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Sunday, 18 February


UK plans video campaign to deter African migrants "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A viral video campaign using the testimonies of migrants in Libya to discourage others from making the perilous journey to the north African country and then on to Europe is to be launched by the Home Office as part of official attempts to tackle migration from source countries. Vox pop interviews with migrants []

The post UK plans video campaign to deter African migrants appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Mass wedding: Catholic priest sponsors 136 couples "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rev. Fr. Lawrence Soja-Anyembugu, Parish Priest in charge of St. Sylvester Catholic Church, New Nyanya, Nasarawa State, has sponsored the marriage of 136 couples within two weeks. Soja-Anyembugu, announced this to newsmen on Saturday during the marriage matrimony of 83 couples in commemoration of his 10th priestly anniversary in St Patrick Catholic Church, Akwanga, Akwanga []

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Buhari mourns Akinwunmi Ishola "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday mourned with the family, friends and government of Oyo state on the death of the renowned author, playwright and literary icon, Prof. Akinwumi Ishola.   In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said that the literary world would miss the cultural []

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Cleric espouses new model of philanthropy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As thousands of people gathered in Lagos, Ogun, and London on January 11, to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Primate of the St Peters Cherubim &Seraphim Band, Apostle Albert Samson Arojah, one theme on everyones lip was the Primates life of giving.   It is not like he has so much, Effiong Bassey, a []

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ISE 2018: LG unveils diverse B2B portfolio "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

At the just concluded Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2018, LG Electronics, the global leader in OLED products, offered optimal vertical solutions adaptable to any business environment in retail, public spaces and offices. Futuristic, versatile displays including Transparent OLED, Open Frame OLED, OLED Video Wall with ultra-slim bezels and other new products captured the imagination of []

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Audi ordered to recall 127,000 vehicles over emissions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Audi has been ordered to recall 127,000 vehicles after Germanys KBA motor transport authority detected illicit emissioncontrol software in the automakers latest Euro 6 diesel models, German press reports said The recall involves A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8 sedans and Q5 and Q7 SUVs, the German transport ministry told the DPA news agency, confirming []

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Nigerian cleric hits top 40 on global music chart "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Nigerian Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Christian Achinivu, has emerged amongst world top 40 Best Singers and Songwriters in the Global Reverbnation Charts Ranking. It should be noted that the cleric had earlier this year called on musicians in the country to use lyrics that are not harmful. Reverbnation is home to over four million []

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Fear God, not men of God "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

John Dumelo, who is a popular Ghanaian actor, has reacted to Shatta Wales death prophecy. A prophet, Cosmos Walker Affran, had prophesied Shatta Wales death in a post on his Facebook page just as entertainers were mourning the death of dancehall rapper Ebony Reigns in a tragic auto crash. Affran said, Ghana should pray, I []

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Continue to strive for the best, club president charges members "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The President, Owan Arulegbe Club of Nigeria, Chief Henry Obuhoro, has lauded the unity and peace existing among the members since the 33 years of its existence. Obuhuros commendation came during a special forum organised to fraternize with various members and their families in Warri at the weekend. According to him, the club since its []

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Plateau moves to takeover BARC Farms "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Plateau State Government has disclosed that it has commenced the release of funds for the complete takeover of the BARC Farms that was sold under the Administration of Governor Fidelis Tapgun many of years ago. The Lalong-led administration said it is determined to fulfill its electioneering promises to the electorate in the state.   []

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Saturday, 17 February


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Tears, Exuberance as 'Black Panther' Opens Across Africa
Feb 17, 2018, 4:30 PM ET

 The cast of Black Panther arrive at the South Africa premiere on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Johannesburg. (AP Photo/Cara Anna)The Associated Press

"Black Panther" has burst onto the screen in Africa, handing a powerful response to the unfortunate remarks about the continent by President Donald Trump.

As the red carpet in South Africa swirled with stunning outfits and exclamations in the local isiXhosa language used in the film's Wakanda kingdom, cast member John Kani laughed at the U.S. president's views, which several African nations have openly scorned. (Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o said simply: "No comment.")

The South African actor Kani, like many at Friday night's Johannesburg premiere, expressed pride at seeing an Afrofuturistic society that celebrates traditional cultures and dreams of what the world's second most populous continent can be.

"This time the sun now is shining on Africa," he said. "This movie came at the right time. We're struggling to find leaders that are exemplary and role models ... so when you see the Black Panther as a young boy and he takes off that mask you think, 'Oh my God, he looks like me. He is African and I am African. Now we can look up to some person who is African.'"

Added actress Danai Gurira, who grew up mostly in Zimbabwe: "To bring this film home is everything."

The film has opened in other top economic powers across Africa, where a growing middle class flocked to IMAX showings and shared vibrant opening-night images on social media.

"The African culture highlighted in the movie is so rich that it makes me feel proud of being black. I totally love it," said Liz Muthoni after a screening in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. "I can watch it again and again."

"Black Panther" screened a few days ago in Kenya's western city of Kisumu, where Nyong'o's father, Anyang, is the local governor.

"Sometimes we think that we have two choices to make in Africa," he wrote this month in The Star newspaper. "Choice one: We maintain our t...


Lab-Made Mosquitoes Released in Miami "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lab-Made Mosquitoes Released in Miami | mosquitoes | Environment General Health GMOs Science & Technology Sleuth Journal Special Interests

Story at-a-glance

  • In January 2018, lab-bred Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carrying wolbachia bacteria were released in South Miami, Florida
  • It was the first phase of the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Reduction Test Program, which will release more wolbachia mosquitoes each week for several months 666 million in all
  • If preventing Zika was their aim, government officials missed the boat on this one; although Miami-Dade County was previously designated as a Zika cautionary area, that designation was removed June 2, 2017
  • No Zika virus disease cases have been reported with illness onset in 2018 in the U.S., while in 2017 there were only four cases of Zika virus reported that were presumably acquired via local mosquitoes (two in Florida and two in Texas)
  • There is a major push to combat mosquito-borne diseases in the continental U.S. with the use of lab-made and GE mosquitoes, even though in the U.S. mosquito-borne illnesses are not a grave threat, especially compared to other major public health crises like the opioid epidemic

In January 2018, lab-bred Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carrying wolbachia bacteria were released in South Miami, Florida. It was the first phase of the...


7 Things You Probably Didnt Know About The Lost City Of Atlantis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By ALANNA KETLER, Collective Evolution

Atlantis, the intriguing mystery that leaves many of us curious to learn more, and some of us skeptical and dismissive. What is it about this lost city that leaves so many of us questioning much of what we have been taught to believe? Is there some truth to the story of Atlantis that we inherently know, deep down inside that is true? Are we connected in some way to this mythical place from, perhaps our past lives?

These questions are fun to ponder, but we are unlikely to get any definite answers, at least not yet.

First, Some History

How much do you know about Atlantis? Where does this story even come from? From what we do know, the first known documentation of the story of Atlantis came from the Greek philosopher, Plato in two of his writings, Timaeus and Critias, both these books date back to about 360 BC. Within these books, Plato wrote that the Greek sage, Solon was given the story of Atlantis in Egypt by a priest and upon his arrival back to Greece, he shared the story with his relative, Dropides who passed it down to his son Critias, who then passed it down to his grandson also names Critias, who then finally shared it with the well-known Greek philosopher, Socrates.

So, given the above information, you can see that this was a story that was told, and passed down through many generations, therefore it should not be taken as fact. Des...


Israeli journalist poses as Syrian refugee, travels to Germany, 'joins' Islamists to prove a point "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Prominent Israeli journalist Zvi Jecheskeli, who went undercover as a devout Muslim, has revealed how easy it may be for Islamists to pass through Germany's borders and become a "Syrian refugee." Jecheskeli spent several years risking his life to film a documentary on the role and influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the streets of Germany, France, Britain and Turkey. While the organization is legal in some countries and has affiliated political parties, it's outlawed as a terrorist group in others, including Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Infiltrating the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood is a challenge indeed, as the group is "known for its distrust" of outsiders, whom they would "never" allow a glimpse into their plans, Jecheskeli told Die Welt. His five-part series, entitled "False Identity," recently began airing on Israeli Channel 10. The Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, kept close taps on Jecheskeli and wired him with secret cameras and microphones in order to rescue him in case of emergency.


New York City: Muslim migrant tried to join Islamic State, wanted to stage jihad massacre in Times Square "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Are we diverse enough yet? Remember: stopping, even temporarily, migration from jihadi hotspots is racist, bigoted, and Islamophobic. Yemeni man pleads guilty in U.S. to trying to join Islamic State, by Brendan Pierson, Reuters, February 16, 2018: NEW YORK (Reuters) A Yemen-born New York City resident on Friday pleaded guilty to attempting to provide []


Red Cross president to RT: Libyan crisis festers, but media has moved on "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Although Libya has fallen out of headlines and been replaced by conflicts in Syria and Yemen, it is still plagued by fighting and a humanitarian crisis, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told RT. "Fighting is continuing," ICRC president Peter Maurer said. "Libya is one of the countries with the largest percentage of displaced populations and therefore the humanitarian needs are important - particularly in health services, water, and economic support for displaced populations." Although news coverage of the situation in Libya has dwindled in favor of conflicts in other countries throughout the region, Maurer stressed the importance of keeping Libya in the media, as locals and migrants are facing an "appalling" situation in the country.


NASA Explains What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The good news is that if the Earths rotation stopped, we wouldnt fall off. With water pushed to the poles, we could walk on land around the entire equator, but it would be a very inhospitable place.- Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki 

It is common knowledge that the Earths rotation has been gradually slowing down with time, but what would happen if our planet suddenly came to a dead stop?

The world would shift into two very different environments, both resulting in devastation. Half of the earth would continuously face the suns fiery rays, while the other would remain in the depths of icy darkness. Though there would be a minimal twilight zone offering the best possible living conditions, it would in fact slowly creep around the earths circumference over the span of a year due to the suns natural orbit.

Assuming that the oceans were to remain intact and did not ice-over or vanish they would still experience the centripetal force. The fluidity and abnormal elevation of the earths body of water would increase.

The oceans would gradually migrate towards the poles. Eventually, there would be a huge mega-continent wrapped continuously around the Earth at the equator. You could travel around the Earth on the equator and stay entirely on dry land.  The waters would shift into two very disconnected polar oceans on each side of the equatorial mega-continent.

In the north, Canada would be entirely underwater. And roughly following the line of the border of current-day USA and Canada, all of Greenland, as well as the northern plains of Siberia, Asia, and Europe would be underwater. But Spain would mostly stay above water.

On the other side of the equator, the new southern ocean would start roughly on a line running through current-day Canberra. Africa would be joined to Madagascar, while Australia would be joined to New Guinea and Indonesia.

It turns out that the underwater basin around the South Pole is much bigger than the one around the North Pole.

So the new southern ocean would be lower. Because its a bigger bowl with a greater capacity, its sea level would be about .86 miles lower than the sea level of the new northern ocean.



