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Thursday, 18 October


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

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

It says about itself:

Salman & Trumpfunkel Saud of Silence

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

The post Boko Haram: Hauwas killing avoidable Actionaid appeared first on Newtelegraph.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tambuwal names 25 new commissioners "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Ben Rhodes, the foreign policy wunderkind under President Obama, recently published a book on foreign policy with the bracing-realist title, The World As It Is, but Rhodes barely mentioned U.S. support of the war on Yemen. He left out mass starvation, war crimes, even Saudi Arabia. Rhodess three Yemen references were all to al Qaedas presence. For instance, Rhodes said that the Obama administration was criticized in 2011 for fighting al Qaeda in Yemen while the president there faced his own protest movement.

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

Rhodes is now far more forthcoming than he was in his book about Obamas policy in Yemen. He informs us that beginning in 2015, Obama tried to restrain Saudi Arabias war on Yemen, but all that restraint then disappeared under Trump; and in hindsight, the Obama administration was wrong to have trusted the Saudis.

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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


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

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

Code Pink Brilliantly Shuts Down Iran War Peddlers

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not so fast, say analysts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

China is likely...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Barry Grey in the USA:

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

18 October 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Distrust of Riyadh in Washington dates to Sept. 11 attacks

Lawmakers warn they may act over presidents objections

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

Image result for Lindsey Graham, photos

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

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

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

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

QuickTake: All About the Saudi Prince Now Being Called Brutal

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


110 Million Years And Counting "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


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

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

Rescuing Sea Turtles From Fishermens Nets

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


Trump whitewashes murderous Saudi crown prince "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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

Trump Refuses To Criticize Saudi Arabias Mr. Bonesaw

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

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 18 October 2018


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Police Commission names three DIGs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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

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

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

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Zoning produces weak candidates Adebanjo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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

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

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

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Broadbased Communications bags NTITA award "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:40 p.m.

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

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

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


8 p.m.

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

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

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

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


3:45 p.m.

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

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

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

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


3:40 p.m.

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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



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

EWN (South Africa)

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)


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

The Voice (Botswana)

-Botswana is home to Africas largest remaining elephant population

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rohr declares war on SAfrica "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obasanjos pain, Atikus gain "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Posted on 13th October 2018
ANC Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is a powerf...


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

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


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Posted on 13th October 2018

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

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

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


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DG Dondo Mogajane said Treasury was preparing to implement structural and regulatory reforms to enhance growth.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry of Peace Ethiopias most powerful cabinet appointment?

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

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

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

Abiy makes good a promise on gender parity

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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DR Congo Furious with Angola Over Violent Crackdown on Migrants

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

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

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

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

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

Relations between DRC and Angola

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

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

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

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


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The Financial Cost of Natural Disasters Around the World
Eric Oteng

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Egypt: How French arms were used to crush dissent A scathing report (Amnesty International ) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Animals in ancient Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 12 October 2018 video says about itself:

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

This 16 October 2018 video says about itself:

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

From the Series: Secrets: Beasts of the Pharaohs.


ICRC activities in Libya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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


Huge cost as Nigeria ranks second in open defecation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

One quarter of Nigerians lack access to basic toilet facilities, prompting them to defecate in the open, a development that results in the spread of infectious diseases and huge cost to the economy. APPOLONIA ADEYEMI reports Way back in the early 1970s, Mr. Chikodi Afam, 65-year-old trader who was resident in Lagos used to be worried whenever he received []

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NURHI intervention boosts number of clients seeking family planning "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The number of clients seeking access to various family planning (FP) methods in Lagos State has increased, going by the findings of a recent investigation conducted in Lagos State. This came to light during the media tour organsed by Development Communications (DEVCOM), a nongovernmental organisation to the Ajeabo Primary Health Centre (PHC) and Palm Avenue []

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How ancient Egyptian blue emits near-infrared light and how that could boost energy efficiency "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A colour developed by Egyptians thousands of years ago can boost energy efficiency by cooling rooftops and walls, and could also enable solar generation of electricity via windows, scientists say. Egyptian blue, derived from calcium copper silicate, was routinely used on ancient depictions of gods and royalty, according to the study published in the Journal of Applied Physics. Previous studies have shown that when Egyptian blue absorbs visible light, it then emits light in the near-infrared range. Now, a team led by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in the US has confirmed the pigment's fluorescence can be 10 times stronger than previously thought. Measuring the temperature of surfaces coated in Egyptian blue and related compounds while they are exposed to sunlight, researchers found the fluorescent blues can emit nearly 100 per cent as many photons as they absorb. The energy efficiency of the emission process is up to 70 per cent (the infrared...


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

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


Elizabeth Warrens DNA Fiasco Bodes Ill for All of Us "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It should probably concern meI am a Jew, after allthat our society has replaced calipers with cotton swabs. Still, Ive got to admit that the whole idea of using perhaps the most remarkable scientific accomplishment in the history of human inquirythe sequencing of the human genometo parse individual human pedigrees like some demented, science-fiction Homo sapiens kennel club is just farcical enough to keep me from putting my papers in order and gathering enough cash to flee on the next steamer to Shanghai.

It reminds me of a viral, meme-ified Spider-Man panel in which he confronts the villainous Sauron, a brilliant human geneticist turned evil mutant pterodactyl (really!). You can rewrite DNA on the fly, and youre using it to turn people into dinosaurs? exclaims the heroic web-slinger. But with tech like that, you could cure cancer!

But I dont want to cure cancer, the villain replies. I want to turn people into dinosaurs.

Those are the shoals on which our contemporary, 23andMe-style personal genomics founder and sink: a uniquely American style of the old Soviet Lysenkoism, in which behavioral and cultural traits somehow pass, sperm to egg, across generations in percentages of inheritance. In 2016, vocal Never Trump conservative Ana Navarro famously tweeted: ZERO% African-Americans support Trump in polls, I knew I had to be black. Took @ancestry test. So excited. 4% black! Explains a lot. She tagged it with the hashtag Sistah.

I dont want to be uncharitable, and its obvious that this regrettable tweet was meant to be at least somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but it points to the ludicrous nature of the entire enterprise. Four percent black! What can this possibly mean? Will we return to the racial classifications that gave colonial European slave societies an entire taxonomy? Honey, our results came back and someone in our family is a hexadecaroon! Its offensiveness is mitigated by its absurdity, but only slightly.

Which brings us to the present politico-genetic kerfuffle, in which Sen. Elizabeth Warren has responded to Donald Trumps racist Pocahontas nickname for her by having a respected geneticist prove that somewhere in her family, 6-10 generations back, someone was a Native American. I understand the impulse. Warrens family, like half of the white people in North America, had some half-baked frontier fablepart Leatherstocking Tales, part Dances With Wolvesabout intermarriage with some or other native nationin the Warrens case, the Cherokee. She accepted it unquestioningly. Well, I never saw the passenger manifest that brought my great-grandfather over from Calabria, but I assume my grandmother is telling me the truth.




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Putin, Sisi to sign strategic partnership treaty "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened official talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Putin said at the start of the talks that bilateral trade rose by 62 percent last year. The two are set to sign a comprehensive strategic partnership treaty on October 17 that would further boost Russian-Egyptian ties, Putin's foreign-affairs adviser, Yury Ushakov said. Ushakov added that Putin and Sisi were to discuss international issues, focusing on the situations in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and the Palestinian-Israeli settlement. Sisi on October 16 urged Russia to resume direct flights to Egyptian resorts even as the Kremlin urged Egypt to purchase more Russian arms during bilateral talks in Moscow. Russia suspended direct flights to Egypt in November 2015 after a bomb planted by an Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State extremist group brought a Russian passenger plane down over the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.


How Many Yemenis is a DC Pundit Worth? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jamal Khashoggi offers remarks during POMEDs Mohammed bin Salmans Saudi Arabia: A Deeper Look. (Photo: POMED)

Saudi Arabia has dominated the news cycle after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and, according to Turkish sources, murdered by a 15-strong team of Saudi agents. The public relations backlash might spell trouble for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), while Western governments have scrambled to express concern about the case, in what is more about protecting their interests and Western corporate dealings in Saudi Arabia than any genuine concern for human rights.


It seems that having Khashoggi, a former insider, dish out criticism from the Beltway was too much embarrassment for MBS, who is the most powerful man in the country, to tolerate. The West had let MBS get away with everything until now, as he was their man, the one who would deliver some window dressing reforms to appease Western public opinion while facilitating billionaire dealings for corporations, especially weapons manufacturers. However, this final stunt seems to have backfired, at least for MBS.

Human Rights Concerns?

It is impossible not to compare the reaction to this episode to the corresponding ones to Saudi war crimes in Yemen. When the Saudis bombed a market, when they launched a double-tap strike1 on a funeral, when they hit a Yemeni.........


While media focuses on missing journalist Khashoggi, Saudi created famine in Yemen ignored "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yemen is on the verge of a devastating famine as it continues to endure Saudi coalition airstrikes. Despite this, most of the criticism levied at the Kingdom is about missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. UN REPORT The UN's World Food Program (WFP) has warned that 12 million people are expected to face the worst famine in 100 years in mere months, as fighting around the vital port of Hodeidah continues. It has called on the Saudi-led coalition - which has been bombing the country since March 2015, with arms supplied by the US and UK - to halt airstrikes on the country which ordinarily imports 90 percent of its food. More than eight million Yemenis are currently severely food insecure. The 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan warned 3 million children and pregnant or nursing women are acutely malnourished, including 400,000 children under the age of five.


Khashoggi and Demetracopoulos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the early seventies, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were torn to distraction by a Greek refugee journalist living in the U.S. named Elias Demetracopoulos. He had been definitively documenting on an ongoing basis the ties they had with the corrupt junta ruling the cradle of democracy in unprecedented authoritarian fashion.

No matter what one thinks of Christopher Hitchens in general, prior to his apostasy he wrote a really convincing account (in his The Trial of Henry Kissinger) of how U.S. federal agencies (with the encouragement of Nixon and Kissinger) conspired with the extreme right-wing dictatorship of generals (under psychopath Brigadier Ioannidis) to kidnap and kill Demetracopoulos by luring him to their embassy.

Wow, the more things move along the more they remain the same, yes?

One of the things that has gotten lost in the shuffle with regard to Khashoggis disappearance is the legal responsibility the CIA has for warning residents of the U.S. when they know that such dynamics have been set in motion; early reports indicated that there was definitely some serious question about whether or not federal agencies knew what was about to come down. Regardless, the fact that none of what was attempted with Demetracopoulos many decades ago would have been considered without approval from the highest levels of our government should give everyone pause in responding to the abomination of Khashoggis disappearance. For the same is true today, and has always been true whether it involved the murders of Rene SchneiderSheik Mujibur Rahman or Archbishop Makarios.

Murder is murder, and no amount of arms sales should preclude the prosecution of criminality, especially when war criminality is intimately associated with the kind of horrific act inflicted on an individual; Im thinking of Yemens current crisis, for one.

Trump was lying when he claimed that the Saudis could simply buy weapons elsewhere if we rubbed them the wrong way over Khashoggis disappearance; arms supplied by the West for decades have components which make it impossible to turn easily to Russia or China as a supplier. Dealing with all that would take decades. And the impact of losing $100 billion plus for our economy was enormously exaggerated. No matter what, though, we cannot afford to use jobs or anything like that as the bottom line for our moral compass.


Saudi crown princes bloody war, gruesome torture of journalist "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

The dark side of Saudi Arabias crown prince l Al Jazeera English

17 October 2018

Saudi Arabias Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has been on a quick rise to power and has been touted as a progressive reformer.

But his human rights record casts a dark shadow on his economic and social reforms.

