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Monday, 20 August


Biafra: Police, DSS operatives arrest BZF leader, Onwuka, members "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Combined operatives of the Nigerian police and the Department for State Services (DSS) yesterday in Enugu arrested the leader of the Biafra Zionists Federation (BZF), Barr Benjamin Onwuka and some of his members. They were allegedly arrested after another failed attempt to enter the Enugu Government House for the inauguration of Biafra. A source hinted []

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jacob Zuma Wants to Meaningfully Participate in State Capture Inquiry
Herald Live, RSA
20 August 2018

Lawyers for former president Jacob Zuma say he wants to make a meaningful participation in the State Capture Inquiry but needs time to decide what that participation will entail.

Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane told Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that Zuma wanted an opportunity to respond to the evidence given by former Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS) CEO Themba Maseko former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor and Deputy Director of GCIS Phumla Williams.

But he would need time to decide how to frame that response.

We want to make it clear that we do not want to delay this process Sikhakhane said.

We have no intent to stall this process.

But he stressed that Zuma had only received notices that he was implicated by Mentor and Masekos evidence on August 3.

The issue that makes this difficult for us is that we have raised questions a lot of questionsto obtain certain documents because we want to make a meaningful participation in this very important process.

So what weve asked for are documents that we believe will make it easier for us to know what case we have to meet.

He said Zumas team wanted time to be able to make a decision on whether to make a written statement to the commission.

If Zuma provides such a statement it will be the first time he has responded under oath to state capture allegations against him.

Should Zuma disagree with the evidence given his lawyers will have to formally apply for the right to cross-examine the witness or witnesses whose evidence he disputes.

He can be subpoenaed to give evidence or may elect to do so voluntarily.

Mentor has claimed she was offered the public enterprise minister post by the Gupta family at their Saxonwold home in Johannesburg with Zuma present in the house.

The post was occupied by former ANC MP Barbara Hogan at the time.

Maseko claims he was pressured by the Gupta family to place gover...


Mainstream Media Finally Concedes Defeat on Yemen, Ends Blackout Of Coverage "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yemen Blackout(CJ Opinion)  Last month, an article by went viral in republications by popular alternative media outlets ranging from Salon to Zero Hedge to Alternet to Truthdig, among many others. The article was initially titled ACTION ALERT: Its Been Over a Year Since MSNBC Has Mentioned US War in Yemen, but many subsequent republications went with variations on the more attention-grabbing headline, MSNBC has done []


Saraki fires back at Tinubu, says Tinubu nursing 2023 presidential ambition "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has replied the former governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu, accusing him of peddling falsehood against him and nursing a presidential a Saraki said this in a statement on Monday, in response to Tinubus statement a day earlier in which the APC national leader accused the Senate President of defecting because []

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'Amazing photos': Lockheed Martin receives gruesome images instead of cool weapons photos in failed Twitter campaign "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lockheed Martin's social media appeal to send them the best photos of its products went horribly awry, as unimpressed Twitterati responded with gruesome images of the horrors of war. The world's largest defense contractor and one of the top defense manufacturers posted a tweet last week, asking Twitter users to send them an "amazing photo" of a Lockheed Martin item. It is unclear what the company expected to receive, given that it produces deadly weapons of war, but the campaign backfired spectacularly. The "amazing photos" Lockheed received show what appear to be parts of their own missile that struck a Yemeni school bus, killing dozens, as well as children's school backpacks covered with blood. The initial tweet was deleted, but screenshots taken by vigilant users are circulating on social media.


BREAKING: 5 killed as herdsmen attack Plateau village "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

At least Five persons have been confirmed killed by suspected herdsmen in Heipang Barkin Ladi Local Government and Shonong village of Riyom Local government Areas of Plateau State. New Telegraph gather that two persons were killed on Sunday night in Shonong village in Riyom LGA while one Mr Ambrose Stephen Ntyang a staff of NESCO []

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BREAKING: Army kills 21 armed herdsmen in Benue-Nassarawa axis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Troops of the Operation Whirl-Stroke (OPWS) of the Nigerian Army said its men have killed no fewer than 21 armed Fulani herdsmen insurgents along Benue and Nasarawa State axis along the Gbajimba-Akor axis in Guma local government area of Benue state during the clearing operation. This came as the Nigerian military has expressed appreciation to []

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Lunatic hacks man to death "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A suspected madman has hacked to death a middle age man; Seewo Idowu in Olomu, a community in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State. A source said the incident happened on Friday night but was reported to the police on Saturday. The identity of the suspected madman was not yet revealed by the police. []

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Zimbabwe Ready to Play its Part in SADC
Southern Times
Aug.20, 2018
Lovemore Ranga Mataire in Windhoek, Namibia

Zimbabwe is ready to play its part in the SADC region, not as an agenda item, but as a driver so that the region becomes what it is supposed to be, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Dr Sibusiso Moyo, has said.

 In an interview on the sidelines of the 38th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Windhoek, Namibia, this week, Dr Moyo said management of perception and reality were two different things and that SADC worked on reality and not on social media and perceptions generated by certain people who were developing narratives about Zimbabwe.

"We are saying Zimbabwe was never an issue at this summit. In fact, our expectations are that as we usher in the Second Republic we are going to be playing our role in terms of developing our country and ensuring that the easy of doing business is not only in Zimbabwe, but that the region will be a desirable destination for investors and tourists," he said.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa was one of five regional heads of state and government who were scheduled  to deliver maiden speeches at the summit. The other four heads of state and government are President Azali Assoumi of the Comoros, Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, Joao Lourenco of Angola and Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.

President Mnangagwa was expected to brief his colleagues on the developments back home and articulate his own vision for the region.

Dr Moyo said what happened on 1 August when MDC Alliance youths led violent demonstrations, which prompted the deployment of the security forces, resulting in the deaths of six people was not the Zimbabwe everyone wanted.

"It has never been part of our embedded values because we are not a violent people. We treasure life of all Zimbabweans. Let me assure you that the President, his cabinet and the entire new dispensation actually regrets the incident of 1 August because that is not characteristic of the Zimbabwe we know.


Foreign militants are taking over Libya's Fezzan region "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Libya's southern area of Fezzan is suffering from an influx of foreign fighters that are gradually taking over the country's tribes. Following the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya's porous southern border has led to an influx of mercenaries and militants who are posing an increasing threat to the already highly fractured country. Three main tribes have controlled Libya's southern Fezzan area: Tuareg, Tebu, and Awlad-Sliman. These tribes have always had a unique ethnic and cultural identity in Libya, even at the time of the country's unity under Gaddafi's more nationalist rule. Following the 2011 revolution and Gaddafi's removal from power, the tribes have been in violent conflict over the control of oil rich areas and key cities in Libya's south.


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All Systems Go for SADC Summit
Southern Times
Aug. 20, 2018
Timo Shihepo

Windhoek - Namibias Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, and Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has given the green light for the 38thSADC Summit scheduled to start today in Windhoek.

By late Wednesday, President Hage Geingob was keen to know how the preparations were going by phoning Nandi-Ndaitwah shortly after the conclusion of the Council of Ministers Meeting at Safari Hotel.

Nandi-Ndaitwah, who was tasked by President Geingob to ensure that Namibia hosts a successful summit and leave a long-lasting legacy, told The Southern Times that preparatory meetings have all gone well.

Officials from all SADC member states have since last week, flew into Namibia in preparations for the Summit.

Last Thursday, the process started with the handing over of the SADC Standing Committee of Senior Officials chairpersonship by South Africas Director-General of International Relations and Cooperation, Kgabo Mahoai to Namibias Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi.

This was followed by the finance committee meeting on Friday. On Saturday, the standing committee of senior officials adopted the annotated agenda for the council of ministers.

On Monday, 13 August, the council of ministers met for the first time in a meeting that spilt to the following day, where the adoption of the record of the council of ministers was made.

On Wednesday this week, ministers signed some agreements.  By yesterday, heads of state and government arrived in Windhoek. Organ troika senior officials, the ministerial committee of the organ (MCO) and summit meetings also happened yesterday.

Nandi-Ndaitwah, who was locked in a meeting for about an hour with State House chief of protocol, Leonard Iipumbu, late on Wednesday said Namibia is ready and it is all systems go for the Summit.

We are ready to accommodate them. The council of ministers has already prepared the document although the organ troika is still to finish up (late on Thursday). The legacy we want to leave behind is the concrete follow u...


Kwara police raised the alarm over Sallah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Kwara state police command raised the alarm that some people were bent on disturbing the Sallah prayers and grand Durbar in Ilorin, the state capital. Commissioner of police, Aminu Saleh who raised the alarm at a meeting of joint security agencies and heads of political parties in the state revealed that operatives have accosted []

The post Kwara police raised the alarm over Sallah appeared first on Newtelegraph.


South Africa In Chaos As Govt Begins Seizing White Owned Farms "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Africas hard-left government has begun forcibly seizing white-owned farmland, at the same time as extreme gun control measures are introduced to confiscate guns from the people. Johannesburg-based newspaper City Press reported a letter was sent to [...]

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Intolerance, Inequalities and the Land Issue - Major Threats to Peace in Africa
Home Intolerance, inequalities and the land issue - major threats to peace in Africa

Southern Times
Aug. 20, 2018 
Colleta Dewa

Johannesburg - Leaders from across the African continent, who gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the African Leaders of Peace Summit last week said the continent needs more tolerant political leaders if peace is to prevail.

The Peace Summit marked the 100th anniversary celebration of the births of former South African President Nelson Mandela and the human rights activist Albertina Sisulu.

Addressing delegates during the summit, former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, emphasised that inequality in the sharing of resources and land is the biggest threat to stability in Africa.

Chissano added that though there are few coups that threaten democracy, tempers will always be high until inequality is addressed.

Inequality with regards to the distribution of resources and land are a major threat to peace, hence the need for governments to carefully address such issues.

Today I have heard about the cessation of war and that everyone wants peace, not war. But there is one more thing I would like to add, and that is: cessation of war is not possible without the cessation of individual and familial conflicts. And our children need to receive peace education and learn the culture of peace, said Chissano.

He was among ministers and speakers of parliament from countries including Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland who attended the summit.

Veronica Nataniel Macamo, Mozambiques President of National Assembly, expressed hope that the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) has the potential to achieve everlasting solution to conflicts the world over.

I believe that peace can be achieved through the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and hope that all nations will be able to attain peace not only for our future generations but in our current generation as well.

Also present du...


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Somalia President in Djibouti for Talks Amid Diplomatic Tension
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban 
Africa News
16/08 - 16:53

Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo is in Djibouti on an official visit. The visit comes amid recent tensions of Somalias position on Eritrean sanctions.

The presidency, Villa Somalia, tweeted photos of president Farmaajos arrival in Djibouti together with his delegation.

They were met at the airport by the Djiboutian Prime Minister Abdoukader Kamil and some high-ranking members of cabinet.

Villa Somalia said partnership was key to stability, progress and prosperity of the two brotherly nations. Farmaajo is set to hold talks with his counterpart, Ismail Omar Guelleh on a number of bilateral issues.

It is believed that the subject of Mogadishus position on United Nations sanctions on Eritrea will be discussed. Djibouti recently issued a strongly worded statement over calls by Somalia that it was time U.N. lifted sanctions imposed on Eritrea.

According to Djibouti, it was wrong for Somalia to take a position on the matter given that part of the reasons the sanctions had been imposed was Eritrean aggression on Djibouti.

Djibouti claims Eritrea is occupying its territory and that Asmara continues to hold its citizens as prisonsers of war. It has, however, referred the matter to the U.N. chief to assist with negotiations to end the impasse.

Calls for the 2009 Eritrean sanctions to be lifted has been strong in recent months following the peace deal between the country and Ethiopia. Since then, Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki has hosted the Somali president Eritrea has also mended all relations with Ethiopia and Somalia.

The Djibouti Eritrea standoff is seen by most political and security analysts as the final rift needed to be solved to restore durable peace to the Horn of Africa region.


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Kenya Signals Somalia Troops Withdrawal With Budget Cut
Business Daily

Kenya is demanding more compensation this year from the United Nations (UN) for its troops fighting Al-Shabaab in Somalia as it signalled to start withdrawing the soldiers from next July.

Treasury documents show that Kenya expects reimbursement of Sh8.5 billion in the financial year starting July, up from the current Sh6.1 billion which has remained static for the past four years.

The refund is set to drop to Sh5 billion and Sh3.5 billion in the next two years, indicating gradual reduction of troops.

The UN eased Kenyas cash crunch after it refunded Sh4.68 billion in the 10 months to April.

In the past, delay in reimbursement of the funds has been linked to the UNs insistence on verification of claims.

About 4,000 Kenyan soldiers are part of African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom). The African Union is keen on all the troops withdrawing by December 2020, but Kenya wants a delayed exit.

Al Shabaab conducts frequent assaults in Kenya, mostly in the region bordering Somalia, to put pressure on the Kenyan government to withdraw its peacekeeping troops from Somalia.

Amisom troops were deployed to Somalia in 2007 to defend the internationally-backed government against attacks the Shabaab.

Kenya formally sent 4,660 soldiers to Somalia in October 2011 after incessant attacks and kidnapping of civilians by the militants within its territory.

A year later, the UN Security Council gave Kenya the green light to join Amisom, a decision that meant the Treasury would not bear the full costs of the incursion.

The international community pays $1,028 (Sh103,828) for each soldier per month, their respective governments then deduct about $200 (Sh20,200) for administrative costs, leaving them with a take-home of about $800 (Sh83,628).

The soldiers receive the funds through the government. The African Union wants Somalia national army to take over responsibility for the country's security.


Boris Johnson: On The Environment, Were the rotters who did for the otters and the rest of wildlife too "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With news as exciting as this, there is no need to exaggerate. I do not claim to have seen an otter myself. I did not even hear the splash or bark of an otter nor did I stand on the twilit bank and snuff the thrilling musky fishy aroma that some otter enthusiasts bang on about.

Come to think of it, I did not even meet anyone who had themselves clapped eyes on an otter.

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But I did talk to someone who had talked to someone else an expert who had been walking along this self-same stretch of the Exe and who had taken an irrefutable photo, not of an otter, dear me, no, but of the spraint of an otter; and by spraint I mean the strange black oily excrement that otters leave in strategic places on the riverbank to tell other otters that they are around; and this chap had looked into this spraint a useful word in Scrabble, I bet and sniffed and possibly even tasted it, and he just knew that they were back.

Decades after they were last detected in this part of the river, they are back playing their ottery games in the tenebrous pools, shooting like furry torpedoes in search of trout, lying on their backs in the sun that peeps through the alders, holding hands, as they do, with their lifelong mates and nuzzling their young.

The news is all the more joyful because it shows perhaps one of the ways in which a great global catastrophe can start to be reversed. When the otters vanished in the Sixties and Seventies, we all knew who done it. It was us, homo sapiens.

It wasnt just that we actually hunted these beautiful animals, as described in Tarka the Otter. It was our loathsome detergents and pesticides that poured into the streams. We were the rotters who did for the otters, and in that devastation we see the whole tragedy of the anthropocene, how sharp-elbowed humanity is ruthlessly encroaching on the lives and habitats of other vertebrates.

There are many terrible things, says Sophocles, and none is more terrible than man. No matter how toxic their fangs or how scary their roar or how savage their claws, there is no beast in the world that can compete with the sheer destructive power of the human reproductive system.

