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by Cat on Thu May 2nd, 2024 at 01:40:19 AM EST
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Conference-debate of the World Independent Trad Union, the strength of association (CSI-Niger() on the occasion of the celebration of the 1st of May, 1 May
"We pay a vibrant tribute tall the hardworking workers of Niger s well as to the men and women around the world who are seating dignity in the noble quest for a decent life," said the the secretary general....
Meeting at the Ministry of Water Resoures, Sanitation and the Environment: economic collaboration between the World Bank and Niger in the three areas, 3 May
...The PISN (Security of the Water in Niger) comes in seven (7) regions of Niger, specifically in ten sub-basins and the city of Niamey....
Press conference of the chairman of the National Committee responsible for the operationalization of the Confederation Alliance of the States of the Sahel (AES)
...It is composed of two categories of members. "There are members of statutory, all selected according to the positions they occupy within the Sates apparatus, in cluding diplomats, government officials, academics, senior officers, and economists and planners. Then, there are the members of the civil society, including women's organizations, youth organizations, and communities in Burkina Faso and Mali are present on the territory of Niger, as it is a question of constructing something for three [nations]," the chairman explained....
reuters | Russian troops enter base housing US military in Niger, US official says, 3 May
A senior U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Russian forces were not mingling with U.S. troops but were using a separate hangar at Airbase 101, which is next to Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, Niger's capital.

Asked about the Reuters report, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin played down any risk to American troops or the chance that Russian troops might get close to U.S. military hardware.

defense.gov | Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Press Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii (02.05.24)
In Niger, you asked about Niger and Russians being in the same space that we're in in Niger. I think you know that Air Base 101, where our forces is, is a Nigerian Air Force base that is co-located with an international airport in the capital city. The Russians are in a separate compound and don't have access to U.S. forces or access to our equipment.
The Nigerien and Russian embassies in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
archive Perhaps Pentagon Will Delay in US-France Ousted from Colonial Africa
by Cat on Fri May 3rd, 2024 at 11:50:43 PM EST
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punchline, 7 May


by Cat on Tue May 7th, 2024 at 11:17:41 PM EST
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wapoo | U.S. threats led to rupture of vital military ties, Nigerien leader says, 14 May
"The Americans stayed on our soil, doing nothing while the terrorists killed people and burned towns," [PM Ali Mahaman Lamine] Zeine said. "It is not a sign of friendship to come on our soil but let the terrorists attack us. We have seen what the United States will do to defend its allies, because we have seen Ukraine and Israel."
Zeine said leaders of Niger's new government, known as the National Council for Safeguarding the Homeland, or by its French initials CNSP, were bewildered that the United States had frozen military support while insisting on keeping the troops in the country without justifying their continued presence. The American response in the wake of Niger's coup contrasted sharply with that of other nations, including Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, he said, which have welcomed the new Nigerien leaders with "open arms."
state.gov | Department Press Briefing - May 14, 2024
QUESTION: The junta's prime minister gave an interview to The Washington Post in which he blamed a visit by Assistant Secretary Phee for the decision to boot out U.S. troops, saying that she made threats about Niger's relationship with Iran and Russia and called it unacceptable. Do you dispute the characterization of this? Do you have any comment on—
PATEL: So I'm not going to get into the specifics of our diplomatic, deliberative conversations, Shaun, but what I can say is that the CNSP was presented with a choice based on mutual interest about whether it wished to continue its security partnership with us, a choice that was rooted in our belief of democratic principles and what was in our national security interest....
He said the Nigerien leaders took particular umbrage at remarks by Molly Phee, the State Department's top official for African affairs, who he said had urged the government during a March visit to Niamey to refrain from engaging with Iran and Russia in ways objectionable to Washington if Niger wanted to continue its security relationship with the United States. He also said Phee had further threatened sanctions if Niger pursued a deal to sell uranium to Iran.
by Cat on Wed May 15th, 2024 at 04:16:17 PM EST
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defense.gov | Joint Statement From the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of National Defense of the Republic of Niger, 19 May long air kiss good night
The U.S. Department of Defense and the Ministry of National Defense of Niger and have reached a disengagement agreement to effect the withdrawal of U.S. forces, which has already begun. It is therefore agreed that this disengagement will end no later than September 15, 2024.

