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Sunday, 28 January

01:16

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Turkey Continues Aggression on Afrin, Killing 86 Civilians and Injuring 198 Within a Week
27 January 2018

Aleppo, SANA- Forces of the Turkish regime on Saturday morning targeted residential buildings in Afrin area in Aleppo northern countryside with different types of weapons causing a huge damage to the public and private properties, bringing the total number of civilian victims of these attacks to 86 dead and 198 dead.

Civil sources told SANA that the forces of the Turkish regime attacked the houses of the locals and the public properties in the villages of Haji Eskandari, Hamam Bnahyiat Jandaris, Toubal, Obaidan, Qurna and Ali Jarou and in the surroundings of Ghir Mountain in Afrin area, Aleppo northern countryside.

The sources added that scores of civilians were injured in the Turkish aggression, raising the number of victims among civilians to 86 dead and 198 injured, some of them women, children, and elderly people.

The aggression also caused material damage to the infrastructure, citizens houses, and archeological sites, while the movement stopped in Afrin area and the surrounding villages due to the heavy and continued shelling.

R. Jazaeri/ H. Zain / Hazem Sabbagh

01:08

Buhari should step down for Saraki Primate Ayodele "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the wake of former President Olusegun Obasanjos letter to President Muhammad Buhari, Primate Elijah Ayodele, founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Lagos, has lent his voice to the call for the President to step aside for a more younger and proactive person to occupy Aso Rock. The Primate, who said this recently, still reiterated []

The post Buhari should step down for Saraki Primate Ayodele appeared first on Newtelegraph.

01:06

Angolas Vasiljevic: Were ready for Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Coach of the Angola national team, Srdan Vasiljevic, has declared that his boys will be ready for the Super Eagles when they battle in the quarter final match today in the ongoing African Nations Championship in Morocco. The Palancas Negras finished second in Group D to set-up a date with the Eagles who finished top []

The post Angolas Vasiljevic: Were ready for Nigeria appeared first on Newtelegraph.

01:01

Big Brother Naija returns today "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The highly anticipated third edition of Africas biggest reality television show, Big Brother Naija, premieres today, 28 January, 2018 at 7pm Nigerian time. The premiere follows weeks of excitement as auditions for the show held across different regions in Nigeria. Big Brother fans were also treated to nostalgic fun as housemates from the second edition []

The post Big Brother Naija returns today appeared first on Newtelegraph.

01:01

Artificial intelligence, robotics taking over 4th Industrial Revolution LG Chief "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Every January, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), tens of thousands of technology enthusiasts gather in Las Vegas United States for the unveiling of new gadgets being introduced to the worlds markets. This years edition was no different in terms of the curiosity and enthusiasm, but with one major difference: The showstoppers were not []

The post Artificial intelligence, robotics taking over 4th Industrial Revolution LG Chief appeared first on Newtelegraph.

01:01

How we reduced youth criminality in Bayelsa Govt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bayelsa State Government at the weekend said it has redirected the minds of her youths from criminality, militancy and idleness to self-reliance through trainings and workshops. Taking his turn at the interministerial briefing held at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, state Commissioner for Youths Development, Collins Cocodia said that the  state has made giant strides []

The post How we reduced youth criminality in Bayelsa Govt appeared first on Newtelegraph.

01:01

Muslim leaders behind herdsmen killings, CAN slams JNI "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rev. Dr. Musa Asake, General Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Friday stated that leaders of the Jamaatu Nasril Islam (JNI), were behind herdsmen killings across the country. Asake said this in reaction to JNIs allegation that Christian leaders promote violence in Nigeria. The JNI, a coalition of Islamic organisations, is headed by the []

The post Muslim leaders behind herdsmen killings, CAN slams JNI appeared first on Newtelegraph.

01:01

Ex-militants threaten to return to the creeks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For two consecutive days, ex-militants from the coastal communities of Ilaje and Ese-Odo Local Government Areas of Ondo State have protested the nonfulfilment of the terms of the amnesty promised by both the Ondo State and the Federal Government. The militants numbering about 500 allegedly blocked the entrance leading to the gate of the State []

The post Ex-militants threaten to return to the creeks appeared first on Newtelegraph.

God is angry with Nigerias leaders Arojah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The day was January 8, on the St Peters Cherubim and Seraphim Band ground, Iwopin, Ogun; and it wasnt just where two or three were gathered. About 2000 worshipers, in sparkling white garments, all expectant, were gatheredwaiting to hear from their prophet just descending from a seven-day mountain-top prayer.   The choir was ministering in []

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01:01

Crop munching pest in Africa raises hunger threat "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A crop munching worm that can fly up to 100 km (60 miles) at night is spreading rapidly across Africa, threatening food production and the livelihoods of millions of farmers already struggling with conflicts and drought, experts said on Friday. The larvae form of fall armyworm prefers maize, but can feed on more than 80 []

The post Crop munching pest in Africa raises hunger threat appeared first on Newtelegraph.

01:01

Nigerians, Christians urged to move close to God in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerians, especially Christians, have been advised to be strong, steadfast and move close to God in the New Year for them to be ambassadors of the kingdom of God. The Leader-in-Charge of the Cherubim & Seraphim Movement Church Worldwide (Ayo Ni O), Divine Blessing Cathedral (DBC), Victory District, Alagbado, Lagos, Special Apostle John Adegboyega Oyeku, []

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Saturday, 27 January

23:32

Seven Governors, 20 Senators, Others For Obasanjos Coalition For Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Many of those consulted by Mr. Obasanjo are said to have signed on to his elaborate plan for a mass More

23:27

2019: 74 Prominent Elders Vow To Pull Yoruba Nation Out Of Nigeria If "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Seventy-four prominent Yoruba elders have vowed to pull the Yoruba nation out of Nigeria if the country is not restructured More

23:16

Miyetti Allah reveal why cattle colonies is not practicable in southeast. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) says there is no need to set up cattle colonies in More

23:00

Why Obasanjo is angry with President Buhari By Prince Ugo. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Fresh facts have emerged that the refusal of President Muhhamdu Buhari to grant some concessions to former President Olusegun Obasanjo More

21:52

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Graft Trial in Portugal 'Offends' Angola
By Cristina Krippahl
DW

Tensions are mounting between Angola and Portugal over the indictment for corruption of former Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente. Experts believe Portugal will cave in to Angolan efforts to nix the trial.

The case goes back to when Manuel Vicente (pictured above) was head of the state oil company Sonangol, before being appointed vice president in 2012. The year before, he was charged in Lisbon on suspicion of having paid a Portuguese state prosecutor almost 770,000 ($942,000) to have two cases of money laundering dismissed. The scandal kept him from running for the presidency in 2017, although he had been handpicked by then head of state Jose Eduardo dos Santos to succeed him in office.

The trial against Vicente opened in Lisbon on Monday, despite efforts by the Angolan government to have it transferred to Luanda. The government of President Joao Lourenco argues that an agreement with the former colonial power allows for such a transfer. True, says jurist, author and legal consultant Rui Verde. "The problem is Angola's amnesty law. If the file is transferred to Angola, no justice will be applied," Verde told DW.

Immunity guaranteed

The amnesty for those convicted of minor crimes committed before 2016 and punishable with up to 12 years in prison was a parting gift by dos Santos when he stepped down from power last year. As a former vice president, Vicente also has immunity from prosecution. There is no doubt in either Portugal or Angola that a transferal of the judicial proceedings to Luanda would mean "that no trial will take place," the Portuguese professor of law said.

President Joao Lourenco, who took over last August after almost four decades of rule by dos Santos, has promised the country a new start with a strong emphasis on the fight against corruption and money laundering. In the opinion of Rui Verde, a legal consultant for and collaborator with Maka Angola, an Angolan civil society initiative that is against graft and pro democracy, Lourenco's stance in the Vicente affair discredits his declared aims. "This looks bad because it's exactly the c...

21:50

Imo State and Its Governor By Okey Ikechukwu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In addition to his many controversial engagements, governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State recently led some South East politicians to More

21:49

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Angola: The Party's Over for the Former President
(Stratfor 2018)

In Stratfor's 2018 Annual Forecast, we wrote that Angola would continue moving away from former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, as his successor, Joao Lourenco, had already begun chipping away at the former ruling family's financial empire. Dos Santos has been powerless to stop the assault on his family's financial gains, and a rumor that he will soon step down could be one of the final nails in the coffin.

One of Africa's oldest leaders may soon leave his position of power again. In a Jan. 25 interview with French language magazine Jeune Afrique, Angolan Foreign Minister Manuel Domingos Augusto confirmed that the leader of the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, will step down from his post in 2018. A party head's departure is not normally a notable event, but dos Santos is a major national figure, having ruled Angola for 38 years before leaving the presidency in 2017. In the interview, the foreign minister also stated that there will be an intra-MPLA party meeting Jan. 25. That gathering will bring dos Santos together with his successor to the Angolan presidency, Joao Lourenco, and could give more clarity on dos Santos' trajectory after retirement.

Dos Santos has previously stated that he hoped to retire from active politics in 2018. However, the transition from his presidency to Lourenco's has not gone as smoothly as he may have planned. Since being elected in late 2017, Lourenco has quickly sought to turn the page on controversial elements of the dos Santos era by removing the former president's family members from positions of power in important sectors of the Angolan economy. This has included, among other things, removing Isabel dos Santos as the head of the country's critically important oil company, Sonangol, and firing Jose Filomeno dos Santos from the state's sovereign wealth fund. Given the loss of his family's lucrative political connections in recent months, dos Santos' impending forced retirement from the political scene may end up having little impact on the direction of Angola in the years to come.

21:20

Amendment to Electoral Act Causes Discomfort in Presidency and INEC. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As Senate empanels cttee to reconcile differences in Bill The House of Representatives amendments to the Electoral Act, which effected More

21:11

Hundreds of Jewish clergy urge Israel to halt refugee deportations "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nearly 800 Jewish US clergy have signed an open letter urging the Israeli government to halt deportations of African asylum seekers.

21:11

Hundreds of Jewish clergy urge Israel to halt refugee deportations "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nearly 800 Jewish US clergy have signed an open letter urging the Israeli government to halt deportations of African asylum seekers.

19:45

Sudan willing to offer Russia a military base on Red Sea shore "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sudan is willing to house a Russian military base on the Red Sea shore, as it should help fight contraband and slavery, according to Sudan's chairman of Defense and Security committee Al-Hadi Adam Hamid. He noted that setting up a base in the country would be reasonable, calling the decision "marvelous". The chairman also complained about a lot of vessels illegally crossing the naval borders of Sudan: "Vessels enter our territorial waters, fish illegally, and fisherman also cross borders illegally." Hamid added that Sudan has to fight slavery and contraband on the Red Sea. He stressed the importance of military cooperation with Moscow in this regard, and said that establishing a base "won't be out of the ordinary." "The times demand it," he added. Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir visited Russia for the first time on November 23, where he had discussed a possibility of establishing a Russian base in Sudan with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu. No official agreement had been signed. Kremlin did not provide comment.

19:20

What a black man from Chicago found when he moved to Alabama "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

When I began attending Birmingham School of Law in early 2013, my wife was pregnant with our youngest son, Jaxson, and she utterly refused to move to Alabama. Let's be honest, Alabama has a dirty past when it comes to the treatment of African-Americans. We both are northerners. I'm from Chicago, she's from New Jersey and we met in Atlanta. I lived in Atlanta for 12 years and loved it. It was the first city of its magnitude that I have ever lived in. African-Americans are the majority there and it was great to experience black excellence on so many fronts -- politicians, entrepreneurs, professionals, and athletes. Blacks also control the music and movie scene. You have blacks living in sprawling mansions, and they drive Bentleys and Rolls Royces alongside you in traffic daily. When you go to eat at fine dining establishments in Atlanta, there may be two or three white couples in the room. I say all of this to paint you a picture of what my life was like in Atlanta, and I experienced little to no racial tension while living there.

18:55

The origins of the 1959 Mt. Kenya Safari Club and its possible changing tides: 'Safari Club II' what is it? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

During the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency convinced certain European and Middle Eastern allies to establish an informal intelligence alliance whose links to the United States would be "plausibly denied" in typical CIA parlance. In 1976, a group of pro-Western intelligence agency directors secretly met at the Mt. Kenya Safari Club in Nanyuki, Kenya to hammer out an informal pact designed to limit Soviet influence in Africa and the Middle East. The group met under the auspices of Saudi billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta, and US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Although Khashoggi was present at the first meeting of what soon became known as the "Safari Club," Kenyatta and Kissinger were not present at the inaugural spymasters' meet-up. Signing the original charter of the Safari Club in Kenya were Count Alexandre de Marenches, director of the French Service de Documentation Extrieure et de Contre-Espionnage (SDECE) foreign intelligence agency; Kamal Adham, the chief of Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah, the Saudi intelligence service; Egyptian Intelligence Service director, General Kamal Hassan Aly; Ahmed Dlimi, the head of Morocco's intelligence service; and General Nematollah Nassiri, the head of Iran's SAVAK intelligence agency. There are indications, but no actual proof, that the head of Israel's Mossad, Yitzhak Hofi, took part in the first Safari Club meeting in Kenya.

18:11

Earth: One Amazing Day, wildlife film review "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

Earth: One Amazing Day, Official Trailer BBC Earth Documentary

24 September 2017

Narrated by Robert Redford comes the long-awaited sequel Earth: One Amazing Day, from BBC Earth Films, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world.

On 27 January 2018, I went to see the BBC wildlife film Earth: One Amazing Day.

The theme of this beautiful film is that Earth is a very special planet, being the only known planet in the universe, as far as is known, where there is life. Not just one species of life: millions of species of animals, plants, etc.

This life on earth became possible because Earth is neither so close to its star, the sun, that it is too hot for life, nor so far away from the sun that it is too cold for life.

Earth turns around its axis, making for relatively hot daytime and relatively cold nighttime. This change, day after day, helps biodiversity, as some wildlife prefers the day, and others prefer the night.

So, every day on Earth is an Amazing Day as special wildlife things happen day after day.

The film begins with sunrise, and ends with nighttime. The rising sun causes a giant panda in China to wake up. Meanwhile, a serval, a mainly nocturnal cat, tries to catch a rodent just after dawn in Africa. The rodent sees the threat and escapes. The serval realizes that it is time to sleep.

There is much more fine footage in the film. On the Galapagos islands, newly hatched marine iguanas try, successfully or unsuccessfully, to escape from snakes. In Africa, a young...

17:54

Botswana government reports police view that poaching leading to elephants attacks on people "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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POLICE LINK ELEPHANTS ATTACKS TO POACHING

Elephant attacks on human beings in some villages of the Okavango District are on the rise .

Last year, police recorded about eight incidents which took place in different areas and resulted in loss of lives.

This was confirmed by officer commanding, Senior Superintendent Peter Gochela in an interview noting that the incidents of elephant attacks had increased in 2017 as compared to other years.

He confirmed that last year, they recorded eight incidents which took place in villages of Gudigwa, Shakawe and Gumare. He said the situation was worrisome as the elephants were now posing a serious danger to the communities lives.

However, Senior Superintendent Gochela suspected that the elephants could be aggressive because of poaching stating that they had experienced an increase in incidents of poaching as compared to the previous years.

He revealed that last year, they discovered many elephant carcasses in the Okavango District adding that a number of suspects were arrested in connection with poaching incidents.

Elephants are not violent animals unless they are provoked hence many unfortunate incidents, he added.

Senior Superintendent Gochela appealed to the communities to work jointly with the law enforcement noting that they should report incidents of poaching in their respective areas.

Meanwhile, recently, a 60 year old man of Xhumxwi cattle post in the Okavango District was attacked and killed by an elephant while searching for his cattle in the bush.

Senior Superintendent Gochela explained that the old man left home in the afternoon but never came back and was found dead in the bush on January 12 with some injuries all over his body.

He said the evidence indicated that he was attacked and killed by an aggressive elephant. In another incident, an old woman was found dead at the surrounding cattle posts near Gumare after elephant attack.

Still in Gumare, it was reported that a 11 year-old boy is recuperating at Gumare Primary Hospital after he survived elephant attack.

According to Senior Superintendent Gochela, the victim was going to the field with his mother when he met his fate. On their way, they came across some elephants which attacked the boy leaving him with serious injuries.

He said the mother reported the matter to the police and the little boy was rushed to the hospital. (BOPA)

17:44

Top 5 Reforms Middle East Governments Can Make in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(HRW) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) governments can respond to the popular demands of the regions youth for reform by implementing five changes in 2018 to arbitrary, outdated legal systems that infringe upon citizens rights and liberties, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2018. Some governments in the region have already embarked on important progress, but most remain hostage to rigid mentalities.

 

The people of the region are sick of their governments tired excuses for failing to make basic reforms that will dramatically improve everyones quality of life, said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. While the region is reeling from the untold destruction from armed conflicts in four countries and heightened repression elsewhere, theres a lot that governments can do to give the young generation a reason to believe that progress is possible in the Middle East.

In the 643-page World Report, its 28th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth writes that political leaders willing to stand up for human rights principles showed that it is possible to limit authoritarian populist agendas. When combined with mobilized publics and effective multilateral actors, these leaders demonstrated that the rise of anti-rights governments is not inevitable.

Here are the top five reforms MENA governments can move to make this year:

  1. Dont Want to Marry My Rapist #MeToo!: Women in MENA made clear that it is not OK to let a rapist escape prison by marrying his victim, a legal loophole that dates to Napoleonic times. Families who agree to such judicially sanctioned marriages do so largely to escape the stigma of a daughter stained by rape. Tunisia, Jordan, and Lebanon abolished these horrific laws in 2017, following Morocco and Egypt, which did so in years past; seven other countries in the region where this p...

17:42

Arrests at Rep. Hoyers office pending Yemen War legislation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Seven activists were arrested on January 11th for refusing to leave Rep. Steny Hoyers Washington, D.C. office unless the Congressman (and House Minority Whip) committed to bring a vote on legislation to end the U.S.-Saudi war against Yemen.  Under intense bombardment and naval blockade, Yemen is poised to become the new centurys worst case of []

17:03

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egypt, Sudan Foreign Ministers Discuss Strained Relations
Sudans FM Ibrahim Ghandour (L) meets with his Egyptian counterpart Samih Shoukri in Cairo on January 9, 2016 (Photo released by the Sudanese FM)

January 26, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Egyptian and Sudanese foreign ministers vowed on Friday to work together to defuse tensions and remove any misunderstanding between the two countries.

Sudanese Foreign Ministers Ibrahim Ghandour and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry met on the sidelines of the preparatory meetings of the 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, both Ghandour and Shoukry stressed the need to defuse tensions and remove any misunderstanding between the two countries.

"Sometimes, differences may happen between neighbours and brothers. Our mission in diplomacy and as officials is to always contain any disagreements. So, we agreed to work together to contain any (trouble) that could disturb the relations between the two countries and develop it together under the leadership of his Excellency President Omar al-Bashir and His Excellency President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi," said Ghanour.

For his part, Minister Shoukry emphasized they are always working to strengthen "the holy relations" between the two countries.

"We agreed that we should work together through different institutions to remove any misunderstandings that affect bilateral relations and to put the relationship on the upward path for the benefit of the two peoples because what really binds them are bonds of love and brotherhood," he added.

The tumultuous relations between the two countries experienced last December a new crisis over media attacks against Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir after a visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Sudan. Also, Sudan accused Egypt and Eritrea of supporting rebel groups to attack Kassala state on the eastern border.

But the main differences remain the dispute over the border triangle area of Halayeb and the construction of Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam that Sudan backs.

Shoukery mentioned without elaboratio...

17:00

Fade to Black with William Henry Iron Throne of Osiris "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

William Henry is a Nashville-based author, investigative mythologist, and TV presenter. He is an internationally recognized authority on human spiritual potential, transformation and ascension.

He has a unique ability to incorporate historical, religious, spiritual, scientific, archaeological and other forms of such knowledge into factually-based theories and conclusions that provide the layperson with a more in-depth understanding of the profound shift we are actually experiencing in our lifetime.

The spiritual voice and Consulting Producer of the global hit History Channel program, Ancient Aliens, and host of the Gaia TV series The Awakened Soul: The Lost Science of Ascension, and Arcanum, along with his wife, Clare, William Henry is your guide into the transformative sacred science of human ascension.

With over 30 years of research distilled into 18 books and numerous video presentations, Williams work will guide you to next level of human consciousness and our expanding reality.

Along with his wife, Clare, he leads luxury, ascension-themed tours to sacred sites including Egypt, France, Italy and England.

Tonight we will discuss the recent discovery of the chamber above the Grand Gallery in the Great Pyramid of Giza as well as the recent Days of Disclosure and what it means to our community and the world.

Website: http://www.williamhenry.net

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16:54

Tillerson says Washington, Europe start work on Iran nuclear deal Our work group also is intending to identify areas of greater cooperation (with) Europe to push back on Irans malign behaviour. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the Warsaw Ghetto monument in Warsaw, Poland January 27, 2018. REUTERS-Kacper Pempel

By Lidia Kelly and Marcin Goettig

WARSAW (Reuters) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Saturday that working groups on fixing what the U.S. sees as flaws in the Iranian nuclear deal have already begun to meet, trying to determine the scope of what is needed and how much Iran needs to be engaged in it.

Tillerson, ending a week-long European trip in Warsaw, said that he had secured support from Britain, France and Germany all parties to the 2015 agreement to work on the deal that President Donald Trump has warned he will walk away from unless changes are made.

Its always darkest before the dawn, Tillerson told journalists. The working groups have already begun to meet on efforts to agree principles, what is the scope of what we attempt to address and also how much we engage Iran on discussions to address these issues, he said.

The nuclear deal gave Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief in return for curbs on its atomic program.

Trump vowed to stop waiving U.S. sanctions unless the Europeans agreed to strengthen the deals terms by consenting to a side agreement that would effectively eliminate provisions that allow Iran to gradually resume some advanced atomic work. Trump also wants tighter restrictions on Irans ballistic missile program.

Iran has rejected any renegotiation.

Tillerson said the nuclear deal was only a small part of U.S. policy in the Middle East and Washington was more immediately concerned about other issues including Irans support for the Houthi rebels in Yemen and its supplying weapons to militias in the region.

Our work group also is intending to identify areas of greater cooperation (with) Europe to push back on Irans malign behaviour, he said.

...

16:47

Saudi Arabia fifth relief campaign to Yemens Al-Fasht and Balkan islanders "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The islands are located near Midi port in the Hajjah province. It was fifth relief campaign carried out for the two islands, and it reached 43 families comprising 205 individuals. (Saudi Press Agency)

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16:40

14 Malian soldiers killed in attack on camp: army "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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AFP/File / by Serge DANIEL | Malian soldiers, part of the joint G5 Sahel military force, sit in a vehicle as they patrol in central Mali on November 2, 2017

BAMAKO (AFP)  Fourteen Malian soldiers were killed and 18 wounded on Saturday in an attack on their camp in Malis restive north, the army said, while military sources told AFP jihadists were responsible.Malis deteriorating security situation is of growing concern as Al-Qaeda-linked groups mount increasingly deadly attacks on domestic and foreign forces, and the countrys president on Saturday cancelled his visit to an African summit.

The Malian armed forces were attacked early this morning, around 4am, in Soumpi (Timbuktu region). We have recorded 14 dead, 18 wounded and material damage, a statement from the military posted on social media said.

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A military source based in Bamako had told AFP the men were killed during a cowardly terrorist attack on the Soumpi camp.

The local official confirmed the death toll, and said five wounded men were transferred to the town of Niafunke for medical treatment.

The Soumpi incident comes two days after 26 civilians including mothers and babies were killed when their vehicle ran over a landmine in Boni, central Mali, according to a UN death toll.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had cancelled planned travel to the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to visit Boni on Saturday, he said in a tweet.

The UN Security Council said it condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack, referring to Thursdays incident.

Armed groups under scrutiny

Islamic extremists linked to Al-Qaeda took control of the desert north of Mali in early 2012, but were largely driven out in a French-led military operation launched in January 2013.

In June 2015, Malis government signed a peace agreement with coalitions of non-jihadist armed groups. But Islamist insurgents remain active, and large tracts of the country are lawless.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a French-drafted statement giving parties to the 2015 peace deal until the end of March to show progre...

15:55

BREAKING: Resign Now, Benue APC to Defence Minister "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Benue State Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has voted for the immediate resignation of the Minister of Defence, Colonel Muhammad Mansur Dan Ali (rtd) from office. It also called on the minister to tender an unreserved apology to the good people of the state for linking recent massacre of 73 innocent []

The post BREAKING: Resign Now, Benue APC to Defence Minister appeared first on Newtelegraph.

12:58

VIDEO: I was paid to blackmail Apostle Suleiman Stephanie Otobo, "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 Stephanie Otobo, has confessed to having been paid to blackmail the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman. In a video believed to have been recorded in a service in the church, Otobo, who had earlier accused Pastor Suleiman of having had illicit affairs with her, changed her story. With the mouth of []

The post VIDEO: I was paid to blackmail Apostle Suleiman Stephanie Otobo, appeared first on Newtelegraph.

12:39

Trumps new refrigerator, taxpayers pay $24 million "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 27 January 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

What hums, flies above 30,000ft, and costs about as much as Donald Trumps upstate New York manor? Trumps new airplane refrigerators.

From daily The Guardian in Britain today:

Trumps refrigerator upgrade for Air Force One set to cost $24m

Officials sign deal with Boeing to replace two food chilling systems

12:36

Leading member of halted Egyptian presidential campaign attacked and injured "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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A spokesman said Hisham Genena left his home outside Cairo when two cars stopped him and a group of men attacked him

11:40

Police release arrested Biafra leader "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Princewill Obuka , the national Leader of Biafra Nations Youth League, BNYL, has been released from Police custody in Calabar, Cross River State after one week in detention. Obuka and leader of displaced Bakassi youths Linus Essien were arrested along with their members in Ikang Cameroon border following a tip-off operation on 16 Jan 2018, reasons []

The post Police release arrested Biafra leader appeared first on Newtelegraph.

11:06

Italy in arms: from the Baltic to Africa , by Manlio Dinucci "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

When Nato Member States use force to occupy foreign states, they are always ready with some excuse. It is to support them. Italy is not derogating from this rule. From the Baltics to Africa, the Italian presence is virtually felt throughout.

10:55

Trump, Jerusalem and the Need for a Rebranded Palestinian Leadership "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Earlier this week, US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Knesset confirming both his Presidents resolve on the status of the Holy City, and Americas exit from the Peace Process.

This comes weeks after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem, full and undivided, as the capital of Israel, and days after the US decided to withhold $65 million of the $125 million it was meant to give the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

UNRWA provides essential life-support and relocates some five million Palestinians displaced in Gaza, the occupied West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

The European Union and broader international community have condemned these decisions, reflected in the UN General Assemblys (UNGA) 10th Emergency Session, which passed Resolution ES-10/L.22 declaring the status of Jerusalem as Israels capital null and void.

Drafted largely by Yemen and Turkey, the Resolution passed by 128 votes to 9 against with 35 abstentions.

UNGA Resolutions are non-binding, and so are widely perceived as performative. But this particular performance demonstrates two seismic shifts in current world politics. First is a confirmation of the US ostracism from the liberal international community.

With an abstention from Canada and votes in favor from the majority of the EU and all BRICS members, the US and Israel stand out as pariah states similar to Afghanistan and Iran on previous occasions.

This quick succession of heavy blows delivered to Palestine confirms Pences alarming proclamation that the current formulation of the Peace Process, and its illusions of progress, as mediated by the US, has ended.

And with the demise of this so-called Peace Proces...

10:13

No more elephants? Poaching crisis takes its toll in the Central African Republic "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mongabay

  • An aerial survey last year found that elephants might be locally extinct in northern Central African Republic.
  • The survey also showed that the poaching crisis had taken a considerable toll on many other large mammals, including giraffe, African buffalo and the giant eland.
  • A park in eastern CAR shows that threats to wildlife can be tackled, but security is required first and foremost.

Years of civil war and poaching have virtually wiped out elephants from one of their historical strongholds in Central Africa, an aerial survey conducted last year by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) indicates.

The survey, in northern Central African Republic, found surviving but small populations of giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), giant eland (Taurotragus derbianus), buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus) but not a single bush elephant (Loxodonta africana).

We werent anticipating to find many elephants, but we were hoping to find some, said Paul Elkan, the WCSs Sudano-Sahel regional director, who led the investigation. It doesnt mean that there are none; it means that, if there are, there are very small numbers.

The destruction of the CARs once abundant wildlife is due to poaching and illegal trafficking rooted both inside the country and in neighboring nations. This is part of a historical phenomenon that has been exacerbated by the countrys civil war, ongoing since 2013.

But experts in wildlife protection say there is still hope for the nations wildlife. If the CAR can preserve its rich habitats by scaling up and strengthening conservation efforts that are currently undermined by conflict, it could not only potentially bring back wildlife, but also greater security for its citizens.

Two teams from the WCS, ECOFAUNE+ (a European Union-supported conservation project) and staff from the CARs Ministry of Environment performed the survey in March and April 2017. Their planes covered 63,657 square kilometers (24,578 square miles) across several...

08:57

Igbinedion University, Westminster College Collaborate On Students Admission "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Centre on dark suit is Managing Director Of westminster College, Ikotun, Lagos and Asibor on French suite standing him in group picure with the senior senior students and staff of Westminster College


LAGOS JANUARY 27TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Foremost private university in Nigeria, Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State has gone into collaboration with the management of Westminster College, Ikotun, Lagos on the need to offer admission to students of the College to study credible disciplines in the University.
In order to achieve their objectives, representatives of Igbinedion University lead by Dr Asibor Raphael met with the management team of the College lead by Managing Director of Westminster College, Chief Johnson Barovbe to guide them and proffer suggestions on reasons why students of Westminster College should attend Igbinedion University.
Expressing the University desire for Westminster College, Mr. Asibor Raphael who lead Igbinedion University delegation to the school said they chose Westminster College because the school is one of the best private secondary school in Lagos State.
He said they need students from Westminster College, Lagos because they have very sound education bac...

08:56

Wike: Ill complete Ogono-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Leadership newspaper nominates gov as Man-of-the-year   Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has pledged the readiness of his administration to complete the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo- Nkoro Unity Road for the development of the riverine communities in the area. Wike assured that funding of the road would be maintained to ensure consistency in delivery, and expressed satisfaction with []

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07:12

Restored Republic via a GCR as of Jan. 27, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Jan. 27 2018

Compiled 12:01 am EDT 27 Jan. 2018 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com

Source: Dinar Chronicles

Judy Note: Since we won't know the true situation until we exchange, it is my personal opinion that:

1. The RV has always been scheduled to happen in the month of Jan. 2018.

2. RV funds were sent from the new US Treasury to the banks last night at midnight.

3. The five top Tier 1 banks met yesterday Jan. 25 to decide on a 800 number release time (that would likely be set for the end of the month so they could make monies by trading the funds as long as possible).

4. The longer the currency was traded, the higher the screen rates was expected to be.

5. The Dinar in-country rate today was $4.87. The Dong was $2.00. Our screen rates would likely be higher.

6. The Zim screen rate was set at $0.000000147 with no zeros taken off your Zim note. The 100 Trillion Zim note comes out at $14.7 million dollars.

7. Tony maintained that the contract rate for the Zim was only if you had a humanitarian project in Zimbabwe with a partner over there. The rate would be $2, and it would be an 80/20 deal. The bank would assign you a partner, or you could find your own. It has to be approved, so check when you go to the bank.

8. Bruce maintained that if your Humanitarian plan called for more than you would get at the screen rate you could negotiate for a higher rate (below $2).

9. You would need to justify why you should get the higher rate through presenting a (1-2 page) Busi...

06:00

Wilson Oruma: Casualty Of A Cruel Society "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Oruma


By Jacob Ajom
LAGOS JANUARY 27TH (URHOBOTODAY)-There is no doubting the fact that Wilson Oruma, one of Nigerias most talented football stars is by every means, a successful professional. He shot to limelight after the Japan 93 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which he captained Nigeria to win. After then, the Delta State-born soccer exponent left the shores of this country and traversed the length and breadth of Europe plying his trade. Oruma made plenty of money, saved a lot and returned home a comfortable man.
It was supposed to be a quiet retirement life for Oruma, but that was not to be as he fell into the wrong hands, purportedly in a house of God after being introduced to fake oil moguls by a supposed man of God.
According to reports, Oruma suspected foul play when scheduled meetings would not be respected and he was cut off as he could no longer communicate with the investors. When he met the pastor, the man of God asked if he was involved in the business dealings all the while and the answer was a capital no. He thus divorced himself from any blames leaving the soccer star to lick his wounds.
Oruma was not strong enough to withstand the attendant psychological pressure. A few weeks after, he started behaving funny. He started talking to himself and had hot altercations with his wife at their Victoria Garden City home in Lagos.
The former Bendel Insurance sta...