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It is not just that we are wiping out individual species at an unprecedented rate 500 gone in the last century alone. Think of Sudan, the last northern white rhino, who died the other day along with all his p...


Jewish writer Gideon Levy in Haaretz: Jeremy Corbyn isn't anti-Semitic, should be UK's PM "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jeremy Corbyn is a paragon of a leftist, one who has fought his whole life for the values he believes in. Israelis regard him as a sort of alien - the left here has never been led by an Israeli Corbyn, nor by anyone who can hold a candle to him. Corbyn is a brave man. He voted in parliament 553 times against his party's position, and yet he took its leadership by storm. He voted against the war in Iraq, against nuclear weapons and against British rule in Northern Ireland. He was active in Amnesty against Augusto Pinochet, and was arrested in anti-apartheid demonstrations in South Africa. With such a conscience and courage he wouldn't have gotten anywhere in Israel, apart from Breaking the Silence. In Britain he has a good chance of being elected the next prime minister. Nothing lights up the imagination and inspires hope more than that. Anyone who wants to see the world take action against the Israeli occupation should dream of Corbyn. Corbyn has been declared the next enemy of the Jews. Viktor Orban is a righteous among the nations; the American alt-right is the rock of Israel and its savior; Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines' leader who called to kill millions "like Hitler," is a welcome guest in Israel - and Corbyn is the enemy of the people.


APC declares Saraki corrupt, says not fit to be President "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki is corrupt, therefore not fit to be President. The position of the party came on the heels of the APC National Leadership, Asiwaju Bola Tinubus earlier comment that the defection of the Senate President to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) []

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Westminister car-rammer charged with attempted murder "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Salih Khater, 29, from Birmingham, has been charged with the attempted murder of members of the public and police officers after allegedly driving a car through crowds outside the Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard has said. Khater of Highgate Street, Birmingham, a Sudan-born UK national, will appear in custody at Westminster magistrates court on Monday 20 August, charged with the attempted murder of members of the public and the attempted murder of police officers. He allegedly drove his vehicle into pedestrians before deliberately swerving towards police officers, before crashing into barriers outside the Palace of Westminster. Prosecutors will be treating his case as terrorism, the Metropolitan police said after charging him on Saturday.


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NBA Elects Paul Usoro As New President "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has elected a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Paul Usoro, as its new national president. Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Professor Auwalu Yadudu, disclosed this on Monday while announcing the result of the election held in Abuja, the nations capital. He said Mr Usoro polled 4,509 votes to defeat Mr []

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The Delicate Sh380bn Road Gamble US is Pushing Kenyans to Take
Kenya Daily Nation

Vehicles along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. Treasury is considering a proposal to take a new Sh300 billion loan from the United States to finance the construction of a six-lane expressway to link Mombasa and Nairobi, which has attracted the attention of Parliament.

In Summary
Bechtel has been engaging with Treasury officials, including Mr Rotich, as it continues to lobby Kenyan authorities to choose its preferred financing model.

Bechtel estimates the project to cost Sh450 billion, which means Kenyans will pay an estimated Sh1 billion per kilometre from Mombasa to Nairobi.

If the deal goes through, the government will pay the contractor by borrowing from specific US agencies.

When American construction and engineering giant Bechtel International Inc opened its regional offices in Nairobi a year ago, pundits pointed out that the new administration of Donald Trump seemed determined to edge out China from the business of big projects in Kenya.

They were right, because Bechtel was soon invited to the party. On the table was the multi-billion-shilling, 466-kilometre, six-lane Mombasa-Nairobi expressway, and it excited the Americans. They had every reason to because just a few years earlier, in 2013, they had missed out on the Sh327 billion Standard Gauge Railway to the Chinese.


Since then, Bechtel has been playing its cards well, lobbying through commercial diplomacy and a dash of financial hugger-mugger to see the deal through.

On Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta will be in White House for a tte--tte with President Trump. Such invitations are rare, although the two presidents met informally during last years G7 Summit in Italy, and later as they watched a performance by the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra in Italys ancient Greek theatre. They also met in Canada during this years G7 Summit, in June.

On this weeks visit, both Washington and Nairobi say President Trump and President Kenyatta will explore ways to bolster trade and investment. However, in the last few months, US tr...


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IEBC in Ambitious Reforms Plan Ahead of 2022
Wafula Chebukati, Ezra Chiloba
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati with chief executive Ezra Chiloba. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
Commission also plans public vetting of all senior staff expected to start soon.
Restructuring of the agency structure to avoid duplication of roles.
And an attempt to make procurement processes more transparent.


Emboldened by a High Court decision that it was properly constituted even with the exit of four of the seven commissioners, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has rolled out an ambitious plan to reform the agency.

Top on IEBC's list is to move out of Anniversary Towers, the city centre building owned by Kenya Re that has been the commissions home for over a decade.

The commission spends Sh100 million a year on rent at the premises a sum that the IEBC said excludes costs incurred in hiring venues for meetings, and for conducting trainings.


The proposed acquisition of the commissions own premises will not only cut the high recurrent costs of office space rent, but also the costs for hiring other venues for trainings, meetings with stakeholders and storage, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said in a press statement.

Further, Mr Chebukati said, the movement of the commission headquarters out of the central business district will see minimal disruptions to other activities in the CBD in the event of any picketing and demonstrations.

Each time there have been grievances against the IEBC, demonstrations against the commission have brought business to a standstill and loss of millions of shillings at the city centre. Mr Chebukati did not give a timeline on when the relocation is expected to start, but sources indicated that the plan could start as soon as July next year.


The IEBC chairman said the High Court decision on the quorum of the commission, rendered on Friday last week, had given them the mandate to hold yesterdays by-election in Baringo South, and...


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Home Financing Firm Seeks to Drive Affordable Housing Plan
Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary
It is estimated that, to address the biting housing shortage over the next five years, Kenya requires a staggering Sh2.3 trillion.
Mortgage penetration in Kenya remains low, currently standing at 4.3 per cent of gross domestic product compared to developed nations.
Developers are facing two key challenges of runaway land prices, especially in Nairobi and its environs, and strict access to financing.


Home financing could be the panacea to the perennial problem of affordable housing in the country.

And, going by the enthusiasm with which financial institutions have embraced a company established to spearhead home financing, there could be light at the end of the tunnel for many Kenyan families hoping to have a home of their own.

Banks, pension schemes, fund managers and other financial institutions have traditionally been cagey about doing business with the State, unless investing in government securities.

However, the zeal with which they are lining up to subscribe to shareholding in the newly-established Kenya Mortgage Refinancing Company (KMRC) has raised hopes that a solution to the countrys perennial housing problem could be in the offing.


With housing being part of President Uhurus Big 4 Agenda, in which the government aims to provide at least 500,000 affordable new houses by 2022, the jigsaw puzzle of closing the financing gap for majority of Kenyans is falling in place.

It is estimated that, to address the biting housing shortage over the next five years, Kenya requires a staggering Sh2.3 trillion.

With the current budgetary allocation of Sh6 billion, it is obvious that delivering on the housing agenda would be impossible without exploring new strategies, something that has forced the government to bring other stakeholders on board through KMRC.

KMRC is not operational yet with the National Treasury in the process of hiring a consultant to advice on issues like raising initial capital, preparing an offering memorandum, securing shareholders c...


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Handshake in Limbo as Broke Task Force Fails to Kick Off its Activities
Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary
The cash crunch means several activities which had been lined up by the Building the Bridges to Unity Advisory Task Force are at a risk of stalling.

Mr Odinga gestured that he could equally embrace the DP in their effort to unite the country


President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odingas Building Bridges Initiative is in limbo following the failure by the National Treasury to release funds.

The cash crunch means several activities which had been lined up by the Building the Bridges to Unity Advisory Task Force are at a risk of stalling.

Among the casualties of the lack of funds is a national conference on corruption which had been scheduled for Bomas of Kenya early this month but had to be called off at the last minute.

The conference was expected to bring together selected Kenyans from all counties to give views on high-level corruption in the country.

While no member of the task force was willing to go on record discussing the budgetary proposals they had forwarded to the exchequer, we gathered that it stood close to Sh350 million given its mandate that runs for one year and the many activities lined up.


The budgetary constraints come amid growing fears that powerful forces in government opposed to the handshake could be pulling the strings to frustrate the outfit chaired by Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji.

The task force presented its work plan to Mr Odinga on August 2 at his Capitol Hill offices in Nairobi.

But the fact that nobody wanted to take responsibility for the delay could be an illustration of the opaqueness in which the body is operating.

Given the development, it remains to be seen whether a resolution arrived at during a four-day retreat to embark on nationwide visits to interact wi...


Suspected Mentally Deranged Man Slaughters Two Younger Brothers In Asaba "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Delta CP Muhammed Mustapha

LAGOS AUGUST 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-It was a tragedy in the Nwani family in Asaba Sunday night, as their son, Aniemeka Nwani who is in his 30s, slaughtered his two younger brothers, kingsley and Nwayo.
The Nwani family of Issele-Uku in Aniocha Local Government Area of the state is an independent marketer of petroleum products in the Delta capital.
Newsmen gathered from a family source on Monday that Aniemeka killed his brothers one of whom was an undergraduate with a machete.
The source who pleaded anonymity did not give details but said the three brothers and their widowed mother had had a family meeting before the ugly incident.
He said however that man had been a patient at a psychiatric home in Uselu in Edo.
He said the widow, a Permanent Secretary in the Delta civil service, had returned from Canada where the daughter lives two weeks ago, after a medical check-up.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Delta, (DSP) Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the incident and described it as tragic.


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Ruto, Raila Trade Barbs Over 2022 Poll and Past Deals
Kenya Daily Nation   

ODM party leader Raila Odinga (left) and Deputy President William Ruto chat during the burial ceremony of former minister Henry Obwocha in Nyamira County on August 17, 2018. Mr Ruto claims Mr Odinga owes him a political debt. PHOTO | CHARLES KIMANI | DPPS

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Odinga laughed off Mr Rutos suggestion that the ODM leader was a stubborn politician who never concedes defeat.
Mr Mudavadi said there was no power sharing agreement in ODM in 2007 to warrant Mr Rutos calls for support.
ODM chairman John Mbadi on Sunday accused the DP of being obsessed with 2022 elections.


Once bosom friends who mounted a successful campaign in the 2007 presidential election, Deputy President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga have launched yet another all-out war against each other.

For the past three days, the two leaders have been on each others necks over the 2022 presidential elections and whether Mr Odinga owes Mr Ruto a political debt for his support in the 2007 poll.

Also featuring in their back-and-forth is the 2017 election and whether Mr Odinga was cheated out of his victory or he was just a power-hungry despot who refused to accept defeat.

The two leaders have in the recent past also clashed over whether or not Mr Ruto knew beforehand about the historic deal Mr Odinga made with President Uhuru Kenyatta, and whether Mr Rutos frequent tours across the country amounted to premature campaigns.

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On Sunday, Mr Odinga continued the war of words, laughing off Mr Rutos suggestion that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader was a stubborn politician who never concedes defeat.

He claims that we were undemocratic because we did not accept defeat. How do you expect us to concede defeat in a contest we did not participate in? Mr Odinga asked at Friends Church Quakers Maringo, Nairobi.

The ODM leader was making reference to the October 26 repeat presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court after their historic...


The BBC uncritically amplifies Corbyns PFLP and platform denials "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Four days after he attended the controversial wreath-laying ceremony in Tunis in October 2014, Jeremy Corbyn had an article published in the Morning Star in which he described that event, an additional one and the conference which had preceded them.

A one-day conference was held under the auspices of the Centre for Strategic Studies for North Africa, just north of Tunis, near Carthage, attended by all Palestinian groups. []

The conference was welcomed by the President of Tunisia Dr Moncef Marzouki and heard opening speeches from Palestinian groups including Fatah, Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine as well as solidarity from the Turkish parliament and international support. []

In my own speech to the conference there was great enthusiasm for the prospects of a British parliamentary vote on October 13 on Palestinian statehood.

In other words, Corbyn was fully aware of the fact that members of at least two proscribed terrorist organisations Hamas and the PFLP were at that conference and was perfectly happy to share a platform with them.

However, when The Times published a photograph of Corbyn standing next to PFLP leader Maher al Taher at that wreath-laying ceremony, the BBCs domestic audiences heard reports which made no mention of Corbyns 2014 article in the Morning Star.

Listeners to BBC Radio 4s Six OClock News on August 16th were told (from 23:30 here) that: [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]...


Geopolitics: Fleeing the Buck "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Source: Geopolitics

For turning against NATO in favor of the Russia-China-Iran Alliance, Turkey is now being aggressively attacked financially, which forces its currency Lira to plummet in recent days. The fiat US dollar is the only weapon left for the Western Deep State, and it may not be enough to regain control over Eurasia.

Russia, Turkey, China and Iran are fleeing the dollar and promoting bilateral trade in national currencies, amid the US tariff and sanctions spree.

"It is very difficult to move away from the dollar alone, but if the countries of the Persian Gulf decided to do this together, if they introduced a single currency, this would have a huge effect and a push for progress, this would turn the Gulf states into "global economic leaders." Egyptian economist Muhammed Abdel Jawad said.

Jawad has drawn parallels between the European Union and the countries of the Persian Gulf region, suggesting that the potential Gulf bloc could have outperformed the EU due to its vast oil and gas reserves.

"If the countries of the Gulf created a single currency, the dollar would tremble," he remarked.

The de-dollarization process has already kicked off across the globe. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara would switch to lira for international payments. The statement came amid the Turkish national currency's freefall and escalating tensions between Ankara and Washington.

Earlier, China, India, Iran and Russia had started using national currencies in bilateral energy trade. The question arises whether the Persian Gulf states, the world's major exporters of oil, will follow suit.

According to Abdel Aziz al-Arayar, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Gulf Cooperation Council, there is no need for the Gulf States to forgo the dollar.

"I do not see the need for t...


Evidence of Ancient Cyclopean Ruins in the Grand Canyon? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Source: Ancient Code | by Ivan, July 30th, 2018

According to the article, a man called G.E. Kincaid of Lewiston, Idaho was traveling down the Colorado River when he stumbled upon an unprecedented find.

In a number of stories circulating the Internet and countless books written about the subject, G. E. Kincaid is described as "an explorer and hunter all his life" and a man who worked for more than thirty years for the Smithsonian Institute.

He was traveling alone, down the Colorado River, in a wooden boat, in search of "mineral". When Mr. Kincaid claimed to have seen "stains in the sediment" on the east wall of the canyon gorge he was traveling through.

He most likely landed his boat, and made his way up the east side of the canyon, and over a "shelf", then walked past "steps" to the "mouth of a cave" entrance.

He went inside the entrance and discovered hallways, rooms, "mummies" "copper objects" and various other "artifacts" along with what appeared to him at the time to be "hieroglyphics" of an "Egyptian" or "Oriental" type.

After having accessed a "cavern is nearly inaccessible," it is believed that Mr. Kincaid carried a few artifacts back to Yuma Arizona and then sent them off to Washington (presumably to the Smithsonian, althoug...


