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Sunday, 25 February


Anti-Corruption war: Why FG cant sell seized assets now -Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerians sceptical over purchase of seized property Plans by the Federal Government to sell off all property and other assets recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies may not be feasible any time soon due to some legal hurdles. President Muhammadu Buhari had dropped the hint on the []

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Ive over 200 prestigious awards -Lancelot Imasuen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As a Benin man, Ive directed a movie written in Igbo -Lancelot Imasuen   Prolific Nollywood filmmaker, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen has worked in the film industry since 1999 mainly as a filmmaker, director and producer. His works such as Invasion 1897, Private Sin, Enslaved, and Games Men Play have received accolades across the globe. The []

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Aggrieved Immigration officers kick against promotion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

say majority of beneficiaries from Katsina, petition N/ Assembly Promotion not a right -NIS Im yet to see the petition -Senator Sabi A group of officers of the Nigeria Immigr a tion Service (NIS), has cried out over what they described as ethnic and religious biases exhibited in the recent senior officers promotion exercise carried []

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CANs good image was rubbished under Oritsejafor Osu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Director of Social Communications in the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Monsignor Gabriel Osu, has showered encomium on the current leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), saying that the Pastor Samson Ayokunle- led team has brought the apex Christian body back to the path of respectability.   Osu, who spoke exclusively to Sunday []

The post CANs good image was rubbished under Oritsejafor Osu appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Nigeria has excellent journalists, lively media industry -Trionfi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Says New Telegraph is key partner of IPI World Congress in Abuja   The Executive Director of Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), Barbara Trionfi, yesterday, said Nigeria has excellent journalists, who are good at the job as well as a lively media industry. The IPI boss said this in Lagos, during her visit to the []

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MMI visits Special Approved Childrens School, Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Though the St. Valentines Day has passed, most people are still in the season of love. A season in which love is shared and expressed, a season of giving; when we show love to our loved ones, the lonely ones, the abandoned, the abused and the deserted. It is a season we show the godliness []

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Tinubu should target Saraki, others for reconciliation Apugo, APC BoT member "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Prince Benjamin Benedict Apugo is a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the ruling All Progressives Congress from Abia State. In this interview with EMMANUEL IFEANYI, he speaks on the current reconciliation of party members being handled by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the need to involve N-PDP members in APC   []

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Why I dumped modelling Frances Olisa-Ogbonnaya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Frances Olisa-Ogbonnaya better known as Tabitha is an On Air Personality with one of the top urban based radio station. Tabitha is also a political analyst and TV host/ producer at Orugo TV. The one time runway model is currently enjoying a successful career as a Vblogger. In this interview with ABIOLA ALABA PETERS, she []

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IPOB: Nigeria has different laws for different tribes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the lopsided justice delivery system in the country, saying Nigeria has different laws for different tribes to the extent that the course of justice is perpetually perverted.       The group regreted that while non-violent members of IPOB are languishing in prison, Boko Haram detainees and []

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Why we must save Nigeria Fayose "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has said the corporate existence of Nigeria is being threatened by selective administration of justice, marginalisation, vendetta against perceived political opponents among others and called on well-meaning citizens to rise and salvage the situation before it is too late.   This is just as he decried the level of []

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Saturday, 24 February


Florida, USA school shooting survivor speaks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

Floridas Mass Shooting: A Reflection For A Change

24 February 2018

Survivor of Stoneman Douglas Highschool writes a letter of her experience inside a mass shooting.

United States National Rifle Association anti-Semitism: here.


How Governors Rig Elections, By Donald Duke "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A comprehensive expose on how elections are rigged in the country has been unveiled by one of the insiders in More


Soyinka: A psychiatrist should examine me if i join Obasanjos coalition. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Prof. Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says he should be examined by a psychiatrist if he joins the Coalition for Nigeria More


Air Peace sets new record as B777 aircraft arrives. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerias leading carrier, Air Peace on Friday set a new record with the arrival of its newly acquired Boeing B777-200 More


Pinocchio in Brussels: How Saudis Fabricate Lies to Continue War Crimes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Brussels (GPA) On February 22nd, 2018, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel Al-Jubeir, took the conflict between truth and politics to entirely a new level. In a speech before the foreign committee of the European Parliament in Brussels, Mr. Al-Jubeir deliberately tried to mislead his audience with obvious lies about the situation on Yemen.

With implausible deniability, Al-Jubeir says that this war was imposed on Saudi Arabia. He says their military intervention came after a request from the Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and that the coalition relies on the U.N. resolution for its military intervention.




Armed man detained ahead of Israel rally in support of migrants "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Israel offers African migrants $3,500 and plane ticket to leave, or jail


Buharis failure is crystal clear, Fayose attacks President again "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has reiterated his call for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, describing the present insecurity and economic problems in the country as evidence of the Presidents cluelessness and inability to steer the ship of the country. The governor said; For a President that was elected because he promised []

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Dapchi Girls: Full list of Kidnapped girls "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The chairman, forum of parents of missing Dapchi girls, Bashir Manzo, on Saturday said 105 students were abducted from Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state. Heres the full list obtained by The Nation. Fatima Bashir Aisha Kachalla Zainab Abubakar Falmata Wakil Fatima Isa Fatima Musa Aisha Usman Aisha Adamu Fatima Isa Hauwa A. Mohammed []

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Kano LG Election: It was mago mago election Kwankwaso "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senator  Rabiu Kwankwaso says the alleged underage voting in the states local government polls could only have happened because only one party contested the election. Kwankwaso said it would be impossible to rig an election if several political parties are involved.   In an  interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, Kwankwaso said it was the []

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South Africa to Cut All Diplomatic Ties With Israel "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The South African government is intending to cut diplomatic ties with Israel in protest of its treatment of the Palestinian people, the countrys Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced yesterday.

Pandor informed parliamentarians of the governments resolution during a ten-hour joint debate on South African President Cyril Ramaphosas State of the Nation Address (SONA) that he delivered last week.

The majority party has agreed, that government must cut diplomatic ties with Israel, given the absence of genuine initiatives by Israel to secure lasting peace and a viable two-state solution that includes full freedom and democracy for the Palestinian people, she said.

The comments were made in response to opposition leader Kenneth Meshoe, who had argued that it was disappointing that national and provincial authorities in South Africa had refused help from Israeli companies to address the countrys current water crisis.

However, the proposal was applauded by parliamentarians and Pandor, who is expected to be appointed vice president in Ramaphosas new Cabinet, was given a standing ovation as she left the podium.

The governments decision was further confirmed on the South African Parliaments official Twitter account.


2019: Sanusi, Ooni, Dein, others for Southern, Northern Young Leaders Conference "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

*Event to hold in Enugu, Kano Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi Lamido, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and Dein of Agbor, Benjamin Ikechukwu would be among those attending the Southern and Northern Young Leaders Conference. The conference is being convened by the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF) to address the need for the []

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Big anti-fascist demonstration in Rome, Italy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This AFP news agency video says about itself:

24 February 2018

Thousands of people demonstrate in Rome against fascism and racism. Italy stepped up security for mass demonstrations by far-right and anti-fascist groups across the country on Saturday as tensions rise ahead of next weeks general election.


British Diplomatic Cable Reveals Western Strategy To Disintegrate Syria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper wrote on Saturday that the US officials along with their western allies have decided to implement a detailed plan to disintegrate Syria and prolong the war in the country by continued deployment on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates. In a somewhat familiar but precise English, Benjamin Norman - a diplomat in charge of the Middle East at the British Embassy in Washington - reports in a confidential diplomatic telegram of the first meeting of the "Small American Group on Syria" (United States, Great Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and Jordan), held in Washington on January 11, 2018. In this five-page TD, he reveals the details of the "Western strategy" in Syria: partition of the country, sabotage of Sochi, framing of Turkey and instructions to the UN Special Representative Staffan de Mistura who leads the negotiations of Geneva. A Non Paper (8 pages) accompanies this TD in anticipation of the second meeting of the "Small Group". It was held in Paris on January 23, mainly devoted to the use of chemical weapons and the "instructions" sent by the "Small American Group" to Staffan de Mistura. Hugh Cleary (Head of the Near and Middle East Department of the Foreign Office ), Jrme Bonnafont (Director ANMO / North Africa and Middle East at the Quai d'Orsay), David Satterfield (US Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East) and Jordanian Nawaf Tell and Saudi Jamal al-Aqeel attended the January 11 meeting in Washington. The American opened the meeting, stating that a second meeting would be held in Paris on January 23.


Archaeological discoveries in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

30 August 2012

TUNA EL GEBEL is near Minya, was the necropolis of the city of Hermopolis, This zone was a place with special adoration to the god Thoth. It is best known for the sprawling catacombs at the foot of the western cliffs, where thousands of ibises and baboons (dedicated to Thoth) and other sacred animals were buried (also fish, pigs, dogs, cats, goats, falcons, larks, and kestrels, all mummified and placed into pottery jars).

From Associated Press:

Archaeologists find ancient necropolis in Egypt

February 24, 2018 6:43 AM PST

TUNA AL-GABAL, Egypt Egypts Antiquities Ministry announced on Saturday the discovery of an ancient necropolis near the city of Minya, south of Cairo, the latest discovery in an area known to house ancient catacombs from the Pharaonic Late Period and the Ptolemaic dynasty.

The large cemetery is located north of Tuna al-Gabal area, a vast archaeological site on the edge of the western desert. It hosts a range of family tombs and graves.

We will need at least five years to work on the necropolis, Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said, This is only the beginning of a new discovery.

Archaeologists started excavation work in the area started late last year on a quest to find the remainder of the cemetery of...


Namibia poachers using horses to evade detection "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Namibian Sun

Ellanie Smit, Namibian Sun

February 22, 2018

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Poachers in Namibia have changed their tactics and are now entering private

farms with horses.

The use of horses not only complicates tracking but, horses also mask the

smell of humans.

Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta said that the new tactic used by

poachers remain a concern to the ministry and that officials must stay

ahead of poaching syndicates.

He said a specific challenge with regards to poaching in Namibia still

remains poaching on private farms and this year three rhinos have already

been poached.

Shifeta said even though rhino and elephant poaching appears to be on the

decline, there is a need to work harder to ensure that the poaching figures

are brought to zero.

?This year, I want further a reduction of poaching cases by more than 50%.

Let us rededicate ourselves to ensuring to ensuring that fewer rhinos and

elephants are poached this year.?

Statistics released by the ministry in October last year indicated that 27

rhinos and 20 elephants were poached in the country.

At that time Shifeta said rhino poaching had gone done down by about 50%

from 2016. In 2016, a total of 60 rhino were poached while 95 rhino were

poached in 2015 and 56 rhino in 2014.

With regard to elephants, there was a decrease of more than 80% compared

with 2016.

In 2016, a total of 101 elephants were poached, while 49 elephants were

poached in 2015 and 78 elephants were poached in 2014.

?Poaching is driven by international criminal syndicates and it is a

complex phenomenon,? said Shifeta.

He added that to address this problem it should be recognised that this is

not the normal subsistence poaching that the country has dealt with in the

past, as rhino and elephant poaching has become commercialised and there

are huge financial incentives for people to get involved and participate in

this crime.

He also applauded the private sector that has co...


Trigger warning: Putin campaign video warns about the horrors of communism and liberalism "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

African migrants, homosexuals, hyper-inflation, world-wars. Must watch. Warning, snowflakes might feel triggered and need to find a safe space. On Youtube: (don't forget to turn on English subtitles)


Japan clamping down on illegal ivory ownership "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


By YU KOTSUBO/ Staff Writer

February 23, 2018 at 08:00 JST






It is legal to buy ivory accessories and chopsticks in Japan, but it is illegal to take them abroad. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

The excuse I had it at home will no longer wash with the Environment Ministry if it catches anyone trying to profit from elephant tusks under a new clampdown on illegal ivory trading.

Smarting from international criticism that Japan is not doing enough to deter poachers from killing elephants, the ministry will require owners of tusks to provide unshakeable documentation they acquired the items before the Washington Convention banning ivory trade came into effect in 1989.

The new rule takes effect from summer 2019 at the earliest.

Japan had been one of very few developed nations that allow domestic trade of ivory, but all unprocessed, complete tusks must be individually registered with the Environment Ministry, along with documentation showing the items were not illegally imported after the 1989 ban.

In announcing the policy Feb. 2, Environment Minister Masaharu Nakagawa said customs clearance documents from when the items arrived in Japan would serve as legitimate proof of ownership provided they fell within the right time frame, but added that third-party testimony would not be accepted under the new rule.

The ministry will place an official who specializes in illegal ivory trade at each local environment office in the Kanto, Chubu, Kinki and Kyushu regions from spring or thereafter.

More than 90 percent of annual applications for complete tusks in recent years were granted on the basis of statements by friends and family members that the items in question had been kept by the applicant at home since it became illegal to import ivory products.

Each year, the ministry receives more than 1,000 such applications.

Traffic, an international NGO that monitors wildlife trade, and other interested parties have attacked the current system on grounds it is easily manipulated by traders out to make a buck.

They co...


Mammoth task of regulating Russian ivory trade "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Art Newspaper

Melting of the permafrost in Yakutia has led to a boom in fossil tusk gathering, causing problems for government and conservationists


22nd February 2018 11:18 GMT


Woolly mammoth tusk Simon Law/Flickr

The Russian region of Yakutia, nearly half of which lies in the Arctic, has declared war on the illegal trade in mammoth tusks. Melting of the Arctic ice cap has revealed vast stores of tusks from the extinct species that had been buried in the tundra.

Tass news agency reports that 100 tonnes is procured annually, about one-third of it illegally, and 90% of the haul is exported to China. Underscoring the black-market nature of the business, this month a record amount of mammoth ivory from Sakha (as the region is called in Yakutian) was seized in Vladivostok. Reportedly worth $6m, according to The Siberian Times, the 650 fragments were declared at just $35,000. The going rate for a 50kg tusk is around $15,000, according to the SakhaNews website.

