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Tuesday, 21 November

23:59

Why Imo PDP chairman Barrister Charles Ezekwem (Ikemba Okigwe) Must Be Commended. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Peoples Democratic Party, Imo State, is enjoying its reformation and overhauling process, with the state Chairman, Barr. Charles Chukwudi More

23:40

Robert Mugabe Resigns: Zimbabwe celebrates despite missed opportunities "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

So, its finally happened. At the age of 93, almost four decades after taking power, the geriatric and despotic President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has resigned. He had little choice. Facing impeachment for allowing his wife Grace to usurp control as his body failed him, the country in the midst of an uneasy military takeover Continue reading "Robert Mugabe Resigns: Zimbabwe celebrates despite missed opportunities"

23:11

US warns citizens against risks of travel to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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The warning comes two weeks after US-allied Saudi Arabia said it had shot down a ballistic missile fired by Houthis from Yemen

22:39

Facing impeachment, Mugabe resigns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mugabe resigns as impeachment begins

Mugabe resigns as impeachment begins

Robert Mugabe has resigned as Zimbabwes president, shortly after parliament began an impeachment process to end his nearly four decades of rule.

The 93-year-old clung on for a week after an army takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party, which also told him to leave power.

On Tuesday, wild celebrations broke out during a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Mugabes resignation and suspended the impeachment procedure.

People danced and car horns blared on the streets of Harare at news that the era of Mugabe who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 was finally over.

Zimbabwes former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president on Wednesday or Thursday, ZANU-PF legal secretary Patrick Chinamasa told Reuters, after the resignation.

Separately, ZANU-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke told Reuters that Mnangagwa would be sworn in within 48 hours and that he would serve the remainder of Mugabes term until the next general elections, which must be held by September 2018.

The origin of Mugabes sudden downfall lies in rivalry between members of Zimbabwes ruling elite over who will succeed him, rather than popular protests against his rule.

The army seized power after Mugabe sacked ZANU-PFs favourite to succeed him, Mnangagwa, to smooth a path to the presidency for his wife Grace, 52, known to her critics as Gucci Grace for her reputed fondness for luxury shopping.

Mnangagwa, a former security chief known as The Crocodile, is expected to take over as president.

Zimbabwes military chief Constantino Chiwenga urged restraint across all political parties after the resignation.

The post Facing impeachment, Mugabe resigns appeared first on Echonetdaily.

22:23

Americans quiet over their government's support of the Saudi-led slaughter in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As the world focuses on isolated incidents of terrorism taking place in Western countries, the wholesale slaughter being committed by Western countries against others generally goes unnoticed unless being pinned on the victim nation. However, even with Americans and other Westerners paying scant attention to Iraq and Syria, the conflict in Yemen scarcely gets a mention except in communities of human rights activists and geopolitical commentators. Even after Yemen has overtaken Syria as the world's greatest humanitarian crisis, most of the world has remained deathly silent about the situation unfolding there. While not overwhelmingly involved with troops, bombing campaigns, and the like in the way that it is in Syria or Iraq, the United States is nonetheless complicit in the destruction of an entire country by providing intelligence, weapons, and political support to Saudi Arabia and the GCC in their war against the Yemeni people. In addition to that support, however, the United States has, at times, also contributed limited direct military support to the Saudi effort. Comment: The US and UK governments are unabashedly supporting this war on Yemen: U.S., British and Saudis thwart Freedom and Democracy in Yemen - again Shameless: UK sells 457% more arms to Saudi Arabia since it started bombing Yemen Endless war: US to vote on whether to continue supporting Saudi led war on Yemen

22:16

Ron Paul: Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Its remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored.

A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us how things got so bad explains to us that, its a complicated story involving warring regional superpowers, terrorism, oil, and an impending climate catastrophe.

No, Washington Post, its simpler than that.

The tragedy in Yemen is the result of foreign military intervention in the internal affairs of that country.

It started with the Arab Spring which had all the fingerprints of State Department meddling, and it escalated with 2015s unprovoked Saudi attack on the country to re-install Riyadhs preferred leader.

Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and millions more are at risk of starvation and cholera rage.

We are told that US foreign policy should reflect American values.

So how can Washington support Saudi Arabia a tyrannical state with one of the worst human rights record on earth as it commits by what any measure is a genocide against the Yemeni people?

The UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs warned just last week that Yemen faces the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.

The Red Cross has just estimated that a million people are vulnerable in the cholera epidemic that rages through Yemen.

And why is there a cholera epidemic? Because the Saudi government with US support has blocked every port of entry to prevent critical medicine from reaching suffering Yemenis. This is not a war. It is cruel murder.

The United States is backing Saudi aggression against Yemen by cooperating in every way with the Saudi military.

Targeting, intelligence, weapons sales, and more.

The US is a partner in Saudi Arabias Yemen crimes.

Does holding hands with Saudi Arabia as it slaughters Yemeni children really reflect American values? Is anyone even paying attention?

The claim that we are fighting al-Qaeda in Yemen and thus our involvement is covered under the post-9/11 authorization for the use of force is without merit.

In fact, it has been reported numerous times in the mainstream media that US intervention on behalf of the Saudis in Yemen is actually a boost to al-Qaeda in the country.

Al-Qaeda is at war with the Houthis who...

22:02

US labels Venezuela a global threat at UN, EU approves arms embargo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The US chaired an informal meeting at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Monday to discuss the situation in Venezuela despite a boycott from leading members such as China and Russia. "The crisis in Venezuela today poses a direct threat to international peace and security. Venezuela is an increasingly violent narco-state that threatens the region, the hemisphere, and the world, "Washington's ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, declared during the session. Also present at the meeting were Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro and UN High Commissioner Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad, both vocal critics of the government in Caracas. The meeting was also boycotted by Bolivia and Egypt, who objected to Washington's interference in Venezuelan internal affairs. "The situation in Venezuela is an issue that is entirely the responsibility of Venezuelans and of course does not constitute a threat to international peace and security," said Bolivian UN Ambassador Sacha Llorenty at a press conference alongside his Russian, Chinese, and Venezuelan counterparts Monday.

22:00

Ankara threatens to disable US radar over F-35 deal ban, blind Israeli defense "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An editorial in a Turkish conservative pro-government newspaper said Ankara could leave Israel exposed to an Iranian missile attack by disabling a US radar station, in retaliation for a possible Washington ban on the purchase of F-35 fighter jets. The editorial was published on Sunday by the Yeni Safak newspaper in apparent response to concerns voiced by a US Air Force official. Heidi Grant, the deputy undersecretary of the USAF for international affairs, had earlier said that Turkey's deployment of the Russian-made S-400 long-range anti-aircraft missile system may expose vulnerabilities of the US-made F-35 Lightning II fighter jets. Turkey plans to purchase over 100 of the advanced warplanes from Lockheed Martin. The newspaper called the implication that the planned deal may be frozen "blackmail" by Washington, and suggested that in retaliation Ankara could dismantle the Kurecik radar station. The powerful AN/TPY-2 X-band early-warning radar, which was set up by the US in the eastern province of Malatya in 2012, is part of NATO's system of airspace surveillance in the region. The newspaper says that unlike similar surveillance sites in Israel, Jordan, Qatar and the UAE, the Kurecik radar station can detect missile launches from the entire western part of Iran. With the site disabled, that airspace would no longer be properly monitored by NATO, the editorial said.

22:00

Six years post NATO 'intervention': Libya is home to slave trade "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

NATO's military intervention in Libya in 2011 has justifiably earned its place in history as an indictment of Western foreign policy and a military alliance that, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, has been deployed as its sword. The destruction of Libya will forever be an indelible stain on the reputations of those countries involved. But now, with the revelation that people are being sold as slaves in Libya (yes, you read that right - in 2017 the slave trade is alive and kicking Libya), the cataclysmic disaster to befall the country has been compounded to the point where it is hard to conceive of it ever being able to recover - and certainly not anywhere near its former status as a high development country, as the UN labeled Libya in 2010, a year prior to the "revolution." Back in 2011, it was simply inconceivable that the UK, the US and France would ignore the lessons of Iraq in 2003, just nine years previously. Yet ignore them they did, highlighting their rapacious obsession with maintaining hegemony over a region that sits atop an ocean of oil; this regardless of the human cost and legacy of disaster and chaos this particular obsession has wrought. When former UK Prime Minister David Cameron descended on Benghazi in eastern Libya in the summer of 2011, basking in the glory of the country's victorious "revolution" in the company of his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy, he did so imbued with the belief he had succeeded in establishing his legacy as a leader on the global stage. Like Blair before him, he'd won his war and now was intent on partaking of its political and geopolitical spoils. Cameron told the crowd, "Your city was an inspiration to the world, as you threw off a dictator and chose freedom."

21:57

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Mugabe Resigns! . . . Announcement of a New Leader Tomorrow
November 21, 2017
Zimbabwe Herald

Watch the ZANU-PF Parliamentary Reading of Resolutions for Recall of President Robert G. Mugabe on Tuesday November 21, 2017:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_kXeeBaf7k

HOW IT HAPPENED . . . LIVE

17:46 Hon Bonyongwe and Hon Chinamasa are back to the Speaker of Parliament and can be heard talking of terminating the debate.

Parliamentarians murmur to each other and erupt saying Mugabe must go, Mugabe must go.
Debate has briefly stopped here as and the Speaker announces that debate has been terminated.

He announces that President Mugabe has resigned. The house erupts in cheers and the speaker struggles to contain the gallery.

17:53 The Speaker of Parliament now reads the resignation letter.

President Mugabe has resignation with immediate effect. Members of the public who came to the gallery chant Kutonga Kwaro by Jah Prayzah.

17:56 The house has been adjourned and the speaker advises that a new President will be announced tomorrow.
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Parliament this afternoon sits to start the process of impeaching President Mugabe.

Zimpapers Online gives you updates of this historic event.

14:30 The Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda has acknowledged to the House receipt of the motion to impeach President Mugabe and he says the motion is admissible in terms of the rules of Parliament.

14:35- The motion was moved by Senator Monica Mutsvangwa and seconded by Mabvuku/Tafara legislator James Maridadi.

14:40- Advocate Mudenda is now outlining the procedures to be followed and outlining what the Constitution provides in moving such a motion which he described as historic since independence.

14:42- The National chamber is packed beyond its capacity which has resulted in some of the legislators to sit in the public gallery.

14:47- Advocate Mudenda said after consultation with the president of t...

20:56

JAMB postpones sale of 2018 UTME application forms "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the postponement of its sale of application forms for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). JAMB, which had earlier announced today, Wednesday, November 22, for the commencement of the application processes for the next years edition of its examination, said a new date would be announced soon. In a statement issued this evening by the examination body and signed by its Head of Media and Public Relations, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, noted that the new development is not unconnected with the failure...

The post JAMB postpones sale of 2018 UTME application forms appeared first on Newtelegraph.

20:52

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Speech by Republic of Zimbabwe President Robert G. Mugabe, Delivered on Sunday November 19, 2017, Two Days Before His Formal Resignation: 'Our Whole Nation At All Levels Gets Refocused'
November 21, 2017
Zimbabwe Herald

To watch this national address by Republic of Zimbabwe President Robert G. Mugabe on Sunday November 19, 2017 at State House in Harare just click on the website below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83Xgp-icshs&t=212s

FELLOW Zimbabweans.

I address you tonight on the back of a meeting I held today with the nations security forces Command Element. This meeting, which was facilitated by a mediating team led by Father Fidelis Mukonori (S.J.) of the Catholic Church, followed an operation mounted by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces in the week that has gone by, and which was triggered by concerns arising from their reading of the state of affairs in our country and in the ruling Zanu-PF Party. Whatever the pros and cons of the way they went about registering those concerns, I, as the President of Zimbabwe, and as their Commander-in-Chief, do acknowledge the issues they have drawn my attention to, and do believe that these were raised in the spirit of honesty and out of deep and patriotic concern for the stability of our nation and for the welfare of our people.

As I address you, I am also aware of a whole range of concerns which have come from you all as citizens of our great country, and who thus deserve our untrammelled attention.

Todays meeting with the Command Element has underscored the need for us to collectively start processes that return our nation to normalcy, so all our people can go about their business unhindered, in an environment of perfect peace and security, assured that law and order obtain and prevail as before, and endure well into the future.

If there is any one observation we have made and drawn from the events of the past week, it is the unshakeable pedestal upon which rests our state of peace, law and order, amply indicating that as Zimbabweans we are generally a...

20:48

Meanwhile .. things seem to have gone haywire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

All things seem to have gone haywire and broken..it may not be such a bad thing

I confess commentating over the past decade may have taken a toll on my sanity

Cyborg

The purge of the Satanic Khazarian cabal that turned the West evil is accelerating at an undeniable pace. Most importantly, Pentagon sources confirm multiple Internet reports that Marines stormed the CIA headquarters this past weekend. One of the aims was to shut down Operation Mockingbird, the CIA group that turned the mass media, as well as Google, Facebook, etc. into mass mind-control propaganda, say NSA sources.

These moves, combined with the purge of all the Saudi royals and military who were linked to 9/11, as well as the removal of Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe and the imminent removal of Israeli satanist Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, leave no doubt that the long-awaited arrests and roundups of cabalists worldwide has begun.

The Rothschild/Saxe Gotha family group is also losing control over Europe. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel (Hitlers daughter) failed to form a new government. In France, a hundred legislators from Rothschild-slave President Emmanuel Macrons party have defected, as mass protests against this election-stealers rule break out all across the country.

Benjamin Fulford

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20:33

Will America's renegade wars ever cease? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Seventy-seven million people in North and South Korea find themselves directly in the line of fire from the threat of a Second Korean War. The rest of the world is recoiling in horror from the scale of civilian casualties such a war would cause and the unthinkable prospect that either side might actually use nuclear weapons. Since the first Korean War killed at least 20 percent of North Korea's population and left the country in ruins, the U.S. has repeatedly failed to follow through on diplomacy to establish a lasting peace in Korea and has instead kept reverting to illegal and terrifying threats of war. Most significantly, the U.S. has waged a relentless propaganda campaign to discount North Korea's legitimate defense concerns as it confronts the threat of a U.S. war machine that has only grown more dangerous since the last time it destroyed North Korea. Comment: See: Why North Korea hates AmericaThe hidden origins of the wars in Korea and Vietnam The North has lived under this threat for 65 years and has watched Iraq and Libya destroyed after they gave up their nuclear weapons programs. When North Korea discovered a U.S. plan for a Second Korean War on South Korea's military computer network in September 2016, its leaders quite rationally concluded that a viable nuclear deterrent is the only way to guarantee their country's safety.

20:19

BREAKING: Emmerson Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwes President "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwes former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president on Wednesday or Thursday, ZANU-PF legal secretary Patrick Chinamasa told Reuters, after the resignation of Robert Mugabe. Separately, ZANU-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke told Reuters that Mnangagwa would be sworn in within 48 hours and that he would serve the remainder of Mugabes term until the next general elections, which must be held by September 2018.

The post BREAKING: Emmerson Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwes President appeared first on Newtelegraph.

20:09

Israel and Saudis: Best of Friends? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Theyre strange bedfellows, allies of convenience against a common adversary Iran for its sovereign independence and opposition to their hegemonic ambitions.

In an unprecedented interview with London-based, Saudi-owned Elaph.com, IDF chief of staff Gadi Eizenkot said Israel is willing to share intelligence with Riyadh.

He claimed with Trump as US president, there is an opportunity for a new international alliance in the region and a major strategic plan to stop the Iranian threat.

We are ready to exchange experiences with moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence to confront Iran.

Riyadh and Tel Aviv share many common interests, he added, calling Tehran the regions biggest threat.

Fact: Washington, Israel and Riyadh are the regions leading state sponsors of terrorism supporting the scourge the Islamic Republic opposes.

Fact: Iran hasnt attacked another country in centuries. Israel and Riyadh are permanently at war internally and/or abroad the regions two leading human rights abusers, a threat to world peace, what Iran fosters and supports.

Eisenkot lied claiming Tehran aims to control the Middle East by means of two Shiite crescents. The first from Iran through Iraq to Syria and Lebanon, and the second from Bahrain through to Yemen until the Red Sea.

This is what must be prevented in the region. In this matter, there is complete agreement between us and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has never been our enemy. It has not fought us nor have we fought it.

Fact: Israel seeks regional dominance along with Washingtons presence. Riyadh wants uncontested Arab world control.

Fact: Both countries are warrior nations....

19:32

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ex-freedom Fighters Seek Court Blessings
November 21, 2017
Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

WAR veterans have approached the High Court seeking an order declaring the intervention by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to a lawless and chaotic situation created by First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe in the country, as a lawful and justified action meant to defend constitutionalism. ZDF, according to the war veterans, realised that President Mugabe had been captured by his wife and her G40 gang to an extent that he was no longer able to exercise his functions before moving in to protect the nation by weeding out the criminal elements that had positioned themselves around the head of State.

Failure by the President to make key decisions, allowing his wife and the G40 to embark on serious purges in the ruling Zanu-PF had the effect of destabilising the country. To that end, the liberators said, ZDF rightly intervened with corrective measures in the best interest of the President and the nation at large in terms of Section 212 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) yesterday filed a court application for declaratory order saying the court should correctly interpret the law and proclaim the legitimacy of the militarys intervention to the dire situation since Tuesday last week.

In the court application, President Mugabe, Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi, ZDF Commander General Constantino Guvheya Nyikadzino Chiwenga and Attorney General Advocate Prince Machaya were listed as respondents in the official capacities. ZNLWVA also filed a separate urgent chamber application requesting the court to treat the declaration matter with urgency. The court is yet to first rule on whether or not the case should be heard on an urgent basis.

Maunga Maanda & Associates represent the freedom fighters in both matters. In his founding affidavit, ZNLWVA president Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa said the intervention was of national interest considering that First Lady Grace Mugabe had captured President Mugabe and abdicated his functions.

As an association that brought about the liberation of the people of Zimbabwe, applicant considers the inte...

19:28

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President, ED Bury the Hachet
November 21, 2017
Fidelis Munyoro Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday reconnected with former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as he begins processes towards a final solution and roadmap for the country. Cde Mnangagwa was fired from the Vice Presidency by President Mugabe on November 6, precipitating a chain of events that culminated in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces intervening to weed out criminals who had surrounded the President and who stoodaccused of fomenting an environment that had the potential to lead to violent confrontation.

Sources close to developments said the two spoke for about 10 minutes over the phone after midday,and during the conversation President Mugabe told Cde Mnangagwa to return home immediately. Cde Mnangagwa acceded to the request.

The former VP is said to have told the President that he had left Zimbabwe for security reasons to which the President assured him he had nothing to fear as he was not involved in any threats that may have been posed.

Updating the nation on the latest developments last night, Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Guveya Nyikadzino Chiwenga said the ZDF were pleased with new the latest developments which included contact between President Mugabe and his former deputy. Cde Mnangagwa, he said, was expected back in Zimbabwe soon.

As this happens, we as the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and security services urge Zimbabweans to remain calm and patient, fully observing and respecting the laws of the country for the sustenance of the precious peace we should never lose, he said while briefing journalists at Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks, formerly KGVI.

Gen Chiwenga also urged other political players in the country including members of the ruling Zanu-PF, war veterans, opposition parties, students and members of the public to refrain from any conduct that threatens peace, life and property. He urged students at various institutions across the country to be calm and proceed with their educational programmes as scheduled.

Once again, as the Z...

19:24

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

University of Zimbabwe Students Call for Prof Nyaguras Ouster
November 21, 2017
Melisa Makoto and Audrey Rundofa
Zimbabwe Herald

University of Zimbabwe students yesterday staged a demonstration and refused to write their examinations calling for the resignation of Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura. The students said they were tired of corruption at the university, including the allegedly dubious award of a doctor in philosophy degree (PhD) to First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe in 2014. University of Zimbabwe former students council secretary-general Mr Chrispen Mahachi, who was leading the protest, said they wanted Prof Nyagura to resign because he gave Dr Mugabe a PhD within three months, saying the act devalues the standards of the institution.

This is clearly a students agenda as you can see our motive as students is to send a message that we are tired. Levi Nyagura must resign for donating a PhD to (First Lady)Grace Mugabe, he said

Our learning standards as UZ continue to deteriorate and we have moved from number 41 on the international ranking to a three-digit number, which is totally unacceptable. Mahachi also said UZ students no longer have job security, so there was need for President Mugabe to resign.

Today we were supposed to start our exams, but we said we cannot because we do not have job security; we want to have job security first, we want our brothers who are unemployed who have graduated at this same institution to be employed such that when we go into the industry as well (we) will have an assurance of job security, he said.

Tawanda Nyandoro, a student at the institution, said: The real issue is that Levi Nyagura donated a PhD to Grace Mugabe and we are saying we want that PhD back because a student who is studying philosophy right now will feel as if that programme is worthless as it was given to (Dr) Grace Mugabe on a silver platter.

Shepherd Raradza, another student, accused the Vice Chancellor of failing to upgrade the premier tertiary learning institution. The latest developments comes after ZANU-PF recalled President Mugabe from the position of party First Secretary on Sunday and replaced him with former Vice President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom the ruling party also reinstated as a Cen...

19:18

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sh5b Set Aside to Improve Food Security
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017
Kenya Daily Nation   

In Summary
The ministry is in talks with millers to start blending different kinds of flours to provide food that has all rounded ingredients.
Agriculture Secretary Anne Onyango said her ministry is focusing on developing strategies of increasing food production.

By KENNEDY KIMANTHI

The government will spend close to Sh5 billion in a multipronged initiative to improve the countrys food and nutrition security.

The five-year programme seeks options that increase food availability and promote greater access to adequate and nutritious food, therefore improving livelihoods.

Apart from the mandatory maize flour fortification, the Agriculture ministry is in talks with millers to start blending different kinds of flours to provide food that has all rounded ingredients.

Agriculture Secretary Anne Onyango said her ministry is focusing on developing strategies of increasing food production, strengthening distribution and marketing systems, and developing reliable storage systems.

She spoke during the ongoing National Agrinutrition Conference in Nairobi, where she represented Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett.

Fortification is described as the deliberate addition of micronutrients to improve nutritional quality of food supply that assists humans to enjoy optimal metabolism and normal growth.

19:14

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Court Declines to Suspend CBK Tender for New Currency Notes
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017
Kenya Daily Nation   

Central Bank of Kenya building in Nairobi County on November 1, 2017. The CBK has been given the leeway to open bids for the printing and supply of the new Kenyan currency. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
De la Rue had gone to court to stop the opening of bids for the tender to print and supply the new Kenyan currency notes.
De la Rue and EPZ claimed that if the process is allowed to continue, local companies would be locked out.

By MAUREEN KAKAH

The Central Bank of Kenya will on Wednesday proceed to open bids for the tender of printing the new Kenyan currency after the High Court declined to suspend it.

Justice Enoch Chacha Mwita set the hearing of a case in which De La Rue Security Printing firm had sought to stop the ongoing tender, to be on November 30.

TENDER

The judge issued the directions on Tuesday after CBK accused the firm of illegally acquiring tender documents for a process it had not participated in.

Through lawyer Ochieng Oduol, CBK wants the firm to explain how it acquired the documents that it attached as evidence in the case.

Despite pleas from the firm to the court to temporarily suspend the tendering process, the judge insisted that the issues raised needed to be responded to and a determination made.

We must find out the veracity of the alleged documents. If they are valid we proceed with the case that is before us because it is a constitutional matter. If they are merited, nothing will stop the court from nullifying the whole tender, said Justice Mwita.

DISPUTE

According to CBK, De la Rue was not pre-qualified to tender or invited to submit or participate in the disputed tender yet it has in its possession a confidential document that should not be disclosed unless a court order has been issued.

CBK also claimed that there are avenues the firm should have used to request the disputed documents but it did not do so, hence the documents should be struck out and considered inadmissible.

CBK also claimed that...

19:09

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenya Battles Claims of Soliciting Uhuru Congratulatory Messages
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017
Kenya Daily Nation   

President Uhuru Kenyatta acknowledges greetings from Kenyans during Mashujaa Day celebrations on October 20, 2017. Kenya was on Tuesday caught in a diplomatic storm following claims that it was soliciting congratulatory messages from foreign countries after his re-election. PHOTO | RAPHAEL NJOROGE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
Financial Times reported that Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed had asked UK counterpart Boris Johnson to recognise Mr Kenyatta's re-election.
Mr Johnson obliged, sparking criticism in London that he had moved too fast to recognise Mr Kenyatta.
The government has been openly tweeting and broadcasting any congratulatory messages that come in.

By PATRICK LANG'AT

Kenya was on Tuesday caught in a diplomatic storm following claims that it was soliciting congratulatory messages from foreign countries after the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The respected London-based Financial Times reported that Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed had asked her UK counterpart Boris Johnson to recognise the re-election of Mr Kenyatta following the Supreme Court dismissal of the petitions he had faced.

Mr Johnson obliged, sparking criticism in London that he had moved too fast to recognise Mr Kenyatta.

The paper said most Western powers were waiting for the President to be sworn in next Tuesday before they send their congratulatory messages.

The Times, in a report on Tuesday afternoon also quoted an e-mail allegedly sent by Kenyan ambassador to Brussels Johnson Weru that suggested he was pushing other nations to congratulate President Kenyatta after securing a second term following a disputed repeat election after his August 8 win was annulled by the Supreme Court in a petition filed by his main challenger Raila Odinga.