Here are 8 things that have gone wrong since MBS started his ascent to power:

1. War in Yemen
2. Detention of Lebanons PM
3. Ritz-Carlton purge
4. GCC crisis and blockade of Qatar
5. Jailed womens rights activists
6. Diplomatic spat with Canada
7. Rise of executions in the kingdom
8. Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

The number of execution in the kingdom has rapidly increased lately.

According to human rights organisations, MBS has overseen the execution of 16 people on average per month every month.

If this rate...


Putin discusses free-trade zone with Sisi as Russia's trade with Egypt surges 62% "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Economic ties between Russia and Egypt are developing successfully, according to President Vladimir Putin. He met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fatah el-Sisi in Sochi on Wednesday. The Russian president noted sharp 62-percent growth in trade turnover between the countries, adding that "in the first six months of this year the volume of trade increased 28 percent." Putin attributed this to diversification of bilateral ties, which include "agriculture, industry, equipment and vehicles." The president also mentioned "a large contract worth 1 billion to supply passenger cars to Egypt together with Hungarian partners."


FLASHBACK: Riyadh's dirty secret for bombing Yemen is targeting their vast oil reserves "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Why does Saudi Arabia continue to bomb Yemen back into the Stone Age? The crux of the matter is that Yemen has oil reserves, while Riyadh is steadily running out of the commodity, American political analyst Phil Butler explains. According to American political analyst and researcher Phil Butler, the US-backed Saudi Arabian war against Yemen is neither about the longstanding sectarian strife between Sunnis and Shiites, nor about the much-discussed military campaign aimed against al-Qaeda in the region. While Western media outlets usually refer to Yemen as a "small" energy producer, the truth of the matter is the country is sitting on substantial oil and gas reserves, which Saudi Arabia and its allies want to control, Butler notes. In addition, Yemen lies at the Bab el-Mandab, a key checkpoint for maritime transit of oil, with 3.4 million barrels of oil passing through it each day.


Is Kanye a disaster for Democrats? Some Black voters are changing their allegiance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With Midterms around the corner, some Black voters are tearing up their Democratic memberships, arguing the party no longer has their best interests at heart. Is this a new political trend or a mere flash in the pan for the GOP? At least since the 1960s, following a raft of civil rights legislation put forward by John F. Kennedy, it has been accepted as gospel that the only party for African Americans is the Democratic Party. Today, however, some members of this demographic are beginning to stray from the pack, coming around to the conclusion they would be better off as card-carrying Republicans. The latest phase of this political awakening, as it were, occurred last week as the singer Kanye West committed a heresy - at least as far as the Liberals were concerned - far worse than mocking Taylor Swift during a music awards ceremony. Not only did the star musician meet with Donald Trump in the Oval Office for a highly publicized 'meeting of the egos,' Kanye railed against the...


White Lady Dubbed Golf Cart Gail Calls Police On Black Man Who Was Cheering His Son On At Soccer Game "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Following this weeks viral videos involving Cornerstore Caroline who accused a 9-year old African American boy of sexual assault when his backpack brushed against her butt in a convenience store, we now have a new viral sensation who has been affectionately dubbed Golf Cart Gail.

A parent at my sons soccer game had the police called on him for cheering for his son during the game. This man was simply trying to watch his sons soccer game and cheer for him from the sides. He yelled The ref is right! when he saw his kid out there getting frustrated after a call.

This woman, lets call her Golfcart Gail, decided to spring into action and rapidly approach this parent and remind him that harassment would not be tolerated. He informed her that he was only speaking to his son.

For whatever reason, Golfcart Gail just would not let this go. She continued to harass and beleaguer this parent.

The gentleman offered to leave in order to avoid a situation.

As he began to pack up his things Golfcart Gail informed him that she was calling the police because she no longer felt safe with his threatening behavior.

Two women who were also at the game took video of the incident and took to Facebook to defend the father:

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Nigeria: Jihad group murders Red Cross worker, says kidnapped Christian girl will be their slave "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

From today, ISWAP said, Sharibu, 15, and Ngaddah, a mother of two, are now our slaves. Based on our doctrines, it is now lawful for us to do whatever we want to do with them. Boko Haram is saying it is Islamic for them to keep these non-Muslim women as slaves. Surely some Islamic organization []


Former Yemen allies furious as UAE assassination campaign exposed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Members of Saudi ally al-Islah lash out at the Emiratis after revelations that American mercenaries were hired to kill its leaders


Robert Reich: Trump Is Americas Most Dangerous Export "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Donald Trump is not only undermining democracy here at home, but hes also emboldening dangerous authoritarian movements around the world. Trumps presidency has become Americas most dangerous export.

FIRST: Trump has provided cover for authoritarian leaders around the world who are actively attacking the media and suppressing the truth to entrench their power.

He congratulated Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbn on his electoral victory, despite Orbans efforts to undermine democracy and stifle freedom of the press.

On Twitter, Trump vowed to join with Polish President Andrzej Duda to fight the fake news. Duda has placed media outlets under strict government control.

Trump welcomed to the White House the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who has locked up tens of thousands of his political opponents and decimated the human-rights community there.

Trump reached out to Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, who has invoked Hitlers mass extermination of Jews as a model for how he would like to dispose of drug dealers and addicts.

He has courted Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has imprisoned critics and human-rights activists, caused thousands of civilian deaths in Yemen, and evidence increasingly suggests is responsible for the gruesome death of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi.

And, of course, Trump infamously made excuses for Vladimir Putin when asked about the murder of Russian journalists.

SECOND: Trumps anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric have lent legitimacy to racist and xenophobic political parties across Europe.

His success playing on racial fears and stoking nationalist sentiment has been a model for their efforts.

Look at Italys new deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, who campaigned on mass deportations and has evoked the language of Benito Mussolini.

And Austrias far-right Freedom Party has demanded tighter border security, expedited deportations and financial sanctions on immigrants.

Close behind them, although not yet in power, are Frances Marine Le Pen and Britains Nigel Farage, who Trump has complimented on Twitter.

THIRD:  Trump has undermined the international institutions committed to protecting human rights and defending democracy.

Unlike former U.S. presidents, Trump doesnt publicly mention human rights.

In a break with decades of U.S. foreign policy, Trump has attacked NATO, weakening the alliance as Putin threatens to undermine democracies in Western Europe.

He has also called the European Union a foe, playing into nationalist movements.

As in the 1930s, ec...


US based mercenary boasts of running targeted assassination program in Yemen as part of Saudi coalition "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Hungarian-Israeli security contractor based in the US, Abraham Golan, has claimed he ran a targeted assassination program in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition currently waging a proxy war against Iran-backed Houthis. The US is supplying weapons, intelligence, and other support to the coalition, but Golan's account, as told to BuzzFeed, reads like something out of a spy thriller. Golan claims the United Arab Emirates (UAE), part of the coalition, hired his mercenary company, Spear Operations Group, to kill specific enemies, including Anssaf Ali Mayo, leader of the Yemeni political party Al-Islah, which the UAE considers a terrorist group. The Mayo assassination was ultimately unsuccessful - Mayo disappeared from Yemeni politics for a while, and the Spear crew even thought he was dead, but he is currently serving in the Yemeni government, alive and well. The botched assassination of December 29, 2015 is seen by observers from both sides as the opening salvo in a "targeted...


Atiku donates N10m to victims of Abia pipeline explosion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has donated N10 million to victims of pipeline explosion in Abia State. Atiku whose message was delivered by the Vice Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, described the incident as very devastating. The presidential candidate noted that it is particularly touching that so many lives []

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Executive Order 6, not political witch-hunt Lai Mohammed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government clarified on Wednesday in London that the implementation of Executive Order 6 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari has nothing to do with 2019 general elections. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the clarification at the Chatham House, a UK-based Royal Institute of International Affairs chaired by Dr Alex []

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Ohaneze youth wing plans 2 million man march for Atiku/Obi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The youth wing of Ohaneze Ndigbo has concluded plans to organize a two million-man-march for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and running mate, Mr Peter Obi. Mr Arthur Obiorah, the National President, Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Worldwide made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen in Onitsha on Wednesday. []

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Daily Digest 10/17 - Italy's 'People's Budget,' Alan Greenspans Prescription For American Decline "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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  • Main points of Italy's draft 'people's budget'
  • Mayor Emanuel Prepares to Release His Final City Budget (Chicago)
  • Americas $1.5 trillion student debt is a failed social experiment
  • ECB still set to turn off QE taps despite cocktail of risks: Reuters poll
  • China has US$6 trillion in hidden debts with titanic credit risks, S&P says
  • Jean-Claude Juncker hints Brussels will reject Italian budget
  • Alan Greenspans prescription for American decline
  • Americas budget deficit jumps by 17% as spending surges
  • Lose your illusions. It's an ugly, dystopian world: Neil Macdonald
  • Saudi Arabia under spotlight over Khashoggi, but drastic Yemen famine ignored
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Notorious Canadian MP and Defender of Israels Human Rights Abuses Ratchets up Campaign Against Venezuela in the Name of Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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

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

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

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

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

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


PHOTO: Police arrests four cultists, six robbery suspects in Benue "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Benue State Police Command has arrested four suspected secret cult members that specialise in shop breaking, snatching of handsets and other items from innocent citizens of the state. Similarly, the command has apprehended six suspected armed robbery suspects who have been terrorising people in different parts of the state. The Commands Public Relations Officer, []

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JUST IN: Senate approves FGs $2.79bn Eurobond request "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerias upper house of parliament approved the governments request to issue a $2.786 billion Eurobond on international debt markets, lawmakers said on Wednesday. President Muhammadu Buhari last week asked lawmakers to approve the bond issue, part of which is meant to help fund the countrys 2018 budget, reports Reuters. Details later

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2 policemen, civilian killed, 5 others injured in Kaduna "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Kaduna State Police Command, has confirmed the killing of two policemen and a civilian by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Wednesday in Kaduna. The Command Public Relation Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the policemen were on foot patrol when they were killed at about 05 []

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Group organises political leadership training for Women "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A leadership organization, Women Leadership Institute, has announced its 3-Day Political Leadership Masterclass for Women. The masterclass, the organisers said, is uniquely conceived to empower Nigerian women who are running for elective office, political campaign managers, political party leaders, interested in holding appointive positions, interested in politics or leadership in general with the knowledge, skills, []

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American mercenary boasts of role in targeted assassination program in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

RT | October 17, 2018 A Hungarian-Israeli security contractor based in the US, Abraham Golan, has claimed he ran a targeted assassination program in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition currently waging a proxy war against Iran-backed Houthis. The US is supplying weapons, intelligence, and other support to the coalition, but Golans account, as []


We didnt ask you to commit exam malpractices, APC replies Adeleke "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The All Progressives Congress has asked the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to face his trial over alleged examination malpractices and leave the party out of his woes. The APC said Adeleke should blame himself for allegedly getting involved in examination fraud, stating that the party did []

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Primaries: NWC report indicts Ogun APC exco for fraud "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The committee deployed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct legislative primaries in Ogun State has indicted the state executive of the party for alleged fraud. The committee, headed by Colonel Abubakar Chiroma (retd), declared that the process of the primaries for National and State Assembly seats was []

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Ekiti debt not N170bn, Fayemi preparing grounds for impending failure Fayose "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has insisted that his administration did not commit the State to any financial institution in form of bonds and commercial loans, describing claim by Governor Kayode Fayemi that the State was indebted to the tune of N170 billion as false and a way of preparing []

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OML30: GMoU To Strengthen Heritage, Shoreline, Host Communities Relationship-Eriyamremu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS OCTOBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Mr. Chris Eriyamremu, an opinion leader from Ofuoma oil producing community, Afiesere Oilfield in OML30, Delta State, has assured that the new Global Memorandum of Understanding GMoU will strengthen the relationship between Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited, Shoreline Natural Resources and the host communities in OML30.
He gave the assurance today Wednesday in Warri, shortly after the signing of the new GMoU at Governors Annex, Edjeba, with a mandate fund of N1.2Billion per annum, subject to an annual increase of 5% per year.
Eriyamremu, a Media and Leadership Consultant, said I am happy because now that the GMoU has been signed, other organs to implement the GMoU shall be put in place, and funds adequately made available, certainly, in a while the host communities in OML30 will start witnessing more infrastructural development .
I congratulate the leaders, traditional rulers and President Generals of the host communities in OML30, and also commend Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited, Shoreline Natural Resources limited, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company NPDC for the successful signing of the new GMoU.
According to him the implementation of the GMoU is key t...