A commercial ivory ban, hailed as a measure to protect elephants, went into effect in China on 31 December 2017. Mammoth tusks (considered an ethical alternative, as no live animals are poached) were seen by some as the salvation for Chinas age-old ivory carving industry, but by others as a threat to conservation efforts for encouraging the trade, according to a report in The New York Times.

In December 2017, Yakutias parliament set out a federal draft law on rational use of mammoth fauna resources. This year a top economic official in the regional government told Tass that a plan to create a 1.3bn rouble ($23m) joint Sino-Russian mammoth task e...


Zimbabwe Zimparks board dissolved amid charges of malfeasance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Grace Mutandiro

Herald Reporter

Government has dissolved the scandal-tainted Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) board after continued reports of alleged malfeasance and financial impropriety by some board members, it has been learnt.

Last month, The Herald reported that Government had increasingly come under pressure to act after a report from the Auditor-Generals Office indicated that not only was the board improperly constituted, but it was allegedly abusing its power to abuse the State entitys resources.

In a statement yesterday, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Ambassador Grace Mutandiro, said the dissolution of board was as a result of the wayward conduct of some members of the board.

The Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Honourable O.C.Z Muchinguri-Kashiri, has, in terms of Section 6 of the 12th schedule of the Parks and Wildlife Amendment Act Number 19 of 2001, terminated the term of office of the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Board with immediate effect, said Ambassador Mutandiro.

The wayward conduct of some members of the board, which was characterised by a departure from playing an advisory role to that of usurping executive powers, ran counter to the good corporate governance principles that Government has adopted and is upholding.

Apart from playing a key role in the economy, the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is also the custodian of Zimbabwes natural resources and it, therefore, behoves on the minister to ensure that at all times competent individuals with the requisite probity constitute its Board, she said.

The current eight-member board was chaired by Mr Tichafa Mundangepfupfu, who was deputised by Mrs Idah Mupamhanga. Other board members included Messrs Cephas Mudenda, Tafadzwa Mundoga, Neville Mutsvangwa, Dr Hesphina Rukato and Ms Dorothy Mabika.

Mr Fulton Upenyu Mangwanya, who was appointed the new Zimparks director-general in August last year, was an ex-officio member of the board.



Nigerian migrant gangs overrun Italian resort town with drug and prostitution rings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The largely abandoned former seaside resort town of Castel Volturno north of Naples has been taken over by Nigerian gangs who run drug and prostitution rings. The town has a total population of around 30,000 people, of which an estimated 20,000 are migrants, French news magazine L'Obs reports. Many of the Nigerian migrant women who walk the streets as prostitutes are underage, offering sexual favours for as little as 5 to 15 euros along the Via Domitiana by the sea. The rampant petty crime and violence in the city has led to journalists wanting to write about the town requiring police escorts for their own safety. The current Italian government, which is seeking re-election on March 4th, has signed a 21-million euro package to increase security in towns like Castel Volturno and offer integration programmes for migrants.


Theft Today: Djibouti Breaks Contract And Seizes Private Port "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The government of Djibouti seized the Doraleh Container Terminal from UAE based DP World. In doing so the theives governing Djibouti unilaterally breached a 30 year contract they entered into with DP World in 2006 allowing the firm to develop the port out of nothing and operate the port as part of their enterprise. Operations at the port began in 2009. (archived)


Egyptian innovators design truck to tackle wheat losses "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A truck designed locally to put an end to wheat losses during transport from fields to storage silos is set for testing in Egypt this summer.


The most silly Western ranking of them all: Transparency International "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Look at their methodology: "The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) aggregates data from a number of different sources that provide perceptions by business people and country experts of the level of corruption in the public sector....Performed by a credible institution".  And notice that they don't mind ranking countries at war, like Yemen and Syria.  I wonder what their methodology is there.


Dozens killed or wounded in south Yemen suicide attacks: witnesses "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In this file photo, a man stands by a damaged car at the site of a car bomb attack in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen. (Reuters)
ADEN: Dozens of people were killed or wounded in two suicide car bombings in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Saturday, witnesses and local medics said.
They said the attacks appeared to have targeted a camp used by anti-terrorism forces in south-western Aden.
Officials at the citys main Jumhouriya hospital said the bodi...


"IndyWatch Feed Africa"

At the end of December 2017 the Western media reported "widespread" protests sweeping Iran. Narratives indistinguishable from the US-engineered "Arab Spring" in 2011 flooded headlines and social media regarding a "popular uprising" spurred first by alleged economic grievances before protesters then began making demands echoing the US State Department regarding Iran's internal domestic affairs as well as its foreign policy. The protests were in fact so indistinguishable from the now admittedly US-engineered "Arab Spring" that still-fresh disillusionment regarding the fate of nations like Libya and Syria likely played a role in blunting the efficacy of the protests in Iran. Western Propaganda Outlived Actual Unrest An article in Politico titled, "Why the Iranian Uprising Won't Die," in an attempt to qualify and promote the West's narrative regarding the Iranian protests would claim: ...Iranians were enraged as they struggled to feed their children while their government spent billions on its foreign adventures in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. While Iran was made poor, the regime became richer. While Iranians suffered, the regime's allies became powerful and prosperous.


Dozens killed or wounded in south Yemen suicide attacks: Witnesses "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Two suicide car bombings were involved in the attack, witnesses said


South Africa to Cut All Diplomatic Ties With Israel "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Africa Israel(MEMO)  The South African government is intending to cut diplomatic ties with Israel in protest of its treatment of the Palestinian people, the countrys Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced yesterday. Pandor informed parliamentarians of the governments resolution during a ten-hour joint debate on South African President Cyril Ramaphosas State of the Nation Address (SONA) []


Somalia: Death toll mounts after Mogadishu palace attack "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dozens of people were killed in twin car bomb blasts in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu, in what appears to have been a foiled attack on the presidential palace. Islamist militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

Somalia Mogadishu - people on rubble in the aftermath (picture-alliance/abaca/S. Mohamed)

The number of deaths from Fridays twin car bomb explosions in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, rose to at least 38, according to officials on Saturday.

Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted the presidential palace and subsequently a hotel. The attacks follow months of relative calm.

Read more: Rights group: Al Shabab forcibly recruits children

 A  vehicle that was loaded with explosives was used to try to breach a checkpoint on the way into the presidential palace Villa Somalia, according to officials who said security forces thwarted the attack. A blast at the checkpoint was reportedly followed by gunfire.

 A second explosion later, which destroyed vehicles outside the hotel as well as the compounds perimeter wall, was reported to have claimed a substantial proportion of the casualties.

 The attack was claimed by al-Shabab in a statement posted online. The group, which claimed to have killed 35 soldiers while having lost five of its fighters, said it was targeting the government and security services.

Mogadishu attack (Reuters/Universal TV)The attack on Friday evening came after a prolonged period of relative calm

Security officials claimed they had been successful in thwarting the main thrust of the attack. The security forces foiled the intent of the terrorists, the AFP news agency reported Abdulahi Ahmed, a security officer, a.....


Does Botswana have too many elephants? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Conserve Botswana blog

How to Balance Biodiversity Conservation and Large Elephant Numbers in Botswana: No Extra Water for Elephants!

Botswanas researchers contribute to the debate surrounding large elephant populations and their impact on the environment in southern Africa.

An elephant in the Mababe floodplains in northern Botswana. Photo By Gail C. Potgieter.

Elephants: the majestic gentle giants of the African savannah. Their enormous intelligence and close family bonds fascinate safari goers and scientists alike. Whilst strolling through the bush, they shovel masses of grass into their mouths, and occasionally bump into the odd tree effortlessly breaking large branches and even pushing the whole thing over. Elephants are awesome creatures, and even lions keep a respectful distance from these megaherbivores.

All of the unique characteristics that put elephants at the top of the must-see list for many international visitors also serve to create controversy and management headaches among conservationists. These giants need gigantic amounts of space and natural resources at one point in history this was not a problem, as all of Africa except the Sahara was available to them. Todays remnant populations have been constricted to relatively small areas, which are often fenced and managed by humans. Their food requirements, however, have not changed they need to eat anywhere between 140 and 490 kg of plant matter every single day! Additionally, they are highly dependent on water, and each bull elephant will drink up to 120 litres per day.

In short, the impact of elephants does not go unnoticed in the African savannah. Certainly, the effects of Botswanas 130,000 pachyderms are easy to see from just a cursory glance at the landscape. Broken and uprooted trees are the most obvious signs of elephants, but they also eat huge amounts of grass and other small plants (called forbs). Whilst elephants mainly eat grass and forbs in the wet summer season, they rely on trees (leaves, bark, roots) to get them through the dry winter season. Trees are therefore most vulnerable to being de-barked and uprooted in the late dry season.

These facts leave us in no doubt about the enormous impacts that elephants have in any ecosystem where they occur. Although Botswanas elephant population is not overly restricted by fences (as are those in many of southern Africas protected areas), they seem...


Why training women in nonviolent resistance is critical to movement success "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Marie Berry and Erica Chenoweth

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In the year since Trumps inauguration, we have seen an outpouring of popular mobilization in resistance to his administrations policies. Crowd estimates suggest that 5.2-9 million people took to the streets in the United States to protest Trumps policies or points of view over the past year. Many more have mobilized worldwide in reaction to the rise of right-wing populist movements across the globe, using people power to contest entrenched authority and confront oppressive regimes and systems.

Women have been at the forefront of these efforts. The 2017 Womens March on Washington whose Sister Marches spanned all 50 states and dozens of other countries was likely the biggest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history. The momentum continued in 2018, with between 1,856,683 and 2,637,214 people marching in Womens Marches this year. And women continue to be at the helm of movements like Black Lives Matter, the struggle for immigrant rights and the Fight for $15. Around the world, they have played vital roles in demanding reproductive justice in Poland, protesting repressive religious laws in Iran and asserting their right to political representation in Kenya.

While these outpourings of popular protest often look spontaneous, behind the scenes are an ever-evolving series of trainings, funding decisions and tactical innovations, often led by full-time organizers and activists. Successful campaigns of nonviolent resistance do not materialize over night, nor do they remain reactionary or improvisational. Instead, a tremendous amount of work goes o...


2019: How Sultan Of Sokoto Clashed With Gov El-Rufai, Mobilized Monarchs To Boycott Kaduna Centenary "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The clash between the Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Saad Abubakar III and Kaduna State Governor Nasiru El-Rufai over 2019 was More


Italy braces for anti-fascist and far-right protests "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


AFP/File | Police target anti-fascist activists with a water cannon after a protest turned violent in Turin, Italy

ROME (AFP)  Italy stepped up security for mass demonstrations by far-right and anti-fascist groups across the country on Saturday as tensions rise ahead of next weeks general election.There has been a dramatic increase of violent clashes between anti-fascist and far-right activists in recent weeks, particularly after a racially motivated attack on February 3 by a far-right gunman in the central city of Macerata that left six African migrants wounded.

Three thousand police were mobilised in Rome on Saturday for two marches and three sit-ins by both left and right groups likely to draw up to 20,000 people.

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi was expected to attend the largest demonstration in Italys capital, organised by the National Association of Italian Partisans (ANPI), under the slogan Fascism Never Again.

Another anti-fascist protest in Rome, organised by a left-wing union, will rail against the Jobs Act, a flagship reform of Renzis government. One of the sit-ins will be hosted by Giorgia Meloni, head of the far-right Brothers of Italy party.

Roberto Fiore, head of the extreme-right Forza Nuova group, will march in Palermo, Sicily, after one of his partys activists was beaten up by men wearing masks there on Tuesday.

The far-left Potere al Popolo movement will also hold a rally in Palermo.

Matteo Salvini, the head of The League, will attend a demonstration in Milan. The far-right group formerly known as the Northern League is part of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconis right-wing coalition, along with Brothers of Italy.

The far-right CasaPound movement will also march in Milan.

Yet another demonstration will be held in Brescia, northern Italy, where an ANPI social centre was torched on Thursday night.

On the same day three police officers were injured after clashes with anti-fascist protesters demonstrating against a CasaPound meeting in the northwestern city of Turin.

The spike in violence comes amid fears of a revival of far-right parties in the March 4 election.

An average of the last major polls suggested Berlusconis right-wing coalition could finish on top, but fail to achieve a parliamentary majority.


Four years after 'Euromaidan': Corruption still king in Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Four years ago this weekend, Ukraine's democratically-elected, albeit deeply corrupt, government was overthrown in a Western-backed coup which set off a chain reaction of events, tearing one of Europe's largest countries asunder. The "EuroMaidan" movement pledged to wipe out corruption, improve living standards and integrate Ukraine into the west. On all counts, it has failed miserably. In 2014, Ukrainian incomes were already paltry. But today, not only does the country compete with Moldova for the dubious distinction of having the lowest salaries in Europe, its GDP per capita is now below El Salvador and Libya and wedged between Laos and Vietnam in raw dollar terms. Nevertheless, despite these difficulties, it did manage to rise four places in the Doing Business 2018 ranking of the World Bank. At the same time, the European Union is increasingly frustrated at Ukraine's failure to reform. Indeed, only this week, Brussels scrapped a 29 billion border checkpoint scheme amid rancor over Kiev's failure to deliver on certain promises. The move came after it emerged that a firm specializing in installing ventilation units had been given the contract, for reasons unknown.


Token Gestures: International Rescue Committee Slams Saudi Yemen Relief Plan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sputnik | February 23, 2108 This week, the International Rescue Committee issued a statement condemning Saudi Arabias Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO), stating that the program is neither comprehensive, nor reflective of clear, shared humanitarian priorities. Last month, the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy announced the launch of YCHO, a relief program that allegedly aims to []


Death toll from listeria outbreak in South Africa reaches 172, more than doubling previous numbers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The death toll from an outbreak of the food-borne disease listeria in South Africa has more than doubled from previous numbers given in January to 172 deaths, the government said on Thursday. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) said 915 cases of the disease have been confirmed since January last year, up from the previous figures given last month of 61 deaths and 720 confirmed outbreaks. The government said the source of the outbreak was still unknown.