Presidency Recorgnises Amaju Pinnick Led EXCO Of Nigeria Football Federation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS AUGUST 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Presidency on Monday said it recognised the Amaju Pinnick-led executives of the Nigerian Football Federation as the authentic executives of the federation.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a message he posted on his Twitter handle, @akandeoj.
Akande said the Federal Government had already conveyed its position to the world football governing body, FIFA.
He said the government would continue to work with stakeholders to resolve the federations dispute in due time.
He added that the government is upholding NFFs treaty obligations to FIFA.
Akande wrote, The FG has already conveyed to FIFA its firm position recognising Amaju Pinnick-led NFF as the current and only NFF executive.
Government will also continue to work with all relevant stakeholders involved to resolve the dispute in a timely manner.
The Federal Government is upholding NFF treaty obligations to FIFA.


'Panicking' white farmers putting land up for sale in South Africa - no buyers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Africa's white farmers have been desperately trying to sell their lands at record pace ahead of planned government land seizures, according to a local farmer's union. However, there are no buyers. Omri van Zyl, head of the Agri SA union, which represents mainly white farmers, said: "The mood among our members is very solemn. They are confused about the lack of any apparent strategy from the government and many are panicking. So many farms are up for sale, more than we've ever had, but no one is buying." Investors in South Africa are worried that the economy would contract the way it did in Zimbabwe under President Robert Mugabe, who also seized land from whites. The country's economy hasn't recovered since then, with inflation reaching 89.7 sextillion percent during the peak of the crisis, according to some estimates.


Panicking white farmers putting land up for sale in South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Africas white farmers have been desperately trying to sell their lands at record pace ahead of planned government land seizures, according to a local farmers union. However, there are no buyers.

Omri van Zyl, head of the Agri SA union, which represents mainly white farmers, said: The mood among our members is very solemn. They are confused about the lack of any apparent strategy from the government and many are panicking. So many farms are up for sale, more than weve ever had, but no one is buying.

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Investors in South Africa are worried that the economy would contract the way it did in Zimbabwe under President Robert Mugabe, who also seized land from whites. The countrys economy hasnt recovered since then, with inflation reaching 89.7 sextillion percent during the peak of the crisis, according to some estimates.

Markets are sensitive to anything perceived to be Zimbabwe-fication on the land-reform front, Henrik Gullberg, executive director of emerging-market strategy at Nomura, told Bloomberg.

Last week, South Africas governing party ANC chairman Gwede Mantashe fueled the farmers panic by announcing upcoming seizures. You shouldnt own more than 12,000 hectares of land and therefore if you own more, it should be taken without compensation, Mantashe told News24. Minority rights group AfriForum has warned the move would be catastrophic.

The South African government says it wants to settle the land issue, a major point of contention in the predominantly black country, where 72 percent of private land is owned by the minority white population. It wants to redistribute the land to the black population of the country after taking it away from several thousand white commercial farmers.


2019 Presidency: Tambuwal fires back at Tinubu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has sensationally claimed that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), attempted to rock the boat in the lead-up to the 2015 presidential election when he didnt emerge President Muhammadu Buharis running mate as he wished. Tambuwal said this on Monday while reacting to Bola []

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Oyo Govt denies knowledge of demolition of Ayefeles Radio House "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The leading counsel to the Oyo State government, Yomi Alliyu (SAN) has told an Oyo state High court in Ibadan that the government of the state was not responsible for the destruction of the office of a popular gospel singer, Dr. Yinka Ayefele. The case was mentioned in court this morning. Justice Iyabo Yerima adjourned []

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Inquiring Minds: Is Turkey Likely to Annex the Territory it Now Controls in Syria? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Personally, speaking. The answer to the above question: Is Turkey likely to annex the Syrian territory it now controls? No.

 It's doubtful Turkey needs the extra headache that would be had by annexing this territory. Way more probable is they will cooperate with Russia and Iran, as they have so far, in this regard and respect the sovereignty of Syria. 

I do think they will attempt to wield influence in the region, but, they wont claim the land as their own.
 The one factor that may change this outcome, just my opinion, is the way Bashar Assad handles  and what happens with the territory that has been all but officially annexed by the American/PKK occupiers.

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1-Kemal Kirisci | Senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europes Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

I strongly doubt it. Mustafa Kemal Atatrk, before his death, is reputed to have instructed his chief diplomat Numan Menemencioglu not to get involved in the internal affairs of neighboring countries and to stay away from irredentist military adventures. These instructions kept Turkey away from the calamity of World War II and also constituted the reason why, in 1990, the then-military chief of staff, General Necip Torumtay, resigned in protest against prime minister Turgut zals ambition to join the U.S. intervention against Saddam Husseins forces, which had invaded Kuwait. In Turkey, it is generally recognized that similar instincts are what pushed the Turkish military to resist their political masters pressures to intervene in Syria, until their traditional influence was decimated by the failed July 2016 coup attempt.
Since then, Turkeys Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations have been driven primarily by domestic political considerations.


Agroterrorism: The United States Must Be Proactive, not Reactive "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The United States response to the devastating attacks of September 11th demonstrated a simple message: America will not be destroyed by brute force. The United States vast resources and responsive resiliency make it difficult for terrorist organizations to attack the country with conventional means. However, an attack on US agriculture could elicit fear, anxiety, loss of faith in government, and psychological trauma amongst the general public, all of which could threaten the country in profound ways.

The US government is not prepared for such an attack, despite the obvious vulnerabilities lurking within our grocery stores, local farms, and favorite snacks.

Agroterrorism is defined as the introduction of an animal or plant disease with the intent of jeopardizing food safety. It may be attractive to terrorists because it not only causes death, but also substantially affects the economy and interferes in citizens relationships with their local, state, and federal governments. Distribution centers, crop fields, and meat packaging plants are increasingly vulnerable targets due to lax security and few mandatory clearances. The US government is not distributing its resources properly to prioritize this threat we must be proactive, not reactive.

Currently, the United States enjoys a safe, plentiful, and relatively inexpensive food supply. Americans only spend approximately 6.4 percent of their income on food, compared to almost 40 percent in various other countries, such as Guatemala and Nigeria. The United States food supply services not only its domestic population but the entire world. In 2017, the US exported $139.8 billion worth of agriculture.

This global market system is vibrant but highly threatened by disease. According to the World Health Organization, 75 percent of the worlds new and emerging diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be transferred from animals to humans, and the number is only increasing.

Agriculture is much more than the local corn maze explored in the fall or beautiful strawberry patch visited in spring; it is the backbone of the US economy. One in six jobs are linked to agriculture, and it is a trillion-dollar industry in the United States. An attack would not only devastate a critical economic engine but destroy the US economy as a whole. More importantly, food security is closely tied to faith in the government. A disease outbreak or food shortage would quickly....


Arabic press review: Saudi firm 'planning to build oil port in Yemen' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Correspondence between Saudi firm and ambassador reveals construction plans while former Tunisian prime minister lets rip on Facebook


Ex-judge mobilises funds for rebuilding of Yinka Ayefeles demolished radio station "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A retired judge in Osun State, Olamide Oloyede, has begun the mobilisation of funds to rebuild Yinka Ayefeles Fresh FM radio that was demolished by the Oyo State Government on Sunday. Mrs Oloyede, now deputy governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress, urged Nigerians to assist Mr Ayefele to build a better structure than the []

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15-Year-Old Female Student Commit Suicide In Sapele "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS AUGUST 15TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A 15-year-old girl, in the early hours of Sunday in Sapele, Delta State, allegedly committed suicide after she was thoroughly rebuked by her parents for having a boyfriend, although unconfirmed sources said the girl killed herself upon discovery that she was infected with virginal disease.
It was gathered that the victim, a JSS II student of one of the secondary schools in Sapele, died at a private clinic in the area after allegedly drinking a substance suspected to be insecticide, popularly known as otapiapia.
A neighbour to the bereaved, Mercy Ogho, who spoke to journalists, said, She claimed she was going to church and after sometime returned home, saying she was feeling dizzy and made into her room where she allegedly brought a container with the liquid Otapiapia she drank. Around 11.00am, we did hear her voice, we moved into the room, only to meet her on the floor lying lifeless. She was already dead with the container beside her.
But her mother, Mrs Rose Michael, who spoke to our correspondent, said, We rebuked our daughter for following different men, she started crying, and threatened to kill herself. We also observed she had infection, this was because of the way she was always complaining of itching private part. We found her dead inside her room with the container by her side. My daughter was very hard-working. I dont know how the demon came over her. We are in pains.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Andrew An...


BREAKING: Nigeria escapes FIFA ban "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Laolu Akande, the senior special assistant to the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, on Media on Monday doused tension over the impending FIFA on Nigeria. On his Twitter handle @akandeoj, Akande revealed that the Federal Government has assured FIFA at the weekend that the country will comply with the statutes of the world football body. The []

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JUST IN: Buhari in closed-door meeting with service chiefs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has held a closed-door meeting with some security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. It is one of the Presidents first major engagement since returning to Abuja on Saturday after a 10-day working holiday in London. The meeting, which was held at the Presidents office stated around 11.27a.m It was still in []

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Ex-PDP Spokesman dumps Party "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State, and two-time Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Bashir Bukar Rimin Zayam, has announced his defection from the Party. Bashir who was among the founding members of the PDP stated that he took the decision to quit the party in Bauchi Following some irregularities in the party. []

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Insecurity: Adamawa Govt. cancels Sallah homage to traditional rulers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Adamawa Government has cancelled its usual Sallah homage to traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the state for this year due to insecurity and emergencies created by flooding. The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Ahmad Sajo, said this in a statement issued in Yola on Monday. According to the commissioner, this years homage was []

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Banking sector records N32.90trn transactions in Q2 NBS "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says a total of 509,668,433 transactions valued at N32.90 trillion was recorded in the banking sector during the second quarter. The NBS stated this in its Selected Banking Sector Data: Sectorial Breakdown of Credit, ePayment Channels and Staff Strength (Q2 2018) report released in Abuja. According to the report, []

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Shots fired at U.S. embassy, no casualties: police "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Several gunshots were fired early Monday morning from a vehicle at the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, causing no casualties, police and the embassy spokesperson said. The attack coincided with a deepening row between Ankara and Washington over the trial of a U.S. pastor in Turkey. A police officer told Reuters at the []

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HISTORIC! Black Business Ownership Under Trump Jumps 400% in ONE YEAR "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

HISTORIC! Black Business Ownership Under Trump Jumps 400% in ONE YEAR by Jim Hoft The Gateway Pundit President Trumps approval rating with African Americans hit 31% on Monday. This was a HISTORIC NUMBER! On Thursday Trumps approval with African...

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Battle for bandwidth: in Libya's Sirte, radio is being used to heal the trauma of war "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


IS used airwaves to brainwash the city's youth. Now radio is a means to deradicalise the population and provide education


63 killed in Boko Haram raid on Borno village "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

At least 63 people were killed in an Islamist militant attack on a village in northeast Nigeria in the early hours of Sunday, a survivor of the attack said. The strike is the latest blow to Nigerias efforts to defeat insurgencies by the Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram group and Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA). []

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Why Is the U.S. Helping Saudis Kill Children in Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Saudi and United Arab Emirates war on little Yemen, which was launched by Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman in March of 2015, has flown under the radar among the US public until recently.

Then on August 9, the Saudi-led air coalition struck Saadeh, the stronghold of the Helpers of God (Houthi) movement in north Yemen, killing over 51 people, including 40 children. They sent an enormous bomb down on a school bus setting out on a class field trip.

There are only a few possibilities for explaining this atrocity. One is that the Saudis and the Emiratis hate the Helpers of God movement so much and despise its homeland Saadeh so much, that they are targeting civilians there as part of a determination to wipe it out or cow it into submission. If so, the strike was a war crime, and resembles the current Israeli sniping policy against unarmed civilian protesters in Gaza.

Another possibility is that the strategic planners for the Saudi and UAE air forces are not very good at their jobs, or are deliberately disregarding the guidance of international law on avoiding civilians when targeting the enemy. In that case, they are pursuing the sort of policy in north Yemen that the Israeli air force pursues in its major Gaza actions a simple disregard for the high possibility of killing civilians.

Id like to stand against any attempt to blame all this on religious culture. The UAE leadership is secular-minded but technically Maliki Sunni. The Saudi royal family is Wahhabi, but probably only 40% of the Saudi population is, and Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman has moved to put the Wahhabi clerics and morals police in their place. Theyve hosted Shiite leaders like Muqatada al-Sadr of Iraq. They hate the Zaydi Shiite Helpers of God not primarily because they are Shiite but because they are populists who despise the Saudi royal family and have vowed to overthrow it in favor of a republic.

The forty dead children have turned out to be highly inconvenient for the Saudis and the Emiratis. They did their best to copy Israeli propaganda by charging that the Helpers of God are using children as human shields or even had conscripted the children as child soldiers (it was a civilian school field trip).

Elizabeth Warren and others in Congress brought sharply into question the US militarys aid to the Saadeh strike. The Pentagon has sold billions of high-powered weapons to the Saudis and the UAE, and Trump has sold them things that Obama would not. The Pentagon advises the Saudis on strategic targeting, sharing US satellite and other intelligence. The Pentagon refuels Saudi and Emi...


"Trepanation": Analysis on the occupants of the 'cursed' Egyptian sarcophagus released "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has released details about the skeletons found inside the mysterious sarcophagus unearthed in July and opened despite all the warnings about the ancient curses it might unleash. The ominous black granite sarcophagus, dating back to up to the 4th century BC, was excavated in Alexandria to the protesting cries of Twitter doomsayers everywhere, and was found to contain no curses - at least, no readily-evident ones. Instead, inside were three skeletons floating in icky dark fluid (which an impressive number of people want to have a sip of). On the more scientific side, the skeletons have now been studied by a team of scientists from the Antiquities Ministry, who have determined their age, gender and other details. While not really the stuff of a fresh 'Mummy' reboot, the findings are still interesting. They've been posted, along with photos of the bones, on the Antiquities Ministry's Facebook page.


Is Sisi hindering Egypt's economic progress? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A lack of economic vision and an opaque business environment that favours the military is deterring potential investors


Jealous Woman Stabs Husband To Death In Agbarha-Otor "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Delta CP Muhammed Mustapha

LAGOS AUGUST 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The police in Delta State have arrested a 32-year-old woman for allegedly stabbing her husband to death at Agbarha-Otor town in the Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Sources told our correspondent that the incident occurred on Friday night when the couple were having a domestic fight over alleged extramarital affairs.

The woman identified as Ese Erigarhe was said to have used a kitchen knife to stab the man identified as Mr Erigarhe when he returned home.
The suspect is being detained at the Ughelli Police Area Command for suspected homicide.
She was alleged to have confronted her husband with the allegation of extramarital affair, which led to an argument between the two.
A source at the Ughelli Central Hospital, who confirmed the arrest of the woman to our correspondent on Sunday, said the 30-year-old man was stabbed during a domestic fight with his wife.
The source, who pleaded not to be named, disclosed that Ese had owned up to the crime, saying that her action was in self-defence
A police source at the Ughelli Area Command also confirmed the incident, saying, The woman stabbed the man in the throat when they were figh...


