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Thursday, 09 August

21:56

National Assembly reconvenes Tuesday to consider INEC budget "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The two chambers of the National Assembly are set to reconvene Tuesday next week to approve the N242 billion supplementary budget for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Deputy speaker of the House, Hon Sulaimon Lasub Yussuff, disclosed this yesterday after the APC caucus meeting at the National Assembly. Expatiating on the outcome of the meeting held []

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21:52

Former NMA president seeks probe of National Assembly siege "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Vice President of the Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele has called on the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and the leadership of the National Assembly to urgently institute a public inquiry to unearth all those who conspired to lay siege on the National Assembly on Tuesday, August 7. Also, Enabulele who was a former president []

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21:52

EFCC arrests ex-DSS DG Ita Ekpeyong "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday, quizzed a former Director General, Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Ita Ekpenyong, over his alleged role in the arms purchase deal. New Telegraph gathered that Ekpenyongs interrogation commenced shortly after his Asokoro, Abuja home was raised by armed operatives of the EFCC. It will []

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21:51

12 Killed as Robbers Unleash Terror In Edo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Over 12 persons have been shot dead and several others sustained gunshot injuries yesterday when dare devil armed robbers stormed Igarra town, the headquarters of Akoko Edo local government area of Edo state. The robbers unleashed terror in the area as they attempted to rob two commercial banks, Unity Bank and Keystone Bank in the process. []

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20:11

Who Attacked the Hodeidah Hospital? Examining Allegations the Saudi Coalition Bombed a Hospital in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With thanks to the Bellingcat Investigation Team.

Summary

  • The 2nd August attack on Hodeidah was likely a mortar strike
  • The direction of origin of the attack was from the south
  • Munition fragments appear to share characteristics with munitions manufactured by Rheinmetall Denel Munition

Introduction

On Thursday, 2nd August several explosions rocked the Houthi-held city of Hodeidah. The locations of these explosions were reported to be the harbour used for fishing boats and within the vicinity of the al-Thawra Hospital. Since the incident near the hospital happened immediately after the incident at the harbour, it appeared that casualties and first responders were being deliberately targeted. Scores of people were killed and wounded in the attack.

Initial blame was placed on an airstrike by the Saudi-led Coalition, which has been advancing on the strategically important Hodeidah from the south, in partnership with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Despite Coalition denials, these claims were certainly credible, as the Coalition has previously carried out strikes described by Amnesty International as indiscriminate, disproportionate or directed against civilians and civilian objects. In June it became evident that an MSF medical centre set up to treat Cholera patients had been bombed, despite its co-ordinates being shared 12 times with the Coalition and the markings of the Red Crescent being clearly visible on its roof.

However, images and video purporting to be from the scene of the attack on the hospital appear to indicate that this was not an airstrike, but rather a mortar attack. This article will verify and analyse the open source information associated with this attack and identify lines of enquiry which may aid attribution.

Videos from the harbour

There are several video clips which have been aired by...

19:55

Should Al Qaeda Be Made The 51st State? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

While Saudis have threatened Canada with a 9/11 attack, the U.S. has moved on to blaming 9/11 on Iran. Al Qaeda, despite being Saudi in origins and ideology, was easily tied to Afghanistan, then Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, the Philippines, and Yemen, and now Iran. The potential is almost as endless as with Communism in the good old days. Without Al Qaeda the United States would not be whole. With it, all is in perfect balance. If there were no Al Qaeda wed have to invent one. In fact, where there is no Al Qaeda, the effective policy has been to invent one. Pretending theres been a major Al Qaeda presence in Afghanistan has worked wonders. Pretending Al Qaeda members all wanted to move to Afghanistan from which to destroy the United States, the moment the United States stopped bombing people and kicking in doors and paying off members of Al Qaeda or related groups in Afghanistan has been a gold mine.

19:29

In a Week of Deadly Airstrikes and Civilian Deaths, Saudi Arabia Adds School Bus and 50 Yemeni Children to the List "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

SAADA PROVINCE, YEMEN The late morning sun conspired with a cloudless blue sky to picturesquely frame the city of Dhahian in southern Saada province. Suddenly the serenity was broken by the loud piercing shriek of fighter jets over the quiet village, followed by a deafening explosion. When the thick black smoke finally began to dissipate, more than 20 mothers discovered a school bus carrying their children had been transformed into a hellish scene: choking dust, smoldering shops, and the charred corpses of children buried under the mangled school bus. Anguished moans and screams of grief and pain filled the air.

At a bed in the Jomhouri Hospital in Saada, four-year-old Mohammed was receiving first aid when he came to the realization that he was still alive but that more than 35 of his classmates, older and younger, lay dead in beds near him as if they were asleep. Others were lying in torn, blood-stained clothing along with school bags, fighting death in the same room.

Mohammed was one of the 80 civilians wounded on Thursday in fresh U.S.-Saudi strikes that targeted a school bus carrying children to summer camp on Dhahians outskirts in Yemens northwestern province of Saada.

It was 8:30 a.m. when the explosion shattered the day. What did these children do to deserve this? a 32-year-old witness to the strike asked. Abdul-Ghani Nayeb, the head of the Health Department in Saada told MintPress more than 50 were killed and over 80 others were wounded as a result of the strike. Some were shoppers and passers-by, but most were children.

The owner of a nearby restaurant, Zaid Hussein Deib, cried out, they were not Iranian experts, as he scrambled past overturned plastic white tables and splintered blue tiles. They were children; they were not carrying ballistic missiles. Deib lost two sons in the attack.

The death toll is expected to rise, as many victims of the strike remain in critical condition and hospitals struggle to cope with a lack of medical supplies as a result of a Saudi coalition-imposed siege that began in 2015.The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalitions blockade of Yemen has prevented medicine and other critical commodities from reaching around 8.4 million people. Al-Jomhouri hospital, already crowded with a number of wounded from previous airstrikes, has launched an urgent appeal for Yemeni citizens to donate blood.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement that the school bus was indeed carrying children. Joh...

19:20

RV/Intelligence Alert: "Expectant" -- August 9, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Operation Disclosure

RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT - August 9, 2018


(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on rumors/leaks from several sources which may or may not be truthful or accurate.)


The Cabal are continuing their attempts to cause disruption and division in Zimbabwe.


The MDC Alliance are being bribed by the Cabal to destabilize Mnangagwa's government (whom is working closely with the Alliance).


The public signing of the ZIDERA amendment bill is being delayed as a result. Although, it was reported that the ZIDERA amendment bill was already signed (behind closed doors).


According to sources, the situation in Zimbabwe is not effecting the status of the RV release.


Tier 3 humanitarian organizations continue to receive schedules to begin the exchange/redeem process.


Most sources have gone silent and are expectant of the RV release.


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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RV/GCR VISIT:

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

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19:01

JUST IN: Impeach Saraki, APC tells Senators "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the Senate to impeach the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, stating that he (Saraki) is not fit for the office. The party made the call in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Yekini Nabena. But the Senate President, through his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, []

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18:59

Barbarians: Dozens of children slaughtered as Saudi-led coalition airstrike hits bus in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A bus carrying children in northern Yemen was attacked on Thursday, hit by an airstrike fired by the Saudi-led coalition. The attack killed dozens, many of whom were children under the age of 10, the Red Cross has confirmed. The bus was in the Dahyan Market in northern Sa'ada, a Houthi rebel stronghold, when it was attacked on Thursday morning. "Following an attack... [an International Committee of the Red Cross-supported] hospital has received dozens of dead and wounded," the Red Cross confirmed, adding that "under international humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict."

18:20

South Sudan worrying signs of inreased elephant poaching "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Xinhua (China)
August 9, 2018

Wildlife and plant protection officials in South Sudan are worried about
the growing number of elephant poaching cases on the countrys reserves.

Thomas Sebit, deputy spokesman of the Ministry for the Conservation of
Fauna and Flora and Tourism, told Xinhua on Wednesday that around 20
elephants have been killed in the East African country since the beginning
of the year.

Sebit said the airport authorities seized 24 ivory elephant tusks that were
to be delivered to the capital Juba from Pibor town in the east of the
country.

He added that environmentalists have seized at least 46 pieces of illegal
ivory in South Sudan for the past four months alone, showing a drastic
increase in ivory trafficking in the country at war.

Its pure destruction, we need to put an end to these animal killings,
said Sebit.

We need collective efforts to protect our animals because we are lucky to
still have wild animals after the long civil war, we protected them during
the war and still today we kill them, he lamented.

South Sudan has the second largest animal migration in the world and is
considered a good place for ecotourism, according to the World Travel and
Tourism Council (WTTC).

The East African country is also known for its vast swampy region (South),
home to about 400 species of birds.

But the tourism industry only accounted for 1.8% of South Sudans GDP, WTTC
said in 2013.

http://french.china.org.cn/foreign/txt/2018-08/09/content_58274480.htm

18:08

Saudi-Canada war of words: The Saudis mock the world with their wealth, and some help from Trump "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The leaders of Saudi Arabia mock western values with supreme confidence by virtue of their money power. Democracy, human rights, freedom of speech, freedom to protest, freedom of expression, and other freedoms are treated as norms imposed by the West. If you wish to violate these sacred principles, all you have to do is pay! Leveraging its economic power based on oil, Saudi Arabia defied President Obama when Congress approved JASTA (the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act) in 2016 and threatened to pull hundreds of billions of dollars out of the USA if Saudi Arabia were accused of playing a role in the Al-Qaeda terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 (9/11). It is known that Osama Bassnan, whom the declassified 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission Report identified as a financial supporter of two of the 9/11 hijackers in San Diego, received money from Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to Washington, and Bassnan's wife also got money from Bandar's wife. The monarchy also defied the UN when in September 2017 a small group of Western nations sought to create a commission of inquiry to investigate its human rights violations in Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Middle East where millions face death, disease and famine because of western-supported Saudi bombing. And last but not least, a Saudi state media account, which promotes the Saudi Information Ministry's propaganda and is often retweeted by the ministry, appeared to explicitly threaten a 9/11 style attack featuring a plane headed towards a skyscraper in Toronto, Canada. The tweet was a response to the Canadian Foreign Ministry's tweet, expressing grave concern about recent arrests in Saudi civil society and official attacks on women's rights activists.

17:50

US-Backed Airstrikes Just Targeted a Bus Full of Children in Yemen, Killing 43 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bus Children Yemen(MEMO)  Saudi-led coalition airstrikes today killed dozens of people, including children travelling on a bus, in Yemens Saada province, Yemeni medical sources and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. The Western-backed alliance fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said the airstrikes targeted missile launchers used to attack the southern Saudi industrial city of Jizan, killing []

17:46

PHOTO: Davidos jet arrives Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Finally, Davidos jet, Air Obo, has arrived in Nigeria. Over the past few months, there have been reports that Davido purchased for himself a whooping N9.7billion private jet. The singer took to his social media page to gloat and this time, give proof that his new bird has landed.

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17:42

PHOTOS: Osinbajo, Tinubu, others in Daura for APC rally "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday arrived Daura in Katsina state for the All Progressives Congress (APC) rally for Saturdays Katsina North Senatorial District bye-election. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Osinbajo arrived at about 12.45 p.m. in the company of the Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha and Governor Abdullahi []

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17:28

EFCC raids ex-SSS DG Ita Ekpeyongs Abuja home "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The residence of Ita Ekpeyong, a former director-general of the State Security Service (SSS) has been raided by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Mr Ekpeyong led the SSS between 2010 and 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari replaced him with Lawal Daura, himself now removed from office. Recall that an attempt was []

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17:18

Saraki hosts chairmen of 45 political parties "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senate President Bukola Saraki is currently in a meeting with chairmen of 45 political parties. The nations number three citizen disclosed this in a tweet on Thursday. The purpose of the meeting is not known but it comes 24 hours after the senate president visited ex-military President Ibrahim Babangida in Niger state. LIVE VIDEO: I []

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17:04

The U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Just Targeted a Bus Full of Children, Killing 43 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi-led coalition air strikes today killed dozens of people, including children travelling on a bus, in Yemens Saada province, Yemeni medical sources and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

The Western-backed alliance fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said the air strikes targeted missile launchers used to attack the southern Saudi industrial city of Jizan, killing a Yemeni civilian there, a statement carried by the state news agency SPA said.

It accused the Houthis of using children as human shields.

Todays attack in Saada was a legitimate military operation and was carried out in accordance with international humanitarian law, the Arabic-language statement said.

The ICRC said one attack hit the bus driving children in Dahyan market, in northern Saada, adding hospitals there had received dozens of dead and wounded.

It was unclear how many children were killed and how many air strikes were carried out in the area, in northern Yemen, near the border with Saudi Arabia.

Abdul-Ghani Nayeb, head of a health department in Saada told Reuters that the death toll rose to 43, with 61 wounded.

Scores killed, even more injured, most under the age of 10, Johannes Bruwer, head of delegation for the ICRC in Yemen, said in a Twitter post.

Saudi Arabia has led an Arabic coalition in Yemen against the Houthis since 2015 after the group took control of the capital Sanaa and forced the internationally recognised government in to exile.

It has launched thousands of air strikes in a campaign to restore the internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. Errant strikes have killed hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets.

The Yemen war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than two million and...

16:56

Korybko: Why an EU-Africa free trade agreement is a terrible idea "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sputnik reported earlier today that German Development Minister Gerd Mueller delivered a presumably well-intended but ill-conceived proposal for a one-way EU-Africa free trade agreement in an interview with Die Welt, saying that: "The European market is effectively blocked. At the same time, European exports to Africa are growing. Therefore, my main message to Brussels is - Open the markets to all African goods ... This is the only way the continent can turn into the region of growth ... I am sure that the African youth ... would not flee [the continent] and would remain in their home countries if there were jobs and prospects for the future." The very basis of this proposal rests in the nave assumption that Africans are fleeing the continent purely for humanitarian reasons stemming from local conflicts and economic underdevelopment, ignoring the fact that many simply want a piece of the EU's "socialist welfare utopia". Germany is right to raise awareness about the need to do something though, because a prominent UN official warned earlier this year that the failure to deal with these interconnected push factors could lead to half a billion migrants invading the EU under the worst-case scenario. The author analyzed this at the time in a piece about how "Migrant Crisis 2.0 Might Come From Africa", which was followed by a related article where a former French Prime Minister basically told a South African crowd that "France Wants The Future To Be Eurasia vs. Eurafrica".

16:47

Israeli Mayors Say Military Operation In Gaza Needed Its time to hit the terrorists hard "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Alon Davidi, head of the rocket-battered southern city of Sderot, says residents resilient enough to give authorities the time and space they need

The head of the IDF's Southern Command Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi, center-left, speaks with Sderot mayor Alon Davidi, center-right, during a visit to the southern town, which was hit repeatedly with rocket fire from the Gaza Strip on August 9, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)
The head of the IDFs Southern Command Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi, center-left, speaks with Sderot mayor Alon Davidi, center-right, during a visit to the southern town, which was hit repeatedly with rocket fire from the Gaza Strip on August 9, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)
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France condemns Hamas rocket fire, urges restraint and lifting of blockade

France issues a statement condemning the firing of rockets toward Israel and urging restraintby all parties.

France deplores the escalation of violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. It condemns the firing of rockets toward Israel and would like restraint to prevail and the ceasefire to be upheld by all parties in order to prevent further civilian casualties, the statement says.

These incidents underscore the urgent need to work toward finding a lasting political solution for Gaza and to respond effectively to the humanitarian crisis affecting the Palestinian population.

It also calls for a lifting of the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza.

This notably requires the lifting of the blockade, on the one hand while respecting Israels security concerns and the achievement of inter-Palestinian reconciliation and the full return of the Palestinian Authority to Gaza, on the other.

France, in collaboration with its European partners, will remain fully mobilized to support efforts to that end.

......

16:01

Dozens Of Children Killed In Saudi Led Airstrike On Bus In Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a bus carrying children in northern Yemen on Thursday The Red Cross confirmed that the attack killed and injured dozens, many of whom were children under the age of 10. [...]

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15:58

Israel Launches Scores of Airstrikes as Gaza Fire Persists "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

JERUSALEM Israeli warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three people were reported killed there, while Palestinian militants from the territory fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight and into Thursday morning.

The flare-up comes as Egypt is trying to broker a long-term cease-fire between the two sides. At least three Palestinians died a pregnant woman, her 1-year-old daughter and a Hamas militant, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

On the Israeli side, at least seven people were wounded.

Israeli and Hamas officials both threatened a further intensification of hostilities. The U.N.s Mideast envoy appealed for calm.

It was not clear if the escalation, the latest in a series of intense exchanges of fire in recent months, would derail the indirect negotiations between Israel and Gazas Hamas militant rulers.

Air raid sirens signaling incoming rocket fire continued in southern Israel on Thursday morning, raising the likelihood of further Israeli reprisals.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza in 2007. Despite the animosity, the bitter enemies appear to be working through Egyptian mediators to avoid another war.

Hamas is demanding the lifting of an Israeli-Egyptian border blockade that has devastated Gazas economy, while Israel wants an end to rocket fire, as well as recent border protests and launches of incendiary balloons, and the return of the remains of two dead soldiers and two live Israelis believed to be held by Hamas.

