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Peter Pedroncelli, 10:14 am AFKI Original
Africa is home to some of the strongest militaries in the world, with one North African country in particular featuring in the top 10 of the global list. Global Firepower produces an annual military ranking that takes into account 50 factors to determine a list of the most powerful armies in the world from a selection of 133 countries. Here are the 13 African countries with the strongest militaries.
Staff, 1:02 pm
It may be surprising to learn that North Korea has long fostered diplomatic, economic and military relations with various African countries. These relations have thrived even after widespread international condemnation following its first nuclear test in 2006. An Africa pivot may be the only option left for the country as China -— its traditional ally — increasingly distances itself. Following North Korea’s sixth nuclear test over the weekend, the U.N. warned members to “redouble efforts” to enforce existing sanctions.
Dana Sanchez, 3:44 pm
Almost 500 poachers — mostly Mozambican — have been killed since 2010 in South Africa’s Kruger Park, a top tourist attraction. Conservationist have tried everything to stop the slaughter. They’ve poisoned rhino horns, removed them, and relocated rhinos. None of it worked. A biotech startup hopes to save the endangered animal with a synthetic alternative indistinguishable from the real thing. Conservationists are skeptical.
Dana Sanchez, 12:06 pm AFKI Original
South Africans are behind some of the world’s innovations, including weapons. A post-apartheid weapons maker says South Africa is making top-notch weapons. Others scoff at the idea that the country today could defend itself from a serious attack. We all read reports recently of how ageing white South Africans are helping to bring Boko Haram’s six-year reign of terror to an end in Nigeria. Here are some of the military weapons and equipment developed or built in South Africa that they may have had at their disposal.
Dana Sanchez, 3:29 pm
Faced with Western economic sanctions over the Ukraine, Russia is looking to Africa to rebuild what was once a big market for its weapons and technology. Russian government-owned industrial giant Rostec is building a $3-billion platinum project in Zimbabwe and a $4-billion oil refinery in Uganda. “Civil projects have always aided weapons exports,” according to a Russian think tank.
Staff, 4:00 am
Africa, which has experienced some of the world’s most impressive economic growth over the past decade, saw arms imports increase 45 percent over the past five years. Part of this is due to windfall revenues earned by oil-producing countries. The surge in conflicts involving non-state actors in Africa is also forcing more countries to stock up, creating more demand for tanks, advanced weapons systems, and especially light arms.
Dana Sanchez, 6:46 pm
News agency Al Jazeera said last night it has received leaked communications between South Africa’s State Security Agency and counterparts in the U.S., the U.K., Israel and Iran that are being dubbed the #SpyCables. Just a tiny bit of the leaked #SpyCables are public, but more details are expected that shed light on South Africa’s involvement in warfare and technology. As it turns out, South Africa’s transparency regarding the sales of weapons of war is virtually unprecedented, htxt.africa reports.
Staff, 4:14 pm
Russia is planning to strengthen its presence in the arms dealing market across Africa, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a Kremlin commission last night. Putin said Russia will “use its reputation” to leverage deals with new partners, Newsweek reports. A U.K.-based NGO expressed serious concerns, saying Russia has a history of selling weapons to some of the most oppressive regimes in the world, including Syria and Iran.
Julia Austin, 9:46 am AFKI Original
This rifle is capable of literally taking away somebody’s sight and is called the PHASR rifle. The weapon only causes temporary blindness using laser technology. Weapons that cause permanent blindness are banned in the U.S. If you had any doubt about the bravery of soldiers, check out some weapons they encounter. Here are 15 terrifying military weapons that actually exist.
Ann Brown, 10:00 am
From Wall Street Journal German government restrictions on arms exports are squeezing the country’s defense industry. But weapons maker Rheinmetall AG is sidestepping politicians in Berlin by investing in a new munitions development center in South Africa. Germany’s biggest defense company by revenue last month confirmed earlier reports it plans to establish through its majority-owned […]
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