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Friday, 19 October

18:44

Women blast Macron for claiming educated ladies won't choose large family "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Emmanuel Macron has attracted the anger of moms across the globe after suggesting that no educated woman would want up to nine children. Take a look, Monsieur President, at all the multi-children mothers with university degrees! The French leader seems unable to get away from the topic of large families. A year ago, he was bashed on social media for saying that Africa's main problem is "seven, eight children per woman." The 40-year old 'tried his luck' again in late September, when he spoke about women and fertility in Africa at the Gates Foundation's Goalkeepers Summit. "Please present me the lady who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight, nine children," he said to the audience. Comment: Macron is just revealing his ignorance borne from a life influenced by feminist ideology. While Macron's main point was that parenthood should be a choice, many women across the globe considered the statement offensive. The campaign is surprisingly only now gaining strength in...

17:52

Go Away "Sir" Bob Geldof "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

And take Bono with you!

"Sir" Bob Geldof is one of those people who should not be revered.  He is a false idol.  
He deserves no idealization. No special status. And is certainly in no position to judge anyone.. since he cannot live up to the standards he measures others by himself.


"Putin and Erdogan, Trump and Xi Jinping all these people are not leaders, they are gang bosses," said Mr Geldof. "Their authority comes through force and fear."
"As individuals, they may survive as the gang boss, but ultimately, their system will fail because it can never give to the people that which all individual people need and crave which is freedom," he said.

Where does Sir Bob's authority come from? It comes from perception management applied on a massive scale. He's a packaged product to push a specific agenda. Period.

Bob Geldoff- Venture Capitalist/Global Profiteer/ Enterprising Investor

Bob Geldof has a sales pitch for Africa

Africa is a unique opportunity because it is a blank slate. A lack of investment left what Geldof terms corkers, firms poised to take off once they get capital.

Although the continents status as the resource mother lode of the planet is important, he stressed that the extractive industries only account for a quarter of the economy.

Agriculture is the basis of all the total African economy across the board. Not resources. 

Agriculture. Agriculture is the growth area, Geldof said.

He's not talkin' feeding the starving. He's talking making profits.

Let's recall Bob Geldoff the arms buyer? He had to have known, despite, his denials. There is NO WAY he did not!

...

17:13

Israels New Zero Tolerance Policy Towards Gaza Protesters Denounced as Deeply Alarming "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ahead of Great March of Return protests slated to continue at the fenced border of the Gaza Strip on Friday, Amnesty International condemned Israels reported zero tolerance policy toward such demonstrations, warning it likely will lead to more bloodshed after more than six months of confrontations during which Israeli forces have killed more than 150 Palestinians and injured thousands more.

Given Israeli forces horrific track record of using deadly force against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, as well as journalists, medics, and others, the announcement of a zero tolerance policy is deeply alarming, declared Saleh Higazi, deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

Noting that Israel has repeatedly used lethal force unnecessarily and excessively against unarmed protesters in shameless violation of international law, Higazi emphasized that there are serious fears that this policy will further sanction the use of deadly force against unarmed protesters during todays demonstrations, and that Israeli forces will be given carte blanche authorization to carry out large-scale, unlawful killings escalating the bloodshed.

While the details of the policy have not yet been publicly disclosed, Higazi called on world leaders to pressure the Israeli government to scale back its response to the ongoing protests of the decades-long Israeli occupation and 11-year blockade of Gaza. He concluded, It is now time the international community shows zero tolerance towards Israels flagrant contempt for Palestinian lives and disregard for its obligations under international law.

Since the series of weekly demonstrations began on March 30, foreign leaders and human rights advocates have fiercely denounced the Israeli government for authorizing the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to use live ammunition on unarmed protesters and demanded an immediate end to the blockade that Israel and Egypt have imposed since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007.

Hagai El-Ad of the Israeli human rights group BTsalem addressed the United Nations Security Council on Thursday to call for international action against Israels treatment of Palestinians, and appeared on Democracy Now! Friday morning to discuss...

16:51

Four years jail for police racism whistleblowing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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

How the FBI uses the Freedom of Information Act to track down whistleblowers

The FBI used a Freedom of Information Act request to track down a news organizations source. Late last month, the FBI arrested Terry James Albury, a longtime agent in its Minneapolis field office.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

A former FBI agent has been sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for leaking confidential documents to the press. During the trial he said that he wanted to focus attention on racism in the police service, but according to the court, that is no excuse.

39-year-old Terry James Albury leaked more than seventy documents to the press. Fifty of them were confidential. Eg, to a news site he gave a document describing how the FBI judges secret informants.

Ethnic profiling

According to his lawyers, the black man was acting according to his conscience because he felt that the FBI had profiled ethnically in the fight against terrorism. The lawyers therefore wanted him to get a suspended sentence only.

[Albury:] I wanted to do the right thing and never had the intention to endanger anyone.

National security

...

16:38

How South Africas Shack Dwellers Movement Is Fighting BackAnd GrowingDespite Waves Of Repression "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In one of few appearances since he was forced to go underground, Sbu Zikode, a founder and leader of the Shack Dwellers Movement of South Africa (Abahlali baseMjondolo), spoke at the Peoples Forum in New York this month. This is not his first time in hidinghe has faced threats and attempts on his life throughout the yearsand many leaders of his movement have been assassinated. In New York, Sbu spoke of the struggle of his people and how they are moving forward in the face of brutal repression. How, in his words, they are not only living but marching forward in the shadows of death despite frequent raids, evictions, and assassinations. Despite what he faces at homeviolence, separation from his family and his community, betrayal by his comradesSbu is calm, collected and kind.

16:24

South African city to begin confiscating privately owned land from white citizens in national test case "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Local authorities in the South African city of Ekurhuleni are set to begin expropriating privately owned land, without paying for it, as part of a national test case for the country's controversial land reform program. The city council approved an "expropriation without compensation" bill that had been pushed by ruling African National Congress (ANC) earlier this year, the Associated Press reports. Nearly 600,000 of the four million people living in the city are reportedly stuck in an awful housing crisis due to the shortage of lands for building new homes. The land crunch is forcing people to stay in "informal settlements." "Our policy is not to take the land by force," Ekurhuleni's Executive Mayor Mzwandile Masina told the agency. "Our policy is to make sure the land is shared amongst those that need it."

13:29

Somalias e-commerce businesses are rising against all odds "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Somalia is experiencing a strong rise in digital businesses, with local entrepreneurs transforming the way people shop.

13:14

Where armed groups rule "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Over 230,000 people fled their homes in the Central African Republic in the first half of 2018, says Eric Batonon, country director of the Norwegian refugee Council,

12:04

BUHARI SHOULDNT HAVE BEEN ELECTED IN THE FIRST INSTANCE. By M. G Adejumo. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Clear and Present Danger of power going back to the North because they simply believe they own Nigeria, and More

11:02

Federal Judge "Shocked" To Find Obama State Dept Lied To Protect Hillary From Email Server Lawsuits "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The noose appears to be tightening further around the law-less behaviors of the Obama administration in their frantic efforts to protect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from lawsuits seeking information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server and her handling of the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
 

As Fox News reports, the transparency group Judicial Watch initially sued the State Department in 2014, seeking information about the response to the Benghazi attack after the government didn't respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Other parallel lawsuits by Judicial Watch are probing issues like Clinton's server, whose...

10:23

DR Congo communities gain legal rights to forests "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mongabay

  • Provincial authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have approved forest concessions for five communities.
  • Following the implementation of a new community forest strategy in June, this is the first time the government has given communities control of forests.
  • Sustainable use of the forest is seen by conservation and development organizations as a way to both combat rural poverty and fight deforestation.

Five communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the more than 10,000 residents who call them home, now have legal control of the forests on which they depend.

This month, government officials in DRCs Equateur province signed off on applications by communities to manage sections of the countrys forests, covering about 300 square kilometers (116 square miles).

A forest official from Equateur province presents community forest documents to the residents of the village of Bosende, DRC. Image courtesy of RFUK.

If community forestry in DRC is to succeed, it must be done by and for communities themselves, Julien Mathe, director of the NGO Group dAction pour Sauver lHomme et son Environnement (GASHE), said in a sta...

09:58

The Silk Route will pass through Jordan, Egypt and Israel "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After the Daesh attack on the city of Palmyra, China renounced the traditional silk route (Bagdad, Palmyra, Damas-Tiro). An alternative trail had been envisaged, no longer across Syria but Turkey. This has also been abandoned. During antiquity there was also a secondary route through Petra (Jordan) and Alexandra (Egypt). In the final analysis, the new Silk route should pass through Jordan then bifurcate with one branch leading to Egypt and the other in the direction of Israel. The path (...)

09:54

Kuwait calls on Turkey to set up a military base on Kuwaiti territory "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The recent voyage to Kuwait of Saudi Crown Prince, Mohamed ben Salmane, has deeply troubled Kuwait's leaders. During his visit, the Crown Prince proposed establishing borders between the two countries by annexing oil fields (Khafji and Wafra) which have barely been exploited. This is exactly the same line he took with Yemen, before exploding it with a war. Concerned lest he upset the Saudi Kingdom, the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah, well reputed for following the (...)

07:57

Israel, Gaza brace for Friday protests as region lurches between war and calm "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Strips Hamas rulers said to be attempting to tamp down on weekly border riots, after Jerusalem says it will step up response to renewed violence following Wednesday rocket attack

Palestinian protestors place their national flag on a metal structure during a demonstration on the beach near the maritime border with Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip, on October 8, 2018. ( Said KHATIB / AFP)
Palestinian protestors place their national flag on a metal structure during a demonstration on the beach near the maritime border with Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip, on October 8, 2018. ( Said KHATIB / AFP)

Israel and Gaza were girding for a possible return to violence Friday, amid fears that renewed border protests could push the sides back to the brink of war after a brief violent flareup days earlier.

Israeli troops were readying for weekly border protests Friday that have turned deadly in the past, with the day being seen as a key test in whether the sides can continue negotiating a long-term ceasefire deal as part of an Egyptian-led effort.

Israel has demanded an end to the weekly confrontations, as well as the frequent launches of incendiary balloons into Israeli territory.

Daoud Shehab, a member of the organizing committee of the marches, said officials were encouraging protesters to stay away from the border fence. But he said he was not sure to what extent they would succeed in restraining the public mood.

There will be attempts to prevent them from approaching the fence. There might be a reduction of balloons, he said. We hope there will be no human losses tomorrow. We are giving a chance to the Egyptian efforts.

According to reports, Egypt had warned Hamas that renewed protests would bring a heavy Israeli response.

On Thursday, Israels top-level security cabinet instructed the army to take a wait-and-see approach to allow mediation eff...

06:14

Musical Interlude: Rudi en Corlea, "Drome" "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rudi en Corlea, "Drome"
South Africans Rudi Claare and Corlea Botha, singing in Afrikaans.

Astoundingly beautiful harmony...

06:01

The Greek Dark Age & Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You mentioned that the environment was the primary cause of the Greek Dark age between the Heroic and Hellenistic periods. Can you elaborate on that at all?

Thank you. They do not seem to connect the dots as you say in school

MG

ANSWER: What is most interesting is the fact that they do not connect the dots which are so glaring for that period of time. The Bronze Age Collapse was a Dark-Age in the Near East, Asia Minor, Aegean region, North Africa, Caucasus, Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. This encapsulated the transition from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age, which was violent, sudden, and a major setback for civilization as a whole. We seem to focus on the fall of Rome, but not the catastrophic collapse of the Bronze Age.

