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    Hmm, the media throw out this NASA map saying: see, Africa is burning, too and much worse! That‘s just ridiculous, imo.

    First one has to know how to read and interprete such a map and this needs quite some effort, I see. Then one has to educate oneself about the geography, the landscapes, vegetation, history, the population of the African countries (Angola, Zambia, DRC) to be able to interpret the map. It might occur that those fires have entirely different causes and consequences than those in the Amazon rainforest and cannot be compared at all. Maybe, maybe not.

    Bolsonaro and the European leaders, they have the exact same goal - to draw as much profit as possible through the ruthless exploitation of earth, they just fight over their position of power.

    This smells heavily from the manipulation of the viewers minds. It’s interesting to play with the map and to read up. Good ressource. Let‘s just not jump to the first apparent and obviously suggested conclusions provided by the media (MSM and alternative alike). Things might turn out to be quite different.

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    West Africa: Flood death toll rises in Niger, homes destroyed in Nigeria, hundreds displaced in Chad

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    Flooding in Borno state, Nigeria, affected displacement camps, August 2019. © Norwegian Refugee Council

    Further flooding has been reported in parts of Nigeria, adding to the long list of flood events that have affected countries in west and north west Africa over the last few weeks.

    Meanwhile the death toll from flooding in Niger has increased, while the International Organization for Migration (IOM) report that flooding in Chad has displaced hundreds of families.

    Other countries of the region have also seen major flooding over the last few weeks, including in Mali and Mauritania, along with Central African Republic and further north, Algeria and Morocco.

    Nigeria
    The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reported on 09 September, 2019, that over 600 homes have been destroyed by flooding in Ngala local government area of Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria.

    UNOCHA said heavy rains have inundated two camps and a village, affecting around 3,450 people.

    More than 600 houses, including emergency shelters, toilets and other water and hygiene facilities as well as food and household items have been destroyed. Humanitarian organizations are mobilizing assistance and are also working to prevent further damage as heavy rains and flash floods are expected to continue in September, according to forecasters.

    Flooding affected wide areas of north-eastern Nigeria in August this year. UNOCHA reported that at least 10 people have died and thousands displaced in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

    Niger
    Meanwhile the number of flood related fatalities in Niger has increased from the 42 reported a few days ago.

    In a statement of 10 September, government authorities said that that the ongoing floods have now resulted in 57 deaths and affected 132,528 people. Over 12,000 homes have been destroyed and widespread damage caused to crops and livestock.

    Flooding has affected some areas of Niger since June to July, but has worsened over the last week, with many of those affected in Maradi, Zinder and Agadez, as well as Dosso and the capital Niamey.

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    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on 11 September that over 400 families were displaced by flooding in the Sila Region in south east Chad in mid August this year.

    The floods struck on 15 August in the village of Harata (located in the department of Kimiti, sub-prefecture of Kerfi) and its surroundings. IOM said that 423 households moved to the villages of Goulamaye, Aboundouroua, Sessabane, Badia, Andressa and Sadal Ali, all located in the same sub-prefecture.
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    There is currently a Russia Africa forum underway in Sochi:

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    Here is another article on the Russia-Africa meeting; this one focuses on Mauritius.

    Quote President of Mauritius Keen to Discuss Bilateral Ties With Putin at Russia-Africa Forum

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    17:13 22.10.2019 (updated 17:14 22.10.2019)

    SOCHI (Sputnik) - The inaugural Russia-Africa summit and business forum, co-chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Sisi, is scheduled for 23-24 October in Russia's Sochi. There will be 54 African nations taking part in the Summit, with 43 of them represented by their heads of state or governments.

    President Paramasivum P. Vyapoory, the acting leader of Mauritius, has said that he was expecting to discuss bilateral ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their tete-a-tete meeting scheduled during the upcoming Russia-Africa forum in the Russian city of Sochi.

    Quote "Let me start by first commending the decision by President Putin to come up with such a great idea to have this very first Russia-Africa summit here in Sochi. I would like, of course, to have the opportunity to meet President Putin and, in fact, there is a tete-a-tete, a one-to-one meeting, which is on the programme, when I will be meeting him to discuss global issues of mutual interest to Russia and Africa and more particularly between Russia and Mauritius", President Vyapoory said.
    He has added that Russia and Africa enjoyed a good relationship over the past decades, with $20 billion in trade in 2018 alone.

    Quote "We expect now, with this Russia-Africa summit, that trade and other bilateral and multilateral relations will be further strengthened and developed … As regards Mauritius, in particular, there is great potential for development in a number of sectors, such as health, education, and fishing among others", he further stated.
    Mauritius Remains Open to Russia's Lukoil and Rosneft Joining Port Louis Development Project

    The Mauritian President went on to say that his country aims to attract the interest of Russian petroleum companies, such as Lukoil, Rosneft, and Tatneft, in fuel operations at the Port Louis Harbour.

    Quote "In line with government vision to enhance economic cooperation with the Russian Federation, the Mauritius port authority is putting in place a strategy aimed at attracting leading Russian petroleum companies, including Gazprom, Lukoil, Rosneft and Tatneft to expand their range of bunkering activities at Port Louis harbour. There is work for your [companies] there. We need scientific and technical assistance to undertake the offshore exploration of non-living resources, that includes minerals, and to make an economic evaluation of the mineral resource potential within this exclusive economic zone of ours. We would, therefore, welcome Russia as a trusted partner in this endeavour", Vyapoory said.
    Mauritius Asks Russia’s Aeroflot to Organise Direct Flight to Island

    Paramasivum P. Vyapoory continued by saying that he had asked Aeroflot to set up a direct flight to the island and expected the decision "in due time".