But the continued outbursts of fire have jeopardized those cease-fire efforts. On Tuesday, the Israeli military struck a Hamas military post in Gaza after it said militants fired on Israeli troops on the border. Hamas said two of its fighters were killed after taking part in a gunfire parade inside a militant camp.

The incident occurred while a group of senior Hamas leaders from abroad were visiting Gaza to discuss the ceases-fire efforts with local leaders.

A top Hamas official told The Associated Press that the group waited for the delegation to leave Gaza before responding with rocket fire late Wednesday.

The Israeli military said over 150 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel, and Israel carried out over 140 airstrikes targeting Hamas militant positions.

Gazas Health Ministry identified those killed in the airstrikes from Wednesday to Thursday as Hamas fighter Ali Ghandour, 23-year-old Enas Khamash and her daughter Bayan. The ministry said the militant and the civilians were killed in separate incidents.

Kamal Khamash, brother-in-law of the killed woman, said the family was asleep when the projec...

15:35

The 2018 Bucharest Conference on Terrorism and the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Organized by MEPEI (Middle East Political and Economic Institute), a Bucharest-based think-tank, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Romania, and EURISC Foundation, the 4th edition of the Bucharest annual conference on terrorism and the Middle East brought together 200 academics, researchers, officials, and embassy representatives from 14 countries. This years conference was called The New Geopolitical Environment and the Middle East: Between Fighting Terrorism and the Future of the Region, and it took place at the beginning of July in Bucharests Intercontinental Hotel.

Here are some highlights of the most pertinent policy debates explored at the conference:

Westerners think of security in the Middle East in terms of oil and Israel. However, we are in a post-globalization world, and the concepts of power, state, and state sovereignty have changed. The security of oil must be replaced with the security of the people, declared Mostafa Zahrani, adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, at the beginning of this years conference.

Zahrani went on to stress that some threats in the Middle East are more serious than terrorism, such as corruption and the inability of leaders to properly run and organize their states. No one can predict what the future of the region holds for several reasons. For one, only Iran and Turkey are experiencing real development, while the existence of certain disrupting groups, such as the Houthis in Yemen, the Kurds in Iraq, Islamic groups, and finally the more radical groups such as al Nusra and Daesh prevent stability from taking hold across the Middle East. In terms of new elements, Zahrani emphasized that Turkey is a strong new actor in the Middle East and it has become obvious that Saudi Arabia is intervening on many fronts. In terms of old elements, he stated that the US and Israel propagate the notion of Iran as an enemy in order to get support from Arab states. They present conflicts in a sectarian manner, where the Shia-Sunni split is the cause of all problems in the Middle East, but this is not true. In addition, Zahrani believes that Trump has no clear Middle East strategy and his short-sighted focus and whimsical foreign policy prevent him from having a clear picture of what is actually going on in the region.

China is viewed as a new player in the region. Future wars in the Middle East will be a great game between superpowers, assuming that China will be the enemy of the US, and the regions energy wealth will loom large in their calculations. Russia does not have the military and budgetary potential of China, but Russia is still able to fill the vacuum in the Middle East and wants to be considered on equal footing even though the US often views Russia as a declining power.

Nesriu Kenar, head of the International Relations Department in Turkeys Sakarya Univ...

15:18

No plan to dump APC by 2019- Al-Hassan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jumai Al-Hassan has vowed never to dump the All Progressive Congress ahead of the 2019 general elections, saying that she would remain in the party to contest Governorship election of Taraba State. The Minister said that contrary to whatever speculations going round, she would stay []

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15:15

JUST IN: DSS to review rights abuses, unlawful detention Acting DG "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Department of State Services (DSS) has vowed to return to the part of professionalism, saying the era of human rights abuses and unlawful detention was over. Acting Director General of the Service, Mr. Matthew Seyeifa, gave the undertaking yesterday in Abuja, at a maiden press briefing to unfold his agenda. Seyeifa was appointed acting []

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15:15

Arabic press review: UAE hedges bets in Saudi-Canada brouhaha "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

Abu Dhabi pussy foots around Riyadh's row with Ottawa, while thousands of Iraqi officials suspected of corruption feel the heat

15:11

Italy's crackdown on migration continues with ship donation to Libya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

Twelve patrol vessels will join four Italian boats already gifted to Libya's coastguard and will be crewed by EU-trained sailors

15:10

Enugu has 200,000 uncollected PVCs INEC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said 200,000 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) were still uncollected in Enugu state, and urged concerned people to pick up the cards. The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Mr Emeka Ononamadu, made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu. Ononamadu []

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14:30

Saudi warplanes kill Yemeni children, market clients "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 9 August 2018 video says about itself:

AFP: Yemen: An attack on a bus carrying children in rebel-held northern Yemen on Thursday left dozens of people dead or wounded, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

Following an attack this morning on a bus driving children in Dahyan Market, northern Saada, (an ICRC-supported) hospital has received dozens of dead and wounded, the organisation said on Twitter without giving more details. Under international humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict, it added.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Dozens of dead and wounded by Yemen air strike

In an air raid on a bus and a busy market in the northwest of Yemen, according to the Red Cross, dozens of people have been killed and injured. The bus transported children, reports the aid organization.

According to the head of the Red Cross in Yemen, most victims are under 10 years old. The German news agency DPA reports that at least 39 people were killed in the attack, including many children.

The attack...

14:00

India: The State of Independence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Colin Todhunter India celebrates its independence from Britain on 15 August. However, the system of British colonial dominance has been replaced by a new hegemony based on the systemic rule of transnational capital, enforced by global institutions like the World Bank and WTO. At the same time, global agribusiness corporations are stepping into the boots of the former East India Company. The long-term goal of US capitalism has been to restructure indigenous agriculture across the world and tie it to an international system of trade underpinned by export-oriented mono-cropping, commodity production for the global market and debt. The result has been food surplus and food deficit areas, of which the latter have become dependent on agricultural imports and strings-attached aid. Whether through IMF-World Bank structural adjustment programmes, as occurred in Africa, trade agreements like NAFTA and its impact on Mexico or, more generally, deregulated global trade rules, the outcome has been similar: the displacement of traditional, indigenous agriculture by a corporatized model centred on transnational agribusiness and the undermining of both regional and world food

13:57

Tinubu lied, no impeachment attempt on Buhari Senator Misau "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Isah Hamma Misau, a Senator representing Bauchi Central and chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, has debunked the claim made in Uyo yesterday by former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu that the National Assembly was planning to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari. Misau, in a statement, urged Nigerians to disregard such empty talk by the []

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13:51

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Activists Ask for More African-American Representation on Fort Bend Construction Site
By Brooke A. Lewis
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Kofi Taharka, chairman of the Houston Chapter of the National Black United Front, speaks at a press conference outside the Fort Bend ISD construction site where 95 remains were discovered. Photo: Brooke A. Lewis

A group of local activists and an archaeologist on Wednesday pushed for more African-American historical and scientific oversight at a construction site in Fort Bend where 95 remains of possible convict laborers were discovered earlier this year.

At a press conference at the site, the group also questioned how DNA testing would be funded for possible descendants of the convict laborers interested in coming forward.

"To step out onto the site and see nothing but Caucasian workers, it made me feel worse," said Deric Muhammad, a local community activist. "It compounded the pain. I'm very well aware, that inside one of those graves could be my ancestor. My history has been lost throughout this process."

The group completed a tour of the site on Wednesday, which comes after last month's news that the remains exhumed so far are all African-American and likely part of the convict-leasing system, where prisoners were contracted out to perform cheap labor in Texas.

No need to travel far from EU institutions to find out about migrant labour conditions. At the Arts-Loi Metro station in Brussels, Mohammed, an undocumented Moroccan immigrant, worked for months for 50 euros a day to renovate it, and it was hard labour.

Fort Bend ISD is building the James Reese Technical Center on the construction site, located on University Boulevard and Chatham Avenue, which is expected to be completed by Fall 2019. The discovery of the remains was announced in April by the school district.

Kofi Taharka, chairman of the National Black United Front met with the superintendent last month, but said the school district has not provided a clear answer on how the DNA t...

13:47

Defection: Is APC a recycling plant? Omokri asks Tinubu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Reno Omokri, a media aide to former president Goodluck Jonathan has asked the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu if the party is a recycling plant. Mr Omokri stated this following the defection of former Senate Minority Leader and Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West district, Godswill Akpabio, to the APC. []

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13:42

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

African Americans Enduring Opposition to Nuclear Weapons
Interview with Vincent Intondi

Professor Vincent Intondi
Vincent Intondi is an associate professor of history and director of the Institute for Race, Justice, and Community Engagement at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland. He is also director of research for American Universitys Nuclear Studies Institute in Washington, DC. Intondis research focuses on the intersection of race and nuclear weapons. He is the author of the 2015 book African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement (Stanford University Press).

How did you become interested in the civil rights dimension of anti-nuclear activism, and what inspired you to write your book?

Vincent Intondi:  For most of my life as an academic and an activist, my work revolved around civil rights and the black freedom movement. Nuclear weapons werent on my radar; they seemed like an abstract issue.

But in 2005, I made my first trip to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I met with atomic bomb survivors. I went to museums and ceremonies. And I was filled with such anger and guilt over what my country had done that when I returned, I realized I needed to find a way to combine these two passions of mine, eliminating racism and eliminating nuclear weapons. I asked my advisor how I could do this, and he suggested trying to answer the question: How did African Americans feel about dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Many colleagues warned me that I wasnt going to find much of a response because African Americans wereunderstandablytoo busy at the time trying to gain their own freedom and equality. But they were wrong; there was a large response. Thats what led to the book.

What did your research turn up?

Vincent Intondi:  Obviously black communities are not monolithic, so not everyone was thinking the same thing. But what I found is that, in many cases, African Americans were looking at the issue of nuclear weapons differently from most white people, through a lens of race and colonialism. After the bombs were first dropped in August 1945, a majority of the American public rejoiced. A Gallup poll conducted the week...

13:37

The Paradox of Botswanas Death Penalty "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the global effort to end capital punishment, Amnesty International calls Sub-Saharan Africa a beacon of hope." But one country that typically ranks near the top of regional governance indexes continues to defend the practice.

13:31

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Deceiving Plastic Surgery Clinics Target African-American Women
Plastic surgeons warn women about truth behind cosmetic surgeons

By Amy Viteri - Investigative Reporter
6:13 PM, August 07, 2018

MIAMI - Women are still being lured to South Florida clinics for bargain plastic surgeries and a growing number are dying or suffering devastating injuries.

Dr. Daniel Careaga said when he first started his practice African-American women who were getting plastic surgery in South Florida made up for about 1 to 2 percent. Now, he said, they are about 10 percent of the patients.

Careaga believes this is because many clinics in South Florida are marketing specifically to African-American women in other states. He said it's the fastest growing segment of the population that is seeking out aesthetic surgical procedures.

Encore Plastic Surgery

A growing database compiled by Dr. Pat Pazmio highlights African-American patients who have died from complications or who have suffered life-changing injuries at South Florida clinics. Many of those woman traveled to South Florida for plastic surgery.

Pazmio said this is a problem that is affecting young mothers exclusively.

Jolie Plastic Surgery contract

In June 2017, Lattia Baumeister, a married mother of six, died from complications after traveling from Illinois for a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, or BBL. Her procedure was at the Seduction Cosmetic Center in Miami-Dade's city of Doral.

Kizzy London

In December, Kizzy London, a mother from Louisiana, died of a fat embolism after a BBL at Jolie Plastic Surgery with Dr. Arnaldo Valls, who is identified as a plastic surgeon even though he lacks certification. Valls said he is a cosmetic surgeon, which is not a certified medical specialty.

Valls settled a lawsuit last year, after he went ahead with a breast implant surgery despite a mammogram that was showing the woman had a possible malignancy. Court records show that woman was later diagnosed with breast cancer.

Louis Wright said he attempted to talk his wife, Rashana, out...

13:31

BREAKING: EFCC Unfreezes Benue Govts Accounts "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Benue State government says the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has unfrozen its bank accounts. The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr Terver Akase, confirmed this on Thursday. Its however not clear if the EFCC has unfrozen the accounts of Akwa Ibom state government. Details later

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13:22

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

New Doll Called Super Beauty Aims to Boost African-American Kids Self Esteem
By Lizzie Stokes, Staff Writer
August 8, 2018 11:26am

 Artist Tiffany Joyce Wider, known as TiffanyJ, displays her Super Beauty book and doll at the 109th National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention in San Antonio, Texas. TiffanyJ and her Super Beauty doll were at the convetion to cheer on her local team at the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). Photo: Tom Reel /Staff Photographer / 2017 SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS
Photo: Tom Reel /Staff Photographer

Tiffany Joyce Wider was hosting her annual all-girl summer camp in Columbia, South Carolina when one of the campers dubbed her Super Beauty, because she had the power to make others feel good about themselves.

As an artist based in South Carolina, that nickname sparked an idea in Widers head. Wider, who markets herself as TiffanyJ, imagined a young black super-girl named Super Beauty, who could crusade against bullies and inspire self-confidence in others. Super Beauty could be a champion for TiffanyJs campers, a group of predominantly African-American girls who often struggle with body-image issues.

Eventually, that character would star in Super Beauty Saves the Day, a childrens book released in March written and designed by TiffanyJ about a young black superhero who defeats bullies with acceptance and love. Super Beauty is now coming to life in doll form with the September release of the Super Beauty Doll. The doll can pre-ordered online for $24.99 at iamsuperbeauty.com.

A doe-eyed plush toy modeled after the books character, the doll is loaded with 21 encouraging phrases meant to boost self-esteem in young girls. Super Beauty is made in TiffanyJs likeness, with black skin, brown eyes and a natural hair puff simular to the one once rocked by the artist. The doll has a spunky superhero outfit with a pink bow to match.

Sometimes, our little girls get confused because they automatically think black skin is less valuable, TiffanyJ said. A lot of time when little girls have natural hair, they feel like they have to have straight hair, or the pretty pig tail...

13:19

Saharan dust causes orange haze above Southwest Florida "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Do you notice anything unusual about our sky today? If you look closely, you'll see a slight orange haze above Southwest Florida over the next few days. This haze was very evident around sunrise Wednesday morning looking east. The image below was taken around 7 a.m. from downtown Fort Myers. The source of this orange haze is a layer of dry dusty air originating from the Sahara Desert that's traveled over 6 thousand miles from Africa to South Florida!

13:18

Migrant rescue ship docks in Spain again after Italy refusal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An NGO ship which saved 87 migrants in distress off Libya docked in Spain on Thursday after roaming the Mediterranean for days, the third such vessel to be allowed in the country in two months after Italy refused to take them in.

The white ship belonging to Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms arrived in the southern port of San Roque, just over the bay from Gibraltar, at 9:20am (0720 GMT).

The migrants, nearly all from Sudan including Darfur, had spent 50 hours at sea on board an inflatable boat, without drinking water, and many suffered burns from a mixture of fuel and salt water before they were rescued on August 2.

Migrant rescue ship docks in Spain again after Italy refusal
The Proactiva Open Arms pulls into port. Photo: AFP

There were 75 men and 12 boys.

The NGO says many of them were repeatedly abused in Libya.

San Roque is where Spain hastily opened a new migrant reception centre as hundreds of migrants make the perilous sea crossing to the southern coast of Andalusia every week.

Faced with a crackdown by Libyan authorities and Italys hardline approach to the arrival of migrants, Spain has now become the main destination for those trying to get to Europe from Africa.

More than 23,700 people have arrived in Spain by sea so far this year with 307 dying in the attempt, according to the International Organization for Migration more than during all of last year.

The countrys new Socialist government has also allowed the docking of three NGO rescue ships since June after Italy and Malta refused access.

In June, the French NGO Aquarius ship, which had picked up 630 stranded migrants off Libya, was allowed to dock in Spains eastern port of Valencia.

Then on July 4, Proactiva Open Arms ship docked in Barcelona with 60 migrants.

This time round though, the Spanish government has said the 87 migrants who have arrived in San Roque will be treated in the same way as the hundreds who arrive every week on Spanish shores.

When the Aquarius docked, Madrid had given each migrant a 45-day residency permit for humanitarian reasons.

Those brought back to Barcelona had also been given special treatment.

AFP

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13:16

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Construction on Charlestons African-American Museum to Start Next Year After $11M Pledge
By Robert Behre and Dave Munday
rbehre@postandcourier.com dmunday@postandcourier.com
Aug 7, 2018

Charlestons planned International African American Museum, which has been in the works for more than 18 years, is closing in on its $75 million fundraising goal.

The Charleston Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority voted Tuesday to approve $11 million for the museum, essentially completing the states $25 million pledge toward the project and ensuring that construction will begin early next year.

Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, who has spearheaded efforts to build the museum, called the RDAs pledge really wonderful news and a great partnership.

The RDAs board unanimously agreed to the donation, which will be paid in two equal installments during the next two fiscal years.

Museum CEO Michael Boulware Moore said the $11 million gets us across a major fundraising obstacle.

Retired Rear Adm. William Schachte, chair of the RDAs board, said the authority was formed in 1994 after the Charleston Naval Base was targeted for closure, and its mission extends beyond the former base and shipyard to include revitalizing the tri-county area.

