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South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters Celebrate Growth

Sat, 2019-05-18 00:59

South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters Celebrate Growth

Economic Freedom Fighters.

AFRICANGLOBE – South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters, EFF, have thanked voters for reposing confidence in them by giving them more seats in the next National Assembly.

The EFF gained ground in the May 8 elections, its second presidential and parliamentary election. The party grossed 10.7% of the vote, up from 6.3% five years ago.

In a statement issued today (Monday 13, 2019), the party extended: “deep and sincere gratitude to the people of South Africa who came out in the numbers to vote on 08 May 2019.

“We pay special attention to all who voted the EFF, increasing our electoral support by 70% across the country.

“We do not take it for granted that in each of the 09 provinces more people believe in the EFF than they did in 2016 and 2014. It is a sign that our revolution is on course and soon it shall be realized and accomplished.”

The ruling ANC despite winning the polls, slipped to holding 230 parliament seats, while the main opposition Democratic Alliance now holds 84, the EFF’s 44 means they maintain their spot as the second main opposition party.

They gained nineteen more seats in the legislature with over a million and half votes. Incidentally, the ANC lost the exact number of seats despite winning the polls.

In South Africa, the president and parliament are not elected directly. The number of votes won by each party determines how many representatives are sent to the national 400-seat legislature. The president of the country is the leader of the party that gets the most votes.

South African President Vows To Fight ‘Bad, Deviant Party Members

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday vowed to purge his party of “bad and deviant tendencies” as he prepares to appoint a new cabinet following a victory in national elections.

The 57% share of the vote was the worst-ever election showing for the African National Congress, which has ruled since the harsh apartheid system of racial discrimination ended 25 years ago. The party won 62% of the vote in 2014.

Low voter turnout of 65% in the May 8 election also reflected the frustration of many South Africans after corruption scandals around the ANC that led former president Jacob Zuma to resign last year under party pressure. Turnout was 74% in 2014.

Current President Cyril Ramaphosa in his first speech to supporters since the election win said he will not appoint leaders who work “to fill their own pockets.”

He told thousands of supporters in downtown Johannesburg that “we are going to end corruption whether they like it or not.” The revelations by a government commission investigating graft, often aired live on television for fascinated South Africans, “must be things of the past,” the president said.

Ramaphosa, however, is believed to be facing a revolt within the party by Zuma allies, one that could surface in the coming weeks as he decides on the makeup of his new government.

White observers have said South Africa’s economy, the most developed in Africa, would be further weakened if Ramaphosa is removed by his own party. He narrowly won the party leadership in late 2017, weeks before Zuma was pushed out.

Ramaphosa on Sunday urged ANC leaders to not hang the party’s “dirty linen in public” and said the party must be renewed “so that we cleanse it of all the bad and deviant tendencies.”

 

By: Abdur Rahman And Alfa Shaban

South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters Celebrate Growth
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Man Who Wasn’t Charged After Murdering His Black Neighbor Is Jailed For Shooting Girlfriend

Sat, 2019-05-18 00:04

Man Who Wasn’t Charged After Murdering His Black Neighbor Is Jailed For Shooting Girlfriend

Mark Jabben was allowed to murder his neighbor and get away with it because he was white.

AFRICANGLOBEA white male who was cleared by Fort Worth police as having acted in self-defense when he instigated a conflict, went on his Black neighbor’s porch and shot him in the face and back of the head last month, is now behind bars.

Mark Jabben, 46, was arrested in an unrelated shooting case.

He was booked Friday into the Tarrant County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault against a family member with a weapon.

Kevin Battle was shot in the face and the back of the head by Mark Jabben while standing in his own doorway.

Jabben is accused of shooting his girlfriend Theresa Ryan.

In March, Jabben shot his neighbor, Kevin Battle, in the face and back of the head — killing him. It happened while Battle stood, holding his grandson’s hand on the front porch of a duplex where they both lived.

Police said they believed Jabben attempted to walk in to Battle’s apartment during an argument.

Kevin Battle’s family says his neighbor murdered him after an alleged dispute over loud music. Fort Worth police refused to even arrest Jabben at the time, taking his word for it.

 

People Are Dying Because Of White Privilege – ProffTruth

Man Who Wasn’t Charged After Murdering His Black Neighbor Is Jailed For Shooting Girlfriend
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Facebook Removes Fake Israeli Accounts Targeting Africa

Fri, 2019-05-17 23:11

Facebook Removes Fake Israeli Accounts Targeting Africa

Israeli agents were using Facebook to run interference in African elections and politics.

