Elton John Pledges Millions To Help LGBTs in Africa

Award-winning singer and composer Elton John have begun a $10m fund that would issue grants and provide expertise to people in homophobic regimes.

The Aids Foundation — which he established — would provide grants to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Africa stigmatised and penalised for their sexual orientation. The Aids Foundation would work with the US President Barack Obama’s Pepfar plan for Aids relief.

According to John, he has no power to persuade countries with homophobic laws to change their values:

“I know that certain governments in Africa will not respond to someone like me telling them you should do this, you should do that. I count for nothing as far as that goes.

“What I can do is ensure that people who are LGBT – if their clinics are closed down because they are LGBT – we can give them medicine. If they are arrested, we will get them legal aid,” he said on Wednesday at the international Aids conference in Durban, South Africa.

Many sub-Saharan African countries have anti-homosexuality laws and in some, including Nigeria and Sudan, there is the threat of the death penalty. There is a long history of violent attacks and persecution against LGBT people.

“We will help them on the ground,” said John. “With these countries sometimes, who knows, it might take 50 years, but I guarantee it will change.”

Iraq War Inquiry Will Answer All Criticisms – Chilcot

The Chilcot Report, investigating the role of the UK during the Iraq War alongside the United States, will not be afraid to criticise the operations and the decisions of those who were involved during the time of the Iraq war.

According to Chilcot, the public inquiry will not whitewash anything from the investigation. Chilcot admitted that he and his panellists had judged decisions that may justify a rebuke.

Chilcot said: “I made very clear right at the start of the inquiry that if we came across decisions or behaviour which deserved criticism then we wouldn’t shy away from making it. And, indeed, there have been more than a few instances where we are bound to do that.”

The report would focus on the commitments of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, his agreement with former US President George Bush.

The investigation also intends to expose whether Mr Blair had misled the public by exaggerating the likelihood of nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction. Investigation further revealed that the nuclear weapons were non-existent.

The Chilcot Report had come under fire because of its delays. However, Chilcot said the scale of the investigation was unprecedented and would need an analysis of over 150,000 government documents and getting agreement from the government of how much information can be published.

Europe Voices Out Want For Britain to Stay

Survey shows that 11,000 Europeans want Britain to remain. According to the Bertelsmann Foundation, about 54% of survey respondents said UK must remain with the EU.

In April, about 10,992 European citizens answered a survey. Majority of Europeans in the 28 member states said Britain’s departure with have little or no impact on their own country. About 25% believe their country would be gravely affected.

The survey was done in April before the Brexit’s ballooning issue.

Bertelsmann project manager Isabell Hoffmann said: “What we have seen in our polling is that while the mood in the UK is incredibly agitated, the atmosphere on the continent has been relatively calm. The baseline response we are seeing is that people in the rest of Europe haven’t really been shaken up by the Brexit debate.”

In a separate research by the Pew Research Centre in the United States indicated a sharp decline in public support for the EU across its largest member states.

About 38 per cent of respondents in France said they favoured the EU’s decisions. This was down 17 percentage points the previous year. EU support in Spain fell by 16 points to 47%.

Both studies point out that majority of EU’s nationals want Britain to stay in the bloc.

The EU had declared that if the UK should leave the European Union, it would be “harsher” for the UK as it may take more than seven years for the UK to negotiate a new relationship with the EU.

Boris Johnson, Michael Gove Challenge Cameron To Brexit Debate

MPs former London Mayor Boris Johnson and Justice Secretary Michael Gove had issued an extraordinary challenge to David Cameron due to his failure to cut immigration.

With a vote of no-confidence on Cameron regarding the handling of the EU referendum, a Tory MP said British Prime Minister David Cameron could lose the debate quickly.

Both Johnson and Gove issued a letter stating that Cameron’s target to cut immigration to tens of thousands had come to pass and fulfil expectations. They said they betrayed his public trust.

EU’s free movement of people rules on public services indicate that class sizes would soar. The NHS lines would lengthen if the UK did not vote to leave by June 23.

Employment Minister Priti Patel said that Cameron and UK Chancellor George Osborne were “too wealthy to care about the effects of immigration.”

