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22:43

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US Must Stop Using "Cyber Theft" Issue to Smear China: FM Spokesperson
Xinhua
2018/10/12 22:50:18

China on Friday urged the US side to stop using the issue of so-called "cyber theft" to smear China and harm its rights and interests.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang made the comments when asked about a recent US cyber-security company report alleging that China had increased efforts to steal online US business secrets in the past six months. According to the report, China has become the most significant country to support cyber attacks against the West.

Lu said it is "purely out of ulterior motive that some companies and individuals in the United States use so-called cyber theft to blame China for no reason."

"China is one of the main victims of cyber theft and attacks, and a staunch defender of cyber security. China has always firmly opposed to and fought against any forms of cyber attacks and theft," Lu said.

"According to documents revealed by (US National Security Agency whistleblower) Edward Snowden and others, the international community has long been aware which country had carried out large-scale long-term surveillance of foreign governments, enterprises and individuals, and who is the world's largest cyber attacker," he said.

22:40

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Women Suffer Under Yoke of Dual Responsibility
By Sun Xiaobo
Global Times
2018/10/11 22:19:24

How does it feel to be a woman, especially a mother, in China? The recent surprise hit Chinese movie Lost, Found, which tells the difficult circumstances three Chinese women find themselves in, shows this may not be an easy job for most.

In the movie, the three women are shown passing through life's pangs and are unhappy despite their social status. Li Jie, an elite female lawyer, divorces her husband - a mummy's boy - and works arduously to secure a decent life for her daughter. She has to hire Sun Fang, a dull and weak rural woman who suffered domestic violence, as the nanny to help take care of the little girl. There is also Zhu Min, a well-educated housewife whose husband cheats on her. She cannot get her child's custody due to economic dependence. Li had condescendingly attributed the miserable life of the other two women to their own weakness. But in her desperate search for her daughter who was taken away by the nanny for revenge, Li discovers the hardships and predicament they have gone through and realizes what a disadvantaged situation most women are in despite their varied backgrounds.

That's just the reality. Today, the conditions a woman faces are tougher than she used to in yesteryears. In addition to looking after children and the home as they are deemed to be a woman's traditional responsibilities, she is expected to do well at the workplace to be economically independent so as to have a say in the family. Yes, in the same 24 hours a woman has more responsibilities to shoulder than a man. If she works full time without devoting enough attention to the family, she feels guilty. If she chooses to be a housewife, she has to take the risk of losing herself and her husband. In most cases, women exhaust themselves trying to manage their career ambitions and the family with more time and energy spent, not to mention the discrimination and glass ceiling they face at the workplace. After all, as Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, said, "There's no such thing as work-life balance. There's work, and there's life, and there's no balance."

And what's expected of a man in modern society? Generally a man is considere...

22:36

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Deepening Reform Only Path for Chinas Rise
Global Times
2018/10/11 19:33:40

With the Sino-US trade war escalating, a detailed analysis of the US tariff lists could enable rational judgments about China's position in the trade row.

Generally speaking, the two tariff lists - which cover $50 billion and $200 billion worth of Chinese goods - mainly target products with small export volumes to the US or those for which substitutes are easily available elsewhere.

Chinese goods with large export volumes appear to be less affected. For instance, in the tariff list for $200 billion in Chinese goods, 27 percent of the products under the "electrical motor, electrical equipment, audio-visual equipment and parts" (HS85) category are subject to the new tariffs. Up to 79 percent of the products under the "vehicles and parts" (HS87) category are on the tariff list.

In 2017, Chinese exports of HS85 products to the US totaled $150 billion, accounting for 28.5 percent of China's total exports to the US. Chinese HS85 products held a 42 percent market share in the US, but the market share of vehicles from China was only 5 percent.

To a certain extent, the tariff lists indicate that China's position in the global supply chain for certain products is unlikely to be taken up by other countries in the short term. For example, exports of HS85 products from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong account for 44.6 percent of the global trade of such goods.

In the medium and long term, a transfer of manufacturing out of China may be the biggest challenge for the nation. If the Sino-US trade war continues, many manufacturers will have to consider moving production out of China to avoid US tariffs.

From site selection to investment, construction and production, it can take years to start manufacturing in a new place. Moreover, unlike some low-end processing industries, most electrical and mechanical products involve complex manufacturing processes. These sectors require capital investment, supporting industries and a large number of professional workers.

Take Apple as an example. With a relatively low-cost yet skilled labor force, China has most of the supporting industries needed for Apple's production line. Getting...

22:28

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Stock Plunge Shows Need for Unconventional Moves to Shore up A-share Investor Confidence
By Hu Weijia
Global Times
2018/10/11 19:18:40

Following the stock market rout in the US on Wednesday, stocks listed on the Chinese mainland plunged Thursday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index breaking below 2,600 points in afternoon trading to close at 2,583.46 points.

It's time for China to take firmer measures to stabilize the market and restore investor confidence.

In the US, strong economic growth has distracted too many stock market investors from the real dangers of a trade war, but the facts have proven the market was too optimistic. Under pressure from multiple factors, US shares plunged on Wednesday, depressing investor confidence around the world.

On Thursday, about 1,000 mainland stocks fell by the daily limit of 10 percent. China must urgently and appropriately handle the negative impact of the US market crash on the Chinese economy.

Quickly mobilizing all resources can shore up confidence in the markets. First, the authorities can encourage some A-share listed companies to repurchase their shares that are currently trading below net asset value.

Second, the government can speed up the approval process to allow public pension funds to be invested in the stock markets. In 2008, when China managed to minimize the negative impact of the global financial crisis, it cut the stamp duty for stock transactions, which directly resulted in a surge in Chinese shares. Now, China's economy is under even tougher pressure due to external challenges and threats, and Beijing may need to draw up correspondingly strong policies to restore investor confidence and stabilize the economy.

The trade dispute may have been the straw that breaks the camel's back for the US stock market. China must prepare for a deteriorating situation in the US markets and increase its ability to resist external risks. It won't be easy in the era of global interdependence, and it may call for unconventional methods.

Amid escalating trade friction, China must strengthen its firewall against contagion from economic uncertainty arising in the US. The best choice is to inject stronger internal impetus into dev...

22:25

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

China Denies Spying Accusations
By Yang Sheng
Global Times
2018/10/11 23:03:43

US charge purely fabricated, says foreign ministry spokesman

China denied spying accusations by the US Department of Justice on Thursday after an alleged Chinese intelligence officer was reportedly charged with economic espionage.

The charge by the US side was "purely fabricated," foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at Thursday's routine press conference.

"We hope the US can deal with the issue fairly and legally and ensure the legitimate interests of a Chinese citizen"

On Wednesday local time, the US Department of Justice published a story on its website headlined "Chinese Intelligence Officer Charged with Economic Espionage Involving Theft of Trade Secrets from Leading US Aviation Companies."

Xu Yanjun, the alleged Chinese spy, was arrested in Belgium on April 1 and extradited to the US on Tuesday, the US article said.

China-US trade frictions are already spilling over into security and intelligence, Chinese analysts said Thursday.

Even before this case, both the FBI and CIA released very hostile statements on China, Ni Feng, deputy director of the Institute of American Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Thursday.

On September 24, CBS reported that CIA Director Gina Haspel said China was "working to diminish US influence."

"Now the US is trying to craft the image of an enemy for China, not just a trade rival, but a rival in general," Ni said.

On Wednesday FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that China "in many ways represents the broadest, most complicated, most long-term counter-intelligence threat we [the US] face," Newsweek reported.

The US should do more to boost the mutual benefits for both people and not adopt the opposite approach, Lu said at Thursday's conference.

Chinese nationals overseas "need to be aware of this new situation and they should try to keep a low profile and respect the local laws," Ni said.

In that way they could...

22:18

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

China's Trade with the US Up 6.5% in the First 3 Quarters Despite Trade Tensions
Global Times
2018/10/12 12:49:37

China's foreign trade has advanced steadily despite some impact caused by trade tensions with the US, a Chinese official said on Friday.

In the first three quarters, China's trade volume with the US rose 6.5 percent year-on-year to 3.06 trillion yuan ($ 443.3 billion), accounting for 13.8 percent of the country's total foreign trade, according to the latest data released by the General Administration of Customs (GAC).

The US is still the second-largest trade partner of China, Li Kuiwen, an official with the GAC, told a press conference on Friday.

China's export to the US stood at 2.27 trillion yuan during the same period, up 7.4 percent on a yearly basis, and the country's imports from the US increased 3.8 percent year-on-year to 798.13 billion yuan, Li said.

In September alone, China's trade with the US was 405.54 billion yuan, up 13.1 percent year-on-year, with exports worth a total of 319.31 billion yuan and imports totaling 86.23 billion yuan, up 16.6 percent and 1.6 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to the GAC data.

China-US trade tensions have caused some impact on China's foreign trade growth, but the impact is controllable, Li said, noting that the country's foreign trade has advanced steadily since the start of this year.

China-US bilateral trade is relatively complementary, Li said, adding that "China has a complete industrial chain and strong manufacturing capabilities, and the US market has a strong dependence on China-made products."

China's yuan-denominated export volume rose 6.5 percent year-on-year from January to September, with imports up 14.1 percent, the GAC data showed.

22:14

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chinas Record Trade Surplus with the US Shows Trumps Strategy is Failing
By Alex Ward@AlexWardVoxalex.ward@vox.com 
Oct 12, 2018, 11:30am EDT

One major goal of President Donald Trumps trade war with China is to send more US-made products there than Chinese companies export here.

But so far it looks like that plan isnt working and it could become politically costly for Trump.

Americas trade deficit with China reached a new high $34.1 billion in September. Thats a 13 percent increase compared to last year and is the second-straight record month after a deficit of $31 billion in August.

That takes Americas trade deficit with China for the year to $225.8 billion about $30 billion more than at the same point in 2017.

This could prove to be a problem for Trump. Over the past year, America has placed about $200 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods, in part to make Chinese products more expensive so Americans dont buy them.

But Beijing has responded to the tariffs in kind, making it much harder for US companies to sell in the Chinese market. China has purposefully increased its exports to the US while, at the same time, it has stopped buying as much from US manufacturers.

While its possible that the deficit could shrink in the coming months, right now it doesnt look good for the president.

President Trump is on track this year to preside over the new record for the largest trade deficit in the history of US-China relations, beating the record that was set under his watch last year, Ryan Hass, a China expert at the Brookings Institution, told me.

Trump chose during the presidential campaign to use the trade deficit as a measure of success, and by that measure, his strategy is failing.

The trade war is a problem for the global economy

The trade war was supposed to benefit America. Thats not really happening.

Heres just one example: Ford, Americas second-largest car company, said last month that it lost $1 billion due to Trumps tariffs and now expects massive layoffs. Thats politically troublesome for the president, since he has said time and ti...

22:09

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

11 Dead from Hurricane Michael
Debris from homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael litters the ground Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Mexico Beach, Fla.

Jay Reeves and Brendan Farrington
AP

PANAMA CITY, Fla. Linda Marquardt rode out Hurricane Michael with her husband at their home in Mexico Beach. When their house filled with surging ocean water, they fled upstairs. Now their home is full of mud and everywhere they look theres utter devastation in their Florida Panhandle community: fishing boats tossed like toys, roofs lifted off of buildings and pine trees snapped like matchsticks in 155 mph winds.

Row after row of beachfront homes were so obliterated by Michaels surging seas and howling winds that only slabs of concrete in the sand remain, a testament that this was ground zero when the epic Category 4 hurricane slammed ashore at midweek. The destruction in this and other communities dotting the white-sand beaches is being called catastrophic and it will need billions of dollars to rebuild.

All of my furniture was floating, said Marquardt, 67. A river just started coming down the road. It was awful, and now theres just nothing left.

At least 11 deaths were blamed on Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in over 50 years, and by early Friday it wasnt over yet: a tropical storm long after Wednesdays landfall, Michael stubbornly kept up its punch while barreling up the Southeast, dumping heavy rains and spreading flash flooding misery as far away as Virginia.

High winds, downed trees, streets inundated by rising waters and multiple rescues of motorists from waterlogged cars played out in spots around Virginia and neighboring North Carolina. And while forecasters said Michael was gradually losing its tropical traits, it was a new chapter would begin as an extratropical storm predicted to intensify with gale force winds once it starts cross out into the Atlantic.

In North Carolinas mountains, motorists had to be rescued Thursday from cars trapped by high water. High winds toppled trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Flash flooding also was reported in the big North Carolina cities of Charlotte and Raleigh. Simil...

22:01

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Michael's Death Toll Rises to 13 as Storm Heads North
The storm was making its way toward the Atlantic Ocean as a post-tropical cyclone with winds gusting at 65 mph.

by Elisha Fieldstadt
Oct.12.2018
3:27 PM EDT

The death toll from Hurricane Michael's devastating march up the East Coast rose to 13 on Friday, as the storm lashed Virginia and left at least five people in the state dead.