AFRICANGLOBE – Facebook says it has removed hundreds of social media accounts targeted at countries in Africa. It also said it has banned an Israeli firm for ‘‘co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour’‘.

The global social media giant said, the 265 social media accounts removed were focused on Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia.

Other regions included Latin America and South East Asia.

In a blog post, the company said ‘’ the people behind this network used fake accounts to run pages, disseminate their content and artificially increase engagements’‘.

Facebook’s head of Cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher said these networks also ‘‘represented themselves as locals, including news organizations and published allegedly leaked information about politicians’‘.

It said the people behind these accounts spent about $812,000 for ads between December 2012 and April 2019.

Five of the six African countries targeted have had elections since 2016.

Tunisia is expected to hold its national polls later this year.

Facebook Removes Fake Israeli Accounts Targeting Africa
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America Seen As A Global Threat According To Pew Survey

Fri, 2019-05-17 02:56

America Seen As A Global Threat According To Pew Survey

White supremacy is also a major threat to global security.

AFRICANGLOBE – Terrorism is still a major concern around the world, but global warming is the bigger worry, and fear of cyberattacks is on the rise, according to a new Pew Research Center survey on threats.

Following similar studies in 2013 and 2017, Pew researchers asked people in 23 countries whether they considered the following a “major threat to our country”:

  • Global climate change
  • The Islamic militant group known as ISIS
  • Cyberattacks from other countries
  • North Korea’s nuclear program
  • The condition of the global economy
  • U.S. power and influence
  • Russia’s power and influence
  • China’s power and influence

Pew found that global climate change has risen from being a concern for 53% of respondents in 2013 to 63% in 2017 and now 67% in the most recent survey. Here are four major takeaways from the study, which was conducted among 27,612 respondents in 26 countries from May to August 2018:

Perception of U.S. power as a threat is closely tied to views on Trump.

Overall, only 25% of respondents were worried about U.S. power and influence in 2013, when Barack Obama was president. That rose to 38% in 2017 and now sits at 45%. In specific countries, the perception of the U.S. as a threat rose by increases of 30 percentage points in Germany, 29 points in France and 26 points in Brazil and Mexico. In 17 countries surveyed, people who had little or no confidence in Donald Trump were more likely to name U.S. power and influence as a top threat. This difference is most acute among America’s allies, including Canada, the U.K. and Australia, where views of the U.S. and its president have plummeted in recent years.

Russia is the least bothered about any threats.

Compared to the other countries, Russians are among the least concerned about any of the threats tested in the survey. Russians are relatively untroubled by foreign cyberattacks (36% said it’s a major threat), North Korean nuclear power (30%), and the world economy (40%). Russians are most concerned about ISIS, with 62% of respondents saying it’s a major threat, followed by global climate change and U.S. power and influence, each at 43%. Only one country ranked Russian power and influence as its No. 1 threat: Poland.

Latin America is more concerned about U.S. influence.

In the three Latin American countries surveyed — Mexico, Argentina and Brazil — global climate change remains the top concern. But worries about U.S. power and influence on average were higher there — above 50% in each — than in other regions. U.S. power was the No. 2 concern for Mexico.

The U.S. is most concerned about cyberattacks.

Nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed said their biggest concern is about cyberattacks from other countries. The only countries with even higher responses were South Korea and Japan, each with 81%; those two countries were also among the most concerned about Chinese power. Cyberattacks also topped the rankings of concerns for the Netherlands and South Africa. Overall, 61% of global respondents are concerned about cyberattacks, up 7 points from 2017.

 

By: Grace Dobush

America Seen As A Global Threat According To Pew Survey
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Bankrupt Zimbabwe Just Paid $64 Million In Reparations To White Farmers

Fri, 2019-05-17 01:53

Bankrupt Zimbabwe Just Paid $64 Million In Reparations To White Farmers

Foreigners have no claim to African land

AFRICANGLOBE – Compensation payments have been made to white farmers in Zimbabwe who lost their farms in a land reclamation policy under the erstwhile Robert Mugabe – led government.

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube is quoted by the state-owned Herald newspaper as saying 93 farmers had so far benefited to the tune of $64 million over the last decade.

The report added that the payments made in 2018 were for “immovable improvements” that the farmers had made on the reclaimed lands.

“In 2018 alone, $12m was paid to 29 farmers. In the 2019 national budget we set aside US$53m for the same purpose,” he is quoted as saying.

According to him efforts were still underway to trigger more disbursements via a verification exercise given that the government had identified more white farmers who needed to be duly compensated.

“Compensating the affected farmers is a noble idea and is in keeping with our constitutional dispensation,” he added.

