In her post about the World Health Organization declaring Ebola outbreaks the “new normal,” Leslie noted that 350 people from the Congo turned up at our southern border.
It appears this was not an anomaly and that a record number of African nationals from a range of countries are arriving in America via Mexico.
Last week alone, hundreds arrived in San Antonio, Texas.
. . . . City leaders said they weren’t given a heads up and quickly scrambled to accommodate them and quickly recruit several French-speaking volunteers who could serve as translators.
“The City of San Antonio has received more than 200 individuals, mostly families and children. The families were released by the United States Customs and Border Patrol into the country with paperwork directing them to Portland, Maine,” said Interim Assistant City Manager Dr. Colleen Bridger.
The majority of them stayed at Travis Park Church, which regularly hosts asylum seekers.
“I’m not necessarily surprised…we react to changes on the border every day, we just had to figure out that process it didn’t really shake us up too much,” said Gavin Rogers, associate pastor.
It’s not just Congolese migrants arriving in alarming numbers. Border Patrol agents reported arresting more than 500 people from Africa since May 30. The group included nationals from Angola, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo,and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The influx is creating problems for border agents who often do not speak their language and are faced with individuals with no ties in the U.S. Additionally, there reportedly is no cause for concern about Ebola (my foot .ed).
And the beat, back and forth, goes on.
“Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Target Church in Madagali, Adamawa State,” International Christian Concern, March 11, 2019:
03/11/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Boko Haram Suicide bombers tried to enter a Catholic Church service on Sunday, March 10 in Madagali, Adamawa State. The two bombers, who were women, tried to enter the church through a clinic before being stopped, and then detonating the bombs a short distance outside the church. Despite the two bombs going off, only one person other than the bombers was reportedly injured.
Thankfully, according to local sources, some of the local youth were on patrol around the church when the attackers arrived. They were able to stop them from entering the Church. This was the reason that none of the suspected targets were injured or killed.
It is very likely that the two bombers were captives of Boko Haram who were forced to commit this attack. Boko Haram is known for kidnapping women and children and forcing them to act as suicide bombers for their attacks….
ILHAN OMAR (D-MN) ENDORSED SOMALIA’S NEW PRESIDENT. FOUR DAYS LATER, OMAR’S BROTHER-IN-LAW HAD A POWERFUL JOB IN HIS ADMINISTRATION Nancy Pelosi placed Omar on Foreign Affairs, so she will soon be in the middle of vital national security legislation regarding the Middle East.
Standard operational demoncrap corruption seems to go hand-in-hand with standard operational demoncrap sucking up to moslems.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) became the first Somali-American legislator in United States’ history when Minnesota’s House District 60B elected her on November 8, 2016. The distinction won Omar immediate fame and influence in Somalia, which was entering the final stretch of a critical presidential election of its own.
According to prominent federal security clearance defense attorney Sean Bigley (read below), Omar’s documented actions in the weeks that followed would almost certainly prevent any applicant with such a background from obtaining or keeping a U.S. security clearance.
Ilhan Omar is now a U.S. congresswoman, however. Elected federal officials are exempted from the arduous security clearance process; they hold de facto clearances once sworn in to office. Further, Omar will likely be privy to a significant amount of classified national security information this term. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has granted Omar’s request for a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee
“Corruption … affects virtually every aspect of the Somali society: from public officials’ misuse of public goods for private gain and the solicitation of bribes in exchange for basic services to the clan-based patronage networks used to obtain employment and political appointments.” — Transparency International, 2018
The common hyperbole for describing government corruption — “rampant,” or “endemic” — does not help adequately illustrate Somalia’s recent administrations. “As bad as it gets” does the job, literally: Transparency International, the massive NGO dedicated to exposing public-sector corruption, has placed Somalia dead-last among all nations on Earth in its annual “Corruption Perceptions Index” — for 11 consecutive years. Somalia has occasionally managed to tie, though never outrank, North Korea.
Any significant involvement by a U.S. citizen in Somalia’s election process would likely raise eyebrows at America’s intelligence agencies.
On December 20, 2016, just a few weeks after her election to Minnesota’s state legislature, Ilhan Omar was in Mogadishu with then-President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a favorite for re-election. He reportedly invited her to appear with him prior to the election taking place.