Both delegations confirmed the guarantees of protection and security to the American forces during their withdrawal. The delegations also established procedures to facilitate the entry and exit of U.S. personnel, including overflight and landing clearances for military flights.

The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Niger does not affect the continuation of U.S.-Niger development relations [?]. The United States and Niger are committed to ongoing diplomatic dialogue to define the future of their bilateral relations.
lesahel.org | Meeting of ministers of Foreign Affairs othe Alliance of the States of the Sahel (AES): The common desire to make the AES as the preferred tool of defence, diplomacy, and development, 17 May
...In addition, the ministers have agreed to involve the diaspora through their diplomatic missions to the operationalization of the Confederation AES. They reviewd and finalized the draftof the treaty on the creation of the Confederation of AES, the draft of the final communique, and the draft Rules of Procedure of the College of Heads of State.

The ministers welcomed the support expressed by the 15th session of the Islamic Summit Conference of the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) of the 04 and 05 May 2024 in Banul (Republic of the Gambia), which has expressed its rejection of any external interference in the internal affairs of the States of the AES.

reuters | US to complete withdrawal from Niger by Sept. 15, 19 May

A senior U.S. military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that about 100 U.S. troops had already been moved out of the country. The United States will remove sensitive equipment it has in Niger, but will leave behind other larger pieces like air conditioning units, generators, and hangars, a separate U.S. defense official said. The United States will let Nigerien forces use that equipment left behind, if it meets legal standards, the official said.

The official added that it did not appear that the Nigerien junta wanted to hand over counter-terrorism operations to Russian troops or those from the Wagner private military company.

by Cat on Sun May 19th, 2024 at 10:34:01 PM EST
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barrons AFP | EU Military Training Mission Leaves Mali After 11 Years, 17 May

The 27-member bloc deployed the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in 2013 to train and advise the West African country's armed forces in the face of rising jihadism since 2012. The mission had included up to 700 soldiers from some 20 European states, but numbers significantly reduced against a backdrop of diplomatic tensions between Bamako and Western partners.
archive EUCAP, 31 Dec 2023 MONUSCO, MINUSMA exit and termination in Decolonization, Resources and Military Intervention, EU planning new Africa mission
by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2024 at 02:01:15 PM EST
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F24. France declares state of emergency in 21st century "Zone of Influence"
The unrest flared after French lawmakers approved a bill extending voting rights in provincial elections to residents arriving from mainland France—a change critics fear could marginalise indigenous people and benefit pro-France politicians.
Macron has been seeking to reassert his country's importance in the Pacific region, where China and the United States are vying for influence but France has a < wipes tears > strategic footprint through its overseas territories, which include New Caledonia and French Polynesia. Lying between Australia and Fiji, New Caledonia is one of several French territories spanning the globe from the Caribbean and Indian Ocean to the Pacific that remain part of France in the < wipes tears >  post-colonial era.
France imposes state of emergency, bans TikTok in riot-hit New Caledonia, 15 May
The death of the French gendarme followed two nights of rioting as protesters demonstrated against a constitutional reform being debated in the national assembly in Paris that aims to expand the electorate in the territory's provincial elections.
The main figure of the non-independence camp, former minister Sonia Backes, denounced what she described as the anti-White racism of demonstrators who burned down the house of her father, a man in his 70s who was < wipes tears > exfiltrated by the security forces.

"If he was not attacked because he was my father, he was at least attacked because he was White," she told BFMTV.