The storm was making its way toward the Atlantic Ocean on Friday as a post-tropical cyclone with winds gusting at 65 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane center said the storm was again gaining strength and could soon move off-shore, but still posed a risk since damaging winds extended 275 miles from its center. North Carolina, where one man was killed, could see additional storm surge. Meanwhile, parts of the Northeast could see up to 5 inches of rain, the hurricane center said.

Virginia was the latest state to get hit by the storm, which brought tornadoes and flooding to the area. Five people in the state were killed and another person is missing, according to Virginia's Department of Emergency Management. Another person was missing, officials said.

Of those killed, four drowned and one was a firefighter, identified as Lt. Brad Clark, who was responding to a traffic accident on slick roads when a tractor-trailer slammed into his engine, according to the Hanover County Fire-EMS Department. Two more emergency responders were seriously injured in the crash, as was the driver of the tractor-trailer, who had to be extracted.

Nearly half a million customers in Virginia were without power and flooding could continue to be an issue there through next week.

Another million customers were without power across Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, the Carolinas and Florida, where the storm first made landfall and flattened coastal Panhandle communities.

At least four people were killed in the county of Gadsden, Florida, and officials were still surveying the ravaged oceanfront neighborhoods of Panama City Beach and Mexico Beach.

Most of Mexico Beach is uninhabitable, Donald Walker, Interim Fire Chief for the city of about 1,000 pe...

20:35

At least 34 killed in landslides and floods after heavy rain in Eastern Region of Uganda "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Red Cross in Uganda has reported that at least 34 people have lost their lives in a massive landslide and flooding in the district of Bududa, Eastern Region, Uganda, on 11 October, 2018. According to local media, heavy rain in the region caused the River Tsuume to burst its banks, which in turn caused a landslide in Bukalasi in Bubiita Subcounty, Bududa district. The Red Cross said that volunteers are working on the ground to support the victims and the Red Cross technical team is conducting risk assessments. However, some of the affected areas are still not accessible and it is possible the death toll could increase further. Local media said that hundreds are feared dead.

20:23

London Natural History museum abused by Saudi regime "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The entrance hall of the Natural History Museum in London, with a whale skeleton

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, Friday, October 12, 2018:

Natural History Museum slammed for hosting event by Saudi embassy

BOSSES at the Natural History Museum in London were slammed today for hosting an event by the Saudi Arabian embassy.

The event last night was condemned by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), which said that Saudi Arabia is embroiled in a row over the alleged murder of a Saudi journalist in Turkey, and is involved in a war on the Yemen which has brought death and famine to hundreds of thousands of civilians.

Andrew Smith of CAAT said: The Saudi authorities have a contempt for human rights, and events like this will undoubtedly be regarded as an endorsement. Its time for the museum to take a stand.

A museum spokesman said the event was booked by the Saudi embassy over two months ago as a venue for an external event to celebrate Saudi National Day.

No museum staff are attending as guests or speaking at the event, the spokesman said.

One would expect at least one museum staff member to be present to open and close the door, and maybe at least another one to prevent drunk or drugged Saudi fat cats from damaging p...

20:18

Prince William, NGOs and the white saviour complex in conservation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Guardian (UK)

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20:18

In Latest Yemen Offensive, Saudi Arabia Destroys Hospital and Maternity Ward "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

HODEIDA,YEMEN- Saudi Arabia and its allied coalition launched a second major military campaign against the heavily-populated cities of Tuheita and Dreihimi in Yemens Hodeida province on Thursday, leaving scores of civilians dead and a major hospital in ruins.

The coalitions latest attacks come amid a worsening famine in Yemen, a famine that has hit Hodeida especially hard and has left thousands of families across Yemen without food, forcing some to eat the leaves off of trees and even their family pets in an attempt to stave off starvation.

Coalition aircraft carried out more than 40 airstrikes on Dreihimi. The al-Dreihimi General Hospital and the adjoining Maternity and Childrens Hospital, as well as at least one ambulance, were struck. Dozens of civilians, including hospital patients, were killed in the attacks. A family was also killed on Friday when a coalition airstrike targeted their home inside the city.

The coalitions airstrikes also destroyed vital infrastructure in the area including water pumps, electric generators, and solar energy systems leaving thousands of residents, including internally displaced families, without clean drinking water.

According to statements given to MintPress by local residents and medical sources, and later confirmed by Yemens Human Rights Ministry, the first airstrikes took place as the wounded, visitors, and patients in the maternity ward were inside. Patients wounded in the attack then had to be transferred to the homes of nearby residents.

Yemens Ministry of Public Health and Population said that the al-Dreihimi General Hospital and the adjoining Maternity and Childrens Hospital were completely destroyed in the attack, as was an ambulance donated to the hospital by the World Health Organization earlier this year. The Ministry stated:

Ambulances and medical personnel are still unable to reach the area due to ongoing attacks by Apache helicopters that target everything that moves. We do not know how many people have been killed or wounded so far.

 

A long, brutal siege, but no Saudi progress

Dreihimi has been under suffocating siege for the past three months; there are no...

19:30

The NYT Whitewashes Haley "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The decampment of Nikki Haley from Trumps military regime is, or ought to be, a nonstory. The United States ambassador to the United Nations is a ceremonial position that serves no purpose. The very idea of it is absurd. The US is a law unto itself, readily violating the UN Charter whenever the latters principles get in the way of the formers imperial agenda. Washington didnt bother obtaining a Security Council resolution for its invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq; nor did it get one for its bombing of, and deployment of troops in, Syria; nor did it get one for its protracted bombardment of Yugoslavia; nor did it get one for its various military operations in Yemen.

19:01

Yemens Military Adopts More Aggressive Strategy, Captures Saudi Military Sites in Jizan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

JIZAN, SAUDI ARABIA The media branch of Yemens Ansar Allah military released footages on Friday showing the moment that strategic Saudi military locations were captured in the eastern al-Doud mountains and al-Reqah military bases deep inside of Saudi Arabia.  The bases are located in the southwestern region of Jizan, some 900 kilometers (559 miles) south of the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has not yet commented on the recent attacks.

Yemens army launched two ballistic missiles at a gathering of Saudi military forces, including mercenaries, just east of al-Doud. A group of Saudi-allied mercenaries south of al-Khobeh in Jizan was also targeted. Later in the day, Yemens army struck a Saudi military base in the kingdoms Jizan region with two ballistic missiles, killing a number of Saudi soldiers, according to two military sources in Yemens army.

In Saudi Arabias southwestern region of Asir, Yemens military also fired a short-range ballistic missile at a Saudi military base. The missile reportedly struck its target, according to a  Yemen military sources statement to MintPress. The source went on to say the missile attack killed an unspecified number of Saudi mercenaries and inflicted damage to the base and its equipment. MintPress has not been able to independently verify the claim.

Earlier this week, Yemeni forces seized military sites inside of Saudi territory as part of a recent offensive against the kingdom and its coalition allies in retaliation for the U.S.-backed coalitions ongoing military assault against Yemens port city of Hodeida, a lifeline for the majority of Yemens population. The coalitions offensive has sparked a humanitarian crisis in the region, spurring human-rights groups and the United Nations to call for an end to hostilities. The coalition recently stepped up attacks on Hodeidas al-Dreihimi district, the scene of massive clashes between Saudi-allied mercenaries and Yemens resistance.

Watch | Footage of the Ansar Allah (Houthi) attack on the al-Reqah military base in Saudi Arabia

18:07

EU pressing Morocco and Tunisia to offload migrants "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Member states are pressing to get Morocco and Tunisia onto a list of so-called safe third countries on to which to offload people seeking asylum.

The move appears linked to stalled plans for setting up centres in countries rimming the Mediterranean to take in disembarked rescued migrants at sea.

It means, for instance, a sub-Saharan African who travelled through Morocco to reach Europe could be sent back to Morocco to have his asylum case heard.

In a letter, seen by EUobserver, the European Commission has tasked the EU support asylum agency (EASO) to help draw up an safe third country list on behalf of the EU states.

The list includes Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, and Ukraine.

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17:56

BREAKING: Atiku picks Peter Obi as running mate for 2019 (PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, has picked the former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi, as his running mate. Both Atiku and Obi had earlier gone into a closed-door meeting at Mr Atikus residence at about 3:30pm today, New Telegraph learnt. Atiku had been endorsed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, when he []

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17:49

Ekweremadu should face his false assets declaration charges- Obono-Obla "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, has refuted claims by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, that he is smearing his name over the suit filed against him by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation on behalf of the SPIP. []

The post Ekweremadu should face his false assets declaration charges- Obono-Obla appeared first on Newtelegraph.

17:48

Saudi, U.A.E, USA, UK & France did this "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 

Above picture ^^ U.S. Support for Saudi Military Operations in Yemen

 

17:46

Emotional Haka Wedding In New Zealand Is Going Viral "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Mayuk Saha

Haka in case you did not know, is a Maori war dance. I refrain from calling it the war dance because there are variations of the Haka: people all over the globe who enjoy rugby/football and have watched the great New Zealand team play will have definitely seen them perform at least one variation, the kama-te kama-te kaora haka. This is the military version, performed for and by great warriors to intimidate the enemy. The gestures are exaggerated and are basically meant as an insult to the enemy. The likes of it have been performed at rugby matches, in the deserts of Africa by the Maori regiment during World War II, and during the funerals of leaders or great athletes like Jonah Lomu.

But there are other variations of the dance as well, which are part of the present assimilative culture of New Zealand. They are done often as a mark of respect; for example, recently a schoolteacher was given a haka farewell by his students in the country and that video was viral too.
We are here to discuss one such beautiful video that has been doing the rounds of social media for some time now. So much so that even the BBC decided to interview the couple whose marriage it is from: Aaliya and Benjamin Armstrong. They are a young Maori married couple from Auckland; Bens older brother led a haka along with his best man to show his respect and love for Ben. The entire thing was caught on video by a cousin.
What is more, the bridesmaids joined in. Now here is where cultural interpretation comes in. For the rest of world, the haka is a military dance designed to intimidate the enemy. But in every cultural act, there are nuances and variations to meanings; things that are more likely to be lost in translation.
And this was such a case too.
A number of netizens critic...

17:34

JUST IN: Buhari meets Kano, Zamfara, Ogun govs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari again on Friday met with three state governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress. The Presidents Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, disclosed this on his Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad. Ahmad listed the governors who met with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja to include Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Ibikunle []

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17:29

Legends Charity Match: Kanu Lauds Petrolex, Other Sponsors For Successful Event "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerian football legend, Nwankwo Kanu has heaped plaudits on Petrolex Oil and Gas and other sponsors of the Legends Charity Football game, which took place at The Hive Stadium in London for their support in making the programme a huge success. Speaking about the event which was tagged the Petrolex Kanu Cup, the former Arsenal []

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15:12

Ban Saudi Oil "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Alfred Eisenstaedt Egyptian Fishing Boats. Suez Canal near Port Said 1935   According to Middle East Eye, Richard Branson, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Economist editor-In-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, New York Times, Financial Times, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshah, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish and AOL founder Steve Case have all withdrawn from

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15:00

Fragmented thoughts from the Eastern fence of the Gaza open-air prison "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

I am writing this piece after returning from one of the marches today at the Eastern fence of the Gaza concentration camp where six young men have been brutally shot dead and more than 112 injured by Israeli snipers. Sources from the Palestinian Ministry of Health are telling me that the number is expected to rise.

Zionism originated as a racist colonial movement, with the agenda to ethnically cleanse the land of Palestine of its indigenous population, in order to set up an exclusively Jewish State at the expense of the Palestinian people. History has proven that if unchecked, this agenda also allows Zionism to pose a dangerous threat beyond Palestines borders to the rest of the Arab world. The Zionist terror against us includes the continuation of ethnic cleansing and racism in the land of Palestine, sentencing surviving Palestinians to a life in exile in different parts of the world.

Our present focus on a constructive program for Palestinian liberation is based first and foremost on our insistence on the right of return to our national homeland, primarily as a natural right, and secondly as a right enforced by international law.  For this reason, it is not surprising that Palestinian nationalism is being carried on the shoulders of the sons of the refugee camps, those who have taught themselves through their experience of the reality of being refugees, that they must insist upon recognising and rejecting this reality.  They are the sons and daughters of those who will return, not those who are refugees.

Therefore, it is not surprising that our fellow Palestinians who remained within the 1948 borders, have lifted up their banners to insist that they are there to stay, clinging to the right of return.  Nothing can obstruct this vision of a people determined on life, despite the short sightedness of the USA and complicit EU.