Edith Blais of Sherbrooke, Quebec and her Italian boyfriend Luca Tacchetto appear to have joined the list of those who have been killed by cultural relativism, an idiotic part of the proggie belief system where savage societies are dismissed as a racist construct. The two disappeared in Burkina Faso
This nasty viral disease has again cropped up in central Africa, where witch doctors still practice and tribal conflicts never really stop.
We had a scare 4 years ago when Ebola almost got loose here in the U.S. Except for a vaccine that actually works, but is hard to produce and almost impossible to get to all the people in the “hot zone” due to the continuing hostilities, no one seems to have done anything to increase our preparedness if we get more sick people here than we can handle.
And a doctor who’s suspected of being infected has been flown back here and is in one of the few hospitals capable of handling patients with this sort of disease.
The patients, some of whom had not yet been tested, broke out of the treatment centre in the Congolese city of Beni.
Officials have tracked three of them, but the rest remain at large, sparking a fear of the deadly disease spreading.
The attack was orchestrated by demonstrators angry at being excluded from voting in the weekend’s election.
Beni and its surrounding area has had voting cancelled by the government due to the ebola outbreak and militia violence.
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga said 17 patients had already tested negative for Ebola, while seven had not yet been tested.
Just from the large presence of U.S. and French forces there, Djibouti is a really stupid place to be in if you’re a jihadi.
Peter Chérif, who is suspected of being behind the Islamist shootings at the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015, has been apprehended in Djibouti and is expected to be extradited to France within days.
Also known as Abou Hamza, the 36-year-old Paris-born Islamist was arrested by French authorities in the small east African nation on December 16th, according to The Times.
Chérif is a known associate of Charlie Hebdo attackers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, having been in frequent contact with them ahead of the shootings and being part of the same Parisian al-Qaeda cell, the Buttes-Chaumont network, which was known for sending fighters to Iraq in the early 2000s.
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Sorry, just remembering a song somebody ‘skinned’ then got run out of the office under a flurry of wadded paper balls.
The Department of Defense announced today the realignment of Counter-Violent Extremist Organization personnel operating in U.S. Africa Command to support priorities outlined in the National Defense Strategy. Over the next several years, the realignment projects a reduction of less than 10 percent of the 7,200 military forces serving in Africa Command.
Optimization preserves the majority of U.S. security cooperation partnerships and programs in Africa to strengthen partner networks, enhance partner capability and support ongoing programs. C-VEO activities in several areas, including Somalia, Djibouti and Libya largely remain the same. In other regions, such as West Africa, emphasis shifts from tactical assistance to advising, assisting, liaising, and sharing intelligence.
The book by journalist Mark Bowden and later the movie “Black Hawk Down” chronicled the battle in harrowing detail, memorializing it and contributing to its enduring legacy in both military and civilian circles.
Mogadishu emphasized the importance of the human terrain and the challenges of the counterinsurgency mission, he said.
After 9/11, as the Global War on Terror unfolded nearly a decade later, several Mogadishu veterans were in key positions of leadership in the ranks.
“They hammered home to us the criticality of being comprehensively ready, how being an expert in the basics was fundamental, and how personal and professional discipline, especially in combat with our indigenous partners, was paramount to success,” Beaudette said.
Individuals interviewed, and multiple case studies of the battle repeat that same takeaway — realistic training and repetition to the point of mastery were crucial.
“The Ranger Regiment’s ability to learn from the tactical lessons of Mogadishu was absolutely critical in preparing us for combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, particularly in the early years of the conflicts,” Tegtmeier said.
Command Sgt. Maj. Reese Teakell was still a teenager when he deployed with 3rd Ranger Battalion to Somalia. Some of his noncommissioned officers had combat experience from operations in Grenada or Panama, but many had never seen a firefight. But they had all been brought up by the Vietnam generation, who drilled into them the importance of rigorous training.
“There was a warrant officer who told me this: He said, ‘Hey, make sure you’re ready to go. Nobody improves in a firefight. You go into the firefight with the skill and knowledge you’ve trained with,’ ” Teakell said. “Don’t use the time you have to prepare lightly.”
Gee, who could have possibly anticipated that threatening to steal (that is, expropriate without compensation) land from farmers who have worked it for generations would cause farmers to cut back on planting, cultivating, harvesting, or shipping crops? Thus, we have Bloomberg telling us, “South Africa’s economy unexpectedly shrank for the second consecutive quarter in the three months through June.”
