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  • A.U. to Launch New African Passport

     

     

    The African Union passport which will be launched in Kigali during the ongoing 27th AU Summit will ease the movement of people, spur economic growth and development as well as promote Intra-African trade.

    Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo while addressing journalists at the summit said the issuance of African passport is among the African strategic initiative intended to come as a possible rescue to disband all the restrictions to move which will eventually create a conducive environment for Africans to trade with each other. “Rwanda is ready for the AU Passport issuance. Other countries will also be working towards implementation of this decision. The free movement of people in Africa will spur our economic growth,” she said.

    “Passports will be delivered to Heads of State and other diplomats during the launch but the entire objective is for all African citizens to get this passport to facilitate their free movement. What we want is for African countries to fast-track this initiative,” said Minister Mushikiwabo, while responding to journalists questions about the project.

    She further mentioned that after the launch of the African Union Passport, every country will then proceed with the issuance of the passports in accordance with their national regulations and this will be done in collaboration with the African Union.

     

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  • Report says Eritrea, Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia are in a military alliance to curb Ethiopian regime's belligerence

     

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Contrary to what this report says, It was Ethiopia that invaded Eritrea on June 12th. Satellite imagery, which most developed countries have access to, showed Ethiopian troops invading Eritrea using tanks and heavy artillery. Eritrean Defense Forces fought back in self-defense, forcing TPLF troops to hastily retreat in complete disarray. As a result of their unprovoked attack, over 200 TPLF troops were killed and 300 more were injured, while Eritrea suffered 18 deaths.

    While this report is definitely wrong on who the aggressor was on June 12th, it doesn't negate the fact that Eritrea is part of a Saudi-led coalition to curb terrorism in all shapes and forms (including wayward regimes who invade their neighbor). So within this context, it becomes plausible that Eritrea, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which the later has a military base in Eritrea, are working together to establish peace and security in the region.



    US-Arab cold war in the Horn of Africa

    By AfricanIntelligence

    Ethiopia, a staunch ally of the United States, will have its work cut out to contain the hostility of its Eritrean and Egyptian neighbors, who in turn have support from certain Arab countries, namely Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, it has to contend with the mainly Oromo internal revolts ( ION 1422). We publish here our exclusive disclosures about the underlying factors of a war that is as much diplomatic as it is military.

     

     

     

    UAE and Egypt are behind the latest Eritrean push - On 12 June, the brother-enemies of the Horn of Africa accused each other of starting the recent deadly fighting with over 300 dead on their border in the Tsorona region. After saying nothing for two days, Addis Ababa finally gave the green light to its government spokesman, Getachew Reda, to warn the Eritrean regime of Issayas Afewroki that Ethiopia could go so far as to wage all-out war. Eritrea was emboldened by its support from the Gulf States and the security and military partnership contract it signed in April with the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud ( ION 1403). So it did not stop at merely making noises against Addis Ababa and has even inflicted heavy casualties on the Ethiopian army. But Egypt is in reality behind the Eritrean assault, with support from Abu Dhabi.

     

     

     

    The Indian Ocean Newsletter has learnt that on 12 June, Mohamed Dahlan, the PLO former head of Preventive Security in Gaza and current advisor to Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed, was at a meeting in Cairo with the Egyptian Minister for Irrigation, Hossam Moughazi, and also attended by representatives of Mukhabarat (Egyptian general intelligence directorate).

     

    On the agenda was the Egypt-Ethiopia tension over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This was when Mohamed Dahlan decided to play the Eritrea card to apply pressure on Ethiopia, by urging Issayas Afeworki to instigate hostilities against Ethiopia on its border. He then went to Asmara on 16 June.

     His visit to Eritrea was prepared by a member of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) who lives in Cairo and Asmara, Omgita Sharo. Meanwhile Saudi Arabia and UAE, fearing that the conflict could escalate, sent a memo to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, asking him to recall the 2,000 or so soldiers posted at Dankalie, a stone’s throw from the Eritrean port of Assab which is the home of a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) base and which Saudi Arabia and UAE have refurbished to the tune of $50 million. But Ethiopia immediately replied to these recommendations firmly in the negative.