The issue of payments long debated came up in April 2019 when the finance and agriculture ministries said they had budgeted 53 million Zimbabwean dollars ($18 million) in payments to “former farm owners affected by the land reclamation programme and who are in financial distress.”

The idiotic and myopic plan angered South African politician, Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, EFF, who branded President Emmerson Mnangagwa a sellout by agreeing to compensate the farmers.

Zimbabwe’s new President is hell bent on returning Zimbabwe to white rule

Malema opined that it was particularly worrying for a financially burdened country as Zimbabwe to find money for other reasons than alleviating poverty.

“It’s a sellout position. The way he is going about it, he is not going to finish his term,” Malema said.

“That country is swimming in a pool of poverty; they can’t afford basic things like primary health, proper education and infrastructure. He gets money and goes to give it to people who are not deserving. He is reversing the gains of the revolution struggle. It’s unsustainable,” he added.

The Zimbabwe government and ruling party, Zanu-PF, have stood by the decision charging Malema to stay out of their internal affairs and justifying that the move was to win investor confidence, in other words, to please white people.

The party spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo urged Malema to let Zimbabwe deal with its internal issues whiles deputy information minister Energy Mutodi was quoted as telling local NewsDay portal that Harare is seeking to mend fences with western countries.

“Government is clearing all obstacles that have hampered cordial and co-operative relations with Britain and the whole European Union bloc. The Second Republic is focusing on re-engagement.

“The compensation of the former white farmers is necessary to instill investor confidence. We are implementing a number of reforms that ensure that we create a clear break from the past and lay a firm foundation for investment. That is the (direction) this government has taken,” he barked.

 

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Bankrupt Zimbabwe Just Paid $64 Million In Reparations To White Farmers
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Racist Joe Biden Defends 1994 Crime Bill That Mass Incarcerated Black People

Thu, 2019-05-16 04:42

Racist Joe Biden Defends 1994 Crime Bill That Mass Incarcerated Black People

Joe Biden has a long history of passing laws that targeted Black people.

AFRICANGLOBE – Former vice president Joe Biden wrapped up his first campaign swing in New Hampshire on Tuesday with a defense of his 1994 crime bill, which has since then been criticized for leading to mass incarceration, particularly of Black Americans.

“Folks, let’s get something straight: 92 out of every 100 prisoners behind bars are in a state prison, not a federal prison,” Biden said when asked about the bill’s role in the country’s high incarceration rate. “This idea that the crime bill created mass incarceration — it did not create mass incarceration.”

Taking questions from nearly 100 people in a cold drizzle, Biden said he was “the only one who took on the NRA on the national level and won” when, as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in the 1990s, he ushered through a crime bill that included a federal ban on assault weapons and other gun restrictions.

During his last public event in New Hampshire, Biden talked about his work on various legislative efforts during his 36 years in the Senate, including bills going back to the 1970s. But his vigorous six-minute defense of the crime bill was the most pointed.

The bill passed with bipartisan support, and President Bill Clinton signed it into law — although he has since expressed regrets about it.

“I signed a bill that made the problem worse,” Clinton said to the NAACP convention in 2015, referring to disproportionate incarceration by race. “And I want to admit that.”

Biden offered no such admissions in Nashua, instead putting the blame on states.

“The states came along, check it out, they are the ones that put in mandatory minimum sentences, and the next argument that I got was that it was because I encouraged them,” Biden said. “I encouraged them?”

Biden conceded the bill wasn’t perfect and said one of the biggest mistakes was giving different sentences for convictions for powder versus crack cocaine, which was known to be more prevalent in Black communities.

Biden was also asked about the crime bill on Monday in Hampton.

“There’s a whole lot of talk about Biden and the crime bill,” Biden said, noting the nearly $10 billion the law set aside for crime prevention and to establish drug courts.

“I got made fun of because it’s just Biden spending money, not fighting crime, [but] on prevention,” Biden said.

Still, the issue could continue to follow the former senator from Delaware, particularly as rivals may look to use it as a way to criticize Biden, the race’s clear front-runner in public polling.

Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, for example, is running partly on his bipartisan work on a bill that WOULD reverse many sentences enacted by states and the federal government during the 1990s.

 

By: James Pindell

A Brief History Of Joe Biden’s Racism – ProffTruth

Racist Joe Biden Defends 1994 Crime Bill That Mass Incarcerated Black People
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South African Elections: An Autopsy And Prognosis

Thu, 2019-05-16 03:45

South African Elections: An Autopsy And Prognosis

The ANC returned to victory in South Africa with his lowest amount of votes ever.