Namibian rangers tracking lone elephant that could be a threat to villagers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nambian

The Namibian
February 22, 2018

Villagers in Okongue in the Omatjete area are living in fear of a lone
elephant which has been spotted around the village for the past few days.

Senior councillor and spokesperson of the Zeraeua Traditional Authority at
Omatjete, Fabianus Uaseuapuani, told Nampa today the animal is old and


Cameroon poachers kill soldiers, rangers and elephants "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Voice of America

February 22, 2018 9:33 AM

FILE - Elephants were killed by poarchers at Bouba Ndjidda National Park in northern Cameroon, near the border with Chad, Feb. 23, 2012.
FILE Elephants were killed by poarchers at Bouba Ndjidda National Park in northern Cameroon, near the border with Chad, Feb. 23, 2012.
Cameroon says a wave of attacks by armed elephant poachers has killed at least eight soldiers and rangers in a northern national park. The poachers killed elephants too, further shrinking the population of the increasingly endangered animals.

A decomposing carcass of an elephant without its tusks lies in Cameroons Bouba Ndjida national park some 17 kilometers from the border with Chad.

Forest ranger Lamza Abdoulahi says two of his colleagues were killed less than a week ago by heavily armed poachers. It was just one of several attacks within the past month.

The ranger, Abdoulahi, said the poachers invaded Cameroon through its northern border with Chad, killed so many elephants and people who tried to resist and then escaped across the border before military reinforcement could come....


105 girls missing after Dapchi school attack, parents say "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

More than 100 girls are missing after a Boko Haram attack on a school in Dapchi, Yobe State, earlier this week, parents told AFP on Friday. Parents in Dapchi, in Yobe State, said they had set up a support group after Mondays raid, which has revived memories of the 2014 abduction of more than 200 []

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Tanzania eight charged with murdering conservationist Wayne Lotter "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Nairobi (AFP) A court in Tanzania on Friday charged eight people with the murder of renowned conservationist Wayne Lotter who was shot dead in Dar es Salaam in August.

The eight individuals were charged with murder and conspiracy to murder, according to court documents seen by AFP.

Lotter, a 51-year-old South African conservationist, was a founder of the PAMS Foundation which worked to stop the poaching of elephants and trafficking of ivory in Tanzania. He was killed by unknown gunmen on August 16 while in a taxi on his way back from the airport.

We congratulate the Tanzanian Police Force for the arrest and charging of these individuals, PAMS said in a statement.

Wayne was a visionary conservationist working with indefatigable determination to save Tanzanias wildlife and we are relieved that some of the perpetrators responsible for his untimely death have been apprehended and are being brought to justice.

PAMS had scored some big wins fighting the illegal wildlife trade, working with Tanzanias National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU) in the arrest of nearly 900 poachers and ivory traders.

These include Chinese citizen Yang Fenlan known as the Ivory Qu...


Libya: From Africas Richest State Under Gaddafi, to Failed State After NATO Intervention "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Libya: From Africas Richest State Under Gaddafi, to Failed State After NATO Intervention By Garikai Chengu, This article was first published on October 19, 2014. This week marks the three-year anniversary of the Western-backed assassination of Libyas former president, Muammar Gaddafi, and the fall of one of Africas greatest nations. In 1967 Colonel Gaddafi inherited []


Isoko People Snub Delta 2018 Budget, Passes Vote Of No Confidence On Okowa, Lawmakers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS FEBRUARY 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The People of Isoko nation in Delta State have rejected the one per cent allocated to them in Delta State 2018 Budget which was recently passed into law, as they passed a vote of no confidence on Governor Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa over what they termed gross marginalization and shortchange of the Isoko interest in the 2018 budget.
The people also passed a vote of no confidence on their (Isoko) representatives in the Delta State House of Assembly including Johnson Erijo, Orezi Esievo and all appointees in the Okowa led administration for the same reason.
The Isoko people aired this protest in a Communique signed by Hon. Urude Barthlomew, Comrade Erirefe Celestine Ureigho, President and Secretary respectively and Comrade Christian Appah on behalf of the Isoko Brains Initiative and Isoko Monitoring Group on behalf of Isoko Nation.
They faulted the budget and the allocation to Isoko nation by Governor Okowa, stressing that the he(Okowa) and the representatives has failed the people.
Is it a pitiable situation for Isoko nation despite her contributions to the nations economy and overwhelmed support for governor Okowa in the 2015 election, only to turn around a stab us at the back.
Out of a capital budget of N161,614,568,997 in the Delt...


Anti-fascist demonstration in Rome, Italy today "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This music video says about itself:

The song Bella ciao was sung by the anti-fascist resistance movement active in Italy between 1943 and 1945. The author of the lyrics is unknown; the music and spirit of the song is based on a folk song sung by rice-weeders on the River Po basin in the early part of the 20th century Alla mattina appena alzata.

By Rob Wells:

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Leftists in Rome to protest against the rising tide of fascism

LEFTWINGERS will rally in Rome [today] against the rising tide of fascism in the country, after police attacked an anti-fascist protest in the city of Turin yesterday.

[Today] afternoons No more fascism, no more...


Buhari Receives Olu Of Warri, Accuses Sagay Of Stepping On Toes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS FEBRUARY 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-President Muhammadu Buhari says Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption, is stepping on many toes in the bid to defend his administration.
He said this when he received Ogiame Ikenwoli, the olu of Warri and some prominent Iteskiri sons, including Sagay, at the presidential villa in Abuja on Friday.

The president described Sagay as a man of conviction whom, he emphasised, was doing an exceptional job.
Thanks for producing a man like Prof. Itse Sagay, who is defending us robustly and stepping on many toes in the process. If hes not a man of conviction, he couldnt have done that, he said.
What he is doing is exceptional. Despite coming from a minority area, hes showing overwhelming influence at the centre.
Prof, I never had the opportunity to thank you personally for all youre doing. Thank you very much.
He assured the people of Niger Delta that his administration would continue to support rapid development in the region by consolidating on all ongoing projects and initiating new ones to create more economic opportunities and jobs for the people.
The president reiterated his administrations commitment to maintaining peace and security in the Niger Delta for economic...


El-Rufai and the arrogance of power "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasiru el-Rufai, likes controversy. And this predilection did not start when he became the governor. He has attracted criticisms from many sources in the past. Some of his critics feel he has unbridled lips or caustic tongue and people with such idiosyncracies are always controversial. But to his admirers, el-Rufai is []

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My life as a herdsman, by Buhari "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

the nomad life exposes you to nature. You will never learn enough about plants, trees, insects and animals     Apparently recalling his early life as a herdsman, President Muhammadu Buhari has said his rearing of cattle contributed immensely to shaping him into what he is today as a former military Head of State and []

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Yobe schoolgirls case receiving attention Buhari "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

I never believed any govt could be careless with girls again, says Ezekwesili United States condemns latest kidnap case   President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the case of students abducted from the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State is receiving the deserved and that no effort would be spared to bring succour to them. []

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No one has the right to another s body without consent even in marriage Yinka Oguntuga "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President and Founder of Heartminders Societal Advancement Initiative, Funke Oguntugas passion for safe sex advocacy, mentoring and blogging six year on is yet renewed daily by the staggering impact from the interventions. And tomorrow, her organisation would be staging another sensitisation walk to be led by boys and men for the first time. About this []

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Doctor by day, robber at night "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The Jimade we know, by friends, neighbours His victims are helping us Police Not our duty to confirm membership NMA   Almost a week after the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command declared Dr. Jimade Ola-Solomon wanted as the leader of a robbery gang, his medical facility, Vital Care Hospital, remains deserted. A visit []

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FESTUS KEYAMO: My poor parents flew like king, queen to witness my SAN award "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Social commentator, human rights activist and famous lawyer, Festus Keyamo (SAN), in this no-holds-barred interview with LANRE ODUKOYA spoke about the journey to becoming a SAN, why he stuck to the guns against his kinsman, former President Goodluck Jonathan, to birth a new government, and virtues that molded him into greatness.     The awarding []

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The practice is the same world over and theres no denying that appearing rich doesnt mean being actually rich. Yes, we agree that fame and fortune is one of the most popular phrases when describing people who have it all, the reality is that fame and fortune dont always go hand in hand. Unfortunately; however, []

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I married my sister to obey God, avoid divorce Brother "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Twenty-five-years old Mr. Cornelius Chiadi Ezeibekwe, from Ekwulobia town in Aguata Local Government Area, Anambra State has become the buzz of the moment following his wedding to his younger sister, aged 17 years. The youth of the community who couldnt comprehend the taboo burnt down the Sabbath Church where the two were joined as husband []

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VECTOR THA VIPER: MI wrong to publicly criticise nigerian rappers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Olanrewaju Ogunmefun known by the showbiz moniker, Vector tha Viper, is a Nigerian hip hop act with three successful albums, State of Surprise, The Second Coming and Lafiaji. Not many are aware that he was the voice behind the Sprite commercial that has aired on most radio stations across Nigeria since 2009. The versatile rapper []

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Truck crushes man, 2 siblings to death "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There was pandemonium yesterday in Ago-Iwoye, Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State when a truck laden with granite crushed a middle-aged man with three children. The incident happened at Oru- Ago-Iwoye junction, along the Ijebu- Ode/Ibadan Road when the victims were riding a motorcycle on their way to school at about 7:30am. Saturday []

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3 die as gas explosion rocks Abuja "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Three persons were feared dead yesterday with two others sustaining various degree of injuries, following a gas explosion that rocked Abuja gateway city, Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This gas explosion tragedy was the second one this week. The first explosion which no life was lost to, but left up []

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Tinubu vs Oyegun: Were in support of our APC chair, says Bello "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

says Buhari waiting for more Nigerians to speak President meets Oyegun   Barely 24 hours after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Tinubu, accused the partys National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, of allegedly sabotaging the reconciliatory process, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has said majority of the partys members have []

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Pages From History: A Statement Concerning the Encyclopaedia Africana Project, By Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, April 1962
by W.E.B. Du Bois
Director of the Secretariat
Accra Ghana, West Africa
April, 1962

PANW Editor's Note: This article is being reprinted in honor of the 150th birthday of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois (Feb. 23, 1868-Aug. 28, 1963).

Early in 1962 preparatory work toward the compilation and production of an Encyclopedia Africana was formally initiated in Accra, Ghana, under the sponsorship of the Ghana Academy of Sciences. As Director of the Secretariat for this undertaking, I am naturally most anxious that what we propose become both well known and properly understood in scholarly circles throughout the world, to the end that we may secure the widest possible cooperation. It is with this purpose in mind that the present brief, preliminary statement is offered.

First, a word of background. In 1909 when I was teaching history and economics in the Negro University of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, I proposed the preparation of an "Encyclopedia Africana". I secured as members of the Board of Advisors, in addition to sixty-two American Negro scholars, Sir Henry Johnstone, K.C.B., and Professor W.M. Flinders Petrie, D.C.L, of England; Professor Giuseppe Sergi of Italy; Dr. J. Denniker of France; Professor William James, LL.D., and Franz Boas, Ph.D. of Harvard and Columbia respectively, and many others. However, I was never able to raise the funds to carry the enterprise forward.

In 1934 the Phelps Stokes fund initiated a new project to prepare and publish an "Encyclopedia of the Negro". I was chosen as Editor-in-Chief and for the next ten years gave intermittent effort to the project; but again the necessary funds, which we estimated then at $260,100, could not be secured. Perhaps it was too soon to expect so large an amount for so ambitious a project to be carried out by Negroes and built mainly on Negro scholarship. Nevertheless, a preparatory volume summarizing the effort was published in 1944.

When I was in Ghana, West Africa, in 1960 witnessing the inauguration of the indepen...


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Pages From History: Negroes and the Crisis of Capitalism in the U.S., By Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, April 1953
by W.E.B. Du Bois
April 1953
Monthly Review

PANW Editor's Note: This article is being reprinted in honor of the 150th birthday of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois (Feb. 23, 1868-Aug. 28, 1963).

How free was the black freedman in 1863? He had no clothes, no home, tools, or land. Thaddeus Stevens begged the government to give him a bit of the land which his blood had fertilized for 244 years. The nation refused. Frederick Douglass and Charles Sumner asked for the Negro the right to vote. The nation yielded because only Negro votes could force the white South to conform to the demands of Big Business in tariff legislation and debt control. This accomplished, the nation took away the Negros vote, and the vote of most poor whites went with it.

A fantastic economic development followed. In the South the land was rich and the climate mild. There was sun and rain for grain, fruit, and fiber. There were natural resources in rivers, harbors, and forests. In the bosom of the earth lay coal, iron, oil, sulphur, and salt. All this either already belonged to or was practically given by the government to the landholder and capitalist. Only a small part of it went to labor, black or white.

Capital was needed to develop this economic paradise. Government furnished much of this capital free to the landholder and employer. Railroads were subsidized, and rivers and harbors improved; private wealth largely escaped taxation. The North, fattened on tariff legislation, money control, and cheap immigrant labor, poured private capital into the South. When Southern labor lost half its vote, landholders and capitalists filled the state legislatures and Congress with servants of exploitation. This gave all the powerful chairmanships in Congress to the South under the Democrats, and large influence under Republicans. During World War I, a large part of the military training program was located in the South, and the government overpaid interested landlords and merchants and contractors to the tune of hundreds of...


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Pages From History: "Socialism and the Negro Problem", Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, February 1, 1913
 by W.E.B. Du Bois

Original source: The New Review: A Weekly Review of International Socialism, 1 February 1913

PANW Editor's Note: This essay is being republished in honor of the 150th birthday of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois (Feb. 23, 1868-Aug. 28, 1963)

[1] One might divide those interested in Socialism into two distinct camps: On the one hand, those farsighted thinkers who are seeking to determine from the facts of modern industrial organization just what the outcome is going to be; on the other hand, those who suffer from the present industrial situation and who are anxious that, whatever the broad outcome may be, at any rate the present suffering which they know so well shall be stopped.

