China Africa Gambit
US in Africa to thwart them taking money from China - Trust US only!! Need to make China look bad to get World Bank etc in
The Africa Gambit: Cut them off, impoverish, swoop in AHEAD of China
The great game in the Horn of Africa | Horn Affairs
In a recent policy briefing at the Heritage Foundation, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said:
“And soon, Djibouti may hand over control of the Doraleh Container Terminal, a strategically located shipping port on the Red Sea, to Chinese state-owned enterprises. Should this occur, the balance of power in the Horn of Africa —astride major arteries of maritime trade between Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia — would shift in favour of China. And, our US military personnel at Camp Lemonnier, could face even further challenges in their efforts to protect the American people.”
US: 'Nascent' progress in Ethiopia talks could be outpaced - ABC News
NAIROBI, Kenya -- A United States envoy said Tuesday he sees “nascent progress” in talks with Ethiopia’s warring sides toward a cease-fire, but he fears it will be outpaced by “alarming” military developments in the yearlong war in Africa's second-most populous country.
Jeffrey Feltman spoke to reporters after his latest visit to Ethiopia, where rival Tigray forces continue pushing toward the capital, Addis Ababa, and a growing number of countries tell their citizens to leave immediately. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday announced he will lead “from the battlefield” in a war that is estimated to have killed tens of thousands of people.
Feltman said the warring sides are now talking about elements they expect to see on the table in talks, but “the tragedy is” that while the elements are similar, views differ on which to tackle first.
“Unfortunately, each side is trying to achieve its goals by military force and believe they are on the cusp of winning,” he said.
In a sign of the Tigray forces' defiant position, a statement issued Tuesday by the Tigray external affairs office said that “first, any peace initiative whose principal objective is to save Abiy Ahmed from imminent demise is dead on arrival.”
Who Gains From Ethiopia Tigray War?
If you want to know who is likely to be at war, just look at who is given the Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian (NATO) Parliament. Obama got it just days into office before he escalated the war in Afghanistan. Henry Kissinger got it in the 1970’S. And two years ago the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed got the prize for making “peace” with Eritrea. Within a year, the much-praised peace deal between Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s dictator, President Isaias Afwerki, the two had united to wage war against the Ethiopian Tigray people in the province bordering Eritrea. The alliance of the two was clearly about eliminating the powerful formerly-ruling Tigray minority. Who now stands to gain in the growing debacle ?
Today the reality is that Abiy Ahmed and his demoralized soldiers are in dire straits as the better-trained Tigray guerilla forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), approach Addis Ababa. There is good reason to believe that Biden’s Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, is manipulating events behind the scenes and not for peaceful resolution.
Nominally, the war was launched by Abiy because the Tigray state disobeyed the new government’s covid ban on scheduled elections. Clearly the Tigray, who ruled Ethiopia as a minority ethnic group for almost three decades until 2018–when it was forced by popular protests to yield rule to Abiy– were at a severe disadvantage, as Abiy gave a green light to Eritrea’s brutal dictator, Isaias, to invade the Ethiopian Tigray state from the north while Abiy’s military attacked from the south. Isaias’s soldiers carried out murder of thousands of Tigray civilians and carried out war crimes including rape and pillage in what has been called ethnic cleansing. The Eritrean forces, estimated at some 80,000 occupied a third of the region of Tigray. All communications were cut by the invaders.
Isaias and Nobel Peace Prize awardee Abiy Ahmed launched what can only be called a war of annihilation against the Tigray TPLF. They have imposed a siege of food supplies in the region and some 900,000 are reportedly on verge of starvation. Villages, cities and farms have been destroyed as the Eritrean forces reportedly used drones supplied by the UAE to bomb the land. The Tigray leadership and their trained military, the Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front, TPLF, fled to the hills to wage guerilla warfare, as Abiy openly called the Tigray TPLF, a “cancer” on Ethiopian society, and to the TPLF as “weeds.”
In all this geopolitical spaghetti bowl there is also the case of the growing presence of China in the Horn of Africa where it has welcomed Eritrea into its Belt and Road Initiative and established a military naval base in Djibouti alongside a critical US base Camp Lemonnier, and gained a major share ownership of Djibouti’s container port, Port of Doraleh, via its state-owned China Merchants Group. Djibouti is also a participant in China’s BRI. Djibouti controls access to both the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, and links Europe, the Asia-Pacific, the Horn of Africa, and the Persian Gulf. It lies directly across the Bab el-Mandeb Strait from Yemen and is Ethiopia’s only sea trade link.
China has kept a low profile during the Tigray War but it suggests the potential of a New Great Game for domination of the region from the Horn of Africa to Egypt along the Red Sea. US covert backing for the Tigray TPLF and the role of Feltman in the region suggests that Washington once more is determined to wreak maximum chaos as it did with help of Feltman in Syria and the Arab Spring color revolutions.
