Why China’s footprint in Africa worries the US

Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson set out this week for his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa, where he is holding meetings with influential leaders across the continent. Yet even as the US seeks to shore up (and, in some sense, repair) its relationships with African governments, Tillerson is keenly aware of another, bigger presence looming in the background: China. Since the early 2000s, China has been investing heavily across Africa through dramatically increased trade, foreign direct investments and loans from the China Export-Import Bank. The phenomenon has, in many respects, been a boon for African economies. But it has also put the US government on edge, as Tillerson…

NRA sues to block new Florida gun laws

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has filed a lawsuit to block legislation that places new restrictions on guns in Florida. Weeks after their children were gunned down in the worst high school shooting since Columbine, parents of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killings stood in the state Capitol and watched Governor Rick Scott sign the far-reaching bill. Hours later, however, the NRA filed a federal lawsuit to block it. The new law capped an extraordinary three weeks of lobbying after the shooting at high school, with student survivors and grieving families working to persuade a Republican-run state government that had shunned gun control measures. Surrounded by…

BREAKING: Martin Shkreli Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison Over Securities Fraud

Once dubbed the “most hated man in America,” Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday by U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto at a hearing in Brooklyn, according to Gizmodo. Shkreli was sobbing when he told the judge that he was changed and “not the same person he was.” Prosecutors had requested a 15-year sentence, while his lawyers argued for 12 to 18 months. Judge Matsumoto said that emails disproved Shkreli’s claims of remorse, citing how he previously wrote, “F*** the feds,” while bragging that he would never serve any real time in prison for his actions. Earlier in court, even Shkreli’s own lawyer admitted that there were times when he wanted to punch the…

Austria’s New President Outraged Over Police Raids Targeting Domestic Intelligence Service

Austria’s president was demanding answers after police raids targeting the offices and staff of the main domestic intelligence service were carried out last week, raising concerns about the far-right’s new control of the Interior Ministry, according to Reuters. The anti-immigration far-right Freedom Party (FPO) is partnered to form a coalition government led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s conservatives and currently controls the interior, foreign, and defense ministries. Opponents have raised concerns about how the party will use some of the sensitive information involved in those departments. Police raided the offices of the BVT domestic intelligence service last week, along with other…

Where’s Bernie? Sen. Bernie Sanders That Is, And Why ‘Despair Is Not an Option!’

Article by WN.Com Correspondent Dallas Darling. Sticking to his mantra it’s always better to show up than to give up, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the contentious Independent Socialist from Vermont, delivered his own State of the Union Response (SOTUR) right after President Donald Trump’s State Of the Union Address (SOTUA.) Consequently, for those who wonder just where Sanders went after the Democratic primaries, or for those who are experiencing “buyer’s remorse” and plan to trade Trump in, Sanders has been, to say the least, quite active.He’s also remained true to his chief principle: “A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much and so many have so little.” Despair…

South Korean Officials Discover $600m Worth of Cryptocurrency Crimes

A lot of things are happening in South Korea as of right now. The government is doing everything they can to crack down on illegal activity. Especially activity related to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. That is a lot easier said than done, for obvious reasons. A recent report shows how close to $600m worth of illegal cryptocurrency FX trading has been discovered. This is an interesting development,…