A VOLCANIC ERUPTION OF RACISM AS ITALY APPOINTS 1ST BLACK MINISTER
IN THE SPIRIT OF FUN. THE PRESIDENT
Barack Obama Killed It In His White House Correspondents’ Dinner Speech
Business Insider: President Barack Obama started off his White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner speech by walking up to the podium to DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win.”
How do you like my new entrance music?” Obama said. “Rush Limbaugh warned you about this — second term, baby! We’re changing things around here a little bit.”
It was the start of a speech that kept his audience entertained throughout, and one that ended on a serious note by paying respect to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
NIGERIA: MASSACRE-228 GRAVES, 4,000 DESTROYED HOUSES
HAS FRU NDI LOST BAMENDA?
SDF COUNCILORS VOTES ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN BOUGHT BY THE CPDMcontinue>>>
South Africa; Cardinal say
pedophilia not a crime
NIGERIAN WOMAN ON
Yetunde Orungbemi is smitten. The kind of love that gives you butterflies in your stomach. Yet she faces the prospect of being estranged from her African-American husband and deported back to a country she barely knows. Welcome to the complexities of the U.S. immigration system. Orungbemi, who is of Nigerian origin, says the emotional weight of the court case and possibility of separation from her husband is overwhelming....continue>>>
A KU KLUX KLAN MAN IN U.S.
The Republican rage at the election of a blackman reached the US supreme court as a justice expresses arguments not unlike what a white supremacists will express as those who challenge minority rights to vote challenge laws protecting minority rights to vote.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia referred to Congress’s renewal of the Voting Rights Act as the “perpetuation of racial entitlement,” during Wednesday’s Supreme Court hearing on the law—a comment that one voting-rights advocate denounced as “shocking.”..continue>>>
END IMPUNITY!! RIGHTS
ON KILLINGS AND TORTURE
People in Cameroon are being subjected to a raft of abuses including unlawful killings and torture as the authorities seek to use the criminal justice system to clamp down on political opponents, human rights defenders and journalists and as a weapon to attack lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, Amnesty International said ina new report. "It's time to put an end to such blatant violations of human rights," says Godfrey Byaruhanga, Amnesty International's central Africa researcher who has recently returned from the country...continue>>>
ONLY THE 4TH! TEEN MAKES HISTORY
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With his Canon 60D in hand, Darrell Wallace Jr. is a fixture at the track, eagerly snapping photos with an insider’s view of auto racing. His Instagram account is littered with day-in-the-life snapshots of cars and crews, all carrying the tag, “My crazy life captured in pictures.” Wallace, though, isn’t a typical 19-year-old NASCAR prospect trying to climb the ladder, and he’s less interested in a budding photography career. He is a pioneer of sorts as only the fourth black driver with a full-time ride in a NASCAR series...continue>>>
TUNISIAN PM RESIGNS
Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali has announced that he had presented his resignation to the President of the Republic, asserting, however, that he "is ready to remain at the service of the people" as part of a new initiative "but under conditions." "I was ready to resign if the initiative to form a government of competences would not succeed and this is what I have done today," he said, adding that "this resignation does not mean a dereliction of duty." "We will see to the sustainability of the State and the continuity of its services and that there would be no political or institutional void at all levels," he assured. Besides, Mr. Jebali said that he is "still convinced about the need to form a government of national apolitical competences," adding that he "is ready to remain in the people's service" provided that the next government would be "away from all political infighting, based on national dialogue without exclusion and setting, in particular, a date for the forthcoming elections." The government should, Mr. Jebali insisted, "defend the right of all Tunisians to rally and protest freely; and the State should assume its responsibility to guarantee the citizens' freedoms and does not allow any party, organization or committee to substitute its role."
AFRICAN NEWS ROUND UP
In DR Congo, UN leader Ban Ki-moon renewed claims Tuesday that rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have had "external support" and warned that conflict could erupt again, Daily Nation reports.
Ban's latest report on DR Congo to the UN Security Council did not single out any country for backing the M23 rebels, who briefly seized the main eastern city of Goma in November...continue>>>
KESHIE AND NIGERIA; CHAMPIONS OF AFRICA
Nigeria have claimed their third Africa Cup of Nations crown after a 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso in the 2013 final at Soccer City on Sunday night. A goal from Sunday Mba five minutes before half time settled the tournament. It was a deserved victory for the Super Eagles who made most of the running in the game. continue>>>
Bigger than life; Stephen Keshie-player, coach, critic, African nationalist, Champion: The Nigerian media had been scathing of his decision to leave established players like Peter Odemwingie, Obinna Nsofor and Obafemi Martins out of the squad in favour of younger, inexperienced players like match-winner Sunday Mba, who plays in the country's domestic league. "I was openly criticised but that's football and now we must continue with our rebuilding exercise," Keshi said. "When you have faith in your players, they will never let you down. I don't care if you are a local boy or a big player in Europe, we are all equal and one."...continue>>>
KESHIE: WHITES ARE
COACHES IN AFRICA.
"The white guys are coming to Africa just for the money," he said. "They are not doing anything that we cannot do. I am not racist but that's just the way it is. "I am never against a white coach in Africa, because I've always worked with white coaches," Keshi said. "If you want to bring in a classic, an experienced coach from Europe, I am ready to learn from that coach, because he's better than me, he has more knowledge than me. "Meanwhile, we have quality African players, or ex-African players, who can do the same thing, but they're not given the opportunity because they're just black dudes. I don't like it." story>>>
"That Prince Boatang footage from the Milan game is shocking. Shame it takes a player to do that instead of the authorities being proactive." story and video>>>
AS REBELS POISED TO MOVE ON
CAPITAL, PRESIDENT FIRES SON
Central African Republic President Francois Bozize has fired his son as defense minister and fired the army chief of staff, after a string of victories by rebel forces.
