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Thursday, 26 October

23:33

JUST IN: Saraki, Dogara, NASS leadership denied access into Aso Rock "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara alongside other leaders of the National Assembly were on Thursday denied access into the presidential villa, Abuja. They were scheduled to have a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari. Both leaders comprising those of the Green and Red chambers were being led to the dinner scheduled for 8:30pm by Senate President Bukola Saraki. The lawmakers who all drove in bus were compelled to pass through the rigor of security checks when they got to the main gate of the presidential villa....

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22:24

Time running out for Somalilands crumbling treasures "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Many of Somalilands historical highlights could be lostand with them a potential tourism industry that could help boost the livestock-dependent economy.

22:05

Islamic Society official was appointed by Obama to approve Uranium One sale and Gulftainer port deal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Obama administration placed Aimen Nabi Mir, former two-time president of the youth wing of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), into the top advisory position to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a national security post at the Treasury Department. Aimen Mir was the CFIUS Staff Chairperson from 2009 until 2014. During that time, Aimen Mir played a key role in the CFIUS panel's decision to approve the sale of Uranium One to Russia's Rosatom. Mir also played a key role in the Treasury Department's refusal to investigate the UAE's Gulftainer 35-year cargo container terminal lease at Port Canaveral, a critical military infrastructure facility for U.S. naval and space operations. Both decisions severely damaged United States national security. Aimen Mir helped set the table for Vladimir Putin to seize control of over 20 percent of U.S. uranium and was part of the decision that awarded control of Port Canaveral's cargo container terminal to Saddam Hussein's rogue nuclear weapons scientist and designated Iraq War enemy combatant, Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar. Dr. Jafar's brother and business partner, Gulftainer co-owner Hamid Jafar, was under investigation by the Treasury Department and four congressional committees for his 'Oil For Superweapons' scheme in concert with Saddam Hussein. For starters, Aimen Mir's ISNA connections are troubling. ISNA is one of the largest Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the U.S. and was named by the Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation HAMAS terror funding trial.

21:59

Libyan National Army Claims Qatar Transferring ISIS Militants into Libya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ISIS IN ACTION
Sources from the Libyan National Army (LNA) told UAE based news outlet, Alittihad, that Qatar is transferring Islamic State (ISIS) militants from Iraq and Syria to Libya. It is alleged that Doha intends for the fighters to regroup in the South of Libya after major losses in Syria and Iraq.

The campaign against Islamist hardliners and suspected ISIS collaborators in Misrata intensified last week; 13 people were taken into custody, including several notable commanders and members of the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) and Ajdabiya Shura Council. The arrests were conducted in accordance with the Libyan General Prosecutors issuance of over 800 warrants for arrest in connection with terrorism.

On 19 October, the LNA allegedly arrested a former ISIS member who was hiding in Derna. Anis Bujeela al-Awami (aka al-Asla) purportedly joined ISIS in 2014, before defecting to the DMSC with other fighters in 2015, prior to the ISIS withdrawal from the city that year.

WESTERN RESPONSE
On 22 October, the second round of meetings in the UN-facilitated Libyan political talks concluded without setting a plan or agenda for the next gathering of the Joint Drafting Committee. UN Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame remains enthusiastic and has emphasized that despite contention on bottleneck issues such as Article 8, progress was made on many points in the second round. Salame hopes to have some sort of agreement or amendment in order before the LPA is set to expire on 17 December.

On 23 October, the Egyptian military reported that its air force hit a convoy of eight vehicles carrying munitions near Egypts western border with Libya. It is reported that the strike killed the militants on board, but the official statement did not include details about the number of fatalities or which militant group was involved. The strike follows the deadly attack on Egyptian security forces southwest of Cairo on 20 October.

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

This article was republished with explicit permission from the author.

The post Libyan Natio...

21:39

Egypt backtracks on opening Rafah border crossing (IMEMC-International Middle East Media Center) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

26/10/2017 - Egyptian authorities have announced a decision to postpone opening Rafah Crossing with Gaza, after six soldiers were killed in the Sinai province. Despite plans to open the crossing four days from ...

20:58

Trump Forces Reversal of Saudi-Qatari Spat In Yemen, Al-QAP Is Screwed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

[This is unbelieveable, an actual point of agreement between Saudi, Qatari, even U.S. governments on a common anti-al-Qaeda agreement for Yemen (SEE: Guantanamo and The Saudi Rehabilitation Program Behind AQAP Intentional, or Major Fowl-UP?).  Does this mean the CIA will stop using Al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula to fight against the Shiite al-Huthi forces?  Doesnt this directly contradict todays previous announcement by Saudi Prince/SecDef that Yemen War Continues to Prevent Rise of Another Hezbollah?  Has Trump derailed the little Saudi prince who would be king?]

Anti-terror partners issue joint sanctions against key terrorists and supporters

WASHINGTON: The US Department of the Treasurys Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today imposed sanctions on eight individuals and one entity, targeting leaders, financiers, and facilitators...

20:33

Nigeria: Muslims murder 48 Christians, destroy 249 homes in 13 Christian villages "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Will the Islamophobia never end? Will Pope Francis (pbuh) be traveling soon to Plateau state in order to explain to these Muslims that theyre misunderstanding their Religion of Peace? Christians Recount Terror of Herdsmens Nine-Day Massacre in Plateau State, Nigeria, Morning Star News, October 25, 2017: JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) The church elder in []

20:17

The US, Africa and a New Century of War "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The US, Africa and a New Century of War

Thursday, October 26, 2017 By William Rivers PittTruthout | News Analysis 

19:56

U.S. Troop Deaths in Niger: AFRICOMs Chickens Come Home to Roost "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Mark B. Fancher

from Black Agenda Report, October 18, 2017

The Trump administration is talking about a potential imminent U.S. military action to hit back.

From the outset, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has incorrectly presumed the stupidity of Africans and others who are concerned about the continent. To answer accusations that the U.S. uses its military to ensure continuing imperialist domination of Africa, AFRICOM has stubbornly insisted that its sole objectives are to advise and support the armies of African government partners and to provide humanitarian assistance. But we know the truth to be otherwise.

U.S. Army General Donald Bolduc shamelessly told NBC News: America is not at war in Africa. But its partner forces are. But even a soldier can recognize the farce. Former Green Beret Derek Gannon said: [U.S. military involvement in Africa] is called Low Intensity Irregular Warfare, yet technically its not considered war by the Pentagon. But warfare is warfare to me.

The U.S. maintains two facilities in Africa that qualify as military bases. However, according to NBC the U.S. increased the number of embassy-based military missions called Offices of Security Cooperation from nine in 2008 to 36 in 2016. Researchers say the U.S. military now has a presence in at least 49 African countries, presumably to fight terrorism. Even if anti-terrorism were the actual ultimate objective, military.com has pointed out: The U.S. has found some of its efforts to fight extremists hobbled by some African governments, whose own security forces are ill-equipped to launch an American-style hunt for the militants yet are reluctant to accept U.S. help because of fears the Americans will overstay their welcome and trample their sovereignty.

Researchers say the U.S. military now has a presence in at least 49 African countries, presumably to fight terrorism.

In the face of Africas s...

19:44

Divest From the War Machine: CODEPINK #DivestFromWar Summit in DC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Annie Windholz, October 26 2017

from Popular Resistance

On October 21st CODEPINK launched a #DivestFromWar campaign in Washington D.C. at the Divest from the War Machine Summit. CODEPINK, a women-led grassroots organization started 15 years ago, works to end U.S. wars and militarism as well as support peace and human rights initiatives. CODEPINK aims to redirect U.S. tax dollars from the war economy and into the peace economy- healthcare, education, green jobs and focusing on quality of human life.

The summit began with CODEPINK founders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans taking the floor. Benjamin spoke about the hidden war taking place in Yemen which is currently the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, and how U.S. weapons industry along with the other great democracies of the world a direct link to the deaths taking place. She also spoke about how the same weapons that are being shipped abroad are also being used in our own American streets: the same teargas canisters that police throw at protesters are also used by Israeli forces to throw at Palestinians on the Westbank trying to reclaim their rights.

Im sick and tired of having our companies inflicting so much suffering on people of the world and making a profit off of it, Benjamin stated simply.

Military Contractors

Jodie Evans spoke about how war has become normalized to millennials- an entire generation that has only known war. She commented that...

19:23

I approved two Prado jeeps for Aisha Buharis personnel IGP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, has admitted approving two vehicles to the ADC wife of the president, Mrs Aiisha Buhari, for police personnel in her convoy.  Idris made the clarification in response to Senator Isah Misaus earlier allegation. It will be recalled, that Misau had accused the IGP of buying sports utility vehicles (SUVs) for the presidents wife. But the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr. Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police) (CSP), denied the claim at a news conference in Abuja, yesterday. Moshood also...

The post I approved two Prado jeeps for Aisha Buharis personnel IGP appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

19:15

Niger: Finally, A War John McCain Doesn't Love "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By: Ilana Mercer
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News first broke about America's Niger misadventure on October 4. "The real news here is that the US has forces in Niger, where they're conducting covert operations," this writer tweeted out. "Hashtag America First."

Official media ignored the ambush of the American Special Forces, until the story gained anti-Trump traction. No word came from John McCain. Three weeks hence, the senator from Arizona is making history. McCain, who has never encountered a war he wasn't eager to prosecute, is questioning the folly in Niger.

The senator from Arizona can run but cant hide from the pollution he has left along his political path. Republicans wisely rejected war in Kosovo; McCain jettisoned party loyalty to call for bombs from above and "more boots on the ground." At the prospects of war with Iran, McCain burst into song, "Bomb-bomb-bomb, bomb-bomb-Iran." The possibility still makes this war ghoul smile. Before that, McCain promised a 100-year war in Iraq.

Senator McCain's jingoism has encompassed Syria, Georgia, Mali, Nigeria, and China. Where the US could not effect regime change, as it did fecklessly in Afghanistan and LibyaMcCain would typically call to side with an imagined local "friend of America against an imagined "foe of America." McCain has many imaginary friends.

Where his target country was beyond US bullying (Russia), the idea of a resumption of a cold war was an option McCain liked. He is currently fulminating over a slight delay in sanctions against Russia. When all efforts to tame the world militarily fail, McCain is partial to the idea of UN troops acting as his surrogates, say in Sudan.

No war makes Johnny a sad boy. But now he's considering a subpoena over Niger.

Global Centralizer

Playing out in Niger are the permanently entrenched, unchanging, American foreign-policy interests. Keen observers will detect a familiar pattern. Once again, the American bias everywhere is toward a powerful, overweening central state. This conceit has put our forces on a collision course with the tribal interests America toils to tame.

Indeed, US foreign policy often flouts local authority. It certainly disavows separatists and generally discourages any meaningful devolution of power. Born of a loose confederation of independent states, America now stands for the strong centralized state. Our interchangeable lea...

19:14

German media reports migrants in Cologne becoming increasingly violent, turning areas into no-go zones with flourishing drug trade "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A new report claims that migrant youth gangs in the Ebertplatz area of Cologne are becoming increasingly violent, leading some to describe the area as turning into a no-go zone. Authorities in the Eberplatz area say that in recent months young migrants from the Middle East and Africa have turned the place into a no-go zone once the sun goes down. Over just the past nine months, police have been involved in around 3,000 incidents in the area ranging from simple stop and search to the murder of a 22-year-old African migrant last Saturday evening, Die Welt reports. Police arrested three men in connection with the murder saying they were all part of the local drug scene. Police officials in Germany have previously warned that in some areas of the country asylum seekers and illegal migrants have begun to take over the lucrative drug trade, often using violence to achieve their goals.

18:59

Maina: Garba Shehu Needs Psychiatric Evaluation PDP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, to go for Psychiatric Evaluation following his attempt to blame the PDP for the return of fugitive Abdulrasheed Maina to the civil service.  PDP described the attempt as the height of absurdity. In a statement signed by the Partys spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye, PDP wonder how it will be responsible for the mess created by President Buhari and his cabals. We had earlier in our response on this matter advised the government to properly investigate those responsible for this mess and...

The post Maina: Garba Shehu Needs Psychiatric Evaluation PDP appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

18:35

Alaskan legal ivory suffering because of confusion over ivory bans "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Alaskan Journal of Commerce

Joan Naviyuk Kane holds a walrus ivory letter opener in May 2013 carved by her late grandfather, John Kokuluk, when he lived on Alaskas King Island before the Inupiat Eskimo village was abandoned decades ago. At the Alaska Federation of Natives convention and in Washington, D.C., the fight continues to keep Alaskan ivory products separated from bans on elephant and rhinocerous ivory. (Photo/Rachel DOro/AP)

Alaskan ivory carvings are not only gaining a bad rap from a ban on elephant ivory. Rural economies are suffering in the confusion.

Fossilized ivory and walrus ivory carvings created by Alaska Natives are the focus of a renewed public relations campaign to stress to other states that there is no ban on legally obtained Alaska ivory artifacts and art pieces.

At the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage in a recorded message played Oct. 19, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke used part of his address to reassure delegates.

On the policy side, we are protecting your right to sell walrus ivory. It is different from banned elephant ivory and its important to make that distinction, Zinke said.

A couple of developments are underw...

18:33

Nikki Haley forced to evacuate Sudan refugee camp due to protests against Sudanese president "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, was evacuated from a UN refugee camp in South Sudan due to a demonstration against the country's president, US media outlets have reported. Haley was at a UN-run camp for internally displaced persons when a protest against South Sudanese president Salva Kiir got out of hand, according to CBS News. After Haley's departure, UN security guards fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of over 100 camp residents who were looting the offices of a charity, CBS reported citing an aid worker who wished to remain anonymous. Haley has already moved on to the next stop in her Africa tour, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to US officials.

18:21

British Reverend and Quaker activist found not guilty after trying to disarm BAE fighter jets headed for Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sam Walton and Rev. Daniel Woodhouse have been acquitted after breaking-in to BAE Systems factory to disarm Typhoon fighter jets. BAEs Typhoon fighter jets are being used by Saudi-led forces in the ongoing bombardment of Yemen The UK has licensed 3.8 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since the bombing began in March 2015 []

18:14

Michelle Shephard Analysis: Who will Channel Somalias Anger After Bombings? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Who will Channel Somalias Anger after Bombings? Analysis

October 26, 2017

Source: Golden Age of Gaia | By Steve Beckow



Who will channel Somalias anger after bombings? Analysis

Massive bombings in Mogadishu have sparked outrage against Al Shabab, which had been weakened in the last decade. But can this be a turning point?

Michelle Shephard, Star, Oct. 22, 2017

To imagine the scale of last Saturdays terrorist attack in Mogadishu, think about two truck bombs exploding within minutes during rush hour in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Buildings for blocks around Yonge and Dundas Sts. would crumble, cars and pedestrians incinerated.

The blasts Oct. 14 in Mogadishus commercial and entertainment hub were so powerful some of the victims may never be identified and the missing never found. The death toll is just an estimate. There are more than 350 dead, and as many are grievously injured and missing, making this one of the deadliest terrorist attacks since Sept. 11, 2001.

After 9/11, Manhattans streets became a gallery of the dead. Have You Seen posters lined every post, fence and wall, the faces of hundreds of victims staring out.

The search for the missing and tributes to the dead in Mogadishu have been virtual, pictures and posters spreading online.

A photo of medical student Maryam Abdullahi, 21, was one of the first to go viral. Her father flew from London that day to attend her graduation, but instead was in Mogadishu for her funeral. Marian....

18:13

Russian news report reveals thousands of Africans held in Libyan slave camps awaiting shipment to Europe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This is a very well done report about the immigration crisis from the Russian evening news. You'll find a full transcript of the video below. Hundreds of thousands of Africans are being held in what are essentially slave camps under brutal conditions, awaiting shipment to Europe via a network of pro-immigration NGOs and human traffickers. It is an eye-opener. The EU only has itself to blame for this next tsunami of refugees about to storm their shores. The refugees are merely riding the blood red tidal wave NATO-backed wars. While Italy didn't plan the Libyan War, they were compliant as their NATO masters leveled a stable country - formally one of the richest in Africa.

17:38

2018 budget ready for presentation to NASS -FG "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government has said that it has completed work on the 2018 Appropriation bill. The fiscal document is ready for presentation by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly anytime he is invited by the lawmakers. Ministry of Budget and National Planning Udoma Udo Udoma stated this while briefing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Buhari. The ministry of Budget and National Planning last week published a document that said the 2018 budget targeted total spending of 8.60 trillion naira ($27.3...

The post 2018 budget ready for presentation to NASS -FG  appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

17:17

Activists acquitted of trying to disarm BAE jets headed for Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A British vicar and a Quaker have been acquitted after breaking into a factory to disarm Typhoon fighter jets destined for Saudi Arabia.

17:08

End U.S. Responsibility for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen (2015-now) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Crisis in Yemen continues with tens of thousands of people killed, 19 million people on the verge of starvation, and a raging cholera epidemic that has made more than half a million people ill. 

Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen and blocking key harbors so that food cannot get to the people. And the United States has sold hundreds of billions of dollars of weapons, including precision-guided munitions, to Saudi Arabia for its war on Yemen.  

An effort to get Congress to cut off a major weapons sale last spring failed, but work continues in the House, with resolution H.Con.Res.81, introduced by Congressmen Ro Khanna (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Walter B. Jones (R-NC).  

A vote in the full House of Representatives is expected November 2. Please call your Representative and ask them to vote YES on this resolution to end U.S. participation in this war and humanitarian crisis:  202-224-3121

United for Peace and Justice, with many allied groups, signed on to an NGO-sponsored letter in support of this resolution.

17:08

Judge hands off contempt case by Saraki against Sowore "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A judge with the Kwara State High Court, Justice Adeyinka Oyinloye excused himself yesterday from a contempt application filed by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, against an online publisher, Omoyele Sowore and his company, Shaara Reporters. The judge also ordered a halt to further proceedings in a substantive suit where Sowore and his company are seeking to set aside a N4 billion judgment debt earlier issued against them by the judge for publishing libellous articles against the Senate President. At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, Mr. Babatunde Olomu,...

The post Judge hands off contempt case by Saraki against Sowore appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

17:06

Americas Predictable Betrayal of the Iran Deal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Americas withdrawal from the Iran deal doesnt prove that Iran is a threat to world peace and stability instead it proves that America cannot be trusted.

 


In a 2009 report titled, Which Path to Persia?: Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran (PDF), corporate-financier funded US policy think tank the Brookings Institution would explicitly call for a deal to be offered by the US to Iran only to be intentionally broken and used as a pretext for direct military confrontation.

The report would propose (emphasis added):

...any military operation against Iran will likely be very unpopular around the world and require the proper international contextboth to ensure the logistical support the operation would require and to minimize the blowback from it. The best way to minimize international opprobrium and maximize support (however, grudging or covert) is to strike only when there is a widespread conviction that the Iranians were given but then rejected a superb offerone so good that only a regime determined to acquire nuclear weapons and acquire them for the wrong reasons would turn it down. Under those circumstances, the United States (or Israel) could portray its operations as taken in sorrow, not anger, and at least some in the international community would conclude that the Iranians brought it on themselves by refusing a very good deal.

The exactitude by which this 2009 policy has been executed transcending two US presidencies and leading precisely to the edge of an impending US-Iranian confrontation in the Middle East already being fought out in proxy across Syria, Iraq, and some may argue, Yemen should leave no doubts as to what happens next.

US Troops Al...

17:06

A U.S. Soldier Died In Niger. What On Earth Are We Doing There? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Opinion In our military-revering culture, its a strange thing for a president to start a war of words with the grieving families of slain soldiers.

Strange, yes. But from Donald Trumps campaign season feud with the parents of Humayun Khan, who died protecting fellow soldiers in Iraq, to his recent feud with the mourning widow of La David Johnson, who died on patrol in Niger, its no longer surprising.

At root in the latest spat is a comment Trump made to La Davids widow Myeshia Johnson: He knew what he signed up for. Myeshia thought that remark was disrespectful she later said it made me cry.

Beyond insensitive, though, theres a good chance it simply wasnt true.

Why, after all, should La David have expected to die in a dusty corner of Niger a Saharan country most Americans (and, one suspects, their president) couldnt find on a map? And where the U.S. isnt actually at war?