The recession, based on a second-quarter decline in GDP of 0.8%, is entirely due to a steep decline in agricultural production: “the agriculture market fell back by 29.2 per cent, taking 0.8 per cent off GDP.”
This was entirely predictable. Half a year ago, I warned that with expropriation of white farmers, South Africa is embarking on a course headed toward disaster:
The former Rhodesia turned itself from the breadbasket of Africa, a major exporter of staple grains, into a country on the perpetual verge of mass starvation by expropriating and often murdering white farmers and giving land to cronies of President Mugabe, who were not capable of stewardship. The same thing happened to other elements of the economy as well, all based in getting even for racial grievances of the past.
Venetia Joubert Sarah Oosterveld photographed the results of Zimbabwe’s land reform and descent into socialism and wrote in 2009:
Crops are falling and there is a drought coming very soon. 33% of the population of Zimbabwe has AIDS.
There is no indication that this first step toward poverty will change any minds in South Africa. Much as in Venezuela, we must watch in sadness as the fantasy economics of the left destroys wealth in the name of social justice and a nation ends up in starvation and poverty.
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued a warning Tuesday morning after a bomb went off near the premises.
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• We are aware of a reported incident on Simon Bolivar Street in Cairo. Please avoid the area and monitor local media for updates. We are aware of reports that public transportation near the area has been disrupted due to the incident. Please exercise caution.
— US Embassy Cairo (@USEmbassyCairo) September 4, 2018
Fulani Muslim militants launched raids on eight villages in central Nigeria this week, burning alive a Christian pastor along with his wife and three of their children.
In the village of Abonong in Plateau State, the Islamic raiders, armed with machetes and AK47 rifles, looted and destroyed 95 houses, along with farmland and three churches. They killed Pastor Adamu Gyang Wurim and his family by setting fire to their house while they were inside and shot the pastor’s wife in the bathroom. The assailants killed two other villagers as well, wounding several others.
President Donald Trump announced late on Wednesday that he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to study South African land and farm seizures and killing of farm owners, by implication of white race. The African National Congress (ANC)-controlled government in Pretoria accused the President of stoking racial divisions in the country, while his haters at home attacked him for supposedly adopting a White Nationalist talking point.
All hell broke loose after Trump tweeted on August 21, after a FoxNews report by Tucker Carson, that he had asked Pompeo to “closely study land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers” in South Africa. A spokeswoman for President Cyril Ramaphosaresponded that “South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past.” Domestic Trumpophobes went berserk. “The President of the United States has adopted a vile white supremacist hate narrative,” according to the HuffPost, “right out of the darkest corners of the internet, and is turning it into policy.”
Trump’s “hate narrative,” as it happens, is based on horrid facts. Over ten percent of all Afrikaner commercial farmers have been murdered since 1994, which makes them more vulnerable than active-duty personnel of the U.S. Special Forces in Iraq or Afghanistan. Between 1994 and March 2012, there had been an estimated 1,336 murders of whites on South African farms. This is by far the highest homicide rate for any distinct racial/socioeconomic group in South Africa, and one of the highest for a statistically comparable group anywhere in the world…
“I think two of them, perhaps, might have been killed in some instance…”
MSNBC’s Eddie Glaude laughed about the murder of white farmers in South Africa on Morning Joe Thursday and said he thinks “two of them, perhaps, might have been killed in some instance.”
Speaking of Trump tweeting about the “large scale killing” of white farmers and the seizing of their lands in South Africa, Glaude said, “In this instance, [Trump’s] really trafficking in conspiracy theories to kind of in some ways feed red meat to his base.”
“This is nonsense, it’s silly,” Glaude said, “but it’s consistent with the kind of cultural warrior that he is.”
“Because, at the same time that he’s doing this with regards to South African white farmers — I think two of them, perhaps, might have been killed in some instance,” Glaude said while bursting out laughing, “with the majority of folks who have been subject to any kind of violence and this is non-white farmers in this instance.”…
According to Transvaal Agricultural Union data, in the 2016/17 reporting period there were 74 murders of farmers recorded overall with 55 being “clearly of white farmers or family members” and 51 being white farmers alone. Stats are underreported because South Africa is a Third World country.