Following the Supreme Court of Kenya ruling early today and which has upheld the victory of President Kenyatta, I am kindly requesting your indulgence in preparing and dispatching a suitable congratulations m...

19:01

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Calm Returns to Nairobi After Protests Over Uhuru's Victory
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017
Kenya Daily Nation
   
Residents in Congo area of Kawangware, Nairobi County, go about their business on November 21, 2017 a day after calm returned to the area. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
Sporadic chaos, violence and demonstrations were witnessed in some areas after Mondays Supreme Court decision that upheld President Uhuru Kenyattas victory.
But on Tuesday, calm returned to the areas, businesses were opened and people went about their day-to-day activities.

By COLLINS OMULO

Calm has returned to most areas in Nairobi that experienced sporadic chaos, violence and demonstrations after Mondays Supreme Court decision that upheld President Uhuru Kenyattas victory.

A spot check by the Nation around Kawangware, Kibera, Githurai 45, Dandora and Kariobangi South established that most residents had already resumed their day-to-day activities, with business also slowly going back to normalcy.

BUSINESS AS USUAL

In Kawangware 46, it was business as usual as residents went about their activities, selling various wares as most businesses slowly opened and even matatus were plying their routes.

In Kawangware 56, Stage 2 and Congo, which witnessed running battles between youths who had barricaded roads and anti-riot police on Monday, normalcy had returned with only a few telltale signs of the chaos left behind.

Calm returns to Kibera.

Nevertheless, clusters of youths could be seen in different places chatting even as others were busy in their businesses.

This area is now good. On Monday, I could not even open my business but now as you can see I am readying my wares for the day, said Mama Muthoni, a mama mboga at Kawangware 56.

CALM

In Kibera, the area was peaceful and businesses were open. The area did not experience any widespread tension on Monday although there were reports that one person was killed.

The always volatile Ayany and Olympic areas was calm, with only pockets of youths chatting. There was no police presen...

19:00

The Platform Economy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

While developed countries in Europe, North America, and Asia are rapidly aging, emerging economies are predominantly youthful. Nigerian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese young people will shape global work trends at an increasingly rapid pace, bringing to bear their experience in dynamic informal markets on a tech-enabled gig economy.

18:50

False News: 60 Minutes Treats US As Yemen Savior "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Adam Johnson for FAIR - In one of the most glaring, power-serving omissions in some time, CBS News 60 Minutes (11/19/17) took a deep dive into the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and did not once mention the direct role the United States played in creating, perpetuating and prolonging a crisis thats left over 10,000 civilians dead, 2 million displaced, and an estimated 1 million with cholera. Correspondent Scott Pelleys segment, When Food Is Used as a Weapon, employed excellent on-the-ground reporting to highlight the famine and bombing victims of Saudi Arabias brutal two-and-a-half year siege of Yemen. But its editors betrayed this reportingand their viewersby stripping the conflict of any geopolitical context, and letting one of its largest backers, the United States government, entirely off the hook. As FAIR has previously noted (10/14/16, 2/27/17), US media frequently ignore the Pentagons role in the conflict altogether. Pelly did not once note that the US assists Saudi Arabias bombing campaign with logistical support, refueling and the selling of arms to the tune of $400 billion. The US also routinely protectsSaudi Arabia at the UN from condemnationa shield that may have vastly prolonged the war, given that it signals the support of the most powerful country on Earth.

18:46

Mugabe resigns: new leader to be announced Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

17.53. The Speaker of the Zimbabwean Parliament reads President Robert Mugabe's resignation letter.

18:46

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Zimbabweans celebrate as Mugabe resigns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe on Tuesday. Mugabe had ruled almost unopposed since the country won independence from Britain.   A jubilant crowd trooped out as horns of vehicles blazed through the streets. Many of the people described the moment as historic. Watch videos below: The sun has set in Harare, but overjoyed Zimbabweans are just getting started with their celebrations #MugabeResigns pic.twitter.com/Os2ICbHtm3 News24 (@News24) November 21, 2017 A group of ecstatic Zimbabweans chanting rest in peace, rest in peace outside the rainbow towers where the...

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18:42

60 Minutes ignores Washington's role in Yemen Carnage "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

"American complicity in the war is so broad in scope, it merited a warning last year from the USs own State Department they could be liable for war crimesyet it hardly merits a mention in major media accounts. The war just is, a collective moral failing on the part of all partiesirrational sectarian Muslims lost in a pat cycle of violence caricature." (thanks Amir)

18:27

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Top Court Upholds Kenyattas Poll Victory
November 21, 2017

NAIROBI. Kenyas Supreme Court yesterday validated the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta, sparking opposition protests that left two dead, according to police. While the court decision led to celebrations in ruling party strongholds, protesters took to the street in opposition areas in the capital and the west of the country. One protester was killed in Nairobis Kibera slum, while a paramedic tending the injured at a demonstration in western Migori was also shot dead, according to police.

The death toll from four months of election chaos now stands at 54, with most protesters killed at the hands of police, according to rights groups. The protests erupted after the Supreme Court dismissed two petitions seeking to overturn the victory of Kenyatta in October 26 elections, paving the way for him to be sworn in for a second five-year term on November 28.

The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited. As a consequence, the presidential election of 26 October is hereby upheld as is the election of the third respondent, said Chief Justice David Maraga, referring to Kenyatta. Maraga had in September annulled an August election due to irregularities and illegalities, a historic decision hailed across the globe as an opportunity to boost Kenyan democracy.

However, the ruling a rare victory for Odinga only deepened acrimony and protests, leaving the country deeply divided. Accusing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of failing to make fundamental reforms to improve the vote, Odinga withdrew from the October ballot which he urged his followers to boycott.

In the run-up to the vote, a top election official fled the country, saying the poll would not be credible, and IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati himself said he could not guarantee a free and fair election. Election day was marred by chaos in opposition strongholds, with polling stations unable to open in 25 constituencies. The boycott handed Kenyatta a landslide victory of 98 percent, although turnout was only 39 percent.

This time, Odinga and his National Super All...

18:23

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

IMF Cautions Kenya on Rising Debt
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017
Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary
The fiscal deficit was at 7.9 per cent from a previous forecast of 6.2 per cent.
Mikkelsen said an IMF mission would visit Nairobi in mid-December to review its programmes with the government.

By KEVIN MWANZA

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned that Kenyas rising debt needs to be contained to avoid vulnerabilities to the economy from unforeseen shocks.

IMF Resident Representative in Kenya Jan Mikkelsen on Tuesday said that while the economy had shown resilience to drought and prolonged electioneering this year, the rising public debt was a concern and needs to be checked to avoid dragging down the economy in future.

LOANS

Kenyas public debt has been on an upward trend in recent years, rising to Sh4.4 trillion by the end of September from less than a trillion shillings in mid-2014.

Mikkelsen said the country requires clear policies to address debt vulnerability, which could increase further if Treasury pursues another syndicated loan and a second Eurobond as indicated by Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich two weeks ago.

The fiscal deficit needs to be reduced a little bit to make more room for the private sector and also to reduce the public debt pressure, he told the Nation on the sidelines of an event hosted at Strathmore Business School, Nairobi.

We still do see growth in the Kenyan economy, which is quite resilient. It will of course assume that political stability returns to the country.

DEFICIT

A Budget Review and Outlook Paper released in September showed that the level of public debt to GDP ratio was expected to rise to 59.0 per cent this fiscal year, from a previous target of 51.8 per cent.

The fiscal deficit was at 7.9 per cent from a previous forecast of 6.2 per cent.

The official said an IMF mission would visit Nairobi in mid-December to review its programmes with the government.

The international lender has a st...

18:20

Israeli Labor sells out African refugees, as infiltrators "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

What has become of you? Are you the Zionist Union or the expelling union? Have you gone mad? In your tactics for wooing votes, youve abandoned your fundamental values and ability to tell right from wrong.

Tamar Zandberg, a lawmaker from the leftist Meretz Party, shouted that at the left-bloc Zionist Union members who yesterday backed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus draconian legislation to forcibly deport the remaining roughly 40,000 African asylum seekers to a third country Rwanda. 

Zandbergs party leader Zehava Gal-On, added that the Zionist Union leader, Avi Gabbay, has forgotten what it means to be human playing a bitter pun on the Gabbays recent echoing of Netanyahu, where he said that the left has forgotten what it means to be Jewish. 

Prime Minister Netanyahu told the cabinet on Sunday that it is time to increase the pace of deporting African migrants, as the Jerusalem Post reported, introducing a bill which passed 53-10 on Monday much thanks to Gabbays support of a policy that is contrary to Labors former position.  

Jerusalem Post Gil Hoffman yesterday summarized Gabbays many shifts rightwards since his being elected chair of Labor this summer:

Gabbay said recently that there would be no need to evacuate settlements in a peace deal, that he would not sit in a coalition with the Joint (Arab) list, that he was not sure if there was a partner on the Palestinian side, that the Left forgot what it means to be Jewish, and that the whole land of Israel is ours, because it was promised to our patriarch Abraham by God.  

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18:18

YouTube Bans Donbass News Agency, Cutting Crucial Ukraine Coverage "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Donetsk (GPA) In the latest sweeps on pro-Russian fake news, Donbass News Agency has been removed from YouTube for covering Ukrainian war crimes.

Western censors targeted a crucial source of information yesterday, shutting down the English language YouTube channel for the Donbass News Agency (DONi). DONi is one of the top sources documenting Ukrainian war crimes and ceasefire violations, yet according to YouTube, their channel was guilty of violations of many or serious types of spam, fraudulent activity, and misleading content or other YouTube practices.

This move by YouTube is an outrage since DONi was not biased but just recorded the war crimes of Kiev in a conflict most westerners dont even remember is happening. Geopolitics Alert has used DONi as a source several times due to their coverage of events western media fully ignores.

The removal of the DONi channel on YouTube is just part of a larger ongoing crackdown against independent media. YouTube is not only trying to clear up independent news as they try to push customers towards their premium content plans but is also facing backlash from the US government for allowing Russia to interfere in the election.

Related: Censorship Of RT And Sputnik Shows US Hypocrisy On Subversion

Its not just YouTube

All of the major social media sites appeared in front of Congress recently, where they were all threatened with regulation if they didnt begin self-censorship.

This censorship is now across all social media platforms and doesnt just apply to pro-Russian content. Censors have also begun deleting profiles that report the truth about countries like Syria and Yemen. The new censorship rules arent just pro-US but also meant to keep disparaging news about regimes in places like Israel and Saudi Arabia away from the masses.

The editors of Geopolitics Alert have also not been immune with one editor having their Facebook deactivated for a week for showing terrorist images, relatin...

18:18

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Uhuru Kenyatta Says He Will Lead Kenya's Healing After Poll
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017
Kenya Daily Naton   

President Uhuru Kenyatta. He will take his oath of office next week. PHOTO | NATION |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu on Tuesday said President Kenyatta was willing to lead the healing needed after a protracted poll dispute.

But Mr Odinga has rubbished the Monday Supreme Court judgment, saying it was given by judges under duress.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to reach out to all Kenyans in his second term once he is sworn into office on Tuesday.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu on Tuesday said President Kenyatta was willing to lead the healing needed after a protracted poll dispute.

SWEARING-IN

The president would like to assure all Kenyans, those who voted for him and those who did not, that he will be president of all Kenyans.  No one should fear that they will be marginalised or penalised for their political choice, Mr Esipisu told journalists at the steps of Harambee House, which houses the presidents office.

Next week, the president will take his oath of office. On that day, he will rededicate himself to the path of peace, prosperity, constitutional order, and of healing.

President Kenyatta will be sworn in on Tuesday November 28 by the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi in the presence of Chief Justice David Maraga who on Monday led a six-judge Supreme Court bench to unanimously uphold his election victory on October 26.

Former prime minister and Mr Kenyattas arch-rival Raila Odinga withdrew from the repeat poll after successfully petitioning the presidents August 8 win.

'TRIUMPH'

The Nasa leader has demanded a fresh, credible election under a new electoral commission, saying it was the only way for the country to move forward.

Further, Mr Odinga has rubbished the Monday Supreme Court judgment, saying it was given by judges under duress.

But in the statement, State House termed the decision as a triumph of the rule of...

18:16

Lebanons Hariri in Egypt amid resignation crisis at home "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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18:11

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenyan Soldiers Don't Smuggle Charcoal in Somalia - KDF
The Kenya Defense Forces yesterday disputed allegations its soldiers are involved in charcoal smuggling in Somalia.

The charcoal trade generates major income for al Shabaab.

KDF spokesman Col David Obonyo rejected as untrue the UN Security Council's Somalia and Ethiopia Monitoring Group's report that KDF is involved in export and import of charcoal from and into Somalia.

He said it [the report] is similar to the one the group has been making "with a little variation in wording every year around the same time since 2012".

Obonyo said the KDF is deployed in the only 150km of Somalia's coastline.

He said the SEMG report does not specify sectors where the charcoal trafficking takes place and who is managing those ports. The group did not visit those areas, he said.

"KDF is not in charge of the management of port operations in Kismayu. They are under the Somali Federal Government and Jubaland State authorities," Obonyo said.

"KDF is not in Somalia to do business, but to enforce Amisom's mandate. We are in Somalia to ensure safety and security of the Somali people. Kenya has made a lot of sacrifices to liberate Somali people."

The UN banned the charcoal trade in Somalia in February 2012 to deny al Shabaab revenues. This was after it emerged the charcoal trade was generating major income for the al Qaeda-linked terror group.

Kenyan soldiers overpowered al Shabaab in Kismayu in September 2012 in the offensive Operation Sledge Hammer in which they dethroned the militants and seized control of the coastal town.

But Obonyo said the Kenyan troops were replaced by those from Siera Leone, who later left and were replaced by those from Burundi and Ethiopia, and the Family Police Unit from Nigeria.

SEMG has deplored the continued charcoal trade through Somali ports controlled by Amisom.

The SEMG report expresses concern that the charcoal trade still provides significant funding for the militia. It urged the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to continue its work, with the Federal Government of Somalia.

18:07

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AMISOM Begins to Withdraw Troops From Somalia
by  Daily Nation
November 21, 2017, 6:20 am

African Unions Mission in Somalia has begun withdrawing its troops from the country against the backdrop of heightened insecurity in Mogadishu.

The capital has witnessed almost 1,000 deaths in just three months.

This is the highest number of fatalities recorded in the country in such a short time since Amisom operations began in 2007.

The intensified attacks have caused a security scare in Somalia, leading to the resignation of Defence minister Abdirashid Abdullahi and army boss Ahmed Mohamed Jimale Irfid.

The fears have also led to the dismissals of senior security and intelligence officials, with the US State Department ordering Americans to leave the country.

The United Nations asked local and foreign staff to be more vigilant while in Somalia. The same warning was issued to government ministries.

TERRORISM

In an interview with the Sunday Nation, Information Minister Abdirhaman Osman Yarisow admitted that the war on terrorism was becoming complex.

He said terrorists were changing tactics and conducting an asymmetric warfare.

It is very difficult to stop terrorists who want and are ready to kill themselves, especially if they want to do so in populated areas, the minister said.

The government has succeeded in securing its institutions and that is why al-Shabaab terrorists are desperately turning to populated civilian zones to make newspaper headlines.

ATTACK

Shortly before his sacking following Somalias worst ever attack that claimed the lives of more than 400 people last month, National Intelligence and Security Agency director general Abdillahi Mohamed Sanbalooshe unleashed stinging attacks on partners and the global community, saying the country needed material support not tears or hollow empathies.

To defeat al-Shabaab, Somalia requires expertise and equipment. It needs a new paradigm of cooperation between our security services and international partners, he said in a New York Times opinion piece.

We have been operating a...

18:03

Citizens celebrate Mugabe resignation as Zimbabwe president "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The rule of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is over after he tendered his resignation in a letter to parliament, according to the house speaker. The 93 year old has been in power since Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980. Mugabe's future had been the subject of intense speculation in recent days, after the Central Committee of the ruling ZANU-PF Party gave him an ultimatum to step down.

17:54

As Lebanon Puts Army on High Alert, Israel Faces a Much More Capable Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Joseph Aoun, the commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces has put the military full readiness mode after observing the Israeli enemy conducting provocative maneuvers on Lebanons southern border.

This comes as Lebanese President Michel Aoun stated,

Israeli targeting still continues and it is the right of the Lebanese to resist it and foil its plans by all available means.

In conjunction with these statements, Hezbollahs leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah announced yesterday that its volunteers would return from Iraq to Lebanon as ISIS had been neutralized in Iraq. The timing indicates that while Hezbollah has helped Iraq to achieve victory against terrorism, reinforcements are now needed in Lebanon as many fear another Israeli invasion.

During his recent visit to Moscow, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil warned Israel that if it seeks to start another war with Lebanon, the Israeli invaders will not be successful. Bassil also praised the role of Hezbollah in helping to fight terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq, while also praising Hezbollahs role as a defender of Lebanese sovereignty.

With Israel and Saudi Arabia acting as de-facto allies, even more brazenly than in the past, many Lebanese fear that Israel will invade Lebanon yet again, in-line with Saudi statements that Hezbollah is a threat to regional security. Hezbollah and its international partner Iran have slammed Saudi statements as lies.

Objectively, Hezbollah does not threaten anything except the ability of Israel to easily occupy Lebanon and the ability of terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda to gain footholds in Lebanon. Hezbollahs cooperation with the Syrian Arab Army and Iraqi Armed Forces is fully legal as Baghdad and Damascus have welcomed Hezbollahs assistance in the war again terrorism. Indeed, Hezbollah fighters often fight side-by-side with Syrian Arab Army soldiers and Iraqi soldiers.

Saudi Arabia has further accused Iran of supplying Yemens Houthis with long-range missiles via Hezbollah. This accusation is absurd due to the logistical impossibility of such things at the present time.

Yemen remains under a Saudi naval blockade and any Iranian ships attempting to supply Houthis would be instantly visible to all international parties. Furthermore, as Hezbollah has neither an air force nor navy, the idea that Iran could somehow supply Yemen via Hezbollah is not only fiction but very poor fiction.

Hezbollahs fighters serve as a kind of national guard which supplements the Lebanese Armed Forces. Members of the primarily Christian Free Patriotic Mo...

17:49

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFRICOM Escalates Pentagon Presence in Somalia
By JOHN VANDIVER, STARS AND STRIPES 
November 18, 2017 

There are now 500 U.S. troops in Somalia, where the military has carried out daily airstrikes in the past week, but the Department of Defense refuses to call it a buildup.

I would not associate that with a buildup, as youre calling it, Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie told reporters at the Pentagon on Nov. 16. I think its just the flow of forces in and out as different organizations come in that might be sized a little differently.

McKenzie said the boost in attacks was simply a matter of hitting targets as they emerge. So theres no particular rhythm to it, except that as they become available and as were able to process them and vet them, we strike them, he said.

Still, the sudden surge of servicemembers into Somalia over the past several months and the rapid spike in airstrikes 28 so far this year is a reversal from the past, when there were no regular troops in the country and airstrikes were extremely rare.

Driving the U.S.s recent escalation is a closing window of opportunity as a 20,000-strong coalition of African armies prepares to leave the country after a decade of leading the battle against the al-Qaida-aligned group al-Shabab.

For 10 years, the African Union Mission in Somalia helped ensure relative stability in the war-torn country, pushing al-Shabab out of the capital of Mogadishu and numerous other strongholds. But al-Shabad were never defeated, and with the African Unions pullout set to begin in coming weeks, the U.S. and its partners have little time to degrade the militants before the multinational fighting force leaves. When the unions drawdown will be completed in 2020, Somalias fledgling army will be in charge of the fight.

There is uncertainty about whether clan-based Somalia, which has a fleeting history of centralized government can marshal the unity to prevent an al-Shabab resurgence.

The group would most likely retake some lost territory should AMISOM forces withdraw before the (Somalia National Army) is capable of effective independent operations against the group, Robyn Mack, a spokeswoman for U.S. Africa Command, told...

17:42

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AMISOM is Leaving by 2020: What That Means for Somalia
International Policy Digest

If its current timetable isnt revised, by December 2020, all AMISOM combat troops are scheduled to withdraw from all of Somalias cities, towns, and villages that theyve liberated from the al-Shabaab terrorist organization. The troops have been in Somalia for over a decade to support the Federal Government of Somalia against radical elements of al -Shabaab, who continue their insurgency against the Federal Government of Somalias institutional and militarys presence in Somalia.

AMISOM, comprised of troops drawn from Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Burundi, is deployed in six sectors covering south and central Somalia through funding support by the EU and UN. The troops alongside the Somali National Army remain the main source of protection for the government as they patrol major roads connecting the Somali capital to the regions and have managed to liberate significant cities such as Mogadishu, Kisimayo, Beletweyne and Baidoa.

The AU mission though it didnt fully achieve and pacify the country as required and expected, deserves credit for creating an enabling an environment for the Somali government to re-organize and prioritize their resources and establish a national army to build on the current progress in liberating the remaining areas still controlled by al-Shabaab.

The AMISOM troop drawdown has already been felt in different parts of Somalia although the Special Representative of the African Union chairperson for Somalia, Francisco Madeira, stated that transition must be gradual, conditions-based, responsible and done in a manner that will not compromise the safety and security of the Somali people.

Besides their military operations against the al -Shabaab group, the AMISOM troops have been training and equipping the Somali National Army (SNA) with the objective of gradually handing over security duties in liberated areas to the SNA. After close to 18 months of successful operations that uprooted al-Shabaabs control on major cities, by mid-2013 the offensives by AMISOM and SNA came to a halt. Neither AMISOM nor the Somali army had the capacity to push beyond areas already recovered. Their hold on the existing territory would be te...

17:15

Shadow World Exposes Greed, Profit and the Business of War "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has earnestly played the role of salesman-in-chief for United States arms manufacturers.

The U.S. accounts for more than half the worlds annual arms deals. Trump may make it much easier for the government to sell weapons by enlisting the Pentagon and State Department to more aggressively peddle the products of U.S. arms manufacturers. His administration also has proposals and plans in the works to make nuclear weapons more usable, with Lockheed Martin and Raytheon each working on prototypes of a delivery system for future nukes.

Trumps actions reinforce all the most profoundly disturbing aspects of Shadow World, a documentary based on Andrew Feinsteins book on the global arms trade that premiered on PBS at 9:30 pm ET.

Feinstein was once an African National Congress (ANC) member of South Africas Parliament. As he recounts in the film, Nelson Mandelas successor, Thabo Mbeki, spent $10 billion on weapons. Three hundred million dollars was spent on bribes to senior politicians, officials, and military officers. At the same time, Mbeki claimed there were no funds for developing life-saving medications for 6 million South Africans suffering from HIV/AIDS.

The financial oversight committee on which I was the ranking ANC member started to investigate the deal and the corruption. The ANC leadership instructed me to stop the investigation, Feinstein said in an interview with ITVS/Independent Lens interactive editor Craig Phillips. When I refused, they thwarted the investigation, including removing me from the committee and then forcing me out of Parliament.

As Feinstein wrote in his first book on corruption in South Africa, he took an interest in global defense contractors, especially how they were propped up by their own governments. He recognized there was no comprehensive book on the subject and developed the Shadow World project.

The film manages to cover quite a bit of history from President Ronald Reagan to President Barack Obama. Commentators featured in the film also reach back before to reference developments that happened with CIA covert operations in the 1950s to the 1970s. And President Richard Nixons disdain for diplomacy is highlighted through a clip of Nixon expressing the urge to use nuclear weapons.

Many of the key arguments in the film come from journalist Vijay Prashad, who condemns policymak...

17:15

Tambuwal flags of ICT training for 23,000 Sokoto civil servants "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Tuesday flagged off special computer appreciation training for 23,361 civil servants in Sokoto state. The program, the largest of its kind in the public sector in the country, will see to the training of 23,361 workers in computer appreciation and other aspects of information and communication technology (ICT). Speaking at the flag off of the event in Sokoto, Tambuwal said the training has been made compulsory for all workers and was designed to improve the capacity of civil servants for them to operate in tune with modern day...

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17:13

GTB takes over Ladojas house over alleged N207.1m debt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Justice Rilwan Mohammed Aikawa of a Federal High Court in Lagos has granted leave to a Receiver/Manager of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Olamide Owolegbon, to take exclusive possession of a property situated at 57,Oscar Ibru Way, Apapa, Lagos, belonging to former Governor Rashidi Ladoja of Oyo State over alleged N207.1 million debt. The order was sequel to the granting of an ex-parte application filed and argued before the court by a Lagos lawyer, Temilolu Adamolekun, on behalf of the bank and the Receiver/Manager seeking a takeover of the property pending...

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17:13

Daily Digest 11/21 - Energy Majors Hit Hard By Climage Regulation, Web Sites Watching Your Every Move "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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17:05

2019: Buharis men beg Okorocha to drop Presidential ambition "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A group, mobilizing support for President Muhammadu Buharis second term bid has called on Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state to shelf his presidential ambition come 2019. The group, Democratic Youths Congress for Buhari 2019, said that having appraised and acknowledged the capacity and track record of Governor Okorocha, they arrived at the conclusion that there was the need to dialogue and urge him to drop his ambition in the interest of continuity and political stability of the country. On a visit to the Imo state Government House yesterday, national...

