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Thursday, 16 November

23:28

Hungarys Jobbik party wants to sound less extreme "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Above~Leader of Hungarys nationalist, far right wing party Jobbik, Gabor Vona, center.

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23:03

More than 400,000 Somalis have died of starvation in six months "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

https://ahtribune.com/world/africa/1999-death-in-somalia.html

In February 2017, Deutsche Welle notified its readers that aid organizations have warned that alarm bells are ringing in Somalia due to drought under the title of Hunger Alarm in Somalia.

South Sudan, Nigeria, and war-torn Yemen are suffering from hunger, too.More than 20 million people in southern Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are facing the threat of hunger, wrote Euronews, and continued the hunger in four African countries is the biggest humanitarian crisis UN faced.

However, the situation in Somalia is concerning. As it is known, more than 250,000 people lost their lives due to the drought in Somalia in 2001. A similar situation is being experienced today. A lack of rainfall has turned wide grasslands into barren lands with only a few scrawny and thorny plants. The already poor people are trave...

23:00

FSS Update: Bird Flu California Saudi Silence Yemen Conflict (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FSS Update: Bird Flu California Saudi Silence Yemen Conflict Video Full Spectrum Survival Video Source

The post FSS Update: Bird Flu California Saudi Silence Yemen Conflict (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:56

Presentation of Black Alliance for Peace at 2017 Black Is Back Ballot & the Bullet Conference "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Netfa Freeman, November 10, 2017

From Archive.org

This audio file is the presentation by Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) representative Netfa Freeman at the November 5, 2017 conference The Ballot & the Bullet: Elections, War & Peace in the Era of Donald Trump convened by the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations.

Netfa is an organizer with Pan-African Community Action (PACA), which is one of several member organizations of the BAP. In turn BAP is also a coalition member in the Black is Back Coalition.

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22:44

Trump reverses elephant trophy ban "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

File photo of guides with elephant tusks seized in a game reserve in Botswana. Photo lamsongf/Flickr

File photo of guides with elephant tusks seized in a game reserve in Botswana. Photo lamsongf/Flickr

The Trump administration is lifting a federal ban the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service issued a written notice on Thursday saying that allowing elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be killed will enhance the survival of the threatened species by raising money for conservation programs from wealthy trophy hunters who pay to shoot them.

The change overrides a ban imposed during the Obama administration and applies to the remains of African elephants killed between January 2016 and December 2018.

The reversal comes as the longtime president of Zimbabwe was placed under house arrest this week by the nations military, plunging the west African nation into political uncertainty.

The US embassy there has advised Americans there to limit unnecessary movements.

The post Trump reverses elephant trophy ban appeared first on Echonetdaily.

22:41

Mugabe, coup chief meet with smiles "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Robert Mugabe.

Robert Mugabe.

A smiling President Robert Mugabe was pictured shaking hands with Zimbabwes military chief a day after the army seized power, throwing confusion over predictions that the 93-year-olds nearly four-decade rule had come to an end.

On Thursday Mugabe unexpectedly drove from his lavish Blue Roof Harare compound in Harare, where he had been confined since troops took to the streets, to State House, where official media pictured him meeting military chief Constantino Chiwenga and South African ministers sent to mediate the crisis.

The official Herald newspaper carried no reports of the outcome of the meeting, leaving Zimbabwes 13 million people in the dark as to what was happening as night fell.

Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwes only legitimate ruler and is refusing to quit, but pressure was mounting on the former guerilla to accept offers of a graceful exit.

Earlier, a political source who spoke to senior allies holed up in the compound with Mugabe and his wife Grace said he had no plans to resign voluntarily ahead of elections due next year.

The armys takeover signalled the collapse in less than 36 hours of the security, intelligence and patronage networks that sustained Mugabe through 37 years in power and built him into the Grand Old Man of African politics.

A priest mediating between Mugabe and the generals, who seized power on Wednesday in what they called a targeted operation against criminals in Mugabes entourage, has made little headway, a senior political source told Reuters.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai called for Mugabes departure in the interest of the people.

The army may want Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, to go quietly and allow a smooth and bloodless transition to Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice president Mugabe sacked last week triggering the political crisis.

The main goal of the generals is to prevent Mugabe from handing power to his wife Grace, 41 years his junior, who has built a following among the ruling...

22:21

Trump Admin Lifts Ban on Import of Hunting Trophy Elephants Because, Somehow, Conservation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For years, American hunters who wished to bring home trophy kill elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia were thwarted by a prohibition under U.S. law that is, until now.

To the consternation of ecologists, animal rights activists, conservationists, animal lovers, and a host of concerned groups and individuals, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) confirms Donald Trumps draconian administration plans to lift the ban allowing large game trophy animals like elephants, leopards, and lions killed on hunts in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported for the first time since 2014.

President Obama implemented the import prohibition after Zimbabwes efforts with the endangered animals management and conservation were found not to enhance the survival of the African elephant in the wild.

Now, without any indication Zimbabwe remedied deficiencies in its pachyderm ecology programs, Trumps USFWS has removed the trophy import ban, citing hunting, itself rather, the costs associated with the its licensing as somehow bolstering conservation efforts.

While arguably technically the case a sudden influx in license fees would indeed see at least a portion allocated for management programs African elephants have been listed threatened on the dubious Endangered Species List since 1978. Exceptions exist under a provision of the Act, permitting the import of such trophies with concurrent evidence that hunting promotes conservation of the species an imperative aspect which Obamas administration found lacking, and Trumps, reformed sufficiently to green light.

Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation, a Fish and Wildlife spokesperson, quoted by...

21:44

Ancient Pharaoh Tutankhamun, new research "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 2017 video is called Tutankhamun Tomb Incredible Story of Egyptian Pharaoh Documentary.

From the University of Tbingen in Germany:

New treasures from Tutankhamuns tomb

November 16, 2017

As part of a German-Egyptian project, archaeologists from Tbingen for the first time examine embossed gold applications from the sensational find of 1922. The motifs indicate surprising links between the Levant and the Egypt of the pharaohs.

Researchers from Tbingen working on a German-Egyptian project have examined embossed gold applications from the treasure of the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun for the first time. The objects come from the famed find made by English archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. Until now, they had been held in storage at the Egyptian Museum Cairo. They can be seen at a special exhibition at the museum which began on Wednesday. Conservators and archaeologists of the Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies (IANES, Professor Peter Pflzner), the German Archaeological Institute, Cairo, (DAI, Professor Stephan Seidlmayer), and the Rmisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums Mainz (RGZM, Professor Falko Daim), as well as the Egyptian Museum have spent four years (2013-2017) analysing the find.

Through painstaking hours in the lab, the partners restored the objects at the Egyptian Museum. They also made drawings of the items and did comprehensive research on them. A team of conservators, Egyptologists and specialists in Near Eastern archaeology found the embossed gold applications in the same crate they were placed in by Howard Carters team immediately after their discovery. At the time, the artefacts were photographed and packed, unrestored, and were never again removed until this project.

During years of detail work, conserva...

21:38

Three UN agencies urge Saudi-led coalition to lift Yemen blockade "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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UNICEF, WHO and WFP all say that Saudi-led embargo in Yemen may kill 'untold thousands'

21:16

PRESS RELEASE "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

16th Nov., 2017 OWERRI HIGH COURT DISMISSES SUIT AGIANST IMO STATE PDP EXECUTIVES LED BY BARR. CHARLES EZEKWEM The Barr. More

20:52

Anambra Elections. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

*Huriwa Tasks Inec On Transparency In Anambra Poll *Condemns Okorocha on Magic hand victory for APC: A pro-democracy and Non-governmental More

20:45

Five states, TCI Nigeria commit to reproductive health needs of urban poor "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ogun, Kano, Delta, Bauchi and Niger States Government, The Challenge Initiative (TCI) Nigeria sign Commitment Letter to Address Reproductive Health Needs of Urban Poor The Challenge Initiative (TCI), implemented globally by the Gates Institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in Nigeria by the Johns Hopkins University Centre for Communication Programs (JHUCCP) have signed a Letter of Commitment with Ogun, Kano, Delta, Bauchi and Niger State Governments to implement The Challenge Fund Catalytic Grant after a demand-driven self selection process. The grant is aimed at providing...

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20:45

Final arguments in trial of Benghazi attack mastermind "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFP

AFP/File / by Sbastien BLANC | A vehicle sits smoldering in flames inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

WASHINGTON (AFP)  Prosecutors in the trial of the alleged Libyan mastermind of the 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed a US ambassador argued Thursday that he was equally responsible even if he did not personally take part.

Wrapping up final arguments in the trial of Ahmed Abu Khattala over the 2012 Benghazi attack, US government lawyers said he was guilty of conspiracy and murder in the deaths of US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

I will kill all the Americans, each and everyone of them: This is what the defendant Abu Khattala said and this is exactly what he did, prosecutor Michael DiLorenzo told a jury in the trial in Washington federal court.

On September 11, he took action, DiLorenzo said, highlighting that the attack in the eastern Libyan city took place on the anniversary of the 9/11 Al Qaeda attacks.

Khattala, in his 40s with a long white beard, sat passively in his chair in the courtroom, where his trial opened seven weeks earlier.

DiLorenzo summed up his argument that Khattala was an Islamic extremist who hated Western culture and believed the US operated a cell of spies in Benghazi.

Prosecutors allege that he directed the attack by some 20 men armed with grenades and heavy weapons on the US consulate and a second annex building where agents of the CIA worked.

The attack set fire to the consulate, where Stevens and a second State Department official, Sean Smith, died of asphyxiation.

Later that night two former Navy Seals who were contracted to the consulate operation, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, were killed by mortar fire on the annex.

The attack shocked the United States. Stevens was the first American ambassador killed in the field since 1979.

Republicans in Congress launched an intense investigation that accused president Barack Obama and then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton of mismanagement, neglect and covering up the truth of the incident.

Murder and terror charges

Khattala is facing 18 separate charges including murder and material support for terrorists.

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20:10

Anambra Election: INEC commences distribution of sensitive materials "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Ahead of Saturday governorship election in Anambra State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday commenced distribution of election materials to all the 21 local governments in the state.   The distribution of the election materials started on Thursday morning was rancour-free as INEC officials collected election materials for onward distribution to all the local governments and wards in the state ahead of the Saturday poll.   The INEC state secretariat in Awka, the capital of Anambra State, was heavily guided by security agencies with hundreds of policemen,...

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20:03

TANK's GCR/RV/GESARA Intel Update: "Monumental" -- November 15, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

*MONUMENTAL MOMENTS*


*November 15th, 2017*

The $1 Bill, (the only bill that has always been Gold Backed) was introduced by Steve Mnuchin with his signature effectively and quietly introducing a NEW GOLD BACKED CURRENCY without anyone even noticing its significance.

President Donald Trump returning from a historic trip to Asia where he appeared to broker a $250 billion dollar *Fair Trade* deal with China, (Fair trade can only be accomplished when goods, services, and products are valued properly based on what they are. The Currency would HAVE to reflect this value for trade to be fair) He also speaks to the Nation describing the success of his trip. He stated that "US is back!" or in a state of *recovery*

He went on to describe the value of the *sovereign* people of the world which is *Global*, and that the leaders of the world have ALL agreed to take *economic* actions against North Korea to ensure they are not allowed to become a Nuclear force in the world, thus providing *security* for the rest of the world.

He effectively introduced the long awaited GESARA.

On the same day impeachment was formerly filed against President Trump for obstruction of justice.

1200 sealed indictment inside of the Government and other key associated areas are steadily being leaked out and getting people ready for shocking disclosure about human trafficking and the child pedophile rings controlled by the "Elite" powers of the world.

The Zimbabwe Military took control over the Government to root out corruption inside of their current structure. Long time leader Mugabe was safely held and plans to announce that he is stepping down today.

POWERFUL RESERVE

This is about right:

The currency is already gold backed. Howe...

19:41

There is a crisis situation in Northeast Asia jeopardising International Peace and Security "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The situation with North Korea is terrifying I see the stealthy build-up of pressure on the Security Council, similar to that preceding the Iraq and Libya invasions.  The Russian-China veto prevented an attack by the UN on Syria, but Russia and China are not vetoing these vicious sanctions on North Korea, and permitting this incredibly provocative US-ROK military surrounding the DPRK.  What deals are being made?

On October 13, the DPRK sent another emergency letter to United Nations Secretary-General Guterres; this was the third letter sent to the UN since November 20, three letters in 23 days attempting to alert the United Nations to the crisis situation in Northeast Asia jeopardizing International Peace and Security, a crisis that could precipitate nuclear war at any moment. All three letters have been ignored, raising alarming questions about the UNs commitment to save humanity from the scourge of war.

Any attempt to accuse the DPRK of provocationis flagrant prevarication, as the provocations, and threats to the survival of North Korea described in this appeal to the Secretary-General reveal the US-south Korean  preparation for imminent attack and obliteration of North Korea.

Ambassador Ja Song Nam stated:

I write to you with respect to the worst ever situation prevailing in and around the Korean peninsula, which is making it impossible to predict when nuclear war breaks out due to the US nuclear war equipment of unprecedentedly large scale being massively deployed taking up a strike posture. The United States, based on the deployment of three nuclear powered aircraft carrier strike groups in the sub-region, is holding another joint military exercise with south Korea, involving different types of destroyers and submarines, beginning from November 11, 2017. The U.S. is reactivating.. nuclear capable strategic bomber B-52.and is maintaining a surprise strike posture with frequent flight of B-1B and B-2 formations to the air space of south Korea.The US flung the words of total destructionof a sovereign state at the UN General Assembly, the world largest official forum of diplomacy and is now running amok for war exercises by introducing nuclear war equipment in and around the Korean peninsula, thereby proving that the US itself is the major offender of the escalation of tension and undermining of the peace..Despite this fact, the UN Security Council, whose mission is to ensure the world peace and security, keeps turning a blind eye to the nuclear war exercises of the United States who is hell bent on bringing a catastrophic disaster to humanity, thereby giving rise to a serious concern on the double standard of the UN Security Council.

It defies logic and sanity that the DPRK, which, between 1950-1953, suffered the slaughte...

19:35

Now Saudis and Israel are Working hard together to Provoke War in Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Only one day after major ISIS defeats in Syria and Iraq indicated that fighting may be winding down, an extraordinary series of events raised the danger of a new war, this time against Lebanon.

These events began on Nov. 4 when Saudi Arabia destabilized Lebanons government by forcing Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign, and led to the Saudi government false claim on Nov. 7 that Lebanon had declared war on that kingdom.

Secret documents made public by Israeli TV Channel 10 indicate that this provocative war scenario was  coordinated by Saudi Arabia and Israel to instigate a new Middle East war, with Lebanon the target, vilified as a proxy of Iran.

This provocation follows a huge Israeli military exercise held in September simulating an invasion of Lebanon designed specifically to target the Lebanese group Hezbollah. This was Tel Avivs largest military drill in 20 years, involving all branches of the Israeli military.

While Washington has branded the Lebanese group Hezbollah terrorist, progressives in the Middle East see the group as a defender of Lebanese sovereignty.  Twice, in 2000 and 2006, it kicked Israeli troops out of Lebanon.

Hezbollah has fought alongside the Syrian government not only to prevent the dismemberment of this neighboring Arab country, but also to prevent ISIS from invading Lebanon and terrorizing the people there. Iran, also vilified by U.S. imperialism and its clients, has provided crucial political, material and military support needed to defeat ISIS.

The events are as follows:

On Nov. 3, the last ISIS strongholds in Iraq and Syria fell. Both Saudi Arabia and Israel seek to dismember Syria, and have assisted ISIS.

In a measure never seen before in the international arena, on Nov. 4 under orders from the Saudi regime, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced from Saudi Arabia on Saudi TV his resignation as PM. He assailed Iran for interfering in Lebanon, and claimed that Hezbollah was trying to assassinate him.

Hours later, Ryadh said it intercepted a Yemeni-fired missile over its capital. For years the  Saudi regime, armed by the U.S., has been bombarding the people of Yemen, indiscriminately killing civilians.

While the Yemenis say the missile they fired was made in Yemen....

19:29

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir sends message to Iran: enough is enough "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir attends an interview with Reuters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 16, 2017. (REUTERS)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabias foreign minister told Reuters in an interview on Thursday that the kingdom was reacting to what he called the aggressive behavior of its arch-rival Iran in Lebanon and Yemen.

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Any way you look at it, they (the Iranians) are the ones who are acting in an aggressive manner. We are reacting to that aggression and saying enough is enough, Adel Jubeir said.
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Jubeir also said that Lebanons Hezbollah, which he called a subsidiary of Irans Revolutionary Guard, must disarm and become a political party for that country to stabilize.......

19:21

Not in defense of Mugabe but... "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

I would like to remember the Robert Mugabe I knew (from afar) as I was growing up.  Robert Mugabe has an appeal not that different from that of Nelson Mandela for my leftist generation in the Middle East.  Mugabe was a brilliant student who persevered in a grotesque racist system of white minority rule in Rhodesia.  People have forgotten by now the nastiness of the regime of Ian Smith and how it was sponsored by Western government.  After completing his education in many fields and adding to it through correspondence education, Mugabe led the movement of ZANU. This is the Mugabe that I remember: the principled and defiant leader of liberation struggle who supported Arab struggle for independence and who supported Palestinian resistance (and received aid from it too).  Mugabe is a man who led the struggle for independence against two evil twin system of colonization: local and external.  This was all before Mugabe became a leader of a country--not a virtuous or able leader but a leader nevertheless.  Yet, the Western media coverage of the man was more like a caricature of him: and don't sell me the fake notions of Western outrage agent his tyranny: Western leaders go one-by-one and prostrate, literally, before every Gulf despot and you think that you rhetoric of outrage against Mugabe will stick?  You think that corruption of the Mugabe is worse than the corruption of US puppet deposit in the Middle East region?  Mugabe also championed the poor and was adamant about health care for all in Zimbabwe when 40 million remain without health care in the US.  But the nasty (and disproportionate) Western media coverage of Mugabe is partly directed against his measures against white settlers who sole lands that didnot belong to him. He was not "magnanimous" like Mandela who was more than happy to apply pure unjust Western capitalism in South Africa.  

19:19

Ozubulu Massacre- Four arraigned over church killings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Four suspects were arraigned before an Anambra State Magistrate Court sitting at Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state over their alleged involvement in the killings of about thirteen persons at St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, on August 6. Those arraigned were Vincent Ike, 57, Onyebuchi Mbanefo (46).   Great Chinedu Akpunonu (44) and Chukwudi Ugwu (30). Three other suspects are said to remain at large. The suspects were arraigned on 37 count charge bordering on conspiracy and murder. Their charges read in part, That you Great Chinedu Akpunonu, .M. Vincent...

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19:19

MASSOB/BIM decries incessant harassment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Movement for Actualization of  Sovereign State of Biafra(MASSOB)/ Biafra Independent Movement(BIM), yesterday expressed worry over alleged incessant harassment of its members by security operatives in Ebonyi state. Briefing journalists after its  meeting in Afikpo North local government area of the state, the leader of MASSOB BIM, Ebonyi South zone, Sunday Ezaka accused the military of seizing their properties while they were returning from Owerri, Imo State. He noted that it was wrong for security agents to clamp  down on a group that maintains non-violent disposition in carrying out its legitimate activities. Last...

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19:07

US Calls Venezuela Global Threat at UN as EU Approves Arms Embargo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The US chaired an informal meeting at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Monday to discuss the situation in Venezuela despite a boycott from leading members such as China and Russia.

The crisis in Venezuela today poses a direct threat to international peace and security. Venezuela is an increasingly violent narco-state that threatens the region, the hemisphere, and the world, Washingtons ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, declared during the session.

Also present at the meeting were Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro and UN High Commissioner Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Raad, both vocal critics of the government in Caracas.

The meeting was also boycotted by Bolivia and Egypt, who objected to Washingtons interference in Venezuelan internal affairs.

The situation in Venezuela is an issue that is entirely the responsibility of Venezuelans and of course does not constitute a threat to international peace and security, said Bolivian UN Ambassador Sacha Llorenty at a press conference alongside his Russian, Chinese, and Venezuelan counterparts Monday.

Thanking the other nations for their support, Venezuelan UN Ambassador Rafael Ramirez denounced the US for abusing its prerogatives as a permanent UNSC member to impose its geopolitical agenda in violation of the UN Charter.

He likewise accused Washington of double standards in its expressed concern for human rights in Venezuela.

It doesnt stop being paradoxical that the United States tries to present itself to the world as a defender of human rights when it applies the death penalty, discriminates against its minorities, mistreats and assaults immigrants, contemplates torture, has prisons like Guantanamo and a long history of wars and invasions, he continued.

Mondays UNSC meeting comes as the European Parliament formally approved an arms embargo against Venezuela as part of what it termed restrictive measures aimed at putting pressure on the Maduro government.

The EU also reportedly adopted a legal framework for targeting Caracas officials with travel bans and asset freezes, following in the footsteps of the Trump administration, which imposed another round of sanctions against ten more Venezuelan officials last week.

The embargo has, however, been met with backlash from some EU legislators, who regard the move as hypocritical in light of Brussels ongoing arms sales to a host of notorious human rights violators.

Today they go after Venezuela and the Venezuelan people, while they turn a blind eye to countries like Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and other Latin American countries where human rights........

18:50

South Africa envoys meet Mugabe in bid to end Zimbabwe crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Photo: Pres Mugabe, Gen Chiwenga, Fr Mukonori, SA Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula & State Security Minister Bongani Bongo

Veteran president resists military pressure to step down as army retains control

By Joseph Cotterill and Tony Hawkins in Harare

South African envoys held talks with President Robert Mugabe and his army chief on Thursday as regional powers sought to resolve a stand-off triggered by the militarys takeover of Zimbabwe.

Hours after Mr Mugabes motorcade was seen leaving his home in a Harare suburb, The Herald, a state-controlled newspaper, published pictures showing the president meeting with the two South African ministers and General Constantino Chiwenga, the army commander, in State House. The army chief led the military intervention on Wednesday when Mr Mugabe was put under house arrest.

The 93-year-old leader, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, has been resisting military pressure to publicly resign, said Ibbo Mandaza, a former senior member of the ruling Zanu-PF party. A Catholic priest has been mediating between Mr Mugabe and army chiefs and attended Thursdays talks at State House.

A military spokesman said on Wednesday the intervention was targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country. Insisting it was not conducting a coup, the army said Mr Mugabe and his family were in a safe and secure place. But the military has not made any statements since a spokesman addressed the nation on state television early on Wednesday.

Members of the Southern African Development Community, a regional bloc that has called on the Zimbabwean army to avoid an unconstitutional change in government and urged calm and restraint, met in Botswana on Thursday to respond to the crisis.

The meeting was called by Jacob Zuma, the chair of SADC and president of South Africa, which has long worried about instability in Zimbabwe spilling across its borders. Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans have fled to South Africa during the past two decades as their economy collapsed.

Mr Zuma, who sent the envoys to Harare, spoke to Mr Mugabe on Wednesday and said he indicated that he was confined to his home but said that he was fine.......

18:36

Police arraign Chief Imam, one other for breach of peace "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Police in Ogun State have charged the Chief Imam of Ajebandele Ijebu community in Ijebu East Local Government, Alhaji Ramoni Igbalaye, to court over felony and conduct likely to cause breach of peace. Igbalaye was arraigned alongside one Mr Adetutu Ajayi at the Magistrates Court IV, Ijebu-Ode on Wednesday. New Telegraph gathered that the chief imam was charged in connection with the wrongful installation of Ajayi as the new Baale of the community. It was learnt that the Ajalorun of Ijebu-Ife, Oba Adesesan Oguntayo, had in 2011 installed Alhaji Moshood Abiola Kuku...

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18:30

NLC vows to protest arrest of labour leaders in Kaduna "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, has vowed to embark on a nationwide protest, should the government of Kaduna state succeed in getting a magistrate court process to arrest labour leaders in the state. Arising from its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Thursday in Abuja, the union noted that in tandem with the principles of the rule of law and due process, a magistrate court has no jurisdiction over Labour and industrial relation matters, especially as it affects the mass sack of workers. Wabba who condemned the increased violation of workers right...

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18:17

JUST IN: First images of Mugabe meeting Gen. Chiwenga, negotiators "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

First photos of embattled Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, meeting with negotiators alongside Gen. Chiwenga has surfaced.    Details of the meeting remain sketchy.  