The firings were announced in a decree read over state radio Wednesday. The decree said Bozize is taking the defense minister's post for himself. Story>>>
AFTER ALL THE FRENCH INSTIGATED OUTRAGE OF THE WEST AGAINST KAGAME'S RULE, RWANDA ON RIGHT TRACK
Rwanda registered the fastest growth rate of 7.5 per cent in 2010, the State of East Africa 2012 report has revealed.
The report states that East Africa's economy grew at an average rate of 6 per cent in 2010,..story>>>
Rwanda Considers Suing France Over Fugitives: Rwanda may drag France to court over what it called the European ...
THREE FREED UNDER RACIAL
A North Carolina judge voided the death sentences of three convicted murderers yesterday, two of whom were African-American, citing that race played a significant role in their trial and sentencing....story>>>
ANC LEADERSHIP CRISIS. ZUMA AND MOTLANTHE STRUGGLES FOR LEADERSHIP
Kgalema Motlanthe, the deputy president of South Africa, has ended months of speculation by confirming he will run against Jacob Zuma for the top job next week...story>>>
MANDELA HAS LUNG INFECTION
Johannesburg — The office of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has issued the following update on former President Nelson Mandela, who was flown from his rural home to No. 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria for tests on Saturday: Doctors have concluded the tests, and these have revealed a recurrence of a previous lung infection, for which Madiba is receiving appropriate treatment and he is responding to the treatment. President Zuma thanks the public for continuous support to former President Mandela and his family at this time.
Nelson Mandela Hospitalized
South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela was admitted to a military hospital Saturday for medical tests, though the nation's president told the public there was "no cause for alarm" over the 94-year-old icon's health...Read more:
UK Police stumped by man who fell from the sky
LONDON (AP) — Police believe he was from Africa, probably from Angola, but they don’t know his identity.
The mystery began in September when residents of a suburban street in the Mortlake neighborhood of West London woke up on a quiet Sunday morning to find the crumpled body of a black man on the sidewalk of Portman Avenue, near a convenience store, an upscale lingerie shop and a storefront offering Chinese medical cures...story>>>
Jesse Jackson starts London Human Rights Group
LONDON (AP) — American civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson is starting a group in the U.K. to oppose what he calls the abuse of police powers to stop and search people.
The group, called StopWatch, wants to stop police from disproportionately stopping and searching ethnic minorities...story>>>
Hamas Leader in Gaza
In a stunning demonstration of just what a titanic shift the Arab spring has wrought in the Middle East, Hamas leader, under the benevolent gaze of Egypt, makes a triumphant visit to Gaza as Netanyahu watches impotently...story>>>
In the build-up to the vote in New York, Israel worked hard to derail the Palestinian strategy - or at least to try to ensure the backing of a network of powerful allies. But that strategy failed - France voted for the Palestinians, and both Germany and the UK abstained...
Ghana goes to poll and amid glitches, poll is extended
Voting in Ghana's presidential and parliamentary elections has been extended in many areas where technical glitches led to long delays. Electoral officials say polling in the affected areas will resume on Saturday. Many voters endured long queues before the polls closed at 17:00 GMT. Counting has begun where voting was completed. A tight race is expected between President John Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo in the new oil producer - one of the world's fastest-growing economies...story>>>
Zimbabwe: Farm of Former White Supremacists leader seized
The farm of former white minority leader Ian Smith has been seized by Zimbabwe's government. Mr Smith led Rhodesia, as Zimbabwe was known, when its forces battled Robert Mugabe's guerrillas in the 1970s. Most white-owned land has been confiscated for redistribution to black farmers since 2000. Mr Smith's farm, known as Gwenoro, had been left alone...story>>>
Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai Panics as Mugabe surges in polls
The PM, still smarting from recent independent surveys which showed that President Robert Mugabe has eclipsed his popularity and trying to wriggle himself out of damaging sex scandals, is said to have admitted at the weekend that ZANU-PF was a well-oiled machine which could upset the MDC-T's electoral chances. Sources said as a result of increasing apprehension over an electoral upset, Tsvangirai has put targets for his Senators, Members of Parliament and councillors in and around the country to register new voters as he seeks to re-invent himself and the MDC-T...story>>>
SOUTHERN CAMEROONS YOUTH LEAGUE ON KILIMANJARO DEAL
In a release from the Secretary General of the Southern Cameroons Youth League Sunday, the organization spoke on the recent events in the struggle for independence of the people of the Southern Cameroons, sparked by the press release from Kilimanjaro Capital. In it, they indicated that:
From its inception, the Southern Cameroons Youth League had one simple overriding mission; to free the people of the Southern Cameroons from the brutal occupation of La Republique du Cameroun. It is a mission that had brought untold suffering on members of this organization and resulted in some of its members dying in the most horrific of fashion the occupiers could devise. Through the highs and the lows, the will of the League was sorely tested, and though at times it was stretched thin, it was never broken; because through it all, the League never lost sight of its mission and refuses to become an organization that disarms itself before engaging in a fight. Read full press release>>>
SOUTHERN CAMEROONS SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH KILIMANJARO CAPITAL
Weah Mbock reporting for Abakwa Times.In a press release yesterday, Kilimanjaro Capital Ltd., a financial firm, disclosed that they had signed a mineral rights agreement with the government of Southern Cameroons. The news, coming out of the blue, is causing a minor sensation as many had thought that the annexed people of Southern Cameroons had been crushed beyond repair and its leaders, living their last days in exile or in jail, resigned to their fate as a lost people. While market watchers are pondering the news and the effect it will have on the bottom line of this company, political watchers are suddenly keen on the effect this will have on the efforts of the people of Southern Cameroons to free their land from Cameroun. In the coming days, Abakwa Times will be reporting on a big story it had been digging, involving La Republique du Cameroun, South Africa, the United States of America, international law and the potential of serious diplomatic consequences for Cameroun. Continue to Press Release>>>>>
Laquintinie Mortuary Attendants Sacked For Trafficking Human Organs
Monday, October 22, 2012
The Minister of Public Health, Andre Mama Fouda, on October 19, 2012, fired four mortuary attendants at the Laquintinie Hospital in Douala for peddling human parts.
