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    Tragedy! Two Drunk Soldiers Kill 15 In Eastern DR Congo…

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    Two drunken Congolese soldiers have gunned down a total of 15 people in separate attacks in volatile eastern DR Congo, authorities said Monday.

    One “inebriated” soldier killed eight passengers and wounded seven on Monday aboard a boat on Lake Tanganyika, South-Kivu province’s Fizi territory administrator Aime Kawaya Mutipula revealed in a statement.

    “Among the victims, all of them civilians, are men, women, and children,” he said.

    Local army spokesman Marc Elongo said the soldier, Lukusa Kabamba, was then “lynched” by angry residents before he could be arrested and died from his injuries.

    Local civil society group coordinator Andre Byadunia had earlier said the soldier had been “locked up” and urged “the authorities to put him on trial and sentence him”.

    On Sunday, another soldier shot dead the bodyguard of a colonel before killing the colonel and five civilians at Bambu, in Djugu territory, the local authorities announced in Ituri province.

    The village “woke up Sunday morning to shooting and thought it was an attack”, said local official Claude Mateso.

    But, he explained, it was a soldier who had been disarmed by his colleagues the previous evening because he was drunk.

    The killer, who had recovered his gun, was eventually shot dead by another soldier who gave chase.

    “It’s an isolated case and we strongly condemn it,” said Lieutenant Jules Ngongo, army spokesman for Ituri.

    “We are waiting to learn the real reasons behind this irresponsible and criminal act,” he added.

    Meanwhile, in neighboring North Kivu, six people were wounded by a grenade thrown into a crowd by soldiers trying to arrest a young man in Kisovu village, in Masisi territory, said local administrative secretary Ngendahimana Eugene Gishoma.

    All three provinces in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been wracked by violence linked to numerous armed groups for the last 25 years.

    The government has put Ituri and North-Kivu under a “state of siege” since last May, but security forces have failed to restore peace.

    By Kobusiinge Monica

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    M23 Rebels Cease Fire To Negotiate With Tshisekedi’s Government: Ready To Withdraw From Eastern Congo…

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    M23 rebels have finally accepted to withdraw from positions they had captured in Eastern DR Congo  to have negotiations with President Felix Tshisekedi’s government.

    In a statement released on Sunday morning, the rebels accepted to withdraw from these positions to have negotiations with the Kinshasa establishment.

    “We shall withdraw from the positions conquered after April 6, in order to facilitate the signing of a bilateral ceasefire and the opening of dialogue with the DR Congo government,” Maj. Willy Ngoma, the M23 spokesperson said.

    The M23 rebels said they would hand over the Congolese army soldiers they captured during the fight to Red Cross.

    “To this end, the M23 expresses its intention to hand over to the International Committee of the Red Cross all elements of the national army captured on the front line for appropriate care,” Maj. Ngoma added.

    He further noted that by starting up a war, it never intended to conquer and rule over Congolese areas but rather to ensure peaceful resolution of the crisis in Eastern DRC.

    It should however be remembered that after a ten-year silence, M23 rebels earlier this month resumed their activities in Eastern DRC by launching attacks capturing several areas.

    Several people lost their lives and thousands became homeless.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    MUST READ – IT’S THE 1% VS THE 99%: The Great Reset, Is This The Scarest, Most Horriffic Agenda Every Citizen On Planet Earth Has To Fight? Why The World Is Rejecting The New Global Agenda?…

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    They created the problem, they now want to bring their long-planned solution, they have failed small and medium business through lockdowns but their multi billion-dollar businesses continue to thrive.

    They locked people in their homes who earn from hand to mouth so that they can experiment how their planned reset will work when they will have to feed their dependents (whose businesses they killed through a disease they created). But, wait a minute, who are they? And What is ‘The Great Reset’?

    Allow theGrapevine to take you through the planned New World where according to a new video by the World Economic Forum (WEF), they claim: “We are calling for a new form of capitalism, one that puts people and planet first, as we come together to rebuild the world after COVID-19.”

    WHAT IS THE GREAT RESET?

    “This is not a conspiracy theory, this is a well-documented movement among many of the world’s most powerful people,” says Justin Haskins, the editorial director at the Heartland Institute and a leading authority on the Great Reset, “fundamentally, this is a radical and complete transformation of everything that we do in our society,” Haskins adds, “it will change the way businesses are evaluated, it will coerce businesses to pursue left-wing causes.”

    The Great Reset was unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where many of the world’s most powerful people go to offer solutions to the world’s problems. They have said that the coronavirus pandemic as a historic opportunity to change the way the world operates. COVID-19 pandemic as an “opportunity” to change everything.

    A World Economic Forum video warns, “Right now we’re facing a crisis of international proportions. It’s going to have a long-term impact on us”.

    And their solution is essentially global socialism. Think of the Green New Deal combined with the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and throw in something called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in which technology is supposed to radically change the way we live and work.

