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Friday, 17 August


Captive breeding and lion bone trade could damage South Africas tourism "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Daily Maverick (South Africa)

Lion bones and predator farming picking on the carcass of SA tourism

By Ian Michler 17 August 2018

 A black-maned lion leads his pride over a hill in the Kromdraai Conservancy in South Africa in this undated file photo. EPA PHOTO/EPA/JON HRUSA//  Less

Predator breeding using lions and other species could cost South Africa over R54-billion over the next 10 years in loss of tourism brand attractiveness. This is according to a scientific report about to be released by the South African Institute of International Affairs.

According to a scientific report about to be released by the South African Institute of International Affairs, The Economics of Captive Predator Breeding in South Africa, the burgeoning lion bone trade, canned lion hunting, cub petting and voluntourism are doing escalating damage to the image of South Africa as a tourism destination. There is already substantial body of evidence stacked against these notorious industries says the author, Ross Harvey, and its going to get worse.

The report comprises two sections. The first is a formal academic review of the scientific and grey literature, some of which is being used by those involved in attempts to justify their commercial predator activities. The second deals with the conservation and economic claims being made, including the most recent lion bone quota of 1,500 carcasse...


Pat Utomi: APC Has Derailed From Its Vision "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS AUGUST 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Erudite scholar and a founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prof Pat Utomi has admitted that the ruling party has derailed from its vision.
He said the ruling APC has disappointed many by failing to live up to expectations.
Speaking with some journalists in Abuja, Utomi, who is vying for the Delta governorship under the platform of the APC, said he was pained that the party they laboured to build was crashing and is thrown into untold crisis.
He recalled his path with APC thus, I helped found the APC and we had our ideals. Has it been 100 per cent what we hoped for? Far from it.
I am convinced that if we are serious as political actors, we can find people who are not happy with the way things are going in our party to join hands together and we can make a difference. That is exactly what I am trying to do with this my final effort to provide example before I exit from partisan politics.
Unfortunately, the politicians we trusted didnt trust the military so they didnt come out, so the country was taken over by those who took it over and as you can guess the result has been frightening. But by 2003 we knew we cannot keep watching that we must do something.
So The Concerned Professionals formed a political party and took over the ADC initiative and felt that I symbolise that trust in the run. After 2007 which was a complete disaster in the sense that there was no election, even the international community agree to th...


Delta: 10-Year-Old Boy Found Dead In Drainage After Rainfall In Agbor "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS AUGUST 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Tragedy struck on Wednesday evening in Alifikede community, Agbor axis of Delta State when a 10-year-old boy identified as Kenneth Igbenoba, was allegedly swept into a drainage and was later found dead after a heavy rainfall.
An eyewitness, Mercy Okoh, who spoke to newsmen, said: The victim was playing inside the flood occasioned by the rainfall, and after the rain, we did not see him again. We started searching until his body was found inside the drainage system, he was already dead after he drank too much water.
It was gathered that the heavy downpour on the fateful day destroyed several houses within the community, aside causing the death of the 10-year-old.
Speaking to journalists, the father of the victim, Mr. Peter Igbenoba said: the incident was very unfortunately. We were inside the parlour, and we did not know our son was inside the rain playing, only for us to be looking for him and found his corpse inside drainage system.
The council chairman in the area, Mr. Victor Ebonka, who sympathized with the victims parents, stressed the need for parents to always monitor their children, especially at the rainy reason.
He said, the rainy season will bring about erosion, every parents must ensure their children are not inside the rain, get hold of them to avoid disaster.


Ozoro Police Arrest Six Transformer Vandals, Recover Stolen Items "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Delta CP Muhammed Musapha

LAGOS AUGUST 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Detectives attached to the Ozoro Police division in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State, while carrying out routine patrol Thursday morning, arrested six transformer vandals, and recovered stolen items from them.
Mr. Douye Kpokpo, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the division, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects to DAILY POST, said: my men of the detective unit on a routine patrol in the early hours arrested six suspected transformer vandals, they have been terrorizing Ozoro metropolis. Every day, there has been hue and cry of transformers vandalized. Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime, we are still investigating to get others not yet arrested.
It was gathered that the police detectives got a tip-off that some vandals were operating in the Okeligho Street along NDDC road in Ozoro, Urato.
While saying the suspects would be charged to court upon completion of investigation, the Ozoro police division boss disclosed that the suspects were caught while about carrying the stolen items to their hideout after they had detached the electricity wires.
Meanwhile, Kpokpo assured the people of Ozoro community of adequate protection of...


My musical self-education "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Musick-er requests:

Ive noticed that you tend to have pretty wide ranging tastes in music, and your recommendation on introduction to classical music was pretty spot-on. Im wondering what training/expertise you have in music theory/aural skills?As someone who is obviously very intelligent but not a musician (that I know of), I wonder how you interact with Bach or other master composers what criteria do you listen for? What makes great works stand out from the merely good?

My history is this:

1. I learned how to play the guitar when I was twelve or so, and also figured out how a piano works.

2. I spent about six years studying jazz chords, American popular song, some classic rock, early acoustic blues and ragtime, Fahey/Kottke, and Bach.  I also learned how to listen with a score, at least for guitar and piano pieces.

3. Later in life, I focused on trying to make sense of early to mid 20th century classical music and Indian classical music, both excellent entry points for many of the other difficult musical genres and styles.  I tried to learn at least something about micro-tonal musics and ragas.

4. Starting in my thirties, I tried to develop a basic familiarity with world musics, not so much the European folkie stuff as those based on different conceptual principles, such as some of the Arab musics, Chinese music, and African musics including the Pygmies.

5. I cultivated music mentors to help me understand these musics.  Overall this is not a very book-intensive endeavor, though you will enjoy reading accompanying biographies.

I am not saying that is the right path for everyone, but I found it very rewarding, including for my broader understanding of history.

To address one of the specific questions, I think of Bach-Stravinsky, classic rock, and Indian classical music (live only) as covering some of mankinds greatest cultural achievements, with only cinema in the running for possible parity.  Most of all just listen plenty, noting that the canonical opinions about what is best are actually pretty much on the mark.

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3am Ettaher Fraternity Month "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Translation: The Month of Love. Tunisia of Fraternity


UN exposes Boko Haram "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

       accuses NGOs of funding terrorists   The United Nations (UN) has exposed the sources of funding for Boko Haram and other terrorist organisations operating in Nigeria. In a special report released yesterday, the global organisation disclosed that the festering activities of Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) was due largely []

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CBN: Banks lost N1.63bn to e-fraud in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

...refunded N5.98bn excess charges Forex inflow hits $ Despite increased efforts by the regulators and operators to curb the scams, the number of recorded electronic fraud cases in the banking industry increased by 28 per cent last year, rising from 19,531 in 2016, to 25,043, resulting in a loss of N1.63 billion, the Central Bank []

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States owe FIRS N41bn VAT, remit N40bn "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday said that state governments were presently owing the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) N41 billion in Value Added Tax (VAT). The states had remitted about N40 billion between January and now. Chairman of FIRS, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, was among some government officials who briefed members of NEC presided over []

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Emir of Daura to turban Kalu as Dan Baiwan Hausa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has accepted the traditional title of Dan Baiwan Hausa to be conferred on him by Daura Emirate Council headed by Emir of Daura, Alhaji (Dr.) Umar Farouk Umar (CON). The monarch had, in a letter dated August 9, disclosed his intention to turban the frontline politician []

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Oyo residents protest planned demolition of Ayefeles house "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Thousands of residents of Ibadan yesterday protested the planned demolition of Fresh FM Music House by the Oyo State government. The administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi had on Tuesday served demolition notice on the building owned by gospel music artist, Yinka Ayefele, for contravening town planning law. But the residents with different placards stormed the []

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Babies in prams more vulnerable to air pollution "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Taking babies out regularly in strollers or prams could expose them to 60 per cent more pollution, resulting in potential damage to cognitive abilities and brain development. These are the findings of a new study published in the journal Environment International. The study found that infants in prams breathe in more polluted air since they []

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APCll produce next Taraba governor Omar "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Aliyu Omar is a former Nigerian Liaison Officer at the United Nations (UN). He speaks in this interview on the 2019 governorship election in Taraba State and the readiness of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to take over the state among other issues. TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE reports     As a diplomat, why did you pick []

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Gender equality,not competition with menAliu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In a no hold- barred chat with Mrs Anetu Aliu, Director, Women and Gender Affairs, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, she warned women not to limit themselves. Rather, she argues that women must say what they can do for their community and society at large. Oluwatosin Omoniyi writes     How possible []

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Marriage needs pampering, watering for growth Stella Damasus "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nollywood actress Stella Damasus is enjoying her marriage to filmmaker Daniel Ademinokan, and she wants other women to enjoy theirs too. The 40-year-old actress marriage faced turbulent times and backlash some years ago but the couple found a way around their issues and are still waxing strong together. Marriage, she said, is like a pot []

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Bala Miller taught me basics of highlife music Zubby Enebeli "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Songwriter and gospel artist, Zubby Enebeli, in this interview, talks about his career, marriage, music industry and Nollywood. The Love Adure exponent also recalls his experience with the late highlife music maestro Bala Miller and other musicians. TONY OKUYEME met him   How was growing up like? For some us that were not born with []

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Ansarullah: New Child Massacre in Yemen Disgrace to Saudi, US "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Local Editor Yemens Ansarullah movement said a recent deadly strike by the Saudi-led coalition on the northwestern Saada Province, which massacred dozens of children, is a disgrace to the Riyadh regime and the US, the main arms supplier to the kingdom. In an interview on Wednesday with Yemens al-Masirah, Ansarullah spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam criticized the []


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Aretha Franklin, Dead At 76, Inadvertently Recorded One Of Vietnams Best Protest Songs
August 16, 2018 T&P   

Aretha Franklin, the legendary singer whose full-throated vocals earned her the undisputed title of Queen of Soul, died on Thursday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, her publicist announced.

In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart, Franklins family said in a statement to the Associated Press. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.

Franklins legacy spanned more than a half-century of groundbreaking achievements in music. Her hits Respect and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman demolished the popular charts and reshaped the music landscape with anthemic, powerful vocals. Her songs earned her the honor of the first female inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987, and she inspired generations of would-be divas who came after her.

But what many modern devotees to the Queen of Soul dont realize is that Franklin happened to give the United States one of the most subtle protest songs of the Vietnam War even if she didnt realize it at the time.

The lyrics of Franklins 1967 single Chain Of Fools, released during the height of Vietnam, are relatively simple: the singer, after five long years of devotion to her would-be man, finds out shes just a link in your chain to be used and abused:

For five long years

I thought you were my man

But I found out, Im just a link in your chain

Oh, you got me where you want me

I aint nothin but your fool

Ya treated me mean

Oh you treated me cruel

Chain Of Fools started out as an anthem of female independence. But after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, according to Craig Werner and Doug Bradley, authors of We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War, African-American veterans returning home from Vietnam transformed it into an a...


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Aretha Franklin Told Her Pastor: 'I Am Going to Be All Right'
Cassandra Spratling
Special to the Free Press
4:26 p.m. ET Aug. 16, 2018

A steady stream of people gathered at New Bethel Baptist Church Thursday morning after hearing of the death of Aretha Franklin.

The church was made famous by her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin.

Among those who stopped by the church was the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who arrived in town Wednesday to pay his respects to Aretha and her family.

"She sang before popes and presidents, but nothing was more important to her than singing for her local church," Jackson said.

Franklin was a famous gospel singer as a child before she became a global superstar. She held annual musical events at the church throughout her life.

"She was not only a great singer, but she was a caring person," Jackson said. "As big as her music was, her heart was even bigger."

Jackson noted Franklin's final performance was Nov. 2, 2017, at the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York.

"It is almost poetic that her last concert with Elton John was for AIDS victims. She was sick herself and she was singing for AIDS victims," he said.

"I am glad she had the opportunity for heavenly transition," New Bethel Baptist Church pastor Rev. Robert Smith Jr. said. "... with the promise of Christ you not only have life but eternal life."

Smith said he visited with Franklin recently, and she was at peace.

"She said 'I am going to be all right,' She loves God and she loves the church," he said.

Also among the visitors was the wife of Wayne State University President  M. Roy Wilson, Jaqueline Wilson.

Wilson brought a bouquet of white lilies to the church to lay it among among the other flowers being placed at the pulpit.

"I was saddened the fact that she is a Detroiter and I live here now. I was moved. I wanted to bring flowers," said Wilson, who said she grew up listening to Franklin, and her favorite song is "Amazing Grace."

Sylvester Porter, 78, of Detroit also was in the church and has a personal conne...


Two Ways to Trade the Turkey Contagion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Two Ways to Trade the Turkey Contagion by Justin Spittler Casey Research Panic is spreading. We can see this in emerging market currencies. Just look at the South African rand. Its down 10% against the dollar since the start...

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Whitney Houstons Mother Cissy Mourns 'Dear Friend Aretha Franklin: 'I Will Always Love You'
August 16, 2018 05:45 PM

Whitney Houstons mother Cissy Houston is mourning Aretha Franklin, her friend of more than 50 years.

Aretha was my dear friend who I will deeply miss, Cissy Houston tells PEOPLE in a statement about the Queen of Soul, who died of pancreatic cancer at age 76 on Thursday morning.

I have known Aretha for over 50 years, both professionally as her back up singer and then as a friend, Cissy adds. We have shared heartbreak, loss, as well as exaltation and great laughter and most importantly our mutual love of God.

Continuing, she writes, Although my heart is broken, my soul rejoices that I was able to watch God move through Arethas life. God bless you Re, I will always love you.

Throughout the pairs enduring public friendship, both women have navigated their fair share of ups and downs together.

After Franklin didnt attend Whitneys funeral in 2012, citing leg spasms, reports emerged that Cissy had barred the Natural Woman singer from attending following Franklins comments on Today that parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home.

However, in a statement made at the time, Franklin went on to share that she was speaking generally and that NBC cut a line where she said, This is no reflection on Cissy or Nippys upbringing. She then slammed media reports of a rift between her and Cissy.

Cissy Houston and I have been longtime friends for almost 50 years, she said in a statement. I have four invitations and parking passes that were sent to me for the funeral.

She added: Cissy does not need ridiculous speculation and neither do I particularly at this time. Knowing Cissy as well as I do, I know Whitney left home right and properly. I was generalizing and it was a well-intended statement for any young adult coming into the music industry. I was not speaking of anyone specifically.

Franklin got into a tiff with Houstons cousin Dionne Warwick, accusing the fellow singer of making up a story that she was Whitneys grandmother at the 2012 funeral.


Nigerian journalist jailed for refusing to reveal source "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

New York, August 16, 2018--Nigerian police should immediately release journalist Samuel Ogundipe, drop all charges against him, and cease efforts to pressure him to reveal any journalistic sources, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Thursday, 16 August


Americas War on Yemen Exposed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Americas War on Yemen Exposed by Tony Cartalucci Land Destroyer As atrocities and scandal begin to mount regarding the US-backed Saudi-led war on the impoverished nation of Yemen, the involvement and hypocrisy of the United States and other Western...

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Maajid Nawaz vs Tommy Robinson a tale of two political prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Maajid Nawaz, as we all know, served time for his work with the designated terrorist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is so extreme that it is banned in many countries. Maajid, apparently, was a political prisoner in Egypt for promoting the establishment of a global caliphate. His lawyer, the darling of a lot of terrorist lawyers, []


How to Think About the World After Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Why Capitalism Isnt the First World Anymore

Heres a tiny question: do you think America is still a first-world country? Life expectancy in Chiles higher. Kids in Pakistan, Nigeria, and Thailand dont get massacred at school. Even Rwandas building a public healthcare system. So if first-world means well-off, then somethings gone badly wrong.

The way that we still think about the world today is usually using the old Three Worlds model. The first worldcapitalist countries. The second worldcountries aspiring to a global communist revolution. The third worldeveryone else. This model of thinking was made for and by capitalismand so its no surprise that it limits to thinking of capitalism as the Best Thing That Can Ever Be.

