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Elephant and rhino poaching in Africa The Militarized Ivory War: Making wildlife a security issue - ...

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Elephant and rhino poaching in Africa have been rising; the Western black rhino has just been declared extinct. Demand in Asia, particularly China, ...

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This article is about how foreign governments along with non-governmental organizations have turned their attention to prevent animal poaching. The wildlife animals have been gravely affected due to the decrease of numbers such as rhinos and elephants. The foreign nations have decided to lend their support by supplying African governments with money to purchase new and advance technology. With the new gears and equipment the rangers or soldiers wouldn't have a difficult time tracking down poachers or trying to intercept them. There has been a massive demand of ivory from elephants and rhino horns in Asia, which encourages more poaching activities. The representatives of many international countries have announced to launch plans to decimate all illegal ivory and wildlife products so the endangered animals will repopulate and live in peace once more. The author's purpose is to show us that poaching has become one of the world's most serious issues and how it has caused a few species of animals to become extinct. The author wants to educate the readers that African governments are trying their best to prevent poaching; however with the lack of money they require assistance from other nations.

 

 This article helps me understand that poaching isn't just an ordinary job where animals are killed for profit, poaching also funds terrorist groups such as the Al-Shabaab and the Janjaweed. I learned that these terrorist rely on poaching quite a lot and they are the problem that the authorities have to go against. It is hard for the rangers who are lightly armed to have to take on the ruthless, relentless, and heavily armed militias, and also to protect the wildlife animals. I start to understand why poaching doesn't end and why numerous park rangers are being slaughtered and killed. I learned that it is no longer an internal war between African rangers and poacher, but international governments are supporting both sides by either demanding for ivory or aiding the African finances. I found out that some governments sent their military to deal with the issue; however the military movements were unsuccessful for some countries due to their lack of weapons, gears, and training.

 

I think that this issue needs to be solved as fast as possible, since the animal species are on the line. I feel relieved to see that the foreign governments have participated in the anti-poaching group and that they are sending in shipments or useful military supplies. I am really surprised to see that China and a few other Asian countries are demanding for ivory and how they don't really care if these animals become extinct. I think that the international governments should make a move to terminate all illegal trade in Asia and arrest all the gangs or poachers that is part of poaching. In my opinion I object to the idea of negotiation with the poachers or terrorists to stop massacring animals, they should approach them hard and strong so they would have no choice but to surrender and end the taking of animal lives. I also agree with the foreign communities who are sending in millions of dollars to the African authorities, but I also think that extra troops should also be deployed to Africa so they may cooperate with the local militaries and neutralize all terrorists and poachers. Overall, I find that this article is very straight to the point and that there isn't any personal emotions added on to it.

 

 

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21st century can be 'African century' for development, African Union leader ... - UN News Centre

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This article is about the meeting in the United Nations General Assembly, discussing about the development of the various African nations. These nations have enhanced peace and stability, economic growth, natural resource endowment, and growing middle class. The leaders have expressed how foreign nations have turned their attention to assist these countries however they can to bring Africa back to its feet. The representatives are also searching for new partnerships and cooperation’s from other foreign communities to help improve the countries major problems, whether they are education, conflicts, technology, etc. Each of the leaders have introduced their future plans that would expand their economy and country and what necessary actions will be used. The author's purpose in this article is to show to everyone that even though Africa has gone through many hardships, they manage to adapt to the environment. The African nations have become strong and seek to improve their country in every way and never gave up.

 

This article helps me understand about Africa that they are always very eager to return their country to its golden age once more. All the leaders of each community have put a massive amount of effort to find new ways to develop their country, no matter what circumstance they are currently in. The article explains to me that Africa has high expectations for their people to cooperate with each other and other nations so that the 21st century may be the "African Century." I also learned that Africa is still facing many issues, such as food shortages, health care, and access to sanitation. In order to contain these situations, African nations have expressed themselves that they are in the need of aid or support from the developed countries that would be willing to invest in their economies. Without these foreign nations Africa wouldn't be able to advance or progress.

 

In my opinion I support Africa with their new objective to improve Africa so it may catch up to the economy of the foreign governments. I think that it is time for Africa to be accepted by other countries, not as a second class country but equal to others. While living in an advance country, the people would be able to receive proper education, medication, and sanitation, where they wouldn't have to go through a harsh endurance. I appreciate the effort of the representatives of the African countries who would work extremely hard to allow the youth to live an improved, easier, and peaceful life. It would to fantastic to see Africa compacted with skyscrapers, advance technology, and developed roads, just like an ordinary powerful foreign country. Overall, I say that this is a necessary article, since it expresses all the issues all over Africa, along with the future goals to reduce or terminate the problems.  