AFRICANGLOBE – This is an autopsy of South Africa’s 6th national elections that have come and gone amidst allegations of vote rigging. The allegations of vote fraud were made by about 35 political parties out of the 48 political parties that were registered to participate in the 08 May, 2019 national and provincial elections. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party also complained about vote rigging through its Deputy President Floyd Shivambu but backtracked when they realised their votes were increasing. Other few political parties also withdrew citing different reasons. There are also allegations of Russian interference is South African elections.

About 27 political parties intend to go to court to challenge the elections outcome. During a press briefing on May 13, the leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Mangosuthu Buthelezi, said elections in South Africa have not been free and fair since 1994 and described the irregularities as shenanigans. Buthelezi said he supports the smaller parties that want to challenge election results. The DA had also called for an audit of the election results. However, their leader, Mmusi Maimane, was absent from their press briefing in the afternoon of May 13, after their federal executive meeting to assess the election results. There are reports that the predominantly white DA wants to get rid of him after the party dropped by 1.4 % of the votes. Africans are as expendable in white controlled parties the same way Marcus Garvey said African Americans were expendable in the Communist Party of the US.

The IEC resisted the aggrieved 27 political parties’ request for an independent audit of the election results saying there is no provision for an independent audit in the electoral law. The electoral body further said it would oppose these parties’ court bid challenging the legitimacy of the 2019 election results. IEC officials said the court challenge by these aggrieved parties was unlawful. This means the ANC and its western backers are winning elections by force. Opposition political parties are whipped into line like it has happened in other countries on the continent. This is coercion.

If elections are truly democratic and a means of changing the lives of the African people who were oppressed for more than three centuries to afford them an opportunity to determine their own destiny, then the will of the people should not be thwarted through manipulation of elections by the ANC in cahoots with the white South African elite and the West.

Many Africans have already realised that elections are a charade and a facade. The IEC revealed that ten million eligible voters in South Africa have not registered to vote. That is a huge number. Of the 27.7 million registered voters, only about 16 million to 17 million cast their votes on 8 May 2019. About 20 million people in South Africa do not participate in the elections. Voter apathy reminiscent of the western countries has already crept in because of lack of faith in the electoral system in a country that is a quarter century old. In the US, voting has been taking place for over 200 years and in Canada for over 125 years but elections in those countries have not brought changes especially to indigenous people and African Americans.

When white elites and the West realised that the African people were fighting to liberate themselves, they interceded and blunted the revolution with the express objective of introducing a process they would be able to control by remote – the elections. The South African government could not manage internal and external insurrection, especially internally. It is going to take the African people another three-and-a–half centuries to determine their future while white elites and the West would be controlling the African people’s thinking processes. Future generations would be so brainwashed and indoctrinated that they will believe as the Freedom Charter misleads them that “South Africa belongs to all who live in it” when it, in fact, belongs to the African people.

Two leading PAC leaders who were released from Robben Island in 1987/88 and 1989 respectively, Zeph Mothopeng and Jafta Masemola were against the PAC taking part in the negotiations with officials of the apartheid government which were initially held in secret between the ANC and apartheid government officials. Observing a joke that these elections have become, it should not be difficult to fathom why these PAC leaders were against the PAC joining in the negotiations fray.

On the 13th April, 2019, after attending the reburial in Munsieville of four POQO/PAC cadres who were hanged on the 16thJune 1964, I attended the 29th anniversary of the commemoration of the assassination of Masemola in Atteridgeville, Pretoria where I was asked to speak. After delivering my speech, Ike Mthimunye who was sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island together with Masemola and about five other PAC political prisoners, also gave an interesting speech. Mthimunye said that Masemola told them on Robben Island about instances on the African continent in which African leaders were incarcerated by colonial governments; emerged to lead their countries and their fellow struggle comrades were imprisoned or assassinated. He wanted to give about three examples but gave only two about Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and Josiah Mwangi Karuiki in Kenya and Dr Kamuzu Hastings Banda in Malawi and Orton Chirwa. Oginga Odinga was arrested following a fallout with Jomo Kenyatta and Kariuki was assassinated. Chirwa was arrested because of disagreements with Kamuzu Banda and died in detention. Let me add the third example about two Zimbabwean struggle heroes Herbert Chitepo assassinated in a car bomb in 1975 in exile in Lusaka, Zambia and Josiah Tongogara who died in a mysterious accident in 1979 on the eve of the Zimbabwean independence.

