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Saturday, 23 September



LONDON: The so called terrorist group IPOB applied to protest in London. They were granted permission and they matched the More


Anthony Lamar Smith killed in St Louis, killer scot free "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 22 September 2017 video from Missouri in the USA says about itself:

That verdict was a travesty

Watch: St. Louis workers denounce acquittal of killer cop, crackdown on protests

By Genevieve Leigh and George Gallanis reporting from St. Louis

23 September 2017

Protests in St. Louis against the acquittal of Jason Stockley, the police officer who shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith on camera in 2011, have now entered their second week. Police in riot gear have arrested hundreds of mostly peaceful protesters and journalists in what amounts to a military-style lockdown of the city using pepper spray and tear gas.

WSWS reporters spoke with protesters and St. Louis workers about the verdict and the suppression of protests by the police.

By Niles Niemuth in the USA, 23 September 2017:

The 2011 killing of Anthony Lamar Smith by St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was an open-and-shut case of police murder.

Smith was a 24-year-old African-American who was driving away from police after they burst in on what they claim was a drug deal. Stockley, who is white, was recorded on a dashboard camera saying, Im going to kill this motherfucker, dont you know it. Less than 45 seconds later, his partner Brian Bianchi rammed their police SUV into Smiths car. Video of the incident shows that Smith remained in the car and made no attempt to flee.

Stockley jumped out of the SUV and shot Smith five times. Forensic evidence revealed that Stockley fired the kill shot from six inches away. The officer then returned to his vehicle, rummaged through a duffel bag and returned to Smiths car to plant a throwaway gun on the dead victim. Tests showed the gun had only Stockleys DNA on it.

In addition to hi...


Will French ortolan bunting eating stop at last? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This is an ortolan bunting video from France.

From BirdLife:

22 Sep 2017

In France, the Ortolan Bunting may soon be finally off the menu

The French Ministry of Ecology, Nicolas Hulot has committed to ending the large-scale trapping of Ortolan Bunting, which takes place to meet demand for a cruel dish where the songbird is blinded, plumpened and drowned in brandy. Its a practice that has driven population declines of up to 84% in Europe since 1980.

By Alex Dale

Ortolan is a dish savoured with an almost ritualistic relish. Custom dictates that the diner eats the bird while wearing a napkin over their head; this, it is said, is to ensure the rich aromas do not escape while the gourmand chews the bird, bones and all, a process that lasts for several minutes. Pragmatically, the ritual may also have arisen because eating it is a messy business indeed. Or, others might say, out of shame. Because the process of delivering the Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana from perch to palate is a gruesome affair indeed.

The cruelty begins in the field, where around 30,000 Ortolan Buntings are captured every year during the autumn migration, as their flightpath from eastern Europe to west Africa takes them across France and in particular Landes, a poaching hotspot in the south-west of France. Here, songbirds are trapped in huge numbers, either in nets, or, in Provence, by getting snared by glue smeared on the branches of their favoured trees. BirdLife estimates around 500,000 protected passerines are illegally caught every year in France. Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs and Brambling Fringilla montifringilla are also targets for poachers, and many other species, such as European Goldfinch...


Guess Who Concocted the War on Terror Doctrine Before 9/11? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Guess Who Concocted the War on Terror Doctrine Before 9/11? | war-on-terror | 911 Truth Propaganda Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News War Propaganda World News

The War on Terror is a concoction to manipulate you out of your rights and allow an endless war against a faceless enemy.

War on Terror has become a catchcry phrase after the biggest of all false flag operations, September 11th. While its true that 9/11 became the pretext for the War on Terror, and catapulted the doctrine from an idea to official US policy (and a preeminent Western ideology going into the 21st century), the idea didnt originate with the George W. Bush Administration. The origins of the phrase War on Terror can actually be traced back to around 1979 and to another infamous New World Order agenda-pusher by the name of Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel. The War on Terror has become such a hackneyed phrase that its worthy of being trademarked and corporatized, if the Military Industrial Complex hasnt done so already. Think of how much carnage, death and destruction have been wrought in the name of fighting the War on Terror and its various offshoots such as Radical Islamic Terrorism  millions of people killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Palestine and more  and theres no sign of it stopping. The War on Terror is the ultimate abstract endless war against a nebulous faceless enemy. Its not going to stop until enough people see through the deception.

Meet Benjamin Netanyahu, Inventor of the War on Terror

Netanyahu is more than just an Israeli politician. Netanyahus father, Benzion Netanyahu, was a leader of Revisionist Zionism, a colonialist, aggressive, xenophobic and expansionist form of Israeli nationalism founded by Zeev Jabotinsky in the early part of the 20th century. Netanyahu was already talking about terrorism in 1979 when he wrote his book International Terrorism: Challenge and Response that year. He wrote another book on terrorism in 1995, a major work entitled Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International...


Adorable Chimpanzee Is Learning To Trust Again, And The Photos Are Too Cute "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

This 10-month-old chimpanzee hasnt had the easiest start in life. Though he is now cared for by kind caregivers, Farah once lived in chains after being seized by wildlife traffickers who killed his mother.

Sadly, his story is not unusual. Every year, millions of helpless animals are orphaned as a result of poaching or human negligence. In fact, the illegal industry generates a profit of five to 20 million dollars annually. Even if the trade does result in species going extinct, many poachers do not care as it is profitable short-term.

Fortunately, Farah is now living a good live at Mefou Sanctauary, Ape Africas safe haven which is located in Cameroon, Africa. The non-profit is focused on the conservation of chimpanzees, monkeys and gorillas.

When Farah first arrived at the sanctuary, he was distrustful of humans and shied away from the strange sights and sounds. The patent caretakers eventually earned his trust, however. Now, hes realizing humans arent all that bad.

In the photo below, Farah curiously looks at his caregiver, Stephanie.



London Grenfell Tower disaster damages mental health "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

London, England: Grenfell survivors and local residents outside Kensington & Chelsea Council Town Hall demanding the resignation of the council

From daily News Line in Britain:

Saturday, 23 September 2017

GRENFELL INFERNO! unprecedented trauma

THE GRENFELL Tower disaster triggered a mental health crisis of an unprecedented scale, a leading doctor has said 100 days on from the fire.

NHS data shows 457 adults have been flagged as being in urgent need of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, while 39 children are also receiving specialist mental health care.

Survivors and nearby witnesses of the June 14 inferno, which left so many dead, are considered to have a 50% chance of developing the disorder, according to health service modelling. Those mentally scarred by the tragedy report suffering from flashbacks and sleeplessness, which can be triggered by the sight of the towers wreckage, clinicians say.

Dr Alastair Bailey, the clinical psychological lead at the NHS Grenfell Tower Trauma Service, said the impact of the fire is unlike anything seen before by the health service. He said: It is unprecedented, I dont think we have experienced anything like it. We had similar events that have been large-scale, traumatic events that have occurred in the UK.

We think about the London bombings, the terror attack in Tunisia which affected British nationals and other events....


Trump Looking To Expand Drone Strikes Outside Conventional Warzones "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US President Donald Trump is seeking to loosen some Obama-era limits on drone attacks and ground raids outside conventional warzones US media reports have said.

The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported on Thursday that Trumps top national security advisers have proposed relaxing two rules from the administration of Barack Obama, the former US president.

The officials said the targets of kill missions by the military and the CIA would be expanded to include foot-soldier fighters with no special skills or leadership roles.

The officials added that proposed drone attacks and raids would no longer undergo high-level vetting.

The New York Times report comes after NBC News published a story on Monday about the Trump administration contemplating policy changes that will further expand the CIAs authority to conduct drone raids in a number of countries, both in and out of warzones.

NBC News cited officials at intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, Congress and the White House, who all requested anonymity to discuss the classified programme.

The international human rights organization Reprieve has found that since Trump took office in January this year, at least 30 civilians have been killed in ground raids and drone attacks in Yemen, where the US is not formally at war. That number includes women and children.


Foreign policy disaster

The US military has admitted that civilians, including children, were probably killed in Yemen, in the first operation authorised by Trump.

In one week in March, the Trump administration...


Southeast Asia sees rapid spread of a 'super malaria', resistant to the most effective anti-malaria drug "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs. It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam. The team at the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok said there was a real danger of malaria becoming untreatable. Prof Arjen Dondorp, the head of the unit, told the BBC News website: "We think it is a serious threat. "It is alarming that this strain is spreading so quickly through the whole region and we fear it can spread further [and eventually] jump to Africa."

Southeast Asia sees rapid spread of a 'super malaria', resistant to the most effective anti-malaria drug "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs. It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam. The team at the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok said there was a real danger of malaria becoming untreatable. Prof Arjen Dondorp, the head of the unit, told the BBC News website: "We think it is a serious threat. "It is alarming that this strain is spreading so quickly through the whole region and we fear it can spread further [and eventually] jump to Africa."


Somalias Puntland region captures weapons-laden boat from Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Somalias semi-autonomous region of Puntland seized a boat loaded with weapons from Yemen in Saturdays early hours, the regional maritime police chief said. Puntland authorities displayed dozens of anti-aircraft guns, machine guns, AK-47 rifles and dozens of boxes of ammunition seized from the boat after it was stopped in coastal waters off the Horn of []



Ten days of awe: standing with whom? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

So its Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgment and Remembering, and we of the Jewish persuasion are beginning ten days of intensive reflection that culminates in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We are urged to engage in self-examination, both of our personal lives and of our behaviors and attitudes in the complex world in which we live and contribute. This introspection and renewal involves taking personal responsibility for our destiny and the destinies of our communities, being unsparingly honest, and actively apologizing and forgiving. I love this part of my tradition because words are not enough; there are no Hail Marys, there is no forgiveness from on high, and at the end of the day, we actually have to DO better in our relationships with ourselves and our world. If you are a spiritual person, you have to work on that too in the here and now; there is no backup heavenly place where everything will come out fine.

As a secular Jew who finds our traditions and culture part of the bedrock of my psyche, I am obsessed by a topic that is most fraught and perilous in the Jewish community. We are besieged by forces right and left with the message that Judaism is Zionism and uncritical support of Israel is a core Jewish value, in fact the only nonnegotiable ticket to community acceptance. For these reasons at this time, I cannot ignore my relationship to Israel/Palestine. For me, this annual introspection invites an honest evaluation of history in all its voices, a recognition of the behavior and policies of the pioneers and fighters who created the State of Israel, an examination of the foundations of modern political Zionism and its current day consequences, and ultimately a willingness to express regret and apology. This is a perfect topic for the Ten Days of Awe and fully within our prophetic tradition which is focused on issues of justice.

So, how do we define ourselves as Jews in the Diaspora while living in the era of a hyper Jewish nationalism? For the me the first step is examining the realities and framing of history and claiming it in our own voice. The Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, in his A History of Modern Palestine, notes that early Zionism was a European phenomenon with a clear disregard for indigenous populations. Early Zionists relied (cautiously) on the goodwill of colonial powers. (The Jewish homeland could have been in Palestine, Argentina, or even Uganda.) The Zionists carved out territory in Mandate Palestine as a haven from European persecution (which was an understandable motivation given the pogroms and anti-semitism of the time), and this became a clearly settler colonial movement when it focused on a national revival in the land of Palestine for Jews at the exclusion of the people actually living there. This was both an intellectual concept focused on the predicament of European Jewry (which was largely described as endless persecution and anti-semitism despite....


Syrian refugee falsely accused of terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As this video shows, hundreds of Syrian refugees in Arnhem city in the Netherlands have demonstrated against ISIS terrorism in Paris and in their homeland. They stated they wanted peace all over the world, not terrorism.

Their signs said things like: I am Kurdish, I am against terrorism and pointed out that they fled Syria because of ISIS violence.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Apology demanded as Yahyah Farroukh freed without charge

Saturday 23rd September 2017

THE employer of a Syrian refugee wrongfully arrested for terrorism demanded an apology from the police yesterday.

Suleman Sarwar, who manages the Aladdins chicken shop in Hounslow, said there had been abuse, threats, anger, and hatred, since Yahyah Farroukh was arrested at his place of work last Saturday over the Parsons Green Tube train bombing.

When Mr Farroukhs mother heard of his arrest, she suffered a heart attack and reportedly remains in a critical condition in a hospital in Egypt after collapsing from shock.

Mr Farroukh, 21, was released without charge on Thursday.

Mr Sarwar is asking for a fully unreserved apology from the Metropolitan Police, saying: The investigation brought Yahyah, his friends, family, place of employment and...


Flash floods kill two, blocks roads leaving 150,000 isolated in eastern Sudan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Flash floods caused the death of two people in El Gedaref in eastern Sudan on Wednesday and blocked off the road leading to and from 27 villages. The Bandigyo-Simsim road has become inaccessible. A resident in Bandigyo told Radio Dabanga that a pregnant woman died on the road, in Sidra area, as she attempted to travel to El Gedaref on a tractor. A herder died in a flash flood the same day. "The water washed away the part of the Bandigyo-Simsim road at Khor Sidra a few days ago. "27 villages, accommodating about 150,000 people have become isolated," he said. The road interruptions are causing a shortage in food. Meanwhile, numbers of families were forced to leave flooded homes. The resident mentioned the proliferation of snakes and the deteriorating health environment.


The Collapse of South Africa | Dan Roodt and Stefan Molyneux (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Collapse of South Africa | Dan Roodt and Stefan Molyneux Video The mere mention of South Africa in a discussion provokes deep images of institutional racism, discrimination and horrific violence. Stefan Molyneux is joined by Dan Roodt for a...

The post The Collapse of South Africa | Dan Roodt and Stefan Molyneux (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.


The 89-year-old who threatened the Egyptian regime even in death "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egypt's refusal this week to allow a funeral for former Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammad Mahdi Akef reveals a regime that understands its hold on power is precarious


The environmental impact of a coal plant on Kenyas coast is being underplayed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Conversation

An old coal-burning power plant in China. REUTERS/David Gray

China is transforming its sources of energy domestically in a bid to reverse decades of environmental pollution. But the switch to renewable energy has brought about a conundrum: what to do with the jobs and industries that have no future in this new system?

Export them. Several African countries are accepting the poisoned chalice of Chinas subsidised development through the construction of outdated, dirty coal plants.

Kenya is one. Its coastline is a national asset for fisheries, tourism, a growing population and economic development. But Amu Coal a...


Kenya president hints at changes in law to tame judges "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has hinted at constitutional changes targeting the judiciary, deepening his attack on the courts after athe Supreme Court nullified his August election victory.


Urhobo Group Renews Agitatation For New Delta State "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS SEPTEMBER 23RD (URHOBOTODAY)-Members of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, from the Urhobo ethnic nationality in Delta and Bayelsa states, have called for the creation of New Delta State, covering the present Delta Central and Delta South senatorial districts, as recommended by the 2014 National Conference.
At a meeting in Agbarho, Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state, to review the forums activities, Urhobo-PANDEF members, who also passed a vote of confidence on Chief Edwin Clark, urged the Federal Government to expeditiously attend to the 16-point agenda of PANDEF.
They said: We support the creation of more states, especially New Delta State, to encompass the present Delta Central and Delta South senatorial zones as recommended by the 2014 National Conference.
The gathering, presided over by eminent Niger Delta leader, Professor G. G. Darah, had in attendance Professors S. W. E. Iboje, Temi Akporonor, A. S. Akpotor, Atare Otite, Victor Jike, Chief Emmanuel Okumagba, Chief Raphael Okene, Chief George Ugen, Chief Westham Adehor, Chief Ruth Timothy, Dr. Sunny Awhefeada, Mr. Peter Darah, among others.
Professor Darah commended the group for convincing youths to lay down arms for dialogue, attributing the gradual economic stability being experienced by the nation to PANDEFs intervention.
They resolved that oil companies operating in Urhobo land should move their headquarters to the area, while pipeline surveillance and security contracts for oil facilities in Urhobo land should be awarded to the Urhobo people.


EFCC Confronts Nwaoboshi Over N1.2b Corruption Allegation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS SEPTEMBER 23RD (URHOBOTODAY)-The Senator representing Delta North Constituency, Peter Nwaoboshi has been summoned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for obtaining a loan of N1.2billion from the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) to buy electrical equipment but he allegedly ended up diverting the facility to personal use.
The Senator who was summoned through the Clerk to the National Assembly has allegedly paid back only N150million from the loan which was given three years ago.
Apart from the loan, Nwaoboshi is being investigated for his role in a N1.580bilion contract to supply some construction equipment and trucks to the Delta State Direct Labour Agency in 2010.
It was alleged that the supplied mostly refurbished trucks instead of new ones as quoted on the contract bid.
The senator is among the 18 of the nations 109 senators who are either under investigation or trial for over N367.5billion alleged fraud by the EFCC.
Even though the Senator excused himself on the day the NEXIM board approved the facility for his company, the anti-graft agency said the deal signifies internal abuse.
An EFCC document on the matter read: The loan, which was approved for the senator when he was a member of the banks board of directors, was meant for the purchase of equipment and electrical materials but the senator allegedly diverted part of the funds to acquire properties in Lagos.
The senator is said to have been defaulting in repayment.
He has not honoured the invitation of this commission but since he has no immunity, our detectives are on his trail, an EFCC source said.
The Senator is also under probe for allegedly using one of his companies, Bilderberg Enterprises Ltd, to secure a contract from the Di...