[2] It is this second class of social thinkers who are interested particularly in the Negro problem. They are saying that the plight of 10,000,000 human beings in the United States, predominantly of the working class, is so evil that it calls for much attention in any program of future social reform. This paper, however, is addressed not to this class, but rather to the class of theoretical Socialists; and its thesis is: In the Negro problem, as it presents itself in the United States, theoretical Socialism of the twentieth century meets a critical dilemma.

[3] There is no doubt as to the alternative presented. On the one hand, here are 90,000,000 white people who, in their extraordinary development, present a peculiar field for the application of Socialistic principles; but on the whole, these people are demanding to-day that just as under capitalistic organization the Negro has been the excluded (i.e., exploited) class, so, too, any Socialistic program shall also exclude the 10,000,000. Many Socialists have acquiesced in this program. No recent convention of Socialists has dared to face fairly the Negro problem and make a straightforward declaration that they regard Negroes as men in the same sense that other persons are...


AFN Cwealth Games list: We want to develop home athletes Adeleye "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Technical Director of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Sunday Adeleye, has said the reason for listing more homebased athletes for the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, was to develop the talents back home and also expose them to international competitions. The AFN on Thursday night released its team of 37 athletes that []

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Herdsmen attacks, human trafficking top agenda as Oba of Benin, security chiefs parley "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare 11, security chiefs and other stakeholders yesterday in Benin City, Edo State capital held a strategic security meeting to tackle the menace of cattle herdsmen, illegal migration and human trafficking, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state. The meeting held at the Obas palace was attended by the various heads []

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LG chair blames docile labour for non-payment of workers salaries "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The lingering running battle between workers and Abia State Government over the laters salary arrears has been blamed on the of labour to live up to its responsibility of protecting workers interest. Chairman of Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area, Chief Ginger Onwusibe, said in an interview with newsmen after the 40th anniversary celebration of []

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Libya: Statement of the Libyan National Popular Movement On the Seventh Anniversary of the February Conspiracy

Today comes the seventh year of the international conspiracy, in which obscurantist forces and Libyan agents participated in the war against Libya and its safe people, where innocent people were hurled to take part through the launching of false slogans by a media campaign carried out by excessive regional and international mass media machines.

It is a conspiracy that was finally accomplished by eight months of a prolonged heavy military action that the NATO had carried out since the Second World War, resulting in the destruction of the total civilian and military infrastructure of the country. The Libyan people had steadfastly withstood with unbridled courage and limited capabilities giving tens of thousands of martyrs.

The enemies of the Libyan people were able to take control of Libya, with the help of the NATO military forces, the international propaganda capabilities and the money of the reactionary Arab countries. They carried out large-scale repression operations of which no Libyan city, village or family was safe. They set up thousands of camps under the supervision of hateful criminals, where honest Libyans have suffered the most terrible categories of torment; hundreds of thousands of Libyan families have been displaced, and their homes, towns and villages destroyed and; tens of thousands of Libyans have been killed in cold blood. Moreover, the Libyan territory has been violated by all international intelligence agencies and international terrorist organizations and criminal gangs. Terrorists and criminals managed to take hold of the reins of the state and turned Libya into a base for international terrorism and a hotbed of organized crime.

Thieves and international mafia seized control of the economic institutions, plundering the money saved by Al-Fateh revolution for future generations. All kinds of crimes that Libyans had never thought of spread all over the country.

The central state disintegrated in favor of regional militias' control, whereby Libya tuned into warring areas, security has become completely non-existent, and fear and terror spread on a large scale. Furthermore, all service sectors collapsed, and the lives of the Li...


Oyo provides 15 motorised boreholes for markets "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Oyo State Government through the Sustainable Development Goals Office has constructed 15 motorised boreholes in some major markets in the state. The State Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr. Abimbola Adekanmbi, at the commissioning of one of the boreholes at Bodija Market, Ibadan, explained that the project was completed through the Conditional Grants Scheme, []

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Why Wont the Syria Hawks Talk About Libya?
Freddy Gray
Coffee House
23 February 2018
9:53 PM

On Coffee House today, the Tory MP Johnny Mercer says that Britain lost its strength and leadership on 29 August, 2013,  the day we decided not to attack Assad. Weve heard this line a lot from a certain sort of politician. Michael Gove and Nick Clegg lost their tempers in the hours that followed the Syria vote. Ed Miliband, who turned against the intervention, was called all sorts of horrible names by all sorts of MPs. George Osborne tells audiences in America with his most earnest face on that Britain lost its mojo that day (We got it back, apparently, when we decided in 2015 to bomb Isis not Assad, but, hey, whatever!)

The lets-bomb-Syria brigade has never quite recovered from the shock of being rebuffed in Parliament. According to the Mercer, Osborne & co argument, the 2013 vote undermined Britains status as a force for good in the world. We stood idly by and let evil flourish. We insert boilerplate sabre-rattling clichs here. And now the Assad and the Russians are gassing and bombing innocents, and using fake news to cover it up, and that is all our fault. Shame on us.

We are so debased, says Mercer, that last year it fell to Donald Trump, of all people, to launch strikes against Assad. How ironic, says Mercer, bitterly. And I suppose hes right: it is ironic that moral leadership in 2016 means being bullied by your daughter to throw a few missiles fairly pointlessly at Assad forces, which appears to be what happened with Trump.

We must wake up from our hangover from Iraq before it is terminal for this nations global standing, says Mercer. The world still looks for us to play a role, he says, but that window is closing. Hes not quite clear what exactly he is calling for, but I assume he thinks, given the latest disturbing reports from East Ghouta, that military action against Assad and Russia should be on the table, as they say. But its almost suspicious that he doesnt say so outright.

It is also very odd that Mercer doesnt mention Libya, another disastrous intervention of recent years, one that really should shame our political class but somehow doesnt. We removed Gaddafi, but then we let the co...


Argentina are under pressure Aghahowa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Former Super Eagles striker, Julius Aghahowa believes Argentina are under pressure ahead of their meeting with Nigeria at this years World Cup following their 4-2 loss in a friendly last November. Aghahowa told Saturday Telegraph that the come-from-behind win in Krasnodar is still haunting the two-time world champions which has now put immense pressure []

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Sunshine on course to make continental Akinyemi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The chairman of the Ondo State Football Agency and the President of Sunshine Stars Football Club, Otunba Tajudeen Akinyemi, has said the club is on course to qualify to play on the continent despite the recent deduction of three points from the club by the League Management Company. Speaking with League Rendezvous, the chairman revealed []

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Katsina, Kano, UNICEF strategise for child survival "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As part of efforts to consolidate on the gains already made in the promotion of child survival, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), Katsina and Kano State Governments are meeting in Kaduna to develop a five-year work plan for 2018 to 2022. The plan when developed would be the first in the current UNICEF country []

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Police arrest mastermind of Imo bank robbery "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Says suspect got N400, 000 from the operation The Imo State Police Command has wrapped up investigation into the robbery incident which occurred at Zenith Bank in Owerri, with the arrest of the fleeing mastermind of the crime, Chinonso Gift Onwuegbuchulam, by operatives of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS). A four-man robbery gang had []

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Libya Oil Field Halted Amid Still-Fragile Recovery
By Saleh Sarrar
February 23, 2018, 11:54 AM EST

Labor dispute forced suspension of crude production Thursday
Nations crude output in 2017 was highest in four years

Photographer: Shawn Baldwin

A Libyan oil field halted production due to a labor dispute, underscoring the still-fragile nature of the North African countrys recovery from a domestic conflict.

The company operating the 70,000 barrel-a-day El-Feel deposit, also known as Elephant, suspended output late Thursday after armed guards who work at the facility decided to occupy it to protest at unpaid wages, a person with knowledge of the matter said, asking not to be identified because theyre not authorized to speak to the media. Most workers were evacuated and the protesters threatened further action if their claims arent resolved.

It wasnt immediately clear when production might resume, or when the labor dispute might be resolved. The Petroleum Facilities Guard is seeking wages that have been held up for at least two years, the person said. The field is operated by Mellitah Oil and Gas B.V., which is jointly owned by Libyas National Oil Corp. and Italys Eni SpA.

Calls to the Libyan company werent answered on what is a weekend in the country. Eni officials didnt immediately respond to requests for comment.

Libya, a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries , has struggled to boost oil production amid the lingering effects of civil war that began earlier in the decade. Its crude output averaged 828,000 barrels a day last year, the highest since 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Still, the countrys oil output remains well below where it was under the rule of dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Major oil fields including El-Feel and Sharara have experienced sporadic disruptions, occasionally setting back the revival.

Nonetheless, foreign companies are expanding their interest in the country. Last month Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc agreed annual deals to buy crude. And as of January, Libya and fellow OPEC member Nigeria agreed to limit their joint output to 2.8 million barrels a day.


Exploring the power of Arts in Medicine "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Arts in Medicine Fellowship, an integral part of the Arts in Medicine (AIM) project of Tender Arts Nigeria, held its maiden workshop in Lagos recently. Supported by United States Consulate General, Arts in Medicine Fellowship, according to the founder, Tender Arts Nigeria, Mandela Washington Fellow and also the project lead for arts in medicine []

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Tunisia Welcomes First Chinese Chartered-flight Tourist Group
Source: Xinhua
2018-02-21 22:19:50
Editor: huaxia

The first Chinese chartered-flight tourist group arrived in Tunisia on February 20, 2018. (Xinhua photo provided by Chinese tourist)

TUNIS, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- The first Chinese chartered-flight tourist group arrived in Tunisia on Tuesday, as the North African country expects to attract more people from the world's biggest tourist market.

The trip route of the 165-tourist group, organized by China Youth Tourism Service (CYTS), one of the biggest tour operators in China, covers Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

Song Chenxi, a tourist group member who works in Beijing, said she was impressed by the "half sea and half flame" of Tunisia when she first travelled to the country in 2012.

This is why she decided to take her husband for a second visit to the North African country.

"I have posted my photos on Wechat during this trip and got plenty of likes," she said.

Wechat is the most popular social media mobile application in China.

According to Chen Guang, a marketing and brand manager from CYTS, the Mediterranean and Sahara Desert are the two aces of the trip.

"Tunisia has its unique touristic resources," Chen said, noting that the cultural diversity is the key to this country boasting seven World Heritage sites dating back to more than 2,000 years ago.

"The sale of this trip group is far beyond our expectation," he added.

Tunisia has witnessed a slump in its tourism since 2015 when three major terrorist attacks claimed the lives of more than 70 people, mostly foreign tourists and security forces.

In 2017, the sector started to recover slowly as the North African country posted about 6.73 million tourists.

"Everything is truly under perfect control now," Leila Tekaia, the manager of public relations and communication from National Office of the Tunisian Tourism (ONTT), told Xinhua.

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Tunisia: Strike in Poor West City of Redeyef Over Jobs, Security
A general strike begun on Tuesday in Tunisias poor West city of Redeyef, as residents demanded jobs and a return of the police,since the burning down of its police station.

Local branches of the powerful Union called for the strike to denounce continuous and what they call deliberate lack of security.

Jobs are not a favor, Governments succeed and Redeyef is always forgotten, chanted a few dozen protesters who marched through the main streets of the city.

We have exhausted attempts of negotiation with the authorities for a return of the police.The general strike was not an objective in itself, it became necessary after the closure of negotiation channels.

The police station was set on fire at the end of 2017 during social movements.

Since then, residents have complained of insecurity, including burglaries, and having to go to the surrounding cities to obtain official documents such as identity card, which is requested in police stations.

On Tuesday, businesses remained closed all day, as did public institutions. Only pharmacies and hospital emergencies were open.

We have exhausted attempts of negotiation with the authorities for a return of the police.The general strike was not an objective in itself, it became necessary after the closure of negotiation channels with the regional authorities. and local, said Muammar Amidi, secretary general of the union of basic education.

Traders argue that it is not possible to attract investment without security.

Redeyef is in the mining basin. The mining basin was the theater in 2008 of an insurrection repressed in the blood by the regime of the former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

It remains regularly agitated by social movements since the revolution of 2011.



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Tourists Return to Tunisia in Record Numbers Since 2015 Attacks
Daniel Mumbere
21/02 - 18:15

Tourist numbers to Tunisia will hit a record high this year, fully reversing the damage inflicted on the sector by attacks on holidaymakers in 2015, the tourism minister said on Wednesday.

After three years of shunning Tunisia in the wake of a gun attack on a beach in Sousse that killed 39 tourists and one at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis that killed 21, major European tour operators have started to return.

We aim to receive 8 million tourists this year with strong booking rates from European customers and other new customers, Tourism Minister Salma Loumi said.

We aim to receive 8 million tourists this year with strong booking rates from European customers and other new customers.

The return of British tourists is a very good signal for us.

Last week, Thomas Cook flew British tourists to Tunisia for the first time since an Islamist militant killed 30 Britons in Sousse. TUI, said last month it too planned to offer holidays in Tunisia again, starting in May.

Tunisia has been an attractive destination for tourists since the beginning of the 1960s. Among Tunisias tourist attractions are its cosmopolitan capital city of Tunis, the ancient ruins of Carthage, the Muslim and Jewish quarters of Jerba, and coastal resorts outside Monastir.

The 8 million forecast brings tourist numbers above the pre-attack level of 7.1 million in 2014. Arrivals fell to 5.3 million in 2015. Loumi said tourism revenues would be up 25 percent on last year when they reached 2.8 billion dinar ($1.2 billion).

Tourist numbers in 2017 were already up 23 percent on the previous year to 7 million, as hotels filled beds with Russian and Algerian visitors, but operators say they spend less than European holidaymakers.

Tourism accounts for 8 percent of Tunisias gross domestic product. A return of European visitors would give a strong boost to the struggling economy and raise the countrys weak foreign currency reserves.


