Did the Republic of Congo pretend to discover oil just to steal money from a European environmental fund? It looks like they did! Perhaps I was right to worry about Congolese stealing my gold in Addis airport. If you follow that link you’ve got a long read before you get to the relevant part.
The image is from the same area but is about a related story.
While on Africa, a lot of Africans are marrying Chinese girls in ‘Chocolate Town’, which is the area of Guangzhao where heaps of African traders live. Fascinating article about cultural differences and how there’s no such thing as the spouse visa. And hey, did you know about this?
African states – home to millions of Chinese, also often undocumented – are watching closely to see how their citizens are treated on mainland soil. After a 2012 crackdown in Beijing on African migrants, Nigerian immigration authorities immediately retaliated, arresting 45 Chinese traders in the northern city of Kano.
With so much at stake for Sino-African relations, Beijing is playing a cautious game.
Lan Shanshan, a research assistant professor at Baptist University, claims there is a media edict on the mainland to report favourably on Africans in China, hence the state-owned newspaper Guangming Daily’s three-part special titled “Friends From Africa, How are You Doing in Guangzhou?”, in 2012.
But a WikiLeaks cable from 2008 revealed that the central government is troubled by the phenomenon, and quietly funded covert research into Africans in Guangzhou, specifically their impact on crime, underground religion and missed tax revenue.
In Old Blighty, divorcing woman compensated for the income she would have earned had she not married. An interesting discussion follows.
Help a bloke out: this truckie needs workout advice. The parameters are tricky: he’s 59, not in great shape, needs exercises he can do in the small, grotty space of a truck stop, not willing to get down on the piss-smelling ground, unable to haul much extra weight. I was thinking a HIIT video like this might help, minus the burpees, but he probably needs to build up his baseline fitness first. Do you know a more moderate, 30 minute video? Please pop over and offer your suggestions if you have any. Don’t go all bro-science on him, he’s not going to do your MMA workout.
While you’re giving advice, tell DT how to get a girlfriend. Not sex. A girlfriend.
I’m not an expert on this, but I found this summary of the weird points surrounding the Salisbury poisonings pretty convincing. Something weird is going on there. So far this is not really a conspiracy, because there’s yet to be a better explanation for the events that unfolded. It’s more of a, ‘this story does not seem right’.
Why negative rates are almost guaranteed now in the US. Compelling article.
The persecution of Julian Assange.
Finland’s found a solution to rape.
Is there any solution to the alpha widow phenomenon?
A registered nurse comments on the observed local reaction to Corona-chan in the US: sub-awesome.
It’s not just Australia: Philippines risks becoming a province of China.
Australians are funny. Coronavirus is now leading to panic-buying of toilet paper. A fight over the precious paper broke out in a Tamworth supermarket, leading police to taser a man. Also see at that link the toilet paper truck that caught fire.
I urge my compatriots to calm down and learn to use a tabo like any civilized person.