The IAAM will tell an important part of our nations history, he said. Part of our mission at the Charleston RDA is to help revitalize the tri-county area. The IAAM will certainly impact our region and communities well beyond South Carolina, in a positive way.

Entrusting the care of your loved one to people you dont know can be stressful. But, when you find the right nursing home or assisted-care facility, it can make all the difference.

The RDAs move comes more than a month after state lawmakers declined to insert $5 million into the states 2018-19 budget for the museum, money that Riley had hoped to secure.

Despite that setback, he remained upbeat. Riley said Tuesday that state lawmakers encouraged him to reach out to the RDA, a state agency. Schachte said the pledge has been in the works for several weeks but the memorandum of understanding wasnt placed...

12:51

Mahathir Mohamad frees Malaysia from Saudi Influence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Malaysia has withdrawn its troops from the military coalition that is participating in the war against Yemen that was begun by Saudi Arabia. The decision was taken by Malaysia's new Prime Minister, Mahatir Mohamad, who has just shut down the King Salaman Centre for International Peace, KSCIP, established in Putraya, (Malaysia's administrative capital). The new head of government has decided to transfer the powers of the KSCIP to the Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security. The Western (...)

12:11

At least 29 children killed by Saudi-led air strike on Yemeni school bus "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

Coalition says attack in northern Saada 'was a legitimate military operation' and accuses Houthis of using children as human shields

12:06

Saudi Arabias Bin Salman Savagely Lashes Out, From Yemen to Qatar to Canada "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mohamed Bin Salman is at it again. The yacht-loving Renaissance art collector who tried to pull the wool over the eyes of the American elite this spring is a serial diplomatic disaster.

Bin Salmans plans for a transition of Saudi Arabia from being an oil giant to being a financial hub depend heavily on international confidence and investment. Those plans have crashed and burned, in large part because Bin Salman is like a young bearded Donald Trump, erratic and alternately angry and foolish. Foreign Direct Investment in Saudi Arabia collapsed in the past year, as Bin Salman scared investors off with his various rampages. His hopes for an IPO of the Saudi Aramco petroleum company have receded. Electric cars and renewables are coming on fast (renewables just hit a terawatt globally), and the lions share of Saudi Arabias economy depends on an increasingly worthless petroleum.

He launched a catastrophic air war on Yemen in 2015 to defeat the Houthi rebel group that took over north Yemen. Thousands of deaths and injuries later, with hundreds of thousands displaced and millions on the verge of starvation, the war grinds on.

AP has just reported that in this desperate attack on the rival Houthis of Yemen, Saudi Arabia has de facto allied with the al-Qaeda fighters who are also combatting the Houthis. Since the US gives Saudi Arabia logistical and strategic support in this war, it means that Riyadh has dragged Washington into another al-Qaeda alliance, as though this were Afghanistan in the 1980s.

He kidnapped and imprisoned a whole bevy of other princes, confining them in the Ritz Carlton Riyadh until they forked over billions to him. He abducted the sitting prime minister of Lebanon and tried to force him to resign (this plot failed). He blockaded Qatar and appears to have plotted a military invasion of Doha, which was thwarted by Turkey and by Rex Tillerson who allegedly lost his job over it when the Saudis and the UAE whispered in Trumps ear. Thats right Saudi Arabia is a Trump whisperer.

I think there is increasing evidence that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were part of the plot to put Trump into office and then to manipulate him, a story the Washington press often ignores in favor of a sole fixation on Russia.

After the Canadian foreign minister (a woman) called for the release of Saudi prisoners of conscience (an atheist and a womens rights activist), the Saudi monarchy marked Canada for social death. Riyadh expelled the Canadian ambassa...

12:05

Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza in the middle of Cease Fire talks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel and Israel launched scores of air strikes in Gaza as fighting entered a second day on Thursday despite efforts to broker a truce to end months of simmering violence.

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A Palestinian man inspects a Hamas site that was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Al-Mughraqa on the outskirts of Gaza City August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian officials said three people were killed in the Israeli attacks: a member of the Islamist Hamas group that rules Gaza, a pregnant woman, and her 18-month-old child. At least five civilians were wounded, local medical officials said.

The Israeli military said seven people were wounded in southern Israel; one was identified by her employer as a Thai agricultural worker.

The exchanges, which began on Wednesday, have stayed within familiar parameters. The rocket fire from Gaza has not targeted Israels heartland and the Israeli military said its air strikes were limited to Hamas installations.

Yuval Steinitz, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus inner cabinet, told Israel Radio: We are not eager for war and are not interested in a broader confrontation but at the same time it could certainly happen because we will not make any concessions to Hamas.

An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, early Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (AP Photo)

An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, early Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (AP Photo)

Netanyahu was due to convene the security cabinet later to assess the situation.

The flare-up came after officials on both sides had talked about potential progress in an effort by the United Nations and Egypt to broker a truce to end months of violence and alleviate deepening humanitarian and economic hardship in the Gaza Strip.

Rocket warning sirens sounded almost non-stop in the southern Israeli town of Sderot and other border communiti...

11:08

40 Years Later, One Member of the MOVE 9 Walks Free "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Forty years ago this week, on Aug. 8, 1978, Philadelphia police launched a massive attack on the house of MOVE, a radical, back-to-nature, anti-police-brutality and largely African-American organization. As MOVEs women and children huddled in the basement, firefighters blasted the house with at least four high-pressure fire hoses, filling the cellar with water. Police used a bulldozer and fired tear gas into the house. One young MOVE member, Delbert Orr Africa (MOVE members assumed the surname Africa in honor of the groups founder, John Africa), emerged shirtless from the house, with arms raised. With TV cameras rolling, police mercilessly beat him, kicking him in the ribs and head.

Amidst a burst of gunfire that morning, Philadelphia Police Officer James Ramp was killed. While all MOVE members denied using firearms, nine were convicted of third-degree murder for the officers death, each given 30- to 100-year sentences. They became known as the MOVE 9. Veteran Philadelphia journalist Linn Washington Jr. wrote last June, Evidence furthermore indicates that police gunfire accidentally killed the policeman.

Two of the MOVE 9 died behind bars. Debbie Sims Africa was 22 years old and eight months pregnant on that summer day in 1978. After almost 40 years, she was the first to get parole, 10 years beyond her minimum release date. She left prison on June 16, 2018, into the arms of her son, Michael Jr.

The MOVE organization seeks to honor and protect all living things whether they are human beings, dogs, birds, fish, trees, ants, weeds, rivers, wind or rain, according to a MOVE website. They advocate for clean air, clean water and pure food. Debbie Africa appeared on the Democracy Now! news hour, speaking into a television camera brought into her sons suburban Philadelphia home since her parole conditions prohibit her traveling into the city center.

Debbie Africa described how she gave birth in her jail cell not long after her arrest, without alerting the guards: Very quietly, she said, armed with the principle of motherhood and just the teachings of John Africa. She continued: I was determined to not let them know, because I didnt want to be forced to the hospital. I didnt want to be force-fed. I didnt want any kind of violation against my body or him. I wanted to do whatever I could to protect him. She managed to keep him for three days unbeknownst to prison officials. When they discovered the baby, Michael Africa Jr. was taken away. Sitting next to his newly freed mother on Democracy Now!, as he approaches his 40th birthday, he said he was raised as a community kid.

In 1985, MOVE was attacked again by the Philadelphia police as they tried to evict them once more, this time from a different home. Ramona Africa was inside...

11:07

Netanyahu Holds Midnight Security Meeting Over Gaza Escalation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With rockets falling on Sderot and snipers firing from Gaza on civilians, the security cabinet was scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss a possible five-year truce with Hamas.

Now, in light of the escalating situation in Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scheduled an urgent security consultation after midnight Wednesday in Tel Aviv with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Chief of Staff Lt.-General Gadi Eizenkot, Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman, and National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat.

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Palestinian rockets being fired from Gaza City towards Israel

This was the second security cabinet meeting on the matter in five days. Wednesdays escalation came following the IDFs killing of two Hamas snipers on Tuesday. The IDF said that the strike on the snipers was an error, since the snipers were conducting a training drill and not firing at Israelis. Hamas pledged retaliation for that action, and the communities in the South were on alert throughout the day Wednesday, waiting for Hamas to deliver on its threat.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman, Chief of Staff Eizenkot and

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman, Chief of Staff Eizenkot and others at urgent security cabinet meeting, Aug 9 2018. (photo credit: ARIEL HERMONI / DEFENSE MINISTRY)

Wednesday nights intense rocket fire on Sderot led to an Israeli military response before and throughout the security cabinet meeting.

Raw footage of Hamas terrorists shooting at IDF troops from an outpost in the Gaza Strip and IDF retaliation, August 7, 2018 (IDF Spokespersons Unit)

According to reports by the Israeli national new, the IDF carried out strikes against over 100 Hamas terror targets, including rocket launch pads and terror tunnels.

The incidents came even as....

10:55

Restored Republic via a GCR as of Aug. 9, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Aug 9, 2018

Compiled 9 Aug. 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, Twenty Two Faces, Byingtons Before Its News articles on a Cabal Vatican-sponsored international pedophile Child Trafficking Ring: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

Source: Dinar Chronicles

The below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to decide whether or not it is valid. Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world.

A. Aug. 8 2018 TNT Call Ray, Tony: http://tobtr.com/s/10923041 

1. The Dinar was now international.

2. We were waiting for announcement of the Iraqi election recount, after which the Dinar rates were expected to change on bank screens and the 800#s released. That announcement has been moved to tomorrow Aug. 9. (Our Wed. night Aug. 8 - early Thurs. morning Aug. 9 in the US)

3. The Rial was not in the first basket. It may RV in five years or so.

4. Zimbabwe was wanting to get the Zim up to $ .72. They were storing their gold and diamond reserves so this could happen.

B. Aug. 8 2018 12:22 pm EST Intel Alert: Operation Disclosure: GCR/RV Intel Alert for August 8, 2018 Operation Disclosure (Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on rumors/leaks from several sources which may or may not be truthful or accurate.)

1. The Caba.........

09:00

Kenya Director of Public prosecutions files appeal against Feisal ivory release "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Daily Nation (Kenya)

By PHILIP MUYANGA

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IN SUMMARY
  • Justice Dora Chepkwony, while releasing Mr Ali, had termed the sentence imposed on him as unconstitutional.
  • She noted that the sentence was severe and that the prosecution failed to prove that Mr Ali was the owner of the ivory.
  • She said if the appellant was found guilty he would have been fined Sh1 million or serve a minimum of one-year imprisonment.The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has filed a notice of appeal following a decision quashing a 20-year jail term imposed on businessman Feisal Ali Mohammed who had been convicted of possessing ivory valued at Sh44 million.

Through prosecutor Jami Yamina, the DPP said he was aggrieved and dissatisfied with the decision of Justice Dora Chepkwony who had termed the sentence imposed on Mr Mohammed as unconstitutional.

Take notice that the DPP being aggrieved, appeals to the Court of Appeal against the whole decision of Justice Chepkwony, the notice.

SEVERE

Justice Chepkwony noted that the sentence was severe and that the prosecution failed to prove that Mr Mohammed was the owner of the ivory or was engaged in trafficking the trophies.

The judge also threw out a cross appeal which had been filed by the DPP seeking to overturn the acquittal of four other people who had been charged alongside Mr Ali and enhancement of the 20-year jail sentence.

The sentence that was imposed by the trial court on July 22, 2016 was unconstitu...

08:57

Trying to save Africas elephants "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Washington Post

August 8 at 6:00 AM


A team of wildlife veterinarians uses a vehicle and a rope to turn over a tranquilized elephant so they can attach a GPS tracking collar and remove the tranquilizer dart at Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. (Ben Curtis/AP)

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08:36

Botswana elephant poaching hotspot identified as Linyanti Swamp area "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mmegi/Monitor (Botswana)

Poaching Ivory Tower Discovered In Okavango Delta 

The 2018 Botswana Elephant Census conducted by Elephant Without Borders (EWB) and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) has uncovered a shocking hotspot for ivory in the Okavango Delta, the 1000th UNESCO World Heritage Site.

By THALEFANG CHARLES Mon 06 Aug 2018, 13:10 pm (GMT +2)

Principal investigator of the Census Dr Mike Chase revealed their explosive discovery this week in a Poaching Report titled Ivory Tower. The report suggests that despite the perceived strict anti-poaching strategies by government, there is a major poaching frenzy on elephants happening in the highly protected Okavango Delta.

Today (August 3, 2018) we counted 48 elephant carcasses, Ill repeat that 48 dead elephants. Carcasses of all age c...

08:20

BBC News ignores brewing Red Sea tensions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Back in late June we highlighted a report by the INSS on the topic of the Red Sea.

Although the threat posed by pirates in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait has declined in recent years as a result of international action, a new threat to freedom of navigation has emerged there due to the war in Yemen, which assumed a distinctively regional character with the onset of the Saudi campaign against the Houthis in 2015. The Iranian-supported Houthi rebels have mined areas along the coast of Yemen, used explosive boats and anti-ship missiles to attack primarily American and Saudi military maritime vessels, and on at least one occasion (in April 2018) struck a Saudi oil tanker. []

The Red Sea arena possesses considerable economic importance. The Bab el-Mandeb Strait is 29 kilometers wide and constitutes a maritime chokepoint and strategic link between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean.  A significant volume of the worlds maritime traffic passes through the Strait, including a daily average of some five million barrels of oil. The Suez Canal constitutes an important source of income for Egypt, as does the port of Aqaba for Jordan and the port of Jeddah for Saudi Arabia (its most important port). It is also the route of passage to the port of Eilat.

On July 25th another attack on Saudi Arabian ships in the Bab el-Mandeb strait took place and Saudi Arabia subsequently temporarily halted oil exports via that route....

07:41

Carbon taxes and food security "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Tomoko Hasgawa, et.al. in Nature:

Food insecurity can be directly exacerbated by climate change due to crop-production-related impacts of warmer and drier conditions that are expected in important agricultural regions. However, efforts to mitigate climate change through comprehensive, economy-wide GHG emissions reductions may also negatively affect food security, due to indirect impacts on prices and supplies of key agricultural commodities. Here we conduct a multiple model assessment on the combined effects of climate change and climate mitigation efforts on agricultural commodity prices, dietary energy availability and the population at risk of hunger. A robust finding is that by 2050, stringent climate mitigation policy, if implemented evenly across all sectors and regions, would have a greater negative impact on global hunger and food consumption than the direct impacts of climate change. The negative impacts would be most prevalent in vulnerable, low-income regions such as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where food security problems are already acute.

In other words, one needs to be very careful with a carbon tax.  For the pointer, I thank Charles Klingman.

The post Carbon taxes and food security appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

06:00

Dozens dead in Yemen as bus carrying children hit by airstrike "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dozens of civilians, mostly children, have been killed and more wounded in an airstrike by the US-backed, Saudi-led coalition in Yemen that hit a bus in the rebel-held north of the country.

05:48

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mom of Girl Stunned by Cop: If You Can't Restrain Little Kids, 'Find a Different Job'
Sharon Coolidge and Cameron Knight
Cincinnati Enquirer
9:24 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2018

On Monday, a Cincinnati police officer used a Taser to stop an 11-year-old girl from leaving a grocery store after she allegedly stole snacks. Investigations have been launched and the girl's mother is calling for policy changes.

Officer Kevin Brown, 55, was working an off-duty security detail at the Spring Grove Village Kroger, police said. He was investigating a group of juvenile girls suspected of stealing from the store.

According to police officials, Brown approached one of the girls, but she ignored his commands to stop and kept walking out of the store. Brown fired his Taser at her striking her in the back.

The girl was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She was also charged with theft and obstructing official business. Her date in juvenile court has not yet been scheduled. She's been released into the custody of her mother, Donna Gowdy.

However, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Wednesday the girl would not be charged criminally, adding that he supports an investigation into why a Taser was used.

"Generally with anyone under the age of 12, we want law enforcement to discuss charges with us," Deters said. "That was not done in this case."

Mayor John Cranley also weighed in, releasing a statement that reads:

Tasing an 11-year old who posed no danger to the police is wrong. I'm sorry for the harm done to her and her family. This evening I called and asked Prosecutor Deters to drop charges against the girl. I'm happy to report that he did and I thank him for doing so.

Gowdy found out what happened from some of the other kids in the neighborhood Monday night. She said she waited until about 10 p.m. until police contacted her and arranged to take her to the hospital for the family's Winton Hills apartment.

"I feel disappointed in the system," Gowdy said. "I feel hurt."

She said her daughter admitted to taking the snacks, but that police should have handled the situation diffe...

05:37

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

11-Year-Old Stunned With Taser by Ohio Officer Who Suspected Her of Stealing
Aug. 8, 2018

A Cincinnati police officer stunned an 11-year-old girl with a Taser on Monday, the citys Police Department said, setting off anger and driving officials to re-examine the departments use-of-force policy.

The girl, who is African-American, was suspected of shoplifting food, Councilman Jeff Pastor said on Wednesday. The officer, who is also black, was off duty and working a security detail for the Kroger grocery store where the incident happened, Mr. Pastor said.

