New Threat Of Terrorism Overshadows Antwerp

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Meir, one of the busiest commercial centers in the city of Antwerp.

Following the Brussels’ Zaventem airport and Metro station attacks by terrorists,  which claimed lives and caused injuries, a group of terrorists claiming to be ISIS, posted a message on Facebook that: “Antwerp will never have a good sleep,” since then the Antwerp police have increased security to bring comfort to ‘Antwerpners’ amidst fear.

In today’s (8/4/2016) edition of Gazette Van Antwerpen, one of Belgium’s newspapers, reports that extra security is now in force, with heavily armed police, protecting citizens, after a mother warns the Antwerp police that her son has joined the Syrian fighters.

According to the woman, the intention of her son is to join other terrorists to target the famous commercial center Meir, City festival centers, and cinemas, to kill and destroy. Antwerp’s police boss Wouter Bruyns has confirmed the story.

The police have therefore issued a warning to everyone to keep away from Meir, one of the busiest shopping centers in Antwerp, and entertainment spots to avoid any bloodshed. Even though the mayor of Antwerp, Bart De Wever, is working hand in hand with the police, to provide extra security throughout the city, many people are still afraid, because of the violent and unpredictable nature of the terrorists.

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Part of the beauty of Antwerp’s Meir at a glance.

Already, the Belgian government has lost millions of revenue, following the closure of the Zaventem airport for a number of days, to restore the badly affected halls at the airport. Now that activities at Meir, one of the busiest commercial centers in the city, has been halted, no one can predict  how bad it’s going to affect Belgium’s economy or the Province of Antwerp.

A Man Can’t Be Praised For His Evil Deeds, Unless You’re Evil

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We often hear “I don’t like Obama, I hate CNN, I don’t like George W. Bush etc. If you try to find out the reason of their hatred and dislike, they will  tell you why.

It is very easy to hate than showing or giving love to a person. Thus, probably if someone hates me, there must be a reason to that. But when I haven’t committed any crime, I would like to find out why someone hates me. Is it because of my probing articles?

I am an African writer living in Europe, reading every humiliating and degrading articles European and American journalists write about Africa. Do you expect me to join them when they have many problems to deal with on their shores but pretend everything is fine?

In Brussels, come daily European and other world leaders to talk about problems affecting the world, with the aim of finding solutions to tackle those problems. In the same Brussels stands a statue of Leopold II, a king who killed and maimed over ten million Africans, including women and children.

Belgium didn’t take the crime of this criminal into consideration. Instead, they built a statue to glorify and named streets after him throughout the country, when there is no statue of Adolf Hitler, for killing 6 million Jews. Would you hate me as an African writer, who values life, if I write that the Belgian government should pull down that statue?

The world leaders  and journalists converging at Brussels don’t care about any statue, because they are not Africans, moreover the life of an African to them is valueless. But since the Bible I read tells me that ‘God created man in His own image,’ I will write an article against this injustice and ignorance.

There is no one in his right mind who would praise someone who has committed such a heinous crime unless the person is sick himself or evil. Sometimes “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed,”said Martin Luther King Jr. Yes, the sufferer has to scream for the oppressor to know what the oppressed is going through.

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The selfishness, greed, hypocrisy and bad policies of European and American leaders have generated scores of hatred for the common citizens. Whatever terrorism has taken place in Europe and America, in the past and today were caused by Europe and America.

In Brussels, they sit behind a heavy security gate and take measures to combat terrorism. After that, they give those measures to the media for publication but the reasons which led to the killing of  the innocent citizens are never given to the media. Because they don’t want the public to know the truth and again aren’t ready to change their bad policies.

It’s unfortunate that people don’t realize the harm these politicians are causing in the society against ordinary citizens. Do we have to depend on such people/politicians for security or protection? They were there when 9/11 occurred. They were there when runners taking part in a marathon were murdered by unscrupulous terrorists. They were there when terrorist struck France and they were there when Africa was intentionally plagued with Aids, Ebola, Lassa fever and other diseases.

