[AFRICA - it's an entire continent & we don't pay enough attention]



    ..^ he is award winning International Journalist| Film Maker | 2 Time African Journalist of The Year | Africa Leadership FellowI Nieman Fellow| [email protected]

    meanwhile now that most Gulf Sunni leaders have stopped using this topic to deflect their masses from their own problems, guess who has picked up on that practice:

    dunno if this is true, just using it as an example how xenophobia about illegal immigrants doesn't just plague "western" nations nor is it exclusive to "whites" against "people of color" -

    South Africans who can't take the ANC any more again:

    I suspect it wasn't quite to the level of North Korea - maybe Iraq/Hussein, but that's just a guess. Also, it was 2 countries spliced into 1, which created its own internal animosities. Compare Somalia/Eritrea/Ethiopia, Súdán/South Sudan, Congo, Rwanda/Burundi, Morocco/Western Sahara, Nigeria north & south, etc.

    It's a continent with hugely genocidal passions. I felt post-9/11 Qaddafi woke up quick & did a pivot, but no Mideast leader wanted the Arab Spring. And in the end few countries transformed (except Libya for the worse sadly - again combo of historical split, nomad insurgency, Russian & ISIS nfluence, some racism towards black guest workers...). Not sure about Egypt, but doubt it improved much over Mubarak.

    Here's some African nuance on Qaddafi plus the full BBC article - again, flawed, sometimes brutal, sometimes more liberal (under Hussein women's volleyball played in shorts as an example of quixotic liberalism that countered hardcore Islamism, but a tiny anecdotal piece of the puzzle) - but still, not North Korean fanaticism by any stretch.



    This article posits Qaddafi wasn't even as bad as Hussein & Assad, and that part (not all) of his reputation was fabricated by the West - not entirely unbelievable.


    Bilal al-Sudani, ‘responsible for fostering the growing presence of IS in Africa’, was killed in strike approved by Joe Biden

    AFP in Washington, Thu 26 Jan 2023 18.13 EST

    A US military raid in Somalia ordered by President Joe Biden this week killed a key regional leader of the Islamic State group, Bilal al-Sudani, according to US officials.

    Sudani was killed on Wednesday during a gunfight after US troops descended on a mountainous cave complex in northern Somalia hoping to capture him.

    Around 10 of Sudani’s Islamic State associates at the scene were killed, but there were no American casualties, the officials said on Thursday.

    “On January 25, on orders from the president, the US military conducted an assault operation in northern Somalia that resulted in the death of a number of Isis members, including Bilal al-Sudani,” Lloyd Austin, the secretary of defense, said in a statement [....]



    Great piece by @ColinPClarke https://t.co/TrfWAdAoT1

    — alleyesonwagner (@alleyesonwagner) February 1, 2023


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