How Israel robs Palestinians of Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Israel has quietly revoked the citizenship of thousands of members of its large Palestinian minority in recent years, highlighting that decades of demographic war against Palestinians are far from over.

The policy, which only recently came to light, is being implemented by Israels population registry, a department of the interior ministry. The registry has been regularly criticized for secrecy about its rules for determining residency and citizenship.

According to government data, some 2,600 Palestinian Bedouins are likely to have had their Israeli citizenship voided. Officials, however, have conceded that the figure may be much higher.

The future offspring of those stripped of citizenship are likely to suffer problems gaining citizenship too.

Human rights groups have severely criticized Israel for violating its own laws, as well as international conventions to which it is a party, in carrying out such revocations.

Sawsan Zaher, a lawyer with Adalah, a legal center for Israels Palestinian minority, told The Jerusalem Post newspaper: This policy is illegal and in contravention to international law because you cannot leave someone stateless.

Harsh treatment

Palestinian citizens, one in five of Israels population, are descended from Palestinians who survived a mass ethnic cleansing campaign waged during Israels creation in 1948.

Today, some 200,000 Bedouins live in Israel, most of them in a semi-desert area known as the Naqab (Negev).

One of the two fastest-growing groups in Israels population, the Bedouins have faced especially harsh treatment. Israel continued expelling them to Jordan, Egypt and Gaza through the 1950s and to this day tightly limits the areas in the Naqab where the Bedouins can live.

Revelations of the revocations emerged as Ayelet Shaked, the far-right justice minister, warned Israels judges to prioritize demographic concerns and maintenance of the states Jewishness over human rights. She called growing numbers of non-Jews in the state national challenges that risked turning a Jewish state into an empty symbol.

According to Adalah, Bedouins typically learn that they have been stripped of citizenship when they approach the interior ministry for routine services such as renewing an ide...


American Propagandist Warns of Russian Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After President Donald Trumps detestable performance at the United Nations General Assembly last week, the New York Times had an opportunity to counter the presidents heedless belligerence with a message of diplomacy and dialogue. What it did instead was publish an op-ed from discredited former ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Obamas unforgivable appointment and one of the principal arm-twisters that convinced an irresolute president to get behind an invasion of a sovereign state (Libya) on the basis of manufactured lies too incredulous to believe. This unrepentant jackanape had the temerity to pen an article calling on Americans to heed George Washingtons ancient warning to be constantly awake to the specter of foreign influence, a prelude to the establishment goal of outlawing foreign media and exerting a stronger grip on the information flow in the digital space.

With any Power essay, her smart media handlers make sure that her photo is always a central element of her pose. She perpetually appears in a posture of earnestness, her face displaying a kind of inveterate sadness born of too much knowledge of humanitys dark side. Her somewhat emaciated cheeks, particularly in black and white photographs, lend her the self-abnegating glow of an ascetic or religious eremite. Having absorbed the image of this saintly spirit, readers then move to her missive.

Shuttering Dissent

Power, whose presence in the UN was a carmine monument to hypocrisy, quickly summons the hysterical phantom of Russian election interference as her theme. As any good paid propagandist would do, Power tells us we can focus on the technical details of the hacking, influencing, meddling, and manipulating, but we shouldnt overlook other vile means by which foreign powers ruin our democracy by aiming falsehoods at ripe subsets of our populationand not only during elections.

Here Power reveals her multiple goals. First, she aims to shift the narrative away from the collapsing scenery of the Russian hacking allegation, since the technical facts now show that DNC emails were leaked by an insider, not hacked by a foreign agent. This is what the mainstream press has been slowly doing for months now, moving the debate from the phantom hack itself to the influence of so-called propaganda platforms funded by Russian government, namely RT and Sputnik, and several thousands bots of unknown provenance on social media. In truth, the majority of the intelligence communitys report on the hacking was forced to point fingers at R...


US-made Bomb Killed Civilians in Yemen Residential Building, Says Amnesty "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

September 22, 2017 A bomb that destroyed a residential building in Yemens capital last month, killing 16 civilians and injuring 17 more including a five-year-old girl called Buthaina whose photograph went viral after the strike was made in the US, Amnesty International has said. The assessment was based on an examination of the []



    The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB yesterday asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to set aside the proscription order made against it by the same court on Wednesday. IPOB made this request in a motion on notice marked FHC/ABJ/ CS/871/17 and filed at the registry of the court yesterday through its lead counsel Ifeanyi Ejiofor. Other lawyers are Maxwell Okpara, Chinwe Umeche, Habila Turshak, P.M Umegborogu and Augustine Ezeokeke. The court had on Wednesday granted an ex parte application filed and argued by the Attorney General...

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Chipolopolo cant stop Eagles, says Eguavoen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Less than three weeks to the World Cup qualifiers between Nigeria and Zambia taking place in Uyo, former Super Eagles Manager, Austin Eguavoen, has expressed confidence that the three-time African champions have all it takes to beat the Chipolopolo and secure a ticket to the Russia 2018 World Cup. The Eagles beat Chipolopolo in the opening day of the qualifying series with a 2-1 win in Ndola but the 2012 African Cup of Nations winners have not lost a match since then. They cut Nigerias lead to just three...

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Five players who can replace Echiejile in Eagles left back "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr is building a squad that is developing into one of the most dangerous in Africa. The German coach has blended youth with experience, and the three time African champions are looking like a side capable of dominating on the continent for along time to come. Rohrs team is not without blemishes though; the coach has repeatedly said Eagles are not a finished article yet and one area of the team that needs immediate attention is the left back. Full-back is the single most demanding position...

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Nurturing young talents will help Nigerian basketball Udoka "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  General Manager of the 2017 Afrobasket champions Dtigress, Mfon Udoka, has stated that the discovery and development of young talent is the highway for Nigerian basketball to the world stage. The Nigeria womens national basketball team, have won the FIBA Africa womens championship only three times since its inception in 1966 and the former international said the only way to put a stop to this infrequency is by nurturing talents from the grassroots. The process starts from the young age because it is kind of too late to initiate...

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South East not marginalised El-Rufai "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FG lied over Radio Biafra, says UK govt Ohanaeze backs proscription of Biafra group   Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, yesterday debunked insinuations in some section of the country that the South-East geo-political zone was marginalised by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government of President Muhammadu Buhari. This emerged on day the United Kingdom denied receiving any request from the Federal Government to shut Radio Biafra, which was headed by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. Also, the Ohanaeze Youth Council Worldwide, the...

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Simi: Adekunle Gold singing with my name, flattering "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After a few years of serenading her fans with great tunes including Jamb Question, Open and Close and recently, Joromi beside the EP with Falz the Bahd Guy titled Chemistry, Simi has a self-titled album, Simisola to her name. In this interview with ADEDAYO ODULAJA, the X3M Music act and producer born as Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye speaks on music, life and her career so far. Excerpts   What category is this album of yours, debut or sophomore? Its my sophomore album; I had a gospel album back in 2008. It...

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Osinbajo visits Akwa Ibom today "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to visit Akwa Ibom State today to inaugurate a 350 million per annum capacity syringe factory and a metering factory in Onna Local Government Area. Also, the vice-president will inaugurate a reconstructed General Hospital in Etinan Local Government Area of the state. The inauguration of the multi-million-naira projects is part of activities marking the 30th anniversary of the creation of the state. The states Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh, while briefing journalists on the activities marking the 30th anniversary, had hinted the syringe...

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Eze begs LMC to review assault case "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FC IfeanyiUbah defender, Stephen Eze, has pleaded with the League Management Company to review his case of assault against a referee that resulted in the league body banning him for 12 matches. The former Sunshine Stars defender said he never assaulted the referee and never mouthed any fowl words during the encounter but only complained about the decision that was against his team. Some of the Anambra Warriors players took the laws into their hands in the aftermath of their 2-1 away loss to Niger Tornadoes in Lokoja during the...

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It was a successful season for Enyimba Akas "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chima Akas has described the just concluded season as a success for Enyimba FC after helping the club to qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup. The Peoples Elephant finished third on the league table as they returned to the continent. Akas who was one of the shining lights of the club said it was not easy playing away from home from the start till the end of the season and still achieved continental qualification. The target was to win the league or qualify to play in the CAF Champions League...

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I would have been a banker if not for football John Ogu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Super Eagles midfielder tells CHARLES OGUNDIYA that the national team will qualify for the 2018 World Cup as they face Zambia in their last home game in the group. Excerpts:   Playing at the World Cup, what is it to you personally? It is going to be a big place for me. I think for every footballer playing in the World Cup it is something to be proud of. Playing at the World Cup and representing a country like Nigeria is a big blessing. So we just have to take...

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TMC flays CAN on FG-SUKUK bond "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An Islamic body named The Muslim Congress (TMC) has faulted the position of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on the issuance of Sukuk bond by the federal government. CAN had earlier claimed the move is unconditional and described the issuance as an attempt to sell Nigeria to the Arab nations. Head of the Islamic body, Dr. Luqman AbdurRaheem, in his press statement says, It is time that CAN, with its propaganda, lies and deceits, which have over the years become its trademarks be corrected in order that it does...

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Election crisis brews in Abia NULGE "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Abia State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) is experiencing crisis following the alleged refusal of the members of the present executive council to conduct election after the expiration of her tenure. This is even as a group, Concerned Members Forum of NULGE (CMFN), Abia State chapter has appealed to the national body of the union to intervene. While commenting on the development, the chairman of CMFN, comrade Samuel Ejiogu, said on July 3, 2013, the present executive members of the council which included comrades...

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe 'President an African Hero'
By Munyaradzi Huni

Malawian president Professor Peter Mutharika says President Mugabe's rich history makes him the only remaining hero of African nationalism.

He said he always cherished meetings with President Mugabe whom he described him as "the last man standing", adding he learns a lot from the African icon.

President Mugabe and his Malawian counterpart are in New York attending the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, which started on Tuesday.

Speaking after visiting President Mugabe at his hotel, the Malawian leader said Zimbabwe and Malawi shared a long history that will never be forgotten.

"We spoke about Malawi and Zimbabwe. The long history. You know President Mugabe is my brother. Former president of Malawi and myself, we have worked very cordially.

"Zimbabwe and Malawi are almost one country. No conflict, no dispute whatsoever. Hundred percent friendship," said Prof Mutharika.

"I would like to come to Zimbabwe and he also wants to come to Malawi. We spoke about the continued exchange of our visits in the near future," he said.

Turning to his meetings with President Mugabe, he said: "I always learn so much from him. You know he has such a rich history. He is the only remaining hero of African nationalism, the struggle for independence. He is the last man standing. He has such a rich history of Africa.

"Each time I meet him I learn so much. He gives us a perspective of where we have come from. I am always excited to meet him."

The Malawian leader has continued to disappoint the West that was hoping they could use him to strain relations between Malawi and Zimbabwe. Instead, he has spoken openly about his affection for his Zimbabwean counterpart.

After attending the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York two years go, Prof Mutharika spoke about his country's close relations with Zimbabwe.

"We have excellent relations with Zimbabwe. We have never had any problems . . . In the...


PFN, others hold debate in Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in conjunction with Centre for Multi- Religious Dialogue has conducted a Christian/Muslim dialogue in Lagos. The inter-religious debate held at Decross Gospel Mission, Agege, Lagos was titled Which Way to Eternal Life? The dialogue attracted Muslims and Christian clerics who in the spirit of tolerance marshalled their points in the most peaceful way during the debate. Moderator of the debate, Pastor Nureni Alabi had earlier read the rules of engagement, urging participants to conduct themselves in the most civil way and tolerate opposing views...

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What Hurricanes Reveal About Humane and Inhumane Politics "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hurricanes Expose the Real Politics in the Caribbean Misin Verdad Translated by Internationalist 360 Events must be considered from different perspectives. On the one hand, there is the reactions of nature itself to what has been consistently denounced as climate change, or the results of pernicious actions of the system within the framework of the...


Facing Irma in Cuba: Saldremos adelante! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Arnold August Saldremos adelante! (We can only move forward!). This is what a colleague exclaimed during one of my several phone calls to Havana in the days after Irma unleashed its wrath on the capital. Others, when asked how they, their families, colleagues and neighbours were faring, declared in a similar manner, We are fighters,...


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Zimbabwe President Hits Out At Trump
By Munyaradzi Huni

President Mugabe has said the world is "embarrassed, if not frightened" by what appears to be a return of the biblical Goliath in reference to US President Donald Trump, whose speech at the 72nd Ordinary Session of the United Nations General Assembly seemed to threaten other nations.

In his speech, Mr Trump threatened to obliterate North Korea and attacked Iran in a manner condemned by many delegates.

President Mugabe urged Mr Trump to blow his trumpet in a way that brings unity, peace, cooperation, togetherness and dialogue to the world.

He said all countries should respect the provisions of the UN Charter to bring peace and development to the world.

He said Africa in general and Zimbabwe in particular had defeated imperialism and so "bring us whatever monster by whatever name and it will suffer the same defeat".

"Are we having the return of Goliath?" asked the President in reference to Mr Trump.

President Mugabe said each nation should build on its strength and that there should be respect for each nation's independence and sovereignty.

He also called on the US government to tackle serious issues to do with climate change saying "let's work together, climate change is real".

President Mugabe then expressed his condolences to the people of Puerto Rico and other nations devastated by natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes.

While urging nations that can assist to chip in with a helping hand to those affected, the President said the world at the moment "demands more, not less, solidarity".

The President said Zimbabwe supported Africa's position regarding reforms of the UN Security Council saying the process was moving too slowly.

He said this raised suspicion that those benefiting from the current set up could be derailing the discussions.

He said the current set up of the UN perpetuates a historical injustice, adding the gap between poor and rich nations continue...


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Yemenis Flaunt UAE Armored Vehicles Seized During Battle [PHOTOS] "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sanaa (GPA) Millions of Yemenis poured into the streets yesterday to celebrate the third anniversary of the September 21st Peoples Revolution. One of the highlights from yesterdays rally included parading UAE armored vehicles seized during battle.

The Saudi-backed coalition against Yemen includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, as well as most members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and many other allied nations. This coalition enjoys significant military support from western allies such as the United States and the United Kingdom.

RELATED: Heres Exactly What 900 Days of War Against Yemen Has Destroyed

The Saudi-led war against Yemen has killed tens of thousands from air strikes alone. Targets typically include civilian homes, farms, factories, roads, and just about anything imaginable besides military targets.

he ongoing siege and blockade have also killed tens of thousands, however, this number is harder to track. Thousands have died due to a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak which has infected nearly 600,000 mostly women and children.

The destruction of Yemen and humanitarian disaster is not an unfortunate side effect, but rather part of the Saudis strategy as they attempt to beat Yemen into submission.

RELATED: 9 Things the MSM Doesnt Want You to Know About the War in Yemen

Saudi Arabia started bombing Yemen just months after revolutionary forces took control of the capital city Sanaa. Their goal in the war is to prop up the puppet government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. Yemens resistance movement, Ansarullah, expelled Hadi from the capital on September 21st, 20014.

The photos below depict Yemens resistance parading a seized UAE armored vehicle through the streets of Sanaa as a symbol of their resilience, power, and motivation.


President of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi sits in UAE armored vehicle.



The palm oil crisis in Nigeria - and beyond "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

08 Sep 2017 | EcologistIn June, Environmental Rights Action/FOE Nigeria and representatives of the Owan and Okomu communities delivered a letter to the Governor of Edo State urging him to uphold a revocation Order on 13,750 ha of land expropriated by Okomu Plc.


Scientists develop anti-HIV superweapon that targets 99% of mutations "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Scientists have successfully engineered and tested antibodies that can attack 99 percent of HIV strains and prevent infection in primates. This major breakthrough could one day be used to produce a highly effective human vaccine against the virus. "These super-engineered antibodies seem to go beyond the natural and could have more applications than we have imagined to date," Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International Aids Society, was cited as saying by Silicon Republic. "As a doctor in Africa, I feel the urgency to confirm these findings in humans as soon as possible," she added.


Watch Yemeni Fighters Storm Enemy Site Beyond Saudi Border [VIDEO] "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jizan (GPA) Fighters from Yemens Army and Popular Committees carried out an operation today on a Saudi military site beyond the border in Jizan.

Yemens resistance forces have expanded their operations beyond the Saudi border in retaliation for the Saudis ongoing airstrike campaign, invasion, and occupation of Yemen. Part of the Saudis strategy against Yemen includes flooding the country with foreign mercenaries.

The Saudi-led war against Yemen has killed tens of thousands from air strikes alone. Targets typically include civilian homes, farms, factories, roads, and just about anything imaginable besides military targets.