But as capitalism collapses, its fatally unworkable. America might be a first world countrybut so what? If Chileans live longer, LOLwhat does it matter? Such a model of thinking basically said: the richer a nation gets, the bettercapitalist logic. But in American collapse we see the fact that riches alone are no guarantee that people live decent lives. In fact, those very riches, especially if theyre earned through greed, hate, and injusticein predatory waysseem to cause a nation to collapse. So riches alone arent sufficient for prosperity today. They must turn into something else. But what, precisely?

As I think about how the global economy has changed, and what its future looks like after capitalism, Ive begun to use a very different idea of what successful societies are and arenta new three worlds, if you like.

At the top are what Ill call humanized societies. Think of Western Europe. Scandinavia. Canada. Why are these societies so much more successful than America? Social democracy, youll probably say. And in a way, youre right. But I think theres a reason underlying even thatwhich makes social democracy, as a kind of political economy, possible in the first place. All these nations have human historys most sophisticated and advanced sets of rights. Healthcare, education, transportation, retirementall these as genuine constitutional, inalienable rights. Because they belong to everyone, all of a societys institutions, from governments to corporations, must go on innovating to provide them, at higher levels. Because theyre rights, these societies have evolved norms and values of decency, dignity, gentleness, and sanityat least to a degree.

So by humanized societies, I mean those that made the transition to being societies where human lives can genuinely flourish. Who didnt?

America. Why not? Its not just that social democracy could never happenmore deeply social democracy could never happen because rig...


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Aretha Franklin, 'Queen of Soul', Dies Aged 76
BBC World Service

Aretha Franklin, the "queen of soul" known for hits like Respect and Think, has died in Detroit at the age of 76.

The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced last year she was retiring from music.

Franklin won 18 Grammys, and had 17 Top Ten US chart hits over a music career spanning seven decades.

The star gave her final performance last November at a gala in New York held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation.

In a statement, her family said: "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.

"We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins knew no bounds."

The family also confirmed her death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.

Born in Memphis to a gospel singer/pianist and a celebrated Baptist preacher, Franklin was tutored from an early age by such gospel stars as Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward.

She struggled to find fame in the early years, with record label Columbia unsure how to frame her impressively powerful voice.

After moving to Atlantic Records in 1966 she broke through, and released some of her most iconic songs like Respect soon after the switch.

By 1968 she was renowned throughout America and Europe as "Lady Soul" - a symbol of black pride who appeared on the cover of Time and was given an award by Martin Luther King.

Who has paid tribute?

Reaction to the death of the soul legend has poured in throughout Thursday - as high-profile figures paid tribute to her musical legacy and commitment to US civil rights.

Sir Elton John said he "adored and worshipped" the star, and wrote: "the loss of Aretha Franklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music."

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney wrote: "Let's all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the...


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Aretha Franklins Essential Recordings
Susan Whitall
Special to The Detroit News
10:22 a.m. ET Aug. 16, 2018

Aretha Franklins best-known song is Respect, but there are so many other songs that show her depth and skill as an artist. While she is touted for her fiery gospel and soul hits, Aretha was as adept at infusing her vocals with a bit of swing, which made for delightful pop records. This list of Arethas Essential Songs might not be your list, but its what I would have an Aretha novice listen to, in order to give them the gift of her music:

Until You Come Back to Me (Thats What Im Gonna Do) Stevie Wonder, Morris Broadnax and Clarence Paul

Its a gorgeous, lilting melody that Stevie told Aretha hed written just for her, days before she rushed into the studio to record it, in 1974. In fact, Stevie had written the song way back in 1967, but if it helped to have Ree think hed just dashed it off for her and messengered it over, why not? She needed to record this song, and her sunny, jazzy vocal made it into a Top 3 hit in 74.

I Say a Little Prayer Burt Bacharach and Hal David, 1968

Skylark Johnny Mercer/Hoagy Carmichael, 1963

This is a good entry point into Arethas early 60s Columbia sound, a catalog that has been overshadowed only because her Atlantic Records work was sheer genius, and earthier. But she never lost her love of jazz, or her ability to sing standards, and would often drop Skylark into the set in recent years. (Live: (Recorded:

Respect Otis Redding


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Aretha Franklin, the Legendary Queen of Soul, Dies at 76
Susan Whitall
2:28 p.m. ET Aug. 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin, one of Americas most celebrated voices in popular music died Thursday, August 16, 2018, from advanced pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart," her family said in a statement. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.

The family has asked for privacy.

We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers," the statement said. "We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on."

Family members and close friends were at Franklin's bedside when she died at 9:50 a.m. in her apartment at the Riverfront Towers in Detroit, said the Rev. Jim Holley, pastor of Little Rock Baptist Church and a close friend of the singer.

"Everybody got to share some special moments and reflection," said Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who also was present when Franklin died.

Ellis, senior pastor of Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, said Franklin's funeral will be at his church, but the family has not finalized the details.

The Queen of Soul's legacy

First known as Lady Soul during her Atlantic Records years in the early to mid-1960s, Franklin soon became the undisputed Queen of Soul after a string of hits beginning in 1967, starting with I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) and followed by Respect, Baby I Love You, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Chain of Fools.

Most artists of her caliber have five to 10 years when they manage to capture the publics attention, but over a 60-year career of live appearances and recordings, Franklin rarely had more than a year or so when she wasnt in top form.

Over her career, Franklin sold more than 75 million records worldwide.



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High Security Outside Aretha Franklin's Home, Neighbors Shocked
Phoebe Wall Howard
Detroit Free Press
2:02 p.m. ET Aug. 16, 2018

Broadcast news crews have gathered at the entrance of Riverfront Towers condominiums on the Detroit River downtown upon confirmation of Aretha Franklins death this morning.

The high-security property has a full-time guard 24 hours who requires verbal approval from tenants before allowing guest access. It is home to professional athletes, executives and other celebrities. It's also Franklin's most recent home. Residents are still talking about the visit from Stevie Wonder earlier this week.

Riverfront is where Rosa Parks lived when philanthropist Mike Ilitch stepped in to provide the civil rights icon housing in her final years..

Im at a loss for words, said Vera Cunningham, 52, who lives at Riverfront and is married to Pastor Michael Cunningham of the historic East Lake Baptist Church on E. Jefferson Avenue.

Aretha Franklin started off in the church. Thats how weve known her. Ive been listening to her music for over 30 years. A lot of us have sung her music in our churches. I truly believe she is the Queen of Soul. I mean it when I say, a lot of times we go through a lot in our lives. We accept so much that we shouldnt. Her song Respect has taught me how to live my life and demand respect from people.

Clarissia Bourdeau, 21, a recent Georgia State University graduate visiting her Aunt Vera at Riverfront, said, Its heartbreaking that Aretha Franklin has passed away. As a little girl, when I was driving with my mom in Atlanta, we would start belting out songs sung by Aretha Franklin, especially Respect. Weve lost one of the most powerful and impactful singers of our time.

As the aunt and her niece spoke about Franklin, and her role in the lives of "little black girls," Cunningham began to weep.

"I know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I am praying for her family and all of Detroit," Cunningham said. "Her roots in the church run deep. Her roots in Detroit run deep. I look up to the sky and I say, "Aretha Franklin, we love you and we're going to miss you. God bless you."


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Aretha Franklin's Empowering Anthems Spoke to Women Everywhere
Julie Hinds
Detroit Free Press
1:53 p.m. ET Aug. 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin never claimed to be a feminist icon. But decades before the emergence of the #metoo movement, the Queen of Soul was a voice for female fans who had experienced harassment and abuse.

Who were controlled or taken for granted by the men in their lives. Who fought for equal pay and economic independence. And who kept striving despite the systemic sexism that dogged their hopes and dreams.

That legacy remains, even with the passing of Franklin. Whenever a woman stands up and demands the dignity and equality she deserves, Aretha will be there in spirit.

Franklin, who died Thursday in Detroit at the age of 76, will be remembered as an unparalleled musical talent. But she also played a special role as a cultural mover and shaker whose signature song, "Respect," became a defining anthem for the marginalized. Her brilliant interpretation spoke directly to the civil rights movement, which she tirelessly championed throughout her life. And yet it had the same impact as a soundtrack for her sisters of all races, ethnicities, income levels and ages.

Franklin was reluctant to define herself in such political terms. I think thats Gloria Steinems role, she told Rolling Stone in 2014. I dont think I was a catalyst for the womens movement. Sorry. But if I were? So much the better.

But women felt the same insistence on fairness in Franklins songs that they did from a Steinem speech. And they related in a deeply personal way to the fact that Franklins career soared even as she faced more than her fair share of emotional pain and personal loss.

Ranking her first in a 1999 list of Michigans top 100 artists and entertainers, the Free Press wrote that, In person, Aretha is something of a mystery an impetuous, impulsive diva who often seems haunted by fathomless sorrow.

What could be fathomed was difficult enough. There were divorces, reports of domestic abuse, and in her later years, health challenges that largely remained undisclosed. The mid-1980s brought the death of he...


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Aretha Franklin Died of Pancreatic Cancer: What We Know About It
Detroit Free Press staff
12:56 p.m. ET Aug. 16, 2018

Pancreatic cancer, blamed in the death of music icon Aretha Franklin, is a disease that can kill rapidly.

Henry Ford Health System says about 54,000 people each year in the U.S. are diagnosed with it.

Most pancreatic cancers start in exocrine cells, which produce digestive juices, according to the WebMD website. Endocrine cells in the gland produce hormones that regulate blood sugar.

Symptoms of this cancer include jaundice, pain in the stomach and back, and unexpected weight loss. The disease is more common in men and African-Americans. It is rarely detected in the early stages, experts said.

"What makes is so challenging is there is no early detection," said Julie Fleshman, president and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, an advocacy organization. "Usually by the time it is diagnosed it is late stage and more difficult to treat."

What type of pancreatic cancer did Franklin have?

A family statement released by Franklin's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit.

These type of tumors form from abnormal growth of the pancreas' endocrine cells, which make hormones to control blood-sugar levels. This form of pancreatic cancer typically grows more slowly than the more common forms of the disease, Fleshman said.

What is the survival rate?

The American Cancer Society estimates that only about one-quarter of those diagnosed with exocrine pancreas cancer survive for a year or more after their diagnosis. Just more than 8 percent are living five years after such a diagnosis. Early diagnosis is key to successfully treating the disease.

The pancreas is a flat organ in the abdomen, located between the stomach and the spine.

USA Today contributed to this report. 


List of possible farm expropriation targets published - South African farmers panic "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A list of white farmers whose lands are to be seized without compensation in South Africa has been published by the local minority rights group AfriForum. The government denies the accuracy of the list. The group has uploaded the list of the next land-expropriation victims on its website. AfriForum said it obtained the list through the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform ministry, which has denied its veracity. AfriForum claims the list of lands for expropriation includes 195 farms, and has offered to get in contact with affected parties to prepare for a joint legal strategy. The group's CEO told News24 that the document was "definitely being circulated" in the South African government despite the denials.


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Aretha Franklin Dies at 76: Detroit Star Transformed Music
Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press
1:29 p.m. ET Aug. 16, 2018
(Photo: Atlantic Records)

Aretha Franklin, whose impassioned, riveting voice made her a titan of American music, has died, her niece, Sabrina Owens, confirmed to the Free Press. She was 76.

She died at 9:50 a.m. surrounded by family at her home in Detroit.

A family statement released by her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit.

The family added: "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family."

Franklin was the loftiest name in the rich history of Detroit music and one of the transcendent cultural figures of the 20th Century. Raised on an eclectic musical diet of gospel, R&B, classical and jazz, she blossomed out of her father's Detroit church to become the most distinguished black female artist of all time, breaking boundaries while placing nearly 100 hits on Billboards R&B chart 20 of them reaching No. 1.

Her death follows several years of painstakingly concealed medical issues, which led to regular show cancellations and extended absences from the public eye.

Visibly feeble but still summoning magic from her voice, Franklin played her final Detroit show in June 2017, an emotion-packed concert for thousands at an outdoor festival downtown.

She ended the performance with a then-cryptic appeal to the hometown crowd: "Please keep me in your prayers."

The Queen of Soul sang for presidents and royalty, and befriended high-profile leaders such as the Revs. Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson. Amid the global glitter and acclaim, she remained loyal to her home region, living in the Detroit area for decades, including the Bloomfield Hills house where she moved in the late 1980s. She moved back to the Detroit in summer 2017, buying an apartment at Riverfront Towers outside downtown....


2:00PM Water Cooler 8/16/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Today's Water Cooler: NAFTA, Warren on Yemen, Democrats, Manafort, Brennan, young voters, Shay's Rebellion, business outlook, housing starts, retail, shipping, containers, CEO pay, relocation, akrasia, Aretha Franklin


New Posters about Democracy in English and Swedish "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Working with comrades in Sweden, we have prepared Swedish versions of our classic poster series, What Does Democracy Mean?. Weve also added a new poster in English, Democracy Means Bureaucracy. With elections coming up in Sweden on September 9 and in the United States in November, we hope these posters can help to undermine the popular assumption that democracy is the solution for all of the problems it causes, and propose an alternative approach based in horizontality, decentralization, and direct action. For more on the anarchist critique of democracy, consult our book, From Democracy to Freedom.

Broadly speaking, democracy and capitalism were stabilized throughout the 20th century via the progressive inclusion of populations that had previously been excluded from the privileges of voting and property ownership. This began with womens suffrage and the Fordist compromise, continued through desegregation and the end of the European colonial empires, and concluded with the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Since then, almost the entire world has been integrated into neoliberalism, an economic system premised on the ceaseless concentration of capital in fewer and fewer hands at the top, and a race to the bottom for wage-earners. Now that it is a worldwide system, there are fewer opportunities to draw in resources with which to continue expanding the pyramid scheme.

Between ecological catastrophe and growing inequality, the average participants in globalized capitalism no longer have cause to expect an ever-improving quality of life. State governments are dismantling the programs that once served to offset the vicissitudes of the market, feeding every resource into the fire in order to keep their economies competitive as the crisis accelerates. Contemporary democratic governments preside over an increasingly invasive security apparatus intended to preserve order at any price.

In 2010-2014, a wave of movements around the world proposed to solve these problems with a more participatory democratic model. Yet those movements ended in new dictatorships in Egypt and elsewhere in the global South, while they were reabsorbed into representational politics in Europe and the United Statesmost notably in the cases of Syriza and...


Pakistans New Leader Faces a Bailout Conundrum "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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The next government in Pakistan, saddled with mounting debts and a severe foreign currency shortage, is facing a dilemma over whom to turn to for critical financial assistance. Both the main options could undermine some of Prime Minister-elect Imran Khans social and economic goals.

One funding option for Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) won the most seats in elections last month, is to look to the IMF. But under pressure from Islamabads former ally, the United States, the Fund might impose tough conditions, limiting Khans plans for an Islamic welfare state and the capacity to repay Chinese loans supporting the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). A second option, an approach to China, may reduce Khans leverage in seeking greater transparency over CPEC projects.

CPEC is the flagship of Chinas Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a $900 billion investment in roads, railways, ports, energy plants, and special economic zones across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. About 20 CPEC projects, worth some $19 billion, are completed or under way, with the rest due to be finished by 2030, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Burdened by a widening trade deficit  nearly $40 billion in the last financial year  with just enough foreign currency to pay for two months of imports  of which materials and equipment for CPEC projects represent a significant proportion  Pakistan must decide whom to ask for a bailout. Currency devaluations and new import duties have sought to arrest the balance of payments crisis but to no avail. The sums required to avert a financial crisis are substantial. The incoming finance minister, As...


