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Commentary: Chaos knows only how to create chaos


Melanius Alphonse is a management and development consultant, a long-standing senior correspondent and a contributing columnist to Caribbean News Now. His areas of focus include political, economic and global security developments, and on the latest news and opinion. His philanthropic interests include advocating for community development, social justice, economic freedom and equality. He contributes to special programming on Radio Free Iyanola, RFI 102.1FM and News Now Global analysis. He can be reached at melanius@newsnowglobal.com

By Melanius Alphonse

In its simplest form, chaos is a state of utter confusion or disorder. Similarly, a mirror is undramatic, a reflection of self, a composite of the image presented. And on a linear structure, this interlaced with dreams and…

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South Africa farm seizures BEGIN: Chaos as first expropriation of white-owned farms starts | World | News


Johannesburg-based newspaper City Press reported owners Akkerland Boerdery wanted 200 million rand (£16.7m) for the land, but that the country’s government were willing to offer them just a tenth of that at 20 million rand (£1.67m).

A letter sent to the owners earlier this year had said: “Notice is hereby given that a terrain inspection will be held on the farms on April 5, 2018 at 10am in order to conduct an audit of the assets and a handover of the farm’s keys to the state.”

Akkerland Boerdery immediately took out an urgent injunction to prevent eviction until a court had ruled on the issue, but the Department of Rural Development and Land Affairs has refused the application.

Annelie Crosby, spokeswoman for the agricultural industry association AgriSA, told City Press: “What makes…

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South Africa risks ‘Zimbabwe-style land chaos’


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Shockwaves are still being felt in South Africa after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s controversial announcement that the country’s constitution is to be changed to explicitly allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

Markets reacted negatively and the currency, the rand, has continued to plummet over the last week.

This is because the plan has invited comparisons with the chaotic land reform programme across the Limpopo River in neighbouring Zimbabwe, which saw scenes of violent evictions of mainly white farmers.

But the move will be welcomed by those tired of waiting for reforms promised when white-minority rule ended in South Africa in 1994.

Nearly a…

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Chaos and controversy envelop Nigerian African championships


Volunteers held signs and flags for the competing nations for the opening ceremonies of the African Athletics Championships in Asaba. © AFP/File / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

ASABA, Nigeria, Aug 3 – The African Athletics Championship in Nigeria have become a source of friction as competitors struggle to reach host city Asaba while some nations have given up and dropped out.

The schedule for the competition, running from August 1-5, has been reworked on a “when can you get here” basis as unhappy athletes have been held up at Abuja and Lagos airports, blocked by visa issues or a lack of flights.

Photos of the athletes sleeping on their luggage at the airports have flooded social media.

Some 400 entrants from 14 countries had to be put up in Lagos hotels. Kenya’s 60-strong team camped at Lagos…

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Travel chaos as athletes stranded, African champs delayed


The start of the African track and field championships in Nigeria was delayed Wednesday after hundreds of athletes were stranded at an airport, some for three days when they were left to sleep on the floor as they waited for a connecting flight to the host city.

The Confederation of African Athletics said only a small number of events scheduled for the first day of competition in Asaba in Nigeria’s southern Delta state would go ahead,…

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Inside the brutal fight that’s left the Central African Republic in chaos – VICE News


About 2.5 million people, or over half the population, in the Central African Republic depend on humanitarian aid to survive. The widespread need stems from a long-standing war between Christians and Muslims that’s morphed into a brutal power struggle for the country’s many natural resources.

Right now, three-fourths of CAR is in the hands of at least 14 armed groups. They support themselves through indiscriminate stealing and killing, especially within the country’s crucial cattle industry.

“It’s unbearable,” said Garba Abakar Djobia, a cattle herder in Bangui, CAR’s capital and largest city, which the government barely controls. “They kill to take the cows. Children, women, and men are all killed.”

Oxfam and other aid groups do what they can. But in one camp in Bria with…

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