2019 guber: Plot to impeach Imo deputy gov thickens. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A group, Imo Equity, said it has uncovered a grand plot allegedly being hatched by members of the first family More


Transgender Congressional candidate arrested for selling a stolen ring "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A congressional candidate from Wisconsin was busted by the NYPD in her home state when she tried to sell a ring she ripped off from a Manhattan jewelry store, police said Wednesday. Juliet Germanotta - who in campaign literature vowed to keep the state "fiscally responsible by questioning expenses " - had ordered a $4,800, 18-karat yellow gold Zambian emerald and diamond ring from Mikaelians Jewelry on West 47th Street in Midtown on Sept. 19. But Germanotta, 36, who describes herself as a "proud transgender woman," claimed the ring she received was not to her liking, and requested her money back from the store. Instead of sending the real ring back, she sent the store a $10 replica - and sold the original, cops said.


US National Security Adviser McMaster says now is the time to act against Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Herbert Raymond McMaster, National security adviser to the US President, delivers his speech on day two of the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on Feb. 17, 2018. (AFP)
MUNICH: Iran is building and arming an increasingly powerful network of proxies in countries like Syria, Yemen and Iraq that can turn against the governments of those states, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday.


Clash of cultures: Nigerian immigrants in Italy under media scrutiny for attempted dog-roasting, murder and sex-trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Animal rights activists are up in arms over attempts to barbecue a dog at an immigrant welcome center in southern Italy, with migrants insisting the practice is normal where they come from. Members of the Carabinieri, an Italian military police force, intervened immediately after receiving a call from an employee of the center who had witnessed the scene of a 29-year-old Nigerian man intent on roasting a dog at the center in Vibo Valentia, in the Italian region of Calabria. The man had succeeded in skinning and chopping up the canine and was in the process of grilling it for himself and some friends when he was stopped by law enforcement officers. The young woman who called the police also volunteers at a pro-animal organization in the area. Explaining to police that such a practice is "normal where we come from," the migrant insisted that he didn't kill the dog but had found it dead by the side of the road and had decided to grill it. He also pleaded ignorance of Italian laws forbidding eating cats and dogs.

Culture-clash: Nigerian immigrants in Italy under scrutiny for attempted dog-roasting, murder and sex-trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Animal rights activists are up in arms over attempts to barbecue a dog at an immigrant welcome center in southern Italy, with migrants insisting the practice is normal where they come from. Members of the Carabinieri, an Italian military police force, intervened immediately after receiving a call from an employee of the center who had witnessed the scene of a 29-year-old Nigerian man intent on roasting a dog at the center in Vibo Valentia, in the Italian region of Calabria. The man had succeeded in skinning and chopping up the canine and was in the process of grilling it for himself and some friends when he was stopped by law enforcement officers. The young woman who called the police also volunteers at a pro-animal organization in the area. Explaining to police that such a practice is "normal where we come from," the migrant insisted that he didn't kill the dog but had found it dead by the side of the road and had decided to grill it. He also pleaded ignorance of Italian laws forbidding eating cats and dogs.


Why We are Registering Underage Persons, by INEC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Independent National Electoral Commission says some underage voters are being registered in some parts of the country because the More


Libya: 7 Years since February 17 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Yuriy Zinin New Eastern Outlook 17.02.2018 On February 17 it will be 7 years since the start of the events in Libya which led to the overthrow of its leader Muammar Gaddafi. These years have been full of dramatic and often bloody events, which, according to a number of different indices []


Afghanistan, millions of war crimes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

7 October 2015

This is footage taken at the Doctors Without Borders/Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in 2011, 2014 and 2015. The hospital was the only facility of its kind in the northeastern region of the country. It provided cost-free, high level life- and limb-saving trauma care. In 2014, more than 22,000 patients received care at the hospital and more than 5,900 surgeries were performed. MSF treats all people according to their medical needs and does not make any distinctions based on a patients ethnicity, religious beliefs or political affiliation.

At the time of the aerial attack on October 3, there were 105 patients and their caretakers in the hospital, alongside more than 80 international and Afghan MSF staff. MSF expresses its sincere condolences to the families and friends of its staff members and patients who have tragically lost their lives in this attack.

MSF calls for State activation of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to investigate Afghanistan bombing. Read more here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Millions of Afghans seek justice from International Criminal Court

AFGHANS have submitted 1.17 million statements on...


Libya: Seven years since February 17 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On February 17 it will be 7 years since the start of the events in Libya which led to the overthrow of its leader - Muammar Gaddafi. These years have been full of dramatic and often bloody events, which, according to a number of different indices (effective sovereignty, stability, commercial activity etc.), have left the country much worse off. Since 2014 the country has been in a chaotic situation - divided into two sectors, with opposing capitals in Tripoli and Tobruk, each of which have their own government, parliament, and security services. The balance of power between them is changing. In the last year the area controlled by the National Army, led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar (i.e. the eastern, or Tobruk, sector) has expanded. That sector includes the 'oil crescent' (the oil wells and the main ports for oil exports). The Government of National Accord, headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, has an unsteady hold over the country.



The Imo state Commissioner for Happiness and younger sister of Governor Rochas Okorocha has appealed to men in her State More


US charges three with exporting drone parts to Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


An indictment alleges the suspects, two of whom have been arrested, illegally exported material via South Africa and the UAE


Ethiopia declares state of emergency to last six months "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This file photo taken on June 10, 2015 shows Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn attending the closing session of an African summit meeting in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. (AFP)
ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia said Saturday that a state of emergency will remain in place for six months, as the authorities move to quell chaos and unruliness.
The council of ministers declared the countrys second emergency decree in two years on Friday evening.
It capped a tumultuous week that saw Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resign, a strike in the countrys largest region and a massive prisoner amnesty.
The state of emergency will be for six months and will be approved by parliament, state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) wrote on Facebook, quoting Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa.
The government had cited ethnic-based clashes and chaos and unruliness as the reasons for the declaration.
To be able to protect the constitutional system, declaring a state of emergency has become necessary, EBC said, quoting a government communique.
While the decree is already in effect, parliamentary approval for the requested six-month period appears likely as the ruling Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and its allies control all the seats in the House of Peoples Representatives.
Ethiopia last declared a s...


Russia and the NYT Find a Point of Agreement the Failed "Kosovo" Experiment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As in Iraq, Syria, Libya, the results of US-led Western meddling in Yugoslavia/Serbia, and, specifically, Kosovo, have been unmitigatedly disastrous. Kosovo is truly a black hole.


Namibia Environment ministry may reduce trophy hunting quotas for lions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Villager (Namibia)

Environment plans to reduce lion trophy hunting

by Rodney Pienaar

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has said that it will consider minimising quotas for the trophy hunting of lions due to a decline in the lion population in the country.

Namibias lion population currently stands at 700, with the bulk of the big cats found in Etosha National Park.

The decline in the population is a result of food shortages and human wildlife conflict in conservancy areas where they are hunted.

Yes there is a possibility that we will minimise the number of lions hunted for trophies during hunting seasons. There are only very few of them in the country left and it will be wise to do so until numbers pick up again. There have been a number of incidences where farmers have been shooting lions for attacking livestock and this is also one factor that has led to the declining number of lions in the country, Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta said.

He added that all over the world there are only a few numbers of these cats left and that there is a need to allow the animals to reproduce in order to increase their numbers.

Shifeta also said lions play a very crucial role when it comes to touri...


Cameroon poachers kill eight, including six soldiers in national park "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Very sad. There is a serious problem with poaching and smuggling of ivory in Cameroon. Regarding the elephant census figures at the end, remember this does not cover the whole of Africa and omits Namibia (about 25,000), South Sudan (2-5,000), CAR (unknown) and several other elephant range areas and omits all forest elephants. KS


AFRICA 13.2.2018 01:30 am


Poachers killed six troops and two guides in a wildlife park in northern Cameroon, Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said Monday.

Six members of the defence forces and two civilian guides were killed on Thursday during a clash with heavily-armed men on horseback in Bouba Ndjida national park in the north of the country, Beti Assomo said in a statement aired on state radio.

In 2012, 128 elephants were killed in the Bouba Ndjida park within two months, according to the government. The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) put the figure at 480.

The WWF attributed that massacre to poachers from Sudan and Chad.

Since March 2012, Cameroon has deployed a hundred troops in the wildlife reserve to help deal with the threat from poachers and protect the elephant population for which the park is known.

The eight people killed in Thursdays violence were carrying out a routine patrol, source said.

Poaching has killed an estimated 110,000 elephants over the last decade, with transnational organised crime syndicates taking over the illicit trade.

The most recent figures, for 2016, showed the global trade in illegal ivory continues to thrive in light of record seizures despite a decline in poaching.

According to the Great Elephant Census in 2016, the first ever pan-African survey of savanna elephants, numbers are estimated to have fallen to 352,000,...


Nigerian youths blow hot, declare to take over power in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A group of Nigerian youths drawn from all works of life gathered in Lagos and other states of the Nation to declare the intention of young Nigerians to take over power from the old leadership sect come 2019. The group, under the umbrella of Youth Take Over initiative powered by Yaga Foundation, pointed out clearly []

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February 17th, 7 years after the destruction of Libya by NATO & the USA "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Libya: 7 Years since February 17 On February 17 it will be 7 years since the start of the events in Libya which led to the overthrow of its leader Muammar Gaddafi. These years have been full of dramatic and often bloody events, which, according to a number of different indices (effective sovereignty, []


Well investigate Kano underage voters allegation INEC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

insists it will study amendment on orders of election Rivers, Lagos, Delta top states with highest fresh registration   The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said it would send a high powered team from its headquarters to investigate the alleged involvement of underage persons in last Saturdays local government election in Kano State. The []

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IGP advises against inflammatory statements on herdsmen/farmers clashes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday advised Nigerians to avoid making inflammatory statements and playing politics with the herders/farmers clashes so as to achieve genuine reconciliation. Speaking during the launch of his book in Lagos, Idris said the security challenges needed to be properly managed so as not to drag the []

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Okorocha: Impeachment of Imo deputy gov has no political value "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has formally reacted to the controversy over the alleged plot to impeach his deputy, Prince Eze Madumere, saying such an impeachment would be of no political benefit to him or anybody else. Okorocha, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, described the report of the purported []

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False information: Im not afraid of trial, Melaye tells FG "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

says petition frivolous   The Chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Dino Melaye, has stated that he is not afraid of his planned arraignment and trial by the Federal Government. This is as he personally visited the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Thursday, to collect []

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Fuel queues to disappear this weekend Kachikwu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said the lingering fuel crisis being experienced in the country, is as a result of both logistics and policy problem. Kachikwu, however stated that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) are working round the clock to ensure the disappearance []

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Congo's mega-crisis 'at deadly tipping point' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With 13 million Congolese needing emergency assistance, aid is not meeting even minimum life-saving needs in worst-hit areas, says a Norwegian NGO.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Black Panther Premires in South Africa
17 FEB, 2018 - 00:02
Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba)..Photo: Matt Kennedy..Marvel Studios 2018

Robert Mukondiwa in SANDTON, South Africa

Starring Zimbabwean movie and silver screen sensation Danai Gurira, who made the trip from California for the event alongside Lupita Nyongo, the event was the key kick-off screening on African soil meant to bring home the Xhosa speaking heroes of the flick.