APC guber aspirant in Cross River set to unveil development agenda for the state "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An aspirant to the Cross River Government House under the banner of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mani Robson says he will soon unveil a 4 point development agenda for the rebirth of the state. Speaking at a media parley with journalists in Abuja on the side of his far-reaching consultation with the national []

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Suspected ritual killer beaten to a pulp "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A suspected ritual killer was yesterday beaten to a pulp by residents of Shasa in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State. The residents mobbed the suspect when they saw in his possession a bag suspected to contain human parts. Sources at the scene said the suspect was on the Akure Abuja Expressway []

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Court threatens IGP over detention of Ahmeds aide "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has threatened the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Idris Ibrahim, with contempt of court proceeding over his flagrant disobedience of its order to release Mr Olalekan Alabi, the Personal Assistant on Political Matters to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed. The threat was contained in a Notice of Consequences of []

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PHOTOS, VIDEO: Police teargas protesters demanding release of detained Premium Times journalist "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Protesters were on Thursday teargassed at the force headquarters, Abuja, during a protest to demand the release of Premium Times reporter, Samuel Ogundipe. The journalist was on Tuesday arrested for writing a story based on a letter written by Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. Members of the OurMumuDonDo Movement []

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Falconets crash out of FIFA U-20 World Cup after losing 2-1 to Spain "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigeria U-20 womens team have crashed out of the ongoing World cup in France following a 2-1 loss to Spain. The Nigerian side were knocked out of the quarter finals by the current European Champions as two first half goals were enough to put them through into the semis. Spain controlled the game in []

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Vote out APC, Buhari over insecurity, economic mismanagement, Atiku tells supporters in Enugu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar appealed to Nigerians to reject the All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration under President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2019 general elections, even as he promised to unite the country and save her from the jaws of insecurity and economic mismanagement. Abubakar spoke while addressing members of the Peoples Democratic Party []

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FIFA cant ban Nigeria, Giwas lawyer says "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A lawyer, Ardzard Habilla, has said that the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) cannot ban Nigeria over the lingering leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which needed to be sorted out internally by the countrys judiciary. Habilla, who is counsel to Chris Giwa, an NFF factional President, said this in Abuja on []

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5 lawmakers defect in Ogun "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Five members of the Ogun House of Assembly on Thursday defected to three different parties. The Speaker of the House, Mr Suraj Adekunbi, read the separate letters of defection by the lawmakers during the plenary session in Abeokuta. Adekunbi (APC-Yewa North1) said that this was the first time the assembly would be receiving such a []

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We are not homosexuals, only attending friends birthday "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Six suspected homosexuals paraded by the Abia State police Commissioner at the command headquarters, Bende Road, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, have denied being homosexuals. The suspects denied the crime, saying they were in Aba for the birthday party of one of their friends, Ndubuisi. They added that their families were not aware that they were arrested. []

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Hunt down corrupt persons, recover funds, APC tells EFCC, ICPC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ahead of the next year general elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has charged the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and other allied anti-graft bodies to hunt down all corrupt persons and recover public funds and assets that have been stolen by them. The party in a []

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NATO Actions Contradict their Values "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Gabriella Lima NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg regularly confirms the alliances commitment to strive for peace, safety and stability in the Euro-Atlantic region, in accordance with the purposes and principles of the UN-Charter. Our actions are aimed to defend individual liberty, human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Thats what he usually claims at summits and meetings with chiefs of Foreign and Defense Departments of NATO member-countries. However, the alliances activity shows otherwise. Numerous heads of states and international organizations frequently denounce NATO war crimes and unauthorized use of forces. Thus, in the recent few months, the US and its allies have been accused of the following violations: warplanes of the US-led international coalition launched airstrikes in the countryside of al-Bukamal city in eastern Syria and killed at least 30 civilians, reported Syrias news agency SANA on July, 13. While Irans Minister of Foreign Affairs recalled that the US presence in Syria is illegal, since the begining of the conflict. according to a report, made by a group of Libyan nuclear experts, NATO used


Returning from Libyan detention, young Gambians try to change the migration exodus mindset "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Youth groups are using radio shows, social media, events, even hit singles to try to turn a long-running tide


Women of Color Are Making History Ahead of Midterms "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It has been a banner year for women running in elections across the country in statehouse, gubernatorial and congressional races. But women of color, who have been so dramatically underrepresented in the halls of power for so long, are making particularly significant gains. Whats even more exciting is that many of them are going beyond standard identity politics and espousing strongly progressive positions. While the more important battles will come in Novembers general elections, the primary races have already indicated that we are witnessing a game-changing moment in the nations political landscape.

Much has been written about the breakout star of the New York primary, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who stunned the nation in an overwhelming victory against top Democrat Joe Crowley in the Bronx and Queens for a House seat. The 28-year-old self-identified democratic socialist of Puerto Rican heritage, who is expected to handily beat her little-known Republican opponent in November, is slated to become the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress.

Two progressive Muslim womenPalestinian-American Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Somali-American Ilhan Omar in Minnesotarecently won their respective Democratic Party primaries for seats in the House. Both women are running in strongly Democratic districts, with Tlaib poised to win the seat vacated by John Conyers and Omar appearing likely to replace Rep. Keith Ellison (who has stepped down to run for another office). Together, they would lead the way as the first Muslim women to ever serve in the U.S. Congress. Even more significantly, both women espouse core progressive demands such as Medicare for all, abolishing ICE, and a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

New Mexicos Deb Haaland could also make history in November, if she beats her Republican opponent, Janice Arnold-Jones, by becoming the nations first Native American woman to serve in Congress. A new poll showed her with a small but significant lead against Arnold-Jones, who is a Trumpian Republican. Haaland is also progressive, especially on issues of womens reproducti...


A superb new book on the 2011 Egyptian uprising shows how Israel helped thwart democracy there "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Anyone deluded enough to believe that Israel truly wants democracy to spread in the Middle East must read David D. Kirkpatricks outstanding first-hand account of the 2011 uprising in Egypt and its ugly aftermath. Kirkpatrick was the New York Timess main reporter on the scene in Cairo, and readers who remember his superb dispatches from Tahrir Square back then will also be fascinated by his follow-up reporting, which includes interviews with the major Egyptian protagonists and with other key actors like former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obamas influential assistant, Ben Rhodes.

Kirkpatricks page-turning account is called Into the Hands of Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East.  It is about much more than Israels support for the brutal 2013 coup that overturned Egypts nascent (if flawed) democracy and restored a military regime that is today the most repressive in Egypts modern history. But at every stage, his thorough history shows that whenever some American officials, like President Obama, tried to promote democracy by threatening to cut off some of the $1.3 billion in annual U.S. military aid, Israel and its supporters in Washington lobbied hard against it. 

Kirkpatrick quotes Leon Panetta, at the time the head of the CIA, who says the new Egyptian strongman, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, recognized that the American threats were bluffs partly because Sisi was confident the Israel lobby would protect the Egyptian military. 

The [U.S.] Congress knew that in a part of the world where Israel does not have a lot of friends, it does not make a heck of a lot of sense to kick Egypt in the ass, because they are one of the few players in that area that are a friend to Israel.

Israel was not the only reason the U.S. betrayed democracy in Egypt. Americas other allies in the region, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf oil kingdoms, also preferred military rule there. Senior U.S. commanders, like Generals James Mattis and Michael Flynn, had personal ties to Sisi and other Egyptian top brass. Kirkpatrick also notes that Hillary Clinton saw the generals as a source of stability. But remove Israel from the equation and it is more likely that the minority of moderates in the Obama administration, which included Obama himself, might have prevailed. 



Arabic press review: Spain may stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Madrid reconsiders $500m in weapons sales after Saudi-led coalition air strikes kill 29 children in Saada province


#Lebanon Ranked Fourth Worst WorldWide in Electricity Supply "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Spectator Index tweeted a list of countries with the worst electricity supply for 2017 and Lebanon ranked fourth worst on that list, ahead of Yemen, Nigeria & Haiti.

The tweet is based on the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index for 2017-2018 which ranks the quality of electricity supply on a scale from 1 to 7 [1 = extremely unreliable; 7 = extremely reliable].

At this point, all we have to do now is notify the WEF about the new meters were bringing in for the generator owners and add the kilowatts provided to the EDL meters and we will top that list in no time


Reality sets in for South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

If there were any doubts that the euphoria following Cyril Ramaphosas election as president of South Africa has evaporated, this weeks slump in the rand has removed them.

The currency has plunged to a level last seen when Jacob Zuma was still in charge, having retreated from a three-year high against the dollar amid a toxic cocktail of negative economic news, political risks and falling commodity prices. An investor retreat from emerging markets has accelerated its slide of almost 10% against the dollar this month.

Cyril Ramaphosa

When Ramaphosa took over as president in February, he promised to stimulate growth and attract investment, fix the finances of state-owned enterprises, and root out the corruption that marked Zumas administration.

Investors took note: the rand surged to a three-year high in February and borrowing costs fell as inflows into the countrys bonds and stocks surged.

The mood was dubbed Ramaphoria. Theres no sign of it now.

The change in the political leadership after Cyril Ramaphosa took power provided a boost to investor sentiment, sparking a rally in the rand that has now been reversed, Mark Bohlund, an Africa economist at Bloomberg Economics, wrote in a report.

Foreign investors could become concerned about renewed lapses in fiscal consolidation or the governments ability to rein in financial risks from state-owned enterprises.

Things started changing in April as rising US interest rates and a strengthening dollar began to sap demand for emerging-market assets. While crises in Argentina, Turkey and Russia provided the context, homegrown problems fueled the retreat.

The economy contracted in the first quarter as the current-account deficit widened, highlighting the countrys vulnerability to capital outflows. Mining production, once the engine of the economy, has slumped, and manufacturing and consumer spending have struggled to pick up the slack.

A widening budget gap has limited Ramaphosas ability to boost infrastructure and social spending.

South Africa faces domestic challenges at a time when the external backdrop is less positive for risky assets, said Piotr Matys, a London-based emerging-market strategist at Rabobank.

The US dollar is broadly stronger on the back of widening interest-rate differentials, the US and China are involved in a trade war and Turkey is a major warning signal for other economies which rely on volatile ca...


Civilians trapped as fighting south of Yemen's Hodeidah renews "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Besieged and attacked by land and air, residents of Duraihami city are trapped as pro-government forces close in


War zone complicates roll-out of ebola vaccine in latest outbreak "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Health workers must figure out how to dispense vaccines amid fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.


#NottheEnemy: Ben Franklin Warned That Attack on Free Press Turns Liberty to Tyranny "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Informed Comment is pleased to respond to the call of the Boston Globe for the press to fight back, on August 16, 2018, against Trumps savage attacks on journalists and the free press. This column is dedicated to James Wright Foley, whom I met in Egypt in 2012, and who was fearless and level-headed in trying to get the story for the public. He was beheaded by ISIL on August 19, 2014, for being an enemy of the people.

Ben Franklin, the founding father, was a man of many talents, among them printing. As a printer, he gave a lot of thought to issues in freedom of the press. In 1729 he bought the Pennsylvania Gazette and often wrote essays for it himself. Some fifty years before he helped craft the Constitution of the United States of America, he published on the dangers of censorship and of curbing the free press. Without a free press, he said, we cannot have a free government, and its persistent squelching would cause tyranny to be erected on its rubble.

Ben Franklin wrote

  •  in the Pennsylvania Gazette for November 17, 1737, Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates [officials]

An evil magistrate intrusted with the power to punish for words, would be armed with a weapon the most destructive and terrible. Under the pretence of pruning off the exuberant branches, he would be apt to destroy the tree . . .

Augustus Caesar, under the specious pretext of preserving the character of the Romans from defamation, introduced the law whereby libelling was involved in the penalties of treason against the state. This law established his tyranny; and, for one mischief which it prevented, ten thousand evils, horrible and afflicting, sprung up in its place. Thenceforward every persons life and fortune depended on the vile breath of informers. The construction of words being arbitrary, and left to the decision of the judges, no man could write or open his mouth without being in danger of forfeiting his head. One was put to death for inserting in his...


Canadas Feud with the Saudis Will Inevitably End in Happy Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Canada has been forced to deal with a difficult diplomatic situation, perhaps having to rely on the help of Donald Trump, no less, because its European friends, the UK, Germany, France have refused to intercede. Who is this mighty and narcissistic foe that needs so much attention? Why its Saudi Arabia. Its human rights and social norms may not be to everyones taste. But, everyone likes its oil and especially the dollars it provides to invest in all kinds of goods in countries like the US, Germany, France and of course Canada.

Canadian expats in Saudi Arabia are now at risk I would advise them to hold back any cravings for alcohol. More significantly, companies like SNC Lavalin stand to lose considerable business in ongoing projects in the Kingdom. While human rights are important, its also important to recognize the totality of a countrys interests when picking a spat one you cant win. And Canada is proving that because of the obvious problem that its causing in Ottawa, despite appearances.

Recently, through diplomatic channels, Canada has demanded the release of a jailed woman in Saudi Arabia. Her husband has refugee status in Canada. So far so good and diplomatic. But, Canadas ideological (just look at her record on relations with Russia) former journalist minister of foreign affairs, Chrystia Freeland, has picked up Trumps penchant for Twitter. She decided to tweet about the Saudi woman and ruined any chance of her release, while also triggering a diplomatic crisis with the Kingdom.

For all of the human rights paraphernalia of the Trudeau government, diplomacy should be conducted through diplomatic channels not social media. Moreover, the Saudis have a distaste for Twitter, having arrested many locals who have used the platform to criticize however legitimately the House of Saud. Freeland has committed a rookie but cardinal diplomatic error. Instead of admitting this, Ottawa has upped the ante and played right into the Conservatives arms. They, not to be outdone, presumably sent former foreign minister, John Baird, to criticize the Canadian government on Saudi TV no less. Theres an argument that could be made featuring the term treason somewhere in what Baird (and his former boss, PM Harper) did.

Oh my God, indeed!

That said, when it comes to human rights, Freeland and Trudeau seem oblivious to the Saudi led war against the Houthis in Yemen. Canada has gladly sold armored cars to the Saudis. Thus, it has shown that moral lessons can take a backseat to trade and business.

Still, the big issue concerns the excessiveness of the Saudi reaction. Why has it been so tough?

Simply put, the Saudis have little to lose by cutting off Canada. But, they can make a big example out of it, should any other Western nation be tempted to criticize its human right records...


What Recent Struggles In Gambia And Zambia Teach Us About Neo-Colonialism Today "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On June 20th, a fatal mining accident in Black mountain, an infamous mining zone in Zambia, killed 10 miners, and injured 7 others. Mining is the lifeblood of the countrys economy, and accidents happen far too often. Mining accounts for eighty percent of Zambias export earnings and about 12% of its GDP. It is also the source for the largest number of industrial accidents since Zambia won its independence in 1964. The recent mining tragedy and a longer history of exploitation raises the question: Did colonialism ever end in Zambia? Shortly after independence, Zambias first President, Kenneth Kaunda spoke of an African path towards socialism. The West Indian intellectual C.L.R. James said that Kuanda realized African development would not come through the attempt merely to ape European ways.


Egypt spy chief reportedly in Tel Aviv as Hamas-Israel deal draws near "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Abbas Kamil is also said to be due to meet with the PA, as Egypt brokers deals between Hamas and Israel - and Hamas and Fatah


South Africas ANC calls for land seizures "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The chairman of South Africas ruling African National Congress has called for the state to forcibly take over land from those who own more than a certain amount.


African expertise key to stopping ebola "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Foreign expertise cannot protect African communities from ebola or other outbreaks of infectious disease. African health capacity and expertise is essential.


Prehistoric horses in North America "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 14 August 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

How Horses Took Over North America (Twice)

The ancestors of modern horses became so successful that they spread all over the world, to Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. But in their native range of North America, theyll vanish for 10,000 years. Until another strange mammal brings them back.

The illustration of Equus simplicidensalso known as the Hagerman Horseis by Roger Hall. You can check out more of Rogers work here.


BRIC tourists to South Africa still down a quarter from 2013 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

BRIC tourist numbers to South Africa rose by 6.1% in 2017, but still 23.4% below 2013 levels

South African recently hosted tourism exhibitors from 23 African countries [PREUSS]

The release of the Tourism 2017 report by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) this week showed that although there was a strong rebound in 2016 and 2017, the country was still suffering from the misguided imposition of more stringent visa requirements in October 2014, as the number of overseas tourists from South Africas BRICS partners, remained below their 2013 levels.

