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Egypt: How French arms were used to crush dissent A scathing report (Amnesty International ) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

17/10/2018 - Since the 25 January 2011 uprising, part of the Arab Spring, a series of tumultuous political events in Egypt has been accompanied by waves of brutal repression, leaving thousands dead ...

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Huge cost as Nigeria ranks second in open defecation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

One quarter of Nigerians lack access to basic toilet facilities, prompting them to defecate in the open, a development that results in the spread of infectious diseases and huge cost to the economy. APPOLONIA ADEYEMI reports Way back in the early 1970s, Mr. Chikodi Afam, 65-year-old trader who was resident in Lagos used to be worried whenever he received []

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NURHI intervention boosts number of clients seeking family planning "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The number of clients seeking access to various family planning (FP) methods in Lagos State has increased, going by the findings of a recent investigation conducted in Lagos State. This came to light during the media tour organsed by Development Communications (DEVCOM), a nongovernmental organisation to the Ajeabo Primary Health Centre (PHC) and Palm Avenue []

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How ancient Egyptian blue emits near-infrared light and how that could boost energy efficiency "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A colour developed by Egyptians thousands of years ago can boost energy efficiency by cooling rooftops and walls, and could also enable solar generation of electricity via windows, scientists say. Egyptian blue, derived from calcium copper silicate, was routinely used on ancient depictions of gods and royalty, according to the study published in the Journal of Applied Physics. Previous studies have shown that when Egyptian blue absorbs visible light, it then emits light in the near-infrared range. Now, a team led by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in the US has confirmed the pigment's fluorescence can be 10 times stronger than previously thought. Measuring the temperature of surfaces coated in Egyptian blue and related compounds while they are exposed to sunlight, researchers found the fluorescent blues can emit nearly 100 per cent as many photons as they absorb. The energy efficiency of the emission process is up to 70 per cent (the infrared...


Elizabeth Warrens DNA Fiasco Bodes Ill for All of Us "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It should probably concern meI am a Jew, after allthat our society has replaced calipers with cotton swabs. Still, Ive got to admit that the whole idea of using perhaps the most remarkable scientific accomplishment in the history of human inquiry, the sequencing of the human genome, to parse individual human pedigrees like some demented, science-fiction Homo sapiens kennel club is just farcical enough to keep me from putting my papers in order and gathering enough cash to flee on the next steamer to Shanghai.

It reminds me of a viral, meme-ified Spider-Man panel in which he confronts the villainous Sauron, a brilliant human geneticist turned evil mutant pterodactyl (really!). You can rewrite DNA on the fly, and youre using it to turn people into dinousaurs? exclaims the heroic webslinger. But with tech like that, you could cure cancer!

But I dont want to cure cancer, the villain replies. I want to turn people into dinosaurs.

Those are the shoals on which our contemporary, 23-and-Me-style personal genomics founder and sink: a uniquely American style of the old Soviet Lysenkoism, in which behavioral and cultural traits somehow pass, sperm-to-egg, across generations in percentages of inheritance. In 2016, vocal Never Trump conservative, Ana Navarro, famously tweeted: ZERO% African-Americans support Trump in polls, I knew I had to be black. Took @ancestry test. So excited. 4% black! Explains a lot. She tagged it with the hashtag Sistah.

I dont want to be uncharitable, and its obvious that this regrettable tweet was meant to be at least somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but it points to the ludicrous nature of the entire enterprise. Four percent black! What can this possibly mean? Will we return to the racial classifications that gave colonial European slave societies an entire taxonomy? Honey, our results came back and someone in our family is a hexadecaroon! Its offensiveness is mitigated by its absurdity, but only slightly.

Which brings us to the present politico-genetic kerfuffle, in which Senator Elizabeth Warren has responded to Donald Trumps racist Pocahontas nickname for her by having a respected geneticist prove that somewhere in her family, 6-10 generations back, was Native American. I understand the impulse. Warrens family, like half of the white people in North America, had some half-baked frontier fablepart Leatherstocking Tales, part Dances With Wolvesabout intermarriage with some or other native nation, in the Warrens case the Cherokee. She accepted it unquestioningly. Well, I never saw the passenger manifest that brought my great-grandfather over from Calabria, but I assume my grandmother is telling me the truth.




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Putin, Sisi to sign strategic partnership treaty "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened official talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Putin said at the start of the talks that bilateral trade rose by 62 percent last year. The two are set to sign a comprehensive strategic partnership treaty on October 17 that would further boost Russian-Egyptian ties, Putin's foreign-affairs adviser, Yury Ushakov said. Ushakov added that Putin and Sisi were to discuss international issues, focusing on the situations in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and the Palestinian-Israeli settlement. Sisi on October 16 urged Russia to resume direct flights to Egyptian resorts even as the Kremlin urged Egypt to purchase more Russian arms during bilateral talks in Moscow. Russia suspended direct flights to Egypt in November 2015 after a bomb planted by an Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State extremist group brought a Russian passenger plane down over the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.


How Many Yemenis is a DC Pundit Worth? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jamal Khashoggi offers remarks during POMEDs Mohammed bin Salmans Saudi Arabia: A Deeper Look. (Photo: POMED)

Saudi Arabia has dominated the news cycle after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and, according to Turkish sources, murdered by a 15-strong team of Saudi agents. The public relations backlash might spell trouble for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), while Western governments have scrambled to express concern about the case, in what is more about protecting their interests and Western corporate dealings in Saudi Arabia than any genuine concern for human rights.


It seems that having Khashoggi, a former insider, dish out criticism from the Beltway was too much embarrassment for MBS, who is the most powerful man in the country, to tolerate. The West had let MBS get away with everything until now, as he was their man, the one who would deliver some window dressing reforms to appease Western public opinion while facilitating billionaire dealings for corporations, especially weapons manufacturers. However, this final stunt seems to have backfired, at least for MBS.

Human Rights Concerns?

It is impossible not to compare the reaction to this episode to the corresponding ones to Saudi war crimes in Yemen. When the Saudis bombed a market, when they launched a double-tap strike1 on a funeral, when they hit a Yemeni.........


While media focuses on missing journalist Khashoggi, Saudi created famine in Yemen ignored "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yemen is on the verge of a devastating famine as it continues to endure Saudi coalition airstrikes. Despite this, most of the criticism levied at the Kingdom is about missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. UN REPORT The UN's World Food Program (WFP) has warned that 12 million people are expected to face the worst famine in 100 years in mere months, as fighting around the vital port of Hodeidah continues. It has called on the Saudi-led coalition - which has been bombing the country since March 2015, with arms supplied by the US and UK - to halt airstrikes on the country which ordinarily imports 90 percent of its food. More than eight million Yemenis are currently severely food insecure. The 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan warned 3 million children and pregnant or nursing women are acutely malnourished, including 400,000 children under the age of five.


Khashoggi and Demetracopoulos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the early seventies, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were torn to distraction by a Greek refugee journalist living in the U.S. named Elias Demetracopoulos. He had been definitively documenting on an ongoing basis the ties they had with the corrupt junta ruling the cradle of democracy in unprecedented authoritarian fashion.

No matter what one thinks of Christopher Hitchens in general, prior to his apostasy he wrote a really convincing account (in his The Trial of Henry Kissinger) of how U.S. federal agencies (with the encouragement of Nixon and Kissinger) conspired with the extreme right-wing dictatorship of generals (under psychopath Brigadier Ioannidis) to kidnap and kill Demetracopoulos by luring him to their embassy.

Wow, the more things move along the more they remain the same, yes?

One of the things that has gotten lost in the shuffle with regard to Khashoggis disappearance is the legal responsibility the CIA has for warning residents of the U.S. when they know that such dynamics have been set in motion; early reports indicated that there was definitely some serious question about whether or not federal agencies knew what was about to come down. Regardless, the fact that none of what was attempted with Demetracopoulos many decades ago would have been considered without approval from the highest levels of our government should give everyone pause in responding to the abomination of Khashoggis disappearance. For the same is true today, and has always been true whether it involved the murders of Rene SchneiderSheik Mujibur Rahman or Archbishop Makarios.

Murder is murder, and no amount of arms sales should preclude the prosecution of criminality, especially when war criminality is intimately associated with the kind of horrific act inflicted on an individual; Im thinking of Yemens current crisis, for one.

Trump was lying when he claimed that the Saudis could simply buy weapons elsewhere if we rubbed them the wrong way over Khashoggis disappearance; arms supplied by the West for decades have components which make it impossible to turn easily to Russia or China as a supplier. Dealing with all that would take decades. And the impact of losing $100 billion plus for our economy was enormously exaggerated. No matter what, though, we cannot afford to use jobs or anything like that as the bottom line for our moral compass.


Saudi crown princes bloody war, gruesome torture of journalist "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

The dark side of Saudi Arabias crown prince l Al Jazeera English

17 October 2018

Saudi Arabias Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has been on a quick rise to power and has been touted as a progressive reformer.

But his human rights record casts a dark shadow on his economic and social reforms.

Here are 8 things that have gone wrong since MBS started his ascent to power:

1. War in Yemen
2. Detention of Lebanons PM
3. Ritz-Carlton purge
4. GCC crisis and blockade of Qatar
5. Jailed womens rights activists
6. Diplomatic spat with Canada
7. Rise of executions in the kingdom
8. Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

The number of execution in the kingdom has rapidly increased lately.

According to human rights organisations, MBS has overseen the execution of 16 people on average per month every month.

If this rate...


Putin discusses free-trade zone with Sisi as Russia's trade with Egypt surges 62% "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Economic ties between Russia and Egypt are developing successfully, according to President Vladimir Putin. He met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fatah el-Sisi in Sochi on Wednesday. The Russian president noted sharp 62-percent growth in trade turnover between the countries, adding that "in the first six months of this year the volume of trade increased 28 percent." Putin attributed this to diversification of bilateral ties, which include "agriculture, industry, equipment and vehicles." The president also mentioned "a large contract worth 1 billion to supply passenger cars to Egypt together with Hungarian partners."


FLASHBACK: Riyadh's dirty secret for bombing Yemen is targeting their vast oil reserves "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Why does Saudi Arabia continue to bomb Yemen back into the Stone Age? The crux of the matter is that Yemen has oil reserves, while Riyadh is steadily running out of the commodity, American political analyst Phil Butler explains. According to American political analyst and researcher Phil Butler, the US-backed Saudi Arabian war against Yemen is neither about the longstanding sectarian strife between Sunnis and Shiites, nor about the much-discussed military campaign aimed against al-Qaeda in the region. While Western media outlets usually refer to Yemen as a "small" energy producer, the truth of the matter is the country is sitting on substantial oil and gas reserves, which Saudi Arabia and its allies want to control, Butler notes. In addition, Yemen lies at the Bab el-Mandab, a key checkpoint for maritime transit of oil, with 3.4 million barrels of oil passing through it each day.


Is Kanye a disaster for Democrats? Some Black voters are changing their allegiance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With Midterms around the corner, some Black voters are tearing up their Democratic memberships, arguing the party no longer has their best interests at heart. Is this a new political trend or a mere flash in the pan for the GOP? At least since the 1960s, following a raft of civil rights legislation put forward by John F. Kennedy, it has been accepted as gospel that the only party for African Americans is the Democratic Party. Today, however, some members of this demographic are beginning to stray from the pack, coming around to the conclusion they would be better off as card-carrying Republicans. The latest phase of this political awakening, as it were, occurred last week as the singer Kanye West committed a heresy - at least as far as the Liberals were concerned - far worse than mocking Taylor Swift during a music awards ceremony. Not only did the star musician meet with Donald Trump in the Oval Office for a highly publicized 'meeting of the egos,' Kanye railed against the...


White Lady Dubbed Golf Cart Gail Calls Police On Black Man Who Was Cheering His Son On At Soccer Game "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Following this weeks viral videos involving Cornerstore Caroline who accused a 9-year old African American boy of sexual assault when his backpack brushed against her butt in a convenience store, we now have a new viral sensation who has been affectionately dubbed Golf Cart Gail.

A parent at my sons soccer game had the police called on him for cheering for his son during the game. This man was simply trying to watch his sons soccer game and cheer for him from the sides. He yelled The ref is right! when he saw his kid out there getting frustrated after a call.

This woman, lets call her Golfcart Gail, decided to spring into action and rapidly approach this parent and remind him that harassment would not be tolerated. He informed her that he was only speaking to his son.

For whatever reason, Golfcart Gail just would not let this go. She continued to harass and beleaguer this parent.

The gentleman offered to leave in order to avoid a situation.

As he began to pack up his things Golfcart Gail informed him that she was calling the police because she no longer felt safe with his threatening behavior.

Two women who were also at the game took video of the incident and took to Facebook to defend the father:

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Nigeria: Jihad group murders Red Cross worker, says kidnapped Christian girl will be their slave "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

From today, ISWAP said, Sharibu, 15, and Ngaddah, a mother of two, are now our slaves. Based on our doctrines, it is now lawful for us to do whatever we want to do with them. Boko Haram is saying it is Islamic for them to keep these non-Muslim women as slaves. Surely some Islamic organization []


'Very dangerous': UAE assassination campaign in Yemen leaves coalition exposed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Members of Saudi ally al-Islah lash out at the Emiratis after revelations that American mercenaries were hired to kill its leaders


Robert Reich: Trump Is Americas Most Dangerous Export "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Donald Trump is not only undermining democracy here at home, but hes also emboldening dangerous authoritarian movements around the world. Trumps presidency has become Americas most dangerous export.

FIRST: Trump has provided cover for authoritarian leaders around the world who are actively attacking the media and suppressing the truth to entrench their power.

He congratulated Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbn on his electoral victory, despite Orbans efforts to undermine democracy and stifle freedom of the press.

On Twitter, Trump vowed to join with Polish President Andrzej Duda to fight the fake news. Duda has placed media outlets under strict government control.

Trump welcomed to the White House the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who has locked up tens of thousands of his political opponents and decimated the human-rights community there.

Trump reached out to Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, who has invoked Hitlers mass extermination of Jews as a model for how he would like to dispose of drug dealers and addicts.

He has courted Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has imprisoned critics and human-rights activists, caused thousands of civilian deaths in Yemen, and evidence increasingly suggests is responsible for the gruesome death of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi.

And, of course, Trump infamously made excuses for Vladimir Putin when asked about the murder of Russian journalists.

SECOND: Trumps anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric have lent legitimacy to racist and xenophobic political parties across Europe.

His success playing on racial fears and stoking nationalist sentiment has been a model for their efforts.

Look at Italys new deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, who campaigned on mass deportations and has evoked the language of Benito Mussolini.

And Austrias far-right Freedom Party has demanded tighter border security, expedited deportations and financial sanctions on immigrants.

Close behind them, although not yet in power, are Frances Marine Le Pen and Britains Nigel Farage, who Trump has complimented on Twitter.

THIRD:  Trump has undermined the international institutions committed to protecting human rights and defending democracy.

Unlike former U.S. presidents, Trump doesnt publicly mention human rights.

In a break with decades of U.S. foreign policy, Trump has attacked NATO, weakening the alliance as Putin threatens to undermine democracies in Western Europe.

He has also called the European Union a foe, playing into nationalist movements.

As in the 1930s, ec...


US based mercenary boasts of running targeted assassination program in Yemen as part of Saudi coalition "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Hungarian-Israeli security contractor based in the US, Abraham Golan, has claimed he ran a targeted assassination program in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition currently waging a proxy war against Iran-backed Houthis. The US is supplying weapons, intelligence, and other support to the coalition, but Golan's account, as told to BuzzFeed, reads like something out of a spy thriller. Golan claims the United Arab Emirates (UAE), part of the coalition, hired his mercenary company, Spear Operations Group, to kill specific enemies, including Anssaf Ali Mayo, leader of the Yemeni political party Al-Islah, which the UAE considers a terrorist group. The Mayo assassination was ultimately unsuccessful - Mayo disappeared from Yemeni politics for a while, and the Spear crew even thought he was dead, but he is currently serving in the Yemeni government, alive and well. The botched assassination of December 29, 2015 is seen by observers from both sides as the opening salvo in a "targeted...