    Quote "Mauritius has made an official request for direct flights between Mauritius and Russia to boost trade and tourism. This is in line with Russia's drive to develop its partnership with Africa, using Mauritius as a gateway to Africa. It is essential to have this air connectivity for a sustained economic partnership. We want Aeroflot, a flagship company of Russia, to consider having direct flights between Mauritius and Russia as soon as possible. We believe that the decision will be made in due time", the acting president said.
    According to him, the flight could also proceed to South Africa and other attractive African countries of the Southern African Development Community.

    "There is a great potential for increasing tourist flow from Russia to Mauritius and Africa", Vyapoory added.

    Mauritius "Looks Forward" to Signing FTA With EEU ‘in Near Future’

    The island nation's leader further elaborated that his country is ready to reach a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union.

    Quote "We are looking forward to the signing of the free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union in the near future. We believe that this will bolster trade with the countries of the Eurasian Union, including Russia", the President said, adding that Mauritius signed a free trade agreement with China several days ago.
    President of Mauritius Expresses His Gratitude to Russia for Support in UN vote on the Chagos Archipelago

    Quote "I would like to use this opportunity here to reiterate our thanks to the government of Russia for its support for our efforts to exercise our sovereignty on our entire territory, which includes the Chagos archipelago; Russia voted in our favor when the case was taken up at the United Nations last May", the President said.
    Vyapoory has added that Mauritius needs other countries, including the Russian Federation, to support the island nation by formally opposing any stand taken by the UK at any relevant multilateral or bilateral meeting.

    Mauritius’ Students Are Excited to Receive Russian Higher Education

    Quote "In the past, cooperation in the sector of education was very important, many young Mauritians have benefited from scholarships offered by the former Soviet Union. Nowadays there is a renewed interest by Mauritian students in some prestigious Russian universities", Paramasivum P. Vyapoory said.
    According to him, Mauritius hopes to conclude an agreement between the University of Mauritius and Lomonosov State University and Pushchino State Institute of Natural Sciences. The President has also supported the idea of launching a student exchange programme which would contribute to sharing relevant experience and technology between the nations.
    From: https://sputniknews.com/africa/20191...-africa-forum/
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    Update from the Russia-Africa forum:

    Quote Over 500 agreements worth $12 billion inked at Russia-Africa forum
    24 Oct, 2019 14:06
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    Ilya Pitalev / Sputnik

    The first ever Russia-Africa economic forum, which kicked off on Wednesday, has resulted in hundreds of deals and agreements, Russian Presidential Adviser Anton Kobyakov said.

    According to him, more than 35 official events and 1,500 meetings took place in Sochi, the resort city where the summit was held.

    “The total amount of agreements sealed as of this moment was more than eight hundred billion rubles ($12 billion),” Kobyakov said, adding that the meetings are continuing.


    Ramil Sitdikov / Sputnik
    The Russia-Africa Economic Forum brought more than 50 African leaders to Sochi. Eight major African integration associations and organizations also took part in the event.
    From: https://www.rt.com/business/471740-r...mpression=true
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    A new release from Wikileaks with files concerning corruption in accessing fishing rights for Namibia.



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    Namibia is a beautiful desert country (I was lucky enough to visit Swakopmund). It has some mineral resources and an Atlantic coastline:

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    Quote Posted by Cara (here)
    Namibia is a beautiful desert country (I was lucky enough to visit Swakopmund). It has some mineral resources and an Atlantic coastline:
    Thanks! I've always wanted to visit Namibia. It's an absolutely gorgeous country. Take a look at this.
















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    Some developments in Russian-Madagascan relations: an investment agreement is in the works.

    Quote Madagascar, Russia Could Sign Investment Guarantee Agreement - Ambassador

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Antananarivo and Moscow could sign an investment guarantee agreement before the end of the year, Eloi Maxime Alphonse Dovo, the Malagasy ambassador to Russia, told Sputnik in an interview.

    "We will soon sign an investment guarantee deal… Yes, maybe after these meetings [during the St. Petersburg Economic Forum], several documents and treaties are being prepared at the moment. Now we have mutual trust," the diplomat said answering a question if the accord could be singed in 2018.

    Cooperation with Russian companies and the use of Russian technologies could allow Madagascar to become a grain hub for the African continent, Eloi Maxime Alphonse Dovo said.

    "If we start working with Russian companies and start using Russian technologies… we can become a hub for everyone," the diplomat said answering a question about the prospects of becoming a grain hub.

    According to the ambassador, there are over 44 million acres of land in Madagascar which is not used at the moment, but could be used by foreign entrepreneurs. The ambassador recalled that some 75 percent of the island nation's population is engaged in the agricultural sector.

    "It would be too bad if Russian companies do not have an opportunity to work in Madagascar, because, as you know, oil and gas reserves have been found at the Mozambique Channel and these reserves are bigger than the ones in the North Sea. We want all our partners, including Russians, to partake in oil production," the diplomat said.

    The ambassador, who is the dean of the African diplomatic corps in Russia, said that a number of western companies such as French Total and US Exxon Mobil had already participated in oil and gas projects in the African state.

    Diplomatic relations between Moscow and Antananarivo were established in 1972. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the two states have contacts in the sphere of diplomacy, culture, and education.

    In 2015, the ministry said that after talks between the foreign ministers of the two states, Russia and Madagascar reaffirmed their intention to cooperate in the sectors of tourism, banking, and geological exploration among other issues.
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    Those Namibia pics are amazing. Namibia Avalon meet up would be amazing!

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