Revealed: The U.S. military's 36 code-named operations in Africa

Many demand: Yankees Out of Africa !

Many Americans first became aware of U.S.military operations in Africa only in October 2017, after the Islamic State ambushed American troops near Tongo Tongo, Niger, killing four U.S. soldiers and wounding two others.

Just after the attack, U.S. Africa Command said U.S. troops were providing “advice and assistance” to local counterparts. Later, it would become clear that those troops — the 11-man Operational Detachment-Alpha Team 3212 — were working out of the town of Oullam with a larger Nigerian force under the umbrella of Operation Juniper Shield, a wide-ranging counterterrorism effort in northwest Africa.

Julian Assange wins 2019 EU journalism award

Journalist Julian Assange honoured with prestigeous Galizia Award by EU Parliamentarians.

(vf) - 16. April 2019 - Strasbourg - Publisher and Journalist Julian Assange has been awarded the 2019 European United Left-Nordic Green Left Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information, WikiLeaks informed Tuesday - thus recognizing Assange’s work through WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been honoured with the 2019 GUE/NGL Award for journalists and whistleblowers, which is sponsored by European parliamentarians and was established in 2018 in honour of assassinated Maltese journalist Daphne Galizia.

The award is given to individuals “uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public” and to honor “individuals or groups who have been intimidated and/or persecuted for uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public.”

Assange was jailed last week by and in the UK, after being forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and could not be given the award at one of Her Majesty's Prison in London, where he is held now incommunicado while waiting trial.

ROCKnROLL AT THE HELM OF SOUTH AMERICA

No time to read and study in order to understand or to find an answer to the question: Why does the USA want to impose their kind of "democrazy" on Venezuela? - JUST WATCH 2:40 Minute CLIP

For earlier upates go to THE VENEZUELA FILES II  and THE VENEZUELA FILES I

Four later updates go to THE VENEZUELA FILES IV

In situations of war, collective violence or atrocity there is no such thing as a neutral stance. Passive by-standing is aiding and abetting evil. Don’t be complicit.

LISTEN WHILE READING: They Don't Care About Us !

Guri Dam the electicity generating core of Venzuela's power grid.

Update MON 15. April 2019 (vf): Russia will provide strategic cooperation to the Venezuelan government to investigate several attacks against the National Energy Service (SEN) said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromoloto Monday. The Russian deputy foreign minister said Russia will help Venezuela in investigating the cyber attacks on the country which cause nation-wide blackouts.
"Russia is providing the Venezuelan friends with all the necessary cooperation in response to the requests of the government of President Nicolas Maduro," said Syromolotov.
He reiterated that support for investigations will be given because the Venezuelan government has constantly said the attacks in March were cyber aggression against the SEN of the country.
Meanwhile, the Russian diplomat mentioned that the perpetrators of the attack against the SEN knew the vulnerabilities of the system. "Of course the masterminds of the attack knew well the operative algorithms, the vulnerabilities of the equipment and the corresponding systems," he said.

Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response

‘Catastrophe afflicts people now and, unlike those in the rich world who can still afford to wallow in despair, they are forced to respond in practical ways.’ Photograph: Guillem Sartorio/AFP/Getty Images

No one is coming to save us.

By F. William Engdahl (*) - 14.04.2019

The glyphosate crime amounts to mass-murder

As new studies continue to point to a direct link between the widely-used glyphosate herbicide and various forms of cancer, the agribusiness lobby fights ferociously to ignore or discredit evidence of human and other damage. A second US court jury case just ruled that Monsanto, now a part of the German Bayer AG, must pay $ 81 million in damages to plaintiff Edwin Hardeman who contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. The ruling and a line-up of another 11,000 pending cases in US courts going after the effects of glyphosate, have hit Bayer AG hard with the company announcing several thousand layoffs as its stock price plunges.

By John Pilger - ICH - April 13, 2019

RESIST !

The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in  almost seven years.

That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this clear in the legal ruling of its Working Party on Arbitrary Detention.

But to hell with that. Let the thugs go in. Directed by the quasi fascists in Trump's Washington, in league with Ecuador's Lenin Moreno, a Latin American Judas and liar seeking to disguise his rancid regime, the British elite abandoned its last imperial myth: that of fairness and justice.

Introduction

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The information age is evolving the very nature of warfare. Today, each nation increasingly depends on closely integrated, high-speed electronic systems across cyberspace, geospace, and space (CGS).  But, it’s a cause of great concern if an enemy can easily use a weapon like a small, inexpensive EMP device. An EMP weapon can deny any individual or entity across a nation the ability to use electromagnetic waves for their digital infrastructure and digital connectivity, e.g. radio, infrared, and radar. Moreover, a nuclear blast can also trigger an EMP effect, as can a solar storm. Individually and collectively, this emerging reality understandably changes the nature of warfare, the focus of the war, and the target of warfare, shaking up the very foundation of security.

Chinese mining companies left a Central African river 'in ruins'

Ouham river destroyed by Chinese mining activities.

The Central African Republic's ministry of mines and geology suspended four Chinese mining companies operating in Bozoum on March 25 for failing to protect the environment. Our Observer, Father Aurelio Gazzera, a missionary in Bozoum, says the affected areas include sections of the Ouham River. Gazzera sent The Observers photos of the river's deteriorating condition, which he says is the result of one company's hunt for gold.

"The river is in ruins"

In photos and videos taken by Gazzera, the Ouham River looks more like a construction site than a body of water, its levels low and its banks severely damaged. Gazzera said Chinese mining companies exploring for gold have set up around a dozen excavation sites in Bozoum and the surrounding area in recent months.