ChatGPT | France accuses Azerbaijan of fomenting deadly riots in overseas territory New Caledonia, 16 May
Speaking to POLITICO, a French intelligence official granted anonymity to discuss sensitive issues of national security, said that "we've detected activities from < wipes tears > Russia and Azerbaijan in New Caledonia for weeks, even a few months. They're pushing the narrative of France being a colonialist state."
archive SIDESHOW department, Pacific Islands Forum, fresh vote on independence 2020
by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2024 at 03:16:03 PM EST
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Macron is really pissed off losing, being ousted from the Sahel region, in particular the relations with Niger, and Areva mining rights for essential uranium. Decades of "good-will" down the Wagner drain. Macron makes it personal and blames Vlad Putin. It won't succeed in Polynesian, our weapons testing ground. Let the Rainbow Warrior be a lesson never to be forgotten. Good old times.

"Have gun, will travel"

Vive la Françafrique! Who Benefits from Niger's Uranium?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 17th, 2024 at 06:58:27 AM EST
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euractiv. 'Massive' French police deployment arrives to secure New Caledonia
The number of police and gendarmes on the French-ruled island will rise to 2,700 from 1,700 by Friday evening.
by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2024 at 11:00:47 PM EST
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F24 | French forces launch 'major operation' to open route to New Caledonia's restive capital, 19 May "trapped tourists"
...Furthermore, plans for the Olympic torch relay to pass through the French territory were cancelled on Saturday....
alrighty then
by Cat on Sun May 19th, 2024 at 09:17:57 PM EST
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Emmanuel Macron appeared in New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Calédonie) yesterday for 12 hours to interpret the 1998 Nouméa Accord. With one hand, Macron immobilised execution of a constitutional "reform" passed from seats of the metropol National Assembly to the overseas provincial parliament. With the other, Macron extended the gendarmerie visa to restore "democratic legitimacy" of foreign settlers until conclusion of this summer's Olympic Games (T -80 days) or indefinitely, some familiar with the matter say.

To demonstrate French magnanimity, Macron also opened channels of communication with the natives' elected leadership, President of the Government of New Caledonia (FKA Kanaky) Louis Mapou and the President of Congress Roch Wamytan at the territorial residence of an anonymous "high commissioner."

Let us now note. The name of the préfet d'ouverture de Nouvelle-Calédonie ("high commissioner") is Louis Le Franc, not Louis Le Nickel, Louis Franc Pacifique, or Louis XPF.

a/o 24 May
XPF:EUR, 1:0.008
XPF:USD, 1:0.009
XPF:GBP, 1:0.007
XPF:RMB, 1:0.06
XPF:AUD, 1:0.013

by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2024 at 01:00:57 PM EST
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wapoo | How is the violent unrest in New Caledonia impacting global nickel prices?, 22 May
The European Union has named nickel as a critical raw material, which means it is economically and strategically important for the European ['Green'] economy but is considered to have a high-risk associated with its supply importing it.

"Some of the discussion around France wanting to maintain its control over New Caledonia is motivated by its hopes to secure the large nickel deposits there, perhaps with an eye to future electric vehicle production," said Nicholas Ferns, a research fellow at Monash University in Australia.
New Caledonia's mining industry is STRUGGLING to compete against Indonesia, the world's largest nickel producer, due to decades of export restrictions and high energy costs that have made its nickel more expensive and less profitable to produce.
The French government has pledged to help maintain the territory's nickel industry operations with [climate finance?] SUBSIDIES.