DRC Ebola Cases Spike amid Rebel Attacks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


An Ebola outbreak continues to gather steam in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The first cases were reported in July, and since then there have been 211 confirmed and probable cases and 138 deaths according to numbers recently released by the DRC health ministry.


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Can this superfood company help stop extremism? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kuli Kuli, which grows a plant called moringa and makes it into energy bars, just won a grant from the government to help give jobs to farmers in Africa.

Eight years ago, former Peace Corps volunteer Lisa Curtis had a plan to lift up villages within the West African country of Niger using an ingredient that she discovered while volunteering there. Its called moringa, a tall leafy plant thats rich in protein, vitamins A and C, and also calcium and iron.

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The Company She Keeps: Arizona Senate Candidate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US Senate candidate from Arizona Krysten Sinema (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign)Senate candidate from Arizona Krysten Sinema (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign)

Controversy surrounds the Democrats Arizona Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema for comments and actions she made in the past supporting Islamists and terrorist sympathizers.

Sinema, who currently represents Arizonas 9th district in the House of Representatives is running a tight race against Republican Rep. Martha McSally (Arizonas 2nd district rep).

In 2003, Sinema, then co-founder of the activist group Local to Global Justice, invited members of a (now-closed) Yahoo group to attend events featuring radical lawyer Lynn Stewart.

Stewart was under indictment at the time for helping her client Islamist Omar Abdel Rahman (known as the Blind Sheikh) communicate to his terror group in Egypt, including passing on messages to his followers to commit terror attacks.

Rahman was the spiritual leader and one of the founders of Gamaat al Islamia, the Egyptian terror organization responsible for the massacre of 58 foreign tourists and several police officers in Luxor, Egypt. The group also participated in the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat.

Rahman was convicted in the U.S. of orchestrating a terrorist war against the U.S. (including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing) and a plot to bomb New York City landmarks, soliciting attacks on U.S. military installations and conspiring to murder Egypts then-president Hosni Mubarak.

Stewart was eventually convicted and ultimately sentenced to 10 years in prison. Sinema said at the time that Stewart was emphatically not gui...


Saudi regime kills journalist, many Yemenis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Suad, aged 18, begs in the middle of the road between Yemens capital, Sanaa, and Saada with her four-year-old nephew, whose mother was killed by the Saudi war on Yemen - Credit: Giles Clarke/United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

Amid furor over Khashoggi murder, UN warns millions more face starvation in Yemen

17 October 2018

The United Nations has warned that the US-backed, Saudi-led war against Yemen is threatening to engulf millions more of the impoverished nations people in the worst famine the world has seen in over 100 years.

Lise Grande, the UNs humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said Tuesday, We are literally looking at hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of people who may not survive.

The World Food Program, the UN agency coordinating relief efforts in the shattered country, reported that it has been forced to revise its estimate, given just two weeks ago, of 8.5 million Yemenis on the brink of famine, stating that another 5.6 million are being driven to starvation by the effects of the three-and-a-half-year-old war on the countrys infrastructure and economy.

Things are deteriorating very, very quickly, said Grande. The implications are enormous, and, truthfully, frightening. The reality is that time may be running out.

The UN warning came amid the growing crisis over the disappearance and state assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabias consulate in Istanbul.

US politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, have joined in denouncing the Saudi regime for the...


Kenya: Muslims storm school, murder Christian teachers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Over 20 suspected Al Shabaab jihadis in Mandera County (on Kenyas border with Somalia) stormed into a housing complex where non-local teachers live and detonated a bomb, which instantly killed two Christian teachers. Two other Christian teachers managed to escape. Jihadists have routinely terrorized local churches and schools where Christian teachers are found. The world []


Fortress conservation in Kahuzi-Biga National Park, DR Congo: Evictions and extrajudicial killing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Conservation Watch

By Chris Lang, Conservation Watch, 7 September 2018

The Kahuzi-Biga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was established in 1970 by a Belgian photographer and conservationist Adrien Deschryver. In creating the park, almost 6,000 Batwa indigenous people were violently evicted from the area.

In 1980, Kahuzi-Biga became a World Heritage Site. Since 1997, it has been on UNESCOs list of World Heritage in Danger.

The park has a wide range of wildlife, including Grauers gorilla. According to UNESCO the population of 250 Grauers gorillas in Kahuzi-Biga is the most important world population of eastern lowland gorillas. Grauers gorilla is listed on IUCNs red list as critically endangered.

The name of the park comes from two extinct volcanoes, the Kahuzi and the Biga. The park consists of a highland area covering about 60,000 hectares and a lowland area covering the remaining 540,000 hectares. A 7.4 kilometre-wide corridor joins the two areas.

Farmers evicted. Houses burned

In July 2018, AFP...


Why a U.S. Divorce From Saudi Arabia Is Long Overdue "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 Voices from the right wing, prominently featured in Rupert Murdochs Wall Street Journal, are warning that the grisly presumed murder of Jamal Khashoggi by a hit squad made up of persons close to crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman should not mean the end of the close US relationship with Saudi Arabia.

I would concur with one part of this argument, which is that we should wish the country of Saudi Arabia well. But the current relationship of Washington and Riyadh is pathological in a lot of ways, and a policy rethink on both sides would benefit both countries.

Saudi Arabia is not the largest oil producer in the world, but it is the largest oil exporter, which is what is important. The US and the Russian Federation produce similar amounts, but they use most of it domestically. Saudi Arabia is important because it is the worlds swing exporter. It can export a lot or much less, and still get along because of its relatively small population.

The US has used the security umbrella it provides to the wealthy but weak Saudis as a leverage to have them up their production and flood the market at key points. They do this to weaken countries like Iran, which have far less flexibility and suffer when prices of petroleum are low. Or they do it to lower US gasoline prices to help the party in power.

The US also depends on the Saudis to buy US arms. Since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have wound down, companies like Lockheed Martin and Boeing would suffer if they did not sell weapons abroad.

But both of these bases for the Saudi relationship with the US are very bad for everyone on earth. Burning petroleum to fuel cars puts billions of tons of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, which is threatening human welfare and civilization.

Petroleum has to be kept in the ground and the governments of the earth must marshal all their resources to make a rapid, as in 10-year, transition to public mass transportation and electric vehicles fueled by the wind and sun. The cynical US use of Saudi Arabia to flood the market must stop. Indeed, this tactic often lowers gasoline costs as an incidental side effect, thus delaying the transition to electric vehicles.

Saudi Arabia itself must get off its own dependence on oil exports, which Riyadh recognizes, and develop sustainable industries that will allow the country to develop normally after the end of oil.

Massive arms sales are also bad for both countries. The US is spreading around highly sophisticated death and destruction machines. Owning them has tempted the Saudis into the disastrous Yemen war, which threatens the civilians of the latter country with mass starvation. If the Saudis think such an event will not boomerang....


Communities hold the key to expanding conservation impact in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"



Wildlife conservation that uses community partnerships is working for people and threatened species across Africa, write Fred Nelson and Rosie Cooney of IUCNs Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group

Conservancy in Kenya

Conservation efforts in Africa today face huge challenges. Africas human population is forecast to quadruple by the end of the century, and already intensifying pressures around the use of land, water, and natural resources are having an impact on the regions extraordinary wildlife. The high-level statistics on wildlife decline are now familiar: elephant numbers across Africa de...


Experts loud AfDB, partners on securitisation instrument "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Room2Run, the African Development Banks (AfDB) and partners innovative $1 billion synthetic securitisation of a portfolio of seasoned AfDBs private sector loans, will serve as a model for other lenders, help reduce costs, and shorten execution time, finance experts told participants at a workshop at the weekend. The landmark securitisation instrument, a first for any []

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The Apartheid State of israel and the Palestinian Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Apartheid State of Israel and the Palestinian Resistance Palestinians taking part in the Great March of Return. (Photo: Abdallah Aljamal, Palestine Chronicle) By Nwabisa Sigaba When you look at the history of the South African struggle for liberation one cannot help but notice the tremendous role played by youth in fighting against the apartheid []


Judge withdraws from suit over Ogun PDP crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday recused himself from further hearing of a suit involving two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.  The judge consequently directed the remittance of the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul-Kafarati, for reassignment []

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Inflation sustains upward trend, settles at 11.28% "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI), also known as headline inflation, sustained its upward notch which manifested in August into September, settling at 11.28 per cent (year-on-year) against previous figure of 11.23 per cent, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) confirmed yesterday.   The new figure, which the bureau said was 0.05 per cent points []

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2019: 400,000 unclaimed PVCs in Benue "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Independent National Electoral Commissions (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Benue State, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, yesterday said more than 400,000 registered voters out of 2.4 million eligible voters in the state, had not collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). Yilwatda disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists in his office in Makurdi, the state []

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History, pedigree dont count in modern football Udeze "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  A former international Ifeanyi Udeze has stated that history and pedigree now count for less in football, stressing that the dynamics of of the game has changed all over the world . Udeze was speaking against the backdrop of Englands surprise 3-2 Europa Nations League win over Spain in Seville on Monday night. Nobody []

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Curbing illegal dumping of refuse "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Illegal dumping of refuse has become the order of the day. It is no longer uncommon to see huge piles of waste, old house items, construction waste or used products dumped by the roadside, on streets and non-designated dumping sites. Actually, dirt is littering almost every corner of Lagos, thereby, making Lagos to become []

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Ayetoro: One Community, two kings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Ayetoro Community in Ondo State came into limelight recently when ocean surge threatened the existence of the community. BABATOPE OKEOWO reports that coronation of Prophet Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi as parallel Ogeloyinbo of the community, despite the existence of a reigning monarch; Oba Micah Ajijo, is capable of igniting violence in the community   Contrary to []

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For Tokunbo, Tara, baggage full of issues "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Book Title: Echoes from the Past Author: Tayo Emmanuel Year of Publication: 2018 Pagination: 295 Reviewer: Adeniyi Taiwo Kunnu   Marriage is said to be honorable and the bed undefiled, but what if defilement is presumed, assumed, real or unfounded. Could one imagine a situation where the past becomes the present that can cause ones []

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Two die, 16 injured in Anambra road crash "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Two person were confirmed dead and 16 others sustained varying degrees of injury when an 18-seater commuter bus crashed into an articulated vehicle in Anambra. The accident occurred at the Okija junction on the Onitsha-Owerri expressway. According to SP Mohammed Haruna, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) on Anambra, who confirmed the accident yesterday, it []

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Fear of fresh explosion grips Aba residents "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Another explosion may soon rock communities in Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area of Abia State, residents have said. This is coming barely a week after a pipeline belonging to the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), exploded and roasted over 50 persons at Umuaduru and Umuimo []

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NAssembly approves N242bn elections budget "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Reps okay virement of N831bn for INEC, security agencies   The National Assembly, yesterday, approved the N242.245 billion budgeted for the conduct of the 2019 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the relevant security agencies.   The nations legislative institutions, however, tinkered with the budgets of some of the security agencies []

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2019: Saraki leads Atikus campaign "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has kick-started its presidential campaign for next years presidential election with the constitution of a presidential campaign council. President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, is leading the PDPs onslaught against President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in the 2019 poll. Saraki []

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Saudi-led military aggression left over 15,000 civilians dead: Rights group "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Picture, provided by Yemens Houthi Ansarullah movement, shows aftermath of Saudi airstrike against Gabal Ras area in Yemens western coastal city of Hudaydah on October 13, 2018. Press TV October 16, 2018 The Legal Center for Rights and Developments in Yemen says the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign against the impoverished and conflict-plagued Arab country []


Isoko Women Protest Relocation Of DELSUs Engineering Faculty From Oleh Campus "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS OCTOBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Some Isoko women Tuesday protested against the planned relocation of the Engineering school of the Delta State University as well as its 100 level students from Oleh campus to Abraka. .
The women marched through various streets to the secretariat of Isoko South local government council, chanting solidarity songs.