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17:00

BREAKING: President Mugabe resigns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Embattled Zimbabwes President, Robert Mugabe has finally resigned.  According to the parliaments speaker, Jacob Mudenda, Mugabe resigned in a letter addressed to him. The surprise announcement came as lawmakers debated an impeachment motion against the 93-year-old leader in a joint sitting of parliament. Mr Mugabe had previously refused to resign despite last weeks military takeover, and days of protests against his rule. He has been in power since independence in 1980.

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16:28

US/Saudi/Israeli Alliance for Greater Regional Turbulence? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Stephen Lendman Global Research, November 20, 2017 VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE:  stephenlendman.org  (Home Stephen Lendman).  Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. The alliance is beset by failures. Longstanding US/Israeli plans to redraw the Middle East map failed to achieve its objective so far. Libya in North Africa remains an ungovernable cauldron of violence. Shias close to Iran []

16:03

Reps halt sale of PHCNs N20B assets "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The House of Representatives yesterday directed auctioneers carrying out sales of Non-Core Assets belonging to the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, to suspend further sales pending a probe its investigation. Meanwhile, the House has resolved to probe the sales of light assets owned by the defunct  Power holding company Nigeria, PHCN, valued at N20billion. This followed a motion brought by Hon. Rita Orji (PDP, Lagos). Orji in the motion expressed concern over the fraudulent act the sales were carried out and agreed that there was an urgent need...

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16:01

Backgrounder: Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 

Summary

Lebanons Hezbollah (Party of God in Arabic) is a Shia politico-military grouping at the forefront of Irans bid for control of the Middle East. The militant group serves to bolster Iranian influence via operations in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. These activities have made the group a sworn enemy of Saudi Arabia, which has tried to isolate and pressure Hezbollah wherever it operates. The Saudi-backed prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, recently resigned from office in protest of Hezbollahs influence in Lebanon and Iranian expansionism in the region. Two days later, Saudi Arabia accused Hezbollah and Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) of being directly responsible for a missile attack on Riyadh from Yemeni territory. Furthermore, the United States has also sought to ramp up pressure on Hezbollah by implementing new sanctions against the group, which is already designated by the US State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

While anti-Iranian powers regard Hezbollah as a threat, the group has established itself in Lebanon as an armed political movement with strong support from the Lebanese Shia community.

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15:58

Senate postpones 2018 budget debate, considers MTEF "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate on Tuesday announced the postponement of debate on the 2018 Appropriation Bill to Nov. 28 and Nov. 29. The upper chamber had fixed Wednesday for the debate. President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, who announced the shift of the debate on Tuesday, said it was to enable the chamber to pass the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF). We are hoping that the MTEF will be laid tomorrow (Wednesday) and to be passed this week. Secondly, the distribution of documents, I hope you have all received documents accompanying...

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15:58

I lured her with N10 sweet, rape suspect says "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 30-year-old rape suspect, Mohammed Abubakar on Tuesday admitted to luring a nine-year-old primary four pupil with a N10 lollipop sweet. Abubakar, a commercial motorcyclist and resident of Tudun Fulani in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger, disclosed this while being interrogated by the Niger State Child Right Protection Agency. Abubakar said: I saw her outside her school where I had parked my motorcycle to buy sweet and she told me to give her sweet. I gave her a sweet and then lured her to an uncompleted building and had...

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15:49

Buhari Congratulates Obiano "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the people of Anambra State, the governorship candidates, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, election observers as well as security agencies on the peaceful conduct of the November 18 gubernatorial election in the state. According to the president, the processes leading to the election and its peaceful conduct and outcome, have shown that our electoral reform is bearing positive fruits. This is very encouraging and I am determined to give Nigeria free and fair elections, no matter which way the results swing. He particularly expressed...

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15:32

Alleged N4.6bn fraud: EFCC asks court to admit Fani-Kayodes account statement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked Justice Rilwan Mohammed Aikawa of a Federal High Court in Lagos to admit the account statement of a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, at Zenith Bank Plc, as an exhibit. EFCCs lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, made the request during the examination-in-chief of a compliance officer with the bank, Tosin Owobo, at the on-going trial of Fani-Kayode and three others over alleged N4.6 billion fraud. Owobo had in his testimony told the court that upon a request, the former ministers statement...

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15:30

From rail and airports to its first overseas naval base, China zeroes in on tiny Djibouti "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President of African nation will visit China this week

By Kinling Lo
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, 8:03am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, 3:00pm
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15:13

Amosun presents N345bn budget to Ogun Assembly "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has presented the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N345.42 billion to the state House of Assembly. Christened Budget of Accelerated Development, Amosun said the 2018 estimates represented an increase of 57 percent compared with this years budget of N221.129billion. The governor disclosed that the budget will be funded from the projected Internally Generated Revenue of N149.258billion representing 43.21percent; statutory allocation of N48billion from Federation Account representing 13.90 percent and capital receipts of N98.160billion, representing 28.42 percent. Presenting the appropriation bill at a plenary which was...

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15:11

El-Rufai mourns late commissioner for Education "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has described the late commissioner for Education in the state, Professor Noks  as one of the best this country has produced, and one of the most committed persons to have served Kaduna State. The government statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, spokesman to Governor Nasir El-Rufai  said  Professor Nok was a man of intellect, ability and deep conviction who will be sorely missed. READ ALSO: BREAKING: Kaduna state commissioner for education is dead  The Kaduna State Government is saddened by the loss of Professor Jonathan Andrew Nok, our respected Commissioner...

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15:08

Facebooks ad platform still lets users discriminate against protected minorities "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Once again, Facebooks insanely lucrative ad platform is under fire, regarding the questionable ways that advertisers can target ads. ProPublica has brought up numerous exampleslast year it was able to exclude certain ethnic groupsincluding African-Americans and Hispanic Americansfrom seeing certain ads; earlier this year groups such as Jew haters Nazi party could be specifically targeted

Once again, Facebooks insanely lucrative ad platform is under fire, regarding the questionable ways that advertisers can target ads. ProPublica has brought up numerous exampleslast year it was able to exclude certain ethnic groupsincluding African-Americans and Hispanic Americansfrom seeing certain ads; earlier this year groups such as Jew haters Nazi party could be specifically targeted by ads. In the wake of each scandal, Facebook pledged to crack down and fix the problem.

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15:01

JUST IN: EFCC, SSS, NIA clash over arrest of Ayo Oke, Ita Ekpeyong "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday clashed with operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, and the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, in a bid to arrest former heads of the two agencies. According to reports, EFCC operatives were resisted by armed security agents of the two agencies when they storm the homes of the former head of the NIA, Ayo Oke, and former head of the SSS, Ita Ekpeyong, respectively in Abuja. The situation has reportedly caused traffic mayhem in the area. The EFCC had invited Oke...

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14:56

Salmans Shake-Up: Saudi Maneuvers Are Bad for the American People "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Riyadh is now serving as a temporary prison, holding some of the 201 people that have been detained on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. 1,800 bank accounts have been frozen.

The drama is escalating on the international front as well. The Saudis are blaming Iran for a recent missile attack from Yemen. The Prime Minister of Lebanon has resigned from his post while in Riyadh and echoes Saudi rhetoric against Hezbollah.

The price of oil is rising again, the highest its been in two years, approaching $58 per barrel.

Whats going on? Something is clearly boiling below the surface on the Arabian Peninsula. How can we interpret these chaotic moves?

 

Middle-Men for Wall Street & London

Saudi Aramco President and CEO Abdallah S. Jum'ah, right and Exxon Mobil Corporation President Rex Tillerson, attend a forum on U.S.-Saudi Relations and Global Energy Security, Tuesday, April 27, 2004, in Washington. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Saudi Aramco President and CEO Abdallah S. Jumah, right and Exxon Mobil Corporation President Rex Tillerson, attend a forum on U.S.-Saudi Relations and Global Energy Security, Tuesday, April 27, 2004, in Washington. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Why does the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia exist? Did it simply arise naturally? Does the mindset of the people living in the region simply long for this Wahabbi autocracy? This is what certain forces would like us to believe. But the reality is that the rise of the House of Saud, and the prolonged life of this absolute monarchy that beheads and tortures, is closely linked to forces outside the region, namely, western oil bankers.

The British empire discovered, in their efforts to dominate the region, that ibn Saud, known as Abdulaziz in the Arab world, was a great middleman. In 1915, a friendship and cooperation pact was signed with this autocratic ruler, and the British supplied him with huge amounts of weapons. It was mainly due to British military and financial support that ibn Saud was able to beat down all his rivals, and dominate the Peninsula. In 1938, oil was discovered, and the third Saudi s...

14:46

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Mubi Attack: Death Toll Rises to 50
Nov 21 2017 12:12PM
Nigeria Daily Trust

The Adamawa Police Command says the death toll in Tuesdays Mubi mosque suicide attack has risen to 50.

The commands Public Relations Officer, SP Othman Abubakar, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.

Abubakar said that a young boy was responsible for the blast which occurred during the early morning prayer.

We have 50 dead and we are now trying to get the exact number of those injured , Abubakar said.
NAN reports that the attack happened in Dazala area of Mubi town in Adamawa on Tuesday around 5 a.m. when Muslims were observing the early morning prayer.

The incident was the first in three years since the liberation of Mubi town from Boko Haram insurgents in 2014.

14:43

NBS: Nigerias economy fully recovers, GDP growth hits 1.4% "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerias economy is fully on recovery path, recording a positive Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 1.40% growth in Q3 2017 (yearon- year), National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced yesterday in its Q3,2017 GDP result. With the latest result, Nigerias economy has recorded two consecutive positive growths in real terms, having emerged from the grip of recession in Q2 2017. The GDP growth during the quarter in focus was driven by improved production activities both in oil and non-oil sectors of the economy. This growth is 3.74% points higher than the...

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14:40

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Many Feared Dead in Mubi Mosque Bombing
By Kabiru R. Anwar, Yola
Nigeria Daily Trust
Nov 21 2017 10:07AM

A suicide bomber has detonated a bomb in a Mosque in Mubi town, killing several worshipers.

Daily Trust learnt that the attacker suddenly bumped in to the mosque located in Anguwan Shuwa ward during early morning congregation on Tuesday.

A resident said he saw atleast twenty lifeless bodies lying on the ground in the immediate aftermath of the blast.

The Mubi North council chairman Musa Ahmad Bello said the number of casualty had not yet been ascertained as rescue workers were still removing bodies from the scene.

He said injured persons had been evacuated to the hospital.
Mubi is in Adamawa state, North-East Nigeria.

14:37

No minister, senator can steal billions under Buhari Sagay "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Falana: $300bn looted funds yet to be recovered   The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, has said that the President Muhammadu Buharis administration has put an end to high level corruption among government officials, stressing that there is no cabinet minister, National Assembly member or Permanent Secretary that can steal billions of naira again. Speaking yesterday in Lagos at a conference on Tracking Noxious Funds organised by the MacArthur Foundation and Kent Law School, the PACAC chairman said against the narration in some quarters,...

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14:35

2019: Ogun West group picks Adeola as consensus candidate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

*Rejects Amosuns aides The Ogun West Consultative Forum has endorsed an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Senator Solomon Adeola, as the consensus candidate of Yewa-Awori people for the 2019 elections in the state. The group, which described itself as an independent political volunteer force, said Adeola, currently representing Lagos West in the National Assembly, was selected because of his popularity and electoral advantage over other aspirants. The lawmakers endorsement was announced in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area, by the President of the group, Chief Kayode Ajibola. Ajibola, who was flanked...

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14:35

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Suicide Bomber Kills 50 in Nigeria in Deadliest Attack This Year
Percy Dabang, Ardo Hazzad

YOLA, Nigeria (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, the biggest mass killing this year in a region facing an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Some of the dead were in pieces beyond recognition, said Bayi Muhammad, a worshipper at the mosque in Mubi who said he only escaped the blast because he was late for early morning prayers.

The government and military have said numerous times since 2015 that Boko Harams eight-year insurgency is almost defeated but the group continues to attack civilian and military targets.

Tuesdays bombing brings the number killed in 2017 to at least 278, according to calculations by Reuters. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Abubakar Othman, a police spokesman in Adamawa state, said the death toll is at least 50 but there could be more as those seriously injured could add to the figure.

Mubi is in Adamawa state where Boko Haram held territory in 2014. Troops pushed them out in early 2015. The group mounts suicide attacks in public places such as mosques and markets.

Tuesdays attack was the biggest in Nigerias northeast since two schoolgirl suicide bombers killed 56 people and wounded dozens more at a market in Adamawa last December.

It is also the first attack on Mubi since armed forces recaptured the town from Boko Haram in 2014.

The blast bears the hallmarks of a faction led by Abubakar Shekau, which forces women and girls to carry out suicide bombings. The attacks often leave only the bomber dead.

Boko Haram has waged an insurgency in northeastern Nigeria since 2009 in its attempt to create an Islamic state in the region. It has killed more than 20,000 and forced around 2 million people to flee their homes.

The group split in 2016 and the faction under Shekau is based in the Sambisa forest on the border with Cameroon and Chad and mainly targets civilians with suicide bombers.

The other faction is based in the Lake Chad region and led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi. It mainly attacks mi...

14:30

Ibori Slams Nigerians For Shedding Crocodile Tears Over Death Of Alex Ekweme "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chief James Ibori


LAGOS NOVEMBER 21ST (URHOBOTODAY)-Former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, has said Nigerians are shedding Crocodile tears over the death of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme.
Ibori said this in a statement by signed his spokesman, Tony Eluemunor.
The former Governor said the country refused to allow Ekwueme rescue it.
Though His Excellency, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, GCON, was a great leader, a national father-figure, a stabilizing factor in Nigerian politics, I Chief James Onanefe Ibori can never stop asking what if! Ibori said.
It is ironic that the nation that betrayed this mans effort to rescue it from political and economic morass will, now that he is dead, begin to shed crocodile tears.
Even those who betrayed the very effort to make Ekwueme President, may begin to, hypocritically; of course, bewail the fact that Ekwueme or the Igboman or woman, never ruled Nigeria.
Ekwueme was an extraordinary polyvalent scholar who earned multiple degrees in Architecture, urban planning, sociology, history, philosophy and law from several universities. He was a gifted architect whose professional legacies dot various Nigerian cities.
In politics, h...

14:28

Sayyed Nasrallah: ISILs State is Over, AL Statement Ridiculous "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

November 20, 2017 Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah denounced an Arab League statement describing Hezbollah as a terrorist organization as ridiculous and absurd, denying their claims that the resistance group was sending ballistic missiles to Yemen. In a televised speech delivered on Monday, Sayyed Nasrallah said the allegations in the AL statement issued by Arab []

14:25

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14 Ancient Egyptian Artifacts Including Amulets, Vase, to Be Returned from Cyprus: Ministry
Nevine El-Aref
Monday 20 Nov 2017

The objects include an alabaster vase inscribed with King Ramses II's cartouche, and 13 amulets of different shapes, sizes and materials

The Egyptian embassy in Cyprus is set to receive a collection of 14 artefacts that have been stolen and illegally smuggled out of the country within a matter of days, an Egyptian antiquities official has said.

The objects include an alabaster vase inscribed with King Ramses II's cartouche, and 13 amulets of different shapes, sizes and materials. The subjects include the goddesses Sekhmet, Neith, Isis, and the Udjat and Djed symbols. Ushabti figurines are also among the collection.

Shaaban Abdel Gawad, director-general of the Antiquities Repatriation Department, told Ahram Online that the retrieval of these objects started last year when Interpol reported that it had seized a collection of stolen ancient Egyptian artefacts in Nicosia.

The Repatriation Department, he said, carried out its own investigations and discovered that the seized objects were illegally smuggled out of the country after the passing of the Antiquities Law in 1983 and arrived in Cyprus in 1986, which means Egypt has a right of recovery.

In collaboration with Egypt's ministries of foreign affairs, justice and international cooperation, said Abdel Gawad, Cyprus has approved Egypt's right to retrieve the artefacts and they will be returned shortly.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/281863.aspx

14:25

The Sheikh of Ethiopia: How Saudi purge could disrupt an African country "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi, one of Ethiopia's biggest investors, among those arrested in Saudi anti-corruption campaign

14:20

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International Law Prevents Recovery of Rosetta Stone from UK, Egypt's Antiquities Minister Tells MPs
Gamal Essam El-Din
Monday 20 Nov 2017

Minister Khaled El-Enany said the UNESCO agreement which Egypt signed in 1970 does not help in recovering the Rosetta Stone

In a question and answer session before parliament on Monday, Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany said he regrets that the ministry has not so far been able to recover all Egyptian antiquities smuggled abroad.

"The UNESCO agreement which Egypt signed in 1970 stipulates that an ownership document is a prerequisite in order to be officially able to recover smuggled antiquities," said El-Enany, adding that "for this reason, we have not been able to recover the Rosetta Stone which was smuggled into England in the 19th century."

El-Enany, however, said that "Egypt was able to recover as many 1,100 antiquities from 20 countries across the world in 2016 and 2017."

"Some of these were recovered through bilateral negotiations and others through lawsuits," he said.

El-Enany deplored that "the smuggling and sale of Egyptian antiquities on world markets will not stop as long as Egypt does not have ownership documents of them."

"In England the sale of antiquities is a legalised practice and this also makes it difficult to recover our pieces there," said the minister, adding that "in 1983 Egypt decided to make sale of antiquities illegal, but this is just an Egyptian law."

He said some Egyptian antiquities smuggled into England were are always on show in exhibition halls there, with ownership documents of some pieces indicating that they were bought at EGP 2 per piece in 1932.

El-Enany said there are two kinds of Egyptian antiquities in Israel.

"While the first ones are the ones which were discovered in Israel itself as in old times the pharaohs occupied this land, the second are the ones which were smuggled from Sinai into Israel," said El-Enany, adding that "Egypt was able to recover many of its smuggled antiquities from Israel."

The minister revealed that a national committee including the ministries of antiquities, foreign affairs, the Administrative Control Authority, the National...

14:17

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Tutankhamun's Gold Sheets on Display for First Time Ever at the Egyptian Museum 
Nevine El-Aref
Wednesday 15 Nov 2017

Egypts Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany is set to inaugurate on Wednesday evening theexhibition of Tutankhamuns unseen treasures at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, where the golden sheets of Tutankhamun will be on display for the first time ever.

The event will be attended by foreign and Egyptian Egyptologists as well as members of the media and government officials.

The exhibitions date falls on the 115th anniversary of the museums opening as well as the 60th anniversary of the re-opening of the German Archaeological Institute Cairo.

Christian Eckmann, a pioneering German restorer who restored the golden sheets of Tutankhamun, told Ahram Online that the exhibition will put the sheets on display for the first time since the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922.

In 2014, Eckmann said, a joint project of the Egyptian Museum, the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, the University of Tbingen and the Rmisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz in Germany was established to do archaeological, technological, scientific and iconographic analysis of an important but largely ignored collection of artefacts discovered in the tomb.

The project, as well as the current exhibition, was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the German Foreign Office.

Eckmann says that the discovery of the tomb by Howard Carter in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings revolutionised our understanding of Egypts past, as it was the first time an undisturbed royal Egyptian tomb was ever discovered.

Carter and his team had meticulously documented the position and appearance of approximately 5,400 objects, including furniture, weapons, clothing, vessels, food, chariots, and cultic items. However, he did not have time for a comprehensive analysis of all the discoveries.

"This is especially true for a group of exquisitely ornamented gold-sheet and leather appliqus that were found scattered on the floor of the antechamber and the treasury, close to the royal chariots," Eckmann told Ahram Online.

Eckmann said t...

14:15

South Africa arrests in continuing rhino horn investigations by Rhino8 team "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Arrests in Rhino poaching related crimes continue. Photo: SAPSArrests in Rhino poaching related crimes continue. Photo: SAPS

Over the past four weeks, the Rhino 8 Task Team has arrested several suspects for various crimes related to rhino poaching.

The Rhino 8 team comprises of various government departments including members from various disciplines of the South African Police Service, Customs and Excise, the South African National Defence Force and Ezemvelo and SANParks Game Rangers.

This team has been doing sterling work since its inception, arresting dozens of suspected rhino poachers and recovering arms, ammunition and vehicles among other incriminating items.

Once again, over these past four weeks the team arrested 50 more suspects in the areas of Acornhoek, Skukhuza, Phalaborwa, Hluhluwe, Barberton and KwaMsane.

Two of these suspects, aged 24 and 33 years, were arrested as recently as this past weekend after they were found in possession of .375 hunting rifle in KwaMsane. Police also seized a Toyota Hilux Bakkie in which they were traveling.

During these arrests the team also confiscated several other vehicles including a Toyota Quantum, VW Golf Polo, a BMW 3 series, and 17 firearms including rifles and pistols, a variety of ammunition, silencers, axes, knives and cellphones.

Most of the suspects have since appeared in various courts on charges relating to unlawful possession of firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of dangerous weapon/s, trespassing, kidnapping and assault.

In the meantime at least six suspects that were arrested earlier this year have been convicted and sentenced to 39 years accumulatively.

One of these accused, Maphoyisa Mahlaule was sentenced to an effective 20 years imprisonment for Hunting a Protected Animal, Possession of Unlicensed Firear......

14:14

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Mummy Discovered at Fayoum's Deir Al-Banat
Nevine El-Aref
Tuesday 14 Nov 2017

During excavation work carried out at the Deir Al-Banat (Al-Banat Monastery) archaeological site in Fayoum, an Egyptian-Russian mission from the Russian Institute for Oriental Studies discovered a wooden Graeco-Roman sarcophagus with a mummy inside.

Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the sarcophagus is in poor condition, with cracks all over its lid and base. The mummy, however, is well-preserved.

He explains that the mummy is wrapped in linen and has a blue and gold cartonnage mask. The mask is decorated with scenes depicting the sky deity Kheibir, while the mummy's chest is decorated with the face of the goddess Isis. The legs have an image of a white sabot.

Mohamed Abdel-Latif, head of the antiquities ministrys Coptic and Islamic Antiquities Department, said that the sarcophagus and the mummy underwent conservation work at the site before they were transferred to Fayoum for restoration.

Abdel-Latif said that Deir Al-Banat is known for its Islamic and Coptic antiquities, with its Graeco-Roman necropolis and early Coptic churches and cemeteries.

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14:11

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Egypt's Central Bank Holds Interest Rates as Expected
Reuters
Friday 17 Nov 2017

Egypts central bank kept interest rates unchanged as expected on Thursday, concluding that further declines in inflation were needed to warrant a shift towards a looser policy.

The bank, which has raised interest rates by 700 basis points since the flotation of Egypts pound currency last November, held the overnight deposit rate at 18.75 percent and the overnight lending rate at 19.75 percent.

Egyptian inflation dipped for the third month running in October but remained above 30 percent.

The bank said the baseline inflation outlook remained consistent with achieving its inflation targets of 13 percent in the fourth quarter of next year and single digits thereafter.

Against this background, the MPC (policy committee) decided that current policy rates remain appropriate, it said in a statement.

Nine of 10 economists polled by Reuters on Tuesday had predicted the MPC would hold rates for the third month in a row.

They saw rates being cut in coming months as inflation continued to ease.

The Egyptian pound has lost half of its value since it was floated as part of a $12 billion International Monetary Fund programme aimed at reviving the economy.

Authorities hope the IMF deal will help revive an economy that has been struggling since a 2011 uprising drove tourists and investors away.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/281650.aspx

14:05

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Remembering Leila Mourad: Egypt Cinema's First Female Superstar
Ashraf Gharib
Saturday 18 Nov 2017

The singer and actress was born 17 February 1918 and died 21 November 1995, leaving an indelible legacy in Egyptian cinema

Until the mid-1940s and in spite of the passing of 20 years from the first Egyptian feature film, Egypts young cinema didnt know the phenomenon of the box office star.

In its simplest form, this Hollywood term means that fans search for their favourite star and see him or her in every film, without paying attention to any other details. Thus, a stars name can be enough to ensure a films success.

The birth of a box office star is what happened when Leila Zaki Mourad known as Leila Mourad, born 17 February 1918 to Jewish parents and an artistic family appeared in Long Live Love (1938). She passed away 21 November 1995, leaving behind a large legacy in Egyptian cinema.

Leila Mourad came to the world of cinema from the field of singing. Her voice only graced The Victims (1935), directed by Mario Volpe. However, she didnt achieve the success other competing songstresses did in their films.

Mourad herself didnt consider her cinematic career was launched except with Long Live Love, with the famous singer Mohamed Abdel-Wahab as male lead and directed by Mohamed Karim. And her entire artistic career rested on this debut success. The film was a hit largely due to Abdel-Wahabs huge popularity. It was also known that Karim, the director, wasnt convinced of this young songstress whom Abdel-Wahab brought and imposed on the director. Nevertheless, the films reception was enough to give Leila Mourad impetus to continue on the silver screen, even without Abdel-Wahab.

Mourad found her ideal director in the form of Jewish producer and director Togo Mizrahi. He recognised the potential star in her, an actress to fit the tastes of the late 1930s and the early 1940s, with weepy melodramas dominating cinema halls at the time.

Mizrahi pushed Leila to acquire what she lacked in order to be a cinematic actress. He was able to work on her shyness, which Mohamed Karim had criticised, emboldened her in facing the camera, and trained her on facial expression and v...

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Egypt's Famed Musician Omar Khairat to Perform in London for the First Time
Ahram Online
Monday 20 Nov 2017

The event is organised by Egypt's FACE for Children in Need charity organization

On Friday 1 December, Egypt's renowned composer and pianist Omar Khairat will give a concert at St. John's Smith Square in London, marking the musician's first appearance in UK's capital.