The political economy of city-states that dominated the Aegean region and Anatolia region (Modern Turkey), simply disintegrated much like Rome whereby people abandoned cities and formed small isolated village during the Greek Dark Age. This takes place about 51.6 years following the cultural collapse of the Mycenaean kingdoms, of the Kassite dynasty of Babylonia, of the Hittite Empire in Anatolia and the Levant, and of the Egyptian Empire. We also see the political-economic destruction of Ugarit and the Amorite states in the Levant. Over in the Luwian states of western Asia Minor, we also see a collapse in civilization. There was also a period of tremendous political-economic chaos in Canaan (Israel). This wholesale collapse of...

06:00

There Is No Proxy War in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Those in the Western media too busy to be bothered trying to understand the complexities, intricacies and nuances of the Middle East often resort to concluding nearly all conflicts there are some kind of "proxy war" between Saudi Arabia and Iran. This is usually out of ignorance, reducing disputes to the lowest common dominator of Continue reading "There Is No Proxy War in Yemen"

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06:00

Bernie Sanders Has Heard Enough: 'We Cannot Have an Ally Who Murders a Dissident in Cold Blood' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

While the fact remains that the United States has long had and maintained such alliesstaunchly defending them from international rebuke and shielding them from prosecutionSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says the alleged murder and brutal dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by his own Saudi government and ongoing war crimes in Yemen should be the final straws in allowing the powerful Gulf monarchy to claim the U.S. as a friend and partner.

05:59

Security Chiefs on 2019: Politicians storing weapons, planning post-poll violence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

NASS stands down Electoral Bill consideration   The National Security Council has raised security concerns over post-election violence and stockpiling of weapons by desperate politicians across the country ahead of the 2019 general elections. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday held a closed-door meeting with the Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and Service Chiefs to []

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05:58

Anguish, pains of ex-Nigeria Airways workers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

When crying endures for a night, joy comes in the morning, is a popular maxim usually quoted by religious leaders. This aptly describes the situation of hundreds of former workers of the Nigeria Airways, once the pride of the nations aviation. Many of the former workers, now slowed down by age and sicknesses, narrated their []

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05:56

We cant pay new minimum wage Govs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

NLC: You dont have a choice   Even as the Federal Government is trying to smoothen the rough edges and resolve the controversy surrounding the demand by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) for an increase in the minimum wage for civil servants, the state governors said they lack the capacity to implement it. The governors, []

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05:55

Panic as APC submits candidates list to INEC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ribadu, Abe, Usani, Utomi, Uzodinma lose guber appeals APC, PDP send Buhari, Atiku, others names to commission     There was palpable tension at the national headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday as aspirants for the Senate and House of Representatives elections stormed the secretariat to have a knowledge of the outcome of []

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05:53

CBN plans N6bn capital for mortgage guarantee firms "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Promoters seeking licence to operate Mortgage Guarantee Companies (MGC) recently introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) should have a minimum capital of N6 billion, the apex bank has proposed. The banking watchdog is also proposing that such promoters should pay a non-refundable licensing fee of N1million as well as a non-refundable application fee []

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05:52

2019: FG reduces budget size from N9.1trn to N8.6trn "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

          targets N7.9trn revenue Debt servicing to gulp N2.15trn The Federal Government is proposing a smaller budget size of N8.6 trillion for 2019 fiscal year compared with 2018 figure of N9.1 trillion. It also envisaged a total revenue projection of N7.9 trillion, reductions in both borrowing and deficit financing, going by provisions contained in 2019- []

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05:51

Zaki-Biam: Policeman, three civilians killed in fresh attack "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mobile policeman kidnapped, checkpoint burnt It was like a war situation yesterday in Zaki- Biam, the commercial nerve centre of Sankera in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State when gunmen killed a policeman and three others at Tse-Ajondo, a mechanic site and Tse- Uvia. It was learnt that the gunmen also abducted another mobile []

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05:50

Eating fish help keep you healthy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Scientists have said that certain fats found in seafood may help keep consumers be healthy for years to come. According to the findings of a study published in the British Medical |Journal (BMJ), higher blood levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids healthy fats found in foods such as fish, nuts, leafy greens and vegetable []

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05:49

EFCC arrests Abia Finance Ministry officials "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We wont shield any official Govt   The Economic and Financial Crimes Commis s i o n (EFCC) has arrested some senior officials of the Abia State Ministry of Finance over allegations of corruption and abuse of office. They were taken to the Port Harcourt office of the commission. The officials were picked following []

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05:44

Senate: Peace returns as senators sheathe sword "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

CHUKWU DAVID reports on the bickering between All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators over the leadership of the Senate and the sudden rapprochement among the warring lawmakers in the apex chamber on resumption     The Senate was very convulsive in the last week of July and the first week []

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05:06

Oche Drags APC, INEC, Ogboru To Court, Calls For Nullification Of Gov Primary "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ochei


LAGOS OCTOBER 19TH (NEWSRANGERS)Erstwhile Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Ochei, on Thursday, asked the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to nullify the governorship primary election of the All Progressive Congress, APC, conducted in the state.
Aside the APC, other Defendants in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1085/ 2018, were the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the declared winner of the primary poll, Chief Great Ogboru.
The Plaintiff, through his lawyer Mr. Ahmed Rahi, SAN, prayed the court to declare that the APC gubernatorial primary election that held on September 30, was illegal and unlawful on the ground that delegates not known to law were used for the exercise.
He averred that the high court had in a judgment that was delivered by Justice Anwuri Chikere on June 19, authenticated a list of delegates of APC in Delta state. He alleged that the national leadership of the Party sidelined the said list during the primary election. The former Speaker told the court that contrary to the judgment, the APC leadership, used unknown delegates for the primary poll.
Consequently, he urged the court to nullify the purported primary election for being unlawful, unjust and deliberately carried out in disregard of subsisting judicial directive.
The Plaintiff equally prayed the court for an order compelling the APC to immediately conduct a fresh pr...

04:46

Delta Lawmakers Beg Okowa To Intervene In The Closure Of Osubi Airport "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS OCTOBER 19TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Delta State House of Assembly, yesterday, enjoined the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to urge the Federal Ministry of Transport to prevail on the National Airspace Management Agency to restore air traffic services at the Osubi Airport.
Moving the motion under motion on notice during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr.Sheriff Oborevwori which was seconded by Mrs. Orezi Esievo, the member representing Ughelli South constituency, Mr. Reuben Izeze said the withdrawal of air traffic services since September 3, this year has brought untold hardship to the people of the state.
Izeze said though the issue of airport management was under the exclusive legislative list the primary purpose of government as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended was the welfare and security of the people.

04:30

ZimBollar: A guide to Zimbabwes black market "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An anonymous Twitter account is providing information and pricing on Zimbabwe's alternative market, that has sprung up in response to the country's new quasi currency.

03:30

Thank you, Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Vladimir Golstein Thank you, Saudi Arabia for exposing the utter hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of British and American gangsta press and equally gangsta establishment. Youve been at it for a very long time. And it seems that finally youve got it right. When you chopped the heads of your own dissidents or women raped by your spoiled brats, the western media and its politicians said they respect your traditions. When you treated your own women like shit, forcing them to be dressed as Halloween ghosts during the hottest days of summer, the west said that it is our moral duty to accept diverse cultures. When you decimated civilians in Yemen, the west looked another way and sold you more arms to decimate more people in Yemen. When you sponsored all kinds of violent thugs all over Balkans, Middle East, Europe and Africa, and encouraged them to take over giant patches of land, the west looked the other way, as long as the oil was flowing. Finally, some of your sexually repressed thugs flew the

02:31

Edo N-Power, Google train 3,000 beneficiaries on digital skills "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

No fewer than 3,000 beneficiaries of the Federal Governments Social Investment Programme (SIP) have undergone digital skills training, aimed at broadening their skill sets and equip them with expertise to explore opportunities in the nations booming digital economy. Addressing newsmen in Benin City, the Focal Person of Edo State Social Investment Programme, Miss Osayuwamen Aladeshelu, []

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02:28

Meet Pterpan, the man behind Owu-Ite-Love "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Music is about to be re-defined as Pterpan Tribes of Unity makes a bold statement with his new album, Owu-Ite-Love, an eight-tracker that has got the music industry talking in recent times. With tracks like Why I love U, Kwakiri-Na-Dance, Owu- Ite-love, Nwa Aba, Knack-Dbeat, Koro Ama, Kpomo Obe and Sister Ekaete, the songs reflect []

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02:26

Firm gets top employer certification award "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The British American Tobacco (BAT) has been certified as one of the best companies to work for in Africa by the globally-recognised Top Employers Institute at a certification dinner held in South Africa recently. The giant tobacco company got the recognition as a top employer in Nigeria and six other African countries, namely South Africa, []

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02:26

Again, Delta Assembly suspends member "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Delta State House of Assembly yesterday suspended a member representing Burutu II Constituency in the House, Hon. Kennedy Daubry, for three months. This came barely 24 hours after Governor Ifeanyi Okowa presented a budget proposal of N367,095,083,451.00 for the 2019n fiscal year to the Assembly, which he tagged: A Budget of Sustained Economic Development. []

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02:25

DPR fines three filling stations N1m for hiking fuel price "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed off three filling stations in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State for selling petroleum product at N150 per litre, against the government approved pump price of N145 per litre. DPR Controller of Operations, Bassey Nkanga, who led the team monitoring sale of fuel in the []

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02:23

Olamide signs rapper, Yomi Blaze, into YBNL "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerian rapper, Olamide, seems to be raising a new army for his YBNL imprint as he yet again signs another artiste under 24 hours. Less than a day after he announced the signing viral internet rap sensation Picazo_Rhap the YBNL boss has signed another artiste named Yomiblaze_ Ika. Yomi Blaze, an upcoming street hop artiste, []

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02:22

2019: Restructuring to determine Gani Adams choice of candidate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, has stressed the importance of restructuring to national development, saying the choice of a Presidential candidate to support ahead of the 2019 general election would be determined by the candidates belief in restructuring and the will to make it a reality. Adams, who spoke at his []

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02:18

Wheelchair tennis: 15 new coaches trained ahead ranking tourney "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

No fewer than fifteen prospective coaches were put through the rudiments of wheelchair tennis coaching as the 2018 national ranking tournament began Wednesday at the National Stadium, Lagos. The participants included eight players who are at the twilights of their careers and are set to make a transition into coaching. Among the wheelchair tennis players []

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02:17

10 African teams at FIVB world tourney "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Africa will earn 10 places in the next years FIVB Age Group World Championships following the results of the African competitions this year. In the Boys U-19 World Championship, Tunisia will be the hosts and will be joined by Nigeria the African champions and Egypt the runner up. In the Girls U-18 World Championship Egypt []

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02:16

Falz announces 2Baba , Phyno collaboration "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Last year, 2Babas Annual Buckwyld n Breathless concert which held in Lagos was described as an unforgettable experience by the attendees. But this year, 2baba has boasted that the last show was a childs play compared to what he and his team are lining up for this years edition. And Yes! We take him for []

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01:31

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe: Minister Explains Wheat Shortage
Southern Times -- Oct 18, 2018
Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter

At  least 980 National Railways of Zimbabwe wagons had been loaded with wheat as of yesterday and most of them were now docked at millers as Government moves to ease the shortage of the cereal grain, a Cabinet minister has said.

In an interview yesterday, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza said most of the wagons were already at the millers and National Foods Limited.

The shortage of wheat has seen bread disappearing from shops, a situation which has seen its price soaring particularly on the black market.

