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Murder of a Chadian president might be a link in a chain: Russian ex-rapt sociologist researching events in Africa

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The statement by the US Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland in an interview for the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper was a hastily implemented measure in order to put a scree up against the training of Chadian militants by specialists surfaced in Europe and the Arab media from France and the United States. Such an opinion was announced by Maxim Shugaley, the president of the Foundation for the Protection of National Values (FZNT).

“The United States has actually been in Libya since 2011 and is now increasing its presence. I     am aware of the locations of American units both in Fezzan and in Cyrenaica and Tripolitania. It is not surprising that the United States has close contact with the groups that fought against Deby. As in Afghanistan and other countries, groups are created by the United States, then destroyed by them when it is necessary to "write off the budget" or when control is lost, as was withthe case in the war against al-Qaeda," wrote the sociologist in his Telegram channel.

Maxim Shugaley, the president of the Foundation for the Protection of National Values (FZNT).

Shugaley cited the AFRICOM (United States Africa Command) bombing of Libyan Marzouk on September 26, 2019. Then the US Air Force destroyed dozens of militants, but in Tripoli, where the Russian army was held in custody, they stated that the Americans had struck “on their own.”

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“Thus, as we predicted earlier, the instability belt is sinking below Libya. Following the “Arab Spring”, the “African Spring” should begin with a series of coups and revolutions. In the Central African Republic, they failed to carry out this coup, but Chad suffered such a fate, and President Deby has already been killed,” Shugaley noted.

At the same time, the sociologist underlined that, according to unconfirmed information, the Chadian leader died not from an accidental strike by militants, but from the hand of someone close to him. The distributors of this information indicated that Deby was buried in a closed coffin, and that such an accident is unlikely. Nevertheless, Shugaley is confident that Washington will try to prevent a thorough investigation of the incident.

The President of the Foundation said that he is currently deeply analyzing the crisis in the African country and the destabilizing role of the United States and other international players in it. On behalf of the FZNT Shugaley announced that this fund will soon publish a full study. However, the sociologist stressed, it is already clear that the consequences will affect the entire region, and the States will try to drag new players into this conflict in the same way they tried to drag Russia into the Libyan events. 

“In the same interview, Richard Norland once again stated that the Russians are still in Libya. Precisely to hide the presence of the United States and France, stories about private military contractors “Wagner” continue to be pedaled. We and other experts have already refuted these accusations many times: it was shown on the facts that all statements about the alleged presence of Russians are either anonymous accounts on social networks, or stuffing of Tripolitanian or Turkish propaganda. Let me remind you that the propagandists had to justify themselves for the fact that the National Transitional Council brought more than 20 thousand militants from the troubled regions of Syria to Libya,” Shugaley explained.

He noted as well that the reality in which the Libyans in Tripoli are forced to live is for now really harsh. Moreover, the sociologist and his colleague Samer Sueifan told that they saw mercenaries from the SAR when they were in the capital of the North African state. At the same time, no one from them never saw Russian private contractors in the country.

“The only place where Russia is present is the Central African Republic, where our guys are legally training the army to protect civilians from bandits and mercenaries, mostly from Chad. I have recently been there, in March, and seen this training with my own eyes. What is important, the militants terrorizing the CARs, in turn, are being trained by instructors from the NATO countries directly for implementing aggression against the CAR. This is also NATO's activity to lower the belt of instability,” the sociologist said.

He also recalled that in May 2019, he and his colleague-translator were kidnapped and imprisoned in the private prison “Mitiga”. Richard Norland has been listed as ambassador of the US to Libya since April of 2019, when the FZNTs sociologist was already conducting research in the country. The American diplomat, according to Shugaley, was informed of the abduction three days before the actual events. 

“In fact, the abduction was coordinated with Norland! It would be nice, Mr. Norland, for you to tell and explain - can the US Ambassador be in charge of the activities of gangster groups and kidnapping? I would like to ask, have you agreed the questions which were voiced to me during the torture? " the sociologist addressed the US diplomat in his Telegram publication.

Shugalei stressed as well that about four thousand people are still being held in the Libyan detention center, controlled by the militants, and are tortured every day. He invited the US Ambassador to visit the prison and find out who actually trained the Chadian mercenaries and why many of them know French and English, but cannot speak a word in Russian.

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A Documentary about Libya: Another Bogus Story?

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The British state broadcaster and news agency BBC sent an inquiry to the Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin (pictured) with announcement of its intention to make a documentary about the fate of Libyan citizens. The description of the project states that the film will feature serious human rights violations which were allegedly documented during the fighting in the Tripoli`s vicinity.

The BBC editors wanted to find out from Prigozhin what role Russians play in the life of the North African country. Representatives of the British state media noted that they would probably refer to Prigozhin`s comment in their research.

The press service of the Concord Catering company, headed by Yevgeny Prigozhin, published the entrepreneur`s response.

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He reminded foreign journalists that the US authorities plunged the North African republic into civil war when they killed Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and filled the country with extremists and terrorists. The latter are even integrated into the power structures of Libya. Moscow, unlike Washington, helps residents of other countries, according to the businessman.

Prigozhin also suggested that BBC staff should ask for comments from the Russian Anti-Repression Foundation if this media wants to learn more about human rights violations by Washington and its allies.