Organised by FACE for Children in Need, and under the patronage of the Egyptian Embassy in London, the concert is expected to gather an audience of over one thousand.

Khairat, 69, is a reputed composer and pianist, whose original compositions, which bridge contemporary Arab music and western tunes, have earned him a large following in Egypt and the region.

Khairat composed the musical scores of over 50 Egyptian films, including The Sixth Day (1984), The Terrorist (1993), Mafia (2002), Girl's Love (2003), The Embassy in the Building (2005) and Deer's Blood (2006). In television, his memorable works include Lailat El Qabd Ala Fatma (1984) and Dameer Abla Hekmat (1991).

He also composes music for theatre and special occasions, such as the opening ceremonies of important Egyptian cultural and regional festivals.

Khairat has also arranged compositions by celebrated Egyptian musician Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, releasing them as "Wahabiat" 1 and 2. His arrangement of the well-known songs of Um Kulthoum brought him additional acclaim.

He is particularly known to audiences in the Arab world for his frequent performances with his Omar Khairat Group, which continues to fill concert halls to the brim.

"Although I re-recorded my music in London, this will be the first time I will be performing to an audience in England, and I hope it will be a successful concert and achieve the noble goal for which it was organised," Khairat commented in the press release for the London event.

The event aims to raise funds and increase awareness of the problem of street children and orphans in Egypt, of whom up to 2,500 are cared for by the FACE charity every year.

Founded in 2003 in Egypt by a mother of three young children, today FACE has grown into a prom...

13:52

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Egypt's Sisi Hold Talks With President Anastasiades, Addresses Cyprus Parliament
Ahram Online
Monday 20 Nov 2017

The Egyptian President is set to attend a tripartite summit with Cypriot president Anastasiades and Greek PM Tsipras on Tuesday

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi spoke of his support for Cyprian reunification and of growing bilateral cooperation in Nicosia on Monday, at the start of a two-day visit to the Mediterranean island.

El-Sisi and Cypruss President Nicos Anastasiades signed several MOUs in the fields of security, communication, medicine and business, and in subsequent addresses to reporters, Anastasiades welcomed his Egyptian counterpart and said the two countries are bound by strong historic ties.

He described Egypt as a strategic partner for Cyprus and the European Union, affirming his country's support for Cairo's efforts to curb irregular migration and terrorism.

El-Sisi said that his country stands by the reunification of Cypriot territories in accordance with international law and legitimacy. He also said cooperation between his country and Cyprus in the field of energy production would enhance peace and stability in the region.

The Cypriot president informed El-Sisi of the latest developments in negotiations to reach a peaceful resolution to the Cypriot territorial dispute following the failure of reunification talks in Switzerland, describing the Turkish presence on his soil as a sort of occupation.

El-Sisi said the growing military cooperation between Egypt and Cyprus in light of a 2015 agreement enhances ties between the armies of both countries.

El-Sisi also gave an address to the Cypriot House of Representatives, where he praised the efforts of Cypriot MPs to safeguard democracy in their country, reaffirming Egypt's support for the unification efforts of the Mediterranean island.

"I am sure that your efforts and determination will result in resolving the issue of unifying Cypriot territories, which is not only essential for your country but for the Middle East as well," he said.

"E...

13:48

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Egypt, Cyprus and Greece Leaders Commence Tripartite Summit in Nicosia
Ahram Online
Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras commenced their tripartite summit at Cyprus' presidential palace in Nicosia on Tuesday.

The summit is the fifth to gather the leaders of the three countries since 2014.

The Egyptian president arrived on his two-day visit to the Cypriot capital on Monday, accompanied by a delegation which includes the ministers of foreign affairs, trade and industry, communication and petroleum.

El-Sisi held talks on Monday with Anastasiades on enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation between Egypt and Cyprus on several regional and international files, affirming Cairo's support for the reunification of Cypriot territories in accordance with international law and legitimacy.

The Egyptian president also gave an address on Monday to the Cypriot House of Representatives during which he praised the efforts of Cypriot MPs to safeguard democracy in their country, reaffirming Egypt's support for the unification efforts of the Mediterranean island.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/281898.aspx

13:33

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Arab League Chief Says Lebanon Should Be 'Spared'
AFP
Monday 20 Nov 2017

Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said on Monday Lebanon should be "spared" from spiralling regional tensions, during a visit to Beirut a day after Arab diplomats condemned Lebanese movement Hezbollah.

The Arab League held an extraordinary general meeting on Sunday in Cairo at the request of Saudi Arabia, which called the ministerial-level session to discuss "violations" by its rival Iran.

Despite the meeting's strongly worded concluding statement, Abul Gheit said Arab nations sought to keep Lebanon insulated from harm.

"No one can accept, or want, any harm to happen to Lebanon," Abul Gheit said after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun in Baabda.

"Lebanon has a special character, a particular and special structure. The League recognises this," he told reporters.

Earlier Abul Gheit told Lebanon's National News Agency that "Arab countries understand and take into account the situation in Lebanon and want to spare it... from any dispute."

Abul Gheit also met parliament speaker Nabih Berri and will attend a conference organised by the United Nations' Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

In statements posted on Twitter, Aoun said Lebanon could not be held "responsible" for regional conflicts.

"It did not attack anyone, and it therefore shouldn't pay the price for these conflicts with its political stability or security," he said.

"Lebanon cannot accept the suggestion that its government is a partner in terrorist acts. The position that Lebanon's delegate to the Arab League took expresses a universal, national will," Aoun added.

On Sunday, Arab foreign ministers strongly criticised Lebanon's powerful Shia movement Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran.

In the meeting's concluding statement, they pledged to hold Hezbollah "responsible for supporting terrorism and terrorist organisations in Arab countries with modern weapons and ballistic missiles".

They also demanded Hezbollah stop intervening in regional conflicts and spreading extremism and sectarianism.

Lebanese Foreign Minister...

12:31

UPDATE: Mubi Suicide Attack: Death toll rises to 50 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Adamawa Police Command says the death toll in Tuesdays Mubi mosque suicide attack has risen to 50. The commands Public Relations Officer, Othman Abubakar, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday. Mr. Abubakar said a young boy was responsible for the blast which occurred during the early morning prayer. We have 50 dead and we are now trying to get the exact number of those injured, Mr. Abubakar said. The attack happened in Dazala area of Mubi town in Adamawa on Tuesday around 5...

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12:27

Improvements in African governance slowing down, says Mo Ibrahim report "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

While governance has improved in most African countries in the last 10 years, average governance improvement has slowed, says the latest Mo Ibrahim report.

12:22

British government, stop supporting Saudi mass murder of Yemenis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

26 May 2017

There is a state of emergency in Yemens capital after a recent outbreak of cholera. John Iadarola (Host of ThinkTank), Chavala Madlena (Investigative Journalist, Filmmaker) discuss on a special episode of The Young Turks previously recorded LIVE at Oslo Freedom Forum.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Act to stop Yemen slaughter, Corbyn tells May

Tuesday 21st November 2017

JEREMY CORBYN wrote to the Prime Minister yesterday demanding she act to end the war in Yemen as a million people stand on the brink of famine.

The Labour leader condemned the government for its role in supporting the Saudi-led invasion coalition and urged Theresa May to suspend arms sales to Riyadh and call for an immediate ceasefire through the UN.

Britain has licensed more than 3.3 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia since its bo...

12:19

Suicide bomber kills at least 50 in Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists blamed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFP

AFP/File / by Aminu ABUBAKAR | Nigeria maintains Boko Haram is a spent force but its continued attacks underline the lingering threat, particularly to civilians

KANO (NIGERIA) (AFP)  At least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists.The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by road from the Adamawa state capital, Yola.

So far we have at least 50 dead from an attack at a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP.

Several people were injured. We dont have the figure now because they have been taken to several hospitals for treatment.

It was a (suicide) bomber who mingled with worshippers. He entered the mosque along with other worshippers for the morning prayers.

It was when the prayers were on that he set off his explosives.

Asked who was responsible, Abubakar said: We all know the trend. We dont suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks.

The attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamist militants whose insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead and more than 2.6 million others homeless since 2009.

Haruna Furo, head of the Adamawa state emergency management agency, and Musa Hamad Bello, chairman of the Mubi north local government area, both confirmed the attack.

They gave lower death tolls but both said the number of those killed was likely to rise.

Another emergency services official described the blast as devastating. He said only that there were high casualties.

Roof blown off

Abubakar Sule, who lives near the mosque, said he had just returned home when he heard the blast.

I was there when the rescue was on and 40 people died on the spot and several others were taken to hospital with severe and life-threatening injuries, he added.

The roof was blown off. People near the mosque said the prayer was mid-way when the bomber, who was obviously in the congregation, detonated his explosives.

This is obviously the work of Boko Haram.

Boko Haram briefly overran Mubi in late 2014 as its....

12:17

Russias past, Americas future? Jews Admit The Bolshevik Revolution Was A Jewish Plot Against Christian Russia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jews Admit The Bolshevik Revolution Was A Jewish Plot Against Christian Russia  ED-NOTE Something to think about: Czar comes from Caesar and the last Russian dynasty was named the ROMANov. J.POST Moses led the Jews out of Egypt, Stalin led them out of the Politburo, whispered veterans of the Bolshevik Revolution, as winter []

11:28

UN chief stresses 'mutually supportive' nature of Africa's free trade and industrialization "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Industrialization is a primary driver of economic growth and job creation, and will be pivotal in efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, says UN secretary general Antnio Guterres.

11:02

President of ISNA Addresses Extremist Group in India "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

One of Americas top Muslim leaders recently met with the leaders of a leading Indian Islamist group while on a trip to Hyderabad.

Azhar Azeez is the President of the Islamic Society of North America, (ISNA), the largest Islamic organization in America. While on a recent trip to India, he met with the leaders of Indian Islamist group Jamaat e-Islami.

Jamaat e-Islami was founded by Abul Ala Maududi in 1941 with the goal of promoting Islam as a total code for life. It recently altered its doctrine and says it supports democracy and secularism in India. However, it is still primarily an ideological movement with limited impact in the political sphere.

Jamaat e-Islamis branch in Bangladesh was involved in war crimes against non-Muslims during Bangladeshs  1971 war of independence.

ISNA was founded in part by members of the Egyptian Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood. Declassified FBI memos reveal that ISNA was identified as a Brotherhood front as early as 1987. One memo cites a source that has traveled worldwide on behalf of ISNA and other Brotherhood entities who is convinced that this organization has a secret agenda which includes the spread of the Islamic Revolution to all non-Islamic governments in the world which does include the United States. but has no formal ties to that or any other Islamist group.

The president of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood from 1984 to 1994, an Egyptian named A...

11:01

Japans Abe welcomes US move on North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Associated Press

People watch a TV screen showing file footage of North Koreas missile launch at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday the U.S. is putting North Koreas

The Latest on the U.S. declaration of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism (all times local):

3:45 a.m.

Japans leader has welcomed Americas re-designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (SHIN-zoh AH-bay) tells reporters in Tokyo that Japan supports the move as a way to increase pressure on North Korea.

His statement Tuesday followed President Donald Trumps announcement in Washington that the U.S. is putting North Korea on Americas terrorism blacklist. Trump said the designation is long overdue, and promised a new wave of sanctions as part of a maximum-pressure campaign.

Japan is increasingly nervous about North Korean advances in developing nuclear weapons. North Korea has sent missiles over Japan twice this year in tests into the Pacific.

3:25 a.m.

The Trump administration is due to announce new sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in the latest push to isolate the pariah nation.

North Korea on Monday joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on the terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step as the administration a...

11:00

A Third Saudi Failure in Foreign Policy? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

London (AHT)  Since 81year old Salman bin Abdelaziz was crowned king of Saudi Arabia in early 2015 and appointed his 32-year-old son, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), as Minister of Defense and later on crown prince, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has undertaken three attempts aimed at reducing Irans expansion in the Middle East.

Soon after becoming Defense Minister, MBS started a war with neighboring Yemen with the declared purpose of defeating the Iranian backed Houthis.  With an almost three year ongoing war, it is difficult to understand how the richest nation on earth with the capability of purchasing the most sophisticated weapons has failed so far to defeat the poorest nation in the world.  Instead, the Houthis seem to have upgraded their defenses and are now capable of sending ballistic missiles to the Saudi capital, Riyadh.  More than 5,000 Yemeni civilians have, to date, lost their lives in Saudi air raids.  Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis are suffering from malnourishment and diseases such as cholera due to the war which continues with no end in sight.

saudi purgesMohammad bin Salman Al Saud
Image: The Kremlin

The second failed Saudi attempt to reduce Iranian influence in the region is the Saudi led blockade imposed on Qatar earlier this year.  The Saudis, with the support of their Gulf allies and Egypt, intended to isolate Qatar as a means of reducing Iranian influence and to put Qatar under the umbrella of the Gulf Cooperation Council lead by Saudia Arabia.   Qatar had been known for its freelance foreign policy which had elevated the county in the international community largely thanks to its enormous resources in gas and oil.  However, this attempt backfired on Saudi Arabia and actually f...

10:51

With the USAs help, Saudi War on Yemen Is Killing 130 Children a Day "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi War on Yemen Is Killing 130 Children a Day by Juan Cole Screen shot / YouTube The Saudi-led coalition is waging total war on Yemen in a bid to defeat the guerrilla group, the Houthis or the Helpers of God. The Houthis took power in Sanaa in fall of 2014 and consolidated it in []

09:45

Zimbabwe: Coups and Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe: Coups and Cryptocurrencies from STRATFOR via Financial Sense As most of the world focuses on the political impact of Zimbabwes coup, a select group of analysts and technology watchers is scrutinizing the effects of the government upset on cryptocurrencies in developing...

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09:24

The Last Post: The Arab in the background of BBC colonial drama "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Yemen set drama told the story of the British soldiers and their wives in the last years of British rule, but its Arab characters did not really get a look in

09:13

BREAKING: Kaduna state commissioner for education is dead "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kaduna  State commissioner for education, Professor Jonathan Andrew Nok is dead.  He died in the early hours of today after a brief illness. The brilliant Commissioner of Education, Professor Nok, was said to be the first person in the world to discover the gene responsible for an enzyme which causes sleeping sickness.

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09:04

Great Northern Kenya wildlife aerial count begins "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Capital FM (Kenya)

,The exercise which will be carried out until the end of the month will cover the Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo, Marsabit and Meru ecosystems/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20 The Kenya Wildlife Service has kicked off this years aerial survey of elephants, buffalos, grevys zebras and giraffe in the greater northern landscape of Kenya.The exercise which will be carried out until the end of the month will cover the Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo, Marsabit and Meru ecosystems.

In a statement, KWS spokesman Paul Gathitu said the data collected will be compared with that from past aerial surveys to discern the species trends as well as establish their total numbers and distribution.

Approximately 15 aircraft will systematically survey the five ecosystems. The collated information will then be compared to past aerial survey counts of wildlife to help us evaluate the success of our landscape and species conservation efforts as well as provide information on where we need to concentrate our future conservation resources. Trends in land use, livestock, and human settlements are also noted, cited the statement.

The Great Northern Kenya Wildlife Count includes an area of more than 65,516.96 sq. kilometres and will take seven full days (at a minimum) to cover by aircraft.

This area is singularly one of Kenyas great wildlife conservation areas. Wildlife survives here because of the goodwill of its residents, including land use that supports or tolerates wildlife.

The last survey was carried out in June in the Tsavo-Mkomazi Ecosystem that lies in both Kenya and Tanzania, reporting that a total of 12,866 elephants were counted 12,843 in Tsavo ecosystem and 23 in Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania.

Overall, the elephant population in Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem increased by 14.7 per cent over the past three years (2014-2017) an annual increase of 4.9 per cent.

A total of 1,167 carcasses were recorded during the survey. The very old elephant carcasses had the highest proportion with more than 53.4 per cent of the total number of carcasses, followed by old carcasses at 44.0 per cent....

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09:00

Song of Pheryllt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"



 


Much of the material here is drawn from medieval sources inspired by the work of Virgil.  Pheryllt is the welsh form of Virgil.

However do note the immediate affinity to metal workers and alchemy as we discovered through the Kolbrin Bible which does have internal authenticity.  This work at least remembers an ancient sect of teachers or Druids who were also out of the Bronze Age tribe of global metal workers central to the Atlantean world.


Beyond that the time of Stonehenge was prior to 2500 BC and the historical knowledge of the druids time in during Roman times. Linking them is questionable but considering the concurrent Egyptian world and the natural continuity of shared scholarship as shown us with the Kolbrin, it is not impossible at all.



That we are now dredging up bits and pieces is excellent, particularly as i also have a clear grasp of the physicality of the after life and can authenticate much of the material from that aspect.

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Song of the Pheryllt - who were the Mysterious Druid builders of Stonehedge?


https://atlantisrisingmagazine.com/article/song-of-the-pheryllt/


Welsh history alludes to a very ancient and enigmatic sect of Druids that may be the very first wave of magician priests in the British Isles, even predating the Celtic Druids by hundreds or even thousands of years. Both historical documents in Wales, as well as the rhythmic poems regularly recited by the Welsh Bards, mention an obscure...

08:54

South Africa rhino poaching surges in KwaZulu-Natal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Safarious

Nov 20, 2017

Travelling rhino poaching gangs shift focus to KwaZulu-Natal

Business is booming in Africas oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, which has become the favourite new destination for South Africas rhino horn poaching gangs. Whereas poaching in the giant Kruger National Park to the north west dropped by almost 10% last year, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi has recorded an astonishing 100% growth in poaching in just three years. Tony Carnie of Roving Reporters filed this story from the frontline:

The carcass of a dehorned rhino poached close to the Corridor Road, a tarred public road that runs through the centre of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Source: Supplied

Kruger is much bigger and much closer to the porous border with Mozambique, but there just seems to be something special about the smaller Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park that makes it worth driving an extra 400 500km for regular moonlight poaching expeditions.

...

07:13

Italian scientist brings pasta power climate adaptation solution to West Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Heat tolerant durum wheat discovery can help eradicate poverty Research wins international Food Security prize

06:09

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egypt Signs 2 Agreements With Kuwaiti Fund Worth $57 Million to Finance North Sinai Development Projects
Ahram Online
Monday 20 Nov 2017

The agreements will fund water infrastructure and cultivated land development projects

Egypt's Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr signed two agreements worth 17.5 million Kuwaiti Dinars ($57 million) in Kuwait on Sunday with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) for development projects in North Sinai, according to a statement issued by the ministry on Monday.

The first agreement, worth 12.5 million Kuwaiti Dinars ($41 million), will fund sustainable water infrastructure projects in Al-Arish city.

The fund will help finance the governments $900 million three-year financing planned projects for the Sinai Development Programme, Nasr said.

The government has been financing the Sinai Development Programme through various funding agreements with the Saudi Fund for Development and other funds to establish water desalination plants and electricity projects, build schools and health units, and develop agricultural lands.

The second agreement signed on Sunday with the KFAED, worth 5 millionn Kuwaiti Dinars ($16.5 million), will finance a 400 thousand-feddan reclamation project in North Sinai. This fund would increase the area of cultivated land in North Sinai in order to offer job opportunities and establish a residential community as a way to achieve sustainable development.

This is in addition to helping farmers by facilitating the movement of their crops to markets, facilitating access of fertilizers and pesticides and increasing livestock, besides providing more than 5000 individuals with job opportunities and encouraging investments in the area, the statement read.

KFAED has so far provided $2.763 billion in financing to 44 projects in Egypt, in addition to $52 million in the form of 15 technical grants, according to Abdul-Wahab Al-Badr, director general of the KFAED.

On Monday, Nasr met with the Egyptian-Kuwaiti economic cooperation council to discuss the incentives offered to investors by the new investment law, including tax breaks of 50% on investments costs...

06:02

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egypt Parliament Approves 290 Mln Euro ERBD Loan to Upgrade National Railway System
Ahram Online
Monday 20 Nov 2017

Egypt's parliament approved on Sunday a financing program worth 290 million euros provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to pay for upgrades and fleet expansion of the country's national railway system, state-owned MENA news agency reported.

According to MENA, the program's approval was discussed by the House during its general assembly following a report presented by its transportation and economic affairs committees.

The deal, originally signed in June 2017, allocates the financing to Egyptian National Railways (ENR) to be used for the acquisition of up to 100 new diesel locomotives.

During Sunday's assembly, Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal said that "loans were the bitter medicine for the building up of the economy," adding that the agreement signed between Egypt and the EBRD was not as bitter as MPs initially perceived.

Egypt signed the deal with the European bank last June in an attempt to boost the ailing railway system.

Some 300 million Egyptian riders use trains annually. In the last two decades, mass-casualty train accidents became common in Egypt. Thousands of passengers have been killed or injured in fatal accidents caused by derailment of outdated carriages, fires due to poor industrial safeguards, malfunctions, or human error at manually operated signal-crossings. The government has also started to digitalise the archaic signal-crossing system, which has been the cause of many deadly collisions.

According to a statement by the EBRD, the bank will finance the acquisition of up to 100 new diesel locomotives under a supply-and-maintenance contract outsourced to the private sector in accordance with the EBRDs procurement policy.

The EBRD will also provide "technical assistance support to ENR to develop and implement a comprehensive freight reform programme and a commercialisation plan for the freight sector."

Egypt is a founding member of the EBRD and has been receiving funding since 2012, with the bank investing 2.3 billion euros in 47 projects in the country to date.

Egypt has recently signed various agreements...

06:00

Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Its remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us how things got so bad explains to us that, its a complicated story Continue reading "Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen?"

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06:00

BREAKING: Robert Mugabe resigns as President of Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwes parliament which is dominated by a ZANU-PF super-majority has begun impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe was expected to resign during a televised address on Sunday, but instead clung on to power after reading a speech which did not acknowledge the demands of ZANU-PF elite and the Zimbabwean army.

05:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egypt, Cyprus and Greece: Consolidating a Mediterranean Alliance
Dina Ezzat
Monday 20 Nov 2017

In Nicosia today President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will pursue a closer engagement with two of his best Mediterranean partners: Cyprus and Greece

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is expected to arrive Monday afternoon in Cyprus' capital Nicosia for talks with his counterpart Nicos Anastasiades.

During his visit to Egypts northern Mediterranean neighbour, El-Sisi is also expected to meet with Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister of Greece, considered in Egyptian diplomacy circles as one of the closest possible allies of Egypt in the European Union and in the Mediterranean zone.

The three leaders of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece were expected to hold a three-way summit to discuss their planned two-path cooperation: energy and security.

A top issue for the Egyptian president in Nicosia is the conclusion of a process to define maritime borders between Egypt and Greece. According to Egyptian and Greek sources, this process was launched a few years ago with firm support form both El-Sisi and Tsipras, who both wish to see this demarcation as a beginning for the full exploitation of the eastern Mediterranean's natural gas reserves.

We cannot be exploring the potential fields without reaching an agreement on the demarcation with Greece, explained an Egyptian official.

Egypt already reached a demarcation deal with Cyprus in 2004.

Iinformed European and Egyptian diplomats say that Cairo will go ahead with negotiating a three-way cooperation with an eye on two things: the first, to explore the potentially wide and generous natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean, and the second, to consider the construction of a gas pipeline to allow for potential gas finds to be imported to markets around the Mediterranean and across Europe.

This ambitious project is something that the three governments are hoping would allow for a significant economic advancement which they desire.

I guess one could say that there is a firm political will in the three capitals to move forward, but that the actual implementation requires the completion of the work...

05:58

Sayyed Nasrallah Slams Silence over Yemen Misery: Daeshs State Toppled with Albukamal Victory "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Zeinab Essa 20-11-2017 | 21:54 Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Monday a televised speech in which he tackled the latest political developments in the region and Lebanon. At the beginning of his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah condoled both the Iraqi and Iranian people over the victims who fell due to []

05:50

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nile Matter of Life or Death, Says Al-Sisi
November 21, 2017

CAIRO Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday that Egypts share of Nile water is a matter of life or death for his nation.

No one can touch Egypts share of Nile water, President al-Sisi said in a televised talk during the inauguration of the Middle Easts largest fish farm in Kafr El-Sheikh province, Delta. It is Al-Sisis first remarks on the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) since negotiations between Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia stalled over the project last week.

Last week, Egypts negotiations with Ethiopia and Sudan failed to approve an initial study on the effects of Ethiopias new dam on the downstream states.

The irrigation ministers of Ethiopia and Sudan did not approve the consultant companys introductory report of the studies despite Egypts initial approval, while asking for amendments that would affect the studies and make the report contentless.

President al-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn are scheduled to meet in Cairo next month to discuss the deadlock.

President al-Sisi noted that he understands the developmental goals behind the GERD, adding that the development for Ethiopia in this case is a matter of life and death for Egypt.

Egypt is worried about its annual share of 55,5 billion cubic metres of the Nile River water amid the GERDs rapid construction.

Egypts ties with Ethiopia have seen ups and downs since the latter started the dam project in April 2011 as Egypt has been suffering from turmoil following an uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

Xinhua.

05:42

Adeniran threatens to back out of PDP peace accord "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, has threatened to back out of the peace accord signed by aspirants to the National Chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Eight of the aspirants signed the peace pact last Tuesday, promising to abide by the outcome of the National Convention provided it was transparent, free and fair. But at the press conference yesterday by the Director General of Tunde Adeniran Campaign Organisation, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, the former minister alleged lopsidedness in the composition of the list of ad hoc committee to...

