Category Archives: International

Libyan Forces Capture Smugglers

By Shujaa Kwanzaa

Map of Libya

Map of Libya

According to international reports, on Friday, April 28, 2017 Libyan naval forces captured two vessels suspected of smuggling oil from the North African country.

The capture took place after prolonged gun battles lasting several hours west of the national Libyan capital city of Tripoli.

According to these reports Libyan forces frequently capture vessels smuggling oil and arms off the coast. This North African nation has become a haven for migrant smugglers who take advantage of the country’s political turmoil to ship people across to Europe.

In these reports Ayoub Qassem, a spokesman for the Libyan naval forces, said a Ukraine-flagged tanker Routa and a vessel with an unspecified African nation’s flag named Stark were captured early Friday, April 28, 2017.

“Clashes lasted for three hours, but the two

US Defense Secretary Mattis visits Djibouti

By Shujaa Kwanzaa

 

djibouti_political_mapAccording to international reports, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived on Sunday, April 23, 2017 for a short visit to the east African country of Djibouti.

Djibouti is a strategically important country on the Horn of Africa because it is home to the United States’ only permanent military base in African called Camp Lemonnier.

Camp Lemonnier is home to about 4, 000 US soldiers and contractors. It is vital to the US efforts in Somalia against militant groups like al-Shabaab. It also provides support for US operations in Yemen, where special forces regularly carry out drone strikes against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

China is also in the process of establishing its first overseas military base in the small port country just a few miles from the US camp. This establishment is reported to raise concerns in Washington.

Mattis is scheduled to meet with Djibouti’s President Ismael Omar Guelleh during his trip. He will also meet with General Thomas Waldhauser, commander of US troops in Africa.

A senior defense official speaking on condition of anonymity, also played down any concerns about China’s base construction.

Waldhauser assured the US Senate’s armed forces committee in March that he had spoken to Guelleh “and expressed our concerns about some of the things that are important to us about what the Chinese may or may not do.”

With a population of 875, 000 people, Djibouti lies on the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a gateway to the Suez Canal, one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

Women in Africa Win Awards

By Shujaa Kwanzaa

Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang

Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang

According to international reports on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang, a prominent pro-democracy activist in the Gambia has been named ‘Woman of the Year’ by the New African Woman magazine.

Tambajang was awarded along with other African women who excelled in their chosen fields. Her award was received by a representative.

Tambajang who holds the post of Minister of Women’s Affairs in Gambia was also nominated by President Adama Barrow as his Vice-President. A Gambian constitutional age limit made it impossible for her to hold that post.

This is the second year of this ceremony. This year it was held at a dinner at the Terrou-Bi hotel in the Senegalese capital Dakar.  Winners have been selected by a special panel of judges from 68 shortlisted candidates across a dozen categories.

The awards were instituted to celebrate and honor African women who have made exceptional impact and change in their countries or communities in a particular year. This year honored impacts made in 2016.

Tambajang is a former appointee of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh who left office after earlier this year amidst controversy. She is credited with being one of the main brains behind the formation of a coalition going into the December

Nigeria High Court Rules That Coca-Cola Products “Poisonous”

By Chuma Kisu

 

Nigerian CocoaCola SuitAccording to international reports a Nigerian High Court judge ruled in late March 2017 that Coca-Cola products could be “poisonous.”

High levels of benzoic acid and sunset additives in Coca-Cola products could pose a health risk to consumers when mixed with ascorbic acid often known as vitamin C, according to the Court ruling.

Justice Adedayo Oyebanji, of the Lagos, Nigerian High Court, ordered the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) to place written warnings on Fanta and Sprite bottles against drinking them with vitamin C.

The judge also awarded costs of two million naira ($6,350) against the National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for failing to ensure health standards.

“It is manifest that NAFDAC has been grossly