WORLD FOOTBALL SHOCKER! TINY CAPE VERDE KNOCKS OFF LA REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN
A country with a population of 500,000 pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the competition's history with their 3-2 aggregate triumph after winning the first leg at home 2-0 last month....full story>>>>
RIOTS IN SENEGAL AS NATIONS CUP GAME IS CALLED OFF
A crucial Africa Cup of Nations football match between Senegal and Ivory Coast has been abandoned after fans rioted at a stadium in Dakar.Home fans started fires in the stands and threw objects on the pitch as Senegal were losing 2-0, a result which would have eliminated the team.Ivorian fans jumped down on the pitch to escape the violence...full story>>>
Is this Al-Shabab's death-throws?
Photo: AU-UN IST / Abakar Albadri
African Union soldier looks on as members of the Al Qaeda-affiliated militant group Al Shabaab stand in line after more than 200 fighters gave themselves up (file photo).
Kismayo — Warships have fired shells at the Somali town of Kismayo, the second largest city of Somalia, a day after Al shabab pulled out of the town as the allied forces closed in, local residents said Sunday...full story>>>
Fearing Backlash, President Paul Biya visit the Far North
Weah Mbock reporting for Abakwa Times.
On the eve of the sentencing of erstwhile Biya’s henchman turned political opponent Marafa Hamidou Yaya, President Paul Biya hastened to the Northern provinces of La Republique du Cameroun to try and soothe frayed nerves and head off violent protests. Full story>>>>
KINGMAKERS DEFY COLONIAL ADMINISTRATOR TO CROWN NEW KING
The long awaited smoke, like it happens during the designation of a new Roman Catholic Pope has billowed from the mountains of Balikumbat. The fon of Balikumbat is back on the throne. This follows a week of deadlock after the ‘missing’ of the Almighty Fon Doh Gah Gwanyin III. Sunday September 16, 2012 was an extraordinary day for the Balikumbat people. As they all gathered that morning all eyes/ears were up the mountain, following the reports that kingmakers were in search of the missing fon.
As the population gathered to pay homage to the departed lion man of Balikumbat, the announcement of the missing fon was also accompanied by the enthronement of one of the sons of the missing Fon, who recently graduated from the School of Administration and Magistracy, ENAM.
HRH Fon Gahnyamdi is the new fon of Balikumbat. Balikumbat sons and daughters had since been mobilizing towards the coronation of their new fon and a hectic cry-die for Fon Doh. But the colonial administrator, the SDO, has been announcing over government radio for applicants to send in application for the job... Full story>>>
Super Model raise awareness of refugees plight in Sudan
Supermodel Alek Wek has come far, her journey from her native Sudan to the realm of high fashion rendering her a star. “I think the most important thing especially is that fashion should celebrate women,” the world-renowned beauty said of her profession walking runways and gracing magazine covers.
KENYAN MODEL FIGTHS SKIN LIGHTENING AND EUROPEAN IMPOSED IDEA OF BEAUTY
And from advertising and magazines, to TV and film, the black aesthetics are being pushed out, while European standards of beauty — blonde hair, blue eyes — are becoming more mainstream.
See more photos of Somali pirates here.
Lapiro de Mbanga, virulent critic of Biya, granted Political Asylum in the US
Cameroonian ace musician and vitriolic critic of the Biya regime, Pierre Roger Lambo Sanjo aka Lapiro de Mbanga, has been granted political asylum in the US.
It was Oscar Wilde who suggested that only the ugly and the stupid have the best of this world, and the matter of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and the many women in his life suggests, that equally scandalised 19th century Irish poet and playwright may have been onto something after all....
Nigerian recycling worker 'smuggled children into Britain before brainwashing them with African withcraft to turn them into prostitutes'
Osezua Elvis Osolase, 42, who lives in Gravesend, Kent, pictured, is accused of 13 offences of trafficking, rape, false imprisonment and sexual activity with a child.
Former interior minister (of Cameroun) Marafa Hamidou Yaya now in jail..expressing surprise that the prosecution lawyers failed to table documented proof in court to incriminate him, Marafa, who was Secretary General at the Presidency when Biya ordered that a plane be bought for his trips, stated that if the prosecutors were straight, they would have brought all the 14 witnesses they announced at the start of the proceedings for grilling in court. Full Story
Angry fans demonstrated outside the offices after the
defeat, leading to the deployment of police and military
"A new visitor to this country may have thought we were at
war or facing an invasion,"
Enthusiatic Obama supporter lifts him off his feet; video
Cameroons: Balikumbat Mayor Arrested
Cameroun: Biya Imposes CPDM Tax On State Officials
Rwandans fear serial killer is at large after murder of 15 women:10 Sep 2012: Police say they have appointed special team to investigate deaths of women, most of whom were sex workers
Zuma’s South Africa; Blame the Victims; Apatheid rears it’s Head
The 270 miners arrested during violent strikes in South Africa have been charged with the murder of their 34 colleagues who were shot dead by police.
After the massacre by the armed forces, South African court used apathied laws to charge the dead miners colleagues with their murder! full story
South Africa: Apartheid and the Marikana Murder Charges - a Common Purpose Indeed
After withering criticism, Zuma runs for cover. Charges against miners dropped!