Account freezing: AIbom slams N50bn suit on EFCC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Akwa Ibom State Government has filed N50 billion lawsuit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State over the freezing of its account recently. In the Writ of Summons marked FHC/07/CS/13/18, other defendants alongside EFCC are: Attorney General of the Federation, Zenith Bank Plc., []

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Kenya acquittal of ivory kingpin corruption or victory for the rule of law? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


The appeal acquittal of Feisal Mohamed Ali: A victory for rule of law, a process corrupted, or both? (commentary)

  • With Kenya still stinging from the humiliation and embarrassment over the translocation-related deaths of 11 rhinos, a Kenyan court declared on August 3 that convicted ivory trafficker Feisal Mohamed Ali was to be set free.
  • Lady Justice Dora Chepkwony ruled that he should be acquitted for a number of reasons, ranging from constitutional concerns to original trial irregularities.
  • Following Feisals conviction, Feisals counsel said that the trial court erred in law and fact [and] that it convicted [Feisal] on the basis of mere suspicion. The counsel also stated that Feisal had been made a sacrificial lamb so as to appease the public. Considering the substantial national and international media attention that this trial had received as well as the political climate at the time, this possibility cannot be ignored.
  • This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay.

Could it have come at a worse time for Kenyas Tourism and Wildlife Ministry? With Kenya still stinging from the humiliation and embarrassment over the translocation-related deaths of 11 rhinos, a Kenyan court declared on August 3 that convicted ivory trafficker Feisal Mohamed Ali was to be set free. Lady Justice Dora Chepkwony ruled that he should be acquitted for a number of reasons, ranging from constitutional concerns to original trial irregularities.

The conservation worl...


Shell Confirms Recovery Of 95% Spill In Odimodi, Aghoro "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS AUGUST 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) says it has recovered over 95 percent of spilled oil from the recent spill incidents on sections of the Trans Ramos Pipeline (TRP) in Aghoro community, Bayelsa State, and in Odimodi community in Delta State.
The pipeline, which has remained shut-in since the incidents, supplies crude to the SPDC Joint Venture-owned Forcados Oil Terminal in western Niger Delta for export.
In a statement, a spokesperson for SPDC acknowledged the spills as very regrettable, adding that in line with the standard operating procedures of SPDC, the TRP was shut down immediately the incidents were reported and the Oil Spill Response and the Emergency Response teams were activated to manage the incidents and prevent further spillage.
As soon as clean-up and site assessment are completed, we are committed to starting the immediate remediation of the impacted areas in Aghoro and Odimodi, the spokesperson said.
According to the spokesperson, details of the cause and impact of the spills will be captured in the Joint Investigatio...


Enter the dragon: China's renewables growth goes global "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

China is establishing itself as a renewables leader in richer nations but is still pushing polluting coal technology in Asia and Africa.


Land seizures begin in South Africa after owners refuse govt lowball buyout offer - report "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South African authorities have reportedly started seizing white-owned land after negotiations on buying out the properties stalled. The first seizures are targeting game farms in the Northern province of Limpopo. The government had tried to buy the lands owned by Akkerland Boerdery Ventures for one-tenth of the lands value, reports City Press, a Johannesburg-based news outlet. The company, which has been running a 3200 hectare (32 square kilometers) game farm, reportedly asked for 200 million rand ($18.7 million) for the land while the government was ready to offer them just 20 million rand.


2019: Tinubu bombs Saraki, Tambuwal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday opened up on the gale of defections that hit the ruling party recently, attributing it to inordinate ambition, selfish interests and the lure of automatic tickets being dangled before the defectors by the opposition. Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State, disclosed that []

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NBS: Banks sack 789 junior workers in 6 months "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lenders hire 11,596 contract staff, 576 senior personnel Workforce hits 101,861   No fewer than 789 junior staff in Nigerias banking industry lost their jobs between January and June 2018,ccording to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). NBS stated this in a report entitled: Selected banking sector data: Sectorial breakdown of credit,e-payment, channels and staff []

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Zamfara State under siege: Bandits kill 3,000, destroy 2,000 houses, burn 500 cars "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

           500 kidnapped for ransom Emir: We need solutions, not sympathy The ongoing banditry in Zamfara State has claimed over 3,000 lives and destruction of over 2,000 homes in the past seven years. Also, the bandits have burnt over 500 cars while 500 people were kidnapped for ransom within the same period. The state government []

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Eid-el-Kabir: IGP orders massive deployment nationwide "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As part of measures to ensure violencefree Eid-El-Kabir celebrations, the Inspector General or Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has ordered massive deployment of men and materials across the country. Zonal Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) as well as Command Commissioners of Police, have been directed to ensure visibility policing before, during and after the celebrations. Particular []

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Post-2015: APC, PDP test might with re-runs, by-elections "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), it has been an endless test of might since the 2015 general elections as both parties continue to seize the opportunity of rerun and by elections in some senatorial districts, federal and state constituencies to prove their mettle, New Telegraph correspondents []

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Angst as Oyo demolishes Ayefeles Music House "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  politicians, youths, NUJ, SERAP flay govt   Sympathisers and passers- by wept profusely yesterday as a bulldozer belonging to the Oyo State government pulled down the building housing Fresh FM, otherwise called Music House. Some people were so annoyed that they reportedly rained curses on the government for demolishing the house located at Challenge []

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DPO, 30 others injured as Lagos communities clash "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

More than 30 people, among them a Divisional Police Officer (DPO), were injured when youths of neighbouring communities at Ajegunle Layinka and Olumokun area of Lagos clashed yesterday. The warring factions burnt a police van, vandalised some buildings, including worship centres, and shops. There has been a long standing supremacy battle between youths []

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Alarm over increasing cases of children with Type 2 diabetes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The number of young people with type 2 diabetes, a medical condition which hitherto affected adults, has rocketed by 40 per cent in just four years. An audit published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPH) in London, revealed that 715 people under the age of 25 received care for type 2 []

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Pushing treason too far "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Can the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) sustain allegation of treasonable felony against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara for failure to reconvene the National Assembly? FOLUSO OGUNMODEDE writes   Although it has opened debate on election budget following its meeting with Chairman of the Independent National Electoral []

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252 advisers, assistants dump Tambuwal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In what appears like a political earthquake, 252 Special Advisers and Special Assistants appointed by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State have resigned their appointments. And they have returned to the All Progressives Congress (APC) instead of working under a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government. Alhaji Ibrahim Haske, a special adviser to the governor and []

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Tanzania's Ruling Party Responds to U.S Criticisms Over By-election
Tanzanias ruling party on Saturday responded to criticisms by the United States over its August 12 by-election, saying it is an independent country and cannot be intimidated.

The United States Embassy in Tanzania had said the East African nations local by-election was marred by violence and irregularities.

Bashiru Ally, Secretary General of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party also known as the Party of the Revolution, told a public meeting that it is not ready to accept any interference on our governance, adding we will continue to govern ourselves.

The United States is one of Tanzanias largest donors.

In July, Tanzanian President John Magufuli, whose term, began in late 2015, said the CCM would remain in power forever.

Magufuli has been criticised as running an authoritarian regime by his critics. His Party of the Revolution is the dominant and one of the longest-ruling parties in Africa.

On the eve of election, the US in a statement cited credible reports of electoral violence and irregularities. It also cited the National Electoral Commissions refusal to register opposition candidates, police intimidation of opposition party members, arrests without warrants, suppression of assembly and the right to freedom of speech.



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Mozambique's Debt Crisis: Who Will Pay the Bill?
Deutsche Welle, Antonio Cascais
19 Aug 2018 21:34

The government says by 2025, the deal could generate revenues of as much as $2.3-million a year.

Public hospitals have no medicines and there are no gloves in the maternity wards. The situation is getting more and more serious, said Eufrignia dos Reis from the Mozambique Debt Group (Grupo Moambicano da Dvida), a civil society organization fighting for debt reform.

The countrys economic woes were brought on by secret loans that were backed by Mozambiques financial minister without parliamentary approval as is required by the constitution.

The Mozambique Debt Group, as well as other civil society organizations, wants these loans to be declared illegal. This could help the Southern African nation find a way out of its debt crisis.

The $2-billion loans from Credit Suisse and Russian lender VTB were made to three state companies supposedly for the purchase of naval equipment and a fishing fleet. Not only have the companies failed to start operating, the whereabouts of some $500-million cant be traced.

Because the state guaranteed the loans, it is responsible for paying them back. When this extra $2-billion in debt was added to the government accounts in 2016, it raised Mozambiques debt ratio to unsustainable levels. In 2017, the country announced it wouldnt be able to make its debt repayments, triggering an debt crisis that is still being felt in Mozambique today.

The people responsible must be prosecuted but our government protects those responsible. Its their party members, $2-billion has gone underground and its the people who are now paying! dos Reis told DW in an interview.

Mozambicans are fighting back

Numerous civil society groups have sprung up advocating for debt transparency. Several of them, including the Mozambique Debt Group, have sought help from the London-based organisation, the Jubilee Dept Campaign, in their push for justice.

We want the debt to be considered illegal, explained Jubilee Dept Campaign coordinator Tim Jones, because it has not been duly contracted. We want the governm...


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Mozambique Media Fees Attract Criticism
8.08.2018 at 23h21
APA News

Mozambiques National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has warned that the imposition of licensing fees on the countrys mass media must not compromise the fundamental right of the public to information, APA can report on Saturday.This comes after the Mozambican government announced plans to introduce hefty license fees for local and foreign journalists in an apparent attempt to discourage reporting from the country.

Local correspondents will pay $2,500 per trip for media accreditation while foreign correspondents living in Mozambique will be charged $8,300 per year.

Mozambican journalists reporting for foreign news outlets will be required to pay $3,500 for an annual accreditation.

This is 50 times more than the countrys statutory minimum wage, estimated at around $70 per month.

In a media statement to APA on Saturday, the CNDH, added its voice to the chorus of criticism of the proposed fees.

It conceded that the government has the right to update licensing and accreditation fees, but said such a measure should not undermine the right to information.

The CNDH points out that the current legal framework on access to information takes as its guidelines the greatest divulging of information and free access to information In other words, access to information is a matter of public interest and this access should be promoted and facilitated.

It added: The legal framework meant that the relevant state bodies must take measures to promote the broadest possible access to information.

CNDS also warns that the enormous fees imposed by the July decree are not in line with the guidelines contained in the legal instruments on the right to information that are in force in the country.

The justification given for the fees is that they are necessary to ensure the sustainability of the sector but none of the money raised by the fees will go to the media.

The decree states that 60 percent of the money from the fees will go to the state budget, and the remaining 40 per cent will go to the governments press office (Gabinfo).

Meanwhile, the government i...


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Mozambique Police Name "Ringleaders" Behind Islamist Threat
MAPUTO (Reuters) - Mozambiques security forces have identified six men they regard as the ringleaders of a nascent Islamist insurgency that has killed over 100 people in the north, and called on local people to help capture them, news agency Lusa reported on Monday.

Bernardino Rafael, chief of police, said Abdul Faizal, Abdul Remane, Abdul Raim, Nuno Remane, Ibn Omar and a sixth known only as Salimo, were leading attacks in Cabo Delgado - a poor province on the border with Tanzania where companies are developing one of the biggest gas finds in a decade.

The names are the first clear sign that authorities have detailed information about the people behind the attacks that began last October and have grown into the potential beginnings of an Islamist threat. Previously, authorities would only say that attacks had been carried out by unknowns. 

The move also comes as security sources say Mozambican forces are carrying out a series of large offensives to try and fatally weaken the insurgency.

We regard these as the ringleaders, Rafael said during a visit to Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado. The comments were aired on national radio, according to Lusa.

We ask anyone that has any possible information that could lead to the capture of these names weve indicated to contact the Police of the Republic of Mozambique, he added.

The group behind the attacks goes by the name Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama, or followers of the prophetic tradition.

Its aim is to impose a radical form of Islam as an antidote to what it regards as corrupt, elitist rule that has broadened gaping inequality. Its activities have drawn comparisons with the start of Boko Haram in Nigeria.


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We Wont Lose Sleep Over US Embargo   
Takunda Maodza recently in Windhoek, Namibia
Zimbabwe Herald

ZIMBABWE will not mourn over the imposition of sanctions by the United States of America, but will instead maximise exploitation of its vast natural resources and ensure a better life for its citizens, President Mnangagwa has said.

US President Donald Trump last week signed into law the amended Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act (ZIDERA) aimed at continued sanctions against Zimbabwe.

In an interview with the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) on the sidelines of the 38th Sadc summit in Windhoek, over the weekend, President Mnangagwa said besides the US, there were several other countries in the world co-operating with Zimbabwe.

If we are going to cry because some capital elsewhere is imposing sanctions, then we will fail our nation, he said when asked about the illegal economic embargo.

President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe will fully utilise its resources for economic prosperity.

We must look at the resources which we have and utilise those resources that we have to the maximum for the benefit of our country, he said.

Number two, we are enjoying support from Sadc and we must co-operate with Sadc. Number three, we enjoy support from the AU. Again we must exploit that support from the continent and succeed. Number four, we enjoy support from other countries other than America.

President Mnangagwa who is emerging from victory in the July 30 harmonised elections said Zimbabwe would not cry over the illegal sanctions.

President Mnangagwa shares a lighter moment with Namibian Broadcasting Corporation crew members after an interview on the sidelines of the 38th Sadc Summit in Windhoek, Namibia. Picture by Presidential photograher Joseph Nyadzayo

America is not the only country in the world, he said. There are so many other countries Brazil, co-operating with the BRICS, we have China, Russia, and South Africa. We have India. All these countries are co-operating. Why would we cry?


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Bulawayo Bids Mathuthu Farewell
18 AUG, 2018 - 00:08 
Bulawayo Bureau

HUNDREDS of mourners, among them Home Affairs and Culture Minister Dr Obert Mpofu, yesterday converged at Bulawayo City Hall to bid farewell to Zanu-PF Politburo member Cde Thokozile Mathuthu.

Cde Mathuthu (61) died on Monday and was declared a national heroine.

Her body arrived at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport from Hwange shortly before 10am aboard an Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) plane in the company of her widower, Cde Jonathan Mathuthu and some relatives.

They were met by Dr Mpofu, Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Angeline Masuku, Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Minister Sithembiso Nyoni, Beitbridge Senator Cde Tambudzani Mohadi and Zanu-PF Politburo member Cde Absolom Sikhosana, among other high ranking Government and ruling party officials.

Addressing mourners, Dr Mpofu said Cde Mathuthu earned the national heroine status by virtue of her sterling works during and after the liberation struggle.

He described her as an exemplary leader who led a humble and honest life during her political career.

We are here to comfort the family of Cde Mathuthu, as well as celebrate the life of a true heroine, said Cde Mpofu.

She was an honest cadre who dedicated her life to serving people and our party Zanu-PF.

Her untimely death has indeed left a void in Zanu-PF and we will certainly miss her great works.

Dr Mpofu urged mourners to put God first in everything they do.

As human beings, it is our obligation to worship our Creator while we are still on this side of the grave, he said.

Let us strive to put God first in whatever we do and examine our ways before we leave this world.

Cde Masuku said the country was left poorer following the death of Cde Mathuthu.

She urged Zimbabweans, particularly youths and women, to emulate Cde Mathuthus good works.

As Zimbabwe, especially Matabeleland North, we have been robbed of a true cadre who played a crucial role in the development of the province during her tenure as both Governor and...


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A Journey Well Completed
20 AUG, 2018 - 00:08 
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa addresses mourners at the burial of national heroine Cde Thokozile Angela Mathuthu at the National Heroes Acre yesterday


Today is a solemn day in our nation as we gather here at this sacred National Shrine to lay to rest, mourn and celebrate the life of a gallant daughter of the soil, Cde Thokozile Angela Mathuthu, a wife, mother, a daughter, sister, comrade, our national heroine and a true patriot, whom we affectionately called Cde Amai Mathuthu. Our late national heroine passed on early last week after a long battle with cancer. We remember not only her life, but the journey she travelled, a journey well completed.