RELATED: Heres Exactly What 900 Days of War Against Yemen Has Destroyed

The ongoing siege and blockade have also killed tens of thousands, however, this number is harder to track. Thousands have died due to a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak which has infected nearly 600,000 mostly women and children.

The destruction of Yemen and humanitarian disaster is not an unfortunate side effect, but rather part of the Saudis strategy as they attempt to beat Yemen into submission.

Yemens resistance, on the other hand, only strikes military targets such as Saudi military outposts and weapons storage facilities.

The video below released from Yemens military media center depicts fighters storming a Saudi military site in the province of Jizan.

RELATED: 9 Things the MSM Doesnt Want You to Know About the War in Yemen


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These 10+ Photos From The First-Ever Comedy Pet Photo Awards Are Amazing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Animals specifically, household pets dont just make the world a better place, they make it a funnier one, as well. This is particularly evident in the following photos, which were winners in the first-ever Comedy Pet Photography Awards.

First prize went to Nando Harmsen from The Netherlands. The image he submitted shows his horse happily and oddly skipping across a field. And, the rest in the collection are as equally hilarious. The categories included: junior, gone to the dogs, pets who look like their owners, and ancients. 

Though this was the years first competition, submissions from over 2,500 entries from at least 73 countries were received. Some photos were sent from Mexico, the Philippines, Uganda, Kazakhstan and New Zealand. Nature photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam were the brains behind the project, in addition to the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

Credit: Axl Marsh/Comedy Pet Photography Awards.

Said Sullam, who is an African landscape photographer:

Although some images had been shot on smartphones most of them were sharp and well composed and, as photographers, both Paul and I were thrilled to see so much quality from entrants using non-professional photographic equipment!

Due to natural disasters and worsening humanitarian crises, the news has been anything but positive lately. While it is intelligent to stay informed of current events, it is also necessary to be reminded of the humor and good which exists in this world. Hopefully, this series inspires more smiles in a time of global discomfort.

Scroll through some of the 2017 finalists and prepare to chortle from laughing so hard:


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Trump to roll back some limits on drone strikes and raids "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Trump administration is set to roll back various limits on drone strikes and commando raids put in place under former President Barack Obama, The New York Times reported Thursday. Under the policy, strikes would be expanded to include "foot-soldier jihadists" who do not necessarily have leadership roles, instead of allowing strikes only if militants are considered a "continuing and imminent threat" to U.S. citizens. The proposed strikes would also no longer have to go through high-level vetting, according to the Times. The rollbacks would apply to commando raids and drone strikes outside of conventional battlefields, and would affect missions in countries where the U.S. has not targeted active Islamic militants, as well as countries such as Yemen, Libya and Somalia, where the U.S. are taken aim at militants, according to the report. The proposal, which has taken shape over the past few months, will leader an intensified fight against terror organizations such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and al Qaeda. The proposal is likely to enrage human rights groups advocating for increased limits and bans on drone strikes to avoid civilian casualties. However, the Trump administration will keep the requirement that there needs to be "near certainty" that no civilians will be killed during an attack.


UN Headquarters: Over 50 countries sign treaty to ban nuclear weapons, US vows never to be part of it "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

More than 50 countries, with Brazil and South Africa among them, signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at a signature ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Brazil's President Michel Temer was the first to put his signature under the document. The high-level signature ceremony was attended by several heads of state and government along with dozens of foreign ministers, including Austrian, Irish and Cuban ones. Guyana, the Vatican and Thailand are expected to provide signed advance copies of the ratification instruments later in the day. On September 20, the draft treaty banning nuclear weapons was open for signing. The document is due to come into force 90 days later after 50 countries have ratified it. Under the treaty, the parties will be obliged never and under no circumstances to develop, produce, or stockpile nuclear weapons as well as to use or threaten to use them. It compels non-nuclear signatory states not to deploy third nations' nuclear weapons in their territories. The treaty was approved on July 7 at the talks that major nuclear powers (Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, China and France) skipped. Two hours later after the document had been passed, the UK, US and France released a joint statement vowing they would never become party to the treaty. Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow would not ratify the nuclear weapons ban treaty as it runs counter to the country's national interests.



Buhari just signed the order designating IPOB as a terrorist group while his Attorney General has already initiated the process More


Reaction to the Presidents Speech at the UN General Assembly. September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Presidents Speech delivered at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept 2017, towed the same tone as the previous More


World Food Programme chief says Gulf must 'step up' Yemen aid "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


World Food Programme chief David Beasley also said Saudi Arabia should fund steps to cut disease and hunger in Yemen


Exposed! Imo State debt stock hit unsustainable N112bn in six years By Kelechi Mgboji "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Barely two years to the end of Governor Rochas Okorochas second term in office, Imo State governments loan portfolio has More


Donald Trumps neocolonialism in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Ridiculist: Trump makes up a new country

21 September 2017

President Donald Trump slipped up on the pronunciation of an African country. CNNs Anderson Cooper puts Nambia on the Ridiculist.

By Eddie Haywood in the USA:

Trump outlines Washingtons scramble for Africa during UN luncheon with African heads of state

22 September 2017

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump delivered a remarkably revealing speech before several African heads of state gathered at a luncheon at the United Nations in New York in which he outlined, perhaps inadvertently, Washingtons true imperialist aims for the African continent.

Trumps address was largely overshadowed by the criminal speech he gave the previous day before the UN General Assembly, in which he referred to North Koreas Kim Jong Un as Rocket Man on a suicide mission and threatened to totally destroy the country of 25 million people.

Just one day after his reactionary speech before the General Assembly, Trump spoke on behalf of the American financial oligarchy to which he belongs when he told the assembled African leaders, I have so many friends going to your countries, trying to get rich.

Making clear American capitalisms continued scramble for Africa, which was also pursued under his predecessor, Barack Obama, Trump noted the potential profits to be extracted by American banks and corporations.

[F]or American firms its really become a place that they have to go, that they want to go, Trump exclaimed. Six of the worlds 10 fastest-growing economies are in Africa. Increasing American trade and investment across diverse industriesincluding agriculture, energy, transportation, health care, travel and tourismwill further transform lives throughout the continent.

Typically, the American media obscured Trumps open declaration of...


China Extends Invitation For Egypt To Join BRICS "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

African countries see the emergence of the BRICS as a symbol of hope for a better life. African countries also see the extent to which the US [deep state] controls economic policies and the imposition of its interests, especially in the dominance of the dollar. This increases the importance of the BRICS. The strength of the BRICS bloc qualifies them to have []


Yemenis Mark 3rd Anniversary Of Ansarullah Uprising "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Staff of Tele Sur - Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis have converged in Sana'a to mark the third anniversary of the Sept. 21 Ansarullah uprising against foreign attacks. Demonstrators condemned the ongoing Saudi-led war against their nation and expressed support for Ansarullah fighters and other groups defending their nation, according to PressTV. A convoy of United Arab Emirates, UAE, troops detained by Yemeni forces were paraded before the crowd during the mass rally. Their military equipment had been utilized by soldiers and militias fighting on behalf of Saudi Arabia. Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, leader of the Ansarullah movement, sharply criticized Saudi Arabia's war of aggression against his country during a televised speech on al-Masirah TV. He also warned his compatriots that Yemen's enemies, including Saudi Arabia's war sponsors the United States, Britain and Israel intend to foster rifts and divisions within the nation in order to win the war. In early June, the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed a US$750 million military sale to Saudi Arabia. It included U.S. made missiles, bombs, armored personnel carriers, warships, munitions and a blanket order training program for Saudi security forces receiving the military equipment both inside and outside of the kingdom, according to Reuters.


No Justice, No Profits Protests Target Concerts, Businesses "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Staff of St. Louis Post-Dispatch - The concert got underway as scheduled and once the first song, "My Life," drowned out the protesters' chants, many of them headed back toward Kiener Plaza. Several again blocked Broadway and Market. The chants also included "Out of the county and into the streets." Alexandria Lane-Detwiler of Chesterfield was among the protesters. "I can't sit at home in my privilege and not come out," she said. Onstage, Joel made reference to the unrest. "Good evening, St Louie," he said early on. "Glad you made it. I know things have been a little tense around here." At one point, a couple of protesters appeared to be attempting to block a police SUV in the street, but they were pulled away by organizers of the protest. Danielle Williams, 19, joined the protest along with a friend. The St. Louis resident said she was happy to see that it had drawn a largely white crowd. She said she has felt a lack of empathy for the concerns of black urban residents like herself from others who don't share her skin color and don't live in the city. "They're not trying to understand," she said. "They don't get it because they don't live where we live." Candy Voyd, 64, says she lives in The Ville, a historically African-American neighborhood in north St. Louis. As the protest wound down, she noted that police had kept their distance from the marchers. She said she believed it was because most of them, like her, were white.


Whites Only Stickers Placed On St. Louis Restaurants "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Dave Urbanski for The Blaze - Surveillance video shows a group walking by a restaurant with one of them placing a sticker on the front door and then the group continuing down the sidewalk, KMOV-TV reported. 'Whites Only' stickers found on the doors of restaurants in The Grove. Even more curious is the #BLM hashtag presumably standing for Black Lives Matter found in the lower right-hand corner of the stickers. While the culprits motives are unclear, the vandalism comes on the heels of violent protests in St. Louis over the murder acquittal last week of a white former police officer who fatally shot a black motorist in 2011. KMOV noted similar signs have been used in the past as a shock tactic to generate discussion and dialogue. In addition, numerous racist messages found in public places nationwide in recent years have turned out to be hoaxes. The owners of Layla, another restaurant, called their discovery of a Whites Only sticker heartbreaking. We pride ourselves on being open, accepting and inviting of all types of people, the restaurant wrote on its Facebook page, KMOV reported. Im proud to say I employ African-American, Caucasian American, Malaysian, Mohammed told the station.


Former Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leader Akef dies in Cairo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Ten months before his death, Akef was transferred from jail to hospital in Cairo for cancer treatment


China, India, Russia, Intensify Help In Fighting Deep State Terrorists In Afghanistan & Pakistan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

BEIJING   A decision by the BRICS nations to name and denounce specific terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere is sparking debate among academics and analysts in China. Earlier this month, the group, comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, extended their support to [Afghanistan] Kabuls counterterrorism efforts during a meeting in []


President Trumps Bluster at the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Donald Trumps appearance before the General Assembly of the United Nations could have been a rare highlight of his chaotic young presidency. If Trump had just repeated his inauguration address, the audience would have burst out in gales of laughter. Instead, they countered his bluster not only against North Korea and Iran but also against the UN body as a whole with broad silence. Trump tried to be serious, but instead, he presented himself as the most dangerous President ever in US history. He went after the North Korean regime as the devil himself would run it. The Iranian government followed suit. In the bashing and demonization of other governments, the US has always been top. That America comes first and that his administration has been successful were among his nicest bravados.

Trump spoke exactly the truth about his nation. Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terrorists but threaten other nations and their people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity. Doesnt the US support terrorist regimes such as the Saudi and the Israeli ones, which threaten other nations and peoples with annihilation and spread terrorism in the region and in the Saudi case worldwide? Hasnt the US caused havoc to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen?

If the North Korean leader is smart, which he is, he should speed up its nuclear program to defend his country and his people safety against the Rocket Man in Washington. Kim Jong-un doesnt threaten the US with annihilation; its the other way around. Indeed, Trump was right in saying that every nation should uphold these two core sovereign duties: to respect the interests of their people and the rights of every other sovereign nation. Sovereignty and independence from the US are what the North Korean and the Iranian governments are pursuing. In this respect, they are all with Trump. The US President repeatedly stressed sovereignty, while repudiating global government the UN symbolizes and the EU wants so desperately.

Trumps praise of the US constitution and all the US niceties as the outmost mankind could achieve. And a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based. Trump must have forgotten how the Bush/Cheney regime disdained the UN and trampled around the values of this organization. The George W. Bush regime violated every international law. How come that a nation out of its 241 years of existence was 220 years at war? Why do the US need 900 military basis around the world? Are they for spreading peace and democracy or conquest?

Trump used fierce language against North Korea. He castigated the regime that threatens the entire world with its nuclear w...


Amnesty: US Bomb Used To Kill Civilians In Saudi Airstrike On Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Saudi-led coalition bomb that killed 16 civilians and destroyed a residential building in Yemen last month, was made in the US, Amnesty International said in a statement on Friday.

Remnants of the weapon used in the August 25 raid bore clear markings that matched US-made components commonly used in laser-guided air-dropped bombs, the Amnesty said.

Its findings come following an analysis by arms experts.

The attack on the Attan neighborhood in Sanaa left more than 17 civilians injured, including five-year-old Buthania, whose photograph trying one of her swollen and bruised eyes went viral after the attack.

Her parents and five siblings were among those killed by the bomb.

We can now conclusively say that the bomb that killed Buthainas parents and siblings, and other civilians, was made in the USA, said Lynn Maalouf, research director for the Middle East at Amnesty International.

The rights watchdog called for an immediate suspension of weapons supply to any party in the Yemen conflict.

Amnesty urged the US and other Western states to implement a comprehensive embargo on the sales of weapons to members of the Saudi-led coalition in the war-torn country.

There simply is no explanation the USA or other countries such as the UK and France can give to justify the continued flow of weapons to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition for use in the conflict in Yemen, Maalouf said.

Related | Saudi Arabia Concludes Investigation Into Saudi War Crimes In Yemen

It has time and time again committed serious violations of international law, including war crimes, over the past 30 months, with devastating consequences for the civilian population.

In December 2016, the US administration under then President Barack Obama blocked the transfer of precision-guided bomb kits to Riyadh.

A senior administration official said the move reflected strong concerns with....


More lawmakers tackle Saraki, Ekweremadu over IPOB. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Three days after a leader of the House of Representatives criticised Senate President Bukola Saraki for his views on the More


Soldiers, others rescued from kidnappers den "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The joint military task force (JTF) in the Niger Delta says troops have rescued two abducted soldiers and four civilians from a kidnappers den in Rivers state. Ibrahim Abdullahi, spokesman of the force, disclosed this in a statement. He said the operation followed a report of the kidnap of two soldiers who were in transit for banking services in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of the state. Abdullahi said after receiving the report, troops were immediately mobilised for Abdullahi said after receiving the report, troops were immediately mobilised for rescue operation....

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Governor loses two security aides within four days "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Two security operatives attached to the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, have lost their lives within four days apart. The deceased included an operative of the Department of State Services (DSS), Wale Aderemi, and a mobile police officer, Busoye Olayinka. New Telegraph gathered that the incident has thrown the Governors Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta into mourning, with workers on Amosuns convoy lamenting the shocking fate that befell the officers. Our correspondent learnt that Olayinka, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, died in a fatal accident on Thursday night at Papalanto, along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. He was...

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Bashir Visit Highlights Abuses in Darfur "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Expand Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir addresses supporters during his visit to the war-torn Darfur region, in Bilal, Darfur, Sudan September 22, 2017.  2017 Reuters Sudan's security forces opened fire today on protesters in South Darfur's largest camp for displaced people, killing at least 5 and wounding more than 20. The residents were [...]


Gabon arrest of ivory trafficker "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

September 19, 2017
On Monday 18 September in Libreville, an ivory trafficker from Mayumba was
arrested by the judicial police and the Eaux et For?ts with the support of
the NGO Conservation Justice.

The transaction was to be held in a hotel in the Montagne Sainte district.

Thanks to extensive investigations, the mixed team was able to foil the
ivory trafficking and the organizer was arrested. Samba Camara, the brains
of the operation, was arrested in flagrante delicto for the detention,
transport, and marketing of the products of an integrally protected
species, 4 tusks of elephant ivory totaling 27 kg.

The offender, originally from Mayumba, from where the ivory would also
come, would not be at his first facts in terms of trafficking and will have
to answer that in court.

He faces six months in prison. In neighboring countries, sentences are
heavier, with 5 years in prison in Congo and 3 in Cameroon. Under these
conditions, the traffickers would logically favor Gabon. Recent articles in
the English newspapers The Mirror and Independent mention that ivory
originally from Gabon finances terrorist activities, including Boko Haram,
in other countries. These facts have been confirmed by the National Agency
of National Parks.[These latter reports are unfounded no evidence at all. KS]

As ivory traffic generates significant financial benefits and flows, it can
be understood that it may be of interest and linked to other types of
crime. The links between ivory trafficking and security issues are numerous
and have been highlighted in many countries.

This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.


Malawi three arrested in Lilongwe for possession of ivory "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 Nyasa Times

Elijah Phimbi
September 20, 2017

Malawi Police in Lilongwe are keeping in custody three men at Kanengo
Police Station following their arrest after being found in possession of
Ivory illegal on Monday this week.

According to Kanengo Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Laban Makalani,
the three were arrested by Wildlife Crime Investigators at Kanengo
Industrial Site following a tip from well wishers.

Makalani identified the three as David Nyadani (39), Mike Josephy (37) and
Wisdom Milosi (49).