 

 

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Africa gets tough in war on poachers - South China Morning Post

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Africa is getting tougher in its fight against poaching.


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Kenya Wildlife Service rangers are tightening their defences and training against poachers.

 

This article is about the Kenya rangers that are currently being trained by the British army to prevent poaching in the wildlife. The penalties for poaching have improved and became very harsh on the law violators. Both military groups are cooperating together to exchange counter-poaching tactics and with enough training the rangers would be adaptable to any terrain. Also countries that host illegal ivory trade have announced to demolish all of the confiscated ivory and hoping that other countries would follow their example. The author's purpose in this article is to introduce to people that many animals being skinned for their tusk and horn, selling them for money.  The author wants us to know that these animals that are being poached are becoming extinct, due the amount of loses. Also, the governments have started to prevent poaching; however, it might be too late to save these animals from extinction. 

 

This article helps me understand Africa that poaching is a big issue and how poachers would murder these animals for money. Including how they don't even care whether these animals would become extinct of not. I learned that back in the old days, poachers could walk out of court by just paying less than $1,000, but now the poachers would be sent to prison, including a $230,000 fine. The article has explained to me why poachers might want to slaughter rhinos, it is said that their horns may be used to create medicine, although there hasn't been any evidence indicating that the medicine existed. The African rangers are using new tactical gears to hunt down or pursue the poachers, such as night vision goggles and helicopters. This is to improve their odds of protecting the endangered species.

 

I think that this article is an article that has a brilliant point to how poaching should be put to an end, and how governments should respond quicker to the threat. It is a relief to know that the animals are being well treated and cared after, but there is a huge risk to their future, whether they would repopulate or not. I support the idea that the foreign governments have decided to lend support with weapons, soldiers, or transportation. Their governments have initiated protocols to decimate all illegal ivory being sold or disallow any illegal transferring. I think that in the end everything may once again be back to normal and the percentage of poaching would decrease immensely.

 

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Pan-African News Wire: US Shuts Embassy in Central African Republic

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Pan-African News Wire: US Shuts Embassy in Central African Republic http://t.co/HE5tpxYk

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This article is about the unrest chaos in Central African Republic. To prevent their officials from being caught in the crossfire, the US embassy was shut down and all the officials stationed there were evacuated. The rebels have seized up to 10 towns already and the president of the Central African Republic had come out to request assistance from the foreign powers. The ideas expressed by the author are that the powerful foreign nations such as America and France in this case, should aid the Central African Republic’s government from falling into the hands of the rebels. Another idea expressed by the author is that the French government had insisted that the government of Central African Republic should find a solution so that no more lives have to be lost, due to the unrest conflict. This means that the foreign governments are trying to find solutions that do not involve using weapons. So the French government has declined to deploy its troops to Central African Republic, claiming that they have already dispatched 200 troops to train the Central African Republic's military for the upcoming war. The American government had also initiate many special force operations to eliminate an African warlord, known as Joseph Kony, hoping to end the rebel leader once and for all.

 

This article helps me understand how desperate Africa is in the need of military and technology support from the powerful nations. I understand how developing countries don't have enough soldiers of their own to stabilize their economy and government.  I learned that there are many conflicts occurring in Africa including many rebels, and these rebels would interfere with the growth of the governments to weaken it and when the time comes they would seize the cities, towns, and the government. This article helps me understand that the foreign governments are trying their best to support the African governments that are going through tough conflicts by deploying troops to help defend and train the local army. The foreign governments have sent food, medicine, and weapons for the African governments to defend itself or become well prepared for the worst case. Some foreign governments would try to assassinate the rebel leaders and so the rebels may end up collapsing and that country could became peaceful and safe again.

 

I think that discussing about this topic is a very serious matter about how conflicts are tearing down governments and creating fears everywhere. I feel terribly bad for the people who have to choose sides in order to survive and what they have to go through, seeing others get slaughtered by the rebels or tortured for collaborating with the rebels. I can see how governments have to make tough decisions including asking for help from other nations, this makes them look weak in front of others that they can't retain order. In my opinion I think that the foreign powers should take action and deploy their troops in the countries that are fighting against rebels before it is too late to help.