Results from a survey done by a US-based non-governmental organisation have revealed both, a sharp increase in Zanu-PF's popularity and a decrease in support for the opposition. While the former ruling party accepted the favourable findings, the MDC-T have been less willing to take the research at face value...full story
Police Open Investigation Into Sudden Death Of Chief Enonchong
The file, which the President of the Wouri High Court handed over to the Attorney General for action, contained a complaint which her office received on July 19, 2012, from Prince Charles Abi Enonchong, the first son and next-of-kin to late Dr. Enonchong. Charles Enonchong is the General Manager of Fresh Food Cameroon (FREFOCAM), SCI-Abane Sarl, Gold Flame International, and Bakassi Petroleum Gas Ltd. Prince Enonchong, judging from the complaint, is convinced that his father did not die of natural cause(s). full story
KENYA, ROCKED BY VIOLENCE
Kenya: Chaos As Rogo Is Murdered
ONE man died and several others were injured during riots sparked off by the shooting of controversial Islamic cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed in Mombasa yesterday. read more »
MUSLIM CLERIC SHEIKH ABOUD ROGO WAS ASSASSINATED AT MIDDAY ON TUESDAY. SINCE THEN MOMBASA HAS BEEN CONVULSED BY RIOTS. POLICE HAVE BLAMED THE KILLING ON INTERNAL RIVALRIES AMONG ... READ MORE »
THE ASSASSINATION OF AN INFLUENTIAL AND VERY RADICAL MUSLIM CLERIC PROMPTED TWO DAYS OF VICIOUS RIOTING IN THE KENYAN CITY OF MOMBASA. ALL SEEMS QUIET NOW, BUT SIMON ALLISON ... READ MORE »
The United States Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs has approved $76,400…read more>>
Samuel Eto shuns Cameroun, slams door on lions
Indomitable Lions captain Samuel Eto’o, who has just been summoned to defend national colours next month, following the end of his controversial eight-month suspension, has turned down the invitation.
The Battle to Wrestle Cote D'Ivoire from France rages on
Cote d'Ivoire: Gunfire and Fear in Abidjan
A recent wave of armed attacks in Côte d'Ivoire's commercial capital, Abidjan, is lowering hopes of a steady return to security in a city that suffered some of the worst ... read more »
"After Yopougon, Akouedo and Abengourou, the mysterious commando hits Agboville," says a front-page headline in L'Inter. A report in this paper (p. 4) says that a soldier was ... read more »
The United Nations human rights agency has condemned the attack that took place on a relocation camp for internally displaced persons in Côte d'Ivoire last week, stressing that ... Read more »
The Duplicitous nature of Western Media Coverage of Events in Africa
THE HERALD (HARARE), 21 AUGUST 2012
The global media's coverage of the killing of 34 striking mine workers at Lonmin mine by police in South Africa in a frenzied three-minute hail of gunfire that left 78 others seriously injured has exposed the duplicitous nature of Western media coverage...continue
Massacre in South Africa; mine workers gun down
US: BLACK TURNOUT STUNS
WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home...continue>>>
US: RACIST ABUSE AT CATHOLIC SCHOOL
LAND GRAB IN CAMEROUN
Douala — As part of a trend that is accelerating across Africa, thousands of Cameroonians have been displaced from their homelands to make way for large-scale agribusiness projects. Inhabitants of Adjap, a largely deprived hamlet nestled deep in the heart of the tropical rainforests of southern Cameroon are living life on the margins. Over the years, its roughly 2,000 denizens have watched their ancestral forest lands continually annexed by the government and ceded to foreign agribusinesses and logging companies...continue>>>
POACHERS REAP GRIM PRICE
Poachers have killed 86 elephants in one week in a single central African country in the worst mass slaughter of the animals this year, officials said yesterday.
Armed gangs in Chad reportedly killed the elephants, including 33 pregnant females, before hacking out and stealing their tusks.
Wildlife officials said the killings took place last week near Chad’s border with Cameroon.Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said the slaughter ‘is evidence of the callous brutality demanded to feed the appetite of the ivory trade’.
She added: ‘Elephants in central Africa continue to be under siege from unscrupulous poachers.’...continue>>>
The New Pope and Africans
In an unexpected selection, the Vatican made history Wednesday as the papal conclave elected the first non-European pope in modern times.
SEVEN ON FORBS RICHEST
THE RICHEST BLACKS
Forbes magazine has just released its list of the world’s richest people, and while the typical names you might expect are there — such as Gates and Buffett — there are also a handful of billionaires of African descent you may want to know. Oprah Winfrey is the most famous black billionaire on the list, of course, but she is hardly the wealthiest. Still, the richest black woman in the world has managed to clock in at number 503 out of the list of 1,426 people and families compiled by the publication....continue>>>
BREAST IRONING IN CAMEROUN
I“[W]hen I approached the hut I heard my cousin crying inside,” Leina told theGrio. “I was curious, so I peeped through a small crack in the door.” What Leina saw next would change her life forever. “I heard my cousin groaning and I saw my grandmother warming a small grinding stone. [G]randma was using that small stone, which she warmed on the fire, to press my cousin’s breast, and was pressing hard on the breast, and she was crying.”
That was Leina ’s first encounter with breast ironing. Although this practice can result in physical damage in addition to retarding developing breasts, many elders condone it. Mothers or close relatives of young girls who perform the practice believe breast ironing will deter sexual predators...continue>>>>
FRANCE SHAKEN IN NORTHERN CAMEROUN
ADVISES CITIZENS TO EVACUATE AFTER KIDNAPING OF SEVEN
France has urged its citizens to leave northern Cameroon after Tuesday's kidnapping of a family of seven. Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian blamed Nigerian armed Islamist group Boko Haram. The French foreign ministry in a notice urged citizens in the far north of Cameroon, where the kidnapping took place, "to leave the area as quickly as possible" and advised against travel to areas bordering Nigeria until further notice...continue>>>
PLIGHT OF A BLACKMAN; EVEN THE RICH AND THE FAMOUS CAN'T ESCAPE.
Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker was frisked by an employee at a Manhattan deli Saturday after being accused of shoplifting, according to published reports. Whitaker, who is in New York filming a movie, was leaving the Milano Market in Morningside Heights when a worker said he saw him steal an item from the store, TMZ first reported. The worker stopped Whitaker and publicly searched him inside the store, TMZ said. But the employee's pat down revealed Whitaker hadn't taken anything. The actor apparently then left the store baffled and angry. Whitaker's representative said he did not call the authorities at the request of the worker who was in fear of losing his job, though he did ask that the store change how it treats its customers. An employee at the Deli Saturday evening said no one was available to to comment.
