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Thursday 02nd of July 2020

'Waiting the end' taken by Annamaria Gremmo

"An hippo, probably injured during a nocturnal fight, unable to walk away but still conscious, was laying on the ground close to the Musiara Marsh , surrounded by these young lions waiting for his end" 

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Why Does @realDonaldTrump Put Russia First? @nytimes @AmbassadorRice
Law & Politics

Since at least February, and possibly as early as March 2019, the United States has had compelling intelligence that a committed adversary, Russia, paid bounties to Taliban-linked fighters to kill American troops in Afghanistan. 

American service members were reportedly killed as a result.

To this day, the president of the United States has done nothing about it.

Instead, President Trump dismissed the intelligence as not “credible” and “possibly another fabricated Russia hoax, maybe by the Fake News” that is “wanting to make Republicans look bad!!!”

Setting aside for a moment the credulity of that claim, whenever the president learned of this deeply troubling intelligence, why did he not publicly condemn any Russian efforts to kill American soldiers and explore options for a swift and significant U.S. response?

None of this adds up.

As a former national security adviser, I find it exceedingly difficult to believe that no one told Mr. Trump about this intelligence.

If the president’s senior advisers — Robert O’Brien, the national security adviser; Richard Grenell, who stepped down in May as acting director of national intelligence; and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, among others — thought it was unnecessary to inform the commander in chief of this life-or- death matter, then they are not worthy of service.Here’s what should have happened. Had I, as national security adviser, received even “raw” reporting that Russia was paying to kill U.S. service members, I would have walked straight into the Oval Office to brief the president.I would have said, “Mr. President, I want to make sure you are aware that we have troubling reporting that Russia is paying the Taliban to kill our forces in Afghanistan. I will work with the intelligence community to ensure the information is solid. In the meantime, I will convene the national security team to get you some options for how to respond to this apparent major escalation in Russia’s hostile actions.”
“Mr. President, I want to remind you that we believe the Russians are killing American soldiers. This is not the time to hand Putin an olive branch. It’s the time to punish him.”

This is what would have happened in any prior administration of either political party.

That it apparently did not is deeply troubling and raises myriad questions. 

If Mr. Trump was told about Russian actions, why did he not respond? If he was not told, why not?  Are his top advisers utterly incompetent? Are they too scared to deliver bad news to Mr. Trump, particularly about Russia? 

Is Mr. Trump running a rogue foreign policy utterly divorced from U.S. national interests? If so, why?

A perilous pattern persists that underscores Mr. Trump’s strange propensity to serve Russian interests above America’s. 

Subsequently, without any consultation, Mr. Trump announced his decision to remove nearly a third of U.S. troops from Germany — a sudden and inexplicable withdrawal that weakens the U.S.-German relationship and harms NATO, while benefiting Russia.

Most recently, we have learned that even Russian efforts to slaughter American troops in cold blood do not faze this president

Mr. Trump brushes off the information, evades responsibility and fails to take action — not even lodging a diplomatic protest. Now Mr. Putin knows he can kill Americans with impunity.

What must we conclude from all this? At best, our commander in chief is utterly derelict in his duties, presiding over a dangerously dysfunctional national security process that is putting our country and those who wear its uniform at great risk. 

At worst, the White House is being run by liars and wimps catering to a tyrannical president who is actively advancing our arch adversary’s nefarious interests.

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In one May 2019 phone call, for example, Putin compared Juan Guaidó to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Clinton, part of what Bolton terms a “brilliant display of Soviet style propaganda”
Law & Politics

In one May 2019 phone call, for example, Russian President Vladimir Putin compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Clinton, part of what Bolton terms a “brilliant display of Soviet style propaganda” to shore up support for Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro. Putin’s claims, Bolton writes, “largely persuaded Trump.”

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05-DEC-2016:: The Parabolic Rebound of Vladimir Putin
Law & Politics

Putin has proven himself an information master, and his adversaries are his information victims.

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“Complete reunification of the motherland is an inevitable trend..no one and no force can ever stop it!”
Law & Politics

“Unity is iron and steel; unity is a source of strength,” 

I am sure Xi sees Hong Kong and Taiwan like a virus and he is looking to impose a quarantine just like he has imposed on Xinjiang. 