The release of the report also highlighted Stats SAs resource constraints as its budget has been cut by R400 million in the previous fiscal year. The Tourism report this year was released more than four months later than the 2015 report, which was released on April 4 2016.

New visa regulations from October 2014 that required an in-person visit for biometric data to South African consulates for visitors from non-visa exempt countries such as China, Russia and India had an impact, but there were other factors at play as only one (The Netherlands) of the Top Ten overseas source countries showed an increase in 2014 compared with 2013.

The visa requirements were relaxed and the capacity to process them was improved in 2015 and 2016 in a belated attempt to mitigate the effects on the tourism industry.

As ten tourists are estimated to create one job, the 84 110 drop in BRIC tourist numbers from 359,429 in 2013 to 275,319 in 2017 has cost some 8,000 jobs at a time when the unemployment rate exceeds 27 per cent.

The Department of Home Affairs administers the visa requirements. Several countries such as Brazil and most European countries are exempt from visas provided they stay less than 90 days. Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry, and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board. If a visitor arrives without a visa, immigration officials are obliged to put the visitor onto a flight back to the country of origin.

South African hotel groups such as Southern Sun said the removal of South Africa from Chinese tour operator brochures due to the biometric requirements probably explained the 62 per cent plunge in Chinese tourists between November 2013 and November 2014. In 2017 there was a 17 per cent decline to 97, 069, whi...


All Governments Lie "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

All governments lie, said legendary journalist I.F. Stone. He relentlessly reported on the powerful and the corrupt, and for almost 20 years, until his retirement in 1971, independently wrote I.F. Stones Weekly, an acerbic and incisive publication that broke news regularly. He revealed how President Lyndon Johnson deceptively exploited the 1964 Tonkin Bay incident to escalate U.S. involvement in Vietnam. He produced some of the most impactful investigative reporting on the tobacco industry and the power it held over Congress. I.F. Stones assertion that all governments lie has stood the test of time, and seems remarkably apt now, during the era of President Donald Trump, perhaps the most prodigious liar among all U.S. presidents. When the news media accurately reports on Trumps baldfaced lies, he attacks, calling the press the enemy of the people. Members of the White House press corps, who are the principal recipients of Trumps constant pejoratives, increasingly express concern for their safety at Trumps many campaign-style rallies, where he revs up the crowd against them.

Im so proud of myself; I didnt call them the fake-news media,' Trump said Monday at Fort Drum, in upstate New York. I said to myself, I will not today, in front of our great armed forces, call them fake news. (Laughter.) We know the real truth, but we wont say it today. In bragging of his restraint, he twice labeled the media fake news. Trump will not relent, and certainly will never change.

Trump relies on the news media to repeat, and thus amplify, his hateful messages. Several news channels have taken the important step of not carrying his rallies live, from start to finish. It was that shameful practice that delivered over $1 billion in free airtime to the Trump campaign. But his tweets must be reported. A court ruled them to be official White House statements, and they actually shape policies. The depth of his racism, his misogyny, his Islamophobia and his viciousness is as newsworthy as it is grotesque. This week he called Omarosa Manigault Newman, his fired, former top African-American woman staffer, that dog. Earlier, he tweeted about an NBA basketball star who has just opened a new school: Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isnt easy to do. Both men are African-American, as is respected Congressmember Maxine Waters, whom Trump called an extraordinarily low IQ person. He not only insults African-Americans, but all of us in the process.

The best reply to Trumps hostility to the press is more investigative reporting. One problem is that obsessive speculation about the progress of special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into Trump and Russian election meddling crowds out othe...


ISIS Sets up Checkpoint in Libyan Oil Crescent "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


On 13 August, ISIS Wilayat Barqah released a eulogy in their Caravans of Martyrs of Kenyan fighter Abu Mousa al-Keni.

On 9 August, ISIS claimed in its latest al-Naba newsletter (no 143) that they had raided a Libyan National Army checkpoint close to Fuqaha in Jufrah at dawn on 4 August. The group claims to have killed and wounded several soldiers and stolen equipment before setting the checkpoint of fire and fleeing. However, there has been no corroborating reports or confirmation by the LNA of such an incident, and other sources claim that Chadian militiamen were manning the checkpoint.

On 8 August, ISIS set up a checkpoint on the Abjabiya to Jalu road and published photos of their exploits. It was also reported that a convoy of 20 ISIS fighters in seven vehicles was moving along the Coast Road, 90 kilometers east of Sirte. This coincides with Sirte security forces warming of an imminent attack by ISIS near Sirte and the Oil Crescent more broadly.


On 9 August, the House of Representatives (HoR) Committee of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation declared Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Perrone as a persona non-grata. The decree is in response to his comments during a television interview last week which was widely interpreted as dismissing Libyan elections.

Perrones comments have continued to provoke small demonstrations, notably on 10 August, with locals in Sabratha, Surman, and Zawiyya in Western Libya protesting against Italian interference in Libyan affairs. Likewise, on 10 August, local communities from Benghazi and Tubruq demonstrated against Perrones statements.

Libya-Analysis is the most read independent English-language blog on Libyan affairs. It is run by Jason Pack, founder of and researcher of World History at Cambridge University

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Namibia Eros airport being used by rhino horn smugglers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Namibian Sun

Ellanie Smit,
August 13, 2018

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A global report has ranked Eros Airport among the top airports used by
rhino horn smugglers in 2017, placing it at number eight worldwide, with
seizures weighing above 30kg.

The In Plane Sight: Wildlife Trafficking in the Air Transport Sector
report reveals that wildlife traffickers are highly dependent on commercial
air transportation systems.

According to the latest environment ministry poaching statistics, at least
25 rhinos have already been poached this year, indicating that on average
more than three rhinos are killed by poachers per month in Namibia.

The statistics an increase in rhino poaching incidents since April, when 14
rhinos had already been killed for the year.

According to the ministry, 13 rhinos were poached this year in the Etosha
National Park, while six rhinos were poached on private farms and in
custodianship programme areas.

In January, two rhinos were poached, while in February six rhinos were
killed. Five were poached in March and April. In May, another four poaching
incidents took place and in June three rhinos were killed.

Sixteen elephants have also been poached this year. In Kunene six elephants
were poached and in both the Kavango and the Zambezi regions five elephants
were lost to poachers.

A total of five elephants were poached in March, in both January and May
three elephants were killed, while two elephants were poached in February
and June and in April one elephant was killed.

According to the global trafficking report, 133 rhino horn seizures,
weighing 1 920kg, were recorded between 2009 and 2017.

However, last year saw a significant spike in rhino horn seizures, with 41
total seizures weighing 636.2kg, compared to the 14 seizures weighing
299.7kg in 2016.

Overall, rhino horn trafficking by air appears to be experiencing an
exceptional surge in activity, characterised by a rise in known rhino horn
trafficking instances of all sizes. China, Vietnam and southern Africa
emerged as the most significant areas for rhino horn trafficking by air


South Africa will Kruger put fences back to cut out private reserves? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


2018-08-15 11:32 Louzel Lombard Steyn

A number of the private reserves in the Greater Kruger National Park appear to be violating the protocols and regulations that permitted them to drop fences with Kruger and hunt animals that cross over from the national park.

As a result Kruger is threatening to re-erect the fence.

One of the reserves, Umbabat, has been flagged by Kruger officials for its questionable commitment to local community involvement and empowerment and its contribution to community development programmes, as required by the 2018 Greater KNP Hunting Protocol.

It states that Professional (commercial) hunting is conducted in these areas [the APNR] with the goals of providing the income to contribute to the management of the environment [] and to support social initiatives of community development as per Reserve specific programmes.

At Umbabat Private Nature Reserve, however, hunting continues, undeterred by allegations of illegal hunting practices, poor governance and no trace of conservation or community involvement.

Support for local communities as central to trophy hunting is a stated requirement of the large US Safari Club International. It requires that hunting should generate necessary revenue for conservation, contribute to national economies and local communities, and create employment opportunities in rural areas.



Ideh: Nigeria needs female president in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dr. Elishama Ideh is a foundation member of Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), which collapsed into Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN). She speaks in this interview with FELIX NWANERI on her 2019 presidential ambition and her vision for the country, if elected   What motivated you to join the 2019 presidential race?   I am passionate []

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NUJ, Amnesty, group condemn arrest of journalist "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the arrest of a Premium Times reporter by operatives of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS). The journalist, Mr. Samuel Ogundipe, was said to have been arrested on the orders of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, over a report bordering on last weeks []

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Saraki: I may run against Buhari in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said he was considering running against President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election scheduled to hold in February 2019. Buhari has expressed intent to seek re-election on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC). Saraki, who disclosed this in an interview with Bloomberg, said that if []

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British troops with rangers in Majete, Malawi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Another PR job for the British army that avoids going into the real issues of anti-poaching and the severe dangers of militarisation. Any coincidence that Prince Harry is Presideny of African Parks?. KS


Animal poaching: British soldiers Malawi mission to stop poachers

  • 15 August 2018


Burkina Faso Arly park now a UNESCO biosphere reserve "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Journal du Cameroun
August 13, 2018

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Arly National Park, Burkina Fasos largest wildlife reserve, is inscribed
on the UNESCO MAB World Network of Biosphere Reserves list, the Government
Information Service (GIS) announced in Ouagadougou on Monday.

This international recognition came at the 30th session of the
International Coordinating Council for the Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
Program of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) held from 23 to 28 July 2018 in Palembang, Indonesia,
says the GIS.

Since July 25, 2018, the Arly National Park has been included in the list
of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of the UNESCO MAB Program. This
is the second international recognition of the largest park in Burkina Faso
after its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 7, 2017.

For the GIS, this was made possible thanks to the preparation of a dossier
submitted by Burkina with the technical and financial support of the RBT /
WAP-GIZ project.

This international recognition of Arly National Park reinforces its
reputation. It also offers him opportunities for technical and financial
support, sharing experiences and improving the parks sustainable
management system.

Arly National Park is located in the eastern region of Burkina Faso, in the
heart of the W-Arly-Pendjari cross-border complex (WAP). It covers an
estimated area of 217 930 hectares.

It is one of the most important sites for the conservation of Burkina
Fasos biological diversity, with emblematic species such as elephant,
lion, cheetah, leopard, etc.

UNESCOs Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Program was launched in 1971. It is an
intergovernmental scientific program aimed at establishing a scientific
basis for improving human-nature relations at the global level.

The MAB concept is based on the principle of reconciling conservation and
development.The World Network of Biosphere Reserves has 886 biosphere
reserves in 122 countries around the world.


An Urgent Call to Protect Nigerias Elephants "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

NaijaNews (Nigeria)

By: Seyifunmi Adebote (Abuja, Nigeria)

Are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant, except in a picture book? David Attenborough.

Of the 5 big games, it is not so easy to come by an Elephant in Nigeria today both in the wild and in captive areas; except you find yourself in the Yankari National Park, believed to have the largest and most important Elephant herd of merely 100-150 or the Omu Shasha Forest, Ogun State. The other place you can readily come by an Elephant is at the Jos Wildlife Park where an 8-foot, one-tusked, African Savannah Elephant (Loxodonta africana) has been stranded in an isolated block for 38-years.

A report by the United Nations in 2015, asserts that up to 100 Elephants both Savannah and Forest species are being slaughtered daily in Africa by poachers, primarily for their tusk which the Chinese market constantly demands. As organizations and conservationists intensify efforts to halt illegal ivory trade and wildlife trafficking, recent research posits that the whole of Africa has an estimate of 352,271 Savanna Elephants left, a far cry from between 3-5 million censored by World Wildlife Foundation in the 20th century.

25 years after a ban was placed on ivory trade, emerging markets still makes it more difficult to address this menace. In 2015, the Chinese government in a bid to reduce the demand for African tusks and protect wild elephants made conscious efforts to curb ivory imports; however, reoccurring reports and pictures stress that a lot more Elephants are being poached in southern and northern Nigeria and their tusks exported to Asian countries. The most recent that made t...


Navy posts 22 Rear Admirals "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian Navy has announced new appointments and postings of a total of 22 Rear Admirals, in an exercise that affected Principal Staff Officers, and Flag Officers.   The appointments were contained in a statement by the Director of Information, Commodore Ayo Olugbode.   The statement reads: The Nigerian Navy has announced the appointment of []

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Restored Republic via a GCR as of Aug 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Aug 16, 2018

Compiled 16 Aug. 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, Twenty Two Faces, Byingtons Before Its News articles on a Cabal Vatican-sponsored international pedophile Child Trafficking Ring:

Source: Dinar Chronicles

The below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to decide whether or not it is valid. Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world.

Judy Note: Rumors abound in these last days of the RV. Today one was from Tony when he said that the number of currencies to RV in this first basket may be reduced from seven to two. From the way he was talking I received the impression, and it was only my own impression, that those two were the Dong and Zim. On the Zim, another posted that it would be the only currency to RV on a 1:1 with the US dollar and perhaps this was the reason we were still waiting for the green light. These were rumors and should be treated as such. We will only know for sure when we are at our exchange.

Also today there were those Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom Q posts that implied access to child trafficking has been shut down in Saudia Arabia, (the Clintons) Epstein Island, Haiti, North Korea, China, Russia and Cuba, while a shutdown of child trafficking was pending in Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. Now, what is more important that we have to wait a few more days to be extraordinarily wealthy, or that thousands, perhaps millions of children have been saved from a lifetime of torture? Let us be thankful for what we have.

A. Aug. 15 2018 TNT Call Ray, Tony: 

1. The Banks were still saying that the RV would happen this week.

2. Everything in Iraq was done and they were dragging i...


Research pushes Egyptian mummification back 1500 years "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The ancient Egyptians were chemically embalming corpses some 1500 years earlier than previously thought, stunning new research has revealed. Using a range of investigatory techniques including chemical analysis, shotgun metagenomics, textile analysis and radiocarbon dating, a team led by Egyptologist Jana Jones from Macquarie University in Australia made the finding by examining "mummy S. 293" - the oldest preserved body held in the collection of the Turin museum in Italy. Textile dating revealed that the mummy - acquired by the museum in 1901 from a dealer - had been interred around 3600 CE. The date places the event some 1000 years before the invention of writing and around 2500 years before the peak of Egyptian mummification practice, at the height of the pharaonic era. Mummy S.93 was originally buried lying on his left side, curled in a foetal position, possibly clothed in a full-body shroud, and lain beneath a thin covering of earth. It was originally thought that the body's preservation had occurred through "natural mummification", in which the desiccating effects of sand and wind had prevented complete decomposition. Detailed analysis of chemical residues present on the corpse itself, its funerary coverings, or the grave goods assumed to have been part of the original burial assemblage had never been conducted.


Cheney & Rumsfeld the Machiavellian Puppet Masters Behind the Iraq War "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


There is so much behind the scenes to the creation of a false narrative to wage war in Iraq it is no joke. The story laid out by James Bamford offers another slice of the war story that was sold to the world. Those behind this sales-pitch will never be prosecuted because they are above the law when the Deep State controls the prosecution process. Rather than regurgitate what Bamford wrote and the movie Shock & Awe, I want to add yet another dimension. The journalist who really sold this to the American people was  Judith Miller of the New York Times.

On October 1st, 2004, federal Judge Thomas F. Hogan found Judith Miller in contempt of court for refusing to appear before a federal grand jury, which was investigating who had leaked to reporters the fact that Valerie Plame was a CIA operative. Curiously, among notations about Iraq and nuclear weapons in Ms. Millers notebook, appeared the name: Valerie Flame. That name became the core of a federal grand jury investigation with its tentacles deep into the White House. At issue is whether Bush administration officials leaked the identity of Ms. Plame, an undercover C.I.A. operative, to reporters as part of an effort to blunt criticism of the Cheneys justification for the war in Iraq. Former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson and his wife, C.I.A. operative Valerie Plame, became the center of the controversy over Cheneys bogus claim, that was read by President Bush in his State of the Union address, that Saddam had tried to buy uranium in Africa.

