Friday, May 7, 2021

Top U.S. General In Africa Says China Wants To Build A Major Naval Base In The Atlantic

US General Stephen Townsend, who heads US Africa Command, says China has designs on naval ports on the western coast of Africa, which would give the nation easy access to the Atlantic Ocean  

Daily Mail: US general warns that China may pose a threat from the Atlantic Ocean as it seeks naval ports in West Africa that could host subs and aircraft carriers 

 * US General Stephen Townsend, who heads US Africa Command, is sounding the alarm about Chinese intentions 

* He said China has approached countries stretching from Mauritania to south of Namibia to establish a naval facility 

* Such an installation could be used to rearm and repair warships or be used as a launching pad for aircraft carriers 

* 'The Atlantic coast concerns me greatly,' Townsend said, pointing to the relatively shorter distance from Africa's west coast to the US 

The top U.S general for Africa is warning that a growing threat from China may come not just from the waters of the Pacific but from the Atlantic as well. 

U.S. Gen. Stephen Townsend, in an interview with The Associated Press, said Beijing is looking to establish a large navy port capable of hosting submarines or aircraft carriers on Africa´s western coast. 

Townsend said China has approached countries stretching from Mauritania to south of Namibia, intent on establishing a naval facility. 

If realized, that prospect would enable China to base warships in its expanding Navy in the Atlantic as well as Pacific oceans.  

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WNU Editor: To me it is a given that China will soon have a naval base at one of these West African nations. Money talks in today's world, and many of these African nations want some of it from China. 

I also predict that one day China will have a base in Venezuela. Caracas owes China tens of billions in debt. What better way to pay some of it with a naval base. 

More News On US General Stephen Townsend Saying That China Wants To Have a Navy Base In Western Africa  

General: China’s Africa outreach poses threat from Atlantic -- AP  

New submarine threat: Top U.S. general says China is pursuing Atlantic naval base in west Africa -- Washington Times

China is looking to increase its navy's access to the Atlantic, top US commander in Africa says -- Business Insider  

U.S. General Worried About China's Efforts to Establish Military Base on Africa's West Coast -- Newsweek 

China will dominate the Atlantic as it prepares to build bases for subs and warships across Africa, warns top US general -- The SUN

Tweets Of The Day

Picture Of The Day

A police armored vehicle is pictured during a protest against poverty and police violence in Bogota, Colombia May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Nathalia Angarita  

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Deadly anti-government protests grip Colombia (Reuters)

Thursday, May 6, 2021

New Study Says Covid-19 Has Killed 7 Million Worldwide Since The Start Of The Pandemic. Not The Official 3.25 Million Number

Daily Mail: Covid has killed 7MILLION people around the world — more than DOUBLE the amount officially reported, experts claim 

* Analysis by Washington University academics claimed the disease has killed 6.9million people globally * The team's estimate is more than double 3.2million officially declared by the World Health Organization * Scientists said toll of the pandemic is 'significantly worse' than meets the eye because of a lack of testing 

Coronavirus has killed more than double the number of people officially reported, a study has claimed. 

Analysts in the US estimate the disease has caused about 6.9million deaths globally – as opposed to the 3.2m declared by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

They warned that low testing numbers and weak healthcare systems in developing countries were partly behind the skewed statistics.  

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 WNU Editor:  This makes sense. 

China says only 4,800 have died from Covid. A ridiculously low number.

Countries like Brazil Mexico, and Venezuela do not have the facilities that can accurately count their Covid numbers. And then there is the disaster that is currently unfolding in India where the system has more or less collapsed.

Nepal's Covid Cases Soaring Amid Fears That It Could Match India's Current Infection Rate

Nepal is now reporting 230 Covid cases per million, only narrowly behind India's 280 per million, though its healthcare system is even less able to handle the surge 


Daily Mail: Is Nepal the new India? Covid cases soar in the impoverished nation amid fears the country facing a crisis to rival its neighbour 

* Nepal has seen Covid cases a soar amid fears the country is facing a crisis that could be worse than the one unfolding in neighbouring India 

* It is highly likely that more-infectious variants driving India's outbreak have crossed the more-than 700 mile border 

 * Country has fewer doctors, hospitals, ventilators and ICU bed than its neighbour 

 * Has also vaccinated a lower share of population and cannot produce its own jab 

Nepal is seeing its coronavirus cases soar amid fears that it could soon face a crisis on par with neighbouring India. 

The impoverished Himalayan nation reported 8,659 cases on Wednesday along with 58 deaths - both record totals, though they are almost certainly under-estimates. 

It means Nepal now has around 230 cases per million people, just shy of India's current infection rate of 280 cases per person.  

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More News On The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Nepal 

Nepal facing ‘human catastrophe’ similar to India’s amid Covid surge -- The Guardian  

'Human catastrophe' as India's COVID-19 surge spreads to Nepal -- Reuters  

Nepal's cases skyrocket, prompting concern the country's outbreak could mimic India's -- CNN  

Nepal appeals for COVID-19 vaccines as cases rise -- Reuters  

Red Cross warns 'Covid variants are running rampant across Asia’ as India’s crisis spills over into neighbor Nepal -- RT

Covid Forecasters Are Now Warning That If Current Proections Continue, India Will Have Over One Million Covid Deaths By August

Bloomberg: Covid Forecasters Warn India Deaths May Double in Coming Weeks 

(Bloomberg) -- The coronavirus wave that plunged India into the world’s biggest health crisis has the potential to worsen in the coming weeks, with some research models projecting that the death toll could more than double from current levels. 

A team at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore used a mathematical model to predict about 404,000 deaths will occur by June 11 if current trends continue. 

A model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington forecast 1,018,879 deaths by the end of July. 

