• UK refuses to grant Assange safe passage for medical check

    16/Oct/2015 // 145 Viewers

    Britain has refused Ecuador’s request to give Julian Assange safe passage for a medical check-up after he had a sharp pain in his right shoulder, Quito’s top diplomat said on Wednesday.

    The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London since 2012, seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden.

    Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange about a rape claim, which carries a 10-year statute of limitations that expires in 2020.

    Assange, who faces arrest if he tries to leave the embassy, denies the allegation and insists the sexual encounter was consensual.

    “We did ask the British government for a safe passage for humanitarian reasons in coordination with Ecuador, so that Julian Assange can get an MRI,” Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told a briefing in Quito.

    “The reply we have had from Britain is that he can leave whenever he likes for any medical care he might need but the European arrest warrant for Assange is still valid. In other words, he can leave—and we will put him in jail,” Patino added.

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    Patino spoke two days after Britain said it would stop standing guard non-stop outside the Ecuadoran embassy in London.

    The 44-year-old Australian also fears that if he leaves he could eventually face extradition to the United States and a trial over the leak of hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010.

    Patino earlier said that “the British police have no reason to spend so much money to deploy so many police and vehicles outside the embassy.”

    He recalled that Sweden and Ecuador are negotiating what he called an international criminal assistance accord.

    Sweden wants this accord finished by the end of the year so it can question Assange inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London.

    Patino said no deadline for the agreement has been set.

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  • Strauss-Kahn target of lawsuit over failed business venture

    16/Oct/2015 // 164 Viewers

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the scandal-plagued former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is once again at the centre of a legal battle, French media revealed on Friday.

    Strauss-Kahn is under preliminary investigation over allegations of “fraud” and “misuse of company assets” at the now-defunct investment firm Leyne Strauss-Kahn Partners (LSK).

    Two former LSK shareholders have filed lawsuits against the company’s managers, including Strauss-Kahn, alleging that they lied about the financial state of the Luxembourg-based business.

    Strauss-Kahn became a board member of LSK in October 2013 and temporarily became the firm’s president before stepping down from the post one year later.

    LSK declared bankruptcy in November 2014, a few weeks after founder Thierry Leyne committed suicide in Tel Aviv.

    Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer told France Inter radio on Friday that his client “never had operational responsibilities” within the company, and that Strauss-Kahn’s signature had been forged on the minutes from several board meetings he had not attended.

    The former IMF chief has faced a series of legal charges since 2011, but has thus far avoided conviction. A French court in June acquitted him of procuring prostitutes for sex parties in France, Belgium and the United States.

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  • France ‘won’t hesitate’ to restore border controls for migrants

    16/Sep/2015 // 191 Viewers

     AFP / Stephane De Sakutin | French Prime Minister Manuel Valls gestures as he gives a speech during a debate on the migrant situation at the National Assembly in Paris on September 16, 2015.

    France will "not hesitate" to follow Germany in restoring border controls to stem an influx of refugees, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday as he addressed a noticeably empty French parliament ahead of a debate on the migrant crisis.

    "We already restored temporary controls in spring (on the Italian border) and we won't hesitate to do it again as the rules of Schengen allow when circumstances require it," Valls told the French parliament.

    Buckling under the pressure of the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, Germany announced this week it was reinstating border controls in a blow to the EU's passport-free Schengen zone.

    Austria and Slovakia quickly followed suit with similar measures and Poland said it was also willing to step up policing of its borders.

    Paris reinstated controls on its border with Italy in June as large numbers of migrants arriving by boat in Italy tried to cross into France.

    Valls also announced the creation of 900 extra security forces jobs, particularly border police, to fight illegal immigration.

    VALLS TRIES TO SHOW FRANCE 'BOTH GENEROUS AND TOUGH' ON MIGRANTS

    The French Socialist government has been under pressure from some on the political right to take a tougher stance towards the refugee crisis unfolding in Europe. But Valls also sought to reaffirm France’s commitment to helping refugees seeking asylum in the country.

    “The right to asylum is a fundamental right that is part of our history,” he said.

    “It is France's duty to welcome those people who are persecuted for their ideas or exposed to risk through their own integrity. The French government will never call this right into question.”