Atiku donates N10m to victims of Abia pipeline explosion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has donated N10 million to victims of pipeline explosion in Abia State. Atiku whose message was delivered by the Vice Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, described the incident as very devastating. The presidential candidate noted that it is particularly touching that so many lives []

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Executive Order 6, not political witch-hunt Lai Mohammed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government clarified on Wednesday in London that the implementation of Executive Order 6 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari has nothing to do with 2019 general elections. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the clarification at the Chatham House, a UK-based Royal Institute of International Affairs chaired by Dr Alex []

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Ohaneze youth wing plans 2 million man march for Atiku/Obi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The youth wing of Ohaneze Ndigbo has concluded plans to organize a two million-man-march for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and running mate, Mr Peter Obi. Mr Arthur Obiorah, the National President, Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Worldwide made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen in Onitsha on Wednesday. []

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Daily Digest 10/17 - Italy's 'People's Budget,' Alan Greenspans Prescription For American Decline "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Notorious Canadian MP and Defender of Israels Human Rights Abuses Ratchets up Campaign Against Venezuela in the Name of Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Requesting the International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuelas government is a significant escalation in Ottawas campaign of interference in the domestic affairs of another country.

Supported by five like-minded South American nations, its the first time a member state has been brought before the ICCs chief prosecutor by other members.

In Canada the campaign to have the ICC investigate the Nicols Maduro government began in May. I would like to see the states from the G7 agreeing to refer the matter of crimes against humanity to the International Criminal Court for a prospective investigation and prosecution, said Irwin Cotler at an Ottawa press conference to release a report on purported Venezuelan human rights violations. The former Liberal justice minister added, this is the arch-typical example of why a reference is needed, as to why the ICC was created.

Cotler was one of three international experts responsible for a 400-page Canadian-backed Organization of American States (OAS) report on rights violations in Venezuela. The panel recommended OAS secretary general Luis Almagro submit the report to the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC and that other states refer Venezuela to the ICC. In a Real News Network interview, Max Blumenthal described the hyperbolic and propagandistic nature of the press conference where the report was released at the OAS in Washington. Cotler said Venezuelas government itself was responsible for the worst ever humanitarian crisis in the region.

Worse than the extermination of the Tano and Arawak by the Spanish? Or the enslavement of five million Africans in Brazil? Or the 200,000 Mayans killed in Guatemala? Or the thousands of state-murdered subversives in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, etc.? Worse than the tens of thousands killed in Colombia, Honduras and Mexico in recent years? Worse than the countless US (and Canadian) backed military coups in the region?

Or perhaps Almagro, who appointed Cotler and the two other panelists, approves of the use of military might to enforce the will of the rich and powerful. He stated last month: ...


PHOTO: Police arrests four cultists, six robbery suspects in Benue "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Benue State Police Command has arrested four suspected secret cult members that specialise in shop breaking, snatching of handsets and other items from innocent citizens of the state. Similarly, the command has apprehended six suspected armed robbery suspects who have been terrorising people in different parts of the state. The Commands Public Relations Officer, []

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JUST IN: Senate approves FGs $2.79bn Eurobond request "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerias upper house of parliament approved the governments request to issue a $2.786 billion Eurobond on international debt markets, lawmakers said on Wednesday. President Muhammadu Buhari last week asked lawmakers to approve the bond issue, part of which is meant to help fund the countrys 2018 budget, reports Reuters. Details later

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2 policemen, civilian killed, 5 others injured in Kaduna "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Kaduna State Police Command, has confirmed the killing of two policemen and a civilian by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Wednesday in Kaduna. The Command Public Relation Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the policemen were on foot patrol when they were killed at about 05 []

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Group organises political leadership training for Women "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A leadership organization, Women Leadership Institute, has announced its 3-Day Political Leadership Masterclass for Women. The masterclass, the organisers said, is uniquely conceived to empower Nigerian women who are running for elective office, political campaign managers, political party leaders, interested in holding appointive positions, interested in politics or leadership in general with the knowledge, skills, []

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American mercenary boasts of role in targeted assassination program in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

RT | October 17, 2018 A Hungarian-Israeli security contractor based in the US, Abraham Golan, has claimed he ran a targeted assassination program in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition currently waging a proxy war against Iran-backed Houthis. The US is supplying weapons, intelligence, and other support to the coalition, but Golans account, as []


We didnt ask you to commit exam malpractices, APC replies Adeleke "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The All Progressives Congress has asked the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to face his trial over alleged examination malpractices and leave the party out of his woes. The APC said Adeleke should blame himself for allegedly getting involved in examination fraud, stating that the party did []

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Primaries: NWC report indicts Ogun APC exco for fraud "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The committee deployed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct legislative primaries in Ogun State has indicted the state executive of the party for alleged fraud. The committee, headed by Colonel Abubakar Chiroma (retd), declared that the process of the primaries for National and State Assembly seats was []

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Ekiti debt not N170bn, Fayemi preparing grounds for impending failure Fayose "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has insisted that his administration did not commit the State to any financial institution in form of bonds and commercial loans, describing claim by Governor Kayode Fayemi that the State was indebted to the tune of N170 billion as false and a way of preparing []

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OML30: GMoU To Strengthen Heritage, Shoreline, Host Communities Relationship-Eriyamremu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS OCTOBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Mr. Chris Eriyamremu, an opinion leader from Ofuoma oil producing community, Afiesere Oilfield in OML30, Delta State, has assured that the new Global Memorandum of Understanding GMoU will strengthen the relationship between Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited, Shoreline Natural Resources and the host communities in OML30.
He gave the assurance today Wednesday in Warri, shortly after the signing of the new GMoU at Governors Annex, Edjeba, with a mandate fund of N1.2Billion per annum, subject to an annual increase of 5% per year.
Eriyamremu, a Media and Leadership Consultant, said I am happy because now that the GMoU has been signed, other organs to implement the GMoU shall be put in place, and funds adequately made available, certainly, in a while the host communities in OML30 will start witnessing more infrastructural development .
I congratulate the leaders, traditional rulers and President Generals of the host communities in OML30, and also commend Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited, Shoreline Natural Resources limited, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company NPDC for the successful signing of the new GMoU.
According to him the implementation of the GMoU is key t...


DRC Ebola Cases Spike amid Rebel Attacks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


An Ebola outbreak continues to gather steam in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The first cases were reported in July, and since then there have been 211 confirmed and probable cases and 138 deaths according to numbers recently released by the DRC health ministry.


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Can this superfood company help stop extremism? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kuli Kuli, which grows a plant called moringa and makes it into energy bars, just won a grant from the government to help give jobs to farmers in Africa.

Eight years ago, former Peace Corps volunteer Lisa Curtis had a plan to lift up villages within the West African country of Niger using an ingredient that she discovered while volunteering there. Its called moringa, a tall leafy plant thats rich in protein, vitamins A and C, and also calcium and iron.

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The Company She Keeps: Arizona Senate Candidate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US Senate candidate from Arizona Krysten Sinema (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign)Senate candidate from Arizona Krysten Sinema (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign)

Controversy surrounds the Democrats Arizona Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema for comments and actions she made in the past supporting Islamists and terrorist sympathizers.

Sinema, who currently represents Arizonas 9th district in the House of Representatives is running a tight race against Republican Rep. Martha McSally (Arizonas 2nd district rep).

In 2003, Sinema, then co-founder of the activist group Local to Global Justice, invited members of a (now-closed) Yahoo group to attend events featuring radical lawyer Lynn Stewart.

Stewart was under indictment at the time for helping her client Islamist Omar Abdel Rahman (known as the Blind Sheikh) communicate to his terror group in Egypt, including passing on messages to his followers to commit terror attacks.

Rahman was the spiritual leader and one of the founders of Gamaat al Islamia, the Egyptian terror organization responsible for the massacre of 58 foreign tourists and several police officers in Luxor, Egypt. The group also participated in the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat.

Rahman was convicted in the U.S. of orchestrating a terrorist war against the U.S. (including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing) and a plot to bomb New York City landmarks, soliciting attacks on U.S. military installations and conspiring to murder Egypts then-president Hosni Mubarak.

Stewart was eventually convicted and ultimately sentenced to 10 years in prison. Sinema said at the time that Stewart was emphatically not gui...


Saudi regime kills journalist, many Yemenis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Suad, aged 18, begs in the middle of the road between Yemens capital, Sanaa, and Saada with her four-year-old nephew, whose mother was killed by the Saudi war on Yemen - Credit: Giles Clarke/United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

Amid furor over Khashoggi murder, UN warns millions more face starvation in Yemen

17 October 2018

The United Nations has warned that the US-backed, Saudi-led war against Yemen is threatening to engulf millions more of the impoverished nations people in the worst famine the world has seen in over 100 years.

Lise Grande, the UNs humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said Tuesday, We are literally looking at hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of people who may not survive.

The World Food Program, the UN agency coordinating relief efforts in the shattered country, reported that it has been forced to revise its estimate, given just two weeks ago, of 8.5 million Yemenis on the brink of famine, stating that another 5.6 million are being driven to starvation by the effects of the three-and-a-half-year-old war on the countrys infrastructure and economy.

Things are deteriorating very, very quickly, said Grande. The implications are enormous, and, truthfully, frightening. The reality is that time may be running out.

The UN warning came amid the growing crisis over the disappearance and state assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabias consulate in Istanbul.

US politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, have joined in denouncing the Saudi regime for the...


Kenya: Muslims storm school, murder Christian teachers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Over 20 suspected Al Shabaab jihadis in Mandera County (on Kenyas border with Somalia) stormed into a housing complex where non-local teachers live and detonated a bomb, which instantly killed two Christian teachers. Two other Christian teachers managed to escape. Jihadists have routinely terrorized local churches and schools where Christian teachers are found. The world []


Fortress conservation in Kahuzi-Biga National Park, DR Congo: Evictions and extrajudicial killing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Conservation Watch

By Chris Lang, Conservation Watch, 7 September 2018

The Kahuzi-Biga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was established in 1970 by a Belgian photographer and conservationist Adrien Deschryver. In creating the park, almost 6,000 Batwa indigenous people were violently evicted from the area.

In 1980, Kahuzi-Biga became a World Heritage Site. Since 1997, it has been on UNESCOs list of World Heritage in Danger.

The park has a wide range of wildlife, including Grauers gorilla. According to UNESCO the population of 250 Grauers gorillas in Kahuzi-Biga is the most important world population of eastern lowland gorillas. Grauers gorilla is listed on IUCNs red list as critically endangered.

The name of the park comes from two extinct volcanoes, the Kahuzi and the Biga. The park consists of a highland area covering about 60,000 hectares and a lowland area covering the remaining 540,000 hectares. A 7.4 kilometre-wide corridor joins the two areas.

Farmers evicted. Houses burned

In July 2018, AFP...


Why a U.S. Divorce From Saudi Arabia Is Long Overdue "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 Voices from the right wing, prominently featured in Rupert Murdochs Wall Street Journal, are warning that the grisly presumed murder of Jamal Khashoggi by a hit squad made up of persons close to crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman should not mean the end of the close US relationship with Saudi Arabia.

I would concur with one part of this argument, which is that we should wish the country of Saudi Arabia well. But the current relationship of Washington and Riyadh is pathological in a lot of ways, and a policy rethink on both sides would benefit both countries.

Saudi Arabia is not the largest oil producer in the world, but it is the largest oil exporter, which is what is important. The US and the Russian Federation produce similar amounts, but they use most of it domestically. Saudi Arabia is important because it is the worlds swing exporter. It can export a lot or much less, and still get along because of its relatively small population.

The US has used the security umbrella it provides to the wealthy but weak Saudis as a leverage to have them up their production and flood the market at key points. They do this to weaken countries like Iran, which have far less flexibility and suffer when prices of petroleum are low. Or they do it to lower US gasoline prices to help the party in power.

The US also depends on the Saudis to buy US arms. Since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have wound down, companies like Lockheed Martin and Boeing would suffer if they did not sell weapons abroad.

But both of these bases for the Saudi relationship with the US are very bad for everyone on earth. Burning petroleum to fuel cars puts billions of tons of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, which is threatening human welfare and civilization.

Petroleum has to be kept in the ground and the governments of the earth must marshal all their resources to make a rapid, as in 10-year, transition to public mass transportation and electric vehicles fueled by the wind and sun. The cynical US use of Saudi Arabia to flood the market must stop. Indeed, this tactic often lowers gasoline costs as an incidental side effect, thus delaying the transition to electric vehicles.

Saudi Arabia itself must get off its own dependence on oil exports, which Riyadh recognizes, and develop sustainable industries that will allow the country to develop normally after the end of oil.

Massive arms sales are also bad for both countries. The US is spreading around highly sophisticated death and destruction machines. Owning them has tempted the Saudis into the disastrous Yemen war, which threatens the civilians of the latter country with mass starvation. If the Saudis think such an event will not boomerang....


Communities hold the key to expanding conservation impact in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"



Wildlife conservation that uses community partnerships is working for people and threatened species across Africa, write Fred Nelson and Rosie Cooney of IUCNs Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group

Conservancy in Kenya

Conservation efforts in Africa today face huge challenges. Africas human population is forecast to quadruple by the end of the century, and already intensifying pressures around the use of land, water, and natural resources are having an impact on the regions extraordinary wildlife. The high-level statistics on wildlife decline are now familiar: elephant numbers across Africa de...


Experts loud AfDB, partners on securitisation instrument "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Room2Run, the African Development Banks (AfDB) and partners innovative $1 billion synthetic securitisation of a portfolio of seasoned AfDBs private sector loans, will serve as a model for other lenders, help reduce costs, and shorten execution time, finance experts told participants at a workshop at the weekend. The landmark securitisation instrument, a first for any []

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The Apartheid State of israel and the Palestinian Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Apartheid State of Israel and the Palestinian Resistance Palestinians taking part in the Great March of Return. (Photo: Abdallah Aljamal, Palestine Chronicle) By Nwabisa Sigaba When you look at the history of the South African struggle for liberation one cannot help but notice the tremendous role played by youth in fighting against the apartheid []


Judge withdraws from suit over Ogun PDP crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday recused himself from further hearing of a suit involving two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.  The judge consequently directed the remittance of the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul-Kafarati, for reassignment []

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Inflation sustains upward trend, settles at 11.28% "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI), also known as headline inflation, sustained its upward notch which manifested in August into September, settling at 11.28 per cent (year-on-year) against previous figure of 11.23 per cent, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) confirmed yesterday.   The new figure, which the bureau said was 0.05 per cent points []

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2019: 400,000 unclaimed PVCs in Benue "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Independent National Electoral Commissions (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Benue State, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, yesterday said more than 400,000 registered voters out of 2.4 million eligible voters in the state, had not collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). Yilwatda disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists in his office in Makurdi, the state []

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History, pedigree dont count in modern football Udeze "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  A former international Ifeanyi Udeze has stated that history and pedigree now count for less in football, stressing that the dynamics of of the game has changed all over the world . Udeze was speaking against the backdrop of Englands surprise 3-2 Europa Nations League win over Spain in Seville on Monday night. Nobody []

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Curbing illegal dumping of refuse "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Illegal dumping of refuse has become the order of the day. It is no longer uncommon to see huge piles of waste, old house items, construction waste or used products dumped by the roadside, on streets and non-designated dumping sites. Actually, dirt is littering almost every corner of Lagos, thereby, making Lagos to become []

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Ayetoro: One Community, two kings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Ayetoro Community in Ondo State came into limelight recently when ocean surge threatened the existence of the community. BABATOPE OKEOWO reports that coronation of Prophet Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi as parallel Ogeloyinbo of the community, despite the existence of a reigning monarch; Oba Micah Ajijo, is capable of igniting violence in the community   Contrary to []

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For Tokunbo, Tara, baggage full of issues "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Book Title: Echoes from the Past Author: Tayo Emmanuel Year of Publication: 2018 Pagination: 295 Reviewer: Adeniyi Taiwo Kunnu   Marriage is said to be honorable and the bed undefiled, but what if defilement is presumed, assumed, real or unfounded. Could one imagine a situation where the past becomes the present that can cause ones []

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Two die, 16 injured in Anambra road crash "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Two person were confirmed dead and 16 others sustained varying degrees of injury when an 18-seater commuter bus crashed into an articulated vehicle in Anambra. The accident occurred at the Okija junction on the Onitsha-Owerri expressway. According to SP Mohammed Haruna, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) on Anambra, who confirmed the accident yesterday, it []

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Fear of fresh explosion grips Aba residents "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Another explosion may soon rock communities in Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area of Abia State, residents have said. This is coming barely a week after a pipeline belonging to the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), exploded and roasted over 50 persons at Umuaduru and Umuimo []

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NAssembly approves N242bn elections budget "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Reps okay virement of N831bn for INEC, security agencies   The National Assembly, yesterday, approved the N242.245 billion budgeted for the conduct of the 2019 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the relevant security agencies.   The nations legislative institutions, however, tinkered with the budgets of some of the security agencies []

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2019: Saraki leads Atikus campaign "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has kick-started its presidential campaign for next years presidential election with the constitution of a presidential campaign council. President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, is leading the PDPs onslaught against President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in the 2019 poll. Saraki []

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Saudi-led military aggression left over 15,000 civilians dead: Rights group "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Picture, provided by Yemens Houthi Ansarullah movement, shows aftermath of Saudi airstrike against Gabal Ras area in Yemens western coastal city of Hudaydah on October 13, 2018. Press TV October 16, 2018 The Legal Center for Rights and Developments in Yemen says the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign against the impoverished and conflict-plagued Arab country []


Isoko Women Protest Relocation Of DELSUs Engineering Faculty From Oleh Campus "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS OCTOBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Some Isoko women Tuesday protested against the planned relocation of the Engineering school of the Delta State University as well as its 100 level students from Oleh campus to Abraka. .
The women marched through various streets to the secretariat of Isoko South local government council, chanting solidarity songs.