If you were surprised to learn the U.S. has nearly a thousand troops in Niger, youre not alone. Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who serves on the Armed Forces Committee, told NBC he had no ideaNeither did Chuck Schumer, the Senates top Democrat.

Well, the surprises may keep coming.

Chadian troops and Nigerian special forces participate in the Flintlock exercises with the U.S. military and its Western partners in Mao, Chad. (AP/Jerome Delay)

Chadian troops and Nigerian special forces participate in the Flintlock exercises with the U.S. military and its Western partners in Mao, Chad. (AP/Jerome Delay)

The New York Times notes that the U.S. now has over 240,000 active-duty and reserve troops in at least 172 countries and territories. Count it again: 172 countries, out of 193 UN member states.

Most of us remain at least dimly aware that we still have thousa...

17:04

Justice Salami rejects FGs appointment to monitor corruption cases "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Retired Justice Ayo Salami has rejected the Chairperson of the Corruption and Financial Crimes Cases Trial Monitoring Committee. According to Mr. Onnoghens spokesperson, Awassam Bassey confirmed that Justice  Salami had turned down the appointment. Besides what we see in the media, we cannot exactly say what Justice Salamis reasons are for declining to undertake this all-important national assignment that he was called upon to perform, he told Premium Times. His Lordship the Hon Chief Justice of Nigeria awaits Hon Salamis letter of resignation. Thats all I can say at this moment....

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17:03

2019: Northern Youths wants Fayose as President "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Youths from the 19 Northern states under the aegis of Northern Youth Group (NYG), Thursday in Kaduna throw their weight behind Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose as their prepared presidential candidate in 2019. Addressing newsmen at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna State council,  Co-chairman of the group, Musa Tukur Gombe,  said Fayose has what it takes to lead the country to the promised land. According to him,  the youths are not interested in what zone or region produce the president of Nigeria but belief in project Nigeria...

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17:01

Ben Hubbard and his stereotype of covering the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Look at this statement by Ben Hubbard:  "I am a New York Times correspondent in the Middle East, where I write more about coups and car bombs than about corporate mergers." He is trying to be both funny and interesting and fails at both.  He thinks that he is covering the Middle East of the 1960s.  But when did you cover a coup? When was the last coup you covered? Did you cover any coup in your life, ever (did he even cover that one coup in many years by Sisi in Egypt)?  Secondly: is it nice how he think all the Middle East is basically car bombs and corporate mergers? People are ignorant of the Middle East in the West because you have those kind of correspondents--and this one prides himself that he studied Arabic (although I would like to examine him on his Arabic).

16:26

Zionists are the biggest threat to free speech in Western countries "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

"The secrecy surrounding the contracts raises the suspicion that the work involves not only writing legal opinions but also preparing lawsuits against BDS supporters, as Israel does not want to be revealed as supporting such actions, to avoid the perception that it is interfering in the internal affairs of other countries." "Just like it's difficult for Israel's to sell the occupation, the regime in South Africa had trouble selling Apartheid, '' he says." (thanks Amir)

16:13

Americas Self-Defeating Sahel Strategy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 

The militant ambush that killed four US servicemen and five Nigerien troops in Niger on October 4 has thrust US actions and policy in Africas Sahel into the spotlight for perhaps the first time. This was inevitable: Americas regional operations have been ongoing from the earliest days of the War on Terror and now go back 15 years. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, has made clear in her ongoing visit to the continent that Washington sees Africas political and humanitarian struggles as a future threat to American security interests.

Those concerns predate Donald Trump by at least two administrations. Since 2002, thousands of American military personnel have been deployed to the Sahel to counter militant activity in one of the worlds most ungoverned areas. Governments and security forces in Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Mauritania and Niger have received training, equipment, funding, and advice from their American counterparts. These partnerships began under the Pan Sahel Initiative (PSI) and then the Trans-Saharan Counter Terrorism Initiative (TSCTI) before the Pentagon finally launched AFRICOM in 2007 as a separate command structure. There are an estimated 800 US military personnel in Niger and at least 1,500 in the wider region.

This US support is meant to help the regions governments counteract well-established criminal networks, including trafficking routes that carry guns, drugs and people across the Sahara, but most especially to fight the militants of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and now Islamic State (IS). Those challenges have intensified since the civil war in Libya: since the collapse of Muammar Gadhafis regime, the region has been awash with weapons.

And yet, the American publics reaction to hearing four US soldiers had been killed has been above all confusion. What, they asked, were the troops doing in Niger? This blissful unawareness of an entire theater of operations extended to the highest levels of government. Even Senator Lindsey Graham, one of Congress most outspoken and aggressive foreign policy voices, seemingly did not know that US military personnel are deployed to the country. It took President Donald Trump...

15:20

Robert Steele: Concept for Trump Triumph in 3 Moves "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

The number of Republican resignations from the Senate and House is both threatening and an opportunity. Despite growing Democratic scandals  (including Mossad control of Debbie Wasserman Schultz to spy on Members with Pakistani patsies and Democratic funding of the false dossier by Christopher Steele (no relation) and Clinton Foundation charity fraud connected to the sale of US uranium to Russia and of Syria and Yemen to Saudi Arabia) this subjects the President to being both impeached and convicted ejected from office on the basis of false charges and bought votes. Tom Steyers new $10M campaign to impeach the President is a taste of what is to come.

The President can triumph in three moves:

MOVE 1: Eject the press corps from the White House. Repurpose that space to house the three elements shown in the graphic below this will give the President overnight what his existing team and Breitba...

15:18

Sanaa Review: Ray of Light from the War on Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

While Trump escalates long-standing US complicity in the catastrophic war on Yemen through its arming of Saudi Arabia and more, we are deeply inspired by  "Sanaa Review": an e-zine by Yemenis that cuts through silence and distortion, bringing us the brilliance of independent Yemeni journalism, art and thought now. This media work is all the more timely since according to Reporters Without BordersYemen has become the second most dangerous place for journalists on earth, due mostly to repression by "rebels" . Below Sanaa Review's editor-in-chief Afrah Nasser describes why this independent project is so needed, and gives us a glimpse of the content they have put out this last month. (Translation from the Arabic by Ali Issa.) 

 

/September 22nd, 2017/

Why Sanaa Review? 

Sanaa Review's founding comes at an exceptional moment in the modern history of Yemen. At a time when Yemen is experiencing a brutal war and a glaring lack in coverage of political and cultur...

14:06

Who Are the Terrorists in Americas Jails? Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The USS Boxer, where Warsame was originally interrogatedThe USS Boxer, where Warsame was originally interrogated (Photo: U.S. Navy)

There were 443 convicted terrorists imprisoned in the United States (as of April 2016), according to The New York Times. They are serving sentences for crimes ranging from sharing ISIS propaganda online to carrying out terror attacks on U.S soil.

We are taking a snapshot of some of those people and telling you their stories.

Part Two: Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame

Warsame was a leading al-Qaeda operative who plead guilty to nine terrorism charges in 2011 but cooperated with the government and provided information about other terrorists. His official indictment lists the charges against him as providing material support to al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)two designated foreign terrorist organizationsas well as conspiring to teach and demonstrate the making of explosives, possessing firearms and explosives in furtherance of crimes of violence.

Warsame  was captured in 2011 from a fishing boat off the coast of Aden in Yemen by a U.S. Navy ship.

Pleading with the Navy Seals who captured him not to send him to Guantanamo Bay, he decided to cooperate. He went on to provide testimony that led to the capture and convictions of dozens of other terrorists.

He told the Americans he joined the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab to fight against the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia. He fought there as a commander in 2009, leading hundreds of fighters. Warsame also traveled to Yemen in 2010 for explosives training.

T...

13:54

Aisha Buhari fires back at Senator Misau "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Aisah Buhari, Wife of Nigerian President, has denied allegations by Senator Misau that the Inspector general of Police bought her two 2 Prado jeeps.  The lawmaker made his comments when he appeared before the Senate committee mandated to probe the IGP. Misau stated that Idris had purchased the vehicles which were not allocated in the budget, for Mrs Buharis personal use, even when she had asked for a Sienna and Hiace. But responding to the allegation via Twitter, Mrs Buhari said she still uses her personal cars. I am still using...

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13:44

Philippine peso plunges to its lowest in years [The Philippine currency] looks fundamentally weak and we expect it to depreciate further, "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Asian currency hovers between 14.11 and 14.12, expected to depreciate further

Continued growth
Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma, Gulf News
The UAE is one of the Philippines biggest sources of remittances.
Published: 15:21 October 26, 2017

Dubai: The Philippine peso has plunged to its lowest level in ten years and its likely to weaken further, according to the latest analysis.

The Asian currencys value hovered between 14.11 to 14.12 against the UAE dirham on Thursday afternoon, registering an approximately 17 per cent decline in a decade, based on figures provided by various currency trackers.

Its the pesos lowest level against the UAE currency since October 29, 2007, when it traded at a little over 12 per dirham, data from OFX showed.

This is certainly the lowest the peso has fallen so far this year, said one money exchanger in Dubai.

The peso has been weak and the response weve had so far this week is positive. Weve seen an uptick in remittances among Filipino expats over the last few days, she said.

The fall of the currency has been attributed to the current political tensions in the Philippines, although the recent rally posted by the US dollar may have played a part as well.

The US dollar, to which the UAE currency is pegged, had earlier showed some strength against its arrivals before easing slightly on Thursday as the markets awaited the results of the European Central Bank meeting,

A strong greenback or UAE dirham is beneficial for the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos working in the country as it means higher remittance power. The more the dirham gains in value against the peso, the more money expatriates can send to their home country.

Promoth Manghat, CEO of UAE Exchange Group, said there are indications that the peso will fall further. [The Philippine currency] looks fundamentally weak and we expect....

13:40

JUST IN: Heavily armed SARS officers stop Pan Niger Delta Forum meeting in Rivers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Heavily armed police officers and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS in the early morning of today (Thursday) barricaded Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, where the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF is supposed to hold its fourth session. The policemen parked Hilux buses at the entrance of the hotel, thereby preventing vehicles from GRA to gain access to Aba Road, just as they prevented vehicles from moving into the expansive hotel from the back gate. The meeting, which was supposed to commence at 10 a.m. could not hold, as some of the...

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13:27

Crisis-hit Qatar signs military agreement with Russia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFP

Qatar News Agency/AFP | Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani (right) receives Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu in Doha on October 25, 2017

DOHA (AFP)  Qatar said Thursday it had signed a defence agreement with Russia, the latest in a series of such steps by the emirate since the Gulf diplomatic crisis erupted in June.

The announcement followed what Moscow said was the first trip ever undertaken by a Russian defence minister to the Gulf state.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt are boycotting Qatar, accusing it of backing extremism and fostering ties with their Shiite rival Iran charges that Doha denies.

The defence agreement was announced after Moscows Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu met Qatars emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah in Doha on Wednesday.

The two ministers signed (a) military technical cooperation agreement during the meeting, a statement from Qatars defence ministry said.

It added that a memorandum of understanding was also signed relating to air defence and military supplies.

No further details were given.

In the almost 150-days of the Gulf crisis, Qatar has announced a $12 billion (10 billion euros) deal to buy F-15 jets from the US, a five billion euro deal with Italy for seven navy vessels and an agreement to buy 24 Typhoon fighter jets from Britain.


13:09

Arabic press review: Want Saudi citizenship? Get in line behind the robot "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

'Sofia' becomes the first robot in the world to get citizenship while Egypt now sees a new citizen born every 15 seconds

12:58

Big carnivorous dinosaur discovery in Lesotho "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 25 October 2017 video says about itself:

A dinosaur as big as a bus roamed southern Africa 200 million years ago, scientists have revealed thanks to the discovery of several huge three-toed footprints.

From the University of Manchester in England:

Mega-carnivore dinosaur roamed southern Africa 200 million years ago

October 25, 2017

An international team of scientists has discovered the first evidence that a huge carnivorous dinosaur roamed southern Africa 200 million year ago.

The team, which includes researchers from The University of Manchester, University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Universidade de So Paulo, Brazil, have found several three-toed footprints measuring 57cm long and 50cm wide.

This means the dinosaur would have an estimated body length of around nine metres (30 feet) and be a little less than three metres tall at the hip. Thats four times the size of a lion, which is currently the largest carnivore in southern Africa.

The footprints belong to a new species, named Kayentapus ambrokholohali, which is part of the group of dinosaurs called megatheropod. The term Megatheropods describes the giant two-legged carnivorous dinosaurs, such as the iconic Tyrannosaurus rex (T. rex) which fossil evidence shows was around 12 metres long.

This study, which is published...

11:57

Ron Paul Reminds Americans The US Military Is Occupying 53 Of 54 African Nations "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ron Paul Reminds Americans The US Military Is Occupying 53 Of 54 African Nations    While many Americans are aware that the United States is at war in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan because of the media attention given to those conflicts, the news that four U.S. soldiers were killed in Niger came []

11:47

La David Johnson knew what he signed up for "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Pat Elder, October 25, 2017.

Sgt. La David T Johnson

By all accounts, La David was a good man. His friends remember him as a reliable dad and husband. My brother stood for something, Angela Ghent, his half-sister, wrote on Facebook. He fought for this country and thats how he will be remembered.

But theres more to it.

Johnson graduated from Miami Carol City Senior High School in 2010. The school is 99% minority with 86% identified as economically disadvantaged. Just 14% of the students are proficient in Math and 23% are proficient in English. The schools college readiness index is a 7.5 on a scale of 0 to 100. Trayvon Martin also attended Miami Carol.

Miami Gardens, where La David lived, is a city of 110,000 that is 98% African-American and Hispanic. Over half of the citys population were stopped by police between 2008 and 2013. Miami Gardens is one of the most crime-ridden cities in America. The murder rate is three times the national average.

La Davids daughter was born in 2011, the year after he graduated from high school. He worked in the produce department at the local WalMart. In 2014, he married Myeshia Manual and enlisted in the Army as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. He wanted to take care of his wife and child.

Like others, La Davids enlistment was a gamble that he hoped would provide a way out of poverty without getting killed or seriously injured.

 

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11:37

Associated Press Associates Itself With War "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By David Swanson, October 25, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Robert Burns and Matthew Pennington of the Associated Press tell us:

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the Korean Peninsula at a momentous juncture in the faltering effort to persuade Pyongyang to halt and dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Ominous questions hang in the air.

Why momentous? North Korea has in the past been successfully so persuaded. And its subsequently been antagonized and threatened until it recommenced. This has gone on for decades, while its been 64 years since a peace treaty should have been signed that never has been. Its been 14 years since North Korea resumed building nukes. Its been ten grueling months of Trumps regime during which nasty comments and threats have been passed back and forth across the Pacific schoolyard. What makes this moment momentous? Stay tuned. AP will explain.

Is diplomacy failing? Is war approaching?

Is the wind blowing? Are you kidding? Are diplomacy and war external forces that impose themselves on humanity? North Korea has been very clear and reasonable in its demands, even while screaming its threats and defiance. If the United States will stop moving missiles and planes and ships close to a country it once destroyed, and stop threatening to destroy it again, North Korea will discuss doing what Iraq and Libya did before they were attacked: disarming. The question is not Is war approaching? Ominously! The question is: will Trump and his subordinates continue to refuse to negotiate? Will they insist on war?

Mattis second trip as Pentagon boss to Seoul will take place Friday, following his consultations with Asian partners on a unified approach to resolve the North Korea crisis. In the Philippines, his Japanese counterpart spoke darkly of an unprecedented, critical and imminent threat posed by the Norths repeated demonstrations of its ability to launch an intercontinental-range missile, potentially armed with a nuclear warhead.

Did this person really speak darkly? What did it sound like? Were they using the dictionary definition of imminent, and if so on what basis? Or were they using the White House Office of Legal Counsel definition of imminent, meaning theoretically could occur within the millennium? Cant the United...

11:33

Meteorite slams into businessman's roof in Paarl, South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

He heard a loud thump and thought it was an intruder trying to steal from his furniture shop. Never in his wildest dreams did he think the "intruder" was from a galaxy far away. Fagrie Allie, who owns a furniture store in Paarl, was closing his shop when "I heard a loud thump along with a shattering sound and at first I thought It was an intruder but I saw the store was empty and I thought maybe one of the pieces of furniture had fallen over but I saw nothing". He then saw dust particles coming from the ceiling but didn't take note at first. "It bothered me because it was a really loud bang. I got into the ceiling and when I looked up at the roof sheets I saw a hole in the roof sheet itself. I came back down and found small pieces of rock lying on the floor," Allie said.

11:20

Sapele Market Women Protest Delta Govt, LG Allocation Of Shops To Politicians "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FILE PHOTO


LAGOS OCTOBER 26TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A group of market women, yesterday in Sapele, protested the re-allocation of 1,532 units of newly-built stores at the Sapele Main Market along the Decima Road, which was gutted by fire recently.
The protesting women group, Eghwemese, decried what they termed marginalisation and ill-treatment of Sapele women by the state and local governments in allocating Sapele Market stores.
Speaking through their leaders, Madams Rose Iwekwe, Ese Adikore, Katerine Umukoro, Ovo Abaku and Alice Atikpala, they said: Our Sapele Main Market stores have been allocated to politicians and strangers by the local and state governments.
We were the first group of traders to own stores in the main market, but now our market stores have been shared among politicians. Some of the allotees told us that it was the state government that approved and ordered the sharing of our stores to them.
We do not know how to cope with this situation in the present economic hardship. We should not be undermined.

LG boss explains allocation to groups

On the other hand, the council chair, Chief Ejaife Odebala, said: The council owns the market. The stores had earlier been allocated by the immediate past administration of former governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, but a section of the initial store owners in the market, who felt mar...

10:59

British government defends Saudi dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

14 June 2015

The public flogging of jailed blogger Raif Badawi is now sure to resume after Saudi Arabias Supreme Court upheld his sentence at the weekend, his wife has told The Independent.

Ensaf Haidar spoke out amid growing fears among human rights groups that Mr Badawi will be publicly flogged for a second time on 12 June. On 7 June his sentence of ten years in jail and 1,000 lashes was upheld despite the international outcry over his treatment.

Ms Haidar, who now lives in Quebec with the couples three children after being forced to flee Saudi Arabia, said she was convinced that his brutal punishment was about to resume and called on the countrys royal family to release him.

Read more here.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Disgraceful Fallon lays into critics of Saudi Arabia

Thursday 26th October 2017

ANTI-ARMS TRADE campaigners branded Defence Secretary Michael Fallon disgraceful yesterday after he called on MPs to stop criticising Saudi Arabia so that...

10:48

Internet users hit 93 million in September NCC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) announced on Tuesday that subscribers browsing the internet through its network increased to 93 million in September from 92.1 million the previous month. The telecommunications industry regulator made the disclosure in its monthly internet subscribers data on its website. The commission said the data showed a marginal increase of 815,764 subscribers during the period. It said that the data reflected internet users on both the Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications and the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks. The regulator said that 92.97 million...

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10:47

Boko Haram insurgents kill eight soldiers in Yobe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly killed eight soldiers in Sassawa village, Damaturu local government area of Yobe state. According to a report by  Daily Trust, the insurgents came to the village in five Hilux vans around 6:00pm on Tuesday. They were said to have immediately opened fire on the soldiers, killing eight of them and injuring others. A resident of the village was quoted as saying the insurgents broke into shops and took away food items. The boys (Boko Haram) had a field day. After the attack, they forced many...

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10:46

Jonathan blasts Buharis govt for linking him with Mainas return "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described attempts by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to link him to the return of a fugitive returned to the country as uncoordinated and rudderless. The presidency, in a statement by Garba Shehu Wednesday night, said top officials of the Jonathan administration benefitted from the funds Mr. Maina allegedly stole from pension funds. Top officials in the PDP government, from sectoral heads, to those charged with responsibility for law and order received some of these billions of naira from Maina, the presidential spokesperson said. We have all...

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10:09

Slow start for Kenya's repeat presidential election "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A slow start is reported in most polling centres in Kenya as voting opened in the repeat presidential election.

09:28

Another Kakanfo on the march By Dare Babarinsa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Few months ago, Otunba Gani Adams informed me that our baba, Kabiyesi Alayeluwa, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, was going to honour him with the historic title of Are Ona Kakanfo, an office that is surrounded with so much myths and drama. For Adams, this is a singular honour so much different from all the others he has garnered since he emerged on the stage as a significant and controversial presence in the self-determination group. Adams has given meaning to the militant phase of our struggle against military...