    'Refugees dying on our doorstep'

    Valls criticised a number of French mayors, many from the centre-right opposition party Les Républicains, who have in recent weeks voiced their opposition to taking in refugees in their towns, with some saying they would only welcome Christians.

    The Prime Minister also rejected Les Républicains leader Nicolas Sarkozy’s suggestion of only temporarily welcoming war refugees, with the goal of sending them back to their country of origin once conflict there ceased.

    President François Hollande has said France will take in 24,000 refugees over the next two years and warned that without a united EU policy to share the burden of migrants, the borderless Schengen system will collapse.

    Valls said that more than 600 million euros ($677 million) would go towards financing the reception of these refugees by the end of 2017.

    "Some tell us 'you must shut everything'. To say that is to ignore the refugees dying on our doorstep. Others say 'open everything'. To say that is to ignore the realities and difficulties faced by French society," said Valls.

    Following Valls's address, the French parliament was due to debate the migrant crisis facing Europe, though it was clear by the number of empty seats in the National Assembly that the majority of MPs had opted to stay away.


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  • Aid groups condemn Hungary’s ‘alarming’ migrant crackdown

    16/Sep/2015 // 204 Viewers

    AFP / Elvis Barukcic | Migrants and refugees walk near razor-wire along a 3-metre-high fence at the official border crossing between Serbia and Hungary, near the northern Serbian town of Horgos on September 15, 2015

    Aid groups on Tuesday condemned Hungary’s crackdown on migrants attempting to cross into the country through its border with Serbia, warning that its approach could have a damaging knock-on effect across Europe.

    Hungary effectively sealed its southern border with Serbia – a key land route for migrants and refugees attempting to reach the EU – by sealing a gap in a razor-wire barrier on Tuesday as well as closing two official border checkpoints.

    The country also enacted tough new anti-migrant legislation, including making “illegal border-crossing" a crime punishable by several years in prison.

    Hungary has said the measures are necessary to stem the tide of migrants and refugees arriving in the EU nation in recent months. But a number of aid groups and refugee agencies have been alarmed by the increasingly tough approach the country’s right-wing government is taking to tackling the migrant crisis facing Europe.

    Aurélie Ponthieu, humanitarian adviser for Doctors Without Borders, warned the move to close the border with Serbia could lead to chaos in other countries, particularly at Greece’s border with Macedonia, if other European states follow Hungary’s example in a “domino effect”.

    Macedonian border guards were overwhelmed last month when hundreds of migrants forced their way across from Greece.

    Ponthieu said MSF is calling “urgently for safe and legal channels to be created” so that people can cross Europe without putting their lives at risk.

    The United Nations refugee agency, the UNHCR, meanwhile, said Hungary’s actions could limit the rights of those seeking asylum.

    “We recognise the right of each country to protect its borders with the tools and methods it deems necessary,” UNHCR spokesman Erno Simon said.

    However, he added it was “very important” that no barriers are imposed on people fleeing war and persecution.

    Speaking to Reuters, Simon said Hungary’s new migrant legislation in particular was “really alarming”.

    Hungarian police said they arrested 174 people for breaching the fence on Tuesday, saying they would face criminal prosecution.

    Asylum claims rejected

    Simon said that migrants who had filed for asylum at the border with Serbia had seen their claims rejected in a matter of hours – a “very small period of time" for such complex cases.

    Hungarian authorities said they had processed 16 asylum requests Tuesday, all of which had been rejected.

    Amnesty International has said Hungary is "showing the ugly face of Europe's shambolic response" to the migration crisis, while the International Organization for Migration said the crackdown looks like a contravention of Hungary's obligations under UN and EU rules.

    But despite international criticism, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, one of Europe's most vociferous opponents of immigration, has showed no signs of backing down and the country's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Tuesday the country is now also planning to erect a fence along its border with Romania.

    “The measure is necessary as people-smugglers may change their routes because of the existing fence on the Hungary-Serbia border, hence a part of the immigration pressure may get directed towards Romania," he said, according to state news agency MTI

    Romania criticised the announcement, branding it "out of step with the spirit of Europe".