    Haskins says: “The elites, the technocrats in society, the most educated people”, see the chance to “control and manipulate society, pull the levers in society so that it’s in their minds, perfect.”

    Here is the YouTube video from WEF on the great reset:

    WHAT DO THE COSPIRACY THEORIST SAY?

    According to the Vigilant Citizen (VC), the Great Reset announces the death of capitalism as we know it.

    “The video “What is the Great Reset?” is a bizarre piece of PR / propaganda. At face value, it appears to say “don’t worry about the Great Reset, we love you all very much”. However, through coercive words and powerful symbols, the message most people get is “we’re doing this … whether you like it or not”.” they say.

    They add, “This video is important and worth analyzing for several reasons. First, it was produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) itself. As stated in several past articles, the WEF is one of those non-democratic elite organizations that set social and economic policies on a global level. In other words, if the WEF releases a video about something, it has the power to actually make it happen. In fact, it is probably already happening.”

    “Second, this is not one of those feel-good “let’s fight the pandemic together” videos. It actually announces the “death of capitalism as we know it” – in those very words. It announces drastic, historical, and structural changes on a global level. It announces a New World Order.”

    VC says, “Then, after suffocating the masses for nearly a full year, the WEF says that the system is broken. But they broke it. And before they broke it, we were actually in the midst of the longest economic recovery on record.  I am not saying that capitalism as we know it is perfect. However, we are being presented a “solution” to a problem they’ve purposely created. In short: Order of out chaos.”

    “If one watches the various videos posted by the World Economic Forum on YouTube, a common thread is easily discernable. 1- Scare people with catastrophic disasters (this video focused on COVID and global warming). 2- Present a drastic solution that involves a non-democratic elite entity regulating the entire world.”

    “To justify the Great Reset, the WEF mentions “economic disparities” caused by COVID-19. However, these disparities were caused by economy-killing policies dictated by the World Health Organization – another elite organization that is largely funded by China. By forcing massive lockdowns, they knew exactly what would happen. They created chaos, and now they’re looking to restore order,” VC says.

    “Despite all of the words being thrown around, the real issue at hand is freedom. A free market allows any citizen to create a business and make a living from it. And, as long as there’s a demand for it, the business can grow and everyone involved prospers. Free enterprise is a vector of freedom and allows those who succeed to live a comfortable life – no matter their social or political allegiances. It is all about numbers.”

    “The Great Reset is looking to break this vector of freedom by introducing social and political components to the free market. If you do not comply, you do not succeed. Instead, they’ll put “the right person, at the right place, at the right time”.”

    You can read the full Vigilant Citizen article here >>>>>>

    BUT WHO ARE THEY?

    But who are these people? These are the elites, the globalists, the world’s decision makers, mega bankers, in short, these are 1% of the men and women who are playing God and want the world to follow their agenda. These are the people who want to get rid of the old system (the one we know where you can start your small business and grow it, survive on it and feed your family) these people no longer want this, they believe they should be feeding you while you are working for them.

    They believe the world is over populated and people need to be eliminated for them to have some space, they believe that the 8 billion people on planet earth need to be reduced to 500 million, this basically means 7.5 billion people have to find space 6 feet under (grave).

    One person said, “They first killed small and medium business  across the whole world, by telling everyone to close shop and hide in their homes. They argued that they will through your respective governments take care you. The whole world was affected, from Africa to Europe, the Americas, Asia every small and medium business shut down, countries started depending on loans from International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, now economies cannot take anymore loans, the businesses that were shut are now struggling, some will never recover again. These Elites are smiling and still using their media to continue with their agenda. They want the great reset as soon as possible and as long as the 1% are happy, the 99% which includes me, you and everyone else reading this, can go and hung because in bringing this new system, you are collateral damage.

    In just 7 days after its release, the World Economic Forum (WEF) video promoting the Great Reset, is on record for receiving more dislikes than likes (21k dislikes and only 1.6 likes).

    After making the whole world miserable, the world is unhappy, from the comments, the world needs no reset. Here are some of the comments from WEF YouTube video on the Great reset…

     

    This is an article that everyone must read and after, ask yourself, are you ready for this kind of reset?

     

    By Grapevine Team

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    Africa Will Take Longer To Get Its First COVID19 Vaccine – Experts…

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    A man taking a swab test (courtesy photo)

    With the United Kingdom rolling out the world’s first approved coronavirus vaccine this week and other clinical trials showing promising results, the focus has swiftly turned towards the distribution of the doses worldwide and which countries will get them first, and which will be pushed to the back of the queue.

    On Thursday, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, John Nkengasong warned that “it will be extremely terrible to see” wealthy nations obtaining vaccines and African countries missing out, as he called on for an extraordinary United Nations session to discuss this “moral issue” and avoid a “North-South distrust in respect to vaccines, which is a common good”.

    Countries across Africa have largely been praised for their response to COVID-19 since the first infection was confirmed on the continent on February 14 in Egypt. Despite some observers initial doomsday predictions, the continent so far appears to have been spared the worst of the pandemic. Still, uncertainty remains and the threat of further economic pain due to the prospect of additional lockdowns have given the discussions about vaccine distribution extra urgency.