ABDUCTIONS IN NIGERIA
Seven foreign workers have been seized and a security guard shot dead by gunmen who attacked a construction company site in northern Nigeria, officials say. One of the workers seized was Italian, one was Greek and two others Lebanese. But UK officials could not confirm a report that another was British...continue>>>
ITALIANS PUSHED IVORIAN
SET SELF ON FIRE
An Ivorian man about to be deported from Italy has set himself alight at Fiumicino airport in the capital, Rome, Italian media has reported. A customs official extinguished the flames, but the young man is believed to be badly burnt...continue>>>
France's intervention in Mali is driven by the fear of a future threat. But will it increase the danger for Paris in the short term? Islamists have already vowed revenge. "France has attacked Islam. We will strike at the heart of France," said Abou Dardar, a leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao), an offshoot of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). French President Francois Hollande has also said that "all necessary precautions" would be adopted...continue>>>
ONLY AN EMPIRE ACTS LIKE
FRENCH MILITARY GOES ONCE MORE ON WALKABOUT IN AFRICA
At some point, people of good conscience, from the sleeping, colonial-rhetoric-imbibing African intellectuals, ‘independent’ African governments and activists, to clueless, it-is-no-concern-of-mine African Diaspora community, especially the African-American community, not to forget the supposed Western European democracy-for-all-humanity, equality-uber-alles-for-all espousing liberals and intellectuals..., will just have to accept that there is no hiding from the fact that the action of France in Africa is exactly the actions an empire will take to crush revolt. You can rundown the list of just the military actions it has taken in the past couple of years and it will be reminiscent of the Roman empire, fighting in Carthage, while at the same time, its troops are in Spain, Turkey… or the British Empire, engaging in numerous battles at a go, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, fighting tooth and nail to hold together an Empire. You can insert the Soviet Union here. Nobody, but nobody can remain blind to these actions as anything other than France fighting tooth and nail to preserve its colonial holdings in Africa. Why is it that these rebellions and fightings are all situated in 'former' French Colonies? ...timeline>>>
SOUTH AFRICA COUNTERS FRANCE
Johannesburg — South Africa has deployed 200 troops in the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), which some see not simply as an effort to assist CAR's army but also as a move to counter French military influence in the region....
"We are asking why South Africa has deployed so many troops [to CAR]." It can been viewed as "a new battlefield between France and South Africa".
South Africa, the continent's powerhouse, has championed the AU's mantra of "African solutions to African problems," and is increasingly becoming involved in Francophone Africa, Zoumenou said. It is an open secret that tensions exist between France and South Africa over how to deal with Madagascar's nearly four-year-old political crisis. full story>>>
A FIRST FOR AFRICA: FIRST HOME GROWN SMART PHONE.
Congolese technology company VMK is attempting to break into the smart phone and tablet market by unveiling the first homegrown devices specifically geared towards Africans.
VMK announced the launch of the new Way-C tablet and Elikia smart phone earlier this week...story>>>
Counsel for Mr. Ebenezer Akwanga, calls for Transparency
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Weah Mbock, Abakwa Times.
As the scandal of the assassination attempt on Mr. Ebenezer Akwanga's life by the government of Cameroun keeps unfolding, this reporter contacted the counsel retained by Mr. Akwanga, Dr. Jonathan Levy for a short interview. I wanted to find out if the investigation was proceeding in a manner in which justice was assured for his client, especially after this reporter received information indicating that there were serious initiatives underway to coverup the case. Dr. Levy indicated that while he was reserving judgment on the actions of the South African authorities, nonetheless, he has fired off two letters outlining his concerns to them. In reply, he had received a letter from the office of ADV T Majokweni, Acting Deputy National Director, South Africa National Prosecuting Service. In the letter, Dr. Levy was informed that his letters were received and that they had been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution, KwaZulu-Natal, who has been informed to respond to him. He was further informed that if he had not received a reply from that office within 90 days, he should contact the National Prosecuting Service...continue>>>
NIGERIA BRINGS AFRICA INTO THE
I grew up in Africa playing the London board game. Now the Lagos version shows the continent is a major player...story>>>
THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE THAT REVOLUTIONIZED AN ECONOMY. AFRICA'S FIRST
While government leaders, NGOs and corporations devise strategies to churn out more food for future generations, Eleni Gabre-Madhin is taking a different approach. Concerned by a 2002 famine in her home country of Ethiopia that followed bumper crops in 2000 and 2001, the Stanford-educated economist decided it was time to go beyond food production and take a hard look at distribution...story>>>
NIGERIA WARNS CAMEROUN TO STOP MALTREATING BAKASSI INDIGENES.
Abuja — The Federal Government, yesterday, urged Camerounian authorities to investigate allegations of maltreatment meted against indigenes of Bakassi Peninsula, in the interest of peace and continued harmonious relationship between the two countries...story>>>
CAMEROUN ATTEMPTS ASSASSINATION
OF S.C.Y.L LEADER, AKWANGA
Weah Mbock reporting.
On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, SAPS ARRI – Crime line # 121256, received a desperate alert at around 2.55 am, whipping Z-ti-78-Y. On verification, duty officer Mathew Bongsi (Sergeant), established there was a violent crime underway, around Scottsville..... COMPLAINT When xsx65 arrived with the man at the station, he was identified as follows: Identity: Wirsuiy Serkfem Charles Age: 47 Sex: Male Nationality: Cameroonian Profession: Journalist
So Began a leaked police report from the South African police, responding to a routine crime that turned into a high stakes diplomatic incident. continue to story>>>>
GHANA: JOHN DRAMANI DECLARED WINNER
The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan has declared President John Dramani Mahama winner of the presidential elections. He polled 5.57 million or 50.70 percent of the 10,995,262 valid votes cast to edge out closest challenger, Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party who polled 5.24 million votes or 47.74 percent...story>>>
MOST CORRUPT AGAIN; CAMEROUN!
EGYPT: THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME.