They accused the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Victor Peretomode, of deliberate attempt to weaken the Oleh campus in alleged preparation for eventual relocation of the varsitys presence in the town.
The women, who were received by the Vice Chairman and Secretary of Isoko South council, Alex Ebah and Dennis Obrogo JP, also condemned the planned relocation, insisting that their peaceful protest will continue.
The women displayed placards with inscriptions such as: Gov. Okowa, call Prof. Peretomode to order, Other Universities campuses in Nigeria are not run like this, Prof. Peretomode extend development to Oleh Campus and Prof. Peretomode stop killing Oleh Campus.
Addressing the women, the Vice Chairman of Isoko South council, Hon. Alex Ebah, promised to convey their message to the Chairman of DELSU Council for onward transmission to the Delta State Governor, Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa.
At the time of the protest, the Vice Chancellors Office is at the DELSU Campus in Abraka, Ethiope-East Local Government Area.
Efforts to reach him for comments on the matter were unsuccessful....


The Hilton Effect: The hotel looks back on its trillion-dollar global impact "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hilton is marking 100 years with a look at the dramatic impact the brand has had on the world

A few weeks ago, I stowed away on Norwegian Airs Fill A Plane campaign, where they transformed their brand-new Boeing 737 Max passenger plane into a cargo jet and filled it to the brim with supplies bound for a UNICEF outpost in Chad. After a long flight from Copenhagen to NDjamena, we unloaded the plane. While the 13 tons of supplies2,000 water purifiers, 1,000 doses of antibiotics, 35,000 packs of rehydration salts, and morewere headed to the Gaoui refugee camp and local hospitals, we were headed to our hotel. After rolling in a convoy through darkened dirt roads, we pulled up to the hotela Hilton, one of the few hotels that had remained open in the Central African country.

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Trumps Alliance with Body-Choppers, Death Squads and Child Killers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The White House warmly greeted the electoral success of Brazilian Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, ardent champion of torturers, military dictators, death squads and free marketers.

President Trump grovels, grunts and glories before Israel, as his spiritual guide Benjamin Netanyahu celebrates the Sabbath with the weekly murders and maiming of hundreds of unarmed Palestinians, especially youngsters.

These are President Trumps natural allies. They share his values and interests while each retains their particular method of disposing of the cadavers of adversaries and dissenters.

We will proceed to discuss the larger political-economic context in which the trio of monsters operate. We will analyze the benefits and advantages which lead President Trump to ignore and even praise, actions which violate Americas democratic values and sensibilities.

In conclusion, we will examine the consequences and risks which result from Trumps embrace of the trio.

The Context for Trumps Triple Alliance

President Trumps intimate ties with the worlds most unsavory regimes flows from several strategic interests. In the case of Saudi Arabia, it includes military bases; the financing of international mercenaries and terrorists; multi-billion-dollar arms sales; oil profits; and covert alliances with Israel against Iran, Syria and Yemen.

In order to secure these Saudi assets, the White House is more than willing to assume certain socio-political costs.

The US eagerly sells weapons and provides advisers to Saudis genocidal invasion, murder and starvation of millions of Yeminis. The White House alliance against Yemen has few monetary rewards or political advantages as well as negative propaganda value.

However, with few other client states in the region, Washington makes do with Prince Salman the salami slicer.

The US ignores Saudi financing of Islamic terrorists against US allies in Asia (the Philippines) and Afghanistan as well as rival thugs in Syria and Libya.

Alas when a pro-US collaborator like Washington Post journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated, President Trump was forced to adopt the pretense of an investigation in order to distance from the Riyadh mafia.He subsequently exonerated butcher boy bin Salman: he invented a flagrant lie-blaming rogue elements in charge of the interrogation, read...


Kidnappers Besiege Delta As CP Declares Man Hunt For Kidnapped Female Police Officer "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS OCTOBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Residents of Delta State has raised the alarm over upsurge of kidnappersin the state in recent times. learnt that last month, six suspected kidnappers stormed a shop located at Spirit and Life Bible Church, Akpu Junction, Asaba and whisked a housewife, Mrs. Francisca Semiteje, to an unknown destination in her black Toyota Corolla car.

Her vehicle was recovered a day after she was abducted at Ani Edozie Street, Off Asaba Secondary School, Asaba, while she was released after payment of ransom by her family. Similarly, 39-year-old principal and resident priest of Aghalokpe Secondray School, Aghalokpe, Okpe local government area, Rev Fr. Christopher Ogaga, was abducted September 1. The abductors called with the victims phone demanding N15 million ransom, but the priest later escaped from their den.
However, detectives/operatives of the Eagle Net Special Squad trailed the suspects and arrested three of them, Friday, whose phone was used to demand ransom, Tony and Erasmous.
Another priest, Rev Father Louis, who was kidnapped in Warri, September 15, also bolted away from his abductors, same day.
Also, four suspected robbers/kidnappers ambushed a 27-year-old...


Ibori Harps On Why He Loses Faith In UK Judicial System "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chief James Ibori

LAGOS OCTOBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori has said that his experience in the United Kingdom, made him lose faith in the ability of its judicial system to dispense justice without malice.
Ibori said this on the heels of reactions trailing his earlier statement where he said the British judiciary was biased.

A statement by his Media Assistant, Mr. Tony Eluemunor, said his conviction in the UK was a miscarriage of justice.
The statement reads: Let me re-state unequivocally what I stated in my application for leave to appeal my conviction at the Court of Appeal. I continue to hold that I am a victim of political persecution.
Consequently, I have lost faith in British justice system and the ability of the British legal system to dispense justice fairly because it is deeply entrenched in politics and international conspiracy funded by Department for International Development, DFID. I have been through it and have observed first-hand the desperation and wicked machinations inherent in a process that pronounces you guilty then finds evidence to cover up a corrupt system at all cost even at th...


Egypt extends state of emergency for another 3 months "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday ordered the extension of a nation-wide state of emergency for another three months. According to the presidential decree, the state of emergency went into effect yesterday and will last until 15 January 2019. Under the extension, the armed and the security forces shall take the necessary measures to confront all threats and funding of terrorism to maintain security across the country, and protect public and private property and lives of citizens, the decree read.

UAE arms dealer lobbied highest-level German decision makers to waive export controls, Wikileaks document reveals. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

UAE businessman Abbas Ibrahim Yousef Al Yousef told the International Court of Arbitration in 2010 that he successfully lobbied highest-level German decision-makers to ease their restrictions on arms sales to the Middle-East, a document published by Wikileaks reveals. The LeClerc tanks that Al Yousef helped to export are currently being used in the onslaught of Yemen by the Saudi coalition.


Delta Speaker Urges Urhobo To Support Re-Election Of Okowa, Hails Atikus PDP Presidential Ticket "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Sheriff Oborevwori

LAGOS OCTOBER 17H (URHOBOTODAY)-The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori has called on the people of Delta Central Senatorial District of the state to support Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for a second term in the spirit of equity, fairness and justice.
Oborevwori who stated this on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 during an interactive session with Assembly Correspondents in his office said Delta Central and South Senatorial Districts did eight years each as Governor and Delta North will not be an exemption.
He said it would be the turn of Delta Central in 2023 and called on the Urhobos not to allow themselves to be deceived by anybody as the state belongs to all Deltans.
Oborevwori said Delta North should not be denied the opportunity to complete their eight years as Governor as enjoyed by other Senatorial Districts.
The Speaker said Governor Okowa has so much achievements to his credit as Governor with the massive infrastructural development across the state.
He urged Deltans to support Governor Okowa for a second term as he has worked hard to ensure peace and security in the state particularly in the riverine areas which...


Okowa Names Takeme, Fregene As Commissioners, Pirah, Talib, Odebala For DESOPADEC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS OCTOBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi has nominated Mr Julius Takeme and Mr Freeman Orits Fregene for appointment as Commissioners and members of the State Executive Council.
The names of the nominees were contained in a letter sent to the State House of Assembly by the Governor and read at plenary by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori.

The Governor said the nomination was in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 192 sub section 2 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
The Governor also in a letter to the House nominated Mr Mofe Pirah, Hon Talib Tebite and Hon Ejaife Odebala as members of the Governing Board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, (DESOPADEC) and Dr Samuel Ochonogor Ossai as Executive Director in the board.
The governor said the nominations were in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 7 sub section 1A of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission Amendment law of 2018.
The Governor noted that the four nominees are to fill the vacancies created by the resignation of Mr Jonathan Amitaye, Chief Amos Itihwe, Chief Thomas Ereyitomi as members of the Board and Hon Ochor Ochor as Executive Director, Social Services.
The Governor als...


Middle East Braces For Apocalyptic Conflict Between Israel And Hamas As Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman Declares War Is Inevitable "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It appears that a major war between Israel and Hamas is imminent.  For the past six months, Hamas has been staging violent protests along the Israeli border in an attempt to end the Israeli-Egyptian blockade.  Those protests have escalated in recent weeks as Egyptian efforts to broker a long-term ceasefire have faltered.  During these violent protests, large numbers of incendiary devices have been launched into Israel, and this has resulted in thousands of acres of land being burned on the Israeli side of the border.  On Friday, approximately 14,000 Palestinians gathered along the border fence, and it was being reported that they were throwing rocks, firebombs and grenades at Israeli soldiers on the other side of the barrier.  Needless to say, after six months of such violence Israeli patience is wearing very thin.

And now some members of the Israeli cabinet are openly advocating for war with Hamas.  According to the Jerusalem Post, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman believes that a harsh IDF military strike against Hamas is the only way to end the violence

A harsh IDF military strike against Hamas is the only way to halt the continued Palestinian attacks against Israel, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Tuesday morning as he met in the south with some of his top military staff.

Now is the time for decisions. My position is very clear: We must deal a heavy blow against Hamas. This is the only way to return the situation to its previous state and to reduce the level of violence to nearly zero, Liberman said.

Ultimately the decision whether to strike Hamas or not will be made by the entire cabinet, but in Libermans mind it has gotten to the point where war is inevitableR...


(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1691: Trump Confirms Plan | Trump Preparing the Masses "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Published on Oct 16, 2018

US job opening hits a record high, 1.2 million job vacancies. The statistical information is so far from reality right now, if this was true we would see wages sky rocketing, but we don't. The American people are not keeping up with the inflation, from last year to this year wages have gone up .5%. Peter Schiff warns of another recession. Trump confirms that plan, right on schedule.

Published on Oct 16, 2018

Trump lays into Senator Warren, the DNA test is backfiring and the Native Americans are agreeing with Trump, Warren is not Native American. More evidence has come out that McCabe leaked information. Wolfe has been brought up on charges, these charges are for lying to the FBI, but behind the scenes he most likely flipped and it testifying on all the others who put him up to leaking the FISA document. Trump tells Honduras if you continue with the deep state policy funding will be cutoff. The MSM is pushing their narrative that Saudi Arabia is responsible, they want them to admit, Trump says it could be rogue elements. The deep state is trying to push their agenda. Deep state tries to block peace talks in Afghanistan. Libya getting ready for elections, and a political solution is coming for Syria. Trump tweet more bread to get the American people ready for the declass, more carpet bombs on the way.


