Frank Bwalya Arrested for Comparing Zambian President to a ‘Potato’

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Frank Bwalya Arrested for Comparing Zambian President to a ‘Potato’ (Credit: Wikipedia)

Frank Bwalya, a member of Zambia’s opposition, is facing a maximum jail sentence of five years, for comparing President Michael Sata as “chumbu mushololwa,” which is a Bemba phrase that means a sweet potato. Bwalya made the comments on radio on Monday.

Chumbu mushololwa‘ is also used to describe someone who doesn’t listen to advice, BBC Africa reports. Frank Bwalya, who is a former pastor, heads the opposition Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) party. He was arrested for making defamatory remarks against the president, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo told state-run media.

Wow, to arrest someone for calling the president a name that’s not even derogatory is just ridiculous.

Uganda President in No Rush to Sign Controversial Anti-Gay Law

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Uganda President in No Rush to Sign Controversial Anti-Gay Law (Credit: Wikipedia)

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni’s spokesman said he “will not rush to approve a controversial anti-gay draft law, widely criticized internationally but overwhelmingly backed by local political and religious leaders,” AFP reports.

Uganda’s parliament adopted the bill on December 20. It will see repeat offenders jailed for life, sparking an international outcry as lawmakers hailed it as a victory against “evil”.

“There has been pressure from religious leaders and parliament to sign the bill into law,” presidential spokesman Tamale Mirundi told AFP, adding that Museveni “won’t rush to assent the bill before he studies it” fully.

“President Museveni is a practical president, he takes decisions based on analysis and not on how many support or are against it,” he added.

There is no reason why a person should live in fear of being who they truly are. We fought for civil rights and racial equality for blacks in America, the gay community deserves the same rights and freedom to be who they truly are. Who are we to judge?

South African Luxury Hotel Apologizes for ‘Ginger Bread Shack House’ Photos

Orient-Express’ posh Mount Nelson Hotel in South Africa is apologizing for its tweet that includes a photo of a ‘ginger bread shack house.’ Wow, it’s unbelievable. How insensitive some people can be. Really? A ginger bread shack house? Their social media person should be looking for a new job, at the minimum. The backlash was as swift as the backlash that was unleashed on Justine Sacco for her racist AIDS dig. What a way to honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

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South African Luxury Hotel Apologizes for ‘Ginger Bread Shack House’ Photos (Credit: Twitter)

Response from Mount Nelson Hotel after being called out:

Here’s the reaction on Twitter:

Mass Grave Found in Bentiu as Fighting Continues in South Sudan

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Mass Grave Found in Bentiu as Fighting Continues in South Sudan

The United Nations humanitarian chief Toby Lanzer told reporters that there is “absolutely no doubt in my mind that we’re into the thousands” of dead in South Sudan, the Daily Star reports. Aid workers said the official death toll nationwide in the young nation is 500, but the number is feared to be much higher.

The AFP said witnesses recounted the wave of violence and atrocities, including an orchestrated campaign of ethnic mass killings and rape.

UN rights chief Navi Pillay said that a mass grave, with 75 bodies, was found in the rebel-held town of Bentiu. He also said there are “reportedly at least two other mass graves” in the capital city of Juba.

The discoveries come after more than a week of escalating fighting between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar, a former vice president who was fired in July. Machar’s troops were driven from Bor on Tuesday, but they are still in control of Bentiu, the capital of the oil-producing state of Unity.

 

 Mass Grave Found in Bentiu as Fighting Continues in South Sudan

Justine Sacco’s Dad Slams Her as a ‘F*cking Idiot’ for Racist Tweet About Africa’s AIDS Crisis

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Justine Sacco’s Dad Slams Her as a ‘F*cking Idiot’ for Racist Tweet About Africa’s AIDS Crisis

Justine Sacco, the PR executive who sparked outrage after racist tweet about AIDS and Africa, apologized, even as her own father called her a “f*cking idiot.” Sacco, who was dumped from IAC, said she was ‘ashamed’ over her actions and that she had been ‘cavalier’ in making a tasteless joke about the AIDS crisis in Africa. Her father said what she did was ‘unforgivable.’

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Justine Sacco later apologizes for racist tweet about Africa’s AIDS crisis

Sacco, who could in jeopardy of losing her work-visa after being fired from her job, issued a statement released to South African newspaper The Star (She also shared the same apology with ABC News):

“My greatest concern was this statement reach South Africa first. Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet.”

“There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand.”

“For being insensitive to this crisis — which does not discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation, but which terrifies us all uniformly — and to the millions of people living with the virus, I am ashamed.”

“This is my father’s country, and I was born here. I cherish my ties to South Africa and my frequent visits, but I am in anguish knowing that my remarks have caused pain to so many people here; my family, friends and fellow South Africans. I am very sorry for the pain I caused.” Source: Daily Mail

It’s pretty ironic that her father and family fled South African after the end of apartheid in 1994 to escape racism, but it was really his daughter who harbored racist thoughts.

Here are the tweets from Zac about chat with Justine Sacco’s dad:

Report: Scores Feared Trapped After Freight Train Derails in Nairobi Kibera Slum

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Report: Scores Feared Trapped After Freight Train Derails in Nairobi Kibera Slum (Photo credit: Twitter)

Scores are feared trapped in their houses in the sprawling Nairobi slum of Kibera after a freight train derailment. The train was on its way to Uganda.