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09:02

Namibia reported decline in rhino and elephant poaching "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Reuters

WINDHOEK (Reuters) Namibia recorded fewer cases of rhino and elephant poaching this year compared to recent years, the southern African nations minister of environment and tourism said on Monday.

Foreign tourists in safari riverboats observe elephants along the Chobe river bank near Botswanas northern border where Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia meet, March 4, 2005. REUTERS/Peter Apps/File Photo

Namibia has one of the largest black rhino populations in the world; but as in neighbouring South Africa, it is under threat from the lucrative market in rhino horn, especially in Asia.

So far this year, 27 rhinos were poached compared to 60 last year and 95 in 2015, environment and tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta told reporters. Twenty elephants have been poached since January compared to 101 in 2016 and 49 a year before.

More resources have been allocated to fight poaching, more government agencies, non-governmental organizations, private sector, international development partners, communities and the general public have come on board to support our efforts to stop poaching, Shifeta said.

The police have so far arrested 75 people this year with ties mainly to Asian criminal syndicates for wildlife crime related to illegal hunting and possession of either rhino horns or elephant tusks.

A total of 30 rhino horns, 103 elephant tusks and 69 pieces of elephant tusk have also been recovered by ministry officials working together with the Namibian Police and Namibi...

09:00

South Africa court passes guilty murder verdict on poachers whose accomplice was killed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lowvelder (South Africa)

Court rules would-be poachers guilty of murder

Paul Ubisi and Paul Julio Nvhimbithi.

SKUKUZA Every docket tells a story. In the case against Mozambicans Paul Ubisi and Paul Julio Nvhimbithi, the story had a bloody, violent plot with conspiracy to poach and the death of an accomplice.

While seeking to poach rhino in December 2015, the two men and their accomplice were involved in a shoot-out with SANParks rangers. In a sworn statement, one ranger recalled what happened.

The ranger and his colleague were patrolling the Nwanetsi area of the Kruger National Park on December 13 that year. The two spotted someone with a red shirt hiding in shrubbery.

(He) had a rifle against his shoulder (and was) taking aim at us, read the rangers statement.
Police would later confirm that the weapon was a loaded .458 rifle.

I heard gunfire in front of me from my colleague and I also fired, he added. Suddenly two more suspects appeared and ran in different directions.

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The suspect in red identified himself as Wilson Julius Ubisi from Massingir. He would later be identified as Paul Ubisi. In his possession were three backpacks and an axe.

While facing Ubisi, the ranger heard another man groaning. About 30 metres from Ubisi, he found a man who called himself Amerku Zitha, also from Massingir. Zitha would later be identified as Paul Julio Nvhimbithi.

The ranger recalled seeing a third suspect. He asked Nvhimbithi where he was. The latter pointed towards a trail of blood. After following it for 250 metres, the rangers came across a wounded man. He identified himself as Nelson Mathebula, also from Massingir.

A doctor from Skukuza was helicoptered to the scene. Yet he would not be able to save Mathebula. Because the polices forensic pathologists had not yet made it through the bush to the scene, the rangers and policemen c...

08:56

Namibia court order sought to stop export of elephants to Dubai "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ellanie Smit, Namibian Sun
October 24, 2017

See link
< https://www.namibiansun.com/news/court-order-sought-over-elephants/>
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has sought a court order against
the owner of a game-capturing company at Mariental to force them to
immediately return three elephants to where they were captured.

The elephants were illegally transported and are being kept in what the
ministry describes as horrific conditions.

Both a criminal case and a civil case have been opened against Johan
Lombaard to compel him to return the elephants to Eden Game Farm, a private
game farm in the Grootfontein District.

Photos have surfaced of where the elephants have been kept for months in
containers on a farm near Mariental. Lombaard and his brother Kobus are
co-owners of Golden Game CC. They established the company in 2008 and have
more than 20 years game-capturing experience.

The elephants were kept by Lombaard on farms Geleksberg 82 Mariental and
Frauenstein 277 Windhoek.

The three elephants bought by Lombaard form part of a group of five
elephants which were earmarked for export to Dubai from Eden Game Farm.

Environment permanent secretary Malan Lindeque said all aspects of the
situation were under investigation. According to him the three elephants
were sold and captured by Lombaard at Eden Game Farm.

Two other elephants are being held at N/aan ku s?.

He explained that all five elephants were initially kept at N/aan ku s?
but three of them were then transported to the farm near Mariental. The
elephants at N/aan ku s? have been released into a larger camp.

According to Lindeque, the ministry sought a court against Lombaard to
compel him to return the elephants to Eden.

He said the ministry discovered that Lombaard had transported the elephants
illegally, without a valid permit, and were keeping them in deplorable
conditions.

According to him the ministry is still waiting for the matter to appear on
the court roll, which should happen within a week.

Lindeque explained that Lombaard is not registered to capture large wild
animals such as elephants. The place where he has kept the elephants was
also not approved by the ministry.

Lindeque said the ministry has to approve the transport and the conditions
in which animals are kept when they are sold....

08:48

Kenyan police fire tear gas at pro-opposition youths in Kisumu on election day "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Reuters

KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) Kenyan police fired tear gas on Thursday to disperse groups of stone-throwing young men in Kisumu, an opposition stronghold where polling stations have failed to open for the re-run of a presidential election, a Reuters witness said.


08:43

Kidnapped Edo North UPU President, Omafuaire Regains Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chief Omafuaire


LAGOS OCTOBER 26TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Kidnapped Edo North UPU President, and former Divisional Police Officer, Igarra, Chief James Omafuaire Wednesday night regained his freedom after two days in the kidnappers den.
Omafuaire, a retired Superintendent of Police was kidnapped along with his client on Monday afternoon at his Ikpeshi quarry site in Akoko Edo Area of Edo State.
Freed Omafuaire broke the news of his released Thursday morning in a scanty text message.
It read, I was kidnapped by Fulani kidnappers in my quarry last Monday but was released after paying ransom in the evening of Wednesday.
.I am very grateful to all my well-wishers who participated in prayers and in contribution of monies and in kinds towards my release. May God you all
Octogenarian Omafuaire is the current Edo North President of Urhobo Progress Union and elder brother of Vanguard Senior Photojournalist, Akpokona Omafuaire.
An elated Engr. Isaac Omafuaire thanked the Nigerian press for the wide publicity which led to the easy release of the head of the Omafuaire family.
The press were very wonderful and we are immensely grateful. We want the government to do something about the operation of the Fulani herdsmen,
The news of Omafuaires release led to spontaneous celebration in his home town of Akperhe-Olomu and Jattu where he is residing, the celebration i...

08:33

Polling stations open in Kenya despite calls to boycott vote only a trickle of voters in many areas "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFP

.

Yasuyoshi Chiba, AFP | A staff calls on her mobile phone as she arranges official election ballots at Lions High School polling station in Kisumu, an opposition stronghold in western Kenya, on October 25, 2017

Text by FRANCE 24 

Latest update : 2017-10-26

Kenyans began voting Thursday in a repeat election that has polarised the nation and is likely to be fiercely disputed in the absence of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is boycotting the vote.

In stark contrast to the first edition of the election, which was annulled last month by the Supreme Court, many polling stations in the capital and Odingas strongholds saw only a trickle of voters.

It is my duty to vote. Last time the queue was all around the block and I waited six hours to vote, this time the people are few, said taxi driver David Njeru, 26, as he waited to cast his ballot in Nairobis Mathare slum.

Under a steady drizzle, only 50 people stood on the boggy grass outside the Redeemed Gospel Church polling station, where more than 8,000 are registered to vote.

In the Kibera slum, police fired teargas at opposition supporters who tried to set up barricades in front of a polling station, prompting them to lob rocks at the officers. Similar scenes were seen in the western towns of Migori, Siaya and Homa Bay.

The election is the chaotic climax of a political drama that began when the Supreme Court overturned the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8 elections.

>> Read more: Kenya election chief casts doubt on free, fair poll

It cited irregularities and mismanagement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Kenyatta, who turns 56 on Thursday, is almost assured victory after veter...

08:22

Desperate and forgotten: The bombs keep on coming, and Yemenis keep on dying "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A severe humanitarian crisis continues to wreak havoc on the Yemeni people while the arms deals get bigger

07:50

3 female engineers are suing Uber over unequal pay "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The three women filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in San Fransisco alleging Ubers compensation and benefits scheme discriminate against women and people of color, Reuters reports. All three women described themselves as Latina. The women say that as a result of Ubers practices they have lost out on promotions, earnings, and benefits. The crux of

The three women filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in San Fransisco alleging Ubers compensation and benefits scheme discriminate against women and people of color, Reuters reports. All three women described themselves as Latina. The women say that as a result of Ubers practices they have lost out on promotions, earnings, and benefits. The crux of the lawsuit hinges on an employee ranking system that the lawsuit says is not based on valid and reliable performance measures. The suit alleges that the ranking system gives women, Latinos, American Indians, and African Americans lower performance scores compared to male, white, and Asian-American employees:

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07:43

Burning barricades mark start of Kenya election re-run No security to deliver ballot boxes People fail to show up for work "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 An opposition supporter gestures in front of a burned barricade in Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) Polling stations in Kenyan opposition strongholds were shuttered on Thursday and youths burnt street barricades, heeding an election boycott set to hand victory to President Uhuru Kenyatta, but with a mandate compromised by low turnout and procedural flaws.

 Image result for kenya election, October 25, 2017, photos
 Kenyan women stage a multi-faith demonstration calling for peace marches outside Supreme Court in Kenya
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05:27

Obiano to attend Anambra Cultural Day in Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Paul Ogbuokiri Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano would on October 28 grace this years edition of the Association of Anambra Development Unions (AASDU) cultural day at the practice pitch of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. The event which would be chaired by a prominent son of the state, Chief Chris Ikechi Ezeh would also play host to the Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the traditional ruler of Ukpor, His Royal Majesty, Dr. Felix C.N Onyimadu KSJI, JP, who would be the royal father of the day while...

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04:49

Combined vaccine raises hope of tackling malaria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

    Going by the plan to eliminate malaria globally, scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom (UK) and their collaborators have discovered five new malaria vaccine targets. The researchers studied malaria parasite at the stage when they were invading human red blood cells and identified five targets that lead to a reduction in the parasites ability to enter the red blood cells. These findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). According to the researchers, the study showed that future...

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04:44

Nwoye decries destruction of campaign billboards "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Tony Nwoye Campaign Organisation has condemned what it described as the increasing spate at which the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) led government and its agencies are meting unprovoked hostilities on the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The organization in a statement yesterday, said It is bad enough that Governor Obiano and his team have imposed unreasonable levies on any candidate who wishes to mount campaign billboards or paste posters, yet he sends out his hoodlums to single out all billboards and posters belonging to Dr. Tony...

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04:44

System overhaul, key to Nigerias development Kalu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, in this interview monitored in Abuja, speaks on the challenges of doing business in Nigeria, his business travails under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the economic recession and the state of the nation. Excerpts:   You are a major player in the nations economy, what are actually your businesses? We are into shipping, banking and insurance. We are also in trading which is my traditional profession as an Igbere man, while our other businesses that were thriving during the...

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04:40

Oando flays SEC over N160m bill for forensic audit "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Oando Plc has said that the N160 million bill for forensic audit is to be borne by the company was onerous, unnecessary and irresponsible as it was not in the best interest of shareholder funds at this time. Oando Plc has been slammed with a N160 million bill to enable the SEC conduct a forensic audit on its financials following allegation corporate governance breaches. According to a statement made available to New Telegraph Oando noted that over the last six months it has watched the Securities & Exchange Commission...

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04:29

Umahi seeks probe of Ebonyi pension scam "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi has directed immediate probe into allegations of malpractices in the payment of pensions of retired civil servants in the state brought against some officials. Some officals of the states audit unit of the office of the Auditor- General had been accused of extorting money from pensioners to facilitate their pension payments. Umahi, in a release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, expressed dismay over the alleged extortions. According to him, the state government would do everything within its powers to get to the...

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04:27

Families displaced, 40 houses burnt as Benue communities clash "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hundreds of women and children were displaced and over 40 houses burnt following intractable communal strife between the Mbaasaakera and Mbaasaaya communities, both of Mbayion, Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State. In the mayhem, one person was said to have been killed, while the corpse of a buried man was exhumed and taken away. Families, especially women and children have been rendered homeless. The deceased was alleged to have been hacked to death by the Igyura family of Mbaasaaya community. The warring sides took up arms against each other...

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04:24

Governor Fayose escapes death as car is burnt down "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday, narrowly escaped death by a whisker at the Ikeja airport area of Lagos State. According to his Special Adviser, Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka confirmed the incident. Olayinka disclosed that the near death incident occurred as Fayose was heading to the airport. His words: There was an accident involving Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayoses vehicle on his way to the airport yesterday. Though he was meant to be in the vehicle, by providence, he was not there. What caused the...

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04:24

Oyo, Microsoft partner to improve digital literacy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In a bid to make Oyo State attain global technological pace and put Nigeria on the digital technological map, Governor Abiola Ajimobis administration and the Microsoft, with Signal Alliance, have entered into a partnership arrangement leading to digital literacy programme, where 800 computers would be provided across eight centres in the State. This was disclosed yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, Microsoft Head of Education Programs in Nigeria, Ms Jordan Belmonte and a representative of Signal Alliance, Mrs. Adamma Onoegbu, met with the education team in the State led by...

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04:23

Misau: IGP falsified his retirement date "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senator Isah Hamman Misau,( APC, Bauchi Central),yesterday, told the Senate that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, falsified his retirement date. Misau stated this when he appeared before the Senate eight-member Adhoc Committee probing earlier allegations he made against the IGP. He also told the Committee that the Police chief purchased two Prado Sports Utility Vehicles, SUVs for the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, for her personal use. According to him, the First Lady had requested through her Aide-de-Camp (ADC )for a Sienna and Hiace...

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03:48

Metuhs trial: Court sets Oct 31 for Jonathan, Dasuki to appear as witnesses "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday fixed October 31 for former President Goodluck Jonathan and his National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) to appear in court as subpoena witnesses in the ongoing trial of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh. The court had, on October 3, signed a subpoena filed before it by Metuh to compel Dasuki to appear and give evidence in court. Similarly, on October 23, the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang signed another subpoena at...

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03:48

Personal hygiene crucial in preventing monkeypox Umezurike "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dr. Daniel Umezurike is the Commissioner for Health in Ebonyi State. In this interview with UCHENNA INYA, he explains why the Federal Government cant stop public health workers from establishing private hospitals in the country and the preparedness of the Ebonyi State government to battle the monkeypox disease outbreak if it is recorded in the state You are aware of the panic in the south east as a result of alleged medical outreach in the prevention of monkeypox being implemented on the people by the Armed Forces. Based on this...

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03:46

Omega-6 rich diet could lower diabetes risk "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A new large-scale international study suggesting that a diet rich in omega-6 polyunsaturated fats could significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetes. These findings were published online in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. The team found that participants who had the highest blood level of linoleic acid, the major omega-6 fat, were 35 per cent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes in the future than those who had the least amount. The study was led by Dr. Jason Wu of The George Institute for Global Health in Sydney and looked...

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03:45

Mascot Uzor Kalu: Eagles can break the jinx in Russia 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A prominent Investment Banker and Former Chief of Staff to the Abia State Governor, Chief Mascot Uzor Kalu, has said that football remains a great unifier for Nigerians and that the performance of the Super Eagles is always a great elixir that births a form of renaissance. In order to make a better showing as against our best performance of reaching the second round of the event, he outlined a few things that must be done. He recalled how Enyimba Football Club of Aba was able to win the African...

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03:44

NAssembly peruses NFA Act, Anti-doping Code "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has said the National Assembly will not tolerate any activity that will have adverse effect on the development of sports in Nigeria. Dogara while speaking at a public hearing on three sports related bills which be declared open at the National Assembly called for more focus on harnessing the business potentials of sports in Nigeria to boost the economy and develop the sector to global standards.   The three bills are: (1). A Bill for an Act to repeal The Nigerian...

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03:44

Argentina friendly perfect for Eagles Ighalo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has said that the proposed friendly match against Argentina is a very good one for Nigeria. Ighalo said the encounter against the two-time World Champions would be a very good test for the entire team because World cup is a big tournament. He stressed that many of the players lack the Copa Mundial experience and would use that match to have a direct idea of what to expect in Russia. The China-based player said: We need the very best of preparation for the World...

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03:44

Amokachi backs Unsworth for Everton permanent job "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Everton striker Daniel Amokachi has called on the club to appoint David Unsworth as permanent manager. Unsworth who is the clubs Under-23 manager was placed in temporary charge on Tuesday, a day after Ronald Koemans dismissal. He is somebody who is willing to die for the team, Amokachi told BBC World Service. Once a blue, always a blue. I would love to see him appointed. He has all the qualities to take Everton to the next level. Amokachi, who featured for Nigeria at the 1994 and 1998...

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03:42

Healing powers of waterleaf (2) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Waterleaf, (Talinum triangulare), is one of those underrated and undervalued plants in Nigeria. Some even regard waterleaf as a nuisance, a stubborn weed that grows all year, though it flourished more during the rainy season. In many scientific studies and trails, waterleaf showed that it can inhibit proliferation of cancerous cells and shrink tumours. Other studies have been focused on its cerebral-protective potential and it indicates that consumption of waterleaf enhances brain activities and protect brain tissues. Waterleaf is also a good remedy for insomnia (sleeping disorder). Water leaf contains...

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03:42

NPFL Plateau Utd moves for Osanga, Henlong "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Plateau United has put in a bid for five players including FC IfeanyiUbahs King Osanga and the duo of Rangers Charles Henlong and Orji Okagbue Kalu. This is as Ammeh Wilfred has reported handed a request to leave Niger Tornadoes to a yet to be named Football Academy. Plateau United emerged champions of the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), beating MFM and Enyimba international to second and third places respectively. The Jos side will be joined by MFM to represent Nigeria in the 2018 CAF Champions League. The bid...

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03:40

Malaria in pregnancy responsible for 10,000 maternal deaths annually "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Anon-governmental organisation in the country, jhpiego said malaria in pregnancy leads to high rate of severe maternal anaemia and low birth weight. It also said despite the availability of affordable interventions and medicines to prevent malaria in pregnancy, a high proportion of pregnant women do not access them. The NGO stated this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State while launching its health intervention programme titled Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Optimal Pregnancy (TIPTOP). The   TIPTOP  team leader,  Professor Emmanuel Otolorin noted that the programme would significantly  reduce malaria in pregnancy and...

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03:15

US Navy aids Iran fishing boat after pirate attack "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Iran's coast guard calls US naval command in Bahrain to report attack and ask for help

03:08

US Military Breeds Violence in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Published on Oct 24, 2017
After the killings of U.S. soldiers in Niger and a potential U.S. link to the Mogadishu attack, author Bill Fletcher says that an increased American military role in Africa threatens even more violence Visit http://therealnews.com for more stories and help support our work by donating at http://therealnews.com/donate.

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01:37

Ron Paul Reminds Americans The US Military Is Occupying 53 of 54 African Nations "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

While many Americans are aware that the United States is at war in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan because of the media attention given to those conflicts, the news that four U.S. soldiers were killed in Niger came as a surprise that left some asking the question, Since when is the U.S. at []

00:06

NYT Laments Forever Wars Its Editorials Helped Create "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Marine Corps jets flew over the pyramids of Egypt during a military exercise in 1999. Credit Staff Sgt. Jim Varhegyi/United States Air Force Adam Johnson in FAIR: Corporate media have a long history of lamenting wars they themselves helped sell the American public, but its rare so many wars and so much hypocrisy are distilled into one editorial. On Monday, the New York Times (10/22/17) lamented the expansion of Americas forever wars overseas, without once noting that every war mentioned is one the editorial board has itself endorsed, while failing to oppose any of the engagements touched on in the editorial. The Times began by noting the sheer scope of US military reach: The United States has been at war continuously since the attacks of 9/11 and now has just over 240,000 active-duty and reserve troops in at least 172 countries and territories. American forces are actively engaged not only in the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen that have dominated the news, but also in Niger and Somalia, both recently the scene of

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23:21

Militant of IAG Somali training Russian soldiers at 7th Military Base "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the process of an OSINT investigation, in the social profile of Yevgeniy Sobolev, who is a...