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Ethiopia's Abiy Gives Half of Ministerial Posts to Women
16 October 2018
BBC World Servce

Aisha Mohammed was construction minister before becoming Ethiopia's first defence minister
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed women to half of his government's ministerial posts, including the job of defence minister.

Explaining his decision in a speech to Parliament, Mr Abiy said women were "less corrupt than men" and would help restore peace and stability.

Ethiopia is now the only African state after Rwanda to have equal gender representation in the cabinet.

Mr Abiy also cut the number of ministerial jobs from 28 to 20.

Since becoming prime minister in April, he has carried numerous massive reforms.

He has ended two decades of conflict with neighbouring Eritrea, released thousands of political prisoners and loosened the state's tight grip on parts of the economy.

Aisha Mohammed was named as Ethiopia's first female defence minister. She is from the country's Afar region in the north-east, and had served as construction minister.

Muferiat Kamil, the former speaker of parliament, became the country's first Minister of Peace. She will be overseeing the country's intelligence and security apparatus, including the federal police.

Mahlet Hailu, Ethiopia's deputy permanent representative to the UN, tweeted the list of new ministers.

Mr Abiy said that his reform process needed to continue to address the structural and strategic problems that pushed the country into chaos.

He said women had made a great contribution to restoring peace and stability, were less corrupt, respected their work and could sustain the drive for change.

The 42-year-old became prime minister in April after the unexpected resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn.

It followed three years of protest led by ethnic Oromos, who were demanding an end to what they considered their political and economic marginalization.

Mr Abiy is Oromo himself, but his appeal for trust and unity to "heal our wounds... and work together to develop our country" has received a cautious welcome from many within Ethiopi...


Crisis warning as 250,000 Congolese return from Angola "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A "fast-developing humanitarian situation" is developing in D R Congo with more than 250,000 Congolese returning from a migrant clampdown in Angola in the last fortnight..


East Africa owes China $29.4bn in infrastructure loans "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

East African economies have borrowed $29.5 billion from China in the past 10 years to grow their transport, communication, manufacturing and energy sectors.


Do These Ruins Prove The Biblical Story Of Exodus? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ancient ruins found in the Israeli wilderness could solve the biblical mystery of the Exodus, archaeologists claim. According to the Bible, Moses liberated the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and led them through the wilderness of Sinai, before they crossed the River Jordan into the promised land of Canaan. Yet no historical basis for the legend exists, and []


Senate probes NNPC over $3.5bn subsidy recovery fund "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senator: Its slush fund   Corporation: CBN in custody of money   The Senate, yesterday, resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to  investigate the $3.5 billion Subsidy Recovery Fund allegedly created by the   Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and solely managed by its Group Managing Director and the Executive Director, Finance. The decision []

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UN, U.S. Senate, CAN condemn killing of health workers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There was outrage across Nigeria and beyond yesterday following the killing of yet another humanitarian aid worker by terrorists operating in the North-East of the country. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed that a health worker abducted by the Boko Haram had been murdered by her captors. The ICRC named the worker []

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Atikus Agenda for Nigeria. (Policy Document) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

1. My administration would consider concessioning to private sector segments of the national grid under some form of PPP over More


How Obis nomination divides SEast leaders "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

KENNETH OFOMA writes on the division among the South-East Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders over the nomination of former Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi as running mate to the partys presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar   The discordant tunes of South-East stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the nomination of former governor []

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How APC panel ensured hitch-free primaries In Edo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The battle by various aspirants for the tickets of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State for the 2019 general elections is over with the emergence of the legislative candidates, CAJETAN MMUTA reports     Stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Edo State have every reason to be grateful and much []

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2019: The Atiku-Obi winning ticket "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  President Muhammadu Buhari and his supporters are desperate. All of a sudden, they have become the best gamblers. Experts in all kinds of permutations.   They are like the nairabet players who postulate on matches between clubs in distant climes, even when they have no part in the processes leading to the results. Indeed, []

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October Rain: SNA celebrates master artists, Grillo, Barber "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Society of Nigerian Artist (SNA), Lagos State Chapter is set to roll out the drums as it celebrates two of the most influential figures in Nigerian visual art scene, Prof. Yusuf Grillo and Prof. Abayomi Barber, for this years edition of October Rain Exhibition. The exhibition featuring works ranging from paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, []

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Quramo Writers Prize unveils Top 5 finalists for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Quramo Publishing has unveiled the Top 5 finalists of the Quramo Writers Prize 2018, two weeks after announcing the Top 10 finalists.   The winner of the 2018 edition of the prize will be announced at the award ceremony scheduled for Sunday October 21, 2018. The annual prize is awarded to an unpublished fiction []

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Cheque usage declines as e-payments gather pace "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Predictions in some quarters that cheques could disappear in the near future could come to pass in these parts as data obtained from the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) show that its use for transactions has continued a downward trend in recent years.   Specifically, New Telegraphs analysis of data obtained from NIBSS indicates []

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Buhari is in charge of govt, supporters tell Tambuwal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has come under attack from President Muhammad Buhari support group.   The group, Buhari Media Organization (BMO), has described Tambuwal as a failed governor and errand boy. Tambuwal had, on Monday, said that he, along others, would end Buharis rule-by-proxy in 2019.   Reacting to Tambuwals criticism yesterday, BMO []

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Elections will be free, fair Buhari "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians and members of the international community that the 2019 general elections will be free and fair. The President said the 2019 general elections will usher the country into another clime of maturity, peace and unity. Buhari stated this yesterday while receiving Letters of Credence from four ambassadors at the []

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FG moves to protect $14bn maritime trade from sea robbers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government has said that it would protect the nations $14billion maritime trade from pirates, sea robbers and other criminals operating on its territorial waters. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha , disclosed this yesterday at the World Maritime Day celebration held in Lagos, with the theme: Our []

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Bello signs Kogi Assembly Commission Bill "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Grants autonomy to state legislature   Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has taken the lead as one of the first governors to sign into law the bill granting autonomy to state legislature. Inspired by the action of President Muhammadu Buhari, who few months ago assented to the bill for an autonomy for the []

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Working long hours could be injurious to health "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Scientists said working more than 40 hours a week has been linked to negative changes in the health of affected persons. According to a new research from NYU Langone Health, working fewer hours each week could help make workers healthier. NYU Langone, based in New York City, is one of the nations premier academic medical []

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2019: CUPP begins search for consensus candidate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Leaders of political parties that formed the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) met behind closed doors yesterday at the Yaradua Centre, Abuja to begin the process for adopting a consensus presidential candidate, who will face President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election. About 40 parties had last June, signed a Memorandum of Understanding []

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Global market rebounds with earnings in focus "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Stocks bounced back on Tuesday across the world, supported by strong earnings expectations, while oil prices were wobbly as evidence of higher US production was overshadowed by a tighter global supply outlook as Iran prepares for US sanctions. Despite the rally in stocks, US Treasury yields were steady. According to Reuters, European shares pulled up []

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Stakeholders lament non-release of funds for family planning in Niger "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Stakeholders in the health sector have lamented non-release of budgetary funds allocated to family planning programmes in Niger State, saying that it has affected the implementation programmes. However, despite the state governments recent approval of N10 million out of the N50 million allocated to family planning in Niger State, no funds had been released.   []

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World Bank to boost technical education in Benue State "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The World Bank in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Education has selected Benue State as one of the states to benefit from a pilot scheme to boost technical education with skills acquisition.   Senior Education Specialist, Dr. Tunde Adekola, who led a delegation from the World Bank and officials of the ministry, disclosed this []

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Court orders Kebbi teachers association to refund N12m to NUT "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Industrial Court (NIC) sitting in the Sokoto Judicial Division yesterday ordered Association of Kebbi State Secondary School Teachers (SST) to refund to the claimant, N12, 807,300.00 being the check-off dues of SST collected between January 2007 and September 2009 to the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT). Delivering judgement in []

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Diebold Nixdorf calls for larger ecosystem "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Multinational financial and retail technology company, Diebold Nixdorf, organised an international management seminar last week in Lisbon, Portugal, as part of its efforts , to encourage banking executives to focus on the bigger picture their customers connected commerce journey that includes ecosystems beyond banking, the firm said in a statement   According to []

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Flood: Ex-deputy gov makes case for displaced 6,000 victims in Anambra "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former deputy governor of Anambra state and senatorial candidate of Anambra north on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Chinedu Emaka has urged Federal Government to establish a permanent NEMA hospital in the area in order not to be taken unaware in subsequent developments. No fewer than 6000 persons, who had []

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Permanent Representative of Cuba to the UN, Anayansi Rodrguez Camejo, Denounces New Anti-Cuban Action "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Granma International news | On Tuesday, 16 October, 2018, the United States of America has once again sullied the name of the United Nations. The United States, in another action of contempt for human rights and this Organization, has preferred to create absurd lies about Cuba rather than recognize and promote a campaign to...


Black Agenda Book Forum: Shadaab Rahemtullas Quran of the Oppressed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor A central aim of liberation theology, in both the Christian and Muslim faiths, is to wrestle theology away from the elites and their privileged pontification. This is a book about siding with the oppressed and of speaking truth to power. In this series, we ask acclaimed authors to answer...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Posted on 13th October 2018

While addressing the first conference the of the African National Congress Department of Information and Publicity on the 5th of July 1983 in Lusaka,  the longest serving President of the African National Congress, comrade Oliver Reginald Tambo observed that:

Given that our movement is a uniting force, an organiser, a mobiliser, an educator and leader of the widest sections of our people, the Department of Information and Publicity (DIP) must of necessity be a finely tuned specialist instrument that clearly and comprehensively grasps the overall task of the ANC and its role and place in the struggle of our people for their national rights in particular, and the general struggle of humanity for a just, peaceful and prosperous world.

The relaunch of the revamped and innovative website brought to live yet again the words of President Tambo.

Our movements ability to disseminate information to the widest and broadest section of society is consistent with our role as true leader of society.

The revamped web platform promises to make interactions more exciting for both the young and old alike.

It is interactive in many aspects and allows communities both here at home and abroad to pick up our organizations current affairs.

A new public info portal has been added, this is work in progress and will give members of the public the benefit to search for jobs, know about new skills and enterprise development initiatives deepening citizen empowerment.

Our dynamic and trendy animation platform Batsumy will give visitors to the site an easy way to emancipation and to continuously engage with our political programs.

This web platform aims to address knowledge deficit about the programmes of the movement, create an ANC popular culture and make the ANC way of life.

Through Batsumy loosely translated to mean the Hunters of solution to societal challenges the conversation has begun.

The platform will also provide easy access to the progressive Online Broadcast Platform ...


Congo in the Abyss "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ann Garrison The imperial aggressions of western governments have inflicted multiple holocausts on the Congolese people. In Congo, globalized capitalism creates permanent chaos. This week I spoke to Swiss Congolese historian and activist Bndicte Kumbi Ndjoko about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ann Garrison: On February 12, 2018, the UN High Commissioner...


Deadly, Cowardly US Drone Wars in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mark P. Fancher The anticipated reduction of US troops in Africa will be matched by an increase in killer drones. War is romantic only when it is limited to the confines of a sanitized imagination. Movies that portray heroic soldiers vanquishing demonic enemy combatants or rescuing fallen comrades may whip up jingoistic war fever, but...


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Burkina Faso: First Stone Monument in Memory of Thomas Sankara
Africa News

The first stone of a monument to the memory of Thomas Sankara was laid October 15 in Ouagadougou, 31 years to the day after the assassination of the father of the Burkinabe revolution.