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04:45

LG poll: Police nab 54 party officials, members for electoral offences "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

as Osinbajo visits Kwara today The police in Kwara State have arrested no fewer than 54 officials and members of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) over alleged sundry electoral offences. One of those arrested was the Assistant Publicity Secretary, Femi Yusuf. They were arrested for their alleged involvement in electoral offences and for protesting against outcome of just concluded local government election in the state. Although the All Pro- gressives Congress (APC) won the 16 council areas in the election, the PDP won eight Councillor positions out of the available...

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04:33

Buhari: Im under pressure to establish national carrier "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that he is under immense pressure to establish a national carrier for the country. Speaking while receiving the President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Muyiwa Aliu, at the presidential villa, Abuja, President Buhari said his government will work with regulatory agencies in the aviation sector to make air travel safer throughout the country. He assured the visitors of the determination of his administration to speed up the improvement of infrastructure in Nigerias aviation sector. The President, who received three awards recently won by...

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04:27

Nasarawa spent N3bn on water schemes in 6 years "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nasarawa State Government said it has spent over N3 billion to construct and rehabilitate water supply schemes in the state in the last six years. Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Mr. Abdulkarim Kana, who declared this during a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lafia, the state capital, said that the amount was an indication of the state governments commitment to providing portable drinking water to the populace. According to Kana, the government had rehabilitated the Mada Water works, supplying water to over 30...

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04:24

Ortom to prosecute cartel behind over-bloated wage bill "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom yesterday vowed to prosecute those behind over-bloated wage bill in the state, which made it extremely difficult for his administration to pay workers salary. The governor who stated this while addressing a monthly stakeholders meeting at the Government House in Makurdi, where he said the current states wage bill stood at N7.8 billion, restating his administrations readiness to reduce it to N4.5 billion. While adding that going by the recent figure released by the National Bureau of Statistics, the state wasranked third in the federation...

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04:01

Overcoming Kubwa Hospitals new technology challenge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As Nigeria makes effort to be on the same page with other developed and developing economies of the world in deployment of Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools in the delivery of social services, some unforeseen challenges have emerged in the process. Migrating from the analogue to digital system is not just a global trend, but have become the most acceptable measure of  enhancing productivity, as certain human limitations are presumably  eliminated by deploying the right digital tools. The e-health system,  which entails the use of information and communications technologies in...

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03:56

Airlines seek improved intra-Africa air connectivity "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

23 states endorse full YD implementation Africas apex airline body, African Airline Association (AFRAA) has called on African Governments and stakeholders to enable airlines to improve intra-Africa connectivity by unlocking the barriers to connectivity. The 23 States that have signed up for the full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision towards the Single African Air Transport market were urged to follow through on their commitment in order to stimulate the development of inter-African air transport and the realization of aviations economic and social benefits. The Assembly also called upon States with...

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03:43

Army gets 137 new Generals "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian Army Council, has announced the promotion of 45 Brigadier Generals to the rank of Major General, while 92 Colonels were elevated to the rank of Brigadier General. The disclosure was made yesterday in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig.Gen. Sani Usman. A source, who spoke in confidence with New Telegraph last night, said the promotion could not have come at a better time, considering the fact that many senior officers recently retired from service, having clocked either the mandatory requirement of age or...

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03:43

New Telegraph Awardll compel me to do more Tambuwal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has added colours to the muchexpected New Telegraph Award coming up on Saturday. In his response to the award notification, the amiable governor, who dedicated the honour to the people of Sokoto State, said the recognition would spur his administration to do more in order to fulfil the promises made to the people. Tambuwal, who emerged Governor of the Year, in a letter addressed to the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of New Telegraph, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, said: This recognition is not to...

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03:43

Buhari to CJN: Probe of judges, not to intimidate judiciary "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that he is in support of the action of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen in designating special courts to try corrupt and financial crimes offences. The President further stated that the investigation of the judges at the beginning of the year was not, in any way, to intimidate or usurp the powers of the judiciary. Buhari spoke in Abuja while declaring open the 2017 All Nigeria Judges Conference organised by the National Judicial Institute (NJI). My lords, earlier this year, the...

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03:40

HYPREP rallies Ogoni communities for clean-up "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), has rallied people of oil impacted communities in Ogoniland, Kpean and Buan communities in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers state for the clean-up of the impacted areas. Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Dr. Marvin Dekil, who led his team at a sensitization programme, said in a statement that his agency had said is picking companies that would begin to demonstrate their technology for the cleaning up. HYPREP, which is the organisation responsible for the remediation process for Ogoniland, also disclosed that the demonstration by...

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03:38

FG confirms collapse of Ajaokuta concession "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ministry insists assets ownership intact The Federal Government has confirmed that the entire concessioning arrangement for the Ajaokuta Steel Complex has crumbled. Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, which stated this in a statement, also debunked media reports credited to the director of Global Steel Holdings Limited (GSHL), Dr. S.O. Nwanbuokei, that the protracted litigation surrounding the ownership of the Ajaokuta affects ownership structure of the Steel Complex. Dr. S. O. Nwanbuokei, an engineer, had earlier debunked a claim by the minister, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, that the protracted litigation surrounding...

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03:36

Dangote opens new cement Plant in Congo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dangote Cement will officially open its 1.5million metric tonnes per annum capacity Cement Plant in Congo on Thursday. Constructed at a conservative cost of $500 million, the Plant is expected to directly employ more than 1, 000 people as thousands of indirect jobs will also be created. The Plant, which is now the largest in Congo, rolled out its first bag of cement on the August 7. Currently in 17 African countries, the Congo Plant commissioning will bring the total of Dangote Cement fully operational Plants to 10 across Africa....

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03:13

Trump puts controversial decision allowing elephant trophy imports on hold "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Last week, the US Fish and Wildlife Service allowed elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported to the US, lifting a previous ban under former President Barack Obama.

03:04

BATR: Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran

The consequences of the failed American foreign policy in the Middle East has seldom been more vivid with the defeat of ISIS; the U.S. surrogate in the Syrian conflict. ISIS, a blended creation of the CIA and the Mossad was the inevitable result of sanctioning the murder of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. With the support of Russian involvement, Syria's President Bashar Hafez al-Assad was able to fend off the imperialist efforts of Israel to remove him from office and destroy his country. Defeating ISIS on the battlefield has never been the intention of the DC shadow government. The consistent policy under every US administration has been to protect the Zionist state above all else. Unfortunately, the Trump regime is no different and certainly does not follow a genuine America First foreign policy.

This background sets the stage for the next manipulation in the region. YeniSafak asks, What happened in the Mideast after Trump's Saudi visit? Their answer provides a list of developments.

May 20 - Trumps visit do Riyadh

June 5 Qatar crisis

June 21 New crown prince

July 30 Al-Sadr in Saudi Arabia

Sept. 25 Illegitimate referendum in the KRG

Oct. 12 Hamas and Fatah reconciliation

Oct. 13 Nuclear deal in Congress

Oct. 24 Saudi Arabia returns to moderate Islam

Nov. 2 Iran and al-Qaeda link in Bin Laden documents

Now the Daily Mail reports, Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son. The palace putsch against rival princes has a nice ring to justify their removal from influence has less to do with their corruption than a st...

02:30

Zimbabwe Parliament starts process to impeach Mugabe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe's parliament opened a session on Tuesday to discuss a motion on impeaching President Robert Mugabe who is clinging to power after 37 years in office.

01:59

Mugabes impeachment begins today "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwes ruling Zanu-PF party is set to begin impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe on charges that include allowing his wife to usurp constitutional power. The motion is now due to be presented to parliament today. Senior party member Paul Mangwana said the process could take as little as two days to complete, and President Mugabe could be removed by tomorrow. A deadline set by Zanu-PF for his resignation passed on Monday. Separately, military leaders said they had planned a roadmap for Mr Mugabes future, and that the ousted former...

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01:51

Ajimobi, others for agric seminar "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A two-day seminar on emerging opportunities in agriculture comes up in Ibadan on Tuesday, November 21 and Wednesday, 22. The event, a stakeholders forum with the theme, That Our Cup May be Full, which will feature livestock and crop farmers, food processors, finance and insurance, agricultural inputs, veterinary practitioners, research and product presentation, among others, is being organised by YAI Agricultural Concepts. According to Mr. Toye Fawole, the CEO of TF & Associates, event management consultants to the organisers, the governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, is being expected...

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01:31

We Shall Overspread "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

While there is a big debate in the US about the old monuments, Russia is erecting new ones. Starting with the eye sore of a Kalashnikov statue in Moscow that had a bit of a glitch of sporting a German rifle instead of the famous Russian export and finishing with a monument to manspreading aka Russian Emperor Alexander the Third in Crimeas Yalta. While manspreading is a great metaphor for the Crimea reunification, lets put aside the Ukrainian side of the issue and take a closer look at the schmock du jour.

Alexander the Third statue is seated somewhat uncomfortably on what looks like a pile of shit, with his hands on a sword and the words Russias only allies are its army and fleet engraved on the base of the monument. During the unveiling ceremony that was attended by President Putin, the emperor was lauded as the Peacemaker who

defended the interests of the country directly and openly, and this policy ensured the growth of Russias influence and increase of its authority in the world. The countrys industry was booming and dynamically developing. All the while, [Alexander the Third implemented a] labor legislation [that] was far more progressive than in many other countries at that time. Workers rights were protected, factories and plants were opened, new branches of industry were created, railway network was expanded []

At the same time, he believed that a strong, sovereign, independent state should rely not only on economic and military might, but also on traditions; that it is important for a great people to preserve their identity, and that progress is impossible without respect for their history, culture and spiritual values.

Lets review Alexander the Thirds record in more detail, shall we? Apart from his progressive labor legislation (that, for instance, allowed for a 12 hour working day, but limited 12-15-year-old kids working day to 8 hours), he is also infamous for introducing a bunch of less delightful legislation. One of the most notorious pieces is the so called cooks children circular that limited access to school and higher education for the children of coachmen, lackeys, cooks, laundresses, small shopkeepers and similar people who were not supposed to aspire to achieve secondary and higher education. Revolutionary activity in Tsarist Russia, including the group that planned and executed the assassination of Tsar Alexander the Second, was seen as a direct consequence of too much education, the excess of which had to be dispensed with.

In general, Alexander the Third really loved Russian language an...

01:18

L'agro-cologie pour une bonne gouvernance foncire en Afrique "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

20 Nov 2017 | AfriqueJetLes participants la deuxime confrence sur le foncier en Afrique ont invit les gouvernements africains promouvoir l'agro-cologie pour une bonne gouvernance foncire sur le continent.

01:11

Abuja light rail to commence operation two months time Minister "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There are indications that the long awaited phase one of Abuja light rail system, will finally come on stream in two to three months from now. The take off of the system is expected to reduce the traffic congestion already being experienced in some parts of the nations capital. The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Mohammed Bello, who gave the hint when the management team of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation NTDC, led by its new Director General, Mr. Folorunsho Coker, visited him in Abuja, said the commencement...

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01:02

PDP convention: Kashamu, George groups meet over SWest crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Leaders of the South- West Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, yesterday met behind closed doors with former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George, in Lagos, stating that attempts to sideline his group will contaminate the December 9 National Convention and render it a nullity. Ogundipe, who was accompanied by other members of his executive, including Chief Pegba Otemolu, Otunba Femi Carena, among others, disclosed this while reading the communiqu of the parley at a press conference that took place at the office of...

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01:02

Presidency: 5m pupils getting free meals in 19 states "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Presidency yesterday said that it was currently feeding over five million pupils in 28,249 schools across 19 states in the country. The pupils are being fed under the governments National Homegrown School Feeding (NHGSF) Programme. Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, in a statement, said that the states include Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Imo, Jigawa and Niger states. According to Akande, Kano and Katsina states are expected to...

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01:02

Winners emerge at essay competition "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The grand finale and award of prizes to the winners of the 2016/2017 edition of the Youth Tourism Connect national essay competition, held recently in Abuja. The project is an initiative of Desigo Tourism Development and Facility Management Company Limited. It is designed to engage the attention, ideas, talents, intelligent, creativity, innovation and energy of youths across Nigeria. The programme, which was designed to attract young Nigerians between the ages of 11-18 for junior category and 19-35 for senior category, commenced in October 2016. In the second category, Ogbaga Sunday...

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01:02

90,000 military retirees to undergo verification Board "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Military Board yesterday, said over 90, 000 retirees on its payroll, will undergo verification exercise, even as it enjoined those affected to avail themselves of the scheduled dates. The Boards Acting Director, Brig.Gen. Adekunle Adesope, who made the disclosure in Abuja, said centres had been designated across the 36 states of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for the purpose. He further disclosed that November 27, 30, December 1 and 3, have been scheduled for retirees in the ranks of Private and Lance Corporal (and equivalent), Corporal...

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01:01

NDE trains 600 youths under agric development scheme "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Determined to key into the Federal Government initiative programmes, the Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme, the National Directorate of Unemployment (NDE) has commenced the first batch training on agricultural development for 600 unemployed youths in the 19 Northern states of the country, including Kebbi State. The programme, which took place yesterday in Birnin Kebbi with the aim of empowering the youths in the country, according to NDE Director-General, Dr. Nasiru Ladan, selected the trainees from the 19 states in the north and the Federal Capital Territory, who would be exposed...

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01:00

World community has a collective responsibility to stop human trafficking, support victims "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Summary: UN Security Council 8111th Meeting (SC/13081), November 21, 2017 Secretary-General Antnio Guterres addresses the Security Council meeting on trafficking of persons in conflict situations. ANTNIO GUTERRES, SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations, said criminals and terrorists are capitalizing on, and perpetuating, the disorder and mayhem of conflict, funding their crimes by brutally preying on the...

01:00

Haiti: In the Face of an Illegitimate Government "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mara Torrellas Resmen Latinoamericano Interview with Henry Boisrolin, member of Haitian Democratic Committee MT: Haiti is now in a difficult situation because, while the UN occupation force MINUSTAH left the country, another one arrived. The country is indirectly ruled by the United States and private corporations and is going through a new intervention, whats your...

00:39

Trump helping Saudi regime killing millions of Yemenis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

7 November 2017

Something is going on inside Saudi politics and Trump is for it. John Iadarola and Jennifer Briney, the hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

The Trump administration has tied the United States to the impetuous young crown prince of Saudi Arabia and seems to be quite oblivious to the dangers. But they are growing every day.

Saudi Arabias King Salman and his favorite son, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, have broken with the traditional patterns of consensual politics in the royal family, and the results are likely to be a much less stable kingdom with increasingly impulsive and erratic policies.

A purge is now under way that includes imprisonment of top princes (albeit in a former luxury hotel), the confiscation of assets, and at least two mysterious deaths.

I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning, they know exactly what they are doing

Read more here.

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

US steps up aid to Saudi Arabias slaughter in Yemen

20 November 2017

Washington is initiating a series of new policies aimed at building up the military power of...

00:31

Trudeau Government's "Returning Terrorist Integration" "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

So, let me get this straight? The government of the day, which happens to be the Liberals, are all set to "provide the appropriate disengagement and reintegration" for those that joined ISIS/Daesh. Superficially (on the surface/externally or outwardly ) we're supposed to believe that ISIS are brutal killers, that had to be ruthlessly put down but - we're going to be real nice to them all.

This concept only makes sense when one realizes these persons and their families were employed as an irregular mercenary army. Hired to destroy, destabilize and kill on behalf of Canada, as full participants, in a larger political agenda. Known as remake the middle east and north africa. Yah, that same agenda I've talked about for years now.

Accept reality boys and girls. Our government employed brutal killers to destroy nations, displace people and redraw borders. And now they are going to bring them home!

CBC: Radio Canada International

Farah Mohammed Shirdon of Calgary was featured in a Daesh video burning his Canadian passport and declaring jihad on the west. He was apparently killed in Mosul in 2015

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00:26

NEPA AND THE WITCHES! STORIES BY SAM OKAFOR "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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23:46

Israel to deport 40,000 African asylum seekers without their consent, many to Rwanda "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Israel will begin deporting 20,000 African asylum seekers, mostly from Eritrea and the Sudan, to an unnamed third-party country without their consent, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday in a cabinet meeting. According to Israeli media the refugees will be sent to Rwanda, in return for which Israel will pay the African nation $5,000 per head. 

Using the term infiltrators to refer to Africans who crossed into Israel through the Sinai, Netanyahu said he had reached stage three of a plan to remove all asylum seekers.

Regarding infiltrators, we will discuss one of the aspects of this topic at the cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said. Our policy towards infiltrators is three staged: Stage one is halting. We built a fence and enacted laws that completely blocked the flow of infiltrators and today we have zero infiltrators. Second stage is removal. We removed approximately 20,000 out of the existing infiltrators using various measures. Stage three is increased removal.

The prime minister added that Israel will no longer require asylum seekers to sign a document authorizing their deportation, a controversial practice done in the past and known as voluntary deportation, in which Africans were sent to third-party countries Rwanda and Uganda. Refugee groups have alleged the deportations were coerced; the refugees faced imprisonment in Israel, or deportation.  

This removal is enabled thanks to an international agreement I achieved, which allows us to remove the 40,000 remaining infiltrators without their consent, Netanyahu continued. This is very important. It will enable us later to make the Holot facility unnecessary and to use part of the vast resources we allocate there for inspectors and increased removal. That is why we are succeeding here. But our goal is to continue removing significantly more then what we have until now.

Holot is a desert detention facility. At Holot asylum seekers may leave during the day, but must return by evening to be locked behind Holots gates. Under orders announced Sunday, the facility will be closed in the next three months. In the weeks leading up to the shut-down, the refugees say they believe they will be deported. 

For years we have been saying the Holot detention facility was not built for a proper purpose, it is meant to break the spirits of asylum seekers [and force us] to leave, said refugee organizer Mutasim Ali from Darfur on social media. Ali is the first and only Sudanese national who was granted asylum by Israel in a surprise move in 2016. Before receiving his protective status he resided in Holot prison for one year.

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23:30

Plague Warning: The Black Death In Madagascar Can Trigger POLIO "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

plague

A researcher is warning that the plague outbreak thats reached a crisis point in Madagascar could trigger polio. As aid workers are now only focused on the black death, polio has taken a backseat, and some health experts believe that that could be devastating.

Dr. Derek Gatherer from Lancaster University fears aid workers will be so focused on the medieval disease that they will forget nationwide efforts to prevent polio cases. It could derail the polio vaccine campaign, which would be a setback for eradication, he told The Daily Mail. If [the] Madagascan health service is bursting at its seam coping with plague, then getting the polio vaccine programme running to plan will be something of a challenge.

International aid workers are desperately battling to contain the crisis, which has prompted 10 nearby African countries to be placed on high alert by the World Health Organization. Nationwide polio campaigns have been in place in recently to immunize millions of children aged up to five years old against the condition, which can cause paralysis.

Professor Allen Cheng, an infectious disease expert at Monash University, warned of the dangers of the plague and said this years outbreak has been unusual because it is airborne. He wrote in a piece for The Conversation, in which he said: Its not possible to eradicate plague, as it is widespread in wildlife rodents outside the sphere of human influence. The plague, which is caused by the Yersina pestis bacteria, killed hundreds of millions of people in three devastating outbreaks, including the Plague of Justinian in the 6th century.

It is easily treated with antibiotics in the current global climate, however, experts are still concerned it will cause eternal havoc because it...

23:19

Mugabe calls cabinet meeting as impeachment begins "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Embattled Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. Photo AAP

Embattled Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. Photo AAP

Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe has called his cabinet for a meeting at his State House offices, the chief secretary to the president and cabinet says in a notice.

The meeting is called for Tuesday, the same day his ruling party members plan to impeach him.

This is the first time the ministers are set to meet for their routine weekly meeting with Mugabe since the military took power on Wednesday.

Cabinet meetings are usually held at Munhumutapa Building in the centre of town, but an armoured vehicle and armed soldiers are camped outside the offices.

Party begins Mugabe impeachment

Meanwhile, his ruling party says in a draft impeachment motion Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe is a source of instability, has shown disrespect for the rule of law and is to blame for an unprecedented economic tailspin over the past 15 years,.

The ZANU-PF party said it would discuss the 93-year-old leaders impeachment on Monday, after a noon deadline expired for him to resign after nearly four decades in power.

Impeachment could see Mugabe kicked out by a vote in parliament in under a day and would represent an ignominious end to the career of the Grand Old Man of African politics, who was once lauded across the continent as an anti-colonial hero.

ZANU-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke told Reuters the partys members of parliament were to meet at 11:30 AEDT (to start mapping out Mugabes impeachment.

On paper, the process is relatively long-winded, involving a joint sitting of the Senate and National Assembly, then a nine-member committee of senators, then another joint sitting to confirm his dismissal with a two-thirds majority.

However, constitutional experts said ZANU-PF had the numbers and could push it through in as little as 24 hours.

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23:16

Mission creep in darkest Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

https://orientalreview.org/2017/11/08/mission-creep-in-darkest-africa/

The British Empire, which at the end of the 19th century ruled one quarter of the earths land surface, is long gone. But its robust successor and heir, the United States, has set about enlarging it.

As I sought to explain in my last book American Raj How the US Rules the Muslim World, the US imperium exerts its power by controlling tame, compliant regimes around the world and their economies. They are called allies but, in fact, should be more accurately termed satrapies or vassal states. Many states are happy to be prosperous US vassals, others less so.

The US power system has successfully dominated much of the world, except of course for great powers China, Russia and India. Germany and much of Western Europe remains in thrall to post WWII US power. The same applies to Canada, Latin America, Australia, and parts of SE Asia.

...

23:08

Egypt is getting a new capital..courtesy of China "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

http://edition.cnn.com/style/article/egypt-new-capital/index.html
Egypts new capital city moved a step closer to reality with the announcement that Chinese developers will largely fund the megaproject.

The China Fortune Land Development Company (CFLD) agreed to provide $20 billion for the currently unnamed city, after a meeting between heads of the firm and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

This follows a previous commitment of $15 billion from another Chinese state-owned company, bringing the project close to its $45 billion budget requirements for phase I.

Plans for the new capital were first announced in March 2015. Government officials described the development as a solution to crowding, pollution and rising house prices in Cairo.

Cairo Capital is a momentous endeavor to build national spirit, foster consensus, provide for long-term sustainable growth, said the project website. (The) new city will create more places to live, work and visit.

The 700 square kilometer city to be constructed in the desert to the East of Cairo would become the new seat of government, and it is presented as a far grander vision than the current capital.
Proposals for the city include housing for five million people, over 1,000 mosques, smart villages, industrial zones, a 5,000-seat conference cente...

23:02

Genocide as a Strategy of War in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi terror-bombing, aided by US aerial bombardment by warplanes and drones, was orchestrated in Washington by the Obama administration, escalated by Trump.

War since March 2015 includes a suffocating land, sea and air blockade, preventing essentials to life in enough amounts reaching desperate Yemenis enduring the worlds severest humanitarian crisis, worsening daily, mostly ignored by Western media.

On November 16, a statement by Human Appeal, Adventist Development and Relief Agency International, ACTED, ZOA, INTERSOS, CARE, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Saferworld, Mercy Corps, Handicap International, Action Against Hunger USA, International Rescue Committee, Relief International, Save the Children, and Premiere Urgence Internationale explained outrage by the humanitarian community in Yemen.

Cruel, inhuman and illegal blockade prevents the entry of food, fuel, medicines and supplies, exposing millions of people to disease, starvation and death, the statement said amounting to a policy of genocide forced on defenseless Yemenis.

Over 20 million people desperately need humanitarian aid, seven million on the brink of starvation, 17 millions not knowing where their next meal is coming from.

The humanitarian community in Yemen calls on the Saudi-led coalition to immediately reopen all Yemeni ports to commercial and humanitarian cargo, without which millions of people are at risk of starvation and death, the statement said, adding:

Humanitarian flights to Sanaa must be allowed to resume immediately to ensure the movement of aid workers and the transport of relief cargo.

A same day...

22:51

Millions of child labourers and slaves "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

27 September 2017

Crossing the Mediterranean Sea, Haunted by Abuse in Libya

Almost 100,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Italy through Libya since the beginning of the year, according to UNHCR reports. Most are fleeing poverty and conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. But, in Libya theyre caught in an endless cycle of abuse, violence and exploitation. The majority reports being kidnapped, forced into labour or sold into slavery by street gangs, smugglers and militias that operate in the country.

UNHCR estimates that over 1.3 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance in Libya. UNHCR calls for unrestricted humanitarian access inside the country to ensure that international protection is given to refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable people.

By Trvon Austin:

Nearly 200 million are modern slaves or child laborers

20 November 2017

According to a report by the United Nations...

22:16

Yemen Quietly Slips Away, Much Like its Starving Children "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Michelle Shephard, November 19, 2017

From The Toronto Star

These are the stark facts, and the only simple ones, about the situation in Yemen: The country has suffered the worlds worst cholera outbreak in modern history and people do not have access to food.

Cholera is spread by contaminated water, which is all that is now available in many parts of the country. More than 2,000 have died. The World Health Organization estimates there will be a million cases by the end of the year.

The lack of food is now endemic. Food prices have soared, the economy has collapsed, and government employees havent been paid for nearly a year, which has forced more than 20 million Yemenis, or about 70 per cent of the population, to rely on aid.

