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Iceviking
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Re: International News

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Post by Iceviking » Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:54 am

Nigeria tempts Afrikaners farmers to Nigeria
November 2018

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LAGOS | Nigeria --
Recent announcements by the South African government have shaken up the white farmers located in South African. The government has announced policies to take land from white farmers without compensation, similar to what Zimbabwe did earlier in the 200's. That movement by Zimbabwe saw most of their farmers leaving the country to go elsewhere in Africa, including Nigeria.

With this current move by South Africa, it appears that the government seeks to follow in Zimbabwe's footsteps, trying to get rid of their white farmer population. Nigeria's own agricultural industry has lagged behind due to neglect and mismanagement over the years, but hopeful investors see opportunities. Farmers that leave South Africa could move to Nigeria, bringing their expertise to Nigeria, could help revitalize the agricultural industry. Nigeria's agricultural industry has benefited from former Zimbabwean farmer, and the Nigerian government plans to take advantage of any farmers in South Africa, or elsewhere in Africa, who wish to leave for new opportunities in Nigeria.

10,000 hectacres of farmland in Nigeria is being set aside by the government for use by farmer immigrants moving into Nigeria. The Nigerian government has also set aside 100 million USD to assist with immigration costs, and to help the farmers get started in Nigeria. Former Zimbabwean farmers have created a good life in Nigeria, free from persecution and racism.

Nigeria hopes that by opening up its farmland to refugees who have farming experience that they can use this experience to kickstart the Nigerian agricultural industry, productivity, and hopefully get foreign investment into this sector.

While most Afrikaners are leaving South Africa for new pastures , namely Namibia and Mozambique. A few farmers are interested in going to Nigeria. Tim du Plessis a journalist from the Afrikaans newspaper Bleed told WWN "With recent events in South Africa and the increased massacre of white farmers, it is inevitable that we will leave our lands for new friendlier ones. A few farmers have contacted us and said that they are interested in the offer made by the Nigerian government".

However in Nigeria some people are not happy that foriegners are been given free land for them to work on, when people have no where to go.
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A few Afrikaners have taken up the offer, however it is not as many as hoped but they will still make a difference. More results to follow over the coming years.

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Re: International News

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Post by Iceviking » Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:28 pm

Saudi sends aid to Yemen
December 2018


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JEDDAH | Saudi Arabia -- The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) delivered 185 tons of food to Al-Azariq district in Yemen’s Dhale governorate. Distribution started upon arrival and will continue in the coming days throughout the district, in cooperation with Yemen’s internationally recognized government. This is part of KSRelief’s assistance to the Yemeni people, and follows directives by the king and crown prince to ease their suffering. Al-Azariq is experiencing a humanitarian crisis due to severe drought.

On Friday, the center distributed 2,500 food baskets in the governorate of Marib, benefiting 15,000 people. The distribution comes within the framework of humanitarian projects provided by the Kingdom for the Yemeni people. KSRelief’s projects are designed to help reduce the damage caused to the millions of Yemenis who have suffered at the hands of the Houthi militias for more than three years. Earlier, Abdullah Al-Moallem, head of the health and environmental aid department of KSRelief, said: “There were more than 4 million women and children suffering under severe humanitarian conditions because of the Houthi militias’ violations of human rights laws.”

With peace talks starting in Tehran it is hoped that the civil war in Yemen will start to cease and then more aid will be able to pour into Yemen.
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Re: International News

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Post by Bobithy » Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:44 am

Indonesia Ends its Friendly Island and East Timor Projects
December 2018


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JAKARTA | Indonesia -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced Wednesday; in a press conference at the Presidential palace in Jakarta; that the country would no longer be following through on promises made of foreign aid to East Timor along with other island nations in the area: such as Tuvalu. The aid projects, announced only recently, would of seen major investment into the islands' economies - a move to develop the nations: some of the poorest in the world in the case of East Timor. In his statement President Widodo said "Every Indonesian should know that the government is there for them always, and while it breaks my heart that we have to rescind our promises to the outside world, it breaks my heart even more to see my fellow country men and women die a horrible and painful death beneath rubble and in the water, Indonesia will come first for us."

