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Here is the Reuter’s news of Dec 22,2012 dealing with elephant poaching. This threat is only a tip of a much larger threat that faces Africa. A shadowy group operating from Sudan is hellbent to create Africa in its medieval retrogressive image. BBC in April 2004 had written about the Jindjaweed group that set off outrage and still continue to do so in Sudan. More than one million people fled Sudan’s Darfur region, the victims of what UN officials have described as an “ethnic cleansing” campaign by a group of Arab militiamen. Here I shall write upon the way they generate cash flow to fund their campaign. It is nothing short of changing the social history, culture and customs of non-Arab population. Why must they require funds but for their much wider agenda?

“Faced with the threat of horse-mounted Sudanese elephant poachers armed with machine guns, the central African nation Cameroon has deployed military helicopters and 600 soldiers to try to protect the Bouba Ndjida National Park, a former safari tourism destination park and its animals.
Its decision to call in the army follows a bloody incursion into the park last winter during which poachers from Sudan killed some 300 elephants, or 80 percent of the park’s elephant population, within a few weeks.
Armed only with World War One-era rifles, the park’s eco-guards were defenceless in the face of the Sudanese ‘jandjaweed’ poachers who had travelled thousands of miles on horseback to seize the tusks.
The raid left hundreds of elephant corpses in its wake.
Elephant poaching is an illegal trade that has become a multi-billion dollar industry in Africa fuelled by demand for ivory ornaments from China, some of whose citizens are increasingly wealthy.
Ivory sells for about $300 per kg on the black market, according to conservation group TRAFFIC, meaning that an average-sized tusk weighing 6.8 kg can be sold for a small fortune in central Africa, a region plagued by poverty and underdevelopment.
Officials said there was evidence that the Sudanese poachers were on their way back to the park – a territory of lush forests, rivers and hilly plains about the size of Luxembourg – now that the dry season had arrived, making travel easier.
Equipped with helicopters, night vision gear, and scores of jeeps, Cameroon’s military has set up two garrisons in the park and several camps along Cameroon’s border with Chad and the Central African Republic.
What is happening elsewhere , Mali,Libya, Tunisia and Egypt are not isolated events. These are sure to merge as one unless the African Union make a concerted effort to kill the hydra-like Arab hegemony.
benny

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Here is one example from the abc news report of April 3, 2012. ‘Gadhafi’s mercenaries spread guns, fighting in Africa.’
In March a mutiny by Mali’s soldiers waged a coup d’etat and succeeded. It put a stop to two decades of democratic rule. In the chaos that has ensued after the coup, Taureg separatists in Mali seized the last government holdout in the north, the legendary town of Timbuktu. A rebel group has declared independence for a region it calls Azawad. Meanwhile two rebel groups are also trying to snatch power. In short these deep division in the opinion of Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru at the Institute for Security Studies based in Pretoria, South Africa is a setback.
“This is a setback for the international community which has invested so much money in the past decade in democracy, peace, and security in Africa,” This may cause another rebellion in neighboring Niger. Help rendered by NATO in terms of money and materials has gone elsewhere.
Here is another news reported by David Blair of UK paper Telegraph on July 10,
‘A few days after desert gunmen swept out of the Sahara and captured Timbuktu, the city’s conquerors broadcast a message over its radio station.
“We are going to welcome some foreigners,” the inhabitants of this ancient trading centre in northern Mali were told. “Do not be afraid when you see them: we must all welcome them.”
A convoy of Land Cruisers duly arrived, laden with bearded fighters clad in sand-coloured turbans and robes. These were not rebels from the local Tuareg tribe, who had claimed credit for the fall of Timbuktu, but international jihadists from across the Muslim world including Algerians, Nigerians, Somalis and Pakistanis. This multinational parade drove home a harsh message: a new state had been born under the effective rule of al-Qaeda. Bewildered townspeople, who had only seen Tuareg insurgents up to that point, realised its true significance.
“We first saw the foreigners when they were in our city,” said Mousa Maigar, who witnessed the arrival of the column. “How they entered our country, we don’t know.”
Almost unnoticed by the outside world, a branch of al-Qaeda has seized a swathe of Africa covering more than 300,000 square miles. “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” (AQIM) and its allies have taken over an area of the Sahara more than three times the size of Britain, complete with airports, military bases, arms dumps and training camps.
Against backdrop the destruction of Timbuktu World Heritage site shall come as no surprise. What gave these al-Qaeda elements the strength to hold defenseless civilians as hostage?
Applying Western standards of fairplay and equity to aid the rebels in Libya triggered upheaveal in Mali. Instead of following through where the NATO armaments and money end up the West turned to other matters. Just as the USA did in the 80s. All that help brought down the twin towers of WTO. The al-Qaeda has done it again. In short the West didn’t learn from history.
The AQIM are militants armourplated with barbaric practices and ideas. We didn’t give arms into their hands but we just neglected to control the aftermath of Gaddafi’s exit. The arms were sold by rebels,foreign mercenaries and arm merchants in black market and through many middlemen who made money.
Tailspin: What is wrong with multiculturalism? It is like sleeping with the enemy, trying to bring together two time-zones, and two incompatible cultures of live and let-live and an eye for an eye. It will not work.
benny

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red granite figure of a lion-I8th dynasty-1400 BC

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