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23:12

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Kenya's repeat election and unrest "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The risk of unrest and violent protests in Kenya has increased after the country's electoral commission announced that repeat elections will be held on October 26. The order came after Kenya's Supreme Court annulled the result of an election in August that kept President Uhuru Kenyatta in power....

22:20

Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech & Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech & Capitalism Author Jayant Bhandari  Acting Man Political Correctness Hampers Honest Debate What would the world be like today had Europeans never colonized Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia?  ...

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22:19

Putin fulfilling the role of main player in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It would be Russia who does the rebuilding of Syria after the war and Saudi Arabia who paid for it. The two vast oil nations now seem to be set on a course of mutual collaboration. So much for Trump's $300bn weapons deal with the king After Israel's victory in the 1973 Middle East war, Soviet foreign minister Andrei Gromyko went on 22 October to see President Brezhnev at his dacha at Zavidovo just outside Moscow. The Israelis were not much interested in accepting a ceasefire set to begin the previous day, and, according to Anatoly Chernyaev, a Soviet official present at the talks, Brezhnev wanted to encourage the Israelis to keep the truce by offering a Soviet guarantee of Israel's borders. Gromyko replied that the Arabs would take offence - but Brezhnev burst out that "we have been offering them (the Arabs) a sensible course of action for so many years. They wanted war and they are welcome to it ... To hell with them." It was a view long shared by Soviet military officers. I recall the remaining anger of a former Soviet instructor in Yemen during the 1962-70 civil war, who, showing me Red Square one cold afternoon, made a remark almost as contemptuous as Brezhnev's. "We helped to train the Arabs [against the monarchists] and they were useless and I think they should be on their own. Let someone else save them. Why should it be us all over again?"

22:12

Bannon claims Trump's Saudi Arabia visit started Qatar crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Monday credited US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia for the blockade against Qatar and changes within the kingdom itself. Speaking at a conference titled, "Countering Violent Extremism: Qatar, Iran, and the Muslim Brotherhood" hosted by the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank, Bannon said Trump's summit with Arab leaders in Riyadh in May set in motion the regional escalation against Qatar. On 5 June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt announced a boycott against Qatar, accusing it of supporting militant groups and garnering ties with Iran, charges that Doha denies. "We went into the summit with UAE, Saudi Arabia and others; the number one thing was that we must take care of this financing of radical Islam, and there can be no more - as President Trump said - no more games," Bannon said. "You can't have it both ways. You can't on one side say you're a friend and an ally and on the other side be financing the Muslim Brotherhood or Hamas," he added, in an apparent reference to Qatar. Bannon said Trump's visit to Riyadh demonstrated that the US president is willing to engage with the Muslim world, proving that he and his aides are not Islamophobic. "I don't think it's just by happenstance that two weeks after that summit, you saw the blockade by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Egypt and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Qatar," Bannon said.

21:20

Humans lost ancient DNA, moderns got it back after interbreeding with Neandertals "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Interbreeding with Neandertals restored some genetic heirlooms that modern humans left behind in the ancient exodus from Africa, new research suggests. Those heirlooms are versions of genes, or alleles, that were present in humans' and Neandertals' shared ancestors. Neandertals carried many of those old alleles, passing them along generation after generation, while developing their own versions of other genes. A small number of humans left Africa around 100,000 years ago and settled in Asia and Europe. These migrants "lost" the ancestral alleles. But when the migrants or their descendants interbred with Neandertals, Eurasians reinherited the ancestral heirlooms along with Neandertal DNA, John "Tony" Capra reported October 20 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. Present-day Europeans have more than 47,000 of these reintroduced ancestral alleles, and East Asians - who have more Neandertal ancestry than Europeans (SN Online: 2/12/15) - carry more than 56,000, said Capra, an evolutionary geneticist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Humans lost ancient DNA, moderns got it back after interbreeding with Neanderthals "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Interbreeding with Neandertals restored some genetic heirlooms that modern humans left behind in the ancient exodus from Africa, new research suggests. Those heirlooms are versions of genes, or alleles, that were present in humans' and Neandertals' shared ancestors. Neandertals carried many of those old alleles, passing them along generation after generation, while developing their own versions of other genes. A small number of humans left Africa around 100,000 years ago and settled in Asia and Europe. These migrants "lost" the ancestral alleles. But when the migrants or their descendants interbred with Neandertals, Eurasians reinherited the ancestral heirlooms along with Neandertal DNA, John "Tony" Capra reported October 20 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. Present-day Europeans have more than 47,000 of these reintroduced ancestral alleles, and East Asians - who have more Neandertal ancestry than Europeans (SN Online: 2/12/15) - carry more than 56,000, said Capra, an evolutionary geneticist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

20:00

WHO reverses decision to elect Robert Mugabe as ambassador "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The decision to rescind the appointment of the Zimbabwe president has raised questions over the leadership of the WHO's first African director general Tedros Adhanom

19:38

US and Gulf nations target Yemen 'terrorism' financing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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US Treasury described sanctions as 'largest ever multilateral designation in the Middle East'

19:26

US Military Deaths in Niger: Who, What Is AFRICOM? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US Military Deaths in Niger: Who, What Is AFRICOM? from Sputnik News The deaths of four US soldiers in Niger, West Africa would no doubt have passed unremarked without the controversy concerning Trumps phone call to the widow of one...

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19:13

Ron Paul Reminds Americans the US Military is Occupying 53 of 54 African Nations "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Rachel Blevins While many Americans are aware that the United States is at war in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan because of...

18:34

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

IEBC: Gazetted Returning Officers to Run Repeat Poll
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25 2017
   
Wafula Chebukati (right), the chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, with its vice-chairperson Consolata Maina. The commission says repeat poll will go on as planned. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
Justice George Odunga ruled that the appointment of the returning officers in all the 291 constituenciesincluding the diaspora was outside the law.

IEBC argued that High Court did not quash the poll officials appointment in its ruling.

By IBRAHIM ORUKO

The electoral commission says the Thursday repeat presidential election will go on despite High Court finding that its 290 returning officers were illegally appointed.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Wednesday said the presiding officers and their deputies will conduct the election.

GAZETTE

It argued that High Court did not quash the poll officials appointment in its ruling.

Justice George Odunga ruled that the appointment of the returning officers in all the 291 constituenciesincluding the diaspora was outside the law.

However, the judge declined to quash the gazette notice on the appointment of the election managers.

The order sought before Judge Odunga was for the cancellation of the appointment of returning officers and their deputies, which has been declined, the commission said through its Twitter handle.

It added: The returning officers and their deputies appointment has not been quashed. Their appointment is still valid.

The case was filed by Mr Khelef Khalifa, the director at Muslim for Huma Rights, who is also part of the team seeking to stop the Thursday repeat presidential election at the Supreme Court.

18:34

Hugh Fitzgerald: The Heroic Tamer El-Noury, and the Limits of Filiopietism "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On October 22, CBSs Sixty Minutes devoted one of its segments to the stirring tale of Tamer El-Noury. That is the alias of an Egyptian-American undercover agent, working for the FBI, who has for years been befriending terrorists linked to Al Qaeda, both in the United States and abroad. Heavily made up, with his voice []

18:29

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Repeat Presidential Election on Course Wafula Chebukati
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25 2017
   
Wafula Chebukati
HEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati. He says all is well ahead of repeat presidential poll. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
He said the commission would open polling stations across the country at 6am.

Mr Chebukati said security concerns raised by the commission had been addressed, and the team was satisfied with its technical preparedness.

By PATRICK LANG'AT

The electoral commission says preparations for Thursday repeat presidential poll on course.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati on Wednesday said delivery of ballot papers, ballots boxes and other materials was going on well.

6AM

He said the commission would open polling stations across the country at 6am.

Mr Chebukati said security concerns raised by the commission had been addressed, and the team was satisfied with its technical preparedness.

"Based on the assurances given to this commission by the relevant authorities and the security agencies, based on the progress that has been made in the commission, the elections as scheduled will go on tomorrow as scheduled," Mr Chebukati told journalists at the Bomas of Kenya, which has been gazetted as the poll's National Tallying Centre.

Coming at a week of reports of intense divisions at the IEBC, Mr Chebukati was in the press conference accompanied by all the five commissioners.

They included Vice Chairperson Connie Nkatha Bucha and Commissioners Abdi Guliye, Paul Kurgat, Margaret Mwachanya, and Boya Molu.

The vocal Dr Roselyne Akombe last week fled the country to New York where she resigned, arguing that as it stands, the commission could not guarantee a credible poll tomorrow.

POSTONMENT

While he said most of the election materials had been sent to the constituencies, Mr Chebukati said that the commission will not hesitate to postpone the election in certain areas if it felt that the security of its staff, or the holding of the polls itself, was in d...

18:24

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenya Supreme Court Quorum Hitch Hits Repeat Election Case
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25 2017
   
David Maraga
Chief Justice David Maraga. Only the CJ and Justice Isaac Lenaola out of seven judges were present when the court convened on October 25, 2017.PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

In Summary
Justice Maraga started off by regretting that the hearing will not proceed as expected.
He said most of the judges were away yet the court requires at least five judges to be properly constituted.
"Following events of last night, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu is not in a position to come to court. Judge Maraga said.

By SAM KIPLAGAT
IBRAHIM ORUKO
Daily Nation

The hearing of an application seeking to stop tomorrows repeat presidential election has failed to take off after the Supreme Court suffered a quorum hitch.

Only Chief Justice Maraga and Justice Isaac Lenaola out of seven judges were present when the court convened at 11am.

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Justice Maraga started off by regretting that the hearing will not proceed as expected.

He said most of the judges were away yet the court requires at least five judges to be properly constituted.

"Following events of last night, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu is not in a position to come to court. Judge Maraga said.

Judge  Mohamed  Ibrahim is unwell  and is out of the country.

He said Justice Jackton Ojwang and Smoking Wanjala  were not able to attend the court session while Justice Njoki Ndungu was out of Nairobi and not able to come to court.

APPLICANTS

The matter is adjourned to a date to be taken at the registry, Justice Maraga said.

Three three members of the civil society has asked the apex court cancel or reschedule the election

Justice Maraga on Tuesday certified as urgent the case by Khelef Khalifa, Samuel Mohochi and Gacheke Gachihi.

Mr Khalif is the director at Muslim for Huma Rights, Mr Mohiochi is the executive director at the International Commission on Jurists (ICJ) while Mr Gachihi con...

18:24

Saudi Arabia Plans To Build $500 Billion High Tech Mega City 33 Times Bigger Than New York "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi Arabia has announced plans to build a new mega-city across its borders with Jordan and Egypt which will be entirely powered by renewable energy. The city, which has been named NEOM, will be built from the ground up on a massive greenfield site in northwest Saudi Arabia. It will span over 26,500 square kilometers, []

18:16

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RAILA DROPS HIS MUCH-AWAITED BOMBSHELL
Posted on Oct 25, 2017
Kenya Daily Nation
   
A section of the crowd that attended the Nasa rally at Uhuru Park, Nairobi. PHOTO | NAIROBI NEWSA section of the crowd that attended the Nasa rally at Uhuru Park, Nairobi. PHOTO | NAIROBI NEWS

By KENFREY KIBERENGE

Opposition leader Raila Odinga dropped his much awaited bombshell on Wednesday saying Nasa coalition will morph into Nasa Resistance Movement from Friday, October 27, a day after the controversial presidential election.

Mr Odinga said the opposition will embark on a national campaign on defiance starting Thursday, the date set by the IEBC for a repeat presidential election.

If no justice for the people, there shall be no peace for the government, he declared at a packed rally at Uhuru Park in Nairobi.

He said the opposition a peoples assembly to ensure Kenya move from dictatorship and back to the rule of law. He said Thursdays election will be used by the Jubilee government to entrench dictatorship.

Tomorrow, Uhuru and Ruto intend to actualize the electoral dictatorship they set out to establish on 8 August. Tomorrow, they will defy the ruling of the highest Court in the land, and conduct a sham election that only they can be victors a coup de tat, said Mr Odinga.

RESIST DICTATORSHIP

Mr Odinga, however, repeated his calls to his supporters not to interfere with the voting and instead take time to keep vigil and pray away from the polling stations.

Therefore do not castigate any person or ethnic community. Dont look at your brother or sister with suspicion. He or she is as much of a victim as you. If your neighbor supports this two-some, do not insult or assault them. Instead, seek to open their eyes to see the great country we aspire for. Give them the courage to admit the grave injustices we all suffer. Get them to join us in committing ourselves to one struggle, to one destiny.

From tomorrow, the duty of every citizen who loves freedom, who respects our Constitution, of every patriot, is to resist dictatorship, and to fight to restore a government established in compliance with the Constitution, he ad...

18:05

Namibia MET says Omatjete elephants will stay but the problems they cause must be dealt with "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Omatjete elephants will stay (Namibia)
Ellanie Smit, Namibian Sun
October 11, 2017

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for photo.

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has said the situation in Omatjete
in the Erongo Region where elephants have caused severe destruction, needs
immediate attention but, the problem cannot be solved by destroying the
elephants.

About two months ago, the community wrote a petition to the ministry
demanding the total removal of elephants in the area. This year, the
Omatjete community lost a community member and houses, boreholes, gardens
and fences were destroyed by elephants.

?Why should the elephants in the Omatjete area be totally removed and not
in other areas where there is also conflict? If all Namibians said that
they did not want elephants in the area where would that leave us? There
needs to be a balance,? said the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr
Malan Lindeque.

He said the ministry can ask the NDF to completely wipe out the elephants
in the area and it will probably be completed within one day but, it is
more important to diagnose the nature and history of the conflict.

According to him, the elephants probably moved into the area because of the
drought, adding that there were no elephants in that area in the past.

He referred to the Kamanjab area where conflict with elephants has also
been experienced recently. According to Lindeque, about 50 farms in that
area have 200 elephants roaming between the farms causing problems, and the
pressure has also been mounting for the removal of the elephants.

?We cannot remove the problem by destroying an asset.?

Lindeque said the problem should rather be mitigated, which can include
collaring the elephants or establishing boreholes to attract them away from
the community.

?We should rather pursue these initiatives than the total removal of
elephants.?

He pointed out that Namibia has an intensive anti-poaching campaign which
is ongoing and last year more than 100 elephants were poached in the
northern part of the country.

?Now, how do we explain that we want to go to a certain area and kill 20 to
30 elephants??

However, he added that the problem needs immediate attention. ?We need to
act fast and make a decision on the appropriate action.?

...

17:44

Maina Saga: I didnt breach public interest Malami breaks silence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Abubakar Malami, attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, says his involvement in the controversial recall of Abdulrasheed Maina into the civil service did not breach public interest. Malami, Winifred Oyo-Ita, head of the federal civil service, and Abdulrahman Dambazau, minister of interior, were involved in Mainas posting to the interior ministry, Maina, ex-chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), was accused of being involved in pension fraud running into over N100 billion. After being declared wanted by the police, Maina went into hiding and reportedly fled...

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17:35

NSCDC Arrest Three For Raping Girl, 14, In Edo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Operatives of the Edo state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NCSDC, have arrested three boys aged between 19 and 20 for raping a teenager.   The victim is identified as Miss Precious, aged 14 years, is also a secondary school student in the state.   The names of the suspects are Osabuohien Aghimien, Osamudiamen Stephen and Victory Osayomwan respectively.   They were paraded at the headquarters of NSCDC and had admitted that they had two rounds of sex each with the victim.   The suspects were...

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17:27

One killed, 40 houses burnt, corpse exhumed in renewed Benue communal strife "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

At least one person has been reported killed and over 40 houses set ablaze following an intractable communal strife between the Mbaasaakera and Mbaasaaya communities all of Mbayion in Gboko local government area of Benue State. The deceased was hacked to death allegedly by the Igyura family of Mbaasaaya community. The warring sides took up arms against each other seven years ago over a disputed piece of land at Peace House church vicinity along Gboko-Aliade road, but was reportedly settled by the court in favour of the Mbaasaakera people. But...

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17:21

Migrant drug activity turns part of Cologne into a 'no-go zone'; mayor says police have given up "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

German quality newspaper "Die Welt" published an article about a "no go-zone" in the centre of Cologne. Is it really that bad? When Cologne's mayor says "police have given up on the area", the answer is probably yes. We're talking about the "Ebertplatz" here, an inner city square at the heart of Cologne that connects several streets. According to German newspaper "Express" the place is a popular location for African migrants who live nearby to deal drugs. The police call it a hotbed of crime as several police interventions didn't change a thing. Some of Cologne's inhabitants even call it an "angstraum", a fearful place. A week ago a young African man was stabbed to death at the place by fellow Africans. Earlier a TV-production had to be cancelled because the crew was threatened by drug dealers. One of Sony's producers said that "young girls were especially scared and serious threats were disrupting the scenes".

17:16

2019: Maina has been holding political meetings in Kano Junaid "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Second Republic lawmaker,  Junaid Muhammed yesterday revealed that embattled former pension Boss,  Abdulrasheed Maina has been around in government circles and has been holding political meetings in Kano. He also disclosed that the Muhammadu Buhari led administration is taking Nigerians for a ride, just as he challenged the police and the DSS to deny that they have not been protecting Maina. Junaid told New Telegraph on the phone that this administration is full of shady characters,  urging Nigerians to look at the Maina case, Babachir Lawal and Ayo Oke issues...

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17:16

Air Force: Airstrikes may have killed Shekaus wife "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has given the indication of the possible death of Mallama Fitdasi, wife of the wanted leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. This was as it noted that scores of suspected Boko Haram fighters, had been killed in Borno State following targeted airstrikes.  The disclosures were made in a statement yesterday by the Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya. The NAFs spokesman said human intelligence reports suggested, that Fitdasi may have been killed in one of recent airstrikes on Durwawa settlement...

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16:57

Pessimistic but realistic look at continuing Chinese demand for rhino horn "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Rhino Horn Let Sanity & Logic Prevail

By Emmanuel Koro

Against the background where scientist, governments and environmental NGOs have failed to change peoples mindsets that the rhino horn does not have the medicinal value attributed to it as it has the same properties as human figure nails, it therefore means that both the demand and sale of the rhino horn remains unstoppable. The Chinese have always used the rhino horn for medicinal purposes, including the need to treat fever, rheumatism, gout and other disorders.  They also use the powdered form of the rhino horn as an aphrodisiac.

...

16:39

British taxpayers money for corrupt Libyan anti-refugee gangsters "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

Smugglers set up slave market to sell migrants in Libyan town

13 April 2017

A new trend is emerging and the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean has become even riskier. Smugglers are reportedly abusing migrants trading them in slave markets. Survivors tell stories of forced labour and sexual exploitation. One Gambian man freed by the International Organisation for Migration recounts his experience.

Slavery in Libya was abolished in 1857; before, eg, the United States of America, or the Dutch colonial empire abolished it. However, NATOs 2011 humanitarian war on Libya brought it back.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

UK-supported Libyan forces taking bribes to free detained migrants after pushing boats back to shore

Exclusive: Migrants crossing Mediterranean Sea on second attempt after being pushed back and then released for payment

Lizzie Dearden, Home Affairs Correspondent

The UK-backed Libyan coastguard is running a racket in the Mediterranean Sea by turning its legitimate power to stop migrant crossings into a cash cow, according to victims accounts.

Guards allegedly sto...

16:10

Qatar crisis is a non-issue, says Saudi foreign minister "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

If we can change Qatari behaviour we will be stronger in the GCC and we can confront Iran and terrorism

Image Credit: AFP
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir attends a press conference with US Secretary of State in Riyadh on October 22, 2017.
Published: 12:20 October 25, 2017Gulf News

Dubai: Saudi Arabias Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said that the Qatar crisis was a non-issue, a small issue and that there were other matters to focus on.

In remarks at Chatham House, Al Jubeir said that Qatar needed to change its attitudes for the sake of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the regional alliance that comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates established in 1981.



If we can change Qatari behaviour we will be stronger in the GCC and we can confront Iran and terrorism, he said at the meeting on Tuesday.

Asked if there were red lines, the Saudi minister said that it all lies with Qatar.

We are saying no to funding terrorism, he said, stressing that it was unacceptable that media platforms condone bombings.

He added that Qatar must first acknowledge it has a problem in order for them to solve it.

...