The burial today of our late national heroine comes barely a week after we had gathered here. It was indeed significant that Cde Amai Mathuthu peacefully passed on the very day we gathered on our Heroes Day to reflect, remember and pay special tribute to our fallen and living gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe.

On behalf of the party, Zanu-PF, the Government and on my own behalf, I want to convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved Mathuthu and Gumbo families, especially to uBaba, uMathuthu, who has lost a beloved wife and a life-long companion as well as to their children, who have lost a dear mother.

We pray that you take solace and find comfort in that it is our loss together; the whole nation is mourning and grieving with you. We may never fathom why it happened, but may we all be reassured in the faith and knowledge that our Dear Comrade, is now with the Lord. She fought a good fight, she finished the race and kept the faith. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

The late Cde Amai Mathuthu was born on 26 March 1957 in Bulawayo. Her history in the party is long and eventful. It is a history of hard, honest and dedicated work to the party. A history from which we must all draw inspiration and far-reach...


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Mathuthu Gets Heros Send-off
20 AUG, 2018 - 00:08 
Zimbabwe Herald

Pall bearers carry the casket bearing the body of national heroine Cde Thokozile Mathuthu to its final resting place at the National Heroes Acre in Harare yesterday. - Picture by Munyaradzi Chamalimba

Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Reporter
THOUSANDS of people yesterday thronged the National Heroes Acre in Harare to pay their last respects to national heroine Cde Thokozile Angela Mathuthu.

Cde Mathuthu died last week after battling cancer.

People from all walks of life gathered at the national shrine to give Cde Mathuthu a fitting send-off.

She was a Zanu-PF Politburo member and former Governor for Matabeleland North Province.

Proceedings started at Stodart Hall in Mbare when a hearse carrying Cde Mathuthus body arrived around 8am for body viewing.

President Mnangagwa, accompanied by his two deputies, Dr Constantino Chiwenga and Cde Kembo Mohadi, were among mourners at Stodart Hall, who included senior Government and Zanu-PF officials.

The President led mourners in body viewing before the body was taken to the National Heroes Acre for burial.

Mbare Chimurenga Choir entertained mourners with revolutionary songs at Stodart Hall.

At the National Heroes Acre, mourners waived placards celebrating the life of Cde Mathuthu.

Addressing the gathering, President Mnangagwa described Cde Mathuthu as a true patriot who played a crucial role in the emancipation of Zimbabweans.

Today is a solemn day in our nation as we gather here to lay to rest, mourn and celebrate the life of a gallant daughter of the soil, Cde Thokozile Angela Mathuthu, he said.

She was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, comrade, national heroine and a true patriot. We affectionately called her Amai Mathuthu. We remember not only her life, but the journey she travelled, a journey well completed.

She fought a good fight, she finished the race and kept the faith. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

President Mnangagwa consoled the Mathuthu family.



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Zimbabwe, Botswana Upgrade Ties
20 AUG, 2018 - 00:08
Takunda Maodza recently in Windhoek, Namibia
Zimbabwe Herald

ZIMBABWE and Botswana have upgraded their relations from a Joint Commission to Bi-National Commission in a move that will see the presidents of both nations meeting annually to digest important socio-political and economic matters.

President Mnangagwa and Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi witnessed the signing of the Bi-National Commission by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo and Botswanas International Affairs and Cooperation Minister, Dr Unity Dow, on Saturday on the sidelines of the just-ended 38th sadc summit held in Windoek, Namibia.

Also present were Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Mike Bimha and Sport, Youth, Arts and Recreation Minister Kazembe Kazembe, among other senior Government officials that were in Windoek for the summit.

Speaking soon after the signing ceremony, Dr Dow described the occasion as momentous.

This is a momentous occasion, he said. It is the genesis of meetings of His Excellencies. It makes sense to escalate our relations to the level of Bi-National Commission. It means the commission would be chaired by the Excellencies and will lead to annual meetings. For us it is very important. We are raising relations to that level and the chairs are the Presidents.

Speaking at the same event, Dr Moyo said the signing of the Bi-National Commission was testimony of upgrading cooperation and ensures Zimbabwe and Botswana had a symbiotic relationship in dealing with economic affairs.

Dr Moyo later explained the significance of the signing of the Bi-National Commission in an interview at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on President Mnangagwas return from Windoek on Saturday.

During the last Joint Permanent Commission held in Botswana it was agreed that our relations must be taken to another level and indeed that is exactly what has happened, he said. Today (Saturday) we signed in the presence of the two Heads of State the Bi-National Commission which basically symboli...


The rush for PDPs presidential ticket "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

One of the observations made when the pressure group, Third Force or Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) was formed early in 2018 was that its membership was star-studded. Star-studded in the sense that most of them were very brilliant people who have mindset that can hardly be compromised. Each member has a personal conviction about Nigeria, []

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Whats delaying the pencil production? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  It wouldnt be mistaken for anyone who knows Nigeria too well to boldly assert that the country is being taken aback as regards science and technology. As a tech expert, Ive personally been bedevilled by the lingering soured and pathetic physiognomy of the Nigerias science industry or tech sector. The situation has unendingly been []

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Dapchi girls and ransom payment: So what? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There was a lot of hullabaloo in the past week over payment or non-payment of ransom to free the Dapchi schoolgirls, who were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents on February 19, 2018. The furore signposts Nigerians penchant for selective amnesia. Lets have a recap. The 110 girls of the Government Science and Technical College, Dapchi, []

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NAF foils bandits attempt to shoot down helicopters "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said attempts by bandits in Zamfara State to shoot down combat helicopters were frustrated by its air task force deployed in the area. It added that scores of the bandits were killed in the ensuing battle, even as their identified hideouts were degraded. The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), []

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Firm expands operation in Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Global broker, FXTM is strengthening its status as a forex educator with the announcement of a new training centre in Port Harcourt, which acts as an FXTMPartners office. According to a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos, the firm noted that FXTM host a myriad of educational events in Nigeria, as well as across []

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Half year: Global market cap hits $86.trn "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Overall domestic market capitalisation at the end of H1 2018 was 9.1 per cent higher than at the end of H1 2017, reaching a record high of $85.89 trillion as against $78.71 trillion recorded in 2017 This was contained in a report obtained from World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) by New Telegraph. This was []

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Chamisa Election Petition Latest
20 AUG, 2018 - 00:08
Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

Parties to the election petition by MDC-Alliance leader Mr Nelson Chamisa will today meet at the Constitutional Court Registry office to consolidate the record in preparation for the hearing of the challenge on Wednesday.

Mr Chamisa, who lost in the just-ended Presidential election to President Mnangagwa, claims the election was rigged.

He accuses the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of conniving with Zanu-PF to rig the election in favour of President Mnangagwa.

President Mnangagwa won the election with 50,8 percent of the total vote against Mr Chamisa who got 44,3 percent.

The meeting will be held in compliance with an order issued last week by Chief Justice Luke Malaba at a case management meeting held in his chambers.

Part of the court order reads:

By consent, it is ordered that consolidation of the record is to be attended to by the Registrar at 11am on Monday 20 August, 2018.

All parties are expected to attend.

Todays meeting will be held after the filing of all the necessary court papers for the challenge to ensure the record will be in order.

In terms of the Chief Justices order of last week, President Mnangagwa must file his head today at 10am.

Mr Chamisa filed his heads of argument and answering affidavit on Saturday beating the courts noon deadline.

In the petition, Mr Chamisa alleges electoral fraud and malpractices during the elections in which Zanu-pf romped to victory, claiming two-thirds parliamentary majority, with President Mnangagwa taking a 6,5 percent lead.

Mr Chamisa is seeking the nullification of President Mnangagwas victory and wants the court to declare him the winner.

He claimed the election was not conducted in accordance with the law and was not free and fair.

Mr Chamisa disputed the results, alleging the electi...


FirstBank deepens financial inclusion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

First Bank of Nigeria Limited has expanded its Firstmonie Agent network across the length and breadth of Nigeria thereby deepening financial inclusion in the country, the lender said in a statement. In July 2017 the lender had re-launched a pilot scheme of its Firstmonie Agent network in five densely populated States of Lagos, Oyo, Kano, []

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Fidson reports N767m profit "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Fidson Healthcare Plc has posted 11.87 per cent growth in profit after tax (PAT) for the half year ended June 30, 2018. According to report released to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the companys PAT rose to N521.401 million for the period under review, from N466.068 million recorded in 2017. Fidson Healthcare also reported 11.87 []

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2019: Boroffice, Ondo APC disagree on direct primary "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South-West and the Ondo State chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have disagreed with a Senator representing Ondo North in the National Assembly, Prof Robert Ajayi Boroffice on a planned adoption of direct primary for next years general election. While Boroffice said the APC had agreed to adopt direct primary to choose candidates, the []

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FG hires MD for Family Homes Fund "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government has appointed Mr. Femi Adewole as the managing director of Family Homes Fund (FHF). Until his appointment, he was managing director of Shelter Afrique, the Nairobi based pan-African housing finance company, according to a statement. Adewoles appointment followed a competitive and rigorous recruitment process conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, a renowned multinational professional services []

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Confusion reigns in Chicago community over whether teen killed himself while running from police "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Chicago community is in disbelief after a 16-year-old African-American teen reportedly shot himself while running from officers after they tried to question him about being in possession of a weapon. The incident unfolded just before 7pm local time on Friday, when police spotted Steven Rosenthal with a gun and tried to talk to him, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD). The teen ran away from the officers, into his grandmother's apartment building, and then "tragically used the weapon on himself," CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.

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Saudi Airstrikes Kill 13 Fishermen In Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi Arabia continues its atrocious military campaign against its crisis stricken neighbor Yemen Thirteen Yemeni fishermen were killed and several others wounded after Saudi fighter jets targeted their fishing boats off the coast of the [...]

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Saraki: Senators lambast APC. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isah Hamma Misau and his counterpart in the Committee on Banking, Finance and More


Which of these men can defeat Buhari? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The battle to displace President Muhammadu Buhari in next years election has intensified in the last few weeks given the More


Paraguay politics "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lets consider Paraguay, a country that has traditionally been dominated by two parties, the Colorados and the Liberals.  Ill make up a hypothetical set of facts, and you tell me the most plausible way to interpret this imaginary scenario:

1.  Manuel Suarez of the Colorado Party is elected president.

2.  Almost all Liberals view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.

3.  The leading Colorado intellectuals and pundits view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.

4.  Roughly 80% of former leaders of the Colorado party (who are now retired from politics) view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.

5.  Roughly 10% of current Colorado politicians criticize Suarez as if he were a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.

6.  In private, most Colorado politicians view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue, even while supporting him publicly in order to please their constituents.

7.  Most Colorado voters do not view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.  These voters support Suarez on virtually all issues, regardless of whether his views represent traditional Colorado positions.

Suppose you were a French, Australian or Egyptian political scientist, examining the political situation in Paraguay.  You have no emotional tie to either the Colorados or the Liberals.  You are examining the situation as dispassionately as one might study an ant farm.  Which hypothesis would you regard as most plausible:

A.  Suarez is a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.

B.  Suarez is not a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.  Rather hes very much misunderstood by the elites in Asuncion, of both parties, who follow him most closely.  Only his cult-like following among ordinary voters of one political party see him for what he is.

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PS.  AP had a good piece on how GOP politicians view the Trump cult.  I almost broke out laughing when I read the concluding paragraph:

The Trump phenomenon is going to end at some point in time. That might be six years, that might be two years, that might be sooner. No one knows, the former Ohio GOP chairman said. When it does end, its the job of a lot of us to make sure that the party is still populated by goo...



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The Endlessly Repeating War in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Fair warning. Stop reading right now if you want, because Im going to repeat myself. What choice do I have, since my subject is the Afghan War (Americas second Afghan War, no less)? I began writing about that war in October 2001, almost 17 years ago, just after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. That was how I inadvertently launched the unnamed listserv that would, a year later, become TomDispatch. Given the websites continuing focus on Americas forever wars (a phrase I first used in 2010), what choice have I had but to write about Afghanistan ever since?

So think of this as the war piece to end all war pieces. And let the repetition begin!

Here, for instance, is what I wrote about our Afghan War in 2008, almost seven years after it began, when the U.S. Air Force took out a bridal party, including the bride herself and at least 26 other women and children en route to an Afghan wedding. And that would be just one of eight U.S. wedding strikes I toted up by the end of 2013 in three countries, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen, that killed almost 300 potential revelers. We have become a nation of wedding crashers, I wrote, the uninvited guests who arrived under false pretenses, tore up the place, offered nary an apology, and refused to go home.

Heres what I wrote about Afghanistan in 2009, while considering the metrics of a war gone to hell: While Americans argue feverishly and angrily over what kind of money, if any, to put into health care, or decaying infrastructure, or other key places of need, until recently just about no one in the mainstream raised a peep about the fact that, for nearly eight years (not to say much of the last three decades), weve been pouring billions of dollars, American military know-how, and American lives into a black hole in Afghanistan that is, at least in significant part, of our own creation.

Heres what I wrote in 2010, thinking about how forever war had entered the bloodstream of the twenty-first-century U.S. military (in a passage in which youll notice a name that became more familiar in the Trump era): And lets not leave out the Armys incessant plannin...


South African winemaker concerned land seizures could be 'disastrous' for industry & economy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Land expropriation in South Africa is touching almost all spheres of business in the country, and wine making is no exception. RT has talked to a South African wine producer concerned about the land seizures. At the moment, South African wineries are not a subject to land redistribution, where a white minority reportedly still owns almost three quarters of the land - almost a quarter century after the end of apartheid. "There is no historic 'land ownership' that was taken away in the winelands area. But if the constitution is amended, it might as well happen. It can go both ways. For now we believe in the law as is, and continue investing," Josef Dreyer, winemaker at RAKA wines told RT. However, there is uncertainty looming over the vineyards, and it hardly adds to confidence in this business, said Dreyer. If land expropriation hits winemakers, the effect would be 'disastrous' for the industry, he warns.


Top Trump adviser: US, Israel, Russia all want Iran out of Syria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On a visit to Israel, US National Security Adviser John Bolton says US also seeks to end Irans support for Hezbollah

US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, on August 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, on August 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

viser: US, Israel, Russia all want Iran out of Syria

US National Security Adviser John Bolton, on a visit to Israel, says the US, Israel and Russia share the objective of removing Iranian and Iranian-led forces from Syria, and ending Irans backing of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

The objective of the United States, of Israel President Putin said it was Russias objective is to get Iran, Iranian forces, Iranian militias, Iranian surrogates out of the offensive operations theyre in in both Syria and Iraq, and, frankly, to end Irans support for Hezbollah, Bolton tells Martha Raddatz of ABC News in a Sunday morning interview.

I think the presidents decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has put a real crimp into the Iranian economy. I think theyre feeling it and their capability for the Quds Force or the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to conduct offensive operations in in the region here and in Yemen as well is reduced, Bolton insisted.

But I think this is part of the problem with the Iranian regime generally and why its such a threat to peace and security not just because of its nuclear program, but because of its military operations and its support for terrorism.



Superficial BBC WS reporting on Gaza truce discussions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The August 17th afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour included an item (from 48:46 here) which was introduced by presenter Rebecca Kesby using the standard sanitised BBC portrayal of the Great Return March violent rioting and with the firing of hundreds of rockets and mortars at Israeli civilians by terror factions erased from audience view.

