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Africa, preview of an Apocalypse?

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posted on Feb, 4 2008 @ 07:51 AM
Africa this past week has been in the news far more than I remember at anytime. Sadly it has been terrible news. The stories have struck me as previews for a Malthusian apocalypse.


Rebels withdraw from Chad's capital

Thousands flee fighting in Chad

If Chad coup succeeds, Darfur crisis could deepen

Chad rebels, Sudan warplanes hit border town


Kenyan government rejects mediator


Powerful quake rocks East Africa

Search for Rwanda quake survivors


Eleven dead in gun battle at Nigerian pipeline
(For some reason ATS is picking up the African Nation that is associated with Nigerian as an offensive word, so the link is not going through)


Sudan agrees operating rules of Darfur peace force

Sudan welcomes Chinese peacekeepers

South Africa mining:

Platinum hits record, palladium at 6-year high


Zimbabwe opposition says coalition talks have collapsed

West Africa:

UN agency warns meningitis outbreak in W Africa may spread

plus an attack on Israeli embassy in Mauritania, the continuing mess in Somalia, etc.

This is just the past week.

This along with the stories out of Haiti and the Carribean about high food prices due to high Oil and Gas Prices and lack of chicken due to Bird Flue are possibly just the initial indicators of how bad things are going to get in the Third World if the gobal economy sinks and energy prices soar.

I want to know can anything be done. Its just mind boggling to comprehend the scale of the mess.

posted on Feb, 4 2008 @ 08:13 AM

I'm glad you posted this. You're absolutely right. I posted in another thread how there is so much going on that it is hard to follow. In Africa, In the Middle East and rest of Asia, and in other aspects through the West.

The trailer for Halo 3 really struck me with its blatant symbolism concerning apocalyptic theory in Africa.

Definitely something going on at Bungie. It also asks the question: is this the theory on the location for the battle of Armageddon?

It is as you say very difficult to comprehend a fix for this situation. And as I have said before, I feel the world is heading to the big reset button. It's happened before. Humans have become a virus and so will naturally be eradicated by both the Earth and by our own hand.

[edit on 4/2/2008 by Nyorai]

posted on Feb, 4 2008 @ 06:45 PM
Things go from bad to worse. News from today.

Heavy fighting resumes in Chad's capital

The crazy thing about this is how Chad is tied to the mess in Sudan. Hundreds of thousands of refugees that are from Sudan have come to Chad. Chad's government has accused Sudan of supporting the rebels, threatening to ignite a regional war that will disrupt African Oil.

Then this happens.

UN backs French help against Chad rebels

The UN Security Council has given the Green light to France and other nations to repel the rebels in Chad who may be being supported by Sudan. Almost 2,000 French troops already based in Africa may rapidly be deployed to counter rebel forces.

Part of this seems to be that Sudan does not want EU forces to deploy to Chad or Sudan, but whats happening will only speed up the deployment of European forces not stop them.

One thing I wonder is how are the Chinese taking this? They have just had the first hundred plus peacekeeper troops arrive in Sudan and are being welcomed by Sudan. Could they and future Chinese forces get caught in the middle of a regional war involving the EU, Chad, and Sudan?

More news from the frontline of an Apocalypse:

Kenyan school for homeless children hit

The attackers crept out of a coffee plantation, smeared with clay and armed with spears, machetes, bows and arrows. Then they burned and looted the home that served as the only refuge for 130 children with troubled pasts

This is just brutal. Its as if most of the continent has descended into a Mad Max film. At least a 1,000 people have been killed in recent clashes in Kenya.

Plus we have the UN threatening Eritrea.

UN demands Eritrea ease fuel supplies

UN forces, numbered at almost 2,000, are suffering from fuel shortages in the Ethipiopian-Eritrean borde region. These peacekeepers may gave to pull out. The bad thing is that Ethiopia and Eritrea could go to war without the peacekeepers there. That would drag the Horn of Africa into a regional war. If that happens I wonder how that will affect conflict nearby in Sudan and Chad?

Elsewhere today:

Egypt and Palestinians trade fire at border

Platinum hits record on supply concerns

South Africa is suffering from a National electricity crisis. Ongoing blackouts have crippled the mining industry there and sent Palladium and Platinum prices soaring.

African women slam abuse of females with HIV/AIDS

Although sub-Saharan Africa is home to just over 10 percent of the world's population, it is the most ravaged by HIV, carrying more than 60 percent of all people living with the virus that causes AIDS.