While coronavirus cases can be hard to predict, particularly in a sprawling nation like India, the forecasts reflect the urgent need for India to step up public health measures like testing and social distancing. Even if the worst estimates are avoided, India could suffer the world’s biggest Covid-19 death toll. The U.S currently has the largest number of fatalities at around 578,000.  

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WNU Editor: The projections can be seen here .... Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Bottom line. This pandemic is going to burn itself out in India. But the next month or two is going to be hell for all those who live in India.

India Reportd 412,000 New Covid-19 Cases And Almost 4,000 Fatalities


 CNBC: India reports over 412,000 new Covid cases as court demands plan to tackle oxygen shortage in Delhi 

* Health ministry data showed there were 412,262 new reported cases of infections over a 24-hour period, pushing the total tally to over 21 million — days after crossing the 20 million mark on Tuesday. 

* India’s Supreme Court ordered the central government to present a comprehensive plan by Thursday outlining steps it will take to meet medical oxygen requirements for hospitals in Delhi. 

* India has sufficient oxygen available, but the main issue lies around logistics, according to Siddharth Jain, director of Inox Air Products. 

India once again reported a record number of cases and fatalities on Thursday as it faces a devastating second wave of Covid-19 infections that has pushed its health-care system to the brink of collapse. 

Health ministry data showed there were 412,262 new reported cases of infections over a 24-hour period, pushing the total tally to over 21 million — days after crossing the 20 million mark on Tuesday. 

India also reported its highest daily death toll, with 3,980 fatalities. But media reports suggest that the death rate is being under-reported.  

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More News On The Covid-19 Pandemic In India  

India sees record COVID-19 deaths, new cases in 24 hours -- MedicalXpress  

India hits another grim coronavirus record as oxygen demand jumps -- FOX News/AP  

India's Covid record hits grim new high as 412,000 new cases swamp hospitals -- RFI  

India breaks daily COVID-19 record with over 412,000 confirmed cases -- NYPost 

India reports highest-ever 24-hour surge in Covid-19 cases and a record-high daily death toll -- CNN 

India sets new COVID world record as oxygen demand jumps seven-fold -- Axios  

India posts record daily COVID deaths, 1 in 4 globally last week -- Al Jazeera

25 Killed In Rio de Janeiro Shoot-Out

Brazilian police raided the Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, May 6, 2021. © REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes  

BBC: Brazil: At least 25 killed in Rio de Janeiro shoot-out 

At least 25 people including a police officer have been killed in a shoot-out in Rio de Janeiro, according to local media. 

The shoot-out took place during a police operation in a favela in the Jacarezinho area of the city. 

Police launched the operation after receiving reports that drug traffickers were recruiting children for their gang. 

Two passengers on a metro train were hit by bullets but survived. 

Police in the Brazilian city confirmed the death of one of their officers, Inspector Andre Leonardo de Mello Frias. 

A statement on Facebook said "he honoured the profession he loved and will be missed".  

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Update #1: Slum dogs: Marauding cartel foot soldiers shoot up Rio favela as at least 25 of them die in bloody battle with 200 heavily armed cops (Daily Mail)  

Update #2: Rio de Janeiro police raid on favela leaves at least 25 dead (The Guardian)  

WNU Editor: For as long as I can remember Brazil's slums have been cesspools for crime.

White House Will Support Ukraine Joining NATO


NYPost: White House ‘open’ to Ukraine joining NATO in jab at Russia  

The White House said Thursday that it’s keeping the door “open” to Ukraine joining NATO, in the latest escalation of tensions with Russia. 

President Biden plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month during his first trip abroad since taking office — after Russia allegedly massed troops near Ukraine. 

NATO members are committed to collective defense, meaning the US would be obligated by treaty to fight Russia on Ukraine’s behalf.  

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Update: US: NATO ‘door remains open’ to nations that meet conditions (Al Jazeera).  

WNU Editor: In the meantime the U.S. will continue to ship military equipment to Kiev .... U.S. Considering 'Additional' Military Assistance To Ukraine, Blinken Tells RFE/RL (RFE).

While Visiting Ukraine US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Says The United States Will Respond To Reckless Or Aggressive Acts By Russia


Daily Mail: America will respond to 'reckless or aggressive' Russian acts, Anthony Blinken warns as he arrives in Kiev after Putin sent thousands of troops to Ukraine border 

 * The Secretary of State's comments came ahead of a visit to Ukraine on Thursday 

 * He said the emphasis is on Russia for a more 'stable and predictable relationship' 

 * Blinken has been in the UK for a two-day meeting of G7 foreign ministers

 * President Biden has made it clear he will take a tougher stance against Putin 

 * Upon his arrival in Ukraine, Blinken held a conference with Dmytro Kuleba 

 * He told the foreign minister that the Biden administration was committed to 'Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence' 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that the United States will respond to reckless or aggressive acts by Russia. 

His comments came ahead of a meeting with Ukraine's leadership on Thursday where, in a visible show of support following a massive troop buildup by Russia, Blinken said the Biden administration supported 'Ukraine's sovereignty'. 

Speaking during a visit to the UK for a G7 meeting of foreign dignitaries, Blinken spoke about President Biden's approach to foreign policy, putting the emphasis on Russia for a more 'stable and predictable relationship'. 

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More News On US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Saying The United States Will Respond To Reckless Or Aggressive Acts By Russia 

Antony Blinken: US tells Russia to cease 'reckless and aggressive actions' -- BBC  

Blinken reaffirms US support for Ukraine amid Russia tension -- AP 

In Kyiv, Blinken Calls On Russia To Cease 'Reckless And Aggressive' Actions Against Ukraine -- RFE 

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken Visiting Ukraine -- New York Times  

Antony Blinken vows US 'will respond' to Russian acts of aggression -- NYPost