They accused the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Victor Peretomode, of deliberate attempt to weaken the Oleh campus in alleged preparation for eventual relocation of the varsitys presence in the town.
The women, who were received by the Vice Chairman and Secretary of Isoko South council, Alex Ebah and Dennis Obrogo JP, also condemned the planned relocation, insisting that their peaceful protest will continue.
The women displayed placards with inscriptions such as: Gov. Okowa, call Prof. Peretomode to order, Other Universities campuses in Nigeria are not run like this, Prof. Peretomode extend development to Oleh Campus and Prof. Peretomode stop killing Oleh Campus.
Addressing the women, the Vice Chairman of Isoko South council, Hon. Alex Ebah, promised to convey their message to the Chairman of DELSU Council for onward transmission to the Delta State Governor, Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa.
At the time of the protest, the Vice Chancellors Office is at the DELSU Campus in Abraka, Ethiope-East Local Government Area.
Efforts to reach him for comments on the matter were unsuccessful....


The Hilton Effect: The hotel looks back on its trillion-dollar global impact "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hilton is marking 100 years with a look at the dramatic impact the brand has had on the world

A few weeks ago, I stowed away on Norwegian Airs Fill A Plane campaign, where they transformed their brand-new Boeing 737 Max passenger plane into a cargo jet and filled it to the brim with supplies bound for a UNICEF outpost in Chad. After a long flight from Copenhagen to NDjamena, we unloaded the plane. While the 13 tons of supplies2,000 water purifiers, 1,000 doses of antibiotics, 35,000 packs of rehydration salts, and morewere headed to the Gaoui refugee camp and local hospitals, we were headed to our hotel. After rolling in a convoy through darkened dirt roads, we pulled up to the hotela Hilton, one of the few hotels that had remained open in the Central African country.

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Trumps Alliance with Body-Choppers, Death Squads and Child Killers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The White House warmly greeted the electoral success of Brazilian Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, ardent champion of torturers, military dictators, death squads and free marketers.

President Trump grovels, grunts and glories before Israel, as his spiritual guide Benjamin Netanyahu celebrates the Sabbath with the weekly murders and maiming of hundreds of unarmed Palestinians, especially youngsters.

These are President Trumps natural allies. They share his values and interests while each retains their particular method of disposing of the cadavers of adversaries and dissenters.

We will proceed to discuss the larger political-economic context in which the trio of monsters operate. We will analyze the benefits and advantages which lead President Trump to ignore and even praise, actions which violate Americas democratic values and sensibilities.

In conclusion, we will examine the consequences and risks which result from Trumps embrace of the trio.

The Context for Trumps Triple Alliance

President Trumps intimate ties with the worlds most unsavory regimes flows from several strategic interests. In the case of Saudi Arabia, it includes military bases; the financing of international mercenaries and terrorists; multi-billion-dollar arms sales; oil profits; and covert alliances with Israel against Iran, Syria and Yemen.

In order to secure these Saudi assets, the White House is more than willing to assume certain socio-political costs.

The US eagerly sells weapons and provides advisers to Saudis genocidal invasion, murder and starvation of millions of Yeminis. The White House alliance against Yemen has few monetary rewards or political advantages as well as negative propaganda value.

However, with few other client states in the region, Washington makes do with Prince Salman the salami slicer.

The US ignores Saudi financing of Islamic terrorists against US allies in Asia (the Philippines) and Afghanistan as well as rival thugs in Syria and Libya.

Alas when a pro-US collaborator like Washington Post journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated, President Trump was forced to adopt the pretense of an investigation in order to distance from the Riyadh mafia.He subsequently exonerated butcher boy bin Salman: he invented a flagrant lie-blaming rogue elements in charge of the interrogation, read...


Kidnappers Besiege Delta As CP Declares Man Hunt For Kidnapped Female Police Officer "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS OCTOBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Residents of Delta State has raised the alarm over upsurge of kidnappersin the state in recent times. learnt that last month, six suspected kidnappers stormed a shop located at Spirit and Life Bible Church, Akpu Junction, Asaba and whisked a housewife, Mrs. Francisca Semiteje, to an unknown destination in her black Toyota Corolla car.

Her vehicle was recovered a day after she was abducted at Ani Edozie Street, Off Asaba Secondary School, Asaba, while she was released after payment of ransom by her family. Similarly, 39-year-old principal and resident priest of Aghalokpe Secondray School, Aghalokpe, Okpe local government area, Rev Fr. Christopher Ogaga, was abducted September 1. The abductors called with the victims phone demanding N15 million ransom, but the priest later escaped from their den.
However, detectives/operatives of the Eagle Net Special Squad trailed the suspects and arrested three of them, Friday, whose phone was used to demand ransom, Tony and Erasmous.
Another priest, Rev Father Louis, who was kidnapped in Warri, September 15, also bolted away from his abductors, same day.
Also, four suspected robbers/kidnappers ambushed a 27-year-old...


Ibori Harps On Why He Loses Faith In UK Judicial System "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chief James Ibori

LAGOS OCTOBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori has said that his experience in the United Kingdom, made him lose faith in the ability of its judicial system to dispense justice without malice.
Ibori said this on the heels of reactions trailing his earlier statement where he said the British judiciary was biased.

A statement by his Media Assistant, Mr. Tony Eluemunor, said his conviction in the UK was a miscarriage of justice.
The statement reads: Let me re-state unequivocally what I stated in my application for leave to appeal my conviction at the Court of Appeal. I continue to hold that I am a victim of political persecution.
Consequently, I have lost faith in British justice system and the ability of the British legal system to dispense justice fairly because it is deeply entrenched in politics and international conspiracy funded by Department for International Development, DFID. I have been through it and have observed first-hand the desperation and wicked machinations inherent in a process that pronounces you guilty then finds evidence to cover up a corrupt system at all cost even at th...


Egypt extends state of emergency for another 3 months "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday ordered the extension of a nation-wide state of emergency for another three months. According to the presidential decree, the state of emergency went into effect yesterday and will last until 15 January 2019. Under the extension, the armed and the security forces shall take the necessary measures to confront all threats and funding of terrorism to maintain security across the country, and protect public and private property and lives of citizens, the decree read.

UAE arms dealer lobbied highest-level German decision makers to waive export controls, Wikileaks document reveals. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

UAE businessman Abbas Ibrahim Yousef Al Yousef told the International Court of Arbitration in 2010 that he successfully lobbied highest-level German decision-makers to ease their restrictions on arms sales to the Middle-East, a document published by Wikileaks reveals. The LeClerc tanks that Al Yousef helped to export are currently being used in the onslaught of Yemen by the Saudi coalition.


Delta Speaker Urges Urhobo To Support Re-Election Of Okowa, Hails Atikus PDP Presidential Ticket "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Sheriff Oborevwori

LAGOS OCTOBER 17H (URHOBOTODAY)-The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori has called on the people of Delta Central Senatorial District of the state to support Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for a second term in the spirit of equity, fairness and justice.
Oborevwori who stated this on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 during an interactive session with Assembly Correspondents in his office said Delta Central and South Senatorial Districts did eight years each as Governor and Delta North will not be an exemption.
He said it would be the turn of Delta Central in 2023 and called on the Urhobos not to allow themselves to be deceived by anybody as the state belongs to all Deltans.
Oborevwori said Delta North should not be denied the opportunity to complete their eight years as Governor as enjoyed by other Senatorial Districts.
The Speaker said Governor Okowa has so much achievements to his credit as Governor with the massive infrastructural development across the state.
He urged Deltans to support Governor Okowa for a second term as he has worked hard to ensure peace and security in the state particularly in the riverine areas which...


Okowa Names Takeme, Fregene As Commissioners, Pirah, Talib, Odebala For DESOPADEC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS OCTOBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi has nominated Mr Julius Takeme and Mr Freeman Orits Fregene for appointment as Commissioners and members of the State Executive Council.
The names of the nominees were contained in a letter sent to the State House of Assembly by the Governor and read at plenary by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori.

The Governor said the nomination was in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 192 sub section 2 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
The Governor also in a letter to the House nominated Mr Mofe Pirah, Hon Talib Tebite and Hon Ejaife Odebala as members of the Governing Board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, (DESOPADEC) and Dr Samuel Ochonogor Ossai as Executive Director in the board.
The governor said the nominations were in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 7 sub section 1A of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission Amendment law of 2018.
The Governor noted that the four nominees are to fill the vacancies created by the resignation of Mr Jonathan Amitaye, Chief Amos Itihwe, Chief Thomas Ereyitomi as members of the Board and Hon Ochor Ochor as Executive Director, Social Services.
The Governor als...


Middle East Braces For Apocalyptic Conflict Between Israel And Hamas As Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman Declares War Is Inevitable "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It appears that a major war between Israel and Hamas is imminent.  For the past six months, Hamas has been staging violent protests along the Israeli border in an attempt to end the Israeli-Egyptian blockade.  Those protests have escalated in recent weeks as Egyptian efforts to broker a long-term ceasefire have faltered.  During these violent protests, large numbers of incendiary devices have been launched into Israel, and this has resulted in thousands of acres of land being burned on the Israeli side of the border.  On Friday, approximately 14,000 Palestinians gathered along the border fence, and it was being reported that they were throwing rocks, firebombs and grenades at Israeli soldiers on the other side of the barrier.  Needless to say, after six months of such violence Israeli patience is wearing very thin.

And now some members of the Israeli cabinet are openly advocating for war with Hamas.  According to the Jerusalem Post, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman believes that a harsh IDF military strike against Hamas is the only way to end the violence

A harsh IDF military strike against Hamas is the only way to halt the continued Palestinian attacks against Israel, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Tuesday morning as he met in the south with some of his top military staff.

Now is the time for decisions. My position is very clear: We must deal a heavy blow against Hamas. This is the only way to return the situation to its previous state and to reduce the level of violence to nearly zero, Liberman said.

Ultimately the decision whether to strike Hamas or not will be made by the entire cabinet, but in Libermans mind it has gotten to the point where war is inevitableR...


(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1691: Trump Confirms Plan | Trump Preparing the Masses "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Published on Oct 16, 2018

US job opening hits a record high, 1.2 million job vacancies. The statistical information is so far from reality right now, if this was true we would see wages sky rocketing, but we don't. The American people are not keeping up with the inflation, from last year to this year wages have gone up .5%. Peter Schiff warns of another recession. Trump confirms that plan, right on schedule.

Published on Oct 16, 2018

Trump lays into Senator Warren, the DNA test is backfiring and the Native Americans are agreeing with Trump, Warren is not Native American. More evidence has come out that McCabe leaked information. Wolfe has been brought up on charges, these charges are for lying to the FBI, but behind the scenes he most likely flipped and it testifying on all the others who put him up to leaking the FISA document. Trump tells Honduras if you continue with the deep state policy funding will be cutoff. The MSM is pushing their narrative that Saudi Arabia is responsible, they want them to admit, Trump says it could be rogue elements. The deep state is trying to push their agenda. Deep state tries to block peace talks in Afghanistan. Libya getting ready for elections, and a political solution is coming for Syria. Trump tweet more bread to get the American people ready for the declass, more carpet bombs on the way.


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Ethiopia's Abiy Gives Half of Ministerial Posts to Women
16 October 2018
BBC World Servce

Aisha Mohammed was construction minister before becoming Ethiopia's first defence minister
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed women to half of his government's ministerial posts, including the job of defence minister.

Explaining his decision in a speech to Parliament, Mr Abiy said women were "less corrupt than men" and would help restore peace and stability.

Ethiopia is now the only African state after Rwanda to have equal gender representation in the cabinet.

Mr Abiy also cut the number of ministerial jobs from 28 to 20.

Since becoming prime minister in April, he has carried numerous massive reforms.

He has ended two decades of conflict with neighbouring Eritrea, released thousands of political prisoners and loosened the state's tight grip on parts of the economy.

Aisha Mohammed was named as Ethiopia's first female defence minister. She is from the country's Afar region in the north-east, and had served as construction minister.

Muferiat Kamil, the former speaker of parliament, became the country's first Minister of Peace. She will be overseeing the country's intelligence and security apparatus, including the federal police.

Mahlet Hailu, Ethiopia's deputy permanent representative to the UN, tweeted the list of new ministers.

Mr Abiy said that his reform process needed to continue to address the structural and strategic problems that pushed the country into chaos.

He said women had made a great contribution to restoring peace and stability, were less corrupt, respected their work and could sustain the drive for change.

The 42-year-old became prime minister in April after the unexpected resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn.

It followed three years of protest led by ethnic Oromos, who were demanding an end to what they considered their political and economic marginalization.

Mr Abiy is Oromo himself, but his appeal for trust and unity to "heal our wounds... and work together to develop our country" has received a cautious welcome from many within Ethiopi...


Crisis warning as 250,000 Congolese return from Angola "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A "fast-developing humanitarian situation" is developing in D R Congo with more than 250,000 Congolese returning from a migrant clampdown in Angola in the last fortnight..


East Africa owes China $29.4bn in infrastructure loans "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

East African economies have borrowed $29.5 billion from China in the past 10 years to grow their transport, communication, manufacturing and energy sectors.