This month, a Saudi-led military coalition stopped most of that aid from entering the country by blocking airports, ports and borders. Ostensibly the blockade was to halt the shipment of arms. But illegal smuggling routes ensure the flow of weapons, and it is food, medicine and fuel that are being held back.

The heads of three UN agencies World Food Program, UNICEF and the World Health Organization issued a joint statement Thursday saying seven million Yemenis, mainly children, are on the brink of famine.

Children who die of starvation do not cry; they are so weak they quietly slip away, their deaths often unnoticed at first in hospitals overwhelmed by patients.

Which is also an apt description for Yemens slow demise.

Its not about us we have no power to stop this war, says Sadeq Al-Ameen, an aid worker based in Yemens capital, about the countr...

22:09

US sanctions businesses linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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US Treasury Department says a network of individuals and companies counterfeited Yemeni bank notes for Irans Revolutionary Guard

21:09

Slave auctions in Libya - Disturbing video shows real life slave trade, humans being bought & sold in the open "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Footage from hidden cameras shows young refugees being auctioned off for as little as $400, after they were kidnapped from Libya and Niger. Refugees are being kidnapped from Libya and Niger, and sold in auctions for as little as $400, according to an investigative report that documented the abuse in war-torn Libya through hidden cameras that showed young men being lined up to be inspected for buyers, with auctioneers referring to them as "merchandise" and "big strong boys for farm work." It is highly likely that there are even more barbaric auctions held for females, and there have been widespread reports of this happening, but so far no footage has been collected of these crimes.

21:02

U.S. sanctions individuals, entities for Iran-linked counterfeiting "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday sanctioned a network of individuals and companies it said counterfeited Yemeni bank notes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars for Iran Revolutionary Guards Qods Force.

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The network circumvented European export restrictions in order to provide the counterfeiting supplies and equipment, according to a Treasury statement.

President Donald Trump last month declared Irans Revolutionary Guard a supporter of terrorism and authorized Treasury to impose tough sanctions limiting its access to goods and funding.

Republican Trump has been critical of the 2015 agreement his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, reached with Iran and said the United States must take stronger steps to ensure the country does not acquire nuclear weapons.

The counterfeiting scheme exposed the deep levels of deception that the Qods Force, a Revolutionary Guard unit carrying out missions outside the country, employs against companies in Europe, governments in the Gulf, and the rest of the world to support its destabilizing activities, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

According to Treasury, Pardavesh Tasvir Rayan Co.  is a printing operation controlled by businessman Reza Heidari and owned by Tejarat Almas Mobin Holding that procured equipment and materials to print counterfeit Yemeni rial bank notes.

Qods Force used the currency to support its activities.

Heidari used front companies and other methods to keep European suppliers in the dark about their ultimate customer. He coordinated with Mahmoud Seif, Tejarats managing director, on the logistics of procuring materials and moving them into Iran, Treasury said.

Treasury sanctioned both men and both companies, as well as ForEnt Technik GmbH, which Heidari owns, and Printing Trade Center GmbH for serving as front companies in the operation.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert, editing by G Crosse and Cynthia Osterman


20:40

Army gets 137 new Generals "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian Army Council, has announced the promotion of forty-five Brigadier Generals to the rank of Major General, while ninety-two Colonels were elevated to the rank of Brigadier General. The disclosure was made yesterday in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig.Gen. Sani Usman.  A source, who spoke in confidence with New Telegraph said the promotion could not have come at a better time, considering the fact that many senior officers recently retired from service, having clocked either the mandatory requirement of age or service. Usman...

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20:15

Skull unearthed in China could re-write our understanding of the 'out of Africa' theory of human evolution "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A skull found in China could re-write our entire understanding of human evolution. That's according to scientists who have examined the important, ancient head and say that it proves the existing theory of how humans came to be is wrong. Most anthropologists believe that our species came about in Africa around 200,000 years ago - and that one group left around 80,000 years later before spreading across the world. But instead of humans purely coming out of Africa, the new research suggests that important characteristics of humans actually developed in east Asia. In fact there might have been times of intense intermingling as those early humans in Asia moved out of and back into Africa, with no single event when modern humans came into being. That means that modern humans are made up of the DNA of ancestors from both Asia and Africa, if the researchers are correct.

20:04

Nasrallah denies Hezbollah has sent weapons to Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Hamas also rejected an Arab League motion that labelled Hezbollah as a terrorist group

19:57

Maina: Reps begin probe Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The House of Representatives is to commence a two-day investigate public hearing into the re-appearance and alleged reinstatement of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina into the Federal Civil Service. Also invited to appear before the Ad-hoc Committee chaired by Ali Madaki (APC-Kano) are: Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of Service of the Federation; Abdulrahman Dambazzau, Minister of Interior and Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice & Attorney General of the Federation (AGF). The probe was sequel to the resolution passed on the motion sponsored by...

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19:51

90,000 military retirees to undergo verification Board "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Military Board yesterday, said over 90, 000 retirees on its payroll, will undergo verification exercise, even as it enjoined those affected to avail themselves of the scheduled dates. The Boards Acting Director, Brig.Gen. Adekunle Adesope, who made the disclosure in Abuja, said centres have been designated across the 36 States of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for the purpose. He further disclosed that November 27, 30, December 1 and 3, have been scheduled for retirees in the ranks of Private and Lance Corporal (and equivalent),  Corporal and...

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19:41

ARAB LEAGUE SECRETARY-GENERAL: IRANIAN MISSILES ARE THREAT TO ALL ARAB CAPITALS "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On November 19, Arab League foreign ministers held a meeting in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, upon a request from Saudi Arabia to discuss Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah. During the meeting Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir criticized Iran and Hezbollah and accused Iran of suppling ballistic missiles that Yemens Houthis fired against Saudi Arabia. The []

19:38

W Bank Rating: CSO commends SEC DG over policy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A civil society group , the Rights Monitoring Group (RMG), has given a pass mark to the Director General of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Mounir Gwarzo, for his bold initiative policy that has restored confidence in the nations economy.  The groups president, Mr. Olufemi Aduwo, yesterday in Lagos at a media briefing on the outcome of the World Bank/IMF Boards of Governors Meetings held in Washington in October this year, said Gwarzo must be commended for the reforms and bold initiatives he has embarked upon, adding that the introduction of E-Dividend programme started by the DG was laudable as...

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19:34

Hamas rejects Arab League labelling Hezbollah terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFP

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GAZA City,  Palestinian Territories: Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas rejected on Monday an Arab League resolution labelling Lebanons Hezbollah a terrorist organisation.

In a statement the party said it rejects the description of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement as terrorist.

Instead, it added, Israels actions against Palestinians should be labelled terrorism.

It also called on Arab states to support the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people and urged them to work together to solve their differences through dialogue.

On Sunday Arab League members adopted a resolution saying they would hold the terrorist Lebanese Hezbollah responsible for supporting terrorism and terrorist organisations in Arab countries, with modern weapons and ballistic missiles.

The resolution came amid soaring tensions between regional arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, Shiite Hezbollahs backer.

Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia and Iran, the predominant Shiite power, have for decades stood on opposing sides of conflicts in the Middle East including in Syria and Yemen.

Despite being Sunni, Hamas has long been seen as an ally of Iran.

Hamas has fought three wars with Israel since 2008, while Hezbollah fought the Jewish state in 2006.


19:22

Why Is The US Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Ron Paul | November 20, 2017 Its remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us how things got so bad explains []

18:41

Why Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US Will Not Invade Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Members of the Arab League have met in Cairo at the behest of the Saudi regime, to discuss the supposed threat of Iran. The meeting featured all the crude, undiplomatic and nonfactual language about Iran that one has come to expect from American, Israeli and Saudi Arabian spokesmen.

Highlights from the meeting included a statement from the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir who stated,

We will not stand idly by in the face of Irans aggression.Showing leniency toward Iran will not leave any Arab capital safe from those ballistic missiles.

Iran created agents in the region, such as the Houthi and Hezbollah militias, in total disregard for all international principles.

These meritless statements are almost identical to that which is frequently said by the US White House and Tel Aviv. In this sense, there was nothing novel about the meeting. What was remarkable was how hastily the meeting was organized as if to demonstrate Saudis commitment to its clear and present danger narrative about Iran.

Furthermore, a statement was released at the Arab League meeting, saying that there are no immediate plans to go to war with Iran but that at the same time, such plans have not been ruled out.

To quickly sum-up just how ridiculous the statements made during the Arab League meeting were

1. Irans missile programme is perfectly legal and is not covered by the JCPOA. The UN has said this many times.

2. Iran is currently at war with zero nations while Saudi is at war with Yemen causing one of the largest humanitarian disasters in the 21st century. Saudi Arabia has also been exposed as a major source of terrorist sponsorship, including in Iraq, Syria, Libya and beyond.

3. Iran has come to the legal assistance of Syria and Iraq in fighting terrorist groups including ISIS and al-Qaeda, while Saudi Arabia has known links to ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Of course, for the states with an obscene anti-Iranian agenda, none of this has ever mattered.

What does matter to the rest of the world though is whether the threats from the Arab league, indicates a short and/or medium-term readiness for war against Iran?

The short answer is, they almost certainly do not.

The Arab League today is a shadow of its former self. With the Syrian Arab Republics membership suspended, Qatar facing a boycott from proponent members, Iraq having better relations with Iran than most Arab states and Lebanon being deprived of its Prime Minister due to Saudi political meddling, the Arab League is hardly a united body of strong nations. It has decli...

18:22

Operation Orchard: In 2007, Israeli Intelligence Misled the CIA on a Syrian Nuclear Strike "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

When Yousry Abushady studied the highly unusual May 2008 CIA video on a Syrian nuclear reactor that was allegedly under construction when Israeli jet destroyed it seven months earlier, the senior specialist on North Korean nuclear reactors on the International Atomic Energy Agencys staff knew that something was very wrong.

Abushady quickly determined that the CIA had been seriously misled by Israeli intelligence and immediately informed the two highest officials of the Vienna-based IAEA, Director General Mohamed ElBaradei and Deputy Director for Safeguards, Olli Heinonen, that the CIAs conclusions were not consistent with the most basic technical requirements for such a reactor.

But it did not take long for Abushady to realize that the top IAEA officials were not interested in drawing on his expertise in regard to the alleged Syrian reactor. In fact, the IAEA cited nonexistent evidence linking the site to a Syrian nuclear program while covering up real evidence that would have clearly refuted such a claim, according to Abushady and other former senior IAEA officials.

When Abudhsady met with Heinonen to discuss his analysis of the CIAs case in May 2008, Abushady asked to be included on the team for the anticipated inspection of the al-Kibar site because of his unique knowledge of that type reactor.

But Heinonen refused his request, citing an unwritten IAEA rule that inspectors are not allowed to carry out inspections in their countries of origin. Abushady objected, pointing out that he is Egyptian, not Syrian, to which Heinonen responded, But you are an Arab and a Muslim! according to Abushady. Heinonen declined a request for his comment on Abushadys account of the conversation.

 

A Curious Inspection

Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Olli Heinonen, listens to a question during a joint press conference with a top Iranian nuclear negotiator, Javad Vaeedi in Tehran, Iran, Aug. 21, 2007. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Olli Heinonen, listens...

18:20

Lebanese President Vows To Resist Israel By All Available Means "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

BY REUTERS
 NOVEMBER 20, 2017 15:32

Lebanese President Aoun claims that it is Lebanons right to resist Israel.

Michel Aoun

Michel Aoun. (photo credit:REUTERS)BEIRUT The Lebanese president appeared to defend Hezbollah as necessary to resist Israel on Monday, after an Arab League statement accused the group of terrorism and noted it is part of Lebanons coalition government.

Israeli targeting still continues and it is the right of the Lebanese to resist it and foil its plans by all available means, President Michel Aouns office quoted him as saying in a Tweet.

The heavily armed Shiite Muslim Hezbollah, formed by Irans Revolutionary Guards, fought Israels occupation of Lebanon in the early 1980s and says its weapons are still needed against Israel.

Saudi Arabia, a regional rival of Iran, opposes Hezbollahs role as a military force in Syria and has accused it of helping the Houthi group in Yemen and militants in Bahrain.

The Arab League met on Sunday to discuss what it called Iranian interference in Arab countries, and accused Tehrans ally Hezbollah of terrorism.

Aoun said that Lebanon could not accept suggestions that its government was a partner in acts of terrorism, another T...

18:02

Benjamin Fulford Report (Excerpt): "Khazarian Cabal Purge Accelerates" -- November 20, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Weekly Geo-political News and Analysis

Khazarian cabal purge accelerates: Marines storm CIA HQ; Over 2000 indicted in U.S.; Collapse of control grid in Europe

By Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society

2017-11-20



The purge of the satanic Khazarian cabal that turned the West evil is accelerating at an undeniable pace. Most importantly, Pentagon sources confirm multiple Internet reports that Marines stormed the CIA headquarters this past weekend. One of the aims was to shut down Operation Mockingbird, the CIA group that turned the mass media, as well as Google, Facebook, etc. into mass mind-control propaganda, say NSA sources.

The institutional heirs to the group that murdered President John F. Kennedy are also being rounded up, according to Pentagon sources. The Department of Justice and [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller are working overtime and may exceed 2000 sealed indictments, a Pentagon source says.

These moves, combined with the purge of all the Saudi royals and military who were linked to 9/11, as well as the removal of Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe and the imminent removal of Israeli satanist Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, leave no doubt that the long-awaited arrests and roundups of cabalists worldwide has begun.

The Rothschild/Saxe Gotha family group is also losing control over Europe. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel (Hitlers daughter) failed to form a new government. In France, a hundred legislators from Rothschild-slave President Emmanuel Macrons party have defected, as mass protests against this election-stealers rule break out all across the country. In England, Rothschild-slave Prime Minister Theresa May is also unpopular and expected to be removed soon.

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17:40

Saudi Arabias War on Yemen Is Killing 130 Children a Day & Other Bleak Statistics "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Saudi-led coalition is waging total war on Yemen in a bid to defeat the guerrilla group, the Houthis or the Helpers of God. The Houthis took power in Sanaa in fall of 2014 and consolidated it in early 2015. By March-April, Saudi Arabias Mohammad Bin Salman, now the crown prince, had ordered air strikes on the country that have continued to this day. These strikes have been indiscriminate, hitting schools, hospitals, apartment buildings and key civilian infrastructure like ports, bridges and roads. Any one of these strikes is a war crime. In the aggregate, they become crimes against humanity.

The Houthi gang is also guilty of war crimes, and of severe human rights violations and cannot be held blameless in the unfolding devastation of Yemen. But the Saudi-led war and the various forms of blockade Riyadh is imposing on Yemen are far worse. The Houthis are a radical group deriving from Zaydi tribes in Saadeh and other towns in rural north Yemen, who, as Shias, deeply resent Saudi proselytizing for hard-line Salafi Sunnism in Yemen.

Houthi leaders have vowed to overthrow the House of Saud and have tried to imitate the rhetorical style of Hezbollah in Lebanon. However, Houthis are a local indigenous protest movement in Yemen, and are not a proxy for Iran. Houthi weaponry is mostly American and Iran does not give them much money or other support. The Saudis try to blame Iran for the Houthi revolt in order to shift blame from their own aggressive policies.

These political considerations should not allow us to forget what is being done to Yemen children.

A child who was injured in Saudi Arabia's ongoing assault on Yemen is brought to a hospital by her father, in Taiz, Yemen, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The U.N. says at least 2,577 civilians were killed since the Saudi-led air campaign began in March, while 5,078 have been injured. (AP Photo/Abdulnasser Alseddik)

A child who was injured in Saudi Arabias ongoing assault on Yemen is brought to a hospital by her father, in Taiz, Yemen, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP/Abdulnasser Alseddik)

Save the Children writes:

Severe acute malnutrition is the most extreme and dangerous form of undernutrition. Symptoms include jutting ribs and loose skin...

17:38

FLASH: Mugabe Refuses to Play Ball in Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 

Summary

The Zimbabwe coup has been a peculiar one from the onset. First the military seized parts of Harare, insisting that it wasnt staging a coup but rather was targeting criminals, one of which happened to be sitting president Robert Mugabe who was subsequently placed under house arrest. Then this weekend events took another turn for the bizarre when Mugabe was allowed to address the nation under the assumption he would step down and end his 37-year reign with dignity. Of course he didnt, instead doubling down on his constitutional authority over the troops that had turned their guns on him. Now the deadline for Mugabe to resign has passed, and impeachment proceedings will be initiated by the ruling Zanu-PF party, supported by the opposition MDC-T.

Mugabes unwillingness to play ball with the coup plotters is not terribly surprising given the defiance that characterized his leadership style. However, his gambit will surely reverberate as Zimbabwe heads into the unknown of the post-Mugabe era.

 

 

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17:30

How Women Shape Coups "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In Zimbabwe, as in all coups, much behind-the-scenes plotting continues to take place in the aftermath of the military's overthrow of President Robert Mugabe. But who the eventual winners and losers are may depend, among other things, on the gender of the plotters.

17:27

Steve Beckow -- History Unfolding "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

History Unfolding

November 20, 2017

Source: Golden Age of Gaia | By Steve Beckow



The rumors are flying fast and thick.

Critical, historic events are unfolding before our eyes.

Important officials in two influential states have fallen Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.

Exposes are happening right and left.

Heaven knows how many more world leaders will fall. I read an article yesterday saying that many African dictators are looking into alternate arrangements.

Its as if the world has arisen in protest or dictators fear that it will. Will they be next, to follow Mugabe?

Jared Rand said in a conference call Sunday evening that tens of thousands are being arrested in the U.S. Things are going on around the country at breakneck speed. He confirmed the rumor that the very FEMA camps intended to be used to house intellectuals and dissidents are being used to house cabal members.

My predictions? Watch for the drug cartels to fall after the snakes head, the CIA, is removed (rumors have the Marines already there). All genuine terrorists, most of all our own state terrorists behind all our false-flag operations like 9/11 and Las Vegas will be removed.

All corrupt figures in every government institution. The same in the military, Veterans Administration, churches, universities. Prisoners unlawfully convicted will be released. Prisons for profit will be closed. Unfair and unconstitutional legislation will be rescinded.

Anyone who will not stop preying on humanity will be removed. I know that the White Hats,...

17:24

Gunmen kill village head in Plateau "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Plateau State Police Command on Monday confirmed that gunmen have killed the village head of Tarangol community, Amos Marit. Tarangol community is in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State. The commands spokesperson, Terna Tyopev, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos that Marit, 57, was shot in the back. Tyopev said the killing was reported by two men, Enoch Michael and Christopher Marit, both of Fokkos Village in Bokkos. He said: Yesterday at about 8pm, one Enoch Michael and Christopher Marit reported at our Bokkos Division that...

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17:20

Trumps New Targeting Rules Pave the Way for Escalating the US War in Somalia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Last weeks US air operation in Somalia took the total number of strikes carried out in 2017 to a record 29, raising the possibility of an expansion in military operations outside of conventional battlefields under President Donald Trump.

Trumps predecessor Barack Obama had already escalated strikes in Somalia to 14 a year, reflecting the growing number of attacks by al Shabaab insurgents.

However, since Trump came to office the rate of drone strikes in the East African country has doubled. This partly reflects new rules introduced by the Trump administration in March 2017 which exempted swathes of Somalia from restrictions on targeting procedures introduced by Obama in response to concerns about civilian casualties.

In 2013, Obama brought in measures that meant that strikes in areas that were not active warzones places like Pakistan and Yemen had to go through an elaborate sign-off process with the White House.

The Trump administration effectively side-stepped the restrictions by declaring parts of Somalia and Yemen to be areas of active hostilities.

This does not necessarily mean that Obama-era measures designed to protect civilians from harm have been thrown out of the window.

General Thomas Waldhauser, the man in charge of US military operations throughout Africa, told journalists at the time that though he now had leeway to order strikes without clearing it with the White House, he would be retaining the criteria introduced by Obama that a strike could only happen if there was a near-certainty that no civilians would be harmed.

Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed seen here with commander US Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser earlier this year via Africom

Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed seen here with commander US Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser earlier this year. (Africom)

But the change of rules does seem to have paved the way for greater US military activity in Somalia, the consequences of which are unclear.

The USs counterterrorism activities in Africa have traditionally been a fraction of those in other parts of the world. Even the record number of strikes launched in Somalia this year amounts to less than a quarter of the number to hit Yemen.

But the USs involvement appears to be gradually deepening, and not just through air strikes.

The US h...

17:17

BREAKING: Boko Haram behead Six Farmers in Borno "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Islamic Boko Haram group has beheaded six farmers at Dimge plantation in the Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.   The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the killing is the latest in a string of attacks in the violence wracked North-East, where more than 20,000 people have been killed in nine years of insurgency.   The killing occurred on November 19, while the farmers worked on their farms in the plantation, an eyewitness, Jiddah Ahmad, told a NAN correspondent in Jere town, near Maiduguri on Monday. Ahmad...

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17:13

Daily Digest 11/20 - Germanys Preliminary Coalition Talks Collapse, The Wireless Power Grid "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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17:00

Zimbabwe: Coups and Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Stratfor As most of the world focuses on the political impact of Zimbabwe's coup, a select group of analysts and technology watchers is scrutinizing the effects of the government upset on cryptocurrencies in developing...

16:53

Opinion: Rt Hon. Najeem Salaam: The Peaceful Star "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It is a known truism that one cannot be gifted and not be needed. The appellation of State of Osun as the Land of Virtue has been accentuated close to three decades by a few personalities whose shrewd contributions to nation building have been felt within and outside the State. More than five decades ago, the breeze of thoughts kissed the scholars of Ejigbo to name the new born Najeem Salaam, literally the Peaceful Star. Perhaps those scholars must have had a rendezvous with their colleagues in the Arabian Peninsula...

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16:48

While Saudi Arabia discusses Iran and Hezbollah in Cairo, its plans for Lebanon are backfiring "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

MEMO | November 20, 2017 Saudi Arabia has called a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo to discuss Irans disruptive politics in the region. This comes after the rather flimsy resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who announced that he was stepping down when he was in Riyadh, not Beirut. Whats more, Yemeni []

16:48

Anambra election: Ifeanyi Ubah speaks on outcome, hails Buhari "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas, Ifeanyi Ubah, has commended the conduct of the Anambra governorship election. He also hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for not interfering in the exercise. Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas, Ifeanyi Ubah, has commended the conduct of the Anambra governorship election. He also hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for not interfering in the exercise. Ubah further commended Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies for ensuring a peaceful election. The business mogul, in a statement he personally signed, said the nations leader in particular, deserves...

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16:00

Israel Stand With Saudi Arabia On Intensifying the Struggle Against Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Israel is happy to let Riyadh lead the anti-Iranian alliance, but not so happy to pay the political price of real cooperation

By Zvi Barel

Opinion

Haaretz
Nov 20, 2017 8:09 AM

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Credit Fayez Nureldine/ AFP

Israel has no better ally than Saudi Arabia. It fights Hezbollah and overthrew the Lebanese prime minister who had lived in peace with that organization for a year. There is no other country in the world, including the United States, that acts with such resolve against Iran. Saudi Arabia even went to war in Yemen, not for the Yemenis, who as far as Riyadh is concerned could die of starvation, but to block Irans influence.

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Saudi Arabia has warned Hamas against renewing its ties with Tehran and is pressing Washington to come out of its coma and act against the Iranian threat. It seems as if Saudi Arabia would be happy to have Israel join the Sunni axis. Good for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who dared to get rid of several ministers in his battle against corruption and isnt afraid to confront the Saudi religious oligarchy.

Saudi Arabia is the dream of the Jewish state. Its behavior toward Iran makes mincemeat out of the axiom behind Israels security strategy, namely that all Arab states seek to destroy it, but in return Saudi Arabia reinforces Irans status as the ultimate enemy.

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One might expect that such an alliance with an Arab power that sees eye-to-eye with Israel regarding its greatest enemy would demand some serious consideration of Saudi interests in the Israeli-Palestinian arena; for example, to revive the Saudi peace initiative, which calls for Arab normalization with Israel in return for withdrawing from the territories. No harm would be done if Israel made a gesture toward the kingdom and offered to begin negotiating with the Palestinians on the basis of that initiative, and even invite Riyadh to mediate.

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It wouldnt be unreasonable to try to form an Arab coalition made up of Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia for this purpose. After all, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu never fails to boast of the quality of the relations that he (of course, he) has managed to develop with Arab countries, even those that have no peace treaty with Israel. The alliance with Egypt is working well along the southern border and there is quiet and excellent cooperation with Jordan, while the UAE has recently become a silent partner. On the face of it, there could be no better combination of forces for the State of Isra...

15:47

Why Do Civilians Become Combatants In Wars Against America? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Nicolas J S Davies, November 20, 2017

Sixteen years into our seemingly endless state of war since September 11th, a significant body of research is finally emerging to clarify who exactly U.S. forces are fighting in their ever-expanding war zones, and what drives civilians to join armed groups like the Taliban, Al Qaeda and Islamic State.

We have been told that U.S. forces are fighting them there so that we dont have to fight them here. But researchers are learning that, like the Iraqis who rose up to resist the illegal U.S. invasion and occupation of their country, most of the people joining armed groups across the Middle East and Africa are only fighting at all because U.S. and allied forces are fighting them there, in their countries, cities, villages and homes.