Drugs flowing to Europe via West Africa

(The Nigerians singular is not the N-word, it is the name of a nation in Africa, can ATS fix this automatic censorship of a nations name. I can't even post links from the news because of it. )

This is all just from Today.

Plus there are recovery efforts going in the region hit by the two powerful earthquakes that hit Rwanda and the Congo yesterday.

[edit on 4/2/08 by MikeboydUS]

posted on Feb, 5 2008 @ 10:16 PM
The Nightmare continues today. I wonder what kind of effect the world market losses are going to have on the Crises across Africa.

MADAGASCAR: Picking up after cyclone Fame

Diarrhoea outbreak kills 64 in flood-hit Mozambique

One dead, 63 wounded in Mozambique protests

15 killed in Somalia grenade Attack

At least 20 killed in Somali port blast: governor

SOMALIA: Two million face humanitarian crisis, warn agencies

U.N. force in Darfur to get helicopters

Darfur rebels say fighting Sudan troops in Chad

Peace Corps suspends work in Kenya

Tens of Thousands of Chadians Flee Violence into Cameroon

Chad soldiers block flight from capital

Irish troops to deploy to Chad next week at earliest

Wading though rivers to count dead bodies

Its latest survey in the central African state found 45,000 people a month were dying from war-related hunger and disease, even though the conflict there had ended officially in 2003.

Number of Kenyan refugees in Uganda rises to 12,000

Floods, Cyclones, Earthquakes, Epidemics, Wars, Hunger. Africa is facing crises of Biblical proportions. French jets are already over the Chad-Sudan border. Chad rebels backed by Sudan claim French jets have already began bombing rebel targets.

As the world economy sinks Africa and the rest of the Third World will sink into Humanitarian crises beyond most people's comprehension. Its already at the point now where it is hard for me to imagine what its like.

The real question is what can we do?

[edit on 5/2/08 by MikeboydUS]

posted on Feb, 6 2008 @ 08:44 PM
This is today's news. Bear in mind this is just today. The level of violence and suffering is hard for me to imagine.

Mozambique scraps bus fare hike as riots death toll rises

Crew of hijacked ship 'unharmed'

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Crew members on a tugboat seized by pirates off the Somali coast are unharmed and have access to food and water, the ship's Danish owner said Wednesday.
Piracy is increasingly common along Somalia's 1,880-mile coast, which connects the Red Sea with the Indian Ocean. Pirates seized more than two dozen ships off the Somali coast last year.

Nigerian Delta militants kill policeman, kidnap politician 's wife
(This link will not post due to the nation's name being censored by ATS filters)

UNHCR says Eritrean refugees arriving on Sudan border

At least 100 civilians killed in Chad fighting -MSF

Chad rebels vow to resist if attacked by French

French defence minister flies to Chadian capital

Congo cholera epidemic kills 76 in mining province

It appears it won't be long before European troops begin counter rebellion operations in Chad. I wonder what this will mean for the rebellion's Patron Sudan.

Also take into account today's stories are taking place in the aftermath of an AIDS pandemic, mass hunger, bird flu, floods, cyclones, malaria, meningitis epidemic, numerous conflicts, and two powerful earthquakes a few days ago.

Its almost like a page from the Book of Revelations, except its real and happening in realtime.

I urge people to contact congressmen and senators, push for a charitable program that invests in African infrastructure, education, and health.

I know some people will say but what anout us? Well we waste enough resources and money to help ourselves and others. Its kind of hypocritical to even ask what about us, when we wont even help ourselves. We go through our lives building more and more debt. For what? A new car, computer, cellphone, and other assorted useless things every other year.

African platinum, palladium, diamonds, and cash crops find their way into our lives everyday. Every Catalytic converter, which is used to reduce pollution from engines, uses platinum and palladium most likely from Africa. People need to think about that when they are buying a new car. They give us so much, yet what do we give them in return? Disfunctional celebrity tourists and underfunded aid organizations.

posted on Feb, 6 2008 @ 09:08 PM
Africa is the holy land for all humanity. We do not help Africa, however, because the people there are a different color than hte people "in charge". The land was raped, and new rapists put in charge when hte old ones got bored, and now this is what we have. The goal, plainly, is to have the Africans kill each other off so their "betters" can swoop in and turn it into one giant strip mine powered by slave labor.

posted on Feb, 8 2008 @ 02:06 AM
This is the update for Thursday, Feb 7, 2008.