The Chinese Dream has become a nightmare at the boundaries of the Han Empire.

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R_7_14 (World) = 1.24 @oli3be

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Currency Markets at a Glance WSJ
World Currencies

Euro 1.1271

Dollar Index 97.036

Japan Yen 107.50

Swiss Franc 0.9454

Pound 1.2489

Aussie 0.6924

India Rupee 75.4875

South Korea Won 1200.27

Brazil Real 5.3177

Egypt Pound 16.1287

South Africa Rand 17.0085

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National Institutes of Health has a financial stake in the Moderna Coronavirus vaccine. @NationalFile

“We do have some particular stake in the intellectual property” for the Moderna vaccine stated Francis Collins, the director of NIH, in a revelatory recent Economic Club panel discussion. 

“One of the vaccines– the one that’s furthest along– what started, actually, at the federal government in our own Vaccine Research Center at NIH– then worked with a biotechnology company called Moderna to get to where we are now, with very impressive Phase I results and getting ready to go into a large-scale trial as early as July. That one, of course, we do have some particular stake in the intellectual property. Others, though, come from companies who’ve invested their efforts into getting them to the point where they might now be ready for a trial,” Collins stated.

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#Coffee hanging onto its $1/lb handle as crop concerns in Brazil add some renewed support. @Ole_S_Hansen

The fund short reached a 33-month high at 27.5k lots in week to June 23 but so far no signs of a squeeze

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50 killed in Ethiopia protests over singer's death @ReutersAfrica
Law & Politics

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - At least 50 people were killed in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region in protests following the fatal shooting of a popular singer, a regional spokesman said on Wednesday.

Musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot dead on Monday night in what police said was a targeted killing. Protests broke out the next morning in the capital and other cities in the Oromiya region.

The dead included protesters and members of the security forces, spokesman Getachew Balcha said. Some businesses had also been set on fire.

“We were not prepared for this,” he said.

Police said late on Tuesday that a policeman was also killed in Addis Ababa, and three blasts had killed and injured an unspecified number of people.

Haacaaluu’s songs provided a soundtrack to a generation of young protesters whose three years of street demonstrations culminated in the resignation of the previous prime minister and the beginning of an era with greater political freedoms.

His funeral is due to take place on Thursday.

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Whoever Controls The Narrative Controls The World
World Of Finance

As I watched the Daily Feed unfold in real time and at viral Speed, the Toppling of Statues of course has been a central theme.

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Congo has little to cheer 18 months after its stolen election @FinancialTimes @MartinFayulu
Law & Politics

The writer won the 2018 presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to an FT analysis of voting data, but was declared runner-up by the country’s electoral commission 

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo from brutal colonial rule. 

But, while King Philippe of Belgium has on Tuesday finally recognised his country’s role in that painful part of our history, the Congolese people have little to celebrate. 

Eighteen months after a stolen election, Congo continues to stall.

The pandemic has strained the state’s treasury and exposed the near inexistence of our health infrastructure. 

But even before that, the illegitimate government of Felix Tshisekedi has been unable to achieve meaningful change as it has been hamstrung by the deal he made with former president Joseph Kabila.

Our independence on June 30 1960 was a time of tremendous hope and excitement. Our elders yearned for the benefits of real sovereignty. 

Our gross domestic product per capita was higher than in South Korea and Thailand. 

We were poised for a glorious future, as imagined in the empowering words of our independence hero, Patrice Lumumba.

But Lumumba paid for our freedom with his life. Sixty years later, the Congolese also face the grim reality of a dysfunctional state crippled by decades of corruption and conflict. 

This has fuelled political turmoil that continues to test our resilience as a nation. 

It has fostered a climate of impunity that has enabled some of the worst atrocities that the modern world has ever seen. 

But the latest episode — last year’s stolen presidential poll — may come to be seen as our darkest hour.

Congolese voted on December 30 2018 in huge numbers to replace Mr Kabila’s corrupt system. 