Kesby: Egypt has taken on a big task, apparently organising and implementing a truce deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The agreement is reportedly aimed at calming weeks of border clashes between the Gaza Strip and Israel and is planned ahead of the Muslim Adha feast which starts next week.

On the same day, however, Israeli media outlets ...


Questioning of U.S. Jews at Israeli Border Exposes Rift "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

JERUSALEMWhen Simone Zimmerman arrived at the check-in window at the Israeli border with Egypt, it didnt take long for the young activist to run into trouble.

Zimmerman, a Jewish American living in Israel, quickly became a person of interest after telling the border agent that she worked for an Israeli advocacy group that assists Palestinians. She says that led to a series of super-charged questions about her professional activities and political views.

The agent wanted to know why she worked with Palestinians, not Jews, and asked for the names of Palestinian contacts in the West Bank. Agents unlocked her phone, asked her opinion of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and threatened to deport her if she lied. After four hours, Zimmerman, who had taken a brief vacation in Egypt, was allowed to return to Israel.

A series of similar incidents at Israeli border crossings has highlighted a growing gulf between the countrys hard-line government and liberal Jewish Americans who say they support Israel but oppose its policies on issues including religion, President Donald Trump and especially the continued occupation of the West Bank.

This shift already appears to be having important implications for what historically has been a close relationship built on almost unquestioning bipartisan support. Some Jewish leaders have begun to criticize Israeli policies publicly, and some predict that the Democratic Party home to an estimated 70 percent of American Jews could soon turn away from its support for Israel.

A poll published by the American Jewish Committee in June showed deep differences between U.S. and Israeli Jews on issues like Israeli settlements, religious pluralism and Trumps policies. Only 34 percent of American Jews, for instance, supported Trumps handling of relations with Israel, compared with 77 percent of Israeli Jews.

A separate poll conducted by the Pew Research Center early this year found deep partisan differences in attitudes toward Israel, with Republicans more sympathetic to Israel than Democrats by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.

The differences between the worlds two largest Jewish communities have been in the making for years.

Non-Orthodox American Jews have long identified with liberal causes, such as civil rights and social justice, and have become well-integrated into mainstream American society. They have a high rate of intermarriage with non-Jews, are less engaged in Jewish communal life than their parents, and tend to hold relatively dovish attitudes in Israels conflict with the Palestinians, according to Steven Cohen, a prominent sociologist who studies the American Jewish community.

In contrast, many Israelis have more conservative world views. They generally oppose mixed marriage, have a more collective ident...


Mueller Looking Into Trump Associates Dealings With China, Malaysia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Mueller probe is looking into whether Elliott Broidy, former vice chair of the Trump Victory Committee and a onetime deputy chairman of the Republican National Committee finance committee, has been involved in using his connections in the Trump administration to engage in influence peddling and seek kickbacks from abroad.

In particular, allegations have been made that Broidy sought tens of millions of dollars from China and Malaysia.

With regard to China, he allegedly attempted to persuade the Trump administration to send a Chinese dissident back to China, a favor sought by the government of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The Department of Justice was investigating a development fund run by the now-ousted, highly corrupt Malaysian government. Broidy asked a Malaysian business official for $75 million, allegedly pledging in return to squash the investigation.

Broidy had also allegedly peddled influence with regard to the United Arab Emirates, for whom he and [lobbyist] George Nader acted as mediators. Broidys company had helped set up a private mercenary force in the UAE. He tried to put Donald Trump together with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahayan, who also serves as the head of the UAE armed forces.

Broidy lobbied Trump in fall of 2017 to support hawkish UAE projects of colonial conquest, like the war on Yemen. He also wanted to drag the U.S. into the spat between Saudi Arabia and Qatar (in which Riyadh is boycotting and blockading Qatar, which maintains an air base for some 10,000 U.S. military personnel.

He also is alleged to have lobbied for the dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who had intervened to settle the Saudi attack on Qatar.

Earlier, in January 2017, Broidy was part of a meeting in which the UAE tried to hook Trump officials up with Russian bankers.

Broidy also allegedly paid a mistress large amounts of money to keep their affair (and her pregnancy) secret. For this task he used Michael Cohen, Trumps personal lawyer and fixer.


PHOTOS: Heavy traffic on Lagos-Ibadan expressway as fuel tanker spills content "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A fuel tanker has spilt its content believed to be fuel on the Long Bridge after the popular Kara market on Lagos Ibadan expressway. This has caused heavy traffic on the popular expressway. Lagos State Emergency Management Agency(LASEMA) and other rescue units are present at the scene.

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Philippines Eyes Buying Russian Submarines: U.S. Urges Caution "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Russian Embassy in Manila fired back at its rival United States for warning the Philippines over its possible acquisition of submarines from them, saying it was an acute attack of colonial syndrome.

It is another testament that this sickness as well as propensity to lecture other countries and give unsolicited advice is still prevalent in Washington, the embassy said in a statement posted on its official Facebook page on Saturday afternoon.

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Russia is being eyed as one of the potential suppliers of the countrys planned acquisition of submarines, along with South Korea, France, and Germany.

US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver told reporters Thursday that the Philippines should be very careful in buying Russian weapons and platforms for it may hurt the decades-long alliance of the two countries.

Buying major platforms was also about investing in relationships and at the same time it may affect the interoperability in ground operations with the long-time ally, he said.

While Russia admitted that interoperability of military equipment may be a problem, the US seemed to have exaggerated it, and instead dismissed it as a case of mental interoperability.

Such a problem does exist but its extent is exaggerated. Experience of other countries shows that this obstacle could be overcome, it said.

The matter that should be of grave concern is mental interoperability. The mentoring of Mr. Schriver is an example of this. The mental interoperability could be only achieved by letting go of outdated clichs, prejudices, and phobias, it added.

The embassy also shot back at Schrivers comments on the nature of Russian regime where he cited the annexing Crimea the chemical attack in UK as part of its laundry list.

It downplayed the claims as preposterous and groundless speculations and instead turned the tables to the US.

We would like Mr. Schriver to be more specific and also give us American laundry list, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya which have not turned out to be beacons of democracy but became a breeding ground for terrorism, it said.

Under the pretext of promoting democracy and protecting human rights countless horrendous crimes against humanity have been committed in those countries, it added.

It also advised the US not to interfere with its affairs with the Philippines.

The Russian Federat...


Actor Jim Carreys Art Goes Viral: Our Missile, Our Crime In Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Actor Jim Carreys Art Goes Viral: Our Missile, Our Crime In Yemen Source: ZeroHedge   Jim Carrey @JimCarrey Responding to the now confirmed fact that it was a laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin that killed 40 children while they were riding inside a school bus in northern Yemen over a week []


PHOTOS, VIDEO: Oyo govt demolishes Yinka Ayefeles N800million music house "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Oyo State Government has finally demolished the building housing Fresh FM Ibadan, a private radio station owned by popular Juju musician, Mr. Yinka Ayefele. The building, named Music House, was marked for demolition because some part of it were not approved. The demolition notice was posted on the structure located along Ibadan-Lagos expressway on []

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Sunday assorted links "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

1. The Profanity Embroidery Group.

2. What is the African word you use most frequently?

3. Rail energy storage?

4. The culture and polity that is Swiss.

5. How are the prospects for Irish unification looking these days?  What is the correct underlying model here?

6. Peoples recollections after driving a familiar road were very poor, with most memories involving the bad behavior of other motorists.  Link here.

7. Witchcraft in the #MeToo era (NYT, satire).

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Israel closes people crossing with Gaza After firebombs and IEDs hurled at the border fence, Israel says "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Israel closed its only crossing for people with the Gaza Strip on Sunday except for humanitarian cases over border incidents that saw protests and clashes at the weekend, an Israeli official said.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli defence ministry unit that oversees the passage confirmed that the Erez crossing had been closed.

Border protests and clashes on Friday left two Palestinians dead by Israeli gunfire.

Israels army said firebombs and IEDs were also hurled at the border fence, while a number of Palestinians briefly crossed into Israeli territory.

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The closure and border incidents occurred despite attempts by Egypt and UN officials to reach a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The spokeswoman for the defence ministry unit, known as COGAT, did not say how long the crossing would be closed.

The Palestinian Authority civilian affairs office in Gaza also confirmed the closure except for medical cases and Palestinians seeking to cross back into the enclave.

Israel has enforced an air, land and sea blockade on the Gaza Strip for more than a decade, but grants permission to a limited number of people to cross for various reasons.

Israel had just last week reopened its only goods crossing with Gaza after closing it to most deliveries for more than a month over border tensions.

Protests and clashes began on the Gaza border on March 30 and have continued at varying levels since then.

At least 171 Gazans have been killed by Israeli fire during that time. One Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper in July.

There have also been several severe military flare-ups, including three since July.

UN officials and Egypt have been seeking to secure a long-term truce between Hamas and Israel to allow for humanitarian issues in the impoverished enclave of two million people to be addressed.

Israel is demanding calm and a return of the remains of two soldiers Hamas is believed to be holding.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.




Methods of torture in Saudi-led coalition prisons in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Methods of torture in Saudi-led coalition prisons in Yemen: Methods of torture in Saudi-led coalition prisons in Yemen: Rape using devices, hot pepper, salt and bone smashing Al Jazeera received a secret report prepared by former military officials who worked with the Saudi-UAE alliance in Yemen on the conditions of prisons and secret detention centres []


Land reform in South Africa aims to undo a grave historical injustice "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We live like sardines while white farmers live on hectares of land. Bring back our land! declared Nthabiseng Tshivhenga, a black civil servant.

Her intervention prompted enthusiastic applause at a public hearing organised by parliament on the hugely sensitive issue of reforming land ownership in South Africa.

Our forefathers were robbed of their dignity through brutal colonialists who seized land, she said.

AFP | Roselina Seaga, who attended a public meeting on reforming land ownership in South Africa, says Since I was born I never had a piece of land that I can call home

The majority of the people in this country are black. Yet they are the poorest. Lets expropriate without compensation! said the mother with her fist raised.

As elections due in 2019 approach, President Cyril Ramaphosa has intervened to accelerate land reform in order to undo a grave historical injustice against the black majority during colonialism and the apartheid era that ended in 1994.

Twenty-four years on and the white community that makes up eight percent of the population possess 72 percent of farms compared to only four percent in the hands of black people who make up four-fifths of the population, according to Ramaphosa.

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

To remedy the imbalance, the president recently announced that the constitution would be altered to allow for land to be seized and redistributed without compensation to the current owners.

Many black voters welcomed the announcement that provoked unprecedented concern among the white minority that has been aired at a series of public hearings across the nation this June, July and August to debate the combustible issue.

In a public hall in Vereeniging, a town an hour south of the commercial capital Johannesburg, more than 1,000 people turned out to make their voices heard.

In the front row sat a group of women wearing traditional Sotho dress.

We never stole land

Why should we compensate people who didnt acquire the lands rightfully?, asked Tsabeng Ramalope, a 30-year-old black nurse.

Are we waiting for a civil war for this matter to be resolved? she asked, speaking into a microphone, referring to several illegal land occupations seen in mostly urban areas in recent month...


Kenya how port authority let illegal ivory through "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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How KPA staff cleared Sh382m ivory for export

Some ivory tusks outside the Mombasa port police after a container was intercepted by the Kenya Revenue Authority officers on July 9, 2013. PHOTO/FILE

Some ivory tusks outside the Mombasa port police after a container was intercepted by the Kenya Revenue Authority officers on July 9, 2013. PHOTO/FILE


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  • The two accused of failing to pass container through mobile scanner have denied committing the offence.
  • They allegedly committed the offence at the Mombasa port in Changamwe on January 13, 2013.

A Kenya Ports Authority employee has revealed that a container loaded with 638 pieces of ivory worth Sh382.7 million was not scanned before it was cleared for export.

Mr Benjamin Mwandawiro on Thursday told a Mombasa court that available records indicate that the mandatory procedure for container scanning at the port was not adhered to by the respective forwarder.

The standard procedures as required by Kenya Revenue Authority for clearing goods for is that export containers must be scanned once they have entered the port and prior to issuance of final release for shipment, he told Chief Magistrate Evans Makori.

He was testifying in a case in which Mr Fredrick Sababu and Mr James Ngala are charged with conspiracy to bring into a custom area prohibited goods, namely elephant tusks weighing 3827.5 kilograms that were stuffed in a 20-ft container for exportation to Thailand.

The duo have denied committing the offence at the Mombasa port in Changamwe on January 13, 2013.

The witness said the scanning process is normally done by a mobile scanner and that no container should be cleared for export before the process is followed.

In this particular case, neither the container has a final release for shipment issued nor does it have an endorsed position slip. Based on these facts, it is strongly believed that immediately after the container entry, the truck proceeded straight to the yard where the container was unprocedurally offloaded, he said in a report he produced in court.

Mr Mwandawiro, an export documentation officer, said after the final release for shipment has been issued by KRA, the forwarder proceeds to the documentation office and presents the position slip where final release for shipmen...


Kenya praise for conservancies; elephant numbers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Najib Balala lauds role of conservancies in wildlife safety efforts


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  • Kenya Wildlife Service chairman Waithaka appealed for more resources for habitat conservation.

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Community and private conservancies in the northern rangelands have been credited for the increase in the elephant population in the country.

Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said the countrys elephant population stood at 33,948 as at December 2017, an annual increase of 2.25 per cent since 1989.

In a speech read on his behalf by his Principal Secretary Margaret Mwakima during the World Elephant Day national celebration in Meru on Saturday, Mr Balala said there is need for increased engagement with communities to protect wildlife habitats.

The elephants are found in a range area of 139,344 kilometre square, an increase from 107,113 kilometre square as at the end of 2007.

Though there was an initial eminent decline in elephant numbers from a national population of approximately 170,000 in early 1970s, the elephant numbers have remained stable. The increase of the population and range is mostly due to establishment of community conservancies in known elephant range areas, Mr Balala said.

He added that the ministry would encourage more individuals and groups to devise ways of conserving wildlife.

Kenya Wildlife Service chairman John Waithaka called for concerted efforts to stop habitat fragmentation, blockage of corridors and poaching and demand for ivory; and appealed for more resources for habitat conservation.


Kenya vory traffickers gain from flawed judicial system "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Daily NationSATURDAY AUGUST 18 2018

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Feisal Mohamed Ali arraigned in Mombasa on August 3, 2018. He was acquitted of ivory trafficking charges. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary

  • Recently, the High Court in Mombasa set free Feisal Ali, convicted for the trafficking of 2,152 kilogrammes of elephant ivory.
  • Wildlife trafficking suspects are untouchable and always seem to avoid justice. There is no guarantee that pending cases will have a contrary outcome.

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There are three Kenyans on Interpols worlds most wanted criminal list. They are neither terrorists, nor drug traffickers.

They are not even human traffickers or illegal arms dealers. They are all ivory traffickers, part of an illicit and ruthless $10 billion (Sh1tn) trade that is about to wipe out the iconic species within our lifetime.

Of the three, Gedi Ahmed is wanted for the possession of 230 kilogrammes of elephant ivory in Utawala, Nairobi, in 2017.

He fled from authorities after being given bail at Kibera Law Courts.

