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  1. Boko Haram Kidnaps Wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister

    clutchmag:

    Boko Haram Kidnaps Wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister

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    The wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister was kidnapped during an attack that left three people killed led by Boko Haram in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said.  Boko Haram has been attacking Cameroon for the past several weeks.

    “I can confirm that the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali in Kolofata came under a savage attack from Boko Haram militants,” Issa…

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    Updates: the hostage have been freed. 

    This confirm what I have been saying for months, if Cameroon really wanted they would have found the Nigerians hostage ages ago. I feel ashamed that my country only help when it’s someone who is in position of power who i suffering. Shame on you Paul Biya.

    (via 2brwngrls)

  2. Boko Haram Kidnaps Wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister

    clutchmag:

    Boko Haram Kidnaps Wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister

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    The wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister was kidnapped during an attack that left three people killed led by Boko Haram in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said.  Boko Haram has been attacking Cameroon for the past several weeks.

    “I can confirm that the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali in Kolofata came under a savage attack from Boko Haram militants,” Issa…

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    Maybe now Paul Biya is finally going to wake up and start doing something about this. But for the love of  Loki, I’m praying that there will be no ethnic retribution. That’s the last thing Cameroon need right now.

    (via 2brwngrls)

  3. maarnayeri:

    I’ve seen more hollow think pieces about what Gal Gadot means to representation in a “feminist” lens with this role of Wonder Woman than anti colonial feminist critiques and commentary of Israeli apparatus and Palestinian women under IDF surveillance (precisely the work the likes of Gal Gadot pride themselves upon).

    Mainstream feminism is a morally bankrupt institution. Nothing more than an agent and normalizer of neoliberal violence.

  4. I’m just going to post this video for all the self hating Negros out there defending Israel. 

    Wake the fuck up, this is how they treat black people. Love yourself for the love of Mamy wattah.

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  5. maarnayeri:

    So this photo, much to my astonishment, has been circulating on various social media networks to incite an emotional response out of people to the plight of Palestinians. There are a couple issues with this.

    America is a settler colonial state. And no, this is not something of the past. Many people, including activists unfortunately, often portray the suffering of Indigenous communities as something that is not rooted in the present. Its not a reality that doesn’t have adverse affects on Indigenous communities currently. Trafficking on reservations is a reality. Mass impoverishment and skyrocketing prices and in turn, lacking access to food in Indigenous communities is a reality. Violence and continued colonization is a grounded and apparently a neglected social justice issue.

    This parallel, whether or not it intends to, is crudely neglectful of that. To assume the vast majority of settlers in the US would exude empathy for Palestinians and their stolen land and the ghettoization, if not demolishment of their homes is to assume that they would also then be actively committed to addressing and deconstructing the oppression faced by NDN communities, which is patently false.

    Since America in itself is an illegitimate state, the upheaval of the US should not be threatening to anyone who considers themselves a decolonial activist. This photo pretty much says “imagine Americans, if this happened to your country”, but this isn’t our country. None of this is our land to begin with, aside from Indigenous and Black American communities, who have felt the backlash and served as the main and direct recipients of US violence for hundreds of years. No one living in America who does not descend from the genocided and the trafficked should feel the entitlement to and comfort of this land and living here that this infograph would require one to.

    How can we expect those that have been here and were the first to experience US bred brutality to feel empathy with us if we are not willing to extend genuine solidarity and exhibit constant conscientiousness of their struggle? I believe in Muslim communities and that we’re able to have a more nuanced and inclusive approach than this. We can’t denounce settler neglect elsewhere while perpetuating it ourselves, which is precisely what this photo did. That’s not activism, that’s exploitation.

  6. The world’s $58 billion scam of Africa

    The idea that we are aiding Africa is flawed; it is Africa that is aiding the rest of the world.’ This statement opens the July 2014 Health Poverty Action report Honest Accounts: The true story of Africa’s billion dollar losses. The report broaches the self-propagating global myth that Africa, that dark and hapless ‘country’, is in perpetual need of aid in some form – financial, technical, military, or other. Irrespective of whether governments request aid or not, they will get it. And yes, that includes the generosity of celebrity-types and fashion-forwards without whom the continent surely would simply vanish from the consciousness of the global community.

