THE RICHEST TERRORIST GROUPS IN THE WORLD

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Forbes Israel has ranked the 10 Richest terror groups based on their annual income and its certainly no surprise that the Islamic State (ISIS) leads the group of rich evil terrorists. I’ve written previously about how rich ISIS is, how they get their money and why having that much money poses a great threat to the world. ISIS has even recently announced plans to mint its own currency.
     Terrorist groups usually raise money by taking up donations from charities, government agencies, as well as through criminal activities such as drug trafficking, robberies, extortion and human trafficking (common with ISIS and Nigeria’s Boko Haram). According to the rank, the richest terrorist organisation today and in history is the Islamic State (ISIS) which is super rich mostly because of the oil fields it controls in Iraq.
      THE RICHEST TERRORIST GROUPS IN THE WORLD
1. Islamic State ($2 billions) Iraq and Syria
2. Hamas ($1 billion) Palestine
3. FARC ($600 millions) Colombia
4. Hezbollah ($500 millions) Lebanon
5. Taliban ($400 millions).  Pakistan and Afghanistan
6. Al-Qaeda ($150 millions) The Middle East
7. Lashkar e-Taiba ($100 millions)
8. Al-Shabaab ($100 millions). Somalia and Kenya
9. Real IRA ($50 millions)
10. Boko Haram ($25 millions) Nigeria and Cameroon

Written by Olisa Lotenna

Burkina Faso did the right thing

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Michel Kafando, Head of Interim Government of Burkina Faso

      
   Since protests followed the plan of Former President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27 year long rule by altering the constitution, I have carefully followed the developments in Burkina Faso. When the protest became too much and protesters tried to burn the Legislative building, President Compare fell to the pressure. He however changed the plan and instead said he would continue being president and his government would oversee the next year’s Presidential elections. This still didn’t go down well with the opposition and protesters who demanded his outright resignation. He later bowed to the mounting pressure.
       After President Compaore resigned, the Army took over government and suspended the constitution. This was when my fears began to grow. Burkina Faso is a poor country, I thought and the civilians would suffer badly in the eventuality of an internal conflict. The UN also is overstretched with various degrees of conflicts around the world and even the current Ebola crises and funding might not be very forthcoming. My fear for the country mounted when in less than a week, three different military officers claimed the position of the head of state. This isn’t turning out to be good, I reasoned. This might result to another South Sudan and this would be a conflict West Africa wouldn’t like to see at all.
     My fears however subsided when the African Union started to mount pressure on Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, the acting head of state to restore civilian government or face sanctions.
This morning, I saw the very welcome news that the Foreign Minister who has also worked with the UN has been appointed as the Interim Head of State and would oversee the elections next year and that the constitution had been returned.
So, I must say that Burkina Faso did the right thing and I’m happy that the military officers put the interest of the nation above selfish political and personal ambitions.
Certainly, more countries need to follow this example and quickly resolve political issues in order to prevent the country fron spinning out of control. If Syria and South Sudan had done this, we might be singing a different song now and thousands of precious human lives would have been saved.

Written by Olisa Lotenna

ISIS plans its own currency

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Islamic State proposes its own currency in a bid to rid itself of US imperialism

           The news making the rounds now about the Islamic State (ISIS) is the group’s plan to establish its own currency. The Islamic State which has terrorized and even controls much of Iraq and are fighting for control of Syria, is presently the richest terrorist organization in the world with a net worth of about $3bn dollars. The ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who debuted on the Forbes list of World’s powerful people was rumoured to be dead or injured following a US coalition but recently rubbished the claims by releasing an audio clip calling on his supporters to ‘light earth with fire’ and also hinted that the Islamic Caliphate will make its own currency.

       

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     ISIS is planning to mint its own currency in gold, silver and copper: two gold, three silver and two copper.
The extra-radical sect says it aims to stay away from the “tyrant’s financial system,” apparently referring to the United States which it condemned as ‘satanic’. The group also said another statement will be out soon to explain the new currency’s exchange rate, and where it can be found.
     

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       Why I think the world should be concerned is that this a terrorist sect that is so wealthy and brutal and has so far succeeded in establishing an ‘Islamic Caliphate’ right under the eyes of World powers like the US who are facing a very rough time combating them. Their so called ‘Islamic State’ has a ‘Caliph’ who is the leader, a flag, a large territorial area it controls and a formidable army to go along with. Imposing its own currency is surely a step further to cement its forceful statehood.
The world can not afford to look and watch this ‘greatest evil of our century’ continue without being strongly checked. This is not only a US fight, or a fight for Iraq or the Kurds alone, it is a World’s fight. A fight for sanity, humanity and the dignity of the human life in our generation. A fight for religious tolerance, unity and respect for the fact that before any of our differences, we are first human. A fight against terrorism, oppression and brutality and a fight for human rights.
      So, I call on all responsible governments with the capability, including the Russian Federation, irrespective of any political differences, to actively participate in the US led coalition do defeat this monstrous group before they ‘light the earth with fire’.

Written by Olisa Lotenna

Remembering the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

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     I remember that it was around this time, a year ago when I started my blog that the Typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban, Philippines leaving 8,000 people dead or missing and four million displaced and homeless. The disaster quickly brought on a grave humanitarian catastrophe as many needed food, shelter and immediate medical care.
     Now, one year on, we remember the victims and our hearts and prayers go out to the orphans, widows and others badly affected by the floods who are still trying to rebuild their lives. Some lost everything.
    It is sad that one year after, only 450 homes have been rebuilt and 15,000 people are still homeless despite the huge allocation of $1.15bn by the Philippines Government. Many still live in temporary shelters where food and water is often scarce.
     One year on and so many are still feeling the pains of the typhoon like it was just yesterday. We cannot bring back the people they lost but we can at least help them rebuild their lives. The Government of Philippines should put aside politics and work together with willing aid agencies to ensure the proper rehabilitation of all the those affected.

Written by Olisa Lotenna

Using Sports to fight Racism

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SAY NO TO RACISM

         The world has always witnessed cases of racial discrimination in sports, particularly football and I’m pleased with some efforts made by FIFA and UEFA in broadcasting anti-Racism messages during sports matches and creating the awareness that the idea of Racial superiority is evil and undermines the fundamentals of human equality. Racism and other forms of discrimination threatens human rights, justice and equality.
     UN Special Rapporteur Mutuma Ruteere urges all States “to take appropriate measures to harness the unique potential of sports to debunk racial superiority discourses, mobilize people and convey messages about equality and non-discrimination”
   Sports can be an instrument of creating equality and discarding the evil trend of racism, segregation and discrimination, seeing that there are many multiracial teams who are able to put aside race and ethnicity and focus on what they love to do. The world would be so much better and the cause of humanity would be further propagated if we learn to see that no race is superior or inferior. EVERYONE IS EQUAL AND UNITED BY HUMANITY!

Written by Olisa Lotenna