06:00

Israel will pay civilians $9,000 to capture African migrants "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Israel is hiring civilian immigration inspectors to crack down on illegal aliens and their employers, marking a turning point in the Middle Eastern nations relationship with migrants and refugees.

04:59

BENUE KILLINGS: Buhari surrounded by bad advisers, says Ortom "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

says solution to countrys crisis not in sight   Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday said the good intentions of President Muhammadu Buhari to salvage the country for the benefit of upcoming generations may be defeated because he is surrounded by a wrong set of people that could not give him useful advice that would []

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04:58

2019: Buhari has openly surrendered power to PDP Chris Ekpenyong "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mr. Obong Christopher Ekpenyong was the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, during the Victor Attah administration. He bares his mind to TONY ANICHEBE on sundry issues. Excerpts     The emergence of the Fresh PDP almost caused another major crisis for your party after the Abuja convention. Though they have reconciled with the new []

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04:58

Abia Assembly suspends CJ, appoints replacement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Abia House of Assembly yesterday suspended the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, for alleged acts of tyranny and gross misconduct. The suspension followed a petition presented on the floor of the house on matter of urgent public importance by the member representing Ukwa West, Mr. Mezie Nwubani. The petition was dated []

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04:57

Deji Tinubu: Lagos cancels retreat, awaits autopsy report "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Lagos State Government yesterday hurriedly cancelled its three-day retreat by the members of the state executive council and permanent secretaries, taking place at Jubilee Chalets Epe, following the sudden death of the Special Adviser on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives at the venue of the retreat. This is as reactions have continued to trail the []

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04:56

LEWD MUSIC: OLAMIDE UNDER HEAVY FIRE "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The nagging concern about the quality of contents in both music and videos churned out by Nigerian contemporary singers in recent times is utterly worrisome. LANRE ODUKOYA and ADEDAYO ODULAJA report.     Indications are rife, at least from the repugnant proliferation of adversely inciting lyrical/visual content and materials many Nigerian singers now churn out, []

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04:52

IPOB: Sureties, not Buratai should produce Kanu, says judge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday refused an application filled by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which prayed the court to order the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce its missing leader, Nnamdi Kanu. The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako in a ruling dismissed the said application filed []

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04:51

Glo-sponsored CNN African Voices features Africans for Winter Olympics "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Some of the African participants at this years Winter Olympics will be the centre of attraction on this weeks edition of African Voices. African Voices is sponsored by Globacom on the global news and current affairs channel, Cable News Network (CNN). According to Globacom, viewers can watch this episode of African Voices on CNN at []

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04:50

Cant afford naming ceremony, man kills five-day-old son "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Septuagenarian-father bathes son with acid in Lagos   Operatives of the Nigeria Police in Bauchi State yesterday arrested one Habibu Bala of Ningi Local Government Area of the state for allegedly killing his five-day-old son with insecticide, because I have no money to organise naming ceremony for the child. The arrest happened as a []

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04:49

It took me almost t wo years to woo my wife Ezenwa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, told CHARLES OGUNDIYA in this interview in Morocco where CHAN is taking place that all players must strive hard to invest in their future and life after football. Excerpts     It has been a good one year for you, what can you say about that period as a footballer? []

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04:48

TROUBLE IN OJBS FAMILY: WIFE, FATHER FIGHT OVER PROPERTY "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Indications are rife that the family of late singer and iconic music producer, OJB Jezreel, is at way over the deceaseds property in Surulere, Lagos. Insiders insist that OJBs aged father, Chief Anthony Okungbowa, has asked his sons widow and eldest wife, Mabel, to vacate the house. And as you read this, the grouse has []

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04:43

Connecting Aworis through culture, music "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The way artists come out with different kinds of music to express emotions, capturing inner experience of life, speaks volume of their dexterity. This was what played out during the reactivation of Wooro music, a genre made popular by the Aworis in Lagos. The event, organised by Ejigbo Indigene Forum, Lagos Chapter in partnership with []

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04:40

TIWA SAVAGE, WIZKID, OTHERS STORM LONDON FOR BURNA BOYS PARTY "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Famous music artiste, Burna Boy, had shrugged off the gloom brought him by the allegation of robbery levelled against him by a colleague, Mr. 2Kay, last year. Though the matter is still in court, Burna Boy has forged on. In fact, he recently had his album listening party in London. The concert which turned out []

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04:26

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Al-Bashir Heads Sudan Delegation for AU Summit in Addis Ababa
President Omer al-Bashir gestures as he addresses the crowd in Al-Fashir, North Darfur, Sudan April 1, 2016. R(euters Photo)

January 26, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir will head his countrys delegation to the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 28 to 29 January.

Sudans delegation to the Summit would include the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Fadl Abdallah, Minister of Water Resources Irrigation and Electricity, Mutaz Musa, Minister of Commerce Hatim Al-Sir, Minister of Social Security, Mashair Al-Dawalab, Director of the National Intelligence and Security Services Mohamed Atta and State Minister for the Presidency, Director General of Presidents Offices, Hatim Hassan Bakhit.

The theme of this AU Summit is: Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africas Transformation.

The Summit is expected to deliberate on a number of issues, including institutional reforms of the AU, continental free trade and the state of peace and security on the continent.

The International Criminal Court (ICC0 issued two arrest warrants against al-Bashir in 2009 and 2010 for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Darfur. He is the first sitting head of state charged by the Hague-based court since its inception in 2002.

Sudan, which is not a state member of Rome Statute of the ICC, has been campaigning for an African withdrawal from the court.

The AU constantly accuses the ICC of disproportionately targeting Africans. Several countries including Kenya, Sudan, Eritrea, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Libya have called for en mass withdrawal of African nations from the court.

But the court also has supporters in Africa. At an AU Summit meeting in July 2016, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia were among the countries that opposed a Kenyan-led drive for a group walkout from the tribunal.

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04:22

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Sudans Taban Rejects Stepping Down of Salva Kiir From Power
SPLM-IO Chief Negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, speaking to journalists at Juba airport upon his return from Pagak with his team, 22 January 2016. (ST Photo)

January 26, 2018 (JUBA)- Taban Deng Gai, whom President Salva Kiir appointed into the position of the first vice president in replacement of his main political rival and former first vice president turned rebel leader, Riek Machar, said he does not advocate the removal of his boss from power.

I dont advocate for Salva Kiir to leave power. He is an equilibrium of peace and unity just like Dr John Garang. If Dr John was to be alive, when will he leave power, asked Gai?"

There is what we call a leader such Salva Kiir, he added.

The remarks sparked debates in social media, with many people asking the cause for joining armed resistance with Machar at the start of the conflict in the country in 2013.

Taban made the remarks at a news conference at which he was updating the media of the objective of his two-week visit to Jonglei following his return to the capital, Juba.

The state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation repeatedly played the clip carrying the remarks after he held the press conference on Thursday. Gai said a liberator and liberators dont leave power in Africa voluntarily. He compared South Sudan to Uganda, asking why President Yoweri Museveni changed the constitution to stay in power because liberators leave power voluntarily.

If he leaves power, what will happen to Uganda? I am among those who advocate president Salva Kiir should continue in power leading the nation because he is equilibrium, he said.

The former chief negotiator of the movement under the overall leadership Machar before the split in July 2016 after he was forced to flee the country following the resumption of hostilities in the capital, Juba, declared his intention never to step down from power.I will not step aside Riek Machar. Replacement of Taban Deng or Wani Igga can only be something that adds value, said Gai.

Observers underlined Gai joined the rebellion in protest for removal from a gubernatorial positi...

04:19

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Sudan and China Complete $248m Airspace Project Deal
January 25, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan and China have inked a $248 million loan agreement earmarked for the establishment of an Air Traffic Management (ATM) system in the East African country.

Under the deal signed on Thursday, the two governments agreed the money will be channeled through Export-Import Bank of China.

South Sudans minister for transport, John Luk Jok said the young nation lacks facilities meant provide its air traffic monitoring and control services and still relies on ATM facilities provided by Sudan.

"The project is great and we are so happy it reached this stage. Our greatest happiness goes to the Chinese embassy and the people of China for helping us build our own air traffic management system," he said.

The project, to be undertaken by the China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd. will take three years to complete, the minister said.

South Sudans finance minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau said the ATM would be a key infrastructure for safeguarding national security and in generating revenue for the war-torn nation.

"We thank our governments for bringing the two people together and we are proud of our friendship with the people of China. I want to thank the Chinese embassy in South Sudan for strengthening our bilateral relations with China," said Dau.

"We are also negotiating with the Chinese government, Chinese companies and financial institutions to fund other economic and social services projects in South Sudan," he added.

Reiterating Chinas good relations with South Sudan, the Chinese ambassador to South Sudan, He Xiangdong said project will enable South Sudan to collect air traffic fees, improve monitoring of the air space and safeguard its sovereignty, once finalised.

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04:15

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Sudan Says U.S Officials Remarks Ploy to Regime Change
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (L) looks on as she meets President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir at The President Office in Juba on October 25, 2017 (AFP)

January 25, 2018 (JUBA) A South Sudanese official has criticized a senior United States diplomat over remarks in which President Salva Kiir was described an unfit partner in the ongoing peace process.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations reportedly made the remarks while addressing the Security Council Wednesday.

These are such unfortunate remarks but as the government, we will ask for clarification on how the ambassador came to make conclusion that the government is unfit partner for peace, Tut Kew Gatluak, the presidential advisor on security affairs told Sudan Tribune, without saying how such a clarification would be sought.

Such statements, he said, are motivated by a regime change ploy.

The message of the government is to help us work together to end this situation. The government is doing the best to improve the situation and move away from regime change, which is what the anti-peace elements are pursuing. This is not what people want, he added.

Haley said Washington is disappointed by the performances and actions of South Sudan government under President Kiir after supporting the independence in 2011 and investing over $11 billion.

Ambassador Haley said the Juba government, despite the efforts by the international community to end the war and restore stability and peace, remains an unfit partner for peace process in the country.

The government of South Sudan is increasingly proving itself to be an unfit partner for this Council and any country seeking peace and security for the people of South Sudan, she told the Security Council, citing reports of the ceasefire monitors holding government forces responsible for violations, despite a cessation of hostilities deal.

Not surprisingly, more fighting followed. Opposition forces are also responsible for the fighting. Forces under Riek Machars...

04:08

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Sudans Warring Factions Warned Over Violating Ceasefire
The head of the UN peacekeeping mission, Jean-Pierre Lacroix speaks to reporters in Juba, August 1, 2017. (UN photo)

January 24, 2018 (JUBA) The United Nations peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council on Wednesday that South Sudans ceasefire deal has already been violated numerous times, yet it offer a great opportunity to end the countrys civil war.

These violations by the parties and the continuing hostile propaganda undertaken against one another are worrisome, as they illustrate a lack of genuine commitment to honour their words, and de-facto undermine the regional and international efforts to revitalize the peace process, said Lacroix.

The Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access among the warring South Sudanese parties was brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

The South Sudanese parties must realize that the international community and the region will not continue to tolerate Agreements being signed, only to be violated in total impunity, said the UN peacekeeping chief, while urging members of the Security Council to take decisive actions against the violators of the ceasefire deal.

The conflict in South Sudan, now in its fifth year, has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than two millions since it broke out due to political disagreements in the countrys ruling party.

The high-level revitalization forum initiated by IGAD is expected to resume on 5 February in Ethiopia, focusing on governance, transitional security arrangements and a permanent ceasefire.

It will be crucial for the South Sudanese parties to participate in the Forum in good faith and with a view to make the necessary compromises required for South Sudan to return on the path to a sustainable peace, said the senior UN official.

He added, The South Sudanese parties must realize that the international community and the region will not continue to tolerate agreements being signed.

Lacroix warned about the magnitude of conflict-rela...

04:07

How Justice Ajumogobia lied about being admitted in hospital, by EFCC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday played an audio recording between embattled Federal High Court Judge, Justice Rita Ofili Ajumogobia and an investigator with the commission where the Judge claimed to be on admission in the hospital, which the EFCC found out to be a lie. In the 59 seconds telephone audio recording, []

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04:05

AGRIC-ISAWO ROAD CONSTRUCTION: ANGUISH AS LIVELIHOODS DISAPPEAR IN RUBBLE "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For most Lagos residents, demolition has somewhat become a way of life. If it is not as a result of paving new roads, it is just about tractors knocking down illegal shops or markets. However the continuous changing face of the mega city comes with some consequences for the masses. In this report, MOSUNMOLA ADEYINKA []

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04:04

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

1.5 Million South Sudanese Risk Facing Famine, Says UN
People in conflict-affected areas of South Sudan collect food from WFP. (WFP/eter Testuzza Photo)

January 24, 2018 (JUBA) At least 1.5 million South Sudanese could face famine while up to 20,000 of them are experiencing famine conditions, a United Nations humanitarian officials told the Security Council on Wednesday.

"The next lean season, which begins in March, is likely to see food security worsen, and could see famine conditions spread to several new locations across the country," said Ursula Mueller, the deputy humanitarian coordinator.

She said access challenges have continued to delay and interrupt the humanitarian response in South Sudan. In Unity state, Mueller said, truck drivers delivering humanitarian supplies by road from Juba passed through 66 checkpoints.

More than 5 million South Sudanese or approximately half of the countrys population are believed to be severely food insecure.

The anticipated food crisis is mainly attributed to the South Sudanese populations inability to plant or harvest due to war that has displaced millions of people.

In December 2017, the UN office for coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) and the humanitarian community in South Sudan launched on an appeal for $1.7 billion to assist up to 6 million people affected by conflict, displacement and hunger.

Since the conflict in South Sudan began in December 2013, about 4 million people have reportedly been forced to flee their homes, including nearly 1.9 million people who have been internally displaced and over 2 million people who have fled as refugees to neighboring countries.

Last year alone, the world body and its partners reportedly reached over 5 million South Sudanese, providing assistance to people in critical need.

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04:03

ODUNOLA ESTHER ADIO: THE FEAR OF FAILING AGAIN PROPELLED ME TO SUCCESS, SAYS BEST GRADUATING JABU STUDENT "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For Odunola Esther Adio, her 100-level dream was to graduate with a first class to receive a golden handshake from the Vice Chancellor of the University on her graduation day. However, emerging the valedictorian with a 4.90 CGPA is an addition to that dream. In this interview, the graduate of Computer Science told OLANIYI ADERUKU []

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04:00

African Union kicks off anti-corruption campaign "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This weekend the African Union will launch a campaign to fight corruption across the continent.

03:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

U.S Pushes for Imposition of Arms Embargo on South Sudan
Nikki R. Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the UN, at the UN Security Council meeting on 7 February 2017. (UN Photo)

January 25, 2018 (NEW YORK) - The United States on Wednesday called for an arms embargo on South Sudan after its warring parties failed to honour a ceasefire agreement signed late last year.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council, the US ambassador Nikki Haley to the world body criticized the President Salva Kiir-led coalition government of failing to lead efforts to end the civil war.

The time has come to acknowledge the hard reality that the leaders of South Sudan are not just failing their people, they are betraying them, she told a council meeting on South Sudan.

The 15-member Security Council considers the revitalization of the peace process initiated by the regional bloc (IGAD) as an opportunity to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.

According to the senior US official, an arms embargo on South Sudan would help the people of South Sudan to slow the violence, slow the flow of arms and ammunitions and protect innocent lives.

The diplomat also appealed to African leaders, ahead of an African Union summit due in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia over the weekend to push for accountability for those seen as against the peace process.

In March last year, a UN panel of experts, in a report, called for an arms embargo on South Sudan after it emerged that its government was spending oil revenue on weapons as its citizens faced starvation. The call was, however, opposed by China and Russia, insisting regional nations must play a key role in resolving the problem.

South Sudan descended into war in mid-December 2013 when Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup. The conflict has forced more than two million people to flee their homes.

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03:59

US Census fails to add MENA category: Arabs to remain 'white' in count "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

Census Bureau will not adopt Middle East and North Africa category in 2020 survey, ignoring community and its issues

03:55

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Sudan Recalls Students on Scholarship in Zimbabwe
January 24, 2018 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese government has decided to recall some of the students on scholarship to Zimbabwe following a resolution made by its council of ministers during a meeting held in the first of week of January this year.

On its sitting of January 5th, 2018, council of ministers directed Hon. Minister of finance and planning to settle students financial claims immediately," partly reads a letter Sudan Tribune obtained.

It added, "Students who are graduating in September 2018 will be allowed to continue with studies, others will be brought home. The Hon. Minister of finance will provide the tickets.

The letter, written in the wake of students strikes, was addressed to Atem Kuir Jok, the education and cultural attach at South Sudans embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The education official at the embassy was ordered to urgently prepare the two separate lists of student graduating in September 2018 and all those who are not graduating in September 2018, but no reasons were given for such a decision.

Prof. Bol Deng Chol, the undersecretary at the higher education ministry signed the letter.

Last year, South Sudanese students in Zimbabwe went to their embassy in Harare where they camped for several weeks in protest over delayed allowances. The protest was lifted after the council of ministers, through the minister of higher education, promised to pay their allowances which was delayed for several months, forcing students to stage the protest after months of futile private communications.

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03:51

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Sudan Denies Shutdown of Embassy in UK
January 24, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government on Wednesday downplayed reports its embassy in the United Kingdom has been shut down due to rental fees.

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said the embassy was still operational and the rental fees would be settled soon.

"That is not true. The embassy has not been closed down. It is still operational. Yes, there has been a delay in payment of rent due to the current economic situation but it is being addressed by the ministry of finance, Mawien Makol Ariik old Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

The diplomat was reacting to reports circulated on the social media alleging that South Sudan embassy in London, UK was shut down on Wednesday for non-payment of rent since August.

Reports also claimed that the residence of the ambassador was also affected.

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02:58

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Trump Immigration Plan Hits Wall of Opposition
BY SCOTT WONG AND RAFAEL BERNAL
The Hill
01/26/18 02:08 PM EST
 
President Trump's immigration plan is running into heavy opposition on and off Capitol Hill, suggesting the much-anticipated framework has failed to move the needle as a bipartisan group of senators try to negotiate a deal.

Trumps one-page framework calls for granting a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million young  immigrants in exchange for tens of billions of dollars for his border wall and other policies that would dramatically restrict legal immigration in the coming years.

The president wants the Senate to draft legislation based on his blueprint and introduce it by Feb. 5, just three days before funding for the government runs out.

But the day-old plan is already taking heavy fire from both the right and the left.

For the bipartisan gang of 20 senators trying to hammer out an agreement to protect the "Dreamers," its clear the Trump outline intended as an olive branch to Democrats gets them no closer to a deal. One of the key negotiators of the group, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), warned that Trumps plan places the White Houses "hardline immigration agenda on the backs of these young people."

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who will need to sign off on any deal for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the upper chamber, echoed those sentiments on Twitter on Friday. Trump is using DACA recipients as a tool to tear apart our legal immigration system and adopt the wish list that anti-immigration hardliners have advocated for for years, he wrote.

Trumps plan did get an endorsement from a pair of key conservatives, Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), with the latter characterizing the plan as generous and humane and responsible.

But for the most part, conservative outside groups, members of the House Freedom Caucus and other vocal immigration hard-liners all panned the White House plan, saying providing a path to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers amounted to mass amnesty for law breakers.

Illegals have No Right to be here &...

02:30

Impossible Ancient Technology of the Predynastic Egyptians "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Did a highly advanced civilization exist in prehistory? Is the Giza Pyramid a remnant of their technology? Then, what was the power source that fueled such a civilization? The technology of harmonic resonance, claims renowned master craftsman and engineer Christopher Dunn. In a brilliant piece of reverse engineering based on twenty years of research, Dunn reveals that the Great Pyramid of Giza was actually a large acoustical device! By its size and dimensions, this crystal edifice created a harmonic resonance with the Earth and converted Earths vibrational energies to microwave radiation. The author shows how the pyramids numerous chambers and passageways were positioned with the deliberate precision to maximize its acoustical qualities. This may be the same technology discovered by Nikola Tesla and the solution to our own clean energy needs

Thanks to Cliff Dunning
http://www.earthancients.com/
https://twitter.com/cliffdunning

01:23

We will not be silenced by Bollor's SLAPP lawsuits! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

26 Jan 2018 | CSOs, mediaGroups express support for the French newspapers and NGOs accused of defamation for reporting on the mobilisation of villagers and farmers in West Africa who live near SOCFIN's plantations. The case opened in Paris on January 25.

01:23

Karuturi flower farm under receivership expected to kick-start its revival "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

26 Jan 2018 | WatsupAfricaKaruturi Flower Farm in Naivasha has started negotiations for an out of court settlement with its creditors. The move is expected to kick-start the revival of the flower farm which was put under receivership in 2014.

01:06

Risk factors of ovine and caprine coccidiosis in an arid zone of Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Risk factors of ovine and caprine coccidiosis in an arid zone of Nigeria

00:11

SOTT FOCUS: Radical Leftist Ideologues: Finding Racism Where There is None "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A couple of weeks ago the latest in the sequence of apparently interminable 'social justice furors' erupted on social media, this time over the design on an item of clothing sold by South African branches of Swedish multi-national clothing-retail company H&M. Given that these days the 'real' media gets most of its material from social media - turning many reporters into FB and Twitter addicts and FB and Twitter users into attention-seeking drama queens - it wasn't long before the story had reached far more people than it ever should have. In the process of making this non-story into something akin to an international scandal however, something very disturbing was revealed. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. The offending clothing item was a child's hoodie, one of a small collection, all of which were 'jungle themed'. Here's an example: Horrible, isn't it. I mean, what kind of deviant mind could come up with this? Oh, wait, that's not the problem hoodie, this is it: NOW can you see how horrific this is? Oh, wait, I think I forgot something.

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22:14

Pro-Weed, Anti-GMO Dennis Kucinich Announces Bid For Ohio Governor . . . And He Might Just Win "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Former Mayor, U.S. Congressman, and famous peace advocate Dennis Kucinich formally announced his run for Governor of the state of Ohio on January 17, 2018.

With current Governor John Kasich stepping down due to term limit constraints, leaving a trail of lost jobs, economic stagnation, crumbling infrastructure, police state measures, and environmental destruction in his wake, the Governors race is a little crowded in the scramble to fill the position.

However, while the other candidates are traditional conservative and liberal special interest puppets, Kucinich has now thrown his hat into the ring as well.

Known nationally for being one of the few congressmen who voted against the Iraq war and the PATRIOT Act, opposed Free Trade, ran for President twice, and opposed Americas disastrous imperialism in Libya and Syria as well as a number of attempts at war with Iran, Kucinich is well-known in Ohio for his refusal to sell city-owned utilities to private companies.

The same person, battle scars and all, is before you today, with a wealth of experience, no less ready to stand up, to speak out, to take on corrupt interests on behalf of the people of Ohio, ready to be the voice that bridges left and right, a clear voice unafraid to call things like I see them, Kucinich said.

Kucinich is framing his campaign around the slogan #PowerToWeThePeople and has already released a number of platform points that include rebuilding Ohios Infrastructure, increasing the minimum wage, protecting public ownership, creating a state-run broadband company that would compete with private providers and effectively create net neutrality. Kucinich is also advocating for a universal healthcare option for the state.

Kucinich is decidedly pro medical marijuana and opposed to the disastrous drug war. Ohio will protect its constitutional right to dispense medical marijuana. We will broaden the conversation towards decriminalization, legalization...

21:59

Hijacked Egyptian Revolutions 7th Anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Egyptian Revolutions 7th Anniversary Designed by: Nour Fakih Related  ..  

21:50

ANALYSIS: Egypt set to continue economic 'reforms' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Experts say Egypt's government is committed to slashing spending and attracting investors

21:47

#YemenCantWait Rally: 28 Orgs Rallied Today at Schumer & Gillibrand's Office to End US-Backed Blockade & Bombing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

MEDIA CONTACT: Isaac Evans-Frantz, Action Corps NYC Organizer, 347-756-1896actioncorps.nyc [at] gmail.com (actio)

#YemenCantWait Rally Draws 28 Organizations and Reps from Schumer, Gillibrand Offices

"I long for the day when Yemen is free of war and destruction and where the Yemeni people can live in peace. It is incumbent on the UN and all nations to call for a cease fire and negotiations for peace in Yemen." - Dr. Debbie Almontaser, Yemeni American activist
Each day the US continues to aid the Saudi-led military operations in Yemen, children die from cholera, malnutrition, and US-made bombs.  - Kate Alexander, event organizer

MEDIA RELEASE
Friday, January 26th, 12:00 PM EST

WHAT: On Friday, January 26th at 11:00 AM, activists from anti-war, Yemeni, human rights and interfaith communities gathered for a rally in front of the NYC offices of U.S. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, 780 Third Avenue, in solidarity with the Yemeni people to oppose all U.S. support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. Representatives from the offices of both senators were present at the rally.

The rally was organized by Peace Action New York State with support from Action Corps NYC, Veterans for Peace, the Catholic Worker, and other organizations. This demonstration was endorsed by the following 28 local, state, national and international organizations: Peace Action New York State, Action Corps NYC, Catholic Worker, Yemen Peace Project, Islamic Civic Association, CODEPINK, World Beyond War, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, Muslim Political Club of NY, War Resisters League, Win Without War, Veterans for Peace - NYC Chapter 034, Uptown Progressive Action, NYC Metro Raging Grannies,......

21:34

Mohamed Hasan A Saint is a Lifter "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Translation
Big Man: We will solve all the bottlenecks
Smaller Man holding gun: God is great on you, Touar
Smallest Man: Shuuuut upppp

21:21

Mohamed Hasan Price of Life "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Translation: 25 dinars, Free, 35 dinars, 37 dinars

21:18

Niger governors convoy saves students from hoodlums "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The convoy of the Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger on Friday saved the lives of injured students of the Army Day Secondary School, Minna, attacked by hoodlums. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governors convoy was on the way to Abuja when they saw the unfortunate incident. The students were on their []

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21:16

Mohamed Hasan Libyan Politics after February "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Translation: Libyan Politics after February
Donkey: Imposed from the time of its inception

21:15

Buhari okays immunity on lawmakers, signs seven other bills "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday signed eight bills earlier passed by the National Assembly into law. The brief signing ceremony was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Ita Enang, senior special assistant to the president on national assembly matters (senate), briefed state house correspondents after the president gave assent to the bills. Enang said the []

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21:11

Kidnap victim recounts ordeal, thanks DSS, army "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mrs Adeola Dawodu, a 46-year-old woman, has expressed gratitude to the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Army for rescuing her from kidnappers. Dawodu, a mother of four and wife to a Shell worker, was kidnapped on Jan. 20 and held captive for six days before her rescue on Thursday. The victim told the []

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20:58

BREAKING: EFCC Releases ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released detained former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal. A source in the commission told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Lawal was released on administrative bail on Friday evening. The source, however, did not give further details. Lawal was detained by []

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20:43

UN Security Council to see missile parts and lunch with Trump "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Associated Press

January 26 at 1:11 PM

UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Security Council is heading to Washington on Monday for lunch with President Donald Trump and to see missile remnants the U.S. says are proof that Iran is arming rebels in Yemen.

The U.S. Mission announced Friday that Ambassador Nikki Haley has organized the trip, which will also include a visit to the Holocaust Museum with national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

In November, Haley took journalists to an emptied-out hangar at a military base near Washington to see fragments recovered from missiles launched from Yemen.

Haley said the U.S. intelligence community concluded unequivocally the missiles were supplied by Iran.

The Trump administration is seeking to rally the world at the U.N. and elsewhere to punish Iran for funneling weapons to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen, which Tehran steadfastly denies.

Related:

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley points to previously classified missile segments she says prove Iran violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231 by providing the Houthi rebels in Yemen with arms, during a press conference at Joint Base Anacostia in Washington, DC, on December 14, 2017. (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley points to previously classified missile segments she says prove Iran violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231 by providing the Houthi rebels in Yemen with arms, during a press conference at Joint Base Anacostia in Washington, DC, on December 14, 2017. (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

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20:34

Lightning bolt kills 16 cattle in Zambia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lightning has killed 16 head of cattle in Chipili District in Luapula Province. Chipili Town Council Chairperson Isaac Kafwimbi says the animals owned by five farmers of Mukanga Village in Chieftainess Mwenda's Chiefdom died on the spot after being struck by lightning in a communally owned kraal. Mr Kafwimbi says the people of Chipili are still in shocked from the accident. He says it is sad that at the time when farmers in the district are making efforts to start keeping cattle such an accident can happen. Mr Kafwimbi has since called on government through the office of the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit to find means of helping the affected farmers.

19:57

Pentagon drones, recruiting sergeants for terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

Drones Blowback: Recruiting Sergeant for Terror

22 January 2018

Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama deployed drones to Pakistan as part of their counterterror strategy, without taking into account how much drone strikes are hated on a visceral level, even by people whove never seen one or seen the effects of one, to quote top U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Terrorists such as Faisal Shahzad, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev all cited the civilian casualties from drone strikes among their litany of anti-American complaints.

The inescapable truth is that you cannot bomb, kill, invade, occupy, and torture, and then expect no pushback, no retaliation, no blowback. Nor can you cynically arm or fund extremist groups to fight your official enemy and then assume tho...

19:47

Oldest known Homo sapiens remains outside Africa unearthed in Israeli cave "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A partial jawbone bearing seven teeth unearthed in a cave in Israel represents what scientists are calling the oldest-known Homo sapiens remains outside Africa, showing that our species trekked out of that continent far earlier than previously known. Researchers on Thursday announced the discovery of the fossil estimated as 177,000 to 194,000 years old, and said the teeth bore telltale traits of Homo sapiens not present in close human relatives alive at the time including Neanderthals. The fossil of the left part of the upper jaw of a young adult - the person's sex remains unclear - came from Misliya Cave on Mount Carmel's western slopes about 7.5 miles (12 km) south of Haifa. Also found inside the large collapsed cave, once inhabited by humans, were blades and other stone tools that were sophisticated for the time, several hearths and burned animal bones.

19:26

FB dismisses Daniel Greenfield as spam "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Greenfield recognizes that In the economics of identity politics, Hispanics, unlike African-Americans, are not an enduring group. Then FB dismisses Daniel Greenfield as spam. Read my post. Related: The Hispanic mirage.

18:46

JUST IN: Teleology finally acquires 9mobile in over $500m deal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Teleology Holdings, a special purpose vehicle promoted by a former Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria, Adrian Wood, has been selected as the preferred bidder of 9mobile, sources close to the ongoing sales of the debt-ridden telco confirmed to New Telegraph.   Teleology, a private equity firm with an investment portfolio of $11bn, offered more than []

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18:41

2019: IMO GUBER AND WHY IT SHOULD BE RT. HON EMEKA NKEM IHEDIOHA. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As a true IMO political son or daughter, I guess,we know virtually all the LGAs in IMO and probably, may More

18:02

Yemeni forces move to break Houthi siege of Taiz "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Backed by Saudi-led air strikes, pro-government forces are attacking Houthis on several fronts

18:00

Over 1,000 Rhinos Were Slaughtered In South Africa Last Year "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Jess Murray Truth Theory

The figure for the number of rhinos that have been poached during 2017 have just been released, and following all of the increased awareness, education and knowledge, those figures should have decreased compared with previous years, right?

Well, they have in fact decreasedby 26. There were 26 less rhinos slaughtered for their keratin horns in 2017 compared to the previous year, and although this may sound positive at first, there were still 1,028 rhinos illegally slaughtered in South Africa. This is in comparison to a decade prior, when just 13 rhinos were killed in 2007.

Jimmiel Mandima, from the Nairobi-based African Wildlife Foundation, told Nat Geo, While this may look like progress on paper, its overshadowed by the fact that rhino populations are still in critical danger. A small drop in yearly poaching statistics doesnt tip the scales against the imminent threat of extinction.

Although these figures are only from one African country, it is important to note that South Africa is home to around 80% of the entire population of the worlds 29,000 rhinos. Despite the latest figures showing us that rhino killings have decreased, the small reduction is showing conservationists that these losses are not sustainable to save t...