The entire segment was full of similar fake news and fake history, none of which will be “fact-checked” by the establishment’s so-called “fact-checkers” and none of which will result in MSNBC or anyone involved being censored on social media.
Back in May a mob of Somali youths beat park goers with sticks and fists in Kennedy Park in Lewiston, Maine.
The mob of at least 20 youths laughed as they beat two men in the park. At least one man required medical attention. Now this…
This past week a Somali mob drove past Lewiston park and shot pellets and BBs at a group gathered there. Several people pursued the car from the park.
A fight broke out on the street and one father of two was killed.
The 21st century is reminding of us of some uncomfortable truths. Abroad, recent controversies over the rise of Chinese mercantilism, the specter of Iranian and North Korean nuclear weapons, tensions in the European Union, the calcified Palestinian question, mass migrations, and the resurgence of Islamic terrorism all offer a number of lessons. At home, just as instructive is the strange juxtaposition between Obama’s suave progressivism and Trump’s coarse conservatism.
The Western world is in turmoil largely because of the widening gap between what the people see as true and the “truth” that their governing classes impose on them for the purported greater moral good. The result is a schizophrenia like that seen before the collapse of the Soviet Empire, in which no one believed that the reality they lived had anything to do with the reality delivered by the media and the state. Trumpism and popular movements in Europe are simply symptoms of another problem that what the ruling elite said was true was often a lie.
The United States launched a record number of airstrikes in Yemen and Somalia in 2017, and more importantly has reinitiated the targeting of terrorists in Pakistan and Libya. The pattern of operations in 2017 in what the Obama administration used to call areas “outside of active hostilities” (or active war zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria) indicated that the US will continue the reinvigorated air campaign in these theaters in the coming years.
The increased targeting of jihadists in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya provides proof that the Obama administration strategy to defeat terrorist groups in these countries with airpower and limited support to local governments has failed. The US has targeted Shabaab in Yemen since 2007 and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula since 2009, yet both of these al Qaeda branches maintain a robust insurgency and continue to control territory to this day.
FDD’s Long War Journal tracked airstrikes in Somalia, Yemen, Libya, and Pakistan from publicly available press releases and inquiries with the relevant combatant commands as well as from press reports. Strikes in areas of active hostilities, in which the United States is directly engaged, such as Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, are not included.
Based 2017 data, the Trump administration appears to be conducting a more muscular version of President Obama’s targeted counterterrorism strategy. The Trump administration has loosened rules of engagement and has restored many decision making authorities to the military. Nearly one year after Trump ramped up the targeting of al Qaeda and the Islamic State, both group maintain potent insurgencies.
Today marks the 24th anniversary of beginning of the first ‘Battle of Mogadishu’ during Operation Gothic Serpent.
U.S. forces suffered 19 dead, 73 wounded.
I later served with several of the participants. ‘Tough as Woodpecker Lips’ might serve to describe these guys.
The book Black Hawk Down portrays the event better than the movie does, but if all you ever see is the movie, you’ll still have a pretty good idea of what happened.
Well, it seems the Italians are finally fed up with all the moslem “refugees” flooding in and are taking steps to stop it as close to Africa as they can. And the Africans, especially the Libyans are all that enthusiastic about it. Poor Libyans.
Shortly after the Italian parliament approved the deployment of the country’s naval forces to the Libyan shores to help combat the flow of illegal migration from the North African country to Europe, the Libyan National Army (LNA) have been ordered to take actions against foreign vessels trespassing in Libyan waters.
The Parliament’s vote, which took place on Wednesday, was quickly followed by Italian patrol boats heading towards the port of Tripoli. The move has been strongly criticized in Libya as being a violation of the country’s sovereignty.
Italian defense Minister Roberta Pinotti gave assurances that “there will be no harm done to Libyan sovereignty, because, if anything, our aim is to strengthen Libyan sovereignty.”
According to her, their intervention will be limited to providing “logistical, technical and operational support for Libyan naval vessels.” Pinotti added that they will be sharing and coordinating their actions.