When they see victims of terrorism bodies scattered, before you’ll soldiers and the police with guns at every point of the street, disrupting public activities. These politicians have no protection for us today or tomorrow. In fact, they have  left us sitting on a time bomb, without knowing when the next terrorist act will strike.

Honestly, the public can take good care of themselves more than what politicians can do, if each becomes his brother’s keeper, giving love, doing away with racism, discrimination and living in peace and harmony. Love truly conquers everything.

The Cost Of Terror In Brussels

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Article originally published in Global Risks Insight: Know Your World

Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the European Union, is experiencing some immediate economic effects resulting from recent terror threats in 2015. This city’s experience may prove to be a blueprint for other cities in 2016.

Following the deadly terrorist attacks that shocked France and the world on November 13th 2015, the global attention turned to Brussels as the majority of the Islamist militants that took part in the French massacre had links to the European capital. In addition, in late November Belgian authorities temporarily raised the terrorist threat level to its highest tier given the presence of a reportedly imminent terrorist threat.

This led to substantial disruptions in the capital in what came to be defined as “Brussels Lockdown”. The terrorist threat again came as an obstacle to the normal life of Brussels’ residents when authorities banned all public New Year’s Eve festivities on December 31st because of a reported plan to carry out an attack in the capital.

This prolonged state of insecurity has had a negative impact on the economic and social life of the capital. Since November 2015, Brussels, along with other European capitals, has been experiencing first-hand the cost of terror. The most overt statistics pertaining to touristic activities, social outings, and public gatherings show a general change in the perception of the city and an overall evolution in the local mood.

Throughout the duration of the “Brussels Lockdown”, thousands of travellers planning to reach the capital cancelled their flights. At the highest point of this trend, more than 2,000 flight cancellations were recorded on November 25th. While this push to avoid Brussels slowly stopped after the terrorist threat level was lowered, there were in average 6,000 flights per day to Brussels in early December 2015, approximately 1,500 less than in the same period of 2014.

A similar trend has been verified for the overall occupation rate of hotels in the capital. In early December, approximately 55% of Brussels’ hotel rooms were occupied against more than 73% during the same period of 2014.

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This situation had a direct impact on the economic and social life of the European capital throughout the Christmas and New Year’s festivities. The annual Christmas market organised and held in the historical centre of Brussels has experienced a drop in attendance of more than 30%. In addition, New Year’s Eve saw a major drop in demand for restaurant bookings and, as such, at least one out of every two restaurants in the capital closed their doors on the last night of 2015.

The aforementioned statistics are only an initial effect of the impact that the emergence of a new terror threat is having on western European economies. The Belgian example is noteworthy as local security and intelligence agencies have so far been successful in countering the threat posed by Islamist militants, and no major mass-casualty attack has occurred in the country.

However, the enhanced presence of military personnel in the streets of Brussels as well as the ongoing discourse over the current will of terrorist organisations to target the capital led to a mood change among the local population. The fear of potential attacks is playing as a long-term obstacle to private expenditures, tourism and the participation in major public social events.

As such, beyond the immediate security concerns raised by the risk of terrorist attacks, public officials face the need to adapt the ongoing counter-terrorist strategy in order not to hinder the socio-economic life of western European countries.

http://globalriskinsights.com/2016/01/the-cost-of-terror-in-brussels/

How Violence Takes Away Our Joy And Peace

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Everyone wants to live a peaceful and happy life, instead many wake up in the morning with fear, because of constant violence erupting around us. Innocent victims, including children are caught up daily, in heinous crimes and violence, making living more difficult.

Many, including religious people, feel that violence is the right answer to provocation, in this way, they kill and praise God for that killing. It’s actually difficult to understand the reason some religious people praise God for killings.

I can understand why many have lost faith and even think God doesn’t exist, but the Bible teaches that violence originated with the archenemy of both God and man: Satan the Devil, whom Jesus Christ called “a murderer.” (John 8:44)

Apart from terrorism which continue to steal our happiness, most of our own misery comes from our homes. The world’s infatuation with media violence, games and unwholesome programs, influence children to indulge in crime. In America many children take gun to school.

The question people often ask is: Why is there so much suffering? Does God care about what humans are enduring? You can find answers to these questions when you read the Bible.

“Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” Matthew 11:11-20.

In the midst of fear, hopelessness and uncertainty, we need to ask, who are we to depend on for our deliverance or safety? Are we to depend on politicians or church of leaders?

To me politicians have ruined our society more than the terrorists terrorizing us. As for church leaders, some have signed contract with the devil to please them, the reason many have gone astray.

In our present generation, one shouldn’t count on politicians and or some church leaders. The only way we can live in peace is to find ways to make positive changes in our behavior. We should cultivate the habit to forgive and forget, because forgiveness brings relief and comfort.

Above all we should always remember the words of the great teacher, Jesus Christ: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39.

Bloodbath In Paris As Terrorists Strike The City

 

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People gather outside the Le Carillon bar. It’s one of the venues targeted during the terrorist attacks.  Photo: Steve Parsons/PA

“The current crisis in Syria, has brought many refugees, including terrorists to the shores of Europe unnoticed.” – Joel Savage

Gatwick Terminal’s North Terminal shut down after reports of ‘suspect package’ at airport. France also in lockdown after a series of coordinated terror attacks across Paris on Friday. Follow latest updates

Jeremy Corbyn condemns “horrific and immoral” attack

Christopher Hope writes:

Jeremy Corbyn, newly sworn as a privy counsellor which allows him to be briefed on state secrets, will get a Downing Street security briefing today in the wake of the French terror attacks in Paris today.

Here is his statement:

“Today, all our thoughts and sympathy are with the people of Paris.

“What took place in the French capital yesterday was horrific and immoral.

“We stand in solidarity with the people of France – as with all victims of terror and violence.

“I have cancelled my engagements today to hold discussions on events in France with shadow cabinet colleagues and be briefed by Downing Street security officials.

“It’s vital at a time of such tragedy and outrage not to be drawn into responses which feed a cycle of violence and hatred.

“We are proud to live in a multicultural and multi-faith society, and we stand for the unity of all communities.”

Gatwick’s North Terminal has flights suspended

Lyndsey Telford is at Gatwick Airport where she reports that North Terminal is still evacuated.

Flights departing from the North Terminal, where a man was arrested after a suspicious item was found, have been suspended. Entrance to the terminal is cordoned off with a small police presence.

Hundreds of confused and frustrated passengers have formed a winding queue unsure of whether their flights will depart at all. Passengers arriving on flights into the airport have described scenes of “chaos” and “mayhem”.

Alex Pollock arrived this morning on a flight from Bordeaux into the North Terminal. He said: “As soon as we got off the plane, we were met by Border Force security guys who told us the area had been evacuated and we had to get as far away from the North Terminal as possible”.

He said staff at Gatwick seemed to have “no idea” about the security alert. “It’s been absolutely chaotic, which has made the whole experience all the more unnerving.”

Separately, passengers trying to leave Gatwick have been told public transport was in “lockdown”, but it is understood trains are in fact arriving and departing from the airport.

Suicide bomber identified by his fingerprints

BFMTV, a French TV channel, reports that police have identified one of the suicide bomber via his fingerprints, but he has not yet been named.

He was a French man, known to security services.

Continue reading: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11995541/Paris-shootings-terrorist-attack-french-victims-latest-news.html

The Killing Indulgence: Don’t Be A Slave To Drug Abuse

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The use of hard drug like cocaine has increased rapidly destroying the lives of many people

Crime and illegal activities, like drug peddling, are destroying our community and putting the health of individuals in danger. The disastrous effect of drugs on mankind is a global phenomenon that governments are yet to find a common solution. Consumption of dangerous drugs is tearing Europe and America apart, just like how AIDS has completely ruined Africa. On almost every street in Europe, junkies are commonly seen, especially in Spain, Germany and Holland. Hard drug has transformed able-bodied men into some fearful creatures like actors set for a horror movie.

Some are gaunt at the edge of death. Others have lost their families and properties. Some are insane leading them to permanent confinement in mental institutions. Similar to fight against terrorism worldwide, governments are fighting against drug abuse to ensure good health for its citizens. The drug menace, destruction and its drastic effect on people have dented and inflated the medical cost of many countries which citizens have been plagued by illegal usage of harmful drugs.