As a father, I could never imagine a scenario where it is acceptable to Tase an 11-year-old child, he said. Ever. Ever.

Chief Eliot Isaac of the Cincinnati Police Department said in a statement on Tuesday: We are extremely concerned when force is used by one of our officers on a child of this age. We will be taking a very thorough review of our policies as it relates to using force on juveniles as well as the propriety of the officers actions.

According to the Cincinnati Police Departments procedure manual, Tasers may be used on children as young as 7. But before using a stun gun, the manual says, officers must consider the severity of the crime and the risk of danger to others if the person is not quickly apprehended.

Use the Taser for self-defense or to control subjects that are actively resisting arrest, the manual says, adding that whenever possible, the subject should be given a verbal warning and the officer should obtain backup.

Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman, the chairman of Cincinnatis Law and Public Safety Committee, said he was introducing legislation on Wednesday that proposes raising the minimum age for Taser use by officers to 12. He also asked for a comprehensive look at all of the Tasing episodes involving minor children over the last two years and a complete review of all Tasing policies.

During the episode on Monday, the 11-year-old girl was accompanied by several young women who were all allegedly stealing items from the store, a spokesman for the Cincinnati police said in a statement.

When the officer approached one of the girls, she continued to walk away, ignoring...

04:29

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ivory Coast's Simone Gbagbo Leaves Detention After Amnesty
09 Aug 2018 02:43AM
Channel News Asia

ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo was released from detention on Wednesday (Aug 8) after being granted an amnesty for her part in a short civil war in 2011, according to a Reuters witness.

The wife of former President Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to accept electoral defeat triggered the war, walked out of Abidjan's Ecole de Gendarmerie in which she had been detained since 2013. President Alassane Ouattara granted her amnesty on Monday, along with 800 others.

The move appeared calculated at soothing political tensions ahead of 2020 elections that many fear could turn violent, as some past polls have.

Ivory Coast is Francophone West Africa's largest and most successful economy, and the world's leading cocoa producer, but the tendency of its politicians to exploit disputes over land and ethnicity makes it volatile around election time.

Some 3,000 people were killed in the war following the disputed 2010 election.

Ouattara's ruling RDR coalition has fallen out with the coalition's junior partner, the PDCI, whose leader Henri Konan Bedie expelled party members named to a new cabinet last month.

The alliance was seen as a key factor keeping the peace between Ivory Coast's central Baoule ethnic group and the rival Dioula people of northern Ivory Coast, many of whom are migrants from Mali and Burkina Faso.

Besides Simone Gbagbo, another beneficiary was Kamagate Souleymane, a former rebel when Laurent Gbagbo was in power, and who is close to national assembly leader Guillaume Soro.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/ivory-coast-s-simone-gbagbo-leaves-detention-after-amnesty-10601076

04:17

NASS: APC justifies DSS invasion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has justified Tuesdays invasion of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS). The ruling party alleged that the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, had invited thugs to the complex to cause trouble. APC stated that but for the intervention of security operatives, the planned violence []

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04:17

INEC chair: Judge determined to jail me "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Court insists IGP must arrest Yakubu The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday alleged that Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja is determined to send him to prison without recourse to rule of law. Yakubus position was contained in a petition he sent to []

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04:11

Defectors strangled Buharis govt for too long Lai Mohammed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammmed, in this interview speaks on the recent defection of members of the ruling All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and developments in Kwara State politics, among other issues. FELIX NWANERI reports   How would you react to the gale of defections that recently rocked []

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04:08

Sacked DSS boss under house arrest "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Buhari, Osinbajo agreed to sack Daura Presidency The sacked Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, will remain under house arrest, a competent Presidency source who prefers not to be quoted has confirmed to our correspondent. He noted that shortly after his sacking by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday, the []

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04:08

EFCC freezes Akwa Ibom, Benue govts accounts "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ortom: They want to cripple my state   PDP to FG: Unfreeze state accounts The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen bank accounts of Akwa Ibom and Benue governments. A source alleged that no reason was given and no court order was served in the freezing of Akwa Ibom State accounts. The freezing []

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04:07

Saraki, Dogara: Were not desperate for power "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, said that the presiding officers of the National Assembly were not desperate for power at all cost. This was as they maintained that there is a government within the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, desperately attempting to []

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03:59

Insecurity: Nigerians should hold security agencies responsible Makarfi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, yesterday, disclosed that the time has come for security agencies to begin to live up to expectations in tackling the security challenges in the country.   Speaking at his 62nd birthday celebration organised by the Nigeria Youth Project (NYP) in Kaduna, Makarfi said that the work of []

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03:57

Presidency not for small boys Daniel "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is the Director General of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation for the 2019 presidential election. He speaks in this interview on the chances of the former vice president emerging the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as winning the election. FELIX NWANERI reports   []

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03:50

Women U-20 World Cup: Falconets battle Haiti in crunch tie "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The Falconets of Nigeria will on Thursday (today) face Haiti in Saint Malo, as they strive to keep their qualification hopes at the ongoing France 2018 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Chris Danjumas lasses went down to Germany by a lone goal in their opening match on Monday at the same venue and with the []

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03:48

Defection hits Nasarawa APC as 5,000 members defect to PDP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The gale of defection sweeping across the country yesterday hit Nasarawa State as over 5,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) belonging to the Kwankwasiyya group in the state defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).   The event took place at the state secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lafia, where []

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02:00

Nicaraguas Failed Coup "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Charles Redvers While the international pressure continues, by mid-July it became clear that, for the time being at least, the opposition in Nicaragua no longer has sufficient local support to achieve its goal. Espaol For three months Daniel Ortega and his government in Nicaragua were under intense pressure to resign from protesters and opposition...

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23:56

How BRICS Plus Clashes With The US Economic War On Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

August 04, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -  The key take away from the BRICS summit in Johannesburg is that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa important Global South players strongly condemn unilateralism and protectionism. The Johannesburg Declaration is unmistakable: We recognize that the multilateral trading system is facing unprecedented challenges. We underscore the importance of an open world economy. Closer examination of Chinese President Xi Jinpings speech unlocks some poignant details. Xi, crucially, emphasizes delving further into our strategic partnership. That implies increased BRICS and Beyond BRICS multilateral trade, investment and economic and financial connectivity.

23:32

In One Year, MSNBC Covered Stormy Daniels 455 Times, War in Yemen 0 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by  via Anti Media

Why is the No. 1 outlet of alleged anti-Trump #resistance completely ignoring his most devastating war?

(FAIR) As FAIR has noted before (1/8/18, 3/20/18), to MSNBC, the carnage and destruction the US and its Gulf Monarchy allies are leveling against the poorest country in the Arab world is simply a non-issue.

On July 2, a year had passed since the cable networks last segment mentioning US participation in the war on Yemen, which has killed in excess of 15,000 people and resulted in over a million cases of cholera. The US is backing a Saudi-led bombing campaign with intelligence, refueling, political cover, military hardware and, as of March, ground troops. None of this matters at all to what Adweek (4/3/18) calls the network of the Resistance, which has since its last mention of the USs role in the destruction of Yemen found time to run over a dozen segments highlighting war crimes committed by the S...

22:56

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cote d'Ivoire: Simone Gbagbo Gets Amnesty With Hundreds of Others
President Alassane Ouattara has announced the granting of amnesty to 800 prisoners, including the former first lady of Cote d'Ivoire Simone Gbagbo.

In a message to the nation on the eve of the celebration of the 58th anniversary of the independence of Cte d'Ivoire, Ouattara reaffirmed his willingness to hand over in 2020, according to Fratmat.info.

Also to be released are former defense minister Lida Kouassi, who was convicted of conspiracy and former minister of construction Assoa Adou.

Souleymane Kamarat ("Soul to Soul") also received amnesty.

According to Radio France International, the president said "about sixty soldiers and members of armed groups who have committed blood crimes" will remain in prison.

22:39

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Angola to Host Peace and Security Summit on August 14
08.08.2018
APA News

Seven heads of state from Central and Southern Africa, including Congolese Denis Sassou NGuesso, will take part in a summit meeting on peace and security in these two sub-regions of the continent on August 14 in Luanda (Angola), the Congolese presidency announced on Wednesday.

The information was given by Angolas Minister of Foreign Relations, Manuel Domingos Augusto, who, during an audience with the Congolese president, sent him a verbal invitation from his Angolan counterpart, Joo Loureno, the Presidency noted.

During this meeting, the heads of state will discuss the persistence of violence in CAR, the electoral process in DR Congo and many other issues, the presidency added quoting the Angolan minister.

In addition to Denis Sassou NGuesso and his Angolan counterpart, Joao Loureno, the meeting will be attended by the Presidents of the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Rwanda, Gabon and Uganda.

21:48

Trump and Palestine: The shock of the century "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The "deal of the century" that President Trump has promised will resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict may be easily dismissed in terms of its substance, considering the extremist views of its authors, but it will have to be dealt with eventually - one way or another. For the past 18 months, the president's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, along with his cohorts, Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Middle East Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt, have been preparing the grounds for a great bargain between Israel and "moderate" Arab regimes, notably Egypt and Saudi Arabia - one that would end the Palestinian problem, allow for normalisation of relations, and pave the way for a new strategic alignment against a surging Iran. Judging by their smirks and statements, Kushner and Company have succeeded in tightening the noose around Palestine in complicity with Egyptian and Saudi leaders and are now waiting for the right time to unleash a diplomatic blitzkrieg. But how could such a trio of staunch supporters of Israeli settlement expansion come up with a deal that merits the moniker "deal of the century?" One that is comprehensive and acceptable to both Israel and the Arabs, who insist on a two states solution that includes East Jerusalem? The answer lies in the timing, packaging and delivery.

20:11

Ugandan journalist attacked twice while covering parliamentary elections "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nairobi, August 8, 2018--Authorities in Uganda should rigorously investigate two attacks on journalist Damba Wiziri that occurred while he was covering a recent national parliamentary election in Sheema Municipality, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

19:51

Zambia Denies Asylum Claim by Zimbabwe Opposition Leader "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zambian immigration authorities today rejected a claim of asylum by Tendai Biti, a leading figure in the MDC Alliance opposition party who fled post-election violence and certain arrest in Zimbabwe.   Expand MDCA principal Tendai Biti addressing a press conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 31, 2018. 2018 Human Rights Watch Zambia also rejected claims by [...]

19:37

When and how did the Aboriginal people first arrive in Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Many Aboriginal Australians would say with conviction that they have always been here. Their ancestors and traditional learnings tell them of this history, and their precise place within it. Our review of the scientific evidence, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that for all practical purposes, this is indeed the case. Their ancestors arrived shortly after 50,000 years ago - effectively forever, given that modern human populations only moved out of Africa 50,000-55,000 years ago.

18:57

PHOTO: Saraki visits Babangida in Minna "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senate President Bukola Saraki has arrived Minna, capital of Niger State to hold a private meeting with the former military President Ibrahim Babangida. The meeting is taking place at the Hilltop residence, of the former military ruler. Saraki landed at Minna International Airport at about 4.10 PM and drove straight to the hilltop home of []

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18:38

JUST IN: Godswill Akpabio dumps PDP for APC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom state, has officially dumped the Peoples Democratic Party for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Mr Akpabio who is currently a senator representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial district had earlier resigned his position as Minority leader in the Senate. Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom governor has fired two commissioners from []

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18:37

How American Life Became Unlivable "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Why the Young Want to Leave, the Middle-Aged are Broke, and the Old are Giving Up

Over the last year or so, many, maybe most, young people I know are making plansor at least have dreamsto leave the USA. To touch down on shores richer with possibility. Like all great trends, that ones a sign. American life has become unlivable. Why? And how?

Think about it from the end of a lifenot the beginning. Theres a new boom amongst retirees. Bankruptcy. Basic costs of lifehealthcare, food, and the likehave eaten up so much of their income, many are simply declaring themselves broke. How terrible. And yet if old people are going broke because they cant afford to eat, sleep, and go to the doctor, basicallywhat about young people, whose future is becoming those old people? Would you want to grow old in a society where youd have to declare bankruptcy at 70? What would you even do then? Doesnt that frighten you a little?

So how did America get to this point? What happens in between the beginning and the end of a lifein the middle? People have to make ends meet. But in American, they cant. Not anymore. Life itself has become a wretched, desperate affair. Do you think I exaggerate? How do you feel most days? Happyor anxious, frightened, and worried? How did you get there?

Americans think of hyperinflation as a thing that affect banana republicspoorly governed countries, Venezuela, little African barely-states. But the truth is that hyperinflation has wrecked American life, devastated its middle class, destroyed the prospects of its young, and made life unlivable. How so?

Healthcare has risen by two thousand percent. The price of education has gone up by 1000%. Food, 300%. Rent and house prices, 400%. Childcare, 500%. You can add to that list as you see fit. I call it eudaimonic hyperinflationTVs get cheaper, but the price of the basic stuff of a good life rockets upwards beyond the edges of the solar system, way beyond the point of sanity, let alone reason.....

18:30

This new fund is preserving the sites of African American history "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We wanted to build a social impact community to create a shared vision to tell the full history of our nation.

In August 2017, a rally of hate groups protesting the removal of two statues honoring Confederate generals turned violent and deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a sad, tragic, and generally grotesque event. But it also sparked a counter-wave of black history preservation efforts, to ensure that more Americans remember the past correctly.

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18:21

RV/Intelligence Alert: "Gentle" -- August 8, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Operation Disclosure

RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT - August 8, 2018


(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on rumors/leaks from several sources which may or may not be truthful or accurate.)


The Cabal-MIC have been defeated and all that remains are remnants.


"If we can't have the world, then no one will."


The remainder of the Cabal know that they are beyond the point of ever fulfilling their agenda to enslave us.


All they wish now is to bring us down with them.


They will not succeed.


The restoration of the Republic is occurring in real time.


The 2nd Civil War is being discretely and effectively fought.


A gentle transition is being made for the masses to let go of the old way of life which the Cabal designed for us to keep us in debt slavery.


Zimbabwe is now on course to becoming the most wealthiest nation in the world.


Zimbabwe will have the most valuable currency in the world backed by abundant rare earth materials.


The RV is currently on track to release and can be expected at any moment (ideally between 11:58 PM EDT and 12:01 AM EDT any day of the week).


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17:42

Libyan Army calls on Putin to help solve the Libya crisis amid foreign support for jihadists, efforts to hinder elections "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Libyan National Army (LNA) earlier accused Turkey and Qatar of supporting jihadist militants in the country, also stating that Rome, who has supported the Government of National Accord (GNA), hinders attempts to hold elections. "The Libyan problem also needs engagement from Russia and President Putin himself, the removal of external actors, for example, Turkey, Qatar, specifically Italy, from the Libyan arena. Russian diplomacy should play an important role in this issue," LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari said on Wednesday. Earlier today the spokesman told Sputnik that more than 100 LNA servicemen, who had been injured in clashes with extremists, have received medical treatment in Russia, adding that it had made "a good impression on the armed forces." He also noted that the LNA plans to carry out presidential and parliamentary elections in December.

17:40

ECETI News -- Sirius News "IndyWatch Feed Africa"



Sirius News

A Message from the Brilliance in Commerce:

The annual 8:8 Lionsgate occurs on August 8th during the month of Leo, the Lion. It is the time of year when our planet aligns with Star Sirius and the Galactic Center, creating a harmonious portal that unites matter and antimatter.

The powerful energies of the Lions Gate portal are assisting Gaia through the Gateways of Time and into the higher dimensions that are guarded by the Royal Sirian Lions of yesterday and tomorrow.

Often called the Dog Days of Summer, the star Sirius (Dog Star) rises and sets with our sun between July 3 and August 11th. During this time Sirian indigo light uplifts humanity and opens portals to the halcyon days of Lemuria. The 8-8 Lions Gate opens the hallways of time to ancient history when Sirian Masters traveled to Earth and taught the principles of Ascension.

The ancient Egyptians celebrated the annual event when Star Sirius aligned with the Great Pyramid forming a frequency receptor of celestial light transmission. While the Lions Gate is open, we are blessed with increased power and strength to change the world as a planetary sanctuary for all life.

17:29

BREAKING: EFCC freezes accounts of Akwa Ibom government "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen the bank accounts of the Akwa Ibom state government. Recall that the EFCC has also frozen the account of Benue state government. Udom Emmanuel, the governor of Akwa Ibom, and accountant-general of the state are said to be in shocked by the development. Details later

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17:17

New bill banning smoking in public places draws ire in Gauteng, South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Gauteng Liquor Forum is calling for the scrapping of the Tobacco Bill which is currently open for public comment. They are arguing that the current Bill is effective but needs a better enforcement plan. The Bill, if passed, seeks to ban the display of all tobacco products. In addition, smokers could face a three months jail sentence if found smoking in public. Dedicated smoking areas in restaurants will also be removed. Chairperson of the Gauteng Liquor Forum, Fanny Mokoena says the banning of smoking in public places will have a negative impact on their members.