    At least 200,000 migrants have crossed into Hungary so far this year, streaming north through the Balkan peninsula having hit Greek shores by boat or dinghy from Turkey.

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  • Hungary declares state of emergency at Serbia border

    16/Sep/2015 // 240 Viewers

    Hungary on Tuesday declared a state of emergency at its southern border with Serbia and detained migrants trying to enter the country illegally in a bid to shut down the mass influx of refugees.

    A day after two decades of frontier-free travel across Europe unravelled in the face of an unprecedented influx of people seeking refuge from war and poverty, ex-communist Hungary effectively sealed entrance to the EU in scenes carrying echoes of the Cold War.

    Having spent the night out in the open, families with small children sat in fields beneath a new 3.5-metre-high fence running almost the length of the EU’s external border with Serbia, halted by a right-wing government that hailed a “new era”.

    Others pressed against the gates, confused and demanding passage. More still sat on the main highway from Serbia to Hungary.

    “I will sit here until they open the border. I cannot go back to Syria. Life in Syria is finished,” said a Kurd from Syria who gave his name as Bower.

    Serbia’s foreign minister expressed outrage at a state of emergency declared in Hungary’s two southern border counties, saying it was “unacceptable” that migrants were being sent back from Hungary while more and more were arriving in Serbia from Macedonia and Greece.

    “[Serbia] wants to be part of the solution, not collateral damage. There will have to be talks in the coming days with Brussels and other countries,” Ivica Dacic said in Prague.

    The government said it was aiming to deal with asylum requests within a matter of hours, exercising the right to reject them almost immediately on the grounds that Hungary -- as of July -- considers Serbia a "safe" country for refugees.

    Hungarian police said they had arrested 174 people for trying to make their way through the razor-wire fence on Tuesday. Under harsh new laws, which came into force Monday night to punish “illegal border-crossing”, those arrested face prison terms of several years.

    Long queues in no-man's land

    Long queues formed in a no-man’s land at metal containers built into the fence, where migrants were expected to register, stranded in what the government has dubbed a "transit zone" and denied official entrance into Hungary.

    “Once their data is entered into the computer system, the decision can be issued very fast, saying, ‘You came through Serbia, Hungary considers Serbia safe, so your asylum claim is inadmissible,’” said Marta Pardavi of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee rights body.

    “[Language] Interpretation will be over the phone,” she said. “Those who apply for legal remedy will have to wait in this transit zone, or no-man’s land.”

    The United Nations refugee agency, the UNHCR, expressed alarm at Hungary’s new border rules and the fast processing of asylum requests.

    “There are many details of the new law, the new legislation, which are really alarming,” Erno Simon, a spokesman for UNHCR in Hungary, told Reuters.

    Recriminations

    The influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Asia has triggered discord and recrimination in Europe.

    EU interior ministers on Monday failed to break a deadlock over sharing responsibility for some of those seeking asylum. On Tuesday, Luxembourg, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said a new meeting will be held on September 22 following calls for an urgent summit from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    “Time is running out,” she warned Tuesday, as she defended Berlin's shock decision over the weekend to reinstate border controls on security grounds.

    Berlin's move has had a domino effect, with Austria, Slovakia and Hungary also reimposing identity checks.

    At least 200,000 migrants have crossed Hungary so far this year, streaming north through the Balkan peninsula having hit Greek shores by boat or dinghy from Turkey.

    More than 9,000 entered on Monday, a record day for the year, and the flow continued unabated over Greece’s northern border into Macedonia on Tuesday, threatening to create a dangerous bottleneck in the impoverished and volatile Balkans.

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, one of Europe’s most vociferous opponents of immigration, has vowed to stop the flow.

    The prospect of a long wait at the Hungarian border, possible imprisonment or expulsion back to Serbia may force many to seek alternative routes.

    They could go west into Serbia’s fellow former Yugoslav republic Croatia, or east into Romania, both members of the EU but not of Europe’s Schengen zone of border-free travel.

    “Maybe we’ll try Croatia, then Slovenia and from there to Vienna and Germany,” said Emad, a refugee from the Syrian capital Damascus as he entered Macedonia from Greece. “I don’t know if it’s a good plan, but we have to try.”