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18:08

Oyegun: Some APC campaign promises are aspirational "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has stated to cynics of the present administration that some electoral promises of the party cannot be achieved in this administration, as they are inspirational. The APC national chairman stated this in his address at Aso Villa in Abuja at the Mid-term scorecard of President Muhammadu Buhari administration. According to him, the party has achieved much within a space of two years that needed to be publicized ad propagated by party members. He commended the Media Team of the President...

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18:03

Force HQ contradicts IGP,says Obianos ADC was never withdrawn "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Force Headquarters (FHQ) has said at no time was the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to Anambra State Governor, Chief Willy Obiano, withdrawn. The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr. Jimoh Moshood, who made the claim in a statement, said the Governors ADC, as well as his Chief Security Officer (CSO), were called to the Police Command Headquarters in Awka to attend IGPs lecture with all other Police Personnel deployed for the Election,  which was also attended by the Heads of other Security and Safety Agencies participating in the security arrangement for...

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17:39

Israel, Saudi Arabia Deepen Ties With Iran Intelligence Sharing Agreement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Analysis The Chief of Staff of Israels military has confirmed to a Saudi newspaper, that the Israeli regime is now prepared to share intelligence with the Saudi Arabia on matters concerning Iran.

While some will doubtlessly feign shock at the announcement, it is merely a confirmation of what most regional observers have felt was the status quo dating back a number of years, albeit one which has intensified lately.

Todays statement follows the trend of Saudi Arabia and Israel working quietly but unambiguously to begin establishing open diplomatic relations. When this inevitably happens, Saudi will be only the third Arab country to have relations with the Israeli regime, the others being Egypt and Jordan.

For decades, Saudi and Israel have shared similar regional alignments. Both regimes have worked to undermine and overthrow Arab nationalist governments throughout the Arab world, including both Baathist and Nasserist states. Since 1979, both countries have also become steadfast opponents of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

Moreover, this follows a trend of the Middle East regrouping into a northern and southern zone, each with its own geo-strategic goals and mutual dependencies within the respective zone. As Saudi Arabia and Israel each fall in the southern zone, it is only natural for the two countries to make their de-facto alliance public. This demonstrates that any theoretical differences between the state ideologies of Zionism and Wahhabism are largely inconsequential. In both cases, shared strategic goals of undermining Arab nationalist states and the Islamic Revolution in Iran have taken precedence over perceived ideological differences.

In his statement, Israeli military officer Gadi Eisenkot admits to a south versus north divide. He accuses Iran of attempting to form a Shia Crescent running from Iran to Lebanon. In reality, this internationally juvenile description of the new north of the Middle East, undermines the very real strategic interests of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon as part of this alliance, as well as the emerging and meaningful partnership between Iran, Turkey and Iraq. Furthermore, as this region is home to millions of Sunni Muslims and many varieties of Christians and seeing as Iran retains its historic Jewish population, it is absurd to call the new northern bloc of Middle Eastern powers a Shia crescent.


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16:59

Egypt says captured fighter involved in deadly desert attack is Libyan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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CAIRO (Reuters) A foreign fighter captured during a raid on Islamist militants blamed by Egypt for a deadly attack in its western desert last month is a Libyan national, the Egyptian interior ministry said on Thursday.

The captured fighter, Abdelrahim Mohamed al-Mesmari, 25, is from the eastern Libyan town of Derna, an interior ministry statement said.

A little-known group called Ansar al-Islam claimed responsibility for the Oct. 21 attack. Three security sources said at the time that at least 52 police officers and conscripts were killed but the interior ministry refuted that figure the next day and said only 16 policemen had been killed.

The new militant group risks opening up another front for security forces far beyond the remote northern Sinai, where they have battled an Islamic State insurgency since 2014.

The Egyptian air force killed the 15 militants responsible for the deadly attack and later arrested 29 others for adopting the same ideology, the statement said.

The militants were being trained in Derna, it added.

Reporting by Ali Abdelaty; writing by Arwa Gaballa; editing by Mark Heinrich


A partial view of the town of el-Bawity, Bahariya Oasis, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) south west of Cairo. At least 35 Egyptian troops and police officers were killed in clashes with Islamist fighters in the Bahariya oasis October 20, 2017. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)


16:53

Uganda: Muslim posing as Christian teacher screams Allahu akbar, assaults schools director "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

War is deceit, said Muhammad. Siraji had been attempting to convert the children to Islam: Siraji came to our class and openly said he was a Muslim, and that his real name was Mugooda Siraji and not Simon Siraji, a fourth-grade child told a school official, according to Kakonge. He has been introducing to us []

16:50

Deepening Crisis In Hyper-Inflationary Venezuela and Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Deepening Crisis In Hyper-Inflationary Venezuela and Zimbabwe by Jan Skoyles GoldCore Deepening Crisis In Hyper-inflationary Venezuela and Zimbabwe Real inflation in Zimbabwe is 313 percent annually and 112 percent on a monthly basis Venezuelas new 100,000-bolivar...

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16:41

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

SADC Envoys in Zimbabwe for Mediation Talks Between President Mugabe and Military at State House in Harare
President says he must serve out his term until 2018

16 NOVEMBER 2017 - 07:56
South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
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The South African delegation to Zimbabwe is meeting with the countrys defence force and President Robert Mugabe, Communications Minister Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane told reporters in Parliament on Thursday.

The government has denied reports that the envoys - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and State Security Minister Bongani Bongo - were turned away.

President Jacob Zuma has said he has spoken to Mugabe, who was confined to his home but was fine.

She was briefing reporters on the outcome of Wednesdays Cabinet meeting, Kubayi-Ngubane said: Cabinet supports the intervention by President Jacob Zuma in his capacity as chair of Sadc in response to the Zimbabwean situation.

She said Zuma would brief Angolan President Joo Loureno, who is the current chair of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) organ for politics, defence and security.

Mapisa-Nqakula and Bongo arrived in Harare on Wednesday evening. They left the Waterkloof Airforce Base in Pretoria at 6pm and landed shortly after 7.30pm.

Zuma dispatched them in his capacity as Sadc chairman.

The pair have been tasked with holding talks with the besieged 93-year-old leader and Zimbabwean army generals who have so far denied their military takeover on Wednesday morning was a coup.

Zimbabwes military seized power on Wednesday saying it was holding Mugabe and his family safe while targeting "criminals" around him.

A Sadc statement said Zuma had called for a meeting of the Sadc Organ Troika and the chairman of the Sadc Council of Ministers to discuss the unfolding political and security situation in Zimbabwe.

The meeting is expected to be held in Gaborone Botswana on Thursday.

"The meeting will be attended by the ministers responsible for foreign or external affairs from the Sadc Organ Troika mem...

16:24

This Is Barbaric: Sen. Murphy Slams US for Contributing to Yemens Humanitarian Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) blasted the U.S. government on Tuesday for enabling the humanitarian crisis thats underway in Yemenjust before the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition bombed the airport in the nations capitol of Sanaa, further blocking aid from getting to Yemeni civilians.

Showing pictures of children who are starving amid what U.N. officials have called the worst famine the world has seen in decades, Murphy told his Senate colleagues, This humanitarian catastrophethis famineis caused in part by the actions of the United States of America.

We have a responsibility to make sure that the coalition, of which we are a part, is not using starvation as a weapon of war, said Murphy. This is a stain on the conscience of our nation if we continue to remain silent.

The bombing of Sanaas airport is expected to worsen the impact of the Saudi blockade. The Saudis said this week that they plan to loosen the blockade but have yet to follow through. The coalition has closed many of Yemens ports to ostensibly prevent weapons-smuggling from Iran to the Houthi rebels who are fighting the Yemeni government forcesand civilians have suffered the consequences.

In addition the famine, Yemenis are also suffering from what Oxfam has called the worst cholera outbreak in history, with at least one million expected to be affected by the end of the year, including 600,000 children. The blockade has prevented desperately-needed sanitation supplies from getting to aid agencies, making it impossible to prevent new cases as the medical communityin which many doctors and nurses have been working without pay since much of the healthcare system has been shut downtries to treat those who are already sick.

In his speech on the Senate floor, Murphy added that the United States contributions to the Saudi coalition have made actions like the bombing of Sanaas airport possible.

It is U.S. refueling planes flying in the sky around Yemen that restock the Saudi fighter jets with fuel, allowing them to drop more ordnance, said...

16:18

Heavy snowfall in Spring sweeps across South Africa; 30cm (1 foot) recorded "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Over 30mm of snow fell on the Eastern Cape highlands last night while snowfalls are continuing throughout Thursday. Amy Vermeulen of Tiffindell Ski Resort said heavy snowfalls fell throughout the evening of November 15. "We had a whopping 30cm and the snow high in the mountains should last until the weekend for those avid snow-seekers wishing to make a snowman or throw some snowballs. The road to the resort is currently closed but is expected to be open later Thursday afternoon. "Around Tiffindell, the highest five passes in South Africa are also currently closed," Vermeulen said. Snow Report SA said it is expecting heavy falls in Lesotho and the Eastern Cape Drakensberg today, but only medium to light falls on the KZN Drakensberg, with a small possibly of snow settling in towns like Underberg and Himeville, and some flurries in the KZN Midlands which were unlikely to settle. There was little likely hood of snow on Van Reenen's Pass. Snow Report SA said light snow fell in at Clarens, in the Free State. and in Mooi River.

16:12

Did Hillary Clinton sell weapons to ISIS? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Wiki Leaks CONFIRMS Hillary Sold Weapons to ISIS,

Arms dealer says Clinton and Obama accidentally gave guns to ISIS, Al Qaeda and Benghazi attackers.

An American arms dealer claims he was made a scapegoat for an Obama and Clinton-led 2011 plot to arm Libyan rebels that saw arms flowing to Al Qaeda, ISIS and the Benghazi attackers.

Marc Turi faced trial for illegally selling arms, but charges in the five-year, $10million case were dropped on October 5.

Thats because, he told Fox News, Democrats were worried about political blowback for Clinton if it emerged that the government had accidentally put weapons in the hands of Americas enemies.

I would say, 100 per cent, I was victimized, he told the channel, to somehow discredit me, to throw me under the bus, to do whatever it took to protect their next presidential candidate.

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16:10

'Not a mistake': Saudis accused of deliberate bombing of Yemeni allies "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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16:08

UAE to Germany: To stop Islamic jihad terrorism, monitor the mosques "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

You cant just leave a mosque open and allow anyone to go there and to preach. You need to have licences, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, the minister for tolerance of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), told Germanys DPA news agency as he commented on the security situation in Europe. He added that the governmental []

16:00

Anniversary Of Ruby Bridges Historic First Day Of School "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Kelly Faircloth for Pictorial - On this day in 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges was escorted into William Frantz Elementary School by a team of U.S. Deputy Marshals, desegregating the public school system of New Orleans. The landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education was handed down in 1954, but of course school systems across the Jim Crow South delayed as long as possible. The Little Rock Nine started at Little Rock Central High School in 1957, and in 1960 the federal courts informed New Orleans they had to start the process. And so Ruby started her first-grade year at the previously all-white school. Three other African American girls started at nearby McDonogh No. 19, as well. Driving up I could see the crowd, but living in New Orleans, I actually thought it was Mardi Gras, Bridges remembered in a 1997 interview with PBS NewsHour. There was a large crowd of people outside of the school. They were throwing things and shouting, and that sort of goes on in New Orleans at Mardi Gras. I really didnt realize until I got into the school that something else was going on. Angry parents at that point rushed in and took their kids out of school, she added. All year she was taught in a classroom by herself.

15:50

Man killed by lightning near Durban, South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A man was killed when he was struck by lightning in Verulam, north of Durban, on Wednesday afternoon - apparently the first victim of a storm that lashed KwaZulu-Natal. The lightning strike comes as inclement weather struck Durban and the surrounding areas. The South African Weather Service has forecast heavy rainfall and gusting winds in the region on Wednesday and leading into Thursday. Reaction Unit South Africa spokesman Prem Balram said that paramedics rushed to the R102 - a secondary road which runs between Durban and the North Coast - after they received a report from a motorist who witnessed the lightning strike shortly before 1pm. "A passing motorist witnessed a man on the side of the road being struck by lightning," he said. "Paramedics arrived to find a group of people had gathered on the bridge. The lifeless body of an unknown male was found lying on the pavement. Paramedics assessed the victim and found that he suffered burns to his body." Balram said that the man had not yet been identified.

15:40

FORMER CONGO DICTATOR MOBUTU SESE SEKOS MANSION IS NOW HOME TO RATS, BATS, SNAKES, BIRDS, A LESSON TO AFRICAN RULERS. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Below are pictures of the house of the former Zaire (now DRC) dictator, Field Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko Kukungbendu wazabanga. More

15:14

Jonathan govt won gold medal on corruption Tinubu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Lagos State governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has said that there is urgent need for the country move towards true federalism. Tinubu stated this while unveiling the book  Making Steady, Sustainable Progress for Nigerias Peace and Prosperity at the presidential villa, Abuja. The 360-page book is a mid-term scorecard of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration put together by Presidential Media Team. The former Lagos State governor said that moving Nigeria in the direction of true federalism remained the best and sure...

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15:14

ZAP's Mid-Week Report -- November 16, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

MID WEEK BY ZAP from "The Office of Poofness" 11-16-17

Zap Says


HI ALL

TODAY WAS AND STILL IS VERY INTENSE AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THE LATENESS OF THE MESSAGE. THE ACTIVITY RIGHT NOW IS QUITE STRONG, BUT VERY QUIET. LITTLE INFORMATION FLOW RIGHT NOW AS SECURITY TIGHTENS IN THIS LAST STAGE OF THE PROCESS.

WE ARE SEEING VERY STRONG SIGNS OF THE CHANGES. YESTERDAY THE ZIMBABWE GOVERNMENT INITIATED A CLEANUP, SO THEY SEQUESTERED THE PRESIDENT AND HIS WANNA-BE-LEADER WIFE, GUCCI GRACIE, AND STARTED ARRESTING THE CORRUPT OFFICIALS AND CRIMINAL ELEMENTS IN GOVERNMENT STARTING WITH THE FINANCE MINISTER. I WAS INFORMED THAT THIS IS PART AND PARCEL OF THE GLOBAL CLEANUP. ARRESTS ARE ONGOING GLOBALLY AND HOPEFULLY WILL FINISH REAL SOON AS IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A CLEAR PATH TO PERFORM THE NEXT STEPS OF GETTING THE FUNDS INTO THE ECONOMIES. IT IS A NECESSARY PROCESS AND SENSITIVE AS IT IS ROBUST. IT WILL FINISH SUFFICIENTLY TO HAVE THE RESOURCE RELEASE OCCUR TO DO THE WORK AHEAD OF US. THIS IS IT AND THE TIME FOR ALL OF US TO BEGIN THE NEXT STEPS IN THIS STAGE.

WE HAVE TO PREPARE OURSELVES, GET STRUCTURED PROPERLY, BEGIN THE PROJECTS AND DO THIS PARADIGM SHIFT. IT IS DUE, WE ARE READY, AND PRETTY SKILLED AT DOING ANYTHING. FROM A SIMPLE COFFEE TABLE THAT TAKES MILLIONS IN MACHINERY AND MANUFACTURING TO A SPACE SHUTTLE, WE CAN DO PRETTY WELL ANYTHING AND THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DENY.

GIVEN THESE SKILLS, IT JUST MEANS THAT GIVEN THE RESOURCES, WE CAN CLEAN UP THIS PLANET, INSTALL THE NEW TECH WE NEED TO PROGRESS, AND ESTABLISH A VERY PROSPEROUS HUMANITY WORKING IN HARMONY SO WE CAN GO TO THE STARS. GOOD THOUGHT?

IN RESPECT OF THE GROUNDWORK FOR THIS KIND OF EFFORT, A COHESIVENESS NEEDED TO BE SOWN AMONGST THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD, AND DONALD TRUMP, THE CONSUMMATE CEO, CAME BACK AND AT 3:30 PM, DELIVERED HIS REPORT TO THE NATION ON HIS ASIAN TOUR.

JEDI TRUMP ACCOMPLISHED WHAT NO OTHER PRESIDENT COULD, OR WOULD. HE GOT THE NATIONS TOGETHER. IN ASIA, HE MET WITH ALL THE GLOBAL LEADERS WHO CAME TO VISIT HIM IN THE COUNTRIES HE VISITED, AND HAD SOME VERY GOOD AND VERY INTERESTING TALKS WITH THEM. THAT RIGHT THERE TELLS YOU THE REGARD HE IS HELD IN BY THE WORLD GOVERNMENTS. THE UNDERSTANDINGS REACHED AND RELATIONSHIPS BUILT WERE INCREDIBLE AND UNPRECEDENTED. HE DID A L...

15:06

Former presidential spokesperson denied access into Aso Villa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Olusegun Adeniyi, the spokesperson to late President Umaru YarAdua was today, Thursday, denied access into Aso Villa for an event he was invited. According to Mr Adeniyi who revealed this via his Twitter handle said he had misplaced his invitation card for the event He was invited to a book launch by Garba Shehu, spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari. He said he misplaced his invitation card. Though he was recognised at the Villa gate, one of the security men denied him access for not presenting the card, he wrote. Garba Shehu...

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15:03

Uganda Rises Up In Unprecedented Opposition To 31-Year Dictator "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Patience Nitumwesiga for Waging Nonviolence - During the early morning hours of September 21, nine young activists all in their twenties hauled a coffin toward a police station in the northern city of Lira. The coffin was draped with posters of Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni and a number of his other allies in government. Written across the coffin on one side were the words Change the constitution and bury Uganda a reference to a proposed constitutional amendment that would do away with the presidential age limit. At 6.30 a.m., when they arrived at a major intersection, they set the coffin down and lit it on fire. By the time the police station came alive to start the day, the protesters had already left. Not knowing who they were looking for, the officers nevertheless set out on a hunt to find them. Over the next 12 hours, the young people invaded street after street in Lira, chanting anti-constitutional change slogans, lifting up placards and even setting some tires on fire. The small group soon grew into large crowds in all corners of Lira. The protesters had allies everywhere, and as soon as the police set out to stop a protest on a given street, someone would call the protesters and inform them. They would quickly disperse and reorganize at a different place, and the police would arrive too late, finding no one to arrest. Eventually, when the police got fed up with the constant evasion, they decided to storm the offices of the nonviolent training organization Solidarity Uganda, claiming that they were hiding the protesters. Police checked behind all doors and in ceiling boards, finding no one.

14:37

Rivers lawmakers beg FG to redeploy SARS Commander "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lawmakers in Nigerias oil rich state, Rivers,  have urged the Federal Government to redeploy the state Commander of the Special Anti-rubbery Squad (SARS) as part of efforts to stem insecurity. The members of the Rivers House of Assembly made the call in their resolution after debating a motion on Security Situation in Rivers State during plenary on Wednesday in Port Harcourt. The motion, raised by Mr Matin Amewule, Leader of the House and the member representing Port Harcourt Constituency 1, was exhaustively debated by the members. In their resolution, the...

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14:37

Mugabe, wife, top allies holed up in Blue House compound: source "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, his wife Grace and two key figures from her G40 political faction are under house arrest at Mugabes Blue House compound in Harare and are insisting the 93-year-old finishes his presidential term, a source said. The G40 figures are cabinet ministers Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere, who fled to the compound after their homes were attacked by troops in Tuesday nights coup, the source, who said he had spoken to people inside the compound, said. Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwes only legitimate ruler, an intelligence...

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14:36

Google doodle honours Late Chinua Achebe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Google, on Thursday paid respect to Chinua Achebe, the late Literary icon with a google doodle on its home page, to mark his 87h birthday. The technology giant on it tweeter handle @googleafrica said Achebe touched many lives with his word. Today we celebrate Chinua Achebes 87th birthday. Considered by many to be the father of modern African literature, Achebe has touched many lives with his words #GoogleDoodle Born Albert Chinalmg Achebe, the literary icon often described as the father of modern African literature, died in March 2013, in the...

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14:35

MFM FC Team Manager resigns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

MFM FC of Lagos Team Manager, Sunday Ojieh, resigned from the team on Thursday, spokesperson of the club, Olawale Quadri, has said. Quadri who confirmed the resignation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that the departure of the astute manager was sudden. According to him, Ojieh has moved on and the club would find a suitable replacement as soon as possible. He resigned this morning but not with any official statement, he told us he is moving on. We are yet to have a replacement for...

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13:45

The Truth About Why Saudi Arabia And Israel Are Really Working Together "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  Despite Saudi Arabias tough rhetoric and brutal assault against its neighbor, Yemen (the poorest country in the region), the unfortunate reality is that Saudi Arabia is not the strongman it has hopelessly painted itself to be. This isnt conjecture or an attempt to needlessly bolster and promote regional rivals such as Iran, as has become the trend among anti-imperialist commentators.
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13:40

50,000 Children Will Die by the End of the Year in Yemen, Aid Group Warns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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(MEMO)  Disease and famine struck Yemen will see some 50,000 Yemeni children dead by the end of the year, NGO Save the Children told the Telegraph.
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13:35

Deepening Crisis In Hyper-inflationary Venezuela and Zimbabwe Show Why Physical Gold Is Ultimate Protection "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Deepening Crisis In Hyper-inflationary Venezuela and Zimbabwe
Real inflation in Zimbabwe is 313 percent annually and 112 percent on a monthly basis
Venezuelas new 100,000-bolivar note is worth less oday thehan USD 2.50
Maduro announces plans to eliminate all physical cash
Gold rises in response to ongoing crises

A military coup-de-grace in Zimbabwe and a bankrupt Venezuela. Both countries have extreme hyperinflation, citizens are starving and basic medical treatment is near impossible to find. These are the real world problems 47.5 million people are currently facing.

Presidents Robert Mugabe and Nicolas Maduro both deny the crises in their respective countries. For Maduro it is the media propagating false truths. In Zimbabwe the response to hyperinflation has been to declare it illegal.

Both countries are in the media spotlight after a significant week that has left one man powerless and another scrambling to restore faith in his bankrupt country.

Each countrys mess is thanks to mismanagement of resources and the central banking system. Citizens have had their rights almost decimated as the cash in the bank is worth increasingly less and fewer people are receiving income. Basic goods and services are near impossible to come by, with little sign of let-up.

The hyperinflation and economic situations in both the Latin American and south African country are a reminder of the damage caused by governments. Both Maduro and Mugabe have acted under the premise of serving the electorate. Citizens as a result have only suffered and seen their wealth diminish on a daily basis.

Both countries may seem a million miles away from the West in terms of political situation and cultures. However there is a strong lesson to be learnt. Savers should learn the need to protect their earnings and wealth from the manipulative decisions of governments and destructive monetary policies.

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13:34

Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab faces trial for saying Nile unfit to drink "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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13:12

BREAKING: Five dead in Lagos-Ibadan expressway crash, 16 vehicles involved "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Five persons died and 19 others were seriously injured in an early morning multiple accident at Kara Bridge after Berger on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Thursday, an official has confirmed. Mr Hyginus Omeje, the Lagos State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who confirmed the accident, said three of the victims died on the spot while two later died in the hospital. Omeje said the cause of the accident had not been ascertained but that efforts were on to rescue the injured victims as well as ease the traffic along...

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12:40

18 killed, 29 injured as multiple blast hit Maiduguri "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

18 persons were killed while 29 others were injured in a multiple suicide bomb attack in Muna Gari community at the outskirt of Maiduguri metropolis. Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Borno state police command, DSP, Victor Isuku in a statement said four suicide bombers infiltrated Muna Gari community with Improvised Explosive Devices on their body and detonated them killing 18 persons including themselves, while 29 others injured. DSP Isuku said  today 15/11/2017, at about 1813hrs, four suicide bombers, two males and two females, infiltrated Muna Gari community in...

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12:29

BREAKING: Many feared dead as train rams into trailer in Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Four persons have been confirmed dead as a train derailed and rammed into a trailer at Abattoir area of Agege. The Four persons were hanging on the train while others sustained injuries. The train, on derailing, was also said to have rammed into a trailer, leaving many killed and injured. Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and the state police command confirmed the deaths. Olarinde Famous-Cole, the states police spokesman, the train rammed into a trailer, injuring many and leaving an unconfirmed number of victims feared dead.  ...

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11:47

Amid the carnage in Yemen, civilians also face consequences of the US war on terror "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Six months after US Navy Seals raided their village in search of al Qaeda jihadis, neither the mental or physical wounds endured by the Adhal family are healing. Twelve-year-old Othman Mohammed Saleh al Adhal spoke quietly, focussing on the middle distance rather than his interviewers, as he recounted what happened in tiny Adhlan in Yemen's Marib province on 23 May. "I was sleeping outside because it was hot," he said. "Then you could hear the planes and helicopters. I was scared so I ran back to the house to find my mum. That's when an American appeared. I screamed ... He shot me twice." Othman gestured to his forearms, both of which bear bullet wound scarring. By the time the gun battle died down an hour later and Othman found his mother, she was weeping over the bodies of his two older brothers.

