350Africa: “Cyclone Idai is another terrible manifestation of the reality of climate crisis in Africa” 3/23/2019

While the UN-hosted Africa Climate Week takes place in Ghana aiming to strengthen African governments’ responses to the climate crisis, hundreds are dead and millions of people face severe impacts as cyclone hits Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.


GLOBAL – Already considered by the UN as possibly the worst cyclone ever to strike Southern Africa, Idai has ripped through villages and towns in three countries over the last few days, taking over 1000 lives and leaving a trail of destruction. With winds of 195 km/h accompanied by lashing rains, Idai has already affected millions of people, causing floods, landslides and ruining crops and roads.

Showing that the threats under debate are real, the cyclone hit the continent at the same time governments, private sector and other stakeholders are meeting at the Africa Climate Week to discuss possible late commitments to stop global warming.

Landry Ninteretse, Africa Team Leader at 350.org, said:

“For a continent already wracked by its severe impacts, cyclone Idai is just another chilling reminder of the reality of the climate crisis. Whilst the most vulnerable communities are facing the real impacts of climate change on the ground, government authorities are yet to come up with real and strong commitments.”

“The government’s inertia and lack of concrete actions to solve global warming are an insult to people facing untold suffering in every corner of the continent, whereas new coal and mining infrastructure and carbon commodification continue to be allowed.”

More than two million people could have been affected across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, and the real death tolls may not be known for many months as the countries deal with a still unfolding disaster. The port city of Beira, in Mozambique, was hit the hardest, with nearly 80 percent of homes and public infrastructures destroyed.

The number of cyclones and extreme floods in Southern Africa have been increasing in the last years due to the change in weather patterns likely caused by global warming. And while some countries appear to be already reducing carbon emissions and moving towards an energy transition that can contain the worse effects of climate change, Africa continues to be an open field for the fossil fuel industry, especially coal infrastructure.

Landry Ninteretse:

“The solutions to the climate crisis are also well known. They include ending coal extraction and mining in the very short term and stop funding new coal infrastructure – mines or power plants -, while accelerating investments in renewables.

International cooperation and funding from industrialised economies are yet necessary to combat climate change. And such efforts should start by not promoting or funding any fossil fuel projects anywhere in the world.”

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Somali militants holed up as battle rages in Mogadishu 3/1/2019

Somalia’s security forces are battling gunmen in a building in Mogadishu, hours after a suicide car bomb attack on a busy street left at least 20 people dead, security sources say.

The attack was launched late on Thursday by suspected al-Shabab militants in an area lined with hotels, shops and restaurants.

The gunmen then seized a nearby building and were surrounded.

Exchanges of gunfire continued throughout the night in the capital.

Some 60 people have been injured and seven have died in the attacks on Maka al-Mukarama road, a spokesman for the Aamin Ambulance service told the BBC.

A number of civilians have been rescued from the building, reports say.

There are fears that the death toll will rise further.

“There are still some armed men inside a building,” police officer Ibrahim Mohamed was quoted as saying on Friday morning by the AFP news agency.

The secretary-general of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) Mohamed Moalimuu was inside the Maka al-Mukarama hotel with a colleague when they heard gunshots followed by a blast:

What is the significance of Maka al-Mukarama road?

The Maka al-Mukarama road is the busiest road in Mogadishu. It has been repeatedly targeted by al-Shabab militants despite being one of the most heavily guarded roads in the country.

Hassan Haile, a prominent UK-based Somali political analyst, told the BBC that the Islamist militant group were especially drawn to the road.

“Al-Shabab like attacking Maka al-Mukarama because it is in the heart of Somalia,” he said.

He told the BBC the Islamist militant group use bribes and threats to carry out their attacks:

“They either bribe with money or make it very clear that they know where the soldiers live and who their families are, to reach where they want to reach,” Mr Haile said.

“There is negligence from the government, the soldiers have no money and they don’t get encouragement which makes these kinds of attacks possible.”

The fight against al-Shabab

The Islamist group al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, was forced out of Mogadishu in 2011 but continues to mount regular attacks in the city.

The US has sharply increased its air strikes against the group since President Trump took power.

The US State Department says al-Shabab retains control over large parts of the country and has the ability to carry out high-profile attacks using suicide bombers, explosive devices, mortars and small arms.

NBA To Co-Launch Professional Basketball League In Africa

The Basketball Africa League will be the first time the NBA collaborates to operate a league outside of North America.

The NBA announced Saturday it is helping launch a professional basketball league in Africa.

The new league will be called the Basketball Africa League, or BAL, according to the joint announcement from the NBA and FIBA, basketball’s international governing body. The BAL will feature 12 teams representing several countries across the African continent, including Nigeria, Angola, Senegal, Tunisia, Kenya, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa and Rwanda, the NBA’s press release stated

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis made the joint announcement at the NBA All-Star 2019 Africa luncheon in North Carolina.