    Others may bide their time at the fence, where the razor-wire and soldiers resembled the borders of Eastern Europe during the Communist era.

    “I don’t know what I will do,” said 40-year-old Riad from Aleppo, once Syria’s commercial hub but reduced in many parts to rubble since war broke out in 2011. “I will wait to see. We have lost everything to reach this point.”

    Bottleneck

    Serbia, an impoverished ex-Yugoslav republic still years away from joining the EU, says it is readying more temporary accommodation, but warned it would not accept anyone turned back from Hungarian territory.

    “That’s no longer our responsibility,” Aleksandar Vulin, the minister in charge of policy on migrants, told the Tanjug state news agency. “They are on Hungarian territory and I expect the Hungarian state to behave accordingly towards them.”

    The UNHCR reiterated on Tuesday that it advised against sending refugees back to Serbia. “Safe third-country” status implies refugees have a fair chance of being granted asylum and would receive the necessary protections and support.

    Rights groups say Serbia meets none of those criteria and is still finding homes for thousands of its own refugees from the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the last time Europe confronted the displacement of people on such a scale.

    “We’re on the street now,” said Mouz, a 22-year-old Syrian, who slept on the border. Asked if he might consider another route, he replied: “I don’t know. I’m from Syria. I cannot go back.”

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  • Austria Deploys Army To Impose Border Controls

    16/Sep/2015 // 149 Viewers

    Austria announced on Monday it would dispatch the armed forces to guard its eastern frontier, following Germany’s lead in reimposing Europe’s internal border controls after thousands of migrants streamed across its frontier from Hungary on foot.

    Austrian officials said they were left with no choice after Germany’s decision on Sunday, which effectively suspends Europe’s two-decade old Schengen regime allowing border-free travel across the continent.

    “If Germany carries out border controls, Austria must put strengthened border controls in place,” Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner told a joint news conference with Chancellor Werner Faymann. “We are doing that now.”

    He and Faymann said the army would be deployed in a supporting role.

    “The focus of the support is on humanitarian help,” Faymann said. “But it is also, and I would like to emphasise this, on supporting border controls where it is necessary.”

    Before the announcement, migrants were walking across the border from Hungary at the fastest rate yet. Police said they were running out of emergency accommodation, including tented camps near the border and the car parks of railway stations.

    An Austrian police spokesman said that by mid-morning, 6,000 to 7,000 people had arrived since midnight, after 14,000 on Sunday.

    The European Union has been struggling to cope with the unprecedented arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants, many refugees fleeing war in the Middle East. Nearly all arrive at the bloc’s southern and eastern edges and head over land to seek asylum in richer states further north and west.

    The Schengen system, established in 1995, removes all border checks between 26 European states, but the rules still bar undocumented migrants from travelling. Countries are permitted to reimpose border checks temporarily in emergencies.

    Illegal travel across internal Schengen borders by migrants has become a major issue in recent weeks, especially after Berlin suspended normal EU asylum policy to announce it would take Syrian refugees who arrive elsewhere in the European Union.

    Austria has served as the main conduit for refugees heading to Germany from the EU’s land border in Hungary. It suspended its rail link to Hungary last week because of what the national rail company called a “massive overburdening” of its network.

    Germany and Austria acted in unison more than a week ago to lift restrictions on the entrance of migrants from Hungary. But Berlin’s decision on Sunday to reverse course appeared to catch the Austrian government by surprise. At a hastily convened news conference on Sunday night, Faymann and Mitterlehner had given no clear indication as to whether Austria would reintroduce checks.

    “The accommodation centres in Nickelsdorf, Parndorf, and in the near surroundings are all full,” the police spokesman said, referring to the area near the border crossing where almost all migrants have arrived from Hungary recently.

    “At the moment, no buses are running,” he said. “The only buses that are running are taking people to the station until a special train leaves, but otherwise we have no accommodation at the moment.”

    A train service was running to Vienna, and buses had taken people to other parts of the country overnight, the police spokesman said, adding that the number of people entering south of the main crossing point was growing.

    At Heiligenkreuz, where until recently only dozens of migrants had crossed each day, arrivals had reached 1,000 to 2,000 on Sunday, in addition to those counted at the main crossing, he said. More were expected on Monday.

