Yellow-billed storks in South Africa


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6 June 2016

Yellow-billed Storks in Port Alfred, South Africa.

African pied wagtail video


This 6 June 2016 video is about an African Pied Wagtail, Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

African scops owl video


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Birding in the Eastern Cape, South AfricaAfrican Scops Owl

22 May 2016

African Scops Owl video clip with call added, near Bathurst, South Africa.

I was privileged to see this beautiful small owl species in the Gambia.

Lions against buffalo in South Africa


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Lions Bring Down Buffalo | Absolutely Crazy Ending!

23 May 2016

We have had the honor of hundreds of people from around the world sending in their incredible videos for us to share, and each is unique. This one however is one that is just extremely special and plays on every emotion!

Incredible too see how two lionesses from one pride chase the herd into two males from a different pride. The 4 of them are happy to share the meal, however, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” happened to the buffalo when the lioness from the male’s pride comes in and a huge fight breaks out, leaving the buffalo a great opportunity to escape without even a limp.

Taken in the Mala Mala Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Video by: Ranger Mike

Lions chase buffaloes into tourists’ car


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Lions Chase Buffaloes Into Tourists’ Car

14 May 2016

Scary video showing a group of tourists being at the wrong place at the wrong time as 2 male lions take their chance at buffaloes, chasing the herd right into a spectating vehicle.

Thank goodness the people in the car are doing well and weren’t hurt.

Taken on the H1-4 near Olifants in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Video by: Penny Osborne

‘CIA helped apartheid regime arrest Nelson Mandela’, ex-CIA man admits


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“One of Our Greatest Coups”: The CIA & the Capture of Nelson Mandela

13 December 2013

As South Africa prepares to hold a state funeral for Nelson Mandela, we look at how the CIA helped the South African track down and capture Nelson Mandela in 1962. In 1990, the Cox News Service quoted a former U.S. official saying that within hours after Mandela‘s arrest a senior CIA operative named Paul Eckel admitted the agency’s involvement.

Eckel was reported as having told the official, “We have turned Mandela over to the South African security branch. We gave them every detail, what he would be wearing, the time of day, just where he would be. They have picked him up. It is one of our greatest coups.”

Several news outlets have reported the actual source of the tip that led to the arrest of Mandela was a CIA official named Donald Rickard. On Thursday, Democracy Now! attempted to reach Rickard at his home in Colorado. On two occasions, a man who picked up the phone hung up when we asked to speak with Donald Rickard.

The activist group RootsAction has launched a campaign to urge the CIA to open its files on Mandela and South Africa and the media watchdog group Fairness in Accuracy in Reporting has questioned why corporate media outlets have largely ignored the story. We speak to journalist Andrew Cockburn who first reported on the CIA link to Mandela’s arrest in 1986 in the New York Times.

From Slate.com in the USA:

Former U.S. Spy Says CIA Played Key Role in Nelson Mandela’s Arrest

By Daniel Politi

May 15 2016 11:51 AM

A former CIA spy said he played a key role in getting Nelson Mandela arrested in 1962, which led to a 27-year imprisonment. Donald Rickard, who was working as the U.S. vice consul in Durban at the time, said he was the one who provided the tip about Mandela’s whereabouts on that fateful day, according to the Sunday Times.

So, Rupert Murdoch‘s far Right Sunday Times (for readers who only believe right-wing media).

Rickard gave the explosive declaration mere weeks before his March 30 death to British film director John Irvin. The former spy had no apparent qualms about what he did because Mandela was “the world’s most dangerous communist outside of the Soviet Union.”

Rickard claims he found out that Mandela would be traveling from Durban to Johannesburg and told police authorities so they could set up a roadblock. When Mandela’s car was stopped, agents immediately recognized the most wanted man in the country and took him into custody. “I found out when he was coming down and how he was coming … that’s where I was involved and that’s where Mandela was caught,” Rickard said. The former agent didn’t reveal how he received the information but said he firmly believed Mandela was “completely under the control of the Soviet Union, a toy of the communists.”

The interview appears to confirm suspicions that the CIA was tracking Mandela, according to the BBC. The report is likely to increase pressure on the U.S. intelligence agency to release documents that could help clarify its role in Mandela’s arrest.

Mandela’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party was quick to react to the news, saying it puts in evidence a pattern of Washington involvement in the country’s politics. “That revelation confirms what we have always known, that they are working against [us], even today,” ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said. “It’s not thumb sucked, it’s not a conspiracy [theory]. It is now confirmed that it did not only start now, there is a pattern in history.”

When the 88-year-old Rickard spoke to Irving two weeks before his death he contradicted statements he had made in the past when he vehemently denied any involvement in Mandela’s arrest. In 2012, the Wall Street Journal wrote about the “mystery” of Mandela’s detention and noted reports “about a junior U.S. diplomat at the Durban consulate who allegedly boasted at a party of steering the police to Mr. Mandela.” Rickard denied everything. “That story has been floating around for a while,” he told the paper over the phone. “It’s untrue. There’s no substance to it.”