It turned out that one of the legal cases used to support the actions of Judge Thomas F. Hogan to throw Judith Miller in jail on contempt of court was my own. Ms. Miller spent 85 days in jail for refusing to testify and reveal her confidential source. However, she could not take it any longer and finally agreed to testify before the grand jury that she could not exactly remember if her source was I. Lewis Scooter Libby, the Vice President Dick Cheneys chief of staff. But she said he did not reveal Ms. Plames name. When th...


NBS: Inflation rate drops to 11.14% July "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For 18th consecutive time in a row, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures inflation crashed to 11.14 per cent in July from June figure of 11.23 per cent, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced yesterday. The latest fall represents 0.09 per cent points less than the June rate (11.23 per cent). NBS data analysis []

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Japan Solar Energy Storage Congress 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Japan Solar Energy Storage Congress 2018 is one of the global "Solar + Energy Storage" series events presented by Leader Associates. Since 2015, we have held annual solar energy storage congress events around the world, and have moved into emerging markets such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Kenya, Brazil; and mature markets like China, Australia, and so on.


MTN, 12 banks seal N200bn loan agreement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Moves by MTN Nigeria to deepen its service offerings in the country yesterday received a boost as the telecoms giant secured a N200 billion medium-term loan from 12 lenders. The facility, which is structured with a two-year moratorium and a repayment plan of five years, would be provided by a syndicate of banks made []

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Theres no hope for Nigeria with APC Ogunlewe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe is a former Minister of Works and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, he speaks on the Muhammadu Buhari administration, the relationship between the executive and legislature, 2019 general elections and anti-corruption war of the present adminsitration, among other issues   What is []

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Senate tackles INEC over discrepancies in budget "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, queried the Commission for presenting a budgetary proposal, which was at variance with the one earlier presented to the National Assembly for the 2019 general elections by President Muhammadu Buhari. While President Buhari presented a proposal of N143.512 billion to the National Assembly for INEC []

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Corruption, poor mgt responsible for N22trn debt PDP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed the N22 trillion Nigerias debt burden on corruption and poor understanding of global economy by President Muhammadu Buharis government. The party, in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, noted that had President Buhari heeded wise counsel from PDP to allow competent hands to manage []

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Osinbajo meets Dalung, Pinnick over NFF crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday met behind closed doors with the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung at the presidential villa, Abuja The meeting which is in relation to the crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation was attended by its President, Amaju Pinnick. Pinnick and few others suspected to be members of his []

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Rigging: Well prove allegation against APC PDP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

calls for release of detained journalist   The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the probe demanded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on its resolve to dismantle the partys rigging machinery in future elections would provide it the opportunity to expose officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and fake observers used []

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When couple ran amok "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The church is largely perceived as a place of godliness where sound virtues are cultivated and imparted into members. To this end, leaders of churches are ordinarily held in esteem as role models, people of exemplary characters. To a large extent, these cannot be said for Elder Ndubueze Nwachi and his wife, Deaconess Peace Nwachi []

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Nigeria loses $3bn to call masking "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Telecom operators and the government of Nigeria have lost $3 billion in revenue to the prevalence of call masking activities, New Telegraph has learnt. The illegal activities of disguising international calls as local calls has been a major challenge confronting the telecom sector even as recent regulatory measures failed to address the problem.   []

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Rotary announces $96.5m to end polio "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rotary International has announced nearly US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccinepreventable disease that once paralysed hundreds of thousands of children each year. According to a statement issued by Rotary from Illinnois in the United States (US) yesterday, Rotary was allocating the majority of the funds it announced []

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Flooding: When nature unleashes its fury "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As heaven opens up  in torrents   Rain is usually a welcome relief, especially when it comes after a drought. But it has its consequences when it becomes nonstop. This year alone, it has wreaked havoc in many communities. Many Nigerians, as captured in this report by OUR CORRESPONDENTS, dread the flood, which usually accompanies []

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FG appoints Adeosun chairman, NBET board "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government has announced the appointment of the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, as the Chairman, Board of Directors of Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET). The Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mr Hassan Dodo, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said that the appointment was approved by the Acting President, []

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Defend yourselves, court tells INEC officials "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos has directed a former Kwara State Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Christian Nwosu, to open his defence to an alleged N264.8 million fraud charge slammed on him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).   This was sequel to the []

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Adams decries high level of insecurity in South-West "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has decried the spate of insecurity in the South-West region of the country, describing it as a monster which must be fought before the situation becomes unbearable. In a statement issued yesterday and signed by  his media aide, Mr Kehinde Aderemi, he reiterated his earlier call for []

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We need institutions not just drugs from donors Prof. Kalu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenneth Kalu is an assistant professor at the Department of Global Management, Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. In this interview with REGINA OTOKPA, he urged foreign donors to channel their aid into building institutions to outlive the billions of funds spent on providing drugs and other ongoing health interventions   Nigeria is a huge benefactor []

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Police dismiss 8 officers, discipline 108 in 7 months in Lagos, says CP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Imohimi Edgal, yesterday said eight officers were dismissed over very serious criminal offences, while six others were demoted in ranks. Edgal, also said that 108 officers were disciplined for various offences from January to July, 2018 in the Lagos State Command. He made the disclosure at a []

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Osun guber: PDP planning to rig poll APC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alerted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies of plot by the Peoples Democratic Party to rig the Osun State governorship election. In a statement issued yesterday by APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yekini Manana, the party called on the Osun State electorate to resist the []

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INEC: Why were spending N6bn to feed policemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, has justified why the Commission proposed to spend a whooping N6 billion to feed policemen during the 2019 general elections. This is even as the House of Representatives has queried the duplication of several items in the over N189.2 billion of the electoral empire []

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PDP must conduct free, fair primaries Babangida "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, has advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to ensure that its forthcoming presidential primaries are free, fair and devoid of any rancour. Babangida gave the advice yesterday when one of the partys presidential aspirants and former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, visited him at his Hill Top []

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Man leads robbers to co-landlords house, snatches car "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Police in Ogun State have arrested a middle-aged man, Adegbite Taoreed, for allegedly leading an armed robbery gang to the residence of a co-landlord. Taoreed, who was arrested alongside one of the four-man gang, Taiwo Raheem, had snatched the victims Rover car at gunpoint in the early hours of Wednesday. In the same vein, the []

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Canada Complicit in Saudi War Crimes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governments, like gardeners, reap what they sow. Trudeaus continuation of Harpers Conservative Mideast foreign policy has reaped the current mess with Saudi Arabia.

The Liberal brain trust must be wondering, what do we have to do? We slavishly back the odious Saudi regime and they freak over an innocuous tweet.

The Trudeau government has largely maintained the Conservative governments pro-Saudi policies and support for Riyadhs belligerence in the region. Theyve mostly ignored its war on Yemen, which has left 15,000 civilians dead, millions hungry and sparked a cholera epidemic. Rather than oppose this humanitarian calamity, Ottawa armed the Saudis and openly aligned itself with Riyadh.

Some of the Saudi pilots bombing Yemen were likely trained in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Since 2011 Saudi pilots have trained with NATOs Flying Training in Canada (NFTC), which is run by the Canadian Forces and CAE. The Montreal-based flight simulator company trained Royal Saudi Air Force pilots in the Middle East, as well as the United Arab Emirates Air Force, which joined the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen.

As Anthony Fenton has demonstrated on Twitter, Saudi backed forces have been using Canadian-made rifles and armoured vehicles in Yemen. Saudi Arabia purchased Canadian-made Streit Group armoured vehicles for its war, which have been videoed targeting Yemeni civilians. The Trudeau government signed off on a $15 billion Canadian Commercial Corporation Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) contract with the kingdom. Over a decade and a half, General Dynamics Land Systems Canada is to provide upwards of a thousand vehicles equipped with machine guns and medium or high calibre weapons. The largest arms export contract in Canadian history, it includes maintaining the vehicles and training Saudi forces to use the LAVs.

With the LAV sale under a court challenge, in late 2016 federal government lawyers described Saudi Arabia as a key military ally who backs efforts of the international community to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the instability in Yemen. The acquisition of these next-generation vehicles will help in those efforts, which are compatible with Canad...


Flood of New Q Anon Posts "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

Q is pumping out posts this week. It's in line with the promised BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM action. Let's focus on one important post in particular, number 1884...


Lisa Mei Crowley gives an excellent interpretation of this Q post in a recent tweet...

'Outstanding! Human trafficking WW (world wide) being shut down! Access to human traffickers closed in SA (Saudi Arabia), Epstein Island, Haiti, NK (North Korea), China, Russia, Cuba. Others in the works with host countries' government help...' (Lisa Mei Crowley tweet)

Lisa Mei Crowley is outstanding herself. She is a tireless loyal supporter of President Trump/Q. I am a frequent visitor to her Twitter account throughout the day. Lisa tweets constantly - she is ALWAYS up to speed on events related to the Alliance plan.

It is important to know that countries previously run by the CIA - like Saudi Arabia and North Korea - are now siding with the Alliance to remove the satanist cabal. That explains the [SA US PUSH] in the Q post above.

Truth bombs are raining down on the cabal. The Alliance attacks are coming from all directions. The cabal's efforts to hide or run will be totally fruitless. As Q often says, all we need to do is 'sit back and enjoy the show'.

That big beautiful Global Currency Reset is tant...


Venezuela, Maduro and the People "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Les Blough, Editor of Axis of Logic In his article, Venezuelas Monetary Revolution Vis-a-Vis Economic Sanctions, Nino Pagliccia reports on the new economic model based upon the petroleum-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro, introduced in March of this year. The new initiative brings a series of economic measures to begin in 6 days, August 20 with the...


Mystery of Egypt: Nbata Playa, One of the First Civilizations "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nabta Playa basin has been occupied by humans since around the 10th Millenium BC, There is evidence of cattle domestication, perhaps offering the first suggestions of the later cattle veneration seen in the early Egyptian dynasties

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More than 50 Thousand People Register Lulas Candidacy and Denounce the Withdrawal of Rights "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lula Livre National March makes history in the defense of the rights of the people Wesley Lima Translated by Internationalist 360 Brazil is experiencing a historic moment. More than 50,000 workers, organized in various popular movements, unions and leftist parties joined the National Free Lula March, organized by the MST, on Wednesday (15), to carry...


Corbyn attacked for Islamist hand-sign, claims it was in solidarity with Cairo massacre victims "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

RT | August 15, 2018 Jeremy Corbyn has found himself involved in a row after a picture of him making a sign linked to the Muslim Brotherhood surfaced. His spokesperson said it was done in solidarity with the victims of a 2013 massacre in Egypt. The picture, published by the Daily Telegraph and reportedly taken []


Benghazi Attack, 9/11/2012 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


On September 11, 2012 in Libya, a heavily armed group executed an attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. The attack began at night in a U.S. diplomatic compound for the consulate, and ended at another diplomatic compound nearby where the U.S. intelligence was posted. Killed were U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other members of his diplomatic mission, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and U.S. embassy security personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. Two other Americans and seven Libyans were also injured. The Benghazi attack was strongly condemned by the governments of Libya, the United States and other countries around the world.

Libyans held demonstrations in Benghazi and Tripoli, condemning the violence and holding signs such as, Chris Stevens was a friend to all Libyans, and apologizing to Americans for the actions in their name and in the name of Muslims. On September 21, about 30,000 Libyans protested against armed militias in their country including Ansar al-Sharia, an Islamist militia alleged to have played a role in the attack, and stormed several militia headquarters, forcing the occupants to flee. On September 23, the Libyan president ordered that all unauthorized militias either disband or come under government control. Militias across the country began surrendering to the government and submitting to its authority. Hundreds of Libyans gathered in Tripoli and Benghazi to hand over their weapons to the government.

The attack followed the mobbing of the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, which was in reaction to the anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims. On September 28, U.S. intelligence revised their initial assessment to indicate that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists. Questions about whether the White House should have stated or did state this conclusion earlier and whether the site of the assault was adequately secured before and after the attack created political controversy during the US 2012 Presidential election then underway. The United States investigation of the attack is being conducted separately by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Departmen...

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Black Americans Arent Buying Omarosas Turn Against Trump "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

WASHINGTON For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trumps side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people.

Her falling out with Trump and her decision to call him a racist as she sells her new book and in turn, his calling her a dog have not been enough for many African-Americans to invite her back to the family picnic.

Too little, too late, many said.

Her tell-all mea culpa wont win her any brownie points with most blacks, said Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author of the book Why Black Lives Do Matter. Their loathing of Omarosa is virtually frozen in stone. Shes still roundly lambasted as a two-bit opportunist, a racial sellout and an ego-driven hustler.

Few in the black community immediately rushed to defend Manigault Newman after she wrote a book titled Unhinged about her time in the White House. It paints a damning picture of Trump, claiming without evidence that tapes exist of him using the N-word as he filmed The Apprentice reality series, on which she co-starred.

She has since stepped up her attacks on Trump as she promotes her book, telling The Associated Press on Tuesday that the president is a racist, a misogynist, a bigot.

I want to see this nation united as opposed to divided, she said. I dont want to see a race war, as Donald Trump does.

The deep hostility that African-Americans harbor for Manigault Newman stems largely from her defense of the president or her public silence as he repeatedly attacked the American citizenship of former President Barack Obama; insulted various minority groups and described some African nations as shithole countries. He has also insulted prominent blacks like U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and NBA superstar LeBron James, said that many sides are to blame for the violence at last years white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and ripped African-American athletes for protesting racial injustice.

As the highest-profile African-American on the White House staff, she pushed back on accusations that Trump was racist. She once told PBS Frontline, Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down under President Trump.

In the book, Manigault Newman suggests she joined Trumps campaign despite the misgivings she said she had about her longtime friend and mentor after an arrangement to join Democrat Hillary Clintons campaign fell through and left her feeling spurned.

She writes that Trump and his campaign were eager for my help and she wanted to experience working on a campaign at a high level. And, since Trump had little chance of winning, it would be no harm, no foul for me to have worked...


US Military Presence in Latin America and the Caribbean "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ral Capote Fernndez | The United States has some 800 military bases around the world, and 76 of these are in Latin America. Among the best known are 12 in Panama, 12 in Puerto Rico, nine in Colombia, and eight in Peru, with the greatest number concentrated in Central America and the Caribbean. In...


CPJ welcomes release of Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

New York, August 15, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today after over two years in detention of Jones Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Weekly Source newspaper. CPJ urges Nigerian authorities to drop all charges against Abiri and ensure those responsible for his over two years...


Fidel: The Optimism of a Victor "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Elson Concepcin Prez | I have attempted to find a formula that synthesizes Fidel Castro, who is now 92, and continues at our side, and whose imprint touches every aspect of life, every sector of society, friends and enemies, young and old, the healthy and the sick, heads of state and the homeless of...


Im actively considering presidency Saraki "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has been quoted as saying that he is actively considering running for the presidency in the 2019 elections. Mr Saraki said he has been consulting and actively considering it. According to Bloomberg, a privately held financial, software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, Saraki []

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World weatherwatch: Iberia's terral blows in with oppressive heat "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hot dry air from Africa nudged up the mercury and then came flash floods and thunderstormsIn the first week of August the heatwave conditions in Iberia broke up. Described in Spain as a terral wind, such oppressive heatwaves occur when hot, dry, air advances from north Africa. There was speculation that maximum temperature records could be broken, perhaps reaching 48C (118.4F) inland. But the mercury only reached a peak of 45.4C, in vora, Portugal.The relief from the heat was partly [...]