Every continent including America and Europe is at war over drug trafficking for almost a century. Surveillance and security at airports and border posts have increased but still hard drugs find its way into the hands of Americans and Europeans, taking its toll on citizens. Mexican drug barons and Italian mafias through different illegal sources bring drugs to the shores of Europe and America. Even though thousands of drug traffickers have been arrested, yet deadly drugs are still flooded in America and Europe.

Once hooked on drugs, they can’t do without them. The more they take it, the more they want it. In order to satisfy their demand, junkies resort to stealing anything they could lay their hands on. This has caused a sharp increase in crime. The question is: Are the authorities winning the war on drugs? The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. Despite previous and recent progress in arresting drug dealers and seizing tons of illegal drugs, the trade still goes on unabated.

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Is the  “The global war on drugs is it yielding positive results or failing? From every angle, one could clearly see that the war on drugs is totally futile. New research has revealed more dangerous illegal drugs have become cheaper while their potency increased, indicating that efforts to control the global illegal drug market through law enforcement are failing.

War on drugs has totally failed that governments wish to consider decriminalizing drugs in a bid to cut consumption and weaken the power of organized crime gangs. Until the war on drugs is successful, many will continue to live in the abyss, taking them into their untimely grave. Harmful drugs had spread to the extent that it is tried by many people including children and pregnant women, putting the babies’ lives in danger.

Children are now using cocaine in large quantities like adults. It’s very hard to see one you loved consumed by drugs. In fact, the war on drugs is the responsibility of everyone. Parents have a role to play as well, by letting your child know that you have concerns about his well-being, educating the child on how dangerous drugs can be. When the child is already deep into drugs the only solution is to enter the child into rehab.

Discovering African Opportunities Through Africa Secretariat

Africa is a continent rich in mineral resources. To motivate Africans and Africans in the Diaspora to make good use of the resources as entrepreneurs, create employment and enhance in the development of Africa, economically and technologically.

“The Africa Secretariat” was established in England, couple of years ago, to assist aspiring entrepreneurs, and other established businessmen to discover more African opportunities and to help international suppliers interested in Africa’s business.

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Thanks to the amazing discovery of technology which has made it possible to reach and communicate with millions of people from all walks of life interested in Africa’s business, as a continent with ready available resources to take off every business and serve the needs of entrepreneur.

The Africa Secretariat is on a business journey to find individuals across Europe and America to share the need for empowerment of Africa’s business and the need of Africans representing the raw materials from their home countries.

Our aim is to plan a launch in Europe including Belgium, with the European Commission, showcasing African raw materials provided by Africans in the Diaspora, directly to the international markets in Europe. This would force the interest and inspire them to trade in Africans business. Are you interested to be successful as entrepreneur? For ample information over Africa Secretariat,  Website: http://www.africasecretariat.com/Index.aspx. You can also register at

http://www.africasecretariat.com/Login.aspx

DevelopingAfrica.net is a web-based intelligence and data aggregation service. The service uses data in order to match expertise, products, projects and services to the ongoing development opportunities in Africa. As part of the service African Diaspora professionals, export promotion agencies, international companies and local African businesses, non-government organisations and charities are able to showcase and promote their products with regards to Africa’s continual development opportunities and needs.

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The service has also been designed to encourage groups, individuals, businesses and organisations to work together to combat Africa’s development challenges. Companies can promote their products and services via a subscription to DevelopingAfrica.net. With African Government Agencies also being encouraged to subscribe, new and existing business objectives and plans are constantly showcased, allowing business professionals to identify and implement solutions.

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Mr. Ben Omoakin Oguntala

The Head And Managing Director 
SecurityinAfrica.com

SecurityinAfrica.com is an initiatve designed to generate interest in the security sector of Africa. Under the Chairmanship of Courtenay Griffiths QC, its aim is to provide an avenue for International Security specialists looking to implement their solutions in Africa and African Governments with interest in improving their security sector to engage and initiate solutions. We also provide a forum for businesses that trade in Africa to source the security solutions to protect their interests in Africa.

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