Do These Ruins Prove The Biblical Story Of Exodus? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ancient ruins found in the Israeli wilderness could solve the biblical mystery of the Exodus, archaeologists claim. According to the Bible, Moses liberated the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and led them through the wilderness of Sinai, before they crossed the River Jordan into the promised land of Canaan. Yet no historical basis for the legend exists, and []


Senate probes NNPC over $3.5bn subsidy recovery fund "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senator: Its slush fund   Corporation: CBN in custody of money   The Senate, yesterday, resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to  investigate the $3.5 billion Subsidy Recovery Fund allegedly created by the   Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and solely managed by its Group Managing Director and the Executive Director, Finance. The decision []

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UN, U.S. Senate, CAN condemn killing of health workers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There was outrage across Nigeria and beyond yesterday following the killing of yet another humanitarian aid worker by terrorists operating in the North-East of the country. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed that a health worker abducted by the Boko Haram had been murdered by her captors. The ICRC named the worker []

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Atikus Agenda for Nigeria. (Policy Document) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

1. My administration would consider concessioning to private sector segments of the national grid under some form of PPP over More


How Obis nomination divides SEast leaders "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

KENNETH OFOMA writes on the division among the South-East Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders over the nomination of former Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi as running mate to the partys presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar   The discordant tunes of South-East stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the nomination of former governor []

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How APC panel ensured hitch-free primaries In Edo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The battle by various aspirants for the tickets of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State for the 2019 general elections is over with the emergence of the legislative candidates, CAJETAN MMUTA reports     Stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Edo State have every reason to be grateful and much []

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2019: The Atiku-Obi winning ticket "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  President Muhammadu Buhari and his supporters are desperate. All of a sudden, they have become the best gamblers. Experts in all kinds of permutations.   They are like the nairabet players who postulate on matches between clubs in distant climes, even when they have no part in the processes leading to the results. Indeed, []

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October Rain: SNA celebrates master artists, Grillo, Barber "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Society of Nigerian Artist (SNA), Lagos State Chapter is set to roll out the drums as it celebrates two of the most influential figures in Nigerian visual art scene, Prof. Yusuf Grillo and Prof. Abayomi Barber, for this years edition of October Rain Exhibition. The exhibition featuring works ranging from paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, []

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Quramo Writers Prize unveils Top 5 finalists for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Quramo Publishing has unveiled the Top 5 finalists of the Quramo Writers Prize 2018, two weeks after announcing the Top 10 finalists.   The winner of the 2018 edition of the prize will be announced at the award ceremony scheduled for Sunday October 21, 2018. The annual prize is awarded to an unpublished fiction []

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Cheque usage declines as e-payments gather pace "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Predictions in some quarters that cheques could disappear in the near future could come to pass in these parts as data obtained from the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) show that its use for transactions has continued a downward trend in recent years.   Specifically, New Telegraphs analysis of data obtained from NIBSS indicates []

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Buhari is in charge of govt, supporters tell Tambuwal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has come under attack from President Muhammad Buhari support group.   The group, Buhari Media Organization (BMO), has described Tambuwal as a failed governor and errand boy. Tambuwal had, on Monday, said that he, along others, would end Buharis rule-by-proxy in 2019.   Reacting to Tambuwals criticism yesterday, BMO []

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Elections will be free, fair Buhari "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians and members of the international community that the 2019 general elections will be free and fair. The President said the 2019 general elections will usher the country into another clime of maturity, peace and unity. Buhari stated this yesterday while receiving Letters of Credence from four ambassadors at the []

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FG moves to protect $14bn maritime trade from sea robbers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government has said that it would protect the nations $14billion maritime trade from pirates, sea robbers and other criminals operating on its territorial waters. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha , disclosed this yesterday at the World Maritime Day celebration held in Lagos, with the theme: Our []

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Bello signs Kogi Assembly Commission Bill "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Grants autonomy to state legislature   Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has taken the lead as one of the first governors to sign into law the bill granting autonomy to state legislature. Inspired by the action of President Muhammadu Buhari, who few months ago assented to the bill for an autonomy for the []

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Working long hours could be injurious to health "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Scientists said working more than 40 hours a week has been linked to negative changes in the health of affected persons. According to a new research from NYU Langone Health, working fewer hours each week could help make workers healthier. NYU Langone, based in New York City, is one of the nations premier academic medical []

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2019: CUPP begins search for consensus candidate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Leaders of political parties that formed the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) met behind closed doors yesterday at the Yaradua Centre, Abuja to begin the process for adopting a consensus presidential candidate, who will face President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election. About 40 parties had last June, signed a Memorandum of Understanding []

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Global market rebounds with earnings in focus "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Stocks bounced back on Tuesday across the world, supported by strong earnings expectations, while oil prices were wobbly as evidence of higher US production was overshadowed by a tighter global supply outlook as Iran prepares for US sanctions. Despite the rally in stocks, US Treasury yields were steady. According to Reuters, European shares pulled up []

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Stakeholders lament non-release of funds for family planning in Niger "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Stakeholders in the health sector have lamented non-release of budgetary funds allocated to family planning programmes in Niger State, saying that it has affected the implementation programmes. However, despite the state governments recent approval of N10 million out of the N50 million allocated to family planning in Niger State, no funds had been released.   []

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World Bank to boost technical education in Benue State "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The World Bank in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Education has selected Benue State as one of the states to benefit from a pilot scheme to boost technical education with skills acquisition.   Senior Education Specialist, Dr. Tunde Adekola, who led a delegation from the World Bank and officials of the ministry, disclosed this []

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Court orders Kebbi teachers association to refund N12m to NUT "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Industrial Court (NIC) sitting in the Sokoto Judicial Division yesterday ordered Association of Kebbi State Secondary School Teachers (SST) to refund to the claimant, N12, 807,300.00 being the check-off dues of SST collected between January 2007 and September 2009 to the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT). Delivering judgement in []

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Diebold Nixdorf calls for larger ecosystem "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Multinational financial and retail technology company, Diebold Nixdorf, organised an international management seminar last week in Lisbon, Portugal, as part of its efforts , to encourage banking executives to focus on the bigger picture their customers connected commerce journey that includes ecosystems beyond banking, the firm said in a statement   According to []

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Flood: Ex-deputy gov makes case for displaced 6,000 victims in Anambra "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former deputy governor of Anambra state and senatorial candidate of Anambra north on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Chinedu Emaka has urged Federal Government to establish a permanent NEMA hospital in the area in order not to be taken unaware in subsequent developments. No fewer than 6000 persons, who had []

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Permanent Representative of Cuba to the UN, Anayansi Rodrguez Camejo, Denounces New Anti-Cuban Action "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Granma International news | On Tuesday, 16 October, 2018, the United States of America has once again sullied the name of the United Nations. The United States, in another action of contempt for human rights and this Organization, has preferred to create absurd lies about Cuba rather than recognize and promote a campaign to...


Black Agenda Book Forum: Shadaab Rahemtullas Quran of the Oppressed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor A central aim of liberation theology, in both the Christian and Muslim faiths, is to wrestle theology away from the elites and their privileged pontification. This is a book about siding with the oppressed and of speaking truth to power. In this series, we ask acclaimed authors to answer...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Posted on 13th October 2018

While addressing the first conference the of the African National Congress Department of Information and Publicity on the 5th of July 1983 in Lusaka,  the longest serving President of the African National Congress, comrade Oliver Reginald Tambo observed that:

Given that our movement is a uniting force, an organiser, a mobiliser, an educator and leader of the widest sections of our people, the Department of Information and Publicity (DIP) must of necessity be a finely tuned specialist instrument that clearly and comprehensively grasps the overall task of the ANC and its role and place in the struggle of our people for their national rights in particular, and the general struggle of humanity for a just, peaceful and prosperous world.

The relaunch of the revamped and innovative website brought to live yet again the words of President Tambo.

Our movements ability to disseminate information to the widest and broadest section of society is consistent with our role as true leader of society.

The revamped web platform promises to make interactions more exciting for both the young and old alike.

It is interactive in many aspects and allows communities both here at home and abroad to pick up our organizations current affairs.

A new public info portal has been added, this is work in progress and will give members of the public the benefit to search for jobs, know about new skills and enterprise development initiatives deepening citizen empowerment.

Our dynamic and trendy animation platform Batsumy will give visitors to the site an easy way to emancipation and to continuously engage with our political programs.

This web platform aims to address knowledge deficit about the programmes of the movement, create an ANC popular culture and make the ANC way of life.

Through Batsumy loosely translated to mean the Hunters of solution to societal challenges the conversation has begun.

The platform will also provide easy access to the progressive Online Broadcast Platform ...


Congo in the Abyss "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ann Garrison The imperial aggressions of western governments have inflicted multiple holocausts on the Congolese people. In Congo, globalized capitalism creates permanent chaos. This week I spoke to Swiss Congolese historian and activist Bndicte Kumbi Ndjoko about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ann Garrison: On February 12, 2018, the UN High Commissioner...


Deadly, Cowardly US Drone Wars in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mark P. Fancher The anticipated reduction of US troops in Africa will be matched by an increase in killer drones. War is romantic only when it is limited to the confines of a sanitized imagination. Movies that portray heroic soldiers vanquishing demonic enemy combatants or rescuing fallen comrades may whip up jingoistic war fever, but...


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Burkina Faso: First Stone Monument in Memory of Thomas Sankara
Africa News

The first stone of a monument to the memory of Thomas Sankara was laid October 15 in Ouagadougou, 31 years to the day after the assassination of the father of the Burkinabe revolution.

The bronze five-meter high statue, will be erected on four hectares at the headquarters of the National Council of the Revolution, where President Sankara was killed by a commando on October 15, 1987 at 37 years old. A blow that brought to power his companion in arms, Blaise Compaore.

Several hundred people, including members of the government, attended the ceremony followed by a procession to the Burkina building in front of which President Sankara was shot dead.

Today, the heirs, friends, sympathizers in the entire nation want to raise him from the ashes, and where? On the council site where one faithful Thursday afternoon he left the meeting room next door, put his hands up and was taken down by the bullets of murderous traitors.

Thomas Sankara, who came to power in a coup in 1983, sometimes referred to as African Che, was facing a rising challenge in the country because of his uncompromising choices, while his denunciation of imperialism and his links with the leaders of Libya and Ghana earned him strong enemies abroad.



America Is Authoritarian by Design "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

So often, underlying structures and institutions of oppression escape serious scrutiny amid our countrys most high-profile political dramas. Take the recent conviction of Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer caught on tape four years ago firing 16 shots into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

From its soul-numbing kill tape to McDonalds family shown and quoted repeatedly across local media, the trials coverage took on an almost theatrical tone. We heard from the victims family members, the officers wife, and the activists celebrating the verdict in the streets. Television cameras zoomed in on the sorry face of the sad killer, right up to the moment he was led out of court as a convicted murderer.

Largely left unsaid was how Van Dykes crime was merely a rippleif an especially provocative onein a deep sea of racial oppression engulfing Chicago and the nation as a whole.

Before the trial concluded, a veteran Chicago activist and radical commentator told me hed heard that Van Dyke will be thrown to the mob as a kind of token to pacify the citys black population and take the heat off a racist police state. Indeed, the danger of the McDonald-Van Dyke drama and its guilty verdict is that it will function as a safety valve, helping the city and nations entrenched racist patterns and institutions maintain their legitimacy, helping spread the illusion that the system works.

But it doesnt work for millions of disproportionately poor black people. Ask the families of Milton Hall, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Rekia Boyd, Sandra Bland and the growing list of mostly young African-Americans unjustly killed by American police officers and prison and security guardsall on tape. Ask the hundreds of black Chicagoans who have been terrorized into signing forced confessions for crimes they didnt commit. Ask the many thousands of black people serving long sentences in Illinois prisons after they were convicted for drug crimesthe type of crimes that whites commit....


Fate of troubled Karuturi to be known December "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

16 Oct 2018 | NationKenya's Court of Appeal is in December expected to determine if Karuturi will pay Sh1.8 billion contested debt to Stanbic Bank before the dispute before High Court is determined.


County government denies leasing Yala swamp to West Kenya Sugar Company "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

11 Oct 2018 | KNASiaya county government has not surrendered the Yala swamp to a private sugar milling company as alleged by a section of the media, the county director of communications, Jerry Ochieng has said.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe VP in South Africa for Medical Checks - Government
Zimbabwes Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is receiving treatment in South Africa for injuries sustained in a bombing in June at a campaign rally for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, state newspaper the Herald reported on Monday.

Chiwenga, 61, a former military general who led the coup that ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe last November, is widely seen as the power behind Mnangagwa.

Presidential spokesman George Charamba told the Herald that Chiwenga flew to South Africa on Tuesday last week.

So he flew out last Tuesday alongside his wife who was also due for a review in South Africa, where they then went for medical checks.

Charamba did not give details on Chiwengas condition but told the newspaper the vice president was receiving treatment for injuries sustained during the June bombing at a Mnangagwa campaign rally in Bulawayo that killed two security aides.

So he flew out last Tuesday alongside his wife who was also due for a review in South Africa, where they then went for medical checks, Charamba told the newspaper.

He added that both Chiwenga and his wife were in good health after treatment. Barring the unforeseen, we expect the couple back into the country sometime this week. Charamba could not be reached directly for comment.

Mnangagwa, who took over from his mentor Mugabe, appointed Chiwenga vice president after the coup and retained him following his disputed July 30 election win.

Speculation about Chiwengas health began circulating two weeks ago when the vice president, frequently seen at Mnangagwas side, disappeared from public view.



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Ivory Coast: Provisional Results of Local Polls
by AFP 

Provisional results of 189 of 201 municipalities in Ivory Coast are out. The ruling party RHDP has dominated with 89 elected officials far behind Henri Konan Bdis PDCI with 47 elected officials.

The RHDP won the victory in the largest municipalities in the Abidjan district, including Treichville, Koumassi, Yopougon and Abobo. This election was dominated by an increase in the number of independent candidates, who at this stage of the vote count, 57 elected.

For its part, the PDCI has won the town hall of Cocody and retains the town hall of Le Plateau, the business centre of Abidjan.

On the regional side, the RHDP provisionally won 18 seats against 5 for the PDCI and 2 for the PDCI-RHDP, out of 28 of the 31 regional councils proclaimed.

Saturdays elections were overshadowed by tensions within the ruling RHDP coalition. More than six million Ivorians were called to vote in these local elections, the main challenge of which was to measure the opposing forces before the presidential elections of 2020, particularly among members of the former ruling coalition.

The two-party coalition, which comprises the RDR of president Alassane Ouattara and the historically dominant PDCI, has governed Ivory Coast since 2010. However, in the run-up to Saturdays polls their alliance broke down, with each fielding rival candidates in many areas.

Scuffles and clashes also occurred elsewhere in the area where campaigning took place in a very tense atmosphere.


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Beijing Blasts US Harassment Claim in South China Sea, Vows 'Indisputable Sovereignty' Over Area
Tue Oct 16, 2018 04:34PM

The undated photo shows China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang.

China's Foreign Ministry has slammed a claim by the United States that one of its warships was harassed by China in the South China Sea, insisting that Beijing holds indisputable sovereignty over its islands and surrounding waters there.

"The allegation by the United States is nothing but making an unfounded counter-charge, said Chinas Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang during a Tuesday press briefing. China has an indisputable sovereignty over its islands and the surrounding waters on the South China Sea.

He further underlined Beijings right to self-defense and self-protection under international law and rejected Washingtons claims about Chinese aims to militarize the waters in the area.

Like other countries, China is exercising its sovereignty and self-protection and self-defense to carry out activities for peaceful purposes, including necessary defense facilities, on its own territory. This has nothing to do with militarization," Lu added.

There have been reports that the administration of US President Donald Trump is making deliberate efforts to counter what it regards as years of unchecked Chinese aggression, pointing to a new era of potentially much colder ties between Washington and Beijing.

Citing interviews with senior White House and other US officials on Monday, major American daily The Wall Street Journal reported, In the first 18 months of the administration, ties between the worlds two biggest powers were defined by negotiations over how to restrain North Korea and ways to re-balance trade. Those high-profile endeavors masked White House preparations for a more hard-nosed stance with Beijinga strategy now surfacing as Chinas help with Pyongyang wanes and trade talks stall. 

The Chinese spokesman also emphasized, "There is no problem at all for freedom of navigation or flying over the South China Sea. But everybody has noticed in recent years that the United States, under the signboard of freedom of navigation and flight, freque...


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Formation of New Lebanese Government is 'Very Close,' Says Hariri
Tue Oct 16, 2018 03:45PM

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri talks inside the parliament building at downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on May 28, 2018. (Photo by Reuters)

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has raised hopes about the formation of a new unity government in Lebanon, stating that statesmen are very close to the establishment of such an administration in the Arab country.

I know that the formation of the government has taken too long, but we will be able to form it, God willing. We are very close to that, Hariri said during a speech at the Grand Serail in Beirut on Tuesday.

He further noted that there is progress in the formation process.

Hariris comments came days after the parliamentary bloc of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement cast doubt over the Prime Minister-designates prediction that a new unity government will be formed in Lebanon soon.

In light of the internal difficulties and obstacles hampering the formation, it is unlikely for the government to be formed within the ten-day time limit set by Hariri, an unnamed source close to the movement told Lebanon's Arabic-language daily newspaper al-Joumhouria on Friday.

Hariri said on October 9 that all political sides had made concessions on their demands for posts in the next Cabinet, expressing hope that a new government would be formed after President Michel Aoun returns from a trip abroad.

Aoun traveled to Armenia on October 10, and was back in Lebanon two days later.

The prime minister-designate said on October 4 that the government would be formed within a week to 10 days because the economy could not tolerate further delay. He called on all sides to make concessions.

Lebanon's first parliamentary vote in nine years was held on May 6, with over 500 candidates vying for seats. Turnout was 49.2 percent, according to officials.

According to official results, Hezbollah and its political allies secured over half the seats.

Hezbollah as well as groups and individua...


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Mastermind Behind Ahvaz Terrorist Attack Killed in Iraqs Diyala, IRGC Says
Tue Oct 16, 2018 08:25PM

Soldiers are seen at the scene of an attack on a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz on September 22, 2018. (Photo by ISNA)
Irans Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says a high-ranking commander of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, who apparently masterminded the recent deadly terror attack in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, has been killed in Iraqs eastern province of Diyala.

