid foundations from European welfare countries, and still express their anger at the establishment.


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"The foundations they received could not exist in other countries," he said, "the conditions are much better than before, and it is true there is a great gap from the weaker classes, there is bitterness and deprivation – but the economic gap also existed in the countries of origin, under rich tyrants who ruled them. In Sweden, where the stronger classes are citizens and not tyrants, theoretically they have a fair chance to reach that level if they're lucky, some even managed to integrate in local and national politics. There is no depression aimed at the Muslims, it's the opposite. And still we witness such violent outbreaks."

'European Softening'

Dr. Kedar claimed that this is a process known in advance, ending with the disintegration of Europe in its current state. "It is all a result of a European softening, which the Muslims see as a weakness, as if they received Europe in their hands for free. They do not voluntarily blend in, entire neighborhoods perpetuate the culture they brought with them, they are not aware of the language and economy and stay in their enclaves. Once a French man of Algerian descent told me that they didn't move from Algeria to France, they brought Algeria to France.

According to many, demographics, which is the topic for many studies, is the red light. It points to the path in which the continent is headed – the European birthrate is at a continuous standstill while Muslim immigrants are doubling their rates.

"If they wanted to integrate within the society, as European leaders had hoped, this wouldn't be an issue," said Keidar. "But since they want to keep their identities and change Europe, it is obviously a big issue. Every year more Muslims than non-Muslims are born in France. Japan has no Muslims because they don't allow them in. Racism? Maybe. Superiority? Maybe. They don't care. They want to sustain Japan and are looking down on everyone."

The dream of European leaders, said Libman, mainly Germany's Angela Merkel and Britain's David Cameron, is to see the second and third generations of immigrants as ordinary citizens, and shatter the deliberate segregation of the immigrant Muslim community. "There are thousands of mosques in every host country, especially in the core countries – Germany, France and Britain. The parents, even those assimilated into the European society, make sure to send their kids to traditional schooling.


The affinity to origin and religion exist all the time, more so to a global-Muslim entity and less so to the actual country of origin. They see the trends in their origin countries – Turkey, Egypt, they all discuss Islam as something global."

How long will Europe contain the situation? "Good question," said Libman. "After WWII Europe is extra careful about anything that has to do with human rights and right to freedom. On the other hand, it absorbs aliens that do not integrate within the community. Europe needs manpower because the birthrate is low, they need those immigrants that seek to change the religious identity of the continent. It is an interesting time." - YNET News.





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