The remaining two are brothers, Nicholas Jefwa and Samuel Jefwa, who have notoriously evaded authorities since 2015.

They are the suspected masterminds behind the exportation of 6,400 kilogrammes of elephant ivory concealed in export coffee destined for Thailand and Singapore in 2013.

This seizure remains Kenyas largest illegal export of elephant ivory in its history.



Actor Jim Carreys Art Goes Viral: Our Missile, Our Crime in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jim Carrey Art Yemen(ZHE)  Responding to the now confirmed fact that it was a laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin that killed 40 children while they were riding inside a school bus in northern Yemen over a week ago, actor Jim Carrey has highlighted the crime in his latest art. In a now viral tweet posted to his official account Friday afternoon, Carrey []


Hidden Ancient Technology Revealed: The Luxor -- Atlantean Seal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Source: Aether Force | by John Echel, July 27th, 2018

It provides immunity against subtle energy invasions. It protects against negative influences and dangers of all kinds. It forms a vibrational energy shield neutralizing all evil,spells and enchantments. It improves overall health. It fosters contacts with the spiritual dimensions. It is primarily a personal tool as it adjusts itself to the personal magnetic field of the person who wears it. Of course, these are subjective claims, and one has to make up his own mind whether or not this is true. There are many vendors on the market who sell Atlantean Rings. By using my ability to sense the energy of objects, it is my opinion that most of these rings do not work because they have been made in a crude and rudimentary way. Sometimes the design has been altered too. However there are some jewelry designers that are taking the time and effort to handcraft rings, and bangles in a very accurate, detailed and sharp design, which, according to my own feeling, are very effective. These are usually made in gold or silver.

Basic design of the Atlantean Ring and Bar:

The Origin of the Atlantean Ring

The original Atlantis ring was found in 1860 in Egypt in a tomb of an Egyptian high priest, by the Egyptologist, Marquis d'Aigrain, during excavations in the Valley of the Kings. It was then passed on to Howard Carter who had it until his death in 1939. This ring would be at least 5,000 years old and it was made of dark sandstone from the mines of Assouan. The ring had geometric symbols carved into it. The symbols were unlike anything known in ancient Egypt. Through clairvoyant observation it is reported that the ring was from a priest from the time of Atlantis.

The symbols, or patterns, look very modern and timeless, with a simplicity of lines and shapes, but that's what makes the ring so fascinating. In the middle at the top of the ring there are three parallel rectangles. Rectangles which....


Omo-Agege: Well Disgrace Saraki Out Of OfficeYou Are Threat To Democracy-Saraki "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senaor Ovie Omo-Agege

LAGOS AUGUST 19TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A prominent member of the Parliamentary Support Group, a body of the All Progressives Congress members in the National Assembly loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has said the APC Caucus is insisting on the reconvening of the National Assembly.
Omo-Agege also pointed out that the APC caucus was also against the alleged proposal for a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives whenever Saraki and Dogara reconvene the National Assembly.
The lawmaker, while speaking to one of our correspondents, insisted that Saraki must not remain Senate President after his defection from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party.
APC senators had met with the National Chairman of the ruling party, Adams Oshiomhole, during the week on the matter.
Omo-Agege said, We have the information that they want to reconvene a joint session and that is completely unacceptable to us. Of course, we wont accept it. The Senate itself has to be reconvened for this purpose. The reason (for postponing the planned recall on Tuesday) is that he knows that we have the numbers now and indeed we have the n...


PDPs presidential chess game "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  What is coming is another test for our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and we will not have the same opportunity to correct any mistakes. In the next few weeks, the convention to nominate presidential candidate will hold and we are not going to have the same type of time to correct our []

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Okowa Mourns Kofi Annan, Condoles UN, People of Ghana "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS AUGUST 19TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Saturday sympathised with the family of Kofi Annan, the United Nations, government and people of the Republic of Ghana on the demise of former United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan.
The governors condolence was issued and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu in Asaba.
Okowa described the death of the winner of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, as a great loss to the international community where he led efforts to finding peaceful solution to conflicts globally.
The governor said, We have lost a global statesman who was deeply committed to global peace and conflict resolution.
The highly revered diplomat will be long remembered for his towering role and dedication to improving lives through peaceful coexistence among people of diverse race.
Mr Annan was bold and fearless as Secretary-General and told truth to power which led to his declaration of American invasion of Iraq in 2003 as illegal under international law.
As UN Special Envoy to Syria, he proposed a six-point plan that would have led to the early resolution of the crisis in Syria which was, however, not implemented by the Syrian government which led to his resignation as Special Envoy.
The governor noted that Late Annan touched lives with his Kofi Annan Foundation that was co...


PDP: AS THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS LETS NOT DESTROY OURS. By Emeka Ibe (Okwuru Okaa) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In about two months from now, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be going into the primaries to elect their More


The Hour When Children Die: What Is Going on in Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

EDITORS CHOICE | 17.08.2018 The Hour When Children Die: What Is Going on in Yemen? Vijay PRASHAD A busload of young boys are on a field trip. They are excited their summer session of school is over, and this is to be the outing to celebrate. The boys jostle on the bus. It is noisy. []


God cured me of cancer, fibroid without using pastor Oluwato "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  It is an era of ever increasing fake men and women of God in Nigeria. Just like the Bible predicted that at end time, wolves in sheeps clothing shall be on the prowl and would deceive many, even the very elect if care is not taken.   Many ministers of the gospel have confirmed []

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Why We Wail.. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Arabian Peninsula has a very rich history dating 6000BC. The peninsula was occupied by Bedouinsthe modern day Arabs. The More


Direct Primaries: Ambodell get APC ticket for second term Sources "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Contrary to speculations making the rounds that the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubus directive that there would no longer be automatic ticket for all candidates of the party in the 2019 elections and by extension Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, was meant to scheme out the governor, might []

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Stunning cocktail dresses "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cocktail dresses are an integral part of a womans wardrobe. Perfect for a variety of occasions, these dresses can be formal, casual or playful in design.   They are easily accessorised and, when worn with a great pair of shoes, they can really represent your personal style.   The AMVCA 2018 Nominees and Sponsors Cocktail []

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When men dominate womens sports "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For some time now a number of sports women have been under the spotlight for having excessive advantages over their peers not due to the influence of performance enhancing steroids, but rather mainly because of an unfortunate natural mutation, notes Tunde Sulaiman     I still have more goals to set. I have said it []

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Journalists as endangered species "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Last week a government agency showed its intolerance to the workings of the media with the arrest and detention of a journalist, Samuel Ogundipe by the Nigeria Police. The alleged offence of Ogundipe, who works with online newspaper, Premium Times as their crime reporter, is that he has been highly critical of them   The []

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Clear that dandruff! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dandruffs or flakes cause lots of damages to your hair. Flakes prevent your hair from growing in its natural state and make it look untidy and poorly taken care of.   Flakes causes your hair to break causing baldness or make your hair short, looking rough, dirty and breaking.   Dandruff makes your hair look []

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Reign of the nudes: Super sexy celebrities that have gone completely nude in public "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Probably inspired by Kim Kardashian and her book of selfies, Nigerian celebrities have joined the bandwagon of international celebrities who express their art by posing completely nude. The Nollywood actresses, in bold moves, flaunt their sexy bodies completely nude like some actresses do in Hollywood. The rate at which our celebrities discard their clothing []

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Patoranking: Dancehall King "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, popularly called Patoranking was born in Ijegun Egba in Nigeria 1990. He grew up with love for music and enjoyed songs from top musicians across the globe like Buju Baton, Lucky Dube, Tuface, Fela Kuti and other reggae singers, dancehalls and afro beat. Patoranking used the knowledge he has gotten from []

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Alaafins wife, Queen Olaitan in great mood "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Highly revered front line traditional ruler who oversees the affairs of the ancient town of Oyo town in Oyo State, The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, in his kingly world, enjoys the warmness of four beautiful young ladies who are his legal wives and he proudly shows off these beautiful women.   The trust []

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Scoffs at US Decision to Renew Sanctions
16 AUG, 2018 - 00:08 

President Mnangagwa welcomes United States of America Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Brian Nichols at State House in Harare yesterday. (Picture by Justin Mutenda)

Zvamaida Murwira
Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa yesterday scoffed at the decision by the United States of America to renew illegal sanctions against Zimbabwe.

He implored newly-appointed US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Brian Nichols to have a correct appreciation of events here.

Government, the President said, would remain focused on developing the country and safeguarding peace.

President Mnangagwa made the remarks at State House while addressing journalists after holding a meeting with Mr Nichols, who had paid him a courtesy call.

The meeting came a few days after US President Donald Trump signed into law the amended Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act aimed at renewing illegal sanctions against Harare.

Asked what his views were on Mr Trumps decision to renew sanctions, President Mnangagwa said: Should I concern myself about what is happening in Washington? Do they concern themselves about us?

President Mnangagwa said Mr Nichols, who presented his credentials last month, should have a proper understanding of political developments in the country.

These discussions are necessary. He is an ambassador from the United States to Zimbabwe. He must have correct appreciation of the environment in the country. He came into the country to have that appreciation.

We were able to share his views and my views on the current situation in the country and we are moving forward as a country, said President Mnangagwa.

We would want our people, yourself to be peaceful, to convey the message of peace, tranquillity and unity. Only when the country is stable and people are peaceful, can development thrive, not when we are throwing stones at each other. That is the message you people must convey.

Earlier on, Mr Nichols said Zimbabwe had registered posi...


How to tackle unemployment Dogara "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has said that in order to effectively combat unemployment in Nigeria, a different approach which focuses on self-discovery must be taken in educating young Nigerians. He said this yesterday, while addressing teenagers at the 2018 Teens Career Conference organised by The Redeemed Christian Church of []

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2019: The Die is Cast! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Fellow Nigerians, the die is cast! President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019 against the More


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Proving Poll Rigging Allegations An Uphill Task 
Daniel Nemukuyu
Senior Reporter

RENEWAL Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ) leader Mr Elton Mangoma has said MDC-Alliance president Mr Nelson Chamisa faces an uphill task in proving his election rigging allegations in the absence of a full tally of the crucial V11 forms.

Mr Mangoma was one of the 23 presidential candidates in the just-ended poll. He represented the Coalition for Democrats.

According to Mr Mangomas Twitter post, Mr Chamisa admitted in his petition that he only had 79 percent of the V11 forms, weakening his chances of succeeding in his Constitutional Court challenge set for next Wednesday.

Mr Chamisa is contesting the presidential election results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) that declared President Mnangagwa the winner.

According to official results by ZEC, President Mnangagwa romped to victory with 50,8 percent of the total poll, while Mr Chamisa trailed with 44,3 percent.

Mr Chamisa claims he was cheated.

Mr Mangoma said concessions by Mr Chamisa that he had failed to gather all the V11 forms coupled by failure by his party to deploy agents to some of the polling stations was a huge blow to his petition.

He admits that he only has 79 percent of the V11 forms which are the critical source documents, he said.

He also did not have polling agents at some of the polling stations. So, it is important to note that he does not have a full tally of V11 forms to come up with his own totals that can be compared against the zec totals.

From an audit point of view, that would be the comprehensive check to verify the results. The V11 forms are the key.

According to Mr Mangomas analysis of the court challenge, Mr Chamisa does not have enough evidence to controvert ZECs results posted on its website.

He (Mr Chamisa) then claims that results that were collated in the provinces were updated in real time into the ZEC server, he said.

He believes that the server shows that he got 2,6m versus 2m for ED. He says he wrote a letter to ZEC requesting access to the servers...


Wine flaws to look out for "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

When evaluating wine, you should look for flaws that might make the wine undrinkable. These flaws could be the result of problems in bottling, transporting, or storing the wine. A wine is said to be corked if it smells like wet cardboard or a musty basement. If you find that the wine has this smell, []

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Here comes the revivalist Bishop of Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Monday, 30th July, 2018 will remain significantly and memorable for the Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). It was the day the Diocese enthroned a new Diocesan Bishop in the person of Right Reverend (Dr) Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye to take over from the Most Reverend Adebola Ademowo who retired gloriously after serving []

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US Ambassador wants ethno-religious tolerance strengthened in Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Samuel Brownback, has charged Nigerian political office holders, representatives of civil society and religious leaders to focus on peace building and avoid amplifying ethno-religious tension in the country. The US envoy gave counsel at a one-day national youth dialogue on ethno-religious tolerance organised by the U.S Consulate []

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APCs Loose Cannons. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

My article published a fortnight ago titled: Oshiomhole as Buharis Enforcer, provided the background to the current political troubles. In More


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Namibia's Junk Status Remains
News - National | 2018-08-16
Page no: 1
by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THERE is doubt that Namibia would regain a positive investment grading, following Fitch Ratings maintaining the country's rating at junk status.

Analysts said this is because the economy is still faced with hardships, from both the domestic and global front.

In November last year, the ratings agency downgraded the country's credit rating from BBB- to BB+.

Fitch maintained the current rating because it took into consideration the government's commitment to stabilising the debt and fiscal reforms, while the domestic economy is showing signs of a modest recovery.

They also reflect the challenges to fiscal consolidation in a difficult economic and social environment, a statement said yesterday.

Fitch noted that the modest economic recovery in 2018 projected at 0,6%, compared to a contraction of 0,8% in 2017, also played an essential part in avoiding a further downgrade.

Meanwhile, the high wage bill, as well as transfers to public enterprises, remain major challenges for the country to regain a positive outlook.

Fitch predicted that the central government's deficit would exceed budget projections, narrowing from 5,1% of GDP in the 2017 fiscal year (ended March) to 4,9% of GDP in 2018, and further to 4,1% in 2019 against a target of 2,3%.

Furthermore, the agency regarded Namibia's long-standing political stability as a major credit strength. However, the upcoming land conference, as well as the revised New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework could create some policy reservations.


Economic Association of Namibia's research associate Klaus Schade agreed that the current review maintains the 2017 rating, and thus remains one notch below the investment grade of BBB-.

Earlier in May and July, Fitch affirmed the ratings for the Development Bank of Namibia at BB+ with a stable outlook as well as the rating for NamWater respectively. In general, institutions cannot be rated better than the overall country rating, he said.

Schade stressed that ther...


