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Category: Africa

February 21, 2015

By Aliaume Leroy

Mr Simon and the Queen Bee: Traffickers Above Suspicion at HSBC

From 2002 until 2007 at least, HSBC Private Bank was the scene of an alliance between Atlanta-based ecstasy dealers and an Israeli arms trafficker, former Al-Qaeda supplier and money launderer for Mexican cartels. By François Pilet, Marie Maurisse and Aliaume Leroy Night was falling over an Atlanta suburb on Monday 22 March 2004 when Sergeant…

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November 4, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Inside the Machiavellian Sudanese Foreign Policy

Unnoticed by the mainstream medias, a recent leaked minutes (last English translation, original document in Arabic available here) from a secret meeting between high-level security and military Sudanese officers offer insight into the different ties that Khartoum maintain with Iran, the Gulf States as well as Shia armed groups in Yemen and Libya. Leaked to Sudanese specialist Eric Reeves on…

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October 16, 2014

By Aliaume Leroy

The South Sudanese Civil War: A Witness Account

On December 2013, two years after its independence, South Sudan plunged into civil war. Rooted in a political rivalry between the President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President Riek Machar, the conflict soon separated the country along ethnic lines as both belligerents used their ethnic origins (respectively Dinka and Nuer) to rally supporters. Political…

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September 11, 2014

By Chris Biggers

First of Chad’s MIG-29 Arrives In N’Djamena

Satellite imagery acquired by DigitalGlobe on 03JUL14 shows the arrival of Chad’s first MIG-29 at N’Djamena airbase. Over the last decade, Chad and Sudan have been engaged in a serious proxy war to support armed opposition groups in their respective countries. This support intensified near the end of 2005. Since then, both countries have attempted…

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