The employment minister said “It’s shameful that those leading the pro-EU campaign fail to care for those who do not have their advantages. Their narrow self-interest fails to pay due regard to the interests of the wider public.”

Rebelling tories were concerned about the EU’s “out of control” policies on migration within its ranks.

Vote stay said the economic effects of a Brexit would prove devastating for the current economy. The G7 leaders also said the UK’s prominence globally could see a falling out due to huge uncertainty affecting investment in the country.

Hunt for EgyptAir MS804 Begins in Mediterranean

A joint task force between France, Greece, Turkey and the United States are searching for the remains of EgyptAir’s flight MS804 following its distress signal and sudden disappearance from radar.


The passenger airbus carried 66 people from Paris to Cairo. It had issued a distress signal shortly after it disappeared from tower radar.

According to EgyptAir, it had found part of the wreckage and life jackets near the Island of Karpathos in Crete, Greece.

However, Ahmed Adel, Vice President of EgyptAir said it wasn’t their aircraft.

Egypt is currently searching all the waters in the area the aircraft was last spotted on radar.

The United States have dispatched a p-3 Orion Maritime Surveillance aircraft from its Sicilian base.

Egyptian Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi said he didn’t wish to draw conclusions. But he said

“The possibility of having a different action or a terror attack is higher than the possibility of having a technical failure.”

Meanhwile, French authorities said their information confirms the plane has crashed and immediately disappeared. French President Francois Hollande said “we have a duty to know everything about the cause and what has happened.

About 30 Egyptians were on board the plane. France said it had 15 nationals on board.

Other passengers were two Iraqis and one national per country from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Kuwait, Sudan, Chad, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Canada and Algeria.

Egyptian Official Blames Tom And Jerry For Violence in the Region

Violent video games along with western cartoon violence urge young men to become ‘happy’ to kill, according to Egyptian Head of State Information Service Abdel Sadeq.

The official said:

“[The cartoon] portrays violence in a funny manner, and gives the impression that, yes, I can hit him, and I can blow him up with explosives,” Salan Abdel Sadeq told the audience at a conference titled “The Media and the Culture of Violence” at Cairo University.

“Video games are spreading…it has become normal for a young man to sit for long hours playing video games, killing and spilling blood. He is happy and content with that.”

Egypt’s own internal media production did not escape the official’s criticism. However, Sadeq has not confirmed whether to urge censorship.

Many criticised Sadeq’s implication of Tom and Jerry along with videogames as a major factor in urging violence.

One Egyptian Twitter user said:

“Good, so Tom and Jerry are terrorists – my niece loves watching it and if we stopped her we’d have to call the police”

Some had said Sadeq had failed to include the previous Muslim Brotherhood, the party list of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and is labelled as a terrorist group.

“Not the Muslim Brotherhood then?! Egyptian official holds Tom and Jerry responsible for violence in the Middle

Ecuador Hit By Aftershocks After 7.8 Magnitude Saturday Earthquake

Barely recovering from Saturday’s immense earthquake, Ecuador is rocked once again by a 6 magnitude earthquake.

The earthquake on Saturday is the first Ecuador has faced in four decades. The earthquakes had killed about 587 people with thousands still missing.

The new magnitude-6 earthquake had struck around 62 miles north-northwest of Portoviejo with a depth of six miles, according to the US Geological Survey.

The local authorities have yet to estimate anything on injuries or damages in the area.

Saturday’s earthquake was the worst to hit the South American country in decades and had cost the country about £2.1 billion in damages.

Foreign aid and experts have arrived in the area to assess the situation. About 14,000 security personnel had been deployed in the area to prevent looting.

Supplies have been moved to the main towns and shelters set up for more than 25,000 people in football stadiums and airports, but badly damaged roads have delayed transport.

One man, asked to stay calm by an official at a food distribution point outside the town of Pedernales, showed his frustration.

“I can be patient,” he shouted back. “But not the children! They are crying.”

Trump “Almost Thrown Overboard” By Wisconsin Loss

Wisconsin played out differently from what Presidential Hopeful and US Favourite Donald Trump thought it would be.

Ted Cruz took Wisconsin primary with majority of delegates voting in favour of the Wisconsin-endorsed GOP representative.