The Saturday Herald joined an elite select team of international artistes, media executives, Hollywood royalty and continental bloggers in the launch of the epic superhero movie Black Panther in the African movie Premiere in South Africa.

The movie is the first of its kind with a black leading superhero.

Gurira expressed keen excitement that she was travelling to the mother continent to bring what Hollywood has always been starving film-goers of; a movie sensation and hero of black origin.

Next Saturday we bring you in-depth coverage of the epic event. In the meantime here are fascinating facts about what promises to be the biggest cinematic experience of the year and perhaps even beyond.

However, there are tonnes of fun facts around this movie, drawn out of a Marvel Comic run that has finally had the movie-making gods of Hollywood breathe life into its lungs and bring it to life.
Here are some of them! Many of them will appeal to the cinematic moviehead!

Fun Facts

Marvels Black Panther character made his debut in the comic book world in Fantastic Four Volume 1 Issue 52, published in 1966.

An important part of the Black Panther lore incorporated into the film is the Dora Milaje, the cadre of strong fierce women who serve as the personal security force to the king and royal family. These tall, statuesque, bald-headed warrior women, who move as one, command attention wherever they go.

Led by Danai Guriras character, Okoye, the Dora Milaje security force features an international contingent of women from all over the world, including Florence Kasumba who returns to play...


Nigeria bomb blasts cause deaths at fish market "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Three suicide bombers have hit the town of Konduga in north-east Nigeria killing at least 18 people. Two attacked a fish market and a third struck nearby, security sources said. Boko Haram jihadists are being blamed for the blasts, though the group has yet to say it was behind them.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

China President Xi Congratulates New South Africa President
17 FEB, 2018 - 00:02 

BEIJING. Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday extended congratulations to Cyril Ramaphosa on the latters election as South African president. In his congratulatory message, Xi called Ramaphosa an old friend of the Chinese people who has made important contributions to the development of bilateral relations.

I attach great importance to developing the China-South Africa relationship, Xi said, adding that he stands ready to work with Ramaphosa to lift their countries comprehensive strategic partnership to higher levels.

The Chinese leader also suggested that the two sides support each other in hosting later this year the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and the Johannesburg Summit of the emerging-market bloc of BRICS, which also groups Brazil, Russia and India.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of China-South Africa diplomatic relations.
The two countries upgraded their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2010.
Ramaphosa took office as the fifth president of South Africa on Thursday, replacing Jacob Zuma, who announced his immediate resignation late Wednesday.



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Zimbabwe President Congratulates Ramaphosa
17 FEB, 2018 - 00:02 

Bulawayo Bureau
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa has congratulated newly-elected South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, saying Zimbabwe was looking forward to strengthening the existing good relations between the two neighbouring countries. In a message posted on micro-blogging site Twitter, President Mnangagwa wished Mr Ramaphosa well, saying his excellence and persistence earned him the leadership of his people.

My very warmest congratulations to President Cyril Ramaphosa, he said. His excellence and persistence have now earned him the leadership of his people. Zimbabwe sends its very best wishes to him and his administration. We look forward to strengthening more our ties. Congratulations!

Mr Ramaphosa (66) was elected after former President Jacob Zuma (76) officially resigned on Wednesday night during a special broadcast that was beamed live on television.

The embattled Mr Zuma bowed to pressure from his ANC party and opposition parties who wanted him to step down. Mr Zuma was due to complete his term of office next year. Former South African President Thabo Mbeki also congratulated Mr Ramaphosa, describing Mr Jacob Zumas resignation as a step in the right direction.

I think (former) President (Jacob) Zuma did the right thing, he was quoted as saying on SABC. Once the leadership of the ANC took that position and in the context of what the majority of the population was saying, it was really time that he left office.

Maybe he ought to have done it earlier so that the ANC was not forced to threaten a vote of no confidence and all that.

Mr Mbeki, who was in 2008, recalled by the National Executive Committee of the ANC, said Mr Ramaphosa should work towards economic growth to deal decisively with poverty and the high unemployment rate. He said change was needed because corruption had become entrenched in all spheres of government under the leadership of Mr Zuma. The election of Mr Ramaphosa means that he becomes the sadc chairperson, a position that was held b...


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South African Communist Party Congratulates President Ramaphosa
15 February 2018

The South African Communist Party congratulates ANC President Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa for being elected unopposed on Thursday, 15 February 2018 as the new State President of the Republic of South Africa.

The immediate task remains that of radically reducing class, race and gender inequalities and uneven development between urban and rural areas. In particular, this requires increased attention to rural development and resolute policy measures to improve the quality of life of the workers and poor by giving effect to the right to work as enshrined in the Freedom Charter and expanding decent work for all.

These measures will require dismantling the parasitic networks surrounding our state and decisively bringing an end to corporate capture of the state and all other forms of corruption and wrongdoing. This includes demolishing parallel state mechanisms and manoeuvres such as rogue intelligence units and associated operations.



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COSATU State of the Nation Expectations
The federation expects today's SONA to flesh out in detail work plans, time frames and targets on the following matters of critical importance to workers and their families:

A Jobs Plan

We want an urgent convening of the long promised Presidential Jobs Summit with a path towards building a growing economy that creates a million decent jobs per anum.

An end to labour broking, outsourcing and privatisation, especially in the state as well as the retail sector.

Re-industrialisation of the manufacturing sector.

Boost our exports, especially to Africa.

Re-skilling of the workers.

Work with all social partners to stem the tide of retrenchments

National Minimum Wage

A clear assurance that it will be passed by Parliament and come into law on 1 May without delays.

Crime and Corruption

A clear commitment to end the culture of looting and state capture.

Heads must roll at NPA, Hawks and SAPS. The leadership that has allowed state capture to thrive needs to go.

Wasteful Expenditure

Government needs to curb wasteful expenditure and must hold people accountable.

The bloated cabinet must be reduced by half and the captured fired ministers fired immediately.

Bling lifestyles of the political elite at the expense of the tax payer must be stopped.


We call for a national plan that will address as a matter of the highest urgency the water crises threatening the W. Cape, E. Cape, N. Cape and parts of the F. State and KZN and Gauteng. These must be based on sustainable paths that include recycling, desalination and conservation. This is an opportunity to protect health and the environment and also create jobs.

State Owned Enterprises

South needs a clear plan to clean up Eskom, SAA, SABC, Denel and SASSA. This must include comprehensive forensic audits and the arrest, prosecution and the seizure of assets of all those implicated in corruption.


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SADTU Congratulates Cde Cyril Ramaphosa on His Election as President of South Africa
15 February 2018

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) joins millions of patriotic and peace loving South Africans in congratulating Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa on his election as president of the country.

Cde Ramaphosa's appointment marks the dawn of a new era for South Africa; an era we hope will bring about unity, firm and decisive leadership in dealing with corruption, economic growth and lead the country towards a prosperous trajectory.

Cde Ramaphosa's election as president did not come on a silver platter. We can fully attest to the fact that he earned it. An activist in his student days, Ramaphosa progressed to become the leader of one of South Africa's most powerful union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). He played a pivotal role in shaping and driving our country into our new democracy as the key negotiator during CODESA negotiations and in the drafting of our constitution that is touted as the best in the world.

His tenure will not be a walk in the park as he takes over the reins in a country facing high unemployment rate, joblessness, corruption and moral decay in the midst of a tough economic climate.

However, in the midst of such conditions, we have no doubt that Cde Ramaphosa will take this country to greater heights. As SADTU we give President Ramaphosa and the ANC our unconditional support in ensuring that they work towards making South Africa a better country for all.

The 54th Conference of the ANC heeded our call since 2015 COSATU Congress that unity and cohesion of the ANC can be achieved if Comrade Ramaphosa as the deputy then was elected as the ANC president based on its traditions and practices. We are convinced that President Ramaphosa will work hard to unite the Alliance and the people of our country. That he will not allow darkness to kill the democracy that we fought for. That under his leadership the ANC leagues and associations will focus their energy towards working for the people of South Africa.

Issued by: SADTU Secretariat




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COSATU Congratulates President Cyril Ramaphosa on His Election and We Remind Him That There is No Honeymoon Period for Him
15 February 2018

The Congress of South African Trade Unions congratulates Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa on his well deserved and long overdue election as President of the Republic of South Africa. We are proud of this product of the National Union of Mineworkers and our federation COSATU. He has an outstanding resume as a student activists and a leader of the trade union movement. He led NUM to become the largest union in the country and led the largest strike at the height of apartheid. He was one of the lead negotiators representing the ANC during the CODESA and the constitutional processes in Parliament.

Whilst we are happy that he has now been elected President of the Republic of South Africa and that now we can move on from the political nightmares that have bedeviled us for a long time, we are not writing government a blank cheque. We will give him all the necessary support as our president, but there will be no honeymoon period.

President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to be engaging but decisive. There is no time for handling crooks with kid gloves. There is no time for laziness when addressing the jobs blood bath and unemployment. We demand an activist, capacitated developmental state that we have long fought for.

We expect the new incoming president to restore confidence in the ANC and its government by giving its government a facelift. He needs to deal with mediocrity and bureaucratic arrogance that has paralysed government over the last few years. Some ministers and government leaders need to be removed and replaced in order for our economy to grow and the people centred development to thrive.

COSATU expects government to wake up to the economic crisis that is drowning workers and their families in poverty and the rising unemployment. We expect government to crack down on the rampant levels of corruption and wasteful expenditure threatening the very survival of the state and nation. Lastly we caution and advise him to ensure that government acts with humility, decency and integrity. We must leave behind the days of political and bureaucratic arrogance and...


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NUM Congratulates Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa for Being Elected President of South Africa
15 February 2018

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) congratulates its founding General Secretary comrade Cyril Ramaphosa for being elected unopposed as the new president of South Africa in the National Assembly today.

The working class could not go wrong when they resolved through Cosatu and the NUM that comrade Ramaphosa should succeed the former president Jacob Zuma. It is our belief that he carries appropriate skills to revive the economy, create jobs, stabilise the relations in the tripartite alliance. Most importantly fight corruption and ensure that the African National Congress (ANC) wins the elections overwhelmingly in 2019.

The ANC collective under his stewardship should bring hope to the people of South Africa black and white, to discharge political responsibility in terms of effective service delivery, radical economic transformation, and unity in the country.