The bronze five-meter high statue, will be erected on four hectares at the headquarters of the National Council of the Revolution, where President Sankara was killed by a commando on October 15, 1987 at 37 years old. A blow that brought to power his companion in arms, Blaise Compaore.

Several hundred people, including members of the government, attended the ceremony followed by a procession to the Burkina building in front of which President Sankara was shot dead.

Today, the heirs, friends, sympathizers in the entire nation want to raise him from the ashes, and where? On the council site where one faithful Thursday afternoon he left the meeting room next door, put his hands up and was taken down by the bullets of murderous traitors.

Thomas Sankara, who came to power in a coup in 1983, sometimes referred to as African Che, was facing a rising challenge in the country because of his uncompromising choices, while his denunciation of imperialism and his links with the leaders of Libya and Ghana earned him strong enemies abroad.



America Is Authoritarian by Design "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

So often, underlying structures and institutions of oppression escape serious scrutiny amid our countrys most high-profile political dramas. Take the recent conviction of Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer caught on tape four years ago firing 16 shots into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

From its soul-numbing kill tape to McDonalds family shown and quoted repeatedly across local media, the trials coverage took on an almost theatrical tone. We heard from the victims family members, the officers wife, and the activists celebrating the verdict in the streets. Television cameras zoomed in on the sorry face of the sad killer, right up to the moment he was led out of court as a convicted murderer.

Largely left unsaid was how Van Dykes crime was merely a rippleif an especially provocative onein a deep sea of racial oppression engulfing Chicago and the nation as a whole.

Before the trial concluded, a veteran Chicago activist and radical commentator told me hed heard that Van Dyke will be thrown to the mob as a kind of token to pacify the citys black population and take the heat off a racist police state. Indeed, the danger of the McDonald-Van Dyke drama and its guilty verdict is that it will function as a safety valve, helping the city and nations entrenched racist patterns and institutions maintain their legitimacy, helping spread the illusion that the system works.

But it doesnt work for millions of disproportionately poor black people. Ask the families of Milton Hall, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Rekia Boyd, Sandra Bland and the growing list of mostly young African-Americans unjustly killed by American police officers and prison and security guardsall on tape. Ask the hundreds of black Chicagoans who have been terrorized into signing forced confessions for crimes they didnt commit. Ask the many thousands of black people serving long sentences in Illinois prisons after they were convicted for drug crimesthe type of crimes that whites commit....


Fate of troubled Karuturi to be known December "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

16 Oct 2018 | NationKenya's Court of Appeal is in December expected to determine if Karuturi will pay Sh1.8 billion contested debt to Stanbic Bank before the dispute before High Court is determined.


County government denies leasing Yala swamp to West Kenya Sugar Company "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

11 Oct 2018 | KNASiaya county government has not surrendered the Yala swamp to a private sugar milling company as alleged by a section of the media, the county director of communications, Jerry Ochieng has said.


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Zimbabwe VP in South Africa for Medical Checks - Government
Zimbabwes Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is receiving treatment in South Africa for injuries sustained in a bombing in June at a campaign rally for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, state newspaper the Herald reported on Monday.

Chiwenga, 61, a former military general who led the coup that ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe last November, is widely seen as the power behind Mnangagwa.

Presidential spokesman George Charamba told the Herald that Chiwenga flew to South Africa on Tuesday last week.

So he flew out last Tuesday alongside his wife who was also due for a review in South Africa, where they then went for medical checks.

Charamba did not give details on Chiwengas condition but told the newspaper the vice president was receiving treatment for injuries sustained during the June bombing at a Mnangagwa campaign rally in Bulawayo that killed two security aides.

So he flew out last Tuesday alongside his wife who was also due for a review in South Africa, where they then went for medical checks, Charamba told the newspaper.

He added that both Chiwenga and his wife were in good health after treatment. Barring the unforeseen, we expect the couple back into the country sometime this week. Charamba could not be reached directly for comment.

Mnangagwa, who took over from his mentor Mugabe, appointed Chiwenga vice president after the coup and retained him following his disputed July 30 election win.

Speculation about Chiwengas health began circulating two weeks ago when the vice president, frequently seen at Mnangagwas side, disappeared from public view.



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Ivory Coast: Provisional Results of Local Polls
by AFP 

Provisional results of 189 of 201 municipalities in Ivory Coast are out. The ruling party RHDP has dominated with 89 elected officials far behind Henri Konan Bdis PDCI with 47 elected officials.

The RHDP won the victory in the largest municipalities in the Abidjan district, including Treichville, Koumassi, Yopougon and Abobo. This election was dominated by an increase in the number of independent candidates, who at this stage of the vote count, 57 elected.

For its part, the PDCI has won the town hall of Cocody and retains the town hall of Le Plateau, the business centre of Abidjan.

On the regional side, the RHDP provisionally won 18 seats against 5 for the PDCI and 2 for the PDCI-RHDP, out of 28 of the 31 regional councils proclaimed.

Saturdays elections were overshadowed by tensions within the ruling RHDP coalition. More than six million Ivorians were called to vote in these local elections, the main challenge of which was to measure the opposing forces before the presidential elections of 2020, particularly among members of the former ruling coalition.

The two-party coalition, which comprises the RDR of president Alassane Ouattara and the historically dominant PDCI, has governed Ivory Coast since 2010. However, in the run-up to Saturdays polls their alliance broke down, with each fielding rival candidates in many areas.

Scuffles and clashes also occurred elsewhere in the area where campaigning took place in a very tense atmosphere.


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Beijing Blasts US Harassment Claim in South China Sea, Vows 'Indisputable Sovereignty' Over Area
Tue Oct 16, 2018 04:34PM

The undated photo shows China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang.

China's Foreign Ministry has slammed a claim by the United States that one of its warships was harassed by China in the South China Sea, insisting that Beijing holds indisputable sovereignty over its islands and surrounding waters there.

"The allegation by the United States is nothing but making an unfounded counter-charge, said Chinas Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang during a Tuesday press briefing. China has an indisputable sovereignty over its islands and the surrounding waters on the South China Sea.

He further underlined Beijings right to self-defense and self-protection under international law and rejected Washingtons claims about Chinese aims to militarize the waters in the area.

Like other countries, China is exercising its sovereignty and self-protection and self-defense to carry out activities for peaceful purposes, including necessary defense facilities, on its own territory. This has nothing to do with militarization," Lu added.

There have been reports that the administration of US President Donald Trump is making deliberate efforts to counter what it regards as years of unchecked Chinese aggression, pointing to a new era of potentially much colder ties between Washington and Beijing.

Citing interviews with senior White House and other US officials on Monday, major American daily The Wall Street Journal reported, In the first 18 months of the administration, ties between the worlds two biggest powers were defined by negotiations over how to restrain North Korea and ways to re-balance trade. Those high-profile endeavors masked White House preparations for a more hard-nosed stance with Beijinga strategy now surfacing as Chinas help with Pyongyang wanes and trade talks stall. 

The Chinese spokesman also emphasized, "There is no problem at all for freedom of navigation or flying over the South China Sea. But everybody has noticed in recent years that the United States, under the signboard of freedom of navigation and flight, freque...


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Formation of New Lebanese Government is 'Very Close,' Says Hariri
Tue Oct 16, 2018 03:45PM

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri talks inside the parliament building at downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on May 28, 2018. (Photo by Reuters)

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has raised hopes about the formation of a new unity government in Lebanon, stating that statesmen are very close to the establishment of such an administration in the Arab country.

I know that the formation of the government has taken too long, but we will be able to form it, God willing. We are very close to that, Hariri said during a speech at the Grand Serail in Beirut on Tuesday.

He further noted that there is progress in the formation process.

Hariris comments came days after the parliamentary bloc of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement cast doubt over the Prime Minister-designates prediction that a new unity government will be formed in Lebanon soon.

In light of the internal difficulties and obstacles hampering the formation, it is unlikely for the government to be formed within the ten-day time limit set by Hariri, an unnamed source close to the movement told Lebanon's Arabic-language daily newspaper al-Joumhouria on Friday.

Hariri said on October 9 that all political sides had made concessions on their demands for posts in the next Cabinet, expressing hope that a new government would be formed after President Michel Aoun returns from a trip abroad.

Aoun traveled to Armenia on October 10, and was back in Lebanon two days later.

The prime minister-designate said on October 4 that the government would be formed within a week to 10 days because the economy could not tolerate further delay. He called on all sides to make concessions.

Lebanon's first parliamentary vote in nine years was held on May 6, with over 500 candidates vying for seats. Turnout was 49.2 percent, according to officials.

According to official results, Hezbollah and its political allies secured over half the seats.

Hezbollah as well as groups and individua...


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Mastermind Behind Ahvaz Terrorist Attack Killed in Iraqs Diyala, IRGC Says
Tue Oct 16, 2018 08:25PM

Soldiers are seen at the scene of an attack on a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz on September 22, 2018. (Photo by ISNA)
Irans Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says a high-ranking commander of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, who apparently masterminded the recent deadly terror attack in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, has been killed in Iraqs eastern province of Diyala.

The IRGC public relations department announced in a statement released on Tuesday evening that the high-profile militant, better known by the nom de guerre Abu Dhoha, was killed along with four assistants in an ambush carried out by the Iraqi pro-government Popular Mobilization Units commonly known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Shaabi.

On October 1, the IRGC rained surface-to surface ballistic missiles on the positions of Daesh in eastern Syria, which along with the al-Ahwazia separatist group took responsibility for the September 22 terrorist attack in Ahvaz.

The IRGC announced in a statement that the missiles were launched at 2 am local time (2230 GMT September 31) from the western Iranian city of Kermanshah.

Irans Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) strikes the gatherings of the ringleaders of the recent terror attack in the southwestern city of Ahvaz with several surface-to-surface ballistic missiles.
The statement added that drones bombarded Daesh positions after the missile strikes.

On September 22, four gunmen attacked a military parade in Ahvaz, killing at least 25 people and wounding 69 others. A four-year-old boy was among the fallen victims.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the following day that the attack had been carried out by the same cowards funded by regimes in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

A number of countries denounced or offered condolences over the terrorist attack in Ahvaz.

France deeply condemns Saturday terrorist attack in Ahvaz, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.



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Saudi-led Military Aggression Left Over 15,000 Civilians Dead: Rights Group
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:48PM

This picture, provided by the media bureau of Yemens Houthi Ansarullah movement, shows the aftermath of a Saudi airstrike against Gabal Ras area in Yemens western coastal city of Hudaydah on October 13, 2018.

The Legal Center for Rights and Developments in Yemen says the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign against the impoverished and conflict-plagued Arab country has claimed the lives of more than 15,000 civilians.

The center, in a statement released on Monday, announced that the aggression has resulted in the death of 15,185 civilians, including 3,527 children and 2,277 women.

A total of 23,822 civilians, among them 3,526 children and 2,587 women, have also sustained injuries, and are currently suffering from the lack of medicine, medical supplies and poor treatment due to the crippling Saudi siege.

The center further noted that the Saudi military aggression has also caused the death of nearly 2,200 Yemenis from cholera.

It highlighted that aerial assaults being conducted by the Saudi-led alliance have resulted in the destruction of 15 airports and 14 ports, and damaged 2,559 roads and bridges in addition to 781 water storage facilities, 191 power stations and 426 telecommunications towers.

The statement went on to say that the incessant Saudi-led bombardment campaign has destroyed more than 421,911 houses, 930 mosques, 888 schools, 327 hospitals and health facilities plus 38 media organizations, halted the operation of 4,500 schools and left more than 4 million people internally displaced.

In addition, the Saudi-led coalition has targeted 1,818 government facilities, 749 food storehouses, 621 food trucks, 628 shops and commercial compounds, 362 fuel stations, 265 tankers, 339 factories, 310 poultry and livestock farms, 219 archaeological sites, 279 tourist facilities and 112 playgrounds and sports complexes.