16:05

PHOTOS: Fayoses G-Wagon completely burnt down in Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A white Mercedes Benz G-Wagon belonging to Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, was completely burnt down in Lagos yesterday, New Telegraph can report.  Confirming the accident, Fayoses spokesman, Lere Olayinka said the SUV caught fire on the motion but the governor was not in the vehicle. No casualty recorded. Cause of the fire not ascertained yet, he told New Telegraph in a telephone chat. Speaking further, he said There was an accident involving the governors vehicle on his way to the airport yesterday. Though he was meant to be in the vehicle,...

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15:52

Palestinian Unity: Beyond Hamas And Fatah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The reconciliation agreement signed between rival Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, in Cairo on October 12 was not a national unity accord at least, not yet. For the latter to be achieved, the agreement would have to make the interests of the Palestinian people a priority, above factional agendas.

The leadership crisis in Palestine is not new. It precedes Fatah and Hamas by decades.

Since the destruction of Palestine and the creation of Israel in 1948 and even further back Palestinians found themselves beholden to an international and regional power play, beyond their ability to control or even influence.

The greatest achievement of Yasser Arafat, the late and iconic leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was his ability to foster an independent Palestinian political identity and a national movement that, although receiving Arab support, was not entirely appropriated by any particular Arab country.

The Oslo Accords, however, was the demise of that movement. Historians may quarrel on whether Arafat, the PLO and its largest political party, Fatah, had any other option but to engage in the so-called peace process. However, in retrospect, we can surely argue that Oslo was the abrupt cancellation of every Palestinian political achievement, at least since the war of 1967.

Despite the resounding defeat of Arab countries by Israel and its powerful western allies in that war, hope for a new beginning was born. Israel reclaimed East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, but, unwittingly unified Palestinians as one nation, although one that is oppressed and occupied.

Moreover, the deep wounds suffered by Arab countries as a result of the disastrous war, gave Arafat and Fatah the opportunity to utilize the new margins that opened up as a result of the Arab retreat.

The PLO, which was originally managed by the late Egyptian President, Jamal Abdul Nasser, became an exclusively Palestinian platform. Fatah, which was established a few years prior to the war, was the party in charge.

When Israel occupied Lebanon in 1982, its aim was the annihilation of the Palestinian national movement, especially since Arafat was opening up new channels of dialogue, not only with Arab and Muslim countries, but internationally as well. The United Nations, among other global institutions, began recognizing Palestinians, not as hapless refugees needing handouts, but as a serious national movement deserving to be heard and respected.

At the time, Israel was obsessed with preventing Arafat from rebranding the PLO into a budding government. In the short term, Israel achieved its main objective: Arafat was driven to Tunisia with his partys leadership, and the rest of the PLOs fighters were scattered across the Middle East, once more falling hostag...

15:51

Oando challenges SECs directives with a court order "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In a decisive response to the technical suspension of the trading of its shares and proposed forensic audit of the companys affairs, Oando Plc has fought back, obtaining an ex-parte order from the Federal High Court, to restrain the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and any other party working on their behalf from effecting the directive of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to implement a technical suspension of the shares of the Company pending the hearing and determination of the matter.   The order also restrains the SEC and any...

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15:33

Kenyan opposition cries foul ahead of new presidential vote "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFP

 

Patrick Meinhardt, AFP | Jubilee ruling party supporters in Nairobi celebrate the Supreme Courts decision to proceed with the re-run of the presidential elections on October 25.

Text by FRANCE 24 

Latest update : 2017-10-25

In a shock decision last month, Kenyas supreme court nullified President Uhuru Kenyattas re-election, citing irregularities. But ahead of a new presidential vote on Thursday, supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga are already crying foul.

Opposition leader Odinga challenged Kenyattas August 8 victory, claiming hackers had infiltrated election servers and manipulated the vote.

After reviewing the evidence, the countrys highest court agreed. Citing irregularities and possible illegalities as well as the electoral commissions unwillingness to let court-appointed technicians scrutinise its servers it took the unusual step of nullifying the vote and ordering a new presidential election to be held within 60 days.

The Kenyan opposition maintains that not enough reforms have been implemented to ensure that a new election would be more free or fair than the last. Odinga has said he will not participate in another round of voting until the necessary changes have been made and a petition was filed with the Supreme Court to delay the October 26 vote until its credibility could be guaranteed.

The court was to hear a petition filed by three Kenyans, including a human rights activist, on the eve of Thursdays vote. But as the Supreme Court convened to review the complaint a series of dramatic events p...

14:25

How US Policies Are Worsening the Global Refugee Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

All of it as intended. By design. The plan.  

Remaking entire parts of the planet- Destroying communities and cultures- It takes a whole lot of ethnic cleansing and refugees on the move... to reshape the globe to better suit the psychos we foolishly call leaders.

Carnegie Endowment:
U.S. military actions and partnerships are directly contributing to the very crises humanitarians are trying to resolve. U.S. policy choices bear responsibility in three ways: 1) U.S. military operations have caused immense disruption and are intensifying; 2) partner militaries are systematically violating international humanitarian law and exacerbating migration outflows; and 3) consequently, international norms to protect civilians during armed conflict are diminishing worldwide.
In the campaign to defeat ISIS, U.S. military operations have caused significant damage to communities and led to a steady rise in civilian deaths. Some of the outcomes have been positive.(Its Carnegie so there has to be appeasement to the global tyrant)

On the other hand, the incredible use of firepower and munitions has brought vast destruction. Millions of Iraqis are displaced and unable to return to their destroyed communities. Whole families have been wiped out from coalition airstrikes. Meanwhile in Syria, the war continues with devastating consequences: more than half the population has been displaced and 13.5 million people exhibit serious humanitarian needs (out of an estimated wartime population of 16.6 million).
Oh and this article features a bigblame Trump push.  But then contradicts itself in the next breath by citing worsening conditions under Obama
Under President Donald J. Trump, this destruction has only increased..

Even before Trump took office, human rights observers were concerned about the civilian impact from airstrikes. Under Obamas watch, the fight against ISIS led to approximately 2,300 to 3,400 civilian deaths. The sheer amount of ordnance used was breathtaking. In 2016, for example, the United States dropped an estimated 26,172 bombs in seven countries: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.
The non-profit monitoring group Airwars estimates that of the 102,000 bombs and missiles that the U.S. military has dropped in Iraq and Syria an...

14:12

South Africa five rhinos killed in one attack on reserve in Stormberg mountains "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Heraldlive.co.za

 

Entire rhino herd wiped out

One of the dead rhino on the private game reserve near Komani
Picture: Supplied

Two attacks in three weeks on Eastern Cape reserve leave total of five animals dead

In a blow for anti-poaching efforts in the Eastern Cape, five rhinos have been killed in two separate attacks on the same private game reserve in the past three weeks.

In the latest attack at the Wildschutsberg Game Reserve in the Stormberg mountain range near Komani (formerly Queenstown) at the weekend, three rhinos were shot.

A cow survived but died later during attempts to save it.

The spate of poaching attacks has left reserve owner Greg Harvey outraged as its entire rhino population has been wiped out.

The latest incident saw poachers escape with minimal rhino horn as all the rhinos had been dehorned as a counterpoaching measure earlier this year, leaving only stumps of horn.

It is suspected a syndicate targeted the reserve and were also responsible for poaching two rhinos on October 1.

The attack bears a striking similarity to another attack on the same reserve in 2014 when two white rhinos, both breeding bulls, were shot dead with high-powered hunting rifles 10 days apart.

So far this year, 11 rhinos have been poached in the Eastern Cape, while 19 were killed last year.

The police stock theft and endangered species unit has take...

12:56

With visit to Iran, Hamas thumbs nose at Palestinian reconciliation Unite against the Zionist entity. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Terror group signals it will never give up its weaponry, parades independence from Egypt with surprise Tehran trip

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Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh delivers a speech in front of portraits of late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini (left), and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (right), at a rally in Tehran, February 11, 2012. (AP/Vahid Salemi)
Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh delivers a speech in front of portraits of late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini (left), and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (right), at a rally in Tehran, February 11, 2012. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

At the outset of the current round of Palestinian reconciliation talks, Hamas appeared committed to working with Egypt to reach a deal to end 10 years of a bitter rivalry with Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority.

But then a senior delegation of officials from the terror organization took an unexpected visit to Iran, casting a shadow over the unity efforts.

When talks began, it seemed Hamas had taken a good look in the mirror seen its international stance waning, and the territory it controls, the Gaza Strip, suffering from vast unemployment as well as crippling electric and water crises and understood it had to make drastic changes to stay in power.

And there was the matter of Egypt. Cairo holds strong sway over Hamas, as it can partially remove the 11-year crippling blockade of the enclave, which would end years of limited travel and boost the Gazan economy. Hamass seni...

12:52

Expansion of Imperialist U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Na Libi,......Frankrijk en de US gaan door in Afrika........
Expansion of Imperialist U.S. War on Terror in Africa Preceded Deadly Attacks in Niger & Somalia

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/24/expansion_of_imperialist_us_war_on

Expansion of Imperialist U.S. War on Terror in Africa Preceded Deadly Attacks in Niger & Somalia

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12:48

Why 55 Elephants A Day Are Still Being Killed In Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Jess Murray Truth Theory

Despite elephant poaching in Africa reportedly declining for the fifth year in a row, an average of 55 elephants are still being killed every single day. A recent report from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) stated that 40 tonnes of trafficked ivory has been recovered.

According to reports, 111,000 African elephants have been killed by poachers in the last 10 years, although poaching levels have started to decrease in recent years. The Cites report stated that last year there was a record number of seizures of large ivory items, which the organisation claims could be down to better awareness and law enforcement. The organisations Secretary-General John Scanlon said, The global collective effort that is underway is starting to reap positive results, but we are certainly not there yet.

There have also been reports ...

12:48

Saudi sovereign wealth fund to double assets by 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFP

AFP | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh on October 24, 2017

RIYADH (AFP)  Saudi Arabia, smarting from a three-year oil slump, said Wednesday that it aims to nearly double the assets of its sovereign wealth fund by 2020 through a series of investment initiatives.

The Public Investment Fund (PIF), chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said the programme comprising 30 business initiatives would boost its assets to $400 billion in the coming three years, up from $230 billion now.

The newly unveiled NEOM mega economic zone, with investments topping $500 billion, is envisaged as the crown jewel of the planned investments, a statement said.

Saudi Arabia, the worlds top oil exporter, has lost hundreds of billion of dollars since crude prices plummeted in mid-2014, posting huge budget deficits.

Prince Mohammed last year launched Vision 2030, consisting of economic austerity and development programmes, to diversify the economy away from oil.

The kingdom, which pumps 10 million barrels of oil per day, has nearly $500 billion of fiscal reserves managed by the countrys central bank.

The PIF did not reveal the nature of the business initiatives it will undertake but highlighted the NEOM project launched on Tuesday by the crown prince.

Saudi Arabia has pledged to inject $500 billion in the NEOM project, envisioned as a special economic zone over an area of 26,500 square kilometres (10,230 square miles) on the northern Red Sea coast extending into Jordan and Egypt.

PIF said its initiatives, including NEOM, will create 20,000 direct domestic jobs in addition to nearly 300,000 construction jobs, boosting its contribution to Saudi gross domestic product (GDP) from 4.4 percent currently to 6.3 percent.

The announcement came as Saudi Arabia hosted a three-day Future Investment Initiatives conference, which has attracted more than 2,500 dignitaries and top investors.

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12:43

Medium Term Budget Policy Statement is crucial for South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 25 October 2017 will be the first time that new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba will be able to put numbers to his fiscal policy. Since taking over from Pravin Gordhan in April, Gigaba has emphasized that there will be fiscal policy continuity.

South Africa remains a lucrative buy, experts at a local conference said, despite the ratings downgrade. File photo: The Mall of Africa in Midrand, near Johannesburg, South Africa [Xinhua]


The emphasis on making a good first impression will also be a theme in the MTBPS, so controversial policy options such as an increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate to close the funding gap will be avoided. Most economists expect the MTBPS to present a consensus view on growth and inflation, even though recent data such as August manufacturing, mining and retail sales have exceeded expectations.

At the beginning of the MTBPS in 2016, the National Treasury set out the key concerns and constraints as follows:

Difficult decisions will be made to ensure sustainable public finances. The MTBPS puts forward measured proposals to narrow the budget deficit and stabilise debt. Without taking these steps, we risk opening the door to rapid capital outflows and further economic disruption, setting back transformation, and leading to higher unemployment and social distress.

Citizens are registering their concerns. They want government to talk less and achieve more, act decisively against corruption and waste, contribute to growth and job creation, and speed up inclusive transformation and social justice. Much depends on joint action to restore confidence and mobilise private investment to avoid a low-growth trap.

The problem is that since October 2016, South Africa entered a technical recession, no commission of inquiry has been set up to investigate allegations of state capture, the 9-point plan of action has not seen an public update since June 2016 on the progress of implementation, while business and consumer confidence was impacted by the March 2017 and October 2017 cabinet reshuffles.

The focus of economists and ratings agencies is on how Gigaba will present economic growth and the inflation outlook, which will feed through into revenue and expenditure assumptions and options for closing any revenue shortfall.

Crucial in this set-up is what to expect from the public sector wage bill and how this will influence the debt dynam...

11:58

Saudi Arabia announces $500 billion city of robots and renewables "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Klaus Kleinfeld will be the president of the new project.
The wind and sun will allow NEOM to be powered solely by regenerative energy
NEOM commands a unique location to bring together the best of Arabia, Asia, Africa, Europe and America
NEOM is developed to be independent of the Kingdoms existing governmental framework
Overlooking the waterfront of the Red Sea to the South and the West, and the Gulf of Aqaba, NEOM enjoys an uninterrupted coastline stretching over 468 km
ADVERTISING
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11:38

BREAKING: Jonathan fails to appear at Metuhs trial "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday failed to appear before Justice Okon Abang, as the court begins sitting in the case of money laundering between the Federal Government and a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh. The Federal High Court had earlier ordered President Goodluck Jonathan to today appear before it, to testify as a witness in defence of Metuh. But the court, which is presided over by Justice Abang, struck out the application filed by Colonel Sambo Dasuki, seeking to set aside the order of the court compelling...

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11:37

Aso Rock Has Fallen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Adekoya Boladale   As it stands now, there is only one thing holding the government of President Muhammadu Buhari together: the Nigerian Constitution which stipulates a term of four years. Otherwise, we would have been picking the debris of this administration in several parks, bus stops and market square across the country.   To many who understand practical politics, Buhari was no messiah but a disciple presumed to be open to change if effectively sung in his ears severally. The turn out of Buharis government did not come as...

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11:10

ANALYSIS: After Sabratha battle, scramble for western Libya is on "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

With victory of militia aligned with Khalifa Haftar and Salafi fighters, Sabratha residents anxious over who might take control of their city next

11:00

How The Red Cross Has Survived In Crisis Mode For 150 Years "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Working at the International Committee of the Red Cross can be like a tech company, but also not. There are no free bars, for one. Two: lots of war zones.

Working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)trying to save lives in war zones in Myanmar, Syria, Sudan, and many other countriesis one of the hardest jobs on earth. Yet it is still a job, in a large enterprise with a $2 billion annual budget. The ICRC has had to develop a management structure, policies, staff benefits, and all the other mechanics of a large company, with the added demand of operating in constant crisis mode.

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10:58

Puerto Rico disaster and trade unions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Campaign Donor Gets HUGE Puerto Rico Power Contract

24 October 2017

You scratch Trumps back, hell scratch yours as long as its with taxpayer money. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

A tiny Montana utility company that received a $300 million contract to help restore power to Puerto Rico after its electrical grid was devastated by Hurricane Maria is financed by major Trump donors and run by a CEO friendly with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a series of recent reports has revealed.

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authoritys granting of the huge contract to Whitefish Energy Holdings, a two-year-old company that reportedly had two full-time employees when the hurricane first hit, was first reported by the Weather Channel last week.

The Washington Post and the Daily Beast on Tuesday offered more details on the companys backers. The Post noted that the firm is based in Zinkes hometown and that its CEO, Andy Techmanski, is friendly with the Interior secretary, while the Daily Beast reported that Whitefishs general partner maxed out donations to the Trump primary and general election campaigns, as well as a Trump super PAC, in 2016.

That newly surfaced information has raised eyebrows about just why Whitefish was awarded a contract to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of Puerto Rico residents.

Read more here.

By Mark Gruenberg in the USA:

US labour movement steps up for...

10:48

Namibia huntings contribution to the economy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This has been posted by someone with a clear interest in the success of the hunting industry, per se, but the figures (sourced from government statistics) shows why regulated, efficient hunting can contribute to economies and to the conservation of habitat and species A good example of Benthamite utilitarianism over Kants categorical imperative. KS

 

Jofie Lamprecht is at Jofie Lamprecht Safaris.

Trophy huntings contribution to the Namibian economy

Approximately N$ 100 million is generated by trophy hunting industry in communal conservancies per year in the primary sector. These funds go directly to the communities.

Approximately N$ 450 million is generated from hunting on private game farms per year in the primary sector.

The Namibian government earns approximately N$ 10 million from trophy hunting annually.

The hunting industry creates approximately 15,000 jobs in the primary sector.

Source: Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism

It must be kept in mind that more revenue and jobs are created in the secondary and tertiary industries such as taxidermy, hotels, flights, curios, meals, general tourism related activities, donations and shipping.

Toursim and specifically trophy hunting contributes significantly...

10:24

Will Saudi Arabia Really End Extremism? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman. (Photo: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman (Photo: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, made a shocking announcement today, which could signal a huge shift in Saudi thinking.

We want to go back to what we were, to a moderate Islam that is open to the world, open to all the religions, the heir to the throne told a meeting of the Future Investment Initiative in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Tuesday.

We will not spend the next 30 years of our lives dealing with destructive ideas. We will destroy them today, he added. We will end extremism very soon.

Bin Salman made the announcement while unveiling the creation of a new economic zone called NEOM, an investment area stretching across Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan on the Red Sea coast. The project will cost $500 billion and is intended to be a technological hub for innovation.

This place is not for conventional people or conventional companies, Bin told the conference. This will be a place for the dreamers of the world.

The ...

10:11

Black rhinos in Tanzanias Mkomazi now monitored via sensors implanted directly in their horns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mongabay

  • In a first for the species, several black rhinos in Tanzanias Mkomazi National Park have had small, networked sensors embedded directly in their horns in order to allow park rangers to monitor the animals much more closely than in the past.
  • The sensors make use of LoRaWAN technology (which stands for Long Range Wide Area Network), designed to allow low-powered devices, like sensors in rhino horns, to communicate with Internet-connected devices, like computers in a ranger station, over long-range wireless networks.
  • LoRaWAN is one of several technologies currently being put to use for real-time monitoring of wildlife. The network in Tanzanias Mkomazi National Park, where the sensors were recently deployed, covers the entire rhino sanctuary in the park.

In a first for the species, several black rhinos in Tanzanias Mkomazi National Park have had small, networked sensors embedded directly in their horns in order to allow park rangers to monitor the animals much more closely than in the past.

The sensors make use of LoRaWAN technology (which stands for Long Range Wide Area Network), a wireless communication protocol and system architecture that is expected to do for the Internet of Things (IoT) what 3G and 4G connectivity did for mobile phone networks. In other words, LoRaWAN is designed to allow low-powered devices, like sensors in rhino horns, to communicate with Internet-connected devices, like computers in a ranger station, over long-range wireless networks.

The sensors were deployed by a company called The Internet of Life, which uses IoT technology to protect endangered wildlife, and the ShadowView Foundation, which specializes in applying innovative new technologies to environmental and wildlife conservation. Instead of GPS, a relatively power-hungry technology, the battery-powered sensors use a geolocation system developed by a company called Semtech that makes i...

10:05

Libya: A stalled UN roadmap and the coming battle for Tripoli "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The recent seizure of Sabratha by Haftar forces indicates growing social support in the area. If the UN process fails or stalls, it may make it easier for Haftar to try and take Tripoli by force

09:48

The NAACP is warning black passengers about traveling on American Airlines "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The NAACP has issued a travel warning for African-Americans thinking about traveling on American Airlines. In a statement the NAACP said: The NAACP for several months now has been monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines. In light of these confrontations, we have today taken the action of issuing

The NAACP has issued a travel warning for African-Americans thinking about traveling on American Airlines. In a statement the NAACP said:

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09:21

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

DPRK Leader Visits Ryuwon Footwear Factory
Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Workers Party of Korea, Chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission and Supreme Commander of the Korean Peoples Army, together with Ri Sol Ju, visited the Ryuwon Footwear Factory which has been renovated as the model of the countrys shoemaking industry.