For more detailed information, please contact:

David Sipunzi: NUM General Secretary: 082 883 7293
Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257

7 Rissik Street.
Cnr Frederick,
Johannesburg 2001
Tel: 011 377 2111
Twitter: @Num Media NUM


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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers the State of the Nation Address at the Parliament on 16 February 2018. Picture: AFP.

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State of the Nation Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, 16 February 2018, Parliament

Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete,

Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ms Thandi Modise,

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP,

Former President Thabo Mbeki,

Former Deputy President FW de Klerk,

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and all esteemed members of the judiciary,

Ministers and Deputy Ministers,

Premiers and Speakers of Provincial Legislatures,

Chairperson of SALGA and all Executive Mayors present,

The Heads of Chapter 9 Institutions,

Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders,

Leaders of faith based organisations,

Former Speaker Dr Frene Ginwala,

Former Speaker Mr Max Sisulu,

Invited Guests

Veterans of the struggle for liberation,

Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Honourable members,

Fellow South Africans,

It is a great honour and privilege to deliver this State of the Nation Address.

This Address should have been delivered last week, but was delayed so that we could properly manage issues of political transition.

I wish to thank Honourable Members and the people of South Africa for their patience and forbearance.

I also wish to extend a word of gratitude to former President Jacob Zuma for the manner in which he approached this difficult and sensitive process.

I wish to thank him for his service to the nation during his two terms as President of the...


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Cyril Ramaphosa has delivered his first State of the Nation Address as president of South Africa.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers the State of the Nation Address at the Parliament on 16 February 2018. Picture: AFP.

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JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - President Cyril Ramaphosa has delivered a wide-ranging State of the Nation Address (Sona) concentrating on economic growth, free higher education, unity and making sure there is an end to corruption.

He said the country was seeing a new dawn.

We should put behind us the era of diminishing trust in public institutions and weakened confidence and our countrys public leaders.

Ramaphosa said there needed to be a focus on job creation with an improvement in education already.

The countrys matric pass rate increased from 60.6% in 2009 to 75.1% last year. That is phenomenal progress.

The president then turned his attention to corruption, announcing a number of new measures including a commission of inquiry into the South Africa Revenue Service (Sars).

At the request of the minister of finance, I will shortly appoint a commission of inquiry into tax administration and governance of Sars to ensure that we restore the credible of the service and strengthen its capacity to meet its revenue target.

The National Prosecuting Authority will also receive attention.

We will urgently attend to the leadership issues at the NPA to ensure that this critical institution is stabilised and able to perform its mandate unhindered. Without any fear, favour or prejudice.

Ramaphosa received applause when talking about the commission of inquiry into state capture, saying corruption would not be tolerated.

We must fight corruption, fraud and collusion in the private sector with the same purpose and intensity we want to fight it in the public sector.

He says state-owned entities also need to be given special attention, including Eskom.



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'Tough Decisions' for South Africa to Cut Deficit: Ramaphosa
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa faces tough decisions to reduce the size of its fiscal deficit and stabilize its debt after years of weak growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday in a State of the Nation address the day after being inaugurated.

Ramaphosa also said his government was committed to policy certainty and consistency, in contrast to his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, who resigned this week on the orders of the ruling African National Congress.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf and James Macharia; Editing by Ed Cropley


Miyetti Allah: Godll ask Buhari if he doesnt help us "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

says we wont leave UNILORIN   Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Kwara State, Alhaji Usman Adamu, has expressed concern that President Muhammad Buhari is also not doing enough for the Fulani people despite being one of them. Besides, he urged the President not to forget the Fulani blood in his vein, warning that []

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I killed 4 for ex-NURTW chair Suspect "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Buhari: Bring perpetrators of Zamfara killings to book "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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KUJE PRISON INMATE: His operations, connections and lifestyle "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Army begins road construction, borehole drilling in Sambisa Forest "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian Army yesterday said it had drilled a borehole in Sambisa Forest to enhance water supply to troops and communities in the area as part of efforts to make the forest habitable. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Kukasheka, said in a statement issued in Maiduguri that the project was carried out also []

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Fuel: Essential but still scarce in many states "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Motorists lament spending more money, time at filling stations The fuel situation in Nigeria has not improved significantly following the latest round of scarcity. Where petrol is available, motorists spend more money and time at filling stations to get the product. In this story, our correspondents looked at the situation across the country and why []

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BEREAVEMENT: 14 APC govs condole with Buhari in Daura "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

2019: Jonathan backs NASS on re-ordering of elections About 14 All Progressives Congress (APC) governors were yesterday at the ancient city of Daura, Katsina State to condole with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of Hajia Aisha Mamman Danbaffale, the wife of Alhaji Mamman Danbaffale, who is the elder brother to the president. Similarly, the []

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IPOB to FG: Prosecute our detained members or set them free "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday called on the Federal Government to prosecute court cases against its members or free them from the various detention facilities across the country. In a statement made available to journalists in Awka by IPOBs Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group said the missing case file of []

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Aso Villa cabals hampering Buharis success Idahosa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Jacob Zumas statue remains, says Okorocha "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Imo State Government yesterday insisted that the statue of the former South African President, Jacob Zuma, erected by his administration, would not be pulled down. Zumas statue is among the seven statues erected by the Okorocha government in Owerri even though the government noted that the statue was erected when Zuma was the president []

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Dalung to NFF: Dont impose players on Rohr "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Buhari to host CHAN Eagles     The Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has warned the Nigeria Football Federation not to impose players on Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, ahead of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. The minister made this statement when some journalists visited him in Abuja and he believed Eagles []

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Benjamin Oni-Okpaku, the former Chief Medical Director, of Benoni Clinic/Hospital, Benin, Chief Medical Director University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Fellow Royal Society of Medicine of England, talked extensively on a myriad of issues in this interview with OJIEVA EHIOSUN. Excerpts     You are 86 now; could you recall how growing up was like []



World Cup: FG to set up Presidential Task Force "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

PTF to disburse N3 billion largesse PTF to disburse N3 billion largesse   Federal Government has concluded plans to raise a Presidential Task force for Nigerias participation at the forthcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, Saturday Telegraph can report. Our correspondent reliably learnt that the Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung sold the idea to the presidency []

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Thats It? Mueller Indicts A Few Russian Nationals For Troll Campaign to Influence 2016 Election "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This is the equivalent of indicting a few Nigerian email scammers!

From CNBC:

A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections, during which they boosted the candidacy of Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Muellers office said Friday.

The indictment says that a Russian organization called the Internet Research Agency sought to wage information warfare against the United States by using fictitious American personas and social media platforms and other Internet-based media.

While that effort was launched in 2014, by early to mid-2016 the defendants were supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton, the eight-count indictment charges.

As part of those efforts, the defendants also encouraged minority groups to either not vote for in the election or to vote for a third-party candidate. Both actions would have hurt Clinton, who received significant support from minority voters.

And after the election of Trump as president in November 2016, the defendants used fake personas to organize and coordinate political rallies in support of Trump, while also doing the same to create rallies protesting the results of the election, the indictment said.

On one day, Nov. 12, 2016, the defendants organized a rally in New York to show your support for President-elect Donald Trump while at the same time organizing a Trump is NOT my president rally that also was held in New York.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the defendants created hundreds of accounts using fake personas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to advance their scheme.

The accused also allegedly used a computer infrastructure, based partly in the United States, to hide the Russian origin of their activities and to avoid detection by US authorities, the indictment said.

Rosenstein said there is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in the scheme, nor is there any allegation that the scheme affected the outcome of the election.

*Breathes in*


This is literally nothing!



I would have been a journalist if not for football Ajiboye "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye, told CHARLES OGUNDIYA that he once had to forfeit his food just to play football and that the birth of his son six months ago has been a turning point in his career.     You lost in the final of the African Nations Championship and got the silver, the []

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World Cup: Dont be too harsh on Eagles, Babangida tells fans "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Flood victims get respite from AIbom gov "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Kalu: Fraudsters impersonating me through Facebook account "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Okunbo at 60 golf tourney ends in Benin "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The weeklong golfing activities at the Captain Hosa Okunbo at 60 Pro-Am Invitation Golf Tournament holding at the Benin Club golf course, Benin City, will come to an end today (Saturday). The golf tournament which teed-off on Monday February 12, featured about 300 professional and amateur golfers who came from different golf clubs across []

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Igali targets wrestling gold in Olympics "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Dr. Daniel Igali, is optimistic that his wrestlers will do the country proud by winning gold medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. An elated Igali made the comment following the impressive performance by Team Nigeria at the just concluded African Wrestling Championship in Port Harcourt. In two years we []

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And Sunshine Stars fans goof again! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It has now become a season after season occurrence at the Akure Township Stadium for visiting clubs, officials or even the Sunshine Stars officials to be attacked by hoodlums. The ugly part of the Nigeria Professional Football League was brought to the fore again last weekend following reports of an attack on the match officials []

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Italians Horrified As Immigrants Barbecue Local Pet Dogs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Italians were left horrified after a group of African immigrants attempted to barbecue local dogs at a welcome center in southern Italy. Officers of the Carabinieri, an Italian military police force, apprehended the immigrants after receiving [...]


Gulfstream Aerospace G500 jet makes Nigerian debut "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senior executives of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation are visiting Nigeria as the all-new Gulfstream G500 business jet made its debut this week in the country. The visit, according to a statement, is aimed at giving current and potential customers in the country an opportunity to experience the new aircrafts cutting-edge technology, unparalleled comfort and superior craftsmanship []

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Several Million Afghans Seek War Crimes Investigation at ICC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

More than one million statements from Afghan people and organizations have been submitted to the International Criminal Court alleging war crimes were committed by several actors in the country including the U.S. military, the CIA, Afghan forces and the Taliban, local groups working with the Hague-based tribunal said Friday. Abdul Wadood Pedram, an official at...

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Why the United States should continue the use of drone strikes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The first website that I looked at for this assignment talked about the pros and the cons for using drone strikes internationally.

The first pro that this article talks about is how drone strikes make the United States safer by getting rid of terrorist networks across the world. I think this is true because with using drone strikes we can easily find out where the terrorists are and easily take them out. Drone attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia have killed upwards of 3,500 militants, including dozens of high-level commanders implicated in organizing plots against the United States. This also shows how the use of drone attacks can help us stop new terrorist groups from starting or current groups from expanding if we keep killing high-level commanders of these terrorist groups.

The article also stated: Plots have been disrupted that would have targeted international aviation, US transit systems, European cities, and our troops in Afghanistan. Simply put, these strikes have saved lives.

I think that the most compelling part of this article to me was when it talked about how the use of drone strikes, in general, is safer for all United States military members because the drones would be launched from an allied country and maned from that country as well, so we would have a much smaller possibility of harming one of our own personnel such as pilots or ground soldiers.

Using drones to kill terrorist groups decreases the chance of a ground soldier getting caught in a firefight, getting hit with anti-aircraft shells, stepping on landmines, or driving over improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the harsh environment would also be a big role with the safety of ground soldiers.

