China Is Loaning Billions of Dollars to African Countries. Here’s Why the U.S. Should Be Worried

Posted by - 30. augusta 2018

Next week, China will host leaders from across Africa for a summit in Beijing. The last summit was held in December 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Chinese President Xi Jinping announced $60 billion in funding support for infrastructure development in Africa.

The upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is sure to include an eye-popping announcement of billions of dollars more in Chinese financing to build infrastructure across the continent. But these massive loans can come with steep and opaque conditions.

It’s tempting for Americans to think this is not our problem. But as African countries sink deeper and deeper into Beijing’s carefully laid debt trap, the United States could pay a steep cost in reduced cooperation on counterterrorism and job creation.

Chinese debt has become the methamphetamines of infrastructure finance: highly addictive, readily available, and with long-term negative effects that far outweigh any temporary high. This is particularly true in sub-S..

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New Zealand Village Proposes Banning House Cats to Protect Wildlife

Posted by - 30. augusta 2018

A village in New Zealand plans to ban all domestic cats in an effort to protect its native wildlife.

In an initiative proposed by the Environment Southland for the village of Omaui, located on New Zealand’s southern coast, cat owners will be required to neuter, microchip and register their current cats. Once a cat dies, owners in the village won’t be allowed to get a new one.

New Zealand broadcaster Newshub reports the cats of Omaui are wreaking havoc on the local native bush and nature reserves, including preying on native birds and killing reptiles and insects.

“We’re not cat haters, but we’d like to see responsible pet ownership,” Omaui Landcare Trust leader John Collins told Newshub. “And this really isn’t the place for cats.”

The proposal hasn’t gone over so well with the cat owners of Omaui. One resident, Nico Jarvis, told Otago Daily Times that her three cats are the only way to solve a rodent problem in the area.

“If I cannot have a cat, it becomes unhealthy for me to live..

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Prince Harry Charmed the World Again By Singing 2 Words Onstage

Posted by - 30. augusta 2018

Prince Harry briefly showed off his pipes Wednesday night, proving he could always take up a career in music if the whole royal family thing doesn’t work out.

As if the polo stick slinger and Meghan Markle attending a performance at Hamilton at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre weren’t special enough, Prince Harry hopped onstage to treat audiences to his singing voice.

“You say….” he began to warm choruses of applause.

It was just a snippet from the Hamilton song “You’ll Be Back” that the tyrannical King George III character sings. But it was more than enough to make the crowd flip for it. Not to mention, the musical’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda stomped his foot in excitement, and of course royal fans online joined in on the cheers.

The concert was held to raise money for Sentebale, the charity that Prince Harry co-founded with Prince Seesio of Lesotho that works to support kids with HIV, AIDS and children with high needs in Lesotho and Botswana.

„You say…“

Thank you to the cast a..

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Chelsea Manning Will Be Denied Entry to Australia, Her Tour Organizer Says

Posted by - 30. augusta 2018

(CANBERRA, Australia) — Convicted classified document leaker Chelsea Manning will not be allowed to enter Australia for a speaking tour scheduled to start Sunday, her tour organizer said on Thursday.

Think Inc. said received a notice of intention from the government to deny Manning entry. The group is calling on her supporters to lobby new Immigration Minister David Coleman to allow her into Australia.

“Which after a little bit of research and speaking to our legal counsel, we understand is potentially an imminent refusal of her visa,” Think Inc. director Suzi Jamil told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Manning was an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Army when she leaked military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. She served seven years of a 35-year sentence before then-President Barack Obama granted her clemency in 2017.

The transgender activist who recently lost a long-shot bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland is scheduled to speak at the Sydney O..

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A Hong Kong Professor Has Been Charged With Murder After His Wife’s Body Was Found Inside a Suitcase

Posted by - 30. augusta 2018

A university professor in Hong Kong has been charged with murder after his wife’s body was discovered inside a suitcase, the latest case of a gruesome killing in a city typically ranked among the world’s safest.

Cheung Kie-chung, 53, was charged Wednesday a day after police raided his office on the University of Hong Kong campus and found his wife’s decomposing body, Agence France-Presse reports.

Wearing only underwear and with an electrical wire wrapped around her neck, her body was reportedly stuffed inside a suitcase that was stowed in a large wooden box.

“There was blood seeping out from the suitcase and it stank,” said Superintendent Law Kwok-hoi. Law said the victim could have been strangled, but a post-mortem would need to be conducted to confirm the cause of death.

Cheung reported his wife missing on Aug. 20, claiming she did not come home following a dispute over bathroom hygiene three days prior. Police became suspicious after CCTV footage did not produce any sign of her ..

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Myanmar Army Accused of ‘Weaponizing’ Humanitarian Aid

Posted by - 30. augusta 2018

The Myanmar military came under heavy criticism early this week over the violent expulsion of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, for which the U.N. now says several army leaders should be charged with crimes including genocide. Thursday brought even more scrutiny for the country’s notorious generals, as rights researchers detailed further abuses allegedly committed against minority villagers in Myanmar’s conflict-torn northeast.

Fortify Rights, a Bangkok-based human rights organization, published damning new evidence Thursday that Myanmar’s government, and in particular the military that still holds considerable power, has deliberately blocked the delivery of life-saving aid to civilians displaced by the civil war raging in Kachin and Shan states, a mountainous region bordering China, suggesting these actions violate international human rights law and should be prosecuted.

Conflict has raged in Kachin and Shan states since a ceasefire that lasted 17 years between Myanmar’s milit..

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