Masemola and Mothopeng died in 1990 and after their deaths, PAC leaders joined the negotiations to which Masemola and Mothopeng were opposed. Masemola and Mothopeng wanted to prevent a situation in which the PAC led the African people into a corrupt electoral system that legitimised and endorsed an enslaving system like we have throughout the continent which is controlled by remote from western capitals. It is clear that Masemola and Mothopeng tried to prevent the PAC, as the vanguard of the African people, from being assimilated into the imperialist way of life and co-opted by the ANC which the PAC described in its 1959 founding documents as being no longer among the ranks of the liberation movement.

Have Elections Brought Change In Africa And Benefitted Africans?

Elections in Africa have not benefitted the African people, they have instead led to coups d’état engendered by corrupt civilian government and entrenched dictatorships both acute and benign. The armies that staged the coups became themselves corrupt which resulted in a vicious circle. The first victims of coups in Africa were Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa of Nigeria on 15 January, 1966 followed by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana on 24 February, 1966.

Kenya gained its independence in 1964 and Kenya African National Union (KANU) ruled until 2002 when it lost to Mwai Kibaki’s National Rainbow Coalition. Kibaki himself was once a member of KANU and served in both Jomo Kenyatta’s and Arap Moi’s governments. Kenya’s incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta is Jomo Kenyatta’s son and the leader of Kenya’s opposition party Raila Odinga is the son Oginga Odinga. It is clear that power revolves around the families of that country’s elite like elsewhere on the continent. For example, in South Africa, the children of the Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo’s and Walter Sisulu are the country’s ambassadors, cabinet minister and Members of Parliament. There is not a single child of Robert Sobukwe, Zeph Mothopeng, and Jafta Masemola, Steve Biko or Onkgopotse Tiro’s family who occupy those positions.

Botswana gained its independence in 1966 and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is still in power. In September this year, the BDP will be 53 years in power. Sir Seretse Khama, the country’s founding President’s elder son, Ian Khama served as term as deputy President and President for two terms and does not want to relinquish power. One of his brothers Tshekedi is a cabinet minister and also served as under his brother. Ian Khama wanted Tshekedi to become Botswana’s Deputy President. Apparently the people of Botswana frowned upon such an idea saying Botswana was not a Khama dynasty.

Zambia also gained independence in 1964 and the country’s was led by Kenneth Kaunda’s United National Independence Party (UNIP). UNIP ruled Zambia under a one party system for 27 years until the people of Zambia called for changed. Frederick Chiluba’s Movement for Multiparty Democracy beat UNIP in the elections and there has been a change of government for about three times since 1991.

ZANU PF in Zimbabwe has been in power since 1980 and Swapo in Namibia has been in power since 1990. Frelimo in Mozambique and MPLA in Angola have been in power since 1975. South Africa is following suit by rigging election yet pretending elections in South Africa are free and fair.

My prognosis is that South Africa must reform its electoral system to avert a revolution or an insurrection. The ANC government and other governments on the continent should change or reform their electoral systems so that when they lose elections they should vacate office. Elections in Africa have clearly not benefited the African people.

South Africa should introduce an electoral system that uses both electronic and manual voting to have a fall-back position should vote rigging beckon. Ballot papers that have encrypted ID numbers of voters should be introduced to enable the ballot papers to be traceable and tracked. Friendly electoral laws should be enacted so that aggrieved parties should challenge vote fraud. Because one of the complaints was multiple voting, transporting of voters should be outlawed. The ANC should not employ its members to run the elections.

South Africans are waiting for the outcome of the court challenge by aggrieved political parties.

 

By: Sam Ditshego

South African Elections: An Autopsy And Prognosis
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The Rise Of Sudanese General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo The Butcher Of Darfur

Thu, 2019-05-16 00:13

The Rise Of Sudanese General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo The Butcher Of Darfur

Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo was the leader of the Janjaweed Arab militia who carried out the genocide in Darfur.

AFRICANGLOBE – Young, brash and with an estimated 50,000 blindly loyal and combat-hardened fighters behind him, Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo is perhaps the most powerful, some would say dangerous, man in post-Omar Al Bashir Sudan – at the least, a kingmaker who could hold the key to the country’s future.

The 44-year-old general’s meteoric rise to power has been all the more impressive given Sudan’s notoriously shifting politics, complex spectrum of tribal rivalries and the ethnic tensions that were tirelessly fuelled by Al Bashir and the clique of Islamists around him to maintain their grip on power.

Better known by the nickname “Hemedti”, Gen Dagalo was named deputy chairman of the Transitional Military Council that took over after the army removed Al Bashir on April 11, ending his 29-year-old authoritarian regime following four months of deadly street protests against his rule.