17:17

NAssembly Blockade a show of shame Saraki "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has called for investigation into the blockade at the entrance of the National Assembly by security operatives on Tuesday. He made the call while addressing a World News Conference in Abuja on Wednesday. Saraki said that to forestall a recurrence of the incident, an investigation should be []

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17:16

Canada Is Not Alone in Its Diplomatic Beef With Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The failure of Western allies to rally around Canada in its dispute with Saudi Arabia risks luring the kingdom into a false belief that economic sanctions will shield it from, if not reverse mounting criticism of its human rights record and conduct of the war in Yemen. It also risks convincing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that acting with impunity will not impinge on his efforts to attract badly needed foreign investment.

In a sign of the times, Canada was this week not the only country to take a critical approach towards Saudi Arabia. Weeks after announcing the withdrawal of Malaysian troops from the 41-nation, Saudi-sponsored Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), Malaysian defense minister Mohamad Sabu ordered the immediate closure of the Saudi-backed King Salman Centre for International Peace (KSCIP).

The Saudi-funded centre was established during a visit to Malaysia last year by King Salman to project the kingdom as a leader in the fight against political violence and the promotion of peace. The establishment of the centre constituted a shift in Saudi Arabias soft power strategy that for decades was premised on generous global funding of ultra-conservative strands of Sunni Muslim Islam.

The centre would have also helped extend Saudi influence in Southeast Asia by bringing together Islamic scholars and intelligence agencies in an effort to counter extremist interpretations of Islam in cooperation with the Saudi-funded Islamic Science University of Malaysia, and the Muslim World League, a Saudi governmental non-governmental organization that long served as a vehicle for global propagation of ultra-conservatism.

The Saudi-Canadian spat erupted after Canadas ambassador to the kingdom, Dennis Horak, called on Saudi Arabia to release detained women activists, including Samar Badawi, the sister-in-law of a recently naturalized Canadian citizen, Ensaf Haidar. Ms. Haidar is married to Ms. Badawis brother, Raif Badawi, who was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes for promoting freedom of expression and womens rights.

The spat follows similar incidents with...

17:15

Rekhmire: The First Masonic Grand Master of the Deep State "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Moe Bedard

In studying this lost history, I have discovered what appears to be the first known evidence and physical proof of what we can call The First Masonic Grand Master of the Deep State. These Masonic revelations I discovered in the tomb of a very important Egyptian noble and official of the 18th dynasty who served as Governor of the Town of Thebes and Vizier for Pharaohs Thutmosis III and Amenhotep II.

His name is Rekhmire.

The image above shows us Rekhmires Masonic symbols and the way he faces, the position of his feet and also what he holds in his hands are done purposely to indicate his royal authority and also the subjects AKA slaves who were all under his magical sway. He advances with his right foot forward as he holds the Shepards cane/crook in his right hand to control the slaves and in his left hand is the scepter to beat any unruly slaves/masons under the Kings sway that runs behind his body.

In ancient Egypt, Rekhmire held the royal title of Vizier which is the highest-ranking government official, appointed by the pharaoh and acting as his chancellor (chief administrator; Egyptian: taty).

Vizier was a term for the chief administrators of Upper and Lower Egypt during the times when the administration of the country was headed by two officials with the vizier for the North (Lower Egypt, the Nile D...

17:12

Is Kenya Falling into the China Debt Trap? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenya is an important component of Chinas overall Africa strategy. The country is home to major Chinese-funded and built infrastructure projects and has thus become a showcase for Beijings development and investment initiatives on the continent. It is also home to the port of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean, a key link in the Belt and Road Initiatives Maritime Silk Road between Asia and Europe via the Suez Canal.

A large chunk of Chinese financing has gone into Kenyas 485 km standard gauge railway linking the capital of Nairobi with the port city of Mombasa. Now known as the SGR or Madaraka Express, the rail line is the result of a US$ 3.2 billion contract signed with the state-owned China Roads and Bridges Corporation in 2014. Over 85% of financing for the project came from China, and as of 2018 both passenger and freight service have commenced. The passenger line cuts travel time from its previous twelve hours to five. It moved some 1.3 million passengers in its first year and raked in nearly US$ 10 million in passenger sales. Freight service has not been so successful out of the gates. Importers have been reluctant to use the line, and it was used to transport just 1,600 of the roughly 80,000 containers that went through Mombasa in the first month it was operational. The lack of customers has prompted several tariff cuts by the authorities, who are trying to encourage shippers to switch from road-based options. As it stands there are fears that the railway will never transport the kind of volumes that would allow it to pay off the loans required to build it.

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17:08

Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, August 9, 2018 I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do

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Art: Get Thee Behind MeSatan, by James Tissot

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Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 410

Reading 1 JER 31:31-34

The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
and the house of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers:
the day I took them by the hand
to lead them forth from the land of Egypt;
for they broke my covenant,
and I had to show myself their master, says the LORD.
But this is the covenant that I will make
with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD.
I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts;
I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
No longer will they have need to teach their friends and relatives
how to know the LORD.
All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the LORD,
for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19

R. (12a) Create a clean heart in me, O God.
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
I will teach transgressors your ways,
...

16:52

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

IMF Keeps Mozambique Under Its Purview
August 3, 2018
IMF News Release

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMFs Executive Board. This mission will not result in a Board discussion.

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Ricardo Velloso visited Maputo during July 25August 3, 2018, to take stock of recent macroeconomic developments, update the macroeconomic framework for 2018-19, and provide input to the preparation of the 2019 draft budget.

At the end of the mission, Mr. Velloso issued the following statement:

The Mozambican economy is recovering gradually. Real GDP growth reached 3 percent in 2017 percentage point higher than projected by Fund staff in the last Article IV consultationsupported by a stronger-than-expected recovery in agriculture and significantly higher mining production. Inflation declined rapidly, from a peak of 26 percent (year-on-year) in November 2016 to about 6 percent (year-on-year) in June, reflecting tight monetary policy, exchange rate stability, and decelerating food price increases. Strong export performance and subdued import growth have helped narrow the external current account deficit, supporting a large accumulation of international reserves, which at end-June covered about 6 months of next years projected non-megaproject imports.

On the fiscal front, the government took important measures that helped contain the fiscal deficit: subsidies on fuel and wheat were eliminated, an automatic fuel price adjustment mechanism was adopted, and electricity and public transportation prices were increased. Responding to rapid disinflation, the Bank of Mozambique has been easing monetary policy, cutting its policy rate by a total of 600 basis points since April 2017.

The near-term outlook is of gradual and broad-based recovery in economic activity and subdued inflation. Real GDP growth is projected in the range of 3 percent to 4 percent in 2018, picking up to the range of 4 percent to 4 percent in 2019. This recovery is expected to be supported by further decl...

16:42

7 takeaway from Sarakis world press conference "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Earlier today, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki held a press conference to address yesterdays invasion of the National Assembly by the men of the Department of State Security (DSS). In his address, the Senate President decried the use of security apparatus to perpetrate unlawful activities capable of endangering our democracy. He []

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16:28

2019: Senator Jonah Jang declares for Presidency "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The immediate Past Governor of Plateau State and the Serving Senator representing Plateau Northern Senatorial District at the National Assembly Sen. Jonah David Jang had declared his intention to contest for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come 2019 under the Platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Senator Jang who is the []

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16:08

Phillips Consulting Transforms Banking in Nigeria with Introduction of Intellect Digital Solution "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Phillips Consulting Transforms Banking in Nigeria with Introduction of Intellect Digital Solution Leading management consulting firm, Phillips Consulting Limited (PCL), has transformed the financial technology sector by introducing cutting-edge technology, Intellect Digital Core Banking Solution, to Nigeria. Phillips Consulting collaborated with Intellect Design Arena Limited, a global leading company that offers services in Financial Technology []

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15:09

PHOTO: Bomb discovered in Delta "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The discovery of an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, created panic, yesterday, in Asaba, Delta State. According to reports, the IED was spotted around North West Filling station, opposite Oshimili South secretariat. Men of the Delta State police anti-bomb squad were later called in to evacuate it.

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15:08

DSS DG sack: Osinbajo consulted Buhari -presidency "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are unanimous in the decision of the sack of the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) Lawal Daura. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina stated this on Wednesday while briefing State House correspondents after the weekly []

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15:05

BREAKING: NASS Leadership Meet With INEC Boss "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, are currently meeting with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu in Abuja. The meeting with the NASS leadership is to discuss the funding of the 2019 general elections and the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. The Senate []

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14:31

PHOTOS: Mini van catches fire on Third Mainland Bridge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A minivan caught fire on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos on Wednesday leading to traffic build up on the bridge. According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Response Unit Twitter handle, @lasemasocial, the fire started early Wednesday at the Adekunle axis of the bridge. OK so apparently there's a car ablaze Good thing []

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14:28

AP Blasts US Support To Pro al-Qaida Coalition In Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ATAQ, Yemen (AP) Again and again over the past two years, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has claimed it won decisive victories that drove al-Qaida militants from their strongholds across Yemen and shattered their ability to attack the West.

Heres what the victors did not disclose: many of their conquests came without firing a shot.

Thats because the coalition cut secret deals with al-Qaida fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Hundreds more were recruited to join the coalition itself.

These compromises and alliances have allowed al-Qaida militants to survive to fight another day and risk strengthening the most dangerous branch...

14:19

FLASHBACK: Saudi Arabia sends death-row inmates to fight in Syria against Assad "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi Arabia has sent death-row inmates from several nations to fight against the Syrian government in exchange for commuting their sentences, the Assyrian International News Agency reports. Citing what it calls a "top secret memo" in April from the Ministry of Interior, AINA says the Saudi offered 1,239 inmates a pardon and a monthly stipend for their families, which were were allowed to stay in the Sunni Arab kingdom. Syrian President Bashar Assad is an Alawite, a minority Shiite sect. According to an English translation of the memo, besides Saudis, the prisoners included Afghans, Egyptians, Iraqis, Jordanians, Kuwaitis, Pakistanis, Palestinians, Somalis, Sudanese, Syrians and Yemenis. All faced "execution by sword" for murder, rape or drug smuggling. Russia, which has backed Assad, objected to the bargain and allegedly threatened to bring the issue to the United Nations, said an unidentified former Iraqi member of Parliament who confirmed the memo's authenticity, says AINA, an independent outlet.

14:15

NASS Siege, Democracy And Fascism. By Law Mefor "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it Frantz Fanon Beyond any More

14:00

Chinas Empire of Debt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Summary

Staggering in its ambition, Chinas globe-spanning Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aims to spend trillions of dollars on infrastructure financing in Asia, Europe, and Africa over the coming years ahead. Even before BRI, the rising superpower was a leading lender worldwide.

Chinese finance represents a chance for economic rejuvenation in some states. For others, its a shackle that will create unredeemable fiscal burdens in the near future. This model of debt dependency will increase Beijings geopolitical leverage over small and impoverished states, grant favorable access to key resources, and potentially revolutionize the power balance in international forums like the IMF and the UN General Assembly. It will also give Beijing a powerful voice in regional forums, allowing it to influence decision processes from which it would otherwise be excluded, such as ASEAN deliberations on the South China Sea dispute.

This is not a phenomenon that is historically unprecedented. Western countries engaged in a similar lending binge both during and after the Cold War, one that ultimately resulted in undue influence over the domestic and foreign policies of countries in the developing world.

 

Background

International studies have shown there are already a number of states that are increasingly at risk of debt peonage to China (i.e. countries with large outstanding debts held by Beijing, and whose economies are unlikely to grow at a sustainable enough clip to meet their future debt payments on schedule. These countries include Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, the Maldives, Mongolia, Montenegro, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Then there are other countries such as Nepal or Cambodia, who could easily join this group in the near future due to their growing need for outside finance. This report will cover four countries in particular where Chinas geopolitical ambitions are converging with the BRI and other state-backed lending schemes aimed at expanding Beijings commercial, and by extension geopolitical, outreach....

14:00

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Addresses the Nation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

TeleSUR English Published on 8 Aug 2018 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addresses the nation with results of the assassination attempt investigation. Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, revealed important evidence during a press-conference on Tuesday evening, highlighting the details of the assassination attempt in which two drones were equipped with C4 explosives. The testimony of some of...

13:57

Akwa Ibom Govt sacks Akpabios brother, other commissioner "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Akwa Ibom State Government has sacked the Commissioner for Labour, Productivity and Manpower Development, Mr. Ibanga Akpabio; and his counterpart in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Victor Antai from the state Executive Council with immediate effect. Ibanga, who is a younger brother to ex-governor and erstwhile Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, []

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13:38

LIVE VIDEO: World press conference by Senate President Saraki "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate is currently addressing a world press confrence at the National Assembly. This is following the blocking of the National assembly gate by operatives of the DSS. Recall that the DG of the DSS, Mr Lawal Daura, was subsequently sacked for the action.

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13:37

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tanzania Wants to Build Pipeline to Pump Gas to Uganda 
Reuters
August 7th 2018 at 10:18 GMT

Tanzania wants to build a pipeline to pump natural gas to neighbouring Uganda, another step in the two countries bid to expand energy cooperation.

Development Corporation (TPDC) said on Monday that the pipeline would start from its capital Dar es Salaam, then pass through Tanga port on the Indian Ocean and to Mwanza, a port on Lake Victoria before crossing the border to Uganda.

It said it was looking to hire a contractor to conduct a feasibility study to determine current and future natural gas demand by identifying all potential customers. It did not give an estimated volume.

The study would also establish the most economically viable route for the pipeline, it said. Tanzania boasts estimated recoverable natural gas reserves of over 57 trillion cubic feet (tcf), mostly in offshore fields in the south of the country. Know if news is factual and true.

In 2016 the two countries agreed to develop a crude oil export pipeline to help transport land-locked Ugandas crude reserves from fields in the countrys west to offshore markets.

Read more at: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2001291014/tanzania-wants-to-build-pipeline-to-pump-gas-to-uganda

13:31

BREAKING: Court dismisses case against Osun PDP governorship candidate, Adeleke "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A High Court sitting in Osun State has dismissed the case against the Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke. The presiding judge, Justice David Oladimeji, on Wednesday dismissed the case for lack of merit. Justice Oladimeji stated that though the document submitted by Senator Adeleke has some irregularities, the court []

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13:30

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mozambique Finalizes Block 5 Oil Deals with Multinational Firms
August 07, 2018 5:15 PM
Reuters

FILE - A general view of Sasol's gas project is seen in Temane, Mozambique, June 1, 2004.

MAPUTO Mozambique's government on Tuesday approved contracts giving exclusive rights to energy companies to act on concessions awarded to them to explore for oil following four years of negotiations and delays that threatened to derail the projects.

Cabinet spokeswoman Ana Comoana said the companies could now go ahead with mining operations to tap offshore oil reserves that experts say are enough to supply energy to Britain, France, Germany and Italy for over 20 years.

Mozambique is desperate to plug gaps in government revenue after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) canceled funding in 2016 citing concerns about how $2 billion in loans was spent.

"The contracts give the concessionaires exclusive rights to conduct oil operations with the aim to produce oil from the natural resources deposits underneath the areas," Comoana said following a cabinet meeting.

Norwegian company Statoil, Italy's Eni, Exxon Mobil, Delonex Energy, South Africa's Sasol and Mozambique's national oil and gas company ENH were awarded the exploration rights in the area of Mozambique's Northern Zambezi basin, known as block 5, in 2015.

Statoil now known as Equinor quit negotiations in January, while Delonex this year withdrew from its concession over the deadlock with government.

More than $30 billion is expected to be invested in Mozambique's natural gas sector to build capacity to produce 20 million tons per year of LNG, with the first exports due to start in 2021.

13:23

JUST IN: 6 Kano lawmakers defect to PDP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Six members of Kano State House of Assembly on Wednesday defected from ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The decamped lawmakers are members representing Gwarzo, Gwale, Gezawa, Rogo, Madobi and Bichi local government areas of Kano state. Recall that the Speaker of the state house of assembly was recently impeached []

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13:13

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

African Union Issues Call to Uphold Rights in DR Congo Poll
06 August 2018 - 17:40
AFP

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has reiterated the need for all stakeholders to ensure peaceful, transparent and truly inclusive elections are held in the DRC

The African Union on Monday called for the "rights and freedoms of all Congolese" to be upheld, amid mounting tensions over the country's presidential race.

Candidates must submit their applications to run in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) long-delayed election, due on December 23, by Wednesday evening.

"At this crucial stage of the electoral process, the Chairperson of the Commission (Moussa Faki Mahamat) reiterates the need for all stakeholders... to ensure peaceful, transparent and truly inclusive elections are held," the AU said in a statement.

"(Mahamat) calls on all political actors to act responsibly and in the best interests of their country, which must prevail over all other considerations."

It was "crucial" that the rights and freedoms of all Congolese voters be respected and a "level electoral playing field" be ensured, it added.

The statement was issued after opposition leader Moise Katumbi was blocked from returning home last week to file his bid.

Katumbi, 53, a wealthy businessman and former governor of the province of Katanga, was barred from entering the DRC and charged with offences against state security, officials said.

He has been living in self-imposed exile in Belgium since May 2016 after falling out with President Joseph Kabila.

Another Kabila rival, former warlord and ex-vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, 55, returned home last week. He officially launched his bid for the presidency on Thursday.

The DRC has never known a peaceful transition of power since it gained independence in 1960.

Kabila, 47, has been at the helm since 2001, presiding over a vast mineral-rich country with a reputation for corruption, inequality and unrest.