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Pentagon Partners With Germany on Tunisia Border Security
Jack Detsch
February 23, 2018

The Pentagon is sending nearly $20 million in high-tech help to the North African country as civil war rages in neighboring Libya.

 REUTERS/Zohra BensemraA road sign shows the direction of Libya near the border crossing at Dhiba, Tunisia, April 11, 2016.

The Pentagon plans to add nearly $20 million in high-tech sensors to Tunisias border, doubling down on US and European investments to stop migrants, extremists and drug traffickers from crossing from Libya.

Defense Department officials notified Congress of the move in a letter last month, drawing from a joint fund set up with Germany in September to secure Tunisias 300-mile border with Libya. Germany contributed funding that will be used specifically for the sensors.

The funds will enhance the capacity of the government of Tunisia to detect and respond to threats posed by the trafficking of illicit materials, Assistant US Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Kenneth Rapuano wrote in congressional correspondence reviewed by Al-Monitor.

The US Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a Pentagon office charged with countering weapons of mass destruction, kick-started a fence stretching along half of the Tunisian-Libyan border with a $24.9 million grant in 2016. Construction of the 125-mile barrier began less than a year after an attacker linked to the Islamic State (IS) gunned down 38 victims most of them British tourists near the resort town of Sousse on the Tunisian coast.

Tunisia faces a scourge of homegrown radicalism, with the latest official figures estimating that at least 800 citizens who joined IS and other militant groups have since returned from foreign battlefields. The CIA assessed in 2016 that IS had recruited as many as 6,000 Tunisians, and the spy agency labeled it as a top source country for recruits.

The Tunisian government doesnt have a real plan in terms of how to address this, said Sarah Yerkes, a former State and Defense Department official now a fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. This is the problem of being a country in the midst of a democratic transi...


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Tunisia: Resignation of Two Ennahda Leaders Indicates Internal Conflicts
Friday, 23 February, 2018 - 09:15

Head of Ennahda Movement Rashid al-Ghannouchi. Asharq Al-Awsat Arabic

Tunisia - Almunji al-Saidani

Two leaders from Ennahda Movement, the Islamic party participating in the coalition in Tunisia, have tendered their resignation on Thursday to head of the party Rashid al-Ghannouchi who accepted it and appointed other members in their place.

The resignation was due to personal reasons, according to the movement. Yet according to observers of the political affairs, this resignation might be a result of internal conflicts related to the municipal elections.

In a concise statement, Ennahda Movement announced approving the resignation of Mohammad al-Qalawi and Jamal al-Awi and appointing Badreddine Abdelkafi and
Imed Khemiri instead.

The period of submitting nominations witnessed several resignations due to pressures exerted on the movements by its supporters. Ennahda Movement dedicated half of the nominations to independent qualifications, which made a huge number of movement supporters lose the opportunity to be present in the political scene.

Political analyst Jamal al-Arfaoui stated to Asharq Al-Awsat that this new resignation indicates that there are internal conflicts inside Ennahda.

Ennahda Movement witnessed public conflicts among political leaders during its ruling term between 2011 and 2013, which resulted in the resignation of  Hamadi Jebali, former head of Government of Tunisia, from his sectary general position in Ennahda. Further, Riadh Chaibi seceded from the movement and established Binaa Al Watani Party.

As for the Jewish candidate running for elections in one of Monastir municipalities, Ennahda leader Abdelhamid Jlassi said that the movement differentiates between Judaism and Zionism, and is seeking to integrate Jews in the public life.

On terms of the number of electoral lists, Ennahda came first with 329 lists, followed by Nidaa Tounes with 321 lists. The Independent High Authority for Elections determined March the 3rd as the deadline to announce lists of the municipal elections candidates.


Yemeni Forces Launch Large-Scale Offensive on UAE Headquarters [VIDEO] "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sanaa (GPA) Yemens Sanaa-based Air Defense Forces and Missile Forces carried out a large-scale joint offensive operation against Emirati positions today using drone technology.

Despite dense airstrikes from the Saudi-backed coalition, Yemeni forces have liberated key areas, destroyed Emirati bases and equipment, and killed dozens of invading mercenaries this week.

Yemens Success on the Ground

Yemens resistance forces known throughout western media simply as the Houthis enjoyed remarkable success today.

The joint operation between Air Defense Forces and Missile Forces took place in Marib province where they liberated key locations and targeted Emirati military sites including a headquarters using drone surveillance and missiles.

In Hajjah, Lajih, and Taiz provinces, Yemens Army and Popular Committees successfully gained control of territory during additional advances.

Earlier this week, Yemens Army and Popular Committees lured Emirati troops into an ambush before killing 12 and destroying their military vehicles. Yemens resistance sniper unit took out 13 Saudi troops on various fronts beyond the Saudi border including Asir, Jizan, and Najran province.

Yemens Army and Popular Committees expanded their defensive operations into Saudi territory throughout the course of the war in response to the devastating Saudi-led invasion, airstrike campaign, and blockade.


Yemen Responds to Ongoing Aggression

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Five managers resign from Golden Veroleum Liberia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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ITF lifts 11,000 youths in Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has said that a total of 11,000 trainees across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are expected to benefit from the first phases of its National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP). The Director General / Chief Executive officer of the Establishment (ITF), Sir Joseph []

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Kenya tourism grows by 20% in 2017, expects 16% growth this year "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In Kenya, tourism is on the recovery path with the sector recording 20.3% growth in 2017, this is according to the countrys Tourism Cabinet Secretary (Minister), Najib Balala, who disclosed that tourism posted earnings of Sh120 billion despite the long electioneering period. An improvement from the Sh99.69 billion earned in 2016. The latest statistics released []

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Honduras: Caravan of Insurrection Protests Election Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Supporters of former Honduran presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla went back to the streets Friday as part of what they called Caravan of insurrection, to continue their protests against fraud during the November elections which handed President Juan Orlando Hernandez a second term in office. The caravan of hundreds of vehicles, organized by the Opposition Alliance...

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Why Anyone Who Tells You Science Proves Things Impartially! Doesnt Understand Science "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Or, Five Ways That Science is Culture

Theres a strange debate happening in the Anglo world. This one recurs. Science is neutral! cry the determinists. It is free of values, politics, ugly and difficult human choices!

How funny. Is it true? I wish it were. But it is not. And anyone that says this to you fatally misunderstands scienceespecially if their title is scientist.

Ill use a particularly noxious example to disprove it. Lets imagine that we were researchers at an American thinktank, who wanted to investigate (LOL) whether Asians were smarter than whites, who in turn, were smarter than blacks. Lets leave aside how repellent this is to any thinking personin order to explore why.

There are at least five places that values, politics, and culture will intervene in the scientific method we employhypotheses, variables, conditions, testing, and of course conclusion. And no matter how we try, we will not be able to find some kind of truer truth. Lets take them one by one.

The first in the very framing of our question itselfand the hypotheses it generates. Blacks, whites, and Asians are of course just constructs themselves to begin with. They are categories without any essential reality. For example, is a Sri Lankan an Asian in the same way that a Korean is? Is a Nigerian black in the same way an African-American is? What about someone who is half of either? Whether or not such groups share DNA is again a kind of question of circular values: do we suppose that sharing DNA is the bar for belonging to a group, when in fact the group itself is something we have constructed? If sharing DNA is the bar, then of course humans share more DNA with primates than differs among themselves, so our set of categories cannot mean anything whatsoever. All this is just a game of assigning people to groups that we ourselves are judgingbut that is a political act. Culture rears its ugly headand we cannot escape it.

The second place values will intervene is in our choice of variables. How are we to operationalize this idea of intelligence? Probably, like many American researchers, we will take the easy way out, and reach for IQ. But IQ is not some kind of value-free measure or construct. It is loaded with assumptionsmany of them dubious. It measures one kind of intelligenceanalytical, not creative, ethical, synthetic. It measures that one kind of intelligence in a deterministic and rigid way: with questions for which there are right answers. But it is difficult to imagine that such a thing tests intelligence at all, because in life, most questions have no fixed sets of answers. Our question is not choosing, thenbut understanding, creating, supposing, forging, and thus deve...


Dapchi Girls: Abduction of school girls in Yobe is a national disaster Buhari "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has described as a national disaster, the abduction of students of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state, saying his government is doing its best to secure their release. In a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Buhari said he has instructed all security agencies to see to it that the girls []

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Stop peddling fiction, Buhari tells Transparency International "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), to desist from peddling fiction and focus on constructive criticism and analysis. The President in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity Garba Shehu said the organization has a responsibility to reflect the larger picture of the concrete and verifiable []

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Who is Martin Griffiths, UN's new envoy to Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Griffiths brings civilians to same negotiating table as generals and warlords to demonstrate effects of war


3 herdsmen jailed for open grazing in Benue "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Anti-Open Grazing Law in Benue has recorded a huge success as a Makurdi Magistrates Court on Friday sentenced three herders, Iliya Garba, Hassan Abdullahi, and Lanshak Lonfalk, to one year imprison each, for violating the law enacted in 2017. The convicts were charged with criminal conspiracy and open nomadic livestock rearing and grazing. The offences are []

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APC reconciliation: Youve my full support, Oyegun tells Tinubu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, yesterday said the partys national leader, Bola Tinubu, has his fullest support on his reconciliation assignment. An online news portal, TheCable had reported how Tinubu wrote a scathing letter to the national chairman of the party accusing him of sabotage. Instead of being []

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Venezuela and the revenge of the 'mad-dog' empire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It wasn't until the administration of Barack Obama that the deadly gaze of the United States began to really re-focus on Latin America, with Venezuela as its main target. Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation of Wakanda, in the latest cultural assault on critical mass consciousness, "American exceptionalism" and "make America great again" - two slogans representing both sides of the imperialist coin-ruling class interests are obscured and the people are reduced to working against their objective interests and being accomplices to imperial lawlessness. In every part of the world, the United States is engaged in maniacal, criminal assaults on democracy, basic human decency and common sense. From its support for armed jihadists groups in Syria and its illegal occupation of that nation, transferring heavy military equipment to its puppet regime in Ukraine, supporting unending war in Afghanistan, to the military invasion of African, the commitment to maintaining U.S. global dominance has moved war and militarism to the center of U.S. strategy.



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Al-Jaafari Re-elected as Rapporteur of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization
23 February 2018

New York, SANA- The Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (also known as the Special Committee on decolonization or C-24) has re-elected Syrias Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, as its rapporteur by acclamation.

The election of al-Jaafari took place in the opening session of the UNs Special Committee on Decolonization held Thursday at the UN headquarters in New York.

Al-Jaafari thanked the committee members for re-electing Syria to this position, stressing that he will continue exerting efforts to complete the Committee work on decolonization.

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Foreign Ministry: France Not Eligible to Play Any Role in Peace Process in Syria As Long As It Supports Terrorism
22 February 2018

Damascus, SANA Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that France is not eligible to play any role in the peace process in Syria as long as it provides support to terrorism and its hands are stained with Syrian blood, reaffirming the Syrian states rejection of Frances hostile attitudes and threats which aim at exerting more political pressure on the Syrian sovereignty.

The Ministry sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General and President of the UN Security Council in response to statements by the Permanent Representative of France to the UNon February 7, 2018, the Ministry noted that France has never stopped its policy in circulating allegations and lies which lack credibility through its letters whose main objective is to distort facts and protect Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization which was designated by the UNSC as al-Qaedas branch in Syria.

Since the very beginning of the crisis, France has been the spearhead of supporting terrorism and terrorist organizations in Syria, topped by Jabhat al-Nusra and its affiliated groups, said the Ministry, adding that the truth about the financial support provided by the French government was video- and audio- recorded by the media.

The Syrian Arab Republic urges the UN Security Council to put an end to Frances practices which undermine the credibility and reliability of the UNSC, violate its resolutions and defy the UNs Charter, in addition to protecting terrorists inside the Council and violate the role France should play as a permanent member state of the UN Security Council, the Ministry concluded.



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Nebenzya: No Agreement on Draft Resolution Demanding 30-day Truce in Syria
23 February 2018

New York, SANA- Russias Permanent Representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzya said that there is no agreement on the draft resolution submitted by Kuwait and Sweden demanding a 30-day nationwide truce in Syria.

Nebenzya made his remarks during a UN Security Council meeting held on Thursday to discuss the situation in Syria.

He added that Russia has presented several amendments to the draft resolution given that his country has repeatedly requested guarantees to ensure the implementation of the proposed 30-day truce, but had yet to receive an answer.

There is some kind of confusion and misunderstanding surrounding the situation in the Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, moreover, the coordination between various media outlets to circulate rumors and lies and organize propaganda campaign to accuse Syrian government of using chemical weapons in the areas will not help understand the reality of what is taking place, he said.

Nebenzya referred to the tragedy in the Iraqi al-Ramadi and al-Falloujah as well as the Syrian Raqqa city which has been disregarded, meanwhile more focus was laid on the Eastern Ghouta and Aleppo and other places which encourage terrorists to continue their practices to torture civilians, noting that the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta turned citizens into hostages and prevent them to leave despite the Hmeimim based Russian Coordination Centers calls on all parties to hand over their arms and settle their legal status.

He said that some international actors do not care about what is happening in Eastern Ghouta and prefer to besmirch Syria and Russia, instead of exerting pressure on the parties to end their fighting. Work also continued behind the scenes in to undermine the ongoing political processes.

what we need is not symbolism, not decisions for the sake of decisions, but rather measures that are commensurate with conditions on the ground, said the Russian diplomat, adding that to achieve stability in Syria, all Syrian parties should exert significant efforts and start dialogue which is the only way to solve the crisis.

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Armed Groups Fire 70 Rocket Shells on Medical Surgery Hospital and Residential Areas in Damascus and Jaramana
23 February 2018

Damascus, SANA One civilian was killed and 60 others were injured on Friday due to 70 rocket shells fired by the armed groups on the residential neighborhoods of Damascus and its Countryside, in a new violation of the de-escalation zone agreement.