He said the three reside at Namitete and they travelled to Lilongwe in
search of a market to sell the ivory.

The ivory weighed 1.4 Kilograms and its estimated worth is about K2,

They will soon appear before court to answer charges of Illegal Possession
of Protected Species and dealing in Government trophies contrary to Section
86 (1) and 91 of Wildlife Act said Makalani.

The trio hails from Traditional Authority Kalolo in Lilongwe.


Ive not gained a single thing from PDP, says Ifeanyi Ubah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ifeanyi Ubah, chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, says he has not gained anything from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Reacting to reports of his suspension in a telephone interview on Channels TVs Politics Today, Ubah said he had not gained a single thing from the PDP in his entire life. I am not doing this because of myself; I have not for once gained one single thing from PDP in my entire life and I stand to be challenged if PDP can tell anybody anything that they gave...

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Vacate proscription order, #IPOB tells court "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked a federal high court in Abuja to vacate its order proscribing the group. On Wednesday, the court declared IPOB a terrorist organisation, proscribing it in the same breath. This followed an application filed by the attorney-general of the federation at the court, asking it to outlaw the group. But in a counter application seen by TheCable, on Friday, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB, asked the court to vacate the order because the group is non-violent. He also argued...

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ISSUES: The 2017 resolution South East should make Nkechi Odoma "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It is usual for people to have resolutions with the arrival of a New Year and the several groups claiming to represent the interests of the Igbo nation in southeast Nigeria would do well to announce realistic resolutions for the year 2017. The resolutions should centre around advancing the geo-ethnic agenda without engaging in acts that amount to self harming. Self harming is precisely what all the groups IPOB, BIM, MASSOB that agitated for Igbo interests did in the preceding years. Less than one week into the year...

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US To Extract Minerals From Afghanistan To Defray Cost Of US Assistance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

U.S. Companies are planning on taking a larger role in extracting Afghanistans enormous reserves of valuable rare earth minerals, Reuters reported after U.S. President Donald Trump met with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani on Thursday.

According to a White House statement, the presidents agreed that the development of Afghan minerals by U.S. companies would develop materials critical to national security, as well as defray some of the costs of United States assistance as Afghans become more self-reliant.

Afghanistan has some of the worlds largest un-extracted reserves of rare earth minerals valuable in electronic production, such as lithium, as well as gold and various gemstones. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates the total value at at least US$1 trillion.

The two presidents reportedly discussed difficulties facing the project, such as the growing Taliban insurgency in regions containing the majority of the minerals. With this in account, they both expressed commitment to Trumps new Afghanistan strategy, which, against what he promised in the election campaign, involves keeping U.S. military forces in the country for an indefinite period of time.

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The U.S. military has had its eyes on Afghan mineral deposits for some time. A 2007 Pentagon memo that the New York Times quoted in a 2010 article says that Afghanistan could be the Saudi Arabia of lithium, referencing the oil-rich monarchy that is a key U.S. regional ally.

There is stunning potential here (in Afghanistan), General David Petraeus said in the same memo.

Some analysts also believe that a push for greater U.S. presence in Afghan mineral extraction could be a way of limiting the influence of China. With China, along with Russia and Iran gaining greater regional influence, economic activities in the region are no longer the sole domain of U.S.-based companies.

China and Afghanistan have already cooperated to an extent in mineral extraction and China has made the country a center-point of its planned Belt and Road initiative, which seeks to commercially link Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and more recently Latin America and the Caribbean.

Afghanistan also has extensive oil reserves, with a new oil field having been discovered as recently as 2010.

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Believing in hope in Gaza. Even when hope lies "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Pam Bailey writes: On 9 September, the head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Ismail Haniya, led a delegation to Cairo to meet with Egyptian officials in the quest to end the dispute with opposing party Fatah and achieve Palestinian reconciliation. Gazan Palestinians held their collective breath. Their hopes had been raised so many times before. Would this time be different?

This is a high-stakes game for the youth of Gaza; in an effort to force Hamas to relinquish control of Gaza, Fatah president Mahmoud Abbas has imposed what amounts to collective punishment, including suspending payments to Israel for the Stris power supply, cutting the salaries of Palestinian Authority employees in Gaza, and withholding permission for medical transfers for the ill and disabled.

Then, in a statement issued Sunday, 17 September, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) announced it had agreed to dissolve the its Administrative Committee that governs Gaza and hand its authority to the previously formed unity government until elections can be held in six months.

I hope the chance for a successful reconciliation is greater than it has ever been, thanks to Egypts tireless efforts to end the political division and restore Palestinian unity, Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum told the Maan news agency. Yet, questions remain about some important issues, such as who controls security, and unity government representatives are asking questions. Likewise, in an Al Jazeera report, a senior advisor to Abbas refused to commit to a timetable for ending the punitive measures earlier imposed on the Gaza people.

We await the first steps on the ground. We want to see [Prime Minister Rami] Hamdallah received by Hamas, the door to all the ministries open, and the consensus government in place, he said.

Its easy to get caught up in the politics and intrigue of it all. But Anas Jnena, a writer for We Are Not Numbers, reminds us what really is at stake.

Although many youth in Gaza highly doubt the intentions of both major Palestinian political parties (particularly Abbas Palestinian Authority), they still cling to a sliver of hope that the impending reconciliation announced in the last few days will finally occur and lessen the intensity of their daily struggles. Actually, its more like were forced to hope, since we know giving up isnt a solution either.

Over the last decade, Gaza youth have lived through three wars, each of which had its own special impact. The first war, in 2008-9, changed our naive view of the world; by the time the third was done (in 2014), we had come to believe in the apocalypse. I can actually recall waking up in the mo...


12 dead, 92 missing as flooding hits eastern Congo following torrential rain "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

At least 12 people died and 92 were missing after heavy rains caused flooding in two villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said Wednesday. "The provisional toll after torrential rain hit the villages of Bihambwe and Matanda in Masisi Territory is 12 dead, 18 injured and 92 missing," said Julien Paluku, governor of Nord Kivu province, where the villages are located. The rain started on Tuesday, causing a river to flood, local residents told AFP. "The rain began in the afternoon, forcing those coming back from the fields to take shelter in homes near the river. The flooding caught them by surprise," said Joseph Ndabita, a resident of Bihambwe. He told AFP he had counted "10 bodies and (seen) others being swept away by the strong current towards the river."


South Africas Rhino Paradox "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Africas recent reversal of a ban on trade in rhinoceros horn has invigorated support for commercial farming of the product. But breeders' argument that a legal market will protect wild populations ignores how the illicit trade in wildlife products actually functions.


Ben Hubbard does what he does best: produces propaganda for the Saudi royal family "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Look he summed up the life of King Faisal: "One ruled Saudi Arabia for 11 years, outlawed slavery, spread public education and introduced television to his country."  This is the man who was first to declare Jihad (in the religious fanatical meaning of the word), the man who fought progressive, secular movements thoruhogut the world, the man who was a benefactor of every reactionary anti-communist movement in the region and beyond, the man who inspired the alliance of Islamist political forces in the Cold War, the man who sponsored the fanaticism of Ibn Baz, who would inspire Bin Laden and his ilk, the man who used the oil wealth to fight the war in Yemen, the man who solidified the alliance between the house of Saudi and the religious Wahhabi establishment.  King Faisal was one of the most notorious anti-Semites in the entire contemporary history of the region, and he funded anti-Semites in the world.  But for Ben Hubbard, he "ended slavery and brought television".  In fact, he did not want to end slavery but the regime of King Saud in its last year, championed progressive issues especially in the economic and oil sphere, and Faisal did not want to appear less progressive and Western powers supported his coup in return for the ostensible reforms which he announced.  Slavery in the kingdom did NOT end in 1964. 


Lightning strike kills civil servant in Kwara, Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 47-year-old civil servant, Salami Adekunle, was on Thursday struck to death by lightning in Oro, Kwara State, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. NAN gathered that the deceased was, until his demise, a staff of the Registry Department of the College of Education, Oro, in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state. The deceased was said to be leaving the institution's examination office for the registry department at about 10a.m. when the incident happened during a downpour. The body of the deceased, who hailed from Ilesa in Osun State, was sighted lying on the spot of the incident.


Trump to Scrap Drone Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human rights groups argue the move could led to an upsurge in civilian casualties, which are already soaring under Trump.

(COMMONDREAMS)  President Donald Trump is reportedly gearing up to roll back even the most limited restrictions on U.S. drone operations overseas, further opening the door for the expansion of airstrikes and commando raids into nations like the Philippines and Nigeria and setting the stage for an upsurge in civilian casualtiesalready at record highs in Afghanistan and soaring in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

Zeke Johnson, senior director of programs for Amnesty International USA, told the New York Times in an interview that while Obama-era restrictions on drone strikes fell far short on human rights protections, any move to water down drone warfare rules even further would be a grave mistake.

The White House appears to be committed to the move nonetheless, the Times reported on Thursday, noting that the plan has quietly taken shape over months of debate among administration officials and awaits Trumps expected signature.

The Times notes that at least two rules are on the chopping block:

  • First, the targets of kill missions by the military and the CIA, now generally limited to high-level militants deemed to pose a continuing and imminent threat to Americans, would be expanded to include foot-soldier jihadists with no special skills or leadership roles.
  • And second, proposed drone attacks and raids would no longer undergo high-level vetting.

The plan, in effect, would deepen American military involvement in nations considered to be beyond combat zones and allow the U.S. militaryand the CIA, which has for months lobbied for more drone authorityto target individuals that are not even deemed national security threats by the U.S. government.

[D]rone operators and commanders would face fewer internal hurdles to launching specific strikes or raids, the Times concluded.

As Common Dreams...


Lawmakers Salaries: Meeting with Saraki raises more questions than it answers SERAP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has confirmed that its representatives yesterday met with the Senate President Bukola Saraki to discuss issues relating to details of annual salaries and allowances of lawmakers. In a statement today by Timothy Adewale SERAP deputy director the organization said that, While we appreciate the expressed commitment by Saraki to transparency and accountability of the National Assembly, and the rare opportunity to dialogue with him, we remain deeply concerned that the leadership of the Senate has unfortunately not satisfactorily addressed the damaging allegations byProfessor Itse...

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SHOCKING: NGOs, CSOs used to fund terrorism Reps "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  In spite of the public outcry trailing the impending passage of the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) regulation bill by the House of Representatives, the lower chamber has said it is determined to pass the bill because some of the NGOs are used to fund terrorism and insurgency in the country. The deputy majority leader of the House, Hon. Umar Buba Jibril (APC, Kogi), who made the position of the House known in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday said the intendment of the new NGO bill was to forestall alleged illegal...

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Biafra: Group to honour Kanu for restructuring Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA), a pro-Igbo and restructuring group, on Friday, announced plans to honour the leader of the recently outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in October. A statement made available to Saturday Telegraph in Enugu and signed by Chief Mrs. Maria Okwor, Deputy Leader, ECA and also the leader of Igbo Women Assembly (IWA), noted that Kanu will be honoured at a presentation of a book titled How Nnamdi Kanu Restructured Nigeria. Mrs. Okwor stated that the book produced by the ECA, documents the travails, the journey and...

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BIZARRE! Man with three wives, 14 children rapes seven year old orphan for four years "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 70-year-old man in Akpoha, Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi state, Simon Alobu popularly known as papa Eke  is now in police custody  for allegedly hypnotizing and repeatedly raping a 7-year-old orphan, Favour(surname withheld). The incident occurred in Ezi Imo compound, Ohanwegu in the area. Favour was first raped in 2014 allegedly by Alobu and since then, the man has allegedly been raping her. The suspect  tore Favours bottom with razor blade where he presumably apply some charms to prevent the girl from revealing his identity until the...

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North Koreas role in rhino horn, ivory and other smuggling in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Global Initiative

New report by The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime lifts the lid on state-sanctioned North Korean criminal activity in Africa, exposing diplomats and embassies linked to illicit trade in rhino horn, ivory, cigarettes and minerals. Research conducted by the Global Initiative has linked North Korean diplomatic passport holders to at least 18 cases of rhino horn and ivory smuggling over the past 30 years. Drawing on interviews with high-level North Korean defectors, diplomatic and government sources and hundreds pages of documents, press reports and academic articles, the report Diplomats and Deceit North Koreas Criminal Activities in Africa, examines North Koreas involvement in Africa and allegations that the countrys embassies in several African states are intimately connected to a complex web of illicit activity aimed at the bolstering the Kim Jong-un regime and enriching cash-strapped diplomats.

About The author:

Julian Rademeyer is an award-winning South African investigative journalist, a senior research fellow with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime and is currently leading a project for TRAFFIC on protection of Africas wildlife and ecosystems. Julian is the author of the best-selling book, Killing for Profit Exposing the illegal rhino horn trade.  His two previous reports for the Global Initiative, Tipping Point: Transnational organised crime and the war on poaching and Beyond Borders: Crime, conservation and criminal networks in the illicit rhino horn trade together represent one of the most current and in-depth investigations into the illicit networks enabling the desecration of the rhino species in Southern Africa.



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Emir of Deir ez-Zor among ISIS commanders killed in bunker by Russian airstrike "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Some 40 Islamic State terrorists, including the so-called emir of Deir ez-Zor are said to have been killed as Russian warplanes struck and wiped out an underground command center and communication unit near the city, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Russias Su-34 and Su-35 fighter jets scrambled from Khmeimim Air Base in Syrias Latakia province hit a high-profile gathering of Islamic States (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) field commanders on September 5, the ministry said. It noted that the Russian Air Force was acting upon the intelligence it received from several sources indicating that a meeting of senior IS militants was about to take place in one of the underground command centers on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.

The militants were set to discuss ways to fend off the offensive by the Syrian forces, which were making rapid gains toward the city, which had been besieged by IS for three years.

As result of the airstrike at least 40 IS members, including four field commanders, were killed on the spot. An underground command center and terrorist communication hub were destroyed.

The effective actions of the Russian Air Force speeded up the lifting of a siege from the city of Deir ez-Zor and allowed the Syrian troops to begin liberating the city, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Among the senior militants killed is internationally wanted Abu-Muhammad al-Shimali (also known as Tirad Al-Jarba), the self-proclaimed emir of Deir ez-Zor, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that the militants death has been confirmed.    


Al-Shimali, an Iraqi-born Saudi citizen and a former Al-Qaeda member, pledged his allegiance to ISIS in 2015 and later became notorious for being the one in charge of smuggling foreign fighters into its territory.

In 2015, the US State Department offered a bounty of up to $5 million for information leading to al-Shimalis capture and arrest, while describing him a key leader in ISILs Immigration and Logistics Committee coordinating smuggling activities, financial transfers, and the movement of supplies into Syria and Iraq from Europe, North Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula.

Apart from smuggling recruits into Syria, al-Shimali was also believed by several European intelligence agencies to be involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks, the ministry added. French investigators had previously determined, according to media reports, that at least three of the att...


Global Action Keeping Famine at Bay But Failing to Prevent Suffering "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nearly seven months after the United Nations issued an urgent call for action to counter the threat of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, north-east Nigeria and Yemen, global efforts have kept that crisis at bay but millions of people still suffer and many are dying at this very moment, Secretary-General Antnio Guterres on 21 September warned.

In the western desert town of Dinsoor, Somalia, newly arrived drought victims receive food supplies delivered by the UNs World Food Program (WFP). Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images Reportage | Source: UN News Centre

To keep famine at bay doesnt mean to keep suffering at bay, Guterres said at a high-level event on famine prevention and response, organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Bank.

So, millions and millions of people suffer, millions and millions of people are not food secure, and we have people dying at this very moment, he added.

The Secretary-General noted that since the call for action was issued in February, 60 per cent of the $4.9 billion required to cover urgent humanitarian operations has been received.

Humanitarian agencies and their partners are reaching close to 30 million people each month with life-saving food, livelihood support, health, water and sanitation and nutrition assistance, he added.

However, in each of the four countr...


Have we lost our way in war? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By David Swanson, September 21, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Opening debate remarks at the University of Pennsylvania on September 21, 2017, on the following proposition: Are Americas wars in Syria and Afghanistan just and necessary or have we lost our way in the use of military force, including drone weaponry, in conducting US foreign policy?

Wow, Ive already gotten more applause than Trump got for his whole speech at the UN.

U.S. wars and bombings in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and the Philippines, and threats to North Korea are unjust, unnecessary, immoral, illegal, extremely costly in several ways, and counterproductive on their own terms.

The idea of a just war comes down to us over some 1600 years from people whose worldview we share in almost no other way. Just war criteria come in three types: non-empirical, impossible, and amoral.

The Non-Empirical Criteria: A just war is supposed to have the right intention, a just cause, and proportionality. But these are devices of rhetoric. When your government says bombing a building where ISIS stashes money justifies killing up to 50 people, theres no agreed upon, empirical means to reply No, only 49, or only 6, or up to 4,097 people can be justly killed. Identifying a governments intention is far from simple, and attaching a just cause like ending slavery to a war doesnt make that cause inherent to that war. Slavery can be ended in many ways, while no war has ever been fought for a single reason. If Myanmar had more oil wed be hearing about genocide prevention as a just cause for invading, and no doubt worsening, the crisis.