Minister Matiza said Government dispatched NRZ wagons to Mozambique to expedite wheat delivery after coaches from that country broke down.

The commodity is available. Some of the wheat is already at Beira while we have also supplied National Foods and the Grain Millers Association. We have been supplying them quite efficiently and we are committed to continue doing that to ensure wheat availability in the country. We have stocks in Beira, said Minister Matiza.

Currently, there are 198 wagons so far as of yesterday. What was happening was that the Mozambican side experienced some breakdowns and they are repairing their wagons. We intervened to solve the problem. Actually we had to send our railway coaches to Machipanda Border Post to assist the Mozambican side to bring the wheat straight to Harare. Obviously, there was a minor snag. As we speak now, our coaches are at National Foods and Grain Millers (Association), so we are trying our best to ensure that there is continued supply of wheat by engaging our counterparts in Mozambique, said Minister Matiza.

Last week GMAZ chairman Mr Tafadzwa Musarara said they  had started receiving the 30 000 tonnes of wheat imported recently and millers who had temporarily closed shop due to the unavailability of the cereal were now expected to resume operations.

The wheat was secured by GMAZ on an instalment prepayment arrangement.

The wheat landed at Beira, Mozambique, recently.

It was released af...

01:20

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Exodus from Angola Sparks DRC Disaster
Southern Times
Oct 17, 2018
By JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC

A NEW humanitarian crisis has engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after Angola expelled thousands of Congolese miners from the neighbouring country.

It is estimated some 200 000 Congolese have arrived in the Kasai region after the order by the Angolan government came to effect on Monday.

There have been reports of violent clashes in some areas of Angola as law enforcement agents have attempted to enforce the leave order.

Babar Baloch, spokesperson of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), expressed concern at the impeding catastrophe.

We have heard complaints of violence, including sexual violence and harassment, bodily frisking and theft of belongings, at the hands of security forces on both sides of the border, he said.

Baloch disclosed hundreds of Congolese that were on their way to seek refuge in Angola had been returned back home having been caught up in the mass movement.

The refugee agency is appealing to the governments of Angola and the DRC to work together to ensure a safe and orderly population movement.

Baloch said mass expulsions were contrary to obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

He thus asked both governments to respect the human rights of those affected.

Without such cooperation the returns could easily create a humanitarian crisis in the already fragile Kasai region, Baloch added.

Angola currently hosts some 68 000 refugees and asylum-seekers, primarily from DRC.

The Internal Organisation for Migration (IOM) said among those expelled were unaccompanied minors, pregnant and breastfeeding women.

We are particularly concerned about the well-being of these groups, said Emery Kianga, IOM Operations Officer in DRC.

CAJ News

01:16

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Southern Africa Unfazed As SADC Forges Economic Ties With China, Russia, EU
Southern Times -- Oct 16, 2018
By Timo Shihepo

Windhoek - The deliberate paradigm shift by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) from the West, especially the United States to China in the east seems to have gained traction after it came to light that the regional bloc has chosen not to enter into trade agreements with the US.

According to a SADC Secretariat document seen by The Southern Times, the 16-member regional bloc has regional trade agreements with China, Russia and the European Union (EU) but none with the US.

Information shows that the SADC Council of Ministers meeting held in August 2017 in South Africa, recommended that the regional heads of state and government sign into force an agreement between SADC and Russia in the area of military and technical cooperation.

At the same meeting, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Mauritius recommended that the SADC Secretariat make alterations to the draft framework agreement on economic trade, investment and technical cooperation between SADC and China before finalisation.

The SADC Secretariat submitted these changes to China for final consideration. Both the Russia cooperation agreement and the China framework agreement were signed into force in July 2018.

The Southern Times is also reliably informed that the SADC Secretariat has asked China to construct a regional logistics depot. China is yet to respond to that request.

China has been cementing its influence in the region and the African continent as a whole.

The region seems to be shifting its economic partnership towards the East, boosted by Chinas U$60 billion pledge to Africas development in 2015 that was renewed earlier in September 2018. And the SADC heads of state and government seem content to shift the paradigm to China.

No one can stand in the way or obstruct sovereign African countries from travelling to China to meet our all-weather friend, who has pledged to walk with us through thick and thin, down the path to economic development and prosperity, SADC chairperson and Namibias president, Dr Hage Geingob, said recently.

The US go...

01:08

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Drought Looms for Namibia: Report
Xinhua| 2018-10-18 17:09:17
Editor: Shi Yinglun

WINDHOEK, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- A consensus report produced by the Southern African Climate Change Outlook Forum (SARCOF) Thursday revealed that Namibia is facing another drought in the forthcoming agricultural season.

"The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will receive normal to below normal rainfall in the 2018-2019 farming season," the Consensus report said.

Other countries predicted to be affected by the drought calamity are Zimbabwe and Zambia, according to SARCOF. They will also be affected by the persistent El Nino phenomenon which has influenced the Southern African Region for past few years.

The report also said the SADC region should brace of the difficult conditions and derive averting measures to reduce impact of the drought on food. 

00:58

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Namibia: Foreign Firm Fails to Find Offshore Oil
17.10.2018 at 19h21
by APA News

The Atlantic margins focused oil and gas exploration company, Chariot Oil & Gas has announced disappointing results of the well on the Central Blocks licence offshore Namibia. As the operator, Chariot has 65 percent stakes in the Prospect S Well together with Azinam 20 percent, Namibia national company, NAMCOR 10 percent and Ignitus 5 percent.

The company said in a statement seen by APA on Wednesday that the well has been safely drilled to a total measured depth of 4,165m to test the stacked targets in Prospect S.

The well penetrated the anticipated turbidite reservoir sands, in line with the pre-drill prognosis, however the reservoirs were water-bearing, Chariot said.

The data collected will be used to calibrate the existing data sets to understand the implications of the well results on the prospectivity of the surrounding area.

Chariot CEO Larry Bottomley commented that Whilst very disappointing that we have not established a hydrocarbon accumulation in the prospect, we have learnt valuable information about the reservoir potential of these turbidite systems which form the primary targets across many of the prospects within the Central Blocks portfolio.

We will further evaluate the extensive data gathered in the well to understand the implications for the Central blocks portfolio.

Chariot has shown that it is capable of safely and efficiently operating a deepwater well, delivering the operation within a short timeframe to capture the optimum point of the cost cycle.

He added: With all license commitments now met across the entire portfolio, the Company is fully-funded to progress our assets in Morocco and Brazil whilst remaining vigilant to other value accretive opportunities.

The well that was drilled by the Ocean Rig Poseidon drillship will be plugged and abandoned, said the company.

00:51

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

African Union Calls for Peace Talks in Comoros
Business Ghana

The African Union has called for an urgent resumption of peace talks in Comoros where a political crisis has turned violent.

At least two people are reported to have been killed during clashes between security forces and armed opposition protesters on the island of Anjouan.

The Chair of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, called on politicians to put the interest of the country above all other considerations.

The crisis began with July's constitutional referendum which ended the rotation of the presidency between the three main islands of the Comoros.

The opposition boycotted the vote which they saw as an illegal power grab by President Azali Assoumani - who can now run for office again. Mr Assoumani ruled Comoros in 1999 to 2002 and again from 2002 to 2006.His third stint began in May 2016

00:45

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Statement By the Chairperson of the Commission On the Situation in Comoros
Anjouan, Comoros.
PRESS RELEASE

Addis Ababa, 16 October 2018: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, deplores the suspension, since 2 October 2018, of the inter-Comorian dialogue, which began on 14 September 2018 under the facilitation of the African Union High Representative Ramtane Lamamra. He notes the deterioration of the political environment as a result of certain measures, particularly the lifting, on 3 October 2018, of the parliamentary immunity of three opposition members, some of whom were part of the opposition delegation to the inter-Comorian dialogue. He emphasizes, once again, the urgent need for confidence-building measures to facilitate the resolution of the crisis and to preserve the gains achieved in terms of reconciliation and stability.

Against this backdrop, the Chairperson of the Commission is following with concern the ongoing developments in the autonomous island of Anjouan. He urges all parties to exercise utmost restraint and to refrain from any action likely to heighten the current tension.

The Chairperson of the Commission stresses the need for the rapid resumption of the inter-Comorian dialogue and its conduct in a spirit of inclusivity, sincerity and good faith. He urges all Comorian political stakeholders to put the interest of their country above all other considerations, and reiterates the commitment of the African Union to accompany the Comoros to overcome the current challenges.

00:40

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

GUNFIRE IN COMOROS AS GOVERNMENT TIGHTENS CRACKDOWN
Tensions in the Indian Ocean archipelago have flared in recent months as President Azali Assoumanis bids to extend term limits.

Azali Assoumani, the president of the Union of Comoros. Picture: United Nations Photo.

AFP

MUTSAMUDU - Comoros security forces intensified their crackdown against anti-government rebels on the island of Anjouan on Thursday, with witnesses reporting heavy gunfire on the fourth day of clashes.

Tensions in the Indian Ocean archipelago have flared in recent months as President Azali Assoumanis bids to extend term limits through planned constitutional changes that could see him rule for 11 more years.

Assoumani won a referendum in July which allows him to push through reforms that include scrapping a rotation of the presidency between the countrys three main islands after one term.

Anjouan island, which had been due to take up the next presidency, is a stronghold of the opposition Juwa party that has accused Assoumani of becoming a dictator.

We heard big explosions last night and also a lot of shooting this morning, French expatriate Anais Greusard told AFP.

The difficulties seem to be concentrated in the centre of Mutsamudu, the main city, she said, with some people fleeing their homes in the most dangerous streets.

Mutsamudus medina with its narrow, intersecting alleyways has become the epicentre of the fighting with security forces surrounding the rebel stronghold.

Traffic outside the city centre was moving normally and the islands airport appeared to be open, witnesses said.

Another resident living close to Mutsamudu said gunfire had continued into the early hours of Thursday in the most intense flare-up since the clashes began.

WERE WITHOUT EVERYTHING

Witnesses described water and power cuts in the medina and some surrounding areas, but traffic was circulating normally elsewhere in the city.

Were without everything - but mostly water. The lack of water is unsustainable. Its been four days since we had water, a local woman living near...

00:35

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Comoros President Calls Election Amid Island Nation Violence
By Faiza Soule Youssouf  and Kamlesh Bhuckory
Bloomberg
October 15, 2018, 12:41 PM EDT

Comoros President Azali Assoumani called elections for next year as violence erupted on one of its main islands following a controversial referendum.

The Indian Ocean archipelago has been buffeted by political instability since Assoumani won a vote in July that extended presidential term limits and abolished a system of rotating power between the three main islands. The opposition says the plebiscite was illegal, because Assoumani suspended the Constitutional Court before the vote was held, and has urged the African Union to intervene.

Elections that were due to be held by July will take place in the first quarter of 2019, Assoumani said in a speech at an Organisation internationale de la Francophonie summit in Armenia over the weekend.

I appeal to the support of the OIF, its member states as well as partner institutions so that together, we ensure that this process is a successful one, he said.

Violence erupted on the autonomous island of Anjouan earlier on Monday, with gunshots ringing out in the capital, Mutsamudu, from before dawn, Agence France-Presse reported. It didnt say what sparked the violence. A curfew has been put in place in response, Mohamed Daoudou, minister of the interior, said in a video broadcast on Facebook.

Daoudou accused Anjouan governor Salami Abdou of stoking an operation of destabilization on the island. Salami didnt immediately respond to calls and messages to his mobile phone seeking comments.