A source at Damascus Police Command said that armed groups fired a rocket shell on Salaheddin area in Rukn Eddin neighborhood in Damascus, killing one civilian and injuring tens others, some of them are in critical situation, in addition to causing severe material damage to public and private properties.

Seven other civilians were injured due to attacks with shells on Bab Touma and Ish al-Warwar, the source said.

The armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta targeted al-Sheikh Raslan area in Bab Touma neighborhood with a mortar shell, injuring a civilian, while another shell landed in Bab al-Salam area, causing only material damage.

The source added that an attack with a rocket shell by the armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta caused massive material damage to the ICU at the Medical Surgery Hospital in Baghdad Street in Damascus, damaging medical equipment in the hospital, cars parked in the area, and surrounding houses.

Earlier, the source told SANA that the armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta also fired mortar and rocket shells on the neighborhoods of Mezzeh 86, Barzeh, al-Joura, al-Qaboun, causing material damage to houses and properties.

A source at Damascus Countryside Police Command said that a number of shells landed in al-Assad residential suburb and its vicinity, causing only material damage to properties and infrastructure.

Three shells were landed on al-Homsi neighborhood in Jaramana city, causing only material damage, the source added.

SANA reporter said that units of the Syrian Arab Army have responded to the attacks by targeting the areas from which the shells were launched, inflicting losses upon the armed groups in personnel and weapons.


Three men arrested in cannibalistic attack in Paris suburb "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Three men have been arrested in the refugee hotspot of Clichy-sous-Bois outside Paris and charged with biting a man on the face - and then eating the pieces of flesh they had ripped off! Police arrested the men, all from the African island nation of Cape Verde, on Sunday after they attacked another man in the Hector-Berlioz alley, Le Parisien reports. Le Parisien reported (translated from French): Three Cape Verdeans were arrested on Sunday night in Clichy-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis) for voluntary violence, barbarity and cannibalism resulting in permanent mutilation. Around 6 pm, Hector-Berlioz alley, four men argue for a story of money. Three men gang up to hit a fourth. They bite it violently on the lower lip and left ear before ingesting the pieces of flesh torn off. The victim defends himself by beating his attackers. She manages to hurt one of them at an ankle.


Ants health care system "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

Self-Sacrificing Ants Refuse Treatment of Their Wounds | National Geographic

20 February 2018

A new study reveals that after a raid on a termite nest, the injured [Matabele] ants are cared for by their comrades.

Navy Seals abide by a code that no man is left behind. Termite-hunting ants abide by a similar code. A new study reveals that after a raid on a termite nest, the injured ants are cared for by their comrades.

If kept by themselves, 80 percent of injured ants died. But if cared for by their nest-mates for even an hour, only a tenth died.

Another finding of the study reveals how the ants prioritize who gets cared for and who doesnt. In human health care, doctors decide which patients need to be helped the most. With ants, its the exact opposite. The injured ants themselves decide if they should be treated or not.

When no help was in sight, injured ants made a beeline for the nest. But when nest-mates were near, they stumbled and fell, appearing more injured as a way to attract aid. But the ants play up their injuries only if they sensed that their problems were minor enough to be treated. If ants were mortally injured, they refused to cooperate, flailing their legs around when probed or picked up, forcing their helpers to abandon them.

The mortally wounded ants choose to die rather than have energy and resources wasted on their futile rehabilitation. This discovery marks the first time non-human animals have been observed systematically nursing their wounded back to health. Read more in Paramedic Ants Are the First to Rescue and Heal Their Wounded Comrades.


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More Civilian Casualties Due to Shelling Attacks on Residential Areas in Damascus and Its Countryside
23 February 2018

Damascus/Daraa SANA-A civilian was killed and 50 others were injured on Friday due to shelling attacks by the armed groups on the residential neighborhoods of Damascus and its Countryside.

A source at Damascus Police Command said that one civilian was killed, 42 others were injured, some of them are in critical situation, and material damage was caused to public and private properties when the armed groups fired a rocket shell on Salaheddin area in Rukn Eddin neighborhood in Damascus.

Seven other civilians were injured due to attacks with shells on Bab Touma and Ish al-Warwar, the source said.

The armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta targeted al-Sheikh Raslan area in Bab Touma neighborhood with a mortar shell, injuring a civilian, according to the source.

Another shell was landed in Bab al-Salam area, causing only material damage.

The source added that massive material damage was caused to the Intensive Care Unit at the Medical Surgery Hospital in Baghdad Street in Damascus due to attack with a rocket shell by the armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta.

Earlier, the source told SANA that the armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta also fired mortar and rocket shells on the neighborhoods of Mezzeh 86, Barzeh, al-Joura, al-Qaboun, causing material damage to houses and properties.

A source at Damascus Countryside Police Command said that a number of shells landed in al-Assad residential suburb and its vicinity, causing only material damage to properties and infrastructure.

Three shells were landed on al-Homsi neighborhood in Jaramana city, causing only material damage, the source added.

SANA reporter said that units of the Syrian Arab Army have responded to the attacks by targeting the areas from which the shells were launched, inflicting losses upon the armed groups in personnel and weapons.

Material damage due to shelling attack on residential neighborhoods of Daraa

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One Civilian Killed, Others Injured in Turkish Shelling on Afrin
23 February 2018

Aleppo, SANA More civilians were killed and injured as the Turkish regime escalated its aggression on Afrin area.

Civil sources told SANA reporter that the Turkish regime forces on Thursday targeted with heavy artillery Jinderes town, killing one civilian and injuring three others, one of them in critical condition.

The sources added that the Turkish shelling caused severe material damage to public properties, crops and the houses of residents.

They stated that popular forces, in cooperation with civil committees, destroyed a Turkish military vehicle in Rajo area and clashed with other terrorist groups in the surrounding of Deir Sawwan village, inflicting severe losses upon their tanks in personnel and equipment.

The Turkish regime forces fired 15 artillery shells on the residential neighborhoods in Afrin city while the armed terrorist groups positioned in Samaan Castle targeted with 50 shells al-Ziyarah village, causing the injury of many civilians who were transported to the hospital in al-Zahra town in the northern countryside of Afrin.

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Turkish Regime Continues Aggression on Afrin Area, Targets Vehicles Loaded With Aid
23 February 2018

Aleppo, SANA- The Turkish regime forces and its mercenaries fired artillery shells on a convoy of vehicles loaded with aid and fuel and on civilianspassing cars on the road between Noubol and Afrin in northern countryside of Aleppo, killing one civilian and injuring at least 12 others.

SANAs reporter said that artillery of the Turkish forces on Thursday targeted with more than 50 shells a convoy of buses, civilians cars and trucks carrying aid and gas cylinders and fuel tanks near al-Ziyara village before they arrived in Afrin city.

The reporter added that the Turkish aggression claimed the lives of one civilian, injured 12 others and destroyed a number of cars, trucks and fuel tanks.

The injured civilians were taken to the hospitals in Afrin city and al-Zahraa town, the reporter said.



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Putin: Russian Forces Alongside Syrian Army Defeated Terrorist Organizations in Syria
Moscow, SANA-Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian forces participating in the task of combating terrorist organizations in Syria, in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Army, have succeeded in achieving victory over dangerous and massive terrorist organizations and eliminating them.

Putins remarks came during a ceremony on the occasion of Defender of the Fatherland Day.

The Russian President congratulated Russian servicemen on the occasion and thanked them for successes in fighting international terrorism in Syria as they have showed the courage and willingness to solve the most difficult tasks and worked courageously alongside the Syrian Army to defeat large well-equipped terrorist groups under real combat conditions.

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Lavrov: Terrorists in Eastern Ghouta Use Civilians as Human Shields
23 February 2018

Moscow, SANA Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the root of the problems in the Eastern Ghouta is the presence of Jabhat al-Nusra and groups affiliated to it which target the capital Damascus with shells, use civilians as human shields, and claim that humanitarian conditions are bad there.

In a press conference with his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov on Friday, Lavrov said that the terrorists use civilians in Eastern Ghouta as human shields in order to put the blame for any casualties on the Syrian Army and government and present them as parties that violate international humanitarian laws, adding that whoever wants to ensure the human rights of the civilians in Eastern Ghouta should put pressure on the terrorist organizations that exist there.

The Russian minister said that the US-led international coalition doesnt seem to fight Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in Syria, adding that al-Nusra is not being targeted. We still have no evidence that the US-led coalition considers the Nusra as a target for its military campaign.

Lavrov also noted that the so called White Helmets have repeatedly been caught falsifying information.

He pointed out that the proposed UN Security Council resolution on Syrias ceasefire (proposed by Kuwait and Sweden) doesnt guarantee that the terrorists will lay down their weapons, but at the same time, Moscow is ready to back the proposal.

In order to make this resolution effective and we are ready to agree on a document that will do so we propose a formula that will make the ceasefire real and based on the guarantees of the parties that are currently residing in East Ghouta; the guarantees should be backed by the external powers, including those who have influence over the extremist groups that entrenched themselves in the Damascus suburbs, the minister said.

Lavrov said that the Astana process remains the only barrier that prevents the United States from dividing Syria, noting that these plans, even though they are denied by the US, are being implemented by them east of the Euphrates....


Neo-fascist violence in Italy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

Italian Nazi shows no remorse for shooting at migrants

4 February 2018

Leftist politicians are blaming far-right for stirring up racism.

From U.S. News & World Report, about the election campaign in Italy:

Feb. 21, 2018, at 4:12 p.m.

On Tuesday, two men suffered knife wounds while affixing posters for a far-left party in central Italy

In Tuscany, the mayor of the town of Castelfiorentino said a swastika was scrawled on a monument honoring a young man hung by Italys Nazi occupiers in 1945. Mayor Alessio Falorni said there was an attempt in Italy to bring back to life dead ideologies, but in an insidious way, without citing them directly and by exploiting peoples anger.

Violence also erupted earlier in the campaign in central Italy when an Italian gunman wounded six Africans in a dr...


Time is Not on Yemens Side "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kathy Kelly: Video with transcript February 20, 2018.

Kathy Kelly, on Feb 15 2018, addresses NYs Stony Point Center outlining the history of peaceful resistance and U.S.-engineered catastrophe in Yemen. She has not as yet had opportunity to review the attached rough transcript.


So, thank you very much to Erin who apparently had asked the question What are we going to do about Yemen? and that was part of what generated our gathering here today; and Susan, thank you so much for inviting me to come and picking me up; to the Stony Point Center people, its a privilege to be here with you and certainly, likewise to all who have come, and to be with these colleagues.

I think the urgency of our gathering tonight is indicated by the words that Muhammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, spoke on a nationalized, televised speech in Saudi Arabia on May 2nd of 2017 when he said a prolonged war is in our interest regarding the war in Yemen. He said, Time is on our side regarding the war in Yemen.

And I see that as particularly urgent because its likely that the Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman, who is by all accounts the orchestrator of the Saudi-led coalitions involvement in prolonging the war in Yemen, is going to come to the United States in Britain they managed to push back his arrival there: there was such a strong movement, led by young Quakers, actually, in the UK and he probably will come to the United States and most certainly, if that trip happens, to New York, and I think that gives us an opportunity to say to him, and to all of the people focused on him, that time is not on the side of the civilians who suffer desperately; and their situation will be described much further throughout the course of our evening together.

Ive been asked to speak a bit about the war, the history of the war and the proxy wars and the causes. and, And I want to say most humbly to [] that I know that any child, in the Yemeni marketplace, selling peanuts on the corner, will always know more about the culture and the history of Yemen than I ever can. Something Ive learned over the years with Voices for Creative Nonviolence is that if we wait till were perfect well wait a very long time; so Ill just job in.

I think one place to start is with the Arab Spring. As it began to unfold in 2011 in Bahrain, at the Pearl Mosque, the Arab Spring was a very very courageous manifestation. Likewise in Yemen, and I mostly want to say that young people in Yemen risked their lives beautifully to rai...


Netanyahus Confidant Turns Against Him "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Netanyahus Confidant Turns Against Him, Makes Deal to Turn Over Evidence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Feb. 21. One of Netanyahu's closest confidants Shlomo Filber has turned state witness against him in a corruption probe. (Sebastian Scheiner / AP Photo)
Shlomo Filber, a confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been arrested in a corruption investigation and reached a deal with police on Tuesday to turn over evidence against Netanyahu in exchange for a lighter sentence. Under the deal, Filber, who formerly served as director general of the Communications Ministry under Netanyahu, will not serve jail time.
On Feb. 13, police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two corruption investigations. Five days later, police brought in eight suspects for questioning in another corruption probe. One was Filber; another was Shaul Elovitch, a friend of Netanyahus and chairman of Bezeq, Israels largest telecom company.
The Economist provides additional background:


For Some Reason, Being White Still Matters in America "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the wake of the August 2017 Neo-Nazi rally and counter-protest in Charlottesville, VA, the University of Virginias Center for Politics (with Reuters/Ipsos) conducted a survey that warned, some Americans express troubling racial attitudes even as majority oppose white supremacists.

Asking whether white people and/or racial minorities in the United States were under attack, it found the following:

+ 14 percent agreed that white people were under attack but disagreed with the statement that nonwhites were under attack.

+ 31 percent strongly or somewhat agreed that the country needed to protect and preserve its White European heritage.

+ 16 percent agreed that marriage should only be allowed between two people of the same race and 17 percent agreed that marriage should be restricted to the same race.

Since the nations founding four centuries ago, racial identity has played a key role in the countrys social, moral and political orders especially what it means to be white.  The first Africans land in the British colony of James Town (now Virginia) in 1619 and their status, either slave or indentured servant, remains somewhat a mystery.  Along with other early colonialists, whether Dutch in New Amsterdam or Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay, the world was divided between the white settler and the other, the darker-skinned Native peoples.  The forced importation of slaves from African and, later, African-American peoples only made the need for whiteness for some that much more important. Over the subsequent centuries the meaning of race, especially what was considered white, fundamentally changed.