11:42

Imo 2019: Iwuanyanwu, Dozie, Ahamba, Anyanwu Insist on Owerri Zone producing governorship slot. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

*As Leaders converge to Strategize on way forward The quest for the 2019 governorship slot in Imo State has indeed More

11:31

THE KISS OF THE MARRIED WOMAN THAT EVENTUALLY SCATTERED MUGABES KINGDOM. A LESSON TO ALL MEN. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Now, its difficult to piece together what is going to become of Zimbabwe after now, however history gives us a More

11:08

Libya: Muslims selling black migrant slaves for as little as $400 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Migrants trying to reach Europe via North Africa are being sold at modern-day slave auctions by smugglers in Libya for as little as $400, a new investigation has revealed..cell phone footage showed African men being sold In the West, the repeated outcry about racism is completely one-sided. These migrants at Libyan slave auctions are black, []

11:00

Migrants Sold into Slavery in Libya for as Little as $400 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tripoli (TeleSUR The country, which formerly had the highest standard of living on the African continent, is now in ruins and housing a major slave market.

An exclusive CNN report has brought Libyas growing slave trade to light.

As migrants fleeing war and terror or simply looking for greater economic opportunities, flow through the Libyan border to Europe, the Libyan coastguard has begun to clamp down on the migration crisis.

Demonstration in Bayda, Libya 2011 during the Arab Spring
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This has left many migrants and their smugglers in a precarious situation. Many migrants, who are now left destitute after having sold everything to be smuggled through Libya, are being forced into slavery.

Migrants are being sold into slavery, for as low as US$400, to perform excruciating labor. Reminiscent of the auctions during the transatlantic slave trade period, migrants are priced based on their physical capabilities. Many are left broken, mentally and physically, as a result of their forced servitude, the report states.

Related: Benghazi Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In US Trial

Earlier this year,  survivors of Libyas slave trade testified to the United Nations on their horrific experiences. The International Organization for Migration, IOM, corroborated these claims by establishing that Libyas slave trade, as The Guardian wrote, has become so normalized that people are being traded in public.

The situation is dire, Mohammed Abdiker, the director of operation and emergencies for the International Organization for Migration, said in a statement after returning from Tripoli in April. Some reports are truly horrifying and the latest reports of slave markets for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages.

Victims reported that they were sold into slavery to pay off debts to their smugglers or to those from whom they borrowed while trying to stay afloat in the African country after their funds ran out. Most migrants are no longer reaching their final destination, many are dying at sea, and as a result, many are opting to repatri...

11:00

US Calls Venezuela Global Threat at UN as EU Approves Arms Embargo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Caracas (VZA The US chaired an informal meeting at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Monday to discuss the situation in Venezuela despite a boycott from leading members such as China and Russia.

The crisis in Venezuela today poses a direct threat to international peace and security. Venezuela is an increasingly violent narco-state that threatens the region, the hemisphere, and the world, Washingtons ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, declared during the session.

Also present at the meeting were Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro and UN High Commissioner Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Raad, both vocal critics of the government in Caracas.

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The meeting was also boycotted by Bolivia and Egypt, who objected to Washingtons interference in Venezuelan internal affairs.

The situation in Venezuela is an issue that is entirely the responsibility of Venezuelans and of course does not constitute a threat to international peace and security, said Bolivian UN Ambassador Sacha Llorenty at a press conference alongside his Russian, Chinese, and Venezuelan counterparts Monday.

Thanking the other nations for their support, Venezuelan UN Ambassador Rafael Ramirez denounced the US for abusing its prerogatives as a permanent UNSC member to impose its geopolitical agenda in violation of the UN Charter.

He likewise accused Washington of double standards in its expressed concern for human rights in Venezuela.

It doesnt stop being paradoxical that the United States tries to present itself to the world as a defender of human rights when it applies the death penalty, discriminates against its minorities, mistreats and assaults immigrants, contemplates torture, has prisons like Guantanamo and a long history of wars and invasions, he continued.

Mondays UNSC meeting comes as the European Parliament formally approved an arms embargo against Venezuela as part of what it termed restrictive measures aimed at putting pressure on the Maduro government.

The EU also reporte...

10:32

Iran: Shameful Saudi Arabia begged Israel to bomb Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Rouhani adds his voice to claims by Hezbollah that Riyadh urged Zionist regime airstrikes against Lebanese targets

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sits during a meeting with Pakistan Army Chief General in Tehran on November 6, 2017. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sits during a meeting with Pakistan Army Chief General in Tehran on November 6, 2017. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had implored Israel to bomb Lebanon, in what he scornfully said was an unprecedented act by a Muslim country.

It is very reprehensible and shameful for a Muslim country in the region to beg the Zionist regime (Israel) to bomb the people of Lebanon, Rouhani said, backing up an assertion made last week by the head of terror group Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy that seeks to destroy Israel.

It is unprecedented in history for a Muslim country to take such measures, and this indicates the immaturity of the individuals, who have come to power in those countries, Rouhani continued, during a government meeting, Irans Press TV reported.

Last Friday Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of asking Israel to launch strikes on Lebanon amid ongoing tension between Riyadh and Tehran.

The most dangerous thing is inciting Israel to strike Lebanon, he said in a televised address. Im talking about information that Saudi Arabia has asked Israel to strike Lebanon.

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10:20

Trump helps elephant killing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 18 February 2012 video from the USA is called The Trump family kill an elephant, leopard and many more animals in sick African killing vacation.

By Brianna Sacks in the USA:

Trump Is Allowing Hunters To Import Elephant Trophies Back To The US

The decision reverses an Obama-era policy aimed at protecting endangered elephants targeted for ivory.

November 16, 2017, at 4:56 a.m

The Trump administration will again allow hunters to import the heads of elephants killed in two African countries back to the United States, reversing an Obama-era ban and furthering the administrations efforts to promote hunting.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed the decision Wednesday in a statement to BuzzFeed News, a day after announcing the reversal at a forum in Africa.

Although African elephants are listed as an endangered species, the US government will enable hunters to kill the animals and import their trophies if there is proof the sport helps conserve the species. After some review, the agency said it had determined well-regulated sport huntingR...

10:16

Delta Govt Frees 26 Awaiting Trial Inmates "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS NOVEMBER 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has released 26 inmates awaiting trial in at Agbor Prison.
Justice Umukoro secured the release of the inmates during the ongoing prisons visit, which commenced on Wednesday.
Most of the inmates whose ages range from 19 to 30 years old were released on the grounds of ill health, want of diligent prosecution, inordinate long detention in prison custody and on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution that some of them have no case to answer.
The Chief Judge who granted the release of the 26 inmates out of the 397 cases reviewed stated that the exercise was not meant to throw the gates of prisons open to accused persons awaiting trial for various criminal offences but to ascertain the validity of their detention, ability to withstand trial and whether their cases were going on progressively.
While commending some members of the lower Bench (Magistrates) for their hardwork, diligence and dexterity in handling matters brought before them, Justice Umukoro however decried obvious lack of seriousness exhibited by some, saying that since they were the ones to inherit the institution of justice at the higher Bench they needed to be more serious and prove their mettle.
The Assistant Controller of Agbor Prison, Mr Emmanuel Ozili, commended the State Chief Judge for religiou...

10:15

Why Africa Could Provide an 'ISIS Renaissance' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Already we are seeing ISIS and other terrorist groups take advantage of these complex challenges in the continent. The attacks seen in Somalia, Burkina Faso and Niger could be a precursor for wider terrorist atrocities in Africa, especially given that ISIS is looking to recuperate and establish a new caliphate.

08:42

Egypt tries to avoid a fight as allies escalate against Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Associated Press

By HAMZA HENDAWI

CAIRO (AP) Egypt faces high expectations from Saudi Arabia and its other Gulf Arab benefactors that it will have their back as tensions rise with their rival Iran, including throwing the weight of its military the largest standing Arab army into the crisis if needed.

But Egypt clearly has no desire to be dragged into a military conflict or to see the tensions spiral into another Saudi-Iran proxy battle like the many that are already tearing up the Middle East.

Its reluctance could lead to frictions between Cairo and Riyadh.

Egypts leadership has been striking a balancing act, giving nods of support to its Gulf allies while trying to defuse their escalations against Iran.

Last week, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi proclaimed that any threat to Gulf security is a threat to our own national security, warning Iran to stop meddling. But he also said the region has enough instability and challenges as it is and doesnt need a crisis with Iran or Hezbollah, and he called for dialogue to resolve tensions.

Other Egyptian officials sharpened their rhetoric against non-Arab, Shiite Iran, but have not embraced the sectarian or ethnic slant used by their Sunni-led Gulf friends.

In the past month, Saudi Arabia has twice accused Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of acts of war against it. A direct war between the two regional powerhouses still seems unlikely; but the heightened rhetoric raised fears that it wasnt out of the question or that a new proxy fight could erupt in Lebanon.

Egyptian commentators have bluntly warned against getting mired into a military conflict initiated by the Saudis.

Egypts real national duty is to tell our brothers that we are with them to defend the sec...

08:40

Delta Govt Approves Establishment of Agro-Industrial Park, Link Bridge To Burutu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS NOVEMBER 16H (URHOBOTODAY)-The Delta State Executive Council has approved the establishment of an agro-industrial park at Aboh Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area.
The government also approved the construction of Ayakoromo Bridge across River Forcados in Burutu Local Government Area. This bridge, according to the statement made available to Urhobotoday online will make Burutu assessable to other parts of Delta state through road.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, said that the approvals were part of the decisions taken at the state Executive Council meeting held in Asaba on Tuesday.
He said the agro-industrial park will provide common dedicated infrastructure and facilities for agro-processing, value addition and agribusiness as a means to improving the ease-of-doing business and promoting economic diversification and growth of the state, including creating more than 5,000 jobs along the agricultural value chain.
According to the Commissioner for Information, the park will be executed through public-private partnership between the state government, Mirai Group in Israel and Norsworthy Investments Limited.
On the Ayakoromo Bridge, Mr. Ukah said the approval is in line with the avowed determination of the state government to link riverine and upland communities in the state to bring about economic and social integration,
According to Mr. Ukah, with the construction of the Ayakoromo Brid...

06:54

$20.2bn missing from NNPC since 1999 Falana "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, (SAN), has accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of failing to remit over $20.2billion since the return of democracy in 1999 till date. He said, instead of piling up external loans, the Federal Government should be compelled by the Nigerian people to embark on the immediate recovery and repatriation of hundreds of billions of dollars from the NNPC. Falana said this yesterday in Lagos at a National Seminar on Promoting Transparency and Accountability in the Recovery of Stolen Asset in Nigeria: Agenda for...

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06:51

NBS: Inflation trends down to 15.91 in October "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For fifth consecutive time, Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation, decreased to 15.91 per cent (year-on-year) in October 2017, lower than the 15.98 figure recorded in September, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has declared. The NBS disclosed this in its CPI October 2017 Report released yesterday in Abuja. The CPI increased by 15.91 per cent (year-on-Year) in October 2017. According to the bureau, this is 0.07 per cent points lower than the rate recorded in September (15.98 per cent). On a month-on-month basis, the headline index increased by...

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06:48

NDDC, SMEDAN set to establish enterprise hub "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and a private sector organisation for the establishment of Nigerias first enterprise innovation and growth hub. The tripartite agreement, which kick-starts the investment hub project, was signed yesterday during a meeting at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt between the NDDC, SMEDAN and Builders Hub Impact Investment Programme (BHIIP). The NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Nsima Ekere, said that the meeting was a follow up to a...

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06:45

Abia PDP behind Kalus presidential posters, says APC chair "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Abia State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that the fake posters of former governor of Abia State with the inscription Vote Orji Kalu for President in 2019 being pasted in Lagos, Abuja, Umuahia and other cities was the handiwork of political jobbers. Condemning the uncivilised act, Abia State Chairman of the APC, Hon.Emma Nwankpa stressed that the perpetrators of the act were members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, who were envious of massive support the APC had galvanised at the grassroots. He,...

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06:37

Suswam: I dont begrudge Ortom "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former governor of Benue State, Dr. Gabriel Suswam has said that he harboured no bitterness against his successor, Governor Samuel Ortom, or anybody that is behind his travails, which he described, had been from one jail to another and from one court to the other. Suswam stated this yesterday while addressing Pastors at the ongoing Synod of the Universal Reformed Christian Church (URCC) otherwise referred to as NKST at Mkar in Gboko Local Government Area of the state. I accept my present condition as the work of God and I...

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06:37

As Anambra decides "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The state of Anambra is strong, financially, economically and indeed psychologically. You will be taking over the reins of state where there is sanity, political civility and overall decorum Peter Obi in handover note in 2014. I had resisted the lure to get involved in Anambra State gubernatorial imbroglio because of some very personal issues but after watching the debate of the five leading contestants on Channels Television last Sunday, I was urged by the journalism in me to serve the society rather than my personal interest. Anambra politics...

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06:37

Anambra poll: Kalu begins houseto- house campaign for Nwoye "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ahead of the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, former Abia State governor and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Kalu has commenced grassroots mobilisation for the partys flag bearer, Dr. Tony Nwoye. The frontline politician urged Ndi Anambra not to lose an opportunity to join mainstream politics, adding that Ndigbo would benefit immensely if Anambra State was governed by the APC. Kalu while extolling outstanding qualities of Nwoye, stressed that the APC flag bearer had capacity to put smiles on the faces of the people,if...

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06:35

El-Rufai inaugurates economic board "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As part of efforts to bring development closer to the people, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai yesterday inaugurated the states Economic Planning Board (EPB). El-Rufai said the board was instituted to primarily ensure effective coordination in the preparation of local government plans and budget with the goal of improving the quality of life of the people. Represented by the Deputy Governor, Bala Barnabas Bantex, the governor said the state had already developed Local Government Planning and Budgeting Manual to guide local government officials in planning and budgeting process to...

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06:33

Ohanaeze warns against rigging "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President General of apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo has warned that any attempt to rig the poll would be vehemently resisted by the people of Anambra and Ndigbo in general. Nwodo said that it is the prerogative of the people of Anambra State to make their choice through the ballot box and that whoever they choose would be accepted by Ohanaeze and the people of the zone, provided the process is free and fair. Addressing a press conference in Enugu yesterday, Nwodo said the organisation...

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06:14

PDP will rise again, says Bode George "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has claimed that the party would overcome its challenges to win the 2019 presidential election if he becomes the chairman. He said this late Tuesday during a courtesy call on the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, in continuation of his consultation with stakeholders towards becoming the national chairman of the party. He said with the defeat of the party in 2015, only a tested hand can rejuvenate the party and instil confidence in the public...

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05:33

Jims Mailbox "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Africa has awakened to the cancer of corruption. Those leaders move to eliminate this scourge may well be the best thing that has happened to them and the continent, ever. Courtesy of JB. Jim Zimbabwes Mugabe Under House Arrest After Army Takeover November 15, 2017 Zimbabwes military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest... Read more

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05:26

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe Defense Forces Statement: 'We Are Targeting the Criminals Around the President
November 15, 2017
Zimbabwe Herald

You can watch the statement delivered by Zimbabwe Maj. Gen. S.B. Moyo over the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) earlier today by clicking on the website below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpuD18v5RHM

Fellow Zimbabweans, following the address we made on 13 November 2017 which we believe our main broadcaster, ZBC and The Herald were directed not to publicise, the situation in our country has moved to another level.

Firstly, we wish to assure the nation that His Excellency, The President, of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde R.G. Mugabe and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed.

We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice. As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.

To the civil servants, as you are aware, there is a plan by the same individuals to influence the current purging which is place in the political sphere to the civil service. We are against that act of injustice and we intend to protect every one of you against that.

To the judiciary, the measures underway are intended to ensure that, as an independent arm of the State, you are able to exercise your independent authority without fear of being obstructed as has been the case with this group of individuals.

To our Members of Parliament, your legislative role is of paramount importance for peace and stability in this country and it is our desire that a dispensation is created that allows you to serve your respective political constituencies according to democratic tenets.

To the generality of the people of Zimbabwe, we urge you to remain calm and limit unnecessary movement. However, we encourage those who are employed and those with essential business in the city to continue their normal activ...

05:25

After 37 years, rule of Zimbabwe's Mugabe appears to be over "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe's military was in control of the capital and the state broadcaster on Wednesday and was holding President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest in what appeared to be a coup against the 93-year-old Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state. The military was at pains, however, to emphasize it had not staged a military takeover, but was instead starting a process to restore Zimbabwe's democracy. Still, the military appeared to have brought an end to Mugabe's long, 37-year reign in what the army's supporters praised as a "bloodless correction." South Africa and other neighboring countries were sending in leaders to negotiate with Mugabe and the generals to encourage the transition. Citizens in Zimbabwe's tidy capital, Harare, contributed to the feeling of a smooth transition by carrying on with their daily lives, walking past the army's armored personnel carriers to go to work and to shops. Many who have never known any leader but Mugabe waited in long lines at banks to draw limited amounts of cash, a result of this once-prosperous country's plummeting economy.

05:24

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In Defense of the Nations Founding Values, Gains of Independence
November 15, 2017
Zimbabwe Herald

Let us begin by quoting the Constitution of this Country particularly the preamble which speaks of Exalting and extolling the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives during the Chimurenga/Umvukela and national liberation struggles and honouring our forebears and compatriots who toiled for the progress of our country.

It is with humility and a heavy heart that we come before you to pronounce the indisputable reality that there is instability in Zanu-PF today and as a result anxiety in the country at large. Zimbabwes history is hinged on the ideals of the revolution dating back to the First Chimurenga where thousands of people perished.

Zanu-PF is the political Party that waged the Second Chimurenga for our independence; the struggle that caused the loss of over 50 thousand lives of our people; the struggle in which many Zimbabweans, in one way or the other, sacrificed and contributed immensely for our liberation.

Many of these gallant fighters still live-on with the spirited hope of seeing a prosperous Zimbabwe but also the hope of leaving behind inheritance and legacy for posterity. It is pertinent to restate that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces remain the major stockholder in respect to the gains of the liberation struggle and when these are threatened we are obliged to take corrective measures.

Clearly, Zanu-PF having mainly been the only Party that has ruled this country since Independence, it had become a household name to most Zimbabweans across political divide. Therefore, it is common cause that any instability within the Party naturally impacts on their social, political and economic lives, accordingly, there is distress, trepidation and despondence within the nation.

Our peace-loving people who have stood by their Government and endured some of the most trying social and economic conditions ever experienced are extremely disturbed by what is happening within the ranks of the national revolutionary Party.

What is obtaining in the revolutionary Party is a direct result of the machinations of counter revolutionaries who have infiltrated the...

05:13

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe War Veterans Hold Press Conference in Response to the Present Situation
Watch this press conference by clicking on the website below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB61k2SnlXw

263Chat will provide live updates of the war veterans press conference that is currently underway at Club Chambers in Harare. The press conference follows an address by the army that they are in the process of cleansing the country of 'criminals whom they accuse of suffocating the country and causing untold suffering on the people.

1241hrs: The presser will be addresses by Douglas Mahiya and Victor Matemadanda

1243hrs: After some singing of revolutionary songs, Douglas Mahiya begins his address. He urges war veterans in the room to celebrate.

1244hrs: Mahiya introduces war veterans leadership.

1245hrs: Matemadanda begins his address. He says his speech is based on the constitution of Zanu PF and the country. He says the constitution had been thrown into the dustbin.

1246hrs: Matemadanda says the constitution allows the army to intervene to protect the national security of the country

1248hrs: He says Zanu PF should set aside all suspensions and dismissal by G40 and cabal.

1249hrs: All the people from the central committee, provincial and ordinary members should be pardoned before the December congress.

1250hrs: war veterans should be restored as the fourth wing of Zanu PF

1250hrs: Why did Robert Mugabe chosen to work with counter revolutionaries. Why did he chose to denounce war veterans who have been with him during the liberation war, querried Matemadanda.

1251hrs: Robert Mugabe must be recalled from his position.

1252hrs: crimes committed by Robert Mugabe are much worse than Ndabaningi Sithole

1255hrs: Chipanga was leading a quasi army insulting Army Generals

1255hrs: all political parties in Zim must recognise the role played by war veterans.

1256hrs: we want to facilitate good and proper running of forth...

05:07

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

EDITORIAL COMMENT: Custodians Returning Revolution to Source
November 16, 2017
Opinion & Analysis
Zimbabwe Herald

EVENTS of the past few days can be described as most unusual for Zimbabwe. That is because the military does not readily interfere in civilian political affairs. Yet this week they had to break with this long tradition, in the words of the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, because of instability in Zanu-PF which was causing a lot of anxiety in the population. He said the problems in the revolutionary party were a direct result of the machinations of counter-revolutionaries who have infiltrated the party and whose agenda is to destroy it from within.

More specifically, General Constantino Chiwenga said on Monday: We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in. And Zanu-PF is the embodiment of that revolution.

The aim, the military said, was not to effect a coup, but stabilise the situation in the country and return operations to normalcy.

Major-General Sibusiso Moyo, in an address to the nation on ZBCTV yesterday morning, also assured the nation that there was no intention to stage a coup. He stated that President Mugabes safety and security were guaranteed while the military was only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.

It is not for us to define for the ZDF which activities can easily lead to national instability, but what cannot be denied is that they are heavily invested in the affairs of Zanu-PF and its state of health ahead of harmonised elections next year.

Moreover, like everyone else, they are affected by the daily economic and political developments in the country.

For a long time President Mugabe has warned party supporters against engaging in petty squabbles and pursuing personal vendettas at the expense of service to the people. He has spoken strongly against corruption. He has also made several appeals against factionalism in the revolutionary party, and how this scourge can easily weaken the party....

05:03

Military Coup in Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Via: Reuters: Zimbabwe was on a knifes edge on Thursday after the military seized power in what it dubbed a targeted operation against criminals in the entourage of President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the southern African nation for almost four decades. It was not clear whether the apparent military coup would bring a formal []

05:01

Obama's Libyan legacy: A once great nation is now a failed state "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Libya, once the gem for high-living standards in Africa, is today a failed state. Thanks to the discordant foreign policy of President Barack Obama and his secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, Libya is now a country plagued by rival governments, gangs of terrorist marauders, human smuggling syndicates, and a collapsing infrastructure that was once the envy of its neighbors. Comment: Lybia's slave auction and African genocide: What Hilary knew. The NATO and Saudi-inspired revolt against the Libyan government of Muammar Qaddafi commenced in February 2011. The US military operation against Libya was code-named Operation Odyssey Dawn. America's "odyssey" has been a disaster for Libya. After almost seven years and tens of thousands of deaths, Libya, is effectively split into three separately-governed regions. The first is the Libyan capital of Tripoli and its surrounding area, which is governed by the "New General National Council," backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey, and Qatar. The council, composed of Islamist radical groups, in addition to secularists, has refused to cede authority to a United Nations-formulated Council of Deputies. The second region is in the eastern province of Cyrenaica, close to the Egyptian border, where a rival government, claims authority over all of Libya from its headquarters in the Dar al-Salam Hotel in Tobruk. Backing the Tobruk government is the Libyan National Army, led by one-time Qaddafi army official, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, which claims pockets of control in Cyrenaica, including Benghazi, and to the east od Tripoli, close to the Tunisian border.

04:51

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe Defense Forces Hailed for Upholding Rights
November 16, 2017
Fidelis Munyoro Chief Court Reporter
Herald

Legal experts have extolled the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) for its political stabilisation intervention, which they say was done in the spirit of national interest and security. In addition, the legal experts said the intervention was done in accordance with the dictates and tenets of the Constitution and in respect of Sadc and AU security protocols. They also applauded the fact that the intervention was done in a way that prevented bloodshed, promotes peace and national development.A top Harare lawyer, who declined to be identified, said the ZDF acted with considerable restraint and commendable respect for the Constitution of Zimbabwe, its people and the incumbent President.

It must be emphasised that the actions of the army are constitutionally permissible, legally justified and totally warranted, he said speaking on condition of anonymity. The military has received everyones imprimatur and support across the political divide. A new era has dawned. The true heroes of Chimurenga/Umvukela have stood up and have been counted. Brave Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

Another lawyer, Mr Tendai Toto, said the military acted within the precincts of their defined obligations under the countrys Constitution, in particular Section 212. The section provides for the constitutional function of the ZDF to protect Zimbabwe, its people, its national security and interests and its territorial integrity and to uphold the Constitution.