Comoros, with about 800,000 people and a $617 million economy, has had more than 20 coups or attempts at seizing power since it gained independence from France in 1975.

00:25

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Water, Power Supplies Cut Off on Strife-torn Comoros Island -Residents
Ali Amir Ahmed

MORONI (Reuters) - Comoros authorities have cut off water and power supplies in the capital city of Anjouan province as part of efforts to quell unrest against constitutional changes to extend presidential term limits, residents said on Thursday.

Anjouan has been rattled by clashes pitting soldiers against protesters angry at President Azali Assoumanis plans to end a rotating tenure in his post in a way critics say could leave the small island permanently excluded from power in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation.

On Wednesday, government officials said soldiers shot dead two people and wounded four after violence broke out in the Anjouan capital Mutsumudu between masked men and the military.

They have cut water and electricity. (But) the hooded protesters are not the ones suffering, it is the population which have been taken like hostages, a resident of Mutsumudu told Reuters.

If this continues, we risk starving to death. We are praying that it ends quickly, added the woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Officials at the Interior Ministry could not be reached for comment on the reported power and water outages.

Another witness - a university student - said Mutsumudu was shelled by the military throughout Wednesday.

Since yesterday evening, Mutsamudu has had no respite. There was an exchange of fire - they even shelled the city, the student said, adding that his pregnant sister had to walk for hours to reach hospital due to the violence.

Interior Minister Mohamed Daoud blamed what he called insurgents for the violence: We do not wish for this to happen and we will do all we can to stop further damage.

In August, Assoumani - who is from the largest island, Grande Comore - said a June referendum had approved the extension of presidential term limits and an end to the rotating presidency. The opposition called the referendum illegal.

Assoumani plans to compete in presidential polls in early 2019. That would deny Anjouan its turn to occupy the presidency from 2021, as would have happened under the previous system that rotated the...

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23:03

'Shocked' federal judge says State Department provided 'clearly false' statements to frustrate requests for Clinton docs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In a combative exchange at a hearing Friday in Washington, D.C., a federal judge unabashedly accused career State Department officials of lying and signing "clearly false" affidavits to derail a series of lawsuits seeking information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server and her handling of the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth also said he was "shocked" and "dumbfounded" when he learned that FBI had granted immunity to former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills during its investigation into the use of Clinton's server, according to a court transcript of his remarks. "I had myself found that Cheryl Mills had committed perjury and lied under oath in a published opinion I had issued in a Judicial Watch case where I found her unworthy of belief, and I was quite shocked to find out she had been given immunity in - by the Justice Department in the Hillary Clinton email case," Lamberth...

22:28

Canada brings Venezuela to International Criminal Court "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:31

RV/Intelligence Alert: "Heat" -- October 18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Operation Disclosure

RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT - October 18, 2018


(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on intelligence leaks received from several sources which may or may not accurate. Other confirmed sources may also be included in this overview.)


The stock market is on course to implode as planned.


https://inteldinarchronicles.blogspot.com/2018/10/dow-drops-more-than-250-points-in.html


Once the stock markets implodes and the old fiat financial system is broken, the QFS will be brought in and GESARA announced to minimize the impact of public chaos during the transition.


During the transition phase, a private worldwide redemption event (RV) will take place.


This redemption event will allow the opportunity for individuals holding exotic currencies to privately redeem for revalued rates under the QFS.


The redemption event will cause an influx of humanitarians essential to aiding humanity during the transition to implementation of the QFS and GESARA.


Zimbabwe will be the main benefactor of the redemption event and ultimately humanity as the country holds the raw assets required for the QFS to function for future generations.


The timing of the stock market implosion is currently unknown as there is an on-going purge operation on the Cabal that is currently in progress.


The US Federal Reserve and Saudi Arabia are currently in the spotlight for purging and are beginning to feel the heat.


https://inteldinarchronicles.blogspot.com/2018/10/trumps-attacks-on-federal-reserve-could.html


https://inteldinarchronicles.blogspot.com/2018/10/treasury-secretary-mnuchin-drops-out-of.html

...

20:49

Trump and murderous Saudi prince, musical parody "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 18 October 2018 music video from Britain is a parody of The Sound of Silence, by Simon and Garfunkel.

It says about itself:

Salman & Trumpfunkel Saud of Silence

Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman join forces on this poignant duet.

LYRICS: Salman: Hello Donald, my ally
Trumpfunkle: So great to be here, Saudi guy
Salman: Id like to buy more of your weapons
So we can go and use them in Yemen
But theres just one thing that I need you to help me with
Trumpfunkle: Sure, what is it?
Salman: I need a vow of silence

You see, I killed this journalist
Because I just couldnt resist
Trumpfunkle: Oh yeah, you know I really hate those guys
They write fake news about my Russia ties
Salman: Then we agree dissentShould be muscularly suppressed
Dont need free press
I need a Saud of silence

Trumpfunkle: Hey Saudi guy, Ive got a plan
To force regime change in Iran
Salman...

20:27

Re-Education Through Labour: Chinas Uighur Internment Camps "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The government didnt give up on me. It has actively saved and assisted me, giving me free food, accommodation and education. In China they call it a political camp but really it was a prison in the mountainsIn the end, all the officials had one key point. The greatness of the Chinese Communist Party, the Continue reading "Re-Education Through Labour: Chinas Uighur Internment Camps"

19:50

Boko Haram: Hauwas killing avoidable Actionaid "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ActionAid Nigeria, a humanitarian non-governmental organisation, has described the killing of Hauwa Mohammed Liman, an aid worker with a hospital supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as avoidable, and called on the Federal Government to ensure that all abducted civilians are released promptly and unharmed. A statement issued by the organisation []

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19:20

Another Front in Saudi War: Kingdom Deports Yemeni Workers to Face Starvation at Home "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

SANAA, YEMEN Fifty-year-old Ali al-Za`ali grew up in Yemens Hajjah province. Around 30 years ago at the tender age of 20, al-Za`ali left Yemen, even then one of the most poverty-stricken countries on earth, to seek opportunity in neighboring oil-rich Saudi Arabia.  There he sent his modest earnings back to family members in Yemen. Al-Za`ali told Mint Press:

Before I was expelled from Saudi Arabia, I used to provide for my parents and my brothers families. Today, I cant even provide for myself.

This past August, al-Za`ali was rounded up in a Saudi government effort to locate and deport Saudis of Yemeni descent from the Kingdom. Now, after 30 years of life in Saudi Arabia, hes struggling to get by in Sanaa, with no prospects for employment and living in a country decimated by a three-year Saudi-led war.

Al-Za`ali is one of more than 700,000 Yemenis who, along with their families, are struggling to survive after recently being expelled from the Saudi Kingdom. Last year, Saudi Arabia, under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, rolled out a new Saudization policy in which Yemenis were forced to pay residency fees or face deportation, pricing out millions who came to the Kingdom from neighboring states seeking a better life in the wealthy Gulf monarchy. Many of them were born in Saudi Arabia, the children or grandchildren of migrants from Yemen. Unable to secure Saudi citizenship, owing to a policy that reserves citizenship for those of Saudi descent, most were unable to attend school and were denied any form of government aid, including healthcare. Experts estimate that at least two million Yemenis remain in Saudi Arabia and are at risk of deportation.

Saudi authorities say that Yemenis make up the majority of migrants in Saudi Arabia around 77 percent, followed by Ethiopians at 22 percent. On March 29, 2017, Saudi officials set a three-month deadline Saudi residents of Yemeni descent to leave the Kingdom or risk fines and other legal measures, a policy that echoes Israels controversial policy towards migrants and refugees, which has drawn the ire of activists and human-rights groups alike. At 100 Saudi riyals a month, or $27 U.S. dollars, the fees are often out of reach for migrant workers. By the time fees reach 400 riyals in 2020, few will be able to afford them.

Fifty-year-old Saud Ba Mutlaq was born in Saudi Arabia; his father migrated to the Kingdom and it is the only country he has ever known.  Ba Mutlaq told ...

19:18

EFCC doesnt have any evidence to prosecute Fayose Aide "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been accused of keeping the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose in detention just to satisfy the powers that be since it lacked the required evidence to prosecute him. Fayoses Media Aide, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement issued on Thursday that it was []

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19:12

BREAKING: Benue boils again as gunmen kill policeman three others in fresh attack "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zaki-Biam, the commercial nerve centre of the people of Sankera in Ukum local government area of Benue state witnessed heavy tension as armed gunmen attacked Tse-Ajondo, mechanic site and Tse-Uvia in the town leaving a policeman and three others dead. New Telegraph gathered that the gunmen also allegedly abducted another Mobile Policeman on special duty []

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19:02

NHIS board suspends Executive Secretary, Yusuf "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, has been suspended by the governing council of the NHIS indefinitely. This is coming Eight months after being reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhari. The chairperson of the NHIS governing council, Ifenne Enyanatu, read out the resolution of the council to journalists after a []

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19:02

Fayose: Magu didnt say no big deal if death occurs EFCC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has distanced its Acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, from an audio conversation it said was circulating online. The EFCC said in the audio recording, Magu is heard purportedly boasting that nothing will happen, if detained former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, died in the Commissions custody. []

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18:15

Reps suspend work on electoral act amendment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Contrary to expectations, the House of Representatives stood down consideration of the electoral act no. 6, of 2010 at the committee of the whole. Recall that the House had in the committee of the whole presided over by Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yussuff Sulaimon Lasun on Wednesday stop the consideration of the bill at clause 27 []

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18:06

JUST IN: Buhari meets security chiefs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with the nations security chiefs. The meeting was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Some of those who attended the meeting with the President are the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali; National Security Adviser, Babangana Monguno; Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of []

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18:02

Tambuwal names 25 new commissioners "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, on Thursday, forwarded 25 names to the state Assembly for confirmation as commissioners. The appointments came three months after the governor dissolved the executive council. Tambuwal, in a letter dated October 18 and read at plenary said, I am pleased to forward to the House nomination for appointment as commissioners []

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18:01

JUST IN: Two Reps dump APC, as PDP loses one "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The gale of defection in the House of Representatives returned as three members of the lower chamber changed party platform. While two members dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), one member left the PDP for Zenith Labour Party (ZLP). Chairman of the House committee on rules and business, []

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17:34

JUST IN: FG to prune 2019 budget to N8.6 trillion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The federal government is proposing a smaller budget size of N8. 6 trillion for 2019 fiscal year compared to 2018 budget figure of N9.1 trillion. It also envisaged a total revenue projection of N7.9 trillion, reductions in both borrowing and deficit financing going by provisions contained in 2019- 2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework/ Fiscal Strategy []

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17:29

Freedom Rider: Jamal Khashoggi And U.S. Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The disappearance and presumed murder of Jamal Khashoggi puts the corrupt relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States in high relief. The two countries have been partners in crime over many years. Together they used jihadist proxies to make wars in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria that furthered U.S. interests. The brutal Saudi attack on neighboring Yemen could not happen without U.S. diplomatic and logistical support. The Donald Trump presidency has brought the two even closer. The relationship is now a true love affair complete with personal dealings between Saudi royals and the Trumps. Khashoggi was a member of a prominent Saudi family with strong ties to the royal house. His uncle, Adnan Khashoggi, was an arms dealer involved in the Iran-Contra and BCCI scandals.