“The implementation of this league is also vital to our young up-and-coming players in Africa as it gives them something to take aim at: they can look at becoming players who can play and evolve in these competitions, right on their continent,” said Alphonse Bilé, FIBA Africa executive director, according to the release. 

The BAL will be the first time the NBA collaborates to operate a league outside of North America, the organization stated. 

The NBA and FIBA also announced plans to hold qualification tournaments this year to determine the 12 teams, which are slated to officially begin play next January. 

Many people celebrated the news of the new league on Twitter Saturday. 

This is fantastic and exciting news for this amazing continent!” one Twitter user wrote. 

“Wow! This is amazing, can’t wait to watch and support,” another wrote. 

BLACK GANGTERS AND THERE ATTEMPT TO LEAD BLACK PEOPLE AGAINST THE WHITE MAJORITY

Black gangsters and there attempted to lead the black nation against the white majority is one of the insane ploys to gain freedom for the black nation i’ve ever heard of.

Black people have been in this country for four hundred years and we had many great black leaders like Malcom x, Martin Luther King and many more. We as a black nation threw our time in America did many great things in this country . We created and invented many things that we use today. We have influence the world on how to gain freedom for there nation in places like China to Israel . As we continue our plight to get equal rights in this country with white people there has been a shift of power that was once reserved for personal learned people of our race to people that are not so professional and they think the only way to gain our freedom is to make war with whites here in America.

These two mind set are so different from each other on one hand there is progress on other hand is nothing but the total destruction of the black race here in America as we know it. Black people seem to have forgotten that the main reason we gain our freedom from segregation was not of our own doing. But the political heat that was produced by our none violence protest of segregation to a inhuman race that was treating there former slaves like crap. The only reason we got our freedom was because of the invention called the T.V. . Brothers and sisters have no idea what the T.v. did for our race. You know why i know that? it’s because that same invention that gave us our freedom is spiraling our people back into what we where along with the internet.

This two mediums is making our people into what white people always said we where and that is savages. Along with rap music and Hip-Hop implanting crazy idea’s in our younger generation’s minds. Now iam not saying that racist whites do not have a play in this mind control but for money and fame a people would do just about anything to get out of the hood including play any thing that record labels wants them to play.

When i was young rap music was talking about what the inner cities was like and how black people was trying to get by in those hoods. Now you have rap artist pointing guns and talking about killing other black people and since then the rate of black on black crime has sky rocketed

First it was the music then they start imitating these brothers on stage to the way they dressed at first then brandishing guns like they see on the rap video’s . Don’t even get me started on the movies in Hollywood and the independent movies black people make . It came to the point where if you did not have a gun that black man was some kind of mark, a term that originated from assassins that they saw on the big screen.

Like i said in one of my post that the black nation at this time is lead by the black woman do to the the fact the section 8 and welfare systematical have thrown the black man out of the house from raising there kids. Under the female rule for about 30 years produced what you see to day.

During the sixties and fifties our men where men and they was lead by men because the father or some male role model was in the house handling the responsibilities of raising those kids. And i also said removing the father out of the house is a form of black magic.

Now these brothers who once imitated rappers on stage in almost ever way have alienated the professional man who lead us out of segregation and slavery to the point where as soon as he gets older enough he wants out and goes to college or the military to get out and alot of the times he don’t go back and for good reason!!!!! And now the Thugs of our people (Soldiers) have taken over the hood. And we have been murdering ourselves every since. Because of the frustrations of the lack of opportunities and chances in life. I made note that the lack of opportunities and the chances in life was just as high as it is now as it was in the forties,fifties,and sixties and racism was alot worse then now. We are killing each other in record numbers and that did not happen back in segregation . So why are this happening?

I believe the black race is now ruled by the black woman and her fatherless kids. That is preaching death to the white man with a army that only has a population rate of 14% of the united states while whites populate 64% of the United states with all the technology and weapons at his finger tips. It’s a foolish plan by an ill informed people that can’t see five years into there own future.

Hate never works and never will work in this nation towards any race . And dum idea’s like the nation of Islam trying to convince you that the white man is going to give you five states for black people to take over. A plan by the way they will never accomplish or even attempt to do.

The Nation of Islam in one of there books called the massage to the black man tried to pitch this idea to black people during the sixties when that book was first wrote and pocketed all the money. The Nation of Islam said if every black man and woman who is able to donate 5 dollars a month we can purchase five states from America where black people can run there own state never happened. And now Farrakhan just brought it up not to long ago,again!!!! to a whole new generation that don’t know what happened the first time they tried this in the sixties.

I can say this for the Nation of Islam they have the right idea but true freedom lies not in the borders of America. This not only a fact is a Biblical one. That is the only true move that so called black people make to gain there independence from the so called white man. The percentage living in peace also sky rockets as well for you and your children after you.