The Legal Center for Rights and Developments in Yemen then called on the United Nations to shoulder its responsibilities concerning protection of human rights and the rules of international humanitarian law in Yeme...


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US, Saudi Trying to Whitewash Khashoggi Murder: Fmr. US Diplomat
Tue Oct 16, 2018 07:28PM

The administration of US President Donald Trump is trying to whitewash Saudi Arabias murder of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a former American diplomat says.

Speaking to Press TV on Tuesday, Michael Springmann, a former US diplomat in Jeddah, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeos recent trip to Saudi Arabia was an attempt by President Donald Trump to gloss over Saudi Arabias deeds.

This is absolutely astonishing, astounding, outrageous you name the superlative, Springmann said. The Americans are obviously working to keep the Saudis close to them and the Saudis are working to keep the Americans close to them.

It is scarcely conceivable that the president of the United States would send his secretary of state over to Saudi Arabia and not talk tough with them, he said.

Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Turkeys Istanbul on October 2. Turkish and American intelligence communities agree that he was murdered there and his dismembered body was sent back to Saudi Arabia.

Having promised to punish the perpetrators while saving ties with Saudi Arabia, Trump sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh in an attempt to put off international pressure over his lackluster reaction to Khashoggis disappearance.

After arriving in Riyadh earlier in the day, Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman and MBS, where he hailed strong ties between the sides.

Pompeos complimentary tone with the Saudi king further confirms the Trump administrations lack of enthusiasm to get to the bottom of issue.

Trump has pledged to punish Saudi Arabia if it turns out that Khashoggi was indeed murdered at the consulate. But there is a catch.

The American head of state has also made it clear that whatever those punishments are, they would not endanger ties with Riyadh, particularly the $110 billion weapons deal that he signed with the kingdom during his maiden foreign visit last year.

The reason, according to S...


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Shireen Al-Adeimi Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance Has Accomplished What 50,000 Yemeni Deaths Could Not
Recent condemnations of the Saudi government are welcome, but the kingdom's brutality in Yemen has not drawn nearly as much attention.

Oct. 16, 2018 / 4:23 AM EDT

Image: Man carries an injured girl rescued from the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa
A man rescues an injured girl after Saudi-led coalition fighter jets rained bombs in Sanaa, Yemen on Aug. 25, 2017. Khaled Abdullah / Reuters

Shireen Al-Adeimi is an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University. Originally from Yemen, she has played an active role in raising awareness about the Saudi-led war on Yemen, and aims to encourage political action among fellow Americans to bring about an end to the U.S.'s role in the war.

Earlier this month, prominent Saudi Arabian dissident Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey and disappeared. What should have been a mundane procedure involving paperwork to finalize his divorce has turned into an ongoing international incident that has left his Turkish fiance and the global community wondering what happened to the self-exiled Saudi government critic and Washington Post contributor.

Now it seems that Saudi officials may soon release a new statement claiming rogue Saudi operatives killed Khashoggi during an interrogation or rendition attempt that went awry. But no matter what the official Saudi explanation ends up being, reports by Turkish authorities paint a horrifying picture of what they allege happened: following a direct order by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, more than a dozen Saudi officials arrived in Istanbul on two separate flights on October 2, then proceeded to torture, kill and dismember Khashoggis body before returning to Riyadh and Dubai later that day.

The allegations of state-sponsored torture and assassination triggered a rare backlash from U.S. businesses, media and importantly, some U.S. government officials although President Donald Trump has stopped short of a full-throated denunciation, caveating his statements repeatedly with the princes official denials. On Monday, Trump went so...


African Penguin Decline BBC Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Paul Homewood | Not A Lot Of People Know That | October 16, 2018 As we found out last week, the directive has come down from on high at the BBC to ramp up climate alarm at every opportunity they get. The memo has evidently been received in the BBC newsroom, who broadcast this []


Queen fondly recalls Bengal famine "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Following news reports that Yemen could be facing one of the worst famine in 100 years if airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are to continue, Queen Elizabeth II could not help but reminisce about her younger days during a similar period in history - the Bengal famine. Occasionally looking up from the newspaper's horrific imagery of starving Yemeni children, the Queen stared out her Buckingham Palace window in remembrance of the early 1940s, when her father, then King, was emperor of India. "I wonder if daddy felt any empathy when all those Indians died," she asked herself, referring to her father King George VI who sat at the throne while Britain implemented a series of measures to ensure the death of some 3 million human beings. "Winston sure hated them; I remember him saying once that they were a beastly people with a beastly religion and that the famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits. I wonder what he would say about this Yemen lot".

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Is The Blue Wave Actually a Crime Wave? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The recently reported:

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said last week that illegal immigrants who are not eligible to vote in elections will be a part of Democrats promised blue wave in this Novembers midterm elections.

Just listen:

The thing of it is, the blue wave is African American. It is white. It is Latino. It is Asian-Pacific Islander. It is disabled, it is differently abled. It is LGBTQ. It is law enforcement. It is veterans, Abrams said.

It is made up of those whove been told that they are not worthy of being here. It is comprised of those who are documented and undocumented, she added.

Undocumented? Isnt that another way of saying illegal?

Perhaps she is referring to what many of the lawless in America are calling the undocumented productive citizenswellexcept they arent citizens?

So just what kind of movement is this blue wave?

You see, until the illegal immigrant is an American, by legal definition they have broken the laws of the land, making them a criminal, and thereby forfeiting their rights to liberty in America.

But criminally entering America is not their only crime.  Before any illegal alien receives his/her first paycheck or cash payment the potential of at least 28 crimes will be committed by him/her.

For example:

1. Conspiring to cross the border illegally. (1 count)

2. Hiring a coyote or a drug cartel for guided passage into the USA. (1 count)

3. Crossing the border with a coyote and in many cases smuggling drugs. (1 count)

4. Traveling, illegally, to their destination or to a destination determined by their smuggler. (1 count)



DNA Testing Reveal That The Aborigines Of Australia Have The Most Ancient Culture In The World "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Mayuk Saha

A study on genetics published in the journal Nature has proved that the Aborigines descended from people who migrated to Australia around 58,000 years ago. Titled A Genomic History of Aboriginal Australia, this is the first time that such a genetic study has been conducted. The results are ground breaking as they show that these ancestors make up the worlds oldest known culture.

Conducted at Cambridge University under the supervision of Professor Eske Willerslev, elders from the aboriginal tribes in Australia were also part of this team. Genetic sequencing with the genes of a number of Indigenous Australians and some natives of New Guinea extracted from their saliva was achieved. Prior to this, the same study had only been conducted on three people. The subjects in the study came from many places, some quite far from each other.

Earlier, experts did wonder if the recent generations of Indigenous communities had descended from the very first set of people to live in Australia. Their theories have now been confirmed. Being the most thorough study of its kinds, it has also proved that all of us are descended from the same group of ancestors who migrated out of Africa.
In Australia, this migration happened when the ancestors of the Papuans and the Aborigines moved along with others a little over 70,000 years ago. They then separated from that group some 14,000 years later and were most likely the first of our kind to make it across a large water body like an ocean. This group landed in Sahul, the landmass that broke into separate pieces to become the plac...


Saudi regime murder, other crimes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Media Praise for Saudi Crown Prince Turns to Fury After Jamal Khashoggis Disappearance

16 October 2018

Pundits are outraged over the disappearance and likely execution of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

But where was the outrage over the last three years as the Saudis obliterated Yemen and created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the EU and U.N.

The atrocious human rights record of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, known by his initials MBS, has not been a secret. But over the last year, media pundits were heaping praise on MBS as he toured the globe to promote his so-called reform movement and to attract international investors.

The Saudis problematic record on human rights has been evident for a while. Jamal Khashoggis disappearance is not an aberration. But MBSs brutality has now impacted a person that D.C. insiders and journalists all know, so theyre finally admitting what critics of MBS have warned about for years.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018



American Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Politicians In The Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

American Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Politicians In The Middle East

There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen. I was running it. We did it.
Posted on October 16, 2018, at 5:53 a.m. ET


Streets flood as heavy rains, hail lash the United Arab Emirates "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The NCM had issued weather warnings over the past few days. Weather reports regarding rain and hail have been pouring in from all over the country. Flood waters and hail stones have overtaken parts of Wadi Qur in the eastern areas of the UAE. Heavy rain was sighted in Al Ain near Khatm al Shakla, Ajman and Fujairah.


There Is No Future Left in Syria: A Conversation With a Family of Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In September of 2008 I went to Syria for a few weeks. I only had two contacts in the country, and one of them was F, a middle class Christian and the prominent owner of local bakeries and a local pizzeria who lived in Syrias Western province of Latakia.

I had never met F before, but according to friends at the University of Leuven, F would most likely be willing to take me in for a few days. F worked for years with the University of Leuven Archeology Department, and my friends promised that F would receive me.

After visiting Damascus, Homs, and a few Crusader castles like Krak des Chevaliers, I arrived in the city where F lived and worked. Not only did F provide me with a place to sleep, but during that week he and his family were the emblem of generous hospitality. Every time I reached for my wallet to share in the cost, F gave me the proverbial slap on the wrist. When I went north, to Aleppo, we exchanged phone numbers. We would stay in contact and I was told I was welcome back in Syria at any time.

Not even three years later, the Arab Spring swept throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Soon, it looked as if the Syrian revolution would turn into a full-scale, bloody war. When I contacted F, he initially said that there were no rebels in his province, and no sign of jihadists. That would soon change.

From all over the world would-be fighters, inspired by the promise of international jihad, travelled to Syria. F and his family managed to survive through all of the upheaval, but on several occasions were in grave danger. Sometime in 2013 I called F, warning him about fighters of Jabhat an-Nusra and ISIS who were active in the province.  

On different occasions, my friends and I tried to get F and his family out of Syria, but our efforts initially failed. About half a year ago I decided to contact the Belgian Secretary for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken. After a few months, I got some good news at last: F and his family would receive a humanitarian visa and would be granted asylum in Belgium. What follows below is a part of their story, as told to me by F and his wife, whom I will refer to as L.

For safety reasons, the names of the family members and the name of their home town are not included. Some portions have been edited for clarity.

P: Could you tell me about March 2011, when the revolution started in Syria ?

F: The war changed everything Islamists from all over the world came to...


The U.S. and Saudi Arabia Have Been Getting Away With Murder for Years "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

March 2015 marked a decisive phase in what is now a more than three-year war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, in coordination with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, initiated a military operation against Yemen's capital of Sana'a in an effort to dislodge any fragment of Houthi presence while also fomenting a tide of psychological warfare that would signal the ruthless course of action to come. Yemen's infrastructure was so thoroughly upended by coalition attacks that within a year and a half [...]


US Companies Back Out of Saudi Events as Tensions Mount "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Reduce Support Saudi Arabia(ANTIWAR.COM)  Cash-rich oil exporter Saudi Arabia is always a sure thing for US companies. The recent controversy surrounding journalist Jamal Khashoggis disappearance and apparent murder, along with rising international tensions, has many companies rethinking that. An upcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia is losing participants left and right. JP Morgan Chase, Ford, Mastercard, and Blackrock have all []


Saudis thought Trump would shrug at killing journalist, may have thought they were doing him a favor "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On Tuesday morning, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting with Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. One focus of their discussion is the disappearance and suspected murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pompeo has already thanked the Saudis for supporting a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation even though they have yet to allow Turkish authorities into the consulate, have presented a false covert story of tourists for a group of Saudi intelligence agencies entering the country, and repeatedly provided false information in saying that Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after he came in. To date, the Saudis have been anything but transparent, done everything possible to delay, and have stalled every attempt to get to the truth. Pompeo is praising the Saudis, when they have not only very likely murdered Khashoggi, but obfuscated and lied on every aspect of his fate.