Six staff killed in deadliest attack at Congo’s Virunga National Park

by Joshua Castellino (*) | Minority Rights Group International - Tuesday, 9 April 2019
 
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The Mau Forest complex in Kenya is the core of the ancestral homeland of the aboriginal Ogiek people, who suffered since colonial times at the hands of outsiders trying to grab their forest ressources including the water sources of the Mau.

Despite a legal ruling and international attention, Kenya's Ogiek people have continued to face evictions, underlining the inherent difficulties in implementing judgments.

The continued dominance of colonial-imposed laws over pre-existing customary legal systems, has been the bane of land rights disputes involving indigenous peoples across the globe for many years.

Post-colonial states have been unable to address such issues since formal law has continued to prevail over ancient customary systems even post-independence.

One such example is the Ogiek in Kenya’s Mau Forest, whose fate is to be determined by a Task Force whose report is due at the end of April. The Task Force report should be significant not only for the Ogiek, but for indigenous peoples in Kenya and Africa, with wider global repercussions.

The Ogiek have lived in the Mau Forest for centuries. Their struggle through courts to gain recognition of their ancestral domain through formal law has been a long one.

Male refugees victimized by sexual violence say officials wanted bribes to help

Even the posters faint - and more so the will to fight corruption.

A seven-month investigation found reports of U.N. staff members exploiting refugees desperate for a safe home in a new country.

This is the third story in a three-part series 'ASYLUM FOR SALE' about alleged corruption in refugee resettlement. Click here to read the second report and here to read the first.

By Sally Hayden (*) -

NAKIVALE, Uganda — Mamadou remembers the harsh lights.

He had been captured by the security forces in his home country and taken to a room in a police station he described as a "container," then moved to a prison.

Once there, men in uniforms beat him, before tying and squeezing his genitals and raping him, he said. He believes some were police, and some military intelligence.

“I have been tortured physically, psychologically, and gang-raped.”

China’s 60 Years of Environmental Destruction in Tibet

 
The last timber is carried out of denuded Tibet

China’s latest white paper on Tibet, once again highlights Beijing’s absolute lack of understanding of Tibet’s History and its unwillingness to read beyond government documents. China’s 60 Years of Environmental Destruction in Tibet.

The paper “Democratic Reform in Tibet – Sixty Years On,” was released on March 27, 2019 to mark the 60th year of Chinese occupation of the Tibetan plateau and suppression of Tibetan people.

With a blatant display of colonial arrogance, the paper includes a brief chapter on Tibet’s ecology, it says: “In old Tibet, with an extremely underdeveloped economy, people could only adapt to the natural environment – they used whatever they could exploit from nature.”

This out-rightly undermines Tibet’s glorious history and gives no credit for Tibetan people’s environmental conservation efforts for thousands of years.

Whistleblowers face reprisals for speaking up, while corruption persists

Gratien Zimy Ntezimisi, a refugee whistleblower, outside UNHCR's headquarters in Kampala, Uganda, in January. Sally Hayden
A seven-month investigation found reports of U.N. staff members exploiting refugees desperate for a safe home in a new country.
 
This is the second story in a three-part series 'ASYLUM FOR SALE' about alleged corruption in refugee resettlement. Click here to read the first report and here to read the third.
 

In some of the world's most desperate places, UN caseworkers are demanding bribes from refugees.

Fraud and corruption are endemic, and those who speak out are punished.

A woman throws stones at the welcome sign for the UNHCR refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. Sally Hayden Ed.: "STONING THE DEVIL" is a culturally as well as religiously deeply routed tradition of many ethnicities.
A seven-month investigation found reports of U.N. staff members exploiting refugees desperate for a safe home in a new country.
 

Bull elephants – their importance as individuals in elephant societies

Elephant bull, Botswana - Image source: Dr. Kate Evans, Elephants for Africa

By Dr. Kate Evans, Elephants for Africa - April 5, 2019

It has long been recognised that older female elephants are pivotal to elephant ecology and herd survival (McComb et al. 2011; Foley et al. 2008; Moss et al. 2011), but what of older males?

Longevity in males is associated with size (the older the bull the taller he is), dominance, prolonged musth periods and reproductive success (Hollister-Smith et al. 2007). Until recently, the social life of bulls has drawn less interest from researchers and tourists alike, being viewed as solitary when not having random associations with other bulls or joining female herds for mating opportunities.

The realisation of the importance of the social ecology of male elephants and the role of older males in their society came at a huge cost when wildlife areas in South Africa, that had introduced young Kruger cull orphans without the social structure of older individuals, lost an incredible amount of rhino due to male adolescent elephant attacks. These young males were hitting puberty and immediately going into musth (a condition not normally experienced until a male elephant is in this mid to late twenties) as there were no older bulls to suppress it.

NATO-Exit: Dismantle NATO, Close Down 800 US Military Bases, Prosecute the War Criminals

 

This text prepared in the context of the April 7 2019 Florence International Conference: No War, No NATO will centre on the key relationship between US-NATO military operations directed against targeted countries and the imposition of  far-reaching neoliberal economic reforms both before and in the wake of US-NATO military interventions. 

This article will also address the dangers and consequences of a Third World War as well the nature of advanced weapons systems deployed by the broader US-NATO coalition.

Extensive war crimes have been committed by NATO member states.

The object of the Florence Venue is NATO-EXIT. The Dismantling of NATO and the closure of US military bases. 

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