    The big picture is different from what is universally believed about aid to Africa

    The big picture is different from what is universally believed about aid to Africa

    Not so, according to the report, which includes contributors the Jubilee Debt Campaign, the Tax Justice Network, and the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development, among others. This quantitative study reveals findings that could be called a 419 scam of epic proportions. The scam, euphemistically couched in political jargon as ‘international aid’, ‘donor funding’ or ‘foreign direct investment’, essentially legitimises the draining of the continent’s resources through a combination of debt creation, repatriation of multinational company profits, illicit financial outflows, tax avoidance and evasion, illegal fishing and logging and other outflows. In financial terms, the report illustrates the loss to Africa as follows:

    The in-and-out flows show the unbalanced reality of aid to Africa

    The in-and-out flows show the unbalanced reality of aid to Africa

    • $46.3 billion in profits made by multinational companies
    • $21 billion in debt payments, often following irresponsible loans
    • $35.3 billion in illicit financial flows facilitated by the global network of tax havens
    • $23.4 billion in foreign currency reserves given as loans to other governments
    • $17 billion in illegal logging
    • $1.3 billion in illegal fishing
    • $6 billion as a result of the migration of skilled workers from Africa
    • $10.6 billion to adapt to the effects of climate change that it did not cause
    • $26 billion to promote low carbon economic growth

    The idea that we are aiding Africa is flawed; it is Africa that is aiding the rest of the world

    Those figures represent a net loss of $58 billion for the continent. Is this aiding Africa? Not entirely. Beyond the figures, the real impact of the activities result in the stifling of development and opportunities for ordinary citizens across the continent. Irresponsible lending on the part of foreign governments and institutions like the IMF, combined with irresponsible borrowing by African governments lock respective and successive governments into an abyss of continual debt repayments. Tax avoidance and evasion by multinational corporations, as well as the under-pricing of assets and repatriation of profit to their countries of origin or tax havens, deprive African governments of much needed taxes to their budgets. This added with what are often exploitative employment practices, something that the recent mining strike in South Africa highlighted, demonstrates that unregulated foreign direct investment is not automatically the panacea for economic problems on the continent. Similarly, illegal fishing and logging not only represent a financial loss to countries, but it further devastates the ecosystem, not to mention robs local fishermen of participating in generating their own incomes as they have done for generations.

    South African mining union AMCU strikes at the Amplats headquarters in Illovo, Johannesburg in March 2014. Photo: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

    South African mining union AMCU strikes at the Amplats headquarters in Illovo, Johannesburg in March 2014. Photo: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

    It is disturbing that in 2014, the Honest Report produces those particular findings. With that said, it would be surprising if the findings still elicit any sense of shock. The evidence of the fleecing of Africa is all around with high levels of poverty and unemployment, the poor quality of life and health, the indignity of living under governments rife with corruption and general disregard for the average citizen. It is a cycle of perversity that has been talked about during and post-colonisation. As we continue to raise the issues and fight for social and economic justice, it appears as though the continent is further mired into this cycle of depravity. This, as we realise that the findings demonstrate a reconstitution, and some might say reconfirmation, of established patterns of power.

    But all is not lost. In the same manner that neo-colonialism has had a make-over, replaced its fangs with crowns and veneers, so can the campaign for social and economic justice on the continent obtain a new look. The effect of a global economy that continues to plunge countries into financial distress (see also here) is increasingly waking up the consciousness of citizens across the world. From the streets of Madrid, to Athens, and St. Louis, global citizens are faced with the fact that the exploitative practices by a few in positions of power in the political and business sectors, like cancer, will eventually spread throughout the globe. What hurts Africa, hurts the world, and vice versa. Perhaps this realisation will drive the need for meaningful change. The answers and solutions exist. They have been provided by many over the years, including in this report. It’s now time to roll up our sleeves and be committed to implementing them without feeding the need to acquiesce to those in power.

    So, honestly, to naked profiteering disguised as aid and investment, it’s time to say, thank you, but no thanks. We’ll figure it out in a manner that serves humanity as whole. Not just the privileged few.

    source:http://thisisafrica.me/world-scams-africa-unbalanced-reality-aid-africa/

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  7. They kill all the good ones

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  8. yagazieemezi:

    I love when AFRICAN photographers capture images like this one!

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  9. Anonymous said: Thoughts on this, arabs and jews posing together? buzzfeed(.)com/rossalynwarren/jewish-and-arab-people-are-posing-together-in-inspiring-phot

    redphilistine:

    It’s dumb because it feeds into the notion that this is about two equal sides who hate each other rather than a system of colonization and racism implemented largely by European settlers against an indigenous population.

    Also, I’m willing to bet that most if not all of the Arabs in the photos a) are not Palestinian and b) have never experienced Israeli apartheid firsthand. Also also, I didn’t click on the link this time because I hate giving buzzfeed traffic, but I seem to remember that the photos included one of an Iranian-Jewish couple, too.

    It’s ignorant, liberal nonsense by a bunch of basic-ass attention whores.