Tinubus breathtaking hypocrisy. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

When last February President Muhammadu Buhari saddled the former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, with the task of reconciling all More


Aspirant lauds INEC for registering more parties "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Anambra-based politician, Mr. Placid Maduabuchi Emmanuel, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for opening the door for more political parties to be registered, and also for the windows for those who have need to register in the voters registration exercise. Speaking in Akwa, Emmanuel said this has become imperative because the nation cannot []

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Oshiomhole as Buharis Enforcer. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Last week, Adams Oshiomhole told us loud and clear what we all knew but which many people were either reluctant More


Lagos rolls out 300 new BRT buses October 1 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lagos State Government says it has taken delivery of 300 new buses into its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) fleet to boost public transportation services in the state. The Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the new buses were part of the 800 buses paid for by []

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Bizman pays medical bills of quintuplets mother, grants scholarship "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It was all tears of joy at Gods Mercy Maternity Home, Obiuno-Otolo, Nnewi, Anambra state, Friday, when a compassionate Nnewi-born philanthropist/industrialist, Chief Louis Carter Izuchukwu Onwugbenu, cleared the medical bills of a set of quintuplets four boys and a girl) born to a 40-year old tricycle operator, Mr. Abuchi Odo-Ezugwu and his wife, Ndidi, 30. []

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Emulate Christians in Nigeria German pastor tells kinsmen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Pastor of Christs Church, Beach Land Estate, Apapa, Lagos, Raily Edwards-Raudonant, has appealed to German nationals to emulate Nigerians by taking their faith seriously. Edwards-Raudonant, who lamented that the church in Europe was declining, said his mission in Nigeria was to reach German speakers with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The cleric spoke on []

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Key selling points of all New Camry "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FUEL ECONOMY AND DRIVING PERFORMANCE High efficiency, high power next generation Dynamic Force Engine, powerful acceleration and new direct shift 8AT contributing to low fuel consumption, sequential shifter that allows shift operation like in Manual Transmission, Improved noise reduction. HIGH QUALITY RIDE Equipped with light weight high rigidity body and new suspension, new double wishbone []

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BSN essay competition focuses on social issues "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The Manager, Media & Public Relations of the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN), Benjamin Mord, has said that the seventh edition of BSNs Annual essay competition Symposium for members of National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) is targeted at proffering solutions to the socio-economic and political challenges confronting the country using biblical and intellectual approaches. []

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Oil and gas geopoliticspay no attention to the man behind the curtain "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Oil and gas geopolitics: no shelter from the storm

There could be widespread ramifications from US energy independence and looming US sanctions on Iran and Russia; states in Central Asia could be hit hard, as well as serious possible impacts on global oil production and the West

A man stands at an oil terminal at Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates. Photo: Karim Sahib / AFP
A man stands at an oil terminal at Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates. Photo: Karim Sahib / AFP

Oil has spiked as high as $80 a barrel unheard of since 2014. A production spike could certainly halt the trend. At the same time, key supply players would rather keep crude futures at $70-$80 a barrel....


WHAT TOO MUCH SEX CAN DO TO YOU. By Sola Ogundipe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Decreased desire Reduced enjoyment Unhappiness Loss of appetite for food Reality star Kim Kardashian was once cautioned by her doctors More

Saturday, 18 August


VIDEO: Buhari returns from London vacation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned from his vacation in London, UK. Buhari on Saturday arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja after his 10 working days holiday. President @MBuhari returns to Abuja from the UK, after a 10 working day vacation. Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) August 18, 2018 The president left Nigeria []

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Saudi war on Canadian maple syrup "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 16 August 2018 video from Canada says about itself:

Canadians from across the country offered to buy Anna Hutchinsons 900 litres of maple syrup after the government of Saudi Arabia rejected her shipment amid the diplomatic dispute between the Canadian and Saudi government[s].

Read more here.

This 10 August 2018 video from Canada says about itself:

Canada appears to stand alone in its ongoing feud with Saudi Arabia. Former White House Global Engagement Director Brett Bruen speaks to Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos about the dispute.

Read more here.

The Canadian government would have had a lot more support in their present conflict with the Saudi absolute monarchy from people in both NATO and non-NATO countries (though not from NATO governments) if they would not have helped for years to sell just maple syrup, but also lethal weapons for the Saudi autocracy to kill civilians in Yemen.


Human footprints fossil estimated at 5.7 million years old may challenge history of human evolution "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Newly discovered human-like footprints from Crete may put the established narrative of early human evolution to the test. The footprints are approximately 5.7 million years old and were made at a time when previous research puts our ancestors in Africa - with ape-like feet. Ever since the discovery of fossils of Australopithecus in South and East Africa during the middle years of the 20th century, the origin of the human lineage has been thought to lie in Africa. More recent fossil discoveries in the same region, including the iconic 3.7 million year old Laetoli footprints from Tanzania which show human-like feet and upright locomotion, have cemented the idea that hominins (early members of the human lineage) not only originated in Africa but remained isolated there for several million years before dispersing to Europe and Asia. The discovery of approximately 5.7 million year old human-like footprints from Crete, published online this week by an international team of researchers, overthrows this simple picture and suggests a more complex reality.

Human footprints fossil estimated at 5.7 million years old may challenge history of human evolution "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Newly discovered human-like footprints from Crete may put the established narrative of early human evolution to the test. The footprints are approximately 5.7 million years old and were made at a time when previous research puts our ancestors in Africa - with ape-like feet. Ever since the discovery of fossils of Australopithecus in South and East Africa during the middle years of the 20th century, the origin of the human lineage has been thought to lie in Africa. More recent fossil discoveries in the same region, including the iconic 3.7 million year old Laetoli footprints from Tanzania which show human-like feet and upright locomotion, have cemented the idea that hominins (early members of the human lineage) not only originated in Africa but remained isolated there for several million years before dispersing to Europe and Asia. The discovery of approximately 5.7 million year old human-like footprints from Crete, published online this week by an international team of researchers, overthrows this simple picture and suggests a more complex reality.


Council of Libyan Tribes releases urgent statement calling for removal of Italian ambassador, respect for Libyan sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Supreme Council of the Libyan Tribes and Cities has passed to me a formal statement issued to all foreign governments and mercenaries attempting to interfere in the sovereignty of Libya. Let it be known that any person speaking for or about the government or people of Libya unless they refer to and acknowledge the Great Tribes of Libya as the Libyan people and their spokespersons, have no authority to speak for Libya or the Libyan people. Foreign governments who recognize puppet governments and self appointed militias as having any authority in Libyan affairs have no understanding of Libya or her people as all Libyans are members of tribes. Leaders in Libya that were not elected by the Libyan people are not supported or recognized by the Libyan people. Therefore, let it be known to the world that any person or persons speaking about Libya that does not refer to the Libyan people via the Great Tribes of Libya is speaking on behalf of and in support of the Khazarian Zionist New World Order that would keep their puppets and mercenaries illegally controlling and stealing from the sovereign country of Libya. The statement was passed to me in Arabic which you can see on their letterhead posted below the English translation:

Council of Libyan Tribes releases urgent statement calling for removal of Italian ambassador, respect for Libyan sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Supreme Council of the Libyan Tribes and Cities has passed to me a formal statement issued to all foreign governments and mercenaries attempting to interfere in the sovereignty of Libya. Let it be known that any person speaking for or about the government or people of Libya unless they refer to and acknowledge the Great Tribes of Libya as the Libyan people and their spokespersons, have no authority to speak for Libya or the Libyan people. Foreign governments who recognize puppet governments and self appointed militias as having any authority in Libyan affairs have no understanding of Libya or her people as all Libyans are members of tribes. Leaders in Libya that were not elected by the Libyan people are not supported or recognized by the Libyan people. Therefore, let it be known to the world that any person or persons speaking about Libya that does not refer to the Libyan people via the Great Tribes of Libya is speaking on behalf of and in support of the Khazarian Zionist New World Order that would keep their puppets and mercenaries illegally controlling and stealing from the sovereign country of Libya. The statement was passed to me in Arabic which you can see on their letterhead posted below the English translation:


CNN: Saudi-led Bomb that Martyred Yemeni Children Was Supplied by US "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Local Editor Munitions experts have confirmed that a bomb used by Saudi Arabia in last weeks attack on a school bus in Yemen that martyred dozens of children had been supplied by the US. The experts told CNN on Friday that the bomb was a 227-kilogram laser-guided Mark 82 bomb. They also noted that the []


Saudi writer critical of UAEs regional policies sentenced to 5 years in prison "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Press TV Aug 18, 2018 Saudi authorities have handed down prison sentence to a writer in the conservative oil-rich kingdom as part of a widening crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against Muslim preachers, members of the press and intellectuals. The rights group Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization []


Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, dead at age 80 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the first black person to head the organisation, died in the Swiss city of Bern after a short illness.

The Ghanaian career diplomat served as chief of the organisation between 1997 and 2006, having been elected to head the organisation twice.

Annan joined the UN in 1962 after studying management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked his way up the UN hierarchy.

He eventually rose to become the head of the UNs peacekeeping efforts before assuming the top organisations top job.

World leaders, past and present, reacted to the news of his death after it was announced on Saturday.


Kofi Annan, Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 80 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

GENEVAKofi Annan, one of the worlds most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.

His foundation announced his death in Switzerlands capital, Bern, on Saturday in a tweet, saying he died after a short, unspecified illness. It did not give details and remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did.

The president of Ghana, where Annan was born, said in a tweet that I am comforted by the information, after speaking to (Annans wife) Nane Maria, that he died peacefully in his sleep.

Annan spent virtually his entire career as an administrator in the United Nations. His aristocratic style, cool-tempered elegance and political savvy helped guide his ascent to become its seventh secretary-general, and the first hired from within. He served two terms from Jan. 1, 1997, to Dec. 31, 2006, capped nearly mid-way when he and the U.N. were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

During his tenure, Annan presided over some of the worst failures and scandals at the world body, one of its most turbulent periods since its founding in 1945. Challenges from the outset forced him to spend much of his time struggling to restore its tarnished reputation.

His enduring moral prestige remained largely undented, however, both through charisma and by virtue of having negotiated with most of the powers in the world.

When he departed from the United Nations, he left behind a global organization far more aggressively engaged in peacekeeping and fighting poverty, setting the framework for the U.N.s 21st-century response to mass atrocities and its emphasis on human rights and development.

Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good, current U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing. In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.

Even out of office, Annan never completely left the U.N. orbit. He returned in special roles, including as the U.N.-Arab Leagues special envoy to Syria in 2012. He remained a powerful advocate for global causes through his eponymous foundation.

Annan took on the top U.N. post six years after the collapse of the Soviet Union and presided during a decade when the world united against terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks then divided deeply over the U.S.-led war against Iraq. The U.S. relationship tested him as a world diplomatic leader.

I think that my darkest moment was the Iraq war, and the fact that we could not stop it, Annan said in....


Daily Digest 8/18 - How Heat Became A National Problem, Stress Keeping Americans Up at Night "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Daily Digest 8/18 - How Heat Became A National Problem, Stress Keeping Americans Up at Night
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Egypt's Sisi signs new law banning 'threatening' websites "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


As Egypt increasingly cracks down on activists, Sisi introduces new law punishing websites considered 'threat' to national security


A Saudi War-Crime in Yemen? Analysing the Dahyan Bombing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

At just after 8:20 in the morning on the 9th of August, a bomb dropped from a Saudi-led Coalition plane struck a busy market area in the center of Dahyan, in Saada Governorate, Yemen. The bomb impacted close to the middle of the main road through the town, causing massive civilians casualties. Tragically, most of these casualties came from a single bus carrying students aged as young as 6 on a religious field trip. Local health officials put the final death toll at 54, including 44 children. The death toll is backed up by significant amounts of video evidence showing the dead bodies of young children.   

The Strike:

Due to the large amount of video footage uploaded to social media in the aftermath of the airstrike, it is possible to locate the exact spot which the bomb impacted. This video posted by Mint Press News shows us the direct aftermath of the strike and the bomb crater [Warning: Extremely Graphic].

Figure 1: Geolocation of airstrike location.

The location of the strike was in a busy civilian area, less than 100m away from the main market area of the town. Additional CCTV footage published by Ansar Allah Media Center a Houthi-aligned news network, allows us to gauge almost the exact time of the strike (08:21-24). This footage also shows the area hit included a road with busy traffic, something which would easily be visible to an aircraft circling above.




Saudi Arabia shoots down ballistic missile fired by Houthi terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi Arabias air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia toward the southern city of Najran.

The attack is the latest in a series of missile launches targeting densely populated residential areas of Saudi Arabia, including Jazan and Najran, close to the border with Yemen.

Houthis chew qat as they rally in Sanaa on Aug. 17, 2018, in support of their colleagues in the front line. Houthis have been firing missile after missile toward populated areas in Saudi Arabia in a desperate terror campaign amid an offensive by a Saudi-led coalition in support of Yemens legitimate government. (Reuters photo)

Saudi-led Arab coalitions spokesman, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that Saudi aerial defense forces intercepted a missile launched by the Iran-backed militia.


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An Iranian made ballistic missile is launched from Yemen by Houthi rebels into Saudi Arabia Reuters file photo

Al-Maliki said that the missile targeted Najran and was aimed at civilian populated areas, but the defense forces were able to intercept and destroy the projectile without any casualties.

The spokesperson added that this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regimes continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and 2231 aimed at safeguarding Saudi Arabias security and any regional and international threats.

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I Dont Remember Voting For US Bombs To Kill Little Kids In Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It must have been a moment of unspeakable shock, terror and pain. But its hard to know exactly what it was like at the moment last Thursday when a school bus packed with Yemeni schoolchildren summer campers coming back from a picnic was struck from the skies by a powerful bomb, because so few of these innocent kids survived to tell about it, and because those who did are mostly clinging to life, maimed or badly burned by the blast. Instead, we can only gape at pictures of a twisted metal frame that hardly resembles the bus that was once filled with happy, singing children...


Former UN chief and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan passes away at 80 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former UN Secretary General and famed diplomat Kofi Annan, 80, passed away in a Swiss hospital on Saturday, succumbing to a "short illness," according to his family. The statesman passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife and three children, Annan's family and foundation announced in a statement praising him for fighting for a "fairer and more peaceful world." His family asked for privacy in their time of mourning. A renowned diplomat, Annan was born in 1938 in the British Crown Colony of Gold Coast, which later became the independent nation of Ghana. Starting his career in the World Health Organization, Annan then served as Ghana's director of tourism. He went on to hold several high-ranking offices within the United Nations. In the early 1990s, as the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Annan led a UN mission to war-torn Somalia and was the organization's special envoy to former Yugoslavia.


A call for an international right of hospitality "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the current situation there is a crying need to limit the arbitrariness of States by confronting them with legitimate and internationally recognized counter-powers. Refugees saved by boat off the Libyan coast while attempting to cross over to Italy in the Mediterranean, 27 January 2018. Laurin Schmid/SOS Mediterranee/Press Association. All rights reserved.The situation in the Mediterranean basin continues to intensify: a [...]


Actor Jim Carrey's Art Goes Viral: "Our Missile, Our Crime" In Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Responding to the now confirmed fact that it was a laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin that killed 40 children while they were riding inside a school bus in northern Yemen over a week ago, actor Jim Carrey has highlighted the crime in his latest art. In a now viral tweet posted to his official account Friday afternoon, Carrey wrote, "40 innocent children killed on a bus in Yemen." And added, "Our ally. Our missile. Our crime."

Former UN chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan dies aged 80 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80, his foundation said on Saturday. Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday, two of his close associates said.


South Africa: Death of Zabalaza Mshengu Highlights Challenges with Land Reforms "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zabalaza Mshengu | Photo: AFRA For nearly twenty years, 104-year-old Zabalaza Mshengu waited to know whether or not his proper to a chunk of land he grew up and lived on had been settled. But it surely was a dream that he would by no means see being realised. Mshengu was born on a farm...


Prior Consultation and Ideological Kidnapping at the Hands of the Honduran State "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

OFRANEH Translation by Internationalist 360 After more than two decades since ILO Convention 169 was ratified and a decade after the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Peoples was approved, the State of Honduras is imposing a Law of Prior Consultation for indigenous peoples with which allegedly seeks to comply with the commitments made, while dismantling...


Evo Morales Warns of US Covert Invasion Against Latin America "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bolivian President Evo Morales warned Saturday that the United States is orchestrating a covert invasion against Venezuela after the countrys Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Colombian president Ivan Duque declared the Venezuelan crisis as a national security threat and Duque agreed to receive a Navy hospital ship to give humanitarian amid to help Venezuelan...

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