    There, have however been some challenges.

    Expressing concern over what it has branded as the continent’s “largest ever immunisation drive”, the World Health Organization has said the African region has an average score of 33 percent readiness for a COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, well below the desired 80 percent.

    Meanwhile, Nkengasong has stressed that it is necessary to be realistic about immunisation campaigns due to challenges on how vaccines would be delivered across the continent, adding that it is unlikely that this will happen before the middle of 2021.

     

    What about Us?

    For Catherine Kyobutungi, epidemiologist and executive director of the African Population and Health Research Center, a big challenge regarding access to vaccines is “a lack of global solidarity”.

    “We’ve seen reports about countries like the US and UK securing a huge share of vaccine doses, which then leaves you wondering, what about the rest of us?”

    In a similar vein, the People’s Vaccine Alliance – a coalition of campaign organisations including Oxfam, Amnesty International and Global Justice Now – has condemned rich countries for “hoarding” vaccine doses to the detriment of poorer nations.

    “Wealthier nations have bought up enough doses to vaccinate their entire populations nearly three times over by the end of 2021 if those currently in clinical trials are all approved for use,” it said.

    “Canada tops the chart with enough vaccines to vaccinate each Canadian five times. Updated data shows that rich nations representing just 14 per cent of the world’s population have bought up 53 per cent of all the most promising vaccines so far.”

    Tied to all this are financial constraints and the huge investments required to roll out vaccination campaigns, noted Benjamin Kagina, a senior researcher in vaccinology at The Vaccines for Africa Initiative, University of Cape Town.

    WHO has said getting a COVID-19 vaccine to priority populations will cost nearly $5.7bn, a sum that includes an additional 15-20 percent cost for materials, training, logistics and community mobilisation.

    “Affordability of a vaccine given the high global demand is an issue, particularly in light of the economic impact of the pandemic,” said Kagina.

    Putting aside the financial factors, experts also pointed to the substantial infrastructure and logistical challenges.

    For example, the vaccine from Pfizer/BIoNTech needs to be stored at -70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit), while the one from Moderna has to be kept at -20C (-4F). In contrast, the inoculation developed by AstraZeneca in partnership with the University of Oxford can be stored at standard refrigeration temperatures, leading experts to say that this vaccine candidate could be the “best” option for many African countries.

    Early this year, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance launched COVAX, a global initiative that aims to distribute low-cost vaccines to low- and middle-income countries.

    Once a vaccine does arrive, a number of other issues would also need to be addressed in order to ensure a successful roll-out.

    Based on an analysis carried out by the WHO, 49 percent of African countries have identified their priority populations and have plans in place to reach them.

    “High-risk groups like healthcare workers may not be difficult to reach, but most countries do not have a strategy in place to reach groups like the elderly, so new strategies will need to be developed,” said Kagina.

    Placing an emphasis on logistics, Kyobutungi noted: “In many African countries, vaccines are usually administered to children under the age of five; that’s a small segment of the population. Now we have to think about the entire population: For example how many syringes, healthcare workers, rooms, and clinics will be required for this?

    “Similarly, on a global level, in October UNICEF announced that it will be stockpiling 520 million syringes to guarantee initial supply for when the COVID-19 vaccine arrives; we have to consider the impact of demand for these essentials,” she added.

    Rolling out the vaccine in urban and rural areas is likely going to require slightly different approaches, particularly in terms of transportation, storage and education, and this would require government investment ahead of time.

    Another factor to consider is tailoring the vaccination campaigns to the way the majority of the population go about their daily lives, according to Kyobutungi.

    “Preventative healthcare services are usually accessed by women and children, men and older children generally seek healthcare when they are unwell. You will have segments of the population who will consider the opportunity cost of, ‘If I go to the clinic and have to queue there all day, will I lose a daily wage? Is this something I am willing to do?’”

    She said a potential solution to this could involve offering the vaccine at offices, events and places of worship. “Governments are going to have to think outside the box,” added Kyobutungi.

    As in other parts of the world, vaccine hesitancy is also likely to be an issue due to suspicion, fear and a history of medical colonialism. Countering this would require robust and ongoing advocacy to address public concerns, experts said.

    Regarding the potential effect of a COVID-19 vaccine roll-out on existing vaccination programmes on the continent, Kyobutungi said it would make sense for current systems to be repurposed and work in parallel with a COVID-19 campaign. This would require meticulous planning and careful resource allocation on the part of governments and the global health community, especially in order to ensure other services are not disrupted.

    So with all these factors at play, what does the timescale look like in terms of Africa and a COVID-19 vaccine?

    “It may take time but we will get there,” said Kyobutungi.

    “I expect that it will be the first quarter of 2022 by when a significant population of Africa will have been vaccinated,” she added, stressing the importance of “global solidarity in action”.

     

    By John Kenny Adeya

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