Skip to main content

Topic: What's Going on in Eurafrica? (Read 17100 times)

  • jax
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
  • Global Moderator
What's Going on in Eurafrica?
What is happening in Europe and Africa, and the people and culture thereof?
  • Last Edit: 2014-04-20, 16:26:45 by jax

  • rjhowie
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #50
You would have to tell the average ex-colonist where Morocco is as geography outside the country is a no-no.
"Quit you like men:be strong"

  • jax
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
  • Global Moderator
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #51
Portugal Dominated Angola for Centuries. Now the Roles Are Reversed.



Quote
LISBON -- How the roles have reversed: The colonizer, some Portuguese contend, has been colonized.
On the Portuguese coast of Cascais, where the nation's royal court used to summer, a new 14-story condominium building looms confidently by the sea. So many of its apartments have been bought by Angola's ruling class -- sometimes a handful at a time -- that the development has a nickname: the "Angolans' building."
Along the grandest shopping boulevard in the capital, Lisbon, Angola's elite buy designer suits and handbags by the armful. And on one corner, above Louis Vuitton, sits the local office of Africa's richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, a billionaire from Angola who has become one of Portugal's most powerful figures by buying large chunks of the country's banking, media and energy industries.
The money flowing into Portugal comes from the colony it dominated, often brutally, for hundreds of years, Angola. Now, the African nation is a major oil producer that has been led for the last 38 years by Ms. dos Santos's father, President José Eduardo dos Santos.
Angola's ruling class has profited so much during his tenure -- and channeled so much of that money into Portugal -- that when Angola threatened to cut off ties in recent years in response to reports that Angolan officials were being investigated for corruption in Portugal, Portugal's foreign minister promptly apologized, setting off an intercontinental debate about the changing power dynamics between the nations.

  • Belfrager
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #52
It seems Neto dos Santos and his kleptomaniac klan has fallen in disgrace, Being substituted by whom'? His Vice of course.

Portugal remais silent, as well as the rest of the world.  So much oil to profit from there.
A matter of attitude.

  • rjhowie
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #53
Hey maybe if Angola can have a Head of State that long maybe Portugal should get it's king back........
"Quit you like men:be strong"

  • jax
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
  • Global Moderator
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #54
New elections in Zimbabwe, this time without Mugabe, only his comrade-in-arms.

Zimbabwe election: tensions rise amid vote rigging fears 

  • krake
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #55
Zimbabwe election: tensions rise amid vote rigging fears
Will Putin rig the election in Zimbabwe too?  :o

  • rjhowie
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #56
What propaganda mind swallowing is that comment about Putin. The US is world champion on interference.
"Quit you like men:be strong"

  • jax
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
  • Global Moderator
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #57
Peace might break out in South Sudan. Then again, it might not.

What are the prospects for South Sudan's new peace agreement? Here are the critical next steps.

  • Frenzie
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
  • Administrator
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #58
What propaganda mind swallowing is that comment about Putin. The US is world champion on interference.
He was being sarcastic. ;)

  • Ningcra
  • [*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #59
The visitors to read the content of this genus have not fully make up for the lack of explanation as to take part in.

  • jax
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
  • Global Moderator
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #60
Armistice day. It has been a wild century.


  • Belfrager
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #61
Nobody cares...
A matter of attitude.

  • jax
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
  • Global Moderator
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #62
Hardly anyone, rather. The three wars, First and Second World Wars, and the Cold War, ended empires and colonies.

Started with the US a great colonial power, ended with it the hegemon. It started with China an Afghanistan, ended with it a great power. The fall, rise and fall of the Russian Empire.

The First World War gave us the Spanish Flu and modernity, at a non-negligible cost. We got Communism, Fascism, and Libertarianism. We got peace in Europe and strife in North Africa and the Middle East.

  • ensbb3
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #63
Things probably happened in Portugal too. :P

  • Belfrager
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #64
Things in Portugal are beyond your capacity of comprehension,
A matter of attitude.

  • ensbb3
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #65
I'd never suggest otherwise. :)

  • jax
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
  • Global Moderator
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #66
Likewise the EU is taking over the G5 Sahel as a European issue will have long term consequences. 





What does the coup mean for Mali's spiralling security crisis?

Quote
In the weeks leading up to the coup, tens of thousands of opposition supporters had taken to the streets to protest against a disputed parliamentary election, persistent economic woes and a spiralling security crisis that erupted in 2012, when a previous coup allowed northern Tuareg separatists, allied with an al-Qaeda offshoot, to take advantage of the political instability and briefly seize large swaths of land in the north.