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  • Hungary PM plans new migrant wall along Croatia border

    16/Sep/2015 // 222 Viewers

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    Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban hopes to build a new wall along his country's border with Croatia to keep migrants out, he told French newspaper Le Figaro in an interview to be published Thursday.

    After Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia in a bid to shut off a massive influx of refugees and migrants, Orban said people smugglers would simply change their routes and find new ways into the European Union.

    "Since they can no longer pass through Hungary, they will change route and go through Romania, probably," Orban told Le Figaro.

    "That's why we also decided to build a fence at the Romanian border, along the Mures River. And we will probably build another along the Croatian border. We are following their trail," he said.

    "The fact is the migrants keep coming. We managed to stop them at the Hungarian border, but this did not stop the influx itself."

    The Hungarian leader reiterated his staunch opposition to any bid to make EU members accept set quotas of refugees, vowing to do "everything I can to oppose it".

    Riot police in Hungary -- which has received over 200,000 migrants this year, almost all of them heading to other EU countries -- fired tear gas and sprayed water cannon on Wednesday at huge crowds of migrants desperate to cross the border from Serbia.

    Also on Wednesday, the Romanian foreign ministry said it had summoned the Hungarian ambassador to express concern over Budapest's unilateral decision to erect a fence on their shared frontier.

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  • Thousands protest in London against Cameron, austerity

    17/Apr/2016 // 542 Viewers

     

    AFP - Tens of thousands of people marched through London on Saturday in protest against government spending cuts, with some activists demanding Prime Minister David Cameron's resignation over his family's offshore finances.

     
    Demonstrators converged on Trafalgar Square calling for more investment in the health service, housing, education and public sector pay, while some held up banners saying "Ditch Dodgy Dave" and "Cameron Must Go -- Tories Out!"
     
    The protest, which also included demands to protect Britain's troubled steel industry, was planned long before Cameron's admission last week that he once held shares in his late father's offshore investment fund.
     
    But The People's Assembly, which helped organise the trade union-backed march, said the revelations sparked by the so-called Panama Papers "prove that this is a government for the privileged few".
     
    Cameron took the unprecedented step of releasing a summary of his tax returns for the past six years, but a new poll published late Saturday found 52 percent of voters believe he has not been "honest and open" about his finances.
     
    A further 44 percent said his handling of his financial affairs was "morally repugnant", according to the ComRes survey for the Independent and the Sunday Mirror newspaper.
     
    "For somebody in that position, you have a duty of care to the people of the country to be very open, very transparent," demonstrator Sarah Henney told AFP.
     
    "Just because something is legal doesn't always make it right."
     
    Opposition Labour finance spokesman John McDonnell was among a number of political figures who addressed the protesters, and he called for an end to the spending cuts introduced after the global financial crisis.
     
    He later told the Press Association news agency: "I think Cameron should go, but I think he should take his party with him.
     
    "His government is now bankrupt in terms of political ideas, and bankrupt in terms of what they have done with the economy as well."
     
    Cameron, who was re-elected last year with a parliamentary majority, said he sold his shares in his late father's offshore investment fund before taking office, and denied the fund had been established to avoid tax.
     
    But the row put the premier under pressure at a difficult time, as he seeks to manage an increasingly bitter fight within his Conservative party over the upcoming referendum on EU membership.
     
    Some 128 of the 330 Conservative lawmakers in parliament and several of Cameron's own ministers are campaigning against him in favour of leaving the European Union ahead of the June 23 vote.
     
    Veteran Tory MP Ken Clarke warned Saturday that if Cameron loses the referendum, he will be forced out of office.


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  • Russia intercepts US Air Force jet over Baltic

    17/Apr/2016 // 403 Viewers

     

    AFP - A US Air Force reconnaissance plane was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 jet in an "unsafe and unprofessional" manner while in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Pentagon said Saturday.

    "The US aircraft was operating in international airspace and at no time crossed into Russian territory," Laura Seal, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said of Thursday's incident.