Criticism was quick to arise against the decision: with opponents of President Widodo countering that he could of simply reduced Indonesian investment instead of cutting it off completely as he did. His opponent in the upcoming election said "Of course the people of our country should be the priority" be he proceeding to rake Windodo across the coals: calling his "breaking of solemn promise to the people of East Timor" as heartless and cold. "We are a trillion dollar economy, and we cant even spare some for those close neighbors of ours who may face terrible disasters of their own?" he continued in a televised broadcast.

International observers have also pointed out that the ambitious project investing into East Timor was going to pump nearly half of the island nations economy into it over the next ten years - and that even a fraction of that sum would make a "real difference" to some of the poorest people on earth. Others, however, have defended Windodo's decision - saying that no one could of expected or predicted a disaster such as the Tsunami and Earthquake that struck Palu. The other islands, part of the "Friendly Island" program would of seen massive investment - sometimes equaling more than their own GDP's.

"The situation is a complicated one, and not a great position to be in" explained Garrett Tabott, who has studies the islands and currently lives in Jakarta. "The President finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand he is asking the world for aid for his country, and thus probably does not believe his government can fully fund relief and rebuilding efforts alone. On the other to have made promises, only to break them in a matter of months, does not shine a favorable light on the President."

The President also announced an additional 10,000 Indonesian soldiers would be sent to the affected area, even before all planned for soldiers have arrived: bringing the deployment to Palu and the surrounding areas to a staggering 43,000 - in of itself costing the government hundreds of millions of dollars including the aid being provided.

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-4.00 International Popularity (It looks very bad to go back on promises only months after making them. This is not higher only because of the disaster and some sympathy the community has for that for that)
The aid programs have been ended, and the money saved will go towards the military deployments and aid to the affected areas. You will see very little change in your budget due to the cost of deploying the troops, sending of heavy equipment, and aid; along with repairs to vital infrastructure and airfields.

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Re: International News

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Post by Jos1311 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:50 pm

Chinese assistance and aid ship reach Sulawesi area
January 2019

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PALU | Indonesia --
The Indonesian defence minister who was allowed to tour the Type 920 Peace Ark said that the hospital ship which was re-deployed following a two plus month aid mission to Venezuela and a brief return to her home-port for resupply was a welcome departure from 'those who beat the drum of war.' The "Mission mercy" as it has been dubbed seeks to aid tens of thousands of Indonesian civilians affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami as the death toll continues to rise.

Chinese relief aircraft, spotted by outside observers as Y-20's and Y-9's carrying humanitarian and medical supplies arrived at the Palu airport

According to state media, the staff of the ship examined more than 38,000 people on it's last deployment, as part of the 11-nation "Mission Harmony." At first glance, Peace Ark looks like a cruise ship. But a quick tour inside the 584-foot-long vessel reveals her for what she is—a well-outfitted symbol of Beijing’s growing “soft power.”

Peace Ark carries top-notch equipment—much of it foreign in origin—and has enough space and personnel to make her the equivalent of a full-service emergency hospital.

The ship, which has 300 beds, eight operation rooms and a medical helicopter, has carried out such missions to more than 40 countries provided free medical services for more than 200,000 people since it was commissioned in 2008.

Contrary to the tour, this mission will be far more difficult as the waters in and around the Palu bay area are still filled with debris, and thus difficult to access. The ship will have to rely solely on its helicopters to bring in the wounded and those that need to be examined, making it a much more time consuming task to get all those onboard.

At the same time many areas around the bay remain very difficult to reach, and Indonesian military units continue to struggle to clear the area, in order to ensure sufficient goods can be delivered to all stricken areas.
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Note that the situation in the area is still worrisome. The Indonesian military is having trouble clearing the roads, and as assistance comes in at the sole operational airfield, that of Palu, the stocks are piling up there.

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Re: International News

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Post by Jos1311 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:09 pm

Australia Announces New Aid Program for East Timor and Others in Wake of Indonesian Aid Cancellation
January 2019
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MELBOURNE | Australia -- Just a matter of days after the bomb shell announcement by the Indonesian government that it would be cancelling it's ambitious and critically important aid programs to minor island nations in the South Pacific the Australian government has announced it would be picking up the slack left behind in the wake. Today Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne announced new funding for aid programs to small South Pacific island nations, with specific focus on East Timor which was expected to suffer the worst as a result of the Indonesian cancelled aid program.