     
    Washington behind Addis Ababa - Ethiopia is far from isolated in this crisis. Its US and Israeli allies ensured it was elected a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2017-2018 on 28 June. Furthermore, on 8 June, Ethiopia was guest of honour at the White House. At a unique meeting, held at the behest of Reuben Brigety, the US Ambassador to the African Union with the agreement of the State Department, Ethiopian-American businessman, US ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and former CEO of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Daniel W. Yohannes was invited to talk about Ethiopian fears of threats from its neighbours. Since then, the United States has largely closed its eyes over Addis Ababa’s military manoeuvres in Djibouti, where a large number of soldiers are stationed on the Eritrean border, North West of the Tadjourah district.
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  • Ethiopian Bible is the oldest and complete bible on earth

     

    World’s first illustrated Christian Bible discovered at Ethiopian monastery

    The world’s earliest illustrated Christian book has been saved by a British charity which located it at a remote Ethiopian monastery.

    The incredible Garima Gospels are named after a monk who arrived in the African country in the fifth century and is said to have copied them out in just one day.

    Beautifully illustrated, the colours are still vivid and thanks to the Ethiopian Heritage Fund have been conserved.

    Abba Garima arrived from Constantinople in 494 AD and legend has it that he was able to copy the Gospels in a day because God delayed the sun from setting.

     

    A page from the Garima Gospels – the world's oldest Christian book found in

    a remote monastery in Ethiopia

     

    The incredible relic has been kept ever since in the Garima Monastery near Adwa in the north of the country, which is in the Tigray region at 7,000 feet.

    Experts believe it is also the earliest example of book binding still attached to the original pages.

    The survival of the Gospels is incredible considering the country has been under Muslim invasion, Italian invasion and a fire in the 1930s destroyed the monastery’s church.

    They were written on goat skin in the early Ethiopian language of Ge’ez.

    There are two volumes which date from the same time, but the second is written in a different hand from the first. Both contain illustrations and the four Gospels.

    Though the texts had been mentioned by the occasional traveller since the 1950s, it had been thought they dated from the 11th century at the earliest.

    Carbon dating, however, gives a date between 330 and 650 – which tantalisingly overlaps the date Abba Garima arrived in the country.

    So the first volume could be in his hand – even if he didn’t complete the task in a day as the oral tradition states.

    The charity Ethiopian Heritage Fund that was set up to help preserve the treasures in the country has made the stunning discovery.

    It was also allowed incredibly rare access to the texts so experts could conserve them on site.

     

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  • Shocking! Horny zoo keeper impregnates female orangutan ape (photo)

    A randy zoo keeper has been caught on camera having s*x with a female orangutan ape and impregnating the animal in the process. 

      

    The 38-year-old zookeeper impregnated a female orangutan

     

    A zoo keeper at Indonesia’s Surabaya zoo has landed in trouble after he was arrested and charged with impregnating a female orangutan, reports the Kalimantan Press.
     
    The 38-year-old zoo keeper was filmed in full action by a series of hidden cameras put in place by the zoo’s security officials after doubts emerged about the man’s devious actions towards the zoo animals. He was caught on camera having sexual intercourse with the animals.
    Some animals seemed sexually aroused when it was time to feed them, explains Akhiroel Yahya, employee of the zoo for 14 years. But what made us most suspicious was when we discovered Marylin, our oldest orangutan, was pregnant. She has never been in contact with any other orangutans because of her aggressive nature, so it didn’t make any sense, he acknowledges, visibly troubled by the news.
    Then out of curiosity and desire to know, the zoo officials decided on what to do.
    At first, we clearly did not comprehend what had happened, admits the zoo’s director, Abdoel Hakim. Marilyn has been secluded for the past 10 years, it was a total mystery, he acknowledges. It is only when we placed several hidden cameras that we learned the horrible truth, he admits, visibly angered by the whole situation.
    However, the zoo keeper had denied everything. He denied any wrong doing on his part.
    He said everything he had done was consensual, explains police chief Abubakar Jaar. He said he loved each and everyone of the animals and was very sorry he had impregnated the orangutan, he told local reporters. He says he did not know orangutans could get pregnant from humans, he added.
     
    Contrary to popular belief, the orangutan species is much closer to the human species than chimpanzees. We share practically the same DNA code, with only minute differences, which could explain the orangutan falling pregnant from this man, explains Paleobiologist Bachtiar Pado Panghulu, of the University of Jakarta.
     
    Particularly in Indonesia, the genetic profile of some of the population is extremely close to the orangutan species, leading us to believe they’re might have been a common ancestor to both species only a few hundred thousand years ago, he admits.