The Daily Nation reports police were trying to find a way of getting rescue equipment into place to help reach the trapped people.  There are also reports that a tank containing flammable fuel is leaking on to the tracks, BBC News reports.

Thousands Seek Refuge at UN Base in Juba As Violence Erupts in South Sudan

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Thousands Seek Refuge at UN Base in Juba As Violence Erupts in South Sudan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

South Sudan Unrest:  The attempted coup in South Sudan has forced about 7,000 people, mostly women and children, to seek refuge at the United Nations base in Juba.

“I urge all parties in the fighting to cease hostilities immediately and exercise restraint,” Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Hilde Johnson, said in a statement from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

She has been in regular contact with the key leaders to call for calm, the Mission added.

In the meantime, peacekeepers are providing water and basic medical treatment to thousands of people who have fled to the UNMISS compound adjacent to the international airport and at the UN House in the Jebel Kujur area.

“We hope the security situation in July will quickly normalize to enable the civilians to return very soon to their residential areas,” UNMISS said in a separate news release.

It added that UNMISS denies any suggestion that it is harbouring key political or military figures. Fighting in the world’s newest country broke out Sunday evening and is continuing today, according to the Mission. Source: UN News Center

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Says Ex-Husband Nelson Mandela Still Unable to Speak

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Says Ex-Husband Nelson Mandela Still Unable to Speak (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former South African president Nelson Mandela is still in “quite ill,” his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told South Africa’s Sunday Independent newspaper. She dismissed speculation that the anti-apartheid leader was on life support.

Nelson Mandela returned home in September after nearly three months in a hospital with a recurring lung infection. His condition has been characterized as critical and sometimes unstable, by the South African government.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said Mandela is no longer talking “because of all the tubes in his mouth to clear [fluid from] his lungs.” She also said “He can’t actually articulate anything… He communicates with the face, you see. But the doctors have told us they hope to recover his voice.”

Ms. Madikizela-Mandela added, “I have heard this nonsense that he is on life support – he is not.” “It is difficult for him. He remains very sensitive to any germs, so he has to be kept literally sterile. The bedroom there is like an ICU [intensive care unit] ward.”

Nelson Mandela’s home in a suburb of Johannesburg has been specially adapted for his care, where he is receiving intensive care.

 

Nigeria Demands Apology from Sen. Ted Cruz for ‘Email Scammers’ Joke

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Nigeria Demands Apology from Sen. Ted Cruz for ‘Email Scammers’ Joke (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

The Nigerian ambassador to the United States, Ade Adefuye, demanded that government shutdown engineer, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) apologize for a joke he cracked about “Nigerian email scammers” built Healthcare.gov website, Politico reports.

Ambassador Ade Adefuye told Politico that Cruz’s remark “disappointed and shocked” Nigerians. “We deplore the statement, and we demand an apology, and we demand it be withdrawn,” Adefuye said.

“It is unfair of any senator to essentially use citizens that are law abiding, to use Nigerians as cannon fodder,” Adefuye said. “We recognize that we have efforts on the part of Sen. Cruz to appeal to some animus in his domestic base. In the course of doing that, to allow him to ridicule a country and its citizens is completely over the top. He should not denigrate Nigerians in order to appease these domestic constituents.”

Cruz made the comment at his “Welcome Home” speech in Houston on Monday.

“You may have noticed that all the Nigerian email scammers have become a lot less active lately,” Cruz said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “They all have been hired to run the Obamacare website.” Source: Talking Points Memo

Sen. Ted Cruz mention of Nigeria fits in quite nicely with the hateful birther rhetoric we were subjected to during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. If anyone is running a scam on the American people, it’s Sen. Ted Cruz.

Navy SEAL Team Kills Senior Al-Shabab Militant During Somalia-Raid Over Westgate Mall Attack

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Navy SEAL Team Kills Senior Al-Shabab Militant During Somalia-Raid Over Westgate Mall Attack

A Navy SEAL team killed a senior al-Shabab militant from his seaside villa in the Somali town of Baraawe early Saturday, the New York Times reports. This comes in response to the deadly terrorist attack on upscale Westgate Mall in the Westlands area of Nairobi, Kenya. Al Shabab militant leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was last known to be living in that home.

Such operations by American forces are rare because they carry a high risk, and indicate that the target was considered a high priority. Baraawe, a small port town south of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, is known as a gathering place for the Shabab’s foreign fighters.

“The Baraawe raid was planned a week and a half ago,” said an American security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity about a classified operation. “It was prompted by the Westgate attack,” he added, referring to the mall in Nairobi that was overrun by militants two weeks ago, leaving more than 60 dead.

Witnesses in the area described a firefight lasting over an hour, with helicopters called in for air support. A senior Somali government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed the raid, saying, “The attack was carried out by the American forces and the Somali government was pre-informed about the attack.”

Of course, the right wing will not give President Obama any credit for this raid, but this shows he’s not the foreign policy weakling they are trying to paint him as.

 Navy SEAL Team Kills Senior Al Shabab Militant During Somalia Raid Over Westgate Mall Attack