It is from these provisions that the ZDF has invoked military constitutionalism in a positive and non-abusive manner, said Mr Toto. He said the status quo emanated from an imminent threat to national security, further social and economic harm to the people of Zimbabwe.

It is the function of the ZDF to protect the threatened interests of security and the interests of the people of Zimbabwe in general, said Mr Toto.

That said, the impugned threats compelled the ZDF to take corrective measures to pursue and promote the steady progression, peace and the stability of the country. Thus, is the positive employment of military...

04:50

Primary Victims of the Canadian State echo Foreign Policy Mythology "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The power of foreign policy nationalism is immense. Even the primary victims of the Canadian state have been drawn into this countrys mythology.

Dispossessed of 99% of their land, Indigenous people have been made wards of the state, had their movement restricted and religious/cultural ceremonies banned. Notwithstanding their antagonistic relationship to the Canadian state, indigenous leaders have often backed Ottawas international policies.

At a National Aboriginal Veterans Day ceremony last week Grand Chief of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Stewart Phillip said Indigenous soldiers were fighting for the common good and were on the right side of history. But, Canadian soldiers have only fought in one morally justifiable war: World War II. Ignored in the Remembrance Day style commemoration are the Afghans or Libyans killed by Canadians in recent years or the Serbians and Iraqis killed two decades ago or the Koreans killed in the 1950s or the Russians, South Africans, Sudanese and others killed before that.

While Phillips comments reinforces the sense that Canadas cause is righteous, hes not a sycophant of power on most issues. Phillip refused to attend a reconciliation event with Prince William, called for acts of civil disobedience against pipelines and said the State of Canada and the Church committed acts of genocide as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Philip was but one of many indigenous voices applauding Canadian militarism during National Aboriginal Veterans Day/Remembrance Day activities. CBC Indigenous reported on a reading in Mikmaq of the pro-World War I poem In Flanders Fields and quoted the editor of Courageous Warriors of Kahkewistahaw First Nation, Ted Whitecalf, saying: Its all for freedom that the people served willingly and voluntarily.

Outside of war commemorations, Indigenous representatives occasionally echo broader foreign policy myths. Alongside Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau, Assembly of First Nations National Chief....

04:41

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe Chiefs Want Land Bill Shelved
November 16, 2017
Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

Traditional leaders have expressed their dissatisfaction over the rejection of amendments to the Land Commission Bill where they were pushing to have their members sit in the Zimbabwe Land Commission. In an interview, Chiefs Council president Fortune Charumbira said they had resolved to appeal to a higher authority to ensure that the Bill, which has since sailed through Parliament is not signed into law without their proposals.

A fortnight ago, the National Assembly rejected amendments to the Land Commission Bill that had been referred to it from Senate that sought to include traditional leaders in the Land Commission. Chief Charumbira yesterday lashed out at some legislators who led the onslaught to reject the amendments saying it was unheard of to exclude traditional leaders on governance of land.

Some adventurous MPs with no history of the struggle believe that chiefs should not sit on the Land Commission. That is outrageous and shocking that we have MPs who think like that. We have appealed to higher offices that the Bill be rejected so that the amendments are accepted to ensure that chiefs are included, said Chief Charumbira. He said they had since started lobbying for the inclusion of the amendments, adding that the matter was raised during their conference that was held in Bulawayo last month.

Chiefs are custodians of land and it is unheard of that they can be excluded in matters to do with land. We believe that the rejection was pushed by MPs with a colonial agenda, said Chief Charumbira. Amendments to the Bill were overwhelmingly adopted in Senate after Chief Charumbira convinced members of the Upper House of the need to include traditional leaders in the Land Commission.

The amendments, were subsequently referred to the National Assembly which shot them down. The National Assembly upheld an Adverse Report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee which said inclusion of traditional leaders was unconstitutional. The Zimbabwe Land Commission is a product of the new Constitution that was adopted in 2013.

Its responsibilities include advising Government on management of agricultural land, carrying out pe...

03:54

Buhari, 12 govs, 18 senators, APC leaders storm Anambra "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Awka, the Anambra State capital was agog yesterday as President Muhammadu Buhari in company of 12 governors, 18 senators and members of the House of Representatives, as well as officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stormed the state for the grand rally of the partys candidate for this weekends governorship election, Dr. Tony Nwoye. Buhari, who said he was highly impressed with the large turnout of APC supporters at the rally, expressed the hope that the party would bounce back in the zone by electing Nwoye to serve as...

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03:51

FG withdraws operational licences of Atikus INTELS, 5 others "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

revokes residence permit of expatriates gives November 30 deadline The Federal Government, yesterday, announced the withdrawal of operational licence of Integrated Logistics Facilities Limited (INTELS), a company partly owned by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar that provides logistics and facilities services to the countrys oil and gas sector. The Comptroller-General of Immigration (CGI), Mr. Muhammad Babandede, handed down the directive in a statement by the Services Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Sunday James, an Assistant Comptroller of Immigration. Other companies, whose licences of operation were withdrawn alongside INTELS, according to the...

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03:49

Senate: IGPs action dangerous to democracy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate, yesterday, unanimously condemned the withdrawal of security aides to the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Willie Obiano, by the Inspector-General of the Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris. The parliament said that the action of Idris was capable of collapsing the democracy and throwing the nation into avoidable anarchy. The Senate also directed Idris to immediately restore the security aides to the Governor, who has since raised the alarm that his life was under threat due to the highly criticized action of the Police boss. It also mandated its Committee...

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03:48

Buhari orders reinstatement of Obianos security aides "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate reinstatement of all security aides of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State. Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement yesterday, said the decision followed a complaint by the Anambra State governor. The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Idris, had, on Tuesday, withdrawn the Aide de Camp (ADC) to Governor Obiano to prevent the re-occurrence of past experience. Buhari was in Awka, the Anambra State capital, for the grand finale of the All Progressives Congress...

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03:48

Lawyers: IGPs withdrawal of Obianos ADC illegal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Some lawyers have described the withdrawal of the security details attached to Obiano as an act of illegality. Two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Mike Ahamba and Chief Mike Ozekhome told New Telegraph that it is difficult to believe that a sitting governor would be left without security details. In his submissions, Ahamba said there was no justification for the IGPs action. I dont think there is any justification for the action of the Inspector-General of Police. Its quite unfortunate that this is happening towards the gubernatorial election in...

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03:47

Police report on Wikes convoy attack biased Rivers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Rivers State Government has rejected the Nigeria Police report on the alleged convoy attack on Governor Nyesom Wike by the convoy of the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi. The state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah, who made this known in a statement, said the police did not investigate the matter, but acted a script written by the Commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mr. Akin Fakorede, who he claimed is a bosom friend of Amaechi. Okah said that the position by the police that it will...

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03:46

Combating rising cases of pneumonia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With more Nigerian children losing their lives from pneumonia, a preventable medical condition, experts said increasing immunisation coverage will cut vaccine-preventable diseases. APPOLONIA ADEYEMI and ESTHER OLAIFA report The World Health Organisation (WHO) commemorated the World Pneumonia Day last Sunday, bringing to the fore the huge pneumonia burden facing Nigeria and its populace. A report released by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) to mark the 2017 World Pneumonia Day, revealed that in Africa, Nigeria accounts for the highest number of pneumonia deaths in children, accounting for 25 per cent...

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03:46

Nuts linked to lower risk of heart disease "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

People who regularly eat a variety of nuts, including walnuts, peanuts and tree nuts may be less likely to develop heart disease than individuals who rarely or never eat nuts, a U.S. study suggests. According to the findings of a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, compared to people who rarely, if ever, ate nuts, people who had one 28-gram serving of nuts at least five times a week were 14 per cent less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 20 per cent less...

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03:34

Slaves in Dubai, kings in Nigeria (1) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, who was in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), examines the dual life of Nigerians in the UAE, how they live out there and back home   When Nweke Kizito was leaving Nigeria in 2016 to play professional football in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), he was enthusiastic and very confident that he was on the right path that would lead to a prosperous football career. His thinking was that with hard work and determination, one day he would become a fantastic world-class player like Victor Moses, Austin...

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03:32

Traders weep as inferno devours Christmas stocks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Traders at the Roadblock Junction in Akure, Ondo State, on Tuesday, broke down and wept after an early morning fire consumed their shops and wares. According to the traders, almost every one of them had already stocked their shops preparatory for Christmas sales. The major traders deal in building materials. There are also food sellers, barbing saloons, fashion designers, beer parlours, amongst others. Properties and wares destroyed in the inferno had been placed at millions of naira. When our correspondent got to the scene, many traders were seen weeping....

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03:30

Saudi Arabia's Yemen blockade could take child deaths past 50,000 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A continuing blockade by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition on Yemens northern ports probably means more than 50,000 children will die this year, warns a children's charity.

03:25

Zimbabwe waits "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The situation remains uncertain in Zimbabwe after the army placed President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest.

03:17

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chipanga Apologizes, Spills the Beans
November 16, 2017
Herald Reporters

To watch a video of portions of the statement by Kudzanai Chipanga just go to the following website:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO6pNGVR0nw

ZANU-PF National Youth League Secretary Cde Kudzanai Chipanga last night apologised profusely to Zimbabwe Defences Forces Commander General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces hierarchy for his remarks on Tuesday at the ZANU-PF Headquarters in which he denigrated the ZDF, saying he was not the author of the statement he read. The four-page statement, Cde Chipanga said, was handed to him on Tuesday morning by one Rodney Dangarembizi.

Speaking on ZBC-TV last night, Cde Chipanga said he was a young man, still learning and had learnt a lot from the incident. Public apology to Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga, Commander Zimbabwe National Army General Phillip Valerio Sibanda and the Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri and the generality of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and the entire nation of Zimbabwe.

I would like to apologise for the statement I made yesterday (Tuesday) together with my executive at the ZANU-PF Headquarters. I as leader of the revolutionary partys Youth League, I have reflected and personally admitted that I erred.

I was ill-advised to read a statement which I and the Youth League had not originated neither authored. The document which I read I was handed it over by one Rodney Dangarembizi in the morning at around 8.30am which was denigrating your high office and your person, he said.

Cde Chipanga implored Gen Chiwenga to accept his apology. Therefore, I kindly request General Chiwenga to please Sir accept my apologies on behalf of the Youth League and myself. We are still young people. We are still growing up and learning from our mistakes. From this big mistake, we have learnt a lot, he said. Cde Chipanga said he was not forced or persuaded by anyone to apologise to the army hierarchy and had done so upon reflection.

I will also like to emphasise that this statement which I have given...

03:02

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Report for Duty, Civil Servants Urged in Zimbabwe
November 16, 2017
Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

Government has urged public servants to continue reporting for duty and reiterated its commitment to adequately take care of their welfare. The chairman of the Public Service Commission and Service Commissions, Dr Mariyawanda Nzuwah, said this in a statement announcing pay dates for November for public servants and pensioners yesterday. As is always the norm all public servants are expected to report for duty every day and timeously and to provide services to all the people of Zimbabwe in rural and urban areas with the greatest of efficiency.

Government will continue to ensure that your welfare is adequately taken care of, Dr Nzuwah said.

The Zimbabwe National Army and the Air Force of Zimbabwe will be paid on November 17, the health sector on November 21, the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services on November 24, the education sector on November 28, the rest of civil service on November 30 and pensioners on December 5.

The Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions welcomed the intervention by the ZDF urging all workers to continue putting shoulder to the wheel. We are also urging all progressive and patriotic employers not to unwantonly close businesses, factories, banks, shops, etc. We urge all workers particularly those that are formally employed, the farmers, peasants, vendors to continue peacefully with their usual day-to- day chores as they are guaranteed peace and stability by our defence forces.

As ZFTU we have confidence in the pronouncements made to the nation by the Commander ZDF General, Dr Constantino Guveya Chiwenga. ZFTU urges workers to do their duty of developing the country as we are forever the vanguard of the economy. The Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators also paid tribute to the ZDF.

In a statement, Ziliwaco secretary-general Cde Jabulani Mbetu said the ZDF actions had restored the revolutionary spirit in Zanu-PF that had been eroded by reactionary elements that had infiltrated the party. We had much to lose by this revolution diminishing, our status as veterans of the struggle. Our traumatic pains of the revolu...

02:53

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Business as Usual Countrywide
November 16, 2017

People going through their business in Harare yesterday.-(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)

Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

ZIMBABWEANS went about their daily chores yesterday with shops, banks, transport operators and other service providers opening for business as usual with no reports of violence. The Zimbabwe Defence Forces announced early yesterday morning that they had taken action to pacify the degenerating political, social and economic situation in the country which, if left unchecked, would have resulted in violent conflict.

Their intervention, they emphasised, was not a coup but corrective action necessitated by circumstances as they upheld their allegiance to their Commander-in-Chief, President Robert Mugabe. To this end, they urged people to go about their normal business without let or hindrance saying they were committed to upholding peoples rights and freedoms.

In separate interviews yesterday, representatives of different entities said it was business as usual. Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries president Mr Sifelani Jabangwe said business was unhindered yesterday as they traded without any disturbances. It was normal. From what we got from our members in Harare, Bulawayo and other towns it was a normal trading day. There were no disturbances at all. Our members will continue trading as normal, said Mr Jabangwe.

Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers president Mr Denford Mutashu said their members traded normally throughout the day yesterday. We actually got reports not only from Harare but in other towns that business was normal. Initially business had started low in the morning owing to traffic jams. It later picked up and traded normally. Actually we have been speaking to several retailers that have been calling us from different parts of the country and we assured them to continue working, said Mr Mutashu.

We are happy that there has not been any disruption because ultimately it is the economy that we want to grow. We urge people to continue going to work. He said those businesses that delayed opening as a precautionary measure subsequently traded upon realising that there would be no disturbances....

02:30

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zanu-PF Youth Leader Apologizes for 'Big Mistake' of 'Denigrating' Army
2017-11-15 15:16

On Harare's streets, many expressed amazement and delight on Wednesday that President Robert Mugabe's long reign may be coming to a close, but people also admitted the future looked unstable.

Last Updated at 20:23

Zimbabwe's state broadcaster has interrupted its programming to air an apology by the ruling party's youth leader to army commanders for "denigrating" them.

Kudzanai Chipanga says the statement he made earlier this week attacking the military did not originate with him.

He also said he was making his public apology without coercion.

He says that "by this big mistake we have learned a lot".

Zimbabwe's army early Wednesday announced that President Robert Mugabe and his family were under house arrest.

02:28

Prince William Argues for Urgent Depopulation Efforts in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jayson Veley, Natural News
Waking Times Media

Africas rapidly growing human population is predicted to more than double by 2050 a staggering increase of three and a half million people per month, Prince William explained during a recent event hosted by the Tusk Trust, a charity that is committed to protecting African wildlife. There is no question that this increase puts wildlife and habitat under enormous pressure.

According to The Telegraph, Prince William continued, Urbanization, infrastructure development, cultivation all good things in themselves, but they will have a terrible impact unless we begin to plan and to take measures now. He added, We are going to have to work much harder, and think much deeper, if we are to ensure that human beings and the other species of animal with which we share this planet can continue to co-exist.

For many, the Duke of Cambridges words serve as a stark reminder of what his grandfather once said decades ago: That in order to curb population growth, we may have to resort to voluntary family limitation. Others who are too young to remember his grandfather may recall his father, who himself was a staunch environmentalist. In 2006, for example, Prince Williams father warned that the people of earth only had 96 months to save the planet before irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.

Needless to say, the idea of population control and limitations being placed on how many children women are allowed to give birth to runs contrary to the values of liberty and individualism that America was founded upon. For that reason, it is an idea that should be (and for the most part, is) rejected in the United States as w...

01:59

Libya's slave auctions and African genocide: What Hillary knew "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A new CNN investigation has uncovered a network of slave markets operating in warehouses in various cities across Libya six years after NATO-led intervention in the country toppled the government of Muammar Gaddafi in support of US and UK backed rebels. And not only did CNN confirm the presence of slave auctions where human beings are being sold for as little as $400 in "liberated" Libya, but CNN's crew was actually able to film a live auction in progress, while also gathering the testimonies of multiple victims. Though CNN's footage and accompanying report is shocking, such practices have been quietly documented for years, and clear warnings were issued starting in early 2011 that Libya's black as well as migrant population would be the first to fall victim at the hands of the Islamist Libyan rebels that NATO's war empowered. From the outset critics of Western intervention in Libya loudly sounded the alarm of a genocide against black Libyans in progress committed by the very rebels the US, UK, France, and Gulf allies were arming - a fact so well-known that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was personally briefed and warned on the matter.

01:18

Bnin : Des hommes d'affaires tunisiens en mission de prospection ds dcembre 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

13 Nov 2017 | La Nouvelle TribuneLa Tunisia Africa Business Council dclare que le Bnin est un pays "trs intressant pour les oprateurs qui cherchent investir dans l'agriculture" vu que "seules 20% de ses terres agricoles sont exploites."

01:18

Guidelines for sustainable large-scale land deals in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

15 Nov 2017 | FAOThe FAO's analysis of a number of these land deals in Africa suggests that objectives of enhancing food security and stimulating socio-economic development.are usually not attained and that their sustainability is uncertain.

01:18

How commercial farms are ripping apart Zambian communities "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

15 Nov 2017 | ReutersSome commercial farmers in Zambia's have acquired thousands of hectares while ignoring laws meant to prevent forced evictions, writes Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu from Human Rights Watch

01:04

Preservation of species by reintroduction of zoo-bred animals based on the example of the addax antelope Addax nasomaculatus De Blainville 1816 to North Africa Arterhaltung durch Wiederansiedlung zoogeborener Tiere am Beispiel der Antilopenart Addax Addax nasomaculatus De Blainville 1816 in Nordafrika "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Preservation of species by reintroduction of zoo-bred animals based on the example of the addax antelope Addax nasomaculatus De Blainville 1816 to North Africa Arterhaltung durch Wiederansiedlung zoogeborener Tiere am Beispiel der Antilopenart Addax Addax nasomaculatus De Blainville 1816 in Nordafrika

00:33

Forfended! Did China Influence the Military Take over in Zimbabwe? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Forfended: To fend, ward off or avert
Instead of using preemptive.

There was information that Id come across that made me ponder the influence of China in Zimbabwe... Was there a concern that this influence might be challenged?

ZIMBABWES military chief behind the coup may have sought Chinas approval during a trip to Beiing last week, it has been revealed.

Chinas Foreign Ministry tried to dismiss the visit as a normal military exchange on Wednesday, after the army seized power in the African country.

Zimbabwe's military took control targeting "criminals" around president Robert Mugabe but gave assurances on national television that the 93-year-old leader and his family were "safe and sound".

Mr Mugabe remains under house arrest but is, for the moment, still President of Zimbabwe while the armys generals now hold power.

General Constantino Chiwenga met Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan in Beijing on Friday, where Chang expressed a willingness to promote relations with Zimbabwe, China's Defence Ministry said in a short statement last week, which has sparked concerns over the influence China may have over the former British colony.
The ministry showed a picture of the two men, both wearing military uniforms, shaking hands, and an officer from both countries sitting opposite each other holding a meeting at the People's Liberation Army headquarters in Beijing.

Asked whether Chiwenga had briefed China on plans to seize power, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Defence Ministry had already released information about his trip and that he didn't have an understanding about the specifics of his reception in China.
Mr Geng said: I can only tell you that his visit to China this time was a normal military exchange mutually agreed upon by China and Zimbabwe, referring other questions to the Defence Ministry, which has yet to respond to a requ...

00:29

United States AFRICOM soldiers killing each other in Mali "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says abut itself:

AFRICOM and the conflict in Mali

3 May 2012

Nii Akuetteh: Why did US trained officers organize the coup in Mali?

By Eddie Haywood in the USA:

Murder of US Green Beret by Navy Seals in Mali exposes criminal military operations in West Africa

15 November 2017

Two Navy Seals are under investigation for the June murder of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Green Beret, after he was found dead in a housing complex provided by the US embassy in Bamako, Mali. No charges have yet been filed against the two commandos, but the case is being investigated as a homicide.

The two Seals, Petty Officer First Class Tony E. DeDolph and Chief Petty Officer Adam C. Matthews, were flown out of the country to the United States and were placed on administrative leave.

While the circumstances are not yet completely known, several special operations sources told the Daily Beast that there was an altercation between Melgar and the two Seals at around 5 a.m. on June 4, where the three grappled, resulting in one Seal, believed to be DeDolph, choking Melgar to unconsciousness.

According to AFRICOM...

00:28

Guam Quake, Military Action in Zimbabwe, Hillary Investigation -- Nov. 15-16 "Day of Burning"? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Does biggest Guam quake in years & military action in Zimbabwe & talk of investigating Hillary again mean Nov 15-16 is a "Day of Burning"

Posted By: FrancisDrake
Date: Wednesday, 15-Nov-2017 07:53:53

Source: Rumor Mill News

The strongest earthquake in more than three years hit near Guam at 7:25 p.m. EST last night November 14-15, 2017.
https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us2000bnmq#executive

http://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2017/11/15/5-8-magnitude-earthquake-shakes-guam/864798001/

http://pacificnewscenter.com/homeland-security-5-8-earthquake-recorded/

It is the biggest since a magnitude 6.7 just northwest of the Island at 1:15 a.m. EST September 17, 2014.
https://m.emsc.eu/earthquake/earthquake.php?id=400236
These news reports describe it as a magnitude 7.1 and 6.7--
http://abcnews.go.com/International/71-magnitude-earthquake-strikes-off-guam/story?id=25557969

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/09/17/guam-earthquake/15761841/

Tonight's earthquake was SOUTH of Guam, I see that tonight's is the largest earthquake South of Guam since:

Guam 9/11/2012 11:37 a.m. EST
Magnitude 5.9
...

00:26

Explaining the Storm: Anonymous Q, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Trump and More "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

Q) Who is Anonymous Q?


A) Thanks to David Wilcock's new update, we have probable evidence to suggest that it could be President Donald J. Trump himself. *Some say it could be white house photographer and military veteran Dan Scavino.*


Q) What does +++ mean?


A) There is ample evidence to suggest that "+++" is a code phrase referencing the 3 bloodline families which control the central cabal network. The 3 sides of the triangle, in other words.


Q) Why was Saudi Arabia so Important?


A) One side of the triangle was removed, greatly weakining the structure. Making it more vulnerable. (The 3 bloodline families, now one has been removed)


Q) What happened in Zimbabwe?


A) President Robert Mugabe fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to prevent economic stability of the region and *to* stay in control, *as a result he* was thus forcibly removed from office shortly there-after by the military. Him and his wife Grace Mugabe were co-conspiritors along with his nephew and other lackeys which were also arrested in the military purge. Vice President Mnangagwa wants to re-introduce the International Monetary Fund and World Bank back into Zimbabwe, patching up relations and introducing economic stability and prosperity for the region. This could imply a greatly re-valued Zim Dollar at parity with the US Dollar or maybe even higher.


Q) What will happen today once Trump gets back from his trip?


A) Who knows,....

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23:28

At dawn today Zimbabwes generals declared that they had taken control of the country "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The bloodless coup follows weeks of turmoil over who will succeed President Robert Mugabe and specific fears that he was moving to line up his wife, Grace, for the role. To facilitate her accession, he had sacked Emmerson Mnangagwa, his vice-president. Many now expect Mr Mnangagwas return, but his record is every bit as odious as Mr Mugabes

Armoured vehicles have been spotted heading towards Harare, Zimbabwes capital, a day after the army commander threatened to step in to calm political tensions over President Robert Mugabes sacking of his deputy.

Eyewitnesses said military vehicles were also blocking major roads outside the city, with the ruling ZANU-PF party, led by Mr Mugabe, accusing the head of the army, General Constantino Chiwenga, of treasonable conduct.

Mr Mugabe  the only leader Zimbabwe has known in 37 years of independence  sparked a rift with the military by sacking his Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa, 75, last week. The long-serving veteran of Zimbabwes 1970s liberation wars had been viewed as a likely successor to the President.

However, his downfall appeared to pave the way for Mr Mugabes wife, Grace, to succeed her 93-year-old husband.

...

23:00

United States supporting Saudis Yemen war illegal, Congress says "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

28 September 2017

Conflict and Cholera: A new threat is devastating Yemens population. The largest cholera outbreak in the world, intensified by the Saudi blockade against the country, adds another danger to this humanitarian crisis.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

SAUDI WAR IN YEMEN US House of Representatives insists US military assistance illegal

THE US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a resolution clearly stating that US military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war against neighbouring Yemen is not authorised under legislation passed by Congress to fight terrorism or to invade Iraq.

