[AFRICA - it's an entire continent & we don't pay enough attention]



    ..^ he is award winning International Journalist| Film Maker | 2 Time African Journalist of The Year | Africa Leadership FellowI Nieman Fellow| [email protected]

    meanwhile now that most Gulf Sunni leaders have stopped using this topic to deflect their masses from their own problems, guess who has picked up on that practice:

    dunno if this is true, just using it as an example how xenophobia about illegal immigrants doesn't just plague "western" nations nor is it exclusive to "whites" against "people of color" -

    South Africans who can't take the ANC any more again:

    I suspect it wasn't quite to the level of North Korea - maybe Iraq/Hussein, but that's just a guess. Also, it was 2 countries spliced into 1, which created its own internal animosities. Compare Somalia/Eritrea/Ethiopia, Súdán/South Sudan, Congo, Rwanda/Burundi, Morocco/Western Sahara, Nigeria north & south, etc.

    It's a continent with hugely genocidal passions. I felt post-9/11 Qaddafi woke up quick & did a pivot, but no Mideast leader wanted the Arab Spring. And in the end few countries transformed (except Libya for the worse sadly - again combo of historical split, nomad insurgency, Russian & ISIS nfluence, some racism towards black guest workers...). Not sure about Egypt, but doubt it improved much over Mubarak.

    Here's some African nuance on Qaddafi plus the full BBC article - again, flawed, sometimes brutal, sometimes more liberal (under Hussein women's volleyball played in shorts as an example of quixotic liberalism that countered hardcore Islamism, but a tiny anecdotal piece of the puzzle) - but still, not North Korean fanaticism by any stretch.



    This article posits Qaddafi wasn't even as bad as Hussein & Assad, and that part (not all) of his reputation was fabricated by the West - not entirely unbelievable.


    Bilal al-Sudani, ‘responsible for fostering the growing presence of IS in Africa’, was killed in strike approved by Joe Biden

    AFP in Washington, Thu 26 Jan 2023 18.13 EST

    A US military raid in Somalia ordered by President Joe Biden this week killed a key regional leader of the Islamic State group, Bilal al-Sudani, according to US officials.

    Sudani was killed on Wednesday during a gunfight after US troops descended on a mountainous cave complex in northern Somalia hoping to capture him.

    Around 10 of Sudani’s Islamic State associates at the scene were killed, but there were no American casualties, the officials said on Thursday.

    “On January 25, on orders from the president, the US military conducted an assault operation in northern Somalia that resulted in the death of a number of Isis members, including Bilal al-Sudani,” Lloyd Austin, the secretary of defense, said in a statement [....]



    Great piece by @ColinPClarke https://t.co/TrfWAdAoT1

    — alleyesonwagner (@alleyesonwagner) February 1, 2023



    Abdi tweeted this

    BUT THEN he also retweeted this reply he got:

    'Obidient' is clearly an Obama's first-campaign-style "hope" frenzy

    edit to add: also see #ObidientMovement and obidients in lagos

    Nigeria election polls retweeted by Dr. Remi Adekoya:

    (found retweeted by Nigeria expert Remi Adekoya)

    But I thought democracies made up of Black people didn't need any police, which are a White colonialist creation?

    Residual need due to colonialist leftover. In the days of milk and honey, no, it wouldn't have been needed, not that you need ballots to select a new chief - he Selecta himself.

    ^ how does Chicago compare?

    ANC has lots of Russia sympathizers in its ranks -

    Analysis: In Russia's push into Africa, Sudan is the strategic prize

    More clarity - trivial $10m US, already 20+ years, accelerates 10 year payout vs 20 years since affected white farmers already getting old.

    Zimbabwe gov doing this cuz IMF won't release other money until they do, not out of kindness or justice.

    interesting to know!

    Tweets from Nigerian election showing a whole bunch of people bitching tribally about 'the other' - mostly Yoruba vs. Igbo. Tweets that say "no, I am Nigerian" are few and far between.

    such a wonderful way with words, just sayin'

    Don’t expect my wife back in the Senate. She’ll be my housewife … — President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu

    Credit: Twitter| tvcnewsng pic.twitter.com/7t1UGLSMJC

    — Vanguard Newspapers (@vanguardngrnews) March 1, 2023

    ^ found retweeted by Dr. Remi Adekoya, who also tweeted these results, then retweeted T. Rankin's comment:

    "What's the first thing she'll do as 1st lady?" "The dishes if she knows what's good for her."

    I keep looking for Stacey Abram to say something, but all I see is Fox News razzing her

    Yeah, no tweets or nothing from her after the 26th - pretty lame.

    "Obi: we won the election and we'll prove it"

    Dayum, that's pretty ballsy. Wonder how it'll affect other countries plus attitude towards Russians. More popcorn...

    yeah "more popcorn" is how I look at it, too.

    Chief White House Correspondent 

    Harris heads to Africa amid Biden’s urgent courtship of the continent

    The United States seeks to counter efforts by China, Russia and others to woo the continent after the turbulent Trump years

    “First lady Jill Biden visited Namibia and Kenya in February, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Niger and Ethiopia earlier this month. Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen and U.N. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield have also visited.” https://t.co/D6S94mA8nc

    — Herbie Ziskend (@HerbieZiskend46) March 25, 2023

    As Vice President Harris on Saturday launches her first trip to Africa since taking office — part of an all-out push by the Biden administration to show African leaders it is committed to bolstering ties — she will confront widespread suspicions on the continent that the effort reflects a drive to counter China and Russia, not a deeper desire to improve relations with Africans for their own sake.

    Harris’s week-long trip includes stops in Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia, chosen because they are striving to maintain democracy in the face of economic pressures roiling the continent, White House officials said. Harris met with the leaders of all three countries during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in December, and she sees the nine-day journey as an extension of those dialogues, the officials said....

    Terrorists take over Kainji National Park

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