Another part of the article that I found very interesting was when it talked about how the use of drone strikes are carried out with the collaboration and encouragement of local governments, and make those countries safer. I think this made me feel better about the United States using drone strikes because with the United States using drone strikes we are not only helping ourselves from terrorist attacks but we are also helping the smaller communities within the countries that the terrorists have taken over.

One of the last points that this article brought up was how drone pilots have a lower risk of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD compared to aircraft pilots and ground soldiers. I think this is huge because post-traumatic stress disorder is a large problem in the United States and makes it so the returning soldiers cannot return to civilian life with an easy transition.

Drone strikes have also only accumulated about one percent of the military budget  which would help the United States military cut down on cost seeing as the F-35 Joint strike fighters cost $9.6 billion in 2012, so conti...


Where did Libya's money go? Millions of 'frozen funds' went to unknown beneficiaries in Belgium "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Six years after Muammar Gaddafi's death, his regime's frozen funds in Brussels are generating tens of millions of euros in interest for mystery beneficiaries, despite international sanctions. A POLITICO investigation into 16 billion of the Libyan dictator's assets held in Belgium discovered big, regular outflows of stock dividends, bond income and interest payments. Legal documents, bank statements, emails and dozens of interviews point to a loophole in the sanctions regime. While Gaddafi's wealth is meant to be held in trust for the Libyan people until the war-shattered country stabilizes, interest payments flowed from frozen accounts in Brussels to bank accounts in Luxembourg and Bahrain over recent years, documents reviewed by POLITICO show. Belgium's finance ministry says such payments are legal. The interest goes to accounts belonging to the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), the country's sovereign fund, which was founded in 2006 to invest Gaddafi's oil wealth. LIA now lies at the heart of a turf war between rival claimants in Libya, and it's not clear who runs the agency or gets any of the funds sent to its accounts. Following a NATO-led intervention that toppled Gaddafi, who died in October 2011, civil war has reduced Libya to a hydra-headed set of competing administrations governed by rival strongmen, in an environment still destabilized by Islamist militants.


Zamfara Massacre: Security agencies failed to act- Gov Yari "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor Abdulaziz Yari has alleged that his administration gave security agencies 24-hour head-start to alert them on the impending invasion of communities in Zamfara by bandits that resulted in the death of 39 persons in Zurmi local government area of the state on Wednesday night. Speaking Friday evening when he led five Northern Governors on a sympathy visit to []

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UNILAG VC secures release of detained union leaders "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As varsity matriculates 9,204 students The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has secured the release of the detained former Chairmen of the institutions chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU), Comrades Joseph Adefolalu and Adekola Adetomiwa, who were on Thursday arrested by the police. The VC, accompanied by the []

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SOTT FOCUS: Mackinder's Geopolitics vs. Xi Jinping's New Silk Road: Reality is Not a Closed System "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

"China will continue to hold high the banner of peace, development, cooperation, and mutual benefit, and uphold its fundamental foreign policy goal of preserving world peace and promoting common development. China remains firm in its commitment to strengthening friendship and cooperation with other countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, and to forging a new form of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice, and win-win cooperation." - Xi Jinping, address to 19th National Congress of the CPC In his recently translated address to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping laid out a grand design and philosophy for short, medium and long-term strategy, for both his country and the world.1 President Xi not only directly challenged the underlying morality of post-modernism and neo-liberalism which has rendered the Western population incapable of planning the future or even maintaining the institutions handed down to us from past generations, but most importantly threw down the gauntlet, challenging the Western powers to release themselves from the ideological crutch of 'geopolitics' and work with China under a new paradigm of 'win-win cooperation'. Xi Jinping's 'Belt and Road Initiative' and its global manifestations across Africa, Europe and the Americas have been complemented on January 25, 2018 by an extension into the Arctic, dubbed the Polar Silk Road. This Arctic extension gave new life to a project which Russian President Vladimir Putin endorsed as early as April 2007, known as the Bering Strait Rail Tunnel, connecting the Americas with Eurasia.2 Up until recently, Western geopoliticians have attempted to dismiss such initiatives as 'fringe concepts' promoted by Lyndon and Helga LaRouche of the Schiller Institute, but today a very different picture has come to light which reveals that this battle between two opposing paradigms goes much further back in history than most people realize and, as such, a need to revisit some forgotten history is in order. It is, after all, due to this potent conception of history as a struggle between two opposing paradigms that the LaRouches and their allies have been able advance such policies mentioned above for over four decades.


U.S. Weighs Tariffs and Quotas on Steel, Aluminum Imports "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Trump administration weighs different options, ranging from a global tariff of at least 24%, to a more targeted approach focusing on China and other nations

Feb. 16, 2018 12:19 p.m. ET

The Trump administration on Friday said it was weighing broad-based tariffs and quotas to curb imports of steel and aluminum to protect national security, though officials stressed no final decisions had yet been made and the ultimate policy could be considerably more limited.

The recommendations were part of internal administration reports released Friday laying out the options for President Donald Trump as he considers how to fulfill a campaign promise to take a more aggressive stance than predecessors to shield domestic steel and aluminum makers from growing foreign competition.

The recommendations suggest the president choose among several options. One of them is a global tariff of at least 24% on all steel imports from all countries. Another is a tariff of at least 53% on steel imports from a dozen countries. Under the latter, targeted option, the tariffs of 53% would be applied on steel from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

The report from the Commerce Department also included, as an alternative, a quota on steel products from countries equal to 63% of the countries 2017 exports to the U.S.

I am glad that we were able to provide this analysis and these recommendations to the president, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. I look forward to his decision on any potential course of action.

The recommendations are opposed by many lawmakers and businesses who worry that the tariffs risk provoking a trade war and raising prices on a range of domestic products.

The recommendations sent sector stocks soaring Friday. Nucor Corp, the largest U.S. steel producer by sales, rose almos...


Jonathan lampoons APC, says party cant govern with Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 Goodluck Jonathan, Nigerias former president has taken a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), saying even if a party wins through propaganda, it can not govern with it. Mr Jonathan spoke when he received leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Yenagoa on Friday. Jonathan said the APC had failed to fulfil its []

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There is corruption under Buhari Amaechi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says he will be nearly foolish to say there is no corruption in the current administration. Amaechi who stated at media chat in Abuja said the corruption that might be found in the present government can not be compared with what obtained in previous administrations. Asked if there is no []

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Macron puts army general in charge of national service "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


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French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the AlbOru cultural centre in Bastia, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Reuters

By Sophie Louet

PARIS (Reuters) Emmanuel Macron has placed an army general who led U.N. operations in Mali in charge of rolling out mandatory national service, sources said, a sign of the French presidents desire to stamp the militarys mark on the exercise.

Macron, Frances first post-war president not to complete military service, bills national service as a way to foster patriotism and heal social divisions by bringing together youngsters from rural areas, wealthy cities and gritty suburbs.

But his plans have irritated the army, which is already stretched fighting Islamist militants in Africa and the Middle East as well as combating home-grown jihadists.

The president wants it to have a military feel and its exactly that which is causing problems, said one lawmaker from Macrons Republic on the Move party who is familiar with the planning.

Emmanuel Macron veut un service national obligatoire dune dure de trois six mois. | Archives Ouest-France

The lawmaker and a military source said Macron had picked Brigadier General Daniel Menaouine, who commanded U.N. peacekeepers in Mali and served as chief of staff to Frances top land army general from 2010-2014.

Military officers privately express concerns about both the cos...


Europe must be able to stand alone on defence: Paris/Berlin "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


AFP/File | France has announced plans to bolster its defence spending, earmarking nearly 300 billion euros ($370 billion) of investments by 2025

MUNICH (GERMANY) (AFP)  EU countries need to ensure they have the strategic autonomy to respond to security threats, even while bolstering commitments to the NATO pact, the French and German defence ministers said Friday.

When we are threatened in our own neighbourhood, particularly to the south, we have to be able to respond, even when the United States or the (NATO) alliance would like to be less implicated, French defence chief Florence Parly said in Munich.

To achieve that, we need strategic autonomy, Parly told the Munich Security Conference, alongside her German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen.

The EU announced in December a permanent structured cooperation on defence agreement, known as PESCO, aimed at developing new military equipment and improving cooperation and decision-making.

And French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a European Intervention Initiative (EII) that would let individual nations band together for operations outside of existing EU or NATO structures.

In particular, Paris feels it is bearing the brunt of efforts to stabilise Mali, Niger and other Sahel nations in Africa from jihadist groups that could attempt to strike Europe.

That has prompted warnings from NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg that the EU must not undermine the alliance.

But Parly said EU nations must be ready to act without asking the United States to come to our aid, without asking them to divert their ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capabilities or their supply craft from other missions.

Forget about the routine worries of those who try to say its either the EU or NATO: Its a false debate, she said.

Von der Leyen agreed that building up Europes military autonomy was compatible with shoring up the NATO alliance, adding that the goal was to stay trans-Atlantic.

It is about a Europe that can also add more weight militarily so that it can be more autonomous and carry more responsibility also within NATO, she said.

France in particular has announced plans to bolster its defence spending, earmarking nearly 300 billion euros ($370 billion) of investments by 2025.

That would take the defence budg...


Extracting a legacy of Black, Southern organizing for Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In 1967 the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), arguably one of the most influential organizing groups in the South in the 1960s, published a two-page pamphlet titled Third World Round-up: The Palestine Problem: Test Your Knowledge. The short yet controversial pamphlet included 32 facts about Israels June 1967 war and described Israel as a colonial state backed by U.S. imperialism, and Palestinians as victims of racial subjugation, as writer Robin D.G. Kelley puts it in his 2014 essay Another Freedom Summer.

In the aforementioned essay, Kelley describes how the conditions of Mississippis 1964 Freedom Summer, a statewide and summer-long campaign aimed at registering as many disenfranchised Black people to vote as possible, played a monumental role in creating a paradigm shift among how Black organizers saw their position in world politics, including the Israel-Palestine conflict. SNCCs experiences in Mississippi would have a profound effect on the way many activists viewed the rest of the world, Kelley states, referring to the violent, racist repression that was the response to the Freedom Summer campaigns that spread across the state and included dozens of church bombings, over 100 beatings and shootings, and many were left dead, fired, evicted, and thrown off their welfare rolls for attempting to register to vote.

A SNCC newsletter from 1967

What emerges three years after the June 1967 war, with that small two-page pamphlet setting the stage in many ways as Kelley suggests, is then SNCC Chairman Kwame Tures leading of the organizing into becoming a large hub of support to the anti-Zionist movement in the Southern U.S. What was once a longstanding tradition of Black intellectuals and activists identifying with Zionism as a movement for self-determination, most notably Marcus Garveys Black Zionism movement, gave way to a radical critique of Zionism as a form of settler colonialism akin to American racism and South African apartheid.

It is in this vein t...


