Scam, kidnap by South African police

Scam, kidnap by South African police

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Scam, kidnap by South African police

Scam, kidnap by South African police

Camden County New Jersey: home to the poorest and most dangerous city in the US (Camden) and a wealthy community (Haddonfield). MJoTA 2013 v7n1 p0606 click here
Kabilagate in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo click here

The Congolese 20 were scammed, arrested and have been kept in Pretoria Central Prison because of abuse of power by employees of the South African government click here

Wikileaks, freedom of the press, freedom to know what is private and what is public. MJoTA 2013 v7n1 p0623 click here

Tales from Antigua: Ghanaian prince declares war, Portugal lays the first foreign wreath, a St Bernard dog on a warm full-moon night  click here
Countries spy on each other? Really? MJoTA 2013 v7n1 p0612 click here

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Ecuador. MJoTA 2013 v7n1 p0623 click here

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African apiarists know all about healthy bees | Letters
Tim Evans says that UK beekeepers should swap their frame hives for top-bar hives if they want to avoid chemical interventions and sugar feeding

The photograph accompanying your piece (How Liberia’s killer bees are helping to rebuild livelihoods, 4 December) shows a Liberian beekeeper holding curved comb from a top-bar hive, not the oblong combs of the frame hives generally used in the UK. Top-bar hives, traditional in Africa, allow bees to build comb in the shape they wish, and to structure their nest according to their natural instincts. These hives are usually managed without constant intrusive inspections, chemical interventions and sugar feeding.

A significant minority of UK beekeepers have adopted these methods. We find that they keep bees healthier than conventional systems, and our experience is borne out by the work of Cornell University’s eminent Professor Thomas Seeley, among other scientists.

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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:53:18 GMT

Ed Sheeran means well but this poverty porn has to stop | Afua Hirsch
Aid adverts featuring ‘white saviours’ may bring in cash but they remove all dignity from those who are suffering

It was almost exactly five years ago that I realised something was changing. A video landed on my phone – I was living in Ghana then – raising awareness of “this time of need for Norway”. This “need” was winter, and the video was hilarious. Amid scenes of blizzards, vehicles overturned in snow, and children battling through subzero conditions, glamorous (and warm) African pop stars encouraged donations of radiators for Norway. “People don’t ignore starving people, so why should they ignore cold people?” they sang.

The song, Radi-Aid, was a clear riff on Band Aid, the Feed the World charity set up in response to the 1984 Ethiopian famine. In the ensuing years, Band Aid has come to epitomise the genre that “radiators for Norway” so mocks: poverty porn.

The colonial perspective has such a strong hold that we regard their very identities as in need of being saved

Related: Ed Sheeran Comic Relief film branded 'poverty porn' by aid watchdog

Related: Poverty porn: is sensationalism justified if it helps those in need?

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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:35:32 GMT

Sweet as honey: the African killer bees providing a living in Liberia | Lorraine Mallinder

A corps of master beekeepers is leading a drive to produce honey for the growing domestic market, offering subsistence farmers a new livelihood

Liberian beekeeper Cecil Wilson is holding up a honeycomb, crawling with hundreds of so-called killer bees. They are the most aggressive in Africa, but the honey is good, he says, as they start swarming around him.

African bees – or Apis mellifera scutellata, to be precise – are not to be messed with. Not for nothing did they feature in 1978 disaster horror flick The Swarm. But for an increasing number of Liberians, still struggling to get by in a shattered postwar economy, they are providing a much-needed livelihood.

Related: Why 'super honey' is the bees' knees for wounds and infections | Rachel Masker

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:00:01 GMT

Montana's first black mayor, once a refugee, says US offered 'second chance'

Wilmot Collins, 54, was elected mayor of Helena on Tuesday, unseating a four-term incumbent: ‘They were looking for a chance and I came in at the right time’

Wilmot Collins didn’t leave Liberia until he was 31, but his is the most American of stories.

On Tuesday, the 54-year-old former refugee of a civil war, community activist and progressive political newcomer who wants affordable housing and solutions for teen homelessness, was elected mayor of Helena, Montana’s capital. It’s a historic feat that turned heads around the country; he is believed to be the first black man elected mayor since Montana became a state.

Related: Democrats mark anniversary of Trump's election with night of sweeping victories

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Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:00:12 GMT

Red Cross 'outraged' over pilfering of Ebola aid millions by its own staff

Organisation confirms misappropriation of almost $6m donated to fight deadly 2014 outbreak that claimed more than 11,000 lives in west Africa

The Red Cross has admitted that millions of dollars meant for fighting the deadly outbreak of Ebola in west Africa were siphoned off by its own staff.

The organisation’s own investigations uncovered evidence of fraud, with more than $2.1m (£1.6m) lost in Sierra Leone, probably stolen by staff in collusion with local bank officials, according to a statement. In Guinea, a mixture of fake and inflated customs bills cost it $1m.

Related: Grief etched in stone: Sierra Leone finally lays Ebola to rest – in pictures

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Fri, 03 Nov 2017 17:49:14 GMT
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The Vice President of Liberia visits New Jersey and Pennsylvania. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n1 p0623

A 4-day visit to the Delaware Valley ended today for the Vice President of Liberia, a soft-spoken, slow-moving elderly gentleman with good things to say.

I saw him at 3 events; at the Camden City Hall reception on Friday June 21; at Rowan University Investment Forum on Saturday June 22, and then later on that afternoon at a Lutheran Church in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

Wonderful welcome at City Hall, Camden, NJ on Friday night by the mayor Dana Rudd  and some elected officials and dignitaries.

I was startled when he told us he was grateful to come to this beautiful city. I have never heard anyone say that.  Camden is the murder capital of the US, I only hope events like this will help to turn it around.

At the Saturday afternoon town hall, what really made the audience happy was his saying that dual citizenship has been approved.

Which means that American citizens can still be Liberian citizens, can still vote in Liberian elections, can still run for office. An electorate or more for the Liberian Diaspora? Not yet.

The town hall started late, about 3 hours after the expected time, so I had time to walk around the church with huge stained glass windows and high wooden ceiling and read the 2 placards of protest. Everyone was well-behaved, the vice president gave a calm speech, as did the ambassador, and the commissioner of police in Upper Darby welcomed the delegation, and all Liberians, to Drexel Hill.

Then the protesters started shouting. The large plain clothes detective wearing a lime green tie and a wire into his ear, and he was white, his attempts to blend in failed on so many levels, walked slowly towards the protesters and called inside the 3 Upper Darby police who had been waiting outside.

The Liberian protesters moved outside, shouted for video cameras, and the vice president answered questions. First happily explaining that freedom of speech is a right in the US, and in Liberia.

What impressed me is that we all were able to walk into and out of the church freely.

Anthony Kesselly calmed everyone down, which is what he has been doing since he was a leader in the university in Liberia more than 30 years ago. He was a leader in the Philadelphia Liberian communities for years, and was traveling with the vice president as his policy adviser. Anthony moved back to Liberia last year, it was great to see him.

No-one was patted down before or after, or asked to identify themselves. Very civilized.

Liberia is in good shape.