That loss of territory precipitated the currently devolving situation, with armed groups linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda capitalising on intercommunal tensions as they jockey for control of Mali's semi-arid centre.

But along with the hope of the social and political reforms demanded during the mass anti-Keita protests, the reality of the continuing conflicts in the country's vast north and central regions remains. And while the coup has cast into uncertainty Mali's political future, it has also raised fears the effects of the upheaval could further spill beyond the country's borders and threaten the wider region.



  • OakdaleFTL
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #67
...as an Amer-ee-can, I'm expected to be a little slow on the uptake, no? :)
Thank for all the info, jax. I agree the area and its united front organization is important and worthwhile. Which makes the latest coup in Mali problematical...
(Imagine Algeria opposing the organization! The country that taught France its hard-won expertise in COIN... :( )

Even this old paleoconservative is glad that the U.S. overcame its reticence, to offer funding. A good use of "foreign aid" and certainly better than any U.S. military involvement!
Thanks to Google Translate, I read the French article... Is it just me, or just French, or has Google Translate really got better? (Serious question, folks!)
  • Last Edit: 2020-09-03, 11:03:05 by OakdaleFTL
进行 ...
"Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility." - James Thurber
No one listens to me as much as I do and even I have my limits...
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts!" - Richard Feynman

  • Frenzie
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
  • Administrator
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #68
Thanks to Google Translate, I read the French article... Is it just me, or just French, or has Google Translate really got better? (Serious question, folks!)
It has greatly improved, but you should go to DeepL for even better machine translation.

  • jax
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
  • Global Moderator
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #69
...as an Amer-ee-can, I'm expected to be a little slow on the uptake, no? :)
Thank for all the info, jax. I agree the area and its united front organization is important and worthwhile. Which makes the latest coup in Mali problematical...

To me Sahel looks set to be the Central Asia of the twenty-twenties (and if unlucky, as likely as not, the twenty-thirties as well). Everyone has to be there, nobody knows why, nor how to get out of there. But much like Afghanistan back in the good old days, looking the other way, and forgetting about it, will lead to more trouble in the long run.

I don't know how long the US will have the stamina to continue the War on Terror, but Sahel is the happening place to be, and it is going to be worse before it gets better. It is also likely to export trouble to coastal West Africa, which would worry the EU, particularly as one of the goals is to stem immigration.

If the US goal instead is to counter China, this G5 is not the place to be. China has for natural geographical reasons more interests in East Africa, particularly with the Belt and Road Initiative.

Among UNDP's 189 countries on the Human Development Index (2018), non-landlocked Mauritania is ranked 162, Burkina Faso 182, Mali 184, Chad 187, and Niger 189.

  • OakdaleFTL
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #70
进行 ...
"Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility." - James Thurber
No one listens to me as much as I do and even I have my limits...
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts!" - Richard Feynman

  • rjhowie
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #71
Not surprised at a coup. The African Continent is a groan and much is a farce.
"Quit you like men:be strong"

  • OakdaleFTL
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #72
Now, now, Howie! Don't over-complicate things. Keep your analysis clear and to the point! :)
进行 ...
"Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility." - James Thurber
No one listens to me as much as I do and even I have my limits...
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts!" - Richard Feynman

  • jax
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
  • Global Moderator
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #73
The cables that link up Europe and Africa are very limited at the moment. 

The power cables between Spain and Morocco are expected to nearly double to 1500 MW. The Malta-Sicily interconnector is at a mere 200 MW (supplying power to Malta), and there is no Malta-Tunisia cable. 

The biggest project under construction is EuroAfrica, a HVDC connecting Egypt with Cyprus then Crete (then eventually the Greek mainland).

EuroAfrica at a glance

Quote
The EuroAfrica Interconnector is the official project developer of the 2,000MW electricity interconnector between Egypt, Cyprus, Greece and Europe. The EuroAfrica Interconnector is an "electricity highway" connecting the national electricity grids of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece through a 1396 km subsea HVDC cable.

  • rjhowie
  • [*][*][*][*][*]
Re: What's Going on in Eurafrica?
Reply #74
Shows how much you don't know about the mess of a place Africa is on progress Oakdale. As so much of you place is in a groan of a state can understand how you can be head banged!
"Quit you like men:be strong"