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Looking for that Elusive Chad, Svalbard, Western Sahara, Central Africa Republic, Djibouti, Turkmenistan and Falkland Island Traffic

Last week I check­ing my traf­fic which has been very good for March, and for the fun of it looked at the coun­tries where the traf­fic has been from this year.

So far in North Amer­i­can Cuba and Ice­land have had no inter­est (although per­haps by this time my WBC post might change that. In South Amer­ica French Guiana, Suri­name and the Falk­land Islands are out. In Europe only Alba­nia hasn’t stopped by while in both Asia and Africa a dozen or more coun­tries have not found the site worth their time.

Then for the fun of it I checked my all time stats and the Num­bers changed dramatically

Only eight coun­tries in the world have thus far decided that DaT­e­chGuy blog isn’t worth their time.

One of them North Korea I’m fig­ur­ing is a lost cause, given the amount of elec­tric use the only way I’m going to get any traf­fic from there is if the Un fam­ily decides to take an inter­est which might be dangerous.

As for the oth­ers, I think there’s a shot so, in the inter­est of get­ting the rest of the map filled here is the odd­est click­bait post you’ve ever seen.

Boko Haram in Chad:

Ini­tially, Boko Haram’s pres­ence on the Cha­dian side of the lake was lim­ited. But vio­lence rapidly esca­lated in 2015, partly in reac­tion to the inter­ven­tion by Cha­dian forces in neigh­bour­ing states. Two sui­cide bomb­ings in the cap­i­tal N’Djamena and mul­ti­ple attacks on vil­lages and army posts fol­lowed. Attacks dimin­ished at the start of 2016, hav­ing never reached the lev­els seen in Nige­ria, Cameroon and Niger. This was accom­pa­nied by a wave of sur­ren­ders of Boko Haram mem­bers in the sec­ond half of the year, but which seem­ingly included few if any of the hard core.

It’s a real issue and a big problem

The Seed vault of Sval­bard:

Sub­merged within the bow­els of rock and frozen earth on an island between Nor­way and the North Pole lies a new state-​of-​the-​art agri­cul­tural mar­vel: The Sval­bard Global Seed Vault. Here, mil­lions of food crop seeds from nearly every coun­try in the world have been metic­u­lously pack­aged, cat­a­loged and tucked away.

The vault is kept at a low mois­ture level and minus 18 degrees C, opti­mal con­di­tions to keep seeds viable for decades, cen­turies or indef­i­nitely. And even if the elec­tric­ity should fail, the sur­round­ing rock and per­mafrost will keep the seeds frozen. Although the vault has not yet received its full capac­ity of 4.5 mil­lion vari­eties, it already houses the most diverse stock­pile of food crop seeds anywhere.

I won­der who thought of doing this in the north­ern most inhab­ited island in the world?

The occu­pa­tion of West­ern Sahara by Morocco con­tin­ues

Morocco left the Orga­ni­za­tion of African Unity (OAU), pre­cur­sor to the AU, in 1984 after the OAU recog­nised the right to self-​determination and inde­pen­dence for the peo­ple of the West­ern Sahara, who have been occu­pied by Morocco since the 1970s.

The OAU granted mem­ber­ship to the Sahrawi Arab Demo­c­ra­tic Repub­lic (SADR), pro­claimed in 1976 by the Sahrawi people’s Polis­ario Front in a dec­la­ra­tion of inde­pen­dence rejected by Morocco. The deci­sion was in keep­ing with the OAU prin­ci­ple not to recog­nise the occu­pa­tion of any part of the con­ti­nent. While the SADR claimed sov­er­eignty over West­ern Sahara, Morocco saw it as an inte­gral part of its own territory.

Rather than accept the SADR’s inde­pen­dence, Morocco left the OAU. Since then Morocco has refused to join the AU unless the group with­draws the SADR’s membership.

But Morocco’s King Moham­mad has the money and when it came to rejoin­ing the Orga­ni­za­tion of African Unity their money talked.

Action on the abuse by UN peace­keep­ers in the Cen­tral African Republic:

Guter­res pledged the UN will appoint a human rights expert, tasked with advo­cat­ing for victim’s rights, to serve in his office and report to him. His new plan also asks UN peace­keep­ing mis­sions in the Cen­tral African Repub­lic, the Demo­c­ra­tic Repub­lic of the Congo, Haiti, and South Sudan – all coun­tries where peace­keep­ers have been accused of rap­ing women under their pro­tec­tion – to appoint vic­tims’ rights advo­cates on the ground. These local advo­cates, together with the high-​level atten­tion of an expert in Guter­res’ office, could finally prompt account­abil­ity for abusers and sup­port for victims.