It would have been the country’s first genuinely democratic transfer of power. 

But Mr Kabila, after nearly two decades in office, had no real intention of giving up.

When this happened, a kind of international cynicism prevailed, which held that the blatant electoral theft was “good enough” for Congo — at least there had been a vote.

This attitude flows from a retrograde notion that Africans, and the Congolese in particular, are incapable of choosing their leaders freely. 

Yet Malawi’s encouraging example this week, where the opposition won a fresh election after a first vote was declared a fraud, points the other way.

I shall never forget how the Kenyan president pressed me, via his emissaries, to surrender my (rightful) claim to the presidency and accept a position of vice-president, although it does not even exist in our constitution.
This placed Mr Tshisekedi, despite his title as president, under his effective control.To compensate for his lack of influence, Mr Tshisekedi has appointed dozens of special advisers at the presidency, each with the rank of minister, further bloating a costly executive.
Our religious leaders, given their neutrality, should also convene a roundtable between all stakeholders to lay the ground for consensual structural reforms. Failure to do so will perpetuate illegitimacy.

The Congolese are pushing for change. I am proud of civil society’s work and, as the rightful victor of the 2018 election, I will keep doing my part to spur positive change. I urge our country’s often complacent elites to play their part too.

The killing of George Floyd in the US reminds us that only when justice and prosperity are realised in Africa will people of African descent get the respect they deserve worldwide. 

Yet our nation is suffocating under the crippling weight of illegitimacy. The Congolese people deserve far better.

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7 JAN 19 :: V.S. Naipaul, in A Bend in the River wrote “It isn’t that there’s no right and wrong here. There’s no right.”
Law & Politics

Joseph Conrad pronounced as “The horror! The horror!” in his book The Heart of Darkness.

V.S. Naipaul, in A Bend in the River wrote “It isn’t that there’s no right and wrong here. There’s no right.”

‘’Early results indicate a win for the opposition after government plans to fix the poll went awry,’’ said Africa Confidential, adding the Bishops’ Conférence Episcopale Nationale du Congo (CENCO) had organised up to 40,000 election monitors to scrutinise the conduct of the poll and conduct a parallel vote tabulation. 

CENCO did not name the winning candidate publicly, but declared that he had polled over half of the votes in the presidential election. 

Martin Fayulu is the unnamed winning opposition candidate, Africa Confidential’s church sources say. 

If President Kabila’s Man is at only 20%, then we are talking about single digits in reality. 

Therefore, we are actually talking a compelling victory for Martin Fayulu, an open and shut case as it were.

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Cumulative total of #COVID19 cases in Africa Time from 1st case to 100,000 cases: 98 days From 100,000 to 200,000: 18 days 200,000 to 300,000: 12 days 300,000 to 400,000: 9 days @Covid_Africa

Cumulative total of #COVID19 cases in Africa ⬇️ Time from 1st case to 100,000 cases: 98 days  From 100,000 to 200,000 cases: 18 days  200,000 to 300,000 cases: 12 days 300,000 to 400,000 cases: 9 days

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On the 10-MAY-2020 : Africa was at 56,000 confirmed #COVID19 cases continent

The number of confirmed cases in Africa has been rising by about 30% a week over the past month, but is set to incline steeply now.

There was a lot of FOX News level, mathematically illiterate magical thinking about Africa and how it was going to dodge a ‘’Silver Bullet’’

That thinking is now debunked. Africa is playing ''Whack a Mole'' with a blindfold on

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02-MAR-2020 :: The #COVID19 and SSA and the R Word

We Know that the #Coronavirus is exponential, non linear and multiplicative.

what exponential disease propagation looks like in the real world. Real world exponential growth looks like nothing, nothing, nothing ... then cluster, cluster, cluster ... then BOOM!

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10-MAY-2020 :: The worrying development is Transmission Hotspots #COVID19 and the Spillover Moment

Kano in Nigeria for example

Western Cape growing at an alarming rate @sugan250388

Someone with close knowledge of the medical profession said it was almost impossible to secure a hospital bed in several cities.

