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Africa: Behind the smokescreen of charity – Counting the Cost – Al Jazeera English

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Africa: Behind the smokescreen of charity – Counting the Cost – Al Jazeera English.

Africa receives billions in aid from wealthy countries, but a new report suggests that notion is actually a smokescreen for politicians and corporations to plunder Africa’s vast resources.

Aid to Africa amounts to less than $30bn but it is losing $192bn a year and it still remains unclear how much there is in illicit money that is squirelled away in tax havens and money loans to other governments.

So, does aid make a difference to the poor in the region? And are the different nations taking more than they are giving?

Counting the Cost discusses this and more with Martin Drewry, the director of Health Poverty Action.

Watch each week at the following times GMT: Friday: 2230; Saturday: 0930; Sunday: 0330; Monday: 1630.  Click here  for more  Counting the Cost .

 

 

Who Aids Whom? Exposing the True Story of Africa’s $192 Billion Losses | Think Africa Press

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Who Aids Whom? Exposing the True Story of Africa’s $192 Billion Losses | Think Africa Press.

“It says something about this country. It says something about our standing in the world and our sense of duty in helping others… in short – it says something about the kind of people we are… And that makes me proud to be British.”

As exhibited by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who made the above comment on 8 June 2013, governments of wealthy countries like to tell tales of generous aid spending and a common responsibility to help those less fortunate in the world. But there is another story to tell. And it is not a story of what is given to continents such as Africa, but of what is taken away.

Research published today reveals that whilst the continent receives $30 billion in aid a year, this figure pales in comparison to the $192 billion leaving the continent via illicit financial flows, the repatriation of multinational company profits, debt repayments, loss of skilled workers, illegal logging and fishing, and the costs imposed as a result of climate change…

Congo plane crash that killed British pilot may have been caused by escaped crocodile | Mail Online

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Congo plane crash that killed British pilot may have been caused by escaped crocodile | Mail Online.

A plane crash which killed a British pilot in Africa may have been caused by passengers panicking over an escaped crocodile, an inquest heard yesterday…

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2689113/Plane-crash-Congo-killed-British-pilot-caused-escaped-crocodile-causing-passengers-panic-rush-causing-nose-dive.html#ixzz37ISyBfys
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Iraq Illusions – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Iraq Illusions – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The story most media accounts tell of the recent burst of violence in Iraq seems clear-cut and straightforward. In reality, what is happening is anything but. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), so the narrative goes, a barbaric, jihadi militia, honed in combat in Syria, has swept aside vastly larger but feckless Iraqi army forces in a seemingly unstoppable tide of conquest across northern and western Iraq, almost to the outskirts of Baghdad. The country, riven by ineluctable sectarian conflict, stands on the brink of civil war. The United States, which left Iraq too soon, now has to act fast, choosing among an array of ugly options, among them renewed military involvement and making common cause with Iran. Alternatives include watching Iraq splinter and the creation of an Islamist caliphate spanning eastern Syria and western Iraq.

 

Much of this is, at best, misleading; some is outright wrong. ISIS, to begin, is only one of an almost uncountable mélange of Sunni militant groups. Besides ISIS, the Sunni insurgency that has risen up against the government of Nouri al-Maliki includes another jihadi group, Ansar al-Islam (Supporters of Islam), as well as the Military Council of the Tribes of Iraq, comprising as many as eighty tribes, and the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order, a group that claims to have Shiite and Kurdish members and certainly includes many Sunni Baathists once loyal to Saddam Hussein…

 

 

More Africans in extreme poverty than in 1990: UN – Yahoo News

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More Africans in extreme poverty than in 1990: UN – Yahoo News.

United Nations (United States) (AFP) – More sub-Saharan Africans are living in extreme poverty now than in 1990, said a major United Nations report Monday, warning the region will miss most of its development goals.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), set in 2000, strive to halve extreme poverty and hunger in the world by 2015.

They also promote and track progress in tackling issues such as AIDS, maternal and childhood mortality, access to clean water, gender equality and education.

Many targets are within reach by the end of 2015, according to the United Nations’ annual MDG progress report: if current trends continue, targets on malaria, tuberculosis and access to HIV treatment will be surpassed, while the hunger target also looks to be within reach, it said.

But it found that sub-Saharan Africa is lagging behind the rest of the world in its progress, with population growth, conflicts and a decrease in international aid making the timely completion of many goals unlikely…

Rainbows and Sunsets

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Peter Singhatey:

Great picture!

Originally posted on Duane Pandorf:

As I was leaving the Sugar Land Airport it began to lightly rain as a nearby thunder bumper let loose. As it was already the afternoon the sun was low enough to create this wonderful rainbow over the airport.

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Today’s flying took me to New Orleans Lakefront Airport. After the passengers deplaned I was able to catch this awesome sunset before departing to Austin, Texas.

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A Perfect Place to Land

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Originally posted on The Aerial Horizon:

Jackson Hole and Blacktail ButteTurbulent skies above cloud covered mountains make us think of inhospitable terrain below…until the clouds part to reveal an idyllic pastoral scene. Jackson Hole, Wyoming appears nestled between the dramatic jags of mountain ridges and provides a peaceful sanctuary amid fields, lakes and streams. Our eyes immediately are drawn to the Jackson Hole Airport at the base of the Grand Tetons, the focal point of the valley. This would be a perfect place to land…and spend a lifetime.

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