The Impossible Criteria: A just war is supposed to be a last resort, have a reasonable prospect of success, keep noncombatants immune from attack, respect enemy soldiers as human beings, and treat prisoners of war as noncombatants. None of these things are even possible. To call something a last resort is in reality merely to claim it is the best idea you have, not the only idea you have. There are always other ideas that anyone can think of. Every time we urgently need to bomb Iran or were all going t...


INTERVIEW: What transpired between Nnamdi Kanu and South-East Governors. "IndyWatch Feed Africa" under: Uncategorized


Tunisian Navy Rescues 78 Migrants Off Coast "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

TUNIS Tunisias navy rescued 78 migrants including two girls after their vessel en route to Europe took on water off the coast of Chebba and was stranded for three days, the defense ministry said on Friday.

Human traffickers increasingly use Tunisia as a launch pad for migrants heading for Europe after Libyas coastguard aided by armed groups tightened its controls.

Naval forces rescued 78 illegal Tunisian migrants 70 kilometers east of the coast of Chebba on board a boat that was damaged and leaking water, the ministry said in statement, adding that nobody died in the incident.

Tunisia has been praised for its democratic progress after a 2011 uprising against autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali but successive governments have failed to create jobs for young people, some of whom head to Europe to seek work.

(Reporting By Tarek Amara; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)

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The COSATU National Strike Is About Pushing Back Against Kleptocracy and Neopatrimonialism
The preparations for the upcoming COSATU led National strike on the 27 September 2017 are in full swing and the workers are making it very clear that they are tired of State Capture and Corruption. They are clear that these twin evils lead to economic decay and job losses.

Workers and ready and willing to fight the immoral and criminal phenomenon of State Capture and the cancer of Corruption, which robs them of their livelihoods, steal their resources, causes job losses and perpetuate poverty.

South Africa is struggling with the real unemployment rate of 38%, with close to 10 million people struggling to get jobs and over 17 million people on welfare.

This is happening while South Africa is losing roughly R147 billion from the money that is illegally taken out of the country per year. This is the money that will allow South Africa to accommodate all South African students at a university level for free. According to Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel, Corruption costs the SA gross domestic product (GDP) at least R27bn annually as well as the loss of 76 000 jobs that would otherwise have been created.

The recent data by Statistics South Africa report that shows that out of a population of 56 million, around 13,8 million people are now living below the food poverty line of R17.38 per person per day .It also shows that more than 30 million people out of 56 million are poor.

This is happening at the same time that the U N Conference on Trade and Development released last year in July showed that mining companies hid more than R1 trillion of tax invoices to avoid taxes between 200-2014.

Millions of South Africans are struggling to buy and build homes for their families, while the notorious GUPTA Family has managed to steal more than R10 billion rand from the country and have bought mansions costing up to R450 million in Dubai. Out of 1,4 million public servants, over 900 000 of them do not have houses.

What makes this possible is the fact that our government has been captured. Our government has adopted policies that benefit the private sector and the tiny elite. The Public Protector report showed us t...


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ANC Humbled by Overwhelming Support in Cape Town Ward By-election
21 September 2017

The African National Congress is humbled by the overwhelming support received from the people of Ward 37 in Nyanga, Cape Town in yesterday's by-election. 71% of all votes cast demonstrated our people's confidence in their movement, the African National Congress with the closest party following the ANC, the Pan African Congress (PAC), receiving 18% of the vote.

The ANC does not take this support for granted and remains committed to ensuring that the City of Cape Town delivers against the aspirations of the people of Nyanga and the black (African, Coloured and Indian) communities of Cape Town in general. We will use this victory to give further impetus to our campaign to reclaim the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape province.

We thank our volunteers, members and supporters of the ANC for tireless work which resulted to this victory for the people's movement. We equally, thank all the voters who cast their votes in these elections.

We congratulate the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for continuously delivering the credible, free and fair by-elections.

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ANC Statement: Mining Authorities Must Step Up Efforts at Mine Safety
20 September 2017

The African National Congress has noted with grave concern reports of the death of two miners at the Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg in the North West province yesterday, 19 September 2017. This tragic incident follows the death of five mine workers at Kusasalethu mine in Carltonville earlier this month and the growing number of workers losing their lives in our countrys mines. It cannot be that our mines have become death traps for workers and a job in the mining industry carries with it major risk on the workers life.

The mining industry remains a dominant and very important sector of our economy, built - as it is - on the back of the working class who for decades have endured dangerous and exploitative conditions. It has been and remains an unambiguous objective of the ANC that we create safe and decent working conditions for mine workers. The avoidable deaths reported in the industry fly in the face of this objective and require drastic action by all stakeholders to eliminate fatalities and injuries.

Accordingly, the ANC calls on mining authorities and other stakeholders to employ all measures necessary to decisively deal with the safety challenges in the mining industry. Government is further called upon to use all means at its disposal to pressure the industry to correct the defects and adopt all necessary safeguards deal to these senseless deaths. Fatalities and injuries must be eliminated within the timeframes agreed by the industry; one death of a mine worker is one death too many.

The African National Congress expresses its sincere condolences to the families who have lost loved ones from these tragic incidents in our mines. Government, the mining companies concerned and the industry as a whole, are expected to give support and comfort to the bereaved families during these difficult times.

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ANC Condemns Arson Attacks on CPUT
20 September 2017

The African National Congress (ANC) condemns in the harshest possible terms the torching of several buildings at the Cape Town University of Technologys (CPUT) campuses in Bellville and Mowbray, Cape Town. These criminal acts must be punished using the full might of our law enforcement system as they can never be a justification for any grievance anyone may have had.

In 2016, the Department of Higher Education and Training estimated the cost of damage to universities as a result of protests at approximately R459 million. This is money that would be most optimally used to fund the shortages and challenges in our higher education system rather than addressing unnecessary damages. Behavior such as burning university buildings is short-sighted and devoid of any appreciation of the dire need faced by students and our institutions of higher education.

The ANC calls upon any person with information in relation to these unlawful acts to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators to book.

University management and the student body at large must close rank to expose and isolate these agent provocateurs should they be within their ranks.

All stakeholders are further called upon to redouble their efforts to find amicable and lasting solutions to disputes and the restoration of the academic programme.

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National Spokesperson

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#Greece: African Street Musician Assaulted by Racist Cops in #Athens "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cops assaulted an immigrant street musician at Monastiraki, Athens, and at the police department in Omonoia.


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Greece: African Street Musician Assaulted by Racist Cops in Athens

Cops assaulted an immigrant street musician at Monastiraki, Athens, and at the police department in Omonoia.

Kamara Mohammed, a street musician and immigran...


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Ahead of a special meeting on Friday morning, Lindiwe Sisulu says she hopes the NEC will discuss why the party's leaders rejected a request to hold a consultative conference.

FILE: Lindiwe Sisulu, whos an ANC presidential candidate, was open about her decision to accept the nomination. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN.

Clement Manyathela
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - As the African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) prepares for a special meeting on Friday morning, presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu has raised questions over why the party refuses to hold a consultative conference.

The partys leadership is expected to take a final decision on whether to appeal a court ruling declaring the ANC KwaZulu-Natal's 2015 elective conference unlawful.

Sisulu says she hopes the NEC will discuss why the party's leaders rejected a request by the stalwarts to hold a consultative conference.

A consultative conference is not one where we talk about policies going forward, it is one where we talk about the here and now. What is the health status of our organisation?

When asked if she thinks Friday's meeting must discuss another motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, she said: What would the difference be between now and before?

Meanwhile, Cosatu has called for the special meeting to discuss the possible reinstatement of criminal charges against Zuma and take bold decisions about what it calls his lack of leadership capabilities.


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Khoza has been vocal in her belief that President Jacob Zuma should be removed from office.

FILE: ANC presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu at an event in Kliptown on 22 July 2017. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN

Clement Manyathela
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says that she is saddened by Makhosi Khoza's resignation because the African National Congress (ANC) needs people of courage like her.

Khoza announced that she's quitting the party on Thursday during an emotional speech, where she hit out at ANC leaders and warned that the party is beyond saving.

Khoza has been vocal in her belief that President Jacob Zuma should be removed from office.

Sisulu says that the news that Khoza has resigned has saddened her.

Im really saddened by it because I think we need people of courage to stand up and say: this far and no further.

She says the party needs people like Khoza.

The ANC needs people of courage because it is them who are able to tell us when we go wrong and got the ANC to where we are.

The Minister says that just like Chris Hani was critical of the ANC and helped put the party on a good path, Khoza should have also been given the space to speak out against the wrongs in the organisation.


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Lindiwe Sisulu revealed that shes been pushing for the President to be disciplined.

FILE: Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

Clement Manyathela
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) presidential candidate Lindiwe Sisulu has told Eyewitness News she doesn't understand why President Jacob Zuma still hasn't been taken through the party's disciplinary processes for bringing the party into disrepute.

During a sit-down interview with EWN, Sisulu revealed that shes been pushing for the President to be disciplined.

She says a diagnostic report presented by ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe at the party's policy conference earlier this year, confirmed that scandals involving Zuma had caused unhappiness and cost the party.

Sisulu has taken issue with the fact that President Zuma still hasn't appeared before a disciplinary committee.

I have been insisting that there must be a disciplinary process so that if there is an interpretation that if you put the ANC into disrepute, that is an offence.

She says this worries her.

If we all agreed at the policy conference that that is what happened to the president, why was he not taken through a disciplinary process? We have an integrity committee [and if they fail] they should take the matter to the disciplinary committee.

Sisulu says the president must go through a disciplinary committee and be suspended if found to have brought the party into disrepute.


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Does forest certification work? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


forest certification really work? Written by Shreya Dasgupta, research by Zuzana Burivalova. by on 21 September 2017

Mongabay Series:

  • Based on a review of 40 studies, we found that certified tropical forests are overall better for the environment than forests managed conventionally.
  • But there wasnt enough evidence to say if certified tropical forests are better than, the same as, or worse than conventionally managed tropical forests when it comes to people.
  • We also found that profits and other economic benefits are hard to come by for certified logging companies working in tropical forests.
  • This is part of a special Mongabay series on Conservation Effectiveness.

Tropical timber has earned a bad reputation.

When we think of timber from lush, tropical forests, it conjures up images of valuable old-growth trees pillaged by logging companies and illegal timber mafias, ignoring the plight of wildlife and local communities.

But tropical timber does not have to be bad, some experts say.

Tropical wood forms an integral part of many of our daily-use products, like furniture, toilet paper, flooring, construction, and packaging material. And this important reso...


Interpols role in combating the rhino horn trade "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Times live (South Africa)

Interpol joins global war against poaching

22 September 2017 05:50 By Tony Carnie
Image: Reuben Goldberg

With South Africa in 2017 likely to record 1000 rhino killings for the fifth year in a row, conservation and security experts are calling for smarter strategies to track down the big fish who drive global wildlife crimes.

Rather than focusing mainly on the armed foot soldiers who enter state and private nature reserves to shoot an average of three rhinos a day, researchers from the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies believe there is still a lack of data on transnational criminal syndicates that profit from the poaching of rhino and other wildlife species.

The illicit trade in wildlife is a very serious conservation issue, but has important social impacts too. Syndicates operate in more than one sector. The trade in wildlife products like rhino horn, pangolin and lion bones supports a supply of guns and drugs and contributes to corruption at multiple levels. said ISS researcher Ciara Aucoin.

Exposed: Rhino chop shops in SA

Chinese syndicates in SA dodge cops by sawing horns into beads and trinkets for exportc


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Helen Zille: Conservative South African Opposition Party Responds to the Cape Water Crisis
By Pumza Fihlani
BBC News

How far would you go to save water?

Well, for the head of a provincial government in South Africa, it seems there is no sacrifice too big.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has revealed that she only showers every third day.

But it seems that what may appear at first to be a drastic, and somewhat smelly, move is, in fact, a noble one.

The Western Cape - famed for its winelands, mountains and beaches - has been experiencing severe water shortages which have worsened in the last year due to a drought in the region.

"I shower briefly once every three days and for the rest wash in the hand basin. I used to wash my hair every day but now only when I shower with visibly negative consequences," Ms Zille wrote in a column.

"However I regard oily hair in a drought to be as much of a status symbol as a dusty car."

Still, Ms Zille, the founder of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), has shocked many with the revelations of her showering schedule.

Ms Zille is no stranger to controversy. She caused a storm recently after posting a tweet in which she suggested there were some positive aspects of colonialism.

Of course, for some South Africans, sacrificing your shower time might seem to be a middle-class problem.

Those living in Cape Town's informal settlements have to rely on a communal tap for water and bath out of a basin, while low-income households would usually have running water in the house and a bath.

So how did we end up knowing about the hygiene habits of one of South Africa's best-known politicians?

Well, Ms Zille was rebuffing a recent article by TimesLive which raised questions about the provincial department's use of tax-papers money to install a water purification system at her official residence in Cape Town.

Desperate to show that she takes the water crisis seriously, she said: "As for my husband and I we try to use so little water that I sometimes get worried ab...


The NGO regulation bill. The most dangerous piece of legislation ever considered by the National Assembly. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Please listen carefully to this recording of the former Executive Secretary of the Human Rights CommissionFiled under: Uncategorized


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Ruling Reveals a Court Beset by Disagreements
Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary
The dissenting judges accused their colleagues of being obsessed with processes at the expense of the material import of the election.

But Justice Njoki Ndungu sought to dismantle all these assertions in a 440-page ruling she read in full for four hours.

The Majority ruling had said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission failed to conduct the election in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws.


The sharply divergent decisions of the September 1 ruling, which were expounded on Wednesday, have offered a glimpse into a deeply divided court.

The judges were clearly worlds apart in their philosophical orientation.

Supreme Court judges Njoki Ndungu and Jackton Ojwang faulted their colleagues Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Justices Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola for nullifying President Kenyattas win in the August 8 poll on.

The dissenting judges accused their colleagues of being obsessed with processes at the expense of the material import of the election.

The Majority ruling had said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission failed to conduct the election in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws.


The judges said IEBC did not transmit presidential results (or forms 34A) from polling stations nor provide all forms 34A as a means to verify forms 34B which contain constituency tallies.

The majority ruling also cited a number of anomalies which include the lack of security features on some forms 34, and the commissions refusal to comply with the Courts ruling to provide access to their server and access logs.

It further ruled that the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (Kiems) which is used to identify voters and transmit results was modified without reference to all the candidates.

But Justice Njoki Ndungu sought to dismantle all these as...


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Forms 34A, 34B Were in Order: Ndungu
 Kenya Daily Nation

Lady Justice Njoki Ndung'u at the Supreme Court before delivering a full judgment on reasons for nullification of President Kenyatta's re-election. Justice Ndungu ruled that forms 34A and 34B were in order. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary

The judge, who was the last to deliver her ruling, said the court should have real grounds for concluding that the election results were not credible.

She faulted her colleagues for not using the certified forms filed in court by the commission to verify the claims made by Nasa presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga.

She also faulted her colleagues for deliberately overturning a previous decision of the court on section 83 of the Elections Act to favour a finding of nullity.


Supreme Court judge Njoki Ndungu Wednesday tore into key parts of the evidence which informed the ruling that annulled the August 8 presidential election.

Justice Ndungu said the disputed Forms 34A used to declare the election outcome were proper in form and content.

The judge, who was the last to deliver her ruling, said the court should have real grounds for concluding that the election results were not credible.

Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and justices Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola had earlier upheld arguments by the National Super Alliance in the petition.


They ruled that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission failed to verify the numbers before declaring the election winner and that Nasa had shown that the declaration of the results was made before all the 40,883 Forms 34A had been received.

The court also said a random scrutiny of Forms 34A showed there were discrepancies. Justice Ndungu, however, said she conducted an analysis of the 291 Forms 34B 290 constituencies and one from the diaspora and the disputed Forms 34A and noted they were okay.

She faulted her colleagues for not using the ce...


The full moon puts lions prey species on edge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

University of Minnesota

Stirred in the middle of the night by a steady stream of light, we wonder: is that a full moon or streetlight? Although an annoyance, most of us quickly fall back into REM sleep. Stakes are higher out on the Serengeti. For prey aiming to avoid a lion encounter, the fullness of the moon can impact whether or not theyll survive until morning.

In a recently published article in Ecology Letters, a group of U of MN researchers explore how the lunar cycle impacts the behavior of animals that lions feast on. Researchers show that the brightness of the moon can impact how prey move across the landscape in an effort to avoid  predation.

This research explores strategies that Serengeti prey use to avoid lions and Meredith Palmer, the lead author notes, the work will make it much easier to create models that predict preys behaviour and subsequent impacts on their community and the environment.

Zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, and Thompsons gazelle must carefully select their grazing grounds to avoid becoming a lions next meal. The idea that prey avoid high-risk areas or where lions gather is aptly dubbed the landscape of fear by re...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Key Points in Supreme Court Presidential Petition Judgement
Kenya Daily Nation

Supreme Court judges on September 20, 2017 when they delivered a detailed judgement laying out their reasons for annulling the August 8 presidential election. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
The court acknowledged the fact that no election is perfect and that the law recognises this reality.
The Judges wondered why the manually transmitted forms arrived faster than the electronic ones.
They said there was no evidence of misconduct on the part of President Uhuru Kenyatta.


The Supreme Court Wednesday delivered its full judgment on the nullification of the August 8 presidential election.

In a majority decision, the apex court chaired by Chief Justice David Maraga explained that it quashed President Uhuru Kenyas re-election because, among other reasons, the National Returning Officer Wafula Chebukati did not verify the results before declaring the winner.

The following are some of the key points from the judges decision:

A ballot paper is counted as a vote if it is filled in accordance with the set procedure. The court observed that a rejected vote a vote which is void, a vote that accords no advantage to any candidate cannot be used in determining the 50-percent- plus-one threshold set in the Constitution for winning Kenya's presidential poll.

The court acknowledged the fact that no election is perfect and that the law recognises this reality. That said, it is difficult to categorise the violations of the law as minor inadvertent errors. In their view, IEBC behaved as though the provisions of Sections 39, 44 and 44A of the Constitution did not exist.

That elections are not only about numbers. That, to arrive at a mathematical solution, as taught in school, there is always a computational path. That one has to prove that the process indeed gives rise to the stated solution. In short, the apex court said elections are not events but processes.

IEBC and its Chai...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenya Opposition Claims Broad and Vague, Says Justice Ojwang
Kenya Daily Nation

A National Super Alliance supporter (left) shouts at a Jubilee supporter near the Supreme Court of Kenya premises on September 20, 2017. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
The judge, in his full ruling read in court Wednesday, argued that Nasas arguments were anchored on generalities and not factual evidence and hence failed the test of burden of proof.

To him, it was the respondents, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and its chairman, Wafula Chebukati who were enjoined in the case as the first and second respondents who provided better evidence to justify the credibility of the elections.

The judge noted that it was, therefore, prudent for the majority judges who ruled against the respondents to have asked for a recount of the votes before annulment.


Supreme Court judge Jackton Ojwang, in his dissenting opinion on the election petition, said Nasa leader Raila Odinga failed to prove his case after making broad and vague claims.

The judge, in his full ruling read in court Wednesday, argued that Nasas arguments were anchored on generalities and not factual evidence and hence failed the test of burden of proof.

Justice Ojwang noted that while the weight of the petitioners case lay on credibility, transparency and credibility of the results relaying process, Nasa largely made broad claims on alleged wrongdoing on the part of the electoral commission.

The petitioner, he argued, instead invited the court to ascertain the scope of its evidence.

To him, it was the respondents, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and its chairman, Wafula Chebukati who were enjoined in the case as the first and second respondents who provided better evidence to justify the credibility of the elections.


He noted that however profound a legal argument might be before the court, it must be anchored on the facts of the case. The evidence need to be cre...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Judges Ignored Crucial Evidence, Says Kenyan President Kenyatta
Daily Nation

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto address the nation on the Supreme Court ruling at State House, Nairobi on September 21, 2017. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu, Justice Smokin Wanjala and Justice Isaac Lenaola in their ruling upheld arguments by National Super Alliance in the election petition.

Justice Ndungu faulted her colleagues for not using the certified forms filed in court by the commission to verify the claims made by Nasa presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga.

The IEBC changed the date from October 17 to 26 to allow it more time to prepare for the poll.

 The cabinet has also approved a supplementary budget that shall be forwarded to the National Assembly next week for the purposes of the fresh election.


President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday accused the Supreme Court of subverting the will of Kenyans who voted on August 8 by failing to consider all the evidence adduced by the electoral commission.

He said it was incomprehensible how a bench of four judges could nullify a decision by more than eight million Kenyans who voted for him without due regard to evidence presented before them.

The President, who was with his deputy William Ruto, spoke a day after Supreme Court Judge Njoki Ndungu in her dissenting opinion poked holes in the majority ruling, arguing that her colleagues had failed to verify the result forms on whose basis they annulled the presidential election.

In an address to the nation from State House, Nairobi, a day after the judges read their full judgments, the Head of State said the apex court handled the presidential petition poorly and was misguided in its majority ruling.


He said had the court v...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Be Vigilant During Repeat Poll, Raila Tells Observers
Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary
In the August poll, the Carter Centre had sent former US Secretary of State John Kerry to lead a team of other observers.
Mr Kerry heaped praises at IEBC for conducting a free and fair elections despite the concerns raised by the opposition.


Opposition leader Raila Odinga has told the observer mission in the country that they have a second chance to effectively play their role in the coming fresh presidential poll scheduled for October 26.

In a statement to newsrooms after meeting with representatives of two election observation missions on Thursday the National Democratic Institute and the The Carter Centre on the preparations of the new elections Mr Odinga told the observers to be vigilant in the coming fresh poll and pay keen attention to what the Supreme Court found to have gone wrong in the August poll.

We believe in election observation and see it as a critical part of ensuring free and fair polls if the observers focus on the right things, Mr Odinga told the Carter Centre delegation.

In the August poll, the Carter Centre had sent former US Secretary of State John Kerry to lead a team of other observers.

Mr Kerry heaped praises at IEBC for conducting a free and fair elections despite the concerns raised by the opposition.

Mr Odinga said the endorsement of the August poll by Carter Centre which has since been nullified by the Supreme Court is now water under the bridge and the focus should be on the coming fresh poll.

In the glowing complements to the IEBC and talking of how Kenya is leading the continent in the path to democratisation despite our protests, the Carter Centre went too far. But to err is human. We just hope it does not happen again, Mr Odinga said.

In the meeting that was also attended by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, the opposition leaders stuck to their guns that all the major concerns they raised on IEBC must be addressed before they can participate in the repeat presidential election.



How Long Until Our Most Secret Data is Used Against Us in Court? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

How long do people have until our most private data is used to formally convict us of crimes in court?

Several court cases have inched closer and closer to this all-encompassing surveillance/police state in the past, but now we seem to be on the precipice of a nightmare.

How long do we have before our private Facebook messages are used against us in court, collected at the highest levels of state surveillance by the NSA and other intelligence agencies? How long do we have before our secretly recorded audio, phone in pocket, is used to convict us in court?

What if a person says something about, for instance, illegal psychedelic mushrooms in 2017, and in 2027, that person is convicted of a crime for selling the mushrooms 10 years later, when the laws are changed to allow convictions based on sensitive data collected through surveillance?

Its difficult to know where to start on this issue: every country has a different policy when it comes to data collection and court convictions, so to measure the worst conditions for data collection in the world, it would make sense to look at China first.

China is of course home to some of the most Orwellian, totalitarian internet censorship and surveillance on the planet. There, social media users can be imprisoned for speaking out against the state, or doing anything the state deems unlawful.

There, it is unclear whether or not private social media messages can be used in court to convict a person, but understanding how the Internet works there, it seems very likely this is already happening.

Recently, China launched its own court to deal with internet related cases.

(Image credit: China)

One website that is following this issue is titled Social Media Law Bulletin.

In South Africa, the boundary is being pushed with hacked private Facebook messages, obtained illegally, qualifying as evidence in a court case.

According to...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenyas Repeat Election Postponed by Nine Days
by John Aglionby
Financial Times

Kenyas electoral commission has postponed the repeat presidential election by nine days to October 26, citing the need to meet the standards set out by the supreme court in its judgement that nullified last months ballot.

The court voided the result of the August 8 vote on September 1, citing irregularities and illegalities after Raila Odinga, the defeated opposition leader, appealed against the re-election of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

On Wednesday the judges gave their full ruling, with a majority blaming the electoral commission for systematic errors in the transmission of returns from the polling station to the constituency and national tallying centres.

They told the electoral commission to go back to the drawing board to prepare for the repeat election or risk that being annulled too.

OT-Morpho, the French company that provided the equipment delivering the electronic voter list and results transmission system, said earlier this week it would not be able to prepare everything in time for October 17, the date the commission originally set for the repeat vote but could meet a deadline of later in the month.

Under Kenyas constitution the repeat election has to be held within 60 days of the original vote being annulled.

Mr Kenyatta, who beat Mr Odinga by 54 per cent to 45 per cent, said on Thursday he respected the supreme court ruling but strongly disagreed with it. He said the judges had subverted the will of the people.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Brexit Is Not Expected to Negatively Impact Mozambiques Trade Relations
21 September 2017

The United Kingdoms exit from the European Union is an opportunity to make more investments in Mozambique and will not have a negative impact on bilateral trade relations, the British Minister for International Trade said on Wednesday in Maputo.

Minister Liam Fox, who travelled to Mozambique as part of a tour of some southern African countries, said that what worries potential British investors is the guarantee of macroeconomic stability and a stable legal framework.

The SADC Sugar Producers Federation last week in Maputo expressed concern about losing the main sugar market in the European Union after Brexit as the United Kingdom absorbs more than half of the output of the countries in the region.

to Mozambican daily newspaper Notcias, the minister reassured the countries in the region that his country will maintain the existing business relationship, despite being subject to further negotiations.

Fox said the UK was willing to support Mozambique in the investigation of undisclosed debts amounting to US$2 billion taken on by three public enterprises with the support of the State and that are the basis for the freezing of international aid to Mozambique by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Group of 14 donor countries.

Fox visited Maputo where he met with the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi and the Minister of Trade, Max Tonela, to review of trade agreements between the two countries, due to the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. (macauhub)


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mozambique Hopes to Raise $500 Million for Renewable Energy Projects
MAPUTO, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Mozambique offered a portfolio of small renewable energy projects to foreign investors on Tuesday which it hopes will attract $500 million in investment and give everyone in the southern African country electricity by 2030.

Around 60 percent of people living in Mozambique, which is highly indebted, have no access to electricity.

"The initiative is intended to ensure that within a 15 year horizon the Mozambican population has access to electricity outside the national power grid, thanks to small autonomous systems," the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy said.

The portfolio has identified potential sites for projects using solar, hydro or a combination and could attract an estimated investment of $500 million, it said


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Angola: Physicians Told to Consult Rural Areas - Administrator
Luanda The newly entry physicians are expected to conduct periodic ambulatory consultations in the outlying and rural areas of the municipality of Viana, said the municipal administrator, Jeremias Dumbo Tchilelevika.

Jeremias Dumbo Tchilelevika, who addressed 15 physicians recently hired in the municipality of Viana, said that a working system will be created so that doctors do not wait for patients in the hospital.

This system, he added, will also help, in addition to the consultations, diagnose some common diseases in certain areas, also indicating what is necessary for prevention.

On behalf of the doctors, Osmar Jos Mrio pledged to give his best and recalled that they are distributed in several hospital units of the municipality with the aim of contributing to a better health care for the residents.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Africa Returns MiG-21 Fighter Jet to Angola
Written by Dean Wingrin
Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Angolan MiG-21 being removed from the SAAF Musuem.Under a cloak of secrecy, the South African government has returned to Angola a MiG-21 fighter jet that it acquired during the Border War conflict in 1988.

A prized possession of the South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum and placed on display at Air Force Base Zwartkop, the MiG-21bis Fishbed with serial C340 of the Fora Area Popular de Angola (FAPA, the Angolan Air Force) was acquired in December 1988 when the jet landed in northern South West Africa (now Namibia) after becoming lost and running low on fuel.

General Francisco Afonso, Commander of the Angolan Air Force, announced on Angolan National Radio (RNA) that the MiG-21 was returned to Angola on Sunday 17 September. This was, he is quoted as saying, a goodwill gesture by South African President Jacob Zuma to mark the official opening that day of the Cuito Cuanavale monument.

The fighter was quietly removed from the SAAF Museums display hall where it was exhibited next to a Mirage F1CZ, its SAAF adversary during the Border War, on Friday 15 September before being transported to the nearby AFB Waterkloof. It was then flown to Angola inside an Angolan Air Force Ilyushin IL-76TD Candid (serial T-911) transport aircraft.

It is not known if Angola specially requested the return of the aircraft, but Angola has many old MiG-21 aircraft available locally for display purposes.

The news has not been met with enthusiasm by South African military historians and aviation enthusiasts. The aircraft had pride of place at the SAAF Museum and was an important exhibit, drawing many local and foreign visitors to view and take photos of the two old adversaries standing next to each other.

The fighter was acquired by South Africa during the Border War, when on 14 December 1988 FAPA pilot Lt Vinez took-off from the airfield at Lubango for a routine ferry flight to Menongue airfield. However, he became lost after entering cloud and decided to divert to the airfield at Cuito Cuanavale.

Flying in a south-easterly direction, but west of the planne...


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Pope Francis Congratulates Angolan President-Elect
Lunada Pope Francis sent on Wednesday a message to the Angolan President-elect, Joo Loureno, congratulating him on his election and hoping that the new Head of State will have success and prosperity in the destiny of the Angola.

According to the message, the Holy Father also wishes to strengthen ties of fraternal coexistence, a future of peace and blessings.

As President-elect, Joo Loureno has already been congratulated, among others, by the US State Department, the presidents of Russia, China, Portugal, France, Brazil, Cameroon, Guinea Bissau, Botswana and Togo.

He also received congratulatory messages from the Angolan embassies in Mexico, Ghana, China, Canada and the Pan-African Parliament.

Joo Loureno will be inaugurated on September 23.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Glencore Strikes Multi-Year Purchase Deal With Angola LNG
SEPT. 20, 2017, 7:24 A.M. E.D.T.

LONDON Trading house Glencore is to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies from Angola LNG over a multi-year period, adding to similar recent deals between the producer and traders including Vitol [VITOLV.UL].

Angola LNG on Wednesday said the deal was another step towards building its sales book with the most important players in the LNG market.

Last month it sold LNG to Vitol over a multi-year period and also entered a sales deal with the trading arm of Germany's RWE.

Until recently, Angola has been selling all of its LNG via competitive tenders in the spot market, partly because a previous plan to ship LNG to the United States fell through because of the U.S. shale gas boom.

Concerns over the Angola LNG plant's reliability as well as limitations on feed gas supplies from offshore fields also prevented the Chevron-led project from previously locking in an LNG sales deal.

(Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic; Editing by David Goodman)


China, Russia support UNSC aspirations of India, Brazil, SA "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

BRICS Foreign Ministers held their annual meeting on the margins of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly on 21 September 2017 [Image: MEA, India]

In a meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York, BRICS Foreign Ministers said they will seek to gather global support for reforming the world body.

BRICS nations have stressed on the need for a comprehensive reform of the UN, including its Security Council, with a view to making it more representative, said a joint statement.

Britain, France, Russia, China and the US are veto-wielding members of the UNSC.

BRICS members, India, South Africa and Brazil have bid for permanent membership of the UNSC.

The BRICS statement on Thursday said the UNSC  must increase the representation of the developing countries so that it can adequately respond to global challenges.

China and Russia reiterate the importance they attach to the status and role of Brazil, India and South Africa in international affairs and support their aspiration to play a greater role in the UN, the statement added.

The UNSC, which has powers to authorize military action, impose sanctions and set up peacekeeping operations, has 10 rotating members. The US, China, Russia, France and Britain are permanent members which wield a veto.

With more than 80 per cent of issues taken up by the Security Council relating to African affairs and not a single permanent member from Africa, the UN has battled with issues of legitimacy and representativeness.

The 54-nation African continent has a representation of only three non-permanent members without veto power in the UNSC.




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Congo Refugees Pour Over Border to Angola
Stephen Eisenhammer

DUNDO, Angola (Reuters) - Captured by militia and accused of being married to a Congolese government official, Kimpanga Caro could smell the fire she was told would be used to burn her decapitated head to ash.

Caro, whose husband is a pastor not an official, was freed when one of the militiamen recognized her. She raced back home to find her husband in their ransacked village. They fled south, on foot with their five children, towards a country they heard was safe: Angola.

Thirty thousand of her compatriots have made the same journey so far, among 1.4 million people driven from their homes in a year of violence in the central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

There are signs that the refugee crisis is causing Angola -- a powerful regional ally that helped sustain Congolese President Joseph Kabila and his father in power for two decades -- to question its support for the leader of its volatile neighbor.

At least 3,300 people have been killed in Kasai since the Kamuina Nsapu militia launched an insurrection to force a military withdrawal from the area. Refugees say villages have been destroyed and women have been raped both by the militiamen and by soldiers who have fought them.

Their flight into the Angolan province of Lunda Norte has brought an international relief effort to the area for the first time since Angolas own 27-year civil war ended in 2002.

A cooling in Angolas support for Kabila would leave the Congolese president more isolated than ever and make it even harder for him to hang on to power beyond the end of this year, when he has pledged to hold an election already a year late.