 

 

 

 

 

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Scientists uncover new crocodile in Africa

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Scientists working in Africa have uncovered a new crocodile species hiding in plain site, according to a paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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UNICEF mobile innovation making impact in Africa - IT News Africa

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To reach millions, project managers in the coming years are likely to rely increasingly on mobile phones' SMS texts.

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This article is about how the mobile innovation called the RapidSms, created by Christopher Fabian and Erica Kochi (UNICEF employees) is improving the data transmission across Africa. The short messaging system allows millions of Africans to register their infants being born, distributing mosquito nets, food delivery, etc. This RapidSms increases the opportunity for Africans to have a chance to be part of the system in rural areas and so they may receive support from their governments or others. After a child is registered to the database they would be more likely to get educated, be vaccinated or receive health services. The author’s purpose is to show that advance technology and devotion can immensely improve countless of lives, no matter where they are. The author expresses how important information can now be sent to a well secured database that would keep track of progresses on projects that will impact civilians such as new infrastructures being under supervision.

 

This article helps me understand about Africa that the continent lacks advanced technology that would lead them into a better future. I learned that in some countries in order to register a birth record it must be manually recorded, then sent to the headquarters to be entered into the system before being analyzed. I also noticed that mobile phones are recommended in Africa with over 650 million users, according to the World Bank. Before the RapidSms was introduced some countries were only able to record half of the births that occurred in that year, but with the help of the sms almost all or the births were recorded. There have been a lot of technical difficulties and mismanagements in Africa with projects or distributions, causing delays and so many Africans are affected, just because the government wasn't able to keep up with the progresses. I have understood that without the help of foreign countries Africa would be able to improve as much as today.

 

I think that this article is a solution towards multiple issues in Africa with the new ways to establish communication and information. I am impressed with how Africans alongside with foreign communities are moving forward to seek new objectives for improving the lives of Africans. However, Africa should also be looking towards new situations to solve such as their conflicts, HIVs, and hunger. With the help of foreign nations it would improve the chances of success just like the rapidsms. I think that Africa has their entire internet issues covered already and they are very close to leveling up with the other nations. Overall, I think this article contains very helpful and vital informative news.

 

 

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France Is Involved In Another Mini War In Africa — And This One Is Trickier ... - Business Insider

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France sent a 1,600-strong force into its former colony last week with U.N.

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The French military has deployed troops in Central African Republic.

 

This article is about how the crisis in Central African Republic has gotten out of hand.  The conflict is between the Central African Repulblic government and the French military who are opposed by the Seleka rebels.

 

 

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Central African Republic: Security Council approves new peacekeeping force - UN News Centre

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UN News Centre Central African Republic: Security Council approves new peacekeeping force UN News Centre Through a related provision, the text establishes a Security Council Committee to monitor implementation of those measures and to review...
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This article is about how the unrest violence and retaliation in Central African Republic may cause the country to be divided between religious and ethnic lines. There has been a lot of human rights violation in Central African Republic, committed by the former Seleka rebel and militia groups. These rebels have launched attacks on different communities all over the country. The United Nations have decided to deploy French troops to allow Central African Republic to retain order from the Seleka rebel groups and the Lord's Resistance Army. The UN also urged Central African Republic to immediately stop the ongoing combats. This is to reduce the probability of people from engaging in retaliation. Officials in Central African Republic have also requested for the International communities to put a stop to the deteriorating situations. The author expressed that if the unrest conflict and human rights abuses doesn't stop, there will be many people affected by it and the economy of Central African Republic would be in crisis.

 

This article helps me understand Africa that it is currently going to a harsh and difficult time. With many violence, retaliation, and human rights abuses that is causing so much chaos in many countries. I learned that the African governments are having a hard time trying to put a stop to all their major problems and also retaining order from insurgents. The article explains to me how the rebels have violated numerous of rights, affecting many people and also attacking different religious and ethnic groups. They would do this just because of religions or because the current leader is from another clan that have been their rival for many years. Countless of lives have been lost due to the unrest conflicts and many have to migrate into other countries, just to be safe and avoid having their rights abused by both sides.

 

I think this article displays a very serious matter with the non-stop civil war and the human rights being violated. I think that international governments should consider this as their top priority, because these serious problems can jeopardize the country and its people. I learned a lot from this article that during a civil war, what happens during that time, how many lives are lost, and how many violations have been committed by one side or both. This helps me think of what people have to go through and I think that military supports or peace talks aren’t going to help the economy recover. I think that the international governments should also support these countries with their financials too, so they could rebuild their damaged infrastructure, import food, and pay their debts back to the people. Overall, I think that this article is a very interesting and well informed.

