Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

Could Chad be a ‘time bomb’ affecting Algeria, Sahel in Africa? – analysis

The death of Chad’s president Idriss Deby, who came to power in 1990, could spell trouble for neighboring areas in Africa’s Sahel region. The Sahel is a swath of geography expanding from Senegal to Somalia that is often a euphemism for instability and infiltration by armed groups, including jihadist.Many publications, from France24 to Brookings to […]

Modern brains evolved 1.7m years ago in Africa, study finds, after examining skulls of mankind’s ancient ancestors

When human’s very ancient ancestors took their first steps out of Africa, some 3 million years ago, their brains looked more like those of great apes. A new study says our big brains developed only some 400,000 years later. Using CT technology to scan what skull fossils remain from our earliest ancestors, researchers at the […]

How the Middle East States are Bringing their Rivalries to Africa

Growing competition among Middle Eastern powers – Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and the UAE – has forced almost all of them to establish their influence beyond the Gulf region and look for allies elsewhere. For almost all of these states, Africa is the best destination, not only because the continent is well poised to develop […]

South Africa’s chief justice confronts the apartheid analogy

March 14, 2021 by Ben Cohen – Read on for article As of this writing, South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was on day seven of a 10-day deadline to publicly apologize for a speech he made last year in which he offered a full-throated defence of Israel, and still, he stood fast—no apology […]

South Africa mourns ‘visionary’ Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, dead at 72

Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, king of South Africa’s Zulu nation, has passed away after contracting Covid-19. He was praised for preserving traditional culture while leading his people through apartheid and the AIDS epidemic. Zwelithini, 72, died on Friday at a hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, where he checked in last month for diabetes treatment. South African media reported […]

South Africa’s Zulu King Remembered as ‘True Friend’ to Israel

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini arrives to hear Former US President Barack Obama delivering the 16th Nelson Mandela annual lecture, marking the centenary of the anti-apartheid leader’s birth, in Johannesburg, South Africa July 17, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko The South African Jewish community and Israeli officials honored on Friday King Goodwill Zwelithini, the longtime leader of South […]

The Military’s Africa Gambit

The Military’s Africa Gambit Above photo: US Africa Command. Faux Intellectuals and Their False Assumptions Strike Again. When does neo-imperialist subtext tip over to overt imperialism? Well, when it comes to America’s Africa policy, apparently it’s when Foreign Affairs indulges the published fantasies of a multigenerational military trio of facsimile David Petraeuses peddling un-ironic Rudyard Kipling reprises. In the […]

Netanyahu Concerned Israel Could Be ‘Overrun’ With Blacks and ‘Fake Jews’ From Africa

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is rightfully concerned about a recent Israeli Supreme Court decision requiring the government to recognize Reform and Conservative conversions performed in Israel which could potentially lead to the country being “overrun” by undesirable African Blacks claiming to be “fake” Jewish converts: Netanyahu’s statement, made in an interview with Jerusalem Post reporter […]

Lessons From Africa in Black and White

There are 48 independent countries in mainland Africa, yet among Americans the ignorance about this vast continent is staggering.  Few know that for many years, until the latter half of the twentieth century, nearly all these countries had been protectorates or colonies of European nations, the great majority France and Great Britain, with Belgium and […]

Vandana Shiva: When Bill Gates pours money into Africa to feed the poor & prevent famine, he’s continuing the work of Monsanto, pushing chemicals, GMOs & the failed Green Revolution

[embedded content] FRANCE 24 English 1.58M subscribers Subscribe to France 24 now:​ FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7​ Our guest is Vandana Shiva, a world-famous environmental activist from India. Her latest book is entitled “One Earth, One Humanity vs. the 1%”. She tell us about more her opposition to […]

How the US is trying to invest in Africa’s security

The US State Department held a special telephone briefing, facilitated by its Africa Regional Media Hub. This is important because the extremist threats from the Sahel in Africa can impact the Middle East. The call, which took place on Tuesday, was between US Army Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the commanding general of the US Army Europe and Africa, as […]

Americans Murdering People & Dear Children In the Middle East and Africa Hasn’t Mattered – Not Yet!

The issue of deadly racism in the USA has been brought to the attention of all Americans by the persistent efforts of impassioned activists, especially by carrying placards with photographs of African-American victims of deadly police actions. Article suggests how the greater toll of darker skinned people murdered by Americans overseas could become a burning […]

Coronavirus vaccines: Macron proposes sending 3-5% of supplies to Africa

Emmanuel Macron has proposed that rich countries transfer between three and five percent of their COVID-19 vaccines to Africa, where there is a distinct lack of them. In an interview with the Financial Times, the French President said he would put the idea to Friday’s meeting of G7 leaders. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is […]

Health Officials Rush To Respond As Ebola Re-Emerges In Africa

CONAKRY, Feb 16 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization has asked six African countries to be alert for possible Ebola infections, as Guinea on Tuesday reported new cases and Democratic Republic of Congo said its new infections were a resurgence of a previous outbreak. Guinea declared an outbreak of the virus on Sunday in the first […]

Rabbi Joseph Bronner, 97, Leader in Los Angeles and South Africa

Rabbi Joseph Bronner, a distinguished teacher and community leader, died at the age of 97 last month. For many years, Rabbi Bronner taught a weekly Shabbat afternoon class at Kehillat Yavneh in Hancock Park. Rabbi Bronner and his wife, Dr. Leila Bronner, who died in 2019, were admired for their devotion to Jewish education and […]