Cruz secured his victory in the Badger State’s Republican primary Tuesday. Trump finished in second.

About 42 delegates in the states had gone to Cruz. Nationwide, he has about 18 delegates.

However, he’s still far behind to chase after Donald Trump, who has won majority of the delegates in different states.

His poor performance in WIsconsin was attributed to a poor contextual reading.

Wisconsin, first viewed as a white-majority state, is far from ideological and is more secular at best according to political analysts.

Trump had insulted Republican Scott Walker and Paul D. Ryan. Walker had endorsed Ted Cruz to Winsconsin, stating that “if you’ve liked what we’ve done to Wisconsin, it would be wise to vote Cruz”.

Trump, meanwhile, will need very strong performances across the Northeast, California, and other states including Indiana and West Virginia.

Analysts believe Trump can achieve the following but it also means doing away with unnecessary fracas that could ruin his political tactics.


Areas of Military Technological Advancement

It is very important for the United States military to stay current in terms of their technology- falling behind and using equipment that is out-of-date could result in lives being lost. Therefore, the government is always exploring ways to improve their technology in a wide variety of areas. This has allowed them to earn the reputation of being the most advanced military in the world. Here are some of the areas of military technological advancement that America has been focusing on over the past several years.

1. Aircraft

The sophistication of American military aircraft has always been one of the things that sets it apart from other militaries around the world. That having been said, the United States can never just sit around and hope that other countries will not catch up to them. They are always looking for ways to make their planes more efficient in terms of flying reconnaissance and assault missions. The planes that are used by the Navy and the Air Force are faster and more maneuverable than the vast majority of planes that are used by other countries. They are also more fuel efficient. This is important because it means the planes will not need to return to their base as often to get more fuel.

2. Artillery

A military would not be anything without a large amount of powerful artillery at their disposal. The weapons that the U.S. military uses are getting more advanced every day. These advances have been put on display countless times during various military operations around the world. The large-caliber guns that are currently being used during operations in the Middle East have the capability to fire their ammunition at an incredibly fast rate. The speed with which these guns are able to fire has been increased significantly over the past several years. Also, the guns have been made much lighter in order to make them easier to transport.

3. Security

United States military bases will always be a prime target for terrorists. Therefore, their security is one of the primary concerns of the government. Many exciting pieces of technology have been developed in an effort to keep American military bases safe and secure. For example, barriers are used to prevent vehicles from being rammed through the gates of a military base. Truck bombs are often used by terrorists in these types of attacks. These barriers make such an attack impossible. Some of the best anti-ram vehicle barriers in the industry are made by a company called Gibraltar.

4. Body armor

Soldiers are inevitably going to be fired upon when they are involved in operations on enemy soil. Therefore, it is imperative that these soldiers are outfitted with body armor that is able to sufficiently protect them in the event that they are hit with a bullet or shrapnel from a bomb. Body armor has been around in various forms for many years. However, it has certainly come a long way in terms of its protective capabilities. The body armor that is issued to American soldiers can now stop bullets fired from guns that were previously thought to be unstoppable. This body armor is also designed to prevent knives from being able to penetrate it. It is not an exaggeration to say that these advances in body armor technology have already saved thousands of American lives.

Bernie Sanders To Talk About Middle East

A US Candidate for Presidency’s speech for his or her outlook of having Middle East the peace it needs could be the boon or bane of his or her presidential campaign, according to experts. Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders is about to lay out his vision and plans for the peace in the Middle East.

Sanders, known for criticising the economic inequality in the United States, is Jewish. He pled for a more humane handling of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

“To be successful, we have to be a friend not only to Israel, but to the Palestinian people, where in Gaza, they suffer from an unemployment rate of 44 percent—the highest in the world—and a poverty rate nearly equal to that,” Sanders said, according to a prepared text of his remarks.

He then moved on to talk about the Islamic militant group ISIS. He said the failure of Middle East nations to stop ISIS is the failure of wealthy elites in the nations. He said that Qatar’s $200 billion funding on the World Cup Soccer Stadium is enough to help the Middle East outfit its forces to fight terrorism in its area.

Sanders pointed out that the wealthy and powerful nations in the region should no longer depend on the United States to help them.