The demand for the right of return has been and will always be the focal point of Palestinian self-determination, with the wishes of the whole of the Palestinian people, having justice and democracy on their side in facing Zionism, as a purely exclusivist ideology. We must ask uncomfortable questions; how did things become so distorted, in this historical confrontation faced by the Palestinian people? In the South African context, the equation was clear. It is mind-boggling! In fact, it is so absurd that we continue to be burdened by this kind of questions about ourselves. 

We see that the answer lies within the Palestinian concessions, which reached their culmination in the 1993 Oslo Accords. The Oslo Declaration showed the capitul...

14:44

Ill address poverty, Sanwo-Olu assures Lagosians "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has promised to address poverty in the state and ensure that he reach out to the people at the grassroots level to alleviate poverty and cater for the poor. Speaking during his Thank you visit to Lagos Central Senatorial District leadership forum where []

The post Ill address poverty, Sanwo-Olu assures Lagosians appeared first on Newtelegraph.

14:34

BREAKING: Overland aircraft catches fire (PHOTOS + VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An aircraft belonging to Overland Airways parked inside Overland Air hangar at the domestic wing of the Muritala Muhammed Airport, Lagos is currently on fire. Fire service men at the airport are on ground to curtail the inferno. Overland Airways aircraft consumed by fire while undergoing servicing, today, at the Lagos airport. pic.twitter.com/zvItbIdCMa Laila []

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13:44

Morocco: Saudi Arabias Indispensable Anchor in North Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the wake of the Arab Spring, a fierce competition between regional powers, from Saudi Arabia to Qatar, started to play out in North Africa. While driven by differing and seldom conflicting motives, these competing actors were equally eager to capitalize on the post-2011 tumults to secure a firmer grip on the region. Crisis-laden countries like Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, where the unrest erupted into full-fledged revolutions, turned into the backdrop against which opposing agendas sought to trump one another in the hopes of shaping post-revolutionary North Africa in the most advantageous way.

A multiplicity of factors contributed to setting in motion such a power struggle, not least the resurgence of political Islam in the Arab world since 2011. Indeed, the ascent of Islamist governments in Tunisia and Egypt, and potential repetitions in other areas of North Africa, opened the Pandoras box of historical differences between the major Gulf actors. Indeed, on the one hand, the rising tide of political Islam augured well for Qatar and its long-standing ties with Islamist movements and organizations. Conversely, the Islamist turn taken by the Arab Spring constituted an ominous albatross for Saudi Arabia and the Emirates due to their avowed repudiation of political Islam.

As a result, Abu Dhabi, Doha, and Riyadh found themselves on a collision course in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. With an eye toward enhancing its clout in the region, Qatar seized upon the Islamist momentum by cultivating ties with post-Mubarak Egypt and post-Ben Ali Tunisia, where political Islam took the reins. Increasingly perturbed, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi set upon coalescing an anti-Islamist front in order to dilute the meteoric Islamist wave.

As the Gulf actors are still vying for influence and dominance, the North African chessboard has now turned into a no-win labyrinth. Neither the Saudi- and Emirates-led fold nor Qatar managed to piece together a coalition of staunch North African allies capable of furthering their respective agendas, i.e. combatting Islamism and Iranian influence for Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, and mitigating the economic and diplomatic fallout of the June 2017 embargo for Qatar. In Libya, the Emirates gambled on Haftar who, to date, has proved to be an integral component of the North African imbroglio rather than its solution. Following the Arab Spring, Qatar managed to entrench itself in Tunisia; however, its position now seems more precarious than ever as the pressure is mounting on the Is...

13:28

We Cannot Avoid the Ugly Tradeoffs of Bail Reform "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Many people think that innocent until proven guilty implies that everyone should be let loose on their own recognizance before trial. A moments thought reveals that this is idiotic. The white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine people on June 17, 2015 at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. His image was captured on security cameras and he was arrested the next day. Roofs trial, however, didnt start until more than a year later, December 7, 2016, and he wasnt convicted of anything until December 15, 2016. Should Roof have been released before trial because he was innocent until proven guilty? Of course not. I stand second to none in demanding high standards before the state can deprive a person of their liberty but high standards do not demand binary divisions. Tradeoffs are everywhere and when the evidence against the accused is strong and the danger to the public is high, its not unreasonable to deprive the legally innocent of some liberty prior to trial. The tradeoffs are ugly, as they always are when trading off two sacred values, but the tradeoffs cannot be avoided.

Consider now the issue of bail reform. In the days when the default was that every accused person was held before trial, the idea of money bail was seen as a liberal, progressive measure that allowed more people to get out of jail. Today the natural default is seen as release until trial and bail is therefore perceived as a conservative, regressive measure that unjustly and unfairly keep poor people in jail. As a result, reformers are trying to reduce or eliminate money bail but they are doing so without thought for the ugly tradeoffs.

The bail reformers frame the issue in a way that I think is misleading. Anytime someone cant pay for bail they call that unaffordable bail. Well thats literally true but it also gives an incorrect impression of destitute people being denied their freedom because they dont have a buck. To be sure that does happen but heres an open secret of the judicial process. Judges sometimes set bail expecting and indeed hoping that it wont be affordable. Everyone knows this but the bail reformers dont like to acknowledge it because it brings up the ugly tradeoffs. Consider the following, from Chicago, where the bail reform movement is very active:

there are about 2,700 people being held in jail because they cant afford bail but [the Chicago court official noted] 87 percent had a current violent or weapons-related charge, a risk assessment recommending maximum conditions if released, an assessment flagging them for violence, and/or an active probation or parole case.

In other words, the judges set a hig...

13:27

Unintended Consequences of Information Bans "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Luke Froeb at Managerial Econ covers a number of cases in which information bans have led to unintended and negative consequences:

When I was at the Bureau of Economics at the FTC, we were asked by Congress whether using credit histories to price car insurance was discriminatory.  The resulting FACTA report found that:

  1. as a group, African-Americans and Hispanics tend to have lower scores than non-Hispanic whites and Asians.
  2. scores effectively predict risk of claims within racial and ethnic groups.
  3. The Commission could not develop an alternative scoring model that would continue to predict risk effectively, yet decrease the differences in scores among racial and ethnic groups.

As a result, banning the use of credit scores would result in insurers finding other, less good and possibly discriminatory methods of distinguishing high from low risks, like selling insurance only in low risk areas.  Good drivers living in higher risk areas would be pooled with other drivers living in the high risk area, and would have to pay higher rates.

Previous studies (here and here) finds an analogous effect of preventing criminal background checks in employment, that doing so increases racial discrimination against African American men.

Adam Smiths words are evergreen:

The man of system, on the contrary, is apt to be very wise in his own conceitHe seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board. He does not consider that the pieces upon the chess-board have no other principle of motion besides that which the hand impresses upon them; but that, in the great chess-board of human society, every single piece has a principle of motion of its own, altogether different from that which the legislature might choose to impress upon it. If those two principles coincide and act in the same direction, the game of human society will go on easily and harmoniously, and is very likely to be happy and successful. If they are opposite or different, the game will go on miserably, and the society must be at all times in the....

13:22

Nigeria floods ruin crops for 100,000 farmers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The disaster, which happened three weeks ago, may cause a shortage of rice, the country's staple food. Nigeria's agriculture minister is warning there could be a shortage of rice, the country's staple food. The warning came after devastating floods hit large parts of the country, destroying crops just as farmers were getting ready for harvest. Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris reports from some of the affected areas.

11:31

Winning the War on Tuberculosis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tuberculosis continues to kill millions around the world each year, especially in Africa. Eradicating the disease is possible, but only if African governments begin developing a multi-sector, integrated approach to containing and controlling it.

10:12

Giraffes threatened by skin disease as well as habitat loss and poaching "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Conversation

October 11, 2018 2.44pm BST
A herd of Masai giraffe towering over zebras in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. 

Two years ago, the conservation status of giraffes was downgraded from least concern to vulnerable after it was discovered that the species had declined by 40% over the past 30 years.

Giraffe populations are largely threatened by human activities. These include habitat loss and fragmentation, civil unrest, illegal hunting, poaching and climate change.

Protecting them has become a priority. This is p...

09:58

Oil, Gas and Pipelines, Why the United States Will Not Leave Afghanistan Voluntarily "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Why the United States Will Not Leave Afghanistan Voluntarily The events of 11 September 2001 gave the United States its excuse to once again focus on regime change in Kabul By James ONeill In 2013 Tom Engelhardt wrote, referring to the United States presence in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen, where at eight United States air []

06:00

US "Investigates" Genocide in Myanmar, Commits Genocide in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rarely is US hypocrisy so cynical and overt as a recent US State Department investigation into ongoing violence in Myanmar, all while the US continues its full spectrum support of Saudi Arabia's genocidal war on Yemen. In addition to Washington's role in Yemen, the US also occupies Afghanistan and Syria while carrying out drone strikes and covert military interventions in territory stretching from North Africa to Central Asia.

05:59

OBJ: Atiku is next president "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The 2019 presidential aspiration of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar received a major boost yesterday as a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, publicly endorsed him for the Presidency. Obasanjo declared that Atiku, who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, has the capacity to perform better than President Muhammadu Buhari. While describing Atiku as []

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05:58

2019: Senate approves N234bn election budget for INEC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

directs Executive to vire fund from Service Wide Vote   The Senate, yesterday, approved the sum of N234 billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), being its budget for the conduct of the 2019 general elections, and statutory transfer for the commission. The passage of the budget was sequel to the presentation and consideration []

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05:57

World Bank flays Nigerias health, education budget "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  ranks nation low at 152 in human capital index IMF backs CBNs tight monetary stance   The World Bank has decried Nigerias budget for health and educational outcomes, describing them as just far too low and very, very poor respectively. The multilateral institutions boss, Jim Yong Kim, also said it was unfortunate that Nigeria, []

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05:56

Osinbajo to Editors: Journalism in its dying state "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Okowa tasks journalists on credible polls Over 400 editors converge on Asaba     The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has tasked the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) to save journalism from its dying state by enforcing the rules and values of the profession. He noted that most professions, particularly journalism, had been threatened by []

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05:55

Mayhem in Lagos: Govt officials attack residents with machetes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Panic spread through some areas of Ilasamaja yesterday, as some officials of the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), attacked hapless civilians with machetes. A witness, who gave his name simply as Tony, said for several hours, the officials, armed with machetes unleashed hell on the area, causing passers-by, motorists and residents to scamper for safety. []

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05:53

Nigeria needs $1trn investment to modernize energy infrastructure Osinbajo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday disclosed that the Federal Government requires not less than $1 trillion investment to modernize Nigerias energy infrastructure. Osinbajo stated this at the opening of the National Energy and Climate Change summit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said the administration was making tremendous efforts to attract both domestic and foreign-direct []

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05:51

Closure of MMA2: Airlines lament losses, threaten to downsize "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Airlines at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), operated by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), have cried out over their losses, as the grounding of the terminal by aviation labour unions entered Day Two yesterday. Consequently, the airlines threatened that they may be forced to retrench some of their workers, if the unions sustained []

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05:50

Erratic sleep schedules may delay pregnancy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Researchers from the United States (US) said women hoping to start a family will conceive sooner if they stuck to a regular bedtime. According to the findings of a new study which was presented at the conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), women conceived quickest if they went to bed at the []

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05:47

2019: Intrigues that shaped Kaduna PDP guber primary "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

BABA NEGEDU reports on the power play that led to the emergence of Hon. Isa Ashiru as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State out of the 10 aspirants, who vied for the ticket   Long before now, keen watchers of Kaduna State politics were aware that the gubernatorial ticket []

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05:44

How Many Privileged Columnists Does it Take to Silence One Black Woman? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kerry-anne Mendoza Via Tortilla Con Sal I was meant to give the Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture this evening. But instead, a group of privileged columnists at the Guardian and other establishment outlets bottled it. They circled the wagons to ensure that a Black woman didnt get a platform to speak about another Black woman. But it...

05:43

Baba Sala takes his final bow "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Theatre legend, comedian par excellence, and one of the leading lights in the Yoruba language film genre, Moses Olaiya Adejumo, aka Baba Sala, died on Sunday at his home in Ilesha, Osun State, aged 81. Until his death, he was the minister in charge of the Sacred Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Idasa Model Parish and []

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05:23

Switzerland deported over 1000 criminal migrants in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

While other countries in Europe struggle with deportations, Switzerland's statistics office has claimed that the country has deported over 1,000 criminal migrants in 2017. According to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, 1,039 foreign criminals were ordered to be deported from the country last year, with the largest number, 348, coming from the Balkans, 20 Minutes reports. Africans made up 250 of those deported, 157 from North Africa and 93 from the Western African region. Nationals from European Union member states made up 279 of those deported, a fact which may violate the Schengen agreement which Switzerland is a signatory to.