So important was the issue of racial difference that it was memorialized in the Constitution, with male slaves granted only 3/5th a white males citizenship identity.  Thomas Jefferson fully embraced his whiteness in deed (i.e., ownership of slaves, fathering six children with his slave, Sally Hemings) and in word.  In Notes on the State of Virginia (1785), he argued:

I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind. It is not against experience to suppose, that different species of the same genus, or varieties of the sam...


Tinubus Letter: Oyegun meets Buhari "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari met with John Odigie-Oyegun, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Friday afternoon over the crisis rocking the party. Recall that Mr Tinubu had written a letter to Odigie-Oyegun accused the chairman of sabotaging the reconciliation assignment given to him by the president. Odigie-Oyegun arrived the presidential villa at 3 pm and []

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A Conversation with Andre Vltchek "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Andre Vltchek

This week I spoke with philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist Andre Vltchek. Vltchek has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are his tribute to The Great October Socialist Revolution, a revolutionary novel Aurora and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: Exposing Lies Of The Empire. His other books can be viewed here. Also be sure to watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky On Western Terrorism. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.

I spoke with him about his work and his thoughts on the current imperialist attack on independent media.


Danny Haiphong: Could you give readers a background of who you are and what influenced you to take the path of independent journalism and analysis?

Andre Vltchek: First of all, lately I do not define myself as a journalist. These days, journalism is synonymous with the oldest profession. I document the world, I inform people, and I propagate my political ideas. I dont believe in objective reporting it simply does not exist, and those who claim to be objective, like the BBC or The New York Times, are actually the most professional propagandists for the Western Empire. I may be a propagandist, too, but for the left, for internationalism. And I never hide who I am and...


Apc must be held responsible for the killings in Nigeria- Secondus "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should be held responsible for the killing of innocent Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen across the country. Addressing party members at the Finbarrs Road secretariat Umuahia, Secondus said at the beginning of a three-day working []

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Racism Is Literally Killing African-American Mothers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

At first glance, tennis star Serena Williams and the late activist Erica Garner dont have much in common. They lived different lives on different ends of the socioeconomic spectrum. But as black women in America, they both shared horrifying stories due to complications from childbirth. Our country spends more on health care than any other high-income country but still holds the worst record for maternal mortality in the developed world. This maternal health crisis is driven by the high rates of African-American women who die while pregnant or within one year of the end of a pregnancy. Black mothers die at three to four times the rate of white mothers due to pregnancy-related complications. While existing health disparities can add to the risk, one recent study found that racism is a major driver of the gap.


Israel and school violence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Of course, the New York Times account ignores the long record of Israeli bombing of schools in Lebanon and Palestine and the bombing by fighter jets of school children in refugee camps. Also, what about the targeting of Bahr Al-Baqar school in Egypt in April of 1970? That does not count as school violence for the New York Times?


Dapchi Girls: Hold Buhari responsible for abductionAccuses FG of lying to Nigerians "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians to hold President Muhammadu Buhari-led Presidency directly responsible for the abduction of schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state and several other atrocities committed by insurgents against citizens, particularly in the northern part of the country. PDP in a statement said the Buhari Presidency has put Nigerians at risk []

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Police arrest another gang member of Zenith Bank robbery "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Imo State Police Command has arrested a member of the four-man robbery gang that attacked a customer at Zenith Bank in Owerri, killing two policemen. The suspect, Chinomso Onwuegbuchulam, popularly known as Ogolo, was arrested at his hideout at Close 7 Mgbuakara, Eleparanwan in Rivers. The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Chris Ezike, []

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53 persons jailed for life for 2013 bombing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A  court in Turkey sentenced a man to 53 life sentences for a 2013 bombing which killed 53 people near the border with Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday. The bombing in Reyhanli was, at the time, the deadliest spillover of violence from Syria into Turkey. Five children were killed. The court case did []

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Ipokia Youth holds symposium on ICT entrepreneurship "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The annual Ipokia Youth symposium is set to hold this Saturday with issues about youth entrepreneurship in the Information Technology expected to dominate the discourse. According to a statement issued by the Chairman of the Central Organising Committee of the symposium, Mr. Ola Agbetokun, the theme of the event is Reconciling Ipokia Youth with []

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Woman dies in church after giving testimony "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A hairdresser died in the church immediately after giving testimonies before the congregation at Universal Church of God. The deceased, simply identified as Mpofu attended a church service at Bulawayo area of Zimbabwe where she gave a testimony thanking God for the wonders He had done in her life. According to reports by B-metro, Mpofu slumped immediately []

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Boy hires assassins to kill parents so he could inherit wealth "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 22-year-old man has been tricked by police into thinking that a hitman he hired had killed his family so that he could inherit their wealth. Detectives discovered a plot to kill his mother, father and 10-year-old sister in Sochi, Russia. He detailed how and where his family should be murdered, drawing up a floor []

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Dapchi Girls: Ortom identifies with Yobe govt over missing schoolgirls "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has identified with the government and people of Yobe State over the missing schoolgirls of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi. The governor expressed optimism that the schoolgirls will soon be found and reunited with their families. Governor Ortom, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase described the []

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Resurrection City Participant Considers Current Poor Peoples Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

My deeply moving experience was to see the Washington Mall filled with African-American and other activists living in poverty conditions. They were on the ground in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln. The cold rains and action turned the ground into deep mud. My memory is strong of the mud and walking on planks to the makeshift and somewhat dismal clinic. Now, many years later, the Poor Peoples Campaign is being resurrected. Another attempt is flinging itself at the government, the churches, and the entire American society -- still divided by class. Poverty has largely become normalized in America. The minds of most have become inured to inadequate food, housing and health care for millions of us. We certainly must have not only a national call, but also national change -- to be morally revived and eliminate systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation.


Governor circulates nude photos of lover for revenge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The governor of Missouri has been indicted and taken into custody for circulating photographs of his bound and partially nude lover, local media reported Thursday. Governor Eric Greitens was arrested Thursday afternoon on the first floor of Carnahan Courthouse in St Louis, according to an eyewitness report by a journalist from the St Louis Post-Dispatch. []

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Nigeria: 85-year-old Muslim cleric leads Muslim mob that demolishes church building "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Islamic law forbids Christians to build new churches. Thats the only law that Mudasiru Owoyale doubtless respects. What Nigerian law says is of no import to him; he considers that to be manmade law, vastly inferior to the supposedly divine law, Sharia. Muslim Cleric destroys N8.7m church building, arraigned, Vanguard, February 22, 2018 (thanks to []



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The Lebanese/Israeli Line In the Sand Is Drawn In the Water "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Gas fields: Enough reason for Israeli-Lebanese war?

While this gas field quarrel might not bring about the next Israeli war, the ever-increasing presence of Iran and its militias in the southern Syrian border with Israel does not bode well for Lebanon

Robert Frost, the famous American poet, concludes his poem Mending Walls with the assertion that good fences make good neighbors. While this might generally be the case, for both Lebanon and Israel, it seems that neither a fence nor border demarcation can keep these two nations from a recurrent conflict.

In the past, Israel has on many occasions attacked Lebanon due to the latters inability to prevent non-state actors, such as the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), and later Hezbollah, from launching attacks into its territories. The last such Israeli act was in July 2006, when the Israeli Ar...


Leaders pledge to end Kenya-Tanzania rift "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenyatta, center, wants to see trade ties with Tanzania revive and thrive once more following years of disputes [Xinhua]

Kenya and Tanzania are moving closer to resolving a years-long trade dispute that has disrupted the ease of business across their borders.

Earlier in February both Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli agreed to resolve all issues which have contributed to a trade dispute.

The two met at the East African Community (EAC) summit in Kampala, Uganda, which opens today.

The two hoped that trade between them on the one hand, and other East African nations, could thrive again.

In recent years, the two have accused each other of introducing unnecessary levies sometimes reaching more than 100 per cent. Kenya says this has left it with a competitive disadvantage in Tanzanian markets.

For its part, Tanzania says that its products go through a rigorous inspection regimen sometimes leading to three sets of verification thereby raising costs.

The two have also accused each other of putting barriers to each others companies to register as businesses.

The business rift between the two neighbors has impeded trade in EAC because the trade between them accounts for some 45 per cent of all goods traveling through the economic zone.

At one point, Kenyas exports fell by 60 per cent in 2017 due to the rift, the Kenyan National Bureau of Statistics said.

The EAC summit meets at a time when many member states have not done enough to fulfill their commitments to the grouping, the secretariat has said.

The Summit will look at ways to increase taxes on imports to the economic bloc, and finding alternative means of financing for business.

The BRIC Post with inputs from Agencies


This Island Nation Swapped Some Of Its Debt To Protect Its Oceans "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In an innovative financial arrangement, the Seychelles and the Nature Conservancy have found ways for developing countries to free up funds to protect their natural resources.

Almost a thousand miles off the coast of Kenya, the tiny African nation of Seychelleswhere most of the population lives on a group of islands with a total area roughly the size of Lincoln, Nebraskahas protected a piece of the Indian Ocean the size of the U.K. The new protected marine area, home to endangered sea turtles and coral reefs, is possible because of a unique financial deal that helped the country swap some of its debt for nature.

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Tiny Graphene Membrane Creates Supercharged Water Purification In One Simple Step "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Kevin Samson

Fresh water supplies continue to be assaulted on multiple fronts. Front page news at the moment is the unfolding disaster in Cape Town, South Africa which could be completely without water by June. According to some, this is as much the result of politics as it is the result of a three-year drought.

At the same time, clearly man-made disasters like the corporate hoarding of fresh water is on the rise. At the heart of this initiative to make water a commodity has been Nestle, whose former CEO clearly stated that water supplies should be privatized and that the right to fresh, clean water is not an essential human right. One look at how this is manifesting in Mexico at the moment should make it clear who gets most severely penalized for this policy.

Moreover, it is estimated that nearly 1/3 of the planets population is directly threatened by unclean water. Finding a solution to this ongoing plague should be of paramount importance; it is for this reason that I have repeatedly focused on novel new ways that we can take back control over our water supply and ensure that it is as clean as possible (see here and here).

A new filtering technique might just hold the largest promise yet for being able to access even large bodies of water across the planet that have become terribly polluted. Australias Syndney Harbour is one such place. Comprising more than 10,000 acres at depths of up to 35 feet, the Harbour is so polluted that scientists saw it as the perfect challenge to test their research.

The system that scientists at CSIRO have created is called Graphair, named after the microscopic graphene film that developers say will stop pollutants completely in a single step, as opposed to the m...



Without the North, Nigeria and Nigerians would be reduced to nonentities. In 2005, Goldman Sachs Investment Bank forecast that Nigeria More


Crises in APC: Tinubu writes Buhari, accuses Odigie-Oyegun of sabotage. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tinubu made the allegation in a letter written to the president, vice-president, senate president and speaker of the house of More


Parents stone governor's convoy over Boko Haram kidnap "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The confusion following a Boko Haram attack on a girls' college in Nigeria's Yobe state continued yesterday as angry residents attacked the state governor.


Prof. Ango Abdullahi is the new leader of NEF "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Northern Elders Forum appoints new leaders, condemns insecurity in the country A meeting was held by the Northern Elders More


REVEALED: How British spy chief courted Gaddafi on secret visit to Libya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Documents presented in court also reveal how MI6 defined British Muslims as a potential security threat


Dubai accuses Djibouti of illegally seizing key Africa port "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


A Djibouti policeman stands guard during the opening ceremony of Dubai-based port operator DP Worlds Doraleh container terminal in Djibouti port February 7, 2009. (Reuters)
DUBAI: Dubai has said it is seeking international arbitration against Djibouti after the Horn of Africa nation terminated its concession at a key port that is the main transit route to landlocked Ethiopia.
The emirate said the Djiboutian governments termination Thursday of the 50-year concession it granted to Dubai-owned DP World to operate the Doraleh container terminal in 2006 was illegal.
Announcing its decision on Thursday, Djiboutis transport ministry said that it was merely implementing a law adopted in November last year that sets a legal framework allowing for the renegotiation, if necessary, of contracts already concluded dealing with the management or exploitation of strategic infrastructure.
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In the current case, the contract of concession for Doraleh container terminal contains elements that are in flagrant contravention of state sovereignty and the higher interests of the nation, it said.
But Dubai countered that the Djiboutian legislation flew in the face of international law, as repeatedly upheld by arbitration tribunals.
The illegal s...


Books as resistance! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Our friends at the Hargeysa Cultural Center in Somaliland are organizing the 11th Hargeysa International Book Fair.


One killed as protest rocks Plateau College "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A student of the College of Education, Gindiri in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State lost his life yesterday while property believed to worth millions of naira were destroyed during a protest. Reacting to the protest, the management shut down academic activities indefinitely. The students had embarked on a protest to demand the release []

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Restored Republic via a GCR as of Feb. 23, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Feb. 23 2018

Compiled 12:36 am EDT 23 Feb. 2018 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery; Author, "Twenty Two Faces,"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

A. Feb. 22 2018 The Big Call, Bruce: Thebigcall.net712-770-4016 pin123456#

1.This could go real soon, maybe before the weekend.

2. The new CEO for HSBC Bank John Flint, who started today, was considered a "good" guy as compared to the one they recently let go this week.

3. Prosperity Packages went out for three days beginning today Feb. 22 and would also be sent out on Feb. 23 and 24.

4. Zimbabwe has to get their currency up and going real soon because of their debt due to two nations by Feb. 28. Their debt to other nations has been forgiven.

5. Our US Treasury sources say it would happen real soon.

6. Our Zim redemption center contacts had to go dark.

7. Canada may be using 800 numbers for the three banks in addition to a central call center 800 number for all of Canada.