Premium Times reporters arrest: Buharis aide advocates free press "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Matter, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has called on the concerned authorities and particularly the Nigerian Police to address issues surrounding the arrest and detention of the Premium Times Journalist, Mr. Samuel Ogundipe.   Dabiri-Erewa, who was the chairperson of a session held at []

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Container falls, kills commercial motorcyclist and his passenger "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 40-foot container fell off the truck conveying it and crushed two unidentified men in Mowe, Ogun State, close to a car park of the Redeemed Christian Church of God on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. Eyewitnesses said the crash, which occurred around 1.30pmon Wednesday, was caused by over-speeding and loss of control on the part of []

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Lagos Police sacks eight officers for very serious criminal offences, disciplines 108 others "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, on Wednesday, said eight officers were dismissed over very serious criminal offences, while six others were demoted in ranks. Edgal, also said that 108 officers were disciplined for various offences from January to July, 2018 in the Lagos State Command. He made the disclosure at []

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2019: Im under heavy pressure to run for Presidency- Tambuwal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has disclosed that he has been under tremendous pressure to join the presidential race for the 2019 elections. He told thousands of youths and students who stormed the Governors office in Sokoto to show appreciation on the involvement of youths in his administration that he was still making []

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Worlds oldest cheese discovery in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from Italy says about itself:

Farmer Follows Ancient Roman Recipe To Make Cheese From the Milk of Endangered Goats

6 June 2018

This Sicilian farmer produces artisan vegetarian cheeses by following ancient Roman recipes. His cheese is made from the milk of endangered Girgentana goats currently, there are only about 1300 of these goats left in the world. He uses vegetable rennet instead of animal rennet, which is taken from the stomach of the animals, which makes his cheeses purely vegetarian.

From the American Chemical Society:

Worlds oldest cheese found in Egyptian tomb

August 15, 2018

Aging usually improves the flavor of cheese, but thats not why some very old cheese discovered in an Egyptian tomb is drawing attention. Instead, its thought to be the most ancient solid cheese ever found, according to a study published in ACS journal Analytical Chemistry.

The tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of Memphis in Egypt during the 13th century BC, was initially unearthed in 1885. After being lost under drifting sands, it was rediscovered in 2010, and archeologists found broken jars at the site a few years later. One jar contained a solidified whitish mass, as well as canvas fabric that might have covered the jar or been used to preserve its contents. Enrico Greco and colleagues wanted to analyze the whitish substance to determine its identity.

After dissolving the sample, the researchers purified its protein constituents and analyzed them with liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. The peptides detected by these techniques show the sample was a dairy product made from cow milk and sheep or goat milk. The characteristics of the canvas fabric, which indicate it was suitable for containing a solid rather than a liquid, and the absence of other specific markers, support the conclusion that the dairy product was a solid cheese.

Other peptides in...


Malawi Witch-doctors suspected of snatching children and using their body parts for wealthy clients "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mistaken for vampires and accused of witchcraft, BBC crew nearly stoned to death in Malawi

By RT News

A BBC film crew investigating a string of child killings in the southern African state of Malawi narrowly escaped death, after an undercover meeting with a witch-doctor was interrupted by a mob accusing them of being vampires.

The documentary team from BBC Africa were working alongside undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who never shows his face, to investigate a string of murders which have been attributed to black-magic muti witch-doctors.

Victims have been found without heads and missing body parts. Witch-doctors are suspected of snatching children and young people and using their body parts as get-rich amulets for wealthy clients.

Posing as a wealthy businessman looking to increase his wealth, Anas tracked down a self-confessed killer named Kamanga, who told the team, in secret footage published on Monday, that the most useful parts for good luck were the head and genitals. Along with an associate, Kamanga told the BBC team that he could create good luck for the businessman by killing and sucking out the blood of children.

A further meeting with the killers at night, saw them describe how they could also break the skull and remove either the brain or tongue.

But the meeting was interrupted by the sounds of an approaching mob of villagers nearby.

They were armed with machetes, knives and stones and accused the BBC team of being vampires and killers. Showing the villagers their press accreditation failed to quell the mob, with one cutting the back of Anas suit with a knife. The journalists started running and were pursued by the mob, who threw stones at them.

They were going to end our lives, Anas said, as he recalled their flight from the angry villagers. The team managed to escape by running for their lives into the night, later to be saved by community police and a local chief.

They suffering injuries from stones being thrown by the mob and one of the cars the team was travelling in was also destroyed. Kamanga and his associate also managed to escape in the confusion.

The incident brought an end to the BBC teams investigation and according to them many of the murders remain unsolved.

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BBC crew mistaken for ritual killers in Malawi



Libyan court sentences 45 to death for killing protesters in 2011 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Justice ministry says 54 other defendants were sentenced to five years in jail, 22 were acquitted


The Evil Agenda of George Soros "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

George Soros, an illuminati member of the New World Order, founder of the Open Society Foundation, who also funds BLM and FEMEN, is trying to flood Europe with MILLIONS of illegal migrants from the middle East and Africa and openly admits of wishing to replace Europeans.

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Orogun Indigenes Reject Osawotas Kangaroo PDP Primary, Condemn Style Of Leadership "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chief (Barr) A.K. Asawota

LAGOS AUGUST 15TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The people of Orogun in Ughelli North LGA and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) loyalists in the community has rejected Chief (Barr.) A.K Osawotas kangaroo primary election for Orogun PDP house of assembly aspirants. They equally condemned Osawota style of leadership in the community.
The protesters raised the alarm on the disqualification of Deacon Innocent Iyede, Com. Sylvester Ovbije and Onovughe Benson for challenging the skewed primary election.
Deacon Innocent Iyede who was disqualified over his refusal of being a party to the said primary on the ground that he was not invited by any means of communication, challenged the honesty of the conveners.
He refused to take part in the election because he was not invited, adding it was fixed without the notice of people of the community but selected few and felt it was not well intended.
Iyede explained that he was called by Hon. Mrs Grace Odili to see her at the venue that they were having a meeting, only to be told by Chief Osawota upon his arrival that the primary election for Orogun was about to begin.
Iyede argued that he refused to be part of the kangaroo primary not because he was afraid to loss, but for his non invitation as an aspirant. According tohim, partaking in such an election means consciously playing into their hands.
He insisted that he won...


Man kills, buries brother to save cost of hospital treatment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Following his inability to raise needed funds for his sick brothers hospital treatment, a man, 40, has allegedly killed and buried the sick brother. The suspect, Raphael Izuchukwu believed to be about 40 years from Ugwuagbo Inyi village in Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu state had on that fateful day killed his elder []

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2019: Tyranny has a short lifespan Jonathan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has urged Nigerians not to despair in the face of impunity, persecution and maladministration noting that anything evil cannot last for long. He said that it is better to be persecuted for doing the right thing than being associated with despicable conducts and antecedents. Jonathan stated this at the 2018 []

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Ijaw Monarch Hails Okowa Developmental Stride In Kabowei Kingdom "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS AUGUST 15TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Ijaw Monarch, Pere of Kabowei Kingdom, HRM Shedrack Erebelu III hascommended Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for his support to the Kabowei Kingdom in terms of development projects and regular visit to the kingdom.
HRM Shedrack Erebelu III who led his Council of Chiefs to pay Okowa a courtesy visit in Asaba on Wednesday said, Todays visit, is a thank you visit, we are here to appreciate your gesture. Within your three years plus in government, you have constructed a lot of roads across the state.
We are happy for the award of contract for the construction of Patani to Abari. We are glad that a lot of sons and daughters of Kabowei Kingdom are serving in your government.
We feel carried along in your government and we appreciate you. We are peace loving people and we will remain peaceful and supportive of your administration.
Speaking earlier, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has advocated for peaceful kingdoms which he said will translate to peaceful local government areas and snowball into a peaceful nation.
If we succeed in keeping every kingdom and every local government peaceful, we will witness a lot of development, the governor said.
He commended Erebelu III for sustaining peace in his kingdom and urged him to improve on the standard of living of his people.
He added, I want to congratulate you ahead of your one year on...


Northern Nigeria most backward in the world Ribadu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, says the people of northern Nigeria are the most backward in the world. Ribadu said this on Wednesday while speaking at the launch of Sect and social disorder and Quaranic Schools in Northern Nigeria, books edited by Abdul Rafau Mustapha and Hannah Hoechner. []

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PDP blames Buharis poor management, corruption for N2 trillion debt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed the N2 trillion nations debt burden on corruption and poor understanding of global economy by President Muhammadu Buharis government. The party in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan noted that had President Buhari heeded wise counsel from the PDP to allow competent hands to []

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The Slow March Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Jerry Merriman

A little over a year ago, 122 countries nearly two-thirds of the worlds total made history by adopting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).  Between 20 September 2017 and 3 August 2018, 60 of those countries took it a step further by signing the treaty.  On 31 July 2018, New Zealand became the 14th country to take the final step by ratifying it.  With no deadline for signing and ratifying the treaty, it will become part of international law when 50 countries have ratified it.

Countries opposed to the treaty include all nine countries with nuclear weapons and all 29 members of NATO.  That the treaty is viewed as controversial in some circles should come as no surprise, but it is worth noting that the treaty has overwhelming support from countries in Africa, Central America, and South America.  It is also supported by all of the countries in the Middle East (including Iran) except for Syria, Turkey, and Israel.  Syria participated in treaty negotiations but was absent for the vote to adopt on 7 July 2017.  Turkey, along with four other NATO-member countries (Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands), allows the presence of U.S. nuclear weapons as part of a nuclear sharing agreement.  Israel has its own arsenal of nuclear weapons and has never signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).  The NPT was originally adopted in 1968 and includes 190 countries.  Palestine is among the 14 countries that have ratified the TPNW.

In 2017, a letter from over 3,000 scientists worldwide in support of the nuclear weapons ban treaty was delivered to the U.N. General Assembly during negotiations to adopt the treaty.  The letter begins:

Nuclear arms are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited by an international convention, even though they are the most destructive and indiscriminate weapons ever created. We scientists bear a special responsibility for nuclear weapons, since it was scientists who invented them and discovered that their effects are even more horrific than first thought.

Will the treaty, once it is ratified by 50 countries, guarantee a world free of nuclear weapons?  No, but it will be a tremendously important step toward that goal.  A September 2017 article from Human Rights Watch explains:......


Mourning And Anger At Funeral Of Yemeni Children Killed In US-Saudi School Bus Attack "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

SADAA, YEMEN  Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sadaa, northern Yemen, to hold a funeral procession for the children who were killed on August 10 by U.S.-backed Saudi airstrikes in Dhahian city next to a crowded market. The deadly attack came while they were on a picnic to Dhahians outskirts after graduating from summer school. The mourners, who came from across the country, walked in a long convoy next to vehicles that carried the bodies of more than 30 children, as participants carried pictures of the attack and chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia and the United States. America Kills Yemeni Children, read several banners. A source in Yemens Health Ministry, based in Sana`a, said in a statement that 51 people were killed in the raids, including 40 children.


Eid-el-Kabir: Osun to provide free train ride for indigenes in Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Osun Government says it will provide free train ride for its indigenes from Lagos to Osogbo during the Eid-el-Kabir festival. Mr Ismaila Jaiyeoba-Alagbada, the Commissioner for Industries, Commerce and Cooperatives, made this known in a statement in Osogbo on Wednesday. According to him, the train first trip is expected to leave the Iddo Terminus []

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JUST IN: Victor Moses announces retirement from International Football "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerian footballer Victor Moses has this afternoon announced his retirement from international football. The renown defender who plays for Chelsea FC made the announcement via his social media platforms -Instagram and Twitter this afternoon where he released his statement. His reasons for retirement include focusing on his club career as well as his family. He []

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Twenty One Delta LGAs Owe Workers Months Of Unpaid Salaries "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS AUGUST 15TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Delta Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mr Joyce Overah, says that 21 out of the 25 local governments in the state are still owing their workers months of unpaid salaries. Overah disclosed this in Asaba on Wednesday while presenting the stewardship of his ministry in the last one year during a news conference.
He said that only four local government areas were not owing staff salaries. He said that the rest were owing between one month and seven months of unpaid salaries.
The commissioner, however, did not mention those owing or those that were up to date in the payment of their workers salaries.
The commissioner promised that the state government would settle the outstanding salaries of the local government workers from the next tranche of the Paris Club to be paid by the Federal Government.
He disclosed that the state governor had also approved a committee of qualified accountants from the state Auditor-Generals office to determine the excess bank charges imposed on the council areas.
Overah said that the committees forensic audit would cover between 2007 and 2017. He said that the committee was expected to submit a report which the state government would use to recover all wrongful bank charges imposed on the council areas with accrued interests.


Osun Election: PDP plotting to rig, APC tells INEC, security agencies "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alerted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies of the plot by the Peoples Democratic Party to rig the Osun State governorship election. The party also alleged that the PDP had planned to rig other elections. However, in a statement issued by APC National Publicity Secretary, []

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2019: Reps bicker as INEC budgets N6 billion for feeding of policemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The last has not been heard about the controversy trailing the supplementary budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly as the House of Representatives yesterday queried the provision of N6 billion for the feeding of police during the 2019 general elections. INEC has proposed to []

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PHOTOS: NDLEA busts drug syndicate hiding Tramadol in Indomie cartons "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLA) says it has busted a drug syndicate that specialises in concealing narcotics in strange containers, particularly Indomie Noodle cartons. Yakubu Kibo, the Adamawa State Commander of the agency, made the revelation on Wednesday. Kibo said that besides Indomie Cartons, the syndicate also conceals illicit drugs in car door []

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Niger Assembly declares lawmakers seat vacant for leaving APC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Niger House of Assembly on Wednesday declared the seat of the member representing Tafa constituency, Danladi Iyah, vacant. Iyah had announced his resignation from APC in a letter read on the floor of the House by the Speaker, Alhaji Ahmed Marafa. According to the letter, Iyah said he was leaving the APC due to []

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Following Trump Sanctions and Tariff Storm More Nations Ditch the Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

When US President Donald Trump re-imposed sanctions on Iran last week, he warned that any company doing deals with the Iranians in dollars would also be subject to sanctions.

Several Russian companies are also under US sanctions, while Trumps tweet last week doubling tariffs on imports of Turkish steel has caused Turkeys currency to crash more than 20 percent against the US dollar.

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu said they backed using national currencies, not the US dollar, in bilateral trade.

Lavrov told a joint news conference with Cavusoglu in Ankara that identical processes have been happening in trade with Iran.

Not only with Turkey and Iran, were also arranging and already implementing payments in national currencies with the Peoples Republic of China, he said.

Iran and Turkey are already using national currencies following an agreement last October, with a similar arrangement also in place between Iran and India.

Lavrov echoed statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he was confident the grave abuse of the role of the US dollar as a global reserve currency will result over time in the weakening and demise of its role.

There have already been settlements in national currencies between Russia and the BRICS the bloc that also includes Brazil, India, China and South Africa.

Elsewhere across the world, Nigeria has introduced Chinas yuan as an alternative trading currency to the US dollar.


First auction of yuan in Nigeria 

Last month, Nigerias central bank sold yuan at its first auction of the Chinese currency, two months after it agreed a $2.5 billion swap with Beijing.

Nigeria is Africas biggest nation by population and its largest economy due to its oil exports. The OPEC member imports heavily from China which is Nigerias biggest trading partner after the US.

Trade volumes between China and Nigeria totaled $9.2 billion in 2017, with the African country running a big deficit through its $7.6 billion imports.

China has also signed a three-year swap worth $4.8 billion with South Africa and similar deals with other emerging markets, some of which have been selling renminbi in businesses.

Moreover, an unfolding trade war between the US and China is taking its toll on their bilateral trade while American sanctions on Iran are raising interest in oil trade in yuan.



Mexico offers $1.6 million for information leading to drug lords arrest "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mexico is offering a 30 million pesos ($1.56 million) reward for information leading to the arrest of drug lord Nemesio Oseguera whose cartel is blamed for driving heroin shipments to the United States, the attorney general said on Wednesday.

Known as El Mencho, Oseguera has risen to become Mexicos most-wanted drug lord after Joaquin El Chapo Guzman was extradited to the United States last year to face trial.

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In March, U.S. agents in Chicago named El Mencho public enemy No. 1 and blamed his gang for using extreme violence to expand their share of the heroin trade. The United States is offering $5 million for information leading to his capture.

Osegueras Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion is considered by authorities to be the most powerful Mexican drug cartel, with operations in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia.

The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion is known to produce multi-hundred kilogram quantities of methamphetamine and heroin, and traffics in multi-ton quantities of cocaine, according to the U.S. Department of State.

Mexico arrested Osegueras wife in May on charges of laundering funds for his cartel.