Taking the second-most powerful job in the land at a critical juncture in Sudan’s history is a fitting next step in Gen Dagalo’s fantastic journey: from school dropout in his native western region of Darfur in the early 1990s to involvement in the treacherous world of desert smuggling and warfare to leading a powerful paramilitary outfit that has rapidly grown into the country’s most feared strike force.

His new job and the spacious and opulent office he has taken over at the Nile-side presidential palace reflect his weight on the streets. Thousands of his men, distinguished by their red berets and pickup trucks with red-and-green number plates, are deployed across Khartoum, keeping the peace while he and other generals negotiate with protest leaders over the handover of power to a civilian administration.

But this is unlikely to be the end of the road for a general who, despite his denials, is widely seen to be ambitious and a seasoned political player.

A combination of carefully weighed decisions and public statements since the start of the anti-government protests in December has significantly raised Gen Dagalo’s profile and political capital. In the early days of the protests, for example, he declared the protesters’ economic demands were legitimate, berated the government for failing to control food prices and blamed corrupt officials he did not name for the economic woes.

Sections of his paramilitary, the Rapid Support Forces, were summoned to the capital to protect vital state installations, but he made sure his men were never part of the security forces’ crackdown in which dozens of protesters were killed and thousands injured or detained.

When hundreds of thousands of Sudanese began a sit-in outside the armed forces headquarters in central Khartoum on April 6, some of his men quickly took up positions nearby in a show of force designed to discourage Islamist militias loyal to Al Bashir from making good on their threats to attack the protesters.

Diplomats, analysts and activists who whom we spoke to in Khartoum said Gen Dagalo played a key role along with a handful of army generals in Al Bashir’s removal, with his troops entrusted with arresting the president and neutralising his personal security detail.

His participation in Al Bashir’s removal betrays the extent of Gen Dagalo’s ambitions, given that the former president was his generous patron and protector throughout his rise. The former president spent millions arming the RSF and raised its leader to the rank of major general. In 2017, Al Bashir issued a decree that formalised that Gen Dagalo’s line of command goes to him directly, not the defence minister, and declared his militia part of the military, which the president is said to have deliberately weakened to leave RSF as Sudan’s strongest force.

Gen Dagalo went further in showing where his new loyalties lie by suggesting that he was instrumental in the decision to move Al Bashir from house arrest to jail after an alleged plan by the former leader to smuggle millions of euros out the country was uncovered.

“There would have been a massacre if we had not removed the president,” he said recently in televised comments, explaining the rationale behind the coup and alluding to threats by Islamists to attack the protesters. “The rights of the Sudanese people must be restored. I don’t mess around when it comes to this. The age of niceties is gone. We are now a nation governed by the law.”

Gen Dagalo has been portraying himself as a generous and patriotic benefactor, claiming to have spent more than $1 billion from the RSF coffers to finance imports of desperately needed fuel and other essential goods and depositing $250 million in the central bank. But he insists he has no political ambitions, and that the RSF is a “home” he will never leave. “I am not going to talk politics and I am not into politics,” he said.

However, people who have recently met or spoken to him tell a different story.

“He is smart and he has some good ideas on the future of the country,” said Mirghany Othman, a Sudanese newspaper editor. “I believe a bright political future awaits him, but he’s not aspiring to climb to the very top.”

A western diplomat who met the general said he appeared keen to project a upbeat image of himself to the world, giving a series of media interviews in which he made positive statements on the outlook for Sudan and even adopted the chief slogan of the protests – Peace, Freedom and Justice – as the guiding principles of Sudan going forward.

Gen Dagalo’s chief concern, said the diplomat, was to distance himself from the war crimes and genocide in Darfur for which Al Bashir and senior officials were indicted by the International Criminal Court nearly a decade ago. He also goes to great lengths to dismiss the tribal nature of the RSF, saying its men are drawn from nearly 70 Arab and ethnic African tribes, but acknowledges that Arabs make up the majority and that he relies more on them. “If an Arab goes absent without permission, I will know where to find him,” he once said.

“He took over the Rapid Support Forces around 2012 when the war in Darfur was basically over with just mopping up operations left to do, but God knows what he did there before that,” said the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject.

Gen Dagalo is not facing any ICC charges related to his crimes in Darfur, which left 300,000 people dead and displaced two million. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing while serving there, initially with the paramilitary border guards and later as a member of a militia led by Darfur’s Arab Reizayqat tribe, a group that has a long history of enmity with ethnic African tribes in western and southern Sudan.