He was also accompanied by An Jong Su, vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, and other senior Party Central Committee officials Kim Yong Su, Kim Yo Jong, Jo Yong Won and Pak Myong Sun.

Established in November 1988 as the countrys first injection-moulded trainers producer, the factory has carried out a modernization project which included construction work covering a total area of 24 700 square metres and upgrading of 1 844 machines of 169 kinds between January 2015 and July this year. Now the factory boasts an annual production of well over a million pairs of shoes including a variety of trainers and sneakers for athletes of different sports.

In the compound the Supreme Leader viewed a mosaic mural depicting Chairman Kim Jong Il appreciating the factorys shoes and a monument to his visit to the factory before looking round the rebuilt halls dedicated to education with revolutionary relics and the factorys history.

And he made the rounds of the integrated production control room and workshops for cutting, sewing, shoemaking and injection moulding, sci-tech learning space, design room and showroom among others, acquainting himself with renovation, production and quality of products.

He said that production and quality have been ensured at highest levels, the rate of domestic production reaches over 87 percent, and laser cutter, upper cutter, screen printer and other latest machines have newly been installed, adding that it makes it possible to diversify the products in terms of kind, shape and colour.

The factory runs a shop equipped with a laser 3D foot measuring device that allows customized production, he said, and such service will be favoured by people.

He checked the operation of the rooftop solar panels with a capacity of 400 kW and appreciated their supply of electricity to production activities, heating and cooling, co...

09:20

Widespread Militia Activity, Political Unrest Drive Millions from Their Homes in DR Congo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human Wrongs Watch

Some 3.9 million people across several regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been displaced from their homes, and amid growing violence and unrest, the United Nations refugee agency on 24 October warned that the number could rise even further.

A family flee violence in Kamonia, Kasai province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: UNHCR/John Wessels

According to a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), over the last three months alone, more than 428,000 people have been displaced.

With widespread militia activities, and unrest and violence fuelled by ethnic and political conflict affecting many areas, the risk of further displacement is high, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told journalists.

The challenges of getting aid to people in need are growing fast, he added.

In particular, the regions of Tanganyika, North and South Kivu, and Kasai are the worst affected due to intercommunal clashes, fighting between armed groups and increasing number of armed militia.

Complicating the matters is the onset of the rainy season, that has necessitated the need to beef up public health, sanitation and water supplies to prevent the outbreak of disease. Psychosocial support as well as care for people with specific needs is also urgently required.

In light of the worsening conditions, the UN agency and humanitarian partners have declared the situation in DRC to level 3 the highest level of emergency.

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09:18

Nigeria wants single currency for ECOWAS slowed down "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has urged ECOWAS member countries to tread carefully in pushing for a single currency by 2020,

09:16

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Letter to Kim Jong Un from Participants in International Solidarity Forum
The participants in the international solidarity forum for backing the struggle of the Korean people and youth for independent and peaceful reunification of the country on October 19 sent a letter to Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

The letter paid the highest tribute to President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il, eternal leaders of the Korean people who made great contributions to developing the world youth and students movement.

It said:
During the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students, the participants in the forum had a common understanding that the desire common to mankind is to live in a peaceful world free from war and that the struggle for independence against imperialism is a basic way of making our planet a peaceful one free from war forever.

The US is the very one which has persistently blocked Korea's reunification, constantly aggravated the situation on the Korean peninsula and posed a threat to global peace and security.

The reunification of the Korean nation and the lasting peace on the Korean peninsula are inseparable, and the peace on the peninsula and the peace and security not only in the rest of Northeast Asia but also in the world are also inseparable.

However, at the UN arena, US President Trump let out a torrent of abuse such as "totally destroying" the DPRK and exterminating its population of 25 million to drive the situation on the peninsula into the worst uncontrollable crisis.

We bitterly denounce his rude speech as a serious challenge to not only the DPRK but also the whole of the world.

At the same time, we express firm support to and solidarity with the statement released by the Supreme Leader in connection with Trump's abuse, and all the measures for self-defence to be taken by him to ensure lasting peace on the peninsula.

The letter said that the participants in the forum would make dynamic efforts to build a peaceful and just, new world by following the good example of the DPRK led by Kim Jong Un and that they would send strong support to and solidarity with the Korean people and...

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DPRK International Solidarity Forum Held
An international solidarity forum for backing the struggle of the Korean people and youth for independent and peaceful reunification of the country was held in Sochi, Russia on October 19 under the sponsorship of the international organization committee of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students.

Attending it were the delegation of the Korean youth and students, youth and student delegates of dozens of countries and the president of the World Federation of Democratic Youth and figures of foreign political parties and organizations and international bodies.

A report and speeches were made.

The president of the federation in a report said that since its foundation the federation has conducted positive activities for international solidarity with the Korean people and youth in their struggle for just cause.

He went on:
It is entirely due to the US hostile policy towards the DPRK that the long-cherished desire of the Korean people to live harmoniously in a reunified territory has not yet been realized. The DPRK's nuclear deterrent for self-defence to cope with the nuclear threat from the US provides a sure guarantee for averting a war on the Korean peninsula and defending global peace and security. The US should recognize the strategic position of the DPRK, roll back its hostile policy towards the DPRK, withdraw its forces from south Korea and stop laying hurdles in the way of reunification of the Korean peninsula. The federation and the world progressive young people will always stand by the Korean people and youth in their struggle for peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the world.

The chairman of the Russian National Preparatory Committee for the Festival said that the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League is a prestigious organization with a 70-odd-year history, adding:

The Russian youth are watching keenly the happenings on the Korean peninsula and will always support the Korean people and youth.

He hoped that the friendship, solidarity and cooperation between the Russian youth bodies and the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League would grow stronger with the...

09:13

Ending Child Marriage in West and Central Africa Could Take 100 Years UNICEF "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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24 October 2017 Unless progress is accelerated, ending child marriage in West and Central Africa will take more than 100 years, with far-reaching, life-altering consequences for millions of child brides and crippling impact on the regions prosperity, the UN childrens agency has said.

Dada, 15, holds her 18-month-old daughter Husseina where shes live in a host community in Maiduguri, Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF/UN0118457/

A new report released Monday {23 October} from the UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF), Achieving a future without child marriage: Focus on West and Central Africa, reveals that, due to rapid population growth and high prevalence of child marriage, even if the current decline rate was doubled, it would not suffice to reduce the annual number of girls married.

We cannot continue to let so many of our girls miss out on their health, education, and childhood, said Fatoumata Ndiaye, UNICEFs Deputy Executive Director, in a press release, adding that at current rates, our report shows, it will take over 100 years to eliminate child marriage in the region how is this acceptable?

The new projections, released during a UN-backed high-level meeting on ending child marriage in Dakar this week, aim to bring the spotlight on the region of the world where girls face the highest risk of marrying in childhood.

While the prevalence of child marriage in West and Central Africa has declined over the past two decades, progress has been uneven, and still four in 10 women are married before the age of 18 and, of these...

09:08

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KAPPC Spokesman Blasts Japanese Authorities' Reckless Action
As already reported, the Japanese reactionaries recently dissolved the House of Representatives without any proper justification in a sinister attempt to prolong their remaining days, claiming it as a "momentous event" to overcome "the nation's difficulties".

Great irony is that the authorities of Japan are getting frantic with the move to paint itself as "the centripetal force for tiding over the national crisis", building up the public opinion that the crisis, caused by their poor administration, is ascribable to "nuclear threat" from the DPRK.

In this regard, a spokesman for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee issued a statement on October 22, which said:

What the Japanese reactionaries seek in deliberately linking their step to dissolve the House of Representatives with the DPRK is to gratify their ambition for staying in power and pave the groundwork for reinvasion of the Korean peninsula in order to realize the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere", taking advantage of the nuclear war moves of the US.

This is well proven by the fact that Japan examined a plan for giving logistic support to the US troops and putting down "armed refugees" with mobilization of the "Self-Defense Forces" in contingency on the Korean peninsula, while loudly trumpeting about the US military attack on the DPRK.

Japan enacted another sinister political cartoon only to reveal its ugly true colours as a war state which has pressed ahead with its militarization, making a mockery of the world for decades since its defeat.

The Japanese reactionaries are behaving frivolously far from sincerely reflecting on their most heinous crimes against the Korean people and making reparation for them.

Such an action is nothing but the last-ditch efforts of those frightened by the tremendous might of the DPRK which has neared the completion of the program of the state nuclear force.

The Japanese authorities' dreaming of being exposed to golden rain, believing in the lunatic's empire as in Heaven is as foolish a dream as barking at the moon.

Now that it is crystal clear to...

09:03

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DPRK Permanent Representative to UN Sends Letter to UNSC President
The permanent representative of the DPRK to the UN on October 20 sent a letter to the president of the UNSC with regard to another large-scale naval joint military exercises staged by the US on the Korean peninsula in its attempt to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the DPRK.

The joint military exercises conducted by the US one after another all the year round on the Korean peninsula are clearly aggressive war exercises in their nature and scale, the letter said.

Involved in the naval exercises are the strike forces of nuclear aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, three nuclear submarines including the Michigan, Aegis destroyers and more than 40 other battleships and fighters of all kinds.

The naval rehearsal has further strained the tension on the Korean peninsula as it was launched after the US chief executive made the most ferocious declaration of war in history by crying out for "total destruction" of the DPRK, it pointed out, and went on:

What cannot be overlooked is the fact that the US, not being content with the joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula, is kicking up a racket of military pressure upon the DPRK on a worldwide scale while getting more undisguised in its attempt to introduce NATO and other armed forces of its followers into the peninsula in case of emergency.

The large-scale joint military exercises, started by the US against the DPRK in the Cold War era, are staged several times every year with mobilization of more nuclear strategic assets on a larger scale of more aggressive nature after the Cold War era.

As such, they constitute a clear threat to international peace and security.

Proceeding therefrom, the DPRK, in accordance with Article 34 and Article 35 of the UN Charter, requests the UN Security Council to bring up the US joint military exercises as its urgent agenda item for discussion.

No other country in the world than the DPRK has ever been subjected to such an extreme and direct nuclear threat from the US for such a long time and witnessed on its door such nuclear war exercises which are the most vicious and ferocious in their scale, style, aim and essence.

The UN Securit...

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Operation of Advance Into the Homeland by a Large Unit
In the middle of 1937 a large unit of the KPRA advanced into the homeland under the command of Kim Il Sung, dealing a heavy political and military blow to the Japanese imperialists.

In this period they won victories in such battles as those of Pochonbo, Kouyushuishan and Jiansanfeng. Thus they shattered the myth of the matchless imperial Japanese army and demonstrated the might of the KPRA, fully convincing the Korean people that they would emerge victorious if they fought against the Japanese aggressors.

Major Military Operations during the Anti-Japanese Armed Struggle

Noteworthy in the history of the anti-Japanese armed struggle are the military operations whose main form was guerrilla warfare.

Typical examples include battles in defence of guerrilla bases, operation of advance to a vast area, operation of advance to the Mt Paektu area, operation of advance into the homeland centred on the Battle of Pochonbo, Arduous March, operation of advance into the Musan area, small-unit actions and operation for final offensive.

08:58

FUPRE Bill: Onuesoke Advises Evelyn Oboro, Omo-Agege To Stop Media Bickering "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

PDD Chieftain, hief Sunny Onuesoke


LAGOS OCTOBER 25TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Delta State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Chieftain, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has advised Hon Evelyn Oboro, Member Representing Uvwie/Sapele/Okpe Constituency of Delta State in the Federal House of Representatives and Senator representing Delta Central District in the National Assembly, Ovie Omo-Agege to stop the present media bickering over over the ownership of the Bill establishing the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE), Delta State which was recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Onuesoke who gave the advise in Warri, Delta State while addressing journalists on the issue said both parties do not need to claim credit over the Bill establishing the university because they were elected to represent the people of Delta Central in the National Assembly, arguing that if they were not elected they would not have got the opportunity to pass the Bill.
The former Delta State Governorship aspirant argued that any other person who is voted into the National Assembly can do whatever both parties are doing presently NASS and as such it is wrong for any of them to claim intellectual credit .
We need to understand a few things regarding the Act that establishes a University. There will always be a visitation panel report which outlines things required to be put in place to make the institut...

08:52

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DPRK Tradition of Self-reliance
The Chollima Steel Complex is well known as the home of Chollima. Sixty years ago the workers of the complex performed a miracle by turning out 120 000 tons of rolled steel from a blooming mill with a rated capacity of 60 000 tons. The national leader Kim Il Sung, who had visited the complex several times, inspected it again in September 1962, and grasped hands of the workers one by one, saying that the complex was the birthplace of Chollima. Its tradition of working miracles by its own efforts and technology is still being carried on today.

This year, like it did last year, the complex is increasing the production of quality narrow-gauged rails, round steel bars and square billets by modernizing the rolled steel production process. Song Myong Ho, chief engineer of the complex, said, Like in the past, we are pushing ahead with the work to increase the production of iron and steel by dint of local raw and other materials and our own technology.

The steel workshop, the backbone of the complex, took a proper measure to operate the transformer of furnace No. 4 and completed in a new way the anthracite-used tundish heating device. Now it is renovating the spraying nozzle of the secondary cooling zone. The undertaking has a very good prospect. Pak Il Sin, leader of the workshop, said that as they modernized the production processes and replaced the oxygen plant with a new one in keeping with the actual reality, they could cut the melting time per charge at the refining furnace and double the steel production while saving much energy. He went on to say that in the course of this they came to have firmer confidence that self-reliance and self-development are the best choice.

The wire rod heating furnace is also the fruit of the workers effort. This furnace, which is based on high-temperature air combustion technology, does not need heavy oil at all while using domestic materials in production. Ji Jong Ho, senior engineer of the steel workshop, said, We buckled down to the research to find a new fireproof material with the determination to do it by ourselves. Of course, it was a difficult job as we had to find a new material by using different ores available in our country.

But our technicians and workers painstaking efforts bore fruit at last. He conti......

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Washingtons Vain Hope of Turning ASEAN Against China
Global Times
Published: 2017/10/24 20:28:39

US Defense Secretary James Mattis Monday told reporters in the Philippines that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) "gives voice to those who want relations between states to be based on respect, and not on predatory economics or on the size of militaries." Since US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused China of being a predatory economy in the Indo-Pacific a few days ago, a similar remark by Mattis seems quite eye-catching and some media prominently reported the comment.

Those media analyzed that Mattis is trying to draw ASEAN against China. But whether such an idea, which obviously serves the interests of the US, will be accepted by ASEAN, is another thing.

To those US elites keen on a geopolitical mind-set, the whole value of ASEAN is probably that it can be used against Beijing. During former US president Barack Obama's presidency, ASEAN was the crucial region for the US rebalance strategy and Washington invested in the area politically, economically and militarily. The investments were not much, but the US made a gesture for all-round development of its relationship with ASEAN. The inclusion of some ASEAN members in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was a move to transfer some of its interests to the area.

However, during the final stage of Obama's term, the rebalance was already as good as dead. The Philippines took the lead in rebelling against the US. The root cause was Washington's small investments with numerous requirements which made ASEAN countries feel it was not worth keeping in step with the US.

The current US administration even pulled out of the TPP. Only pretentious Washington elites still believe that ASEAN would follow the US closely under whatever banners the White House holds high.

Developing a good relationship with China, especially expanding economic collaboration with Beijing, serves the interests of every single country in the region. Granted, some ASEAN members have concerns over the emergence of China and are willing to see external forces balance it. Nevertheless, while pursuing that balance, they should focus on their own...

07:53

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Democratic Populism Plunges Spain Into Crisis
By George N. Tzogopoulos
Global Times
Published: 2017/10/24 21:20:08

The debt and the refugee crises are not the only challenges for Europe. Nationalism fueling separatism is another tendency causing trouble for some member states and skepticism in the EU. Many questions remained the day after the Catalan referendum, from the personal clash between Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont to the vision of independence the latter promoted.

To start with, it was an illegal vote. About 90 percent of Catalans who participated said "yes" to independence, but this had no legal value. Numerous citizens did not go to the polling stations out of respect for the court decision. As a result, the Catalonia region is more divided now than ever.

Apart from the ambiguity of the referendum itself, some regional cleavages are apparent. The support for independence is much higher in Barcelona in comparison to other areas of Catalonia outside the city. The problematic distribution of regional power has been a thorny issue for years, generating Catalan disenchantment with taxation, the Catalan language in schools and the competence of the Catalonia court system. The reality of independence will certainly be different from theoretical claims.

Notwithstanding Puigdemont's insistence on the need for independence, the Catalonia parliament can hardly proceed to a declaration of independence with such a slim majority. That kind of decision requires a general consensus and a clear plan for the new state.

The current plan is based on the white book presented three years ago by former Catalonia president Artur Mas. This is considered inadequate or at least too optimistic by most analysts and scholars.

Citizens who want independence - largely influenced by the passion of Puigdemont - cannot anticipate future repercussions. It is unclear how a "Catalanexit" from Spain will impact on relations between Catalonia and the EU.

International mediation will not easily be accepted by the Spanish premier. Prime Minister Rajoy will refrain from recognizing Puigdemont as an equal political partner. The initial plans of some banks and businesses to leave Catalonia add further uncertainty. The Madri...

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A Europe We Can Believe In? Unbelievable
By Sun Keqin
Global Times
2017/10/24 21:47:03

The Paris Statement recently attracted attention inside and outside Europe. Written by 10 European conservative scholars and intellectuals, "A Europe We Can Believe In" demonstrated that some conservative members of the European elite and their Euroskeptic partners revel in populism. Beset by crises, Europe faces challenges of belief and theory. Debate over European integration has entered a crucial stage.

Though contradictory, opinions in the statement come from a clear basic standpoint. They negate two things: first, the achievement of European integration. They argue that "a false Europe threatens us," "it will confiscate our home." "The false Europe praises itself as the forerunner of a universal community that is neither universal nor a community," the statement reads.

Second, multiculturalism. "Multiculturalism is unworkable. They ignore, even repudiate the Christian roots of Europe. At the same time they take great care not to offend Muslims, who they imagine will cheerfully adopt their secular, multicultural outlook," these scholars state.

Next they put forward their own propositions for Europe: the hope of returning to the nation state, emphasizing a Christian spirit, opposing Muslim immigrants and showing sympathy for populism.

Europe's dilemma revealed in the Paris Statement has foundations. Globalization, the continuous extension of the EU, multicultural policies and the neoliberal governance pattern have challenged Europe. Western diplomacy aggravated these challenges. Populist Euroskepticism has gorged on the 2009 European debt crisis, the Ukraine crisis, the refugee crisis, terrorism, fragmentation of society, Brexit and the internal contradictions of EU members. Disagreement and arguments raged among European elites. In this context, the statement hardly surprises anyone at all.

It is easy to complain and rake up faults. To get out of a predicament and predict the way forward takes courage, tolerance and boldness of vision. The 10 intellectuals hoped to find answers in the old world, the nation state and the Christian order. This is their fatal flaw.

Europe can never go back, nor is it necessary.

Fir...

07:40

At a forgotten Pakistan port, China paves a new Silk Road Welcome to Gwadar (Gate of the Wind) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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AFP / by Amlie HERENSTEIN | Situated on a barren peninsula in the Arabian Sea, Gwadar, or the gate of the wind, owes its fortuitous selection as Pakistans next economic hub to its strategic location near the Strait of Hormuz

GWADAR (PAKISTAN) (AFP)  Remote and impoverished, Pakistans Gwadar port at first glance seems an unlikely crown jewel in a multi-billion-dollar development project with China aimed at constructing a 21st century Silk Road.

Situated on a barren peninsula in the Arabian Sea, Gwadar, or the gate of the wind, owes its fortuitous selection as Pakistans next economic hub to its strategic location near the Strait of Hormuz.

The city is set to become the bridgehead for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $54 billion project launched in 2013 linking western China to the Indian Ocean via Pakistan.

The corridor is one of the largest projects in Beijings One Belt One Road initiative, comprising a network of roads and sea routes involving 65 countries.