The IRGC public relations department announced in a statement released on Tuesday evening that the high-profile militant, better known by the nom de guerre Abu Dhoha, was killed along with four assistants in an ambush carried out by the Iraqi pro-government Popular Mobilization Units commonly known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Shaabi.

On October 1, the IRGC rained surface-to surface ballistic missiles on the positions of Daesh in eastern Syria, which along with the al-Ahwazia separatist group took responsibility for the September 22 terrorist attack in Ahvaz.

The IRGC announced in a statement that the missiles were launched at 2 am local time (2230 GMT September 31) from the western Iranian city of Kermanshah.

Irans Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) strikes the gatherings of the ringleaders of the recent terror attack in the southwestern city of Ahvaz with several surface-to-surface ballistic missiles.
The statement added that drones bombarded Daesh positions after the missile strikes.

On September 22, four gunmen attacked a military parade in Ahvaz, killing at least 25 people and wounding 69 others. A four-year-old boy was among the fallen victims.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the following day that the attack had been carried out by the same cowards funded by regimes in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

A number of countries denounced or offered condolences over the terrorist attack in Ahvaz.

France deeply condemns Saturday terrorist attack in Ahvaz, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.



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Saudi-led Military Aggression Left Over 15,000 Civilians Dead: Rights Group
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:48PM

This picture, provided by the media bureau of Yemens Houthi Ansarullah movement, shows the aftermath of a Saudi airstrike against Gabal Ras area in Yemens western coastal city of Hudaydah on October 13, 2018.

The Legal Center for Rights and Developments in Yemen says the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign against the impoverished and conflict-plagued Arab country has claimed the lives of more than 15,000 civilians.

The center, in a statement released on Monday, announced that the aggression has resulted in the death of 15,185 civilians, including 3,527 children and 2,277 women.

A total of 23,822 civilians, among them 3,526 children and 2,587 women, have also sustained injuries, and are currently suffering from the lack of medicine, medical supplies and poor treatment due to the crippling Saudi siege.

The center further noted that the Saudi military aggression has also caused the death of nearly 2,200 Yemenis from cholera.

It highlighted that aerial assaults being conducted by the Saudi-led alliance have resulted in the destruction of 15 airports and 14 ports, and damaged 2,559 roads and bridges in addition to 781 water storage facilities, 191 power stations and 426 telecommunications towers.

The statement went on to say that the incessant Saudi-led bombardment campaign has destroyed more than 421,911 houses, 930 mosques, 888 schools, 327 hospitals and health facilities plus 38 media organizations, halted the operation of 4,500 schools and left more than 4 million people internally displaced.

In addition, the Saudi-led coalition has targeted 1,818 government facilities, 749 food storehouses, 621 food trucks, 628 shops and commercial compounds, 362 fuel stations, 265 tankers, 339 factories, 310 poultry and livestock farms, 219 archaeological sites, 279 tourist facilities and 112 playgrounds and sports complexes.

The Legal Center for Rights and Developments in Yemen then called on the United Nations to shoulder its responsibilities concerning protection of human rights and the rules of international humanitarian law in Yeme...


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US, Saudi Trying to Whitewash Khashoggi Murder: Fmr. US Diplomat
Tue Oct 16, 2018 07:28PM

The administration of US President Donald Trump is trying to whitewash Saudi Arabias murder of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a former American diplomat says.

Speaking to Press TV on Tuesday, Michael Springmann, a former US diplomat in Jeddah, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeos recent trip to Saudi Arabia was an attempt by President Donald Trump to gloss over Saudi Arabias deeds.

This is absolutely astonishing, astounding, outrageous you name the superlative, Springmann said. The Americans are obviously working to keep the Saudis close to them and the Saudis are working to keep the Americans close to them.

It is scarcely conceivable that the president of the United States would send his secretary of state over to Saudi Arabia and not talk tough with them, he said.

Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Turkeys Istanbul on October 2. Turkish and American intelligence communities agree that he was murdered there and his dismembered body was sent back to Saudi Arabia.

Having promised to punish the perpetrators while saving ties with Saudi Arabia, Trump sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh in an attempt to put off international pressure over his lackluster reaction to Khashoggis disappearance.

After arriving in Riyadh earlier in the day, Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman and MBS, where he hailed strong ties between the sides.

Pompeos complimentary tone with the Saudi king further confirms the Trump administrations lack of enthusiasm to get to the bottom of issue.

Trump has pledged to punish Saudi Arabia if it turns out that Khashoggi was indeed murdered at the consulate. But there is a catch.

The American head of state has also made it clear that whatever those punishments are, they would not endanger ties with Riyadh, particularly the $110 billion weapons deal that he signed with the kingdom during his maiden foreign visit last year.

The reason, according to S...


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Shireen Al-Adeimi Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance Has Accomplished What 50,000 Yemeni Deaths Could Not
Recent condemnations of the Saudi government are welcome, but the kingdom's brutality in Yemen has not drawn nearly as much attention.

Oct. 16, 2018 / 4:23 AM EDT

Image: Man carries an injured girl rescued from the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa
A man rescues an injured girl after Saudi-led coalition fighter jets rained bombs in Sanaa, Yemen on Aug. 25, 2017. Khaled Abdullah / Reuters

Shireen Al-Adeimi is an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University. Originally from Yemen, she has played an active role in raising awareness about the Saudi-led war on Yemen, and aims to encourage political action among fellow Americans to bring about an end to the U.S.'s role in the war.

Earlier this month, prominent Saudi Arabian dissident Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey and disappeared. What should have been a mundane procedure involving paperwork to finalize his divorce has turned into an ongoing international incident that has left his Turkish fiance and the global community wondering what happened to the self-exiled Saudi government critic and Washington Post contributor.

Now it seems that Saudi officials may soon release a new statement claiming rogue Saudi operatives killed Khashoggi during an interrogation or rendition attempt that went awry. But no matter what the official Saudi explanation ends up being, reports by Turkish authorities paint a horrifying picture of what they allege happened: following a direct order by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, more than a dozen Saudi officials arrived in Istanbul on two separate flights on October 2, then proceeded to torture, kill and dismember Khashoggis body before returning to Riyadh and Dubai later that day.

The allegations of state-sponsored torture and assassination triggered a rare backlash from U.S. businesses, media and importantly, some U.S. government officials although President Donald Trump has stopped short of a full-throated denunciation, caveating his statements repeatedly with the princes official denials. On Monday, Trump went so...


African Penguin Decline BBC Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Paul Homewood | Not A Lot Of People Know That | October 16, 2018 As we found out last week, the directive has come down from on high at the BBC to ramp up climate alarm at every opportunity they get. The memo has evidently been received in the BBC newsroom, who broadcast this []


Queen fondly recalls Bengal famine "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Following news reports that Yemen could be facing one of the worst famine in 100 years if airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are to continue, Queen Elizabeth II could not help but reminisce about her younger days during a similar period in history - the Bengal famine. Occasionally looking up from the newspaper's horrific imagery of starving Yemeni children, the Queen stared out her Buckingham Palace window in remembrance of the early 1940s, when her father, then King, was emperor of India. "I wonder if daddy felt any empathy when all those Indians died," she asked herself, referring to her father King George VI who sat at the throne while Britain implemented a series of measures to ensure the death of some 3 million human beings. "Winston sure hated them; I remember him saying once that they were a beastly people with a beastly religion and that the famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits. I wonder what he would say about this Yemen lot".

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Is The Blue Wave Actually a Crime Wave? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The recently reported:

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said last week that illegal immigrants who are not eligible to vote in elections will be a part of Democrats promised blue wave in this Novembers midterm elections.

Just listen:

The thing of it is, the blue wave is African American. It is white. It is Latino. It is Asian-Pacific Islander. It is disabled, it is differently abled. It is LGBTQ. It is law enforcement. It is veterans, Abrams said.

It is made up of those whove been told that they are not worthy of being here. It is comprised of those who are documented and undocumented, she added.

Undocumented? Isnt that another way of saying illegal?

Perhaps she is referring to what many of the lawless in America are calling the undocumented productive citizenswellexcept they arent citizens?

So just what kind of movement is this blue wave?

You see, until the illegal immigrant is an American, by legal definition they have broken the laws of the land, making them a criminal, and thereby forfeiting their rights to liberty in America.

But criminally entering America is not their only crime.  Before any illegal alien receives his/her first paycheck or cash payment the potential of at least 28 crimes will be committed by him/her.

For example:

1. Conspiring to cross the border illegally. (1 count)

2. Hiring a coyote or a drug cartel for guided passage into the USA. (1 count)

3. Crossing the border with a coyote and in many cases smuggling drugs. (1 count)

4. Traveling, illegally, to their destination or to a destination determined by their smuggler. (1 count)



DNA Testing Reveal That The Aborigines Of Australia Have The Most Ancient Culture In The World "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Mayuk Saha

A study on genetics published in the journal Nature has proved that the Aborigines descended from people who migrated to Australia around 58,000 years ago. Titled A Genomic History of Aboriginal Australia, this is the first time that such a genetic study has been conducted. The results are ground breaking as they show that these ancestors make up the worlds oldest known culture.

Conducted at Cambridge University under the supervision of Professor Eske Willerslev, elders from the aboriginal tribes in Australia were also part of this team. Genetic sequencing with the genes of a number of Indigenous Australians and some natives of New Guinea extracted from their saliva was achieved. Prior to this, the same study had only been conducted on three people. The subjects in the study came from many places, some quite far from each other.

Earlier, experts did wonder if the recent generations of Indigenous communities had descended from the very first set of people to live in Australia. Their theories have now been confirmed. Being the most thorough study of its kinds, it has also proved that all of us are descended from the same group of ancestors who migrated out of Africa.
In Australia, this migration happened when the ancestors of the Papuans and the Aborigines moved along with others a little over 70,000 years ago. They then separated from that group some 14,000 years later and were most likely the first of our kind to make it across a large water body like an ocean. This group landed in Sahul, the landmass that broke into separate pieces to become the plac...


Saudi regime murder, other crimes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Media Praise for Saudi Crown Prince Turns to Fury After Jamal Khashoggis Disappearance

16 October 2018

Pundits are outraged over the disappearance and likely execution of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

But where was the outrage over the last three years as the Saudis obliterated Yemen and created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the EU and U.N.

The atrocious human rights record of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, known by his initials MBS, has not been a secret. But over the last year, media pundits were heaping praise on MBS as he toured the globe to promote his so-called reform movement and to attract international investors.

The Saudis problematic record on human rights has been evident for a while. Jamal Khashoggis disappearance is not an aberration. But MBSs brutality has now impacted a person that D.C. insiders and journalists all know, so theyre finally admitting what critics of MBS have warned about for years.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018



American Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Politicians In The Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

American Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Politicians In The Middle East

There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen. I was running it. We did it.
Posted on October 16, 2018, at 5:53 a.m. ET


Streets flood as heavy rains, hail lash the United Arab Emirates "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The NCM had issued weather warnings over the past few days. Weather reports regarding rain and hail have been pouring in from all over the country. Flood waters and hail stones have overtaken parts of Wadi Qur in the eastern areas of the UAE. Heavy rain was sighted in Al Ain near Khatm al Shakla, Ajman and Fujairah.


There Is No Future Left in Syria: A Conversation With a Family of Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In September of 2008 I went to Syria for a few weeks. I only had two contacts in the country, and one of them was F, a middle class Christian and the prominent owner of local bakeries and a local pizzeria who lived in Syrias Western province of Latakia.

I had never met F before, but according to friends at the University of Leuven, F would most likely be willing to take me in for a few days. F worked for years with the University of Leuven Archeology Department, and my friends promised that F would receive me.

After visiting Damascus, Homs, and a few Crusader castles like Krak des Chevaliers, I arrived in the city where F lived and worked. Not only did F provide me with a place to sleep, but during that week he and his family were the emblem of generous hospitality. Every time I reached for my wallet to share in the cost, F gave me the proverbial slap on the wrist. When I went north, to Aleppo, we exchanged phone numbers. We would stay in contact and I was told I was welcome back in Syria at any time.

Not even three years later, the Arab Spring swept throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Soon, it looked as if the Syrian revolution would turn into a full-scale, bloody war. When I contacted F, he initially said that there were no rebels in his province, and no sign of jihadists. That would soon change.

From all over the world would-be fighters, inspired by the promise of international jihad, travelled to Syria. F and his family managed to survive through all of the upheaval, but on several occasions were in grave danger. Sometime in 2013 I called F, warning him about fighters of Jabhat an-Nusra and ISIS who were active in the province.  

On different occasions, my friends and I tried to get F and his family out of Syria, but our efforts initially failed. About half a year ago I decided to contact the Belgian Secretary for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken. After a few months, I got some good news at last: F and his family would receive a humanitarian visa and would be granted asylum in Belgium. What follows below is a part of their story, as told to me by F and his wife, whom I will refer to as L.

For safety reasons, the names of the family members and the name of their home town are not included. Some portions have been edited for clarity.

P: Could you tell me about March 2011, when the revolution started in Syria ?

F: The war changed everything Islamists from all over the world came to...


The U.S. and Saudi Arabia Have Been Getting Away With Murder for Years "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

March 2015 marked a decisive phase in what is now a more than three-year war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, in coordination with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, initiated a military operation against Yemen's capital of Sana'a in an effort to dislodge any fragment of Houthi presence while also fomenting a tide of psychological warfare that would signal the ruthless course of action to come. Yemen's infrastructure was so thoroughly upended by coalition attacks that within a year and a half [...]



The consumer price index, which measures inflation, stood at 11.28% in September from 11.28% recorded in August on a year-on-year More


US Companies Back Out of Saudi Events as Tensions Mount "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Reduce Support Saudi Arabia(ANTIWAR.COM)  Cash-rich oil exporter Saudi Arabia is always a sure thing for US companies. The recent controversy surrounding journalist Jamal Khashoggis disappearance and apparent murder, along with rising international tensions, has many companies rethinking that. An upcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia is losing participants left and right. JP Morgan Chase, Ford, Mastercard, and Blackrock have all []



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Saudis thought Trump would shrug at killing journalist, may have thought they were doing him a favor "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On Tuesday morning, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting with Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. One focus of their discussion is the disappearance and suspected murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pompeo has already thanked the Saudis for supporting a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation even though they have yet to allow Turkish authorities into the consulate, have presented a false covert story of tourists for a group of Saudi intelligence agencies entering the country, and repeatedly provided false information in saying that Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after he came in. To date, the Saudis have been anything but transparent, done everything possible to delay, and have stalled every attempt to get to the truth. Pompeo is praising the Saudis, when they have not only very likely murdered Khashoggi, but obfuscated and lied on every aspect of his fate.

At a Monday chat with the press, Donald Trump suggested that Khashoggi was done in by rogue killers. Killers who apparently boarded a plane in Saudi Arabia, landed in Istanbul, came inside the consulate, detained, beat, killed and dismembered Khashoggi using a bone saw, left in a black van taking the journalists severed body with them, reboarded a plane, and flew back to Saudi Arabia. Also on Monday, several sources reported that the Saudis would float a new story, one in which Khashoggi was detained for questioning and accidentally killed. But despite wide reporting, no official Saudi source has yet offered up this explanation.

According to CNN, Turkish authorities are reporting that they will, at last, be given access to the consulate building on Tuesday. Turkish sources have previously stated that they had both audio and video evidence that Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate.

Through the whole incident, Donald Trump has insisted that the United States is deeply concernedunless, of course, it would hurt a $110 billion arms agreement with Saudi Arabia. That arms sale is helping to enable the Saudi intrusion into Yemen, where US bombs have been dropped on a school bus, as well as other civilian targets. The invasion of Yemen is one of the topics that most concerned Khashoggi, and was connected to his departure from Saudi Arabia. But there was another reason that Khashoggi fell out of favor with Saudi leader bin Salman, and that connection makes whats already an unimaginably ugly incident...


The Other Enduring Legacy of Jim Crow in Charlottesville, Va. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. High school seniors Zyahna Bryant and Trinity Hughes have been friends since they were 6 years old, raised by blue-collar families in this affluent college town. They played on the same T-ball and softball teams and were in the same church group.

But like many African-American children in Charlottesville, Trinity lived on the south side of town and went to a predominantly black neighborhood elementary school. Zyahna lived across the train tracks on the north side and was zoned to a mostly white school, near the University of Virginia campus, that boasts the citys highest reading scores.