05:22

International Day of Girl Child: Redefining girlhood "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Women and girl children around the world especially Africa, face great adversity, violence, child marriage, injustice, poverty, domestic, structures within society and some African traditions (both new and old) which adversely keep women down and oppressed. OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI writes   October 11,Nigeria joined the world to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child. The []

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02:00

EZLN-Backed Indigenous Congress Starts Second National Assembly "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Our path continues, and the main difference with previous phases is that now were more original peoples walking together. The indigenous organizations that proposed an indigenous, revolutionary woman as a candidate for the past Mexican presidential elections are holding their second national assembly to decide on their next steps in the struggle. Were now more...

02:00

Colombias Indigenous Organization Under Threat by Paramilitary "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We arrived to La Guajira to defend our sovereignty from the corrupt who call themselves defenders of Mother Earth that only hinder the countrys progress. A Colombian paramilitary group known as the Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles) spread pamphlets in the northern Guajira department threatening human rights defenders and indigenous organizations working in the region. We...

01:39

Michael Tellinger -- Giants throughout History "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

GIANTS IN HISTORY

Source: Michael Tellinger


The discovery of the fossils of giants among the stone circles of South Africa has shifted the attention to GIANTS in history and their connection to the stone circle ruins themselves. I have found evidence that the beings that built the stone circles were larger than normal humans today possibly 3 times as tall.

The main picture shows David Attenborough lying next to a giant creature found in Argentina in 2014 an indication of the size of the creatures of the past.

Below is a picture of a petrified giant bone knuckle close to me in Waterval Boven, South Africa in proximity to the Stone Circles. The shaft of the bone was somehow cut, revealing the discoloration of the petrified blood, marrow, fats and other fluids. A very different petrification result to the rest of the bone head.



HUMANS CREATURES & TREES

The Book Of Enoch tells us that the giants were up to 1 mile high (3000 ELS) The evidence of giant fossils in Southern Africa is astonishing and has provided fossil evidence of such giants in many places.

The Stone Circle museum has several hundred fossils of giants and creatures. BUT there were not only GIANT humans in ancient times but also giant creatures, some with reptilian and dragon-like features that have been found.



Giant TREES several miles high once covered the Earth like the tree featured....

00:37

A Week in Yemen: US-backed Saudi Warplanes Bombard Civilians with 60+ Airstrikes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sanaa (GPA) The international Saudi-led coalition continued attacking civilian targets in Yemen this week. Over 60 airstrikes bombarded various provinces in the war-torn country in the past day killing several civilians.

Monday

Saudi warplanes attacked a bee farm in Hodeidah province with four air raids killing an entire family of five. Many farmers rely on honey, one of Yemens last remaining exports, for their livelihood. This attack makes it clear that the Saudi coalition remains determined to cripple Yemens economy at every turn.

This same day, Saudi warships targeted another civilian area in Hodeidah province killing three people and injuring one.

Additional strikes targeted a village where fishermen live, a farm, and health center.

Sanaa province was not immune to airstrikes this week as well. US-backed Saudi warplanes destroyed a factory killing three workers and wounding another four.

Tuesday

U.S.-backed warplanes continued their destruction with eight airstrikes in densely populated civilian areas of Saada and Hodeidah province.


Read more about Yemen

US-Backed Saudi Airstrikes Kill Another Displaced Family in Yemen

Activists Demand Accountability for Yemen at the UN Human Rights Council [VIDEO]

Interview: Ansarullah Leader Explains How US and UN Sandbagged Yemen Peace Talks

Where Is Yemen and Why Is the US Helping Saudi Arabia Bomb It?

1,200 Days of War Has Destroyed Enough Yemeni Homes to Fill a Large City: 400,000+


Wednesday

Warplanes targeted a mosque in Hodeidah province killing five civilians. Four airstrikes on a highway in Saada province resulted in the death of one civilian and injury of one. Additional airstrikes damaged civilian property in Saada.

Thursday

Several coalition airstrikes targeted al-Tahita in Hodeidah province on Thursday killing at least four civilians. Circling warplanes and double-tap strikes prevented paramedics from rescuing the injured.

Saudi forces frequently utilize a double-tap strategy of targeting ambulance crews and media personnel entering the scene after an attack. This also indicates that the attacks are intentional.

The same day,....

00:25

Outrage at Prince Williams Racist Conservation Video "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A video about Prince Williams recent conservation trip to Africa has been criticised for only including non-Africans perspectives on conservation and promoting a white saviour stereotype.


Prince Williams video has been accused of perpetuating white saviour stereotypes. Kensington Palace

The video was released on Twitter on October 11, 2018 by Kensington Palace.

Dr. Mordecai Ogada, Kenyan ecologist and author of The Big Conservation Lie, said today:

This is a diagram of the new British Colonial paradigm. The kingdom of conservation. This is the only arena where the heir to the Throne can go around touring the colonies, and telling his subjects how they should be taking care of their own resources.

HRH Prince William should not pontificate to us about wildlife trade while the UK is the worlds number one trader in ivory. Kenya banned ivory trade a full forty years before the UK. The Duke is most welcome to come visit as a tourist, but he should kindly let us conserve what is ours in the way that suits us best.

Only one black person is shown speaking to camera in the film. While all the other contributors share their expertise on conservation, her contribution in the video relates only to the Princes leadership abilities.

A response to the video posted by Kensington Palace,...

00:17

Questions You Have to Ask U.S. Political Candidates Because Nobody Else Will "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By David Swanson, October 11, 2018.
1. What would you like the U.S. discretionary budget to look like? With 60% now going to militarism, what percentage would you like that to be?
3. Would you end, continue, or escalate U.S. war making in: Afghanistan? Iraq? Syria? Yemen? Pakistan? Libya? Somalia?
4. Would you end the exemption for militarism in Kyoto, Paris, and other climate agreements?
5. Would you sign / ratify any of these treaties: Paris Climate Agreement? Convention on the Rights of the Child? International Convention on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights? International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights optional protocols? Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women? Convention Against Torure optional protocol? International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families? International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance? The Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities? International Convention Against the Recruitment, Use, Financing, and Training of Mercenaries? Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court? Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity? Principles of International Cooperation in the Detection, Arrest, Extradition, and Punishment of Persons Guilty of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity? Convention on Cluster Munitions? Land Mines Convention? Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons? Proposed treaties banning the weaponization of space and banning cyber crimes?
6. Would you halt or continue expenditures on the production and so-called modernization of nuclear weapons?
7. Would you end weapons sales and the provision of military training to any governments? Which?
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23:02

JUST IN: Aviation unions call off siege on MMA2 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Aviation unions have called off the siege on the Muritala Muhammed Airport 2. Recall that the union took over the domestic terminal of the airport on Tuesday morning. Normal flight operations is expected to resume tomorrow. Details later

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22:06

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Detroit Hotel Residents, Many Low-income, Given 30 Days to Move
Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press
8:45 a.m. ET Oct. 11, 2018
(Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

People living at Park Avenue House a hotel at 2305 Park Ave. known as an affordable housing option in the city received notices this past weekend that they have 30 days to vacate.

The news, which was accompanied by rumors that the building has been sold, highlights the continued development and interest in downtown Detroit but also draws attention to limited affordable housing options in an increasingly desirable city.

"As one of the last affordable places to live, this is displacing many poor and low-wage working people," resident Richard LaBelle wrote in an email to the Detroit Free Press. "It is a shame, and it would be nicer if we had more time, or some assistance at least some publicity in our plight!"

Details of the building's sale what is believed to have spurred the notices are fuzzy. The Wayne County Register of Deeds and City Assessor's office have yet to show documentation of a sale. As of Sept. 27, the 180-unit, 13-story building, which also houses the Town Pump Tavern and is just south of Little Caesars Arena, was listed for $15 million, according to CPIX, a commercial real estate information exchange.

The Free Press made multiple attempts to reach out to the building's manager Sean Harrington but it has yet to hear back.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Park Avenue House has a uniquely Detroit history. Originally called the Royal Palm, it was one of three hotels designed by architect Louis  Kamper for Detroit hotelier Lew Tuller in the early 20th Century. The trio which also included the Eddystone (currently owned by the Ilitches) and the Park Avenue Hotel (demolished by the Ilitches in 2015)   were known by Tuller as the "Three Sisters."

In 1976, Wilbur and Catharina Harrington purchased the building for $89,275 and renamed it the Park Avenue House. In 1994, they signed a quit-claim deed selling the property for $150,000 to Harrington Properties Inc., whose resident agent is Sean Harrington, the couple's so...

21:28

Melania tells Trump 'watch your back, some White House staffers can't be trusted' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A wide-ranging interview, Being Melania - The First Lady, that was conducted during Melania Trump's Kenya trip will air on October 12 on ABC. In a revealing interview with ABC's Tom Llamas, US First Lady Melania Trump has suggested that the White House continues to hire people who cannot be trusted, but added that she has let her husband know. "Some people, they don't work there anymore. [...] You always need to watch your back," she said. Responding to the question if it was true that she had 100 percent control over her husband's decisions, Melania said: "Oh, I wish. I give him my honest advice and honest opinions, and then he does what he wants to do."

21:16

Egypt military court sentences 17 to death over church bombings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

Amnesty International says 'unfair military trial is not justice' for dozens who died in attacks

20:56

ACLU Sues San Francisco For Targeting African-Americans In Drug Arrests "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

San Francisco's Tenderloin is a heavily populated, racially mixed neighborhood in the heart of one of America's iconic progressive cities. Yet when the San Francisco Police Department and the DEA targeted the neighborhood to crack down on drug dealing between 2013 and 2015 as part of "Operation Safe Schools," the only people they managed to roll up were black. When 37 black defendantsand no defendants of any other racegot hauled away, nobody noticed. That is, until the defendants started showing up looking for federal public defenders. The federal public defenders noticed, and they began making noise about racial disparities and selective enforcement of the drug laws.

20:53

Obasanjo: Atiku is next Nigerias president "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The 2019 presidential aspiration of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar received a major boost as a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, publicly endorsed him for the Presidency. Obasanjo declared that Atiku, who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, has the capacity to perform better than incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari. He spoke at a []

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20:47

2019: Its time for restructuring Gani Adams "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Otunba Gani Adams, has said it is time for Nigeria to be restructured adding that it is time for the Yoruba nation to adopt a new paradigm shift, taking into consideration all the issues that affect Nigeria as a nation. He stated this while speaking at a two-day Summit []

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20:45

Full text of what Obasanjo told Atiku in Abeokuta "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Remarks By Chief Olusegun Obasanjo On The Visit of PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to Abeokuta October 11, 2018 I am happy to welcome the distinguished leaders of goodwill who have led the PDP Presidential Candidate and my former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, to my humble abode and I welcome the Presidential Candidate himself. Let []

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20:12

Trident Juncture 2018 Is About to Kick Off: NATOs Big War Games Near Russias Borders Never End "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The NATO-led Trident Juncture 2018 (TRJE18) exercise that is to be held in October and November is the largest massive and coordinated show of force since the Cold War. It will primarily be hosted by Norway. The training event will largely take place in the central and eastern parts of this Nordic country that neighbors Russia, as well as over the skies and in the seas of  Sweden and Finland. The maritime component will be conducted in the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and in the Baltic Sea. TRJE18-related activities will take place as far away as Iceland. Russia has been invited to send observers to watch the exercise.

Actually, TRJE18 consists of three parts. The deployment phase has been underway since August. A live field exercise will be held from October 25 to November 7 with six brigades fighting each other right in the heart of Norway. A command post training event will be conducted from November 13 to November 24.

The drill will involve 45,000 participants from over 30 nations, including 10,000 rolling or tracked vehicles, 150 aircraft, and 60 ships. The main goal is to test the ability of NATOs new Response Force to rapidly deploy. Norway will evaluate its ability to receive and handle reinforcements sent by its allies.

There are 700 US Marines stationed in Norway. Thats not a huge force, but as Adm. James Foggo, who heads all US naval forces in Europe and Africa and commands the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples put it, thats 300 Marines today. 3,000 Marines tomorrow. The American pre-positioned forward storage sites in Norway, a complex of caves, have been upgraded to store weapons and equipment for roughly 15,000 Marines. That Scandinavian country has become the source of a threat to Russias national security.

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is also taking part. The aircraft carrier returned to its home base in Norfolk in July following a three-month deployment. It was back in Europe in mid-September. Normally, US carrier groups operate according to a standard seven-month cycle. Now they are being shifted to dynamic force employment in order to improve flexibility.

Finland will contribute significantly to this exercise that is based on a simulated Ar...

19:49

Outrage at Prince William's "racist" conservation video "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Prince William's video has been accused of perpetuating "white saviour" stereotypes. Kensington PalaceA video about Prince William's recent conservation trip to Africa has been criticised for only including non-Africans' perspectives on conservation and promoting a white saviour stereotype. Dr. Mordecai Ogada, Kenyan ecologist & author of The Big Conservation Lie, said today: This is a diagram of the new British Colonial paradigm. The kingdom of conservation. This is [...]