17:31

Election Re-ordeing: NASS is in order- CCDI "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Centre for Convention on Democratic Integrity (CCDI), has said that the House of Representatives did not err nor Contravene any law by changing the order of elections ahead of the 2019 polls. The Centre said the amendment of Section 25 which is replacing the extent in the principal Act with a new one, is in []

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16:29

Escaping Yemen, 30 refugees drown en route back to Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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At least 152 Somalis and Ethiopians were aboard the overcrowded vessel which left Aden in southern Yemen on Tuesday

15:27

Ugandans Grow Anxious Over Incidents of Deadly Viral Fever "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(GV) The death of nine-year-old Bridget Nalunkuuma in the central Ugandan town of Nakaseke has rattled residents who fear the girl may have suffered from Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever.

Eight other  people have reportedly died in recent months after experiencing similar symptoms.

Present in Sub-Saharan Africa, parts of the Middle East and Asia, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever is transmitted through insect bites or direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person or animal. It bears symptoms similar to Ebola, the deadly viral infection that killed 11,217 people in three West African countries in 2014. But they are not in the same viral family.

According to the World Health Organization, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) can have a fatality rate of up to 40% of people infected. There is no vaccine for the disease.

Multiple media reported that the cadaver of the nine-year-old girl was tested for Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever and the results came back positive.

Authorities took precautions consistent with the disease before collecting and burying the body, as seen in photographs taken and...

15:13

Sycophancy: Yoruba Elders blast Shittu for wearing Buharis re-election cap at FEC meeting "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Yoruba Council of Elders has described as sad and unfortunate the distribution of President Muhammadu Buhari 2019 re-election campaign materials by the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, during the Wednesdays Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja. The minister wore one of the caps, which had the logo of the All Progressives Congress and the []

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15:11

Herdsmen killings: Gov Ortom Blasts Defense Minister, Says Buhari Surrounded By Wrong People "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom has stated that the good intentions of President Muhammadu Buhari to salvage the country for the benefit of upcoming generations may be defeated because he is surrounded by a wrong set of people that cannot give him useful advice that would take the nation out of the woods. Governor Ortom []

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15:09

Deji Tinubu: Lagos Cancels Retreat, Awaits Autopsy Report "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Lagos State Government has hurriedly cancelled its 3-Day Retreat by the members of the state executive council and permanent secretaries, taking place at Jubilee Chalets Epe, following the sudden death of the Special Adviser on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives at the venue of the retreat. This was even as reactions have continued to trail []

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14:57

Gov. Ganduje signs Kano appropriation bill into law "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kano state governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has signed the state 2018 Appropriation bill into law, which is in the tune of N 246, 608, 850, 598. The governor had in November 2017, presented a proposed appropriation bill of N233, 828, 850, 598 to the state House of Assembly for ratification, which was reviewed upward []

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14:42

Finland looks set to stop arms sales to UAE over Yemen war "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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All eight candidates looking to become Finland's next president next month vow to halt arms sales to Gulf country

13:48

Liberia bans female genital mutilation - for a year "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Liberia has imposed a one-year ban on female genital mutilation but campaigners say it may not be enforceable and urged President George Weah to push for a permanent law.

13:20

Will the Stability Doctrine in Africa destabilise the world? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Amidst rising discontent, foreign governments are increasingly asserting the importance of stability. But for whom? To what end? For how long?

12:26

Oblong gives marching order to APC Nigerian Horn News "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

https://www.hornnewsnigeria.com.ng/politics/nigeria-politics/oblong-gives-marching-order-to-apc/

10:29

Ivory Coast arrests after ivory, leopard parts and pangolin scales seized "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

New York Times

DAKAR, Senegal Officials in Ivory Coast said Thursday that they had broken up an international ivory-smuggling network, the second announcement of such a bust on the African continent this month.

Law-enforcement officials in Ivory Coast said they had arrested six people and confiscated more than half a ton of ivory, leopard parts and illegal firearms. The loot also contained a half of a ton of pangolin scales.

The pangolin, a mammal sometimes confused with the armadillo, has become one of the most trafficked animals. Demand for its pinecone-ish scales, made of keratin, like fingernails, has soared in China, where they are used in medicines.

The operation was carried out with help from United States officials as well as by the Eco Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement, also known as the Eagle Network, an organization that supports the enforcement of anti-wildlife trafficking laws. A photo distributed by American officials showed dozens of elephant tusks seized in the operation.

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10:00

Iran, as Supporter of Self-Determination, a Thorn in Imperial Washingtons Side "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tehran (MPN) Irans unapologetic self-determination, including its ballistic missile and nuclear energy program as well its resistance to economic imperialism, make it a constant thorn in Washingtons side.

Washingtons hostility towards the Islamic Republic of Iran dates back nearly 40 years to February of 1979 when revolutionary forces overthrew the Western-backed monarchy of Mohammad Reza Shah.

The United States consistently maintains that its involvement began with the hostage crisis in 1979 and continues today due to Irans ballistic missile and nuclear program, as well as meddling throughout the region in places like Syria, Lebanon, and now Yemen (albeit without evidence in some cases).

What the media and Western governments dont mention is that Irans core ideology stands directly opposed to U.S. military and economic expansion. The Islamic Republics promotion of self-determination indeed poses an existential threat to Washingtons dominance throughout the entire region similar to that of communism during the Cold War.

However, the Islamic Republic of Iran is nothing like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Despite the medias almost childlike ignorance, Tehran and Riyadh stand at direct odds due to pervasive ideological differences rather than simple Sunni-Shia sectarian disagreements.

But why is Tehran such a thorn in Washingtons side and why have tensions recently increased?

To answer this, its important to understand the key ideological differences between the United States and Iran, as well as how these differences play out on the geopolitical landscape.

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09:45

What Is "Safari Club II" and How It Can Change Middle East Dynamics "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The CIA and its Cold War allies, in forming the original Safari Club, has provided an invaluable template to the besieged peoples of Yemen, the Horn of Africa, and the wider Middle East. The Safari Club II is giving the Saudis, Israelis, Americans, Egyptians, Moroccans, and others a taste of their own bitter medicine.

09:33

Join the UBUNTU FESTIVAL - 12-15 April 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Book your ticket and accommodation HERE. A celebration of the human spirit & the limitless expression of human creative talents. Sharing the skills, talents & knowledge of people from any countries, diverse cultures or backgrounds to inspire each other to higher levels of unity consciousness manifesting a beautiful world & future for all of us. Through music, dance, art, yoga,

09:04

Trump asked for Van Gogh, offered toilet instead "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

25 January 2018

The chief curator of the Guggenheim museum refused a Trump family request. They asked to borrow Landscape with Snow, a Van Gogh painting. Instead, the curator offered America, a functioning gold toilet. The piece is meant as a satire of excessive wealth in this country.

By David Moye in the USA:

01/25/2018 07:53 pm ET

Trump Asks For Van Gogh, Museum Offers Solid Gold Toilet Instead

When Donald Trump asked New Yorks Guggenheim Museum if he could borrow a Van Gogh to place in the private living quarters of the White House, museum officials said no.

However, they did offer a fitting alternative: A solid gold toilet.

The Washington Post reported that the bizarre offer came up because White House decorators had hoped to cheer up the private living areas by displaying...

08:49

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Thousands Flee to Uganda as DRC Violence Surges
by Malcolm Webb

People fleeing the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo) have reported a surge in arbitrary killings, rapes and abductions by unidentified armed groups.

The violence has pushed more than 10,000 people into neighbouring Uganda since the beginning of December, according to the UN.

Rebecca Salama, a refugee from Congo, told Al Jazeera in Uganda's Nyakabande refugee transit camp in western Uganda that armed groups kept attacking her village, forcing her to walk into neighbouring Uganda with her husband and five children.

"When you go to pick your crops, or go to the forest for firewood, if you're a man, they kill you, and if you are a woman, they'll rape you. That is why we came here," she said.

Along with other new arrivals, Rebecca continued her journey in a UN truck.

Everyone Al Jazeera spoke to said they did not know which armed group was attacking them, or why.

They said the fighters carried guns, wore uniforms, and spoke languages from all over Congo and neighbouring Rwanda.

Malnourished children

At the transit camp, the refugees go through a mandatory hand and foot disinfection and a medical check.

Rebecca's baby twins, Kelvin and Kelve, were identified as seriously malnourished.

She said she had not been able to harvest her crops for weeks, and so had not produced enough breast milk.

UN officials told Al Jazeera that those kinds of problems were typical among those arriving at the transit camp, before they could be assisted and taken to long-term refugee settlements.

"Most of the refugees arrive when they're very tired. Because when you talk to them they have walked for long distance," said Jimmy Ogwang of UN refugee agency.

"Also we have cases where women arrive and claim they have been sexually harassed or raped, by rebels or militias in DRC."

Innocent Ndagije, Rebecca's husband, said they might never go back.

"We've heard that here is peaceful, but we're still on the way. We're optimistic that everything will be better...

08:45

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

DR Congo Tells Belgium to Close Development Agency, Visa Center
By Georgi Gotev
EURACTIV.com with AFP

The Democratic Republic of Congo has told Belgium to close its development agency in the country and shutter an EU visa-processing centre, in the latest spat between the DRC and its former colonial power.

The move comes on the heels of Belgian and EU protests over a crackdown on rallies against President Joseph Kabila.

In a press statement issued late Wednesday (24 January), the foreign ministry said the government sought the dismantling of a consular arrangement in Kinshasa.

Under it, Belgium handles visa requests for the European Unions border-free Schengen zone.

The government also wants the immediate cessation of activities by Belgiums new development agency, Enabel, the ministry said.

The demands are in response to a series of measures restricting bilateral cooperation announced on 10 January by the Belgian government, the statement said.

It was with surprise and indignation that the government learned about these measures through the press, by-passing all diplomatic traditions, it said.

In its 10 January statement, the Belgian government said it would carry out a fundamental revision of cooperation with the DRC until credible elections were held.

In a communiqu yesterday (25 January), the Belgian government regretted Kinshasas announcement which, it said, would prevent the Enabel agency from supporting projects focused on agriculture, public health and education.

Creating the agency was part of a programme to reorient a quarter of the available means for governmental cooperation towards more humanitarian aid and cooperation with Congolese civil society organisations, universities and scientific institutions, the Belgian government stated.

The EU has likewise been a highly vocal critic of Kabila, repeatedly warning him against pursuing a crackdown ahead of delayed elections this year.

EU warns DR Congo of election funding risk over 'harassment'

The European Union warned Democratic Repu...

08:35

BBC policy on use of term migrants ignored in WS report about Israel "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

h/t BF

As readers may be aware, the BBC sometimes appends a footnote to relevant articles concerning its use of the term migrant.

A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.

That editorial policy was also the subject of an article published on the BBC News website in August 2015.

However, listeners to the January 2nd edition of the BBC World Service radio podcast Africa Todayheard presenter Bola Mosuro repeatedly use terminology that does not conform to that editorial policy....

08:28

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

No Namibia-Angola Conflict Over Water
January 25, 2018
Albertina Nakale
New Era

Windhoek-The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa has dismissed media reports implying Angolan authorities want Namibia to start paying for the water that it draws from the Calueque Dam.

This follows a report by the Namibian Sun that it appears that Namibia has been defaulting on a deal with Angola under which the northern regions receive water from Angolas Calueque Dam.

He said the allegation that Angolan authorities want Namibia to start paying for water is superfluous and baseless.

Mutorwa countered that Namibia and Angola remain two sisterly nations with shared borders and shared resources such as water.

There are no impending water wars or conflicts between Namibia and Angola and the two countries are working hard together to realize better living standards for all of their people, Mutorwa said.

He explained that since 1926, Namibia and Angola through the then colonial powers have been collaborating on the use of water from the Kunene River.

The two countries adopted the principle of best joint utilisation in the planning and development of water resources of common rivers.

He said this cooperation has led to Angola conceding rights to Namibia to construct the Calueque Dam and related works in Angolan territory to be able to draw and convey water from the Kunene River free of charge.

This is due to the fact that north-central Namibia has periodically been inundated by floodwaters from the river.

Mutorwa noted that the historical water use agreements make provision for sharing of the waters of the Kunene River, adding that nowhere in the agreements is it provided or envisaged that Namibia would receive water from the Calueque scheme at a cost.

Further, Mutorwa maintained the two countries are currently engaged in bilateral discussions on how to share responsibilities, relating to operation and maintenance of the Calueque Dam.

He revealed that other projects are also underway, such as the Baynes hydropower project, through which the two countries are engaged in bi-national discussions and...

08:21

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

'We Fight With Each Other Over Water': Rivers Run Dry in Mozambique
In the absence of basic sanitation, life in rural Mozambique during the dry season involves a relentless cycle of arduous journeys to collect water unfit for drinking. The struggle for survival, which affects young and old alike, puts those affected at risk of disease and leaves little time for anything else.

Photograph: Mrio Macilau/WaterAid

Global development is supported by
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Thu 25 Jan 2018 08.51 EST

Water is evaporating from the beautiful landscapes of Mozambique. There is too little to keep people alive, and the lack of it is forcing them from their homes, splitting up families and killing children. Photographer Mrio Macilau travelled around his country, talking to people whose only supply of water is from filthy rivers that dry up quickly in the hotter months.

In northern Mozambiques Niassa province, only 21% of people have access to safe sanitation and just 42% have a clean water supply. Only half the areas boreholes and wells are operational, forcing women and children to spend a great deal of time walking to fetch water.

Eudicia and Josefina, both 12
 Josefina and Eudicia, both 12, fetch water

Eudicia lives in Muassi village. She and her friend Josefina miss school up to four times a week as they have to fetch water from the riverbed.

Going to collect water is not fun. Im not happy because its too far. Im not laughing because if Im just laughing I wont reach home until night. There are snakes and dogs there, Eudicia says.

We go in groups, because were afraid to go alone. Carrying the water is too heavy; it is dirty and has a bad smell, like grass or old leaves Even when we do have water to wash, the water is dirty, so if you wash you are not really clean. I feel shy when I am dirty or my clothes are not clean.

I miss school every other day or so, to collect water. I dont feel good because I am absent from school.

 Albertina, 10, scoops water from a hole dug in the dry Lurio riverbed, in Mmele village
My favourite subject is Portuguese I want to be a teacher, because te...

07:58

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mozambique: Rioting Breaks Out After Two People Lynched
Maputo Serious rioting broke out last Friday, after two people were lynched in the Zongoene administrative post, in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza.

According to a report in Tuesday's issue of the independent newssheet Mediafax, the disturbances began when a crowd seized three suspected thieves and lynched two of them. The third escaped because the police managed to rescue him.

As in previous cases where mobs have taken the law into their own hands, the killers defended their actions on the grounds that the police do not defend them against criminals.

Hoping to seize and kill their third victim, the lynch mob marched on the Zonguene police station. According to the spokesperson for the General Command of the police, Inacio Dina, the crowd vandalised the police station and the offices of the administrative post. They burnt down five houses, three of them owned by the suspected thieves. The other two belonged to the head of the administrative post and to one of his staff.

Dina said the rioters also set two police vehicles on fire, and wrecked two informal market stalls belonging to the alleged thieves.

Police reinforcements were sent to Zonguene, and the situation was brought under control. There's a riot police brigade there, said Dina, and together with the Limpopo district administrator and the district police command, they are trying to persuade the public to stop trying to exact justice with their own hands.

Dina urged members of the public to hand over to the police anyone whom they believe has committed a crime. He pledged that such accusations will be investigated, and if criminal activity is proved, the persons concerned will stand trial.

The police believe that the mob seized another three suspected thieves who are now effectively being held hostage.

07:51

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Trump Plans to Sign Order Keeping Gitmo Open, Leaked Doc Reveals
A draft State Department cable previews the president's plan to rescind one of President Barack Obama's first official actions and keep open a military prison for suspected terrorists.

By NAHAL TOOSI and ANDREW RESTUCCIA
01/25/2018 06:48 PM EST

President Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order that would reverse an Obama-era directive to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a draft document obtained by POLITICO.

Trump is expected to announce plans to sign the order during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, or in the days before or after the address, a person familiar with the issue said.

The executive order, according to a draft State Department cable that officials are planning to soon send to U.S. embassies around the world, would rescind part of a separate 2009 order signed by then-President Barack Obama mandating that the facility be closed as soon as practicable.

The order has limited practical effect: Obama was never able to make good on the order amid resistance from members of Congress, who blocked his efforts to move detainees to prisons in the United States and raised concerns that released inmates could revert back to terrorism. However, Obama moved nearly 200 Guantanamo inmates to the custody of foreign countries during his presidency. Just 41 detainees remain in the facility today.

But for Trump, it is a powerful political statement. Trump promised during the presidential campaign to keep the Guantanamo Bay detention center open, saying in February 2016 he wanted to load it up with bad dudes. Last year, he said he was considering sending a man who rammed a truck into people in New York City to the facility.

It is also a rebuke to Trump's predecessor, Obama, who worked for years to close the detention center, which he warned was a recruitment tool for terrorist groups. In a sign of his commitment to the issue, Obama signed his executive order on his second full day as president.

Trump has yet to send any captured terrorist to the controversial detention camp, and the cable suggests that is not about to change.

"At thi...

07:41

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Trump Threatens Palestinians Again Demanding They Follow the Dictates of Tel Aviv and Washington
By CATHERINE LUCEY
AP 8:45 PM EST

(DAVOS, Switzerland) President Donald Trump barreled into a global summit in the Swiss Alps on Thursday, threatening to stop U.S. aid to the Palestinians and dismissing as a false rumor the idea that there are tensions in the U.S. relationship with Britain.

Trumps debut appearance at the glitzy World Economic Forum was hotly anticipated, with longtime attendees of the free-trade-focused event wondering how the America First president would fit in. Crowds clustered around Trump as he entered the modern conference hall, the president telling passers-by that he was bringing a message of peace and prosperity.

Trump framed his visit as a sign of positive things happening for the U.S. economy.

When I decided to come to Davos, I didnt think in terms of elitist or globalist, I thought in terms of lots of people that want to invest lots of money and theyre all coming back to the United States, theyre coming back to America, the president told CNBC.


His meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally, was their first since the president announced earlier this month that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and move the U.S. embassy there. The declaration delighted Netanyahu and outraged Palestinians, who declared a new U.S.-led peace push dead and refused to meet with Vice President Mike Pence during his recent visit to the Mideast.

Trump took that as an affront.

They disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them and we give them hundred of millions of dollars in aid and support, Trump said. That money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace.

Netanyahu was effusive in his praise for Trump, saying the presidents recent announcement on Jerusalem was a historic decision that will be forever etched in the hearts of our people. The Palestinians, in turn, said Trumps language of dictation is u...

07:28

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Trump Ordered Mueller Fired Last Year Before Backing Off, News Report Says
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
JAN 25, 2018 | 8:55 PM
WASHINGTON
 
Trump ordered Mueller fired last year before backing off, news report says

President Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III last June before he reconsidered, news reports say. (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III last June, but he backed off after White House Counsel Donald McGahn threatened to resign, according to a report Thursday in the New York Times.

The newspaper reports that Trump demanded Mueller's firing just weeks after the special counsel was appointed by Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein.

McGahn said he would not deliver the order to the Justice Department, according to the Times, which cites four people familiar with the request by the president.

Trump argued at the time that Mueller could not be fair because of a dispute over golf club fees that he said Mueller owed at a Trump golf club in Sterling, Va. The president also believed Mueller had a conflict of interest because he worked for the same law firm that was representing Trump's son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner.

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Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday night. Ty Cobb, a White House lawyer working on the response to Mueller's investigation, declined to comment Thursday night.

The response from Democrats was nearly immediate. Sen. Mark R. Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that if the report in the Times is true, Trump has crossed a "red line."

"Any attempt to remove the special counsel, pardon key witnesses or otherwise interfere in the investigation would be a gross abuse of power, and all members of Congress, from both parties, have a responsibility to our Constitution and to our country to make that clear immediatel...

06:00

Israel Forcibly Injected African Immigrants with Birth Control, Report Claims "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This weekend, a report revealing that African women immigrating to Israel were subjected to mandatory contraceptive injections, effectively amounting to forced (if temporary) sterilization made global headlines.

Online Vendors Try to Make a Quick Buck as Cape Town Runs Out of Water "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The City of Cape Town in South Africa is currently predicted to run out of water on April 12 according to local officials. Cape Town has been dealing with ongoing drought for three years now because of a host of factors, including poor government planning, all aggravated by climate change. The dams and reservoirs that supply the city of an estimated 4 million people are running dangerously low. Already under water use restrictions, residents will soon have to collect rations of water piped into the city at centralized points, protected by armed guards.

05:41

Climate change and deforestation threaten worlds largest tropical peatland "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Just over a year ago, scientists announced the discovery of the worlds largest intact tropical peatland in a remote part of the Congos vast swampy basin.

05:40

Beyond Imagination: The Multilayered Story of Uranium One "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Beyond Imagination: Uranium One

JANUARY 11, 2018

Source: Chronicles Magazine | By Anne Williamson



The multilayered story surrounding Uranium Onethe former South African, then Canadian, and now Russian company, of which both Bill and Hillary Clinton and their family foundation are the enriched beneficiarieshas all the usual elements of a typical Clinton scandal.

A talented con man, Bill Clinton perfected his game in Arkansas. Through his control over state contracts, regulatory agencies, and judicial appointments, the creation of public credit and of agencies like the Arkansas Development and Finance Authority and their misuse, then-Governor Clinton was able to reward his allies, punish his enemies, and insert his political machine into nearly every endeavor, public and private, statewide. Clinton nailed down the couples franchise by continually getting himself re-elected governor of Arkansas, while his spouse handled the paperwork at the Rose Law Firm.

When Bill and Hillary made the move from Little Rock to Washington, the territory under their influence was enlarged, and the public cash pots at their disposal grew significantly, but their modus operandi remained the same. The only thing that changed when Hillary began her adventures in the U.S. Senate, and then at the State Department, was that she was now the one with political power, and Bill became the ornamental figure.

Uranium Ones predecessor is a Canadian company, UrAsia Energy Ltd., founded in 2005 by Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra. By mysterious means Giustra was able to fill what was no more than a shell company with the rights to three uranium mines located in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic that is fantastically rich in just about everything, including uranium. Bill Clinton appears to have played a significant role in smoothing the rough edges of Giustras good fortune by supporting Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayevs appointment to a U.N. agency dedicated to validating elections, a p....

03:40

Cholera in the Congo reaches Kinshasa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Democratic Republic of Congo's most significant cholera outbreak in 20 years has now reached the countrys capital, Kinshasa.

03:35

Nigeria's largest-ever yellow fever vaccination campaign under way "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigeria launched a yellow fever vaccination campaign in alliance with the WHO on Thursday, aiming to reach over 25 million people before the end of the year.

03:30

The Clinton's -- You Can Call them Scandals Now "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018

"You Can Call Them Scandals Now




Source: Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

by Robert Gore

"The pathetic attempts to undo Donald Trumps victory are
signs of desperation, not strength, in the Deep State."
SLL, Desperation, 12/21/16

"The Deep States worst nightmare was never that Donald Trump would improve relations with Russia. What keeps it awake, shaking and screaming in the darkness, is the prospect of exposure and prosecution for decades of criminality. For the first time since John F. Kennedy, the Deep State is being challenged. An inflection point may have been reached. If so, legal developments will take on a life of their own, ultimately beyond the control of congressional committees, Sessions, Trump, or anyone else.

Trump has expressed skepticism about US military interventions, NATOs usefulness and funding, and the USs hostile posture towards Russia. However, he says and tweets a lot of things, most of which are best ignored. Instead, look at what hes done, which should never be ignored. He has:

1. Significantly increased the already bloated military and intelligence budgets
2. Increased troop levels in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq
3. Increased US special forces operations around the world, especially in Africa
4. Given US military field commanders more latitude to conduct operations
5. Encouraged NATO forces to increase strength and display force around Russias western perimeter.....

03:00

DNA Secrets: How Ancient Civilizations Retrieved Lost Knowledge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

All ancient cultures link humanitys origins to the heavens. The Egyptians, for example, were adamant that their ancestors came from the stars of Orion and Sirius. Today, however, religion and science assert that life arose spontaneously here on Earth. Did the ancients know our true cosmic origins? Have they left us clues?

Expanding on the panspermia theory developed with the celebrated astronomer Sir Fred Hoylenamely that the building blocks of life were imported to Earth by comets in the distant pastChandra Wickramasinghe and Robert Bauval explore the latest findings in support of a cosmic origin for humanity. They detail the astrobiological discoveries of organic molecules deep in space, how microbes are incredibly resistant to the harshest conditions of spaceenabling the transfer of genes from one star system to another, and the recent recovery of microorganisms from comets still in space. They argue that the universe was born and preset with the blueprint of life and that the cosmos must be teeming with lifeforms far older and perhaps far more developed than us. They show how life arrived on our planet in the form of interstellar dust containing alien bacteria approximately 3.8 billion years ago and how later comets, meteoroids, and asteroids brought new bacterial and viral genetic material, which was vital for evolution.

Using the latest advances in physics, cosmology, and neuroscience, the authors explore how universal knowledge may be stored in human DNA and cells, and they postulate that ancient cultures, such as the pyramid builders of Egypt and the temple builders of India, may have known a way to retrieve this knowledge.

Thanks to Cliff Dunning
http://www.earthancients.com/
https://twitter.com/cliffdunning

01:25

Le prsident George Weah et les prdateurs du Liberia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

19 Jan 2018 | Le MediaLe nouveau prsident face l'accaparement de terres arables

01:00

Multiple Catholic Priests Expose The Practice of Satanism Within The Vatican "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Multiple Catholic Priests Expose The Practice of Satanism Within The Vatican

By Arjun Walia

A distinction is made early in the article about black magic and white magic. Basically, black magic is the process of using entities to accomplish a goal through ceremonial magic.

Hall writes:

In his book, The Secret Teachings of All Ageshe goes on to describe how the elites in ancient Egypt, all the way up to the present day, have used these concepts in conjunction with their desire to completely control our world. Today, it starts with the government, up through the c...

01:00

Resisting US Military Bases and Pentagon Strategies in Latin America "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

James Patrick Jordan The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty. Those words were written by Simn Bolivar, 189 years ago. The Great Liberator understood that liberation and the U.S. concept of liberty are not the same. When imperialists talk about liberty, they mean...

00:46

Giulio Regeni: Italian prosecutor says student murdered for Cairo research "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Without directly blaming government for student's death, prosecutor says Regeni attracted attention of 'Egypt's state apparatus'

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23:46

Oldest human remains outside Africa found in cave in Israel "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Researchers believe jawbone from Homo sapien can be dated as far back as 194,000 years ago

23:02

Mohamed Hasan Government of Reconciliation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Translation on cement block: Government of Reconciliation
Donkey: Great on you, lamp

20:55

Why Were Underestimating American Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Strange New Pathologies of the Worlds First Rich Failed State

You might say, having read some of my recent essays, Umair! Dont worry! Everything will be fine! Its not that bad! I would look at you politely, and then say gently, To tell you the truth, I dont think were taking collapse nearly seriously enough.

Why? When we take a hard look at US collapse, we see a number of social pathologies on the rise. Not just any kind. Not even troubling, worrying, and dangerous ones. But strange and bizarre ones. Unique ones. Singular and gruesomely weird ones Ive never really seen before, and outside of a dystopia written by Dickens and Orwell, nor have you, and neither has history. They suggest that whatever numbers we use to represent declineshrinking real incomes, inequality, and so on we are in fact grossly underestimating what pundits call the human toll, but which sensible human beings like you and I should simply think of as the overwhelming despair, rage, and anxiety of living in a collapsing society.

Let me give you just five examples of what Ill call the social pathologies of collapsestrange, weird, and gruesome new diseases, not just ones we dont usually see in healthy societies, but ones that we have never really seen before in any modern society.

America has had 11 school shootings in the last 23 days. Thats one every other day, more or less. That statistic is alarming enoughbut it is just a number. Perspective asks us for comparison. So let me put that another way. America has had 11 school shootings in the last 23 days, which is more than anywhere else in the world, even Afghanistan or Iraq. In fact, the phenomenon of regular school shootings appears to be a unique feature of American collapseit just doesnt happen in any other countryand that is what I mean by social pathologies of collapse: a new, bizarre, terrible disease striking society.

Why are American kids killing each other? Why doesnt their society care enough to intervene? Well, probably because those kids have given up on lifeand their elders have given up on them. Or maybe youre rightand its not that simple. Still, what do the kids who arent killing each other do? Well, a lot of them are busy killing themselves.

So there is of course also an opioid epidemic. We use that phrase too casually, but it much more troubling than it appears on first glance. Here is what is really curious about it. In many countries in the worldmost of Asia and Africaone can buy all the opioids one wants from any local pharmacy, without a prescription. You might suppose then that opioid abuse as a mass epidemic would be a global phenomenon. Yet we dont see opioid epidemics anywhere but Americaespecially...

19:34

WaPo editor blames lack of U.S. leadership for famine caused by U.S. leadership "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

"Obama and Trump have logistically and politically supported the Saudi-led bombing and blockade of Yemen that caused the famine." (thanks Amir)

19:30

The Trials of Africa and the Real Dr. King They Want Us to Forget "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, I Have a Dream, speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C. (Public Domain)

18:58

South africa rhino poaching down marginally in 2017 but elephant poaching "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Times live

Rhino poaching worsens in 5 provinces as SA loses 68 elephants too

25 January 2018 12:44

BY TIMESLIVE

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Thursday a total of 1028 rhino were poached in South Africa from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Image: Times Media

A decrease of poaching rates in the Kruger National Park has been marred by increases in other provinces coupled with a sharp rise in elephant poaching.

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Thursday a total of 1028 rhino were poached in South Africa from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017 compared to 1054 in the same period for 2016 representing a decrease of 26 animals.

At the Kruger National Park which has traditionally borne the brunt of poaching a total of 504 rhino rhinos were poached in 2017. This is 24% less than 2016.

Fewer poaching activities in the park were also recorded with a total of 2662 incidents in 2017 compared with 2883 in 2016 she said in a statement.

Whilst there has been a decrease in the number of rhino killed for their horns in the Kruger National Park the number of rhino poached unfortunately increased in KwaZulu-Natal Northern Cape Mpumalanga Free State and North West.

Wildlife DNA forensic scientists are foiling poachers

When suspected poacher Joseph Big Joe Nyalunga was stopped by police somewhere between Nelspruit and Gauteng it appeared they were too late.

NEWS 16 days ago

It is with concern that we also report that in 2017 67 elephants were poached in the Kruger National Park and one was poached in KwaZulu-Natal.

In July last year the mi...

18:15

We Need Another Chilcot Inquiry This Time Into Syria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Judy Tanner Censorship of news is never a good thing. It might suit media corporations worried about their business model, falling circulation and losing...

18:01

VIDEO: Fighting Davido was bigger than Fighting Abacha Dele Momodu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Publisher of Ovation magazine, Dele Momodu, has revealed that fighting pop star,  Davido, was bigger than combating the former military of Head of State, late Gen. Sanni Abacha. The Ovation boss made this known when he visited the celebrity housemates for a chat. According to him, getting involved in a fight with Davido was his []

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17:53

BREAKING: Abuja Airport Closed As Jet Skid off While Landing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has closed the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the nations capital, Abuja, temporarily. The runway will be closed for 30 minutes, according to FAAN. This is to enable the Authority to take safety precautions, as a private jet being operated by Nest Oil has just skidded []

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17:46

Iran, as Supporter of Self-Determination, a Thorn in Imperial Washingtons Side "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

WASHINGTON (Analysis) Washingtons hostility towards the Islamic Republic of Iran dates back nearly 40 years to February of 1979, when revolutionary forces overthrew the Western-backed monarchy of Mohammad Reza Shah.

The United States consistently maintains that its involvement began with the hostage crisis in 1979 and continues today due to Irans ballistic missile and nuclear program, as well as meddling throughout the region in places like Syria, Lebanon, and now Yemen (albeit without evidence in some cases).

What the media and Western governments dont mention is that Irans core ideology stands directly opposed to U.S. military and economic expansion. The Islamic Republics promotion of self-determination indeed poses an existential threat to Washingtons dominance throughout the entire region similar to that of communism during the Cold War.

However, the Islamic Republic of Iran is nothing like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Despite the medias almost childlike ignorance, Tehran and Riyadh stand at direct odds due to pervasive ideological differences rather than simple Sunni-Shia sectarian disagreements.

But why is Tehran such a thorn in Washingtons side and why have tensions recently increased?

To answer this, its important to understand the key ideological differences between the United States and Iran, as well as how these differences play out on the geopolitical landscape.