($1 = 19.1810 Mexican pesos)

Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Susan Thomas



Gaza is not a country, and so Israel is not protecting its borders "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A BBC report published July 20, 2018 accepts the framing of killing of Palestinian civilians as a defense of a borders.  But Gaza is not a country, and so Israel cannot be protecting its borders.  Rather, Gaza is an enclave, an imprisoned neighborhood where its borders are controlled by Israel.  Israel decides who moves in and out of Gaza, which includes everyone from students and the sick, to foreign diplomats, to NGO workers. Israel controls what goods move in and out of Gaza.  All infrastructure and utility projects for water, electricity and gas etc., even if internationally funded are reliant on Israeli approval.  

Gaza is an enclave inhabited by Palestinians, most of whom are refugees.  Gaza does not have sovereignty, rather it is under occupation. As such, while Western media outlets like to portray this as a war, it is not. Under International law and conventions the occupying power first has a responsibility to those citizens under its control, which Israel has neglected completely.  Second, under international law those under occupation have a right to resist through whatever means available to them.

The controlling narrative of the two-state framework of the post-Oslo period engenders a purposefully confusing political context for Palestinians.  While the Agreement on Gaza Strip and Jericho Area 1994 explains that there will be disengagement from Palestinian territories, it simultaneously outlines all the ways in which Israel will maintain control, and as such sovereignty over these territories.

Outside actors pretend as if Palestine is a state, and thus they use phrases such as Hamas, they run Gaza (quoted from the aforementioned BBC article).  Hamas does not run Gaza. It receives its salaries from the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah who withhold these salaries f...


New Ebola Outbreak in Congo -- Part of a Bigger Conflict? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Source: Geopolitics

As many are already aware of, the China-led Belt and Road Initiative to interconnect the Eurasian Economy with Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the rest of the world has been gaining a lot of traction since its formal announcement in 2013 by Xi Jinping.

This earned a lot of global influence in the region for China. The losing side, however, is not watching idly by as it loses large chucks of its empire, one by one.

This is in addition to its collapsing control of the global financial system that has been stripped away systematically with the elaborate exposure of the Libor interest rates rigging, gold and silver price rigging, and multi-trillion money laundering schemes involving mafia money and sovereign wealth of Asian kingdoms.

Add to that is the ineffective mass media anti-Russia narrative that is also designed to undermine the Trump administration that is seeking transactional peace accords abroad.

With all of the above, the CIA has openly considered that it is China which is the most dangerous enemy to the Deep State's wellbeing. But what could they do at the time when they could not pay their mercenaries anymore?

Release the Ebola bioweapon, one more time.

A week after the most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared over, the country has confirmed it has found more cases of the disease.

The new cases are in a province at the opposite end o...


Israel Continues to Have its Way, So is Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Source: Geopolitics

Deep State-sanctioned Israel bullying against inferior Gaza and Saudi's airstrike against Yemeni civilian targets continue. The global community's attention is somewhere else. While America has grown numb to the fact that its own government is complicit in all of these genocidal crimes that sometimes victimize its own people, too.

Nevertheless, it's still wise to keep reminding those in authority that the world has not forgotten anything at all.

"A USS Liberty survivor who was arrested by Israel this month trying to break the Gaza blockade joins Episode 2 of Consortium News Radio.

Joe Meadors was a signalman on the USS Liberty surveillance ship on June 8, 1967 when Israel attacked, killing 34 U.S. sailors and injuring 173 more. This month Meadors was arrested by Israeli soldiers onboard a boat taking part in a flotilla to break the Gaza blockade.

Meadors tells Consortium News Radio in this episode how he first became sympathetic to the Palestinians while growing up in Saudi Arabia; how he was told by his superiors not to discuss what happened on the Liberty; why he broke his silence 12 years later; who he thought was attacking the Liberty; why the U.S. covered it up; what he believes was Israel's motive in trying to sink his ship; what it was like in Israeli custody this month and much more."

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia continues to bully its own neighbor, Yemen, too.

"A video taken by one of the boys shows the classmates jostling and yelling on a packed school bus, clearly excited for the day ahead.



Report: Radioactive Sheep Prove Israel Illegally Tested Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A science journal has claimed that radioactive sheep found in Australia could prove that Israel tested nuclear weapons, an action which would be in contravention of international law.

The study, which was published by Princeton Universitys Science and Global Security journal, claims that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test on 22 September 1979 near Prince Edward Islands, located in the Indian Ocean off the southern tip of Africa. At the time, a double flash of light was recorded by an American satellite named Vela 6911, a sign thought to indicate that a nuclear test had taken place. Theories have speculated since that the flash could have been caused by natural phenomena, for example by a meteor shower, but the journals new study claims to have proof that this was not the case.

The new research, led by Christopher Wright of the Australian Defence Force Academy and Lars Erik de Geer, a former member of the Swedish Defence Research Agency, claims that a few weeks after the mysterious flash, traces of radioactive Iodine (I-131) had been discovered in several dead sheep in Australia. Samples from the sheeps thyroid glands were then sent for tests in the United States, but the tests results were never made public, Ynet reports.

It is thought that due to stormy weather at the time the double flash was recorded, the fallout from the alleged nuclear test was scattered throughout parts of Australia. The study believes the sheep in question may have eaten some grass in the affected area, causing them to become radioactive. If the journals theory is correct, this marks the most concrete evidence to date that Israel conducted illegal nuclear testing during the height of the Cold War. That this was done in cooperation with South Africa, at that time ruled by an Apartheid regime, will likely raise further eyebrows.

Israel has long sought to conceal its alleged nuclear capabilities, neither confirming nor denying its possession of nuclear weapons. However, it is widely believed that Israel possesses nuclear WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) and is one of four nuclear-armed countries not recognised by the international Non-Proliferation Treaty. The other three are India, Pakistan and North Korea.

Israels forays into the nuclear arena came under the spotlight in July when an expos by the Wall Street Journal(WSJ)...


Between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE: Tunisias Quest for Neutrality "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The momentous decision taken in 2017 by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain to sever all ties with Qatar sent shock waves through the whole world. The so-called Boycott Quartet justified its drastic move by singling out Qatar as the primary source of instability in the already volatile Arabian Peninsula. While numerous countries from the Middle East to Africa scrambled to take sides and curry favor with either Qatar or the Quartet, the row represented an ill-timed nuisance for Tunisia.

Indeed, in 2017, Tunisia was still in the throes of a delicate diplomatic effort aimed at weaning itself away from Qatar. Undoubtedly, as a result of the 2011 revolution, Tunisias relationship with Doha blossomed into a full-fledged friendship. Al Jazeera, the notorious Qatar-funded news outlet, applauded the 2010-2011 protests against secular President Ben Ali and immediately welcomed the subsequent electoral success of the Islamist Party Ennahda. In contrast, the advent of political Islam drove Saudi Arabia and the Emirates away from Tunis.

Even though Dohas financial backing provided an indispensable respite, Tunisia realized that it couldnt solely rely on Qatar to tackle the intractable economic issues produced by the 2011 turmoil. Therefore, Tunisia strove to attract investment from both Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, while preserving its friendship with Doha. Just as this diplomatic gambit seemed to pay off, the Gulf crisis broke out. In light of the dtente that it was painstakingly cultivating with the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Tunisia could not afford to openly side with Qatar in the Gulf row. Therefore, Tunis reasoned that neutrality represented the best course of action.

Eventually, Tunisias neutrality didnt pan out as it hoped. Saudi Arabia partially accepted to play along but, from July 2017 on, Tunisia-UAE relations deteriorated to the point where the North African country found itself at square one, i.e. hanging on to Dohas support to get by.


The ascent of Ennahda: Tunisia flirts with Qatar and Turkey

Cracking down on Islamism and striving to preserve Tunisias secular identity had been the two elements that best characterized Ben Alis rule since he assumed power in 1987. While succeeding in preventing Islamism from creeping into Tunisias political and social life, Ben Alis repressive approach toward the movement fueled the resentment of many and eventually backfired. It is no wonder, then, that both moderate and radical Islamist organizations played a crucial role in precipitating the collapse of Ben Alis regime. In 2011, therefore, Islamism was poised to fill the vacuum that the implosion of the Democratic Constitutional Rally (Ben Alis party and instrument of power) w...


SERAP sues NYSC over failure to publish Kemi Adeosuns exemption certificate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sued the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brigadier-General Sule Kazaure and the NYSC over failure to publish specific documents and information on Minister of Finance Mrs Kemi Adeosuns application for NYSC exemption, and seeking to compel them to explain if Adeosun obtained any Exemption Certificate from the []

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Inflation rate drops to 11.14% July- NBS "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For the eighteenth consecutive time in a row, the Consumer price index, (CPI) which measures inflation crashed to 11.14 % in July from June figure of 11.23%, National Bureau of Statistics ( NBS) announced Wednesday. The latest fall represents 0.09 per cent points less than the rate June 2018 (11.23 percent). NBS data analysis showed []

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US Embassy in Abuja will not issue visas until further notice "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The United States Embassy has suspended consular services and appointments in Abuja till further notice. It explained that appointments for visa and for American citizen services have also been put on hold temporarily. Consular operations in Lagos were, however, not affected, the mission said in a statement on its website on Tuesday. No reason was []

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At least 22 school children drown after boat sinks in northern Sudan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


More than 40 children were on board the boat which sank while crossing the Nile river


Lawmakers Demand Answers About US Role in Saudi Slaughter of Yemeni Civilians "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the wake of the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalitions horrific bombing of a school bus last week that killed 40 Yemeni children and amid reports on Tuesday of dozens more civilian deaths after a new wave of Saudi bombings, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has sent a detailed letter (pdf) to the Department of Defense Inspector General demanding an investigation into whether Trump administration officials violated U.S. or international law by assisting the Saudis in their assault on Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition, which receives essential military support and intelligence from the U.S., has repeatedly hit civilian targetsincluding schools, hospitals, funerals, and weddingsnowhere near military targets, Lieu writes, pointing to an analysis by the Yemen Data Project showing that a third of Saudi bombings in Yemen have hit civilian targets. I previously served on active duty as a JAG [Judge Advocate General] and a number of the coalitions airstrikes look like war crimes.

If the coalitions targeting of farms, food storage sites, and water sites was deliberate, these airstrikes would constitute a violation of Article 14 of Additional Protocol II and customary international law in non-international armed conflict, Lieu adds. I am deeply concerned that continued U.S. refueling, operational support functions, and weapons transfers could qualify as aiding and abetting these potential war crimes.

The California congressman goes on to note that the U.S.-backed Saudi attacks on civilian targets cannot be attributed to mere faulty intelligence or incompetence.

The coalition, which has air superiority, has in a number of cases very precisely struck civilian targets, Lieu notes. For example, coalition jets precisely struck a funeral attended by a large number of people and then came around and struck the same civilian target again. It is indisputable that the DoD-supported coalition has killed large numbers of children, women, and men who are civilians.

In a letter (pdf) of her own on Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on Gen. Joseph Votelthe top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle Eastto...


Is Boris Johnson Really a Racist? A Look at His Track Record "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Foreign Secretary and oft-described Brexit architect Boris Johnson described Muslim women who wear the burka and niqab as looking like letterboxes and bankrobbers.

But he is not racist, obviously.

A cursory perusal of his track record of statements relating to the ethnicity, country of origin and/or religion of various people throws light on this.

In these past statements, the pattern is clear: Johnson refers repeatedly to what he sees as the fixed cultural and/or biological characteristics of large groups of people, particularly black people (Africans) and Muslims. But this does not prove that he possesses the internal disposition of a racist.

In 2002, Johnson wrote in The Telegraph:

What a relief it must be for Blair to get out of England. It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies No doubt the AK47s will fall silent, and the pangas will stop their hacking of human flesh, and the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles to see the big white chief touch down in his big white British taxpayer-funded bird.

Piccaninny is a derogatory word for black children. In fact it was the dominant racial caricature of black children during much of the history of the United States, according to Ferris State Universitys Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia.

This doesnt mean that Johnsons use of the word piccaninny as a joke is a sign of racism. It merely proves that he was joking about black people.

Piccaninny is also a word that Boris Johnson appears to have used other times in private, as described by British journalisms virtual personification of anti-racism, Rod Liddle, in an important piece characterising Johnson as the least racist person I have ever met. This was Mr Liddles profound verdict having spent time with Johnson on a visit to Uganda.



Under Trump, Congressional Candidate Could Have Been Barred From the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ilhan Omar, a refugee and a Somali-heritage Muslim woman who veils, has won the Democratic primary for Minnesotas 5th District congressional seat, hoping to succeed Keith Ellison. The district, which includes Minneapolis, typically votes heavily Democratic, so she has a good shot at winning the seat.

Somalia is one of five Muslim-majority countries from which immigration is currently banned, though immigration is restricted from Venezuela (a few officials) and North Korea, as well. The actual targets of the ban are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Under Trump administration policy, in other words, Omar would not have been allowed to enter the country as an immigrant. Under Trump, she also would have been highly unlikely to be granted refugee status and asylum in the U.S. In 2016, the U.S. admitted some 85,000 refugees, about evenly split between Christians and Muslims. Based on the first five months of this year, it is likely that the U.S. will admit only 45,000 refugees in 2018, and that only 17 percent of them will be Muslim. The open racism and bigotry of this administration is already being enshrined in our immigration statistics. Legal immigration is on track to be cut 12 percent from Barack Obamas last year in office, and the number of Muslim immigrants has fallen by 33 percentnearly three times as much as overall immigration. European immigrantion is slightly up, though still dwarfed by Asia and Latin America. It is remarkable that for all his rhetoric, Trump hasnt managed to substantially cut legal immigration, and his own Republican Congress has rebuffed the bills he submitted to abolish certain kinds of immigrant visas.

But African immigration is down, and Muslim immigration is down, and Ilhan Omar is precisely the demographic that Trump (and his horrid mini-me, Stephen Miller) have targeted.

Omar did not win because she compromised, but because she boldly took stances approved by the public, even if the class of cranky, rich, old white people thinks them utopian or too costly (something they never say about the Pentagon budget or our forever wars).

She is for Medicare for all. She endorses abolishing ICE, which was  created in 2004.

Minneapolis is about 64 percent white, 5 percent Asian, and only 18 percent African-American, so Omars victory was in no way based on...


Rand Sinks as a Downbeat Moodys, Naspers Spur a Perfect Storm "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  • Currency heads for biggest slump since 2016 versus dollar
  • Moodys warns on debt; Kganyago says economy worrying
A customer hands over a five rand coin at a store in Johannesburg.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South Africas rand headed for its biggest drop against the dollar since 2016, buffeted by headwinds including a downbeat assessment of the economy by Moodys Investors Service and a plunge in the biggest company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

The currency sank as much as 3.4 percent against the dollar after Moodys said the pace of South Africas fiscal consolidation will be slower than government forecasts as weaker-than-expected economic growth and a rising public sector wage bill act as fiscal headwinds. The statement came shortly after central bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said growth projections were worrying and hinted policy makers arent about to raise rates.

A drop in commodity prices and concerns about the governments plan to seize land for redistribution also weighed on the rand at a time when Turkeys woes are damping investor demand for emerging-market assets.

Its a combination of factors, said Warrick Butler, a currency trader at Standard Bank Group Ltd. Take your pick.

Naspers, which accounts for 18 percent of the benchmark stock index, tumbled after Tencent Holdings Ltd., in which it owns a 31 percent stake, missed earnings estimates. That raise...


US-Egyptian-Israeli Strategy: Bomb Palestinians into Accepting Trump Peace Plan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

GAZA CITY The Gaza Strip seemed to maintain a tenuous calm Tuesday after a de facto ceasefire between Palestinian factions and Tel Aviv ended a week of heightened violence that saw the Israeli military pound civilian targets across the coastal enclave.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza has reported that the Israeli assault has raised the death toll to 168 Palestinians killed and over 18,000 injured over the past four months in the besieged coastal region and home to 2 million people that is regularly referred to as the worlds largest open-air prison.

Since protests along the Israeli fence enclosing the Gaza Strip began on March 30, the Israelis have launched numerous bombings of Palestinian civilian targets, exacerbating the grave and ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region. Last week, Israeli forces demolished neighborhoods and civilian targets like the Al-Meshal Cultural Center.