In 2015, the Center for Civilians in Conflict published the results of interviews with 250 people who joined armed groups in Bosnia, Somalia, Gaza and Libya in a report titled, The Peoples Perspective: Civilian Involvement in Armed Conflict. One of its main findings was that, The most common motivation for involvement, described by interviewees in all four case studies, was the protection of self or family.

Also in 2015, Lydia Wilson, a researcher from Oxford University, was allowed to interview a number of captured Islamic State fighters in Kirkuk, Iraq.  It was hard for Wilson to find captured Islamic State fighters to interview, because Kurdish and U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces summarily execute Islamic State fighters that they capture. But the police in Kirkuk were holding prisoners and trying them in court,...

15:44

Iran slams Arab League statement against Iran as Saudi propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Iran says a statement by Arab League foreign ministers, which condemned the country and Hezbollah, is "full of lies" and the product of Saudi "pressure and propaganda." The statement accused Tehran and the militia of destabilizing the region. The remarks by Iran come after its regional rival Saudi Arabia called on the Arab League to come up with a "non-compromise" solution to deal with Iran's "aggression" and "disregard for international law." The call was made during a specially summoned foreign-ministers meeting in Cairo, Egypt. In response to the Arab League's statement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi took aim at Saudi Arabia, calling on it to stop its "barbaric attacks" in Yemen. He also called on Riyadh to drop its boycott of Qatar, a country which has close ties to Tehran.

15:33

BREAKING: Police declare Burna Boy wanted for Armed Robbery "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Lagos State Police commissioner, Edgal Imohimi, has declared Hip hop Singer Burna Boy wanted and publicly called on him to report to the Police Station for questioning in connection with the robbery attack of fellow singer, Mr 2kay at Eko Hotel.   According to the Police commissioner, 4 armed robbers carried out the attack and detectives were able to arrest one of their girlfriends who is identified as Matejero which led to the capture of the others.   During interrogation, the robbers confessed that they were hired by Burna...

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15:02

New York Times publishes a fake quotation by Hassan Rouhani "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Look at this passage: "The Iranians themselves are clear about how they view the region: No decisive actions can be taken in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, North Africa and the Gulf region without Irans consent, Hassan Rouhani, Irans president, reportedly boasted last month. "  You know where the source takes you? To an article by former news director for Hariri media, who published it in a Saudi regime newspaper.  This distortion of Rouhani statement was first cooked by Saudi regime media and then adopted and circulated by all loyal pro-Saudi regime media propagandists in the region.  Actually, what Rouhani (who I detest) actually said was: no decisive decisions can be taken without taking Iranian stance into consideration.  But, hey: propaganda trumps news and facts.

14:53

Zarif: Saudi Arabia accusing Iran of destabilization is ironic, Tehran engages in peace process while Riyadh 'fuels terrorists, wages war and foments crisis' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Iran's foreign minister has said Saudi Arabia accusing Tehran of "destabilization" can only be described as "ironic," as his nation is involved in successful talks on the Syrian peace process, while the Saudis are provoking new regional crises. Tehran has been working with international partners, such as Russia and Turkey, to ensure ceasefire in Syria and pave the way for further political processes there, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javad Zarif, said on Sunday. At the same time, Riyadh "fuels terrorists, wages war on Yemen, blockades Qatar [and] foments crisis in Lebanon," Zarif wrote on Twitter.

14:50

Tambuwal mourns Shehu Shagaris VP, Ekwueme "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor Tambuwal has described former Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme, who died Monday morning at a London hospital, as a true statesman whose selfless and meritorious service to God, country and humanity was felt by all. In a message of condolence issued in Sokoto by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal said the Ekwueme was a distinguished legal luminary, exemplary politician and a great community leader. For us in Sokoto, Dr. Ekwuemes death comes with extra pain because he was Vice President to one of our distinguished sons, Turakin Sokoto, Alhaji Shehu...

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14:36

David Van Reybrouck: Europa heeft een nieuwe kolonie (ze heet Europa) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Europa heeft een nieuwe kolonie (ze heet Europa)

Historische parallellen trekken, is niet zonder risico. Tenzij we de blik verruimen. Om het succes van populisme te duiden, hebben we meer ter beschikking dan de jaren 30 en hoeft de wereld niet op te houden bij de grenzen van Europa. Grasduinend in het koloniale verleden vallen David Van Reybrouck zaken op met een hedendaagse echo.

14:28

Palestinian factions head to Cairo for reconciliation talks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Palestinians wave yellow Fatah movement flags during a rally marking the 13th anniversary of the death of Fatah founder and Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat, in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Leaders of various Palestinian factions headed for the Egyptian capital Cairo on Monday ahead of talks aimed at moving forward with a reconciliation agreement.
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Senior figures from 13 different political factions including Gazas rulers Hamas and the West Bank-based Fatah are due to meet on Tuesday for three-day talks, with potential topics of discussion including the formation of a new unity government.
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Under an Egypt-brokered agreement reached last month, the Islamist Hamas is supposed to hand over civil control of Gaza to the Fatah-led national government on December 1.
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A source at the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt told AFP that representatives from various factions including Hamas had crossed over on Monday morning.
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The aim of the meeting is to incorporate all the factions as partners and not just spectators as the page of division is folded for the last time, Azzam Al-Ahmed, who heads the Fatah delegation, said in a statement.
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The Hamas delegation will be headed by deputy leader Salah Al-Aruri and its Gaza head Yahya Sinwar.
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Neither Fatah leader Mahmud Abbas nor Hamas chief Ismail Haniya will attend.......

14:15

How APC tried to rig the Anambra election. By Aic Akwarandu. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

APC tried to use President Buharis influence to win election. It all manifested when they redeployed Obianos security details days More

14:15

'Slaughterbots' documentary commissioned by college professors shows horrors of drones (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In 'Slaughterbots,' autonomous drones use artificial intelligence to decide who to kill. The short film was commissioned by college professors and researchers to warn the public of the dangers of autonomous weapons. The trailer: Comment: The college professors had good reason to commission this documentary considering the mass murder committed by US administrations and the potential for their use on American soil: 'I watch him bleed out:' Drone operator who helped kill 1,626 targets reveals trauma of watching them die on a computer screen Obama has ordered 1000% more drone attacks than Bush US deep state justifies military presence in Horn of Africa with increased drone strikes in Somalia - Trump powerless to stop it Drones over America: Infrastructure of US Police State Former drone operators say they were horrified by cruelty of assassination program The new face of American serial killers: drone operators

14:09

Saudi Game of Thrones Sends Chill Through Neighboring Markets "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Crown Princes crackdown has barely impacted Saudi assets, but has amplified troubles in Qatar and Bahrain

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Political upheaval in Saudi Arabia has sent shares, currencies and bonds in the Middle East lowerbut not in the kingdom itself.

Riyadhs internal crackdown and escalating tensions with Iran have barely impacted domestic markets, but have amplified troubles in smaller neighbors like Qatar and Bahrain.

Saudi Arabian markets have likely been cushioned by state-led buying, no disruption to the massive oil industry and hopes of financial reform. While Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans consolidation of power may add uncertainty, it could also further a program of economic reforms that includes the privatization of state assets and opening markets to foreign investors.

Reform-minded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending a meeting on Tuesday in Riyadh.Photo: fayez nureldine/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

On Monday, Standard & Poors held the kingdoms credit ratings stable, saying structural reforms could empower Saudi citizens and make Saudi Arabia more attractive to investors.

Saudi Arabias resilience follows a 2017 global trend in which geopolitical concerns have failed to make a lasting impact on bigger markets, as investors avoid trying to price in major events.

Saudi markets are less likely to react to domestic political ructions than the kingdoms neighbors, according to Emad Mostaque, co-chief investment officer of Capricorn Fund Managers, an emerging market-focused hedge fund...

14:09

IF APC HAD WON. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

*Chinedu Agu* If APC had won, the traditional institutions in Anambra State would have been turned into a laughing More

13:59

BREAKING: Mugabe agrees to step down, demands immunity for e And Wife "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has agreed to stand down after 37 years in power, CNN reported on Monday, after he avoided any mention of resignation in a rambling national address on Sunday night. A resignation letter has now been drafted, CNN said, citing sources familiar with his negotiations with the generals, who seized power in Harare last week. Under the terms of the deal, Mugabe and his wife Grace would be granted full immunity, CNN said. Pressure was now mounting from all sides on the 93-year-old, the only leader Zimbabwe...

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13:23

10-year-old boy found dead after crocodile attack in Malawi; 2nd such incident locally in 3 months "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The body of a 10-year-old boy who was attacked by a crocodile was discovered in the Southern African country of Malawi on Saturday, police said. Owen Sanudi was attacked by the reptile while he was swimming with friends in the Shire River, which passes through Liwonde National Park, police spokesman Davie Sulumba said. "The deceased was attacked by a hungry crocodile and he drowned in the river," said Sulumba. "Post-mortem results from Machinga District Hospital proved that the death was due to loss of blood and suffocation." The incident was the second death caused by a crocodile in the district within three months, a situation linked to lack of prey for the crocodiles, Sulumba told the German Press Agency (DPA). Reports have suggested that Malawi's decision to join the International Convention on Endangered Species (CITES), which limits the culling of crocodiles, has led to a rise in their numbers. Source: DPA

13:06

Kenya Supreme Court upholds re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenya's Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed the petitions challenging the validity of the 26 October presidential election.

12:46

France to take refugees rescued from Libya who need protection "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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France will be the first to welcome African refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger by the United Nations refugee agency, French officials announced Monday.

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After experiencing appalling living conditions at camps in the north African country, the refugees were taken to Niger on November 11 by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where they have been looked after.

The 25 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Sudanese including 15 women and four children should reach France at the latest in January, the interior ministry said.

Libya has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to reach Europe, and many of them have fallen prey to serious abuse at the hands of traffickers and others.

US television network CNN aired footage last week of an apparent live auction where black men are presented to buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400 (340 euros).

And the European Unions policy of helping Libyan authorities intercept migrants crossing the Mediterranean and returning them to horrific detention has been branded inhuman by UN human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein.

Pascal Brice, the director general of OFPRA (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) told AFP that France will take in the migrants following a visit to Nigers capital Niamey.

He said the migrants who were selected because they need protection will be given refugee status very quickly when they arriv...

12:39

Perspective: The meaning of Governor Obianos reelection. By Chuks Iloegbunam "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Anyone asked the impact of Governor Obianos victory in the November 18 gubernatorial ballot in Anambra State could answer with More

12:33

Anambra Election: APC Blasts its Southeast Leaders. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The leadership of APC Youths Renaissance deeply regrets the abysmal performance of our party in the just concluded Anambra State More

12:20

Why Nigerian Fulani wont accept ranching Miyetti-Allah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Fulani in Nigeria have said they will not accept cattle ranching because the countrys geographical location was not suitable More

12:15

The Cabal Doesnt Care About Law, Agenda Pushed Forward (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Cabal Doesnt Care About Law, Agenda Pushed Forward Video X22 Report The Senate is pushing to continue the spying on the American public. Mugabe is stepping down as President of Zimbabwe. US officials are meeting in Libya and...

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12:05

MUGABES ZIMBABWE AND OKOROCHAS IMO STATE. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as More

12:02

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ANAMBRA PDP? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Some people said imposition cost PDP in Anambra State but I laughed. How? How can? PDP has not won APGA More

11:44

WHAT MAKES APGA WIN AND MAY CONTINUE TO WIN IN ANAMBRA "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

If you know Anambra very well, you will understand that no candidate produced by either APC or PDP would have More

11:33

Saudi Arabia Seeking Support To Deal With Irans Aggression "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi Arabia urged fellow Arab League nations to find a solution to deal with Iranian aggression during an emergency foreign ministers meeting in Egypt. The Arab League meeting was held at the request of Saudi [...]

11:02

Even the Arab World Says Hezbollah Are Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hezbollah displays an Iranian-made Fajr 5 missile at a military parade in southern Lebanon, close to the Israeli border.Hezbollah displays an Iranian-made Fajr 5 missile at a military parade in southern Lebanon, close to the Israeli border. (Photo: MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

In an emergency meeting of the Arab League called by Saudi Arabia, all the the foreign ministers attending declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization. A final resolution of the meeting also condemned Irans interference in the Middle East, saying that the Islamic Republic sought to destabilize the region.

All countries in the league sent representatives with the exception of Lebanon and Iraq. A previous vote by the Arab League held at a meeting in March of 2016 also declared Hezbollah a terror group. However, at that meeting, the foreign ministers of Lebanon and Iraq were in attendance. They did not support the declaration but rather expressed reservations about it.

Iran finances and backs Hezbollah, which was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1997.

The meeting, which was held in Cairo, was called after Iran fired a ballistic missile from Yemen into Saudi Arabias capital city Riyadh on November 4.  Although the ministers stopped short of declaring war on Iran, they did say that the missile firing was an act of war against Saudi Arabia.

The ministers also discussed the possibility of taking their case to the United Nations Security Council.

Speaking at the meeting, Bahrains foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, said that Lebanon is under the to...

10:15

Op-Ed: Yemen Proves The Economy Of Death Is Bi-Partisan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Op-Ed: Yemen Proves The Economy Of Death Is Bi-Partisan by Elizabeth Vos  DisObedient Media The ongoing genocide taking place in Yemen has finally provoked significant press attention in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, the media flurry was too late for the...

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10:08

Zimbabwe: Mugabe On Deadline To Resign or Face Impeachment and An Undignified End "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Longtime President Robert Mugabe faced a midday deadline set by the ruling party to resign or face impeachment proceedings, while Zimbabweans stunned by his lack of resignation during a national address vowed more protests to make him leave.

Arrogant Mugabe disregards Zanu PF, one newspaper headline said.

Opposition activists and the influential liberation war veterans association announced more demonstrations to pressure the 93-year-old Mugabe, the worlds oldest head of state, to step down after 37 year in power.

Your time is up, veterans association leader Chris Mutsvangwa told reporters.

He also suggested that the military, even though it put Mugabe under house arrest days ago, was still beholden to him and compelled to protect him because he is officially their commander in chief.

Zimbabweans were astonished that Mugabe, flanked by the military in his national address Sunday night, remained defiant.

The war veterans association will go to court to argue that Mugabe is derelict of his executive duty, Mutsvangwa said.

Some ruling party members said an impeachment process likely wouldnt lead to Mugabes immediate resignation and could take days to complete. Mugabe was stripped of his party leadership on Sunday by the Central Committee of the ruling ZANU-PF but said in his speech he would preside over a party congress next month.

The congress is expected to ratify his firing as party chief, the expulsion of the unpopular first lady and the naming of Mugabes recently fired deputy to succeed him.

Amid the confusion, some people in the capital, Harare, are now more cautious about talking to reporters. That contrasts with the jubilation and open condemnation of Mugabe over the weekend, when the...

10:02

Saudi Arabia seeks to ratchet up pressure against Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Arab foreign ministers have slammed Iranian interference in the Middle East. Arab states sought to present a united front as regional rivalries in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon heat up.

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Saudi Arabia and Arab allies on Sunday condemned Iranian interference across the region, singling out Tehrans support for Houthi rebels in Yemen and the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.

The extraordinary meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo comes as tensions between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran heats up, including over Yemen, Syria and Lebanon.

Arab diplomats drafted a resolution warning Iran against maintaining its current policy and pushed for a UN Security Council meeting in order to discuss threats posed by Iran.

We are not declaring war on Iran at this stage, Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said. We have not taken a decision to ask the Security Council to meet, but we are just briefing the council and maybe the next stage would be for us to meet and call for a Security Council meeting and submit a draft Arab resolution (against Iran).

Saudi Arabia called the meeting as part of its latest effort to ratchet up pressure against its Shiite rival after Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile at Riyadhs international airport earlier in the month.

Saudi Arabia has blamed Iran for helping the Houthis with developing ballistic missiles.

The Arab League resolution condemned the incident, saying it was a blatant aggression against the kingdom and a threat to Arab national security.

Tehran denies arming the Houthis and insists that the rebels produced the missile themselves.

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In addition to the attempted missile strike, which was repelled by Riyadhs anti-missile defense system, the draft resolution notes the alleged bombing of an oil pipeline in Bahrain as another example of Iranian efforts to undermine regional security.

But some of the sharpest Arab League criticism was dire....

09:39

How China helped depose dozing despot Robert Mugabe after flooding Zimbabwe with billions to build hospitals, schools and even the 35million Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Source: Daily Mail As he was driven back to his opulent palace in Harare on Tuesday, surrounded by bodyguards in military fatigues and wearing motorcycle helmets, Robert Mugabe had no reason to suspect that his 37-year rule was about to end. Having been in power since 1980, Mugabe not to mention Grace, his high-handed, []

09:37

New CDC Guidelines: 5 Year-Old Can Receive up to 19 Vaccinations in One Month "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Close-up of a little black African ethnicity boy getting a medical injection as a vaccination.

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On November 12, 2017, Neil Z. Miller made an online announcement that was guaranteed to shock thousands of parents worldwide. Read More

09:00

8 minutes that will make you leave Islam "IndyWatch Feed Africa"




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This resolves a serious question i had with the historic slave trade.  That must be defined best as  asking where are  the descendants of the fourteen centuries of African slaving?  This video resolves that issue.

It turns out that all men were castrated outright.  Worse, the dominant gender for the Arab trade were women who were all sold as concubines.    All pregnancies were ended by killing the new born.

It is thought that 11 million made it to the Americas to form their current populations.  At least twice as many were shipped into the Muslim world and no significant extent population exists.  In the same way, few white populations exist in the Arab world as well although white slaving was endemic until the eighteenth century.





08:53

Madagascar the need for food for a growing population eats away at forests "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mongabay

  • In Madagascar, farmers are cutting down forests and burning them to make way for rice cultivation.
  • The practice is traditional but now illegal because of the harm it causes to natural areas. Many species are already threatened with extinction due to forest loss.
  • With the countrys population expected to double by 2060, the pressure is likely to intensify.

SAVA REGION, Madagascar Squatting barefoot in a field of mud on the outskirts of Marojejy National Park, easing rice seedlings from the earth, Paul Tiozen shrugged out one of Madagascars most pressing conundrums: how to get more rice? He looked bitter.

Rice is the source of Malagasy life. Its so difficult to work the rice, because we need the shovel, and water to work it. I need more land. I have a big family, so I need more. What I want is half a hectare, he said.

Therein lies the catch. Madagascars population is about to boom. The International Futures center at the University of Denver estimates that by 2060 Madagascar will have close to 60 million people, up from 25.5 million today. And yet, only 1.2 million hectares of land are used for rice cultivation, a tiny proportion of the islands total size. To feed its people, agricultural productivity must rise.

Rice farmer Paul Tiozen says he needs half a hectare of land to grow enough rice for his family, more farmland than he currently has. Photo by Dan Ashby and Lucy Taylor for Mongabay.Rice farmer Paul Tiozen says he need...

08:49

The fight to save Africas vital peatlands "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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  • The presence of the worlds biggest tropical peatland was recently confirmed in Central Africa. It is the size of England and straddles the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo (ROC).
  • However, conservationists and scientists worry it may be at risk from logging and development. They caution its destruction could release vast amounts of carbon emissions. Others say the threats are overblown.
  • Conservation leaders and representatives gathered this week at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, say protections could exist through REDD+ projects that could give local communities management rights and provide financial incentives for leaving the peat forest intact.

BONN, Germany A few weeks ago, international scientists, government officials and forest advocates visiting a remote community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) confirmed the presence of one of the worlds largest and most important carbon sinks a vast and deep peatland the size of England.

Here at the 23rd United Nations Climate Summit, COP23, where European and African nations gave presentations over the past two weeks regarding the overlooked importance of peatlands for carbon sequestration, recent word of the huge finding on the border of DRC and the Republic of Congo made the rounds....

08:41

Around the MidEast in 40 Minutes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

During a recent visit to the Middle East, Clarions David Harris spoke to Israeli podcasters Alan Goldman and Michael Unterberg about the seismic changes in the region:

 

 

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08:32

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

China Paying Close Attention to Zimbabwe
November 18, 2017
Zimbabwe Herald

IN the wake of the intervention by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces into the affairs of Zanu-PF ostensibly to, in their own words, to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country which if not addressed may have resulted in violent conflict; there have been various theories and conspiracy theories as to what led to the intervention and those involved. Below we reproduce reactions from the Chinese government, which has been accused in some quarters of complicity.

Q: According to the website of Chinas Defence Ministry, General Constantine Guveya Chiwenga, Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, was in China last Friday. Did he inform China of his plan on military takeover? What is your comment?

A: Just like you said, the Defence Ministry already released information on the visit of General Chiwenga, Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. I can only tell you that his visit is a normal military exchange mutually agreed upon by China and Zimbabwe.

As for the details of his visit, I have little to share. If you need more information, I would refer you to the Defence Ministry.

Q: Sources said the former Vice President of Zimbabwe had fled to China. Can you confirm it and comment on the current situation in Zimbabwe?

A: As a friendly country to Zimbabwe, we are closely following the situation unfolding in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwes peace, stability and development serve the fundamental interests of the country itself and other regional countries. It is also the common wish of the international community. We hope that Zimbabwe could properly handle its internal affairs.

As for the whereabouts of the former Vice President of Zimbabwe, I can assure you that he is not in China.

Q: Zimbabwe is an important partner for Chinas Belt and Road Initiative on the African continent, and now it is in political turmoil. Will China adjust its investment risk assessment on Zimbabwe accordingly in light of the latest development?

A: I already gave my response to the situation in Zi...

08:24

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ZANU-PF Congress to Tackle Burning Issues-- President Mugabe Says in National Television Address
November 20, 2017
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mugabe shakes hands with Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander General Constantino Chiwenga  before addressing the nation in Harare yesterday. -Picture by Innocent Makawa

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter

President Mugabe has admitted that there is a crisis in the country and concerns raised by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and citizens relating to the state of the economy are genuine.

In a televised State of the Nation address at State House last night, President Mugabe said Zimbabwe would now chart a new path aimed at restoring normalcy in the country.

His address followed a meeting he held with military commanders yesterday that focused on several issues both at Government and party levels.

President Mugabe, who was flanked by the service chiefs, admitted that Zanu-PF was also facing challenges that required attention that would be dealt with at the forthcoming Extraordinary Congress that he said he would preside over.

As I address you, I am also aware of a whole range of concerns which have come from you all citizens of our great country, and who thus deserve our untrammelled attention, he said.

Todays meeting with the command element has underscored the need for us to collectively start processes that return our nation to normalcy, so all our people can go about their business unhindered, in an environment of perfect peace and security, assured that law and order obtain and prevail as before, and endure well into the future.

President Mugabe continued: Among the issues discussed is that relating to our economy which, as we all know, is going through a difficult patch. Of greater concern to our Commanders are the well-founded fears that the lack of unity and commonness of purpose in both party and Government was translating into perceptions of inattentiveness to the economy.

Open public spats between high-r...

08:14

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ZANU-PF Youth League Slams Uncultured First Lady
November 20, 2017
Herald Reporter

GRACE Mugabe lacked grooming and true motherhood as shown by her foul language during interface rallies, the Zanu-PF Youth League said yesterday. The wing also called for the expulsion of Dr Mugabe from Zanu-PF and for President Robert Mugabe to step down as President and First Secretary of the party and President of Zimbabwe.

It further resolved to expel Youth League secretary Kudzanai Chipanga, his deputy Mpehlabayo Malinga, its commissar, Innocent Hamandishe, secretary for finance Tongai Kasukuwere, the wings secretary for external affairs, Anastancia Ndhlovu, and deputy secretary for Administration, Xavier Kazizi.

Addressing a press conference at the Zanu-PF Headquarters in Harare yesterday, Youth League spokesperson Cde Yeukai Simbanegavi distanced the Youth League from the statement made by Cde Chipanga denouncing the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga.

We, as the progressive members of the Zanu-PF Youth League, who clearly understand the ethos and values of our liberation struggle, pledge our undivided solidarity and support to the ZDF for decisively dealing with economic criminals who have intentions of reversing our hard-won independence through their corrupt and unethical dealings.

The Zanu-PF Youth League subscribes to the African values of the ubuntu/hunhu. We have been raised to respect our elders and revere our liberation fighters. However, of recent times the Youth League had been hijacked by counter-revolutionaries bent on misleading and confusing the youth, she said.

They castigated Chipanga for siding with the First Lady instead of belonging to the revolution.

The likes of Kudzanai Chipanga, his deputy Mpehlabayo Malinga, Youth League commissar Innocent Hamandishe, Youth League secretary for finance, Tongai Kasukuwere, and the wings secretary for external affairs, Anastancia Ndhlovu had become the voice and face of the Youth League, looting and plundering at the expense of millions of grassroots youth they purported to represent. They would say Pana Amai ndopane...

08:07

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zanu-PF Recalls President Mugabe
November 20, 2017
Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

ZANU-PF yesterday recalled President Mugabe from the position of party First Secretary and replaced him with former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa whom the ruling party also reinstated as a Central Committee member.

Cde Mnangagwas election as the Zanu-PF President and First Secretary would be ratified at the Extraordinary Congress slated for next month.

The party also said that President Mugabe must resign as State President by midday today failing which the partys Chief Whip, Cde Lovemore Matuke, would institute impeachment proceedings in line with Section 97 of the national Constitution.

The party also expelled several members for various charges including Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and Dr Grace Mugabe, who was the Secretary for Women Affairs.