“I have not heard anything about the violation of human rights in Libya by the Russians and I am sure that this is an absolute lie. But if you want a detailed list of such violations by the United States and its allies around the world, then I recommend that you contact the Anti-Repression Foundation for more detailed comments. Or Maksim Shugaley who was thrown into the Mitiga prison in Libya without trial or investigation, where he survived deprivation and torture and who knows more than anyone else about the violation of human rights in this country. My advice to you is to operate with facts, not your Russophobic sentiments,” the businessman told the BBC journalists.

According to the press office of the Concord Catering, the company has repeatedly published explanations on a number of submitted issues. In particular, they reported that Yevgeny Prigozhin has nothing to do with those Russian citizens who were allegedly participating in hostilities on the territory of Libya. Among the unfounded accusations, there is also an allegation that the Russian businessman is connected to the Euro-Polis LLC, which, according to rumors, is a company supplying military equipment to Libya. The press office denies all allegations related to connection of Prigozhin with the Libyan conflict stating that catering and the supply of arms are unrelated businesses.

The press service of Concord Catering also mentioned that the BBC is not the first media which sends the same type of questions. Many other international media holdings have been engaged in the replication of rumors.

It is noteworthy that earlier the British Independent Press Standards Organization upheld a complaint by Prigozhin`s against the Daily Telegraph for spreading false information about the situation in Libya.

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EU and Republic of Kenya launch strategic dialogue and engage towards implementing the East African Community Economic Partnership Agreement

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The European Commission has welcomed the launch of the Strategic Dialogue between the European Union and the Republic of Kenya, and the strengthening of multilateral partnership between EU and the East African Community (EAC) region. In the context of the visit of president of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Executive Vice President and Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis met Adan Mohamed, cabinet secretary for East African Community and regional development. Both sides agreed to engage towards implementing bilaterally the trade and the economic and development cooperation provisions of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the East African Community.

Executive Vice President Dombrovskis (pictured) said: “I welcome Kenya's efforts and leadership in the region. It is one of EU's most important trade partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Chair of the East Africa Community. The recent decision of the EAC Summit allows EAC members to implement the regional EPA bilaterally with the EU, based on a principle of ‘variable geometry'. The EU will now engage with Kenya - which has already signed and ratified the regional EPA - on the modalities towards its implementation. The EPA is an important trade and development tool and its implementation with Kenya would be a building block towards regional economic integration. We encourage other members of the East African Community to sign and ratify the EPA.”

International Partnerships Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, who exchanged with Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo added: “I welcome the new impetus to the EU-Kenya bilateral relationship with agreement on the launch of the strategic dialogue together with a renewed engagement with the East African Community. This will create a dialogue focusing on common policy aims and real benefits for all involved. We will immediately begin work on a roadmap to implement the strategic dialogue. We are committed to accompany the country's ambitious green transition, job creation and digitalisation efforts. In addition, investing in People, in education or health, will be paramount to build resilience and help tackle COVID-19 challenges and we are working intensively on Team Europe initiatives to support small and medium enterprises and pharmaceutical industries in Africa to complement the efforts at country level.”

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Africa and Europe discuss investment to dismantle false choice between conservation and development at European Development Days 2021

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The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) convened a discussion on African Landscapes for People and Wildlife: Dismantling the false choice between conservation and development on Wednesday 16 June 2021 at 15h10 CET as part of the European Development Days 2021.

The discussion explored how the services that ecological systems provide underpin human existence, political stability, and economic prosperity, particularly in Africa. And how investing in Africa as if conservation and development are competing objectives will lead to the continued loss of species and habitat degradation. In terms of solutions, the session focused on the role Africa leaders play in shaping a more sustainable path by investing in wildlife economies that incentivise conservation and restoration while providing for people and the importance of mobilizing into conservation and ensuring funding gets to where it is needed but also how the green deal will reshape how Europe invests in African landscapes. The discussion made a clear case for smarter, greener investments in Africa’s landscapes.

Speaking after the session, Frederick Kumah, Vice President External Affairs at AWF said: “I am glad that the session explored the role African leaders need to play in shaping a more sustainable path by investing in wildlife economies that incentivize conservation and restoration while providing for people.”

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Ecotrust Pauline Executive Director Natongo Kalunda, panellist at the discussion, explained: “There is not enough effort in global consumption to understand that nature is an asset and that investments must be made to protect it and support growth….Sustainability relies on these landscapes and if investors do not understand that, then it will be impossible to reach sustainability targets.”

This timely debate featured panel speakers from the two continents Simon Malete, Lead of the African Group of Negotiators to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Pauline Nantongo Kalunda, Executive Director of Ecotrust and Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Member of the European Parliament. The session was moderated by Simangele Msweli, Senior Manager of the AWF’s Youth Leadership Program.

About African Wildlife Foundation

The African Wildlife Foundation is the primary advocate for the protection of wildlife and wild lands as an essential part of a modern and prosperous Africa. Founded in 1961 to focus on Africa’s conservation needs, we articulate a uniquely African vision, bridge science and public policy, and demonstrate the benefits of conservation to ensure the survival of the continent’s wildlife and wild lands.

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