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Throughout history, without a single exception, the onslaught on peace and stability has come from Muslim hordes. Christians have taken up arms and fought back only when they had no other option. It’s only of late that the CAR Christians have started giving back to the Muslims the same kind of fare they have been meting out to the Christian villages for almost a year.
Muslims make up approx. 15% of CAR’s population but their ex-president who stepped down a few weeks ago, was surprisingly of the Muslim faith although his first name was “Michel” which is the French spelling of the Christian name “Michael” … and although I haven’t read more on the guy, he could have been a convert to islam for the convenience of marrying several wives.
As we have seen in numerous other ”Christian” countries, the Muslims know that Christians can be cowed down and their numbers mean nothing. They boast amongst themselves that a Muslim 8-yr-old is equivalent to 10 Christian able-bodied men, one Muslim teen is equal to 20 Christian fully-armed men and one militant Muslim can take on 100 Christians even if they have a hundred guns. Those are not empty boasts. We keep seeing what Muslims can do. But, would they be so strong without help from our own overlords in the West?
Let history note that the atrocities in CAR were initiated, as usual, by Muslims. It took several long months for the Christian youth of CAR to organize themselves and form defensive fronts and to further strengthen those into very effective offensive ones.
Part 2 here.
With brutality against children in the Central African Republic (CAR) reaching unprecedented levels as youngsters are maimed, killed and beheaded, and amid rampant sexual violence, the world community must use all the tools at its disposal to stop the conflict, the Security Council was warned today.
“This crisis has been looming for over a year and we have run out of time to prevent the violence from escalating,” UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui told the 15-member body in a briefing on her visit to the impoverished war-torn country last month. “Our only option today is to scale up our response with robust, immediate and urgent actions.”
Nearly half a million children are among the almost 1 million driven from their homes in 13 months of violence, as many as 6,000 children may currently be associated with various armed forces and groups, and “today, the country is trapped in a spiral of vengeance, which has destroyed the social fabric and undermined trust among communities for generations to come,” she said…..
….Thousands of people are estimated to have been killed, and 2.2 million, about half the population, need humanitarian aid in a conflict which erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012 and has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) have taken up arms.
“I witnessed these communities pitted against one another; who have fled and sought refuge around churches and mosques,” Ms. Zerrougui said. “They are living in fear of being attacked or even of burying their dead. Entire villages have been burnt and are burning down as we speak here today.”…
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I hope she won’t decide to deter the Mad Dog from enjoying his delicious cuisine. CAR’s Christians are exactly the kind needed for tit-for-tat-ting whatever the muzzies throw at them…. so let’s hope the Mo-B-Q will continue. Enough is enough….
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NAIROBI, Kenya – The death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome. One estimate says nearly 10,000 people have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare, while in neighbouring Central African Republic combatants in Muslim-vs.-Christian battles … Continue Reading
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Monday, December 16, 2013
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It’s December 1st. I’ve been home from Tanzania for a week now and I haven’t posted a word about the trip. I could say it’s because I was immediately plunged into catch up at work as I wrestled with my jet lag – and it wouldn’t be a lie – but the truth…
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Seventy-five per cent of the world’s mining companies are based in Canada. In 2012, 16.5 per cent of the more than 10 billion dollar in equity raised for mining on the Toronto Stock Exchange was for projects in Africa.
But what impact does that have on African communities?
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|Photo courtesy of Good Hope Facebook page|
Months after signing on for a volunteer trip with Cross Cultural Solutions to Tanzania, and just a few days until I depart, I finally received my assignment. I’ll be spending my days at the Good Hope Support Organization. They provide education, skills, knowledge, support, comfort, safety and love to children infected or affected with HIV/AIDS, orphans, people suffering from illness and the disadvantaged in order to help them create an empowering life of hope. I could be doing any one or more of the following duties:
This is the work assignment I had hoped for. I have so much I want to know and learn, and so many people I want to meet. I loved these words on their website:
The lives of Good Hope co-founders mirror those they service. Therefore, they are able to walk within the community with empathy, outstretched arms and open hearts ready to embrace, lift up and support those who may need comfort, care and/or medical support.
My heart is already full to overflowing and this clinched it.
Then the focus of the Judas countries would shift from the Middle East to the areas of Africa that need our attention. Alas, the poor, unlucky people there were born in the wrong corner of the world.
….The bodies of over 90 migrants, mostly women and children who died of thirst, have been found in the Sahara in northern Niger.
Their vehicles broke down as they tried to cross the desert. The migrants dispersed to seek water. Their bodies were found scattered, some reportedly partly eaten by animals.
The group had left Niger’s northernmost mining town Arlit, headed for Algeria. Around 20 people survived the ordeal, some walking kilometres through no-man’s land to raise the alarm.
The route across the Sahara is used by migrants from Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries, and further afield, many hoping to reach Europe.
Hundreds of those who make it to the Mediterranean have drowned trying to cross in recent months. The tragedies have prompted renewed debate in Europe about large-scale illegal migration from Africa and the dangers of human trafficking.
Ethiopia is looking to massively expand their energy infrastructure and renewable sustainable energy is a key part of their strategy. This is great to see new energy installations focus on the long-term effectiveness and viability of projects.
“Various studies have proved that there is potential to harness abundant wind energy resources in every region of Ethiopia. We cannot maintain growth without utilising the energy sector,” Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said in a speech at the launch.
Experts put Ethiopia’s hydropower potential at around 45,000 MW and geothermal at 5,000 MW, while its wind power potential is believed to be Africa’s (Read more…)
The Sahara desert is about the driest spot in the world. It wasn’t always that way. It wasn’t always a desert. About 10,000 years ago it looked like the grasslands of other parts of Africa today. Then it changed and new research from the Horn of Africa shows it likely changed in a geological heartbeat. It should be a warning to us all.
What the scientists found was that, far from shifting gradually from wet to dry, the climate in the Horn of Africa changed in perhaps as little as 100 to 200 years, incredibly quickly in geological terms. The reason north Africa warmed up, they believe, was a cyclic change in Earth’s orientation toward the sun (called precession) which caused more sunlight to fall during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer. But the precession cycle is slow, taking 23,000 years to complete. So why was the changeover in the Horn of Africa so quick?
“It shows something really surprising,” says [Columbia University geologist Peter] deMenocal. “It’s evidence that climate doesn’t respond gradually to gradual forcing. It would be wonderful in global warming if everything just kept pace with the gradual rise in CO2, then we could plan for this, we would know what is going to happen, there would be some predictability in it.”
But what researchers like Tierney and deMenocal are increasingly finding is that climate doesn’t change in a linear fashion, but suddenly and seemingly unpredictably. That’s because there are positive feedback mechanisms that start to kick in and speed things up. For example, when the Arctic sea ice melts, as it has increasingly in recent years, the area of dark blue heat-absorbing ocean increases, raising temperatures, melting more ice, which in turn raises temperatures still further in an snowballing process.
There are among us plenty of people who think that a few degrees of warming would be just dandy. More golfing in February sort of thing. These types assume we can warm without destabilizing the climate with potentially very dangerous consequences. And, yes, these climatic triggers are measured in parts per million. Anyone who doubts that should read Peter Ward’s “Under a Green Sky” and look at the latest numbers on ocean warming and acidification. That might just jolt you out of your complacency.
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Monday, September 30, 2013
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