 

A clash of ideologies: imperialism vs. self-determination

An Iranian woman walks past a mural depicting Iranian armed forces in the battlefield, at Palestine Sq. in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 16, 2016. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

An Iranian woman walks past a mural depicting Iranian armed forces in the battlefield, at Palestine Sq. in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 16, 2016. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

Even independent news outlets often fail to gr...

17:28

Kwankwaso tasked FG, security agencies on Benue killings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

*herdsmen kill policeman, farmer in Ortoms village Former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso yesterday tasked both the federal government and security agencies in the country to work assiduously towards putting an end to the senseless killing of innocent Benue citizens by Fulani herdsmen to guarantee the security to lives and property of []

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17:27

Buharis Govt Orders Security Agencies to Monitor Social Media Posts of Prominent Nigerians "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Muhammadu Buhari led federal government has directed security agencies to tackle the propagation of hate speech, especially through social media, TheCable reports. The order was reportedly given at a security meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja. Mansur Dan Ali, minister of defence, had described the trend of hate speech on []

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17:23

Fresh footage of Libya executioner at work, in spite of international arrest warrant "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Mahmoud al-Werfalli is wanted by the ICC for war crimes

17:19

Ex- Speaker, Bankole, 31 others as members of ADP Contact and Mobilization Committee "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Demeji Bankole and 31 others have been inaugurated as members of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) Contact and Mobilization Committee. Other members of the Committee are: Former Senate Whip, Senator Roland Owie (Chairman), Gen. Mohammed Gana (rtd), Amb. Mathew Adoli, former Peoples Democratic Party National Women Leader, Herbeta Okonofua, Dr. []

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16:45

Michael Tellinger: 200,000 Year Old Levitation Technology "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Michael Tellinger shares a new video from his 2017 HIDDEN ORIGINS USA & CANADA tour.

This is the last hour of a 4 hour presentation in which he goes into the new science of sound, resonance, magnetism and SASER technology Michael presents the mysterious cone shaped and torus tools which were used by the ancient civilisations to achieve unimaginable things beyond the comprehension of most in the 21st century who live under the false illusion that we are pinnacle of evolution and technology.

Once we realise that we have been manipulated and lied to for millennia as a species, it becomes easy to figure why and how such technology has been hidden from us.

Michael also goes into the UBUNTU Contributionism strategy and the ONE SMALL TOWN plan which has already been adopted by the first mayor Ron Higgins of North Frontenac.

Join Michaels mailing list for regular and exclusive updates on the stone circle research in Southern Africa.

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16:10

Osinbajo noncommittal on Buharis 2019 election plans "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is focused on delivering on promises made for his current term rather than thinking about the next election, his vice president said on Thursday. Buhari, 75, has not publicly said whether he will contest the February 2019 election. Political insiders have privately questioned his willingness or ability to keep the top job []

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15:44

AU summit 30: Should Africa worry about a growing foreign military presence? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Peter Fabrucius, January 24, 2018

From ISS Africa

The United States in particular, but also France, have had a lot of flak for their military presence in Africa. However a surprising number of other foreign powers have quietly been putting boots on African soil over the past couple of decades, though attracting little attention.

Does the African Union (AU) endorse all this activity? Is it monitoring it? Is it concerned about it? And if not, should ordinary Africans be worried and demand action from the continental body?

Alex Vines, head of the Africa programme at Chatham House, discerns a growing diversification of security partners on the continent. In 2000, security in Africa meant mostly France, a bit of the US and some niche deployments such as Morocco (as presidential guard) and the United Nations (UN), Vines told ISS Today.

We now have Djibouti hosting many military bases. China in 2017 joins other recent arrivals in Djibouti with military facilities. Japan too has its only foreign military base there as do the Italians. Troops from Germany and Spain are hosted by the French, but the Russians failed to negotiate a partnership with the Chinese to share their facilities. India is also considering opening its own base in Djibouti, as is Saudi Arabia.

But it isnt only Djibouti thats accepting new foreign military bases, he says. In February 2017, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) secured agreement for a fore...

15:38

Buhari to attend AU summit in Addis Ababa Friday "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari is to depart Abuja for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday to participate at the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). This information is contained in a statement issued by Mr Femi Adesina, the Presidents Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in []

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15:35

End petrol scarcity queues in 7 days Senate tells NNPC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate on Thursday urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to, within seven days, end lingering scarcity of petrol and clear queues in filling stations across the country. This followed a unanimous adoption of report of the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) on the fuel crisis in the country, at plenary. In the report []

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15:34

N400m fraud: Court orders Metuh to appear in court Feb. 5 or risk jail "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has asked former Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) spokesman, Mr Olisah Metuh, to be present at his trial on Feb. 5 or face jail. Justice Okon Abang gave the order on Thursday, when he delivered ruling in an application filed by Metuh, seeking an adjournment to his trial on health grounds. The judge said that the []

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15:33

New Kaduna CP vows to dislodge kidnappers, other criminals "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The new Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Mr Austin Iwar, on Thursday vowed to dislodge kidnappers and other criminals terrorizing the state. Iwar, who made the pledge at his maiden media briefing in Kaduna, pledged to introduce proactive measures involving communities to ensure peace and security in the state. Measures will be taken to []

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15:09

Suspected Robbers Killed UNIBEN Senior Lecturer In Benin "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS JANUARY 25TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A senior lecturer at the University of Benin, Dr Godwin Omofonwa, has been shot dead by a gang of suspected armed robbers in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.
He was shot dead at his residence in Evbuomore quarters in the early hours of Wednesday.
It was gathered that the robbers dispossessed him and others of their belongings.
One of the armed robbers was, however, shot dead during a gun duel with the police while five others fled.
Confirming the incident, the Universitys Public Relations Officer, Mr Michael Osasuyi, said the deceased was the examination officer of the Faculty of Education.
It is a very big blow to the university; the vice-chancellor is saddened and commiserates with members of the family. We pray and hope that everybody puts hands together to support the government and the police.
The police cannot perform magic; they work with information. Anybody who has useful information should give it to the law enforcement agencies so that they can comb the area and restore peace to the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, told newsmen in Benin that the command received a distress call around 1.14am on Wednesday, adding that some policemen were immediately deployed in the scene.
In the ensuing gun battle, one of the marauders was shot dead, while others escaped. Sadly, Dr Godwin Omofonwa, a lecturer in the Department of Education, University of Benin, died from gunshot wounds he received fr...

15:01

Money for nothing: Riyadh's cash injection does little to revive Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Saudi Arabia last week poured $2bn into Yemen's central bank to save the rial and ease prices - but ordinary Yemenis have seen no change

14:58

Al-Qaeda: Muslims Should Kill Americans Everywhere "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen Khalid Batarfi (Photo: video screenshot)

A senior Al-Qaeda leader has called on all Muslims to rise and attack the Jews and the Americans everywhere.

In a video released this week, Khalid Batarfi, a top commander with the groups  Yemen-based operation (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), said killing them is one of the most important things.

The response was ostensibly aimed at the decision by U.S. President Donald Trumps to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The next day, the State Department named Batarfi  a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. According to State, the designation seeks to deny Batarfi the resources he needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of Batarfis property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.

In April 2015, Batarfi broke free from the Central Prison of al-Mukalla in Yemen when AQAP militants attacked the prison.

Here is a clip from the original 18-minute video:

 

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11:09

BREAKING: 4 Killed, 10 Injured, Houses Razed as Fulani Herdsmen Attack Plateau State "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

At least four persons have been confirmed killed following Wednesday night attack by Fulani herdsmen in Josho village, Daffo Chiefdom, Bokkos LGA of Plateau State. New Telegraph gathered that More than ten people were also injured in the attack with dozens of houses razed down. Confirming the attacks to New Telegraph Village Head of Daffo []

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10:34

Revealed: Seven years later, how Facebook shuts down free speech in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Would those social media accounts which supported Egypt's uprisings in 2011 now be shut down?

09:50

Nominated MP Sarah Lekorere "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Star (Kenya)

 

Eliud Waithaka,January 24, 2018

Nominated MP Sarah Lekorere

Laikipia North constituency MP Sarah Lekorere yesterday said more than 10
people have been killed by elephants in  the last three months.

Laikipia KWS Senior Warden Richard Chepkwony admitted that elephant attacks
...

09:47

Namibia elephants destroy boreholes and fences in Ruacana "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

New Era

Loide Jason,
January 24, 2018

OTJORUTE: A herd of 28 elephants has destroyed 18 homesteads and fences, in
the village of Otjorute in the Ruacana constituency. The elephants also
destroyed the village borehole, in addition to the damage they caused in
the area.

...

09:43

After exporting baby elephants, Zimbabwe pledges to turn over new leaf on conservation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mongabay

  • On December 23, Zimbabwe officials quietly loaded thirty-five elephants between the ages of three and five onto planes that would fly them thousands of miles to safari parks in China. The elephants had been taken from the wild and their families in Hwange National Park.
  • Zimbabwe airlifted the elephants to their new homes just a month after a stunning bloodless coup in the country led to the ouster of Robert Mugabe, who oppressively ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, and the installation of Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former First Vice President and ally of Mugabes.
  • For years, Zimbabwe conservation policies have largely depended on exploitation, often via trophy hunting and selling animals abroad. But change may be in the air.

Less than a month after exporting thirty-five wild elephants to China, the new government of Zimbabwe has signaled it is moving in a new direction on conservation issues.

On December 23, Zimbabwe officials quietly loaded thirty-five elephants between the ages of three and five onto planes that would fly them thousands of miles to safari parks in China. The elephants had been taken from the wild and their families in Hwange National Park. Although not illegal, the repeated capture of wild elephants in Zimbabwe (this is the third time since 2012) has sparked international backlash, given what we know about elephant intelligence and social needs.

The order is for two hundred baby elephants and so far ninety-nine elephants have been exported to China to Chongqing Safari Park and to Daqingshan Safari Park, Johnny Rodrigues, the head of the NGO the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told Mongabay. We tried everything: we did petitions, we wrote letters, we had people phone in but we failed.

Zimbabwe airlifted the elephants to their new homes just a month after a stunning...

09:09

Presidency plots fresh assault against Saraki "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ex-governor, minister, four senators fingered Drama as Senate moves to check undemocratic tendencies   Indications emerged yesterday that the Presidency, in collusion with some lawmakers in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, has hatched a fresh plan to impeach the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, as a final onslaught to cripple his []

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06:13

The Trials of Africa and the Real Dr. King They Want Us to Forget "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On January 15, millions of Americans commemorated Martin Luther Kings Day. His famous speech, I Have a Dream was repeated numerous times in media outlets as a reminder of the evil of racism, which is being resurrected in a most pronounced way in American society.

Exactly one year before he was assassinated, on April 4, 1968, Dr. King delivered a truly scathing speech that challenged not only the state apparatus by the liberal hierarchy which posed as if they were his allies. It was called: Beyond Vietnam.

We must stop now, he said, his voice thundering. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted.

Then, he added these words, which sent much alarm among those who sought to isolate anti-war efforts from Kings own struggle:

I speak of the for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam.

Unlike the more famous speech I Have a Dream delivered in the 1963 March on Washington Beyond Vietnam pushed past the boundaries of what is acceptable by liberal America into whole new territories, where Dr. Kings anti-war and global solidarity values were unapologetically linked to the fight against racism and poverty at home.

On that day, the American civil rights struggle courageously broke free from the confines of American exceptionalism, to join a worldwide movement of struggles against racism, colonialism and war.

Unsurprisingly, Dr. Kings speech angered many members of White communities who were directly or indirectly affiliated with the Washington establishment.

Merely three days after the speech, the New York Times countered in its editorial: There are no simple answers to the war in Vietnam or to racial justice in this country. Linking these hard-complex problems will lead not to solutions but to deeper confusion.

In fact, there was no confusion, but total and complete clarity and coherence. To be truly meaningful, human rights values cannot be sectionalized and isolated from one another.

Yet, what alarmed the so-called liberals is the intellectual growth and awareness of the civil rights movement at the time, which matured enough to the point of pushing f...

03:54

CSOs to Buhari: Nigeria descending into chaos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

says President must live up to expectation kicks against alteration of election timetable   Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room yesterday said that with the developments in the country, it shows that the Nigerian nation is descending into chaos with the inability of the Federal Government to confront the challenges head on.   The group, which []

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03:34

Stop distracting Buhari, FG tells Obasanjo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government has cautioned former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other Nigerians to stop distracting President Muhammadu Buhari from focusing on taking developmental initiatives that will improve the country. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated this yesterday while reacting to a letter written to President Buhari over the performance of his government.   []

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03:31

Buhari places more value on cattle BBOG "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

blocks Aso Rock gate, demands apology   Members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement yesterday defied the police and marched from the Unity Fountain and blocked the Ask Rock entrance gate. The protesters demanded an apology from President Mohammadu Buhari over Tuesdays harassment of their members by security operatives.   The movement said []

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03:31

Pains, gains of caesarean sections "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Caesarean Sections appear to be the latest fad among modern women in Nigeria. Some claim its the convenient and best way to quickly deliver babies and still keep their shapes. In this report, AKINPELU JEDIDAH speaks with some women, who had gone through caesarean section   Mrs Basirat Olufowobi is a fair complexion woman in []

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03:20

Glut threatens Nigerias 600,000 tons wheat production "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

farmers face low RoI   Amid the prediction by the International Grains Council (IGC) that global wheat production is expected to fall this year, the first time in six years, there are indications that the fate of the countrys 600,000 tons of wheat production is in jeopardy as glut and low return of investment (RoI) []

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03:19

Benue, Taraba oppose cattle colonies "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Benue and Taraba State have agreed to forge a common front against the reported plot by Fulani pastoralists to takeover lands belonging to indigenous people of the two states.   The two state governors, Samuel Ortom (Benue) and his Taraba State counterpart, Darius Ishaku, reached the agreement yesterday in Takum during the burial of a []

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03:14

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Trump Derided as Lunatic
Pyongyang Times

On January 20 Rodong Sinmun, central organ of the Workers Party of Korea, carried a comment under the title of Trumps health checkup is the talk of the world.

Saying that the first health checkup Trump had after he took office as the US president has become the heated worldwide topic, the comment noted that Trump cannot remove his stigma as he has been branded as a madman for using all kinds of abusive language and committing rash acts.

Though he decried his predecessors as incompetent just after he was sworn in and whipped up the extremely reckless nuclear war frenzy while vowing ostentatiously that he would settle the nuclear issue of north Korea and incessantly letting loose such violent remarks as lull before the storm and fire and fury, it noted, the Americans are trembling with fear and uneasiness and the US has brought disgrace upon itself.

Trump came under fire from the American media as he recently made such a brag that he has a bigger nuclear button than north Korea, it stated. It said that the argument about his insanity is rapidly growing with the publication of book Fire and Fury written by an American journalist as a momentum, the US is isolated from the international community and its allies due to the America First devised by insane Trump, and he gave rise to the extreme hostility of Islamic nations by declaring in December last year that he recognized Palestines Kuds as the capital of Israel.

He is now the butt of criticism of the world as he belittled the African countries as the den of beggars on January 11, it emphasized.

Medical experts of the US who have been keeping close watch on his behaviour unanimously described his conduct as an abnormal psychopathic symptom, rather than a manifestation of his disposition, it added.

It referred to the need to write down dotard Trump in the case history sheet in place of his name and send him to the mental hospital by removing him from office at once.

KCNA

03:14

2019: Atiku parleys Fayose, Lamido visits Wike "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigeria in coma, say Rivers governor   Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, visited Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, to broker alliances ahead of the 2019 general elections.   This is as the immediate past governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, also yesterday visited Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State at Government House, Port []

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03:14

Grandma, daughter chain boy, 12, for stealing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Police in Ogun State have arrested a grandmother, Mrs. Yemi Kazeem, and her daughter, Yomi, for allegedly putting a 12-year-old boy, Segun Azeez, in iron chains and locking him inside a room for about two months. The victim is the son of 33-year-old Yomi, who claimed to be a trained auxiliary nurse.   The state []

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03:14

Northern youths back Obasanjo, ask Buhari to give way "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Junaid: President shouldnt contest in national interest SEast Senators: OBJs letter has vindicated us Reps: Ex-President cant stop Buhari in 2019   Youths from the 19 Northern states under the aegis of Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) have thrown their weight behind former President Olusegun Obasanjo, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari not to re-contest in 2019. []

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03:10

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Field Guidance to Pyongyang Teachers Training College
Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Workers Party of Korea, Chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission and Supreme Commander of the Korean Peoples Army, provided field guidance to reconstructed Pyongyang Teachers Training College.

He was accompanied by Pak Thae Song, vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, and Jo Yong Won, deputy department director of the WPK Central Committee.

He got familiar with reconstruction and modernization, and instruction and edification while looking round the room dedicated to the colleges history, education and science exhibition hall, education control room, multifunctional lecture room, library, gym, dormitory and other places of the college with a total floor space of over 24 100 square metres.

Established in September 1968, the college could follow the proud course of its development under the wise leadership and meticulous care of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il, he said. The officials and teaching staff of the college, he noted, should keep in mind the importance of their duty and dedicate their intelligence and enthusiasm to education so as to add eternal brilliance to the undying exploits of the great leaders.

The college has made notable achievements in scientific research in the past, he said, adding an improvement in education cannot be expected apart from success in educational science.

Saying that all the lecture rooms including a room for practical training in how to teach primary school pupils, a room for acquiring teaching methods for experiment in natural science and a room for diffusing the technique of developing childrens intelligence have been turned into multifunctional ones to conduct specialized practical training, he described the method of giving lessons in virtual and actual situations as novel and distinctive.

The method of evaluating students performance by teachers standard and other teaching methods adopted in a classroom furnished to combine school education and family education are also advantageous, he stated.

He was very pleased to see that the college is...

03:05

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US Blasted for Their Military Provocation
The Director of Press of the Institute for American Studies of the DPRK Foreign Ministry, gave an answer to a question raised by KCNA on January 23 as regards the increased level of military threat by the United States to the DPRK.

A rare atmosphere of easing tension on the Korean peninsula is now being created as the inter-Korean talks are held on the DPRKs participation in the 23rd Winter Olympics. On the contrary, the United States is making extremely unusual military moves targeting the DPRK, the director said, and went on:

The US has moved the strike group of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson into the waters around the Korean peninsula and plans to dispatch soon another strike group of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Stennis under the pretext of countering a possible "provocation" of the DPRK during the Winter Olympics.

Meanwhile, the US is going to send a special operation unit to south Korea under the pretext of "anti-terror" during the Winter Olympics, and it has made public that it would conduct the test launch of ICBM "Minuteman-3" around February.

Such provocative military manpeuvres of the US are acts that throw a wet blanket over the atmosphere of improving inter-Korean relations and defusing tension on the Korean peninsula hard-won by the DPRKs initiative and magnanimity, and these cannot be justified by any means.

The recent continued military moves of the US are based on a cunning scheme to block the improvement of inter-Korean relations by inveigling the DPRK into taking hard-line countermeasures and to impute the blame of increasing tension on the latter.

The DPRK cherishes peace but never begs for it, and it will take resolute countermeasures against any acts of destroying peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

In case the situation on the Korean peninsula falls again into a vortex of aggravation due to the reckless military moves of the US, full responsibility for the consequence will rest with the US.

KCNA

03:02

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

CPRC Spokesman Warns against Anti-DPRK Outrage
We value the relationship with south Korea, but we have no intention of keeping goodwill and tolerance towards confrontationists even as we see them dare to challenge our supreme dignity and the sacred symbol of our state in an unheard-of provocative act, a spokesman for the DPRK Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country said in a statement on January 23.

Such statement came as south Korean confrontationists are working to dampen the enthusiasm for improved inter-Korean relationship.

Following the arrival in Seoul of a field survey team of the DPRK prior to an artistic mission, those from the patriotic party of Korea held a press conference at Seoul railway station plaza to launch an anti-DPRK campaign, saying that the Phyongchang Olympics are turning into the Pyongyang Olympics that publicize the norths system and make its nukes a given and the norths bid for dispatching a group of rooters and ensuring a joint training at Masikryong Ski Resort is an attempt at bringing to naught the sweat and efforts of the locals in Kangwon Province and Phyongchang. And they went so far as to set afire to a portrait of the DPRKs supreme dignity and its national flag.

This is an intolerable mockery of the DPRKs sincere effort to improve relations, and it is also an intentional political provocation designed to make the Olympics an event of confrontation between the north and south, the spokesman said, adding it is an absolutely unforgivable class-A criminal act.

He criticized the south Korean authorities for their equivocal response, saying that they talked about freedom of speech and called for restraint. Such act is nothing less than a wrongdoing of aiding and abetting the conservatives, he noted.

We will never tolerate the heinous acts of the conservative scum who violated our sacred dignity and symbol and the wrong behaviour of the south Korean authorities who connived at the outrage, and cannot but reconsider the follow-ups to our measures for the upcoming Winter Olympics, he emphasized.

He warned that the DPRK would closely watch the approach of the south Korean authorities in the wake of the anti-DPRK outrage.

02:57

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Decision of Political Bureau of WPK Central Committee
February 8, Juche 37 (1948) is a historic day when President Kim Il Sung proclaimed the birth of the Korean Peoples Army (KPA) by strengthening and developing the Korean Peoples Revolutionary Army (KPRA) into a regular revolutionary army.

The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea adopted on January 22 the following decision in order to add eternal lustre to the immortal revolutionary exploits of Kim Il Sung, the founder and builder of the heroic KPA:

February 8, Juche 37 (1948) will be marked as the Founding Day of the KPA, and April 25, Juche 21 (1932) as the Founding Day of the KPRA.

February 8 will be commemorated as the Army Day.

02:56

Nasarawa: Herdsmen attacks force 7,000 children out of school "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Over 7,000 children have been forced out of both primary and secondary schools in Nasarawa State in the wake of armed herdsmens attacks in both Benue and Nasarawa states. Affected are schools in Awe, Keana, Obi and Doma local government areas of the state.   This followed the displacement of residents of border communities between []

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02:56

Alleged N223m fraud: EFCC quizzes ex-SGF, Lawal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There were indications last night, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had interrogated a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal over an alleged N223 million fraud.   It will be recalled that an ad-hoc committee set up by the Senate, to investigate disbursement of funds for Internally []

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02:56

Secondus, PDP BoT chairman, others eulogise Ekwueme "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman, Wali Jibrin and other top members of the party yesterday eulogized former second republic vice president, late Alex Ekwueme. They described Ekwueme, who passed on last year November, as a great loss to the country. They were in Enugu []

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02:54

Lassa fever cases rise to 61, 16 deaths "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ebonyi, Ondo and Edo, most affected states   The number of new cases of Lassa fever in the country has risen to 61. According to the Lassa fever outbreak update issued by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja: as at 21st January 2018, the total number of confirmed cases is 61, with []

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02:54

Anambra lawmakers to FG: Name Oko Poly after Ekwueme "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Anambra State House of Assembly yesterday at a plenary held at the Assembly complex called on the Federal Government to immortalize the late former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme by naming the Federal Polytechnic Oko, located in his country home after him. The lawmakers, who took turn to pay glowing tributes to the late []

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02:54

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Forgotten Lesson, Doom of Provocateurs
On January 23, 1968, the Navy of the Korean Peoples Army captured on the sea off Wonsan the US armed spy ship Pueblo which conducted espionage activities after intruding into the territorial waters of the DPRK.

Due punishment

As soon as the spy ship was captured, the US held national security meetings and decided to put pressure on the DPRK to release the ship and its crew through all diplomatic channels and take military retaliatory measures in case it failed.

Accordingly, it dispatched huge task forces involving the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Enterprise and other 25 cruisers and destroyers on the sea off Wonsan and posed a military threat to the DPRK, saying that it would bomb Wonsan and blow up an airfield and that it might use a nuclear weapon if the DPRK does not surrender the ship.

In order to cope with the prevailing situation, the DPRK resolutely declared that it would return retaliation for retaliation and all-out war for all-out war, and its entire army and all the people turned out in making combat preparedness for a war while stepping up socialist construction.

Frightened by their unyielding spirit and mettle, the US withdrew silently its forces from south Korea and around the Korean peninsula and begged to hold talks with the DPRK. With the confessions of the Pueblo crew and the letter of their apology and confiscated documents and secret data made public one after another, it had no option but to acknowledge its crimes.

On December 23, 1968, on the 11th month after the ship was captured, the US delivered a letter of apology to the DPRK. In the letter, the US government, acknowledging the intrusion into the territorial waters of the DPRK, wrote that it shouldered full responsibility and solemnly apologized for the grave acts of espionage committed by the ship against the DPRK and gave firm assurances that no US ships would intrude again into the territorial waters of the DPRK. The captured crew were expelled from the DPRK and the Pueblo became a war trophy of the DPRK.

The Pueblo is now moored on the Pothong River near the captured arms exhibition ground of the Vi...

02:53

U.S. stocks fall on trade talk as dollar declines "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US stocks declined as Trump administration officials stepped up protectionist rhetoric. The dollar sank to a three-year low after American officials endorsed a weaker currency to boost exports. Comments from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin set the tone on global financial markets Wednesday, with the officials blaring the Trump teams America []

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02:53

Stock market plunges for third day with N143bn loss "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The Nigerian equity market yesterday tumbled for the third consecutive trading day as sell pressure was unabated, producing 43 losers against 11 gainers. Key market indicators, the NSE ASI declined by 0.96 per cent as bargain hunters continued take profits following the bullish rally witnessed recently. Consequently, the All-Share Index dipped 426.45 basis points []

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02:49

Arms importation: DSS denies coercing accused person to write statement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Head of Investigation at the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Wale Odu, yesterday told Justice Ayokunle Faji of a Federal High Court in Lagos that a retired Assistant Comptroller of Customs, Mahmud Hassan, was never tortured while in the custody of the DSS.   He made the disclosure while testifying in a trialwithin- trial []

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02:47

Obese children may die 20 years earlier than healthy peers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Scientists have raised the alarm over the danger obese children face, saying they may die 20 years earlier than their healthy peers. This was contained in a report by the United Kingdom (UK) based Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), which said child health would not only be impaired as a result of []

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02:45

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lesson from Disgrace of the Pueblo Incident Must Be Remembered
Half a century has elapsed since the Pueblo Incident occurred terrifying the United States of America.

On January 23 Juche 57 (1968) a US armed spy ship, Pueblo, flying no flag, had trespassed on Korean waters 7.6 miles from Ryo Island off Wonsan (3917.4N, 12746.9E) and been conducting acts of espionage. Naval vessels of the Korean Peoples Army, during a routine patrol, captured the US armed spy ship and over 80 of its crew that attempted to escape amid reckless firing.

The Pueblo, a 1 000-ton ship, was equipped with modern facilities for the purpose of espionage and dispatched by the Central Intelligence Agency. Its crew had maps that marked the locations of military bases of the DPRK, and the ships locations records showed that it was ordered in December Juche 56 (1967) to leave Sasebo Port in Japan for the Korean seas to intrude into Korean waters and conduct acts of espionage on several occasions.

Its capture was the outcome of the DPRK exercising its sovereignty and due punishment for the US menacing peace in Asia and the rest of the world.

Despite the fact, the US spread a preposterous lie that the Pueblo was an oceanic electron research ship and it was apprehended in the international waters. On the other hand, they convened a National Security Council meeting that adopted resolutions for military retaliation, and deployed their massive aggressive forces in the Korean waters, posing a grave military threat. It had the impudence to bring the incident to the United Nations.

The whole world was very apprehensive of the developments on the Korean peninsula.

At that juncture the DPRK declared its resolute and principled stand that it did not want war but it was not afraid of it, and it would retaliate against the retaliation of the US and return all-out war for the all-out war. It published material evidence that disclosed the acts of espionage the Pueblo had conducted against the DPRK and other countries.

Lloyd Mark Butcher, captain of the Pueblo, and its crew confessed that their assignment was to ascertain the movements of the naval force and all electronic signals transmitted b...

02:43

Elumelu seeks more multilateral organisations support for African entrepreneurs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, and founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Mr. Tony Elumelu, has stressed the need for global organisations and multinational institutions to support the much-needed growth in the African continent. Elumelu, who stated this on the side-lines of the 2018 World Economic Forum currently ongoing in Davos, Switzerland, pointed []

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02:41

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Abes Anti-DPRK Sanctions and Pressure Moves Censured
Japanese Prime Minister Abe, on a recent visit to several European countries to consult bilateral relations, picked a quarrel with the DPRK over its nuclear and missile development and abduction issues and viciously tried to involve these nations in cooperation for anti-DPRK pressure, a spokesman for the Institute of Japanese Studies of the DPRK Foreign Ministry told KCNA on January 18.

The statement came as the Abe clan pursues sanctions and pressure moves against the DPRK more persistently.

Abe said during the tour that north Korea fired a ballistic missile whose range will cover even Vilnius and Belgrade, it poses a grave threat to Europe as a whole and they should put maximum pressure on north Korea to change its policy, the spokesman said.

On a trip to the UAE and Canada, Foreign Minister Kono also said north Korea is gaining time to continue its nuclear and missile programme and they should not turn their eyes away from north Koreas smiling diplomacy, and argued for pressure against it including the breakdown of diplomatic relations, he noted.

The Abe clan, he said, is now plunging the whole of Japan into a terror atmosphere by fabricating a national crisis at home while creating an anti-DPRK pressure atmosphere on the pretext of the DPRKs self-defensive nuclear deterrent, in a desperate bid to revise the current constitution by all means and make Japan a state with the right of belligerency.

The clan still raises the already settled abduction issue here and there, he said, adding it is nothing more than a deceptive farce aimed at remaining in power for long and that the group would be held wholly accountable for all consequences.

It should be aware that the more crimes Japan commits against the Korean people without making reparations for those against humanity it had committed in the past by kidnapping millions of Koreans and imposing mental and physical sufferings on them, the heavier blow the DPRK will deal to it, he said.

Abe is advised to see the changed strategic position of the DPRK squarely and switch his Korean policy, he warned.

02:39

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US Decried for Anti-DPRK Intrigue
The DPRK is maintaining a constant alert, following every move of the US that is taking disturbing military actions while continuing to dispatch its strategic nuclear assets to and around the Korean peninsula even at this moment, a spokesman for the Institute of American Studies of the DPRK Foreign Ministry told KCNA on January 18.

The statement came after the US and Canada conspired to arrange a meeting of foreign ministers of 20 countries, including those that had participated in the 1950-53 Korean war by servilely following the US, in Canadas Vancouver on January 15-16.

According to the spokesman, the US Secretary of State at the war-oriented confab talked about a military option, clamouring for intensifying anti-DPRK pressure until it abandons its nuclear programme, including restrictions on export of crude oil and industrial goods, strengthened maritime control and deportation of DPRK citizens working overseas.

Many countries including neighbours, he said, are unanimous in arguing that the character and contents of the recent meeting are unhelpful to the dtente in the Korean peninsula and that it will rather have the reverse effect.

Through the recent meeting the US revealed its intention to trigger another war in the Korean peninsula, though it talks about dialogue, he asserted.

He also called the attention of the countries, which attended the dubious meeting bereft of legal justification by blindly following the US without their own principles, to the aftereffects.

02:37

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Priority Given to Heavy Industry in DPRK
The DPRK lays great stress on developing heavy industry, taking into account its position and role and the countrys specific conditions.

According to the basic line of socialist economic construction it has maintained the principle of giving priority to the development of heavy industry, concentrating funds, materials, equipment and labour on it.

It adheres to the line of building a self-supporting, modern heavy industry, the policy of properly combining rehabilitation, renovation and new construction, and the policy of developing heavy industry not for its own sake but in such a way as to render substantial services to developing light industry and the rural economy.

It has built up the material and technological foundations of a self-supporting heavy industry centred on machine-building industry.

01:51

LPNM Statement on the Tragic Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATION ORIGINAL IN ARABIC A press release of the Libyan  Peoples National Movement on the terrorist attacks in the Salmani area of Benghazi city. The Libyan  Peoples National Movement (LPNM) condemns the horrific terrorist attacks that took place in the Salmani area of Benghazi, which killed dozens of worshipers and passers-by near a mosque...

01:48

South Africa: New Plans for a Radical Transformation of Society "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Alexander Mezyaev On 13 January, the latest in a series of celebrations to mark the 106th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC) party took place in South Africa (see ANC manifesto link below). The partys plans were announced for the first time by the ANCs new head, Cyril Ramaphosa, who was elected at the...

