Africa

U.S. State Department denies ever concluding that the Consulate Attack was prompted by the anti-Muslim Film

October 10, 2012

“The new comments from the State Department further highlight the disconnect in the attack’s aftermath between what administration officials were saying publicly and what intelligence officials suspected early on — that the attack was more coordinated than a protest that got out of hand.”

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France President Hollande criticizes the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s human rights record ahead of a Summit of French-speaking nations

October 10, 2012

“He had debated whether to go to this Friday’s summit, a diplomatic source said, because of Congo’s human rights situation. In the end, he opted to attend to send a “strong message” rather than leave an empty chair, the source said.”

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Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki blocks end-of-term bonuses that Members of Parliament awarded themselves

October 10, 2012

“Lawmakers in east Africa’s biggest economy, already among the best paid in the world, voted to triple the bonus they will all receive when their five-year term ends in January to 9.3 million Kenyan shillings.”

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GlaxoSmithKline and Aeras to conduct “proof of concept” tests in Africa and India for an experimental Tuberculosis Vaccine

October 10, 2012

“TB is a growing threat around the world, especially with the emergence of strains that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. It kills an estimated 1.4 million people a year.”

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United Nations Panel: Exiled Supporters of former Ivory Coast President Gbagbo have established a base in Ghana

October 10, 2012

“The supporters of Gbagbo, who is awaiting trial in The Hague for crimes against humanity, have a “military structure,” have hired mercenaries in Ghana and Liberia and have established several training camps in eastern Liberia.”

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Nigerian Security Forces deny killing civilians in the north

October 10, 2012

“Nigerian security forces dismissed reports on Wednesday that soldiers and police had shot dead at least 30 people in revenge for a bomb attack in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.”

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State Department determined the risk of violence was ‘High’ leading up to the Consulate Attack

October 9, 2012

““The risk of U.S. Mission personnel, private U.S. citizens and businesspersons encountering an isolating event as a result of militia or political violence is HIGH,” a State Department security assessment from July 22 concludes.”

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State Department granted four-month extension of a 16-member Security Team in Libya last February

October 9, 2012

“The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, requested – and received – a four-month extension of a 16-member security team, a February request that showed just how dangerous the situation in the country had become for American diplomats.”

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Official: State Department was “eager” to rely more on locals in securing the U.S. Consulate in Libya

October 9, 2012

“In an email from Nordstrom, the former Regional Security Officer referred to a list of 230 security incidents in Libya that took place between June 2011 and July 2012.”

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State Department: There was no Protest in Libya leading up to the Attack on the U.S. Consulate

October 9, 2012

“We’re told it was a very complex attack without precedent in U.S. Diplomatic History — we’ve never seen an attack like this in Libya or anywhere else we were told by this Senior State Department Official.”

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New Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi gives himself ‘high grades’

October 8, 2012

“Morsi claimed that scientific methods used to gauge progress on the five issues gave him a success rate of 80 percent on bread, 60 percent on traffic, 40 percent on garbage collection, 85 percent on fuel and 70 percent on security.”

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U.S. State Department maintains that Security in Benghazi wasn’t reduced leading up to the U.S. Consulate Attack in Libya

October 8, 2012

““The SST was enlisted to support the re-opening of Embassy Tripoli, to help ensure we had the security necessary as our diplomatic presence grew. They were based in Tripoli and operated almost exclusively there.”"

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Commander: Ambassador Christopher Stevens wanted a Security Support Team to stay past August

October 8, 2012

“”U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens wanted a Security Support Team, made up of 16 special operations soldiers, to stay with him in Libya after their deployment was scheduled to end in August, the commander of that security team told ABC News.”

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Ex-Security Team Leader in Libya: We needed more, not less, security staff, to protect the Consulate

October 8, 2012

“The State Department removed as many as 34 people from the country in the six months before a terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.”

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Analysis: Romney’s Speech at the Virginia Military Institute reveals troublesome Foreign Policy identical to Obama

October 8, 2012

As opposed to being provided a viable option that does not condone spending trillions of dollars to fight wars against ideologies that this country cannot win, American voters are left with two “Candidates” who fail to meet the minimum standard of common sense and dignity necessary to restore safety, freedom, and liberty to all Americans.

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