The House adopted the nonbinding resolution by a 366-30 vote on Monday. In a rare exercise, the House publicly acknowledged the Pentagon has been sharing targeting information and refuelling warplanes that Saudi Arabia and its allies are using in its war of aggression against the impoverished nation.

The resolution states that US military operations are partly authorised to fight only al-Qaeda and other allied terrorist groups in Yemen, but not Houthi fighters. To date, the resolution says, Congress has not enacted specific legislation authorising the use of military force against parties participating in the Yemeni civil war that are not otherwise subject to the 20...

22:44

Chet Raymo, "Life" "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

"Life"
by Chet Raymo

"ACCTCCTCTAATGTCA
 ACCTCCCCTAATGTCA

The first string of letters above represents an actual sequence of amino acids on human chromosome 10. The second string is the corresponding sequence for an elephant. I copy the strings from a New Yorker article on Neanderthals by Elizabeth Kolbert. She tosses them in more or less at random just to show what a DNA sequence looks like. Still, they jump off the page. Humans and elephants. A four-letter code.

Four molecules called neucleotides, arranged in pairs along a spiraling ladder, the double-helix - adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine, represented by the letters A, T, G and C. A always pairs with T, G with C. The complete human genome is a string of something like 3 billion As, Ts, Gs and Cs. Ditto for the elephant. Some 30,000 sequences, of variable length, are genes. Most of the strings are apparently non-functional; so-called "junk." Give the sequence to a genomist and she can tell you if it belongs to a human or an elephant. Or, for that matter, to an Asian elephant, and African elephant, or an extinct woolly mammoth. Or a modern human or a Neanderthal.

There have been some pretty exciting discoveries in science in my lifetime - plate tectonics, for example, or the cosmic microwave background radiation - that have revolutionized our understanding of the Earth and the universe. But to my mind nothing has been more stunning than the recognition that we share with all of life an elegantly simple four-letter code that determines what we are as a species. And not only our species, but the color of our eyes and the dimples in our cheeks. An identical arm's-length of DNA in every one of the trillions of cells of our bodies (except red blood cells). And somewhere in that sequence of 3 billion As, Ts, Cs and Gs is presumably the variation that let modern humans prosper at the expense of our Neanderthal neighbors.
...

22:41

Congolese factions lobbying for U.S. intervention "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Moise Katumbi, DR Congos prominent opposition politician. (Photo credit Fabrice Cofferini/AFP/Getty Images)

In April, one of the Democratic Republic of the Congos most powerful opposition leaders requested Secretary Rex Tillersons support for his return from exile in a letter sent through a prominent Washington lobbying firm.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld submitted the letter on behalf of Moise Katumbi, the leading opposition candidate in the Congos long-delayed presidential election. Katumbi fled the country last year to escape criminal charges that he claims were politically motivated and orchestrated by his rival, longtime president Joseph Kabila.

Kabila has held office since 2001, surpassing the two-term limit he is subject to under the constitution. The Congolese government had scheduled an election for November 2016, which was later delayed until 2019.

Since 2016, Kabilas government and its opposition have shelled out roughly $9 million combined on U.S. lobbying, according to contracts filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

The Congolese government has spent about $7.4 million on U.S. lobbying, in part for support in improving the countrys electoral infrastructure. Lobbyists paid to represent Congos interests include firms associated with former lawmakers Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La.); the wife of former CIA director and Trump advisor James...

22:02

Libyas Slave Auctions And African Genocide: What Hillary Knew "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

slaves

Screenshot of CNNs investigative video uncovering modern day slave auctions in post-Gaddafi Libya.

A new CNN investigation has uncovered a network of slave markets operating in warehouses in various cities across Libya six years after NATO-led intervention in the country toppled the government of Muammar Gaddafi in support of US and UK backed rebels. And not only did CNN confirm the presence of slave auctions where human beings are being sold for as little as $400 in liberated Libya, but CNNs crew was actually able to film a live auction in progress, while also gathering the testimonies of multiple victims.

Though CNNs footage and accompanying report is shocking, such practices have been quietly documented for years, and clear warnings were issued starting in early 2011 that Libyas black as well as migrant population would be the first to fall victim at the hands of the Islamist Libyan rebels that NATOs war empowered. From the outset critics of Western intervention in Libya loudly sounded the alarm of a genocide against black Libyans in progress committed by the very rebels the US, UK, France, and Gulf allies were arming  a fact so well-known that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was personally briefed and warned on the matter.

The Dangerous Myth of Gaddafis African Mercenaries 

Among the foremost of these early critics at the time, Maximilian Forte, Associate Professor at Montreals Concordia University, published a 2012 book which exhaustively documented racially motivated crimes which came early and often during the armed uprising. His book,...

21:36

Those Magical, Fantastical Russians vs. U.S. Empire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Glen Ford in Black Agenda Report: This induced state of emergency is designed to prepare the American public, politically and psychologically, to maintain the momentum of the U.S. imperial offensive in the world. The only people that can make Russiagate fade away are the ones that invented it in the first place: the spooks, Wall Street Democrats and institutional servants of capital that gathered in Hillary Clintons overstuffed campaign tent, last year, to plot the next moves of a beleaguered U.S. empire. Although a Bernie Sanders upset in 2016 had always been a statistical impossibility, Donald Trumps capture of the Republican Party machinery had destabilized the duopoly political system at a time of great stress for U.S. imperialism. The previous year, the Russian military had set up shop in Syria, blocking U.S.-backed jihadists from ousting the secular, Arab nationalist government of Bashar al Assad. It was Vladimir Putins answer to the global military offensive launched by Barack Obama in 2011, with NATOs overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, followed immediately by the jihadist push into

21:19

How the Middle East could go the way of the Balkans "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

OPINION

Maria Dubovikova | Published  Thursday 16 November 2017

The current status of the Middle East is similar to that of the Balkans in the years before the World War I. Are we going to witness a Balkanization of the region geopolitical fragmentation caused by other countries foreign policies? And what are the chances of an Iranian-Arab war or a Shiite-Sunni conflict that could lead to the redrawing of the Middle East map?

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said a ballistic missile fired at Riyadh this month from Houthi militia-held territory in Yemen was supplied by Iran, and described it as direct military aggression and an act of war. The accusation was repeated by the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in his resignation statement: Iran controls the region and the decision-making in both Syria and Iraq. I want to tell Iran and its followers that it will lose in its interventions in the internal affairs of Arab countries. He specifically blamed Iran for interference in the affairs of Lebanon.

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Saudi rhetoric aimed at Iran has escalated in the past few weeks, and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir accused Tehran of being behind all evil acts in the region. The Iranian terror continues to terrorize the innocent, kill children and violate international law, and every day it is clear that the Houthi militias are a terrorist tool to destroy Yemen, he said. The Kingdom reserves the right to respond to Iran at the right place and time. Last week Saudi Arabia called on the UN to take measures against Iran to hold Tehran accountable for its conduct.

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Events are moving fast. They could lead to a military confrontation, including the intensification of proxy wars, and a deepening of the Shiite-Sunni divide. The danger persists as long as the two superpowers, Russia and the US, stand on opposing sides of the spectrum on many regional issues, especially Iran. Recent comments from the Oval Office make it clear that the latest events have full US approval and conform with its expectations and policies.

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The Iranian ballistic missile program is a key factor in Arab strategies and alliances. Many countries in the Middle East started heading east and west to purchase air defense missiles, such as the Russian S-300 and S-400 and the American Patriot and THAAD systems. Arab countries also started to think of producing their own military equipment by having offset projects with weapon...

21:06

Early childhood development, key to achieving SDGs in Nig- UNICEF "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Regina Otokpa, Abuja The United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, has said Early Childhood Development (ECD), was an essential key and the foundation to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country by the year 2030. The was made known by UNICEFs Education Specialist, Mrs Swadchet Sankey, during a media dialogue on ECD organised by UNICEF in collaboration with the Child Rights Information Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture on Wednesday in Kano. Linking ECD to the 17 goals, she explained that investment in early learning...

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21:01

Ogun, Kano, others tasked to meet 36% CPR "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  *Sign letter on urban poors reproductive health needs with TCI     To achieve the 2018 national target of 36 per cent Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR), the Challenge Initiative (TCI) Nigerias Communications and Knowledge Management Officer, Dashe Kaseina, has urged five states implementing the TCI project, to develop robust plan to improve access to voluntary Family Planning/Child Birth Spacing programme. She made the call during the signing a Letter of Commitment with the Ogun, Kano, Delta, Bauchi and Niger State governments to implement The Challenge Fund Catalytic Grant after...

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21:00

LASUTH, IFM deliver 74 babies through assisted technology "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  *Reduces cost of ART by a quarter   In its desire to bring smile to the faces of numerous families suffering infertility, the Lagos State University Teaching |Hospital (LASUTH), has delivered 74 babies through the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).   Making this known at a press conference in Lagos yesterday, the Chairman of Institute of Fertility Medicine (IFM), Dr. Adetokunbo Adebanwo said to enable more indigent families to have their own babies, the IFM aims to make the ART services available at a highly affordable rate, specifically...

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20:53

Benghazi Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in US Trial "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ISIS IN ACTION
ISIS is reported to have established temporary checkpoints 70 km south of Sirte on the road to Waddan and also near Bohadi village in the same district, on the 8 and 13 November respectively. The group is said to have stopped and searched civilian vehicles and seized goods.

In the 105th edition of ISISs weekly al-Naba online magazine the group claims its fighters in Libya repelled an attack by the Libyan National Army in Cyrenaica on the 2nd of November, causing casualties and damaging equipment.

WESTERN RESPONSE
On 9 November, Mustafa al-Imam, a suspect in the September 2012 attack against the US Special Mission in Benghazi, who was captured from Misrata in October and transported to the US to stand trial, entered a plea of not guilty to terrorism-related charges in the US District Court. On 9 November, Imam was indicted on one count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists resulting in death.

According to a motion for pre-trial detention, video surveillance shows Imam at the US compound in Benghazi on the night of the attack and indicates that he was involved in exploiting sensitive material from the scene. Imams lawyer argued that the evidence against his client was not as serious as the US government was claiming. He said it was based on a video that showed Imam leaving the US mission with some equipment which the authorities claimed were later used in the attack. Imam reportedly told investigators that he was close with Ahmed Abu Khatallah.

Khatallah was captured from Libya in 2014 and is currently on trial in the US for his role in the Benghazi attack. The trial began in early October and he has pleaded not guilty to all 18 of the charges against him. On 7 November, a paid Libyan informant gave evidence against Khatallah, implicating him in the 2012 attack. The informant was paid a $7 million reward for his work.

On 8 November Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi suggested ISIS fighters were entering Egypt through Libya in the wake of the groups defeat in Syria and Iraq. This was followed three days later by a statement from Egyptian military claiming it had destroyed 10 vehicles belonging to smugglers carrying weapons and ammunition at their western border with Libya.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council (UNSC) on 8 November that the situation in Libya is dire. She highlighted incidents such as the recent discovery of a mass grave near Benghazi where bodies showed signs of torture, the ongoing LNA siege of Derna, and the appalling treatment of migrants in Libya, including evidence of slave markets. She plans to seek new arrest warrants if serious crimes dont stop and demanded that those who are already wanted by the ICC, such as Saif al-Islam Qaddafi and Libyan Nati...

20:48

NBS, UNICEF say child malnutrition in the north worsens "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Malnutrition among children under age five has worsened nationwide with the highest concerns in northern states.   This is the outcome of the fifth Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS5), conducted in 2016 and 2017, and released recently by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), UNICEF and other key partners.   According to the breakdown, the infant mortality rate dropped to 70 per 1000 live births from 97 in 2011 while deaths among children under age five have dropped to 120 per 1000 live births from 158 in 2011.   Giving...

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20:15

Egypt court upholds life sentence of Brotherhood leader "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

Egypt's court of cassation, whose rulings cannot be appealed, upholds life term against Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual guide

19:58

West's proxy war in Yemen: Germany sells half a billion euros' worth of weapons to Egypt and Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration has been criticized for massively increasing arms sales to Middle East dictatorships Saudi Arabia and Egypt. One opposition lawmaker branded the trade "reprehensible." The German government approved nearly 450 million ($526 million) worth of weapons exports to Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the third quarter of 2017, more than five times the 86 million it sold in the same quarter of last year. The German Economy Ministry disclosed the numbers after a member of parliament from the opposition Left party, Stefan Liebich, requested the information. Egypt alone bought nearly 300 million worth of weapons, making it the number one export destination for German arms, while Saudi Arabia handed over nearly 150 million. By comparison, the two countries imported 45 million and 41 million respectively in the third quarter of 2016.

19:49

Music: DixLow iNSANE "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Afro Pop singer David Eze popularly known as DixLow returns with a brand new single christened Insane. The new single Insane was produced by Cali. DOWNLOAD DixLow iNSANE

19:48

The End of the Mugabe Era in Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 

Summary

One of Africas longest-serving leaders, 93-year-old Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has apparently been removed from office in a military coup. Mugabe, who has ruled his country with an iron fist since coming to power in 1980, preferred to play off different factions within the ruling elite rather than announce a successor. As recently as a few months ago, he vowed to run again for office when Zimbabweans head to the polls in 2018. Yet in reality it was his wife Grace Mugabe who had emerged as a potential successor thanks to her husbands patronage. Both Mugabes are now apparently under house arrest.

The coup has elicited few protests in Western capitals, which tend to view the fall of the Mugabes as an improvement in Zimbabwes internal affairs. Theres a hope that a successor will emerge from the presidents Zanu-PF party whom they can work with. Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe army is insisting that the constitution remains in effect and does not appear intent on taking power itself.

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19:22

BREAKING: Army battles Boko Haram in Adamawa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Troops of the Nigerian Army are reportedly engaged in a firefight with Boko Haram terrorist in Sabon Gari village, a community between Gulak and Madagali, Adamawa state.   Sabon Gari village came under attack Wednesday evening, New Telegraph can report.   The insurgents are said to be using heavy weapons against the Nigerian troops.

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19:17

UAE minister warns all European mosques should be placed under state surveillance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A loose oversight over mosques is what contributes to the rise of Islamist terrorism in Europe, an UAE minister warned. He then called on Germany and its neighbors to introduce stricter regulation over Muslim prayer halls to prevent radicalization. "You can't just leave a mosque open and allow anyone to go there and to preach. You need to have licences," Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, the minister for tolerance of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), told Germany's DPA news agency as he commented on the security situation in Europe. He added that the governmental noninvolvement into the activities of religious communities is what has led to the rapid rise of extremism. Muslims in Germany as well as in the neighboring France, Belgium and the UK had been radicalized exactly due to the fact that authorities in these countries did not pay enough attention to what happened in the mosques on their territory, the minister argued. "Germany and other European states must eventually exert stricter control over such meeting places of Islamists," he said.

19:12

BREAKING: Buhari Orders Immediate Return Of Obianos Security Aides "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigeria Police to immediately return Anambras Governor Willie Obiano security aides. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in a statement on Wednesday, November 15 said Buhari made this order during his visit to Awka, Anambra State. Before departing Awka, President Buhari directed the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations), Joshak Habila to ensure the return of the governors security personnel, he said. The Senate had earlier today ordered the IGP to immediately restore the security details of Governor Obiano. The...

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19:07

Saudis Terror-Bomb Yemen Capital "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Striking Sanaa followed a Houthi missile fired at Saudi territory.

Riyadh lied claiming Iran supplied the weapon in question. Land, sea and air blockade conditions prevent weapons getting in from abroad, and everything else after things were tightened, including vitally needed humanitarian aid.

A shot was just taken by Iran, in my opinion, Trump roared days earlier. No evidence suggests it despite claims made fabricated to vilify Iran, likely ahead of something diabolical planned against the country and Lebanons Hezbollah.

Its prime ministers forced resignation and detention in Riyadh suggests something troubling will happen. Its unknown what, but likely to destabilize the region more than already, maybe another war.

On Friday, Saudi terror-bombing was heavy, multiple strikes occurring. Sanaas Defense Ministry was struck, along with civilian targets.

According to local journalist Hassain Abukhaiti, one of the missiles hit a house. A family was living there. The house has been destroyed. It is very likely that the entire family was killed.

RT Arabic correspondents said about a dozen houses were hit, along with an economic institution next to the Ministry of Defense in the densely populated area of old Sanaa.

Unknown numbers of casualties occurred, maybe dozens killed or injured. According to Abukhaiti, terror-bombing struck near a facility for the disabled.

Rescuers trying to pull victims from rubble feared more strikes might target them.

Separately, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) spokesman Russell Geekie said (h)umanitarian movements into Yemen remain blocked.

Days earlier, UN humanitarian aid chief Mark Lowcock said if blockade conditions arent lifted soon, Yemen will face the largest famine the world has seen for many...

19:03

Schrodinger's coup in Zimbabwe: Mugabe under house arrest, but government denies coup attempt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe is in the midst of what appears to be a political crisis that is looking more and more like a military coup. Events started late yesterday when tanks from the Zimbabwean Army poured into the streets of the capital Harare. Since then, Zimbabwean broadcasters have been off air, with reports emerging that the Army has taken control of the state broadcaster, a move which often signals that a general coup is taking place against the government. As of last night and early this morning, local time, telecom services in Zimbabwe were switched off, meaning that information has been slow to emerge and when news items do come out of Harare, are often marred in contradiction. The first statement to emerge was from the Army itself. An officer appeared on ZBC television and said that no coup is taking place but rather, that certain figures "committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country". The statement continued, "As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy". The Army's statement further assured the country that President Robert Mugabe and his family are safe.

19:00

Germany reveals the total amount of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The German government has revealed that the total value of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the third quarter of 2017 has quintupled in comparison to the same period last year. The news provoked a wave of outrage from the opposition. While Egypt and Saudi Arabia are engaged in a long-running bombing campaign in war-torn Yemen, Riyadh and Cairo appear to be among the top clients of the German arms industry. The money spent is also on the rise. The numbers have been disclosed in the Economy Ministry's answer to an information request filed by Left Party MP Stefan Liebich. According to the data, Egypt has taken first place with some 300 million ($352.5 million), skyrocketing from 45 million in the same period last year. Riyadh is also showing quite an appetite for German arms, importing 148 million ($173.9 million) worth of military equipment, going up from 41 million.

18:36

BBC Tells "Raqqa's Dirty Secret" "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

BBC Tells Raqqas Dirty Secret

Oh wow, did you know that the US, Britain and their Kurdish lackies conspired to transport "ISIS" safely out of Raqqa!?!? The BBC presents their report as if it's something shocking, but, necessary. The entire article stinks of damage control!
I read the so called report, but really didnt need to-


As my readers had been duly informed- 

October 08/2017: US Commander:Final Assault to Take Raqqa From ISIS Begins Sunday

"ISIS"(PKK/YPG/Assorted special ops and a veneer of Arabs) is converging in one convenient location where they will be loaded up covertly and transported to Deir ez Zor. To fight SAA and allies.
 After all a stadium is convenient location for an irregular army to converge for ease of transport. This move can easily be obscured by darkness. The presence of other troops. Distracting/frightening gunfire sure to keep the curious away. What a great way to hide from civilians and other prying eyes while covertly moving fighters from one place (Raqqa) to another (Deir ez Zor)

I followed up with this post: US Backed Forces Take Raqqa After ISIS "surrenders"


What was set to occur was as obvious, as obvious could be!  I certainly did not need the BBC to tell dirty secrets that were totally apparent to me 6 weeks ago.  If this is journalism? I can see why journalism is in such a sorry state- Sorry BBC, had you told me two months ago, I might have thought wow that is journalism but nearly two months after the fact, can only be seen as damage control!

Notice the dramatic narration?:




From earlier:

Mugabe under "house arrest" Emmerson Mnangawa, Man of the Hour

 Following up from last night- Zimbabwe Coup in Process?

Yesterday:

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18:33

Bitcoin climbs to $13,500 in Zimbabwe following news of military coup and currency shortages "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bitcoin is trading at $13,500 in Zimbabwe, at almost double the value of the cryptocurrency on international exchanges. Demand for bitcoin has surged dramatically in the cash-strapped African country after the military seized power on Wednesday. According to the local exchange Golix, the price of bitcoin has risen almost 10 percent in Zimbabwe on news of the coup. The country also faces serious shortages of hard currency. Zimbabwe hasn't had its own currency since 2009 when hyperinflation wiped out the local dollar. In 2008, the central bank printed a 100 trillion note, and inflation topped 500 billion percent. Since then, Zimbabwe has been using the US dollar and South African rand, among other currencies.

18:23

Uganda rises up in unprecedented opposition to 31-year dictator "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Patience Nitumwesiga

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During the early morning hours of September 21, nine young activists all in their twenties hauled a coffin toward a police station in the northern city of Lira. The coffin was draped with posters of Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni and a number of his other allies in government. Written across the coffin on one side were the words Change the constitution and bury Uganda a reference to a proposed constitutional amendment that would do away with the presidential age limit.

At 6.30 a.m., when they arrived at a major intersection, they set the coffin down and lit it on fire. By the time the police station came alive to start the day, the protesters had already left. Not knowing who they were looking for, the officers nevertheless set out on a hunt to find them.

Over the next 12 hours, the young people invaded street after street in Lira, chanting anti-constitutional change slogans, lifting up placards and even setting some tires on fire. The small group soon grew into large crowds in all corners of Lira. The protesters had allies everywhere, and as soon as the police set out to stop a protest on a given street, someone would call the protesters and inform them. They would quickly disperse and reorganize at a different place, and the police would arrive too late, finding no one to arrest.

Eventually, when the police got fed up with the constant evasion, they decided to storm the offices of the nonviolent training organization Solidarity Uganda, claiming that they were hiding the protesters. Police checked behind all doors and in ceiling boards, finding no one. But they didnt leave empty-handed. Solidarity Uganda staff member Dickens Otim was arrested and charged with inciting violence. Due to a lack of evidence, however, the charge was downgraded, and he was released on bail.

Actions like these have been happening all over the country, as those against the age limit amendment bill voice their concerns in the corridors of power and in the streets of most cities oftentimes accompanied by the Luganda hashtag and slogan #Togikwatako, which means Dont you dare touch (the constitution).

Ugandas history with dictatorship

Uganda has never ha...

18:19

Egyptians collapsed in Grand Solar Minimum, record cold in British Columbia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Record cold blankets British Columbia smashing old records kept since 1880 by 5C, Arctic sea ice seems to be increasing as this 2017 melt season ended the earliest on record and the last Pharaoh of Egypt's reign was ended by a major volcanic eruption that reduced food production in a Grand Solar Minimum circa 245BC. Sources

18:19

Anambra poll: Buhari, 12 governors, 18 senators, others round off APC campaign "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The city of Awka, Anambra State capital was yesterday over-ran with pump and pageantry as President Muhammadu Buhari in company of 12 governors, 18 senators and members of the House of Representatives as well as officials of the All Progressives Congress, APC stormed the Light of the Nation for the grand rally of their flag bearer for the November 18, 2017 governorship election, Dr. Tony Nwoye. Buhari, who said he was highly impressed with the large turnout APC supporters at the rally expressed the hope that the party would bounce back by...

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18:16

Tension as Ogun APC picks Amosuns commissioner as consensus gov candidate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The race for 2019 governorship election in Ogun State assumed a dramatic dimension as the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, was adopted as the consensus candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ashiru, an investment banker who was appointed commissioner by Governor Ibikunle Amosun in 2011, was picked by the Ijebu/Remo Governorship Agenda Elders Forum in the ruling party. He was announced in Ijebu-Ode after a tension-soaked meeting of APC leaders in Ogun East Senatorial District, which saw some dissatisfied members walking out of the venue....

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18:13

$20.2bn missing from NNPC since 1999- Falana "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human rights lawyer Femi Falana SAN has accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of failing to remit over $20.2bn since the return of democracy in 1999 to date, saying that, Instead of piling up external loans the federal government should be compelled by the Nigerian people to embark on the immediate recovery and repatriation of hundreds of billions of dollars from the NNPC.   Falana was speaking today in Lagos at a National Seminar on Promoting Transparency and Accountability in the Recovery of Stolen Asset in Nigeria: Agenda for Reformorganized...

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17:52

Mnangagwa back in Zimbabwe to take control of government "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dismissed former Zimbabwean Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived in Harare on Wednesday to take control of the government.