01:45

The Algiers Accords: Decades of Violations and Silence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This week marks the 37th anniversary of a pledge made by the United States in 1981:

The United States pledges that it is and from now on will be the policy of the United States not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Irans internal affairs.

This week also marks 37 continuous years of the United States failing to uphold its pledge: the 1981 Algiers Accords.

Just how many people have heard of the 1981 Algiers Accords, a bilateral treaty signed on January 19, 1981 between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran? Chances are, not many. Just as chances are that not many are fully aware of what actually led to the signing of this treaty.

Following the success of the 1979 Iranian Revolution that overthrew the Shah, Americas strongman in Iran, plans were made to topple the new government in Tehran.  In 1980, under the Carter administration, the United States began clandestine radio broadcasts into Iran from Egypt. The broadcasts called for Khomeinis overthrow and urged support for Shahpur Bakhtiar,1 the last prime minister under the Shah.  Other plans included the failed Nojeh coup plot as well as plans for a possible American invasion of Iran using Turkish bases.2

The new Revolutionary government in Iran, with a look to the past and the 1953 British-CIA coup dtat that overthrew the Mossadegh government and reinstalled the Shah, had good reason to believe that the United States was planning to abort the revolution in its nascent stages.  Fearful, enthusiastic students took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took the diplomats as hostages in order to prevent such plans from fruition.

These events led to the negotiation and conclusion of the Algiers Accords, point 1 of which was the pledge by the United States not to intervene in Irans internal affairs in any way. The Algiers Accords brought about the release of the American hostages and established the...

01:00

South Africas ANC Manifesto for Transformation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Statement of the National Executive Committee on the occasion of the 106th anniversary of the African National Congress Fellow South Africans, The African National Congress turns 106 years this year. We are in the Eastern Cape, the home of legends. As the newly elected leadership of the ANC, we visited and laid wreaths at the...

00:48

Turkey's Near Century Distrust of the US = Rational Basis for Afrin Move "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

From the Atlantic

How the Past......

In the 19th century, Britain, France, and Russia occupied or fostered the independence of Greece, Serbia, Romania, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Tunisia, and Egypteach one part of the Ottoman Empire. In 1920, the victors of World War I forced the Ottomans to sign the Treaty of Svres, which detached what would become Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel from the House of Osman. The agreement also granted the French a zone of influence in the southeastern portion of Anatolia, adjacent to its Mandate for Lebanon and Syria, while the Italians were ceded an area that included southern and central parts of Anatolian territory, including Antalya and Konya. The Greeks established a protectorate in Smyrna, now known as Izmir.

In response, an Ottoman officer named Mustafa Kemal, later known as Atatrk, and a cadre of nationalist collaborators, raised an army and drove the Allies out of what became the Republic of Turkey on October 29, 1923. Despite Atatrks triumph and Turkeys subsequent growth into a regional power, the dissection of the empire and the attempted division of its remnant has sowed a profound and pronounced mistrust of foreign powerseven alliesin Turkeys political culture.
Through 94 years of independence, Turkish leaders have made clear that the nightmare of post-World-War-I dismemberment can never repeat itself. But it has, despite their best effortsalbeit in an updated form, involving the United States and Syrian territory that the Kurds call Rojava, or Western Kurdistan.
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23:26

UK and Egypt sign deal for British universities to set up Cairo campuses "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Egyptian official says UK universities will be 'catalysts' for broader partnerships between Cairo and London

21:42

THE POLICE HAVE FAILED. By Sanusi Aliyu Muhammad. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It is very common and easy to hear people say the police have failed in protecting lives and property anytime More

21:37

National Intervention Movement, NIM: PROVISIONAL TASKS TEAMS & STEERING COMMITTEES MEMBERSHIP LIST. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Is this OBJs 3rd Force/Coalition ? A. *STEERING TEAM* 1. Olisa Agbakoba 2. Rabiu Ishyaku Rabiu 3. Pat Utomi 4. More

21:03

To Counter Wildlife Trafficking, Local Enforcement, Not En-Route Interdiction, Is Key (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mongabay

by Vanda Felbab-Brown on 19 January 2018

The global poaching crisis has induced large segments of the conservation community to call for far tougher law enforcement. Many look to policing lessons from decades of counter-narcotics efforts for solutions.

Boosting enforcement of wildlife regulations is overdue, as they have long been accorded the least priority by many enforcement authorities and corruption has further eviscerated their enforcement in many critical wildlife supply, transshipment, and demand countries.

But better and tougher law enforcement is not a silver bullet. In fact, some designs of interdiction modeled on counter-narcotics efforts, including the current conservation community emphasis on greater en-route seizures of smuggled wildlife, can be outright counterproductive.

The point in the smuggling chain at which enforcement and interdiction take place matters enormously. In the case of drugs a non-depletable resource than can be produced in very large volumes indefinitely seizing drugs close to producti...

20:07

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, ON WEDNESDAY, 24 JAN. 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We have read the press statement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the State of the Nation. For the record, More

19:39

Failed Houthi militia-launched ballistic missile falls on house near Sanaa airport "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 

A failed Houthi militia-launched ballistic missile has fallen on a house near the airport in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (Shutterstock)
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JEDDAH: A failed Houthi militia-launched ballistic missile has fallen on a house near the airport in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, according to reports.
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It comes as clashes in the Yemeni rebel heartland of Saada province killed 40 rebel fighters, as Saudi media reported on Wednesday.
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The uptick in fighting came as Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir held talks on the conflicts in Yemen and Syria with his British, US and United Arab Emirates counterparts in Paris on Tuesday.
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The Saudi-led coalition this week pledged $1.5 billion in new aid for Yemen after the United Nations launched a record appeal to address what it says is the worlds worst humanitarian crisis.
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19:38

Italian Parliament Votes to Increase Troops in Libya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ISIS IN ACTION
On 15 January, Ghanaian security forces arrested three returnees from Libya planning a terrorist-related attack. One of the suspects, Ishmael Ali Musa, is alleged to have connections to ISIS in Libya. The men were found to possess grenades, ammunition, and explosives thought smuggled into Ghana from Libya. The arrests are a part of joint military and police intelligence-led operations focusing on Ghanaian returnees with possible links to ISIS in Libya.

On 19 January, the al-Bunyan al-Marsous Sirte Security Force deputy commander, Ali Rafida, announced they had been tracking ISIS fighters for three days in the valleys south of Sirte.

WESTERN RESPONSE
On 17 January, the Italian parliament voted to increase its military presence in Libya to combat illegal immigration and counter-terrorism threats. This announcement has increased political tensions between Misrata and the House of Representatives (HoR) based in Tubruq. The HoR are calling for Italy to remove its forces, which are currently positioned in Misrata to manage the military hospital established in September 2016 during the anti-ISIS operations in Sirte.

On 19 January, the GNAs Foreign Ministry requested the Italian government to clarify its recent decision to increase its troops in Libya. Italys embassy in Tripoli has insisted that there is inaccurate information circulating around the media and it said nothing had changed. On 22 January, the HoR held a special session to discuss the controversial Italian vote, condemning it as a violation of Libyas sovereignty. Several prominent Libyan activists and diplomats have also deplored the move.

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

This article was republished with explicit permission from the author.

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19:19

NIGERIAN YOUTHS, SHINE YOUR EYES. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tribalism is not our problem. Tribalism and religion are artificial problems created by selfish leaders for their own personal interest. More

19:12

Yorubas Always Regret Associating With Northerners Doyin Okupe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Doyin Okupe, has said that when Northerners and the Yorubas associate together, the Yorubas always regret the association. He said More

18:11

Khaled Ali, Sisi's 'final challenger', quits Egyptian presidential race "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Khaled Ali's withdrawal comes a day after authorities detained another of Sisi's final serious rivals, former military chief of staff Sami Anan

18:10

Liberia-Guinea endangered forest species finding refuge in border forest area "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 Front Page Africa

Henry Karmo,
January 23, 2018

MONROVIA: A survey conducted by environmental and conservation groups, the
Collaborating Conservation Organizations, shows that many animals and
plants living in upper Guinea forest find their last home in Liberia as
many of these plants and animals are internationally threatened.

...

18:05

Zimbabwe confusion over future of live elephant exports "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bulawayo 24 News

by Adam Cruise and Christina Russo
23 Jan 2018 at 10:37hrs | 981 Views
Photo: Conservation Action Trust
Three weeks after 31 young elephants were exported, presumedly to China, Zimbabwes office of the president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, announced the nation would examine its conservation policies.

In light of the recent export of elephants from Zimbabwe, the government is reviewing conservation decisions of the previous dispensation and formulating a policy to move forward, said Christopher Mutsvangwa, the Chief Advisor to the President.

A media report in the Zimbabwes Daily News claims that the new president actually went further than a review: the news story says the president fully banned the export of live elephants, as well as the export of rhinoceros, pangolin and lion.

This unconfirmed information has now been extensively quoted on social media.

However, no official statement from the Presidents office or any other official Zimbabwean source has confirmed this. Nor could any confirmation of the source of the Daily News article be obtained from the newspaper, whos editor suggested it came from the initial statement. This clearly did not say the practice would be banned, only that conservation policies would be reviewed.

At least, five other well-informed Zimbabwean sources were unable to corroborate the existence of a ban. Yesterday, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the body that governs the international export of live elephants, tweeted the Daily News article announcing the ban but John Scanlon, the CITES Secretary General, was also unable to confirm its validity.

For those who are familiar with Zimbabwe politics, contradictory messages arent entirely out of character. Whilst I am grateful to read of President Mnangagwas commitment to preserving Zimbabwes wildlife, it is clear that there is often a disconnect between the Zimbabwes governments rhetoric and what happens on the ground, says former Senator David Coltart, based in Bulawayo. It is time for actions rather than words. We need new policies to be implemented to address the very serio...

18:04

FLASHBACK: 18th January 2015. Appropriate Response To Obasanjo by Simon Kolawole: Obasanjo as Nigerias moral compass "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For the life of me, I will never understand how former President Olusegun Obasanjo does it. When you think he More

17:55

Nepotism Smelling All Over Nigeria. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Words of Dr. Junaid Mohammed a northern ethno-religious irredentist. Let me say straight away that whether one calls it a More

17:38

This thing called killer herdsmen By Mahmud Jega "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There is no denying what is obvious. Herdsmen have attacked rural communities in different parts of Nigeria. The attacks are More

16:48

NNPC confirms Oil in Sokoto Basin, asks Governments of Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Katsina states to acquire Oil blocks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has through its Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru urged the governments of Sokoto, More

16:38

I Didnt Hand Over A Collapsed Nation To Buhari Dr. Goodluck Jonathan- "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has replied his critics who accused him of handing over a nation at the verge More

16:30

Families of Sudanese tortured in Libya say kidnappers called them to demand ransoms "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Relatives of men abused in videos shared on social media say kidnappers phoned them and demanded payments to spare their lives

15:31

The Abandonment of the Working Class "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Abandonment of the Working Class

Paul Craig Roberts

One of the great tragedies of our time is the abandonment of the working class by the white liberal/progressive/left. No longer is the victim group the working class and the victimizers Wall Street, the big banks and the capitalists. Today the victimizer is the white working class, and the victim group is everyone else. Somehow the working class, whose incomes and opportunities have been shrinking for three decades, a class that owns no politicians and has been abandoned even by the Democratic Party, is the powerful exploiter that has pushed aside the billionaires and rule America in their place. How likely is it that the down and out working class, branded by Hillary Clinton the Trump deplorables are the rulers of America?

The capitalists use their power to maximize their income and wealth, but in Identity Politics the white male simply uses his power to engage in racism, sexism, and homophobia. Moreover, unlike the victim groupshomosexuals, preferred minorities, and womenthe white male is not protected by quotas, political correctness, and hate crimes. A white male can be called every name in the book, but one word considered hurtful or threatening to a member of a victim group and off goes the powerful white male to sensitivity training or to the ranks of the unemployed. If truth were possible, clearly it is the white heterosexual males who comprise the victim group.

But like all ideologies, Identity Politics is blind to facts. The ideology is not truth-based. Identity Politics is based in Jewish cultural Marxism, which was designed to break up goy society, and it has done a good job.

Identity Politics has far-reaching ability to distort understanding. For example, one positive result of Donald Trumps election as President is the revitalization of national wildlife and environmental organizations. The dependency of these organizations on corporate grants and, thereby, on corporate executives as members of their boards, has diminished their fighting spirit. Trumps all-out assault on the environmenteven national monuments and Floridas protected coastal watersis reviving it.

The environmental and wildlife organizations magazines are becoming more combative, a good thing. For example, in the current issue of Sierra, there is an article, Fools Gold, by Sophia Jones. The article is about the seizure by the Colorado mining giant Newmont of small farms in Ghana in order to expand its mining operations.

Somehow the US mining company, possibly by the paying of bribes, secured permission from the government of Ghana, or whomever the government of Ghana represents, to allow the mining company to evict citizens of Ghana off of their land at minimal cost to Newmont. Sophia Jones writes that Yaa Konadu was moved off her la...

14:52

70 Years Birthday: Church Members Present N50m SUV To Warri Bishop, Miyerijesu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bshop Miyerijesu and his birthday bash


LAGOS JANUARY 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Warri witnessed a massive celebration as the founding religious leader who is mostly referred to as the Bishop of the Whole World recently celebrated his 70th birthday.
In what was termed as a double celebration, Saint Dikeji Daniel Miyerijesu celebrated both his birthday and celebrated 50 years of doing Gods work described as his divine promotion. Obviously adored and loved by his followers, a huge crowd gathered to celebrate their father in the Lord.With food, drinks and music everywhere, it was indeed a jolly moment for the members of Gods Grace Ministries worldwide which is situated in Warri, Delta State.
Many people turned up bringing gifts of their own and among the gifts was a Lexus LX 570 2018 Model which some members of his church contributed in getting for him.
The good news of the gift which is worth over N50m was shared on his official Facebook page. It read: THE GIFT (LEXUS LX 570 2018 MODEL) PRESENTED TO THE BISHOP OF THE WHOLE WORLD BY HIS CHILDREN IN THE LORD (G.G.M. INC. WORLD WIDE) DURING HIS HAPPY DOUBLE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS.

14:45

Police detain Biafra leader in Bakassi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Princewill Obuka, National Leader of the Biafra Nations Youth League, BNYL has been arrested along with 20 of his supporters including the leader of Displaced Bakassi Youths, Linus Essien.   According to the Public Relations Officer of BNYL, they were arrested January 16 in Ikang, Cameroon border area adding that Obuka has been detained in State CID []

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14:36

PHOTOS: Prophet arrested for kissing wife, home-help "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A  Tanzanian prophet, Nabii Tito, has been arrested by the police days after sharing photos of himself kissing his wife and home-help. Photos of Nabii Tito kissing the two went viral on the social media and irked quite a number of Tanzanians who called him out for his behaviour. According to the police, Titos arrest []

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14:30

Benue: Groups raise alarm over massive influx of herdsmen in Agatu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A group of socio-cultural organisations in Benue State has raised alarm over the massive exodus of Fulani herdsmen into Agatu Local Government Area of the state to graze their cattle against the anti-open grazing law enacted by the state government. The groups, Mdzough u Tiv, Idoma National Forum and Omi NyIgede disclosed this at a []

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14:29

NAF redeploys 17 senior officers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In its drive towards operational efficiency, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has announced the redeployment of seventeen senior officers. A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, indicated that 3 Air Officers Commanding, were among the officers affected in the redeployment exercise, which will take effect on January []

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14:26

Sagay: Obasanjos Letter To Buhari Is Insulting "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Itse Sagay

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LAGOS JANUARY 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-ITSE Sagay, the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, has described former President Olusegun Obasanjos recent comment on President Muhammadu Buharis performance in office as inappropriate and insulting.
Obasanjo had in a statement released Tuesday, January 23, urged Buhari not to seek re-election, saying he has performed below par since assuming office.
The former president lambasted Buhari, saying he should willingly decline calls for him to seek re-election from sycophants.
But in his reaction, Sagay accused the former president of hypocrisy, saying Obasanjo pursued a third term when he was in power.
Speaking to The Nation newspaper, the professor of law expressed surprise at the content of Obasanjos letter, adding that then former president should learn to respect other people.
I saw Obasanjos comments and I could not believe my eyes, that a man who tried to get a third term is discouraging someone else from getting a second term. It doesnt make sense, he said.
I think Obasanjo should try and respect other people. He has achieved a lot. He is a great man and I respect him. But he should learn to respect other people and think of them as being, at least, as good as himself.
I think it is insulting for a man who wanted third term to tell somebody else not to want second t...

14:14

I Go Die To Buhari: Resign Now That The Ovation Is Loud "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

I Go Die


LAGOS JANUARY 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Popular Comedian, Francis Agoda, also known as I Go Dye, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to resign from office.
Reacting to a statement by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo to Buhari, the popular Comedian advised that the president should leave now that the ovation is loud.

In a letter to Buhari, the humour merchant urged the president to be a hero rather than a villain in the history books of the nation.
The letter reads, A passionate appeal to Excellency, President Mohamadu Buhari,not contest the 2019 Presidential elections and a clarion call to all tradition leaders, Ex-presidents, diplomatic communities elder statesmen, professional bodies, entertainers and Nigerian youths to lay their voices to end political recycling, because a future bequeathed to Nigerian youths today, will be the best legacy.
Sir, with profound respect to your personality do I write you this letter, Please allow me the privilege to politely take you through some of the best moments of your life as a youth. I have questioned my fears when i looked back at our history, as a people and the many opportunities that has been denied the youths of my generation.
The youths of today are grieving everyday, because so much has been taken away from them. They have b...

14:10

WHO WILL TELL THE PRESIDENT? By: Bryson Peven. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There are no more waters in the Benue but a flowing river of tears. It has been many months that More

13:55

Dozens killed in clashes and Saudi air strikes across Saada in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Nine civilians killed in Saudi-led air strikes in the Houthi controlled area of Saada

13:43

ON THE RECORD: IMO STATE HAS NOT ADOPTED AND DOES NOT INTEND TO ADOPT ANY CATTLE COLONY POLICY "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

PRESS RELEASE The attention of the RESCUE GOVERNMENT of Imo State has been drawn to the wild and unsubstantiated rumour More

12:54

More than 30 dead in car bombings at Benghazi mosque direct or indiscriminate attacks against civilians constitute war crimes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFP | Libyans check the aftermath of an explosion in the eastern city of Benghazi on January 24, 2018

BENGHAZI (LIBYA) (AFP)  

More than 30 people were dead and dozens wounded after two car bombings outside a mosque frequented by jihadist opponents in Libyas second city Benghazi, medical officials said Wednesday.

The attack after evening prayers on Tuesday underlined the continued chaos in Libya, which has been wracked by violence and divisions since dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a 2011 NATO-backed uprising.

Benghazi has been relatively calm since military strongman Khalifa Haftar announced the eastern citys liberation from jihadists in July last year after a three-year campaign, but sporadic violence has continued.

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Khalifa Haftar

The bombers blew up two cars 30 minutes apart outside the mosque in the central neighbourhood of Al-Sleimani, according to security officials.

Emergency and security workers who had rushed to the scene were among those killed in the second blast.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the mosque is known to be a base for Salafist groups which fought the jihadists alongside Haftars forces.

Mourners gathered outside the mosque on Wednesday, walking through puddles of water stained red with blood. Vehicles in a parking lot outside the mosque were burnt-out and mangled, their windows shattered.

The citys Al-Jala hospital received 25 dead and 51 wounded, its spokeswoman Fadia al-Barghathi said. The Benghazi Medical Centre received nine dead and 36 wounded, spokesman Khalil Gider said.

Ahmad al-Fituri, a security official for Haftars forces, was among those killed, military spokesman Milud al-Zwei said.

Medical officials said many of the wounded were in critical condition and the death toll was likely to rise.

Political turmoil

Haftar supports an administration based in the east of the country. It declared three days of mourning following the attack.

A UN-backed unity government based in the capital Tripoli, the Government o...

12:41

Second Year Anniversary: Dont place adverts to congratulate me, Yahaya Bello tells friends, associates "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yahaya Bello, the Kogi state governor has told his friends, associates and well-wishers not to place any goodwill advertorial message in the media as his administration clocks 2 years on January 27, 2018.  The governor who has been heavily criticized for underperforming told his friends, associates, and well-wishers to support him in reaching even more Kogites, who []

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11:47

Remember Nada Al-Ahdal? Here She Is Today "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nada al-Ahdal was just 11-years old in July of 2013 when she fled her family home in Yemen to avoid a forced marriage with a 26-year-old man. As she was escaping, she made a video explaining how a marriage at this age would have destroyed her prospects of getting an education and ruined her life as it had for so many other children.

The video went viral and received over eight million views in the first months after it was posted.

Watch the original video below:

Two years after her escape, she also appeared on Lebanese TV where she debated a Muslim cleric. In the TV debate, which aired on Al-Jadid, Nada tells of how her parents presented marriage to her as a game, but in reality, she says, It isnt. It turns you into a servant and places a burden on you greater than you can bear on your shoulders.

Nadas uncle, who took her in, appeared with her on the show. He related how Nada lived with him for the past two years, even spending vacations with him, so that more time could be devoted to her education. If she had been living with them [her parents], he said, she would have ended up just like her sisters, who were married at ages 12 and 14 after Nada escaped.

Now 15 years old, Nada established an institute for the protection of childrens rights. In an interview on Yemini TV, Nada spoke about the the importance of raising awareness of the dangers of child marriage even more so than passing legislation which is easily disregarded.

Watch the interview below:

Comments to her original video included:

Wow, if this girl doesnt end up doing something remarkable I will be surprised.

This girls bravery makes me feel embarrassed a bit as a man.

 

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11:44

Muslims Shield Christians: Oscar Nominee for True Story "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

From Watu Wote (Photo: video screenshot)From Watu Wote (Photo: video screenshot)

A film based on the true story about how a group of Muslims shielded and saved Christians in an Islamist terror attack on a bus in Kenya has been nominated for an Oscar.

A few days before Christmas 2015, a bus carrying close to 100 people was traveling to the city of Mandera near the border with Somalia and Ethiopia. Buses traveling the route known to be dangerous, especially during the holiday season when many travel to see family are usually accompanied by a police escort.

This time, the escort vehicle broke down, leaving the bus to continue alone on its way. The bus was subsequently ambushed by Al-Shabaab terrorists, who told the Muslim and Christian passengers to separate themselves. The terrorists planned to slaughter the Christians by spraying them with bullets. But the Muslim passengers who were mostly women refused.

They gave the Christian women their hijabs and hid others behind bags in the bus. The Muslims told the terrorists, If you want to kill us, then kill us. There are no Christians here, said Abdiqafar Teno, a passenger on the bus.

The gunmen backed down and left. One Christian man who tried to run away was captured and shot dead as was the driver of a truck traveling behind the bus.

Al-Shabaab, an extremely violent jihadi group originating in Somalia and operating in East Africa, was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. in 2008. The group pledged its allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2012.

Al-Shabaab was responsible for some of the most gruesome terrorists attacks in the region, including another bus attack in 2014 near Mandera where the group slaughtered 29 non-Muslims and the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya in which at least 67 were killed and 175 wounded.

The film, called Watu Wote,...

11:05

Apartheid state: israels human rights record criticised at UN "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Apartheid state: Israels human rights record criticised at UN Over 100 countries shed light on Israeli violations against Palestinians during periodic review Israel is the only state in the world that can be called an apartheid state, South Africa says (Reuters) Amandla Thomas-Johnson GENEVA A fiery exchange between Iran and Israel broke out at []

11:01

Lula, Brazil Elections and the Left "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

teleSUR speaks to Sabrina Fernandes, a professor and researcher at the University of Brasilia. In an exclusive interview with teleSUR, Brazilian professor and researcher Sabrina Fernandes discusses former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvas Jan. 24 corruption trial and forthcoming elections in the South American country. What has been the response of the left outside the Workers...

10:58

Saraki: Strong electoral system key to stability of democracy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday said strong electoral system was key in the stability of democracy in the country. Saraki, who made the assertion when he played host to a United Nations (UN) Electoral Needs Assessment Mission Team in Abuja, said the Senate was working to improve the nations electoral process by building on []

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10:57

Edo bomb factory: Jonathans aide calls for increased vigilance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Piqued by recent bomb explosion that rocked Okpella in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, which left one person dead, a former Special Adviser to ex- President Goodluck Jonathan on Youths and Students Affairs, Jude Imagwe, yesterday called for increased vigilance among residents of Okpella community and the state in general. Imagwe, who []

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10:55

350m illegal arms threaten 2019 elections FG "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government has raised concerns over smuggling of small arms and light weapons, saying the trend must be checked before the 2019 elections. This came as the government also raised the alarm over porous borders, which, it said, contributed to the proliferation of illegal weapons. The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), made []

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10:53

#NigerDelta: Buhari Kicks Out Amnesty Boss, Paul Boroh "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Boroh


LAGOS JANUARY 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Special Adviser on Niger Delta and head of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, retired Brigadier-General Paul Boroh.
Our informant gathered authoritatively from presidential sources that the president ordered Borohs removal and replacement because he lost confidence in his ability to effectively manage the programme designed to keep militancy and agitations in the oil rich Niger Delta in check.
The source said, A formal announcement would be made anytime from now.
The Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group had last week threatened to resume massive bombing of oil installations in the region.

10:53

Dogara expresses fear over completion of 2nd Niger Bridge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has said if the legislature did not firm up its oversight function, completion of the second Niger bridge and the Lagos- Ibadan expressway may be a mirage. Dogara made this observation while declaring open the investigative hearing on the nature of contract and concession on the []

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10:53

Buhari meets Tinubu, Akande in Aso Rock "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday held a closed door meeting with the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, and former Interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, at the presidential villa, Abuja. The meeting between the President and the party chieftains came few hours after former President Olusegun Obasanjo []

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10:45

South Africa: New Plans for a Radical Transformation of Society "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On 13 January, the latest in a series of celebrations to mark the 106th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC) party took place in South Africa. The partys plans were announced for the first time by the ANCs new head, Cyril Ramaphosa, who was elected at the end of December 2017.

10:18

Gabon: Three poachers and ivory traffickers taken in Booue "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Times Info
January 21, 2018

 

Two ivory traffickers of Malian nationality were caught in the act of
holding and marketing elephant tusks in Booue on January 17, a small town
in Gabon, located on Ogooue, in the province of Ogooue-Ivindo; it is chief
town of the department of Lop?.

...

08:29

BBC News ignores a media freedom story from Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Last year BBC Radio 4 produced a couple of programmes about a call from Gulf States to close certain media organisations including Al Jazeera and Middle East Eye in which the story was framed as an assault on media freedom.

BBC media editors softball interview with fellow journalist sold audiences short

Also last year, the BBC produced reports concerning Israeli complaints about Al Jazeera that were described as an attack on free and independent media.

BBCs Israel-Al Jazeera row reporting displays double standards part one

BBCs Israel-Al Jazeera row reporting displays double standards part two

BBC journalists protest imprisonment of Al Jazeera journalists by Egypt in 2014

Given that proclaimed interest in freedom of the press and the BBCs ...

06:21

Water scarcity threat to India and South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

More than a third of Indias electricity supply is at risk from water scarcity, which also threatens urban life in parts of South Africa.

04:47

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AU Gears Up to Launch Highly-anticipated Single African Sky
The African Union Commission is set to launch the first AU Agenda 2063 Flagship project, the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on January 28, 2018, as a historic event at the African Union Summit, nearly two decades after the adoption of the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision.

Speaking ahead of the launch event, Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union Commission said "With preparations continuing on schedule, the launch of the Single African Air Transport Market will spur more opportunities to promote trade, cross-border investments in the production and service industries, including tourism resulting in the creation of an additional 300,000 direct and two million indirect jobs contributing immensely to the integration and socio-economic growth of the continent."

The Commissioner stated that the aviation industry currently supports eight million jobs in Africa and hence SAATM was created with the aim of enhancing connectivity, facilitating trade and tourism, creating employment, and ensuring that the industry plays a more prominent role in the global economy and significantly contributing to the AU's Agenda 2063.

"The AU Summit will also see the adoption of the regulatory text of the Yamoussoukro Decision, that is, the competition and consumer protection regulations that safeguard the efficient operation of the market," the Commissioner added.

An exhibition billed "Flying the AU Agenda 2063 for an integrated, peaceful and prosperous Africa" will be unveiled to mark the launch, as well as a ribbon cutting and the inauguration of the commemorative plaque.

So far, 23 African countries out of 55 have subscribed to the Single African Air Transport Market whereas 44 African countries signed the Yamoussoukro Decision.

"The African Union Commission, under the leadership and personal commitment of H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has been playing a key coordinating role in the establishment of the Single African Air Transport Market and advocacy to the AU Member States, who have not yet committed to the solemn commitment, to do so," the Commissioner intimated.

The African Union Commission (AUC), the African Civi...

04:42

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Ethiopia Vows to Support AU's Single African Air Transport Market Initiative
Xinhua
2018-01-24 01:50:43
Editor: Mu Xuequan

ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian government on Tuesday vowed to support African Union's (AU) flagship project dubbed the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).

The AU on Monday announced that it will launch the first AU Agenda 2063 flagship project, the SAATM, as part of the ongoing 30th AU leaders Summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Transport and the Ethiopian Airlines Group, in a joint press conference on Tuesday, announced their full support towards the realization of AU's "single African skies initiative."

Ahmed Shide, Ethiopian Minister of Transport, said that the initiative would "pave the way for other flagship projects such as the free trade area and the free movement of people."

According to Shide, Ethiopia has always been one of the pioneers in promoting the free skies in Africa and it is also one of the 11 champion countries that declared their commitment to establishing a single African air transport market.

The launch of SAATM, which is scheduled on Jan. 28, is expected to spur more opportunities to promote trade, cross-border investments in the production and service industries including tourism, resulting in the creation of an additional 300,000 direct and 2 million indirect jobs, according to the pan-African block.

Shide further stressed that the realization of SAATM would be attained through the immediate implementation of the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision, which is the full liberalization of intra-African air transport services in terms of access, capacity and frequency.

"The realization of SAATM is vital to the achievement of the long term vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, which is AU's Agenda 2063," Shide stressed.

Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, also dubbed the initiative as a "huge milestone for the continent."

Noting the intra-Africa trade which stands at 20 percent of the total trade in the continent, Gebremariam stressed that African countries "need to integrate, trade and in...

04:38

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Nigerian Airlines Oppose Full Implementation Of Single African Air Transport Market
Eagle Online 
Jan 23, 2018

The Airline Operators of Nigeria on Tuesday kicked against the Federal Governments decision to commence the full implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chairman of AON, Capt. Nogie Meggison, expressed the operators displeasure when he spoke with newsmen in Lagos.

SAATM will be inaugurated on Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the African Union Commission.

SAATM is a flagship project of the African Union Agenda 2063 to create a single unified air transport market in Africa and to create the liberalisation of civil aviation in Africa as an impetus to the continents economic integration agenda.

African governments, African airlines and other stakeholders have been charged to adopt and implement the Yamoussoukro Declaration as a means to curb the excessive incursion of mega carriers from Europe and the Middle East, especially with the carting away of over 80 per cent of the market from the continent.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, had on Tuesday reaffirmed the governments commitment toward the full implementation of SAATM by 2018.

However, Meggison said the airlines were opposed to the decision to implement SAATM because the airlines were not carried along by the government.

He said the government went ahead to sign the declarations implementation without putting in place facilities to aid domestic airlines to compete.

Meggison questioned if the country was actually ready for the intra-African open skies and what the benefits were, especially since the AON feels the playing field was not level and was skewed against Nigerian carriers with regards to how their neighbours tax and charge them.

He said: I expected that the government should have sat with the Nigerian airlines to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of implementing this on the airlines.

Our position is that we are not comfortable with the decision by the Nigerian government because we cannot compete favourably with the African...

04:31

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30th AU Summit Kicks Off With Envoys Session
Xinhua
2018/1/23 8:43:24

Participants pose for a group photo after the 35th ordinary session of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) at the headquarters of the pan-African bloc in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Jan. 22, 2018. Under the framework of the 30th African Union (AU) summit, the 35th ordinary session of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) officially opened on Monday at the headquarters of the pan-African bloc in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. (Xinhua/Lyu Shuai)

Under the framework of the 30th African Union (AU) summit, the 35th ordinary session of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) officially opened on Monday at the headquarter of the pan-African bloc in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.

The meeting has brought together the ambassadors of the 55 AU member states based in Addis Ababa and key AU officials, among others.

