Imprisoned student Abdullah Ould Kampala has begun a hunger strike after 3 sleepless nights in pain from broken ribs sustained during his arrest by police in a violent raid on Nouakchott University last Thursday. Abdullah is one of 5 students who remain in prison. About 45 classmates arrested in the raid were released on Saturday.
300 members of the civil guard attacked families who were camped out on the sidewalk after being evicted on Thursday in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
This tasteless advert for the Israel market is in the news again now Iran is threatening to ban Samsung.
Maybe Mali’s FM would have been less surprised by heavily-armed rebel attacks if France, America, etc shared intel from drone surveillance, which has been increased in the region since the war in Libya. As it is, we are being subjected to largely unconfirmed speculation about numbers of rebels, weapons and refugees. Intriguingly, we hear that members of the Malian army are among the refugees. Now we can expect to read lots of hype about rebels recruiting from the camps. We can also anticipate lots of appeals for funds to care for tens of thousands of displaced people, being shuffled around a region already dealing with drought and food shortages. Added revulsion will be delivered in the form of reports of rape, and of illegal trafficking of drugs, weapons and people. Inevitably there will be outbreaks of sickness – perhaps even imported by UN aid workers, as we saw with the outbreaks of Cholera in Haiti for the past two years. An entire global industry has been quietly readying itself for this situation for at least the past few months, and it will now grind up, one relentless gear at a time.
Perhaps most disturbing of all is my firm conviction that all of the above will be a mere backdrop for events in the rest of Africa.
Egyptian officials say Hosni Mubarak will shortly be moved to a prison hospital as soon as the facility is upgraded to house the 83-year-old former president. I don’t suppose they trouble themselves to upgrade facilities for arrested protesters or those working for “NGO’s”.
Rather unpleasant C4 post questioning whether autism can be used as hacking defence, and worded in a way that insinuates Gary McKinnon only “sought” a diagnosis for autism after being charged with computer hacking. http://snup.us/qBi