The new aid initiative is expected to bring at least US$1.3 billion in support to small South Pacific island nations over the next decade. While the Australian government maintains the program is strictly for the benefit of humanitarian efforts and the improvement of the lives of people living in the applicable nations some experts have suggested that the Australian government's reasoning is more self serving.

"With Indonesia pulling out, a vacuum is left and Australia has been quick to move to fill that void. Australia is clearly looking to shore up it's position as the main leader South of the South China Sea and it's move to make sure that happens" said WWN's policy analyst.

While overall there is a majority of the public that supports the aid to East Timor, however many also find the timing very dubious. "The government looks like it is emphasizing the Indonesian withdrawal and the Australian replacement aid. Taking into account the situation that Indonesia is in, this is not considered very chic. We believe that assistance should definitely be granted to Indonesia, during this time of need," one Australian commented.
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Both at home and abroad there are people who believe that assistance should also be provided to Indonesia, in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi. The absence of any form of aid to Indonesia, makes this move seem very political, and there are a lot of people who do not like that.

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Re: International News

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Post by Jos1311 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:44 am

More aid reaches Sulawesi, as humanitarian and rescue efforts are fully underway
January 2019

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PALU | Indonesia -- The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has provided a new update on the situation in Sulwasi.

The quake subsequently caused a tsunami that hit coastal areas in Palu City and Donggala which has left more than 100,000 people sheltering in some 300 displacement sites. On Twitter, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, said that he had been “following the unfolding tragedy.”

“Our hearts go out to all affected by the earthquake and tsunami. My deepest condolences to all who have lost family and friends,” he said, adding that the UN system was “mobilizing to support government-led rescue and relief efforts as needed.”

In addition to national search and rescue teams now in Sulawesi, the relief effort includes the armed forces, police and government officials, the OCHA update said.

The UN agency added that the Government of Indonesia “welcomed specific offers” of international assistance that are in line with current needs, which according to the national disaster management agency (BNPB), include food, shelter materials, fuel and generators, clean water and medical assistance.

The OCHA confirmed that it had received monetary assistance to provide support to the region from several of its members. "The total assistance that our members are providing is still expanding, but we currently have already received well over $400 million," an official stated. Confirming that Norway provided an amount of $116,250,000 and that large donations were also made by the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden. "These four nations have provided no less than 90% of all the donations," another official confirmed.

"The first flights with shipments are already on their way. These all have goods on board that the BNPB has requested in particular and they will be arriving at Palu airport within the next hours," a UN official told WWN.

Sources on the ground have confirmed that the Indonesian military has now started operations on a large scale, with major clean up operations fully under way, as well as efforts to reach all affected areas in the region. According to eyewitnesses aircraft and helicopters and flying on and off to assure that people can get airlifted from the disaster zone, or to fly in supplies.

At the same time the situation on the ground in Palu finally seems to be returning to normal, with the police and military patrolling the streets for security, while they are also providing security details to aid shipments reaching the city, or on their way distributing the aid elsewhere.
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Note that military officials have voiced their concern over the number of flights aircraft and helicopters have been making. Many of them are considered to be in not too good shape due to lack of proper maintenance and this could lead to problems in the future.

Belgium/Netherlands/Norway/Sweden:
International popularity: +1.00%

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Re: International News

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Post by Jos1311 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:06 am

Brazil and Australia pledge aid to Indonesia
January 2019

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PALU | Indonesia -- Brazil has announced an additional $25 million in aid to assist Indonesia with the fallout from a devastating earthquake and tsunami that has left more than 1,500 dead.

At the same time the Australian HMAS Canberra loaded with humanitarian supplies, entered the waters of Palu bay. According to Australian military officials the vessel has large numbers of humanitarian supplies and various vehicles and engineering equipment onboard. These will be unloaded near Palu and will assist in the humanitarian and rescue efforts.

