Tag Archive for Africa

Israel’s AMOS-6 satellite to transmit free internet to sub-saharan Africa

 

The joint venture initiated by Facebook’s Internet.org includes the Israeli company Spacecom, and French satellite provider Eutelsat, bringing internet access to millions of Africans who aren’t currently connected.

By Alexander J. Apfel, Tazpit Press Service

 

An Israeli space company, Spacecom, is developing its newest satellite for Facebook and French satellite provider Eutelsat, in a venture intended to supply free Internet to millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

AMOS-6 satilite made at Israel Aerospace Industries - Facebook Photo

AMOS-6 satellite made at Israel Aerospace Industries – Facebook Photo

The project is part of Facebook’s Internet.org non-for-profit initiative of providing affordable or free Internet to countries with limited or no access to what founder, Mark Zuckerberg describes as “the knowledge economy.”  Continue Reading »

Kenya hires Israeli biometric firm for national ID project to stem terror

Unnamed Israeli company, chosen to aid in the fight against terror, will gather biometric data and issue e-cards in Kenya’s endeavor to increase security in East African nation.

 

An unnamed Israeli firm has signed a deal to help Kenya develop a biodata system for issuing ID cards to all its citizens, which the government hopes will aid it in the fight against terror, The East African reported Saturday.

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Mourners remembering their loved ones killed in the Westgate terror attack at the Amani Garden memorial site in the Karura Forest in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 21, 2014. – Photo: AP

The information is also meant to help the rein in tax evasion, loan defaults and corruption, according to the news site.

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US & allies targeting Hezbollah’s financing & nefarious ties in Africa

 

Washington reports how African countries are targeted as major cash sources for the Lebanese Shiite terrorist group, as its major patron Iran, has started feeling the pinch of tough U.S. sanctions.

By REUTERS

 

 

 

DAKAR- The United States and its allies are clamping down on suspected Hezbollah activity in West Africa, which Washington says is a major source of cash for the Lebanese group as its patron Iran feels the pinch of sanctions.

Hezbollah youth stomp on Israeli flag

Hezbollah youth stomp on Israeli flag – Photo: Reuters

The push coincides with Hezbollah’s deepening role in Syria, where it has dispatched thousands of fighters to back President Bashar Assad.

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Hundreds Participate in Annual Pilgrimage to Africa’s Oldest Synagogue

Jewish worshippers completed the annual pilgrimage to the El Ghriba Synagogue, Africa’s oldest, amid heightened security.

By Arutz Sheva staff

 

Hundreds of Jewish worshippers on Sunday completed an annual pilgrimage to Ghriba, Africa’s oldest synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba, where security was high to prevent any violence.

Jews pray inside the El Ghriba synagogue in Djerba – Reuters

Organizers expressed satisfaction at the number of pilgrims, including Israelis who flew in from Europe, who took part in the ritual which had been scrapped in 2011, when a massive uprising toppled the regime of strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the AFP news agency reported. Continue Reading »

Israeli Student Delegation Off to Africa to Eliminate Tropical Diseases

Many diseases the western world considers extinct are still very much a problem in 3rd world countries. A delegation of 9 students from Ben Gurion University was sent to Makele, Ethiopia, to take part in an extensive educational medical program which aims to eliminate neglected tropical diseases.

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The program is led by Professor Zvi Bentwich and is being implemented by the Faculty of Health Science’s Center for Emerging Diseases, Tropical Diseases and AIDS (CEMTA) with the assistance of other bodies, including UN organizations, local government agencies and the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Social Awareness: Israeli Students Go To Africa To Battle Neglected Diseases

Social Awareness: Israeli Students Go To Africa To Battle Neglected Diseases – Photo: Ben Gurion University

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The North African Jihadists threaten Europe

 

The idea that radical Islamic organizations seek to target the West should not come as a surprise. It has been a prevalent theme in their writings, especially in the Muslim Brotherhood from which many of the leaders of al-Qaida emerged.

By Dore Gold

 

Not long after the French offensive against African jihadists in Mali got underway, a leader of one of the offshoots of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) declared that his organization would “strike at the heart of France.” AQIM attacked French embassies and most recently a gas facility in Algeria, where it took hostages. But was it ready to move its war against the West to the territories of the European states as well and thus pose a real threat to their security?

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British Munitions Survey Reports Iran Fuels African Conflicts

 

The New York Times reports: British arms researchers surveying ammunition in Africa find trail implicating the Islamic Republic

By Ynetnews

 

A British team of arms-trafficking researchers surveying ammunition used by government forces and civilian militias over recent years in conflicts plaguing Kenya, Uganda, the Ivory Coast and what is now South Sudan, has been able to link them to Iran, the New York Times reported Saturday.

 Photo: AFP

According to the findings, the ammunition bore no “headstamps” – a numeric or logo markings used in the arms industry to indicate the location and year of a cartridge’s manufacture –suggesting its producers hoped to avoid detection. Continue Reading »

Foreign Ministry: African countries yern to revive ‘golden era’ of Israel ties

Deputy FM Ayalon to launch joint health & agricultural projects in Uganda & Kenya; Foreign Ministry official says African leaders who recently visited Israel  ‘expressed disappointed at Arab promises’ from the 70’s – 80’s

By Rina Bassist

 

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon landed on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he met senior officials. He continued to Kenya and Uganda, where he was expected to inaugurate two Israeli-cooperation projects in the fields of agriculture and health.

Daniel Ayalon Photo: EPA

Daniel Ayalon – Photo: EPA

An outstanding number of state and professional visits by African heads of state and ministers were recorded in Jerusalem this year. Continue Reading »