The Italian navy will collaborate with the UN-backed Government of National Accord, which must give permission for any Italian ship to deploy off Libya, but which is said ready to cooperate with Italy. Meanwhile the rival Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) accused Rome of trying to “export the illegal migration crisis from its territory to Libya’s”, signaling that it could lead to a “dangerous impact” on the country’s security, economy and society.
Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar ordered that “any naval vessel that enters national waters without permission from the army” should be repelled. The LNA is loyal to the HoR, which described Italy’s move as a violation of Libyan sovereignty.
Apropos of nothing in particular *cough*, other than it will probably be right next door to Camp Lemonnier.
And that could turn out to be right interesting.
Ships carrying Chinese troops are heading to Djibouti to set up Beijing’s first overseas military base, reports state media.
China says the support base will be used for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and West Asia.
It will also be used for military co-operation, naval exercises and rescue missions, Xinhua said.
Have a happy time celebrating Independence Day.
MILESFORTIS will return tomorrow
Compassion is supposedly a ‘good thing’ but does that apply when it causes harm to your own people?
Italy’s interior minister on Sunday called on European countries to open their ports to migrant rescue ships as he met for crisis talks with his French and German counterparts.
Italy has threatened to close its ports to charity ships that rescue migrants in the Mediterranean if other EU states do not agree to take some of the growing number of refugees onto their shores.
“We are under enormous pressure,” Marco Minniti said in Paris before the talks, which are taking place ahead of an EU summit in Tallinn this week.
Italian media reports said Rome was likely to call for a European code of conduct to be drawn up for the privately-run aid boats, with the Corriere della Sera saying vessels that did not comply could be “seized”.
Over the past week alone, around 10,000 migrants have been ferried to Italy after being rescued from overcrowded, rickety boats travelling from Libya.
The biblical narrative that the first Egyptian Dynasty descended from the biblical Ham, the son of Noah, as told in the book of Genesis, could well be supported by recent research based on DNA taken from Egyptian mummies, analysts said.
Their work, published online in Nature Communications, concluded that preserved remains found in Abusir-el Meleq, Middle Egypt, were the closest genetic relatives of Neolithic and Bronze Age populations from the Near East, Anatolia and Eastern Mediterranean Europeans.
“We found the ancient Egyptian samples falling distinct from modern Egyptians, and closer towards Near Eastern and European samples,” the researchers noted. “In contrast, modern Egyptians are shifted towards sub-Saharan African populations.”
What this means, according to commentary in Breaking Israel News, is that the latest scientific findings correlate with biblical accounts, such as Genesis 10:5-6, which states:
“Of these were the isles of the nations divided in their lands, every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. And the sons of Ham: Cush, and Mizraim (or Egypt according to the New International Version of the Bible), and Put, and Canaan.”
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz of BIN said: “According to the Bible, Mizraim settled in Egypt whereas Cush settled in Africa, establishing two distinct and separate nations that did not share a common heritage. The scientific theory implies the origins of Africa and Egypt were the same.”
The research is based on 166 samples from 151 mummified individuals in Abusir el-Meleq dating back 1,300 years of Egyptian history, from about 1388 BCE to 426 CE.
“to the shores of Tripoli” isn’t a part of the Marine Corps hymn for nothing.
In the late 1700s, the newly independent republic of the United States was continually beset by piracy at sea from four Muslim Barbary Coast states: Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli, and Morocco. The U.S., with limited military resources and staggering debts from the War for Independence, sought to establish secure routes for international commerce to spur rapid economic growth needed to build the emerging country. Yet the U.S. faced constant Ottoman attacks on its merchant ships. American and European ships venturing into the region routinely faced capture of crewmembers, who risked being held as slaves until hefty ransoms were paid. The persistent Barbary pirate raids created a major crisis for a new nation that could not afford to either suffer from economic isolation or pay the exorbitant tributes demanded by the pirates.
In Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates (Sentinel, 2015), coauthors Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger explore “the forgotten war that changed American history.”
Just in case the country doesn’t ring a bell. Remember hearing stories of “Timbuktoo”? Well, Mali is the African country that city is in. And this item about Africa is posted for not other reason than well, just – because.
Suspected jihadists in the West African country of Mali attacked a luxury resort popular with foreigners on the outskirts of the country’s capital Sunday, killing at least two people.
The assault continued into the evening and there were believed to be hostages in the luxury Campement de Kangaba resort area near Bamako Sunday.