World media outlets have largely ignored the Israeli provocations which are backed by the U.S. and its Saudi-led Arab junior partners instead laying unilateral blame on the Hamas government in Gaza.

Palestinians inspect the Said al-Mis'hal cultural center after it was hit destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Aug. 9, 2018. Khalil Hamra | AP

Palestinians inspect the Said al-Mishal cultural center after it was hit destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Aug. 9, 2018. Khalil Hamra | AP

World media outlets have largely ignored the Israeli provocations which are backed by the U.S. and its Saudi-led Arab junior partners instead laying unilateral blame on the Hamas government in Gaza.

Hard-line Israeli military chief Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that if the pause in f...


Aquarius ship to dock in Malta after migrant-sharing deal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Aquarius rescue ship was due to dock in Malta on Wednesday after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard, defusing another diplomatic standoff in the Mediterranean.

The ship was set to arrive in the Maltese port of Valletta at around 1.30 pm (1130 GMT), according to SOS Mediterranee, a French charity which charters the ship along with Doctors Without Borders.

The Aquarius had rescued the migrants off the coast of Libya in two separate missions last Friday, only for Italy and Malta to refuse access to their ports.

SOS MEDITERRANEE/AFP/File | Aquarius crew members hand over life jackets to migrants on a boat in the Mediterannean last week

The standoff was a repeat of that seen in June when the vessel was at the centre of a heated diplomatic crisis between European governments.

Stranded with 630 people onboard after Rome and Valletta turned it away, the Aquarius had finally been allowed to dock in Spain.

On Tuesday, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain agreed to take in its latest passengers, along with 114 others who arrived in Malta on Monday.

The agreement is the fifth of its kind between Western European governments since June when Italy until now the main landing point for rescue boats began turning them away.

Italys new populist government says it has had enough of migrant arrivals, having taken in 700,000 people since 2013.

Far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has vowed that the Aquarius will never see an Italian port again, though the Italian coastguard continues to rescue migrants.

NGOs say they have a moral obligation to rescue people making the perilous crossing, who could otherwise join the estimated 1,500 killed en route this year alone.

Most of the 114 people onboard the Aquarius are from Somalia or Eritrea, and many of them are unaccompanied children.

Aloys Vimard, a coordinator with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) onboard, told AFP that the passengers were exhausted and in many cases mentally scarred from harrowing journeys.

One 13-year-old Somali boy had seen his parents killed in front of him. After finally making it to Libya he suffered horrendous abuse, tortured for months with electric shocks.

Wrong, dangerous, immoral

Maltas government said the military would help disembark the passengers, and that health authorities, immigration police and welfare officials would be at the scene.

The migrants would be medically screene...


Kaduna Assembly declares ex Dep. Speaker, another lawmakers seats vacant "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For defecting from the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) the speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aminu Shagali has declared the seat of former Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. John Audu Kwaturu vacant. The Speaker also declared the seat of member representing Kudan []

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Five years after Rabaa: From generation protest to generation violence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As the level of frustration escalates, military repression may lead to the militarisation of Egypt's youth


UN report: ISIS is back and prepared for war "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

According to an alarming UN report, ISIS is backregaining strength.ready for war and has gathered 30,000 fighters and could be preparing for a wave of offensives around the world. This comes as no surprise to those who understand the reality of jihad terror. Meanwhile Al-Qaeda also remains dangerous, with powerful franchises in Yemen, Somalia and []


Emerging economies under pressure amid Turkish crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Authoritarian leaders meddling in monetary decisions often goes this way

Turkeys ongoing financial crisis has primarily been caused by a preponderance of foreign debt. The severity of the crisis has rocked other emerging markets, raising questions of possible knock-on effects.

Trkei Brse in Istanbul (picture-alliance/AP Photo/L. Pitarakis)

Turkeys financial crisis has been expected for quite some time. Fears over the countrys reliance on foreign currency to keep its economy moving grew throughout 2018, and the Turkish liras collapse in value last week, while spectacular, was not entirely surprising.

With one of the largest current account deficits in the world, Turkeys banks and big companies have battled against that gap by borrowing heavily in foreign currency to maintain activity in the economy.

However, as fears over Turkish economic policies under authoritarian President Tayyip Erdogan have increased, that debt has come under severe pressure. Foreign investment has dramatically slowed in the country and the lira is being sold off rapidly.

The Turkish situation has raised questions about the state of other emerging economies with high levels of foreign currency debt. Although the lira recovered somewhat on Tuesday, the currencies of other emerging economies have taken a nosedive since the Turkish currency chaos erupted.

On Tuesday, the Indian rupee fell to a record low of 70 against the US dollar, while the Argentine peso, South African rand and Brazilian real also lost value earlier this week after a wave of selling.

Indonesias central bank hiked interest rates on Wednesday in an attempt to halt a sell-off in its rupiah while the Chinese yuan has also suffered, falling to a 15-month low against the dollar.

Dollar debt

Its the usual classic emerging markets story where people wake up, see bad news i...


Israel reopens Gaza crossing as truce talks press on "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Israel reopened its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after closing it to most deliveries on July 9 over months of border tensions, as relative calm returned and truce talks pressed ahead.

The crossing is a vital lifeline for Gazans and their crippled economy, but Israel had closed it to goods except for food and medicine to pressure Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the blockaded Palestinian enclave.

The opening came as speculation increased over negotiations mediated by Egypt and UN officials to reach a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas.

AFP | A truck carrying goods for Palestinians arrives at Kerem Shalom crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on August 15, 2018

Israels security cabinet was reportedly meeting Wednesday to discuss the indirect talks, but Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said any deal must include Hamas returning the remains of two soldiers it is believed to be holding a major sticking point.

Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, including Hamas, have fought three wars since 2008 and tension since late March has led to fears of yet another full-blown conflict.

There have been three severe military flare-ups since July, the latest occurring on Thursday, when Israel responded to some 180 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza with widespread air strikes.

In your hands

Lieberman warned that the crossing would again be closed if there was further violence and called on Gazans to pressure Hamas.

Our message is that you must put pressure on the Hamas leadership, he told Israeli public radio.

It is all in your hands. If calm prevails, you benefit. If the violence resumes, you will lose.

An AFP journalist at the goods crossing, known as Kerem Shalom, said dozens of trucks carrying various types of goods began passing into the Gaza Strip.

Israel also returned the fishing zone it enforces off the strip to nine nautical miles in the south of the enclave. The limit is six nautical miles in the north, which borders Israel.

On July 9, Israeli authorities closed the crossing to most deliveries, partly in response to kites and balloons being flown across the border carrying firebombs to burn Israeli farmland, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Food and medicines have been allowed through, but fuel and cooking gas had been intermittently blocked, including since August 2. All other goods were turned away.

The fuel ban exacerbated an electricity crisis in the Gaza...


How America Cashes In on Deadly Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades. In any given year, theyve accounted for somewhere between one-third and more than one-half the value of all international weapons sales. Its hard to imagine things getting much worse or better, if you happen to be an arms trader but they could, and soon, if a new Trump rule on firearms exports goes through.

But lets hold off a moment on that and assess just how bad its gotten before even worse hits the fan. Until recently, the Trump administration had focused its arms sales policies on the promotion of big-ticket items like fighter planes, tanks, and missile defense systems around the world. Trump himself has loudly touted U.S. weapons systems just about every time hes had the chance, whether amid insults to allies at the recent NATO summit or at a chummy White House meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose brutal war in Yemen is fueled by U.S.-supplied arms.

A recent presidential export policy directive, in fact, specifically instructs American diplomats to put special effort into promoting arms sales, effectively turning them into agents for the countrys largest weapons makers. As an analysis by the Security Assistance Monitor at the Center for International Policy has noted, human rights and even national security concerns have taken a back seat to creating domestic jobs via such arms sales. Evidence of this can be found in, for example, the ending of Obama administration arms sales suspensions to Nigeria, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. The first of those had been imposed because of the way the Nigerian government repressed its own citizens; the second for Bahrains...


Primaries Marked by Democratic Diversity, Trumps Picks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ST. PAUL, Minn.Democrats embraced diversity Tuesday in a primary night of firsts, while Republicans in Minnesota rejected a familiar face of the GOP old guard in favor of a rising newcomer aligned with President Donald Trump.

In Vermont, Democrats rallied behind the nations first transgender nominee for governor. Minnesota Democrats backed a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress. And in Connecticut, the party nominated a candidate who could become the first black woman from the state to serve in Congress.

Still, Democrats in Minnesota also backed a national party leader who is facing accusations of domestic violence. He has denied the allegations, yet they threaten to undercut enthusiasm in his state and beyond.

On the other side, Trump tightened his grip on the modern-day Republican Party as the turbulent 2018 primary season lurched toward its finale. A one-time Trump critic, former two-term Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, lost a comeback attempt he was expected to win.

All but 10 states picked their candidates for Novembers general election by the time the days final votes were counted. While the full political battlefield isnt quite set, the stakes are clear: Democrats are working to topple Republican control of Congress and governors offices across the nation.

Four states held primaries Tuesday: Vermont, Connecticut, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Kansas gubernatorial primary, which was held last week, was finalized when Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded defeat.

In Minnesota, Republican County Commissioner Jeff Johnson defeated Pawlenty, who once called Trump unhinged and unfit and was hoping to regain his old post. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker, endorsed just this week by Trump, won the right to seek a third term.

The presidents pick for Kansas governor, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, scored a delayed victory against Colyer, who became the first incumbent governor to fall this season.

In Vermont, Democrat Christine Hallquist won the Democratic nomination in her quest to become the nations first transgender governor. The former chief executive of Vermont Electric Cooperative bested a field of four Democrats that included a 14-year-old.

While she made history on Tuesday, Hallquist faces a difficult path to the governors mansion. Republican incumbent Phil Scott remains more popular with Democrats than members of his own party in the solidly liberal state.

Vermont Democrats also nominated Sen. Bernie Sanders, who hasnt ruled out a second presidential run in 2020, for a third term in the Senate. The 76-year-old democratic socialist won the Democratic nomination, but he is expected to turn it down and run as an independent.

Democrats appeared particularl...


Congress of Berlin: Act II "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The scramble for Africa will only increase in intensity as the insatiable appetite for Africa's oil, gold, diamonds, and rare earth minerals attracts more global interest and competition.


The criminal justice system is racist Dont back away from the hard truth, Senator Warren "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

DURING A RECENT APPEARANCE at Dillard University in New Orleans, Senator Elizabeth Warren offered what she called the hard truth about our criminal justice system: its racist. . . . I mean, all the way, front to back.

She then detailed the systems inequities, such as disproportionate arrests and sentencing for African-Americans, and laws that keep convicted felons from voting, even after they have served their time.

No lies detected.

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Elizabeth Warren. Credit Gerald Herbert Associated Press

Of course, Warrens statement got Fox News and other conservatives frothing. Yarmouth Police Chief Frank G. Frederickson called her comments disrespectful and divisive. With his sights on reelection in November, Governor Charlie Baker told the Boston Herald that police absolutely feel like theyve been on the wrong end of a lot of this rhetoric thats gone on in this country for quite a while.

As the backlash reached a boil, Warren did something I found maddening she sought to clarify comments that needed no clarification. I spoke about an entire system not individuals and I will continue to work on reforms to make the criminal justice system fairer.

Warrens detractors know exactly what she meant. The criminal justice system is racist this isnt a debatable point. Why, then, is it so hard to call a thing a thing when it comes to racism?

White anxiety is racism. Economic anxiety is racism. White nationalism is racism. Some people wrack their brain...


Steve Keen, "Oz economy no more diverse than Uganda's" - Boom Bust interview "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Interview begins around 9.40 minutes into the show.Gung-ho interviewer, Bart Chilton, apparently hoping to recommend investing in Australian stocks, found out that Australia's economy is about as diverse as Uganda's and Ethiopia's, that it consists of holes and houses, and that Australian governments have stupidly marketised energy, making costs too high for Australian manufactures. "Energy and telecommunications are both being disastrously mishandled." Banks and mines dominate the Australian stock exchange, which reminds Keen of when they dominated the Japanese stock exchange - just before the 1990 bubble burst, with no important banks situated in Japan anymore. Our stock market is trivial compared to our bond market. Dr Keen also mentions the , which is worth a look.

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Terror Attack at UK Parliament: Salih Khater named as suspect "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


The suspect being led away by policeThe suspect, in a black bomber jacket, being led away by police

The man being held on suspicion of terrorism after the Westminster car crash has been named as Salih Khater by government sources.

The 29-year-old British citizen, originally from Sudan, is being questioned in south London.

Police have been searching three addresses in Birmingham and Nottingham as part of their investigation.

Three people were injured after the vehicle hit cyclists and pedestrians during Tuesday mornings rush hour.

The car can be seen crashing into a barrier

The silver Ford Fiesta then crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament just before 07:40 BST.

The suspect is not believed to have been known to MI5 or counter-terrorism police, but is understood to have been known to local police.

He did not co-operate with officers after his arrest, Scotland Yard said.

Two people were taken to hospital after the crash and later discharged while a third was treated for minor injuries at the scene.


War Crimes: Lawmakers Demand Answers About US Role in Yemen Massacre "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yemen Massacre(CD)  In the wake of the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalitions horrific bombing of a school bus last week that killed 40 Yemeni children and amid reports on Tuesday of dozens more civilian deaths after a new wave of Saudi bombings, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has sent a detailed letter (pdf) to the Department of Defense Inspector General demanding an investigation into whether []


'Gargoyle' Sighting - South of Boston, MA "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This time we got a good look without the face.  That the witness confirmed first impression of a gargoyle is important as he surely got it right.  This means not a bird and not a pterodactyl.  We have now had plenty of likely gargoyles and even some other actual IDs as well.

The Chupacabra is surely a gargoyle and there is plenty of game out there for a blood feed as well.  These creatures generally stay well clear of us and our animals though not always with a chicken coop and other small operations.  Larger operations really have way too much protection.

Again we have the Thunder Bird out there as well as the Chupacabra or Gargoyle and we also have a Pterodactyl also.  All these can sit down on a roof and will.

'Gargoyle' Sighting - South of Boston, MA

Friday, August 03, 2018

The following account was posted at Reddit today, by the user named Decay_WithMe. I contacted the witness and received a bit more information:

I live 25 minutes south of Boston. About 6 months ago I saw this insane thing. It was about 3 AM, I had been up late as I normally am. I stepped outside to smoke a cigarette. It was dark as Hell except for the stars and moon. As I was smoking I heard this noise of something flying. I look up and see this winged creature land on my neighbor's roof and just sit there like a Gargoyle would. I thought I was seeing sh*t or seeing something wrong but then the creature jumped up and flew away and I could see its whole body. It was the size of a small human but massive wings. It reminded me of a Gargoyle. I don't know what the f**k I saw but it was crazy. Has anyone eve...


Sudanese Migrant Named as Perpetrator of London Terror Attack "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Sudanese migrant has been named as the perpetrator of a car ramming terrorist attack in Britains capitol city today. Salih Khater, 29, veered off the road careering into pedestrians and cyclists at Parliament Square, after spending the night cruising around London, according to Daily Mail. [K]hater, who was said to be of Sudanese origin, drove from his rundown flat in Hall Green, Birmingham, to London on Monday evening arriving just after midnight.


Nigeria tries cash handouts to fight poverty "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian government has just launched a collateral-free loan scheme which will see two million petty traders receive $28 repayable in six months.


Argentina: Supreme Court Overturns Milagro Salas Prison Transfer "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Argentinas Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that social leader and member of the Mercosur Parliament Milagro Sala be returned to house arrest, after being sent to a federal prison in Northwestern province of Salta last week. In the ruling, the president of the supreme court Ricardo Lorenzetti and four other justices  instructed the Supreme Court of...

Tuesday, 14 August


Omar al-Bashirs nomination draws fire from all sides in Sudan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


The president's plan to stay in power beyond 2020 may backfire, given the criticism levelled at him from all fronts, including his own

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