The Most Alien-looking Place On Earth

'The Most Alien-Looking Place On Earth'
One hundred and fifty miles off the Horn of Africa lies a tiny archipelago of islands known as Socotra.
Because of its extreme isolation from other land masses, Socotra has very unique plant life, a third of which can be found nowhere else in the world.
Not only are the plant endemic to Socotra, but they look weird as can be, causing people to refer to it as "the most alien-looking place on earth."
Socotra is part of Yemen, which is currently undergoing some serious political strife. But you wouldn't know that from the surreal beauty of Socotra.
Flickr/Gerry and Bonni Because Socotra is one of the most isolated land masses in the world, as well as its extreme temperatures and dryness, Socotra's flora is incredibly unique and unusual-looking. A third of all plant life on the island can only be found on Socotra. Today, 70% of the island is a protected as a National park. Because Socotra is one of the most isolated land masse…

125 Beheaded Bodies Uncovered

Ancient 2,000-year-old HOLY MASSACRE found in Jerusalem as 125 beheaded bodies uncovered Oct 15, 2018 10:00 PM AT LEAST 125 skeletons have been found decapitated as archaeologists uncovered the remains on a ancient massacre committed by a "holy" king in Jerusalem. Israel’s Antiquities Authority revealed the grisly find which they had uncovered in the city’s so-called Russian Compound. Bones and skulls were uncovered in an ancient water cistern and the site is believed to be proof of a massacre. Experts believe most of the skeletons are women and children – and who’ll have belonged to the Pharisee community, an ancient sect of Jews. The decayed bodies show marks which suggest they were decapitated by sword and then dumped into the mass graves. Pregnant women’s remains was also found in the pit – with the archaeologists describing the site as “alarming”. “They were apparently the victims of a cruel massacre and were thrown into the pit” Dr. Yossi Nag…

Strange Light From Heaven Spotted Over China

A mysterious light was spotted in China last night, leaving residents baffled.

 Witnesses shared pictures and videos of an identified object appearing to light up the night sky like a massive torch, seen above the regions of Beijing, Chongqing, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia at about 6:45pm local time.

 A UFO expert claimed that the footage looked like the trail of a rocket motor.

 Witnesses shared pictures and videos of an object lighting up the night sky like a massive torch, seen above Beijing, Chongqing, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia at about 6:45pm While residents were convinced that extraterrestrial beings are paying Earth a visit, a leading UFO expert claimed that the footage looked like the trail of a rocket motor.

 Witnesses shared pictures and videos of an object lighting up the night sky like a massive torch, seen above Beijing, Chongqing, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia at about 6:45pm The series of perplexing videos were posted yesterday on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo as stunned n…

A Fire Has Been Burning In Desert Non-Stop For Four Decades

A Fire Has Been Burning In The Desert Non-Stop For The Last 40 Years Ranging from the weird to the wonderful, our planet is a treasure trove that’ll get you to pack up your luggage and go see these happenings up close.
Of course, in the case of a certain desert fire in Turkmenistan that’s been burning for four decades and counting, you might have to be a little careful when getting close.
For the past 40 years, the Darvaza Gas Crater – otherwise known by its scary handle, the “Gates of Hell” – has been burning it up in the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan:
It was discovered in 1971 by Soviet geologists when the ground beneath their drilling rig collapsed, leaving a 70 metre-wide hole.
Since the hole was filled with poisonous gas, these geologists decided to set the crater alight. What they didn’t count on was the crater to burn for four decades straight.
Ah well, we live and we learn. Just take care when you’re approaching it.

It's Not Easy To Get a Sitting President Leave Office. But There Is Improvement In Africa's Politics.

It's not easy to get a sitting president to leave office. In some cases, corruption, violence, and institutional inertia have conspired to keep some African presidents in office for decades. In other cases, the sheer weight of going up against a person who knows the system, has the theoretically unlimited resources of the state at their disposal, and to whom political appointees owe their allegiance is often too much for opposition parties. So, elections are held, but there is rarely a surprise. Hence why today's annulment of the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta by Kenya's supreme court is such a landmark moment. Change certainly can happen at the end of a constitutional term in office. But the power of incumbency means that it is rare for a sitting president to be turfed out if he or she is not ready to retire. But in the last three years some significant shifts seem to be occurring. A quick survey of the status of incumbency across the continent suggests a g…

The Biggest Challenges An Environment Could Ever Face.

None of Africa’s problems is beyond the means and resources within the continent. What has largely lacked is proper policy making and implementation.

As discussions and debates emerge from the just released World Happiness Report 2017 , it is worth to look at factors that have inhibited the general well-being of the African people. In the African case, unlike many developed countries or other continents, there is a shared theme cutting across the countries with many individuals believing most of the problems facing the continent largely lie or can be resolved by the ruling elite.

The problems facing African countries raised by the people surveyed in the report mirror those raised in several others economic and development reports.

According to the citizens in the 44 countries surveyed in World Happiness Report 2017 these are the major problems facing the continent.

1. Poor Governance
The report says, African countries have undergone two forms of governance liberation, yet remain stuck …

Africa under (OAU) And After (OAU) Desolved

Tarik Oguz, tralac
Research Advisor – ICT,
discusses the challenges
facing African countries
today and what needs to
be done in order to
address them.

We observed another Africa Month in May with continent-wide celebrations on the 25th of May – Africa Day, which has a very important symbolic meaning.

Six years after the independence of Ghana from the United Kingdom (6th March 1957), which marked the beginning of the end of the colonial era of Africa, 32 countries met in Addis Ababa and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was formed on
25th May 1963.

The purpose of the OAU was to “promote unity and solidarity amongst African states” and “to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonisation and apartheid”. “May this convention of union last 1,000 years” said the then Emperor Halie Selassie
[1] at the closing ceremony.

The OAU initiated the transformation of Africa, to engage the rest of the world as a group of independent, developing countries. Thirty-eight years later, th…