Military now has new powers
Cairo — A decree issued by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi giving the military temporary authority to arrest civilians and protect "vital facilities of the state" took effect Monday, as a standoff continued over an upcoming referendum on a controversial draft constitution and more protests were called for Tuesday...story>>>
STUDENTS NO LONGER HAVE TO STAND FOR BLACK NATIONAL ANTHEM
Aged around 30 at the time of this photo, James W. Johnson had already written Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing and been admitted to the Florida bar.
A black high school principal in Kanawha County, West Virginia came under fire after forcing students to stand up for the African-American National Anthem (“Lift Every Voice and Sing”) and disciplining those who refused to follow the order...story>>>
French Troops admit Ivorian Killings
Four ex-French peacekeepers have admitted their role in the killing of a suspected gang leader in Ivory Coast in 2005, but say they acted under orders. continue to story>>>
Ivory Coast loses priceless Crown Jewels
Prior to colonisation in 1893, Ivory Coast was home to several flourishing kingdoms, including the Abron of Gyaaman, the Muslim Kong Empire, and a Baoule state and the Anyi kingdoms of Indenie and Sanwi.
Among the stolen artefacts were 35 gold pendants dating from the 18th Century, 12 traditional necklaces from the 17th Century, six miniature gold boxes from the 18th Century, a 19th Century royal sabre and an Akan king head dress, which could come from the Baoule or Anyi kingdoms...story>>>
EGYPT IN CRISIS
Opposition protesters break through Police barricade
Egyptian opposition protesters have demonstrated outside the presidential palace in Cairo, after breaking through a barricade erected by security forces. Tens of thousands had gathered near the palace after rejecting a call for dialogue by President Mohammed Morsi...story>>>
Draft Constitution Expected to Resolve Tahrir Crisis
At least three people have been killed and more than 600 injured during protests across Egypt over a controversial presidential declaration that the opposition claims gives Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohamed Morsi too much power. continue reading>>>
Column: "There is no room for dialogue when a dictator imposes the most oppressive, abhorrent measures and then says 'let us split the difference'." continue reading>>
SHISONG CARDIAC CENTER: A SUCCESS!
Cameroon has been counting the blessings of the Shisong Cardiac Centre since its inception to handle the nation's cardiovascular health problems. In effect, November 17, 2012 offered a rare opportunity to check and balance 10 years of what has become Cameroon's cardiac centre of hope. The venue was Shisong, Kumbo, Bui Division and it was all about 10 years of cooperation between the Shisong Cardiac Centre and Milan's Cuore Fratello and Bambini Cardiopaticinel Mondo that inspire hope for the sick. Continue>>
An usurper haggle over land it doesn't own.
Biya to meet Jonathan over Bakassi
New diplomatic means of resolving the loss of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroun may have started with the meeting Thursday between a special delegation from President Paul Biya of Cameroun and President Goodluck Jonathan. Nigeria lost the oil rich peninsula to its neighbour via the judgement of International Court of Justice which awarded the area to Cameroun ten years ago. The three-man delegation from Cameroun include the country's Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmadu Ali; Camerounian Ambassador to Nigeria, Abbas Iya Ibrahima; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and African Cooperation, Jean Nguta. According to the delegation, President Biya wants to forge a mutual relationship with Nigeria and sort out all issues that border on the common interests of the two countries
ANALYSIS: TIME FOR BIYA TO GO
In terms of economic development, political freedoms and social indicators, 30 years of President Biya have not been kind to Cameroonians.
Today, a small elite from Cameroon's capital Yaoundé deserted their administrative functions to join locals in celebrating 30 years of President Paul Biya's reign. This is a long time. Over the years, some have come to baptise Biya as the 'father of the nation' and many Cameroonians, myself included, have grown up knowing no other 'dear leader' but Paul Biya. Indeed, despite his yearly proclamations on Cameroon National Youth Day...continue reading>>>
ANALYSIS: Paul Biya's three decades in power have been marked by political repression, official corruption, poverty and many other ills. But the people have not looked on passively. The country has a rich history of popular resistance....continue reading>>>
UN WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS ARRESTED IN SOUTHERN CAMEROONS
By Fai Visha
Since October 24, 2012, the occupation forces of la Republique du Cameroun, acting on orders from their proconsuls, have detained participants attending the United Nations Day Workshop in Bamenda. Fifty-four participants from the targeted UN Workshop location, the Northern and Southern former British Cameroons, both male and female were arrested...continue>>>
Israel continue its War against African Refugees
"Building a border fence does not give Israel a right to push back asylum seekers," said Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher and advocate at Human Rights Watch. "International law is crystal clear: no summary rejection of asylum seekers at the frontier and no forcible return unless and until it is established that their refugee claims are not valid."...continue reading>>>
Obama Pivots From Candidate To Commander In Chief
LOOK: Massive New York Blaze Destroys At Least 80 Homes
The Power of the Vote! 108 year Old woman makes a statement
For decades, 108-year-old Joanna Jenkins of Beaufort, South Carolina has watched elections come and go.
"She's just excited, she wants to vote this year, we were looking at the election, and as the debates were going on she decided she wants to vote all of a sudden. She just wants to vote, she wants to vote and is excited to vote," said her cousin, Shirley Lee...continue reading>>>
General Colin Powell Endorsed Obama and then all hell break loose.
Romney campaign accuse General of Racism, and the General's former Chief of Staff, a Republican also, fired back, declaring his party as home of racists.
France's Loot of Africa and its Liquidation of its dissidents
For decades, France has contributed directly to the violence and instability that has wracked so much of Africa. Coups, counter-coups, assassinations, destabilization and abductions - perhaps no other country among the colonial powers has afflicted the Earth’s largest continent with so much grief and ruination....continue reading>>>
IS SOMALIA ABOUT TO DEFY HISTORY
Amadala Victor, Abakwa Times Kenya
Is democratic election in Somalia inevitable?