As American as Apple Pie: Rape in a Culture that Looks the Other Way "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA Shortly before midnight on September 3, 1944, an African-American sharecropper named Recy Taylor was walking home from church with two companions in Abbeville, Alabama when the women noticed a green Chevy sedan drive past four times before finally rattling to a stop just a few feet ahead.

Seven white men, armed with knives and guns, leapt from the car, accused Taylor of assaulting a white, teenage boy earlier in the day, shoved the honey-colored 24-year-old wife and mother into the back seat, and sped off into the night, according to the scholar and author Danielle McGuire in her superb historical account, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance.

What followed was both unspeakable and wholly predictable: amid a grove of pecan trees off the main highway, the oldest of the mob, 24-year-old Herbert Lovett, laid down a soiled hunting coat, ordered his friends to strip down to their socks and t-shirts, and, hovering over the sobbing Taylor, snarled, Act like you do with your husband or Ill cut your damn throat.

Six men raped Taylor, tied a handkerchief around her eyes, drove her to a remote stretch of highway and abandoned her there.

Wrote McGuire:

A few days later, a telephone rang at the NAACP branch office in Montgomery, Alabama. E.D. Nixon, the local president, promised to send his best investigator to Abbeville. That investigator would launch a movement that would ultimately change the world.

Her name was Rosa Parks.


A culture of rape

Participants march against sexual assault and harassment at the #MeToo March in Los Angeles on, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

Participants march against sexual assault and harassment at the #MeToo March in Los Angeles on, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

The Washington press corp has covered the most recent allegations of domestic violence by high-ranking White House staffers as a partisan political issue. Feminists say that...


Aden hitmen pick off Yemen president's supporters, one by one "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Shawqi Kamadi this week became the latest pro-Hadi preacher killed on the streets of Aden. Many are pointing the finger at the UAE


Check out Nikki Haley's tweet pretending she doesn't love violence and dead children "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In a sane world, being a neoconservative would carry the same social stigma as being a child molester or a serial killer. It would be something that you are aggressively shunned and rejected for and kept far away from society so that you can't do any harm, not something that wins you acclaim and MSNBC panels spots and appointment as UN ambassador. I am not being hyperbolic here. Neoconservatism is not some political ideology which can be placed on a left-to-right spectrum based on one's ideas about fiscal policy and social issues, it is the civilian-slaughtering American supremacist agenda to butcher, bomb, sanction, starve, bully and manipulate the world population in order to ensure the hegemony of the US-centralized power establishment. I am not condemning an opposing set of political opinions here, I am condemning the mass murder of innocent men, women and children. Neoconservatism is what fuels support for the war machine which has scattered hundreds of military bases all over the planet, which armed terrorist factions in Syria killing half a million people, which created a failed state in Libya, killed a million Iraqis, facilitated the mass slaughter in Yemen, and escalated the new cold war with Russia which threatens to kill everything on earth, all just in the last few years. So forgive me if I indulge in a bitter scoff when Nikki fucking Haley tweets about how heartbroken she is about the recent mass shooting in Florida.


Sweden: Pro-Sharia advocate of polygamy and wife-beating gets green light to open Islamic school "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After protracted deliberations, the Islamic School Foundation has been ultimately granted the right to open a contested Muslim free school in the city of Bors. The project was driven by Abdirizak Waberi, a former Conservative politician of Somali descent, who has been open about his views supporting polygamy and wife-beating. So Sharia values will form []


Women & human rights coalition tackle female genital mutilation in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Women and human rights organizations in Egypt marked the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Feb. 6 by announcing an "Anti-FGM Action Plan" to create new policies and mechanisms to reduce these practices against women and young girls in Egypt. According to the most recent gender-based violence survey conducted by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics in 2015, 9 out of 10 women in Egypt have undergone FGM. In 2014, that figure was about 92% of married women aged between 15 and 49, with 78.4% of the operations performed by doctors and nurses. Representatives of 146 organizations were present at the press conference, including the Tadwein Gender Research Center, the New Woman Foundation, the Centre for Egyptian Women Legal Assistance, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Women's Center for Legal Guidance and Awareness, Salemah for Women's Empowerment, the Cairo Center for Development, the Egyptian Coalition on the Rights of the Child and the Union of Associations to Combat Harmful Practices against Women and Children.


BREAKING: Under-age voters: INEC chairman sends investigative team to Kano "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the Commission will probe incidences of under-age voters recently experienced during the local government election in Kano State. Speaking on Friday in Lagos at the 2019 Election Project Plan Implementation Workshop organised for the top brass of the commission, Yakubu said INEC is disturbed []

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Libya's triangle of tragedy: Urban violence, vast displacement, perilous migration "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As Libya enters its eighth year of conflict, the humanitarian situation is relentlessly deteriorating amid armed conflict, violence and insecurity, warns the Red Cross.


From Mexico to Africa, israels dark history of training war criminals, gangs and oppression "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FROM MEXICO TO AFRICA, ISRAELS DARK HISTORY OF TRAINING WAR CRIMINALS, GANGS & OPPRESSION 12.02.2018 Middle East Kit OConnell Despite its apartheid policies toward Palestinians and other minorities, Israel is often cited as the Middle Easts only democracy and a preserver of human rights within the region. Not only does this public image sharply contrast with []


Al-Shabaab terrorists kill 3 teachers in Kenya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

NAIROBI, Kenya: Three teachers are confirmed dead after Somali-based al-Shabaab terrorists attacked a primary school in northeastern Kenya early Friday, police confirmed. The al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group operating in the Horn of Africa is said to have entered the Qarsa school in Wajir County through the porous Kenya-Somali border, some 175 kilometers (109 miles) from the []



Somali forces destroy Al-Shabaab bases in southern Somalia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

MOGADISHU- Somali forces backed by African Union forces destroyed Al-Shabaab bases in the Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia, the military said. Lower Shabelle region military commander Ibrahim Aden Najah told journalists on Thursday that the forces raided the bases in Kurtunwarey and destroyed the bases used by the militants to attack Somali and Amisom []



Qatar Charity provides drinking water to Somalis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

DOHA: Qatar Charity has drilled and rehabilitated 316 artesian and surface wells last year to provide safe drinking water to as many as 350,000 people in Somalia, which made 2017 the most abundant year yet in the field of water and sanitation. Qatar Charity implemented these projects in needy and poor areas of Somalia to []



UNHCR Special Envoy for Somalia commends South Africa for hosting Somali refugees "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

PRETORIA, South Africa The generosity of the South African government has ensured that over 300,000 refugees and asylum-seekers live in the country in a free and safe environment, noted UNHCR Special Envoy to the Somalia Refugee Situation. South Africa has a generous policy that grants asylum seekers and refugees free movement, access to jobs []



Urhobo Youths Support Osinbajo On Creation Of State Police "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS FEBRUAY 16TH (URHOBOODAY)-The Urhobo Youth Council, UYC, has backed Vice President Yemi Osinbajos call for the creation of state police in Nigeria.
UYC in a statement by its President, Comrade Festus Otesiri Igherebuo, made available to journalists in Warri, Delta State Wednesday, noted that the menace of violent herdsmen across the country was a valid proof for the establishment of state police.
While re-echoing Senator Ben Murray-Bruces statement that the problem with Nigeria is not people but the structure, the UYC leader said: If we dont fix our structure, even an angel will have challenges leading Nigeria. If we fail to practise true federalism, a time may come when the Federal Government has nothing to share to states but barrels of oil to look for buyers themselves.
The advancing security threats by the heartless herdsmen across the country has legitimised our call on the government to implement the demands for the establishment of state police across the country. it is imperative to give power to state policing for effectively optimization of community policing, thereby addressing security threats such as herdsmens terrorism and other social vices in the various localities will be violently addressed.
Nigeria is due to fashion true central advocacy system of government as reflected in developed countries for better society and advancing economic development. He added.


ANALYSIS: Bashir turns to 'old guard' enforcer to quell rising threats in Sudan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Salah 'Gosh' Abdullah, a notorious former security chief, brought in from the cold as president faces growing internal and external pressure


Kogi Signs Seven MOUs in two days "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A total of seven Memoranda of Understanding were signed between the Kogi State Government and private partners over the two-day Kogi State Economic and Investment Summit, which ended yesterday, 14th February. Four of the MOUs were signed with energy companies while two were with agriculture companies. The last was with a global tourism brand, that []

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Energy Impact Investor, All On Seals Three Off-Grid Investments For Niger Delta "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS FEBRUARY 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)- Nigerian off-grid energy investment company, All On, has announced financial close with three firms for accelerated access to affordable and sustainable energy sources in the Niger Delta.
Chief Executive Officer of All On, Dr. Boer Wiebe, announced a follow up to the equity investment made in 2017 to Nigeria Solar Home System market leader, Lumos Global BV, in the form of a debt facility to facilitate a quick rollout in the Niger Delta. All On is also providing equity and debt to Port Harcourt based Green Village Electricity (GVE), Nigerias leading mini-grid player, for expansion in the Niger Delta and across Nigeria, while ColdHubs is receiving a convertible debt facility to expand its solar-powered marketplace cold storage business to new markets in the region.
These developments are coming barely three months after All-On announced its first set of transactions in Nigerias off-grid market, and two months after the firm and U.S. Africa Development Foundation (USADF) announced a $3 million partnership to expand access to energy for underserved and unserved markets in Nigeria.
The investments made in these energy solution providers further demonstrate our firm belief that off-grid energy is indispensable in the improvement of Nigerias energy narrative. It therefore deserves adequate attention and financial backing from both the public and private sectors. Dr. Boer said.
Commenting, Lumoss CEO Davidi Vortman, said: This debt facility from All On both cements the s...


Homosexuality: Pastor Nabbed For Defiling 10-Year-Old Boy In Asaba "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS FEBRUARY 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A pastor has been arrested by police for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old boy in Asaba, Delta state capital. The suspect identified as Dr. Prophet Chinonso Udemezue, a senior pastor with The Chosen One To Rule Ministry prophesied that the little boy, Oluchukwu will be kidnapped.
Out of fear, the boys guardian hurriedly took Oluchukwu to the Prophets house for prayers and safe keeping.
It was the first time hes doing it to me. At night he gave me his phone and played a film of people naked. He removed my clothes and rubbed something like oil and inserted his penis into my Anus, little Oluchukwu reportedly said.
The prophet, church members are begging for settlement.
According to reports, the boys aunt wants to collect money to settle the case but has been sternly warned against that. .
The case is set to be handed over to office of Public Defender Ministry of Justice in Asaba, according to reports.


The Dendera LightbulbEvidence of Advanced Ancient Technology? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Dendera LightbulbEvidence of Advanced Ancient Technology?

By Ancient Code

The Temple of Dendera, dedicated to the goddess Hathor, is one of the most mysterious ancient temples built by the Egyptians thousands of years ago. Located some 2.5 km southeast of Dendera, this ancient temple is one of the best preserved Egyptian complexes, especially its central temple, thanks to which it remained buried by sand and mud until it was unearthed by Auguste Mariette in the middle of the 19th century.