We went to Antigua this past summer for vacation . We went to an
all-inclusive adults only resort. The temperature is pretty much the same
all year around and your sex drive goes through the roof. It's definitely a
fantastic place to escape. Lots of Brits who don't tip that well.
Beautiful warm water. Not too humid. upper 70's - mid-80's. didn't rain too
On one of our party boat/snorkle excursions, we went by the new massive
Chinese embassy that's begin built. From what I recall , the boat tour
guide person told us;
3 stories high
3 stories below ground
room for 1000+ people
China also built them a $30MM+ cricket stadium for "free".
I guess US influence pulled back in 2008ish? and government officials are
apparently "open to donations".
Other fact I found interesting is that the island is really run by the taxi
drivers in that they have the most voting power.
The native Antiguans are 100% dependent on tourism and are live a pretty
I asked about hurricanes and their devastation and recovery and the guy said
that Barbuda is still a mess. They have some land
ownership/government/independence thing which I guess is "not with the
program" for recovery.
Central Wisconsin meat shop [Nolochek's] sues Biden administration over employee mask requirement
Just want to say thank you again for all of the support from you and John and of course all the karma we’ve been receiving throughout our ordeal here at
Nolecheks. I think I the simple act of sending a note and couple hundred bucks to become a producer has been some of the best value for value advertisement
Nolechek’s Meats has ever encountered due to the amazing community you two youths have constructed. Thank you sincerely from the bottoms of our hearts from the
whole crew here at nolecheks.
Many protests this weekend
Vax pass for essentials BOTG
Good evening Mr. Curry,
I live in New Brunswick Canada. A province of approximately 600,000
We have some of the strictest Covid restrictions in North America
As of midnight tonight we will need to show our vax pass to buy essentials at retail stores. To my knowledge we are the trendsetters in North America for this.
It’s a same we are not getting any media time as we may be one of the most restricted places on the planet 🤪
Thanks for reading my email .
Oh yes and to add
I am a unvaccinated RN recovered from Covid with 20 years ICU experience put on unpaid leave on November 19.
I should add as far as my job goes
21 years icu nurse
Suspended without pay
Not able to use vacation or banked time
Leave of absence without pay
May come back once proof of vax is provided
Not able to retire early or collect employment insurance benefits
Go home and starve
Crazy world eh?
Staff Shortages gig economy Chef James
I’ll be brief. 45 year restaurateur. Been consulting and doing private Chef dinner primarily since I sold my place in 2007
Been slow lately so I decided to drive for Doordash for awhile until my December Catering hits later this month.
After two days, I can confirm that ALL restaurants in general are woefully understaffed. Got me wondering. Where did all those people go? Before Covid there
wasn’t an issue. Then it hit me after watching the video 11 Side Hustles to Make Money with Your Phone.
These people aren’t just sitting at home collecting government checks like many of us assumed. They’re working in the Gig economy! Think about it; you set your
own hours. No payroll taxes are withheld, no HR bullshit, you’re your own boss. And the money can be as good as you want!
I know sometimes you two find things like this interesting.
And I haven’t seen anyone else talking about it.
Conor McGregor calls on Republic of Ireland to leave EU after Covid restrictions are tightened - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Chicago Police Vaccination Policy Update
The labor relations board issued a ruling on The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7’s unfair labor practice grievance yesterday. I have attached 2 sub minute clips
of our union president, one of which where he gets fired up about going after high ranking supervisors pockets for going along with Lightfoots bidding to issue
illegal orders to officers to disclose their vaccination status if you’d like to play them in a future show.
The city of Chicago (Lightfoot) has been forcing officers to disclose their vaccination status on a 3rd party database and to be fully vaccinated by January 1
2022. The union asked for this to be a collective bargaining issue and tried to get a policy in place to say N/A instead of yes or no and if you said N/A tot
would submit to weekly testing and to have a long term plan for those not wanting to be vaccinated. Obviously the mayor made this her hill to die on and
threatened officers salary and jobs over this vaccine nonsense.
Here’s how the labor board ruled.
1. The labor board ruled in the officers and unions favor saying this policy has to be collectively bargained, not force fed without any recourse.
1. The city’s vaccination policy implemented on October 8 without first bargaining failed to maintain the existing terms and conditions of employment. The city
has also violated multiple state labor laws regarding this vaccine policy making all these direct orders to disclose vaccination status to the employer illegal
without first bargaining with the union.
This house of cards seems to be ready to fold at any minute. The courts keep saying this is illegal and can’t be done and its like being held at gunpoint by
someone that has no bullets in the chamber and we are all starting to find that out. Keep on fighting everyone we are winning.
Thank you for all you do-Anonymous obviously