Somalia will today participate in Presidential elections the first of its kind after 21 years of intolerance and warfare that has culminated into a divided nation. Ever since the reign of Said Bare, Somalia has never experienced calmness and as 25 candidates will be battling it out for the race to the state house, people’s hope remains just a hope. full story>>>>
IMMIGRANTS, SPARED DEPORTATION BY OBAMA ORDER
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has approved more 4,500 young illegal immigrants for a program to let them stay in the United States and get a work permit.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says about 180,000 people have applied for the administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program announced this summer. As of Wednesday, 4,591 applications had been approved. Those people will also get permission to work.
To date, no applications have been rejected.
The government started accepting applications on Aug. 15 and it had been expected that final decisions could take several months. Homeland Security officials have say the time to approve applications is expected to slow in coming months.
GROUP LUANCHES CAMPAIGN FOR PERSECUTED STUDENT
Anja Riise: Vice president of SAIH
A solidarity organization for students and academics in Norway has launched a campaign designed to give access to Norwegian universities to students expelled from universities because of “political or social reasons”...full story>>>
THE COMBAT IS JOINED: BATTLE OF COLORADO. MITT MEETS THE PRESIDENT
For Abakwa Times, Benedict Kuah
After close to four years of hit and run guerrilla warfare, Mitt Romney comes face to face with Barack Obama; expectations are sky high and America holds its breath. Fireworks are set to go off...full story>>>
THE BODY PARTS TRADE IN CAMEROUN
Reporting for Abakwa Times, Weah Mbock
Yaounde (Cameroun)--alert: some might find pictures of the remains upsetting.
Five individuals were yesterday reported to have been arrested for trafficking human body parts. Government controlled broadcaster, CRTV is reporting that the suspects had been transporting the body parts in a bag along with elephant meat from Djoum, a small town about 280km (170 miles) south of the capital Yaounde....full story>>>
SEVERE FLOODING ROCKS BAMENDA TOWN
Instead of the colonial government authorities assuming the blame for their poor and nonexistent planning, they are instead blaming the population for emptying their wastes in the streams and waterways, blocking their course-ways. It is almost like the rapist blaming the victim for looking sexy! full story>>>
25 Years Jail Sentence for Marafa
A court has sentenced Cameroon’s former interior minister and longtime presidential aide Marafa Hamidou Yaya to 25 years’ imprisonment in a corruption case that has been blighted by claims that it was politically motivated. full story>>>
THEORY OF HUMAN EVOLUTION CHALLENGED
Genetic study challenges theory that modern humans came from just one place in Africa...full story>>>
SOUTHERN CAMEROONS YOUTH FIGHT TO SHAKE UP THE MOVEMENT FOR INDEPENDENCE
A group of young people calling themselves grassroots leaders from the Southwest and Northwest met in Bamenda over the weekend and resolved to flush out some SCNC leaders.
The move comes after failed attempts by some clergymen to reconcile Nfor Ngala Nfor, Chief Ayamba Ete Otun and Thomas Nwancham, leaders of various factions of the Southern Cameroons National Council, SCNC, In a communiqué signed by representatives of all the Divisions in the Northwest and Southwest dated September 16, the delegates have given the moribund SCNC leaders reasonable time enough to freely conduct elections or be flushed out.
The delegates salute the efforts of committed British Southern Cameroonians at home and abroad who painstakingly did everything possible to bring he front-liners led by the erstwhile Chairman Chief Ayamba, “who with his team abandoned the SCNC since October 1, 2011 in Buea to reconcile with us. Most painful even when some four hundred SCNC activists were arrested and incarcerated under dehumanizing conditions and finally 136 were charged to Buea court, chief Ayamba has never shown any moral concern.”
THE TWINS, ONE BLACK, ONE WHITE, BORN TWO MINUTES APART TURN SEVEN.
Closer than ever… The million-to-one black and white twins Kian and Remee turn seven
One is black and has big brown eyes. The other is a blue-eyed blonde with the palest of skin. They might share the same cheeky smile, but side by side, they could hardly look less alike. Yet remarkably, Kian and Remee are twins, born a minute apart. Full story>>>
HOW THE NEWS YOU READ ABOUT AFRICA GETS MADEfawning New York Times profile by Nicholas Kristof, was a centerpiece of Jeffrey Gettleman's reporting for the same publication, and was interviewed by Ann Curry for NBC's Today. This is not to question Boyette's credibility or challenge his analysis (though he is far from a neutral observer), but rather to point out one of many examples of the way the West's Africa reporting becomes biased due to a lack of access and local language skills. As Karen Rothmyer noted in a Columbia Journalism Review article, many reporters working on Africa rely "heavily, and uncritically, on aid organizations for statistics, subjects, stories, and sources." It is thus no wonder that much reporting on Africa is so heavily focused on crises and that many pieces read like little more than NGO promotional materials. full story>>>
UPROAR OVER STEVENS DEATH! ISLAMISTS BURNT OUT
BENGHAZI,Libya (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angry over last week's killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya stormed the compound of the Islamic extremist militia suspected in the attack, evicting militiamen and setting fire to their building Friday.
WOMEN HISTORY MONTH;
FOUR BLACK WOMEN YOU
As with Black History Month, the focus on already well-known figures has been an ongoing criticism of Woman’s History Month. When it comes to black women, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells and Rosa Parks are on repeat. What makes these much-needed theme months thrive, however, is the spirit of discovery. It’s doubtful that the names Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman, Callie House, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin or Johnnie Tillmon even draw a glint of recognition but they should. In their own ways, each of these women made important contributions to the ongoing struggle for freedom and justice....continue>>>
A PROUD AFRICAN MAN
BOB MARLEY(6th FEB - 11 MAY 1981)
At 11 o’clock in the morning of February 10, 1966, just four days after his 21st birthday, Bob Marley walked into the office of the Justice of Peace in Trench Town. He was wearing a black suit and the fancy shoes that music producer, Coxsone, bought for him. His bride was wearing a borrowed mother-of-pearl tiara and a white wedding dress made by her aunt. Few hours after the marriage, Bob and the Wailing Wailers opened for the Jackson Five at the National Stadium in Kingston. Two days later, he left Jamaica for Delaware. His mother, Cedilla Malcolm Marley, immigrated to America three years earlier. She had filed papers for him to join her. When his papers came through, he said he would not leave unless Rita would eventually follow him. He married Rita because he was afraid that she would find another boyfriend when he was gone...continue>>>
REPUBLICANS TAKE A BIG SCALP OUT OF OBAMA
A highly qualified black woman falls to a vicious smear campaign. She had not even been nominated...story>>>
Has this Nigerian woman surpassed Oprah as richest black woman?