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Zanu-PF Central Committee resolutions

These decisions were made during a special Central Committee meeting held at the partys headquarters yesterday.

The Central Committee is Zanu-PFs highest decision-making organ outside Congress and yesterdays meeting was attended by 201 members out of 300 members.

Reading out the resolutions of the meeting yesterday, Zanu-PF Secretary for Legal Affairs Cde Patrick Chinamasa said: The first resolution was that the Central Committee on behalf of Zanu-PF expressed profound gratitude to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces for their intervention efforts in the internal affairs of the party as the governing party with a view of bringing normalcy both in the party and Government.

The Central Committee congratulated the masses of Zimbabwe for their participation in the historic solidarity march yesterday in support of the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association.

The Central Committee also passed the following resolution -that the unconstitutional removal of Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as Vice President and Second Secretary of Zanu-PF and his expulsion from the party be and is hereby nullified forthwith. The resolution also goes t...

07:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zanu-PF Central Committee Resolutions
November 20, 2017
Zimbabwe Herald

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association chairperson Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa (left), Ziliwaco national chairman Cde Pupurai Togarepi (right)follow proceedings during a Zanu-PF Central Committee meeting in Harare yesterday. Behind them are Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa (second right) and Central Committee member Monica Mutsvangwa (right) and other members Picture by Memory Mangombe

Statement by Zanu-PF Secretary for Legal Affairs Cde Patrick Chinamasa after yesterdays Central Committee meeting.

We have met today as members of the Central Committee, the 19th of November 2017 and we considered a wide range of issues affecting our party and Government.

The first consideration was whether we constituted a quorum.

The membership of our Central Committee is 300 members. I am happy to say that of the 300, 201 have been present and participated in todays deliberation.

I will now run you through the resolutions that were passed this afternoon.

Unfortunately these are hand written, but we are going to clean up and provide you a clean copy later.

The first resolution was that the Central Committee, on behalf of ZANU-PF, expressed profound gratitude to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces for their intervention efforts in the internal affairs of the party as the governing party, with the view of bringing normalcy both within the party and Government.

The Central Committee congratulated the masses of Zimbabwe for their participation in the historic solidarity march yesterday, the 18th of November in support of the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association.

The Central Committee also this afternoon passed the following resolution that the unconstitutional removal of Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as Vice President and Second Secretary of ZANU-PF and his expulsion from the party be and is hereby nullified forthwith.

The resolution also goes to restore him to his position as a member of the Central Committee.

There were recommendations that were made by Provincial Coordinating Committees, suspending and expe...

06:33

BREAKING: Former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, is Dead "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerias former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, is dead. This was contained in a statement by his family in the early hours of Monday. The statement was signed by his brother, who is the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State, Igwe Laz Ekwueme. The statement read: Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON. The sad event occurred at the London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017....

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05:34

05:11

Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe has shocked the Nation by pledging to remain on as leader ! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe has shocked expectations that he would resign by pledging to remain on as leader of his ZANU-PF party in an address to the nation. That despite the party removing him as leader earlier in the day.

The partys Central Committee had given the 93-year old less than 24 hours to vacate his office or face impeachment. The move was an attempt to draw his lengthy reign to a close following a de facto coup.

However when he addressed the nation on Sunday, Mugabe made no mention of resigning.

In a long speech Mugabe vowed to preside over ZANU-PFs congress next month despite no longer being party leader.

The congress is due in a few weeks from now. I will preside over its processes, which must not be possessed by any acts calculated to undermine it or compromise the outcomes in the eyes of the public, he outlined.

The president said the failures of the past may have triggered anger in some quarters. He said this was quite understandable.

The chairman of the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association, Chris Mutsvangwa, who led the campaign to oust the worlds oldest head of state, said Mugabe, 93, is deaf and blind to the desires of the people. He added that plans to impeach Mugabe would go ahead as planned.

Mutsvangwa also told Reuters that people would take to the streets of Harare on Wednesday.

The leader of Zimbabwes opposition, Morgan Tsvangirai, echoed the sentiments, saying he was baffled by the address.

I am baffled. Its not just me, its the whole nation. Hes playing a game. He has let the whole nation down, Tsvangirai told Reuters.

 

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04:18

Isabel Dos Santos sacked from Angola state oil firm "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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The president of Angola, Joao Lourenco, has fired the daughter of his predecessor as head of the countrys state oil company Sonangol.

Isabel Dos Santos, the billionaire daughter of former President Jos Eduardo dos Santos, is Africas richest woman.

Mr Dos Santos was Africas second longest-serving leader until he stepped down in September after 37 years.

President Lourenco, known as JLo, has promised to tackle corruption

Correspondents say he wants to weaken the influence of the Dos Santos family.

The president of Angola, Joao Lourenco, has fired the daughter of his predecessor as head of the countrys state oil company Sonangol.

Isabel Dos Santos, the billionaire daughter of former President Jos Eduardo dos Santos, is Africas richest woman.

Mr Dos Santos was Africas second longest-serving leader until he stepped down in September after 37 years.

President Lourenco, known as JLo, has promised to tackle corruption

Correspondents say he wants to weaken the influence of t...

03:44

US drone strikes soar in Somalia under Trump "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Trump's expansion of war is most evident in the skies of Somalia where an acceleration in drone strikes have been reported. U.S. Africa Command has conducted fourteen airstrikes since August bringing the year's total to eighteen. The increased tempo of airstrikes started in September between the Kismayo and Mogadisu region. Earlier this month, we reported on Trump's administration hitting a new milestone - when U.S. Africa Command launched its first airstrike against the Islamic State-linked fighters - further accelerating the US presence.. U.S. Africa Command has released data on 18 strikes this year, more than four times the average over the previous seven years.

US deep state justifies military presence in Horn of Africa with increased drone strikes in Somalia - Trump powerless to stop it "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Trump's expansion of war is most evident in the skies of Somalia where an acceleration in drone strikes have been reported. U.S. Africa Command has conducted fourteen airstrikes since August bringing the year's total to eighteen. The increased tempo of airstrikes started in September between the Kismayo and Mogadisu region. Earlier this month, we reported on Trump's administration hitting a new milestone - when U.S. Africa Command launched its first airstrike against the Islamic State-linked fighters - further accelerating the US presence.. U.S. Africa Command has released data on 18 strikes this year, more than four times the average over the previous seven years.

03:30

The Superwoman of Masisi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

High in the hills of Masisi, Democratic Republic of Congo, thousands of families have found safety but still face hunger.

02:59

Paucity of funds hits PDP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There are indications that the December 9 National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may run into a hitch as a result of paucity of funds. With barely three weeks to the convention proper, the party is yet to constitute the Convention Planning Committee. A source at the partys secretariat said the National Caretaker Committee (NWC) is looking for the right person to chair the convention. However, aspirants to various positions in the party have accused the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi of double standard....

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02:58

Obiano floors Nwoye, Obaze, secures second term "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the incumbent governor of Anambra, Chief Willie Obiano of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the winner of Saturdays governorship election in the state. Declaring the result in Awka yesterday, the Returning Officer, Prof. Zana Akpagu, said Obiano polled 234, 071 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Tony Nwoye of All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 98, 752 votes. Akpagu, the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Oseloka Obaze, came third with 70,293 votes....

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02:58

New Telegraph Awardll spur UBA towards exceeding customers expectation Uzoka "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With the wave making New Telegraph Award just five days away, messages of appreciation are still pouring in with the latest coming from the Group Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Mr. Kennedy Uzoka. In his letter of appreciation to the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, New Telegraph newspaper, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, the foremost banker, who has been recognised as the Bank CEO of the Year, expressed delight over the recognition. He said the award would spur him and the bank to meet the lofty goals...

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02:58

Anambra poll: The winners and losers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenneth Ofoma and Temitope Ogunbanke reports on the big losers and gainers over the outcome of Saturdays governorship election in Anambra State     The governorship election in Anambra has come and gone with the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano coasting home in a decisive victory. Obianos margin of victory is viewed by many as surprising anti-climax. Also considered an anti-climax was the peaceful conduct of the poll. The exercise witnessed an average turn out of voters, who defied the call by pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for...

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02:58

States should be wary of foreign borrowing because of currency risks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Oluseun Onigbinde is co-founder and CEO of BudgIT, a civic organisation that works to engage citizens on how public budgets work. At an interactive session with financial journalists recently, he stressed the need for Nigerians to always interrogate the budget process and performance. He also spoke on his expectations from the 2018 budget. TONY CHUKWUNYEM was there. Excerpts:   How would you react to the observation that very little attention is usually paid to states budgets compared with the level of attention given to the federal budget? To get the...

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02:57

NNPC, Chevron execute $1.7bn oil and gas deal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), at the weekend, executed the second and final phase of $1.7 billion alternative Financing Agreement that would increase crude oil production in the country by about 39,000 barrels per day. The agreement, which was signed in London at the weekend, according to the NNPC, was also expected to achieve an incremental peak production of about 283 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscfd). Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, who signed on behalf of...

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02:57

Yusuf: Eagles will remain focused "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

says CHAN team will camp for two weeks before Super Six   Super Eagles assistant coach and the head manager of the homebased side, Salisu Yusuf, has said the national team will remain humble despite a near blemish Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and an emphatic 4-2 victory against Argentina in a friendly match recently. The former Enyimba coach told New Telegraph that the Eagles would not be arrogant and would continue to strive hard to become better as a team. He also listed some of the positives taken...

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02:56

Sokoto pays N3bn scholarship in two years "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sokoto State government has paid a total of over N3 billion scholarships to its students from 2015 to date, Executive Chairman of the state scholarship board, Hon. Altine Shehu Kajiji, has revealed. A press statement issued in Sokoto at the weekend showed that beneficiaries of the tuition fees and upkeep allowance include students studying in USA, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Turkey, Sudan, Antigua, Bangladesh, India, Uganda, and Niger Republic. It also includes payments to more than 10,000 Sokoto students in public and private schools across Nigeria. Most of the tuition fees...

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02:56

40,000 NNPC staff co-opted into fraud probe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

        Corporation eyes 5% cut in yearly global revenue loss   The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is co-opting over 40,000 staff, which translates to 50 per cent of its work force, into a scheme for fraud probe and war against internal theft, New Telegraph has learnt. This measure, which includes a covert procedure, a document of the Corporation sighted by this newspaper showed, is in line with the Corporations target war on five per cent annual revenue loss to internal theft. While the document laid emphasis on 50 per...

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02:55

Mosesll be ready for Liverpool clash Conte "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is hopeful that Super Eagles winger Victor Moses will be ready for the crucial game against Liverpool next Saturday after progressing well with his injury. The 26-year-old has not featured for the Blues since the Crystal Palaces defeat and the Blues have missed him in the right wing-back role, with Davide Zappacosta yet to really shine in the position. However, Conte confirmed that the Nigerian international was set to be back in the frame after the Qarabag ties and that he should be back in training...

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02:55

Mustapha: SGFs diplomatic shuttles "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Felix Nwaneri reports on efforts by the newly appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, to ensure better executive/ legislature cooperation   The Office of Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria is responsible for ensuring effective coordination and monitoring of the implementation of government policies and programmes for the overall development of the country. Its functions include coordinating policy design and formulation by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for approval by the government; serving as Secretary to the Council of State, the Federal Executive...

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02:54

Meyer Plc: Operational issues hit profit "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Meyer Plc has maintained loss position as operational challenges weigh down on its earnings. CHRIS UGWU writes   Marketing environment has continued to be turbulent in Nigeria especially the manufacturing sector due largely to the effect of international oil price fluctuations and yet to be resolved infrastructural challenges, multiple taxation and high cost of operation arising from adverse fiscal and monetary policy, inflation and high cost of funds. Again, the security landscape remained a major concern particularly in the North Eastern part of the country making free enterprise increasingly...

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02:53

Medviews financials expose N300bn under-declared revenues "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

        Experts fault statistics The financial statement released by Medview Airlines for its 2015/2016 and the third quarter report for 2016/2017 on gross earnings approved by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has exposed the under-declared earnings of airlines operating in Nigeria, New Telegraph has learnt. Med-View Airline Plc had reported that it posted a profit after tax of N1.197 billion for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017. The airline, in a filing with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), said it posted profit after tax of N1.197 billion during...

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02:52

Tax: Lagos shuts 13 hotels, event centres "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

       goes after banks today   The Lagos State government yesterday said that it has shutdown 13 hotels, restaurants and event centers for failure to pay their taxes under the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Laws of Lagos State 2009. According to the Lagos State Inland Revenue Service, the hotels and restaurants owed the State N426, 976, 528.87. The state government had said that it will today commence shutting down corporate headquarters of banks and other firms which had failed to remit statutory taxes including banks interest for more than...

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02:51

2018 Budget: State House to spend N135.6m on refreshments, meals "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerias seat of power, the State House, is to spend N135.6 million on refreshments and meals in 2018 while another sum of N478.3 million is allocated to cater for honorarium and sitting allowances, going by the 2018 budget breakdown. Captioned under miscellaneous items, State House appropriated N8.1 million for legal services in 2018 and N132.1 million to take care of fuel and lubricants. Of the sum, cost for fuelling vehicles is put at N67,950,392, plant and generator fuel to cost N45,678,552 while cooking gas/fuel cost is put at N18,570,614. To...

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01:54

Man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' near French border prompts Spanish police to shoot him "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Police have shot a man who sparked a terror alert near Spain's border with France by shouting 'Allah is Great' at a checkpoint. Officers opened fire on the man, believed to be a Frenchman of north African origin, after he began to shout in Arabic when the vehicle he was traveling in was intercepted at a motorway toll near La Jonquera on the Spanish side of the border. He was hit in the leg and rushed to a nearby hospital. He has undergone an operation at the hospital - the Doctor Josep Trueta University Hospital in Girona - and his life is not said to be in any danger. Local reports said officers ordered him out of the car he was in after searching the woman driver - and became suspicious after seeing he had a 'suspicious object' by his waist.

01:00

Lebanese Communist Party: How Saudi Efforts to Provoke War Were Stopped "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The following article is based on an interview with Jana Nakhal, a leader in the Lebanese Communist Party. Joyce Chediac BEIRUT. Pictures of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri line the streets in every neighborhood of this city. The large somber portraits bear the Arabic hashtag All of us are with you. Just last week, Saad...

01:00

Burundi Defies the Imperial Criminal Court: An Interview with John Philpot "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Libyas Muammar Qaddafi and Ivory Coasts Laurent Gbagbo, together here in 2007, shared Kwame Nkrumahs dream of a United States of Africa and advocated an African currency and monetary policy. The ICC indicted both leaders in 2011, when Libya was invaded by NATO, Ivory Coast by France. Qaddafi was murdered on Hillary Clintons orders that...

01:00

The Russian Revolution and the Caribbean "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Bolshevik Revolution had the effect of convincing other early agitators for mass change that their efforts were not in vain. Earl Bousquet Grenadas Maurice Bishop (C) with Daniel Ortega from Nicaragua and Cubas Fidel Castro. The Russian Revolution did get support from the Caribbean, then called the West Indies, when it shook the world...

00:02

Yemen Appeal to President Putin "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Peter Koenig Dear President Putin, Yemen, a peaceful and extremely poor country is being slaughtered, literally slaughtered by the Saudis, with the full weapons, funding and political support of

Sunday, 19 November

23:43

Hard lessons from the Anambra Elections. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FOR THE POLITICIAN 1. The will of the people is always paramount 2. Godfatherism is becoming extinct 3. Soldiers, police More

23:42

Green Beret Officer Reports Obama, Hillary, Panetta Ordered Benghazi Rescuers to Stand Down "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Green Beret Officer Reports: Obama, Hillary, Panetta Ordered Benghazi Rescuers to Stand Down +Videos

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There appears to be a plethora of documents and secret testimony coming out lately against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her boss President Barack Obama regarding their inaction during the 13-hour Battle of Benghazi, according to a former CBS News correspondent who investigated Libyas hotbed of terrorism.



Green Beret Lt. Col. Andrew Woods, an officer with 24-years experience with U.S. special forces had come forward with information that reveals U.S. special forces was actually traveling to U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, but the rescuers forced to turn around because the Commander in Chief Barack Obama wouldnt give the special forces commander the go-ahead order, according to then-CBS News Sharyl Attkinson.

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23:38

Obiano Wins: Now the Work Begins. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Obiano wins the Anambra Elections. Winning in all the local governments. As I wrote and submitted yesterday, that Anambra would More

23:33

A GEOGRAPHIC INTERPRETATION TO CALLOUS ACTIONS AND INACTIONS OF NIGERIA ABROAD. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In order to solve the riddle of this apparent anomaly in Italy, in which the Government of the Home Country More

23:29

Americas Renegade Warfare Killing Civilians, Violating Law "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Nicolas J S Davies for Consortium News. Despite the U.N. Charter and international efforts to prevent war, people in countries afflicted by war today still face the kind of total war that horrified world leaders in 1945. The main victims of total war in our modern world have been civilians in countries far removed from the safe havens of power and privilege where their fates are debated and decided: Yugoslavia; Afghanistan; Iraq; Somalia; Pakistan; Yemen; Libya; Syria; Ukraine. There has been no legal or political accountability for the mass destruction of their cities, their homes or their lives. Total war has not been prevented, or even punished, just externalized. But thanks to billions of dollars invested in military propaganda and public relations and the corrupt nature of for-profit media systems, citizens of the countries responsible for the killing of millions of their fellow human beings live in near-total ignorance of the mass killing carried out in their name.

23:27

23:26

Rogue state: Desperate Saudi Arabia calls emergency meeting of Arab League to warn vassals against aligning with Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi Arabia urged fellow Arab League nations to find a "non-compromise" solution to deal with "Iran's aggression" and "disregard for international law" during a specially-summoned foreign ministers' meeting in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. "We will not stand idly by in the face of Iran's aggression," Riyadh's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said in public remarks to the assembled officials. The Saudi official accused Tehran of "meddling" in various Middle Eastern states, particularly focusing on the Houthi faction in Yemen, and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Comment: Chutzpah! This from the country that supplies the bulk of global terrorists, including the 19 hijackers on 9/11. "Iran created agents in the region, such as the Houthi and Hezbollah militias, in total disregard for all international principles," said al-Jubeir. Comment: International pri... ** choke, cough, splutter **

23:18

Doctors remove worms from N. Korea soldier "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Surgeons treating a North Korean soldier who was severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to South Korea this past week have removed dozens of parasites from his body, including presumed roundworms that were as long as 27 centimetres.

The unarmed soldier, whose name and rank have not been disclosed, defected to the South on Monday by driving a military jeep near a line that divides the Koreas at the Joint Security Area and then rushing across it under a barrage of bullets.

Hospital officials said on Saturday it was too early to tell whether he will make a recovery.While treating the wounds, surgeons found the large parasites, which may be reflective of poor nutrition and health in North Koreas military.

Doctors say soldier is 1.7 metres tall but weighs just 60kg.

I spent more than 20 years of experience as a surgeon, but I have not found parasites this big in the intestines of South Koreans, Lee Cook-jong, who leads the soldiers medical team, told reporters.

Lee is a famous trauma specialist who was hailed as a hero in 2011 after conducting life-saving surgeries on the captain of a South Korean freighter ship who was shot during a rescue mission after being held by Somali pirates.

While the North Korean soldiers vital signs were stabilising on Saturday, he continued to remain unconscious and relying on a breathing machine.

After consecutive surgeries to repair internal organ damage and other injuries, no further surgeries are planned as of yet, said Shin Mi-jeong, an official at the Ajou University Medical Centre near Seoul.South Koreas military said four North Korean soldiers used handguns and AK rifles to fire about 40 rounds at their former comrade, who was hit at least five times.

He was found beneath a pile of leaves on the southern side of the Joint Security Area, and South Korean troops crawled there to recover him.

A United Nations Command helicopter later transported him to the Ajou hospital.

It remains unclear whether the North Koreans chasing the soldier fired at him even after he crossed into the southern side of the border, which would be a violation of an armistice agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

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23:07

Mugabe stuns by defying pressure to resign "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Robert Mugabe has stunned Zimbabwe by making no mention of resignation in a television address, defying his own ZANU-PF party, which had sacked him hours earlier, and hundreds of thousands of protesters who had already hailed his downfall.

Two sources one a senior member of the government, the other familiar with talks with leaders of the military had told Reuters Mugabe would announce his resignation to the nation after ZANU-PF dismissed him as its leader in a move precipitated by an army takeover four days earlier.

But in the speech from his State House office, sitting alongside a row of generals, Mugabe acknowledged criticisms from ZANU-PF, the military and the public but made no mention of his own position.

Instead, he said the events of the week were not a challenge to my authority as head of state and government, and pledged to preside over the congress scheduled for next month.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was dumbstruck.

I am baffled. Its not just me, its the whole nation. Hes playing a game, he told Reuters.

He is trying to manipulate everyone. He has let the whole nation down.

ZANU-PF had given the 93-year-old, who has led his country since independence in 1980, less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to secure a peaceful end to his tenure after a de facto military coup.

Chris Mutsvangwa, the leader of the liberation war veterans who have been spearheading an 18-month campaign to oust Mugabe, said plans to impeach him in parliament, which next sits on Tuesday, would now go ahead, and that there would be mass protests on Wednesday.

He also implied that Mugabe, who spoke with a firm voice but occasionally lost his way in his script during the 20-minute address, was not aware of what had happened just hours earlier.

Either somebody within ZANU-PF didnt tell him what had happened within his own party, so he went and addressed that meeting oblivious, or (he was) blind or deaf to what his party has told him, Mutsvangwa said.

ZANU-PFs central committee had earlier named Emmerson Mnangagwa as its new leader.

It was Mugabes sacking of Mnangagwa as his vice-president to pave the way for his wife Grace to succeed him that triggered the armys intervention.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands had taken to the streets of the capital Harare to celebrate Mugabes expected downfall and hail a new era for their country.

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23:04

Breaking News: Willie Obiano (APGA) declared winner of the 2017 Anambra governorship election "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Emerges governor-elect, re-elected for a second term On Sunday, 19th November, 2017, incumbent governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano More

22:56

Mugabe sticks to the last "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabweans were left angered and confused on Sunday after President Robert Mugabe failed to resign, but instead delivered a cryptic speech.

22:54

Anambra election: Why I lost polls Chidoka. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The candidate of the United Progressives Party, UPP, Osita Chidoka has accepted defeat in the Anambra governorship election even More

22:25

Twist in the tale: Mugabe defies party by clinging to power in national speech "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has shocked expectations that he would resign by pledging to remain on as leader of his ZANU-PF party in an address to the nation. That despite the party removing him as leader earlier in the day. The party's Central Committee had given the 93-year old less than 24 hours to vacate his office or face impeachment. The move was an attempt to draw his lengthy reign to a close following a de facto coup. However when he addressed the nation on Sunday, Mugabe made no mention of resigning.

22:05

Egyptians Referred To Aloe As The Plant of Immortality, And We Couldnt Agree More "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There are many different natural ingredients, plants, fruits, and oats that are revitalizing for your body. One of the most effective natural ingredients is aloe vera the Egyptians didnt refer to it a the plant of immortality for just any reason either.

If youre looking for natural ingredients to use instead of the modern day ibuprofen and Tylenol medications, youre not alone. Many people, if not thousands, are trying to incorporate natural healing into their lifestyles because we are just now starting to see the long-term dangers of taking medicine all the time. Medications were designed in a lab and were meant for one thing making someone rich  not curing your health ailments. However, natural ingredients offer you true healing and alleviated symptoms without all of the negative side effects like aloe vera!

Aloe vera is one of the most popular natural healing ingredients out there. It is commonly referred to as the Lily of the Desert, burn plant or Elephants Hall. One of its many uses is soothing a burn or abrasion which is why people call it the burn plant. Even I can remember burning my hand on a little go-kart as a child only to have my grandmother slather my palm in aloe vera! Its because it really works and its good for a lot more than just cuts and burns too! Egyptian referred to the aloe vera plant as the plant of immortality because of its unheard-of ability in curing skin, wounds, and all around revitalizing your entir...

18:19

Somaliland's Presidential Election "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On 13 November, the non-recognized Republic of Somaliland is organizing a presidential election that the Western Press has presented as exemplary. A public debate between the three candidates was organized. Social networks have been interrupted during the election to prevent the broadcasting of fake news and the call to voting along tribal lines. The Presidential Election was first forecast two years ago. As for the recent legislative elections, plans for them date back to 2005. (...)

01:33

President Robert Mugabes Foreign Policy, Uncomfortable for Warmongering Imperialism "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Marinella Correggia Internationalist 360 Whatever can be said about the internal situation of the country, the fact is that the foreign policy of the beaten president Robert Mugabe father of independence and of the fight against racism was not at all aligned with the strong powers of the world. And independence in foreign policy...

01:00

Venezuela Dialogue in Dominican Republic: Key Points of the Initial Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Misin Verdad Translated by Tortilla Con Sal On November 16th, a preparatory meeting took place for the new round of talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition scheduled for December 1st and 2nd in the Dominican Republic. These are some of the relevant points in relation to this first meeting. Delegations and accompanying mediators Postponed...

01:00

President Robert Mugabes Address to the Nation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Prior to President Mugabes address to the nation, Zanu-Pf Central Committee recalled President Mugabe from his positions as First Secretary and President of the party. First Lady Dr Amai Grace Mugabe was also recalled from her position as Zanu-PF Womens League Secretary. Filed under: AFRICA, ZIMBABWE

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