He was scheduled to stand down at the end of 2016 after his second elected term, tech...

13:07

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

DR Congo's Kabila in Talks on Successor Ahead of Election Deadline
07 August 2018 - 17:03
AFP

DR Congo's president Joseph Kabila addresses a news conference at the State House in Kinshasa on January 26, 2018.

DR Congo president Joseph Kabila scheduled talks on Tuesday with allies to discuss hand-picking a candidate to run in upcoming elections on the eve of a key campaign deadline, sources said.

Members of a pro-Kabila alliance known as the Common Front for Congo (FCC) "have been called to an important meeting this evening at Kingakati," said a minister, referring to the presidential residence on the outskirts of Kinshasa.

Another source, close to Kabila, said: "It's not a secret anymore - it's about naming a candidate for our presidential platform."

Candidates have until late Wednesday to file their bid for the December 23 poll - a ballot seen as crucial for the future of the notoriously unstable country.

Kabila, in power since 2001, should have stepped down at the end of 2016 when his constitutional two-term limit expired. He has invoked a constitutional clause enabling him to stay on as caretaker.

But he has left everyone guessing whether he will seek to run again, perhaps by arguing that this is permissible because of a revision of the constitution in 2006.

The uncertainty has ratcheted up political tensions, leading to anti-Kabila protests that have been bloodily repressed.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has never known a peaceful transition of power since it gained independence in 1960.

Kabila, 47, has been at the helm since 2001, taking over from his father, Laurent-Dsir Kabila, who was assassinated by a bodyguard.

His tenure over the vast mineral-rich country has been marked by a reputation for corruption, inequality and unrest.

Many provinces are in the grip of armed conflict and millions have had to flee their homes, many flocking to Uganda, Tanzania, Angola and Zambia.

After Wednesday's deadline for applications, the definitive list of candidates i...

12:59

Zimbabwean opposition leader arrested at the border "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Zimbabwean opposition leader, Tendai Biti, has been arrested while "trying to ... seek asylum in neighbouring Zambia", say police sources.

12:57

U.S.-Saudi Coalition Paid al-Qaida to Stop Fighting, Report Reveals "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ATAQ, YemenAgain and again over the past two years, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has claimed it won decisive victories that drove al-Qaida militants from their strongholds across Yemen and shattered their ability to attack the West.

Heres what the victors did not disclose: Many of their conquests came without firing a shot.

Thats because the coalition cut secret deals with al-Qaida fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Hundreds more were recruited to join the coalition itself.

These compromises and alliances have allowed al-Qaida militants to survive to fight another day and risk strengthening the most dangerous branch of the terror network that carried out the 9/11 attacks. Key participants in the pacts said the U.S. was aware of the arrangements and held off on any drone strikes.

The deals uncovered by the AP reflect the contradictory interests of the two wars being waged simultaneously in this southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula.

In one conflict, the U.S. is working with its Arab allies particularly the United Arab Emirates with the aim of eliminating the branch of extremists known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP. But the larger mission is to win the civil war against the Houthis, Iranian-backed Shiite rebels. And in that fight, al-Qaida militants are effectively on the same side as the Saudi-led coalition and, by extension, the United States.

Elements of the U.S. military are clearly aware that much of what the U.S. is doing in Yemen is aiding AQAP and there is much angst about that, said Michael Horton, a fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, a U.S. analysis group that tracks terrorism.

However, supporting the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against what the U.S. views as Iranian expansionism takes priority over battling AQAP and even stabilizing Yemen, Horton said.

The APs findings are based on reporting in Yemen and interviews with two dozen officials, including Yemeni security officers, militia commanders, tribal mediators and four members of al-Qaidas branch. All but a few of those sources spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals. Emirati-backed factions, like most armed groups in Yemen, have been accused of abducting or killing their critics.

Coalition-backed militias actively recruit al-Qaida militants, or those who were recently members, because theyre considered exceptional fighters, the AP found.

The coalition forces are comprised of a dizzying mix of militias, factions, tribal warlords and tribes with very local interests. And AQAP militants are intertwined with...

12:56

African migrants protest in Italy after road deaths "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Migrant laborers staged a strike on Wednesday to protest at the deaths of 16 colleagues killed this week in two separate traffic accidents in southern Italy.

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African migrant laborers stage a march to protest against their work conditions in Italy, following the death of 16 of their colleagues in two separate road accidents, near Foggia, Italy August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Thousands of migrants work in the southern heel of Italy during the summer months, harvesting tomatoes.

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They are paid as little as 3 euros ($3.50) an hour, less than half the minimum wage for agricultural workers, and many have to live in shanty towns without water or electricity.

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An African migrant laborer holds a banner reading against all ghetto, for the dignity of work during a march to protest against his work conditions in Italy, following the death of 16 colleagues in two separate road accidents, near Foggia, Italy August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Twelve migrants died on Monday as they traveled home after a day in the fields, with their packed van smashing head-on into an on-coming lorry.

Two days earlier, four migrants died in a near identical accident. Both crashes happened close to the city of Foggia, near the Adriatic coast.

...

12:52

Protesting truck drivers block Abuja-Lokoja highway "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed the blockage of the Abuja-Lokoja highway at Kwali by protesting truck drivers on Wednesday morning. The FCT Sector Commander of the Corps, Mr Gora Wobin, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Wobin said the protest was sparked by an alleged shooting []

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12:52

Court remands auto mechanic in Kirikiri Prisons for stealing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An 18-year-old auto mechanic, Toheeb Suleimon, who stole four cell phones valued at N120, 000, was remanded in Kirikiri Prisons pending his sentence. An Ikeja Magistrates Court, Mr T. O. Ojo, presiding over the case, however, fixed Aug. 10 for judgment following plea of guilty by the accused. The accused, whose residential address was not []

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12:43

NYSC bans corps members from unauthorised journeys "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Suleiman Kazaure, the Director-General, National Youth Corps (NYSC), has warned corps members against night parties and organising social events without the knowledge of the appropriate authority. Mr Kazaure, while addressing corps members in Ikare Akoko on Tuesday, directed that all social events must not hold without approvals. He said the scheme was devastated over the []

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12:41

Kenyas Asaba 2018 athlete dies in auto crash "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenyas former 400m hurdles world champion Nicholas Bett has died in a road accident aged 28, the countrys ministry of sports and heritage said on Wednesday. Bett died in Nandi County, north west Kenya after his car hit bumps and rolled into a ditch. He had returned home from the Africa Championships in Nigeria on []

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12:29

BREAKING: EFCC freezes Benue govts accounts "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly frozen the accounts of the Benue State Government. The accounts are said to be domiciled in three banks. Governor Samuel Ortom is expected to speak on the matter, on Wednesday, in Abuja. With this action, it is believed that the state government would find it difficult []

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11:23

Why CAIR Is Fundraising for MN Candidate Ilhan Omar "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ilhan Omar gives her acceptance speech after being elected as a state representative in Minnesota in 2016. Omar, a refugee from Somalia, is the first Somali-American Muslim woman to hold public office. (Photo: STEPHEN MATUREN/Getty Images)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) California Political Action Committee (PAC)  revved its fundraising machine for Ilhan Omar, who is running for Congress in Minnesota.

CAIR held three fundraising events in California for the candidate. CAIR is a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity that was designated as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates. FBI wiretaps in 1993 revealed CAIR was established to deceptively push the Islamist agenda in America.  

You can read more about CAIRs background here.

Omar is vying for controversial Congressman Keith Ellisons seat in the House of Representatives as he...

11:00

South Korea Deploys Warship to Libya Coast in Show of Force "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ISIS IN ACTION

ISIS-affiliated social media accounts have released a list of over 200 hundred names of Misratan fighters from al-Bunyan al-Marsous (BAM) as targets for assassination. The week before the BAM spokesperson, Mohammed Al-Ghusri, stated in a TV interview that the recent spate of ISIS attacks was a result of ISIS members escaping from Derna.

On 29 July, ISIS fighters were reported to have set up a checkpoint 14 km south of Uqaylah in the al-Wahat Province. This follows reports on 28 July, that several vehicles belonging to ISIS fighters were observed south of Uqaylah moving to the 103 line towards the Kufra and Jalu region.

WESTERN RESPONSE

On 2 August, South Korea redirected the naval ship Munmu the Great from anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden to Libya in order to protect South Korean commercial vessels. This action is thought to be a show of force in response to a video released on 31 July showing footage of a Korean technician and three Filipinos under duress after being kidnapped at the Man-Made River al-Hassouna plant near Ash Shwayrif on 6 July. The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has also said that he may also follow South Koreas lead and send a naval ship to the Libyan coast, though a recent report suggests they may send officials instead. The armed group responsible and the location of the captives remain unknown.

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

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11:00

Deadly heatwave and 14-hour power cuts leave Libyans on the edge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

Some take to streets to protest against the power company and the Tripoli government - while others head to the beach to cool off

10:22

Moving elephants to Mozambique "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Conservation

 August 7, 2018 
An elephant successfully translocated by SAN Parks from Kruger National Park to Addo Elephant National Park. Author supplied 

The translocation of wild animals is becoming an increasingly important conservation strategy and is happening more and more frequently around the world.

The Australian Wildlife Conservancy has translocated 20 species (13 of them threatened) to its reserves around Australia. Similarly, the Conservation Land Trust in Argentina has translocated a suite of native mammals including the giant anteater, tapir and jaguar to restore the Iber Wetlands in Corrientes Province. The Red Squirrels Trust Wales is restoring the Ogwen Valley by eradicating invasive grey squirrels, and translocating native red squirrels and pine marten.

Translocations have become more frequent in Africa, too; elephants are the biggest animals to be moved. In places where species have historically been wiped out, but where managers have now...

09:49

Brussels Alarmed Over Populist Threat in Spain Due to Immigration Tensions Italy, Holland, Poland, and Hungary stand apart "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Migrants sit on the ground in El Tarajal, Ceuta, close to the boarder with Morocco on December 9, 2016 after being rounded up by police to be attended to by Red Cross personnel and taken to the Center for Temporary Stay of Immigrants (CETI) after nearly 400 migrants forced their

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The European Commission is alarmed by a heating up of debates over immigration in Spain, provoked by rising populist leaders, El Pas reported Monday.

Meanwhile, a chill runs through the headquarters of the European Commission at the possibility that another EU member could fall prey to a populist discourse that is very difficult to extinguish once it spreads, the newspaper warned.

The report suggests that a populist current is infiltrating Spanish conservative waters, especially those of the Popular Party (PP) and Ciudadaos, the party of Alberto Rivera, which has progressive leaders and pundits in a panic.

We cannot afford to lose Spain, said an unnamed high-ranking official cited by El Pas, who complained of the current fragility of the EU, with its limping Franco-German axis and partners such as Italy, Holland, Poland, and Hungary whose governments are skeptical to the EU or openly dissenting.

In the current situation, Spain, due to its demographic and economic weight, is a fundamental piece to give strength to the Europeanist bloc, the official said.

Brussels nervousness began on on July 29, the paper states, when the new president of the PP, Pablo Casado Blanco, tweeted that Spain has no room for all the immigrants who may want to come.

It is not possible to provide papers for everyone, nor is a welfare state sustainable that can absorb the millions of Africans who want to come to Europe. We have to say it, even though it is politically incorrect, he said, appealing for sincerity.

...
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08:53

Trump and Advisors Diverge on Iran: What does it mean for israel? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

No preconditions, no, they want to meet Ill meet, anytime they want, President Donald Trump said.

BY RON KAMPEAS/JTA
 AUGUST 8, 2018 09:27
US President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures while addressing a joint news conference with Nigerias President Muhammadu Buhari in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, US, April 30, 2018.. (photo credit: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

WASHINGTON Amidst the United States of Americas sanctions on Iran, President Donald Trump says he is ready to meet with Iran without preconditions, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has preconditions.

The disconnect of recent weeks was sharpened Monday when the White...

06:32

US-backed alliance in Yemen war bribes, recruits al-Qaeda warlords, report finds "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yemeni militias backed by Saudi Arabia, the United States and the United Arab Emirates are actively paying off al-Qaeda-allied factions to abstain from the fighting, and are recruiting al-Qaeda members to fight against Shiite rebels, according to a new investigative report.

06:00

US-backed alliance in Yemen war bribes, recruits al-Qaeda warlords, report finds "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yemeni militias backed by Saudi Arabia, the United States and the United Arab Emirates are actively paying off al-Qaeda-allied factions to abstain from the fighting, and are recruiting al-Qaeda members to fight against Shiite rebels, according to a new investigative report. Ever since 2015, when the civil war in Yemen broke out, the US, along with its Arab allies UAE and Saudi Arabia, has supported Sunni troops in their war against Shiite Houthi rebels. The latter are believed to be supported by Iran, and the US-backed coalition is engaged in an effort to curtail what it sees as Iranian expansionism in the Middle East.

05:33

Purpose Goes to Latin America "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cory Morningstar with Forrest Palmer  How do global powers orchestrate destabilisation and war? And how are propaganda constructs like the White Helmets brought to life? The only way to even begin to answer those questions is to follow the money, analyse the networks and interrogate the messaging. In Purpose goes to Latin America Cory Morningstar,...

05:01

The History of the Workers Unemployment Insurance Bill "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

At a time when the American population is radicalizing, when popular movements are coalescing around radical demandsMedicare for All, the abolition of ICE, tuition-free college, in general the demand to make society livable for everyoneit can be useful to draw collective inspiration from the past. Irruptions of the popular will have on innumerable occasions reshaped history, remade the terrain of class struggle such that the ruling class was, at least for a moment, thrown on the defensive and forced to retreat. Especially when pundits and politicians are insisting on the virtues of centrism and the essential conservatism of Americans, it is important to remember just how false these shibboleths are, particularly in a time of economic stagnation and acute social discontent.

One of the most remarkable demonstrations of the deep-seated radicalism of ordinary people has been all but forgotten, even by historians: namely, the Workers Unemployment Insurance Bill (or Workers Bill) that was introduced in Congress in 1934, 1935, and 1936. Despite essentially no press coverage and extreme hostility from the business community and the Roosevelt administration, a mass movement developed behind this bill that had been written by the Communist Party. The tremendous popular pressure that was brought to bear on Congress secured a stunning victory in the spring of 1935, when the bill became the first unemployment insurance plan in U.S. history to be recommended by a congressional committee (the House Labor Committee). It was defeated in the Houseby a vote of 204 to 52but the widespread support for the bill was likely a factor in the easy passage later in 1935 of the relatively conservative Social Security Act, which laid the foundation for the American welfare state.

Aside from its direct legislative importance, the Workers Bill is of interest in that it shows just how left-wing vast swathes of the population were in the 1930s and can become when a political force emerges to articulate their grievances. This bill, which was far more radical than provisions in the Soviet Union for social insurance, was endorsed by over 3,500 local unions (and the regular conventions of several International unions and state bodies of the American Federation of Labor), practically every unemployed organization in the country, fraternal lodges, governmental bodies in over seventy cities and counties, and groups representing veterans, farmers, African-Americans, women, the youth, and churches. In the West, the South, the Midwest, and the East, millions of citizens signed petitions and postcards in support of it. And this was all despite the active hostility of every sector of socie...

04:07

Banks beat IFRS 9 challenge amid capital adequacy concerns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With their H1 2018 earning season turning out to be quite impressive, banks in Nigeria seem to be successfully implementing the International Financial Reporting Standards 9 (IFRS9). However, the new accounting rule has also put the spotlight on lenders Capital Adequacy Ratios (CARs). Tony Chukwunyem writes   Around this time last year, with the January []

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03:59

Tanzanian FA: Why we hired Amuneke "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Tanzania Football Federation, President, Wallace Karia, has revealed that the success enjoyed by Emmanuel Amuneke both as a player and coach was the reason why he was appointed to lead the country for the next two years. Amuneke, 47, on Monday signed a two-year deal to manage the Taifa Stars and the 1994 African []

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03:57

Why I am leaving APC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

    I stand before you with a heavy heart, wishing I had cheery words of progress, instead of the sad report that I am constrained to give you on the situation of our dear nation. The struggle for democracy is one that began with our fight for independence as a sovereign nation. To this []

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03:57

Self-kidnap: My wife shocked me Husband "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Broken-hearted Mr. Muraino Kabiru, husband of Mrs. Hadijat Kabiru (45), who along with her lover allegedly planned her abduction, said he was yet to get over the shock of his wifes action. Hadijat and her lover, Luqmon Ahmed, reportedly planned the womans abduction to collect N15 million from Muraino because he was stingy. Speaking []

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03:56

CSOs call for prosecution of sacked DSS DG "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A coalition of 70 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) yesterday called for the prosecution of the sacked Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, over abuse of public office. The CSOs, in a statement in Abuja, condemned the actions of the DSS and other security agencies for laying siege to the []

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NASS invasion: Dauras sack diversionary PDP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as diversionary the sacking of the Director General (DG) of the Department of State Services, Lawan Daura, by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo. This, the party noted, was because the National Assembly invasion by the DSS and Police was with the full knowledge and approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, []

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03:56

Impeachment: National Assembly under siege again "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The nations temple of democracy, the National Assembly, on Tuesday, came under siege as heavy detachment of armed and fierce-looking security operatives from the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police Force barricaded the main gate and other gates of the legislative complex. This was happening exactly two weeks after similar siege was []

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03:55

The man Daura "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Daura was appointed the sixth Director-General of DSS on July 2, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari. Since his appointment, there has been no love lost between the secret police and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as both agencies had engaged in several confrontations. Daura, who is from President Buharis home town, Daura, Katsina []

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03:52

Flood: FCT begins demolition of structures on waterways "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced demolition of structures along waterways and other flood prone zones within Kubwa and Dawaki areas.   The Department of Development Control said the measure was to forestall further flooding disasters, especially as residents within the affected places had refused to heed early flood warnings.   The Director Department []

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03:52

Jubilation at Yellow House over Dauras sack "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Wild jubilation greeted yesterdays sacking of the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Lawal Daura. Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had directed the immediate termination of Dauras appointment amidsts siege to the National Assembly by personnel of the secret service. It would be recalled that Dauras appointment on July 2, []

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02:22

Venezuelas Monetary Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nino Pagliccia Venezuela has undergone many challenges in the last 20 years since Hugo Chavez was elected president and continued after his death in 2013. The main reason is that Venezuela has taken seriously the internationally recognized right to be sovereign and establish its own social model. Violence has never been part of the model....

