Mali and the impact of Narco- terrorism

The recent attack on UN peacekeepers in northern Mali is the latest in a series of attacks on soldiers and UN personnel this year, especially around the city of Gao.
Whilst the French and American military are deploying Special Forces units and regular troops to Mali to prevent an Islamist takeover, there is a different interpretation for these attacks- drugs.
In the early 2000s, Europe’s cocaine market was a quarter of the one in the United States. By 2015, drug surveillance agencies have confirmed that the two markets were the same size and flooded with 350 tons a year. Where is the cocaine in Europe coming from?
In November 2009, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime found an old Boeing 727 crashed in the desert not far from Gao. Locals in the area have confirmed that several planeloads from Venezuela arrive each month. The cargo is cocaine, which is loaded onto 4×4 vehicles for shipment northwards across the desert. The convoys are driven by young men who spend three days ferrying the cargo to Algeria and along the north African coast. These men earn $500.00 per trip.
The cocaine is then loaded onto boats crammed with migrants fleeing the failed states of Syria and Iraq and headed to Europe.
Is South American cocaine fuelling the European migrant crisis? It is certainly contributing to the criminalisation of Mali and other West African states. The drug trade has increased corruption, introduced weapons and provided easy money for those willing to participate . It has created a hostile environment for many companies o want to exploit the Sahel’s valuable natural resources.

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6 steps to vehicle evacuation

Keep the pressure in your vehicle tyres lowered by 10%. This will improve traction and minimise wear and tear of your tyres.
The recent ambush of an Egyptian police convoy in the Sinai demonstrates the vulnerabilities of travelling by car in hostile environments. 
Hasm is the terrorist organisation that has claimed responsibility for attack. Hasm is the military wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. As terrorists, they are using vehicle ambushes to kill members of the security forces.

Here are six tips to ensure that you can drive to safety during a collapse of the rule of law (RoL).

1. Always reverse park. You will then be facing the right direction in the event of an evacuation.
2. Always fill up the fuel tank whenever it is half full. In an emergency, petrol stations will be overcrowded and fights for fuel could slow down your evacuation. Plan ahead.
3. Keep basic supplies in your vehicle, especially before an evacuation. 
4. Keep non- electrical navigation equipment available and know how to use a map and a compass. GPS equipment fails, batteries go flat and the GPS and GLONASS satellite systems could be shut down by the government. Keep updated street and topographical maps in your ca, along with a compass.
5. Keep your evacuation vehicle in top n condition. Regularly check the oil and fuel levels; ensure that the brakes are working; check your spare tyre; and maintain a checklist of what is needed for an evacuation
6. Create several pre- planned evacuation routes. Traffic jams, vehicle accidents, loss of fuel and road blocks might prevent your convoy from travelling one route. Consider, too, that you might need to travel by foot or alternative means.
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Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink.

Buy a handheld water filter (Aquamira Pro Replacement Series Iii GRN Line Filter, Aquamira Frontier Straw Filter) and drink clean water from any puddle, ditch or toilet.

A review of data available on the Department of Water and Sanitation’s website clearly shows that Cape Town is not facing its worst drought in recorded history. Rather, what the data proves is gross mismanagement of the Theewaterskloof Dam, which is Cape Town’s largest source of water supply.
Given that mismanagement, provincial government incompetence, corrupt tender practices and possible criminal behaviour are probably contributing factors to the current water crisis and will see the crisis repeated over the next few years how do you survive when the taps run dry?

To ensure that you remain suitably hydrated and functioning, consider the following:

1.Rather than rationing water, minimise your body’s loss of moisture. Get out of the sun and stay in the shade; cover up, especially your face, neck arms and feet; and breathe through your nose.
2. Ensure that you have access to potable water. You need to filter water first to remove any debris. You can do this by making a simple filter with a sock, a shirt sleeve or an empty plastic bottle. Once filtered, you can purify the water by bringing it to the boil; adding bleach or potassium permanganate; using the sun or UV rays from a steripen; or a filter.
3. Identify sources of water in your local area. Small streams, municipal water sources, neighbours’ swimming pools and public water points are all usable, if you have access and proper means for collection and storage.
4. Domestic houses have specific water resources apart from swimming pools. Water is held in the toilet cistern and (sometimes) in the bowl. Water can also be found in borehole or well point storage tanks, in solar heating piping and the geysers in the roof.
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