Nigerian philanthropist, fashion designer and oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija was recently on Forbes‘ list of Africa’s 40 richest people. At number 24, Forbes magazine put her worth at $600 million.
According to Ventures-Africa, Forbes may have missed a large amount of Alakija’s wealth when they were calculating. Folorunsho Alakija might be worth over $3.3 billion dollars. That is more than Oprah Winfrey’s fortune of $2.7 billion...story>>>
Jackson's 'BAD' Jacket sold at auction
Auctioneer Darren Julien said the jacket Jackson wore during his “Bad” tour fetched $240,000. Two of Jackson’s crystal-encrusted gloves sold for more than $100,000 each, as did other jackets and performance costumes...story>>
Court orders father of nine to stop procreating until he pays $90,000.00 child support.
Corey Curtis, a father of nine children, was ordered by a judge on Monday to stop ”compulsively procreating” unless he can pay the $90,000 of child support he owes. “It’s too bad the court doesn’t have the authority to sterilize,” said Racine County Circuit Court Judge Tim Boyle to the Journal Times. Boyle, as part of Curtis’ three-year probation, has prohibited the 44 year-old father from having any more children until he can prove he can financially provide for them.Curtis’s nine children were fathered with six different women...story>>>
Wonder kid from Africa
Kelvin Doe’s neighborhood in Sierra Leone has power lines, but they seldom deliver electricity. So, the 16-year-old whiz kid built his own battery out of acid, soda, and metal parts scavenged from trash bins that he now uses to light up area homes and help him work on his own inventions.
Among other gadgets to his credit are a homemade radio transmitter, plus a generator to power it, that he uses to run his own community radio station under the handle DJ Focus.
“People normally call me DJ Focus in my community because I believe if you focus you can do invention perfectly,” he said in a video about the whiz kidproduced by @radical.media for the THNKR YouTube channel.
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BLACKS COLOR COMPLEX
“I was shocked to learn, the day after my grandson was born, that my daughter had been, as she said ‘praying that he’d come out light, like his father, not dark like me,’” one worksop participant told Golden. From a friend, Golden learned of fights breaking out on college campuses over insults hurled related to the combatants’ relative skin colors.
“My daughter hears all the time from black boys that they would never marry a girl darker than she is,” another associate of Golden’s said. This friend’s child has been assessed as Greek or Spanish because of her complexion.
And it goes both ways. Just as darker women often feel discriminated against, lighter women also suffer from the bitterness that can flood them when they encounter black women who assume that their color gives them a sense of superiority. “As a light-skinned woman, brown-skinned women tell me all the time that I’m not a ‘real sister,’ and sometimes even that I can’t be trusted because I’m light,” Golden learned from the recipient of such sentiment....continue reading>>>
Surviving slavery, segregation and discrimination has forged a special pride in African-Americans. Now some are saying this hard-earned pride has become prejudice in the form of blind loyalty to President Barack Obama.
Are black people supporting Obama mainly because he’s black? If race is just one factor in blacks’ support of Obama, does that make them racist? Can blacks’ support for Obama be compared with white voters who may favor his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, because he’s white?...continue reading>>>
The minute Michelle Obama sashayed onto the stage last night. I automatically thought of the opening stanza to Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise”:
You may write me down in history
Michelle Obama did what black women do best. She rose to the occasion. Full story>>>>
OBAMA BROUGHT IT HOME!
How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs – and stuck others with the bill
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/greed-and-debt-the-true-story-of-mitt-romney-and-bain-capital-20120829#ixzz255Wy8vOC
IN CRISIS, IMMIGRANTS PAY THE PRICE. GREECE ON THE WARPATH
Greece launched an aggressive campaign this month to try to seal its 200-kilometer (130-mile) northeastern border, as it faces a debilitating financial crisis that has caused a swell in joblessness and a surge in racist attacks against immigrants with dark skin. Continue to story
The Putrefaction in the Gut of Cameroon
How did it all come to such a mess? An Abakwa times Editorial
I do not think that we at Abakwa times were the only ones waking up to the shocking mess that has hijacked the headlines of the London Olympics; the seven athletes representing the Republic of Cameroon that have gone missing from the Olympic Village in London. Reporting for Reuters, Tansa Musa:
His virulent lyrics denounce the evils of the nation and make Valsero the voice of Cameroonian youth. But it's this very outspokenness that compels public media to ban his songs. Read more »
Dangote started work on the 1.5 million tonnes-per-year plant in Douala, Cameroon's capital, in September last year with an eye to finishing the project within 18 months.
But construction was stopped after residents filed an injunction that the land belonged to the ethnic Sawa people.
Southern Cameroons: Francophone Students Steal 20 Computers
Marafa’s Men Witch-Hunted:An operation backed by some (Cameroun) Government officials at the Presidency is reportedly targeting people appointed by ex-Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Marafa Hamidou Yaya. The move is said to be aimed at identifying Senior Divisional Officers, SDOs, and Divisional Officers, DOs, who are allegedly Marafa’s “men”.
Kidnapped Nigerian Soccer star Freed After Harrowing 24 Hours
Devils Still Alive.. Euro 2012 Upset.. Bizarre MLB No-Hitter.. French Open.. Tiger & Phil
Omar al-Bashir addressing the UN (file photo)
Cameroons: Taxi Robberies on the Rise in Kumba
The Israeli pilot who was allegedly found with U.S.$2 million worth ...
"There are children here who only speak Hebrew. They won't even know the language where they're going," Berri said.
Africans were being stopped on the street and issued deportation orders, he added. "About 100 more have been arrested this morning."