02:11

SPAR Nigeria stages Sprintstar "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As part of her youth engagement plan for pupils and students during the long vacation, SPAR, leading chain of hypermarket stores has organized the 2018 SprintStar Track Competition in partnership with Leverage Sports. The ongoing competition is taking place at the Dr. Philip Adegbile Sports Complex, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. The hypermarket which has []

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02:07

DPEL invests $50m in Nigerian beverage firm "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Duet Private Equity Limited (DPEL), a principal investor in emerging- and frontier markets, has invested over $50 million in Nigerias non-alcoholic beverage manufacturing company, Ajeast Nigeria Limited. With the investment, DPEL, according to a statement, now owns majority stake in Ajeast, a Sub-Saharan Africa subsidiary of the global AJE Group, which was officially launched []

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02:05

Kroenke set to emerge Arsenal sole owner "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

American billionaire Stan Kroenke is set to take full control of Arsenal after minority shareholder Alisher Usmanov accepted a buyout offer of his 30 percent stake. The deal, which values the club at 1.8 billion, would end a decade-long battle between the two billionaires for control of Arsenal. A statement from Kroenke Sports & Entertainment []

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02:01

Chelsea close in on Courtois replacement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With Thibaut Courtois absent from training as he tries to force through a transfer to Real Madrid, Chelseas need to sign a new goalkeeper is becoming more and more urgent. The Premier League transfer window closes at 5pm on Thursday, meaning the Blues have just a couple of days to identify and sign Courtois replacement. []

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02:00

Venezuela: Opposition Legislator Linked to Drone Attack Detained "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Venezuelas Bolivarian Service for National Intelligence (Sebin) detained legislator Juan Requesens Tuesday, after evidence was found linking him to the failed assassination attempt against President Nicolas Maduro last week. He was linked to the failed attempt by retired military officer Juan Carlos Monasterios, alias Bons, who was also involved in the plot that flew explosive...

01:38

Middle eastern investment in Africa: A means to improve gulf food security? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

19 Jul 2018 | Future DirectionsFood security of the Gulf states is heavily dependent on foreign imports. Europe and the Americas have been the traditional markets supplying food to them, but recent development of African Continental Free Trade Area may encourage Gulf investors to embrace potential opportunities in Africa.

01:08

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Explainer: 'Mute' Kabila's Next Presidential Move, DR Congo Waits
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban
Africa News

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as at August 8 is still yet to learn whether or not its current president, Joseph Kabila, has plans of continuing as president and what plans he has to actualize that move.

The country is due to hold long delayed presidential elections in December this year. What looks certain is that the polls will hold but a key stakeholder Kabila has left all others at home and abroad wondering what he has up his sleeves.

The electoral body, CENI, has slated Wednesday August 8 as the deadline for the filing of nominations. The ruling party Kabila leads has yet to pick a candidate.

Kabilas long awaited announcement on his next political / presidential line of action has almost always ended in a no-show. In an address to parliament weeks back, he spoke about national issues even about polls holding nothing on his political future.

On an official visit to Angola last week, he reiterated that pledge that elections meant to have chosen his successor in 2016 will be held, then again nothing about his participation or otherwise.

The most recent instance was on Tuesday with barely twenty-four hours to the close of submission of candidature, Kabila entered a meeting with members of the ruling party. The meeting was widely reported as one after which Kabilas successor was to be announced.

Reuters quoted spokesman Lambert Mende as confirming that a successor was to be named after the meeting.

In the wake of the latest no-show citizens, neighbouring countries and the world awaits what Kabila has up his sleeves. Political and security watchers insist that a successor will most likely be named. Citing the fact that anything pointing to staying on will cause a security crisis.

The international community especially the United States have been at their loudest in calling for Kabila to exit and allow a newly elected leader to take over the reigns as stipulated by the constitution.

Even as Kabil...

00:14

Canada asking allies to help cool Saudi dispute: Report "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Canadian officials say Justin Trudeau's government is reaching out to UAE and Britain to defuse tensions, according to Reuters

Canada is asking its allies to help cool dispute with Saudi - report "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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22:07

US Is Now Allied With al-Qaeda in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AP Reveals American-Backed Saudi Coalition Forged Deals With AQAP Fighters

New investigation reveals the coalition cut deals with extremist fighters

By Andrea Germanos

As the United States continues to fuel Yemens worsening humanitarian crisis, and boast that its targeting al Qaeda in the impoverished nation (AQAP) with airstrikes, new reporting reveals that the U.S.- and U.K-backed Saudi coalition waging a bombing campaign there is recruiting al Qaeda fighters to join its ranks, and paying off the extremists to leave areas.

Soon after the Saudi-led coalition, with the United Arab Emirates being a key partner, began its bombing campaign in Yemen against the Houthi rebels in 2015, it was reported that al Qaeda militants were fighting on the same side as the Saudi militia to defeat the Iran-linked Houthis. The new Associated Press investigation, however, reveals that the coalition has made secret deals with al-Qaeda fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment, and wads of looted cash.

Beyond that, the coalition-backed militias actively recruit al-Qaeda militants, APfound, based on on-the-ground reporting including interviews with members of al Qaeda, tribal mediators, Yemeni security officers, and militia commanders.

The earliest such deal took place in the spring of 2016 when thousands of al-Qaeda fighters pull out[ed]of Mukalla, a port city. From AP:

The militants were guaranteed a safe route out and allowed to keep weapons and cash looted from the cityup to $100 million by some estimatesaccording to five sources, including military, security, and government officials. []

Coalition-backed forces moved in two days later, announcing that hundreds of militants were killed and hailing the capture as part of joint international efforts to defeat the terrorist organizations in Yemen.

A similar deal took place soon after in the....

22:05

Canada gets no Trump, European Union support in Saudi conflict "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This Canadian TV video says about itself:

Trudeau on Saudi Arms deal

14 April 2016

Prime Minister tells London audience that a signed contract is something Canada must honour.

That was then.

Now, that big weapons deal, promising fat profits for Canadian merchants of death off the bloody war by the Saudi autocracy on the people of Yemen, seems to be off nevertheless.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

An ambassador being expelled, a $ 15 billion defense deal going into the paper shredder and thousands of students being transferred; the quarrel between Canada and Saudi Arabia is escalating.

For example, more than ten female activists have been arrested since May. Internationally Saudi Arabia is mainly criticized because of the heavy bombing it has been doing for years in poverty-stricken Yemen. With, what some people call, the biggest humanitarian disaster of this time as a result.

Susan Rice, the former United States ambassador to the United Nations, called on Europe and the United States to s...

21:26

RV/Intelligence Alert: "Balance" -- August 7, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Operation Disclosure

RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT - August 7, 2018


(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on rumors/leaks from several sources which may or may not be truthful or accurate.)


The world is being discretely geopolitically transformed to support GESARA law.


Every single geopolitical event is a tug of war between the Alliance and the Cabal (Zimbabwe's elections for example).


Note: The Alliance is not a singular or specific organization. It is simply a term used to describe all of the good factions united in fighting against the Cabal.


GESARA is being gently introduced to the global population.


"Too much of anything is bad."


Not even 50% of the world population is fully awake.


Full disclosure at this point will create mass hysteria, panic, and chaos which the Cabal will use to their advantage to regain power.


"Balance in life is the key to everything."


According to sources, consensus was reached among the Elders for the RV release.


The RV will be a private event that will propel humanity forward.


The beginning of the RV will propel humanity forward and signify the total defeat of the Cabal.


GESARA will be announced post-RV.


The war will be over and the 2nd Nuremburg trials will begin.


The sealed indictments will be unsealed at this point.


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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RV/GCR VISIT:

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

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20:25

International war criminal Samantha Powers enabled Yemen catastrophe and now is suddenly horrified over Saudi crimes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ambassador Samantha Power has called on the US to end its support for the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen, in a tweet lamenting a humanitarian catastrophe that she enabled and supported during her tenure as US envoy to the UN. Power, who served as adviser and then US ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, tweeted her disgust with the Saudi-led coalition's bombing of a hospital and other civilian infrastructure in the Yemeni port city of Hodeida last week. "Today Saudi-UAE coalition bomb a hospital. Yesterday @UNICEF reported that they have repeatedly attacked facilities that provide drinking water," Power wrote. "Horrifying in the extreme. US: end all support, full court press on Sept. peace talks."

19:14

Stop killing refugees, demonstrators say "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Pro-refugee demonstrators in Leipzig, Germany

From the World Socialist Web Site in Germany:

Thousands demonstrate in Germany against far-right attacks on refugee rescue ships

By our reporters

7 August 2018

In over 30 cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday to demonstrate in favor of welcoming refugees to Europe and against the criminalization of emergency rescue workers at sea and the shutting of Europes borders. The numerous local protests were called by the SealiftCreate safe harbors alliance.

Over recent weeks, protests have taken place in dozens of cities that have been much larger than the organizers anticipated. Some 10,000 people took to the streets in Berlin in early July, while protests and minutes of silence were held in Frankfurt and other cities to commemorate drowned refugees.

In spite of the extreme heat, many people responded this past weekend across the country to calls for demonstrations, which were often spread via Facebook. Seven hundred people gathered in Dortmund, while there were 500 in Kiel and 400 in Braunschweig. Around 500 people turned out in Mainz, even though it was the second demonstration within three weeks. Further protests are planned in other cities into September.

Meanwhile, the European governments are intensifying their crackdown on refugees seeking to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean. In a flagrant violation of international law, an Italian merchant ship r...

19:12

Four Must-Know Facts Regarding The Opening Of The LionsGate On August 8th "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Conscious Reminder

July was quite a busy month, astrologically speaking. It had loads: a very interesting Blood Moon as well the retrograde motion of Mercury to watch out for. However, things in astrology do not have clear-cut schedules that abide by dates and month-ends.

What is interesting is that the astrological events cycle has not yet finished. Another important event is already underway and due in just five days. What in July was the opening of the karmic gateway, in August is the opening of the Lionsgate or Lions Gate. This is a portent in the constellation of Leo.

There will be a conjunction between Mercury and the Sun and the constellation Leo will benefit most from it. However, the sudden burst of energy promises to enlighten all twelve signs of the Zodiac.

The power of 8

Eight is always associated with the sacred, spiritual and divine. Krishna, godhead, was the 8th avatar of the great Vishnu and also the eighth son of Devaki. The Buddha preached of the eight-fold path.

Eight stands for rejuvenation and invigoration. It is something that all Zodiac signs will benefit from, an extra boost of what they need in life, and when they need it in life. Eight is a great equalizer. It makes things level for all people and things. So on this eight day of the eighth month, expect peace, harmony and balance in your life.

The mysteries of Egypt

Sirius, also known as the dog-star, is the brightest of all in the night sky and is easily spottable near Orions toe. On August the 8th, the star aligns itself directly will the pyramids of Giza. It also marks the start of the flooding of the Nile River, which made the ancient Egyptians celebrate with joy. It literally made their sandy homeland a fertile oasis, of art and civilisation.

The symbolism of the Lions gate opening is not difficult to catch at all.

Harnessing the power of your solar plexus

The Sun will be double the magnificent on this day. The Suns energy is as clean in the spiritual realm as it is in real life. Climate change to changes in life, all hail the Sun.

The Lions gate is all about the Sun shining brighter on the constellation of Leo. This can however cause you to become a tad too proud. But hey, if you have the good, why not flaunt it? Do not forget to spend some time in the Sun, be it jogging, or plain sunbathing a while.

Focus on what time has to tell

Do not get too caught up worrying about things of the present, like deadlines and work and what not. Work will be there...

18:46

Saudi Coalition Kidnappings and Deadly Airstrikes in Yemen Spark Mass Mobilization of Tribal Fighters "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

HODEIDA, YEMEN Thousands of people took to the streets of Yemens capital Sanaa and the port city of Hodeida in western Yemen on Sunday to denounce deadly airstrikes by the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition following a pair of attacks on a fish market and hospital in Hodeida that killed scores of civilians. The protests also came in response to kidnappings targeting women in the district of Tuhaita south of Hodeida on July 29. The protests continued into Monday.

In Hodeida, thousands took to the citys center, carrying placards and Yemens national flags and chanting slogans condemning the series of Saudi attacks that claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians just days before.

Defiant residents marched under the slogan your crimes will not pass and our blood will prevail. Demonstrators stressed that Hodeida would be a cemetery for Saudi fighters and their mercenaries, no matter how much they mobilize and regardless of the intensity of their crimes against the people of Yemen.

In Sanaa, Yemeni women took to the streets en masse to denounce the kidnapping of women by coalition-paid mercenaries. Some of the women wielded rifles underlining the need for protection from the kidnappers while chanting slogans calling for Yemeni tribes to protect them.

Women protest Saudi-coalition kidnappings in Yemen's capital, Sana'a. Photo | Twitter

Women protest Saudi-coalition kidnappings in Yemens capital, Sanaa. Photo | Twitter

Local radio personality and mother of two, Thekra Abbas, said she attended the protest to denounce the dirty acts committed by invading and occupying forces, the latest of which is the kidnapping of the eight women from Tuhaita.

Last Friday thousands of residents staged a mass rally in the capital Sanaa to condemn the Saudi-led coalitions offensive against Hodeida, expressing anger at what they called Saudi Arabi...

17:49

Will the UAE Join China and the EU in Helping Iran Deflect US Sanctions? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Recent Iranian trade figures suggest that the United Arab Emirates, a strong backer of US efforts to squeeze Iran economically, could emerge alongside China as the Islamic republics foremost lifeline in seeking to blunt the impact of harsh sanctions. Russia and Oman rather than Europe are emerging as runners-up in possibly enabling Iran to circumvent sanctions.

Casting further doubt on Europes ability and will to stand-up to US secondary sanctions, despite its vocal support for the embattled 2015 international agreement that curbed Irans nuclear program, are new German financial rules scheduled to take effect this month. The rules could delay or prevent crisis-ridden Iran from repatriating Euros 300 million (US$347 million) deposited in an Iranian-controlled bank in Hamburg.

Figures for Iranian trade in the period from 21 March to 22 July of this year, compiled by Iranian energy and economics analyst Faezeh Foroutan, show China and the UAE jointly accounting for 39.8 percent of Iranian imports and 37.8 percent of its exports. By comparison, nine members of the European Union, including heavyweights Germany, France and Britain shouldered only 15.5 percent of imports and 7.93 percent of exports.

Iranian leaders have said that the future of the nuclear agreement, officially dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in the wake of the US withdrawal would depend on the ability of Europe, China and Russia to ensure that the impact of US sanctions would be substantially blunted.

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted earlier this week that Chinas role was key. The role of China in the implementation of JCPOA, in achieving JCPOA, and now in sustaining JCPOA, will be pivotal, Mr. Zarif said.

China, a signatory to the nuclear agreement alongside Europe, Russia and the United States that withdrew from the accord in May, has rejected US requests to cut Iranian oil exports even it reportedly promised not to increase them. China is Irans top energy export market.

Chinas refusal to cut back on Iranian oil purchases threatens to render the Tr...

17:45

DR Congo: Specialist Red Cross Ebola team arrives in North Kivu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

News release | Kinshasa/Geneva (ICRC/IFRC) A team of Red Cross experts has arrived in the town of Beni, close to the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo).The 19-person multidisciplinary team is made

17:25

Flawed WWII History Underlies the Bipartisan Hostility Toward Russia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Theres fake news. And then theres fake history. Fake news lies about the world as it is. But fake history is the context for fake news. Fake history sanctifies abominations past and present. Fake history erases the struggle over thousands of years between those many who produced the planets wealth and the greedy few who appropriate it for themselves.

Being born in the US the middle of the 20th century, I got the same massive doses of fake history as everybody else. They told me told the Greeks were the worlds only early adopters of democracy. I was taught the fairy tale of the Pilgrims first Thanksgiving. I played cowboys and Indians. My history books spoke glowingly of the Manifest Destiny bestowed upon white America to devour the continent of North American, murdering and dispossessing its inhabitants. I learned a very little about slavery in school, very little, and much more, almost everything of any value, afterward.