17:14

Ben Rhodes finally acknowledges we were wrong on support for Saudi war in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ben Rhodes, the foreign policy wunderkind under President Obama, recently published a book on foreign policy with the bracing-realist title, The World As It Is, and hardly mentioned U.S. support for the war on Yemen, leaving out mass starvation, war crimes, even Saudi Arabia. Rhodess three Yemen references were all to al Qaedas presence.

Then two weeks ago the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and is now presumed murdered, and like so many others in the foreign policy establishment, Rhodes has taken the opportunity to attack Donald Trumps embrace of Saudi Arabia in a piece in the Atlantic titled, The Abandonment of American Leadership, (October 12).

Rhodes is now far more forthcoming than he was in his book about Obamas policy in Yemen. Obama tried to restrain Saudi Arabias war on Yemen, Rhodes says, but all that restraint then disappeared under Trump; and in hindsight, the Obama administration was wrong to have trusted the Saudis.

Rhodes also finally acknowledges the high price Yemeni civilians have paid for U.S. policy. Some excerpts:

MbSs [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salmans] first foray into foreign policy as defense minister was a war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemena war that seemed to have no clear objective other than confronting an Iranian-supported faction. Repeatedly, the Obama administration had to put restrictions on the weapons we provided in support of this effort or apply diplomatic pressure on the Saudis and Emiratis to show restraint, as the war escalated and civilian casualties continued to mount.

What followed [under Trump, following his trip to Saudi Arabia] was the full expression of all of the policies that had been sources of tension under Obama. In the absence of any U.S. pressure related to the conduct of the war in Yemen, the conflict escalated, and a humanitarian crisis spiraled out of control with no political endgame in sight

Looking at the increasing death toll in Yemen [in 2017, Khashoggi] argued that the longer this cruel war lasts in Yemen, the more permanent the damage will be.

[S]o we are seeing, once more, what happens when the worlds oldest democracy abandons its role of promoting democratic values around the globe

Heres Rhodess conclusion:

In hindsight, we were wrong to think that cautious and at times conditional support for the war in Yemen would influenc...

16:48

Seven years later: On the anniversary of Gaddafi's death, Libya defined by chaos and corruption "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The seventh anniversary of the killing of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on October 20, 2011 provides us with an opportunity to reassess those dramatic events which caused a major step backwards in the country's development. With the fall of its leader, the country's power hierarchy collapsed, leading to the disintegration of both government authorities and the armed forces. The "triumph of the February 17th Revolution and the fall of the dictatorship" was initially greeted with euphoria, but this mood was not enough to prevent the country from falling apart. The victors, who had seized power with the support of NATO and an unlikely coalition of various armed groups, were unable to prevent the country's descent into chaos. That coalition split apart in 2014, and the country has effectively been split in two ever since. There are now two opposed "territories", one headed by Tripoli in the west of Libya, the other headed by Tobruk, in the east. Each has its own government,...

16:19

Why UAE's Mohammed bin Zayed cancelled his Paris visit "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mounting pressure on Saudi Arabia over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi might account for Mohammed bin Zayed's decision to cancel Paris visit

15:57

United States peace movement interrupts Iran war hawks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 18 October 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Code Pink Brilliantly Shuts Down Iran War Peddlers

Medea Benjamin of Code Pink hijacks the Hudson Institutes Pro Iran War presentation and spits an amazing amount of truth out while being manhandled.

15:45

Peace train in Morocco teaches Youth to become advocates for peace and tolerance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981, the International Day of Peaceor Peace Daywas declared to commemorate the need to strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.Youth for Peace, based in Morocco, has been a proud partner of International Day of Peace since 2004, sponsoring the Peace []

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15:38

We Cant Pay New Minimum Wage Governors "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Even as the Federal Government is trying to smoothen the rough edges and resolve the controversy surrounding the demand by the Nigeria Labour Congresses (NLC) for an increase in the minimum wage for civil servants, the state governors said they lack the capacity to implement it. The governors who met in Abuja on Wednesday under []

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15:32

Is Africa starting to choke on Chinas lending glut? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It was a time for smiles and handshakes as the delegations from Sierra Leone and China Exim Bank sealed a loan to provide the impoverished West African state with a new airport.

Just months later, the much-trumpeted Mamamah International Airport scheme, estimated to cost $400 million (347 million euros), has gone up in smoke.

Sierra Leones new government has scrapped the contract, bluntly declaring it uneconomical. Instead it will use an existing, underused airport and improve access to it.

AFP | Construction work on the Chinese-built Maputo-Katembe Bridge, linking the two sides of the bay of Mozambiques capital. The three-kilometer, $725-million structure, scheduled to open this year, will be Africas longest suspension bridge

The decision coincides with concern internationally about Africas mounting debts with China fears that are sometimes voiced by individual Africans, but rarely their governments.

We need Chinese development, but not at the expense of our unborn children who will be paying the debts, said Hassan Dumbuya, a taxi driver using a partly-completed Chinese-built toll road between Freetown and Masiaka.

So is Sierra Leones U-turn on the airport the dawn of an African revolt against Chinese-funded projects?

Not so fast, say analysts.

Its not a revolt because African countries cannot revolt they are seeking finance, said Ivorian political analyst Jean Alabro in Abidjan.

Michael Kottoh, managing partner at Konfidants, an international consultancy firm, explained that the airport cancellation had a limited, local, context.

True, it could be seen as yet more evidence that many African governments are rushing to grab Chinese deals without seeking serious transaction advice to guide their negotiations, he told AFP.

That said, this particular airport project cancellation is more about local politics and less about any major policy shift on China by the new government.

During the campaign for presidential elections in March, opposition champion and eventual victor Julius Maada Bio blasted Chinese-funded schemes as a sham that yielded no economic and development benefits.

In this light, scrapping the airport may simply be a prelude to deals with China which align with Bios electoral promises, Kottoh told AFP.

The countrys China portfolio mix will merely change; the portfolio itself will not shrink significantly, said Kottoh. It might even increase in size and value in the long run.

China is likely...

15:30

FIFA appoints 24 match officials for Club World Cup UAE 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Referees Committee of world football governing body FIFA has picked 24 match officials who will be in charge at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup scheduled for the UAE. Six refereeing trios, one from each confederation, will officiate the matches. Mehdi Abid Charef of Algeria was picked as the lone centre referee from Africa, []

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15:16

INEC to upgrade ICT systems for 2019 elections Official "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mr Toba Ayeni, System Analyst, Department of ICT/Voters Registry, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ado-Ekiti, says the commission is working on new technologies to guarantee the conduct of credible elections in 2019. Ayeni, in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Thursday, said that the technological innovations being adopted by the []

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15:16

New York Times defends Saudi killer regime "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 30 November 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Mehdi Hasan Rips Thomas Friedmans Nauseating Column in NYT Praising Saudi Arabias Crown Prince

We get response from Al Jazeeras Mehdi Hasan to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedmans recent controversial column, Saudi Arabias Arab Spring, at Last.

While meanwhile, the Saudi regime violently oppressed the activists of Saudi Arabias REAL Arab Spring (not the crown princes fake one.)

Hasan argues the piece is absurdly sympathetic to Saudi Arabia, and that Trumps friendly relations with the country mean he is not just a liar and a conspiracy theorist, hes a hypocrite. He goes on about radical islamic terrorism but cozies up to Saudi Arabia, which many would argue has done more to promote ideologically and financially radical Islamic terrorism than any other country on earth.

By Barry Grey in the USA:

Feigning moral outrage, the Times Thomas Friedman comes to the defense of the Saudi killer regime

18 October 2018

Leave it to Thomas Friedman, the New York Times chief foreign affairs commentator, to outdo his colleagues at the nations foremost sounding board for CIA propaganda when it comes to hypocrisy and deceit. This he has achieved in an op-ed piece on...

15:06

Africas Budding Democracies Are Taking Shape, But Not without Challenges "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Since last November, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, home to two of the oldest authoritarian governments in Africa, have both began to shift dramatically towards democracy. While the initial changes in leadership were peaceful, regional violence in Ethiopia and a contested election in Zimbabwe have made the political transitions increasingly turbulent. For the moment, Ethiopia has been able to overcome these challenges. And although Zimbabwe has shown signs of backsliding into authoritarianism, the countrys recent election had more freedom than any election since independence, and the whole process was less violent than other recent elections in the region.

At a time when democracy appears to be declining globally, the cases of Ethiopia and even Zimbabwe should be studied and cannot be discounted.

On June 23, one of the largest-ever public gatherings in Ethiopias Meskel Square transformed into chaos when an explosion erupted near the rallys speaker, newly elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who had recently become the first person from Ethiopias majority Oromo ethnic group to hold the position. On the same day in Zimbabwe, an explosion in Bulawayo targeting interim President Mnangagwa occurred in the run-up to the countrys first democratic elections in decades.

For the past 40 years, we would have anticipated a brutal reaction from both governments in response to any act of violence that threatened to undermine state power. Zimbabwes dictator Robert Mugabe became infamous for his massacre of alleged members of the opposition party PF-ZAPU in the 1980s. Until recently, any anti-government sentiment in Ethiopia would have been met with an immediate government crackdown, including prolonged internet shutdowns, government-imposed states of emergency, and the arrests and deaths of protestors more than 1,000 of whom have been killed since 2015.

Abiys moves towards liberal democracy are not without opposition. In light of the opening political space, Ethiopias more ethnically factious regions are experiencing increased violence as underrepresented groups jockey for....

15:06

WFP encourages private sector to scale up fight against post-harvest losses "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

KHARTOUM The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Sudan is hosting today its first international conference on Post-Harvest Losses (PHL), in a broader bid to significantly scale up the fight against crop waste, including by encouraging local production of hermetic bags - the main crop storage product being showcased at the event.

14:54

BREAKING: Lagos Assembly orders immediate return of PSP, disowns Visionscape "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Lagos State House of Assembly has ordered the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state to call on the Private Sector Partnership (PSP) operators in their areas to go back to refuse packing job with immediate effect. Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who gave this []

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13:45

Khashoggi Crisis Widens Trump Rift With Congress on Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Distrust of Riyadh in Washington dates to Sept. 11 attacks

Lawmakers warn they may act over presidents objections
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President Donald Trump is facing increased pressure from Congress over his handling of journalist Jamal Khashoggis disappearance, exposing a widening rift between the White House and Capitol Hill over the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia.

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Lawmakers from Trumps own party, including the presidents ally Senator Lindsey Graham, are openly voicing their discontent and threatening to sanction the Saudi government over the objections of the president, who has sought to build a closer relationship with Riyadh.

The stark differences underscore that Saudi Arabia enjoys far greater respect in the Oval Office than in the Capitol. Many lawmakers harbor a distrust of the kingdom dating back to its connection to the Sept. 11 attacks. Its bloody involvement in Yemens civil war and interference in Lebanese politics have cost it further U.S. support.

The Trump administration, meanwhile led by the presidents son-in-law, Jared Kushner has drawn ever closer to the Saudis as it fashions a strategy in the Mideast that revolves around the kingdom.

There are a number of constituencies in Congress that are hostile to Saudi Arabia, said Jon Alterman, a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. U.S. lawmakers have complained about the kingdoms egregious human rights record, its suppression of religious freedom and civilian deaths in the Yemen war.

QuickTake: All About the Saudi Prince Now Being Called Brutal

The Khashoggi case provides a central rallying point for all of these people to criticize the Saudis and the presidents relationship with them, he said.

Should Congress act against Saudi Arabia despite Trumps reservations, it would mark yet another defeat in Washington for the kingdom. Just two years ago, Congress passed legislation allowing Saudi Arabia to be sued for its involvement i...