     

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  • Islamic State makes inroads into Kenya

     

    Al-Shabaab fighters undergoing training at a camp in southern Somalia. Recent security operations on Kenya's coast have forced Shabaab recruiters into retreat, inadvertently opening up space for IS. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

    Recent arrests show the Islamic State's growing presence in East Africa, where they are recruiting young Kenyans for jihad abroad and raising fears some of them will return to threaten the country.

    Kenyan intelligence agencies estimate that around 100 men and women may have gone to join the IS in Libya and Syria, triggering concern that some may come back to stage attacks on Kenyan and foreign targets in a country already victim to regular, deadly terrorism.

    "There is now a real threat that Kenya faces from IS and the danger will continue to increase," said Rashid Abdi, senior analyst at the International Crisis Group think tank in Nairobi.

    The problem of eager but often untrained extremists gaining terrorist skills with IS and coming home to launch attacks is one European nations are already grappling with, and may soon be Kenya's problem too.

    "It's a time bomb," said George Musamali, a Kenyan security consultant and former paramilitary police officer.

    "People going to Libya or Syria isn't a problem for Kenya, it's what they do when they come back."

    The first Al-Qaeda attack in Kenya was the 1998 US embassy bombing and the most recent large one a university massacre in Garissa last year, but the IS threat is new and as yet ill defined.

    In March four men appeared in court accused of seeking to travel to Libya to join IS.

    Then in early May, Kenyan police announced the arrest of a medical student, his wife and her friend accused of recruiting for IS and plotting an anthrax attack. Two other medical students were said to be on the run.

    'IS TERROR NETWORK'

    Police chief Joseph Boinnet described a countrywide "terror network" linked to IS and led by Mohamed Abdi Ali, a medical intern at a regional hospital, "planning large scale attacks" including one to "unleash a biological attack... using anthrax".

    Three weeks later Kenyan police announced (using another IS acronym) the arrest of two more members of "the ISIS network that is seeking to establish itself in Kenya in order to conduct terror attacks against innocent Kenyans."

    Police said they had found "materials terrorists typically use in the making of IEDs"  homemade bombs  as well as "bows and poisoned arrows".

    Some experts dismissed the suggestion of an imminent large-scale attack in Kenya, but said the threat of IS radicalisation, recruitment and return is genuine.

    "We can't see either the intent to carry out such an attack nor any real planning for it," said one foreign law enforcement official who has examined the anthrax allegation.

    "But there is something in it: there is IS here, mainly involved in recruitment and facilitation."

    Martine Zeuthen, a Kenya-based expert on violent extremism at Britain's Royal United Services Institute, said the recent arrests "indicate that radicalisation continues to be a serious security concern".

    She said that while recruitment into the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda group Shabaab remains the primary danger, "there are also credible reports of recruitment from Kenya to violent groups outside the region, such as those fighting in Libya."

    "Like those who went to fight in Somalia and returned to Kenya, this new category of recruit may also return and pose a security risk to Kenya," said Zeuthen.

    MULTIPLYING THREATS

    Kenyan authorities already struggle to manage the return of their nationals from Somalia, where hundreds of Kenyans make up the bulk of Shabaab's foreign fighters.

    In the future they will likely also have to deal with returning IS extremists as well as self-radicalised "lone wolf" attackers inspired by the group's ideology and online propaganda.

    "Kenya risks finding itself fairly soon in the position that Belgium or France or the US does, as IS-inspired extremists pose a domestic threat," said Matt Bryden, director of Sahan Research, a Nairobi-based think tank.

    "In Kenya, we're not yet at the point where experienced fighters are coming back but it may not be far off."

    Bryden and others believe that for now the true number of Kenyan IS recruits may be just "a handful" but the existence of sympathisers with the capacity to help aspiring jihadis travel to Libya and Syria, often via Khartoum, Sudan, is not in doubt.

    IS is a new entrant to a well-established jihadist scene in Kenya, exploiting the diverse grievances of angry, frustrated and disaffected young Kenyans.

    Recent security operations on Kenya's coast have forced Shabaab recruiters into retreat, inadvertently opening up space for IS.

    "Success in dismantling the organised jihadi networks has created a vacuum into which IS is stepping," said Abdi. "There is a proliferation of jihadi groups, and that makes for a much more dangerous situation."

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