As he tells it, Gen Dagalo’s decision to take action against the rebels in Darfur came after they allegedly raided trade convoys to or from neighbouring Libya and Egypt. It is widely believed that the genesis of his militia, prior to fighting the rebels on the government’s behalf, is rooted in a force he created to protect commercial convoys travelling the desert.

Underlining his go-it-alone attitude and knowledge of Darfur’s terrain, he has repeatedly made clear in the past that his force operated under military command but did not always see eye to eye with the top brass on strategy or tactics. On one occasion, he once recounted, he went over the generals’ heads and spoke directly to Al Bashir to argue his case against orders he was given. In interviews dating back to 2017 and 2018, he also lightly berated the military for a lack of actionable intelligence and complained about its rigid discipline that, in his words, did not suit him or his men.

Gen Dagalo has quietly been establishing regional credentials too, dispatching some of his force to join the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.

 

By: Hamza Hendawi

 

General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo And The Genocide In Darfur

The Rise Of Sudanese General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo The Butcher Of Darfur
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White Privilege: No Jail Time For Woman Who Killed Her Own Son

Wed, 2019-05-15 22:33

White Privilege: No Jail Time For Woman Who Killed Her Own Son

Samantha Jones, 31, was sentenced Wednesday to three years’ probation after she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the boy’s April 2018 death.

AFRICANGLOBE – A Pennsylvania woman accused of feeding her 11-week-old son breast milk that contained drugs, killing him, will not go to prison under a plea deal.

According to the Bucks County Courier Times, Samantha Jones, 31, was sentenced Wednesday to three years’ probation after she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the boy’s April 2018 death.

Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. also ordered Jones, of New Britain Township, to serve 100 hours of community service.

Authorities said the baby died April 2 after ingesting methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine in his mother’s breast milk.

Jones reportedly told police that she had been too exhausted to make her son a bottle that morning, so she breastfed him.

At the time, Jones said a doctor had prescribed her methadone to treat a painkiller addiction. She also had been taking illegal drugs.

“I never wanted this to happen,” Jones said in court last week, the Courier Times reported. “I loved my little boy more than anything. I have to live with this every day.”

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Ghana The Fastest Growing Economy In The World

Wed, 2019-05-15 22:11

Ghana The Fastest Growing Economy In The World

Ghana’s Black Star Square.

AFRICANGLOBE – According to latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) report, Ghana is expected to be the fastest growing economy, not just in Africa but in the world ! Up 8.8% . And the report also shows that Africa has 4 of the top 5 fastest growing economies in the world.

IMF predicts that Ghana’s economy will grow at 8.88 percent in 2019, a growth rate it says is the fastest in the world. IMF attributes the projections to Ghana’s improved macroeconomic performance for the last two years and the strong economic growth in 2018 .Last year, Ghana’s economy grew by 5.6 percent, putting it in sixth position.

Ghana is closely followed by its neighbor Ivory Coast with 7.5 percent, and Ethiopia with 7.7 percent. The growth rate of these two countries from 2018 to 2020 appears to be consistent, while Ghana’s growth is predicted to decline again in 2020.

Apart from Ghana and Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Senegal, also top the list of the fastest growing economies in the world according to the IMF report.

On the IMF list, Angola came last on the list of African countries and economic growth rate has been predicted to be 0.4 percent. Last year it suffered a decline of 1.7 percent. South Africa’s growth rate has been projected to be only 1.2 percent, an increase of 0.4 percent from that of 2018.

Resource-rich Nigeria will have a growth rate of 2.1 percent according to the report.

Innovation’ is viewed as the key driver of economic growth. Economists say the development and use of innovations enables firms to increase their productivity, which in turn leads to higher Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Ghana is keen to boost technological innovations and get more young people involved in sustaining and improving the country’s economic performance.

Innovation is especially key for low-income countries. It has been debated before that without innovation, low-income states will not move away from low-productivity.

Ghana has experience significant economic growth and is now categorized as a low-middle-income country but until recently it was ranked a low-income country.

Ghana The Fastest Growing Economy In The World
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Police Arrest Mentally Ill Teen Accused Of Killing Mississippi Police Officer

Wed, 2019-05-15 21:41

Police Arrest Mentally Ill Teen Accused Of Killing Mississippi Police Officer

Darian T Atkinson is clearly mentally ill. No one accused of murder could be smiling unless they have mental issues.

AFRICANGLOBE – Authorities have arrested two brothers following the alleged ambush-style killing of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen, who was shot to death outside a police station Sunday night.

Monday night, 19-year-old Darian T. Atkinson a handsome young teenager for whom the future seemed bright was smiling as he walked in handcuffs into the police station as a line of law enforcement officers and a large crowd of onlookers watched.

