Salafist Groups establish Security Checkpoints and Patrols in Tunisian Cities

Tunisia at a Crossroad, Photo MagharebiaChristof Lehmann (nsnbc) The Salafist Tunisian Ansar al-Sharia has mobilized Salafists and established what they describe as Security Patrols and Security Checkpoints in Tunisian cities. The Salafist vigilante, which so far are predominantly armed with batons and bats, claim to safeguard Tunisian citizens in the light of the unrest that has befallen Tunisia since the assassination of opposition leader Shokri Belaid on 6 February. The presence of Salafists in Tunisia has steadily increased after the ouster of the Libyan government in 2011. Over the recent months, ……… Read more >>>>

Mauritania hosts International Military Exercise with 19 European, Arab and African Nations, among growing concerns for Spill-Over of Mali War and a widening of the French Africa-Pivot

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. Photo, MagharebiaChristof Lehmann (nsnbc) On Monday, 18 February 2013, a military exercise with participation of 19 European, Arab, and African nations began in Mauritania. Among the participating nations are members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO/OTAN. The initiative for the exercise was taken among growing concerns about a possible spill over of the war in neighboring Mali into Mauritania. The exercise raises concerns about the possibility that Mauritania will fall victim to the recent years French / NATO pivot in Central and Northern Africa. …… Read more >>>>

EU Stability Fund releases 20 Million to Mali for Joint European-African Economic Suicide

christof-lehmann-20112Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) The European Instrument for Stability (IfS), has released a 20 Million Eur stabilization support package to provide immediate support for Mali´s law enforcement and justice services, local authorities in Mali, dialog and reconciliation initiatives and support for the first phase of the upcoming elections in Mali. In the light of Europe-wide austerity cuts, the systematic abuse of Mali´s police and security forces to oppress any opposition to interim-President Traoré and the French backed ADEMA party, and in the light of a French Africa policy that prevents the development of the African market economies as a trading partner for Europe, the hard-earned European tax funds are wasted on financing a joint European-African Suicide of both the African and the European security and economy. …………. Read more >>>>

Zimbabwe Elections: Sekeramayi rallies cadres for massive victory

Cde NyakubaSydney Kawadza Assistant News Editor The Herald – Zimbabwe. – Zimbabwe is going to a penaltimate poll that will determine its lasting sovereignty, National Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi has said. Speaking at the burial of liberation war hero Cde Peter Nyakuba at Riwonde Farm in Goromonzi on Saturday, Cde Sekeramayi urged Zanu-PF cadres to mass-mobilise their colleagues for an emphatic vote against elements trying to reverse the gains of Zimbabwe’s independence. ……… Read more >>>>

Tunisia, Revolt and Revolution or Reform. Tackling the Challenges of the Arab Spring Hang-Over

christof-lehmann-20112Two years after Tunisia became the first country to undergo regime change and the ousting of President Ben Ali through the phenomenon which was to be doubt “The Arab Spring”, the assassination of the prominent opposition leader Shokri Belaid has cast Tunisia, and with it the An-Nahda government of Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali into the worst crisis since early 2011. With Egypt in turmoil, Libya far from stable, Mali in a state of war, Mauritania having experienced the first  fire-fights between purported Al-Qaeda troops and “French” military forces, and a growing influence of Salafist groups in Tunisia and the region, who sweep or are being swept into the ensuing power vacuum, the security, stability and integrity of Tunisia is increasingly becoming more vulnerable. Tunisia urgently needs an inclusive political leadership and reform. …….. Read more >>>>

Kidnapping and Release of Mali Opposition Leader Mariko an additional Chapter of Modo-Colonialism in Africa

Oumar MARIKO - schönes PhotoChristof Lehmann (nsnbc) After being kidnapped from his party office in Bamako by civilian dressed armed gunmen on 11 February, the presidential candidate and leader of the SADI party Dr. Oumar Mariko, has been released by Mali´s Securité d´Ètat yesterday, 13 February. The kidnapping is apparently tied to the attempt to discredit Mariko, the SADI party and the COPAM coalition of opposition parties before elections, and an attempt to secure that, the a french-backed regime is installed in the resource rich country. The kidnapping of Dr. Mariko elicits attempts to blame the rebellion, or parts of the …………. Read more >>>>

African Union Chairman Zuma visits China for Strategic Dialog

Nkosazana_Dlamini-Zuma_2009Christof Lehmann (nsnbc ) The President of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has arrived in China on an official invitation of China´s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi this week, to participate in a strategic dialog between China and the African Union. The meeting is the fifth of its kind and is scheduled from 14 to 17 February. The South African A.U. Chairman has held the offices of Health Minister, Foreign Minister and Interior Minister of South Africa before be ……. Read more >>>>

Is France preparing Elections in Mali ? Presidential Candidate, SADI Secretary General, Dr. Oumar Mariko, Kidnapped !

Oumar MARIKO - schönes PhotoChristof Lehmann (nsnbc) Dr. Oumar Mariko, the Secretary General of the SADI party in Mali, was kidnapped on 11 February 2013 by armed, civilian dressed gunmen in Bamako, Mali. Dr. Mariko is known for being outspoken against French neo-colonialism and the criminally corrupt French-backed interim-president Dioncounda Traoré and his party. Dr. Mariko was about to leave Mali for Sweden and Denmark to discuss political support from progressive parties. Experts suspect foul play and involvement of french intelligence services. ………….. Read more >>>>

Tunisia descending into Chaos; Tunisians don´t buy the “Tunisian Lee Harvey Oswald Story”

Belaid funeral nsnbc filesChristof Lehmann (nsnbc) – The situation in Tunisia, after the assassination of opposition leader Belaid, is rapidly deteriorating, as pro-government and pro-opposition protesters, as well as police clash in the streets. Radical Islamist clerics, with ties to Al-Qaeda, supporting the government, have issued a fatwa, calling for the murder of members of the opposition and pro-opposition protesters. The Lee Harvey Oswald like lone gunman narrative about the assassination of the 48 year old opposition leader is rejected by Tunisians. ….. Read more >>>>

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