Temple of Hathor, Dendera. Image Credit: Shutterstock

The area belonged to the sixth nome of Upper Egypt, south of Abydos.

The complex consists of:

  • Hathor temple (the main temple)
  • Temple of the birth of Isis
  • Sacred Lake
  • Sanatorium
  • Mammisi of Nectanebo II
  • Christian Basilica
  • Roman Mammisi
  • a Barque shrine
  • Gateways of Domitian and Trajan
  • the Roman Kiosk

The main temple features a set of reliefs that is unlike any other ancient Egyptian art.

Knowns as the Dendera Light, a mysterious relief has raised numerous questions among experts. Is it possible that thousands of years ago, just before humanity decided to start writing down history, technologies far greater than what weve ever imagined, existed on earth?

The Dendera Lighbulb raises numerous questions. Located on the wall inside the tem...


Gunmen kill 41 in Zamfara "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Herdsmen kill two NSCDC officers in Benue Bandits have killed about 41 people at Birane village in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State. A resident of the area, Bello Muhammad Zurmi, said in a telephone interview with our correspondent that at about 5p.m. on Wednesday the gunmen ambushed a Cantar truck conveying over 20 []

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APC faction queries el-Rufai, suspends aides "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senator, others open parallel secretariat Gov: They are drowning political traders   The crisis rocking the Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took a new dimension yesterday as a faction of the party loyal to the senator representing Kaduna North, Suleiman Hunkuyi, opened a parallel secretariat of the party in the state. []

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Ambrose battle ready for Aberdeen clash "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Super Eagles defender, Efe Ambrose, is fired up for this weekends Scottish topflight encounter between his team, Hibernian FC and Aberdeen. The match slated for Saturday will be crucial to the European ticket ambition of Hibernian FC especially after beating highly-rated Rangers 2-1 last week. This time, Hibernian, with 44 points from 26 games, will []

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Nigerias $2.5bn Eurobond excites global investors "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 offer in excess of $11.5bn   Nigerias dual tranche Eurobond offering of $2.5 billion yesterday attracted signifcant interest from leading global institutional investors with a peak order book of over $11.5 billion. The Notes comprise a $1.25 billion 12-year series and a $1.25 billion 20-year series. The 12-year series will bear interest at a rate []

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APC sacks Kogi state chairman, 38 officials "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, announced the expulsion of its Kogi State Chairman, Haddi Ametuo, and 38 others from the party. The ruling party hinged the action on alleged gross misconduct and anti-party activities. The office of the National Vice-Chairman (North Central) of the party accused Ametuo and 38 others of working against []

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When kidnapped sisters returned, thanked God "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Recently, the faithful, comprising the priests, the religious and the laity of the Catholic Archdiocese of Benin, rolled out drums in praise and thanksgiving to God at Saint Joseph Catholic Parish, Benin, Edo State. They came to mark the release and safe return of the three kidnapped reverend sisters and three other aspirants of the []

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Burglary: FAAN deploys armed vehicles in Lagos airport "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has raised security alert at nations aerodromes with the deployment of additional 10 heavily armed Hilux patrol vehicles to the airside of Lagos airport. This is coming amid the escalation of burglary of airplanes on the holding section of the Lagos airport by unknown persons who constitute security []

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Power surge forces Senates adjournment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An electrical upsurge from the technical apartment at the basement of the Senate wing of the National Assembly, yesterday, truncated Senate proceedings during plenary. The upsurge, which enveloped the ground and first floors of the wing with thick smoke for about an hour, prevented prompt commencement of proceedings and subsequently compelled the apex legislative chamber []

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When Reps moved against IGP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The House of Representatives recently urged President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, of his duties. PHILIP NYAM reviews the events that culminated into the resolution   It is certainly not the best of times for the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris. The House of Representatives last week []

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SAfrica: From Zuma to Ramaphosa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Wednesdays resignation of President Jacob Zuma and yesterdays swearingin of Cyril Ramaphosa, has set up a fresh political trajectory for South Africa, WALE ELEGBEDE reports     In a space of 24-hours, an era came to an end in South Africa and another also berthed in the Rainbow nation. After holding the reins of power []

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10 Things You Probably Dont Know About The Lost City Of Atlantis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

10 Things You Probably Dont Know About The Lost City Of Atlantis

By Brandon Roh

We have all heard of Atlantis, the legendary island that sank into the sea in a single day and night. But who came up with it, was Atlantis a real place, and is there more to the story than this?

We get the story of Atlantis from the Greek philosopher Plato. Really, from two of his writings, Timaeus and Critias. The books date to around 360 BC.

In them, Plato wrote that the Greek sage Solon was given the story in Egypt by a priest. Upon his return, Solon shared the story with his relative Dropides. Then Dropides passed it down to his son Critias, who told his grandson, also named Critias, who finally shared it with the philosopher Socrates and others who were present.

This list should not be taken as historical fact but as a true account of what Plato wrote. Whether we decide to believe in the legend is our own choice, but we can probably agree that this might have been the first recorded game of telephone.

Many books and TV shows have been made about the possible location of Atlantis. A quick Google search will show that some people say Santorini is Atlantis, while others believe that the waters off Bimini are hiding a road to the lost city. However, if we look at Platos text, it tells us where the submerged island once stood.

The text reads that Atlantis came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean. It goes on to say that there was an island situated in front of the straits which are by you [referring to ancient Greeks], called the Pillars o...


Rising concern over refugee influx into Uganda "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The refugee influx into Uganda from D R Congo is increasingly worrying, warns an international NGO.


Challenges facing the women of India "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

India has become a very special place to me and is very close to my heart. I traveled there this past December and think about it everyday. I learned a lot while there; things ranging from what it is like to be a girl in this country to what the Hindu gods stand for. The thing that had the largest impact on me was the girls I got to meet. While here, I got to learn more about the girls my age there and what their life is supposed to look like according to the Indian culture. Reading about crimes against women and hearing personal experiences first hand are both extremely devastating. But I believe this devastating and sad topic is one that needs to get more light shone on it because of the grand issue it is. I began reading all about challenges being faced by women in India and after meeting these beautiful women I have been interested in looking deeper into it. I have started to research about some of the major challenges that women do face and found articles with very interesting and alarming things.

Some challenges that women face in India range from high infant mortality rates, to extremely low literacy rates, to violent crimes against women including rape. A poll has rated India as the the worlds fourth most dangerous country for a woman, behind only Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan. There are notable differences about how girls and boys are treated by their family members and their community.  This can include things from the food they are allowed to eat to their education. Most girls are just brought up to be a housewife to then get married by her teen years and leave home with their new husband and his family. They are born into a constant cycle of discrimination and being considered as a lesser individual. In fact, an article I found says, From the time they are born or not born and continuing till late in life when they become wives or mothers, its a vicious cycle . of discrimination, and violence keeps on continuing.

There have been several reports of rape and other violent crimes against women and there are more than likely thousands that go unreported or unnoticed. Some really alarming crimes against women include young girls being raped by groups of men and then left to deal with their injuries alone. In addition to these crimes, baby girls that do not initially get aborted are left in heaps of garbage because girls are viewed as a burden and can be costly when they must be married away. It is not a privilege to have a little girl here and reading about the amount of women deaths they experience really makes me feel.

Women have been battling against discrimination since the beginning of time. In history, women are viewed as lesser than men. To help combat this issue there have been organizations formed and people speaking out about the injustices and unfairne...


Le groupe franais Somdiaa se lance dans la filire mas, au Cameroun et au Congo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

14 Feb 2018 | Agence EcofinMais le groupe reste peu disert sur le sujet


Mexico: Indigenous Candidate, Marichuy, Injured in Traffic Accident "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Highway accident of Marichuy and her team in BCS; 1 dead and at least 8 injured Antonio Heras and Raymundo Len One of the three vehicles on the caravan of Mara de Jess Patricio, spokesperson for the Indigenous Government Council (CIG, its initials in Spanish) and an aspirant to be an independent candidate to the...


The Role of Working Groups in US Destabilization Policies Towards Cuba "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Omar Prez Salomn Translated by Internationalist 360 The Presidential Memorandum signed by White House tenant Donald Trump on June 17, directed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to organize a working group to examine the technological challenges and opportunities to expand Internet access on the island. It is not the first time that the government of...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as South Africa's new president on Thursday, 15 February, meaning the country has a new first family.

Cyril Ramaphosa, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Tshepo Motsepe.

Lungelo Matangira
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa welcomed a new president on Thursday 15 February in Cyril Ramaphosa and along with him comes a new first family. But, who are Ramaphosa's wife and children?

Unlike the wives and children of former presidents Nelson Mandela and Jacob Zuma, Ramaphosa, like former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, has managed to mostly keep his family out of the spotlight.

However, the Ramaphosas have now been thrust into the spotlight and will naturally receive more attention.

Here's the little that we know about them, so far:


Dr Tshepo Motsepe is a qualified medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Master of Public Health [MPH] in Maternal Child Health and Aging from the Harvard School of Public Health. She also has a host of other qualifications in business and entrepreneurship.

Motsepe is the older sister of South African business mogul, Patrice Motsepe and has a sister, Bridgette Radebe, who is married to Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe.

Motsepe is Ramaphosa's second wife and they have three children together.

Ramaphosa was previously married to businesswoman, Nomazizi Mtshotshisa, with whom he has one child. The couple divorced.


Not much is known about the Ramaphosa children. Media reports about them are very scarce and they are seemingly not on social media.

Son - Andile Ramaphosa: There is a Twitter account using the name Andile Ramaphosa, but it's not verified, neither is it very active.

Son - Tumelo Ramaphosa: Just like his father, Tumelo Ramaphosa is a businessman. He is the CEO StudEx Wild Life.

He ha...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as president of the Republic of South Africa on Thursday afternoon, 15 February 2018. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

Gaye Davis & Clement Manyathela
Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN Cyril Ramaphosa gave his maiden speech as president in the National Assembly, where he promised to serve the people of South Africa to the best of his ability.

Ramaphosa has set the tone for his new role as South Africas president.

He also spoke of the need to grow the economy, to combat corruption and sort out state-owned companies, promising concrete steps in his State of the Nation Address on Friday night.

I do believe when one is elected in this type of position, you basically become a servant of the people of South Africa. And I will seek to execute that task with humility, with faithfulness and with dignity as well. That is what I will seek to do.

Responding to opposition party Members of Parliament, Ramaphosa said he would strive for parties to work together to improve the lives of South Africans, agreeing with the Pan Africanist Congress that it is not yet Uhuru after the partys leader urged him to deal with the land question.

Ramaphosa told Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane, who told Ramaphosa he would see him at the 2019 elections, to "stop grandstanding", saying he would be seeing him regularly at Parliament.

The first sitting of the National Assembly for the year started with the Economic Freedom Fighters pushing for the dissolution of Parliament and protesting the election of Ramaphosa.