19:44

Outrage at Prince William's 'white saviour' conservation video "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A video about Prince Williams conservation trip to Africa has come under fire for including only non-Africans perspectives and promoting a white saviour stereotype.

19:00

Tackling the Violence Faced by Women and Girls in Kenya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(HRW) An article in Kenyas Daily Nation recently profiled 10 women who were found murdered and warned other women they could be at risk of a crime of passion. It appears that being young and upwardly mobile could put you at high risk of falling victim of a cold-blooded murder, the article read, adding that none of the 10 victims profiled received any justice.

Violence against women is a serious problem in Kenya that affects women and girls from all walks of life. All too often, the media carries gruesome stories of women who have been burned, had their hands chopped off, or harassed and even undressed in public. While some of these cases have attracted widespread condemnation by Kenyans, often victims have been ridiculed and verbally abused for speaking out.

The 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey said 42 percent of women and 36 percent of men believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife for at least one of these reasons: if the wife burns the food, argues with him, goes out without telling him, neglects the children, or refuses sexual relations. According to the survey, 45 percent of women and girls aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence and 14 percent have experienced sexual violence.

Sexual violence against women and girls featured heavily in the post-elections violence, both in 2007-2008, and most recently in 2017. The Kenyan government response to violence against women and girls is inadequate. Many victims do not get justice, medical assistance, or counseling following sexual violence.

The Kenyan government should set up an Office of the Special Rapporteur on Sexual Violence, as recommended by both the Commission of Inquiry into the 2007-2008 Post-Election Violence and the Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission. Both bodies recognized the widespread nature of and lack of consequences for crimes against women and girls.

If effectively set up, such an office could help strengthen efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, help people deal with the aftereffects of violence, and help make sure perpetrators are brought to justice.

The Kenyan government should not continue to tolerate crimes against women and girls.

...

18:40

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

U.S. Conducts Airstrike in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia
10/10 - 15:02
US State Department

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike targeting an al-Shabaab militant in the vicinity of Kunyo Barrow, Somalia, on October 6, 2018.

We currently assess one (1) terrorist was killed in this airstrike.       

We currently assess no civilians were injured or killed in this airstrike.

U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect U.S. citizens and to disable terrorist threats. This includes partnering with AMISOM and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) in combined counterterrorism operations and targeting terrorists, their training camps, and their safe havens throughout Somalia and the region.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Regional Media Hub.

18:33

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Secret US Base in Somalia is Getting Some Emergency Runway Repairs
By Kyle Rempfer
Air Force Times

French soldiers stand guard near a Reaper drone about to take off from the Nigerian military airport Diori Hamani in Niamey in January 2015. On the east coast of Africa, the Defense Department has contracted for "emergency runway repairs at Camp Baledogle, Somalia. (Dominique Faget/AFP via Getty Images)

The U.S. Defense Department awarded a more than $12 million contract for emergency runway repairs at Camp Baledogle, Somalia, last month.

Camp Baledogle was the subject of a Foreign Policy Magazine exclusive this year in which it was described as a training base for Somali Army commandos. The trainers were reported to be U.S. contractors working for Bancroft Global Development.

Now, the new runway repairs appear to be stepping up the capabilities of the airfield there, and could be the harbinger of an expanding U.S. foot print in Somalia.

U.S. Africa Command confirmed to Air Force Times that it operates the facilities at Camp Baledogle alongside African partners, but remained scant on details regarding what aircraft currently, or are planned, to fly from there.

These repairs are needed due to years of wear and degradation due to inadequate maintenance, said Mike Andrews, the public affairs director for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, which executed the military construction contract for Camp Baledogle.

The repairs referred to in our press release will consist of full depth patching and overlay of the runway, Andrews said.

He also provided the specifications for Camp Baledogles runway: 10,092 feet by 140 feet and made of asphalt.

Andrews referred all other questions about armed aircraft, whether manned or unmanned, that fly from the site to U.S. Africa Command.

That combatant command owns Camp Baledogle, he said.

Yes, AFRICOM operates out of Baledogle alongside our African partners, Maj. Karl Weist, an AFRICOM spokesman, confirmed in an emailed statement. The command has a variety of platforms that can operate out of that location in support of missions designed to promote security and stability in th...

18:25

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Somali Government Blocks Ex-Militant from Seeking Political Office
October 05, 2018 3:27 PM
Mohamed Olad Hassan
VOA

 FILE - A former top leader of al-Shabaab, Mukhtar Robow, arrives for a news conference in Mogadishu, Somalia, Aug. 15, 2017.

The former No. 2 leader of Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab will not be allowed to run for the presidency of the country's South West regional state, the Somali government said Friday.

A statement by the internal security ministry said Mukhtar Robow was not eligible to run for political leadership at this time, citing U.N. sanctions.

"In respect of the international laws on counterterrorism and the fact that Robow is still subject to sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council, he cannot run for the presidency of South West regional state," read the statement.

It added, "Robow did not fulfill the preconditions that would have eventually allowed him to run for such an office." The statement did not give details on the conditions.

Robow, also known as Abu Mansour, announced his candidacy Thursday to hundreds of his supporters at a rally in Baidoa.

"After receiving requests from the people of this region and their intellectuals, I have decided to run for the president of this state in the coming election," Robow said at the rally. "I have accepted the requests and, if God wills, we will win and peace will prevail."

Contacted Friday by VOA's Somali service, Robow declined to comment on the government's statement.

U.S. reaction

A U.S. State Department official said ex-militant leaders like Robow should disavow their former groups and radical ideologies before re-entering Somali civil society.

"The United States strongly encourages members of terrorist groups such as al-Shabab and ISIS to reject violence, defect and follow through with Somalia's National Defections Strategy, including renouncing terrorist organizations and supporting efforts to degrade them," the official told VOA on Friday. "High-level defectors must demonstrate that they are fully rehabilitate...

18:24

British student 'suicidal' after spy claims lead to 5 months solitary confinement in Abu Dhabi prison "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A British student accused of "seeking confidential information about the UAE" is facing trial after being held in solitary confinement for five months in an Abu Dhabi prison on suspected spy charges. Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old PhD student at Durham University, has been accused of spying for the UK, the Financial Times reports. According to his wife, Daniela Tejada, he has expressed suicidal thoughts in a phone call. Hedges, in the UAE for a two-week visit, was detained at Dubai Airport on May 5. The student was conducting interviews on the impact of the UAE's foreign and security strategy. In an apparent reference to the PhD student, local press in the UAE last month reported that a foreign national had been accused of "seeking confidential information about the UAE" to give to an overseas agency.

18:19

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

King Salman Received Somalia Prime Minister
11 October 2018
ARAB NEWS

JEDDAH: King Salman received Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre and his accompanying delegation at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed bilateral cooperation between the Kingdom and Somalia, ways of enhancing it and the latest developments in the region and the Horn of Africa.

Later, Khayre met with the Saudi Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Hamad bin Sulaiman Al-Bazai. They discussed ways to strengthen relations.

King Salman also met Egypts minister of justice, Mohamed Hossam Abdel-Rahim, currently on a visit to the Kingdom.

The minister conveyed to the king the greetings of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt, while the king extended his greetings to the president.

During the meeting, they reviewed  bilateral cooperation between the Kingdom and Egypt  in the field of justice, especially the conclusion of an executive program between the ministries of justice in  both countries to exchange legal expertise.

18:13

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ethiopia PM Opens Industrial Park in Oromia Region
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban 
07/10 - 13:21
Africa News

Ethiopias latest industrial park is located in the Oromia region the largest and most populous, and home region of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Abiy was back home to inaugurate the Adama Industrial Park. The parks are central to the countrys economic plans and were started years back. Also in attendance was President of the Oromia region, Lemma Megerssa and other regional officials.

The PMs chief of staff wrote on Twitter that the park is an important addition to a network of world class, sustainable eco-industrial parks in Ethiopia ready for plug and play investment. Productive investments strengthen the base of our economy and generate sustainable jobs.

According to the Ethiopian Investment Commission, EIC, these parks are set up for specific sectors such as textile and apparel, leather and leather products, pharmaceutical, agro-processing etc.

The Adama Park joins others like the flagship Hawassa Industrial Park and the Bole Lemi I Industrial Park. Its scope will be the textile, apparel, vehicle assembly and food processing cluster. It is expected to open up a million job vacancies.

Adama, also known as Nazreth, is a city in central Ethiopia and the previous capital of the Oromia. Adama forms a Special Zone of Oromia.

Other upcoming industrial parks include Dire Dawa, Mekelle, Kombolcha, Kilinto, Arerti, Bole Lemi II and Debre Berhan Industrial Parks.

Ethiopian government has often taken high-profile visitors to tour these parks. The International Monetary Fund chief, Christine Lagarde; Rwandan president Paul Kagame and President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea have all visited these parks whiles in the country.

18:06

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Elite Soldiers Protest Over Pay at Ethiopia PM's Office
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
AFP

Addis Ababa: Dozens of Ethiopian soldiers marched on the prime minister's office to demand better pay, triggering an internet blackout in Addis Ababa that was lifted Thursday.

In an unusual break with discipline, a group of "disgruntled" elite soldiers, who had been sent to quell bloody ethnic clashes on the capital's outskirts, marched on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office Wednesday to protest low salaries, state-run Ethiopia News Agency (ENA) reported.

"Members of the army claimed that officers at various levels could not address their grievances about the low allowances and benefits they receive," ENA said, adding they had gone "to appeal to Abiy Ahmed" directly.

The internet was shut down across Addis Ababa for hours after the troops, who appeared unarmed, arrived at Abiy's compound close to parliament in the city centre.

Abiy's chief of staff Fitsum Arega said the prime minister "listened to the grievances carefully, reprimanded them for the wrong procedure they followed to express those grievances, but concluded the meeting with a promise to meet properly in the near future."

Photos circulating on social media showed Abiy doing pushups with the smiling troops.

Picked as prime minister by the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), Abiy has pursued aggressive reforms since taking office.

The promised changes have been broadly welcomed in the authoritarian state but have failed to defuse escalating ethnic violence in different parts of the country.

Abiy has replaced the heads of the military and intelligence service, and begun a rapprochement with foe Eritrea that has ended decades of conflict between the neighbours.

However, he has also repeatedly deployed the military to stop ethnic clashes.

The elite, red beret-wearing troops were deployed in southern Ethiopia in August following clashes between the largest ethnicity, the Oromos, and the Gedeo ethnic minority, which have displaced nearly one million people.

ENA says the soldiers invol...

17:58

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

About 2,000 Tigray Rebels Return to Ethiopia from Eritrea
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban 
10/10 - 03:00

The latest batch of ex-rebels returning to Ethiopia from Eritrea are the Tigray Peoples Democratic Movement (TPDM). Over 2,000 of them are reported to have returned home on Tuesday.

Leadership of the TPDM held talks with the Eritrean government in Asmara in late August. they agreed to return home to pursue peaceful political struggle.

The group was formed in 2001 shortly after the two countries fought a costly border war which led to deaths of tens of thousands of people. The ensuing years were of a standoff between them.

All that changed in July 2018 when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed signed a peace deal with Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki to end the no peace, no war situation.

Before the peace deal, both countries accused each other of harbouring anti-peace elements claims that each part rejected in same measure.

Other former groups based in Eritrea that have returned home include the Patriotic Ginbot 7 fighters, soldiers of the Oromo Liberation Front, OLF. In each case, Asmara hosted peace talks between the rebels and Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia govt, key opposition parties agree to restructure armed operations

In August 2018, Ethiopian Prime Ministers office said he had instituted a project office to oversee the implementation of an agreement with former rebel groups.

Its creation according to Abiys chief of staff, was necessitated after the government reached an agreement with key opposition parties. There were no further details of the particular parties involved.

The agreement covers disarmament, demobilization & reintegration of former fighters. PM Abiy appointed Tesfaye Yegezu to lead the Project Office (under the PMs Office) tasked to coordinate this effort, a tweet from the chief of staff read in part.

Since his coming into office in April 2018, Abiy has led a multi-sectoral reform of Ethiopias government machinery. Key planks of the reforms have included unbanning rebel groups as terrorist organizations.

17:53

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Government Must Act Decisively Before Ethiopia Descends to Total Chaos
Photo Credit : Yemane Gebremeskel Twitter (Eritreas minister of information)
Cover photo : File (Ethiopian government representatives holding talks with OLF leaders in Asmara)

borkena
Editorial
October 7, 2018

Ethiopian government under the leadership of Abiy Ahmed has done an excellent job in terms of broadening the political space in the country. The way it went about it was commendable too. First, it passed a bold political decision to release all political prisoners. Then it reformed legislation that used to be a tool to incriminate politicians (activists and members of the free press).