Angola, with the third largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the regions strongest militaries, has twice in the past sent troops to prop up Kabila. Now, its soldiers are trying to contain the violence on the frontier.

Luanda has doubled its troops and police on the border, according to Marcelino Caetano, provincial director of the Service for Migration and Foreigners, responsible for Lunda Norte provinces 770-kilometre border with the DRC.


A New Hope for a Nuclear Free World But Where Is the UK? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human Wrongs Watch

Image: United Nations/Flickr, Creative Commons.

Yesterday [20 September] the UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres opened the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in New York.  Heads of state and senior officials from over 40 countries lined up to sign the ground-breaking treaty on its first day.

They represent billions of people from across the world, from Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, including large countries that have given up nuclear weapons programmes, such...


More Than Half of Children and Youth Worldwide Not Learning UNESCO "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human Wrongs Watch

21 September 2017 About 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, signalling a learning crisis that could threaten progress on global development goals, a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows.

Youth in the classroom. Photo: Deshan Tennekoon/World Bank. | Source: UN News Centre

The figures are staggering both in terms of the waste of human potential and for the prospects of achieving sustainable development, said Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics.

The report suggests some 387 million children of primary school age (or 56 per cent) and 230 million adolescents of lower secondary school age (or 61 per cent) will not achieve minimum proficiency levels in reading and math.

Across Sub-Saharan Africa, 202 million children and adolescents are not learning these fundamental subjects. Nearly 90 per cent of children between the ages of about 6 and 14 will not meet minimum proficiency levels in reading and math.

Central and Southern Asia has the second highest rate, with 81 per cent, or 241 million, not learning.

Surprisingly, two-thirds of the children who are not learning are in school. Of the 387 million primary-age children unable to read proficiently, 262 million are in classrooms. There are also about 137 million adolescents of lower secondary age who are in classrooms, but unable to meet minimum proficiency levels in reading.

The report indicates that along....


Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 19 2017 (IPS) Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS


The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?
Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failure of earlier economic policies of liberalization and privatization, typically introduced as part of the structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) that many countries in Africa were subjected to from the 1980s and onwards.

The World Bank, the African Development Bank and most Western donors supported the SAPs, despite United Nations warnings about their adverse social consequences.

SAP advocates promised that private investment and exports would soon follow, bringing growth and prosperity. Now, a few representat...


Urhobo Monarch, Ohworode Advises Omene To Stop Parading Himself As UPU PG "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS SEPTEMBER 22ND (URHOBOTODAY)-The Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, Delta State, HRM, Ovie Richard Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro 1, has advised the immediate past President General of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, Chief Joe Omene, to stop parading himself as the President-General of the union.

Speaking to journalists in his palace, the monarch, said that Omene ceased to be the PG of UPU since December 2016 when his tenure lapsed.
On January 2, this year, the 24 kingdoms of the Urhobo nation, represented by delegates led by the president generals of the 24 kingdoms, with majority of the monarchs in attendance, elected a new executive of the UPU led by Olorogun Moses Taiga, at the Urhobo Cultural Centre in Uvwiamughe, Agbarho. As at today, the only recognised president general of UPU Worldwide is Taiga, the monarch said.
The Ohworode, who is also Chairman of Urhobo Traditional Rulers (Ukoko RIvie RUrhobo) said Omene has been parading himself in the media as a PG, even when he does not have the mandate of the Urhobo nation.
According to the monarch, Omene has been ostracized by the Urhobo nation and therefore, only exists in the pages of newspapers as PG.
As a father, I advise him to toe the path of honour and channel his energies to other useful endeavours, the Ohworode said.


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First of Angola's Russian-made Su-30Ks Arrive
September 21, 2017
Robert Beckhusen

The first two of 12 Sukhoi Su-30K fighters Angola ordered nearly four years for $1 billion have arrived in the country, giving a country with one of the most formidable air forces in the region some of the best military hardware Russia has to offer.

Angola enters the club of African states possessing Su-30s along with Uganda and Algeria. The planes bounced around a lot before they got there.

In 2013, Angola inked the purchase with Russia for the fighters, which served with the Indian Air Force from 1998-2005 before returning to Russia in exchange for more modern Su-30MKIs. Via Russia, the Su-30Ks headed to Belarus for refurbishment and an upgrade to their radar and navigation systems, before heading to Angola.

And Angola is considering buying more.

Angola has long had one of the largest air forces in Africa, a fact which owes to the Angolan civil war from 1975-2002. During the 1970s and 1980s, enormous amounts of outside support poured into the country in an extended Cold War proxy conflict a war which began to recede following the 1994 Lusaka Protocol.

The Soviet-backed MPLA, which prevailed in the war and rules Angola to this day, received aircraft, weapons and training assistance from the Soviet bloc and Cuba the latter which sent its own warplanes and pilots to enter the fray. Zaire and Apartheid South Africa intervened on the side of the FNLA and UNITA, which both received support from the United States.

Above a Russian Su-30. Aleksandr Markin photo via Wikimedia. At top a Russian Su-30MKM. Carlos Menendez San Juan photo via Flickr

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Zambia name squad for Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Ahead of the October 7 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria, Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda has announced a 20-player provisional roster for a training camp billed to commence next week. The squad which consists of domestic based players is made up two goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and four attackers will begin training for the showdown against Nigeria on Monday, September 25. An analysis of the roster revealed that Zanaco, Power Dynamos, Zesco United and Nkana have contributed four players each, Red Arrows two, while Green Buffaloes and Nkwazi are...

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36-state structure unsuitable for Nigerias federalism Okunnu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Im ready for Zambia challenge Ezenwa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Why Nigerian carriers cant compete Investigation,Why Nigerian carriers cant compete "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Expert blames mismanagement for failure The fragmented and microscopic nature of Nigerias domestic aviation market, are majorly responsible for why the nations carriers are not competitive, New Telegraph has learnt. Investigations revealed that the total number of aircraft in the fleet of eight Nigerian airline operators is 78 aircraft according to the records in the custody of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). This is a far cry and pales into insignificance compared to other places in Africa where a single operator operates all the aircraft Nigerias domestic aviation. More worrisome...

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Customs intercepts 1,570 rifles from oil company "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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WAFU Cup: Nigeria beat 10-man Benin "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Battle Ghana in final The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Thursday survived a major upset at the ongoing WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana as they defeated the Squirrels of Benin 1-0. The Squirrels were the better of the two sides as they outplayed their more industrious counterparts over 90 minutes despite playing almost 60minutes with a man down, after losing midfielder Marcellin Koukpo to red card in the first half. The first 10 minutes of the game was all Benin and they nearly took the lead in the 9th...

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Abaribe: Govt should consider implications on Ndigbo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Abraham rejects Nigeria amidst speculation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Swansea Coach prefers England stay   England U21 striker Tammy Abraham has told the FA he remains available for selection and has rejected reports he wants to switch his international allegiance to Nigeria. Abraham, who has also represented England at U-18 and U19 level, was born in London but is also eligible to play for Nigeria through his father. Contrary to reports in the media today I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my national team allegiance, said Abraham in his statement released on Thursday....

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Residents kick as Okorocha hosts week-long birthday festivities "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

          MASSOB: Tone it down, or call it off   Many residents of Owerri, Imo State have expressed disappointment over at the elaborate 55th birthday celebration of Governor Rochas Okorocha. Okorocha, who turns 55 today, has declared week-long activities to mark his birthday. Activities marking the birthday commenced on Monday with a solidarity march by women and will climax today with a celebration at the Imo International Conference Centre (IICC), Owerri. Expected at the birthday are three African presidents South Africa, Liberia and Ghana and their aides as well...

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30-year-old graduate held for tax scam "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos zonal office, have arrested a suspected Internet fraudster, Ake Olusegun, for tax fraud. The 30-year-old suspect, a graduate of Computer and Information Science also known as Ijoba in local parlance, was arrested in Lagos, following intelligence report. The Head, Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said sometime in January, Oluseun, who owns Can bit Music, Can bit Resources (Nigeria) Limited, Istartup Enterprise and Volta Company, allegedly sent an email to an employee of an American company requesting for...

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Western Critics Miss Big Picture in Myanmar Religious Conflicts
By Bi Shihong
Global Times
2017/9/21 20:58:39

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi broke her silence on the Rohingya issue on Tuesday. In her first address to the nation since the attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on August 25, Suu Kyi said Myanmar does not fear international scrutiny and the government is committed to restoration of peace and stability and the rule of law throughout the country. She also condemned human rights violations and violence and assured all terrorists involved in the Rakhine clashes would be held accountable.

However, she pointed out the West's criticism of the Myanmar military's human rights "abuses" in Rakhine state should be based on more evidence. She also invited international organizations to Rakhine state and listed humanitarian assistance it has received in recent years, saying the Myanmar government would implement recommendations by the Advisory Commission led by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan.

The Buddhist-majority state of Rakhine suffered several waves of ethnic conflicts since 2012, leading to tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing across the border into Bangladesh and India. The Rakhine issue has triggered social, ethnic and religious contradictions in Myanmar and its neighbors, and cast a shadow on its relations with ASEAN countries like Malaysia and Indonesia.

The terrorist ambushes on August 25 were perpetrated by Rohingya insurgents who staged surprise raids on police posts, killing officers and security personnel. The tension in Rakhine has intensified due to subsequent military and police operations.

The purported uncontrollable forces outside Myanmar have played a key role in the Rakhine crisis. Some external terrorist forces from the Islamic State (IS) and other jihadist cliques are backed by Rohingya Muslim militants. As extremist IS militants and jihadist groups are steadily losing ground in Iraq and Syria, they attempt to capitalize on the plight of Rohingyas to revive their egregious power in the Middle East.

Western countries have not been satisfied with the Myanmar government's stance on the Rakhine violence and Suu Kyi's speech. Some international organizations even suggest...


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Freedom of Speech No Excuse for Challenging Chinese Sovereignty
By Liu Lulu
Global Times
2017/9/21 23:38:39

The China Scholarship Council (CSC), a branch of China's Ministry of Education, is reported to have frozen applications by Chinese scholars for state funding for study at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), a move that is seen by some in the US as retaliation against UCSD for inviting the 14th Dalai Lama to speak at its commencement ceremony in June.  The report has not been confirmed by Chinese authorities.

The Dalai Lama has been active in Tibetan separatist activities under the cloak of religion and has instigated a few bloody violent incidents in Tibet. As one of the top universities in the world, UCSD should offer students an objective picture of Tibet. But regrettably, it called the political exile "a man of peace" and used "freedom of speech" to challenge China's territorial integrity.

Beijing's determination to guard national interests cannot be overlooked, and China will not allow its territorial integrity to be challenged.

By inviting the Dalai Lama to address the graduates, UCSD has hurt the feelings of the Chinese people. China, at both the non-official and official level, will not treat the university like before. Chinese universities will have to take cooperative projects with the school into consideration and voices calling for Chinese authorities not to recognize UCSD diplomas or degrees are heard. Putting a freeze on CSC-funded Chinese scholars to the university may not be the end.

Western media are hyping about the Chinese government steadily putting pressure on overseas institutes to suppress dissidents. But inviting the Dalai Lama to give a commencement speech at an American university is not a matter of freedom of speech. It is a serious challenge to China's territorial integrity and Western media should learn more history before judging the Chinese government.

Today's China has greater influence in the world and consequently, greater say in international affairs and a growing number of Chinese students have gone to the US for study to better contribute to China's development. Mea...


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Nuke Deployment in South Korea Worsens Situation
By Shen Dingli
Global Times
2017/9/21 20:53:39

Some political figures in South Korea and Japan are feeling extremely uneasy as North Korea steps up its missile and nuclear tests. The Moon Jae-in government has not only deployed the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile interception system, but is also mulling the deployment of US tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea.

This plan started from the previous Park Geun-hye administration. Although the South Korean government holds reservations about developing and introducing nuclear weapons from the US because of public opposition and legal restrictions, top security officials of the Park government have held informal talks in this regard, and communicated with the US.

However, high-ranking security officials of the new government still remain open in terms of the introduction and development of nuclear weapons after Moon took power.

South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo visited the US last month to hold talks on nuclear weapons. Although President Moon claimed the talks were not held with the agenda to bring back tactical nuclear weapons from the US, it is clear that the new government has made attempts to do so.

Seoul is facing hardships as missile and nuclear programs in Pyongyang almost spiral out of control. Despite the US nuclear umbrella, South Korea must have its own nuclear deterrence to confront North Korea if the US goes back on its words.

However, for a long time, the US does not allow its non-nuclear allies to develop nuclear weapons. Hence, top security officials of the Moon administration may use their position of not developing nuclear weapons as a bargaining chip for demanding more assurance from the US on the Seoul-Washington alliance, which can be achieved through the installation of tactical nuclear weapons on their soil.

The deployment of nuclear weapons in South Korea will only exert symbolic impact on North Korea. More flexible plans lie ahead if the US considers hitting North Korea with nuclear weapons, such as using those deployed outside the Korean Peninsula to intimidate Pyongyang.


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South Korea President Calls for Caution Dealing With Korean Peninsula Issue
2017/9/22 7:12:37

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday advised caution for the handling of the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula, saying all endeavors are to prevent war.

"All of our endeavors are to prevent the outbreak of war and maintain peace. In that respect, the situation surrounding the North Korean nuclear issue needs to be managed stably so that tensions will not become overly intensified or accidental military clashes will not destroy peace," Moon told the UN General Assembly.

"We should all remind ourselves of what former US President Ronald Reagan said: 'Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.'"

Moon made several pledges in this respect: "We do not desire the collapse of North Korea. We will not seek unification by absorption or artificial means. If North Korea makes a decision, even now, to stand on the right side of history, we are ready to assist North Korea together with the international community."

The spirit of the United Nations is to realize global peace through multilateral dialogue, and the Korean Peninsula is where that spirit is most desperately needed, he said.

"We need the United Nations to play a more active role on the Korean Peninsula. The most important role the United Nations is asked to play today is to come up with fundamental measures to stop the vicious cycle of increased provocations and heightened sanctions."

He urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to "immediately cease making reckless choices that could lead to its own isolation and downfall and choose the path of dialogue."

"I urge North Korea (DPRK) to abandon its hostile policies against other countries and give up its nuclear weapons program in a verifiable and irreversible way."

The efforts of the international community should be further strengthened, said Moon. "It has to strongly and sternly respond until North Korea gives up its nuclear program of its own accord. All nations must thoroughly implement the UN Security Council sanctions resolutions and seek new measures in case of any further...


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North Korea Could Seek Nuclear-powered State Status
By Liu Xin
Global Times
2017/9/22 0:56:10

More nations urging talks to resolve crisis

North Korea may seek nuclear-powered nation status during its foreign minister's speech at the UN General Assembly on Friday, which the international community is likely to reject as more countries unite in calling for peaceful ways to resolve the nuclear crisis, an expert said.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho flew to New York from Beijing on Wednesday to attend the UN General Assembly meeting. He is scheduled to address the global gathering on Friday and meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday, South Korea's Yonhap News reported.

"Ri may protest US President Donald Trump's speech on Tuesday and warn Washington not to act rashly. And he would also express North Korea's intention to be recognized as a nuclear-powered state," L Chao, a research fellow at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.

In his speech at the UN General Assembly, President Trump said the US "will have no choice but to totally destroy" North Korea unless Pyongyang refrains from nuclear tests and missile launches.

Speaking to reporters in front of his hotel, Ri said that "if he was thinking he could scare us with the sound of a dog barking, that's really a dog dream."

"Considering the escalating verbal battle between North Korea and the US, there is little chance for the two countries to arrange meetings during Ri's stay in New York," L said, but added that US and  North Korea representatives may have some contact.

L said that the international community would never accept North Korea as a state with nuclear weapons as nuclear nonproliferation is a trend. "More countries, which used to consider the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue as none of their business, have paid attention to the problem and  have begun to make efforts to resolve it."

Guterres appealed on Tuesday for statesmanship to avoid war with North Korea and criticized world leaders stoking resentment over refugees for political gain, two apparent digs at Trump, Reuters reported.


NPAN, NUJ task journalists on social media challenge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman, Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has advised the Nigerian media to see the social media as a positive challenge. Obaigbena made the call while delivering a goodwill message at the ongoing All Nigerian Editors Conference (ANEC) holding in Port Harcourt. He stated that the emergence of the social media was being wrongly viewed as a problem to the mainstream media. According to him, the emergence of the social media had, instead, created room for Nigerians to have their say within the public sphere. The social...

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How well grow Nigerias tourism, by NTDC boss "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tourism is a money-spinner that can immensely scale up the fortunes of Nigeria Currently, the focus of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) is to treat tourism as a business and huge foreign exchange earner, not just as arts and culture as it had always been wrongly classified. Director-general, NTDC, Folorunsho Coker, disclosed this to select editors in Lagos. Insisting that tourism is a money-spinner that can immensely scale up the fortunes of Nigeria if properly handled, he said for the country to reap the huge revenues locked up in the...