In elementary school, Zyahna was chosen for the districts program for gifted students. Since then, she has completed more than a dozen Advanced Placement and college-level courses, maintained a nearly 4.0 average, and has been a student leader and a community activist. She has her eyes set on a prestigious university like UVA.

I want to go somewhere where it shows how much hard work Ive put in, said Zyahna.

Trinity wasnt selected for the gifted program. She tried to enroll in higher-level courses and was denied. She expects to graduate later this school year, but with a transcript that she says wont make her competitive for selective four-year colleges.

I know what Im capable of and what I can do, Trinity said, but the counselors and teachers, they dont really care about that.

For every student like Zyahna in Charlottesvilles schools, there are scores like Trinity, caught in one of the widest educational disparities in the United States. Charlottesvilles racial inequities mirror college towns across the country, from Berkeley, California, to Evanston, Illinois. But they also match the wider world of education, which is grappling with racial gaps in areas from gifted programs to school discipline that can undercut the effort to equitably prepare students for college in a competitive economy.

The debate over the citys statue of Robert E. Lee and the white supremacist march last year set Charlottesville apart and spurred it to confront its Confederate past. But the city hasnt fully come to terms with another aspect of its Jim Crow legacy: a school system that segregates students from the time they start and steers them into separate and unequal tracks.

Charlottesville is beautiful physically and aesthetically pleasing, but a very ugly-in-the-soul place, said Nikuyah Walker, who became its first black female mayor during the self-recrimination that swept the city after last years white nationalist rallies. No one has ever attempted to undo that and that affects whether our children can learn here.

Today, white students make up 40 percent of Charlottesvilles enrollment, and African Americans about a third.....


Salvini says France deliberately dropped off migrants in Italian woods "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Italian anti-immigration leader Matteo Salvini has labeled French President Emmanuel Macron an "international embarrassment" after policemen were spotted dropping off migrants in an Italian forest on the countries' shared border. The right-wing Northern League party leader and the country's Interior minister said the French authorities' drop off of the migrants in Italian territory "is an unprecedented offence against Italy" and said in an Instagram post on Tuesday that "we don't accept apologies". A French gendarmerie police van last Friday was seen dropping off the two men, believed to be of African origin, in Italy's Claviere woods. A French official said the incident was a "mistake" at the hands of the officers who were new to patrolling the area. "Abandoning immigrants in an Italian forest cannot be considered a mistake or an incident," Salvini said. He went on to question whether international organizations such as the United Nations and Europe "don't find it 'sickening' to...



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United States mercenaries murdering in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 16 October 2018 BuzzFeed News video from the USA says about itself:

US Mercenaries Attempt Assassination In Yemen

The United Arab Emirates hired US ex-special ops soldiers to carry out targeted assassinations in war-torn Yemen. These elite US fighters were given years of specialized training by the US military to protect America. But then they worked for a different master: a private US company hired by a tiny desert monarchy to kill political rivals. Read our full investigation here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

US American mercenaries committed murders for hire in Yemen

Today, 15:09

American mercenaries were commissioned by a foreign power to carry out murder missions against politicians in Yemen. That reports the US American BuzzFeed News. A research journalist of the website spoke to men who participated in the operations.

They say, among other things, that they were trying to kill a Yemeni politician on behalf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is a member of the Arab coalition fighting against Houthi rebels in the war in Yemen, with logistical support from the United States.

The Arab kingdom contacted an American company that supplies mercenary soldiers. The mercenaries, who are mentioned by name in the article, say that they were active for several months in Yemen and killed a number of important figures there.

Attack on politician

Experts say to BuzzFeed that it is hardly imaginable that...


British Phd student detained in United Arab Emirates, charged with spying "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Matthew Hedges, a Durham university PhD student, has officially been charged with spying for the UK government in the United Arab Emirates, leading to calls for Britain to "reassess their ties" with the Middle East Gulf state. The 31-year-old student who, according to his wife, Daniela Tejada, was in the UAE to conduct interviews for his doctoral thesis on the impact of the Emirates' foreign and security strategy, has been charged with spying on behalf of a foreign state. In a statement, the UAE government said: "The attorney general of United Arab Emirates confirmed today that Matthew Hedges, a British citizen, has been charged with spying for and on behalf of a foreign state, jeopardizing the military, economy and political security of the UAE."


Atikus Emergence and End of the Road for Buhari. By Farooq Kperogi, Ph.D. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Im frankly not excited about an Atiku Abubakar presidency. In a previous widely shared Facebook status update, which I developed More


America Has Stood by Saudi Arabia Through Countless Crises "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LONDON The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has enjoyed the ultimate protected status from the United States throughout its short history.

Riyadh has had a special relationship with the U.S., from President Franklin D. Roosevelt meeting Saudi Arabias first King Abdul Aziz on Valentines Day in 1945 to the kingdom becoming Americas main Mideast ally following the downfall of Irans shah in 1979.

Israel, Jordan and Egypt sworn enemies who later signed peace deals as well enjoy such a special status with the U.S. But none are the worlds top supplier of crude oil, able to swing the global energy market.

With Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hastily dispatched on a damage-limitation mission to Riyadh, behind-the-scenes efforts are in full flow to preserve the Saudi-U.S. relationship in the wake of the disappearance and alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Some initial comments from President Donald Trump suggested a strong desire to get to the bottom of the globally followed case as furor gained in intensity, with severe punishment threatened for any egregious act.

On Monday a new tale began to emerge: Trump floated the idea without publicly presenting any evidence that rogue killers were behind the possible assassination.

Realpolitik kicked in and the new arc of the story sounded distinctly written, directed and produced by the ultraconservative Saudi hierarchy, where no decision of any weight is made without the authority of the ruling Al Saud family.

Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post, is well known and thought of in the halls of power a face respected in many quarters to put to an alleged crime. That alone may have propelled the outrage surrounding his disappearance.

What binds Washington and Riyadh with such fervency and kinship, and why have previous perceived Saudi outrages not caused such seismic ripples?


From the moment Ayatollah Khomeinis plane circled above Tehran in February 1979, heralding the return from Paris of the exiled cleric who founded the Islamic Republic, new regional lines were drawn in the sand.

Khomeini cast America as the Great Satan, the U.S. Embassy hostage crisis and a failed rescue followed, effectively torpedoing President Jimmy Carters hopes for re-election. Iraq, led by Saddam Hussein with Saudi money funding the effort, then launched a ruinous war with Iran that spanned most of the decade.

Saudi Arabia was the first among Americans Persian Gulf friends in times of trouble. When Saddam invaded Kuwait and the royal family fled to Saudi Arabia until the U.S. invaded and removed Iraqi forces, Saudi Arabia played host to American forces on its bases. This infuriated many in the....


Daily Digest 10/16 - U.S. Deficit Rises 17%, 'Hyperalarming' Study Shows Massive Insect Loss "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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In what appears to be a direct response to the feeble opposition of the Ebonyi State governor, Chief Dave Umahi, More


India's #MeToo: Minister accused of multiple sexual harassment files defamation lawsuit "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An Indian minister has slammed allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at him by at least 10 women as "lies" and has filed a lawsuit against the first one who accused him of harassment. Junior Foreign Minister MJ Akbar, 67, filed a defamation suit against journalist Priya Ramani after she publicly accused him on Twitter of sexually harassing her. Remaining silent on the allegations until he got back from a trip to Nigeria last week, the minister on Sunday blasted the allegations made against him by the group of women, branding them "false and fabricated." "Accusation without evidence has become a viral fever among some sections.


Paul Allens new machine learning center for impact is figuring out what poachers will do next "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Vulcan, the Seattle-based philanthropic tech company founded by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, is helping a national park in Zimbabwe protect its animals by figuring out how to anticipate poachers movements.

Until recently, park managers at Gonarezhou National Park in southeastern Zimbabwe, a sprawling reserve a little larger than the Grand Canyon, used push pins and colored dots on the wall to track poachersmoving the pins when rangers called in with reports of gunshots or footprints, and attempting to track the position of every ranger.

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Saudi War on Yemen: Worlds Worst Famine in a Century Could Claim 13 Million "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yemen is a country of some 29 million persons, but over a third of them are at risk of starvation if Saudi and UAE bombing campaigns continue. Lise Grand, the United Nations coordinator for Yemen, has warned that the world has only 3 months to halt the slide toward catastrophe.

She seems to think that an immediate armistice must be called in the war to avoid this dire outcome. The Trump administration provides logistical and other help to the Saudi and UAE belligerents, and so the United States is embroiled in any human rights disaster there.

The Zaydi Shiite Houthi militia took control of the most populous parts of Yemen in 2014. Although the Zaydis are closer to Sunnism than other Shiites (such as the Twelvers of Iraq and Iran), the Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia hate them with a passion and have been trying for three decades to convert them to Wahhabism with their oil wealth. The Houthi revivalist movement arose in part as a reaction against that Wahhabi missionary drive and search for Saudi hegemony in Yemen.

The Saudis accuse the Houthis of being puppets of Iran, but that is a vast exaggeration. They are a largely indigenous movement.

By 2015 Mohammad Bin Salman, the defense minister and now crown prince, had ordered a massive air war. While Yemeni and a small number of Gulf troops were able to push the Houthis back out of the Sunni seaport of Aden, the United Arab Emirates and Saudis have had difficulty defeating them in the north where they are embedded among the some 10 million Zaydis along with more millions of Sunni allies or subjects.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the North Atlantic powers are backing Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who became president in a referendum in early 2012 after his predecessor, longtime dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, was removed by the Arab Spring youth revolt.

But Mansour Hadis rump legitimist government has been riddled with corruption and inefficiency. Mansour Hadi just fired the premier and turned him over for investigation, apparently on charges of corruption. That isnt a leader who will bring those ruled by Houthis over to himself.

The war has so far taken at least 10,000 lives, and has displaced millions and left most of the country food insecure (i.e. not yet starving but one paycheck away from it).

One way for Riyadh and Abu Dhabi finally to finish off their enemy and establish Sunni dominance throughout Yemen would be to cut landlocked Sanaa, the capital, off from its access to the northwestern seaport of Hudeida.

It is the bombing c...


NIS rescues 88 trafficked victims in Oyo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Oyo state command of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Tuesday said it rescued no fewer than 88 trafficked victims between January and July, 2018. Mr Foluso Akintola, Assistant Comptroller of Immigration, in charge of Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit in the command, disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan. He []

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Jamal Khashoggi's murder: The West's selective outrage "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The outrage by western governments is in stark contrast to their silence and, in the case of the US and UK, their active support of Saudi Arabia's bloody war in Yemen


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ahmad Saadat: Prisons, the Black Liberation Movement and the Struggle for Palestine
Ahmad Sa'adat
15 October 2018
Huey Newton (l) | Ahmad Saadat (r)

The following article, by imprisoned Palestinian national liberation movement leader Ahmad Saadat the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was originally published in French as the preface to the new French-language edition of Revolutionary Suicide by Huey Newton.

On 15 October the anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party we salute the profound legacy and ongoing struggle of the Black Liberation Movement, on the front lines of confrontation against U.S. racism, imperialism and capitalism. Saadats article, published in English for the first time here, elucidates the common struggles and revolutionary alliances of the Palestinian and Black movements. It focuses particularly on the struggle against racist and colonial imprisonment:

It is an honor to write an introduction to this book by a great leader of the Black liberation struggle in the United States, Huey P. Newton. From inside the occupiers Ramon prison, on behalf of myself, my comrades and the Palestinian prisoners movement, we extend our clenched fists of solidarity and salute and arms of embrace to our Black comrades whose struggle for liberation in the belly of the beast continues today against fierce repression.

From Ansar to Attica to Lannemezan, the prison is not only a physical space of confinement but a site of struggle of the oppressed confronting the oppressor. Whether the name is Mumia Abu-Jamal, Walid Daqqa or Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, political prisoners behind bars can and must be a priority for our movements. These names illustrate the continuity of struggle against our collective enemy their legacies of organizing that reach back to the anti-colonial, liberation movements of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s to today. Political prisoners are not simply individuals; they are leaders of struggle and organizing within prison walls that help to break down and dismantle the bars, walls, and chains that act to divide us from our peoples and communities in struggle. They face rep...


VIDEO: Fayose arrives EFCC office in company of Gov Wike "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ayodele Fayose, the immediate past Ekiti state governor, has arrived the Abuja office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in company of Rivers state governor, Nyesome Wike. Some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, including Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Deji Adeyanju, also accompanied the outspoken former governor to the anti-corruption agencys office. The []

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The Big Push Failed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In 2004, Jeff Sachs and co-authors revived an old theory to explain Africas failure to develop, the poverty trap, and an old solution, the big push.

Our explanation is that tropical Africa, even the well-governed parts, is stuck in a poverty trap, too poor to achieve robust, high levels of economic growth and, in many places, simply too poor to grow at all. More policy or governance reform, by itself, will not be sufficient to over-come this trap. Specifically, Africas extreme poverty leads to low national saving rates, which in turn lead to low or negative economic growth rates. Low domestic saving is not offset by large inflows of private foreign capital, for example foreign direct investment, because Africas poor infrastructure and weak human capital discourage such inflows. With very low domestic saving and low rates of market-based foreign capital inflows, there is little in Africas current dynamics that promotes an escape from poverty. Something new is needed.

We argue that what is needed is a big push in public investments to produce a rapid step increase in Africas underlying productivity, both rural and urban.

Note also the mosquito bed nets being used for other purposes, AT.

As the title of the blog might suggest, I was skeptical. But even if a big push wasnt exactly the right idea, Im all in favor of Big Ideas and Sachs pursued his Big Idea with tremendous skill and media savvy. Pilot programs were soon up and running and then quickly expanded into full programs. In June 2010, the Millennium Villages Project released its first public evaluation and that is when things started to fall apart.

The initial MVP evaluation claimed great success but simply compared some development indicators before and after in the treated villages without comparing to trends elsewhere. In 2010 such a study was completely out of step with contemporary practices in impact evaluation. Red flag! Clemens and Demombynes showed that comparing to trends elsewhere significantly moderated the impact. A second MVP paper was published in the Lancet but then was quickly retra...


Saudi journalist murdered, official cover-up? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Can Trumps Saudi Alliance Survive #Khashoggi?

TYT Contributor Ryan Grim reports from a protest outside the Saudi embassy in Washington DC. U.S. and Turkish officials say that Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident, was reportedly killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul this month. Read Ryans report for The Intercept here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Monday, October 15, 2018

The demand for sanctions on Riyadh is unanswerable

WESTERN allies of the despotic Saudi monarchy talk loudly of possible consequences if Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was indeed murdered in Riyadhs Istanbul consulate.

Turkish officials were due to carry out a joint inspection of the consulate last night alongside Saudi officials, but is any evidence likely to survive a fortnight after Khashoggis disappearance?

Ankara claimed earlier to have evidence that the journalist, who has angered the House of Saud for reporting honestly on many issues, not least the barbaric war in Yemen, was murdered in the consulate by a specially dispatched hit squad before being dismembered and removed from the building.

If it has such evidence, what point is there in agreeing to a joint inspection?

Have the economic threats delivered by the Saudi monarchy hit home and persuaded Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan no slouch in the state terrorism stakes himself to engage in a charade before concluding its all a mystery, so let...


Debt Rattle October 16 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

M. C. Escher Doric columns 1945   Yemen On Brink Of Worlds Worst Famine In 100 Years (G.) Humanity Is Cutting Down The Tree Of Life (G.) Hyperalarming Study Shows Massive Insect Loss (WaPo) Americas Budget Deficit Jumps By 17% As Spending Surges (CNBC) More Free Money: A Carry Trade

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Straight-A Student, 21, kidnapped, raped and murdered by South African gang "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


The beautiful 21-year-old girl was dragged into the bushes and assaulted by at least four men, who then crushed her skull with a large rock and stabbed her in the neck.
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A $1.30 New York soup costs the equivalent of $348 in South Sudan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Food is becoming less affordable in conflict or politically unstable countries and food costs put nutritious meals beyond the reach of millions, warns the UN Food Programme.