At a Monday chat with the press, Donald Trump suggested that Khashoggi was done in by rogue killers. Killers who apparently boarded a plane in Saudi Arabia, landed in Istanbul, came inside the consulate, detained, beat, killed and dismembered Khashoggi using a bone saw, left in a black van taking the journalists severed body with them, reboarded a plane, and flew back to Saudi Arabia. Also on Monday, several sources reported that the Saudis would float a new story, one in which Khashoggi was detained for questioning and accidentally killed. But despite wide reporting, no official Saudi source has yet offered up this explanation.

According to CNN, Turkish authorities are reporting that they will, at last, be given access to the consulate building on Tuesday. Turkish sources have previously stated that they had both audio and video evidence that Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate.

Through the whole incident, Donald Trump has insisted that the United States is deeply concernedunless, of course, it would hurt a $110 billion arms agreement with Saudi Arabia. That arms sale is helping to enable the Saudi intrusion into Yemen, where US bombs have been dropped on a school bus, as well as other civilian targets. The invasion of Yemen is one of the topics that most concerned Khashoggi, and was connected to his departure from Saudi Arabia. But there was another reason that Khashoggi fell out of favor with Saudi leader bin Salman, and that connection makes whats already an unimaginably ugly incident...


The Other Enduring Legacy of Jim Crow in Charlottesville, Va. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. High school seniors Zyahna Bryant and Trinity Hughes have been friends since they were 6 years old, raised by blue-collar families in this affluent college town. They played on the same T-ball and softball teams and were in the same church group.

But like many African-American children in Charlottesville, Trinity lived on the south side of town and went to a predominantly black neighborhood elementary school. Zyahna lived across the train tracks on the north side and was zoned to a mostly white school, near the University of Virginia campus, that boasts the citys highest reading scores.

In elementary school, Zyahna was chosen for the districts program for gifted students. Since then, she has completed more than a dozen Advanced Placement and college-level courses, maintained a nearly 4.0 average, and has been a student leader and a community activist. She has her eyes set on a prestigious university like UVA.

I want to go somewhere where it shows how much hard work Ive put in, said Zyahna.

Trinity wasnt selected for the gifted program. She tried to enroll in higher-level courses and was denied. She expects to graduate later this school year, but with a transcript that she says wont make her competitive for selective four-year colleges.

I know what Im capable of and what I can do, Trinity said, but the counselors and teachers, they dont really care about that.

For every student like Zyahna in Charlottesvilles schools, there are scores like Trinity, caught in one of the widest educational disparities in the United States. Charlottesvilles racial inequities mirror college towns across the country, from Berkeley, California, to Evanston, Illinois. But they also match the wider world of education, which is grappling with racial gaps in areas from gifted programs to school discipline that can undercut the effort to equitably prepare students for college in a competitive economy.

The debate over the citys statue of Robert E. Lee and the white supremacist march last year set Charlottesville apart and spurred it to confront its Confederate past. But the city hasnt fully come to terms with another aspect of its Jim Crow legacy: a school system that segregates students from the time they start and steers them into separate and unequal tracks.

Charlottesville is beautiful physically and aesthetically pleasing, but a very ugly-in-the-soul place, said Nikuyah Walker, who became its first black female mayor during the self-recrimination that swept the city after last years white nationalist rallies. No one has ever attempted to undo that and that affects whether our children can learn here.

Today, white students make up 40 percent of Charlottesvilles enrollment, and African Americans about a third.....


Salvini says France deliberately dropped off migrants in Italian woods "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Italian anti-immigration leader Matteo Salvini has labeled French President Emmanuel Macron an "international embarrassment" after policemen were spotted dropping off migrants in an Italian forest on the countries' shared border. The right-wing Northern League party leader and the country's Interior minister said the French authorities' drop off of the migrants in Italian territory "is an unprecedented offence against Italy" and said in an Instagram post on Tuesday that "we don't accept apologies". A French gendarmerie police van last Friday was seen dropping off the two men, believed to be of African origin, in Italy's Claviere woods. A French official said the incident was a "mistake" at the hands of the officers who were new to patrolling the area. "Abandoning immigrants in an Italian forest cannot be considered a mistake or an incident," Salvini said. He went on to question whether international organizations such as the United Nations and Europe "don't find it 'sickening' to...


United States mercenaries murdering in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 16 October 2018 BuzzFeed News video from the USA says about itself:

US Mercenaries Attempt Assassination In Yemen

The United Arab Emirates hired US ex-special ops soldiers to carry out targeted assassinations in war-torn Yemen. These elite US fighters were given years of specialized training by the US military to protect America. But then they worked for a different master: a private US company hired by a tiny desert monarchy to kill political rivals. Read our full investigation here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

US American mercenaries committed murders for hire in Yemen

Today, 15:09

American mercenaries were commissioned by a foreign power to carry out murder missions against politicians in Yemen. That reports the US American BuzzFeed News. A research journalist of the website spoke to men who participated in the operations.

They say, among other things, that they were trying to kill a Yemeni politician on behalf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is a member of the Arab coalition fighting against Houthi rebels in the war in Yemen, with logistical support from the United States.

The Arab kingdom contacted an American company that supplies mercenary soldiers. The mercenaries, who are mentioned by name in the article, say that they were active for several months in Yemen and killed a number of important figures there.

Attack on politician

Experts say to BuzzFeed that it is hardly imaginable that...


British Phd student detained in United Arab Emirates, charged with spying "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Matthew Hedges, a Durham university PhD student, has officially been charged with spying for the UK government in the United Arab Emirates, leading to calls for Britain to "reassess their ties" with the Middle East Gulf state. The 31-year-old student who, according to his wife, Daniela Tejada, was in the UAE to conduct interviews for his doctoral thesis on the impact of the Emirates' foreign and security strategy, has been charged with spying on behalf of a foreign state. In a statement, the UAE government said: "The attorney general of United Arab Emirates confirmed today that Matthew Hedges, a British citizen, has been charged with spying for and on behalf of a foreign state, jeopardizing the military, economy and political security of the UAE."


America Has Stood by Saudi Arabia Through Countless Crises "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LONDON The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has enjoyed the ultimate protected status from the United States throughout its short history.

Riyadh has had a special relationship with the U.S., from President Franklin D. Roosevelt meeting Saudi Arabias first King Abdul Aziz on Valentines Day in 1945 to the kingdom becoming Americas main Mideast ally following the downfall of Irans shah in 1979.

Israel, Jordan and Egypt sworn enemies who later signed peace deals as well enjoy such a special status with the U.S. But none are the worlds top supplier of crude oil, able to swing the global energy market.

With Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hastily dispatched on a damage-limitation mission to Riyadh, behind-the-scenes efforts are in full flow to preserve the Saudi-U.S. relationship in the wake of the disappearance and alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Some initial comments from President Donald Trump suggested a strong desire to get to the bottom of the globally followed case as furor gained in intensity, with severe punishment threatened for any egregious act.

On Monday a new tale began to emerge: Trump floated the idea without publicly presenting any evidence that rogue killers were behind the possible assassination.

Realpolitik kicked in and the new arc of the story sounded distinctly written, directed and produced by the ultraconservative Saudi hierarchy, where no decision of any weight is made without the authority of the ruling Al Saud family.

Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post, is well known and thought of in the halls of power a face respected in many quarters to put to an alleged crime. That alone may have propelled the outrage surrounding his disappearance.

What binds Washington and Riyadh with such fervency and kinship, and why have previous perceived Saudi outrages not caused such seismic ripples?


From the moment Ayatollah Khomeinis plane circled above Tehran in February 1979, heralding the return from Paris of the exiled cleric who founded the Islamic Republic, new regional lines were drawn in the sand.

Khomeini cast America as the Great Satan, the U.S. Embassy hostage crisis and a failed rescue followed, effectively torpedoing President Jimmy Carters hopes for re-election. Iraq, led by Saddam Hussein with Saudi money funding the effort, then launched a ruinous war with Iran that spanned most of the decade.

Saudi Arabia was the first among Americans Persian Gulf friends in times of trouble. When Saddam invaded Kuwait and the royal family fled to Saudi Arabia until the U.S. invaded and removed Iraqi forces, Saudi Arabia played host to American forces on its bases. This infuriated many in the....


Paul Allens new machine learning center for impact is figuring out what poachers will do next "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Vulcan, the Seattle-based philanthropic tech company founded by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, is helping a national park in Zimbabwe protect its animals by figuring out how to anticipate poachers movements.

Until recently, park managers at Gonarezhou National Park in southeastern Zimbabwe, a sprawling reserve a little larger than the Grand Canyon, used push pins and colored dots on the wall to track poachersmoving the pins when rangers called in with reports of gunshots or footprints, and attempting to track the position of every ranger.

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At least 60 Dead in Nigerian Pipeline Explosion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A fire that ignited at a Nigerian oil pipeline Friday has now claimed 60 lives, Reuters reported Monday. Officials gave a death toll of 16 on Friday, but a spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) updated that figure Monday. The fire broke out in southeast Nigeria near the city of Aba and was caused when vandals attempted to rob fuel from the pipeline, officials said.

Reality Check: U.S. Responsible for 3,300 Civilian Deaths in Syria, Supporting Genocide in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A new report finds that the U.S is responsible for more than 3,300 civilian deaths in Syria since 2014. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to back Saudi caused genocide in Yemen.


Colombia is the Deadliest Country for Human Rights Defenders "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jos Fajardo Social leader Lucila Pez suffered violence and threats at the hands of the paramilitaries at the end of the 1990s. Here she is pictured in front of a mural on the building where her association is based in Norte de Santander, one of the areas facing renewed insecurity. (Jos Fajardo) The assassination of...


Brazil: Far-right Bolsonaros Campaign Boosts Military Presence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rafael Tatemoto Augusto Heleno: Government platform is nothing but a protocol of intentions / Marcelo Casall Jr/Agncia Brasil Meet the army officers who are helping Brazilian far-right candidate design a platform based on ultra neoliberal ideas Brazilian army officers have been playing an increasing role in the conversations about far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaros platform....


ELN: Colombias Peace Negotiations Have Been Handed Over to the Military "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The head of the negotiating team of the Peace Agreements of the Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN), Pablo Beltrn, said that there is a military onslaught by the government that Ivan Duque presides over to press the negotiations in favor of their interests. Unfortunately, Duque has handed over this negotiating table to the military forces,...


The Apartheid State of Israel and the Palestinian Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nwabisa Sigaba When you look at the history of the South African struggle for liberation one cannot help but notice the tremendous role played by youth in fighting against the apartheid system and the many other struggles in the world that resemble this kind of youth insurgency. Young people took it upon themselves to fight...


Berlin: Palestine Contingent at #Unteilbar Demonstration Fights Racism, Faces Right-wing Attacks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Samidoun Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network comment on right-wing attacks: Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Palestinian and Palestine solidarity presence in the manifestation has come under attack from the right-wing Israeli and German press. Bild, a tabloid published by Axel Springer AG and often criticized for its role in sensationalizing news and stirring up hatred against migrants...

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Ahmad Saadat: Prisons, the Black Liberation Movement and the Struggle for Palestine Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ahmad Saadat The following article, by imprisoned Palestinian national liberation movement leader Ahmad Saadat the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was originally published in French as the preface to the new French-language edition of Revolutionary Suicide by Huey Newton. On 15 October the anniversary of the...


Fernando Haddad: Brazilian Democracy is in Danger "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

He is the most creepy guy I have ever met in my public life, said the leader of Workers Party (PT) Fernando Haddad while commenting on Jair Bolsonaro during an interview with El Pais Saturday. The interview comes a few weeks before the second round of the Brazilian presidential elections to be held on Oct....

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