And like everybody else, I was treated to an entirely fabricated history of the Second World War. Lying about the WWII, what came before and afterward was and remains today a central facet in the US mythology which justifies and undergirds its settler state at home and its global empire abroad.

Briefly, were taught that Nazi Germany was just plain inexplicable evil, that this Hitler dude came to power with his Nazi party, they persecuted Jews, gypsies, and dissidents, they conquered France and they menaced England but were stopped short when they lost the battle of Britain in the air. Eventually, the US joined the war, invading North Africa, defeating the Nazis there, going on to fight the Germans in Italy, and eventually staging the D-Day invasion of France. They marched into Germany to finally defeat the Nazis and hanged a number of Nazi officials for war crimes and genocide at Nuremberg. The Russians, the Soviet Union at the time, we were taught, were sort of in the war too as allies but soon after the defeat of the Nazis they became enemies, and have been that ever since.

Nearly all of that is horseshit.

When the Bolsheviks took power in Russia in 1917, the US used troops already in Europe to fight the Germans in World War 1 to join with Britain, Japan and more than a dozen countries and invade the new nation, taking part in the bloody and disastrous Russian Civil War. The Bolsheviks won that civil war and founded the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the worlds first avowed socialist country. The US did not diplomatically recognize the USSR until 1933, and ruling elites in the US and Europe conspired co...

17:14

Elizabeth Warren is now smearing US law enforcement Says America is fundamentally racist, Front to back. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Elizabeth Warren is branching out.

The Massachusetts senator who has made a career of unfairly maligning bankers and other alleged capitalist malefactors is now smearing the criminal justice system, too.

In a speech at a historically black college in New Orleans, she declared that the hard truth about our criminal justice system: Its racist ... I mean front to back.

By Rich Lowry
Opinion

Her riff is a sign that the Democrats are going to leaven their lurch toward socialism with a condemnation of America as fundamentally racist. After helping fuel Trumps rise in 2016 with loose rhetoric about the bigotry of cops, Democrats hope to dislodge him in 2020 with even more sweeping accusations of systematic racism.

The US criminal-justice system is obviously a legitimate topic of debate. The war on drugs has been a blunderbuss mistake, and we should be reconsidering how many people we jail and how we do it and why. But the contention that US law enforcement is a product of racial hatred is a paranoid lie, from top to bottom, from beginning to end, from front to back.

The basis of the racism charge is the obvious disparities in the numbers. Blacks are roughly 13 percent of the population. Yet they account for 38 percent of state prisoners, and for more than 30 percent of fatal police shootings.

The driver for mass incarceration, we are always told, is a racist war on drugs. But this is a myth. In his book Locked In, John Pfaff notes that at its height in 1990, the share of prisoners serving time for drugs was just 22 percent. The proportion fell to less than 16 percent in 2014.

So you could release all drug offenders and still leave mass incarceration intact. And you wouldnt just be releasing black prisoners 33 percent of white inmates in state prisons are drug offenders, a slightly smaller percentage than the 38 percent of black inmates who are drug offenders.

It is true that the incarceration rates for drug offenses are much higher for African-Americans. This may be a product of enforcement bias, or other...

16:58

Immigrant Detention Center Facing Lawsuit Over Wage Theft After Paying Detainees Only $1 Per Day "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In a lawsuit alleging systematic wage theft, thousands of detained immigrants held at GEO Groups Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) were certified as a class by a federal judge.

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington rejected an argument by the private prison contractor that the immigrants are unemployable by GEObecause they lack work authorizationand so they cannot claim the contractor has violated the states minimum wage law.

Judge Robert Bryan determined the detained immigrants have an employment relationship with GEO. They all participate in a volunteer work program at NWDC and allege the same injury, which is that they are only paid $1 per day for work, an amount not commensurate with the law.

Previously, GEO Group attempted to argue the corporation would face federal sanctions for employing undocumented immigrants. Bryan rejected this argument in December 2017.

Ugochuk Goodluck Nwauzor and Fernando Aguirre-Urbina were appointed to represent the class of plaintiffs.

Nwauzor lives in Kent, Washington, and was detained at NWDC from February 2016 to January 2017. He is a Nigerian citizen, who was granted asylum the same month he was released.

Aguirre-Urbina is still in detention. He is a Mexican citizen, who has been confined there since September 2012.

GEO Group has owned and operated the NWDC, which has 1,500 beds for immigrants, since 2005. The contractor relies on detainees to clean, maintain, and operate NWDC, according to the complaint.

Sometimes detained immigrants are not even given $1 per day. They may instead be compensated with more or better food.

In February 2018, NWDC was the site of a hunger strike and work stoppage by over 100 detainees.

According to the grassroots group, NWDC Resistance, the actions were in response to GEO Groups failure to provide edible nutritious food and the use of solitary confinement, especially as a form of retaliation.

Those engaged in resistance claimed GEO guards constantly search the beds and units of detained people without reason nor explanation. Detainees demanded an end to the searches.

Washington state has also brought a lawsuit against GEO Group in the states superior court that alleges it is violating the states minimum wage laws.

The states attorney general, Bob Ferguson, declared, A multi-billion dollar corporation is trying to get away with paying its workers $1 per day. That shouldnt happen in America, and I will not tolerate it happening in Washington. F...

16:57

Portland, USA police helps armed neofascists "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

6 August 2016

Portland Police Under Investigation For Use Of Rubber Bullets And Stun Grenades On Protesters

By Alec Andersen in the USA:

Portland police attack anti-fascist counter-protesters at neo-fascist rally

7 August 2018

The violent intervention by city police against peaceful counter-demonstrators protesting a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday has provoked widespread public outrage. The protesters attacked by the police were marching in opposition to armed, neo-fascist provocateurs assembled under the leadership of Joey Gibson and his Patriot Prayer group.

Some 400 far-right demonstrators convened at Portlands Riverside Park Saturday, wearing black shirts with fascist slogans

One of the Patriot Prayer neofascists had a shirt on with [Chilean murderous dictator] Pinochet did nothing wrong on it.

and carrying signs denouncing immigrants and promoting white nationalism. The group was primarily comprised of members of Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys, but represented a number of alt-right and other neo-fascist organizat...

16:52

Is it now too easy to organize mass protest? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Brian Martin

In Turkey, in 2013, there was an anti-government protest in Istanbuls Gezi Park. It grew tremendously, thanks to messages and photos on social media. For those involved, it was an amazing, empowering experience. It seemed to signal a major challenge to the government. But it didnt last. It was a large protest event, but lacked the foundations to be sustained.

Welcome to the world of networked protest, in which social media can be used to bring together thousands of people with remarkably little preparation. To understand how protest organizing has been changed by the rapid uptake of mobile electronic devices, it is valuable to turn to the insightful book by Zeynep Tufekci titled Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.

Tufekci is from Turkey and works at the University of North Carolina. She has spent many years studying the role of media in social movements by participating on the front lines, as well as interviewing activists in Chiapas, Egypt, Turkey, the United States and elsewhere. Twitter and Tear Gas is an incredibly impressive account drawing equally on activist experiences and relevant scholarship. Several of Tufekcis key insights are valuable for improving nonviolent theory and practice, while at the same time her analysis can be strengthened and extended by taking into account ideas about nonviolent action and participatory decision-making.

Organizing then and now

Before the internet, it was, of course, possible to organize protest actions, but it took a lot more effort. Tufekci gives a detailed account of the months of preparation and planning, by dozens of volunteers, for the massive March on Washington in 1963, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous I Have a Dream speech. Whereas large rallies seem almost routine these days, getting hundreds of thousands of people together decades ago was a triumph of planning and preparation.

In his 1973 book The Politics of Nonviolent Action, Gene Sharp described the preparation stage of a nonviolent campaign as laying the groundwork. As part of this stage, he argued that movements needed to be ready to handle reprisals because the next stage is challenge brings repression. What Sharp didnt anticipate was that movements could grow so rapidly that they would skim through preparation stages and be unable to take advantage of their opportunities.

One of t...

16:31

The High Cost of Food Monopolies in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Many consumers in Africa spend a disproportionate percentage of their household income on food. One of the biggest reasons is the failure of regional governments to ensure competition in the food sector, which has led to higher prices and made local agriculture less competitive.

16:31

Present Perverse Priorities Will Undermine the UN Even Further! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The news came a few days ago: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned member states that the organization is facing troubling funding issues as a result of delayed dues payments that will force reductions in non-staff costs.

But who really cares? Any Trump tweet or football result is more important to our media and politicians. The members of the UN still give the worlds military about 340 times more than the UN for its core budget.

You often hear people raising doubts about the  the United Nations and most people then think of the skyscraper in New York as the UN.

But there is no UN independent of what the 193 member states decide to make of it. That was already pointed out by its first Secretary-General, Norwegian Trygve Lie, in the late 1940s: The UN will never be stronger or better than the member states want it to be.

That is the essential and in some sense also existential truth about the worlds potentially most important and visionary organisation.

A second truth is that the UN is not, at least not predominantly, the power house in New York (which, in passing, ought to be moved out of the US given the decade-long contempt for the UN Charter shown by that member). The real UN is the family of UN agencies that do good around the world every day and without which the world would be a much worse place.

A third truth is that a few predominantly Western states the U.S. in particular have done their utmost at least since the 1990 wars in Yugoslavia (and some would say since Korea and Vietnam) to undermine and marginalise the world organisation.

Those and many other member states violate the UN Charters Article 1 which states that peace shall be established by peaceful means on a daily basis, misuse the organisation the Five Permanent Members in particular with their nuclear weapons and repeated violations of international law. Think of all the wars fought since Yugoslavia without a UN Security Council mandate but have destroyed countries, peoples, economies and cultures.

And the UN too.

If they could, they would love to get rid of the UN once and for all. Because it is based on a Charter that is the most Gandhian governments have ever signed. Back in time, that is, when governments and peoples knew what war was and therefore stated in the Charters Preamble that war shall be abolished as a socially acceptable institution to boil it down to essentials.

And where are we then today?

Well, did you hear any of these states the UN Security Council members in particular insist on the point that large, robust UN peacekeeping missions should be established in, say, Libya, Syria or Ukraine? No, it is Russia and the US that keep the peace in Syria...

16:29

Amnesty Demands Independent Probe of Civilians Massacred During US Annihilation of Raqqa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Amnesty International on Monday is urging the U.S.-led military coalition targeting the Islamic State in Syria to launch an independent investigation into the full scale of civilian carnage it may have caused in its brutal Raqqa offensive last year.

The siege took place between June and October 2017right after Defense Secretary James Mad Dog Mattis announced the military was shifting to annihilation tactics to defeat ISIS. Every minute of every hour we were putting some kind of fire on ISIS in Raqqa, whether it was mortars, artillery, rockets, [High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems], Hellfires, armed drones, you name it, according toone military advisors account.

The call from the human rights group comes less than two weeks after the coalition admitted new civilian causalities during the time frame, including ones cited in Amnestys report from June highlighting the devastation resulting from the so-called war of annihilation in Raqqa. The coalition now acknowledges killing 77 civilians, including 24 children and 25 women, Amnesty says.

But that figure is clearly only the tip of the iceberg, said Donatella Rovera, senior crisis response adviser at Amnesty International, as the many survivors and witnesses we spoke to on the ground pointed to a civilian death toll in the high hundreds.

The rights group notes, for example, that on July 18, 2017, the coalition says it killed 11 civilians with a strike, but there were 46 other strikes that day. It also admitted killing 42 civilians in two strikes on August 20, but there were 50 other strikes that day.

Among those killed on Aug. 20 was one-year-old Tulip, daughter of Rasha Badran. She told (pdf) told Amnesty:

Almost everybody was killed. Only I, my husband, and his brother and cousin survived. The strike happened at about 7pm. I fainted and when I regained consciousness I heard my husbands cousin, Mohammed, calling out. I could neither move nor speak. Then my husband and his  brother found....

16:26

More children released from South Sudanese armed groups "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

More than 100 children were released by two armed groups in South Sudan on Tuesday, bringing the total number released this year to over 900.

15:23

US supporting UAEs collusion with al-Qaeda in Yemen: Ansarullah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The spokesman for Yemens Houthi Ansarullah movement has strongly condemned the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over its collusion with the al-Qaeda terrorist network in the Saudi-led military aggression against his country, stating that such a conduct has been supported by the US administration.

In the wake of the Saudi-led onslaught on Yemen and the aggressors desperate need for mercenaries, the UAE has cemented its relationship with al-Qaeda under the auspices of the United States, Yemens Arabic-language al-Masirah television network cited Mohammed Abdul-Salam as writing on his official Twitter page on Tuesday.

The Associated Press report states that the Saudi-led coalition on Yemen, backed by the United States, has been paying some al-Qaeda commanders to leave key Yemeni cities, while allowing others to retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash.

It further noted that the Riyadh-based alliance has even recruited hundreds of al-Qaeda militants in Yemen.

Moreover, Washington was aware of the coalitions secret deals with al-Qaeda, and avoided assassination drone strikes against members of the dangerous terror network.

Elements of the US military are clearly aware that much of what the US is doing in Yemen is aiding AQAP (al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) and there is much angst about that, Michael Horton, a fellow at the Washington DC-based Jamestown Foundation, commented.

 

Some 15,000 Yemenis have been...

15:15

South Africa Descends into Chaos as President Demands White Genocide "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Africa is on the verge of Anarchy following the governments controversial decision to seize land from white farmers.

The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently ruled that African National Congress must now initiate a parliamentary process to reserve the right of legal land grabs of white farmers land without compensation.

Ramaphosa, who previously vowed to return farmland owned by the white farmers since 1600s to the countrys black population, said on Tuesday that ANC would introduce a constitutional amendment in parliament.Farmers said the governments plan will be catastrophic and could lead to anarchy and food shortages like Venezuela or Zimbabwe.

According to the Express: The economy of Zimbabwe collapsed after their own land reform was carried out.

More than 20 years after the end of apartheid in South Africa, white farmers still own the majority of South Africas land.

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14:31

We cannot hide from air strikes: Life inside the besieged city of Hodeidah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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The battle between Houthi rebels and Saudi-led forces for the Yemeni port has ground to a halt, but local residents still suffer

13:20

Who hit Hodeidah? Question marks surround culprit of deadly Yemen attack "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Saudi-led coalition initially thought to be behind attack, but evidence suggests mortar bombs may have killed 60 at port, market and hospital

02:45

Only Collective Intelligence Can Help Us Stave Off An Uninhabitable Planet "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nafeez Ahmed The world faces an unprecedented convergence of crises. The ecological crisis, which points to a near uninhabitable planet by end of century if business-as-usual continues, is perhaps its most apocalyptic dimension. But the ecological crisis is intimately bound up with the business-as-usual political, economic, and cultural structures of industrial civilization-as-we-know it. The crisis...

02:00

Scientists Warn Earth Could Enter Permanent Hothouse State "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A group of scientists has warned the worlds governments about the increasing threat of greenhouse gases and said if changes are not made the planet will enter a permanent hothouse state. Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene In a study published in the multidisciplinary scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

02:00

Bread and Work: Argentine Workers March Against Macri and IMF "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Workers demand the approval of five laws and the reject the IMF US$50 billion deal with Argentina. In Argentina, social organizations and thousands of workers marched Tuesday to reject the government of Mauricio Macri, its agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and to demand the approval of five laws: food emergency, urbanization of working-class...

02:00

Caravan Tour Against Hunger Visit Hunger Strikers in Braslia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rafael Tatemoto Caravan tour arrived at the camp where a hunger strike is being staged demanding justice from the Supreme Court / Adilvane Spezia The members of the Semiarid Against Hunger Caravan Tour visited on Monday the rural and urban activists who are staging a hunger strike in Braslia, Brazils capital, for over a week....

02:00

In Cuba, Socialism is Deeply Rooted "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yudy Castro Morales | internet@granma.cu Constitutions can also tell the story of a country a history that takes into account every right won, and the struggles waged to gain them. The letter and spirit of all such texts are a clear reflection of the society they govern, through what is included in their articles...

02:00

Caribbean States Call on US to Seriously Address Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Leaders from the Caribbean states are calling on the Donald Trump administration to address in a serious manner the climate change crisis. The call comes amid the Atlantic Hurricane Season, one year after a series of hurricanes devastated several Caribbean countries and concerns that warming oceans could see another season of intense storms. Caribbean leaders...

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16:40

Arabic Press Review: Dubai ruler takes a dig at Abu Dhabi on Twitter "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum criticised Arab leaders on Twitter, in a move seen as directed towards UAE rulers

16:13

Egypt Coptic Church defrocks monk in the wake of bishop's murder "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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The move has prompted speculation over the monk's connection to the death of Bishop Epiphanius, who was an ally of Pope Tawadros II

13:33

Cuba Reiterates Unconditional Solidarity and Support for President Maduro and the Bolivarian Chavista Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Gobierno de la Repblica de Cuba | internet@granma.cu The revolutionary government of the Republic of Cuba forcefully denounces the attempted attack on the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicols Maduro Moros, which occurred Saturday August 4, during a military parade in Caracas, on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of the founding of...

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