Eagles face tough weather in Tunisia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Super Eagles will have to brave cold weather and night fright to overcome Libya once again in their all-important AFCON qualifier Matchday 4 clash in Sfax, Tunisia. Gernot Rohr-led team flew out to the match on Monday from Uyo and will face a temperature of between 20 and 27 degrees in the South eastern []

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US military airstrike in Somalia kills 4 al-Shabab fighters "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The U.S. military says it has conducted an airstrike that killed four al-Shabab extremists after partner forces came under small arms fire. The U.S. Africa Command says Sundays airstrike was carried out near the community of Araara in Lower Juba region in the south. The statement says no U.S. service members were on the ground []



Well beat Nigeria, Libya coach boasts "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Coach of the Mediterranean Knights of Libya, Omar Al-Maryami, is full of confidence that his side will turn the tide against the Super Eagles of Nigeria when both sides slug it out in the second leg of the ongoing African Cup of Nations qualifiers. Libya will be playing against Nigeria in Sfax, Tunisia on Wednesday []

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Enugu APC crisis: Nwoye, Ogbodo trade words over guber candidate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu state deepened yesterday as the state Chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye and another chairmanship claimant, Deacon Okey Ogbodo traded words over who would become authentic governorship candidate of the party in next years governorship election in the state. While Nwoye, who was recognised chairman of the []

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10 of 5, 752 ACEs students bag First Class from OAU "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile- Ife Osun State, Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede has said that 10 students of Adeyemi College of Education, (ACE), Ondo bagged first class degrees of the university in various courses of study of the university in the last four years. Of the 5,752 students of Adeyemi College of []

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APC raises the alarm over Akwa Iboms employment scam "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has raised the alarm over what they described as employment scam by the state government, which they said was aimed at using it to regularise the long-concluded employment of Governor Udom Emmanuels kinsmen from his Awa clan in Onna Local Government Area of the state. The []

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Musical Interlude: Rudi en Corlea, "Hoor Jy My Stem" "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rudi en Corlea, "Hoor Jy My Stem"
Haunting song by Rudi Claare and Corlea Botha of South Africa, 
sung in Afrikaans with subtitles in English.


Zambia puts ebola training in place "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Zambian government has launched a training programme to prepare health professionals in border regions recognise, treat and prevent potential Ebola outbreaks.


The network effect "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After an unexpectedly high-profile year, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey speaks about diversity, streaming, and keeping the peace between showrunners and executives.

Channing Dungey entered the spotlight this past May when she abruptly canceled ABCs wildly successful reboot of Roseanne after its star tweeted an offensive slur about former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett. The incident drew attention to Dungey and the network at a critical juncture: Its fending off streaming giants like Netflixwhich recently poached two of ABCs top showrunners, Shonda Rhimes (Greys Anatomy, Scandal) and Kenya Barris (Black-ish)while attempting to attract new viewers.

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Bill Gates Thinks There are Too Many Africans, Calls for Population Control "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The goal of eliminating extreme poverty is among the top priorities of the global community and is the first of the UNs seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But, according to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, progress toward reducing poverty is threatened by the presence of too many poor people, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

by Rebecca Oas, Ph.D.

Some global leaders have drawn criticism for their patronizing comments about African fertility, including French president Emmanuel Macron.

At a launch event for the Gates Foundations Goalkeepers Report, held alongside the UNs General Assembly, Macron said that Africas high birth rate is not chosen fertility, and reflects a lack of education.

Bill and Melinda Gates: Privileged white "elites" that spend billions to depopulate
 third world countries, while posing as humanitarian philanthropists.

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AWF pledges $25million to help African states fight illegal wildlife trade "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


  • The African Wildlife Foundation has pledged $25 million to projects aimed at combating the illegal wildlife trade across the continent over the next four years.
  • The Nairobi-based NGO invests in outfitting wildlife rangers, training sniffer dogs to detect illicit shipments, and community-based development.
  • AWF president Kaddu Sebunya emphasized the need to invest in homegrown solutions to the crisis when he announced the funding at the Illegal Wildlife Trade conference, held Oct. 11-12 in London.

A prominent African wildlife conservation NGO has committed $25 million to help protect iconic fauna from poaching and habitat loss across the continent by investing in African institutions and people.

We are seeing recovery and stabilization of some critical wildlife populations, Kaddu Sebunya, president of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), said in a statement. We know what is working and its time to scale up the investment to combat this serious threat.

The Nairobi-based organization made the announcement on Oct. 11 during the Illegal Wildlife Trade conference in London. The money will complement more than $13 million that AWF says it has used to support projects aimed at countering the illegal trade of wildlife and wildlife products.



Boko Haram executes another aid worker "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

says Leah will live as slave   A faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has executed an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Hauwa Leman. The terrorists, according to TheCable, also vowed to keep the 15-year-old Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, as a slave for life. []

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Flash floods triggered by tropical storm Luban continue to hit eastern Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Flash floods and landslides triggered by the tropical storm Luban continued to hit Yemen's eastern province of Al-Mahra on Monday, official sources told Xinhua. The entire province is still being threatened by Luban with many houses damaged by the flash flood and strong wind, said a source from the Al-Mahra authorities. Thundery downpours and severe wind are still hitting many areas of the province, bringing flash floods that besieged a number of villages, the source said on condition of anonymity. Temporary relief camps set up at schools received scores of flood-affected people, he added. Another source from Al-Mahra's health department said four people are missing and 33 injured, while more than 350 families have been rescued from their homes and moved to schools and shelters. Electricity power stations and other communication facilities across the province remain out of service. Meanwhile, Rageh Bakrit, governor of Al-Mahra, said around 50 families are still trapped on the...


Well end Buharis rule-by-proxy in 2019 Tambuwal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

PDP governors consult presidential aspirants   Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, said the situation where the country is run by proxy would not be acceptable after May 2019. This is even as the former Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi said PDP was victorious at the Port Harcourt National Convention that produced []

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Travel ban: Poor judgement, wrong timing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari, last Saturday, added another dimension to the anti-corruption fight of his government. Nigerians were shocked when it was announced that 50 high profile, but unnamed Nigerians, who have corruption cases in courts, have been banned from travelling out of the country.The president directed the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and other security agencies []

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Crowdfunded solar panels aim to supercharge business in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The system gives small investors cash and communities solar panels to launch businesses, without the big up-front costs.


At least 60 Dead in Nigerian Pipeline Explosion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A fire that ignited at a Nigerian oil pipeline Friday has now claimed 60 lives, Reuters reported Monday. Officials gave a death toll of 16 on Friday, but a spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) updated that figure Monday. The fire broke out in southeast Nigeria near the city of Aba and was caused when vandals attempted to rob fuel from the pipeline, officials said.

American Mercenaries Went To Yemen To Carry Out Targeted Killings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cradling an AK-47 and sucking a lollipop, the former American Green Beret bumped along in the back of an armored SUV as it wound through the darkened streets of Aden. Two other commandos on the mission were former Navy SEALs. As elite US special operations fighters, they had years of specialized training by the US military to protect America. But now they were working for a different master: a private US company that had been hired by the United Arab Emirates, a tiny desert monarchy on the Persian Gulf. On that night, December 29, 2015, their job was to carry out an assassination.

60 Dead in Nigerian Pipeline Explosion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A fire that ignited at a Nigerian oil pipeline Friday has now claimed 60 lives, Reuters reported Monday. Officials gave a death toll of 16 on Friday, but a spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) updated that figure Monday. The fire broke out in southeast Nigeria near the city of Aba and was caused when vandals attempted to rob fuel from the pipeline, officials said.

Reality Check: U.S. Responsible for 3,300 Civilian Deaths in Syria, Supporting Genocide in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A new report finds that the U.S is responsible for more than 3,300 civilian deaths in Syria since 2014. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to back Saudi caused genocide in Yemen.


Lawyers appeal verdict upholding Buharis Executive Order "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Two legal practitioners, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, who is the National Chairman of Action Peoples Party (APP) and Kenneth Udeze, National Chairman, Action Alliance (AA), yesterday filed an appeal challenging the judgement of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which upheld the constitutionality of the Executive Order 6 of President Muhammadu []

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Policeman kills Nenadi Usmans relation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ex-minister petitions IG, threatens legal action Idris orders policemens arrest, probe   A trigger-happy policeman attached to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command has reported shot dead a 31-year-old lady, Anita Akapson, said to be the relation of former Minister of Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman, in Abuja. Akapson was said to have been killed in []

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N1.3bn alleged fraud: Buhari orders EFCC to detain Fayose indefinitely PDP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

APC: Stop being ridiculous Fayose: Ive no apologies for my actions   The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to incarcerate the outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, indefinitely. Fayose, who is scheduled to appear at the antigraft agencys headquarters []

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Oil marketers demand FGs payment of N130.7bn debt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Governments debts profile on fuel subsidy and taxes to major marketers of petroleum products in Nigeria have hit N130.7 billion mark. Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), which declared this yesterday, maintained that the amount was the harmonized figure as at August 2018 after over four years of absolute drought in payment []

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Were proud of our governors PDP Chairman "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has said that the party was proud of its governors and the achievements recorded in their various states. Secondus made the expression in his remarks at the send-off ceremony organised by the PDP Governors Forum for the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele []

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Unveiling an antidote to hate speech "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The leadership of the National Assembly recently honoured one of its own at the public presentation of a book of wisdom. ONWUKA NZESHI reports   It was a gathering of cerebral personalities from the National Assembly. They had taken some time off their busy schedule and converged to renew their intellectual abilities. The beautiful interior []

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Togolese uses six teenage girls for orgy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Police operatives have apprehended a 31-yearold Togolese, Dominic Samson, for allegedly sexually abusing six teenage girls. The suspect was also accused of using the victims for sex orgy. Samson of No. 28, Olusesan Street, Ejigbo, Lagos, was arrested by operatives led by the Divisional Police Officer of Ejigbo Divisional Headquarters, CSP Olabisi Okufowobi. The father []

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The return of Fayemi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A new chapter opens in Ekiti State today as Dr. Kayode Fayemi is inaugurated as the sixth elected governor of the state, FELIX NWANERI reports   Todays inauguration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi as governor of Ekiti State crowns a week-long activities to herald the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government after the opposition All Progressives Congress []

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Fayose: Ive no apologies for my actions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Outgone governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, would today report at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by 1p.m. Investigators are expected to grill him over alleged corruption while in office. Fayose, who spoke on Sunday at a send-off banquet organised in his honour by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) []

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Buhari meets Masari, Okorocha in Aso Rock "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met behind closed-doors with Governors Aminu Masari (Katina) and Rochas Okorocha (Imo) at the presidential villa, Abuja. The President first met with Masari and Senator Abu Ibrahim who represents Katsina South senatorial district. Masari arrived the presidential villa at about 2p.m. and proceeded straight to the Presidents office for the meeting. []

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Colombia is the Deadliest Country for Human Rights Defenders "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jos Fajardo Social leader Lucila Pez suffered violence and threats at the hands of the paramilitaries at the end of the 1990s. Here she is pictured in front of a mural on the building where her association is based in Norte de Santander, one of the areas facing renewed insecurity. (Jos Fajardo) The assassination of...


Brazil: Far-right Bolsonaros Campaign Boosts Military Presence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rafael Tatemoto Augusto Heleno: Government platform is nothing but a protocol of intentions / Marcelo Casall Jr/Agncia Brasil Meet the army officers who are helping Brazilian far-right candidate design a platform based on ultra neoliberal ideas Brazilian army officers have been playing an increasing role in the conversations about far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaros platform....


ELN: Colombias Peace Negotiations Have Been Handed Over to the Military "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The head of the negotiating team of the Peace Agreements of the Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN), Pablo Beltrn, said that there is a military onslaught by the government that Ivan Duque presides over to press the negotiations in favor of their interests. Unfortunately, Duque has handed over this negotiating table to the military forces,...


The Apartheid State of Israel and the Palestinian Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nwabisa Sigaba When you look at the history of the South African struggle for liberation one cannot help but notice the tremendous role played by youth in fighting against the apartheid system and the many other struggles in the world that resemble this kind of youth insurgency. Young people took it upon themselves to fight...


Berlin: Palestine Contingent at #Unteilbar Demonstration Fights Racism, Faces Right-wing Attacks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Samidoun Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network comment on right-wing attacks: Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Palestinian and Palestine solidarity presence in the manifestation has come under attack from the right-wing Israeli and German press. Bild, a tabloid published by Axel Springer AG and often criticized for its role in sensationalizing news and stirring up hatred against migrants...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Latest 'Living While Black' Viral Moment is Video of St. Louis Man Blocked From Entering His Own Home
By Erin Heffernan
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A screenshot from videos of a woman blocking D'Arreion Toles from entering his downtown St. Louis loft building and then following him to his unit on Friday, Oct. 12.

ST. LOUIS Videos showing a white neighbor blocking a black man from entering his downtown St. Louis loft got national attention over the weekend including more than 5 million views on Facebook and coverage in the New York Times.

D'Arreion Toles, 24, was trying to enter his home in the Elder Shirt Lofts building, 703 North 13th Street, Friday night when a white woman guiding a dog on a leash blocked him and asked what unit he lives in, according to videos he posted to Facebook. The post says the videos show what it's like to be a black man in America.

Im uncomfortable," the woman says in the video, arguing that he pushed his way into the building.

"OK, you can be uncomfortable," says Toles. He tells her he used a key to get in and said he didn't have to give her his unit number, which she requests.

The video shows the woman eventually get into an elevator with Toles and follow him to his apartment.

"Im going to my house," Toles tells her as she walks behind him down the hall. "Where I live at where I pay."

The woman continues to watch as Toles enters the apartment with a key.

About 30 minutes later, St. Louis police officers knocked on Toles' door, presumably called by the woman, according the post.

St. Louis police confirmed that there was a 911 call to the building at 12:18 a.m. Saturday from a caller who was unsure if a man in the building was a tenant, but a spokesman said no police report was written.

Toles could not be reached by the Post-Dispatch. The woman also could not be reached for comment Monday, but her employer, Tribeca-STL Management, a property management company, posted on its Facebook page saying that she had been fired.

The company does...


WHO to meet on Congo's Ebola outbreak as toll soars - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

WHO to meet on Congo's Ebola outbreak as toll soarsThomson Reuters Foundation(Adds details throughout, background). GOMA, Congo, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday it would convene an emergency committee to decide whether Congo's Ebola outbreak is a public health emergency of ...and more 


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Family of Missing Tanzanian Billionaire Offers Reward
Kenya Daily Nation
Mohammed Dewji, Tanzania's only billionaire who was kidnapped in Dar es Salaam on October 11, 2018. His family has offered a reward of nearly half a million dollars for information on his whereabouts. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
Gunmen snatched Dewji, 43, as he entered a hotel gym in Tanzania's economic capital last Thursday.
Officials have implicated foreigners in the abduction, saying he was taken by "whites".
Dewji is chief executive of the MeTL Group, which operates in a dozen countries.

The family of Tanzania's only billionaire Mohammed Dewji, who was kidnapped last week in Dar es Salaam, has announced a reward of nearly half a million dollars for information on his whereabouts.

Gunmen snatched Dewji, 43, listed by Forbes as Africa's youngest billionaire, as he entered a hotel gym in Tanzania's economic capital last Thursday morning.

"The family is offering a reward of a billion (Tanzanian) shillings ($437,000/376,000 euros) to any person who has information leading to the whereabouts of our son," family spokesman Azim Dewji told a press conference Monday.

Interior Minister Kangi Lugola said Saturday that security forces were "working day and night" to find Dewji, with 20 people having been arrested so far.


Officials have implicated foreigners in the abduction, saying he was taken by "whites".

Dewji is chief executive of the MeTL Group, which operates in a dozen countries and has interests in agriculture, insurance, transport, logistics and the food industry.

According to Forbes, he is worth $1.5 billion (1.29 billion euros) and ranks 17th on the list of African billionaires.

He was a member of parliament from 2005 to 2015, and in 2013 he became the first Tanzanian to feature on the cover of Forbes magazine.

Two years later, he was named Forbes' Africa Person of the Year.

Dewji is also the main shareholder in Tanzania's Simba FC football club.


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KDFs Somalia Job Crucial
Kenya Daily Nation
In Summary
As an AU and UN member, Kenya has an obligation to support regional peace and stability efforts.

Kenya, which shares a long, largely porous border with Somalia, is bound to directly suffer the impact of the jihadist activities.


Nearly eight years since Kenya Defence Forces crossed into Somalia in pursuit of Al-Shabaab terrorists, President Uhuru Kenyatta has made it clear that the troops are not coming back home soon. This is a clear indication that the objectives of the military campaign in the war-torn neighbouring country have not yet been achieved.