Nigerian abductors demand ransom for politician's wife: family
(ATS censor filters dont allow the posting of the Nigerian nation's name, thus no link)

Shell declares force majeure in (censored African nation's name) after sabotage
(see above)

I have to ask why cant the name of a sovereign country be posted on these forums. Why can I post the word Nigerian but not the nations name.

Chad president issues 'solemn call' for EU force deployment

Egypt warns Palestinians not to breach Gaza border

U.N. stays put in Eritrea and fear war: official

UN forces fear an outbreak of war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, they have decided to stay even though they have little fuel and Eritrea refuses to supply them.

Chad refugees roughing it in Cameroon

Nighttime curfew declared across Chad

US voices 'serious concerns' about Zimbabwe election

The upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe will be held against a backdrop of economic disarray with an annual inflation rate of more than 26,000 percent, the highest in the world, and unemployment of around 80 percent.

Two week window to prevent worst of Kenyan food crisis, warns CARE

The next story I highly advise people to read. Its a blog from a Kenyan who is witnessing firsthand the carnage. Its as if the humanity has left the people, or is it the other way around, the real face of humanity?

KENYA BLOG: I hardly recognise my own country

During a walk the next day we found at least 12 bodies - some had been eaten by dogs. Most had deep cuts - some had cuts to the head, some had slashed throats, others had limbs cut off. It was ghastly...
We were disturbed to hear about the level of rape in the camps. The women told us that at night men would scream to make people start running away in panic. Then they would chase the women and girls, catch them and rape them. So, women were being told to watch over their girls. Women were also being advised not to go to the toilets at night.
I was also told of an elderly lady who was gang raped and then ripped open. The woman died.
Before people massacre others, they dehumanise and demonise the enemy. Walking around the Ponda Mali area we came across many bodies in the streets. We heard two young people refer to one body as "IT". They did not see this as a person - he had become an object. Down the road, a woman was selling her tomatoes unbothered by a body lying nearby. I wondered at this lack of fear or respect.

MEDIAWATCH: Kenyan media inciting ethnic hatred

BURKINA FASO: Meningitis infections spreading

MALAWI: Enough food for everyone?

GUINEA: Children exploited, abandoned, sold into slavery

Somali militant group claims bombing of Ethiopians

[edit on 8/2/08 by MikeboydUS]

posted on Feb, 8 2008 @ 06:05 PM
reply to post by TheWalkingFox

Oh give me a break! Africa has received more international aid than anyone else. The problem is that the people in power in Africa are almost all totally corrupt and care nothing about their own countrymen. They use war and famine as a reason to get more aid so they can steal it from their people and enhance their own wealth and power. No amount of foreign aid is going to help Africa until they figure out how to develop some kind of system of law and order that works for them. It is not a racial thing - it is a corrpution thing.

posted on Feb, 8 2008 @ 06:24 PM
Yeah, Africa is screwed up and unorganized....oh well.

Speaking of donations, they probably spend international aid on weapons and bombs on african people, too.

[edit on 8-2-2008 by TheoOne]

posted on Feb, 8 2008 @ 06:41 PM

Originally posted by itguysrule
reply to post by TheWalkingFox

Oh give me a break! Africa has received more international aid than anyone else. The problem is that the people in power in Africa are almost all totally corrupt and care nothing about their own countrymen. They use war and famine as a reason to get more aid so they can steal it from their people and enhance their own wealth and power. No amount of foreign aid is going to help Africa until they figure out how to develop some kind of system of law and order that works for them. It is not a racial thing - it is a corrpution thing.

We perpetuate the problem by continuing to support those warlords and dictators, by encouraging land owners to grow cash crops, and siphon off raw resources where the people do not see any of the profits. Only powerful corporations and the corrupt warlords see the profits, leaving the people broke and hungry.

If we would stop encouraging their corruption it would be a good first step. Encouraging farmers to grow food instead of cash crops and invest in infrastructure would be the next best steps.

posted on Feb, 9 2008 @ 06:52 AM
This is the update for Feb 8, 2008

Mbeki says S.Africa can overcome power crisis

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa will overcome an electricity "emergency" that has damaged the economy and cast doubts over its hosting of the 2010 soccer World Cup, President Thabo Mbeki said on Friday.
In an annual state of the nation speech to parliament, Mbeki sought to calm fears among local and foreign investors over the power crisis which last month forced gold and platinum mines to shut down for five days.
South Africa is a leading world producer of both metals and the lack of capacity pushed global prices to record highs. The rand currency has fallen 12 percent this year.

The mess there has pushed platinum prices almost to $2000 an ounce. We think what do we care. Well when new cars come out their prices will be increased to compensate for the use of the platinum and paladium in their engines. That will be one of the most direct effects.