    It came shortly after Russian aircraft repeatedly buzzed the USS Donald Cook this past week, including an incident Tuesday in which a Russian Su-24 flew 30 feet (nine meters) above the warship in a "simulated attack profile," according to the US military's European Command.

    Russia has denied the actions were reckless or provocative but they have been seen as exacerbating tensions between the rival powers.

    "This unsafe and unprofessional air intercept has the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all aircrews involved," Seal said of the latest incident in a statement.

    "More importantly, the unsafe and unprofessional actions of a single pilot have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries."

    The US aircraft in question was an RC-135 and the Pentagon said it had been flying a routine route.

    "There have been repeated incidents over the last year where Russian military aircraft have come close enough to other air and sea traffic to raise serious safety concerns, and we are very concerned with any such behavior," the Pentagon said.

    On Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry had strong words about the recent warship flyby.

    "We condemn this kind of behavior. It is reckless. It is provocative. It is dangerous. And under the rules of engagement that could have been a shoot-down," Kerry told CNN Español in Miami.

    Kerry added: "People need to understand that this is serious business and the United States is not going to be intimidated on the high seas."

    "We are communicating to the Russians how dangerous this is and our hope is that this will never be repeated," he said.

    The Russian maneuvers began Monday while the destroyer was located about 70 nautical miles from the Russian base in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea.

    One US defense official called the actions of the Russian planes "more aggressive than anything we've seen in some time."

    The destroyer's commanding officer Charles Hampton told journalists in Lithuania that "very low, very fast" flybys were "inconsistent with the professional norms of militaries in international waters or international airspace."

    But Russia countered the criticism, insisting it had observed all safety regulations.

    The US military's European Command (EUCOM) released video showing warplanes zooming so close past the Cook that one sailor can be heard saying: "He is below the bridge wing," meaning the plane was flying lower than the highest point of the ship.

    Ties between Russia and the West have plunged to their lowest point since the Cold War over Moscow's 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Kiev and its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.


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  • Bight of Benin and Biafra & Shocking truth about BIAFRA (Watch Video)

    17/Apr/2017 // 4015 Viewers

     

    While it is common to hear an argument postulated by adherents of a recent pro-Biafra agitation resurgence among young listeners of a pirate radio station operating out of the United Kingdom, Radio Biafra, that “Biafra” was the initial name of the territory to which the South of Nigeria belonged, our checks have failed to substantiate this claim.

    Apparently the name “Biafra” or “Biafara” was picked again because the former Premiere of Nigeria’s then Eastern region, Odumegwu Ojukwu had chosen the “Biafra” name for the territory he wished to preside over; however there is no evidence that Ojukwu selected that name because he believed it was the name of his ancestral home. Rather it was the name of much of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé and Príncipe and perhaps a nice name that tickled Ojukwu’s fancy. Or perhaps Ojukwu was suggesting an ancestral origin outside Nigeria in the Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon region.

    The Region Is Benin And Not Biafra

    Calabar, Nigeria’s Eastern border is seen well within territory called Benin; Benin, a large demarcated kingdom that extends deep into today’s Cameroon, before the region known as Biafra starts.

    Based on these findings, “Benin” would serve as a more accurate historical fact based sobriquet for the southern parts of Nigeria in discussion.

    Another map from 1644 also puts “Biafara” solidly in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé and Príncipe and far from Nigeria’s furthest Eastern border. Apparently the prior name of the territory now called Biafra by this group was recognized and mapped as “Benin,” and never Biafra in all historic maps.

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    Origins Of The Name “Biafra”

    According to Encyclopaedia britannica: a dictionary of arts, sciences …, Volume 11-12, year 1910 , the name “Biafra” from “Bight of Biafra, comes from the word, “Mafra,” a town in Portugal

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    The Portuguese named a country extending from Cameroon southward to Equatorial Guinea, “Biafra,” but the name was later dropped in the later part of the 19th century.

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    The Bight of Biafra, or Mafra (named after the town Mafra in southern Portugal), between Capes Formosa and Lopez, is the most eastern part of the Gulf of Guinea; it contains the islands Fernando Po [Equitorial Guinea], Prince’s and St Thomas’s [São Tomé and Príncipe]. The name Biafra-as indicating the country-fell into disuse in the later part of the 19th century

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