Under the main theme of the summit, "Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation," the PRC session will consider and deliberate on issues related to agriculture, transport, science and technology, information and communication technology as well as on issues related to legal and financial matters, according to Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission.

In his opening remarks, Mahamat reiterated that AU member states should play a primary role in the fight against corruption, which the pan-African bloc focuses on the year 2018 and beyond.

"The relevance of the choice of this is obvious because of the scope of the scourge of corruption on the continent with its devastative effects on economic development, corrosion for our social cohesion and destabilizing our political order," he said.

The AU commission would do its best and implement decisions that would be adopted, said the chairperson, adding "the primary responsibility rests upon the shoulder of the member states."

Mahamat further called on AU member states to more resolutely fight against illegal and illicit financial flow.

He has also reiterated the importance of the AU reform towards the effectiveness of the union....

04:27

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Egypt Excludes Ex-army Chief of Staff from Voters Database
Xinhua
2018/1/24 8:14:26

The Egyptian election authority announced on Tuesday excluding the name of former army chief of staff Sami Anan, who seeks to join the 2018 presidential race, from the eligible voters database, the Egyptian state TV reported.

The National Election Authority (NEA) said that his inclusion in the voters database violates the law.

The Egyptian constitution does not allow military men to join or vote in elections.

The Egyptian army said in an official statement on Tuesday that it will summon Anan to interrogate him over "legal violations" he made by running for president without a prior approval from the armed forces.

According to the military regulations, Anan has to resign or get prior approval from the supreme council of the armed forces before running for president, otherwise he could be summoned for military service whenever necessary.

The army statement said that Anan falsified official documents stating he has ended his service at the armed forces, "which is not true," adding that he will be summoned to be interrogated over "the violations and crimes" included in his move towards the presidential bid.

Anan said Saturday early morning that he would submit his presidential candidacy papers "once I finish some procedures that I have to do as a former military chief of staff according to the military laws and regulations."

He blamed in his video statement Egypt's ongoing problems on "wrong policies" and calling on the country's institutions not to take sides in favor of any candidate.

Anan's announcement came after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi declared his intention to run for a second four-year presidential term, last one for Sisi if he wins according to the Egyptian constitution.

The military said on Tuesday that Anan's statement also contained "clear incitement against the armed forces for the purpose of driving a wedge between the armed forces and the great Egyptian people."

On the other hand, veteran air forces commander and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, who fled Egypt after narrowly...

04:21

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Liberia's New President Takes Office
Xinhua
2018/1/23 7:51:38

Liberia's new president George Weah took the oath of office on Monday with a vow to bolster the weak economy and to eradicate corruption.

Weah, a former international soccer star, was sworn in at noon inside the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium near the capital city of Monrovia.

"There is more hope among our allies," Weah said in his inaugural speech. "Relationship will grow much stronger during my tenure."

Weah took over from Africa's first elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who served a two-term tenure of 12 years.

The presidential inauguration on Monday was the country's first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944.

Weah, who defeated the erstwhile governing party's candidate and former vice president Joseph Boakai during the presidential run-off on Dec. 26, vowed to prosecute corrupt officials.

He assured the international community that Liberia will be open for business at all times, as the new government would create a conducive environment for huge investments.

He also pledged to invest in agriculture and infrastructure to improve the livelihood of Liberians.

At least eight African heads of state and some international soccer stars witnessed the ceremony.

Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy, Li Bin, also attended the inauguration.

04:18

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Trial of Angola's Former Vice President Begins in Portugal
Xinhua
2018/1/23 7:50:39

The corruption trial of Manuel Vicente, the former vice-president of Angola, began in Lisbon on Monday, with the case immediately being split in two.

Vicente is one of six people standing trial as part of an investigation known as "Operation Fizz". The court agreed to an appeal to separate Vicente's case from the others.

Vicente's lawyer, Rui Patricio, told the Lusa Portuguese News Agency that he was "satisfied" with the decision, describing it as "inevitable".

However, Vicente will still not be extradited. Angola wants to try Vicente itself, but Portugal's Public Prosecution Service fears Vicente will be granted diplomatic immunity.

Angola's president, Joao Lourenco, has called Portugal's refusal to extradite Vicente "offensive". The trial has thus become as much about Portuguese-Angolan relations as Vicente's alleged misdemeanors.

Vicente, the former CEO of Sonangol, Angola's state oil company, is accused of paying bribes in 2013 to Portugal's then public prosecutor, Orlando Figueira, to halt two fraud inquiries.

Figueira, who is also on trial, began his testimony by saying he had never even met Vicente before, local media reported.

04:13

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Algeria Hosts Western Mediterranean Foreign Ministers Conference
Xinhua
2018/1/21 8:41:27

The Algerian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that Algeria will host the 14th Foreign Ministers Conference of Western Mediterranean 5+5 Dialogue on Sunday.

The conference will focus on "overall, shared and sustainable socio-economic development" in the western Mediterranean region, the statement said.

The conference comes amid security instability in the region, especially in Libya and Mali.

The 13th conference was held on Oct. 28, 2016 in France and discussed several regional and international issues, such as the situation in Libya, Syria and Iraq, anti-terrorism and climate challenges.

Established in 1990, the 5+5 Dialogue, consisting of Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Malta, is the oldest bloc in the Mediterranean region.

03:58

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US-led Coalition Says 150 ISIS Fighters Killed in Airstrike
By Ryan Browne
5:12 PM ET, Tue January 23, 2018
Source: CNN

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
The target of the strike was an "ISIS headquarters and command and control center"
A statement from the coalition said that the location was "exclusively" occupied by ISIS fighters

(CNN)The US-led coalition fighting ISIS killed approximately 150 ISIS fighters in a Saturday airstrike, Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the coalition, told CNN Tuesday.

The target of the strike was an "ISIS headquarters and command and control center," Dillon said, adding that the strike involved "over a week's worth" of intelligence work involving multiple kinds of coalition intelligence as well as information from US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighting ISIS on the ground.

A statement from the coalition said that the location was "exclusively" occupied by ISIS fighters and was under constant surveillance, ruling out the possibility of civilian casualties.

Dillon said the strike took place in the Syrian town of As Shafah, located in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, an area where remnants of ISIS continue to operate.

"It looked like they were massing for a movement," Dillon said noting that it was rare for ISIS fighters to gather in such a large group.

"When they do congregate in mas like that we want to take advantage of it," he added.

"The strikes underscore our assertion that the fight to liberate Syria is far from over," Maj. Gen. James Jarrard, the commander of the coalition's Special Operations Joint Task Force in Syria, said in a statement following the strike.

Jarrard added that coalition troops and members of the Syrian Democratic Forces "are still finding, targeting and killing ISIS terrorists intent on keeping their extremist hold on the region."

"We cannot take our focus off our mission, and we must not lose our momentum in taking these terrorists off the battlefield and preventing them from resurfacing somewhere else," he added.

The strike and Jarrard's statement of support for the Syrian Democratic Forces comes as Turkey has launched its own military op...

01:57

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US$8 Billion Investment Set to Return Mozambique to Growth
January 22, 2018
New Era
Staff Reporter

Windhoek-An approximately USD 8 billion investment in Mozambiques Coral Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) development marks Mozambiques first step as a regional and global offshore natural gas producer and supplier. The landmark energy deal is the first of its kind in the country and is widely expected to transform Mozambiques growth prospects.

This game-changing transaction initiates a cycle of energy investment set to return Mozambique to growth while heralding the countrys arrival as a key global liquefied natural gas supplier, says Paul Eardley-Taylor, Head, Oil & Gas, Southern Africa, Standard Bank.

Standard Bank and its 20 percent shareholder, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), are collectively the largest lenders to the project reflecting the power of their partnership in driving African growth. ICBC plays a critical role in this transaction by acting as the Pathfinder Bank, K Sure agent, Chinese tranche agent and one of the facility account banks. Standard Bank acts as commercial facility agent, onshore account bank and security trustee in respect of the project.

Our support of the funding of the Coral FLNG project grew out of our long-term commitment to Mozambique, consistently supporting the countrys potential as a future offshore natural gas production and export giant, says Eardley-Taylor.

In addition to broader advisory work currently underway in East Africa, Standard Bank and ICBCs support for the Coral FLNG project builds on a long history of oil and gas development in Mozambique, including Sasol, ROMPCO, ENH, CMG, and CMH. Standard Bank also authored Mozambiques landmark LNG macro-economic study informing the development of the 2014 Rovuma Basin Decree law.

This milestone transaction gives life to Standard Bank and ICBCs broader vision and strategy to develop East Africa as global energy production and supply hub, especially to East Asia.

Global interest in Mozambique and the regions potential as future energy suppliers is reflected by broad international participation in the deal. Export credit agencies, inclu...

01:55

Unless Erdogan Stops Spitting in Trumps Face the US/Turkey Alliance Will End? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Noah Feldman is quite the spin doctor!


The U.S. needs to start imagining NATO without Turkey. The latest reason is Turkeys assault against the Syrian Kurds. The same Kurds who, with U.S. training and support, have borne the brunt of the fighting against Islamic State. Turkey is coordinating its attacks with Iran and Russia -- the very countries the North Atlantic Treaty Organization exists to oppose.

I personally believe the US has envisioned a NATO with a vastly different Turkey still ensconced in the alliance for quite some time now.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan clearly thinks he can contravene U.S. interests without consequence. His insurance policy is the countrys geographical location. Throughout the Cold War, Turkeys proximity to the Soviet Union made it a great base for NATO troops and missiles

Not once in this article does the author broach the US backed coup attempt- Nor the years of betrayal inflicted by the US on Turkey. From the time of the Iraq invasion.Imagine that?
Now Erdogan is engage...

01:31

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Son-in-law of Mozambique's Ex-president Given 24 Years for Killing Wife
MAPUTO (Reuters) - The son-in-law of Mozambiques former President Armando Guebuza was sentenced to 24 years in prison on Tuesday for murdering his wife.

Zofimo Muiuane shot Valentina Guebuza in the capital Maputo in 2016. She was a civil engineer who held prominent positions in the telecommunications and banking sectors and led several family businesses.

Judge Flavia Mondlane told the Maputo Judiciary Court the defendant showed no regret and so was given the maximum sentence for voluntary homicide. He was asked to pay 50 million meticais ($850,000) in compensation to the womans parents.

According to the court, Muiuane confessed on the night of the murder and said: I have done it .... She offended me very much in front our godfathers .... She humiliated me.

Armando Guebuza stepped down in 2015 after 10 years as president but remains one of Mozambiques most powerful figures.

Reporting by Manuel Mucari; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

01:24

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Terrorists Assassinate Member of the Syrian Reconciliation Committee in Daraa Countryside
23 January 2018

Daraa, SANA- A terrorist group assassinated member of the national reconciliation committee Mohammad Abdul-Aziz al-Shihadat in Dael town in Daraa northern countryside.

SANA reporter in Daraa said that terrorist groups on Monday detonated an explosive device they had planted in al-Shihadats car in Dael, leaving him dead.

Al-Shihadat works as a teacher in Dael town, and he is one of its dignitaries as he was active in the domain of local reconciliations.

R. Jazaeri/H. Zain

01:22

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 Syrian Army Thwarts Al-Nusra Attack on Military Posts in Lattakia Countryside, Kills 13 Terrorists 
23 January 2018

Lattakia, SANA- Army units operating in Lattakia northern countryside thwarted on Tuesday an attack by Jabhat al-Nusra-affiliated terrorist groups on a number of military posts in Lattakia northern countryside.

A military source told SANA that army units clashed with terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and other affiliated groups after they attacked a number of military posts on the direction of al-Sarraf village.

The source added that 13 terrorists were killed in the clashes, in addition to destroying their arms and equipment including machinegun-equipped vehicles, cannons and mortar launchers.

R. Jazaeri/ H. Zain

01:18

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Armed Groups Fire 3 Mortar Shells on al-Wafideen Camp in Damascus Countryside
23 January 2018

Damascus Countryside, SANA- The armed groups fired mortar shells on al-Wafideen Camp residential area in Damascus Countryside in a new violation of the de-escalation zone agreement in Eastern Ghouta.

A source at Damascus Countryside Police Command said that three mortar shells were fired by the armed groups on al-Wafideen Camp on Tuesday, causing material damages in properties.

The Camp is located near al-Rihan farms in Douma area, from which terrorist groups, most of them affiliated with the so-called Islam Army, carry out attacks against civilians.

SANAs correspondent in the area said that the Syrian Arab Army responded to the attack by targeting with precision strikes the areas from which the shells were fired, destroying mortar launchers and inflicting losses upon the armed groups.

Maya Dayoub / Hazem Sabbagh

01:16

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Thousands Flee the Turkish Aggression on Afrin City in Northern Aleppo Countryside
23 January 2018

Aleppo, SANA Thousands of civilians have fled their houses and villages in Afrin city and the surrounding areas in the northern countryside of Aleppo as the Turkish troops continue their attacks and random bombardment of the city.

Civil sources told SANA that the Turkish aggression resulted in the death of dozens and the injury of many others and caused huge material damage, not to mention forcing families to leave the area.

The United Nations report said that an estimated 5000 people have been displaced from Afrin city as of Monday, expressing the UN readiness to provide assistance.

R.Raslan/Mazen

01:05

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sessions Interviewed by Mueller As Part of Russia Investigation
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Was Interviewed For the Russian Investigation
It lasted several hours.

By GRACE DONNELLY
Fortune
January 23, 2018

Special counsel Robert Muellers office has confirmed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed for several hours last week as part of the investigation into Russias interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether President Donald Trump has obstructed justice since taking office, a spokeswoman from the Justice Department told the New York Times.

This is the first time in the course of the investigation that the special counsel has questioned a member of Trumps cabinet.

Sessions recused himself from the inquiry into the 2016 election in March following the news that he had failed to disclose to Congress that he met twice with Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak during the campaign. Mueller was appointed to lead the investigation in May. It upset Trump so much that Sessions offered to resign, though the president rejected his offer several days later.

The attorney general is a key witness to both the Trump campaigns alleged ties to Russia and the presidents possible efforts to obstruct the Russia probe the two major issues for Mueller and his team.

Sessions and Trump have clashed repeatedly, with the president publicly criticizing his attorney general in tweets and comments. Speculation about Sessions job security circulated again earlier this month after two conservative lawmakers called for his resignation based on a mishandling of the Justice Department and its investigation into Russian meddling.

The investigation has brought charges against four people close to President Trump so far: former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign operative Paul Manafort, former foreign policy campaign aide George Papadopoulos, and Rick Gates, a member of Trumps inaugural committee.

Steve Bannon, former White House strategist and Trumps 2016 campaign manager, have also agreed to be interviewed by the Mueller team, according to CNN.

01:00

US National Defense Strategy Sowing Global Chaos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nicolas J.S. Davies Presenting the 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States on Friday at the Johns Hopkins University, Secretary of Defense James Mattis painted a picture of a dangerous world in which U.S. power and all of the supposed good that it does around the world is on the decline. Our...

01:00

Opioid Epidemic in America: The Triumph of Capital Creating a Domestic Shithole "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

James Petras and Robin Eastman-Abaya The link between capitalism and drugs reaches back to the middle of the 19th century, when the British Empire forced their surplus opium crop from their South Asian colonies into the Chinese market creating massive demand from millions of addicts. The Chinese government, which had banned the use and sale...

00:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sweet Words We May Soon Hear: 'Mr. President, You Are a Target for Obstruction of Justice Charges'
By HARRY LITMAN
Los Angeles Times
JAN 23, 2018 | 4:05 AM
 
Sweet words we may soon hear: 'Mr. President, you are a target for obstruction of justice charges'
President Donald Trump meets with lawmakers in the White House on Jan. 9. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

"Just so you understand, there's been no collusion. There's been no crime. And in theory, everybody tells me I'm not under investigation."

So goes President Trump's consistent refrain when asked about the Russia probe led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. But with the Trump and Mueller camps huddling to negotiate the terms of a possible interview, that's about to change.

There is a special category of potential witness set out in the United States Attorneys' Manual as a "target." A target is a person whom the prosecutor is intending to charge, what the manual calls a "putative defendant."

It is longstanding Department of Justice policy for prosecutors to inform a witness that he or she is a target, if asked.

Accordingly, any competent white-collar defense lawyer contemplating testimony will inquire: "Is my client a target?"

So now, in all likelihood, Trump lawyer Ty Cobb will ask Mueller if the president is a target, and Mueller will in all likelihood answer that he is.

"Mr. President," Mueller will say, "you are a target for obstruction of justice charges."

More specifically, Mueller will explain that the president's in hot water for trying to stop former FBI Director James Comey from going after former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

If Trump testifies, he is unlikely to stave off the obstruction charges and quite likely to expose himself to some counts of perjury.

That's where the path of this investigation directly points: Mueller has spoken to all the crucial witnesses except Trump, and has the full account from the two principals, namely Comey and Flynn.

That "target" statement would demolish Trump's public stance, and completely alter the stakes for an interview.

How will Tr...

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jeff Sessions, James Comey Questioned In Robert Muellers Russia Probe
Sessions is the first known member of Trumps Cabinet to have been interviewed.
Reuters/HuffPost

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned last week by the special counsels office investigating potential collusion between Russia and President Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

The interview marked the first time that Special Counsel Robert Muellers office is known to have interviewed a member of Trumps Cabinet, and is another milestone in an investigation that has hung over Trumps year-old presidency.

Muellers office also interviewed former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey shortly after Trump fired Comey in May 2017, a person familiar with the matter said. Comeys firing led to Muellers appointment by the Justice Departments No. 2 official, Rod Rosenstein, to take over the FBIs Russia investigation.

Sessions was the first U.S. senator to endorse Trumps candidacy and served as a campaign adviser before the Republican president appointed him as the top U.S. law enforcement official. Trump has openly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the Russia probe last March after media reports that he had failed to disclose 2016 meetings with Moscows then-ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.

Muellers team is expected to be interested in meetings between Sessions and Kislyak during the campaign, as well as the attorney generals involvement in Trumps firing of Comey, an episode central to the question of whether Trump may have committed obstruction of justice.

Trump, asked by reporters about Sessions interview, said, Im not at all concerned.

Ian Prior, a Justice Department spokesman, confirmed a report in the New York Times that Sessions met for hours with Muellers team last week. Prior did not provide additional details. An attorney representing Sessions declined to comment. Comey could not be immediately reached for comment.

The source familiar with Comeys interview said it was part of his handover to Mueller of the Russia investigation and questions whether Trump sought to obstruct justi...

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23:27

From Desolate Backwater to Economic Powerhouse: Hong Kong, the thorn in Beijings side "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

If there is to be a challenge to the supremacy of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its socialism with Chinese characteristics, it would be a good bet to suggest that its origin will be in Hong Kong. Since being returned to Beijing in 1997, the vibrant economy at Chinas southern periphery has seen its Continue reading "From Desolate Backwater to Economic Powerhouse: Hong Kong, the thorn in Beijings side"

22:39

VERY HARROWING HEADLINES THIS WEEK. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

1.Buhari lacks physical, intellectual capacity to govern-Ghali Umar NaAbba. APC BoT member. 2.Buhari government has dragged Nigeria backward, says Junaid More

22:14

THE ORACLE HAS SPOKEN. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of shielding corrupt members of his government. Obasanjo made this claims More

21:46

The Missing Message in the Womens March "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Cindy Sheehan and Rick Sterling, January 18, 2018, Resumen.

Sign not seen in the Womens March. Photo; Bill Hackwell

The large womens marches that took place in the U.S. to mark a year of the Trump Administration were primarily organized by elements of the Democratic Party. The energy in the streets was strong and positive but the political message was to channel that into winning back congress in the 2018 mid term elections. One does not have to look far back in history to be reminded that the Democrats are every bit a party of continuous war as are the Republicans. The solution is not voter registration drives but building a mass independent movement. editors

The March will speak out against hate, discrimination, and exploitation. Thats good.

The March will also speak out strongly in favor of equality, womens reproductive choice and respect for all people regardless of disability, gender, orientation, etc. Thats also good.

But the subject of U.S. military aggression and war is essential. We hope that many marchers will include this in their signage and discussions. Despite many antiwar groups and individuals actively advocating for peace to be in the platform/demands of the March, this is the second year peace is being minimized or ignored by the organizers.

For the past century, the U.S. has intervened aggressively against governments the Washington establishment does not like. A partial list includes Philippines, Korea, Guatemala, Iran, Cuba, Chile, Vietnam, Angola, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Lebanon, Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela, Honduras, Libya and Syria!
These acts of regime change have killed millions of people including many thousands of our own youth, both women and men. They have resulted in hundreds of thousands returning home injured physically or psychologically. Mothers, wives, sisters, aunts, and other family and friends have been profoundly, permanently, and unnecessarily handed a lifetime of pain and sorrow because of the U.S. war machine.

Shouldnt it be a priority to chang...

21:32

Twin car bombs kill at least 37 in Benghazi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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No group has claimed responsibility for attack that marks latest round of violence in Libya's civil war

20:37

Kenya Maasai men threaten revenge after Nairobi NP lions kill sheep and goatsn "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Standard (Kenya)

By Peterson Githaiga | Published Fri, January 19th 2018 at 00:00, Updated January 18th 2018

Residents of Empakasi village in Kitengela at the scene where six lions struck for a second time, killing 15 sheep and goats. [Peterson Githaiga, Standard]

Maasai morans plan to storm the Nairobi National Park today in a revenge mission against lions they accuse of killing more than 100 of their domestic animals in a month. The plan comes after six lions that have been terrorising residents of Kitengela struck again on Wednesday night, killing 15 sheep and goats in Empakasi village.

The lions had attacked the same homestead a week ago, killing several animals and leaving many injured. According to Jackson Kaloi, who lost livestock, the six lions attacked the homestead at around midnight. We did not sleep the whole night. We tried using vehicles to push the lions back to the Nairobi National Park where they had come from, but they were very violent. said Mr Kaloi. The revenge attack is expected to begin today. When The Standard team arrived at Kalois home, agitated residents armed with spears and swords had gathered to prepare for the retaliation. Last week, when 20 of our goats were killed by the lions, we gave the Government seven days to compensate us failing which we would storm the Nairobi National Park and kill wild animals to avenge the loss of our livestock, said Simon Lila, one of the residents. Thats what we are planning to d...

20:12

Regime Change Fuels Europe's Refugee Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Advies aan de deelnemers van de WEF in DAVOS; 

As Swiss parliamentarian and chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assemblys Ad Hoc Committee on Migration Filippo Lombardi recently stated, policymakers must honestly assess the political mistakes of recent years, which have destabilized so many countries and created the conditions for mass migration from Africa and the Middle East.
Only such an honest and responsible approach can lead to solving the crisis we are now facing, he said.

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/01/20/regime-change-and-globalization-fuel-europes-refugee-and-migrant-crisis/

It is also somewhat cynical to claim that poor immigrants provide a positive economic contribution based on the fact that they are willing to work low-wage jobs. Its one thing to encourage the fruitful exchange of skills and knowledge among different populations, or celebrate diversity as a way of enriching culture; it is quite another to undermine wages by ensuring a vast pool of desperate workers available at any time.
This contradiction brings the discussion back to the economic policies associated with globalization, putting both low-wage European workers and migrants in the same boat, so to speak. Playing destitute migrants against unemployed Europeans is not a recipe for social cohesiveness; rather, it shows the deeper policy problems facing the Western world as a whole.

A return to an approach based on promoting a decent standard of living even among those doing labor-intensive jobs, could go a long way towards reducing the fears in European nations regarding the arrival of undocumented migrants. Extending such an approach globally, by making a serious commitment to combatting poverty in the least developed countries around the world, would also change the equation for many migrants, making migration a choice rather than a necessity in order to survive.

20:02

'Apartheid state': Israel condemned by South Africa at UN "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Over 100 countries shed light on Israeli violations against Palestinians during periodic review

19:08

Missile strike kills local Yemeni photographer "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A pro-government fighter sits on the back of a military truck during clashes with Houthi fighters in the southwestern city of Taiz, Yemen on June 2, 2017. Photographer Mohammad al-Quadasi was killed in a missile strike in the Taiz governorate on January 22, 2018. (Reuters/Anees Mahyoub)

New York, January 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing of Yemeni photographer Mohammad al-Qadasi in a missile strike allegedly by the Ansar Allah movement. Al-Qadasi, who worked for the privately owned Belqees TV station, was killed today in the Khayami area of Taiz governorate while on assignment, the channel's director general Ahmed al-Zurqa told CPJ.

17:38

EU removes Tunisia, UAE from tax-haven blacklist but won't say why "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Observers say lack of clarity among EU member states over delisting likely an attempt to preempt questions about their own tax havens

16:06

After Seattle Jewish establishment honors police department, progressive Jews honor immigrants rights group "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

I am fully aware that religion has the capacity to inspire wisdom, kindness, and a sense of belonging and order to chaotic and confusing lives that are often filled with more suffering than joy. At the same time I must confess that I gave up on god decades ago despite my Orthodox Bubbe and Zayde and years of Conservative Hebrew School and enlightened parents who found a Havurah that filled their intellectual and spiritual needs. And I gave up on the religion of Judaism the more I studied history and traveled to Palestine and grew to understand how organized religions (of all types) have repeatedly been tribalized and weaponized to inflict pain, control, and devastation.

But I never gave up on being a Jewish person. That is after all the lens that has shaped my history, and I struggle with the question of living an ethical life without the trappings and user manual of organized religion. Thus it is not surprising that this week I found myself at a Seattle Reconstructionist Jewish community called Kadima celebrating Tikkum Olam Repairing the World, which is a very Jewish thing to do.

To put this in context, Kadima is the community that worked with IfNotNow, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Jews Undoing Institutional Racism to oppose the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle awarding the Seattle Police Department the 2017 Tikkun Olam Award for Public Service. At that same time the Police Department was under a U.S. Justice Department order and federal court supervision because of a history of excessive use of force and mistreatment, especially towards people of color. In fact, the previous week officers had killed Charleena Lyles, a deeply troubled, pregnant African-American woman who had called 911 to report a burglary. Not your typical synagogue.

As the evening unfolded, the guacamole and fajitas (chicken, beef, veg and vegan) were authentic Mexican, a celebration of our immigrant communities, (we are/were mostly all once them) and not your typical kosher over-cooked salmon.  Again, not your typical

The keynote speaker, Kirsten Harris-Talley, an inspirational community educator, focused on issues that empower communities of color, women, and youth. She is active in movements like #BlocktheBunker and #NoNewYouthJail. She emphasized the important questions: How Do We Survive the Era of Trump and How Do We Explain to Our Children What He Is Doing and How We are Going to Stop Him. She talked of the stages of grief on which we are all tossing, like rowers on a very stormy sea, and the importance of Resistance, Resilience, and Reliance as a community response.

The Tikkun Olam aw...

16:04

Can Ramaphosa Fix South Africa? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cyril Ramaphosas victory in the ANC's leadership contest in December is an important sign that many within the ruling party understand that they risk being remembered for allowing an avaricious few to sell off the country. But President Jacob Zuma and his allies are unlikely to give up easily.

15:37

Sami Anan: Presidential hopeful to enemy of the state in three days "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Sami Anan pulled out of the presidential race on Tuesday, after he was arrested for 'incitement' only days after announcing his intention to run

14:50

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Democrats Need to Discard Their Incrementalism and End Their Capitulation
Party leaders must learn from the GOP and listen to their base, which skews as progressive as the Republicans does reactionary

Jan.23.2018 / 4:40 AM ET
NBC News

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Capitol Hill on Monday.Joshua Roberts / Reuters

Senate Democrats on Monday voted overwhelmingly to end the government shutdown without protections for the DREAMERs law-abiding members of society who were brought to this country as children by undocumented parents, many of whom know no other home and who were protected from deportation and allowed to legally work by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy eliminated by President Trump in 2017.

In a speech on the Senate floor on Monday morning, Majority Leader McConnell promised a free and open debate on immigration next month if if the issue is not settled by then. Every day we spend arguing about keeping the lights on is another day we cannot spend negotiating DACA or defense spending or any of our other shared priorities, said McConnell. He promised a level playing field at the outset and an amendment process that is fair to all sides before adding that hes got a bridge to sell the Democrats, too, should they act quickly.

The Democrats' unwillingness to hold out for more than a weekend is even more absurd when compared to the last time the GOP shut down the government in 2013.

For the Democratic Partys progressive base, their capitulation was a disappointing end to a moment in which it seemed like the party might finally take a real stand against abhorrent Republican policies. Considering the massive unpopularity of Trumps immigration agenda a recent CBS News poll found that some 87% of Americans believe that the DREAMERs should be allowed to stay in the country, should they meet certain requirements the budget negotiations seemed like an ideal opportunity for the party to draw a line in the sand and then blame the shutdown on the GOPs single-minded commitment to racist, reactionary policy.

It was almost no question who voters would be more likely...

14:40

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Schumer Comes Under Fire Over Funding Deal
BY ALEXANDER BOLTON
The Hill
01/23/18 06:00 AM EST
 
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is coming under criticism from his own party in the aftermath of a fight that shut down the government for three days and left Democrats with little to show for it.

Some of Schumers Democratic colleagues are questioning the wisdom of getting into a three-day standoff with Republicans over a stopgap-spending bill and then backing down after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered a modest concession.

We went in with a very weak set of cards, with [25] people up for re-election, said one Democratic senator, one of several lawmakers who requested anonymity to assess Schumers performance frankly.

All but five Senate Democrats on Friday voted against a month-long spending bill passed last week by the House that did nothing to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children.

The vote led to this weeks three-day government shutdown, which ended Monday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would allow a vote on replacing an Obama-era program protecting so-called Dreamers from being deported.

Liberal groups were enraged by that decision, arguing Schumer didnt get enough to back down.

Its official: Chuck Schumer is the worst negotiator in Washington even worse than Trump, said Murshed Zaheed, political director at Credo, a progressive advocacy group.

Republicans said the concession wasnt anything that McConnell wasnt already planning to do.

Another Democratic senator said almost every local news channel he spoke to over the weekend began its interview with the same question, Why did Democrats shut down the government?

A third Democratic senator said it was an unwinnable battle from the start because the GOP funding measures included a six-year extension of a childrens healthcare program, a top Democratic priority.

You can't win. McConnell used craven politics by pitting one group of children versus another, the third lawmaker said....

14:27

Aid agency warns against 'misconception' that Saudi blockade of Yemen is lifted "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Save the Children warned that a continuing blockade of fuel products meant that Yemen still faced serious shortages

13:47

Tomgram: Ann Jones, Beware the Viking Hordes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the past couple of weeks, thanks to the presidents racist comments about Haiti and African countries he cant even name -- remember Nambia? -- as well as the stamp of approval he awarded future immigrants from Norway, weve seen a surprising amount of commentary about that fortunate country...

13:37

Death of a leader: Where next for Yemens GPC after murder of Saleh? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Ali Abdullah Saleh built his party in his image - but with his departure it is left even more split and with no sense of direction

13:30

Four Arab states renew 13 demands for Qatar "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt have imposed a blockade on Doha since 5 June, accusing Qatar of supporting extremism

13:01

Egypt's last major challenger to Sisi drops presidential bid after his arrest "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Military says former chief of staff Sami Anan wants to drive wedge between army and people

12:44

After Foiled Plot, New Protocols for Cargo Shipments "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(Illustrative photo: U.S. Air Force/ Roland Balik)(Illustrative photo: U.S. Air Force/ Roland Balik)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) instituted new protocols for shipping air cargo through a number of Middle Eastern airports to or through the U.S., reported WTOP.

The new measures, effective immediately, are in response to the discovery of a plot over the summer to ship military-grade explosives from Turkey to Abu Dhabi via Etihad Airways. The explosives ended up in Sydney, Australia in what was called one of the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted, according to Michael Phelan, the Australian police deputy commissioner for national security.

The airports affected are located in the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The new protocols require air cargo carriers from the last point-of-departure airports in these countries to submit details about each piece of cargo including the originating address, identity of sender, intended destination, contents of the cargo and details about where it was en route to the airport.

This information must be submitted well ahead of loading. At present, We dont know what is in a cargo package until it gets to the airport and is loaded on a palette, said a TSA official.

Ten months ago, the Department of Homeland Security made changes that affected passengers flying to the U.S. from Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Casablanca, Qatar and Dubai. Passengers on flights from these destinations are now required to check all electronic devices larger than a smart phone in their luggage.

 

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10:00

US Relations with Worlds Nations Are Collapsing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Washington (SCF Americas relations with nations around the world are collapsing. Donald Trumps frequent xenophobic and racist outbursts, unprecedented in modern history, have resulted in foreign ministries around the world calling in senior U.S. diplomats for explanations about Trumps comments. Trumps actions have resulted in more damaging consequences for overall global stability.