8. There were two 800#s for the US with the dividing line being the Mississippi River.

9. Use the 800#s to get the better screen rates at HSBC banks (HSBC and Wells Fargo), which would be better screen rates than found at the Tier 1 banks.

B. Feb. 22 2018 9:27 pm...


Nigerias fish deficit hits 2.2m tons "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Despite smuggling and abuse of import quota restrictions, Nigeria is currently facing 2.1 million tons of fish deficit. The Director of Federal Department of Fishery (FDF), Muazu Mohammed, said this in a chat with New Telegraph in Lagos. He said that the country still depends on one million tons of fish annually as against []

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After Inflicting Machete Cuts On Wife, Man Kill Self With Same Weapon (PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS FEBRUARY 23RD (URHOBOTODAY)-A middle aged man whose identity has not be established on Monday reportedly inflicted severe machete cut on his wife, then allegedly killed himself with same machete in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
A veteran journalist, Alicia Dominic Okobi who posted the development on her Facebook page, purportedly described how the incident happened.
Below is her account of the incident.
This is Evangelist Mrs Promise lying down critically at the intensive care unit of the Federal Medical Centre Asaba.
Her husband inflicted these injuries on her with a machete on Monday evening.


UBUNTU FESTIVAL - Change of Venue "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For reasons beyond our control, we had to move the UBUNTU FESTIVAL to a new venue. The Mbombela Stadium Complex in Nelspruit (Mbombela) is famous for its unique architecture of giant giraffes holding up the walls of the oval. It is also home to the Mpumalanga show and very suitable to handle our event in the beautiful grounds around the stadium - while we utilise the hospitality facilities in


ONE SMALL TOWN Update from Mayor Ron Higgins "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mayor Higgins gives an inspiring outline of his implementation of the UBUNTU ONE SMALL TOWN plan of action - and how CONTRIBUTIONISM will open the way for full self-sustainability. Click the link to listen to the radio interview and be inspired - Share this with your mayor - and let them contact me for a way forward to implement it in your community.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Al-Jaafari: Endangering Lives of 8 Million Civilians in Damascus to Protect Terrorists in Eastern Ghouta is Unacceptable
22 February 2018

New York, SANA Syrias Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that endangering the lives of 8 million civilians in Damascus in order to protect terrorists in Eastern Ghouta is unacceptable act.

Al-Jaafari made his remarks during a UN Security Council meeting held on Thursday to discuss the situation in Syria.

He added that the draft resolution submitted by Kuwait and Sweden to the UN Security Council was not coordinated with the Syrian delegation which is a big shame.

The Syrian diplomat noted that terrorist groups situated in the Eastern Ghouta and designated as terrorist organizations by the UN Security Council have been targeting Damascus with hundreds of rocket and mortar shells on a daily basis, causing the death and injury of dozens of civilians.

He said that those terrorist organizations control humanitarian aid convoys which enter the Eastern Ghouta, distribute them on their members and arrest anyone who protests their practices.

The US-led coalition has moved from the proxy war against Syria to the direct aggression on it in order to achieve what the terrorists failed to achieve, al-Jaafari added.

He noted that the United Nations continues to turn blind eyes and deaf ears to the Israeli occupations repeated attacks on the Syrian territory within the framework of its support to the terrorist groups, not to mention overlooking the US-led international coalitions crimes including the complete destruction of Raqqa city under pretext of fighting Daesh terrorist organization and ignoring the Turkish aggression on Afrin area.

Al-Jaafari said the aforementioned facts stress that this international organization suffers a professional and ethical crisis through adopting the stances of states which support terrorism in Syria and denying the right of the Syrian government to defend its citizens.



Hospital imprisons nursing mothers, babies over bills "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Partner abandons teenage mother at facility   I do not have money to pay. Besides, the loss of the baby is depressing for me. I even begged them to consider my dead baby and empathise with me by reducing the bill, but they rejected all the appeals Mrs. Funmulayo Adegboye, a petty trader   []

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Tinubu to Oyegun: You are frustrating APCs reconciliation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) assumed a new twist yesterday as the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, accused the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun of frustrating the reconciliation effort initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari. Tinubu, who heads the APC National Reconciliation Committee, made the claim in a letter he []

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Initiation: Cultists gang-raped us for days Schoolgirls "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Some schoolgirls in Lagos yesterday recanted their ordeal while being forcibly initiated into cultism by cult members who are their schoolmates. One of the victims, who identified herself simply as Alaka, said that one of the cult boys, Dare, took her and her friend, Suliat, to join his group. Dare took me away from school []

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Missing schoolgirls: Parents weep as angry youths attack govs convoy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Govt denies Armys rescue EU condemns abduction Geidam: Were still searching for missing girls   Parents and guardians of the missing schoolgirls in Government Girls Technical College Dapchi, Yobe, broke into tears when Governor Ibrahim Gaidam visited them without saying a word on the whereabouts of the girls. Parents and guardians of the missing []

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Nollywood stars in Gods Vineyard "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Call them legends of Nollywood and you are stating the obvious. At various point in the evolution of the industry, they ruled the screen. Today, many of them now work for God. TONY OKUYEME, LANRE ODUKOYA and ADEDAYO ODULAJA profile these star actors   ZACK ORJI It is not for nothing that Zack Orji is []

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N650m campaign funds: EFCC rejects Akinjides settlement offer "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has rejected an offer for an out-of-court settlement by a former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Ms. Jumoke Akinjide, and two others on trial over alleged N650 million fraud. Akinjide was, on January 16, re-arraigned by the anti-graft agency alongside Senator Ayo Adeseun and one []

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Give me time to think about 2019, Buhari tells APC govs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will soon address Nigerians on his plans towards the 2019 general elections. Buhari, yesterday, told governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to give him more time on the 2019 election. The President has been under pressure from various political groups, including a group []

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Council of State okays $1bn to boost agriculture "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jonathan, IBB, Shagari, Shonekan absent at meeting   The National Council of State (NCS) yesterday endorsed a decision by the Federal Government to inject fresh $1 billion (about N360 billion) into the agricultural sector for increased economic activities and promotion of livestock farming. Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State disclosed this while briefing State House []

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Night shifts increase diabetes risk "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Scientists said working night shifts may have adverse effects on blood sugar levels, thereby increasing the risk of diabetes. According to a new report which was published online in the journal Diabetes Care, working nights shifts less than three times a month increased the risk of developing diabetes by 24 per cent, but working nights []

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Teenage survivor: How my mother and I escaped being killed by herdsmen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An 18-year-old lady, Hannah Toweh, has narrated how a herdsman entered her familys farm and laid an ambush for her and her mother, Mrs. Patricia Toweh, at the Ofunwengbe community in Ovioa South-West Local Government Area of Edo State. Hannah, who spoke from her hospital bed, said that the herdsman attacked them with a machete []

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Neanderthals were painting and decorating at least 20,000 years before humans arrived "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Paintings found in Spanish caves have been found to be at least 68,000 years old, meaning they were made 20,000 years before the entry of modern humans into Europe. The artists, therefore, say a team led by Dirk Hoffmann from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, were Neanderthals. The paintings - located in caves called La Pasiega, Maltravieso, and Ardales - are the subject of a paper published in the journal Science. Hoffman is also lead author of a second study, published in the journal Science Advances, analysing a collection of 120,000-year-old painted and perforated seashells found in another Spanish location, called Cueva de los Aviones. Dating evidence reveals that the artefacts, like the paintings, were fashioned many millennia before the arrival of Homo sapiens, meaning that they, too, were the work of Neanderthals. Hoffman and colleagues note that similar finds in Africa, attributed to modern humans, have been uncontroversially accepted as proxies for symbolic behaviour. With only a few contested exceptions, symbols - artefacts and paintings, for instance - have not previously been discovered in Europe dating to any earlier than about 45,000 years ago. Thus, it has been assumed that symbolic thought and language were the exclusive province of humanity.


How Kenyas Lagnet Theatre is taking on Aids, pollution and injustice "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With an emphasis on outreach and education, Lagnet Theatre has been staging works to inform its Kenyan community for almost 20 years, focusing on teen pregnancy and HIV.


Rehashing the Failed APC Propaganda Machine: The Daily Trust Misadventure. By Simeon Nwakaudu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the run up to the 2015 General Elections, the All Progressive Congress (APC) hired a vicious media propaganda team More



The Devil is most successful amongst people who believe he does not exist. That is the situation around this debate More


RDC : le militant de la cause des Pygmes, Jean-Franois Mombia, retenu Roissy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

22 Feb 2018 | Jeune AfriqueAprs avoir frapp la porte des banques de dveloppement europennes pour dfendre la cause des Pygmes, le militant congolais a t expuls vers le Sngal


Mara de Jess Patricio and the CIG: What Was Achieved "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

R. Ada Hernndez Castillo On February 19 the time period for registration of independent candidates to the Presidency of the Republic ended. Only three independent candidates attained registration, all three with daily expenses equal or greater than those of the partisan candidates. Mara de Jess Patricio, spokesperson of the Indigenous Government Council (CIG), did not...


Conference of the Libyan Tribes and Cities Confirm Commitment to Saif Qaddafi, National Reconciliation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The General Conference of the Libyan tribes and cities confirmed its commitment to Dr. Saif al-Islam Qaddafi to lead the national reconciliation and lead the country to safety. In a statement, the conference called for all the free and honorable parties to join ranks in order to liberate the country from the proxy militias, which...


Burma: Scores of Rohingya Villages Bulldozed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

New Satellite Images Show Destruction Indicating Obstruction of Justice Satellite imagery shows at least 28 Rohingya villages have been leveled between December and February. However, reports produced by some human rights groups place the figure at 55. Time series animation of satellite imagery capturing the demolition of multiple villages in Maungdaw township between January 8...

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Cyril Ramaphosa: We will accelerate our land redistribution program "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

According to reports in the South African media, Ramaphosa said that the policy of land expropriation of land without compensation was taken by the ANC at its 54th Congress, where he was elected ANC President.

We will accelerate our land redistribution program not only to redress a grave historical injustice, but also to bring more producers into the agricultural sector and to make more land available for cultivation, Ramaphosa said during his maiden State of the Nation Address in Parliament last Friday.

We will pursue a comprehensive approach that makes effective use of all the mechanisms at our disposal. Guided by the resolutions of the 54th National Conference of the governing party, this approach will include the expropriation of land without compensation, he said.

He said the policy would work to ensure that the land is returned to those from whom it was taken under colonialism and apartheid.

He also called on financial institutions to help mobilize resources to a...


Saudi-occupied south Yemen, hell on earth "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This July 2017 video is called Yemen: The Destroyed city of Aden.

Today, Dutch NOS TV reports about Belgian journalism student Katya Bohdan.

She went to Yemen to study the bloody war in that country.

Translated from the NOS report:

She ended up in Aden for a week at the end of January. Beforehand, people had told her that she would not find anything interesting there, because the port city was supposedly safe and protected by the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

Nothing was less true. Large parts of the city have not yet recovered from heavy bombing in 2015. There is no infrastructure and garbage is everywhere which is no longer being collected.

Most hospitals are closed and the fire brigade has also been closed down. The city is very sad indeed, very baffling to see that.

So, it turns out that the crown prince of the Saudi absolute monarchy, His Royal Highness Mohammad Bin Salman, the instigator of the lethal invasion of Yemen, prefers spending his riches on playing at being King Louis XIV in...


More than 100 girls missing after Boko Haram school attack "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

More than 100 girls were missing on Wednesday, two days after a Boko Haram attack on their school in northeast Nigeria that has raised fears of a repeat of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping that shocked the world.

Islamist militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening. Locals initially said the girls and their teachers fled.

But fears have been growing about the whereabouts of the students, and one schoolgirl who escaped said it was likely they were taken by Boko Haram fighters.

We have every reason to suspect that they were taken away by the attackers, said Aisha Yusuf Abdullahi, 16, who returned to her home in Yobes commercial hub, Potiskum.

Anxious parents and guardians converged on the school on Wednesday to demand answers, with conflicting figures as to how many girls were missing.

The Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam said over 50 remained unaccounted for while the police commissioner of the state said 111 were still missing.

Eight hundred and fifteen students returned to the school and w...


BOOK RELEASE: The Cocoa Coast: The Board-Managed Cocoa Sector in Ghana "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Feb 22, 2018 Press Release BOOK RELEASE: The Cocoa Coast: The Board-Managed Cocoa Sector in Ghana New analysis on the success driving Ghana's Board-managed cocoa sector From 2000 to 2010/11 Ghana doubled cocoa production to become second largest producer in the world Between 2005 and 2012, poverty incidence dropped more among cocoa-households than


Britain warns of Islamic State attacks in South Africa after couple kidnapped - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Britain warns of Islamic State attacks in South Africa after couple kidnappedThomson Reuters FoundationJOHANNESBURG, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Britain has warned of a threat of attacks by Islamists on foreigners in South Africa after two British nationals were kidnapped in a small town there, but South African police said they had no evidence militants were ...and more 


The Strategic Challenge for the Latin American Left "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rafael Correa After the long and sad neoliberal night of the 1990s which broke entire nations like Ecuador and since Hugo Chvez won the Presidency of the Republic of Venezuela at the end of 1998, the rightist governments of the continent began to be overthrown like houses of cards, bringing popular governments aligned...


Burkina Fasos Citizen Movement Fighting for Democratization of Their Political System "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dawn News Le Balai Citoyen which means the citizen broom in English is a civil society movement founded on August 25, 2013 with The vision of making Burkina Faso a fair and honest society in a democratic state of law and with the mission to Constitute a force of proposals and pressure for social change...


Marichuy: If I dont attain the candidacy, the struggle will continue. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Marichuy speaks at rally to collect signatures. Blanche Petrich Mara de Jess Patricio Martnez, Marichuy, who aspires to an independent candidacy to the Presidency, and five council women from different ethnicities on the Indigenous Government Council-National Indigenous Congress recognized that if at the end of the deadline the National Electoral Institute (INE, its initials in...

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