17:36

Zimbabwes Mugabe Deposed Flees to Namibia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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  • Robert Mugabe, 93, and his family have been detained after Zimbabwes military staged bloodless correction
  • Tanks and soldiers seen on the streets of the capital Harare and loud explosions were heard in the city centre
  • It came as the military delivered a TV address denying that there had been a coup and that Mugabe was safe 
  • Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, sacked by Robert Mugabe last week, has returned from exile 
  • Armoured vehicles are patrolling the streets and Britons and Americans have been advised to stay indoors
  • There are claims that Mugabes wife has fled to Namibia after being allowed to leave the country last night 
  • South African President Jacob Zuma has spoken to Mugabe and says he is fine but confined to his home

Zimbabwes dictator Robert Mugabe is likely to be forced to hand power to his sacked vice president in a few weeks to make todays coup appear legal, experts have claimed.

The 93-year-olds grip on the country appears over after he was detained in his own home when the military seized control in what it described as a bloodless corr...

17:29

End of the road for Robert Mugabe? Military tanks on streets of Harare - China denies involvement in apparent Zimbabwe coup "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

China, which has invested heavily in Zimbabwe in recent years, has denied involvement in the military coup in the country after Zimbabwean General Constantino Chiwenga, the man behind the ongoing takeover, visited Beijing last week. Zimbabwe's military deployed troops armed with heavy weapons to patrol the streets of the capital, Harare, and took control of the state broadcaster overnight. In a televised address, Major General SB Moyo, chief of staff logistics, said the intervention was "targeting criminals around" Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's leader since 1980, the year the country became independent. Mugabe's whereabouts were not immediately disclosed, but the military stated that the 93-year-old strongman was "safe and sound." Mugabe later told South African President Jacob Zuma over the phone that he was confined to his home.

17:15

Remembering the West's destruction of Libya: The reason North Korea desperately wants nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The United States and its allies continue to cajole and threaten North Korea to negotiate an agreement that would relinquish its growing nuclear and ballistic-missile programs. The latest verbal prodding came from President Trump during his joint press conference with South Korean president Moon Jae-in. Trump urged Pyongyang to "come to the negotiating table," and asserted that it "makes sense for North Korea to do the right thing." The "right thing" Trump and his predecessors have always maintained, is for North Korea to become nonnuclear. It is unlikely that the DPRK will ever return to nuclear virginity. Pyongyang has multiple reasons for retaining its nukes. For a country with an economy roughly the size of Paraguay's, a bizarre political system that has no external appeal, and an increasingly antiquated conventional military force, a nuclear-weapons capability is the sole factor that provides prestige and a seat at the table of international affairs. There is one other crucial reason for the DPRK's truculence, though. North Korean leaders simply do not trust the United States to honor any agreement that might be reached. Unfortunately, there are ample reasons for such distrust. North Korean leaders have witnessed how the United States treats nonnuclear adversaries such as Serbia and Iraq. But it was the U.S.-led intervention in Libya in 2011 that underscored to Pyongyang why achieving and retaining a nuclear-weapons capability might be the only reliable way to prevent a regime-change war directed against the DPRK.

16:46

House declares U.S. military role in Yemen's civil war unauthorized "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In a rare exercise of its war-making role, the House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly passed a resolution explicitly stating that U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war in Yemen is not authorized under legislation passed by Congress to fight terrorism or invade Iraq.

16:42

Global Terrorism Index rating; Yoruba Youth, CSOs hail Buhari, Army Chief "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Committee of Yoruba Youth and the coalition of Civil Society Against Terrorism in Nigeria have commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Military for the successes the country has continued to record in the fight against insurgency and violent criminal activities in the country.   The groups were reacting to a recent report by the British Broadcasting Corporations BBC, which stated that the number of terror related deaths around the world fell for a second year in 2016, according to the Global Terrorism Index. The report further indicated that the...

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16:41

Buhari fails to reconcile Ebonyi APC warring factions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Warring factions of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Ebonyi state chapter yesterday failed to reconcile their two years leadership crisis which has polarized the party in the state. The two factions held closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on  Wednesday morning before the President departed from the state where he has been since Tuesday afternoon for working visit. The factions led by Hon. Ben Naobasi and Pastor Eze Nwachukwu Eze as Chairmen, loyal to Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and Governorship candidate of the party in 2015 general...

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16:36

JUST IN: Immigrations revokes residence permits of expatriates in Atikus Intel "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government yesterday, announced the withdrawal of operational licence of Integrated Logistics Facilities Limited (INTELS), a company that provides logistics and facilities services to the countrys oil and gas sector. The Comptroller-General of Immigration (CGI)  Mr. Muhammad Babandede handed down the directive in a statement by the Services Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Sunday James, an Assistant Comptroller of Immigration. Other companies, whose licences of operation were withdrawn alongside INTELS, according to the statement,  included: PRODECO International Ltd, West Africa Machinery Services Ltd, Net Global System International Ltd, MGM Logistics Solutions...

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16:26

I didnt know my ministers, appointees from Adam Buhari "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari, who is ona two-days working visit to the South-East has revealed that he did not know many of his ministers and appointees as of the time he appointed them into top government positions.   Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke at a state dinner organised in his honour at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, as part of activities marking his state visit.   Buhari said his appointments were based on merit and he always considered what was best for...

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16:25

Attack on Wikes convoy: Rivers Govt reject police report "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The Rivers State Government has rejected and dismissed the Nigeria Police report on the convoy attack on the Governor of Rivers State by the Minister of Transport, saying the biased report is a sad development for the police force that has chosen to disgrace itself.   Two days ago, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police in a statement said the convoy incident was a minor accident and that investigation did not show how the outrider and his bike were knocked down, even though the man is alive and in...

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

No Military Takeover in Zimbabwe
November 15, 2017
Farirai Machivenyika, Senior Reporter 10:26
Zimbabwe Herald

Action taken by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) today does not represent a military takeover of the Government but is meant to address the political, social and economic situation that could have ended in violent conflict, the ZDF said in a statement.

10:41 The situation in Harares CBD is calm with people going about their business. ZDF says As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.

10:45 ZDF started with a statement Monday 13 November 2017 in which Commander General Constantine Chiwenga asserted that the military would not hesitate to step in if the countrys revolution was threatened.  General Chiwenga said drastic action would be taken immediately to stop counter revolutionaries from sliding Zimbabwe back into colonisation.

11:16 It is business as usual in Harare and other cities across the country with Zimbabweans going about their daily routines. ZDF announced early morning today that it has taken action to address the political, social and economic situation in the country that it said risked turning violent.

11:21 The announcement by ZDF that it has taken action to address the situation in Zimbabwe is trending on social media and dominated conversations across the globe.

11:23 Meanwhile the situation across the country remains calm as Zimbabweans took in the news.

11:26 President Jacob Zuma (South Africa) has issued a statement on behalf of SADC calling for calm and restraint in Zimbabwe

12:24 Meanwhile the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association press conference is under way in Harare.

13:17 - Cde Matemadanda says the countrys national Constitution had been thrown into the dustbin hence the effort to restore Constitutionalism.

13: 28 - He says unlike the Lancaster House Constitution, the 2013 Constitution was written by all political parties. Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association applauds t...

16:21

Ex EFCC boss, Farida Waziri, hired to attack me Jonathan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has described the allegation by former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairman, Farida Waziri,  that he stifled the agency under his administration as another attack on him.   Waziri She said her refusal to back down from the probe of one of the masterminds of the fuel subsidy scam that earned her a dismissal by Jonathan in 2011.   Jonathan, who reacted via his Twitter handle said Mrs Waziri who has been quiet since her removal from office was hired to attack him. He also challenged Mrs. Farida to mention...

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16:20

Demolition: You re on a vendetta mission, Banire fires Ambode "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN), has alleged that the notice of contravention purportedly served on the residence of his 90-year old mother, Alhaja Sarat Banire, at her 24A, Remi Fani Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja,  by the  agents of Lagos State Government, was an act of terrorism against him by the government. In a statement issued yesterday by Banire in Saudi Arabia, where he is observing the lesser Hajj, the former Commissioner in the state said it is necessary to notify the public on...

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16:18

Saudis Bomb Yemens International Airport, Amid Devastating Blockade "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Staff of Tele Sur - A Houthi statement said that the attack is an explicit violation of international covenants and treaties, which stipulate that civilian airports are not targeted. The U.S. and U.K.-backed Saudi coalition carried out a bombing attack on the civilian airport in Yemen's capital Sana'a on Tuesday, further cutting off crucial relief shipments to a country on the verge of catastrophic famine due to the coalition's near entire blockade. An air strike damaged parts of the runway and navigation equipment, at an airport used to deliver life-saving United Nations aid. The coalition said last week it had closed all air, land and seaports in Yemen. The war on Yemen has led it to the brink of famine, with massive shortages, and cholera epidemics tearing through the country's civilian population. This attack is intended to cause maximum damage and deprive millions of Yemenis from receiving life-saving food and medicines, a Houthi official said to Al Jazeera. A Houthi statement said that the attack is an explicit violation of international covenants and treaties, which stipulate that civilian airports are not targeted. The United Nations has also condemned the brutal blockade, saying that without all ports and airports fully functioning, the situation will progress toward one of the more severe famines in recent history.

16:03

Daily Digest 11/15 - Venezuela Defaults On Debt, How Did CalPERS Dig $153B Pension Hole? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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15:55

Is Egypt's fugitive security chief advising bin Salman on the Saudi purge? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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The Saudi crown prince reportedly turned to Mubarak era security chief Habib al-Adly for advice on anti-corruption campaign

15:54

Convention: PDP group kick against imposition, micro zoning "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Kaduna State chapter of  Peoples Democratic Advocate, (PDA)  a group within the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has called on the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led  Caretaker Committee and other leaders of the party to ensure that all political party positions are contested for by interested members without any imposition.   The group said they aligned themselves with the Enugu Declaration where the party stakeholders unanimously agreed that all political party positions must be contested for at the forthcoming National Convention of the party.   A statement by PDA signed by...

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15:53

Senate directs IGP to restore Gov. Obianos security aides "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate has vehemently and unanimously condemned the withdrawal of security aides to the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Willie Obiano, by the Inspector-General of the Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris. The Senate also directed the Inspector-General to immediately restore the security aides to the Governor, who has since raised the alarm, that his life was under threat due to the highly criticized action of the Police boss. It also mandated its Committee on Police affairs to monitor the restoration of Obianos security aides by the IGP and report back to the...

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15:17

U.S. mounts air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Reuters

MOGADISHU (Reuters) The United States military has carried out an air strike in Somalia against al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency that wants to topple the U.N.-backed government, the U.S. Africa Command said on Wednesday.

It said several militants were killed in the strike 60 miles northwest of the capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday at about 1500 GMT. It was coordinated with the Somali government, AfriCom said in a statement.

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Al Shabaab has publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the U.S. and our partners in the region, AfriCom said.

Earlier this month, the U.S. warned of a threat to its diplomatic staff in Mogadishu and directed all non-essential staff to leave the capital.

Al Shabaab was pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011 and has lost control of most of Somalias cities and towns. But the group retains a strong presence in the south and center and can still carry out major attacks. It was blamed for bombings in Mogadishu last month that killed more than 350 people.

The group aims to topple Somalias government, drive out African Union peacekeeping troops and impose its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law.

Reporting by Duncan Miriri, editing by Larry King


14:17

Saudi-led coalition air raid puts Yemens Sanaa airport out of service "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

MEMO | November 14, 2017 An air raid by the Saudi-led military coalition put the Ansarullah-controlled Yemeni airport in the capital Sanaa out of service today, jeopardising relief shipments to a country on the brink of famine, the state news agency SABA reported. The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemens Ansarullah movement said last week it had []

13:40

Mugabe under "house arrest" Emmerson Mnangawa, Man of the Hour "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 Following up from last night- Zimbabwe Coup in Process?

Wondering how this overthrow fits into the grander scheme of things?

 Mugabe confined to his house:

Robert Mugabe
 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is confined to his home in Harare but is otherwise fine, said President Jacob Zuma
Zuma, who is also chairperson of the Southern African Development Community, spoke to Mugabe earlier on Wednesday after the countrys armed forces seized power in a move it says is needed to stave off a violent conflict.

Perhaps his wife isn't?

Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, has fled the country for Namibia, according to reports.
Mrs Mugabe is said to have left Zimbabwe following a night of unrest which saw her and her husband seized by troops.

Robert and Grace Mugabe......

13:39

Zimbabwe Coup in Process? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Explosions in the street- 

 Explosions echoed across central Harare and soldiers took over the headquarters of state broadcaster ZBC in a dramatic escalation of a dispute with President Robert Mugabe over political succession.
The former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, had long been tipped as most likely successor to the 93-year-old president, but Mr Mugabe's 52-year-old wife Grace is now vying for the job.
A Reuters reporter witnessed six armoured personnel carriers on thoroughfares on the outskirts of the capital, Harare, and soldiers told passing cars to keep moving.
The presence of troops, including the movement of armoured vehicles from a barracks northwest of Harare earlier in the day, sparked rumours of a coup against Mr Mugabe, although there was no evidence to suggest Zimbabwe's leader of the last 37 years had been toppled.

State broadcaster taken over

Soldiers took over the headquarters of Zimbabwes ZBC state broadcaster in the early hours of Wednesday, two members of staff and a human rights worker said, compounding speculation of a coup against 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.
Some ZBC members of staff were manhandled when soldiers occupied the premises, the sources said. However, staff were told they should not worry as the soldiers were merely there to protect the site, one source added.
Military seen outside of Zimbabwe Capital: 

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- At least three explosions were heard in Zimbabwe's capital early Wednesday and military vehicles were seen in the streets after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe's possible successor. The ruling party accused the commander of "treasonable conduct."
The Associated Press saw armed soldiers.........

13:01

Hezbollah, the trump card of Irans spreading influence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Times of Israel and Agencies

Terror group at the center of Lebanons current crisis serves as Tehrans proxy throughout region, but its main focus remains Israels destruction

In this December 5, 1989 photo, masked gunmen of the pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim Hezbollah terror group, clad in military uniforms, are seen in the village of Sohmor, Lebanon. (AP Photo)

In this December 5, 1989 photo, masked gunmen of the pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim Hezbollah terror group, clad in military uniforms, are seen in the village of Sohmor, Lebanon. (AP Photo)

Lebanons Hezbollah terror group, blamed by Saad Hariri for his shock resignation as premier, has grown over the three decades since its founding into a mighty army used by Iran to project regional influence.

Hariri criticized the powerful Shiite movement for its meddling across the Middle East during a televised interview from Saudi Arabia on Sunday, his first media appearance since he stepped down on November 4.

Despite being branded a terrorist organization by the United States and Gulf countries and targeted with economic sanctions, Hezbollah has risen to play a decisive role in regional conflicts.

Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri gives his first televised interview on November 12, 2017, eight days after announcing his resignation. (Screenshot)

Hezbollah has participated in Hariris government for almost a year.

From Lebanon to Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, the terror organization has matured into Irans most useful tool drawi...

12:55

What Can Saudi Arabia Really Do About Hezbollah? Hezbollah gets money bags from Iran. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bloomberg

By Donna Abu-Nasr

November 14, 2017, 8:00 PM EST

Saudi Arabia has embarked on another foreign policy adventure by intervening in Lebanons delicate sectarian power balance to undermine Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

Yet even working with the U.S. and Israel in trying to isolate the group, the Saudis could end up being little more than a minor inconvenience for militants whose tentacles have stretched from their southern Lebanon heartlands in recent years. Hezbollah is a regional force, with combatants in Yemen, Iraq and helping President Bashar al-Assad prevail in Syria.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri appeared to be targeting Hezbollah and its Iranian allies when he abruptly announced his resignation from the Saudi capital Riyadh on Nov. 4 saying he feared for his life. That raised concerns Lebanon is once again caught between regional sectarian rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia. Tensions remain high, yet there are no signs other Lebanese factions are prepared or able to take on Hezbollah.

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Nasrallah speaks in Beirut.
Photographer: STRINGER/AFP

If the group emerges from the crisis unscathed, then its chief, Hassan Nasrallah, will win by not losing, said Denis Sullivan, co-director of the Middle East Center at Northeastern University in Boston. Its too late to counter Hezbollah at least not in a one fell swoop, said Sullivan. The cat is out of the bag and Hezbollah is out of Lebanon. Its everywhere now.

Whats Next?

The drama that saw Hariri end up in Saudi Arabia hasnt been resolved yet. He said on Sunday he would return soon, though stressed he would only retract his resignation if Hezbollah halts its engagements in other countries.

That has been a long-standing demand by Saudi Arabia, an erstwhile supporter of Hariri, who was born in Riyadh, and his father, Rafiq, who was assassinated in 2005. It accused Hezbollah of being behind a ballistic missile fired at the Saudi capital shortly after Hariri j...

12:22

Mugabe Is Confined to His Home as Zimbabwes Military Moves In on the Capital "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Military says President Robert Mugabe is safe and denies he is being ousted; U.S. Embassy urges Americans in Harare to shelter in place

Updated Nov. 15, 2017 6:09 a.m. ET

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was confined to his home as the military tightened its grip over government and civic institutions on Wednesday, widening operations to subdue what it called the countrys degenerating political establishment, though the military denied it was ousting the longtime leader.

By midmorning, soldiers backed by armored personnel carriers had secured the Zimbabwean capitals airport, parliament buildings, state television and the presidents residence. Top allies of Mr. Mugabe, including the countrys

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11:45

Palestinian hopes for Egypt border opening dashed for now "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFP

AFP | Palestinians wait for travel permits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing after it was briefly opened on August 16, 2017

GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) (AFP)  Palestinian leaders hoped a recently signed reconciliation agreement would lead to Egypt reopening its border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, but those hopes seem to have been dashed.

Egypt has kept its crossing with Gaza largely closed in recent years, while the territory has also been under an Israeli blockade for more than a decade.

Israel has fought three wars with Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, since 2008.

Hamas and rival Palestinian faction Fatah, which is based in the occupied West Bank, signed a landmark reconciliation deal last month aimed at ending their decade-long split.

The agreement mediated by Egypt led to president Mahmud Abbass Palestinian Authority retaking control of Gazas borders on November 1.

The PA is supposed to retake full civil control of the Gaza Strip by December 1.

Palestinian leaders had said they hoped one result of the deal would be the opening of Egypts Rafah border with the Gaza Strip on November 15.

On Wednesday, Palestinian officials said they were still awaiting word from Egypt.

We dont have any information about when Rafah border will reopen again, Nazmi Muhanna, in charge of border crossings for the Palestinian Authority, told AFP.

Cracks have emerged in the reconciliation deal, particularly over security control of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas is refusing to disarm its military wing as Abbas wants.

Security in Egypts Sinai Peninsula is also thought to be one of Cairos concerns.

Egyptian security forces have been fighting a branch of the Islamic State group in the Sinai.

Egypt is expected to host another meeting of Palestinian factions in Cairo on November 21 to discuss next steps in the reconciliation process.


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11:14

Hysterical Nikki Haley calls Venezuela a "violent narco-state" that threatens the globe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called Venezuela "an increasingly violent narco-state" that threatens the world, speaking Monday at an informal Security Council meeting on the South American nation that was boycotted by Russia, China, Egypt and Bolivia. She accused Venezuela of using pressure to keep council members from attending, saying the fact that its government would go so far "is guilt - and that's unfortunate." Venezuela's U.N. ambassador, Rafael Ramirez, denounced the session, telling reporters: "This is a hostile act from the United States and an interference that violates the sovereignty principles of a country that is a member of the United Nations." The situation in Venezuela is not on the Security Council's official agenda - a point stressed by Ramirez and Bolivia's U.N. ambassador - but Haley said she will continue "to use the convening power of the United Nations to draw attention to this crisis."

10:52

The Non-Coup Coup In Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yesterday's coup in Zimbabwe is of global interest. The country is one of the few that have long resisted the colonial "western" attempts to control its mineral and agricultural riches. Such coups are often driven by the CIA or other...

10:15

Buhari to split Fashola, Amaechi, Dambazaus ministries; Tinubu, Kwankwaso get ministerial slots. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari will any time soon announce the much-anticipated rejig of his cabinet. Buhari has not effected a major More

10:13

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Shares Inspiring Success Story Of A Former UNILAG Typist "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo while delivering a speech recently, shared a story of a hardworking junior typist he met while working at the University of Lagos. In his address, he was talking about the importance of having a good character and used this inspiring story to illustrate his point. Here is an excerpt: I was 60 years old in March this year. And I must confess that it was one of the greatest surprises I ever experienced. I just suddenly became 60. And at the age of 60 I am...

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10:12

FLASH BACK 1980: No military coup can remove me, Mugabe says in first BBC interview "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Watch detained President of Zimbabwe saying no military coup can remove him.  Mugabe stated this in a BBC interview in 1980, shortly after taking over power in the troubled country.   Recall that Zimbabwes military had seized state TV, saying it is targeting people close to President Robert Mugabe for causing social and economic suffering.   Heavy gun and artillery fire could be heard in northern parts of the capital Harare early on Wednesday. The army action comes after Mr Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, amid a row over succession....

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10:10

Traders block Imo Government House over Owerri market demolition. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Traders have now blocked the Imo State Government House, Owerri, demanding an audience with Governor Rochas Okorocha. The traders were More

10:03

Zimbabwe military's statement after seizing power "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Zimbabwe's Major General SB Moyo, Chief of Staff Logistics, made the following speech on national television after the military seized it and blocked off access to government offices: "Following the address we made on November 13, 2017, which we believe our main broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and The Herald were directed not to publicize, the situation in our country has moved to another level.

09:57

2,671 seized guns linked to Nnamdi Kanu FG "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 The Nigerian government has linked the 2,671 pump action rifles illegally imported from Turkey to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. The riffles were intercepted by the Nigeria Customs Service  on four different occasions in 2017. In a counter-affidavit filed by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and which was deposed to by a litigation officer in the Department of State Services, Mr. Ayuba Adam, it drew a link between the Turkish citizens visit to Kanu and the arms smuggled into Nigeria,...

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09:34

DRAMA as Chief Victor Umeh engages INEC Boss and the IG of police, insists on a free, fair and credible election. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

*INEC should prove its integrity by conducting a credible election in Anambra state* Chief Victor Umeh The chairman of More

09:31

Muslim Activist Boycotted by CAIR for Talking to Zionists "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Wajahat Ali, who was disinvited from a December event over his ties to Zionists. (Photo: Center for American Progress/Creative Commons)Wajahat Ali, who was disinvited from a December event over his ties to Zionists. (Photo: Center for American Progress/Creative Commons)

Leading Muslim American journalist and consultant Wajahat Ali had a New York speaking engagement cancelled following a campaign against him by hard-line Islamists a result of his connections with Zionists.

Ali had planned to speak at an event sponsored by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in New York in December.

CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing trial in American history. It was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates. CAIRs founders were connected to the Egyptian Islamist organization the Muslim Brotherhood. They style themselves as Americas largest Muslim civil rights organization and specialize in taking legal cases to defend Muslims in anti-Muslim bigotry cases, and speaking out in the media to protect the image of Islam.

Ali helped launch Al Jazeera America, an offshoot of Qatars state owned media outlet, co-hosting their daily news show The Stream. In addition he has worked as a consultant for the state department. He currently works as Creative Director of Affin...

09:24

Speed up Yemen peace or be complicit in famine, Quint told "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cancellation of a meeting of countries with power to force peace in Yemen must not be used as an excuse for not lifting the blockade or agreeing a ceasefire, says Oxfam .

09:16

Whats happening in Zimbabwe? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An opposition newspaper tries to piece together fast-moving events in Zimbabwe.

09:00

VIDEO: Army takes over Zimbabwe but denies coup "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwes military has seized state TV, saying it is targeting people close to President Robert Mugabe for causing social and economic suffering. A statement read out by a general on air denied it was a coup and said Mr Mugabe was safe, but did not say where. Heavy gun and artillery fire could be heard in northern parts of the capital Harare early on Wednesday. The army action comes after Mr Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, amid a row over succession. A government source told Reuters news agency that Finance...

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08:00

Dont send refugees to Libyan torture jails, United Nations says "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This Doctors Without Borders video says about itself:

5 Reasons Not to Trap Migrants & Refugees in Libya

13 September 2017

People whove left their homes searching for safety and a better life are being detained, imprisoned, tortured, raped, starved, and sold into slavery in Libya.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 14 November 2017:

UN: sending refugees back to Libya is inhuman

The United Nations refugee organization UNHCR has strongly criticized the European Union policy to assist the Libyan Coast Guard in intercepting boats with refugees.