 

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AIG Expands in Africa through its New Office in Morocco's Casablanca Finance ... - Medafrica Times

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This article is about the expanding of the AIG (American International Group) company, since they only have four branches in Africa.  AIG has plan to establish their new office in Casablanca Finance City, Morocco. They also planned to promote the office in Casablanca to be the regional headquaters creating a platform to expand across the continent. This is to help facilitate reinsurance and other insurances across North, Central, and West Africa including drawing in new clients in these regions. The author wants to express about how new international companies come to invest in Africa, helping it stabilize along with developing new systems in the fastest-growing continent.

 

This article helps me understand more about Africa, by allowing me to learn that Africa is a developing continent that requires help from other advance countries. Africa needs a massive amount of investments to support their businesses and their people's need. The article also informs me about what types of companies they lack of which are the insurance companies that the people could rely on. This could lead up to improvements such as better retirement incomes, property agreements, or connections to the other continents. I also understand that Africa can also be a place where new incomes can be earned from or a place where profits can be made, just by expanding their branches.

 

The way I think of the article is that this is the repeating of the 1800s-1900s, where the developed countries would just come in and exploit all of Africa's resources again. Instead of taking valuable minerals of raw materials, the advanced countries would build new branches of their company to gain all the people's money. Although, Africans would also receive help from the developed countries, they would still have spent their money paying for the support. The money wouldn't go to the government of that country in Africa it would go to the business (AIG) or maybe the government itself would receive the money. This may not improve the African economy at all.

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Mosque plan at school site abandoned due to parent fears

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PLANS for a mosque within the grounds of a school in one of Scotland's most affluent suburbs have been dropped.

 

Council chiefs said the ­proposals, for Newton Mearns, south of Glasgow, had created a significant public response and that it was being abandoned, in part, due to criticism of the move.

A report on wider proposals for the East Renfrewshire area, which is expected to be agreed next week, says: "In view of the volume of representations received, the sensitivity concerning the proposal and the extremely wide range of issues raised, it is recommended that this proposed modification be pursued no further and is not included in the plan."

The proposals for the mosque had been put forward by the local Muslim community as there is no permanent place of worship for Muslims in Newton Mearns, despite demand for more than a decade. The Muslim community had suggested a ­residual parcel of land next to the new Eastwood High School was its preferred site for a religious and community facility.

The Scottish Government's Reporter, who adjudicates on planning issues, has recently been critical of the length of time it has taken local Muslims to secure a permanent place of worship in the area and allowed temporary change of use of a former nearby British Legion club for Muslim prayer services.

An alternative location north of Newton Mearns has now been recommended, but another suggestion would be dependent on wider development plans.

Proposing the plans, Nazir Ahmed, a trustee of the East Renfrewshire Mosque and Community Centre group, said the East Renfrewshire Muslim community had been ­resident for more than 40 years and is "one of the fastest growing communities that actively contributes to the vibrant and ethnically authentic nature" of the area.

But the Eastwood High mosque plans sparked an opposition campaign, with parents complaining about a religious facility being built on non-denominational school grounds.

Parents said they had concerns at the possibility of violent protests outside the school gates and the potential for vandalism, fireraising or even terrorist- style bomb attacks following interest in the proposal from far-right extremists.

There had also been a political divide in the area, with support from Labour, while the SNP and Tories took the view "it was the right plan in the wrong place".

The report adds: "The ­identification of a suitable site for a Muslim religious facility remains a key aspiration of the council and the need for such a facility was supported by the wider community during the consultation process."

SNP councillor Vincent Waters said: "It's been disappointing to see so much negativity in the public discussion about the proposal."

Ken Macintosh MSP said: "This has been a genuine process which has addressed the concerns of parents and the upside is attempts to create racial tensions have entirely failed. I believe local residents will now unite to support the Muslim community to find a more suitable site."

A statement from East Renfrewshire Mosque and Community Centre said: "Muslims have been living in East Renfrewshire for over 40 years and have been trying to establish a mosque within the area for a number of years, without success.

"At present there a few community centres available which provide Muslim facilities to pray, but there is still no dedicated mosque for the growing Muslim community of East Renfrewshire.

"This is particularly ­unfortunate considering that East Renfrew-shire is a multi- faith and diverse community where there are numerous churches and synagogues."

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