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USAfrica: As Egypt’s corrupter-in-chief Mubarak slides into history’s dustbin, Egyptians Not waiting for Obama and United Nations. By Chido Nwangwu

USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com contacts in Cairo say that some of the key local opposition leaders who spearheaded the revolt against Mubarak are saying that “ElBaradei is about to reap where he has not sowed enough.” The reality is that he is more acceptable for the U.S., Israel and the Western hemispheric powers as the next, likely President of the 78million Egyptians who will not rock their boat as contrasted to another member of the Egyptian armed forces or less likely a member of the radical, minor conservative Muslim Brotherhood. Amidst all these, like most dictators, Mubarak does not know, any more, he is an emperor without clothes…. It’s been, to put it tidily, a revolting, tawdry and sorry image. when, what day, what hour for Egypt’s corrupt dictator Mubarak to completely slide into history’s dustbin. Good bye to bad rubbish!

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USAfrica: As Egypt’s corrupter-in-chief Mubarak slides into history’s dustbin, Egyptians are Not waiting for Obama and United Nations.

By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com
USAfrica, January 30, 2011: As the popular uprising and pressure continue in Egypt against the 30-plus years of the iron-fisted presidency of Hosni Mubarak and his tottering government take more hardline but futile actions, the leadership realities of the post-Mubarak are developing and new leaders emerging.
First and clearly, the pace of the demands and demonstrators are, understandably, far ahead of the policy establishments in Washington DC., London, Tel Aviv and other centers of international influence. Some of their “specialists” still argued until the dying days that the regime is not like Tunisia’s and Tunisians are more deprived than Egyptians. Both claims are , flimsy  and misleading; or worse, simply false.
Second, the complications and dizzying twist of the events have left the Obama administration looking rather slow in clearly defining and identifying the issues in credible terms reflecting the demand of Egyptians for an open society, fundamental democratic rights, media freedom and human rights, opposition to the personalization of the resources and instruments of Egyptian state power by Mubarak and his cronies, accountability for the resources of Egypt, opposition to corruption  and squandermania by Mubarak and his henchmen and families, the legitimate demands for the expansion of economic opportunities for the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
Third, I think that these long suffering and humiliated grand-children of the pathfinders of modern civilization, Egyptians, are Not waiting for President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the African Union or the United Nations to rectify 30-odd years of abuse, 30-odd years of the locust called Hosni Mubarak. For good reasons and as common threads, Egyptians, like Tunisians a few weeks earlier, this same January 2011, are not waiting for foreigners and the “international community” to move beyond Mubarak and his oppressive and corrupt machine.
Fourth, l believe that the wind of change has since become a tornado across the land of the Nile, and the former airforce commander Mubarak is certainly toast. The pro-democracy movement of all ethnic nationalities and religions in Egypt are irreversible despite the cosmetic changes and shuffle of top personnel and executives by the modern day Pharaoh of Egypt, Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak who was born on May 4, 1928 and took over as President since October  14, 1981; yes, 1981 — following the assassination of President Anwar El-Sadat.
Fifth, Mubarak has remained a client-dictatorial leader working and extending the various interests of the U.S in the African and Arab regions especially, reportedly, providing brutal prisons and torture locations against terrorists and hardliners in the GW Bush era CIA secret program called “rendition.”
The U.S provides Egypt almost $1.3billion in Military aid. More than 85% of Egyptians live with under $2 per day amidst massive youth unemployment and homelessness.
Over the weekend and into the new week, Mubarak also ordered the closure of access to the internet/twitter/sms and some tv broadcasts to stifle the opposition to his weakened regime. On Sunday January 30, the embattled Mubarak ordered the closure of the influential tv network Al Jazeera’s bureau in Cairo. The action has drawn international condemnation, and from the predominantly Arab-issues/news network, factually stated that: “Al Jazeera sees this as an act designed to stifle and repress the freedom of reporting by the network and its journalists. In this time of deep turmoil and unrest in Egyptian society it is imperative that voices from all sides be heard; the closing of our bureau by the Egyptian government is aimed at

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censoring and silencing the voices of the Egyptian people.”

Finally, like most dictators, Mubarak does not know, any more, he is an emperor without clothes…. It’s been, to put it tidily, a revolting, tawdry and sorry image. It’s no longer if, but how soon… when, what day, what hour for Egypt’s corrupt dictator Mubarak to completely slide into history’s dustbin. Good bye to bad rubbish!

• Chido Nwangwu is the Founder and Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; The Black Business Journal, CLASSmagazine,  PhotoWorks.TV,  AchebeBooks.comNigeria360USAfricaTV and several blogs, assessed by The New York TImes as the largest and arguably most influential multimedia networks for Africans and Americans. He served on the editorial board of the Daily Times of Nigeria in Lagos and worked for the Nigerian Television Authority (news) in the 1980s; served on a publicity committee of the Holocaust Museum, Houston; recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in May 2009; adviser on Africa to Houston’s former Mayor Dr. Lee Brown. Chido appears as an analyst on CNN, VOA, SABC, CBSNews, ABCNews, FOXNews, NBCNews, etc. Chido@USAfricaonline.com. wireless: 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436). Office: 713-270-5500.