archive Selling Nickel to China, Trudeau-Scholz "market case", March 2022 "black swan"
by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2024 at 05:10:10 PM EST
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planet money | How Haiti Was Forced To Pay Reparations For Freedom
While the U.S. officially left Haiti in 1934, it continued to control Haiti's public finances until 1947, siphoning around 40% of Haiti's national income to service debt repayments to the U.S. and France. Surrounded by French gunboats, a newly independent Haiti was forced to pay its slaveholders reparations. You read that correctly.
archive "centuries of shared history"
Pourquoi Macron recule?
Emmanuel Macron s'est plongé pendant 24 heures dans la poudrière calédonienne. « Je ne passerai pas en force » a dit le chef de l'État, qui lance un nouveau processus de négociations et donne rendez-vous dans un mois. La réforme institutionnelle est-elle enterrée? Les violences vont-elles cesser après cette promesse présidentielle?
"to quantify the damages."
by Cat on Sun May 26th, 2024 at 11:20:59 AM EST
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rfi | Britain to return looted crown jewels to Ghana, but only on loan (26.01.24)
V&A Director Trisam "Hunt stressed the items had not been permanently returned to Ghana, saying the new cultural partnership 'is not restitution by the back door'."

bbc | UK returns looted Ghana artefacts after 150 years (11.04.24)
"The loan, which was negotiated with the king and not with the Ghanaian government, will last for three years with the option to extend for a further three years."

aljazeera | UK returns looted Ghana artefacts on loan after 150 years (20.04.24)
Ivor Agyeman-Duah, the chief negotiator, confirmed the items' return, telling the AFP news agency on Saturday that they were given to the palace on loan. It comes as international momentum and campaigning has grown for museums and institutions to have African artefacts returned from former colonial powers.

Nigeria is also negotiating the return of thousands of 16th to 18th-century metal objects looted from the ancient kingdom of Benin and currently held by museums and art collectors across the United States and Europe.

Two years ago, Benin received two dozen treasures and artworks stolen in 1892 by French colonial forces during the sacking of the royal Palace of Abomey.

by Cat on Mon May 27th, 2024 at 05:50:18 PM EST
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wilsoncenter | The Squad and the Quad, 14 May INDOPACOM "latticework"
In recent weeks, a new minilateral in the Indo-Pacific has emerged: the "Squad," as it is dubbed informally in the Pentagon. The new grouping of Australia, Japan, the Philippines, and the United States coalesced during a Defense Ministers' meeting in Hawaii in May 2024, following up on a previous gathering at the 2023 Shangri-La security dialogue. With its traditional security focus, the Squad adds another layer to the developing latticework architecture in the Indo-Pacific. But does it mean that the old Australia-India-Japan-US Quad is obsolete?
Unlike the original Quad, the Squad is about traditional hard power security, hence the "S" appended to its name. The meeting readout makes this abundantly clear, directly naming the People's Republic of China as the aggressor in the East and South China Seas. This meeting builds on several years of effort and defense cooperation between all four powers, including joint naval patrols in the South China Sea. Its hard power security emphasis and the addition of the Philippines instead of India distinguish Squad from Quad.
defense.gov | Joint Readout From Australia-Japan-Philippines-United States Defense Ministers' Meeting (03.05.24)
However, that does not mean that the Squad replaces the Quad, nor that the Quad is deficient. Instead, the Squad and Quad pursue different objectives with different levers of national power, traditional security (hard power),  and < wipes tears > non-traditional security (public goods) respectively.
bloomberg | New US-Backed Defense 'Squad' to Counter China in Indo-Pacific, 5 May
A US official who requested anonymity to discuss the "Squad" said the grouping aims to counter < wipes tears> coercion and aggression across Asia as well as to ensure that defense capabilities among their militaries are increasingly inter-operable, allowing them to work more efficiently together in the event of conflict.
by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2024 at 07:45:40 PM EST
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bbc | Chabahar Port: US says sanctions possible after India-Iran port deal
hours after India signed a 10-year contract to operate a port with Tehran.

India had entered an agreement to develop the strategically important Chabahar port, close to Iran's border with Pakistan, in 2016. On Monday, it signed a long-term deal with Iran to develop it further. India's shipping minister called it a "historic moment in India-Iran ties". But the move may not go down well with the US, which has imposed more than 600 sanctions on Iranian-related eNTiTiEs over the past three years.

