Author: Tasheka Tolbert

Much like its ideological counterparts at HispanTV (Iranian-owned) and Actualidad RT (Russian-owned), Telesur wraps its incitement into a sophisticated and slick twenty-four-hour news platform through its website, broadcasts, and social media presence. Though it is difficult to gauge its influence, numbers suggest that Telesur’s message is impactful. Telesur has two million followers on its Spanish X account, 117,500 on its English X account, and more than half a million on Instagram. Its YouTube account has over 1.7 million subscribers, with 100,000 new subscribers and almost 7.4 million video views since October 7 (It also posts its videos on the Daily Motion). The network traditionally pushes out conspiracy theories, fake news, “whataboutism,”…

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Rabat – The sequel to “Lord of War,” starring superstar Nicolas Cage will start filming in 2024 in Morocco. Entertainment-focused magazine Variety shared the exclusive news on Sunday, saying that Karim Debbagh’s leading line producer Kasbah Films secured “a raft of U.S. and U.K. projects that will lens in Morocco, including ‘Lords of War,’ the Sequel to ‘Lord of War,’ starring Nicolas Cage as the world’s most notorious arms dealer.” The crew will feature between 400 to 500 members, of which 100 people from the US and UK. Debbagh also touted the assets and capabilities of crew members operating in…

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The military leaders of Burkina Faso and Niger said Saturday they would quit the G5 anti-jihadist force in Africa’s Sahel area, the latest blow to the fight against insurgents in one of the world’s most troubled regions The G5, created in 2014, has secured only meagre results, with Mali also quitting the original five-nation force last year, also in the wake of a military coup. Leaders of the five countries agreed to deploy a joint anti-terror task force backed by France in 2017, but the military rulers of Burkina, Niger and Mali have all accused Paris of having an outsize role after years of French deployments…

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Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived on Monday in Tanzania for a three-day visit seeking to boost relations for the future. Steinmeier’s trip to Tanzania is part of a two-country African tour that will also see him visit Lusaka, Zambia later this week. President Steinmeier arrived at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), welcomed by Foreign and East African Cooperation Minister January Makamba. On Tuesday, he met with Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan where they held talks at Ikulu (state house) in the commercial capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salam. The Tanzanian government said the visit was aimed at “strengthening historic relations…

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Large swaths of Ghana are facing power blackouts due to gas shortages at a major power facility, the nation’s power operator said, compounding the country’s worst economic crisis in decades. “Limited gas supply” at a power installation in Tema, located east of the Ghanian capital, Accra, has led to “a supply gap of 550MW at peak time,” the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) said of the power outages in a statement Thursday evening. Ghana partly relies on natural gas for power generation. The West African nation has battled power outages, known locally as “dumsor” for many years. “Dumsor is fully back, no announced timetables, no communication,…

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday said his country and the European Union as a whole were committed to boosting security in West Africa, and could provide training and equipment to support operations against a jihadist insurgency spreading through the region. Speaking in Ghana on the last leg of his third trip to sub-Saharan Africa, Scholz said a recent string of coups in West African nations had stalled cooperation between countries and could play into the hands of militants. West Africa is grappling with an insurgency that took root in Mali in 2012 and has since spread across the Sahel…

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Project aiming for European funding under Global Gateway initiative Portugal, Brazil and Angola are aiming to create a “trade triangle” for agriculture, cereals and green hydrogen by linking their ports, port officials have told Lusa. The project will be presented next week in Brussels, where it is hoped to receive funding from the Global Gateway initiative, launched by the European Commission (EC) to promote smart, clean and secure connections in the digital, energy and transport sectors, hoping to mobilise €3 trillion by 2027. “It’s a negotiation that then has to take place between the Brazilian and European authorities, in which there may also be investment from Portuguese entities,”…

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A campaign using artificial intelligence to impersonate Omar al-Bashir, the former leader of Sudan, has received hundreds of thousands of views on TikTok, adding online confusion to a country torn apart by civil war. An anonymous account has been posting what it says are “leaked recordings” of the ex-president since late August. The channel has posted dozens of clips – but the voice is fake. Bashir, who has been accused of organising war crimes and was toppled by the military in 2019, hasn’t been seen in public for a year and is believed to be seriously ill. He denies the…

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RIYADH: Mauritania’s defense minister on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s unwavering stand with the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) in the campaign against international terrorist organizations, the alliance said in a statement. Minister Hanena Ould Sidi gave the assurance during a meeting in Nouakchott with Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi, secretary-general of the Riyadh-based IMCTC, who was on an official visit to the Mauritanian capital. Al-Moghedi was also briefed about the main undertakings of the Mauritanian defense ministry and the country’s initiative to establish the Sahel Alliance. Mauritania is one of the 42 member states of the coalition, which…

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Austin says US deepening cooperation with Angola ‘on military modernization, training in maritime security, medical readiness’ US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin pledged stronger partnerships with African countries during a visit to Angola on Wednesday. In a speech at Angola’s National Archive televised nationwide, Austin said the US is deepening cooperation with Angola “on military modernization, training in maritime security, and medical readiness.” “We’re committed to working together even more closely on peacekeeping, climate, intelligence, and space, so I’m here in Angola to strengthen that robust and equal partnership,” he said. Austin’s visit to Angola is the first visit by…

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