The Aga Khan hospital in Dar es Salaam had a well-equipped ward for 80 coronavirus patients, but several were dying each night, he said.

The Question for SSA is whether these Transmission Hot Spots expand and conflate?

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COVID-19 cases mount at the ends of the Earth in Timbuktu

Doctors ultimately told him he was among the hundreds now infected with the coronavirus in this town long fabled for being inaccessible from the rest of the world.

There are no commercial flights to Timbuktu, whose remote location in the Sahara Desert has long made the town’s name synonymous with the ends of the Earth.

Health officials say the global pandemic has managed to reach here all the same. Already there are more than 500 cases including at least nine deaths, making it Mali’s largest outbreak outside the capital.

At the local hospital, a cluster of tents set up outside now houses 32 COVID-19 patients. There isn’t a single ventilator available. 

Temperatures regularly soar above 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), adding to the patients’ misery as they battle fever.

“I’ve been on the brink of death because there were times I was gasping for air like a fish that’s just been taken out of the river,” said Toure, a teacher in his 50s who can’t pinpoint where exactly he might have contracted the virus.

“At night I couldn’t sleep, I feel like there was a rock weighing a ton on my chest that was choking me and keeping me awake. I could hardly breathe,” he said. 

“For a moment, I asked to die so that I could be at peace because of the suffering I was going through, but God, inexplicably, miraculously, gave me a reprieve.”

COVID-19 first arrived in Mali back in March, when two cases emerged — one in the capital of Bamako, where international flights land, and the other in Kayes, a city with strong ties to the Malian diaspora in Europe.

By April, the virus made its way 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the capital to Timbuktu, a more than 24-hour journey by road. 

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'We are not guinea pigs,' say South African anti-vaccine protesters @ReutersAfrica

Last Wednesday, the University of the Witwatersrand in partnership with Oxford University rolled out South Africa’s first clinical trial, which will consist of 2,000 volunteers.

The involvement of South Africa in vaccine trials is intended to ensure the continent will have access to an affordable vaccine and not be left at the back of the queue.

About 50 people held protests at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, saying they did not want Africans to be used as guinea pigs, reflecting concerns among some on the continent over testing drugs on people who do not understand the risks.

“I’m not happy at all! I mean this feels like the 1980s all over again when the AIDS pandemic just broke out in South Africa,” said 29-year-old graphic designer Tebogo Legoale.

Some of the placards carried by demonstrators read: “We are not guinea pigs.”

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Today, the World Bank has declared Tanzania Middle Income Country. We had envisaged to achieve this status by 2025 but,with strong determination, this has been possible in 2020. GOD BLESS TANZANIA. @MagufuliJP

Today, the World Bank has declared Tanzania Middle Income Country. In this regard, I congratulate all my compatriots for this historic achievement. We had envisaged to achieve this status by 2025 but,with strong determination, this has been possible in 2020. GOD BLESS TANZANIA.

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China confident Kenya will properly handle the SGR case: official @globaltimesnews
Law & Politics

Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project is of great significance to the country's economic and social development and the Chinese side believes Kenya will properly handle a court ruling that declared the contract with the Chinese builder contravened the country's procurement law, the Chinese Embassy in Kenya said on Wednesday.

Kenya's appeals court ruled that the contract between the Kenya government and China Road Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is "illegal."

"We have noticed the report that Kenya's appeals court has ruled that Kenya Railway Authority and other government departments violated the public procurement law in respect of the SGR project," said in a statement that the Chinese Embassy in Kenya sent to the Global Times in response to the interview request.

The embassy said that the SGR is an important infrastructure project in Kenya, which is of great significance to Kenya's economic and social development and connectivity in East Africa.

"We believe that Kenya will properly handle this case," said the embassy.

Kenya Railways did not respond to an interview request as of press time. 

The Chinese-built Mombasa-Nairobi SGR, 485 kilometers in length, has seen more than 1,000 days of safe operations following its launch in May 2017.

The modern railway replaces the meter gauge railway constructed more than 100 years ago during British colonial rule, a marked improvement in efficiency and comfort, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

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by Aly Khan Satchu (www.rich.co.ke)
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