The vessel will also be using its 4 CH-47F Chinook's and 6 S-70A Black Hawk's to move supplies and victims to and from the vessel. While four LCM-1E's will be sent along with the vessel to move supplies directly to the shore, bypassing the airport and allowing for more effective distribution of required supplies. Something that is now possible, as the Indonesian Navy cleared most of the waters in the bay.

HMAS Canberra during this deployment will be accompanied by two Anzac class frigates.

With the addition of aid from Brazil and Australia, the international aid effort to help tens of thousands of victims of Indonesia’s quake-tsunami disaster swung into gear after some delays, with aircraft flying in vital supplies for shattered communities.

While rescuers continue to comb through destroyed buildings, hope is fading that anyone will be found alive under the rubble. Authorities say more than 100 people are still unaccounted for.
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Re: International News

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Post by Jos1311 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:33 pm

EU to discuss renewing sanctions against Russia
January 2019

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BRUSSELS | Belgium -- After a split in the European Union over sanctions against Russia due to its annexation of Crimea and involvement in the Donbass region of Ukraine, discussion over renewing the sanctions have really taken off. Within the halls of the European Union the discussions over whether or not to renew the sanctions have divided the Union. Various countries are calling for the sanctions to be extended or at the very least retained partially, whereas Austria is leading a group of nations wishing to seek the sanctions lifted and a return to more normal relations between Russia and the European Union.

It is widely believed that Russian compliance with the Minsk II accords and its desire to seek a resolution to the situation in Donbas have been behind the move, although there is speculation of a major Russian PR campaign with European diplomats to secure their lifting. In July 2018 the Italian government had threatened to vote against their renewal, as the mood began to shift among populist governments in favour of cooperation with Russia. This came hot on the heels of President Putin’s trip to Austria, where he met with leading Austrian political figures including Vice Chancellor Strache, who has called for the lifting of sanctions.

Lifting the sanctions would mean that Russian access to EU capital markets will no longer be restricted and Russian state-owned banks will be able to borrow from EU nationals ad companies. The restriction on cooperation with the Russian energy sector has also been lifted, although the arms embargo and ban on the export of dual use items to military clients will remain in place. In response, Russian counter-sanctions on the import of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, seafood and dairy products are likely to be lifted. The Centre d'Études Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales, a French institute for studying international economics has estimated that the sanctions cost the European Union around $30 billion annually in lost trade

At the same time the entire Russian process of de-dollarization might be hit very hard, the moment the EU does decide to extend the sanctions against Russia.
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I expect the EU to discuss this issue and make a decision in the near future.

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Re: International News

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Post by Jos1311 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:51 pm

Following Australia China boosts aid to South East Asia
January 2019

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BEIJING | China -- The new aid initiative is expected to bring at least $2 Billion USD in support to small South Pacific Island nations over the next decade, in the form of renewable energy projects, small-scale agricultural projects, promoting easy access to clean drinking water, humanitarian efforts, and sustainable development projects. We understand that several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the area have been contracted to provide "positive news stories" in local presses highlighting the Chinese effort.

China's move comes after Australia and seems to be more focused on sustainability projects aimed at improving China's image in the region. As Indonesia's withdrawal and the threat of global climate change becomes more prominent. "It appears China is attempting to promote renewable energy development in these countries in order to help them reach their Paris Climate Change targets, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels," one source said.
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Abroad there are people who believe that China is turning this more into a competition with Australia, than that it has actual good intentions.

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Post by Jos1311 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:02 pm

More aid reaches Indonesia
January 2019

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JAKARTA | Indonesia -- France and the United States are the last countries that have provided assistance to Indonesia.

The French government announced it followed the example of various other European states and has allocated $150 million in humanitarian goods, which will be delivered to the region in close cooperation with the various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in that area.

The United States announced that $100 million in humanitarian assistance to help people affected by the disaster in the Republic of Indonesia had been dispatched.

A team of disaster experts from USAID is on the ground in Indonesia to conduct damage - assessments and coordinate the U.S. humanitarian response with local authorities, the Government of Indonesia, and humanitarian organizations. USAID partners are already distributing emergency kits, containing blankets, hygiene kits, solar-powered lamps, and other critical relief supplies, as well as providing portable propane stoves, propane and 1,000 20 kW diesel generators, together with 13,000 cubidc meters of diesel fuel.
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France:
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