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Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia: Your Friday Briefing

The majority of South African farmland remains under white ownership more than 25 years after apartheid ended.



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• Tensions are growing more volatile between Saudi Arabia and Iran, a rivalry that has fueled sectarianism and war across the Middle East.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, above, compared Iran’s supreme leader to Adolf Hitler, and said that his country would acquire a nuclear bomb “as soon as possible” if Iran developed nuclear weapons.

Separately, experts believe an cyberattack last year on a petrochemical company in Saudi Arabia was intended to cause a catastrophic explosion. They fear the next one might succeed.



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Youth Ambassador invited by Russia to observe election

International Youth Committee Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago and former President of the Guild of Students at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Makesi Peters, has become the first Trinbagonian to represent the country as an observer to the upcoming election in Russia.

While there, Peters will partake in panel discussions, where the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and its impact on youth will be discussed.

He is one of 10 Caribbean youth delegates selected for the opportunity, with all expenses covered by the Russian Ministry of Education.

This is the first time that the Russian Federation has extended an invitation to Caribbean youth leaders to participate in the March election.

Following his participation in the World Youth Festival of Students last year in…

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TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Russia keen to expand cooperation with African Union in all areas

ADDIS ABABA, March 9. /TASS/. Russia intends to expand ties with the African Union in all areas and is ready to establish even more instruments for cooperation, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following the meeting with the Chairperson of the Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat on Friday.

“We intend to cooperate with the African Union in all areas without exceptions: in political, trade and economic, humanitarian, educations fields, and of course concerning coordination of our activities in the international arena,” he said.

According to Lavrov, all strategies being developed by the African Union, including the Agenda 2063, contain areas interesting for Moscow. “And of course we will establish additional instruments for cooperation in the areas where we have…

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China, Russia Mounting Growing Challenge to US in Africa

China and Russia are working to expand their influence across Africa, hoping to outspend or out-compete the United States, U.S. officials warn, describing it as part of a larger effort by both countries to reshape the world order.

For months, top national security officials have been talking about the reemergence of what they describe as a great power competition, calling out China and Russia as the two countries doing the most to counter the United States.

FILE – Chinese workers pose at the inauguration site of a train linking Addis Ababa to Djibouti, 20 kilometres from the centre of Addis Ababa, Oct. 5, 2016.

Officials say the efforts by Beijing and Moscow are both regional and global, with both pursuing strategies to deny the U.S. access to conflict zones in times of…

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Robert Mugabe Deserves Respect

Mugabe is a hero

Robert Mugabe is a AfRAkan hero!

In the early hours of Nov 15th, 2017, news broke that Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe had been removed from office by his country’s army. The details of his ouster are not well known, however, Army leaders in Zimbabwe are refusing to call it a Coup. Instead they say Mugabe is safely under house arrest as part of a military action to root out criminal elements in the government. Whatever the outcome of the situation turns out to be I think it is safe to say that Mugabe’s rule of Zimbabwe is over.

Many people are no doubt rejoicing at Mugabe’s demise, some inside Zimbabwe, other regions of Afraka, and especially in the Western world. All three areas hate him for three different reasons, none of which are valid if he is to be judged as a man who loves his race, his country and Afraka; his personal imperfections notwithstanding.

Mugabe rose to power in the 1980s as part of a rebel uprising against foreign influence in Zimbabwe; namely White rule. They gained independence from Britain by force, changed the country’s name from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe and held elections, which Mugabe won. The country immediately began to experience turmoil as the losing parties began to fight back physically as well as through economic sabotage.

Mugabe’s main opposition came from the other rebel groups, which helped to free Zimbabwe from British rule. They felt they should have been rewarded with a share of power. When they realized that they were double-crossed they began to stoke tribal conflicts within the country. They also sought help from Western backers who steered them away from Socialist ideologies and trained them to fight Mugabe using Human Rights and Ethics.

The Whites of Zimbabwe were the most outraged. Although their population was small, they owned most of the land and commercial wealth of Zimbabwe. (I guess Ethics are only reserved for the so-called civilized) They immediately began to move their money out of the country and with the help of Western financial agencies and governments began a covert operation to bankrupt the Zimbabwe government.

Mugabe saw all the unethical things that Western governments were doing to sabotage Zimbabwe so he lashed out. He taunted Britain and the Queen as well as to implement a land seizure policy against White farmers. Many White farmers were killed in the process as poor Afrakans invaded White owned farms and took over; never mind they didn’t have the expertise or know how to farm themselves.

Throughout his rule, Mugabe fought crippling Western sanctions that sunk Zimbabwe into financial obscurity. National pride eventually eroded into despair as the quality of life for everyday Zimbabweans fell year after year. Mugabe developed a dependence on financial help from his original backers in China, which only sunk the country further in debt. Then he was labeled a Dictator when he refused to step aside and let someone else rule.

Was Mugabe power hungry or was he afraid that open Democracy would open the doors to foreign influence? The fact that the country’s opposition leaders were groomed in the West is the proof of the latter. Revolution is one thing, governing in a fair, equitable, and accountable manner is another. Such a task requires deep understanding of Life and reality, a quality that is also absent from all world leaders.

In essence, Mugabe failed as a leader because he is susceptible to the mechanisms of Life just like Europeans. That is, his personal Desires grew to corrupt his Conscience. He grew to believe that only his solutions could guide Zimbabwe for all time. His final misstep was to begin grooming his wife to take leadership of his political party as well as the government, a move that angered his comrades so they acted in his removal from power.

Why is Robert Mugabe a hero? Mugabe is a hero because he attempted to show AfRAkans a glimpse at true freedom.

Europeans live by the motto “Live Free or Die”, a motto that they reserve for themselves. Indigenous people of the planet have been colonized and put under subjugations to them. Freedom has to be fought for but even when it is achieved physically, the economic chains are enhanced and secured. (Ask Haiti about that) The result is that most former colonies exist in a state of false independence to enrich the homeland.

Never let dumb newscasters or political experts brain wash you with the narrative that Mugabe ruined his country. Mugabe was not perfect. He did not always govern using Fairness, Equity, and Accountability but he is the only Afrakan leader who dared to break the chains of colonial influence and for that he deserves respect.