The next order of business was to make peace with political actors and opposition groups who resorted to armed resistance against what was, six months ago, a ruthless TPLF government under the guise of the ruling coalition EPRDF.

Rebel movements with fighters based in Eritrea responded positively for the call to return to Ethiopia and wage a peaceful struggle from within Ethiopia and they returned to the country with their rebel fighters.

A peaceful struggle is not open for interpretation. It only means peaceful no matter how different the strategy is; there is no other way to understand it. With an implicit and explicit agreement to end armed struggle and resort to peaceful struggle, most leaders returned to the country after a long time.

The government also demonstrated commitment in terms of making the return of most of the exiled political leaders a face-saving one by dignifying their arrival in the country. Not only did it allow followers of these political leaders to organize a rally like reception ceremonies, but it also sent government ministers all the way to Bole International Airport to officially welcome the political leaders.

The reception for OLF leaders was somewhat construed rather as a show of power on the part of the party itself. In fact, it was even seen as a form of agenda setting event including the ownership of the capital Addis Ababa. OLF (in fact, all ethnic Oromo parties later took same aggressive position on the issue o Addis Ab...

17:42

Arrested lawmaker, Lado, regains freedom "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rep Abubakar Lado (APC-Niger), arrested by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) in Suleja, Niger State, has been released. He was arrested during the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries to pick candidates for the House of Representatives last week. His release followed a motion moved under matters of urgent public importance by the Chairman, House []

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17:42

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ethiopia to Reform Judicial System, Amend Repressive Laws: President
09/10 - 17:12

Ethiopia will reform several laws that are widely perceived to having had a detrimental effect on human rights and democracy, according to a speech delivered by the countrys president Mulatu Teshome.

Fitsum Arega, the chief of staff in the prime ministers office said the president tasked the countrys lawmakers as he outlined governments plans for the next fiscal year on Monday.

The government will reform the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, the Charities and Societies Proclamation as well as various legislation having to do with the regulation of the media, Arega quoted the president on Twitter.

The overriding objective is to ensure that the norms and institutions established in these legislations are compatible with relevant international human rights standards.

Discussions between government and opposition parties to amend provisions the controversial anti-terrorism law in May.

Human rights group have previously accused the state of using the laws broad definitions against anyone who opposes government policies.

Human Rights Watch has previously said the law grants authorities the power to prosecute journalists who publish articles about protest movements, armed opposition groups, or any other individuals deemed as terrorist or anti-peace.

Reforms in Ethiopia

Ethiopias government led by prime minister Abiy Ahmed has been championing political reforms including releasing political reforms and reaching out to opposition parties.

Abiy has said his ultimate ambition is to organise democratic elections and pledged to conduct a smooth transition if the ruling coalition loses in 2020.

President Mulatu told legislators to work towards reforming the justice and legal system in order to consolidate democratic gains made in recent months.

The overriding objective is to ensure that the norms and institutions established in these legislations are compatible with relevant international human rights standards, said Mulatu.

17:35

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ethiopian Government Warns Oromo Liberation Front
Government seem to have decided not to tolerate Oromo Liberation Front refusal to disarm

borkena
October 10,2018

In an interview with Walta Television on June 7, leader of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) said that there is misconception regarding the agreement with government. He said that his organization did not agree to disarm its combatants.

Ethiopian Federal government officially responded to the statement today and the message seems to send a stern warning to OLF that it must disarm.

OLF returned to the country [from Eritrea which used to be its military base] after disarming itself. OLF should disarm its remaining combatants, Government Communication Deputy Minister, Kassahun Gofe, told journalists today in the capital Addis Ababa today.

If OLF is not disarming itself, the alternative is, added Kassahun, government will carry out the task of disarming [OLF] so as to protect the safety of Ethiopians and to defend the constitutional order. Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) quoted Kassahun as saying. There is no way that two armed forces can co-exist in a country, and only a government chosen by the people can led the country in a peaceful way.

There had been three negotiation meetings in Asmara between OLF leaders and Ethiopian government representatives before OLF leaders returned to Ethiopia on September 15 (just days after the Ethiopian New Year).

OLF leader, Dawud Ibsa, explicitly said during an interview with Walta that there was no agreement about disagreement during the talk with the government.

Deputy Minister of Government Communication Affairs, on the other hand, told journalists this morning that the issue of disarming combatants was not raised because it was not a negotiating agenda. And he recalled that When OLF returned to Ethiopia from Asmara, all its 1300 rebel forces were disarmed (they have handed over their weapons to the government of Eritrea) and that those fighters are currently taking orientation at Tolay military training before they reintegrate to the society.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, on his part, has remarked on the issue. Showing no sense of anger, he sa...

16:33

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Italy's Prime Minister to Discuss Peace Deal in Ethiopia, Eritrea
Daniel Mumbere 
Africa News

Ethiopias prime minister Abiy Ahmed has welcomed his counterpart from Italy, who is in Addis Ababa for a two-day working visit that will among others offer support to the peace deal signed with Eritrea.

Giuseppe Conte, who was received at the Bole International Airport by Abiy, is also expected to travel to Eritrea and meet president Isaias Afwerki.

The leaders are expected to discuss and sign bilateral agreements that promote their respective nations interests.

The peace deal has been applauded by several allies of Ethiopia including the African Union and the United Nations, who have since urged other conflicting nations to adopt a similar model.

Italys president, Sergio Mattarela visited Ethiopia in 2016.

16:31

Botswana Game ranching: An alternative and highly productive form of resource management "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mmegi (Botswana)
Our new President, His Excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi, has declared that he wants his tenure as leader of Botswana to be characterised by the uplifting of the poorer people of our country. By far the poorest live in our rural areas and must eek out their living from the land.

By CORRESPONDENT Fri 05 Oct 2018, 1

This fact demands that if His Excellencys ambitions are to be met, we must focus on our rural areas.

Our country is characterised by large areas of marginal low rainfall rangeland that is only capable of supporting...

16:25

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ethiopia to Give Visas on Arrival to African Travelers
October 10, 2018
The Punch

Ethiopian president, Mulatu Teshome, on Monday told the parliament that African nationals would now be able to get visas on arrival in the country.

According to the website of the Ethiopian embassy in Belgium, the country is doing this to contribute its part to the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.

Mulatu said all African countries are expected to allow African travellers to enter their respective countries by issuing visa on arrival by 2023.

Currently, all travellers, except those from Kenya and Djibouti, have to get a visa before departure or receive it on arrival.

The capital Addis Ababa is one of the worlds largest diplomatic hubs, hosting the seat of the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and dozens of foreign embassies.

16:10

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ethiopia PM Reaches Deal With Soldiers Demanding Raises: Report
Details of agreement unclear after hundreds of soldiers marched to capital demanding pay rises and operational review.

Ethiopian soldiers have asked for a review the structure and operations of the military [File: Reuters]

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has reached an agreement with several hundred soldiers who marched to his office to demand pay rises, state television (ETV) reported.

The meeting between the soldiers and Abiy ended with "an agreement", but there were no immediate details of what the deal included, ETV said on Wednesday.

In addition to asking for pay rises, the soldiers also requested that Abiy "review the structure and operations of the military".

ETV did not broadcast images of the soldiers marching.

The station also reported that the soldiers had been on a mission in Burayu, a town in the Oromia region that borders the capital Addis Ababa, for the past several weeks following violence along ethnic lines there last month.

No internet

Residents reported that the internet was shut down for nearly three hours on Wednesday.

ETV said it had been shut off to prevent fake news circulating on social media.

Abiy, 42, took office in April after several years of unrest forced his predecessor to resign.

He has pledged to reform the security forces and promote multi-party democracy.

These changes are a shock to the system in Ethiopia, a country of more than 100 million people that has been led with an iron fist since the EPRDF coalition that Abiy belongs to took over power in 1991.

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES

16:09

BREAKING: Obasanjo endorses Atiku for Presidency "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has endorsed the presidential aspiration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Addressing a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Obasanjo said Atiku will become the next Nigerian president. He declared that the former VP has the capacity to perform better than incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari. Obasanjo also said []

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16:05

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Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Does Press-ups With Protesting Soldiers
BBC World Service

Ethiopia's prime minister has done press-ups with dozens of protesting soldiers, who had marched into his office in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Abiy Ahmed was unhappy that soldiers had brought weapons and ordered them to do 10 press-ups.

They were among several hundred protesting soldiers who entered his office grounds to demand a pay rise.

The situation caused alarm, leading to road closures in the area and the internet to be shut off for hours.

Many Ethiopians wondered whether this amounted to a serious security breach, says BBC Amharic's Jibat Tamirat.

However, the smiles on the soldiers' faces as they performed the press-ups suggest the prime minister succeeded in defusing the situation amicably:

What happened exactly?

The soldiers began massing outside the presidential compound on Wednesday morning, causing a partial road block in the area, the BBC's Amharic service reports.

Around half of them were armed with Kalashnikovs and sniper rifles.

They were told by the guards that they could not enter the sprawling grounds with their guns.

Contrary to previous reports, the soldiers were disarmed outside the compound. They were only allowed into the premises in the late afternoon and the road block was lifted.

After meeting the soldiers on Wednesday, Mr Abiy said he would "look into their complaints" but stressed that even civil servants had to make do with low salaries as the country had limited resources.

"We have to use the money for development purposes," he said according to a statement. "We can pay everyone higher salaries but we will end up [with] no development."

Who is Abiy Ahmed?

He came to power in April after three years of protest led by ethnic Oromos, who were demanding an end to what they considered their political and economic marginalization.

The prime minister, who...

16:03

Abuses and disappearances mar Nigerian counter-insurgency campaign "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

How Nigeria's attempts to weed out Boko Haram are backfiring

15:58

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mohammed Dewji: Africa's 'Youngest Billionaire' Abducted in Tanzania
BBC World Service

Financial magazine Forbes says Mohammed Dewji is worth $1.5bn (980m)

The man said to be Africa's youngest billionaire has been kidnapped by masked gunmen in Tanzania's main city Dar es Salaam, police say.

Mohammed Dewji, 43, was abducted outside a swanky hotel gym where he was going for his routine morning workout.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident and two of the abductors were believed to be foreign nationals, police added.

The motive for Mr Dewji's abduction is still unclear.

Who is Mohammed Dewji?

Financial magazine Forbes puts his wealth at $1.5bn (980m), and has described him as Tanzania's only billionaire.

In a 2017 report, it said Mr Dewji was Africa's youngest billionaire.

Mr Dewji is also a major sponsor of one of Tanzania's biggest football teams, Simba.

He promised in 2016 to donate at least half his fortune to philanthropic causes, Forbes said.

Mr Dewji, locally known as Mo, is credited with turning his family business from a wholesale and retail enterprise into a pan-African conglomerate, reports the BBC's Athuman Mtulya from Dar es Salaam.

His company, METL, has interests in textile manufacturing, flour milling, beverages and edible oils in at least six African states.

Mr Dewji served as a ruling party MP for a decade until 2015. He told the BBC in a 2014 interview that this possibly made it easier for him to meet top politicians, but it did not give him an unfair advantage, as other businessmen also had access to them.

Environment Minister January Makamba, a friend of Mr Dewji, tweeted that he had spoken to Mr Dewji's father and the family confirmed that he had been kidnapped.

What more do we know about his abduction?
The abduction took place in the affluent neighbourhood of Oysterbay.

The kidnappers fired shots in the air before driving away with the billionaire, eyewitnesses said.

Mr Dewji, a fitness enthusiast, had no security guards with him and had driven...

15:43

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15:37

APC wins all Plateau state LGAs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Plateau State independent electoral commission, PLASIEC, has announced the results of Wednesdays local government elections conducted in 12 Local government Councils of the Plateau State. While announcing the result at the PLASIEC headquarters on Thursday Morning, Chairman plateau state independent electoral commission, Fabian Ntung said the All Progressives Congress, APC won eleven out of []

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15:37

Escalating Violence in Cameroon ahead of Presidential Elections "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cameroon has seen a disturbing increase in violence as a result of a burgeoning separatist movement in the countrys English-speaking region. In particular, videos have gone viral showing soldiers beheading civilians. The videos, now revealed to have belonged to the Cameroonian military, have been circulating around international media for some time, signaling to the world the growing scale of the conflict.

Recent reports from Amnesty International have documented several human rights violations from both separatist and governmental forces. They, alongside other human rights groups and think tanks, have raised concerns that the violence within the country is reaching dramatic levels and will most likely see a further escalation during presidential elections that are scheduled to be held in October.

These developments bode ill for the countrys future, and through it all the US military continues to support the security services in Cameroon.