It wasnt long before the red berets left the house.

We will not be participating the in the election of the president because its an illegal activity. Weve already instructed our lawyers to try [to] look at the legal implications of what these guys are doing here.

And then the business of the day started, with Cyril Ramaphosa being elected uncontested.

It would be wonderful if the level of...

Thursday, 15 February


President Jacob Zuma resigns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday, bringing an end to his scandal-marred tenure and leaving the nations leadership in the hands of the ruling African National Congresss new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa.

The ANC should never be divided in my name, Zuma said in a 30-minute farewell address to the nation.

I have therefore come to the decision to resign as the president of the republic with immediate effect, he said.

Zuma, 75, said no life should be lost in his name and that no leader should stay longer than the people want him to.

Zuma nonetheless said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him towards an early exit after the election of Ramaphosa as party president in December.

He spoke after the ANC announced it would hold a parliamentary vote of no-confidence in him on Thursday.

Ramaphosa, who was served as Deputy President since 2014, will become acting president and the National Assembly must choose a replacement for Zuma within 30 days.



Acute Pantsuit Inconsistency Shows Internal Disregard For Their Illusion of "Franchise" "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On February 12, 2018:

The United States warned the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday against using an electronic voting system for a long-delayed presidential election in December this year because it has the potential to undermine the credibility of the poll. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told an informal U.N. Security Council meeting on the Congolese electoral process that deploying "an unfamiliar technology for the first time during a crucial election is an enormous risk."

Two days later:

Congressional Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday that would provide more than $1 billion to boost cyber security of U.S. voting systems, and Vice President Mike Pence defended the administrations efforts to protect polls from hackers. "We cannot let the Russians laugh about and take joy in the success they had in the last election," Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, told a news conference. "Their goal is to undermine democracy."

The hidden gem, of course being:

The Democrats Election Security Act would allocate $1 billion in grants, overseen by the U.S. Election Commission, this year to help states buy voting machines that incorporate backup paper ballots, hire security staff and conduct risk assessments.

That is to say: a lightly-cloaked mandate for the installation of Diebold-style "user friendly" mechanisms for untraceable ballot-stuffing in place of the traditional paper-punch machines which were reintroduced in a number of U.S. states following the 2004 "hanging chads" e-voting election. And, naturally, a quite-undisguised mandate for the institution of a centralized bureaucracy which will centrally supply properly kosher voting machines, centrally networked, which are to produce properly kosher, per the DNC's lights, electoral outcomes.

It would seem that USG now pushes one voodoo in one of its Congoes, and a polar-opposite hoodoo in the other, without unsurprisingly much in the way of an explanation.


A breathe of fresh air in Saudi Arabia? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A breathe of fresh air in Saudi Arabia?

Prince Salman has has now risen to an important position in Saudi Arabia and has gained serious political, military and Intel power.

By Preston James, Ph.D

The squeeze is now on many of the Royal Princes in Saudi Arabia who have abused their system and helped themselves to far too much oil revenue.

Prince Salman is now fully supported by his father and has also gained full support of Saudi Intel and the Saudi Military High Command.

Prince Salman is the Saudi First Deputy Prime Minister, the President of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, and the Minister of Defense, and is very well educated as an Attorney.

It has been rumored but not demonstrated that Prince Salman gained support from the Saudi Military and Intel for agreeing to run a campaign against Yemen which has now failed. Perhaps this action originated from Israeli Likudists who have a long history of easily manipulating the Saudi High Command and Saudi Intel and also being conned by the CIA and Israelis into financing their frequent terror operations. Prince Salman is highly intelligent and is expected to quickly learn from such mistakes.

Prince Salman is a genuine tough guy, a serious nationalist and patriot, is not messing around, and is deadly serious about balancing Saudi Books for the first time in many years. It is now expected that he will do whatever is necessary to help Saudi Arabia survive as a nation-state, even if major social and economic changes are required.

He mandated a new law that women can now drive and more western type changes are coming. He is appears to be committed to westernizing Saudi Arabia as necessary to develop strong business relationships and trade pacts with other nations.

So far he is not at any risk for a coup detat despite the fact some powerful, older royal princes who were displaced from power by him have tried (and failed) and do not want to yield their previous power and excess wealth.

So far there is still oppression of dissent in Saudi Arabia, maybe even worse right now for a while. But it is expected to decrease over time as Saudi Arabia becomes more westernized in order to develop economically and learns to cooperate with other nations.

It is likely that Prince Salman knows th...


Ethiopia prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hailemariam Desalegn says he has submitted his resignation as both Ethiopia's prime minister and chairman of the country's ruling coalition. Hailemariam's announcement comes amid a political crisis and lingering unrest in the Horn of Africa country, which has been releasing thousands of political prisoners to ease tensions. "Unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many," Hailemariam said in a televised address on Thursday. "I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy," he said.


Iran Accuses Lizards And Chameleons Of Espionage "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Iranian military advisor Hassan Firuzabadi told media outlets earlier this week that lizards lurking deep in the uranium mines were spying on the Iranian government. The lizards are being accused of attracting atomic waves and delivering intel to the United States on the nuclear actions of Iran.

According to National Geographic, Firuzabadis comments came after being asked about a group of environmentalists under arrest since late January. The Times of Israel, a local Iranian news agency, quoted Firuzabadi as saying that in the environmentalists possession the Iranians found lizards and chameleons, claiming these animals were deployed to find out where Iran was mining and developing uranium.

Firuzabadi said the espionage effort has failed, even though he believes the lizards skin attracts atomic waves. But scientists disagree with Irans military advisor. Lizard skin isnt capable of absorbing measurable atomic waves, say scientists, and as cold-blooded animals, the lizards likely would not have sought out cool, dark caves. (Although these cave-dwelling crocs may be becoming a new species.)

This isnt the first time an animal has been accused of being an international spy. In 2007, Iran detained 14 squirrels that local news agencies said were equipped with spying equipment. Allegedly, the squirrels had some sort of small recording or radio device that was used for eavesdropping. At the time, national police confirmed they were aware of the story, but did not divulge more information about where they thought the squirrels came from or what happened to them.

The Saudis have also detained animals and accused them of espionage. An Israeli vulture was detained in 2011 by the Saudi Arabian government....


Correlation Not Causation: the Link Between Terrorism and Islam "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Since time immemorial, it has been an article of faith of every Muslim that suicide is Haram (prohibited) in Islam. There is a well-known Islamic precept that whoever commits suicide will go straight to hell. But the Takfirists (those who declare others as heretics) have invented a new interpretation of Islam in which suicide is glorified as martyrdom and suicide bombing is employed as a weapon to cause widespread fear.

Historically, suicide bombing as a weapon of war was invented by the Tamil Tigers during the eighties in their war against the Sri Lankan armed forces. The Tamils are a Hindu ethnic group of northern Sri Lanka who were marginalized by the Buddhist majority and they led a civil war in the country from 1976 until they were defeated by the Sri Lankan armed forces Northern Offensive in 2009.

Among the Muslims, suicide bombing as a tactical weapon was first adopted by the Islamic Jihad in the Israel-Palestine conflict during the Second Intifada that lasted from 2000 to 2005. Then the transnational terrorists of al-Qaeda adopted suicide bombing as a weapon of choice in some of their audacious terror attacks in the US and Europe. And after that, all the regional militant groups including the Taliban in Afghanistan, al-Shabab in Somalia, Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have also adopted suicide bombing as a tactical weapon in their rebellions against regional adversaries.

The phenomena of militancy and insurgency anywhere in the world has less to do with religious extremism and more with the weak writ of the state in remote rural and tribal areas of the Third Worlds impoverished countries, which is sometimes further exacerbated by the deliberate arming of certain militant groups by regional and global players.

The Afghan jihadists of today, for instance, are a legacy of the Cold War when they were trained and armed by the CIA against the former Soviet Union with the help of Pakistans security agencies and the Gulfs petrodollars. Similarly, the Islamic States militants in Syria and Iraq are a product of Washingtons proxy war in Syria in which Sunni militants were trained and armed in the border regions of Turkey and Jordan to battle the Shia-led government in Syria in order to contain the Shia resistance comprised of Iran, Syria and their Lebanon-based proxy, Hezbollah, which constituted a threat to Israels regional security.



US Blames Iran and Syria for Israeli Aggression "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US Blames Iran and Syria for Israeli Aggression | benjamin-netanyahu | World News

Washington and Israel coordinate their military activities, partnering in regional aggression.

Both countries bear full responsibility for preemptive Israeli attacks against Syrian targets on Saturday.

Do they signal more to come or will Israel back off after Syria downed one of its warplanes, one or more others reportedly struck and damaged?

Does Syria have upgraded air defense capability able to give Israel pause about further aerial attacks on the country even from Lebanese or its own airspace?

Saturdays pre-dawn incident marked the first time an Israeli warplane was shot down since its aggression on Lebanon in 1982 so-called Operation Peace for Galilee.

At the time, Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir said its war on Lebanon was launched because of a terrible dangernot so much a military one as a political one.

No threat or justification existed. Around 18,000 Palestinians and Lebanese were massacred before it ended, including thousands in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, then-defense minister Ariel Sharon using Phalangist gunmen to do Israeli dirty work in the camps.

Hezbollah was born out of Israels 1982 Lebanon aggression. Today its a formidable resistance force against its imperial aims, along with being part of the Lebanese government.

On Saturday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert defended Israeli aggression on Syria, saying:

The United States is deeply concerned about todays escalation of violence over Israels border and strongly supports Israels sovereign right to defend itself, adding:

Irans calculated escalation of threat and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the region from Yemen to Lebanon at risk.

The US continues to push back on the totality of Irans malign activities in the region and calls for an end to Iranian behavior that threatens peace and stability.

The White House a...


PS. Explain This: Qatar's Continued Isolation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Since June, Qatar has suffered a crippling air and sea blockade orchestrated by its powerful Arab neighbors  Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Egypt and Bahrain have since gotten on board, and now, more than eight months on, Qatar's withering isolation shows no sign of abating. PS Associate Editor Greg Bruno explains.


Three Keys to a New South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After nearly a decade of Jacob Zuma's misrule, South Africans are eager for a leader who can reverse their country's political and economic fortunes. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa may have the mandate to do so, but delivering change will require urgent measures to boost economic growth in the short term and long-term potential output.


Cuba Cannot be Defeated "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Redaccin Internacional | Cuba will continue along its own path, and as much as submissive and servile lackeys, like the current Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, would like to destroy us, they will never be able to do so. This according to Cubas Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio...


ELN: State Sanctioned Assassinations Outnumber Deaths from Armed Conflict "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yes it is systematic genocide! ELN Voces Nothing portrays more clearly the tragedy that we live in Colombia today  than the fact that 1,000 homicides occur each month. In January alone there were 27 murders of social leaders; 20 ELN guerrillas killed, as well as 11 deaths among soldiers and police. Among deaths from socio-political...

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