13:28

11 trapped as three storey building collapse in Anambra "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

No fewer than 11 persons were trapped under a three storey building which collapsed in Nnewi, Anambra in the early hours of Thursday. The building was located in Okpuno, Otolo, in Nnewi North Local Government Area of the state. According to SP Mohammed Haruna, Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO) who confirmed the incident, said the []

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13:21

ISSUES: Could the CBN be big enough to apologise to MTN shareholders? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By: Tunji Andrews The last few weeks have seen a rather unpredictable series of developments in the on-going CBN versus MTN dispute on capital repatriation. Initially, a series of placatory statements by the Central Bank Governor indicating a less confrontational approach to the issue provided some calm to the market. Those hoping to see a []

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13:15

Shekarau back in Court over N900m money laundering charges "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Thursday adjourned the case of alleged money laundering against former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau. Shekarau was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside former external affairs minister Aminu Wali and one Mansur Ahmad on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy and money []

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13:15

Flood: Rice farmers lose N27.5b in Sokoto RIFAN "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rice farmers in Sokoto State on Thursday said they have lost an estimated 61,197.5 tonnes of rice valued at N27.5 billion due to flood this cropping season. Alhaji Ibrahim Salihu, the state Chairman of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) made the disclosure during a visit to some of the affected farms. Salihu said that []

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12:43

World population set to grow another 2.2bn by 2050, says UN "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

World population is set to grow by 2.2bn between by 2050, the UN says, with more than half of that growth likely to be in sub-Saharan Africa.

12:10

110 Million Years And Counting "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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In a village near Watamu, Kenya, a sea turtle accidentally caught by a fisherman was turned over to Local Ocean Conservation. Credit Amy Yee

These creatures have been around forever, more or less. Survived everything that nature threw at them over the epochs. Until mankind and its addiction to plastic. And now it is clear their days are numbered, so any initiative anywhere that tries to slow the clock and keep the species going, we are happy to hear about it and share on this platform. Thanks to Amy Yee for bringing this to our attention:

Rescuing Sea Turtles From Fishermens Nets

An organization on the coast of Kenya tries to persuade local residents to help return the trapped reptiles to the ocean, rather than sell their meat and shells for a living.

11:12

Trump whitewashes murderous Saudi crown prince "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 18 October 2018 Stephen Colbert video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Refuses To Criticize Saudi Arabias Mr. Bonesaw

Donald Trump is showing Saudi Arabia that alleged human rights violations will be met with wellpraise?

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 18 October 2018

TRUMP SAYS BIN SALMAN INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY AFTER KHASHOGGI IS BUTCHERED IN SAUDI EMBASSY!

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has cautioned against rushing to blame Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince over the disappearance and butchering of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, at the hands of servants of the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Crown Prince is the key ally of the US and the UK in the Midde East.

Saudi Arabia has purchased hundreds of billions of dollars and pounds-worth of US and UK arms, has...

10:12

Missing journalist has made Trumps Saudi bet much riskier "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US president has leaned heavily on kingdom for his Middle East policy, but ties now face bipartisan scrutiny over Jamal Khashoggi affair

The Associated Press
In this photo from May 20, 2017, US President Donald Trump holds a sword and dances with traditional dancers during a welcome ceremony at Murabba Palace, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
In this photo from May 20, 2017, US President Donald Trump holds a sword and dances with traditional dancers during a welcome ceremony at Murabba Palace, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) US President Donald Trump put a big and risky bet on Saudi Arabia and its 33-year-old crown prince. Its now become much riskier.

From the early days of his presidency, Trump and his foreign policy team embraced the kingdom and Mohammed bin Salman as the anchors of their entire Middle East strategy. From Iran and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the administration gambled that Saudi Arabia, effectively run by the prince, could credibly lead, and willingly pay for, a Pax Arabica in a part of the world from which Trump is keen to disengage.

For nearly two years, through an ongoing crisis with Qatar and international outrage over civilian casualties in the Saudi-led campaign against Yemeni rebels, the prince has managed to keep Washingtons confidence. But now, the tide is turning amid growing outrage over the disappearance and likely death of a US-based journalist inside a Saudi Consulate in Turkey, and that confidence appears to be waning. The Trump administrations grand strategy may be upended with far-reaching ramifications that extend well outside the region.

09:40

Police Commission names three DIGs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Police Service Commission(PSC) has given approval for the promotion of three Assistant Inspectors General of Police to the rank of Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs) of Police. A statement yesterday by the Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, said the Commission gave the nod after its first plenary meeting in Abuja.   []

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09:35

NIMR boss advocates integration of traditional, orthodox medicines "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Prof. Babatunde Salako is the Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR). In this interview, he speaks on factors hindering the growth of traditional medicines in the country, while recommending that its practitioners must be open and willing to share information on their safety and efficacy. He also wants them to embrace []

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09:35

Zoning produces weak candidates Adebanjo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rex Adebanjo is a lawyer and presidential aspirant on the platform of Youth Party of Nigeria (YPN). In this interview, he speaks on the forthcoming 2019 general elections and why the youth must rise to the challenge of altering the old older. Felix Nwaneri reports   What is your take on the state of the []

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09:35

$2.78bn Eurobond: FG to pay 6 advisors N374.6m for services "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved six Transaction Party Advisors for the issuance of $2.786 Eurobond and other securities in the International Capital Market (ICM). The six advisors would be paid a total of N374.619 million for the services. The Advisors are Citigroup Global Market Limited; Standard Chartered Bank as joint manager; FSDH Merchant []

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09:33

Broadbased Communications bags NTITA award "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Broadbased Communications has emerged as the Telecom Wholesale Company of the year 2018 in the second edition of the Nigeria Tech Innovation and Telecom (NTITA) Awards organised by Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).   Licensed by the Nigerian Communications Commission to operate a non-compete, non-discriminatory, open access Metropolitan Fiber Optic Network covering all []

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09:27

Oyo-Ita: Economic realitiesll determine workers welfare package "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, has said that whatever government did in respect of civil servants welfare, especially the just-concluded negotiation on minimum wage, was dependent on economic realities. Oyo-Ita, who addressed labour leaders and other stakeholders at separate meetings of the National Public Service Negotiating Councils yesterday []

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09:27

BREAKING: Gunmen kill Ekiti APC treasurer "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The treasurer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti, Moses Adeoye, has been killed by suspected gunmen at his residence. According to a report by The Cable, Mr Adeoye was murdered Wednesday evening in Otun, Moba local government area of the state. Ekiti state police public relations officer, Caleb Ikechukwu, while confirming the killing []

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09:26

Ezugwu: Move against Obill be counterproductive "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chief Willy Ezugwu is the Secretary General of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP). In this interview, he gives insight into the emergence of Peter Obi as Atiku Abubakars running mate and Enugu States politics. Felix Nwaneri reports   What is your take on the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the []

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09:25

Save the Children takes diarrhoea fight to schools "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  In order to reduce deaths occasioned by diarrhoea disease, Save the Children International, has launched activities that would stop diarrhoea disease among school children. Save the Children Internationals Chief of Party, Stop Diarrhoea Initiative Project, Dr. David Atamewalen said the Stop diarrhoea initiative was being introduced in schools to intimate school children with action []

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09:20

Amosun: Ive not backed Dapo Abioduns candidacy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has described his reported support for the emergence of Prince Dapo Abiodun as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state as false. Amosun declared that he stands solidly behind the duly elected consensus candidate of the state APC, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade.     This was contained []

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09:01

19 Dead, More Than 50 Wounded in Crimea College Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

MOSCOW The Latest on the deadly explosion at a college in Crimea (all times local):

9:40 p.m.

Officials in Crimea say the casualty toll at a vocational school shooting in Kerch now stands at 19 dead and more than 50 wounded, many of them severely.

Sergei Astrankin, the director of emergency medicine for Crimea, was cited by Russian state television as saying the death toll from Wednesdays attack had risen to 19. The shooter, who committed suicide afterward, apparently was not included in that number.

Crimeas regional chief, Sergei Aksyonov, told the state news channel Rossiya-24 that 53 people were wounded in the Kerch attack, 12 of whom are now in serious condition.

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8 p.m.

Russian officials says an 18-year-old student attacked his vocational school in Crimea, going on a rampage that killed 17 students and left more than 40 people wounded before killing himself.

One student says the shooting Wednesday went on for at least 15 minutes.

Russias Investigative Committee, the nations top investigative agency, said the attacker was caught on security cameras entering Kerch Polytechnic College in the Black Sea city of Kerch and firing at students. It identified him as Vladislav Roslyakov. It said all the victims died of gunshot wounds.

Sergei Aksyonov, the regional leader in Crimea, said the fourth-year student at the school had acted alone and killed himself in the schools library after the attack.

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3:45 p.m.

Russias top investigative body says it has identified the man who opened fire in a college in a Crimean town, killing 18 people and wounding more than 40.

The Investigative Committee said an 18-year old student identified as Vladislav Roslyakov arrived at the vocational college in Kerch early Wednesday afternoon with a rifle and opened fire. The investigators said all the victims have died of gunshot wounds.

The investigators had earlier put out a statement saying an improvised explosive device went off in the college..

The investigators cited CCTTV footage showing that the man opened fire on people and later killed himself. The investigators said they will now treat the incident as a mass murder and not as a terrorist attack.

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3:40 p.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the attack on a college in Crimea was a tragedy and offered condolences to the victims families.

Putin, speaking Wednesday after talks with his visiting Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, said investigators are looking into the circumstances of the attack a...

09:00

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford ran mass hypnotic inductions of psychiatric subjects "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 

Now that she has dropped out of the picture, we can pay attention to the real story here.  This lady is as good as it gets in terms of an example of mind manipulation as likely practiced by the CIA to undertake a variety of tasks.

Those tasks have included producing a pilot able to shut of the fuel line in an aircraft and then interfere to prevent its recovery as well.  This appears to be what happened to JFKjr's aircraft and shortly after to an Egyptian bound aircraft.  That is why i think that the JFKjr crash was actually faked in order to prevent an actual attempt on his life.  Of course this means a Navy SEAL intervention which the pattern of events easily supports.  I cannot prove any of this but the pattern supports just that and it is clearly possible.

Here we get more into the the science been developed and the side effects are not trivial either.

I have seen a number of example or at least suspected examples and it has reached a point in which law enforcement needs to become aware of the possiblity and just how it may compare to biologically and drug induced mental illness.


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Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford ran mass hypnotic inductions of psychiatric subjects as part of mind control research funded by foundation linked to computational psychosomatics neuro-hijacking 



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08:50

South Africa rise of elephant poaching in Kruger "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

EWN (South Africa)

According to SANParks, 58 elephants have been killed so far this year compared to 32 killed last year.

An elephant at the Kruger National Park. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG The South African National Parks (SANParks) says its concerned about the increase in elephant poaching in the Kruger National Park.

According to SANParks, 58 elephants have been killed so far this year compared to 32 killed last year.

It says efforts are being made to strengthen anti-poaching measures for both rhinos and elephants.Spokesperson Ike Phaahla says 184 poaching suspects have been arrested this year.

In terms of arrests, we have 184 suspects who are facing various charges and those cases are in court as we speak, and in those arrests, weve managed to confiscate 92 high-powered hunting rifles.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)

08:46

Botswana Masisi joins Giants Club elephant group "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Voice (Botswana)

-Botswana is home to Africas largest remaining elephant population

ON DOTTED LINE: Masisi with Dr Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants

LONDON, United Kingdom Botswanas new president Mokgweetsi Masisi became the fourth African Head of State to join the Giants Club when he signed the forums Declaration at a ceremony attended by fellow African leaders.