After Trump, during a White House meeting with a congressional delegation, referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and 55 African countries as shitholes, the U.S. ambassador to Panama John Feeley figured the time had come to announce his resignation. Undoubtedly, Feeley was aware that even the well-heeled owners of condominiums in the Trump Ocean Club Panama hotel-condo complex had had enough of Trump when they decided to remove the Trump name from what is now known only as the Ocean Club Panama Owners Association. The move was a sign of worsening U.S.-Panamanian relations. What happened in Panama illustrates that it is not merely U.S. foreign policy that is being adversely affected by Trump, but also U.S. economic interests.

Michael Candelori from Philadelphia

The United States is vying with China and France for control of Africas natural resources. Trumps actions have placed in jeopardy ongoing U.S. oil, construction, and rare-earth mineral extraction business opportunities in Africa.

Condemnations of Trumps shit hole remarks were swift. The African Union demanded Trump apologize to not only Africans but all people of African descent in the world for comments over which the union expressed its infuriation, disappointment and outrage. South Africas Foreign Ministry called in the U.S. Embassys Charge dAffaires in Pretoria to deliver a diplomatic protest note.

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) condemn...

08:48

Increasing the Contribution of the Wildlife Sector to Burkina Fasos National Economy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Abdoul Ouedraogo,
January 10, 2018


The Ministry of the Environment, the Green Economy and Climate Change
conducted on Tuesday 19 December 2017 in Pama, capital of Kompienga
province, in the Eastern region, at the official launch of the campaign
Wildlife Operations 2017-2018....

08:45

Ghana Marauding elephants raid farms at Assin Abodweseso "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ghanaweb

Elephant Farms

The aggrieved farmers claim the elephants pose a threat to food security

Hopes of farmers in Abodweseso and its surrounding communities in the Assin South District of the Central Region for a bumper harvest were dashed following an invasion by elephants on their farms on Saturday.

Mr Kojo Tawiah, the spokesperson for the affected farmers who confirmed the incident to the Ghana News Agency at Abodweseso said the marauding elephants came from the Kakum National Park Forest extension.

He said the animals in the process of feeding moved beyond their feeding boundaries and destroyed cash and food crops including cocoa farms, yam, cocoyam, cassava among others.

The angry farmers, expressed concern about the rampaging elephants who occasionally visit the area particularly in every January-February to cause mayhem on farms and uproot trees to block roads and damage aquatic lives and habitats.

Mr Tawaih said the situation posed a serious threat to food security, human lives and a disincentive to farm, especially among the forestry boundary farming communities.

He said all efforts to get the Game and Wildlife Service who were the Managers of the forest reserve to put in place measures to stop the animals from coming to the area have proved futile.

Other affected farmers called on the Government as well as the Game and Wildlife Department to act with immediate effect or they would have to gun down the animals to save their farms and the emerging threats to food security in the area.

We wont sit down for the elephants to destroy our crops which are nearing a level where we can harvest. It is very sad for our crops to be destroyed just like that when that is what we rely on to take care of our family, pay school fees and pay other bills they said.

The aggrieved farmers said the destruction was one too many for them to keep ignoring over the years as they struggled to survive by growing other crops like plantain and cassava alongside the cocoa but all were destroyed by the elephants.

We sometimes have to risk our lives by confronting the elephants with sticks. We beat drums, blow whistles and very loudly knock noise making objects to scare the animals from eating our crops.

The farme...

08:41

Britains illegal ivory trade on the internet "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 iNews

Cahal Milmo, iNews
January 21, 2018

Illegal ivory is being openly traded on internet auction and social media
sites in Britain as criminals ?launder? poached elephant tusk products by
selling online, conservation experts have warned.

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08:35

Malawian national parks department worried about disappearance of large animal species "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Malawi News Agency
Martin Chiwanda, 
January 22, 2018

NSANJE: Department of Parks and Wild Life has expressed concern over the
continued extinction of local large animal population in the Lower Shires
Elephant Marsh to human activities.

Lower Shire Division Manager, Alick Makanjira in an interview with the
...

07:55

BBC fails to produce follow-up reporting on Gaza power story "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Back in November 2017 we noted that BBC reporting on the electricity shortages in the Gaza Strip had come to an abrupt halt.

When the long-running electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip was exacerbated by the Palestinian Authoritys decision to cut payments for electricity supplied to the territory in April of this year, BBC audiences saw coverage of that topic (albeit often lacking accurate background and context) on a variety of BBC platforms. []

After Hamas and Fatah announced their latest reconciliation in mid-September, BBC coverage of the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip suddenly waned and no further reporting on the topic has since appeared.

However, if BBC audiences perhaps assumed that reason for that dramatic drop in cov...

01:33

Long Live Tongogara and Thomas Sankara "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Obi Egbuna Jr. Simunye Let us remember two fallen sons of Mother Africa who truly represent and exemplify the bravery and patriotism which best defines our collective fighting spirit and resolve, Comrade Thomas Sankara, Burkina Fasos former president, and the commander of ZANLAs guerilla army, Gen. Josiah Magama Tongogara. This year marks the 30th anniversary...

01:19

Houthi rocket attack in Yemen's Taiz kills nine, including journalist "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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UN announces that its Yemen mediator Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will step down at the end of February

01:00

Indigenous Social Activist Murdered in Chern, Michoacn "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Organized crime, behind the murder of activist in Chern Photo of the activist Guadalupe Campanur on the front page of La Jornada Ernesto Martnez Elorriaga Chern, Michoacn Guadalupe Campanur Tapia, 32, was very active in the community rounds, in the work of the forest guards and in the cultural workshops. And finally, she was a...

01:00

Honduras: The Coup Has the Seal of the United States "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Alex Anfruns For over two months, the Opposition Alliance has claimed that their candidate, Salvador Nasralla, was the winner of the presidential elections of November 26. Gilberto Ros Grillo is a national leader from the LIBRE party, one of the parties that makes up the Alliance, whose secretary-general is Manuel Zelaya, the former Honduran president...

00:38

UAE criticised for record on arbitrary detentions in UN rights review "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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23:25

UAE Leader Boasts of Advancing Human Rights In Middle East Despite Record of Militant Sponsorship "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

[UAE officials under investigation for torture]

UAE strategy will advance human rights in Middle East, Gargash tells UN council

Countrys progressive policies have been a powerful antidote to pernicious forces in the region

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash presented a report on the UAEs progress at the UN Human Rights Councils periodic review in Geneva on January 22, 2018. Giuseppe Cacace / AFP

Advancing human rights is a critical factor in ensuring stable societies and promoting development, Dr Anwar Gargash told the third UN Human Rights Council periodic review in Geneva on Monday.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs...

23:23

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Cities Where African-Americans Are Doing The Best Economically 2018
Joel Kotkin , CONTRIBUTOR
I cover demographic, social and economic trends around the world. 
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

Becky Krystal / The Washington Post via Getty Images

Across from the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, a mural on a recreation center depicts the civil rights leader.

By Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox

The 2007 housing crisis was particularly tough on African-Americans, as well as Hispanics, extinguishing much of their already miniscule wealth. Industrial layoffs, particularly in the Midwest, made things worse.

However the rising economic tide of the past few years has started to lift more boats. The African-American unemployment rate fell to 6.8% in December, the lowest level since the government started keeping tabs in 1972. Although thats 3.1 percentage points worse than whites, the gap is the slimmest on record. A tightening labor market since 2015 has also driven up wages of black workers, many of whom are employed in manufacturing and other historically middle and lower-wage service industries.

There's still much room for economic improvement for the nation's black community -- the income gap with whites remains considerably higher than it was in 2000, with the median black household earning 35.5% less -- but as we pay homage to Martin Luther King this week, the record low unemployment rate is a cause for celebration.

President Trump has predictably taken credit for the good news, but kudos more likely should go to those states and metropolitan areas that have created the conditions for black progress.

The gains have not been evenly spread. To determine where African-Americans are faring the best economically, we evaluated Americas 53 largest metropolitan statistical areas based on three critical factors that we believe are indicators of middle-class success: the home ownership rate as of 2016; entrepreneurship, as measured by the self-employment rate in 2017; and 2016 median household income. In addition, we added a fourth category, demographic trends, measuring the change in the African-American p...

23:11

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African-American Pastors Condemn Trump's Vulgar Remarks, Call for Social Justice 
by Mashaun D. Simon
Jan. 21.2018 / 2:40 PM ET

Black Christian leaders are speaking out against President Donald Trump and his supporters in the wake of Trumps alleged remarks about Haiti, El Salvador and African nations being shithole countries and many of them are making their feelings known from the pulpit.

Eldren Morrison, senior pastor of Shaw Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Smyrna, Georgia, used a sermonic moment to share his thoughts. His intent, he said, was to strike a chord with his congregants while also fulfilling his pastoral responsibility.

I have been a pastor for about 18 years now, and have always thought and been taught that the black pastor, who has the freest voice within the community, that its on black pastors to really speak to the things going on that affect the black community, Morrison told NBC News in a phone interview. My hope was that I would encourage our congregation from my commentary while also bringing forth the truth of the gospel.

Morrison shared with the congregation that he was not surprised by Trumps comments.

But I was surprised by the way those in his party, especially those that were in the room, were struck by amnesia and how those that admitted to hearing the statements played them down, Morrison said he told the congregation. And that I was shocked that Dr. Kings nephew stood up in the White House some days later and defended Trump.

By speaking to the issue, Morrison said he also hopes that his congregants are inspired to follow his example. As pastor of his church, he said, he has a unique opportunity of leading a unique congregation. While his church sits in a suburb northwest of Atlanta, half of his members are residents live within the city of Atlanta while the other half hail from the more suburban and mostly white Cobb County.

They need to be able to speak and not be ashamed to have a voice in the midst of a white community. They need to be able to speak without feeling bad for speaking up and cautiou...

23:05

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Brother of African-American NASA Astronaut Pulled From Historic Space Station Mission Blames Racism
By Chris Ciaccia
Fox News

In this Sept. 16, 2014 photo provided by NASA, astronaut Jeanette Epps participates in a spacewalk training session at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In June 2018, Epps was supposed to be the first African-American to live on the International Space Station, but on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, NASA announced it was pulling her off the mission for undisclosed reasons. (Robert Markowitz/NASA via AP)

The brother of NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps, who was scheduled to be the first African-American crew member on the International Space Station (ISS), claims racism is the reason his sister was pulled from the mission.

My sister Dr. Jeannette Epps has been fighting against oppressive racism and misogynist in NASA and now they are holding her back and allowing a Caucasian Astronaut to take her place! Henry Epps wrote in a Facebook post Saturday, according to The Washington Post. In addition, he linked to a MoveOn.org petition asking NASA to reinstate his sister.

Epps' Facebook post has since been removed.

NASA has not responded to a request for comment from Fox News why Epps was removed from the flight, scheduled for June. The government agency did provide a statement to The Post, however, saying: Diversity and inclusion are integral to mission success at NASA and we have a diverse astronaut corps reflective of that approach.

In an email to The Post, Epps said she was not going to comment on her brother's social media comments, nor did she know why she was bumped from the flight. She also noted that neither she, nor anyone in her family, created the MoveOn.org petition.

It's not uncommon for crew changes to be made on space flights, even ones that come at the last minute. Ken Mattingly was pulled from Apollo 13 and replaced by Jack Swigert because of exposure to German measles, though he never contracted the disease. Mattingly eventually flew to the Moon on Apollo 16, making him one of only 24 people to go on lunar missions.

Epps will be considered for future space missions, according to NASA. She's been replaced by her backup, Serena Aunon-Chancellor.
...

22:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFRICAN AMERICAN WORKERS PRODUCTIVITY STEADILY INCREASING, WHILE WAGES REMAIN STAGNANT
John Tuckerby John Tucker
Black Enterprise
January 21, 2018

Since 1979, African American workers have increased their work productivity (total annual hours worked) by nearly 13%, with the bottom fifth of black workers (low wage workers) having increased their work productivity by a whopping 22%.

Despite these higher levels of productivity, there is still a significant pay gap between black workers and white workers, along with a dire situation of nearly 60% of black workers in the U.S. being paid less than $15 per hour, according to The National Employment Law Project. The job titles that most of these black workers have are largely:

Food preparation workers (fast food industry)
Retail salespersons
Laborers, freight, stock, and material movers
Janitors and cleaners
Nursing assistants
Personal care aides

The Economic Policy Institute created an interactive map that breaks down, by state, the number of African Americans making less than $10 to $15 per hour. For example, in Mississippi, close to 70% of African American workers make $15 per hour or less.

The Fight for $15

Low wage worker strikes have taken place across the country the last several years in the Fight for $15 campaign, which is trying to increase the pay for full-time fast food workers to at least $15 per hour, by raising the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25 per hour per late 2017) to at least $15 across the country. The protests believe that prominent fast food companies such as McDonalds, Wendys, and others, can pay more than the federal or state level minimum wage, but are choosing not to do so due to corporate greed. Seeing as though nearly 60% of African Americans are making less than $15 per hour, a major chunk of these fast food jobs are held by African Americans across the country.

The Impact of Automation on Hourly Wages

There are concerns being raised that African American workers may be displaced out of the workforce in higher percentages by automation, such as robotic labor, than other groups. The Root r...

22:53

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

CNN, TBS LAWSUIT: WE WORK 3 TIMES AS HARD TO GET AHEAD
... Black Employee Claims
1/22/2018 8:51 AM PST
Tmz.com

CNN, TBS Sued for Discrimination Against African-American Employees
EXCLUSIVE

TBS and CNN make their African-American employees work way harder to get a promotion ... according to an ex-employee who's now suing both networks, and their parent company.

Wanda Byrd, who is black, says she's worked for TBS for 13 years, and describes her job as a mid-level manager in quality assurance. She says she was passed over for a promotion to a senior level position, and claims a less-skilled and qualified white man got it.

In the suit, Byrd says that's par for the course.

According to docs, obtained by TMZ, black employees at TBS have a significantly lower promotion rate than Caucasians -- and zero people of color ever obtain the title of senior VP or higher. Byrd goes further, saying the company segregates ... keeping most black employees in certain divisions that she calls "less powerful and non-revenue generating."

Byrd says in her suit there is a dramatic difference in pay between blacks and whites -- and African-Americans have to work 3 times as long as Caucasians to receive any type of promotion.

She's not only suing for herself ... Byrd wants to make this a class action suit against TBS, CNN and Time Warner. To be clear, she never worked at CNN, but seems to be gunning for all Turner properties.

We've reached out to both networks ... but no word back.

22:22

Zimbabwe Muchinguri urges wildlife rangers to shoot to kill poachers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mnangagwa upping the conservation stakes to please the West and create the contrast with Grace Mugabe. Too many conservation related stunts to be a coincidence. KS

NewsDay (Zimbabwe)

Shoot to kill: Muchinguri

January 22, 2018

ENVIRONMENT, Water and Climate minister Oppah Muchinguri has urged wildlife rangers to adopt a shoot-to-kill policy against poachers, whom she equated to robbers.

By Nokuthaba Dlamini

Speaking at a graduation ceremony of 106 Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers, who recently underwent a three-month intensive anti-poaching programme in Hwange last week, Muchinguri said the countrys wildlife heritage faced extinction, hence, the need to adopt tough measures against poachers.

Due to magnitude of wildlife diversity, poachers are attracted to rob our nation of its wildlife heritage. These poachers have become so daring to the extent using sophisticated methods such as poisoning our elephants in search of raw ivory in great demand on the black market,she said.

Let me reiterate that wildlife crime is a serious issue and as such, our rangers will not hesitate to shoot and kill those found on the wrong side of the law.

Imposition of tougher legal penalties on the perpetrators, constant educational programmes to the public on the effects of poaching and the health of ecosystem are a necessity if the war on poachers is to be won.

The minister said illegal settlers were also encroaching into parks estates, causing more

human-wildlife conflicts.

Habitat loss for wildlife is amongst the major drive of human-wildlife conflict. Save Valley is one such example, were over 16 000 families have settled in wildlife corridors and wildlife areas. In turn, our wildlife has responded by destroying crops, passing on diseases such as foot and mouth killing livestock and people.

In 2017, 40 people were...

22:08

#YemenCantWait: Rally Against War in New York City, January 26 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yemen is at the center of the worlds worst, man made humanitarian disaster. Over 10,000 people have died from the conflict, 1 million people are impacted by the cholera outbreak, and 22 million people are food insecure, with millions on the brink of famine. Funeral halls, homes, hospitals and markets in Yemen are being bombed by the Saudi-led coalition, with U.S. assistance and U.S. weapons. With millions on the brink of famine, and in the middle of a cholera outbreak, the U.S.-supported Saudi-led coalition blockaded Yemeni ports, weaponizing aid that millions depend on.

Join this rally on Friday, January 26th at 11AM, at 780 3rd Avenue (outside of Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrands NYC offices) because #YemenCantWait: the United States must end all support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

Confirmed Speakers are: Dr. Debbie Almontaser (Muslim Community Network), Sahar Alsahlani (CAIR-NY, Religions for Peace, Fellowship of Reconciliation), Summer Nasser (YemenAid.us) and Kate Alexander (Peace Action NY)

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1557494060995150/

Endorsements:

  • Peace Action New York State
  • Action Corps NYC
  • Yemen Peace Project
  • Islamic Civic Association
  • CODEPINK Catholic Worker
  • World Beyond War
  • Voices for Creative Non-Violence
  • Muslim Political Club of NY
  • War Resisters League
  • Veterans for Peace NYC Chapter 034
  • Uptown Progressive Action
  • NYC Metro Raging Grannies
  • KnowDron...

21:31

Why African countries shouldnt welcome bans and burnings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

East African (Kenya)

Why Africa should not celebrate ban on ivory markets

Researchers say there is no scientific evidence linking burning of ivory to reduction in poaching.

Kenya burned 105 tonnes of ivory, which was valued at $15 million in 2016. It was the largest single ivory burn globally. FILE PHOTO | NATION

By GERALD MBANDA

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IN SUMMARY

Countries that have elephant and rhino populations should be supported in order to protect these species, rather than being subjected to treaties that only seem to serve foreign interests.

China, which for a decade has been the worlds largest ivory market is hailed for its recent ban on ivory trade and shutting down more than 150 factories and shops dealing in ivory products.

Unfortunately, but not surprising, African countries supported the move, claiming it will end poaching and protect elephants and rhinos.

Chinas decision came as a result of persistent pressure from Western conservation groups and governments under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).

African countries have the largest elephant population in the world, led by Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. These countries have previously refused to burn ivory, and researchers say there is no scientific evidence linking burning of ivory to reduction in poaching.

The countries mentioned have tonnes of ivory worth millions of dollars that would support their economies but the countries are not allowed by the Cites convention to sell them. Yet, the same convention does not outlaw trophy hunting.

Under the Cites convention, African countries have since 1989, been urged to burn all ivory confiscated from poachers as a way of protecting rhinos and elephants.

In 2016, Kenya burnt 105 tonnes of ivory valued at $15 million the largest single ivory burn globally. This was carried out at a time when a number of wild life conservation projects were underfunded and ironically turning to  Western countries for support.

Kenya has been burning ivory since 1989, but poaching has not stopped. It seems to me that Africa is still subjected to pre-colonial and neo-colonial treaties like Cites which do not serve the continents interests.

...

20:12

Newly declassified files reveal strong British government support for Uganda dictator Idi Amin "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Idi Amin has gone down as one of the most brutal dictators in history. His eight-year stranglehold in Uganda saw parliament dissolved, elections ended, vicious secret police agencies created, and courts and media alike made totally subservient to his will. In the process, perhaps 500,000 were killed, and hundreds of thousands more displaced. Idi Amin's story is fairly well known - he seized power through a military coup, overthrowing elected President Milton Obote, in 1971. Less well known is the UK's strong financial, political and military support for Amin and his government, during the earliest years of his rule. Nonetheless, newly published British government files shine fresh light on this ignored and suppressed period in modern UK political history.

20:09

Liberias President Weah promises greater freedoms and equality "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President George Manneh Weah has promised to act on land rights, free speech and decentralisation.

20:01

Woman Conspires With Apprentice Boy Friend To Kill Her Husband (PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS JANUARY 22ND (URHOBOTODAY)-A Nigerian man identified as Ugochukwu Okeke AKA Alino, has been killed by wife, Chinenye Adaeze Okeke, and her apprentice boyfriend in Yaunde, Cameroon.
Alino met his untimely death during an argument with his wife over her
sexual affairs with one of his apprentices under his roof. Late Alino hailed from Ndimgbu while the wife is from Mbanagu both in Anambra State.
...

19:39

Man Cuts Off Wifes Hand For Overstaying At Funeral "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS JANUARY 22ND (URHOBOTODAY)-A Kenyan man allegedly chopped off his wifes hand after a standoff over a funeral function at Taranganya village in Kuria West sub-county.
.Maria Rioba Musa, 50, a mother of nine is now calling for justice after her husband Musa Matiko Gisiri allegedly attacked her using a panga on Thursday night.
.I left for a funeral on Monday at one of our in laws homestead, we thought the burial was to take place on that day but it delayed until Wednesday which caused of the problem, Maria said.
.When I came back home on Thursday I prepared supper when my husband came back home and started attacking me, she said.
.She said he chopped off her left hand but attempts to cut off her right hand failed as the panga did not slice through the middle of her palm. Doctors at the hospital are trying to save her right hand.
Her husband also cut her on her fore head and hurled a spear through her stomach. Rioba said her husband, his brother and other family members left her bleeding in the homestead and it was only her relatives in the same village who rushed to the home and took her to hospital.
.Her daughter, Catherine Musa, a first year student at Msomi TTC said her mother has been the sole bread winner for her eight other siblings, including five who are in high school and colleges.
My mother had to remain at the funeral until burial because it is our cus...

19:23

Israels expulsion of African refugees betrayal with a kiss "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the past few days, Israeli officials in the Population and Immigration authority have begun distributing an information page for African refugees at the Holot desert detention center as reported by Ilan Lior in Haaretz today.

The Hebrew document is chilling. It does not name the third country the refugees would be deported to, although officials who are interviewing the refugees are naming it as Rwanda. It describes the country as one that has developed greatly over the past decade, promises reception arrangements at the unspecified country, and ends with a warning that if you do not agree to leave voluntarily to a third country, enforcement and deportation steps will be taken against you. In the case of deportation, the monetary grant you have been offered will decline significantly. Not mentioned in the document is the new rule, which is also being communicated orally in the interviews, that refusal to leave will entail indefinite incarceration. The document ends with a best of luck wish.

The promises of good treatment upon arrival at this unspecified developing country must be weighed against the many testimonies of those who have already been subject to this arrangement. Lior Birger reported two months ago in Haaretz, in his piece titled Torture, Death at Sea: What Awaits Asylum Seekers Israel Deports:

[D]ozens of statements we gathered in Europe over the past few months from people who voluntarily left Israel for Rwanda and Uganda in recent years strengthen what previous reports on the matter found: What the deportees expect to face in Rwanda is the beginning of a journey of human trafficking, torture and in many cases death [.] In Rwanda, deportees have the transit documents they received in Israel taken away from them. These are the only identity documents they have. A local contact person locks them up in a hotel room and warns that they must leave the country within a few days. Sometimes they are threatened and all their money is stolen from them upon landing. They are transferred to smugglers who, in return for hundreds or sometimes thousands of dollars, send them to Uganda. From there they are transferred in a similar fashion to South Sudan, to Sudan and on to Libya, from where they try to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. Without identity documents, they are often subject to imprisonment by the authorities in various countries. Based on dozens of testimonies and other research, we estimate that hundreds have died in the torture camps in Libya or drowned at sea.......

19:13

Benjamin Fulford Report (Excerpt): "Future of the World Being Negotiated" -- January 22, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Weekly Geo-political News and Analysis

Future of world being negotiated in next two weeks as Super Blue Blood Moon approaches

By Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society
2018-01-22



The shutdown of the U.S. government over the weekend is likely to become permanent as top-level negotiations continue to discuss its replacement, multiple sources agree. The Western old-world-order leadership is gathering this week in Davos, Switzerland to debate this very issue, the sources say.

Pentagon sources, meanwhile, say the shutdown was orchestrated so Congress can be arrested, as they lose immunity while not in session. In addition, the sources say U.S. President Donald Trump was summoned to meet top brass at the Pentagon on January 18th, as the Navy hunted for rogue submarines and the military uses the shutdown to arrest cabal, terminate the corporate government, and launch the Republic to usher in the global currency reset (GCR).

Furthermore, the sources continued, The House may release the FISA memo, which will take down criminals in Department of Justice, the FBI, the Democratic National Council, the CIA, plus the Obama and Hillary Clinton organizations.

Trump may even read the memo at the State of the Union address on January 30th, the sources added.

The sources also say, Zimbabwe opposition leader Roy Bennett was killed in New Mexico to solidify the Zimbabwe dollar and pave the way for the GCR. A gold-backed Zimbabwe dollar is being pushed by many as a new African currency to replace the current mishmash of Rothschild-controlled currencies.

However, it is still far from certain that the GCR will take place as envisioned by the peopl...

18:58

Jewish Oligarchs and Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Shocking Neocon Plan to Invade Iran, Paid for by Jewish Oligarchs


Another wonderful 'strategy paper' from the friendly folks who brought you Iraq, Libya, and Syria this time via the Brookings Institute.

18:16

Two Nigerian journalists assaulted after denied access to Buhari appearance in Kaduna "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerian police on January 4, 2018, denied at least 10 journalists access to the public commissioning of a dry port in Nigeria's northwestern Kaduna state, and then assaulted at least two of the reporters, according to accounts form the two reporters, Enemaku Ojochigbe and Taye Adeni, and the Daily Trust newspaper.

17:56

Did Turkey just checkmate the US in Syria? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Suddenly, the Syrian government, Egyptian government and an increasingly confused US as well as major EU powers are speaking in unison against Turkey's anti-YPG Operation Olive Branch. This demonstrates a masterstroke in the joint diplomatic strategy of Russia, Syria and Turkey which although it does not officially exist, it has nevertheless been proved to be very real judging by the events on the ground in northern Syria, as well as the adversarial statements emanating from Damascus, aimed at Ankara. The following represent the "official" situation surrounding Turkey's Operation Olive Branch: Syria's position remains totally consistent in so far as it condemns any unapproved foreign incursions onto its territory whether by a state or a non-state terrorist group. Turkey, while still occasionally offering anti-Damascus rhetoric, has pivoted the majority of its rhetoric. Now, the most numerous and most bold statements coming from Turkish officials regarding the conflict in Syria are focused on slamming the United States and its Kurdish proxies (whether it be the YPG, PYD, SDF or 'Border Force'). Turkey's military strategy follows this pivot as large numbers of Turkish military advisors and their Arab proxies fighting under the FSA flag have evacuated Idlib Governorate and joined the Turkish Army in northern Aleppo Governorate as part of Operation Olive Branch. Egypt has condemned Turkey which is unsurprising due to President Sisi and President Erdogan's longstanding feud stemming from Turkey's support of the ousted Muslim Brotherhood regime in Cairo, but also due to Turkey's warming relations with Sudan, a country with whom Egypt has serious disputes. France has spoken for the broader 'western alliance' and called for a UN Security Council meeting due to western 'concerns' over Operation Olive Branch. Russia has expressed very muted concern about Operation Olive Branch, while Turkey insists that Russia has given a green light to the anti-Kurdish operation. When taken at face value, this means that the US, France (which represents Europe more widely on the UNSC) and Egypt are now voicing a position that is more in-line with that of President al-Assad's Syrian government than that of Syrian ally Russia and NATO member Turkey.

17:53

Mayor Ron Higgins Makes CBC NEWS in Canada "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Read full article HERE:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/contributionism-volunteers-frontenac-1.4497313 Ron is rapidly becoming more than just a local hero. Mayors and councilors from other towns in Canada, USA, Australia and beyond, are reaching out for advice how to launch the ONE SMALL TOWN strategy in their communities. Funders are calling to invest in CONTRIBUTIONISM projects

17:52

What to Really Expect From the Government Shutdown "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

government shutdown

Its deja-vu all over again, as baseball legend Yogi Berra might have said. The politicians and media are telling us the world is coming to an end because a compromise could not be made at the 11th hour to keep the Federal government in business.

Republicans blame Democrats for the shutdown over their insistence on legislation to benefit about 700,000 Dreamers immigrants who were brought illegally in to the country as children. Democrats make the shutdown all about Donald Trump, hoping to gain political points from his unpopular status. The media headlines are recycled from the last phony shutdown. Its all about partisanship in Washington, mainstream media tells us. The same pundits are on television demanding that the parties put aside differences and work together for the American people.

Dont let the politicians and the media fool you. Despite the appearance of ferocious partisan warfare, the truth is that both political parties agree on all the important issues.

Both parties support perpetual, undeclared war.

Both parties voted last week to continue suspending the Fourth Amendment, granting President Trump and his Administration the authority to continue spying on all of us without a warrant for another six years. So much for Democrat talk that President Trump could not be trusted: they have entrusted him with the authority to spy on us for six more years!

Both sides agree on no spending limits for the warfare-welfare state. Both parties agree that the Federal Reserve should continue to manipulate our currency to the benefit of big banks, well-connected corporations, and Wall Street.

While they want to frighten us by claiming the shutdown will shut down the US military, making us less safe, the fact is Pentagon operations overseas will continue without pause. Defense Secretary Mattis assured us over the weekend that daily operations around the world ships and submarines will remain at sea, our aircraft will continue to fly and our war fighters will continue to pursue terrorists throughout the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

In other words the Pentagon will function as if there was no Legislative Branch to rein them in. But thats not new. Thats been true for a long time!

Americans should understand that much of the Federal government is on auto-pilot. The deep state holds the cards no matter who is elected or how long the government is shut down. The CIA will continue arming terrorists and plotting to overthrow governments overseas. The Justice Depar...

17:52

Diseases Caused By Food And Water Contamination "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(Doom And Bloom) The primary necessity for survival is the availability of air. Once you have air to breathe, water, food, and shelter become the next requirements for your continued existence on the planet; that is, clean water and properly prepared food.

Even in normal times, there are many instances where an outbreak of infectious disease occurs due to water of poor quality. Ingesting food that was incompletely cooked caused the deaths of medieval kings in medieval times and may even have sparked the Ebola epidemic in 2014.

Epidemics caused by organisms that cause severe diarrhea and dehydration have been a part of the human experience since before recorded history. If severe enough, dehydration can cause hypovolemic shock, organ failure, and death. Indeed, during the Civil War, more deaths were attributed to dehydration from infectious diseases than from bullets or shrapnel.

Off the grid, water used for drinking or cooking can be contaminated by anything from floods to a dead opossum upstream from your camp. This can have dire implications for those living where there is no access to large amounts of IV hydration.

Therefore, it stands to reason that the preparation of food and the disinfection of drinking water should be under supervision. In survival, this responsibility should fall to the community medic; it is the medic that will (after the patient, of course) be most impacted by failure to maintain good sanitation.

Many diseases have disastrous intestinal consequences leading to dehydration. They include:

Cholera: Caused by the marine and freshwater bacterium Vibrio cholera, Cholera has been the cause of many deaths in both the distant and recent past. It may, once again, be an issue in the uncertain future.

Cholera toxins produce a rapid onset of diarrhea and vomiting within a few hours to 2 days of infection. Victims often complain of leg cramps. The body water loss with untreated cholera is associated with a sixty per cent death rate. Aggressive efforts to rehydrate the patient, however, drops the death rate to only one per cent. Anti...

17:43

Has Washington Decided To Stand on the Syrian Battlefield? It could be a stand against Daesh, Russia and Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ABDULRAHMAN AL-RASHED | Published  Monday 22 January 2018

Despite widespread criticism of the US administrations current policy in the Middle East, we feel obliged to admit that it is more upfront and committed than the policies of its predecessor. It has chosen Syria as a center for testing its new strategy in fighting Daesh, Russia and Iran, but we dont know yet whether or not it will manage to reach the end of the path it has planned and recently announced.

After the Cold War ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the only US foreign policy left was fighting terrorism. This policy became a reaction to the 9/11 attacks, with the US fighting terrorist groups in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Libya. This lasted for a decade-and-a-half.

Today, in Syria, Ukraine, Iran, and on the Korean Peninsula to a lesser extent, we see confrontations between Washington and Moscow. This conflict between the Russia and US brings back to mind the old Cold War.