Dozens killed in LRA attack in southern Sudan

JUBA, Sudan (AFP) - Ugandan rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army killed 136 people and looted property during an attack earlier this week in southern Sudan, a senior military officer said Friday.

Algeria rebels ambush and kill 8 soldiers

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist rebels killed eight paramilitary gendarmes when they ambushed their convoy in eastern Algeria, a security source said on Friday

Dozens killed in Sudan army attacks in Darfur

KHARTOUM (AFP) - Sudanese troops backed by Janjaweed militia attacked three communities in the western region of Darfur on Friday, killing dozens of civilians, a rebel chief said.

Note this is completely seperate from the LRA attacks that killed over 100 people elsewhere in Sudan. LRA killed at least 136 people and the Sudanese army and Janjaweed militias killed at least 150.

Sudan planes, militia attack Darfur towns

Top UN official warns of risk of Sudan-Chad war

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - A senior UN official on Friday warned that a reported proxy war between Sudan and Chad through rebel groups on each side of their border threatened to destabilize the region and could lead to a wider conflict...

I had no idea how many troops and where they were from were heading to the region, sent by the UN.

When fully deployed, UNAMID is to become the UN's largest peacekeeping operation with 20,000 troops and 6,000 police and civilian personnel...

There are troops coming from Ethiopia, Egypt, Nepal, and Thailand.

Letter tells of rocket hit on US embassy

Thankfully the US Government sent in Navy SEALS and evacuated all US personnel safely.

Residents take stock of damage in Chad

UN: Peacekeepers plan to leave Eritrea

UNITED NATIONS - In an unusual move, the United Nations is being forced to prepare an imminent pullout from Eritrea and plans to relocate all its peacekeeping troops there across the border in Ethiopia, senior U.N. officials and diplomats told The Associated Press on Friday.

Landmine hits bus, kills two in Eritrea

FACTBOX-Chad-CAR-Sudan triangle is crucible of violence

EU hopes to send peacekeepers to Chad next week

This is in addition to the 20,000 UN troops headed to Sudan.

Declare Nigerian waters a "war zone", says world ship union

LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The world's biggest seafaring union said on Friday it wanted Nigerian waters declared a war zone after an alarming rise in attacks and kidnappings on merchant shipping by rebels.

War-shocked N'Djamena citizens face battle for food

UN takes supplies to Chadian refugees in Cameroon

COMOROS: So far the keyboard is mightier than the sword

PARIS, 8 February 2008 (IRIN) - Cyberspace is the new frontier in the simmering Comoros conflict, with a surge in blogs by Comorians venting their opinions on the dispute between the semi-autonomous island of Anjouan and its renegade leader, and a Union government determined to bring him to heel.

France denies report special forces fought in Chad

UN says Darfur conflict spinning out of control

Insurgents attack UN in Mogadishu, no injuries

With Kenya At Its Tipping Point, Mercy Corps Warns Of Regional Crisis

INTERVIEW-EU Chad force commander vows neutral, robust action

Again these are just stories of Feb 8, 2008.

A good portion of Africa is on the verge of a large regional war, that could stretch from Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia. Tens of Thousands of UN and EU troops are heading to the region.

What people dont realize is how much raw resources come out of Africa that go into our production and manufacturing, plus the products we import that our manufactured in China. Many of the raw materials come from Africa. Prices are going to climb as these resources are cut off by conflict and crisis.

It is in our best interest to support these people to get infrastructure up and grow food. Africa has plenty of farmland and needs roads, bridges, and railroads. If we persuade and support them in growing food and not cash crops, plus invest in roads, they will be able to support themselves.

As long as we support corruption and are driven by greed, Africa will continue to suffer and be dependent on humanitarian aid. There is no reason for this. They have the farmland. There is no good reason for Africans to be hungry and starving. They have the resources. There is no good reason for them to not have money for infrastructure and for the people to be broke and unemployed. There is simply not a justifiable humane reason for this insanity.

[edit on 9/2/08 by MikeboydUS]

posted on Feb, 9 2008 @ 11:44 AM
reply to post by itguysrule

OK, so they are corrupt.

Corruption is not something that can be done by just one person, for someone to be corrupt there must be a corrupting agent that made that person corrupt.

Corruption only exists because there is a market for it, and that market is managed by people that are not in Africa.