Human Rights Watch research in the Cen­tral African Repub­lic shows the lack of sup­port or access to jus­tice vic­tims of sex­ual exploita­tion have when peace­keep­ers are the vic­tim­iz­ers. This was echoed in the UN’s own assess­ment: “very few vic­tims have been assisted due to lack of ded­i­cated fund­ing and the slow enforce­ment process.”

Under the new plan, the UN will bol­ster a Trust Fund for Vic­tims of Sex­ual Exploita­tion and Abuse. This fund was set up last year but has only col­lected US$436,000 from five mem­ber coun­tries: Bhutan, Cyprus, India, Japan, and Nor­way. It needs more sup­port. Guter­res has sug­gested boost­ing the trust fund by with­hold­ing funds for troop-​contributing coun­tries that don’t inves­ti­gate alle­ga­tions of abuse by their troops, then trans­fer­ring that money to victims.

This is another story of abuse of women that for some rea­son doesn’t draw a lot of atten­tion from west­ern fem­i­nists as that would involve cri­tique of the UN rather than the US or the west in general.

China’s base in Dji­bouti is nearly com­plete

The mil­i­tary base that China is build­ing in Dji­bouti will be com­pleted “later this sum­mer”, Gen­eral Thomas Wald­hauser, the com­man­der of the US military’s Africa Com­mand, told the Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee on 9 March.

Not­ing the prox­im­ity of the Chi­nese base to the US military’s Camp Lemon­nier, Gen Wald­hauser said he was con­cerned about oper­a­tional secu­rity. “I’ve talked to their [Djibouti’s] pres­i­dent and expressed our con­cerns about some of the things that are impor­tant to us about what the Chi­nese should not do at that location.”

This is a story of inter­na­tional impor­tance, that it has got­ten so lit­tle atten­tion is pretty odd.

The big news out of Turk­menistan is the state visit of the pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan:

Mirziy­oyev and his Turk­men coun­ter­part, Gur­ban­guly Berdy­mukhame­dov, inked an agree­ment on eco­nomic coop­er­a­tion in 20182020 and a mem­o­ran­dum of under­stand­ing on the need to develop rail­way infra­struc­ture, among other documents.

Turn­ing from word to deed, the two lead­ers trav­eled to the north­east­ern Lebap province on March 7 to attend the cer­e­mo­nial inau­gu­ra­tion of the 1.75 kilo­me­ter Turkmenabat-​Farap rail­way and road bridge, which strad­dles the Amu-​Dary River and could con­ceiv­ably enable greater cross-​border traf­fic. Until now, trains cross­ing the river cours­ing along Turkmenistan’s side of the bor­der did so using a bridge built in 1901.

It was his first state visit as leader so it’s a bit of a big deal that Turk­menistan was the destination

and finally things are heat­ing up between the Falk­land Islands and Argentina again:

The let­ter added: “We take this oppor­tu­nity to remind you of our fun­da­men­tal right to self-​determination, as enshrined in the UN Char­ter, and of the 35 years of attempts by the Gov­ern­ment of Argentina to ignore our rights as a peo­ple and under­mine our way of life.

“In recog­nis­ing the uni­ver­sal rights of all peo­ple, we wel­come you in vis­it­ing our home, to see for your­selves our com­mu­nity and our her­itage born of nine generations.

“Dur­ing your visit here, the Falk­land Islands Gov­ern­ment would like to invite you to a brief­ing on our mod­ern, inde­pen­dent, well-​governed, sus­tain­able and thriv­ing coun­try, so that you can fur­ther your under­stand­ing of our cit­i­zens and way of life.”

The let­ter added comes as an Argen­tin­ian del­e­ga­tion comes to visit on a fact-​finding mis­sion related to the war.

I doubt that this post will draw thou­sands or even hun­dreds of hits, but if I man­age seven, one from each of the coun­tries listed that will do.

Last week I checking my traffic which has been very good for March, and for the fun of it looked at the countries where the traffic has been from this year.

So far in North American Cuba and Iceland have had no interest (although perhaps by this time my WBC post might change that.  In South America French Guiana, Suriname and the Falkland Islands are out.  In Europe only Albania hasn’t stopped by while in both Asia and Africa a dozen or more countries have not found the site worth their time.

Then for the fun of it I checked my all time stats and the Numbers changed dramatically

Only eight countries in the world have thus far decided that DaTechGuy blog isn’t worth their time.

One of them North Korea I’m figuring is a lost cause, given the amount of electric use the only way I’m going to get any traffic from there is if the Un family decides to take an interest which might be dangerous.

As for the others, I think there’s a shot so, in the interest of getting the rest of the map filled here is the oddest clickbait post you’ve ever seen.

Boko Haram in Chad:

Initially, Boko Haram’s presence on the Chadian side of the lake was limited. But violence rapidly escalated in 2015, partly in reaction to the intervention by Chadian forces in neighbouring states. Two suicide bombings in the capital N’Djamena and multiple attacks on villages and army posts followed. Attacks diminished at the start of 2016, having never reached the levels seen in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger. This was accompanied by a wave of surrenders of Boko Haram members in the second half of the year, but which seemingly included few if any of the hard core.

