Chinese crime syndicates working with local South African gangs have caused stocks of abalone to be depleted at a record rate. Illegal trade in the marine mollusks extends across sub-Saharan Africa.

Demand for abalone in Asia is increasingly being met through illegal harvesting run by criminal gangs threatening the survival of the marine mollusk in South Africa, a report has said.

TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network, said Wednesday that 96 million individual abalone worth nearly $900 million (€769 million) have been illegally poached off South Africa's shores in the past 17 years.

Nearly all of the large sea snails were sent to China and Hong Kong, where they are considered a delicacy. Only around a third of abalone harvested off South Africa's coast was fished legally in line with quotas and other regulations, the report said.

- and like always: Africa, Asia and South-America are are providing the turf and the guinea-pigs.

The Anglo-American, Russian and Chinese strife for global dominance is obvious also in cyberspace

ACCESS NOW commented: We told you how the "Five Eyes" nations plan to compel access to our encrypted communications and undermine our security globally, despite the fact that the surveillance arsenal for these countries is already vast and — as Edward Snowden revealed — largely unchecked. Now, thanks to a coalition of 14 human rights groups, privacy organizations, and journalists, we have much better news: the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that parts of the U.K.'s surveillance regime violate the fundamental rights to privacy and free expression.

GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules

Surveillance system revealed by Snowden breached right to privacy, Strasbourg judges say

By - Legal affairs correspondent - @owenbowcott -13 Sep 2018

PICTURE: The GCHQ building in Cheltenham. Photograph: GCHQ/PA

GCHQ’s methods for bulk interception of online communications violated privacy and failed to provide sufficient surveillance safeguards, the European court of human rights has ruled.

UNHCR, AU and Zambia fail to uphold the Refugee Conventions

Zambia denies Zimbabwe politician Tendai Biti political asylum.
Zambian Foreign Minister Joe Malanji told the BBC that Mr Biti's grounds for asylum were weak and that Mr. Biti was being kept in "safe custody" until he returned to Zimbabwe. Not even a murmur from UNHCR.
Correspondents say there is a climate of fear in Zimbabwe, with some members of the opposition arrested and others going into hiding - while the people of Zimbabwe are in uproar over the botched election.
Returning Mr. Biti to Zimbabwe would amount to internationally outlawed REFOULEMENT. At least safe passage to a country, which would grant asylum, must be safeguarded.

Did “The Crocodile” Steal Zimbabwe’s Election?

By Thomas Mountain (*) - 08. August 2018

Did “The Crocodile”, Zimbabwe’s President and former National Intelligence chief Emmerson Mnangagwa steal the 2018 election?

While no one outside of those party loyalists on the Election Commission appointed by President Mnangagwa can say for sure, it surely looks that way.

To start with, Zimbabwe has been in a bad streak economically with unemployment and inflation sky high, while a critical shortage of foreign currency has plagued businesses large and small. The voter turn out in this latest election was huge, the largest in Zimbabwe’s history with especially large numbers of young, mainly unemployed

youth voting for the first time.

By Thomas Mountain (*) - 12. September 2018

All roads to peace in the Horn of Africa seem to run through the Eritrean capital of Asmara these days,  with the latest peace initiative allying Ethiopia and Eritrea looking like it will be bringing peace to South Sudan.

To understand the South Sudan civil war you must look no further then the Chinese oil fields, the only such owned and operated in Africa, and one of the first targets of the rebellion/coup attempt over 5 years ago. The only beneficiary from the South Sudan civil war has been the USA, for China has seen all of its ambitious plans for further development of its one and only energy field shut down.

No one, apart from the Eritrean President Issias Aferworki, has pointed the finger of blame for this conflagration where it belongs, at “foreign powers” aka the Central Intelligence Agency without whose $10 million a month for the past 60 months there would have been no functioning rebel army. Soldiers got to get paid, at least $300 a month and with some 20,000 rebel military (all former South Sudan regular army) the monthly nut to keep a war going is big enough to have to be a deep pocket operation, $600 million and counting so far.

No one else has access to this kind of cash but 'The Man' aka the Central Intelligence Agency.

One of the main demands of the rebels has been to shut down Chinese oil operations in the country. Gee, whose national interest is this in? Certainly not South Sudan's, whose very survival depends on these oil wells.

Exclusive Interview with
Leader of Indigenous Political Party in Nicaragua on Current Student-Led Protests


by (*) - IC - August 6, 2018

PICTURE: Steadfast Brooklyn Rivera

The famed Miskito Indigenous leader, Brooklyn Rivera, has been dealing with various manifestations of the FLSN (Sandinista) Party for decades.

He famously fought alongside AIM (American Indian Movement) founder and activist, Russell Means in the 1980’s. Means, who was injured by a Sandinista bomb while fighting alongside the Miskito, deemed their fight to defend an ancient indigenous territory from Sandinista nationalization and occupation as the ‘foremost struggle for Indigenous sovereignty in the world’.

It was dubbed by some U.S. media as ‘the last Indian war’; and Means would eventually go on to petition assistance from the U.S. government to support the Miskito as they had been supporting the Contras. He implied it would finally give them (the U.S.) a chance to be on the right side of an Indigenous cause.