Indeed, the stabilisation of the internationally recognised government in Mogadishu remains a big challenge. The consequence is the spillover of insecurity across the border. In the recent past, there have been numerous terrorist attacks in the northeastern region of Kenya. Mandera, Wajir and Garissa counties are still under threat from bands of terrorists.


The KDFs presence in Somalia is an effective strategy to engage the enemy on their own territory. Its an effective way to keep them at bay. It is also instructive that KDF is operating under the auspices of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom). This has the support of the United Nations, and its sole mission is to help to restore a government in the lawless country.

As an AU and UN member, Kenya has an obligation to support regional peace and stability efforts. Kenya, which shares a long, largely porous border with Somalia, is bound to directly suffer the impact of the jihadist activities. Since the threat that sparked KDFs entry into Somalia exists, it would be foolhardy to abandon the mission midstream. That would only embolden the enemy.

It is a dangerous but crucial campaign with huge casualties in terms of the KDF soldiers killed in Somalia and increasing attacks on Kenyan territory. This is what has prompted calls for KDFs withdrawal. But as the President stated, this is not an option now. We must carry on with the mission to liquidate Al-Shabaab.


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President Kenyatta Speaks Tough on Fight Against Graft
Kenya Daily Nation

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi and Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs during the 7th Annual Forum of Chairpersons of Constitutional Commissions and Holders of Independent Offices in Meru on October 12, 2018. PHOTO | SAMUEL MIRING'U


President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated that there will be no sacred cows in the purge against corruption and abuse of office under his administration.

Speaking during the 7th annual Conference of Constitutional Commissions and Independent Offices at Meru National Polytechnic, President Kenyatta said all those entrusted with public offices must be accountable to Kenyans.

His sentiments came after Attorney-General Paul Kihara vowed that under my watch, nobody will be above the law in bid to back the presidents war on corruption.

The conference bringing together all constitutional commissions and independent offices, and which came to a close yesterday, was themed Public participation: Pathway to sustainable development.

Mr Kenyatta said public participation is key to sustainable development as the process keeps government officers accountable to Kenyans.

While noting that the commissions had recorded various successes in the implementation of the constitution, President Kenyatta said more needed to be done to adhere to the rule of law.

The constitution has given the commissions and independent offices the security of tenure and freedoms to enable them perform without fear. However, the freedom is balanced by accountability to the people the president said.

He warned the commissioners against hiding behind the freedoms and security of tenure, provided by the constitution, to abuse offices.

Constitutional commissions and independent offices are not a third branch of the government. No one is above criticism and accountability. This is why public participation should not be viewed as an act of grace. It is a necessity for an effective government, he said.

President Ke...


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Railas Big Referendum Gamble and Aftershocks of His Deal with Uhuru
Kenya Daily Nation

President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and Opposition leader Raila Odinga welcome each other at Joseph Kamaru's funeral service at Muthithi Secondary School in Murang'a on October 11, 2018. PHOTO | PSCU

In Summary
Speaking on Thursday during the burial of popular musician Joseph Kamaru in Murang'a County, Mr Odinga gave an analogy of his handshake goal.
He said his trip to the Biblical Canaan had briefly been halted by crocodiles on the banks of River Jordan.
He had accordingly resorted to building a bridge to get all Kenyans, irrespective of political affiliation, across to the promised land.


A handshake is an ordinary gesture of friendship but, in politics, it also denotes a break from past political hostilities.

For Raila Amolo Odinga, the handshake has, over the decades, also signalled a political game-changer, which is why pundits are asking will his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 9 similarly alter Kenyas political landscape?

Over the decades, Mr Odinga has used the handshake with political rivals to re-engineer himself politically. This time round, he has warmed up to Mr Kenyatta, with whom he has twice fought vicious battles at the ballot for the presidency first in 2013 and again in 2017.


Handshakes occasionally drive constitutional changes and debate is ongoing over an anticipated referendum.

Speaking on Friday at a function in Bungoma County attended by Deputy President William Ruto, Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetangula pointed out that referendums should be an initiative of the people and not leaders who want to resurrect themselves politically.

The power of a handshake

Dr Edward Kisiangani also doubts Mr Odingas political acrobatics will this time round bear fruit: To begin with, he appears unclear on what he wants in the referendum. What we are seeing is a man who wants to put clauses in the...


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200 Schools Targeted in Exam Cheating Probe
Kenya Daily Nation

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed who has said that 222 schools are being monitored on suspicion of plotting to cheat in the forthcoming national exams. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
Also under probe is a teacher said to have collected Sh90,000 from students as payment for examination materials.
The storage containers will have a double locking system and only sub-county directors of education and deputy county commissioners will have the keys.


More than 200 schools are under investigations over plans to cheat in the national examinations, which begin next week, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said.

Also under probe is a teacher said to have collected Sh90,000 from students as payment for examination materials, she said, adding that the National Government will go for the assets of suspects involved in selling fake examination papers.

We have identified several examination cartels that have been behind the sale of fake papers to parents and candidates.

"I will engage my colleagues at the Ministry of Interior, National Treasury, the Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions to determine forensic means to deal with the proceeds accrued from this illegality. Culprits must be brought to book, Ms Mohamed said at the Kenya School of Government during a brief on the examinations.


She was accompanied by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and Education Principal Secretary Bellio Kipsang and other officials.

So far, we have placed 30 examination centres under high dependency surveillance and 192 under amplified surveillance based on reported examination malpractice trends from 2015 to 2017, she said.

All examination containers will not be opened until the stipulated time, which is 5.30am. No centre should start distributing examination papers before the stipulated starting time.

"I will lead other senior government officials in the monitoring exercise to witness the opening...


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Kenya Firefighters Work to Minimize Damage at Nairobi Airport
Africa News

Disaster management units in Kenyas capital Nairobi, are trying to put out a fire at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), privately-owned Standard Newspaper said on its website.

The cause of the fire which broke out at a fuel depot of Kenyas Pipeline Company on Monday afternoon is not yet known.

Airport officials said the fire has not caused any flight disruptions.

Only one lorry that was loading oil sediment at one of the oil terminals was affcted, according to the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet.

He added that the fire was extinguished with no further damage reported.

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Yemen On Brink Of Worlds Worst Famine; 13 Million Could Die "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yemen is facing the worlds worst famine in 100 years, with over 13 million people at risk of starvation, the UN has warned.  If airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition do not end within the next [...]

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We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) find it beneath contempt that a failed governor and a stooge of the More


Yemen war: President Hadi sacks his prime minister amid humanitarian crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


President Hadi appoints Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed to replace Ahmed bin Dagher, who was to be investigated over 'government negligence'


Yemen On Verge Of Worst Famine In 100 Years Amid Saudi Airstrikes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The United Nations has warned that 13 million people in Yemen are facing starvation as Saudi led air strikes continue. The UN have said that there are just three months left to avoid what could [...]

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Was the April 14th US attack on Syria a war crime? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Introduction Bombardment (or other military invasion) of a country that has not invaded nor threatened to invade the attacking country(s) is "aggression" under international law, and is the chief crime that the Nazis were hanged for at Nuremberg after World War II. The US and its allies have routinely committed aggression, in places such as Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. A particular instance of it, to be discussed here, could be especially prosecutable, because the alleged 'cause' for the invasion could turn out to have been a provable lie, an intentional fabrication which had been concocted by the perpetrators so as to 'justify' their invasion. This particular instance was the US-and-allied bombing of Syria, by over a hundred missiles, on April 14th. The concept here is "War of Aggression" in Wikipedia, whose article makes clear that certain types of invasions, such as in boundary-dispute cases, do not constitute a war-crime. That article cites a statement from the Nuremberg...


When National History Includes Genocide, How Should We Celebrate? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

UPPER PENINSULA, MICHIGAN (Opinion) There is no doubt this is the most horrible crime ever committed in the whole history of the world, wrote Winston Churchill while reading the first detailed account of the Auschwitz concentration camps, according to an account about Churchill published on the BBC websites history page. This is quite a statement coming from a man who for close to half a century was personally responsible for some of the worst acts of mass murder and racism perpetrated by the British Empire.

A site dedicated to the crimes of the British Empire and Winston Churchills role in formulating and executing Britains policies around the world, illustrates just how cruel and full of contempt he was towards other races and how, from India to Iraq and from Africa to Ireland, Churchill made his violent mark on practically every continent. One might argue that had Hitlers victims been in Africa or India Churchill would not have been quite so horrified.

So when people claim a certain historical event was the worst crime in the history or the worst crime of the century, one must ask, how is such horror measured and how does one compare one genocide to another. Every time a child goes to bed hungry it is the worst crime; every time a child is injured or killed it is the worst crime; and every time an army kills civilians it is the worst crime in history.


Indigenous Peoples Week

Columbus Day | Indigenous Peoples Day

A Native American woman marches during an Indigenous Peoples Day event, Oct. 9, 2017, in Seattle. Elaine Thompson | AP

I recently had the honor of speaking at the openin...


Netanyahu warns very painful blows are coming to Gaza if protests dont stop "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

General news

Israel warns Hamas of painful strikes if war goes on
JERUSALEM (AP) 14 Oct Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday threatened very painful blows against Gazas Hamas rulers if they dont halt protests along the perimeter fence that have led to clashes with Israeli troops. Netanyahu said Israel is very close to waging a different kind of activity against the Islamic militants. He said if it has any sense, Hamas will cease its fire and violent outbursts now. Hamas has orchestrated near-weekly protests along the Israel-Gaza boundary since March, pressing for an end to a decade-long Israel-Egyptian blockade of the isolated territory.

UN envoy no longer acceptable to Palestinians
RAMALLAH (Agencies) 12 Oct The Palestinian leadership will no longer work with the UN peace envoy, a senior official said Thursday, accusing him of overstepping his role by seeking a deal between Israel and Hamas. Ahmad Majdalani, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisations (PLO) executive committee, said it had informed the UN secretary general that envoy Nickolay Mladenov was no longer acceptable to the Palestinian government. Mladenov had gone beyond his role in seeking agreements between the Israeli regime and rival Palestinian faction Hamas, which controls Gaza, he said, adding that his actions impacted Palestinian national security and the unity of our people. There was no immediate comment from Mladenov or confirmation from the United Nations. Mladenov, alongside Egypt, has been seeking a long-term truce agreement between Hamas and the Israeli regime, without including Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbass internationally recognised government in the indirect negotiations. The talks have stalled, partly due to pressure form Abbas, but on Tuesday a smaller UN-brokered agreement was reached for Qatar to finance much-needed fuel deliveries to Gaza for six months. Abbass government was not involved in that deal and Mladenovs strategy has angered Palestinian politicians.

UNESCO adopts by consensus decisions on Palestine....


ICC warrant issued for son of CIA operative Khalifa Haftar, but ongoing corruption means nothing will happen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The ICC (International Criminal Court) issued a warrant for the arrest of the son of CIA operative Khalifa Haftar (so called leader of the Libyan National Army). Haftar's son's full name is Saddam Khalifa Belqasm Haftar Al-Farajani, Al-Farajani is his tribes name. This man, son of the criminal traitor, thief, murderer and terrorist, Khalifa Haftar, has stolen from Libyan banks more than once starting soon after the NATO destruction of Libya in 2011. One incident had people killed and injured. Saddam Haftar has had no reprisals from his corrupt father who appointed him to lead Brigade 106 of the Libyan army all the while aware of the theft and corruption of his son. The theft from the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) in Benghazi took place in late 2017 when the 106 Brigade took over control of the bank and their vault. The vault contained over 630 million dinars, 159 million euros, 1.9 million dollars and 5,569 silver coins. The cover story for the theft of the entire vault contents...


Ramaphosa promises to accelerate return of lands to black South Africans "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to speed up the controversial land reform proposed by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) earlier this year. "We are making history and celebrating the return of your land today. We are righting the historic injustice and returning the land to its rightful owners," the president said at the handover of 4'586 hectares of land to the community of KwaMkhwanazi at Empangeni in northeastern KwaZulu-Natal. Ramaphosa admitted that his government has been too slow in the process of restitution and redistribution of farmlands, stressing that land is a key pillar for economic emancipation and freedom.


Saudi Coalition Targets Buses of Fleeing Civilians in Hodeida, Killing 19 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

HODEIDA, YEMEN In a familiar atmosphere of fatalities that have come to mark the passing of a day in Hodeida, at least 49 people were killed or injured on Saturday when two Saudi Coalition airstrikes targeted two buses carrying civilians fleeing the fighting on a highway in Jabal Ras district in Hodeida.

Yemens Ministry of Public Health and Population said in a statement to MintPress that at least 19 people were killed in the attack, and 30 othere were injured. Many of the victims were women and children, including five members of the same family.

Rescue efforts were complicated by the fear of additional airstrikes, as Saudi warplanes continued to circle the area after the initial strikes. Saudi Arabia has been known to use double-tap strikes in Yemen, carrying out an initial airstrike and then circling back to target rescuers.

Doctors at Hodeida Hospital said that the wounded are in very serious condition and will require intensive care.  They went on to say that some victims will likely not survive due to the difficulty of moving patients between hospitals.

There are no humanitarian corridors in Hodeida to allow civilians to flee or ambulance crews to transport the wounded to hospitals outside of the province.  To make matter worse, a seemingly endless barrage of coalition airstrikes presents a constant danger to those seeking to flee the fighting.

Over the course of the conflict in Yemen, the coalition has carried out a policy of targeting internally displaced people fleeing the fighting. On August 24, coalition airstrikes targeted displaced families near the port city of Hodeida, killing or injuring 31 people, including 24 children. Many of the victims of the strike belonged to a single family.

More recently, A man, his wife, and their nine-year-old daughter were killed, along with 10 others, when a coalition airstrike targeted the home of a displaced family in the Mustaba district in the province of Hajjah, southwestern Yemen on October 2, 2018.

The coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States, has stepped up attacks on Hodeida in recent weeks, prompting thousands of families to see...


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Long-time Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi was known for sending hit men to get rid of 'stray dogs' that opposed him


Hurricanes Give Americans Taste of Disaster Washingtons Wars Bring to Others "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hurricanes Give Americans Taste of Disaster Washingtons Wars Bring to Others

Paul Craig Roberts

Florida residents from the eastern part of Panama City Beach to Apalachicola now know what a war zone is like. 750,000 people are without power and without water. Thousands of homes and commercial structures no longer exist. Mexico Beach has been more or less wiped off the face of the earth. Many areas are still inaccessible. Many people are still trapped in place because of debris and downed trees across roads.

Families searching for missing family members are at times obstructed by police trying to keep looters and gawkers out of the area and trying to save what little traffic capacity there is for emergency and repair crews. It is difficult to image people so lacking in humanity that they go to loot what little remains of the property of such damaged people.

But perhaps it is not difficult to image such people. Perhaps such people have been running US foreign policy since the Clinton regime. If you look at these photos of the damage:, you will have an idea of the damage our government acting in our name has inflicted on eight countries since the Clinton regime: Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, and the ongoing atrocity in Yemen. Anyone looking at the devastation of the Florida panhandle from Panama City to Apalachicola could think they are looking at the work of Dick Cheney and his Zionist neocon warmongers that devastated the Middle East and North Africa.

Americans are a curious people. They sent large sums of money to parents whose children were allegedly killed in school shootings, the reality of which many challenge, and they sent large sums of money to support Christine Blasey Ford for accusing Kavanagh of attempted rape despite her inability to substantiate her charge. Will the compassion and empathy that responds to ideological crimes such as those ascribed to white heterosexual victimizers, gun owners, and illegal immigration opponents also respond to the victims of Hurricane Michael and US foreign policy?

Why is it that the liberal-progressive-left can get so upset about an alleged attempted rape 30 or 40 years ago but accept without protest Washingtons destruction of the lives, prospects, and infrastructure of millions of peoples in eight countries? All of the immigrants about which Trump complains are people fleeing from Americas wars on their countries. If America and Europe do not want refugees, why do they engage in wars that produce refugees?

Is this simple question beyond the intelligence of Western politicians?



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Peoples Dispatch Riot police manhandle a ZCTU member outside the organisations offices in downtown Harare yesterday. The police assaulted many union members before arresting the president and general secretary of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions. Police arrested hundreds of trade unionists and activists across Zimbabwe on Thursday just ahead of a planned protest against...


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