This was highlighted last week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his speech about his countrys new strategy, which primarily relies on fighting rival powers mainly Russia, as well as China to a lesser extent.

Under the Trump administration, Washingtons policy has differed in the Middle East in general, and in Syria and Iraq in particular. It has decided to confront Russias and Irans presence, in addition to fighting Daesh. The US has chosen Syria as its battleground, despite its complicated situation, which resulted from the wide array of powers involved in the crisis there.

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US policymakers have finally realized the danger associated with the dramatic transformations on the ground and are now intent on thwarting Russia and Iran in Syria as well as foiling Daeshs attempts to return.

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Washingtons adoption of an upfront policy for the first time is likely to produce new problems that did not exist before, including that the US will expect its allies to support its policy and restore old alliances. Moreover, stances toward the Syrian crisis will be classified and, later on, applied to major regional issues like dealing with Iran.

Turkey, which is a NATO member and historically a US ally, was trying to use the crisis for its own benefit, until the battle for Afrin brought it in to confrontation with Iran, Russia and the Syrian regime. Thus, Turkey as well as the rest of the region will find that its options are narrowing by the day. Will this lead it to ally itself to  Washington or Moscow in...

17:31

Where's Qatar and that bit of Oman? Louvre Abu Dhabi's Gulf map draws anger "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

The museum replaced the map which omitted Qatar and showed Omani Governorate of Musandam as part of the UAE

17:13

When Israel Invited a South African Nazi on a State Visit "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Opinion One of the most under-reported aspects of security policy in the Middle East is Israels nuclear weapons program.

The apartheid state is estimated by the U.S. government to have somewhere in the region of 200 nuclear warheads. The secret program to develop these weapons of mass destruction started in the late 1950s and eventually bore fruit under the tutelage of French companies when, in 1968, Israel went fully nuclear.

As I previously mentioned in this column, the best book on the subject is Seymour Hershs The Samson Option.

The book is titled after the Israeli nuclear doctrine. The idea is based on the biblical tale of the Israelite judge Samson, who was betrayed and blinded by his lover Delilah. She had stabbed out his eyes after cutting off his magical strength-giving hair while he slept. Helpless, Samson was handed over to his worst enemies the Philistines, who paraded him in their temple.

But rather than submit to them, Samson used the last of his strength to destroy the temple, bringing it down on top of both him and his enemies while he prayed to God, Let me die with the Philistines.

The idea is that Israeli leaders would rather, as a last resort, set off a nuclear bomb on the small country of historic Palestine rather than submit to their enemies the Palestinians and other Arabs.

That Israeli military planners titled their nuclear doctrine The Samson Option, was clearly intended to invoke this psychopathic image among its enemies but also among politicians in its superpower patron, the U.S. religious Protestant-Americans, well versed in Old Testament  Bible stories like Samson, would instantly understand the reference.


Read more by Asa Winstanley

16:57

Ron Paul: What to Really Expect From the Government Shutdown "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(RPI Its deja-vu all over again, as baseball legend Yogi Berra might have said. The politicians and media are telling us the world is coming to an end because a compromise could not be made at the 11th hour to keep the Federal government in business.

Republicans blame Democrats for the shutdown over their insistence on legislation to benefit about 700,000 Dreamers immigrants who were brought illegally in to the country as children. Democrats make the shutdown all about Donald Trump, hoping to gain political points from his unpopular status. The media headlines are recycled from the last phony shutdown. Its all about partisanship in Washington, mainstream media tells us. The same pundits are on television demanding that the parties put aside differences and work together for the American people.

Dont let the politicians and the media fool you. Despite the appearance of ferocious partisan warfare, the truth is that both political parties agree on all the important issues.

Both parties support perpetual, undeclared war.

Both parties voted last week to continue suspending the Fourth Amendment, granting President Trump and his Administration the authority to continue spying on all of us without a warrant for another six years. So much for Democrat talk that President Trump could not be trusted: they have entrusted him with the authority to spy on us for six more years!

Both sides agree on no spending limits for the warfare-welfare state. Both parties agree that the Federal Reserve should continue to manipulate our currency to the benefit of big banks, well-connected corporations, and Wall Street.

While they want to frighten us by claiming the shutdown will shut down the US military, making us less safe, the fact is Pentagon operations overseas will continue without pause. Defense Secretary Mattis assured us over the weekend that daily operations around the world ships and submarines will remain at sea, our aircraft will continue to fly and our war fighters will continue to pursue terrorists throughout the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

In other words the Pentagon will function as if there was no Legislative Branch to rein them in. But that;s not new. Thats been true for a long time!

Americans should understand that much of the Federal government is on auto-pilot. The deep state holds the cards no matter who is elected or how long the government is shut down. The CIA will continue arming terrorists and plotting to overthrow governments overseas. The Justice Department will continue handing out long prison sentenc...

16:31

Germany Halts All Arms Exports to Countries Bombing Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(MEEGermany is set to halt all arms exports to countries involved in the war in Yemen, a government spokesperson has announced.

Countries impacted by the latest arms embargo include Saudi Arabia, a major buyer of German weapons which has continued to bomb Yemen since 2015.

The announcement comes amid ongoing talks between Germanys political parties to form a coalition government following the German federal election last September.

Among the parties involved in talks include Chancellor Angela Merkels Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party and the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

Steffa Seibert, a spokesperson for Merkel, wrote on Friday, that Germany isnt taking any arms exports decisions right now that arent in line with the results of the preliminary talks.

The move also coincides with Norways decision earlier this month to suspend all arms sales to the UAE over its involvement in the ongoing war in Yemen.

German arms exports criticized

Arms exports to Middle Eastern countries, like Egypt and Qatar, with poor human rights records, was a source of criticism by opposition politicians during the federal election campaign.

In November 2017, Merkels government was forced to admit that it had nearly quintupled arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt between 2016 and 2017, according to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW).

DW notes that German arms exports to Saudi Arabia totalled almost $550m in 2017.

The German government was forced to disclose the numbers after several members of parliament from the opposition Left Party demanded the information.

The disclosure, however, did not give full details on the type of weapons exported, but DW notes that a significan...

15:51

Operation Olive Branch Continues as Turkish Troops Push into Syria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Turkish troops began crossing the border near Afrin on Sunday as a part of a campaign deemed Operation Olive Branch.

After over a week of cross-border shelling by Turkish artillery and then a flurry of airstrikes that allegedly took out 153 Kurdish targets, Turkey has finally begun sending ground troops across the Syrian border into Afrin. Afrin is currently under the control of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group primarily led by the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG).

Turkey has framed the Operation Olive Branch as having two objectives:

  • To end the threats posed to Turkey by the YPG and their allies in the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
  • To aid Turkeys allies in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in capturing territory from the Kurds.

The Turkish backed factions of the FSA began moving reinforcements towards Afrin late last week and now claim to have 25,000 fighters in the area. According to Ankara the aim of the operation is to create a safe-zone in northern Syria between the Kurds and Turkey with the FSA rebels holding the captured region.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan spoke on the operation on Sunday, saying:

Our jets took off and started bombing. And now, the ground operation is underway. Now we see how the YPG are fleeing in Afrin, and that the Turkish military will chase them. God willing, we will complete this operation very quickly.


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As of the writing of this article, Turkish forces have pushed about 5 kilometers into Kurdish territory and the YPG claims to have repelled sever...

15:46

Israel: Dont Lock Up Asylum Seekers Thousands of Eritreans, Sudanese Face Prison if They Refuse to Leave "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*

(Jerusalem) Israeli authorities should abandon a new policy that could lead to the indefinite detention of thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese nationals for refusing to leave Israel for Rwanda or Uganda, Human Rights Watch on 22 January said.

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**Photo: The entrance to Holot immigration detention...

14:06

Germany halts all arms exports to countries bombing Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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13:58

Margaret Thatcher supported South African apartheid "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 2013 video from the USA says about itself:

The History Of The Right Wing Rejecting Mandela

Remember it was Ronald Reagan that placed Nelson Mandela and the ANC on the terrorist list. Former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher also described Mandelas ANC as a typical terrorist organization in 1987, refusing to impose sanctions on South Africas apartheid regime. President Ronald Reagan did as well.

In 1986, former Vice President Dick Cheney, then a congressman, voted along with 179 other members of the House, (all conservatives), against a non-binding resolution to recognize the ANC and call on the South African government to release Mandela from prison. The measure finally passed, but not before a veto attempt by Reagan.

In 2000, Cheney maintained that hed cast the correct vote. Democrats in the Senate initially tried to pass the Anti-Apartheid Act in September 1985, but could not overcome a Republican filibuster. President Ronald Reagan viewed the act as an intrusion on his authority to conduct foreign policy and issued his own set of sanctions, though Democrats considered these to be watered down and ineffective.

The bill was re-introduced in 1986 and brought up for a vote despite Republican efforts to block it in order to give President Reagans sanctions time to work. It initially passed unexpectedly in the House in June 1986 after Republicans agreed to a voice vote in the hopes that the bill would die later on in the process, thus ending any possibility of sanctions. President Reagan publicly opposed the bill and it was viewed as too extreme to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate.

In August 1986, the Senate passed a version...

13:43

Arabic press review: Sisi poll-axed, but it's party time for Ben Ali "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Tunisian party plans to make former president Ben Ali its 'chairman in exile', while poll shows Egyptians want Sisi exiled from his palace

13:28

UAE faces criticism over human rights record in UN review "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Gulf state claims progress in promoting women's rights since last Universal Periodic Review in 2013, but critics say reforms are a 'cover up'

12:09

Grey crowned crane video "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video is about Balearica regulorum, the grey crowned crane.

These birds live in Africa.

11:54

3 in 4 Yemenis in Need of Humanitarian Aid 11.3 Million Urgently Require Assistance to Survive "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human Wrongs Watch

21 January 2018 With the crisis in war-ravaged Yemen continuing to deteriorate, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners have launched a $2.96 billion response plan to reach over 13 million people with lifesaving assistance.

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A student stands in the ruins of one of his former classrooms, which was destroyed in June 2015, at the Aal Okab school in Saada, Yemen. Students now attend lessons in UNICEF tents nearby. UNICEF/Clarke for UNOCHA

Launched Sunday 21 January 2018, the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is the largest consolidated humanitarian appeal for Yemen where over two years of relentless conflict has left three quarters of the population in need of humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million in acute need who urgently require assistance to survive.

Humanitarian assistance is not the solution to the plight of the people of Yemen, but it is the only lifeline for millions of them, said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, in a news releasing announcing the launch.

Today, humanitarian partners appeal to the international community to support this critical lifeline.

Worst affected in the midst of the worst man-made humanitarian of current times are the countrys children.

According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (......

11:50

Benjamin Fulford: Future of world being negotiated in next two weeks as Super Blue Blood Moon approaches "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Benjamin Fulford

The shutdown of the U.S. government over the weekend is likely to become permanent as top-level negotiations continue to discuss its replacement, multiple sources agree.  The Western old-world-order leadership is gathering this week in Davos, Switzerland to debate this very issue, the sources say.

Pentagon sources, meanwhile, say the shutdown was orchestrated so Congress can be arrested, as they lose immunity while not in session.  In addition, the sources say U.S. President Donald Trump was summoned to meet top brass at the Pentagon on January 18th, as the Navy hunted for rogue submarines and the military uses the shutdown to arrest cabal, terminate the corporate government, and launch the Republic to usher in the global currency reset (GCR).

Furthermore, the sources continued, The House may release the FISA memo, which will take down criminals in Department of Justice, the FBI, the Democratic National Council, the CIA, plus the Obama and Hillary Clinton organizations.

Trump may even read the memo at the State of the Union address on January 30th, the sources added.

The sources also say, Zimbabwe opposition leader Roy Bennett was killed in New Mexico to solidify the Zimbabwe dollar and pave the way for the GCR.  A gold-backed Zimbabwe dollar is being pushed by many as a new African currency to replace the current mishmash of Rothschild-controlled currencies.

However, it is still far from certain that the GCR will take place as envisioned by the people in the Pentagon and agencies, since worldwide, the situation is extremely volatile and slipping out of U.S. control.

The most important factor to bear in mind is that the U.S. government is the most indebted government in the history of the planet and much of that debt is owed to China.  If the U.S. unilaterally reneged on the debt, it would no longer be able to control the U.S. dollar system that allows the Pentagon to operate around the planet.  The result would be that U.S. soldiers, who are already not receiving pay thanks to the government shutdown, being forced to beg on the streets or else rob people at gunpoint around the world.  As if to underline this situat...

11:00

How Africas largest airline aims to dominate the continents skies "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With investments and partnerships, acquisitions, and efficient service delivery, Ethiopian Airlines hopes to take over Africas skies and change air travel on the continent.

10:48

ZAP/POOFness Report: "War" -- January 21, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

" The Office of Poofness "

"War"

Bob Marley


Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
And another
Inferior
Is finally
And permanently
Discredited
And abandoned -
Everywhere is war -
Me say war.

That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man's skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes -
Me say war.

That until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all,
Without regard to race -
Dis a war.

That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
World citizenship
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained -
Now everywhere is war - war.

And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes
that hold our brothers in Angola,
In Mozambique,
South Africa
Sub-human bondage
Have been toppled,
Utterly destroyed -
Well, everywhere is war -
Me say war.

War in the east,
War in the west,
War up north,
War down south -
War - war -
Rumours of war.
And until that day,
The African continent
Will not know peace,
We Africans will fight - we find it necessary -
And we know we shall win
As we are confident
In the victory

Of good over evil -
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil -
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil -
Good over evil, yeah! [fadeout]


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10:00

Survivors of UAE Torture Detail Abuse Ahead of UN Human Rights Review "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dubai (MEE The UN has rebuked the UAE over its human rights records ahead of the UN Human Rights Councils meeting in Geneva on Monday.

Foreign nationals who have alleged they were tortured in the United Arab Emirates have said that their countries could have done more to help them, with one former detainee claiming that Britain is letting trade deals trump torture.

UAE TortureSheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (right)
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09:15

Saudi coalition announces $1.5bn in new aid for war-torn Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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The coalition announced it would 'increase the capacities of Yemeni ports' to recieve aid

09:01

Lifeline For Oruma: Employed As Coach, To Attend Russia 2018 World Cup "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Wilson Oruma


LAGOS JANUARY 22ND(URHOBOTODAY)-Distressed former Super Eagles midfielder, Wilson Oruma who has been battling emotional disorder after being defrauded N2 billion by fake oil businessmen has been offered a job as assistant coach in one of the national teams.
The cheery news was given by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Melvin Amaju Pinnick who has picked all the former Nigeria internationals hospital bills and relocated him to a better equipped one.
By next week, Oruma will move into my house before they finish furnishing the three bedroom flat where he would stay, the NFF President confirmed to us.
His story is a pathetic one and we cannot allow him to die. I am rendering this help to him from one Warri man to another. We are Warri Ambassadors.
Pinnick said that the former Golden Eaglets 1993 FIFA U-17 World Cup winning captain was recovering well.
All we need to do is to show him love. I ate with him. Hes stable. The NFF will include him to play a role in our award ceremony coming up soon. Thereafter, well include him in the U-20 national team. Come June, well also include him in the contingent to Russia to cheer the Super Eagles.
Im still talking with some of the clubs he played for to allow him come and do a coaching course with them.
Pinnicks personal Foundation are footing the bills for his rehabilitation. Oruma feat...

08:50

Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Beirut "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tim Cook and the worlds youngest Nobel Peace Prizer winner Malala Yousafzai were in Beirut this Saturday to launch a partnership aimed at getting 100,000 girls into education in places including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria.

Malala & Cook sat for an in-depth discussion with The Independent in Beirut on Saturday but Im not sure where he stayed exactly. Malala visited Beirut back in 2015 to open a school for Syrian refugees.

Lets hope he will be back soon to open an official Apple store in Beirut once and for all

Read the full interview [here].

08:05

Syrian Children Succumb to Freezing Temperatures While Crossing into Lebanon UNICEF "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human Wrongs Watch

At least 13 Syrians, including two children, lost their lives to freezing temperatures in eastern Lebanon as they tried to enter the country from Syria, United Nations humanitarian agencies have reported.

In this file photograph, a Syrian child refugee, with feet only partially covered in adult sandals, stands in the snow at an informal tented settlement in Lebanon. Photo: UNICEF/ Dar Al Mussawir

More children could be among the dead as residents in the area and the Lebanese authorities continue to look for people who are reportedly trapped in the mountains in freezing temperatures and snow, said Geert Cappelaere, the UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, in a statement issued Saturday 20 January 2018.

Syrian people continue to risk their lives and the lives of their children in a desperate search for safety and shelter, he added.

The tragic incident occurred during a storm Thursday night (18 to 19 January) near the Masna border between Lebanon and Syria. The victims were trying to cross an arduous and rugged passage.

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (...

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04:57

Climate insurance scheme targets women farmers in Africa, Asia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The insurance programme - covering droughts and tropical cyclones - will support mostly women farmers and their families.

01:11

Khaled El Hamedi Will Not Stop His Fight Against NATO "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Khaled K. Al-Hamedi: Prosecuting NATO for War Crimes in Libya Press Release Khaled El Hamedi (*) will not stop his fight against NATO and will continue his legal battle for the accountability of NATO for the injustice inflicted upon his family Belgian Court of Appeal takes unfortunate decision to uphold immunity of NATO for the...

01:00

Brazil: What You Need to Know About the Trial of Former President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Frente Brasil de Juristas for Democracy A Brazilian appellate court is scheduled to rule Jan. 24 on an legal appeal requested by former President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva against a corruption conviction that was handed down by judge Srgio Moro last July. International observers have repeatedly noticed abuse of power and judicial irregularities by...

01:00

NAD-PLO: Questions and Answers: The Oslo Interim Agreement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

At the end of three years of my tenure, we had effectively given the Palestinians 2 percent of all the territories that had been fully under our control. They didnt live up to the rest; we didnt give them the rest () So in all that time, instead of withdrawing 95 percent, bringing Israel...

01:00

Mexican State Campaign of Terror Against Indigenous People and Their Electoral Candidates "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Massacre in Cacahuatepec, Guerrero A representative from the Mexico Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights observes Marco  Antonio Sustegui in prison. Luis Hernndez Navarro State police arrested Marco Antonio Sustegui Muoz with excessive violence. They took him to a hill close to the community of La Concepcin, in Cacahuatepec, with his...

00:43

Update: Operation Olive Branch- Turkey's Operation Against US Backed Kurdish Proxies in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It is France that called for an urgent UN meeting- Earlier there were claims that Russia was going to do that. Claims, quite frankly I did not believe.  Since I hold  the opinion Russia  green lighted this operation. As did Iran. As did Syria. It seems self evident despite all the cheap talk.


US Broken promises trigger Afrin operation

*Arming PKK/YPG Kurds
*Broken US promise to have their kurdish proxies retreat east of the euphrates
*Creating a border force aka a terror army right on Turkeys border
* Building US bases to support an occupation


If the US wasnt going to arm Kurds, Turkey wouldnt have arrived to the point where it is. Ankara tried to draw attention of its ally, [telling the Americans] You should not arm and train and provide ammunition to a terrorist group, Yakis said, referring to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) viewed by Ankara as a terrorist group.

IS Units Hidden Amongst Kurds in Afrin

Of course they are! Thats the way this game has been played since it started. I caught on to this some years ago-  Hence KurdIShIS!

Turkish Jets Hit the Air base used by the US to Arm Kurds in Afrin
The Turkish Air Force attacked the Menagh Military Airbase in northwestern Syria, which the US used for supplying weapons to Kurdish armed forces, the Hurriyet newspaper reported citing military sources.

The newspaper noted that the airfield was among the 113 targets scheduled for the attack during Operation Olive Branch in Syrian Africa.

Misleading Headline from Albawaba- so Im using my own

A broader perspective on the real agenda in the region

Finally we get a better look at what the Syrian destabilization has been about, even though this article is lacking.
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22:07

Tunisian special forces slay senior al-Qaeda member "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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More than 3,000 Tunisians have left to fight for al-Qaeda, Islamic State group and other militant factions in Iraq, Syria and Libya

18:48

UFO Deception OP: DeLonge Reid Bigelow & NY Times Exposed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

BREAKTHROUGH DARK JOURNALIST ALL STAR ROUNDTABLE!

Dark Journalist & Special Guests Forbidden Knowledge TVs Alexandra Bruce and Giza Death Star Author Dr. Joseph Farrell present captivating evidence and commentary that will reveal that the NY Times UFO Story footage was the result of a training operation and actually only shows normal aircraft at a distance on Infrared shot on Gun Cameras with a Gimbal revolving head. Its obviously being passed off as something exotic by insiders who should know better and mainstream journalists who are not consulting aviation experts.

Deceptive UFO Footage

RELATED: Is the Pentagon UFO Tictac video Hoaxed?

They also examine the mystery around the recent disappearance of the ZUMA Secret Satellite that was lost during a SpaceX Rocket Launch. By following the trail of the missing Satellite and examining the recent story of the Michigan Meteorite which caused an Earthquake when it landed, the map leads us all the way to South Africa.

Author Walter Bosley also joined them to discuss genuine Black Project protocols and the Current Status of Intelligence Frontman Luis Elizondo and his mysterious past.

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15:48

World Food Prize Should Become Voice Of Regenerative Agriculture "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In 2017, the WFP awarded its $250,000 prize to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the head of the African Development Bank, who was quoted as saying his mission is to bring industrial agriculture to all of Africa.  This is not the kind of agriculture we demonstrators want spread throughout the world.  Heavy use of pesticides that support patented GMO seeds is not our idea of improving agriculture in lesser developed countries.  It is a way for corporations to increase their profits.

13:26

Failure to launch: Egypt opposition hits roadblock on path to presidency "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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President Sisis potential challengers say the fiercest fight they now face is getting on the ballot for the March election

12:05

Nazi's and ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Democrat Says Americans Owe Nazis for Suffering and Gives ISIS Eulogy on C-SPAN

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11:29

Botswana police link killing of people by elephants to increased poaching "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AllAfrica/Daily News
 The Daily News

Esther Mmolai,
January 18, 2018


MAUN: Elephant attacks on human beings in some villages of the Okavango
District are on the rise.

Last year, police recorded about eight incidents which took place in
different areas and resulted in l...

09:25

Urhobo Social Club Solicits For Urhobo Unity, Demands Credible Election "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President of Urhobo Social Club Lagos, Prince Austine Enajemo-Isire in front with his wife leading other members of the group during New Year thanks giving service at St Agnes Catholic Church,Maryland, Lagos recently..


LAGOS JANUARY 21ST (URHOBOTODAY)-Prominent Urhobo socio-cultural organization, Urhobo Social Club Lagos has expressed its determination to vigorous enhance its efforts for the development of unity , growth and progress of Urhobo nation in 2018.
The group equally emphasized the need for a credible electoral system to be enthroned in Delta State in particular and Nigeria in general as an important step towards the emergence of credible and effective leadership in the polity.
In attempts to achieve its desires goal, members of the club did a New Year thanks giving service at St Agnes Catholic Church, Maryland, Lagos followed with a grand reception in which members, their families and guest were treated to merriment and entertainment to Urhobo cultural activities.
Addressing the audience, President of Urhobo Social Club Lagos, Prince Austine Enajemo-Isire who thanked God for enabling them to see the New Year enjoined Urhobos to form a formidable frontiers in building a united Urhobo nat...

07:02

Update From Mayor Ron Higgins - On ONE SMALL TOWN Canada "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

20 Jan 2018 A highly inspiring UPDATE from Mayor Higgins of North Frontenac, Ontario, Canada - on the exciting progress of the ONE SMALL TOWN implementation and establishment of CONTRIBUTIONISM as a system to create prosperity and abundance for their community. Deep gratitude to Mayor Ron for leading the way into uncharted waters and showing us all how easy it really is if you have vision

06:44

2019: Millions Of Oshiomole Cannot Sack Okowa-Onuesoke "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chef Sunny Onuesoke


LAGOS JANUARY 21ST (URHOBOTODAY)-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has affirmed that millions of the likes of former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomole cannot dethrone Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as Governor of Delta State come 2019.
Onuesoke who made the statement in Warri, Delta State while reacting to Oshiomoles statement of sacking Okowa in 2019 and installing an All Progressive Congress (APC) governor in Delta State, said the former Edo State governor is making such sweeping statement because he is ignorant of the strength of the political structure of PDP and loyalists in Delta state.
The former Delta State PDP Governorship aspirant argued that PDP landslide victory in the just concluded Delta State local government election by sweeping all the seats is a warning signal to Oshiomole and his cohorts that APC will never win Delta State governorship election in one million years to come
If you want to know who will win the 2019 Governorship election in Delta state, check the just concluded local government election result. PDP may not be good as being painted by APC, but APC need to justify why they should be given opportunity in Delta State by delivery their campaign promises at the federal level.
See Oshomole who said Nigeria does not need to be restructured. Same Oshiomole who have been quiet...

01:00

US Relations with Worlds Nations Are Collapsing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

From Palestine to Botswana and Haiti to Britain, Trumps actions have made the United States a pariah and outlier. Wayne Madsen Americas relations with nations around the world are collapsing. Donald Trumps frequent xenophobic and racist outbursts, unprecedented in modern history, have resulted in foreign ministries around the world calling in senior U.S. diplomats for...

Saturday, 20 January

21:48

Israeli Palestinian MPs to boycott speech by 'messianic' Pence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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'He is a dangerous man with a messianic vision that includes the destruction of the entire region'

20:52

VP Pence says US stands shoulder to shoulder with Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US Vice President Mike Pence meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (unseen) at the Presidential Palace in the capital Cairo on Jan. 20. (AFP)
CAIRO: Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against terrorism in the Mideast as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the US ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region after leaving behind a government shutdown in Washington.

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18:50

Germany stops arms sales to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yemeni children walk outside a school that was damaged in a Saudi air strike in the southern Yemeni city of Taizz. (By AFP) Press TV January 20, 2018 Germany has stopped selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and almost all of its allies waging war on Yemen, in a decision likely to have both an []

17:26

Tired Of US Aid (Exploitation), Africa And Global South Look To China "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

BEIJING  There has been a growing focus on the economic development underway in Africa. There is a reason behind this seemingly new interest of Western powers in events happening in Africa, and the reason is simple: China is a new power dominating business on the continent and has clearly caught the Wests attention. China now has partner nations spanning the entire continent from Mauritania to South Africa, in a growing number of relationships that challenge the perceived hegemony of the triumvirate of Western capital, military, and NGO operations. This is making the U.S. nervous, as more African nations begin to see China as the better choice as an economic partner, due to Beijings fewer-strings-attached approach.

17:00

Nigeria: State Security Services arrest Christian pastor for converting Muslim girl to Christianity "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigeria security has declared war against Christians in this country. When Muhammadu Buhari became President of Nigeria, many warned that he would favor the nations Muslims and introduce aspects of Sharia. And here we are. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. Its based on the Quran: They wish you would disbelieve []

16:34

Mike Pence Travels To The Middle East: He is a dangerous man with a messianic vision that includes the destruction of the entire region. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ayman Odeh says Israels Arab coalition party will boycott Vice President Pence speech to Israelis, calling Trump a racist political pyromaniac

.FILE PHOTO: Vice President Mike Pence waves as he walks on Capitol Hill in Washington
FILE PHOTO: Vice President Mike Pence waves as he walks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Credit Susan Walsh/AP

The head of Israels Arab coalition party has vowed to boycott the flash visit by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, expected to arrive in Israel on Sunday  evening.

We were asked if theres a change in our position regarding Pences visit, Joint Arab List chairman, lawmaker Ayman Odeh, wrote on Twitter. He is a dangerous man with a messianic vision that includes the destruction of the entire region.

He comes here as the emissary of a man who is even more dangerous, Odeh wrote in reference to U.S. President Trump, who he called a a political pyromaniac, a racist misogynist who cannot be allowed to be lead the way in our region.

The entire Joint List will boycott his speech in the plenum, Odeh wrote regarding Pences planned speech on Mon...

16:14

Steve Beckow -- The Deep State's Anti-Obama Meme "IndyWatch Feed Africa"



Golden Age of Gaia, Jan. 20, 2017

http://goldenageofgaia.com/?p=292002

With so many allegations being made against President Obama, I found myself harboring doubts.

So I asked Archangel Michael on two occasions whether the President is or had been involved in any malfeasance, treasonous or otherwise. And twice he said "No."

I post two extracts from personal readings on Dec. 20, 2017 and Jan. 18, 2018 in which he addressed the matter at length. Linda Dillon is the channel.

We heard the Divine Mother say a few years ago that the Obama birth certificate was indeed a forgery. But it wasn't the President who forged it. It was Team Dark.

Steve Beckow: Was Barack Obama's birth certificate doctored?

Divine Mother: Yes.

SB: So the accusations against Barack Obama that his birth certificate is false, they really apply to the people who actually doctored the certificate to give rise to these suspicions. Is that true?

DM: That is correct. (1)

The dark forces in the intelligence community play a dirty trick where they plant a forgery and then expose it. The innocent party does not know what happened. Very few people suspect that agents of our own governments would forge a document related to a President and then plant it.

But this is what they did with Obama, according to the Mother. Many of us probably bought the forgery.

After the birth certificate was the video in which President Obama was made to say that he was in fact born in Kenya, etc. Michael says that the sound bites (my term) have been lifted from various interviews and doctored to make a...

15:53

Germany weighs new sanctions against Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) Germany is lobbying among European allies to agree new sanctions against Iran in an attempt to prevent U.S. President Donald Trump from terminating an international deal curbing Tehrans nuclear program, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.

The report cited diplomats in Brussels as saying that Germany was pushing for new sanctions together with Britain and France to show the United States that European allies were taking Trumps criticism against Iran seriously.

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A German foreign ministry spokeswoman and another government spokesman both declined to comment on the report.

Germany wants to punish Iran for its missile program and its meddling in conflicts in other Middle East countries, such as the war in Yemen and Syria, the report said.

Above all, the aim of the Europeans is to prevent the United States from terminating the nuclear agreement sealed in 2015, as repeatedly threatened by Trump, Der Spiegel reported.

Iran said last week it would retaliate against new sanctions imposed by Washington after Trump set an ultimatum to fix disastrous flaws in a deal curbing Tehrans nuclear program.

Trump has said he would waive nuclear sanctions on Iran for the last time to give the United States and European allies a final chance to amend the pact. Washington also imposed sanctions on the head of Irans judiciary and others.

Reporting by Gernot Heller; Writing by Michael Nienaber, Editing by William Maclean

15:52

Germany stops arms sales to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Germany has stopped selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and almost all of its allies waging war on Yemen, in a decision likely to have both an impact on the Riyadh regime and a domino effect on other Western and non-Western countries exporting arms to Saudi Arabia.

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday that the Federal Security Council was no longer issuing export licenses that are not in accordance with the conclusion of the exploratory talks, Germanys official DPA news agency reported.

The official was referring to ongoing negotiations among the German political factions of the Christian Democratic Union, the Christian Social Union, and Social Democrats on the formation of a new coalition government.

A draft paper on arms exports that came out of those talks said the federal government, with immediate effect, will no longer export arms to countries as long as they are involved in the Yemeni war.

Around 13,600 people have died since Saudi Arabia started leading a number of its vassal states in an invasion of Yemen in March 2015.

The war, which enlists the participation among others of the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Sudan, and Senegal, has been reinforced by weapon supplies and logistical support from the United States and the United Kingdom.

Washington signed a $110-billion arms deal with Riyadh last year.

By stopping its own arms sales to Saudi Arabia, European heavyweight Germany may become a model for other Western and non-Western powers already under pressure to end their arms sales to the Riyadh regime. Rights groups have long called for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia over potential war crimes in Yemen.

A United Nations panel recently compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during the war, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.

The attacks were carried out by precision-guided munitions, so it is likely these were the intended targets, the panels report said, according to Al Jazeera.

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'Great surprise': Houthi general says turning point in Yemen conflict close at hand "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The armed forces of the Houthi-controlled government in the Yemeni capital Sana'a have boosted their air defenses to a point where they no longer need to fear airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition forces, army spokesman Sharaf Luqman said, in an interview with Sputnik. Brigadier-General Luqman said that the army now has all it needs to repel "enemy aggression" at sea, on the ground and in the air. "The Yemeni army has taken over many enemy strongholds, which has changed the situation on the battlefield," the general said. "These are depots with arms for the Air Force, night-vision cameras, ballistic missiles and launchers. This answers questions about where we are getting weapons amid the current blockade; who is helping us; and whether Iran is supplying us with ballistic missiles and military advisors," he added.

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