‘Quick, easy and not so painful’: S. Africa’s Ramaphosa gets J&J Covid jab as nation turns back on AstraZeneca

South Africa’s president has been vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 jab, joining thousands of healthcare workers taking part in a trial to test the efficacy of the single-dose vaccine against the local virus variant. President Cyril Ramaphosa urged his fellow South Africans to come forward and get a Covid-19 vaccine when it’s their turn […]

Neanderthal Child’s Tooth Found in Palestinian Cave Tells A Tale of Africa

A team of archaeologists from the Max Planck Institute recently reexamined a set of artifacts recovered from the Shuqba Cave, which included a Neanderthal child’s tooth. It is the first evidence that Neanderthals made it that far south and makes it highly possible that Neanderthals could have reached Africa. The Shuqba Cave is located in […]

S. Africa to administer globally unapproved J&J Covid-19 shot in healthcare workers trial, looks to offload AstraZeneca jab

South Africa is set to kick off a trial of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 jab, administering the vaccine to healthcare workers after a small study showed AstraZeneca’s jab to be ineffective against the country’s dominant variant. The first doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine are set to be given on Wednesday at Khayelitsha District […]

Trouble in Vaccine Land: The Wiliness of South Africa’s Coronavirus Variant

It began as a shudder through the scientific and public health establishments.  A new variant of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 had been found, mutating in South African climes, potentially outwitting human responses to it.  Vaccines such as Oxford-AstraZeneca’s would have to be brushed up.  Rollouts would have to be reconsidered. The South African variant has […]

South Africa considers selling or swapping its AstraZeneca vaccine stash over efficacy concerns

Just last week the AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab received a top-level welcome in South Africa, but the country’s health minister now says it may sell or swap its stock, after a study questioned its efficacy against the local strain. Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize revealed the country was set to […]

South Africa mulls ‘stepped’ rollout to test AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab against local variant after study raises efficacy concerns

Around 100,000 people in South Africa could be given the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to test if it is effective at protecting against the local variant of the virus, the government’s chief scientific adviser said on Monday. South Africa’s health minister announced on Sunday that the government was putting a “temporary hold” on its rollout of […]

As vaccines arrive, South Africa faces widespread skepticism over safety

As a nurse in a country battling deadly diseases, Rich Sicina sometimes vaccinates other South Africans, but he says there is no way he will take a COVID-19 shot – he doesn’t believe it will be safe or effective. South Africa’s decision on Sunday to suspend plans to roll out AstraZeneca’s vaccine, after data showed […]

South Africa halts use of AstraZeneca vaccine after trial shows ‘minimal protection’ against new variant

South Africa will put on hold use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 shot in its vaccination programme, after data showed it gave minimal protection against mild-to-moderate infection caused by the country’s dominant coronavirus variant. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday that the government would await advice from scientists on how best to proceed, after a trial […]

South Africa SUSPENDS AstraZeneca vaccine rollout after study shows its ‘limited efficacy’ against local variant

South Africa is putting on hold the rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, after disappointing study results suggested the jab offers significantly less protection against the locally prevalent variant of Covid-19. “The AstraZeneca vaccine appeared effective against the original strain, but not against the [B.1.351 South African] variant,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said during an […]

South Africa halts AstraZeneca vaccination for middling results on local variant

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — South Africa said Sunday it would suspend the start of its COVID-19 vaccinations with the AstraZeneca shot, after a study showed the drug failed to prevent mild and moderate cases of the virus variant that has appeared in the country. Africa’s hardest-hit nation had been due to start its campaign in […]

South Africa halts Astrazeneca vaccine push over effectiveness fears

South Africa is temporarily suspending its COVID-19 vaccination programme after a study found that the AstraZeneca vaccine may not be effective against the new variant of the virus. The study, carried out by the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and not yet peer-reviewed, claims that the British vaccine offers “limited protection” against moderate forms […]

Novavax COVID-19 vaccine 89% effective in UK trial, less in South Africa

Novavax Inc said on Thursday its coronavirus vaccine was 89.3% effective in preventing COVID-19 in a trial conducted in the United Kingdom, and was nearly as effective in protecting against the more highly contagious variant first discovered in the UK, according to a preliminary analysis. A mid-stage trial of the vaccine in South Africa, where a troubling […]

Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is effective against UK, South Africa variants

US biotechnology firm Moderna on Monday said lab studies showed its COVID-19 vaccine would remain protective against variants of the coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa. But out of caution, the company will test adding a second booster of its vaccine — to make three shots in total — and has […]

Second wave of locusts striking hard-hit East Africa

A second wave of desert locust swarms has begun striking an already hard-hit East Africa in recent weeks after heavy rains and a late-season cyclone sparked a new round of breeding, with swarms invading Kenya and southern Ethiopia, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The first wave of locusts […]

‘Deepest concerns’: South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells, making it more infectious, govt adviser says

The so-called South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells with a stronger mechanism, allowing it to spread more easily between its human hosts, the government’s advising chief epidemiologist said on Monday. Salim Abdool Karim, co-chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19, spoke during a video conference about the 501Y.V2 […]

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