In a press briefing on Tuesday,

QUESTION: Iranian traders smuggled more than $1 billion worth of fuel into neighboring Pakistan annually. Is it a concern that how black market earning billions of dollars in the region?
PATEL: So all Iran sanctions remain in effect, and we advise anyone considering business deals with Iran to be aware of the potential risks.
the country's State Department Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel said, when asked about the deal, that the US sanctions on Iran are still in place and that Washington would continue to enforce them....
RT | India responds to US warning on Iran deal (15.05.24)
Chabahar is also a hub for the upcoming International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), envisioned by New Delhi, Tehran, and Moscow. Once completed, the INSTC would reduce transit times between Mumbai, India, and St. Petersburg, Russia, by 40%, dramatically cutting costs. While India expressed interest in developing the port as far back as 2003, US sanctions on Iran over its suspected nuclear program derailed its development.
archive Israel As Strategic Hub IMEC in Amalek, World Governments Summit, I2U2 "sssignificant progressss", 2015 in the rear view mirror, I2U2 mobility, Saudi snub of Biden, president.ir, Chabahar wheat, Chabahar waiver
by Cat on Wed May 15th, 2024 at 03:36:58 PM EST
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NY Yella Cake | Congolese Army Says It Foiled a Coup Involving Americans, 19 May
hours after a gunfight near the presidential palace in which at least three people were killed.

In a brief statement on state television, an army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sylvain Ekenge, initially offered little detail about the purported putsch in the capital, Kinshasa, other than to say that the plotters and their leader had been "put out of action."
But he later told The Associated Press that three Americans were among the perpetrators, and the United States ambassador to Congo, Lucy Tamlyn, acknowledged publicly that American citizens may have been involved.

"sixth region of the African Union"
while most of the region's recent coups have been led by senior military officers from those countries, the purported one in Kinshasa on Sunday appeared to have been led by an obscure opposition politician based in the United States and appeared to have little prospect of succeeding.
A website in Mr. [Christian] Malanga's name said that his family settled in Salt Lake City in the 1990s as part of a refugee resettlement program. He participated in the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, it said. He returned to Congo to run for political office in 2011 but was arrested "on bogus charges" and held for several weeks by police officers who beat him, it said. A year later, he returned to the United States, where he formed the United Congolese Party, "a grass-roots platform that unifies the Congolese diaspora around the world opposing the current Congolese dictatorship," the site said.
by Cat on Sun May 19th, 2024 at 09:31:22 PM EST
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reuters |Taiwan lawmakers exchange blows in bitter dispute over parliament reforms, 17 May
The DPP says the KMT and TPP are improperly trying to force through the proposals without the customary consultation process in what the DPP calls "an unconstitutional abuse of power". Lawmakers from all three parties were involved in the altercations, and traded accusations about who was to blame.
ChatGPT ANI | Taiwan parliament chaos: Ruling, opposition lawmakers engage in physical scuffles, verbal attacks over controversial bills, 18 May
The turmoil unfolded during Friday's legislative floor session, where legislators grappled for over 10 hours with amendments that would grant the Legislature expanded powers. The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and Taiwan's People Party (TPP) sought to prolong the session to push through amendments to four bills aimed at promoting legislative reforms.

The mayhem followed a fruitless five-hour cross-caucus negotiation on Thursday, leaving unresolved tensions that erupted into full-blown conflict the next day. Adding fuel to the fire, the KMT and TPP had previously bypassed customary committee deliberations, opting instead to fast-track their versions of the bills directly to a floor vote.

archive DPP party loses control of legislature
by Cat on Sun May 19th, 2024 at 11:16:13 PM EST
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Perhaps mainland China can bring peace to the violent island and opposing parties ... red vs blue?

In Taiwanees colors Pan-green vs Pan-blue 😂

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 11:41:32 AM EST
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