The Chinese-financed initiative aims to connect the country with Africa, Asia and Europe through a vast network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks.

But for Pakistan, participating in the project presents an enormous challenge in a country plagued by weak institutions, endemic corruption and a range of insurgencies in areas slated to host the corridor.

This port is going to help Pakistan mak linkages with neighbouring countries. The entire nation will be getting benefits out of Gwadar, Dostain Khan Jamaldini, chairman of the Gwadar Port Authority, told reporters.

But the first beneficiaries of this port will be the people of Gwadar.

The subject of economic dividends is extremely sensitive in resource-rich Balochistan one of Pakistans poorest and most violent provinces, where separatist insurgencies have been waged for decades.

Since the beginning of the project militants have repeatedly attacked construction site...

07:28

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Thriving Chinese Economy Attracting Global Attention
By Hu Angang
Global Times
2017/10/24 22:28:39

The world is paying more and more attention to China, especially its economy. The IMF has again raised its forecasts for China's economic growth rates this year and next.

Since reform and opening-up began, China has had the world's highest economic growth, with average annual GDP expansion of 9.9 percent between 1978 and 2011. After the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012, China's economic development entered the "new normal" state, shifting from high-speed growth to a slower rate of expansion as it adapted to new opportunities and situations.

In 2011, the Central Economic Work Conference determined that "making progress while keeping performance stable" would be the overall tone for the first time. In 2016, this policy became the methodology for governing the State and dealing with political and economic work.

The overall tone of "making progress while keeping performance stable" is a necessary part of economic development and also an intrinsic manifestation of the cyclical characteristics of China's development. Between 2012 and 2016, the global average annual GDP growth rate fell to 3.3 percent, while China's GDP growth rate remained at 7.2 percent, much higher than the world average and that of lower-middle-income countries in general.

China's economy has become the world's largest growth engine and stabilizer.

The results of "making progress while keeping performance stable" have been remarkable. Over the past five years, China's economic growth has been stable and inflation has remained at the low level of 2.0 percent. Urban registered unemployment has been less than 4.1 percent. The number of new jobs created in urban areas has been more than 13 million annually, accounting for about one-third of the world's new employment. China's labor force participation rate has remained above 56 percent, the highest in the world. It has also been the country with the world's largest and fastest-growing market.

However, that doesn't mean there haven't been any changes. Innovation has become the driver of development and the key to deepening reform. China's patent applications...

07:18

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Navigating China's Post-congress Economy
Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-21 15:50:43|Editor: Yang Yi
by Xinhua writers Liu Jie, Zhang Zhengfu, Li Wei

BEIJING, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- For those who gauge the growth trajectory of China's economy over the next five years, meaningful hints could be found at the ongoing twice-a-decade Communist Party congress.

When outlining the development objectives for the next five years in his report to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Xi Jinping said China's economy has been transitioning from a phase of rapid growth to a stage of high-quality development.

China will not close its door to the world. It will only become more and more open, according to the report.

With China becoming a global China, that ups the ante on its connection to an increasingly integrated world and creates a new set of opportunities.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, China's economy expanded by an average annual rate of 7.2 percent (2013 - 2016), outstripping the 2.6-percent average global growth and the 4-percent growth of developing economies.

"The economy has maintained a medium-high growth rate, making China a leader among the major economies," according to the report.

The report called it a pivotal stage for a transforming growth model, improving economic structure, and fostering new drivers of growth.

China needs a transformative leadership to move the country forward, to have the system evolve in a way that's right for a new era. That means strengthening institutions and human capital while changing the structure of the economy, said Yukon Huang, a senior fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Wang Xiaodong, governor of central China's Hubei Province, a delegate to the congress, was greatly encouraged by the report.

"As one of the country's old industrial bases, Hubei is at the frontline of the growth model transformation," he said.

To reduce excess steel capacity and improve market competitiveness, Wuhan Iron and Steel, a mega steel maker based in Hubei, merged with Shanghai-based Baosteel in 2016.

In 2016 alone, Hubei completed the capacity reducti...

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Commentary: Milestone Congress Points to New Era for China, the World
Xinhua| 2017-10-24 13:06:40
Editor: Lu Hui

The closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 24, 2017. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The curtains are falling at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, but China is rising like it never has before.

About a week ago, Xi Jinping announced the new era: China has stood up, grown rich and become strong. It will move toward center stage and make greater contributions for mankind.

By 2050, two centuries after the Opium Wars, which plunged the "Middle Kingdom" into a period of hurt and shame, China is set to regain its might and re-ascend to the top of the world.

The Communist Party of China, the ruling party that has led China to awe-inspiring achievements, on Tuesday concluded its 19th National Congress with calls for confidence, aspirations and action.

The baton will be passed to the new leadership. The Party has gained a new addition to its guiding ideology: Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.

Xi said the aim is to build China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful.

Though it will take immense work, the picture is clear -- China is set to become the world's largest economy, and incomes will be high with an effective social welfare system, a responsive and people-serving government, clean politics ensuring people's rights, and a beautiful country loved by its citizens.

The genesis of China's development miracle is socialism, not other "-isms." The country succeeds not by rigidly copying the original ideas of scientific socialism, but by adapting it to China's reality. Xi Jinping's thought will be China's signature ideology and the new communism.

The China approach has been successful, both politically and economically, and will continue to serve the country's future well. Despite the suspicion and attacks it has drawn, it has benef...

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Full Text of Resolution on Communist Party of China Central Committee Report
Xinhua| 2017-10-24 16:22:10
|Editor: Yamei

BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Following is the full text of the Resolution of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on the Report of the 18th Central Committee adopted Tuesday at the just-ended 19th National Congress of the CPC.

Resolution of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on the Report of the 18th Central Committee

October 24, 2017

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China approves the report delivered by Comrade Xi Jinping on behalf of the Party's 18th Central Committee. The Congress holds high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics and is guided by Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, the Scientific Outlook on Development, and Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. On the basis of an analysis of the developments in the international and domestic environments and a review of the Party's work and the historic change over the past five years, the Congress forms the major political judgments that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era and the principal contradiction in Chinese society has evolved into one between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people's ever-growing needs for a better life. The Congress elaborates on the Party's historic mission in the new era and establishes the historical position of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. It sets forth the basic policy for upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era, and establishes the goal of securing a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and then embarking on a journey to fully build a modern socialist China. The Congress also sets out an overall plan for advancing the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the great new project of Party building in the new era.

The report of the 18th Central Committee approved by the Congress sketches out an impressive blueprint for secur...

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Saudi Arabia in Search of Cash "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

QUESTION: I read your blog about the Saudis potentially selling a large private equity position from China in Aramco rather than accessing the public markets. You have pointed out the need for the Saudis to modernize their economy to be less dependent on oil income and to monetize that resource for capital improvements/diversification, but how do they do that without giving away to much control over their oil resources to China?  Wouldnt a single significant stake by a private investor (country in this case) give up to much control over their single greatest resource (at least for the immediate future)?  Im thinking of the disaster that is Venezuela as an example of the poor employment of foreign investment.

 

ANSWER: I fully understand your point. However, the Saudis need money. They spent too much money expecting oil to be $200 forever. They are now starting to issue bonds. Saudi Arabia has peaked economically and looks at UAE and sees the diversification. Here is a picture I took on the beach in Abu Dhabi. They are tolerant of Western Culture. You cannot create a world economy without separation of church and state.

Saudi Arabia is introducing a free zone like UAE. They are introducing an Industrial section by the Red Sea. So they are trying to move forward away from just oil.

Venezuela has always been a ruthless dictatorship. The wealth from oil never made it to the people.

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Turkey and Qatar: Behind the strategic alliance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Al Jazeera

Image result for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Ankara in September [AP], photo

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Ankara in September [AP]

The third meeting of Turkey-Qatar Supreme Strategic Committee kicked off in Istanbul on Tuesday. Al Jazeera examines the strategic relationship binding the two countries.

Military ties

  • In an extraordinary session on June 7, Turkeys parliament ratified two 2014 deals allowing Turkish troops to be deployed in Qatar and another approving an accord between the two countries on military training cooperation.
  • The agreements aimed to raise Qatars defence capabilities, support counter-terror efforts and maintain security and stability in the region.
  • Five armoured vehicles and 23 military Turkish military personnel arrived in Doha on June 18 with plans to increase the number of troops to 3,000 and keep a brigade in the Gulf country.
  • Some 88 Turkish soldiers were reportedly already in Qatar, stationed at an army base the first Turkish military installation in the Arab world.
  • The blockading countries have set the closure of the Turkish base in Qatar as one of 13 conditions to restore relations with Doha.
  • Contrary to the blockading countries, Qatar and Turkey condemned the 2013 military coup that brought Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to power in Egypt.
  • During the attempted Turkish coup in 2016, Qatar quickly offered support to its government, and, as noted by the Turkish ambassador to Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was the first leader to call President Erdogan and express support to our government and Turkish people.

Turkey is protecting its own interests through the base in Qatar, rather than taking sides between the parties at odds. And Ankara\s interests require stability in the region. Therefore, Turkey would be agains...

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Full Text of Resolution on CCDI Work Report
Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-24 16:22:44
Editor: Mengjie

BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Following is the full text of the Resolution of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on the Report on the Work of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection adopted Tuesday at the 19th National Congress of the CPC.
Resolution of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on the Report on the Work of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection

October 24, 2017

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has reviewed and approved the Report on the Work of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. The Congress fully endorses its work.

The Congress holds that since the 18th National Congress of the Party, under the strong leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, the central and local commissions for discipline inspection have strengthened their consciousness of the need to maintain political integrity, think in big-picture terms, follow the leadership core, and keep in alignment, and enhanced their confidence in the path, theory, system, and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

They have closely aligned themselves with the Party Central Committee and held the Party Constitution in great esteem as they performed their duties faithfully. Further steps have been taken to ensure full and strict governance over the Party, and the anti-corruption campaign has built into a crushing tide, is being consolidated, and continues to develop. They have upheld the authority and centralized, unified leadership of the Central Committee, helped foster a strong political underpinning for the Party's governance, and developed a contingent of discipline inspection and supervision officials who are loyal to the Party, have moral integrity, and demonstrate a keen sense of responsibility. In doing so, they have delivered excellent performance to the satisfaction of the Party and the people.

The Congress calls on the central and local commissions for discipline inspection to hold high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics and foll...

06:54

President-General Of Urhobo Kingdoms Affirm Taiga As UPU President-General "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Olorogu Moses Taiga


LAGOS OCTOBER 25TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Forum of Presidents-General of the 24 Kingdoms of the Urhobo Ethnic Nationality has reiterated that the supremacy of Olorogun (Dr.) Moses Oghenerume Taiga as President-General of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Worldwide is not contestable, urging him to take over all UPU structures.
In an address read by Secretary-General, Olorogun (Sir) Kenneth Iwhewhe, during a meeting of Olorogun Moses Taiga with the Forum of Presidents General (PGs) of Urhobo Kingdoms at Uvwie Town Hall, Effurun, Delta State, the Kingdoms PGs, in reiterating unflinching support for the UPU helmsman, declared: Consequent on your election victory, your supremacy is not contestable as you are our President-General Worldwide. Hence, it revolves around you to use all resources to ensure that the PG status is neither duplicated nor hijacked.
The Forum, while entreating Olorogun Moses Taiga to take over all UPU structures, and control all UPU bodies in the Country and in Diaspora, also tasked the UPU on some pressing issues affecting the Urhobo Nation, including the Fulani Herdsmen incursion, the Aladja-Ogbe Ijoh land dispute, the Oil Industry, among others.
Also speaking, Chairman of the Forum of Presidents General and renowned Surgeon, Olorogun (Dr.) Peter Obakponovwe, said Ta...

06:49

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Xi Presents New CPC Central Leadership
Xinhua| 2017-10-25 12:15:51
Editor: Yang Yi

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and the other newly-elected members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 19th CPC Central Committee Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng arrive to meet the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 25, 2017. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), presented the Party's new central leadership when meeting the press Wednesday at the Great Hall of the People.

"I was re-elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee. I see this as not just approval of my work, but also encouragement that will spur me on," Xi told journalists.

He presented the other six newly elected members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 19th CPC Central Committee: Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng.

Li Keqiang served on the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 18th CPC Central Committee, while all the others were members of the Political Bureau of the 18th CPC Central Committee, Xi said.

"Here, on behalf of the newly elected central leadership, I wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all other members of the Party for the trust they have placed in us," he said.

"We will work diligently to meet our duty, fulfill our mission and be worthy of their trust," Xi said.

05:43

Monkeypox: Delta Govt Rolls Out Measures To Curb Spread "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS OCTOBER 25TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge has urged Deltans not to panic because of outbreak of Monkey Pox, saying measures have been taken to curb its spread in the state.
Dr. Azinge who briefed journalists in Asaba yesterday (24/10/17) also, urged Deltans to maintain high hygiene as the decease has no cure but can be managed.

He disclosed that, a total of three suspected cases have been reported in Delta State with one case still on admission and no death recorded in the state, stating, Monkeypox is a rare self-limiting virus transmitted to humans from animals with symptoms in humans similar to those in small pox patients.
Monkeypox virus which is transmitted to people from various wild animals, is said to have limited secondary spread through human-to-human transmission with the case of fatality rate between 1 to 10 per cent as most deaths occur in younger age groups, he stated, adding, there is no specific treatment or vaccine for human monkeypox infection; infection results from direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids, or cutaneous or mucosal lesions of infected animals such as monkeys, rats or squirrels; eating inadequately cooked meat of infected animas is a possible risk factor.
The Commissioner who was accompanied by his Information counterpart, Mr Patrick Ukah and top officials of Ministry of Health, u...

04:55

This Is Not National Unity "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The reconciliation agreement signed between rival Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, in Cairo on October 12 was not a national unity accord at least, not yet. For the latter to be achieved, the agreement would have to make the interests of the Palestinian people a priority, above factional agendas.

The leadership crisis in Palestine is not new. It precedes Fatah and Hamas by decades.

Since the destruction of Palestine and the creation of Israel in 1948 and even further back Palestinians found themselves beholden to international and regional power play, beyond their ability to control or even influence.

The greatest achievement of Yasser Arafat, the late and iconic leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was his ability to foster an independent Palestinian political identity and a national movement that, although receiving Arab support, was not entirely appropriated by any particular Arab country.

The Oslo Accords, however, was the demise of that movement. Historians may quarrel on whether Arafat, the PLO and its largest political party, Fatah, had any other option but to engage in the so-called peace process. However, in retrospect, we can surely argue that Oslo was the abrupt cancellation of every Palestinian political achievement, at least since the war of 1967.

Despite the resounding defeat of Arab countries by Israel and its powerful western allies in that war, hope for a new beginning was born. Israel reclaimed East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, but, unwittingly unified Palestinians as one nation, although one that is oppressed and occupied.

Moreover, the deep wounds suffered by Arab countries as a result of the disastrous war, gave Arafat and Fatah the opportunity to utilize the new margins that opened up as a result of the Arab retreat.

The PLO, which was originally managed by the late Egyptian President, Jamal Abdul Nasser, became an exclusively Palestinian platform. Fatah, which was established a few years prior to the war, was the party in charge.

When Israel occupied Lebanon in 1982, its aim was the annihilation of the Palestinian national movement, especially since Arafat was opening up new channels of dialogue, not only with Arab and Muslim countries, but internationally as well. The United Nations, among other global institutions, began recognizing Palestinians, not as hapless refugees needing handouts, but as a serious national movement deserving to be heard and respected.

At the time, Israel was obsessed with preventing Arafat from rebranding the PLO into a budding government. In the short term, Israel achieved its main objective: Arafat was driven to Tunisia with his partys leadership, and the rest of the PLOs fighters were scattered across the Middle East, once more falling hostage t...

04:52

BVN court order: Overnight lending rate hits 120% "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Overnight lending rates were quoted around 120 per cent yesterday, 48 hours after documents emerged showing that the Federal High Court in Abuja had ordered a freeze on millions of bank accounts without Bank Verification Number (BVN) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) sold treasury securities to tighten liquidity, Reuters reported. The apex bank has kept rates high as part of efforts to fight inflation and currency weakness and to attract foreign investors. It has been selling treasury securities almost four times a week to soak up naira...

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04:51

Trust deficit and rumour mongering "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Maybe, psychologists or other professionals with expertise in the area of analysis of the human mind and behaviour may know and be in a position to proffer rational explanation on why rumours and unverified issues seem more credible in Nigeria and people are ready to believe in them despite evidence to the contrary. I dont seem to understand why ordinarily rational people will throw caution and rational thinking overboard and prefer to lean on the side of rumours and rumour mongering. I cant seem to understand why well educated people...

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04:50

States foreclose more borrowing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FG, states, LGs share N558.082bn State governments yesterday, ruled out the option of seeking external borrowing to meet their pressing financial obligations. Instead, they elected to step up their Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR) and other sources at various states disposal to bridge their funding gaps. Chairman, States Commissioners of Finance Forum, who doubles as Adamawa State Commissioner of Finance, Mr Mahmood Yunusa, disclosed this to journalists yesterday during the question and answer session at the plenary session of monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee Meeting (FAAC) meeting. Responding to question...

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04:47

Buhari opposes ECOWAS single currency "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhamadu Buhari has urged member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to tread carefully in pushing for a single currency in the sub-region by 2020. The president stated this yesterday in Niamey, Niger Republic, at the 4th Meeting of the Presidential Task Force on the ECOWAS Currency Programme. Buhari, who drew the attention of the leaders to challenges being faced by the European Union in realising the same goal. He said the necessary economic fundamentals among countries would continue to differ over the years, making...

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04:47

Alleged N400m fraud: Court summons Jonathan, Dasuki "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

to testify in case against Metuh The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday summoned former President Goodluck Jonathan and his then National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) to appear before it today to testify in the ongoing trial of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh. Metuh is standing trial over alleged receipt of N400 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). The said sum was alleged to be part of the funds meant for the purchase...

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04:44

Maina: On the spot again "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, is in the news again. This time, he is in dire straits. WALE ELEGBEDE writes on the botched bid to reabsorb him in the federal civil service   Prior to his appointment in 2010 as the chairman of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, was just a normal civil servant. As the then Director of the Customs, Immigration, Prisons Pension Office (CIPPO), he dutifully manned his office. But, when the then Head of Service, Steve Oronsaye, recommended him...

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04:40

Study links poor sleep with fear, PTSD "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Medical experts have long advocated appropriate sleep as a major contributor to healthy living. In line with this position, a new research has shown that better sleep primes human brain to be less fearful. These were the findings of a study conducted by researchers from Rutgers University in the United States (US). While poor sleep has long been seen as a symptom of trauma and anxiety, findings of the new study showed that short and erratic shut-eye, could also be a trigger for fear. Through brain scans and sleep-monitoring...

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04:39

EFCC takes over Mainas six properties in Kaduna "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has sealed six houses and two companies in Kaduna allegedly belonging to the former chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Taskforce, Abdulrasheed Maina. Among the properties so far confiscated include a two-storey shopping plaza located at No. 2C Ibrahim Taiwo Road, and a one-storey duplex at Katuru Road. Others are four houses in Kawo new extension in Kaduna North Local Government area, all within the state capital. The EFCC also revealed that two companies, allegedly belonging to Maina were sealed on Monday. The...

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04:38

Court halts audit, suspension of Oando shares "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Justice Mohammed Rilwan Aikawa of a Federal High Court in Lagos has halted the audit- ing and suspension of the shares of Oando Plc. as directed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The judge, in a ruling on an ex-parte application filed by Oando to challenge the directive on October 23, restrained the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) or its agents from giving effects to the apex capital market regulators directive to implement a technical suspension of the companys shares pending the hearing and determination of interlocutory injunction filed...

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04:38

Senators to Buhari: Your appointees are cankerworms "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senators yesterday took a hard swipe on some appointees of President Muhammadu Buhari, describing them as cankerworms and caterpillars, who are desperately working toward destroying the present administration. The lawmakers poured out their anger while considering a motion emanating from Senator Isah Misaus point of order, to draw attention of the Chamber to the newspaper reports on the return, reinstatement and promotion of former chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina. Presenting the motion, Misau, who came through orders 42 and 52 of the...