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Gabon President Ali Bongo recovering from an undisclosed illness in Saudi Arabia

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Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba is recovering from an undisclosed illness in Saudi Arabia and still performing his duties, according to a statement released on Sunday amid mounting speculation about his health.

The issue is a particularly sensitive one in the Central African nation. When Bongo’s father died in 2009 after more than four decades in power, Gabonese officials angrily denied French media reports of his death for almost a day, and shut down the internet in the country for several hours.

The statement said that Ali Bongo was suffering dizziness at his hotel in Riyad, Saudi Arabia on Oct. 24 when he sought medical care at King Faysal Hospital.

The information about the president’s health is “extremely reassuring” and the president “continues to perform his duties,” the presidency said.

The communique came amid a swirl of rumors over the president’s health back home in the Central African nation. Some media reports suggested that Bongo had suffered a stroke, though government spokesman Ike Ngouoni cautioned people about “fake news”.

“It would be in his interest entirely to make his presence. I think they’re not putting him in front of the cameras intentionally,” said Douglas A. Yates, a Paris-based Gabon expert.

One of the world’s largest producers of oil, Gabon’s wealth is far from evenly distributed. About a third of the population, estimated to be below 2 million people, live below the poverty line, according to the World Bank.

The elder Bongo, who ruled the oil-rich nation from 1967 until his 2009 death, was viewed by many as the father of the nation. His time in power, though, was dogged by allegations of corruption and the use of oil profits for personal luxuries, including properties in several European and American cities, and lavish trips abroad.

Ali Bongo won a special presidential election that was held a few months after his father’s death. The opposition claimed it was rigged.

In 2016, protesters took to the streets of the capital, Libreville, and the Parliament building was burned after Bongo’s opponent, Jean Ping, accused Bongo of vote-rigging. The European Union, the United States, and France also expressed concerns about some of the results. Gabon’s constitutional court later upheld Bongo’s victory. AP

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Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify shooting muslim Shiites

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Nigeria’s army (has) posted a video of US President Donald Trump saying soldiers would shoot migrants throwing stones to justify opening fire on a Shiite group (last) week.

In the video, Trump warns that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally.

“We’re not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” said Trump in remarks made on Thursday.

“I told them (troops) consider it (a rock) a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”

Nigeria’s defence spokesman John Agim told AFP that the army posted the video in response to criticism that its security forces had acted unlawfully.

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) said 49 of its members were killed after the army and police fired live bullets at crowds who marched near and in the capital Abuja. The army’s official death toll was six.

Amnesty International said Wednesday it had “strong evidence” that police and soldiers used automatic weapons against IMN members and killed about 45 people in an “unconscionable use of deadly force by soldiers and police”.

The United States embassy in Nigeria said Thursday it was “concerned” and called for an investigation.

“The video was posted in reaction to the Amnesty International report accusing the army of using weapons against pacifist Shiite protesters…. Not only did they use stones but they were carrying petrol bombs, machetes and knives, so yes, we consider them as being armed,” said Agim.

“We intervened only because the IMN members are trying to harm our people, they are always meeting us…at security check points and trying to provoke us, they even burned a police vehicle.”

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is almost evenly split between a mostly Muslim north — which is predominantly Sunni — and a largely Christian south.

Experts have warned the government that a heavy-handed response to the group risks sparking conflict in a volatile region where poverty is widespread.

IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky has been in custody since 2015, when an army crackdown killed 300 of his supporters who were buried in mass graves, according to rights groups.

Zakzaky is facing a culpable homicide charge in connection with the 2015 violence. He remains in jail despite a court order granting him bail.

On Thursday, 120 of 400 IMN members arrested by police on Monday were  charged with “rioting, disturbance of public peace and causing hurt,” said a court official in Abuja on Friday.

According to court documents seen by AFP, the IMN members had been ordered to disperse but they “refused and started throwing stones at the police officers and other members of the public and thereby caused them bodily harm”.

All the suspects pleaded not guilty and were granted bail with the court hearing to resume on December 5.

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U.S calls on Nigeria to investigate killings of Shiite muslims by soldiers

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The United States embassy in Nigeria said on Thursday it was “concerned” and called for an investigation after supporters of an imprisoned Shiite cleric were killed in clashes with security forces.

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) said 49 of its members were killed this week after the army and police fired live bullets at crowds who marched near and in the capital Abuja, calling into doubt the military’s official death toll of six.

“The United States embassy is concerned by the deaths resulting from clashes between Nigerian security forces and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in areas surrounding Abuja,” said the US embassy in a statement.

“We urge government of Nigeria authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the events and to take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law. We urge restraint on all sides,” it added.

Amnesty International said on Wednesday it had “strong evidence” that police and soldiers used automatic weapons against IMN members and killed about 45 people.

“We have seen a shocking and unconscionable use of deadly force by soldiers and police against IMN members,” said Amnesty’s Nigeria director Osai Ojigho.

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is almost evenly split between a mostly Muslim north – which is predominantly Sunni – and a largely Christian south.

Experts have warned the government that a heavy-handed response to the group risks sparking conflict in a volatile region where poverty is widespread.

IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky has been in custody since 2015, when an army crackdown killed 300 of his supporters, who were buried in mass graves, according to human rights groups.

Zakzaky is facing a culpable homicide charge in connection with the 2015 violence, and is in jail despite a court order granting him bail. ref: AFP

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