Atkinson was arrested in Wiggins, Mississippi less than 24 hours after McKeithen was shot, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said. His brother, 21-year-old Davian Atkinson, was later charged with accessory after the fact in the investigation.

Darian Atkinson is now facing capital murder charges and will be transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center once he is processed at the Biloxi Police Department. Miller said the focus now is on building a strong case against him.

Authorities say the motive for the killing of the 24-year force veteran McKeithen is still unknown.

McKeithen, 58, had worked on the police force for 24 years and was one of four officers awarded a medal of valor for saving the lives of four special needs children during Hurricane Katrina. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran.

“He was a wonderful family man. That’s where he spent all of his time was with his family. He was a gentle man for a policeman. He was very gentle. Likeable. He treated people with respect and dignity and we’re going to miss him sorely,” Miller grunted.

McKeithen was planning on retiring at the end of the year.

“The animal that did this is still on the run. And we are going to do everything within our power to bring him to justice,” Miller barked Monday morning, before Atkinson’s arrest.

Earlier in the day, police said they believed Atkinson was still in Biloxi and was considered “armed and dangerous.” Investigators said they believed people were helping him evade law enforcement.

 

Watch the full press conference below:

Police Arrest Mentally Ill Teen Accused Of Killing Mississippi Police Officer
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While Africans Are Selling Their Defense Assets Egypt Just Launched Its Second Locally Built Corvette

Wed, 2019-05-15 08:12

While Africans Are Selling Their Defense Assets Egypt Just Launched Its Second Locally Built Corvette

South Africa is busy trying to sell Africa’s largest weapons manufacturer to Saudi Arabia while the Arabs are building up their defense capabilities.

AFRICANGLOBE – The Egyptian Navy has launched its second locally built Gowind class corvette, Al-Moez, which was built by the Alexandria Shipyard Company in cooperation with France’s Naval Group.

The vessel was launched on 12 May during a ceremony attended by the Commander of the Egyptian Navy Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled, Chief of Staff of Egypt’s military General Mohamed Farid, chairman of Alexandria Shipyard and the Consul General of France in Alexandria, Janina Herrera.

In 2014 Egypt ordered four Gowind vessels from France’s Naval Group (formerly DCNS) for one billion euros, with three to be built in Egypt. The first vessel, ENS El Fateh, was built in France and delivered to Egypt in October 2017.

Egypt’s first locally produced Gowind corvette, ENS Port Said, was launched during a ceremony in Alexandria on 6 September 2018. Naval Group has also supplied the FREMM frigate Tahya Misr to Egypt as well as two Mistral class landing helicopter docks (Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar El Sadat).

The Gowind design selected by Egypt is fitted with the Naval Group’s SETIS combat management system including Panoramic Sensors and Intelligence Module (PSIM). A panoramic bridge offers 360° visibility and a single enclosed mast offers 360° sensor visibility. The mast integrates the SETIS combat management system as well as most sensors of the Gowind corvette including SMART-S radar and electronic warfare equipment (including Sylena decoy launchers).

Egypt’s vessels are equipped with 16 VL-MICA surface-to-air missiles and eight Exocet MM40 surface-to-surface missiles as well as one 76 mm and two 20 mm guns. The vessels can each carry one medium helicopter and will be fitted with torpedo launchers. Sensors include a Kingklip sonar and Captas 2 towed sonar.

The Egyptian Gowind 2500 has a total length of 102 metres, a width of 16 metres, displacement of 2 600 tonnes and a maximum speed of 25 knots. Range at 15 knots is 3 700 nautical miles. Including a helicopter detachment, crew is 65 persons.

Egypt entered into talks with France for the acquisition of another two Gowind vessels, but in the end chose to acquire Meko A200 corvettes from Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). Last month the German parliament’s Budget Committee gave approval for an export credit guarantee for six vessels. France’s La Tribune in November 2018 reported that a contract between Egypt and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems was signed in mid-September and was initially for two Meko corvettes, but was later expanded to cover three manufactured in Germany and one manufactured in Egypt.

La Tribune noted that in January, the German Federal Security Council approved production of a single Meko A200 for Egypt worth 500 million euros. Although financing has been approved, the German government still has to authorise the production of the five other Meko A200s, with exports being evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

TKMS already supplies Egypt with naval hardware and earlier this month launched the third of four Type 209/1400mod submarines for the Egyptian Navy.

While Africans Are Selling Their Defense Assets Egypt Just Launched Its Second Locally Built Corvette
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