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Dialoguell resolve SEast crisis, says ACPN candidate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The governorship candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria in Anambra Sate (ACPN), Akunwata Ejoh Ojiba, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to withdraw Operation Egwu Eke II and the troops deployed in Abia and South Eastern States in the guise of dealing with the agitation for a referendum for self determination. Ojiba in a statement in Awka, yesterday, said the Federal Government is in a better position to know that dialogue is the best option to conflict resolution instead of aggressive and offensive military action against unarmed...

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How well grow Nigerias tourism, by NTDC boss "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tourism is a money-spinner that can immensely scale up the fortunes of Nigeria   Currently, the focus of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) is to treat tourism as a business and huge foreign exchange earner, not just as arts and culture as it had always been wrongly classified. Director-general, NTDC, Folorunsho Coker, disclosed this to select editors in Lagos. Insisting that tourism is a money-spinner that can immensely scale up the fortunes of Nigeria if properly handled, he said for the country to reap the huge revenues locked up in...

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FISD, UNILAG set to empower potential entrepreneurs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Beginning from next month, the University of Lagos Consult Limited in conjunction with Fountain Initiative for Social Development (FISD) will commence training for individuals and groups wishing to start their own business. The training tagged, Business Startup Essentials, will hold every Saturday. A statement by the organisers said highlights of the courses included entrepreneurship journey with key competences for success, strategies for setting prices, attracting and securing customers with the Internet and e-business training, as well as partnerships with potential investors and funders, among others. It added that participants would...

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NIPR, LCCI seek partnership on manpower devt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has proposed an enduring partnership with the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in the area of training and manpower development.  President and Chairman of Council of NIPR, Dr. Rotimi Oladele, said this in Lagos when he paid a courtesy visit to the headquarters of LCCI with some key members of the Institute. In a statement, he said the partnership was not limited to training alone but that the Institute would organise certification courses leveraging on its existing association with reputable local...

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How the US Became a Warmonger Police State "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


How the US Became a Warmonger Police State

Paul Craig Roberts

Professor David Ray Griffin is a tenacious person. He has written a number of carefully researched books that demonstrate the extraordinary shortcomings in the official account of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and the subsequent anthrax attack. He has provided the mountains of evidence completely ignored by the US governments account and the presstitute media.

In his recently published latest book, Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and the World , Professor Griffin demonstrates how 9/11 was used by the Zionist Neoconservatives, the Cheney/Bush regime, and the military/security complex with the complicity of Congress and the US media to create Islamophobia among the American public in order to launch wars of aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and provinces of Pakistan with Iran in the crosshairs. These wars are based on lies and fabricated evidence, on determination to control pipelines and oil flows, on maximizing profits for the military/security corporations in which Cheney has a personal interest, and on extending neoconservative hegemony over the world.

One consequence has been the destruction of US constitutional protections that protect liberty and violations of US and international law such as the laws against torture.

Another consequence has been millions of displaced refugees from Washingtons wars over-running the countries of Europe.

Indeed, Europe faces a Camp of the Saints situation, and the US now has a police state in which all citizens are subject to: indefinite detention (imprisonment) on suspicion alone without conviction or evidence presented to a court; assassination on suspicion alone without due process of law; and total violation of privacy, including body cavities, without presentation of a court warrant. American women are now subjected to having their vaginas examined by police in public on the roadside.

The hoax war on terror has turned America into a Gestapo state. Not many Americans directly experience the consequences, but they will be denied valid information as the Gestapo American state closes down all dissent on the grounds that it is harmful to national security. People who speak their minds will find that they no longer have First Amendment protection.

Every passing day truth is less and less prevalent in the United States. Democratic control over the government is already nonexistent. Essentially, Americans live in the Fourth Reich which has already budded and is now blossoming.

Wars and their expense will continue to multiply as the military/security complex uses manufactured threats to cont...


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Strike: Kaigama restates illegality of ULCs action "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The President of Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria, Bobboi Kaigama, has flayed the decision of United Labour Congress (ULC) to call a nationwide strike, which commenced early this week, though without the usual compliance by Nigerian workers including some of the unions members. In a statement, the TUC leaders, while questioning the legitimacy of the existence of ULC in Lagos, said: The ULC has not met any registration requirement according to the laws as stipulated in the Trade Union Act. The Act states clearly that for you to set...

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Coalition seeks amendment of NOSDRA Act "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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SSANU, NASU suspend strike for four weeks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After two weeks of strike, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of universities (NASU), yesterday called off its industrial action after reaching a new agreement with the Federal Government. While directing its members to resume work on September 25, the aggrieved union leaders, however, warned that failure on the part of government to honour the agreement within the next one month would resort to the unions resuming the action again. The unions made this known in a...

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UN General Assembly: Cuba Will Never Accept Any Preconditions or Impositions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Speech by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodrguez Parrilla, during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly Bruno Rodrguez Parrilla | STATEMENT BY H.E. Mr. BRUNO RODRGUEZ PARRILLA, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA, AT THE SEVENTY SECOND SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY. NEW...


Non-aligned Countries Unify Against Unilateral Sanctions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The 120 nations that make up the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) strengthen their ties to face the unilateral sanctions and other actions promoted by imperial agents to bend initiatives that stimulate a multipolar scenario, said the head of the Presidential Commission to the Non-Aligned Movement, Samuel Moncada in New York, USA on Wednesday. In statements aired...


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Dedicating Her Life as Guard of the Leader
The bust of Kim Jong Suk, anti-Japanese war heroine, at the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery on Mt Taesong in the suburbs of Pyongyang.

Every September many people visit the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery on Mt Taesong.
The cemetery houses the bust of Kim Jong Suk, who passed away in September 1949 at 32.

She died so early, but she is still remembered by all.

The Korean people, young and old, call her anti-Japanese war heroine, mother of the revolution and mother of Korea, not only because she fought bravely during the bloody anti-Japanese war, but also because she staunchly defended the ideology and line of General Kim Il Sung.

Still vivid in memory are what she shouted at a renegade, We are soldiers of General Kim Il Sung. Who are you? You are the enemy of the revolution. Revolution will not forgive you.

She fought against the enemy of revolution uncompromisingly without caring about her own safety, setting a brilliant example for others to follow in fighting to carry out the idea and line of the leader by keeping absolute faith with their leader.

She did not hesitate to risk her life to safeguard the General.

On display at the Korean Revolution Museum is an enamelled iron bowl with two bullet holes on it. It happened in the period of the anti-Japanese war. While in a battle, she happened to find a group of enemy moving towards the headquarters. She wasted no time to run in the opposite direction to attract the enemy who began to notice and fire at her.

When the guards of the General were very surprised to see the holes in the iron bowl which was in her backpack, she casually told them that the Generals safety was all that counted for her.

President Kim Il Sung said in his reminiscences With the Century:

She snatched me from the jaws of death on several occasions. She was always prepared to become a shield herself to protect me from enemy fire.

During the battle on the outskirts of Dashahe, a critical situation arose around me. A group of enemy troops were approaching me stealthily, yet I was not aware of the situation for I was commanding t...


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Korean Women in Japan Sends Letter of Thanks to Supreme Leader
A delegation of the Union of Democratic Korean Women in Japan, which visited the socialist motherland on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of its foundation, sent a letter of thanks to Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un on September 12.

Busy as he was demonstrating the DPRKs pride and national strength to the full, the Supreme Leader called the delegation to the motherland and showed them heartwarming trust and care, they said, sending a deep bow to him in reflection of the profound gratitude of the officials and members of the union.

During their stay in the DPRK, they noted, they bore in mind the faith and belief that the final victory of the patriotic cause of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan lies in faithfully supporting the Supreme Leader. And they pledged that they would launch a dynamic mass movement to embrace compatriot women of different social standings to maintain the national identity of the Korean community and make steady efforts to promote national education, thus carrying on the baton of patriotism.


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Visit to Renowned Fruit Producer in South Hwanghae Province
Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission    of the DPRK and Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, visited South Hwanghae Provinces Kwail County, one of the countrys leading fruit producers.

Officials and workers of the county have made a miraculous achievement of increasing the per-hectare yield 2.5 times as against last year, particularly 5.8 times for apple, even in the face of persisting drought and high temperatures.

The Supreme Leader shook hands with every local official, saying they took much trouble to produce a rich crop in the teeth of harsh natural disasters. He highly appreciated the efforts of the county officials and working people, saying they have truthfully demonstrated the validity of the Party policy by devoting their heart and soul to fruit farming in the first year for the implementation of the decision of the Seventh Party Congress.

He looked round the county revolutionary museum and the hall dedicated to the history of the county.

Then he dropped in at the Pomology Institute.

And he climbed onto a platform to feast his eyes on the overall view of the county fields before making his way to orchards.

Touching each apple on heavily laden branches, he said this points to so many fruits hanging in clusters that ground gives under them. It is tremendous that many work-teams have reportedly registered a per-hectare yield of 70 to 80 tons, he said, adding it is amazing that each tree bears 200 apples on average, and 300 at the most.

He called the county a pacesetter and role model for the entire country to follow in the efforts to carry out the decision of the Seventh Party Congress, and gave it thanks in his capacity of the Chairman of the WPK, plus special bonus.

He specified important tasks to be tackled by the county, emphasizing that it should build on this years success to make further progress.

He was accompanied by Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, vice-chairman of the DPRK State Affairs...


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Bright Future for DPRK Children
They say the future of a country depends on its children. Children are the icon of the future of the country. The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea has recently achieved a lot in education of the rising generation by reconstructing a lot of schools and universities and introducing modern educational facilities and methods. Ryomyong Primary School in Taesong District can be cited as an epitome.

Gardeners of Future

Primary school days, when people start to develop their intellectual faculties and cultivate the bud of their talent, constitute an important part of their life. Thus, teachers who are in direct charge of education of pupils are often likened to gardeners of flowers.

You should be an excellent gardenerthis is the creed of the teachers of Ryomyong Primary School.

They devote all their efforts and enthusiasm to the work of finding out the pupils aptitude and talent and improving educational methods and content to suit their psychological features. All of them spend every minute after school studying how to improve teaching methods while exerting themselves to enhance their ability in accordance with the developing times.

The school has created dozens of experimental apparatuses and teaching aids including a mosaic map puzzle and an electric balance. By making effective use of walls of corridors and classrooms, it set up educational pictures suited to the pupils minds. Recently it made dozens of electronic visual aids and multimedia programs and applied them to educational practice. Meanwhile, it established a perfect teaching system based on an intranet, thus laying a firm foundation to develop the educational work as required by the IT era.

Hong Kwang Ok, headmistress of the school, says, I think it needs a lot of efforts to rear young pupils who have a poor outlook on the world. As a song goes lest he gets wet, lest he gets cold, it is hardly possible to cultivate beautiful flowers without devoted love and care. So I often tell teachers to become gardeners of the future.

Where Hopes Bloom

Pupils of Ryomyong School, which always resounds with the sound of their reading, have great hopes.

Kim Kuk Bong from class 2-5 is nouris...


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Ridiculous Behavior of South Korean Regime for Relying on Sworn Enemy of Nation
The south Korean puppet regime is tightening political and military nexus with Japan in response to the measures for bolstering the nuclear force taken by the DPRK for self-defence.

Much upset by the consecutive launches of intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 over the Japanese archipelago, the chief executive of south Korea frequently exchanged phone calls with Abe in which he called for "increasing the pressure on the north to the extremes" while expressing "deep sympathy and concern" and talking about an "outrage against a neighboring country".

At the third East Economic Forum-2017 in Russia some time ago, he held a talk with Abe where he mentioned the urgency of close relations between south Korea and Japan and even let out such rubbish that Japan's past crimes "should never be a stumbling block in improving the bilateral relations."

It is in the extension of this pursuance to Japan that the abolition of past crimes including the crimes related to the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army were shunned and the validity of an agreement on protecting military intelligence between south Korea and Japan was extended despite the strong protest and denunciation by the public at home and abroad.

It is nothing surprising that the puppet forces are taking to flunkeyism and treachery to retrieve from its clumsy position strategically inferior to the DPRK.

Irony is that they are resorting to Japan whose situation is nothing better than them, the island country hardly breathing within the striking range of the nuclear force of the DPRK.

It seems that the puppet forces do not mind even the sworn enemy to get rid of a pretty fix just like a drowning man catching at a straw.

The American master whom they relied so much is snubbing them as they fail to play its role, being at a loss how to carry out its north Korea policy.

Recently the owner of the White House called the Japanese prime minister to discuss the DPRK's measure for bolstering nuclear force, leaving south Korea in the cold. He even posted an article openly criticizing the south Korean chief executive...


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Turning the Entire DPRK Military into a Cadre Army
Turning the entire army into a cadre army means training the service personnel politically and ideologically, militarily and technologically to make them all, from privates to generals, capable of discharging the duties of the next highest rank in the event of an emergency.

This helps towards preparing a large contingent of commanding officers who can lead all the armed people militarily in case of emergency. And it significantly raises the combat efficiency of the army, making it possible to maintain at a fixed number the standing army for national defence and socialist economic construction in peaceful days, and to preserve the high qualitative standard of the army in step with its sudden numerical increase in the event of an emergency.

An important factor in turning the entire army into a cadre army is to prepare all its officers and men politically and ideologically, militarily and technologically so that they can carry out their duties with credit, however complex the circumstances may be.


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No Moderation In Washington, War is the only Virtue

Iranian Presidents UN Address

by Stephen Lendman ( Home Stephen Lendman)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is a distinguished figure, supporting world peace, deploring war polar opposite his Western counterparts.

On Wednesday, he addressed the UN General Assembly in New York, speaking forthrightly, explaining his agenda calls for moderation and respect for human rights and prosperity and economic revitalization at home, and constructive engagement around the world.

US and Israeli accusations against his nation are malicious, hateful and false, a way to attack its sovereign independence, inventing reasons to justify whats vicious and unjustifiable.

(M)oderation isthe chosen path of the great Iranian people, Rouhani stressed, seek(ing) neither isolation nor hegemony impl(ying) neither indifference, nor intransigence.

(M)oderation is the path of peace, an anathema agenda in Washington, other Western states, Israel and their rogue allies.

Iran threatens no one, Rouhani explained. It seeks mutual cooperation with all other nations. It rejects intimidation and threats.

Its impossible to achieve global peace and stability while Muslims in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Myanmar and so many other places live in misery, war and poverty, he said US imperial ruthlessness the root cause in most places.

Iran is committed to combat terrorism, not support or spread it like Washington and its rogue allies. Accusations otherwise are malicious lies. Tehrans leadership has no imperial ambitions.

It abhors nuclear weapons. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) bears testimony to wanting these WMDs eliminated regionally and globally.

It is reprehensible that the rogue Zionist regime that threatens regional and global security with its nuclear arsenal and is not committed to any international instrument or safeguard, has the audacity to preach to peaceful nations like Iran, Rouhani stressed.

Tehran strictly observes JCPOA terms. Itll respond decisively and resolutely to its violation by any other party.

Trump wants the agreement rescinded, undermined or renegotiated. He decided on what action hell take, not yet revealing his scheme clearly something to sabotage an international treaty, how Washington operates unaccountably.

Rouhani said breaching it will come at a high cost to Washington. Trump already revealed his rogue agenda, seeking ways to heighten his ignominy, not re-certifying the JCPOA or undermining it by other means something he likely intends.

Rouhani, Foreign Min...


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Study Tour of Oun Revolutionary Site Held
Young people in Pyongyang, including students, made a study tour of the Oun Revolutionary Site on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of Chairman Kim Jong Ils start of military camping in Oun-dong on September 17.

They laid floral baskets and bouquets before the statues of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il at Kim Il Sung University and paid tribute to them.

Prior to the start of the tour, they held a ceremony.

Kim Sung Du, chairman of the Education Commission, Thae Hyong Chol, president of Kim Il Sung University and minister of Higher Education, youth league officials and members of the study tour group attended the event.

Jon Yong Nam, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League, made a report, followed by speeches.

The reporter and speakers said that the Chairman during the days of his military camping developed in a systematic and comprehensive way the Presidents Juche-oriented military ideas and tactics by dint of energetic ideo-theoretical activities and wisely led the work for preparing students to be strong and reliable backbone of the Songun revolution.

They stressed the need to learn more deeply the sacred revolutionary career and exploits of the
Chairman and give full play to the high level of their ideological and spiritual world and noble traits as befits the young vanguard of the Songun era that is strong in organizing ability, unity and combat efficiency through the study tour.

After the ceremony they started to march for the Oun Revolutionary Site, flying red flags.

During the march they held a poem-recital gathering and a contest of march chorus, in which they sang the praises of the Chairman.

On arrival at the destination, they looked round the historical materials and buildings associated with the Chairman after being briefed on the revolutionary site.

Then an oratorical meeting took place before the monument to the revolutionary exploits of the Chairman.


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