There is not one Libyan Coast Guard, as there is not one Libyan government. There are at least three governments, each with their own armed gangs, killing each others gangsters and civilians. Some of them call themselves the coast guard. Some are paid by European Union taxpayers money, some by Italian taxpayers money, some by British taxpayers money, etc.

Human rights chief Zeid calls the way in which the...

07:47

COURT RESERVES JUDGMENT ON IGBO SUIT AGAINST OPERATION PYTHON DANCE II. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal High Court in Enugu has reserved judgment for December 22 on a matter filed by the Alaigbo Development More

07:43

PDP Chairmanship aspirants sign accord on prevention of violence and acceptance of election results at the national convention. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Chairmanship Aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today, signed an accord on prevention of violence and acceptance More

07:35

Nwodo calls on President Buhari to develop the south east. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chief John Nnia Nwodo who is the president-general of the Ohaneze Ndigbo has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to look into More

07:25

Syria: Media Disinformation Campaign, Blaming Assad for Alleged Famine in Terrorist-Held East Ghouta, Fake Accounts, Photos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Sophie Mangal Global Research, November 14, 2017 Inside Syria Media Centre Region: Middle East & North Africa Theme: Media Disinformation, Terrorism, US NATO War Agenda In-depth Report: SYRIA Needs your Attention! Inside Syria Media Center tried to analyze what is now going on in Eastern Ghouta. Our military correspondents investigated the issue. The results raise a number of questions. The mainstream []

06:57

EFCC: How we recovered $9.3m from ex-NNPC MD "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Prosecution Witness Two, Waziri Adamu Nitte, in the ongoing trial of a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu, yesterday gave the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja a vivid account of how the sum of $9.7 million and 74,000 was recovered in a hidden a fireproof safe allegedly belonging to the defendant. The witness, a Deputy Superintendent with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) told the court at the resumed trial that the commission had, on February 7, 2017 received an intelligence...

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06:55

Senate approves $5.5bn Buharis loan request "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate, yesterday, approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to borrow a total sum of $5.5 billion made up of $2.5 billion to fund the 2017 budget and another $3 billion to re-finance the countrys domestic debts. This was in spite of the worrisome rising debt profile of the nation, which stood at N19.6 trillion as at June 30th, 2017. However, some senators expressed concerns over the rising debt profile of the country, cautioning on the manner the executive was rushing to take foreign loans particularly, in view of...

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06:44

Boko Haram kills 235 policemen in Yobe CP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

No fewer than 235 officers and men of Nigeria Police, Yobe State Command had been lost to the Boko Haram insurgency in the last six years. The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abdulmaliki Sumonu, disclosed this in Damaturu at the investiture of an award on him by a non-governmental organisation, Actors Security Watch Organisation. Sumonu said the award was in recognition of services rendered by living officers and officers who died in defence of the nation. This award is not just for the commissioner of police, but the entire police command...

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06:38

THE EGBU DECLARATION "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

PREAMBLE The sons and daughters as well as all socio-cultural and other groups in Owerri zone met on 11 November, More

06:33

Senate approves Ndumes resumption today "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate, yesterday, announced the recall of a Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District, Mohammed Ali Ndume, to formally resume sitting in the Chamber, after serving out his six-month suspension. This was in spite of the fact that Senator Ndume took the Red Chamber to court, challenging the legality of his suspension while asking the court to declare the action null and void. The Senate had also indicated that it might extend the period of the suspension if Ndume failed to withdraw the court action against it. The Senator defied...

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06:32

43rd convocation: UNIBEN to award 100 First Class "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo state, Prof. Faraday Orumwense said yesterday that he was eager to leave behind a university that would be rated among the first class with global standard to meet the yearnings and aspirations of millions of people. Orumwense stated this during a pre-convocation press briefing of the institutions 45th convocation and 47th Founders Day lecture held in Benin, the state capital. He disclosed that a total of 100 graduands out of the 9,993 students graduating from the university in the 2015/2016 academic session...

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06:18

Fayose faults Buhari, el-Rufai on sack of 22, 000 teachers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has condemned President Muhammadu Buharis support for the Kaduna State Governments planned sack of no fewer than 22,000 teachers who allegedly failed competence test conducted by the government. He, however, reiterated his commitment to welfare of Ekiti residents, saying that he would not be compelled under any condition to go the el-Rufais way to sack any worker in the state notwithstanding paucity of funds. Fayose said: By openly supporting the sack of about 22,000 teachers in Kaduna State, President Buhari has approved loss of...

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06:17

Suspect: How I used Okiros name to defraud lawmakers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Emmanuel Ebuzoma, 37, yesterday, regaled detectives attached to Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos State, how he used the name of Chairman of Police Service Commission (PSC), Sir Mike Okiro, to defraud members of the National Assembly. According to the Ebuzoma, he was able to con the members of the National Assembly by texting them about a non-existent police recruitment job. He also tried similar scam on governors. The police said that the suspect had made over N4.5million from the scam, but he insisted that the police were lying. He...

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06:09

Delta tackles FG over military deployment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Residents of Benneth Island/Salvation City, Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, have called on the Federal Government to revive ailing Niger Delta Ports which had become dormant for years. Besides, the people also complained of incessant military harassment especially the recent deployment of gun boats and fighter jets to their community, asking Ijaw leaders to come to their rescue. The beleaguered Ijaws who made their complaints to the President Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Eric Omare when he visited the area, further called on government to...

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06:03

Russian experience good for Eagles, says Rohr "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, has said playing in Russia has given his players and officials of what to expect when the World Cup begins next year. The German explained that the Eagles decided to play against Argentina in in Russia because they wanted to see the country before returning for the 2018 World Cup. Why do we hold a friendly game here in Russia? It is important for us to see how everything is arranged here before coming to Russia in 2018. he told Sport Express Russia. Rohr...

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06:01

APGA national chairman extols Kalus leadership qualities "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Victor Oye, has described former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, as a rare gem, whose extra-ordinary qualities will continue to stand out among his contemporaries. Oye, who served as Special Adviser on Special Duties during Kalus tenure as Abia State governor between 1999 and 2007, made these remarks on Monday during the former governors visit to his (Oyes) Awawbia country home, in Anambra State. He recalled the achievements of the Kalu administration, noting that despite lean...

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06:00

Joshua eyes Muhammad Ali, Tysons records "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Anthony Joshua believes becoming the first heavyweight in history to hold all four world title belts would put him alongside the likes of Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson in the pantheon of boxing greats. Joshua became the unified champion in April when he added the WBA strap to his IBF title with victory over Wladimir Klitschko in only his 19th professional contest. Following victory over Carlos Takam last month, the unbeaten 28-year-old is on a collision course with WBO king Joseph Parker and WBC champion Deontay Wilder. And Joshua claims...

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06:00

Bitcoin Price Soars To $13,000 In Desperate Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Those awaiting cash transfers at a bank may wait a month to be cleared and, even then, the transfer may be refused. The Standard, Zimbabwes leading Sunday newspaper, ran an article at the time entitled, Black market thrives, as banks run dry.

Mugabe in custody as army takes control in Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Zimbabwean army has said president Robert Mugabe and his wife have been taken into custody after gunfire was heard near his compound and troops seized control of the state broadcaster.

05:58

As Mikel hails historic event "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has praised the Nigeria Football Federation for the historic bonus agreement signing. It is the first time in the history of Nigerias participation in international championships that a formal agreement between the federation and the team is documented, and the major actors see this as a catalyst for the Super Eagles best performance ever at the FIFA World Cup. We are very happy and excited with this development. This is the first time since I started playing for the senior team that I would see...

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05:58

2018 budget: FG commits N295bn to road construction, rehabilitation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government has shed more light on mechanisms for funding its N8.6 trillion 2018 budget in respect to road construction, expansion and maintenance across the country for which it is proposing to spend N295 billion. This is: as it hinted that consumption of alcoholic drinks and tobacco products will attract higher exercise duty next fiscal year in a bid to ramp up more earnings from non- oil sources. Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, disclosed these in Abuja yesterday at the public presentation of the...

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05:54

Populism and crisis in public education "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It is easy to predict the loser in the current face-off between the Kaduna State Government and organised labour. The pupils in the public primary schools will be the ultimate losers in the face-off. The state government is adamant and insists on employing its own teachers and organised labour is insisting that the competency test administered on the primary school teachers was an organised fraud. The Chairman of the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Nasir Umar, claimed that of the 33,000 teachers that sat for the examination, 21,780...

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04:46

Rumours of Zimbabwe coup "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/14/tanks-seen-heading-towards-zimbabwe-capital-harare/

Several loud explosions echoed across central Harare in the early hours of Wednesday after troops deploy...

04:27

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe Army Says It Is 'Targeting Criminals', Not Mugabe
BBC World Service

A military officer read out a statement on national TV early on Wednesday

Zimbabwe's military has read out a statement on the country's national broadcaster, ZBC, saying it has taken action to "target criminals".

However, it said this was not "a military takeover of government" and President Robert Mugabe was safe.

Heavy gunfire and artillery were heard in northern suburbs of the capital, Harare, early on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe's envoy to South Africa, Isaac Moyo, earlier dismissed talk of a coup, saying the government was "intact".

A statement read out by the military on TV said the army wanted to deal with people who "were committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country".

"As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy."

The statement said 93-year-old President Mugabe and his family were safe and their security was guaranteed.

It is not clear who is leading the military action.

The UK Foreign Office advised Britons "currently in Harare to remain safely at home or in their accommodation until the situation becomes clearer".

The US embassy in Harare tweeted that it would be closed on Wednesday "due to ongoing uncertainty".

It also advised US citizens in Zimbabwe to "shelter in place" until further notice.

The latest events came after Zimbabwe's ruling party accused the country's army chief of "treasonable conduct" after he warned of possible military intervention.

General Constantino Chiwenga had challenged President Mugabe after he sacked the vice-president.

Gen Chiwenga said the army was prepared to act to end purges within Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

Tensions were raised further on Tuesday when armoured vehicles were seen taking up positions on roads outside Harare, although their purpose was unclear.

Some staff at ZBC w...

04:17

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe Military Takes Control of State Broadcaster in Capital Harare, Urges Calm
Military spokesman says President Robert Mugabe and his family were safe and sound and their security is guaranteed

Army denies coup against Mugabe live
Jason Burke
Africa correspondent

Tuesday 14 November 2017 13.29 EST

The military in Zimbabwe appears to have taken control of the countrys airwaves amid high tension in the capital and reports of explosions.

After securing control of the state broadcaster, a military spokesman made a televised announcement early on Wednesday saying President Robert Mugabe and his family were safe and sound and their security is guaranteed.

He said the army was targeting criminals around Mugabe, who were committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in order to bring them to justice.

He said as soon as they are done situation will come to normalcy, calling on churches to pray for the country. The army spokesman said it was not a military takeover.

The announcement came after witnesses in Harare reported a number of loud explosions and saw armed forces assaulting passers-by in the early hours of the morning.

Prolonged gunfire erupted near Mugabes private residence in the suburb of Borrowdale early on Wednesday, a witness told Agence France-Presse.

Soldiers were also seen loading ammunition near a group of four military vehicles. The explosions could be heard near the University of Zimbabwe campus, Reuters reported.

During the drama, the US embassy in the capital tweeted out a message citing ongoing uncertainty. A statement later posted by the embassy told US citizens in Zimbabwe to shelter in place until further notice.

The British government said that due to the uncertain political situation British nationals should remain at home.

Reuters said its reporter in the capital had encountered aggressive soldiers telling passing cars to keep moving through the darkness.

Dont try anything funny. Just go, one said on Harare Drive....

03:48

Tambuwal begins Nigerias largest school enrolment drive "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has launched a state-wide campaign to enrol no fewer than 1.4 million children into primary schools in the state in the next school year. Tambuwal, who flagged- off the campaign at Riji village in Rabah Local Government Area of the state yesterday, described the campaign as the largest enrolment drive in the country. The governor, who also inaugurated the State Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme, the Nigerian Partnership for Education Project and a prototype Early Childhood Development Centre during the event, said under the enrolment campaign...

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03:46

Convention: PDP chairmanship aspirants sign peace accord "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Party prohibits use of monetary inducement Makarfi: Well disqualify erring contestants   Chairmanship aspirants in the December 9 National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday signed an accord to ensure peaceful conduct of the convention. Six of the eight aspirants were present at the accord signing ceremony, which was presided over by the Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi. The document was signed by both the aspirants and Director-Generals of their campaign organisations or their representatives. Those present and signed the four-page document were...

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03:43

Ex-IGP, Arase, to chair New Telegraph Award "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Top crime buster and immediate past Inspector-General of Police, Dr. Solomon Arase, will chair the forthcom ing New Telegraph Award Night. In the last two weeks, the atmosphere has been agog with awardees expressing appreciation over the huge recognition. Arase is Nigerias 18th Inspector-General of Police, a position to which he was appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan in April 2015. A Fellow of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Arase retired from the force on June 21, 2016. According to the Managing Director and Editorin- Chief, New Telegraph newspaper, Mrs. Funke...

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03:31

IPOB: Court to give judgement on proscription order, Jan 17 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday fixed January 17, 2018 for judgment in the suit filed by the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), seeking to vacate the order of proscription. The acting Chief Judge of the Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, fixed the date after counsel to the Federal Government and the Solicitor General of the Federation Dayo Apata and counsel for IPOB, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, adopted their briefs of arguments for and against the proscription order issued on September 20, 2017. Moving the application, Ejiofor urged the court...

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03:21

9 UIs distant learning students bag First Class "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The University of Ibadan yesterday graduated another set of 1,410 students but from the Distance Learning Centre (DLC), of which nine graduated with First Class and 190 with Second Class Upper Division grades. Also, 1,481 candidates graduated from the Universitys affiliated institutions with 43 bagging First Class Division, while 88 candidates received diplomas from the Education and the Social Sciences, with eight of them having distinctions. In his address on the occasion held at the International Conference Centre of the University, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abel Idowu...

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03:18

Buhari to Igbo leaders: Ill fix infrastructural deficit in SEast "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President bags Leader of Igbo title   President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the people of South-East that his government will do everything possible to provide critical infrastructure that would ensure the development of the region. The president stated this yesterday in Abakiliki, capital of Ebonyi State, while addressing Ebonyi State Leaders of Thought and Traditional Rulers at a meeting in Government House. Buhari said that his administration will ensure the timely execution of roads, power and other projects in the region. The president commended Ebonyi people for the warm reception...

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03:17

Policeman killed in ambush "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

three others injured, patrol van burnt Armed men, yesterday, killed a policeman, wounded three others, and then set a patrol van on fire in Edo State. Gunmen ambushed the policemen early in the morning, close to Ovia River Bridge along Benin-Iguobazuwa road in Ovia South West Local Government Area of the State. The rampaging armed men got to the river bank in two speed boats and opened fire on the four policemen, who were on patrol duty around the area. The policemen were said to have fired back on their...

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03:02

Stanbic IBTC outlines sustainability framework "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC has announced a three-pronged framework that underscores its approach to sustainability and support to its clientele, employees and the society at large. The Social, Economic and Environmental (SEE) framework, the organization said in as a statement, is designed to support the wellbeing of communities by delivering value through the products and services that it provides. With Africa as its home, the company said SEE aims at improving life for everyone on the continent. We not only want to achieve financial outcomes, but we also want to...

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03:00

Zimbabwe Coup Escalates as US Embassy Closes, Explosions in Harare, Military Seize State Broadcaster "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe 'Coup' Escalates: US Embassy Closes, Explosions Rock Harare, Military Seize State Broadcaster

Nov 14, 2017 7:56 PM

Source: Zero Hedge | by Tyler Durden

Following at least three explosions across Zimbabwe's capital city tonight - following what appears to be the start of a military coup as tanks rolled in - the US embassy in Harare has been closed. Additionally, reports state that troops have deployed on the streets and have seized the state broadcaster.

As we detailed earlier, The Associated Press said it saw three tanks with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital, Harare, while Reuters reported that four tanks were seen heading toward the capital.



And here is Al Jazeera with a brief explainer of the political crisis in Zimbabwe that threatens to sweep Robert Mugabe from his post:

Zimbabwe is facing a political crisis with the ruling Zanu-PF party, as a very public showdown over who is likely to succeed President Robert Mugabe plays out.

The current standoff is between the Youth faction, loyal to his wife, Grace Mugabe, and the former liberation fighters, loyal to Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice president who was fired last week. Al Jazeera's Hannah Hoexter explains.

But the situation appears to have escalated notably in the last few hours as The Telegraph reports, several loud exp...

02:54

MTN, others boost NCC Tennis League "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Communication giant, MTN, is throwing its weight behind the NCC Tennis League with an endowment that will cover awards for outstanding performance by individuals and teams in selected categories in the NCC Tennis League. The categories earmarked are: the most outstanding team, the most outstanding player male and female, the most outstanding junior player male and female, the best host team and the best traveling team. Another communications company, Main One, has also endowed a category while Smile Communication will be giving some internet gadgets to outstanding teams...

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02:25

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Explosions Rock Zimbabwe Capital as Coup Speculation Intensifies, ZBC Reportedly Seized
Troops were deployed to the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe's capital
ZBC, Zimbabwe's state broadcaster, misses its evening bulletin
Ambassador denies rumors of coup against Mugabe
Army views sacking of vice president as part of a purge
Zimbabwe struggling with cash crunch and import payments

Reuters

Soldiers deployed across the Zimbabwe capital Harare and seized the state broadcaster on Wednesday after 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party accused the head of the military of treason, prompting frenzied speculation of a coup.

Just 24 hours after military chief General Constantino Chiwenga threatened to intervene to end a purge of his allies in Mugabe's ZANU-PF, a Reuters reporter saw armoured personnel carriers on main roads around the capital.

Aggressive soldiers told passing cars to keep moving through the darkness. "Don't try anything funny. Just go," one barked at Reuters on Harare Drive.

Two hours later, soldiers overran the headquarters of the ZBC, Zimbabwe's state broadcaster and a principal Mugabe mouthpiece, and ordered staff to leave. Several ZBC workers were
manhandled, two members of staff and a human rights activist said.

Shortly afterwards, three explosions rocked the centre of the southern African nation's capital, Reuters witnesses said.

Despite the troops stationed at locations across Harare, there was no word from the military as to the fate of Mugabe, Zimbabwe's leader of the last 37 years and the self-styled 'Grand Old Man' of African politics.

In contrast to his elevated status on the continent, Mugabe is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power destroyed one of Africa's most promising states.

In the only official word from the government, Isaac Moyo, Zimbabwe's ambassador to neighbouring South Africa, earlier dismissed talk of a coup, saying the government was "intact" and blaming social media for spreading false information.

"There's noth...

02:14

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Military in Zimbabwe's Capital After Army Chief's Threat, Three Explosions Heard
Associated Press
NOVEMBER 14, 2017 5:00 PM
HARARE, ZIMBABWE

At least three explosions were heard in Zimbabwe's capital early Wednesday and military vehicles were seen in the streets after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe's possible successor. The ruling party accused the commander of "treasonable conduct."

The Associated Press saw armed soldiers assaulting passers-by in the early morning hours in Harare, as well as soldiers loading ammunition near a group of four military vehicles. The explosions could be heard near the University of Zimbabwe campus.

Those developments came several hours after The Associated Press on Tuesday saw three armored personnel carriers with several soldiers in a convoy heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital. For the first time, this southern African nation is seeing an open rift between the military and Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state who has ruled since independence from white minority rule in 1980. The military has been a key pillar of his power.

Mugabe last week fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and accused him of plotting to take power, including through witchcraft. Mnangagwa, who enjoyed the military's backing and once was seen as a potential president, fled the country and said he had been threatened. Over 100 senior officials allegedly supporting him have been listed for disciplinary measures by a faction associated with Mugabe's wife, Grace.

The first lady now appears positioned to replace Mnangagwa as one of the country's two vice presidents at a special conference of the ruling party in December, leading many in Zimbabwe to suspect that she could succeed her husband. Grace Mugabe is unpopular with some Zimbabweans because of lavish spending as many struggle, and four people accused of booing her at a recent rally were arrested.

On Monday, army commander Constantino Chiwenga issued an unprecedented statement saying purges against senior ruling ZANU-...

01:43

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 ZANU-PF Youth League Statement: In Defense of the Revolution, Peoples Rights
November 15, 2017
Kudzanai Chipanga Correspondent
Zimbabwe Herald

AS the youth of Zimbabwe and as the young people whose future will be determined by the actions taken in the present, we have noted with shock, displeasure and disappointment the Press statement of the Commander of the Defence Forces, General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga issued yesterday. We, as Zanu-PF Youth League, are a lion which has awakened and found its voice, therefore we will not sit idly and fold our hands whilst cheap potshots and threats are made against the legitimate and popularly elected leader of the revolutionary party Zanu-PF and Zimbabwe, His Excellency, Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

This statement is therefore issued without regret, fear or compunction. Defending the revolution and our leader and President is an ideal we live for and if need be it is a principle we are prepared to die for. From the outset we would like to make it clear that we have every respect for the armed forces in this country and cherish their role in protecting and safeguarding the country and its revolution.

We are, however, totally against the bulk of the press statement issued by General Chiwenga yesterday. We believe that the views he exposed are his personal opinions and not the collective view of the security forces as a whole. It is no secret that the security forces in Zimbabwe know their parameters and hence the international respect they earned wherever they have played, we therefore, address him directly and in kind.

The independence and democracy we enjoy did not come through the barrel of the mouth or press conferences, but through the barrel of the gun and tens of thousands shed their blood in a great sacrifice for the independence, peace and democracy which is now under assault. This freedom is, therefore, sacrosanct and we will not fold our hands to allow a creature of the Constitution subvert the very Constitution which establishes it. Section 211(3) of the Constitution is very categorical in making the armed forces subordinate to civilian authority, pat......

01:40

Zimbabwe Defense Forces: We are targeting the criminals around the President "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

No military takeover in Zimbabwe? Then where is President Robert Mugabe? The Zimbabwe Defense Forces said they are only targeting the criminals around the President Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) takes over Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) Major Brigadier General Sibusiso B Moyo 4am, 15 November 2017, ZBC Pockets Hill, Harare, Zimbabwe. * Mugabe is safe (recognised...

01:30

Africa and the Ever-Expanding War on Terror "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the shadows, the U.S. special operations war on terrorists keeps on expanding around the globe, now reaching into Africa where few detectable American interests exist. Jonathan Marshall If national-security reporters are ever replaced by robots writing boilerplate stories, blame it on the fact that U.S. military policy has become so predictable and repetitive. Consider...

01:19

Controversy over dredging pipes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Okegun-Odofin waterfront in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State has, over time, been a subject of tussle between two village heads. They are battling for the control of the area. The latest controversy now is the stealing of dredging pipes from the waterfront by youths, loyal to one of the village heads. OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI reports A fresh crisis is brewing in the Okegun-Odofin area of Ibeju Lekki. It is between  Chief Shamsudeen Ogunkoya of Okeogun Odofin and Mufutau Olamiji, Baale of Aladeseso. The last issue between them was over...

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01:17

Terminal operators oppose govt over new tank farm in Apapa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Port terminal operators under the umbrella of Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), has opposed  the establishment of a new tank farm on Creek Road, Apapa. Chairman of the association, Princess Vicky Haastrup described the approval of the tank farm by the Federal Government  as ill-timed and ill-advised. It was learnt that the tank farm, which is under construction, has the capacity to hold up to 50 million litres of petroleum products and would attract about 800 additional trucks per day into the already congested Apapa area. The chairman...

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01:10

Seeking an end to citizens harassment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Leaders of different communities in Lagos want political office holders to eschew frequent harassment of the citizenry that is increasingly becoming commonplace and ensure that the huge resources of the state are judiciously applied for the benefits of the people. While lauding the development efforts of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, they frowned at the growing social costs of the governments urban renewal policies, particularly on the poor people of the state, which they contend has been catastrophic and sometimes give the impression that Lagos is only for the rich. Rising from...

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01:07

Ogoni killings: Obuah seeks Fakoredes removal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman in Rivers State, Felix Obuah has condemned an alleged killing of three youths on vigilance duty by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Luebe Community in Khana Local Government Area of the state. He, however asked for the removal of SARS leader, Mr. Akin Fakorede. Obuah said that SARS under the command of Mr. Akin Fakorede no longer focus on protecting lives and property, but had taken pride in destroying lives and inflicting pains on the people. He called on the State...

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01:05

I will lead PDP to victory in 2019 Adeniran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

One of the contestants to the position of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Tunde Adeniran, has promised that his party will overrun the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 presidential election if he becomes the chairman. Adeniran made the promise when his delegation paid a courtesy visit on the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade in Calabar to seek the governors support during the coming national convention. He said that the party, having played the opposition role in the last few years, needed...