The Giants Club is an initiative of the international conservation organisation Space for Giants that unites the leaders of African elephant-range states with international financiers, conservationists and celebrities.

Together, these individuals combine their exceptional political muscle, extensive financial resources, pioneering scientific expertise, and global reach and influence to fulfil the Clubs goal of effectively protecting half of Africas elephants by 2020.

President Masisi joins President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, to head the Giants Club. Botswanas Former President Ian Khama acts as President Emeritus.

Together their nations are home to more than half of Africas 415,000 remaining elephants. Botswana alone hosts between 130,000 and 150,000 elephants, mostly centred on the Okavango Delta in its north.

His Excellency President Masisi said: Botswana has always cherished its position as a refuge for elephants, but we are very well aware that the threats they face cross borders and require consistent, constant, connected pressure to defeat.

The Giants Club is a unique forum to support those efforts, bringing as it does the support and influence of a diverse society of people dedicated to accelerating Africas efforts to protect its...

07:08

Washington Post publishes final Khashoggi column warning of media intimidation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In op-ed written just before he went missing, dissident Saudi writer warns Mideast governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate

In this January 29, 2011, photo, Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
In this January 29, 2011, photo, Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Post has published a new column by missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in which he warns that governments in the Middle East have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate.

The Post published the column Wednesday, more than two weeks after Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and only hours after a gruesome account in Turkeys Yeni Safak newspaper alleged that Saudi officials cut off Khashoggis fingers and then decapitated him inside the consulate while his fiancee waited outside. The Saudi government, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has denied any involvement.

In a note affixed to the top of the column, Post Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah said she received the essay from Khashoggis translator and assistant a day after he was reported missing. Khashoggi first began writing for the Posts opinion section in September 2017, and his columns criticized the prince and the direction of the Saudi kingdom.

In the op-ed, titled Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression, Khashoggi recounted the imprisonment of a prominent writer who spoke against the Saudi establishment, and cited an incident in which the Egyptian government seized control of a newspaper.

These actions no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international com...

06:35

James Ibori Loses Appeal Against UK Money Laundering Conviction "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ibori


LAGOS OCTOBER 18TH (URHOBOTODAY)-James Ibori, a former Delta State governor who was jailed in Britain for laundering tens of millions of dollars in stolen public funds through British banks and properties, lost an appeal against his conviction in London on Wednesday.
Ibori, who in his heyday was one of Nigerias most powerful men, pleaded guilty in a London court in 2012, to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering involving sums amounting to at least $66 million.
He received a 13-year jail sentence of which he served half, as is common in the British system. Despite his guilty pleas, appealed against his conviction alleging that one of the London police officers who had investigated him, was himself corrupt and that the prosecution had covered that up.
Three senior appeal judges said the corruption of the police officer was not proven, but in any case it was irrelevant to Iboris conviction because if it had happened, he had instigated it.
The ruling will allow British prosecutors to resume efforts to confiscate tens of millions of dollars worth of assets and return them to Nigerian public coffers. The assets have been frozen for years while the case has been dragging through the courts.
During his eight years in office, Ibori enjoyed a jet-setting lif...

05:57

The biggest Nigeria publisher NAIJ.com upgrades to Legit.ng "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

NAIJ.com announces a huge upgrade to Legit.ng. The new name will depict the main idea of our work in the best way. A personal message about the upgrade from Goke Olaegbe Managing Director of Naij.com Media Limited https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMhGIwOWqC4   About NAIJ.com   NAIJ.com is a household name in Nigeria. We have been in the []

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04:46

CBN, banks face probe over ATM charges, others "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senate summons Emefiele   Lawmakers approve $2.78bn Eurobond The Senate, yesterday, mandated its joint Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions and Finance to invite the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to come and explain why the official charges as approved by the CBN are skewed in favour of the []

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04:37

FG extends screening days for Ex-Nigeria Airways workers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

To ensure that no ex employee of defunct Nigeria Airways was left out in the current screening exercise, the Federal Government, yesterday, extended the exercise to cover more days. Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, represented by the Secretary, Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA), Dr Mohammed Dikwa, confirmed governments position after a []

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04:30

Uganda minister condemns plans for LGBTI centre as criminal act "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ugandan activists' plans for a centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are illegal, the minister for ethics and integrity has warned.

04:11

Uproar in Senate as APC, PDP senators bicker over seat "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate was thrown into a state of pandemonium for about 30 minutes yesterday as members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and their opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterparts engaged in serious altercation over allocation of seat to Senator Godswill Akpabio. This was even as Akpabio, the former minority leader of the Senate, []

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04:02

FG approves new policy to check labour union excesses "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved a draft white paper on trade unionism, abuses by employers and illegal private practice by public health workers, among others.   Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, stated this yesterday after the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja. Briefing []

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04:02

N1.3bn fraud: Fayose spends Day 2 in EFCCs custody "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

He wont succumb to media trial, says aide   There were indications last night that the immediate- past governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, may have rejected an administrative bail offered him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Officials of the EFCC were still interrogating being Fayose, over alleged fraud late last []

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03:58

Edo: Tales of sorrow from electricity consumers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

BEDC unleashes soldiers on residents   White men, gun-wielding soldiers and Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) officials brutalise customers for not settling their bills and energy theft. It sounds stranger than fiction? But the bizarre allegation is true, according to our Crime Editor, JULIANA FRANCIS, who went to Edo State to speak with the actors []

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03:57

Graduates barricade Benue NYSC secretariat, protest mobilisation ban "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Prospective corps members from different higher institutions of learning in Benue State yesterday marched on the state headquarters of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to protest the ban slammed on the state university and the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, from sending their students for the mandatory one year service.   The NYSC, it []

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03:57

Rohr declares war on SAfrica "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

says Eagles must complete work in Johannesburg   insists team wont miss suspended Ndidi     Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr has said they will suspend celebration on their victory over Libya until they secure the needed points when they confront South Africa in their next African Cup of Nations qualifiers in Johannesburg in November. []

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03:57

Im more qualified, competent than Okorocha Imo Deputy Governor "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, has said that he is better qualified and more competent than his estranged principal, Governor Rochas Okorocha. He declared that he would run the state better than the governor if given the opportunity. Madumere said: I have tried hard not to join issues with Governor Okorocha. []

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03:54

NASS leadership meets finance minister, Udoma, others over Euro bond, budget "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly yesterday met behind closed doors with the Minister of Finance, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, and her Budget and National Planning counterpart, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma.   Details of the meeting, which was ongoing at the time of filing this report were not immediately known but New Telegraph []

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03:53

Road, education top Okowas N367.95bn 2019 budget "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has presented a budget proposal of N367,095,083,451 to the states House of Assembly for 2019 fiscal year for sustained economic development of the state. While N26.8 billion was earmarked for education from the total sum, road infrastructure takes the lion share of N79.6 billion.   The sum of N157,096,029,253 []

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03:52

Obasanjos pain, Atikus gain "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Relationship dont thrive because the guilty are punished, but because the wounded are merciful. Max Lucado   Many political pundits believe that the reason our democracy has not gotten off the ground after 20 years is because Olusegun Obasanjo did not have a seamless switch of power to his vice, Atiku Abubakar, as he was []

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02:43

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ANC: PERESTROIKA, PARTY RENEWAL & REVOLUTIONARY MORALITY
Posted on 13th October 2018
ANC Today

Of the epoch-making events in our countrys history, President Nelson Mandelas statement from the dock in the 1964 Rivonia trial is widely accepted to be amongst the finest examples of political oratory of the 20th century.

Although its powerful denouement, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die is most widely cited, it is at the very beginning that he outlines his motivation for becoming involved in the struggle for his countrys liberation.

Paying homage to South Africas illustrious ancestors, he called on the names of Bambata, of Hintsa, of Sekhukhuni, and proclaimed: I hoped then that life might offer me the opportunity to serve my people and make my own humble contribution to their freedom struggle this is what has motivated me in all that I have done in relation to the charges made against me..

Serving his people with humility was a hallmark of the revolutionary morality exhibited by one of the greatest revolutionaries of our time; a man who despite his immense stature, was guided not by a quest for recognition, nor for material gain but by wanting to do his small part. 

As we mark the centenary of the birth of this great leader, the African National Congress and indeed the country, is at another epoch in our history.

Africas oldest liberation movement has embarked upon a new path of unity, organizational renewal and accelerated socio-economic transformation.

It has at its core a recommitment to the founding values of our glorious movement; to being a party rooted among the people, representing their interests, concerns and aspirations, transforming society and developing every community.

This necessitates, as we said at the 54th National Conference, a readiness and willingness of our members to serve, and make sacrifices in pursuit of the cause of the people as a whole.

This moral ideal that sublimates self-interest to the pursuit of the greater good, does not apply only to the leadership of our movement, but to each and every member in each and every community.

It is a powerf...

02:41

With MBS In Washingtons Saddam Hussein ChairMaybe The House Of Sauds Days Are Finally Numbered "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

If Khashoggi was, in fact, whacked out by a Saudi hit squadcomplete with torture and Goodfellas-style dismembermentas the Turks maintain he was, then Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is even crazier than we thought. Since being named heir apparent by his senile father, King Salman, the crown prince has been on a mission to establish himself as the regions chief thug. This is no small task, but MbS, as hes blithely referred to, seems up to the challenge.

 

https://ahtribune.com/us/maga/2552-khashoggi-yemen.html

02:39

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PLACING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION AT THE CENTRE OF OUR DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
Posted on 13th October 2018

It is now more than twenty years since the adoption of the 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology. Though the country has shown good progress in the implementation of the 1996 White Paper, however, South Africa has yet to fully realise the potential of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to advance the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP). The gains realised in the period since 1996 include the expansion of the STI, a three-fold increase in publications, significant growth in the participation of black people and women in the research and development workforce, and a rise in doctoral graduation rates. However, challenges remain. The National System of Innovation (NSI) is still not fully inclusive, and since 1996 South Africas innovation performance (measured in patents and products) has been relatively flat.

According to recent reviews, the main factors constraining NSI performance are the inadequate and non-collaborative means of STI agenda setting for the country, insufficient policy coherence and coordination, weak partnerships between NSI actors (particularly the insufficient involvement of business and civil society), inadequate monitoring and evaluation, inadequate high-level science, engineering and technical skills for the economy, a too small research system, a poor environment for innovation, and significant levels of underfunding.

As the department of science and technology, we are responsible for ensuring that the NSI improves its performance. This means that together with all the stakeholders we have to confound all the constraints that are limiting our NSI performance. It is against this background that we are finalising a new White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation, and have commissioned the National Advisory Council on Innovation to work on a framework for a new decadal plan. The premise of our new White Paper is that science, technology and innovation are central to inclusive and sustainable development for shaping a different South Africa. But most importantly, the White Paper recognises that inclusivity is central to the national system of innovation, in ter...

02:22

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TREASURY: RECESSION, FALLING REVENUE DENT SAS PUBLIC FINANCES
DG Dondo Mogajane said Treasury was preparing to implement structural and regulatory reforms to enhance growth.

Treasurys Director-General Dondo Mogajane. Picture: @SAgovnews/Twitter

Reuters

CAPE TOWN - South Africa will struggle to finance the public services that form the largest part of its budget due to falling revenues and an economic recession, the National Treasury told lawmakers on Tuesday.

Africas most industrialised economy slipped into recession in the second quarter for the first time in nearly a decade and faced the political uncertainty that caused turmoil in its currency and financial markets over its finance minister.