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15:21

Unreasonable Fear Blocks Our View Of Black Humanity "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The slain black teenager experienced trouble in his short life, details an attorney for the white police officer used in his defense. None of that shouldve mattered in those moments Van Dyke fatally shot the boy 16 times in 2014. When Van Dyke took the stand at the Cook County criminal courthouse, he recounted McDonalds eyes were just bugging out of his head. The officers testimony of a menacing and mindless McDonald was reminiscent of degrading caricatures of African Americans in popular culture dating back more than a century.  Did he imagine a slice of watermelon in his hand to complete the coon racist trope?

15:02

Durham University student detained in UAE "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mr Hedges was detained at Dubai International Airport.
Mr Hedges was detained at Dubai International Airport.

 

A Durham University student is reportedly being held in solitary confinement in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after being detained at Dubai Airport.

31-year-old Matthew Hedges, a PhD student at Durham University, was reportedly taken into custody at Dubai airport on May 5. He had travelled to the UAE to interview sources about the countrys foreign policy and security strategy.

Its understood that the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has personally raised the issue with his UAE counterpart amid concerns

Ms Tejada said: We cannot believe this has happened. We have been patient and done everything that has been advised, supposedly in Matts best interest, but we can no longer go on like this.

Matt is a British citizen; he visited the UAE exclusively for academic research purposes and has been detained without charge for over five months in an undisclosed location.

This is appalling and more must be done to ensure he is safely brought home.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: Our staff are supporting a British man following his detention in the UAE. We are assisting his family and remain in close contact with authorities.

The Foreign Secretary has also personally raised his case with his Emirati counterpart.

 Thu 11 Oct 2018

14:24

Funding Africas Education Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

If Africas children are educated and equipped with the skills to succeed in the twenty-first-century economy, the entire continent will prosper. But if they are denied a quality education, Africas economic progress will be slowed, stunted, or even thrown into reverse.

14:15

JUST IN: Atiku, Secondus, others arrive Abeokuta to meet Obasanjo (PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for 2019 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has arrived Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, for a meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The meeting will hold behind closed doors at the expansive residence of the ex-president within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta. Abubakar, a former vice president []

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13:57

BREAKING: Ekiti Speaker, Deputy impeached "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has impeached Kola Oluwawole as its speaker. 14 members of the assembly impeached Oluwawole and immediately elected Ebenezer Alagbada to replace him. The lawmakers also removed the deputy speaker and principal officers of the House and also announced the suspension of some members. They cited abuse of office and []

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13:54

JUST IN: Fayose accuses EFCC of coercing witness to lie against him "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ayodele Fayose, the Ekiti state governor, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of coercing witnesses to implicate him, having been unable to establish any case against him. The governor, in a letter to the EFCC dated October 10, 2018, said specifically that the commission was doing everything possible to induce and or []

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13:52

Africas youngest billionaire kidnapped in Tanzania police "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Africas youngest billionaire was kidnapped on Thursday morning by gunmen in Tanzanias economic capital Dar es Salaam, officials said. Mohammed Dewji, 40, who heads the MeTL Group which operates in about 10 countries with interests in agriculture to insurance, transport, logistics and the food industry, was snatched as he entered the gym of a hotel []

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13:50

BBC perpetuates the narrative of perpetual Palestinian refugees "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On Oct. 8th, the BBC published video segment by Paul Adams titled After 70 years, who are the Palestinian refugees?, filmed at the Burg Al-Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut, which focused on Palestinian fears that, under the new US peace plan, theyll never be allowed to return home.

Heres the six-minute segment:

Though the official UNRWA figure counts over 5 million Palestinian refugees, the overwhelming majority of these refugees as weve noted repeatedly are merely Palestinians descendants (children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc.) of the original 711,000 actual refugees from 1948 who, unlike every other refugee population, are automatically granted refugee status, even those who have citizenship in other countries.

As Einat Wilf, co-author of the book The War of Return observed about the fiction that there are millions of Palestinian refugees.

almost all [Palestinian refugees] (upward of 80 per cent) are either citizens of a third country, such as Jordan, or they live in [Palestinian territories] where they were born and expect to have a future

.The remaining 20 per cent of the descendantsare inhabitants of Syria and Lebanon who are by law denied the right to citizenship granted to all other Syrians and Lebanese.

The number of actual refugees from 1948 is believed to be closer to 20,000.

As you saw in t...

13:49

South Africas new finance minister must hit the road running "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The reshuffling of South Africas finance minister may have negative origins but it brings some positive energy.

13:48

BREAKING: Senate approves N234bn for INEC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate has approved N234.51 billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The approved sum is about N7.9 billion less than the N242.45 billion requested by President Buhari. The Senate also approved that the total sum of N189 billion which will be for the funding of the 2019 elections be moved from both recurrent []

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12:47

Cyclone Luban heads for Oman but worst hit may be Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Oman is on alert after the meteorology center upgraded Luban to tropical cyclone category one on Wednesday while Yemen issued a warning. Oman is likely to escape the worst of tropical cyclone, and will probably head towards Yemen instead, Omani forecasters said. Meteorologists warned that heavy rainfall and strong winds would hit Oman as the storm makes landfall. And residents have been warned to take precautions. Meanwhile, Yemen, worn by an ongoing conflict that has weakened the country's infrastructure, will face the full force of the storm. Comment: Saudi Arabia and Western Allies Continue War on Poverty-Stricken Yemen; Yemen Fights Back

12:25

Saudi own goal: How buying Egyptian football clubs failed to pay off "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Instead of winning over the hearts and minds of Egyptian football fans, Turki al-Sheikh repeatedly angered them with his controversial comments

12:21

Anti-FGM Priest Kidnapped "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 

Girls in Niger attend a Quranic school. (Photo: ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)Girls in Niger attend a Quranic school. (Photo: ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

An anti-FGM (female genital mutilation) Catholic priest was kidnapped by suspected jihadi terrorists in Niger for educating women and girls against the brutal practice.

Local sources say Father Pierluigi Maccalli of the Society of African Missions was most likely taken across the border to Burkina Faso.

Maccalli was known for organizing meetings with local women to educate them about FGM, which, according to another priest based in Niger, may be one of the reasons for the kidnapping, according to local sources.

FGM includes all procedures involving partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Most girls who have undergone FGM are cut between the ages of four and 12. Short-term complications can include hemorrhaging, pain, shock, and even death, while long-term complications include formation of cysts, problems with sexual intercourse and giving birth, chronic pelvic infection and sterility.

The trauma of FGM often lasts a lifetime and can cause depression and anxiety, among other psychological problems.

FGM reduces or eliminates sexual pleasure for the victim. It is considered a religious obligation by some Islamic authorities in order to control a womens sexual desires.

Every year some three-million girls undergo FGM. The World Health Organization estimates 200 million girls and women alive today underwent the procedure. It is mainly practiced in Africa as well as in Muslim-majority countries and immigrant communities in Europe, the United States and Canada.

While FGM is not mentioned in the Quran, it is mentioned in many seminal Islamic sources as a praiseworthy practice.

FGM is one of the greatest...

10:17

Rivers: Court nullifies APC guber, legislative primaries. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Delivering judgement against the APC, Justice Chinwendu Nwogu declared that the ward congresses of Rivers State APC were illegal. A More

10:00

The Ancient Egyptian Book of Thoth Is Said to Give You Supernatural Abilities "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The book of Thoth for those who do not know is a book that is said to contain a wide range of spells that allow the reader to do all kinds of magical things. While it might sound a bit crazy, the stories behind it are quite interesting.

Thoth, in general, is the Egyptian god of writing, magic, and more. He was one of the most important gods when it comes to Ancient Egypt and holds a lot of power. According to legend, Thoth was born from the lips of Ra.

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Thoth created the written word that people used to record history and so forth. According to some stories, he even gave word to humanity. That being said, sometimes that varies depending on which story youre going by. The book of Thoth is a sacred book of mysteries that has been mentioned quite a bit throughout the history of mankind. It has appeared in fragments for quite some time now.

The first time it was ever cited was in the Turis Papyrus and described the failed attempt of killing a pharaoh using spells from within the book of Thoth. The book is said to have been written by Thoth himself and contains spells that allow the reader to understand the speech of animals and even allows them to perceive the gods themselves.

According to legend the book was originally hidden at the bottom of the Nile and locked inside a series of boxes guarded by serpents. Neferkaptah is said to have managed to obtain the book but eventually committed suicide and was entombed along with the book. From there the book was stolen and then returned. This legend I feel intends to make it clear that the knowledge within the book is meant for those who are not ordinary humans.

It has been said that whoever reads this book will gain knowledge about everything. They will be able to even bring the dead back to life. This meaning in the wrong hands real hell could be unleashed.

Image via Ancient Code

09:57

UK student held in solitary confinement for five months in the UAE 'on spying charges' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

British foreign secretary has raised case of Durham researcher, who has appeared before a second hearing at the UAE's state security court

09:54

Will Atiku Truly Restructure Nigeria? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

I was in a seminar in May this year where Atiku was present. He was asked to tell Nigerians how More

08:49

Kenya Kajiadoo residents angry over elephant damage "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

KBC (Kenya)

 

Residents of Kajiado Central are up in arms against increased
human-wildlife conflicts that have continued to wreak havoc in the region.

The residents drawn from Maparasha, Osilalei and Emotoroki villages on
Monday blocked the busy Nairobi- Namanga highway at Il Bissil town to
protest against rampant attacks from elephants.

The agitated residents complained that the about 30 elephants have
destroyed boreholes and invaded their homes and farms and they were now
living in fear.

Learning activities have also been affected as children can no longer go to
school early for fear of being attacked by the marauding jumbos.

Pupils have been forced to report to school at 10 am and leave as early as
3 pm to avert attacks and this will affect their performance, a resident
said.

Joseph Risa, a resident of Maparasha, said the animals have caused untold
mayhem in the area.

He said they were fed up with frequent attacks from the wild animals and
threatened that they would kill any wild animals straying into their farms
to push the government to act.

Risa accused Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) of laxity in their work claiming
that they had failed to protect them and their property from attacks.

These elephants have continued to attack us and destroy our property. They
have destroyed our crops and boreholes and we are now living in fear. We
are fed up and KWS must act now and come and take away their animals or
else we will be forced to kill them, said Risa

Another resident, Jenifer Nasinkoi, said they were afraid of contracting
water-borne diseases as the jumbos had destroyed more than five boreholes
in the area thus contaminating domestic water.

She called on KWS to act fast and relocate the animals before more damage
was done and offer compensation for the losses they had incurred.

KWS Senior County Warden Muteru Njauni acknowledged that cases of
human-wildlife conflict had risen in the area as a result of the drought as
the animals change their migration patterns in search of water and pastures.

He revealed that KWS was planning to relocate the elephants out of the area
to Tsavo-East national park so as to minimize the conflict and urged the
residents to remain calm.

Njauni urged residents not to take the law into their hands and report any
a...

06:07

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Voting Rights Become A Flashpoint In Georgia Governors Race

Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor, is in charge of elections and voter registration in Georgia.

Ben Nadler

ATLANTA (AP) Marsha Appling-Nunez was showing the college students she teaches how to check online if theyre registered to vote when she made a troubling discovery. Despite being an active Georgia voter who had cast ballots in recent elections, she was no longer registered.

I was kind of shocked, said Appling-Nunez, who moved from one Atlanta suburb to another in May and believed she had successfully changed her address on the voter rolls.

Ive always voted. I try to not miss any elections, including local ones, Appling-Nunez said.

She tried re-registering, but with about one month left before a November election that will decide a governors race and some competitive U.S. House races, Appling-Nunezs application is one of over 53,000 sitting on hold with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemps office. And unlike Appling-Nunez, many people on that list which is predominantly black, according to an analysis by The Associated Press may not even know their voter registration has been held up.

Tuesday is Georgias deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the November General Election.

Kemp, whos also the Republican candidate for governor, is in charge of elections and voter registration in Georgia.

His Democratic opponent, former state Rep. Stacey Abrams, and voting rights advocacy groups charge that Kemp is systematically using his office to suppress votes and tilt the election, and that his policies disproportionately affect black and minority voters.

Kemp denies it vehemently.

But through a process that Kemp calls voter roll maintenance and his opponents call voter roll purges, Kemps office has cancelled over 1.4 million voter registrations since 2012. Nearly 670,000 registrations were cancelled in 2017 alone.

In a recent television appearance on Comedy Centrals The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Abrams called Kemp a remarkable architect of voter suppression. Thats become a rallying cry for Democrats in the governors race,...

06:00

Yemens Navy Uses New Missile to Destroy Saudi Military Vessel Near Hajjah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yemens navy targeted a military vessel belonging to Saudi Arabia off of the northwestern coast of Hajjah on Wednesday, reportedly killing all aboard the vessel. The boat, which was in the Medi port, was carrying out attacks on the residential districts of Heiran and Medi in Hajjah when it was hit, according to a statement from Yemens navy. A source in Yemens navy confirmed to MintPress News that it targeted the Saudi vessel with a new type of domestically-manufactured missile, but did not name the missile.

05:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In a Harrowing Two Hours, Hurricane Michael Devastates Panama City
USA TODAY NETWORK
Michael Braun, Fort Myers News-Press
11:01 p.m. ET Oct. 10, 2018

Hurricane Michael downed trees and power lines as it began its push inland Wednesday. Residents of Panama City describe what if felt like as the storm tore through their hometown. (Oct. 10) AP

PANAMA CITY, Fla. People whimpered and prayed, babies cried, children called for their mothers and all the while, bit by bit, the hotel that was saving them from Hurricane Michael's howling was falling apart, brick by brick and roofing tile by roofing tile.

The hurricanes eyewall came through Panama City shortly after noon Wednesday, shearing trees in half, twisting roofs from their supports and tossing truck trailers and RVs like toys.

Inside the Country Inn and Suites a little more than 2 miles inland from St. Andrew Bay and 6 miles from the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a gathering of local residents and visitors waited for the hurricane's arrival. The Category 4 storm, just 2 mph shy of a Category 5, howled and chewed everything in sight for about two hours.

Scarlett and Charles Hickle of nearby Lynnhaven at first stood in a hallway chatting with other guests. Charles Hickle, a bear of man, held on to the couple's tiny 5-year-old shih tzu, Chanel.

I snuck her in here he said. I told them she was a comfort dog.

About 10 minutes into the hurricanes assault, the roof started peeling off the motel with pieces raining down on cars and trucks outside and storm water starting to drip inside the hallway.

Also, suddenly, came a strong smell of gas and a piercing, screaming sound from outside. The collapsing roof had cut the hotels gas line.

For two hours, nobody could get outside to shut it off, nor could first responders get to the hotel. Smoking was forbidden, and guests crossed fingers that a spark wouldnt set off the gas.

I tell you what, Scarlett, we got our lives, we got our lives, Charles Hickle told his wife. I believe that the next time, dont be a hero, leave. You can buy new clothes. You cant buy a new life. Trust your...

04:59

2018 Budget: FG releases N460bn for capital expenditure Udoma "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government has, so far, released over N460 billion from the 2018 budget for capital projects. Minister of National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, said this yesterday during an interaction with Nigerian journalists at the ongoing IMF and World Bank Group (WBG) Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia. I dont have the exact figure for []

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04:52

Flights grounded, passengers groan as unions shut MMA2 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Amid court order restraining aviation unions from shutting down activities at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2) in Lagos, activities at the terminal were yesterday paralysed leading to loss of several millions of naira by the terminal manager and concessionaires. This came as hundreds of passengers, who left their homes with plans to catch []

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04:49

Court bars aviation unions from disrupting MMA2 operations "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restrained Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) from disrupting operations of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2). The court yesterday granted the order barring the three []

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04:41

N19m mining deal sets Rivers community on edge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The lease of a portion of land by some persons in Akpoha community in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State for mining purposes and N19 million largesse accruing to it, has caused uproar in the tiny community, reports UCHENNA INYA   Akpoha, like other communities in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi []

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04:22

Dissecting CBNs move to check currency abuse "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The plan by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to establish special mobile courts to check currency abuse may be the final deal to save naira, reports Abdulwahab Isa   A nations currency is her priceless asset. It deserves a royal treatment; a sort of preservation to shield it from easy tear and quick fade. []

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04:11

Fighting for the Human Soul "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Andre Vltchek is tired. He is tired of the cunning complexities in modern societys fight for the human soul. In his new book, Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism, he takes on a new revolution: todays foe a counter culture of vulgarity, war and brutality where his battlefield isnt the romance of radical zeal but the rotted, festering carcass of capitalisms war on the human spirit.

Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism might just be Vltcheks most heartfelt book to date, a memoir of his own struggles with the reality western society doesnt know it faces: a Machiavellian pact between regulation and obedience, an ugly alternative to the default human story of staying alive and feeling passionate about a cause, about anything. Debate and ideas are only disseminated at a pre-approved frequency, the pitch unable to arouse, inspire, make a change. For Andre, the streets of London, Paris and other symbols of the beauty and romance of western cities are untenable, plastered in the posters of everyones individuality and isolation, adverts of selfishness and egos. Queue here a pathological cycle of depression, mental illness and the seeking of  professional help, which serves to preserve human specimens on the assembly line of conformity and manageability by the imperialists in their own home. If there is a spark in anyone, it is relegated to minority status, a fearful and dark corner to reside, one that is attacked and decried.

Andre talks about seeking solace and a home in countries on the other side of the fence, places that have fought to not labour under the misdirection of the western system, the most God-forsaken corners of Africa and Asia, South America, the Middle East and Oceania. He recognises the kindling that begs to be sparked, the passions that cry to be ignited and he thrives in them but he cannot function in a society that is western by nature, a slave to all that has corrupted the humanity and the innate goodness of man, woman and child. And the western influencing machine is marching, widening its noxious shadow over all of them. Andre details the fact that non-western countries do not steal from others, they do not overthrow governments and they do not spearhead military excursions into other backyards they prepare their art, their culture, their promises and their causes with gusto and intensity, not falling victim to the western model of insular retreat. They are optimists.

His diatribe on Exposing Lies of the Empire has only intensified with time, magnifying his disda...

04:11

2019: INEC, Oshiomhole at war over APC primaries "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday wielded the big stick against the All Progressives Congress (APC), barring the party from fielding candidates for the governorship, National Assembly and House of Assembly positions in Zamfara State in 2019. National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has fired back, insisting that the commission cannot bar the []

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03:59

Reps give IGP 12-hour ultimatum to release detained colleague "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The House of Representatives yesterday issued a 12-hour ultimatum to Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, to release Hon. Abubakar Abdullahi Lado (APC, Niger), who is being detained by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The lawmakers said failure to comply with the directive; the IGP would be summoned to appear before the House.   []

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03:54

Ambode, four APC govs meet Buhari over primaries "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday, again, trooped to the Presidential Villa, Abuja to engage President Muhammadu Buhari over the controversy trailing the recently conducted primaries by the party across the country. Several governors since last week have been meeting with President Buhari over the primary election crisis which []

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03:54

Court nullifies Rivers APC primaries, disqualifies candidates "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A High Court in Port Harcourt has nullified the nomination of Mr. Tonye Dele-Cole as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, noting that his emergence was illegal and unconstitutional. Delivering judgement in a suit filed by Ibrahim Imah and 22 others against the APC, the presiding judge, Justice Chiwendu []

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03:54

Well arrest Innoson Motors boss EFCC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has indicated its intention to arrest Chairman of Innoson Motors, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, over fraud-related allegations. Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said this in a statement yesterday. Uwujaren was reacting to the striking out of a charge preferred against Chukwuma and others, []

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03:54

Reps appoint new deputy House leader "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the House Representatives has appointed Hon. Idris Wase, representing Wase Federal Constituency of Plateau State as the new deputy house leader. Wase, who was until his appointment the chairman of the Committee on Federal Character, replaces the late Hon. Umar Buba Jibrin (APC, Kogi) who died on March []

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03:44

ATIKUS RUNNING MATE: WHY SOUTHEAST SHOULD NOT LET GO. By Dr. Law Mefor "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There has been this beautiful argument on why ndigbo should allow the southwest have a double header as VP for More

03:12

2019: Atiku vs Buhari. By Reuben Abati "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Godfather of Lagos State politics, has every reason to give Buhari an Ambode treatment. The Atiku More

01:38

Que va faire Sifca de ses 90 millions ? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

10 Oct 2018 | CommodafricaL'agroindustriel ivoirien Sifca va bnficier d'un prt de 90 millions octroy par Proparco, FMO et la Socit Gnrale.

00:29

Namibia follows South Africa with pledge to expropriate land "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

https://www.rt.com/business/440206-namibia-land-reform-sa/

Namibian President Hage Geingob has called for a change to the constitution to allow the government to expropriate land from white citizens and redistribute it to the majority black population.

Many Namibians were driven off their productive land, Geingob said during his opening speech at a national land policy conference in the capital Windhoek.

According to him, the willing-buyer willing-seller principle has not delivered results. Under the practice the land owner must first offer the government an option to buy the farmland. The government can then buy the land and redistribute it.

Geingob said that careful consideration should be given to expropriation, stressing that the fundamental issue is the inequality

He also pointed to similar proposals made by South Africas government, claiming We also share a burning land issue and a racialized distribution of land resources with South Africa.

This comes from a common history of colonial dispossession. What we also agree to is that the status quo will not be allowed to continue.

Political parties and NGOs have criticized the governments attempts to change land reform measures. The conference has been boycotted by some civil society organizations and political parties for allegedly having predetermined outcomes.

According to AFP news agency, two forme...

00:14

Dad Arrested For Punching Migrant Who Sexually Assaulted His Daughter "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Police in Munich, Germany have filed bodily injury charges against a 42-year-old father after he punched an African migrant who sexually assaulted his 21-year-old daughter during Oktoberfest. The sexual assault occurred at the Hackerbrcke train station and [...]

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Wednesday, 10 October

22:35

Israels Education Minister Wants Shoot to Kill Policy Against Children in Gaza "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Israels Education Minister Naftali Bennett said yesterday that he would impose a shoot to kill policy in Gaza, including against Palestinian children.

Bennett made the comment on Israels Army Radio after he was asked what he would do differently if he were the defence minister. Bennett replied:

Everything. I would not allow terrorists to cross the border from Gaza every day and if they do, we should shoot to kill. Terrorists from Gaza should not enter Israel Just as in Lebanon, Syria or anywhere else we should shoot to kill.

Bennett was then asked if he would also instruct the Israeli army to adopt a shoot to kill policy against Palestinian children, to which he replied: They are not children they are terrorists. We are fooling ourselves, the Times of Israel reported.

His approach would not be limited to Palestinians trying to break Israels 11-year siege of the Strip, but also to those who launch so-called incendiary balloons and kites from the enclave. Bennett emphasised:

Tactically, we need to shoot those who send arson balloons from Gaza. We did not deal with the problem when it was small [] We will do what we should have done half a year ago, only with interest.

Bennetts comments come against the backdrop of an ongoing feud with Israels Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman. Last week Bennett, who is also the leader of the religious-Zionist Jewish Home party, accused Lieberman of weakness for engaging in ceasefire talks in Gaza. Bennett claimed that the terror is continuing at the expense of the security of [Israeli] residents thanks to Liebermans policy of restraint and weakness. He continued: This is how a policy of failure looks [] The current situation is a direct result of Liebermans policy toward Gaza.

This is not the first time Bennett has made extreme comments and advocated for violence against Palestinian children. In July, he...

21:25

RV/Intelligence Alert: "Change" -- October 10, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Operation Disclosure

RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT - October 10, 2018


(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on intelligence leaks received from several sources which may or may not accurate. Other confirmed sources may also be included in this overview.)


According to sources, the United States Treasury is expecting a major change to occur in the system.


A stock market correction is inbound and it is said that the RV release will financially stabilize the economy during the correction.


Zimbabwe is the richest country in the world yet impoverished.


Zimbabwe is discretely setting the foundation for the global currency reset.


No skyscraper can stand tall without a solid foundation.


Two different realities are co-existing in real time. One is public, and the other private.


The world needs Zimbabwe (minerals) and Zimbabwe needs the world (RV).


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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RV/GCR VISIT:

http://www.dinarchronicles.com/intel.html

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02:17

Theory 101: Patriarchy as a Structure of White Supremacist Class Rule Under Imperialism "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Danny Haiphong The function of patriarchy is not only to oppress women to the benefit of men but also to stabilize relations under US imperialism by ensuring the exploitation of oppressed people, especially Black people. The history of lynch mob violence that characterized the Jim Crow period is riddled with examples of white women falsely...

02:00

Brazil: Again the Alternative is Between Socialism or Barbarism "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Carlos Aznarez Far-right Jair Bolsonaro (left) and left-wing presidential hopeful Fernando Haddad will battle in runoff vote on Oct. 28 / Handout The most feared, but foreseeable at the same time, has already happened. Jair Bolsonaro almost won the presidency of Brazil in the first round and thanks to the consequent vote of the poor...

02:00

Chinas Rise from Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Wayne Madsen Donald Trump has reached back to the early 19th century to help reformulate his proto-neoconservative foreign policy. Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, Trump invoked the arcane and disreputable Monroe Doctrine of 1824. He stated, It has been the formal policy of our country since President James Monroe that we...

02:00

How the US Justifies Interfering in Others Elections "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Manuel E. Yepe When we try to manipulate or influence the elections of other nations, or even when we have wanted to overthrow their governments, we have done so in the best interests of the people of those countries. Such a tender philosophy was the one that James Robert Clapper Jr, former head of the...

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