It’s a real issue and a big problem

The Seed vault of Svalbard:

Submerged within the bowels of rock and frozen earth on an island between Norway and the North Pole lies a new state-of-the-art agricultural marvel: The Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Here, millions of food crop seeds from nearly every country in the world have been meticulously packaged, cataloged and tucked away.

The vault is kept at a low moisture level and minus 18 degrees C, optimal conditions to keep seeds viable for decades, centuries or indefinitely. And even if the electricity should fail, the surrounding rock and permafrost will keep the seeds frozen. Although the vault has not yet received its full capacity of 4.5 million varieties, it already houses the most diverse stockpile of food crop seeds anywhere.

I wonder who thought of doing this in the northern most inhabited island in the world?

The occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco continues

Morocco left the Organization of African Unity (OAU), precursor to the AU, in 1984 after the OAU recognised the right to self-determination and independence for the people of the Western Sahara, who have been occupied by Morocco since the 1970s.

The OAU granted membership to the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), proclaimed in 1976 by the Sahrawi people’s Polisario Front in a declaration of independence rejected by Morocco. The decision was in keeping with the OAU principle not to recognise the occupation of any part of the continent. While the SADR claimed sovereignty over Western Sahara, Morocco saw it as an integral part of its own territory.

Rather than accept the SADR’s independence, Morocco left the OAU. Since then Morocco has refused to join the AU unless the group withdraws the SADR’s membership.

But Morocco’s King Mohammad has the money and when it came to rejoining the Organization of African Unity their money talked.

Action on the abuse by UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic:

Guterres pledged the UN will appoint a human rights expert, tasked with advocating for victim’s rights, to serve in his office and report to him. His new plan also asks UN peacekeeping missions in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, and South Sudan – all countries where peacekeepers have been accused of raping women under their protection – to appoint victims’ rights advocates on the ground. These local advocates, together with the high-level attention of an expert in Guterres’ office, could finally prompt accountability for abusers and support for victims.

Human Rights Watch research in the Central African Republic shows the lack of support or access to justice victims of sexual exploitation have when peacekeepers are the victimizers. This was echoed in the UN’s own assessment: “very few victims have been assisted due to lack of dedicated funding and the slow enforcement process.”

Under the new plan, the UN will bolster a Trust Fund for Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. This fund was set up last year but has only collected US$436,000 from five member countries: Bhutan, Cyprus, India, Japan, and Norway. It needs more support. Guterres has suggested boosting the trust fund by withholding funds for troop-contributing countries that don’t investigate allegations of abuse by their troops, then transferring that money to victims.

This is another story of abuse of women that for some reason doesn’t draw a lot of attention from western feminists as that would involve critique of the UN rather than the US or the west in general.

China’s base in Djibouti is nearly complete

The military base that China is building in Djibouti will be completed “later this summer”, General Thomas Waldhauser, the commander of the US military’s Africa Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on 9 March.

Noting the proximity of the Chinese base to the US military’s Camp Lemonnier, Gen Waldhauser said he was concerned about operational security. “I’ve talked to their [Djibouti’s] president and expressed our concerns about some of the things that are important to us about what the Chinese should not do at that location.”

This is a story of international importance, that it has gotten so little attention is pretty odd.

The big news out of Turkmenistan is the state visit of the president of Uzbekistan:

Mirziyoyev and his Turkmen counterpart, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, inked an agreement on economic cooperation in 2018-2020 and a memorandum of understanding on the need to develop railway infrastructure, among other documents.

Turning from word to deed, the two leaders traveled to the northeastern Lebap province on March 7 to attend the ceremonial inauguration of the 1.75 kilometer Turkmenabat-Farap railway and road bridge, which straddles the Amu-Dary River and could conceivably enable greater cross-border traffic. Until now, trains crossing the river coursing along Turkmenistan’s side of the border did so using a bridge built in 1901.

It was his first state visit as leader so it’s a bit of a big deal that Turkmenistan was the destination

and finally things are heating up between the Falkland Islands and Argentina again:

The letter added: “We take this opportunity to remind you of our fundamental right to self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter, and of the 35 years of attempts by the Government of Argentina to ignore our rights as a people and undermine our way of life.

“In recognising the universal rights of all people, we welcome you in visiting our home, to see for yourselves our community and our heritage born of nine generations.

“During your visit here, the Falkland Islands Government would like to invite you to a briefing on our modern, independent, well-governed, sustainable and thriving country, so that you can further your understanding of our citizens and way of life.”

The letter added comes as an Argentinian delegation comes to visit on a fact-finding mission related to the war.

I doubt that this post will draw thousands or even hundreds of hits, but if I manage seven, one from each of the countries listed that will do.