And the so much talked about aid is usually given as a trade to have some kind of help. It goes something like this:

1. Country A offers country B the possibility of having some millions in aid, if they, in return, allow companies from country A to establish themselves in country B without some kind of bureaucratic hindrance that foreign companies have to face (this hindrance was established by country B's government to try to stop foreign companies from occupying their country).

2. Country B needs the money but does not want foreign companies on their land, but a corrupt person, paid under the table by the companies that want to establish themselves in country B, manages things in a way so Country B accepts the conditions.

3. Country A companies establish themselves in country B. They import all the upper level personnel from their own country and use the locals only to do work that does not need special skills.

4. Exports from the companies are organised by country A companies, so the money flow is between country A companies, country B only receives money in the form of wages for those who work on country A companies.

5. After the conditions change (natural resources used, for example), the companies leave country B.

6. Country B is left without the natural resources (or whatever) the companies wanted. They still have to pay the interests on the aid (it was a gift, it was a loan), but now they do not have anything left. The presence of the foreign companies did not did any good for the people, they did not create schools because the local people did not had jobs for which there was a need for education, the hospitals and other facilities were part of the companies, so they went with the companies when they left the country.

7. The corrupt person who helped country A companies leaves the country and goes to country A, where he can live for the rest of his life without any worries.

This is why some organisations are against foreign aid as it is used today, instead of teaching the people how to fish they just throw them a fish and a promise of many fishes that will not be fulfilled.

I had noticed that Africa is in a abnormal state of war, and my first thought was that someone is trying to split the North from the South.

If that is true I don't know, and I don't even know what could be gained by that, but it was my impression.

posted on Feb, 9 2008 @ 03:15 PM
We have been expecting this and it will only get worse. The great powers will be drawn in. Nukes will be used and then the one world dictatorship with arise and all will receive the mark of the beast. Other than that I wouldn't worry.

"As He sat on The Mount Of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the close of the age?" And Jesus answered them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray. For many will come in My Name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs." (Matthew 24:3-8 RSV)

There is another nice synopsis of the end in Rev. 6. The antichrist will be worshipped as a great leader, but will bring destruction. Look for your most popular and beloved world leader (aka not George Bush) as a possible AC.

Note the order of events, war then famine then pestilence and then the worst of all, the very wrath of God. Yup some changes are a comin.

When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” 4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.

The Third Seal—Famine

5 When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

The Fourth Seal—Death

7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

The Fifth Seal—Martyrs

9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.

The Sixth Seal—Terror

12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

posted on Feb, 10 2008 @ 12:34 AM
Thankfully today the terrible news out of Africa has declined.
This is for 9 Feb, 2008.

Families say at least 27 killed in Darfur attack

Kenya violence leaves uncertain future

Hopefully this means less terrible events are happening and not less news being reported.

[edit on 10/2/08 by MikeboydUS]

posted on Feb, 11 2008 @ 04:08 AM
These are the updates for Sunday 10 Feb, 2008.

12,000 refugees flee Darfur for Chad after attacks: UNHCR

GENEVA (AFP) - Heavy bombardment and armed attacks in Darfur by the Sudanese army and the Janjaweed militia on Friday and Saturday have forced 12,000 refugees to flee into eastern Chad, the UN refugee agency said.

Kenyans turn vigilante as crime surges

KISUMU, Kenya - Children clustered around the charred body, its features melted into an unrecognizable black mask. The man, accused of being a thief, was the fourth person to be burned alive this month in this western Kenyan city.

Platinum hits record high on supply concerns

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Platinum hit another record high on Monday on the back of lingering supply concerns in South Africa, which produces four-fifths of the world's metal.

Al Qaeda says behind killing of 8 Algerian troops

Nigerian police say six killed in shootout with robbers

Malawi president denies crisis on maize stocks

LILONGWE, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has denied the country is running out of maize despite a report that two people starved to death, and opposition claims that the government sold too much of its maize to Zimbabwe.

Police say 49 insurgents surrender in Mogadishu

Uganda officials investigate killings in south Sudan

Algeria detains more militants linked to bombings

ALGIERS, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Algerian security forces, hunting militants linked to bombings claimed by al Qaeda, have arrested 11 people suspected of involvement in a car bomb attack on a police station, newspapers reported.

Darfur rebels warn peacekeepers to stay away

Chad rebels say occupy eastern town of Am Timan

N'DJAMENA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Chad's rebels said on Sunday they had occupied an eastern town after clashes with the army and mercenaries from neighbouring Sudan and said they were still in control of the centre of the landlocked country.

Chad rebels urge EU states not to send peace troops

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