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01:01

Lagos dismisses Amnesty Internationals report on Otodo Gbame "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Lagos State Government yesterday debunked a report by Amnesty International (UK) that it evicted residents of Otodo Gbame, describing the report as bias, inaccurate and full of exaggerations. Instead, the state government said that Otodo Gbame was used as a temporary fishing outpost as the fishermen had their permanent homes in Badagry, Cotonou (Benin Republic) and Lome (Togo) contrary to the report of forceful eviction. According to Lagos government, the affected people had returned to their homes since the unfortunate fire incident of November 2016 while it said reduction...

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01:00

Enforced Disappearances in Colombia: Clarification of the Whole Truth "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sergio Segura The peace dialogues between the Colombian insurgency and the government have made the discussion on human rights a preponderant one in the framework of the creation of the Commission for the Clarification of Truth. In that sense, I approach one of the phenomena that should be clarified: forced disappearance. The General Assembly of...

01:00

Step by Step. How to Fabricate News About the Default in Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela laiguana.tv Translated from Spanish and Edited by Arturo Rosales Axis of Logic The media fabricated default come before the real one. The stage is slowly being set with economic sanctions; psychological pressure on Venezuelan bondholders and a media campaign that blows out of all proportion routine financial transactions. Last Sunday...

01:00

Aleida Guevara Speaks to Thousands in UK on Che Guevara Anniversary Tour "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Aleida Guevara was invited by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign for the Che Guevara 50th Anniversary Tour Tortilla Con Sal Dr Aleida Guevara March spoke directly to over 3000 people in 7 towns and cities at over 20 different meetings during her 10 day stay in Britain and Ireland. The tour coincided with the 50th anniversary...

01:00

Decolonize the Caribbean "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Angel Monxo Lpez Santiago The Caribbean is in need of food sovereignty, energy sovereignty, and land sovereignty. Maria and Irma, 2017s two most destructive hurricanes in the Caribbean basin, have exposed the trappings and inequalities of colonialism in the region. The hurricanes have blown away decades of legal and international maneuvers and ruses, local constitutions,...

01:00

Zimbabwe Youth in Defense of the Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

UPDATE: Chipanga Zanu PF Youth Leader Apologizes to Army 15 Nov 2017 Zanu-PF Youth League Executive Cde Chipanga As the youth of Zimbabwe and as the young people whose future will be determined by the actions taken in the present, we have noted with shock, displeasure and disappointment the Press statement of the Commander of...

Tuesday, 14 November

23:27

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zanu-PF Unfazed by Chiwenga . . . Raps Him for Treasonous Statements . . . Reaffirms Primacy of Politics Over Gun
November 15, 2017

CDE KHAYA MOYO . . . ZANU-PF will not succumb to any threats, least of all those driving from conduct that is inconsistent with the tenets of democracy and constitutionalism

Herald Reporter

ZANU-PF yesterday described as treasonous statements by Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga that the military will not hesitate to take corrective measures when they felt the gains of the liberation struggle were under threat. The revolutionary partys national spokesperson, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, said Gen Chiwengas utterances were meant to incite insurrection and violent challenge to the constitutional order. Cde Khaya Moyo said Gen Chiwengas utterances did not represent the rest of the command element and were meant to disturb national peace and stability.

Consistent with the guiding principle of the national liberation struggle, the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) reaffirms the primacy of politics over the gun.

It is against an understanding of this abiding principle that the statement issued by General Constantino Chiwenga purporting to speak on behalf of the Zimbabwe Defences Forces (ZDF) was not only surprising, but was an outrageous vitiation of professional soldiership and his wartime record as a high-ranking freedom fighter entrusted with command responsibilities in a free democratic Zimbabwe, Cde Khaya Moyo said. The statement, Cde Khaya Moyo said, was designed to disturb the prevailing peace.

Clearly calculated to disturb national peace and stability, the said statement by General Constantino Chiwenga which was not signed, and which did not represent the rest of the command element, suggests treasonable conduct on his part as this was meant to incite insurrection and violent challenge to the constitutional order, Cde Khaya Moyo said.

Indeed, this is what happens when the gun seeks to overreach by dictating to politics and norms of constitutionality, he added. Zanu-PF, Cde Khaya Moyo said, would never submit to threats.

As the party run...

23:19

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Well Defend President With Our Lives: Youths
November 15, 2017
Herald Reporter

The Zanu-PF Youth League says it will stand by President Mugabe in the face of any threat to his position as the constitutionally elected leader of Zimbabwe. Secretary for Youth League Affairs Cde Kudzanai Chipanga told journalists at a press conference in Harare yesterday that young people would not allow anyone to interfere with President Mugabes leadership.

As the youth, we are in our millions and at present, the majority in the country, he said.
It is our country and future at stake and we will not let any individual military man interfere with the leader of the party and legitimately voted President of this country, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe. All those in security sector fatigues who wish to engage in politics are free to throw their hats in the ring and not hide behind the barrel of a gun. We the youths of Zimbabwe constitute the majority of the population in our millions and it is our future which is at stake. Freedom is a non-negotiable birthright bestowed upon us by the revolution.

It is a tree that was watered by the blood of thousands of liberation war heroes and common people most of whom lie in mass graves. This liberation and fundamental rights which came at such steep price cannot be the personal property of one rogue element in the security sector with power to give it and take it at will. No single person has the power to impose his minions to leadership positions. This is an assault on our freedom as we now have a new Constitution which places solders in barracks and civilian authority in power. We, therefore, call upon all the youth of Zimbabwe regardless of their political affiliation, race, gender or creed to stand up and be counted when the time comes.

Cde Chipanga said the youths were prepared to die defending President Mugabe. Said Cde Chipanga: We are, therefore, taking a stand against those who are bent on sowing division among our people and also those taking advantage of the privilege of their appointment by our President to extort guarantees and immunity for fugitives, boarder (sic) jumpers from the same appointing authority.

These people should be warned that we the yo...

23:10

Fears of a new deadly PLAGUE growing, as Malawi becomes latest African nation on alert "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Fears of a new deadly PLAGUE growing, as Malawi becomes latest African nation on alert by: JD Heyes  Natural News Malawi is the latest African nation in danger of experiencing an outbreak of deadly plague, as the disease continues to spread...

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22:07

EU chicken dumping starves Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The European Union's abusive agricultural trade practices have devastated poultry farmers and producers in Africa and elsewhere.

22:01

Revolution 100 Conference in Rome: This is our life, this is our destiny "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

allpowertothesoviets November 13: Yesterday our three days of Revolution 100, dedicated to celebrations for the centenary of the October Revolution, came to an end. When we began talking about this initiative a few months ago, the starting point for everyone was that we needed to do something extraordinary, and with as much unity as possible, for...

21:54

EU chicken dumping starves Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The European Union's abusive agricultural trade practices have devastated poultry farmers and producers in Africa and elsewhere.

21:45

White-headed ducks in Kazakhstan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This is a white-headed duck video from Spain.

From BirdLife:

14 Nov 2017

Tagging the Elusive White-headed Duck

Danara Zharbolova and Alyona Koshkina from our Kazakh partner ACBK tell us about their first attempts to catch and tag the elusive White-headed Duck with geolocators out on the lakes of the Central Kazakhstan.

The White-headed duck Oxyura leucocephala, with its long tail (often cocked vertically) and striking blue bill, is an unmistakable sight if you are actually lucky enough to spot one out in the wild. European populations have markedly declined in the last 10 years due to habitat loss, making this famously elusive waterbird even more of a rarity. It is classified globally Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Due to its furtive behaviour and rarity, this species has not been studied extensively. In recent years, BirdLife and several of its partners have been working to change this. In 2015, the White-headed duck was selected as one of sixteen iconic European bird species for the EU-funded LIFE EuroSAP project which aims to address population decline on a continental scale. SEO-BirdLife Spain, together with AEWA (The African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement), has been coordinating efforts to identify threats and conservation measures to feed into a revised International Species Action Plan.

At the same time, BirdLifes Kazakh partner ACBK (Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan) has been working to learn more about the migration of the Central Asia population which nests mainly in Northern and Central Kazakhstan and the steppes of Southern Russia.

This summer, ACBK, working with a group of ornithologists from Russia, tagged four White-headed ducks with geolocators at key moulting sites on the lakes of the Tengiz-Korgalzhyn Region of Central Kazakhstan.

Lake Ashchikol has become a popular site for moulting and migration gatheri...

21:18

Saudi Arabia, worst country in the world? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

Is Saudi Arabia the worst country in the world?

13 November 2017

Despite mounting Saudi human rights abuses, its allies in the West remain quiet.


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21:01

Saving Greek birds "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This is a lesser kestrel video.

From BirdLife:

14 Nov 2017

Greece takes action on 3 iconic bird species

Roula Trigou from HOS (BirdLife Greece) tells us why the future looks brighter for 3 charismatic bird species in Greece: the Egyptian vulture, the Lesser White-fronted Goose and the Lesser Kestrel.

In a landmark first for Greece, three Species Action Plans (SAPs) to protect three iconic bird species have been adopted by the government in Athens. The long-awaited National Action Plans for the Egyptian Vulture and the Lesser White-fronted Goose as well as the Regional Action Plan for the Lesser Kestrel in Thessaly, central Greece describe very clearly the necessary actions that must be taken in Greece in order to safeguard these iconic species over the next five years. All three species are listed in the Red Data Book of Endangered Species of Greece and are strictly protected by national and European legislation, as well as by international conventions.

This is a double-win for vultures with this development coinciding with the recent adoption of the Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures at the 12th Meeting of the Convention on Migratory Species COP 12 in Manila.

The Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS/BirdLife Greece) delivered this great result with the help of other partners from respective LIFE+ projects after many years of effort and close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Energy.

The National Law for Biodiversity, in Greece, views the adoption of such Species Action Plans as necessary for the effective protection of endangered species. Greeces contribution to international conservation efforts to protect these migratory birds is especially significant due to the countrys importance in the species annual life cycle.

Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus

The Egyptian Vulture i...

20:30

Why I withdrew Gov. Obianos ADC IGP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Idris, said the withdrawal of the Aide Camp (ADC) to Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra was to prevent the re-occurrence of past experience.   Idris gave the explanation during Election Stakeholders Forum organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday in Awka.   The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obiano had during the forum raised the alarm that he woke up on Tuesday morning to find that his ADC had been directed by the Police High Command to vacate...

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20:28

PHOTOS: Buhari bags Igbo Chieftaincy titles "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has been conferred with the titles; Enyioma 1 of Ebonyi and Ochioha Ndi Igbo 1 by the South-East traditional council of rulers. The titles came during his visit to Ebonyi State. See photos:

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20:20

What Buhari told Igbos in Ebonyi FULL SPEECH "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Ebonyi State on an official visit, the first such trip since he took office in 2015. In the South-east state, the president called for unity among Nigerians and promised more developmental projects for the region.   SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE STATE VISIT TO EBONYI ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017, AT THE ABAKALIKI TOWNSHIP STADIUM PROTOCOLS: I am delighted to be in Abakiliki today to interact with the good people of this State and indeed, the...

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20:16

Court freezes N350 million linked to Patience Jonathan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered that N350 million belonging to AM-PM Global Network Ltd, in Stanbic-IBTC bank, be placed on temporary attachment, pending an ongoing investigation by the EFCC. Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari, made the order following an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The application was argued by EFCCs lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, against the company. In an affidavit deposed to by one Musbau Yahaya, the commission stated that between June 20, 2012 and Nov. 15, 2013, the respondent fraudulently received N1.2...

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20:15

BREAKING: Nigeria beat Argentina 4-2 as Iwobi hits brace "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerias Super Eagles on Tuesday defeated the Argentine national team, 4-2, in a friendly match in Russia.   The Argentines went ahead with two goals of the game courtesy Ever Banega in the 28th minute and Sergio Aguero moments after.   Arsenal star, Ihenacho, scored a superb free-kick on 44 minutes of the first half to reduce the tally to 2-1.   The Eagles soared back to life in the second half when Iwobi equalised in the 52nd minute to make it 2-2.   Newly invited Brian Idowu made it 3-2...

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19:53

Anti-corruption War: Buhari is a lone ranger- Falana "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human Rights Activist, Femi Falana, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is alone in the ongoing fight against corruption in the country. Falana made this known during the National Stakeholders Summit on Whistleblowing organized by African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, AFRICMIL, with the theme, Fight Against Corruption: Harnessing the Whistleblowing  Opportunity on Tuesday in Abuja. He noted that none of the states or local government areas controlled by members of the All Progressive Congress (APC), was neither interested nor committed to fighting corruption. None of the states controlled by the...

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19:53

Gunmen kill policeman, injure three, burn patrol vehicle in Edo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Daredevil armed men yesterday reportedly killed a policeman, wounded three others and set ablaze a patrol van in the process in Edo state.   New Telegraph gathered that the incident happened when the gunmen ambushed the policemen in the early morning close to Ovia River Bridge along Benin-Iguobazuwa road in Ovia South West Local Government Area of the State.   Our reporter gathered that the rampaging armed men arrived the river bank in two speedboats and opened fire on the four policemen on patrol within the area.   This came...

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19:52

UN contract: Reps to probe defence ministry "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The House of Representatives yesterday mandated its joint committee on defence, army and public procurement to investigate the alleged underhand dealings in the award of a United Nations (UN) sponsored hospital contract by the ministry of defence.   The committee is to carry out a comprehensive investigation on the alleged scam, and report back its findings within two weeks.   The decision was taken after adopting a motion brought by Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf (PDP. Kogi) under matters of urgent national importance.   Yusuf had  told the House that some highly...

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19:49

Digital Transformation will create long term value for Telecos and their customers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Leading Chinese ICT solutions provider Huawei has engaged African telecom operators on Digital Operations Transformation saying this should be geared towards creating long-term strategic value both for the telecom and its customers.   Speaking at the telecoms industry Operations Transformation Forum at AfricaCom in Cape Town, the company said, as global voice revenue and growth is declining, data and digital services are now driving revenue growth, digital operations transformation is crucial for operators business growth and evolution and digital operation transformation must return to the commercial nature, what specific problems...

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19:45

Is Cruising to the Middle East Safe? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bloomberg published an article today titled Why the Cruise Industry Is Booming in the Middle East.

The lighthearted article casually mentions that passengers on the "fancy, all-inclusive Seabourn Encore were enjoying martinis and opera around the pool" off the coast of Somalia "where pirates occasionally hijack cargo ships" when an alarm sounded indicating that a small motorboat approached their cruise ship. "Onto the cruise ship climbed several burly security guards with cases of 'conventional weapons,' which would provide, as the captain explained, an added layer of protection for a potentially tricky passage."

The article states  that a week later, near Abu Dhabi, another alarm sounded, signaling the arrival ofMiddle East Cruise another boat. The small boat was stocked with tins of caviar and champagne for the cruise ship guests to enjoy "in the warm surf of a private beach."

The rest of the article didn't mention the risk of encountering pirates, and there was no mention of the danger of terrorism. Instead, the article was filled with stories of wonderful exotic getaways into Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Muscat where, the articles says, luxury travelers from an Azamara cruise ship on an excursion ashore spent "a night in Louis Vuitton tents set up in a Bedouin community in the desert."  The publication also talks about visiting "opulent mosques and labyrinthine souks" and enjoying camel rides in the desert as part of the cultural immersion and authentic experiences of the Middle East.   

The article characterized the Middle East as a "goldmine" in the eyes of the cruise lines, given the lucrative excursions and the cruise lines' ability to move their European fleets to the Middle East in winter.  

But the article misses the mark by ignoring the risk of cruise ship passengers being victims of terrorism.   

Several dozens of cruise passengers from cruise ships operated by MSC and Costa were slaughtered by terrorists visiting a museum in Tunis two years ago.   

In the last year, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen rebels attacked a naval ship from the United Arab Emirates and a frigate from U.S.-backed Saudi Arabia off the western coast of Yemen. Videos of the attacks show large explosions which were believed to be the result of...

19:43

Libya war: Human rights lawyers seek ICC probe into Khalifa Haftar "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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19:39

Reject IPOB, MASSOB secession campaign, Buhari tells South East "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged people of the South-East geopolitical zone not to buy into what he described as senseless propaganda by some groups to calling for the division of the country. Buhari said the task of nation-building was a continued one and that Igbos and Nigeria are inseparable. He spoke at Abakaliki township stadium while addressing the mammoth crowd that thronged the stadium to welcome him on his working visit to the state. His visit to the state was his first official visit to the south east since he became...

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19:32

US politicians pass resolution slamming unauthorized military aid for Saudi war in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution which states Washington's support for the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen war is unauthorized. However, the resolution does not call for an immediate halt to US assistance. In a non-binding move, the lawmakers publicly acknowledged that the US military support for Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen, which involves sharing information and refueling warplanes, goes beyond what Congress has approved. It further explains that US forces are authorized to combat only Al-Qaeda or its affiliates as well as other terrorist groups in Yemen - but not the Houthi rebels that are targeted by the Saudis. Congress "has not enacted specific legislation authorizing the use of military force against parties participating in the Yemeni civil war that are not otherwise subject to the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force [AUMF] or the 2003 AUMF in Iraq," the resolution says. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who co-sponsored the document with Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), also drew attention to the fact that what the US military is doing goes beyond its authorized capacity.

19:16

Around 700 ISIS corpses being stored in refrigerated containers for nearly a year in Libya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hundreds of corpses of slain Islamic State militants have been kept in refrigerated containers in an improvised morgue in Misrata, Libya since December of last year, still awaiting a decision on their fate. Around 700 bodies have been kept inside multiple containers in Misrata at temperatures low enough to prevent decomposition, AFP reveals. The improvised morgue has housed slain jihadists since December 2016, when Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) was driven out of the coastal city of Sirte - the jihadists' last bastion in Libya. The corpses are stored in numbered and classified bags, and each body has a file and DNA sample, which allows their nationalities to be identified. Most of the dead bodies belong to foreign fighters who came from abroad to fight alongside IS, which previously recruited large numbers of foot soldiers from Africa's poorest countries.

18:41

Lebanese politicians and bankers fearing Qatari-style economic blockade by Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lebanese politicians and bankers are raising fears the country may be facing the same fate as Qatar if Saudi Arabia's latest demands aren't met. Unlike Qatar, Lebanon heavily relies on the Gulf region to keep the economy afloat. Even though Riyadh hasn't spoken about any kind of blockade yet, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who resigned on November 4, has warned his country that Arab sanctions could come at any time. Hariri stepped down during a broadcast from Riyadh in what Lebanese political leaders have described as pressure from the Saudis. He spelled out Saudi conditions for Lebanon to avoid sanctions, calling on Hezbollah, Lebanon's leading political power and part of the ruling coalition, to stop meddling in regional conflicts, particularly Yemen. Hariri, who is a Sunni Muslim, condemned Hezbollah (the Shiite militant group that Riyadh claims is backed by Iran) for creating "discord, devastation, and destruction, proven by its interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries."

18:36

Why Arent Negotiations Being Considered to Resolve the Crisis in Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sanaa (NEO) As hopes of crushing Yemens aspirations for independence with brute force have failed, a strategic recalculation may very well be taking place behind closed doors in Riyadh and Washington.

From the moment that the Saudi-led onslaught against Yemen began, the USA has been solidly behind Riyadh. Yemen now faces a humanitarian crisis, yet the forces committed to sovereignty and economic development remain strong, nowhere near surrender. Signs now indicate that as the war continues, some circles within the US power structure may be looking at other options, including negotiations.

US media routinely distorts the conflict in Yemen. The primary narrative is that the war is a complex, internal matter with scores of different factions competing for power. Typical US media reports on the conflict in Yemen overload the reader with references, mentioning the Houthis, Saleh, Al-Queda, ISIS, tribal forces, etc.; leaving the reader with the impression that Yemen is simply a disastrous mess of armed factions killing each other in ways that are beyond comprehension.

In addition to the primary narrative, more explicitly hawkish publications, specifically a hardline minority in the US press closely tied to Israel and Saudi Arabia, will repeat an even more distorted narrative. FOX News and the Wall Street Journal, both part of News Corporation, which is partially owned by Saudi Arabia, will often tell a story about Iranian imperialism. They present the war as Saudi Arabia fighting off an attempt by the Islamic Republic to colonize its neighbor.

Both of these narratives distort reality. The war in Yemen is not a deeply complicated mess, and it is not a proxy war with Iran. The war in Yemen is a struggle by one of the poorest countries in the world to assert its independence. Saudi Arabia, aligned with the United States, is fighting to keep Yemen an impoverished, underdeveloped satellite state.

RELATED: 9 Things the MSM Doesnt Want You to Know About the War in Yemen

The Northern Tribes Distortion

There is no political organization in Yemen called The Houthis. Houthi is a family name associated with certain tribal entities located in the deeply impoverished northern regions of the country, where the Zaidi interpretation of Shia Islam is practiced by a religious minority.

When US media refers to Houthis they are using a derogatory moniker for the political, religious, and military organization called Ansarullah (Ansar Allah). The religious movement was founded by Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi. The name Ansar Allah literally means supporters of God or helpers of God. It should be noted that Muslims gene...

15:19

Saudis Will Only Open Humanitarian Aid Deliveries to Loyal Yemeni Cities "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(ANTIWAR.COM)  Facing mounting criticism from human rights groups for the disastrous humanitarian consequences of not allowing medical and food aid into northern Yemen, Saudi Arabia has once again offered measures that made no attempt at actually easing the problems.

Saudi officials say that sea and airports in certain loyal Yemeni cities, which is to say cities held by pro-Saudi forces, will be reopened to humanitarian aid after a two week closure. Aden had been the only such port accepting shipments recently.

But northern Yemen, where basic medicine like insulin and cancer drugs have wholly run out, and food supplies are dwindling down to their last few weeks before outright mass starvation, will remain closed. This is the area the Saudis are attacking, and the area hit by a cholera outbreak hat killed thousands because medicine was not available.

Saudi officials suggested the lone port in northern Yemen will remain closed indefinitely, saying they want to make sure its impossible for weapons to arrive at that port. Saudi officials have previously suggested the Shiites surrender the port to them, though since aid shipped to other pro-Saudi ports never reaches the nations Shiite population, that appears to be no solution at all.

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06:00

Military Coup Reportedly Under Way In Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe is on edge amid speculation that a military coup is in progress, with army tanks seen outside the capital a day after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over the president's firing of his vice president. The Associated Press said it saw three tanks with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital, Harare, while Reuters reported that four tanks were seen heading toward the capital.

01:00

Libya: The Failed State "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Wayne Madsen Libya, once the gem for high-living standards in Africa, is today a failed state. Thanks to the discordant foreign policy of President Barack Obama and his secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, Libya is now a country plagued by rival governments, gangs of terrorist marauders, human smuggling syndicates, and a collapsing...

00:50

49% Favor Mandatory Military Service for US Youth "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(ANTIMEDIA)  Nearly half of Americans favor mandatory military service for the countrys youth, according to a recent poll from Gallup.

The polling organization surveyed 1,006 Americans over the age of 18 between November 3 and November 4, and 49% of those questioned expressed support for compulsory service. Further, a majority of Republicans, including independents who lean Republican, favor it (57%), as do men (57%) and those 65 or older (66%), Gallup summarized.

Gallup noted that efforts to actually impose such a policy such House Rep. Charles Rangels repeated attempts between 2003 and 2015 to mandate it through legislation have fallen flat.

Americans preferences for a traditional draft have fluctuated over the decades. Gallup explained:

A majority of Americans (54%) in 1977 favored sticking to a volunteer force, but two 1980 surveys showed a majority wanting to return to a military draft. Eventually, most Americans endorsed the all-volunteer concept, with five polls conducted between 1998 and 2007 showing majorities from 69% to 85% rejecting a return to the draft.

The draft was a powerful point of contention during the divisive Vietnam War, prompting many of those selected to fight to burn their draft cards in protest.

In Gallups poll idea of forcing young people to serve a mandatory year in the armed forces as opposed to a draft was unsurprisingly least popular among young people. Four in ten favored the proposition, however, marking a significant portion of those who would potentially be affected but still wanted to see it enacted.

While Americans today are not overwhelmingly in favor of it, neither are they overwhelmingly opposed, Gallup observed.

Militarism has long been a core element of American identity, as evidenced by millions of Americans stalwart devotion to and respect for soldiers. Though it currently remains unlikely that mandatory service will be implemented, that half the country would support it reflects this value system.

Countries that require mandatory service include Israel, North Korea, China...

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