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04:15

US Soldiers in Niger: A Hidden Global Mission "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Empires of scale are often spread thinly across fields of operations. Vast, often opaque functions on the ground are not necessarily conveyed with accuracy to the metropolitan centre. Command structures, for all the sophistication of instant modern communication, do not eliminate human error, let alone enlighten.

The four US army deaths in Niger have been shrouded by the bickering unfolding between President Donald Trump and the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson.  John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has also been catapulted into the sordid business.

What the Johnson episode has obscured, being rich as social media material, are the deaths of three others who perished with Johnson on October 4 in Niger:  Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, and Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson.

The Washington Post write-up on the fallen is a feeling effort to add substance to those otherwise obscured by the travails of the US empire.  Black was multilingual but also fluent in the Hausa language, as he wanted to communicate directly with the people. This soldier of empire was similarly adept at chess.

Johnson loved his country and proved loyal. For some, he was the beloved crazy uncle who never let a dull moment seep into his day.  Niece Carrie Gomezs words are noted:  He was wild and outgoing. Just always on 100; always making you want to pull your hair out.

These charming if potted accounts serve a few purposes. They add an understandable note of veneration for the fallen, but they also betray the sheer expanse of US deployments in foreign theatres, not all of which are understood in the padded cell of thought that is Washington.  Are these parts of a broader imperial mission, or merely the strutting efforts of a global police effort to keep terrorist elements in check?

Some 800 US military personnel operate in Niger, ostensibly to boost local counter-terrorism efforts. In total, some 1,000 operate in the Chad River Basin, spanning Niger, Chad, the top of Nigeria and the Central African Republic.

The four special forces soldiers were killed in an attack while patrolling with Niger troops near Tongo Tongo in the south-western part of the country, circumstances that will prompt some internal, not very pleasant probing. The skirmishing groups along the border with Mali are a motley assortment, varying between the plumage of Islamic State, led by Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, and opportunistic fringes of al-Qaeda.

Sketchy details of the sanguinary encounter have been sporadically supplied since October 4.  The Chairman of the Joints Chief of St...

03:24

INEC needs law for e-voting, says REC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed readiness to switch over to electronic voting system, saying it only needed an enabling law to back-up the process. This, it said would strengthen the process should the enabling Act was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. The commission also said it was ready for electronic computation of voters register, noting that what hitherto had been a challenge to the commission was some of the existing laws regulating its conducts. Speaking to journalists at Enugu Press center, yesterday, Resident Electoral Commissioner,...

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03:22

How my father was hacked to death, by 16-year-old tells court "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  A 16-year-old boy, Adeola Okanlawon, yesterday, narrated before Justice Adedayo Akintoye of a Lagos High Court, in Igbosere, how his father, Bashorun Okanlawon, was hacked to death by their neighbour, following a dispute over generator fume. The boy, while being led in evidence by the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, said the neighbour, Ibrahim Tijani, chopped his late fathers leg and left hand with a cutlass, which he snatched from a food vendor. The witness said all his pleas to Tijani to spare...

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03:22

Famous wrestling champion, Uti, arraigned for beating wife to death "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  A 55-year-old famous wrestling champion, John Eke Uti, popularly known as Power Uti, was yesterday arraigned before an Ebute-Metta Magistrates Court, Lagos State, for allegedly beating his 38-year-old wife, Toyin to death. Uti, who pleaded not guilty, was docked on a two-count charge of murder and disrespect of corpse. However, the police prosecutor, Jimah Iseghede, told the court that the accused committed the offence on October 10 at No. 17, Oremeji Street, Ilupeju, Lagos. Iseghedee said that the accused had beaten his wife, Toyin to death and abandoned the...

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03:20

Rilwan Lawal turns professional, signs $100,000 deal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigeria national amateur lightweight champion, Rilwan Lawal, has signed a five-year $100,000 deal with Abuja based boxing agency FADA and FADA Global contracting in partnership with US based Azzur Entertainment to begin his professional career. The Nigeria Armed Forces lightweight and Nigerian Army lightweight champion has represented Nigeria at several competitions including the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. We wish to express profound gratitude to the Nigerian Army for helping to develop Rilwan into a formidable boxer and giving him a platform to advance his career and the...

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03:19

Senate probes Etisalats $1.2bn loan crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Worried by the $1.2 billion debt crisis which rocked Etisalat Nigeria, the Senate yesterday mandated its Committees on Banking; Communications; Capital Market and National Security and Intelligence, to investigate the management and the utilisation of the loan facility obtained from 13 Nigerian banks by the telecommunications company. The Senate also directed the joint committees to make recommendations on ways the Nigeria financial governance structure could be strengthened by legislations to prevent similar reoccurrence. The apex legislative chamber further urged relevant financial intelligence agencies to investigate the management of Etisalat Nigeria...

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03:13

Ortom vs Abiodun: Court fixes Nov 6 for judgement in N10bn libel suit "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Makurdi High Court presided over by Justice Adam Onum has fixed November 6 for judgement in a N10 billion libel suit instituted by Governor Samuel Ortom against Mr. Aare Abiodun Oluwarotimi, publisher of Nigerian Concord, an online and daily newspaper. The plaintiff had averred that the defendant had published mischievous and malicious comments against his person, character and reputation that he had grossly mismanaged the bailout funds meant for payment of salaries of workers in the state to his personal pockets. This, the governor said was in addition to...

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03:12

BVN: Banks fret as FG moves to seize unlinked funds "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

If their initial reaction was anything to go by, lenders and lawyers in the country are clearly not pleased with the court order obtained by the Attorney General of the Federation last week compelling them to freeze accounts without the Bank Verification Number (BVN). TONY CHUKWUNYEM writes Exactly two years ago today, it was six days to the expiration of the October 31st 2015 deadline  that the  Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) set for bank customers to enroll on the Bank Verification Number (BVN) platform. Expectedly, across the country some...

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03:09

NBBF stages FIBA statistics certification after 13 years "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For the first time in 13 years, a two-day intensive statistics course and certification was conducted at the indoor sports of the national stadium, Lagos on Monday by the Federation of International Basketball Associations in conjunction with the Musa Kida led Nigeria Basketball Federation. 74 participants took part in the latest basketball techniques, rules, interpretation and records keeping during live games, taught by FIBA statistics Chief Arnaud Sevaux with the help of relevant videos and teaching aids. Event coordinator, Abiola Shomala, who spoke at the end of the program thanked...

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03:09

Toblow cries out over dearth of sprinters "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  A former national athletics coach, Tobias Igwe, at the weekend cried out over the declining fortunes of sprinters in the country. Igwe, popularly called Toblow, said it was sad that the short distance race which is Nigerias area of strength is fast becoming a thing of the past. He said it was bad that in Africa, Nigeria can no longer boost of winning the gold medal in the male and female 100m and 200m events. The coach stressed that the sprint events used to be a clean sweep of...

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03:08

ALGON seeks CJNs intervention in Rivers LG polls "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Caretaker committee chairmen in Rivers State yesterday appealed to the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, to prevent the Court of Appeal from delivering a judgement on council election that was already before the Supreme Court. The 23 council chairmen, who made the appeal yesterday in Port Harcourt, alleged that the Court of Appeal was being used by the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to take control of the council areas. Legal adviser to the state chapter of the Association of Local Governments of...

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02:33

Argentina: Elections Are Not the Revolution! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Marcelo Colussi Translation by Internationalist 360 In Argentinas parliamentary elections, the right wins, giving a blow to the left. The electoral option for right-wing positions happens everywhere: in the United States the population votes for the most troglodyte representative, in Europe the proposals with xenophobic and conservative flavor advance, it is generally perceived that the...

02:01

More American Troops in Latin America. Signs of an Announced Invasion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A new military exercise in the Amazon sheds light on the resurgence of the American presence in Latin America. Translation by Internationalist 360 The US will accentuate its military presence in the Amazon. Under the Amazon Log 2017 initiative of Michel Temers coup government in Brazil, Operation America Unida will bring together the armies of...

02:00

Private Prisons in US Turn a Profit, Ruin Black Lives "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Val Reynoso Mass Incarceration is a billion-dollar industry which exploits prisoners who are predominately Black and non-white Latinx people for profit. The U.S. is currently home to the largest prison population in the world at a staggering 2.3 million incarcerated people. Many believe that mass incarceration will ensure our safety through harsher methods; however, mass...

02:00

ISIS of Central Africa: A New Cover for Plundering Congo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ann Garrison, Boniface Musavuli A jihad in the Congo makes no sense whatsoever. A video calling for an Islamic State jihad in the Democratic Republic of the Congo appeared online and in a few news reports last week. It was purportedly made in Beni Territory, within Congos North Kivu Province, where a phantom so-called Islamist...

02:00

Freedom Rider: AFRICOM is the Question "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Margaret Kimberley They use ludicrous terms like gold star family and make the case for continued American aggression around the world. The desire to be affirmed by American society has dangerous consequences for black people. This pernicious dynamic creates the inclination to worship any black face in a high place or to defend questionable activity....

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23:10

'De facto ban': US to delay processing of refugees from 11 countries "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and others will be affected by Trump's new plan

23:01

Russia halts Syria chemical weapons probe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Photo from April 4 by the Syrian anti-government activist group Edlib Media Center shows a Syrian doctor treating a child following a suspected chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria. Photo Edlib Media Center, via AP

Photo from April 4 by the Syrian anti-government activist group Edlib Media Center shows a Syrian doctor treating a child following a suspected chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria. Photo Edlib Media Center, via AP

Russia has cast a veto at the United Nations Security Council preventing the renewal of the mandate for a mission that investigates the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The investigation by the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism, was unanimously created by the 15-member Security Council in 2015 and renewed in 2016 for another year.

Its mandate is due to expire in mid-November.

The JIM is due to report by October 26 on who was responsible for an attack on April 4 on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, held by the opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, that killed dozens of people.

Russia wanted to discuss the report before voting on the extension of the mandate, and its UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia unsuccessfully asked to postpone the vote.

Dont try to create the impression that the JIM will be a dead letter unless we adopt this resolution today, Nebenzia said prior to the vote.

We are ready to return to extending the JIM after the publication of the report and after we discuss it after the 26 of October.

A separate OPCW fact-finding mission determined in June that the banned nerve agent sarin had been used in the Khan Sheikhoun attack, which prompted the United States to launch missiles on a Syrian air base.

Russia has once again demonstrated it will do whatever it takes to ensure the barbaric Assad regime never faces consequences for its continued use of chemicals as weapons, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, travelling in Africa, said in a statement.

After the vote, N...

22:56

Civilians in DRC struggle for survival amid growing violence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The number of people displaced internally in D R Congo stands at 3.9 million.

22:08

Shipwreck offers 500yo maritime astrolabe, oldest ever found "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A shipwreck explorer has revealed the discovery of the oldest ever maritime astrolabe. The navigational tool dates back more than 500 years to Europe's 'Age of Discovery'. The astrolabe, which mariners used to measure the altitude of the sun, was discovered on a Portuguese explorer called the Esmerelda. The ship sank off the coast of Oman during a storm in May 1503. The 'Esmerelda' is the earliest shipwreck from Europe's 'Age of Discovery' to be found and scientifically investigated by a team of archaeologists. It pre-dates the nearest Iberian shipwreck in age by 30 to 50 years. It was part of a fleet led by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who discovered the sea route from Europe to India via the 'Horn of Africa.' The astrolabe was discovered by David Mearns, from Blue Water Recoveries, in 2014. Marine scientist Mearns, who wrote a book called The Shipwreck Hunter, initially described the artifact as "an important copper-alloy disc." On Monday he revealed that the disc is actually an astrolabe. The disc is marked with the Portuguese royal coat of arms and the personal emblem of King Dom Manuel I.

22:05

World Bank ministers rehearse for a pandemic that will come 'sooner than we expect' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The government ministers were facing a new infectious disease outbreak. The mysterious virus was sickening and killing people with alarming speed. Some patients had to be placed on ventilators to help them breathe. The new virus seemed resistant to antibiotics and antiviral medicine. Within a week, officials had closed a major hospital and schools and quarantined thousands of people. Fear and panic spread quickly as people in neighboring countries became infected and died. That scenario was part of a pandemic simulation held during the World Bank's annual meeting in Washington this month. It's not the kind of event that people would typically associate with the World Bank. But it's the fourth such exercise the bank has helped organize in the past year, reflecting what experts say is the growing awareness outside the traditional global health sector of the increasing threat and economic disruption posed by a global pandemic. The chaotic and "horrendously inefficient" early response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people was the catalyst for the simulations, said Tim Evans, senior director for health, nutrition and population at the World Bank.

21:44

Black former student charged with spray-painting 'KKK' and racist graffiti on Michigan campus "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Police have charged a former Eastern Michigan University student over three incidents of vandalism that targeted African-Americans, including the spray-painting of 'KKK' and 'n*gger,' and the command to "leave" the school. On Tuesday, the university was shaken when police announced the suspect was Eddie Curlin, an African-American. A preliminary hearing is set for November 9. "To know that it was a person of color is hurtful," Jaiquae Rodwell told the Eastern Echo, the university newspaper. "As a black student, to know that another black person is using the N-word in a negative way is embarrassing." Curlin was arraigned on three counts of malicious destruction of property, four counts of identity theft, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime, all related to vandalism incidents that took place on the Eastern Michigan University campus in the fall of 2016.

20:10

More PNAC delusion: Pentagon justifies increase of US troops in Africa as key to 'global strategy' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Pentagon is calling for an increase in the US military footprint in Africa, where there are over 6,000 troops currently stationed. This as a top general confirms the four US soldiers killed in Niger were ambushed by an Islamic State-affiliate. Speaking from the Pentagon on Monday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford told reporters that US troops in Niger do not go on patrol with local forces unless the chances of enemy combat are "unlikely." He confirmed the four US service members killed in the October 4 ambush were taken by surprise when they were attacked by a group of 50 militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). US forces in Niger were ambushed by fighters from Mali, which became a terrorist stronghold after Libya collapsed into chaos and anarchy following the US intervention in 2011. Since then, neighboring countries have seen an increase in the number and severity of terrorist attacks.

19:59

Barcelona vs Madrid: on the streets and on the pitch, history and politics magnified "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The case of Catalan independence has taken a new turn, with the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy now vowing to restrict the autonomy of the restive region in a bid to enforce Madrids rule.  A series of pro- and anti-independence rallies have taken place throughout Catalonia after the illegal referendum of October 1, notably in Continue reading "Barcelona vs Madrid: on the streets and on the pitch, history and politics magnified"

19:45

Gold and the Grand Canyon "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kerry Cassidy Interviews Bix Weir on the Gold at the Grand Canyon.

New York Times, June 19, 1912.

Bix Weir has 30 years experience in the financial industry with various fortune 500 companies. He is the creator of the Road to Roota Theory and his commentary is published at www.RoadtoRoota.com. Bix has dedicated his efforts over the last 18 years to exposing the long term manipulation of the gold and silver markets as well as revealing the planned transition to a Global Crypto-Economy. Bix has worked closely with the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee helping to pull the curtain away from the Cabal of International Bankers that has taken control of our free market system.

This article (Gold and the Grand Canyon) was originally published on Project Camelot and syndicated by The Event Chronicle. Found via WEBSITE.

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19:24

Female ex-convict, two others arrested for kidnapping "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

* We sold one child to policewoman for N300,000 The police in Ogun State have arrested three women, including an ex-convict, for alleged child stealing and kidnapping in states across the South West. The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, paraded the women and 29 other suspects arrested for armed robbery, vandalism, murder, unlawful possession of firearms and fraud at the state police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta. The suspected kidnappers, including Abibat Oyesanya, Morenike Shittu and Olubunmi Funke, were busted by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) penultimate Sunday around Mowe-Ibafo area in...

The post Female ex-convict, two others arrested for kidnapping appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

19:08

House will Investigate DOJ's Investigation of Clinton Emails "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The House will investigate the DOJ's investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails

11:52 a.m. ET

Source: The Week

The House Judiciary and Oversight committees announced Tuesday that they will conduct a joint probe into the Department of Justice's handling of Hillary Clinton's emails in 2016. The investigation of the investigation will review a series of actions taken by the DOJ, the panels' chairmen wrote, including the FBI's decision to disclose to the public the investigation of Clinton's emails but not the probe of now-President Trump's campaign's ties to Russia, as well as the infamous letter former FBI Director James Comey sent to Congress in October 2016 regarding the Clinton matter.


#BREAKING: @TGowdySC & @RepGoodlatte to investigate DOJ decisions made in 2016 and to ensure transparency and accountability at the agency.-- Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) 11:08 AM - Oct 24, 2017
"Congress has a constitutional duty to preserve the integrity of our judicial branch by ensuring transparency and accountability of actions taken," wrote House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

Gowdy previously led the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which spent nearly $7 million of taxpayer funds on a two-year investigation a 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya while Clinton was secretary of state. The probe ultimated found there was...

18:58

Divest The Globe protests urge banks to cut ties with fossil fuels "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Brandon Jordan

On Monday, activists in Washington, D.C. demonstrated outside the John A. Wilson Building home to both the mayor and city council. (350 DC)

While banking executives from over 90 of the worlds largest financial institutions gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Monday for the start of a three-day meeting on the environmental and social impacts of their infrastructure investments, activists in at least 15 U.S. states and several other countries staged protests under the banner of Divest The Globe. Their message to the banks was simple: cut ties with fossil fuel companies, or face major divestment campaigns.

The demonstrations unfolded in over 50 cities including Seattle, where at least six people were arrested during a protest at a Chase bank and are being called the largest ever protest against banks investments in fossil fuels. As the meeting continues in Sao Paolo over the next two days, solidarity protests are expected in more cities across Europe, Asia and Africa.

The group largely responsible for organizing these Divest The Globe actions is the Seattle-based, indigenous-led divestment campaign Mazaska Talks, which means money talks in Lakota. They chose this gathering of bankers as their target because its the annual meeting of the Equator Principles Association, which provides guidelines, or so-called Equator Principles, for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in projects.

According to organizer Jackie Fielder, activists want to ensure the association gets its Equator Principles in line with the Paris Agreement, as well as internationally-recognized standards on indigenous rights upheld in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Fielder went on to cite the spirit of the Standing Rock resistance camps as inspiration for the Divest The Globe protests, saying it really raised the consciousness of people to think about where their money has been going when its sitting in a bank.

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02:33

Trying to Put Argentinas Elections in Context "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tortilla Con Sal October 24th 2017 Latin Americas right wing have acclaimed the results the elections last October 22nd in Argentina as a triumph for Mauricio Macri. But it is hard to see what kind of triumph leaves Macris Cambiemos alliance with just 26 seats in the 72 seat Senate and just 109 seats in...

02:00

Governing Venezuela from Washington? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Arturo Rosales, Axis of Logic, October 24th 2017 On Tuesday 24 October, during an interview in the program Vladimir at One oclock on the private TV news station Globovision, the newly elected governor of the State of Tchira, Laidy Gomez revealed that sectors of the Venezuelan opposition urged the five governors-elect of the opposition to...

Venezuelas Regional Elections: Why Did We Win? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Elas Jaua Milano Translated from Spanish and Edited by Arturo Rosales of Axis of Logic With more than 60% of voter turnout, the patriotic forces won 18 of 23 governorships, with 54% of the national vote. A victory right down the line as our Commanante Chvez would say. This victory has surprised those who have...

02:00

War as Business in Colombia Threatens Venezuelas Security "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mision Verdad Translated by Tortilla Con Sal Last October 5th, Colombian anti-narcotics police and soldiers murdered 9 rural workers and wounded 50 more in a sweep to forcibly eradicate illicit crops in the Tumaco municipality of the department of Nario. The Colombian government is not complying with point four of the peace agreement signed in...

02:00

FARC-EP: Open Letter to Santos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FARC-EP The Political Council of the Peoples Alternative Revolutionary Force FARC has sent an open letter to President Juan Manuel Santos. Here is the full text: Mr Juan Manuel Santos, President of the Republic The National Political Council of the Peoples Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) wishes to express our concern about the chain of...

Monday, 23 October

16:59

Newspaper ads offer employment help for new immigrants to Israel but only if youre Jewish "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Did Britain and the US allow apartheid South Africa to advertise job opportunities to white Britons and Americans that were unavailable to those countries black citizens? And could it have held employment recruitment sessions for whites-only in British and American cities, in an effort to bolster its white population? Well, Israel is doing precisely the same for Jews, and there has been not a peep of protest.

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