All this hating the white man for this and that is doing nothing for our people but giving more nations fuel to hate us more then ever before . This hate strategy comes from the inner cities and there fatherless kids. With this hate of white people there only strategy to relieve themselves from there hate of the world and the white man is to kill themselves off for pennies. Its sad i must say because the only way out for our people is not mexico and it is not Canada it is getting into talks with our brothers and sisters in Africa as well as the one’s that where spread threw out the world in these European nations to get together. We have the means and that is the internet the question is do we have the will.

You want freedom you must cut yourselves off from the idea of war with white people all is its going to do is get African Americans wiped off the American Map. We as a people need to get in touch with our brothers over seas. There is no solution for black people here in America. Peace war it does not matter we will always be subjugated by white people as long as we as a nation stay in this country. The first step is to get intouch with our brothers and sisters over seas and start from there.

Informed from the Holly Tabernacle

UN Chief Praises African Generosity Toward Migrants, But Solutions Elusive

Joshua Belete saw Libya, in North Africa, as a stopover, one leg in a journey that would lead to a better life in Europe.

But like thousands of other migrants from across Africa, Belete got stuck. He ended up at a United Nations refugee encampment in Tripoli, Libya’s capital and largest city.

For some, like Belete, entrapment happens on a boat in the middle of the Mediterranean, when the Libyan coast guard reels migrants back and throws them in detention centers. Others never leave shore; instead, they’re cornered by militants or human traffickers, imprisoned and cut off from their loved ones.

“We didn’t even have clothes,” Belete told VOA by phone. “It’s been a long time, and we have nothing.”

WASHINGTON — 

After the coast guard brought him back, Belete spent six days in a detention center. He was then taken to Ain Zara, in western Libya, when a conflict broke out between militants and people in the town. Refugees like Belete spent days without food or water, before the United Nations intervened and brought them to Tripoli.

Belete is one of the lucky ones. Many others are kept captive and tortured, their hopes for new beginnings replaced with a brutal existence of torment and extortion that repeats, day after day.

In search of solutions

When African heads of state and government meet at the Summit of the African Union next week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, they’ll discuss ways to better help refugees and internally displaced people like Belete.

Around the world, more than 68 million people have been forced from their homes, according to the United Nations. Many come from Africa, but it’s also Africa — and not Europe — that hosts the majority of migrants and refugees.

“African migrants go to other African countries where they can be integrated much more easily,” United Nations Secretary General António Guterres told VOA, “and where they face much less problems of xenophobia and racism than when they move to other continents.”

Unlike the rest of the world, Guterres said, Africa benefits from a regional convention for managing internal displacement.

That’s permitted an organized response to forced displacement.

“We need to pay tribute to the generosity of African countries,” Guterres said. “You have African countries, practically without exception, with their borders open to refugees fleeing conflict or persecution. You have enormous solidarity in relation to those refugees.”

The United Nations wants to bring a similar level of coordination to the global stage in the hopes of addressing flashpoints like Libya. In December, the intergovernmental body adopted two compacts designed to improve how the global community manages migration and responds to refugee crises.

The U.N. hopes to use the first compact, focused on migration across borders, to stem forced migration, make migration paths safer and help migrants integrate into their new communities.

The second compact focuses on providing protections to refugees by empowering both origin and host countries, improving refugees’ access to resources and encouraging more “third-country solutions.”

The compacts aren’t legally binding, but they do provide a holistic blueprint that could improve how the world manages migration — if member states play their part.

That’s a concern for Guterres, who worries that developed nations aren’t pulling their weight.

“I would like to see in other parts of the world, especially in richer parts of the world, the same generosity that I have always seen in Africa,” Guterres said.

‘We have scattered’

One country far from the borders most refugees seek to cross that’s stepped up is Canada.

Ottawa has resettled 150 African refugees living in slave-like conditions in Libya. The government plans to take in 500 more in the next two years under its resettlement program, The Canadian Press, the country’s national news agency, reported Wednesday.

But that’s just a fraction of the people trapped.

Libya has become a major chokepoint for refugees from across Africa seeking asylum in Europe. With the country’s infrastructure and civil society in tatters after the fall of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, militants, traffickers and bandits have thrived. Migrants look for passage to Europe across the Mediterranean but face brutal conditions in one of Africa’s most lawless states.

Idris Adem ended up in the same U.N. center as Belete after following his own harrowing path.

After making it to sea, he too was brought back to Libya, where he found himself in storage houses with migrants from Somalia, Comoros, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Distinct cultures, ethnicities, languages, all ensnared in an unforgiving place that reduces living to survival.

“We have scattered, and we find ourselves here,” Adem told VOA. “And some of us are here at the U.N., and some of us were kidnapped again and taken backward and returned.”