21 Aug 2018

China is hacking the same countries it trades with

Experts have begun to connect Chinese cyber campaign patterns with its Belt and Road Initiative projects. “If you take that map of the Belt and Road effort you will also find a pattern of cyber operations,” said one former NSA director. “Regional governments along these [Belt and Road] trade routes

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03 Aug 2018

Report: AFRICOM looks to cut special ops missions, pull out hundreds of troops from Africa

While no decision has been made nor action taken, the Pentagon is reportedly exploring plans to reduce counterterrorism forces in Africa and focus more closely on threats from China and Russia. “The optimization effort does not mean that we are going to walk away from counterterrorism in Africa, but that

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24 Jul 2018

China inks deal with Senegal; BRI now spans Africa

Chinese media has reported that Senegal is the first West African country to sign a Belt and Road cooperation agreement with China. China has already funded a series of infrastructure projects in Senegal. The announcement comes during Chinese President Xi’s highly publicized tour in Africa, his fourth while in office.

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19 Jul 2018

Xi to start tour of Middle East, African nations, meet with Putin at BRICS summit

Chinese President Xi Jinxing has begun his 5-country, 10-day tour of the United Arab Emirates, Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa, and Mauritius, as a part of efforts to strengthen Chinese economic and political ties in the countries and the wider regions. In South Africa, Xi will attend a BRICS summit alongside

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11 Jul 2018

China is Kenya’s largest creditor with 72% of total bilateral debt

Kenya’s total debt to China has grown 15 percentage points since 2016, increasing from 57% to 72% of its bilateral debt, an amount 8 times greater than the next biggest lending partner (France). In the past 5 years, debt levels to China have multiplied by a factor of 10. Critics

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28 Jun 2018

China increases defense ties with Africa

Beijing established its first military base in Africa last year and it is now expected that more will follow as joint exercises increase across the continent, especially in countries where the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative has made significant investments. At the first China-Africa Defense and Security Forum this week,

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08 Jun 2018

Index shows continued increase in global conflict

A recent peace index listed drops in peacefulness for 92 states and improvements for only 71 during 2017.  “’There is an ongoing deterioration in global peace,’ Steve Killelea, head of the Australia-based IEP, told DW. ‘It’s gradual and it’s been going on for the last decade.’ The conflicts in the

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06 Jun 2018

Inaugural China-Africa Defense Forum Announced

China has announced the first China-Africa Defense Forum, which will take place this summer in June and July. This step is the latest in a series of actions working to develop ties in new areas and develop more sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships with African states as compared to its more

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17 Nov 2012

Boko Haram: A Threat to Nigeria and Beyond

Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Al-Shabaab, Hezbollah, the Haqqani network, and the Taliban are all infamous names to the Western world. These organizations, however, are but a handful of the many dozens of organizations with the official US designation of “Foreign Terrorist Organizations.” Each organization has its country or region of operations and

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17 Jul 2012

Terror group targeting local Christians

“Elite cops are investigating claims that terror group al-Shabaab is behind the murders of 14 Christians in the Western Cape.” Source: Terror group targeting local Christians: Bishop | Vlad Tepes

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