The contraction of our public finances is placing tremendous stress on us and our ability to finance public services and this threatens the affordability of planned expenditure, Treasurys Director-General Dondo Mogajane told a parliamentary committee.

Mogajane said Treasury was preparing to implement structural and regulatory reforms to enhance growth and would be sticking to the fiscal sustainability promises it made in the February budget. It was not clear when the reforms would be introduced.

President Cyril Ramaphosa last week appointed Tito Mboweni as the countrys fourth finance minister in two years, replacing Nhlanhla Nene who admitted to having meetings with the business family at the centre of alleged corruption.

The move to appoint the former governor of the central bank to head Treasury was well received by financial markets, but the focus will remain on Ramaphosas ability to jumpstart growth, deliver jobs and close the huge budget deficits that have brought the country to the brink of rating downgrades to junk.

The revenue gap in the 2017/18 fiscal year that runs to end-March ballooned to R50.8 billion as the revenue agency missed Treasurys collection target, putting pressure on the governments already stretched finances.

Treasury warned in September that it may also see a shortfall in revenue collection in the current fiscal year.

Mboweni is due to present the medium-term budget speech next Wednesday....

02:19

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#RANDREPORT: RAND FIRMS AS INVESTORS CHASE RISKIER ASSETS, STOCKS UP
At 1550 GMT the rand was 1.36% stronger at 14.1750 per dollar, up from a session best of 14.1450.

Reuters

JOHANNESBURG - South Africas rand firmed against a softer dollar on Tuesday, its strongest since the start of the month, in line with other emerging-market currencies which have slowly restored gains after recent sharp losses.

Stocks tracked global markets higher with banks leading gains aided by the stronger local currency.

At 1550 GMT the rand was 1.36% stronger at 14.1750 per dollar, up from a session best of 14.1450.

The rand has gained more than 1% since 1 October, as the US dollar index dropped to more than two-week lows on Tuesday.

The rand is tracking the direction driven by external factors and the softer dollar, which has provided emerging markets some gains, said ETM economist Halen Bothma.

The delayed decision of the Moodys ratings review buoyed the rand to its strongest in a week on Monday, as it is now only expected after the medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) next week, Dondo Mogajane, the director general of the National Treasury said on Tuesday.

Moodys rates South Africas foreign and local currency debt on their lowest investment grade rung of Baa3, with a stable outlook.

Government bonds were weaker, with the yield on the benchmark paper due in 2026 up 0.5 basis points to 9.165%.

In equities, the blue-chip top-40 index rose 1.54% to 47,007 points. The all-share index was 1.48% firmer at 53,241 points.

Global markets were calmer, with emerging markets taking a breather from the risk-off sentiment on expectations that Saudi Arabia will acknowledge the death of a missing journalist.

We still need to see some consolidation in the markets after the big moves seen recently, said Vasili Girasis, equities trader at BP Bernstein.

Banks were 3.74% higher on the back of a stronger rand, led by FirstRand which jumped 4.74%to R63.70.

Banks and retailers have certainly benefited from the stronger rand. There are also some buying opportunities from t...

02:14

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#RANDREPORT: RAND FIRMER ON RISK SENTIMENT RALLY, STOCKS FALTER
At 1617 GMT, the rand was 0.4% stronger at 14.1150 per dollar versus 14.1700 overnight in New York.

Reuters

JOHANNESBURG - The rand firmed on Wednesday as a jump in domestic retail sales and a global return of risk sentiment helped the currency claw back earlier losses.

Stocks were down with Healthcare group Mediclinic hitting a session-low of 19% on an expected downturn in its first-half earnings.

At 1617 GMT, the rand was 0.4% stronger at 14.1150 per dollar versus 14.1700 overnight in New York.

South Africas retail sales rose 2.5% year-on-year in August as household goods, clothing and cosmetics grew, with recovering consumer spending a possible sign the economy is climbing out of a recession that has piled pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Todays stronger-than-expected figures are encouraging and will boost third-quarter growth given that consumer spending accounts for about 60% of GDP, Nedbank said in a note.

The rand has been on the back foot following second-quarter gross domestic product data on 4 September which showed the economy had entered a recession.

Government bonds were flat, with the yield on the benchmark paper due in 2026 at 9.120%.

On the bourse, the All-Share index fell 1.6% to 52,391 points while the blue-chip Top-40 index fell 1.79% 46,164 points.

Healthcare group Mediclinic closed 16.9% down to R73.96 after it flagged an 8% drop in core profit for the first six months of the year. Its shares had tumbled 19% earlier in the session.

On the flip side, South African building materials retailer Cashbuild rose 0.17% to 258.89 after it reported revenue was up 3% in the first quarter compared with the year-ago period.

02:08

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ethiopia's Minister of Peace: The Country's Most Powerful Woman?
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban
Africa News

It was only last week when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced the formation of a Ministry for Peace, at the time its mandate was said to be unclear.

Days on, the ministrys mandate has all but become clearer and handed to a history maker, Muferiat Kamil. Kamil, Ethiopias first woman speaker of parliament was named first Peace Minister in an equally historic cabinet.

Abiy presented a gender balanced cabinet to the House of Peoples Representatives, HPR, and had it duly approved. Muferiat was one of ten women on the cabinet with 10 male appointees completing the set.

Muferiat Kamil leads the Southern Ethiopia Peoples Democratic Movement (SEPDM) one of the constituent bodies of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

She is also the sole female leader on the four-bloc coalition. When she was voted speaker back in April 2014, she replaced Abadula Gemeda of the Oromo bloc then OPDO now ODP, who had been in the role since 2010.

Ministry of Peace Ethiopias most powerful cabinet appointment?

Reports indicate that Muferiats role has a peace title but spans a high security structure. According to the Addis Standard portal, the Ministry of Peace will oversee the National Intelligence & Security Service (NISS).

The Information Network Security Agency (INSA); Federal Police Commission; & Finance Security & Information Center. It will also assume the roles of Federal & Pastoralist Development Affairs, the portal added.

It will further oversee: the National Disaster Risk Management Commission; the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs; Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies Institute; and the Main Department For Immigration & Nationality Affairs.

Abiy makes good a promise on gender parity

Back in April, one of the biggest issues raised by legislators during Abiys presentation of his cabinet was the absence of women on the list.

He promised that more women will be named in a subsequent list. Abiy seems just to have stuck to his word six months on....

02:03

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Eritrea, Ethiopia Foreign Ministers in Somalia for High-level Talks
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban
Africa News

Foreign Affairs Ministers of Eritrea and Ethiopia arrived in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, October 17, for talks.

Somalias Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmed Isse Awad received his counterparts, Osman Saleh, Eritrea; and Workneh Gebeyehu, Ethiopia, on their arrival at the airport.

Reports indicate that the meeting will culminate in the meeting of leaders of the respective countries. It is seen as the latest sign of strengthening of relations across the Horn of Africa.

Political watchers say it is a boost for regional cooperation, diplomacy and security. There has been no date announced with respect to when Ethiopian Prime minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritreas Isaias Afwerki will be expected in town.

The last time the three ministers met in the region was in Asmara after their leaders signed a tripartite cooperation agreement. The trio were dispatched to Djibouti to mediate in soured relations between Eritrea and Djibouti.

Since the meeting between the ministers, Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki and Djiboutis Ismail Omar Guelleh have met under the auspices of the Saudi king to begin efforts at resolving their decade-long disagreement.

Away from the region, the trio also represented their countries at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York. With a common theme of Eritrea sanctions lifting running across their address.

02:00

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the Glorification of Nazism "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Draft resolution of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly Glorification of Nazism: Inadmissibility of certain practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance The delegation of the Russian Federation with other sponsors plans to introduce the traditional draft resolution, Glorification of Nazism: Inadmissibility of certain practices...

01:58

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DR Congo Furious with Angola Over Violent Crackdown on Migrants
Reuters

Congos government condemned what it called the violent expulsion by Angolan authorities of thousands of Congolese citizens during a crackdown on artisanal diamond mining.

Congolese migrants and officials have said dozens of people were killed during a crackdown this month, an accusation Angola strongly denies.

The government condemns the human rights violations and the loss of human lives provoked by the expulsions, its spokesman Lambert Mende said in a statement.

The government condemns the human rights violations and the loss of human lives provoked by the expulsions.

Mende said about 28,000 Congolese had been brutally expelled, in violation of an agreement between the two countries on freedom of movement. Angolan officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but have previously denied abuses and said repatriations are voluntary.

Relations between DRC and Angola

The comments from Kinshasa will further increase tensions between the government of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila and its erstwhile close ally. Two decades ago, Angola stepped in to rescue Kabilas father, then president Laurent Kabila, from a Rwandan-backed rebel assault.

But Angola has become frustrated by Kabilas handling of several crises, including instability caused by his failure to step aside when his mandate ended in 2016, and a conflict in Kasai province that sent thousands of DRC refugees over the border.

In interviews with Reuters, more than 20 Congolese migrants who crossed the border between October 4-12 described violence, looting and forced displacement by Angolan security forces and a local ethnic group called the Tshokwe.

Angola has in recent weeks stepped up efforts to tackle diamond smuggling and raise more revenue from the lucrative sector.

01:53

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The Financial Cost of Natural Disasters Around the World
Eric Oteng
THE MORNING CALL

Very often people assume it is only in Africa that worst natural disasters occur after the recent floods in northern Nigeria due to the Benue river breaking its bank.

A new report on natural disasters over the past 20 years by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction suggests Africa is not the continent when it comes to natural disasters wreaking havoc on people and the environment.

the report measured the economic impact of these disasters in relation to Gross Domestic Products countries affected by natural disasters.

The worst affected countries include Puerto Rico which lost 12.2% of its GDP to disasters, followed by Haiti with 17.5%, Honduras 7%, and Cuba with 4.6%. The Democratic Peoples Republic of Koreas annual losses represent 7.4% of its GDP.

The cost of natural disasters is impressive. That is still 20 years later: $2.9 trillion in recorded damages, four times the budget of the US army which is estimated at $610 billion.

On a human level, the bill is high. Over the past 20 years, 1.3 million people have lost their lives which is more than the population of Equatorial Guinea with 4.4 billion people injured as a result translating to 4 times the entire African population.

01:38

Dirty deals threaten Kenya's food security, report says "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

17 Oct 2018 | Business DailyA report by the Economist Intelligence Unit says land grabs are another common mechanism of corruption threatening Kenya's food security, citing instances where backdoor deals were used to secure land.

Wednesday, 17 October

23:52

Animals in ancient Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 12 October 2018 video says about itself:

A 6,000-year-old ancient Egyptian cemetery is uncovered, filled with the remains of wild animals such as ostriches, crocodiles and leopards. Was it a kind of zoo or could there be another explanation?

This 16 October 2018 video says about itself:

Archaeologists have a theory why ancient Egyptians maintained zoos filled with wild animals: it was an attempt to harness the power of these beasts, to combat the forces of nature such as floods.

From the Series: Secrets: Beasts of the Pharaohs.

22:45

ICRC activities in Libya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Article | Seven years of armed conflict in Libya has left its people with coping mechanisms that are rapidly eroding. Daily life has become difficult and hundreds of thousands of people either remain displaced or are trying to return home.

22:04

DRC authorities close two opposition radio stations "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Goma, October 17, 2018--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should immediately reopen two opposition-owned radio stations--Radio Libert Lisala and Radio Mwana Mboka (Rammbo)--and halt the intimidation of journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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